Week of December 15, 2013

Latest Schedule Updates

Still waiting to hear when we can hold class during the holiday break. When I hear, I’ll send an email, post it on Facebook and post it here. If you’re not currently following this blog, please enter your email on the right to receive automatic updates.

Are you still booting it with a buddy?

Some of you have committed to stopping/starting something this month. Some of you even put yourself out there in public on this spreadsheet. Sometimes putting it out there makes you more accountable. Not too late! Get a buddy and work on something that you’ve been wanting to address, whether it’s stopping that one can of soda a day, it’s eating a protein-rich breakfast, it’s avoiding the craving for sugar at 2-3pm by bringing/carrying a protein-packed snack. Just grab a buddy and boot it!! What’s stopping you???

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvK-bb5j5SjndFhxb0FoNWVJNFpiUkxXUUhOSUtnNFE&usp=sharing#gid=0

Are You Putting Yourself First?

Here’s a short write-up about the importance of carving out time for yourself. Stop waiting to see if there’s time left for you. After you take care of your children, spouse, work, housekeeping, etc., are you seeing if you have time left over for you? Too many times, you put yourself last and you don’t get to have your manicure, time to exercise without interruptions, relaxing time to read a book, or time with good friends. However, you make sure that everyone around is satisfied. STOP! You must place yourself first!! Read on . . . .http://www.greatlivingnow.com/2012/06/27/5-reasons-put-yourself-first/

Holiday Recipes

Coconut Macaroons: http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-coconut-macaroons/

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and honey with a forkpaleo coconut macaroons gluten-free dessert recipe
  2. Briefly whisk in salt, then stir in coconut flakes
  3. Place bowl in fridge to chill for ½ hour
  4. Fill a 2 tablespoon scoop with batter, so it’s heaping full
  5. Using your hand, firmly pack batter into scoop so it is level
  6. Release batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes, until macaroons are golden brown
  8. Cool for 1 hour and serve

 Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti

  1. In a food processor, combine almond flour, cacao powder, arrowroot powder, ground coffee, salt and baking soda
  2. Pulse until ingredients are well combineddouble-chocolate-mocha-biscotti-dsc_9531
  3. Pulse in agave nectar until the dough forms a ball
  4. Remove dough from food processor and work in dark chocolate with your hands
  5. Form dough into 2 logs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and cool for 1 hour
  7. Cut the logs into ½ inch slices on the diagonal with a very sharp knife
  8. Spread slices out on a baking sheet and bake at 300° for 12-15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool, set, and become crispy

Don’t Forget Your Green Veggies!!

Green Bean Salad: This green bean salad is packed full of the tastes of mushrooms, red onion, garlic and green beans.Top 10 Green Vegetable Recipes

Green Pea Stew: This stew begins with a homemade sauce and is easiest to eat in wide, rimmed bowls.

Stuffed Green Peppers: This simple recipe is quick, easy and healthy! It’s also meat-free.

Green Tomato Pie: I originally found the recipe for Green Tomato Pie in an old cookbook my  grandmother had. It makes a great brunch addition or a light lunch  entrée. Some people even like it for dessert.

Green Asparagus Casserole: For variations on this dish, add green peas, cooked cubed celery or  hard-cooked egg slices. Also, it may be used as an entree if the white  meat of chicken is put on the bottom of the casserole.

Wilted Greens and Pine Nuts: Pine nuts make any dish look elegant and taste fantastic. Toast the nuts first for an especially nutty flavor!

Collard Green with Onions and Bacon: These dark, leafy greens are high in fiber and are very common in Southern cooking. Very tasty with a little bit of spice.

Red Potato and Green Pea Salad: This pretty green and red salad is a great addition to a summer picnic.

Green Bean and Spinach Salad: Make this green bean and spinach salad the night before for best results. It’s a great dish to share with friends and family at all your summer parties, events, and picnics.

Veggie Bean Dip: This white bean dip is bursting with garden bounty.

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