These past few weeks I’ve been trying to be *healthy. This is hard because I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ kinda gal – I don’t think being lazy is bad, I don’t think eating cake is unforgivable. On the other hand, I enjoy eating wholesome, nutritious meals and getting my heart pumping at the gym. I’m a Libra so I like balance – I need both chocolate and kale to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.
I think people have a hard time disconnecting health from body image. They look in the mirror, don’t like what they see, and think ‘I should eat this way’ or ‘I should exercise that way’. I believe that health is more mental than physical, and if you maintain a happy, positive outlook, you will be more inclined to treat your body right. I despise the idea of diets for the sake of changing your appearance. Embrace who you are, embrace a healthy and happy lifestyle, and you will shine on the inside and out. All that said, I think I need to *shudder* diet. Why? Because my stupid-beautiful wedding dress does not fit!
I’ve been to the States twice in the past two years. On the first trip I selected and ordered a wedding gown. Instead of having it shipped all the way to Amsterdam, it was delivered to my parent’s house in Maine. Fast forward a year and I’m in the US again, and it’s finally time to meet the tulle and pearl beauty that’s been hiding out in my parent’s closet. The dress was stunning, it was everything I had hoped it would be. The only catch was, it did not zip. I had a rough fall (recap here) and as a result I’d packed on a few pounds. I’ve started to slim down again, but I’m still not back to my ‘normal’ weight – the weight I was at when initially fitted for my dress. So I need to trim down a bit (actually, of all things it’s my frickin’ boobs that are too big for the dress!)
The plan is to amp up my gym time, and instead of eating 50/50 (kale/chocolate) I need to eat 80/20 (kale/chocolate). B’s been helping me stay on track, and this weekend he made a big batch of hummus for us to share. It’s one of his specialties – he only has a few, but the ones he does have are G-O-O-D (see: his tapas).I like B’s hummus recipe because it’s fool proof. You can whip it up in 10 minutes flat and there’s no magic trick to making it taste delicious – just good, wholesome ingredients. To make B’s hummus you’ll need: one can of chickpeas, juice of one large lemon, 1/4 cup tahini, a large garlic clove, olive oil, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 2 tablespoons water, and an optional handful of cilantro (I know some people despise coriander, so this one is up to you!) You’ll also need a food processor or immersion blender. B and I just have a little handheld immersion blender that was on sale at the grocery store for €6. Dirty, cheap, and it works wonders. You could also opt to mash your ingredients with a fork, but this will be more rustic and not as creamy.There’s a secret to making great hummus. The tahini needs to go in the blender first. From the jar, tahini can be thin and watery. Put the tahini in the food processor (or whip it with the hand blender) first, for about 30 seconds. The lemon needs to go in second. Add the lemon to your tahini and continue to whip for another minute. You should now have a thick paste. Now, you can add the rest of your ingredients. Start with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt. Blend. Next, add half of your chickpeas (make sure they’re rinsed first). Continue blending for another 30 seconds or so, and then add the rest of the chickpeas. If you’re a coriander person, add it now (save a sprig or two to sprinkle on top). Lastly, add the water as desired to thin your hummus – some people like it thick (with no water), and some like it slightly smoother (2 tablespoons of water). Your call, it will be delicious either way!Lastly, you’re going to want to serve your hummus! Scrape it all into a big bowl, and serve it on a big cutting board with apples, carrots, peppers, or pita. Hummus is great because it can be used as a spread on a sandwich or eaten as a dip with veggies. You can even throw it in a salad or on top of a baked potato.
I’m hoping eating hummus with B becomes a weekly habit. If I can swap out a meal or two a week for hummus and veggies, I’ll be on track to fitting into my wedding dress in no time! I’ll keep you updated on my progress, and will share more of my favorite healthy recipes along the way. Wish me luck!!