Pumpkin Zucchini Bread
- 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup shredded & zucchini
Pumpkin Zucchini Bread
5. This blog post. I stumbled across Gina’s blog a few years ago through the Lululemon ambassador site. I was drawn to her style of writing and what her blog was all about. Her goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states. She’s not a daily blogger; she posts mainly just about each marathon she’s recently ran and what’s going on in her life at the time. In her latest post, she talks about her battle with Lyme disease and running. It hit home to me because my mom suffered with Lyme long before anyone even knew what was wrong with her. Gina’s such an inspiration to all runners out there! Continue reading
Happy Fat Tuesday!! How are you celebrating? I started my morning off some juice and eggs :-) Wild & crazy over here, I know.
Since March is National Nutrition Month, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite foods & the benefits you reap from eating them, starting with beets.
It wasn’t until I was pregnant with Madelyn that I started to like beets. I was at the farmer’s market and thought to myself, ‘those look fun!’ So I bought them, googled how to cook beets, and the rest is history. I eat them in salads, as a side, and in JUICE.
Benefits of Eating Beets
Do you eat beets? What is your favorite way to eat them? I usually steam mine, slice them and add a little sprinkle of goat cheese :-) Makes the perfect side!
Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was pretty busy over here, with drill and the last of our work holiday parties plus taking care of a sick kiddo. Let’s just say, I’m looking forward to the weekend.
Last week, I was on a mission to use up some of the pantry items I’ve had on hand for awhile. There were a lot of random meals being made and at one point, I said to hubs as we sat down to dinner, “I have no idea how this is going to taste, but all these things sounded like a really good idea.” And it was. I did, however, make one meal that I knew would be a for sure winner.
Every time we have a big family gathering, my grandma makes this Oriental Salad and it’s always a hit. The salad is made with a pack of ramen noodles and you use the flavor packet as part of the dressing. It’s amazing. I would like to experiment with making the dressing completely from scratch one of these days just because I know how much sodium is in that little flavor packet. If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears! To serve as a main meal, I cut up two chicken breasts into bite size pieces and sautéed them in sesame oil and black pepper. The chicken definitely added some staying power to the salad.
In a large bowl, mix up all of the salad ingredients. Crush the ramen noodles up for garnish if you want to. It adds a nice crunch to the salad. In a separate smaller bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and stir. Mix well into the salad. Add in the chicken. There you have it! A salad packed with flavor that has some staying power. Win win!
This week, my meals are well-planned out but my workouts are kind of all over the place, but I’m getting it done! Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:
Monday: PF Chang’s Asian Lettuce Wraps (thumbs up!) + Interval Barre & Running 3 miles
Tuesday: Runner’s World Meatloaf (sooo good!) + foam rolling & stretching
Wednesday: leftovers + barre bee
Thursday: Jerk shrimp stir-fry + my Air Force PT Test!! (I’m anxious to see how all the push-ups in barre have helped me!)
Friday: Mexi night + Barre & running maybe?
I’ve been putting my Runner’s World cookbook to use! I have yet to make a disappointing recipe from it and can’t wait to try out some of the desserts. It was one of the most useful birthday presents that I received last year.
Question of the night: What’s your favorite recipe book? I could always add more to my collection! My favorite would have to be a gift from my grandma. One year for Christmas, she made up books for all of the women in my family of all of her best recipes. It’s a cookbook I will keep forever!
Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Ours has been pretty relaxing. Madelyn and I bundled up and headed out to the gym yesterday for a 6 miler on the treadmill, while she ran around at the kids club. I’m ready for winter to be OVER. The only thing that got me through 6 miles on the treadmill was reading Runner’s World on the iPad. Today, my mom came over and watched Madelyn for me while I tortured my thighs at Barre…in a good way of course ;-)
So yesterday, after my run I was pretty proud of myself for having another good long run on the treadmill. I texted my sister if she wanted to come celebrate with me by drinking some wine and eating gourmet frozen pizza, compliments of Trader Giotto’s. She happily accepted :-) I usually reserve my few glasses of wine for the weekends. I’ve found that when I have even one glass during the week, when I have to wake up super early, I’m extremely tired in the morning and all day long. Totally not worth it. Last Thursday, a co-worker texted me and asked if I was drinking wine…I responded with “No but, should I be?” Instead, I was drinking camomile tea while reading Runner’s World in bed. Wild, I know. 29 going on 70 here folks!
While I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across an article that really put a damper on my weekend wine consumption: alcohol slows down fat-burning and your metabolism! I knew it wasn’t good to drink if you were trying to lose weight, but I figured it was just because of the sugar/empty calories. I tried to go back and look for the article so I could link it, but I didn’t have any luck :-/ To sum it up, it basically said that the timing of your drinks after a workout really mattered, but if you wait too long and drink too close to bed time, it can disrupt your sleep. So what’s a girl to do? Luckily, I’ve been getting my weekend workouts done first thing in the morning so it’s not too much of an issue. It also helps that after one glass of wine, I’m feeling pretty good :-) I am also making more of an effort to switch over to water a few hours before bed. I hate feeling tired on the weekends.
So what’s on the workout schedule/menu this week?
Sunday: Barre Bee / Beef & Broccoli with brown rice (recipe up this week!)
Monday: Barre Bee + Run 3 mi / Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tuesday: A new to me workout…stay tuned!
Wednesday: Barre Bee + 4 mile run
Thursday: Run 3.5 miles + gym workout with my mom!
Friday: Interval Barre
I didn’t share too many meal ideas for this week, but I went to the store and bought a bunch of random things :-/ So much for meal prep this week. I have a lot of stuff in my refrigerator and cupboards that I’ve been wanting to use up. So, dinner’s kind of a toss up this week. We’ll see what kind of creations I come up with :-)
I’m off to go finish watching the Grammys and later on, GIRLS! Have a great night!
Oh Monday…so nice to see you :-) To say it’s been a long week and weekend would be an understatement. A long week followed by a drill weekend is no bueno, but it did end on a high note:
GIRLS is back on TV! So excited and thrilled to see what’s in store for Season 3.
Last week’s workouts consisted mostly of low-mileage runs and barre classes. I’m just getting over some kind of sickness and my lungs were just not feeling it. I didn’t complete a run longer than 4 miles.
This week, I’m feeling better and am starting to train for a 1/2 marathon I have coming up in March. I’m hoping to get outside today for a run since it’s so nice! I can’t remember the last run I had outside.
Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:
Monday: Strength train plus run 4 miles / Spaghetti with veggies & pasta sauce
Tuesday: Run 3 miles + Abs and lower body / Slow cooker Sweet potato Chili
Wednesday: Barre Bee / leftovers
Thursday: 3 mile run + abs /Meatloaf from Runner’s World Cookbook
Friday: stretching & foam rolling
One of the things that’s been getting me through runs on the treadmill are my playlists that I’ve made on Spotify. Inspired by some of the music I heard at barre, I decided to make a DIVAS cardio playlist. It’s pretty much awesome.