Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mind Blowing BodyRocking News

I thought long and hard about this post and whether I wanted to regurgitate information that was posted on another blog. But seeing as how this other blog is such a huge part of my everyday life I decided ultimately that it was important enough for me to talk about here.

I've been a loyal follower of Bodyrock.tv since December 2010. I've made huge changes in my life in conjunction with workouts posted by Zuzana and Freddy (the owners of Bodyrock.tv). The website is exactly what I needed to get out of a workout rut and really turn things around for myself. They have tons of awesome and challenge workouts and exercise challenges as well as tasty and healthy recipes. The website features inspirational stories of people all over the world following the workouts and the changes that has happened in their lives.

So then my world got shaken recently when it was announced that Zuzana was no longer going to be featured in the workout videos and that she was looking for others to host the workouts. WHAT?!?!?! The whole reason why I go to BodyRock.tv is to see her and to watch her do the workouts. There's something about HER that makes these intense workouts exciting for me. So that was a bum. BUT then a few days later they announce that they are separating! DOUBLE WHAT?!?!?! I'm not into the whole "get to know the blogger" scene but after following these people for almost a year through their workout blog you have no choice but to feel affected by this huge life change.

I've been watching her coffee talk videos since the big news and the girl has lost her sparkle. Don't get me wrong the workouts are still insane but if I don't get to see Zuzana sweating and hurting while still smiling because she LOVES the pain (like I've come to love) then to me they've become like any other workout program out there. And that's a damn shame.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I've been slacking...

It's insane because I have so much to 
blog about.
But the internet here is a total joke.

It's super shotty and slow at best.
Which makes blogging a really hard and frustrating task.

Grr...

Well below are our pumpkins for Halloween. 
Can you believe this is the first time I've ever carved a pumpkin???

Husband's pumpkin was super cool
that an old drunk Italian guy just drove up to our porch and
took it! Not cool if you ask me... but oh well.







I want to hear about your pumpkin carving experience this year and what design you decided to go with. 
Post a comment below!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Food for thought.

I've snapped a few pictures of the foods we've been eating since moving to Italy.

I try to make sure I don't order the same meal or even similar meals when I visit a new restaurant and I suggest you do the same when you move to a new place. This way it helps to get a feel of the local cuisine and it's also a sure fire way to discover a new favorite.

Since we've only been here for a month I don't have a huge stockpile of pictures to show. But my challenge is for you to view the pictures and read the captions and try to recreate this dishes at home. Post the pictures in the comment section below and tell me what your experience was like while preparing, cooking, and eating the meal.

Classic Bruscheta with local tomatoes. 

Pear Pasta. Incredible. Little beggers purses filled with ricotta and pears.

The healthiest meal you'll ever find in Italy.
Simply seasoned and grilled chicken breast with zucchini, eggplant, and carrots.

Polenta with crab and tomato ragu.

Pumpkin gnocchi and smoked mozzarella. 

Sea spit (skewer) with baby octopus, prawns, and veggies.

Grilled prawns and zucchini with a balsamic glaze.

Pumpkin ravioli DRENCHED in sage infused butter topped with smoked mozzarella. 

Chicken fajita with arugula and roasted peppers.

Aviano Special: tomato sauce, beef sausage, lean ham (speck), mushrooms and ricotta.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gelataria


Gelato.
My newest addiction.

I've always been a huge lover of ice cream.
But because of how loaded with sugar and packed with cream it was 
Husband and I cut it out of our lives.

We've been substituting ice cream with
frozen custard that is sugar free and fat free
but we all know it's not the same. 

Then we moved to Italy and these "ice cream" shops are all over the place.
I mean ALL over the place.

It's not the healthiest thing on the planet 
but it is better than the traditional
ice cream made in the states.


Here's why:

Gelato is lower in butterfat (around 4-8%) whereas
good ole ice cream found in the states is
around 14%.

Gelato contains less air, making a denser and creamier product
which means you don't eat as much.
(They are typically served in small rounded scoops equaling two tablespoons per scoop).

Gelato is higher in sugar content but it is equal parts sugar to water
and it's to act as an anti-freeze so you always get
that frozen custard consistency as opposed to a rock
solid tub of ice cream.

But less sugar overall because you typically eat a smaller serving of gelato.

Either way, Husband and I still treat gelato as a 'cheater meal'
which means we only get to eat it 
once a week if we've been good. =)


I want to hear about your favorite gelato flavors so post a comment below!