I finally started building brick raised beds for my garden. While I’m excited to get started, it’s turning into quite the project! Pictured above is 1cu yard of organic raised bed soil that I purchased to use, and while I knew it would be a lot it turned out to be WAY more than I need! My self imposed deadline for completing the beds is by the end of next week, that way I’ll still have time to plant broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, which, according to Let’s Grow Veggies can be planted in my area within the next couple of weeks. Whatever soil is left after I build two beds and fill my pots will be used to plant in the front yard or perhaps I can find someone to barter with on Craigslist. I’ll be sure to update when I’m done with my first bed.


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Coconut Mango Green Smoothie

Tastes WAY better than it looks.

I’m always trying to think of new and delicious ways to pack in my veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I was raised in a household where you ate your veggies; my dad is a vegetarian, and my mom, while she is a big meat eater, is definitely pro veggie as well. So I definitely don’t mind eating my vegetation the “regular” way, and I rather enjoy them, but sometimes you just don’t feel like chewing all that roughage. Here is where smoothies save the day! *insert dramatic hero sound effect*

While I really liked the first smoothie recipe I posted, it wasn’t the as simple as I would have liked. It was delicious, but it required too many ingredients, and at this point in my life, simplicity is EVERYTHING. Seriously. I decided I needed to come up with a very simple recipe that is not only delicious, but pretty darn good for you. For me, a good smoothie is not sickeningly sweet, but rather subtly so, with a smooth and creamy texture that goes down easily. But most importantly, a good smoothie is GOOD for you. With this recipe, I think I’ve captured all of the components that make a great smoothie.

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5 Tips on Getting Sexy Abs, by Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins

Most of us know that great abs aren’t something that just happen, but are built through hard work and dedication; not just hard work in the gym, but, and perhaps most importantly, through discipline in the kitchen as well. Trainer Jeanette Jenkins recently shared some tips for obtaining a killer set of abs, via Frugivore Magazine:

While her clientele includes a smoking hot roster of stars, Hollywood trainer Jeanette Jenkins has no problem helping everyone get the body they dream of. Her latest DVD, Sexy Abs, features the sexy songbird Kelly Rowland who has a midsection many would die for.

“We decided do Sexy Abs together because of course Kelly has beautiful abs and a beautiful core and body parts that a lot of her fans admire and want to have,” Jenkins said.  ”We did a DVD that shows people how to improve not just your core strength but your core flexibility.”

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7 Days of Green Smoothies

I love green smoothies because it’s a delicious way to get lots of necessary nutrients and fiber in one meal, and a great way boost your energy every day. This recipe was adapted from Dr. Oz’s Super Energy Smoothie. I loved the original recipe but it makes SO much and preparation is a lot of work. Also, with fresh produce there is a huge risk for spoilage. Another issue is the cost. Fresh fruits and veggies are costly, and this smoothie, because of the huge batch, was no exception. I decided to use what I had at home, and make a couple of changes to suit my taste as well. The changes make the recipe more cost-effective, by making it easier to make it two servings at a time.

This green machine is packed with just enough good stuff. It has hydrating coconut water, a natural energy drink. Raspberries which provide necessary vitamin C and cleansing dietary fiber as well as soluble fiber, which helps to regulate cholesterol. Delicious cantaloupe is rich in vitamin A, which promotes vision health and helps to fight aging and disease, as well as vitamin C, an essential antioxidant. With 427 mg per cup, cantaloupe is a high source of potassium, which is essential for normal cell function, muscle function, heartbeat and energy regulation.

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Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal

Photo taken from web.


I eat oatmeal quite often and I’m always thinking of ways to make each bowl different than the last. Sometimes I eat it plain, made sweet and creamy with bananas, or I’ll toss in chopped apples and slivered almonds. Other times I’ll eat it vanilla almond milk, cashews and raspberries. I almost always add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or vanilla and sometimes all three! I just love the versatility of this hot breakfast cereal. One of my absolute favorite things to add to my oatmeal is CHOCOLATE. I LOVE chocolate and this is a deliciously clean way to curb my cravings for the creamy goodness of chocolate without the guilt. I called this “Mexican Chocolate” Oatmeal because of delicate hint of cinnamon entangled with delectable chocolate flavor that makes this breakfast absolutely perfect.

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Fitness Discovery: So, Running Outside IS Harder than Treadmill Running…

Yesterday, I decided that instead of driving to the gym to run of the treadmill for 20 or so minutes, I was going to try running outside. Simple enough right? Running is starting to feel more like second nature to me, and while the gym is a convenience in it’s self, I like the freedom of stepping out of my house, and going for a jog. In preparation, I downloaded the interval timer app Seconds Pro, which, by the way, is worth far more than the measly $2.99 I paid for it, and I added my running schedules for the next 10, weeks. I also went out and purchased an armband so I could carry my ipod with ease. I was excited. Instead of being in the hot crowded gym, I was going to be running freely outside, wind blowing in my hair, and whisking the sweat off of my face as I ran. This would be easier, or so I thought.

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Sloppy Bhartas

(Curried Eggplant Sandwiches)

I made (assembled) these  yesterday when I was having a burger/sandwich craving, but was feeling equally tempted to try the Baingan Bharta (eggplant curry) I bought from Trader Joe’s. If you have Trader Joe’s in your area then this recipe will be pretty easy, but if not I’ve found a few Baingan Bharta recipes that are pretty clean and seem to be winners. Continue reading