Yep, non-recipe. I’ve been super busy lately and struggling to find time to cook. Definitely no time for fancy recipes and thus I’ve been slacking on my blogging and specifically recipes of the week. So today I bring you the first in a several part installment we’ll call non-recipe of the week.
Before I begin I want to specifically call out the fact that I am not in any way subsidized by any company, I just happen to like Trader Joe’s for healthy grab and go options.
My go-to quick lunch as of late has been all Trader Joe’s. At the start of the week I put 1 cup tri-color quinoa + 1 cup lentils + a chicken bullion cube (switch to vegetable bullion if you are vegan or vegetarian) + 3 cups water in my rice cooker. I let that cook in the morning and it’s good for about a week. Please note what a great protein source this is for my gluten free vegans and vegetarian friends 🙂
When it’s time to eat I throw some asparagus spears in the microwave as I heat up the chicken on my stove. Add the quinoa and lentil mix (put a dab of coconut oil on this and the asparagus for some healthy fats) and you have a delicious, quick and easy protein packed, well rounded meal!
I love this article**!!! Precision Nutrition has hit the nail on the head again, especially with the awesome graphic I copied below. This is why I coach like I do and why I chose to be certified by PN – no calorie counting, advanced metrics, too much planning, etc. It’s all habit based. Build healthy habits that you can apply in any situation and enjoy your life 🙂
**One caveat though, a personal concern of mine – I don’t agree with their suggestion to “get a dog that needs walking”. Do not, I repeat DO NOT get a dog with the sole purpose of helping you lose weight. Dogs are living beings and are not a responsibility to be taken lightly. My dog is the love of my life and means the world to me but even so it’s not always easy and getting a dog for the wrong reason means a trip to the pound for the poor pup.
How in love am I with Girls Gone Strong? Their latest article is so amazing. Years ago I dropped to low body fat levels, my abs looked fantastic. My races were going great. But the dedication required was immense. I wasn’t able to enjoy my life. Now I’m a bit bigger and slightly slower but I can enjoy my time out with friends, guilt free. I don’t spend my days stressing over ever last calorie and beating myself up over the occasional missed workout. Inside Out Health is based on balance and creating confidence in the body that is uniquely yours. Healthy bodies and lives are in balance and we don’t expect perfection. I hope this article shows you that perfection is in your imperfections. None of us is flawless. And that’s what makes us perfect.
Anyone want to learn to do a handstand with me? It’s been on my goal list for a while now, if anyone wants to join me in a challenge let me know!
I love this info graphic! Pushups are one of the best exercises around. I’ve used this progression with several clients to get them to do full pushups. Be careful with the table/chair ones. I used counter tops or something that will not move. You can always push your table or chair against the wall, just be sure it will not move when supporting your body weight.
Do you have a stability ball? It’s a great tool to help work your full body. The below has a full body workout using them. One caveat – DO NOT arch your back over the ball like the first picture of the last exercise. Keep the back flat through the movement to avoid injury. I found a better picture (proper form is a must!) that I posted at the end of this.
**avoid arching over the ball! The below has better pictures of the last exercise:
Happy Friday!!! One of my favorite fitness competitors Erin Stern has a quick ab video for us. Mix these great moves into your ab routine.