Archive | February, 2014

Almond Crusted Chicken

17 Feb

Hubby and I are off to Oklahoma for a few days but, as promised, I wanted to share this Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe I made.

The only thing I will say is this chicken took a lot longer than 13 min to bake so next time I would bake the chicken for 10 min and then add on the sweet potato and asparagus for the next 10-15.

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Enjoy!

 

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Breakfast is my favorite meal

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope, single or taken, that you are spending the day with people you love.Poor Maia pup had surgery earlier this week so I’m trying to stay home with her and Max so she doesn’t have to stay in the cone of shame all day 😉

I have 3 new recipes to share but for the sake of trying to get back into writing more I’m only going to post one at a time. A couple weeks ago I decided I was going to make granola. My mother-in-law sends us some now and then and I love pairing it with some Greek yogurt for a quick breakfast or healthy snack. My recipe is based off hers but with a bit of variation based off what I usually keep in the pantry.

You’ll need:

  • 5 C gluten free oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C ground flax
  • 1/4 C flax seed
  • 1/4 C organic unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds (I’ve also made it with just walnuts)
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 teaspoon maple syrup (or agave)
  1. Heat oats 5 min. at 350 F
  2. Stir the dry ingredients into warm oats and mix well
  3. Combine liquid ingredients and pour over dry ingredients, mix well
  4. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min, stirring every 10 min

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The best part of granola is you can customize it just about however you want. For example, my mother-in-law’s recipe calls for sunflower seeds but no coconut. I hope you enjoy!

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Serving suggestion: mixed with Greek Gods Honey Yogurt

Today I went and did a shoulder/bicep workout before running my errands for the day. Pretty short but definitely worked up a sweat!

Warm up:

  • Walking planks on BOSU (15/arm)
  • Mountain Climbers (30/leg)
  • 20 jumping jacks

Workout:

3 sets:

3 sets:

  • 20 Squat to ball throw
  • 15 cross punches to round house kick/leg (using heavy bag)

2 sets:

  • 12 bar curls
  • 2 min rotating plank (center, right, left… 20 sec. each position)

Finished with:

  • 20 weighted crunches
  • 20 bicycle crunches/leg

Clean Eating Dessert and Leg Circuit

4 Feb

This past weekend we had a bunch of people hubby works with over for dinner and then I found out four of them were vegans… panic moment. I scoured Pinterest for vegan desserts (the dinner was easy I got vegan veggie burgers) and finally found this vegan, gluten-free apple crisp. It was super easy and, relatively, healthy. I found the recipe at Exhibit Health but doubled the amount of “crisp” on top and played with some ratios. My recipe ended up like this:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Combine the following ingredients and bake for 10 min in a lightly greased 8×8 pan:

  • 4 Medium apples
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

3. While the apple mixture is baking, combine the following in a medium bowl:

  • 1 C gluten-free rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2/3 C almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (warm up in the microwave if needed)
  • 4 Tbsp Maple syrup

4. Once apples have baked 10 min, spread the topping over the apple mixture. Bake another 25-30 min (until golden brown on top).

Photo from Exhibit Health

Photo from Exhibit Health

3 Large Apples, sliced 1 T Lemon Juice 1 Heaping t Ground Cinnamon 1/4 t Ground Nutmeg 4 T Agave or Maple Syrup (Grade B) 1/3 Cup Almond Flour 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1 Pinch Himalayan Salt 2 T Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed Olive OilRead more at WPBeginner: Gluten-Free & Vegan Apple Crisp Dessert http://www.exhibithealth.com/recipes/gluten-free-vegan-apple-crisp-dessert-860/

3 Large Apples, sliced 1 T Lemon Juice 1 Heaping t Ground Cinnamon 1/4 t Ground Nutmeg 4 T Agave or Maple Syrup (Grade B) 1/3 Cup Almond Flour 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1 Pinch Himalayan Salt 2 T Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed Olive OilRead more at WPBeginner: Gluten-Free & Vegan Apple Crisp Dessert http://www.exhibithealth.com/recipes/gluten-free-vegan-apple-crisp-dessert-860/

I also made this lemon cheesecake dip I’ve posted before, but this time added in 1 tsp almond extract which was really good!

Yesterday I had physical therapy and did an arm workout with cardio so today became leg day. I set up a circuit style and my friend and I did it together, I was def. tired by the end of the second circuit and my ankle had fatigued so I called it good. Here’s what it looked it…

We did the reps as quickly as we could with good form and took a minute break in between each set.

2 sets:

  • 15 Bosu Lunges/leg
  • 12 squats
  • 12 lunge with rotation/leg
  • 12 squat to kick/leg on heavy bag

3 sets:

  • 12 sumo squat with wood chop
  • 15 side lunges/leg
  • 30 mountain climbers

Get at the workout! And then you can enjoy the dessert 😉