Good Eats and the Quantum Scale Winner

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*** The Quantum Scale winner is Michelle M.! Email me at toohottieforthatbody@gmail.com with your mailing address so we can get that sucker shipped to you! ***

I don’t know about you but I like pretty things. I especially like pretty things I can eat. This is why cupcakes and I get along so well.

Now, this might sound counter intuitive but one of the most powerful arsenals I have with this weight loss business is food blogs… the healthy kind. I feel that if I inundate with myself with beautiful images of healthy clean food then I’ll start to crave it.

Guess what. It works!

Since Halloween I’ve been trying to detox my sugar cravings and get back on track with good old fashioned clean eating. When I’m in the middle of a sugar rush this never sounds like fun. I always forget that I can eat stuff that my body loves and truly enjoy it too.

In order to get into the spirit of things I’ve starting taking the time to really appreciate how beautiful simple whole foods are. So I’ve been taking pictures of what I’ve been putting in my belly. It’s kind of my weird way of giving thanks.

Just taking the time to slow down and appreciate my food has helped satiate the part of me that eats for comfort. With that being said, here is what I have been eating/craving lately…

I typically try not to drink coffee every morning because I just simply can’t drink it without adding sugar and cream. I’ve learned never to completely eliminate something from my diet, otherwise my inner brat throws a tantrum, so I allow sugar coffee when needed. That being said, if I drink coffee I eat a breakfast that is sugar free. On these days I usually eat eggs.

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On the mornings when I’m strong enough to simply opt for green tea, I’ll splurge on a little sugar in my morning yogurt.

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I have been obsessed with plain greek yogurt with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. It tastes so decadent and “Fall like”! I’ve been loading it with things like pears, apples, nuts, cranberries and Kashi cereal. I was inspired by this post and have been eating/craving yogurt for breakfast and snack ever since!

I’ve also been on a big oatmeal kick. But I like my oatmeal thick and bread-like versus soupy so I decided to try this oatmeal bake for breakfast this weekend (swapping blueberries for blackberries and walnuts for almonds).

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Bridget ate the last piece this morning as she darted out the door for school.

I’ve been trying to increase my vegetable intake because I tend to eat less crap when I fill up on veggies. The only problem with that is I don’t really like vegetables all that much… or at least I didn’t used to. My thoughts on veggies are starting to change, especially if I roast them.

Brent and I had this yummy roasted spaghetti squash boat the other day for lunch. (I used chicken sausage versus grilled chicken.)

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I made this a ton last winter and I had forgotten how good it was. What I love about spaghetti squash is that you can pile on more cheese and sauce than you normally would without feeling guilty because the rest is just veggies. If you’ve never had spaghetti squash don’t go into it thinking your going to eat a vegetable that tastes like spaghetti. Go into it thinking you are going to eat a veggie that tastes awesome topped with lots of cheese and tomato sauce. Otherwise, you’ll be disappointed.

I also roasted a whole chicken… while I was at a party. Don’t tell Fire Marshal Bill Brent. That meant that while Penelope was off kissing boys…

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Something magical was happening in my oven. (Don’t try this at home.)

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I used this Ina Garten recipe, I roasted it with multi colored potatoes, carrots and onions instead of the fennel she suggested. I don’t like licorice so I definitely won’t like a vegetable that tastes like licorice. I have to admit, violating a chicken before going to a party on a Saturday night isn’t usually on my list of things to do. We didn’t even eat it that night but I had to cook it before it went bad. Luckily, it was still delicious the next day.

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I just reheated the chicken skin side down on a skillet so that it got crispy again and yes I ate the skin…. and I LOVED it!

I had also made my favorite Chicken Harvest Soup at the end of the week but this time used jewel yams versus regular sweet potatoes. I thought it would look so pretty. Well… the left overs ended up looking like something made from a zombie chicken since the purple color leaked out and turned the chicken and everything else in the soup grey. BUT was still super yummy so we polished it off anyway. (This is Bridget’s all time favorite soup which makes me happy because it’s full of vegetables that she normally refuses to eat.)

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If you follow my Facebook page you saw this brilliant homemade microwave popcorn recipe I posted on Friday.

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I was so amazed that it actually worked. You would have thought I had never popped popcorn in the microwave before! Just fill a small paper lunch bag with 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, 1/2 tsp canola or peanut oil and salt. Fold the top of the bag over and pop it in the microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Ta da!!! Clean microwavable popcorn without the weird chemical additives that cause cancer. I got this recipe from Ellie Krieger’s Comfort Food Fix, and according to her you’ve just made yourself a 100 calorie pack for way less money.

Yeah… so that about sums it up. And now I’m feeling kind of awkward for loving food so much.

Anyway, now you have a few ideas on what you could munch on just in case you were in a recipe rut. Feel free to return the favor…

What kind of good stuff have you been eating lately?

P.S. Here is a link to 9 Sneaky Reasons You’re Ravenously Hungry.

A Flavorful Life

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Have you ever noticed how each stage of your life has a certain flavor to it?

I could be walking down the street and a car will drive by blasting Wind of Change and I will suddenly be taken back to lazy summer days sitting by the pool licking the left over orange cheetoh powder off of my wrinkly chlorine soaked fingers.

When I catch the scent of fresh cut grass mixed with the smell of sunblock I’m suddenly transported to my home town and find myself on the soccer fields of my childhood. One taste of cinnamon toast sends me to my Grandma’s kitchen where my Grandpa had magically turned a regular loaf of white bread into the most decadent toast I’ve ever eaten. These little triggers catapult me to a different time in my life… each memory presented with its own distinct flavor.

I can’t describe, taste, touch or smell the actual flavor that resonates inside of me. It’s just a gut feeling that is paired with a time in my life. Each phase feeling completely unique.

These flavors don’t only exist in the past, I can feel them in the present. I can also tell when things are about to change, and a new flavor in my life is about to present itself.

Things just start to feel different.

During these times I fluctuate from feelings of anticipation to feelings of dread, a normal reaction to the unknown. Fortunately, when I am stuck in the most bitter moments of life I am capable of acknowledging that these moments are fleeting just like all others and the bitterness is only temporary. Before long that bitter flavor will mingle with the other flavors in my life, creating a symphony of feelings and experiences. All of these untouchable things secretly defining me and creating who I am and who I will become.

There are other times when life is so sweet that you don’t ever want it to change.

I can’t handpick what element in my current life will be presented to my future self as a reminder of where I am today. I can tell you that when I look back at where I am in this moment I will acknowledge how truly happy I am and I will remember the feeling of excitement that bubbles up in my chest when I think of what my future holds.

Call Me Crazy

New Year

I screw up all of the time… Seriously, it’s like a defect.

It usually takes me an average of 5 times to get things right. I could give you a ton of examples but I won’t bore you. I don’t know why but I’ve always been this way. The important part is that I don’t beat myself up about it. Well… I screw up at that part too because sometimes I do beat myself up about it. But I shouldn’t.

The real important part is that I don’t give up. Sometimes I feel like I’m banging my head up against the wall but eventually I break through. That is why I don’t like New Year’s resolutions. I suck at them. However, I never give up on them, it just usually takes me until March to get rolling on it.

That is why this year I had declared Daylight Saving time as my new resolution day. I did this for two reasons.

1.) It comes twice a year so if you feel like you need an official do-over (which, you will) you’ve got one.

2.) The time change always shakes things up a bit so it’s the perfect time to create new habits.

Par for the course I had resolved to get my sh*t together during the last Daylight saving in November. I’m just now getting to where I feel like I need to be and it just so happens to be on New Year’s Day. Funny, huh? (I knew it would happen. I think that’s why I wasn’t fully committed.)

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions whether they want to admit it or not. Some declare it openly others simply make a mental note.

So, do me a favor. When you fail try again… and again. If you do that, no matter what your resolution is you will be successful, whether it’s July or December. It doesn’t matter when you manage to get your sh*t together, or how many times you’ve tried. What matters is that you succeed.

Some say that the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome. Well, call me crazy because that’s exactly what I intend to do.
Happy New Year everyone!