Eat, Sweat, Smile Weekly Recap: Runner’s World, J. Law and 13.1

No words can express how excited I am that it’s Friday. Between my work life and being sick, it’s been a challenging week.

#letsnottalkaboutit

I love GIFs. What was life before hashtagging and giffing? Sad and empty, that’s what.

ANYWAY, what I do want to talk about is a brand new Eat, Sweat, Smile weekly recap.

Let’s go!

EAT

I’ve been cooking a lot of recipes from The Runner’s World Cook Book and I’m happy to report that each one has been ah-mazing.

A sampling of the recipes prepared this week-simple, easy and great runner fuel.

A sampling of the recipes prepared this week-simple, easy and great runner fuel.

Keep an eye out for an in-depth review next week.

SWEAT

Aside from hacking up the contents of a lung on Thursday morning, I haven’t really sweat much this week. Thank you very much cold. I did share a sweaty treadmill workout, which you can check out here.

Also, apparently my coping mechanism for stressful work weeks and sickness is signing up for races-

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I ran this race last year as my first half marathon, so I’m excited to go back again and crush it.

SMILE

My girl crush on JLaw was cemented after seeing this this great Buzzfeed list-

Could she be any more perfect? (source)

Girlfriend just knows how to keep it real.

In terms of other girl crushes that make me smile, there’s always my weird dog Rosie-

Because wearing men's briefs on your head is always appropriate, and more importantly, stylish.

Because wearing men’s briefs on your head is always appropriate, and more importantly, stylish.

How can you not smile at a dog who put briefs on her head. Yes, she did that all by herself. #proudmom

Also, yes, she has an Instagram account now and you can follow her here. I’m officially one of those crazy San Francisco dog owners.

Have a great weekend folks!

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New Recipe: Cocoa-Nut Crisp Bars

Last week I tried a nut and cocoa bar from Starbucks and knew I needed to recreate it. I thought it would be a fun challenge to recreate a bar. Plus, this girl doesn’t want to spend $2 on a snack bar when she can make them for much less. I studied the bar’s ingredients, researched nut bars on the internet and used both as loose guidelines for creating these bars, but really, I just threw what I had on hand into a bowl and held on for the final product.

The result?

Good for you and delicious

Good for you and delicious

Deliciousness.

I’m definitely going to experiment with other add-ins and flavors in the future! Also, if you’re wondering, I didn’t misspell coconut…it’s cocoa and nuts, not coconut. But you could add coconut if you want!

Cocoa-Nut Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/4 c. peanuts
  • 1/2 c. unsalted cashew pieces
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 c. puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 c. almond meal
  • 1/3 c. agave
  • 1/4 c. dutch press cocoa
  • 1/4 sucanat
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • sprinkle of salt

Directions

  1. Coat a 9×9 pan with canola oil and set aside. If you’re doubling the recipe, coat a 9×13 glass pan.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toast almond slivers, peanuts and cashews at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of nuts and bake for one more minute.
  4. Set nuts aside to cool.
  5. Once nuts have cooled, place in a medium bowl and combine with almond meal, puffed rice cereal and cocoa. Set aside.
  6. In a medium pot, heat agave until it comes to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add sucanat and stir until dissolved. Add vanilla and salt and stir until dissolved.
  7. Add sucanat mixture to nut mixture and stir until well combined.
  8. Press mixture into coated pan and store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Cut into bar sized pieces and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator.

P.S. If you’re wondering, Sucanat is a sugar substitute that is less processed than refined sugar and maintains its molasses content. You can but it on Amazon and your local natural foods store might even stock it.

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Eat, Sweat, Smile

I spent the yesterday evening watching Campus PD, Sharknado, Four Weddings and #TBT #RHOA (Throwback Thursday Real Housewives of Atlanta for those of you that don’t speak exclusively in hashtags), so today’s post is going to be relatively simple. Plus it’s Friday and everyone’s attention is shot anyway. So here’s a short post that plays off my blog’s title. #clever

 

EAT

Black Bean and Turkey Tacos

Or what my boyfriend refers to as “street tacos”. I was a little skeptical of putting turkey in a taco, but I’ve had these thrice this week and this recipe’s a winner. They’re super easy to make and a crowd pleaser.

Egg ‘n Baked Potatoes

Trust me, you want to get all up in this.

Trust me, you want to get all up in this.

Mashed potatoes? Check. (turkey) bacon? Check. Cheese? Check.

I recommend baking the potatoes the night before you eat them. Also, instead of scooping out and setting aside the potatoes (are you really going to eat them later?!), add the potatoes to a food processor, add a 1/4-1/2 cup of greek yogurt along with the spinach and bacon and process. I also used feta to the potatoes instead of cheddar cheese, because that’s all my stomach can tolerate. Then add them back into the potato skins and bake as directed. It’s like twice baked potatoes on steroids. And it’s good for you. Pure magic.

 

SWEAT

Still sore and I want more.

Still sore and I want more.

Yes, I posted this workout earlier in the week, but I’m still sore from it and it was the most interesting workout I did this week (I can’t just tell you “run 5 miles”, can I?). So, try it out and tell me what you think.

 

SMILE

I admit that I’m not that huge of a college football fan, but I might have to start watching if more colleges follow the lead of University of Tulsa, which just hired a new mascot-

How could you let her lose?! (source)

Meet Goldie, who will make her gridiron game day debut in September.

1000 points for cuteness (source)

I have no words because my brain short-circuited from cute overload. Okay, one more picture because I appreciate the fact that she’s into academics, too. 

Multi-faceted, the perfect liberal arts student (source)

She also has an Instagram account. Consider yourself followed Goldie.

On a similar smile and dog related note, I’ll leave you with this video of my crazy dog, Rosie. 

The answers are in the machine Rosie.

Have a great weekend y’all!

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Recipe Wednesday: Clean Chicken Fingers & Fries

I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I LOVED chicken fingers and fries. Particularly of the Arby’s variety.

Did anyone else love getting all of the different Arby’s dips? This girl did. (source)

In the interest of being an adult, watching what I eat and being aware of what’s going into my body, I decided to create these for dinner for last night-

Excuse the horrible photography-it was 9 p.m., I might have been a bit hangry and I was definitely was ready to dig in.

Please excuse the horrible photography-it was 9 p.m., I might have been a bit hangry and I was definitely was ready to dig in.

I knew this creation was a winner when my boyfriend proclaimed “I feel like a five year old eating this, but it’s so good!”

Better yet, this recipe might feel indulgent, but it’s actually good for you! It cuts the calorie count of the Arby’s dish by more than half**, there’s no frying involved and the ingredients are better for you. Plus, it just feels good to know what you’re putting into your body!

So cheers to your inner (healthier and somewhat more refined) five year old!

Clean Chicken Fingers and Fries

Fries

3 potatoes, skinned and cut into strips

1 tsp. cayenne pepper and 1 tsp. cumin combined

salt to taste

 

Chicken Fingers

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts

3 slices brown rice bread (I used Food for Life brand)

2 eggs

2 tsp. dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray two baking sheets with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Fill a mixing bowl with cold water and submerge potatoes. Set aside. Potatoes should soak for about 45 minutes.
  • Combine gluten free bread, oregano and salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until bread is of bread crumb consistency. Place in bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk two eggs and set aside.
  • Cut chicken into tender sized strips. If you have think cuts of chicken, butterfly cut the chicken first, then cut into tenders.
  • Dredge chicken in egg wash and breadcrumbs, then repeat. Place dredged chicken on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping once.
  • While chicken is cooking, drain potatoes and spread on remaining baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with cumin/paprika mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, flipping once or until crisp.

**based on the calorie count from a five piece Arby’s chicken tender meal and an order of small curly fries, which will cost you 890 calories

 

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Designer Whey Weekend

When I was at TJ’s a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up some Designer Whey and WOAH do I love it.

I was poking their website over the weekend to see if I could find any new fun products. I was happy to find that, in addition to recipes, Designer Whey also offers a bevvy of workouts. Of course I had to try one.

During the long weekend, I tried out the Big Burpee Workout, which you might have noticed I mentioned in this week’s “Weekly Workouts” post.

 

I used two ten pound dumbbells for the workout, finished in about 17:17 and looked like this afterward-

sweaty mess.

That’s my “welp, that was surprisingly difficult” face.

It was a surprisingly tough workout and definitely one I’ll turn to again.

As if I didn’t get enough out of the Designer Whey website, I finished everything off with one of their abs workouts. Check out the video below!

After my workout, I made a recovery smoothie that I devised a few weeks ago and has quickly become my new favorite.  MMMMouthwatering.

This smoothie has a healthy dose of potassium (from the banana) and protein (from the Designer Whey) and it’s basically like a tropical getaway in your mouth… if that makes sense. Even better, this smoothie keeps me full, which is a problem I usually face with smoothies as a meal.

 

Coconut Dream

Ingredients

1/3 cup canned light coconut milk

1 scoop vanilla designer whey

1 ripe banana

4-5 ice cubes

1 tbsp. chia seeds soaked in water overnight (optional)

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in blender…and enjoy!

 

I was not compensated for this post-I just love Designer Whey! All opinions are my own!

 

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A Cool Healthy Treat

I’ll keep this short and sweet (pun intended). 

Yesterday after dinner I was craving something cool and chocolate-y since it’s really hot in San Francisco right now (for once). I decided on a milkshake…just without the milk.

So I created this-

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Yeah, I’m not a photographer.

 

Refreshing, chocolate pepperminty goodness with a dash of protein.

Chocolate Peppermint Shake

Have a great weekend folks!

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Meatless Meal

Last night before losing a few hundred brain cells from watching “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” (whatever you’ve heard, the rumors are true), I made one of my favorite Clean Eating Magazine recipes, Cheesy Eggplant Baguettes (from this issue), in accidental honor of Meatless Monday and Earth Day (two birds people) -

Oh, it's vegan too. Get some son.

Oh, it’s vegan too. Get some son.

along with a lovely side dish, zucchini fritters, which I made from a recipe I received in my most recent Full Circle Farms CSA box. As if Full Circle Farms weren’t lovely enough already, they send me useful ways to use my veggies in addition delivering produce to my doorstep every week. Win, win.

Since I can’t post the Clean Eating Magazine recipe, I’ll meet you half way share the Full Circle Farms recipe for Zucchini Fritters. They’re easy to make (once you get past drying the zucchini stage) and taste exactly like crab cakes…minus the crabs.

Zucchini Fritter

 

Zucchini Fritters

Adapted from Full Circle Farms

Ingredients

3 cups of shredded zucchini

1 tbsp. reduced fat mayonnaise

2 cloves of minced garlic

1/4 c. red bell pepper, diced

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 egg

2 slices whole grain/complete protein bread (process to turn into bread crumbs)

salt, pepper, oregano and onion powder to taste

1. Place zucchini in a bowl and season with salt. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to draw out liquid.

2. Handful by handful, place zucchini in paper towels and press to absorb remaining liquid.

3. Once zucchini is dry, place it along with all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

4. Form into eight patties and chill until cool.

5. Coat a skillet with non stick spray and heat over medium high heat. Cook patties until browned on both sides.

 

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Slim for Life (and popchips for a month!)

If you’ve ever been here before you know that Jillian Michaels is at the top of my fitness idols list. From her podcasts, to her workouts to her epic return to the Biggest Loser, I love everything about her.

That’s why I was over the moon when popchips asked me if I would take a look at Jillian’s new book, Slim for Life. They obviously didn’t know who they were dealing with.

As if I weren't enough of a stalker already.

There was a lot of Jillian in my life this month-as if I weren’t enough of a stalker already.

The book is a compendium of fitness, nutrition, weight loss and general lifestyle tips that Jillian has accumulated throughout her career and is intended for people with all levels of fitness knowledge-there were a ton of tips that I had never even heard before! Each tip comes with a point value-three points indicates a tip that is worth picking up, two points is for tips that are nice to adopt and one is take it or leave it. At the end of the book, you add up your points to determine how to fine tune your “slim strategy” and set yourself up for success. Some of my favorite tips:

  • Shout it from the Mountaintops (3 pts.)-If you’re about to eat something you know you’ll regret later,like a huge bag of chips, before you mindlessly down it, stop and say out loud: “I’m eating this entire bag of chips because I’m bored, sad, mad, [insert emotion here], and I’m not even hungry.” Chances are if you do this you’ll think better of your decision. Sometimes when you bring things out into the open…it takes you to a place of reason and logic.
  • Pick Your Battles (2 pts.)-Find a group of restaurants you like, and make them your go-to spots. This way you build an arsenal of places where you know there’ll be healthy things to eat.
  • Get Your Back (3 pts.)-Be your own best friend…Put yourself in the best position to succeed…Look at all the things you do for your parents, kids, significant other or best friend…Now I want you to make a conscious effort to treat yourself in the exact same loving and giving ways.

What I really like about the book offers an array of tips and is structured to so that everyone can pick out and use the tips that work best for their lifestyle. I also like that the book is definitely written in Jillian’s no B.S. voice.

The icing on top of the cake?

I GOT A SIGNED COPY OF JILLIAN’S BOOK.

The icing on top of the icing on top of the cake?

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You get a chance to win one too! PLUS a month’s supply of popchips.

I must say, I’m quite jealous.

Here’s what you have to do to win. Click this link and do one (or all) of the following:

  • Mandatory: Leave a comment sharing one of your personal tips that helps keep you healthy and happy.
  • For +1 entry, tweet: “Love @popchips & @jillianmichaels? Win @popchips & her book from @daniellewolfe! Enter here http://wp.me/p37JN1-PkPEj”
  • For +1 entry, follow me (@daniellewolfe) on Twitter.

The contest is open until next Wednesday, March 27th. Good luck!

 

 

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Guest Post: Clare on Intuitive Eating

Hi friends!

Since I’m in Mexico this week, Clare, who you’ve met before on Ask A Blogger, is dropping by for a guest post.

Clare recently started her journey with intuitive eating, which is all about creating a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. Since I’ve personally struggled with this and know many people also have, I was excited that Clare agreed to share her experiences. Take it away Clare!

 

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Five Things I Learned In One Week of Intuitive Eating

A couple of months go I realized I was struggling with emotional eating.

I have a history of Anorexia, but for about three years after my recovery I was eating normally and maintaining my weight. I was getting confident that eating issues were something of my past.

However, addiction and depression run in my family, so stressful events and big life changes can easily trigger a behavioral response in me. This time, instead of eating less food for control, I was eating more food for comfort.

I didn’t understand it at first. For months I was frustrated with how much I was snacking and always craving sugar.  I would eat so much that I would get stomachaches and not be able to sleep. I thought I had just lost my willpower.

Eventually I took a closer look, and realized my eating was emotional. I recently quit my job and am making a total career change towards medicine. I was really unhappy in my previous work, but deciding to quit was really hard. I felt lots of guilt, fear, and failure. I ended up changing cities and moving back in with my parents while I prepared to go back to school.

That was enough to do it.

Once I came to terms with the fact that I was struggling with food again, it got a lot easier. It was a weight off my shoulders. And it turns out a lot of people related to what I was going through. I decided to try intuitive eating to relearn my hunger singles and start eating what and when my body craved.

I am part of the Studio Eats Intuitive Eating Challenge this March, and it is awesome. It’s only been a week, and the breakthroughs the group is making are inspiring. I can’t wait to keep working on this and hopefully make it a complete lifestyle!

  1. I had more food “rules” than I thought. Sure I eat all types of foods now, but I still had qualms about the amount of carbs I could eat at one meal and some foods being “better” or “worse” than others. Finally allowing myself to eat anything and everything I was craving made me realize these.
  2. I can have chocolate without going overboard. M&Ms and chocolate chips used to be my kryptonite, likely because I felt like I          “shouldn’t” have them. Now that I am eating what I crave and putting nothing off limits, I am able to have a few Girl Scout Cookies after dinner without habitually going back for more.
  3. I don’t always need protein to keep me full. My food rule about carbohydrates came from reading a lot of fitness articles saying that protein is what you need to get lean and stay satiated. While I definitely believe protein is necessary, one of my favorite breakfasts of almond butter and banana toast holds me over for hours.
  4. I’m often happier with simple meals. Reading blogs can make you feel like you need to make crazy concoctions and real recipes for each meal, but that’s not my favorite way to eat. Lots of times I just want oatmeal with almond butter, an egg sandwich, or canned soup. And that’s ok.
  5. I don’t have to clear my plate…but I usually do. A big part of intuitive eating is eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. I was raised as a plate-cleaner, and habitually eat all of my food even if I’m not hungry for it. I have learned that I am able stop when I’m full – I left part of an apple with lunch the other day – but I am pretty good at preparing the amount of food that my body wants.

You can read more about my struggle with emotional eating and the Intuitive Eating Challenge on my blog, Fitting It All In.

Do you practice intuitive eating?

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A Weekend of Planning

This weekend was quite exciting.

Between studying (it’s getting down to go time, folks), cleaning out my closet (it was a disaster),

Ruthless editing.

Ruthless editing.

going out on a Saturday night run (sorry Liz!),

and prepping meals for the week,

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you can bet that I was the craziest kid in San Francisco this weekend.

Since meal preparation is something that I’ve been hit or miss with, I decided to visit good ol’ Trader Joe’s nice and early yesterday morning (I’ve learned my lesson about going to the grocery store on high traffic evenings) to get all of my grocery shopping done for the week.

With ingredients in hand, I set to preparing meals for the week including-

Health Magazine’s Sunshine Muffins

They're not cooked yet, but I have them ready to go for a Monday morning treat!

They’re not cooked yet, but I have them ready to go for a Monday morning treat!

Macaroni and Cheese

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Quinoa Jambalaya and


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Slow Cooker Chili

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Since the whole ordeal took about three hours, I relied on Netflix to keep me entertained. First, I watched “The Queen of Versailles”, which is about a couple who builds a 90,000 square foot, $100 million dollar home right as the stock market crashed…suffice to say things did not end well. The only reason I watched this was because I saw them on the Today Show and was wondering who the heck would build a house (period) and who would build it as the stock market was collapsing. But don’t feel bad folks, apparently these millionaires were able to salvage the “largest house in America” and just started rebuilding the house. I digress.

Then I flew to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and watched a National Geographic documentary about dogs. Balance.

So there you have it, a weekend in the life. I hope yours was more exciting than mine!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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