Warming Up with Chili + This Week’s Workouts

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! The sun is shining but we still have snow all over the place – weather this frigid calls for chili, don’t you think?


On Wednesday night, I was craving something warm and cozy and decided to throw together a variation of my old favorite Turkey, Veggie & Barley Chili (<—click for recipe).


I left out the barley since I didn’t have any, so I started by sautéing some olive oil, onions, and garlic in the chili pot for a few minutes before adding in ground beef. Once the beef was fully cooked, I added in all the other ingredients and simmered until the veggies were softened and some of the liquid had boiled off.


It came out delicious! I just enjoyed some of the leftovers again for lunch. It was a bit soupy because I didn’t measure my liquid add-ins but we were hungry and didn’t want to wait for it to simmer any longer. :) Tasted great either way!



As for lunch yesterday, I whipped up some tuna salad sandwiches for myself and Matt since we were both working at home for the snow day.


I made the tuna salad by mixing plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt and dijon mustard (about 2:1 ratio yogurt:mustard). I then topped it with some avocado, broccoli slaw for crunch, and baby kale. All in whole wheat pitas. On the side: clementines + carrots!


The other thing we’ve been snacking on this week is my 5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (<—recipe)! I made a big double batch of a variation of them earlier this week.


Once they set in the fridge for awhile, I cut them into various sized bars and wrapped them in foil for easy grabbing and going. I put half in the fridge and half in the freezer for later!


On the workout front, here is a recap of this week’s workouts:

On the docket workout-wise this weekend: a 20 mile LA Marathon training run – my longest before the race (next weekend I’m down to 14, then 7 the weekend after, then the race)! Planning to do the run on Sunday and will probably hit yoga again tomorrow!

Speaking of workouts and healthy eats – I hope you’re all excited for the final week, week 4, of the Winter Shape Up! I’ll be updating my WSU landing page with the week 4 meal plan and grocery shopping lists later today or tomorrow, so stay tuned. Thank you to all of you who are participating – it’s been so fun to hear about your progress!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend!

p.s. If you’re interested, check out the guest post I wrote for my friend Kath’s blog: “Why This Registered Dietitian Eats More Fat.” In the post, I talk in detail about some of the science behind dietary fat, and why low fat diets aren’t a good idea. I spent a lot of time researching and writing the post, and I hope you find it helpful and informative. :)


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    I love chili! And I loved your post on Kath’s blog. Your theory on eating is great. When I originally lost weight, I was cutting out carbs. I wasn’t exercising during that time, but now that I am, I realize I NEED the carbs and it’s okay to have them in moderation. I do find that high fat is filling and usually less sugar, any way, so that’s great and helps me stay full. Love your tips :)

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    Chili is the BEST! I used to hate it when I was little. What was I thinking?!

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    Anne- I haven’t been reading your blog too long but I absolutely LOVED your guest post on Kerf. It’s really fun to read something slightly more academic than what I feel like has become the norm on healthy living blogs lately. I really don’t want this to come of as rude or critical because I’m not trying to be, but I would really like to see more posts like this in the future. Not that I don’t enjoy your food/exercise posts but you have an MPH and are an RD- I think you should show your education off more cause you really know what you’re talking about!

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      Thank you, Maya! Not rude at all – I appreciate the insight! I do really want to share more academic style posts on occasion over here as well (I did do one on trans fat a couple months ago). I have a couple ideas/researchy posts in the works, so stay tuned. I just have to balance the extra time it takes to write posts like that with all the other things I have going on – work has gotten insane now that I’m teaching at GW and it’s the new year (aka lots of nutrition counseling clients)! Thanks for reading! :)

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        Me again! Echoing my comments from yesterday in case you didn’t see them- I feel the same way. You asked what I’d be interested in reading and I loved both the ideas you brought up (coconut oil and when to use which types of oils for different cooking prep methods) I’d also love more info on the health benefits (or lack thereof) of soy and dairy.

        Also don’t worry- I totally understand that you must be swamped- I’m a first-time professor at a community college and also taking nutrition classes part time and I feel like I’m CONSTANTLY behind. I do not know how you manage all your different hats. Maybe health research posts can be more of a focus for May when the semester ends!

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          Yes, I like that plan! Will definitely try to do at least one before then but thanks for understanding. :) I just feel that when I do more research related posts, I want them to be really thorough and awesome… so don’t want to half a$$ it because I’m too busy. :)

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          P.s. what are you teaching? :)

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    Happy Valentines Days!!! Hope the weather is ace for your long run!

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! That bowl of chili looks so inviting. It would’ve been perfect yesterday during the snowstorm.

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    Those tuna sandwiches / pitas you had looked absolutely delicious! It is summer time here so not a great time for really warm recipes, but the chilli would be a great one to tuck away for when it is winter time here.

    Hope you enjoyed your Valentines Day

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    Hi Anne! I, too, loved your guest post on Kath’s blog – thanks for putting so much work into it! I have had high cholesterol my whole life (I think it’s genetic), and when I had a lipid panel recently, it was the highest it’s ever been, which worried me. My doctor said not to worry about it because my HDL is so high (114 – the highest he’s seen in his 35-year career!), and of course I wanted to trust my doctor, but I still worried about it because I didn’t understand why my numbers were ok. Your post and the research articles about cholesterol you linked to really helped me understand and put my mind at ease. Thank you! :)

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    I’ve been loving your grocery lists and was hoping to go to the grocery store today….any chance you can please post that today!?!?

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    Hey Anne, i read your blog for a few years now und i just wanted to tell you that i absolutly love it :-) I like to make myself a cup of coffe on a sunday afternoon (like now!) und read your posts from the week. Your blog is like a cozy place to hang around!

    I just had the desire to say this!
    Greetings von Germany, Julie

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks great — and a proper reward for a runner on a cold day! Hope the long run today goes well, despite snowy paths! Good luck!

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    You are totally rocking you long runs!! :) Keep it up!!

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