After a week filled with too many birthday celebrations, nights out on the town, and general goonery, I needed to consume something that would get me back on the health track. I read an article last month about how to lose the last five pounds, and they recommended drinking this thermogenic blend of hot water, lemon, cayenne and parsley. After whipping up a batch of this magical brew, I have to say that I felt de-puffed, hydrated and generally better about myself. It’s actually not bad tasting. Apparently, the key is to drink this before bed to torch calories while you sleep. Could this be the stuff of my weight loss dreams? I doubt it could possibly burn hot enough to offset my bad habits (namely pizza, fro-yo and vino), but it’s worth a shot!
Feel the burn
Post Goon-Out Brew
The juice of one organic lemon
A handful of organic parsley
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup boiling water
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
**Serves one over-served goonette**
I am a strong believer that early birds get the worms. I work out early, get to work early, and eat healthy early in the day. Life is about balance. Start out good, finish off bad…
In order to keep myself from weighing 500 pounds, I like to eat clean (ok, 10% of the time). This smoothie makes me feel virtuous before (or after) a serious goon-out oinker session. It’s breakfast, it’s a salad, it’s clean livin’, and it tastes like dessert (that might be pushing it, but it’s really tasty).
Salad Smoothie Shake (serves one petite goonette)
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (you can also use water, juice, soy milk or skim milk)
1 scoop whey protein powder (preferably vanilla without added sugar)
1 tsp flax oil
1/2 ripe banana (use frozen ripe bananas to make the smoothie even more like a milk shake)
1 handful frozen pineapple (or mango)
1 handful fresh or frozen blueberries
1 handful fresh spinach
Add all ingredients into a blender and kick it into high gear to combine. I also like to add some of the following to mix it up from time to time:
- Toasted almonds
- Greens powder (available at Whole Foods)
- Ground flax seeds
- Any ripe berries
- Any greens
- Nut butters
- Coconut milk (lite)
Mmmmmmmmm…..can’t wait for my next burger.
Tastes much better than a salad...I promise
#1 – Corn
You would be surprised how much corn has already been consumed in our house this summer. Our goons like to go after 2-3 ears straight up from the cob. Just boil the corn for three minutes and slather it in seracha mayo. Redic.
#2 – Maters
The garden is busting at the seams with perfect maters this time of year. Sungolds, Cherokee Purples, Ramapos, Pineapples. We have them on everything – bagels with cream cheese topped with a slice of mater, mater sandwiches, mater salads…You get the point.
#3 – Pizza
Can someone please tell me why pizza tastes so good when it’s so hot out? It’s too warm for us to make our own pies, so we’ve been all over the pizzas at Vace and Sorriso. I’m not sure if it’s the humidity, but their dough rocks right now.
#4 – Gruner
When it’s August in DC, there’s nothing like an Under Armour t-shirt, a box fan, and a cold glass of Gruner on a Friday night. Seriously. Try it.
#5 – Anything from the grill
It’s way too hot to cook in doors. We have been gooning out on burgers, tri-tip, sirloin, chicken thighs, and fresh veggies. Oh-so-Paleo (except for the burgers).
Posted in Goony Insights
In the midst of late night laughs, we joked about how much of my time is actually spent cooking for and feeding goons. I have my very own goon husband, but many goon friends and goon family who also come to my table.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term goon…
GOON is a term of endearment. In our home, a “goon” is anyone who loves eating, drinking, busting chops, and living life to the fullest. For example, I watched several goons at a party last night who each polished off at least five Philly-style subs and starchy sides, and then justified additional plates of meats as “dessert”, not to mention the accompanying beers and wines to wash it all down. These guys aren’t messing around.
Recipes, pics, and goony insights to follow.
With a heavy grocery bag and a full belly,
Exhibit A - GOONS!