Friday, May 17, 2019

Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! We just adore a good smoothie recipe around here. This Starbucks smoothie is bright and happy because it's filled with orange, mango, and bananas! It's a fabulous, tropical way to meet the day! We know you LOVE our Starbucks Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, so we're just thrilled to share with you our copycat version of the Starbucks mango orange smoothie as well. :) It's Fit Friday!! AND we just love having Miss Nichole from  Pure Clean Fitness drop by on Friday's to share her awesome fitness tips with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HEREStarbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! by cookingwithruthie.com

Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe

Ooooh this smoothie is bringing me back to my high school days. Which, I can not believe that that was 7 years ago! Wow. Time is just wild! This Orange Mango Smoothie brings me back to high school because my mom, Ruthie, would always hand me a smoothie as I ran up the stairs and out the door! To be completely honest, I've never been good at waking up on time. I had/have a bad habit of sleeping past my alarm a lot of the time... So in high school, I'd usually wake up scrambling, quickly get ready, and run out the door. Thankfully, my mother knew this. She also knew that I had the appetite & metabolism of a growing teen boy all the time, so she'd hand me a yummy smoothie packed with protein as I sprinted to my car. My smoothie usually got me through first and second period... If it didn't, I always had a big box of snacks in my locker for when I was sooo hungry during class (the snack box was also my mother's idea)! Isn't my mom brilliant?! My friends always knew that they could count on me walking into class with a smoothie (even in winter) and that they could come to me and ask for a snack if they needed one!  Breakfast is such an important meal of the day and I'm so glad that my mom helped me out in this way. Enjoy our Orange Mango Smoothie and let your family enjoy it, too! Maybe you can also throw a smoothie in your kids hands as they run out the door in the morning? Trust me, it does work! :)  

You may also enjoy some of our other Smoothie Recipes:

Starbucks Strawberry Smoothie RecipeBanana Nut Smoothie RecipePineapple Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe
  Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! by cookingwithruthie.com

What's the difference between a smoothie and a shake? 

Most people love smoothies and shakes, some don't really know the differences between them because after all the both cold and refreshing, drinkable, and delicious! In my opinion it all comes down to ice cream... yes, it's true! Smoothies do not have ice cream, candy bars, cookies or pies in them. Smoothies are filled with healthy for you ingredients--like fruits, veggies, and healthier forms of protein and dairy.  
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them both as probably most of you do too!  I just tend to enjoy smoothies on a more regular basis and shakes... wellllll they're a more special occasion or dessert kind of treat for me. :)
Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! by cookingwithruthie.com

Smoothie 101

• Invest in a heavy duty blender; I’ve used a Blendtec for well over a decade now and I love it! It’s powerful enough to blend frozen fruit and vegetables smooth, smooth, smooth! 
• I prefer using frozen fruits and vegetables in my smoothies so they have a thicker consistency. 
• Freeze extra fruits and vegetables as they are just beginning to turn over-ripe; I use gallon plastic zip top freezer bags to toss them in.
• Freeze fresh produce to use later- I find they last just fine for up to 4 weeks. ie: spinach or mixed salad greens, baby carrots, cucumbers, banana’s broken into four pieces, sliced/cored apples and pears, extra berries, peeled/segmented oranges and clementines, grapes, and the list goes on! 
• Extra nutrient add in’s are always good try adding: vanilla and chocolate protein powders, dry oats, a small handful of nuts, peanut butter, flavored yogurt or kefir, and more. 
• Super food add in’s: gogi berries, coconut oil, avocado, acai or cacoa powder, chia or hemp or flax seeds, etc! 
 


  Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! by cookingwithruthie.com

Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe is full of Cooking with Ruthie goodness and love! 


Nichole's Fit Friday Awesome Tips:

If any of you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post this week about water. I am struggling guys! This is such a weird thing for me because I have never struggled to get in my water. I have always thought is was such a stupid excuse when my clients would tell me they didn't like water. Water is water, how can you dislike it? Oh man, was I wrong! Water is nasty if you really aren't in the mood for it, and it really can be hard to force down. With that being said this week I am focusing on 1) health benefits of water and 2) tips to getting more water into your day.








Reminding, or learning, the why behind anything helps me to want to do it. This may mean exercise, different foods, sleeping, and of course drinking water.





I have really struggled with getting my water in the last couple of weeks. I have started adding flavor and it has helped a ton. I am loving Nuuns and Ideal Lean BCAAs.

With summer coming I know I need to get and stay in the habit of staying hydrated.










We love to hear about your magical cooking moments. . . if you get a chance to make our recipes then leave us a comment or tag us on Instagram @cookingwithruthie , pin us on Pinterest , or follow along with us on Facebook so we can share in the joy of cooking with you! Please reach out if you have questions or comments via our email: ruthie@cookingwithruthie.com. We’re excited to see you again soon!  
One more thing before you go. . .
We love creating recipes and sharing our adventures with you, so if you can do us a huge favor it’d really support us! It’s easier to stay motivated to share our best with you when we hear from you!! We adore our readers and it really makes our day to get comments, social tags/shares, or pins that you save for later to share with your family and friends! Our hearts sing when you do. . . we SEE you and we do our very best to respond to all the love! It also amps up our mo-jo so we get lots of awesome things done around here.   
Thanks for sharing in the CWR blog-love!
Love Always,
Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Fit Friday - Pork Chili Verde and Summer Tabata

Pork Chili Verde is a Tex-Mex dream come true! Our Chili Verde recipe is just what your weekend is asking for. . . the poblano, jalapeƱos, and tomatillo peppers will turn dinner into a fiesta! We love authentic Mexican food and did you know that Madeliene lived in Mexico?  She's fluent in espanol  and loved it so much that she's in heaven every time a recipe has the flavors of Mexico.   Pork Chili Verde is a Tex-Mex dream come true! You'll love it! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Pork Chili Verde Recipe for Mother's Day!

We are so sad we missed getting this out for Cinco de Mayo last week- with the new blog launch we just weren't able to make it happen! So, we thought "why not Mother's Day".  We love this recipe any day of the year, actually. It get a big thumbs up at our house or anyones house we take it to. We served our Pork Chili Verde Recipe at a large family gathering and everyone wanted the recipe so we sorta promised to get it on the blog ASAP. :) 

While we're thinking about Tex-Mex dinners~ lets add some more dishes to make a whole fiesta! 

Cilantro Lime RiceSlow Cooker Sweet PorkHomemade Flour TortillasTres Leches Cake with StrawberriesCilantro Ranch DressingChipotle Lime Cheese EnchiladasMexican Cornbread PieSalsa Chicken BakeCafe Rio Sweet Pork (copycat) Pork Chili Verde is a Tex-Mex dream come true! You'll love it! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Now, we're turning it over to Nichole for Fit Friday... 

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Pork Chili Verde

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Main
 
Servings: 10
 
Author: Ruthie

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork butt -- trimmed of fat and cubed into 2 inch pieces
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 cup flour for dredging
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onions small 1 inch cubes
  • 2 poblano peppers ROASTED over flame cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ pounds tomatillo roasted peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Generously season the pork with salt and pepper and lightly coat with the flour.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom stock pot.
  • Pan fry the pork in small batches until well browned on all sides, with a slotted spoon remove browned pork; hold warm.
  • Drain the fat from the pan and place the onions in the same skillet, cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until limp, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the roasted poblanos and jalapenos; cook for 4 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 additional minutes.
  • Add the browned pork, tomatillos, oregano,cumin, cilantro to pot, add chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 hours or until the pork is fork tender.
  • Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

Pork Chili Verde Recipe will be a recipe you'll make time and again! 

We missed you on the week off as Miss Ruthie and Madeline took care of some blogger work and updates. Their site is up and pretty fantastic, if you haven't checked it out you need to! We are back this week and ready to get it on as summer sneaks in a little closer.

Today we are having fun with Tabata and Man Makers. Tabata is an all out push for 20 seconds followed up with a 10 second breather before you go again, you repeat this a total of eight times for a time total of 4 minutes.

Man Makers are our favorite dumbbell resistance move, we love them because they include a little bit of everything.


Pick a weight that is doable but challenging for the manmakers, you won't need weights for any of the Tabata movements.


Enjoy!!

Happy Fit Friday!
Much Love and Peace - Ruthie, Madeline, and Nichole

Friday, April 26, 2019

Fit Friday - Chicken Mushroom Back and Tread Circuit for Every Level

Chicken Mushroom Bake Recipe is a classic comfort food that you're sure to love!  For this chicken recipe, we fabricate a whole chicken and bake it in a creamy mushroom sauce!  It's a culinary school speciality and also one that everyone can make! However, feel free to use all chicken breasts and then follow the same recipe if you prefer. :)  Put your hands together for Fit Friday!!  We love Nichole so much!  Check out her fun page-- Pure Clean FitnessChicken Mushroom Bake is a favorite during the cold winter months!

Chicken Mushroom Bake Recipe serves the whole family and only takes 20 minutes to put together!

Holy yum!!!  Tender, juicy, and flavorful... Chicken Mushroom Bake is calling my name!  Prep this decadent dish in 20 minutes and make some fun sides while it cooks!  

Here are some of our favorite sides to eat with Chicken Mushroom Bake:

Chicken Mushroom Bake is a favorite during the cold winter months!

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Fit Friday with Nichole!

These days my workouts have been taken down a few notches but I am determined to make sure they do not become nonexistent. The gym is also a no-go, I am still teaching a few classes and training a couple of long term clients, but I am minimizing gym time and not working out there due to no white blood cells. All of this means that I am working out at home or heading out for fresh air.

My first goal is one mile a day, even on rough days I know that I will feel better if I get up and walk a mile. This isn't for time, this isn't even really for fitness, it is simply to make sure I am getting my body moving. Getting fresh air. Letting my joints and muscles move.

A mile is a day is only on low level energy days. On my mid level days and days when there is no escaping without kiddos I grab some weights and jump on the treadmill for a circuit workout. Instead of going with a speed on the treadmill I am going with an effort level, some days it is a solid walk (4.3), some days I am aiming to run a mile (7.5), and many days I am somewhere in between.


No matter what level I get this done at I am happy that I got it done.

Much Peace and Love
Ruthie, Madeline, & Nichole

Friday, April 19, 2019

Fit Friday - Herbed Grilled Chicken and Meditation

Herbed Grilled Chicken Recipe will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe! Warm weather days are beginning to make their debut around our neck of the woods and we LOVE it!  We love to have BBQ's on the back deck. . . we are sure you're getting the grilling bug too!  This year lets all start the grilling season off with this delicious herb marinade on chicken.  Mmmmm hmmm. It's so amazing!!  Nichole at Pure Clean Fitness is here with us for Fit Friday!! Herbed Grilled Chicken will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Herbed Grilled Chicken Recipe has the most amazing versatile marinade!  Don't worry, we will share it with you. :)

Grilling season and warm weather are upon us!  THIS MAKES ME SOOOOO HAPPY!!!  Along with this tasty Herbed Grilled Chicken, we wanted to share the Herb Marinade on it, that can literally be used for anything and everything!  Can't you just smell those fresh herbs being finely cut up right now?!  Mmmm yeah.  Another fabulous thing about summer!

Tips & Tricks for Grilling:

• Take meat our of fridge to bring it to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.  
• Clean the BBQ grill grate with a metal scraper,
• To reduce sticking spray generously with cooking spray before igniting grill so it does not flame up. 
• Preheat your grill on high, scrape again if needed to remove any really tough to remove areas.  
• Create heat zones for two stage cooking;
• Stage One: heat one side of grill to high heat; sear the meat on each side for 2 minutes, rotating to get cross-hatching marks.
• Stage Two: heat second side of grill to low or off; place the seared meat here until reaches desired temperature.
• Invest in a high quality probe thermometer.
• To get the best reading; probe the meat on the side inserting the probe into the center of the cut of meat.
• Once meat reaches 5 degrees below desired temperature move to a resting plate and tent with foil to keep warm without sweating.
• Rest meat for 5 minutes to slow the juices.
• Serve and Enjoy! 

Other Marinades and Dishes to inspire your Grilling Season:

Herbed Grilled Chicken will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Put your hands together for... Fit Friday!

  Life is chaos, right? My life is. Maybe you have your life a little more figured out than I do, or maybe you have perfect children that never wreck havoc on your day. If you do I am honestly amazed, but the reality is I sincerely doubt that you exist. While I enjoy my chaos, because that is truly what makes this life a life worth living, I have also jumped on the meditation band wagon to help minimize the stress and damage that chaos can cause to your physical body, your soul, and your psyche. Today's fit tips brings a few of my favorite mediation tips. I recognize that there are many other tips and tricks out there, these are the ones that I felt pertained to me the most and I wanted to share them. One of the biggest benefits of meditation is the connection you can make with your body and, as I am constantly preaching, knowing your body is one of the most important things you can do.

Meditation Tips and Tricks

Herbed Grilled Chicken will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Leave us a comment and let us know what else you love to use Herbed Marinade on!

We love to hear about your magical cooking moments. . . if you get a chance to make this recipe leave us a comment or tag us on Instagram @cookingwithruthie so we can share the joy of cooking with you! One more thing before you go!. . . be inspired with CWR Recipe, Travel, and a variety of Etceteras every week by signing up to receive our emails! Click here to subscribe. We send out our newest posts, a collection of our latest favorites, and more!  We love to stay connected with you.   Love always,  Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene  [wprm-recipe id="37863"] Life is chaos, right? My life is. Maybe you have your life a little more figured out than I do, or maybe you have perfect children that never wreck havoc on your day. If you do I am honestly amazed, but the reality is I sincerely doubt that you exist.

While I enjoy my chaos, because that is truly what makes this life a life worth living, I have also jumped on the meditation band wagon to help minimize the stress and damage that chaos can cause to your physical body, your soul, and your psyche.

Today's fit tips brings a few of my favorite mediation tips. I recognize that there are many other tips and tricks out there, these are the ones that I felt pertained to me the most and I wanted to share them. One of the biggest benefits of meditation is the connection you can make with your body and, as I am constantly preaching, knowing your body is one of the most important things you can do.


Happy Fit Friday-
Ruthie, Madeline, and Nichole

Friday, April 12, 2019

Fit Friday - Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas and HIIT for Summer

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla is a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love! Ladies and gentlemen... Nichole at Pure Clean Fitness is rockin' our worlds once again with this Fit Friday!! Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla are a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla has got this astonishing kick of spice and creamy-ness! 

Oh we can definitely thank the mozzarella cheese, chipotle cheese, and creamy real yogurt spread for that!  This combo leaves our Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla crispy on the outside and full of creamy cheesy goodness in the middle!  My little Carter boy is 19 months now (cue the tears) and has this crazy fascination with quesadillas.  How can you blame him?!  I'm just grateful that amidst his supeerrr picky phase of not wanting to eat anything but macaroni and fruit snacks, I can at least get a little protein in that boy with this quesadilla! 

More like our tasty, tasty Quesadilla:

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla are a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love! www.cookingwithruthie.com


Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla are a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla is a flavorful, 10 minute or less prep dinner! 

Fit Friday!

We are on the summer countdown. The countdown is on for pool time, beach time, shorts and tank time and ,most importantly, chasing your kids around all day time. That means we need to be ready to rock! Today's workout is a HIIT workout that will get the sweat going and the muscles burning. This is a HIIT that you can do with your friends at the gym for a little added push and motivation, or sneak it in at home with the kids or while the littles are napping. No equipment needed except a jump rope, and that can be faked.

On a side note, I say all this as I watch snow falling out my window.



Love always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene  

Friday, April 5, 2019

Fit Friday - Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast and Talking Happiness

Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast will power you through the day! Nichole at Pure Clean Fitness brings us something different for this Fit Friday and we LOVE it!!! Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast will power you through the day! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast is mmm mmmm tasty!!! 

I loveee this combo!  Hummus is one of my favorite things right now and with a fresh garden tomato... Oh yeah!  That's what I'm talking about.  My husband is more than thrilled with the runny yolk and all of it together makes a fabulous breakfast!

More like Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast:

Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast will power you through the day! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday :)

Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast will power you through the day! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Hummus, Tomato, Feta with Egg Toast





Often times for Fit Fridays I combine fitness and the idea of being healthy, the two really go hand in hand. I have given workouts, talked about specific movements, talked nutrition and sleep. Today I am talking a component of health I have yet to include, happiness.






As I started this thought process I started thinking of everything that goes with living a healthy life. Living a healthy life also includes things like stress management, alleviating illness, proper sleep habits, good nutrition, and exercise. All of these things also make us a happier, and all of these things are easier to maintain when we are happy.

So today's tips are five things that can promote happiness. I am not going to go in depth on any of these, instead I ask you to think through them and decide how they best pertain to you.




Love Always,  Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fit Friday - Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa and Track Time

Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa is a healthy and flavorful dinner the whole family will adore! Nichole at Pure Clean Fitness is here with us for another Fab-u-lous Fit Friday! Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa is a healthy and flavorful dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa is NOT your typical quinoa dish and we love it!!!

We love different, healthy, and flavorful around here! This is a quick 30 minute dinner to satisfy all of your families health and dinner needs! Shrimp = Protein & Omega 3's, Potato = Vitamin C & Fiber, and Quinoa = Very High Fiber & Protein with a low Glycemic Index. If you LOVE Quinoa like we do... check this out...

More Quinoa Recipes:

Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa is a healthy and flavorful dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com


  Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa is a healthy and flavorful dinner! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Shrimp, Cabbage, Potato on Quinoa


& Now, Fit Friday! :)




Longer days under the sun and I am heading outside. How can you not after being cooped up inside all winter? Spring is my favorite time to hit the track. It feels fresh and adds a little flare to my training that has continued throughout the snowy cold months.





Today we are hitting the track for a circuit. No weights needed. Just need some water and a kick a** attitude!

Remember; a track is 400 m around.



Love Always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene