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Pumpkin-Full Recipes

10 Oct

…drum roll please…

It’s wellness Wednesday! Did you all complete the workout from last week? If not..what are you waiting for?!

On a sweeter note..

Pumpkin is everywhere.

At cider mills, outside of grocery stores, on shelves, in recipes, used as decorations..you cannot escape the pumpkin! But why should you? Pumpkin gives you a hefty dose of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that’s responsible for how our skin looks, our eyes see, and can even improve our resistance to disease.

Not only are pumpkins the perfect accessory for your porch, but the seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain functions, mood, and memory performance; zinc which protects against osteoporosis; and iron which builds and maintains healthy muscles, blood, and regulating body temperature.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  • pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dry)
  • salt
  • olive oil

Preheat oven to 400degrees. Spread seeds on a baking sheet in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or when they start to brown.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:

  • 1/4c. oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1/4c. pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3T. milk or yogurt
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a non-stick pan or a griddle. Cook until little bubbles form on top, flip and cook until its cooked through. Top with Greek yogurt, peanut/almond butter, maple syrup, and the other half of the banana!

(180 calories, 2g. fat, 10g. protein, 5g. fiber (nutrition is an estimate without the toppings. don’t quote me!))

Have you heard the latest Starbucks threat? Diehard Starbucks Pumpkin Spice addicts, close your eyes.

Thanks to a spike in demand this year for the sugary, milky, coffee concoction,  some Starbucks locations are periodically running out of the pumpkin spice syrup  that gives the drink its distinct flavor (source)

How on earth are we supposed to bounce back from this?! Simply make your own.

Emergency Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

  • 1c. non-fat milk
  • 2T. pumpkin
  • 1/2t. vanilla
  • 1/2t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2t. sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2c. brewed coffee

Combine milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and stevia in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk. Add coffee.

you will survive the shortage

Pumpkin Chili:

  • 2lbs. lean ground beef, turkey, chicken, or tofu
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can of tomato juice
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2c. canned pumpkin
  • 1T. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1T. chili powder
  • 1/4c. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat of choice and drain. Add onion and bell pepper, cook for ~5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar. Simmer ~1 hour.

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How are you doing on the workout-front? Do the workouts seem doable?

What’s your fave way to enjoy the ingredient of the month?

Hello Oakland University!

20 Aug

What a busy week it’s been!

Moving up to Michigan on Sunday, unpacking all my junkthings, setting up my room, making trips to Target, getting some-what settled, and saying bye to my parents all happened in one day.

One. Day. I tell ya..my family is really starting to get used to all of this moving-to-a-different-state-and-back-in-one-day business. I’m not sure if that’s something to brag about but I’m very blessed to have wonderful parents :). Not to mention our family-love for Starbucks helps fuel the trips :-P.

I made it passed the first week as a GA! It’s definitely going to take a longer-ish time to get adjusted but that’s to be expected, no? I’m taking one day at a time and planning for the best; thankfully I came from one OUTSTANDING fitness program with AMAZEBALLS people to another one with lots and lots of opportunities. Being at OU and working within Campus Recreation, it is much different from my work as a student director at NC State but in a good way; I’m anxious to get the semester started come September!

I spent the majority of the first week meeting the professional staff, attending staff meetings, learning the fitness equipment, navigating offices, and meeting the student staff that’s here for the summer (we don’t start fall semester doesn’t until after Labor day (yay!), so things are pretty chill around here). Since I’m the GA of group fitness, I want the next couple of weeks to be focused on learning the ins and outs of the program, the instructors, the rules and policies, and the equipment available before we start the fall schedule and students expect things from me! It’s really the perfect opportunity to get acclimated with the program before being the semester gets crazy..in a good way :-D.

 The first OIAJ at Oakland! In the mix:

  • the remaining cookie butter
  • oats
  • yogurt
  • almond milk
  • chia seeds

 Pre-made salads from Trader Joe’s! The meal plan I have on campus doesn’t start until September and since I’m close enough to Pitt that I can go home on the weekends before school starts, I’ve been relying on pre-made salads and easy to assemble lunches and dinners to feed me. Once the semester begins, I’ll be staying at school more and then I’ll finally stock-up on groceries!

Here’s a kick-butt workout I completed earlier in the week:

  • walking lunges, jump squats, elbow planks & glute extensions, sumo burpees. 20-16-10-6 reps, 1X through.
  • 10 T-push-ups, 20 mountain climbers, 30 floor jacks, 40 bicycles, 50s. plank. 2X through.
  • 10 v-sits, 20 plank knee-tucks, 20 russian twists, 20 back extensions. 2X through.

And for all of my FALL lovers out there..is this a sign?

Do This To Get Looks At The Gym

9 Aug

Well hello football friends! Who’s excited about the season starting tonight?! Okay- it’s only the preseason but still..football is football; it means the real season starts soon which indicates fall is right around the corner! Scarfs, UGGs, and pumpkin lattes oh my!

Back to reality.

Thank you for all of your kind words on my last post; reading your thoughtful responses on how you too are dealing with balancing life reassures me I’m not in this alone! I can learn from each and everyone one of you, keep them coming :).

Vertical BOSU Lunges.

Simply line 2 BOSU’s up, the behind one slightly to the right of the front one (hip-width apart) and stand on top. Lunge away!

This is NOT an easy exercise! You’re on unstable surfaces so your core has to work overtime, balance is an issue or two, coordination, strength, and the observers around you who are mad they didn’t come up with an exercise this cool and functional are factors too. Beginners could hold onto a wall or bar to the side of the front BOSU.

The rest of the circuit: 3X-15 reps.

  • jump squats
  • plie squats
  • jump lunges
  • vertical BOSU lunges
  • deadlifts
  • “t” push-ups
  • triceps dips
  • pull-ups/chin-ups

NC State Class of 2012

13 May

It’s official! I am an NC STATE ALUMNISaying that gives me the goosebumps; I still can’t believe it happened-SO SURREAL! I don’t think graduation could have gone any better; my family was here, the weather was perfect, everyone was in a great mood, and I didn’ttripwhenI walked across the stage with my “diploma” in hand! The weekend only got better with a delicious post-grad meal at The Pit; authentic, hardy and sloppy BBQ with lots of drinks! The only way to top Saturday was to spend Sunday with my lovely family, especially on Mother’s day. 

 Guess who?

Philip Rivers! Quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and an NC State alumna! He gave our commencement speech (which I thought was beautifully written) that sent an empathizing message to all of the graduates. Not only is he a talented athlete, but he also plays an active role in giving back to the community. We hear about athletes these days and the mostly bad situations they get into but rarely hear how some athletes give back to their respective charities, beneficiaries, and communities. Kudos to NC State for picking an awesome speaker!!

On Sunday, my family and I enjoyed a drink at Starbucks followed by a walk around Lake Johnson.

Unfortunately we couldn’t spend all of Mother’s day together as they had quite a drive back to Pittsburgh, but at least we got to be together the entire weekend! I’m so grateful for them :).

First day of the SAS internship tomorrow!

Laptops Galore

6 Mar

There’s seriously something about Starbucks that gets my blood flowin’! This morning, though, was different..

My daddy accompanied me! We sat with our respective drinks (latte for me, skinny mocha for him) and worked the morning away. On my list of to-do’s: research new laptops that are the best and most efficient for video editing, website design, memory and speed/multitasking abilities. The top contenders? The Sony Vaio S Series and the Samsung Series 7 laptops-any suggestions?! Both are pretty pricey but worth it for all of the applications, software, memory, and size they offer.

I never buy anything the first go-around; I always give myself 24 hours to think about it. If I’m still dreamingthinking about the product 24 hours later, I usually purchase it! It’s a helpful habit to get into, especially if you’re an impulse buyer like myself; weighing the pros and cons of the situation puts me at ease with my decision.

What laptop do you recommend?

 

Starbucks has Magic

12 Feb

I don’t know what Starbucks does to me but when I need to get work done, I simply drive myself to Starbucks, order a skinny caramel grande extra-extraextra hot, no foam and filled to the top latte, plug my computer in and get to workin’! 2 weeks left until Team FITNasty ventures to Virginia Tech for the 2012 Fitness Expo! I’ve put the finishing touches on my presentation and I owe it all to Starbucks (I’m sure the extraextra shot of espresso had nothing to do with my success ;))

I slept in till 9am which is unheard for me; usually my internal alarm clock has me up and moving at my prime-time7:30am on the weekends (so nice of her :))! I enjoyed the extra sleep after the past 2 nights of out with friends 

  (buh-bye bangs)

and a Sweetheart Ball with Bobby!

A long-ish run was on the menu today; it’s chilly but the sun made up for it! Do you use to Nike Plus app? I’ve used it for at least 4 years and now matter how many times I recalibrate it, it’s never accurate! I’ve known this but still continue to use it; it’s a great tool to keep track of my runs.

Thank goodness for my Garmin! 9.4405 miles in 1:17..not too shabby ;). Have a fabulous Sunday night watching the Grammy Awards!

I Hate It When I Do That..

7 Jan

I came back to Raleigh last night and had absolutely NO food in my kitchen! Not even scraps to make breakfast, so this morning I headed to Starbucks for oatmeal and my skinny caramel, extra-extra-extra hot, no foam latte (all in one breath; the last extra really assures them you mean bidness!). They really love me there :). I worked on some things for school and got organized for the semester to start Monday-crazy to think this is my last semester as an undergrad at NC State!

Next stop-the grocery store. I picked up my essentials and realized they had a ton of produce on sale! If you live in Raleigh/Cary/Gardner, go to Kroger! I love Kroger because you earn fuel perks; we have this in Pittsburgh and it saves my family tons of money- great for students who need a little help at the pump. One of my favorite sandwiches is from Jimmy Johns so I made sure to buy ingredients to semi-copy it:

  • 9-grain bread
  • avocado spread
  • alfalfa sprouts*
  • turkey breast
  • sliced cucumbers
  • provolone cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • mayo

*Alfalfa sprouts are a member of the pea family and pack a big nutritional-punch when added to sandwiches or salads. Sprouts are the ONLY plant that contain all vitamins (A, B & B-12, C, E, K) and minerals.

The weather has been B-E-A-utiful the past two days so I took advantage of it and went for a long-ish run; except I forgot to change into my running shoes..I HATE IT WHEN I DO THAT! When I noticed I wasn’t wearing the right shoes, it was too late to go back and change – on with my run. The result? A tender, teeny-tiny blister that irritated me enough to actually stop (usually I would run through the pain) and fix my sock.

Lesson learned!

When do you say “I hate it when I do that?”

Roasted Acorn Squash

15 Sep

Have I mentioned I LOVE FALL? If I haven’t..I LOVE FALL! The crisp weather, UGG boots and colorful scarves, hockey and football games, pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, sitting by a fire place, fall foods..I could go on for hours.. :).

I bought my first of many squashes of the season and it was delicious! I’ve never made acorn squash like this before and it will definitely be a staple in my fall recipe file.

Ingredients:

  • acorn squash-halved and seeds removed
  • thinly sliced white onion
  • 1T. butter
  • 1/2t. cumin
  • 1/4t. cinnamon
  • 1/4t. salt

Preparation

  • preheat oven to 425degrees. place squash-skin side down-on a baking sheet (with sides)-drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper-fill baking sheet with water (about halfway up the squash). bake ~55 minutes.
  • melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. add onions and saute ~10 minutes. add cumin, cinnamon, and salt-stir.
  • when squash is roasted, using a fork, scrape the flesh out and add it to the onion mixture.
  • stir to combine and serve the mixture in the squash skin for a pretty presentation! (sorry no pictures)

I LOVE FALL 😛