WIAW #8: New Recipes & Thanksgiving Tips

This week, I broke away from the usual eggs, protein bar and salad combos that tend to fill up my days.  I found a couple new recipes and decided to give them a try, so let’s get to it with this week’s What I Ate Wednesday (really, Tuesday).  Also, keep in mind, I do not list every single thing I eat, there is always a handful or two of trail mix, some Dove chocolate mixed in there.


Thanks again for hosting, Jenn!
Breakfast

I tried this Sweet Breakfast Scramble recipe out this weekend that I found over at Carrots ‘n Cake and really liked it, so I decided to repeat this week.  I followed the recipe, but I only used 1/2 a banana and added 1/2 cup of pumpkin.  It was nice to change it up for once!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • topped with peanut butter and honey

Snack

While I was out running errands this weekend I spotted this protein pumpkin muffin mix at Home Goods and couldn’t pass it up.  Not too shabby for a packaged mix!

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Lunch

I found this recipe for Pumpkin Turkey Chili over at GiGi Eats Celebrities and had to give it a try, especially when they said you couldn’t taste the pumpkin.  I didn’t tell Matt what the “secret ingredient” was and he had NO idea. Winning.  It was so good I had to repeat it for lunch.

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Snack

Apple and peanut butter.  No pictures.  Enough said. 🙂

Dinner

I got home late so just decided to whip up an egg scramble complete with egg whites, spinach, low sodium ham and goat cheese.  One of my favs!  It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but that’s because I forgot to snap one until I was almost finished.  #bloggerprobs.  I also snacked on half of another protein muffin and I can’t forget my Dove chocolate!

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Since tomorrow is Turkey Day, I thought I would leave you all with a few tips to keep it a little on the healthy side. I will preface this by saying that I am a big believer in having everything in moderation, and holidays are no exception.  I try to eat healthy 80-90% of the time, so there is no reason I can’t live a little on days like this….or even on a random Thursday for that matter. 😉  I am definitely not going to tell you to go to Grandma’s house and only fill your plate with turkey and green beans.  If you have the willpower to do that though, more power to you!  For me, the key is portion control.

1. Workout Thanksgiving morning.  Trust me, you will feel much better about indulging if you already got in a daily sweat session.

2. Portion control. Portion control. Portion control.  Don’t skip the potatoes and pie if that’s what you’re into, but it’s all about the portions.  Fill up most of your plate with protein, veggies and greens and then take small amounts of “the good stuff”.  This way, you can have your cake (or pie!) and eat it too. 😉

3. Bring something you “can” eat. My mom and I are all about this.  Bring a dish that you know will provide a healthy alternative.  That way, you know there will be at least ONE dish that you can count on being semi-healthy.  You might be surprised how much everyone appreciates that too!

4.  Take a walk.  After your big meal and after getting a little couch potato/football-watching time in, bundle up and take a walk.  Invite your family members to come along; it would be a good chance to get outside, breath in some fresh air, and catch up with grandma.

5. ENJOY the day!  Holidays are about spending time with family and friends, it shouldn’t be about stressing over what you ate (or didn’t eat).  Sit back, relax and take it all in.  You worked hard for it!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sunshine Kind of Day

I’m switching things up a bit today and participating in one of those blogger award surveys.  First of all, it’s funny that I was tagged for this because my entire life my dad has called me “Sunshine”, so it’s very fitting. 😉 Although I haven’t had (or made) the time for one of these before, I decided to see it through this time! I think it’s fun when other bloggers participate because I love learning more about them, so I decided it’s my turn to tell you all my random fun facts.

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Thank you so much Katie, over at She Rocks Fitness, for “nominating” me!  I’m a big fan of her blog, so if you haven’t visited hers yet, please do!  She is constantly posting delicious recipes and workouts that are right up my alley.  And just look at her…I mean, who wouldn’t want that bod?!  I’ll take her advice any day!

Here are “the rules”…

1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award and ask them 10 questions.

1. Do you own any pets? If so, what kind? Breed? Name?

Matt and I don’t have any pets yet.  I do beg for a Golden Retriever constantly, although we both are fully aware that we cannot take care of a pet right now because frankly, we can barely take care of ourselves.  It’s the truth, people.  We do have a family pet though, Ringo, the best Golden Retriever you will ever meet.  EVER.  He’s my dad’s best bud and the sweetest, most well behaved dog in the world.  Yes, I am biased, but he really is that great.  Ringo was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and lost one of his hind legs. 🙁  It was a very difficult time for our family but he is taking the treatments better than we expected.  Even though he’s our little tripod dog now, he doesn’t let that get him down!  He’s still the fun-loving pet we all know and love and was back on his feet in no time.  (See, the BEST) 😉

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2. What is the last book that you read?

I recently read Ellen Degeneres’ book “Seriously….I’m Kidding” during our trip to New Orleans last weekend.  I needed a book on the fly and borrowed this from a friend because I absolutely love Ellen.  I think she is hysterical!  I thought it would be more of an autobiography but it was more like a little about her life, coupled with a lot of random thoughts.  Parts of the book were funny but overall, it was just a quick, light read.  Nothing to write home about. 🙂

3. Favorite way to sweat?

I love a good HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout that leaves me drenched.  A quick workout that incorporates lots of moves like burpees and a combination of dumbbell and bodyweight exercises always has me hating it while it’s happening, but loving it when it’s over.

4. What is your favorite piece of workout apparel?

I love a good pair of Nike running shorts.  The ones that are not to short, not too long, juuust right.  I can always count on them not to ride up when I’m running and they give me enough room to do squats and other movements.

These Nike shorts are especially my favorite, because of the super cute monogram.  Thanks again, Kelly!

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5. Salty or sweet?

Can I say both??  A big cheat meal for me almost always consists of pizza or French fries…or both, but if I have to choose, I would most definitely go with sweet on this one.  I am a certifiable choco-holic and proud of it.  If you put dessert or anything that incorporates chocolate in any way, shape, or form in front of me, you better watch out because I’m going for it.  Every. Single. Time.

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6.  Favorite fashion trend right now?

Well, I don’t consider myself an especially “fashion forward” kind of gal so assuming this is still on trend, I love statement necklaces! My husband and friends like to call me out on the number of necklaces in my possession.  What can I say, it’s an addiction?  It’s actually a big day for me when I purchase an outfit that doesn’t incorporate a plain article of clothing and a statement necklace.

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7. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Hawaii!!!  I’ve been to Maui with my extended family, Honolulu for the Pro Bowl and Kauai for my honeymoon and every island is as perfect as the next.  It’s on our bucket list to go back and visit the other islands.  In fact, we are planning a trip for next October!

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8. What is your astrological sign?

Taurus.  Stubborn, like a bull.  Sounds about right…

9. How many states have you lived in? Where?

Only two!  I say I’m born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but I did spend four years in Charlotte, North Carolina as a child when my dad was transferred for his job.  I don’t remember too much about it, just that I missed the snow.  Now that I’m old enough to realize that you don’t just get to sled in the snow, you have to drive in it, shovel it, and scrape it, it’s lost a little bit of it’s luster. 😉

10. What is your favorite recipe you have made recently?  Link it up so we can all check it out!

Keeping with the salty/sweet dilemma from question #5….

Sweet- Like everyone else, I’m really into pumpkin lately so I’d have to say these Skinny Pumpkin Cookies.  They satisfy my sweet tooth, without all of the guilt.  Oh, and did I mention the recipe only calls for 3 ingredients??

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Salty- This Sweet Potato Hash has been perfect healthy comfort food, now that fall is here!

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So, there you have it!  Now you know 10 things about me that you probably didn’t before.  Thanks again, Katie!!!

My 10 Bloggers:

  1. Heather- Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness
  2. Heather- Housewife Glamour
  3. Julie- Health Nut Julie
  4. Caren- Peace, Love & Sweat Pants
  5. Kate- Kate Marrin life + style
  6. Amy- Long Drive Journey
  7. Davida- The Healthy Maven
  8. Jessie- Jessie Loves to Run
  9. Louise- Fit Radiance
  10. Charlotte- Commitness to Fitness

 

My 10 Questions:

(I’m stealing some from Katie because I thought they were good ones) 🙂

  1. What is your favorite way to sweat?
  2. What celebrity would play you in a movie and why?
  3. What is your favorite recipe you have made lately?  Link it up so we can all check it out!
  4. What is your favorite cheat meal?
  5. What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. What is your favorite place to go in your city?
  8. It’s the weekend and you don’t have any plans.  What would you do?
  9. What is your ideal date night/day?
  10. What keeps you motivated to continue blogging and living a healthy lifestyle?

Burpee Bonanza & Green Protein Smoothie

Yesterday, my day started like it usually does- half awake at the gym.  I started out with 10 minutes of light intervals on the Stairmaster to get warmed up.  Then, I got to work on the ladder workout below.  Here’s how it works: Start out with 20 Burpees, 10 V-Situps, 20 Air Squats, and 10 Push-ups.  Then, 18 Burpees, 9 V-Situps, 18 Air Squats, and 9 Push-ups, and so on….basically the exercises that start with 20, you go down by 2 each time and the exercises that start with 10, you go down by 1.  I started out trying to do everything at 20 reps and down, but I quickly realized that, #1 I was going to run out of time before I needed to go home and get ready for work, and #2 I might not make it through the entire workout because my body wasn’t havin’ any of that.  I also realized early on that when you don’t do burpees for a while, your mind/body forget how hard they are; aka, your selective memory blocks them out of your mind, for obvious reasons.  I haven’t incorporated burpees into my workouts in a while because I’ve been trying to let my hamstring heal. It was starting to feel better, so I thought I would give this one a whirl.  Turns out, with this workout you end up doing 110 burpees!  Might have been a little aggressive, but I made it through…barely. You can always modify this by taking everything down to 10 reps and decrease by 1 each round.

Burpee Ladder Workout

After my workout, I made one of my breakfast staples- a Green Protein Smoothie.  I had always heard about putting greens like spinach and kale into smoothies, but never believed anyone when they said you can’t taste it. Lettuce in a smoothie? Yeah right…well, I was wrong.   I swear, you really can’t taste the spinach, and as long as it is blended thoroughly you won’t even notice it is there.  By adding spinach, you get the added bonus of the antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other health benefits it provides.  The recipe is below, feel free to substitute whatever fruit or nut butter you prefer!

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 There you have it!  A delicious green- er, grey- smoothie…I promise it tastes better than it looks.

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Green Protein Smoothie

(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 servings whey protein powder (I usually use chocolate, obvi)
  • 2-4 cups spinach (I don’t usually measure this, just fill the rest of the blender with spinach)

Directions:

Blend together and enjoy!

 

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Spinach Crust Pizza

My friend Kelly and I had a husband/fiance free weekend for Memorial Day, because Matt and Ryan (Kelly’s fiance) were in Louisville for Ryan’s bachelor party.  We had biiiig plans, let me tell you what; days full of lounging around the pool, eating, shopping and wedding planning- the perfect girls weekend. 🙂  Friday night, we decided to get all crazy (note: sarcasm) and make pizza, drink wine and watch the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy.  I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, Grey’s has been on for almost 10 years, and yes we are still die-hard fans.  I’m not above it.

We decided to go the semi-healthy route with our pizza, and make this Spinach Crust Pizza recipe we found on Pinterest.  It turned out better than expected!  We added a few different toppings than what the recipe called for (turkey pepperoni, green pepper, onion, shredded pepper jack cheese), and we opted not to make our own pizza sauce, just used the store-bought kind.  Maybe it was the overabundance of cheese we used, but I have to admit, it was pretty delicious.

Quote of the evening-  Kelly: “Well, it’s better to eat cheese off of a vegetable, than to eat cheese off of a carb”.  Amen, sister!  That’s why we’re friends. 🙂

Spinach Crust Pizza

Crust Instructions
2 cups raw spinach leaves
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheese blend
spices (salt/pepper/seasoning salt, etc)
Directions
Preheat oven to 425. Line a 12 inch pizza pan with parchment paper (DO NOT skip the parchment paper.). Set aside.
In a food processor (or blender), blend spinach until it is a baby food consistency. Add egg and pulse until combined. Add in cheese and spices and pulse until just combined.
Spread evenly in prepared pizza pan. Bake at 425 for about 15 minutes, edges will be browned and crispy. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust and add toppings. Place back in oven and broil until cheese is melted.