I’m back again after a long hiatus. Many challenges and new adventures have come my way. No matter what, my focus in life is to always think of myself and my well-being first. This is why I have decided to share my news and new life ventures. A few months after starting with KA Fitness and Nutrition, we were pleasantly surprised of the news that we were expecting. This of course began to change things and very quickly.
I was starting up on some plans and those had to take a back burner. We changed locations for personal training and I now offer my meal planning online as well as training programs.
My eating habits and workout routines had a dramatic change that left me feeling somewhat anxious and disappointed. Early in my pregnancy I began to feel extremely tired and sick. I couldn’t cook or have anyone cook at home. I couldn’t stand the smell. Carbs were the only thing I could keep down and carbs that I had not had in years. For the sake of feeling better I would try anything I could. Even had sprite with salt once after not having any soda for over 6 years. I couldn’t stand the feeling of guilt but wanting to feel better was all I could think of.
Fast forward five months of feeling miserable, not being able to stick to my clean eating habits and barely able to do any physical activity… I am more than happy to report I am finally feeling better!
For future blog posts, I plan on continuing to share my recipes as I now back in the kitchen. But also, give examples of how I’m staying active and trying my hardest to have a healthy pregnancy. Oh baby! This for sure hasn’t been easy but we are so excited for what’s to come!
I’m back with great news. New year and new ventures have come my way. I’m happy to announce to be part of KA FITNESS AND NUTRITION. I joined the team for meal planning after getting certified in sports nutrition. For now follow us on instagram and on Facebook.
KA FITNESS AND NUTRITION is a personal training studio in Doral, FL. KA focuses on strength and conditioning for sport specific goals. Alejandro has a bachelor’s degree in sport and conditioning for all sports and his passion is to train all kinds of athletes. KA Fitness and Nutrition also works with people whose goal is to lose weight.
Not only am I part of the team but I have experienced his conditioning training as an athlete. Alejandro has been working with me to train for my half marathon and upcoming triathlons. In only three months I have noticed a big improvement on my times by training smart and specific.
2015 will only be the beginning of something great. Not only I am back doing what I love, which is racing but also I have the opportunity to help people who need guidance with their meal planning. Learning, cooking and now sharing knowledge of a healthy, clean eating lifestyle is only my dream come true.
This easy recipe let’s you cook some quinoa as the perfect complex carbohydrate side dish.
1 Tsp coconut oil
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
* or you can use the frozen mix available in stores
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp cumin
1/4 Tsp of black pepper
1 cup Quinoa
2 Tb fresh cilantro or 1 Tb of cilantro paste
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable broth
Heat oil on skillet and add onion and pepper mix with garlic, cumin and black pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
Add in quinoa, water and vegetable broth. Stir well and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add in cilantro and continue to simmer until water has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked throughly.
This creative way of using Ezekiel brand tortillas as taco shells was a great idea. Warning- they do make for some big tacos!
Just place the tortilla on oven rack as on the picture and heat 300 degrees for 5-10 mins. Keep an eye out as you want them as soon as they turn stiff but without burning. Enjoy!
Here’s a delicious and refreshing recipe for the hot summer days. Best part- it’s so easy to put together!
1 watermelon – cut in cubes
1/2 bunch of mint
1/2 red onion- diced or sliced
Optional: salt and pepper
Toss everything together and serve! Enjoy.
Save the leftovers and it was a nice snack paired with some hummus.
Quinoa is a great complex carb to have but the taste is very plain. I stumbled upon a website called 86 lemons that has this great recipe for a quinoa casserole.
Check it out, it was pretty delicious!
I followed the recipe as is, with the only exception of using chickpeas instead of beans. I was also very excited of using fresh organic white corn (which I roasted in the oven first) and fresh parsley from my herb garden. This was a great side for any protein. Enjoy!
I have been collecting little herb plants over the last several months as an experiment. I started with just two plants with the idea of having the herbs I use the most when cooking. Now that I have a better idea on how to take care of these herbs, I have ventured out for my first garden DYI. So exciting, how can I not share!!!!!!
On Pinterest I found many ideas on how to use a reclaimed wood pallet and make it sort of a herb rack for all my pots. I made decided to keep my herbs in pots as I can move them around as needed. I’ve read that herbs likes porous pots such as clay so I went with these simple clay pots.
Next, I asked for a free wood pallet at a local nursery when buying a few supplies. Luckily, the very friendly and had a stack of them from me to choose from. I grabbed the best looking one and home I went. :-)
For this project I only bought two items. One, a fine/medium sand paper block and Rus-oleum primer spray paint.
I took out all nails and staples from the pallet making sure it was free of anything sharp. Sanded the pallet and gave it a quick clean with a brush to clean it from any dust from sanding. Once cleaned, I began to spray paint following directions on the can. Only one coat was necessary but it took two cans to cover the entire pallet.
Let it dry for an hour or so. I looked for anything I could use to secure the pots on each shelves. Found some leftover chicken wire and some yarn. Used nails to secure each side and that’s it!
This project cost less than $10 and now my herb plants have a nice home.
And lastly, some tags with each name.:-)
Here are some ideas for getting your greens intake. At home I have to cook collard greens, kale, chard or any other leafy vegetable in an appetizing way so everyone enjoys them. If you have a picky eater, this can be helpful.
Here is cooked green chard on a skillet with coconut oil and some prosciutto.
This time I cooked green chard on a skillet with sliced mushrooms and apple chicken sausages with coconut oil.
Feel free to experiment when cooking these leafy greens and get them in your diet. They’re so good for you!
Plantain has got to be one of my favorite foods. Unfortunately, it’s most commonly seen fried in dishes. I don’t cook it often but since I love it so much I like to have it from time to time. When ripe it is a great complex carb to compliment my eating plan.
Here’s a version of making it in baked slices or Maduros style.
Coconut oil -2 tablespoons per plantain
Slice plantain about one inch thick and slightly diagonal.
Melt coconut oil in a bowl.
Dip each slice of plantain in the coconut oil and place it on baking sheet with parchment paper.
Baked at 325 for about 15-20 mins and flip once the bottom side is golden brown. Cook for another 15 mins.
Makes a great side to any dish!!!
I received these beautiful artichokes as part of my organic share this week and I was a bit taken back. I am sure the face I made when these were handed to me must have been pretty amusing. I always see them at the market, know what they are, know that I like them (at least in dip form) but somehow always just pass right by without hesitation. Artichokes were not a food I grew up eating or ever seen it being cooked by my family. So I had no idea what to do with these! Well… Thank God for Internet!!!!
My recipe of choice was found on here on this wonderful blog. Thanks to Pinch My Salt I knew exactly what to do and they turned out AMAZING!! Good thing she also explains how to eat it because I didn’t know where to start.
Follow her instructions and I’m sure it will come out just as delicious as mine.