05.19.2016

Energy date balls

Energy Date Balls Sometimes you just need something sweet that it’s not going to completely destroy all that effort you’re putting into your body, right?

Looking around in the cabinets for something sweet, I saw a bag of dates. Honestly, I don’t even know when I bought it, I know it was at Whole Foods, but that’s all. Since my daughter has inherited her dad’s sweet tooth, I decided to put my culinary skills into good use and make energy date balls. That way, when she wants a treat after school, she can have this. Now, she’s decided that she doesn’t like nuts, I’m not sure why, but I was a little bit worried because I wanted to use them. Mind you, I love nuts and now I have to make banana bread without walnuts. Not cool, not cool.

Anyways, to the energy date balls, I just find the name super funny… First, I apologize because this is the only photo I have. I was too worried about not destroying my food processor. Note to self: if the food processor starts jumping all over the place, stop it and let it chill for a bit…

Here’s to the no-bake date balls:

Energy date balls
 
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Recipe type: Treats
Serves: 20 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 ounces Medjool dates, pitted (about 1¼ cup, tightly packed). I used less because I ate some...
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add the first 4 ingredients in the food processor and grind them, making sure they won’t turn into nut butter.
  2. Add the dates and the vanilla extract to the mix. Now, make sure it’s all combine, but if your food processor starts having a dance party on your counter, stop and let it cool down. Mine overheated and I thought I lost it!
  3. Make little balls, if you have a small ice cream scoop you can use that too, and put it on a cookie tray, or plate, lined with wax paper. Chill in the fridge for an hour, or in the freezer for a bit less.
  4. Transfer to a container and keep in the fridge.

05.18.2016

10 Tips to Master the 21 Day Fix

Do you know what the 21 Day Fix is? I bet you’ve seen it on TV or you’ve heard someone talk about it. Or maybe, you don’t watch TV like me!

In case you haven’t heard of it, this is a workout program that helps you lose weight and tone in 21 days. Now, this is not some kind of miracle, you have to work for it! The thing is that it is actually a brilliant concept because, you know what they say, if you do something for 21 consecutive days it becomes a habit, therefore this program helps you create an exercise routine habit. Now, to my favorite part: the food! Yes! You know I love food, and I know you do too, and probably that’s the main problem in this search of “how do I lose weight but still drink my wine?” Yup, I know, that’s me, and always be.

Now, enter the brilliant Autumn Calabrese and her idea to incorporate to the 21 Day Fix some handy dandy color-coded containers. So, these guys are great because each one means a different kind of food (carbs, proteins, fruits, fats, etc) and the program will show you how much to eat of each of type of food per day, even leaving room for wine! How awesome can a program like this be? Now, I’m not saying you have to have your vino everyday, but once a week and you get to lose some weight? Brilliant!

In this video I go over my top 10 tips to master the 21 Day Fix program. Let me know if you have any questions or you want to know more. Because, let’s face it, summer is almost here and we are all leaving everything to the last minute. Remember those New-Year’s Resolutions that we keep pushing to “next week”? Let’s go conquer them! 🙂

10.14.2015

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup I have never been a soup kind of girl. I always felt that in order to eat and feel satisfied I needed to chew food, ha! Was I wrong! Anyways, for some reason in the past few years I’ve become more and more interested in soups, especially during the fall season. That’s why I got very excited when I came across this awesome and perfect 2 lb box of already chopped squash. I started to think about it’s posibilites (insert evil laugh…) Granted, it’s about 70 degrees here in San Francisco, but let’s just ignore that fact for now.

Butternut Squash Soup Here’s a recipe I’ve been making for years and it’s a crowd pleaser, or at least a husband pleaser. When I went to check out the leftovers this morning they were pretty much gone! The guy loves to eat…

Bonus points, it’s very healthy! Low in calories, it’s very filling, it’s rich in vitamins A and B.

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lb Butternut squash whole
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 green apples peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 425.
  2. In the meantime cut the squash lengthwise into 2 pieces, remove seeds, and brush the flesh with a little bit of oil and sprinkle allspice.
  3. Roast the squash, flesh side up, for 50 min to an hour until knife tender. If you use already chopped squash roast for 25-30 minutes turning once. Remove from oven and then cool it down.
  4. While the squash is cooling down start the soup by sautéing the onions and the apples in medium to low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. While this happens remove the flesh of the squash from its skin and add it the soup base.
  7. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Puree with an inmersion blender or in a stand blender.
  9. Optional: Strain through a cheese cloth, or colander, if you prefer the soup very liquid.

What’s your favorite fall/winter soup?

10.05.2015

BIG DECISION

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Well… it has been a really long break. I never meant for it to happen. There have been a few things going on during these months, and I pulled the trigger and made a big decision. I started my own online business. For some reason this opportunity was in the back of my head for quite a few months, but I never pulled the trigger, and this time something just clicked.

So, WHAT ARE YOU UP TO NOW?

I’ve decided to join Beachbody as a fitness coach. I’m helping women stay on track with their workouts, eat healthy, support them in this journey, and answer any questions. All that good stuff.

WHY?

Because I’ve spent so much money in gym memberships and never saw results, that it was getting ridiculous. When my daughter turned 1 I found one of “these at-home workout programs” and decided to do it and it worked! Proper nutrition + a workout was golden, but I never lasted long. This is when a coach comes in and helps you along the way.

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Oh cool, so ARE YOU A TRAINER OR NUTRITIONIST?

Nope, none of that. I’m a regular, like literally regular, girl trying to share this lifestyle with other women. You see, anybody can do it.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW ALL.THE.TIME?

No, I won’t unless you want me too 🙂

And, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?

I’m glad you asked… I also run a fitness page on Facebook where I share more fitness and nutrition tips. So if you want to see more of me, come on in, you’re welcome to follow me there!

I almost forgot, I’m also mastering the art of selfies :-p

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Have you ever done an at-home fitness program?

 

03.17.2015

What’s your favorite workout?

Running - workout I am as lazy as it gets when it comes to exercising. I can come up with a thousand excuses to avoid a workout, which is ridiculous, because when I get into it, I just LOVE IT. The problem is that I’m not consistent so I stop, and it takes me months to go back to it.

Last year I got into running, and I talked about it here. I still love it, but I stopped so now it’s taking me forever to put on my running shoes again. But don’t worry, I just ordered a new pair so no more excuses for me.

Yoga - workout Two of my favorite workouts are yoga and pilates. I actually don’t like to call them workouts because I love them, so they don’t seem like “work” but what it’s work is making it to the studio and park, which is mission impossible in San Francisco. So there is my excuse to not go. Anyways, I’ve always been the kind of person who needs to go to a class and exercise with weights, do squats, push ups, etc, and dismissed yoga without even trying, until I gave it a chance and really enjoyed it. The problem with yoga is that there are different practices so you should pick one or two that you enjoy, and you should also find the right teacher because it makes a big difference. I personally love any flow yoga such as Hatha flow, Vinyasa, or even Bikram which isn’t a flow kind of workout but it is in like 100 degree temperature and it’s supposed to be good for you. I need to do something that makes me move, if not I feel like I didn’t do anything at all.

Yoga - workout On the other hand Pilates is incredible. You can find the pilates mat and the reformer, which is the one I love. The reformer is the one with the machines that you have to adjust and there’s also the wall tower. Pair these two with a private instructor and you’ll be in heaven. The problem is that, as you can tell, this gets pretty pricey but if you can give it a try, please do so. It’s incredible.

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I need this body… – Image via Pinterest

As of now I’m into Piyo, which is a new workout by Chalene Johnson and released by Beachbody, so it comes in the form of DVDs. It’s a combination of pilates and yoga, it’s low impact and you use your own weight to sculpt your body. I’ve been doing the DVDs at home for the last three weeks, and so far so good. They are pretty easy and not hard on yourself. Granted, I haven’t really followed the workouts according to the schedule, but I’ll keep doing them and see how it goes. I’ve also heard that the first four weeks are easy but the next four are more intense.

What’s your favorite workout? Do you go to the gym or exercise at home/outdoors?