Juice Cleanse

So one of my best friends has a wedding coming up.  Coming up in 13 days to be exact.  While I’m excited to help celebrate this major milestone and commitment in their lives, I’m also anxious about my bridesmaid duties.  More so anxious about actually fitting in my bridesmaid dress.

I thought I had measured myself correctly for this J Crew, blush pink, sweetheart cut, chiffon number.  However, when I first tried on my dress, it was a struggle to zip up the back!  So instead of doing what the sensible bride suggested (return the dress and order the next size up), I decided I would not let this dress defeat me.

For about 2 weeks, I’ve been clean eating for 2-3 days at a time, allowing a regular meal (even indulging in dessert) on that third day.  I also have been trying to do more strength training and keeping up a cardio routine almost every day.  Good news is, as of today, I fit PERFECTLY into my dress!!  Now I just need to keep it up.  I indulged a little bit too much at the fair last night (corn on the cob, guac/sour cream/sauerkraut hot dog, and strawberry whip cream funnel cake), so I thought I’d try this juice cleanse a friend gave me. 

The juices are pre-made and requires you to drink a certain one every two hours along with 12 oz of water.  I finished my second bottle a little while ago.  I’m waiting on pins and needles to drink the third one in 39 minutes.  I’M HUNGRY!  These drinks only make up 500 calories, so I decided to add raw veggies and fruit with the program.  Since I’m working out on top of this, there’s no way I can survive on 500 cals.  Pushing my body into starvation mode is not my goal, so I guess I’m not doing the true cleanse adding these supplements, but it’s the best solution I came up with.

Anyways, after the second juice I felt pretty great.  Lots of energy and even a little “high”/light headed.  We’ll see this afternoon though!  This cleanse is only 2 days, so I’ll post my results then.  Wish me luck!

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Greek Alfredo Pasta

I forgot to take a pic of this, but last night I made Greek chicken and broccoli Alfredo pasta for a weekly dinner get together. It turned out great! I found this recipe online and tweaked it a bit. It’s a little tangy but I like it. I might try to add nutritional yeast or soy cheddar cheese in another batch to get it more alfredo-y cheesy.

Ingredients:

(For about 4-6 servings. It’s very dense and the protein in the yogurt is filling!)

1 lb chicken breast
1 bag of organic trader joe’s broccoli florets
1 cup chicken broth (for cooking chicken)
1 cup chicken broth (for Alfredo sauce)
1 tbsp of minced garlic (or less if you don’t like garlic as much as I do!)
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz whole wheat or whole grain fettuccine pasta noodles (or sub half noodles half spaghetti squash)
6 oz Greek yogurt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz fat free cream cheese (I used trader Joe’s light cream cheese)
Salt & pepper
Dried oregano
Dried basil
Fresh basil (optional)

Step 1
I slow cooked the chicken the night before and probably should have cubed the meat before throwing it into the slow cooker. It got shreddy when I tried cutting it after cooking. Anyways cube it and throw it in the slow cooker with 1 cup chicken broth, salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano. Add a bit of water or more chicken broth to cover all the chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. It falls apart very easy at 6 hours.

Step 2
I steamed the broccoli in the morning and just put it in the fridge for later. I assume most people know how to steam broccoli so I won’t go into detail.

Step 3
Sauté the minced garlic with oil in a large saucepan. Meanwhile, you can start boiling the water for the noodles.

Step 4
After the garlic is browned, stir in the chicken broth. Bring to a soft boil for not even a minute.

Step 5
Set heat to low and add cream cheese. Whisk until melted. Add the Parmesan cheese. Mix well, then add the broccoli and cooked chicken.

Step 6
Remove from heat and whisk in Greek yogurt. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7
Drain noodles and dish up! Fresh basil can be added on top for a little kick. Also, a dash of siracha on top is delicious!

Clean Eating

Here’s a quick easy recipe that I just made for myself since my husband is out of town. I especially like this simple recipe because I can use up my leftovers!

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp crushed garlic (or less if that’s too garlic-y for you)
1/2 lime
1 package organic baby broccoli from trader joes
Leftover brown rice and quinoa (I had about 2 cups cooked)
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil and garlic. Steam the baby broccoli for about 2 min. Add the quinoa and brown rice and stir fry for about 5-7 min. Add salt an pepper to taste. Done! I added a bit of chili oil for a lil kick.

Side note: brown rice/quinoa can keep well in the fridge for about a week. I like to fry it right at 1 week to revive the grains. Add a little water if it dries out.

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Green Coffee Extract Part 2

Alright here’s my results for round 2 experimenting with the new weight loss craze: green coffee extract.

I tried another brand of GCE that contains svetol and green coffee antioxidant, two ingredients that Dr. Oz claims needs to be in the GCE pill in order to work.

Overall, this brand is better than the first one. I was not jittery at all since there was significantly less caffeine in this pill than the first brand. And this second brand required you to take a pill 30 minutes prior to eating, so it made me really aware of when I eat. HOWEVER, without changing my diet or workout regime, I ended up gaining 0.2 lbs on this gimmick.

So I’m not going to write much about this. Long story short, I’m sticking with good ol calorie counting and exercising.

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Potassium

My husband and I just got back from a quick trip to our hometown to visit family and friends. A little stressful trying to squeeze in quality time with everyone, but overall it was a great trip.

Our families have gone through a couple big health changes. Most of our family is trying to eat healthier and exercise more. My sister quit smoking and ran her first half marathon. And my in-laws have quit drinking due to my father-in-law’s health. I think his blood pressure and cholesterol levels are high.

His doctor recommended he eats foods with more potassium. Well the first thing most people think of when it comes to eating potassium is eating bananas. The trouble with that is my father-in-law HATES bananas. So I thought, there has got to be other foods out there high in potassium. Turns out bananas don’t even make the top ten when it comes to potassium content! Check out this article below for more potassium-rich foods.

Here’s the quick list from the article.

1.) Sweet potatoes
2.) Orange juice
3.) Beet greens
4.) Potatoes
5.) White beans
6.) Dates
7.) Yogurt
8.) Tomatoes
9.) Raisins
10.) Clams

Potassium Superfoods