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Sweet Potato & Lentil Crockpot Stew

17 Oct
Hey, hey!  Happy Friday, friends.  I’m super excited to be flying down to Atlanta tomorrow for FNCE (Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo), the annual conference for nutrition professionals.  This is my first time attending and I’m pumped to check out lectures on the latest nutrition info, find new products and meet fellow RD’s!  If you’re attending, let me know so we can meet up!
Before I head South, I wanted to share a recipe I’ve been relying on for lunches this week.  It’s one of my favorite crock-pot recipes, because it’s easy to throw together (hello, crock-pot!), super nutritious and perfect for fall!  This Sweet Potato & Lentil Stew is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free too, for anyone following special dietary restrictions.
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I’ve seriously enjoyed this stew for lunch every day this week, but switched things up by topping it off with sliced avocado, Greek yogurt or shredded cheddar cheese each day.  Yum!  Hope you enjoy!
Sweet Potato & Lentil Crockpot Stew
Makes 12 servings
5 carrots, chopped
5 celery hearts, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 28oz can diced tomato
48 oz vegetable stock
4 small sweet potatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1.5 cup green lentils
Throw all ingredients into a crock-pot and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.  That’s IT! 🙂
Nutrition facts: 160 calories, 0.5g fat, 480mg sodium, 33g carbs, 8g fiber, 7g sugar, 7g protein
What’s your favorite fall crock-pot recipe?  Are you going to FNCE this year?  Know any good running routes in Atlanta? Let’s talk about it!
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NYCM Training: Week 6

25 Aug

 

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Here we are.  10 weeks away from the marathon! Beth likes to send me these countdown tweets, which I try to pretend not to see.  Although I’m obviously recapping my training each week, I really have tried not to think too much about the race.  I know it will sneak up on me soon enough and I like to take it one week at a time with training.  Sometimes one day at a time.  Things are still going well and I’m feeling strong.  Knock. On. Wood.  Here’s Week 6:

Monday 8/18: CrossFit.  This. Workout. Was. Brutal.  

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I only went to one WOD last week, so this one was particularly tough to come back to.  I did better than expected, finishing Jackie in 11:20 (with 35lb barbell and pull-up bands) and part 2 in 10:58 (using pull-up bands and 25lb kettle bell).  

Tuesday 8/19: 6 miles, including 2 mile repeats (8:18, 8:17).

Wednesday 8/20: 4 easy miles (10:22 avg pace) + 4 strides 

Thursday 8/21: CrossFit.  For this partner WOD, I teamed up with Meredith and Astrid, both of whom are training to run the NYC Marathon also!  They’re total CrossFit rockstars and I loved partnering up with such motivating and inspiring girls.  The workout was:

For time:
10 Box jumps (5 rep increments)
20 Wall balls (10 rep inc)
30 Push-ups (5 rep increments)
Run 800 m
30 Box jumps (5 reps increments)
40 Wall balls (10 rep increments)
50 Push-ups (5 rep increments)
Run 800 m
50 Box jumps (5 rep increments)
60 Wall balls (10 rep increments)
70 Push-ups (5 rep increments)

We finished in 22:11 and then added on a 800m cool down.  

Friday 8/22: Rest

Saturday 8/23: 14 miles.  I was dreading a solo long run, so decided to drive into Manhattan and run with my favorite running buddy, Beth.  I did 7 solo miles in Central Park before meeting her on the West side.  We also ran into Ashley, who was nice enough to slow down and run with us a few miles up to the Little Red Lighthouse.  

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Thank goodness for these ladies! I’m pretty sure my 14 miles would have been a wreck if not for them.  My Garmin was acting up again…so I don’t have an average pace for the entire run, but I did reset my watch to clock the faster miles (7 & 14) which ended up being 8:50 and 8:53.  I carried my Fuelbelt handheld water bottle which I refilled about 3 times and I took Gu Chomps at around 5 miles and 9 miles.  I added those Salt Stick pills every 30 minutes and guess what?! No headache. 🙂

Sunday 8/24: I was supposed to do 3 recovery miles, but spent the day eating and drinking with boyfriend and his family instead.  Oops!?

Weekly totals: 25.5 miles, 2 CrossFit classes, 2 rest days

This week is going to be a little bit tougher to squeeze in training, between work, travel and celebrating my friend Julia’s wedding all weekend!  Stay tuned…

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