Anyone know where I can buy them in bulk without having to be a member of a big box store? I run out way too quickly and I’d love to buy in larger quantities while spending less money. Bonus if the place also sells wheat berries :)
I’m natural! What I can tell you is to be very sure you’re ready. I wasn’t ready and cut all my hair off and I’m NOW learning to take care of it. Get to know you’re natural hair while you’re transitioning before doing the BIG CHOP!
I’ve been going back and forth in my head it for about a year or so. I’m hearing a lot about learning how to treat my natural hair in order to get the desired result so I’m definitely keeping that in mind :)
I have been at this serving game for quite a while. I have worked for countless chefs, pitched thousands of specials, and guided over 100,000 people through their dining experience. I even write a blog called Foodie Knowledge to help educate other people about food. It is not a bad little resume for establishing foodie cred. Still, there are some cooking terms that I am not certain on. There are many more that I see often misused in restaurants.
Words have meanings. The difference between chutney and compote is greater than what looks good on the evening’s menu. Many servers and guests will bluff their way through describing exotic sauces and blends. They often do so with confidence to appear to be correct. Even I am guilty of this. So today, I wanted to give a firm definition of some of these terms to prevent you (and I) from ever doubting that our definitions are correct.
Chutney: Combination of fruit, vinegar, sugar, and spice. Can have a variety of textures, but should contain some level of spice by definition.
Compote: Fruit that has been slowly cooked with a simple syrup and is served chilled.
Aioli: An emulsified sauce made of oil and garlic with an emulsifying agent (usually egg). Garlic infused mayonnaise is the most basic aioli. Many restaurants will start with mayonnaise as the base of their aiolis.
Remoulade: An aioli served chilled with a variety of herbs and spices. Traditionally this will include: mustard, capers, anchovies, and pickles. Similar to tartar sauce.
Cajun Remoulade: Often referred to as Creole or Louisiana Remoulade. A derivative of it’s French namesake that is a reddish color from the addition of paprika. Generally contains more spice than the original.
Beurre Blanc: An emulsified butter sauce made with white wine or vinegar. Translates literally from French to mean “white butter.”
Beurre Rouge: A Beurre Blanc made with red wine. Translates to “red butter.”
Duxelles: Minced mushrooms, shallots, and herbs that are sautéed in butter until they have been reduced to a paste.
Tapenade: Finely diced olives and capers blended with olive oil to form a paste. Anchovies, lemon, garlic, and other spices are often added for flavor.
Mirepoix: Celery, carrots, and onions traditionally. Some chefs will add peppers to this mix. This can be diced and used raw, roasted, or sautéed. It forms the flavor base of many dishes and an integral part of the creation of stock.
There are a myriad of cooking words that are used (and misused) in the restaurants we dine at. These are just a few of the more common ones. They do help us better understand what we eat and help build upon our knowledge of the basics. Hopefully this post will help you be a more educated guest at your next meal. Future definitions are sure to follow.
I used to think I wanted to get my master’s in Business but the more and more I think about it I feel my heart leaning more toward food and nutrition. I know, big surprise right.
The problem is I have like zero training/education in nutrition other than taking an intro course in college way back when, and many of the Master’s programs require it for enrollment. Womp, womp!
Even though that is the case, I have talked to some admissions people about what I’d need to do to enroll in a Master Nutrition program and maybe become an RD or Nutrition Coach after graduation. I truly think a career in this field would ultimately make me happy.
If you’re watching the Oscars tonight, why not get a little workout time in? This game is designed for you to play along as the winner’s are announced. Simply follow the instructions per category & make a little room to move in front of the TV!
If you’re watching with friends, you can guess the winners and take a break if you’re right or you get to decide the workout ‘punishment’ for those who got it wrong. Have fun with it and feel free to swap any of the exercises for different ones.
Bonus! Commercial Cardio
Alternate between 2 moves during a few of the commercial breaks for a bonus heart rate boost! Choose one of the workout combos below, and do the 2 moves for one commercial each and repeat until the broadcast restarts.
A. High Knees & Squats
B. Jumping Jacks & Alternating Lunges
C. Burpees & Squat Hold
D. Quick Feet & Plank
Oscars Workout Game
Here’s the list of nominees & instructions to play along!
Hold the assigned pose through the entire acceptance speech (starting at the announcement of the winner )
‘The Artist’ - Plank Hold ‘The Descendants’ - Squat Hold ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ - Cobra Pose ‘The Help’ - Wide Squat Hold (Plie on toes). ‘Hugo’ - Downward Dog ‘Midnight in Paris’ - Plank Hold ‘Moneyball’- Squat Hold ‘The Tree of Life’- Cobra Pose ‘War Horse’ - Wide Squat Hold (Plie on toes).
We get it. You want lean body. And while no single exercise will ever flatten your belly or give you a six-pack (you need to adjust your diet for that), there are ways to work your abs even harder so that as you lose fat, you uncover a hard body. We asked Jim Smith, C.S.C.S, a strength coach at Diesel Strength & Conditioning, to identify the hardest core exercises. Try these and your abs will never look or feel the same.
#29 Kneeling Plank
Start in pushup position, but shift your weight onto your knees and elbows. Press your elbows hard into the floor, and squeeze your abs like you’re about to be punched in the stomach. Hold the given time.
#28 Side Plank - Kneeling
Lie on your side with your knees bent. Prop your body up onto your left hand, and squeeze your abs tight as if you were about to be punched in the stomach. Raise your hips and hold for time. Once finished, roll onto your other side and repeat.
Start in pushup position, but place your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Squeeze your abs tight and press your forearms into the floor. Hold for the given time. (30-60 seconds is a good starting goal)
#26 Plank on Swiss Ball
Place your hands on a Swiss ball and position your body in pushup position. Squeeze your abs tight and brace your entire body, trying not to let your body move with the ball. Hold this position for time.
#25 Side Plank
Lie on your left side with your legs straight. Shift your weight onto your left hand and raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Squeeze your abs tight and hold for time. Then, switch sides and repeat.
#24 Plank - One Foot Up
Perform a regular plank (see abs exercise #27) but raise one leg up and off the floor as high as you can. Make sure you squeeze your abs tight, press your elbows hard into the floor, and don’t allow your torso to sway or your hips to raise or drop.
#23 RKC Plank
Set yourself in plank position (see exercise #27), but more your elbows out farther so they are in line with your head (instead of your shoulders). Squeeze your glutes, brace your abs, and squeeze your quads to lock out your legs and prevent any movement. Hold for time.
Start on your hands and knees with your hands about shoulder-width apart. Squeeze your abs tight and then raise your arm and leg so that they are in line with your body. Hold for time (start with 5-10 seconds), return to the starting position, and repeat with your other arm and leg.
#21 Swiss Ball Mountain Climbers
Place your hands on a Swiss ball and start in a plank position. Brace your abs and prevent your body from moving. Then, raise your knees towards your just without rounding your lower back. Alternate legs for reps.
#20 Stir the Pot
Position yourself in plank position with your elbows on a Swiss ball. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Then, while keeping your body rigid, move your elbows in a circular pattern (like stirring a pot). Do 10 reps, then repeat in the opposite direction.
#19 Swiss Ball Roll Outs - Kneeling
Sit on your knees and place your forearms on a Swiss ball. Brace your abs tight and the roll out so that your arms extend in front of your body. Go as far as you can without allowing your hips to sag. Pause, and then use your abs to roll back to the starting position.
#18 Kneeling Chop
Attach a rope to a high pulley on a cable stack. Kneel on one knee in a staggered stance. Grab a rope at arm’s length with your shoulders turned toward the stack (but hips forward). Without moving your torso, pull the rope down towards your opposite hip. Return, complete all reps, and then repeat on the other side.
#17 Kneeling Lift
Perform the kneeling lift like the kneeling chop, but instead of starting above your shoulder, begin with the cable attachment below your hips. Then bring the rope up and across your body and above your opposite shoulder without rotating your hips.
#16 Tall Kneeling Chop
Perform a kneeling chop (see #18), but have both of your knees on the floor instead of in a staggered stance. Remember to chest your torso “tall” and to NOT allow your hips to rotate.
#15 Tall Kneeling Lift
Perform a kneeling left (see #17) but have both knees on the floor instead of in a staggered stance. Remember to keep your abs braced, and pull the rope out and across to the other shoulder without rotating your hips.
#14 Pallof Press
Grab a band (or a cable) that’s attached to a cable station at chest height. Stand with one side facing the anchor point and step away till you feel tension. Slowly extend your arms in front of your body until they’re straight and hold. Then return to the start. Perform for reps, switch sides and repeat.
#13 One Arm Farmers Walks
Grab a heavy dumbbell in one arm and stand tall. Then, walk forward for 25 to 50 yards without allow the weight to make you lean to a side. Your chest should remain up and your shoulders tucked down and back. Complete the walk, grab the weight in the other hand and repeat.
#12 Hip Thrusts
Place your upper back on a bench and lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then, raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Pause, then lower. To make it harder, place a barbell across your hips
#11 TRX Flutters
Grab the TRX handles and face away from the anchor point. Hold the handles at your waist with your arms straight. Lean forward and raise your arms so they’re overhead and in line with your torso. Perform alternating pressing movements with your arms as you maintain your posture from your feet to your shoulders and keep your abs tight
#10 TRX Fallouts
Grab the TRX handles and face away from the anchor point. Squeeze your abs and hold the handles at your waist with your arms straight. Lean forward and raise your arms until they are in line with your torso. Keep tight while you pull your arms back to the start.
#9 Ab Roller
Kneel on the floor and grab an ab wheel with both hands (or you can place your hands on Valslides or towels). Slowly push the wheel forward and extend your body as far as you can without allowing your hips to drop. Then, use your abs to pull your body back to the start
#8 One Arm Dumbbell Bench
Grab a dumbbell and lie on your back on a bench. Hold the dumbbell at the side of your chest and then press it up. Pause, then lower the weight back to the start. Do all reps and then repeat on your other arm.
#7 One Arm Military Press
Stand holding a dumbbell in one hand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Press the dumbbell overhead until your arm is nearly straight, and then lower back down. Perform all reps and then switch arms.
#6 Goblet Squats (dumbbells or kettlebells)
Hold a dumbbell vertically with both hands and keep it close to your chest. Squeeze your abs and then push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then stand back up.
#5 Back Extension Rows
Setup yourself face down in a back extension machine and make sure you feel tension in your upper back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. Grab a pair of light dumbbells and extend your back until your entire body forms a straight line. Then, perform a typical rowing movement with both dumbbells without allowing your torso to dip downward
#4 Back Extension Alternating Rows
Setup yourself face down in a back extension machine and make sure you feel tension in your upper back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. Grab a pair of light dumbbells and extend your back until your entire body forms a straight line. Then, perform a typical rowing movement—alternating arms—without allowing your torso to dip downward or your torso to twist
#3 L-Sit Pull-Ups
Grab a pullup bar with a double overhand grip. Without allowing your torso to move, hinge at your hips and lift your legs together until they are at 90 degrees. Then, perform conventional pullups while keeping your legs locked in this position.
#2 Treadmill Pike Ups
Turn off the treadmill and set your body in pushup position. Drive your hips upwards by pulling your feet toward your hands against the tension of the treadmill belt. Try to keep your torso and legs straight and only hinge upward at your hips. Then, return to the starting position by pushing your feet away from your hands.
#1 Medicine Ball Walk Outs
Put a medicine ball at your feet. Push your hips back without rounding your lower back. Place your hands on the med ball and slowly start walking your hands on top of the med ball driving it away from you. Walk your hands as far as you can without letting your hips sink, and then walk your hands backwards as you roll the ball back towards your feet
I skipped my workout yesterday because I just didn’t feel like doing it. This C25K thing is really getting to me and I’m starting to dread running again. No bueno. While this is the case, I do recognize that after a good hard run, I feel really great and it ends up not eing as bad as the build up I’ve given it in my head. Once I get past the mental block I have, I will be a lot more successful at this.
On another note, I’ve been really slacking on my miles for the year. I think I’m about 8 miles behind since my surgery and haven’t been motivated enough to catch all the way back up. The good news? I can probably make it up in a week if I really push. So that’s my goal for this week coming up. Run 2.75 Miles today to complete week 8 of C25k and then next week finish the program and catch up with the miles I’ve been missing.
One of my major pet peeves is when people tell you the reason you’re not losing weight is because you’re not “eating clean.” What does “eating clean” even mean? You can buy a ton of books on these “lifestyle changes” that involve cutting out sugar, soda, sometimes dairy,…
Could your Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bars be made without the protein powder?
Yep, they definitely can. You may want to grind some of the oats into a powder in a food processor beforehand or add maybe 2-4 tablespoons of flour (whole grain would be best) as a substitute. Adding in some greek yogurt will bump of the protein level some as well.
Another good alternative for protein is skim milk powder. It is a good source of both calcium and protein if you aren’t into protein powder but still want similar benefits. I haven’t tried it myself so I’m not sure on the taste, but I read that it’s not bad at all.
Play around with the recipe as much as you’d like and I’m sure you’ll find a combo that’s perfect for you :)
I feel like I’m repeating myself at this point but I hate watching people just run themselves into the ground and then wonder why all of a sudden they’re so tired, injured, ceased seeing any progress etc.
I often have an issue with how people prescribe high intensity training, or more to the…