Do you watch Girls?
I just caught up on season 1 in time for the season 2 premiere last Sunday night, and gosh, I really like that show. I’ll admit it took me a few episodes to get into it, but on or about episode 3 I really started enjoying the storylines. It could be because I am a 20-something in NYC, but I have to say I think Lena Dunham is onto something with this story of 4 girls trying to make it in a crazy hipster world.
There is a scene in season 1 where Shoshanna (albeit in a very, very altered state) goes on a rant about how she’s going to move to the front of her Pilates class from now on, because dang it she’s GOOD at Pilates and she doesn’t want to be stuck in the middle anymore! Why hide in the middle when you can excel in the front of the class?!
I think we all need a bit of Shoshanna’s confidence in our lives. Minus the crack.
That is my life lesson for the day! Now onto the noms.
So I told you last week that I started a cleanse.
I’m now Day 6 into my cleanse, and I gotta tell you- things are going great! Lots of energy, solid sleeping, and yeah, I’m losing a bit of weight too!
I think the secret for me was doing a lot of preparation beforehand, including cutting back on coffee big time (ie, one cup this entire year so far!), eating a ton more vegetables, and getting into a groove at the gym. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this many vegetables in my entire life, and honestly I really feel great. If I can be honest with you, I do miss a nice piece of crusty bread, though. I’m having fun deciding what my “first meal” is going to be once I’m done… cookies? A slice of apple pie? A sandwich? Who knows.
Anyways, this “sauce” is fantastic as a dip, a dressing, or over pasta. It’s got a lot of flavors reminiscent of puttanesca sauce from the olives and garlic, and is super refreshing and tasty. I enjoyed it over cooked lentils and arugula this week, and I’m definitely am going to make it again even when I am off the cleanse.
The best part? This baby takes all of 3 minutes to make!
- 1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup kalamata olives
- 6-8 leaves fresh basil
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse 4-6 times, until chopped up, but not pureed. Serve with your favorite pasta, with crackers, or over lentils.
Anyone got any awesome vegetarian recipes to share with me?
Note: I am currently on the Standard Process Cleanse, under the guidance of my nutritionist and friend, Rebecca Meyerson of Simply Healthy Living. If you’re interested in the cleanse, definitely talk to Rebecca! However, none of what I post here should be considered medical advice. Please talk to your doctor/health professional before changing your diet.