Health and fitness blog designed to help my clients and others to live healthier, happier lives.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
medium red or green bell pepper
Olive oil-flavored or regular cooking spray
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves, if desired
1Cut the bell pepper lengthwise in half, and cut out seeds and membrane. Cut each half lengthwise in to 4 strips.
2Peel the onion and cut in half. Wrap one half of onion, and refrigerate for another use. Cut remaining half into 4 wedges, then separate into pieces.
3Cut the zucchini crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Cut off and discard the end of each mushroom stem, and leave the mushrooms whole.
4Heat the oven to 425°. Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer in the sprayed pan. Spray the vegetables with cooking spray until lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and basil.
5Bake uncovered 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Turn vegetables over. Bake uncovered about 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender when pierced with a fork.
Jumping rope: and example of cardio! Remember when you were a kid? You loved playing outside with your friends, and hopscotch, tag, and jumping rope were all part of the fun. Reach deep inside for you inner child, pick up a jump rope, and get recharged!
Here is our yoga pose of the week: Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Half Lord of the Fishes pose, here demonstrated with Gyan Mudra (the hand position). A great seated twist, good for spinal flexibility and stretching the outside of the hips. The hand position, with thumb and forefinger together, is a symbol of wisdom, or intellectual expansion. When used as part of a pose, meditation, or pranayama, Gyan mudra can help ease drowsiness, inspire creativity, and increase concentration.