Thursday, March 27, 2014

Avocado Rolls:

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Lately, when we go OUT to eat, I always choose a sushi place. Why? well because I love miso soup and because avocado rolls are amazing. I also don't leave feeling like I just gained 10lbs, that's a plus. When I worked at Whole Foods, I always planned on learning to make them. I never got around to it until yesterday. I passed down my idea to Richard and he was on board. We drove to the Japanese market to buy "nori" also known as HUGE sea weed. We also bought a bamboo mat. We had all the other ingredients so we spent about $4 bucks on making delicious rolls. I have to admit, I thought making rolls was going to be hard. It was actually VERY easy to make! The hardest part was cutting them! patience is key.

You want to start off by making your rice. I made brown rice in my rice cooker. I only cooked 1 cup of dry rice so since I was not planning on making a ton of rolls. 

Once the rice is ready you heat up rice vinegar, 1 tsp of salt, **optional: olive oil (1tsp) and brown sugar or agave (1tbs). Mix well over medium heat, then add your brown rice. You will notice that it will become "sticky" almost instantly. 

Let your rice cool down…and prepare your rolling space. 

When your rice is cool, (DO NOT try and make rolls while your rice is hot, it will make your rolls a sloppy and sticky mess) you can start rolling. 

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Put down your rice first, then your veggies. I used avocado and cucumber. You want to use your bamboo mat to help you ROLL the seaweed and then press down while you are rolling to get a firm roll and so that all your ingredients stay put. Watch this youtube video to help you learn to ROLL. It is VERY easy.
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This is how your roll should look when you are done rolling.
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cut and serve! make sure to cut slowly so your rolls stay put. 
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Serve with soy sauce and siracha.

ps. with 1 cup of dry rice I made 5 complete rolls with 8 pieces in each.


I hope you enjoy and please tag me when you do make these! @yosnaps

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My first time:


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One of the biggest struggles for me is finding the right things to eat when I don't have enough time to prepare a healthy and delicious meal. Usually I arrive home from work (after sitting in traffic for an hour) ready to eat everything in my fridge. I start to fix dinner which could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on what I am making. By the time I finish cooking and we sit down to eat it is about 7PM. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do is put on my workout clothes and have a nice work out. No thanks. What I really want to do is sit on my butt and watch TV until I crash. Maybe it's the commute, or maybe I am just lazy. Either or, I needed to think of ways to save time. Working out is important....and it is crucial when you want to shed some pounds and not look like shrunken flab.
You might say, "why not work out in the morning?" well, you see, I tried that about a million times and out of all of those times I have won zero. I am not a morning person, AT ALL. So I have to workout after work, or else I don't have any time. My new plan is to exercise as soon as I walk in the door and eat dinner with Richard at 7PM. You might be thinking how in the world will I have time to workout AND cook a meal by 7PM? Do not fear....meal planning is near. That was cheesy.
 Anyway, I took a day off of working out yesterday to plan + prepare lunch and dinner for the next 4 days. That is 16 meals (I cook for 2). I began by doing an excel sheet of every meal I wanted to make. We had already gone grocery shopping on Sunday so I just went off of what we bought. I ended up making 10 chicken breasts, 4 tilapia fillets, 2 turkey patties, a huge pot of broccoli and carrots, baked asparagus, 12 boiled eggs, sweet potato and brown rice (for Richard). Simple, healthy and efficient.  
The process took me from 6PM when I got home to 10PM. I baked about 8 of the chicken breasts and that takes a while so I think that is why. It is my first time after all, I hope to make this process 2 hours instead of 4 for next week.

We will see how this works out, who knows this might be my new obsession and I might be able to get more things done while still eating clean. (keeping my fingers crossed).
Here is what I did:

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We buy our meats from Costco so as soon as I got home I defrosted them. **4 chicken breast were already defrosted.

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Prepared the broccoli!

Carrots
I like the skin on my carrots, Richard does not, but I don't think he will notice. :)

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This is so easy to make! sprinkle with olive oil, basil, salt and pepper....bake at 350F for 15 minutes. TADA. so good.

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I made chicken pockets to be able to bake them.

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I wrapped them in aluminum foil, leaving air pockets inside (not tightly wrapped) so they could cook. they took a while to cook, but were so good.

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I grilled tilapia.

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Grilled Chicken

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12 organic eggs...boiled, Richard would agree that I suck at doing this.

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work complete! well, almost, I am missing the brown rice for Richard. **you can't see but some of those have sweet potato :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Recap on my lifestyle change:

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As I mentioned before I began my "lifestyle" change on January 1st 2014. I began this change by detoxing my body and doing a cleanse. Well, after that horrible cleanse (okay not so horrible but not something I look forward in doing again), life is pretty great. To give you a little courage or if you are in the middle of a lifestyle change, the first month is the absolute hardest. I began craving things like grease, cake, coffee.....I mean everything under the sun I wanted it. Let me tell you, it's like the universe knows you are trying to be "good" because that whole month people were bringing things to the office like DONUTS and all kinds of bad stuff like muffins and ice cream. I wanted it....ALL. But I held on. I didn't give in. That left me feeling so deprived. The more I didn't have it, the more I wanted it. So I did a little test on myself. I had frozen yogurt (Yogurtland....yummm) for dessert EVERY day for an entire week, okay not an entire week but maybe about 5 days. And in moderation of course, I wasn't walking into Yogurtland and having a pound of frozen yogurt. I would fill my cup and ask the cashier to weigh it. When I got to 4oz I stopped filling. I ate how I normally did, lots of veggies and lean protein. That week I still lost 2lbs. Why? because you can have your cake AND EAT IT TOO! After this frozen yogurt binge I saw a difference in the way I feel and think. Deprivation causes us to want things more and more. When we finally want it, we want EVERYTHING and then end up over eating and making ourselves sick. Once we realize what we did, we usually go back to our old ways. That is the reason I chose not to do a particular diet.They just tell you, "NO you can't have cheese", "NO! you can't have bread" and you end up falling off the wagon. I know, it's happened to be SO many times I have lost count. I am happy to report I have found something that works for ME. I can live without coffee. WHAT THE? did I just say that? yup, I did. I haven't had coffee in 2 months and 2 days. I chose to stop drinking coffee because I 1. suffer from migraines (I haven't had a SINGLE migraine since my detox migraine in January, HALLELUJAH) and 2. I want to get pregnant after we are married and I want my body to be caffeine free. Those are my 2 main reasons. I still think coffee smells awesome and I think it looks REALLY cool when people walk around the city with a Starbucks coffee in hand with red painted nails. One thing I am not willing to give up is chocolate. I love chocolate and I will NEVER part ways with it. I have learned, slowly but surely, that I do not have to. Since my love for chocolate with never fade I had to come up with some ways to fit it into my daily intake. I bought Yasso Bars. Actually Richard bought them for me. I get the Chocolate Fudge flavor and they are AMAZING! They are made from natural ingredients but the best part is they only have 100 CALORIES and 7G of Protein. Score. **Yasso didn't pay me (they don't even know who I am, to say any of this, I really do love their bars)** Anyway, I have one of these bars every night after dinner. It is the highlight of my day (seriously). I have managed to lose 17lbs in 2 months. I eat mainly vegetables, lean meats and fruit but I still indulge whenever I want (in moderation). I am proud of my work and the progress I am making. I still can't believe I am into month 3 of this lifestyle change! It is so exciting.

I leave you folks with a recipe!

I was craving Olive Garden last week. I was tempted to go have a date there but realized I would have to basically starve all day to fit in those type of calories. So I made a modification of the chicken fettuccine Alfredo!

You will need:

  1. Alfredo sauce. (I used Classico)
  2. Zucchini Spaghetti (Or make your own! that's what I do)
  3. Chicken Breast
  4. Spices (Pepper, sea salt, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, cumin)
Get a medium sized pan with a lid and spray it with olive oil.

Place your "spaghetti" and add in the spices of your choice.

Close the lid (make sure your heat is low) the vapor of the zucchini will cook the spaghetti, if you see no progress add 2 tbsp of water.

Grill your chicken breast to your liking.

Heat your Alfredo sauce.

Once your spaghetti is ready you can add the sauce and chicken on top!

SOOOOOO EASY! and so good.

This plate has 205 calories.

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xoxo Yessenia