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Recipe: McBee Guacamole

January 3, 2012

PhotobucketThe only thing Andy has made in the new food processor thus far is guacamole. However, it is EFFING fantastic. He’s been following this recipe:

Perfect Guacamole Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

METHOD

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. (See How to Cut and Peel an Avocado.)

2 Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve.

Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe and adjust to your taste.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix

I don’t actually like tomatoes much, so I’ve had him leave them out for me. You also can eat this with sliced veggies instead of chips if you’re trying to avoid grains (carbs).

Fit2Fat2Fit: Drew Manning

October 21, 2011

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Drew Manning week 23 of unrestricted eating and no exercise

After seeing this originally posted online and now a segment on Good Morning America, I feel like this practice Drew Manning is undergoing, while dangerous to his health, will provide an insight that many people will never gain.

For many people, being thin and fit is just a natural thing. Their metabolism is very strong and so dietary choices aren’t at the top of their list. Once that fall-back goes away though and weight begins to pile on, it can feel nearly impossible to get rid of it. For those who have never had it happen to themselves, it’s easy to just say “diet and exercise”. For Drew Manning in this case, he has dealt with numerous people who say that he doesn’t understand how tough it is and that for some, eating is an addiction.

I find this whole experiment completely fascinating and hope that the knowledge and experience gained by this can help both sides understand; those who want to get fit and need help and those who are fit and want to help.

The Art of Swinging

October 12, 2011

PhotobucketDespite the obvious sexual jokes that could (and have) been made about this post, I want to talk about swinging… like children do… at a park or playground. Let’s not make this sick, k guys?

This weekend Andy McBee and I went for a long walk on Sunday. Mostly because we spent the rest of the day laying on the couch watching Breaking Bad and needed some sort of physical activity to break up that lack of movement. We ended up walking to a park with swings and spending some time revisiting our youth. Swinging is surprisingly good for working out your core: both my lower back and my abs were burning by the time we were done. Andy said even his shoulders felt it; I’m too scared to go high enough for that to happen, but I imagine the harder you push yourself the more you workout, right?

We are lucky to live in a hippy town where someone was literally playing the banjo the whole time we were swinging, and another, completely unrelated man was juggling. You may not have these visual and auditory stimuli to keep you entertained for quite as long, but I’d definitely suggest stopping by a park and taking a few minutes to get your core workout on. It’s surprisingly really easy to spend half an hour or more and it’s way more fun than crunches.

Spinach for Breakfast

September 8, 2011

PhotobucketNot so much by my choice, but by a household consensus  (just Michelle) we have spinach and berry smoothies for breakfast. It’s not as terrible as it sounds, but it does turn out sort of brown. Anyway, here’s the recipe if you’re interested:

  • One part spinach
  • One part frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 soy milk (unsweetened)
Blend until smooth and serve immediately. I’d say enjoy, but really you should just drink it fast so you don’t really taste it.

Chocolate is Good?

August 31, 2011

PhotobucketBeing new to the whole blog posting thing, I don’t know where to start
exactly so I will just jump in.  My family has a history of heart
issues ranging from high blood pressure/cholesterol to hypertension to
heart failure.  They say “Knowing is half the battle” and while that
is true, it’s hard to keep that information at the forefront when
you’re only 25. I do try to make conscious decisions about what I
choose to eat and that involves trying to limit red meat, intake some
form of fruit or vegetables and limiting sweets. I’ve never really had
too much of a sweet tooth for candy, even when I was younger, but this
article from the New York Times has intrigued me a bit
.

I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan, but I am partial to dark and
semi-sweet and the fact that something so delicious can show heart
health benefits is refreshing to hear.  Now I’m not going to go out
and start being the kind of guy that always seems to have a candy bar
around, but it is good to know that if I see one of the craft
chocolates where there is some assortment of berries in it, I’ll
hesitate just a little less now… because it’s good for your heart.

New Contributor!

August 17, 2011

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Andy and I: Being Besties

Well this is still Michelle, posting under my new contributor’s login, but from this point on anything you see posted by Andrew, will be IN FACT my roommate Andy McBee (or perhaps just McBee). He’s been on this Epic Journey with me from the start, and has a habit of forwarding me articles he thinks I’ll be interested in. So, I thought, why not just let Andy post them himself? Exactly. So, that’s what is going to happen.

Andy recently shared this article from Yahoo! news, about the amount of protein Americans intake versus other countries and compared to our actual needs. As I’ve written about before, people aren’t ever “protein deficient” and it is very easy for vegan and vegetarian eaters to get all the protein they need from beans, rice and other whole grains.

Andy was eating a vegan diet with me for about a month, but his body didn’t adjust as well as mine did and he consistantly felt tired and sluggish, so he has reincorporated lean meats into his diet. Hopefully he will tell you more about this next week.

Welcome Andy!

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