4pm Sunday: Prepare a healthy chicken dish the whole family (should) love

Last weekend, I made a trip back home to Tampa to visit some family and friends. It was a busy but fun weekend which included Gasparilla, 3-mile runs, car washes and tennis. By 2pm on Sunday, I felt like an 80-year-old lady! All I wanted to do was sleep. Yet with no family dinner plans in the making, I sought out to find a healthy meal.

I searched for a healthy recipe that would serve my large family of seven and eventually came across this DELICIOUS Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo dish from Eating Well. This simple recipe only took 30 minutes to make and when the recipe was doubled, there were plenty of leftovers for the beginning of the week. The directions were easy to follow – the only change I made was the cooking method for the sauce. I boiled the tomato puree in a large saucepan, then added the orzo and let it simmer. I topped the chicken with the orzo mix and sprinkled Romano cheese on top.

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This recipe was brother, sister, parents AND boyfriend approved. Even a couple of family members couldn’t believe it was “healthy.” Family members can add extra cheese if they prefer.

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You can find the recipe on the Eating Well website here:

If you prepare this dish, let me know how it turns out!

-Jordana

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8pm: Try A Yoga Class. Get Back To It!

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Last week, I let my slowly deteriorating health take over my lifestyle.  Yet after close to one week of non-existent workouts, I wasn’t going to let my sickness overpower my mind and body. I wanted to get back on the grind. But how? For those of you who want to get back into workouts without the high-intensity, overpowering classes and runs – consider yoga classes on a regular basis.

After attending multiple classes at Orlando Power Yoga, I was overwhelmed with the happiness and optimism that escaped me the week prior. I learned that regardless of time off, my body was still able to perform every position called by the instructor with no rest. Not to mention the class felt ten times more rewarding after the longer break!

I’m not a yogi, but when it comes to power yoga, I know the basics. I started attending hot yoga (Bikram) about a year ago yet I fell in love with the practice. After relocating to another area in Orlando in August, I started power yoga. I assure you, anyone can participate as long as they are willing!

I’ve had my share of speed-ups and recoveries. Long runs, only to injure myself and start from scratch. We all build up endurance and strength after months or even years of training but once there’s a major life event or sickness, it’s difficult to start back up again. I didn’t want to feel that hopeless feeling of not being where I used to be. Yet with yoga it seems like something sticks in your memory, allowing you to jump right back to where you were before.

What do you think? Please comment and let me know if you’ve shared my experience or have something to add.

-Jordana

1pm: Know When To Recover And Stop Workouts

ImageThe flu season is here and thankfully, I don’t quite have it yet. Yet I did see my fair share of those infected this weekend as I dragged myself into the Walgreens Walk-In clinic with a hot head and a sore throat. At 12pm I was number eight in line to see a nurse practitioner- meaning I’d be seen close to 4-5pm. Thankfully, I found another nearby clinic and was seen around 1:30 ( I can’t believe how many people are sick this time of year!).  I made it out ok with an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection and I was fine knowing it could be way worse.

But none of that matters. What does matter is that I’m learning to properly relax and take care of myself and my body.

If you’re like me, you never slow-down. It’s difficult. It’s like placing a jar of candy in front of a child and telling them they can’t have any. Rest is an important element to recovery. You can work and put in 50% effort each day, but until you relax, you will never get back to 100%.

Over the weekend, I made the following changes:

  • Extra water- Before I was drinking less than a bottle a day
  • Healthy foods- Added blueberries, greek yogurt, toasted turkey and cheese sandwiches, apples
  • Soup! Shout-out to Annie’s lower-sodium Minestrone, one of the ONLY store-bought soups I enjoy
  • Hot Tea – Currently sipping on some Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger
  • Tylenol as needed
  • ZERO workouts. That’s right- I went there.

 It was difficult to let go of workouts, my “stress-reliever” but I know it’s necessary to heal. I’m giving this relaxation thing all my effort so I hope it works. For all my blogging friends and followers – take a moment, be thankful for what you’ve accomplished, know when your body needs to recover and just breathe.

6pm: Reflect on Runs For The Agenda- 2013

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The Color Run is in Orlando tomorrow. I’m sad I missed it this year but it’s definitely on the agenda for years to come!

Here are my running goals for 2013:

1) Complete a super sprint triathalon- I haven’t trained or even thought of doing a triathalon until this month! I know I can do a super sprint but my goal is to do a sprint series of some sort.

2) 10k by July 2013

3) Half Marathon by November 2013

Wish me luck!

12:30pm: Do A 10 Minute Victoria’s Secret Angel workout (keeps you on track)!

Today I had what others might call “computeritus.” After sitting at the Macbook  glaring at the ever so interesting spreadsheet, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down during my lunch break.

I found this FitSugar workout over the weekend and decided to give it a shot. It may only be 10 minutes long but it will get your heart rate racing within the first three minutes.

If you’re looking to target trouble zones such as your midsection, this may be a good start. I’m not sold that it’s a model workout, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.

Give it a try. What do you think?

6:30pm: Make Melt In Your Mouth Chicken Parmesan

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Melt in your mouth chicken made with greek yogurt, parmesan and garlic.

I was leaving the office on Tuesday night, ready to finally unwind and workout when my boyfriend texted me asking if I wanted to get dinner. I assumed I was going to cook (Little did I know he was going to take me to get sushi!).

So I ran into Publix while rummaging through Pinterest on my Galaxy for a simple, delicious recipe that will satisfy both our stomachs- which can sometimes be difficult to do (I’ll admit it, I’m picky and I eat like a girl).

I found this recipe on-the-go. Looking at it I could automatically tell it was a winner. The recipe called for mayonaise, parm, and a large amount of salt – much to his liking (and to the boyfriend who may be reading this, I say that with love).

To add a healthy touch, for my chicken, I swapped out the mayo for plain nonfat Greek yogurt, less parm, and a bit of basil and thyme.

Dinner was served with green beans tossed in 2ish tablespoons of olive oil, parsley, thyme, oregano and garlic.

Much to my surprise, he liked the Greek yogurt version better!

I recommend giving this recipe a try!

To view recipe visit: goo.gl/efxT9i