Recent Eats Wednesday


Happy Wednesday! Let’s dive into the deliciousness!

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Sundays = pastas. Orchiette, sausage, and broccoli rabe.

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Homemade healthier enchiladas with whole wheat tortillas and ground turkey.


Healthier chicken marsala with spinach and quinoa.


Homemade granola bars for my Body Pump friends.


Prize for ending a PB Jar. I’ve switched to Trader Joe’s PB because it isn’t processed and doesn’t have a bunch of ingredients in it. I never looked at the labels on my Skippy or Jif jars and then I did one day and was grossed out!


Sometimes hot chocolate is the answer. (How cool is the hot chocolate stick that one of my students gave me?)


My mom and dad went away for a night (it was a gift from my sister and I) so they brought back some goodies. The one on the right is a pretzel with peanuts, caramel and chocolate, mmmmm.


Chicken Satay- using the recipe I learned from my cooking class!


Veggie Spring Rolls- another one from the cooking class!


My parents had a dinner party so I made banana chocolate chip biscotti for them!


Veggie Burger, Fries and a side of collard greens at Raymond’s in Ridgewood, NJ. I realized on Saturday I was a total vegetarian that day, not intentionally, it just happened. It’s probably good to try that out some days!


Banana Eggy Walnut Cinnamon Oatmeal


Random Lunch: Cheese and Crackers, Green Beans with Pomegranates

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My family and I were randomly driving around and I saw this pizza place that I have been dying to try! Kinchley’s in Ramsey, NJ.

We decided to go in and the pizza was amazing!! Thin crust and just delicious!! Up there on the best pizza I have ever had.

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A mix of healthy and a mix of treats. Life= balance. :-)

That is a wrap up of my Recent Eats this week!! 

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Week 5: NYC Half Marathon Training: Injury Update

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m not sure why I am still labeling my weekly workouts as training because the likelihood of running the NYC Half is getting dimmer and dimmer. I went to the doctor last Monday and he said I could have the possibility of a stress fracture or a torn labrum. The only way to find out is to get an Arthogram and an MRI. So I had to take a day off of work and went on Friday. The procedure took a few hours and I was very sore and exhausted afterwards. They basically stick a needle in your joints to inject a dye which will then help show the joints on the MRI. This can show the tear in the labrum. I’m going to the doctor on Wednesday to get my results of the MRI.

I also decided not to sign up for the Brooklyn Half which sold out in 52 minutes! I really have no idea what’s going on with me and last year I lost a few hundred dollars because of my ankle injury and with the high price tag of the NYC Half, I can’t afford to lose more money.

I’m pretty bummed about all of it, however Body Pump has been consuming me so much that I haven’t been too upset by it. I will get back out there. I was born with a dislocated hip so I am just very imbalanced. I also didn’t get into exercising/running until a little over 3 years ago so I think it still takes time for your body to adjust to all the demands placed on it.

Alright into the workouts…


After my doctor’s appt I didn’t feel like going to the gym so I did a half hour upper/lower/core workout with my BOSU, Step and resistance bands. It felt good to move my body a little.


Body Pump Practice. I can’t wait to never type that again.


45 minutes on the Elliptical + Taught my Cycling class


Body Pump Practice + Taught my Cycling class


Did my own ride that I taught on Wednesday night before my procedure. DAMN! It was a workout! I wore my heart rate monitor and it said I torched over 400 calories. I must have really made them all work. ;-)







Thank you to everyone who came (Ally, Lester, Judith, Patty and Martha)!! You guys are the best! Thank you everyone for all the support and reading my Body Pump antics over the past weeks. I will be sure to let you know the results of my video assessment!


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Cooking Class!

Last night, for my friend’s birthday we headed to the Ridgewood Culinary Studio for a cooking class!


We broke up into groups and worked on different parts of the menu.


  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Satay
  • Apple/Pear/Brie Crostini
  • Salad
  • Fondue

I was in the group working on the spring rolls. We had to chop a bunch of veggies. We also learned how to properly hold our knives. I have been doing it wrong!

Everyone worked on the different parts of the menu, while we chatted and also learned some cooking techniques.

I learned there are only 3 oils you should cook with: Olive Oil (not Extra Virgin Olive Oil because it is cold pressed), Grapeseed oil, and Coconut Oil.


Cooking on the Stove


Vegetables for the Spring Rolls


Apple, Pear/Brie Crostini before we put it in the oven


Our Spring Rolls- SO good!

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Happy Birthday Patty!!


Our Final Creations!

I LOVE to cook and bake so this was such a fun night. I had a blast socially hanging out with girls from work and I had fun learning some cooking skills!!

Have you ever taken a cooking class?

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Recent Eats Wednesday


Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you are enjoying the week and enjoying some great food! This weekend I was stuck inside due to the Blizzard, so I have a lot of eats/treats from the weekend!

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During the snowstorm a homemade broccoli and cheese frittata with heart-shaped whole wheat biscuits. So GOOD!


Re-fueling with hot chocolate post shoveling #1.


Overripe bananas + blizzard = Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread.

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Apple Tart With a Hazelnut Crumb Topping. Recipe from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. My parents are having a dinner party next weekend so they wanted me to do a test run of the dessert. :-)


Remember I posted the recipe on Saturday about pork with prunes and apricots? Same recipe except with bone-in chicken. Easy swap!

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I saw an ad in Cooking Light for Grape Nuts and HAD to get them. I used to eat them warm all the time in high school with Splenda or sugar on it. Not sure why I didn’t think of sweetening them with fruit. It is such a hearty and comforting breakfast. 1/2 cup of Grape Nuts, 1/3 cup of milk, microwave for 1 minute then add a banana and walnuts. YUMMY!

This isn’t food but it’s cooking related…


Look what my Dad got me? A pasta drying rack and a Silpat for baking!

What did you eat during the blizzard if you are on the East Coast?

Favorite breakfast? 

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Exciting Announcement!!

So you may have seen some posts here and there about some new business ventures…

I am SO excited to announce that my at home personal training business has officially launched!! Train2Golden LLC


If you live in the Bergen County, NJ area and are looking for an At Home Personal Trainer check out my website and contact me!

I am so excited, scared, nervous, happy, proud, a billion-and-one-thoughts about this new journey/chapter in my life!

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Week 4: NYC Half Marathon Training!

Happy Monday everyone! How did you survive the snow if you are on the East Coast? What a pain, over 2 feet!! UGH!

So I am still titling this post Half Marathon training because I have my doctor’s appt this evening. I will have a better idea bout what is going on after that. However I have not run at all and have used very light weight if any for squats when practicing pump.


MLK Day= Day off of work!

I practiced my audition for Burn. It was such a fun, sweaty and tough workout!!

Later that night I had my actual audition. My GED says that I am approved to sub!! She says I’m not ready for my own class yet which is understandable, I need to get some practice teaching in the main studio first. Hopefully I can find a class to sub soon.

After that she asked me to sub her cycling class for her. I luckily brought my cycling shoes since I was planning to take her class after the audition. I also luckily had a photo on my iPhone of an old ride I did, so I quickly wrote it out and pulled up the playlist on my tablet. It was a little nerve racking to teach on the fly, but I did it!


Full Body Pump Practice- talking and everything


45 minutes on the Elliptical while watching the Kardashians. It felt really good to zone out to something stupid and not listen to music haha. I don’t have time to watch much TV so it was kind of nice.

Then I taught my Cycling class. It was a great ride!! I had 12 people!


I stopped by the bank to care of some business things, can’t wait to disclose soon! :)

Then I headed to Englewood and did just a half hour of BP practice. Then I taught my Thursday night class. There were no repeat customers so I did the same ride from Wednesday!


WOW- 3 classes in one week!! It was so fun!!


Full Body Pump Practice- SO READY TO FILM!!!!!


Snowstorm= At home workout to start the day


I did a really awesome Cardio and Core workout using my  new step, Bosu and a timer. I didn’t use any weights since I have done a ton of lifting this week. Just good ol’ fashion body weight! My HR monitor said I burned about 250 calories in a 45 minute workout! That sounds like a good workout to me!

Then about 3 hours of shoveling….


Rest Day (well plus shoveling).

I cancelled my filming in the city. :-( With over 2 feet of snow, train delays, it just wasn’t safe or smart to try and go in the city. I am rescheduling it for this upcoming Sunday and that will be it. The video is due February 6th!


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Roundup of Quick, Easy and Healthy Weeknight Meal Ideas

Looking for quick, easy, and healthy weeknight meal ideas? You have come to the right place!

Meal prepping and planning is such a life saver, I cannot recommend it enough. Even if you just have a menu idea with ingredients ready to go, it will save time, money, stress, and it will be healthier.

Here is a round up of some great, quick, and easy weeknight meal ideas! All of these recipes can be adapted based on the ingredients you have on hand/prefer. Switch chicken to beef, trade in one veggie for another, use brown rice instead of potatoes. Be creative!


Bone-in Chicken with Tri-color Carrots and Red Potatoes

Ingredients: Bone in chicken, red potatoes, whole carrots. How to: Pre-cook carrots and potatoes either by boiling or microwaving. Then spray a roasting dish with cooking spray, put all ingredients in the pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Put seasoning of choice on including salt and pepper. Let it roast in the oven 45 minutes-1 hour at 425 or until chicken is cooked. *Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light.


Chicken Kofte with Zucchini 

Ingredients: Ground chicken, pre-made tzatziki sauce (from Trader Joe’s), whole wheat Lavsash wraps (from Trader Joe’s), Zucchini and seasoning. How to: Recipe Adapted Here


Homemade Pizza

Ingredients: Whole wheat pizza dough, mini jar of pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, toppings of choice. Pictured- sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes and grilled chicken (from Trader Joe’s). How to: Follow instructions on pre-heating oven, roll out dough on greased cooking sheet, spread on sauce, sprinkle mozzarella, put on toppings, sprinkle more mozzarella, and sprinkle basil. Bake for 20 minutes and there you go!


BBQ Lentil Stew with Homemade Mini Cornbread Muffins

Ingredients: Lentils (cooked according to package), pre-cut Mirepoix (from Trader Joe’s) or do it yourself- diced carrots/celery/onion, BBQ sauce- look for minimal sugar, ground turkey. How To: In a skillet cook the mirepoix with olive oil/salt/pepper. Then add ground turkey and cook through. Next add cooked lentils and BBQ sauce. Let it all simmer together for about 20 minutes. Serve with melted cheddar cheese and homemade cornbread muffins. 



Ingredients: Whole wheat tortillas, chicken breasts, can of Cowboy Caviar (from Trader Joe’s) OR a can of black beans/can of diced tomatoes/can of corn all mixed together, Greek yogurt, Mexican shredded cheese, pre-made guacamole or avocado. How To: Cut up chicken into cubes, cook on a skillet with olive oil/salt/pepper. Then add Cowboy Caviar or canned mix and let it all cook together. Then on sprayed baking sheet put down a tortilla, spoon chicken mixture, sprinkle cheese then add another tortilla. Repeat with the whole mixture. Bake in oven at 35o until tortillas become golden brown and crunchy (about 20 minutes). Serve with Greek yogurt and guacamole.


Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients: Ground turkey, onion, spinach, one egg, milk, breadcrumbs. How to: In a mixing bowl combine: ground turkey, sauteed spinach and onion, one egg, a splash of milk, about a quarter cup of breadcrumbs. Mix together. Bake in oven at 350 until cooked all the way through. Serve with vegetable of choice and mashed potatoes.


Roasted Pork with Apricots, Prunes and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients: Pork, Dried Apricots, Prunes, and Sweet Potatoes. How To: Recipe Adapted from here.  *Note this takes a little longer than an hour.

That is a round up of some easy, healthy, and delicious weeknight meals! Let me know if you try any of them out!

Have a great weeknight recipe to share? I would love to hear about it!

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Recent Eats Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day!


Have I told you that since I am living with my family now, we are doing a “meal plan” rather than a full meal prep. We are planning the meals each night, I cook one of them on Sunday ahead of time and my mom or dad cook the rest. It’s nice because I am getting my family to eat healthier and I am getting a lot more variety than I was when I had one meal for the whole week. I still prep my salads for work ahead of time, because it is life saver during the week.


Here was one of the meals, homemade chicken Quesadillas with Whole Wheat wraps.


Friday night pizza with artichoke and chicken and a whole wheat crust.


This is out, my favorite salad, a roasted veggie salad with grilled chicken with a carrot ginger dressing. The white is a big hunk of goat cheese on a crostini.


Banana Ice Cream with Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter. The banana ice cream wasn’t too banana-y unfortunately though.


I made a VERY delicious and different smoothie. I have been getting a little tired of green smoothies so I tried a version of this recipe I saw in Cooking Light magazine. A whole orange (peeled), mango chunks, Greek yogurt, water, chia seeds, and half a cup of rolled oats. It tastes like a creamsicle. Very yummy!


My friend and I grabbed an early dinner at Flatbread Pita in Hoboken. I got the chicken pesto flat melt with a side salad. Delicious!


I baked some mini cornbread muffins to go with BBQ Lentil Stew.

That is a wrap-up of some yummy things I have been eating!

Anyone else indulge in some ice cream in the winter?

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Gelato Making Class in NYC!

For Christmas, I bought my friend and I a class to learn how to make Gelato. We went this past Sunday and had a blast!

We headed to Mia Chef Gelateria in NYC. 


First the Chef explains about the differences between Ice Cream and Gelato and gives some history behind the two different desserts. He then reviewed how we would make the base for the 4 different flavors that we would be making: Cookies & Cream, Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla, and Snickers.

We began my measuring out the wet ingredients then the dry ingredients using a food scale. You need to be precise.


You go through the process of making the four flavors and watch the gelato made in the gelato machine.


After each flavor is made you get to sample a taste. Yum!


Snickers Gelato

Then you wait for them to give you your take home goody bag of gelato! Be sure to pack some ice packs and portable coolers.


We had so much fun!

When you get home keep the gelato in the freezer for about a half hour before serving.


Top to bottom: Snickers, French Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies & Cream


Be sure to have a big heaping bowl of each flavor to sample your hard work!!

I would 100% recommend taking this gelato class. I got a deal for it on Groupon, so if you are in the NYC area check it out! Fun to do with a friend or for a date night!

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Week 3: NYC Half Training

Happy Monday everyone! Who is off for MLK Jr. Day? I am! I LOVE 3 Day weekends, who doesn’t? :-)

Let’s recap supposedly Week 3 of NYC Half Training, which isn’t looking so promising.


Rest- I went to the Ranger’s Game with my friend from work, so there wasn’t time to work out. We had a blast!


Body Pump Practice. I was super discouraged and cranky and just overall annoyed during this practice. I didn’t use weight for squats and lunges because of my hip and I was just so mentally burnt out. That night I came home and planned a time, location and finalized details for my video assessment. I just want to be done with it. So January 24th will be the taping and that is it. I’m giving myself one shot and sending it in!


I did a half hour strength training session (not Body Pump) then taught my Cycling class. I had 16 people! It was so exciting, I love having a lot of people!


At work our word of the month is “Calm” so they had a free yoga session for us to take, so I went! I love yoga and don’t do it enough, but it felt great. The instructor had us set intentions for our practice and when she was doing that she said “everything will unfold as it is supposed to unfold, the good and the bad will unfold.” I LOVE that! It’s so true and I want to use that as a mantra moving forward.

OH, I haven’t told you! After, I headed to the gym and did a little more BP practice with no weights and taught ANOTHER Cycling class! I now have two official classes! I am SO excited!! I am really working hard to follow my dreams and make some changes to my life. It may take some time but I do feel that I am heading in a great direction and that my life will continue to unfold as it is supposed to unfold. :-)


I did an awesome workout at the gym, it was a little under an hour but I was sweaty and felt like I worked hard. I have really missed just fun total body strength sessions, since BP has taken over my life. I am happy to start getting back to them.

Here it is:

Basically it is 1 minute of Upper Body, Lower Body, Core, then Cardio, then do 45 seconds then 30 seconds before moving to the next round.

  • 5 minute warm-up (jacks, squats, etc.)
  • Round 1- 1 minute of Bicep Curls, Tricep Extensions, Squats on the Bosu, Step Stacker Crunches (you have to stack step risers in front of you and then in back of you- hard to explain, but it is awesome), and Step-Ups. Then do 45 seconds and 30 seconds.
  • Round 2- Shoulder Presses, Lunges on the Bosu, Plank Hand Walks (Up, Up, Down, Down), Burpees
  • Round 3- Chest Flys, Bent Over Rows, Oblique Crunches with Feet on Bosu, and Double Time Jumping Jacks.
  • Cool Down

Such a fun- total body and sweaty workout!



I decided since I took a whole week off of running to give it a go. I don’t have pain when I squat, walk, cycle, etc. so I decided to try it again.


After 1.5 miles I just walked back home. It hurt too much and I didn’t want to do more damage. I have a doctor’s appt on the 25th. I think it’s back to PT for me. I am also feeling like the NYC Half may not happen either. UGH it was SO EXPENSIVE. :-(


Rest Day!


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