Have you ever had traditional granola, and after eating a cup full, realized you consumed close to 100 grams of sugar? Wait, I thought granola was supposed to be "good" for you? Well that's what labels say, since they always seem to say "Whole Grain", "All-Natural", and "Low-fat." Well, even if that was true, it's still nothing compared to Granola you can make at home, which is truly made with all natural ingredients, high in healthy fats, and not loaded with unnecessary grains. This recipe also uses natural honey which is a much better option than refined sugar.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM
I love cooking and sometimes you just need to go back to your roots and do what you know best. For me, its cooking with lots of spices and especially Indian food. I am extremely grateful that my mom taught me how to cook when I just a little girl. At the time, I wasn't too thrilled about it and rather spent my time playing with dolls, but if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have the creativity and passion I have for cooking. Thanks MommY!
One of my favorite Indian dishes is Eggplant. I even order it at Italian Restaurants and Tapas Restaurants, but nothing compares to this dish. Unfortunately, not many people enjoy the flavor of eggplant, complaining its too bland and mushy. I could understand their point, but this dish is extremely flavorful and not bland at all. It's super spicy so make sure you have a glass of water to wash it down.
Monday, February 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM
I haven't been blogging this weekend since I've been consumed with my workout, organizing bills, and researching hot topics. I feel guilty for neglecting the blog, but happy to get a little break. Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things very soon and pick up the pace with the number of posts. Maybe tonights dinner was the perfect recipe for that.
It's been a long day with a busy work day, long workout, but it ended perfectly with this dinner. I had a burst of energy at the end of my workout and was excited to finally make dinner. I had been thinking about this combination of flavors in my head all day, trying to determine how I would make it work. A while bag I had bought a bag of Saffron, which was impressively only 99 cents. I think it may have been imitation saffron, if that even exists. None the less, it tasted pretty good in this recipe. I was craving something creamy but still saucy. The tomato sauce creates a little tang and the coconut milk adds the creaminess I was looking for.
I dished this plate with some roasted cauliflower. It's full of nutrients and great for after workouts, when I need a little added carb for to help with recovery. Continue reading for the full recipe.
Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Want to build better abs...? Follow this workout and you will be on your way to getting that 6 pack you've always desired. Complete each exercise for 60 seconds for a total circuit of 16 minute. This will target all areas and work your abs to exhaustion.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM
Avocados make everything taste good. I could eat a whole avocado in one sitting. Avocados are best eaten when they are fully ripened, otherwise they can be difficult to scoop out and leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
You'll be very surprised to know that I came up with a incredibly delicious recipe using avocados, and it isn't a savory dish. It's actually Chocolate Pudding. Since avocados are so creamy and slightly sweet, they are perfectly disguised in this recipe. As an added bonus, you're also getting a good dose of healthy fats when you enjoy one of these dishes.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
...With both Pesto and Burgers! Once I eat something really good, I keep it in a rotation of meals...If I could eat the same type of meal everyday it would be Taco Salad and Burgers...As long as it tastes good, why not?
The recipe was adapted from Paleo Table. I have to hand it to her, she has extremely creative recipes. I like this recipe because the sausage I used had a hint of red wine and spice. This mixed well with the tastes of sun dried tomatoes, roasted bell peppers and pesto. It was like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Also included is a fun recipe for sweet potato "fries."
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Today's recipe was created by literally tossing ingredients together. I made pesto the other day and was eager to use it up. I also bought a new kitchen gadget and excited to test it out. The spiralizer is a great kitchen tool, although I do wish it created thicker strands.
The combination of artichokes, squash and pesto was amazing. The squash replaced normal pasta and didn't require much cooking since they were sliced so thinly. Hopefully, you will give this recipe a try and just see how amazing this meal tastes even without "pasta."
Monday, February 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM
One of the benefits of eating whole foods is that it promotes a greater total wellbeing. If we can use less energy in the digestion of food, we will allow for more energy for the use in regulating the body, having energy for daily activties, and promote wellness overall. Eating processed foods takes away energy from our body and avoiding those foods will give you more energy in feeling better. "If we unlock that energy, our bodies will radiate from the inside out."
This recipe uses ginger since it is known to stimulate your body’s natural digestion and move food through your system allowing for the removal of toxins. Compounds in ginger have been shown to reduce inflammation and it can be a helpful treatment for those with any sore muscles.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:16 AM
I’m excited to let you all know about a new feature here at Fitness with Spice. You’ll notice that I've added a Save Recipe button to each recipe post, so you can now save your favorites to your own personal recipe boxes, along with any other recipes you find across the web.
You can also save the recipe ingredients to your online shopping lists with one click.
I’ve teamed up with ZipList to make this happen. They power the online recipe boxes and shopping lists you see at MarthaStewart.com, The Daily Meal and Joy of Baking, as well as many food blogs. You can save recipes from any of these websites, including mine, and they'll all be saved in one place. No more hunting from site-to-site to track down your favorite recipes.
...or even ZipList.com and using free mobile apps so you have what you need to plan meals and grocery shop wherever you go.
I’m excited to hear what you think!
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM
I created another really good pesto recipe and can't wait to share it with you. My previous recipe used nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, but I realized that you really don't need the yeast. This pesto was better than the original because you can taste more basil and less cheese. I used sesame oil since olive oil can become bitter if heated, which happens when mixing it in a food processor. Sesame oil is a neutral tasting oil and make sure its not Toasted Sesame Oil, which provides more of a Stir-Fry taste.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did :) Bon Apetite!
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Looking for a delicious but quick and easy dinner? Then you came to the right place. I made this casserole and it exceeded my expectations. I was craving something creamy, but healthy and this dish came to mind. The regular recipe calls for Cream of Mushroom Soup and Cheese, with breadcrumbs. The use of coconut milk and almonds gives the dish creaminess and crunch you're looking for. In my opinion, this recipe is better than the original, hopefully you think so too!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM
It's been a long time since I've had a burger that set itself apart from any other. They all have a great flavor, but more or less taste the same to me. I usually go with spicier flavors, like in my tapenade burger. This burger is much different than anything I've ever tried, it has a rich, nutty flavor. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to make it again, add different spices, perhaps like some sage, parsley or rosemary...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM
This recipe makes a perfect Valentine's Day treat. It's warm, gooey, and makes me smile type of brownie. I prefer these over boxed brownies any day. These brownies are great because you can freeze any extras (if they even last that long) for one of those days.
Monday, February 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
It's amazing how you can take any ordinary recipe, tweak a few ingredients, and transform it into a Paleo-friendly dish. An example is Alfredo Sauce, although I perceived it isn't very non-paleo to begin with. Using alternative ingredients, I managed to create a super creamy, luscious sauce. I seriously almost licked the sauce of my plate, that's how delicious it was! I foresee this recipe will be made again in the near future.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I don't know what's happening to me, but I have been craving something sweet for the last few days. I finally give into my temptation and baked a pumpkin pie, but made sure it was healthy enough to be called "Paleo". The only non-Paleo part is the homemade whipped cream, using organic heavy whipping cream, which is totally optional, but really good with it :)
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM
How many supplements do you take on a daily basis? I can admit I used to be a Supplement Junkie, but I've gotten better after making a huge realization that the Supplement Industry hypes of health claims with very little evidence.
You should be careful in regards to the supplements you take, because many of them can do more harm than good. Sometimes I questions how much of these supplements really get absorbed by your body and actually provide benefits to your health?
I wanted to briefly introduce some of the supplements that I found to be worthy of attention:
Vitamin D Winter months can strip your daily intake of Vitamin D since sunlight is needed for the production of this vitamin in your body. I found out a few years ago that my vitamin D levels were extremely low, and was the culprit for my tiredness. Vitamin D also plays a powerful immunoregulatory role. As a result, I take about 5000 IU of Vitamin D daily.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is an antioxidant in the body, and helps prevent damage from free radicals. The body aslo requires Vit C to make collagen, improve absorbancy of plant based foods, and most commonly known - provide immune support. I take Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C, since it is "encapsulated in liposomes and as a result is able to cross the normal barriers to absorption into the bloodstream and into cells." Normally, taking 1000mg of Vitamin C, is mostly excreted through urination as it is not effectlvely absorbed by the body.
Cod Liver Oil - I while back I discussed how individuals are deficient in Omega 3s which are naturally found in organ meats, and grass fed meat. As we move into a modern civilization, the majority of animal products we consume have been grain fed (in order to be cost-effective for farmers) reducing the Omega 3s and surging the amount of Omega 6s found in these products. What was once a ratio of 2:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3, is now more commonly seen as 20:1 or even 30:1, which can have negative effects on our body. Since Cod-Liver Oil is high in Omega 3, I recommend this since the amount of Omega 6s in relation are negligible.
Magnesium - I found that many individuals, including non-paleo individuals are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can result in poor sleep patterns, constipations, and achy muscles. Magnesium can be naturally found in a lot of green vegetables and grains (one of which I don't eat). Since many of us don't get enough magnesium from our diet, I found a recommended dose of 400-800mg is necessary prior to bed. I usually take about 400mg and it knocks me out within a few minutes, so its best avoided in the morning.
Probiotics - Probiotics are recommended in anyone with poor digestion, as they help rebuild your gut flora. Probiotics help with digestion since they restore good bacteria in our gut which are used to break down food and essentially aid in the absorption of nutrients. I suggest something with at least 30 Billion CFU.
Digestive Enzymes - "The digestion process also requires digestive enzymes which are necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.(Living Paleo)." Digestive Enzymes can help break down food particles so that they are not recognized as toxins by the immune system. Resultantly, I take Digestive Enzymes with every meal to better help my body digest and absorb nutrients.
L-Glutamine - is the main fuel that the intestinal cells need for maintenance and repair. Glutamine reinforces the immune system, and there is considerable evidence that glutamine can enhance the barrier function of the gut against viral, bacterial, and food antigen invaders (Hall JC et al. Br J Surg 1996 Mar;83(3):305-312). Glutamine has been proven to reduce cell injury and infection.
I'll leave you with an illustration of some other supplements that have been found beneficial.
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 3:30 PM
One my of the easiest make ahead lunches are egg salads. I especially like them since they can be made a variety of ways and are super filling. All you really need to make egg salad is some hard boiled eggs, celery, green onions and mayo. You can add as much or little mayo as you like depending on how creamy you like your salad. I like mine extra creamy. You could even add avocado for extra nutritional benefits. I've found the best combination to include some paprika and spice with crumbled bacon for an extra kick.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 9:19 PM
Continuing with the Asian theme, tonight's dinner was Teriyaki Salmon. I made the sauce yesterday, and it very flavorful, sweet with a hint of spice. I like using homemade sauces since you can control the ingredients and can make it as spicy or sweet as you like.
Hopefully this recipe will turn you on to Salmon if my previous posts haven't.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 5:47 PM
If you can't already tell, my favorite recipes are salads. Salads are so versatile since you can add anything you want. Today's salad takes a different approach since I used Napa Cabbage as the greens and various veggies to dress it. The dressing is an alternative to Peanut Ginger Sauce.
Monday, February 06, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I'm not the pro at making a good burger, I would let B take the credit for that. He leaves the cooking to me, except when it comes to Steaks and Burgers.
When it comes to burgers, I like a LOT of flavor, especially since you're pretty much eating a glob of meat. I didn't want to use dry spices, since I feel like they get lost in the flavor of the burger most times. I opted for Trader Joe's Roasted Pepper Tapenade for flavor. It worked out really well. I could taste the flavors of the burger as well as the tapenade.
Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Last weekend, I tried making Pumpkin Muffins, but somewhere along the process, something went wrong and the end result was a salty mess. I ended up throwing out that batch, but still had some pumpkin left over and wasn't sure what to do with it...
After some deliberation with my self, I came to the conclusion a loaf would be the best idea. I am not much of experienced baker, so I relied on Elana's Pantry for some assistance. I used her Paleo Pumpkin Bread recipe and tweaked it just a little...The end result was amazing. I had to put the loaf away before I ate it all right there.
Friday, February 03, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Getting in the habit of working out doing a full body workout is great, especially if you can't dedicate 5 or more days to training. Full body workouts are good for increasing strength while still giving a nice caloric burn.
The following exercises should be done as a circuit. Remember to choose your weights wisely, you don't want to injure yourself.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 7:21 PM
A recipe that doesn't have a laundry list of ingredients...that's my kind of meal. It's amazing how delicious and tender this fish tastes, a light crisp layer of parmesan perfectly seasoned with a blend of spices. Most tilapia recipes require broiling or baking the fish, but you don't get that lightly crusted layer. Tilapia being so tender I simply used olive oil to coat the fish prior to seasoning it.
You won't believe how good this fish taste. I planned to make extra for tomorrow's lunch, but every piece was eaten. Looks like I'll have to make something else tomorrow, but I'm not complaining.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 5:38 PM
One of my favorite Italian dishes is Chicken Cacciatore. I think the first time I made it I found it in an old recipe book, probably from the 1800s...It was that old, but the meal turned out so savory. Most recipe call for chicken stewed in a blend of wine, broth, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. There are probably hundreds of variations to this recipe, including using a white sauce, adding bacon, breading the chicken first...endless. Cooking really comes from your heart, so I usually just put whatever sticks out to me. I can make the same meal over and over, but each time it has a different touch.
This recipe is usually made on the stove top, uses bone in chicken, and can be done in less than an hour. Since I didn't have bone in chicken, I still wanted a tender chicken which can sometimes be hard to get with boneless chicken. I decided to switch it up and add the raw chicken and ingredients to the slow cooker to allow the chicken to get the texture of melting in your mouth.