Try It Tuesday Exercise of the Day!

Happy Tuesday! I have an exercise I’ll be sharing with you guys today! I know, I am behind on posting recipes or anything in general! I promise I’ll post a recipe on my blog real soon, promise! But for now how I have a challenging push up variation that  will challenge your strenght and stability! I’ve been incorporating this move with my clients all week!

Once you have mastered traditional push up on your toes, you can progress and try push up with your feet on a medicine ball or stability ball. This will work your core, chest, and shoulders.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when performing this exercise:

  • Keep your abs engaged throughout the entire movement
  • You hips and shoulders should be square and parallel with the floor
  • Try not to sag your hips or have them up in the air, think nice straight line – link a plank!
  • Watch your neck, do not protrude your neck forward as you lower on the down phase of the push up. Keep your neck in line with your spine.

Let me know what you think of this exercise! Did you try it, if so how did you do?

 

Cinnamon Pear Granola {No Sugar Added}

granola pear pom spoon bowl

 

My kids woke up to the warm fall smell of baked pear granola this morning. We topped them off with fresh pomegranate seeds and a splash of almond milk.

This recipe is super easy to make, even my kindergartner helped me bake my second batch! Enjoy!

Ingredients: 
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats {certified GF for those with gluten issues}
1 cup of pear puree {I used leftover baked cinnamon pears from the day before}
1 packet of organic stevia or you can use your favorite sweetener
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of ground cinnamon – feel free to add more or add some other fall spices
1 cup of fresh pomegranate seeds
 
Method:
 
1. Pre -heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with silpat mat or parchment paper, set aside.
 
2. In a medium bowl, add rolled oats and pear puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and stevia – mix well.  Get ready to get your hands dirty by mixing until the oats are all covered with the pear mixture.
 
3. Evenly distribute the oat mixture on the baking sheet, put into the oven to bake for about 15- 20 minutes or until golden brown, stir every 5 minutes or so.
 
4. Remove granola from the oven, let it cool. Feel free to be creative and add dried fruit, nuts or seeds. I just stored the pear granola as is and added fresh pomegrante seeds as we ate the granola for breakfast. 
 
5. Store in an air tight container (minus the fresh pomegranate seeds). Keep in the refrigerator or freezer.
 
 
Check out other granola recipes that make awesome breakfast or snack foods!
§  Pumpkin Cranberry Granola
§  Cherry Coconut Granola
§ Banana Walnut Granola 

Cinnamon Baked Pears {No Sugar Added}

baked pears

 The other afternoon as I was organizing the kitchen counter I noticed in the fruit basket that I had some beautiful ripe organic Bartlett pears. Usually, I’ll just cut the pears and puree them in the food processor to make no bake pear puree.

Since I was in a baking mood, I cut them in half, cored them, then transfrerred them in the oven to bake for after school snack for my boys. When my boys and I got home, the kitchen smelled like fall! I was a little worried on how the baked pears would turn out with using stevia instead of sugar, but to my surprise they tasted awesome!  I ended up baking another batch because they were better than I imagined. With the second batch, I ended up pureeing them for my next fall recipe – baked pear granola with fresh pomegranate seeds!

Ingredients

Nonstick spray
4 ripe organic Bartlett pears
1 packet of stevia or you can use 1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon – I actually added another 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon before baking
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray the inside of a large casserole dish with the cooking spray.

2. Wash the pears. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the stems. Use a melon baller to remove the core. Place cut side down in the casserole dish.

3. In a small bowl, combine the stevia, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract. Spoon the mixture over the pears, and turn the pears to coat them on both sides. Place the pears cut side up, and feel free to sprinkle more cinnamon. I used another 1/2 teaspon of ground cinnamon. I’m obsessed with cinnamon!

4. Bake, uncovered, basting every 10 minutes with the juices in the pan, until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Bake for about  40-45 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature. I like to drizzle the pears with the pan juices.

Move It Monday #1

Motivation monday

Good Monday Morning! How are you guys holding up with the kids going back to school and all the after school activities? I’m still trying to get use to this chaotic schedule. The first couple of weeks it takes a bit of getting use to the new schedule, I think I got it down.

I have to say, that I still manage to fit in my workouts, even if they are only 15 minutes long. Though, I’m just super excited that I get to have hour long workouts again now that all three kids are in school! Whoo Hoo! NO excuses, get your workout in because it will make you feel better. Plus, “excuses don’t burn calories!”

Today I’ll be sharing with you a short workout, you can do at home. I’ll be demonstrating the 3 exercises using the TRX suspension system. Don’t worry if you don’t own one, you can make modifications – see below.

Have fun with it, feel free to make it your own by adding more rounds or adding more exercises.  I actually did this workout last week after my chest/triceps workout. Today, I’ll be doing the exact same workout.

To get into the football spirit, I wore my blue lululemon pants in support of the Detroit Lions win yesterday to the Green Bay Packers! :)  I also added the Monday Night Football theme song too! Enjoy!

 

Be sure you do a Proper warm-up before you begin your workout.
 
Do 2 to 5 rounds, 50 seconds work / 10 seconds rest
1. TRX triceps press
2. TRX mountain climbers
3. TRX runner starters, right leg
4. TRX runner starters, left leg
 
this completes one round. Feel free to do more rounds to challenge yourself!
 
The modified workout will look like this:
1. triceps kickback with dumbells,
2. traditional mountain climbers on the ground
3. single leg runner starts – right leg
4. single leg runner starts – left leg
 

 

 

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Same Lunch 4 Different Ways {school to work}

lunch week 1 2014

It’s the first day of school and already parents are dreading what to pack for their kids school lunch!  I hate to admit this,but I too dread making lunches! Especially now have all three of my boys in school full time! Oh, let’s not forget about making a lunch for me and my hubby – so that makes five lunches!

“To make it easier for me, I made the same lunch but four different ways!”


Since it is the first full day of school, I decided to keep it simple and basic. The kids are nervous about returning to school. The last thing they need to worry about is eating an unfamiliar food! It’s best to give them something they are familiar with and something you know they will eat!To make it easier for me, I made the same lunch but four different ways!

On the menu today:
Deli Organic Turkey and Boar’s Head Mozzarella Cheese
Organic Costo Whole wheat bread
or Ezekiel bread
(substitute with GF bread or bread of 
your choice)
optional add ons:
greens, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, guacamole and hummus
Sides:
fresh veggie (carrots or tomatoes)  and fresh fruit (blueberries)
Snacks:
apple sauce and Annie’s Bunny Graham cracker’s and/or more fresh fruit
lunch kindergarten
 

For my younger boys, I made it fun! They don’t like to eat the crust, so I had no problem using a cokie cutter. My 5 year old wanted moon shapes, while my 8 year old wanted stars.
 

lunch third grade

 
Normally my 8 year old is fine with the usual square-rectanglish shaped sandwiches that you cut with a knife in four squares. Bu when he saw his brother’s lunch, he insisted I do the same, use cookie cutters!  
Basically, cookies cutter’s can do wonder’s to get a young child excited about eaing food!
 
My third grader is the picky eater in the house. He wants the samething everyday. He is very limited when it comes to eating fresh or cooked vegetables. However, he does like most of the green smoothies I make! We are making progress!
 
 

lunch middle school

Luckily, my pre-teen is easy when it comes to lunches. He pretty much likes anything and is willing to try new foods.  Today, his turkey and cheese sandwhich is packed with mixed salad greens, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado. He didn’t want the Annie’s Bunny graham’s (I don’t blame him, not cool for a 7th grade boy!).
 
Instead he chose a granola bar for his afternoon snack and an apple as a side. Usually he prefer’s water for lunch but I gave him a juice box!
 

lunch daddy

 
Last but not least, this is my husband’s lunch. I used Ezekial bread and filled the turkey and cheese sandwich with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, onions with a touch of balsamic and olive oil dressing. It lays over a bed of salad greens with hummus and cherry tomatoes as sides. As a side or afternoon snack he has a plum. For a sparkling beverage to wash it down, he enjoys Lacroix Water. It’s so much better than drinking soda pop!

What did you pack for school or work lunch today?