2 workouts and baked eggs

Well, hi there strangers!
I seem to have abandoned the blog. Originally I was taking a few days off for travel, but then one week became two, two became three…yeahh, you get the picture.

Anyways, I’m back and have two workouts and a new favorite dish to share.

It was a rather busy September, but I tried my best to keep up with workouts. There were some slips, but I continually aim for 5-6 days a week. Mostly between 12-40 mins, a majority of them being zwows.

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There were two (non-zwow) workouts that I particularly loved:

1) Tina’s At home chipper

and

2) Puff & Push by GPP Fitness

While I keep most of my workouts on the shorter side, I like to throw in some longer ones about once or twice a week. The at home chipper was a tough one, but left me sweaty and feeling preeetty accomplished afterwards.
As for the puff and push I challenged myself by upping my pace for the sprints and rows and throughly enjoyed all four rounds. Sometimes during longer workouts I have thoughts of cutting it short, but this workout is so much fun that thought never even surfaced. I’ve done it twice so far and know it’ll be one that I’ll for sure do again.

Now for the eggs!

I love eggs and I love a quick meal that can easily be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is exactly that.
All that is needed is a cup of canned crushed tomatoes, 2 eggs, garlic & herbs, and cheese. (Salt & pepper optional)

And there are two ways I make these eggs.

Baked or the lazy one pot way.

They both start out the same way:

1) Add a drizzle of olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add in chopped garlic and chopped herbs of choice. (I used fresh rosemary. Basil would also be lovely.)
2) Once garlic & herbs are nice and toasty (aka: fragrant), add in about a cup of crushed tomatoes. Cook until bubbly and warmed thru.

for:

Baked Eggs

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3) Pour tomato mixture into an oven safe dish, crack in two eggs, & sprinkle on some cheese. I grated on some fresh truffle cheese. Best idea ever.
4) Bake for 10 minutes at 350F or until desired yolk-doneness. If you like a runny yolk, 8-10 minutes should be just about right. Once the egg whites have become opaque you can go ahead and take it out.
5) Sprinkle on additional herbs & cheese if desired. 

and for:

One Pot Eggs

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3) Crack the eggs directly into the pot and cover with a lid. Let it simmer and cook for an additional 3-5 mins or until eggs are at desired consistency.
4) Sprinkle on cheese of choice and optional herbs, salt, & pepper.
5) Pour into bowl and enjoy!

I recommend pairing these eggs with a toasty baguette to soak up all the extra tomatoes and drippy eggs :)

What’s your favorite workout?
What is your go-to dish?

review + giveaway: kodiak cakes

I think we all know my obsession with breakfast and just how much I love a good pancake or waffle.

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However, as much I as do love them, I’m not all that into making them from scratch. Even though some recipes only call for minimal ingredients it still involves measuring flour, which more often than not ends up all over the kitchen counter and floor. I know there are a lot of quick mixes out there to help alleviate the process, but most of the time they’re filled with ingredients that I can’t seem to pronounce.

Enter: Kodiak Cakes.

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They have been my go-to pancake/waffle mix for a while now and you may or may not have seen me use their whole wheat, oat, & honey mix every now and then.

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3 reasons why I love Kodiak Cakes:

1) Few ingredients. I can read all of them and actually know what they are.
2) 100% whole grain. They taste great and actually keep me full.
3) Just add water. It’s a 1:1 ratio of the mix and fresh water. And thats it!

They kindly sent me both their flavors to try and as a fan of the whole wheat, oat, and honey already, I was pretty certain I’d also love the buttermilk and honey. Now I know for a fact you can’t go wrong with either.

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They’re so simple to make and easily customizable to your personal preference. Whether you like your pancakes lighter or more dense, all you have to do is add more or less water. It’s all up to you!

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I tend to change it up every now and then. If I feel like I want something more filling, I’ll make pancakes with slightly less water, sometimes stirring in some additional flax meal, chia seeds, or fresh fruit.

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And if I’m feeling like something lighter, I tend to go for waffles. They always come out crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Pretty much my idea of a perfect waffle.

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And of course toppings! Can’t forget them. Depending on my mood, I like anything from coconut oil to coconut or nut butter. But most recently my favorite has been a simple drizzle of coconut oil + maple syrup. Amazing.

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And now the best part. Kodiak Cakes wants to give three of you the chance to try a box of their flapjack and waffle mixes for yourself!

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To enter:
Simply
leave a comment below telling me your favorite pancake or waffle toppings!

Three winners will be selected randomly this Sunday, Sept 8, at 11:59pm (Central). Open to US residents only.

And if you just can’t wait, check out their website to see where to find them near you!

Good luck! :)

eggs & toast

Is it just me or is this week kinda just draaaging by?
It’s might be a Wednesday, but it certainly feels like a Friday to me!
2 more days, we can do it :)

In the meantime, let me share with you what I’ve been eating for breakfast, aka – the most important meal of the day. And also the best in my opinion.
For me, I feel like my day is a lot more successful in the health-front if I’m able to get in a nutritious breakfast. I tend to make better choices throughout the day on those particular days. And added bonus points if I do something active before breakfast.

I wasn’t so successful with that this morning (I couldn’t wake up! oops), but I did do a workout once I got home around 7:30pm before eating dinner. Which I think might have actually been harder for me than doing the workout first thing this morning because I stopped by city super and picked up an ahi tuna nicoise salad on my way home and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

Grilled ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad

Lots of veggies, but the star was definitely the ahi. It had a really peppery crust that added a ton of flavor. And I loved that it included a hefty serving of baby rocket leaves. Yumm.

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Wait, weren’t we talking about breakfast a second ago? Uh, yeah.
So, remember how I was all about the chia/hemp/buckwheat porridge last week?…

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Well this week it’s been all about the eggs.

Eggs & toast or eggs & pears has been the brekkie of choice.
And the eggs have to be over-easy. None of that cooked-yolk business.

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This mornings toast I was especially looking forward to because it was hokkaido wheat & matcha green tea toast that I purchased from bo-lo’gne last night. I know it was green tea toast, but I was actually surprised to find that it had such a strong green tea flavor. Quite delicious.

And now after talking about it, I’m looking forward to tomorrows breakfast. Off to get ready for bed!

Have a fantastic day!

What has been your breakfast of choice lately?
Favorite way to eat eggs? -
I prefer my eggs over-easy/over-medium. But I’m not one to turn down a soft boiled or poached egg.