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Quick! Workouts and Recipes

Something quick and easy has become a mantra for my life lately.  My babies are not good nappers.  Like at all- 30 -45 min is usually as good as it gets.  Luckily this usually happens at the same time for both of them…so there’s a plus.  But this means I don’t have much time to do anything out of just ordinary life/survival mode with twins.   Therefore, my workouts and meals have to be quick and mostly easy.  So I’m just going to share with you a bunch of Pinterest stuff.  🙂

Workouts

When it isn’t nice outside (or even when it is and I want to get a little something extra in besides a run/walk), I resort to circuits.  Again, the most time I usually have is 30 min. so nothing earth shattering…but it’s still something!  Also, this is nothing like when I was seriously training.  I’m not really working out for the calorie burn or to improve my run/swim times anymore.  I’m just doing it for me.  I’m a better mommy, wife and person when I get movin’!

Most days I combine a couple of these circuits with some abs and arms.  My abs these days are ripped.  Literally, they got ripped apart (diastasis recti).  So I’m not doing any type of ab exercise other than repair- most of these moves just involve serious concentration on using your actual ab muscles and low reps.  If you are curious about diastasis recti or are in need of some rebuilding ab moves check out this blog post.

The arm workouts consist of 5 lb. dumbbells and just doing the basics- military press, bicep curls, tricep extensions…things of that nature.  Not a ton of weight but I lift two babies- one 16 lbs and one 17 lbs all day long, so my arm workouts are focused on more toning than anything else.

Then I move on to actual circuits.  I usually just sporadically click-through Pinterest and add some quick circuits every once in a while but here are some of my go-tos lately.

Bye-Bye Cottage-Cheese Thighs: 5-Minute Leg-Toning Workout

Butt and Leg Circuit

Daily Workout  (I skip all ab portions of this)  

Usually I just do abs, circuit, arms, circuit, abs.  Depends on the day and the napping time. 🙂 To check out more of my pins just follow me at pinterest.com/aliciaruss.

Now for the important stuff…FOOD

Here are just a few of my favorite go-to meals.  All of these are main dish recipes, I have other meal-time recipes on Pinterest as well.  Warning they are not all healthy and there most definitely is a desserts page!

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach

Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie

Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas

Also, when I’m in a pinch/the girls didn’t cooperate with me enough to plan an actual meal, I just pull out some frozen tilapia, season it however you prefer (lemon/lime juice/olive oil/Mrs.Dash everything spices), throw it in the oven during nighttime routine and then pair it with a veggie.  Quick, healthy, and delicious!  I’m very much looking forward to it being nice out for good now too- grilling season awaits!

I try to make enough so I at least have 1 meal left for lunch the following day.  That doesn’t always work but is super nice when it does!

Now that I’ve made these recipes a bunch of times I’ve made some modifications, so if you are curious or have questions just let me know!

-Alicia

P.S. Here is a picture of the girls…because I’m pretty sure you’d never read along again if I didn’t post a picture every time. 🙂

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We Workout

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Enough about training already… let’s talk about food!

At this point you are all probably wondering if Tanner and I actually do anything other than train/workout?  Yes, of course we do.  We eat too!  Pinterest is not only a huge craze right now, it is also really helpful at finding new ways to eat healthy.  I have found a lot of great recipes from numerous Pinterest pins – check out my boards for some healthy main courses, snacks, and even healthy desserts.  My recent creation was an attempt at me hoping to satisfy my love and continuous cravings for pizza.  Although it wasn’t a huge satisfaction to that craving -let’s be real, the only true thing to satisfy a pizza craving is a big piece of actual pizza!  But this recipe was still a big hit overall!  I’ll provide you with the ingredients I used…which differ from the original recipe just a little bit.  To find the original post you can visit: http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/12/spinach-crust-pizza.html

Otherwise here is my adaptation.

Ingredients:

2 cups raw spinach leaves- I didn’t measure mine out.  In fact, I used a frozen package of spinach (a 10 oz pkg).  *Comments from the original recipe do state that their crust didn’t harden as much when they used frozen opposed to raw spinach, but we didn’t really mind the outcome at all.  Like I said, it didn’t totally satisfy my pizza craving but it is such a healthier substitute!

1 large egg (we only had brown eggs)

1 cup shredded cheese (recipe calls for Italiano- I used whatever we had in the house!)

spices- garlic salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper

The original recipe provides instructions/ingredients on how to make your own pizza sauce, but again, I just used whatever we had.  And, we just happened to have a half jar of marinara sauce.

Now feel free to search your fridge/cupboards for whatever type of toppings you would like.  In the pictures below you can see what our choices were.

*One key to this recipe is the parchment paper.  I strongly encourage you to use parchment paper opposed to applying the spinach crust directly to your pan.

Now for the actual steps!

Preheat your over to 425.

In a blender, blend the spinach until it is a fine consistency- in using frozen spinach I didn’t find this to take too long at all.  Next, add the egg.  Blend some more.  Then, add in the cheese and spices- blend a little bit more.  IMG_0476

This is what your mixture will look like.

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Now, you are ready to spread this ‘crust’ onto your parchment paper lined pan.

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Bake this spinach crust for about 15 minutes.  The crust should brown a bit around the edges.

When the time is up spread the sauce of your choice over the crust. IMG_0479

Now you are ready to decorate!   We chose the following for our toppings:

-Jenny-O turkey ham

-green pepper

-onion

-turkey pepperoni

-shredded mozzarella cheese

-tomato

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Then, all you have to do is broil it for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted; I think mine ended up somewhere between 5-7 minutes.

Now the best part…you can enjoy one slice for just under 100 calories!  Of course, this calorie count will fluctuate depending on what type of toppings you choose but as you can see we didn’t hold back!

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So low on calories and sooo good… we sort of ate it all!  But hey, endurance athletes need their veggies, right?!IMG_0484– Alicia

 

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