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Healthy 4th of July Recipe Round-Up

Here we are, just three days away from the Fourth of July!  Sidenote…Where is Summer going?!  Anyway, to help you celebrate this Fourth of July in a (mostly) healthy fashion, I have found some of the tastiest, healthiest Fourth of July recipes in the blogosphere.

Drinks

Blueberry Sangria

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Tito’s Water-Meli Cocktail

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This Fourth of July Cocktail – with a virgin option as well!

Linda Wagner 4th of July Cocktail

Frozen Strawberry Pineapple Margarita…Who doesn’t love a good margarita?

Frozen Strawberry Pineapple Margaritas

Red White and Blue Daiquiri

Watermelon coconut and blueberry margarita

Appetizers/Snacks/Sides

Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa

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American Flag Vegetable Tray –  I love this idea!  Instead of the dip in the recipe, I’d probably use a white bean hummus to avoid the mayo.

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Coconut Rice and Watermelon Salad Bowls

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Main Course

Any of these healthier burger combinations from Shape – I personally think the Apple Turkey burger might make an appearance at my picnic!

These Ultra Juicy Turkey Burgers

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Dessert

Hungry Girl’s Healthier Red, White, & Blue Cheesecake

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Strawberry Blueberry Mug Cake – better for smaller gatherings or if you’re just hanging at home for the 4th.

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Raw, Mini Berry Pies

Raw Mini Berry Pies

Also check out my post on How I Stay Healthy at Picnics!

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Get Beach Read Tabata Bootcamp

Hey, hey!  What’s happening?  As I write this, on Monday afternoon, I’m just relaxing.  I’ve had a pretty productive day off.  No work, no working out — today was my rest day.  To keep me some kind of busy, I ran some errands with my sister, played with the pup in hopes of tiring him out, did some cleaning, weeded the garden, and I’m already pooped.  In a few hours I will probably take a long walk and make dinner before watching the Bachelorette tonight!  I roped Alex into watching it with me..hehe ;)

Today, I come offering a workout for you guys.  I used this one with my bootcamp class last week and they seemed to really like it.  The few of them that I saw in spin class the day after said their abs were really sore, so I can tell you it is a good one for the core!

A Quick Rundown Of the Workout

As in the title, it is a workout containing four tabatas.  A tabata is 20 seconds of extremely all-out intensity work followed by a 10 seconds rest.  That 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest sequence gets repeated 8 times to create a 4-minute drill.

In this workout, each tabata has two alternating exercises.  So…for the first 20 seconds of work, you’ll do one exercise, then rest.  Then, for the next 20 seconds of work, you’ll do the second listed exercise.  Then, 10 seconds rest.  Then back to 20 seconds of that first exercise…then rest.

Between each tabata, there is a quick ab circuit to bring the heartrate down while still working. Call it an active rest, if you will!  There are two ab exercises in each circuit.  You will complete the first listed exercise  exercise and then move to the second ab exercise, and then do that whole ab circuit two more times for a total of three rounds.  You will do this for each ab circuit.

That’s pretty much all you need to know!

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There are modifications for many of these exercises.  If you want a modification for an exercise, you can always leave a comment or shoot me an email… blondesrun (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  Ready to kick-ass this week, fuel your body with some healthy, nutritious foods, rock your workouts, go a little further out of your comfort zone than last week?  YES. Yes, you are.

Now that you’re all pumped up and ready to go to town on your fitness journey this week…let’s quickly run through my weekend before we send you off to make gains in your health.  If anything, the rest of this post may provide you with a few healthy meal choices.

Friday night, we cooked out on the grill. We had scallops, a mix of different vegetables, and this asian brown rice mix from Wegmans that you just steam in a bag. The rice was actually really good!

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Afterwards, Alex and I went out for a night out on the town for some drinks.

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Martinis are delicious…

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…so is watermelon sangria.  YUM.

Saturday was one miserable, rainy day here.  Despite the ugly weather, Alex and I headed out for a 5K obstacle race we had signed up for.  The event was held by the Work It Out foundation.  My best friend Elyse is an ambassador for the event.  Since Elyse has been battling cancer for the past six months for the second time, the event was in her honor.  The obstacle course included, running, yoga poses, football tosses, shuffles, burpees – lots of them, crawling and ended with a slip and slide.  I would have gotten pictures but as I said, it was raining and I didn’t want to chance my phone getting wet!

In the afternoon, I spent the TWO HOURS making dining reservations for our trip to Disney World.  What a hassle!!  I guess I am late to the game because my time options, if any, were very limited.  So that was a headache.  Then we watched a movie before heading out to dinner.

It’s restaurant week in Bethlehem, so many of the fine restaurants are offering prix fix menus.  We went to Twisted Olive.  For $35 dollars we got a four course dinner of deliciousness.  I kind of just let myself have whatever I wanted for this night out.  I enjoyed all of my courses and a glass of wine.

First course was a white bean hummus on crostinis.

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Second course was a baby spinach salad.

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Third course was my main entree.  I chose the “steak on a stone.”  I got to cook my own steak to my idea of perfection.  This was quite possibly the best steak I have ever had.  Could it have something to do with the fact that I made it?  It’s quite possible!  I have to apologize these pictures were taken in the middle of eating.  Obviously I could not contain my hunger before taking a snapshot.

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The fourth course was a toasted coconut amaretto cream pie…OMG.  To. Die. For.

image12I’m drooling just looking at it again.  Holy yum was this good.

Spin class the next morning was much-needed after this dinner the previous night.  The rest of my Sunday was pretty much spent catching up on laundry, running some errands, and visiting with my dad for dinner.

Here’s some more Monday motivation to send you off with…

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