Good morning and happy Thursday to all of you! Are you ready for some randomness? This post has no underlying theme. It’s a little bit of everything.
Let’s start by talking about my first run in my new Asics. I hopped on the treadmill after work Tuesday to test out these babies.
The verdict? I loved them. And kind of hate myself for not buying new sneakers sooner. I felt like I was running on a trampoline or something. My feet and legs didn’t feel heavy, it was like I had an extra bounce from below. It was awesome.
Although my legs, feet, and knees felt fantastic, my lungs did not. So I called it quits after 25 minutes since this cough refuses to let up. Grr!
My Favorite Ab Exercises
Since we’re on the topic of workouts, my friends over at Tribesports wanted to share an ab circuit with all of you!
You can find full instructions on how to do each of the moves here.
When I do core work, I’m actually not a big fan of regular crunches. They tend to hurt my neck (thanks to an old injury). Here are some of my favorite ab moves that won’t put too much strain on your neck.
A close cousin of the regular plank, the only difference is you walk on your hands and feet four steps forward, then four steps backward. Continue for 30 sec – 1 min.
This one kills me. Get into position, and give it to God. Hold for at least 30 seconds.
Make it fun by rolling a ball with your free hand. Bounce it against the wall, and when it comes back, switch hands and roll again.
Of course, the best way to see results with ab exercises is to mix cardio in between sets. Burpees, mountain climbers, high knees…something to get your heart rate up!
Onto my next random topic, I used my Kitchen Aid last night!
It’s just so pretty. I love it so much. And I can’t wait to use it more!
A couple months ago, I began a partnership with Source4Women, a subset of United Healthcare which provides the latest articles, tips, and information concerning women’s health. Their website also includes some healthy recipe ideas, so last night I decided to try one of them. I adapted the recipe to make it gluten free, here’s what I did!
Gluten Free Gingerbread Snack Cake
Adapted from Source4Women. Makes 9-16 squares.
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp almond flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Coat an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Combine GF all purpose flour, almond flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and xanthan gum in a small bowl.
4. In a large bowl, stir together sugar and oil. Add in the egg and mix until fully combined.
5. Add molasses and buttermilk, and continue mixing until fully combined.
6. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients slowly, in two or three batches. Stir well.
7. Pour batter into square baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
8. Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve!
You guys, I think this was my most successful attempt at de-gluten-ing (it’s a word) a recipe. This gingerbread turned out fantastic!
Most of the gluten-free baking I’ve done has resulted in denser than usual products that definitely don’t taste exactly like the real thing. Although I’ve never tried this particular recipe with the flour it calls for, I have had my share of normal, gluten-filled cakes.
This gluten free version could compete with the best of them. It has the right taste and the right texture, a huge accomplishment if you ask me!
I had a couple friends taste-test with me last night, and they agreed. Six thumbs up!
Questions: When it comes to ab exercises, crunches or planks? Do you often experiment in the kitchen, or stick to what a recipe calls for?