Hey friends! Monday’s snow has already come and gone – that was fast! Lots of rain yesterday took care of the slush quite quickly, which is awesome so I can get back to running tomorrow. 🙂
Matt and I both worked from home on Monday which is always fun – even though we’re working it’s still nice to have the company! Zara was happy to have us there, too. Here we are watching the snow fall while I eat some Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal. 🙂
Since we were stuck at home, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Matt to one of the Winter Shape Up workouts!
We took a fitness break shortly before lunchtime and rocked out 2 rounds of the Winter Shape Up week 3 workout followed by one round of the Winter Shape Up week 1 workout (minus the HIIT blitz) and then a couple of our standard fave moves thrown in at the end. 🙂
We had to do a few modifications because we have a low ceiling in our basement that limits jumping. For burpees, we skipped the jump at the top, but made them one armed so they were still just as challenging. Have you tried one-armed burpees before? So hard!
As for other fitness this week, I’ve been enjoying yoga! On Monday early evening I actually ended up taking a yoga break with my friend Heather as the snow had stopped and the roads were clear. We went to a nice, restorative yoga 1 class at CorePower. And yesterday, I was working from home again so I used my lunch break to hit my old favorite Edge Yoga via ClassPass. My fave instructor, Mark, was teaching, and every time I go there I’m reminded how much I love it! Great class, as always.
As for today, I’m enjoying a rest day. 🙂
I’ll leave you with last night’s delicious dinner! One of the meals from the Winter Shape Up (the week 1 meal plan) that I hadn’t had a chance to try myself yet was this Afghan Braised Chicken in Yogurt recipe from a fellow dietitian. The Winter Shape Up participants were raving about it so I was excited to try it ourselves!
The recipe was easy to follow and it was a one pot meal, which I always enjoy – less dishes! It took awhile to cook (the chicken is cooked slowly on low heat – all said and done it took about an hour and 20 minutes to make, but most of that is not active time), but it was worth it!
Matt and I both loved it – the yogurt sauce was especially good and I loved all the cilantro stirred in at the end (that’s the green bits). Great flavor! I served it atop some 90 second plain brown basmati rice with a salad on the side.
The pretty yellow color is because one of the ingredients is turmeric – an awesome spice that has been touted recently for its anti-inflammatory properties. Thumbs up!
We have leftovers, too, since the recipe makes about 6 servings. While we were cleaning up I packed some to enjoy for lunch downtown today. I threw brown rice atop some greens with the chicken on top. Excited to eat it again shortly!
Have a wonderful day, my friends!
Looking for more recipes? Here are a few others to check out:
- Butternut Squash & Turkey Chili – cold weather fave! Would be good with tofu or tempeh instead of turkey (and veggie broth instead of chicken) for my vegan friends.
- Creamy Chickpea Salad with Shredded Brussels Sprouts – LOVE shredded brussels, and chickpeas! Would make a great weekday lunch served atop salad.
- Chicken, Sausage, and Spinach Frittata – would be great for a make-ahead weekday breakfast, or for weekend guests!
- 20 Healthy on the Go Breakfasts – great ideas in this post!
- Easy Cauliflower Pizza Crust – have you guys ever tried making cauliflower pizza crust? I love a good regular crust, but it’s fun to mix it up and I keep hearing about the cauliflower method! On the list…