Monday, January 6, 2014

Food For Thought... Literally.


Hello readers!

As promised, I am doing the “fitness part” of my blog. I got a recipe and some overall tips for you to try!

One dish that my moms always use to make for my family was stuffed green bell peppers. Literally, my mouth is watering right now thinking about them. While something may taste delicious, though,  we all know that it isn’t necessarily the healthiest option. Well, on a quest to match the glorious taste of my mom’s cooking and lower the calorie count, I found a great alternative via Pinterest!

Since I mentioned it, I have a couple quick notes about my drug of choice (AKA Pinterest). I use to just get on Pinterest for DIY projects, clothing ideas, beauty tips, ect. I absolutely love it, couldn’t envision life without it. I got so excited when I would find projects to do or a new facemask to try. Now that I’m trying to eat a little healthier and find easy exercises to do, I can incorporate that in to my Pinterest searching! There are thousands of recipes on the site that are easy to prepare and taste amazing. Try it out! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Easy Stuffed Turkey Peppers

Makes 4 servings, a serving is ½ a pepper.
Calories per serving: 185
Fat: 2.3 grams
Protein: 20.8 grams
Fiber: 1.6 grams

Ingredients:

·      1 lb. lean, ground turkey (I used some that was Italian seasoned)
·      1 clove of garlic, minced
·      ¼ cup white onion, chopped
·      1 tbsp chopped cilantro
·      1 tbsp garlic powder
·      1 tbsp ground cumin
·      salt to taste
·      2 large red bell peppers (I like green, so I used those instead!)
·      1 cup fat free chicken broth
·      ¼ cup tomato sauce
·      1 cup cooked brown rice
·      olive oil
·      shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar)

1. Start off by cooking your rice in a separate dish and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  While rice is cooking, add onion, garlic, and cilantro all to a medium sized saucepan with a little bit of olive oil coating the bottom. Sauté for about 2 minutes.

3. Add your ground turkey, salt, cumin, and garlic powder to the pan.

4. Once meat is completely cooked through, add tomato sauce and ½ cup of the chicken broth. Mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes.

5. Next, add the rice.

6. In a medium sized baking dish, place your peppers. They should be chopped in half lengthwise, washed, and without any seeds or stems in them. Add the meat and rice mixture to the inside of the peppers. Pour the remaining ½ cup of chicken broth to the bottom of the dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 35 minutes.

7. Serve with a sprinkle of cheese on top and enjoy!




Sunday, January 5, 2014

Just Your Stereotypical New Year's Post

A friend of mine, and fellow blogger (I'll post the link to her blog at the end of this post) gave her reader's a mission. She says to make two lists when it comes to the New Year; one of things you accomplished in 2013 and another for things you hope to do in 2014.

When I first sat down to write my list, I thought I would have a lot of problems with 2013. Mainly because the last couple of months have been a struggle. That's one of my problems though. Sometimes I focus so much on the negative that I forget about all the positives. After I put aside all the drama and hardships from 2013 though, things just started coming to me all at once. In fact, I had to condense down my original list so it wasn't too long!

2013 Accomplishments/Experiences
1. Survived my first full year at college.
2. Went on a road trip with my best friend to the wonderful state of Texas and fell in love with Austin.
3. Adopted my dog.
4. Held my first job NOT for my family's company... for a full year.
5. Made it on the U of A livestock judging team AND placed at my first competition.
6. Started paying for my own stuff and not relying so much on my parents (utilities, groceries, gas, ect.)
7. Saw Eric Church, Toby Keith, and many more all at Country Thunder!
8. Rushed for a sorority (not my professional sorority, but a full fledged, beauty queen, OMG sorority!)
9. Changed my major from what my parent's wanted me to do to what I wanted to do.
10. Realized who my true friends were.

Not so bad of a year after all, huh?

Now...

2014 Resolutions/Goals
1. Take better care of myself (i.e eating right, exercising, getting a good nights sleep, ect.)
2. Save more of my money and budget better.
3. Keep my grades up!
4. Kick some ass in livestock judging because some people seem to think I'm not "qualified" enough to do so.
5. Get an internship out of the state for the summer.
6. Update my wardrobe because Lord knows I need it!
7. Become an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for Fall 2014.
8. Be a better mother to my dog ;)
9. Travel, travel, travel.
10. The most important... Stop holding so much hate in my heart towards such irrelevant people.

So readers, what did you accomplish in 2013? I think it's REALLY important to take a step back and look at that. Don't look at what you didn't do, what could have happened, your failures. No, just focus on what you DID do. A lot can happen in a year and there is no way you did absolutely nothing, right? Take pride in what you got done even if it wasn't something drastic. Even with all the chaos towards the end of last year, I still managed to find quite a few things to smile about.

I am closing the 2013 chapter in my life and starting to write a new one. I swear it'll be a New York Time's Best seller ya'll! ;)

Tatyana's blog.... READ IT PEOPLE!
http://lifeandtimesofacollegecowgirl.blogspot.com/

Introductions


Hello, my name is Michelle and I am a student at the University of Arizona. I’m studying Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Business and Production. I will also be applying to the business college fairly soon and hopefully get in to the accounting program here.

At school, I’m very involved. My passion is agriculture and I try to be a part of any club or organization that deals with it. I’m a member of Sigma Alpha, our professional agricultural sorority on campus. I also hold officer positions in both Collegiate 4H and the Collegiate Livestock Growers Association. This next year I will also be on the livestock judging team. When I’m not at school, I work part time at a feed store and at the hockey rink. As you can imagine, my life is constantly going at 90mph and I am in no hurry to slow down either.

I’ve really enjoyed my time here at the university. I’ve met a lot of new friends, partied with the best of them, and have made memories that will last a lifetime. Nonetheless, with the good also comes the bad. Nothing is ever completely perfect and we all have our struggles. The majority of mine happened this past semester; roommate drama, people breaking windows at my house, potential lawsuits, demonic dogs. Literally, image the semester from hell and multiply it by 10.

THAT WAS MY LIFE FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER!

Towards the end of last year, I kind of reached an all time low. I was binge eating, drinking way to much, stressed out to the max with finals, not sleeping at night, and anything else horrible that you could do to your body. Those choices had their consequences. I was thought to have a thyroid problem (something very uncommon in people my age), I was sleeping at all hours of the day to compensate for the lack of sleep I was getting at night, via blood work I was told I had a severe Vitamin D deficiency and was slightly anemia. I looked so bad that when my mom saw me after a couple of months, her first words were “Wow, you look like someone hit you with a 2 by 4.” Harsh, right?

I know a lot of people say it’s a “new year, new me.” After the chaos of 2013, I am bound and determined to make that happened. I want to take you all on that journey and document this experience for me as well.

This blog is going to be part my diary and part fitness tips. I hope you all enjoy it and maybe learn a thing or two about being healthy, living life on the go, and managing to do it ALL.

Stay tuned!