Recipe Sunday: Shrimp Fried Rice

This week I have I been craving shrimp fried rice.  I know I could call and order some but wanted to find a healthier version.

Shrimp Fried Rice

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 7 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup cooked long-grain white rice, chilled (or brown rice)
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp $
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar $
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
  • 1/4 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onions

Preparation

  1. 1. Steam broccoli 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; set aside. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon canola oil to pan. Add bell peppers and sugar snap peas to pan, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Place vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add ginger, and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Add rice, and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until rice is lightly browned. Remove rice mixture from pan, and add rice to bowl with the vegetable mixture.
  2. 2. Wipe the pan with paper towels. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add sesame oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shrimp; stir-fry 1 minute. Add edamame; stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and Sriracha; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until liquid thickens slightly. Add vegetable mixture and green onions; stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.

The Classic:
1,154 calories per serving
4 grams saturated fat
3,352 milligrams sodium

The Makeover:
368 calories per serving
1.5 grams saturated fat
560 milligrams sodium

Workout Wednesday: 8 New Ways to Workout Pre and Post Baby

Co and I are sticking to working out during our second pregnancies.  I know I have had to scale back a bit on how often and reduce my weights a bit but I’m doing it.  Overall I am extremely proud of myself for continuing to get some form of exercise in at least 2-4 times a week.  During my 1st pregnancy I wasn’t physically active at all and I didn’t care to make any healthy food decisions. 😦

Currently My week may consist of the following classes:

  • Monday and Wednesday- Pump It class, a 60 min strength and cardio class.
  • Tuesdays- 30 min stretch class
  • Thursday-Sunday- I try to get either a home workout in or if the weather is nice take Peyton out for a walk at the park.photo-80Pump it Class I got an email from Fit Pregnancy and they had 8 New Ways to Workout.  Some of these classes I have never heard of but they sound fun.  I will be looking in to them to try out pre and post baby.

Let us know if you have heard of or tried out some of the following:

  1. Zumba
  2. Aqua Boot Camp
  3. Dailey Method
  4. Soul Cycle
  5. The Bar Method
  6. Sumits Yoga
  7. Kinesis
  8. Piloxing

Recipe Sunday: Slow Cooker Healthy Potato Soup

I have a taste for some hot yummy potato soup.  Think I will make some today.

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Slow Cooker Healthy Potato Soup

Ingredients

      6 large potatoes, cubed
      3 large carrots, sliced
      3 stalks celery, chopped
      2 onions, chopped
      4 chicken bouillon cubes
      6 cups of water
      1 can nonfat evaporated milk
      shredded cheddar cheese (optional, not in calculation)

Directions

Combine all vegetables, bouillon, and water. in large crock pot. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or high 3 -4. Add evaporated milk, stir till heated through, and serve. May serve with shredded cheddar cheese.

Workout Wednesday: Hello Exercise Father

Hello Exercise Father!

Hello!

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30 wks – Baby Shower May 30, 2010

It’s been 2 years since my last pregnancy and for those entire 9 months I didn’t exercise. Unless you call walking from the train to the bus stop really really r-e-a-l-l-y slowly count. I ate fast food (and I don’t mean the healthy kind) and I  ate half pints of ice cream regularly. I fell into listening to others around me instead of asking my doctor, “Is it ok for me to exercise.”

The blessing Exercise Father was that I didn’t get gestational diabetes,  and my blood pressure was under control. The downside, labor was tough. I was out of breath and needed oxygen SMH Exercise Father it was rough!

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20 wks – NYE Wedding 2012/2013

Now that, I’ve gotten my confession out-of-the-way I can say with conviction that this pregnancy hasn’t been exercising everyday and eating like a rabbit. 🙂 I will say that I have not been eating for two as ‘old wives’ might tell you to do and I have been chasing after, playing, and managing an active 2-year-old and a home. It’s refreshing to have entered the fitness community when I did, after nursing Yus, and realizing that exercise and eating right should always be apart of our lives in some way, shape, form or fashion. It’s truly another blessing to have a family that’s getting healthy around you and it leaves you with absolutely no excuse because excuses aren’t allowed. Our family 2013 motto is IMAGINE, COMMIT, & ACHIEVE.

So, this pregnancy I have IMAGINED it to be healthier for myself and my baby, COMMITTED to eating healthy and staying active, & ACHIEVING my goal of a natural delivery (trying to go w/o pain meds this time around – let’s see how long that lasts :)).

My SiL has embedded in my head that I am the embodiment of this particular line in Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé:

How we’re smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children
Then get back to business

I must agree! Because the next day after my delivery with Yus (10lbs – vaginal delivery) I was up and walking around and offered her a piece of cake 🙂 ahahahaha! NIGERIA A piece of cake, this time around it will be something much more healthy that I offer her like almonds or a bottle of water. 🙂

I digress, FitPregnacy has really helped navigate the pregnancy exercise waters for me this time around and has some great tips on reasons why you should exercise during pregnancy and the benefits as well.

Start exercising so you can be healthy for yourself and your family.