This Christmas break, I realized that while I have been eating healthy-ish for the past few months and working out semi-regularly, that is not enough. I felt like my lifestyle needed a more drastic change. I haven’t been losing weight, I’ve been gaining it and it feels terrible. So I bought an $18 book on juicing and green smoothies. I decided that it would be helpful to have some kind of “weird” dieting personal experience to share with future clients and I didn’t want to go all Atkins on anybody so juicing seemed like a good alternative. Anyways, I forgot to bring the juicer to school (typical me), so I am just going to focus on the green smoothies part of the plan until I buy a juicer or my mom mails me hers! I went to Kroger today to stock up on greens. Here’s what I bought:
50/50 baby greens + spinach blend
red delicious apples
granny smith apples
That’s all I can remember but that alone is a lot! I also got garlic and corn to make a mexican stir-fry meal (which chicken, and other ingredients). I bought a gallon of skim milk and half a gallon of unsweetened almond milk, a clove of garlic, apple and orange juice concentrate, brown rice, and butter. I am all for going the cheapest route possible with food but the one thing I will never compromise on is butter. I will NOT eat margarine, or Blue Bonnet, yuck yuck SICK. Only real butter, I don’t care if it’s 3 or 4 times the price of that fake crap! Okay, rant done. Anyways, that’s my grocery list! For snack I had a small handful of craisins and for dinner I had stuffed chicken and a salad.
Stuffed chicken (super simple recipe I made up myself)
Mix about 4 tablespoons of cream cheese with one “section” of a clove of garlic that has been chopped up into little pieces. Mix in some mexican cheese (I couldn’t even taste this in the end so I will leave it out next time. No point in adding tasteless calories). Smear it over a thawed chicken breast. (Smearing is difficult so good luck with this step. Fold/roll chicken breast up with the cream cheese spread on the inside, use toothpicks to hold in place. Put in baking dish and bake at 375 for 35 minutes! Cool and enjoy!
My salad consisted of:
50/50 blend mentioned earlier
lite italian dressing
I LOVE this salad—simple and delicious!
For my workout today I did Tanja Djelevic’s 50 minute cardio burn workout. It is on a DVD put out by Gaiam and it is intense! I can’t even do all of the moves yet but I still love it! One day I hope to do it and make it look as easy as she makes it look! You spend about 5 minutes of warming up and stretching at the beginning, do 30 minutes of cardio, and then spend extended time working on balance, upper body, arms, and abs. To end there is 10 minutes of yoga, it’s a great way to cool down! I love the whole program because I finish knowing that I have completed a great total body workout and kept my heart rate up the whole time!
Tomorrow I will begin the smoothie-ing, so I will update how that goes!