Turkey Crudite Stir Fry

Now that the holidays are over, you’re bound to have some leftovers. Here is what you do with your turkey and veggie platter. This will work with any time of protein.

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups leftover raw crudite vegetables, any assortment
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 cups leftover cooked turkey
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

optional: sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds for topping

In a large wok or frying pan over high heat add the oil and heat over medium-high heat until sizzling.

Toss in the leftover fresh vegetables from your crudite tray, including onions, green and red peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, and anything else you want.

Add garlic and ginger, quickly stirring to combine.

Cook stirring constantly just until garlic is fragrant and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Add turkey, broth, and soy sauce and cook quickly, stirring once, until mixture is heated through, about 3 or 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and drizzle in sesame oil, mixing in.

Serve over brown rice. Top with onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Serves about 4 to 6 people.

Have A Healthy Potluck

A wonderfully old-fashioned way to both host a holiday party and make sure you please your guests is to throw a potluck. This is one way toMP900422843 240x300 Have A Healthy Potluck ensure that the dishes you serve will be what your guests will want to eat.  Because, after all, your guests are bringing their favorite healthy dishes! Here you are, providing your guests with bragging rights to share their best healthy recipe while, at the same time, pleasing your guests tastes and keeping your budget under control. If that sounds sneaky, it’s not. Everybody knows the score! Your guests will love providing their favorite dish just as long as you provide the place and the basics for the meal.

When you issue the invitation, keep it casual. Say something on the order of; You’re Invited to a “Healthy Holiday Potluck” then explain that you want them to bring a favorite healthy dish of theirs.  Also, let them know to keep their dish small since everyone will be bringing something so you’ll have more than enough for everyone. This keeps them from going overboard making way more food than is needed. Be sure to ask what dish they are bringing so you can orchestrate the meal at least a little, you don’t want too many desserts =).

This is also a great way to start conversations between people as they find their favorite dishes and talk about the recipe. You can also ask your guests to bring recipe cards if they would like to share.  Perhaps you could gather the cards and put them together in a book for your guests as a little Thank You gift for coming and sharing in your potluck party. Good luck.

I will be hosting a virtual clean eating potluck. Starting Monday, November 26th post your favorite cleaning eating recipe.!

Pumpkin Pumpkin Everywhere

Most of the calories in pumpkin pie comes from the crust and sugar.  Invest in almond flour or wheat flour in your crust and pumpkin 300x200 Pumpkin Pumpkin Everywhereyou’ve got a good start.  You can reduce the amount of sweetener that you use and increase the other seasonings.  Many cooks have found that almost half the sugar can be eliminated in a pie filling without affecting the flavor.

If you want to eliminate the crust entirely, choose a pumpkin puree parfait or other lighter fare.  Whip pumpkin puree with a little cream cheese to thicken, then serve in pretty dessert bowls with a sprinkling of nutmeg and crunchy toppings of chopped pecans.

Hold The Stuffing!!!!

Maintain Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Turkey Cartoon Wallpapers 300x263 Hold The Stuffing!!!!Average holiday weight gain can be 1-5 pounds. 

Don’t be a holiday weight gain casualty!  
Let me help you stay on track, this holiday season.

Eat Better. Feel Better. Look Better.

Join me on Sunday, November, 2-4pm

Simply Erinn’s
268 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA

Please RSVP by Friday, November 2nd  & bring a friend!

Come learn how you can still enjoy your favorite 
holiday treats and all your traditional holiday experiences without blowing your diet.

What’s Up With Kim?

Over the past 3 years I have shared a nutrition, workout and motivational tips, but this past week I was speaking with some of the wall 200x300 Whats Up With Kim?readers of my blog and they asked for me to share more about me.

So.. here it is. I’m not perfect I too struggle with this time of the year! Last week I attended a conference that was serving lunch. I started out the day with my oatmeal, egg whites and berries for breakfast I packed 2 snacks (AM and PM). They were serving lunch so I didn’t bring my lunch. Well.. let’s say that was a mistake while it was an EXCELLENT chopped salad, it lacked PROTEIN! 20 minutes after I ate I was STARVING!!!! We were in a part of the convention center where they didn’t have store to purchase water and my 1/2 gallon water bottle only made it to lunch.  Let’s say by the time I got home that night I was ready to eat my leg off!!! Because I didn’t eat enough all day I came home and started GRAZING until I finished preparing dinner. Lesson learned — bring more protein and carry more water. The next day I went back to the event and was much more prepared and didn’t come home to eat 1/2 of my kitchen cupboards.

As for workouts — the past few weeks I have been flat out finishing up some projects before the end of the year. Typically I like to workout 4-5 days/week. Let’s just say it’s been difficult! Just this past Monday I had a plan to hit the gym at 5:30am — I like to workout in the AM because I less likely to get interrupted or have the day get away from me. Unfortunately my body had a different plan. I woke up at 1:30 AM and didn’t fall back to sleep until 4am, let’s say when the alarm went off at 5:15am I wasn’t feeling it. I gave myself the out. That doesn’t make the whole week is ruined it means I missed ONE workout and I need to brainstorm to see if there were other ways to make it up. Before I got out of bed I went through my mental calendar and decided that I could make up this workout on Thursday because that is typically my rest day.

How do I stay motivated? I started competing in 2004 because I needed a goal! I lost 30 pounds and I was like now what! Competing gives me a goal to strive for. When I first started competing I did about 5 shows/year now I do 1. That’s really hard for me to stay on track and last year I went 14 months without competing! I packed on the weight for me. I had put on 12 pounds during that time. Why do you ask, because I didn’t have a motivating goal and for the most part sleepwalked through my workouts. NOT THIS YEAR!!! I vowed that would not happen taking off those 12 pounds SUCKED OUT LOUD. My next show is May 2012 and will stay within 5-7 pounds of my show weight.

What’s a good goal? I’m always asked what is a good goal. My response is typically what will motivate you  to get out of bed on a 3 degree snowy morning. That’s a motivating goal. Goals are very personal. Your goal could be something really simple such as fitting into your pants or training for a marathon. Finding your motivation is truly personal and if you want to do some brainstorming, shoot me an email.

I hope this gives you a little insight to me. I will be offering 15 min goal setting appointments the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Please send me an email with some days and times that will work for me.

 

Lose Weight On Thanksgiving!

The average American will consume up to 3,000 calories during the Thanksgiving weekend.turkey bikini 208x300 Lose Weight On Thanksgiving! You don’t need to be a statistic. Here are a few weeks to beat the Thanksgiving weight gain. Here are few tips to help you stay on track.

  • Instead of using the ladle to put gravy on your plate, using a soup spoon instead
  • Hold the stuffing and you’ll save over 200 calories.
  • Watch your sugar intake this means baked goods,  both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • If someone asks you to bring something how about you bring some nice healthy veggies — sauteed green beans
  • Slow down and eat! Eating too fast doesn’t give your brain a chance to register that you are eating.
  • Fulling full? Take dessert to go or have it late night — give yourself time to digest.

Don’t let this or any holiday be your “exception”. I’m not saying don’t enjoy yourself, but make sure you keeping your eye on your long term goal weight loss.  Having a big meal can easily derail your hard fought progress.

Need some more tips — check out my posts from the last few years.

 

 

 

 

The 12 Days Fitness

On my Facebook page, I have been doing the 12 days of Fitness, become a j0430563 199x300 The 12 Days Fitness Fan so you can check out the first 9 days.

Day 10 — I  recently read a great book called “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There“  the author laid out 4 commitments that I am going to apply to fitness.

  1. Let go of the past – forget what you tried in thast past, learn from them and then move on. The next step is to determine what are you going to do NOW to acheive your goals.
  2. Tell the truth — look at yourself in the mirror every day and ask yourself, am I doing everthing I can do acheive my goals? If you can honestly say that you are then you are on track, if you feel like there are a few more things you can do, then step it up! [Read more...]

Top 6 Reasons Why New Years Resolutions Fail

Yes, it’s that time of year. In just 30 days, we’ll start thinking about New Years Resolutions. Did you know that 71% of all resolutions makers fail make their resolutions?.  Here are the top 6 reasons why we fail to stick with our New Years Resolutions.

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5 ways to avoid weight loss procrastination!

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. — Victor Hugo,  Les Miserables

j0174882 150x150 5 ways to avoid weight loss procrastination!Here are 5 ways to give you the kick in the butt to jump start your weight loss procrastination. The unofficial start to summer,  Memorial Day is just 4 short days away!

  1. Understand your motivation: If you are planning to lose weight for someone other than yourself, it will never work. Get real around why you want to lose the weight! Do you have a summer event coming up and want to fit into that little black dress or have you signed up for a summer road race and need some motivation to get training. Step back and look yourself in the eye and ask WHY DO I WANT TO DO THIS!
  2. Use your motivation to your advantage. Do you beat yourself up, each day that you don’t take steps to our goal. Use your goals as the push you need to keep going. I find that by hanging posters or motivational quotes really help give me the push in the right direction that I need.
  3. Change your internal language! Instead of saying I HAVE TO or THERE IS NO WAY. Change your dialog. I want to lose 25 pounds so that I will be _____________ (insert what happens when you achieve your goals or how will you feel when you achieve goals.
  4. Set goals fueled by your passion. You can’t go anyway without a road map, okay now a days GPS.  Here is where you take those goals and break them up. Your goal for this week is to lose 1 pound and develop a plan on how you are going to do that. Want to run a 10K, go to this site Need help more, shoot me an email.
  5. Still not fired up to get moving on your goals, try this. Write a letter to your future self. Imagine that you have achieved your goals. What would you say to yourself, how would you feel, how would you look, what would you do. Now write a letter to yourself as if you didn’t meet your goals. Both letters will help you drive you forward.

Still need a kick in the pants, shoot me an email. Have any additional comments, just post them below.