I want to start off by apologizing for being so absent on the blog lately!! The holidays came and went, but we spent a lot of quality time with friends and family, and that is always a much needed part of life! Once January rolled around, life just got busy again. I am so thankful and grateful to have those of you who joined me for my 12 Days of Christmas videos – I thought they were a fun mix of activities and a great way to get a workout in during the busiest and often most stressful time of year!!
With the start of a new year, many of us turn to new goals or resolutions – a launching pad for new ideas a beginnings if you will! I have so many things I want to achieve this year and I am so excited to finally put some projects I have been working on for a long time into motion. That being said, I was going back and forth on whether I wanted to obtain my Personal Trainer Certification or wait – but I finally told myself, “Girl, this is YOUR year!!” It has been something I was extremely interested in for a long time and I strongly feel it will strengthen my coaching abilities and serve as another building block on this amazing journey!! My materials arrived the other day and I didn’t waste any time diving into the studying process. Which, let’s be honest, I had to dust the cobwebs off because it has been awhile since I’ve spent much time in the studying department. What doesn’t challenge us, doesn’t change us – so I say, bring on the flashcards and late night study sessions!!
My classes at the gym have been awesome – since the new session started this month, I am there every day of the week….and I LOVE it!!
I am striving to bring as much content to the blog and YouTube as I can!! I have been playing around with some camera settings and trying to find an alternate filming location to get out of the house, but for now I am working with what I’ve got and just trying to bring you some of the most effective workouts out there – I have so many BIG ideas that sometimes I just need to rein myself in and take it one step at a time!! #AllGoodThings 🙂
Let’s begin with last night’s AMAZING dinner!! Now I know I’m not alone when the cupboards are getting bare and you resort to Pinterest or Google with a handful of ingredients and hope that a delicious recipe pops up!! So that’s where the initial idea for this recipe began….but I didn’t get much luck with that, and I have been reading a lot about turmeric lately, so I pulled out one of my favorite food resources, Fight Back With Food, to learn a little bit more about it ::
Turmeric – The spice that gives curry powder its deep yellow color, turmeric has a delicate flavor.
What’s In It : The curcumin in turmeric is though to have a wide range of beneficial effects, and its antioxidant properties may fend off heart disease and cancer. Studies also show that curcumin holds promise in reducing cataract development.
Use In : Curries, savory soups, and stews, spice rubs and marinades, pickled vegetables and condiments, and yogurt sauces.
Curried Beef, Red Quinoa, Spinach Salad
Since I had my heart set on using turmeric, and we have fresh local beef in the fridge, I thought let’s try curried beef. I served it with a side of red quinoa, which had already been prepared (because meal prep is a life saver) and spinach salad with a light homemade lemon vinaigrette. Everything tasted fresh and healthy and was the perfect way to refuel after today’s awesome workout – find the workout and the recipe below!!
FULL BODY CIRCUIT
1/25/2016 Workout :: Full Body – 6 exercises, 10 reps each, repeat 6x
- KB Swings or Sandbag Swings
2. Plank Jack Pushups or Pushups
3. Bicep Curls (Barbell or Dumbbells)
4. Weighted Jump Squats
5. Upright Row (KB, Barbell, or Dumbbells)
6. Tricep Dips – Advanced Alt. One Leg (L/R)
**Add this on as a weighted burnout or complete as your workout of the day, aiming to complete the full circuit with as little rest as possible.
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 bell pepper, diced, any color
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. red curry powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- ½ can tomato paste, organic if possible
- 1 cup water or broth
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat. Add chopped pepper and onions and saute until softened slightly.
- Add ground beef and cook until brown. Mix together all seasonings in a small bowl, stir, and then add to the beef and vegetable mixture.
- In a small measuring cup, stir together the tomato paste and water or broth. Once combined, pour over the meat and stir to coat. Turn heat down and allow mixture to simmer for a few more minutes and for flavors to be absorbed.
MACROS :: 275 calories, 13 g Fat, 8 g Carbs, 32 g Protein