One of my favorite recipes that also happens to be super easy is the breakfast fritata which also makes for a great lunch and dinner. Making this at the beginning of the weekend ensures your fridge will have something healthy when you need a meal or snack, or make it Sunday night so breakfast or lunch is set for the next couple of days. I’ve posted fritata recipes before and here’s a new one. Last night I made a version with chicken sausage, butternut squash and spinach which we had for dinner and now is also packed for my lunch (with many more servings waiting in the fridge for the rest of the week). Here’s the recipe:
- 2 Cartons of Egg Whites
- 3 Eggs
- 3 Cups Fresh Spinach
- 1.5 Cups Butternut Squash
- 4.5 oz Diced Onions, Garlic & Shallots (you can buy this pre-cut at Trader Joes)
- 2 Links Chicken Sausage of your liking (I used Sweet Apple from TJs)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- PAM Cooking Spray
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional: Cheese
Chop up the butternut squash, toss with a sprinkling of Olive Oil until the pieces are coated, place on a baking sheet (with tin foil, sprayed with PAM) and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until slightly soft (about 30 mins).
While that is baking, place the onion mixture is a pan and mix with a bit of olive oil and cook down for about 3 minutes, until the onions become transparent.
Add in the fresh spinach and cook down until the spinach is soft.
When this is complete, take your baking dish (I used a large rectangular Pyrex) and spray it with PAM. Then add in your spinach, the 2 cartons of egg whites and 3 full eggs, beaten. Slice up two links of chicken sausage and once the squash is cooked, add the sausage and squash into the egg mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix everything around.
Place it in the oven at 400 degrees and cook for about 30 minutes or until firm. About 25 minutes in, I topped half of the dish with vegan cheese from Trader Joes.
Once a little crispy on top, take it out of the oven and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. I had mine with a side of mango salsa.
Our after-dinner Homeland-watching snack was Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea and grapefruit.
Do you have a favorite fritata recipe? What are your go-to ingredients?
Happy Friday Everyone! If you have a big run set for this weekend and need some motivation to get through, guest blogger Alicia of MarCom Land is here with aduio book recommendations.
I wish I had this list with me when I was training for my marathon. Holding your pace for 3+ hours can be rough, but with the right entertainment the time flies by (well, sorta). I’m glad I’m now armed with this awesome list for the next time I have a long run ahead of me!
The Reading Runner: Audio Books to Enjoy While on the Run
If you’re the kind of person who likes to multi-task, I have great news for you. With audio books you can get in a workout for your body AND mind by listening to a book while you run!
You might be skeptical as to how well running and reading mix, especially if listening to music or you being one with nature is your thing. But for those times when getting your butt off the couch is a chore and you can’t seem to get yourself out the door, audio books could be just the thing to get you running and keep you running, one mile and chapter at a time.
Here are some of the best picks for running along to an audio book:
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This novel tells the story of Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old girl who works as the caretaker of Will Traynor, a bitter paraplegic. In addition to being Will’s caretaker, she helps him to see the beauty in life despite his unfortunate condition. Funny at times, sad at others, this novel will have you laughing and crying all through your run, so you might want to bring a pack of tissues along with you!
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
A novel told in epistolary form might sound a little strange, but with her sharp, observant wit and brilliant prose, Semple nails it. Through letters, emails, and magazine clippings, she tells a touching story about a mother and daughter’s bond and explores what happens when creators who were born to create don’t do what they were made to do.
3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
In this gripping page-turner, Moriarty tells the story of a woman who has been married for 15 years only to have her husband announce that he is in love with her best friend. An intriguing exploration of relationships, love, secrets and trust, this is a story you won’t soon forget.
4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Don’t let the name on this fool you: this novel was actually penned by the creator of the beloved and best-selling Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling. In her latest work Rowling successfully tries her hand at a mystery, telling the story of a detective who is investigating a supermodel’s sudden death, which many say was the result of a suicide, but he isn’t so sure.
Young- Adult (YA) Literature Must-Reads:
5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
In case you haven’t heard, this wildly successful book is being made into a movie that’s out in theaters this winter. It’s based on the story of a girl living in Nazi Germany who manages to survive by stealing, when suddenly she discovers something she can’t live without: books. Zusak has created a masterpiece with this New York Times bestseller that shows the power of the written word to nurture and sustain life.
6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This chilling young-adult novel tells the tale of a young girl who has recently committed suicide and left behind a series of tapes explaining what led her to such a dramatic act. With a story this gripping, don’t be surprised when you end up running five miles more than you originally planned.
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
If you want a laugh, you can’t go wrong with Tina Fey. She doesn’t disappoint in this hilarious memoir in which she recounts summers from her childhood, how she became a part of Saturday Night Live, her role as Sarah Palin and more. Listening to this is a surefire way to put a smile on your face, even during the toughest of runs.
8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Lawson bases this funny self-professed “mostly true” memoir on the premise that the most cringe-worthy moments we experience are the ones that actually make us who we are. She recounts memories from her quirky childhood in small-town Texas, describes her heinously awkward teen years and discusses the issues of married life with a snarky, self-deprecating wit that makes her impossible not to like. In the end, you’ll come away from this feeling like you just heard the hilarious confessions of one of your closest friends.
9. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seenby Christopher McDougall
Sometimes the greatest adventures can start with a simple question. In this case, it was a perplexed McDougall wondering why his foot was bothering him. That conundrum propelled him on a quest to uncover the hidden lives of the Tarahumara athletes living in Central America who can run literally all day long, for days on end without any rest and without getting injured. What McDougall discovers will shock, challenge and inspire you in the very best ways.
10. Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
Labeled a cult classic of the sport, this book really is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a runner. It follows the adventures of Quentin Cassidy, a collegiate runner who dreams of breaking the four-minute mile. The novel is a fascinating exploration of what it means to chase your dreams with unbridled passion, unshakable determination and unwavering faith.
Hopefully this list gives you some ideas of books to check out while you’re on the run! And if you don’t run, but somebody special in your life does, a gift card for downloading audio books and a pair of headphones makes an excellent present this holiday season that any runner on your list is sure to love!
Welcome back from the long weekend! If you’re like me, you probably opted out of Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in Cyber Monday, the way easier and calmer shopping event. Here are a few deals I have my eye on:
Perfect Fit Protein 20% Off: I took advantage of this deal last year and highly recommend the vanilla protein powder. The 45-serving bag will last you a long time (still working through mine one year later).
BluePrint Cleanse 20% Off: Use code THANKSTOYOU for this deal. This is one I have a hard time passing up.
City Sports 30% Off: A good opportunity to load up on winter workout gear and new sneakers.
Bikram Yoga NYC 15% Off: Use code CM2013 for discounted classes
C. Wonder 40% Off: Everything on the site is discounted with code GIFTS40. An excellent place to do some holiday shopping.
BaubleBar 20%+ Off: Entire site is discounted, plus play a quick game to win additional discounts. Use code CYBER20. Another great place for gift buying.
Any other great deals you’re after this morning? What did I miss?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I CANNOT wait to head home for the long weekend! This day is off to a rough start: carrying my huge weekender bags (yes, plural) through the rain to get to spin class, being yelled at by a lady in class because my voice was hurting her ears (uh, sorry?) then trudging through more rain to get to work. The good news is, I only have a couple of hours here until vacation.
Time at home will include the Capitols game tonight, a big dinner with family (a pumpkin gingerbread trifle is my contribution), shopping with my mom, catching up with old friends, my 10-year high school reunion (eek) and relaxation.
Whatever you’re doing this holiday, I hope you enjoy it and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
If you don’t have your menu planned for Thursday, have no fear! There is still time to get your shopping list together and while Thanksgiving is a day where we can let loose and indulge, it’s always good to have a few healthier dishes on your table.
Alicia, take it away!
Happy Thanksgiving! Every year we swear that we’ll keep our gorging under control. We won’t go back for seconds. We won’t pass out in the recliner immediately after dinner. “This year will be different,” we tell ourselves. Yet every year, it’s the same story.
I promise you, this year really can be different. I scoured the far reaches of the Internet to find some of the most delicious, healthy recipes to grace your Thanksgiving table. Going back for seconds on these dishes won’t strain your waistband or your culinary skills.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
Don’t let your Thanksgiving table languish in browns and beiges. The beautiful orange of a sweet potato casserole dish will liven up your plate and provide you with vitamin A. This recipe from Food Network uses an egg instead of milk to fluff up the potatoes. Top the casserole with finely chopped pecans and you have a dish at only 160 calories a serving.
Green Bean Casserole
Put a twist on that calorie-heavy green bean casserole with this festive looking dish. Steam fresh green beans to retain their health benefits, substitute butter for a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil, and only use 1 tablespoon of white sugar. This savory and sweet dish is sure to become a family favorite.
Wild Mushroom Stuffing
No Thanksgiving plate is complete without a helping of stuffing. The bread is what’s unhealthy, so look for a reduced-sodium whole wheat bread. With this recipe you’ll reduce the amount of bread and add a unique flavor by adding wild mushrooms. To keep the stuffing from sticking to your pan, use a Ceramic non-stick baking pan instead of adding more oil. This dish is 270 calories per service and can be made ahead for a stress-free Thanksgiving morning.
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Oven roasted vegetables are a great way to add more nutrients and flavor to your menu, without adding tons of calories. Surprisingly, Brussels sprouts are one of the most versatile vegetables when it comes to roasting. Roasting with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper breaks down the bitterness and serves as the base for many festive recipes. Adding dried cranberries and pecans during the last few minutes of roasting makes this dish the perfect Thanksgiving accompaniment. Even the kids might come back for more.
Pecan pie may be a holiday favorite, but unfortunately it’s one of the highest calorie pies out there. Fruit pies generally have a lower calorie count and to make your dessert healthier, make a single crust tart. This rustic apple pie uses half whole-wheat flour and low-fat buttermilk to make the flaky crust. The filling is jazzed up with dried cherries. A honey glaze added after baking gives the whole pie a sweeter flavor without adding many calories. At 230 calories a slice, it beats the 450-500 calories in pecan pie.
Now that you’ve got an arsenal of healthy recipes, there’s no need to fear the holiday season. Pairing healthier recipes with strategies like forgoing liquid calories and avoiding leftovers will help keep you out of elastic waistbands into the New Year. Happy Thanksgiving and happier cooking!
Photo Credit: Maggie Hoffman
First of all, I survived and actually enjoyed Bikram yoga last night! It’s always a struggle to get there but 80% of the time once I’m there I really enjoy it and feel great afterwards. The other 20%…eh not so much. Luckily, last night was enjoyable. Even though the marathon was 2 weeks ago, the stretching felt especially good for my tight knees.
And my second, very exciting update is that I got a spot in the 2014 NYC Triathlon! Can’t wait to get out there and race on August 3! Long time to go but excitement begins NOW!
After a big year of racing in 2013, I want to do even more next year. Not necessarily another full marathon (I’m thinking I will save that for 2015) but I want to do more triathlons and a few half marathons.
So far, I’ve got the NYC Tri on the calendar for August 3rd but that’s it (still crossing my fingers that I get a spot). I’ve been playing around with Runner’s World Race Finder, a helpful site to locate specific races within a chosen radius of your location.
Here’s what’s on my “maybe” race list:
- Philly Love Run Half Marathon
- DC Rock n Roll Half Marathon
- Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
- Lobsterman Olympic Triathlon
- Escape the Cape Sprint Triathlon
- Augusta IRONMAN 70.3 (I mean probably not, but you never know)
If I could change one thing about these races it would be their price tags. I hate spending so much money on races but…they are so fun and challenging that I continue to do it.
I’ve still got time to figure it out, but give me some help! What races are you doing? What races do you recommend?