Tuesday, February 01, 2011

so, about a week ago, mj went to the gym for a personal fitness assessment and i crashed in on it. and despite my not so amazing experience with a personal trainer before, this guy had me rethinking the idea. unfortunately, it's just not in the budget, but i guess he likes to work pro-bono when he's not recruiting/managing the rest of the staff because he pretty much handed my ass back to me in twenty minutes this morning.

and i get to do it again tomorrow. i mean who am i to say no to an attractive trainer who wants to help me for free? (and by free i mean for no dollars outside of what i already pay to go to the gym. which is totally worth it, btw. i love my gym.) i told him i had no problem taking advantage of him. [note: no, he's not single so i'm really just using him for his brain. also, i think his gf is a body builder and i'm sure she could kill me.]

dude also thinks i'm a boozer. i'm such a homebody, so that's crazy. one wrist band and you're scarred for life.

all this to say, i have to start cooking & eating healthy because i almost passed out on him this morning. a ZONE bar is delicious, but not enough for breakfast. evidently neither is a whole wheat waffle & peanut butter. tomorrow i have to eat 4 egg whites and a 1/2 cup of oatmeal. i'm sort of small... WHERE AM I GOING TO PUT ALL THAT FOOD? oy vey.

so today, i went to whole foods and stocked my kitchen with all sorts of things a kitchen needs.

tomorrow i bake (espresso chocolate chip cookies) & make butternut squash pasta w. blue cheese & spinach. i also have a date with some brussel sprouts & asparagus this week.

reading: the happiness project.
listening: dave matthews band.
consuming: peppermint hot chocolate.


Anonymous said...

you are SO inspiring me to eat healthy and go to the gym :) From just reading your blog for the 3rd time in 2 weeks, I have made homemade chicken soup and have had all these wonderful thoughts!! :) Alison T

Charles Robinson said...

What to do with Brussels sprouts:

Pan Roasting
* Wash and trim the sprouts.
* Heat a cast iron skillet until it starts smoking.
* Put the sprouts in the pan and shake them around. Remember to use a towel or hot pad because the handle will be hot!
* Let them sit for 2 minutes. They will sizzle and hiss and make all sorts of unhappy noises. Ignore them.
* After a couple of minutes shake the pan again to stir them around. The side that was touching the pan should be darkened.
* Let them sit for another couple of minutes, then shake the pan again.
* Turn off the burner and cover the pan. Leave it sitting on the burner for about 10 minutes
* Remove the sprouts to a bowl and top with a sprinkle with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

Oven Roasting
* Pre-heat oven to 350°F
* Wash and trim the sprouts and cut in half.
* Toss sprouts with olive oil, salt and black pepper
* Put sprouts on a baking sheet and into the oven.
* After 10 minutes remove sprouts from the oven, stir, and return to the oven for 5 more minutes
* Remove the sprouts from the oven, toss with a bit of red wine or balsamic vinegar

David said...

Healthy Mustard BBQ(ish) Chicken:

-Season the chicken with coriander, cumin, chili powder, a pinch of cayenne, salt, black pepper... and more coriander...

-Bake on 350 for 45 minutes, checking periodically to make sure it's not drying out.

Mustard Sauce:

-Spicy Brown Mustard (or dijon). This is the base of the sauce, so go heavy.
-Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar and olive oil
-Add more of the spices listed above. I really like coriander. (or use fresh cilantro)

You can always vary it with a little bit of brown sugar, lime, or anything else that strikes your fancy. You could always marinade the chicken for a few hours in apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cilantro, and onion for more flavor. Sorry there aren't more specific quantities- I did make it up from the recesses of my cooking experience.


David said...

oh, also- i grilled it, but if i remember correctly, you don't have a grill...