Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Cat Pose

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Get on all fours and look straight ahead with your back as flat as a table. Exhale and arch your back upwards while tucking your chin to your chest. Inhale and arch your back downwards, swaying the low back as you look toward the ceiling. Repeat up to 5 times.

…This one’s for all my fellow cats out there! 😉

Tonight’s Dinner: Healthy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you’re sure to love these peppers.  If you are cooking for yourself, feel free to half the recipe, or you can just make all 6 peppers like I do for an easy reheated meal later in the week.  Goes great with a fresh spring side salad, or side of green beans! If you feel like you just need to get some meat in there…you can substitute the meatless spaghetti sauce for a sauce that has meat in it. Try ’em out and let me know what you think! Happy eating!

Ingredients:

  • 6 large sweet peppers
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions:

  • Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, corn, onion and beans. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon into peppers.
  • Combine spaghetti sauce and water; pour half into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the stuffed peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Facts:

CALORIES 383.5 CAL
FAT 16.5 G
SATURATED FAT 9.4 G
SODIUM 1119.5 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 43.7 G
TOTAL SUGARS 11.3 G
DIETARY FIBER 8.2 G
PROTEIN 16.6 G
Healthy Cooking

The Perfect Yoga Music

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Need some yoga music to get you in the mood for your 6 AM yoga? Well, I’ve got some for ya! It’s Kirtan, hymns that are traditionally sung in India to praise God.  If you’re not religious, don’t worry, it’s not about the religion, it’s about the semi-trance state and mood for meditation that the song will get you ready for.  I like to listen to Kirtan chanting during my whole morning yoga workout.  It really helps to keep me calm and concentrating on my breathing and posture.  Try it out and let me know what you think! Happy yoga-ing!