Mini 5-Day Squat Challenge

Sometimes we just need a mini challenge. For many reasons. Maybe we are feeling down and accomplishing something would make our week 100xs better! Then again maybe we just want to add a little umphhh to our daily routine!

I made up this little 5 day mini squat challenge to satisfy any reason you can think of! It is only 5 days, can you do it? Of course you can!!! Woot Woot! I believe in you! Now, if you are sitting here looking at this and thinking, “well, I have been sitting on the couch thinking about starting something like this….” well, let me stop you there! You CANNNN do this! If you can’t start off with 10, start with 5. Can’t do five, start with ONE. Yes, who cares if you are doing one or thirty! Because you are probably in the private of your own room and no one will know but YOU! The amazing thing is, I bet tomorrow you will be able to do two 😉 give it a try! I dare ya!

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This is just simple, so don’t put too much thought into, had just DO IT! 🙂

Balsamic Chicken Breasts with the Greens

Cooking never came easy to me, geese, I would be lying if I said it was a walk in the park even up to this day! Cooking can be fun, and would be SO MUCH FUN if we had one of those awesome kitchen with unlimited supplies (you know the stuff at the grocery store thats $28, you don’t know how to pronounce it, and you are probably only going to use it for that ONE recipe..??) fancy appliances, and all that other fun stuff! Well back to reality, we have a kitchen you can barely turn around in without running into the fridge or dishwasher! We manage and still eat, so Yay for us!

I have become a HUGE fan of the crock pot, but also glass dishes and the oven come in at a close second 🙂

I found this recipe a few different places, but I decided to do it my way and don’t follow what they do anyways! Basically just most of the ingredients are the same. This was a two thumbs up from the fiancé and myself!

 

Balsamic Chicken Breasts with the Greens!

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This was soooo yummy and very easy to make!! it was only in the oven for about 40-45 mins and everything was PERFECT! It could feed probably 2 normal people!(I make a half recipe with only two chicken breasts) haha We don’t eat much so it was fine for us, and a third person that probably ate than and then made more to eat 😡 hahah!!


 

Ingredients:

about 2 tablespoons EVOO

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 package button mushrooms

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

minced garlic (to taste, use a much as you want!!!)

asparagus (I used one bundle, for two people)

1 large zucchini (for 2 people)

roadted garlic and cheese seasoning (optional)

 

Directions: This is so simple, are you ready!?

>Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

>Get out two glass pans, I had a square one I used for the chicken and rectangle I used for the veggies.

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>Put about a table spoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the bottom of each pan. and Place chicken in, roll both sides in EVOO. Then do the same with the asparagus and the zucchini.

> Use salt and pepper and sprinkle on both sides of the chicken, plus add some to the veggies for taste!

> Here is where you add the garlic!!! I loooove garlic so I loaded it on, both the veggies and the chicken.

> add package of button mushrooms to the chicken.

> I found some roasted garlic and cheese seasoning hiding in the cabinet, so I sprinkled that on the zucchini to give it a little difference in flavor from the asparagus.– now vegetables are done and ready to go when you are!

> Time to finish off the chicken. add your balsamic vinegar, low-sodium chicken broth, dried thyme, and bay leaf to the chicken. I broke the bay leaf in half and put one on each side of the chicken ends to spread the flavor!

>Bake until chicken is fully cooked and vegetable are done to your perfection, about 40-50 minutes!! Make sure you check every few minutes to flip the chicken, drizzle some juices on top of it, and roll the vegetables around!

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There you have a fairly cheap, yet delicious healthy meal!! We will be making this again and again!! Plus, if you don’t like mushrooms, this is the opportunity to try it again. I am not a huge fan, but myyy ohhh myy were they AMAZING!!! We even enjoyed it out on the porch with some candle light and a nice glass of red wine!

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Pineapple-Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Yummm! Every time I read the name of this smoothie it makes me want one!!! Of course I am a Pinterest junkie who usually posts just about EVERYTHING that catches my eye, but then I never, ever ever everrrrrr put it to good use. Well, one day I was in the mood for something different! I had a bunch of fresh fruit in the fridge, and apple cider vinegar hanging out in the cabinet. I know that apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits to it, which  am not going to go into right now. As I was scrolling through “healthy meals“, which is on of my boards, I came across this awesome looking smoothie. Okay, to be honest, it didn’t LOOK awesome, the ingredients just jumped out at me!


 

Here is what you need to make this healthy packed, yummy, delicious smoothie!

Equipment: Blender and a knife!

Ingredients:

>1/3 of a pineapple (I got the pre-cut ones that look like a cylinder are used 1/3 of that!)

> 1/2 cup or more of coconut water (you can also use plain water, but you can’t taste the coconut water, and that has huge benefits, so I recommend just using coconut water)

>1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( I used 1.5 the first time I could barely taste the vinegar, used 2 the second and it was way too much, start small, and add as you see fit)

> 1 teaspoon raw honey

> any extra fruit– I used a handful of fresh strawberries

Directions: Chop, combine, blend!

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I have had this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and snacks! << not all in the same day of course! It is yummy, and refreshing!

My Personal Shakeology Experience

I have contemplated writing this post over and over again. I didn’t know if it would be… I don’t know if the word is “inappropriate”, but I didn’t know if it was something that people would want to know. After I thought more about it, and saw some comments people made about “shakes” in general, I KNEW that I needed to write about MY experience with Shakeology!

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Word around the block is that Shakeology is a “weight loss” meal replacement shake. I am here to tell you, that is not the REASON behind this product. Of course, weight loss might be an added bonus, or having it for breakfast makes your life a whole lot easier, BUT that was not the pure intention Beachbody had when creating this masterpiece!

Here is a quick list of perks to Shakeology that are easily over looked:

1. Gain Energy    |      2. Reduce Cravings       |      3. Improve Digestion      |      4. Stay Regular

5. Lower Cholesterol      |      6. Fight Disease      |      7. Low Glycemic Index

 Honestly, I could talk to 10 different people that drink Shakeology, and they would all have a different success story for it. That is the beauty of it; when you have proper nutrition, amazing things start to happen. Today I am here to tell you MY story!! Maybe others will come to follow 🙂

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I started Shakeolgy in March of 2012. Yes, I know the picture is a weight loss picture, just because, well to be honest, that is what MOST people want to see. I lost 6 pounds within the first 6 weeks just from replacing a chocolate shakeology for my normal grab and go unhealthy breakfast. I wasn’t doing any daily physical activity except walking back and forth to campus a few times a day. So that about wraps up the weight loss side of Shakeolgy; don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOVE this weight loss transformation, but my other benefit from Shakeology tops this like  CRAZZZYY!

So, guys might not understand this as much as girls do, but it is here for everyone to read! Remember, this is me coming out of my little bubble and explaining something rather personal, yet amazing with all of you.

About a year before I started Shakeology I would get a yeast infection EVERY month the week before “my time of the month”. Yes, girls, ughhhh AWFUL right!? I went to the doctor and they told me that I have a hormone imbalance during that week getting ready for all that FUN stuff to happen. She told me that I could get this special pill that is about $22 a bottle and either take it everyday, or everyday the week before it normally happens. At the time I was 20 years old, the LAST thing I wanted to do was worry about taking medicine everyday to prevent this occurrence from happening monthly.– Let me just tell you, those were two miserable weeks out of EACH MONTH of the year! So, of course I sought out those pills bought them and waited. It helped a little, but I still got the infections and even though they were somewhat “tamed” I still didn’t want to live my life like that.

When I was introduced to Shakeology, I honestly just got it because I wanted to be a coach, and I like a good discount! Weight loss crossed my mind a few times, but I seriously just loved the taste and the convenience of it! Butttttt, after a month or two I noticed that I was only miserable ONE week out of the month, and not two anymore!

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The thing is… Shakeology has this “stuff” called probiotics that help out my little situation. Plus so many other super foods, vitamins and minerals to keep everything stable. I am proud to say that I haven’t had a yeast infection for over a year now! For me, that is enough to keep Shakeology in my cabinet for the rest of my life!!

I know it might not be a glamorous story, but sometimes people need to know that there is more to these SHAKES than what meets the eye. For me, making this decision was one of the best I ever made, of course I am not saying that it is going to cure everything that is wrong with everyone, but it deff can work wonders!

The Powerhouse Couple: Transformation of the 21 Day Fix

Couples who workout together, stay together.. makes sense, right? Ehh, either way two of my very close friends decided to buckle down and take on the 21 Day Fix workout!

In case you are a little lost as to what exactly the 21 Day Fix is, let me fill you in! This AMAZING program was launched by Beachbody in February 2014, and when I say this program was flying off the shelves, that is a understatement! I don’t think it even hit the shelves before it was on a truck and in a challenger’s eager hands. When you put exercise and portion control into one condensed time period, and specific color coded containers, HELLO!!!! no one can mess that up!

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Before I get to some awesome results, let me tell you what all you get with the 21 Day Fix!

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*
  • A FREE 30-day trial membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to complete your Challenge.**
  • Plus FREE standard shipping on today’s order, then Super Discount shipping (and SAVE OVER $12) every month after!
  • 6 easy-to-follow workouts
  • 7 color coded containers
  • 21 Day Fix Eating Plan
  • 3 Day Quick Fix
  • Bonus DVD
  • 24/7 online support
  • ME as your FREE coach!!

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Yeah, that’s A LOT of stuff right!? I want to set you up for success, if you are happy then I am happy! I run challenge groups to ensure that you will see the best results possible, and to put you in a positive and motivating setting.

This couple participated in my February Challenge Group, and ROCKED IT! First up I will show off this guy:

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On the left we see the Day 1: Before pictures and on the right we see Day 21: After pictures

Final Measurements:

Chest: -.25
R arm: same
L arm: same
Waist: -3
Hips: -2.5
R thigh: +.5
L thigh: +1
Weight: -11

jake frontOf course we need to see how his other half did as well! She also dominated this program! She said,

“It really helped me in realizing portion sizes as well as the different kinds of foods I could eat. I loved trying to find new recipes to make for dinner and the different shakes I could make.”

christine sideAgain we have the Day 1 before pictures on the LEFT, and Day 21 after pictures on the RIGHT!

Final Measurements:

Chest: – .5 in
R Arm: same
L arm: + .25 in
Waist: -3 in
Hips: -2.25 in
R thigh: same
L thigh: same
Weight: – 5.8 lbs

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You can see results like this too, and I will help you every step of the way, or I can just get you started! No matter what level you are on, don’t be ashamed to want something MORE! Email me to talk more about it!

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Why short people SHOULD workout at home!

Where are all my fellow shorties at!?

The definition of short might be different to different people. I know people close to 5 inches taller than me that think THEY are short! I am a college student just under 5 feet tall. Yup that’s right, I haven’t reached the 5 foot mark yet 😡 (…they say you can have your last growth spurt at 25ish right…. well I guess there is still a small dose of hope left for me!)

Aside from that fact that I may or may not grow anymore in my lifetime is beyond the point I am trying to get at here! Let me get back to my main point, why short people SHOULD workout at home.

I have been into health and fitness my whole life, I may not have been the ALL STAR on the team, but I was physically active basically from kindergarten; as soon as I could sign up for AYSO soccer. As I got older, as I’m sure many of you noticed, you get more opportunities to become a better athlete. Do you know where I am going with this? YES. EXERCISE! Hitting the gym and getting in rep after rep, increasing your weights, and developing that STRENGTH that we all know and love.

In high school I never really noticed that the gym wasn’t FIT for me, as many of your shorties out there might not have noticed yet either. I used mostly free weights and the treadmill, it is kind of hard to mess that up! People of all ages and sizes can lay on a bench and knock out a few sets of a dumbbell bench press, or run miles upon miles on the treadmill.

Then I got to college, FREEDOM, right? Well my college journey is a whole other story, so I’ll just stick to the fitness side of things for your sake 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, college and university gyms, rec centers (whatever you want to call them) are Ahhhh-MAZing! They have rows and rows of treadmills, a weight machines that SEEM to be so awesome and replace the use of free weights.

Okay, HOLD UP! Have the people that are my size used these machines!? Because if you have, I am sure you have noticed it’s a little awkward. No, I do not mean trying to up your weight and start making grunting nosies, or your face turns red and that HUGE vein in your forehead pops out… oh, am I one of the only people that has that? If you know what I am talking about then please laugh WITH me, because you know EXACTLY where I am coming from on that one!

Let’s talk about how the foot rests are SO FAR away from the seat, HELLO my legs are NOT that long!! I have to sit totally on one end or the other of the seat just to reach those babies all the way down there! It is a little hard to have proper posture/form when only my tippy toes are on the foot rest and my butt is clenched on the seat so I don’t fall off.. am I painting a realistic enough picture for you?!

So I don’t think I need to go machine by machine for you to get that these inventions are NOT made for “our kind”, they are made for the average and above sized person! Yes, they make the adjustable seats, but sometimes that just isn’t enough!! I need ALL parts just be adjustable, not just one or two.

So how are we supposed to lose weight, tone our awesome bods and get that peak performance style energy we crave for at the gym? Well, we can just WOKOUT AT HOME!!!

Say what!? How am I going to get that defined “V”, or sculpted shoulders from an at home DVD. Let me just tell you, not only CAN it happen, it HAS happened! I have completed many different Beachbody programs from the Ultimate Reset to Les Mills Combat, and many in between. Recently I just completed the newest program the 21 Day Fix, HELLO MUSCLES!! I will not go too far into detail and save that for a later post, but 7 pounds lost and my shoulder and back muscles are looking mighty fine if you ask me!

21 Day FixThe best part about the Beachbody programs, is the each one has a personal trainer and MORE THAN ONE DVD to do. If you get a “program” that comes with one DVD and maybe 2 different workouts on it, you are going to get BORED, and pretty fast if you are anything like me! I like variety, something new all the time! When a program comes with 6 or more DIFFERENT workouts, now that is what makes one happy girl!

Going to the gym you can of course get a trainer, but that means you have to workout in front of that trainer and all the other people there as well. This might not embarrass everyone, but imagine being that short person that you just CANNOT do the workout right because the equipments is not the proper size. Plus at home programs, usually use free weights or bands, because you don’t NEED anything else! A personal trainer at a gym is going to take advantage of using all that “oversized” equipment, and rightfully so! Too bad that stuff isn’t going to get us short people 100% of the results that it will for someone of an average size.

Don’t get me wrong, the gym can be a GREAT place to go and get into the ZONE, but if you aren’t getting 100% of the results, or the effectiveness of the equipment you are using, what’s the point!? Find something that you enjoy, and can FEEL the difference, I am telling you,  it will blow your mind how the machines that should fit everyone, really DON’T!!

I host challenge groups through Facebook EVERY MONTH to help keep you accountable and give you the motivation you need to reach those goals! Fill out an application to reserve your spot in my upcoming group! –> https://alyssaraeb.wufoo.com/forms/challenge-group-application/

Monkee-ing Around

I think it is time for a little ART!! I have been posting a lot about fitness and recipes, but I don’t think I have posted a single thing about what I have been up to, art-wise, this semester! This semester I am actually having a lot of fun in my art classes. I am taking Advanced Digital Art, Introductory Photography, 3D Design, and aFeminist of Readings of Culture (or something like that).

Obviously you know I am know going to be posting about my English class, because I am the Fitness Artist!! Today I want to share a piece of my work that I submitted to an exhibition that was being put on the in town I go to school. It was called Cover of a Cover. Now, the rules were pretty simple, all we had to do, basically, was recreate an album cover! Of course there were a few other rules, but for those not entering, you don’t need to know them! I was pretty excited about this exhibition, they put posters up every year for it, but I never seemed to have the time to submit anything.

I am just as grateful for music as the next person, but I’m honestly not that “into it” I guess you could say. I know words to songs, but I never know the name of the song or the artist. There are tons of songs that people tell me are CLASSICS, yet I have never even heard of them 😡 The task of picking out an album to recreate was kind of hard for me to do. It is always easy to create art when you are passionate about what you are working on. Since I am not a music expert, I figured I would go with some thing that I am kind of familiar with, yet could do a little research and find what I needed to and not have any problems. Soooooo the album cover I chose to redo was, the Monkees!!!

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Looking at this cover, to me, it is BORING! hahah. I mean, it does its purpose, shows unity and all that. But, I like COLOR!!! You will probably never see me do any type of art work that is black and white. If you do, it was probably mandated by the teacher! However, back to this cover. I like the picture of the Monkees all together and showing a fun side, but I get very distracted by the YELLOW song titles! If anything, those can go on the back, not BAMMM in your face yellow right there!

So initially I was going to recreate the same photo, but in a cartoon aspect. Then i disregarded that quickly, because well, its MY art, not someone else’s. So I did a little research on these boys. I looked up other art work, adds, posters, and a few other things. Then I started me piece! i didn’t have a full plan, just knew that I wanted to incorporate the 60-70’s “groovey” look to it. I started with making cartoon heads for each band member, assigned them each a color, incorporated their instrument into it, and WAAH-LAA!! done!

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Roasted Root Medley

This dish right here is one of my all time favorites!! If you would have told me the ingredients in this AMAZING dinner, I would have never even touched it 😡

If you look back to some of the older posts, I did the Beachbody Ultimate Reset (www.myultimatereset.com/alyssaraeb), and one of the reasons was to broaden my food palette. I was such a picky eater! I loved pasta and pizza, and didn’t stray too far from those two foods. Once I started on a healthier lifestyle (after I outgrew my ” I can eat whatever I want and not gain a single pound” years) I decided I needed to find recipes that I LOVED, and WANTED to eat! Which, let’s be honest, it can be challenging at first! Sooo, the Ultimate Reset really helped me out, and of course a little weight loss was on the PLUS side!

The one recipe that I loved and I STILL make very often is the Roasted Root Medley. I am not sure if this is the exact recipe, I think I have changed bits and pieces here and there to make it my own (I really don’t remember!)

So the ingredients are super cheap and easy to find!

Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Sweet Potato
  • Onion
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pink Himalayan Salt

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Now, of course you will first want to wash your vegetables! I like seeing dirt, because  know there is a lower chance of weird waxes or anything on them! When you live in the middle of PA it makes it a little hard to get fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmers market all year round. I do what I can and buy from them while I can though!

image_1Step one: Wash the carrots! I usually use one large, or 2 small/medium carrots. It all just depends on how much you want to make! 2-3 small carrots are enough for about 2 servings from what I have found. Then chop carrots up in about 1 inch pieces, small enough to be bite size, yet not too big that they will take forever to bake all the way through!

image_2Step two: Wash your sweet potato! I use either one large or most of two small sweet potatoes. You will be surprised how far just ONE will go! After you scrub it down, peel the skin off and any blemishes that you see. Or anything you wouldn’t want to eat :p Then, just like with the carrots, chop into about 1 inch cubes. I find that placing the sweet potatoes in the microwave for a minute or two helps tremendously for cutting purposes. The first few times I made this I may have had a large cutting knife, but recently, I just COULD NOT cut through those sweet potatoes!! I do have a small knife this time, due to moving around because I am still in college. At this point I also like to start to preheat my oven! I have an oldie so it takes A LONG TIME to heat up! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

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image_4Step three: Now it is time to wash and cut the beets! I had a hard time with this one! My knife kept getting stuck!! I warn you to BE CAREFUL if this happens! I didn’t hurt or cut myself, but there were a few close calls! i bet you can guess what the next step is for the beets! We have already washed them, so yup, we are cutting them into about 1 inch cubes!! I personally make them a little smaller because I have grown to “like”beets, but I don’t “love” them! HAHA! So I tend to make those cubes a little smaller. But, hey, feel free to knock yourself out with HUGE beet pieces if you would like! I won’t stop you 🙂

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image_6Step four: Onion time!! Yes, the dreaded onion! I don’t know about you, but cutting onions is the WORST part of cooking! I cry and cry an cry, well tears just roll down my face! BUT!!! This time I have tamed it down just a little, if I rinse my knife under cold water between each time I make a cut, it didn’t make my eyes run too terribly! Once again, chop these babies up! These I usually am not too concerned about the size, I just chop up a few handfuls and call it a day.

image_7Now grab your EVOO and Pink Himalayan Salt!! It is time to use these ingredients!

image_8Step five: I like to then move everything to a bigger bowl if I didn’t calculate correctly the first time!! Now that there is room to toss, grab your EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and I usually put about 1-2 tablespoons in, stir everything around a little bit, and see if everything is evenly coated, if not, slowly add more until all vegetables are covered!

image_9Step six: This step is super, super easy!! Just grab a pinch or two of Pink Himalayan Salt!! Then stir in so that it is evenly distributed throughout the entire dish!

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image_11Step seven: Now it is time to bake! I personally like to grab a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. (I use a TON of foil! I cook and bake with it or almost every meal!) This just makes a very easy clean up!! So I then pour all of the vegetables into this covered sheet and place it in the oven at 400 degrees F. I would let this bake for 45 minutes to an hour! But every 15-20 mins go ahead and stir these around so they don’t get dried out or burn. Scoop out, and enjoy!!

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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

I think it is safe to say that I am not the only person out there OBSESSED with pasta, pizza, just Italian food in general! About a year or so ago I was sitting in my apartment, a poor college student, trying to decide what I wanted for dinner. I love pasta, but I am not really a fan of Alfredo Sauce, and I wasn’t feeling the tomato sauce for once. I have to say, I am SO glad I did! That concoction I came up with that night remains to be one of my fave go to meals! I have ever had others fall in love with this, I hope you do too!

I am going to warn you, I have no written down, specific recipe for this meal, I just went with the flow the first time, and pretty much just do that every time.

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The ingredients are simple:

– pasta: I like long thin pasta! The one I used this time has a full serving a vegetables in it! Pay attention to your pastas, what you can find will surprise you!

– EVOO or regular Olive Oil

– SPICES and HERBS! I like to use Basil, Parsley, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, garlic, Chili Pepper, and sometimes oregano, or anything along those lines! Be creative 🙂

 

image_1To set up for this meal, it is so simple! Get a pot to bring water to a boil in, and a pan to sauté the shrimp, and later combine everything together! I usually start to thaw the shrimp in a strainer under warm water. While the shrimp is doing its thingggg, I fill the pot up with water, and turn the burner up to HIGH! Let the water come to a boil and add the spaghetti.

 

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Meanwhile, add a little EVOO or olive oil to the pan, and add the shrimp in at a low heat, I usually use about 3 for the temp. After it gets warmed up a little I add some garlic, and some of the other herbs. If you like it spicier, add some crushed red pepper now! If not, add it later when you add in the pasta!image_3

I let all the flavors be absorbed by the shrimp, tossing it around here and there while the pasta is cooking. It shouldn’t take too long, usually about 10 minutes. Once the pasta is completely cooks, I usually move my pots and pans around just to make everything go smooth, you may or may not feel the need for this step!

image_4All you do next is take the pasta rom the pot, and put it into the pan with the shrimp. You don’t need to worry about dripping water from it, you will want a little liquid in there right away!  Then stir it up a little so that it doesn’t start to stick to the bottom of the pan. At this point I usually turn the heat up to 4 or a little beyond that depending on your stove top.

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Once you transfer the pasta over to the shrimp pan, and turn the heat up, you might notice that all the water and liquids are evaporating. No worries! All you have to do is add a little bit more EVOO to the mix! I used to just add some water from the pot, but i ended up drying it out in the end. Adding more oil gives it a very nice finish!

image_5The las step is to add in all the herbs and spices. Just a little bit of this, and a little bit of that! Go with your gut on this. There is no right or wrong way to add these! Even the ingredients you added to just the shrimp, add more now, you will want that flavor in the pasta as well!

 

Stir it all up and serve! This here is just a serving for one. It is easy to make for one or 7 people. I have made this for myself, me and my boyfriend, and my whole family as well! Just be careful with the Chili Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper, you will be surprised at how spicy things can get with just one shake too many!! That is going to have to come with experimenting!

 

 

 

 

Lifesaver Apps con’t.

I am about half way through week TWO of my fifth and final year of college!!! So exciting, sad but exciting!! I think I am about ready to move on into the real world! ( AHHH–did I just say that :x)

My last post was about my favorite apps that I use ALL THE TIME!! This one is just to follow up on that! For my last post, I wasn’t using my TIME MANAGEMENT skills, and ended up running out of time before I could finish!!

image_3Charity Miles is such a GREAT app! A few people have asked me if it is a scam or not, but I really don’t think it is. It is a free app and you get to pick a charity they have listed for you to donate to. You then choose if you are running, walking, or biking. You begin and it keep track of your distance and time. When you are finished it lets you know how many minutes of research you earned, or how many meals will be donated to a mother, child, or soldier in need. The charity you choose is totally up to you!! Even if I know I am just going on a 5-10 minute walk, I alway use this! I think it is a great ay to give back, I am going something good for my body by working out, plus it makes me feel great inside to know that I can help someone else while even doing something for myself.

 

image_4This one is a new one I have found. I am not going to lie to you, I kind of have no idea how to use it. I know that it gives you challenges and you can get badges and stuff, like points. But The overall app still confuses me. It looks super cool, and the challenges are pretty awesome. There is definitely an activity in there for EVERYONE! I saw a few for swimming, hiking, running, lifting.. the list goes on and on! I know that you can base it off of beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, beyond that, I am a little clueless. SORRY EVERYONE! I know this is supposed to be me telling you about the apps. I just know that this is a cool one, and one of these days I will get it all figured out! haha

 

image_5This is by far one of the BEST apps I have ever found!! All you basically need is a barcode to scan and an internet/ wifi connection. You scan a food that you want to know the nutritional information on. This is perfect for people that don’t understand nutritional labels, or don’t look in too much detail in the list of ingredients.  When you scan an item it grades it on  a scale from A to D-. I honestly don’t even know if there is anything below a D-, I am too scared to scan anything and see something with a nutritional value that low! haha Either way, it is a very simple scale that we can all relate too, which is what I love about it! Then if it does rate it low, it tells you WHYYYY. The best part is it explains out what the WHY is! So if there is some weird ingredient in the product, it explains what that is and what it does. Another awesome feature of this app is that it gives you suggestions for alternatives! It then also rates those on a scale from A-D.

 

 

 

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