I got my calorie counter in place and ready to roll! The first challenge on the way to skinny me – bribing my kids with ice-cream this morning to get them smile for the Christmas photographs. Oh… that ice-cream looked so good!
And the happy-smiley-looking-at-the-camera-shot:
“You wish, mom”…
Mommy stayed strong and didn’t touch the ice-cream! The kids won yet another battle – I didn’t manage to get a single image of them both smiling and looking at the camera at the same time!
So, tonight’s plan is to load the kids on the husband and let them enjoy Russian Story Time (heh heh heh! With Dave’s 5-word Russian vocabulary it’s going to be interesting…). Meanwhile I’m going to be making myself gorgeous for 90 minutes at Ocean Avenue Hot Yoga! The best way to lose 2 lbs in 1.5 hours! If you never did hot yoga, and interested in trying, here is my advice. First of all – drink a lot. I usually have about a gallon of water throughout the day before the class. One more tip – don’t eat anything for 1.5 – 2 hours before the session. With these two tricks it’s almost guaranteed you will enjoy the torture!
Here is a light yet delicious dinner idea for tonight. By the way, I find that LiveStrong.com is an excellent (and free!) way to help you track your calories!
HEALTHY CABBAGE SALAD
- 1 small cabbage, shredded
- 2 mid carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1 mid apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
- Salt, pepper, sukanat or sugar to taste
- 1/3 long English cucumber, diced
- 1/3 bunch cilantro
- ½ bell pepper
- Juice of 2 lemons
- ½ tsp honey
- 2 tbs sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- 1 lb chicken breast, diced
- ¼ cup peanuts, slightly crushed
- Chow Mein Noodles (optional)
Mix the first 3 ingredients with a little bit of salt, sukanat or sugar, and pepper in a large bowl and push with your fist for about 1 min to let cabbage juice.
Add the next 3 ingredients
Make a dressing by combining lemon juice, honey, sesame oil. Taste it before pouring over to make sure it’s not to sweet or sour, modifying the quantity of ingredients to your taste.
Sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds
Separate the mixture in half.
Pour the first half over the salad and let stand.
Preheat a medium frying pan and grease it with sesame oil. Sauté chicken pieces on it until browned, add crushed peanuts, mix on the pan for about 30 sec, and pour over the rest of juice/honey/oil mixture.
Serve hot chicken on top of the cabbage salad.
Sprinkle with Chow Mein Noodles if you wish.
Yummy and healthy!