|July 18, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Treadmill, Workouts|
It’s FRIDAY folks! I survived my first test of the quarter … or at least I think I did since we haven’t gotten our grades back yet. Fingers crossed because it was a doozy! Today was are learning how to give injections … on each other. So I imagine I am going to be stuck with a needle ALL morning. It should be interesting since this is our first experience inflicting “pain” on each other ha.
This quarter I am trying really hard to keep up the fitness base I had built. I have my PiYo challenge (starting soon if you still want to join!) but there is also the possibility of some fall/winter half-marathons looming on the horizon so running needs to happen to. The problem is is that I am a huge wuss and hate running in the heat. SO I take it to the treadmill! Since I am SURE I am not the only one who hates running in 95 degrees and 100% humidity I am sharing my favorite treadmill workouts with you today
Hope you have a great weekend and make sure to make it count and fit in some fitness too
Do you have a favorite treadmill workout?
|July 17, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Recipes, Sponsored|
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers.
Quick lunches are the name of the game for us both during the week and on the weekends these days. Either we are on the go for school or are trying to make the most of our time together on the weekends. Not only do I want to throw together something fast but I also want to make sure it is a healthy choice for all of us. Finding something that even my finicky 2-year old will eat provides even a greater challenge! Luckily for me, Emmalyne LOVES quesadillas.
Quesadillas are a great and healthy option that the whole family loves. Or at least they do in our house! I kept it simple with this one … just four ingredients! One of my biggest issues when making quesadillas is determining an appropriate amount of cheese. While we are definitely a dairy-friendly house (I LOVE cheese) I also know that portion control is important. I mean let’s be real, I could eat a whole cheese block by myself. So these colby-jack cheese sticks from Weight Watchers are perfect! Each cheese stick is perfectly portioned into 70 calories and are a good source of protein and calcium. Easy-peasy!
So the verdict? Everyone loved it! I knew I could win Em over with the turkey and cheese. Throwing in the avocado helped me make sure she got some awesome healthy fat too. While I love cooking with the Weight Watchers cheese sticks I love taking them as a snack in my lunch even more
Turkey, Cheese, and Avocado Quesadilla
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- 1 Weight Watchers Colby jack cheese stick, sliced
- 1 slice low-sodium deli turkey meat, cubed
- ½ avocado, sliced
- Greek yogurt (optional)
- Salsa (optional)
Heat a large skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add the whole wheat tortilla with cheese and turkey. Continue to cook until cheese melts.
Remove from heat, add avocado, and fold the tortilla in half.
Serve with Greek yogurt and salsa as condiments.
This has been a favorite lunch of mine recently. I am also a big fan of Weight Watchers and have had many friends have success with their programs. Finding their products locally at my Publix was bonus! They also have string cheese and whipped cream cheese available.
What is your favorite lunch that’s ready in 10-minutes or less?
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers.
|July 16, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Favorites, Meal Planning|
With my crazy schedule between school, two kids, and a husband I have to be on my A-game when it comes to meal planning. My old methods used to be daunting – flip through my recipe books, lurk on Pinterest, hand-write out my grocery list etc. It could take hours. Well, mama doesn’t have time for that these days. So I turned to Google sure enough, there’s an app for that! Enter Paprika, my new favorite meal planning app that makes my Type-A heart sing!
Paprika is an all-in-one meal planning app that stores your recipes, shows your meals for the week/month, and can generate a grocery list for you! This is a snapshot of all of my recipes. You can sort them into folders for easy access. There is also a search feature where you can find recipes from all the popular websites and blogs and directly import them into your recipe list!
When you click on an individual recipe it takes you to the recipe page. I love the layout of the recipe card. It’s nice to see everything in an organized way and set up so that it’s really easy to cook from!
After importing your recipes into the app you can go about creating your meal plan. There is the ability to plan all 3 meals of the day AND snacks and add recipes for all of them. There is a weekly and monthly view so you can easily work from the method that works for you.
Lastly, as you add recipes to your meal plan you can have the app generate a grocery list for you! You can cross items off your list if you already have them etc. LOVE IT!
I actually bought the app for both my iPad and my MacBook so I can work on my meal plan from either and they will sync. I have also found the emailing feature extremely handy when needing to send Chris a recipe if he is the one making dinner that night. Seriously, it’s the best! The app in the iTunes app store is $4.99 for iPhone and is the best $5 I have ever spent on an app. The app is also available on Android
How do you meal plan?
Disclosure: This is NOT a paid or sponsored review in any way. Paprika doesn’t know who I am – I just love the App!
|July 15, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Recipes|
When Presley was here for FitBloggin and we were out with friends I was shocked to hear how many of them didn’t know how to grill pizza! Since it’s a staple in our house and one of my favorite things ever I thought it was about time to share our method with you guys too. Add this to your meal plan, you will thank me
So grilling pizza is incredibly easy and no the dough does not fall through the cracks. Before getting started pre-heat your grill to a medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes. We pick up our dough pre made from Publix to save time but you can also make your own. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you I know they have fresh dough too!
1. To start, roll out your dough to your desired thickness. We like ours pretty thin so Chris rolls it really well. Use plenty of flour so it doesn’t stick to the pin or counter.
2. Add the dough directly to the hot grill. Shut the grill and leave it for ~2 minutes. Flip the dough and grill on the other side for another two minutes.
3. Add your favorite toppings to finish up your pizza! Place back on the grill for 6-8 minutes. If it gets a little black it just adds flavor
We love these pizzas for whenever we have friends over and at least once a week ourselves. Build-your-pizzas are also a ton of fun for a party! My mom has hosted one with really adventurous and fun toppings. The sky is the limit!
Have you ever grilled pizza?
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
|July 14, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Beachbody, Weekend|
Happy Monday friends! Hope you had a great weekend. The family and I had a great one ourselves. Friday night Chris and I headed out for a much needed date night. We hadn’t had one since he came back from his month-long stint away from us so to say it was overdue is an understatement. We hit up the Kayak Cafe down in Savannah and it did not disappoint!
For an appetizer we shared the guacamole with toasted pita. The guac was SO good! For dinner Chris chowed down on the fish tacos and I got the shrimp quesadilla with locally caught shrimp. Everything was just do dang good and we left happily stuffed. Next, we headed across the street to Chive and got some drinks. My drink was watermelon, mint, and some vodka
Satuday and Sunday we hung around the house and got some stuff done. I have my first test of the quarter this week in Clin Med and will be covering endocrine and hematology, as well as the disoders, diagnoses, and treatments. So I spent some time hitting the books fueled by local GA peaches – SO SWEET.
Sunday night ended with a picnic held my the Emster. Seriously this girl cracks me up and is SO my child. All the plates had napkins, everything was in a line, and she had to control exactly how we played. It was a blast.
Finally I am excited to announce that I am officially a Beachbody coach! I have mentioned T25 several times and how much I LOVE the workouts. I also have been drinking Shakeology as a supplement for several months and love how it makes me feel. My friend Tyah finally convinced me to take the plunge and I am stoked. I am holding my first challenge group starting next week and would LOVE for you guys to participate. What’s the challenge you ask? PiYo
PiYo is a high intensity but low impact workout that combines the very best of yoga and pilates. The workouts last no longer than 45 minutes so they are the perfect length for before work or during nap time. Check out this awesome video to see more:
If you want to participate shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily @ gmail . com and take the first step to taking charge of your health. You can also leave a comment here and I can send you more info. You can also sign up directly HERE. Either way I am excited for this journey and would love to have you along the way with me. However – don’t worry – this will not turn into a Beachbody blog. I am still going to be blogging about the things I love but will let you know when new challenges launch.
PS – If you’re a military spouse you have an awesome opportunity to be a discount coach. By signing up for the challenge and as a coach you can get 25% off all your future BB purchase. Think P90X, T25, etc. Let me know!
Have a great Monday friends and start this week off strong. I am wrapping up the Summer Shape UP with Gina this week
How was your weekend?