Thursday, May 30, 2013

Got some green for ya...

Salad greens, that is.

If you are like us, you needed to return to normal after Memorial Day festivity food. 

I read that you can't gain fat in one meal or one day of unhealthy eating. The number on the scale going UP is more likely due to bloating from sodium, processed stuff, etc. 

So the top tips to de-bloat are:
1. Drink water like it is your job.
2. Eat veggies (especially leafy greens) at every meal.
3. Get your cardio on.

So here was our week... in salads.

1. Grilled peach and turkey salad with peach dressing:

from: Cave Woman Cafe 

For the grilled peaches
2 large ripe peaches, cut in half, pits removed
1/2 large red onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings (don’t separate the rings)
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh cracked pepper
Lightly oil the grill before you turn it on. Heat up your grill to a high heat. (Pre-heating the grill is important to get the grill marks on the peaches) Brush both sides of the peaches and the onion rings with olive oil, then lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place peaches cut side down and onions on the grill for 3-5 minutes depending on the ripeness. You want some nice char marks on those jewels. Flip and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes then take off grill and let cool.

For the salad dressing
1 large juicy peach, cut up
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of honey (omit on whole 30)
Zest from one lime
2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of smoked paprika or ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper
Place everything into the blender or food processor and give it a whirl till well blended. Taste and adjust your seasonings. You can make this a day ahead and chill till you need it.

For the Salad
8 cups of mixed greens
1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup of some nuts, pecans or almonds work best
1/3 cup of crumbled feta or goat cheese (omit on Paleo)

2. Tuna salad salad

I use good quality canned tuna, chopped apples, homemade mayo (recipe HERE), and boiled eggs. I sometimes add chopped walnuts and celery as well, but I was out!

Meanwhile, Billie has been getting his sweat on at Crossfit. The honorary Crossfit workout for Memorial Day is called the "Murph"- a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats and another 1 mile run. Billie did the entire workout with a 20 lb vest on.  He consistently beats the owners and trainers times too. He is awesome and works really hard. And he came home with banged-up hands to prove it.

I, on the other hand, have been getting my sweat on training for my first triathlon (3 1/2 weeks to go!) I've been training for 6 1/2 weeks, following a strict training plan. (Some days which have included hour-long bike rides on my stationary trainer, in our 80 degree garage. LOVE Arizona.) But I'm super excited because this has been a goal of mine for so long. Nervous too-hoping this plan is training me well! Guess we will find out :) 

For now, I'm sweating enough to de-bloat the entire state of Arizona.

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