I have the morning off from teaching and am going to take myself to Bodhi Yoga for a nice hot and sweaty practice. I really enjoy this class and am looking forward to it. I got the kids off to school safe and sound and we are starting to get into the groove of things again. It is getting easier to wake them up and they are really enjoying school. Yah!
So I am a huge fan of Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, she is the author of my go-to book, The Flexitarian Diet and she also contributes to Fitness Magazine. In the September 2009 issue of Fitness Magazine she comes up with some great meal ideas in an article entitled Eat More, Weigh Less. I always love the food section in Fitness Magazine and this article has some great ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I made the Vanilla Ricotta with Warm Pears and Figs this morning and it was "out of this world" good.
It was a nice change for me and I really loved the texture of the ricotta cheese and the warm pears and figs made a nice sweet syrup that was delicious. I loved it so much that I thought about having it for dinner as well since I have one more pear that needs to be eaten. When I love something, I can eat it over and over again. I highly recommend this recipe. It would also be a great dessert. It felt like I was eating something decadent and was a nice treat along with a cup of coffee.
Vanilla Ricotta with Warm Pears and Figs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese 1 red or green pear, chopped 2 dried figs, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
Stir vanilla into ricotta cheese. Microwave pear, figs and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl covered with a lid or plate, allowing a slight vent for steam to escape, for 5 minutes or until tender. Top ricotta with warm pear mixture and walnuts. Enjoy.
I also jump-started my day by taking 5 capsules of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood. I received this in the mail yesterday and could not wait to give it a try.
For those who want all the benefits of our Green SuperFood, but prefer to have an easy to swallow capsule. Our organic veggie capsules are convenient and break down fast so nutrients are absorbed quickly into your bloodstream. One serving gives you the antioxidant equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables and helps you hit your daily quota.
A full spectrum of alkalizing green superfoods, antioxidant rich fruits, and support herbs unite with Acai and Maca to provide a powerful dose of whole food nutrition. Complete with pre & pro biotics and digestive enzymes to ensure rapid nutrient absorption and healthy digestion.
Green SuperFood Capsules: All natural and organic ingredients include organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic pure acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, rose hips, pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, apple pectin fiber, L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root and peppermint. 100% Vegan.
I was excited about this supplement because I am already of a fan of GreenVibrance but don't always whip up my Green Vibrance Smoothies. I don't like to drink my calories and find that I need to add a little something to take the edge off of the "green" taste. I like the fact that I can just swallow a few pills to ensure that I hit my daily quota of 7 servings of fruits and veggies. A little insurance policy for the day. And I do feel full of energy and am ready to tackle the day.
So I don't want to jinx myself by announcing this to you but I have been able to maintain my "goal weight" for the past week and am a little excited about it. I swear my scale is off but even if it is I still feel great and not as obsessed with food. I seem to be in a good zone where I am really taking the time to ask myself "am I really hungry" before I eat and trying to keep my sweet tooth at bay. I still have my little indulgence daily but am keeping it portion controlled.
We shall see if I can keep up the good work and it also helps that I am able to get my morning run in before teaching Baby Boot Camp. I am balancing the running with yoga and weights and am drinking a lot of water. I am also enjoying my food and feeding my body what is seems to need. Last night, I was craving peanut butter so made myself my favorite PB & Banana Raspberries on an Ezekiel English Muffin.
I think the funny thing is that even though I am at my supposed "happy weight", I still find that my lower half has not miraculously gotten longer and leaner and that my little pooch is still there so you really do need to learn to love the body that you are born with and be happy in your own skin. Right now, I feel like I am healthy and happy and ultimately blessed that I am able to run and do yoga and eat right so I am going to be stick with that and stop yearning to be taller and thinner!
Off to get ready for yoga and I will check back with you later. Lunch is already planned and I am looking forward to it!