Have you ever done a 5K?? Us KFIT chicks are 5K fanatics. They are so fun! I mean nothing like a 25 minute workout followed by some giant beers (30 min if you have Karen H’s playlist). Most KFIT clients have started off as non-runners and worked their little arses up to 5K, 5 miles, 10Ks and more! If you don’t have a support group like KFIT, grab one of your besties and start with the Couch to 5k app. It literally walks you through the steps. You’ll be ready for your first run in no time! Then just Find a 5k near you! We will be hitting up a local 5k for St. Patty’s day. It was one of the first 5ks for many clients last year. I’m interested in seeing their improvements…aka: you guys sure as hell better have improved in year!! Last year we felt so under dressed at the event. So this year we are getting in the spirit w/ some homemade St. Patty’s tutus! Thanks Karen for hosting and providing all the tulle!
Bad news first. Coffee Express is no longer. Good news: Everyday Cafe is the new name and I like! They offer an alternate to dairy such as soy milk. Awesome for us lactose loathers. Also the new owner is implementing all sorts of healthy items including fresh fruit smoothies, yogurt parfait and tons of gluten-free items. I just heart convenient healthy options. Even our local Tedeschi’s have a healthy station w/ various nuts, gluten-free items and healthy protein bars (try the Oskri Bars if you see them). And I’m sure you have all heard about Trader Joe’s going into the Hingham Shipyard. The fact is that healthy options are pushing their way into the main stream. This makes me want to run around and squeeze random strangers. Well bathed one’s anyways. I mean..it’s still Quincy. Wait to go world! We are moving on up.
Nothing I love more than a little pampering. Typically it’s by means of a pedi for me. But in the winter, it seems like a waste since no one gets to see your pretty toes. I usually end up opting for a self pedi at home. But I still want to be pampered! Insert the Hydration Station at The Carribean Sun in Quincy. I’ve become obsessed with skin maintenance in my 30’s (seriously who wants to host a Botox Party?) So I’m always looking at ways to take care of it. And you know, no matter how much you moisturizer in the Winter, your skin still gets itchy and dry. Well they Hydro Spa actually hydrates in a way no product is capable of. So you leave feeling like you just came out of your Mother’s womb. I know, crazy right? But true. It also can diminish stretch marks. Bonus! But it’s not a tanner, there are no bad rays in this baby. Even more amazing! The machine looks like something MJ slept in. It has all sorts of great aromas and heats up to 118 deg. Only you don’t feel like your baking or anything. It’s actually super relaxing. I felt like I was on a beach in Mexico. It last 20 minutes and the cost is $25. The owner Christine recommends 1x a week but states that is more of a luxury. Once a month would still be a great benefit. I definitely had a glow leaving and my skin felt fantastic for days. Great for before an event! And it just felt really good to relax. You can also opt to hop in a booth for an added glow if that’s your thing. I did see on Dr. Oz a little indoor tanning for some VIT D is actually OK. WOOP! And Christine is great at making sure you’re in for the right time for your skin tone, to prevent burning (that’s when it’s a no-no). I’ll be hitting this bad boy up again for sure!
Two Way Shrimp Stir Fry
OK I have two amazing recipes for you. One is a bit more time-consuming, while the other takes about 10 minutes to whip up. Both are equally delicious but I’m really partial to this first one. Keep in mind these recipes are good with any meat if you’re not a shrimp fan. You can also mix up the veggies. I just kept it simple with what I had.
Recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
This is a great Monday dinner. Why?? It makes a LOT so you can have it for lunch all week!
- one head of cauliflower, raw
- 2 T coconut or olive oil
- 7 scallions, chopped (keep white/light green ends separate from dark green tops)
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 t chopped fresh ginger
- pinch of red pepper flakes *optional
- 2 c of cooked brown rice, cold (next time I may sans the rice all together)
- 2 c steamed broccoli, chopped small
- 1 c steamed sliced carrots
- 4 T reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari (for gluten-free)
- 1 T sesame oil
- ½-1 lb shrimp
- Optional toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallion tops, for garnish
- Remove the cauliflower’s tough stem and chop into large florets.
- Place cauliflower into food processor, and pulse until it resembles small rice.
- Heat 1 T coconut or olive oil in a very large skillet or wok, over medium heat.
- Add the white parts of the scallions, garlic, and ginger, red pepper and saute for 2 minutes or until the scallions begin to soften.
- Add the cauliflower, stir to coat, spread out in the pan, then allow to cook for several minutes, until it begins to caramelize.
- Stir, then let cook to caramelize again for another several minutes.
- Increase the heat to medium-high, add the remaining coconut or olive oil and the brown rice, and stir to coat completely.
- Spread the mixture in the pan, and cool for 2 or 3 minutes to brown the rice.
- Stir in the broccoli and carrots.
- Make a well in the center of the rice, and add your proteins and 2 T soy sauce
- Once the proteins are cooked, push to the edges to again make a well, and pour the eggs, if using, in the middle to quickly scramble them.
- Stir the entire contents of the pan together, and stir in the remaining 2 T soy sauce and sesame oil.
- Serve with toasted sesame seeds and/or chopped scallions, if desired.
This was a bit time consuming but SO SO worth it. Kudos to Brianne for being so creative. Love this meal!
Next up is a super quick version of Shrimp stir fry.
- Pre-cut bag of fresh (not frozen) stir fry veggies
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic
- Sauce of choice (I used Mango Chutney and Teriyaki mixed)
- 12-15 large shrimp
- Sliced almonds *optional
- Red Pepper flakes *optional
- 1-2 cups cooked quinoa or brown rice (I use a Near East type quick cook quinoa)
- Toss olive oil and garlic to pan w/ bag of veggies, cook for about 3-5 min on med heat. Try not to over cook. I did:(
- Add shrimp, cook additional 3-5 min.
- Drain excess water from pan.
- Add sauce of choice and red peppers for heat. I just put in enough that everything is covered lightly. Heat for about 2 min.
- Toss in almonds slices.
- Serve over cup of quinoa
Do you have a road race goal??
Mine is too run a 5k at 23 minutes or <!