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A Runner’s Delight: Meals on the Run

Whether you are a runner or not, if you are passionate about eating to fuel your body, if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you’ll want to check this out!

  •  Do you need HELP in making decisions to feel confident in the food choices you’re making? 
  •  Do you want to prepare meals that contain natural foods and minimally processed ingredients?
  •  Do you struggle to find the time to make meals for yourself and your family?

In training as a runner, a close second to questions about training programs and how many miles this week, us runners are always talking about nutrition. Lets face it, we are experimenting and sharing all the time what is the best for pre-run, mid-run (including at what intervals we need to eat to support our energy) and post-run (what foods will help us recover faster and repair muscles). I was honored to be contacted by Runners World to read and review their new book just released last week from Rodale Publishing, Meals on the Run.

*While I received a complimentary digital version for purposes of review, all opinions expressed and subsequent taste testing are my own.

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Meals on the Run contains 150 recipes that can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less so that alone was enough for me to be drawn in and loving this cookbook right from the start. From page one, the foreward by Kara Goucher caught my attention too, she calls this book a bible of nutrition for runners with full lives. As a mother and female athlete I follow her and find that having her collaborating with this project really resonates with me. Here is the breakdown of the 9 chapters in the book.

  • Chapter 1 Breakfast
  • Chapter 2 Smoothies and Juices
  • Chapter 3 Snacks and Sweets
  • Chapter 4 Salads
  • Chapter 5 Soups and Stews
  • Chapter 6 Pasta and Noodles
  • Chapter 7 Vegetarian Mains and Sides
  • Chapter 8 Seafood Mains
  • Chapter 9 Meat and Poultry Mains

The first few pages include an extensive Pantry List which I was happy to see I am already stocked up on a lot of the items! The other COOL TOOLS:  Smart Shortcuts for fresh fruit and Produce and Time Saving equipment to have in your kitchen, on the “need” list for me is a 5qt Dutch Oven. I am all about convenience and love that it can go from the stovetop to the oven and then straight to the table for serving.

Did I mention the book is color-coded? Nice, right? Searching for Vegan meals, look for recipes with Purple Banner. I am a browser when it comes to meal planning, these eye catching details will help you find what you need QUICK! Two other categories that really caught my eye was 5MIN FIX & 10 MIN TOPS! Really? I can pull a healthy meal together that fast? Lifesaving for those mornings you oversleep your alarm or take a little longer in the shower or for us moms, packing healthy meals for the kids for weekend extra curricular activities.

I have a long list of recipes to try, this is the ONE I did this week for dessert after sitting down to dinner with my family. Everyone grabbed an apple, a plate and made their own! I resisted grabbing a scoop of vanilla on top but if you REALLY wanted to indulge I’d say this was as good as warm home made apple pie!

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All in all I found these meals included simple ingredients and am looking forward to trying more!! Meals on the Run retails for $26.95. I usually browse my library for new cookbooks before purchasing, but I highly recommend that if you are a runner and looking for nutrition support in one of the three areas of Pre-Run, Fuel during the Run & Post-Run this book is worth it’s weight in gold! Cannot wait to hear what recipes you try out first! Thanks so much for providing us runners with great tools for success Running World!

I cannot wait to hear about your favorite recipes and what meals you prepare first from this incredible cookbook!

Jenn

FOOD FRIDAY: Makeover 2 Favorite Treats Shamrock Shake & Thin Mints

Have you seen it? It’s that time of year again and ever since I can remember as a kid we LOVED the chance to get a McDonald’s shake, especially looked forward to that one time of year when they released the tasty SHAMROCK SHAKE. Well, I’m a little older and wiser now and if I can help it my kids will not be enjoying shakes of any flavor from McDonalds. We are living in a society where we are fighting obesity and giving into fast food and treats like these are not ok —even as a cheat treat! I am so thankful for my shakeology and that my own kids wake up and have a frothy chocolate shake to start their day, they really look forward to it even. So when celebrating St. Patty’s Day I’ll wake up this year and present them with this yummy treat and not feel one bit guilty about it.

Heck Yeah! So now even I can have a Shamrock Shake that has 70+ superfood ingredients, the equivalent to 6 salads in one meal, not feel bloated, not kill my diet and still lose weight and have energy!!! Enjoying food is one of those things that I love to do! I enjoy sweets and this is another way I can make it healthy!


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So What’s the Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Skim, Rice, Almond or Soy Milk
  • 4 oz ice and water
  • splash of peppermint extract or some mint water (don’t over do the extract or it will taste nasty!!!!)
  • 1 tsp all natural pb
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix
  • 1 packet of Greenberry shakeology
  • Blend & Enjoy!

shakeologythinmintsFINAL2Second up today, we have the ever popular Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. The number one seller every year is Thin Mints, yum! I’m not sure how it is in your house, but when we open one sleeve it’s GONE. So here’s a simple shake recipe to help you get that FIX!

Let’s do the MATH:

4 cookies = 160calories TMShakeo = 156calories

It’s not fair to even compare the nutrition content, hands down you know Shakeology is the winner!

I wish you all a very happy St. Patty’s Day and if you’re craving one of these treats, you now have a HEALTHY  ALTERNATIVE that you and your loved ones can enjoy!

Cheers to Good Health!

XO –Jenn

 

Easy Egg Muffins and Make Ahead Meal Prep

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Weekends are a great time to reset for the week ahead and TODAY I will be resetting my nutrition as I begin my very first 21DSD (21 day sugar detox) alongside starting a new fitness program, Insanity Max 30. It is not unlike me to want to do it all, to take on a bigger challenge and so I took the initiative to do more prepping more this weekend than I have in the last couple months.

 

 

This 21 Day Fix Friendly recipe works perfect, falls within the guidelines of the sugar detox program and I’ll be using my colored containers to measure my foods for all my meals over the next 3 weeks. This is nothing new, but I wanted to share my tips on how to make your next egg muffin batch turn out perfect in every way!

Ingredients can vary…but one ingredient I think you should include ALWAYS is onion. So follow this simple equation and you cannot fail: Eggs + Veggies + Onion.  In keeping track of meal portions and using the 21 day fix containers this is how it breaks down. I use a 12 serving muffin pan, so 4 “egg muffins” equal 1 red/1 green serving on the plan.

Ingredients: 3 Red Containers (6 eggs) +3 Green Containers (Veggies) Pics of today’s prep, I used what I had on hand: Frozen Broccoli &Fresh Cauliflower &Red/Yellow Peppers.IMG_0284IMG_0283

IMG_0286PreHeat oven to 350 degrees. Scrambled Eggs, chopped veggies & onion and added to egg mixture–I added 1 tsp of salt/pepper. Spray muffin pan generously with oil. I used a ladel to pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 mins. At end, I noticed tops were still a little runny so I put my muffin pan under broiler for 2 minutes to finish them off, use your judgement, eggs should not be runny.

I put one set of four in the freezer, the others I separated into sandwich baggies and placed in fridge on top shelf perfect for Grab n Go!

Enjoy and let me know what veggie combinations you use when making your Egg Muffins!

–Jenn

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Hot and Tasty!

IMG_9314 Morning! Winter has arrived early in the midwest and here in Chicago we have snow on the ground the week of Thanksgiving. I am a HOT breakfast kind of gal and so I just had to jump on making this oatmeal this morning, been too easy to fall into a everyday veggie scramble rut for breakfast. I like to keep my shakes for snacks, it helps keep me full and well oatmeal this morning really hit the spot so I had to share this with YOU right away!

I was inspired by the recipe by Two Healthy Kitchens, but wow it makes a whopping 6 servings and for me that’s too much food to be tempted to go back for seconds or thirds! I modified it, cutting it as best as I could by 1/2 so it made 3 servings. I did end up having a couple extra tablespoons but put this in a container for a quick meal or snack for later this week! Yum!!  Here’s the ingredient list and I was happy to see I had it all in my pantry!

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Here is what I put in my pot today:

  •  3/4 cup of Milk
  • 3/4 cup of Water (let these boil 1st)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • sprinkle of dried cranberries

I used a new bag of oatmeal, Chex Quick Cook Oats  and really like the thickness and taste and it’s Gluten Free! Steel Cooked Oats are great, but usually take longer to cook when my time is tight on busy mornings!

 

 

I’m expecting company for the holiday weekend, I plan to be serving this up for breakfast to my family visiting!! Also, looking ahead I can totally see serving this up on Christmas morning in the crock pot while the kids are opening presents! Love no fuss and delicious meals! Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Cheers to good health!

-Jenn

 

Food Friday: BLT Chopped Salad & 21 Day Fix

2014-09-12 12.48.27It’s mid-September and the cooler temperatures of fall are upon us here in the Midwest. I was looking around in my fridge at what needed to be used up (too often I buy produce that expires before I can use it) and I saw the chopped salad mix from Trader Joes. I had whipped up some plain almond oil salad dressing & had made plans to turn it into honey mustard so the idea formed in my head to create a healthy version of a BLT Chopped Salad. Here’s how I assembled it so you can re-create this yummy lunch too! 

This month, I am taking a “no sugar challenge” and using the containers from the 21day fix program to help me in portion control and cutting out processed foods. If you are interested in cutting sugar out of your diet, wanting to decrease processed foods and work on meal planning/ portion control–message me to be added to to my facebook group. September, when you buy this program (includes containers, shaker cup & 9 workouts on DVD) you can purchase a 30day supply of shakeology, a healthy meal replacement with over 70 ingredients and superfoods for just $30. It’s a great deal & a 21 day program that delivers amazing results.

Chopped Salad Ingredients: (trader joes), turkey bacon (saved in my freezer), grape tomatoes & honey mustard dressing. (plus surprise ingredient: Apple Slices)

Here is how I used the containers to measure out the ingredients: 

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Bacon & Tomatoes (1/2 red)

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Dressing (1 orange)

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This was so simple, I really love this chopped veggie mix because it saves on tons of chopping time of veggies. So after I had taken a few bites of the salad with the dressing and mixed up, I noticed my kids did not finish their APPLES from lunch. Well, I’m not one to waist so I just chopped them up and threw them on top and WOW, it really tasted great! Sometimes it takes accidents to give us amazing results. Here I am enjoying my salad with apples and if you have them or other FRUIT like mandarin oranges, grapes or pears toss them on top and you will enjoy it just as much! 

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Cheers to Good Health! –Jenn

 

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