Thursday, March 17, 2011

Have you tried these?

You should. Love them!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Orange Crumb Chicken

I give my friend Heather ALL THE CREDIT for this recipe. I changed mine quite a bit. Mostly because I am a horrible planner, and I realized as I was making it that I did not have everything I needed. If you want her original recipe go here. Otherwise, here is mine. It was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s!

1/4 c Naked Mighty Mango Juice (original calls for OJ, but hubby drank it. The naked juice was very thick and stuck to the chicken well... plus it has TONS of good stuff in it!)
1/4 c Spicy mustard
1/2 tsp salt
some chopped white onion (to your liking)
1 roll of Whole Wheat Ritz
2 lbs of chicken breast (believe me, you will want leftovers!)

(I know Heather, don't have a heart attack... it's different! I didn't intend for it to be. I'm just a horrible cook. Thank goodness for forgiving recipes, lol!)

1. Combine the juice, mustard, salt, and onion.

2. Mash your Ritz into crumbs. I used a food chopper, and it worked really well.

3. Dredge your chicken in the juice/mustard mixture. Be sure to coat it really well, and get some onions to stick to it.

4. Place your chicken in the Ritz crumbs and coat the chicken well.

5. Place in 9x13 baking dish pre-sprayed with cooking spray.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flip the chicken over, and bake for another 15- 20 minutes.

7. Enjoy!

Here's the nutritional info:
This is per 3 oz serving of chicken- recipe will make about 10 servings
Calories: 123
Fat: 2.9g
Cholesterol: 53mg
Sodium: 374g
Carbs: 5g
Sugars 1g
Protein: 19g

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Only One Who Thinks You Can't

is you!

We are our own worst enemy. It's true. We hold ourselves back, second guess, doubt, and diminish our best selves.

Today I put the rubber to the track and took off running. I have not run since I completed my half-marathon in October. I have continued to struggle with stress, and weight, and time commitments, etc this winter until I kind of feel like I reached rock bottom. It felt SO good to run.

Here's the sad part. I didn't believe I could run anymore. I kept telling myself that because I had gained weight since the half I was to heavy to run, and that my body would not tolerate it. I was allowing myself to fail before I even tried... and we ALL know I can run. Good grief, just 6 months ago I ran 13.1 miles. So I thought, just run a couple of laps, then stop. Get your foot back in the game...

I ran 4 miles! My first day back on the track and I ran 4 miles. Guess why I stopped... my NEW shoes frickin hurt. I really believe I could have gone farther, but I was gaining blisters in several places, and there is no point in putting myself in that much pain. I ran 4 miles! I am so stoked.

All I can do is encourage you to know who you are. Know that you are stronger than your mind will often allow you to be. The road may be long, the muscles may ache, and no one said it wouldn't be hard, but it is ALWAYS worth it to be stronger and healthier. So get out there and do 1 thing today that you think you can't do, because the only one who thinks that is you!