Yes Ma’am ~ Simple Healthy Recipe: Green/Red Peppers with Pork and Rice, Mangos & Baby Spinach

So the other day I whipped up a tasty recipe. Usually I try to find some recipes online and cook them but lately I have just been makingthings from scratch recipes seeing if they taste good. Now this simple dish came up with came together perfectly and the most work I had to do was standing in the kitchen and cutting things up. I like to keep everything nice and simple while yet delicious and lately I have been trying to eat healthy…so far Im doing great :D.

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Ingredients:

– Jasmine Rice (Organic)

-1/2 Red bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1/2 Green bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1 Whole Onion chopped

-1 slab of pork chop chopped up

– Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 1 Whole Mango

– A hand full of Organic Baby Spinach

– A pinch of Salt (optional)

-Pepper

Directions:

  • Chop the onion, red & green bell pepper and the pork chop. Season with salt & pepper. I only used a pinch of salt, (Im not a salt fan) and sprinkle a little pepper.
  • Next heat up your skillet on medium. Pour as much olive oil as you think you may need. Wait until the oil is hot then pour all of your ingredients into the skillet. After about 5 minutes or so stir the ingredients the put the cover over the food. (This was you make sure the pork chop is completely cooked and the vegetables don’t burn.)
  • Occasionally stir the food. After about 15 or 10 minutes it should all be ready.
  • While you’re waiting for the food to finish lets put on the rice. If you don’t know how to cook rice, don’t worry I’ll teach you :). (I don’t have a rice cooker..well I do but I don’t use it.)
  • Pour as much rice as you want but not a lot to the point where its too much or reaches the pots rim. If you want a lot then pour it to the middle of the pot. Then pour some cold water with the rice. At this time it doesn’t matter how much water you are pouring because the rice needs to be cleaned. Stir the rice up with your hand or a spoon then pour out as much water as you can without the rice falling out. Repeat this until the water is clear or you feel sure it is clean enough. Then pour enough water to where it is about a inch over the rice. Heat the stove on high and put the rice on.  MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE RICE. When the rice water comes to a boil turn the heat down to its lowest and put the cover over the rice. In about 10 or 15 minutes the rice should be done.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then clean all those dirty dishes you made while you’re waiting. Wash your hands, get your plating ready and check the food.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then get out your mango. Make sure to rinse it off. Then begin to peel or cut your mango up. (I cut mine). Put as much mango as you want on your plate.
  • Afterward grab a handful of baby spinach, make sure that you rinse it off. Put on the plate.
  • After the food is done put as much rise as you want on your plate. Then add the pepper, onion and pork chop mix at the top and wah la! You have a simple meal for lunch breakfast or dinner…or all day! Theres about 4 or 5 servings worth for this dish.

-Jazzie

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Healthy Foods for You because They Contain Water!!!

600869_10151389330532202_177151893_nI read once that watermelon contain 90% water before I saw this photo. Therefore it will fill you up easily and it wouldn’t be harmful to you like eating a hamburger because of the simple fact that majority of it is made up of water. Ever since I read that I have ALWAYS purchased watermelon as my primary fruit. So when I saw this photo it came naturally to me for me to post it 😀

-Jazzie

Healthy Recipe: Cucumber, Watermelon & More

So heres a little recipe. I’ll be posting more recipes according to what I buy weekly. I am trying to eat healthy more so when I Juicy ripe watermelons, creamy avocado, annnnnddd lime + cilantrgo shopping I buy what I like then when I get home I just look up recipes I can try to match the food I bought and if that fails I can just eat the food by its self :D. Its better than following a list of items and then going shopping to find something that matches and it saves me money because I know what I like.

Avocado, Watermelon, & Cucumber Salad

2 avocados, pitted and sliced or cubed

1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl add avocado and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and gently stir to coat. In a separate large bowl, toss watermelon and cucumber together. Add the avocado mixture on top of the watermelon and cucumbers. Sprinkle with cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Credit to: http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2012/04/avocado-watermelon-cucumber-salad/

-Jazzie

Natural Ways to Detox

28 Ways to Detox by Bembu.comDetox and Exercise

1. Replace a meal each day with a detoxifying smoothie.
2. Turn to organic foods when possible.
3. Get a good and intense massage.
4. Drink far more water.
5. Replace the morning coffee with green tea.
6. Get in more exercise and sweat it out.
7. Try acupuncture for a truly balanced body.
8. Eat more fiber in its most natural form.
9. Try fasting for a day or two.
10. Get in more sleep each night.
11. Avoid obvious environmental toxins.
12. Turn to probiotics to get rid of the bad bacteria and welcome in the good kind.
13. Try yoga for a new type of exercise and meditation.
14. Learn to incorporate superfoods into each meal.
15. Cut out simple carbohydrates, white sugar and flour, and any fried foods.
16. Learn to properly manage your stress.
17. Turn to home remedies for illness rather than antibiotics.
18. Adapt to a truly healthy lifestyle and try to eliminate daily medication wherever possible.
19. Increase circulation by massaging pressure points and skin brushing.
20. Promote elimination through proper diet and hydration.
21. Opt for a diet rich in whole foods that are free of additives and preservatives.
22. Learn to meditate and incorporate this into your life each day.
23. Eliminate common sources of toxins such as excessive caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods.
24. Turn to natural herbs and holistic medicine to give your body what it needs.
25. Become a juicing expert and incorporate key nutrients into your day through this process.
26. Perform a full body cleanse every month to get rid of any toxins that have built up.
27. Avoid second hand smoke or any other harmful toxins that you may come into contact with.
28. Learn to truly take care of yourself and listen to your body when something is or is not working.

Click the following link to learn important details about each of the 28 ways to detox… http://bembu.com/natural-ways-to-detox-your-body

Photo: http://pinterest.com/pin/2744449745396564/

Weight Loss Journey…I don’t Know Where to Start

Let me tell you. I have been down this road so many times its ridiculous. I just dont know where to start. I really do not have much time to sit down and think of a plan right now because my courses are so demanding for June. Courses that you would take 5 months with ALL mashed up into one month. Its intense especially since I haven’t taken the classes yet. I would love to start my weight loss journey today or anytime this month but when I do something so drastic I really need to put my ALL into it. Not only that but I really need to sit down and figure out my spending buudget because before I was blowing $30 to $60 left and right and the food I bought I barely Ate all of it or got to it. So if I have time tomorrow or tonight Im going to add a page to my weight loss section called Plan of Action and just list everything I feel I need to work on toward my weight loss journey.

-JAZZIE

My WeightLoss Journey

If you have seen my blog or if you glance through it now you will see a few categories/pages dedicated to weight loss. peace withinUnderstand this: I have been up and down with this whole weight loss thing and not because it is hard or because I don’t have time. Its really because my head is not in the right place. I’ll start my journey then I’ll stop. I start again and then I stop. Whenever I start its always a…abrupt, forceful push start. It does not come naturally. It is just something where I have been pushing myself to do it.

Right now I’m at the point where I do want to lose weight but I want to do it the right way. By the right way I don’t mean just eating right and exercising because I was doing ALL of that before. I mean I want my mind to be in the right place.

I realize now that this process goes much deeper than changing my appearance. When I begin to lose weight, its the beginning of change in every aspect in my life. Along with that change I need to know that I am ready and willing to apply that to EVERYTHING that I do. I shouldn’t have to push myself because I “need” to do it. I want to lose weight because I purely WANT to do it and it makes me happy. If it doesn’t make me happy then I just can not do it. The way I was doing it before only made me happy to see the results but not overall happy which was why junk food was so tempting or why I would easily forget that I’m trying to make a change in my diet.

So for now I’m not sure what I will be doing but I do know after my graduation has come and passed I will have a lot more time on my hands so then I can decide how I want to get my body right. I also have some books that I downloaded that have to do with positivity and discovering self. I’m hoping that will help me too along my journey. Some how I’m going to squeeze the Bible in there too. I told my friend last week that I want to get closer to God and I don’t attend church at all but I do pray…I would like to be able to talk to people that read the Bible or have a respectful perspective on the Bible and we can share our thoughts and prayers together.

-Jazzie

Exercise/Eating Healthy Day 3..

Im just blogging about this so while I am out and about I can come to my blog and read what I plan to do for today…I may or may not make this a habit, we’ll see.

Right now my sister and I are trying to lose weight. We’re both using myfitnesspal and I downloaded insanity for her so I could upload it and she could us it. Right now she is ahead of me in the working out department by an hour and some minutes. We’re both struggling with eating.

Anyway, today I want to plan my meals a head of time even though I don’t know how it is going to workout when it comes to actually eating the food. I have some chicken egg foo yung left over from yesterday so I will eat that last today. I know its not the healthiest choice but Im a work in progress. I’ll cook myself a salmon in the morning and eat it then or later. I’ll eat some yogurt when I get home from work because I know I will be hungry. I dont think they give you any breaks so a snack will have to do that wont keep me from working. I’ll have to find a snack to take to work with me so I will have to stop by the store before I leave class and grab something on my way to wrk…gum included and OFC WATER. I probably will end up eating some baby asparagus too. Hopefully I can follow through with this plan. Since most of my day will be at school and work…It sounds like a good plan and Im going to try to actually stick to it. Then maybe I can squeeze in working out after I get home and finish my math homework.

Eating today:

  • Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Chicken egg foo yung
  • Baby asparagus
  • Water
  • Stop by store and get a healthy/low calorie snack for work

***Update***

I would also like to say since I began this get fit get healthy thing in…march, I’ve lost 7lbs. You can see it on my progress report I update. So hurray for me but I have about a 90-100lbs to go 🙂

-Jazzie

Mini Motivational Workout Tips #2: There Will be Bad Days

Here’s an important fat loss fact that you need to know: More exercise does not necessarily mean more results. Furthermore, it’s completely normal if you don’t feel like going to exercise all the time. “I learned that sometimes you have to drag your ass to the gym, even if you don’t feel like going,” Kim says. “And while the workout may be slow moving and uninspired at first, once you’re there it’s super easy to finish.” As you go through the motions, go in with an open mind knowing there will be good and bad days. Your job is to approach both the same way, and make the best of the situation.

Credit to: http://www.livestrong.com

 

Healthy Dairies Week 2: Battle of Eating Healthy & Exercise (March 3 – 9)

March 3rd

Woke up at 7am. Baked 2 salmon (Olive oil, peppered with salt and rosemary herbs), shared 1 half with my sis. Used the half of salmon to make taco with/cheese (browned in oven). Used the other whole salmon and stored it with watermelon to eat later today. Then made a parfait(8:15). Overcooked the taco in the oven 😀 (9:15am). Finished eating by 9:50am. Read a little of the Bible. Then went to bed around 11am or 12pm. Woke up 2:30pm. Started cleaning room up. Took a break from cleaning up my room and began eating salom w/watermelon.and water (7:15pm). Finshed eating 7:45. Back to cleaning 8:15pm. Finshed cleaning 11:00pm then take out trash. Started braiding hair. Took a break at 12am and ate parfait but didn’t like it so ate spaghetti and bread instead. Finished eating (12:50am) Braiding hair again. Finish 2am. Went to be, too tired to workout.

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March 4th

I didn’t get anything completed today and I relaxed off my diet a little. I had bread with tea and chips this morning. Then for lunch, during work, I had goldfish with a wheat bread tuna sandwich. I plan on working out tonight 3 miles preferably. I worked hard today at work so I think that made up for the chips and bread I ate early morning. I also finished braiding my hair, so I’m happy about that. Tomorrow I will stick more to the plan.

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March 5th

I got very lazy today and didn’t do anything I had fried chicken with fried wedges and a dr. pepper. I have go to do better for myself! The positives that came from today are:  I did manage to make myself a necklace and pair of earrings. I also decided that I will no longer be making jewelry or anything for anyone except maybe family. Another decision I made is that I want to learn how to make dresses. I only wear dresses so it would be great if I learned, I would save so much money just like I do with jewelry now. I haven’t bought any jewelry from a store in 2 years :D.

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Match 6th

Woke up around 6:40.  Cleaned up: made bed, took out trash. Moisturized hair with texturemenatural product, love it! Cooked some asparagus. Ate asparagus with low fat orange yogurt around 8:11am. The asparagus was disgusting so I only ate the yogurt. Afterward I made myself a lunch wheat bread turkey sandwich w/cheese, spinach and mustard (because mustard fights off cancer) and then I added some pineapple to the side.

I’m not sure what I will be eating for dinner but I usually get hungry around 8pm or 9pm…I may just eat some fruit or yogurt with a little granola sprinkled at the top.

I have a appointment at 10am at school. Started getting dressed at 9am, did oil pulling.

For the rest of the day I ate my turkey sandwich with fruit. My mother bought me a McDonalds bacon eggs and cheese sandwich, I was tempted to eat it so I ate half…I should of just thrown the rest away but I left in the fridge. Then when dinner time came I made myself some shrimp and organic rice. The shrimp was good but the organic rice was YUCK! So I ended up eating the rest of the McDonalds sandwich with some goldfish crackers.

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March 7th

Woke up at 5:29am. Stayed in bed until 6am debating whether or not to workout. Finally began to workout but didn’t feel comfortable (my sister was up, I try to work out when she is asleep) so I only got 1 mile of Leslie sansone in around 6:40. I’m just happy I made an effort to workout.

I have lot of math hw to do, as you can see from my to do list this week, I haven’t completed any of the math proportions lol. So I will be surprised if I get to finish my other mile today.

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March 8th

I only slept 3 hours today because I was so busy with math hw. I have a test today that I was stressed about. Ate pretty good today. Didn’t get a chance workout because I had at test in the morning but on the way to school I ate some yogurt with granola. When I got out went home started cooking curry then while curry was cooking I ate some more yogurt. Ate curry for the rest of the night with watermelon. Curry came out bad because I didn’t have the right ingredients.

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March 9th

Stayed up all morning. Attempted to cook some coconut pancakes but failed, I had too much coconut flour and it tasted heavy instead of light. So instead I’m eating yogurt with granola and beef jerky. I prepped my watermelon with turkey sandwich for later on today. For lunch at work I plan on having a tuna sandwich from my job. Then when I get back home I plan on diving into the bed and going to sleep then when I wake up I will probably eat my turkey sandwich.

-Jazzie