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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Another comforting chicken soup

I love soups and make them often. They're an easy, quick and I find them so comforting, specially during the winter months.
For this particular one I sautéed two boneless chicken breasts in grapeseed oil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and grill time seasonings. 
I then added water to cover and let them cook. Took them out and chopped them, then returned to the broth. 
To that I added chopped up carrots and waited till the carrots were done before adding diced green and red pepper and celery. 
I also sprinkled in turmeric and curry.
Since these were boneless breasts I added a little bit of chicken bouillon. Had them been bone in I would have let the bones simmer longer and ommited the bouillon. But that is just my personal preference. 


Mmmmm mmmmm Good Soup.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chicken stock soup

Here's a quick soup I made today with chicken stock and some veggies on hand.



My options were limited. My 3 year old is sick with some sort of stomach/gut bug and has not eaten since Monday afternoon, it is now Wednesday afternoon. I haven't had the chance to go to the store and did not have any bones in the fridge, I did find some dehydrated chicken broth powder so I made the broth with that.
 No precise measurements, I eyeballed the amount of chicken broth powder into the pot of water till it tasted good to me. I also added the following:
3 diced carrots
1 diced mushroom
1/8 diced green pepper
Teaspoon or so of chopped garlic
Couple dashes of : turmeric, cumin and curry.
Boiled till carrots were almost tender enough then added 1 stalk diced celery.
I scooped about a cup or so of the cooked veggies and put that in the bullet, added a handful of Chia seeds and broth, processed till smooth and added that to the pot 'o soup. It made the broth more substantial to me. 
After that I added 3 handfuls of small egg noodles  because my lil munchkin likes those.
Success, she ate a small bowl of it. 
* Note: For Whole30 and Paleo compliance just omit the noodles.


Monday, November 3, 2014

What's for lunch? Delicata squash w/ Brussel sprouts and green fried plantain


I bought this delicata squash at Walmart 2 weeks ago and it has been seating on my counter waiting waiting waiting to be eaten. Today was the day. My lunch options were pretty grimm, as I really need to do some grocery shopping for some fresh veggies. 
I went on a scavenging hunt in my fridge and found a pack of frozen Brussel sprouts. There was a semi-green plantain in the pantry and some grape seed oil. 
I fried the plantain in a little bit of the grapeseed oil. Drizzled the oil over the sprouts and the squash and seasoned with salt and pepper. I broiled them on low till the squash and the sprouts were tender.
This is my lunch today. I'm saving the other half for later.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Crunchy Crossfitters at the Spartan Workout Tour 2014Marietta &Extreme Rush Apparel Review

The Spartan Workout Tour came to Marietta and Three of us from Crossfit Etowah's 
On-Ramp to Crossfit Bootcamp decided to give it a shot. If you are thinking on participating but haven't decided yet let me tell ya, stop over thinking and JUST DO IT! 

Here's the link to the 2014 Workout Tours.

The workout takes 2 hours and you WILL NOT stop moving during those 2 hours.
There is no gym equipment involved, all you need is your body, a towel and water! 
We did sprints, running in place, squats, jumping squats, jumping jacks, push ups, staggered push-ups, Burpees, planks, great vine steps, skater steps, leg lifts/flutter kicks and a couple more. 
A lot of emphasis on Core strengthening exercises. For active recovery between periods of intense workout we did jogging in place, planks and jumping jacks. 

The weather was not great, it sprinkled the whole time we were there and the pavement was very wet and somewhat slippery. Still, I had fun and felt accomplished to having finished the WOD.

A huge THANKS goes to Extreme Rush Apparel , who supplied our performance workout clothing. Even in the wet weather their performance clothing kept wicking the water and sweat away from my skin. I had a "Training for a Spartan" shirt on top of the performance shirt and while the spartan shirt was soaked, the performance material kept my skin pretty dry. 

Even though I had water dripping down my legs from the rain and being on the ground repeatedly, the performance capris did the same as the shirt wicking moisture away from skin and drying super fast. 
Oh and they truly move and stretch with you, they don't ride down, are awesome for squats, no chaffing while running and super comfortable. I finally found my favorite pair of capris for running events, will definitely be wearing these on my next race. 

The Crunchy Crossfitters ( Lorena, Lillian and me<w/glasses> ) before the Spartan Workout Tour, sporting Extreme Rush Apparel.


You can find the ERA performance shirt here:

Specs:
  • Slim fit flexible v-neck that move with your body to give you complete freedom of motion without restrictions.
  • Extremely soft and comfortable so you can focus on your training.
  • Wicks away moisture and prevent odor causing bacteria.
  • Tag less print to prevent skin irritation.
  • 84% Polyester/16% Spandex
Find the ERA performance Capris here: 

Specs:
  • High quality performance fabric to keep you cool and dry during your extreme workouts.
  • Wicks away moisture and prevent odor causing bacteria.
  • Flat lock stitch to prevent chaffing.
  • Tag less print to prevent skin irritation.
  • 16" inseam.
  • 84% Nylon/16% Spandex
Lillian, me, and Lorena at the event. We wore our spartan shirts on top of the performance shirts.


Ps: it sucks to wear glasses in the rain, I couldn't see a thing while it was raining.


Lorena & Lillian got to meet Amanda Sullivan and Todd Love , Spartan Athletes, motivators and an inspiration to us all.




I started this journey a year ago to loose weight.  But goals change and now I train to become stronger. My current most immediate goal is build up the stamina to be able to run a half marathon, but the Spartan Sprint is definitely a goal to be mastered in the horizon. 

Have a happy healthy crunchy green day :-)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Whole30/Paleo breakfast- omelette w/ bacon

Hubby made me breakfast this morning, Paleo style, he did good :-)

Ingredients:

Two eggs
Green pepper
Red pepper
Black Forest ham
Bacon
Salt & pepper


The omelette had ham and the green/red pepper folded into it. So yummy.
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Latest 5K runs, events and routines for July and August

Wow, can't believe we're approaching the end of August already. It's been hectic and I'm still adjusting to new schedules.

 My 5 yr old started kindergarten at the beginning of the month, and the 3 yr old is still home with me. It gets hectic with school, homework, taekwondo and On-Ramp to Crossfit Bootcamp time.

I earned my July's Get Out and Run metal by participating in the Woodstock Freedom Run on July 4th. That was a 5K in Downtown Woodstock, my chip time was 31:08, I'm striving to improve my running time with every race.  The kids loved watching the parade afterwards. The run was sponsored by Pinacle Orthopaedics, I had my elbow surgery there last year when I was dealing with olecranon Bursitis (that's another blog post).




The Run for Wounded Heroes 5K benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project followed on August 2nd. I irritated my patella tendon during Bootcamp two days before the race. Had to get a shot on the knee the day before, iced it really good that day and wore a patella strap the day of the race. I was pretty sure I would not beat my previous time. Surprised myself with a 29:45 chip time.



September will be a fun month. I'm running the Labor Day Be Your Own Hero 10K . I'm hoping to beat my previous time of 1:21. will also participate in the Spartan WOD that's coming to town at the end of the month. Will let y'all know how that goes. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stew meat, Asparagus and yellow zucchini - Paleo/Whole30

Here it is, today's yummy supper. The yellow zucchini is from my garden, sautéed with grape seed oil along w/ the asparagus and seasoned with salt and pepper.
I browned the stew meat first then added chopped carrots, celery and green pepper from the garden. Then added 2 cans of chicken broth and garlic. Once the meat was tender I added the spuds and some water to cover. Covered and cooked till the taters were done. 
Simple and tasty.