Hummus is Yummus!

December 30, 2011

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This kids, is an action shot

As I posted yesterday, I have been whipping up gallons of hummus for myself and the lucky few I share it with (those strong enough to pull the bowl from my grasp). Here’s the basic recipe I’ve been following:

  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)
  • 1/4 Cup Bean Liquid
  • 2 TBS Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 TBS Tahini
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Throw everything in the processor and pulse until it starts to break down, then run on low until creamy. I’ve made different flavors of hummus by adding in veggies, so far:

  • Roasted Bell Peppers
  • Roasted Beets
  • Baby Spinach

I usually eat the hummus with broccoli, celery or cucumber, but it’s also fab on tortilla chips and I imagine bagels. I plan to switch to dried beans (soaking them overnight) cause you can buy them in bulk for cheeeeap and there’s less sodium involved.

Weekly Update

December 29, 2011

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Me and Food Processor after a several hour drive

Yeah, so I realize it’s Thursday and I only posted like twice last week. Christmas weekend plus work equaled a surprisingly draining past few days.

Speaking of Christmas, Andy bought me a food processor! So far I’ve enjoyed making garlic hummus, roasted bell pepper hummus, and roasted beet hummus. All of which I’ll post recipes for throughout the coming week. Andy made some amazing guacamole (look at the color!) and also some salsa–which was too hot for me.

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Garlic Hummus

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Guacamole

The checker looked at me oddly when I bought 8 cans of garbanzo beans, but I’ve only got three left at this point. SUCK IT grocery man. I’ve got hummus to make.

PhotobucketMy friend Ashley mentioned Heather’s blog in a recent post which lead me to, not only check it out, but read back entries for about an hour and a half. Heather focuses on eating whole grains, veggies, fruit in moderation and proteins. Reading her about page really made me relate to her story. She also has a great section of before and after photos. If you have a moment you should definitely check out HEAB.

Thanks for being an inspiration, Heather. I’m excited to have you as a new addition to my blogroll and feed reader!

Week of Foods Conclusion

December 20, 2011

PhotobucketWell I started the week of food tracking on (last) Tuesday, so here is what I ate (this) Monday to wrap up the week:

  • Banana peanut butter “ice cream”
  • Spaghetti squash and spinach with vegan spaghetti sauce
  • Newman Os

I stayed home sick on Monday so I spent most of the day sleeping (hence the lack of food consumed).

From looking over my food intake for the week it pretty much confirmed what I already knew. I eat very well during the week. It doesn’t feel like a chore or boring because my eating habits fit very well into the structure of my daily schedule. BUT, on the weekends when I don’t have a structured schedule I make poor choices. I’ve tried to brainstorm some ideas to improve my weekend eating, but I definitely need to get serious about changing my habits if I want to see progress.

Measurement Monday

December 19, 2011

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Despite having a mild cold (which is now a full-brown terrible cold today) all week, I managed to drop my calves back down to my smallest measurement, again. I’ve posted Friday-Sunday’s food consumption after the cut, but before that we have measurements:

  • Waist: 32.5″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Calf: 16″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

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Week o’ Foods: Thursday

December 16, 2011

PhotobucketYesterday was much much better, no sugary disasters before bed, but I did make some banana ice cream:

  • Berry smoothie
  • Pistachios
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cashews
  • Taco salad (refried beans, salsa, onions, red bell pepper, lettuce)
  • Ginger Kombucha
  • Banana peanut butter ice cream

For the ice cream I took a couple frozen bananas and whipped them in my blender (a food processor would work better), added a spoonful of natural peanut butter and some raw honey. Yes, this was sweet, but way better than a giant candy cane and all natural. I posted the recipe here this last summer.

Girl with the Dragon Abs

December 16, 2011

PhotobucketI’m loving the titles of these BodyRock.tv 12 Days of Christmas workouts. I am saving this one and workouts 3 + 4 for when I am unsick, cause I cannot breathe at the moment. But if you haven’t already, check out BodyRock. The recipes are awesome as well as the inspiration and workouts, and it’s free!

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