Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Pair of Workouts You Can Do Anywhere!

  Happy First UGA Game Day! Today UGA and Clemson face off in Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. When we move to Georgia next year, game day will be exciting again! We’ll be surrounded by Georgia fans in their black & red! At the moment, I’m only a so-so LSU fan. I did grow up with them, but I learned to love football at Georgia! I can’t wait to be surrounded by like-minded fans again :)
      During football season, weekends become more complicated. With football games Thursday-Monday, football takes over Fall very easily. I have a pair of workouts for you today that are both quite versatile. They can be completed between games or early in the morning or at the hotel for an away game!
      And honestly, sometimes we grow tired of the four walls in our homes or in the gym. These workouts can be completed inside or outside. All you need is a hill or set of stairs! (Or a treadmill with the incline up to 8%!) I completed the first one, High Heart Rate Cardio Circuit this morning, and my heart was pounding!
  I completed each round twice before moving on. The High Heart Rate Cardio Circuit took me about 20 minutes, and with a warm up and cool down jog, my total workout was about 35 minutes long.
   This next workout would get the best results if it is paired with another workout or some quick cardio. But if you’re in a time crunch, just repeat the sets one extra time if you can! I paired this workout with a 20 minute bike interval.

Links for unfamiliar exercises:
Plank Up&Downs
One-Leg Push Ups
Medicine Ball Push Ups

Ok it’s football time! We’ll be switching between the Rice / Notre Dame game and the Georgia / Clemson game when it comes on a little later. Go Dawgs!

Friends & Indulgences

    About a month ago, I wrote a post about getting back on track after an indulgent weekend. I went to the beach with friends, and we drank and ate and ate and drank. So I wrote about my “process” of getting back into the swing of healthy habits.
    Today’s post has a similar theme: indulgence. Isn’t it great? Good food, good friends, and Trader Joe’s wine! My friend Sarah came to visit, and we very much enjoyed local happy hour deals and wine and chocolate :)

Happy Hour, Day1 @ El Real Tex Mex: Delicious Prickly Pear Margaritas and Queso with Chorizo

Happy Hour, Day 2 @ Benjy’s: Lychee Fizz, Blood Orange Margaritas, Hibiscus Daquiri. Goat Cheese Cakes

Day 3: Green Juice!
    We’re all smart enough to know when we’re going to stray from healthy eating habits. We know which circumstances cause us to indulge and which don’t. So instead of focusing on how to “get back on track,” I’m going to briefly talk about the things we can do in preparation for fun times :)
First, get in some great workouts before and during a trip. Sure, I went to two happy hours two days in a row. I also knew this would happen, so I planned my workouts accordingly. I planned two longer, challenging workouts in the few days right before Sarah came in town. I chose this placement because I knew this kind of workout wasn’t going to happen while we were visiting! Over the past few days, my workouts were mostly cardio based, which is perfect because who wants to lift anything the morning after happy hour fun?
Second, keep moving! Sarah was here for about three days. I was able to workout each day and the two of us went on two walks around the neighborhood. This morning, we walked to breakfast to get green juice! (We also had the opportunity to walk a mile home after being stereotypically splashed by a large truck driving through a large rain puddle. It was a classy moment.)
Third, eat accordingly. We knew celebrating the end of Sarah’s crazy study & work schedule would involve sugary drinks and not-so-great-for-you food. And that’s fine. What we didn’t do was make poor decisions the entire trip. Breakfast in the mornings was an apple with almond butter. Then it was time to go to the gym. Lunch was salad, loaded with lots of vegetables. Dinner wasn’t great, but we definitely mitigated damage by making smart choices most of the time!
Fourth, know when it’s time to be good. So many times, those of us trying to get back on track get stuck in a funk. We think Well, I ate so much crap yesterday that I can have another crap day today. I’ll get back on track tomorrow. No excuses. Get back on track immediately. Like I mentioned earlier, Sarah and I walked to Juicy in the Sky this morning before she had to go to the airport. She had a juice made with spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, apple, carrot, ginger, turmeric, and lime. I had a juice made with carrot, apple, ginger, lime, and mint. With a walk and vitamin & nutrient packed breakfast, our “back on track” day was already off to a great start!
I was inspired by the juice we had this morning, so for lunch I made a green smoothie! Well, green plus some bonus foods :) Ryan works late tonight, so I wanted this smoothie to actually hold me over between lunch and dinner 7 hours later. After looking through what ingredients I had available in the fridge, I came up with this Almond Avocado Green Smoothie, paleo friendly, of course :)
Ingredients:
1/2 avocado
1 small banana
1 cup frozen spinach
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cup almond milk (I had unsweetened almond coconut milk on hand)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Blend with immersion blender and enjoy!
The avocado and almond butter in the smoothie will guarantee keep me full for a long time!
Next time, I might add some mint or ginger. I really enjoyed them in my juice this morning.
Question to readers: Do you have any strategies going into an indulgent meal or trip? I’d love to hear about them! Scroll all the way down to comment.
Good night!

For the Love of Breakfast

     Before I talk about today’s breakfast, I have to talk about yesterday’s breakfast: Cauliflower Pizza Bites, leftover from dinner the night before :) I love leftovers, and if cold pizza is good for breakfast, then cold pizza bites are also good for breakfast! (I also ate them as an afternoon snack and a before-bed snack. I was hungry and they were tasty.)
 
      Have I previously mentioned that breakfast is one of my favorite parts of life? Yes, Life. I enjoy my mornings, mostly because I set aside time to enjoy them. It’s the most peaceful time of day, dark & quiet before anyone else is awake. Even when I had to make it to work by 6:45am, I made time. I have a small meal, coffee, and read news on my phone. If I’m home during a weekday, I watch Good Morning America. It’s wonderful.
     Being the Happy Eater that I am, I want to actually enjoy each meal. I can’t simply toss some mediocre food in my mouth and get on with the day. That’s miserable. Enjoying life means enjoying food.
   I have a great weekend recipe for you! And actually, you can make a large batch and eat it throughout the week for breakfast!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
First, you need to peel two large sweet potatoes. Then, you can either chop them to little pieces in the food processor, or you can shred them if your food processor has a shredding option. Mine are just chopped into little pieces :) 
     In addition to the potatoes, you’ll need coconut oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and rosemary.
      In a mixing bowl, combine diced/shredded sweet potatoes, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of rosemary. (I really like rosemary.) Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in skillet. Add mixture to skillet, and cook for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. 
When the potatoes are getting slightly crispy, crack 4 eggs on top of potatoes. Your hash is done when eggs are cooked through!
1/4 of the recipe is a serving. 
Here are some other delicious paleo breakfasts from around the web:
Pumpkin Pancakes– Paleo Phreak
Paleo Strawberry Oatmeal– Leslie Klenke
Chorizo Egg Muffins– Sweet C’s Designs
Apple and Cinnamon N’Oatmeal– The Healthie Foodie
Stuffed Breakfast Peppers– Jennifer Guterl
Paleo Breakfast Casserole– Everyday Maven
Paleo Breakfast Salad– Fed and Fit
Question: What is your morning routine like? Does it involve breakfast???

Cauliflower Pizza Bites + More Great Game-Day Munchies

   Oh, football. I have a love/hate relationship with this game. I can really get into a game, and it’s so much fun to yell and scream and curse at the TV with the best of them. The problem is football takes up a lot of time and emotional energy, so I often pass on a game if I don’t have the time or frustration available. 
 
  With that said, I still love my Saints and Georgia Bulldogs :) Here’s a peak at this year’s UGA schedule: 

So much red & black. Isn’t it great!
 With the joy, frustration, and anxiety that comes with football, there also comes an enormous amount of food and alcohol. Beer with the game? Of course. Fried, cheese-covered delicious snack? I’ll have twelve. 
   I found a few paleo/health-friendly recipes that look like they’ll make for great game-day munchies!
FIRST UP: Cauliflower Pizza Bites. I found these on Just Jessie B a few weeks ago, and I knew they would be great for today’s post! I changed up the recipe a little bit, and here are the results :)

  This recipe is actually quite easy. It’s fool proof. Trust me.
Ingredients:
4 cups shredded cauliflower (that’s 4 cups already obliterated in the food processor)
1lb mild Italian sausage
8-10 slices pepperoni, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced (I used two enormous cloves.)
1/2 teaspoon each of: oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, and salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Dash of Tony’s
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Spaghetti Sauce
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375. Brown sausage until no longer pink. Combine all ingredients, except spaghetti sauce! Mix well, and don’t be afraid to use your hands. Form mixture into bite-sized balls. Place on a baking sheet (I needed two.) and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until tops of bites begin to brown. Use spaghetti sauce for dipping. Enjoy!
Yall, just try it. It’s genius!  Below I have links to more paleo-friendly recipes from around the web :)
Spinach and Artichoke Dip- from Paleo Spirit
Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Dip: @paleospirit.com
Ranch Cauli-Tots- from Paleo Phreak
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites- from Me! The Happy Eater
Buffalo-Ranch Chicken Stuffed Peppers- from Primally Inspired
I’ve made this twice now. So yummy!
buffaloranchstuffedpeppers
Buffalo Blue Chicken Meatballs- from Peace, Love, and Low Carb
(Not officially Paleo, because it includes blue-cheese. Who cares.)
Spicy Buffalo Roasted Nuts- from Peace, Love, and Low Carb
Mini Paleo Pizza- from Big Red Kitchen
That’s a lot of meat!

Loaded Paleo Nachos- from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Paleo Nachos | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Question for Readers: What are your favorite football munchies? Comment below, and let’s see if we can “Paleo-fy” them!