Quick & Easy Veggie Pasta

Apparently it’s love your veggies week. First it was kale, now it’s veggie pasta.

I was looking into buying a spiralizer so I could turn veggies into “pasta”, but all of the spiralizers I found online seemed to be space sucks and with a 500 square foot apartment and more than my fair share or kitchen accessories, the last thing I need is a drawer space hog.

Luckily, I was reading Oh She Glows and stumbled across her post on spiralizing vegetables without a spiralizer. The key? A Zyliss Julienne Peeler.

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I immediately hopped on Amazon and ordered my very own peeler (you can find them on Amazon here ). It arrived yesterday and, because I’m impatient, I immediately put it to work and made this-

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The peeler obviously worked like a charm and fits in the same drawer as my other utensils. I highly recommend getting a Zyliss if you don’t want to take up the space that a spiralizer does.

Oh, and here’s the recipe! It’s super easy and super quick.

Zucchini and Squash “Pasta” For One

Time : 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (divided)

1 link sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, cut into rounds

1 medium zucchini (~ 7 inches)

1 medium yellow squash (~ 7 inches)

3/4 cherry tomatoes quartered

red pepper flakes to taste

1 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Use Zyliss peeler or a spiralizer to cut zucchini into “noodles”.
  2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat
  3. Add chicken sausage and tomatoes and cook for about three minutes until heated throughout.
  4. Add remaining olive oil, zucchini and squash. Cook for about 3 minutes or until zucchini and squash begin to soften.
  5. Lower heat and add red pepper flakes to taste.
  6. Remove from heat, place in bowl and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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Give Your Greens A Massage

In case you haven’t noticed, your kale might need a massage.

No it’s not stressed*, but massaging your kale for at least five minutes will remove the bitterness and make it easier to digest.

I’ve heard about kale massage for a while, but I always thought it was a tedious, zero return chore.

And I was wrong. Oh so wrong. Before its massage my kale looked like this-

Rough, tough and bitter kale. Not ideal.

Rough, tough and bitter kale. Not ideal.

After adding a half teaspoon of olive oil and rubbing the leaves together for about five minutes, they looked like this-

Re-laxed.

Re-laxed.

 

I squeezed a little lemon juice on top and enjoyed them just like that!

You can tell if your kale is “relaxed” enough by taking a bite-if it’s still bitter, keep on massaging. It’ll also become a darker green color as the fibers break down.

*Actually your kale might be stressed by the sound of you chowing down-a recent study showed that plants release stress chemicals when they hear other plants being chewed! No really! Check out the story here.

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Eat, Sweat, Smile Weekly Round-Up

Good morning and happy Friday, which means a round-up of my favorite foods, fitness and fun from this week.

Enjoy!

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Here are two dishes you can make once and eat for an entire week (for one). The first is the lovely Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad I shared earlier this week.

Summer Farro Salad

The second recipe is Banana-Oat Blender Pancakes from a new to me food blog, Mountain Mama Cooks.

De-licious! (source)

I made the made the batter for these pancakes on Sunday and had plenty of leftovers. They’re delicious, filling, full of whole grains and really easy to make. P.S. there’s no yield listed on the original recipe, but if you read down in the comments, it’s 12. I just wanted to save you the readin’ to get to the eatin’.

 

sweat

This is kind of qualifies as a “sweat” entry-it’s my first article on the Precor Blog and it’s all about sweating!

Well, it’s actually about how Precor equipment calculates your calorie burn, but it’s related to sweating! Check it out if you have chance!

smile

This weekend marks the start of wedding madness! I always heard that summer was wedding time, but now I really believe it. I’m headed to Paso Robles today for my cousin’s wedding and I’m really excited!

Lia, you're lucky I didn't put the potential "first kiss" photo up.

Lia, you’re lucky I didn’t put the potential “first kiss” photo up.

What more could you ask for than wineries, sun, family and fun? Oh wait, a World Cup final! (Okay, let’s be real, I could ask for the USMNT to be in said final, but I’m happy enough as it is. 2018 guys, 2018).

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a lot of free time on my hands this weekend, which meant that I had time to go grocery shopping and prep a few dishes for the week.

Since I’m only cooking for one these days, I generally stick to tried and true base items like grilled chicken, spinach and eggs, but every once in a while I’ll try out a new dish that is versatile and I can use over and over again.

Cooking Light’s June issue featured a lovely farro salad that I tweaked a bit and came up with this as the end result-

Summer Farro Salad

Enjoy! The farro is great as a side too!

Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad

Ingredients

1.5 cups uncooked farro

3/4 pounds cherries, pitted and halved

1/2 cup chopped almonds

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

14 oz. bag of arugula, washed

6 ounces crumbled goat cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook farro according to directions. Drain, place in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, mustard and honey. While whisking, gradually add olive oil until combined. Set aside.
  3. Add almond, cherries, almonds and goat cheese to farro.
  4. Pour lemon and mustard dressing over farro mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Divide farro evenly among plates and top with 2/3 cup farro mixture.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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Fantastic February

First off, how is it Friday already?!

Second, it’s already March?!

2013 seems to be speeding by!

Tina always does monthly round ups of her favorite moments from the past month, which is something I’ve always admired and wanted to do but the first of the month always seems to sneak by. Not this time my friends…not this time.

 

So here’s a look back at some of my favorite February posts.

 

It’s Christmas in February…an AMRAP holiday workout that you can do any time of the year.

12 Days of Christmas WOD

 

What I’ve been up to lately…and why the posts were a little spotty in February.

 

February was the month for hopping on…falling off….and hopping back on the Daily Burn Challenge wagon.

That's Anja asking me to push harder (source)

And I’m back in the daily burn game! (source) 

Of course the past month was full of recipes of all kinds-desserts, dinners and everything in between.

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Plus I got to try out a new gadget (update coming soon!)

Fuelband

Hope your February was fabulous (had to!) and your March is even better!

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