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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: 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.


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Challenge Yourself!

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It’s officially 2014, and I hope you are off to a great start! The New Year is the perfect time to make your health and fitness a priority.

I encourage you to challenge yourself! Think about what has been hiding back in your mind, that you’ve always thought it would be “kinda cool” to do. What would you LOVE to accomplish this year? How would you feel if you achieved it? Confident, proud, fierce?

Your health and fitness goals might be more than just losing weight and shaping up. Maybe you want to challenge yourself with a 5k… Or even farther? (Marathon, Trail Ultra Run?) Perhaps you want to improve your strength so that you can do push ups and pull ups? You might want to improve your athletic conditioning so you dominate the sports and activities you love. Whatever is lingering in the back of your mind…let it out! Once you know what you want, then you can take the steps to achieve it. Write down your courageous, adventurous goal! Let me hear it in the comments!


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Reach Your Goals with JennysFitness Online Training!

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Are you ready to make 2014 your best year yet? Are you ready to take your health and fitness to the next level? Join my online personal training program to power up your fitness level!

As a Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach, and Co-Owner of Flex One Trinity I’ve been able to help motivate and inspire my clients to reach their fitness goals. One of the keys to getting and staying in shape, is being able to incorporate physical activity into your daily life. It is a must! If your exercise program is not motivating, you will struggle to make it a part of your daily life. That’s where my online training comes in. The workouts are fast and efficient (most take 30 minutes or less!), and can be done in your own home with minimal equipment. You also get the accountability of me, your personal trainer, to work with you and make sure your training program is the best fit for you! Want to become lean and mean? We’ll work together to make sure you blast the calories in your workouts! Are you targeting a half marathon (or longer!) this year, your progressive running plan will be scheduled for you to make sure you show up to the start line prepared! Whatever your personal goals are, I am there every step of the way to make it happen. And if you live near Flex One Trinity, you can combine your online workouts with my private training sessions, bootcamp class, or even our twice monthly group trail runs. This is an affordable way to have a personal trainer guiding you on your fitness journey!

Visit www.jennysfitness.trainerize.com today to get started on your 2014 fitness goals! It’s time for a New Year and New You!


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Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight…my Aha Moment

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(This was published at FitApproach as a #SweatPink Ambassador post)

My Aha Moment was not just one moment, but many moments where I realize that continuing to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle is a passion of mine.

I got involved in fitness and health after my first son was born (15 years ago) because I knew I wanted to lead an example by taking care of myself and my family.  Along the way I discovered many activities I enjoyed, and achieved many accomplishments such as earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in a women’s fitness competition, becoming an ultramarathon trail runner and Boston Marathon Qualifier, completing a triathlon, and practicing yoga.  Also along the way I encountered many hurdles, setbacks, and obstacles as life seems to hand out.  I got knocked down a few times throughout my journey, but I always knew I could return to health and fitness no matter what my setback was.

There is a Japanese proverb that is read: Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight.  This saying has become my personal mantra for my health and fitness journey.  To always keep going, to always stay committed!

Because of my journey where I had to find commitment and compassion for myself, I found that I have a passion for sharing this with others, inspiring them to find their health and fitness no matter where there are at, no matter what obstacles or setbacks they have had. I want to inspire others to keep getting back up and moving forward!

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Kale Salad with Avocado and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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This salad is a great starting point to many add ins, or perfect on its own! Serves 2-3

One fresh bunch of kale, washed and thick stems removed
One large sweet potato, peeled and diced
Avocado, peeled, halved, and cubed
Two cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbs olive oil
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
Chili Powder
Salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the sweet potato cubes in olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Wrap the two cloves of garlic each in a small piece of foil. Place on the baking sheet with the potatoes. Roast the potatoes and garlic for 20 minutes, stirring halfway.

Unwrap the garlic cloves and place in the bottom of a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the cloves into a paste. Add the olive oil and vinegar, whisking to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Shred the kale into thin strips. Toss the kale in the bowl with the dressing, making sure to coat all the greens. You can let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes at this point to wilt the kale a bit more, or proceed without the fridge time.

Add the sweet potato cubes and toss to mix, then top the salad with avocado cubes. Season with salt and pepper if needed.