Fondue Demolished

This is how I felt while eating the fondue:

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It was more than the good food, it was the company. Getting to spend a girls night is always fun, but with my sisters and second Mom it is legendary. So in all it’s photo glory enjoy!

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If you haven’t been to a fondue restaurant I highly recommend it!!

Fondue Anyone?

I am so excited to be going to a Fondue place this weekend with my very best friends and second Mom. I happened upon their driveway one snowy day while in my footie pajamas. Oh did I mention I was two? Footie jammies were the IT things to wear, I swear. Don’t judge. 🙂

 

Who doesn’t love dipping beef and chicken into cheese? WHAT?!

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  In that case there will be some fruits, pound cake, brownies and other delectables to dip in chocolate! Ahhh, there you go, something for everyone!

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 I will be back tomorrow to show in all my photo glory that sweet yummy goodness. Unless I am in a food coma. Kidding! Maybe!

 

Until then enjoy the wonders of my precious little pomeranian Seamus.

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Isn’t he precious? Let me know in the comments what you have planned for this weekend. It is supposed to be in the 50’s here so hoping to enjoy it.

 

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

I am adding my Zucchini Fries re-do for Saw It Pinned It Did It over at Keep Calm and Carry On. I am always looking for way to incorporate more veggies into my healthy diet.  My Dad whom I love tremendously, was a horrible cook. (Sorry Dad but it’s true) He used to slap some chicken onto a cookie sheet for 20 minutes and call it done. No seasonings or anything. For veggies it was Broccoli, corn, or peas on heavy rotation.

This explains why I am such a picky eater, but I am trying to branch out more and more. I eat a lot of veggies through the week but with the same old boring rotation. Hmmm wonder where I got that habit??!! LOL. So while looking for the ever elusive recipe for sides that isn’t just bland veggies on a plate I found this:  

 

 

Source: Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

 Now doesn’t that look scrumptious? Like something that would be a good replacement for french fries! I think so.  Needless to say these were so easy to make, for real!

I wanted to make these a little healthier so I made a few substitutions. For the flour I substituted almond flour. For the panko breadcrumbs I used a little more of the parmesan cheese. I also used egg whites in place of the egg.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Ingredients

3 medium zucchini,  sliced into thin sticks
1/2 cup of egg whites 
3 heaping Tbsp. almond flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt, pepper, and other seasonings preferred to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.

In three separate bowls place the almond flour, the egg whites and the parmesan cheese.  Add the garlic powder and any other seasonings into the Parmesan cheese, and set aside.

Dip the zucchini sticks into the almond flour, then egg, and then into the parmesan cheese mixture. Make sure all sides get coated well. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 425° for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Here is how mine came out:

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This is definitely going into my veggie rotation. You can also make the using flat slices as a substitute for Au Gratin Potatoes. Great way to get your veggies into your diet! What are you waiting for…go try it!

 

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Running a Half Marathon

Running a half marathon is one of my top goals for 2013. Previously when I was competing in triathlons {read: getting through the bloody thing} running was my least favorite event. Yes, I experienced the runners high” or getting in the zone” but it was not always enjoyable.

 See I tend to get bored…. I start to create lists in my head of all the things I need to complete and then when I can’t grab a pen to write them down I get frustrated. However training for something, having a goal helps me to stay focused a little better. Knowing that the deadline will soon come whether I am ready or not is a good way to keep me pushing through those miles during my training.

 To help with my training I am using an App called 13.1 for PINK from Zen Labs.  

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What I like about this app: 

  1. Voice prompt to change from running to walking
  2. I can listen to my Pandora radio stations or my itunes library while the App is running.
  3. It offers a complete Calendar of training – including cross training days and rest days.
  4. You can post to Facebook and/or Twitter when you complete your run.

 

I am only in the first week of training but hoping that this helps to keep me accountable and on track. Pun intended. 😉

 So tell me what keeps you motivated to workout? Do you use an App to log your workouts? If so post your favorite apps in the comments section.

 

 **Please note I purchased this App on my own. I am in no way getting compensated for discussing this App. All opinions are mine and mine alone. **

 

 

 

 

What is your body type?

 Your body type plays a HUGE role in how you maintain, lose or gain weight. Since a lot of people are adding fitness or weight loss into their New Years resolutions I think it is a good time to understand how your body type plays into your plan to meet this goal.

 The THREE body types are Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph.

 

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Ectomorphs are people who tend to be “naturally” skinny or lean. They have a hard time gaining weight due to a fast metabolism. Gaining muscle with be hard but not impossible.

 

SUMMARY: For you “lucky” people you will need to have a higher calorie intake than most in order to maintain your muscle mass. Cardio should be kept to a minimum if at all. Heavy weight training with longer rest periods in between sets to keep heart rate lower and high intake of clean foods can transition your body into acting like a Mesomorph.

 

Mesomorphs are considered the “ideal” body type. They have a naturally fit body built for athletics. A Mesomorph can gain and lose fat easier, with the same result gaining and losing fat.

 

SUMMARY: These folks have little to no problems maintaining their weight. They may gain or lose 5 pounds with relative ease by cutting back on a few sweets. With the ability to gain muscle quickly you want to go with Moderate to Heavy weight training. Cardio should be 2-3 workouts per week to keep body fat low while maintaining muscle mass.  They maybe allow a cheat meal per week due to the higher metabolism and the muscle mass that helps to burn a few extra calories. This does NOT mean junk food; your diet should still be clean 90% of the time to maintain.

 

Endomorphs tend to be softer and have a slower metabolism. They gain fat easily, tend to be shorter and of a “stocky” build. Gaining muscle is easier but until the body fat is decreases you may not see the definition of the muscle. Adding in muscle will help increase your metabolism and the cardio will help to reduce your fat to muscle ratio.

 

SUMMARY: Cardio is the name of the game!Cardio should be at a minimum of 1 hour and 4–6 days a week is ideal. Weight training should be at a moderate weight and at a brisk pace. High repetitions and little rest in between sets will keep your heart rate up. Meals should be smaller and more frequent, every 2-3 hours. Do not dramatically cut calories, as this will only slow down your metabolism. Gradually lower your intake of food by 100 calorie intervals per week to see where your threshold is for weight loss.  

 

 

So what category do you fall into, or are you a combination of two categories? Knowing how your body reacts to nutrition and exercise may make the process of meeting your goals a little easier. Know that everyone has a different body type and what someone else is eating or doing may not work for you.

 

While one person may lose weight by decreasing the number of times per week they have pasta, the other (like me) gains weight just by looking at pasta!! I kid, I kid. Well not really!

 

Hope this helps to get you moving closer to your fitness goals. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email. I always love to talk nutrition and fitness!!