{Fresh Friday}

Hello there....
Hope your week was well:)
It's Fresh Friday and time for me to share a healthy little recipe with you but first....
I think sometimes we all are just too darn hard on ourselves. I know for me I complain an awful lot about my thighs.... It's an area this is just really hard for me to trim down. I'm only 5'2" and so my legs are a challenge. I also HATE to run on the treadmill!
But recently...I have really changed the way I think about things....at least while I am working out and you should try it too!

Instead of thinking negative thoughts while running, spinning or doing whatever, I have changed my thoughts to positive "mantras" if you will.
Here are a few I have been using...
your thighs are strong and capable of riding 75 miles on a bicycle
your shoulders look great in a tank top
if this were easy everyone would be doing it
look at all you accomplish in a day
think of how you'll feel when you are done
your legs are able to allow you to run on the perfect summer day
I love the treadmill:)

And on and on....you get the point!

This has really helped me change my thinking from...darn cellulite, to looks at all my legs help me accomplish:) And from I hate the treadmill to ...it's just a tool to help me accomplish my goals.
I think sometimes it's just so easy to slip into negativity and it's important to NOT let yourself do that!!
So next time you step in front of the mirror, hop on treadmill, throw a workout dvd in or go spinning....really focus on your thoughts and change them to POSITIVE:)
Hey....at least it's one hour out of the day that you can really build yourself up!

OK....now for the food!

Yep...it really is that simple! Eat things that you know what they are and get creative with it:)
Here's something new that I found at our local health food store...The ingredients are.....Mung Beans and Water! Doesn't get more real than that!! And bonus...you are getting your beans in without having to eat so many beans!
Mung Bean noodles ROCK!

But here's how I used them in a recipe.... Cook the noodles according to the package.
While cooking saute asparagus, zucchini, portobello mushrooms.
When the noodles are finished throw some organic pesto, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper and fresh garlic into the pan! And your done:)
Put it on a plate and serve with organic feta and basil...
YUM...YUM and YUM:) The thing about cooking really is to mix and match things...throw in whatever you have on hand or whatever you like!

You could also use.....
fresh spring peas, mushrooms and white wine sauce
sun dried tomatoes, olives, sun dried tomato pesto and paresly
broccoli, olives and red onions
and on and on.....

Oh and I would add crushed red peppers to all of these!!! I like a little kick to my food!
But you see....just get creative!
And it's all super healthy for you!

Hope you have a super healthy, happy and positive weekend! I know for me it's back to crafting and then sharing what i've made!!

"Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh
makes better friends with ourselves and everybody around." Orison Marden


  1. good tips on staying positive. it is just an hour isn't it, but I know sometimes it can feel like foreva!! I like your way of thinking, though and as far as the mung bean pasta I have never heard of it. Curious as to what Mr. Simpledaisy thought of this recipe :)

    can't wait to see your crafts, hopefully something beachy.

  2. I do the "think positive" thing about 1000 times a day - I'm waiting for it to kick in automatically.

    Did you see It's Complicated? Meryl Streep stands at the kitchen sink starting an emotional breakdown and she catches herself beautifully without saying a word.

    Mind over matter works!


  3. You're an inspiration! Thanks for stopping by my beachsnaps blog and for listing me on your sidebar...I'll give it some more positive thinking. Meanwhile, I'm off the grocery store to get me some greens...love the idea of crushed red peppers and olives on my salad.

  4. Well, I have to say, I have no idea what a mung bean is, but I'm all over any kind of pasta (or pasta-like alternative) loaded up with fresh veggies. And feta! YUM>

  5. I try those positive thinking mantras for all sorts of things including the wrinkles on your face mean wisdom instead of face it your getting old. As for excerise so sooo lazy for years yet I'm thinking about more activity due to your blog. Now about that food I haven't a clue what mung bean is does it taste like regular pasta?

  6. I LOVE your positive attitude. And I am with you on the thighs, my biggest problem area but I try to do the same and focus on my better parts :)

    Thanks for this, especially 2 hours before I am about to get on the treadmill at lunch !!

  7. Hey!
    I just came across your blog and I really enjoy reading!
    I would love it if you could check out mine and follow :)


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