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‘Tis the Season for Saffron

Holy crap it’s been a crazy couple months. Last Wednesday night I closed out my second semester and Friday I shut down my work computer for the next solid week and a half. There are many awesome things about working at Harvard, but I have to say….one of the top two things is that we get Christmas through New Years off….paid…best thing ever. I will probably never leave the place based solely on that. As much as I’m a nut case and feel like I need to being doing something productive at all times, I am so excited for some time off. I MISS COOKING! Sadly,¬† that’s one of the first things that goes out the window when I get in school mode. I even manage to squeeze in gym time, but my culinary therapy, my happy place, and my meditation in front of the stove, comes to an embarrassing halt. I’ve been collecting a few recipes to try though and tonight I cooked with saffron for the first time. LOVE saffron. It’s such an impressive flavor. It’s distinct, but not overpowering. It’s featured in many famous dishes, such as bouillabaisse. It also has been known to have medicinal qualities and antioxidant-like properties. It is not a cheap….seasoning? I feel like saffron is much more than a seasoning, but if a grocery store has it you can find it with the other spices and seasonings. Trader Joe’s actually carries it and I’m pretty sure I picked up a jar of threads for less than $10. The color and the aroma are amazing and it’s something that can ‘wow’ a crowd if you’re cooking for people. I used it just for some rice and it was delicious and provided a twist to the usual bland side of starch. If you get a chance to experiment with some new flavors, saffron is a really easy and delicious way to go.

saffron flower[saffron threads actually come from this flower]

Here is the RECIPE I cooked.

If I did it again I would probably cut the butter in half and do part olive oil. Try something new this holiday season and surprise your senses!

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So, here’s something kind of funny. I realized the other day that I have never been a paying member of gym. Between working at a gym for two years, living in multiple apartment buildings that had one, mooching off my personal training boyfriend, gyms on campus during college, boot camps with co-workers; I’ve always had one available. I never have swiped the credit card for physical fitness…until Tuesday. Tuesday I marched into a gym that I pass on my commute everyday and walked out with a key chain tag thing. IT’S OFFICIAL! I’m really excited about it and the fact that I know NO ONE in this gym. Has never happened before. It’s going to be 100% me time and I’m going to try to keep it that way. As social as I am, sometimes you just want to shut the eff up and not talk to anyone. Although I wouldn’t be upset if I made a new friend there since NO ONE STAYS IN BOSTON!!! I had no idea this was such a transient city. This took a weird turn. I’ll sign off here. Expect more workout posts soon!

VIM[proof]

FOBulous

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Girl Power

Yesterday marked a momentous day….I FINALLY got back in the gym for workouts!

[what? an election? where? i kid. calm yo’self. i voted]

Definitely feels good to get back in there. I’ve felt so weak the past couple of weeks. That’s really the only way to describe it. I could almost feel myself turning into this frail old lady who couldn’t open my spaghetti sauce jar. Really pathetic, but it did put it back in perspective for me how important working out [including weights, ladies!] is. I emphasize the weights only because a lot of women tend to steer clear thinking all the zumba, yoga, and pilates is all they need *wipe hands of workout obligation*. You guys know…love my yoga, but as I’ve said over and over, you need variety for optimal results and overall physical health. I’m not saying those aren’t good ways to get your sweat on, I’m just saying to pick up a weight, or do some sort of strength training [resistance or body weight are some other options], every now and then. It’s good for ya! Don’t be scuuuured.

Strength Training…

  • Increases bone density and prevents osteoporosis – aka it makes STRONG BONES!
  • Can prevent or alleviate a bunch of different chronic conditions [arthritis, diabetes, back pain, and depression…to name a few].
  • HELPS YOU BURN FAT! Muscle = engine to burn calories more efficiently at rest and during exercise.
  • You can burn even MORE calories and get a fantastic cardio workout by doing strength circuits.

Disclaimer – YOU WILL NOT BEEF UP!! No matter what anyone tells you, female body builders have to dedicate their¬† lives to get that physique and doing regular weight training will not cause you to go all Arnold on everyone. You’ll look toned and amazing!

If you’ve never worked with weights before, I would highly recommend setting up a session or two with a personal trainer. So worth it.

Now go get your flex on!!!

 

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