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WIAW and Raw Kale Salad

Posted Aug 01 2012 12:34am

WIAW and Raw Kale Salad

WIAW July 31, 2012

Hey there fellow Weeps (those who participate in WIAW, get it?)…haha…ahhhh, bomb.

Welcome to a new month and a new WIAW theme! Thank you to Ms. Peas and Crayons for this link-up! This month is about summer staples, which makes me think of 1. swimming, 2. being in shape for swimming, and 3. eating the right food to look good for swimming…..

So let’s begin with swimming!

Enter exhibit A…

Did you know you can burn about 200 calories by swimming for approximately 30 minutes (depending on your weight)? To put a food value on that, it’s a bit more than 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Pretty cool, huh? I burn about 115 walking a mile on the treadmill at pace 4, incline 8, so in comparison, swimming is a lot more fun and you don’t sweat your fanny off!

Numero dos! But, you say, I want to look good first, go swimming later! Ahhhh, I concur. I went online last year while 6 months preggers to peruse Victoria’s Secret for a cute bikini and exited the site feeling rather inadequate, physically speaking. Tis muy importante to feel like you look good before getting into your bikini and doing a lap or two. Enter….this circuit!

5 x 25 AT-HOME CIRCUIT

Adapted from Men’s Health 5 x 50 Circuit

25 jumping jacks

25 squats

25 push-ups

25 mountain climbers

25 toe touches (for abs, see picture)

( source )

REPEAT 5X!

And now for my favorite part….the food!

What foods help you maintain muscle tone and weight loss best? Veggies and protein! So, today I’m offering an easy recipe for a delicious kale salad….

This is one of my favorite salad options at Whole Foods! Problem is, they charge around 11 bucks a pound! This is my super easy version of theirs, and it’s only a fraction of the cost!

RAW KALE SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES AND PINE NUTS

1/2 bunch of kale, torn into bite-size pieces, stems removed, washed and dried

juice of 1 lemon

2 T. olive oil

1/4 c. toasted pine nuts

1/4 c. dried cranberries

1 large tomato, diced

salt and pepper

Massage kale with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until softened. Add remaining ingredients and toss.

So simple, but so good!

Blah! you say. Exercise and vegetables = no fun. Then I shall depart with a reason for you to be excited for next week’s post….

Chocolate protein cupcakes!! Even the lean, mean, eating machine Gus was excited for these…

To continue my food blog love from last week, here’s a healthy recipe from Ashley I recently tried and love, love, loved!

Quinoa Broccoli Casserole , by Edible Perspective

Vegetarian, yet loaded with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, cheese, and eggs. I love this dish! I’ve started making it about once a week and look forward to it each time. Broccoli and spinach round out the vegetable angle, making it one healthy beast of a meal!

Does anyone have a good exercise for the booty?

What’s your favorite healthy dinner?

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