Saturday, February 15, 2020

Fit Friday - Smoothies and Partner Workout

Our Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe is a delightful start to your day! We thought since today is Valentines Day, our smoothie recipe is the perfect way to celebrate the 'Day of Love' with your sweeties. Because we love, love, love smoothies! Protein smoothies are an essential part of our daily diet because they're SO good and so good for our health. Todays protein smoothie has fresh strawberries, vanilla protein powder, strawberry greek yogurt, bananas, mango, and kiwi. But, don't save your smoothies just for the morning, they are a perfect snack anytime of the day! A big Happy Valentines Day from all of us here at Cooking with Ruthie... We love you! :)   We love Fit Friday’s!! Because we love hanging out with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness! She’s a been apart of our Friday’s for many years and we love her so much!! Thank you, Nichole, for coming every week and sharing your awesome health and fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts, CLICK HEREStrawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe is a delightful start to your day! by cookingwithruthie.com

Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe

Enjoy our Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe and some of these smoothies, too! 

Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe is a delightful start to your day! by cookingwithruthie.com

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

Most people love smoothies and shakes and some don’t really know the differences between the two! After all, they are both cold, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious! In my opinion, it all comes down to ice cream… yes, the ice cream.  Smoothies do not have ice cream, candy bars, cookies or pies in them. Smoothies are filled with healthy for you ingredients like fruit, 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.  

Smoothie 101

  • Invest in a heavy duty blender; I’ve used a Blend Tec for well over a century 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 that 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 freeze them in.
  • Freeze fresh produce to use later. I find that they last just fine for up to 4 weeks. For example, 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 a good thing to use: 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! 
  Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe is a delightful start to your day! by cookingwithruthie.com


Enjoy our Strawberry Mango Kiwi Protein Smoothie Recipe with your loved ones today!

Handing it over to Miss Nichole for Fit Friday!

    We all know that it isn't always easy to make some of those necessary lifestyle changes when you are wanting to live a healthy balanced life. I am not talking about strict dieting or working out for hours a day, I am talking real life healthy changes. Changes like adding more vegetables to dinner, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, working out for 45-60 minutes more days than not. These are all things that will help us live longer fuller lives, but they are all changes that people have to make every day.

These changes are easier with support from family and/or friends. Having a healthy family dinner together is much easier than making two (or more) dinners. Having a spouse that will say "I've got the kids," when you are wanting to head out for a run in the morning. And having a friend to meet you at the gym is a great motivator to get there.

If you are needing that support, speak up and reach out. If you see someone that needs it, again, speak up and reach out.

This week we have a partner workout. Grab your partner, enjoy a solid workout together!


One partner works while the other rests. Break it up however works for you, my husband and I generally break it up in sets of 10.

Cheer each other. Push each other. And celebrate your successes together!


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

Friday, February 7, 2020

Fit Friday; Minestrone Soup & Growing with HIIT

Our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and perfect for wintertime! There's something so comforting about a warm bowl of minestrone soup in my hands.  The aromas, colors, and flavors just make my heart so happy. It's filled with fabulous nutrition like carrots, celery, onions, green beans, white corn, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes! I love it! It's very simple to convert to a vegan recipe, if you prefer, and our recipe gives those options too. Hearty Minestrone Soup may have it's roots in Italy but it's a well loved soup recipe in the states and around the world! Enjoy :) Happy day, it’s Fit Friday! We love hangin’ out with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness! She’s a been a part of our Friday’s for many years and we love her so much! Thank you, Nichole, for coming every week and sharing your awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HEREHearty Minestrone Soup Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and perfect for wintertime! by cookingwithruthie.com

Ingredients in our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

  • Basic Mirepoix: Which is a combination of 50% onions, 25% carrots, 25% celery. It’s the flavor base of most soups that you make. It’s a standard in the culinary arts and is traditionally the first ingredients into the pot. It is then cooked for 6-8 minutes until softened. 
  • Tomatoes- antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
  • Olive Oil- is widely recognized as one of the world's healthiest oils. In fact, people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory properties, may help prevent strokes, protective against heart disease.
  • Red Kidney and Garbanzo Beans- Beans and legumes are some of the most underrated foods on the planet. They are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins and many other important vitamins and minerals. There is good evidence that they can help reduce blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels and help maintain a healthy gut.
  • Yellow Corn- Because of the high fiber content, it can aid with digestion. Corn also provides our bodies with essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. Corn is a good source of the antioxidants carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health.
  • Vegetable Broth- abundant with phytochemicals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vital minerals found in the vegetables, herbs and spices that work together to help fight disease.
Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and perfect for wintertime! by cookingwithruthie.com

Of course, Minestrone Soup is from Italy!

• Minestrone is part of what is known in Italy as cucina povera (literally "poor kitchen") meaning poorer people's cuisine. Due to its unique origins and the absence of a fixed recipe, minestrone is not particularly similar across Italy: it varies depending on traditional cooking times, ingredients, and season. • In Italy, minestrone varies by season and by region: In the northern region of Lombardy, Negrin says, minestrone might include pasta and winter squash; farther south, in Tuscany, cannellini beans and cabbage or kale; in the coastal city of Genoa in the northwestern region of Liguria, it would be finished with pesto • Along with many other delicious pizza and pasta dishes, minestrone originated in Italy. The name minestrone means "big soup" thanks to the multitude of veggies that are thrown in.

Enjoy our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe and these vegetarian recipes too! 

Mediterranean Lasagna Recipe Black Beans and Rice Street Taco RecipeBBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street TacosMeatless Bolognese SauceTofu Drunken NoodlesPortabella Mushroom FajitasTwo Bean Mushroom ChiliJackfruit Vegan Pizza Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and perfect for wintertime! by cookingwithruthie.com


 Dish up a bowl of our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe this weekend!

Miss Nichole is here for Fit Friday!

Throughout our lives we are presented with opportunities for growth. Sometimes those growth moments/lessons come easily and are presented in ways that make growth fun. Sometimes those growing opportunities come with struggle. All of them should require some work, some effort, for you can't work without work effort.

This month I am focusing on the word growth with my classes. We are remembering that growth takes effort and work. Part of our monthly challenge is to take 10 minutes a day to either meditate or read something that is uplifting and inspiring. These 10 minutes will allow for some time to reflect on personal growth.










For Fit Friday this week I come with a workout and a challenge. Take this workout and push yourself beyond your what you think you can do. Push yourself into growth.





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 


Friday, January 31, 2020

Fit Friday - French Dip Sliders and Speedy (Wo)Man Makers

French Dip Sliders Recipe is a winning appetizer for this weekends super bowl party or any party you'll be attending! Your friends and family will think you are so clever when you serve up our petite french dip sandwiches at this weekends game. I mean, who doesn't love slow roasted beef, havarti cheese, all on a lightly toasted petite bun or baguette?! Let's not forget the flavorful au ju sauce for dipping them into, too! Pure happiness. Our French Dip Sandwich Sliders appetizer recipe will be a big win with all your fellow sports fanatics and the best part is...  it's a slow cooker recipe! Perfect way to keep your shredded roast beef moist and piping hot through out the whole game!  Hip Hooray! It’s Fit Friday! We love hangin’ out with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness! She’s a been a part of our Friday’s for many years and we love her so much! Thank you, Nichole, for coming every week and sharing your awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts, CLICK HEREFrench Dip Sliders Recipe is a winning appetizer for this weekends super bowl party or any party! by cookingwithruthie.com

Our French Dip Sliders Recipe are made in the Slow Cooker

I think we all agree that slow cookers or crock pot recipes are pretty fabulous! Just start it in the morning and let it do it’s magical thing all day long. When it’s time for dinner, the beef is so tender and flavorful, having simmered all day in a broth of rosemary, garlic, thyme, peppercorns, a bay leaf, and some soy sauce. I promise your family will LOVE it as much as ours does.  

Slow Cooker or Crockpot Tips & Tricks

Let's just have a little talk about our slow cookers here for a minute... As most of you know I'm a graduate of the Culinary School and one of the classes that's required is Sanitation and Safety. During this class we had an eye-opening chat about slow cookers and how they can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens, if not careful.
  • Preheat your crock pot just like you preheat your oven so plug it in and turn it to the high setting to get it nice and hot from the start for cooking. After all there is only one little probe heating the whole slow cooker! 
  • Add everything into the crock pot as warmed up as it can be, to cut down on the getting-the-food-hot portion of cooking, this is where you need to be cautious and make sure it is all hot and up to cooking temperature in 2-3 hours.  
  • If food stays between 41 degrees and 135 degrees for 4 hours, then it has to be thrown out because the bacteria and pathogens have had much too much time to grow and a food borne illness is a likely result.
  • If you add meat; be sure it is thawed and NEVER added frozen, if it’s beef or pork brown it first.  
  • Add liquids hot ie: like use HOT water or warm up any liquids in the microwave first then add them in already hot.
  • Spray the ceramic insert with cooking spray to make clean up a snap! It’ll wipe out with no sticking!
Slow Cookers are wonderful things and if we take a couple of quick precautions to keep food safe while using them, they are even better! :) French Dip Sliders Recipe is a winning appetizer for this weekends super bowl party or any party! by cookingwithruthie.com

Be sure to enjoy our French Dip Sliders Recipe along with some of our other favorite appetizers too!

  French Dip Sliders Recipe is a winning appetizer for this weekends super bowl party or any party! by cookingwithruthie.com


   

You'll have a sure WIN with our French Dip Sliders Recipe at your party!

FIT FRIDAY is here with Miss Nichole!! 

 
Happy Fit Friday! We are hitting the weekend running, literally. Today we are grabbing some weights and heading for the treadmills. For those of you that are newcomers to Fit Friday you may not know that I am a runner. Pushing my legs to limits and feeling my heart pump all within one workout makes me happy, makes me soul soar! So today we are going to push some speeds and throw in our favorite resistance move.

First off....what is our favorite resistance move? Man makers of course! It is a move that uses your whole body. It is the only move that we will be incorporating into today's workout but that is just fine, because it is the only one we need.


 Let's walk through all the steps of a man maker before we get into the workout.
1) Push up
2) Row right and left
3) Jump Up
4) Dumbbell clean
5) Thruster




Ok guys, we have our dumbbells and our move now it is time to hit the treadmill. I am not going to give you a pace, you need to choose how fast you can do this. Pick a pace that pushes you but is doable. Don't cheat yourself on this!



I tell my spin classes we come into every class with a goal. Keep that in mind for this workout. Come into this workout with your goal in mind. Use it as your carrot to keep you pushing.


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



Friday, January 24, 2020

Fit Friday - Chicken and Veggie Saute with a Side Dish of Us

Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and delicious! Today, we're sharing a family favorite... our Rice Pilaf is totally kid-friendly then by adding in the fresh vegetables and chicken sauté it's adult-friendly, too! Don't you just love it when you can bring awesome nutrition to the table for your kiddos? Your picky eaters have plenty to choose from with the sauté veggies and chicken because they'll for sure devour the rice pilaf!! It's simple to make any day of the week plus leftovers make for an awesome lunch.  It’s Fit Friday!! We get excited each week when Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness drops by to share her awesome coaching and fitness tips with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HERE! We are doing somethin' a little different today... We are re-introducing ourselves cause we know it's been a while!! Keep reading. :)  Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and delicious! by cookingwithruthie.com

Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe

Hi, hi! I'm Madeliene. I'm one of the Rice Pilaf lovers my mom talks about in the first paragraph. We have LOVED this recipe our whole lives. Mmmm it's so good. I made it for my family a little while ago and it was so fun to make it for them, like my mom used to make it for us. Even my brother, Jake, who was the pickiest eater when he was little, loved rice pilaf. It was, and still is, one of his faves.  Oh, yes. Let me re-introduce myself. :) I am a mom of 2 adorable boys, a dog mom of 2 girl pups, a wife, a blogger, and an aspiring psychologist. I have a huge love for mental health and can not wait until I have my master's degree! I'm on track to apply for grad school this coming Fall and I'm sooo stoked! I danced my whole life... 17 years to be exact. I've always been social. I've always been a bit crazy. I've always loved to cook and to write. I'm an emotional person and I have a tender heart (so does my mom, sister, and brother, actually).  I like to keep it really real around here. I share the happy, the sad, the mental health struggles, the beautiful vacations, etc. We aren't perfect and never will be, so let's just be us and real about it, too! I'm grateful for CWR and I really enjoy baking and cooking with my family. The memories I have in the kitchen with my loved ones, are very cherished. It's super fun that my Carter boy is starting to want to cook with me. :)  Learn more about Cooking with Ruthie here

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Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and delicious! by cookingwithruthie.com

Healthy Cooking Tips; Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe meets them all! 

Healthy Cooking Tips:

The main rule of thumb for healthy cooking is to avoid cooking methods that require excessive fat.  Remember to eat a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, and drink plenty of water too. I try to incorporate healthy cooking techniques and use healthy oils, in moderate amounts, in all of my cooking… I call it “health-i-fying” recipes!
  • Baking: dry heat, below 400 degrees for meat and fish, roasts, and vegetables.
  • Braising: browning the ingredients first and then covering with broth or water and slowly cooking.
  • Poaching: gently simmer ingredients in water or broth, using minimal amounts of liquid.
  • Steaming: quickly cooking foods above a small amount of water,  allows food to retain most of the nutrients. AND when you smell it, it’s done!
  • Broiling: uses intense, direct heat.  Broiling can be done under the broiler in an oven, or over the coals of a BBQ grill.  High temperatures browns and crisps the outside while sealing in the juices.
  • Grilling: use leaner cuts and marinade meat to reduce to the HA formation which may cause colon cancer.  Gas grills are better than charcoal for reducing HA.
  • Sauteing: quickly cooks relatively small or thin pieces of food.
  • Roasting: like baking, but at higher temperatures- using a rack underneath meat so excess fat can drip below.
  • Stir-frying:  quickly cooks small pieces of food while rapidly stirring in a small amount of oil that’s almost to the smoking point.

About Ruthie:

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Ruthie! I created Cooking with Ruthie 9 years ago now and it has evolved into something more than amazing. I'm very grateful for this space and thank YOU for making it what it is today!! I'm a mom of 3, a dog mom of 2, and a food lover! I've ran 3 marathons. I've gone the rounds with food and diets and I'm an intuitive eater to the core. I've also gone through the rounds with life and have had an amazing soul journey! I've grown so much and I wouldn't trade the person I am now, for anything. Adversity makes us who we are and that, should be celebrated! Thank you for following along and for the love! We are always here. Don't ever hesitate to comment or send us an email-- we love to hear from you!   
Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and delicious! by cookingwithruthie.com

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You're family will be in love with this Chicken & Vegetable Sauté with Rice Pilaf Recipe!

    Hey there everyone! I am Nichole, the smiling face behind Pure Clean Coaching. The girls from Cooking with Ruthie and I have been as this for a while. We have collaborated once a week to bring you Fit Friday, a post that has some yummy healthy (sometimes its an ish)  recipes and a variety of healthy/fit tips.  This weekend we got together for a YOU day for a very lucky Cooking with Ruthie reader. As we talked we realized how long we have been at this, which means there are probably a few of you out there that don't know me.





Who am I?

I am a mom, a runner, a cancer survivor, a personal trainer, a life coach and so much more. I am a lover of life that just wants to share that love with everyone around me.
I am constantly striving to grow in this world, grow as a woman, a wife, and a mom.







I have four kids, two of which are mine and two bonus girls that I get to love as well. With four kids, a dog, a husband, and my own needs and wants life is a constant juggling act. There are days that I have 10 balls in the air and I have a smile on my face, then there are days that I am struggling to keep one ball up in the air and I look like a mess. It's all ok though, it is life.

You can find out more about me  @purecleancoaching. You can learn more about my cancer story @nicholesbiggestraceyet. I also have another project where you can find out more about me as a mom and stepmom @blendedmatters. Check me out. Follow my journey. Ask me questions. I love questions! And thanks for all the love.







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


Friday, January 17, 2020

Fit Friday - Power Spinach Salad and A Power House Workout


Power Spinach Salad Recipe will fuel your day with power nutrition! by cookingwithruthie.com

Our Power Spinach Salad Recipe will fuel your day with powerful benefits of awesome nutrition! Today's spinach salad is sporting a powerhouse of blueberries, carrot rounds, clementine oranges, grape tomatoes, pistachios, sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Keep reading below to learn all about the benefits for your body! I love salads. It's my goal to eat two of them everyday so I can keep up with all that my busy life asks of me. Enjoy making a power spinach salad this weekend. :)   AND it’s Fit Friday!! We get excited each week when Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness drop by to share her awesome coaching and fitness tips with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HERE! Power Spinach Salad Recipe will fuel your day with power nutrition! by cookingwithruthie.com

Power Spinach Salad Recipe

I usually grab a nice collection of fruits and vegetables like the ones in our Power Spinach Salad Recipe to keep in the fridge throughout the week. That way, I always have everything I need on hand to put my salads together very quickly and easily. Any produce I have leftover at the end of the week, I'll toss into the freezer for protein smoothies another day! It's a great way to keep the produce in my fridge fresh and get those 5 a day goals met, too!

Healthy benefits in our Power Spinach Salad Recipe

  • Spinach- an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.
  • Blueberries- The fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient content in blueberries supports heart health. The absence of cholesterol from blueberries is also beneficial to the heart. Fiber content helps to reduce the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
  • Tomatoes- antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
  • Carrots- are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a number of health benefits. They're a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
  • Clementines- are a source of potassium, and getting enough dietary potassium decreases dental inflammation, reduces hypertension, and prevents tooth loss. Protect your liver with clementines: Clementines contain choline, a B vitamin that aids in healthy liver function.
  • Pistachios- are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and various nutrients, including vitamin B6 and thiamine. Their health effects may include weight loss benefits, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and improved gut, eye, and blood vessel health.
  • Sea Salt- is mostly composed of sodium chloride, a compound that helps regulate fluid balance and blood pressure in the body. Since it's minimally processed, it contains some minerals, including potassium, iron, and calcium.
  • Olive Oil- is widely recognized as one of the world's healthiest oils. In fact, people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory properties, may help prevent strokes, protective against heart disease.

We hope you'll enjoy some these salad recipes, too!

Power Spinach Salad Recipe will fuel your day with power nutrition! by cookingwithruthie.com


This Power Spinach Salad Recipe is sure to make your body happy and healthy! 

Happy Dance! It's Fit Friday with Miss Nichole.

Last week we talked about having a word of the year, I hope that each of you picked a word and have already been finding ways to emanate that word. For example, my word was confidence. I have been focusing on that word as I have been meeting with new clients this last week. I am not saying that you need to go out of your way to use your word, your guidepost, but instead keep it in your mind and let it become part of who you are.

 This week I am bringing a workout to you. I want you to take this workout and let your word into the workout. Feel it! Other words that I have clients using include  persistence, perseverance, work, and learn. All of these words can be felt and used to drive you through a workout. Today is going to include a lot of legs. Make sure to engage your core throughout and focus on solid form. You will get your heart rate up and going with this workout. Start with 10+ minutes of cardio and finish with some solid stretching. If you have time throw in some core at the end with your stretch.


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  


Friday, January 10, 2020

Fit Friday: 12 Winter Soups and Choosing Your GuidePost

It is Fit Friday and our favorite ladies in the kitchen are kicking us off on this cold January day with some yummy winter soup recipes. YAY!

12 Winter Soup Recipes: Healthy & Delicious! It's that time of year when we just want to stay cozy and warm indoors... Or is it just me? I swear sometimes January can feel like the longest month of the year. I guess it's because it gets so cold around our neck of the woods. We have plenty of cold weather and snow here in northern Utah and it's fun for a little while. So, let's make the most of these cold months by making healthy and delicious soup recipes! We adore every soup recipe that's featured so try one or try them all! We know you'll love them! :)    Happy day, it’s Fit Friday! We love hangin’ out with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness! She’s a been a part of our Friday’s for many years and we love her so much! Thank you, Nichole, for coming every week and sharing your awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HERE

Start the count down! 12 Winter Soup Recipes: Healthy & Delicious

Elk Chili is the BEST chili ever! It's total comfort in a bowl! www.cookingwithruthie.com
  1. Elk Chili Recipe is the perfect chili for this hunting season!
         2. Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup will keep you toasty-warm this winter! German Spargel Reis Suppe is a classic German recipe that's simple to make and tastes SO good! www.cookingwithruthie.com       3. German Spargel Reis Suppe Asparagus is always a favorite plus I just love fresh tarragon. French Potage Saint-Germain (Split Pea Soup) on www.cookingwithruthie.com is a humble and comforting soup, a french home cooks staple recipe! #foodbridges       4. French Potage Saint-Germain is so comfy-cozy this time of year! Chicken Taco Soup       5. Chicken Taco Soup Recipe is a quick and easy dinner in the slow cooker that tastes more amazing than it is simple to make! Japanese Miso Soup on www.cookingwithruthie.com is a staple recipe in Japan plus we'll enjoy a taste of the Japanese culture! #culinaryjourney

Half way in our 12 Winter Soup Recipes: Healthy & Delicious

      6. Japanese Miso Soup is one of my favorite ways to stay warm and cozy in the winter!         7. Italian Tortellini Soup is packed with delicious and nutritious ingredients!   French Onion Soup with Baguette by www.cookingwithruthie.com .     8. French Onion Soup with Baguette is a classic comfort dish that's simple to make at home!  Pot Roast Chili by whatscookingwithruthie.com       9. Pot Roast Chili is the best way I know of to use leftover Pot Roast! Tomato Basil Soup by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com       10. Tomato Basil Soup Recipe is skinnier version of the traditional Tomato Basil Soup recipe, you’ll agree it’s amazing.       11. Lasagna Soup Recipe is perfect for those really busy days when you’ve only got 30 minutes to get dinner on the table. Winter Vegetable and Turkey Soup by whatscookingwithruthie.com      12. Winter Vegetable and Turkey Soup is a hearty and filling dinner that’s quick and easy for a week night supper!

Enjoy our 12 Winter Soup Recipes: Healthy & Delicious!

Hip-hooray! It's Fit Friday






It is the New Year and we are all about those New Years resolutions and goals. I will be honest, I have never been all that great about setting New Years Resolutions. I didn't like the pressure of setting goals for the year and I didn't want to feel frustrated when I failed at those goals.

I have been a personal trainer for years. I have had clients the New Years Resolutions discussion time and time again. Watching people come in with high hopes and unrealistic goals was frustrating, especially when I would watch them slowly disappear, giving up when goals could not be met.

A couple of years ago I started to look more at the idea of picking a word for the year. Why? A word gave me something to work on without setting some crazy goal that was bound to be forgotten. By choosing a word for the year I was giving myself a guide for my intentions. I would choose a word that represented a value or need I felt needed to be amplified in my life in order for me to live my best life.


This year I have chosen the word CONFIDENCE. I can take this word into my workouts, running, coaching, marriage, motherhood. This is a value that I admire in others, but is also one of those things that I can easily see being a part of my own personality. Using CONFIDENCE as my guidepost I will be able make stronger decisions as I continue to build my business, I will be able to live my most authentic life.

I could go on and on about why I chose CONFIDENCE as the value I would most like to work on and exude, but instead of doing that I would challenge each of you to choose your own guidepost for the year. Put some thought into this word. Choose your word by considering who you are and who you would like to be. Think of others that you admire and list the values and qualities that they have. This should be a word you have truly put thought into, remember, it will be your guide for the next year.

Once you have chosen your word than go ahead and make some small goals that will help you begin to live your best life. Start finding ways to best incorporate your word for 2020 into your life. Next week I will post a workout for Fit Friday, it would be fantastic if you can take your word and use it as a motivator to get that workout done to the best of your ability.

Happy New Year everyone!

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 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fit Friday: Southwest Beef and Polenta & HIIT with PushUps

Thanks for joining us on this fantastically festive Fit Friday!

Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe is a savory appetizer for your next gathering! When I'm having friends and family over for dinner, I like to have a variety of two-bite appetizers ready for them to enjoy as everyone arrives. Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe is a flavorful new recipe creation. I love to combine flavors and textures-- like petite beef patties with a southwest spice, pan-fried polenta rounds, queso fresco cheese, and then finished off with the choice of two kinds of salsa! Our whole family approved as we enjoyed eating these southwest beef and polenta appetizers together a few weeks ago. They're a deliciously tasty masterpiece!  We are so excited that it’s Fit Friday! We love hangin’ out with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness! She’s a been a part of our Friday’s for many years and we love her so much! Thank you, Nichole, for coming every week and sharing your awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HERESouthwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe a savory appetizer for your next gathering! by cookingwithruthie.com

How to make our Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe

  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat, lightly sea salt and cook polenta rounds 2 minutes each side or until lightly crispy and warmed.
  2. Remove to holding plate until serving.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine Laura Lean Organic Ground Beef, egg, panko crumbs, and spices; knead with hands and form 1 inch patties.
  4. Cook in same skillet 3-4 minutes per side or until desired doneness is achieved.
  5. To Plate: Place one slider patty on each polenta round, top with queso fresco cheese, and garnish with cilantro leaf.
  6. To Serve: use salsa varieties of choice, crumbled queso fresco, and cilantro.
Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe a savory appetizer for your next gathering! by cookingwithruthie.com

Be sure to enjoy our Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe along with some of our other favorite appetizers, too!

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Wow all your guests with our Southwest Beef & Polenta Rounds Recipe at your next dinner party! 


Fit Friday!

We are getting down to the wire folks. Are your stockings hung with care? Are your presents wrapped with beautiful bows? Are all of your lights sparkling well into the night? While my lights are sparkling I have yet to wrap a single present and still have a stack of envelopes to get addressed and in the mail. Don't worry, I am still breathing and I know that all will be ok.

Part of keeping my calm includes me getting my workouts in. I have found that when I am too busy to sneak in even a short workout I tend to get even more chaotic in my brain. Getting my heart rate up helps me to stay focused and energized the rest of the day. So today we are back to workouts for our Fit Friday. Grab a friend, a some water, and let's get to work with this HIIT workout on this last Friday before Christmas.

Push-ups are one of my favorite movements, not because they are easy for me, they definitely are not easy, but because I know they are so good for me. Push-ups are a great upper body and core strengthener that I can do anywhere. Watch your form!


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