"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates

Monday, November 18, 2013

Toning and Cardio Workout!

Happy Monday! This weather seems unpredictable lately, so I thought I would share a great indoor workout!

All you need is a stop watch and a little space!
This is a quick workout that should get your heart rate going and muscles burning! :) Make sure to stretch out and cool down when finished.

ENJOY :)

*Disclaimer: Although I am a ACSM-Health Fitness Specialist, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hearty Fall Vegetable Bean Soup


I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, and then tweaked it a little bit based off of what I had at home already!

Ingredients/Directions:
Sautee:
1 Onion and 2 Cloves of Garlic
Add:
2 Sweet Potatoes
2 Carrots (or 6-8 baby carrots)
2 Stalks of Celery (I didn't have this for mine)
*Cut all of the above in 1" cubes
1 Cup of Corn
2 Cups Green Beans
4 Cups Vegetable Broth (low sodium)
2 Cans of Beans (Black Beans or Cannelini) (Drained & Rinsed)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (i chose No Salt Added)
Optional: 2 Cups of Cooked Quinoa (I had some extra, so I threw it in)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp All Spice
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 Bay Leaf

*Cook over the stove or in a crock-pot until all vegetables are soft!
I love Kroger's new brand of "Private Selection," the cans are organic, low sodium, limited preservatives, and affordable! :D 

I LOVE the Sweet Potatoes in this :)
This is very filling, and packed with great ingredients. Many soups can be loaded with sodium, but I chose all Low Sodium, or No Salt Added options.

ENJOY! :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Legs and Glutes Toning Workout!

Try out my workout if you want to feel your legs and butt burning!!
*Squat Jumps- modify by pushing up to your toes instead of jumping
*Wide Leg Mountain Climbers- feet touch to the outside of your hands
*180 Degree Jumps- jump back and forth moving 180 degrees
**MAKE SURE TO STRETCH! 

ENJOY :)


*Disclaimer: Although I am a ACSM-Health Fitness Specialist, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers


I've been wanting to making stuffed bell peppers for quite awhile, and today i finally got around to it!!


Ingredients:
4 Bell Peppers (Red or Green)
1 Zucchini (1/2 inch cubes)
1/4 Cup Black Beans (rinsed and drained) 
3/4 Cup Quinoa
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice)
1/4 Cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 Cup Crumbled Feta
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/4 Cup Chopped Onion


-Cook 3/4 cup of Quinoa while preparing the rest.
-Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
-Mix zucchini, diced tomatoes, feta, basil, black beans, onion, and salt ground pepper to taste.
-Stir in cooked quinoa, and 1/4-1/2 cup of extra tomato juice.


-Cut off the tops of the bell peppers, and lightly scoop out the inside.
-Fill with quinoa mixture.
-Add water to cover the base of the baking dish to steam bell peppers while baking.
-Place peppers in dish and cover with foil.
-Cook for 40 min. 
-Uncover foil, sprinkle with feta and cook for about 10 more min.
-Lightly Salt and Pepper to taste as needed.

Scoop, Cut, and ENJOY!