Lets make Hummus!!!

So I joined Costco about 5 months ago and I bought a casepack of chickpeas with the idea of making so much hummus my fridge would always be full! Hummus is one of my go-to healthy snacks and I’d heard from so many people that it’s super easy to make. Well, when I bought my chickpeas I had no idea that I needed Tahini sauce. 5 months later, I finally remembered to grab some tahini at the grocery! 

I was also worried about taking the hummus plunge because I don’t own a food processor (if anyone wants me to try their brand send me one and I’ll tell everyone how great it is. Wink wink😉).

Worry schmurry! This morning I broke out the blender and it worked like a charm. I figured if I can make my shakeology smoothies with that bad boy, then if anything I’ll be drinking a glass of healthy fat, protien packed hummus! 

I’ll admit that using a food processor is probably much easier, but just because I didn’t have the right tool didn’t mean I couldn’t get the job done. Now that’s a life lesson! 

Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini 
  • 2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas
  • 1/8th cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt

In food processor (or blender in my case) mix lemon juice and tahini until well blended. You may need to scrape the sides and mix with a spoon and pulse several times to mix well. 

Add olive oil to the blender and mix/stir again. Once you have a creamier consistency, add 1/2 of the chickpeas and blend again. Add the remainder of the chickpeas along with feta and salt and continue to mix until well blended. If the texture isn’t as creamy as you would like, add a tbsp of water at a time while blending until it’s to your liking. 

*Since I was using a blender I was a little worried about getting it creamy enough. I removed the skins from the chickpeas just in case. You don’t necessarily have to do this.


This made twice as much hummus as most of the store bough containers and I can’t wait to break out my carrot sticks and cucumbers for a healthy snack this afternoon!

21 Day Fix – Day 13

I’m going to be a weekend warrior. Who’s coming with me?!

 

I feel like I can’t ever sleep in on the weekends unless I’m camping when I should be waking up early to sieze the day and natural wonders whichever park we are exploring. That’s not the case though as I woke up at 7:30 this morning. I really woke up before that but I closed my eyes in hopes I would fall back asleep. I just lay there and then a thought came to me. “Crap, I didn’t post my blog from yesterday!!!”…
So up I got, coffee on the burner & breakfast made, blog complete. 

There’s so much I wanted to get done today but I prioritized my workout so I could get it over with and focus on everything else like laundry and grocery shopping. Yes, I could use the hashtag #adulting, but that’s just silly and overused. I’d rather just call myself a #maturemaiden because I’m so responsible!

The Workout:

Dirty 30 – People usually love this workout and I like it just fine. I think I would love any workout afte cardio fix though. I’m using the 10lb weights and it feels good. 

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast

(1/2 green, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp) 

  • Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar
  • Broccoli & mushrooms in coconut oil 

+ a cup of coffee which I only drank half of. I don’t know what the deal with coffee and me is. I can’t drink a full cup in the morning, but that’s a good thing I suppose. Maybe I’ll have an iced coffee later for a little pick me up.

Lunch:

(1 yellow, 1 red)

  • Canned tuna
  • Black beans
  • Hot sauce

Right now I’m folding my second load of laundry and watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix. She’s planning a wedding and this wedding cake is really having an effect on me…mmmm tuna…

Snack:

(1 purple, 1 green)

  • Strawberry and spinach smoothie

That was the last thing I remember. I blacked out on the rest of the day…

Just kidding. So I went to a graduation party and there was a table of food. I could have made all great choices and I didn’t. I started off with a chicken wing and a glass of wine. Next thing I know there is a jello shot and a cracker with brown sugar and bacon in my hand. I thought, “Hey, it’s a celebration and my taste buds want to party!” Well party they did. Compared to yesterday this was definitely a cheat evening. System shocked. My tennis date just got cancelled for Sunday so I’ll fit in an extra workout somewhere in there…

It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes you’re going to eat things that aren’t the best for your body, and that’s fine. You’re creating a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising most of the time. If you’re doing the 21 day fix and you’re seeing results, those aren’t going to go away with a couple of slips. The only way they change is if you slip and fall and don’t get back up. It’s up to you to shake it off and get back to your routine. I used to beat myself up if I made unhealthy choices and now I shrug it off and move on. That’s what we should do with anything ugly that we cross on our paths. Shrug them off and move on. It does nothing for our well being to focus on negative energies. It’s up to us to turn the negative into a positive. So on Sunday I’m going to be proud of myself for kickstarting another healthy week. Let the meal prep begin!

21 Day Fix – Day 11

This morning I woke up bright and early and started the day. It’s Thursday, and for some reason I’ve always liked Thursdays. I mean, it’s no Friday, but it’s still a pretty good day. I woke up on the right side of the bed with happiness in my heart. I think those endorphins are really kicking it, because I’m like happy and I want to exercise and I think it’s always beautiful outside even when it’s not. They should really create an endorphin pill for people who won’t ever exercise because then people wouldn’t complain as much. If I had loads of money I would do the research and create it myself, but now someone is just going to steal my idea like always. It’s okay though, if I can spread the happiness, then I’m all for whichever robber is stalking my idea cupboard. I know some people use cocaine, but that’s just not good for you!

 I knew today was going to be a great day and it was! Mostly because I received a box at the end of the day from one of my fabulous vendors and it was literally a box of money plus a couple of dope items from their collection of Freakers and Freaker Feet. See below for pics!

   
 This is an awesome company and if you want to meet the owner Zack and find out about his story, then definitely watch this documentary that features him and a couple of other entrepreneurs that started their businesses through crowdfunding. It goes through the ups and downs of starting a business and is really cool and inspirational. Check it out:

 Capital C – the movie

I need to get more boxes like that. Anyone want to buy a Freaker display? The sell through is great…I’m just saying!

The Workout:

Pilates – Another great Pilates session for the books. I really felt like I needed to do a little cardio today even though I was sweating during this session. I just added a little more to the end of my workout by doing some jacks, weighted walking lunges, push-ups, and more planks. I probably could have done another workout but didn’t have very much time today. Is it crazy that I’m looking forward to cardio fix tomorrow? 

Tonight we went to Everbank Field for the NFL Draft picks. We live right by he stadium but it’s a good half mile, so we had a nice little walk to and from tonight. Plus our first pick was  Jalen Ramsey from FSU! #GoNoles

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 green)

  • Broccoli, mushroom, onion fritata with shredded cheddar

Fritatas are definitely my new favorite. I’m running out of hot sauce plus a bunch of other stuff so I’m going to have to find time to go to the grocery this weekend.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 green, 1 orange)

  • Salad with baked chicken
  • 21 day fix dressing (1/2 orange)
  • Walnuts (1/2 orange)

We had chicken left over from a few nights ago that was still good, so I ate that on top of some Romaine lettuce with the dressing and nuts.

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Green smoothie with berries

I really look forward to my afternoon smoothie. Next week I’ll be in some small Ga towns so I doubt that I’ll be able to find a way to get one for a snack.

Dinner:

(1 1/2 red, 1 yellow)

  • Turkey meatloaf

I knew that if I didn’t have dinner made tonight that I wouldn’t be able to make healthy choices. I had prepared a meatloaf of the leftover turkey sausage and ground turkey so popped that in the oven when I got home. Otherwise I would have had to find a food truck or concession at the stadium and would probably not have gotten anything fix approved. Among all of the beer drinkers I felt a little lonely, so I had a glass of wine for my carb substitute. I think you can do that a couple of times a week. I also had my two tsp of almond butter when I got home. Can’t let a tsp go to waste! Now we have leftov meatloaf for tomorrow which I’m excited about because we are running out of food. Guess I can always revert to canned tuna if need be! Duh!

Here is my obligatory selfie on the way to the stadium. In this picture it looks like my face may be a little bit slimmer, but it may just be the angle. Can’t wait to see those results!

  

21 Day Fix – Day 5

It’s Fresh Friday! TGIF! 

Before I hit the 21 day fix part of the post I just wanted to touch on a couple of things.

First, it’s my sisters birthday!! Happy birthday Kathleen. I love you! 

Secondly, (this will be the only depressing part of this post) I wanted to wish peace to those that were close to a musical hero named Prince. He touched so many lives with his music and spirit and we will always be grateful for that. The most wonderful thing about an artist is that their spirit always lives on through their art. It’s never easy losing anyone because everyone has a huge impact on somebody else. God Bless everyone who is suffering from a loss of a loved one. 

So with that said lets dive in to Friday!

Today I was visited by my lovely Aunt. She’s the only aunt that I really don’t care for. She just pops up out of the blue sometimes with her depressing attitude and that smirk that I just want to wipe right off of her face. She is the total opposite of a fairy Godmother. The affect that she has on me is entirely dreadful. “Oh Aunt Flo,” I always say, “when will you go?”Sometimes she sticks around for a whole week and it puts a damper on everything!

This time, yeahhh…this time I am  not going to let Flo interrupt my flow! I think she will get sick of my positive attitude and be gone before I even realize it.

I have an uncle who’s a historian named Rick who we call Historicktome. When I was a teenager I always hoped that he would visit and take Aunt Flo on home. (Ok maybe I went a little too far with that one)

So who’s feeling good today? I am! I’m a little worried about this weekend though because we are going camping. I think I’ll survive and I’m bringing my workout and containers with me. Below is my YouTube vlog covering my little plan to make it work!

Fresh Friday Fix Vlog

Today we focus on cardio. Let’s pump up the volume. Week one is almost over. Yay!

Today’s workout: 

Cardio Fix – I don’t really have much to say about this workout except that it’s hard to love. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it because I know it’s working every body part while keeping my heart rate up. If you haven’t tried it, this workout will have you sweating and breathing hard (in through the nose out through the mouth kind of hard of course) and I really wanted to rest more than the allowable time. However, I made my self jump in with both feet (sometimes literally, because you know…burpees) every single time. Whether you’re super fit or just beginning cardio fix kicks butt! I treat all these workouts as games, if you make it through the entire game than you’re a winner!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 purple, 1/2 green, 1 red)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • Leftover asparagus/mushroom mix
  • Strawberries/raspberries

I tried to make an omelet with yesterday’s left over veggies and it didn’t work out. It turned into more of a veggie scramble. The struggle is real!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/3 blue, 1 yellow)

  • Baked chicken
  • Hummus
  • Black beans

Today’s lunch consisted of all leftovers. I cut up my chicken and used my hummus for a dip. Superb and easy to eat on the go!

Dinner:

So I was worried about dinner because I knew we would be eating out since we had to go to our campsite first and set up before the gates closed. I googled the nearest restaurant to our campground and found a gem that’s been around for 25 years. Before that it was a tackle shop. It’s called Matanza’s Inlett. They had a variety of food that I really wanted to eat like fried shrimp po’boys and crabdips but I went with some of the healthier choices. We did have to try the gator andouille sausage and of course steamed oysters as an appetizer so I’m so glad that I had some reds saved up for this meal! 

(2 reds, 2 green -probably more like one but I’m counting it to be on the safe side, 1 yellow, 1 Orange, 1/2 blue) 

  • gator andouille sausage
  • Steamed oysters with hot sauce
  • Blackened mahi salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side (hardly had a bit of dressing, but counting a full orange because who knows what was in it + I had a few olives!) & shredded cheddar 
  • 3/4 glass of house cab

So I feel like after using the containers I can make better estimates of what a portion should really look like. I had 5 oysters with just hot sauce and I thought I was really going to miss having it on a cracker but I really didn’t. I had half of my salad and packed up the other half for lunch tomorrow. I just need to remember to put it in the cooler! The andouille gator sausage were small bites and I had about 5 of those too. They were soooo good! See the pics below! My boyfriends basket of goodness is included and no I didn’t even steal a fry!

   

    

 

Fresh Friday – Fresh Field Farms

So today when I opened up the freezer to pull something out for dinner tonight I realized that it was time for a trip to the grocery. Whenever I need an ingredient for a couple of things I’ll just pop into the store and pick it up. Today I felt like going on a much needed adventure though…and adventure to Fresh Field Farms!

The holiday season got kind of tricky for my regular grocery shopping sessions because my household was very busy. Between me and my boyfriend we have a lot going on because we both have regular work hours and then we have our not so regular work hours when we are still actually working. He is in an outlaw country band and plays the stand up bass and I am an actor. Our schedules are always packed so sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook healthy meals. Often I’ll buy fresh veggies and they will go bad by the time we are actually able to stay home and cook a nice healthy meal. Now that the holiday’s have been over, it’s easier to get on and stay on track. I just have to figure out how to tackle the holidays when they come up. Advanced meal prep is key…I have yet to do that!

Fresh Feild Farm’s is a great grocery store. It’s more of a farmers market. They bring the farm to you! It’s full of freshly packed, organic, non GMO, antiboitic and hormone free foods. Many people are scared to jump on the health food bandwagon because it may seem more expensive to buy fresh foods (especially of a great quality) than processed foods, but that isn’t the case if you know where to shop! I definitely suggest scoping out your local farmers markets if you don’t have access to a store like this. Although, it seems now that people are becoming more aware of their diets and nutrition, places like this are popping up everywhere, so be on the lookout! If you are in Jacksonville or Orlando Florida check out the below link to learn about Fresh Field Farms and find the location nearest you!

Fresh Field Farms
Watch my vlog to sneak a little peek into Fresh Field Farms and find out what great goodies I got. I also found a recipe via Pinterest that I made with all of my fresh goodies. The link to that recipe is in the video description notes and I can attest that it was yummy!  Click the link and watch below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel for FRESH updates! Have a great weekend!

Fresh Friday Vlog – Fresh Field Farms