Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Summer may be gone but.......

I still crave big juicy peaches and they have been on sale here in TX so I like to take advantage. Call it "the end of the season blow out!" One of my favorite ways to cook them is grilled with honey salmon and served over balsamic onions and salad!

1 large white peach sliced
1-2 tbsp honey
balsamic vinegar
coconut oil
sea salt and black pepper to taste
fresh salmon fillet
sliced onion (red or white)
(again, james like spicy so I added a little chalula sauce in the marinade to kick it up a notch- this is definitely OPTIONAL).

Place the fillets in a ziplock bag with the honey, balsamic vinegar, and a little coconut oil (if you prefer) and let them marinate for 20-30 min. After the salmon is ready, use a griddle or grill to cook your salmon, onion and peaches slices. Add salt, pepper, add little of the marinade to your onion and peach slices to keep them moist while grilling. About half way through the grilling process or until the salmon is about done, transfer all the ingredients into a skillet and sautee for the remainder of cooking time. Then serve over a nice bed of spinach or romain and you have a warm summer salad. YUM!

Next up, fall recipes.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pineapple Meatloaf with a kick!

Thanks to my good friend and HEALTHY BITES partner Kelly Bruneman for this recipe and nutrition facts!

This recipe was a 10 out of 10 with the Husband. I added a few extra ingredients to spice it up a bit (because James loves spicy everything). But overall, it was easy, healthy, and YUM. Next time I will be more adventurous and try cooking it with ostrich meat (another lean red meat with a great source of iron).

Pineapple Meatloaf

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup oats
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped (I actually use a tri blend of red, yellow, green)
1/4 tsp salt
chili powder (optional spice)
black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef (or're choice)
8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained

Combine egg, oats, onion, bell pepper and salt. Add beef and pineapple. Mix well. Place in a 8x8 baking dish and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Top with BBQ sauce (we used smoky/spicy sauce) and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Serves: 4
253.9 Calories; 8.6g Fat (3.4g saturated fat); 118.1mg Cholesterol; 138.6mg Sodium; 13g Carbohydrates; 1.4g Fiber; 7.1g Sugar; 26.6g Protein



Monday, September 7, 2009

Have some confidence back

If you're not at the top of triathlon world, it is a very hard (and sometimes stupid) sport to be a professional in. We are all looking for that one break through race that will land us a cover, interview, and a bonus structure!. We train the hardest and make too many sacrifices for all the times we come home empty handed after races. But, the friends and sponsors you make along the way and stories you come home with are priceless!

The past three races for me have been very tough to swallow considering how well my training has been going. In this sport, success is really depended on how well you handle defeat/failure. If you can't pick yourself back up, your done with. So I thought I would share with you how I analyze a race that has gone poorly. It was taught to me from a wise man in Auckland, New Zealand.

Four things can cause a bad race.

1. Training Error
2. Racing Error
3. Bad luck
4. Confidence

I will look very deeply into every aspect I can within the four categories and try and figure out what went wrong. I have figured out what my issues are and have slowly been working at fixing the problem. The event I raced today confirmed to me I'm on the correct path to fixing my issues.

Today I raced to second place behind Richie Cunningham. Richie is Aussie triathlete I recently met who just made the move to Austin. We talked about doing some training together. He mentioned that he might be lowering his standards by training with a Kiwi! I think the same thing could be said from my side also :)
Back to the race...I made a big error on the bike that cost me some time, but I received a big boost of confidence from my overall result that was much needed. I managed to kick out a 10km in the 32 min range that really let me know my training has not been for nothing. Richie was the strongest man of the day, so congrats to him.

So instead of going home and sulking after a bad race (like I used to), go and figure out what caused your bad race, because who may be one race away from your break through!

Train Hard!

Cleaning out the Closet

Random post of old pictures I took about 2-3 weeks ago. healthy and tasty meals.

Veggie/bacon Omelet with Fruit Salad and Avocado.

Chili and Avocado Chicken tacos

Recipes are simple and quick. Email me if you want me to send them your way.

Happy labor day!