Monday, May 31, 2010
Summer is upon us and presents the ideal backdrop for getting out and about! In the summer heat, its easy to fill up on sugary drinks in efforts to cool off and stay refreshed. You would be surprised how many calories you can take in from one glass of juice or tea. Keep in mind not all "sugar" is bad, but all sugar requires moderation. Get your sugar in from FRUIT and minimal amounts of REAL SUGAR and avoid synthetic sweeteners. Don't forget to spice up your glass of water with fruit or berries too!
Here are some low fat, low sugar and low calorie beverages that are sure to cool you down without weighing you down!
So you know all about the health benefits of green tea, but maybe you don't like the taste by itself. Maybe you want to kill two birds with one stone, and make a smoothie that can double as a snack or meal, but will give you your green tea fix.
Green Tea Smoothie
•1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
•1/2 cup fat-free milk
•1 Tbsp green tea powder
•3 cups frozen fruit
Whisk together vanilla yogurt and green tea powder. Transfer to blender and add milk and frozen fruit. Process until smooth.
Green Tea Ginger Cooler
•1 Tbsp hot water
•1/2 tsp green tea powder
•1 cup ginger ale
•1/2 tsp honey (or to taste)
Dissolve green tea powder into hot water. Pour over ice and stir to cool. Add ginger ale and honey to taste. Stir until combined
Very Berry Iced Tea
Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:10 min
makes:8 servings (1 cup each)
4 cups water
3 tablespoons instant iced tea mix
3 cups raspberry-kiwi fruit juice, chilled
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1. In 2-quart pitcher, mix all ingredients except raspberries. Stir in raspberries.
2. Serve tea over ice in glasses.
* For a special touch, freeze fresh raspberries in ice cubes and use them in glasses for this tea.
Garnish with a small skewer of fresh kiwi fruit pieces
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 15 min
3 lb watermelon (without rind), seeded and cut into chunks
3 or 4 medium lemons
2 medium limes
4 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
Watermelon or lemon slices, if desired
1. In blender, place watermelon. Cover; blend on medium speed about 45 seconds or until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into 2-quart or larger pitcher.
2. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes; add to watermelon puree. Stir in cold water and sugar. Refrigerate 1 hour.
*Honeydew melon balls taste great and add a colorful touch to this crowd-appealing drink. To make melon balls, scoop out balls from honeydew melon with a melon baller. Freeze the balls about 1 hour or until frozen. Just before serving, float balls in lemonade.
Reciepes courtesy of Eat Better America and hubpages.com.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Avoid arguing over who started it first! Its pointless and will set you two steps back verses moving the issue forward. Be certain you are genuinely sorry when you offer an apology. Otherwise, the issue will continue to resurface in the relationship.
Ever recall a time when you were arguing, then fighting, then it escalates to not speaking...and you don't know when or how you got to that place? And deep inside you want nothing more to just move on and have great make up "you know what"? Thinking about that time, I bet there was a moment somewhere way back in the early argument phase, had someone simply apologized or said "I'm sorry", it wouldn't have escalated to the point of co-existing in silence...
How do you say "I'm sorry"? And when you do, it never hurts to put a little "spice" on it either!
Monday, May 24, 2010
There are many avenues to optimal health and fitness and Spicy Wifey wants to expose you to as many as possible. So that you can consider what works for you. I have always been curious about the lifestyle and certainly learned more. Christa has shared some of her favorite recipes below! AND ANYONE, regardless of dieting lifestyle can enjoy these! Christa has recently started her own blog, Veggin' Out with Christa... so please visit Christa for more delicious recipes and veggie chatter!
Makes 4 Servings
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 14 minutes
4 5-inch corn tortillas
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup chopped red onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 large mangoes, peeled and diced
2 15-ounce cans black beans, diced and rinsed
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco (or to taste)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
8 cups mixed baby greens
1. Preheat the over to 375. Stack the tortillas and cut them into 1/4 inch wide strips, then toss with 1 tablespoon of the canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and the salt. Mist a baking sheet with cooking spray; arrange the strips in a single layer and bake 10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and remaining cumin and cook, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in remaining canola oil and the mangoes, black beans, lime juice, Tabasco and cilantro.
3. Divide the greens among four plates and top with the bean mixture and tortilla strips.
A Waffle iron, mixing bowls, a wisk or a strong fork
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup demerrara or brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 Tablespoons soy yogurt
2 cups soy milk
15 oz pureed pumpkin, fresh or canned
1/3 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, vigorously whisk together wet ingredients until well emulsified. Pour wet into dry and combine. Prepare waffles according to manufacturers instructions. I use a normal 4 waffle iron, but I've made Belgian ones, too.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Spicy Wifey is celebrating their One Year Anniversary!
Join us Saturday, May 22nd, 10pm-1am at Adrene Clothing Boutique - House of Adrene
264 Peter Street, Atlanta Georgia, 30313 (formerly Noir Lounge)
This event is for married or single ladies & gents who enjoy a fashion experience! Evening will feature, complementary cocktails, DJ, tasty treats and a SPICY COUPLE CONTEST!
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Details at www.spicywifey.com!
Monday, May 17, 2010
In our previous Veggie Life post, Christa, friend of Spicy Wifey, began to discuss her transition into become a Vegetarian and eventually Vegan. We also explained what each lifestyle is and some health benefits. (scroll through previous post to read Weight a Minute Mondays, "The Veggie Life"...if you missed it!)
For Christa, the transition wasn't as difficult as most might think. Christa shares, in her own words.
"I went Vegetarian in 2001 and became a Vegan in 2006. My journey into Vegetarianism began following a very candid discussion with my brother-in-law about meat and it made me a little nauseated to think of it so literally. So, I decided to eliminate chicken, beef, pork and turkey from my diet for about seven days. Once the seventh day arrived, I realized that I didn’t desire or miss eating those things, so I never went back from that point. I continued eating dairy and fish off and on for the next few years. Dairy was the most difficult to eliminate for me, cheesecake and pizza anyone?! However, during this time I met my boyfriend who was a Vegan and I kept doing my own research about the consumption of animal products, so between those two elements I was finally ready to take the plunge into full-fledged Veganism!
There has been extensive research done on the topic of Vegetarianism and Veganism promoting these lifestyles to be very healthy and beneficial to the body. The American Dietetic Association annually publishes its position on vegan and vegetarian diets.
I love being a Vegan. Consuming more vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains has made a wonderful impact on my body and how I feel. I am lighter on my feet and not so weighed down after a meal. I have not had any health concerns at all in the past nine years nor a doctor tell me that I am missing anything. I listen very closely to my body and pay attention to its signals, which I recommend for everybody. Many people ask me “Where do you get your protein?” I receive my protein from the vegetables, fruit and beans I consume. According to research done by the Vegetarian Resource Group:
Although protein is certainly an essential nutrient which plays many key roles in the way our bodies function, we do not need huge quantities of it. In reality, we need small amounts of protein. Only one calorie out of every ten we take in needs to come from protein.
It is very easy for a Vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein. Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain some, and often much, protein.
There will always be studies that come out against this lifestyle, but what matters most is your own conviction and beliefs about what you want your body to consume. Common sense, research and your own bodily signals will guide you along the way. Many people believe eliminating animal products from their diet will lead them to a bland eating lifestyle. This could not be further from the truth! I LOVE to eat and am completely satisfied with my diet. I have discovered so many great recipes and restaurants that cater to my food choices that it would be impossible to get bored! There are a plethora of cookbooks, websites and blogs for tips and ideas (see a list of a few below). Most conventional grocery stores now have health food sections that carry many products which don’t contain animal products and of course Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have countless options as well.
My advice for anyone considering making the switch to Vegetarianism or Veganism is 1) Go for it! 2) Do your research 3) Take your time to make the transition. Going pretty much cold turkey into Vegetarianism worked for me, and maybe you as well, but don’t pressure yourself into anything. I transitioned into being a Vegan and I believe it works best this way for most people. Start out by perhaps eliminating meat or dairy once or twice a week and see how that goes first and build from there. I am not a doctor, but I give you this advice from my own experience and research. It’s up to you to do what works best for you.
Lastly, please remember that this lifestyle is not about lack because you gain so much. I always tell people to think of what you can have versus what you can’t have, and you will find endless options that excite and entice your taste buds!
I have a notorious sweet tooth and I love breakfast! Many people believe you can’t eat baked goodies being a Vegan and it’s a LIE!! I bake all the time! I’m famous for my Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies. That recipe is top secret, but if you are interested in purchasing a batch, you may e-mail me directly. However, please remember baked goods are still an indulgence and should be consumed in moderation, your Vegan diet should consist mostly of the goods of the earth!"
Thank you Christa for sharing your journey. We will post some of Christa's favorite recipes soon! Next week will discuss fitness! Lets get physical ladies!
Content of this post does not necessarily reflect the views of Spicy Wifey LLC. Spicy Wifey LLC does not gurantee that content is accurate or factual. Please read responsibly!
Friday, May 14, 2010
The MoNique Show is televised all over the world and if you tuned in, and watched the entire episode you saw how often MoNique and the guests said "Spicy Wifey" throughout the show! AMAZING, you can't buy that type of advertising! There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to MoNique and the show staff & crew!
We will announce the winner of the contest soon! Thanks again for tuning in!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Natalie & Quin at the MoNique Show
but today, we must announce that the
Spicy Wifey episode of The MoNique Show will air
Thursday, May 13th at 11pm on BET! The episodes features Nick Cannon & Elise Neal!