Saturday, February 16, 2013

From the Mouths of Babes...

I spent the afternoon with my dear friend Ally today. I've known her since we were 18 and she moved to Oregon when we were in our mid-20's. Her older son is 9 and her younger son is 5. We were looking at some old pictures today from the couple of times I met the little one, Chay (the redhead). This was when I went to visit Ally's family when Chay was just a baby...

And this was when Ally came to visit Florida when Chay was 2 years old...

As we were looking at pictures, Chay looked at the pictures, looked at me, looked at the pictures, looked at me, and said, "You looked like you were more chubbier then." I just about choked on my latte I was laughing so hard. Kids are just so darn honest. This is from today...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recipe: Skinny Southern Potato Salad

Have you heard of resistant starch? There's some sort of science that happens when you cook and then cool potatoes that creates a particular type of fiber that's being studied for blood sugar stabilization benefits. When I read about this my first thought was "potato salad" which is clearly not healthy, but is so tasty. So I've been craving potato salad and I came up with this...

DARN was it good!

Skinny Southern Potato Salad
Makes 12 half-cup servings

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
5 eggs
6 oz. container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. mayo
3 Tbsp. dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 red onion, finely diced
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Place cut potatoes and whole eggs in pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Turn stove off, cover pot, and let sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together yogurt, mayo, mustard, vinegar, seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add onion and toss to coat. (I would have added a couple of stalks of celery too, but the celery I had in my fridge was wilted.)

After 15 minutes, remove eggs from pot and place in iced water for a few minutes. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Peel eggs and chop. Add eggs to potatoes and toss with dressing. Chill.

If my calculations are correct, each 1/2 cup serving should contain:

Calories 82.5
Total Fat  - 3.9 g
Potassium - 129.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 5.3 g
Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g (this does not include resistant starch)
Sugars - 1.2 g
Protein - 5.1 g

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kangoo Jumps - Awesome Workout

Several months ago, I bought an Amazon Local deal for a series of fitness classes called Kangoo Jumps. Essentially, you wear boots that have little trampolines on the bottom that look like this:

And you basically do an aerobics class with a little strength training while wearing these things. I was a bit nervous about the whole thing since I'm not the most coordinated person in the world, but within 10 minutes of putting them on, I was jogging and jumping like a champ. Everyone at Beachside Ryde (the studio where I went) was amazing. The guy who helped me get fitted with my boots and got me comfortable with wearing them was really patient. The instructor was a super-perky jumping bean and excited about everything (but not annoyingly so).

This is what the class looks like (I'm not in this video but just to get an idea what kind of stuff we were doing):

Let me tell you - attempting to stand still is the hardest thing, and doing squats wasn't easy either. The class involved different elements like using a weighted ball, dumbbells, hula hoops, and a weighted bar to do different kinds of moves, so it never got boring. And I made it through with a smile (and a whole lot of sweat).

My next class is on Friday and I can't wait!