Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Workout: 4 Weeks Till Summer Plan (includes full length videos)


Wait so summer is right around the corner? I somehow forgot- perhaps because of the fact that it was 28 degrees when I woke up last week? I DO always know summer is close because my favorite/worst sale event of the year: EASTER CANDY CLEARANCE! God was watching out for me this year though and cleared out all the Cadbury Mini Eggs and Starburst Jelly Beans before I could get my hands on them. Blessings in disguise I guess. The best thing that has come out of Cadbury Mini Eggs this year is this discussion with my office-mate, who recently moved here from China, that occured as I was dumping an entire bag of Mini Eggs in my mouth casually snacking:
Him: Easter is a Christian Festival, correct? To celebrate their savior is not dead?
Me: Yeah! Well not necessarily 'not dead' more like resurr-
Him: What does this have to do with candy egg?
Me: Oh see the Easter bunny comes at night and leaves candy eggs for kids-
Him: Bunny? A bunny is a rabbit yes? Why does bunny have egg? And what does bunny have to do with your savior? Did he come back to life as a bunny who lays eggs?
Me: I actually have no idea where this whole bunny thing came from now that I think about it?
Him: That is so American. 

Anyway, back to summer mode and burning off those eggs- If you have followed this blog, or in fact read any posts, you know I am Type A and always love to have a plan. So here is my 4 Weeks Till Summer Plan- the average workout should be about 45 minutes. Click the links for the workout videos. Nobody got time for 2 hour workouts just to get in shape for summer!

*While exercising is important, you won't have the energy to do this if you aren't eating right! Diet is 70% of the battle, and I am a clean eating believer! Click here for clean eating recipes and meal plans.

Week 1:
  • Monday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Tuesday: Barre
  • Wednesday: 30 Minute Interval Run (20 seconds @ 90%, 1 minute jogging for 30 minutes)
  • Thursday: Barre
  • Friday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Rest

Week 2:

Week 3:
  • Monday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Tuesday: 4.5 mile run
  • Wednesday: Barre
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Saturday: 6 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest

Week 4:
  • Monday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Tuesday: 35 minute interval run
  • Wednesday: Barre
  • Thursday: HIIT + Yoga
  • Friday: Rest/happy hour
  • Saturday: 6.5 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest

**I am not a fitness professional, just someone who spends hours parousing youtube for the best workouts and who loves to share. Do this at your own risk (that sounds scary?)

Linking up today with WOW Wednesday, Humpday Blog Hop, Weigh In Wednesday, Humpday Confessions

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Clean Eating Calzones



Today's recipe is the cleaned up version of my all-time favorite high school cafeteria lunch: CALZONE DAY! This was, of course, before my awareness of calories/fat/carbs/food in general as well as a 16 year old metabolism (so jealous of 16 year old self), so I had zero problem stuffing my face with 1-2 calzones and greasy french fries followed by a few Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (EEK).

We ate these with sweet potato fries and you know what? It was just as good as it was in high school!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, grated (or riced in a food processor if you have one) ($3.00)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey ($1.50)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced ($.80)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced ($.50)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 cup clean tomato sauce (sugar free, natural, etc. Trader Joe's has lots of good ones, or you can use crushed tomatoes and add seasonings)
  • 1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided ($1.50)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the grated cauliflower in the microwave for 4 minutes. Give it a few minutes to cool, then wring the water out of the cauliflower using a dishtowel- THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!! You should get up to a cup of water out of this cauliflower- if you don't wring it enough you'll have super soggy crust which is gross.

Combine the egg, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and cauliflower and mix well. Divide the "dough" in half, flatten each one out  on a non-stick baking sheet and heat in the oven for 20 minutes. 

While the "crust" is cooking, sesaon the turkey with garlic powder and Italian seasoning and brown in a large frying pan. Once browned, add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the mixture and saute for about 6 minutes over medium heat. 

Once your round flats come out of the oven, top each one with the sauce, meat and veggie mixture, red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Fold the cauliflower "dough" over to make it into a "calzone" and enjoy!

And in honor of my favorite high school meal, I present this gif of my favorite high school cafeteria moment:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Clean Eating Mexican Pizza + Weekend Recap


Happy Monday! We survived another weekend of home reno and we are finally getting into the part I like- where we are starting to SEE the changes! It's really exciting, I'm just so ready to MOVE IN! 

Since things were chaos I didn't have much of a meal plan or a grocery list and just bought $40 worth of goodies at Trader Joe's (oopsies!). With the random assortment of TJ's sale items I came up with this Mexican Pizza:

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tortillas (I use Ezekiel)
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey, cooked ($1.50)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced ($2.00)
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced ($.50)
  • 1/2 package of diced butternut squash (this is about 1 lb) ($2.00)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa ($1.50)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ($1.50)
  • 1 avocado, diced ($1.00)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Saute the onion, butternut squash and garlic together.  Place the 2 tortillas in a baking dish. Evenly distribute the turkey onto the tortillas. Top with the sauteed veggies. Layer the tomatoes on top of the veggies. Top the veggies with the mozzarella cheese. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, slice up and enjoy! I took the leftovers to work the next day.


We spent Easter weekend working on the house- have I mentioned how grateful I am to have parents who drive 2 hours just to help out with this home reno stuff? It's getting to the fun part where we can actually SEE the progress:

My mom and I painted the cabinets, and the granite guy came and gave us counters! And thank you, Mom for coming to Home Depot to help me cope with my semi-mental breakdown over gloss vs. semi-gloss vs. eggshell paint and choosing between approximately 682 shades of almost-black paint...


Here's what that same wall looked like before:



And we added a wall to the bedroom to give ourselves a WALK IN CLOSET WITH TWO ENTRANCES (the opening and the door go into the same closet). Next stop: Ikea!

My mom and I went to Community Forklift, which, if you are in DC you have to go. It's basically a thrift store for home goods. I found this and can't wait to buy it to put in the dining room:

Since my parents are in town we still had a semi-easter celebration. I tried to make resurrection rolls (family tradition) and failed. See the marshmallow inside the crescent roll is supposed to be "Jesus", and when you pull them into the oven aka the "tomb", the marshmallow/Jesus is gone! However I just ended up with Jesus as a sticky mess all over the cookie sheet:

And since I have no life outside of this house stuff right now (socially this consists of my parents, Harrison, and about 4 contractors who don't speak English), I live through everyone else and can we just talk about this fabulousness that was happening down the street? Michelle! I don't care what your political views are, you gotta admit the Obamas know how to dress!


And Andi's Thundershirt came just in time for the thunderstorm and wind storm we are supposed to have this week- look at that model workin it! She let me put it on which is a good first step...we'll see how this goes...

Anyone have recommendations for dog anxiety? And recommendations for walk-in closet organization? 

Happy Monday! Linking up today with Monday Morning Gossip, Much Ado About Monday,  Healthy Tips. Weekend Recap