Kaia BRIK (and Detox) has Begun!

I am so excited that my six-week boot-camp has begun! I just joined an all women’s program, called Kaia, that meets 5 days a week. Today was the first day (we meet at 6am) and I know I’m going to love it. The women are encouraged to do a complete detox for the first and last week of the program, which means no sugar, no dairy, no carbs (except what is in fruits and veggies) no processed foods and no alcohol. This is exactly what my body needs and I’m really looking forward to how I will feel by the end of the week. Maybe I’ll even extend the detox for a second week!

Last night I decided to make a (mostly) Kaia friendly meal to get myself started on the right track. We had artichokes with an aioli made with vegenaise (usually I would make one from Greek Yogurt but I was all out!), a delicious kale and spinach salad and some leftover pasta salad from the night before. I thought I’d sneak in a little yummy carbs before detox started!

My favorite part of the meal was definitely the kale salad. Usually I saute kale or use it in my smoothies but it can actually be really great in a raw salad. Kale has a pretty rough texture, but when you coat it in a little olive oil and sea salt and massage it into the leaves, it wilts and tastes great! For this salad all I did was wilt the kale, add fresh spinach, red onions, radishes, avocado, a little lemon juice, and salt and pepper (the olive oil I used to wilt the kale was enough to coat the whole salad- no need for more dressing).

I am really looking forward to making lots of healthy, clean meals this week and hopefully I can share most of them with you! To  check out the Kaia in your area, click here! Or go to Kaia Sacramento’s blog for tip and ideas on healthy eating and exercise.

Do any of you have great healthy, clean recipes I should try while on detox? I’d love to hear them!

Happy eating :)

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Making the World a Better Place, One Color Run At a Time

So I have been away from the blogging world for a few days now because I have been out of town in Orange County. I was there for the weekend visiting friends and getting ready for the color run! This was the best 5k I’ve ever done and I plan to do it every year from here on out. Not only was it INCREDIBLY FUN, it also benefited a great cause — the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. AND I just signed up for the Color Run in Sacramento in August! If you want to see if the Color Run is coming to your city, check out their website here. You won’t regret it.  I mean, who doesn’t love a little color? Happy running!

Stretching before the run

All these photos were taken with my iPhone inside a ziplock baggie or with my friend’s point and shoot (which ended up COVERED in colored powder) so the clarity may not be the best! But I definitely recommend the ziplock baggie. It protected my phone and made it possible for me to take photos during the run!

Just a warning- my hair is still pink after two washes. Next time I’ll wear a hat!

More Twins!

So you probably already know I have twin nieces on my husband’s side, but now I have twin cousins on my side! My cousin just had these two little ones last week and I was able to visit them on Sunday in the hospital in Monterey. These are all iPhone photos so they aren’t the greatest, but you can definitely get the picture! They are too darn cute! The girl is in the white and pink hat and her name is Poppy (like the flower) and the boy is in the ladybug hat and his name is Myles. I found those little hats at a shop on Cannery Row and they fit perfectly. Aren’t they adorable?!

Garden Party

Have you noticed I really love flowers? :) I swear, soon I will go back to posting about something other than flowers.

Wisteria

Chicken Sausage and Kale Stir fry

I got this recipe idea from my parents’ nutritionist and it turned out great. I’ll definitely be adding it to my list of regular meals I make during the week!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package chicken sausage, chopped (to make this recipe vegetarian, you could use tofu sausage instead). I used an organic chicken sausage from Trader Joes, but when I do this again I’ll use my favorite Mango and Jalapeno sausage from Aidells.
  • 1 large bunch of kale, stemmed and torn apart
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like a lot of spice)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil

What you’ll do:

Heat the garlic and red chili flakes in olive oil. Add chicken sausage until browned and set aside. Then add onions and saute until tender. Add tomatoes and kale and saute for 2-3 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper, add cooked sausage and serve. Enjoy!

Little Bunnies

The lighting wasn’t great for these photos, and the girls do NOT make it easy to photograph them together. But still, I think I have the cutest nieces on the planet. Biased or not. :) Hope everyone had a happy Easter!

Homemade Goat Cheese and Jalapeño Pizza

I know I’ve told you all this before, but I am really not much of a baker. I try, and sometimes I’m successful, but usually, I’m not. Last weekend my husband and I decided to make our own homemade pizza from scratch and I would say we were about 80% successful. The finished product tasted delicious with all of these yummy toppings (artichoke hearts, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, fresh basil, spinach, bell peppers and mushrooms, how could it not taste great, right?). BUT, the dough left something to be desired. The outside was a little too crunchy (maybe I overcooked it?) and the inside was a little undercooked. Needless to say, I think my pizza dough could use a little practice and refining before I serve it for a dinner party.

I just Googled “easy pizza dough” and found this recipe here. It was VERY easy and I’m not quite sure what went wrong, but I think I’ll try this same recipe again and see where I made my mistake. Or maybe it is supposed to taste the way it did and my expectations were a little too high?

After I rolled out the dough we coated it with jalapeño olive oil that we bought in Cambria while we were there celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary. Then we covered them with all the yummy veggies and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees (although we probably should have taken them out at 15 minutes)We took them out, added the crumbled goat cheese, and sliced them up! Despite the not-so-perfect dough, they actually tasted amazingly good. The dough was a little more crunchy than I’d like, but the veggies were so good with the jalapeños, goat cheese and the spicy olive oil. I will definitely try this again! Does anyone have a favorite pizza dough recipe they love? Is there a trick I’m missing?

Monterey

In two weeks I’ll be back visiting one of my favorite places in California. Not many beaches can beat what you find in Monterey! I can’t wait to get back there with two of my oldest friends for a much needed girls weekend while we plan my best friend’s wedding :)

Here are a few photos from my last visit.