Monday, September 28, 2015

Oriental Chicken Salad (Applebee's Copycat Salad)

1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon honey mustard (optional)

Romaine lettuce (chopped)
cabbage (purple and or green, chopped)
breaded chicken breast (sliced)
mandarin oranges
sliced almonds
crunchy rice noodles

Adapted from here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Exercise Tracking and Reward Sheet - Printable

Exercise is really important to me and I've been trying to make it a priority. I like to have goals and checklists but most methods I've tried never last. I created this sheet about a year and half ago and it has been very successful for me so I wanted to share it with you! I like it because it rewards you for what you do but doesn't punish you for what you don't do. There are no weekly or monthly quotas.

Basically, every time you exercise for at least 20 minutes you record the type of exercise and the date. Once you fill in enough for your reward (10 for beginners or 25 for intermediate) then you give yourself a reward. It's also fun to see a record of the dates you worked out on over time. 

The only rule is that the reward cannot be food. My reward is to buy and download an mp3 song on the internet to build my workout music library. Other ideas include buying a new piece of clothing for your regular or workout wardrobe, a new book, a new bottle of nail polish,or anything simple that makes you happy and motivates you to keep exercising!

Monday, September 14, 2015

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Cooking time may need to be adapted for your elevation/humidity levels. If the cookies are dry and crumbly reduce the cooking time by 15-30 seconds. If the cookies do not harden, increase the cooking time by 15-30 seconds. Makes approximately 20 cookies.

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
pinch salt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup quick oats

Stir the first set of ingredients (sugar through salt) in medium saucepan over medium heat. Once you see the first bubble forming, start the timer for 1.5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the timer goes off, immediately remove the pan from heat and stir in peanut butter. Stir in oatmeal for one minute or until it starts to thicken a bit. Scoop quickly with small cookie scoop onto wax paper. Let cool at least one hour until set. Store in airtight container.