#foodiefriday~~#Chocolate Bliss #healthier #Valentine’s #Gift

 

Hi Ya’ll! Valentine’s is this coming Sunday. My husband and I don’t go all out. We prefer to stay I with a nice meal and maybe watch  a movie. Sometimes he does bring me a bag of  my favorite dark chocolate dove or a big bag of kisses for my bedstand jar.

I am a huge fan of chocolate. Why not this year instead of flowers or expensive gifts make some Chocolate covered fruit. It is a healthier alternative  as long as we don’t eat the entire box at one sitting. They also look lovely as a centerpiece on a romantic table.

Chocolate Strawberries have been around a while. They are juicy and chocolaty goodness. I love them Here is an easy recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/video/663/chocolate-covered-strawberries/

Use Dark chocolate instead of the milk and you have an added antioxidant.  A drizzle of white chocolate or sprinkle with silver dragees or dip in edible gold or pink glitter to dress them up.

I think the chocolate Oranges are cool too. When I looked up a recipe i found this one that was an orange peel filled with chocolate

This looks so easy

http://www.lilyshop.com/how-make-chocolate-orange

Take the orange section and dip them in melted chocolate and you have a double chocolatey,  citrus treat… remember if you use dark chocolate its antioxidant so you’re getting vitamin c and an Antioxidant. I think  Grapefruits would be good  like this as well.

Now all the stores sell a variety of chocolate covered fruits such as pomegranate, dried cranberry(crazins) and blueberries. Let’s not forget how good raspberry is with chocolate! Of course there is the staple chocolate raisins and all sorts of chocolate nuts and pretzels.

So this year instead of  buying just chocolate make it a little healthier with nuts or fruit!

What do you want for Valentine’s this year?

Happy Valentines day!!

 

 

#foodiefriday~~Time to heat things up

We finally got a little winter weather.  Sadly enough it was sleet and no snow on Wednesday, but then  Friday we got about 4 to 5 inches. It’s freezing out. The perfect time to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace (even if it is a fake heater).

 

D molly and fireplace 2015

 

It’s also the perfect time for  some comfort food. I wanted a good beef roast but wanted something different. I decided to make a Southwestern stew. This recipe is my own creation.

I 1to 2-pound chuck roast (mine was about 3 And a half, so I sliced some against the grain for fajitas or stir-fry later in the week).

I can black beans drained and rinsed

1 can or-tel tomatoes(I use the mild ones) not drained

1  can fire roasted diced tomatoes not drained

1 can Mexi corn  not drained

1 diced onion

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

A couple of tablespoons of flour

1 /8 cup olive oil or just enough to cover the bottom of a skillet.

Salt and pepper to taste

(you could substitute chili mix or taco mix here. I wanted a less seasoned stew but a bit of flavor)

Cube meat into bite-sized pieces.  Shake in the flour, some salt and pepper until lightly coated. Cover the bottom of a skillet lightly with olive oil and brown meat.

While meat is browning, add the rest of the ingredients to a crockpot. Add Meat cook on high 4 hours.

This recipe makes a huge batch, great for a family. If its just two of you freeze half, then all you have to do the next week is thaw and warm. This stew is also rather thick. If you like a more liquidy stew, add a can of beef broth or a cup of water.

We didn’t have but about half a bowl left and I had that for lunch the next day. My husband and stepdaughter loved it  and would eat it again ( hubby asked me to make it again next week.) The oldest of the three grandies liked it. But it was a bit spicy for the two youngest though I think they liked it just not the tomatoes and onions as they ate the meat beans and corn out of this.

There are carbs in this from the tomatoes and beans (you could leave out the corn and add more beans), but there aren’t any added starches like potatoes or pasta.

I think next week I will make this with ground beef add a can of beef broth and make it like soup.

Do you have a go-to soup or stew you like on a cold winters day?

On the menu~~ Healthier eating #letsgethealthy

 

Hi, y’all. I hope  ya had a great  New year. Now that all of the celebrating is behind us some of us are trying to loose that weight we added during the holidays or to begin a resolution. I did not make that resolution this year. I am working on getting healthier. I will also admit that after all the heavy foods, and treats, I am ready for something lighter. I always say I am going to go on this diet or that for a new years resolution, or lose so many pounds. I did neither this year. However. I do plan to lose what I can exercise  and become a better me.

A few of my friends, my daughter included, has begun yoga. I think I could benefit from the relaxation of it and some flexibility. In December, I began seeing a personal trainer twice a week. It is a lot like physical therapy since he had studied that in college.  I can already feel improvement after only  a few workouts. we  have begun with balance on a balance ball and use a  resistance band and suspension band a lot.  If I can recommend one  piece of equipment to buy this year it’s a resistance band. Get one with foam handles, begin light. They are only about 8 dollars at Walmart depending on  brand and resistance. The balance balls are fun too and inexpensive as well.  Start with a few stretches. pick a couple exercise that come with the equipment and do only three daily  and do like three to five sets of  five or ten reps if that’s all you can.  Switch it up and do different ones each day.

If I can recommend one  piece of equipment to buy this year it’s a resistance band. Get one with foam handles, begin light. They are only about  16 dollars at Walmart for a full set depending on  brand and resistance. Google them and you can find many kinds this link is golds gym which is a very good quality and the ones I am ordering. The one i have now I got at Freds dollar store for 8 dollars. It’s great but I want the set to switch out.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gold-s-Gym-Long-Series-Resistance-Tube-Kit-with-DVD/12167849

 

The balance balls are fun too and inexpensive as well.  Start with a few stretches. pick a couple exercise that come with the equipment and do only three daily  and do like three to five sets of  five or ten reps if that’s all you can.  Switch it up and do different ones each day.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/CAP-Fitness-55cm-Stability-Ball-Blue/12517114

 

 

This is the one I have  it’s only $5. 88 right now on Walmart .com

I am not affiliated with any of this so I am not making money. These are just some cool Items I like and easy for us beginners.

The balance balls are fun too and inexpensive as well.  Start with a few stretches. pick a couple exercise that come with the equipment and do only three daily  and do like three to five sets of  five or ten reps if that’s all you can.  Switch it up and do different ones each day.

here are two to start you off. On the exercise ball sit with feet apart and roll your hips round and round rolling the ball first one way then the other. next sit holding the ball still and march… lift one leg up  then the other.. this sounds easy but I’m telling you it’s not LOL.. Find something about 10 or 15 pounds hold in one hand and walk back and forth across your house switching hands at the starting point this is a farmers walk. after  a little warm up you can begin an exercise.  With your resistance band, stand in the center… pull up over your shoulders then spread your legs to hip-width.  squat up and down do 10 or 15 take a minute break repeat three times.

Now for eating healthier.  My trainer  has talked to me bout Paleo. I don’t plan to start a diet like that but will use elements. I am going right now with cutting out most breads, sweets and using portion control. I will be staying with a friend all of next week so I am not sure I can say cut out starches as they like potatoes and pasta. I do like meat  so I have been looking up some yummy recipes to try. Here is a chicken one that looks  good.

Blackened Chicken.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/8571/blackened-chicken/photos/364458/

 

I would serve with quinoa  and black beans instead of rice or potatoes. There are some good quinoa blends out there in boxes that make it easy. Next week I will share some Quinoa recipes.

Did you make a resolution to lose weight or get fit? What are your plans or goals?

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