Month: January 2015

The Yogi Diaries: Namaste

You guys, I’m fresh off a yoga high and it feels great! One of my New Years resolutions was to get back in shape (yeah, I know everyone says that). I was so excited about the new year, and I felt like this year is going to be big for many reasons. I had this plan that included getting back to my slim, yet still curvy physique. You know, beach babe ready. But then life was like “Yeah right, girl!”. Typical.

I’ve been struggling to get motivated about exercising, and it’s been having me feel pretty blah. But one Monday night all that changed. So there’s this guy I’m seeing (cue goofy smile) and he’s really into fitness. On his “lazy days” he does mini videos on YouTube and still manages to get a great workout. Did I mention he also has the body of a Greek god? *sigh* He knows I’m really wanting to get back in shape, and he’s always picking my brain to see what’s been stopping me from doing it. So that night, as I’m watching Ohio State and Oregon battle it out in the College Football Championship, he asked me to do one simple thing. Stretch. So I did and it felt amazing! I suddenly had a strange urge to do push-ups. A fire had been lit inside me and I was ready to get to work.

The next morning I laid in bed contemplating on what YouTube workout to do. After some thought, I decided a nice eight minute one would do; just something to ease me back into things. I’m not one for having achy muscles, so I figured I’d do a short video on stretching before I jump right in. And I ended up doing a thirty-five minute yoga video. It. Was. Fantastic. I felt alive after I finished it, it wasn’t like the other yoga workouts I’d done before. I was afraid that the moves would be too rigorous because I hadn’t done yoga in a while, but everything was nice and easy. I stretched my back, my legs, my arms, and even worked my core pretty good. I did  planks without falling on my face. Planks, you guys! It was awesome. The video I did is apart of a thirty day series and I definitely intend on completing it. I’m going to link it below. So if you’re in a fitness funk, or maybe you’re already a workout warrior, just take fifteen minutes and try this video. I promise you’ll want to finish the whole thing. The instructor has a nice, calm demeanor and she makes it fun. You won’t even feel like you’re working out.

 

 

Stay beautiful ❤

 

4 Must-have Pieces for the Perfect Winter Date

So you scored a date with the cutie you met at Starbucks (you go girl!) and, after your immediate feelings of jubilee, you suddenly enter a freak-out moment. What are you going to wear? Its thirty-seven degrees outside! Hey, just because its cold out doesn’t mean your clothes have to be boring or unflattering. You actually have more wardrobe options to wear during the colder months, and finding a great outfit to wear is simple when you have these four pieces:

sexy sweater

Boy’s club sweater $58, nastygal.com

1. A Sexy Sweater

When you think of sultry getups, a sweater isn’t exactly a piece that comes to mind. They’re just there to keep the cold winter winds from nipping at your neck and chest, right? Wrong! How in the world can a sweater be sexy? Easy, by having a plunging neckline or cropped hem, falling off the shoulders, or by wrapping snuggly around your waist. Go for one of these, and you’ll see just how much a sweater can sex up any outfit.

Faux leather ponte leggings, $98, anntaylor.com

Faux leather ponte leggings, $98, anntaylor.com

2. Sleek, High Quality Pants

Ladies, lay down your skinny jeans! Wearing the same style of anything can become pretty mundane, and dressing yourself should never encourage yawns. Switch it up for your next night out by opting for a waxed, faux leather, or velvet pant. A great pair of comfy leggings will also do the trick, but make sure they have some pizzaz. A pair with an elongating tuxedo stripe down the leg will make them seem ready for the real world as opposed to the nearest LA Fitness.

Leather dress, $227, asos.com

Leather dress, $227, asos.com

3. A Dress That Clings

When picking a date-night dress for the winter, the same rules apply for when picking one in the summer: the fit is everything. To look your absolutely best, wear one that flatters your figure. Not your sorority sister’s figure, not your best friend’s figure, but yours. It should hug you in all the right places. Feeling like a badass? Then go for one in leather, it’ll drive him wild.

Leather zip-pocket skirt, $200, gap.com

Leather zip-pocket skirt, $200, gap.com

4. A Skirt That Turns Heads

For the freezing winter nights, trying to pull off a mini takes a little more thought and planning. But a warm, sexy skirt is still totally do-able. Look for midcalf lengths that hug your curves, or choose a pencil skirt and wear it as a wrap. That extra bit of leg that peeks out will definitely stop the show. And if you’re a brave soul that insists on going short, keep in mind that its all about the material. Try one in leather (I like leather, ok?) or go for a quilted nylon in a nice shade or cool pattern.

There you have it ladies! I hope this opened up your mind to new possibilities and ideas for your next night out. Always remember that low temperatures don’t mean you have to look like the Abominable Snowman, he can’t dress for shit. Enjoy your night with your cutie, and don’t forget to zip up!

Stay beautiful lovies ❤

Recipe Makeovers: Spinach Stuffed Flounder

The new year is a perfect time for a health makeover, but executing it is most often easier said than done. Around this time of year most people flood the gyms, break out the juicers, and start some crazy fad diet (the Baby Food Diet? Yuck!). All of this lasts a good two months tops. Getting healthier isn’t rocket science when you know what you’re doing. You have to keep in mind that becoming a healthier you isn’t a 100 yard dash, but a marathon. Marathons take time, you have to pace yourself. The same concepts apply when you decide to buckle down and start living a healthier life. I’ve added some tips below to help make this getting healthy kick a cakewalk (carrot cake, it’s better for you), and a recipe at the end. Enjoy!

1. Make a swap

There are so many benefits that go along with healthy substitutions. Not only do they reduce the amount of fat, calories and salt in your recipes, but they can also boost the nutritional content. Here are some tips:

  • Choose low-fat or fat-free versions of ingredients like milk, yogurt, sour cream, cheese or mayonnaise. Substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream is a great option.
  • Opt for “light” margarine in place of butter.
  • Choose light or low-fat condiments like salad dressing, dips and sauces.
  • Try using hummus instead of high-fat spreads and condiments.

2. Limit or Omit Some Ingredients

In some recipes, you can completely eliminate an ingredient or scale back on the amount you use. You can:

  • Eliminate toppings that are used only for presentation like whipped toppings, coconut, frosting, chocolate chips or cheese and butter toppings for casseroles.
  • Omit salt from recipes and add your favorite salt-free seasoning blends, herbs, citrus zest, juice or vinegars.
  • Use low-sodium marinades and soy sauce. Cut the amount a recipe calls for in half to reduce the salt content.
  • Use 1/2 the amount of cheese a recipe calls for and opt for sharp versions for more flavor.
  • Use egg whites instead of whole eggs. One whole egg is equal to two egg whites in recipe conversions.

3. Healthy Cooking Methods

The way you prepare food can also alter its nutrient content. You can:

  • Retain nutrients in vegetables by steaming
  • Bake, broil, grill, poach, stir fry or roast lean meats instead of frying or sautéing.
  • To intensify veggie flavors try roasting them with 1-2 tsp of oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. You can try this with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, string beans, cauliflower, zucchini and wedges of cabbage.
  • If you need a “crunchy” texture, try oven “frying” or pan frying instead of deep frying and opt for a healthy oil such as canola or olive oil

spinach stuffed flounder

Spinach Stuffed Flounder
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes*

Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil
3 shallots, finely diced (1/4 cup)
1 tsp. no-salt-added garlic and herb seasoning
1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup lower sodium chicken broth or dry white wine
1/4 to 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan
6 (4-oz.) flounder fillets

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. For the filling, in a medium skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and seasoning; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until shallots are tender. Add spinach and chicken broth or wine. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until wine has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes to cool. Add Parmesan; toss until well-combined. Set aside.

2. Place fillets on a clean work surface; season both sides with pepper to taste. Place three rounded tablespoons of the filling on the center of each fillet. Fold the tail end of each fillet over filling and roll up, securing with toothpicks if necessary. Place rolls, seam side down, in baking dish; coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and fish flakes easily with a fork. Transfer to a platter, and serve.

Makes: 6 servings
Per serving: 170 calories, 5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 50mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 21g protein
*10 minutes cooling time extra

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and it helps you get in the habit of cooking and eating healthier. Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you love? How about New Year’s resolutions? Comment them below, I’d love to read them. Enjoy your weekend and stay beautiful lovies ❤