WritersButt Wednesday — Make Healthy your Normal
Ah, it’s WritersButt Wednesday again. Last week, you all really loved getting some recipes so I’m going to give you some more. But before that, did anyone try the Kale chips? Some of you mentioned that you were going to try the Marvelous Meatballs, if you did, how did they turn out?
While we’re on the subject of food, did you know that experimenting with food and trying new recipes can boost your creativity? It’s true. Not only do we need to feed our bodies clean, whole foods, but also having some fun with them in the kitchen can give our creative side another playground in which to play — off of the written page.
To me, there is nothing more blah than an uninspired meal. That is not to say we don’t have them in our home. We do. Because we are a busy family of five, I don’t cook every night and I have to cut corners here and there, but I try to plan ways so that we always have fresh food and our meals don’t become routine.
I’ve become known for my soups and salads. I love thinking of new ways to pair different ingredients or throw in something unexpected. Take this recent salad I made.
I used both red and green butter lettuce so the colors would be pretty. I had ½ a seedless cucumber, so I threw that it. I tossed in ½ a pint of blueberries. Here’s the something ‘different’. I had about ½ a bag of fresh green beans leftover from a veggie tray (AKA: The Platter of Awesomeness) that I recently brought to a party. I cut them in half and sautéed them in olive oil and dried minced garlic. I did this quick on fairly high heat so that the beans would stay crunchy but they’d get sizzled in that garlic. (OMG-Good!). I tossed my sizzled garlic beans onto my salad, splashed on some vinegar, drizzled more extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled some kosher salt, some cracked black pepper and some more garlic crunchies. It was seriously delicious!
Want to impress at your next potluck? Walk in with The Platter of Awesomeness! Putting it together is literally playing and creating a piece of art with your food. Nestle an olive here, poke in a snap-pea here, … have fun!
Don’t be afraid to let your creative side have room to play with your cooking. The more we let those creative wings spread out and reach to other areas of our life, the stronger that creative muscle becomes. And you know I’m all about strong muscles!
I get a lot of people who ask me for advice on how to make healthy eating convenient. It can be done, but I won’t lie, it often comes with a little preparation and planning on the front end. I would also like to suggest that traditional convenient foods, like fast food, microwave meals and prepackaged snacks come with some very inconvenient side effects. Heartburn, IBS, gas, high blood pressure, extra weight, achy joints … shall I go on?
So, you owe it to yourself and your body to love on it a little and spend some time planning some quick go-to meals and snacks. That’s one of the reasons I love soups. I can make a huge pot of soup, packed with protein and veggies. It’ll feed my family for at least 2 nights, which gives me a night off from cooking. I plan this strategically to coincide with a night I’ll be running around town getting my kids to and from their activities or when I have to be coaching at the gym. Also, soup is a great go-to lunch during the day. It can also be brought to work and heated up and everyone will be jonesin’ for your homemade (with fresh ingredients!) savory Italian meatball and veggie soup while they stare down a microwaved pool of who-knows-what.
Here’s another great recipe that you can change up countless ways to suit your needs and taste buds. Egg Muffins!
Eggs are a perfect protein and the yolk is packed with healthy fat, so don’t skip it! So, crack about a dozen eggs into a big bowl. (I like to use one with a pour spout, like a large measuring bowl) Throw is whatever sounds good. Suggestions: onions, chopped fresh spinach, mushrooms, cut up meats, tomatoes, cheese (if you’re doing dairy), broccoli, — seriously, anything that you think would taste good in an omelet or egg-scramble. Add in your seasoning and then pour out into a 12-cup muffin pan. (I spray mine with olive oil spray first!) Note: I usually sauté my onion and mushrooms in a pan first to brown them up because that’s how I like them. It’s all about getting what you want. 😉
Into a 350 degree oven they go for about 20-25 minutes. When your knife comes out clean, they should be done. They can be enjoyed immediately with salsa and avocado, maybe some cilantro, or just plain because they are already packed with goodness. And, they freeze well. What we did was put the extras into a zip-bag and snacked on them for days. They are great heated up or cold. Bam!
How were those 1-legged wall squats on your potty breaks? I bet they were a party of fun, weren’t they? Did anyone take a fast walk/jog stopping every minute for 10 squats? If so, how did it go? Give me some feedback?
This Week’s Workout Challenge:
PottyTime—Every time you go to the bathroom, give me 10 squats and 5 push-ups. EVERY time!
BONUS workout – For those who are interested, I mentioned last week that I’d offer a bonus workout for this week using some weight (dumbbells). At least once, but I’d prefer 3 times during the next week, I want you to complete the following workout. Time yourself and see if you can get faster each time.
4 Rounds of:
–10 steps walking weighted lunge holding a dumbbell in each hand, hanging down by your side. Remember, keep front knee behind the opposite toe! Keep your chest up to keep core activated
–10 dumbbell thrusters (see video below)
I think that’s it for this week. I hope you are all feeling great. Maybe you’re a bit stronger and energized. I know you’re hydrated and peeing like crazy. I hope your heart is full of gratitude and your creativity is buzzing. If any of you have had a positive result from any of the WritersButt challenges that you feel comfortable sharing with me, I’d love to hear it. Email me at ginger at CrossFitGeorgetown dot com. I can share your story on a future WritersButt post if you’d like, but at the very least, I’ll cheer you on and celebrate your success. It’s my favorite thing to do!
Have a fantastic week.