Salmon x Mango Habanero

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Happy Monday my loves!

I apologize for the late Recipe Post but here it is!!! Salmon may possibly be my favorite fish to eat and one of the most nutrient packed! There are also so many yummy ways to cook it. I have found the easiest way to cook it in a flash is the broiler. So here is my first Inspired Health Dish…

Salmon x Mango Habanero with Asparagus and Brown Rice:

The following ingredients and directions were made for my mother and I.  You can double triple, depending on how many people you are cooking for.

Ingredients:

2 6oz. Salmon fillets with Skin (You can ask them at the fish Market to take skin off if you don’t like)

Sea Salt / Pepper

Old Bay

Coconut Oil

Asparagus (I usually cook the whole bushel they have at Whole Foods) Cooks about 3-4 Servings

Brown Rice (Uncle Bens 10 Min. has been by far the easiest to make)

Mango Salsa (I get mine from Whole Foods because it is easy, convenient, made fresh, but I can do a recipe making it if you’d like to see)

1/2 of a Habanero Pepper

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1: Prep the Salmon by rinsing, then drying off and putting on a broiler pan.

2: Add Sea Salt*, Pepper to taste

3: I like the flavoring of the Coconut Oil to Compliment the Spiciness of Salsa but if you don’t have it, using baking Olive Oil works just as well.

4: Put Fish in fridge to let marinate a couple of minutes while you prep salsa.

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5: Habanero Pepper: It is a small variety of a chili pepper, that is intensely hot so use sparingly at first to get the flavoring and spiciness you desire. The mango’s sweetness will level it out. ‘They contain a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and the compound capsaicin. Diets rich in the nutrients provided by habanero peppers may help prevent the development of a number of potentially serious medical conditions.’ Click Here to see more benefits.

6: Since the Habanero is so hot I put a glove on so the juices don’t get onto my skin while cutting it, and rub an eye, because let me tell you, you will be hurting. So use CAUTION. I like to cut up 1/2 of the pepper for a lot of spiciness. Finely chop the pepper and add to salsa.

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*I like to add a little more flavoring, so before I put in the fish, I’ll throw a dash of Old Bay Seasoning on.*

7: Turn your broiler on low…set a timer for 15 minutes…put fish in.

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8: After putting the fish in, start the rice which will take about 10 minutes. I use the Uncle Ben’s and follow the directions exactly as it says, it comes out perfect!

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9: After starting the rice, it is time for asparagus. This will take about 8-10 minutes to cook. Wash, Clip and dry.

10: Turn the stove on Medium Heat…let the pan heat up, add 1/2 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil. When pan is heated up throw the asparagus in pan.

11: Use Sea Salt and Pepper as desired, I just use a dash of each. The Sea Salt is so flavorful and mixed with the coconut oil, you won’t need much seasoning…there’s already so many yummy flavors going on.

12: Cover the asparagus and toss every 2-3 minutes. Cook for 8 minutes or until tender.

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12: Plate the rice first to place fish on top, add the mango/habanero salsa on top of fish, then the asparagus and voila.
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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first Health Recipe. Leave comments below and if there is anything else you would love to see. Also, if you try any of my recipes, I’d love for you to take a picture and tag me @dlondie or hashtag #dLhealthdish Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating!

xo dLondie

Accountability

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Sports Bra and Leggings: Lululemon Shoes: Nike Free

I am officially starting my first installment of Fitness Tuesday! Why…ACCOUNTABILITY and of course to hopefully inspire.

Ever since my boyfriend used that term it has stuck heavily with me.  We are all accountable for our actions and what we do and who we are.  In 2010 I lost my father to stomach cancer and it wrecked me emotionally and I’d be lying if I said I still don’t struggle with it to this day.  But watching him struggle with his health and how it affected those around him, I made a promise to myself to always be cautious and to love my body so I would not only be physically healthy but also mentally as well. For my friends, for my family, and eventually for my own children.  When he passed away I knew I needed an outlet, something to keep me heavily focused so I wouldn’t turn down a dark path or enter into dark activities.  So I chose to start training.

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I started training 2 times a week at REBELL Conditioning and it was exactly what I needed.  I truly had no business spending that money on a trainer but it was healthy and therapeutic all in one so I will say hands down it was completely worth it. I was fortunate enough to be invited into a gym with incredibly intelligent trainers all of whom cared not just for training but for the individual they were training as well, and THAT made a huge difference. I learned more about my body than I thought I would. I understood technique, I learned the importance of recovery and mobility, and essentially I learned to respect my body and I felt great despite my mourning.

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Fast forward to now…I would not say I am out of shape, but I am 5’7″ and 158 lbs. (it pains me to write that but f*ck it…that’s going to change!) I let life catch up with me and somehow found myself off balance again, and guess what THAT’S OK, it happens.  Once you accept that fact, it’s time to move forward and make changes. I am in no position to afford a gym or trainer right now, but that isn’t going to stop me, I have so much knowledge that was taught to me from my previous trainers….and I have nature,  a garage, and P90X 😉

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So I want to invite you to come on this journey with me…every Tuesday I want to hold myself accountable for documenting and writing GREAT workouts I had throughout the week and share them with you.  Just note I AM NOT a trainer and not trying to portray myself to be…I am just a woman on a journey back to her healthy self physically, emotionally, mentally. I do want to express the importance of talking to a trainer or physician before you do any intense workouts on your own, for your current and future safety. With great workouts comes great food 😉 Sundays I am going to have a Creative and Healthy Food Post as well so look out for that.

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Please let me know if you have questions, ideas, motivation, or just want to ramble on like myself…Write the comments below and no matter what, things can always get better if you just change your point of view and work hard, and smiling, smiling always makes things better!

xo dLondie

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Pave the Way

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Happy Thursday my loves!

Love this community and love these women… if you haven’t heard of them yet, I HIGHLY (no really, I HIGHLY) recommend you check them out and then get back to me on what you think.  There is nothing more amazing and humbling to see a group of women work their butts off, cheer each other on, and be positive and constant support for one another.

Thanks Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up for changing lives and making an amazing and wonderful difference in this world.

xo dLondie

*Photo Credit: KARENAKATRINA Instagram

::EVERYDAY::

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Happy Monday my loves!

Believing you can do something, living your dreams, being the person you want to be is the first step…Working hard and with Integrity everyday is the next, and most important. Don’t ever settle or let people change your beliefs and morals just to succeed in someone else’s race. This is yours…it’s a new week to live out dreams and ideas, and fulfill your goals, finish those To-Do lists.  Work hard always! It’s the most rewarding after everything said and done. Just knowing you worked your butt off should be accomplishment enough and is the secret to being happy and enjoying life everyday.

I watched this little video over the weekend that my boyfriend found…so glad he did because it’s a pretty awesome clip that applies to any dream (Thanks handsome for finding this)….NOW, go watch!

Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Who do YOU want to be in life?”

xo dLondie

*Photo Credit: Women’s Running*

Taking a Moment

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Everyone has bad days, moments, weeks…the one thing I’ve learned is to let myself have them. I’ve been notorious for beating myself up, when instead I should just let myself feel, deal with it, and move forward.  Learn from my difficulties, and use the lesson to strengthen my character.

This past Saturday morning was one of those moments for me.  I privately took the time to deal with it, and instead of letting it linger for too long, my love suggested we get out of the city, just get in the car and go…I didn’t care where to.  Just the thought of jumping in the car, rolling the windows down, cruising, listening to music was more than enough for me.

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..where did we end up?? The Danada Equestrian Center. It’s a beautiful Ranch that’s tucked away where you feel like your down in the country. The Center is part of the
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois.  There are wonderful people that work here and is maintained by amazing volunteers.

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The center is open for visitors to walk around for free.  You can check out the stables and pet the horses (with caution and respect).  They also offer classes for those interested in learning to ride with a traditional stand point.

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There are also these amazing trails to walk along through the woods that just give you a sense of freedom.  It was the most refreshing moment to just walk in silence and take a breath of fresh air.  All to often I forget to take the time to just feel, and breath, and listen, and let go of the busyness that constantly flows through me.

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Top: Alternative Apparel Pants: Nicole Miller Flip Flops: Yosi Samra Necklace: Soixante Neuf

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This was Crystal…and she was beautiful, she kept stomping her foot like I do, must be the baby in her family 😉

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Aaand this is how we ended the day.  After our moment at Danada, my BF’s folks took us out to dinner for my Birthday, where I ate and drank more than I can even think about right now, went back to their place ate cake and sat by the fire.

Saturday was one of those unexpected days that I crave for with out even knowing it.  There was no money involved, no fancy getaway excursion…it was a free moment, where I was able to escape into Mother Nature, take a breath of fresh air, surround myself with things I love (like horses and of course my man) to regroup and in essence, enjoy life!

I only hope that I can allow myself to do these types of things BEFORE I need them…and I hope that you too, will take a moment to yourself, to enjoy life, and be happy, because you deserve it!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did experiencing it!

xo dLondie