Wednesday Workout and Cooking with Steamer Bags

Arms and Back Wednesday Workout:

8-20 calendarHow are those arms feeling today?  My arms have definitely been feeling the soreness lately from all the extra arm workouts I’m trying to get in.  Let’s jut hope it pays off eventually!  I guess I’d have to say that my favorite workout video out of today’s line-up would be the Push Plank Challenge.  I swear, just when I think I can’t take anymore, and I finally give in and take a rest, she starts counting down those very last few, and I’m mad at myself for not pushing through that last couple of reps.

Isn’t that about how is usually goes, though?  You can never let yourself give up, because that might be the moment it all finally changes.  You don’t want to regret that you didn’t push yourself to your full potential to achieve what you know you’re capable of.

ZipnSteam_MediumZiplock Zip’n Steam Bags:

Today I want to share one of my best clean-eating meal prep secrets, which are these Ziploc steam bags.  I used these tonight to make some steamed chicken breast seasoned with some Season-All and Cayenne Pepper, and some red potatoes, cubed, and seasoned with some Cayenne pepper and Garlic Salt.  I added a fresh lettuce and tomato salad with some shredded carrots, and my dinner was ready in 10 minutes.

All I had to do was sprinkle some seasoning on my chicken and potatoes, put them in the steamer bag, and pop it in the microwave for a few minutes each.

Seriously, that’s it!  It is really that simple, and it tastes really good.  It holds the moisture in well, and it seals in the flavor of the seasoning.  I’ve cooked so many things in these bags, like chicken breast, fresh salmon, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, fresh green beans, you name it.  Just season it with whatever you want, throw in a little bit of soy sauce or water if needed for the vegetables, and let it do its thing.  It even tells you on the bag how long to cook specific items for.

Has anyone else tried cooking with these?  What are some of your favorite “Steam Bag” recipes?  I’ve heard of some really good ones I’d like to try, like omelettes!  (Sounds weird, but I love omelettes, so I’ll probably give it a shot at least once.)  I’d also like to maybe do some apple slices seasoned with cinnamon and stevia sometime.  Or brown sugar.  🙂

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Leg Workout and Spring Rolls Recipe

Today’s Workout:

Legs and thighs!  Lower body workout today.  How about those runner’s calves exercises?  It’s nice that we have a lower body workout day, because it’s the one day of the week I don’t feel like a complete weakling!  As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been running several days a week for the past couple of years now, so my calves are pretty muscular and toned.  My quads have really toned up from all these burpees we’ve been doing with the Blogilates workouts, too.  I hate to love those burpees.  I also hate the name, “burpees.”  I think when I tried the Insanity workouts last year, burpees were called “suicides.”  I’m not sure which name is worse!

Spring Rolls:

Last night for dinner, we had Spring Rolls.  These are so delicious, fresh, and summery.  Not to mention clean-eating approved and super healthy for you.

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Here is the video on how to make spring rolls and a really good spring-roll dipping sauce!  Instead of tofu, we used skirt steak, browned in a skillet with salt and pepper.

And for your further viewing pleasure, here is what I’m eating for lunch today!

Ham rolls, baby bell cheese, baby carrots, grapes, & watermelon

Ham rolls, baby bell cheese, baby carrots, grapes, & watermelon

July 4th Weekend, Workout, and Turkey Burger Recipe

How is everyone’s July 4th weekend going? I had a great Independence Day off work yesterday and got to spend some good relaxation time in the back yard and in the pool.  We had some friends over and grilled some Blogilates inspired turkey burgers with baked sweet potato fries.  I’ll post my recipe below.

It was nice that July 4th fell on a Friday this year, which happens to be the Rest day on the Blogilates workout calendar.  Does anyone else feel like Fridays are the perfect days for taking a workout break?  It somehow always works out perfectly for me, but I’m also one of those lucky people who actually has weekends off.

Today’s Workout

I just finished today’s workout, and it was another good one today.  The first video in the line-up is probably my top favorite Blogilates workout video so far: The Ultimate Hot Body Workout for Flat Abs, Slim Inner Thighs, Perky Butt & Toned Arms.  (Long name, amazing results?)  I sweat pretty good by the end of the workout today, especially after wrapping things up with a little cardio session.  🙂  I noticed I had a little trouble today with those scissors that work the inner thighs.  My legs were shaking like crazy before we were half way through that one!!  I really had to push myself through.

Yummy Turkey Burger Recipe

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1/8 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste, if desired
  • Whole Wheat hamburger buns (this time I ate mine on Oroweat Sandwich Thins)

Oroweat Sandwich Thins

Oroweat Sandwich Thins

Directions:

Mix the ground turkey, diced peppers, onion, and cilantro, salt and pepper (if desired) all together in a large bowl.  Divide mixture into quarters and shape into patties.  Grill until cooked all the way through, about 5-10  minutes (possibly longer) depending on grill temperature.  If you over-cook it, you might find it gets a little too dry, but the veggies in the mixture really help it hold in the moisture.  Serve on a whole wheat bun with baked sweet potato fries.  Top with things like mustard, cheese, and vegetables (sliced tomato, lettuce or spinach leaves, fresh onion, pickles, etc.).

Enjoy!