Author: Shannon

Cherry Tomatoes

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Cherry Tomatoes might be miniaturized versions of regular tomatoes, but these little guys are just as nutritious. Here are some facts about cherry tomatoes:

Cherry tomatoes have protein, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin A-06 in addition to other minerals essential for the body.  Vitamin B-6 helps your body metabolize protein and helps healthy brain function, and vitamin A helps you maintain good vision.

I put them in salads! Here’s what I made and ate yesterday. Enjoy!

Cherry tomatoes, edamame, kale, cranberries, almonds, and onions with a light lemon balsamic vinaigrette dressing

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Kayla Itsines BBG 1

I am so excited to be starting the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) 1, a 3 month intensive workout series that is supposed to change your body and your life! We do a combination of LISS (click for definition) and HIIT in this workout program. According to Kayla, we should track our progress through a series of photos. I will be posting progress photos to track my changes! You can check them out on my instagram at @caligirlgetsfit or instagram.com/caligirlgetsfit.

Excerpt from her book:  Progress photos will be the primary measurement and your body weight will be the secondary. Although you will be tracking your weight, your full attention will be on the change in your photos. The scales do not always necessarily tell “the truth”. Consistently taken photos under the same guidelines however, will not lie.

#HEALTHY2015 – Superfood Supersalad and Scrumptious Sashimi

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As we say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the new year, it’s no time like the present to change your eating habits and begin a healthy fresh start! If you’re like me, the holidays are the time to spend time with loved ones, but it’s so difficult to resist the decadent food and delicious treats that are available in abundance everywhere!  My first meal of the New Year consisted of a salad featuring a multitude of different superfoods. I also decided to treat myself to some fresh sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley, California!

SUPERFOOD SUPERSALAD

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(Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.)

My Superfood Salad contains the following:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Broccoli*

Brussel Sprouts*

Cabbage*

Chicory*

Cranberries*

Edamame* – I buy the frozen bagged edamame from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and boil it for about 3 minutes.

Hodo Soy Tofu (firm), grilled* – Be sure to buy the firm, because the softer ones tend to fall apart when grilling. This tofu is all the things that mass-produced tofu isn’t: flavorful, nutrient-rich, full of character, and high-quality. One serving contains 1/3 of our daily protein needs and 1/5 of our daily calcium needs. Fortunately I live near Hodo Soy http://hodosoy.com/ in Oakland.

Kale*

Pumpkin Seeds*

Red Quinoa*

 (* denotes a superfood)

TOKYO FISH MARKET

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I buy my sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley. IMO, they have the freshest and largest, most reasonably-priced sashimi in the Bay Area. Many Japanese restaurants even come here to purchase fish for their menu.

I bought the sashimi pictured for about $20 total. I came home and with a sharp knife was able to cut it into slices ready to eat. This time, I got hamachi (yellowtail), salmon, and tuna. They also have delicacies like tako (octopus) and uni (sea urchin), among others, along with a good selection of tobiko (flying fish roe – the little eggs) in different colors. I also bought wasabi powder here. Mixed with water, it’s an easy and quick way to make your own wasabi!

Here’s to a healthy 2015. Happy healthy New Year everyone!

 

Benefits of Barley!

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Lately I have been incorporating barley into my salads. It has been cited as one of the world’s healthiest foods being a very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin.

The dietary fiber in barley allows the body to clean out the intestines, therefore helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley also helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body and also promotes beneficial bacteria in the body.*

Here is one of my favorite salads that is so simple yet good for you! Enjoy!

Ingredients: a cup of barley, 2 heaping handfulls of kale, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, chopped red bell peppers, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and oil.

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*source: World’s Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/

Gluten Free Pancakes

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I had a craving for pancakes, but wanted to make something healthy, quick, and easy. I decided to try the Krusteaz brand gluten-free pancake mix. Gluten free pancake mix uses rice flour instead of regular flour. Here’s the recipe I created. I added frozen blueberries and substituted milk for coconut milk.

1 3/4 cups Krusteaz Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix

1 cup cold water

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 egg

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

Fresh fruit

Honey

Whisk first 4 ingredients together, then add blueberries and distribute evenly in the batter. Lightly oil griddle or pan and cook on each side until it turns golden brown. Top with fresh fruit and honey to taste.