Clementine Wild Rice Salad

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Consistency is what I encourage!  You will not completely undo nor redo your life in one day and the same is true for eating healthier.  Pick the path and make your long term goal and then go for it one day at a time.  New habits take time to develop and stick, so treat every day as a new day to make good choices.  I can certainly create a lot of damage in 15 minutes of eating poorly, but I move on the next day and make good choices to get back on track with healthy eating habits.  Even if it is not the popular or common choice of the people surrounding me, I can only control what goes in MY body.  I won’t let some one else’s choice to indulge become my choice.  I will be in control my choices, even if they are not the same ones my friends or family choose.  This is my body and my choice.  Master the day.

This is on my plate for lunch today.  Clemetines are one of my favorite snacks, but why not in a salad. Easy, make ahead directions too.  Make it for lunches next week!

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 bunches green onions, sliced thin
2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
1 cup mint leaves (optional)
1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste (optional)
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves (or a combination)

Combine all ingredients except the greens and mix thoroughly. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-8 servings

Note: To make ahead, combine everything but the greens and chill. Toss in the greens at the last minute.

30 Minute Taco Soup

With all the warm weather lately, I have been more inclined to grille our dinners than make something indoors.  For a change of pace on a cooler night, I tried this recipe out on the “fam.”  It went over well with everyone.  Try it out. Quick and tasty.  For those crockpot lovers out there, I do think you could add it all at once and simmer on low heat all day (8+ hrs.)  I would just add 3/4 cup water or stock to keep the liquid content balanced.

30 minute Taco Soup

 

Recipe by: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen modified by eatlivefit.net

 

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ lb. ground beef
1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced

1 can black beans

Taco Seasoning:

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp garlic granules or powder

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp fine Himalayan Sea Salt

1 tsp black pepper, fresh ground

 

Toppings: (optional)

 

Shredded Cheese
Avocado
Scallions
White Onion
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Jalapeno

 

Instructions:

 

 

 

·         In Dutch oven, heat oil and sauté garlic 

 

·         Add in Diced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in zucchini and green pepper.  Let cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in ground beef and cook until brown

 

·         In a bowl, combine taco seasoning spices.  Add to soup mixture and simmer until combined.  May need more liquid, so add 1/2 cup water or stock to soup.

 

Heart Healthy Valentines Dinner

Wait..did you say wine?  Yep, here is a great recipe for your valentine that includes wine in the sauce.  Try it out!  Add a green veggie and call it a plate of love.

Beef Filets with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce

recipe: Cooking Light modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup pinot noir or burgundy wine
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Directions

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks evenly with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan; keep warm.

Add shallots to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, wine, juice, broth, and thyme sprig; bring to a boil. Cook 7 minutes or until reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Remove from heat; discard thyme sprig. Add butter to sauce, stirring until butter melts. Serve sauce with steaks.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4 |  Serving Size: 1 steak + 2 teaspoons sauce

Per serving: Calories: 236; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 333mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 485mg; Iron: 13%; Vitamin A: 4%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 3%

Week’s Motivation: I will beat her!

 

I will beat her.

I will train harder.

I will eat cleaner.

I know her weaknesses.

I know her strengths.

I’ve lost to her before,

But not this time.

She is going down.

I have the advantage

because I know her well.

She is the old ME!

-pfitblog motivation

She is tough, but you are tougher.  If you need a quick Valentine’s Day recipe, check out my chocolate truffles as a family dessert.

https://eatlivefit.net/2015/02/13/a-sweet-for-your-sweet-tooth

 

 

 

Women, Wine and Wellness Evening Invite

Save the date and come join me for an evening with Women, Wine and Wellness:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Topic: 5 tips to keep your focus on your fitness and nutrition goals!!!!! Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  — Jim Rohn

You’ve already set those healthy New Year’s Resolutions to take better care of yourself, so now is the perfect time to learn a few ways to keep your momentum going all year. Join us this evening as Jo Ellen Walden, a Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach, outlines 5 tips to keep your focus on your fitness and nutrition goals. Making simple changes and taking small steps will make all the difference in taking care of you all year long.

Event details:

Location:

 

 

  • Starting at 6:30 pm, enjoy 30 minutes to mingle, grab a snack and a taste of wine, a complimentary treat from one of our regular Table Sponsors – Wine Shop at Home. At 7:00, we will hear from all of our sponsors then, our fabulous guest speaker will teach, inspire, and provide value with a wellness inspired topic. We finish our program for the evening with special announcements and another opportunity for all attendees to connect.

     

 

Weekly Motivation #4 Cheers to Health

As we near the end of January, I wanted to touch on a topic that is controversial, digestive system detox.  There are a lot of varying opinions out there about if, when, and how to cleanse your liver and digestive system.  I have never been a fan of long term detoxifications because they are very restrictive and often harmful.  Instead, I recommend one day of sipping a simple clean juice.  Nurse it all day long by just sipping it, do not drink it straight down.  Cheers to your health!

  • 2 slices of green apple (peal included)
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 oz. water
  • pinch cinnamon
  • lemon juice (optional

mix together in glass and sip all day.

 

Weekly Motivation 3: Stress

Despite common beliefs, stress can be a BIG influence on metabolism.   It freezes your body.  Now, who doesn’t have stress in your life?  Nobody, right? THE GOOD NEWS:  Stress can be changed and influenced.  We have to be aware of it and make small changes to reduce it.  Here is a quick, small way to reduce the effects of stress on your body.

Force your body into a state of calm.

Your body already has a built-in stress reliever, it’s just a matter of tapping into it.

“Focus on your breathing, put your feet flat on the floor. Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling,” Humphreys advised. “Tense your muscles then let them go, then tense them again and repeat. Relax your body and a lot of people will find your emotions will follow.*”

No better time than the present to do it..so take a few minutes and do it now.  Even if you are not feeling stressed, knowing that you have a way out of it, is huge!  Get in the habit of doing this several times a day and when stress hits, you will be ready with a remedy.

*source – Humphrey’s