Spiralized Cinnamon Apple Chips {Recipe Redux}

Hi friends, happy Monday! I think I’m more ok with Monday since we had such a great weekend! To be honest, we’ve hardly been doing anything exciting on the weekends recently so it was nice to shake it up a bit. Friday night we stayed close to home but had a nice little treat.

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA Whiskey

My new fave – Bear Republic Racer 5 with a shot of rye

Perdition Smokehouse Chicken Ribs Broccoli Coleslaw Pickles

Our second trip to Perdition.. such amazing bbq!

Perdition Smokehouse Peach Pie

Peach pie is the best way to finish a bbq dinner.

I worked Saturday morning and then we had a late lunch at Elmwood Cafe.

Elmwood Cafe Greek Salad Latte

Love the huge lattes and spiced chicken!

Yesterday was my fave. Nathan texted me while I was at the gym to let me know he had a fun day planned; I couldn’t finish my workout quickly enough and once we breakfasted and got ready, we made our way out to Wente Vineyards. It was such a beautiful day and let’s be honest, wine tasting and a picnic is always a good idea!

Nathan Wente Vineyards

My handsome date.

Part of our picnic included a sweet, crunchy treat that I made the other day.. and I’m surprised they lasted as long as they did here! This month’s Recipe Redux gave me the perfect excuse to do something different with my daily apple.

Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.

Spiralized Cinnamon Apple Chips

Spiralized Cinnamon Apple Chips Barr & Table

Ingredients
- 2 large apples [I used fuji but you can use your favorite]
- Coconut oil cooking spray [can sub another lightly flavored cooking spray]
– 1/2 – 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat your oven to 250°F. Using the B blade on the Paderno, spiralize your apples. Toss the apples with the coconut oil spray, cinnamon, and salt on a lined cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake your apples for about 2 hours, tossing occasionally, until crispy. Remove from the oven, let cool completely, and store in an airtight container.. or eat all of them off the cookie sheet!

These little chips are a little time consuming but so worth the patience and a great work around if you don’t have a dehydrator. Hope you enjoy the crunchies!

Food for Thought

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
Have you ever tried dehydrating in the oven?

Five Things Friday {9/19}

Yesterday was wonderful. It was a quiet day off from work and was able to just relax and take my time getting things together in hopes to grow my personal training business.

  1. Speaking of personal training, I ordered my business cards and I’m pretty excited about how they turned out!
    Brittany Lehnhoff Personal Trainer
  2. I also got my official business license in the mail. It’s so weird to me that I’m now a business owner. Whoda thunk?! Now I just have to make that baby business grow!
  3. I made a really delicious snack. One of my favorite things about staying home during the week is playing with my food, especially when I want a snack. Instead of reaching for a bar, I check out my fridge and throw together stuff like this..
    Greek Yogurt Quinoa Almond Butter NuNaturals Chocolate Syrup
    I microwaved 1/8 cup quinoa with 1 tbsp almond butter for 10 seconds, stirred that together and added 1/2 cup greek yogurt, then topped it with a little NuNaturals cocoa syrup. I’ve had the syrup for probably 2 months now and hadn’t opened it until yesterday. Why did I wait so long?! That was a really tasty snack!
  4. Wedding pictures came in from Jessie and Adam’s wedding a few weeks ago. Let’s just say I win.
    Jessie Adam WeddingDont Stop Believing Jessie Adam Wedding
    It’s really a shame I had such a terrible time. Don’t Stop Believin’ is my jam.
  5. And speaking of wedding pictures, our album proof was emailed yesterday [I know, it took us foreverrr] and I’m in love!
    Wedding AVAM Birds Nest Baltimore Maryland
    This was one of our favorite pictures and they made it into a full 2-page spread. I can’t wait for the real deal to come in!

The weather’s been gorgeous here lately and I’m looking forward to soaking up on sun this weekend. Happy Friday, friends!

Food for Thought

Any fun plans this weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #102: Bubbly

I cannot believe the my Orioles clinched the AL East last night and we weren’t there for it.

Top of the 9th, 2 outs. I stopped cooking dinner so I could watch the final out. As soon as the O’s got that out, Nathan and I popped the bubbly. Hey, they were doing it at the stadium so we needed to participate too, right?!

Sparkling Wine Brut Orioles AL East Champions

I also sent a text to my dad. He’s been my Orioles partner-in-crime my whole life and with all of the terrible games we’ve been to over the years, I was so freaking bummed to not be able to celebrate with him. We so would have been there [Nathan was cursing California the rest of the night because of it!] and quite possibly would have gone into work late today. Like we say though, you should always have a bottle of bubbly in the fridge.. you never know when you’ll need it! Also, don’t be jealous of our extra large champagne flutes ;)

Now back to the rest of the food.. which is actually from Monday. I’m still in the “eat all the food” mindset, possibly because I most likely need more sleep. Do you get super hungry when you’re lacking rest? I know I definitely do!

[Pre-Workout]
I’ve been really rationing my coconut vanilla latte bites. I don’t want them to end [even though I can always make more..] but sadly my stash is just about depleted. I’m thinking I’ll need to create a new bite recipe soon though!

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Egg Macadamia Cashew Almond Nut Butter Coffee Orioles

Because clearly we can never get enough oatmeal and nut butters. And repping the Orioles every morning..

[Morning Snack]
Dannon Oikos Pina Colada Greek Yogurt

You know when it’s just about lunch time but you’re not hungry enough for lunch? Boom! Greek yogurt saves the day. And this stuff fo realz tastes like Pina Colada! That said, I’m not usually one for the flavored yogurts anymore, but darn their fun limited edition packaging.. gets me every time!

[Lunch]
Romaine Carrots Chipotle Balsamic Chicken Avocado Tomato Onion Sugar Snap Peas Salad

By the time I got home from work, I was ravenous! I’m surprised I actually made myself a full salad instead of just eating a head of lettuce with veggies on the side. Ha! I had just enough time to shove this beauty in my face before heading to another meeting.

[Dinner]
Costco Rotisserie Chicken Maple Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

Speaking of saving the day, that Costco rotisserie chicken was definitely the right plan for a day that I was running around. I just popped it in the oven, chopped my brussels, and with a tiny amount of effort, dinner was ready! I tossed the brussels with maple syrup, sriracha, and a little smoked paprika. They were pretty delicious but I have to admit, I’m definitely one for regular old EVOO + S&P brussels. Some ketchup made it’s way onto my plate too.. still going strong!

[Dessert]
Peanut Butter Co Old Fashioned Chunky Fuji Apple

I recently got a jar of Peanut Butter & Co’s Old Fashioned Crunchy and I just. can’t. stop. It’s so good! This plate was topped off with a carrot cake energy bite. I like to sandwich my day’s eats with some bites ;)

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite condiment or spread at the moment? [Nut butters are always at the top of my list!]
What’s your most convenient go-to dinner?

Link Love #52

Morning, friends! I think I conveniently forgot to mention that my first training session on Friday went great! I was able to get a good baseline and do some basic workouts but I warned her that I’d be kicking her butt soon enough.. she’s in for it this week ;)

Yesterday was another whirlwind of a day; I got a great workout in, went to work, and had just enough time to shove a monster salad in my face before heading to a meeting with the owner of Truve and a few other trainers. Lots of goal-setting was done and plans of attack were made. I’m really looking forward to getting my training career up and running. If you’re in the bay area and looking for a trainer, hit. me. up! But if you’re looking for some butt-kicking workouts and some more awesome posts, hit up the links below.

Health

5 Unhealthy Health Foods with The Hummusapien She Rocks Fitness

5 Unhealthy Health Foods with The Hummusapien – She Rocks Fitness

5 UNHEALTHY Health Foods with The Hummusapien – She Rocks Fitness
8 Painfully Obvious Signs of Dietary Destruction – Butter Nutrition
5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight – The Real Life RD
Food Intolerances in Athletes – Understanding the Performance Impact – Run to the Finish
Why Ice Cream Isn’t Evil and Why You Should Eat Real Bacon – Badass Fitness

Fitness

Delts of Doom Workout 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders Trainer Paige

Delts of Doom Workout 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders – Trainer Paige

Delts of Doom Workout: 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders! – Trainer Paige
Med Ball Core Workout – Pumps & Iron
The Best Kettlebell Back Exercises for Women – Lifting Revolution
3 Ways to Modify Pull Ups – Strong Brees
Compound Crusher Workout – Fitnessista

Food

Baltimore's Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe Tidy Mom

Baltimore’s Berger Cookies copycat recipe at TidyMom.netBaltimore’s Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe – Tidy Mom

Baltimore’s Famous Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe – Tidy Mom
Gluten Free (Paleo & Vegan) Pumpkin and Fig Bread Pudding. Plus Why We Might Need Carbs During Fall Season – Cotter Crunch
Fall Race Schedule + #TrainingBites {Almond Butter Cream} – Love & Zest
Stove Top Roasted Garlic – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Healthy Blueberry Cobbler – Fit Foodie Finds

Food for Thought

What are some of your favorite posts from the past week?

Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

I have to be honest, this past weekend may very well have been one of the least exciting weekends in a long time. Nathan had to work, I had to work, and Friday night was spent exploring Costco thanks to our LivingSocial deal. If that doesn’t sound like an old married couple, I don’t know what does! So because the highlights of my weekend included a brief dinner outing Saturday night and sitting my butt on the sofa yesterday, I decided I’d jump on the pumpkin wagon and share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes and the ones I can’t wait to make.

Pumpkin Pancakes Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Pancakes – Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins – Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups – Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Protein Pumpkin Bars Moni Meals

Protein Pumpkin Bars – Moni Meals

And if you need even more of an excuse to start some pumpkin spicing it up in the kitchen, Taylor from Lifting Revolution wrote a great post last week about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin spice [and included a killer recipe!] My Trader Joe’s hadn’t gotten their pumpkin shipment in the last time I checked but you better believe I’ll be stocking up as soon as they do.. along with everyone else! But hey, I’ve got a list to make my way through and I think you should do the same.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Chipotle balsamic chicken with grilled romaine, caramelized onions, and blistered tomatoes
Monday – Rotisserie chicken [Costco what what!] with maple sriracha brussels sprouts
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki and Cauli Rice Plates with Marinated Veggies – Half Baked Harvest
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roasted chicken thighs & roasted eggplant with turmeric yogurt sauce
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Have you jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon yet?
What’s on your menu this week?

Fitness Friday: Cardio + Pull Circuits Workout

I’ve been pretty quiet about the whole personal training venture since getting my certification. I’ve been working to figure out where I’m going to start and before making things a bit more public, wanted to see how everything was going to pan out. Well, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve found a wonderful opportunity to launch and grow my own personal training career while learning the ins-and-outs of the business side too. In fact, I have my first client today and I’m pretty darn nervous excited!

In honor of my first client, I want to share a new workout that really got my muscles burning! I often do workouts that have a certain number of sets to complete but in an effort to keep things fresh, I decided to put together a couple of timed circuits with a cardio burst [any cardio of your choice!] in between. I’ve also included links below to show each exercise if there are any questions.

Cardio + Pull Circuits Workout Barr & Table

Mini Circuit #1

Mini Circuit #2

Hope you feel the burn and enjoy this workout as much as I did! And of course, tag me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you do this workout.. I’d love to see :) And if you want a little extra challenge, check out the September Wall Sit Challenge from FitFluential! Wish me luck and have a great weekend!

P.S. my AMRAP bar giveaway winners have been chosen! Check it out!

Food for Thought

Do you prefer upper or lower body workouts?

What I Ate Wednesday #101: Eat All the Food!

Have you entered my AMRAP giveaway yet?

The last couple of days for me have been some serious hungry days. You know the days when you haven’t even finished eating a meal and you’re already thinking about what you’re going to eat next? I just couldn’t get enough! In regards to getting better at the whole intuitive eating idea, I figured I should probably listen to my constant growling stomach and feed it. Makes sense, right? Good.

Pre-Workout
Coconut Vanilla Latte Healthy Bites Cotter Crunch
I love my morning bites and I like to think the coffee beans in these bites give me an extra kick ;)

Breakfast
Egg White Protein Oatmeal Almond Cashew Macadamia Nut Butter Coffee
Pretty much the same old protein oats, but I’ve decided to start stirring in the egg whites after the oats have cooked as opposed to cooking the eggs first, separately. The oats end up being creamier and fluffier.. it’s really hitting the spot these days.

Lunch #1
Trader Joes Jalapeno Chicken Sausage Eggplant Hummus Heirloom Tomato Avocado Sugar Snap Peas Carrots Ketchup
On the rare days that I get to sit on my butt during the day, I tend to go for a snack-style lunch. I sauteed up a jalapeno chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s, loaded up on some veggies, and my new favorite eggplant hummus. The way I’ve been going through that stuff, I’m thinking it’s time I whip up my own version at home.

Lunch #2
Cajun Chicken Heinz Ketchup
I gave it a good 30 minutes or so before deciding I was still hungry for real. Cajun chicken and ketchup? Why not?! I’ve also been having a love affair with ketchup lately. Don’t ask.. ha!

Afternoon Snacks
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
I truly believe having healthy food in the house is key and when I need a little sweet treat, having a few flavors of bites in the freezer helps. Carrot cake after lunch it is!

Homemade Kombucha Shop
And some homemade kombucha! I came back from Baltimore to a gallon of kombucha ready to drink and I’ve been loving it. It’s not so bubbly this time around, but hey, it’s only my first try! I bought some ginger to add to it but I’ve really been enjoying the plain flavor.

Love Grown Foods Apple Walnut Delight Granola Fage Vega Protein Almond Butter
A couple hours later, the monster was back and growling again. I mixed a little Vega vanilla protein powder and cinnamon into some Greek yogurt, added a dollop of almond butter, and dug into some granola on the side. That should hold me over for another 20 minutes..

Dinner
Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips Half Baked Harvest Avocado
The plan was for buffalo tenders but seeing as how I couldn’t find any good buffalo sauce, I made the quinoa crusted chicken strips and Tieghan’s new hot wing sauce. As Nathan said, if we can’t do buffalo, a good spicy Asian sauce hits the spot! I also made some spiralized baked “curly fries” for Nathan. It was a darn good dinner!

Evening Snack
The SweeTangos are out! This apple is a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar; it’s always crisp and not too sweet [I find Honeycrisp to be too sweet for me]. I’m usually not a fan of anything other than Fuji but these hit the spot!

Hopefully I’ve taken care of my bottomless pit of a stomach for at least a few days!

Food for Thought

How do you deal with your bottomless pit days?

Link Love #51

Have you entered my AMRAP giveaway yet?

Check me out, two posts in a row! It took a few days but I think we’re getting back into the groove over here. I have to wish my oldest brother a very happy birthday. Without him, I wouldn’t have my little Jilly Bean! He’s a pretty great brother and father too though ;)

Jilly Bean Matt

Health

This is What Dieting Does to Your Body Better With Sprinkles

This is What Dieting Does to Your Body – Better With Sprinkles

This is What Dieting Does to Your Body – Better With Sprinkles
The Importance of DHEA and an Omega-3 Packed Recipe! – Cotter Crunch
3 Reasons You’re NOT Losing Fat – Mussel FIT
Debunking Yet Another Low Carb Claim – According to Elle
How Can You Tell if You’re Overexercising?FitKnitChick via Carla Birnberg

Fitness

JumpN Pass Kettle Bell Workout Lifting Revolution

Jump’N Pass Kettle Bell Workout – Lifting Revolution

Jump’N Pass Kettlebell Workout – Lifting Revolution
5 Ways to Transition Your Summer Workouts Into Fall – Trainer Paige
5 to 50 Ab Workout – Pumps & Iron
Protein Intake and Timing for Reducing Body Fat – Run to the Finish
15 minute Labor Day bodyweight home workout purely training #77 – Purely Twins

Food

Slow Cooker Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup Country Clever

Slow Cooker Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup – Country Clever

Slow Cooker Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup – Country Clever
Almond Butter Banana Bread Muffins – Fit Foodie Finds
Asian Farro Medly with Salmon – Skinnytaste
Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters – Half Baked Harvest
Hidden Veggies Two Bite Brownies w/ Caramel Drizzle – The Healthy Maven

Food for Thought

What are some of your favorite posts recently?

Where did the weekend go?!

Have you entered my AMRAP giveaway yet?! The prize was just updated!!

I’m pretty sure I missed the weekend.. is it really Monday already? I’ve been on the run since we got back from Baltimore, weekend included, but at the very least I was able to take some time Saturday evening for a little date. Drinks + dinner + ice cream. That’s pretty much our perfect equation these days.

We had to check out a sports bar around the corner for us to see if it would suffice for Ravens games. It’s pretty tough to get the Ravens out here but there are a few bars that will happily put on any game you request. [We didn't go for the game yesterday, though based on the way they played, neither of us were too disappointed to have stayed in.] For dinner, we tried a new-to-us Thai restaurant, Sukho Thai [<-- $2.50 glass of wine for happy hour!]

Thai Fresh Roll

If a Fresh Roll is on the menu, consider it ours!

Thai Chicken Larb Salad

My go-to chicken larb salad.

Thai Coconut Curry Beef Noodle Soup

The winner! Coconut curry beef noodle soup. So much flavor and just so good.

Fun story.. the server brought out the hot sauces and peppers with the fresh roll. Of course Nathan went straight for the peppers and I decided I’d try a small piece of the Thai bird chili. It didn’t start out too terribly spicy, but after a few minutes, both of us were practically sitting in silence trying to figure out how to get rid of the burn. My eyes were tearing, Nathan was starting to break a sweat.. I just kept telling him not to react because the staff would absolutely be laughing at us!

We survived the pepper incident but decided ice cream would be a necessity to really be sure to get rid of the heat. We shared a munchkin-sized creme fraiche ice cream with pear caramel from Smitten. No time for pictures but it was as good as it sounds! We finished the night with a bad movie—Two Guns—at home with some popcorn.

Yesterday was a lot of running around again but we did sneak in a quick lunch date at Gregoire before hitting up the grocery store. The feature item of the lunch? Potato puffs.

Gregoire Potato Puffs

Instead of the plain old mashed potato filling that I almost expected, the filling has a really creamy, almost cream-cheesy flavor. Gregoire is known for their potato puffs so we had to try them!

After all of the craziness of the past few weeks, it was nice to have a few quiet minutes to end the weekend and get our lives back on track.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Lemon herb roast chicken thighs with roasted asparagus
MondayFeta chicken kabobs with roasted brussels, red onion, and bell pepper
TuesdayQuinoa crusted chicken strips with buffalo sauce, grilled asaparagus, & roasted wedge potatoes
Wednesday – Trivia night!
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Cauli rice salad with chipotle orange chicken, cashews, & feta

Food for Thought

What is the most exciting ice cream flavor you’ve tried?
What’s on your menu this week?

AMRAP Bar Review and Giveaway

Well I’ve certainly been MIA on the interwebs over the past week or so! I have to say, I’m not even a little bit sorry; I got to spend so much time with my family and friends, the wedding weekend was an absolute whirlwind of crazy [in all of the best ways!] and I even had snuck some time in there to relax too. It was just what we needed but we’re back in California now and back to the daily grind. Such is life.

Anywho, when I travel, I’m notorious for packing snacks. I have a “small” snack bag [weighing in at 5 lbs wouldn't be out of the norm..] that I take in my carry-on and the rest of the snacks go in my checked bag. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand being hungry and with these 6 hour flights to and from Baltimore that we’ve done a couple of times recently, I need to have food with me! Enter in my bar collection.

When I’m looking for snack bars, I tend to try to find bars with a good amount of protein; I know that’s what I need to tide me over. When I was offered the opportunity to try these new AMRAP bars, I jumped and of course packed them with me on my trip. If the flavors didn’t grab my attention, the description definitely intrigued me.

“The 100% Paleo, Non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative and artificial anything-free, high fat to carb ratio, high protein bar designed by experts, athletes, enthusiasts, discerning moms and health nuts.”

AMRAP Bar

Onto the stats! These bars really pack a punch. At 320 calories, 21g fat, 22 – 24g carbs, and 12 – 15g protein for the Almond Honey and Cashew Vanilla, they’re a great meal replacement when you’re on the go. The Fig Cacao [my fave] comes in a little lower in the calories and fat but was still a great option when I needed a quick post-workout bite running out the door.

AMRAP Bar Nutrition Facts

And the taste? The ingredient lists are so short and simple, there’s no way they could be bad. As I mentioned, the Fig Cacao was my favorite but all of the bars were delicious. The flavors are all really clean and light; you can almost name the ingredients bite by bite. The creaminess of the Cashew Vanilla bar leaves no doubt that it’s chock full of cashews!

Giveaway Prize Update!!

This is where the fun begins! I’m giving away an 8-pack of AMRAP Bars in the flavor of your choice to 3 lucky readers :) Want a chance to win? Click here to enter!

Food for Thought

Which bar are you most excited to try?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of AMRAP bars as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.