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Kicking Ass and Yoga with Mom!

November 29, 2009
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Time for Dessert – Chocolate Avocado Pudding!

November 29, 2009

The recipe everyone has been waiting for! A delicious creamy chocolatey dessert made with all things good for you!

Recipe

3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut water or water (only use if the pudding needs to be thinned)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Jelly meat from 1 young coconut (optional)

Put everything into the food processor and blend!

How to make your own Salad Dressings

November 29, 2009

When Charlie and Donna were going through Leigh’s cupboards at the beginning of the challenge Leigh became aware of just how much corn syrup and ‘unwanted’ ingredients were in her store bought salad dressings. She wanted to learn how to make her own salad dressings that will be more healthy for her and save her money in the long run. Here are 3 simple recipes:

Recipes

Basic Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp mustard
3 Tbl vinegar
1 shallot
1 small garlic clove
salt and pepper

Citrus
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp mustard
3 T lemon juice/vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice (1 orange)
1 shallot
2 tsp honey
salt and pepper

Pomegranate
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp mustard
3 Tbl vinegar
1 shallot
2 Tbl pomegranate syrup
1 tsp agave
salt and pepper

I survived Thanksgiving and I am still on track!

November 27, 2009

Leigh
Did you know that the average American consumes over 5000 calories on Thanksgiving with all the snacks, drinks and turkey dinner? That’s enough food for 4 days! I have to be honest Thanksgiving was making me a little worried just because it’s the holiday that’s ‘all about food’. I had family in town, we were going out for lunch and I didn’t want to blow all my great efforts in one meal. Was I going to be tempted to eat the wrong things? What should I eat? Would I eat too much? But I needn’t have worried, I did great!!

We went to the Casa Marina Resort for our Thanksgiving dinner, they had quite a spread and it was good. I actually stayed away from all the “normal” Thanksgiving dishes but really enjoyed the seafood, roasted veggies, different salads they had and did have a small piece of turkey. The desserts looked outstanding but I stayed clear of them and really was proud of myself for being so strong. Actually I didn’t really want to eat them but they looked so pretty. My family was proud of me the whole week they were here visiting. Sodas in our house, snack foods for the kids and I didn’t even slip one little treat! Sometimes I surprise myself but I am so pleased at the same time!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving lunch/dinners!

Today’s workout went well with Cheryl, we did kickboxing, strength work and boxing. My Mom joined me for some yoga for the last 20 mins of the workout. My Mom and I actually went kayaking together this afternoon behind my house. Thank goodness no one was there to witness it but we had so much fun. We laughed so hard together. Good times and a great day!

Leigh and Charlie have fun cooking!

November 27, 2009

Here are a few simple recipes you can make at home!

Hummus

Hummus Recipe
1 qt chickpeas
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/5 tsp salt

Pesto and Zucchini noodles

Pesto
3 garlic cloves
2 Tbl lemon Juice
2 bunches basil
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pinenuts
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 tsp salt

Put everything into a food processor and blend!

Zucchini noodles
1 zucchini pushed through a spiralizing machine or cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler

You can purchase a spirooli machine here:

Delicious Creamy Almond Milk

Almond Milk Recipe
1 cup almonds
3 cups water

Blend and strain. For a richer milk use less water for a thinner milk use more water.

Leigh makes the daily soup special at Help Yourself…

November 25, 2009

Did you try Leigh’s mushroom soup special on Monday?!

Final Days…..

November 25, 2009

As we went into the final week, Amy gave Leigh her Monday morning personal training and assesment session….