Monday, June 24, 2013

Keeping it Fun!

Chaturanga arms

It was a beautiful day this morning (before it got really humid this afternoon!) so this kids and I decided to get some outside time at the playground in our neighborhood. After pulling them the couple of blocks there in the wagon (a workout in itself), I started to look around the playground to see what new and fun exercises I could do on the equipment. First, I had my eye on this spinning disk you're supposed to stand on and then hold on to the steering wheel type thing overhead and spin yourself around as fast as you can. I got into a plank position with my hands on the disk and started twisting from side to side then lowered into chaturanga arms and twisted some more. Pretty good core workout! Then I spotted the pull-up bar next to the stairs up to the slide. I hadn't attempted a pull-up for awhile, so I went for it...and I did it! My feet were on the ground for the starting position rather than hanging, but I didn't jump or bounce up. I was able to do 2 in a row!  Doing unassisted pull-ups has been one of my fitness goals for some time now so this is exciting.  It was so much fun being able to do something new! Opportunities for physical activity are all around us if we're willing to step outside the norm and not worry if anyone is looking :)

Summer Fresh Recipes

This Memorial Day, I was fortunate to enjoy a cookout with my family and some good friends. One of the greatest parts of our gathering was that everyone chose to contribute healthy dishes for us to all share. I decided to bring two things, a bean salad and some healthy-ish cookies.

The bean salad was super simple:

1 bag frozen shelled edamame, steamed in bag
1 can low or no sodium black beans, rinsed well
2 cups frozen sweet corn,  lightly steamed (can use fresh too)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup olive oil

Combine edamame, beans, and corn in a bowl. Whisk oil, lime juice, garlic, and cumin together and put over bean mixture. Stir or shake to combine, then chill until time to eat.

The cookies were also very easy and ended up being a big hit (2 dozen cookies, gone!). I found the recipe here: The Lean Green Bean

I hope to fill the summer with simple, refreshing recipes like these!