Friday, February 10, 2017

Favorites Friday

Favorite Workouts

No Jumping Recovery Cardio

I'm going to be straight up, I felt like dog crap on Monday.  I had 2 beers and 2 glasses of wine at our Superbowl party Sunday, which in the olden days would have been a mere nightcap but apparently my 37 year old body is like "nah girl" about it now.  It aggravated my insomnia and I was awake from 12:30 am to 4 am.  Oy.  Anyway needless to say, I just was not feeling some crazy workout when I got home from work but I also didn't want to totally slack, so I chose this low impact workout as a compromise.  It was totally what I needed and by the end of it I felt so much better!  I was able to move and sweat a little but without totally burning myself out.  This workout would also be great for beginners or anyone who needs a low impact workout that doesn't have jumping in it.  This is also an example of one of the workouts I have on my schedule when I'm in L.A.!

Lower Body Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily

I've had this workout in my favorites for awhile now, and I constantly go back to it time and time again.  Besides the fact that I love leg workouts the best anyway, I love the bored easily format and also love this particular group of exercises because I'm all about the squats and deadlifts.  I was particularly proud that I was able to use 15 pound weights (30 total) for every single one of the lifting exercises!

Favorite Meals

Skinny Taste's Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

We had my aunt and uncle over for the Superbowl, and one of the things I made for our party were these meatballs.  They are everything I love about wings but are about a thousand times easier and healthier!  I love that they are filled with tons of vegetables (if you hate vegetables or have vegetable haters in your life, this would be a good way to sneak them in).  Now full disclosure, I actually did make a traditional wing sauce with them (1 cup of Franks with 1/4 cup of butter) instead of just going with the paltry 1/3 cup of Franks from the recipe.  To me it's worth having that classic wing taste, and it only came up to 34 calories per meatball.  They were a big hit and I wish I'd made a double batch!

Honestly if you take away the wing sauce component, they'd make just a great basic meatball that you could add to just about anything from a classic marinara sauce to teriyaki sauce.  They would also freeze well if you wanted to make a couple of batches for future use.

Trader Joe's Misto alla Griglia 




I have been totally obsessed with this vegetable mix from Trader Joe's lately!  It's a lifesaver for creating a quick but really tasty dinner, so I like having a couple bags in the freezer at all times.  I like to mix it with cooked pasta and a bit of pasta water for a humble little pasta dish, and the vegetables are so flavorful that you don't even need additional oil, salt or spices.  I'm sure it would be wonderful as a pizza topping or in a wrap with hummus, but it's hard to pull myself away from just making pasta dishes with it.

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