Friday, September 15, 2017

Fit Fridays - Fall Salads and Fall Workouts


Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette is everything autumn. . . apples, apple cider, cinnamon, with a fresh squeeze of lemon to finish it off.  It's SOoooo good and will show up again next week with a lovely autumn salad~ Apple, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pepitas Salad!  Apple Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for autumn salads! www.cookingwithruthie.com

I woke up to a cool rainy morning.....it is wonderful. The dog days of summer are leaving and fall is sliding in to take it's place. That means cooler temps and yummy apples! Ruthie is here with some apple flavors for your salad and I am heading to the track. Have a wonderful day!

Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for autumn salads!  Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is here to hang out with us.  I love having her visit and inspire our fitness!  A Healthy Recipe,  Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrettte from me +   workout from Nichole = a healthy, happy, and balanced life!
  Apple Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for autumn salads! www.cookingwithruthie.com
I love delicious and healthier salad dressings, even though I enjoy just a touch of dressing with my salads that way I can still taste the rest of the salad too!  Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette is amazing and some of my other favorite salad dressings are Lemon Honey VinaigretteTomato Jalapeno Vinaigrette, and Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette!  Apple Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for autumn salads! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Recipe Type: Appetiser
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice, cinnamon, some salt and pepper, and vinegar in a blender.
  2. Blend and slowly drizzle in oil to emulsify.
  3. Allow to continue blending and slowly add the apple cider and agave as it thickens.
  4. Add additional seasonings if needed.
  5. (Add more cider to thin it out if needed.)
  6. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette will make your autumn salads even that much more fabulous! 



  Fall is here and we are heading to the track to enjoy this beautiful weather! I have three kids back in school, which means baby girl and I get some one-on-one time. We love getting outside to enjoy some fresh air during girl time!

This week we are heading to the track. Nora will run a couple laps with me, but she also loves to get out of the stroller and play while momma runs a few solo laps. Baby girl loves to be held while we do some lunges, push ups with kisses at the bottom, and sits on my belly while I do leg drops. We have fun together!




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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fit Friday - Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl and Clean Air

Happy Fit Friday everyone! I have a crazy day ahead of me, as I am sure a lot of you do. We are getting ready to head to California with the whole crazy crew. A couple of beach days, a Disney day, and a whole of family fun days. Before I head up to pack for everyone I wanted to share this deliciousness from Ruthie and a good reminder to check the air before heading out for your long runs.

Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a tasty low-carb dinner that tastes heavenly!   Pork Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a tasty low-carb dinner that tastes heavenly! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 The Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw reminded my daughter of one of her favorite foods.. lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang's China Bistro. If you love lettuce wraps, you are bound to love these! Pork Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a tasty low-carb dinner that tastes heavenly! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 I shared this Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw  last week and she couldn't get over the amazing flavors in the pork loin and the papaya slaw! She found it to be the perfect combination and I hope that you do too! Pork Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a tasty low-carb dinner that tastes heavenly! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw uses a recipe I shared not too long ago... Papaya Pineapple Slaw  It's the perfect way to top off this Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl! It is quite tasty with fresh papaya, pineapple, red onion, green peppers, cilantro, and finely shredded green cabbage!  Pork Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a tasty low-carb dinner that tastes heavenly! www.cookingwithruthie.com


 
Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pound pork tenderloin, fat and silverskin removed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 12 cabbage leaves in shape of bowls
  • 2 cups papaya pineapple coleslaw
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place pork loin on the center of baking sheet; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine spices; stir to combine.
  4. Rub spice mixture on both sides of pork loin and bake for 23-30 minutes or until reaches 145 degrees F in the center.
  5. Let sit 5 minutes, slice into 1/2 inch thick slices, serve 3 slices pork loin in 2 cabbage bowls, top with coleslaw, and cilantro.
  6. Enjoy!
 Pork Loin Cabbage Bowl with Papaya Slaw is a healthy meal for any day full of the perfect combination of fresh flavors! 

Fit Friday is all about breathing and air today. If you don't live in the Westerner states you may not be struggling with some of this crazy air that we are, instead you may be dealing with crazy wind and lots of rain. I guess we all have our problems right now. Where I live we are dealing with hazy skies and shallow breathing. The smoke from fires has ruined my crisp air and pretty mountain views. But along with the loss of my views I have also found myself studying the air quality reports and debating heading out for runs.

Today's fit tips come from a few different clinics and pulmonary specialists as a reminder that there are days the treadmill isn't so bad.

Health problems caused by air pollution:
  • Headaches
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
  • Damage to airways of the lungs
  • Increased risk of asthma development
  • Worsening of existing asthma or other lung conditions
  • Increased risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Increased risk of death from lung cancer and cardiovascular disease
So if you are one of the lucky ones to be stuck on the treadmill this weekend mix it up and make it fun. 
Watch a great movie, my favorite treadmill movie is Footloose. Dancing and music, you can't go wrong. I also love intense movies that I can get lost in.
Do a speed for hill workout. Constant change helps keep it a little fresher and a little bit more fun.
Lastly, go to a gym with some awesome people watching!

Be safe. Be healthy. Be fit.

Happy Fit Friday! 
Much Love and Peace ~ Nichole and Ruthie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fit Friday - Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread and Workout Clothes

Happy Fit Friday folks! Ruthie has brought us a delicious recipe from the midst of her new Gigi life. And I am talking workout clothes. Why? Because workout clothes have become so expensive and I am getting a bit tired of having clients come in that can't or won't do certain moves because it just doesn't work without a boob popping out or a seam bugging. Let's get to it:

Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread is a mouth-watering lunch or it's even filling enough for dinner too!   Happy Labor Day Weekend. . . this recipe will also make a fabulous picnic lunch!  Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread is mouth-watering and filling enough for dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com
Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread starts out with a fresh whole grain flatbread, then a smear of humus, and layers of cucumber and thinly sliced red onion, followed by grilled chicken breasts, cilantro, and lemon wedges.  Finally, the Yogurt Cucumber Sauce is the mouth-watering finish to the whole meal experience!    Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread is mouth-watering and filling enough for dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Wow. . . they're SO good!!  I recently took these Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread to my daughter and her husband when my new little grandson was born and they loved them!  They are simple to make, have lots of fresh ingredients, and make healthy taste sinfully delicious!  Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread is mouth-watering and filling enough for dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com


Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 whole grain flat bread
  • 2 cups grilled or roasted chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup humus
  • 3 petite cucumbers, thinly sliced (I used a vegetable peeler)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 lemon wedges
  • Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:
  • 3/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place flatbreads on serving plates, spread 1/4 cup humus on each.
  2. Then divide cucumber, red onion, and chicken on flatbreads.
  3. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemon wedges.
  4. Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:
  5. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; mix to combine.
  6. Serve with flatbreads.
  7. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread will make your Labor Day weekend even more fabulous!

  It seems like the gym as become quite the runway these days. I will be honest, I switched from a big box gym to a family friendly rec center. It is a much tamer runway but can still be a runway. With so much focus on being cute and stylish we sometimes forget about some of the more important reason we buy workout clothes, to actually workout in them. Today's Fit Friday is all about tips for finding good workout clothes.

1) First and foremost think of the activities that you are wanting to do. Different activities require different types of clothes and support. You don't want to wear a less supportive yoga sports bra when you hit the trails for a 6 mile trail run.
2) Try it on! I hate trying on clothes but with workout clothes it is a must. If a top is too tight I am not going to workout in it because it is going to make it hard to breathe and/or I will be way to self conscience. If my shorts are a bit too baggy I know that I will constantly be pulling them up and they will soon end up at the bottom of the drawer. If there is a seam that rubs wrong it will drive me crazy every time I move and once again an article of clothing will be shoved to the bottom of the drawer.

3) Breathable fabric. Cotton is not a good type of material to workout in! You want fabric that will breathe and not collect sweat.

and finally:

4) Don't buy it if you won't wear it! All the cutsie patterned shorts are adorable, but if you know that you are a black shorts girl stick with the black shorts. 


Workout clothes are expensive, spend your money wisely folks!

Happy Fit Friday! 
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Workout Wednesday - Back To It

I am back into full swing at the gym! I love when school is back in session! My older girls are are in elementary school and my little guy is in preschool three days a week. Three days a week I am at the gym and hitting the weights! I am only in the first week, but I am already feeling stronger, better.

Today I dug out the jump rope to get going with the fun. If you can't do double unders stick with singles.
After you're done with the jump rope grab a ball, grab a bar, and pull out the box. We are using some of the favorites and having fun doing it.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

National Dog Day

My house is chaotic, it is no secret and anyone that knows us would probably laughingly agree. With four kids and one dog, an old yorkie named Harley, one may wonder what prompted a new puppy last spring. And not just any puppy, a lab, a very energetic puppy.

My husband and I had our reasons and we still do even after a few hundred dollars in repairs and replacements. One of which is my son Ryker, every boy needs a dog especially when that boy has three sisters.

Another big reason is that we love to run and go to the lake, neither of those things we can do with an old yorkie. We wanted a dog we could train to run a few miles on the road with us, a dog we could explore the trails with, a dog could jump in the water and swim circles around the kids. And in comes Joey.

A few things about running with a dog.

1) Don't start too young. They may double in size everyday, but that doesn't mean their bones and joints are ready to log miles quite yet. When I started running with Joey I would go out when my neighborhood was quiet, take him off his leash, and let him set pace for a mile. Even when on his leash I have always been very careful to let him set pace.

2) Make sure your dog is healthy and capable. When I started running with Joey I talked to the vet a little about it. We discussed distance, how often, and if it would be good for Joey. I got the go ahead and started having some fun.

3) Use a short leash. You don't want your dog running too far ahead or pulling you all over the place. Your best bet is to keep a short leash and your dog near by.

Remember a couple of these things and you will find yourself with a very enthusiastic training partner.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fit Friday - Raw Bars and Treadmill Circuits

Its a gorgeous Fit Friday at my house. We have survived the first week of school! Ruthie is back with another delicious recipe. My oldest has food allergies and Sunflower Seed Butter is a staple at our house. If you haven't tried this stuff you need to. Yummy!

Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a tasty combination of healthy ingredients!  Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a tasty combination of healthy ingredients! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars will be your go-to snack for back to school!  We love to have a pan of them in the fridge for a quick snack- just grab one run out the door!  Healthy and filling is the way to go!!  Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a tasty combination of healthy ingredients! www.cookingwithruthie.com
I just LOVE raw bars and bites Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a delicious and healthy snack! Check out my other varieties of Raw Bars or Bites- Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bites, Coconut Sunflower Seed Power Bites,  Berry Medley Raw BarsChocolate Trail Mix Power BitesAlmond Joy Power BitesDark Chocolate Raw BarsHealthy Power Bites, and Almond Power Bites. Any of these recipes can be pressed into a pan to make bars or rolled into balls to make bites!  Any shape you make them just put them in an air tight container and then into the fridge… they’ll easily keep for up to week.  (if they stay around that long) Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a tasty combination of healthy ingredients! www.cookingwithruthie.com Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a tasty combination of healthy ingredients! www.cookingwithruthie.com



Coconut, Mango, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars
Recipe Type: Appetiser
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed
  • 1/4 cup chai seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried mango, snipped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • coconut for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. Using a wooden spoon; stir until combined.
  3. Press into an 8x10 pan, sprinkle with additional coconut and lightly press.
  4. Refrigerate until set.
  5. Cut into bars, store in fridge in an air tight container.
  6. Enjoy!

Mango, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Raw Bars are a great way to keep all those bellies full and happy all day long!

With school back in session many of you are readjusting your schedules. For some, back to school means later workouts, heading to the gym after the bus rolls through the neighborhood. But for many of you back to school means you are back to getting up early and getting that workout done before pushing sleepy kids out the door.

Those early morning workouts are getting darker and darker these days. For me that means I am heading back to the treadmill for those early morning runs. I know that many of you still hit the road or the trail, you are probably not as klutzy as me. I am one of those people that trip over cracks in the side walk when the sun is out, put me in the dark and it is down right deadly.

So today we have an awesome treadmill circuit for you. For this workout you will need a treadmill and a set of mid size dumbbells.



For those of you that don't know what a manmaker is:


This is a full body workout. You will use upper, lower, and core muscles. Your heart rate will be up and pumping. And you will be happy to get it done!

Happy Fit Friday! 

Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Workout Wednesday -

It is a beautiful day this Workout Wednesday. I already got out for a short run with Joey, our chocolate lab puppy. I have been getting in as much mileage as possible these days. My as-much-as-possible mileage doesn't even compare to some of you, but for a mom of four that helps run two personal businesses I am happy with what I have gotten in.
With all of that mileage I also need to focus on recovery stuff, I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at getting this part done. I am hoping that once I am in a somewhat regular routine with school and preschool in I will be able to fit in yoga, for now I just have a few yoga moves that I fit  in a couple times a week to stretch out some much needed muscles and joints.
Today's Workout Wednesday is focusing on those yoga moves.





Thread the Needle







Pigeon





Legs Up the Wall







Couch











Downward Dog






Yoga and stretching are a must, not just for runners but for everyone. These are five moves I encourage you to fit in today.

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:
Total time:
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:
Total time:
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
Recipe Type: Salad</ div>
Author: Ruthie</ div>
Prep time:
Total time:
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:
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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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fit Friday - Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes and Track Workout

Fit Friday is coming at you with delicious pancakes and an awesome track workout. Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are fluffy and moist even without any oil in the recipe~ instead they have fat free greek yogurt as a replacer!   Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are fluffy and moist even without any oil! www.cookingwithruthie.com Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are seriously the pancake recipe EVER... oh my.  We adore them because they're a healthier recipe and so, so, so simple to make!  I love that they are made with greek yogurt and no oil.  Not one drop!  But don't fret at all, they are just as moist and fluffy as every other pancake recipe out there.  Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are fluffy and moist even without any oil! www.cookingwithruthie.com
Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes in my photo's are paired with a Butter Syrup~ it's amazing if you're wanting to splurge a little bit with the syrup, then I also added some fresh blueberries because it's just plain heavenly!  Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are fluffy and moist even without any oil! www.cookingwithruthie.com   Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes are fluffy and moist even without any oil! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • pure maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sea salt, coconut sugar; mix to combine.
  2. In additional small mixing bowl combine buttermilk, greek yogurt, eggs; whisk to combine.
  3. Make a well in center of dry mixture, add wet; mix until just incorporated- do not over mix.
  4. (small lumps are expected)
  5. Coat griddle with cooking spray, place griddle over medium heat, once pan is hot add 1/3 C batter per pancake, when small bubbles appear flip to cook other side.
  6. Remove from heat and repeat for additional pancakes.
  7. Serve with pure maple syrup.
  8. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes have just gotta go on your menu for this weekend!  Enjoy!! 

  Today we are heading to the track for a fun workout. Early morning on the track is one of my favorite ways to start the day. I would much rather beat the heat and get it done early, but this summer I am also learning to push through the heat sometimes. Every Wednesday night I coach a group of awesome kids and we head out for a run. This week we got 4 miles done in 90+ degrees, and we had a  blast getting it done together. So if early AM just isn't happening don't despair, instead grab a buddy and go anyways.

The track is a great place for speed work and a mix of other fun stuff. You have a big yet confined space with distances premeasured, it's perfect! I have a few high schools pretty close, easy to head to and an easy meeting place. They have the track and the bleachers, workout options are limitless! This workout calls for 200m sprints, that is going to be half way around the track.

Enjoy!



Have a fabulous Fit Friday! 
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie