Thursday, March 29, 2012

PB Chocolate Overnight Oats

I will be the first to say I am not upset with the weather we have been having these past 2 weeks. Most days have been sunny and above 55 degrees here in NY, and we had a more than mild winter...double win!





With warm weather brings more options/ideas for recipes. I have jumped on the "Overnight Oats" bandwagon and am thrilled to report I had success on my very first try!




What are overnight oats you ask?

Oats with the fixings of your choosing, in the fridge overnight...no cooking, AT ALL. Could not be an easier, more satisfying breakfast! I liked these so much I am thinking of making my own O.O series, with different flavors.. to start I give you the:





Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats
Makes 1 BIG serving
Prep time:5 minutes
Total Time: 2-8 hours

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats (I used quick oats because that is all we have, and it worked fine!)
1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate almond milk
1/4 cup Chobani plain non-fat greek yogurt
1 T flax seed
1 T chia seed
(both are optional, chia will make the oats expand)
1/2 T coco powder,unsweetened
2 T PB2
1 T truvia/stevia



Directions:
Mix all ingredients together, cover then place in fridge. If you're making this the morning of leave it in the refridge for atleast 2 hours, or overnight if making the night before like I did.

all mixed and ready to chill





Can you see how the oats and chia expanded? It made me so happy, and to top my excitement off, it was DELICIOUS!
I added some sliced bananas to mine, you can add any kind of fruit you like or none at all.


Nutritional Facts




If you make this send me pictures/leave comments I'd love to hear feedback!



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Work It Out Wednesday!

Happy Work It Out Wednesday! 

This morning when my alarm went off at 4:31 am I wasn't too thrilled to get out of my warm bed, however it was warmer outside than expected so I was thankful for that.

Lauren and I were in the Yoga room by 4:55 and wasted no time.

Today's workout were these two circuits I came up with yesterday:
(please remember I am not a certified trainer, just a fitness junkie)








We decided to alternate between the two circuits, so 60/30 then Weighted Warrior. We did the 60/30 3x and Weighted Warrior 2x and it took us 45 minutes total. Perfect for both of our morning schedules. 
For the W.W workout we used 10 lb dumbells the first time through and then dropped down to 8 for the second round. Once I broke a sweat (10 minutes in) it continued throughout the workout. I'd say the most challenging parts were the plank, jump squats and tricep work...but all in all I was more than happy with how our workout went.


post sweatitout shot


I also filmed and pre/post workout vlog, I did record us doing the circuit but somehow the file became corrupt halfway through shooting. So upsetting. Would you like me to record us or me doing these circuits? Let me know because I think it is something I could get into :)







Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rise Bar Review

If you're anything like me, you're always on the go.Sometimes it's hard to have a complete, sit down meal when you're so busy. I think that is why protein bars have become to popular, quick-easy-portable. It seems as if everywhere you go there is a new type of "bar" to choose from,so how do you know which one to pick?


I personally focus on three things(in this order) when choosing: Ingredients, Proteins and Sugars. 
Why not calories? 
If I am putting natural, raw ingredients in my body that is more important than calories. I know my body will process them better and in turn, burn them off more efficiently.


Which brings me to RiseBar. They recently were kind enough to send me a sample pack because there were no stores close to me that carried them, and I was ecstatic. They come in 3 varieties: Breakfast, Protein+ and Energy+, and in each variety there are different flavors. So no matter what your food needs are, Rise Bars can meet them.



The first flavor I tried was the Crunchy Cranberry Apple-breakfast bar- and I was instantly hooked. With only 160 calories, 3g protein and six ingredients: almonds,honey,dates,apples,cranberries and amaranth crisp rice, it was a great way to start the morning! I ate it on my way to the train, post workout, (7:15 am) and it held me until 10:30 am.




Another favorite of mine was the Crunchy Macadamia Pineapple, which again had only 160 calories,3g protein and six ingredients. This bar had more of a crunch than the apple, but I found both to be equally delicious.






This bar was my least favorite of the bunch. I think it may have been the lack of amaranth crisp rice or the boring color, I'm not quite sure, I just know it wasn't for me. However it only has 3 ingredients (almonds,honey and whey protein) and 280 calories with 20g of protein, perfect for a pre/post workout meal.



In addition to being delicious, Rise bars both are vegetarian and Kosher and free of gluten, preservatives, GMOs, soy and peanuts. So you really can't go wrong!  
 If you see these bars, I recommend picking a few up and trying them for yourself. They're good and good for you, a win-win combination! 


Thanks again to RiseBar for sending me these treats :) I am a big fan












Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Recap 3/23-3/25

This weekend was another busy but great weekend! My best friend from college came to visit so that was an added bonus :)

Friday


Wearing my new Loft red capris at work, I was never confident enough to wear colored pants--NOW I can't stop buying them!


this is my dream mug
I left work a few minutes early to meet Alison in Penn Station, and we were seeing the Hunger Games that night so we wanted to get to the theater extra early. It was a good thing we did, because they started lining us up an hour before our actual show time. The movie was great, but I liked the book better. Did any of you see the movie?

crowds of people waiting to see The Hunger Games



Saturday


I was up bright and early for my last Jump and Drill until May  :(. As a pre-workout meal I made my own breakfast quinoa consisting of almond milk, honey roasted almond slivers, shredded coconut and flax seed. I added some cinnamon and a drizzle of honey on top, after it was cooked, it came out delicious!









I feel like I look like Tomb Raider with my braid haha. Pre-workout pic in my newest Lulu Lemon tank



After the gym it was party time! Me, Alison, Lauren and Gina were part of the "Crawling for Cancer" fundraiser going on in our town, little did we know a 3 hour bar crawl would turn into a 12 hour party.
 Alison and I at one of the crawl stops, our nicknames were "Get Some" (me) and Philly (al)
 These were a huge hit!


 Lauren, Alison and I :)

Gina (burningbabifat) and Me


Lauren and Eddie towards the end of the night, clearly we're so mustache obsessed we even have iPhone apps for them!


Sunday
Forced both myself and Lauren to kickbox Sunday morning. Neither one of us had any desire, but just like my name, no matter WHAT you have to JUST KEEP SWEATING. It was brutal but we survived, and it felt great. After the gym Al & I went to my favorite dinette in the heart of my village. It was her first time and she loved just like everyone else does!
 loved this mug so much I bought one for my dad, I may just have to use it as well 

I had an egg white omelet with tomato,broccoli, spinach and mozzarella. Just what I needed! Then we shopped with Lauren :). By time I brought Alison to the train at 2pm I was exhausted. I literally climbed into bed and watched Dirty Dancing, The Notebook and half of The Blindside.
Perfect ending to an amazing weekend!

 Even Max was all partied out!


How was your weekend?





Friday, March 23, 2012

Black Bean & Edamame Salad


I slept through my alarm this morning.
#fitnessfridayfail

So today we will celebrate...

FOODIE FRIDAY!!
Hooray!


I came across this recipe while reading the January/February issue of Clean Eating Magazine, and could not wait to make it. It is clean, vegetarian, and delicious. I will be bringing this to every BBQ I attend this summer for sure!


 Black Bean & Edamame Salad
Serves 4
Total time: 15 minutes (if served right away)


Ingredients
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed (BPA-free)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion,diced 
1 cup fresh shelled edamame
1/2 cup cubed mozzarella
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa (optional) not pictured

Dressing
1T extra virgin olive oil
2 T minced garlic
2 T lime juice,freshly squeezed (if possible)
2 T apple cider vinegar


Directions
In a medium sized bowl combine edamame, beans, onion, quinoa  and mozzarella.
In a smaller bowl combine dressing ingredient, whisk. Drizzle dressing on top of mixture.
 THAT'S IT!

You can eat this right away, or for more flavor let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes-1 hour. I find that the longer it sits the more delicious it  tastes.

I have shared this recipe with several of my friends already, I am sorry it took so long to share with all of you! However, the feedback has been so great I think everyone will enjoy.

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Send/tweet/facebook pictures so I can feature them in the 
"My Sweaties" section

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chobani Giveaway-WINNER!!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Chobani giveaway!!! I had a total of 49 entries and used random.org to generate the winning comment.



Winning comment:

My favorite flavor of Chobani is Apple Cinnamon but I also LOVE vanilla with some homemade almond butter granola!

I like Chobani on facebook and follow on twitter.
And I like your page on facebook and follow you on twitter!





 Please email me at justkeepsweating@gmail.com with your address. Also, if you could include the recipe for the almond butter granola I'd love that ;)  
Congrats Brittany!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Work it Out Wednesday!

This morning was another great 5 am workout with Lauren, we kicked our own booties:


First we started off with a light jump rope warmup then this workout:


However we modified it a bit:
40 calf raises while holding 12lb dumbbell 2x
60 second wall sit
30 lunges 2x

It only took us 12 minutes, so I had to think on my feet and came up with this



Not sure what a star jack is?
 They call it power jacks, but I like star better ;)

We also worked our triceps to the point of shaking with 8 lb dumbbells, and ab work.


Please remember: I am not a personal trainer or a doctor, just someone who loves to workout and is trying to come up with new circuits to try. You know your limits, so be careful and smart, but have fun!


Send me your sweaty pics!

Sweat It Out

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Drop 10 Challenge!

Happy Tone It Up Tuesday Everyone!!

and

Happy First Day of Spring!


As you all know the Tone It Up girls release a new challenge, free for everyone, every few weeks. 
The Toned in '12 challenge ended around Valentine's Day, and now they've teamed up with Self Magazine to bring us our next one to get us in shape for Summer:




Step 1: Click the link above to sign up through self magazine's website. They will send you daily emails with meal plans, recipes, workouts and inspiration over the course of the next 5 weeks. Along with that you will be entered to win different prizes, including a beach vacation!
A little overview of what is offered on the self mag website


Step 2: Pick up this months magazine (Carrie Underwood is on the cover :) )
Inside is a total overview of the program, which focuses on clean eating and "powerfoods" and also has a page of workouts that you can tear out.

THAT'S IT!

 I really liked this page, it has you sign a commitment to yourself, print it out and hang it on your fridge/bathroom/office wherever you will see it everyday.
Mine is in my cubicle, right where I can see it...all-day-long.







Karena and Katrina will be providing the Drop 10 Challengers with all of the workouts, in the magazine, through emails and videos! This is great for everyone because it is FREE! And as most of you know, or will learn very soon, their workouts are NO joke!





I tore the strength training moves out and made a little flip book (will get real rings later, I promise) to bring to the gym. The main focus of the workouts are HIIT cardio training 3 days a week, and the ST exercises in the booklet 2x a week!


I am still taking my fitness classes and doing the March Ab-ness challenge, so this is in addition to that. I just really want to raise awareness for all of  my readers who may not be Tone It Up members, or Self Magazine readers--if those people even exist!--kidding.

 If you do sign up, LET ME KNOW! 
Remember to take your measurements and write them down. If you stick to this plan I bet you will see a difference in inches, as well as weight.




Monday, March 19, 2012

3/17 Weekend Wrap-Up

This weekend was a busy one! 


Saturday
(pre-workout pic)
Saturday morning was my 2 hour workout, Jump & Drill then Interval Training. I only ate a ThinkThin bar before hitting the gym because I wasn't really hungry but knew I needed to eat..however it was not enough to hold me through the intense workouts and I ended up leaving the class 15 minutes early. 





















 My two little leprechauns-Max(right) and Chance(left)
 had a mini photo shoot by myself, totally normal


 I had a lot of running around to do for the 12th Annual Judith Shesh Memorial 5k which is coming up in June(I'll be posting all about it soon!) I am in charge of all food donations, so I am spending the bulk of my weekends trying to have companies donate a variety of fruit,bars, and gift cards to our event. One of the places I stopped was a great little bakery by my house, naturally I had to get a St Patty's inspired cookie:


It was delicious!


In between my errands I stopped home to make a quick lunch, and came up with this chicken salad:
Chicken, 2 T plain chobani, red onion and Italian herb Mrs Dash


 Then my friend texted me and said he was heading into town for some green beer and my inner Irish couldn't resist


It was a good time! Then I spent the night catching up with my cousins, which I always love doing--all in all a great Saturday



Sunday
 (new Lulu top)

I woke up with absolutely NO gym motivation what so ever. I was enjoying my coffee, watching YouTube videos when a little facebook chat box flashed "Kickboxing?" from my friend, "Energizer Bunny" (her nickname because she has the most energy in all of our classes)  and I told her I really didn't want too. But thankfully she gave me the kick I needed and we got our sweat on.

Thanks E.B!

(it was a fancy hat themed brunch)


Then I had one of my best friends from high schools bridal shower brunch, which if anyone knows, those are not the easiest places to eat healthy. It was buffet style with an omelet and sushi station. This was what I chose:


Vegetable quiche, watermelon 3 bean salad, cucumber salad, 1 turkey sausage, and some mozzarella

I thought it was pretty good, considering my options...
but then I noticed the oil
 

It was EVERYWHERE, I couldn't eat anymore. So I opted for the healthier choice
1 small slice of cheesecake, a cannoli, and more fruit.

Oh well I TRIED!


Keryn, Danielle(the bride) and Me





I ended my weekend with a LUSH bubble bath, some quinoa salad from Costco and a new favorite show 
" Storage Hunters"


How was your weekend?

 
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