Friday, March 15, 2019

Fit Friday - Raspberry Spread and a Treadmill Circuit

Honey Raspberry Spread is a flavorful healthier way to top toasts, crepes, pancakes, and more! Mmm yummy breakfast and inspiring workout from Nichole at Pure Clean Fitness!!! Friday really is the best day of the week! Honey Raspberry Spread is a flavorful healthier way to top toasts, crepes, pancakes, and more! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Honey Raspberry Spread is made with Brummel & Brown real yogurt spread!

I love how creamy delicious this spread is. We quickly add real honey and fresh raspberries to make it simply fabulous on any toast, bagel, or roll!

Love our Honey Raspberry Spread? Try more like it..

Honey Raspberry Spread is a flavorful healthier way to top toasts, crepes, pancakes, and more! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday!!

Honey Raspberry Spread is a flavorful healthier way to top toasts, crepes, pancakes, and more! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Honey Raspberry Spread is simple, healthy, AND delicious!!

 The snow is back and has me needing something other than sunshine to get me toasty and warm, it must be time for a serious workout to raise the core temp and get rid of these goosebumps for at least a few minutes.
Today I am heating up with some treadmill circuits. You will need either a treadmill or a track and a set of dumbbells, I will be using 15 lbs dumbbells.
The hard part of combining cardio and weights is keeping true to form. For many they either run fast and the weight movements are lacking or they run so-so and have solid strong movements. Neither one of those options cut it for a circuit, you need to go in putting your all in to both aspects of this circuit.



Love Always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, March 8, 2019

Fit Friday - Achiote Beef Street Tacos and Sleep

Achiote Beef Street Tacos are a deliciously fabulous way to feed a crowd. . . quick and easy! We love Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness-- she makes our Friday's fantastic!! Achiote and Shredded Beef Street Tacos are a fabulous way to feed a crowd! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Achiote Beef Street Tacos remind me of my time in Mexico..

These tacos are making my taco cravings even more so right now!! I am 16 weeks pregnant and an avid lover of all things Mexican. I have literally been dreaming of eating tacos in Mexico. And when I'm awake, I long to be in Mexico back with all my friends. I love the accepting, loving, and beautiful culture that they have there. Oh and the food ROCKS! Street tacos quickly became an all time fave of mine when I lived there. My favorite tacos there are Tacos Arabes and Tacos al Pastor! I love that these Achiote Beef Street Tacos can bring a little Mexican love to my home.

More Street Taco Recipes:

  Achiote and Shredded Beef Street Tacos are a fabulous way to feed a crowd! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday!!!

  Achiote and Shredded Beef Street Tacos are a fabulous way to feed a crowd! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Achiote Beef Street Tacos will bring a little bit of Mexico love into your home!




This weekend brings about daylight savings and moving those clocks one hour forward. This is the least favorite of the two time changes, especially for those with kiddos. Getting up and out the door on time for school, especially for the two older girls that are out an hour earlier than the two littles, may take some patience and lots of "it's time to get up" on my part.


With the time change I thought it was a great week to go over tips for a good night's rest. The only thing I would add to this list would be a tip that is all about the time change. Spend the next couple of days trying to get prepped, get up 15 minutes earlier while still going to bed at your normal time. Yes, I realize it is the weekend and no one wants to get up early on the weekend. But, no one wants to start Monday late either. Pick the lesser of two evils and enjoy your weekend!


Love Always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Fit Friday - Ruben Sandwich and Playing with Plates

The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich will rock everyone of your tastebuds! Fit Friday never gets old!! Fit tips + healthy recipes = greatness! Thanks to Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness for making it possible!! The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich will rock everyone of your tastebuds! www.cookingwithruthie.com

The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich is as tasty as it looks!

What a great sandwich to try out when you need a break from the normal PB&J and turkey sandwiches! It is said that Reuben Kulakofsky was the inventor of the Reuben sandwich in Omaha, Nebraska somewhere around 1920 to 1935! Rumor has it that in Omaha, March 14th was proclaimed Reuben Sandwich Day!

More tasty sandwiches like the Reuben:

The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich will rock everyone of your tastebuds! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday:

The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich will rock everyone of your tastebuds! www.cookingwithruthie.com

The Ultimate Reuben Sandwich is an a fun lunch to make at home that tastes and looks like it came from a fancy sandwich shop!



 I am one of those people that love variety at the gym. I get bored easily and have to keep myself, my clients, and my classes guessing. This week is one of those workouts that are not a norm for me, a workout that my body will enjoy, a workout that will throw my class in a loop.

For this workout you will need a weight plate, the type that you can throw on a barbell. I would use a 25 lb plate for myself. You want it to be a weight that is challenging but doable. 

Have fun! Work hard! Earn your results!


Much Love, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Fit Friday - Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs AND My Favorite 10 Healthy Tips

Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is a one-pot decadent wonder! We are happy to have Nichole here with us from Pure Clean Fitness for Fit Friday!! Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is a one-pot decadent wonder! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs:

Is a great all in one dinner easily made in this amazing Lagostina Stainless Steel Giada Dutch Oven! We love flank steak as it is one of the healthiest beef cuts, having more protein and less fat than most other steaks. The sweet potatoes give us a great source of fiber, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. While the figs are rich in minerals including potassium and calcium! No need for a bed time snack when you have this baby for dinner! ;) Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is a one-pot decadent wonder! www.cookingwithruthie.com I also think this is a great meal to help keep the winter blues away! 1. We are utilizing all of the amazing winter fruits and veggies that we have right now. 2. We are cooking in a dutch oven in the home-- bringing yummy home style, traditionally outside cooking, inside!

More like Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs:

Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is a one-pot decadent wonder! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday with Nichole!!

Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is a one-pot decadent wonder! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Rosemary Balsamic Flank Steak with Sweet Potato and Figs is more than fabulous and we hope you love it!



The New Years folks are waning, and that is just fine for those that are tired of sharing gym space and not being able to pick up celery on your grocery run. But with sunshine right around the corner and the winter blues starting to melt away, hopefully sooner rather than later, a few of you may just be joining the game. Today's Fit Tips are my top 10  to be living a healthier life.

1)  Think positive; It has been shown that a healthy positive attitude boosters your immune system and leads to an overall healthier you.

2) Exercise more days than not; this has nothing to do with fitting in those skinny jeans and everything to do with all the other ways exercise benefits us. Heart wise. Immune system. Bone density. And so many more.

3) Check your attitude with food; a healthy relationship with food is hard to come by these days but absolutely necessary for your overall health and your sanity.

4) Get your veggies; a diet high in veggies is a diet that fights off sicknesses of all kinds.

5) Sleep; get into a good routine to help your body and mind get ready for bed. And remember to aim for at least 6 hours of solid sleep. I get that may not be feasible for all you parents out there, but it is is a nice goal to have. Once day my youngest won't get up multiple times a night and I am going to feel amazing!

6) Food over supplements; supplements cannot replace a healthy diet. Plain and simple.


7) Keep good company; relationships with healthy people will help you in our own journey to a healthy you.

8) Drink your water; one of the easiest and one of the hardest things for so many of us. Keep in mind that your body needs water to not only survive but to thrive.








9) Make big and small goals; S (specific) M (measurable) A (attainable) R (realistic) T (time). Small goals help us enjoy the journey. Big goals keep us motivated.









10) Enjoy; life is not meant to be suffered through. Find joy in your healthier you journey. Find healthy foods you enjoy eating. Find exercise that you enjoy doing. Find people that make it all even more enjoyable.




Love Always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Fit Friday - Coconut Banana Bread and Hills on the Treadmill

Coconut Banana Bread is going to be a new favorite with your family! Delish!! Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is at it again! A big WOOP for Fit Friday! Coconut Banana Bread is going to be a new favorite with your family! Delish!! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Gram's Banana Bread

So... if you've been with us for a while... you probably know that this banana bread is Gram's. Gram rocked her cooking show in the 60's and our blog is in honor of her. I'm (Madeliene) even named after her! My middle name is Louise. She died of breast cancer when I was 2 years old. Her legacy lives on through her family members, her recipes, and cooking!! We love you, Gram! Coconut Banana Bread is going to be a new favorite with your family! Delish!! www.cookingwithruthie.com


More Recipes like Coconut Banana Bread:

  Coconut Banana Bread is going to be a new favorite with your family! Delish!! www.cookingwithruthie.com Oh my gosh and after making Coconut Banana Bread... you must give this a try with your leftovers-- Banana Bread French Toast

Coconut Banana Bread is the best way to use those over ripe bananas!

& now... Fit Friday!

 
It has been a week full of treats, love, and candy. But, do you know what my week has not been full of? Guilt! Why? Because I still make time for my workouts and because life is too short to not enjoy a few Valentine's Day cookies with the kiddos and a special treat with my husband.

Enjoy your treats, enjoy your moments.

While I am enjoying my treats I am also in marathon training mode. I have set a goal and I am keeping my eye on that through life's moments. Today's workout is getting us on the treadmill, yes the treadmill it is snowy and icy out, and working on goals and feeling awesome.

Remember; when running or walking on a treadmill you should not need to hold on. If you find yourself needing to hold on than you need to slow down. Suck it up, let go of the pride, and slow down the speed to a more manageable pace.




Throw last week's core workout on to the end of this run and life is great! Have a sweet and sweaty day!

Much Love, Nichole, Ruthie, and Madeliene  

Friday, February 8, 2019

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle is a lovely addition to any meal! We are all happy it's Friday and here at Cooking with Ruthie it means it's FIT FRIDAY TIME!!! Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is bringing us awesome fitness inspiration today! Thank you. Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle is a lovely addition to any meal! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle has all the WOW-factors!

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle is a lovely addition to any meal! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Omg. The flavors, colors, textures are going to rock all of your tastebuds! It's a Mediterranean dream come true- especially when you pair it with a crusty loaf of bread and lovely glass of white wine! I love fresh Figs and sometimes they are not so easy to find so if you have trouble finding them at the grocery store (I really like the ones at Trader Joes when they have them) then the soft-dried variety will work just as well.

How to make Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle:

It's a fairly easy recipe to make- if you are preparing to make this for a special dinner and want to be a step ahead then prosciutto wrap the figs, keep them airtight in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the salad course. Then, it's a quick finish by place the mixed greens on serving plates, arranging the wrapped figs, sprinkling with feta cheese, and adding a drizzle of balsamic glaze! Wha-la. All ready to serve and enjoy!

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle is a lovely addition to any meal! www.cookingwithruthie.com 



We love salads! In addition to our Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Feta Salad with Balsamic Drizzle you may enjoy:

• Smoked Salmon, Cherry, Avocado, Feta Salad • Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad • Green Bean and Papaya Salad with Peanuts • Heirloom Tomato, Steak, Blue Cheese Salad • Apple, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pepitas Salad

I had some much needed warmth and sunshine this past week. Along with that warmth and sunshine I got some much needed rest, a few days without the kids, and to go for a run with my hubbie. All needed and all enjoyed!

Working out is what brought my husband and I together in the first place. Back in the day we trained for races together. We went on long runs together no matter the weather. We just do with your enjoyed working out together.

This week I am doubling down on the fit tips. First I want to remind you all the reasons why you should have a workout buddy, although not necessarily all time. And secondly I have a fun partner workout for you to hash out with your workout buddy.






Workout partners are not for everyone and they shouldn't be for every workout. I am a huge believer that there are workouts and runs that need to be done on your own. I have runs where I need to focus on pace, form, or sort through the wonders of my brain. But I also believe that there are days when having a workout partner is definitely a bonus.












Now that I have reminded you how awesome it is to workout with your friend let's throw in a workout for you to do together.


Push each other.
Help each other.
Enjoy!


Much Love and Peace~
Ruthie, Madeline, and Nichole

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Core

Core core core core core.....I hear this word constantly when talking to clients, friends, and anyone else. "I want to work my core." "My physical therapist says I need to strengthen my core." "I have a weak core." "Engage your core!" And my favorite, "I have 3 kids, I have no core."

Your core is your powerhouse for all movement, all activities. You need it for so much more than just looking awesome in jeans or a bikini. You can't get the strong core you need from doing a few sit ups a few times a week, a strong core is built through engaging it and sincerely working it. Today we have a core workout for you to include next time you hit the gym or have some time at home. I like to throw in a short solid core routine after a solid run or spin class.

Working your core doesn't end on the mat, you want to engage your core when you are running, picking up your kids, or even just walking around.