Wednesday, March 7

CrossFit + Healthy Chicken Goulash + Red Wine + Great Company = Awesomeness!

My wonderful sister and dear friend, Alaina joined me last night at the Haggett Household for a little girl's night. It was AWESOME! We made it a point the last time we were together to make sure we do this type of thing more often. Everyone needs a little decompression once in a while and last night did the trick. I never used to appreciate hanging with just the girls. As I've gotten older, I now realize just how important that time truly is.

We started the night off with a little bit of CrossFit, a short workout but a good one!

5 rounds for time:

20 Jump ropes
10 Squats
10 Burpees

All of us finished in under 13 minutes. :)

We're going to try to do one of these girl's nights each weeks, so of course the workouts will progressively get harder. I must say, I have a love/hate relationship with burpees. About half way through I was thinking.... hmmmm these things are really kickin' my a$$. I frequently make my current client, Pamela do burpees and I just keep telling her, "You're going to be a burpee machine when we're done!" Sprints and burpees are probably my least favorite exercises, so my recent goal has been to challenge myself with all of the exercises I don't like doing. I need to step out of the comfort zone a bit, ya know?  How are you going to get better doing the things you're comfortable doing all the time?

Here we are in action...

Alaina- look at that form! That's how it's done my friends!
My sister, Katie- did I mention she's only 9 weeks post-baby! Yeah, pretty B.A.
Me- with my super bright shoes!

And finally... I present to you our dinner. Healthy Chicken Goulash, Caprese and a little red wine to top it off! I concocted the goulash one day when I was sick, craving veggie/chicken noodle soup, and my grandma's famous traditional goulash. I pretty much through together everything in my fridge and it was de-lish. Now it's one of my comfort food faves.

Healthy Chicken Goulash (Can be made vegan or vegetarian)

3 chicken breasts
2 cans basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes (check that they don't have high fructose corn syrup)
1 can tomato sauce (I also used the basil, oregano and garlic for this one)
1 jalapeno (finely chopped - including the seeds for an extra kick)
1 container chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 large container/bag spinach (chopped - I used frozen last night)
2 cans white corn (or one bag frozen)
Addition: I added 1 squash and 1 zucchini this time too. I almost forgot!
2 T Parsley
2 T Basil
1 T Garlic powder
1 T cayenne pepper  (If you're not in to spicy, nix the cayenne)
1 box/bag whole wheat noodles of your choice (I used 1 bag Healthy Harvest wide noodles- they look like egg noodles)

Combine all of the ingredients except the noodles in a slow cooker and stir. Set on low for 6 hours. Prepare your noodles according to the box directions and set aside. I like mine al dente, so their not too soggy for leftovers the next day. Pull the chicken breast out and shred, or be lazy (I like to think of it as efficient) like me and pulse them in a food processor. Return chicken to the slow cooker. You can either add all the noodles to the slow cooker or simply serve the goulash over the noodles. And Viola! A super simple, healthy dinner that will feed about 8 people. :)
 

Caprese is one of my favorite appetizers and it's super easy. Slice Roma tomatoes and top the tomatoes with small slices of REAL Mozarella cheese (it comes in a ball - I use part skim), not block cheese. Top the cheese with a sprig of fresh basil. Drizzle them lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I like to add a little salt and fresh ground pepper to mine as well. Yu-mmy!

And this is how a night full of CrossFit, good conversations with great girls, and yummy food and wine will make you feel!


Me, Katie and Alaina
 
Lastly, I have some very exciting news to share! Today is training session #8 with my new client, Pamela. She had gotten some blood work done and recently had a doctors appointment to discuss the results. She said her doctor said, and I quote, from her quote, "Your blood results are baller." -Doc :)

He proceeded to ask her if she had been strength training more, and said that whatever she had been doing in the last month she needed to continue doing it. Isn't that wonderful! Working out and eating healthy is not only about shaping your body, it's about improving your overall health and well-being too. Her pants are fitting looser and she feels much more energetic. She said she's even had people at work recognize her increased energy levels. I'm super happy and proud of her for all of her hard work!

Woo-Hoo!

Be Strong. Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Lauren


1 comment:

  1. Yep those burpees are really killer. But I am looking forward to becoming a burpee machine! And thanks for the props on the blood work. I'm pretty excited about it too. It feels great to really be focusing on getting healthier every day! - Pamela

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