FINALLY FRIDAY

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Wow, cannot believe this is my third (or is it fourth?) post of the day.

First, some awesome news: my boyfriend, who had surgery in October, is FINALLY cleared to get back to working out! And by a stroke of luck, I started my “transformation” only a week before him, so we’re in this together! Stay tuned for a joint blog and/or Instagram. He’s super knowledgeable when it comes to fitness, so he’s going to be a great addition to the fitness community! Unfortunately guys, he doesn’t run. I know, it was almost a deal breaker for me….. But he’s a really incredible biker, so I settled. ūüėČ

A lot of friends of mine from college, work, high school, etc. are getting into fitness now, which is GREAT! I hate people who discourage and/or mock people who are trying to make a change with their lives. Of course, some stuff should stay off social media (personally, all of my social media accounts aren’t fitness-based at all), but if someone wishes to share their journey then I 100% support them.

This being said, I’ve noticed SO MANY of these girls are not eating to fuel their bodies at all. They think eating a handful of spinach with a hardboiled egg is considered a nutritious and fueling lunch (am I the only one who cringed while reading that?). Now, I grew up with parents who were always very into healthy eating- my father is a chef who specializes in nutritional meals, and my mother is a nutritional baker (and the only person who can replace oils and sugars and butter with applesauce and greek yogurt and somehow make it taste BETTER), so luckily I’ve always been exposed to awesome meals that are extremely healthy. I cringe when I watch people eat plain brown rice with plain chicken breast. WHERE IS THE SEASONING?

So before I show you what I had for lunch, I want to be clear on my eating habits. I used to eat “american style”- big breakfast, small lunch, big dinner (and of course snacks in between), but I work for a German company and was exposed to the European culture, which is a big breakfast, big lunch, and a small dinner. Changing to this lifestyle did WONDERS for my weight, my health, and my energy. So here’s what I had for lunch today. (Lucky for me, I work at a healthcare company, so a huge focus in the cafe is “FIT” foods):

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This beautiful creation you see above is Beef and Lentil Bolognese with Roasted Potatoes and LOTS of spices (garlic, red pepper flakes, pepper… the list goes on and on), and of course, parm cheese. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t put parm cheese on their food for a fear of adding extra calories, then you are crazy and need to stop that right now. PARM CHEESE IS AMAZING.

Do you think this tastes as good as I think it tastes? WELL I HAVE GREAT NEWS. I asked the chef for the recipe, and within 20 minutes he emailed it to me and now I am the lucky owner of one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had. And lucky for you, I’m willing to share!

1/4 cup Oil, Olive
3/4 pound Onions, Yellow, Fresh, Diced
1/2 pound Carrots, Fresh, Diced
1 pound Beef, Ground, 80/20, Raw
1/4 cup Garlic Cloves, Peeled, Fresh, Minced
1/4 cup Seasoning, Italian
1/2 cup Tomato Paste, Canned
3 quart Tomato Puree, Canned
1 tsp Salt, Kosher
1/2 tsp Spice, Pepper, Black, Ground
12 ounce Ingredient: Cooked Lentils
2 tbsp Vinegar, Balsamic
Preparation
Method
In a large pan, heat olive oil and saute the onions and carrots until soft and onions are golden, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until fully cooked. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook a minute. Add the tomato paste and cook stirring until the paste is caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree or crushed tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook the lentils until very tender. Drain and crush slightly by pulsing in a food processor. Add to sauce and season with balsamic vinegar.Portion size: 1 cup

 

I cannot wait to make this this weekend. Anyone else try an awesome recipe today? I’m always looking for new recipes!

 

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