Summer Salad

the perfect steak salad for summer

Warm weather calls for a crisp salad. Am I right or am I right?

While Dean tends to be the chef of the house, creative salads and sandwiches are more my sport. I like to find fun ways to take fresh & delicious items straight out of the fridge and into my belly. This salad is a definite go-to all throughout spring and summer: A simple steak salad!

Steak Salad

Ingredients

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Half an Avocado
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Steak, cut into small chunks
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Croutons

Instructions

  1. Hard-boil your egg (Cover your egg in cool water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover your pot and remove from heat. Let it sit for 12 minutes before taking out the eggs and letting them sit in cold water until cool.)
  2. Cook your steak (We buy top London broil or sirloin steak. Trim fat and cut into 1 inch cubes, season to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add your cubed steak. Cook for ~5 minutes, stir occasionally to insure an even cook.)
  3. Cube half of an avocado and a quarter of a tomato
  4. Throw everything in a large bowl and mix
  5. Top with shredded parmesan, croutons, and your dressing of choice (oil & vinegar always works!)

Notes

Other great options? -Switch our your steak and cheese for baked chicken and turkey bacon. I promise you won't be disappointed! -To make it even healthier, swap out the dressing for lemon juice and leave out the croutons.

http://withluckblog.com/summer-salad/

steak salad

Also- Should you decide that you have too much steak in front of you, just call Allegra! Apparently she ate more than half the steak we made last night. Three years old and still surprising us every day ::insert eye roll here::

What’s your favorite recipe for warm weather?

 

PS- This strawberry shortcake recipe is your perfect dessert option!

Thirsty Thursday: Blind Melon

blind melon- a watermelon  and lime cooler

Getting back into working out is hard. Getting to enjoy extra shakes & snacks afterward? Yep- I’m okay with that! Typically I drink some chocolate milk, have a little bowl of a healthy cereal/granola or steal a spoonful of peanut butter…. but sometimes I want something different. Enter: watermelon.

Dean the trainer said that watermelon is a great post-workout snack because it is hydrating, replenishes your electrolytes and glycogen, and it can help prevent muscle soreness . Some studies even show that watermelon can help your future workout performance! Yes and yes.

To save myself from having to do too much work after yesterday’s run, I cut and froze all of the watermelon ahead of time.  All I had to do was throw everything in the blender when I got home. Easy enough for me!

watermelon cooler

 

Blind Melon: a watermelon & lime cooler

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups frozen watermelon chunks (seedless)
  • 3 tbsp yogurt (I used vanilla but I think strawberry would have been great, too!)
  • 1/4 lime, squeezed
  • ~5 mint leaves

Instructions

  1. crush mint leaves
  2. Add crushed mint, watermelon, yogurt and lime juice into blender and pulse until smooth
  3. garnish with an extra lime wedge and/or mint leaves
http://withluckblog.com/thirsty-thursday-blind-melon/

blind melon- a watermelon and lime cooler   - perfect for after a workout!

 

 

PS-Still thirsty? Find other drink recipes here

 

treat yo self with this link up (love me a good parks and rec reference!)

7 Ways to Get Active

7 ways to exercise when it's cold outside

Yesterday was an awesome taste of spring. I ditched my jacket and Allegra and I walked around the neighborhood for at least an hour. It was so great to be able to spend some time outside without thinking about frostbite. It’s unfortunate that we may be back to snow tomorrow. 🙁

You’re probably sick of hearing this by now, but I seriously hate winter. The bitter cold, the painful wind and the grey skies make me second guess any thoughts of going outside by choice. As you can imagine, staying active and energized is really hard for me when I hate leaving the house, but I know it makes me happier in the long run. You with me? Here are some ideas to get us moving again.

 

1- Grab some friends and try a new dance class. My friend Liana picked up some salsa dancing. Talk about a great way to exercise!

2- Spend some quality time with a fitness DVD. Between the classics like Jane Fonda, the full exercise plans like Insanity, and the Jillian Michaels DVD sales at Target, I know you have at least one laying around.

3- Play an indoor sport. Maybe you’re a basketball girl. Maybe you want to play kickball. Call some friends and see if a local gym has a space you can borrow for a game!

4- Try out a fitness class. In fact, you should see if groupon or living social have any exercise deals going on and try something new. Every so often my yoga studio has some great deals on there! Actually, Dean also teaches a few classes down at a local gym. Maybe I should get in on those…

5- Head to an indoor arena. Ice skating, horseback riding, rock climbing track running, can all be done indoors. There are so many options for some climate control activities.

6- Window shop. Seriously! Whether you walk around the mall with a friend or you take a pet for a ride to the pet store, walking around a large store can be a great way to get moving and socialize!

7- Look up some exercise routines that can be done at home. You could do arm exercises with water bottles, get in some push ups, spend some time running up and down the stairs, the possibilities are endless! (For example, this looks killer.)

 

What other ideas do you have? How have you stayed healthy this winter? Leave your tips in the comments and let’s add them to the list!

Running Sneaks

I have to admit, I haven’t really been on top of my workout game this summer. I’ve gone to the gym here and there and Dean and I have been trying to eat healthy, but nothing has really been steady- especially my runs.

Since college, running has been my spring/summer fitness “thing”. I’ve never really been a big lover of running, but something clicked and made me feel like I should be comfortable running a 5k a few years ago, so I started to practice. This summer though, I kind of stunk. I mean, my typical goal is to run 3x a week and I don’t think I’ve stuck with that for more than 2 weeks in a row at any point in the summer. That my friends, is a little issue for me since I have this beach trip coming up at the end of August!

Unfortunately I live too much in the present for a future beach trip to be enough motivation. So instead, I’m going to show you all of the running shoes I want to buy. I mean, something I can wear 3x a week seems like a better motivator, right?


supportive running sneakers

1 2
3 4
5 6

In all honesty, I’ll probably end up going with the first pair. My last shoe was a bright blue and I feel like I need to move to a new color palate- although I definitely want to stick with the brights. I also know that I need more of a supportive shoe. I really love the thin, sleek shoes but they don’t work for me.

When I first started running, I actually went down to a local running store and got fitted for a shoe. You just don’t know disappointment until a nice man videotapes you running and then walks you over to a whole bunch of clunky, old ladies shoes. He called it the “supportive section” and I called it the “ugly selection”. After enough searching, I finally found a whole bunch of fun options like above. I bought Mizuno Waves and I loved the fact that I looked cute and my feet felt good.

(If you want to get an idea of what kind of shoe is good for you and can’t find a running store, try out the Mizuno Precision Fit calculator!)

Which shoe is your favorite?
What kind of running shoe do you wear?

 

PS- Congrats to our glamrocks giveaway winner, Patricia! An email is coming your way!

 linking up with Molly

 

 

4 Reasons to drink more water

4 health benefits to drinking water

On my trip I had a water bottle attached to me at all times. I drank tons and tons of water daily, and since it was hot and I never felt truly hydrated I just drank more. It was awesome! Now that I’m home, I’m the worst. My water bottle has been in the kitchen and I think I may even have a dehydration headache. So now I’m writing a selfish yet educational post about why we all need to drink more water in the summer. Just in case you were ever looking for a reason to pick up a glass, here’s 4.

 

1- It will help you keep your weight in check.
Drinking water helps you feel full. Start drinking a glass or two before eating your meals and studies show you’ll eat ~75 fewer calories per meal! Every little calorie helps over bikini season!

2– It will help you achieve that glowing skin you’ve been looking for.
Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled.  So when you keep yourself hydrated, you’re also keeping your skin moisturized and soft.

3- It will help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
Drinking water helps maintain your fluid levels, flush out toxins, keep your joints healthy, and helps your muscles work harder during your workouts. Keeping everything hydrated before, during, and after you exercise will allow for your maximum performance at the gym.

4-It will help your… errr regularity?
I’ll let you read about that through the NY Times so that I don’t get really weird google searches.

 

Do you drink enough water?
Have you tried the cucumber  or the strawberry water yet?
What other health benefits can you think of?

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