Greek Turkey Burgers

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What you will need….

In one large bowl add…..

1.2 lbs of lean ground turkey

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives

1 tbsp. flaxseed meal dissolved in 3 tbsp. water or one egg (can sub flax meal for egg-follow the directions on bag)

Season with: salt, pepper, oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder

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Form into patties and if you have left over make into mini meat muffins (bake on 350 degrees for about 20 min)

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My recipe made 4 patties and 10 mini meat muffins

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Grill patties for about 10 min on each side or to your liking

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Top with Lettuce, Tomato and a smear of plain Greek yogurt!!

Bunless or with bun….they are delish!!

Enjoy!

xoxo

A

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Sweet Potato Salad

simple and quick sweet potato salad

TAKE 3 MED SIZED WASHED WITH SKIN ON WHOLE SWEET POTATOES AND CUT INTO LARGE ROUND SLICES LIKE IN THE PICTURE (keep the skin on-lots of nutrition in them) THEN BOIL IN POT FOR 10 MIN.

WHILE POTATOES ARE BOILING:

CHOP 2 CELERY RIBS AND 1 QUARTER OF A MED ONION OF YOUR CHOICE

IN BOWL ADD CELERY, ONION, 2 HEAPING TBSP OF PLAIN 0% GREEK YOGURT AND 1 HEAPING TBSP SPICY BROWN MUSTARD

WHEN POTATOES ARE DONE, DRAIN AND RUN COOL WATER OVER THEM.

ADD THEM TO THE BOWL AND SPRINKLE WITH SALT, PEPPER AND FRESH PARSLEY OR DILL.

MIX GENTLY TO COAT THE POTATOES AND CHILL IN THE FRIDGE.

**CAN ALSO ADD HARD BOILED EGGS IF YOU WANT-I SUGGEST  2 OR 3**

ALL DONE!!

BRING IT TO YOUR SUMMER PARTIES OR JUST MAKE AS A SIDE DISH FOR DINNER WHENEVER! I MADE A BATCH AND HAVE BEEN EATING IT FOR BREAKFAST, SNACK, LUNCH AND DINNER ALL WEEK! IT’S PRETTY MUCH DELICIOUS AND GOES WITH EVERYTHING!

ENJOY!

A

 

Peaches & Coffee Smoothie

peaches and coffee smoothie

Oh man!! I went weeks without having a smoothie and I finally had one this am! I treated myself last week to a pack of Starbucks VIA. I had been out of it for a long time! I forgot how much I loved putting coffee in my smoothies! Also, my body was  feeling off so I finally realized without smoothies I don’t get my dose of flaxseed . I need my flaxseed! That is the number one reason I am so happy I had a smoothie this am!

I went grocery shopping at Aldi last night and got great prices on frozen and fresh fruit! (I highly recommend you doing the same) I decided to go for a peaches and cream like smoothie but with coffee. It was delicious and I drank it down fast!

The ingredients are listed above but if you don’t have or want to leave out the peanut butter and or the Greek yogurt then go ahead and just add a little more protein powder. Or, if you want you can add a little more peanut butter and Greek yogurt and leave out the powder. As always, make it a good balance of nutrients!

Enjoy!

xo-A

 

You’re doing a great job! Keep it up! Half Marathon training update

HALF MARATHON TRAINING UPDATE APRIL 14TH

 

Well, I am 3 weeks away from the half marathon and yesterday something wonderful happened that actually brought me to tears while running! I want to share it with you! My running partner and I started out with a 10 mile mission outside at 7 am. The first 4 miles went great! Then because she is a little faster than me she sprinted ahead for the 5th mile which is mostly up hill-actually to be fair it is the hardest part of this particular course! She finished about 1/4 mile ahead of me or about  2 min in front. At first I was thinking, “ummmm what is she doing? why is she leaving me?” But then I realized it was fine and this is about me and her individually and not “us”. SO I conquered that hill and ran back to our cars to shed a layer of clothing, take 2 bites of a banana and some water then we started up again for our second 5 miles.

We started out strong and all was well until about 1/2 mile into it and she went ahead of me again…so there I was ALL ALONE. Again I was like, “what is she doing? why is she leaving me”??? We continued to run-rather I continued to chase her never really trying to catch her but I could see her up ahead and knew she was still with me but also felt VERY ALONE. My knees were starting to throb but that was the only thing that was off. Thankfully, my breathing was good, my time was good, my music was good and I was ok even if I was alone.

Around mile 8 I was starting to really struggle and felt like I was moving so slow! I could still see her up ahead and just kept going. I was not going to let myself quit! As I started up another small hill a runner came by beside me and said very quietly, “you’re doing a great job, keep it up”. I said, “thank you” and sprinted ahead with some tears and a smile. I was already almost in tears from being alone and struggling and when he said that it was the best thing that could have happened to me in that moment! I needed to hear that, badly!

So to that stranger, THANK YOU! You saved my run!! To all of you out there doing and trying and giving it your all….YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, KEEP IT UP!! Isn’t that so nice to hear?!

I  finished our run in an hour and 42 minutes which is a great time for me!! So, alone or not I did it and spent most of that time counting on the fact that I will most likely be running the half alone and thinking I can do it! That is not what I planned as last year I ran with my 2 cousins and we stuck together the entire time which I liked.

My training since the last update has gone well except I had a few more shorter runs than I would have liked but that is what my body could handle at the time. For the next 3 weeks I am going to shoot for three more 6/7 mile runs, one more 10 mile run and three more 3/4 hilly miles runs.

I am still running for my girl Hope, who turned 21 last week! I plan on ordering a tank that says I Run 4 Hope to wear the day of the race! I want her there with me as my inspiration!!

Keep pursuing your goals guys-they feel good once accomplished! Real good!

xo- A

Oat cookies with almonds, cranberries and coconut flakes!

 

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Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

In mixing bowl place:

1/2 c melted unsalted butter

1/4 c brown sugar

Beat gently with hand mixer and then add:

2 eggs

lightly beat with hand mixer

Then add:

1 1/2 c oats

1 1/2 c flour-I used millet

1 tsp baking soda or powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/4 coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 natural sliced raw almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

4 oz unsweetened applesauce

Stir well with spoon and then drop onto baking sheet 1 tbsp at a time

Bake for 10 to 12 min-let cool on cookie rack-then store in an air tight container

Next up, according to Max, we will make these but with peanut butter and jelly instead of coconut and almonds!

He helped make them but wasn’t thrilled with the taste/texture. I am still trying to get him to like oats in general! I however love them and plan on eating them post workout this week! Yes, that’s right post workout cookies!

These would be great to bring for the kids after the big game or for you to snack on during the game! Much better than chips and hot dogs from the concession stands! The little things matter! Chose wisely! You can even add chocolate chips to these if that will make them more appealing to the kids or adults!

Enjoy!

xoxo

A & Max

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