20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

I hope you all had a relaxing last couple of weeks with the holidays, days off, and extra time with family.  But here we are at the first Monday of the new year, and it’s time to get back to work.

What better way to really kick off the first full week of the new year than with an ass-kicking stairmaster routine FULL OF INTERVALS!  High intensity interval training (HIIT) for the win!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  HIIT is THE best. What other kind of workout can you do (at least) an hours worth of work in just 20 minutes?  Wouldn’t you rather workout 20 minutes than a whole hour?  I would!

I recommend warming up for about 5 minute at a lower level first, just to get your leg muscles warm.

20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

I also love this workout because it’s great for the booty.  I usually include a stairmaster workout like this about once a week in my workout routine.  I’m not going to sugarcoat it…this workout does wipe you out!

Get in there, bang it out.  Just 20 minutes and you’re done!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Top Recipes of 2015

Here we are in the last week of 2015!  Can you believe it?  Here’s to the next three months of messing up the year when I write the date!

If you’ve just stumbled upon my blog today, you came on a good day, my friends, because today we are recapping some of the best recipes I have shared on Blondes Have More Run in 2015.

In true New Year’s fashion, let’s start the countdown…

10. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

The perfect blend of veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.

9. Paleo Chicken Tenders

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Finally!  I can eat like a five year old again…healthfully!

8. Cinnamon Banana Overnight Oats

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7. (Un)Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

This is a definite favorite of mine.  In fact, I just made it last week.  It’s a crockpot recipe, too, so it’s great for a “set it and forget it” kind of day.

6. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

With the hint of mint and pomegranate arils in this recipe, it’s a refreshing side dish to complicate any meal.

5. Bleu Cheese Apple Slaw

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Super healthy and detoxifying.  I love the sweetness and crispness the apple brings to the slaw.

4. Pea Shoot Salad

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Super light and refreshing salad packed with flavor!

3. Goji Cashew Date Balls

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These are the best!  They include superfruits, easy digestible carbs and healthy fats.  They are perfect for pre-workout!

2. Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins

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Have you ever had those Mini Bites Banana Nut Muffins?  They bring back memories for me.  I had them all the time as a kid.  This is basically a bigger version of those.  I’m not going to deny that I maybe made mini versions of this to totally relive my childhood mini bite eating habit.

1. Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

I make these at least once a month!  How else would I get my pastry fix?  These are so good you won’t even know they’re healthy.

There it is!  My top ten recipes of 2015!  I hope maybe you found a new recipe you missed before, or came across one you forgot about!

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Meals for the Week

Hey everyone!  I’m back, and I hope you had a great holiday!  Life’s been super busy over here between work and doing the whole grad school thing.  I have to say though, the holiday has offered me a generous few days off to relax and spend time with family, friends, and the boyfriend.

Well, let’s get right into it…

Last night’s dinner was a cauliflower crust pizza.  Oh, how I’ve missed them…FullSizeRender-1I also made an extra crust and froze it.  I’m hoping to pull it out on New Year’s Eve to make another, while everyone else is chowing down on the real thing.

Here are my dinners for the week ahead.

Monday:  Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

Tuesday: Mexican Plate with Tilapia (a Tone It Up Nutrition plan recipe – they’d probably frown upon me sharing the recipe with you :( )

Wednesday: Turkey Burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce and sweet potato fries

Thursday (New Years Eve!): Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Friday (New Years Day): Pork and Sauerkraut…what else?  It’s tradition for us PA folks.

Desserts for the week will be the rest of my crispy paleo chocolate chip cookies or my chocolate chip gingerbread muffins that I originally made for Christmas morning.

I also made some kale chips for the week and some turkey bone broth!  The whole bone broth thing was completely new to me.  It was my first time making it.  I don’t think I have perfected the art yet, but I’m working on it.

Have a great week :)

Questions for you:

Do you eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day?

What’s on your meal plan for the week?

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