Julep’s January 2017 box

Yep, I see in the future OR Julep sent out the boxes really, really fast

I wish I had switched out the polish, since I have many similar colors, but the face oil is a nice treat!

Have a safe and happy new year! Polish up for the festivities and I’ll see you in 2017!

Much Love,

Gloria!

Spicy cream of tomato-chipotle tortilla soup

I love cool weather foods, but they don’t have to be unhealthy!

I adore autumn with the crisp air, crunchy, colorful leaves, wearing a new pink motorcycle jacket (I know!), and the comfort of a hot soup.

I stopped by the farmer’s market at Grove Path Plaza in Jersey City this week and picked up a big bag of soft tomatoes. They’re usually marked down because they’re a bit too ripe and/or soft, or maybe bruised, and are perfect for sauce or soups, but not much else.

I used a fat-free half-and-half with this because I don’t want to blow out my fat macros for the day, and still have a couple of bowls. If you’re not worried about that, feel free to use whole milk or regular half-and-half.

This is a larger recipe because you’ll want a couple of bowls yourself, and if anyone is around, so will they!

Ingredients:

2 TBSP of olive or coconut oil

7-8 large, very ripe Jersey-type tomatoes cut into quarters, or if you use roma tomatoes, you’ll need to double the number.

1 medium onion, diced

3-5 garlic cloves depending on size, chopped

1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, including some of the sauce, chopped roughly. The more sauce, the smokier the flavor, but also, the spicier!

1/4 cup tomato paste or sauce, or if you have some marinara or something like that leftover in the refrigerator, you can use that, too!

4-5 soft corn tortillas, torn into 2 inch or so pieces

2-3 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute (you don’t have to use this, you can grab chili spices, or your favorite blend. I wanted to make it easy to make without buying a ton of spices, and the combination is great)

1-2 tsp Mexican or Italian oregano

salt and pepper to taste

4 cups water or broth

1.5 cups fat-free cream or milk

Heat oil over medium-low heat in a 3-4 quart pot. Saute onion in heated oil until the onion is transparent and starting to get some color around the edges. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so, not allowing the garlic to burn. Add tortillas and saute for 30 seconds or so but don’t let them get crisp or burn the other ingredients.

Add tomatoes, chipotle peppers, tomato sauce, herbs and spices, and saute together for 2-3 minutes.

Add water or broth, bring to a boil and immediately turn down to a simmer.

Simmer for 30 minutes uncovered, or until some of the broth has reduced.

Remove from heat and either blend with a stick blender until smooth right in the pot (carefully), or let cool 15-20 minutes and blend in batches in a blender. If it seems very watery, you can simmer on low for 10 more minutes until it thickens up a little, but remember, it’s a soup, not a stew, so it should not be the consistency of your Sunday Sauce.

Slowly stir in cream or milk with a whisk, making sure to keep it moving so it doesn’t curdle.

Salt and pepper to taste and if necessary, re-heat on low heat.

Serve over sliced avocado and tortilla strips if you like.

EAT!

Weight loss update Sept. 3, 2016

I was a little lazy this week, but still moving down

It was a tough week for health, haha! We had birthdays at work, I was particularly sleep deprived, and so I didn’t watch my macros as well as I should, or exercise as much as I’d like. However, I didn’t gain, and I lost half to one pound regardless. This is all good. I’m just under 147 lbs although I should be at 145, oops! Gotta pick the ball up, again, this week! I do have a rocking headache from a combination of fire pit smoke and a few craft beers, but hopefully I can shake that off and enjoy the gorgeous weather and at least go for a long walk, if not a run.

 

I will put some food for the week together later today. I’ll show you some stuff I’ve been eating this week, too!

 

Thanks, and much love!

Gloria

I ate the whole bag. THE WHOLE BAG.

Okay, of rice cakes, but a whole bag!

I got a bag of little mini cheddar rice cakes. Since I hadn’t had my protein shake in the morning, and didn’t take extra food (I was running low at home) and went shopping after work yesterday, I was really hungry. Between the car and home…I ate 700 calories of those little buggers. I’ll bet you didn’t know that’s what a whole bag has!

Needless to say since I hadn’t had enough protein, I had something with no fat, no carbs, just protein and called it a night really, really hungry. I went over calories maybe 150, but with like NO nutrients, lol!

(I apologize for having the wrong video loaded, originally. Ooops!)

 

Anyway, back on track today! By the by, because some people misunderstood, I have not had trouble with my weight. I just got lazy and indulgent. Going from 8 hours of martial arts plus 3-4 hours of running/biking every week to nada plus eating anything put in front of me will have results! I’m not really used to having to lose weight, so this is kind of new for me. It’s a learning process for me, and hopefully you can learn from my trip down healthy lane!

Much Love,

Gloria!

I don’t want a roll there/aka gotta lose the weight!

Ah, the joys of getting older, the mind gets faster, the metabolism gets slower

I know I’ve been getting big. I KNOW. You can’t work on television and see yourself every. dang. day. without seeing how you look. That doesn’t mean you can’t ignore it and allow yourself to be lazy, indulgent, and put your head in the sand.

Until, of course, you take a shower at your friend’s after a hike and step on their scale. Yeow. Almost 160 pounds? Say WHAT? I freaked when I hit 150 after surgery a couple of years ago. This almost had me crying.

You know what though? Screw crying. It wasn’t going to help me lose weight.

I hope you join me while I try to trim the rolls!

Let me know if you’re on a get fit journey, or if you’ve tried flexible dieting.

Much Love,

Gloria