Gluten Free Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

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I’m always trying to think of easy, healthy lunch ideas that I can make a lot of. Things that I can throw into containers and that will feed us all week. We’ve been stuck on this one for several weeks now, just because it makes a lot, it keeps in containers rather well, it’s so versatile, it’s tasty, and healthy! I call it “Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad”, as you can throw in just about anything but the kitchen sink.

I’ll give you the base, then also some “throw in” ideas. You can really make it your own based on your tastes. There’s no right or wrong!

**To make it as healthy as possible, buy organic, non-gmo when you can!

Gluten Free Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

Here’s what you need:

Base

  • 16oz package Brown Rice Pasta (cooked)
  • 8 – 10oz jar Olive Bruschetta (basically olive salad)
  • 1 T. Nutritional Yeast (this is the kind I use: Bragg Nutritional Yeast)
  • 1 T. Turmeric
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Throw In Ideas

  • Grated Carrots
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Several Handfuls of Fresh Mixed Greens
  • Sliced Bell Peppers
  • Chopped Celery
  • Chopped Onions
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Toasted Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • If you’re wanting to add even more protein, Grilled Chicken works really well with it too.

 

Here’s what you do:

  • Cook Pasta.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Add to a large bowl.
  • Add Olive Bruschetta, Turmeric, Salt and Pepper, then mix well.
  • Add in all of your other “throw in” ingredients.
  • Stir well with wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate several hours (even better overnight).
  • Enjoy!

Fit Friday for June 2nd

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Happy Fit Friday!

It’s June already! Ahhhhhhh! Can you believe how quickly time has gone by?! 😀 That means we only have 8 sessions left. I’m super proud of everyone and how hard you’ve worked these last several months. Let’s finish off this month strong!

Since it’s the first Friday in June, you get to choose what workout you’d like to do. It can be any prior Fit Friday. You can run, swim, ice skate, play volleyball, jump rope…anything to get your heart rate up!

Have fun and see you Monday! ❤

 

2nd Session Fit Camp Sign Up

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As we’re in our last month of session 1, and since I’ve been asked about session 2 already, I thought I would go ahead and put this out there.

Please keep in mind that I limit my classes to 10 participants, so if you’re interested in joining Session 2, please get in touch with me asap.

Here are some common FAQ’s:

Why do you charge for your classes?

There are several reasons why my classes are not free.

  1. Training is my career. If I didn’t charge for my classes, then I would have to work at a gym, thus making me inaccessible to you… unless you paid for training at the gym at which I was working, so then you would be paying anyway. You pay your hairstylist, manicurist and masseuse… they have all been through training to be successful in their careers, just as I have.
  2. I’m certified. This means that I put a lot of time and effort into studying anatomy, exercise dynamics, nutrition, etc. and had to pass a proctored test in order to receive my certification. This also means that I have to maintain my CPR/AED certification, complete the required number of CE’s every two years and pay a recertification fee. I put a lot of work into building my knowledge so that I can pass it along to my students, while keeping you safe.
  3. Accountability! If my classes were free, you have nothing to lose by not showing up. People who pay for their services are more likely to attend since they have invested something into it.

Do I have to be in shape to join your classes? 

Absolutely not! You’re not supposed to clean before the housekeeper comes, right? Just how you don’t have to get in shape before you come to a fitness class. The classes are always full of a wide range of capabilities, therefore; there’s always modifications to any exercise.

Are you going to yell at me if I don’t do something right?

No ways! There are a lot of different trainers out there… some are screamers, some are not. I…am not. My classes are focused on encouragement and positive reinforcement. I won’t be in your face and I won’t be forcing you to do anything that you don’t want to do. Now, if you are doing something wrong that could potentially harm you (i.e. If you’re squatting incorrectly, this could put too much pressure on your knees and cause an injury.), I will bring it to your attention and show you the proper way. It’s not to front you out, and it will never be in a mean way… it’s just that your safety is my top priority and I want to keep you injury free.

Are your classes hard?

You can ask any current or prior participants, and they are going to say that it’s hard! We do a lot of bodyweight exercises, but we also lift weights, use a punching bag, battle rope, kettlebells… We run, we plank….we SWEAT! I’m not saying this to scare anyone off. All fitness levels are capable to doing what we do. The classes are focused on doing what YOU can do. Not what I can do, or what the person next to you can do… it’s all focused on what YOU are willing to push yourself to do. If you have to modify an exercise or take a break, that’s all perfectly fine.

What if it rains?

Rain or shine, we still have class! While the majority of the time, we use my driveway, the track, fields, etc., when it rains, we pile into the garage. Everyone is safe and covered from the rain, but we still get to have class. The only time classes are cancelled are when the weather is just too unsafe for everyone to drive in (this happened once when we were having tornadoes and flooding), or if there’s an emergency. I don’t like to cancel classes, so I do everything possible to make sure we keep it going. Not even having been in a car accident was enough to make me cancel class, LOL!

I’m not used to working out in a group. What’s it like?

Group settings are a fantastic way to work out. There’s so much more energy than when you’re working out alone. You will find that we work as a team by motivating and encouraging each other. No one will ever put you down, because I just don’t allow that. We laugh, we joke, we complain about how much we all hate burpees… but most importantly, we’re there for each other, just like a big ol’ family!

 

Have another question? Please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

Yours in Health,

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