Month

October 2015

Fruit Infused Water

As a part of my journey to a healthier life, I am trying to break myself of the habit of drinking diet soda. I have one soda a day despite knowing that is not good for me.   I like water and I drink a lot of it, but there is something about a soda that satisfies a craving in me.  I have been on a quest to find a replacement for my daily soda. I recently came across a blog with several recipes for infused water. I had never tried  infused water before. Most everyone knows the human body requires adequate water to sustain life. The American College of Sports Medicine says that water is the most essential component of the human body. Not only does it transport nutrients, helps eliminate waste, but it also helps regulate body temperature while exercising. It helps with blood pressure, blood circulation, lubrication of joints and aids in digestion.  Soda does not do any of those things  for me, nor does it provide my body with any needed nutrients. I need more water!

I tried several of the recipes across many blogs and even came up with a few combinations of my own. I finally settled on one combo that has me drinking 32 ounces MORE of water than I was before. It’s so easy too. I slice up an orange and a lime in the morning. I squeeze the juice of one slice of orange in a large glass. I add in 3 more slices of orange, 2 of lime and fill with water 12 ounces of water. I let it sit in the refrigerator while I go through my morning routine.  By then, the flavors have infused the water and I enjoy drinking it so much more than plain water. I do this a couple of times a day and drink this in addition to my normal water intake. I have seen several versions of these infusions in different sizes ( ball jar size to pitchers) using all kinds of fruits and spices. Here is one blog that has a lot of recipes you can try. I hope you find one that appeals to you and results in you drinking more water! This has helped me reduce my soda intake and soon I hope to break the habit completely.

If you have a favorite, please share it in the comments.

-JA

Oatmeal that taste like cookies? I had to try!

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I am always in search of yummy and filling breakfast ideas. One of my favorites is oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon. I add a sliced banana on top after it’s cooked.  When I saw this recipe on Pop Sugar last week , I decided I would try if for breakfast. After all, it says it tastes like cookies.  I mashed up the bananas, added the peanut butter, stirred in the oatmeal, sprinkled it with cinnamon and into the microwave it went. Went I removed it, it didn’t look anything like the picture.  Then again, my meals rarely look like the photo included with the recipe. I added a little milk, stirred it up and gave it a try. The texture was thicker than I expected, but the flavor was pretty good.  I like peanut butter, but  I think next time I would try some other kind of butter or maybe a teaspoon of honey. It was filling and did hold me over until lunch time.   If you try this recipe, comment here and let me know if you think it tasted like cookies, and if it was satisfying.  Do you have a favorite go-to breakfast that keeps you satisfied all morning?

Green Chicken Enchiladas

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes. I really enjoy Tex-Mex food. I probably could it eat it every day. I am always in search of lighter versions of my favorite dishes. I came across this recipe and it has been a favorite every since. It is a healthier version of enchiladas.

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups bottled salsa verde, divided
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey jack cheese or Mexican Blend. divided
  •  8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Combine chicken with 1/2 cup salsa, 1/2 cup cheese, salt and pepper. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place in casserole baking dish. Pour remaining salsa and cheese over enchiladas. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until slightly browned) .  You can serve with sour cream, pico de gallo  and/or guacamole. YUM!

Serving size: 1 enchilada: fat 6.8g; protein 21.5; carb 12.7, fiber 0g

Have a recipe to share? Please send to jennifer.alameda@embracingahealthylife.com.  It may be featured in an upcoming post.

JA

Virtual Races – Boo!

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Have you ever considered a virtual race? For some, weekend morning races are not always convenient. For others, the location of a race or the start time can be an obstacle. Virtual races are becoming more popular. They can be completed during a time that works best for the runner. This past  year, I participated in two virtual races:. They were the Jedi Challenge and the US Road Running Mother’s Day challenge. For both, I signed up online, submitted my completion time and was awarded my medal. I will be honest, the bling motivates me! I love receiving the medal and then proudly displaying it on my medal hanger. There is a Halloween virtual race coming up! It’s the Faster Than Boo Virtual 10K.  The deadline for registration is October 19th. You will receive your virtual race kit in the mail. It includes the T-shirt, race bib, and yes, even the medal!  The race needs to be completed between October 29-October 31. Gone for a Run asks that participants then share race photos and a recap on their Facebook page .  My frunners and I have registered and are planning our run for the 31st. Register here: Faster Than Boo Virtual 10K . Give it a try and let us know what you think.

What virtual races have you done?

JA

Safety Gear: Road ID (giveaway)

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As a runner, safety is always foremost in my thoughts. During one of my training sessions, my running coach introduced me to Road ID. I immediately ordered one and since then, I have been encouraging all the runners I train to invest in one.  Road ID has many products, but the one I want to share with you today is the wrist ID. It’s a silicone bracelet with a face plate which is customize to include your name, emergency contact information and medical information. Knowing first responders would have all the information they need about me, provides me with peach of mind when I head out for a run. These ID bracelets come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. You can even customize them with badges (10K, 13.1, etc). If bracelets are not your style, they have shoe tags and dog tags. Keeping up with the trends, Road ID even has a face plate that can slip onto your Fitbit.  I started with a blue slim band and eventually decided I wanted another color. Rather than replacing the whole bracelet, I just ordered a new band and moved the face plate to it.  Last year, I moved to the Wrist ID Sport . This washable nylon version has reflective strips and Velcro closure. It’s so versatile. I can attached it to my bike, my hydration belt or wear it.  With a variety of sizes, you can also fit your little one with a bracelet. My son wears a silicone wrist id any time we are in a place with large crowds.  Should he ever be separated from us, it contains our contact information. Many friends have the shoe tag for their children.  Another great safety feature is the free Road ID app for your smart phone.  This is excellent for those who run or bike alone. It has eCrumb tracking, and a stationary alert. If you are not already carrying identification when you are out for a walk, running or biking, try one of these great Road ID products.  Please visit www.roadid.com to see all of the fantastic safety products they offer.

GIVEAWAY:  Please go to comments and tell me which product is your favorite and how you would use it for a chance to win a $15 gift card from Road ID. I will randomly select a winner on Friday Oct 9th. Winners will be notified by email.

JA

October, already?

I can’t believe that it is October. The past two months have been a bit of a blur. I promised myself I would get this blog off the ground, but life got in the way.  NO more excuses. Today is a new day, and here we go!

Tuesday morning I had the opportunity to attend a mat based Pilates class. This Restore the Core class was provided by Karna Fitness of Allen, Frisco and Plano (north).  It’s a 45 minute class that concentrates on strengthening the transverse abdominals, while addressing the other core muscles. Often times after pregnancy, these muscles need a little extra attention to help bring them back to the tight girdle they were prior to expanding through pregnancy.   Deep breaths and slow, purposeful movements aid in strengthening these muscles. Measurements are taken during the first week and after the last week, so participants can see their progress. In the past when I attended this class, I lost up to 7 inches in my waist, hips and thighs. It is an amazing class! I can definitely feel the soreness in those deep abdominal muscles each time I laugh or cough today. I know I will see results in the coming weeks. The classes are offered once a week in a 6 week session on Tuesday at 9:15 at Stonebriar Mall in Frisco.  Please visit  www.karnafitness.com. To join, please email  victoria.patel@babybootcamp.com. Be sure to let her know you heard about here.

 

JA