Wednesday, August 28, 2013

workout wednesday

It's Workout Wednesday!'s not because I don't do series posts...but I wish I did! 

To coincide with my 'take care of myself + work/life balance' new take on life {see this post} Josh and I have gotten back into the swing of daily workouts. 
It's amazing what 30-60 minutes of sweating, stretching and getting stronger can do for your mind and body. 

Workout/Health/Fitness products I am into right now 

{+ some wish list items!}

Why did I ever stop doing the Tone It Up workouts?! Katrina and Karena have such a great energy- I absolutely love their brand + their workouts totally deliver. Some of my favorites on their latest Beach Babe DVD are the HIIT cardio workout and the Beach Barre routine. 

My new go-to breakfast! Amazing Meal is a perfect mix of organic green superfoods {think kale, spinach, broccoli, antioxidizing berries} and 10 grams of complete plant based protein. It tastes great and is a cinch to make- just add almond milk plus one scoop to my blender bottle. It actually keeps me full  until lunch! {I use the Vanilla Chai flavor}

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood 
Amazing Meal without the protein! This is a great detox drink with an extra shot of energy. An easy way to get tons of vegetables, fruits, vitamins and minerals into your body. I am loving the 40,000 ORAC version now which is great for combating free radicals. 

Comfortable, cute, moisture wicking, light weight. I love these workout tights! They are a great price and easy to pick up at Target. 

C9 by Champion Women's Layered Tank with Bra 
See ya pricey Lululemon tops- Target's version is practically just as good and welllll under $64

C9 by Champion Women's 3/4 Sleeve Brushed Cross Back Yoga Coverup  
I am loving this top- I throw it over my workout tanks to run errands or if I get chilly at home. Because yes, husband, it's important that workout clothes are both functional and fashionable. ;)

Wish List Items
Kettlebell  |  I love kettlebell moves because they incorporate so many small and large muscles. What is the best weight to get if I am starting off? I'm thinking 10 or 20 lb....?

Heart Rate Monitor  |   Now that most of my workouts are in  my home {no gym access} I think this would be an encouraging/motivating way to track my workouts and runs. Any advice on brands, models, retailers? 

cheers to sweat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quick & Easy Guilt-Free Dessert: Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

I am more of a salty snack lover than a sweet tooth but I struggle with battling the urge to down sleeves of Oreos just like the next person. {um. what?.}

Last night {p.s. after this awesomeeee workout from the Tone It Up girls!} the 'I need a cookie' urge struck me between the eyes. I didn't want to completely negate my sweat session so I slightly sweetened up my go-to Greek yogurt instead. 

New favorite sweeeeeet recipe for you to try! 

Quick & Easy Guilt-Free Dessert: 

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

-stir it up the following ingredients till smooth and well mixed-

Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
1 T all natural peanut butter 
1 T honey
1 capful of all natural vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Top with 1/2 T of  mini chocolate chips


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

pork tenderloin with blueberry sauce: the recipe

What to do when you see a recipe for pork with blueberries in your Clean Eating magazine and then you lose it forever? Pour yourself a glass of wine and make it up as you go. 

Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce 

Pork Tenderloin

  1. Marinated with olive oil, thyme and apple jelly
  2. Brown on all 4 sides over medium-high heat (less than 5 minutes total)
  3. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes (meat thermometer should register over 160 degrees)

while we roast....

Fresh Blueberry Sauce

  1. In the same pan you browned the tenderloin- saute half an onion and some garlic 
  2. Once tender, deglaze the pan with a wonderful red wine {currently loving this random bottle}
  3. Allow the wine to boil and then simmer while it reduces
  4. Toss in 1 to 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
  5. Add in a dash of red pepper flakes, brown sugar, ginger and dry mustard
  6. As the tenderloin continues to roast you will have plenty of time to play with the flavors- for more spice increase the ginger and/or pepper; for more sweetness lay on the brown sugar or more berries; for more savory richness add in more dry mustard. 

This was a 'taste-while-you-go' kind of sauce that worked out in my favor. {#lucky} It was deliciously sweet and tangy, the texture was wonderful- the berries and onion were so tender and the sauce was thick and smooth. I loved how the blueberry sauce gave the warm and tender pork added dimension and a hint of sweetness. 

Delish! I hope you make this & enjoy! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

the summer hangover

Yeah it may still be hot and humid in Atlanta, but fall is coming and its making my heart smile.
This summer was one for the books- a large cocktail of work work work with a sidecar of more more more has caused quite the hangover. 
Nothing sounds better than a 'new season'- a change in the weather, a lovely layer for the wardrobe and a renewed spirit in my heart and soul. 

So believe me when I say I am raising a glass to a new season! 

-fall fashion musts for me-

j.crew ponte pant
dogeared gold 'luck' elephant necklace
j.crew men's striped sweatshirt
ae riding boots
j.crew quilted puffer vest in herringbone
c.wonder belt
target kinley bootie

{hey, maybe in this new season I will figure out a work/life balance and...drum more often!!!!}