4.23.2012

Get To It Circuit Workout.

TODAYS WORKOUT-
My Get-To-It Circuit Workout.
Pre-baby days I felt like I could be an early riser and really didn't mind getting up somewhat early to workout. But now that I have a little one I cherish every moment I get of sleep (even though my baby is one). So call me a slacker but I just don't have the motivation to get up before the he wakes and exercise.  Instead I opt to exercise during his first nap time- I need something that is somewhat short but still intense enough to make me feel like I got a great workout and something that I can do in my family room--- this workout was perfect!
I saw a similar workout on 'Peanut Butter Fingers' and altered it just a bit to make it my own. It took me 28:15 so it was  just about a 30 minute heart pumping workout. Perfect for the workout-during-babies-nap-time.  Long enough to get my heart racing and for my muscles to feel the burn but short enough for me to be able to shower and get a few other things done before my mischievousness little one year old wakes! By the third set, especially during the burpees, I was dying. Give it a try!
This would be great paired with a 20 minutes of cardio as well!!

4.19.2012

Bodyweight workout.

Todays Workout:
Body Weight Timed Strength Workout 
Lately I have been into doing Quick high intensity workouts. Thanks to Pinterest I have been able to find great workouts that get my heart pumping.  This workout comes from Lindsay at 'In Sweetness and in Healthy'. It is also great because you need nothing more than your body weight and a timer to do it {so it would be a great workout to do when traveling and don't have access to a gym.  I finished it in 26 minutes even. I didn't rest really at all in between exercises and really only about 15-20 seconds in between reps.  It was an awesome workout and I was definitely sweating!

2.17.2012

Can you spare 30?

I saw this on a friends blog and found it not only entertaining but very informative.  Check it out and tell me if you can spare just 30 minutes?

2.16.2012

Meatless Monday Ideas.

We've been having 'Meatless Mondays' for the past 6 months or so...... the Mr. is a HUGE meat guy so this hasn't always been easy to find something that is hearty enough that he doesn't go to the fridge 20 minutes after dinner to find 'a snack.'
As you can tell by most of the recipes below, our household tends to like the 'mexican-bean dishes.'   I guess they tend to have more substance then some of the other options that we tried.  
Here is the list of our top 10 favorite hearty Meatless recipes. 

I LOVE sweet potatoes--- and the combination with the beans and cilantro was perfect. Even my husband said you could trick somebody that there was a meat in these.  I followed the recipe pretty much exactly-- The recipe made 8 pretty decent sized burritos so I froze half of them and had quick and healthy microwave lunches from the freezer! So good. 

source: eating well
The salsa mixture on this dish was delish...  I didn't have chips on hand so we just had the salad portion and it was awesome. I used romaine lettuce-- not the iceburg!  You really must try this if you are a fan of Taco Salads.  The flavors were so intense.  

What I love about vegetarian dishes is that they usually have tons of great flavors because of all the spices that are added.  The freshness of everything is always so refreshing as well.  This dressing really brought all the flavors together.  We have had this served both warm and cold--- both were so good.  

We tend to do a lot of soups on Meatless Mondays because they are quick, easy, homey, and oh so tasty.  This one had SO much flavor.  This soup has a real kick to it-- so if you like some spice give this a try.  

Here is another yummy and easy soup that you can throw together in no time.  I love to do this recipe when you have a ton of fresh zucchini from the garden!

I Love me some Mac and Cheese.... but it seems like so many of the mac and cheese recipes out there have all kinds of fancy cheeses and creams in them-- I usually have only the basics on hand so I was drawn to this recipe-- plus it only calls for milk so this recipe was perfect for us!  Plus it was yummy! 

These are great for a healthy veggie appetizer if you are going to any sort of get together. Make sure you get them nice and crispy in the oven or they will tend to be more chewy than you want. 

The Mr. spent 2 years in Brazil and constantly talks about how much he loved the rice and beans down he ate daily.  I kept putting off trying to replicate their tasty dish until I found this recipe and instructions on their take on Brazilian rice and beans.  It turned out pretty tasty and the Mr. even said it was pretty close to what he at in Brazil.  I definitely still have some perfecting to do to make this dish a bit better but if you like rice and beans give it a try.  (the recipe calls for bacon-or chorizo but I have made it with and without and is good either way)

 I especially liked this one.. The Mr. mentioned that it would have been great if there would have been some chicken in it(which really would be a good addition of you are going that route). I thought the balsalmic dressing was a great touch.

10. Spinach Cheese Manicotti--- or Stuffed Shells.  
People are always so impressed when I make these-- although they are very easy to throw together. I like to put them in the large shells as well to make stuffed shells.  These also freeze great so I will often make a large batch and half for another dinner.  Adding chicken works with these as well.  

There you Go... 
my Top 10- Go to Meatless Dishes.  All of which are pretty haelthy!  What are your favorite Meatless dishes-- I am always looking for new dishes to try?

9.14.2011

Pin that! Exercise Motivation

Since having baby 5 months ago with the addition of moving and huge amounts of traveling, I have had a hard time getting back into my regular exercise routine.  The last couple of weeks I have finally got onto somewhat of a schedule, but I still need motivation to keep it up. So I turned to pinterest to give me some motivation...
here are some random thoughts that keep me going!  
Most importantly I should follow this..... {I need this posted right above my computer}. 

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ARE YOU MOTIVATED YET!? 

7.06.2011

Zucchini Dessert Squares

I know I haven't posted in forever but I made this vegetable dessert the other day and wanted to share the recipe with you all. {Disclaimer- this isn't a super healthy dessert- still lots of sugar, flour, and butter. It's just a great alternative and way to use up all your zucchinis}.

So it's that time of year where if you have planted zucchinis you def. have a surplus of them. And if you don't have a surplus I am sure that you have a neighbor or two that are trying to get rid of some.  You have probably used all your recipes are are ready to try something new.  
Trust me.... You don't even have to like zucchini to like it.  

{I promise it tastes just like an apple crisp-- weird I know, but it doesn't taste a thing like zucchini}. I didn't tell some of my family what it was and they thought it was apple crisp.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter

  • FILLING:
  • 8 to 10 cups cubed seeded peeled zucchini (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly{I used my hands to crumble it up}; reserve 3 cups. Pat remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, place zucchini and lemon juice in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cover and simmer for 5 minutes (mixture will be thin). It smells delish.
  • Spoon over crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Let me know if you try it and if you think that it tastes anything like Zucchini! 

2.01.2011

Valentine Fruit!

I love this idea of Fruit Valentine Stickers from Thig & Thistle
She provides a free printable for apples, pears, oranges, bananas, passion fruit, blue berries and a general one for anything else you want to add some love to.   
What a cute way to send some Valentine Love to those you love.... 
A little gesture to make your special someone or child know that you care! The perfect way to spice up the lunch box the week before Valentines Day.  
Check out all the stickers and the free download HERE.

1.28.2011

Is Breakfast really that Important?

You have all heard it before....  
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.... 
 So is that the truth? 
I for one don't know why anyone would NOT want to eat breakfast.... I wake up and one of the first things that I look forward to is eating..
But I know many of you think differently- whatever the reason. 
-you are trying to lose weight
-you want to save your calories for later 
-it makes you feel yucky
-you don't like breakfast foods
-you don't have time
Whatever your reason is I am here to give my two cents that I believe that  
Breakfast IS very important.... and I like to think it is the MOST important meal of the day. 
Here's why.. {especially if you are trying to lose weight}.

**You've been fasting overnight without food or water--- for an average of 8-12 hours {Break-fast is called breakfast for good reason},
Eating breakfast helps keep your body from sending messages to your metabolism to slow down and conserve your calories. If your body's cells do not receive sufficient nutrients-energy they begin to function less efficiently and will actually store more fat to use during these times of nutritional deprivation.
Skipping Breakfast can also lead to intense hunger, making it difficult to make wise food choices later {I tend to eat much more for lunch if I didn't have anything for breakfast}.

So If you don't eat something after that long fast, your body will begin to sense that you are starving and slow down your metabolism to conserve the fuel and not work as efficiently.
Translation- your body is burning calories at a slower rate which if you are trying to lose weight is not what you want happening. Instead you want to Boost your metabolism and have your body burn calories more quickly and earlier in the day.   

Breakfast really is ESSENTIAL.
For all you breakfast haters--- your breakfast doesn't have to be huge.
It can be as simple as:
The more fiber the better though... It make you stay  fuller longer!! So fill up on Whole grains and fruits! 

1.27.2011

Food By State!

I ran into this map at My Food Looks Funny and thought it was interesting if nothing else. 
What do you think? Is your state represented well? 
Here is my two cents--
*Utah-- Green Jello... Of course but really?  I know they say that more green jello is sold in Utah than anywhere else but in my 25 years of growing up and I must say that it was not eaten all that much-- really hardly ever.  Maybe red jello but green?  Not sure what else I would have assigned Utah with though?
*Massachusetts... spot on with 'Clam Chower.' I  could uses a bowl of some good New England Chowda for lunch today. 
*Iowa... I would say Corn first and foremost- but with Nebraska having taken the honor(which makes sense), I guess 'loose-meat sandwiches' (aka sloppy joes, maid-rites etc.) fit the bill.  I mean they were invented here... and are quite often on menus around these parts. Me not being a fan hasn't had one since I have lived here though.... maybe I better get on that.

1.26.2011

Easy Exercise Pregnancy Goal

As a follow up to yesterdays post, I think a very reasonable goal for all pregnant women (or anyone for that matter) is to...
Log at least 1 mile a day. (not counting your normal walking etc.) 
 Either by walking, jogging, or running! Of course it is recommended that you do more that just 1 mile.   
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most if not all days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication. 
30 minutes--- so simple.  And really 1 mile.  You can't come up with a good excuse not to for only that distance.  

I made this a goal when I first found out I was pregnant and can say that for almost every week for at least 5x during the week I have logged in1+ miles. Having this goal-- really helped me get out of bed on those mornings when I felt far from great during the 1st trimester. I also found that once I got exercising, I wasn't thinking so much about how crappy I felt and instead focused on the exercise. I can say that on most days after returning from exercising I have more energy and feel better!


*some situations this may not be possible or safe. Consult Dr. before any serious exercise regimen