Pieces in Progress: Living fit, healthy, & happy!

Ever wondered what the secret is to a strong core? Wanted a magic spell to give you instant awesome abs? Well this incantation might not be instant but it IS effective! (Okay I’ll give up on the Halloween theme here). I laid out this plan to combine some of my favorite strength exercises with side work and a specified back day.
Get all the info on this plan, my recommendations for cardio and the free printable CALENDAR that goes along with it here! :)

Ever wondered what the secret is to a strong core? Wanted a magic spell to give you instant awesome abs? Well this incantation might not be instant but it IS effective! (Okay I’ll give up on the Halloween theme here). I laid out this plan to combine some of my favorite strength exercises with side work and a specified back day.

Get all the info on this plan, my recommendations for cardio and the free printable CALENDAR that goes along with it here! :)

This awesome (gluten free & vegan) recipe really couldn’t be much more simple. There’s exactly 1 knife stroke and just a handful of ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand. And with another 3-ish weeks left in eggplant season, this is a great way to use them while they’re fresh (and cheap!).
Get the recipe here! :)

This awesome (gluten free & vegan) recipe really couldn’t be much more simple. There’s exactly 1 knife stroke and just a handful of ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand. And with another 3-ish weeks left in eggplant season, this is a great way to use them while they’re fresh (and cheap!).

Get the recipe here! :)

Lookat those little toes working so hard! You know what I love about filming the asanas I’m working on after my regular practice? Seeing what’s going on! Before this picture I had no idea that I wasnt bending my knees (I was holding them at 90 degrees). So a quick look, back up, and there they were. I’m learning that we are capable of so much more than we realize, it’s about giving ourselves the tools and the knowledge to unlock that potential.

Speaking of potential, I’m an XC coach and so I decided to coach my husband to run a 5k on Thanksgiving. Last Sunday we started with a baseline 5k which he ran in 28:40. Today for his 3rd practice I sent him on a “45-60 minute” long run… He comes back 75 minutes and 7.87 miles later!!! He beat his original 5k time- twice and then some! I am SO. DARN. PROUD. of him not even for the run (although that too) but more so for approaching this run with a positive attutude, for allowing himself to be, for the first time, happy while he was running.

#running #yoga #healthy #healthyliving #fitness #instafit #inversions #pincha #strength #xc #marriedlife #ilovemyhusband #fitcouple #backbends #beautiful #outdooryoga #personalrecorss

Lookat those little toes working so hard! You know what I love about filming the asanas I’m working on after my regular practice? Seeing what’s going on! Before this picture I had no idea that I wasnt bending my knees (I was holding them at 90 degrees). So a quick look, back up, and there they were. I’m learning that we are capable of so much more than we realize, it’s about giving ourselves the tools and the knowledge to unlock that potential.

Speaking of potential, I’m an XC coach and so I decided to coach my husband to run a 5k on Thanksgiving. Last Sunday we started with a baseline 5k which he ran in 28:40. Today for his 3rd practice I sent him on a “45-60 minute” long run… He comes back 75 minutes and 7.87 miles later!!! He beat his original 5k time- twice and then some! I am SO. DARN. PROUD. of him not even for the run (although that too) but more so for approaching this run with a positive attutude, for allowing himself to be, for the first time, happy while he was running.

#running #yoga #healthy #healthyliving #fitness #instafit #inversions #pincha #strength #xc #marriedlife #ilovemyhusband #fitcouple #backbends #beautiful #outdooryoga #personalrecorss

Breakfast bars are one of my favorite things to make because there are so many possibilities out there. Nuts, fruits, sweeteners, nut butters, chocolate, toppings, shavings, the list of customizations just goes on! Feeling Fallish, I themed these bars after apple pie with crisp fresh apples (they dry out when baked!), tons of cinnamon & spice, golden raisins, and carmely dates.

Minute Kitchen is all about bringing you easy, healthy recipes beautifully and in just one minute! There’s a new video up every Wednesday and you can catch all the episodes on my youtube channel or here on my blog!

Vegan & gluten free, this recipe is SO easy to throw together (smash together?) and travels brilliantly. It’s filled with creamy avocado, tangy lemon, summery cilantro & tart green apple. I love it on my favorite gluten free crackers (crunchmaster, they’re so good I eat them as chips sometimes haha!) but it’s also great on a sandwich, bed of lettuce, wrap or just as is!
Get the 5-minute recipe here!

Vegan & gluten free, this recipe is SO easy to throw together (smash together?) and travels brilliantly. It’s filled with creamy avocado, tangy lemon, summery cilantro & tart green apple. I love it on my favorite gluten free crackers (crunchmaster, they’re so good I eat them as chips sometimes haha!) but it’s also great on a sandwich, bed of lettuce, wrap or just as is!

Get the 5-minute recipe here!

To me Fall always means two cooking trends: pumpkin everywhere and soups galore. Aanndd if you haven’t noticed the recent trend in my every-Sunday-soup-posts, I’ve been getting into the Fall spirit a little early this year. There’s something about soups, aside from how ridiculously easy they are and how much that alone makes me love them when I’m on the brink of overwhelmed with back to school madness, that just feels comforting and calming. And speaking of easy soups, despite a couple different methods used here (blending, sauteing, & boiling), this really is one of those as-easy-as-it-gets dishes that’s ready in under 20 minutes start to finish. If that time frame isn’t worth testing it out then be convinced by the super simple ingredients, fantastic amount of protein, and if you’re anything like me, vampire slaying levels of garlic. Yum!

GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)

ps- this is what my handwriting looks like if I work REALLY hard at it. My every day writing is literally all caps because that’s the only way it’s legible! haha!

To me Fall always means two cooking trends: pumpkin everywhere and soups galore. Aanndd if you haven’t noticed the recent trend in my every-Sunday-soup-posts, I’ve been getting into the Fall spirit a little early this year. There’s something about soups, aside from how ridiculously easy they are and how much that alone makes me love them when I’m on the brink of overwhelmed with back to school madness, that just feels comforting and calming. And speaking of easy soups, despite a couple different methods used here (blending, sauteing, & boiling), this really is one of those as-easy-as-it-gets dishes that’s ready in under 20 minutes start to finish. If that time frame isn’t worth testing it out then be convinced by the super simple ingredients, fantastic amount of protein, and if you’re anything like me, vampire slaying levels of garlic. Yum!

GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)

ps- this is what my handwriting looks like if I work REALLY hard at it. My every day writing is literally all caps because that’s the only way it’s legible! haha!

This recipe is especially great because you can make a jumbo batch of veggies early in the week and pull this crowd pleaser together in under 5 minutes making it perfect for busy nights or just tired nights when you want to be in and out of the kitchen asap. Plus there’s a Minute Kitchen video to show you how to make the veggies perfectly!
Get the super easy recipe & 1 minute video tutorial here! :)

This recipe is especially great because you can make a jumbo batch of veggies early in the week and pull this crowd pleaser together in under 5 minutes making it perfect for busy nights or just tired nights when you want to be in and out of the kitchen asap. Plus there’s a Minute Kitchen video to show you how to make the veggies perfectly!

Get the super easy recipe & 1 minute video tutorial here! :)

These are a favorite any time of year. You can honestly use whatever veggies are in season & available locally, but I definitely prefer this combo. Especially with the fresh basil, they really have a ton of flavor that all works together (the juice from the tomatoes tends to flavor the whole pan). I actually did need two pans to make all of these haha!

Get the typed out instructions & serving ideas here and see all 7 episodes of minute kitchen on my youtube channel here! :)

Part 1 of the 2 part series! This is the shorter workout both in total time and in running distance making it perfect if you’re new (or new-er) to running or don’t have as much time but still want and awesome take-anywhere plan! This is actually a workout we did with my XC team last week and it went so well I wanted to share it with all of you! It’s effective because you’re running hard but the short breaks give you a chance both to recover so you can finish strong and to maintain an elevated heart rate. The bits of strength training are in there for good measure haha!
Remember to warm up with a very easy job for a few minutes before this plan and to fuel up about 2 hours before your run!
HERE IS PART 2: CRAZY HALVES (the 60 minute version)

Part 1 of the 2 part series! This is the shorter workout both in total time and in running distance making it perfect if you’re new (or new-er) to running or don’t have as much time but still want and awesome take-anywhere plan! This is actually a workout we did with my XC team last week and it went so well I wanted to share it with all of you! It’s effective because you’re running hard but the short breaks give you a chance both to recover so you can finish strong and to maintain an elevated heart rate. The bits of strength training are in there for good measure haha!

Remember to warm up with a very easy job for a few minutes before this plan and to fuel up about 2 hours before your run!

HERE IS PART 2: CRAZY HALVES (the 60 minute version)

This vegan & gluten free soup is one of my favorite recipess. It starts with mountains of fresh tomatoes (I purposely leave the skin on although most people peel them so that I can have chunks of tomatoes in the finished product). Then it gets some love from fresh basil, plenty of onions & garlic, classic Italian spices, and finally gets a hearty finish with both protein adding white beans and gluten free pasta. Best of all the pot really does all the work here. Just chop, time, and enjoy!
GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)

This vegan & gluten free soup is one of my favorite recipess. It starts with mountains of fresh tomatoes (I purposely leave the skin on although most people peel them so that I can have chunks of tomatoes in the finished product). Then it gets some love from fresh basil, plenty of onions & garlic, classic Italian spices, and finally gets a hearty finish with both protein adding white beans and gluten free pasta. Best of all the pot really does all the work here. Just chop, time, and enjoy!

GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)


Minute Kitchen Episode 6: Gluten Free Zucchini Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, get the recipe here!These are the perfect mix of end-of-summer fresh produce and can-it-please-be-fall-already warm & sweet spices!
Nutrition per muffin:
170 calories, 2g fat, 32 carbs, 5g protein
Vegan swap: applesauce (which might actually make them extra good this time of year!) or banana
Minute Kitchen is my 1 minute long cooking show where I show you easily & beautifully how to make a healthy, delicious recipe! Get all the episodes here or check out my youtube channel!

Minute Kitchen Episode 6: Gluten Free Zucchini Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, get the recipe here!These are the perfect mix of end-of-summer fresh produce and can-it-please-be-fall-already warm & sweet spices!

Nutrition per muffin:

170 calories, 2g fat, 32 carbs, 5g protein

Vegan swap: applesauce (which might actually make them extra good this time of year!) or banana

Minute Kitchen is my 1 minute long cooking show where I show you easily & beautifully how to make a healthy, delicious recipe! Get all the episodes here or check out my youtube channel!

This vegan & gluten free recipe was both a labor of love and of luck. I teach at a school that has, in my experience, some of the best high-school-dining-hall food out there. Aside from just awesome hot dishes, there’s always an abundance of bananas, locally sourced apples & peaches, and, from time to time, avocados. Bowls and bowls of ripe avocados that all 500 of us just eat with a spoon. It’s a beautiful thing. But even more beautiful than just eating it fresh is that this abundance of avocados gave me the opportunity to truly get this recipe right. So 4 batches of avocado banana mousse (each attempt getting many samplings along the way), I finally settled on this version. It doesn’t taste like banana and definitely doesn’t taste like avocado. The cocoa is chocolatey but not powdery, and the texture is smooth and creamy. Although not quite as light and fluffy as a mousse, I described it to a friend as, on the scale of pudding to mousse, “definitely on the mousse side of pudding.” I don’t know how much sense that makes but the mousse tastes awesome and is actually pretty good for you too. Plus, it’s ready in about as long as it takes to puree a banana (aka: 30 seconds).
GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)

This vegan & gluten free recipe was both a labor of love and of luck. I teach at a school that has, in my experience, some of the best high-school-dining-hall food out there. Aside from just awesome hot dishes, there’s always an abundance of bananas, locally sourced apples & peaches, and, from time to time, avocados. Bowls and bowls of ripe avocados that all 500 of us just eat with a spoon. It’s a beautiful thing. But even more beautiful than just eating it fresh is that this abundance of avocados gave me the opportunity to truly get this recipe right. So 4 batches of avocado banana mousse (each attempt getting many samplings along the way), I finally settled on this version. It doesn’t taste like banana and definitely doesn’t taste like avocado. The cocoa is chocolatey but not powdery, and the texture is smooth and creamy. Although not quite as light and fluffy as a mousse, I described it to a friend as, on the scale of pudding to mousse, “definitely on the mousse side of pudding.” I don’t know how much sense that makes but the mousse tastes awesome and is actually pretty good for you too. Plus, it’s ready in about as long as it takes to puree a banana (aka: 30 seconds).

GET THE RECIPE HERE! :)

END OF SUMMER COOKBOOK SALE!

Fall might be just two weeks away but that means it’s still summer so let’s cook like it! For the next week I’m selling my Summer Fresh E-Cookbook for 50% off with the codeendofsummer" making this book, full of 25+ completely exclusive, delicious, healthy recipes and all my love, just $5! Purchasing this book goes SO FAR to help me do what I love by bringing you recipes you’ll love so please check it out! I promise, these recipes will be delicious even when the seasons turn!

Check out the cookbook here and use the coupon “endofsummer” :)