Morning, my friends! It’s Friday, Friday Fridayyyy… and I started my morning with a little 6 a.m. Crossfit. So good to get up and get it done!
For those who haven’t tried Crossfit before, a Crossfit class is usually 1 hour long and split up into 3 sections – a warm up (today was 1000m row + 15 pushups, 15 V ups, 15 shoulder pass throughs) + a strength portion + a WOD (workout of the day / HIIT workout). Our WOD today was shorter than most, so we also did some shoulder, hip, and ankle mobility work before the strength workout! For our strength portion of class today we worked on either weighted pull ups or, if we weren’t able to do strict pull ups (like me), then ring rows. 5 sets of 3! The more horizontal you are when you start the ring row, the harder these get.
After that, our WOD was 6 minutes, AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of 5 push presses + 5 burpees (hopping over our bar in between each burpee) + 5 toes to bar (or knees to elbows in my case). Only 6 minutes, but TOUGH! I made it 4 rounds using 35 pounds for the push presses. 🙂
I’ve been into smoothies lately since it’s still really hot out, so I whipped one up when I got home using banana, kale, milk, chia seeds, and frozen mixed berries. Hit the spot, and also had a good mix of carbs (fruit) + protein (milk) + healthy fat (chia seeds) for satiety. If you’re using almond milk instead of regular milk in smoothies, consider adding a protein powder since almond milk doesn’t have much protein. I alternate depending on what I have on hand/am in the mood for.
Also on the food front, you know what I’m obsessed with right now? Cantaloupe. We got an awesome perfectly ripe one from the store earlier this week that I’ve been enjoying as an afternoon snack paired with plain full fat Greek yogurt and some nuts. SO. GOOD.
I’ve also been enjoying cereal, again since it’s still a bit too hot out for my beloved Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal most days! This was my old fave Kashi Heart to Heart + banana + slivered almonds + berries + milk. If you have problems with cereal not keeping you full, I recommend adding some healthy fat in the form of nuts. Much better staying power!
As for dinners, Matt and I are back on track with our Tuesday night challenge! We alternate weeks and whoever’s turn it is makes a new (to us) healthy recipe, just to encourage us to mix it up and get out of our cooking staples. This week was my week!
We had some ground turkey on hand and a huge thing of baby spinach, so I googled “ground turkey spinach recipe” and found this recipe for Turkey Robinson on the Food Network website. It sounded easy and tasty so I decided to give it a shot! Quick, too, which was good since Matt and I were both working late and I didn’t start making dinner until after 8.
The recipe was really easy to follow – the only thing I changed was using kidney beans instead of cannellini since that’s what we had on hand. Worked just fine! Dinner is served. Tasty and simple! By the way – isn’t it insane how much spinach cooks down?! I used an entire MASSIVE container of spinach (one of the jumbo ones), and it looks like I put 3 pieces in!
Another time when I’m in the mood for something similar, I think I’ll try this Creamy Tomato Rigatoni recipe I saw the other day – sounds easy and delish, too!
I hope you guys all have a great day and fun weekends! I’ll leave you with a photo of my favorite fluffy friend. Her face in this photo seriously cracks me up – she loooooves being picked up. (Not) 😉
- 18 Hair Hacks for the Gym via Buzzfeed
- 5 Seasonal Foods To Enjoy Now – and How to Eat Them – via Eat + Run
- 10 Tips to Get Great Sleep Tonight – via Mind Body Green
- Restorative Yoga for Workout Recovery – via Greatist
- The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Roundup – via Fitfluential
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