Sugar Detox Questions (and the Color Me Rad Winners)

First things first as always,  the winners for the Color Me Rad entries are Lori, Kaili, and Dylan Bukowczyk.  Email me at kindazennish.com and I will send you your codes, congrats!

I didn’t post for Meatless Monday this week because honestly I just ran out of time – I haven’t even done my weekend grocery shopping yet and it’s already Tuesday.  Ever have weekends so busy you feel like you need to recover from them?  Ya, next weekend I am doing NOTHING.

But food is on my mind, especially since I read this Tweet Monday morning.

I’ve had the idea of trying a sugar detox for a while, but all of the information about it seems to be Paleo, which I think of as including lots of meat though I know I’ve read that there are vegetarians that follow it.  But it also cuts out the majority of grains.  I don’t see any reason to cut out whole grains because I think they’re healthy if you’re not gluten intolerant, which I’m not. The problem is I know perfectly well that I’m not a food expert so I keep thinking there must be some reason for it, although I couldn’t find anything on Google except for 1 person’s comment on an article (I already forgot which one) that grains eventually break down into sugar.

So I’m curious.  What’s wrong with including whole grains while trying to cut out sugar?  I’d like to try this with my own modified plan in the next few weeks and if there is a reason to eliminate grains then whatever, it’s temporary!  As long as that doesn’t include oatmeal.

Anybody have an opinion on this or know the reason?

Just Color Me Rad!

Another great fun run is coming!

This one sums things up pretty damn good on their web site – “Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad. Run for the hell of it.”  Hey, that’s my reason for doing lots of things, this run is for me!

Zoloft & Balloon Animals - ColorMeRadIf balloon animals aren’t doing it for you (some of them ARE kinda freaky) or if you just want to get out there and get colorful for the hell of it you can find out if they’re coming to your area here and then sign up with  the discount code KINDAZENNISH15  to get 15% off.

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There are a ton of great races coming to Tampa, I’ve managed to about fill up my calendar through March already.  What about you, do you have any runs coming up?

If not you need to get one scheduled!  I’ll help.  The friendly folks at Color Me Rad have been kind enough to give me a few free race entries to give out!  Want to win one?  Just go over and ‘like’ their Facebook page, tell them kindazennish.com sent you and then comment below letting me know you did for an entry.  You can also follow them on Twitter to keep up on their latest and greatest!

Three winners will be randomly chosen Monday the 27th and I will announce the winner here Tuesday!

Disclosure: I received race entries in exchange for posting about Color Me Rad.

Vegan Meatless Monday 7 – Not so Thai

A few months back I was wandering about the grocery store and picked up a little jar of red curry paste.  I’m a pretty frugal person and I don’t make a habit of picking up random seemingly useless things and buying them but it  sounded interesting.  That jar has sat and taunted me ever since, because I haven’t had a clue of what to do with it.  But it did make my spice cabinet look that much more international.

Anyways, to get to the point I decided to try and make Thai food for dinner because I think that’s what you do with red curry paste.  Now I have to admit up front I’ve only ever ate Thai food twice in my life and both times it was in the same restaurant.  But it was good and it was spicy, so although that doesn’t make me an expert it did make me a fan.

To get back to the point AGAIN I made a Thai-ish dinner which involved Japanese Buckwheat Noodles (they happened to be in the cabinet) and probably is as anti-authentic as it gets, but it was good so who cares?

I have no name for this, let’s just call it Thai-ish Japanese noodles:

Sauce:

I very slightly modified the sauce from this post on Tasty Yummys.

  • 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp. red curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. chunky peanut butter

The stir fry:

  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large white onion, cut into strips
  • 3 peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely diced
  • Baby bok choy, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 little can water chestnuts (they too where taunting me)
  • Snow peas (they came in a full strawberry basket, not sure of the weight)
  • 12 oz. box Japanese Buckwheat Noodles, cooked according to package

Since I again picked up some unnamed pepper at the market here’s a  picture of the veggies before chopping them up.  The peppers smelled and tasted like bells, 2 regular bells would be about the same thing.

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  1. Heat up the oil at medium high heat in wok (a really big frying pan would probably work, but any excuse to use the wok!
  2. Add onions, garlic and peppers and stir often for 4-5 minutes
  3. Add snow peas and water chestnuts, cook an additional 3-4 minutes
  4. Add bok choy and stir until wilted
  5. Turn off heat and stir in the noodles and sauce

Serve with soy sauce

This was pretty good with soy sauce.  I had really expected it to be spicier, I thought the red curry paste had a major kick but it really didn’t.  I’ll have to aim for a super-spicy Thai dinner another time!

I also made a very simple fruit salad to have both as breakfast and as a snack for the week.

  • 1 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 honeydew, cubed
  • 1 very small watermelon, cubed
  • 1 large bag of red grapes
  • Sweetened coconut

Mixed in a large bowl and sprinkled with the sweetened coconut when served.  I think I’ll slice a banana into it too next time I have a bowl, it makes it feel more breakfast-y!

The easiest way (that I know of) to cut a cantaloupe or honeydew:

First cut it in half and scrape out the seeds with a spoon, then cut each half into strips. Cut the melon into bite size pieces without taking it off of or cutting through the skin and then peal off the skin with a small knife. I’m not sure I’m explaining it very well, so here’s a picture before the last step.  🙂

CantelopeBoth of these recipes make quite a bit for my little 3 person household, but I like to eat leftovers for breakfast and lunches all week. I package the extra in meal size portions to bring to work so I don’t have to think much about it for the rest of the week.

Yay to thinking less early in the morning!

 

Checking in

Happy Tuesday!  First things first, the winner of The Color Run entry is Sadie B!  Sadie please email me at KindaZennish@gmail.com and I will give you your entry code.

Second things second, we’re more than half way through January, have you been working on any New Year’s resolutions or monthly goals?  I usually don’t set any goals for the whole year but you know this year I decided to try to run 500 miles by the end of the year.

I keep turning it around in my head trying to figure out a plan. Hmm…

  •  250 miles per half year
  • 125 miles per quarter
  • 41.666 a month
  • 9.6153 a week
  • 1.369 a day

The further I break it down the easier it sounds. Heck. it’s only about .057 miles per hour this year!  Ya.  I haven’t actually run 9 miles a week, as a matter of fact I got off to a very slow start on the running front. But I’m already picking up the miles a bit and I figure if I can keep steadily increasing my mileage I shouldn’t have a problem catching 500 at the end of the year.

Granted right now I am only at 15 but, you know, I wanted plenty of room to improve.  🙂

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How are you doing with your running goals?  Are you going to running this year?

The Color Run Is About to Hit Tampa!

In November I mentioned that I’m running The Color Run with my kids this year.  Only a few days left!

My son was excited, then decided he didn’t like running, then became excited all over again and not only is running with me outside, he also is running on the treadmill some nights.  I couldn’t be happier about how this is motivating him and his sister to take up running.  It must really be the happiest 5K on the planet, since I’m already happy!

This year The Color Run is going all Kaleidoscope-al.

ColorRunWhat does that even mean you say?  Well.

Every registered Color Runners get an official The Color Run Race Kit including:

  • A custom t-shirt
  • Tricolor headband
  • Amazing shoulder sling bag
  • Tattoos
  • and more! (I always like and mores)

That’s super groovy and all, but what about the race course you ask. Well.

  • Epic Finish Festival
  • Unique Kaleidoscope attractions on the course
  • Incredible photo opps
  • Awesome Kaleidoscope fun at the finish festival!

They used the words epic and awesome and I thought I was the only one who ever did so I’m kinda impressed just because of that.  🙂

Anyways, my Children of the Corn are running it and I think you and yours should too!  When you sign up don’t forget to use the code Color5Off when you register (it can’t be applied later) for a $5 discount to sign up for a run in any city and if you sign up as part of a team of 4 or more you get an additional $5 off per person. This code is not valid on flash city sales.

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Need a little more incentive to join us?  How about a chance to win a free entry? Just leave me a comment below letting me know what city you’d run in and you’ll be entered, the winner will be chose at random Monday and announced here on the blog next Tuesday.

Have you ever run a 5K?  If you have kids do they ever run with you?

Disclosure: I have received a race entry in exchange for posting about The Color Run.

ElectroDash 5K

Yin and Yang – very loosely defined it is about two opposites that cannot exist without the other. If you want to take it about a million times looser, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

What does that have to do with anything? Nothing maybe.  BUT. The other day I mentioned that I’ve decided to get ready for a Spartan Race.  That’s going to require some hard work and dedication to do it right.  But hard work and dedication can get to be a drag, so how about some really fun races on the way?  How about a cross between a run and a dance party?  OK, I don’t like dancing but still.

How about an ElectroDash 5K?  Even the name is fun to say, I’m in.  From their web site:

“Every corner of the run is another party. You’ll run, walk, or dance 3.1 miles through stations of insane light shows, photobooths, neon madness, and electro lasers right up until the finish: the biggest party of all. So bring your camera and put your party hat on; it’s time to rage.”

Here’s the map they published of the Tampa run.  Do you see that they have glowing trees and floating jellyfish? Exactly. You want to go to.  Find out if they have a run with floating  jellyfish where you are! Then sign up to run, you can get 15% with the code KINDAZENNISH15.

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Vegan Meatless Monday 6 (on a Tuesday)

Yes, I’m doing my Meatless Monday post on Tuesday.  I was ill all weekend and had made the food and all but wasn’t up to actually typing it all out.  Pathetic, I know but lying doesn’t make it different. Plus I figure it’s a little like spaghetti Tuesday on a Wednesday, and what’s better than that new tradition?

Second, we have a Spartan Race winner!  Seth, email me at kindazennish@gmail.com and I’ll send you your code, congrats!

Anyways, I’m only posting dinner this week, see above for why. BUT.  It is excellent, you can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still be happy. Plus a recipe for salsa which you don’t really need for the enchiladas but you must make it anyways and eat it on everything you have for the next week.

I would never in a million years thought I’d have enchiladas without cheese and not miss the cheese, but that’s what happened.

Salsa:

  • 8 medium sized tomatoes, diced (I usually use 15 romas, but these were on sale so…)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 bunch cilantro, cut up a bit (not to be overly technical but…)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 7 cloves of garlic, finely diced (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pepper

Just throw it all together in a big bowl, stir it up and eat with chips or over pretty much anything. I hand dice the tomatoes just because I threw them in the ninja once and it wasn’t pretty.  Still tasted good though!  This is one of those things that tastes better the next day if there’s any left.  It makes quite a  bit.

Tip:

If you have kids have them roll the limes as much as they will between their hands while you do the other stuff. Squishy limes = more juice.

 

For the enchiladas:

Corn tortillas & black olives,

Thin sliced lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and jalapeno slices for optional garnish/topping

Enchilada sauce:

  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp dry oregano
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Enchilada filling:

  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1 can re-fried beans
  • 3 cups sliced spinach (remember it shrinks when you cook it)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 fine diced white onion
  • 2 fine diced frying peppers ( I didn’t think that was the real name but it was on the sign and I Googled it and yep, that’s them)

Frying peppers

Just mix it all up in a decent sized bowl and put it in the fridge till you’re ready to roll. Ready to roll?

I always put a ladle full of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan. Why? Because that’s just the way it’s done! I had made the sauce and filling in the morning an rolled them up right before cooking so I had to heat up some sauce to dip the corn tortillas in.  I like to use a pasta bowl because they’re low and wide, perfect for dipping tortillas in.

Tips:

  • You have to dip the corn tortillas in warm sauce so they don’t tear when you roll them.
  • The enchilada sauce will taste too tomato-y until after it’s baked.  After it’s baked you’ll be hooked and will never buy canned sauce again, except maybe on those lazy days.
  • Take out all the tortillas you’ll need, put them above the bowl of enchilada sauce.  Put a plate to roll them on to the right, touching.  Finally, put the pan you are going to bake them in to the right of that, touching. If everything is out and as close together as possible it’ll minimize the unavoidable mess.  Once you have dipped your fingers in the sauce you won’t want to reach back in the tortilla bag or anywhere else till you’re done.  (That’s where my kids come in).  🙂
  • You need less filling per enchilada than you think. Always.

Cover the pans with foil and cook in a pre-heated oven at 325 for an hour.

Ta-da!

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Top with a big spoonful of salsa and serve a little salad on the side to mix in and – Dinner.

I made a double batch of sauce and had about half left, I made two pans of enchiladas and had a bowl of filling left that I intend to use for nachos which shall rock.

I’ve never actually had a recipe for enchiladas, I always make them different but this one’s a keeper.  Do you have an awesome vegetarian (vegan or not) enchilada recipe? Do share here or share the link!

Get Ready to be a Spartan!

You know I love obstacle and mud runs. But am I ready for the Reebok Spartan Race?  Mmm, probably not.  But it’s been added to my to-do in 2014 list!

Not sure what a Spartan Race is all about? It’s about finding out just how far you can push yourself – and about smiling as you cross the finish line. Well, that’s my goal anyway.

How about you, are you ready?

If you’re in or around Tampa, Florida here’s a great way to test yourself if you aren’t sure or to help prepare yourself if you plan on running it. Doing anything this Saturday morning? How about doing a Reebok Spartan Workout with the #1 MMA Welterweight Contender Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks?  It’s free to the first 300 people to register!  You can register here.

Johny Hendricks for Spartan

I’m tempted to go just so that if they do it again I can see how much I can improve between now and then!

If you ARE in Tampa, here’s another cool thing.  February 15th we’re going to have “the most unique Spartan event” –  the Special Ops Spartan Sprint Medal which includes a special finishers medal unique to this race!

Tampa Special Ops race

Whether you’re in Florida or not, here’s a chance to win your way into any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US. The people at Reebok Spartan Race would like to give you a code for a free race entry or you can go here to get a code for 15% off a registration!  If you aren’t sure if there is a race coming to your area you can check here.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment letting me know if the Spartan Race will help motivate you to reach your goals for 2014. You get an additional entry for liking Spartan Race’s Facebook page and leaving me a comment letting me know that you did so below, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave them a message letting them know that Kinda Zennish sent you!

A random winner will be chose Monday the 13th and announced here Tuesday.  Good luck!

Miles for Christmas

This year I haven’t set any particular goals or resolutions yet.  I’ve had two things circling round in my mind – I think I’ll set a goal of running 500 miles this year and it would really alleviate the whole single mom stressing over the holidays thing if I started putting away money for the holidays now.

As luck would have it I somehow came across a blog post on Just call me B! giving me the perfect way to tie these two goals together.  Pay myself a dollar for every mile that I run.  500 miles in a year equates to about $10 a week, not an amount I’ll miss but an amount that will be very helpful come Christmas!  As I’m not the most crafty person in  the world I’ll spare you a picture of my empty but clean pasta jar with the lid glued on.  I mean miles for money jar.  Whatever.

Anyways, I have not just one but 2 motivators to run my 500 miles this year because I also signed up for Run This Year 2014.  It’s a running community committed to run 2,014 miles, or 2,014 Kilometers in 2014.  When I first read about it I thought interesting, but ya, NO.  I can’t run 2,014 miles in a year – I’m lucky to hit 3 miles on my long runs!  But they also have a third choice, Get Your Own Goal.  Perfect!

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500 miles here I come, and I have both a group of equally determined runners AND a promise of a Christmas actually pre-paid to motivate me to get there.  Win and win.

Do you track your miles run, miles biked, pounds lifted or something similar per year?  What’s your goal for 2014?

Vegan Meatless Monday 5 – Keeping it Easy

Another vegan Monday, this time I decided to keep the entire day as easy as possible. Because who says vegan has to mean difficult?

Breakfast – boxed cereal and vanilla almond milk

I love, love, love unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  It’s actually pretty sweet and really good on cereal.  That was the easy part.  I decided to pick up a box of Raisin Bran which goes perfect with it but at the last minute I Googled it to be certain it’s vegan. Geez.

Most sites say it is vegan including PETA’s.  However I found two sites that say it isn’t, first on Happy Hippie Vegan then this one with a letter from Kellogg itself. Hmmm, looks like I’ll go with Cinnamon Life cereal. That’s always been a favorite of mine anyways.

Lunch – salad

Just open a bag of pre-cut lettuce and add your favorite toppings and dressing.  I like diced cucumbers and tomatoes and either green olives or diced jalapeno.

Dinner – World’s Easiest Chili – aka canned chili

I was reading This Crazy Life of Mine and saw a recipe for black and red chili and was reminded that it had been way to long since I’d made this chili!  Her recipe isn’t vegetarian but it’s otherwise so close it’s funny, I’ve been making this for years.

This is perfect for a work night when you don’t have a lot of time or energy but want a hearty meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can diced or stewed tomatoes
  • pre-cut frozen peppers and onions
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or fresh garlic

Brown the onions and garlic a bit, then add everything else in and stir.  Let it simmer about 20 minutes and it’s done.

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