Monthly Archives: January 2013

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

I started off my day getting a root canal at the orthodontist bright and early. While it was certainly unpleasant, on the bright side, I actually liked the doctor. This is rare since I’ve had more than my fair share of nutty doctors and overly rough dentist experiences. She made me feel comfortable (well, as comfy as you can feel with objects forcing your mouth open), and totally reminded me of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman:

Ha, remember that show?

I’m not sure if I just have bad reactions to dental work, but I’m damn near useless the rest of the day after I have something done to my teeth. After my root canal this morning, I alternated between doing work from my couch and laying in the fetal position cuddling with Harley. I did get manage to get outside a bit. I wanted to at least do a bit of light exercise, so I walked 2 miles on our neighborhood trail, and Adam and I also took Harley to the dog beach to let her play and watch the sunset.

Harley made a friend to play with:

I love watching her run around like a nut!

As far as my eats for the day, you can imagine that they were a bit unusual. For dinner I treated myself to a nice big cup of fro yo with strawberries:

Frozen yogurt is only an acceptable dinner replacement when you’ve had dental work done!

For lunch, I made a chocolate cherry smoothie:

 This smoothie only contains a few ingredients and was super yummy:

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 cup chocolate soy milk (or any other kind of milk)
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 6-oz container of Chobani black cherry Greek yogurt
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 300, Fat: 5 g, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Protein: 23 g

I’m off to relax and go to bed. Hoping that I’ll feel almost as good as new tomorrow!

Ways to Feel Happier

”C’mon, Get Happy!”

Last night I was reading the latest issue of Shape magazine, and as usual when I’m enjoying a magazine, I tore a few articles out for future reference. One of the articles I liked was called ”C’mon, Get Happy!” and discussed a blueprint to help one feel more joyful. The author’s strategies to feeling happier resonated with me, and I thought I’d share them with you:

  • Embrace ”Good Enough” – The idea here is to resist the urge to be a perfectionist. Wanting everything to be flawless all the time stresses you out and isn’t attainable. Strive to do things well and your best, but don’t go so far that you make yourself nuts.
  • Talk Yourself Up – According to new findings, sharing accomplishments and good news with others multiples the joy factor. In other words, don’t be afraid to brag a little and be vocal about positive things happening in your life.
  • Pay it Forward – Doing a random act of kindness is an easy way to boost your spirits (and also make someone else’s day!). According to the article, researchers have found that people who perform daily acts of kindness feel more satisfied with their lives than those who don’t. It makes sense – so aim to do someone a favor more often. ūüėČ
  • Go Back in Time – Looking at old photos is a nice way to remind you of good times and brighten your mood. This one’s my favorite, since I’m a total picture nerd who has photos up everywhere in my house!

My Eats for the Day 

Moving onto food, here are all of my eats from yesterday:

For breakfast I had a cup of Cheerios with 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder, a nectarine and almond milk:

My lunch was a Tofurky, mozzarella, & tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread + an apple sprinkled with cinnamon:

For a snack before the gym, I ate one of my homemade trail bars.

For dinner, I whipped up a Mexican-themed salad that included red leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, crushed multigrain tortilla chips, & a dressing made of salsa, sour cream, and mashed avocado:

I make a salad like this when I’m craving something salty and filling, and I just throw in whatever I have in the house that fits the Mexican theme. Sometimes I’ll add black beans and corn into the mix. Last night’s salad filled me up and weighed in as a 400 calorie dinner.

Lastly, for a nighttime snack I ate a chocolate yogurt from TJ’s:

Off to relax and veg out with my little family, good night!

Participating in a DietBet

A few weeks ago, I heard about FitFluential‘s January DietBet. I had never heard of DietBet before and was intrigued. Here’s how it works: DietBet is a social diet game that involves $$. You cough up some mula to join or start a challenge – in this case it was $25. Everyone puts in the specified amount of money, essentially betting that they can lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks. At the end of that time, whoever lost the 4% splits the pot evenly.

Here’s how the weigh-ins work: You have to take a full-length picture of yourself in ”airport attire” standing on a scale, then immediately take a photo of your weight on the scale at the beginning of the bet. DietBet is pretty smart about reducing cheating, and they email a secret word to you right before your weigh-in, which you need to have present in the photo. This eliminates anyone taking the picture a month ago and pretending it was yesterday. It’s the exact same weigh-in process at the end of the bet. You have to wear the same outfit and use the same scale both times. Clever!

I debated whether or not to take part in the challenge, and then figured why the hell not?! As I talked about in my post about¬†my health & fitness goals for 2013, I’m looking to tone up a bit anyways. 4% of my body weight is a little over 5 pounds, and I definitely think I can lose that healthily in a month. Besides, I think that doing a challenge that involves money and competing against other people will really make me stick to a healthy regime. Win money for losing a few pounds? Sounds good to me!

One Week In: Since the DietBet started a week ago, I’ve been working out most days and eating healthy as¬†usual, but I’m just kicking it up a notch. I’m happy to report that I lost 3 pounds in the past week! It’ll probably be less in the next few weeks, but I’m still feeling great about my progress. Here’s the key to me shedding a few pounds: Everything I eat I measure out and track in MyFitnessPal. PORTIONS, PORTIONS, PORTIONS! I’ve treated myself to something sweet a few times, but it’s in moderation. I’m feeling great and am looking forward to meeting and exceeding my DietBet goal!

One reason why I was hesitant to do the DietBet to begin with was that I didn’t want to get too obsessed with the scale. I know how easy that is to do.¬†From¬†reading the comments on my DietBet’s message board, it seems like some people are getting really fixated by the number on the scale. Obviously this challenge is all about the scale, but if people are freaking out about every little thing they eat and drink, they’ll most likely gain the weight back. The gist of one man’s comment was this: He was at 300 pounds throughout the morning, then in the afternoon, hit the 200s, but then later on was ¬†back into the 300s. I winced a bit when I read that. Weighing yourself a number of times in one day? Not good for your health and well-being. Your weight naturally fluctuates a few pounds throughout the day based on how hydrated you are and if you just ate a meal. Making yourself crazy by constantly stepping on the scale is extreme, and the vast majority of people can’t sustain that.

I also saw that people reached their 4% loss on Day 2. Ha! It was pretty entertaining to read the rather angry comments people left about it. Even though we’re technically competing against one another, I’m not concerned with who reaches their goal when. All I care about is making healthy choices and steadily losing my 4% (and hopefully a couple of pounds beyond). Besides, to lose 4% of your body weight in a day or two, either you gorged yourself full of water and crap right before your weigh-in, which I think is kinda sorta cheating (and if you do that, you aren’t helping yourself!); you are dehydrated on day 2; you’re rapidly losing water weight, which happens a bit at the start of a diet; and/or you’re starving yourself. Whatever the case may be, I’m good with where I’m at and am not fretting about it. I hope that people lose weight, but that they do so in a healthy manner.

My overall DietBet plan is to keep it healthy and happy, and if I notice that I haven’t lost any weight for a bunch of days in a row, I’ll figure out where I’m lacking and work to fix it. For now, I’m good to go and am going to keep on truckin’! I’ll be updating you on my progress in the upcoming weeks. If anyone out there needs an extra push to lose a few pounds, consider checking out DietBet. It just might be the motivation that you need! And remember…

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola Bars

Hi friends!

This weekend has been a pretty rainy one in San Diego – not that I’m complaining, since it’s still been in the 60s. I’ll take that any day over 25 degrees and snowy! Besides taking Harley for long walks both yesterday and today and having a tennis workout earlier with my hubby, I’ve pretty much been indoors the rest of the time. Rainy weekend activities have included checking out the bookstore, where I picked up a new cookbook on sale….

…cleaning, and seeing Zero Dark Thirty at the movies last night. I’ve also spent some time in the kitchen. I have soup cooking at the moment that will hopefully turn out yummy, and yesterday I whipped up this delicious recipe:

I found out last Thursday via Twitter and a few blogs that it was National Peanut Butter Day. I wanted to celebrate my love for PB and come up with a recipe using some, but we were completely out of it in my house. Oh the horror, that hardly ever happens! I typically have our staple kind of peanut butter that we use, a few packets of Justin’s PB floating around the pantry, and also a jar (or 2 or 3..) of my favorite local peanut butter goodness. But since I was strangely fresh out of peanut butter, I had to wait until I went food shopping to stock up on some and come up with these yummy bars.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola Bars
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Serves: 18
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 TBSP ground flaxseed meal
  • 6 TBSP water
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 TBSP safflower oil
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • ½ TSP baking powder
  • ⅛ TSP salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Make flax eggs by combining the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl, then let it sit.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the peanut butter, brown sugar and honey.
  4. Mix in the oil, vanilla extract, and flax eggs, and beat until smooth.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix together well with a spatula.
  6. Mix in the oats, cherries, almonds, and chocolate chips and stir well.
  7. Pour the batter into a 9x13 baking pan coated with baking spray. Bake until lightly browed, around 20 minutes.
  8. Let them cool completely before cutting into 18 bars.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar, Calories: 220, Fat: 9 g, Saturated fat: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Sugar: 18 g, Sodium: 34 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 5 g

I think that these bars are great for a snack, dessert or breakfast on-the-go paired with a piece of fruit. I doubt that they’re going to last long in my house!

[Healthy] Super Bowl Recipe Ideas

Helllllo weeekendd! I feel like this week really kicked my butt. I’m exhausted physically (my muscles are so sore!!) and mentally and am looking forward to a few days hopefully full of fun and relaxation.

Speaking of weekends, next weekend marks the 47th Super Bowl. A few of the clients I do public relations for are involved in the game’s production, and it’s been pretty cool getting to work on some Super Bowl related projects and hearing some behind-the-scenes info. Here’s a crazy stat about Super Bowl XLVII: This year marks the priciest 30-second commercial spots, ¬†which were bought for $3.7-3.8 million each and sold out a few weeks ago.

If you’re on the hunt for finding some fun, easy recipes perfect for munching on during the big game, look no further! Here are some of my favorite ideas for eats & treats for the Super Bowl:

Spicy Tomato Salsa

This salsa recipe is a super easy homemade version of the jarred stuff. It takes just a few minutes to throw together, then simply pair with tortilla chips for a yummy appetizer!

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I came up with this spinach & artichoke dip when I had a craving for the restaurant version of it, but didn’t want to blow my diet for the day with excessive calories and fat. I made this lighter dip again last New Year’s Eve, and it was a hit with everyone who tried it! It goes well with bread, crackers, veggies or chips.

Sweet Potato Fries

A healthy alternative to your typical greasy fries, these babies are a perfect app to munch on while watching the game.

Avocado Hummus

The combo of avocado + chickpeas makes for one tasty, good-for-you Super Bowl snack! Pita chips pair perfectly with it.

Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Bruschetta on Focaccia

This bruschetta recipe¬†seems kind of fancy but is simple to make. It’s a great recipe to keep in mind if you’re hosting a Super Bowl get-together.

Herbed Goat Cheese Fondue

This one is for all of you cheese lovers! I got this recipe from Vegetarian Times, and it turned out super creamy and rich. Instead of just eating it with crackers, pair it with skewers of cherry tomatoes & soft pretzel pieces as I did for a fun twist. 

And since we can’t forget dessert…

Yogurt Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

This 4-ingredient dip is a great healthy dessert to pair with pieces of fruit.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Date Bars

I like to think of these bars as the gourmet version of a brownie, ”healthified” a bit with dates and oats.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

I first made this dessert last Super Bowl, and trust me, they’re delicious!

Since my Giants aren’t in the big game this year, I think I’ll be rooting for the 49ers to take it. I do find Ray Lewis entertaining so I’m somewhat glad that the Ravens will be playing. No matter who wins, I know that my Super Bowl will be full of yummy, healthy eats!

Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sometimes when I’m food shopping, I decide to nab something new to play around with. Rather than always grabbing the same foods to make the same meals, I think it’s fun to experiment with food and try out different dishes. At times, I pick out something not really being sure how I’m make it, or what I’ll prepare it with. This was the case last week when I grabbed these guys at the farmers’ market:

I’ve eaten acorn squash here and there, but can’t really remember a time when I made them myself. I checked out a few of my cookbooks to see if a recipe with acorn squash looked appealing to me. Here is what I wound up making:

I found this recipe in a cookbook called The Vegan Table and altered a few of the ingredients. From the start, I was doubtful that my hubby would be a fan of it. He isn’t a big fan of celery, dried fruit, or many kinds of nuts, which were all included in the dish. I found out while we ate this dinner that he apparently hates cloves. It reminds him of something bad he ate as a kid, though I have no idea what! If you enjoy all of these ingredients as I do, then this dish is worth trying:

Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
  • ½ TBSP olive oil
  • ¼ onion, minced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 4 oz long grain & wild rice mix (or any other kind of rice), cooked
  • 1 oz toasted pecan pieces
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ TSP ground cinnamon
  • ¼ TSP ground cloves
  • ¼ TSP salt
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saute pan. Cook onions over medium heat until lightly browned. Add celery and saute for several more minutes.
  4. Remove onion/celery mixture from heat and add to a large bowl. Add the rice, pecans, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Spoon out the cooked squash, leaving some squash in the shells. Press rice mixture evenly into each squash cavity.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 squash half, Calories: 300, Fat: 7 g, Carbohydrates: 58 g, Protein: 5 g

Product Review: Sportline 925 Solo Heart Rate Watch

Hi friends!

I had a busy, awesome long weekend packed with fun – including a hiking trip, multiple beach excursions,¬†watching football at a bar + seeing the sunset in La Jolla, a Saturday morning tennis workout, and treating myself to a mani & pedi. We even had a last minute guest stay with us for a few nights. One of my childhood friends and his dog were visiting San Diego as part of a cross-country trip he’s doing, so Adam and I showed him around town a bit. A few random weekend photos:

view from the top of Cowles Mountain yesterday

Note my lovely¬†There’s Something about Mary hair. ūüėČ

Over the weekend I also gave my new crappy heart rate watch one more shot before writing this post about it.

I’ve used a heart rate watch during my workouts for around 3 years now. My primary reason for using one is to track my heart rate and get a good estimate of how many calories I’ve burned. This helps me to know if I need to push my body harder and get my heart rate up more, or if I’m where I want to be in terms of intensity. I also like to use it as a timer so I know how long I’ve been working out for, and sometimes as a stopwatch to time certain exercises, such as holding a plank for 90 seconds. When the holidays came around last month, I went on the hunt for a new watch to pick out as a Christmas gift. The watch I had been using for awhile is one in Sportline’s Solo line, which I found to be pretty accurate, but it was getting old and scratched up.

I originally wanted to see if I could find a watch that continuously monitored my heart rate throughout the day, without having to stop my workouts fairly often to have my watch measure my pulse. What I found out was that I only have 2 options when it comes to continuous heart rate watches :

1.) to wear a chest strap with it

2.) to buy a Mio Alpha, the only continuous heart rate sport watch on the market so far.

I knew that a chest strap would bug me, so the first option was out. Though trying out a seemingly cutting edge watch was tempting, I didn’t like how bulky it looked. On top of not being crazy about its look, the watch runs at $200. I didn’t particularly want to get a pricey one without being sure that it’d even work accurately. So, a continuous heart rate watch was out.

Once I ruled that out, I did a considerable amount of research online trying to find a watch that had the functions I wanted, was visually appealing to me, was at a reasonable price point and had a lot of good reviews. In the end, I got tired of looking around so much and just picked one similar to my current watch. The product I got was a Sportline 925 Solo heart rate watch, which sells for around $60.

I was excited to see how my new watch worked, but quickly was disappointed with its inefficiency in counting calories. I’ve tried to use it a bunch of times, and always get similar results to this:

In 43 minutes of working out at a pretty high intensity (between 70-85% of my maximum heart rate), I burned 53 calories?! Get outtaaaa here! The funny thing is that I believe my old Sportline Solo tends to overestimate calorie burn, while this one seriously underestimates it.

As far as heart rate measurement goes, the watch seems to be in the right range of accuracy…. when it actually measures it. The majority of the time, the watch does not take my heart rate on the first try. I even read through the entire manual to see if there was something I was missing, but I wasn’t. Having to pause a workout for a good 2 minutes to try to get your heart rate to be measured is annoying. My older watch sometimes has trouble measuring my heart rate if I’m moving around – i.e. on a bike or something of that nature – but this watch has a hard time even when I’m standing perfectly still.

One day I did a barre workout and decided to put on both my old and new watch so that I could compare the results. I felt like I was wasting so much time attempting to get my heart rate from the 925 Solo, so I wound up leaving my heart rate up somewhere high (around 85%) for most of the workout. Even with that inaccuracy, here is how off the watch was compared to my older one:

37 versus 407 calories burned?!

On the other hand, the Sportline 925 Solo’s pedometer, distance, and speed functions seem to be pretty similar to what my FitBit¬†measures. But since I pretty much always have my FitBit clipped onto my ¬†waist,¬†I use it for these kind of stats and don’t need my watch to be a pedometer.¬†As far as the look and feel, I like the watch.

I understand that these types of products can’t be 100% accurate. However, if I can’t rely on the watch to be anywhere near correct with my calorie burn, and obtaining a heart rate measurement is difficult, what’s the point in me using it? For now I’m going back to my old watch until I find a new one that is highly recommended to me…. speaking of which, anyone have a great heart rate watch they want to tell me about?!

*UPDATE: Immediately following my writing this post, I headed to the gym for a workout wearing my older watch. At the beginning of my workout, the watch totally conked out and won’t turn back on. Oh the irony!! Now I really need a new watch recommendation…*
 

San Diego Restaurant Week

It’s been a great week to be a foodie in San Diego! Why? Because January 13 through today was San Diego Restaurant Week, a culinary bi-annual tradition here when tons of restaurants (over 180 this time!) offer prix fixed menus at discounted prices. Yummy eats at cheaper prices? Yes please! Lunch courses run from $10-20, and dinner menus range from $20-40.

I had two fun dining experiences this week. My favorite meal was today, when I met my friend Tiffany for lunch in Del Mar at a restaurant called Kitchen 1540. It was an awesome place within the gorgeous L’Auberge Hotel.

The restaurant had a cool vibe to it, and we sat outside on the spacious patio. It was perfect out! Both of us got super yummy salads as one of our courses:

I’ve mentioned before that I am not a big fan of kale sometimes, but this salad was awesome! The dressing was tangy and flavorful, and the kale wasn’t tough at all. We also split a dessert – carrot cake with spiced ice cream and candied walnuts:

 Scrumptious!

I definitely want to go back to Kitchen 1540 on a nice night to sit outside with a view of the ocean and enjoy a martini or two.

The other restaurant I tried during restaurant week was Gabardine, a spot in the Point Loma area. Adam and I went there last Sunday night and each had 3 courses for $30 a person.

First up, I had tomato soup with a mini grilled cheese on the side:

My main entree was a dish of artichokes, roasted tomato, fennel, mozzarella and white beans:

I liked both of my courses, but only ate about half of each. The main reason was because I knew that dessert was coming up, and I wanted to try some but didn’t want to stuff myself. I hardly ever order dessert out, so trying a few of them was part of the fun in going out for restaurant week! Dessert at Gabardine was 1.) cinnamon munchkins with chocolate mousse on the side and 2.) a peanut butter ice cream sundae:

Drool.

I love restaurant week and think it’s an awesome way to showcase some of the great places to dine at in San Diego!

 

My Blogging Anniversary

Yesterday was my blog’s 1st birthday!

I remember writing my first blog post¬†and wondering what type of blog my site would turn into. Would I be someone who posted all of their eats on a daily basis? Would I only post recipes? Was it okay if I also threw some random topics of interest into the mix? This was something I thought about a lot over the course of the year, but not too much into it I came to the same conclusion about my blog as I have for life in general: there are no rules! ¬†There’s no ”right” or ”wrong” way to go about blogging, just as there aren’t set guidelines to how you need to live your life. You just have to follow your heart and do things your own way – to me, this is the way that you’ll be most happy.

With that, I decided that I’d write about what I wanted to write about – which sometimes meant yummy recipes; other times workouts and exercise gear & tools; sometimes wine tastings or pictures of nights out with girlfriends. On other days I would talk about whatever else was on my mind, from ranting about animal abuse, talking about life as a Marine Corps wife, or writing about the power of a good attitude. I began to realize that my blog is really a reflection of my personality and passions in life,¬†and I think I have too many interests to box myself into writing about just one topic. However, one recurrent theme that you’ll constantly find in my blog posts is the whole reason why I started a blog – to share my love of healthy living and all that it entails.

Foodie Loves Fitness began after I had been reading healthy living blogs for awhile, and I am so glad that I took the plunge and started one of my own. I’ve become part of the blogging community, and I truly enjoy expressing my thoughts, sharing my life on here, and hearing comments from readers.¬†When I look back to my earlier posts, I think about how much I’ve progressed in my blogging knowledge, from photo editing to transitioning from my WordPress-hosted Foodie Meets Fitness to my own Foodie Loves Fitness site. I love that I have this sort of online journal documenting some of the things that happened in my life in 2012. I’m excited to continue growing as a blogger and as a person, and I thank you for reading my blog and being part of my journey!

¬†“Fitting someone else’s mold doesn’t make you happier. You’ll live a full and happy life if you pursue things you think are important and live the life YOU want to live.” – Anna Paquin

Artichoke & Chickpea Salad

Happy Hump Day!

Today I want to share a couple of things that I’m loving this week:

#1 – My new Oakley sunglasses

I stopped by the mall yesterday to do my last Christmas return and wound up getting a new pair of sunglasses. ¬†I have super sensitive eyes and have always relied on high-quality sunglasses to help protect my peepers when I’m outside. This is my first pair of Oakleys. I like them because they’re sporty but also good for everyday wear, and they’re also polarized, which I think is really neat. I tried them out today during a lunchtime walk around my neighborhood trail with Harley. She wanted no part in taking photos with me…

…though I certainly tried:

#2 – My gym: Last night I did a group class at my neighborhood’s gym for the first time in quite awhile. I didn’t know if the class, called Body Shock, would be my style, but I wound up working up a really good sweat and having a nice workout. It reminded me that nighttime classes are an option whenever my days get too hectic to include a workout. It’s great to have a gym in my complex that I can easily walk to. I’ve certainly taken advantage of it in the years that I’ve lived here!

#3 – My food processor: Around the beginning of December, my food processor totally conked out on me. Knowing that it was an expensive kitchen appliance that I use often, I brought it to a store to see if they could fix it for me. The appliance doctor (as I like to call him) had my food processor for about a month, but I’m happy to report that it’s back in action. I promptly made hummus, which I’ve been enjoying all week long. Today I had some for lunch with cheese, crackers, a kiwi and pistachios:

Speaking of chickpeas…

#4 – Today I’m loving this salad:

I found packaged steamed artichoke hearts at Trader Joe’s recently and nabbed em. Since I’ve really been diggin’ chickpeas lately, I decided to pair the two foods together for a simple, healthy meal.

Here’s the recipe:

Artichoke & Chickpea Salad
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 170 g of steamed artichoke hearts (10 pieces)
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain & rinse garbanzo beans.
  2. Roughly chop the artichoke hearts and parsley.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Enjoy cold or hot.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 292, Fat: 11 g, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Protein: 13 g

Off to go take care of some pups at the Humane Society!