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A New Woman

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:01pm

Good Evening!

It is officially Thanksgiving Break and the kids are so excited.  It has been a crazy week at school with lots of parties and celebrating already.  I am actually a little exhausted by it all as well.  Lots of cooking and baking this week.  Last night I made two dozen Chocolate Cupcakes and the Original CHEX Mix. 

 But this all got rewarded by getting to sneak in a haircut in between events.  Getting your hair done is such a treat and I feel like a new woman.  I really wish I could blow dry my hair the way they do it at the salons.  It is nice and shiny and non-frizzy!  It will only last for tonight but I am enjoying the feeling.  So I have a bit of a dilemma, the hair dresser would like put highlights in my hair.  I unfortunately have a bunch of gray hair and LOVE the look of highlights but then have to do double processes.  I am sort of tempted to go and get some! 

My hubby is actually stealing my kids and taking them to Mississippi and New Orleans for a few days during their break and I am going to have a few days completely by myself!  I have literally never been away from my kids except for one 2 day trip and I have mixed feeling.  On one level,  I can do whatever I want!!! but on another level I will miss everyone.  I have got to work the next few days and have promised a few people that I would sub their classes for them so can't let them down.  Other than work though, I plan to go to lots of yoga classes and watch chick flicks and eat healthy food + a few indulgences.

Basically, I do have the time to go and get my hair highlighted in peace and can read People Magazine and not have to worry about the time.  Should I or Shouldn't I?

So I have had some very good eats today and am looking forward to making some good things this week too!  I picked up the new issue of Cooking Light and Shape Magazine and can't wait to delve into them.

I also got to fun cookbooks in the mail today and will share about that later.  So back to Breakfast, I started off with "Whipped" Banana Chocolate Chip Chia Oats.  Oh so good.

"Whipped" Banana Chocolate Chip Chia Oats

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 banana, sliced
1 tbsp chia seeds

Combine above ingredients in pan and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Spend the last minute "whipping" the banana into the oats.  Remove from heat and top with:

1/2 banana, sliced
1 tsp mini chocolate chips
1 tbsp sliced almonds


It was a raining day today so I ran in the parking garage and did a series of lunges and sprints.  My legs are really tired right now.   I taught bootcamp, then trained a client and then headed home for quicky lunch before heading to school.  Lunch was awesome!  Cottage Cheese and Cranberry Pear Crunch.


Cottage Cheese and Pear Cranberry Crunch

2/3 cup cottage cheese
1 pear, diced
1 tbsp cranberry sauce
1/2 Kashi Go Lean Crunchy Bar, crunched up

This was fantastic and sort of tasted like a Pear Cranberry Crumble. 

So I have a new quicky dinner that I have had the last two nights.  I am trying to come up with some easy and nutritious meals for one of my new Eating Coach Clients.  She is a college student and needs quick and easy.  It is basically a sweet potato with frozen veggies on top.  But it is so easy and super filling.

Sweet Potato topped with Green Giant Immunity Blend Veggies

1/2 sweet potato- zapped in microwave
Green Giant Immunity Blend Veggies (cauliflower, carrots, cranberries in a light butter sauce) 
1 tbsp sliced almonds
Cook sweet potato for 6-8 minutes in the microwave.
Cook the Green Giant Veggies according to Package

Top potato with veggies and enjoy!  I would recommend adding a few nuts on top for an added crunch and protein.   This is so good and is one of my new favorite meals. 
Following is more info on the Green Giant Health Blends Veggies:

Health Blends are conveniently frozen to lock in nutrients and easy to prepare. Simply steam in the microwave for three minutes for a fresh, crisp, and deliciously wholesome side dish or snack that will help you meet your health goals.
Digestive Health – A whopping 92% of Americans are not meeting their daily fiber needs. Our digestive health blend with yellow carrots, navy beans, and spinach in a garlic herb sauce is naturally high in fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Healthy Weight – Fill your plate differently with vegetables! Diets rich in foods naturally containing fiber, like our healthy weight blend of sliced carrots, sugar snap peas, black beans, and edamame, can help you maintain a healthier body weight and feel more satisfied.
Immunity Blend – Colorful vegetables have an array of important nutrients that your body needs. Over 50% of Americans are missing the mark on getting the recommended amount of vitamins A and C. Our immunity blends are full of color and flavor! Choose between two great combinations: broccoli florets, julienne carrots and red and yellow sweet pepper strips in a garlic-herb infused extra virgin olive oil seasoning or cauliflower florets, sliced orange and yellow carrots and dried cranberries lightly tossed with a flavorful butter sauce. Both are naturally rich in antioxidant vitamins A & C to help support a healthy immune system.
Healthy Vision – Keeping healthy vision for a lifetime is no small task. See the goodness of our healthy vision blend of sliced carrots, zucchini quarters, and sliced green beans lightly tossed with rosemary butter sauce! Providing the natural antioxidants lutein & vitamin A that helps support eye health.
Healthy Heart - The soluble fiber in Healthy Heart can help naturally lower cholesterol to help promote heart health*. Your heart will skip a beat over this tasty blend: Pearled barley, sugars snap peas and julienne carrots in an herb infused extra virgin olive oil sauce.
*3 grams of soluble fiber daily from barley-containing foods, such as Healthy Heart, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Healthy Heart provides 1.6 grams per serving.

That is all for now.  I am off to bed to read a little of Breaking Dawn... I am almost done with the Twilight series. 

I am teaching Yoga in the morning and then have Zoe's B-Day Party as well as need to get Emmet to a B-Day party so one more crazy day!

Have a great night and I will check back later.

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