Monthly Archives: March 2014

Products I’m Loving

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Here is a review of a few products I currently could not live without. I was considering adding the treadmill to this list but I refrained… This “spring” has been so awful thus far and running outside hasn’t been too appealing to me. I’ve already been on two treadmill runs this week. I’m just thankful for being able to run in shorts… even if it’s inside on a treadmill. I am also thankful that it is just ridiculously windy today and the giant snow storm has missed us. Anyway, here’s my list! Anyone have any of these products?

1. The Skinny Groove Pant from Lululemon

I think I could wear these pants every day- and I almost do! It’s a sad day when it’s laundry day for these pants. They’re my go to pant for wearing to work (keep in mind I work at a gym and it’s normal to wear spandex to work…) and they can even be “dessed up” with a pair of boots. Gym, errands, coffee dates… the list is endless for where I wear these pants! I don’t think I’d like them that much for actual workouts at the gym or running but I haven’t tried.

2. ExOfficio Technical Underware

Why bother spending 100 bucks on a pair of moisture-wicking pants when you’re going to wear cotton underwear under them? I’ve been on a search for a good technical underwear and the search is over! I LOVE these. It was pretty heartbreaking to shell out the 22 bucks to try these to see if they would be good but man am I glad I did. Once I decided I liked them I hunted around on the internet and was able to find pairs for as low as 8 dollars. They’re practical and with the lace they’re even pretty cute! I think the sizes run a tad big but you can probably order your normal size and be fine. πŸ™‚

3.Lifefactory Water Bottle

After a string of leaky water bottles, I decided to give this one a try. I decided to buy it last Saturday after I came home from spinning and realized that my current water bottle had leaked its entire contents into my gym bag. (If you haven’t seen my gym back I keep EVERYTHING in it… so this was a real problem) So far, so good and it’s not leaky! I love the aqua color and since it’s made of glass it doesn’t end up tasting like plastic or metal like some of the other ones do. I got mine at the Portsmouth health food store but I know they have them at whole foods as well.

4. Sea Bag Tote

Speaking of gym bags… I don’t know what I would do without this bag. They’re cute and made right here in Portland from recycled sails. They’re normally a tad pricey ( about $150) but I got mine on sale right after Black Friday. They’re super durable and I doubt it would ever break so they’re worth the price. I take mine to every class and it holds a ton of stuff. I have the medium size and it’s perfect.

 

 

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

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Happy Friday! What’s for dinner tonight? I’ve been in a bit of a cooking slump lately and have been finding it so hard to think of creative new meals that we haven’t already eaten about 10 billion times. After spin class atΒ  yesterday I went over to trader joes to pick up some chicken for dinner. I didn’t have any recipes in mind I just got the chicken and hoped that I would find something good. I surfed the internet for chicken recipes and found this delicious one for gluten free/paleo chicken nuggets on pinterest! (I LOVE Pinterest for finding recipes!) These were super delicious and easy to make. I prepared them before I taught my evening spin class at IDEXX and then popped them right in the oven when I got back. We had them with roasted brussels sprouts. (That’ll be another blog soon!) One “warning”: don’t expect them to be crispy. If you wanted them crispy you could fry them in a pan but then they wouldn’t be as healthy as they are when they’re baked. They’re delicious baked. Just try them! I know the picture looks like they’re crispy and fried. Nope! Fooled you! πŸ˜€

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees*

1. Mix the almond meal, spices, and salt together in a medium bowl.

2 Cut up the chicken into 1.5 inch pieces.

3. Crack an egg into a small bowl and mix with a fork.

4. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg, and then into the almond meal “breading” mixture. Then place the chicken nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the chicken once after 15 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

Homemade Flavored Oatmeal

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Good morning! What’s for breakfast this morning? Here’s a great breakfast idea that will keep you full until lunch. Now, it’s probably no secret that I LOVE cereal and I could probably eat it for every meal and never get sick of it. The downside? There really aren’t a whole lot of (any) nutritional benefits from a bowl of cereal AND it leave you hungry like an hour later. Now when I have to teach a lot of classes or have a particularly busy morning planned I make something with a little more sustenance: homemade flavored oatmeal! Yes, I do realize that “maple brown sugar” oatmeal comes in little packages where you just add water. Well get ready because this is 10x better and doesn’t have all of the artificial flavorings that come in those little packages. And NO you don’t even need “instant oats”! Okay, here it is!

Homemade Flavored Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup of water

  • handful of nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts…)
  • 2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • dash of sea salt

Mix the oats and whatever toppings you would like in a microwave safe bowl. Add one cup of water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Yep, it really is that easy!

This is the recipe I’ve been using. Obviously you can customize. Maybe try honey or maple syrup instead of brown sugar? Add some flax? Anyone out there have any awesome combinations?

TRX/KB Workout and Playlist

I thought today was going to be a snow day but instead it’s more like a rain day. Maybe that is a sign that spring is coming? Today I’m pretty psyched to be teaching some lunch time TRX/Kettlebell classes at IDEXX. I’ve been teaching a whole lot of spin classes lately and I’m excited to get the chance to play with the TRX and Kettlebells again. πŸ™‚ Have you ever tried one of these types of classes? A lot of gyms are offering them now and a lot of gyms also have these out on the fitness floor for you to do your own workouts with. Here is the workout we’re doing today if you want to give it a try on your own. I also thought I’d throw in a playlist to go along with it. If you have an questions about any of the exercises, shoot me an e-mail or a comment!

TRX/KETTLEBELL CIRCUIT (with plyos!)

45 seconds on each exercise with 15 seconds rest/ getting ready for the next exercise

3-4 rounds of the circuit

1. TRX row

2. Single arm kettlebell swing (alternating arms with each swing)

3. Jump Squats

4. TRX push up

5. Single arm kettlebell thruster (5 on one arm then switch)

6. Burpees

7.TRX hamstring curl

8. Kettlebell “triple threat” (squat, bicep curl, overhead press, tricep extension)

9. Split squat jumps

BONUS! ABS! YAY!

30 Seconds of each exercise. 3 times through the circuit.

1.Β  mountain climbers

2. oblique twists w/ kettlebell

3. bicycle abs

4. plank

 

 

Should You Exercise If You Have a Cold?

Alrighty, there is TONS of information out there on if you should continue your workout regimen when you have a cold. Most everything says that it is okay to keep exercising if you have a cold. Here’s what I think: DON’T DO IT! Clearly I’m not a doctor nor do I claim to be one, but this is my answer based on my experiences. Back in the day, I used to keep exercising no matter what. I even managed to ski all 53 kilometers of America’s largest ski race with mono…and then I couldn’t talk for a week…and then it took me about a month to have enough strength to run a mile. Now that I am older and wiser (hah) I’ve learned that when you’re sick, rest is best.

Your body is already under enough stress when you’re sick. By adding exercise to the mix you’re putting your body under even MORE stress and making it harder to recover. So, when you have a cold take a few days off! Hydrate, sleep, and repeat! This is the recipe for kicking colds fast. If you continue to exercise I guarantee you’re going to prolong your sickness. Yes, you will probably make it through that run you planned but then you’ll also probably have that cold for longer. Rest completely and get better faster!

So what do you do if you can’t rest? If you’re like me and your job requires you to be active and taking a day off just isn’t possible, do the best you can. Last week I had a cold and my spin bike had a gatorade in one of the water bottle holders and a pack of cough drops in the other. Ease up on your activity and don’t push too hard. There are days to train hard and days when you have a cold are not those days! Can’t bare to think about taking a day off from activity? Go for an easy walk! It’ll do the trick, I promise. πŸ™‚

There are my tips. Take them or leave them. I’ve also been told eating a whole clove of garlic will make you better as well. Personally I’d rather rest and watch movies πŸ˜‰