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
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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:
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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
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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  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Workout Wednesday - Summertime HIITing It!

Let's talk HIIT workouts on this gorgeous Wednesday! I love HIIT workouts when I am time crunched and/or really needing a sweaty sweat sesh! HIIT workouts are an effective and efficient  way to an awesome body.

 I am a busy lady, efficient is a very important word for me. I don't have time (or the desire) to spend hours at the gym, for those of you that do I am jealous. I have little kids at home that need me, I have multiple businesses to keep running, and I have a husband that I would much rather spend my time with. If you tell me you have an effective and efficient workout for me I am all smiles!

Today we are keeping the moves simple so that you can focus on working hard instead of focusing on not tripping over your own feet, I am a klutz and that tends me be a continuous focus for me.


Couple things to keep in mind...

1) You have to warm up and cool down!
2) Stretch, your muscles and joints will thank you later.
3) Change doesn't happen without effort.
and...
4) Make it fun!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fit Friday - Summer Salad and Summertime Pool Workout

Loving the summer weather on this sunny Fit Friday! Ruthie is here with a gorgeous salad, a perfect pairing with pool time workouts. Enjoy!

Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad is not your average salad... it's SOooooo good!  Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad is not your average salad... it's SO good! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad is about to rock your world!!  Oh my goodness... I love every ingredient so much.  Have you ever eaten asparagus raw?  It's so tasty.  And the cheese in the pic's is completely amazing. . . it's called Lemon Lavender Cheddar.  If you can't find look this one then look for a kind of cheese that has a hint of lemon in it!  You'll be in heaven.  Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad is not your average salad... it's SO good! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 I paired it with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and it was everything you can imagine plus more. . . the savory and tart together makes it completely mouth-watering! :)  Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad is not your average salad... it's SO good! www.cookingwithruthie.com



Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup petite tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 15 sliced asparagus, cut into 2 inches sections
  • 3 slices lemon lavender cheddar, match stick cut
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups cubed sautéed chicken
  • lemon wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Divide greens between 2 serving plates.
  2. Divide and arrange remaining ingredients on salad greens.
  3. Serve with lemon wedge.
  4. Enjoy!

Chicken, Asparagus, Tomato Salad you'll want this salad... every day! 

  Summer is sizzling at my house! It is the perfect week to head to the pool for a great workout. I realize the pool can be a bit intimidating for some, but step outside of your comfort zone, get in the pool and get ready to swim.

Swimming is a great workout; it is easier on your joints and it is non-impact.

This is more of a beginner workout, if you are more seasoned push yourself; add an extra drill or just add sprint sets. Push beyond comfort in your swim, this is a workout folks!




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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Numbers Lie

Everywhere we look there are numbers dictating rules and life. We drive a certain speed because the speed limit signs tell us we should. We have house numbers, phone numbers, age, etc. Numbers are everywhere. They can't be avoided, they can't be ignored. Many of these numbers are fine...they are life and cannot be ignored or avoided. The numbers I don't like are those that arbitrarily dictate happiness. 

We all know the numbers that can affect the way we feel. This could include a number on the scale, the size of your clothing, the time of a race, etc. There are so many number goals in our lives, it gets a little crazy. 

As a runner I have had many time goals, but once I reach that goal I am not fulfilled and done. No, once I reach that goal I have a new goal. Don't get me wrong, I am happy I reached my goal. But reaching that goal doesn't end my running and certainly doesn't mean I am done trying to get better. It just gives me a step to another goal.

This seems all fine and dandy...until that number dictates if I can be happy. Can I be happy without a sub 90 min half marathon? Yes, absolutely. Can I be happy if the scale doesn't match whatever I think it should? Yes, absolutely. I have fought that battle, the scale will never make me smile. If you reach one goal there is just another one waiting for you. 5 more pounds...5 more pound....oh just 5 more. 

 Those 5 more pounds aren't going to make you happy. Instead it will be the ability to play all afternoon with your kids, getting a good nights sleep, feeling great in your skin. Those are the things that will make you happy.

So, ask yourself. What makes you happy?