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Recipe: Mushroom Rigatoni

 

This is a great one-pot pasta meal!  Quick, and easy clean up.

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  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 8 oz packages of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ – 1 tsp salt

 

1.      In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and mushroom.  Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions and mushrooms are soft, and the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 10 minutes.

2.     Add in the remaining ingredients, stir well and bring to a boil. You may need to add more water, it should be very soupy.

3.     Cover and reduce heat to medium.  Cook, stirring occasionally  until pasta is tender and the liquid is thick, about 15 minutes.


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Free Online Running Clinic!

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Are you looking to improve your running? Do you need tips on drills, flexibility, and strength exercises to help you become more efficient and prevent injury? Join my free Runner’s Clinic Series in February! This Runner’s Clinic is a series of videos that will be posted online. All you need to do to join is follow along! Each day, a video will be posted on JennysFitness Instagram and Facebook pages. On Friday, that week’s series will be combined into a video posted here on the JennysFitness blog. By the end of February you will have new tools to add to your running program to strengthen muscles, improve efficiency, and get faster! So who’s ready to run? Sign up now by following JennysFitness Instagram, Facebook, and blog! The first video will be up on Monday. I’ll see you on the trails!


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Recipe: Raw Brownie Bites

These were actually my first raw sweets creation, which inspired the Raw Lemon Bars posted earlier this week. I am also submitting this recipe to the New “U” Food Challenge hosted on Cooks Joy blog.

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Raw Brownie Bites

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds

Process the walnuts, dates, and cocoa powder in a food processor until finely chopped and forming a sticky “dough”.  Shape the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in the ground almonds.  Store in the refrigerator.


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Croom Trail Run

Croom Trail Run

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”  -T.S. Eliot

How far can you go?  Do you have dreams and goals that you want to achieve? Then it’s time to start working towards them!  Take action each day to find out how far you can go.  Enlist help if you need it, to find out WHAT you want to achieve, WHERE you are headed, and HOW You can get there!


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Recipe: Raw Lemon Squares

These are great as a snack (1 or 2 squares) or even as part of a meal (3 or 4 squares).  Adjust the lemon juice amount as necessary depending on the moisture of the dates.  You don’t want your mixture too wet and sticky, it should hold firm together with just a slight stickiness.

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  • 3/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice (depends on moisture of dates)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture is a consistency of a thick dough.  Line a  9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper,  and press the nut mixture flat into the pan.  Turn out the mixture onto a cutting board and slice into 1 inch squares.  Store refrigerated.


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HIIT IT!!

Are you ready to maximize your fitness results while minimizing your exercise time?  Then get ready for HIIT training. HIIT, or, High Intensity Interval Training, was named the top fitness trend of 2014, according to the American College of Sport’s Medicine’s (ACSM) annual survey of fitness professionals worldwide.  HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery.  This type of training is considered a more effective and efficient form of cardio training.  Maximum results, minimal time.  Not just for cardio, you can apply these methods to strength training too, when used as a circuit style workout.  My bootcamp classes are taught this way, and it is intense!

So how do you do a HIIT cardio session?  Make sure your short bursts of activity are intense for the interval duration.  If it is a 30 second interval, make sure it is ALL OUT.  If it is a 3 minute interval, you should be hardly able to finish that 30 seconds of the 3 minutes.  When it is your recovery interval, let your heart rate come down and just go easy.  Then get ready for your next work interval.  Here’s one sample HIIT training that you can do as a run, bike, or any cardio machine:

Warm up easy for 5 minutes.  This is just getting your body ready for the intense work coming up.  Make sure you are loose and relaxed, and include a few dynamic stretches.  After warm up, begin the following workout: 2 minutes of hard effort, 1 minute of recovery.  Repeat for a total of 7 times.  Cool down with 5 minutes easy.  That’s it!  You are done!

I took my pup to the trails today for my HIIT trail run.  2 minutes hard, 1 minute easy.  Here are some shots from that workout!


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Recipe: Creamy White Bean and Kale Soup

This comforting soup gets it’s creaminess from no added fats, crams, cheeses, or dairy! Packed with vegetables, it’s a healthy addition to your winter meal plans.

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Creamy White Bean Soup (serves 2)
1 TBS olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of kale, shredded or cut fine
Garnish: parsley and Parmesan cheese

1. Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the carrot and onion and sautee for 5-6 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, salt and pepper (to taste), and oregano, and sauté 30 more seconds.

2. Add the vegetable broth. Set aside half of the beans. Place the other half in a small bowl and mash with a fork until creamy. Stir the mashed beans into the vegetables and broth.

3. Add the remaining beans and kale, and simmer until the kale has wilted and the whole beans are heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Serve, garnished with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.