Friday, September 13, 2019

Fit Friday - Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese and Manmaker Workout

Fit Friday!!!

Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic sandwich into grilled cheese magic! OMG. Grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite lunch. There's just something about the extra crunch that makes them PERFECT! Today's Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese sandwich is made with sourdough bread, two varieties of cheese, and organic sliced ham. Then we take it up a notch by zesting the mayonnaise. Seriously, it's the next best thing to heaven! :)   Hip-hooray!! Fit Friday is here! We 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 HERE! Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic into grilled cheese magic! by cookingwithruthie.com

Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe

I like to make grilled cheese sandwiches using a high quality fat, like organic butter or olive oil, and a quick pan fry over high heat. I think if they're made right, with a small amount of good quality fat and nutritious ingredients, and without adding a huge calorie punch during the grilling... I consider it "healthier"! Sandwiches have been around for hundreds of years with the Ham and Swiss seeming to originate from in a café on the Boulevard de Capucines in Paris in 1910. The Croque-Monsieur is essentially a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Since it’s a French grilled sandwich, its made with lean ham, Gruyere or Emmental cheese, and then it’s pan fried like grilled cheese and covered in a warm béchamel sauce. Delicieux! French for Crusty or Crispy Mister, depending on whom you ask, it's a sandwich famous for its variants, as well as its originality. With added tomato, it is the Croque-Provencal, and with mustard and topped with a fried egg, it is a Croque-Madame. Other versions substitute ingredients with delightful results, including the Croque Auvergnat, which replaces the mild cheese with a Bleu, and the Croque Norvegien, which uses salmon in place of the ham. Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic into grilled cheese magic! by cookingwithruthie.com

The History of the Sandwich; John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich  

The bread-enclosed convenience food known as the "sandwich" is attributed to John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), a British statesman and notorious profligate and gambler, who is said to be the inventor of this type of food so that he would not have to leave his gaming table to take supper. In fact, Montague was not the inventor of the sandwich; rather, during his excursions in the Eastern Mediterranean, he saw grilled pita breads and small canapes and sandwiches served by the Greeks and Turks during their mezes, and copied the concept for its obvious convenience. There is no doubt, however, that the Earl of Sandwich made this type of light repast popular among England's gentry, and in this way, his title has been associated with the sandwich ever since. The concept is supremely simple: delicate finger food is served between two slices of bread in a culinary practice of ancient origins among the Greeks and other Mediterranean peoples. Literary references to sandwiches begin to appear in English during the 1760s, but also under the assumption that they are a food consumed primarily by the masculine sex during late night drinking parties. The connotation does not change until the sandwich moves into general society as a supper food for late night balls and similar events toward the end of the eighteenth century...Charlotte Mason was one of the first English cookbook authors to provide a recipe for sandwiches...During the nineteenth century, as midday dinner moved later and later into the day, the need for hot supper declined, only to be replaced with light dishes made of cold leftovers, ingredients for which the sandwich proved preeminently suitable. Thus the sandwich became a fixture of intimate evening suppers, teas, and picnics, and popular fare for taverns and inns. This latter genre of sandwich has given rise to multitudes of working class creations...During the early years of the railroad, sandwiches proved an ideal form of fast food, especially since they could be sold at train stations when everyone got off to buy snacks...During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the sandwich came into its own, especially as a response to the Temperance Movement. Taverns and saloons offered free sandwiches with drinks in order to attract customers." READ MORE ---Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Solomon H. Katz, editor, William Woys Weaver, associate editor [Charles Scribner's Sons:New York] 2003, Volume 3 (p. 235-6)Originating in a café on the Boulevard de Capucines in Paris in 1910 Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic into grilled cheese magic! by cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Friday!!

    Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic into grilled cheese magic! by cookingwithruthie.com

If you love our Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe we're sure you'll love these too:

Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe turns a classic into grilled cheese magic! by cookingwithruthie.com

We're quite sure our Ham and Swiss Grilled Cheese with Zesty Mayo Recipe needs to be a part of your weekend menu! 

School has started, kids are skipping merrily along their way with a backpack full of completed homework and a smile on their faces. At least in my head that is how it looks. Reality may be a little different as we are trying to jam in fun, school, and activities. But the good news is that I now have a little time caved out for my own workouts.

I am still getting into the swing of everything with my own workouts and my health, so hard core workouts aren't quite on my schedule yet. But one of the great things about working out on my own, which is all I do these days, is that I listen to my body and I take breaks when needed, I use lighter weights when my body tells me to, and if I need to call it quits I do. That also means I get to do the flip side of that, when I am feeling good I push harder, when the weights seem a light side I grab some that are a bit heavier, and if I have another round in me I go for it!

Remember, we love manmakers!


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!

Happy Fit Friday-
With Peace and Love-
Ruthie, Madieline, and Nichole

Friday, August 30, 2019

Fit Friday - Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie & Speed and Planks

Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe is healthy and refreshing anytime of day! We're in the hot, hot heat of the summer in Utah. . . those dog days of summer are here! It's hitting well into the 90's every day, so we think there's no better way to beat the heat than with a frosty cold smoothie. We're packing this one with orange, mango (Madeliene's favorite!), banana, greek yogurt, vanilla protein, and ice. You'll love this creamy smooth and slightly tropical combination just as much as we do! Smoothie recipes are something we enjoy creating and sharing with you. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and that our Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie finds it way onto your menu! :) 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 HEREOrange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe is healthy and refreshing anytime of day! Enjoy! by cookingwithruthie.com

We simply can't get enough of this Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!

We're so excited that baby Charlie made it here a couple of weeks ago! Madeliene and Spencer are now the proud parents of two little boys. If you keep an eye on our social media channels, then you've probably seen all the adorable pictures we've been sharing. Carter and Charlie are a very handsome duo and are already keeping their momma on the run! I was recently helping at Madeliene and Spencer's home with the new baby, and Carter could not get enough of this orange, mango, banana, protein smoothie! Any two year old that loves a healthy smoothie is set up for good nutrition in at least one way! Yay!!! Because we all know that sometimes it's just tough to find foods that they'll even eat! Cheers to smoothies, grandsons, and to something that even your most pickiest eaters might love!!    Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe is healthy and refreshing anytime of day! Enjoy! by cookingwithruthie.com

If you love smoothies like we do... you'll enjoy these fabulous smoothie recipes, too!


Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe is healthy and refreshing anytime of day! Enjoy! by cookingwithruthie.com


We're sure the whole family will be thrilled with our Orange Mango Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe! It's sure bring many smiles to your table! :)

Fit Fri-YAY!

 It is a beautiful week at my house. The kids are in school and I am enjoying a few minutes of quiet, mostly just spending it resting, recovering, and dreaming of days when I don't need quite so many hours of sleep just to kind of function. Thankfully this is short lived and my head is already looking ahead to workouts for this weekend.

I have avoided the gym quiet a bit over the last few weeks, but that avoidance is getting picked up a notch with all the fresh new germs coming and going with the beginning of school. Tomorrow morning you will find me on the treadmill in my basement doing a circuit of speed and planks. Plank work is awesome for my core, shoulders, and back. 







These plank moves are not meant to be hurried through. Go slow, engage the muscles, and focus on what you are doing. 

If you rush through these moves you will not get the full intention. 











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, August 23, 2019

Fit Friday - Root Veggie Tarts and Respect Your Health

Mini Root Vegetable Tarts Recipe is a delightful savory breakfast or brunch to enjoy with your family this weekend! I love miniature baked goods... why are they so darn cute?! Mini cakes, hand pies, tarts, and rolls are a perfectly lovely addition to any gathering. Our mini root vegetable tarts are similar to a quiche but individual size. They are made with eggs, turnips, carrots, parsnips, onion, and swiss cheese! They are really wonderful this time of year with all the fresh produce available in home gardens, the markets, and vegetable stands. If you are looking for the perfect way to impress the pickiest guests, then look no further! Our Mini Root Vegetable Tarts Recipe is exactly what you are looking for! Enjoy. :)  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 fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HEREMini Root Vegetable Tarts is a delightful savory brunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Mini Root Vegetable Tarts Recipe is sure to be a favorite!

When I was a kid, my mother would make an egg and cheese quiche at least once a month and I have to say my little tastebuds where in heaven every time this fabulous weekend surprise came around! My love for quiches and tarts has only grown with me over the years. I love them! So... this recipe is a spin off of the one my mom would make when I was younger. I added in a lovely variety of root vegetables and I think you'll agree that it's pretty near perfect! This recipe calls for pre-made crusts, which you can find in any grocery market, in the frozen isles. If you feel like making a crust, then I suggest our French Pâte Brisée Sucrée! I would just make it savory by omitting the sugar and then use miniature tart/pie pans. Either way you decide to go, you'll adore our Mini Root Vegetable Tart Recipe and your family and friends will be SO impressed! 

We hope you’ll love these other healthy breakfast recipes, too:

Mini Root Vegetable Tarts is a delightful savory brunch! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Healthy Benefits of Eggs

  • Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.
  • A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.
  • A single large boiled egg contains:
  • Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
  • Folate: 5% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA
  • Selenium: 22% of the RDA
  • Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc
  • This comes with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.
  • Eggs also contain various trace nutrients that are important for health.
  • In fact, eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.
  • If you can get your hands on pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs, these are even better. They contain higher amounts of omega-3 fat and are much higher in vitamin A and E .

Mini Root Vegetable Tarts 2


This week I am coming at you with a reminder, your health comes at you in so many different ways at many different seasons. It isn't feasible to always eat 100% correctly, to workout every day, to sleep 8 hours a day, to get in meditation time, etc. What is possible every day, to check in with yourself and respect yourself.

Beautiful Madeliene is now a mom of two amazing children. Having a toddler and a newborn means that you are trying to survive. You aren't trying to get 8 hours of sleep, instead you are trying to get the most out of sleep when you get the chance. You aren't eating homemade elaborate meals, you are looking for shortcuts and trying to eat what you can while respecting your body and all it needs to do. 

For those that follow me you know that I have been battling cancer, Hodgkin Lymphoma. I am not out trying to get faster run times, instead I am listening to my body and moving as much as I feel the need and ability to. I strive for one mile a day, on chemo weeks that one mile is a slow walk. I am not eating a ton of veggies, even though veggies have regularly been a staple in my life. Instead I am eating whatever actually sounds good and doesn't make my stomach roll.

These are two extremes, I know that. You don't need to have extreme conditions to have days where being some ideal picture of health be a non-option. The best thing you can do is respect yourself and your body. Some mornings you need that extra hour of sleep before a big day more than an early hour at the gym. When your kids make cookies you celebrate with them and eat a cookie, even if it doesn't fit in with your macros that day. And when you have had a rough day and need to come home to some comfort food enjoy it. don't feel guilty about it. 

Being some ideal vision of health is not always possible. Instead learn to listen to your body, respect yourself and understand that there are days you are going to be right on and there are days when you are simply going to do the best you can.

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, August 9, 2019

Fit Friday - Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo and Kid Friendly Tabata

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich Recipe is deliciousness with a little kick in the sauce that will surprise and delight the whole family! Summer and grilling just go hand-in-hand around here. . . keeping all the heat from cooking outside on the grill and out of the kitchen is a huge plus! Our temperatures have been hitting into the low 100's this week so our grilled chicken sandwich is the summertime dinner you are looking for! I love to toast hoagies or buns on the grill because the extra crunch is worth the 2 minutes of effort! Just coat them with olive oil cooking spray and toss them on the grate as your protein is almost done cooking. If you don't already don't already add this awesome crunch then give it a try and thank me later! :)  It's Fit Friday!! We just love hanging out with Miss Nichole from  Pure Clean Fitness ! She's a been apart of our Friday's 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 HEREGrilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich Recipe is deliciousness with a kick! by cookingwithruthie.com

We're excited to share these other grilling recipes too!

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich Recipe is deliciousness with a kick! by cookingwithruthie.com

Love our Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich even more with our Tips & Tricks for Grilling:

  • Take meat out 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.
  • Grilling is a little like cooking on the Mojave desert --- dry, dry and hot, hot, hot!  Make sure to use your grilling sauce and apply it with each rotation so the protein stay nice and moist on the inside.
  • 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! 
Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich Recipe is deliciousness with a kick! by cookingwithruthie.com


Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mayo Sandwich Recipe is your next Saturday lunch with the fam!!

The beginning of school is insight guys! And I am ready to get back on to a schedule and into a regular routine with my kiddos. I even get to start my youngest in preschool this year which gives me a couple hours two days a week all by myself. Yay!!!

For the next couple of weeks I am still focusing on at home workouts that I can squeeze in during a lull of kid activities and madness. I am also striving to continue with workouts that my kids can jump into the middle of if they want.

With all that being said let's get into this week's workout, its's TABATA time! A kid friendly Tabata to get everyone hot, sweaty, and ready for a cool down at the pool.


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, August 2, 2019

Fit Friday - Street Tacos and Celebrating 40

Black Beans and Rice Street Taco Recipe is a flavorful Tex-Mex Dinner! I love to enjoy vegetarian meals in the heat of summer because a light meal and easy to cook when I want to head out the door to enjoy the nice weather. Our Black Beans and Rice Street Tacos are flavorful and healthy with cilantro, avocado, tomato, black beans, and rice all wrapped up in a white corn tortilla. Plain heaven. We love street taco recipes around here. . . creating new varieties of them is something we love to do so keep reading for more street taco recipe inspirations!  We’re always so excited for Fit Friday’s! We just love hanging out with Miss Nichole from  Pure Clean Fitness ! She’s a been apart of our Friday’s 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 HEREBlack Beans and Cilantro Rice Taco Recipe is a flavorful Tex-Mex Dinner! by cookingwithruthie.com

We know you'll love our Black Beans and Rice Street Taco Recipe

Black Beans and Rice Street Taco are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your house. We serve them up buffet style that way each person can create a personal taco with only what they prefer. Tex-mex meals have always been a favorite at our house when my kids were all young it was one meal I knew they'd all eat and enjoy!  There was a day when that was not an easy thing to do. . . luckily our taste buds change every seven years and palates mature so we no longer have that trouble! :)  Black Beans and Cilantro Rice Taco Recipe is a flavorful Tex-Mex Dinner! by cookingwithruthie.com

A few more of our Street Taco Recipes for you to enjoy

Achiote Beef Street Tacos RecipeBBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street TacosButternut Squash and Apple Street TacosChicken, Black Bean, Cilantro Street Tacos RecipeBlack Bean and Sweet Corn TostadasGrilled Street Tacos and Cancun

 

  Black Beans and Cilantro Rice Taco Recipe is a flavorful Tex-Mex Dinner! by cookingwithruthie.com

Black Beans and Rice Street Taco Recipe


 Today is a special Fit Friday. Why? Because it is my 40th birthday! Yep, you read that right today is my 40th and we are celebrating with a fun 40th workout.

I will be honest with your guys, I am not dreading 40. I don't find myself feeling old instead I find myself feeling happy and confident. At least as happy as I can considering I still have a few more rounds of chemo to go. In my thirties I married a good man, and gained the privilege of becoming a step-mom to two gorgeous girls, along with gaining two of my own. I have learned how to be happy within myself. I don't stress about numbers that don't matter. I have learned to eat healthy food because that is what I want to eat. And I workout because I enjoy it not because I have to.

Speaking of workout.....we are celebrating my 40th with workout. That way you can all celebrate with me.

We are doing a series of AMRAPs today (as many rounds as possible). Work hard for those 8 min folks, earn your recoveries.



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, Ruthie & Madeliene  & Nichole

Friday, July 26, 2019

Fit Friday - Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie and Plyos&Core

Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good as the original! Remember when these old school Starbucks Smoothies were around? They were simple with just right amount of ingredients. . . banana, mocha flavor, protein, your choice of milk, and ice. It's been awhile since you've seen them on the menu and if you're like me you're missing them! We're happy to share our copycat Starbucks chocolate smoothie along with Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe and Starbucks Strawberry Smoothie Recipe! We're always so excited for Fit Friday's! We just love hanging out with Miss Nichole from  Pure Clean Fitness ! She's a been apart of our Friday's 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 HEREStarbucks Chocolate Smoothie Recipe is simple to make at home and every bit as good! by cookingwithruthie.com

Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie Recipe is just the beginning of our smoothie love! We hope you'll enjoy these too:

Starbucks Chocolate 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 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 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 Chocolate Smoothie Recipe is filled with all the good ole' flavors of the classic variety! 

Fit Friday here with a fun workout for you to add some excitement into your weekend. I don't do a whole lot of body part break downs in my workouts, I like to do more full body functional workouts, but every once in a while I feel the need to focus my gym time a little more.  Today we are doing a core and plyo workout.

Why? Well, straights plyos is a crazy hard so I like to break it up. Today we are breaking it up with some solid core, when I do focus it is often core because your core is your power house.



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, July 20, 2019

Fit Friday - Asian Shrimp Salad and PushUps

Asian Shrimp Salad Recipe is a healthy lunch or dinner to keep you going all through the day! We love shrimp or any shrimp for that matter. After all shrimp is a really good way to get a healthy protein in your diet. Our Asian Shrimp Salad Recipe will keep you happy and satisfied for hours with the shrimp, kale, petite peppers and red onion! Mmmmm hmmm.  It’s another awesome Fit Friday! We just love having Miss Nichole from  Pure Clean Fitness come hang out with us every week to share her awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HEREAsian Shrimp Salad is a healthy lunch to keep you going through the afternoon! www.cookingwithruthie.com

You'll find yourself craving our Asian Shrimp Salad Recipe too!

A salad is just a salad until you add some fabulousness to it, right?! Some people say that the reason to eat a salad is to drown it in dressing but, I always get the dressing on the side so I can add as much or little as I feel like I want for that meal. I really love to taste the vegetables and other ingredients with the accent of a salad dressings and to each their own, yah know. :)

If you like to explore dressings here are some of our favorite recipes:

Here are a few more fish and seafood recipes we hope you love too!

Asian Shrimp Salad is a healthy lunch to keep you going through the afternoon! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Fit Fri-YAY!!

Love our Asian Shrimp Salad Recipe plus a few more asian inspired recipes to enjoy too! 

Asian Shrimp Salad 2 3


You'll love our Asian Shrimp Salad Recipe for it's beautiful combination of flavors! 

 Happy happy Fit Friday everyone. Today is another glorious summer day and I am revisiting a favorite movement, push-ups! Yes, I said favorite because I know it is everyone's favorite. It is a movement I use with kiddos to earn more electronic time, to wear out crazy boys in church, to regain strength after babies, etc.

Let's start with a reminder of why we should be incorporating push-ups into our workouts. Push-ups strengthen wrists, shoulders, triceps, chest, low back, and abs. They are also an exercise that is easy to modify as we develop the necessary strength to complete standard push-ups or to make the standard push-ups more difficult.







Next let's talk about proper form.

If you need to modify all of these same form points should remain in place.

The most common modification is to drop to your knees. This is a great modification to build the necessary strength.














Finally, let's talk workout! We are staying at the house for today's workout. If you need to change up any of the cardio moves to fit your house better feel free.

Enjoy!!!












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