Monday, December 9, 2013


Friday: *NTC: Upper body workout (arms & abs)--45 mins
Saturday: 5 Mile Run with a friend (9 min/mi)
Sunday:  REST
Monday: Power Yoga--60 mins

It feels like just about every other week that I am really eager to hop in the kitchen to try out some new recipes. (In the weeks between, I just stick to what's easy--lacking a lot of effort on my brain's behalf). :)  This weekend I started to feel a bit under the weather (I work with children, I swear I'm sick like every other weekend) and found myself craving vitamin packed meals, full of dark leafy greens and excessive quantities of chamomile tea. I turned to my good friend Mr. Pinterest for his endless ideas to assist me in my weekly meal planning. 
I found a few of these gems to cater to my hearty appetite: 
Southwest Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Italian Skillet Chicken (over rice or pasta) 

Veggie packed pasta 

Steel Cut Oatmeal with cinnamon, walnuts and baked apples

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Honey Soy Baked Bak Choy and Salmon

These are just a few recipes that I will be trying out this week. I am really working on taking care of my body with the fuel that I put into it. As a runner, I feel EVERY.SINGLE.THING. that I eat the following day on my run. I physically ache when I eat unhealthily. It is so important to fuel your body with items that will feed your brain and provide energy. I want to be the best athlete I can be and by powering my body with these nutrients, I believe that I will be better and stronger because of it. Below are a few of my health goals that I am focusing on during mealtimes: 

This Week's Food Goals:
Focus on protein (incorporate more hummus and nut butters in snack options)
Add dark, leafy greens to a meal 3-4 times a week (spinach, kale, collard greens) 
Limit sugar intake during the day (focus on fruit when those craving strike)
Turn to green tea for an afternoon pick-me-up (resist coffee drinks)

 What are you eating this week?
How do you make a conscious attempt to stay healthy throughout the week?
Where do you find your inspiration?

*Nike Training Club


  1. Each week I try to find 3-4 meals to make & shop for all the ingedients. That way I have everything I need at home and I'm not as likely to grab fast food on the way home. If the recipes aren't ones I've found on healthy recipe websites I try to switch out as many of the high fat/high calorie items with healthier things. My family doesn't usually even notice and it makes me feel better about what I'm feeding them!!

  2. Great idea Lesleigh! It's smart to have a plan when you know you're most likely to give into unhealthy situations. Keep up the good work and stay healthy! :)