Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekend Grilling: Chicken Sausage


Chicken Sausage With Charred Peppers and Onions

 Chicken Sausage with Charred Peppers and Onions

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

Nonstick cooking spray
2 medium red bell peppers, quartered lengthwise and seeded
2 medium yellow bell peppers, quartered lengthwise and seeded
2 large red onions, root ends intact, each cut into 8 wedges
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil
8 3-ounce fully cooked Italian-flavored chicken sausages

1. Heat a grill to medium and coat with cooking spray. Grill the bell peppers and onions 12 to 15 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times, until charred and tender.
2. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the vegetables and the basil; toss well.
3. Place the sausages on grill and cook 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until heated through and grill marks appear. Slice sausages in half at a sharp angle and transfer to a large platter. Serve with peppers and onions alongside.

Nutrition facts per serving: 266 calories, 20g protein, 14g carbohydrate, 14g fat (3.3g saturated), 2g fiber

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oblique Exercises

What are the obliques you ask?

Knowing how the obliques work

Your abdominals consist of four muscles. Most people are used to hearing them simply called abs. The abs include the Rectus abdominis, the Transversus abdominis, and a pair of muscles called the obliques.
The oblique muscles actually include the following pair of muscles on each of your sides:
  • The external obliques form the top muscle.
  • The internal obliques lie underneath the external obliques.
Together, they cross diagonally near the side of your midsection, from the bottom of your rib cage to your pubic area. The obliques are responsible for side bending and waist twisting moves.

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Here is an example of how to work your obliques:

oblique exercises with a medicine ball

oblique exercises with a medicine ball

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer-So Delicious Is Right

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer - French Vanilla

Looking for a dairy free, soy free alternative to your morning cup of coffee? I found it!! So Delicious Coconut Milk French Vanilla Creamer! I am so happy since I can't do dairy anymore, Soy is getting such bad reviews and it didn't taste so great in coffee. I am in Coconut heaven right now! It costs about the same as soy creamers, for me it was just under $3.00 for one pint. A bit high, but worth it. Happy Sipping...

Friday, August 5, 2011

How To Workout With Your Baby

Mom's clothes cartoon

Don't have time to workout because you have a baby? Well try this exercise routine and include your baby. Please make sure the baby has good head control and you have been cleared to exercise by your doctor-and don't try it after you have fed your baby or you may be wearing their dinner! Happy Exercising!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Workout ideas For Your Stability Ball

Have a stability ball? Not sure what to do with it? It sure can make hours of fun for your kids! But it really can be used for a powerful home workout. Check out these two video clips from Spark People for some great ideas. The second video is a complete workout.

There are six benefits to be had by using a stability ball.
  1. Proper Body Alignment The body uses muscle groups are not normally imposed during training sessions with the ball. natural motor reflexes will improve as these muscle groups are forced to work as you maintain balance on the ball. This is the challenge posed by the ball, maintaining balance during exercise. As the balance is better alignment of body parts is increased.
  2. Great Ab Workout One of the great things about using one of these balls is the ability to target the abdominal muscles. Maintain balance in the exercise with a stability ball forces the abs and back muscles to work overtime because these muscle groups of upper and lower body tie. Without strong trunk muscles balancing “is much more difficult.
  3. Muscle strengthening and endurance because the ball can target almost all muscle groups it helps build strength, tone muscles and improve overall endurance. It also helps strengthen the back relieving some forms of back pain and helps with any more flexibility.
  4. Core Strength The core muscles include the abdominal and back all. These are the muscles that support and stabilize the body during all movements. Using the ball all these muscles are worked across the full range of motion, providing a solid core.
  5. Stretching The ball provides a range of stretching motions that are not normally possible.
  6. Weight Loss As with any exercise routine using a stability ball will increase metabolism to help burn excess body fat. This ability to burn fat is further enhanced by the built lean muscle mass during exercise.The stability ball is one of the best ways to strengthen the abdominals and lower back while improving functional strength, balance and flexibility of the body.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spiced Rubbed Flank Steak

Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak



  •  Cooking spray
  • 1  tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cayenne (or to taste)
  • 1  pound  flank steak


Preheat the broiler and coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
Combine all ingredients except steak in a small bowl; rub mixture over the steak.
Broil 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until cooked.
Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally across the grain into thin strips.
****Serve with a green salad and some fruit! The next day cut up your steak and make a steak salad!!

Nutrition facts per serving:
  • Calories178
  • Total Fat (g)7
  • Saturated Fat (g)3
  • Carbohydrate (g)4
  • Protein (g)24
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Workout Clothes: Sale

My favorite workout clothes are on sale! I dream of owning everything I see and looking like they do in the catalogs. I usually have to wait for the sales because they can get pricey! So take a look at Athleta and Title Nine. I actually have the yellow dress but in green. 

Impossible Dress