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March 2016

5 Zoodle Recipes with 5 or Less Ingredients

I may be a little late to the party, but zucchini noodles have quickly become a staple of mine. Packed with nutrients and a perfect sub for pasta, zoodles make the a delicious dish for clean and healthy eating. I’ll often substitute these veggie noodles for pastas and I don’t miss the carbs at all!

I’ll throw these together for a quick dinner, usually only what I have on hand. So here’s a roundup of my go to zoodle recipes using only 5 ingredients or less!

5 Zucchini Noodle Recipes | Fresh Fit Florida

I spiralize the zucchini first, using this spiralizer, then sauté in each of the following recipes!

Garlicky Zoodles

1 zucchini| 1 tablespoon garlic or herb infused olive oil | 1 tablespoon shredded parm | 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Saute zoodles in the olive oil until tender. Stir in shredded part and cherry tomatoes. This is my usual go to and favorite recipe!

Sesame Stir Fry Zoodles

1 zucchini | 1 tablespoon sesame oil | 1 tablespoon peanut butter | 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce (I use low sodium or tamari) | sesame seeds

Whisk sesame oil, PB, and soy sauce till smooth. Saute zucchini with a little coconut oil or cooking spray until tender. Add sauce mixture and heat through. Toss in sesame seeds and enjoy. This is my other favorite. Yum, so good.

5 Zucchini Noodle Recipes | Fresh Fit Florida

Add zoodles to regular noodles to break up the carb sitch

Basil Pesto Zoodles

1 zucchini | 2 tablespoons prepared basil peso | 1 teaspoon infused olive oil

Saute the zucchini noodles in the olive oil; add in the pesto and stir until completely coated. Obsessed.

Bruschetta Zoodles

1 zucchini | 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced | 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced | 1 clove garlic | 2 tablespoons diced onion | Extra: 1 tablespoon shredded parm

Saute the noodles in a non stick skillet with the garlic and onions. Once veggies are tender, add basil and tomatoes. Cook until heated through and serve.

Chicken Zoodle Soup

1 zucchini | 2 cups prepared chicken and veggie soup

Add spiralized zucchini noodles to some prepared chicken and veggie soup to replace the pasta. Either use your favorite recipe or spice up a healthy and light store bought version. Adding the noodles adds a nutritional punch to an easy store bought option!

5 Zucchini Noodle Recipes | Fresh Fit Florida

my favorite part are those little curlicues, like the ones you randomly get in curly fries!

So there’s 5 easy ways to add some zoodles into your dinner and lunch rotations. Have you tried zucchini noodles? Do you have a go to recipe?? Share with me in the comments! I love trying out new ways to enjoy this tasty veggie ‘pasta’!

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What to Expect at a Food Themed Race

Over the weekend, I participated in a Pig Run 5k where you eat as many donuts as you signed up for halfway through the run. So run 1.5 miles…eat doughnuts…run 1.5 more miles….try not to puke. ? But no really, it’s not that bad! This was my second time running a race like this and had a blast as always! Fun themed ‘novelty’ races that aren’t timed are seriously increasing in popularity. There’s probably some sort of color run, mud run, eating run, or beer run near you this weekend!

A local town near me puts on their Pig Run in the spring every year, but you may have heard about the famous Krispy Kreme Challenge in North Carolina that started it all. And ever since, races like these have sprouted up eveywhere, usually for two good reasons: 1. Charity, and 2. THEY ARE SUPER FUN.

I always say these runs are the perfect way to ease into running if you’re a beginner. They’re not usually timed or super competitive, and they are really family friendly. Plus, you’re either being smothered in color or eating a dozen doughnuts. Who is thinking about running when you’re having that much fun?? If you’re thinking about signing up for a race like this one, checkout a little guide I put together so you know what to expect come race day!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Step 1: Know your limits.

This comes a wee bit before race day, but it’s a good thing to think about. This particular race gives you the option of how many doughnuts you wanna chow down on. It’s super tempting to select a dozen because #YOLO, but can barely finish one Krispy Kreme on a good day?? I signed up for 6 because I’m fun, but ended up with two. ? So don’t feel the pressure to consume as many as you can at once. You still have a few miles to run post doughnut eating, so choose wisely!

Step 2: Buy themed apparel.

You definitely want a fun themed outfit. I know I do. Last year I wore the beauty below, but here’s a quickie list of some of the cutest stuff you’ll find for whatever foodie race you’ve got planned!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Donut Tank | Beer Tank | Bacon Tank | Kale Tank | Chipotle Tank | Wine Tank | Pizza Tank

Step 3: Pace Yourself

I mean this for during the actual running and during the eating. It’s easy to cross the start line and break out into a fast sprint! It’s good to practice pacing, especially if you’re working up to do more races. I always say finish strong, so I’ll start out with an easy pace knowing a little buffet break is awaiting halfway through!

Now, eating while running can be a delicate process and if it involves doughnuts, bacon, or other tasty treats it can be a tricky challenge. Once you arrive to the food area, grab some water and start snacking. Try not to wolf down all your food at once then sprint back on the course. That’s a vomit situation waiting to happen! Eat a little, drink a little, and then ease back into the rest of the course. Talk a walk break as need be. The doughnuts I consumed Saturday sat in my stomach like 5 pound weights and running did not sound like fun. I walked for a few minutes to digest then lightly jogged ’til I was feelin’ fine again. Gotta finish strong, so I picked up the pace when I was about a quarter mile out!

Step 4: Take Photos

You’ll want to remember how fun this race was and looking back at photos is the way to go! I’ll carry my phone either in my race belt or hand for easy photo access, but a GoPro on a selfie stick is perfect for messy events.

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Step 5: Have Fun

Just remember to enjoy the race, be silly, and have fun! These races are such great events to enjoy all the festivities and sights! Take it all in and enjoy your treats and the whole experience!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

 

Have you do a race like this before?? Any coming to a town near you that are on your radar? Share in the comments!

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Clean Eating Apple Pie a la Mode

Whenever I think of this sweet dessert, I can’t help but sing Destiny’s Child’s apple pie a la mode…

Where have you been all of my life?
Your chocolate covered, strawberry, apple pie a la mode

Cleaning Eating Apple Pie A La Mode | Fresh Fit Florida

Pretty much sums up my feelings for this clean eating dessert, whipped up by the talented pastry chef and best friend Lindsay-who’s also the birthday girl today!!! We’re always on the hunt for recipes that are nutritious as well as delicious and this one fits the bill.

Cleaning Eating Apple Pie A La Mode | Fresh Fit Florida

Using sweet apples, oats, and protein powder, this recipe packs the nutrition and protein all desserts should have! Read on for the easy peasy instructions and you’ll have a new dessert recipe to add to your rotation!

 

The How To

5 small apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 packets of stevia
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 325.
In a 9 inch baking dish combine the first 4 ingredients.
In a small bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut oil, and honey until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of apple mixture.
Bake for about 30 mins or until apples are soft.

Cleaning Eating Apple Pie A La Mode | Fresh Fit Florida

Lindsay likes to serve hers warm with some nonfat frozen yogurt and a little dollop of coconut whipped cream? YUM!! She also adds some on top of yogurt for breakfast DELISH! I think I’ll be adding this treat to meal prep Sunday so I can enjoy all week long! 🙂

Clean Eating Apple Pie a la Mode | Fresh Fit Florida

Thanks for sharing this recipe Lindsay!  For a serious sweet tooth, follow her Instagram, Lindsay Rose Desserts for more healthy treats and lots of sinful sweets!

 

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Healthy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter doesn’t have to be all about the chocolate…though a little splurge is totally worth it! When putting together my baskets for family and friends, I try to include goodies that aren’t candy so they can enjoy their treats without breaking their healthy routines. It’s so much fun to get creative and include fitness gear, healthy snacks, and other little goodies that make their baskets special. Read on to see what I’m packing in my peep’s baskets and for other fun ideas to make this a healthy and fit holiday!

Easter Basket Goodies | Fresh Fit Florida

 

  1. Show your bunnies some love with this mint colored foam roller! I’m sure you know someone who swears by theirs, so a replacement is always a nice touch. This one is found at TJMaxx and is an affordable version, plus perfectly colored for spring!
  2. A floral coffee mug is always a good idea! Throw in your fave brew to complete the gift and you’ve got the Easter basket essentials.
  3. I’m so ready for boat/beach/pool/outdoor days and the trend of fun outdoor gear, like this watermelon floatie, make me want to get out there asap. I absolutely am in love with Ban.do and all their fun, quirky gear, and their outdoor fun shop doesn’t disappoint. The gift of a cute float will encourage some swimming and maybe a few extra laps.
  4. Loving these Easter egg colored sneaks to add a lil spring in someone’s step! Another TJMaxx find, these Under Armour kicks are perfect for all that time spent outdoors this season.
  5. Time for some yummy snacks! I’ve snacked on BoomChickaPop for as long as I can remember, and it’s still a favorite of mine! Their products are clean, free of cholesterol, trans fats, and GMOs, this is a snack I can feel good about sharing with others. The white cheddar is my fave!
  6. If you’re trying to go the healthier route, but can’t pass up sweets, try these Lemon Drop cookies from Annie’s Homegrown Snacks. I haven’t met a snack from Annie’s that I didn’t like and their sweet cookies and grahams hit the spot. I love that you can find single serve packs of their treats, which make a delicious addition to any basket out there. Also, their mascot is a bunny so it’s perfect for this weekend!!
  7. Sweaty Bands are the best little addition to an Easter basket. Or maybe to stash inside for an egg hunt. I’d be super excited if I found the egg with one of these bands! They have come out with such pretty prints for spring that makes me want them all! Click here for 15% off all their stuff.
  8. Okay, a basket just isn’t complete without a little chocolate. Add a touch of dark chocolate, or this fun springtime bark from Trader Joes! How cute is this chocolate bar? I wish I lived closer to TJs, but if I saw these last time I went, I would’ve stocked up! This dark chocolate bark is topped with multi colored milk chocolate candies that looks just so good.
  9. If you haven’t tried nuun before, it’s a great swap for sugary sports, with clean ingredients, optimal hydration, and low calories! There’s different types for any athlete, but I love the All Day nuun to add to my water when I need a break from the plain stuff. These little cuties will make a great addition to anyone’s Easter goodies!

I love making gift baskets since they can be customized to anyone’s preferences. It’s so fun finding special goodies to add to the basket and making it special for everyone on your list. Here are a few more ideas for the bunny!

  • A fun water bottle is always appreciated. I go through them quickly enough, so it’s nice to have an extra clean one on hand! The S’ip by S’well bottles are starting to pop up in Target, but I’m holding out on the pineapple or watermelon one for myself! ?
  • Athletic socks
  • Fresh fruit
  • Spa essentials like bath bombs, lotions, or a sugar scrub. Lush Cosmetics has the MOST adorable Easter goodies!
  • A race registration for you and your loved ones! What’s better than spending time together?
  • Smoothie or coffee gift cards- always appreciated!
  • Essential oils or candles
  • I also can’t leave out Cadbury Creme Eggs! They are definitely a splurge and something I only get to enjoy this time of year. I’ll be treating myself to one this weekend for sure! ?

 

Do you have fun Easter plans this weekend? Egg hunts, Bunny Hop run, brunch?? Will you be passing out healthy treats or including any of these ideas in your baskets? Share in the comments!

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Running + Life Lately

Hi ya’ll I’m back! Back into running, back to regular posting, back from struggling through the hardest four week chemistry course ever…and it feels good!!

It’s been well over two months since I ran my first marathon and the journey to get back into running has been a fun one! I wanted to throw together a little update post to recap my running routine, school, and life and how it all balances!

Running

Running for marathon training was a beast. Waking up at 4am to run for 3+ hours on a Saturday quickly lost it’s appeal. Don’t get me wrong; I loved it, but this time around I’ve been able to ease back into the game running.

I started out easy with a few 1-2 mile runs here and there since I really wanted my foot to completely heal. And you know what? I was able to run the mileage easily. The first couple times out I didn’t need to stop to walk or catch my breath. This was a surprise to me because during marathon training I struggled to run 1 mile straight through. It was such a mental block so not having this goal looming over me allows me to just listen to my music and hit the pavement. I’m absolutely loving it!!

I eventually worked back up to three miles with my first race back at Best Damn Race Orlando. I ran with some friends from out of town -they’re first 5k!- and had a blast. We didn’t go for time…just to enjoy the event and really had a good time. It felt really good to be at a race again. I just love the excitement of everything and the camaraderie. I always say that about races.

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

this is husband’s side of bathroom btw ?

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Since BDR in February, I ran in a March for Meals 5k and pushed it! Since we did walk a little at BDR I wanted to see what I could do. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strong before. I like to thank getting back on tracking with eating and cross training with tabata and more weights than ever. The cross training has helped tremendously and I have been feeling so good. At the end of the 5k my average pace was somewhere around 11:30 which is a solid minute than my marathon training pace! My focus for 2016 after the marathon was going to be on speed and I think I’m working my way there!

I love being able to run for fun and for fitness vs. training for a huge race. It really took a toll and made me want to stop running. It’s so refreshing to be back in love with it! 🙂 Yesterday I ran 3 miles at an 11:19 pace…something I haven’t done in a long time!

School

Is so difficult right now. As of Friday I’ve officially been at school for one semester. I’m in the two month long block of chemistry right now. It’s tough. Our poor professor is the cutest old man but struggles conveying the material to us. The exams take about 4 hours to complete. It’s been rough. But I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe.

Running Update! | Fresh Fit Florida

Chipotle makes studying better right??

Life

Has been great! No complaints 😉 We recently went to Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa to celebrate my MIL’s birthday. If you haven’t been to Bern’s, it’s really such an experience. Their servers train in the kitchen, on their farms, and in virtually every aspect of the restaurant for a year before they can become servers, they have the largest wine collection/warehouse in the country, and it’s really just such an experience that can only be described by going there!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Green river in Tampa for St. Paddy’s Day!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Cappuccino cream from The Dessert Room @ Berns!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Brown Sugar @ The Dessert Room

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Inside the wine cellar- it was 50 degrees in there with over 100,000 bottles of vino!

Berns Steakhouse | Fresh Fit Florida

nbd, just a $30k bottle of wine (left) ?

Some goals on my radar:

  • Star Wars 10k at WDW in April. So excited for this event! I’m feeling strong and ready and am really looking forward to being able to actually walk and enjoy Epcot after the race!

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

post run treat?!?

  • Training Macy to run a 5k. I’ve been running with her more and she’s been doing great! She makes it about a mile and a half before we have to walk a little bit. My goal is to signup for a 5k and have her run it with me. I think she gets hot with all her fluff..she’s due for a grooming in a few weeks.

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

post pup run!

  • Take a photography course with Brian. We both love taking photos and have a nice barely used DSLR. It’s time we figure out how to properly use it! It’s on the list in the next couple weeks!!
  • Continue with home projects. I’ve been on a major spring cleaning kick lately and have been reorganizing, re-cleaning, and redecorating the house for a spring refresh and it feels so good. I have supplies for more projects…I try to do 1-2 a week.
  • Do well in my next chemistry class. Ugh. I have another month of chemistry left then I have a beautiful two month break while I take anatomy and physiology. Then more chemistry.

I think that’s about it for this little recap post. Stay tuned for a more regular posting schedule. ?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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5 Benefits of Workout Buddies

Workout buddies are crucial to fitness success. They’re motivating, inspirational, and hold you accountable. I couldn’t be more thankful for my group of peeps who were there for me during marathon training, shredding the post marathon weight, and always being there for a workout. I’ve found a truly wonderful group of people who keep me going and push me harder every day and for that, I am extremely grateful. A core group of people that you surround yourself with will help you with your fitness goals in the long run. Sharing this lifestyle with others helps keep you on track and aligned with your goals.

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

  1. Accountability-Nothin’ will get you out of bed more than knowing your buddy is waiting on you for that workout. You can’t cancel on friends, especially when you’re meeting waytooearly in the morning. It’ll be harder to cancel that longstanding spin date or evening tabtata workout when you know your pal has it scheduled!

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

2. Motivation – When I am totally lacking motivation, one of things that’ll get me going the most is planning a fun workout with a friend or family member. Or if I have no plans and zero motivation and see a friend going for a run or hitting the gym, I know I should get my tush in gear. It totally works.

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

3. Inspiration- I love seeing my people succeed…and guess what…It makes me what to succeed too! I love watching my friends cross the finish line with a sparkly new PR or having the courage to go out of their comfort zone and try something new. Chances are, I’ll be signing up with you!

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

4. We push each other- The struggle can get so real. Your workout buddies will push you when the going gets tough…and you’ll return the favor. This is so critical to training or working out. They’ll encourage you to keep going when all you want is to give up. They won’t let you give in and that is an important thing to have in a friend.

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

5. Fun- Obvious. We all have fun together! This makes workouts fun! Who doesn’t want to have fun??

 

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

Benefits of Workout Buddies | Fresh Fit Florida

 

So go grab your friends and family and get in a workout! Start making it a tradition and it’ll eventually become a habit. Connect with your people and enjoy spending time together.

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