Mexican Chopped Salad with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette

Mexican Salad

Mexican Salad


Cooking spray
2 ears fresh or frozen cob corn, thawed
4 reserved cooked chicken breast halves, diced
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
1 cup Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Spanish olives, sliced
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup cider vinegar


Using a  grill pan or griddle with cooking spray, set over medium-high heat to preheat.

Place corn on hot pan and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown on all sides, turning frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. Slice kernels from cob when cool to handle. Transfer kernels to a large bowl and add chicken, beans, cheese, olives, tomatoes, apple, jalapenos, and cilantro. Toss to combine.
For the dressing:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in vinegar. Add dressing to chicken mixture and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Day 7, week 1 of the workout

I have completed one week of the workout and so far I like my results.  My arms look bigger and feel stronger.  I plan to rest for two days in just to give my arms some healing time.   I always feel something after each session and I am getting closer to being able to complete the 75 second workout without having to switch hands. I have gotten my time down to 50 seconds before switching.  i used to have to switch every 15 seconds on the last workout but that is no longer the case.

Stretching Out

Before doing any exercises, it is always a good idea to do some stretching. This helps you so you don’t tear any muscles or pull anything.  A good way to start is to reach down and try touching your toes without bending your legs at the knee.  This becomes easier over time.  The next one is the forward lunge where you take a step forward, leaving your back heal on the ground to give your calves a good stretch.  The other is to stretch your legs to the side so you stretch out your upper thighs and leg muscles.

Day 5 Using Shake Weight

My fifth day using this thing is definitely helping.  My arms feel tighter.  I am debating if i should take off the weekend using this and let my body rest a little as you would for a traditional workout.  It is getting easier for me to complete the whole 6 minute video that comes with the shake weight since i know exactly how long I am doing it for.