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When it comes to working out, I’m a classes kind of a girl. I can’t just go to the gym and do it on my own – I feel awkward and don’t really know what to do. Plus, even with an ipod loaded with great music, I find running to be completely boring. Classes keep me interested and never seem to get old – I especially love hula hooping, yoga, and dance classes. Unfortunately, class schedules don’t always work with my schedule. For some reason, places don’t like to schedule them after 6:00, which means if I’m working late, I probably won’t make it in time. Workout DVDs are good for filling in the gaps, but I get bored with them after 3 or 4 times (let alone sticking with them for the full 30 days that they usually say is needed to get results).
So when I heard about GaiamTV I thought it was a pretty cool idea – it’s basically like Netflix streaming for yoga and cardio classes. Unlike the classes at the gym, these are available 24/7 and can be accessed on the computer, ipad, and on Android systems. You can even customize workouts based on your goals – like losing weight, toning, or increasing energy. I signed up for a 10 day free trail last week, and it’s definitely made it easier for me to find time to get in a workout on busy days. The subscription is a little pricey at $9.95 per month, but if you think about it that’s way less than the gym and only the cost of about 1 yoga class at a studio.
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If you're anything like me, you'll be ready for a snack after your workout. Lately, I've been loving roast chickpeas - they're crunchy and flavorful, and full of protein to help build and repair muscle and fiber to keep you full. Once you have the basic method down, there are countless ways to season them - za'atar and lemon is my favorite, but chili and lime is also great and cinnamon sugar makes a nice sweet treat. Some people roast their chickpeas dry and season them after. I like to season mine before. They take a little longer in the oven my way, but the flavor infuse the beans and bake right on to them. Go ahead and make a big batch - they'll keep for several days in an airtight container.
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1 can (15.9 ounce) Chickpeas
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Lemon, juiced
- 1 Tablespoon Za'atar (found in Mediterranean and gourmet shops)
- Preheat the oven to 400*F.
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas .Pat dry with a towel and pour into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and za'atar. Mix to combine, then spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast the chickpeas, stirring occasionally, for an hour to a hour and a half, or until slightly crunchy.