Monthly Archives: December 2013

Featured Foxy Foodie: Ashley!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts earlier this month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Ashley from Ashley Josephine Yoga! I’m so excited to feature a yoga blogger – and someone who describes herself as a “yoga foodie” – because I absolutely love yoga and could always use a little more of it in my life! Also, it isn’t a subject that gets as much attention as it should on this blog, so I’m thrilled to share it with all of you! 🙂

Ashley put it a great way when she said “Food is a unifying experience – we gather around a kitchen table, we go out to eat, we have entire holidays revolve around consumption of food. It’s amazing to me how food can bring people together.”

I couldn’t agree more! ❤

featuredfoxyfoodie

————————————————

ckHerzberger-0014

Name: Ashley Josephine Herzberger
Blog: Ashley Josephine Yoga
Twitter: @AshleyJoYoga
Facebook: AshleyJoYoga on Facebook!
Pinterest: AshleyJoYoga on Pinterest
Location: Currently in Tucson, AZ
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I’m a yoga foodie because I have found my preference in food be so drastically influenced by my yoga practice. My mindset around health, wellness and food has been transformed through what I’ve learned about myself in yoga. Awareness and listening are the true keys to unlocking the foodie within!

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

That’s hard because I get bored with things easily, but I’ve always said my favorite food is blueberries.

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

Organ foods aren’t on the top of my list of things I want to eat and I have a particularly hard time with slimy textures.

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

Well, I’m still learning, but honestly, signing up for a box of organic vegetables to be delivered to your house each week really forces you out of your comfort zone!

ashley FFF post

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

Roasted root veggies in the winter, sweet potato fries with rosemary all year long, cupcakes if I’m baking and smoothies in the Vitamix are a daily fave.

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I don’t remember the food as much as I remember the company, but I had a really fantastic meal recently at a Marriott Hotel restaurant in Tucson, AZ called Primo – they grow a lot of their food in a garden on the hotel property and their flavors are super fresh. Their homemade ice cream was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

I don’t normally stockpile recipes. I find what I want when I need it and then make it. But I’ve really been looking for a good pie to make with a graham cracker crust – I’ve got one to use up in my pantry.

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

The one I get made fun of most for is when I ruined Easy Mac. I couldn’t tell where the line was in the plastic cup so I put way too much water in and then it didn’t turn out. That may have been my cue to cut out the processed foods.

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Eat fresh, local foods whenever possible and shift your mindset from one of food as pleasure to food as fuel to enable your body to do the incredible things you want to do and to take the adventures you want to take. Suddenly (and ironically), you’ll find food will taste much better and become a much more pleasurable experience when you’re not longer feeding the mind and your feeding your soul instead.

—————————————————–

Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Advertisements

Race Ragz Review and Giveaway!

Merry (almost) Christmas to you all! 🙂 And I hope you’re happy, healthy and having fun wherever you are – and whatever holiday you may or may not celebrate. The most important thing is that everyone is enjoying time with family and friends.

And I would like to give a gift to you all!

Recently, I got the opportunity to try out My Race Ragz.com. This website allows to customize your own Dri-fit t shirts, tank tops, and long sleeve tees. They have over 700 designs already uploaded that you can use – or you can upload anything of your own! As I’m not running as much anymore, I decided to go with a more generic work-out tee (which I designed myself) and I am really happy with the results!

20131220-104051.jpg

I’ve been wanting a t-shirt that said “Beast Mode” for a while now – to really power me through those tough workouts! 🙂 I tried it out for the first time the other day while doing the 30 Day Shred DVD with Jillian Michaels and I was super happy with the fit and the wicking fabric. This shirt is made of quality stuff!

20131220-104149.jpg

Now it’s time for your Christmas present – a free customized Race Ragz shirt of your own! The winner of this giveaway will receive a coupon code good for one free Race Ragz customized shirt of your choice – so you can make something completely your own! 🙂

To enter the giveaway – leave a blog comment with what you’d most like to put on your customized shirt. The giveaway closes on Sunday, January 5th at midnight. A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, January 6th. Good luck! 🙂 And Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: I received a free Race Ragz shirt to try out for this review. I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.

Lemon-y Salmon Cakes

Well today I want to share with you one of my favorite, quick and easy, go-to dinners!

20131219-113047.jpg

I always keep canned salmon in the house just for this purpose. First of all, it can be hard to find Wild-caught Alaskan salmon in the fresh seafood department – and when you do find it, it can be really pricey. Most of the time what you see is Atlantic Salmon, which is all farmed and significantly lower in nutrients (and usually dosed in antibiotics). However, most canned salmon (and it will specify right on the label) is wild-caught Alaskan salmon. I was so excited when I found this out! And I was even more excited when I finally perfected my recipe for these salmon cakes – they really are a perfect quick and easy dinner!

Sidebar: I’ve seen recipes like this that call these Salmon Burgers, and you can do that if you like but to me – if it has breadcrumbs in it, it’s a cake, not a burger. Sidebar over.

Lemon-y Salmon Cakes
Makes four cakes.

    – 2, 5 ounce cans of salmon, drained
    – 2 eggs
    – 1 tablespoon grated or finely chopped onion (or 2 teaspoons granulated onion)
    – 1 tablespoon lemon juice + 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    – 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic)
    – 1/4 cup fresh dill or parsley, chopped (or in a pinch use a few teaspoons of dried dill)
    – a pinch of red pepper flakes
    – 1/4 – 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (start with 1/4 and add until the cakes come together, it seems like I need a different amount of breadcrumbs every time)

Mix all ingredients together, adding the breadcrumbs at the end. Start with 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs and continue adding until the mixture comes together. Form the mixture into four cakes. The cakes are relatively delicate – so just form them the best that you can. Heat a few tablespoons of oil (I use olive) in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

Serve the cakes on buns, by themselves, or on top of a salad – all three options are delicious! I also like to mix a little lemon juice into some mayo and serve that on top. These salmon cakes plus a quick vegetable side or salad make for a quick and nutritious dinner!

Thinking About A Whole30 Program

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! 🙂

It has been a VERY busy month for me, as I’m sure it has for everyone. This is “busy season” at work which is a hell unto itself – but I’ve also been trying to get ready for the holidays. I’m sure you all can relate. Thankfully, this past week was probably the worst of the work stuff, and I managed to finish up my Christmas shopping AND wrapping on Saturday which means I’m officially ready for the holiday!

I’m going to try to put up a few posts (including a new Featured Foxy Foodie next Friday!) between now and the holidays but the week of Christmas I’m going to unplug and just enjoy the time with family and friends – and I hope you get an opportunity to do the same. Then, we’ll be able to start off 2014 fresh and ready to go!

Speaking of 2014, I’m so excited to start the GRIT program during the second week of January. I’m really looking forward to the team atmosphere, as well as the workouts that thoroughly kick my butt! I think it’ll be a great way to jump-start 2014 and really help bring my fitness to the next level. I started working out for the first time (like, seriously – EVER) this past March and this year has been filled with fun and exciting changes. I know that I’m stronger and healthier – although I don’t feel like I look much different. My primary motivation isn’t to change the way I look, it is to increase strength, but I still feel like I should have made more progress by now. The GRIT program is supposed to be life changing (and I believe it based on what I’ve seen so far) and I think it’ll be just what I need to jump-start the new year.

And speaking of jump starting the new year, I’m toying with the idea of doing a Whole30 challenge for the month of January. I have never been one for restricting my diet, I prefer to just make healthy choices on a daily basis and pretty much eat what I want. But here’s a few reasons I’m considering a Whole30 (check out the link for information on the program):

1. It’s only for 30 days – and it works on an “elimination diet” principle of getting rid of typically “inflammatory” foods to “reset” the body and see how those foods may be affecting you. This idea appeals to me, as I originally started cutting out processed foods to deal with severe stomach issues, as well as migraines. I’m happy to report that both of those things have been reduced significantly, and I’m curious if other foods could be affecting me without me even realizing it.

2. I’m a bit of a “carb-oholic.” A lot of my go-to meals (and even some snacks) rely on bread, pasta, rice, and other carby foods. While I will never give up carbs (and I don’t have any urge to! They’re so delicious…), I think having a diet for 30 days that eliminates them and focuses on vegetables (and non-starchy vegetables too!) will help me re-focus my “go-to” meals and therefore I will naturally incorporate more vegetables in the future.

3. I plan on returning to my normal diet after this program. I’m not eliminating dairy, wheat, and legumes permanently. In fact, some of my favorite healthy foods fall into these categories (Greek yogurt, whole wheats, and beans/chickpeas) and I think it’s important to add them back in. Once again, my focus would be to re-orient my thinking when it comes to other healthy foods.

There are several things that I don’t like about the Whole30 program. Mainly, that it makes me give up Greek yogurt (which is a go-to snack and is very healthy) and legumes (which are also a go-to for me and are great for you). I’m worried that leaving me with just meat, fruits and vegetables will lead me to eating a lot more meat than I usually would (I’m going to need the protein with GRIT!) which cutting out other healthy alternatives. I’m still a little on the fence.

Questions!
Has anyone tried a Whole30 or similar program? Please share your experiences!

Featured Foxy Foodie: Charlotte!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts earlier this month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Charlotte from The Runner Beans! I just discovered Charlotte’s blog and I’m a big fan. She writes a lot about running and other fitness activities, and preaches moderation in eating (which I completely agree with!) Check out her post about Eating in NYC after running the Marathon it features some amazing food photography and great eats in NYC! Also, Charlotte is hosting a 21 Day Yoga challenge starting in January that I’m definitely getting on board for! Check it out!

featuredfoxyfoodie

————————————————

Charlotte FFF

Name: Charlie Watson
Blog: The Runner Beans
Twitter: @charliedwatson
Facebook: The Runner Beans Facebook Page
Location: London, England
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ sort of girl. Life is too short to deny yourself, it’s just about getting the right balance.

Charlotte2 FFF

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

Chocolate, or froyo (can I have froyo topped with chocolate?)

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

I hate pickled things, I always take my gherkin out of my burger and put it on someone else’s plate!

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I’ve always cooked, for as long as I can remember I’ve helped my Mum out in the kitchen.

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

I love making normal meals with a healthy twist, teaching my friends and family that you can eat healthily without losing out on flavour. I love to eat baked goods but writing recipes for cakes is so hard!

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I was lucky enough to eat at the Noma pop up restaurant when it came to London a few years ago- we ate live ants in cabbage!

Charlotte FFF Food Pic

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

I love looking through Pinterest, and make all sorts of indulgent looking desserts, but find mid-week meal ideas there all the time. Everything on Smitten Kitchen!

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

I once had such a high temperature that when I put my face next to the oven, I thought it was on. 45 mins later and our quiche was still completely cold!

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Make it yourself- that way you can control what’s gone into it, with no nasty chemicals or unnecessary added sugar.
Add extra fruit and veggies to everything to bulk it out.
Wholegrain over white, every time.
Be careful of portion sizes, even with ‘health’ foods.

—————————————————–

Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Holiday Eats

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I had a great time relaxing at home with my family, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. My family celebrates Thanksgiving with just myself, my sister, and my parents so it’s a relatively easy-going affair. As my mom put it, we eat when the food is ready! It’s nice to not have to worry about traveling or organizing a large group of people for the meal. It was especially nice this year since my dad had the flu the whole week, so it was much easier on him to be able to sleep and relax without lots of other family/friends around. Not that it was nice that he had the flu! Poor guy 😦

The last day of work before the break, even my afternoon tea was advising me to take a break from work. Such wise words!

20131203-174340.jpg

I didn’t take a ton of pictures over the Thanksgiving break because I prefer to unplug and just “be present” and spend the time with family. This may make me a #badfoodblogger but I can deal with that. I did snap a few pictures though.

This year, we used a recipe from Rachael Ray for our stuffing called ‘Simon and Garfunkel Stuffing’, called that because (wait for it!)…it uses parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! I am absolutely in love with this stuffing recipe. It’s a good basic stuffing recipe, absolutely packed with fresh herbs. This is definitely going to be my go-to from now on! In our house, we always make ‘stuffing muffins’ instead of just a big casserole dish of stuffing for two reasons: 1) instant portion control and 2) there’s lots more yummy crunchy pieces (which lets face it – is the best part) to go around! I managed to take a picture of the stuffing muffins before they went into the oven, but that’s the only ‘Thanksgiving’ picture I took. Trust me – they’re delicious!

20131203-170603.jpg

On Friday, my mom and I got up at 5 am for Black Friday shopping. It’s a tradition for her and I to go every year – but we do a very laid-back version of Black Friday. We get up at 5 am and are usually shopping by 5:30-5:45 which is too late for the people who get up really early to shop (or go the night before) but too early for the people who sleep in and shop at a normal time. This, combined with the fact that I’m from a relatively small town, means that there’s barely anyone at the stores. We also don’t go out looking for anything in particular or any big-ticket items. We just like to spend the time together and browse – picking up a movie here and a sweater there. I got a beautiful new sweater at American Eagle for 50% off as well as a couple movies from Target – ‘The Way, Way Back’ and ‘The Heat.’ I also picked up some more water bottles at Target as they had my favorite Contigo bottles on sale for $15 for a 2-pack. I’m happy with the things I bought, but I was more happy to spend the time shopping and chatting with my mom.

On Saturday, my mom and I went out shopping again to celebrate Small Business Saturday. We stopped by a new shop that just opened up called ‘Olives and Grapes’ that sells high-end olive oils, infused oils, and vinegars. We tasted a few different oils, and my mom bought some bottles as gifts for her friends. It was a really nice place and it sounds like they have some great ideas for the future (like hosting nights when chefs come in and prepare dishes featuring their oils!)

20131203-170453.jpg

On Saturday, I decided to make some bread pudding for my family with the leftover bread cubes from the stuffing. Someone (a.k.a. me) got a little carried away and we ended up with WAY more bread cubes than we needed for the recipe. So I decided to put the leftovers to good use! I’m always seeing chefs whip up bread puddings from all kinds of ingredients in the final (dessert) round on Chopped so I figured I could do the same with items we had around the house. I ended up with this delicious recipe!

bread pudding

Apple-Raisin Bread Pudding
Makes 8-10 servings.

    – 10 cups cubed stale or toasted bread
    – 5 apples, peeled, cored and cubed
    – 1/2 cup raisins (I didn’t measure these – just sort of added them to the bread until it looked like enough)
    – 3 1/2 cups milk (I used soy but any will work)
    – 4 eggs
    – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    – 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (I probably use a lot more than this because I’m a little cinnamon-obsessed)

Mix bread, apples and raisins together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Add the milk mixture to the bread mixture and stir gently to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes (up to overnight) to allow the bread to soak. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Confession: we ate this for breakfast on Sunday, with ice cream and it was amazing. So amazing I didn’t think to Instagram it until after I had finished stuffing my face.

I must have been bit by the baking bug this week, because last night I used the leftover cranberry sauce to bake these ‘Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies’ from Damn Delicious. Not healthy at all, but at least they’re made from scratch and absolutely delicious! After all, the holidays only come once a year!

20131203-170720.jpg