Spinach Quinoa Cakes

So this weekend I went to Costco for the first time EVER!  I know, I must be living under a rock but I finally went and I loved it!  I was shocked by how many healthy options they had and tons of gluten free items which rocked my world!  I found these babies in the frozen section so I wanted to give them a try!



They were a lot smaller than I thought they were going to be but I had 2 of them and placed them in the microwave and then put a piece of reduced sodium Swiss cheese in the middle and I thought it was very good!  I don't really like to cook so if I can get something already prepared for me that's healthy too, that's just a gold mine for me!  Next time I want to cook them in the oven because everything is always better when cooked in the oven, I just didn't have time this time around!  These were a success and I think they're a great purchase for a fast, easy, healthy meal!!

If you're doing the 21 Day Fix I would count these patties as a yellow.  The edamame I had with them is also a yellow so I would suggest pairing it with something like broccoli, asparagus or another "green" container instead!


Try it and let me know what you think and how you prepared them!  

Just Push Play

Because I'm always posting workout things people seem to think that it's not hard for me, like I just pop out of bed everyday and workout because I love it SO MUCH!  haha!  There are days that I literally wake up and go straight to the living room and push play because I'm genuinely excited about my workouts.  But these days usually only happen after I have forced myself to get up for a few weeks so after the hard part I am now used to it and then look forward to my workouts.  But before this routine happens, it is HARD!  I am just like you and I have that voice in my head saying, "Go back to sleep!", "I'm too tired, I'll do it later.", "I don't HAVE to workout today!", etc!  The key is to not listen to it!  You have to ignore that voice, and JUST DO IT!!  After your workout it feels so great to know that you just did it, even thought every ounce of you was saying no! Push through, your body is stronger than your mind tells you it is!!



I pushed snooze 3 times this morning before I finally got out of bed (over an hour past the time my alarm originally went off) so I had to squeeze my workout in later and it was a challenge but I made sure I got it in!    So see, I'm just like you.  So be just like me and get it done regardless!


Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I have a sweet tooth and if you read my blog you know this!  =)  So when I started the 21 Day Fix program one of my biggest fears was my sweet tooth and would I be able to go days without having something sweet?!  Well thankfully the program allows for you to make room for sweets and wine so it has been so easy to follow!  The great thing is that the sweets they offer are actually healthy for you!  Say what??  Sweet and healthy is my perfect combination!!  So the first one I tried was the Banana Oatmeal Cookies but I altered it a bit because I had to use gluten free oats and  I don't like raisins so I nixed those!  They tasted like banana bread and you could truly eat them for dessert or even as a breakfast!  My kids have been enjoying them all week long for an afternoon snack and I LOVE knowing that it's healthy for them!  Try them and let me know what you think!!






Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

Nonstick Cooking Spray
1 cup gluten free oats
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts (you could substitute another nut if you'd rather, I used chopped almonds but I would prefer walnuts next time!)

Another yummy option would be to add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips!  Don't worry, they'll still be healthy, just don't eat the whole pan!  =)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray
  3. Combine oats, cinnamon, and salt and mix well.
  4. Add bananas, raisins, and nuts and mix well.
  5. Drop by heaping Tbsp. onto baking sheet and flatten cookies.  (As you can see, mine were NOT pretty so just flatten them a little and move on!)  =)
  6. Bake for 14 minutes or until firm.  
If you're curious about the 21 Day Fix and would like to learn more please contact me at kristinkfitness@gmail.com  I would love to tell you more and help you reach your fitness goals!!