Liven up your juice with ginger!

Juicing can be a great experience for some people, but for others the thought of a green drink just turns their stomach.  If you are not a huge veggie lover juicing is a great way to get the proper nutrients you need daily and more.

An apple to sweeten the green drink is always a favorite, but for some once it settles in the stomach you may feel nauseous.   In comes ginger.  Ginger is soothing to the stomach and when mixed with your green drink it adds a little heat and a better taste for your pallette.

Next time you juice kale, zucchini, or other green Liven it up with ginger!

Motivated once again!

Motivation has been renewed.  Perhaps the warm weather has contributed to that.  Some of it is due to pure determination and where I want to see myself in a few months.

Biking is my passion and the added weight will just cause injury to my knees so working on a stationary bike for now is a good option.  I’ve incorporated a low impact gazelle workout and weight lifting as well.

The last few days have been focused on restructuring my exercise regimen and getting my husband on board with me.  Partnering up with him allows me to have an accountability partner.

The healthy glow this week comes in the former of sweat!  All the hard work will pay off in the long run.  If you have been in a slump and unmotivated that’s ok, just pick yourself up and press on.

This healthy lifestyle is a life long journey and there are times when life sends us down a slippery slope.  But there is nothing that’s says you have to stay in the mud pile at the bottom of the slope and wallow in the mud.

Today is the day to shake the mud off!

 

 

Tough Love

The weather is finally changing around here and we are beginning to experience Spring like temperatures.  Up until last week the temperatures were plummeting and snow was falling.

The weather has certainly put a damper on Spring cleaning, and I am talking about more than the inside of my house.

I usually do a Spring cleanse to rid my body of toxins and start an exercise regimen to get bike ready for outdoor trails.

However this year has been different. Pneumonia and the diagnosis of asthma has left me feeling lethargic and unmotivated. I have been ignoring the scales and the fact that my clothes are feeling a little tighter than they should.

It is now time to give myself a little tough love and get moving again.

This is my journey and I am pressing on to stay healthy and fit. The reality is that some days will be good and some won’t.   The key is perseverance!

I will be blogging on my progress over the next few weeks to let you know how I am getting the Spring back in my Step!

Life Interrupted!

As 2015 came to a close, I was battling a bad case of pneumonia and was hospitalized, due to complications.  It took me by surprise, and turned my life upside down.  Having to follow doctor’s strict orders, I was put on a no fiber, lactose free diet due to internal bleeding.  Since I was used to eating a high fiber diet it took a while to adjust.  After 6 weeks I was able to slowly resume my normal eating schedule.

Thankfully, I am fully recovered and am beginning to get back into routine once again. The time out gave me an opportunity to reflect on my life and remember how precious life is and that each day is a gift from God.

Counting my blessings!

Look out for new posts, coming soon…..

 

 

Festive Christmas Snacks for Kids

Festive ways to keep kids eating healthy during the Christmas Season.

Kids Christmas Mr.-Grinch-the-Kiwi  Kids Christmas Cottage Cheese Snowman  kids christmas Rudolph-Pancakes-Breakfast_PM  kids christmas candy cane  kids christmas banana berry santa  kids christmas snowman-cups-

 

 

 

http://www.funnyfoodsrecipes.com/mr-grinch-the-kiwi/

http://amynjesse.blogspot.com (Cottage Cheese snowman)

http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/2011/12/rudolph-pancake-breakfast.html/

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=1884 (fresh fruit candy cane)

http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/2013/12/christmas-breakfast-welcome-elf-shelf.html  (banana berry santa)

http://creativekidsnacks.com (popcorn snowman)

 

Have yourself a healthy little Christmas

(To the tune of Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas)

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas.
Let Your Treats Be Lite.
From Now On, Our Bulges Will Be Out Of Sight.

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas.
Exercise Each Day !
From Now On, Throw Junk Food Where It’s Miles Away.
Here We Are Learning Better Ways;
Leaner Muscles…Get Less Sore.
Faithful Friends…Who Are Dear To Us,
Get To Cheer For Us…And More.

Through The Year, We’ve Been In This Together,
And If We Allow,
Next Year, Heads Will Turn And They’ll Be Saying: “WOW !”
So Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas Now.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/

Christmas Cheese Wreath

Each year, on Christmas Eve, I serve a cream cheese ball.  This year I hope to turn it into a festive Christmas wreath like the one shown below.

CREAM CHEESE WREATH BALL

The recipe I use is as follows:

2 8oz blocks of light cream cheese (room temperature)

2 tins  Flakes of ham (can use tuna as well)

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. lemon juice

Parsley flakes/cut up chives

chopped red pepper OR little cherry tomatoes.

Place the cream cheese blocks into a bowl and beat until creamy.  Open the two cans of flakes of ham and fold into the mixture.  Add the Worcestershire sauce and lemon, mix well.

For the wreath shape use a bundt tin.  Place saran wrap into the bundt tin and sprinkle a layer of parsley flakes and chives around the pan.  Add the cream cheese mixture  in spoonfuls around the pan.  Press down with your hand to mold the cheese into the wreath shape.  Cover the cream cheese mixture with more saran wrap and place in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours until firm.

Once ready, turn it onto a decorative plate and place sliced red pepper or small cherry tomatoes around the wreath for a finished look.

Serve with a variety pack of crackers or, my favorite, Original flavor bugles chips. (a real favorite in our house).  If you are looking for a healthier alternative serve with celery sticks, zucchini sticks, carrot sticks.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!