Happy Halloween! If you’re looking for something fun to make tonight, check out these 10 Low-Cal Halloween Treats from Shape … the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Popcorn balls look delicious!
I didn’t get yesterday’s Workout Wednesday post up, so I want to make it up to you with a bonus post today! Since I don’t have a Thursday “theme” for my blogging schedule, this post is a little bit random, but bear with me! If you’re just looking for the workout content, check out the two articles I shared on Facebook yesterday in lieu of a post:
- The first contains a few tips on how to make working out after a day at work a bit easier. I don’t follow some of those (avoid Wifi?), but a few of them gave me easy things to work on (posture, deep breathing) or think about (how much damage am I really doing to my body by being constantly attached to technology?).
- The second is yet another article citing benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training. I liked how the eight benefits are clearly listed out, and it gives me another reason to love interval training! I did about 20 minutes of interval workouts from my Pinterest boards last night when I got back from work and needed an energy boost before getting back at it, and it did the trick!
Foodie Pen Pals
Now, let’s move on to Foodie Pen Pals! You may remember that I joined Lindsay’s fun program last month for the first time. This month, I got a great basket of goodies from Sarah at Food, Fun, and Life in Waukesha. It was so nice of her to share some local Wisconsin goods with me! The first thing I tried was the candied pecans – dangerously delicious! The dark-chocolate-covered cherries were to die for, and were probably my favorite part of the package. I tried to enjoy just a few at a time so I could savor them longer, but could have easily taken care of them in one sitting – I sure do love my chocolate! I didn’t know that pretzels and mustard was a common Wisconsin snack, but I adore mustard on almost everything, so I was an easy sell for this! Kevin was actually the first one to try the maple syrup, which was rich and lusciously sweet – I got to snag some before he finished it, though! We still have the bread mix, spinach dip, and Whoopie pie to try. Thank you, Sarah, for the nice package!
As you probably know, I usually travel for work on Mondays-Thursdays. I love to bring my lunch into the office on Fridays, but usually get in late Thursday nights and don’t have time to prepare something too complicated. An easy solution that I continue to come back to is Fitnessista’s Turkey Lentil Muffins. I LOVE the taste of these “muffins,” and also love how easy they are to make, freeze, and defrost for a quick and easy salad topper. It sure doesn’t hurt that they are filling, protein-packed, and nutritious! I bring my veggie-filled salad to work, then heat up the turkey muffin and chop it up over the salad, which wilts my spinach just slightly in a way that makes the flavors all come together.
Forget the fact that Gina made these for her daughter – they are perfect for adults, too! For my version, I use one small onion, a handful of baby carrots (about 10?), and 1 clove of garlic. I threw some fresh basil in this batch, too, and chop it all in my Vitamix. I combine the chopped veggies with ~11 ounces of 99% extra lean ground turkey breast, 1 cup of dry lentils (that I have cooked according to package directions), 1/4 cup egg whites, 2 T low-sodium soy sauce, and 2 T dried thyme. I don’t bother pureeing my lentils, and it still holds together just fine. I mash all of this together with my (clean!) hands, and portion it into 12 sprayed muffin cups. I bake it for 25 minutes at 375, and voila! So easy, so convenient to keep frozen, and so delicious!
The past 2.5 weeks, I’ve actually been working from Dallas, which has been amazing. The days are probably busier (yesterday’s work day was 20 hours, which was why I couldn’t get up the regular Workout Wednesday post!), but it’s so nice to be able to bring my breakfast, lunch, and dinner into the office and eat my own food rather than relying on restaurants and/ or room service. It takes a little bit of advanced prep, but is SO worth it! Here are a few things I prepared last weekend … the desserts are Laura’s Tomato Brownie Cakes, and if you’re feeling adventurous, I highly recommend these! I brought some to my team at work, and some of the guys thought they tasted a bit healthy, but I adore these, and think it’s SO fun to have hidden veggies in dessert! Laura’s strange-but-good creations continue to amaze me! So tell me in the comments … Anyone dressing up for Halloween? What’s a local snack in your “neck of the woods?” Is there one recipe that you rely on over and over again? Or, tell me anything else you want, since I’ve already been so random myself!