OK, so (like many of us do in the summer) I'm going off the beaten path and sharing with you a New Blog Series...foods I love to eat when I want to TAKE IT OFF! (I'll sporadically share over the next month...)
Food #1: Pico de Gallo with Black Beans
Back in 2002 when I was trying to get in shape and loose a few pounds before our wedding, I made some serious lifestyle changes. I joined a gym, cut sugar out of my coffee, drank tons of water, and lived on sushi, grilled veggies, fish, salads, nuts and beans. Now I love food (to the point of absurdity) but whenever I feel myself slipping, feeling lethargic and unhealthy, I instantly take myself back to that young bride 8 years ago who realized with just a little planning, thought, and self control... eating 'smarter' was easy! Back then, my 5'6 frame went from a size 8 to a light size 4 - I was getting married and not only committing to my husband, but also to a healthier me and it felt good.
By now we all know...crash diets don't work and if you starve yourself for a week, you'll gain back double the next. I also know I'm lucky because I love healthy foods. I have many a friend who can't stand the thought of eating a bean and whose idea of a salad is smothered in cheese with grilled beef and bread on the side. <-- And hey, there's nothing wrong with that! BUT - here I'll share with you the first (in a series of many foods) I eat whenever my body whispers, " it's time to feel lighter...healthier... and more in control!"
Pico de Gallo in any of the following forms: plain, in grilled tortillas, on eggs (great breakfast), or as a side to grilled meat or fish....sweet, spicy, satisfying and delicious! Make LOTS and put on everything!
Pico de Gallo
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 a large onion, diced
1 jalapeno (seeded or not depending on desired heat level) chopped
1 small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 the juice from a lime
S&P to taste
* I usually add a can of well rinsed, small black beans for a more complete meal