Goat Cheese Spiked Brussels Sprouts – Serves 6+

I’ve got news!  In a week from today I start my journey West.  I recently accepted a position in San Francisco…  Time for a whole new adventure.  I am super excited and nervous but I will channel that energy for something positive.  About five months ago I set out to change my career and well, it finally happened, anything is possible.

Fall weather has me reaching for everything pumpkin when I have a sweet tooth but when I want something savory then I reach for butternut squash or sweet potatoes.  I am over pumpkin at the moment; my savory taste buds have kicked in, hence this recipe was born.

Butternut squash is an excellent way to increase your dietary fiber as well as nourish your body with vitamins A & C.  With the winter months upon us your skin needs these vitamins more than ever (#makeyourskinglow).

Ingredients:

  • 1# Brussels sprouts; quartered with roots removed
  • 1# butternut squash; diced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shredded pieces of proscuitto
  • 3 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • To taste: 1 tsp sea salt

Methodology:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl toss the following ingredients well: Brussels, butternut squash, olive oil, black pepper, goat cheese, proscuitto, and sea salt.
  3. On a parchment lined baking sheet spread out the Brussels and butternut squash.
  4. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the vegetables.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Set aside and serve with your favorite entree (or in my case, eat from the baking tray and pass out in a food coma).
  7. Cheers!

 

xxx – Sarah

Curried Sweet Potatoes – Serves 6

Everyone needs a sidekick.  Batman has Robin and every meal needs sweet potatoes.  This is one of my favorite quick sides that you can serve with just about any meal whether hot or cold (or just set aside a scoop for a small snack).  I made this for dinner the other night alongside scallops and garlicky Brussels sprouts.  However, I’ve been pairing the leftovers with my ‘Grab and Go Egg Scramble,’ and it has been absolutely mouthwatering!  Best of all it is nut, dairy, and gluten-free.

Pretty sure you know the hype surrounding sweet potatoes but just in case you don’t, here goes – great source of vitamins A and C, micronutrients (potassium, phosphorus, and copper are a few to name), contains fiber, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and assists with blood sugar regulation.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes; minced/diced
  • 3 scallion stalks and most of the root; minced
  • 1/2 tsp of curry powder and paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper and cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (to heat the frying pan)

Methodology:

  1. Place a frying pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.  Allow the pan to heat for 1-2 minutes and circulate the oil throughout the surface of the pan.
  2. Cook the scallions well until the white pieces aka the root is slightly tinged yellow.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and stir/toss well for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the spices and stir/toss for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pair with your desired meal!
  6. Get your antioxidant action going!

xxx – Sarah

How to Properly Ring in the New Year Guilt-Free

If you’re anything like me, the New Year sometimes means parties, outings, or a simple gathering with friends/family.  One sure thing is that there will either be tons of alcohol, food, or BOTH.  Simplify your ‘next day guilt blues’ with these tricks!

  • Hydrate: 
    • Drink your body weight (pounds) in ounces or get super close – for example, if you weigh 100#, try to drink 100 ounces
    • Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces) before meals/snacks to help fill up and prevent hydration pangs from being misled as ‘hunger’
    • Avoid highly carbonated beverages early in the day to prevent bloating, fatigues, and headaches
    • Chase alcoholic beverages with water – for example, for each glass of alcohol, try to drink a glass of water
  • Fuel up properly:
    • Eat your meals as routinely as possible to help prevent excessive grazes or binges at the food table
    • Protein and healthy fat sources aid in satiety, warmth, and recovery thus pick wisely
      • Lean proteins: beef, lamb, eggs, chicken, and turkey
        • TIP – If you are easily tired, lay off the turkey since it’s a tryptophan carrier
      • Healthy fats: olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, canola oil, nuts, and seeds
  • Outfits:  Dress for success but keep your extremities warm (hands, feet, and head)

 

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Make 2016 a prosperous and healthy year… In other words, keep checking my site for more tips!

 

xxx – Sarah

Workouts for the Modern Workaholic – Session #5

Time to get back at it!  This workout is like the others – short and sweet with a touch of ‘glistening.’  The focus is the chest with a mix of some other details.

 

**All sets in this workout are to start with a light to medium weight for the first set and then progress in weight without compromising form or remain with a challenging weight.

**When moving from exercise to exercise or waiting between sets keep the rest no more than 60 seconds. The supersets can have a 60 second rest before starting up the second or third set in the series.

 

Warm-up:  Light jog for 3 minutes on the treadmill or speed walk

Exercise #1:  Flat Bench Dumbbell Chest Press – 3 sets (15/12/10)

Exercise #2:  Incline Chest Flyes – 4 sets (15/12/12/12)

Exercise #3 – Superset:  Seated Machine Chest Flyes – 4 sets (18/15/12/10) and Stability Ball Abdominal Planks (60 seconds)

Exercise #4:  Push-ups from decline position on bench – 1 set (shoulder width to FAILURE)

Exercise #5:  Side Planks – 3 sets (60 seconds)

Exercise #6:   Cable barbell bicep curls – 4 sets (18/15/12/10)

Exercise #7:  Banded Bicep Hammer Fist Curls – 3 sets (15/12/10)

(Methodology:   From standing position step on a band of moderate resistance and curl up like a h’ammer’ bicep curl – keep the tempo the same going up/down.  In other words, keep your grip firm and make a fist like you would attempt a punch.)

 

(Bonus Lab:  Make sure you eat 30-45 minutes post working out for maximal benefits with toning, muscle mass, and weight loss.  The best options are a mix of protein/fat/complex carbohydrates.  Your body works hard day in and day out but it needs fuel and that comes from food.  I usually tend to have 6 ounces of chicken/fish with greens such as Brussels Sprouts sautéed in olive oil and herbs.)

xxx – Sarah