Since I challenged all of you to eat seasonably this week, I figured I should share some of my favorite seasonal vegetable recipes.
healthy, delectable, delicate, recipe
12oz fresh spinach
1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese or low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup low fat parmesan cheese (more for garnish)
1/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
2 large eggs
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Pulse spinach until finely chopped and almost liquid
Transfer to medium bowl and add ricotta, parmesan, eggs, garlic, salt, pepper and stir to combine
Coat a 8 cup muffin pan with cooking spray
Divide mixture among 8 cups
Bake spinach cakes until set, about 20 minutes
Let stand in pan for 5 minutes
Lossen the edges with a knife and turn out onto a clean cutting board or large plate
Serve warm, sprinkled with more parmesan if desired
2 cakes per serving!!
I’m going to Miami in a few weeks and I’ve reved up my workout to make sure I’m ready for the beach. I’m never really intimidated by my bikini, but I do want to be tighter then I am right now.
I could pout and wish I was someone other then myself, maybe a woman with perfect breasts, a naturally flat toned stomach, and manageable thighs. Nope that’s not me, I’m all about self love. I love my little body, my big booty, small waist, my voluptuous figure. That doesn’t mean I have to give up there. I will do whatever I can to do get where I want to go.
All that said, I’ve reved up my workout routine and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Yesterday I did an interval cardio routine and my beach body workout. The workout targets arms, abdominals, legs, butt, cardio endurance all of the above. Its annoying, hard, and effective. I adapted this workout from other workout routines I love to hate.
complete each exercise for 30 seconds, go directly into next exercise, rest for 30 seconds after the 4th exercise. Complete x3
I’m also adding some kettle bells into the mix to make sure I have muscle tone throughout. I enjoy kettle bells, they just got too expensive to keep up with. I was moving up in weight every 3 weeks, the next kettle bell I need costs $75 and I just can’t bring myself to purchase it. They have kettle bells at my gym, but I don’t like working out in front of people. Too many eyes on me. It makes me nervous which takes the concentration away from my workout.
I’ll share my Kettle Bell workout with you tomorrow, its killer!
To top it all off I’ll be working in some Bikram Yoga Classes this week and next week. Bikram always keeps my skin tight and taunt, while raising my heart beat and sweating like a pig.
After all of these sweat jerking routines, I’m also eating clean. My lunches look like this right now:
a big salad, no salad dressings, olive oil and salt & pepper, with a few eggs, peppers, toasted almonds and a sweet potato.
**this salad is on a bed of Arugula. Arugula is in season!
Whenever I want to lose a few extra pounds, I revert back to salads. As much as I would rather be eating potatoes day and night, I enjoy having control over my diet. Controlling my diet controls my weight.
All of you are on this crazy journey with me. I hope to post a few pictures of me in my bikinis during this vacation, pictures that I’m actually proud of. Cross your fingers and wish me luck. It’s going to be a long, sweaty, ride.
You know I’ll keep you posted
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