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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Nutritious Nachos-Two Ways

Yep, you read that correctly-nutritious nachos courtesy of Fitness Magazine.

Every summer I look forward to getting the  Summer Slim-Down Plan, which includes a total body plan complete with challenging resistance and cardio workouts and recipes . I’ll get to the resistance circuits and the cardio workouts that I tried later on , but let’s be honest here, food always comes first in my book and when I find something I like I need to share it!

When my magazine arrived last week, I dove straight in and tried out a bunch of their new recipes and let’s just say they did not disappoint. My favorite so far? The nachos, natch.

I loved this  recipe so much that I made it again last night (and took a better photo), but switched out the regular potato for a sweet potato to provide a healthy punch of Vitamin A. I also topped it off with two crumbled  spinach garlic turkey meatballs for the  topping.  Nutrition and delicious? I’ll take it! My version of the nachos is below-be sure to check out the rest of the recipes the Fitness Magazine Summer Slimdown here.

Sweet Potato version

Potato Nachos

adapted from Fitness Magazine

Ingredients

1 medium potato

1/4 cup red onion

1 clove garlic

3 ounces 99% lean ground turkey

1/4 cup canned black beans

1/4 cup shredded almond cheese (or cheddar cheese for the non-lactose challenged)

cumin

cayenne

salt

pepper

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2) Cut 1 medium potato into 8 wedges, place on a baking sheet, mist with nonstick cooking spray and bake 30 minutes, flipping once.

3) In a medium skillet over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic over medium heat until soft.

4) Add in turkey and season to taste with cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne.

5)Remove potatoes from the oven and top with turkey mixture and cheese.

6)Place back in oven and allow cheese to melt (about 2 minutes)

7) Remove plate from oven and top with salsa-and Cholula ;)

This photo really doesn't do it justice!

Nope, Fitness Magazine didn’t bribe me or provide any compensation for reviewing this recipe- I just love them that much! Don’t worry I’ll still keep up my blog when they hire me ;)


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Pumpkin Mania

Pumpkin-it'll getcha. (source)

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that it’s officially pumpkin season. From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin flavored…well, anything, you can find the vitamin rich fall favorite around every corner.

So what’s to love? Here are a few pumpkin facts I found in the October issue of Women’s Health Magazine (more pumpkin recipes are linked above too!).

  • 90 calories per 1 cup serving
  • full of beta carotene, antioxidants and potassium
  • Pumpkin seeds are full of protein and zinc

Pumpkin smoothie in a bowl. Win.

As if I couldn’t get enough pumpkin I tried out a pumpkin smoothie this weekend from Health Magazine-DE-LICIOUS.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

8 ounces (1 c.) almond milk (you can substitute with real milk :)

2 ice cubes

1 small banana

1/4 c. canned pumpkin (I like Libby’s!)

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

2 packets stevia (substitute: 2 teaspoons honey)

1. Blend all ingredients and enjoy! I of course enjoyed this with some xanthan gum (to make it the smoothie a little thicker) and topped off with some kashi go lean crunch (duh!).

What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin? If you have a recipe you love, please share it below-I’d love to try it out!

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One of My Favorite Things

Check out this video post to see what my new favorite thing is!

You can snag one at your local Whole Foods or visit Laptop Lunches. I’ll do my best to share some of my favorite bento meals that I create throughout the week

Last but not least–if you haven’t entered the Tone It Up Shake Dance Contest yet, it ends on Tuesday, August 10! Get your cameras and start shakin’ it! Check out my entry here.

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