Sunday 160424

5 Rounds for time:
100′ walking lunge
15 Overhead squat, 95#(65#)

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YEAH BUDDY! Fries and almond butter, a spectacular marriage.

YEAH BUDDY! Fries and almond butter, a spectacular marriage.

FRIES!! YES….. FRIES!

Found this sweet and salty snack on the Life of Riley site, where apparently you can not only find nut butter but great recipes too.  These look fun and innovative, like no fry set-up I have ever seen.  You can see the full post here

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash
1 Tbs coconut oil 
1/2 Tbs cinnamon
1/2 Tbs nutmeg 
Sea Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup Life of Riley Almond Butter
1/4 cup almond milk 
2 Tbs honey 

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 

2. Cut the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds. Then peel the outside. Finally cut the squash into stick shapes, about 1/2 inch thick. 

3. Place the squash sticks in a row on the lined baking sheet. 

4. Heat the coconut oil in a small sauce pan until melted. Using a coasting brush lightly coast the squash sticks. 

5. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg on top. Then add salt and pepper to taste. 

6. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until desired crispiness.

7. In a medium bowl, add the almond butter, almond milk and honey. Whisk until well blended. 

8. To serve place the squash fries on a plate and drizzle the almond glaze. Finish with a bit more sea salt. 

VERVE UPDATES

-One more week of free Sprint classes.  If you are enjoying them, send Danni an e-mail letting her know you want to add it.
– The sign-up sheet will be up tomorrow for our TEAM UP FOR EMILY competition!  Get your team together and have some fun.  The competition will be over by 11am, so you have the rest of your Saturday to do non-team fun stuff.

-YOGA……TODAY…….11am…….ENOUGH SAID.

Sunday 160417

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Reps for time of:
Box jump, 24″(20″)
Ab-mat sit-up
*Perform 1 legless rope climb after each round

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Not much can compare to Pippa's meatloaf from last week, but this is a close second!

Not much can compare to Pippa’s meatloaf from last week, but this is a close second!

Well, last week I saved some time and ordered Chef Pippa Taylors weekly meal of Turkey Meatloaf and Roasted Carrots!  It was amazing and I could eat it every meal.  Being as how that is not possible, I attempted to surf the interwebs to find a close second.  The recipe below is what I found, you can see the full post here.  If you want to get in on future orders of Chef Pippa Taylor’s meals, go to this link and you won’t regret it.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp ketchup (I use organic)
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.3 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (I use 4c Whole Wheat)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • salt to taste

Directions:

-Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl combine 2 tbsp ketchup with worcestershire sauce.
-Saute olive oil and onion on low until translucent, remove from heat.
-In a medium bowl mix turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, salt and marjoram. Place mixture into a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking pan. Spoon sauce on top.
-Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes, remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

VERVE UPDATES:

  • SPRINT STARTS MONDAY!!  5:45 am / 5:15pm / 6:15pm.  Come and try it out!
  • FREE INTRO CLASS for both regular classes and Sprint Tuesday, April 19th @ 7pm!!  Let your friends know.
  • We will have further info in a future post, but you may have noticed that we have a SQUARE SYSTEM in the merchandise room.  You will now need either cash or a credit card to make purchases for any goods, you no longer need to sign out items.  Ask a Danni or a trainer for a HOW-TO on how to use it:)

Sunday 160410

Grace meets Isabel
For time:
30 Clean and jerks 135#(95#)
at the 10:00 mark
30 Snatches 135#(95#)
Score is time to complete C&J plus Snatches not including rest

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PIZZA!!!

PIZZA!!!

Well, this looks awesome.  If you haven’t tried these Flatout ProteinUP flatbreads, they work with pretty much anything!! Here is a pizza recipe to try out with them.  You can see the whole recipe here 

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 Flatout ProteinUP CORE 12 Flatbreads
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red onion
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • non-stick baking spray
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick baking spray. Put 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce on each flatbread and spread evenly on the flatbreads. Sprinkle both cheeses over the flatbreads. Mix the remaining BBQ sauce with the grilled chicken and place on pizzas. Top with the diced onion. Bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve.
VERVE UPDATES
– YOGA IS BACK!!! Come and visit Kacey at 11am!!!

Sunday 160403

For time:
“Randy”
75 Power Snatches 75(55#)
then
At the 10:00 minute mark
“Annie”
50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders
Ab mat sit ups

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We want to wish Ted all of the best in his future endeavors and we will miss you!!

We want to wish Ted all of the best in his future endeavors and we will miss you!!

This easy dish is inspired by Sarah who brought something similar to the EOP party.  You can see the full recipe here

Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Enough filling for two sandwiches or salads

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice or a tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
    Sandwich bread or salad greens

Directions
1. Place the chicken, avocado, apple, celery, and red onion in a medium bowl. Gently mash the avocado with a fork and stir it around so that everything gets well mixe

2. Add the cilantro or parsley, lime juice or lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add more lime juice or salt to taste. If the mixture seems a little dry, you can stir in a teaspoon or two of olive oil.

To store, place in a bowl and cover completely with plastic wrap so that no part of the chicken salad is exposed to air. Will keep a couple of days in the fridge.

Serve on sandwich bread, toasted bread, or salad greens (I recommend arugula or watercress for extra zing).

VERVE UPDATES

  • Thank you so much to everyone who came out yesterday and made the party awesome!!  It’s always fun to suffer together AND party together!

 

Sunday 160327

In front of a clock set for 12 minutes:
1 minute of box jumps 30″(24″)
1 minute of sumo deadlift high pulls 115#(75#)
2 minutes of box jumps 30″(24″)
2 minutes of sumo deadlift high pulls 115#(75#)
3 minutes of box jumps 30″(24″)
3 minutes of sumo deadlift high pulls 115#(75#)

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It doesn't get much easier than this!

It doesn’t get much easier than this!

Here is an easy salad that is great for END OF THE OPEN parties (wink wink).  This recipe comes to us courtesy of Ava’s Kitchen.  If you are not familiar, this page was started by Jason Khalipa’s wife, Ashley and it chronicles the meals she makes for her family.  They are primarily paleo with some exceptions.  If you want to see full recipe details or check out her page, go here.

Greek Salad with Salami

Ingredients:

1 cucumber diced
1 cup of chopped romaine
3/4 cup of feta diced (I like the kind in the brine)
1/2 cup of kalamata olives
4 thick slices of salami diced
Olive oil to taste
Dried oregano to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in halves

Mix everything up and enjoy!

*Thank you Ali for the great recommendation.

Sunday 160320

As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes of:
10 Pistols, alternating
20 Kettlebell swings, 24kg(16kg)
30 Double unders

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Delicious crusty topping over a protein-packed berry punch!

Delicious crusty topping over a protein-packed berry punch!

Well, now this looks amazing!  A little dessert for breakfast, yes please.  I have a feeling that this would be so easy to pre-make early in the week and have on-the-ready for quick breakfasts or sweet snack.  You can see the whole recipe, along with recommendations here.

Protein Berry Crumble

Ingredients
  • 1 Cup (125 g) Raspberry (or other berries)
  • 1 Tsp Stevia
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ¼ Cup Oats (20 grams)
  • 6 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 5 Chopped Almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Place berries in a small Pyrex pan and sprinkle a little Stevia over
  3. Mix protein powder, oats and lemon juice with a fork or spoon. It should end up as a fairly dry crumble
  4. Mix in the almonds, and spread across the berries
  5. Bake for 15 min, then set the oven to broil and give the crumble about 1 min more until the top is slightly golden
  6. Take out and enjoy

Nutrition Info
Calories per serving (serving = entire recipe) – 260Fat – 5g
Carbs – 29g
Protein – 29g

Sunday 160313

Back Squat
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

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GET OUT AND GRILL!

GET OUT AND GRILL!

It’s beautiful outside, so let’s spend some time on the patio with friends and BBQ!  Here is a great recipe from skinnytaste.com for some delicious seafood kabobs.  You can see the full recipe here.

GRILLED CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP KABOBS
Ingredients:

  • 32 jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (17.5 oz after peeled)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 24 slices (about 3) large limes, very thinly sliced into rounds (optional)
  • olive oil cooking spray (I use my mister)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 16 bamboo skewers soaked in water 1 hour
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges

Directions:
Heat the grill on medium heat and spray the grates with oil. Season the shrimp with garlic, cumin, salt and half of the cilantro in a medium bowl.
Beginning and ending with shrimp, thread the shrimp and folded lime slices onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total.

Macro Breakdown:
Serving size: 1 kabob
Calories: 74
Fat: 1g
Protein: 13g
Carb: 3g

VERVE UPDATES:
– Open workout re-do is from 11am – 12:30pm.  Make sure you show up early to warm yourself up and bring a judge as we cannot guarantee one will be available.

Sunday 160221

For time:
50-40-30-20-10
Medicine ball cleans 20#(14#)
10-15-20-25-30
Handstand walk in meters

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Sarah and Lindsay introducing their little ones via a partner workout!

Sarah and Lindsay introducing their little ones via a partner workout!

This recipe from malzisfit.com would make a great lunch time meal!  You can see the full recipe here

SKINNY FRIED RICE

Recipe:

  • 1 cup brown rice, dry
  • 1lb chicken breast, cooked and cubed (shrimp or steak works great, too)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, or more to taste

Instructions:

Cook rice. I did this in a rice cooker. Once rice is close to done add in your veggies, cover and allow to steam. Once this is complete crack in your egg and add egg whites, cover for 2 mins, then fluff. Add in soy sauce to taste. That’s it! I added some cubed chicken after.

Macronutrient Breakdown: Serves 4 (divide equally)

Calories: 245
Protien 32g
Carbohydates 16g
Fiber 2g
Fat 5g

 

Sunday 160214

For load:
Front Squat
1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GOOD SLOPPY JOE every once in a while? Here is a delicious and simple recipe from skinnytaste.com. If the fat is a bit too high, you could cut out the cheese.
You can see the full recipe here

ITALIAN CROCK POT SLOPPY JOES

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes (Tutorosso)
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

For serving:

  • 6 whole wheat 100 calorie potato rolls**
  • 6 slices reduced fat provolone (Sargento)
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Directions:

In a medium non-stick skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks into small bits until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Add onions and garlic, and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the bell peppers, crushed tomatoes, rosemary and fresh cracked pepper.  Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

To serve, place heaping 1/2 cup of meat on a roll and if desired, top with cheese and baby spinach.

Makes 6 servings.

Macro Breakdown:
Calories per sandwich: 316
Protein: 27g
Carbs: 27.4g
Fat: 11.4g

VERVE UPDATES:

  • Happy Valentines Day ya filthy animals!! Whether you have a Valentine or not, just know that Verve loves you!
  • Kacey will be guiding you through a semi-romantic yoga session at 11am, so bring your sweety and get limber.

Sunday 160131

For time:
40-30-20-10
Box jumps, 24″(20″)
20-15-10-5
Overhead squats, 115#(75#)

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Protein for DAYS!

Protein for DAYS!

I NEED MORE PROTEIN!! – Anna Mattson

At Verve, we have several people that are tracking the macronutrients on a daily basis.  One of the things I constantly here is “I have so much protein at the end of the day”.  Well this recipe will more than take care of that issue. You can see the full recipe and other great ones here.

MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Flat Out Wraps 
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 tomato 
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa 
  • 1/2 cup fat free Mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat free Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1.5 lb of chicken 
  • 2 oz of fat free cream cheese 
  • 4 teaspoons of taco seasoning 

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 while preparing everything 
  • Cook chicken in taco seasoning in BIG, deep skillet 
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients except cream cheese and fat free cheese
  • Once mixed, add cream cheese at the end and stir and let it melt into the mixture 
  • Prepare and spray a 8×8 baking dish 
  • Start layering! I started with pouring 1/3 mixture into dish 
  • Add 2 flat out wraps!
  • Layer another 1/3 of skillet contents and then top with 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (You can buy regular Mexican cheese but this adds fat to the dish- some people are judgy of fat free cheese so if that’s you, then it’s totally preference!) 
  • Layer another 2 flat out wraps, top with the remaining 1/3 and top with 1/4 cup mozz and 1/4 cup cheddar 
  • Wrap in foil and bake for approximately 15 minutes

NUTRIENT BREAKDOWN

Macros for 1/8 of the dish (it’s a serious protein load): 38g P 23g C 3g