Sunday, October 28, 2012

Just A Girl & Her Tea...

Good afternoon Beautiful,

Sadly, it’s already Sunday afternoon which means back to work tomorrow! This week coming up is a relatively easy week for me, no health fairs to attend so that means good things for this girl! I have a ton of annual renewals coming up for January 1 and I need to get them out to the prospective companies as soon as possible because you can basically not count the last two weeks of December as anything productive because most people are away… which means in order for these thousands of GoodLife members, we need to get their stuff done early so they don’t go into the gym on January 1 and come up as cancelled. Whoopsies!
Last night I ended up making that chicken stew that I had mentioned in my post yesterday and it turned out amazing! This weekend has kind of been a cheat weekend in terms of food, I had two slices of a baguette last night with the stew, and the stew contains a little bit of flour and a little bit of cheese/cream. It was soooo heavenly though! Here’s the recipe (WARNING: This recipe is NOT paleo although I believe if you wanted to, it would be just as delicious without the cheese and flour, but I wasn’t in the mood to experiment last night).
Chicken, Celery Root & Stilton Stew
Ingredients
3 tbsp of vegetable oil (I used coconut oil!)
4 chicken breasts, skinless and bone-in (I used 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (this is where you could use almond flour I think… I couldn’t find any to try with)
2 cups of dark ale
3 cups of onion, coarsely chopped
8 cups of celery root, peeled and coarsely chopped (I used 4 cups of celery root and 4 cups of celery)
1 cup of carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped (I didn’t peel them)
½ cup of Stilton Blue Cheese crumbled
½ cup of 35% cream (this is optional. I did not read that until now)
2 tbsp of garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions
1. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium high heat and sear chicken until it’s brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.
2. Remove the chicken from the pan, and place in the slow cooker, the chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
3. Add the flour to the reserved fat in the pan and stir until the flour has been absorbed by the oil.
4. Slowly add 1 cup of the ale to the pan and stir to combine while scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
5. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add it to the slow cooker.
6. Add the onion, celery root, carrot, second cup of ale, cheese, cream, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper
7. Cook on low for 7 hours. When finished, carefully shred the chicken meat off the bone, discard bones and place meat back into the stew. Gently stir the stew and serve.
The top is before it's cooked and the bottom is the finished product!
This recipe is originally from the LCBO’s Food&Drink Magazine, but you can also find the original recipe by clicking here which takes you to the online version of the magazine. It’s a great recipe, and it doesn’t usually take 7 hours to cook. Mines been done in about 6 hours both times I’ve made it, just check every couple of hours and see what you think. The first time I made it I used bone in chicken, but found that I had to pick bones out of it every time I would eat it, that’s why I opted for boneless this time around and I don’t think it made it taste any different. I also added in 1 sweet potato just to give it some clean carbs, and I just love sweet potatoes.
Just as a random side note I wanted to take a paragraph or so and just talk about blog etiquette, this will be fast, I promise (if you don’t write a blog you can skip this paragraph)! When you post a recipe, it’s probably stemmed from an original recipe you found online or something, right? Or if you take a picture from someone else’s website, you cite it, right? If a friend or blogging buddy of yours does a giveaway and you’re interested in doing the same one, you should ask them, and give them some credit in your giveaway, right (especially if it’s not one that’s popular and not everyone is doing it!)? If you didn’t answer yes to all of the above, well, you should have. Citing your resources and giving credit where credit is due is super important in the blogging world, so if you’re a writer, please source where you got your info and ask for permission before using stuff off of other blogs. It’s just the right thing to do, and no one is going to care if you got your recipe from “so and so” instead of coming up with it yourself, same with pictures and giveaways…  People will actually respect you more as a writer if you’re giving credit to other writers as well. Thank you!
Ok – now that that’s over, onto the fun stuff. Me and C went to the mall today because I needed to drop off my necklace to Tiffany’s to have it cleaned, and I also needed to pick up two baggies of my favourite tea from David’s Tea to send to my new buddy from the Healthy Living Blogs Tea Swap! After I dropped off my necklace we went to David’s Tea and couldn’t resist buying tea for myself as well as for the lady I’m sending tea to. Check it out – I got two cans of amazing tea:

Mmmm, one can is a black tea called Cranberry Pear and the other is a rooibos tea called Green & Fruity. In my cup I have the black tea and you can see the cranberries and pears floating at the top. I’m drinking it now and it’s SO GOOD. Do you drink tea? I prefer loose leaf tea as opposed to tea bags, but ultimately I’ll drink tea in any form! Here are some fun facts about different kinds of teas:
Green Tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, they help kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. It’s also been shown to help lower LCL cholesterol and inhibit the formation of blood clots, which decreases chances of stroke or heart attack. Source here.
Black Tea
There has been studies proving that increased black tea consumption results in a decrease of cardiovascular disease. It’s also got an abundance of antioxidants in it which, like green tea, helps reduce the risk of cancer and could help with the treatment of brain injury to hearing loss!
Source here.
White Tea
White tea is also full of antioxidants like the first two teas, and it also helps with heart protection by thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol. Researchers have shown that people who drink more than 2 cups of tea per day were 50% less likely to die from a heart attack. It also showed that people who drank tea regularly had a greater bone density than people who don’t (YAY strong bones!).
Source here.
Herbal Tea
Herbal tea obviously has a lot of different kinds of herbs in it. I’m not going to go through a ton of the different herbs,
but click here to find common ones and their health benefits as well!
Rooibos Tea
I love rooibos tea, and this may be why. Rooibos tea helps aid the liver tissue regeneration after prolonged intoxication. It helps liver disease and potentially has therapeutic effects for respiratory ailments. For a full list of how rooibos tea can help,
click here for the source I used.
I love tea! It’s got so many great things about it, it’s just so hard not to love it! Ok, I’m done my tea now it’s off to the gym with C. One sec and I’ll come tell you what we did J
BACK!
Ok, so we only went down to our condo gym for 30 minutes but we got in a pretty good upper body workout! C is great at doing upper body and pushing me. If you’ve ever met him, he’s friggen JACKED so I can trust him when he tells me what to do for my upper body. We did 2 mini-circuits that went like this:
10 push-ups
10 bicep curls on each arm
10 Arnold presses (shoulder press and pec dec combined with a dumbbell)
Repeat three times
10 reps seated row machine
15 reps back extension holding a dumbbell
15 reps sit-ups on the ab bench
Repeat three times
During these while he was doing his sets I’d hold some form of a plank and while I was doing mine he would hold some sort of a plank. We started out on our toes and went to knees if we were getting too tired. It was so fun! I definitely worked up a sweat and so did he! Now because my running season is over I’ll be spending a lot more time in the weight room. I’m not going to stop running all together by any means, but I will be doing a lot more weight training and less running since the weather is turning bad! I’m pretty excited. Do you have any weight training programs I can try or look into? I’d love some recommendations.
This week in total this is what I’ve done:
Sunday – 10km run
Monday – WOD with Jenny
Tuesday – off
Wednesday – 5km run with Jenny
Thursday – Upper body weights
Friday – off
Saturday – Toronto Women’s 8km Race
Sunday – Upper body weights
Yaaaye! This past week was pretty slack though, the workouts weren’t intense, I didn’t run very much coming up to my race but I didn’t want to so that my legs were well rested for the actual race. I think this week might look something like this:
Monday – Resistance training, full body
Tuesday – WOD on my own
Wednesday – off (I’m using my lunch to have lunch with someone I used to work with and if I’m being realistic I probably won’t workout at all)
Thursday – Run (weather permitting, sprints inside if the weather is bad)
Friday – Resistance training, full body
Saturday – Hot yoga with Marina maybe? (Marina, if you’re reading this – LMK!)
Sunday – Either off or a small run or a quick workout. I like lazy Sundays.
What do you have planned for this week? Anything new and exciting? What were your workouts for this week? Did you hit your fitness goals? Let me know! I love to encourage and make your workouts a BIG DEAL! Because they totally are! J
Stay sweet.
xoxo

17 comments:

  1. I don't eat meat, but my family does, so I might just give your recipe a whirl, as I cook from scratch 90% of the time. As to blog etiquette, I still adhere to the Golden Rule. Sort of solves most dilemmas. Enjoy your stew.

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    1. Hey Alexandra! Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely try it. It makes enough for me and my boyfriend for like four days! So awesome. It also makes the condo smell amazing!

      Kudos to you for the Golden Rule - that rocks! :) Keep up the great work girl!

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  2. Yay for tea and your soup! And for working out again! Even though you deserved a break :)

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    1. Haha - thanks Kat! It was just a quicky, it made me feel better for sure!

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  3. I'm just gonna be a grammar nazi because I can't help it.. it's citing* and cite* :) But yeah, I agree about referring back to the original source, I always make sure to credit whoever I got inspired from or adapted from whose recipe. I don't ever get ideas on doing giveaways from other bloggers though, I work on my own for that one.

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    1. Haha whoops. I'm usually a gramar nazi too! Thanks for catching that! I'll change it asap! I try to keep my giveaways original as well, but I've been noticing some people using my ideas and not giving me credit - just want to make sure it was by mistake! :) xoxo

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  4. I love David's Tea too. Have some Pumpkin and some Toasted Marshmallow right now. Yum.

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    1. Mmm! I didn't see those flavours there!! Maybe I missed it amongst the immense amounts of different ones! :)Enjoy!

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  5. I just recalled this link that I save recently about recipes, pictures, etc and I think you might find it worthwhile given your paragraph today about citing sources.

    http://foodblogforum.com/1067-recipe-attribution

    There has been so much discussion about this lately and lots of different viewpoints... it gets pretty personal.

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    1. Thanks Elle! That is a great read... and can be applied to photos and giveaways as well!

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  6. This stew looks delish!! Also, I like the look of your week in review workouts! I like planning my workouts for the week so its less likely that I will stray off course :) my goal is to be able to do a (free standing) hand stand :) seems silly but its something I have always wanted to do but didnt have the upper body strength for.....Im workin' on it!! :)

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    1. Hi Rana! Thanks for dropping by! Are you a new reader or just a new commenter? Either way - I'm SO glad you commented! A free standing hand stand!? I used to be able to do that back in my dancing days but alas, I can't anymore so congrats on that!! Let me know if you do it!! :)

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  7. I managed to sneak in a 11.6k, 5k and 8k run last week - but I feel like running season is definitely winding down, especially if this rain keeps up!
    Congrats on your time at the 8k! Super fast!

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    1. Congrats on YOUR 11.6km run - girl that's unreal! Good for you!!

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  8. TEA TEA TEA = YUM YUM YUM! And that soup looks great. and your workout?! amazing! you go girl! xoxo

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    1. Haha thanks Kacie!! I know! I was sipping on my new tea all day! Love it <3 xoxo

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