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My Resolutions

It must’ve been something about 2012, but I was definitely NOT into blogging last year.  Maybe it was the moving from Chicago to Denver to Ohio.  Or maybe it was the fact that I finally got into grad school and it was HARD.  Maybe it was my time-consuming addiction to TNT reruns like The Mentalist, Bones, and Castle.  Whatever it was, I was DEFINITELY NOT into blogging.

But, if the date of this post is any clue, one of my new year’s resolutions is to get back in the saddle again!   And I’m starting tonight.  So let’s see…what’s been going on recently?  The holidays were not the best time for me in terms of sticking to my diet.  In fact, the LT and I have been complaining to each other for the past week or so.  It goes something like this:

Me: Uuugh!

LT: What is it, babe?

Me: I feel like a wildebeest.  I’ve been eating so awfully.  I’m all bloat-y and don’t even want to look at my skinny jeans.

LT: Well, the last time I worked out was 2 months ago.  I think I’m gonna return those Christmas jeans you got me for the husky-size.  I can’t even remember when we last had salads for dinner.  Speaking of…can we have vegan corn dogs with some of that awesome Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Mustard tonight?

Me: Mmmmmm.  Great idea.

So you can tell that our hearts are in the right place, but we just haven’t been motivated.  We need a meal- and workout-plan makeover/motivator sesh.  My master plan is to blog about some of our progress here and that will help keep me accountable.  And if I’m doing it; he’ll do it, too.

So for tomorrow, the plan is get a brisk walk in, in the morning with the LT.  And then maybe a little bit of lifting in the gym.  I don’t want to psych myself out by going too hard too fast.

So here are some of my resolutions:

  1. Workout more
  2. Eat more raw foods
  3. Start fencing lessons (yes, I want to learn to handle an epee!)
  4. Dress up at least once a week
  5. Learn to sew (I got a sewing machine from the LT for my birthday this past year)
  6. Go to bed earlier (like before 11pm!)

I’m getting started on the workout tomorrow and the bedtime piece now.  Toodles…but till later, below are some pics of some of the raw munchies we actually DID manage to sneak in over the holidays.

Addicted to Veggies No Pasta Pasta Salad

Addicted to Veggies No Pasta Pasta Salad

Raw Pizza with Cashew Nut Cheeze

Raw Pizza with Cashew Nut Cheeze

Green Juice and Cacao Mylkshake

Green Juice and Cacao Mylkshake

Raw "Roasted" Veggie Tart

Addicted to Veggies Raw “Roasted” Veggie Tartlet

Raw Sunflower Butter

Raw Crunchy Almond Butter






New Smoothie Trial: GirlonRaw’s Iron and Protein Smoothie

Hello, Loves!  Recently, the LT and I have been back up on that workout horse and while I’m just toning up, he’s (pardon the expression!) beefing up.  I’ve been wanting to get him to drink more smoothies lately so this seemed like a dream come true: an Iron and Protein packed smoothie that tastes delish!

Robyn from GirlonRaw.com posted this recipe along with an instructional video.  We tried it and it’s a new favorite in this household!  I like the creaminess and the LT likes the “non-green” taste along with the high protein content that the hemp seeds provide.

Spinach with Hemp Seeds on Top

Not only does it look delicious, it looks pretty! Eat with your eyes!

Iron & Protein Packed Smoothie

2 frozen bananas

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1 cup of frozen raspberries

1 cup of packed spinach

1/2 cup of hemp seeds

3 cups of water

The final product

Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet

Today is the first COLD day in Chicago.  When I say COLD, I mean COLD!  I’m from Texas so anything under 75 degrees is COLD to me.  In fact, the LT and I were on a walk, I was thinking, “Self, you should have worn a winter coat…or at least a jacket!”  (See!  I really am working to get us back in shape–tomorrow is Friday night tennis!)

So in honor of the weather, I made an Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet.  I got it out of a vegetarian cookbook.  It is not raw and can be made with or without cheese for vegans or peeps like me who are lactose intolerant.  It turned into more of a stew than a skillet, but the LT is sitting right next to me chowing down right now.

Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet: This is the cookbook photo

My version (I took out my portion before I grated the parmesan on top for the LT.  Though I think the parm adds a nice bit of salty/creaminess for non-raw, non-vegans if his two bowlfuls are any indication!)

Meagan Version of the Skillet-a bit more "stew-like" than I anticipated, but perfect for a cold night!

Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet

Start to Finish: 30 mins

Makes: 4 servings

1 15.5oz can small red beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 14.5oz can Italian style stewed tomatoes (I subbed in 3 fresh tomatoes)

1 cup veggie broth

3/4 cup brown rice (quick cooking)

5 oz frozen lima beans

5 oz fresh green beans

1/4 cup fresh basil

dash of Italian seasoning

3/4 bottle of spaghetti sauce (or use more fresh tomatoes & some sun-dried tomatoes, like me)

mozzarella or grated parmesan (optional)

  1. In a large skillet combine beans, tomatoes, broth, rice, lima beans, green beans, basil, and Italian seasoning.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 15 mins or until rice is cooked.
  2. Stir in spaghetti sauce (or homemade tomato and sun-dried tomato mixture).  Heat through.  If desired, top with cheese.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 259 calories, 4g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1100mg sodium, 14g protein.

As I finish typing this post, the LT just went back for his third bowl!