Building A Home Workout Routine: Reverse Crunches

Originally posted 2009-10-03 12:32:39. When I first started working out, I joined a gym. It was awesome – open 24hrs with security, awesome facilities, and two personal trainers (a married couple, in their late 50s – I know, I was mad too) who owned and operated it. The gentleman was the one who showed me […]

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Olive Tapenade and Hummus Stuffed Pita

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Some time ago, I did a brief reader questionnaire about what you guys might like to see more of and the answer was pretty much: everything! (as long as it’s not overly complicated.) I try hard to share easy (easier) recipes but I think one area I lack is in the lunch department. Even when I was working outside of the house, I kind of stunk at packing my own lunch. I never felt creative and I’d often just throw a sandwich together or grab a bite to eat elsewhere. The worst was when I worked for a plumbing company as their bookkeeper/only office worker and couldn’t easily leave the office to go grab something (I was in the middle of nowhere and it was needlessly complicated to forward the phone to my cell).

Now that I work at home, I eat a bit better but I still get it ruts. I thought it would be a magical time of my day when I took an hour lunch, whipped up some wonderful lunch, and relaxed. Turns out, most days I look at the clock around 1:30 and think “crap! I forgot to eat!” I love stuffed pita because they are quick, a bit nicer to eat than a sandwich, and travel well.

This stuffed pita is super easy and the olive tapenade is definitely the key feature. I always make a whole batch to use through out the week in this pita, slathered on pizza (it’s so good on pizza), and added to my morning omelet. Turning the summer I’ll add fresh cherry tomatoes and if I have it, feta usually gets thrown into the mix (I purposely left this version as is- it’s vegan!)

Olive Tapenade and Hummus Stuffed Pita
Prep time
15 mins

Total time
15 mins

Author: Erin Alderson
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients
  • Tapenade
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 cups olives, mix of black and green
  • 1 red pepper, roasted until blistered (or from the jar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pita
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 whole wheat pita, with pockets
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons classic hummus (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions
  1. Pulse garlic in the food processor until minced. Add olives, roasted red pepper, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. Pulse until olives are in small pieces. Measure out 6 tablespoons of the tapenade and save the rest for another use (pizza, grilled cheese, or topping morning eggs- just for a few ideas).
  2. In a bowl, toss arugula with the 6 tablespoons of tapenade until well combined.
  3. Slice the pita in half and carefully pry open the pocket, being careful not to tear. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of hummus along one side and stuff with ¼ of the arugula mixture. Repeat with the remaining 3 pita halves.

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Chaka Khan Speaks On Why She Lost Weight, Being A Sex Symbol, & Weight Loss Surgery Rumors

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Quoting Chaka: They can say whatever they want. Only I know what’s really going on.

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Chaka Khan Speaks On Why She Lost Weight, Being A Sex Symbol, & Weight Loss Surgery Rumors

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Quoting Chaka: They can say whatever they want. Only I know what’s really going on.

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Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks

Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Greetings from Fresno! This morning, after packing the kids’ lunches and sending ‘em off to school, I threw some rations in my bag and hit the road. Two-and-a-half hours later, I arrived in the foggy Central Valley to meet up with Hillori Hansen of Whole Foods Fresno to shoot a live segment at the local NBC affiliate.

This was my second television appearance this week, but as you can see from the clips below, I am SO not a TV person. I don’t know what to do with my hands, I don’t know where to stand, and for some reason, I tend to open my eyes super-wide when I’m on camera. BUT! I wasn’t nervous, ’cause Hillori and Alex Delgado (the cheerily effervescent host of KSEE24’s Central Valley Today) kept cracking me up—and when I’m giggling, I tend to let my guard down and say inappropriate things.

You know—things like “butt.” And “pee.” And “crap.” And now you know how I normally talk. Here’s the first clip:

Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Still, when I wasn’t prattling on about farts, I managed to show off a few of my classic Super Bowl-friendly recipes. Check out the second segment here:

Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Yeah, I know we still have another week of Deflategate debates before the Big Game, but I figure I’d share these recipes with you in advance.

So without further ado:

Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

My recipe for Lazy Devils can only be found in my cookbook and my iPad app, but I’m sure all you smarty-pants can figure out how to make ‘em from just watching my segment.

Whole30 Day 24: Paleo Super Bowl Snacks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Okay—gotta go sink into my hotel bed and get some rest before my Q&A and book signing at Whole Foods Fresno tomorrow (Saturday, January 23rd). If you’re in the neighborhood from 11am to 1pm, be sure to RSVP and come say hi!


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://nomnompaleo.com/post/108981478523

Up North + Winter Shape Up Week 1 Meal Plan!

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Hi friends! Thank you for the well wishes on my on the mend post! Appreciate the love. I’m so happy I’m feeling better today, because I was up early this morning to head to the airport. I’m now up north for a press trip at Canyon Ranch’s Lenox, MA location! I’m excited for a weekend of healthy food (I own the Canyon Ranch Cookbook and it’s amazing) and active outdoorsy adventures. You can see what I’m up to on Instagram – and I’ll share more details in a recap on Monday.

I was back to normal work hours yesterday, catching up on emails and other work from earlier this week. I also enjoyed a lunch date with my long lost workout buddy Chelsea! Chelsea had to get surgery on her foot a couple weeks ago (to correct something she was born with that was starting to cause her pain recently), so she’s out of commission for awhile, sadly. So until we can work out together again, lunch dates it is! We hit up Sweetgreen – I was originally thinking soup but once we got there a salad actually sounded appealing. Felt good to eat something that wasn’t saltines and soup. ;)

Chelsea has a pretty sweet “peg leg,” as she calls it, to get around until she can put weight on her foot again – it’s basically a fancy version of crutches that leaves you hands free. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Chelsea!

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In other news, I hope those of you joining me and Gina for the Winter Shape Up are ready to go! The challenge officially starts on Monday, but I’m sharing the meal plan for next week today so that you can spend the weekend grocery shopping and prepping.

Click here for the main Winter Shape Up landing page, which explains all the details about the challenge, how to participate, and has a link to the week 1 meal plan. Any questions or concerns, let me know!

Winter Shape Up 2015

Zara says have a nice weekend!

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Up North + Winter Shape Up Week 1 Meal Plan! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on January 23, 2015.

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Friday 5: Five Reasons Why Losing The Final 15lbs Can Be Just As Hard As Losing The First 150

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For ANYONE who’s trying to lose weight…whenever you experience that plateau, it’s time to regroup.

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