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the “fresh life” day 9

january 12 food collage

The week is flying by, I headed out for some “personal” me time today, one of the things I promised myself I would do on my way to wellness, once a week do something just for me!

Today I had a facial… It has been a longgg longgg time since my face has been cleaned by anyone other than myself and to be honest I was dreading it a little bit. My esthetician who I have used before gave me a wonderful cleaning.

For those of you don’t know what a facial is… A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin to promote clear, well-hydrated skin. It is sometimes called a “deep-cleansing facial” or “deep-pore cleansing” facial because of extractions; this is the part I dread. However there is a reprieve and a wonderful face, neck and shoulder massage that relaxed me. It was like the old Calgon “take me away” commercial, so relaxing I almost fell asleep!

When you get to be my age… it is important to keep you pores as clean as possible unless you want them to clog and enlarge, which I don’t! My skin has been one of my assets that I have been blessed with so I am going to try very hard to keep up with this and take care of it and keep those wrinkles away!

Today’s cuisine:

Breakfast: Fresh Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Blueberry, Papaya, Banana, Pineapple & Cherry Yogurt

All of the fruit was mouth watering and sweet, I especially was happy to see the half a banana as part of the mix and the yogurt was just sweet enough not to be to sweet. I’m curious what kind of yogurt The fresh diet uses, plain or greek? It didn’t have the zip that greek yogurt has so I’m apt to say just plain yogurt they mixed cherry in with.

Lunch: Blue Cheese Salad with Baby Corn, Hearts of Palm, Romaine Lettuce & Sun Dried Tomato with Basil Vinaigrette

This salad had two of my favorite foods, Blue Cheese and Hearts of Palm so how could it go wrong? The Basil Vinaigrette was quite pungent and gave the right balance to the salad.

Dinner: Veal Cutlets with Port Mushroom Marsala Sauce with Sauteed Button Mushrooms and Sauteed Button Mushrooms

By now you should know I adore mushrooms so I was glad the amount that was in my dinner. The Veal Cutlet was moist and the Marsala Sauce had a hint of pepper.

Snack: Fresh Mozzarella, Honeydew and Cherry Tomato Antipasto Skewer

I adore the mixture of mozzarella and honeydew the sweet and moist flavors come together and the cherry tomato added a little bit of sourness. I drizzled a bit of balsamic vinegar over each squewer and they were complete!

Dessert: Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake

Each night I look forward to my flavor of the day cheesecake, what I love about the cheesecake is the butter and nutty flavored crust and contrast of the sweet fillings. Devine!

Did you get a chance to do something for yourself today? Do tell…

the “fresh life” day 8

january 11, 2012 day 8 food collage

It was a work out kinda day preparing for Ryan! I bent and stretched and moved muscles that haven’t moved in I shudder to think months… maybe years… But knowing that with each hard breath I take I am getting stronger and stronger helps.

While shopping at the food store today, yes, I still have to do that, I do have a family who also has to eat even though my food is deliciously prepared for me. I checked out what some of the “new foods” were that I have tried over the past week. This was actually kinda fun to see what they looked like as I have previously looked over them not interested, or knowing what they were.

I also worked on my Wellness Makeover log to store all of my info in to chart my progress for the year.

new food week 1

New foods:

Swiss Chard: Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla), is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. While the leaves are always green, chard stalks vary in color.  Chard has been bred to have highly nutritious leaves at the expense of the root (which is not as nutritious as the leaves).  Chard is, in fact, considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available and a valuable addition to a healthy diet (not unlike other green leafy vegetables).

Chard has a slightly bitter taste and is used in a variety of cultures around the world.

Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed; their bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

In my case it was the leaves that were cooked in with Oyster Mushrooms and Mozzarella in a Breakfast Egg bake on Tuesday.

Mango: The mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees. The mango is native to India from where it spread all over the world. It is one of the most cultivated fruits of the tropical world.

Mangoes are widely used in cuisine. Sour, unripe mangoes are used in chutneys but they are typically eaten fresh.

The mango was introduced to me as it was part of the Caribbean Mango Sauce on my Grilled Mahi Mahi on Saturday. And again, on Tuesday in a Pineapple Mango Chutney with my Roasted Pork Dinner.

Rutabaga: The rutabaga, swede (from Swedish turnip), turnip or yellow turnip (Brassica napobrassica, or Brassica napus var. napobrassica, or Brassica napus subsp. rapifera) is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. The roots are prepared for food in a variety of ways, and its leaves can also be eaten as a leaf vegetable.

On Tuesday evening’s dinner I had the Rutabaga mashed as a potato which is a common was it is cooked in Sweden and Norway.

Today’s cuisine:

Breakfast: Oregano, Zucchini & Mozzarella Cheese Quiche with Fresh Pineapple

Flavorful and full of zest and protein, what a great way to start the day!

Lunch: Mushroom Soufflé & Gruyere Cheese Panini on Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread

I loved this little Panini, I have a Panini grill which I chose to warm it up and to make it extra crunch. I loved the flavors of the mushrooms and the gruyere cheese! This was a very enjoyable lunch!

Hors D’Oeurve: Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Whole Wheat Bruschetta

Bruchetta is one of my favorite foods, however looking at the two pieces of baguette I was a bit skeptical because I usually eat ohhh, well let’s just say a LOT more than two, however, after taking my time to cut it up. *which I have never done. I enjoyed it very much; the mixture of zesty tomatoes and the mozzarella after being warmed for a half a minute was ever so tasty!

Dinner: Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass with Citrus Chipotle Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous and Haricot Vert

I’m a Chilean Sea Bass kinda gal, I love the fleshy white meat of this fish it has such a delicate flavor, and mixed with this “pow” Citrus Chipotle Sauce was a great complement! And the sides of Sun-Dried Tomato and Haricot Verts were also very tasty. It was a very zesty meal!

Dessert: Apricot Cheesecake

As always a wonderful little treat to end my day and I added a few blueberries.

Getting everything back on track I know starts from the inside out, and it is a combination truly of body, mind and soul; I’m going to be doing a post on my Wellness binder to give you hits it you’d like to make one too.

*new food descriptions courtesy of Wikipedia

the “fresh life” day 7

january 10, 2012 food collage

It was another crazy day for me between doing my own work and stepping in to help my husband with some things and moving furniture around and organizing. I’m so thankful that I have a painter who I work closely with on a lot of jobs who is able to help me from time to time when I need him for things in my house that aren’t paint related! Because when I start something I want it done…. NOW! So waiting was not an option for me…

My exercise today came from moving lots and lots of stuff around and running up and down 2 flights of stairs, though I’m sure Ryan would really want more of a cardio work out this is what I could get in.

Today’s Cuisine:

Breakfast: Ruby Swiss Chard, Oyster Mushroom & Mozzarella Egg Bake with Fresh Pear

New food of the day came at me right up this morning with the swiss chard in my eggs; I wasn’t really sure what it was but knew it was a green veggie as I pass “over” it at the food store. The quiche like breakfast was savory and I loved the mushrooms, the contrast of the sweet pear was a nice combo.

Lunch: Tuna Burger on Whole Wheat Bun with Cucumber and Avocado Salsa

The tuna burger was very “meaty” and full of flavor, I was happy to have a sandwich type of lunch to mix it up a little bit today. I’d have to say my favorite part of the sandwich was the cucumber and avocado salsa it was very zesty and added a little pop to the sandwich.

Hors D’Oeurve: Avocado & Cream Cheese Stuffed Baby Tomato

These little stuffed tomatoes were a pure delight this afternoon when I needed a quick pick me up after running up and down the stairs!

Dinner: Roasted Pork Loin with Pineapple Mango Chutney with Carrot & Rutabaga Mash and Honey Glazed Beets

OK I lied the “new food of the day” was not only the swiss chard; I have never had rutabaga either. The pork was tender and the pineapple mango chutney added just the right amount of moisture and flavor. I enjoyed the carrot and rutabaga mash and I loved the honey glazed beets; another recipe I look forward to getting!

Dessert: Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake

I would have to say this was the most favorable of the cheesecakes that I have tried. Loved the apple-cinnamon!

Hard to believe this completes week one of my “fresh life.” Look forward to continuing on and trying everything out as I get healthy from the inside out…

How was your first week of the year with your healthy resolutions?

the “fresh life” day 6

January 9, 2012 food

Why is Monday always like a rat race? I’m not sure, maybe it’s from picking up the slack of the weekend and going from a restful 4 to a speeding 10+; well that is what my day seemed like… I went from one thing to another and squeezed my eating in when i had the “time” which really isn’t like me.. But before I knew it, it was dinner…

I had my first Zumba/Combo workout with Danielle which was fun, I did smile a little bit! Which I don’t usually do when I’m lifting weights with Ryan… It’s hard to breathe and smile…

My Daily Cuisine

Breakfast: Southwestern Style Scrambled Eggs with Fire roasted Corn, Fresh Salsa, Bell Peppers, Pepper-Jack Cheese and Multi Grain Toast.

The eggs were full of taste, loved to combo of the few veggies that were included and the extra toast was a great way to prepare for my morning.

Lunch: Fresh Antipasto Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Grape Tomato, Prosciutto Ham, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese and Balsamic Dressing.

To “beef up” the Salad a little bit I added a lot of fresh lettuce, I am finding a new love for Prosciutto Ham. The contrast of the zippy flavor and the soft Mozzarella Cheese was a delight!

Snack: Red & Yellow Tomato with Goat Cheese & Fresh Basil

I love cheese, so I thought i’d give Goat Cheese a try, I tried it once before and wasn’t a fan but thought let’s give it another go… So…  The tomatoes were tasty and fresh and i love the mixture of tomato and basil but i would have rather had Mozzarella with it; Goat cheese has a very distinctive taste, kinda of tart yet creamy. I think i’m going to stay away from it, still not a fan!

Dinner: Citrus Marinated Beef Stir-Fry with Black Barley Pilaf and Exotic Mushroom Ragout

I’m a stir-fry kinda gal, so I was looking forward to trying this. The Citrus flavor was very mild. The Black Barley was my “new food of the day” which i found to be a little crunchy and nut like, and the Mushrooms were a good complement to the Stir-fry.

Dessert: Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake

My end of the day sweet sensation, thank you Fresh diet!

Great day overall, so ready to “hit the hay!” How about you?

the “fresh life” day 5

january 8, 2012 food collage

It’s been 5 days!! Woo Hoo! I know that might not sound like much to you, but to me right now taking this day by day and making it 5 days without eating a little chip here and there or a smidge of Hadley’s dinner that she didn’t eat is a big victory for me! So I’m celebrating… How with an early morning Zumba work out! Wooo Hooo!

Sunday around here is a little rough because my little “lady” is with me all day, so it’s a bit of a juggle to do things with her and keep up with keeping myself on track, but i did it! *insert little Dora dance… “I did it… I did it… I did it!” You can tell I am a little more then enthused because Sunday generally is my hardest day of the week.

Daily Cuisine:

Breakfast: Fresh fruit Salad with Honeydew, Pear, Papaya, Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange & Cinnamon Apple Cottage Cheese.

Loved the hint of Cinnamon and apples in the cottage cheese, all of the fruit was fresh and juicy!

Lunch: Asian Style Chicken Salad with Bean Sprouts, Celery, Baby Corn on top of Boston Lettuce with Thai Peanut Dressing.

This is one of my favorite types of salad so I was anxious to see how it would be from THE fresh diet and I am pleased to say that it was just as delish as any restaurant I have had it in, and the Thai Peanut Dressing was spicy with just enough peanut taste! I want that recipe!!

Hors D’Oeurve: Cucumber Cups filled with Herbed Cheese topped with Capers.

Truly a savory little treat and just enough with a glass of water to keep me until dinner!

Dinner: Fillet of Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce with Butternut Squash Puree and Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms.

OK, I’m going to throw it out there I don’t know why I did 3 days in a row in fish, probably not thinking, I do love fish but not 3 days in a row, however the Sole was very tasty as the last 2 days which I was pleased about no fishy smell or taste here! And the Lemon Caper Sauce added the little “kick” it needed. I loved the Butternut Squash Puree, and I’m a mushroom lover so the Shiitake Mushrooms were a wonderful compliment to the Sole.

Dessert: Cappuccino Pudding

I must say that it is nice to have a “little” something sweet at the end of the day, the cappuccino pudding was sweet and very creamy and satisfied my “missing” sweets! I’m not a huge sweet eater but it is a nice way to finish the day.

Something New: I tried papaya for the first time today and found it to be sweet and I will add to my fruit list from now on!

How was your Sunday?


the “fresh life” day 4

January 7, 2012 food collage

It was a nice day here outside of DC yesterday, my only problem was I didn’t get myself out of the house for a short walk, or even a drive, not good!

My arms had there “day of soreness” today after my first upper body work out with Ryan, well it was to be expected… Just have to think about those baby steps…

My food from THE fresh diet continues to be d-lish! I’m really hoping to get more into the company behind the food over the next few months since so many of my facebook buddies have asked me about the program. So stay tuned! And if you aren’t following on facebook please join in!

Food of the day:

Breakfast: Passion Fruit Ricotta Cheese Crepes with fresh Orange

I really enjoyed the two Crepes! I started drinking a passion fruit tea a few months back and enjoy the sweet flavor. The mixture of the ricotta and passion fruit was just enough to be divine and a great breakfast!

Lunch: Hard Boiled Egg Salad with Shredded Carrots, Wax Beans, Grape Tomato, with a Radicchio Mix on top of Boston Lettuce with Thousand Island Dressing.

I am a salad kinda gal, love the crunch and crunch! I added a little more lettuce to “beef up” the salad, but I really enjoyed it and loved the fresh radicchio and the dressing was to die for, and just the right amount!

Dinner: Grilled Mahi Mahi with Caribbean Mango Sauce with Herbed Broccoli Mash and Creamy Herbed Quinoa.

I was happy to see that there were not only Chicken dishes on THE fresh diets cuisine choices but fresh fish! The fish was light and fluffy and the Caribbean Mango Sauce was so so sweet and zesty! I will definitely have to find out the recipe of this one to share because it added so much flavor to the Mahi Mahi which is a mild fish! Loved how the broccoli was mashed to mix it up a bit from plain spear and the quinoa was very creamy and tasty!

Hor D’Oeurve: Tuna Salad on Crunch Celery Sticks

Ok, i know you are thinking tuna, blah but it was creamy and loved the contrast of the crunchy celery! Two slices seemed kinda small portion but it is a snack not a meal! that is something we all need to learn.

Dessert: Pear Cheesecake

I sat down and enjoyed my sliver of cheesecake at the end of the day and it was a wonderful sweet way to say “good night” to my food!

I am trying to pick new foods to try while working on enjoying my cuisine for new tastes and satiety. Have you tried any new foods in your diet lately?