Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I've Had This Song In My Head

I heard this song for the first time a while back and have been hooked on the band since. It's been months and this song is still on repeat in my brain......

I got my workout in early today like I prefer. It was great. I was dripping sweat by the end and I felt like a million bucks. The whole thing only lasted 12 minutes and included 12 different exercises. It was super fast paced and a lot of fun. And, as usual, I threw in 20 minutes of interval skipping afterwards for maximum fat blasting. Summer is just around the corner and I want to make sure I feel and look the best that I possibly can. 

Watch Zuzana rip it up. She's even got a tutorial in there if you're in need of some guidance. 

Here is where you can find the workout breakdown. Since I don't have a pull up bar I replaced them with sumo push ups. And since I am also lacking the dip station I just did dips from a chair. My favorite exercise was the clapping push up. Mainly because I only recently found out that I'm actually pretty decent at them and they make me feel really cool and tough. The prisoner jump squats are brutal and good as well. 

I think I'm going to probably talk about how important the interval skipping is in each blog post if you're looking to burn fat. I love my jump rope and my jump rope loves me back. Get one. Use it. Watch the fat melt right off. If you're new to skipping rope it's gonna seem a bit tricky at first. Stick with it. If you practice every day you'll be jumping like a pro in less than a week and feeling fine. I was terrible when I first started, and after sticking with it for like three days I had fancy feet like whoa. Forreal. 

I have some soup cooking up on the stove as I type. It's a recipe one of the mom's that I work for was so kind to pass my way. It started out as a type of Minestrone but I modified it into more of just a vegetable type soup. I'm pre-making it for my lunch/dinner tomorrow because I have a jam packed day ahead of me and won't have time to cook in the morning. I'll take some pictures when it's ready and post the recipe tomorrow. For now, I hope everyone has been avoiding eating processed junk food and have made good food decisions. It's important to remember that no matter how much you work out, you're not going to see half the results you should if you're polluting your body with garbage. 

That said; I hope you do this workout with me, and are focusing on good, and trying your best. You'll feel better if you do.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Focusing On The Good and Trying Your Best.

So. I just got finished with my workout for the day. It's late by my standards. 10:31 p.m. to be exact. I usually like to go ahead and bust out my routine first thing in the morning but I was dragging all day. I even thought about skipping my workout all together! WHAT?! This will not stand.

I sat around and procrastinated on my couch for a hot minute, and thought about the guidelines I'd decided on for myself a few days ago.These guidelines would be: Focusing on the good and trying my best.

Is skipping a workout conducive to trying my best or focusing on good? Am I working towards attaining my personal goals by sitting around the house like a cold pickle? No. So I decided to knock some sense into myself.

I know I can always count on Zuzana to motivate me and get me excited to break a sweat, so I end up clicking on multiple times a day and it hasn't failed me yet.

I don't know about you, but watching this definitely doesn't make me want to sit around and eat Ding-Dongs.

That is the workout I ended up doing tonight. You can get the breakdown here. One of the reasons I love these workouts so much is because of how fast paced they are. You don't even have time to think about quiting. Some of these exercises may look hard or scary but the most important thing is that you're TRYING YOUR BEST the whole time. Even if you can only do three reps it's better than zero. I can't believe how much I've improved and how much stronger I am than when I started. 

I tacked on 20 minutes of interval skipping afterwards to really get that fat blasted. The whole thing, workout and skipping, only took 38 minutes. Add a few minutes of warming up and stretching afterwards and you've done yourself good in less than an hour. What more can you ask for?

Here are 12 jump rope moves to blast off 1000 calories an hour!

I set my interval timer for 20 rounds of 10 seconds rest and 50 seconds work and then mix it up. 

Oh yeah, I don't have a dip station like Zuzana has in that video so I put a broomstick between two barstools and POW! Reverse pull ups all day long. 

Now go try your best and focus on how good you're gonna feel after you burn off some calories. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have a new delicious recipe up. In the meantime, don't even think about eating any processed junk food. High fructose corn syrup is not your friend.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sweat It Out.

Hey friends,

Hope everyone is having a fabulous day and not eating any processed junk food.  I had my regular peanut butter protein mix for breakfast along with a couple cups of coffee (which just happen to go perfectly together). I would consider myself a fairly heavy coffee drinker, and until recently I was just drinking whatever  was the most cost effective. Lucky me, one of the families I work for on occasion own a coffee shop,JavaVino, here in Atlanta. They were kind enough to hook me up with a couple of bags of deliciousness. I didn't know what I was missing out on.  If you're in the area I recommend stopping in for a cup or three. Here's the link to their website. Their locally owned, and from the looks of it, offer a nice selection of wine and eatables as well.

Back to business.

Today I did this 300 rep workout. As I mentioned in the last post; I do not possess all of the equipment that Zuzana uses in some of her workouts so I just improvise, and sub in alternate exercises. If you've got the whole set up available to you then HECK YES! But for a poor person like muah this works just fine for now.

Here's Zuzana showing you how it's done. Click the link above to give you the whole workout breakdown.

My substitutions went like this:

I subbed in 30 sumo burpees (per Annie Frankenstein) in place of the pull ups, which are number 6 in the workout breakdown. And 30 leg lift star crunch butt lifts for the hanging knee raises, which are number 8.

Sumo burpees are great. And, like all burpees in general, are going to work your entire body. Click here to see how they're done. There are going to be 10 different types of burpees in that link. Feel free to pick whichever one you like the best. I stuck with the sumo because you're doing two push ups each time for a total of 60 if you complete all 30 sets.

The leg lift star crunch butt lifts look like this 

There you have it, folks.If you don't have a sandbag for the one arm swings just throw a few books inside of a backpack and do it up. A free weight or plate works fine too.

Hope you guys decide to jump on the train if you're not already aboard. Even if you think you're too tired or don't have enough time there is always something you can fit in your daily routine to help improve your health and happiness. Even if working out is that last thing you want to do that day I bet you'll feel great afterwards if you just make yourself do it.

Happy sweating.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Soup Is Blowing My Mind Right Now

This one.

It's one of those soups that I had to put away in the refrigerator immediately or I may risk destroying the whole pot.  Not owning a microwave makes binge reheating a lot more inconvenient, so I'm glad to be lacking. Anyway, let me tell you about this soup. It's a variation of a recipe I found here.

Mind Blowing Coconut Curry Black Eyed Pea Soup With Carrots. BOOM!

-I soaked a little more than 1 cup of dried black eyed peas all afternoon. Maybe a large cans worth in the end.
-3 carrots diced pretty fine
-1/2 can coconut milk
-1/2 can diced tomatoes
-1 and half Tablespoons curry powder. (I used a lemon curry I found recently and it was very delicious)
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
-salt and pepper 
-4 cups water and one Not Chick'n or 4 cups stock

If you're using dried beans go ahead and cook them up most of the way in the 4 cups of water, then add everything else, and let it hang out on the stove simmering for like 30 minutes and, presto! There you have it. The original recipe calls for it to hang out in the crock pot for a bunch hours and brags of how much more delicious it is after its got a chance to meld. Unfortunately, I'm not lucky enough to have a crock pot so you gotta do what you gotta do. Right! 

I'm sure it's going to be fabulous at work tomorrow. I'll probably make this one of my regulars. I get attached to soups like that. 

Ugly and Delicious

Hey Friends,

How goes it? It's a rainy day here in Georgia. I stayed pretty busy yesterday, so I didn't have time to post anything. This is the workout I did yesterday. It's a great one. Only 22 minutes long. I've been really enjoying the commando push ups, so I'm glad there was some of those in there.

Here's Zuzana showing you how it's done. 

I love how short these workouts are and how hard they really blast you. I always feel like a million bucks when I'm done. Clink on the link above to get a breakdown of the whole workout so you can do it with me. You'll be glad you did. 

This is what I made that had to do with a Britney Spears chia head.

It's kind of ugly but it's really delicious. In fact, the first time I ever made it I was quite shocked at how good it was. And you get the benefits from it being raw and super simple to make.

Chia Pudding

-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
-1/2 cup soy milk (I used coconut this past time and didn't like it as well) or you can use whatever milk you want.
-1 or 2 Tablespoons of raisins depending how sweet you want it
-a short hit of honey if you feel like it
-couple pinches of cinnamon 
-dash of salt

I like to put all ingredients EXCEPT for the chia seeds in the blender and give it a whirl for a minute, until the raisins are good and chopped. Pour this over your bowl of chia seeds. Let it hang out on the counter for about 15. Top it with a banana, or a berry, or nothing at all, then have at it. 

I love this and it keeps you full for a while since they're so awesome and stuff.


I'm glad to have another lazy Sunday. I turned my phone off and slept in as late as I could. It was a nice break from my usual early start. 

I just made some coffee and a concoction out of my latest obsession.
Maple syrup, cocoa powder, coconut, pecans

I just found out how delicious these things are together last night. This is how I ate it then. Just kind of rolling the pecans around in everything and eating it like the most delicious treat. This morning I got fancy with a banana. 

I just sliced a banana, drizzled pure maple syrup over them, then got crazy with the cocoa powder and coconut. Top it with the pecans and mix it up so it's not pretty anymore, and go to town. This could get dangerous.

Later on I'm going to do this workout. I know there are some moves in there that involve some equipment that I do not have, so if you're lacking too you can come back later to see what I swapped them out for. 

Hope you guys have a super delicious day. Thanks for reading!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Stuff It

It's turned out to be a beautiful day here in Atlanta. Hopefully tomorrow will prove to be the same so I can get some more yard work done. My efforts to plant a garden need a bit more, uhhhh.....effort.

I have a vision of cutting back food costs dramatically by growing my own. My backyard looks like Eden in my head. It's just finding the time and energy to make that come to life. I can do it. Especially if the weather will stay somewhat consistent. I can especially do it if my good friend will continue on this as a team effort with me (you know who you are. Are you reading this?)

I've got an early start scheduled for tomorrow. Sitting on some kids for a few hours starting at 8:00 a.m., then oil change for the Super Prev, and then I plan on going to the butcher shop and picking up some hunks of meat. I wanna start feeding my dogs some real wild animal type food. I think they'll appreciate that, and since we're such good friends I think that they deserve it. Why am I feeding myself so well and then turning around and making my best pals eat a bunch of garbage? It doesn't make any sense.


Tonight I made these.

Wooooooo, doggy!
I ate the smaller yellow one on the left tonight, and I'll probably dig into the big orange one tomorrow. It was really delicious and filling. Not the original tofu and peanut sauce I had considered, but hey, still good.

Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

-1 cup black beans. (Maybe more. I had some dried ones that I left soaking while I was at work and you may have picked up that I've not mastered the art of measurement)
-1/2 an onion sliced and diced
-2 fat cloves of garlic minced
-1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (I did actually measure that)
-1 and a half Tbs chili powder
-1 tsp cumin
-2 bell peppers
-1 tomato diced
-cayenne to your liking. Won't take much.

Preheat your oven to 400
If you're using dried beans go ahead and cook them up. 
While thats going, cook your onion and garlic in some olive oil for a minute or two then add your quinoa plus 1/2 cup of water.
Let that cook for 10 minutes then mix in beans, tomato, and your spices. Salt and pepper that stuff, maybe hit it with some Texas Pete, cut the tops off your peppers, and spoon on in your mix.

I set mine on a piece of foil and folded up the edges so I could put a little water at the base of the peppers. You can do the same in a baking dish. 
Cook those suckers up for about 45 minutes and BOOM! There you go. You could probably stuff 3 or 4 peppers with the beans and quinoa mix, but I like to just have some as a bed on the side. If you're into eating dairy products I'm sure some cheese would be just grand mixed in there with everything. 

I'm really glad I went with the orange and yellow peppers and not boring old green. They're a bit sweet and really added a great flavor. 

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. 
Tomorrow morning I'm going make something that has to do with this. It's going to be good. 

That's right.

Thanks for reading, friends. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The pollen has taken over the town here in Atlanta, Georgia. Everything is covered in yellow dust, including my pants after working out on the porch this morning. I finished this workout in 43 minutes and 13 seconds. It was brutal and good. I don't have a sandbag so I've been using a 25lb plate that came with my backyard. I thought my arms were going to fall off towards the end. I had previously been using two 8lb weights inside of a backpack but decided to step up my game,and it was a bit awkward to throw around. I'm glad I made the switch. The 9lbs makes a huge difference. I feel like it's really ripping me up.

Click on the link above to give you a breakdown of the whole workout. There are no intervals in this one so it's pretty straight forward. Here's Zuzana showing you how it's done.

I've just been eating leftovers all day. I killed the last of the sweet potato and cabbage soup about three seconds ago. That's the only problem with delicious soup. I can't stop. I ate it three times today. My friend that I play music with and I have our very first photo shoot tonight so I won't be cooking anything. Send us great vibes of photogenic-tivity. 

For tomorrow I was thinking something with tofu and a peanut sauce with quinoa. I have some orange and yellow bell peppers in the fridge looking mighty tasty too. We'll see what happens. 

I'm gonna go bring in the laundry now before it gets over pollinated. Thanks for reading!

I love my clothes line. ...and my Load Hog.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stop What's Stopping You

This past Thursday I celebrated St. Patrick's Day like I'm sure a lot of you did. I went out, consumed my fair share, then got reckless with a can of Chunky clam chowder and a bag of Doritos. The shame. Here I am; vegan and grain free shoveling my face like a 1989 version of Ricki Lake. It wasn't pretty.

I woke up still full and feeling disgusting. You know; when you can feel the alcohol draining from your pores. I felt like the fattest in fatland for two days afterward. It was awful. I felt like I had set myself back a week after one night of partying. And for what? Yeah, I had a good time. But was it worth canceling out hours of workouts and strict dedication. No. It wasn't. So I've decided to stop what's stopping me. I've decided to kick the booze.

For good? I don't know. I've made the decision not to drink alcohol for at least one month and see where it goes from there. I'm not a frequent heavy drinker to begin with so I don't feel like this decision will be too hard for me to follow through with. I usually confine my drinking to the weekend. Maybe going out on a Friday or Saturday night. Usually only one or two weeks a month. USUALLY. But after this past Thursday I took a long hard look at what I've achieved thus far and what was standing in the way of me reaching even further. One night of binge drinking a week is enough to sabotage anyones hard work. I'm down close to forty pounds, have slashed my body fat percentage to shreds, and I feel great. I'm not about to let myself start back peddling now. Sure, having a few drinks and partying the night away has the potential to be a lot of fun, but at this point in my life it's not worth it. Drinking leads to being drunk, which leads to being hungry, which leads to waking up on a strange couch surrounded with empty Ding-Dong wrappers and a thinned out wallet. NO MORE!

So....the point of this is; find out what's stopping you from reaching your goals and do something about it. Talking about it or sitting around and thinking about it isn't going to get you anywhere. You can't wish yourself skinny, or rich, or devilishly handsome. Sometimes in life you have to earn things. Figure out what you want and take it. It's up to you to make the positive changes toward achieving your goals.

I'm going to go ahead and call out my good buddy, Fun Kevin. He too has joined me on this one month no alcohol challenge. So, Kevin, you are now officially bound by blog.

Anyone else ready to kick something that's standing in their way?

Work It Out Then Whip It Up

So, I just got in from mowing my backyard. It went from zero to Amazon in a weeks time so I was glad to get back there and hack at it. The front will have to wait until tomorrow. 

This is the workout I did today. I don't have a pull up bar yet so I subbed the hanging knee raises for ninja jump tucks which you can see a variation for here. This is a really great workout and the whole thing is only 16 minutes long. I got a late start today so I didn't have time for my skipping but I'll make up for it in my workout tomorrow. 

NOW, are you ready to get your taste buds exploding?
I've got one of my favorite soups going on the stove right now. It's a sweet potato and cabbage soup with a peanut butter broth. I love this soup and it cooks up fairly quick.

I cut my knuckle peeling that ginger right there.
1/2 a decent sized head of cabbage- chopped
3 sweet potatoes - cubed
1 Tbs ginger-grated or finely chopped
2 cloves garlic-minced or finely chopped
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne depending on how spicy you like it (I use a good amount b/c I love spice)
4 cups vegetable stock (I use Not Chik'n)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 Tbs soy sauce

Chopped cilantro
mung bean sprouts

Cook ginger, garlic, cayenne in 1 Tbs olive oil for 1 minute then add salt to taste and cook until tender
Add cabbage and let it brown just a touch before adding 3 1/2 cups of broth and sweet pots simmer for about 15-20 minutes

in a bowl wisk together remaining broth, peanut butter, and soy sauce
add tomatoes and cook together for another 5 minutes or so

Try to stop eating it.

I made these last night.

Gator doesn't need to worry about watching her figure.
These are some raw chewy choco treats I made last night. They turned out pretty good. I especially love eating them with some delicious coffee.

2 cups of sliced raw almonds
1 cup of rasins (dates would be better but they're $10 a pound)
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
2-3 Tbs honey or agave nectar
splash of vanilla
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

I put the almonds, raisins, cinnamon, and cocoa powder through food processor until finely ground up then kneaded in everything else. Flatten out your dough and cut up into bars or strips or circles or whatever you want to do with them then throw them in the freezer and eat them when they're good and hard. 

They're kind of like a brownie and I ended up putting even more coconut on them. These measurements are approximate so just do what you feel. Some grated orange rind would be awesome in there too.

Thanks for reading. Have a delicious day.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blood, Sweat, and Chickpea Chili

So, I completed this workout earlier today; commando exercise challenge. I completed it in 21 minutes and 21 seconds and then followed up with 20 minutes of interval skipping. By the time I was finished I was dripping sweat and covered in dirt from rolling around on my front porch. It was great. There was a construction crew outside trimming back trees so I was pushing myself extra hard to try and make myself look the optimum degree of awesome in case any of them happened to look my way. Commando push ups are a lot of fun and get your arms screaming for mercy. Don't give them any.

The interval skipping afterwards is really important if you're trying to burn fat or improve your overall cardio health. I can't praise the jump rope enough. They're cheap, portable, work every inch of your body, and have the ability to blast up to 1000 calories an hour! If you don't have an interval timer you can always make  up your own interval workout. If you're a beginner you can start with 50 skips then count to 10 and do it over again as many times as you feel. If you're feeling pretty good with your rope; do 300 skips count to 10 then repeat it ten times or twenty times or until you pass out. Whichever. Watching Zuzana do her workouts everyday and seeing the amazing shape she has put herself in really keeps me motivated. There are days when I get up and the last thing I want to do is workout, but you know what, I do it anyway and I'm always glad I did.

This is what I came home with last night after my trip to Sevananda....

Get in my belly.
This is why I have to put limits on how frequently I can take trips to the grocery. I had soaked some chickpeas overnight so I decided to make a chili out of those and some zucchini.

Aaaaand a 1, and a 2, and 1,2,3,4!

Let's see if I can remember what I put in there...

About 1 lb dried chickpeas soaked overnight or probably two cans
2 zucchinis diced to bits
a few stalks of celery chopped up
1 onion chopped
6 or 7 button mushrooms sliced and diced
1 can diced tomatoes (I usually use fresh but the locals were over $5 a lb!)
1 can tomato sauce 
2 cups of water
3 Tbs chili powder
a good squeeze of honey
4 cloves of garlic minced
good shake of crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

Cooke the onion, garlic, celery, and zucchini in olive oil until the onion softens a bit then stir in everything else and let it simmer for at least and hour and a half. Stir it every now and then. You may need to add more water if it starts to thicken up too much.

You can throw some cilantro in there, switch up the beans, add some tofu or tempeh. Get crazy with it.

Tuesday is always zoo day. Straight to the goats!
Thanks for reading. I'd love to have your feedback. Please feel free to post any comments or questions that come to mind.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Front Porch Sweat

So, if you know me personally you've probably heard me talk about Zuzana. To just sum things up for you, Zuzana is my hero. I stumbled across this while searching Youtube for yoga positions about eight or nine months back. It's only 20 seconds long. I'll wait here while you go get your mind blown.......

OK. Now you're informed. Moving along...that 20 second long headstand moved me to check out more of her videos and eventually make my way to her website bodyrock,tv . I had been walking/running, riding bikes, and doing quite a bit of yoga and was ready to step up my game. Zuzana's workouts came to me at the perfect time. I did one routine and have been hooked ever since. I have never felt stronger and more in control in my entire life. I can honestly say that has changed my life.

This is the workout that I did tonight Hot Viral Sweat. It's one of the few that she does in real time, so those of you who do not yet have an interval timer won't have any problem jumping right in. Since the weather is getting nicer I've started doing my workouts on the front porch. I enjoy the fresh air and I feel like if I think people are watching me then I push myself harder. I literally had sweat dripping into my eyes during the last half. It was great. The entire workout is only 16 minutes long, but don't let that fool you. I'm pretty sure I barfed the first time I did this one. Most of the time I like to finish up my workouts with 20 minutes or so of interval skipping. I've been feeling less than stellar the past couple days so I opted out tonight. Those of you who don't have a jump rope GET ONE. It will blast the fat right off of you. Scouts honor.

I haven't had dinner yet. I was thinking about making some sort of chili-zucchini and chickpea something. I just went shopping after work today so I've got a kitchen full of options. I'll be posting whatever creation I come up with later.

Now go workout! NOW!

Get sweaty.

In The Morning Time

Nothing like a good view of the pen in the morning.

Good morning. I just got in from my first job of the day and have ingested my mandatory pot of coffee, so I'm feeling pretty alright. I get a lot of inquiries on my usual eating habits. What I eat on a regular basis, yadda yadda yadda....This recipe is almost always my daily breakfast. I  find myself to be a creature of habit and it doesn't bother me to have the same thing over and over, especially when it's delicious. I would never have considered myself to be a peanut butter person until I cut out grains and became vegan and turned to it out of necessity. Now it's a staple part of my diet and I found out that I actually really love it. I found the recipe here and just kind of modified it as I wanted.

I use:

2 big scoops of crunchy organic, no salt, no sugar added peanut butter
about 2 Tablespoons of local honey
2 or 3 Tablespoons hemp protein
2 or 3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
2 Tablespoons organic raisins
2 or 3 Tablespoons organic unsweetened coconut
couple pinches of cinnamon
and sometimes I'll throw some raw chopped almonds if I'm feeling wild and crazy

Mix all these delicious things together and you should come out with something that is a bit of a granola like texture.

I like to eat mine like a cereal with soy milk. You can also just break it off in chunks and eat it as is.

Like whoa.
This is the peanut butter I usually got for. It's one of the least expensive organic brands I've found and it doesn't have any garbage added to it.
Ain't no 'coon getting in my butter!
I easily go through a jar of peanut butter a week, so this one being under $4 a jar is a dream come true. 

The Town thinks I should share.

Carol hasn't had her morning coffee yet.
I'm going to do my workout when I get home from work later. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet, but I'll be posting it when I do. Hope you guys will join me.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lazy Sunday

So, I saw the documentary Food Inc today. Let me tell you, it confirmed that my eating choices are the right ones for me. After watching mutated poultry and cattle being shoved through the wringer, and genetically modified corn infect just about everything on the planet I decided I was hungry for something untainted.

I've had a head of cabbage in my fridge for about a week now. I was planning on making a soup with it, but decided to braise it instead. I do all of my grocery shopping at the community market just a few miles from my house, Sevananda. I LOVE THIS STORE. I actually have to put limits on myself as to how frequently I'm allowed to grocery shop. They sell organic and locally grown foods, and I could stand and stare at the bulk bins and spice selection for days. Anyway.  This recipe calls for very few ingredients and is simple to make and delicious.
The chicken is glad none of his friends are in there.

1 head of cabbage- chopped-I left some decent sized wedge chunks
1 Onion-sliced
2 carrots-sliced
1 cup of water and1/2 a Not Chik'n cube or you can use a stock of your choice
1 and a half Tablespoons balsamic vinegar (mine was a rosemary balsamic and it was good)
1 teaspoon or more of crushed red pepper flakes depending on your preferred spice level
sea salt and pepper to taste

I put all ingredients in a pot let it simmer on a medium heat for about an hour and a half, stirring it every so often. It should make your house smell like a magical dream and be just slightly crunchy when it's done.
Easy enough, right?

I topped mine with quinoa, yellow squash, zucchini, and chickpeas that I had leftover from some stuffed peppers I made last night and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Better than I expected, actually.

Since the cabbage takes a good bit of time to cook I took it as a good time to make some raw treats I've been exploring on different paleolithic sites. I didn't have all the ingredients to make any certain thing, so I just made up my own recipe with what I had and I think it turned out well. I used....

A handful of  raw almonds
Handful of raisins
couple pinches of ground Cinnamon
little less than 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

My food processor isn't working so I put the almonds in a plastic bag and beat them with a can opener like they stole my boyfriend. I then put all the ingredients in the blender and grated them up until it was a good fine consistency. I rolled this mixture up into about 6 or 7 small balls and rolled them in organic unsweetened coconut and then flattened them out to look more like a cookie.

I'm tasty.

I took a rest day from my workouts today. I found two 25lb plates in my backyard and am pretty sore from my workout yesterday and I was just feeling like having a lazy Sunday. I intend on trying to update this blog daily (or close to), so hopefully I'll be back with you tomorrow for some new recipes and a workout.