Turkey muffins

With less than 8% fat, about 22g of protein in a serving of 100g, for my macros, turkey muffins were a perfect lunch idea.

When I made them yesterday I can’t begin to tell you how amazing the aroma was steaming out of the oven. I ate this over spinach and with roasted sweet potato.

Ingredients:

500g (1 package) extra lean ground turkey
1 red bell pepper chopped into tiny squares
1/2 red onion also chopped into tiny squares
1 egg
2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce for chicken
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Maille Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° before preparation
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  3. Drop turkey mixture into silicone molds
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn oven off and let muffins set for an additional 20 minutes in warm oven.
  5. Serve with steamed vegetables, spinach, sweet potato or rice.


I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed these muffins! Finally, delicious turkey that was moist, flavorful  and a great lean protein that goes with other healthy options.

I will definitely be making these many more times again this year! How do you cook with ground turkey or chicken?

xxserena

Half marathon? Unrelated: does love make you fat?

In my quest to keep running, perhaps to gain more time? To get my physique back? To maintain health and a positive mood? To live longer? Not sure but what I do know is that being in love has made me fat. Since falling in love with the love of my life I’ve gained over ten pounds and even though I’m still skinny, I’m skinny FAT and I’m less bouncy and my brain gets foggy and tired. I miss the days when I used to feel the muscles work through my clothes, when I could flex muscles just to feel them breathing, ALIVE.

In an article for the Daily Mail in 2013, research does suggest that falling in love makes people fat, especially women!

So I began running November 11. That week I ran 12 miles and on November 30, after about 3 weeks of running (proving it to myself) I joined a running group (a WINTER running group at that) on November 30 and I’ve run about 14 times now.

There’s a half marathon on Feb 11. It’s called the HYPO 1/2 and it takes place in Canada and a bit in the USA.

Am I ready?

I read the most inspiring article today about a great runner!

If I sign up for the half marathon I’ll only have about 6 weeks to train. I’ve been running the past 8 weeks, in a 10K training clinic. Is this possible? The only person I spoke to about it said she doesn’t think that’s enough time to train properly for a half marathon.

What do you all think?

xxserena

 

What is the Glycemic Index?

I’ve been thinking of how to decrease my body fat, and increase my muscle. As always! And as always there were multiple factors that motivated me to do this. Number one, watching the NYC marathon, for the first time in my life, as a spectator at mile 9, cheering on random athletes and screaming out their names (as written on the front of their shirts)!

Watching a marathon is totally motivating. At least it was for me.

Second was the US election. Motivated me to get up and get stronger, get my frustrations out on the pavement and start training. It made me think, as a woman and minority, I have to work harder, be stronger and be disciplined to achieve what I need. Won’t get into details but it was something like this:

Image result for new yorker cartoon workout newsThe caption is:
“I can’t even begin to workout until I find the right news…”

Fuel for the fire that you need to maintain a workout or run!

So I began researching food, exercise and lifestyle. I joined a running club. I bought running clothes so I could run in the cold and I started teaching new and improved ViPR exercises. More on those later. But today, I thought of meal prep. And when thinking of how I was going to prep meals I had a little studying to do and I found a helpful chart I thought would be interesting to share!

It’s an interesting reminder on low glycemic foods, foods that slowly release their carbohydrate fuel as opposed to quickly, which diabetics know raises the blood sugar quickly and consequently can lead to crashes. So choosing low GI foods is a good idea when you want to provide a good solid fuel, when you’re working out and want to lose fat, feel satisfied and gain muscle!

Here you go:

I got this from the WHFoods website online.

 

Low GI Medium GI High GI
0-55 56-69 70 or greater

 

WHFoods Glycemic Index Rating System

Very Low GI Low GI Medium GI High GI
Criteria for Classification No established GI value and an available carbohydrate (avCHO) of less than 5 grams OR an established GI of less than 20 and an avCHO of less than 7 grams Either an established GI value of 55 or less OR an available carbohydrate (avCHO) value greater or more than 5 grams but less than or equal to 12 grams OR a beneficial impact on blood sugar in a preponderance of research studies An established GI vale of 56-69 An established GI value of 70 or greater

 

Food Group Very Low GI Low GI Medium GI High GI
World’s Healthiest Foods
Vegetables asparagus carrots beets potatoes
avocados eggplant corn
beet greens garlic leeks
bell peppers green peas sweet potatoes
bok choy onions
broccoli sea vegetables
Brussels sprouts winter squash
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
collard greens
cucumbers
fennel (bulb)
green beans
kale
mushrooms, crimini
mustard greens
olives
olive oil
Romaine and other lettuce
spinach
summer squash
Swiss chard
tomatoes
turnip greens
Fruits apples apricots
bananas cantaloupe
blueberries figs
cranberries papaya
grapefruit pineapple
grapes watermelon
kiwifruit
lemons/limes
oranges
pears
plums & prunes
raspberries
strawberries
Nuts & Seeds flaxseeds almonds
sesame seeds cashews
peanuts
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
walnuts
Beans & Legumes soybeans black beans
tofu dried peas
tempeh garbanzo beans
kidney beans
lentils
lima beans
navy beans
pinto beans
Seafood cod scallops
salmon
sardines
shrimp
tuna
Meats beef, grass-fed
chicken-pasture-raised
lamb, grass-fed
turkey, pasture-raised
Dairy cheese, grass-fed
eggs, pasture-raised
cow’s milk, grass-fed
yogurt, grass-fed
Grains barley millet
brown rice
buckwheat
oats
quinoa
rye
whole wheat
World’s Healthiest Spices and Herbs black pepper
chili pepper
cilantro & coriander seeds
cinnamon
cloves
cumin seeds
dill
ginger
mustard seeds
oregano
parsley
peppermint
rosemary
sage
thyme
turmeric

 

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Strengthen and save your shoulders 

Shoulders are so important. They help to create good posture and as the anterior front body muscles get strong fast this isn’t necessarily true for our backs. Strong shoulders can prevent back pain. 


Do you workout or exercise your shoulders? 

xxSerena 

Vegan meat and potato dinner

I made seitan from scratch the other day. I had watched the documentary called “Cowspiracy” and thought it was so motivating! 

So here’s my recipe for chunky potatoes with meat n onions; vegan style! 

Boil diced potatoes and add spinach: 


I wanted Asian flavours so I added Braggs amino acids (soya sauce), rice vinegar, sweet chili sauce and a splash of apple cider vinegar.


I cooked that together covered for about 10 minutes under low heat.


Then I fried my seitan, diced, with diced onions and some all of oil and water. 

The “meat” has a spicy flavor, good meaty consistency and goes well with the potatoes and onions and spinach.

It might not look like much but I’m proud of myself for making it and truly enjoying it! 


I made my meat from scratch! 

Have you ever tried seitan? Do you think you would like it? 

xxSerena 

What I learned from the documentary “Cowspiracy” 

I did not know that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse emissions damage than all of transportation pollution. 

I didn’t know that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

I had no idea that methane is 25 to 100 times more destructive than carbon dioxide on a 20 year timeframe. I also didn’t know methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of carbon dioxide!

I had no idea that cows produce 150,000,000,000 (billion) gallons of methane every single day!

Fracking uses up 70-140 billion gallon of water annually. But I had no idea that animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34 to 76,000,000,000,000 (trillion) gallons annually!?!

Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the entire United States of America.

Californians use 1500 gallons of water per person per day. Close to half of that is associated with meat and dairy products. Not showers! Not watering your lawn or brushing your teeth! Eating meat and meat byproducts like milk, eggs and cheese. 

Sigh. 

Why isn’t this on the news?!?? 

Oprah try talking about it on her show. She got sued and had to take the Oprah Winfrey show to Texas for months. Remember that?

This is crazy but 2500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. 1 pound! 

Livestock covers 45% of the earths total land. Cows! Cows cover 45% of the earths total land. 

Livestock operations on land… On earth… Have created more than 500 nitrogen flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans.

Did you know that a farm with 2500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people?

Sigh. 

Seriously. I had no idea the beef, dairy, eggs and cheese industries were doing this much harm. 

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of green, 30 ft.² forest, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent and one animals life.

The leading cause of rain forest distraction is lifestock and feed crops.

That’s why being vegan is important! I thought vegans they were just a bunch of artsy hippie kooks who wanted to be different and took animal love to an extreme. Could I have been wrong? Could they have been two steps ahead… 10 steps ahead of us all along?

xxSerena 

How to make seitan and what is it? 

Seitan is a popular meat substitute that you can make easily in your own kitchen. Why would you want to? Because eating meat is taxing on the environment. 

It’s popular with vegans, delicious, and super high in protein. Basically seitan is vital wheat gluten. So it’s all gluten! And what is gluten? It’s flour with all the starch removed. Gluten free flour? It’s flour with only starch and all the protein removed.

It is very low in fat, about 1.9 g per 100 g serving. It is very high in protein, about 75 g out of 100 g serving.

So it has the same make up as a lean protein except meat protein has L lysine and seitan does not. So it’s not considered a complete protein. But no worries. You can get L lysine from a number of different sources, including plant-based sources. Mung bean sprouts and most fruits and vegetables have lots.

How do you make seitan? 

Ingredients: 

1 cup vital gluten flour

1 cup vegetable broth 

2 tablespoons Herbs and spices 

Directions: 

  1. Mix flour with broth. Add herbs. Knead for two minutes. Dough should be puffy and stringy.
  2. Pull apart into three equal sized pieces and flatten out into round patties.
  3. Bring to boil in vegetable broth and herbs. Turn heat down to lowest setting. Cover. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Freeze unused cooled portions in broth for up to six months.
  5. Fry seitan in some oil with onions and use in a recipe as you would meat.

See the next blog on how to eat in a recipe! 

xxSerena 

Flat abs in 5! 

I like this sequence since it’s short and effective. But remember – consistency is key. So this is not a workout to do one time for five minutes.

Try adding this onto your regular work out every day or do this every day for five minutes and feel yourself get stronger as you move through the week!


Will you be trying this today?

xxSerena 

How to lose your love handles fast!

There’s no such thing a spot training-training one part of your body to lose fat in a particular area. But you can strengthen certain muscles. 

So in addition to regular cardio exercise and flexibility training, here are some great muscle conditioning exercises to target your midsection, namely your love handles!


Have you tried these exercises before ? 

xxSerena 

Asian-style marinated chicken with Chinese rice 

My third chicken marinade is Asian style! This marinade has Sirracha (hot), soya sauce (salt), a dash of fish sauce (ferment), rice wine vinegar (sour), sesame oil (flavour) and sweet chili sauce (sweet)!


Does chicken with rice, which I made using Asian spices.


I diced the chicken and pan fried it until fully cooked in some olive oil.



Was totally delicious! 

xxSerena 

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