Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

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Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. [Read more…]

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3 Healthy Winter Soups

3 Healthy Winter Soups

I don’t know about you guys, but once the weather turns colder, I’m pretty much only making soups, chowders, and stews for the duration of winter. I love being able to whip up something that’s going to make my house smell wonderful and give me leftovers for days! (I’m usually eating alone, or with my roomie, so each of these recipes lasts us two to three days after! The following 3 soups are on rotation in my kitchen because they’re so flavorful, easy to make, and super healthy too – packed with veggies, protein, and fiber! Feel free to sub/cut out any sections of the ingredient lists should you have food allergies or vegan/vegetarian preferences. Enjoy!

{Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone}


474 Calories Per Serving, 19 g Fiber, 25 g Protein! (Use a lower sodium chicken stock and no salt!)

This soup has SO much flavor, it’s unreal. It’s packed full of veggies and is a hit with friends and family alike. Even the kiddos like this one, as you can pick some fun, small pasta to use: alphabet, stars, shells. Give yourself a couple hours to make it so you’re not rushed, but the time spent is well worth the outcome. This is one is my favorite to make if you’re looking to impress. ; )

{Fall Harvest Corn & Butternut Squash Chowder (Vegetarian!)}


214 Calories Per Serving (1/8 recipe), 3g Fiber, 6g Protein!

I LOVE this soup. You can sub cream for milk, saute your veggies in olive oil instead of butter, and add different veggies if you want! This soup is really quick to make and perfect for cold, winter afternoons and evenings! I make this almost every other week. Makes a HUGE batch – At least 8 servings!

{Curvy Carrot’s White Bean and Kale Soup}


183 Calories Per Serving (1/8 of recipe), 8 g Fiber, 10 g Protein!

Do you love kale? I love kale. This soup is fantastic and crazy easy to make. There aren’t very many ingredients to buy and it’s ready in no time at all. The cream is optional and using a little bit of basil or pesto can add even more awesome flavor!

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Too much turkey…

The tryptophan proved to be too much for the Tang… : )
*note the amazing T-day bandana he got from the groomer this week
from last year to help you
stay out of the same boat as Tango.
Happy eating!
Tango and I hope you all have the best holiday weekend
and hope you get to spend it with ones you love!
(If you happen to be in the U.S. and celebrate Thanksgiving)
I’m off to the Bahamas tonight
to hang with some friends
after I celebrate the holiday with my fam.
See you guys Sunday!
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Travel Thoughts: Cincinnati

When I travel for TRX, I usually pull/fly into town, get to my hotel, sleep, teach my class the next day and go straight to the airport to come back home. Every now and then though, I get to go to cities where I have friends. This is awesome. This time, I got to meet up with my old college chum, Matty.

Our Background:
We had a class together called
Teaching Individual and Dual Sports: Tennis, Golf, and Badminton.
An entire semester of listening to our professor say the words
shaft, shuttlecock, balls, head, etc.
I’m not lying.
It was amazing.
Fast forward to Friday night and him taking me to a restaurant called “The Senate” because he loves to go to himself knows his friends/visitors will love it when they come to town.
Introducing: “The Senate
where they make abnormally large
gourmet hotdogs
with fun names.
He had the Trailer Park.
I had the Lindsey Lohan.
I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting to like mine because ordinarily, I eat maybe 1 hotdog a year. At a baseball game. With ketchup only. But it was pretty fantastic. I’d go back in a heart beat. And they had an awesome mix of music playing, classic movies on a flatscreen, and amazing warm/modern decor.
Since I didn’t have a ton of time to hang, and because I needed to be in bed by 10, we stopped for one drink at a bar called Japps. It’s been around since the 1800s. Old as ish.
But just so you all know:
Don’t ever order a drink with Rose Water as one of the ingredients.
It sounded whimsical.
It’ll just mean your drink is going to taste like perfume…
but it’ll look pretty.
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Hooty Hoo! It’s Friday! Has this seemed like a week that was entirely too long? Good. Agreed.
Cue Jazz Hands:

I’m headed to Cincinnati today to pass a new stage of certification and teach an entirely new kind of TRX course than I’m used to teaching. Which means that in order to pass, I’ll be teaching it UNDER OBSERVATION. Which means I’ll be presenting for 8 hours, and my colleague will be sitting nearby, scrutinizing my every word/move. Then writing it down on her score sheets. No pressure. NBD. But I’ve been studying my ace off so hopefully it will go smoothly and I’ll be moving on up the TRX Course Instructor Bad-ass ladder.
To ease the nerves though, I’ll be meeting up with one of my college buds, Matty, tonight. He’s apparantly taking me to a “gourmet hotdog” restaurant. I had no idea such a restaurant existed. Apparently the have a hotdog named, “the Jesse Spano.” (I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so… so… scaaaared. Anyone?) Thoughts? Anywho, he’s a hot mess so it’s sure to a fun night.
Hope you guys have an amazing weekend ahead of you! Woot woot!
Aaaaand scene.
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Confession #1: I love sweets. Blame it on the Southern/Midwest upbringing. Family cooked desserts are the best and I know a TON of great recipes, none of which are even REMOTELY healthy. Dang.

Confession #2: I love to bake around the holidays. It usually doesn’t start ’til around Thanksgiving time but I’m on a kick a little earlier this year. Maybe because I’m back in my home town and surrounded by family so I’m feelin’ a little nostalgic. Or maybe I’m just hungry…

Predicament #1: Being in the fitness industry and blogging about health isn’t exactly conducive with baking and eating a bunch of crap. Practice what you preach, right?
Solution #1: So while looking for healthy Banana Muffin recipes online and elsewhere, I found this lovely little blog, Half Baked. And in it, a lovely, HEALTHY Oatmeal Banana Muffin recipe. It’s low-fat, gluten-free, and looks extremely yummy. I’ll let you know how they turn out. First time’s always a hot mess, so maybe I’ll show you a photo from the 2nd batch…
Have a lovely Tuesday!

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Food Frustration

Ever wonder if what you’re eating is good for you or bad for you? There are a ton of outlets these days for articles, news stories, and books to discuss what you should or shouldn’t buy to eat, but they can be time constraining, expensive, and confusing. Mine is better! I have another great clip for you to read that helps. It’s short, simple, and easy.

My friend, colleague, one-time boss, one-time roommate, Sara Grout, has an amazing new blog that you should visit. Sara has a double Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (and about a million other certifications) that make her damn knowledgeable about food and your body.
She’s currently living in Australia and attending a 10 month nutrition intensive (intense, huh?) to add to her growing vat of knowledge, so she’s not posting every five minutes…but you should read the posts she has up so far. They can really help if you’re struggling to find what works for you diet-wise. So visit No More Counting Calories and leave her some love. She’s amazing!
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