Review: Broccoli Fries

I love trying new foods especially when they are healthy alternatives to some of my favorite foods.  I’m not a huge French fry fan but my husband loves sweet potato fries.  And since I have a growing boy who is obsessed with everything we eat, I know he too will probably love sweet potato fries (he already loves mashed sweet potatoes).  On our weekly trip to Sprouts I have noticed this product in the freezer section.  Each week I have waited till it went on sale and finally this past week it did!  I baked them according to the directions and served them with a couple tbsp of Ketchup.

Cute name for Broccoli Fries!

Here is the nutrition label:

Not too bad!

Right out of the oven:

broccoli fries and ketchup

Review: B+

They don’t taste anything like real French fries.  But the flavor is good and especially good with the ketchup.  I don’t think I’d eat them without something to dip in.  The package also suggests hummus, but I didn’t have any hummus in the house to try it with.  The texture is not as crispy as a regular French fry (even the kind you buy in the frozen section).  They taste healthy but I personally don’t think that means they taste bad.  And you get quite a few for a serving size which I always love!  Overall, we will be purchasing these again, especially as Bode starts to try new foods and textures.  I’m all about finding new and creative ways to get him to like all types of vegetables.

I just thought this was interesting… I pasted below Nutrition Facts for Broccoli Tempura… Now tell me what’s the better choice?:


Nutrition Facts

  Servings Per Recipe: 4
  Serving Size: 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

  Calories 348.7
  Total Fat 0.2 g
      Saturated Fat 0.0 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 18.0 mg
  Potassium 216.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 3.5 g
      Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
      Sugars 0.0 g
  Protein 2.0 g
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Yoga in the workplace – week #8

Lunch time yoga has been going really well.  I have approximately 6-12 students each week that take time out of their busy day to relax and join me in a quick 30-minute yoga practice.  I wish more employees would take advantage because I know that many can use this time to reflect and relax in the middle of the work week.  We have focused a lot on downward facing dog and Surya Namaskar A (more details on this asana in a future post).  I have been trying to think about why people are intimidated by yoga?  What are some of the reasons people haven’t tried even though they have told me over an over again that they could really use the flexibility and relaxation in their lives.  So I figured I would tackle some of these ‘obstacles’ and maybe you can help me think of others…

#1 I don’t want to take off my shoes and socks.

You don’t have to take off your socks if you don’t want to.  However, you will find that the mat will be a little more slippery if you are wearing socks.  Remember that your practice starts and ends on your own mat and not on anyone else’s.  I always promote to my students to try not to think or look at others and if possible keep your eyes closed during the majority of the practice.  We too often allow our egos to get the best of us and are always trying to compare ourselves.

#2 I’m afraid of passing gas (you might laugh but this can happen!)

Try to avoid gassy foods before you practice including broccoli, beans, etc. and drink lots of water to promote good bowel movements. If you are still concerned than use the time to meditate instead of doing the asana (exercise).  It’s important to have time to yourself.  I provide relaxing music to help you let go of your stress and reflect within.

#3 I don’t have workout clothes.

I rarely wear workout clothes to practice in at work.  A comfortable legging or workpants will do fine.  As well as a tight fitting top so that it does not distract you from moving in the poses.  However you are welcome to change into something more comfortable for you if you would prefer.  I personally wear a workout t-shirt and work pants while I teach and model the poses during class.

#4 I don’t have time in my day.

We all need breaks in our day whether you sit at a desk or walk up and down stairs carrying boxes.  Its important to rejuvenate yourself and not push yourself too hard.  We as Americans work so hard and don’t take enough time for ourselves. 

#5 Yoga is for women, not men.

More men are taking advantage of the benefits of yoga these days.  A flexible man can lift more weights, prevent injury, and have more longevity in the gym or during his workouts.  My husband does a little yoga in his workouts every day.  He is a strength coach and understands the benefits of flexibility for his athletes.  Yoga doesn’t have to be all about chanting and spandex.   Yoga is for everyone!

What are some of the reasons you haven’t tried yoga yet?

Yoga Pose – Tree Pose

Tree Pose – Vkrsasana

Yoga in general has so much to do with balance…  Balancing your mind and body through your practice.  This pose is no exception.

Some Benefits of this pose include strengthens legs, ankles and spine, Stretches inner thighs, chest and shoulders, improves balance, and eases sciatica pain.

Begin by standing in Tadasana. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot and bend your right knee. Reach down with your right hand and clasp your right ankle.   Draw your right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh; if possible, (or on to your calf, but not against your knee) press the right heel into the inner left thigh.  Firmly press the right foot sole against the inner thigh and resist with the outer left leg.

Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor.  Bring your hands together in prayer pose.

Gaze softly at a fixed point or drishti in front of you on the floor about 4 or 5 feet away.  Note:  a drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana (form of exercise) and meditation practice.

Stay for 1 minute. Return to Tadasana and repeat on the other side.

You can vary this pose by stretching your arms straight up toward the ceiling, or form a V with your arms, similar to a standing tree.   Additionally, to help aid in balance, you can stand with your back against a wall in this pose. For more of a challenge, try practicing this pose with your eyes closed, balance can be very challenging without the ability to focus on an outer object or place.

Namaste

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Now that I am a full-time working mom my ‘easy’ recipes are coming in handy because I love to cook but don’t have all the time that I used to have when it was just me and my husband.  My mom used to make this recipe all the time growing up and I make it at least once a month because it’s easy and delicious.

Ingredients:

5 ounces Organic chicken Breasts

Salsa

Your favorite enchilada sauce (green or red)

Corn or flour tortillas (note: corn is a little messier but I prefer this flavor over flour)

Shredded cheese (I’ll be using Daiya made from tapioca, cheddar flavor)

Green chilies (optional)

Non-stick spray

Avocado

Directions:

Spray your crock pot with non-stick spray and place your organic chicken breasts inside.  Pour about 1 cup of salsa on top.  Turn on high if cooking quickly or low if you have more time.

Chicken in the crockpot with mango salsa

Once the chicken is cooked take it out of the crock pot and leave the remaining salsa inside the Crockpot.  Shred the chicken in a bowl.  Mix chicken with about ¼ cup of enchilada sauce and 1/3 cup of shredded cheese.

Shredded chicken with cheese and enchilada sauce

Heat tortillas (I use the microwave).  Scoop in desired amount of chicken filling into each enchilada, roll up, and place in a pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Once you have finished filling all the enchiladas pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top.  Sprinkle with about ¼ cup of shredded cheese.

Cover the pan with foil.

Now you can either refrigerate this for a later or bake right now.  If baking right now, turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  20 minutes with foil on top.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  If you are eating later, 30 minutes with foil on top.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with avocado slices or guacamole and a green vegetable.  Remember that it should look aesthetically pleasing.  A variety of colors is important!

Finished meal!

Bon Appetite