Category Archives: Fitness

Things I’m Loving Lately

Sundays are the best.

Can we just all take a minute and agree on that? For me, Sundays are all about relaxing, reflecting, and catching up on the things I don’t have time for during the busy work week. I just love them!

Things I’m diggin’ lately:

1. Starbucks Red Cups.  10_28_13_starbucks_holiday_2013_1My addiction to Christmas can get a litttttttle out of hand, and I think every year it starts earlier and earlier. I apologize if you’re one of those people who thinks stores being decked out in Christmas decor directly after Halloween is absurd, because I kinda sorta really love it 🙂 But anyway, Im addicted to Skinny Peppermint Mochas! And I mean, the cup alone makes the entire experience worthwhile. (I miiiiiiight be sipping one of these as we speak…) Here is a link to one of my favorite package design websites explaining the entire design process behind the beloved red cups. (Yes, Im a design nerd. Yes, I could look at this website all day long. Yes, sometimes I do.) But I promise it’s really interesting!!

2.  Heidi Klum New Balance Moto Pullover.wrt3385kfyc_nb_60_i

I just saw a photo of this pullover on Julie’s blog and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since! It just looks so comfy, and perfect for outdoor winter running. I also didn’t realize Heidi Klum had her own line for New Balance…She does it all! definitely something worth exploring.

3. These Blogs: These ladies are great! They are so motivational, and post lots of great advice, workouts, recipes, etc. My daily reads! I would highly advise checking them out 🙂

4. Breaking Bad. Breaking-Bad

I know I’m late to hop on the Breaking Bad Fan Train, but better late than never. I am so obsessed. Seriously addicted. If you havent watched this show yet, stop whatever you’re doing and start watching. So. Addicted.

5. Overnight Oats.

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know I’ve chatted your ears off about these before, (here, actually) but I just have to let you know how much I truly adore them. Its the most perfect, easiest breakfast in the world. Prepare the night before, enjoy in the morning! To me, because they’re cold and sweet and creamy, it truly is like eating ice cream for breakfast. AND oh my gosh, if you make them in a nearly empty peanut butter jar, holy cow. They’re even MORE fantastic!

6. Society Social Bar Carts.Bar 

Holy beautiful. These are gorgeous. I want one. Or five. Bad. This website has tons of gorgeous gems. 

I could go one for days with things I adore, but I’ll stop there for this week 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday!

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A breakfast kind of day

So, last night my friend Keith made us the most incredible dinner ever….

mushroom filled potato ravioli…

FROM SCRATCH!

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He comes from a long line of italians who looove to cook, and has grown up on homemade pasta. So, as this didn’t seem like a huge deal to him, my jaw was practically dropped to the floor the entire time I watched his beautiful pasta making in progress. It was as delicious as it looks! And definitely makes me want to attempt my own at some point. Image

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Deeeelish!

Training Day 2: when I hopped on the treadmill this morning I did not think there was ANY way I’d be able to run 3 miles… I was feeling tired and unmotivated, but once I started going I quickly got into a grove and kept going with it. Although I was a little bit slower today than yesterday, Im still just proud I kept going!

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I followed my run with 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 7 minute circuit found on a new app I just downloaded called 7-minute workout! It’s a great one! It runs you through a series of 12 exercises, 30 seconds each. Its nice because you aren’t stuck doing the same thing for too long. Which if you’re anything like me, is very important. I get so bored so easily! So this workout was fabulous.

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I headed off to work, coming back home around 12:30 to eat lunch. Yes, this photo is of my lunch, not breakfast. Do you ever have days where you just crave certain things? Well, lately it has been cinnamon life. I am a huge cereal lover, and sometimes you just gotta listen to your body. So, breakfast for lunch it was!

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When I got home from work I was starving. I wanted something fast, easy and healthy…sooo…what do you know?! Breakfast again! I love brinner. So much. I scrambled up some egg whites & spinach, with a side of some carrots, celery & hummus. For a sweet treat I concocted together a sweet greek yogurt dip and dipped apple slices & strawberries in it. Yum!! Then obviously I mayyy have just had to have half a slice of the banana bread I made this weekend 🙂 It all hit the spot.

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Greek Yogurt dip:

  • vanilla greek yogurt
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • honey
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{Skinny} Banana Blueberry Chocolate Chip Bread

I. Love. Bread. 

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No really, if I had to choose 5 foods to live on for the rest of my life, it’d be towards the very tippy top of that list. What’s better than a piece of warm, gooey bread? Especially when it’s lower calorie! This bread is amazing. I feel like when I put fruit in anything I make, it automatically makes it healthy, but this recipe has a few swaps that make it healthier than your standard homemade or store bought bread, and it tastes just as delicious!

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What you’ll need:

  •  2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans (or whatever nut you like, this is optional I just like a little crunch in my bread)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • tbsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dark chocolate chips

mix together & bake for 40-50 minutes at 350˚

And viola! Beautiful, delicious bread!

Skinny {Olive Garden} Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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You know when you eat something reallllllly good? And for the whole entire week you can’t get your mind off that one thing? Welp. I had a baaad case of that. My boyfriend & I went out to dinner at Olive Garden on Tuesday and he ordered Chicken Gnocchi Soup with his meal, and naturally I stole a few, errr maybe 5, bites (mostly of the gnocchi, yum!) I’ve been dreaming of this soup ever since! So, thanks to good ol’ Pinterest (so obsessed. It’s a problem) I found a great copycop recipe that is healthier than the original recipe. Happy day!

I’m not much of a pasta fan. Every once in a while I’ll crave it, but other than that I could probably give it up altogether. (Don’t worry, I dont even have an ounce of Italian in my blood.) HOWEVER, I absolutely adore gnocchi. It’s something I just recently discovered existed a few years ago. Isnt is weird that some people are SO familiar with some foods that other people haven’t even tried/heard of? My friend and I were having a conversation about her favorite childhood meals, and one of hers was Stromboli. I found this so funny because I didn’t try my first Stromboli until I was in my 20’s! But it was totally a staple in her childhood. So funny!

This soup is delicious & really wasn’t hard to make at all.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 -4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half-and-half
1 stalk celery, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
16 ounces potato gnocchi

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1. Saute the onion, celery, garlic, carrot in oil over medium heat until onion is translucent.
2. Add chicken, chicken stock, half and half, salt and pepper, thyme. Heat to boiling, then add gnocchi. Gently boil for 4 minutes, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add spinach and cook for another 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
4. (Heat to boiling and add cornstarch dissolved in 1-2 Tbsp water at this point if you want a thicker soup.).
5. Ladle into bowls and serve!

Sunday Roundup!

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope your weekend is going well! 

This weekend i came home to visit my dad for his birthday! Some relaxing time at home with the family is exactly what I needed. Ice cream cake + pumpkin coffee + my puppy Moe makes for a pretttty wonderful Friday 🙂

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One happy birthday boy! IMG_7555

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Have you guys seen these?! My dad got a Keurig for his birthday and we’ve all been obsessed with it since. He bought 18 pumpkin spice K-cups, and I think I maaaay be responsible for the majority of them being gone already! GIMME ALL THE PUNKIN!

 

I didn’t have many crazy plans this weekend and i was toootally okay with that.

Saturday started off with a shhhweaty workout at my favorite LA fitness gym. I was feeling a little A.D.D. so i played musical machines!  I jumped from machine to machine, doing 10-15 minutes on each before switching to the next. I started with a warmup mile run on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the stairmaster and 15 minutes on the elliptical alternating between resistance 10 and 12 every few minutes (while watching the miley cyrus story on MTV. While I wouldn’t have watched this outside the gym, Im not even gonna lie, it really kept my attention and made my workout fly by. Ha!)

IMG_7554 I followed my 30ish minutes of random cardio with strength training circuits. I started with this wonderful workout I found online. I love it! It was fun, challenging, and kept me going. I felt it heavy on the abs, but I liked that about it! This is definitely a workout i will do on off-days from the gym.

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Last night I had a great time catching up with my college roommate, eating pizza & drinking wine. Although I am sad I didn’t have a wild halloween party to dress up for, this is definitely my ideal chill saturday night 🙂

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Today I decided to try out a few recipes i have been meaning to try for awhile!

PESTO HUMMUS

Just to let you know, I am addicted to hummus. No, like…really addicted. I have 2 tubs of it (usually family sized) in my fridge at all times. Like, no matter what. I put it on everything, including just eating it by the spoonful. This recipe will be eaten the same way! I love pesto, I love hummus, why not mix the 2? It turned out wonderfully! Simple, 3 ingredients, cant go wrong!

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All you need is:
• 1 can chickpeas
• 2 tbsp pesto
• 1/4 cup tahini sauce

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ALMOND BUTTER

I recently discovered Justin’s almond butter and my life hasn’t been the same since. I have always been a huge peanut butter lover, but holy cow — almond butter!? Does it get any better than that? I think not.

I tried my own by simply roasting 2 cups of raw almonds (I seasoned them a bit with cinnamon & salt first) for 10 minutes then placing in a food processor.

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I had to split the recipe in half and do it twice because my processor is small, but it all worked out! Once the almonds were starting to get grainy and more liquidy (is that a word?!) I added honey & cinnamon.IMG_7583IMG_7585 IMG_7593 IMG_7598

Mixed it all up for about 10-15 more minutes and voila! Almond butter! It is sososos delicious, and i cannot believe how easy it was! I want to try different variations of flavors next.

Now time to finish up some laundry and make my journey back to my apartment to get ready for this week. Have a great, lazy Sunday!

Blueberry & Banana Oat Muffins

IMG_7129 Happy Sunday! Today for food prep Sunday I made these delicious, simple, healthy muffins! IMG_7104

First, slice bananas IMG_7105

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Add Baking soda IMG_7108

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In a separate bowl, mix yogurt & applesauce (and milk & vanilla not shown)

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Layer with we ingredients and mix IMG_7114

Preheat oven to 350, and bake for 30 mins! IMG_7115

 

Ta-da! Delicious, easy muffins for breakfast all week 🙂

Recipe here