Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve Dinner!

New Year's Eve Dinner: wheat germ and herb crusted baked oysters with a jalapeno dipping sauce served with sauteed oyster mushrooms and lemon-garlic white asparagus... Yummy healthy eats!

Wheat germ and herb crusted baked oysters

Recipe (Serves 2):

8 ounces shucked oysters (4-6 jumbo oysters)
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In one bowl, mix together wheat germ, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian herb seasoning to create a breading mixture. In another bowl, whisk together the two egg whites. Once the shucked oysters are drained, coat each oyster in egg whites followed by the breading mixture. Arrange coated oysters on a baking sheet. Bake oysters for 15 minutes, or until crispy golden brown.

They came out so delicious! Crispy, crunchy, and flaky on the outside--- warm, soft, and tender on the inside. Paired with a spicy jalapeno dipping sauce, I was in healthy eats heaven tonight! I'm ringing in the New Year right--- are you?

Muddy Melissa's 5 Down and Dirty Tips to Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

 Happy New Year's Eve! This New Year's Eve, for me, isn't about looking at the past--- it's about looking towards the future. I spent the day making commitments for myself: I registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I registered for the Pittsburgh Triathlon, AAAAAAND I finally signed up to be a Beachbody coach! It's been a long time coming--- I've been shouting the wonders of Beachbody programs from the mountaintops for ages now, so it was about time that I made the decision final! There's no doubt in my mind... this is going to be a great year for me!

Year after year, we make resolutions on New Year's Eve. We spout vague musings of "oh, I'll eat healthy this year" or "I'll finally get in shape," yet each year those resolutions are broken. But why? These are things that we obviously want--- so why don't we want to do the work to obtain them? The trick is to stop making RESOLUTIONS and start making REVOLUTIONS! Don't just want your goals to happen, plan for them to happen! Ask yourself a few questions first. What is it that you want? Why is it that you want it? And what is it going to take to get it?

Here's Muddy Melissa's 5 Down and Dirty tips to keeping your New Year's resolutions:

1. Make your goal measurable. It's not enough to just say "eat better" or "lose weight," if you want to concoct a recipe for success for yourself, then you've got to make those goals concrete! Because, really, what's the point of a goal when you can't even tell whether or not you've achieved it? Instead of "eat better" or "lose weight," try "switch to water instead of soda" or "lose 25 pounds by the end of the year."

2. On that note--- set a deadline! You'll work harder to achieve your goal if you know that a deadline is approaching. If you're working towards a long-term goal, try setting several mini-deadlines along the way so that you can check in with your progress.

3. Ask yourself is your goal realistic. Can you realistically bench press 300 pounds? Is it feasible that you're going to achieve a 6 minute mile? Maybe not. Be honest with yourself and be honest about your abilities--- don't set yourself up for failure by attempting to do something you're not ready to do yet. You might not be able to reach those goals right now, but if you set more reasonable goals for yourself in the meantime, then eventually those unrealistic goals WILL become realistic possibilities!

4. Commit to your goal. Do some sort of action to make it a reality. Register for the race you're prepping for. Write your goal down where you can see it every day. Put an alert in your phone to check in with your goal. Anything! Then tell the world about your goal--- family, friends, colleagues. You'll work harder knowing that you've made this commitment to yourself and to others!

5. Set up a reward for yourself. Of course, achieving your goal will be a reward in and of itself--- but, the fact is, it feels good to get a reward for all of your hard work! And you'll deserve it! Just don't reward good habits with bad habits; instead, reward good habits with more good habits. Instead of rewarding a weight loss with a dinner out, try rewarding a weight loss with a relaxing spa day or a yoga class pass. Whatever you choose, it'll be that much more of a motivating factor to reach your goal.

Lastly--- I want to encourage you to reach out for help. The reason they are called 'goals' is because we have not achieved them yet! Rest assured though, there are other people out there who have, and there's a wealth of knowledge to be obtained from them. Not only that, but there are other people out there still who are on a similar journey--- trying to achieve a similar goal just like you! A solid support system will undoubtedly help make your journey towards your goal a success.

As a Beachbody coach, I'd love to offer my help to you in reaching your goals--- whatever those goals may be. I can offer a vast amount of knowledge from my own personal experiences (everything from nutrition to recipes to training and more!), and all I want to do is help people along on their journeys towards becoming the happiest and healthiest person they can possibly be. Contact me for more details about how I can help you!

Muddy Melissa