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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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

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

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

Healthy Dairies Week 1: Starting off Rough (Feb. 28 – Mar. 2)

February 28th

I have a tendency to walk into the kitchen just to look and see what’s there. Most of the time I don’t grab anything but if I do it is usually when I’m not hungry. So when I do begin to grab something or try to eat, I rub my stomach and ask myself if I’m really hungry.

I ate 2 pieces of watermelon before working out because I didn’t want to ruin my workout by eating afterwards.

My goal is to work out every night. Drink two bottles of water during my workout. Shower, prep my food for tomorrow of what im going to eat then go to bed.

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March 1st

Ate at 1am after workout. Went to sleep 1:45am. Woke up around 5:20am – 5:30am, had no dreams. Didn’t feel hungry. Began to finish mth hw for today and play a game on fb. Accidentally almost finished off a lemon drop piece of candy but caught myself and threw it away then gave the pack to my sister. Got dressed. Ate grapes on the way to school, 8:30am. Resisted the urge to buy snacks during class break. Left class a little after 10:55am. Resisted my mom’s offers to eat out (Wendy’s, Mcdonalds, Chinese, Red Lobster). Went to the dollar store. Got home around 12pm at chips with grapes and rotisserie chicken. Looked at houses in my area online. Ate m&ms and fruit snacks. Read tips about exercising while using the bathroom (helpful), Went to sleep around 2:50pm. Woke up 6pm. Began washing clothes. Read the bible while washing clothes and learned about Adam/Eve, god confusing the language, his gift to Noah. Ate some cantaloupe. Finished washing around 9:30pm. Started playing fb game until 10:30pm. Start BIO hw. Finished at 11:52pm. Feeling hungry but I think my tummy is used to over eating because I ate two hours ago so I will pass and drink water finish up my hair and exercise. Quick blog entry. Went to bed at 2am.

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March 2nd

Woke up around 5:50am to my niece crying. Was going to wake up 6am. Started braiding my hair then remembered to sew a button back on my coat. Finished that then finished up my grocery list  7:13. Made up bed. . Then Prepped meals for today. Made the oatmeal with grapes but I’m not familiar with making oatmeal and it came out watery so I only ate the grapes (8am). Did Oil pulling and drunk spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Showered. Did a small workout with squats, wall pushups and wind mills. Dressed Ate some of mom’s spaghetti with grapes (10am). Went grocery shopping for list of food on the side (12pm-12:47pm) Went to work (1pm). Ate peanut butter sandwich with whole wheat bread (3:50pm). Tried to call sears but no one answered. After work (5:30pm) went home and changed clothes. Ate some water melon with beef jerky. I attempted to make a yogurt granola parfait but failed, the plain yogurt I used was disgusting, tasted like sour cream. Tempted by my mom’s offer I ate a wendy’s jr bacon sandwich. Went to the casino with my mom, they don’t serve water so I had 2 small cup pepsi’s. Went home are 12am, had some beef jerky. Then had some French white bread and tea. Went to bed around 1am.

-Jazzie

Healthy Diary Logs Begin!…Weight Loss & Exercise

Well this has been a journey in the making for a long time and I’ve finally started it the way I want to and no one else. I’m not following anyone’s plans or schedule, I’m doing what I think is best for me through trial and error.

I’ve started by changing my whole grocery list and purchased fruits, veges, granola and poultry, salmon. So in my Healthy Journey section it will be purely updated probably everyday with how my day goes, my schedule..everything I do and eat through out the day. I’m doing this so I can see my patterns and see for myself, what I need to change and tweak. It also keeps me on track and busy which will probably prevent me from being bored.

My goal really is to live my life eating healthy. I don’t want the junk food anymore, I want to go to the doctors in confident and hear them say,”You’re as healthy as an ox.” I’d  also like to go to the doctors and show up with some weight loss. So wish me luck and pray for me :).

-Jazzie

5 Advantages of Drinking Water in the Morning

  1. Drinking water on a empty stomach purifies the colon making it easier to absord nutrients.
  2. Increases production of new blood and muscle cells.
  3. Helps with weight loss; drinking at least 16 ounces of cold water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning.
  4. Glowing skin. Helps to purge toxins from the blood which helps keep your skin with glowing and clear.
  5. Balances your lymph system. These glands help you perform our daily functions, balance your fluids and fight infections.

Credit to: http://www.undergroundhealthreporter.com

Good & Bad News: Working Out, yes! Eating Healthy, no!

395222_10151080096872956_1667202600_nThis is something I feel very passionate about and sensitive toward because I am trying…I’m having a VERY hard time eating healthy. It’s bad enough I find it hard to avoid those, oh so good junk foods. The other day I attempted, I started out good making myself some eggs with a baked potatoes but then I didn’t know what else to cook because my plan was to eat tuna sandwiches with cheese but I forgot the cheese (I bought them today :D)! SO I began snacking! Then on top of that the people in my household make it even harder for me to eat healthy. I went out and spent $40 on some food that I planned to prep and cook. I bought some salmon, tomatoes, herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme), carrots, potatoes, almond milk (which im scared to drink lol), chicken breast, cheese, etc. I bought all of these things because I planned on cooking myself something healthy while learning more techniques and ways to cook. So anyway my sister who likes to throw away everything she didn’t by, goes through the fridge and decides, “Oh I didn’t buy these herbs and they look old, so let me throw them away!” Then my mom goes in the freezer and says,”Oh! Salmon! Let me waste my time and FRY all of them and leave only 2 left because everyone likes fry food! That’s what they were obviously purchased for!” Then my sister goes in the freezer again,”Oh! Salmon! I didn’t buy them nor do I contribute anything to the household especially money and I don’t give a flying fuck! Let me take the last 2 salmons and cook them because I’m on a imaginary diet that I keep ruining every 30 minutes junk food…yay me!”

That’s what keeps happening to me every week lol….

As for my workouts..I feel very confident in them. I do cardio only. I never liked weights or the idea of them plus I do not wish to spend money on them. I know for sure with working out…it’s just like my hair journey, you have to find what works best for you. Not everything people usually do will work for you. My daily workout will revolve around Leslie Sansone Dvds…I downloaded them for free and I bought one just for the abs belt lol. With Leslie Sansone, I lost weight doing her dvd’s last year, her workouts that I use consist of walking at home…I forgot the positive results I got from her other than losing weight. One negative was that my butt began to look flat. So after every workout I did of Leslie Sansone, I did squats and leg sit ups…i saw some results but I realized that I am not strong in squats. I would do only 20 day/night squats a day and one week i over did the squats and i couldn’t walk straight for 2 weeks nor could I work out. So from then on I limited my squats to 5 – 10 a in the morning and 5 -10 at night because…I’m scared that will happen again.

My workout now:

-20 to 40 Wall push ups (I’ve never been good at  actual push ups but after doing these for a while..I will.)

-40 to 60 Standing Trunk Twist  (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haWuH3LRFI4)

– 5 to 10 Squats

-15 Leg touches or sit ups

-Rotated workouts with Leslie Sansone throughout the week: 15minute workout (TODAY) = 1 mile walk, 30 minute work out = 2 mile walk, 45 minute workout = 3 mile walk….the 3 mile walk is NO joke! If you are not prepared or fit prior to it, you will feel some soreness after words.

If anyone wants to join in on the leslie sansone videos I will be uploading the ones I use on dailymotion so join and subscribe! I will be uploading other videos too from youtube..I’ll credit them but I just would like to have some good easy workouts just in case anyone else wants to join me 😀

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-Jazzie