Zero Days, Way to Go!

     Chef and I have lots to celebrate. Not only have we lost almost 10 pounds each, we found new and healthier versions for many things loved, feel energized, and have learned so much!   Here’s a few notes to self:

1.  Just about everything we love to eat has a healthier, more nutritional version and also tastes sooooooo good

2.  It wasn’t what I’ve been eating that’s packed on the pounds as much as what I’ve been drinking… diet soda, flavored drinks, fancy cocktails, etc., that have tons of sugar in them.

3.  We’re only beginning our wellness journey with food and we’re not willing to stop!

4.  Trying to find alternative and healthy ways to cook our favorite meals is lots of fun and like a couples scavenger hunt.

5. Having each other for support has made the journey and the challenge fun and more successful.

6.  Wellness is a lifestyle, not a diet or monthly challenge.

7.  Weight comes off when your body is fueled well and sticks like glue when your body is clogged up with chemicals,  sugar, and other empty nutrients.

8.  We both agree our “why we do this” is for our grandchildren and a satisfying life in our golden years, which, by the way, are coming faster than we planned, LOL!

P.S.  To celebrate our progress (certainly not perfection) and the 4th of July here in the States, we made this tasty, divine, adorable, fruit infused, spa water.  Give it a try.

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Ingredients

Pitcher
6 pieces large watermelon slices
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
3 cups ice
Fresh water

Procedure

Cut watermelon into star shapes using cookie cutter

Add blueberries and strawberries

Add ice to seep flavor from fruit

Top off with water

Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve

Enjoy

Smoothie Patrol

     So, if eating raw fruit has you bored to tears, try shaking it up, literally, by creating a creamy smoothie shake  with these ingredients.

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2 cups Pineapple
2 cups Honey dew
2 cups Kale
1 cup Walnuts
1/2 small container Greek Yogurt
Blend all ingredients
Enjoy

PS. If you like your smoothie creamy, freeze fresh fruit prior to blending

PSS. No worries kale haters, you won’t taste it!

Makes 40 ounces!

Why We Eat What We Do

So, with ten days left to go on the wellness challenge, chef and I have brainstormed to create different infused waters and healthy snacks to munch on.

Today’s creations are this yummy watermelon water!

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Recipe

Ingredients

4 cups diced watermelon
6 sliced lemon wedges
4 cups cold water

Procedure
Puree, chill and serve

AND

These delicious Zucchini Cakes

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RECIPE

Ingredients
1 shredded zucchini
1 egg
1/4 cup panko
1/4 t nutmeg
Salt & pepper

Procedure
Beat one egg
Mix in salt, pepper, and nutmeg
Pour over zucchini
Add panko
Mix thoroughly
Sautee on each side 3 to 5 minutes

Enjoy guilt free as they are both so healthy and so darn good

12 Days to Go on the Wellness Challenge

   

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Only 12 more days until the 30 day wellness challenge ends and chef and I have had fantastic results.  We have eliminated ALL fast, fried and processed foods from our diet as well as white flour easily as we have been doing that for a while. However, despite our rising to the challenge, we haven’t risen fully, LOL, as we have consistently had a few items containing sugar or artificial sweeteners, i.e, diet coke and a couple of items with alcohol, i.e., mixed drinks or beer.
     So, it appears, chef and I have the healthy food thing down but not the healthy drink thing. That being said, we have begun our quest for healthy, yet tasty, drinks and it hasn’t been easy so far. We have created, and haven’t liked, a number of drinks to date.  So far, however, the two most enjoyable drinks have been our homemade gingerale and infused pear water.  For those of you who want to replace soda, chemically flavored waters (read the labels), and sugar laden or calorie laden drinks with healthier options, yet, are bored with plain water, here’s an alternative we recommend.

Pears
Ginger
Cinnamin
Vanilla Bean
Ice
Water

Place all ingredients in your pitcher of choice.
Fill with ice
Fill will fresh water
Stir and refrigerate for an hour
Enjoy!

It can’t be much simpler than this and the water will last for up to three days. Additionally, the fruit is edible!

PS. There is no specific amount of each item so play with the ingredients until it’s the way you enjoy! Bottoms up.
    

Day 16 Delicacies

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     So, despite a cheat meal being allowed once a week, chef and I haven’t splurged on that opportunity much until today when we allowed ourselves the enjoyment of ice cream on chocolate and nut covered waffle cones at the beach of Ocean City, Maryland where we snuck away for a few days retreat to re-group and plan for the busy week to come.

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     We knew with the 6 week kids cooking camp starting next week as well as a photo and video shoot occurring, not to mention cooking classes, counseling and massage sessions scheduled at our center, we needed some time to plan and unwind.

     We awoke to a heavy rain storm and decided to take the weather as a sign for the opportunity to chill, do some menu planning and remote marketing. Then, when hunger struck, we ate tomato and cucumber sandwiches on oat bread, hold the mayo please, with one percent milk.
I never thought I’d see the day we ate tomato sandwiches without mayo, yet we sure did!

    Afterwards, chef and I went to the library to do some research and the grocery store for some goodies, then we returned home to relax for a while and have linner (lunch and dinner combined )

Subsequently, chef made a good old fashioned home cooked meal of cod, mussels, corn, salad, and whole wheat rigatoni with veggies. 

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     Then, when the storm ended, we headed to Fenwick to grab our cheat, a chocolate and nut dipped waffle cone full of icecream. Chef chose sea salt caramel and I chose expresso chip and we enjoyed every last bite before hitting the movies and you guessed it, soda and popcorn!

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     Speaking of the movies, we had a pleasant surprise at the movie theatre, electronic reclining leather seats! They were so comfortable, I caught chef snoring briefly, LOL.
Of course, I had to elbow him as other patrons were around. Perhaps he was snoring as this was the movie?

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Oh, before you wonder how I got so lucky to have chef see this movie with me, I have the answer; I watch a lot of guy movies and occasionally in return get to see a chick flick.  Today was my occasionally. 

Day 14 Menu Items

Here are to die for Parmesan Zucchini sticks for when the snack attack comes!

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One zucchini cut in quarters
1/2 cup panko
1/4 t  thyme
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t basil
1/4 c parmesan cheese
1 T Olive oil

Mix all ingredients except oil/zucchini
Drizzle oil over zucchini
Sprinkle mixture into zucchini
Bake in oven for 10 minutes on 400

Eat alone as above or as a side for your meal. Pictured below are zucchini sticks paired with marinara and enjoyed with top round we made sandwiches with using romaine lettuce   Delish!

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Ps. I didn’t forget about the scoop on healthy drinks. That post will be coming

Couples Wellness Challenge Day 12

So I wish I had thought sooner to ask chef to do a wellness challenge with me. We’re both getting more and more into the challenge each and every day. Now, we’re researching healthy ingredients and thinking of all sorts of alternative, healthy ideas for things we consume regularly as well as for classes at our Wellness Center. It’s so much fun having my husband and best friend also be my partner at work and wellness as well as nemesis for writing this blog. It’s like we’re on an adventure we never planned and we’re loving it.

Speaking of adventures…..Our current challenge is to make a number of drinks that satisfy the soda cravings which we have realized is the craving for either fizz or caffeine. We have come up with a few ideas like 100 percent juice mixed with seltzer and homemade lemon lime soda.  We are going to make both and I’ll let everyone know the scoop.

Speaking of scoops, yesterday was a busy day filled to the brim with planned and unplanned things. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the day, we managed to enjoy some steamed shrimp with a garden salad topped with sundried tomatoes/ mozzarella, hold the dressing.
We also managed to fix the boat,  hold an open house, grocery shop, go to church, and see our friends band play.

Which brings us to today’s plan. Due to yesterday’s planned and unplanned adventures, today’s plan is to take God at his word and REST, LOL. Oh, and figure out how to get a theme for this blog that allows lots of pictures. One or two pictures isn’t cutting it for posting recipes and traveling adventures. Any direction or ideas on this blog theme from fellow bloggers is greatly appreciated. Wish me luck!