Sweets 'N' Greens

Balancing Sweet Treats with Green Eats


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{WIAW} Weekday Workday

For the longest time, I would see the above acronym (WIAW) around different blogs and on Pinterest, and had no idea what it stood for. A week after starting my blog, I finally decided to Google it and found out it stands for…What I Ate Wednesday! Jenn at Peas & Crayons hosts a link up every Wednesday where you can check out other bloggers eats and hers too.

Here’s my first WIAW with yesterday’s meals!

Morning Workout
I woke up bright and early (5:36 AM) for a 6 AM Nike Training Club class at my gym. I’m usually half asleep, and nowhere near hungry this early, so I wait to eat breakfast until after. Yesterday’s class was filled with burpees, lots of lower body work, and pushup combinations. The instructor also had us do some fun partner workouts too!
Nike Training Club

Breakfast
Thanks to some Sunday meal prep, I had pumpkin protein waffles waiting for me in the fridge when I got home from my class. I put two in the toaster and topped them with maple syrup.
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Snack
Grapefruit, Carrot & Ginger Juice plus lots of grapes!
WIAW

Lunch
Lunch was a combination of zucchini noodles + tomato sauce + turkey meatballs, and a little regular pasta with meat sauce that a coworker brought in to share.
WIAW

Snack
Mid-afternoon, I had some pineapple (left over from home-made pizzas on Sunday!) and vanilla Greek Yogurt with granola.
WIAW

Dinner
Dinner was a favorite of mine! Healthified burrito bowls made with cilantro lime quinoa and black beans and onions, and topped with guacamole, cheese, and salsa. After dinner, I made a couple of three ingredient cookies with banana, oats, protein powder, and chocolate chips for dessert :)
WIAW

Question of the Day:
What did you eat today?
What’s your favorite healthified meal?


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{Workout Recap} Week of January 6

Hello! I feel like this weekend has flown by. Lots of DIY/home projects, the 49ers game, and the Hot Chocolate 5K this morning (my first 5K!). Recap to come! For now, here’s a look at how I stayed active the rest of the week.

Monday
Monday was my first week back at work after the holidays, so I wanted to ease into the week. I did two rounds each of the Tone It Up! Love your Legs and Love your Booty routines.

Tuesday
I took my first Nike Training Club class of the new year! I discovered the class a month ago, and love it. It’s a HIIT training class, and the instructor is great. The combination of burpees, mountain climbers, and toning moves between intervals is killer, but in a good way. For anyone who’s done the workouts on the Nike Training Club app, it’s pretty similar, just live :)
Workout Fitness Inspiration
Wednesday
Wednesday morning I did a quick 20 minute full body workout (the Love Your Total Body Routine from Tone It Up!). After work, I headed down to the Ferry Building to meet up with Kara from Kara Chooses Happy and some other girls. We all ran the Hot Chocolate 5K this weekend and wanted to get in a short practice run before. We ran south from the Ferry Building, around the Giants stadium, and back.
Tone It Up Run
Thursday
I headed to a Nike Training Club class again in the morning. This one involved lots of suicides and reminded me of my high school volleyball days. It was a fun one!
Healthy Fitness Workout
Friday
I was feeling pretty sore when I woke up on Friday, so I did a 30 minute pilates DVD and got to work cleaning, building, and DIYing with my boyfriend after.

Saturday
Rest Day.

Sunday
Hot Chocolate SF 5K! I’ll post a full recap later on this week, but I surprised myself with a faster than expected time and got to enjoy some chocolate fondue after. Win!
Hot Chocolate Run San FranciscoSunday Meal Prep
After the race, I headed to a friend’s to watch the 49ers game, then over to Trader Joe’s for some groceries. I spent some time in the kitchen, and prepped a bunch of stuff for the week:
Meal Prep
Pumpkin protein pancakes, whole wheat pizza (dinner tonight!), pineapple, cilantro lime quinoa for burrito bowls, zucchini noodles, fresh tomato sauce, Grapefruit Carrot & Ginger juice, and healthy pumpkin spice bars. It’s so much easier during the week when I have some of my food prepared in advance!


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{Recipe} Kale Lemonade Smoothie

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m sure I’m not the only one, but this first week back at work after some time off has been a loong one. It’s tough getting back into work mode! I may also just want to hang out at home and experiment with my new Vitamix :)

Since the Vitamix was a Christmas present from my Dad, I decided the first thing I’d make was one of my favorite recipes of his – a healthy green smoothie with lots of good for you ingredients that’s just a little sweet. I love making it when I want a greens-filled drink that’s a little thicker than a juice and a little faster to pull together. My Dad doesn’t have a name for it, so I’ve decided to help him out and call it the Kale Lemonade Smoothie.
Healthy Green Blender Smoothie
Kale Lemonade Smoothie
(serves 1)

Ingredients:
2 cups of kale
1 apple (I’ve used a pear before too, and it’s just as delicious!)
1/4 of a ripe avocado
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1/2 lemon, juiced
2-3 ice cubes
3/4 cup cold water
1 packet Stevia (you can use less, but I like it sweet!)
Healthy Green Blender Smoothie
Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You don’t need a Vitamix for this recipe (I used to make it in a regular blender too), but it does come out smoother and creamier with a higher-power blender. I love having this smoothie as part of my breakfast, and it also makes a great afternoon snack.

I’m hoping to try out some new recipe ideas in the Vitamix this weekend – I don’t have a food processor, so I’ve been checking out recipes like cauliflower pizzas and pestos that I haven’t been able to make before and have always wanted to try. I also have a date planned for tomorrow night (yay for resolutions and checking out new restaurants!) and a 5K planned on Sunday before the 49ers game :)

 


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{Recipe} Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

Hi there! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me post “healthy tuna salad” as my lunch more than a few times by now. This Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad is one of my favorite staple lunch recipes – it’s easy, I almost always have all the ingredients I need, and it’s healthy! The Greek yogurt adds in some extra protein, and the apples and celery make it nice and crunchy.

If you’re like me and are extra busy this week (hi first week back after vacation!), then this is a great, quick lunch option.
Greek Yogurt substitution tuna salad
Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad
Serves 1-2
(I’ve never been a fan of mayonnaise, so I don’t use any, but one of my roommates always used to put in just a little in addition to the Greek yogurt, so you can always do that, too!)

Ingredients:
1 4 oz. container of tuna, drained
1/4 C. Greek yogurt
2 tsp. mustard
1 celery stalk, diced
A few apple slices, diced
1 hard boiled egg white
Salt and Pepper to taste

Healthy Greek Yogurt Tuna Substitution Healthy Greek Yogurt Tuna Substitution

Combine it all together with a fork and serve! I like to serve mine with crackers, carrots, cucumbers, or on a sandwich with cheese. Enjoy!

 


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{Workout Recap} Week of January 1

Hello! I always love when bloggers post weekly workout recaps or keep an exercise log – I think it’s fun to see what activities other people do. Here’s my first log from January 1 to today!

For the next six weeks, I’m participating in the Tone it Up! Love Your Body Challenge. It’s six weeks of doing something active once a day, eating relatively healthy, and getting in 100 miles (from running, walking, or HIIT) by Valentine’s Day. Check out the widget on the right —> to see how far I’ve gone! While I wouldn’t normally work out every day (and I might miss a few), I thought this was a fun way to start off 2014 on a healthy note.

Wednesday: Interval Running
For my first workout of 2014, I headed to the gym for “Cupid’s Cardio” from the Tone It Up schedule. The gym was surprisingly pretty empty (check out all those open treadmills!), and I got in a solid 35 minutes of interval running, plus an extra 10 minute jog to and from the gym.
Tone It Up, TIU
Thursday:
Thursday was mix of different workouts. I started with three rounds of the Tone It Up “Love Your Total Body” routine, did the “Itty Bitty Bikini Abs” Youtube video once through, then popped in the Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD for 20 minutes of HIIT.
Tone It Up, TIU, Beach Babe DVD
Friday
Even though I was working from home Friday, I got up at 6:30 and headed to the gym for a 3-machine cardio workout. I started off on the treadmill, then moved to the elliptical before I realized I had an 8 AM dentist appointment I had completely forgotten about. So, I cut the elliptical part short (I also don’t love ellipticals), and finished my workout on the stairmill.  Even though it was shortened, this was a great workout!
Tone It Up, TIU, HIITSaturday
Saturday morning I did a 20 minute HIIT workout from the Tone It Up! Beach Babe DVD, then did a short arm circuit before heading out to a friend’s birthday brunch.

Sunday
Sunday was Sunday Runday! My boyfriend was heading out to the Presidio to hit golf balls, and I decided to tag along for a change of running scenery. I ran a 2.5 mile loop around the course (with pretty trails and city views!), then walked for about 20 more minutes while I waited for him to finish.
Presidio Run
My first 5 workouts of 2014, done! My favorite workout by far was the run around the Presidio. Even though it was slower, it felt great to run outside.

Questions of the Day:
What’s been your favorite workout of 2014 so far?


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{Recipe} Grapefruit, Carrot & Ginger Juice

Happy Friday! I have some fun plans for the first weekend of 2014 (First Friday! Birthday brunches!) but wanted to share a delicious juice recipe I made this afternoon before I head out.

I’ve always been a juice lover, but when my boyfriend and I became the lucky recipients of his parents’ juicer a couple months ago, I became slightly obsessed with juicing. It might partially be the placebo effect, but I’m almost certain I can thank all the juices I made last fall and this winter for keeping me healthy when the rest of my office was out with a flu.

I usually make green juices, but with the holiday and short work week, I didn’t have much left in my fridge. So I worked with what I had, and came up with this refreshing, citrus-y concoction.
healthy carrot juice
Grapefruit, Carrot, & Ginger Juice
(makes one 16 oz. juice)

Ingredients:
2 Grapefuits, peeled and with the white part (no clue what this is called) removed
5 carrots
1 inch-ish piece of ginger
Healthy Juicing Cleanse Carrot
Put it all through the juicer, and you’re done! With only three ingredients, this juice was simple and fast to make, and it tasted delicious. Definitely adding it into my juicing rotation. If you try it, let me know what you think!
Carrot Juicing Cleanse

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