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Fall Refresh: Current Health Goals

Bits of Nutrition, Weekly UpdateCarlene ThomasComment

I love efficiency and technology and data. Although not all the time because there are days I want to sit outside and read and eat and drink vodka seltzers. But for the most part, measurable data that syncs seamlessly with your life and makes it better? That's basically like a home run, win, win, win in my book. I love it. That being said, even though I like data, I have never, ever been someone who personally logs their food or counts calories. I rarely weigh myself (like maybe twice a year). And that is really strange to some people. As a dietitian nutritionist part of my job is to help people find the balance between using data to improve their health but part of it is also helping them learn how to do it by themselves, for the rest of their lives. And not be obsessed with numbers.

One of my occasional recommendations is using a device that tracks your actual calories expended. The bottom line is sometimes we assume we are moving more than we actually are and eating less than we actually are. Both are reasons why you may be plateauing or gaining weight. Think of devices that track this data as 'check ins' to recalibrate your self awareness. 

Which is what I'll be doing. Over the next month I'm partnering with Jawbone to wear their UP24 band all day, every day. It's time for me to calibrate my sense of health for fall and tune up my health habits! Here are some of my fall refresh goals:

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  • Move More, Sit Less. When I'm at my home office I've taken to sometimes using my stair stepper while working on my laptop. At our Creative Collective studio in Georgetown, Meg generously installed standing desks and I try to take advantage of that unless I have to plug in my laptop. With this gorgeous fall weather, I also need to be OUTSIDE moving more too.
  • The Salad and Smoothie Groove. I have a one salad a day rule. It makes me feel and look my best if one meal a day is a big bowl of leafy greens with the right confetti on top. The same goes for a smoothie. I need to go back to a more frequent smoothie to start the day. It's time to check myself and make less grits for breakfast (painful whine noise). 

Those are my basics! As I start to collect data from my habits, I'll set measurable goals. If I'm only taking 5k steps, I'll set my goal at 7k and keep moving up. That's how you change a habit and make it stick. I'm really excited for you all to follow along with me on Twitter and Instagram as I check in before my one month is up. 

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Jawbone for sponsoring today's post! All opinions are my own.

Healthy Appetizer: Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

Beauty Foods, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

Little food is so cute. Bite sized food is even better. And if you're planning on hosting parties in these last few weeks of summer produce, this is what you need to make. Less than five ingredients and you have a gorgeous, well balanced, bite sized healthy appetizer. Let's get cooking.

Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

I was itching to make some more watermelon recipes before fall, even though we have already purchased apple cider. One of the great things about watermelon is the structure it holds. You can make rounds. You can make cubes. You can make wedges. WHATEVER. Watermelon is there for you to mold into something great. I went with cubes since you can get more out of each melon than with rounds (well, you could eat the waste). Topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a jalapeño round you get: sweet, spicy, creamy and crisp. And of course, I can't go without mentioning that this is a hydrating food and a good way to get some vitamin C. Sha-zam. Beauty food.

Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

Side note: I totally was planning on this melon being pink, so you can imagine my surprise when I opened it and it looked like a pineapple. That being said, pineapple would also be delicious with this recipe. You roll with it and move on.

Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

/// Ingredients ///

  • watermelon, removed from rind and cubed
  • jalapeño slices (remove seeds if you're a weenie... hand raised)
  • coconut milk, refrigerated overnight and drained
  • powdered sugar or agave to taste
  • cilantro (optional)

/// Directions /// Slice watermelon into cubes and jalapeño into rounds. Word to the wise, make the pepper thin with the seeds removed or dice them and sprinkle. Unless you have a palate of steel. To make coconut whipped cream, see my full recipe but basically put in a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge upside down. Wait overnight, turn the can over, open and drain off liquid. Scoop solids into a bowl and add sweetener. Add a dollop of the cream to the melon cubes and top with the cut pepper. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired (it's a love it or hate it herb). 

One of the nice things about this quick appetizer is how it's a pretty easy prep and assemble pre-party. I think this can go about 30-45 minutes completely assembled in the fridge before serving. Un-assembled? Psh. You can prep everything the night before. 

Watermelon Jalapeño Cubes with Coconut Whipped Cream

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! Truth be told, my throat is in need of some talk-free rest after a presentation I did yesterday. Maybe here's to a quiet Wednesday instead...

New Places and Spaces: #CCMStreetDC Office

Northern VACarlene ThomasComment

Last week I told you all about one of my exciting pieces of news: my Georgetown shared office! The reason this really deserves its own post is because of the people inside. The Creative Collective started by Meg Biram is astounding. Everyone is a business person and full time, they run their own companies. From event planning to wedding dress rentals, to graphic design and everything in between, I can't tell you all how honored I am to be among these business people. 

More than anything I really want to empress upon others how important it is to surround yourself with amazing people and take time to connect. It's so nice to bounce ideas off of each other and be inspired. And sometimes what's most helpful is an outside eye to your business. Something that has been consuming your brain for weeks is easily clarified or put in perspective by sharing your thoughts with others who 'get it'. 

So DC, here I am! Instead of being holed up in a Starbucks all day trying to cram in five meetings and having really awesome companies ask me if I'm in DC for deliveries or meet ups and having to say 'no' I'm here at Creative Collective with really, really great entrepreneurs. And I couldn't be more thrilled. 

Note: You can also see some great shots from the launch party on Glitter Guide!  Image via the Creative Collective website. 

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