Products I'm Obsessed With: Cuter Than Cute Apron

Oh my gosh! I just saw this apron in the May issue of Cooking Light magazine and screamed out with delight! I don t know if I should wear it to cook or go out in. Check out this sleek linen apron and get cooking!

morning bun moments

You can see all the styles here

P.S. Spring and summer weddings are coming, so check out their site for amazing bridal shower gifts.

P.P.S. They also have mother-daughter gift sets. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Products I’m Obsessed With: Cuter Than Cute Apron

Oh my gosh! I just saw this apron in the May issue of Cooking Light magazine and screamed out with delight! I don’t know if I should wear it to cook or go out in. Check out this sleek linen apron and get cooking!

morning bun moments

You can see all the styles here

P.S. Spring and summer weddings are coming, so check out their site for amazing bridal shower gifts.

P.P.S. They also have mother-daughter gift sets. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Un-fried Sweet Potato Latkes

After much experimentation I finally figured out how to make healthier latkes that actually hold their form. Instead of making them with regular baking potatoes I made them with sweet potatoes, which gives them a great sweet and savory taste. They are super yummy, and super easy. Here’s what you’ll need…

- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 3 shallots
- 1/4 C. flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3-4 egg whites (start with 3 and add another if you need it)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line two baking sheets with foil. Spray with Pam.
2. Peel the sweet potatoes and shallots and grate both in a food processor or box grater.
3. Place grated potatoes and shallots in a cheese cloth or clean towel and squeeze out all the liquid.
4. Place in a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Start with 3 egg whites and add a 4th if the mixture isn’t bound enough.
5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once warm, take a dab of olive oil on a paper towel and just wipe across the pan’s surface, so that it’s just greased. You don’t need a ton of oil for these babies!

6. Drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture onto the skillet to form 2 1/2″ latkes. “Fry” for a few minutes until the bottom of the latke turns golden and it feels set. Flip and repeat on the other side. In the meantime, line a plate with a sheet of paper towel and place the cooked latkes onto the paper towel (although you won’t really need it, being as how these latkes won’t be greasy).

7. Once all the latkes are cooked through, place them on the greased baking sheets.

8. Bake for about 5-7 minutes until latkes feel set.

9. Transfer to a plate and serve with all-natural applesauce!

Recipe yields about 12 latkes (unless you’re Martha Stewart and measuring them with a ruler and they’re all the exact same size…). Here are the stats for 4 latkes: 195 calories, 5g fat, 34g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g protein. Not bad, considering that the typical latke has 264 calories, and 13.8g of fat (and that’s for just 1!).

If you try these please let us all know how you liked them!

Beat It or Eat It – Chicken Fingers (Yum!)

Beat it:

My husband loves him some chicken fingers. Seriously, I’ve never seen him as excited as he is when he gets to eat some yummy tender pieces of breaded chicken. I didn’t realize that there was such a discerning difference between types of chicken fingers either. That it was so hard to make a nice piece of tender meat chicken and that there are specific things to look out for when eating a chicken digit. What makes a really good chicken finger is a crispy crunchy coating with soft juicy meat inside. Unfortunately, 1 serving (about 5 pieces) will tack on 614 calories, 38g fat, 3g saturated fat, 2,225mg sodium (more than one person needs in an entire day!), 43g carbs, 3g fiber, and 35g protein.

Luckily, I love him enough to find a recipe that has way better stats than those fingers and taste good too! (And they have almonds in them – another favorite!) Check out how you can slash over 400 calories and 34g fat, and 1,971mg of sodium…

Eat it:

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
(Serves 4)
- Canola oil cooking spray
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 pound chicken tenders

1. Preheat oven to 475

The Favorites List

There are a few things that I use regularly that make it easier for me to stay in good shape and health. They also help me feel like I made the right choices which makes me feel strong in body AND mind. So, here are a few of my favorite things…

* Cooking Light Magazine – This is actually my all time favorite I think. All recipes have a calorie count and you won’t feel like you’re cooking a tasteless, ugly, healthy meal. You’ll feel like you’re eating a gourmet meal. I use this whenever I entertain and no body believes that the food is good for them. Plus, they have great articles too.

* Skinny Cow 100 Calorie Truffle Ice Cream Bars – Each bar comes individually wrapped, so you won’t have to worry about eating too much from the container. They taste so good, you wouldn’t know they were only 100 calories. And they come in both chocolate and vanilla. YUM!!!

* Stability Ball – A stability ball is a great way to maximize your workout, by challenging your balance. Say you’re doing a bicep curl, if you do it seated on a bench you’ll just be working your biceps, but if you do it seated on a ball you will be working your biceps plus your core, which will boost caloric expenditure and shorten your total workout time.

* Oatmeal – This is my regular go to breakfast. It will keep you satisfied and tide you over until your next meal. Added bonus is good for you carbs and fiber which will help clear out bad LDL cholesterol and keep hunger from creeping up too soon. I make mine over the stove with water, a bit of milk, some Splenda, cinnamon, and frozen blueberries. You can make it however you choose though, the possibilities are endless.

* Salmon – When I need dinner in a pinch and I don’t have a lot of time on hand this is the perfect go to meal. Within 30 minutes I can have salmon, asparagus, and potatoes on the table. Salmon cooks quickly (broil on high for 10 minutes), is packed with protein, and has heart healthy Omega 3′s which are the “good” kinds of fats.

* Lulu Lemon Pants -Ok, so this has nothing to do with making me feel strong in mind or body. Well, maybe mind, because they are fabulous! I don’t wear any other kind of workout pants. They fit great, can be worn around the city without looking frumpy, are made of real quality material, and if you care for them properly by only washing on delicate you will have them for at least 5 years. My favorite thing is the little hidden pocket in the waistband for a key, cash, and credit card. If you think you don’t look good in tight black pants, try these! They’re a bit pricey, but well worth the investment.

* Water – Of course!! It’s the only real thirst quencher and as many of my friends know is my answer to everything. Have a headache, drink water. Feel sluggish and run down in the middle of the day, more water. Dry skin, water. It will provide much needed oxygen to your body and will help you feel at your best.

A Little Monster Named Hunger

Are you having trouble sticking to your goals? I was just watching a Weight Watcher’s commercial and they have a little stuffed monster named Hunger. I love this! This little guy lurks everywhere and sneaks up on you sometimes when you least expect it – in your office drawer, in your glove compartment, in your fridge and cabinets, in your purse, in your locker…

I talked last week about changing your routines and moving things around in the kitchen. You can take this one step further by putting little reminders that will help motivate and keep you on track in the places where hunger lurks the most. Place pictures of you at a better time in your life in the places where you stash your goodies. Or, find the worst picture that you can find of yourself if you think that will work better. I’m sure many of you have a picture like that where you look at it and think ,”what happened? How did I let myself get here?” I know I’ve definitely had a few of those in the past that made me so mad. My face wasn’t just rounder, but my arms were actually puffy from all the weight fluctuations over the years and my nose even looked a bit wider.

You can also place little reminder notes in these places that’ll inspire you to walk away. Write down why you don’t really want those empty calorie snacks, why you want to look and feel better, what it will mean to you when you reach your goal, how much you hate feeling this way, and how you will only regret eating it later.

It’s so much easier to put on the weight than it is to take it off, so you have to do everything possible to keep yourself from making excuses. There are NO excuses.

I’m A Failure

Oh my gosh, I thought I was going to die! 11 miles today and each every single damn one made me want to scream. It’s pretty slushy out in the park, my usual training ground, so instead I went to the Y to run on a treadmill like a hamster. Whenever I look at a packed gym, with people running to nowhere, I always get the image that they’re just powering the air conditioning. Not a bad idea actually…

From the moment I started running my knee hurt and it didn’t go away the entire time. I tried watching TV, which worked until I checked how many miles I’d run so far. I thought I was 6 miles in, but I was only 2.5! That seriously messed with my mind. I had to quiet it down again by trying to focus on my breathing. I had read in one of my personal training magazines that the lungs are just like any other muscle, and if we don’t fully use them they will atrophy, just like your biceps or any other muscle in your body will with inactivity. Plus, it helps put you “in the zone”. I tried breathing in for 2, holding for 2, and then out for 2, which helped for a bit, but soon after my mind began wandering again and I wanted to kill someone.

I had to keep thinking that I could technically stop at any time, but I knew that if I did I would be mad at myself for not just sticking it out. I knew it was all in my head. Last week I had an amazing run and it was only 1 mile less than this week, so I could psych myself up to finish this week too. Eventually it has to end, right?

Then I tried the TV again, and that worked for about 10 minutes until I couldn’t handle even having headphones in my ears. Everything was irritating me. Someone got on the treadmill next to me and they smelled like those old apartment buildings that smell like 4 different types of bad cooking. Great, now I have knee pain, I’m irritated, I’m sweating like it’s going out of style, and this woman who smells like old meatballs and fish is running next to me.

Ok, only 2 more miles to go. The longest 2 miles ever and I so wanted to quit. My running partner had already finished by this time and I sped the treadmill up even faster to finish too. I couldn’t tell if it was my mind or my muscles that were failing me, but I wasn’t going to let either of them get me. It took everything out of me to finish. I ran and I ran and I ran and I ran and I ran for what seemed like forever, but finally the treadmill slowed down, signaling to me that I finished.

Sweat soaked my entire shirt and I couldn’t tell you what my name was at that moment. I could barely even step off the treadmill my hips were so tight. And my head was swimming, drunk on endorphins. At that moment, If I found out I won the lottery I don’t think I would have made the effort to do anything about it. I hobbled home, looking like a wounded animal. All wanted to do was just lie down and curl into a ball.

Now I’m home and I don’t think I’m going to move from this chair the entire night if I can help it. I’m completely spent, but I feel like a rock star.

There’s good failure and bad failure. Bad failure is when you hope to succeed and don’t because you didn’t try, good failure is when you don’t stop until you fail. I can honestly say that today I feel like the best failure.

I'm A Failure

Oh my gosh, I thought I was going to die! 11 miles today and each every single damn one made me want to scream. It’s pretty slushy out in the park, my usual training ground, so instead I went to the Y to run on a treadmill like a hamster. Whenever I look at a packed gym, with people running to nowhere, I always get the image that they’re just powering the air conditioning. Not a bad idea actually…

From the moment I started running my knee hurt and it didn’t go away the entire time. I tried watching TV, which worked until I checked how many miles I’d run so far. I thought I was 6 miles in, but I was only 2.5! That seriously messed with my mind. I had to quiet it down again by trying to focus on my breathing. I had read in one of my personal training magazines that the lungs are just like any other muscle, and if we don’t fully use them they will atrophy, just like your biceps or any other muscle in your body will with inactivity. Plus, it helps put you “in the zone”. I tried breathing in for 2, holding for 2, and then out for 2, which helped for a bit, but soon after my mind began wandering again and I wanted to kill someone.

I had to keep thinking that I could technically stop at any time, but I knew that if I did I would be mad at myself for not just sticking it out. I knew it was all in my head. Last week I had an amazing run and it was only 1 mile less than this week, so I could psych myself up to finish this week too. Eventually it has to end, right?

Then I tried the TV again, and that worked for about 10 minutes until I couldn’t handle even having headphones in my ears. Everything was irritating me. Someone got on the treadmill next to me and they smelled like those old apartment buildings that smell like 4 different types of bad cooking. Great, now I have knee pain, I’m irritated, I’m sweating like it’s going out of style, and this woman who smells like old meatballs and fish is running next to me.

Ok, only 2 more miles to go. The longest 2 miles ever and I so wanted to quit. My running partner had already finished by this time and I sped the treadmill up even faster to finish too. I couldn’t tell if it was my mind or my muscles that were failing me, but I wasn’t going to let either of them get me. It took everything out of me to finish. I ran and I ran and I ran and I ran and I ran for what seemed like forever, but finally the treadmill slowed down, signaling to me that I finished.

Sweat soaked my entire shirt and I couldn’t tell you what my name was at that moment. I could barely even step off the treadmill my hips were so tight. And my head was swimming, drunk on endorphins. At that moment, If I found out I won the lottery I don’t think I would have made the effort to do anything about it. I hobbled home, looking like a wounded animal. All wanted to do was just lie down and curl into a ball.

Now I’m home and I don’t think I’m going to move from this chair the entire night if I can help it. I’m completely spent, but I feel like a rock star.

There’s good failure and bad failure. Bad failure is when you hope to succeed and don’t because you didn’t try, good failure is when you don’t stop until you fail. I can honestly say that today I feel like the best failure.