Saag Tofu

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So when I lived in NYC, I was living in the hub of Indian culture. Some people called it Murray Hill, but really everyone refered to my specific street as Curry Hill. We lived on a street lined with Indian restaurants & shops.  They were always packed full of tourists and residents day & night. Really, some of the best food & spices was at my fingertips at all times (best dang curry at 3am too)!

Needless to say, I found this recipe & was intrigued. Indian in a crockpot? Why not! I love anything in a crockpot & anything Indian screams my name too.  So why not break out the crockpot already (it is October now) & throw a lil’ culture to the mix! Plus, what’s not to like about a meal that is packed with fiber (hello spinach), seasoned with an array of spices & you can dip bread into!

On to this Indian crockpot concoction…

  1. In a slow cooker add 1 can lite coconut milk, 1.5C tomato sauce &  3 defrosted packages of spinach
  2. For spices add 4 chopped garlic cloves, 3T minced ginger, 1T garam masala, 1T ground coriander, 1T ground cumin, 1t salt & 1/8t cayenne pepper – stir til all combined & cook on low for 3hours
  3. After 3hours, pour in Vitamix & add 1 package of fresh spinach – blend on high
  4. Pour back into crockpot, add 1 package of cubed tofu & cook on low for an additional hour

Serve with homemade naan, or prepackaged naan (I used a gf pizza dough mix & added a few extra spices into the dough)!

Nutritional Info Per Cup (Serves 8C): 115 calories – 3.6 grams of fat – 9 carbs – 8.5 grams of protein 

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Fitbit Flex

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As we all know NYC is a walking city. When I was there, I walked everywhere at anytime of day and in any weather. Seriously. So with the recent move to Boston I was super nervous about how much of a walking city it would be. Welp, I decided to put it to the test & see how much I actually walk here!

Fitbit Flex is not only is it going to tell me how many steps I take, but show the miles, calories burned, active minutes & my sleep habits!!

Here goes nothing and yes, a review will be posted, so keep an eye out!

Gwyneth’s Banana Ice Cream with Sweet & Salty Almonds

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Holy Crud…yesterday almost tipped to 70 degrees in NYC & today the same, hallelujah!! I will be spending my day on our roof top enjoying the rays, writing, reading & eating some banana ice cream!

With that said, I am a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow & her banana ice cream recipe! Just in case you haven’t heard, my girl Gwennie is not only an actor & singer – but a straight up author! She just came out with her second book,  It’s All Good and I happened to pick up a copy this weekend. Thank goodness because I ventured into making her OH SO AMAZING banana ice cream today! This will be a summer staple!

  1. Dice up 4 peeled bananas, place in a single layer on a plate with parchment paper – stick in freezer for at least an hour
  2. Add 1/4C of raw almonds to a plastic sandwich bag – mash up with a can
  3. In a small bowl mix: almond chunks, 2t maple syrup & 1/2t salt (I used pink himalayan salt) – set aside
  4. Put the following in a Vitamix (blender or food processor will work): frozen bananas, 1/2C unsweetened almond milk, 2T maple syrup & 1t vanilla extract
  5. Blend & scrape sides down if necessary – the mixture should slowly become the consistency of soft serve ice cream

You can scoop right on out of the mixer or save for later & store in a tupperware container in the freezer. If you want to indulge immediately make sure you don’t forget the kick – the yumtastic salty almond maple glaze!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4, 2 Scoops Each): 165 calories – 4 grams of fat – 32 carbs – 3 grams of protein

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NYC no-go soda ban?

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Lots of debate in The Big Apple – a bill was proposed by Mayor Bloomberg that caused quite a stir a few months back & this week it was struck down in a Manhattan court.

Quick overview: Bloomberg wanted all sugary beverages larger than 16oz to be banned in the city – my view LOVE. Everyone else, not so much. With that being said, the bill was supposed to go into effect this past Tuesday – it did not. Now Bloomberg will appeal & we will see where the sugar flows.

Honestly, it’s crazy scary how much sugar is in some of our drinks – if you do need a ginormas drink please get diet or 2 small sizes (cause really who would pay for that).

Anywho. I propose water – gulp it up all day long. It is not only refreshing but it keeps your body flowing. Literally. and if you can not handle the clean taste of pure h20 then guzzle on a chia fresca (my brother shaking his head in horror). Check it out.

  • 16oz fresh water, juice of 2 limes, 1t sugar (truvia for me) & 1T chia seeds – Stir it up & garnish with fersh mint or a lime wedge! 
Nutritional Info Per Serving (1 drink): 80 calories – 3 grams of fat – 15 carbs – 3.5 grams or protein 

Yes, that simple. Taste it, enjoy it & get into it. Chia is a power food – packed with protein, potassium & antioxidants…really the list goes on.

Moksha Yoga NYC

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pro: calorie torching classes & blissful vibes of goodness

con: cost, HOWEVER there is a way to practice for free – yes way!

THE BEST hot yoga studio around!  I found this gem back in January 2012 and it transformed my body – SWEAR!  Prior to Moksha I only attempted regular yoga classes at my gym and never ventured into Bikram.  The thought of Bikram scared me – all my friends said they yell at you, the room smells & you have to do strict moves even if you are tired.  Well let me tell you…Moksha is nothing like that!  It is a peaceful environment, where the teachers only want to help & inspire you, not yell.  The studio does not smell AT ALL &  you are not only told, but encouraged to listen to your body & rest, adjust or slow down your practice when needed.

Let me review a few aspects of the Moksha studio in NYC…

  • Check in was & is still easy breezy…few pages of paperwork are initially filled out & they run you through the lay of the land.  The Intro month is $40 for unlimited classes – hello CHEAP!  At the initial check in they give you a swipe card to use for future check- ins.
  • Mats, practice towels & towels can be rented, however I have my own so no need to use (bought at TJMaxx so affordable!) and water bottles can be borrowed.
  • Locker rooms are nice, have to bring your own lock and they do have showers with all in one wash so you can rinse off after you practice – major plus because you get super sweaty!!
  • The yoga studio steams…the temperature ranges from 95-100degrees!  and boy does it feel good – you detoxify & stretch like never before!  They have a few different types of classes – Moksha, Moksha Flow, Hot Yin, Yang Ying, Karma class & community classes – a complete mix of classes everyday at different  times.
  • The people are beyond amazing!  From the very first day to a year later I still get a very warm welcome whenever I attend a class…they truly care about their community and want everyone to be a part of theirs.  (example..they held our wedding day Moksha class for all our family & friends at their studio – it was the perfect way to start our day & got us going!)

SO PLEASE go and get your yoga groove on at Moksha Yoga NYC, you will not regret it!

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flywheel flatiron

imagesJust got back from my first Flywheel experience!

pro: I burned 650 calories in 45 minutes!!!

con: each class is 32 buckaroo’s!!!

I arrived shaking in my boots.  I consider myself an avid gym goer and I do ride on the bike when I am there, however seeing the people come out of spinning classes at my gym literally scares me – barely able to walk, profusely sweating & wearing those shorts with butt padding, no thanks!

Anywho, my girlfriend was pestering me and first classes are free at Flywheel so why not give it a try!  Let me breakdown my experience for you..

  • Easy check in on arrival – I registered online to reserve a bike last night – super simple.  Was expeceting more paperwork when I arrived, however they have computers when you walk in & you log in to let them know you have arrived.
  • They provide the shoes – Being a germaphobe I am typically not okay with this – but I went with the flow!  When you reserve a bike you pick where you sit, #13 was me & give them your shoe size.  So right under the check in there are numbered slots and BAM my shoes were already there!
  • Unisex locker rooms – Weird yes, but really they had single room restrooms & changing rooms so you didn’t really even notice.  They provide everything to shower, deodorant, dry shampoo, tampons and much more!  As well, the locks on the lockers are simple – no need to bring a lock – they have resetting locks!
  • Free fruit, bottle water & towels – Okay so maybe you won’t eat the fruit during class but take one for the road – we did!  The water & towels are right before the classroom – you can take as many as you want.
  • The classroom & bikes were easy to navigate – Walked into a stadium seating cycling room with one of the workers there – she showed me how to sit,ride & lock in properly.  Once I was locked in the teacher was ready to rock!  The lights went down & only one spotlight was on for the teacher – the music pumped up and we rode for 45minutes.  Our teacher told us exactly what to do and kept us motivated with her voice & music.

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  • Easy to adjust levels…On each bike you have a screen which shows your Torq (resistance), RPM (frequency of spins) and some other numbers that I didn’t pay attention to.  The instructor tells you exactly where you should be.

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  • Arms too… On each bike there are 2 weight bars – one 2lb & one 4lb.  In the midst of sweating and spinning like crazy to Foxy Brown (yes we did, how old school!) you might be told to lift weights – amazing!

Overall I loved the experience and I will go back…not sure how often but it is a great class to sweat it out fast & really it is all up to you on how much you burn!  I want to kick my 650 calories in the butt & beat it!

Have you tried Flywheel before…If so, what was your experience like?

Honeymoon Part II: cape town, south africa

capetownOur next stop was Cape Town, South Africa! We had a few days to pack in an everlasting list of things you can do in Cape Town…

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