Friday, August 08, 2014

Veggetti Review and a Recipe!

If you are looking for a new way to incorporate more veggies into your diet, try raw zucchini noodles! I have been eating and incorporating raw zucchini noodles into my dishes for a long time – pasta dishes, salads and cutting them up and eating them with hummus! I have a veggie spiralizer that I normally use for my noodles but a PR rep for Veggetti contacted me and asked if I wanted to try it out – I was pretty excited for this opportunity!

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“The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.”

This thing ROCKS!

It has two sides for either wide noodles or thin noodles. And it’s super easy to clean up! The only issue I had was the lid – you are supposed to place your veggie in the spikes on the lid but it never did work for me so I tossed it. Using my own hand worked much better!

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I created two dishes – one salad and one pasta dish.

My salad was amazing! I used my spiraled zucchini and combined red cabbage, red bell pepper, green onion, garbanzo beans and cilantro.

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I then created this hearty ragu which contains mushrooms, fresh herbs, red bell peppers and red wine. This meal is half raw and 100% vegan. I hope you try it for dinner soon!

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  • 1 zucchini, washed and ends trimmed
  • half of a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6-8 crimini mushrooms sliced, or 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 half red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • handfuls of fresh parsley and basil, chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Heat a large sauce pan with oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper and a pinch of salt. Let it cook down for 5 minutes, or until onion is somewhat transparent and soft. Add mushrooms, olives and herbs. (I used 4-5 sprigs of Italian parsley and 10 fresh basil leaves, all chopped up). Let cook down for 5 or so minutes.

Now add your wine. Crank up the heat to medium-high and let it cook out. Reduce heat to medium-low and add your half of jar of sauce and simmer. If it’s to thick for you you can always add a little bit of water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare the noodles, take your zucchini and spiralize/shred/grate the entire thing. No need to warm up or heat.

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Here is more information about Veggetti®:

· The Veggetti® turns vegetables into delicious, healthy spaghetti, instantly

· By using zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes, the Veggetti® creates thick or thin pasta with significantly less calories and carbs than traditional noodles.

· Ordinary pasta has 800 calories and 160 grams of carbs compared to 60 calories and 8 grams of carbs using Veggetti®!

· Great for those who are trying to make healthier food choices, diabetics, or on gluten-free diets

· The Veggetti® is quick & easy to use, has stainless steel blades, and is dishwasher safe

· Veggetti® is available at Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers nationwide

Do you want your very own veggetti? Head on over to my facbook page and enter to win!

“The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.”

Healthy Eating!
XxOo Tasha

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Clean Eats + At Home Workout

Hi friends!

Happy Wednesday! How was your day?

Oh man  - do I have some goodies for you!

First – Let’s flex!

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If you have been following me on my FB Page you have noticed that I am doing PiYo. And do I love it! PiYo is a mixture of pilates and yoga and was created by one of my favorite athlete, Chalene Johnson. PiYo is a a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG. Chalene Johnson took the very best Pilates and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you're burning crazy calories.

And it works! I am getting more defined, stronger and leaner. It has done wonders! I do have a PiYo Challenge group for those that are wanting motivation and a community of supporters. Email me if you want to get started!

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Tonight I did a great at home circuit thanks to Peanut Butter Fingers. It was pretty intense!

  • 1 min jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min alternating lunges
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min mountain climbers
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min squat
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min. high knees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min pop squats
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min burpees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min. mountain climbers
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min counter top pushups
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 60 sec. plank
    Do this circuit 2X!

I was a sweaty mess afterwards! It felt amazing!

EATS

Breakfast:

I had a LaraBar and some raw figs – figs are my favorite!

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Lunch:

I am been craving my green smoothies! This one was super smooth and creamy. It was pretty amazing!

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Vanilla protein powder, almond milk, a frozen banana, frozen mangos chunks and peanut butter. YUM!

I also ran to Trader Joes to pick up a few items that we were out of.

 tjs 1 Baby spinach, frozen fruit and Vegetable Masala Burger – these are my absolute favorite!

tjs 2 Lara Bars, avocado, brown rice, coconut oil, beans and figs

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Dark chocolate and organic Tempeh

Dinner:

This is my favorite dinner! Fresh cut veggies, almond butter, hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers. I love fun dinners like these!

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Did you workout today? I would love to hear about your accomplishments!

These are two of my favorite quotes that I live by every single day!

 we rise encourage

Sunday, August 03, 2014

8 Clean Eating DO’s & DONT’s

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Clean Eating is SIMPLE!

But if you are still overwhelmed by concept you are in luck!

Here are 8 DO’s and DONT’s that will help simplify Clean Eating:

1 – DO ) Eat 5-6 small meals through the day
1 – DON’T ) Avoid foods with chemicals

2 – DO ) Eat breakfast everyday
2 – DON'T ) Avoid foods with white flour and sugar/high fructose corn syrup

3 – DO ) Eat healthy fats (avocado, coconut, fish oil) every single day
3 – DON’T ) Eat saturated and trans fat

4 – DO ) Pack and carry food with you if you travel or work out of the home
4 – DON’T ) Eat artificial sweeteners

5 – DO ) Drink 2-3 liters of water each day
5 – DON’T ) Drink excessive amounts of alcohol. A glass of wine a few times a week is OK.

6 – DO ) Eat foods in the most natural state
6 – DON’T ) Eat foods that are processed and have artificial ingredients

7 – DO ) Eat until you are satisfied, NOT stuffed
7 – DON’T ) Eat too much of one thing – keep a balance of protein, complex carbs and fresh veggies

8 – DO ) Eat what makes you feel best!
8 – DON’T ) Eat foods with low or no nutritional value. Feed your body the best fuel possible!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Insta-Lately {July 20 2014}

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{breakfast time} {raw salads} {avocado toast} {#selfie} {yogurt and granola bowls} {red quinoa + chickpeas + flatbread with laughing cow cheese} {new office area} {morning coffee} {coffee at the park} {roasted veggies} {fudge bars on hot summer days} {smoothies} {candles}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clean Eating Dinner – Pork Tenderloin

When it comes to clean eating, simple is BEST! Most of my meals include a grain, vegetable and protein. That’s it! I have been including more meat products into my diet and I must say that I have been feeling better! I will save the whole – Why I am not vegan anymore – post for a later date, but long story short I was feeling very lethargic and un-balanced for a long time. There are many days where I do not eat meat still but I have enjoyed slowly incorporating some meat products back into my daily diet.

I made pork tenderloins the other night for my family and they turned out fantastic! Super juicy, flavorful and FAST!

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Grains – I made red quinoa but you can make brown rice, wild rice, millet or wheat berries! Here is a link to more ancient grains that are all equally great! If you do not want grains, you can also cook whole wheat pasta or steam a sweet potato.

Veggies – The greener the better! Asparagus, green beans, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli… steam or roast a few pounds at a time and store in your fridge. That way you will have meal options for when you do not want to cook. Also, if you do not want grains or carbs with your meal simply double up on you veggies!

Protein – You can make chicken breast, turkey, pork tenderloin or beans. Get creative with your protein! Keep them clean by using a wide array of herbs and spices VS. sugar loaded condiments.

Recipe and directions: Pork Tenderloin Dinner
(based on picture)

Cooked Red Quinoa

Measure out 2 cups red quinoa. Add 4 cups of water or low sodium veggie broth to a pot. Add both in the pot together and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the temp down to low. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Save the extra for the week to use in salads, breakfast instead of oats or as your grain for another meal. If you want extra for breakfast, cook in water NOT

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

Cut the ends off of 1 pound of fresh green beans. Place in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes or until your desired texture.

Pork Tenderloin

1 pound of lean pork tenderloins
Trim any excess fat that may be on the meat. Season with sea salt, pepper, basil, thyme, or any other herb that you enjoy. I tried a new seasoning bled from Trader Joes and it was perfect! (see below) Place pork in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes and flip. Cook for another 5 minutes. Make sure these are well done but not dry. They cook fast so watch them!

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This dinner was very easy and fast! I really hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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XxOo Tasha

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