It’s been cold, rainy and wildly windy for the past few days, so staying in my PJ’s until 12 and making a big shakshuka sounded like the best thing to do! It’s an easy one-skillet recipe that originated from northern Africa and is now served all over the Middle East. Lots of spicy flavors, sliced onions, peppers, tomato, feta cheese and eggs. I added some spinach for a fun twist. Serve with crusty bread or chapati style flat bread. Mmmmm. It’s the best – especially when you cook those eggs just right! And it makes the whole house smell wonderful!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion (thinly sliced)
1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
4 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 (28oz) can tomatoes with juices (chopped)
salt (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)
3 cups fresh spinach (chopped)
½ cup feta cheese (crumbled)
cilantro and parsley (chopped)
In a cast iron skillet, cook onions, bell peppers and garlic in a tbsp. of olive oil until browned. Add spices and tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Turn off heat. Add feta cheese and eggs. Place in preheated 350F oven for 10 min or until egg whites are cooked and the yolks are just beginning to harden around the edges. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro and parsley. Serve with crusty bread or chapati style flat bread.
Four weeks ago my friend called me up… “Hey do you want to join a boot camp with me?” Sure why not!? It was a great deal – $30 for 30days so I jumped on it. It’s been a month and I’m already thrilled with the results I’m seeing. Burn Boot Camp workouts are similar to circuit training – an intense 45 minute workout with stations designed to target specific areas of your body and get your heart pumping! Some days they’ll focus on calisthenics, arms or legs etc. Each day has a group warm up, then splits into rotating sections for the workout and ends with a “finisher” and stretching. It’s creative, it’s tough, it gets results + it’s a great place to cheer on other ladies who are all working to become stronger and healthier.
Things I love about Burn Boot Camp that are different from any other gym I’ve been to:
Accountability– “Focus meetings” are one-on-one meetings with your trainer where you can discuss your goals, weigh-in, take measurements and devise a plan to help you reach your BEST self. I really think the whole accountability aspect works wonders for me… just knowing that I have to check-in every other week, kicks my booty in gear – I’ve got to do my best! It’s all about feeling stronger, more energetic and confident. We talked about nutrition and meal planning and my coach gave me a shopping list of goodies to stock up on (lean meats, veggies, foods high in protein and low in bad fats etc.). I’m calling this “the year of Britt” working on myself and all the things I want to achieve and improve on before D and I try for a kiddo. So I’m starting here at Burn Boot Camp. We came up with an action plan for working towards my goals and finding foods high in nutrients and protein; “remember ladies you have 30-40 minute window to get 20-30 grams of protein in after your workouts” all day everyday 😉 I’m excited about this new adventure and I think having accountability has a huge impact on results.
Women Only– It’s fantastic to be surrounded by women and moms of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities. I feel like Burn Boot Camp is a safe environment – one that challenges me, but doesn’t force me to perform above my level. It’s not easy by any means, but it’s not the drill sergeant boot camp you are imagining. The coaches are wonderful, knowledgeable and supportive. There are co-ed classes available in the evenings and free classes open to the public on Saturday so I can bring my husband and friends.
Free Childcare– Huge plus! Not many gyms offer free childcare! My friend can drop her kids off in the room right next to our workout area. The kids play games, watch movies and color during our 45 min workout. It’s nice to not worry about the added cost of childcare and safety of the little ones.
But best of all, you can try out BBC right now! There are only a few spots open for $30-30days! – Hurry up the deal ends soon! And if you want to follow my journey I’ll be working on a few Burn Boot Camp posts paired with healthy recipes in the months to come!
Creamy Peanut Butter Oats with Yogurt, Herbs and Honey
Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with working out! So I thought it would be fun to share a post workout recipe! This is my go-to snack (rather a small meal) after a tough workout. I love these creamy pb protein oats. I mix mine with non-fat Greek yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter, ayurvedic herbs, honey and hemp seeds. It’s packed with protein, vitamins and belly friendly probiotics! This recipe is truly divine! Here’s how I make my mornin’ bowl.
1 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp creamy organic peanut butter
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
*Optional* Add your choice of herbs, vitamins or protein powder I like to use a combo of ayurvedic plant powders – brahmi and ashwagandha for inflammation and stress relief. Please consult with your doctor before using dietary supplements, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Boil 1 cup water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer until oats are soft and water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt, peanut butter and honey until the porridge is smooth and creamy. Add, herbs, vitamins or protein powder if desired. Sprinkle with hemp seeds for a healthy dose of omega 3 & omega 6! Super easy, yummy and filling! The perfect fuel food for post BBC!
Latte oats & amaranth this Saturday morning! Getting in some complex carbs to help fuel my workout! Deb and I are bringing our guys to boot camp for the first time! I can’t wait to show up these trash talkin boys!
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup amaranth
1 1/2 cups water
stevia (to taste)
2 tbsp Raw Green Organics vanilla hemp, pea, sacha inchi & flax protein
1 tsp cinnamon
1 shot espresso
1/2 cup almond milk (steamed latte foam)
Combine rolled oats, amaranth and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes and then turn heat low and place lid on top for another 5. Remove from heat. Mix in a few drops of stevia and Raw Green Organics vanilla protein. Top with espresso and latte foam.