S. My favorite letter for a pretty obvious reason. And the theme of today’s blog post.
S is for SALMON.
I love salmon. If you look back to my posts even before I started clean eating, I always loved some good old salmon. It’s easy to cook, easy to season with just about anything, and pairs well with just about anything.
Salmon is also SO good for you. Of course, it is a great source of protein. For a 4 oz filet of wild Alaskan salmon, you rack in a full 24 g of protein. And of course - those Omega-3 healthy fats - that help to reduce inflammation in our bodies, a condition that has been seen to be the cause of many health problems including health disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis.
Salmon is also full of Vitamin D - actually 4 oz fulfills a full day’s requirement. Other essential nutrients include niacin, magnesium, and selenium.
There are a million ways to season - from simple lemon and herbs, to paprika and cayenne. My favorite right now is a ginger garlic soy. Simple and delicious. Right off the grill I prepared with these:
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce, garlic power, and ground ginger. So delicious. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce is such a great product. Amino Acids are basically the building blocks of our tissues and our organs. They basically allow the vitamins and minerals to work in our bodies. It tastes exactly like soy sauce - but without the sodium (ie no salt) or preservatives! You can’t beat it. You can find this stuff at most organic healthy markets like Whole Foods or Yes! Organic Market. Mine has a spray top which makes it so easy to apply to meats or fish, basically anything!
S is for SWEET POTATOES.
Tonight, I paired my salmon with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also up there on my favorites list, and can be cooked SO many different ways. From sweet potato fries, to mashed and eaten cold, to discs which I made this evening. They are such an important complex carb - one that I never feel guilty about (but before 7 pm!!). For more information on their benefits, check out my post from a few weeks ago here!
Tonight, I sliced this cooked sweet potato in half and sliced the other half into discs (1 serving for me is 1/2 a medium sweet potato). I then brushed them with coconut oil.
Then threw them in the oven at 375 for about 30 minutes.
I also steamed up some broccoli and sprinkled with garlic powder.
And here was my dinner:
The perfect balance of complex carbs, healthy fats, vegetables, and protein.
And the perfect post-workout meal.
Now this brings us to my last S of the day.
S is for SUMMER ARMS. Or even better, SEXY ARMS.
I’m obsessed with arms. Always have been. Just ask Heather Roberts. I think anyone can look good in any strapless top or t-shirt if their arms are toned. I have been working really hard on this part of my body - spending most nights at the weight room at my gym.
Here is a pic from last month
Everyday I work a different muscle group. Recently, my schedule has looked like this:
M-F - AM fasted cardio
+ evening sessions of
M - Biceps and Triceps
T - Shoulders + Abs
W - Chest
Th - Back + Abs
Saturday/Sunday - Circuits!!
Today I was not in the mood to train biceps (don’t ask) and decided to pair triceps and chest together. I LOVE training my triceps, and even though I may not see the difference in my chest (I am not trying to build pecs or anything lol), I can do a hell of a lot of pushups now - real pushups. Kissing the floor pushups.
This is what I did:
If you have questions about any of these moves, just ask me! Or go to bodybuilding.com, even Google. Next time, I will post some pictures/videos of these moves. But they are pretty basic and work wonders for those awesome summer arms!
That’s all for my S day.