[Recipe] Avocado Egg Salad

Easter is just around the corner and that means the world has been posting all kinds of bunny/egg related things…Easter bunny pretzel bitesegg shaped macaroonsdeviled egg chickiescarrot sprinkles and dyed egg creatures!

avocado egg saladOne that really caught my eye was this recipe for no-mayo egg salad! I really love egg salad, but there’s something not-so-appetizing about piling a ton of mayo into your bowl…Julia from The Roasted Root knows me at my core (without knowing me) and posted this recipe that swaps in avocado as the bind. I’ve been using avocado with my tuna salad for years – why didn’t I think to add it to egg salad?! What a great idea!!

 

It was super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients! Check out Julia’s recipe below and try it yourself! Definitely adding this to my recipe arsenal!

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Avocado Egg Salad
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Ingredients
  • 6 eggs (hard boiled)
  • 1½ ripe avocados (peeled and mashed)
  • 1½ T fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • ½ t sea salt, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water. Cover and place on high heat. Bring water to a full (but gentle) boil and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and allow eggs to chill for 10 minutes. Refrigerate eggs until ready to use.
  3. Peel and roughly chop the hard boiled eggs.
  4. Add the avocado to a mixing bowl with the lemon juice and sea salt. Mash the avocado, leaving it slightly chunky if desired. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs and stir well to combine. Eat on toasted bread with watercress or greens of choice.

What’s your favorite healthy recipe swap? 

I’m going to FitBloggin’!

I have a super exciting announcement to make…I’m going to FitBloggin‘ this year!

FitBloggin’ is a conference for those who blog about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. It’s an amazing event for fit-minded people regardless of where they are in their journey. We all come together & share a passion to live a happy, healthy balanced life!

I attended FitBloggin’ a few years ago when it was here in Baltimore and it was amazing! I met so many incredible and inspiring people. I learned a TON about blogging and my fitness community. I ate some delicious food & gathered some new recipes. And, of course, I worked up a sweat doing some fun new workouts!

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This year, when the FitBloggin crew had a call for social assistants, I jumped at the chance to join the fun again! While I’m at the conference, I’ll be assigned to different sessions to cover. I’ll be working to capture the essence and lessons from each session to help those who can’t join

This weeks marks the 100 days mark and I’m getting so jazzed! Can’t wait!

Are any of you going to FitBloggin this year? I’d love to meet up with you in Denver!! 

How much sleep should you be getting?

I’m thrilled to share a new article I wrote for the BurnThis blog! BurnThis is a new fitness and healthy lifestyle community with an app that’s kind of like a Pinterest/Instagram feed JUST for fitness. Obviously, I love it. haha As one of their BurnThis Ambassadors, I’ve found it’s an awesome place to spread give (and get) inspiration! Besides their awesome app, they also have a blog filled with all kinds of helpful articles. Sometimes they feature pieces by their ambassadors and voila! I just got this one posted!

Check out the original post on the BurnThis Blog & the full text below.

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Do you know how much sleep you should be getting? The National Sleep Foundation recently announced updated recommendations for sleep duration.

Sleep duration recommendations

We all need sleep. NEED. Don’t try to claim you’re fine with a few hours or that you can rock regular all-nighters. Sooner or later it catches up with you because (it’s been proven) we NEED sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 35 percent of people are sleep deprived! Not cool.

Did you know that sleep also affects your weight? Turns out, sleep deprivation is a little like being drunk. You don’t have the mental clarity to make smart, complex decisions – specifically around the foods you eat…and foods you want to avoid (Shape Magazine).

In today’s constantly moving, everything-needs-to-be-done-right-now world, it’s difficult to make time for sleep. When we start to understand how incredibly important sleep is to your body, health, strength and overall wellbeing, it becomes undeniably obvious…the better we’re able to sleep, the better we’re able to live.

Here are some tips to hopefully help you get a few more zzz’s:

  • Practice a bedtime ritual like yoga or reading!
  • Set a sleep schedule.
  • Remove as many sounds and lights as you can from your bedroom.
  • Try to have your last meal at least two hours before you go to bed.
  • Turn off your phone 30 minutes earlier to relax your mind.
  • Research more tips.
  • Prioritize sleep!

So what do you say? Let’s get some more sleep!

 

[Recipe] Kale Apple Soup

It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks and unfortunately I haven’t had the time, energy or motivation to post anything. I feel like the roller coaster has settled on a straightaway (at least for the moment), so I’m happy to be back online sharing some fun posts!!

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kale-and-apple-soup-weeknight-dinner-recipes-from-the-kitchn-71332It’s been COLD here lately. More than oh-this-is-uncomfortable cold and more like WHEN-WILL-THIS-WINTER-EVER-END cold. We’ve been stuck inside a lot which is good and bad. One of the good things is that this gives me the opportunity to cook more…particularly SOUPS!

Although it’s not my favorite meal, soups are perfect cold weather meals. PLUS, they give you so much food that they can last for multiple days. WIN WIN.

I found this Kale Apple Soup on The Kitchn and loved it! It’s fairly simple and it’s bursting with flavor. We had it warm the first night I made it, then I tried it cold for lunch the second day – it was delicious either way! And I have a feeling I’m going to bring it back as a cold gazpacho-like soup this summer!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

[Recipe] Kale Apple Soup
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Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch kale (de-stemmed, ripped into strips)
  • ¼ C cubed pancetta or sliced bacon (about 2 oz)
  • 4 C warmed chicken or vegetable stock, divided
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ whole yellow onion (chopped)
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 medium apple (cored and chopped)
  • ¼ C plain yogurt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the meat for approx. 1 minute.
  2. Add the kale and stir to coat with rendered fat. (Add a little olive oil to keep the kale from sticking to the pan if needed).
  3. Cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt - approx. 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups chicken stock and lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for approx. 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a blender; or blend with an immersion blender. (Fill the blender no more than halfway; puree in two batches if necessary.)
  6. Puree, starting on the lowest speed, until smooth. Puree the second batch if necessary.
  7. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
  8. In the same skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and cook the onions with salt for approx. 3 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped apples and cook for 5 minutes, or until the apples soften and onions are translucent.
  10. Stir in the remaining broth.
  11. Transfer the mixture to the blender, splitting into two batches if necessary.
  12. Puree until smooth.
  13. Combine the pureed apple and onion mixture with the kale mixture, and whisk to combine.
  14. (NOTE: If soup seems too thick, add more stock or water until it reaches the desired consistency -OR- you can strain out the pulpy bits. I strained it for the second day and it was delicious!)
  15. Serve garnished with a small dollop of yogurt and a few grinds of black pepper.
  16. Enjoy!

 

Under Armour Ambassador!

It’s official. I’m an Under Armour blog Ambassador! Woo hoo!

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As most of you know, I live here in Baltimore and I’m so close to Under Armour’s HQ, so you may have seen some posts referencing UA before…now I have the opportunity to bring you even more! You can expect to see fun information about new product launches, special events reviews of my favorite gear and more!

I am thrilled to be representing such an amazing company as a local and especially as a female athlete. Their mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation. UA Women has worked to empower female athletes everywhere through their What’s Beautiful and I Will What I Want campaigns. I feel empowered to pass on their message that it is beautiful to be strong!

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Through their Give Back campaigns, they support some amazing causes. UA Power in Pink supports the many women who use fitness/exercise to stay healthy, and serves as a platform to help raise awareness about breast health. UA Win is their commitment to empowering athletes of the next generation by providing youth access to sports. And UA Freedom supports the heroes who support and protect us.

Right now, UA Women just announced a special challenge for Valentine’s Day! It’s super easy: Join on the Under Armour Record app and post a selfie to your profile using #VDAY and #IWILLWHATIWANT, telling everyone what you love about yourself. You’ll be entered to win a sweet UA swag bag! Can’t wait to see your posts!

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PLUS, now that Under Armour has connected with MapMyFitness, Ednomondo AND MyFitnessPal, you can be part of the largest fitness & health community group! I use MapMyFitness and UA Record regularly to share my workouts and get inspired by other amazing fit friends!

Anyway, I’m so excited to be officially part of the UA Women team and I’m looking forward to all the good things coming! Stay tuned for more!