Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jorge Cruise's Famous Skinny Muffin - As seen on Dr. Oz.

I am absolutely NUTS about this muffin & idea. I have been making them in the morning. I tweaked Jorge's recipe to my liking (read, chocoholic), by adding 1/2 square 86% Cacao crumbled up and a dash of vanilla to Jorge's original recipe. He has new variations and you can download the recipe at his link. ENJOY! ☺

Grab a copy of the recipe here:



I saw on one site where someone added cheddar and jalapenos to the muffin for a savory treat, sounds yummy!

Low Carb - Low Sugar - Pepper & Asparagus Beef

Pepper & Asparagus Beef

I am trying out new ways to stay low carb, low sugar. Jorge Cruise mentions that bell peppers and Asparagus are super carb foods so I used those and some very lean beef sirloin to create a tasty and healthy dish.

Pepper & Asparagus Beef
(makes 3 - 4 generous servings)

1 Bell Pepper (or more)
1 Bunch of Asparagus
2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil (a few Tbs as needed)
6 - 8 ozs of lean, beef sirloin
Salt & pepper to taste
Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

  • Slice bell peppers
  • Cut asparagus into 1 1/2" pieces
  • Slice beef into thin strips
  • sprinkle with slat and pepper and set aside
  • Heat Olive Oil in pan
  • Saute bell peppers and Asparagus in oil until they start to soften
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Mince or use garlic press and add garlic to the peppers and asparagus
  • Add sliced beef to pan and continue to saute until the meat just turns brown outside. (I like my beef tender and a bit pink inside, if you like it more done, cook a bit longer). Do not overcook or beef will get tough.
  • Stir in a dash of Sriracha hot sauce or your favorite if desired.
So Good!

Jorge Cruise - Zucchini Cheese Fries! A Little Bit of Heaven!

Wow, I just made a recipe from Jorge Cruise's "The Belly fat Cure - Fast Track" called "Zucchini Cheese Fries". This is Jorge's alternative to french fries. It was delicious!

These are super easy to make. I just made 1 Zucchini instead of the 8 - 10 he suggests you use to make 6 - 8 servings. I found that 1 egg was more than enough for making a single serving. I also used a combination of grated Parmesan and shredded Parmesan to give it more texture and crunch.

Here is the recipe for a single serving (I only ate half of this myself)

Jorge's Zucchini Cheese Fries for One!

1 med Zucchini
1 egg
1 pinch of chili powder

handful of shredded Parmesan (or as needed)
handful of grated Parmesan (or as needed)
Olive Oil (just a bit for frying)

Wash and slice ends of of the zucchini. Slice it crosswise to make 2 short pieces, then slice it down the middle and cut each half into halves & cut each of those into halves or 1/3rds again. The object is to get the zucchini slices to look like fries. You can make them thicker or thinner for your preference.

  • Beat egg with the dash of chili powder.
  • Put Parmesan cheeses on a paper plate.
  • Dip each piece of zucchini in egg mixture
  • gently roll and press the zucchini into the cheese
  • set aside until they are all breaded

Heat oil in a med to large fry pan. Just enough to put a nice layer on the bottom.
  • Fry in the olive oil turning gently on each of their 3 sides until golden brown and softened.
  • Drain each "fry" on paper towels.
  • Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven.
Mmm. Good stuff!

Week 2 - Day 1 of Couch 2 5k Running Program

Another Great Morning Run doing the C 2 5k Plan!

I am now in my second week of running. I can feel my body really responding to the extra time that has been added to each running interval. Just was I am getting close to the end of each interval I suddenly feel my body giving me a tiny bit more energy to sustain the run. That is cool. I used Suz's podcasts for the run as it had more modern and less electronic based music which I really enjoyed.

Her cueing was nice as well. I am looking forward to Thursday's run.

Warm up: 5 minutes Static Stretching:
  • Hip Flexors
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Abductors (inner thighs)
Podcast - Week 2 - Day 1:
  • 5 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 5 minutes brisk walking
Coolk Down: 5 minutes Static Stretching:
  • Hip Flexors
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Abductors (inner thighs)
    This is supposed to be the end of the training, but I still felt like I could do more so I did 3 more running and walking intervals and felt like perhaps I could have done a bit more. On Thursday I plan to do the program 2 times.

    I Ran My First Couch to 5k Last Week!

    Thursday was a big day for me.  I ran for the first time.  This may not seem like big news to some, but for those of you who have never ran you know what I mean!  Read on and see how it went and what my motivation was.

    I have always HATED running. No secret, I would tell everyone....but I think deep down inside it was really that I had NO idea how to run. I have always been into fitness but every time I would try running my shins would hurt or my knees got sore. Again, I really had no idea how to run.
    Last Wednesday in my Personal Fitness Training class our teacher had us run what was supposed to be just over 2 miles distance , 4, half mile laps in about 20 minutes. I was worried because i was the only one in the class who had never run before. I managed to make it through 2 laps / 1 mile without stopping. I had to run/walk the other laps. My lungs were on fire. I felt good that I was able to run 1 mile without stopping, but I think my instructor was disappointed and when I told him I had never run before instead of being encouraging he told me "yes, I know, it shows!!!!!" (thanks a lot).
    I went home that night feeling like the biggest failure, wondering how was I going to be a good role model for my clients once I get certified as a trainer? I talked with a friend about how I felt. it was nice to be encouraged. I realized that I am NOT a quitter. I CAN do this.

    I started looking into a program called "Couch to 5k", that helps people like me who have never run before to get up and start moving. I am physically fit but my body is not used to running. I had been planning to sign up for a Couch 2 - 5k in my area but their classes are on a school night and I am way too tired after class to go running.

    I went online and found out that there are websites that offer free Couch to 5k courses. I was ecstatic. This website offers links to C2-5k courses as well as Podcasts to download that will cue you when to run and walk with music, etc. Awesome.

    This is the original and best site I found to get you started:

    I downloaded my Podcasts here:

    The above links are mixes by DJ Beatsmith and he offers lots of free music for running, workouts, etc.

    I am going to try these as well:

    I did it! I went out this morning and ran with the "week 1, day 1" podcast from DJ Beatsmith.
    5 minutes stretching/foam rolling
    5 minutes: Brisk walking cued by DJ Beatsmith
    20 minutes: 60 seconds running, 90 seconds brisk walking
    I continued with:
    7 minutes brisk walking
    90 seconds running, 2 minutes brisk walking for 2 rounds
    5 minutes cool down
    5 minutes stretching.

    I Loved it. I was able to do it comfortably. When the session was over I actually started week 2 and did 2 of the intervals by the time I got back to my home. I feel good and inspired by trying something new.

    The music was also very new and fresh to me. The first 5 minutes of brisk walking were amazing. My body just fell into the beat of the music and continued to to so for the rest of the intervals.