January: Five Favorites

I’m a little shamed to tell you, but I’m reading 50 Shades of Grey.  Well really, I read the first two and can’t bring myself to finish the 3rd book.

You’re probably wondering, why I feel the need to tell you if I’m “a little ashamed.”  Well, I like to think of this blog as a safe space. We’re all friends.  We can talk about 50 Shades of Grey, spoonfuls of peanut butter after dinner and bowel issues if we really wanted to.

But I know ladies have loved 50 Shades of Grey, and I get it.  I see the appeal, I just wasn’t that into it.  But I will tell you 5 things I was super into this month…

1. Telenovela: Lo Que La Vida Me Robo

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This is proof that I love cheesy things and would NOT dare judge anyone for liking 50 Shades of Grey.  When I was home for two days for Christmas, my mom turned me on to a new telenovela.  Now I’m obsessed.  It’s dramatic. The men are super good-looking. What’s not to like?

I grew up watching telenovelas and still love them.  So if you’re looking to improve your Spanish skillz, check it out.  You can watch the most recent episodes on Hulu.

2.  Steamed Broccoli

I’ve eaten so much steam broccoli recently that I think my head is going to turn into a broccoli crown.  Seriously, it’s crazy delicious.  I steam it and put nothing on it, but recently I’ve been dipping it in guacamole and it’s probably the best thing on the planet.  True story. Try it!

P.S. I’m convinced broccoli that comes from a whole crown that you chop on your own tastes better than the pre-chopped bagged kind.  Anyone else think this?

3. Dark Horse and Talk Dirty

At work, I listen to music.  These two songs have been on repeat all month.  I forgot how much I appreciate Jason De Rulo.

These songs just make me want to dance, especially Talk Dirty. I hope you’re listening now too.

4. Not Getting Injured, because getting hurt sucks. Right?

Earlier this month, I hurt my arm doing too many pull-ups at Crossfit.  I took 4 days off and it was healed, but ever since I’ve been sort of scared to push myself.  I like not getting injured.  Moral of the story: listen to your body, even if your coach says you can handle it.  If it hurts, don’t do it. 

5.  Arugula

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When I’m not eating broccoli, I’ve been eating my weight in arugula.  At work people know I’m the person who always has an enormous salad for lunch.  They don’t even need to ask.  I’m cool with that, but let’s be honest… lettuce gets boring, as does spinach.  Arugula is currently making my lunching a little bit happier.  Thank you, Earth, for giving me such peppery goodness to enjoy.

Those are the January favorites! What about you?

Did you love 50 Shades of Grey?  What are you into this month?


Green Soup: Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Yogurt

I’m a firm believer in balance.  Not like the yoga type.  I tried yoga, really I tried.  I just can’t do it.  I was thinking balance more in the dietary sense.

This weekend I went to the Taste of OC festival.  To say I ate a lot is probably the biggest understatement ever.  It was amazing.

Ribs. Fried Pig Ear.  Shrimp and Lobster Grinder. Italian Ice. Broken Banana Cream Pie. There were probably other things too.  I can’t remember since I was in food coma the second half of the afternoon.

Sometimes, you can only take so many rich, heavy dishes.  Sometimes you need something green, healthy, tangy and light that includes zero sugar.

Something like this:

Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Yogurt

1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion diced
2 cups broccoli, chopped

2 cups spinach
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
garbanzo beans, optional

In pot, heat oil and cook onions until translucent.  Add broth and bring to a boil.  Add broccoli and spinach and simmer for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool a little bit.  Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth.  Stir in greek yogurt and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Garnish with garbanzo beans if desired.

Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side.

Easiest meal ever? Probably.

Tastiest? Pretty close.

I have no doubt in my mind I’ll be ready for an enormous meal soon (even though I think I’ve sworn off food festivals for all of eternity… or maybe just until the end of the month?).

In the meantime, I’ll stick to the green stuff for a bit.