Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Salty and Sweet Garbanzo Beans

Last week I encouraged people to switch out unhealthy snacks for healthier alternatives. Today I'm going to show you how simple (and tasty) that can be! All you need is a little olive oil, a can of garbanzo beans and your favorite salty flavoring. I mixed up a Cajun spice blend to put on my beans for today!
Step one: Rinse off canned beans and pat dry.
Step two:
Add 1 tsp olive oil to garbanzo/chickpeas. I tossed mine to completely cover everything in olive oil. The original recipe I followed called for 2 Tbsp olive oil, which I found to be way too much oil! 1 tsp oil works just fine.
Step three:
Add your desired seasonings  (powder packet of ranch seasoning, Cajun seasoning, sea salt and rosemary, you get the point!) I used 1 tsp for the seasoning, but you could use more or less depending on you preference! Toss to cover all the beans with seasoning.
Step four:
Lay your beans out on a baking try and bake in the oven at 350*F for 25-30 minutes. You will notice that I have two different types of flavoring. I love salty and sweet together so I also made a honey version of this recipe and cooked them at the same time!
Step five: Enjoy!!

Studies have shown just one week eating garbanzo beans can improve a person's control of blood sugar and the bodies insulin secretion! (this is great info for anybody with PCOS, insulin resistance, or diabetes)  With that little piece of information, and all the tasty snacks options out there containing garbanzo beans, I'm willing to give them a try!  ;)
Bon Appetit! :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

10 Tips for Successful Weight Loss

1. Don't feel the need to rush into any diet right away. Take your time, read up on health, nutrition, or follow blogs of people working towards similar goals. Gather up all the information you need and begin with an educated decision.
   I followed a weight loss blog for nearly 6 months, passively taking in posts. It prepared me for when I was ready to be actively interested in a healthier life style. I also talked with my Aunts about the various different types of diets they had done or heard about, to weigh my options about which path I wanted to take.

2. Share your decision with loved ones, coworkers, and even complete strangers! ;) We are more likely to stick to our guns if everybody knows what's going on!
   I told Steven that I wanted to lose weight, which meant changing the way we ate. He went along with me, believing that it would be like all other times where I gave up after a few short months. And that was okay, because it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks will happen.

3.  Remember that you will have good days and bad. Every day, every meal is a new chance to start over again. Just because you eat too much for lunch, doesn't mean you have to go crazy through out the day. It's easy to think, well I've already messed up, might as well eat whatever I want all day -but it doesn't have to be like that. Look at the end of each meal as a closed book. Every meal is a new book to be written.

4. Get familiar with your kitchen! They say that losing weight is 20% gym and 80% kitchen. Research blogs, google search healthy swaps for your favorite recipes, or ask friends for healthy recipe suggestions (facebook!). Write down the meals you enjoy, forget the ones you don't.
   I've made some fantastically delicious healthy recipes, and some not so delicious. Don't be afraid to make mistakes!

5. If you are hungry, EAT. Starving yourself will only lead to unhealthy decisions later on. Your body needs fuel to run!

6. Exercise. It's okay if you can only walk around the block in the beginning. Try to do a little more each day, whether it be one more step or one more lap around the block.
   I waited a bit after changing my eating habits to join the gym. Some mornings I would only stay for 30 minutes, because that's all I could do! As time goes by it gets easier and easier.

7. Replace trigger foods with like foods. (Sweet, salty, crunchy, etc) For example if you love potato chips and can't control your consumption replace it with a healthier similar food such as kale chips, baked spicy chick peas, air popped pop corn.. Replace ice cream with an all fruit smoothie etc.

8. If what you're doing isn't working for you change it! Always be open to new things.
    I started out the year doing weight watchers. I've joined and quit weight watchers 6 times in the past five years. Three months in to this journey I felt like I wasn't learning enough. I wanted to know my calories, carbs, salt sugar etc. I didn't like the WW points system, so I unsubscribed from weight watchers and joined myfitnesspal. It's what works for me! You might have to try a few things before figuring out what works.

9. If you are struggling don't turn to food. Talk to a friend, start a blog, exercise, watch a happy movie, or whatever it is that will help you get through the struggles. Think about how far you've come and all the places you will go.

10. Love yourself. It's hard, I know! Start every day thinking one nice thing. A simple 'I can do this today' goes much further than negative words will ever go.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Work hard in the gym, work even harder in the kitchen."

This is so important! I would hate to leave my blood, sweat, and tears on that gym floor, only to come home and eat it all away. I wasn't much on cooking, and when I lost weight before I did it by eating smart one's frozen dinners for every meal. We all see where that got me -rolly polly. Sure I was always smiling, but I couldn't breath at night, sitting in booths was uncomfortable, and forget mentioning the dressing room at any clothing boutique!

Turning cooking into a challenge, makes it more fun though! Challenging myself to find healthy substitutes for favorite recipes, doing research online, and coming up with new creations (Steven is sometimes frightened by my food creations!) This week I wanted to get ride of a can of low-fat re-fried beans. I did some serious research and found a healthy taco dip that would utilize the can of beans! 

Instead of feeling limited, it feels like there are infinite options out there! Working hard in the kitchen has been a key part in my success thus far!

Ps...if you have any recipes you want to share! I'm always looking for something new to try!