Food Friday: Snapper in Saffron Broth

This time of year is all about the turkeys and hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casseroles, gravy on everything… Not to mention 100,000 desserts.

Ready for a break from holiday foods?

I am.

This recipe for Snapper in Saffron Broth is my perfect remedy. Another find on the askGeorgie website, this dish is delicious, packed with veggies, and a serving won’t leave you feeling like you ate a ton of bricks. Even if you go back for seconds.

Georgie uses a spiralizer to create veggie “noodles”, but that’s one kitchen gadget I don’t have, and it worked out just fine. In fact, I’ve made it both by peeling the veggies for wider, flatter noodles, and by running them through the julienne blades on my mandoline. All of these options work equally well, so don’t hold back. Don’t hold back at all. Make this tonight!

Snapper in Saffron Broth – Click for Recipe

Snapper in Saffron Broth with Vegetables

Food Friday: Pumpkin Pie Loaf (Grain and Dairy Free)

Pumpkin Pie Loaf

Photo credit: Nutritionist In The Kitch. Yum!

It’s not fall anymore, but… it’s still pumpkin season! I found a good-looking recipe for a pumpkin pie loaf, added a few twists of my own… and here we are!

The original recipe that I found was the Five-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie loaf from Nutritionist in the Kitch, which was actually adapted from a bread or muffin recipe from Wellness Mama. It caught my eye because I love A) pumpkin and B) coconut flour. Coconut flour is definitely not a grain-flour substitute. It has a totally different texture and huge liquid-absorbing abilities, so you definitely can’t just it as a substitute, and you might need to adjust your baking times as it has a tendency to stay a wet batter for a long time. But follow the recipe and you’ll end up with something delicious!

Pumpkin Pie Loaf

Inspired by Nutritionist In The Kitch and Wellness Mama

5 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

pinch each of nutmeg and cloves

scant 1/4 cup walnut pieces

generous 1/8 cup dried cranberries

nut pieces and raw sugar for topping (optional)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together eggs and pumpkin. Slowly whisk in melted coconut oil, then vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients except nuts and cranberries until all lumps are gone.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into wet.
  5. Stir in walnuts and cranberries.
  6. Pour into greased 8″x4″ loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle with nuts and sugar, as a topping (optional).
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until done.
  9. Enjoy!

 

 

Motivation When You Need It Most

Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is coming – less than 25 days! Parties, shopping, travel planning… Things are getting serious. This usually means that we’re all a little more short on time and energy. When these things happen, it’s usually our routines that suffer, including our workouts. Don’t let it happen to you!

Instead, take 10 minutes out for yourself, and holiday-stress-2011figure out how you can keep yourself on track. When we are in a routine, we tend to not think much about why we do what we do. Sometimes it’s because we need to (jobs and stuff), sometimes because we want to (Friday night pizza anyone?). Sometimes it’s because it’s just what we do. Most of our everyday activities fit into this category. Our brains create routine and habits because it takes way less brainpower to automatically do something than it does to make every single decision, every single day. Imagine trying to decide every day whether you should go to the gym? Not always a fun decision, right? But if you get yourself into the habit of going straight there after work, you’re going to do it without thinking about it. Less brain stress, better health.

When everything is out of routine though, you end up making those “should I?” decisions all the time. Remembering why you wanted to create your routine in the first place can make a big difference and keep you on track. When you’re low on motivation or struggling to fit in the workout you know you should be doing, think about why you wanted to (or thought you should) get it done in the first place. Some of these motivational tricks might help!

Use A Visual

Post a picture of your goal somewhere you will see it. Heck, post a bunch of pictures. When I was in high school, a cross country teammate of mine put his goal race time on Post It notes on his locker, his text books, the dashboard of his car, and all over the walls on his house. It took about four months for him to reach his goal, but he was reminded every day why he was working so hard.

Join A Group

Whether online or real life, being around people with the same interests or goals will have a positive impact on you reaching yours. You can share stories and information about what works, what doesn’t, how you make progress, and how you stay on track when you get discouraged. These are your people!

Find Your Inspiration

The most important question a coach can ask: Why do you want to achieve this goal? The people who do achieve their goals are the ones that have a solid reason to do so. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what the “why” is, but it’s worth the effort. Once you have the answer, it can become way easier to put in the work to get there.

Fight Back

You know that little voice in your head that tells you everything seems too hard and you’d rather just sit on the couch? Declare war on it! Prepare yourself for those days when it’s tempting to skip a workout by making a list of all the reasons you should be working out. Read back to yourself as needed.

Though none of these tips are a surefire way to stay on track with workouts (or any other habit or routine), remember that simply showing up will help improve motivation for your next session, and will definitely help beat holiday stress. And if they help you finish even one workout that you might have otherwise skipped, it’s already worth it.

Food Friday: Beet, Blue Cheese, and Arugula Salad

Whooo-eee! The day after Thanksgiving can be a tough one for food. With so many leftovers, we’re always trying to clear some room in the fridge. But I’m still feeling stuffed (no pun intended). What I really want is something light and easy. I found this quick-and-tasy option at AskGeorgie.com, the website of my favorite nutrition coach Georige Fear. I love it- it hits the spot and lets me get on with my day, without the second day turkey-fueled coma.

Beet, Blue Cheese and Arugula Salad

Photo credit: AskGeorgie.com

Photo credit: AskGeorgie.com

2 whole beets, greens removed
2 oz Blue cheese, crumbled
Baby arugula
Balsamic vinegar

Peel and slice the beets into thin wedges. Put on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes. (Georgie does hers in the toaster oven at 350). Place a big handful of arugula on a plate, top with the warm beets, and 1 ounce blue cheese crumbles – a little goes a long way. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar pefore serving. Enjoy!

You can find more delicious healthy recipes at AskGeorgie.com. Check it out next time you are menu planning!