Broccoli Power-Salad

Broccoli Power-Salad

'Tis the season for family gatherings and good food!  Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s also the season for sniffley noses and baggy eyes… Precisely the time for a bit of a nutritional pick-me-up.

I’ve personally been noting the seasonal transition by the number of people around me with colds and the increasing difficulty of getting out of bed at a “reasonable” time.  It doesn’t help that I’m overcompensating with caffeine to the point that I can’t sleep properly at night, simultaneously exacerbating my problems with getting stuff done and avoiding the plague that the masses keep bringing around.

My schedule also just hit the fan.  I just picked up a brand new job, a 100-mile (two hour) long drive from my other one…

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Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

First of all, I love Asian food.  Well, at least I think I do.

I’ve never actually been to anywhere in Asia.  The closest I’ve been is Greece… and they primarily serve Greek food there.  But I do love the Asian food I’ve had here in the US – whatever that counts for – and I think it’s pretty dang good.

I’m a fan of all the different spices, sweet, sour, umami flavors going on.  It’s the sauces, the broths, the way meat or tofu goes with various noodles or rice, and all those fun vegetables! 

We could definitely sit and discuss the awesomeness that encompasses Asian food for a while.  I’d tell you about my thing for raw fish (my mom says I’m like a bear,) and you could tell me how a real Japanese dashi is made… it would be great.  But, alas, I’ll have to save the in-depth discussion for the comments.

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Chopped Salad + Pre-Contest Musings

Blackened Mahi Mahi Chopped Salad + Pre-Contest Musings

So little time, so much to do.

Thus is the feeling come PEAK WEEK of my bikini preparation!

With my big weekend approaching faster than a HIIT workout on 5 cups of coffee, I am reminded of all the things I had hoped to share with you along the way and all the things I have yet to do.

The latter is, fortunately, the shorter list.  Still, finding time to check everything off the myriad needs of a bikini competitior for show day has been challenging.  

Manicure, pedicure, photo shoot, assembling day-of items, packing my day-of bag, spray tan (not to mention tan preparation - yeah, it's a thing), posing practice, final workouts, figuring out the last week diet (SO many opinions out there on dieting/water consumption), figuring out when and where I need to be, getting mentally prepared... and probably several other things I've forgotten and need to do.

 

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Beefy Artichoke Dip Salad (+ Easy Roasted Broccoli)

Beefy Artichoke Dip Salad (+ Easy Roasted Broccoli)

Is it possible to eat too much broccoli?

The answer is yes.  Yes, you can eat too much broccoli.  Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable - which are famous for being extra healthy... and extra hard to digest.  Tummy troubles can outweigh the nutritional benefit at a certain point.

And I am not cool with this fact.  I love broccoli, like, a lot.  If I've compared my love of fruit to that of a fruit pterodactyl, my feelings for broccoli are probably the same if not stronger. 

I think raw broccoli stems, chopped up and plain, are simply delicious.  Raw broccoli tops dipped in hummus are a delicacy.  Roasted broccoli straight out of the oven, with coconut or olive oil and garlic sprinkled across it - pure crack.  Even cold, the next day, straight out of the refrigerator, I'll munch on that shiznit like potato chips.

 

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