Friday, August 18, 2017

Fit Friday - Tacos and A Chipper

Happy Fit Friday everyone! Ruthie is here with another fantastic recipe to add to your dinner box this week. And I am excited to be hitting the gym and getting back into a regular schedule.

Shredded Beef Taco Salad is a filling lunch or dinner for any day of the week!  Shredded Beef Taco Salad is a filling lunch or dinner for any day! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Shredded Beef Taco Salad is nestled into a bed of shredded green cabbage and then topped with shredded beef, hot sauce, red onions, and topped with a mix of chopped onions and cilantro!  Take or leave the tortilla chips depending on what you like. . . I usually get filled up without the chips but that's just me.  :)  Shredded Beef Taco Salad is a filling lunch or dinner for any day! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 If you're a dressing kinda person, then you'll adore our Cilantro Ranch Dressing with your Shredded Beef Taco Salad!  I typically prefer to enjoy the flavors of my salad with salsa as the dressing BUT I know there are some people out there that think salads are the perfect excuse to have dressing!!  SOoooo, enjoy it whichever way works for you. :)  Shredded Beef Taco Salad is a filling lunch or dinner for any day! www.cookingwithruthie.com



Shredded Beef Taco Salad
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded beef
  • 1/4 cup salsa or hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup small diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • corn tortilla chips, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine onions and cilantro; mix to combine.
  2. Divide cabbage between two serving plates.
  3. Top with beef, hot sauce, red onion, and onion/cilantro mixture.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

Shredded Beef Taco Salad is a hearty and filling meal. . .if you love Tex-mex then you'll love this salad!

  We are back to school and back to routine, at least at my house. I am super excited about getting regular workouts back in at the gym! At least that is the hope, I am sure the school germs will be hitting the house within the next couple of weeks.

Today we are celebrating having more than 20 minutes to workout with an awesome chipper. The trick to chippers is to break it up into small doable sections.

Some of it is body weight exercises and some of it will require weights and a pull up bar.


Push hard! Work hard! And get it done!!!

Have an amazing Fit Friday!  
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Workout Wednesday - Speed Play On The Treadmill

Last week of summer break and I have a sick baby. Sick baby means we are having a fantastic week at home; no parks, no gyms, no nothing. Thankfully she takes two solid naps a day. I use those naps to 1)workout, 2)clean, and 3)work. I am grateful I can workout at home, but I will also admit that I am ready to get back into a regular routine that allows for me to get back to the gym.

Workout Wednesday today is being brought to you by the treadmill! With four kids and a very busy husband the treadmill is a must some days. I know there are many people out there that hate it, I don't. I find something on Netflix to keep my attention and I play with speed and/or incline. Today we are playing with the speed while I watch Scandal.


The trick after I am done is to get in a decent stretch or find some time to roll out. My four year old is generally eagerly awaiting for me to get off and get him something.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fit Friday - Smoothies and Lunches

Happy Fit Friday from us to you! Ruthie is here with a yummy treat. My husband just went and picked a whole bunch of peaches from my mom's trees, now I know exactly what I want to do with them. After you get that watering mouth under control keep reading for healthy lunch tips as school is quickly coming into session.

Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie is wonderful with summer fresh peaches!  Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie is wonderful with summer fresh peaches! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 August is National Peach Month so naturally our Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie have got to be made in celebration!  I love peaches and all the other healthy ingredients that are in this lovely creation.  I think you'll totally love it too!!   Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie is wonderful with summer fresh peaches! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie of course have peaches, vanilla fat-free greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds with splash of half and half to add just the right amount of creaminess!  :)  Love Smoothies??? Check out our other Smoothie Recipes too! Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie is wonderful with summer fresh peaches! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 fresh peach, skin on and pit removed
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve and Enjoy!

Peaches and Cream Chia Smoothie is a must-try this summer when the peaches are fresh from the trees. 

Summer is coming to an end at my house. In some ways we are a bit saddened, it flew by without us accomplishing all the summer fun we had hoped for but in many ways I am ready. I am ready for the kids to get back on a schedule. I am ready for me to get back onto a schedule. At my house that also means I need to start packing school lunches again. My oldest has allergies so buying school lunch is not an option for her and since we are already making one lunch we might as well make another one for my other school aged child.

Through the years I have seen plenty of Pintrest pages with these adorable lunches that look so healthy and yummy. I love that these moms go out of their way to pack super healthy lunches, lunches that I know my kids would not eat.

Today we are talking tips on making those yummy and healthy lunches. Fit kids....fit families...all a part of a fit you!

Healthy Lunch Tips

1) Get your kids involved. This can include taking your kiddos to the grocery store. Give them options. And have your kiddos help pack their lunch. The more they are a part of it the more likely they are to eat it.

2) Turn healthy foods into fun foods. Use cookie cutters to make fun sandwich shapes. Or make the whole lunch into a theme.

3) Make your own snacks and limit the processed ones. We love to make our own lunchables at our house. Ants on Log are also a favorite.

4) Be sure to include all the food groups. My kiddos sometimes forget that there are food groups outside of bread, cheese, and ham. And it is easy to stick to those basics, but I have found that if I give them enough options we can find a fruit and/or veggie they will eat.

5) Encourage hydration. Whenever kids water bottles are on sale I buy three or four, I have found if the kids have their own bottle and its a "cutesie" one they are more likely to carry it around and actually drink from it.

School is back along with the best of intentions! Wish me luck!

Have an awesome Fit Friday! 
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fit Friday...on Saturday - Salad and a Sweat Sesh

Fit Friday jumped to Fit Saturday this week. I have spent a week in Lake Powell, unconnected and enjoying the fam. Got back last night and time to get reconnected!

Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is a fresh and filling healthy lunch!  Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is a fresh and filling healthy lunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is a fabulous lunch or light dinner for summertime!  I love it when blueberries are in season, they're plump and sweet AND sooooo good!   They take our salad to the next level for sure! :)  Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is healthy and fabulously tasty! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 We grilled our chicken with the Herb Marinade for Everything that I shared not too long ago... it really is amazing on everything!  You'll remember this Lemon Honey Vinaigrette from a few weeks ago... we adore it soooooo much!  It pairs just perfectly with this Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad!  Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is a fresh and filling healthy lunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Here are a couple of other salads you might also enjoy.... Salmon Avocado Salad with Sweet Vinegar DressingChicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad with Meyer Lemon VinaigretteSun-dried Tomato and Olive Tuna Salad in Avocado. Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is a fresh and filling healthy lunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
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Prep time:
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced (marinade with Herb Marinade for Everything)
  • Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
Instructions
  1. Divide salad greens between 4 serving plates.
  2. Top with remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:
  4. Combine first 3 ingredients in blender, blend until combined.
  5. Carefully with blender running, slowly drizzle in olive oil, once incorporated add salt.
  6. Serve with your favorite salad.
  7. Enjoy!</ li>

Enjoy our Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette with a crusty loaf of bread and enjoy!! 

  It has been a fantastic week at my house! The family has enjoyed Lake Powell to the max. Now it is time to get back to the real world. And with that reality I am bringing you a fantastic workout to kill this week.

I love these 10-1 workouts. My class love to countdown way more than going up, so that is what we are going to kill it with today. Repeat 10 of each movement, than repeat with 9 and so forth. The 30 second plank remains the same every round, just one 30 second plank.

As always work hard and earn your rewards!


Have an amazing weekend!!  
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fit Friday - Frittatas and Treadmills

Happy Fit Friday! It has been another wonderful summer week at my house. The kids are playing hard and the pool has been a blast. Now it is time to round out the week with Fit Friday, Frittatas and Treadmills are calling to us. Ruthie has brought us another awesome recipe to try out. After that check out the treadmill workouts for those days when going outside just isn't an option.

Swiss and Pepper Portabella Frittata is a fun way to serve up breakfast or brunch in just a few simple steps and a couple minutes in the oven... if you love mushrooms then you'll adore this recipe!  Frittata Portabella Mushrooms is a fun way to serve up breakfast or brunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Swiss and Pepper Portabella Frittata is a fun twist on a frittata or country omelet which is basically a omelet that's baked... like our Caprese French Country Omelet and Country French Omelet.     Frittata Portabella Mushrooms is a fun way to serve up breakfast or brunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Swiss and Pepper Portabella Frittata is baked right in the portabella mushroom caps with some added swiss cheese, peppers, and red onion!  It's so filling and delicious that you've just gotta make some this weekend!   Frittata Portabella Mushrooms is a fun way to serve up breakfast or brunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com


Swiss and Pepper Portabella Frittata
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 large portabella mushrooms
  • 6 eggs or 3 whole eggs and 6 egg whites (to reduce fat/cholesterol)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut whole- lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices to form rings
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut whole- lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices to form rings
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove stems and gills on each portabella mushroom- being careful to not damage edge
  3. (the gills are easily scraped and removed with a grapefruit spoon)
  4. Place mushrooms on baking sheet bottom side up.
  5. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper; whisk to combine.
  6. Place 2 tablespoon shredded cheese in the bottom of each mushroom cap.
  7. Arrange a green pepper slice, red pepper slice, and 1 tablespoon of red onion in each mushroom cap.
  8. Pour egg mixture into mushroom caps and fill to 3/4 the way full.
  9. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired
  10. Bake in oven 15-18 minutes or until eggs a cooked to desired doneness.
  11. Serve warm and Enjoy!

Swiss and Pepper Portabella Frittata is a fresh take on eggs for your weekend breakfast or brunch! 


  Summer schedules are crazy, at least at my house they are, which means I have to fit in runs and workouts whenever and where ever I can. In the heat of day with four kids at home I can't necessarily head out for my run, those are the days when I am grateful for a treadmill. If I can get baby down for a nap and the other three busy with something I can sneak in a run in the basement, my seventy degree basement. I love having a workout plan for the treadmill, especially when I am really wishing for the open road, which means I am doing speed for hill work. Today we are doing both, or at least getting the option for both.

There are a lot of workouts out there that have the specific speed listed, I don't believe in that because everyone is different. A pace that is killer for you may be easy breezy for that crazy runner chick on the treadmill next to you. Instead of having a listed speed pay attention to what the workout is for and pay attention to your own body and how hard it is working.

Remember, these workouts are meant to challenge you. Rise to the challenge folks!


























Have an awesome Fit Friday!! 

Much Love and Peace~Nichole and Ruthie 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Workout Wednesday - HITTing Some Balls

It is an awesome Wednesday at my house! I am feeling it today and I am ready to go! This is a shorter workout that you can throw in the mix with another workout. I will be throwing this workout in before yoga. A solid warm up, 15 minutes of HIIT, and off to yoga. It's going to be a great day!

This workout is with a weighted ball. I know there are a few different types of weighted balls, use whatever is available to you. I will be using the large cloth ones, but the smaller rubber ones are fine as well.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Fit Friday - Herbed Flank Steak and Tips to a Healthy Weekend

Herbed Flank Steak has got to go on your summer grilling must-try list!  It is AHhhh-mazing!!  Herbed Flank Steak has got to go on your summer grilling must-try's! AH-mazing!! www.cookingwithruthie.com
Herbed Flank Steak is made with Herb Marinade for Everything! Coat your steaks with Herb Marinade for Everything, let them marinade for 3-6 hours, then cook them on the grill!  Herbed Flank Steak has got to go on your summer grilling must-try's! AH-mazing!! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Herbed Flank Steak is a great combination of lean protein and herbs that will fuel your body with amazing health benefits! For more info on the herbal health benefits, check out Herb Marinade for Everything. Herbed Flank Steak has got to go on your summer grilling must-try's! AH-mazing!! www.cookingwithruthie.com


Herbed Flank Steak
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 shallot (1/8 cup)
  • 10 thyme sprigs, stems removed
  • 10 oregano sprigs, stems removed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1- 2 pound flank steak
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender- excluding steak.
  2. Pulse until herbs are minced.
  3. Place flank steak in ziptop plastic baggie or container with a lid.
  4. Add herb marinade, coat meat, place in fridge for 3-6 hours.
  5. Heat on grill to medium high, cook 5-7 minutes per side or until desired doneness is achieved.
  6. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve!
  7. Enjoy! 

Herbed Flank Steak has the perfect marinade and is the perfect dish for any setting!

  Fit Friday is our introduction into an awesome weekend. This Fit Friday I wanted to talk tips for a healthy weekend. Often Friday starts out strong, but as the day continues the weekend attitude sinks in a bit more and by Saturday the week is gone along with all resolve and goals. So let's talk about how to keep the resolve and goals throughout the weekend.

Many of these tips are the same ones that keep us going during the week. We have worked hard all week long, that doesn't mean we get two days to go crazy and forget it all. Instead keep your goals in mind and stick with them.

I know a lot of people use Sunday as a recovery day, awesome! But you still need to focus on good nutrition and sleep. If you know you have a big family dinner Sunday night be sure to eat a healthy lunch and don't let your crazy family give you too many drinks.

Don't get me wrong, you can relax and enjoy your weekend, but don't let two days ruin five days of solid work and focus.

Make your Fit Friday awesome!!  

Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie