Thursday, May 24, 2012

Homemade Cilantro & Pineapple Popsicles

Hey there everyone!  How has everyone been since the last time I posted here?  I hope all is well and you are still making your health a priority….because if you don’t, no one will! Well enough of that…let’s get down to business ; )! I don’t know about you, but all of us out here in Las Vegas (& I’m sure out in Texas as well) are doing just about everything to keep ourselves cool from this crazy heat!  I’ve brought to you today a recipe that will sure prove to be a staple for y’all during this spring/summer heat not only this year, but hopefully for many years to come ; )  We all know that popsicles (a classic hot weather favorite) help to quench your thirst and sweet tooth all while helping to keep you cool; however, so many brands of popsicles are lacking in any kind of nutritional value whatsoever! So, why not make your own?! Also, surprisingly to some, they are super easy to make and well, if I must say, they taste a whole lot better too and are a healthier alternative to buying the prepackaged kind…it’s a win, win!
I’m here today with your next recipe…homemade cilantro & pineapple popsicles! I know, you’re thinking…cilantro, in a dessert?! That sounds just a bit “off’ and I admit that at first I was a bit skeptical, but seriously, don’t knock it until you try it ; )…it will completely surprise you! Pineapple is naturally quite pulpy and gives these a nice “bite” when eating them….while the cilantro gives them this nice "herby" and fresh taste! They do require a bit of a sweetener, but keep in mind that you don’t only have to use sugar…you can substitute stevia extract or even honey.   Also, besides the ingredients, you also need a a popsicle mold…I got kind of lucky because last summer I found one on clearance at Target; however, this one was for only making 4 pops and I needed a mold for more like 8-10 popsicles with this recipe.  I found an 8 popsicle mold (for $2.50!!!) at Target a few days ago in the dollar section near the entrance of the store…I’m not making any promises, but if you’re lucky you may still find one there because you can’t really beat that price! So….here goes…

-1 ripe pineapple, cut into small chunks
-Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
-1/3  cup sugar (like I said, you can substitute honey as well, I would keep the honey to more like ¼ cup since it is sweeter tasting, but if you really like that honey flavor go ahead and still use 1/3 cup and if you want to substitute stevia extract for the sugar, keep in mind that stevia is 25-30 times sweeter then sugar so a little goes a long way so roughly 2 to 2 1/2 tsp should be sufficient)
-Juice of ½ a lime
-Pinch of salt

Optional: add 2 tbs of milled flax seed to get an additional nutritional boost!

1. Put pineapple, cilantro, sugar, lime juice, and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds…most have the sticks along with the molds, but if yours doesn’t simply add your own popsicle sticks…you can get them at craft stores
2. Freeze for at least 4 hrs or until frozen.  Dip molds in tepid water to help remove the popsicles…enjoy!

I hope y’all enjoy these as much as we did! Let me know how it goes!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Know Your Body

Good morning San Antonio. Know Your Body. We definitely want to work hard at staying healthy and continuing to make progress. But at the same time listen to your body when it says to stop. There are good pains that the body needs to feel in order to make progress and there are also a few pains that are detrimental to our success. You know your body better than anyone....Even better than your trainer. When you get a feeling that feels different than just pushing yourself to the limit then please stop. Putting yourself out of commission is worse than quitting because now you don't get to chose whether you workout or not. Know your body and listen to your body please. If we help 1 person then awesome and if we don't help anybody at least it won't be for lack of effort damnit!!! Tomorrow is now...San Antonio Chris

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good Quote

Good afternoon San Antonio. Here is a quote shared with me by a friend and I'm passing it on. "Do you know what faith and fear have and common?! What they have in common is a future that hasn't happened yet. Fear believes In a negative future, faith in a positive one. So, if neither have happened yet, why not believe in positive...that great things are coming?!". Great quote.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Carpe Diem --"Sieze the Day"

Good morning San Antonio. Carpe Diem means Sieze the Day. So many people either waste the day or don't appreciate their privilege of being able to be self sufficient and physically independent. The number of people who have no appreciation increases every day and even more alarming is the fact that the average age of those people decreases every day as well. Every opportunity I get to try to motivate people I try to maximize it. I also ask my clients to do the same on a daily basis. The more people we get to motivate others then we can help remedy this epidemic of laziness/unappreciation. So please go out there and try to promote people to Sieze the Day and make the most of it because tomorrow is never guaranteed. If we help 1 person then awesome and if we don't help anybody at least it won't be for lack of effort damnit!!! Tomorrow is now.... San Antonio Chris

Monday, May 7, 2012

Remember The Why

Good morning San Antonio. Remember The Why. You know what your are trying to do. Getting healthy. But just as important you need to remember why you are doing it. I personally believe the why is more important. You are clearly doing this to better yourself but you are also doing this to better all those you care about that are around you. Your family and all of your friends that you care about will also be better for it. Don't lose track of your vision... of your scope. Remember The Why! If we help 1 person then awesome and if we dont help anybody at least it won't be for lack of effort damnit!!! Tomorrow is now....San Antonio Chris

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Getting "Lifed"

Godd afternoon San Antonio. Getting "Lifed". It's guaranteed to happen. Without doubt without warning without escaping, you will get "Lifed". My friend used this phrase with me a couple of years back. All it means is that life in general will try to get in the way of what you are trying to do. Whether you are trying to do something for your career or your personal life something will happen undoubtedly. Some people call it Murphy's Law. Whatever you want to call the phenomenon is irrelevant. When life tries to get in the way you simply need to stare right back and say Thank You...and then get right back to what you were doing before. Don't life get in the way of what you are accomplishing as we speak. If we help 1 person then awesome and if we don't help anybody at least it won't be for lack of effort damnit!!!...Tomorrow is now.....San Antonio Chris