Things I’m Loving

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I’m loving protein pancakes for breakfast.  I’ve been mixing the banana,egg white, protein powder mixture ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge to make in the morning.  Chocolate is delicious! Picture is from my Instagram.

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The healthy dinners I’ve been making at night.  I’ve been getting better at really planning ahead and this one was my favorite.  Black bean burgers (recipe here) and brussel sprouts.  I’m SO in love with brussel sprouts lately!

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My first attempt at protein cookie dough balls.  They started off very dry and were falling apart, but after I put them in the fridge they were great.  I want to try a different recipe and see what I like the best.  They taste great and I’ve been pinning recipes on my Pinterest board found here.

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Orange banana vanilla smoothies!  1 orange, half a banana, vanilla protein and vanilla almond milk.

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Loving that I didn’t completely freak out over this.  I must not have put the lid on the whole way and I turned it up too much, hit start and the lid blew off.  Hot tomato soup everywhere! I was okay and most of the soup survived.  My favorite tomato soup recipe found here.

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I’ve been setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier every weekday to workout.  Nothing crazy, but yoga or some of the Tone It Up videos that aren’t going to get me too crazy sweaty!  I shower, but hate to wash my hair in the mornings!

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I keep my yoga mat, 5 lb weights and iPad in my bedroom so I just roll out of bed and workout right there.  Colby has been getting up early in the morning to swim or ride his bike trainer to train for his Ironman.  I bought the Tone It Up Beach Babe 2 DVD and I love the 9 workouts.  I got the digital copy, so it is on my iPad and there is a mixture of 20, 30 and 40 minute workouts. The one HIIT intense 40 min. workout is tough and I did it yesterday for the first time.  I really liked it, but I’m not sure I could get myself to do it in the morning!

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I was going to run a 5K race yesterday, but it snowed and I didn’t want to risk falling.  I ran a quick 2 miles Thursday afternoon outside before teaching BODYPUMP.  I forget how great it feels to run outside… because the weather has been so bad lately!!

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Last thing, I love that my hair is getting longer and I can do more with it!  I cut it above the shoulder a year ago and I didn’t realize how long it would take to grow back out!  I liked it short (I’m a long hair girl!) but I felt like I could only keep it straight.  I love playing with different size curling irons and I’m really happy with my medium length hair!

Garlic Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

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I made this the other week and it was so good I made it again tonight!  It is very easy, except you have to wash your food processor afterwards.  I can’t stand cleaning that thing!

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Cut up your cauliflower.  Cut finger and try not to bleed on cauliflower.  Oh wait, don’t do that … please be safe :)  First time cutting myself on my crazy nice knives and it wasn’t too bad.

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I boiled the cut up cauliflower in this pot for 10 minutes, drained it, added it to the food processor  and pureed it until it looked like mashed potatoes.  Add it back to the pot and add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Earth Balance (or butter) and a little cheddar cheese (or add a lot!)

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Yum!  I added shrimp and it was amazing.  I had another plate, but I tried to make this one pretty for you.

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Also, I am finally getting into Instagram and have been using it to post pictures of my meals and workouts.  Click here to follow me pleasee!!  I have been trying to follow the Tone It Up meal plan (5 meals a day) and I’ve been eating more vegetables and less processed foods. :)  I feel less obnoxious posting constant food and workout pictures on Instagram, so if you are curious, follow!  Thanks!

Zucchini Noodle Ratatouille

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I’m not a chef, but I’m trying to get better at “winging it” in the kitchen!  I can easily follow a recipe, and I got my inspiration for this from Nom Nom Paleo.  No I’m not going paleo, but I like this blog because I can get veggie ideas.

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I bought the Paderno Spiralizer at Williams Sonoma last weekend and it is so much fun to use!  You could also use a julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles.  I washed my two zucchini and cut off the ends.  I also cut them once in the middle to shorten them and to make it easier.

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I sautéed an onion (that was way too big) in some olive oil.  I added salt and pepper and regretted putting that much onion in my Le Creuset dutch oven.  Next time, I’ll use less onion!

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Lots and lots of spiral noodles!

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I added the noodles to the onion and mixed it around for a bit.  I put the lid on and let it steam for a few minutes.  Make sure to check on it so you get the noodles right.  Not too crunchy, not to soggy!

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This Beekman 1802 tomato sauce is awesome!  My Mom gave it to me for Christmas and it was the right chunky consistency for this recipe.  I added it to the noodles when they were almost ready.

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I sautéed mushrooms separately because Colby doesn’t like them.  I LOVE mushrooms so I made a bunch and added them to my plate.  Next time, I think I will add red peppers to the mix.  I added baked chicken to my noodles for dinner and it was great.  The other time I made this, I added turkey meatballs and enjoyed it even more.

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Christmas Break and Happy 2014!

Hello!  I didn’t post over my holiday break, but I really enjoyed some time off from work and spending time with family.  We ended up going away the day after Christmas with my parents and had a mini vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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We saw this in 3D before Christmas and it was great!

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Two good 5 milers before Christmas!  The one above was with Amy and the one below was with Colby Christmas Eve morning.  I am trying to push myself to run outside in the cold more often.

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My favorite … sushi when we were on vacation.  It was so good!

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I bought this spiral slicer at William Sonoma on vacation because I found this zucchini noodle recipe.  I made it with sauteed onions, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce and turkey meatballs.  It was amazing and was like ratatouille pasta!  I’ll be making it again soon and post how I made it.

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I felt completely gross after vacation, so I’ve been trying to eat healthier and this has always been my favorite salad.  Spinach, roasted beets, avocado, pistachios, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.  So good.

2014 Goals

  • Run more often – (only 460 miles in 2013, I want it to be higher this year!)
  • Get AIM 1 certified in BODYPUMP
  • Eat Clean – less processed food
  • More fruits and vegetables – especially beets, avocados, kale, spinach and raw ginger root
  • PR at Nike Half – again???

I’ve been looking at juicers a lot and borrowed my friend’s this week.  I’m not sure if I want one yet, because they are kinda big and I already have a Vitamix.  I think the Vitamix could handle raw beets and ginger, so I might give it a try in the blender too.  I found this on Pinterest on juicing with a blender.  I know it’s not the same, but I think it would be okay for me.  I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead over the break and thought it was great – but I won’t be juice fasting.  Just adding the fruit and veggie juice in it in, especially between meals. Beets are high in iron too, which I worry I don’t get enough of because I’ve never eaten red meat.

Other Things of Interest…

Tone It Up “Love Your Body” Series started today – 100 mile goal by Valentine’s Day (run, bike, group fitness)

I’ve been on Pinterest non-stop. Lots of new pins on my boards!

GlassesUSA – 75% off first time customer – I LOVE my prescription sunglasses for running

My favorite tomato soup recipe from Runner’s World – I make this ALL the time!