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Oh, It’s a Green Drank. . .

I like green dranks. Drinks with kale. Drinks with spinach. Drink that make people do a double take.

I drink them about three times a week and I have no shame in carry them around these days. I like them for the sole reason because you can play around so much with the ingredients and it’s so much fun. You can go wrong, but you also can go VERY RIGHT! You get your veggies. You get your fruits. You can add your “power-ups” In addition to being healthy, especially since you know exactly what is going into the drink, your energy levels shouldn’t suffer when have this.

Honestly it’s a win win. People usually gag at the color, but I love the color green soooo . . . . IN short-I am out here winning. If you aren’t making some green dranks, you’re out here losing. Come over to the green side…we winning. 😀

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Individual Veggie Pizza Pies

Good Afternoon !!!

This is life.

If you must know one thing about me, know that I love pizza. Not a little love, it is a large immense love that never dies down. Pizza with salad. Pizza with soup. Pizza with fries. Pizza for breakfast. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner. Pizza alone. Pizza party, etc you get my drift. Pizza is my bae.

When I was young, my mom made pizza, now it’s my duty when I’m home. Since I’m living on my own I realized 1) I don’t need to buy whole shells like I do when I make it for my family. 2) I probably don’t have enough freezer space (you know roommates and all) In the fall of last year I came up with a solution that has worked PERFECTLY and DELECTABLY and I’m here to share.

Ingredients (the amounts are up to you):

  • Tortilla shells (corn, flour, sprouted)
  • Pasta sauce (make up your own or buy some, I use 365’s brand)
  • Veggies- garlic/mushrooms/broccoli/ onions/ peppers/ spinach**
  • Cheese- cheddar/mozzarella/mix
Whole wheat crust. Small shells. Kale

Whole wheat crust/Small shells/Kale

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October is…..Vegetarian Awareness Month!

The entire world is decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everywhere I go it’s pink, I’m in Panera right now, (well all day studying) and they have pink balloons, ribbons & proceeds of one of their bagels is going to support breast cancer research  which is great and all, but I found out October  is also Vegetarian awareness month. I think this is SOOOOOOO important- your diet has associations with cancer, but more because you don’t need to have meat at every meal and these meatless meals can be delicious and nutritious. Plus you could possibly be healthy. I’m not a vegetarian, but think I’m pretty close to it. I usually eat meat at one meal either breakfast or dinner, (these days since I’ve been in school I really don’t have a lunch) and It’s never  the majority of my meal- most times a quarter of my food. I love veggies, and my meal IS incomplete if I don’t see green on my plate. Often you’ll hear that vegetarians don’t get the recommended amount of protein, but that isn’t necessarily true. Also, there are many other ways to get protein, You can get protein and the essential amino acids from veggies. (Chef Ahki is of course one of my sources, and I tend to agree with her.) Also, there are so many legumes, nuts, seeds and grains that provide protein and will lead you feeling satisfied.  If you’re the type of person who likes to explore and create new dishes this is a great way to do just that.

I don’t participate in Meatless Monday, I participate in  imma go meatless whenever I want to at least 2-4 times a week. I just made that up..could you tell?  HOWEVER, I do think Meatless Monday is a great way to get started; you have the weekend to prep and participate in this first thing in the week.  I only eat chicken/turkey/fish/seafood so I don’t eat red meat- the type of meat that ways ya down and just sits in your colon for hella long. There are pros to eating red meat, but I think the cons definitely outweigh the positive aspects.

Confession: Once a year I have oxtails. i love mi oxtails, gotta ave dem.

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Eating Water? Fruity Herby Water?

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I’ve written on several occasions about water. I won’t rehash it now, but I will say drinking the recommended daily amount of water is something that shouldn’t be ignored.  I strive for 70 ounces a day. I fail. I consistently fail at this. I’ll do amazing in spurts of 3-4 days. Then mess up for several weeks. I want to do better yall!!!!!!! I’ve succumbed to social media peer pressure: I got some mason jars.

Sexy delicious drank.

I made Rosemary Watermelon Water and LOOOOOOVED IT!  It is so cool and refreshing. I can easily drink 3-4 glasses and that’s like 30+ oz easily!  I’ve seen so many tumblr posts of different drinks, I am going to try cucumber & lime water I hear great great stuff about that combo. If you have any recipes or drink ideas.. Leave it here! I really want some more.

More importantly I want to discuss eating water? Whaaa??? Yup. So check it.  The majority of fruits and veggies have a high water content.  Grains, pastas, cheese etc have low. So if you eat these low water content having food you aren’t hydrating your body. Nutritionally the higher level H2O foods are great for you. I actually learned about this through Chef Ahki’s facebook page and since then, I try to eat a salad/make a drink that includes these high water content foods. Remember the water you’re getting from these foods is natural and the best kind you can get, even better than spring water! It has the prefect pH levels, minerals etc.

Water is not about Quantity. Water is about Quality.-Chef Ahki 

I’m working on this. It’s new knowledge and I’m just sharing. I think this is awesome & enlightening.
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My Salad Is Better Than Yours

The title says everything I’ve ever wanted to  the the world, SaladWorks included.

My. Salad. Is. Amazing.  (and by salad I mean veggies in a bowl..what did yall think??? O_O)

So let’s go.

I like salads that are full of everythang. I remember one time my friends ordered food && I had to get something, so I order a salad. It came. I was excited.. then I saw this “salad”– iceberg lettuce, a few cucumber slices, about 5 grape tomatoes and a few sprinkles of orange…I guess they were carrots. Seriously, what was that?

So this is how my salads be.

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My CrossFit Experience

CrossFit ManayunkA few months ago Living Social had a deal for CrossFit Manayunk. I was like well, it’s $39 && it was 81% savings. I think getting this will be a win all around. The deal expires on the 24th, so I redeemed it on the 18th.  You have to go to an introductory class called, OnRamp before participating in their weekly classes. In this 3 hr class they go through the common movements and exercises that are given. We did kettlebell activities, wall balls, slam balls, Olympic lifts such as… clean & jerk, push press, split jerk. All those exercises were fine, I went through them and was hella confident, now, when we got to the kipping pullups, my life forever change. I went from cloud nine to 6 feet under. I WAS HORRIBLE! My whole entire upper body failed me. Like JORDAN WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ANY UPPER BODY STRENGTH!? I used the resistance band for additional assistance, but no, that didn’t even help. At that moment I realized, I’m not fit, I got  sad and discouraged, but then we had to do our workout : 8 MIN AMRAP  (As many reps/round as possible)  It was difficult, but I think I handled it quite well. In 8 minutes our class had to do: 5 burpees/ 5 slam balls/ 5 situps/5 air squats.  It doesn’t seem like much right? Well it was. You try it. You do those 4 exercises for 8 minutes && try to go your fastest without compromising form.   I promise yall I wasn’t sore until 3:30am. (why was I up that late? Partying..that’s besides the point) When I got home, my whole body, yall don’t understand, My ENTIRE BODY from my calves up to my traps were yelling at me!   What was especially achy was my back- lats, rhomboids, traps, erector spinae, the rotator cuff muscles. All back muscles were sore… oh and might I add that they still are! Lower body recovered quite quickly so I’m happy about that.

I watch CrossFit games all the time on ESPN, but I still was unsure what to expect for the class and after leaving, I really don’t know how to feel. I mean I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days. I like it- the concept and variety that crossFit represents. I guess my issues would be, breaking in and being able to get some friends, it seems like everybody has their place. Another issue would be injury, with the Olympic lifts and with the weight and intensity, what if I get injured? Now that I write them out, they don’t seem like reasons not to continue, but  those 2 issues are important. With the Living Social deal I get 2 weeks to participate in any class, but I won’t just because my schedule doesn’t allow it, but they offer open gym hours on Sunday So I’ll participate in that this Sunday, just to get more familiar with the equipment and lifting. I think adding CrossFit would be great to my workout schedule, maybe one day or possibly two, I wouldn’t want this to be my only workout. I know CrossFit has variety, but I like variety outside of a specific program. Also, I would really have to look into the weights I use so I don’t get the bulky, I’m swole look.

Overall, I’m happy I got this experience; it’s definitely one I won’t forget. Maybe when I go down south I’ll try it again to see if I can add it into my workout routines. I was reminded that I can improve what I’m doing fitness-wise to be a fitter person. A lot of respect goes to the crossfitters. They are very fit- endurance, speed and power. Strength & cardio.

Pre workout meal–> Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup of oatmeal
  • 8 oz of almond milk
  • banana
  • Scoop of weight protein
  • Ice Cubes (optional)
  1. Blend in blender until smooth.
  2. Drink & enjoy

Post Workout Quick Meal–> Egg Sammie

  • 2 eggs
  • Flat bread
  • Avocado
  • cheese
  • 2 button Mushrooms
  1. Cut and saute your mushroom
  2. If you have room in the same pot, cook your eggs over hard. If not, just wait a bit!
  3. Place mushroom on top of eggs, if you want add some cheese.
  4. Lightly toast bread and add avocado as a spread.
  5. Place eggs in bread & enjoy.

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Kale Beet Drink

Are you healthy but having a lazy moment for dinner? Here’s some help.

What did I Put In It?

  • Almond Milk
  • 1/2 of Banana
  • Handful of Grapes
  • Leaf of Kale
  • ¼ of a small beet
  • 1/8 Cucumber
  • Frozen Mixed Fruit: Pineapple/Mango/Papaya

For starters, I do not have precise measurements when it comes to making a drink because it’s all subjective. If you want a thinner (juicer) drink then had more of your liquid. I use coconut water or milk or usually I add water when necessary, however, I like a thicker consistency smoothie so I use about a quarter cup of liquid. Your decision!

I finished my detox about a week before Easter, ever since I finished whenever I eat a heavy dinner my tummy hurts all night && I’m very sad about this. Therefore, I have to eat a fairly light dinner. On this particular night I had a heavy lunch+snacks, then didn’t get home until about 7:30. Nothing was made and I shooo nuff wasn’t about to hop in the kitchen and cook, so I opted for a drink as my dinner. It did the trick.   The drink itself is so SO red because of the beet. The beet has such a powerful color and taste. Personally I looove beets so I like the flavor in the drink, it’s an acquired taste so try it and add it to your life. Beets are extremely healthy.

Questions? Holla at me!

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