January 30, 2011

Healthy Living Weekend

I'm feeling super motivated today after a great weekend.  I kicked it off on Friday by attending a special Black Light Zumba class with my instructor and a couple girls from class.  It was an intense 90-minutes of sweaty fun, and I'm feeling it today (yay!). 

Saturday morning was a little rough.  Despite having enough sleep, my body was exhausted from a long week at work and a killer Zumba session the night before.  All I wanted desperately to stay cozy under my covers, but I knew I'd be disappointed in myself if I did.  So, I went to my regular Zumba class and was the only "Front Row Sally"... all the other girls were sleeping or busy.  Boo!  Good thing I was there to represent! 

After class, I had a quick sushi lunch with my mom followed by grocery shopping and an evening of cooking.  All that hard work really paid off because I got great feedback at Tom's Healthy Living Potluck today.  Despite being a picky eater, I honestly liked everything I tasted today, and vow here and now that I will make everything at least once.  And despite spending copious amounts of time in the kitchen yesterday, I'm actually looking forward to making some of these recipes to enjoy this week.

The first recipe I have to share was a definite crowd pleaser.  I don't know about you, but I love apple slices.  I bought one of those handy dandy apple slicer things from Pampered Chef a few years ago and use it all the time, but until now, I've only ever dipped my apples into peanut butter.  This recipe is a great (and, of course, healthy) alternative, and I bet your kids would love it too!  I liked it so much that I made Maria give me like half of her leftovers so I can bring it to work tomorrow!

Pumpkin Pie Dip (makes about 6 cups)
Also from skinnyrecipes.com

  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
  • 8 oz Cool Whip free
Mix pumpkin with Splenda, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in cool whip and chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.

Serve with cut apples, graham crackers, or salt-free rice cakes.  YUM!


  1. That dip was AMAZEBALLS! Def making it again!

  2. Amazeballs indeed! I am counting down the minutes until lunch when I can enjoy some with my apples once again! I LOVE that you're Tom Laffy, BTW... it's totally you!

  3. This dip looks and sounds so good!! I didn't know you had a blog!! I'm excited to read!! Also with vitamins I think its best to stick with what is simplest. I take a calcium citrate paired with vitamin D3, fish oil, and a multi. I'm always wary of the numerous companies that are out there and also when supplements are sold via pyramid scheme. It makes me question wether or not they really are good products or just trying to sell you.

  4. Welcome to my blog! And thanks for your advice on the supplements, Ms. Nutritionist! :)