Things I’m Diggin’ Lately 2015/01/15

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  1. How to achieve the impossible, from the guys who just finished the hardest rock climb in the world – see TIDL from last week! (www.inc.com)
  2. Want to know why everyone is buzzing about Matcha Green Tea? (www.self.com)
  3. Common mistakes to avoid in order to make the perfect granola. (www.bonappetit.com)
  4. Check out these tweaks to help you balance like a pro. (www.womenshealthmag.com)
  5. Say buh-bye to Tinder and check out these dating app alternatives. (www.vogue.com)
  6. Seven tips to staying strong with your resolutions this year. (www.theeverygirl.com)

Make Your Own: Burrito Bowl

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Three words: Chipotle. Burrito. Bowl.

Hubba hubba, what is it about that magical little bowl?  It just rocks my world every, single, time. But tonight, I am a grown a$$ woman, and I’m making my own burrito bowl.  Plus, I’m making enough to serve TWO people with leftovers, for less money than the normal cost for one.  And that makes me very happy!

Ingredients already in my kitchen: chicken breast, avocado, salsa, spinach

Ingredients I bought: whole grain rice, black beans, onion, bell pepper, tortilla chips (just for fun!)

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This is one of my new favorite meals because it’s healthy, easy, and I can add avocado without being charged an extra $2.50…

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Another DIY in the bag, no problemo.

What take-out meal do you want to start making at home?

Things I’m Diggin’ Lately 2015/01/09

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  1. I love love love this locals-only guide to my favorite Texas city, Austin! (www.domainehome.com)
  2. Such a yummy (pssst…and healthy) dessert – Hazelnut Butter and Coffee Meringues. (www.bonappetit.com)
  3. For any of you who know someone who started a juice fast for the new year, this super funny Sh*t Juicers Say video is spot on. (www.popsugar.com)
  4. Surely I’m not the only person completely amazed by the two guys who are attempting the hardest rock climb in the world! Here’s the update. (www.buzzfeed.com)
  5. Super helpful breakdown of the newest drink at Starbucks, the Flat White, and other coffee favorites. (www.self.com)
  6. Thinking about getting into shape via workout videos in your living room? Check out these reviews first. (www.apartmenttherapy.com)

5 Ingredient Energy Bars

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Yup, you read that correctly. 5 ingredients. These little tasty guys are so freaking yuuuuummy. I mean….they are wonderful. 

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Oats, Dates, Peanut Butter, Honey, Almonds. Done and done.
Note: Don’t do what I did and accidentally add an extra “ingredient”….make sure your dates are pitted.

I absolutely love the Minimalist Baker for low maintenance recipes, and they definitely didn’t let me down on this one.

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Say goodbye to expensive store bought granola bars filled with words you can’t pronounce. These are the perfect snack when you’re needing a little extra natural energy to power through the day.  

Hooray!

Cinnamon & Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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I don’t know about you, but now that the holidays are over, my body is craving vegetables big time.  I realized that over the past few weeks I wasn’t getting the foods I was used to, and while I got to indulge in some of my favorites, like cherry pie squares, green bean casserole, and champagne, I really missed some of my everyday staples.  

Last night for dinner, my boy and I baked chicken breast stuffed with spinach and gruyere cheese, steamed broccoli, sauteed green beans, and to add a little color, mashed sweet potatoes.   Like most people, I’m a sucker for mashed potatoes, but sweet potatoes taste just as creamy and they’re packed with potassium, fiber, and vitamin E.  

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Cinnamon & Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Yields 5
A sweet and indulgent tasting healthy side dish.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 large sweet potatoes chopped (peeled or unpeeled based on preference)
  2. 2 tbsp butter
  3. 2 tbsp honey
  4. 2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. salt for seasoning
Instructions
  1. 1. Add potatoes to large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium low until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. 2. Drain potatoes and put then them back into the pot. Add the butter and use a mixer to cream potatoes and butter until smooth.
  3. 3. Add honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt and mix well.
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

Sweet Italian Sausage and Veggie Soup 5Last week my girls and I got together for dinner, which in my opinion, is one of the best dinner dates you can have. Back in our early 20’s we used to have  dinner & drinks scheduled every single week.  As we’ve gotten older and life has gotten busier, our get-togethers are a little less frequent, but cherished just the same.  

One of my friends had us over to her place and she served the most amazing AND healthy, soup. Hooray!! On chilly nights you really can’t beat a warm hearty soup. I loved it so much, that I snagged the recipe and made it for myself again. The soup gets better each day, so it’s the kind of leftovers you get excited to come home to.  Oh, and did I mention that one of the main ingredients is kale? I’ve somehow never thought of putting kale in a soup…

Thank goodness for good friends!

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Ho Ho HoT Toddy

Last week something glorious was made in my kitchen…

Cinnamon and Apple Infused Bourbon

Yup.  And I’ll tell you something, it doesn’t suck. In fact, even the weakest of bourbon drinkers (ahem….me) can sip on this drink like a pro.

Hot Toddy 3 I’m all about warm drinks when the weather is chilly.  As soon as I tried the bourbon, I knew I had to make it into my own version of a hot toddy. I decided to start with an apple cider base, but when I went to the grocery store I found something even better! Pumpkin apple cider! Done and done. After warming up the cider on the stove, I added about a tablespoon of maple syrup. Since the bourbon is already infused with spices, I didn’t add more, but if you’re using an unflavored bourbon, spice it up!  Cinnamon (obviously), nutmeg, and cloves are some of my favorites.  

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Creamy Goat Cheese and Sweet Baked Pear Toast

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Usually when I’m ready for a snack, I head straight for pretzels, pistachios, or an apple + peanut butter.  

Other times, I like to step up my game…

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Obviously there are infinite combos of foods that you can put on toast, but this is one of the best I’ve ever tried.  The sweet pear on top of the savory goat cheese, all topping a crispy slice of ciabatta bread….  Mother may I?  I was inspired by this recipe that I found on pinterest, and the only regret I had after preparing the magical snack was that no one else was around to share it with me.  It’s that good y’all.

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Creamy Goat Cheese & Sweet Baked Pear Toast
A sweet and savory snack perfect for treating yourself or impressing your friends.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pear thinly sliced
  2. honey for drizzling
  3. brown sugar for sprinkling
  4. sugar for sprinkling
  5. 2 oz goat cheese
  6. ciabatta bread
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. 2. Drizzle the pear slices with honey and then sprinkle brown sugar and sugar on each slice. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until soft.
  3. 3. While the pears are cooking, cut the ciabatta bread into open-faced wide slices and put them on a baking sheet.
  4. 4. As soon as the pears are done, pull them out of the oven and put the bread in at the same temperature and cook until crispy (about 8-10 mins).
  5. 5. After the bread is done, immediately top it with the goat cheese, and then top with the pear.
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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Leaving You Behind Circuit Workout

Happy Monday y’all!  I don’t know about you, but I feel like this month is flying by.  Christmas is a week and a half away, and the countdown to 2015 is freakishly close.  Holy wowza.  

Lately, my days of going for a long afternoon run are few and far between.  When I have such limited free time, I find it extra important to make my workouts as efficient as possible.  And c’mon, what’s more efficient than a circuit workout?  

This workout is inspired by the whole “I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave” concept.  While you’ll work pretty much your entire body, the emphasis is on the (ahem)…backside…today.  You’ll need free weights and about 30 minutes.  I used 10 lb and 15 lb dumbbells, but use the weights that are appropriate for your fitness level.

Note: To step it up, add in cardio before each set.  I ran a mile before I did the circuit each time, but find something that works for you.

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If any of these exercises are unfamiliar to you, check out the examples here.
Walking Lunges/Lunge Jumps/Tricep Dips/Burpees/Plank Rows/Sumo Squats/Spider Crunches

What’s your favorite circuit workout?

Go-To Breakfast Sandwich

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You know those mornings when oatmeal just won’t cut it, yogurt doesn’t sound appetizing, and don’t even mention dry cereal….?
Ditto.  I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve for days just like these.  My go to foods in this situation are: killer pancakes, veggie scrambles, and this sandwich.  

Introducing a super simple sandwich that will impress the pants off your friends and errr breakfast houseguests….ta da!

Here we go folks.

Recipe

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