Ricotta Pancake Bliss.

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Hey friends…Happy Tuesday! I feel like the weekend always flies by…oh wait! IT DOES! I had a great weekend combined with both work and a little bit of play time. Although it was a three day weekend for many- in the restaurant business that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a vacation for you (I mean me)! I worked both nights (on the hustle for NYC) but found a couple of hours Sat + Sunday to soak up the sun and enjoy the weekend. Saturday I grabbed coffee at Barefoot Coffee Roasting Company in Campbell. This place has been my hangout as of late. It’s a smaller shop, non corporate and I am all for supporting local businesses that are of quality! When I find time to blog, this is my spot. Sunday I brunched it with a girlfriend at The Table in Willow Glen. This place is one of a kind and reminds me of a restaurant you would more than likely find in San Francisco or NYC. It’s small, the decor is modern and the drinks are beyond fab. We sat at the bar (I prefer) and enjoyed the best Ricotta Pancakes I have ever had. They were filled with a fresh lemon flavor and every bite melted in your mouth. Can we say A-MA-ZING! I am happy to report that I have been working out and eating fab food all week. The pancake might not have helped my Mexico Physique but needless to say the hard work every day allows for a little treat here and there.  I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend….despite that niner loss and have a great four days ahead. Positive thoughts!

Veggies w/ Spicy Marinara

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Last night I ended up getting home pretty late (9-ish) after a long day of work, working out and then hitting Whole Foods for the week. The problem with me is that on my nights that I have off I LOVE to cook! Sometimes I intend on making something quick- and then and hour and a half later I have my meal. It probably doesn’t help that I am snapping 99 pictures along the way, but needless to say I enjoy the time it takes to prepare my food. I consider it relaxation time.

I whipped together this veggie medley and it was nothing short of just what I wanted. Not to heavy, but still filling enough after a hearty workout.

{Ingredients}

  • broccoli
  • cherry tomato (cut in half)
  • fresh minced garlic
  • mushroom
  • crushed tomato (canned- I use DiNapoli brand)
  • fresh parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chili flakes

For the veggies it was easy, I browned the garlic (don’t burn) with olive oil. Shortly after added the broccoli and let cook. Add salt, pepper to taste. When the broccoli seems to be halfway done add the cherry tomatoes. After the tomatoes start to get soft then add the mushroom.  Mushrooms are always last because they cook fast and I personally don’t like overcooked veggies.

For the marinara. I also used a little olive oil with fresh minced garlic on med heat. After the garlic is brown I added a can of crushed tomatoes, fresh parsley along with salt, pepper and chili flakes. As soon as the sauce reaches a slight boil turn temperature down and simmer.  Instead of pasta with marinara – veggies with red sauce is always a great substitute to leave you feeling less bloated. Think of simple as being better. If healthy is the theme of your January then add this one to your list. You won’t be disappointed.

Veggie Enchiladas

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I made these vegetarian enchiladas the other night and they were AMAZING! Often times when you try and recreate something vegetarian it turns out to be a bigger hit than the original.  Dinner time for me is full of excitement. I LOVE going to the grocery store and figuring out what it is that I am going to make. I know this can be dreadful for many, and usually I would recommend planning ahead, but when your schedule is busy it can be hard, I get it.  I decided on these after scouting recipes on the internet. Sometimes you might catch a recipe but it is full of too many things (I see this all the time).  If this is ever the case- you can tweak it a little bit and use what works for you.  I used a couple different vegetables and the were still amaze.  If you have a chance- make these! 

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1/2 pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 med red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 med sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 container button mushrooms, halved or quartered (don’t cut too small they will shrivel)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 8 tortillas (flour or corn- your choice)
  • 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce  (I prefer green sauce)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese (I used cojita as well for a sprinkle)
  • optional garnishes: fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream

Directions

Prehead the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, toss together the yellow squash, zucchini, red onion, sweet potato, red pepper, mushroom and olive oil until evenly mixed. Season generously with salt and black pepper. I also added organic taco seasoning to the mix.  Spread the mixture out evenly onto the covered baking sheet. (Vegetables should be mostly in a single layer. If you’re baking sheet is small you may need to spread these out over two baking sheets.)

Bake for 30 min, or until the edges of the vegetables begin to crisp and they are tender.  Remove and set aside to cool. After the veggies were cool, I added tofu and black beans to the mix. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, prepare your enchilada assembly line. Lay a tortilla on a flat work surface, then spread the top of it with a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce.  Sprinkle down the center with veggies and cheese (optional). Roll the tortilla up to close, then place it seam-side-down in a greased baking dish.  Repeat with remaining ingredients. Then spread any remaining enchilada sauce on top of the enchiladas in the dish.

Bake at 325 for 20 min. Then remove the dish and sprinkle extra cheese on top (optional/I used cojita). Bake for 5-10 more inures until cheese has melted and the tortillas begin to brown slightly around the edges. Remove from the oven and serve immediately, garnish if desired.

This recipe based off of this one.

CHEERS! It’s Our First Monday in 2014!

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Happy 2014 Friends. Newtritionsavvysarah is back! It’s been a while since I have had a chance to catch up on the blog. Life was a little bit hectic for a minute there with a change of job and suddenly feeling like I had no time to do anything but sleep and work! I am sure some of you can relate. All has since settled and I now have time to start working out and focusing more on newtritionsavysarah. If there is anything I have learned in the last 6 months it’s that sometimes the obstacles that present themselves turn out to be for one reason. LEARN THE LESSON. This last year has been motivational and I have learned if that if you want to succeed you MUST believe in yourself. I think as each year passes it’s a great way to reflect on what worked and what could have been better. We might have made some new friends or lost touch with others but in the end the people that are in your life are there to help you sculpt the person you are becoming daily. I can’t help but recognize the amount of support I have received surrounding Newtritionsavvy. It can be scary putting yourself out for everyone to see but none the less a great way to maintain accountability.  Nutrition and healthy living are my passion and I hope I inspire at least one person to be more healthy every day. It’s not about being perfect but rather doing what you can when you can. I have so many plans for this year and the direction of my blog and can’t wait to share. Stop. Take a minute. Be thankful. Take a breath & be happy that you are able to live one more day.

Cheers to 2014!

60 Day Challenge: My Truth!

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Friends! Here we go. It’s April 1 and you know what that means? The beginning of a 60 days to summer challenge. It’s been a year now that I started my blog. Hard to believe the time has flown by. You know that saying. “Where has the time gone??” I’m feeling it! As I reflect on the last year I am amazed at all that has been accomplished in my own life and in the lives of others around me. I attended a Wayne Dyer conference a year ago and remember it like it was yesterday. This was the pivotal moment that I would allow my creative passion for health and nutrition to no longer be just a dream but actually manifest into  reality. To my surprise the people in my immediate life were ready to hear what I had to say. With this said, I have completely transformed my lifestyle. When I look back at a year ago I think of all the things that have changed for the better. Of course when we stop and evaluate our life we assume everything is on track (hopefully or somewhere close), and that we are always the best we can be. Ha. I wish this was true. In the last 5 years or so I have always considered myself healthy. When I refer to healthy I am talking about food, life, relationships, work, etc. It’s always easier to justify where we are due to some event that happened in the past and “made us who we are.” I have come to learn in the last 365 days this simply is not the case. Whatever the situation is, or story that we create to be our own can be changed at any moment you make the choice to live, NOW. I joined FNS training center last year with the intent to try a workout that would actually change the way my body looked. I had the diet down, but never really pushed myself to workout where I felt like I was going to throw up. Don’t get me wrong I liked to go hiking, run and occasionally lift some weights but I think I was lifting the same amount of weight for the last 3-4 years! Sound familiar?? During this type of workout I have learned to really step outside of my comfort zone. I started the workouts because eating healthy is easy for me (not for many) and working out on the other hand was not something I ever exceeded at or felt like needed to be pushed to the limits. As I look back I know that every single workout is so much more than the physical aspect. It’s getting your mind right  in order to then tell your body A- you CAN do this and B- you are SO strong enough!!!! Who was I kidding. When I started I could barely even do a single pushup or pull-up for that matter. It’s not like I would just break down while watching TV and do either of those…how was I supposed to know?? I started with the intent to change my body and this is exactly what has happened. I became committed to doing something I actually hated(this extreme workout). The split jumps, the squats, and the rowing are all things I still have to force myself to do to this day. (Just being honest!) On the contrary,  I have become faster, lost some weight, lost some inches and have changed my confidence level beyond words. I have a frequent habit in my life to start something and not commit if I don’t like it. This workout regimen helps me to overcome this barrier I sometimes set in my mind. We’re not always going to like the things that make us better, it’s a fact. Simple as that.

I am doing this 60 day challenge as a commitment to be better. My passion for life is not just about food and nutrition but about being better than we were yesterday. It’s so easy to make an excuse and get stuck in our ways because it’s easy (trust me, I am guilty) but where is the growth and reward in that? My intent for the next 2 months is to step up my game. I want to be fit and I want to be full of muscle. I want others to know that No- it’s not easy to get in shape and look great  but the easiest things DON’T TEACH US ANYTHING. I want a six pack, let’s get real! I will post an after picture June 1 so watch out! This will be a before and after from May 2012 to May 2013. I am proud of myself for staying committed and changing my body and mindset over the last 365 days. It’s not always easy, and I don’t always want to wake up at 6 AM to workout but I can definitely say I never leave and feel like I shouldn’t have come to the workout. It’s commitment, lifestyle and making my health a priority. What are you going to do in the next 60 days to change your life??

THE 60 DAY CHALLENGE

As we start our “60 Day’s to Summer Chall…enge” is imperative that we are setting ourselves up for success. One of the biggest ways we do that is by Setting Clear Expectations not just for ourselves but also those we surround ourselves with most. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to reach your goal over the next 60 days.

1. What are you willing to give up to be successful?

2. What are you willing to add in to be successful?

3. Who are going to ask for extra help, support, and accountability to be successful? When you let others know what you need and what you are trying to accomplish they will either support you or leave you alone. In either case both will be beneficial.

4. What are your “Non-Negotiables”? No matter what the circumstances, what are the things you WILL get done everyday in order to take a step closer to reaching your goal.

5. WHY is this important to you? “If it is important enough you will find a way, if it is not you will find an excuse” KNOW YOUR WHY!

Good luck!!!! When you know better, you DO better!

 

Baby Steps

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Spring is right around the corner which means bikini season will be here before we know it! What does this mean for me? I’m changing some things up. I already eat pretty healthy, but I won’t lie, there is the occasional alcohol beverage and Starbucks that could probably be left out. I’m making a promise to myself to lose some body fat in the next couple of months and start seeing some definition in my body. I have been working my ass off to be where I am at now- but know that with a few more changes I can reach my personal goal. What do these changes entail? Eating enough food (sometimes challenging between work and school), no alcohol, more protein shakes post workout, adding running in between FNS workouts. Feeling better is just the beginning, this in turn results in looking better. Figure out what you love about your body, and what you don’t. Make some changes. Baby steps in time turn out to be the leaps and results we wish to acquire. You can’t see any results if you never try! Stop making excuses as to why you’re not your best. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?

My Life This Week.

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It has been such a great second week of this new year. Sunday I met a girlfriend at Barefoot coffee and ended up sitting for 3 hours talking about life, goals and my upcoming half marathon that I have commited to run February 3 (she was kind enough to write up a training plan). Holy Cow is right….I can’t believe I am actually doing it. This has been something that has been on my radar for a while, but I sprained my ankle before the last one I signed up for so that was a no go. As of Tuesday my 4 week impromptu training has oficially begun. I bought some new shoes- any excuse to buy new workout clothes/shoes sounds like a good one to me. As we know this week I have been doing a juicing series that is hopefully encouraging people to make this habit a part of their weekly routine to staying healthy. Don’t even try to give me an excuse because the benefits outway the time 15 minutes it might take to juice and clean up. Let’s face it, you would probably on Facebook or some social network if you weren’t juicing (truth).

Yesterday I headed up to the city to meet an old classmate of mine for some coffee, and a hike up to Twin Peaks. Coinsidentally, along with the coffe there was a bowl full of fresh juice packed in mason jars on the counter. She said it was her friends company- SoW – they juice in the morning and then drop off at various locations throughout the city! Could this have been any more perfect?? I chose the beet juice which consisted of

  • Red beet
  • Carrot
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Turmeric

Once again, to my surprise….it was delicious! 

Juice and cofee were followed by a great hike (it was a great active rest day…those hills are no joke) that allowed for probably the BEST view of San Francisco. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must! Back to 6 miles today and a great workout at FNS! Hope you all have a great Thursday.

That which you focus your attention on becomes your reality so choose wisely!

Get Your Juice On!

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Can you imagine eating a grocery bag full of greens everyday during the right seasons?? Few of us even eat the recommended 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day or three cups of dark green vegetables per week. Yet, these veggies deliver incredible amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. The GREAT news is that you can consume 1-3 of the Daily allowance in just a single cup.

Dark greens are among the most concentrated source of nutrition. They are a rich source of minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. PLUS vitamins K, C, E, and B vitamins. They provide phytonutrients (protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age related diseases). Dark greens even contain omega-3 fats!

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It’s the root that provide the leaf with nutrients from the soil. The moment the leaf is picked and the connection with the root is broken, the nutritional value of the leaf begins to deteriorate.

5 Green Drink Recipes:

Green Supreme

  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 small handful of cilantro
  • 1 chard leaf
  • 2 ribs of celery w/ leaves
  • 1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
  • 1 lemon (peeled if not organic)
  • 1 inch chunk ginger root

(serves 2)

Lean Mean Green Juice

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 2 ribs of celery with leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1-inch chunk ginger root
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 green apple

(serves 2)

Red Sails in the Sunset

  • 3 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper with seeds
  • 1 small beet with leaves
  • 1 leaf red swiss chard
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic

(serves 1)

V-8 Charger

  • 1 tomato
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 small handful of parsley
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 3 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 2 ribs of celery with leaves
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic

(serves 2)

Magnesium Special

  • 4-5 beet tops
  • 2 swish card leaves
  • 2 collard leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1/2 green apple (omit if diabetic)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic

(serves 2)

{Benefits of Magnesium}

  • major effect on preventing heart attacks
  • vital role in fighting off stress
  • relaxes muscles
  • prevents osteoporosis
  • builds healthy bones
  • supports restful sleep
  • prevents restless leg syndrome
  • prevents constipation
  • boosts energy
  • calms the body and relieves tension

Magnesium-rich greens include:

  • chard
  • collards
  • beet tops
  • parsley
  • spinach
  • kale
  • dandelion greens
  • lettuce (dark green)
  • mustard greens

Remember you can always play around with recipes. The one pictures above was basic but honestly tasted great. I was really nervous to drink it for fear that it would taste like dirt (no joke) but was pleasantly surprised that not only was it good…it was refreshing and I wanted more. (Note to self: Use green apples instead of red because they are less sweet).Let me know your thoughts…and any fun green recipes you might have!

All recipes and information can be found in this great book called Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies! Check it out.

Sayonara 2012.

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Say Whatttt?? 3 days until the New Year! I feel like the older I get each year just speeds up faster and faster. What I wouldn’t do to be a kid again and have no concept of time OR I could just live my life now. I am not usually one to set NY resolutions because I think the entire year should be dedicated to kicking things off that bucket list. When I look back at 2012 I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Mid year I did in fact set some goals that were to be achieved by the end of the year (thanks to FNS). Some people hear goals and think it’s lame, but how are you supposed to remember everything you want to achieve in a day, month or year? I don’t know about you but I always tell myself I will remember and a day later I am stuck thinking, “what was that thing again??” Sound familiar? A couple of my goals were to start Newtritionsavvysarah (check), get 200 likes on my FB page (almost check…I am 8 away), stop spending so much money (check) and be consistent with my workouts (check). I can’t tell you how good it feels to set your mind to something and absorb all that comes as a result of putting the thought into the universe. It’s like buying a new car and then suddenly realizing everyone already has that car! Funny, right?? And SO true! 2012 has also brought many new people in my life. Some of these people provide encouragemt while others provide accountability and push me to be a better person for myself and this journey of inspiring others to live a better life. There are two specific things I have learned this year ( I knew it, but know I reallllly know it). First- that you can’t blame anyone else for where you are at in your life. If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. You’ll be surprised when you stop thinking that the world owes you anything. Second, if you want to preach to others you can talk all you want, but living the life you preach is what will teach more than anything. Accountability was my main focus for this year and I feel quite successful when I think of mine. I think of it as the domino effect. When you acknowledge and better one aspect of your life it is inevitable that other areas will not only surface but improve as well.

With the fast approach of 2013 take a second to think of the things you really enjoyed about the last year and also the “not so much”. Ask yourself how (not why) they happened and if there is any sort of pattern that can be changed. I know what I need to work on and recognizing is the first step. Enjoy this last weekend of the year! Happy Almost New Year!

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