Welcome to Day Three

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Welcome to Jenmi Jenmi’s One Year Anniversary Party day three!  We are celebrating for 5 days, each day will feature a different post-sharing theme to enhance and help our “Fresh Start.” Since our anniversary coincides with the New Years celebration our theme will be “Fresh Start.” Jenmi Jenmi will be sharing recipes, hints, tips, foods, exercises and advice on how to maintain our healthy “Fresh Start: All Year Long.”

Today we will be sharing recipes for meatless meals. These tasty recipes will help you maintain a healthy diet and assure you get plenty of vegetables

Check back through out the week and share in all the fun!

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WIAW #42

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 30, 2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I wanted to participate in the WIAW this week, but we are very busy with are One Year Anniversary Party this week, so I am just sharing my favorite meal from last Saturday.  If you have time during the week, please stop by and check out our party. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

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 My husband always orders a combo that comes with these hard boiled eggs and I love them, so we share his egg. 🙂

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Miso Ramen

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals! 

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My Favorite Meal After Over Indulging

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Posted by Denise (Jennifer the RD’s sister) on January 29, 2013

I always look forward to citrus season when the navel oranges ripen on the tree.  I juice one large orange and half a banana, and add some ice in a blender for a quick pick me up.  I also like a banana shake with nonfat milk, banana, some ice, about a tsp of ground flax seeds, and a tsp of peanut butter

I also like to add coconut water in smoothies to replace electrolytes

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What I Eat to Get Myself Back on Track

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Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on January 29, 2013

Whenever I over eat, I spend a day just eating the following:  pita bread, different types of hummus, and fruit.  It’s simple, tasty, and I can get enough protein without eating any animal protein.

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Citrus Salad

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 29. 2013

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A few years ago, I attended a boot camp and this recipe is from a friend I met at boot camp. I like this salad because it is very simple to make and is very tasty and satisfying. My favorite way to prepared this salad is with shredded chicken.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Paul Newman’s Light Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • 3 oz Mandarin orange sections
  • 2 oz pecan or almond pieces
  • 1-2 apples, diced in ¼” pieces
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 avocado, diced into ¼” pieces
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup green onions. Sliced ¼”
  • 1 ½ oz feta or blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 hard boiled eggs, sliced or chopped

Instructions:

  1. Toss ingredients together.
  2. Serve chilled.

Optional: Add additional chopped veggies and baked salmon, tuna or chicken.

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Better Bean and Vegetable Soup

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 29, 2013

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This is a recipe from a gym friend and she makes a huge pot of soup at least once a month. She claims the soup is a cure all. This recipe is very forgiving, I usually clean out my pantry when I make this and I use what ever I have on hand. Also, this soup freezes well.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Vidalia onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 8 cups fat free chicken or vegetable stock
  • 8-16 cups water1/2 cup barley
  • ¾ cup lentils
  • 4-5 16 oz cans of beans (white, garbanzo, black, cannelli, etc)
  • 16 oz can red kidney beans
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 26-28 oz cans Italian Tomatoes, pureed style
  • 26-28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3-4 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ of a head of white cabbage
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, cut off the cobs
  • 16 oz bag of frozen peas
  • 16 oz frozen spinach
  • ½ whole-wheat pasta (small size like alphabet or orzo)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 TBSP cumin
  • 1 TBSP oregano (or another spice you like)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 Instructions:

  1. In large stockpot, sautéed onions in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Pour stock into stockpot and add 8 cups of water (add additional water as needed through the cooking process)
  3. Add barley and lentils to the stockpot and cook for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Add beans, tomato paste, pureed tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, bell pepper and cabbage and cook for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Add corn, peas, spinach, pasta, parsley, cilantro, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

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Welcome to Day Two

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 29, 2013

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Welcome to Jenmi Jenmi’s One Year Anniversary Party day two!  We are celebrating for 5 days, each day will feature a different post-sharing theme to enhance and help our “Fresh Start.” Since our anniversary coincides with the New Years celebration our theme will be “Fresh Start.” Jenmi Jenmi will be sharing recipes, hints, tips, foods, exercises and advice on how to maintain our healthy “Fresh Start: All Year Long.”

Today we will be featuring recipe and meals that have helped us get back on track with our healthy goals, after we have over-indulged in food and drink.

Check back through out the week and share in all the fun!

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Breaking Bad Habits

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on January 28, 2012 (Re-posted from 1/9/12, when we were a new blog)

There probably isn’t anyone on the face of the earth that does not have any bad habits. I was reading an article that discussed a new study by USC psychologists (published in the journal Pesonality and Social Psychology Bulletin), that helps explain why habits are so hard to break. In an experiment, the USC psychologists gave some movie theatre customers buckets of popcorn. Some of the buckets contained freshly popped popcorn and others contained week old, stale kernels.At the end of the movie, researchers measured the amount of popcorn eaten and by whom. It seems that the people that did not usually eat popcorn when watching a movie ate much less stale popcorn. However, those that routinely munched on popcorn while watching a movie ate the same amount of popcorn whether it was stale or fresh. It was a habit. Sounds discouraging, doesn’t it? According to the study, the movie theatre acted as a strong environmental cue that triggered an automatic eating behavior.
So, this may be why it is so hard to stop eating those cookies before we go to bed, or why we just can’t add those extra 20 minutes to our exercise routine. According to the study, changing environmental cues that enforce bad habits may help to break them. For example, eating food with your non dominant hand may disrupt habitual eating. In the study mentioned above, asking moviegoers to eat with their non dominant hand seemed to cause people to pay attention to what they were eating and eat less stale popcorn. I can recall a time when I was struggling with my exercise routine. I wanted to add a little more to my weekly regimen, but for some reason, I was so programmed to exercise for a certain amount of time before work, I just could not do it. So, I decided to break routine, and add a 1 hour walk with my dog 3 times a week so both of us could get more exercise. It worked beautifully! The lead author of the USC study, David Neal, stated that “…will power and good intentions are not enough, and we need to trick our brains by controlling the environment instead.”

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Choices

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 28, 2013 (this is a re-post from 1/31/12, when we were a new blog)

Most of us don’t even think about the small choices we make everyday that affect our health, weight and fitness level. All those small choices can lead to a healthier lifestyle from drinking more water to exercising even when you don’t feel like it.We all have obstacles in our life that we can’t control. But there is so much that is in our control.

Personally, I am aiming to make smart choices 80% of the time. Nobody is perfect. This little bit of freedom is helping me to pursue my goals. Whatever your personal goal is, don’t beat yourself up over small slip- ups.  Success is a series of small choices. Try to focus on the big picture.

Remember to celebrate both small and large victories, while keeping the greater goals in sight.

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One Goal at a Time

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Posted by Denise (Jennifer the RD’s sister) on January 28, 2013

My idea for goal setting is to pick one new goal every year.  Goal setting that is unrealistic never leads to success.

So, what I try to do is choose one new goal every year.  Last year, I switched out all of my light bulbs to the “green,” energy efficient varieties.  This year, I am buying only organic chicken.  I typically buy a whole, organic chicken  and cook it up and use it in various recipes.

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