Weekends Are Made For FUN!

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This weekend was so much fun! I headed to Santa Cruz with the pup to catch some sunshine. It’s hardly been any type of winter here in CA but i’ll take it anyway. Nothing beats flip flops, t-shirts and 75 degrees in the beginning of March. Yes I did splurge on some ice cream and yes that is the pretties sunset (pictured above). Sometimes all you need to reboot is to take a drive, relax and get your mental thoughts in order for the next week. I started working out again last week (circuit training) and so my body was a bit tired through the recovery of the first couple workouts. I know, that ice cream counteracts the workout process but hey, burn to earn, right?! I am looking forward to a great week and wish you all the same!

 

Quick + Easy Quinoa Salad.

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What you’ll Need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • cherry tomatoes
  • black beans
  • zucchini
  • orange bell pepper
  • jicama
  • red onion (i used white because I forgot to buy red )
  • jalapeno
  • avocado

Usually I make this an all raw ingredient salad but this time I had to cook a few veggies. I sautéed the white onion, orange bell pepper, zucchini and jalapeño for a few minutes with salt/pepper/taco seasoning. (I only like cooked bell pepper and cooking the jalapeño can reduce the spice but still maintain the flavor).You can opt out of cooking  either if you would like. I cooked the quinoa the same as you would rice. For every 1 cup quinoa there is 2 cups water used. (You can also use chicken stock instead of water for more flavor). Once the quinoa is finished I combined the cooked veggies with my raw veggies.  Combine the cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans,  jicama, and avocado together  with the sautéed vegetables and flavor with olive oil,  salt/pepper and lemon (to taste). This salad is great for lunch or to bring to your next Pot Luck! Let me know how you like it!

Organic Steel Cut Oats (My Favorite Breakfast)

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Why Steel cut Oats?

Steel cut oats are an excellent source of protein. 7grams per 1/4 cut of dry oats to be exact. There are both soluble & insoluble fiber in these types of oats which is associated with improving blood sugar levels in diabetes and improved cholesterol levels. They take about 15-20 minutes to cook. I add a little bit of raw sugar and cinnamon to the mix. If you add fruit you can take the sugar out because the banana especially is loaded with natural sweetness that helps with the plain flavor of the oats.

Breakfast (for those that don’t know) is extremely important in your overall functioning throughout the day. “Breakfast” literally means the meal that “breaks the fast”. It’s considered your most important meal because it affects your eating for the rest of the day. Starting the day with a well-balanced meal that supplies adequate protein, carbohydrate and fiber keeps hunger at bay and allows you to make wise choices for the meals which follow.

 

Have you tried steel cut oats? If so, what do you think? If not, what is your favorite form of breakfast?

Class Pass is All the R-A-G-E!

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What is ClassPass?

(Directly from their website)

ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. With ClassPass, you get access to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are over 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio 3 times per month.

Why should you join?

This pass is amazing! I know most people don’t like to commit to one gym for 30 days straight. For some, variety is just what they need to get them motivated towards being a bit healthier. If this is your kind of workout I highly recommend ClassPass. Not only is there such a variety of classes like Crossfit, Yoga, Daily Method, Bar Method, Cycling but you are able to try each studio 3 times in a month! I know the regular gym can seem redundant or rather you are clueless about what you should do during your workout, this is a great alternative. Most classes that I drop in are about $22+ so you do the math. Have any of you already tried ClassPass? If yes, what are your thoughts?

 

Check out ClassPass.com for more details.

Smoothie Prep.

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Meal Prep.

Let’s be honest, who has time for meal prep? From someone who loves to cook and eat healthy I have never really been a fan of meal prepping. This isn’t because I am lazy  but more so because I actually enjoy the act of going to the grocery store, and cooking everyday. Annnnd well, I am not really a fan of cooked food sitting in the refrigerator more than a day. I know, maybe it’s weird but it’s just how I am. I came across this idea over the weekend as far as a meal prep that I could relate to and I couldn’t wait to share. In my last post I mentioned I bought a Vitamix which can be used for all sorts of things, but in this case I am focusing on smoothies. Actually now that I think about it, soups and juices can be prepped ahead as well. I do know from experience that prepping fruit can be a 10 minute longer excursion that you don’t have time for in the morning so with a little time on Sunday (or whatever day) you can throw some fruits and veggies in a mason jar, label, and WaLa! you have your smoothie just about ready. I always love new ideas of getting healthy and making things just a little bit easier. What are some of your favorite meal prep ideas?

 

Photo Courtesy: Vega_Team.

Vitamix S30

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Vitamix S30

I have been wanting one of these for yearrrrrrs. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but it’s been on my list for a while. Sometimes with big purchases I have trouble committing to, until well, it goes on sale. CHA CHING! A Vitamix on sale for $349? Yes, Please. This is not only a great blender but can be used for soups, food processing, frozen desserts, juices, milks, dressings, nut butters, batters, dips & spreads, flours, soups, purees and doughs. If you love to be in the kitchen this might be your newt favorite appliance. I am glad I made the purchase. Look for recipes to come via the S30 Vitamix in my kitchen! Let’s get Newtritionsavvy together!

Baby Steps.

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Weekend Recap

Hello Friends! What a game last night, right?! Although the Niners weren’t in the Superbowl, we still made sure to watch until the last minute. All I can remember is everyone saying, “Anybody but the Seahawks!” It looks like dreams really do come true. Great job, Patriots!  Until the next SB which will be held in our very own Santa Clara, CA!

-Moving-

I am in the process of moving into a new apartment which means this quick impulse to want to buy everything in sight. I visited Crate & Barrel over the weekend, and in the midst of kitchen goods I came across this Meatless Monday cook book. Paul, Stella and their daughter Mary McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign as a simple straight forward way of showing everyone the value of eating less meat. Just one day each week of not eating meat can contribute to saving debt in your wallet, and more importantly reduce your environmental impact. One day less of eating meat each week can also reduce your risk for heart disease and maybe even help you drop a couple LBS! Who doesn’t love that?! Even if you can’t imagine becoming vegetarian, this is a great way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet. Just think, baby steps. I just ordered this cookbook on Amazon. You should too!

-WORKOUT-

I made sure that among that Superbowl and excess shopping for my apartment that I did make some time to get a workout in. That above is not the stairway to heaven my friends, but rather the stairway to a better looking booty and stronger legs! We call this Communication Hill which consists of 252 steps. Four rounds up and down and I was DONE! Needless to say, today my calves are feeling very sore! #nopainnogains

I hope you all have a great Monday!

 

Passion Planner

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This is a MUST purchase for the New Year! With the Passion Planner you will never feel more organized. This was recommended to me from a friend who heard about it on Oprah. We all know I L-O-V-E Oprah so whatever she recommends, I am in! I ordered this back in November and just received it last week. This planner is all about coordinating your to do list with action and creating some goals that you can achieve. Sometimes direction is all that we are missing, so with this planner you can create a better use of time and organization. Hope you enjoy!

Find the Passion Planner here. (You can also check them out on kickstarter.com.

Let me know what you think!

2015: My New Year’s Resolutions.

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2015! 

Friends! 2015 is already a month in. I have been behind on posting for some time now but Newtritionsavvy is back. This last year has been filled with many travels and working my butt off to afford those travels but I am finally at a spot where I feel like this blog is needed in my life again. It’s easy to lose track and get caught up in the “busy” of our lives but there comes a point where you fall so far behind on particular things and realize it’s time for a change. The new year is always a great time to reflect on the previous year, evaluate and then decide simply what worked and what didn’t. For me, I am an on the go type of person. Sometimes this so extreme that I forget to stop and smell the roses. Looking back, the last year was beyond amazing in so many ways.  For this upcoming year I am sticking to a couple new changes.

Learn to go with the flow

I don’t know about you, but for me this can be tough sometimes. Letting go of control and realizing everything will be okay if you just put faith and hard work into your situation.

Continue to travel more

Traveling for me is essential. So many people ask me all the time how I can do it. The truth is like anything, if you want it it will happen. Everything requires work, so if you put in the effort required than the benefit is rewarding. For me, traveling is my reward.

Cook More & Eat Healthy

Yes, thats right I said it….cook more! Believe it or not, I now know what it means to lack the time to put together home cooked meals. Sometimes it’s just easier to grab food togo, but this year I am going back to my favorite skill of cooking. It’s so much better when you know what you are putting in your body. Don’t you agree?

Start collaborating

Remember that old saying, “There is no I in team?” Well, this year I will make it my mission to make more contacts. I would love to feature stories about people’s success stories, struggles and simply how you live your best life.

Get In Better shape

Here we go with that time thing again. =) If you don’t plan ahead, time and life becomes an excuse.  I am vowing now to dedicate time to getting back in shape and living in my truth. So far this month and I right on track. How is your fitness routine this month of January?

I hope you all have had a great start to 2015. With the first month almost over, start thinking about February goals. It’s never to early to plan ahead!

Portlandia.

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OH MY GOSH! Next month marks the eleventh month of the year and guess what that means!? It’s  my birthday month AND I will be turning THIRTY! When in the hell did this happen?? As the day approaches I not only can’t believe that I will be thirty years young but really feel as though I have never felt better. I think when you are younger (at least for me) you envision your future to be “something” and whatever that “something” is….you either meet your expectation or often times surpass what you ever could have imagined. For me, at this point, traveling is my number one priority. In a few weeks I will be Portlandia bound!  In all my travels this is one place I have been wanting to go for a while. For the last couple years have heard nothing but amazing things. I love food, I love organic everything, I love the outdoors…now if I can only beat the rain (that is one thing I don’t love :) )! This is one place that I hear when it rains…..it literally pours! Regardless, I can’t wait to get my booty to the beautiful state of Oregon. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Let the planning begin!