Happy FIRST MONDAY OF 2013, everybody! I hope this Monday finds you just as fine as a frog hair and getting back into the normal routine. Here in our little corner of Texas, the kids are heading back to school, the holiday leftovers have either been finished up or tossed out, and now it’s time to get serious about those New Year’s Resolutions. If your resolutions look like mine, you’re about to get busy working off the chocolate-covered confections, pecan pies, cups of eggnog, heapin’ helpin’s of mashed taters, and all the other off-the-scale yum-yum good eatin’ that goes with the Christmas free-for-all.
Just in case you’re working on getting back in shape, too. We thought we’d share light recipes and work-out tips this week.
My favorite work-out tip: Make workout time your reading time. Having a good book to read while I’m on the elliptical machine not only makes the time pass quickly, it helps me convince myself to head out to the exercise room in the first place. Diving into a story is like a little reward for all that hard work.
Here’s a new, easy-breezy light recipe we’re enjoying at our house:
Smoked Turkey Taco Soup
8 cups chicken broth (more if you want it more soupy)
1 can white beans (drained)
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can pinto beans (drained)
1 lg can Mexi-corn (drained)
Salt and pepper to taste
Buy some thick slices of smoked turkey at the deli, or buy a smoked turkey breast, or use leftovers from Thanksgiving. Shred or chop. Combine all ingredients in pot, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over a few tortilla chips (use the baked kind or a shredded corn tortilla for fewer calories). Sprinkle with a dab of grated low-fat Mexican-blend cheese or grated cheddar.
Yum! Good and guilt-free. Even the spoon is happy!
I asked some of my Facebook friends to chime in and share their calorie-saving foods or workout ideas too:
Janice: One of my instructors said if you do these three exercises everyday it will change your body: push-ups, squats, and crunches. She also says cardio makes you smaller but weight training changes your shape. Another one – I don’t remember exactly how it was worded but the gist of it is – no amount of workout will make up for a bad diet.
Patricia: Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.
Dena: I love doing Zumba! Great workout and toning and its fun! I strive for three one hour workouts a week. It’s a very good stress reliever also.
CeCe: Drink water.
Carla: Strawberry – spinach smoothies!
Rachel: One never regrets a workout.
Anita: Remember – Round IS a shape!
Rachel: Put a dollar in a jar every time you workout. Then treat yourself to, say, a book by Lisa Wingate.
Julie: Baked oatmeal- whole rolled oats soaked over night in a casserole dish (in milk or water). In the morning add raisin, dates, and slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts, top with a little brown sugar and cinnamon and bake at 300 for about 45 minutes. Then for exercise afterwards, go outside and play frisbee with your dog(s). It’s a great weekend treat!
Susan: Exercise tip!! Get a puppy. One that will grow into a large(ish) dog that NEEDS to run daily to keep its energy level inside the home at a reasonable and tolerable level. Begin walking and running with it as soon as it understands the leash isn’t for eating. Repeat at least twice daily. For life. It works. I know. Just got a puppy in November. Started walking and running this week. Already feel lighter.
Rachel’s suggestion is my personal favorite ;o) but I love them all. May this be the year all your resolutions come to pass… or at least, all the ones that matter most.
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