Recipe of the Week: Apple Walnut Baked Oatmeal
I have been trying to get more creative with my breakfast because I am usually up early and out the door before I even feel hungry let alone have time to prepare anything. A granola bar doesn’t do the trick for long and a smoothie is difficult to pay for every day (considering a good one around here can be almost $10!) So I have tried to find recipes that can be prepared ahead of time to grab and go like paleo muffins or healthy energy bars. I saw this picture above on Brown Eyed Baker and then the perfect recipe to compliment it on Peanut Butter Fingers. I plan on making it this weekend and will report back!
Apple Walnut Baked Oatmeal
by: Peanut Butter Fingers
- Serves three
- Bake time: 22 minutes
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites (1 egg white)
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup apple butter
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 medium apple, finely diced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Stir together rolled oats, steel cut oats, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine egg white, applesauce and apple butter.
- Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture and stir.
- Add raisins, walnuts and apple to the oatmeal applesauce mixture and stir.
- Pour into a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray and pat down. Bake uncovered for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, stir mixture and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Spoon into bowls and enjoy. Also delicious when topped with milk, yogurt or fresh berries!
Under Armour Performance Center
I have been waiting until the gym was ready to go and classes had begun to tell you about this awesome opportunity! I am so excited to be a part of such an epic gym opening and am expecting great things from this facility! Under Armour has opened it’s VERY FIRST Performance Training Facility in New York City under the watchful eye of one of NYC’s most famous and hardcore instructors Curtis Williams. Under Armour is well known for the intensity and quality they bring to athletics so it is about time they took their extremely popular performance facility from Baltimore, Maryland to the big city.
Curtis (the center picture above) started his career as an NFL player for the Jets and then the Ravens before succumbing to an injury. He battled his way back through Physical Therapy and began spreading all that he learned from PT and from football training camps to develop his own unique group fitness class called Training C.A.M.P. I was lucky enough to meet him at a TRX training and then work alongside him at Crunch Fitness before he jumped into this awesome new gym and asked me to come along with! Not only are all of the instructors amazing at what they do but they all bring something unique and different to the table.
Oh and did I mention they are outfitting us in full Under Armour gear to teach? I honestly have no clue how I got lucky enough to make it into such an elite group but I love the challenge and am ready to bring it every week! In order to celebrate the opening of this new gym found in the Starlett-Lehigh building on 26th and 11th, they are offering free classes this week to anyone who wants to come check it out!!
So come to my class FOR FREE this week or check out some of the amazing offerings! You cannot go wrong with any class you choose. Here are my classes for the week…Sign up here!
5:45pm FIGHT CONDITIONING (cardio kickboxing)
6:00pm SPIN (bring your spin shoes or go with regular sneaks)
Mind = BLOWN
I learned something this weekend that changed my life forever. Red velvet (probably my favorite cupcake flavor ever) for those who don’t know, is a cake with either a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It’s traditionally prepared as a layer cake topped with cream cheese or cooked roux icing. The reddish color is achieved by adding beetroot or red food coloring.
DID YOU JUST READ WHAT I READ? Beet root?!?! I am taking this to mean that red velvet cupcakes are basically a vegetable which means I should be eating them more often…am I right?! I may be completely wrong here but I am always looking for an excuse to believe that cupcakes are good for you so this seems to fit the bill. SO the moral of this story kids is that if you want to eat more vegetables just go down to your local bakery…
Anyway last week and this weekend I was pretty sick with the flu. It was a rough couple days of non-activity, resting and lost of coughing but I hear it is going around so I am sure most of you reading this have been through this recently yourselves or know someone who has! I loaded up on tea, chicken soup and rest this weekend but I think it was just what I needed to get back into the groove and ready for the week! My best friend Justine was in town on Saturday so we went out for a bit and took these hot photo booth pictures before returning home:
SO EXCITED that some new classes have started up for me this week and I hope you will continue to send me messages to attend! As always, please email one firstname.lastname@example.org for a free day pass to take a class! Here is my schedule just in case:
- 6:30am - ENERGY SPIN @ Crunch (E 59th)
- 9:30am - DEFINITIONS @ The Sports Club/LA (E 61st
- 10:30am - ABS @ The Sports Club/LA (E 61st))
- 5:45pm - FIGHT CONDITIONING @ Under Armour (W 26th)
- 6:30pm - SPIN @ Under Armour (W 26th)
- 6:45am - WEIGH HARD CARDIO @ Crunch (E 34th)
- 7:00am - 30/30 EXPRESS @ PEDAL NYC (W 61st)
Hope to see you at the studio & happy monday!
Have A Cup of Tea
Crazy days lead to busy weeks lead to stressful months if you aren’t careful. I find it is my daily struggle to find relaxation time to step away from the madness and just chill. My goal lately has been to start winding down earlier in the evening for bed. I have been making tea, lighting a candle and trying to get into bed with a book or just a chill song to get relaxed enough to fall asleep. Something about drinking tea is just so relaxing..anyone else agree?
My favorite tea right now is Yogi Organic Tea which can be found at every major supermarket. The more health-minded the food store, the more options they have and Yogi has really hit a home run with their offerings. If you go in hoping to find a tea for muscle recovery, bedtime, energy or even to curb your appetite, they have a flavor for you. In fact, I can’t think of something they haven’t thought of yet.
Not only that but we have all seen an instagram or two of someone drinking Yogi tea with a quote on the tea bag (almost like a fortune cookie without the calories) to help give some thought to your moments of relaxation. For example, this morning I had Blueberry Green Tea with the quote, “Bliss is a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss." Were they reading my mind today? I think so!
There are also some trendy tea places popping up where you can buy the leaves and strain it on the stove in a tea pot. These teas are even fresher than the box of course and you can really learn a lot from the employees on the benefits of the fresh and concentrated leaves. I would love to get myself a quality tea pot and buy some from one of these places like Teavana and Argo Tea.
Finally, tea is a great option for that afternoon pick me up instead of loading yourself up with coffee or even to stop yourself from going for something sweet in those moments as well. I had a coconut orange tea the other day after lunch and it satisfied my need for that something sweet afterwards plus the extra caffeine pushed me through the end of the day. Win/win if you ask me!
Non-Touristy Restaurants Under the Brooklyn Bridge
That was the Google search I did this past Friday when attending my friend’s dance show in Dumbo (the first town at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge). The only place I had ever been was Grimaldi’s which is the world famous pizza place that is the destination for all bridge walkers daily. Since I don’t venture to Brooklyn very much, I wanted to go to a place off the beaten path that got great reviews and obviously a Google search is the most informed way to start…
Gran Electrica was listed as number one on Zagat’s list of Best Non-Touristy Restaurants Under The Brooklyn Bridge and it was worth the recommendation! A few blocks away from the subway and literally right at the end of the bridge if you were to walk it over from Manhattan, this place has the cool Brooklyn vibe from the moment you walk in. The place is packed with darker candlelight and my friend Kristina and I got a spot in the back overlooking their back patio which is apparently the place to be when the weather gets warmer (I will definitely be back for that).
The drink menu was made up of some really exotic margaritas. My friend Kristina tried the spicy jalepeno margarita and I tested out the fresh cucumber margarita which were both delicious! The friendly waiter led us through his favorite options on the menu including a few secret options that of course we ordered like the cheese, mushroom and onion fondue and the fresh guacamole. We ended with the small mahi mahi tacos which were a perfect way to cap off the amazing meal. The service was excellent, the vibe was relaxed and cool and the food was absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to return again!
Another awards season has ended and I’ll be honest, it had a bit of a bittersweet finale. This year I have seen almost every movie nominated which almost NEVER happens so I was pretty confident when I was filling out my ballot predictions of who would win. In fact, I even got most of them right. If you haven’t seen a lot of these movies yet and want to get caught up now that you see who won, here are my recommendations from most to least important to watch ASAP.
- 12 Years A Slave
- Dallas Buyer’s Club
- American Hustle
- Wolf of Wall Street
- Blue Jasmine
I was so excited that Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor and that his speech acknowledged all of the turmoil in Venezuela and the Ukraine. I am thrilled that Lupita won for 12 Years A Slave which was literally the most powerful movie I have seen this year. The director of Gravity and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine also deserved the win (in my opinion).
Where I left with a bad taste was best actor. As you can see from my list, Dallas Buyers Club was the 2nd best movie this year. I was deeply moved and admire Matthew for what he gave up to get into that character and make it as powerful as it was. On the other hand, Leonardo DiCaprio is the Meryl Streep of our generation but without the accolades. That man KILLS every role he takes on and always walks away without even a nomination let alone a win. He deserved to be recognized for years of being overlooked and I can only hope that someone out there is writing a role for him to dominate every award next year otherwise I give up!
Finally, 12 Years A Slave for best movie was well deserved. I actually watched it yesterday morning and it was difficult to go about the rest of my day after it was over. It is hard to believe slavery like that ever existed and still does exist in some countries. The unfairness of taking away a man’s life, the brutality in which they are treated and the depiction of such realness in a motion picture is truly astounding. I highly recommend that you clear your schedule and watch it.
Now after snacking on Oscar appetizers and wine, it is back on track today with my Weekly Workout Plan and don’t forget to Come Take A Fitness Class with ME!!
Five Things Friday
Let’s get right to my favorite things from this week (and beyond)..
1. Quote of the Week
Thanks to my friend Jackie for sending…I love it!!
2. Favorite Nightcap: Peppermint Tea
I have been having a cup of this tea every night after dinner to help curb my cravings, enjoy “something sweet” after my meal and help with digestion and relaxation before bed. I highly recommend it especially with this chilly weather outside!
3. Light It Up!!
My new tie dye crops from lululemon are legitimately my favorite purchase from this store I have ever made. Not only did I love them in natural light but when I subbed a spin class last night with some major black light action, these pants looked 20x cooler. I cannot wait to wear them again for a spin class!
4. Favorite Breakfast Nook: Penelope
This restaurant right around the corner from my apartment is my favorite little brunch spot in the city. Their chroizo, egg white and pesto sandwich on a croissant is almost as delicious as their homemade cupcakes and apple cider mimosas. You can’t make a reservation and the place is super small so if you go, commit to waiting a bit outside or grabbing a cocktail at the bar!
5. My Favorite Smoothie Add-In: Kale
I love adding kale to my smoothies for a little extra green without any added taste. It can take the regular salad and make it a bit healthier and leafier too if you don’t want to grind it up! A little bit goes a long way. Hope you all have a great weekend!!
Want My Workout Playlist?
I have committed to sharing all of my workout playlists on Spotify from now on! So many of my classes ask me about my playlist and I end up sending songs individually by email or screen shooting my list and it finally occurred to me to just make sure I upload them all on my Spotify since everyone I know uses the application! So if you don’t already, follow me on there (Eryn Bulvanoski)! If you don’t have Spotify or just want my songs right now, here are some of the new additions to my workout playlist!
- Shot Me Down - David Guetta f/ Skylar Grey
- Pop That: French Montana f/ Rick Ross & Drake
- Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Version) - Kid Cudi
- Biggie Bounce - Diplo
- Celebrate (Steve Aoki Remix) - Empire Sun
- Let The Groove Get In - Justin Timberlake
- Till The World Ends - Britney Spears
- Marilyn Monroe - Nicki Minaj
- Shake Ya Tailfeater - Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
- Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo f/ 2 Chainz
- The Man - Aloe Blacc
- Game Is Over - NSYNC
- Not Man Enough - Toni Braxton
- What’s It Gonna Be - Busta Rhymes f/ Janet Jackson
Recipe of the Week: No Oats Oatmeal
I have been trying to stay on top of a Paleo diet as much as possible during the week because I feel better and stronger during my workouts with more energy afterwards for the rest of my life. I love the feeling of eating clean but also finding meals that will fill me up longer. Sometimes, however, when you are just chomping on fruits and vegetables all the time, you can end up hungry constantly which does not help you stay on track!
My friend Ashley and I were discussing how we love eating healthy and we need to get more creative in the kitchen to make it fun and fresh. She shared this breakfast recipe with me that tried this morning! Instead of making it in bulk, she makes separate servings and wraps them up so she can grab and go which I like so much better. It is easier to measure the portions, know your calories, and feel like you have a pre-made breakfast each morning when you are too tired to create something new.
No Oats Oatmeal
Lightly adapted by One More Cupcake Please
- 1 bag chia seeds
- 1 bag of flax meal
- 1 bag of shredded coconut
- 1 container of cranberries
- 1 carton almond milk
- Cinnamon (optional)
Ingredients (per serving: about 300 calories):
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of flax meal
- 1 tbsp of coconut
- 1 tbsp of cranberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Cinnamon to taste (optional)
1. Combine chia seeds, flax meal, coconut and cranberries.
2. Heat almond milk for 1 min & 15 sec. in microwave.
3. Pour over ingredients and top with cinnamon if desired.
So delicious and filling! Quick and easy is exactly what I need and thanks to Ashley, this fills me up for awhile which is also a perfect way to start the day! ENJOY!!
Strong Is The New Skinny
Happy Monday!! I am really in a good mood today. Must have been the weather this weekend or something but spring is in the air (I am just going to block out that we are supposed to be getting snow tomorrow). I went for a glorious 4 mile run on Friday, 4 mile run on Saturday and an 8 mile run on Sunday morning and enjoyed my normally annoying commute across the city to teach classes because it gave me an excuse to walk around.
Friday after teaching my 30/30 Express class at Pedal NYC (30 minutes of Spin followed by 30 minutes of TRX) I headed to Union Square to take a pilates class with one of my favorite NYC instructors Jenn Seracuse. Pilates PRO Works has rebranded itself to be FLEX Studios and now offers pilates classes on the reformer for both beginners and advanced, TRX classes, barre classes and a combination of all 3 in a 90 minute power class! No matter how many high intensity workout classes I do, I felt SO challenged in this class and my abs hurt for at least 3 days after. Can’t wait to go back!
My cousin came into town on Friday too and we had a girls night on Broadway with dinner on Restaurant Row and then WICKED!! I had seen it before but that does not mean I loved it any less. Then it was up early for SWEATY SATURDAY @ Pedal NYC with two back-to-back classes: Sandbell at 9:30 then TRX Mash-Up at 10:30. It was amazing to have so many people come out to work out and give to fight childhood obesity. The day ended with a fantastic dinner and hangout session with my best friend Ashley. We did a healthy recipe swap too that I am excited to share with you later this week :)
The weekend finished with a pretty sweet photo shoot with my Pedal NYC family. We are rebranding ourselves as well for the new Hoboken location and beyond: FIT RXN. With a staff as strong and sexy as this one, it is about time we got our faces out there! We had so much fun taking workout pictures, fun pictures and even some shots with our clients to help advertise how amazing this gym is and how everyone should come workout with us! SO MUCH FUN! (Felt like a celebrity haha…still kinda do)
I am excited to be subbing some more classes this week and for some other new projects I have on the horizon. If you are in the NYC or Hoboken area and you are interested in taking one of my classes, I post my schedule every week on the tab My Fitness Classes on the right side. Check in for updated scheduling and feel free to email me for a free pass if you don’t belong email@example.com See you out there warriors!!
Five Things Friday
The weather today is EXACTLY what I want it to be for the rest of my life. Warm but with a slight chill, perfect for making me want to run outside but also walk to all of my jobs around the city. I hope it stays this way forever! Now let’s get on to Five Things Friday…
1. Chia Pod for Breakfast
Tried this guy out the other morning because I love chia seeds (usually put them in my morning smoothies) and I also love anything easily transportable on my way to work. For a whopping $5 a cup, I was expecting this to be my next favorite breakfast treat but unfortunately it was not. It barely had any flavor and I was pretty hungry shortly after eating it (although I had also worked out pretty hard that morning so that could be why as well). Anyway, not worth the $$ or calories in my opinion!
2. View from Across The River
Snapped this picture after leaving my Monday night class in Hoboken..was pretty cool to see NYC from across the river and was one of the moments where I was about to put my headphones in and put my head down to head to the Path but instead I took a moment to walk to the water and appreciate the beautiful skyline. Those little moments are what life is all about right? Obviously it was much prettier in person but you get the idea!
3. The Shamrock Shake is BACK!
I sent a Snapchat of me drinking one of these yesterday to my friend Jen who responded by saying “That is not healthy! I’m telling!” hahaha while she is right, I HAVE to have the shamrock shake at McDonalds once a season..the vanilla/minty goodness is too much to pass up! That is it until next year though…
4. Hand Stand Push Ups
In one of the WOD (Workout of the Day) at Crossfit this week, we were asked to do hand stand pushups. Needless to say, considering I tried to do a handstand the other day and couldn’t hold it without my feet hitting the wall, I had to do the assisted version. Basically I had my knees on a box and my head to the ground pushing up from there which was hard enough for now! I cannot wait to work up to this guy though…
5. Aloe Blacc - The Man
I cannot stop listening to this song and apparently everyone already knows about it but if you haven’t listened to it yet, clock above and you will fall in love (I am a rhyming genius). It is a great feel good song to add to your commuting playlist and I am guessing his CD has some other great gems that I haven’t downloaded yet.
I Am Coming For You Hoboken, NJ!!!
I am so excited to expand my horizons in fitness and conquer yet another state…my home state of New Jersey! So far my fitness career has started in Connecticut, lead to New York City and now I will continue expanding to Hoboken and I could not be more pumped!! Two amazing gyms have hired me to buff up the city folk of Hoboken and I hope those who live in the area will give them both a try!
Now I know most of you have your gyms that you already go to and you don’t want to reinvent the wheel but I promise that you will not be disappointed. With two very different workouts to try, you will be able to mix up your normal routine as my guest! Whether it a free first-timer day pass at Crunch or 1/2 off your first class at FIT RX/N, there are plenty of opportunities to save your money while also getting a killer workout. Sound good?
Located on Sinatra Drive right off 1st Avenue, Monday nights you can now join me at 8:15pm for Cardio Tai Box aka 45 minutes of heart pumping cardio filled with kicks, punches and body weight exercises that will leave you exhausted and ripped. Feel free to try out other classes as well if the strike your fancy more than cardio kickboxing although I would selfishly love to have you in my class the most!
You have heard me talk about my classes at Pedal NYC so you can trust that when they roll out a brand new studio with a brand new name in Hoboken, you can expect great things! FIT RX/N is a body workshop that combines spin, TRX and full power exercises with the rowers, box jumps, sandbags, kettle bells and more to take your body from winter wear to summer bathing suits in just a few short weeks. The instructors are animals in the gym so they expect the same from you. And located right over Cooper’s Union bar sets you up for some quality raging after your workout..what could be better than that? The schedule will roll out in March so stay tuned for more info!
I am so excited to bring the best in fitness to Hoboken and hope that you will spread the word to your friends in the area..looking forward to kicking their butts into gear!!
Crock Pot Chicken Chili
It is already public knowledge that I am a lazy cook. The best gift I ever received was a crock pot a few years ago because it makes me look like chef of the year when all I need to do is combine a ton of ingredients and let it sit for hours. I had to cut this recipe into 2 parts because I have a smaller crock pot so if you do as well, it totally works! You can use it as a rice topper (as the picture above shows), with chips or just with a spoon like I did. Either way, with this chilly weather it is the perfect way to warm things up…and I love any recipe from Skinny Taste!
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 16-oz can black beans
- 1 16-oz can kidney beans
- 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
- 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
- 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- chili peppers, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker.
- Place chicken on top and cover.
- Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
- Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred.
- Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in.
- Top with fresh cilantro.
- Servings: 10 (Size: 1 1/4 cups)
- Calories: 203.7
- Fat: 1.4 g
- Carb: 33.3 g
- Fiber: 10.0 g
- Protein: 16.9 g
The Funny Thing About Snow Is…
Everyone has a love/hate relationship with it. It can be beautiful and fun but it can also drive us absolutely nuts and I think we are all leaning towards the “nuts” zone here in the Northeast. It has been snowing constantly and for my teacher friends out there, they now believe they will be working into July to make up for all these days. The unfortunate thing about the city is that nothing stops for the snow, except maybe the subway you really need to take to get somewhere on time. So I have decided to go on a quick snow rant here and now before I let myself enjoy the rest of this day.
Here is what snow in New York City means to me…
- There are puddles the size of Lake Michigan at the end of every street causing you to brush up on your high jump skills or use your critical thinking skills to get around it.
- You realize very quickly that having a good pair of snow boots is essential to your life.
- Give yourself at least 30 minutes extra to get anywhere..if not more and be prepared to get creative with how you get from one point to another.
- Don’t assume ANYTHING will be cancelled because more often than not..it won’t be.
- As a fitness instructor, get ready for your email to BLOW UP with sub requests. At least you can make more money in this weather right?
- Understand that you are not the only person who uses excess coffee and hot chocolate and hot tea to get through this weather so exercise patience in the longer coffee shop lines.
- Going down into the subway will probably be the grossest and wettest place you go all day so prepare yourself.
- Pack an extra pair of shoes, socks, gloves, a hat and deodorant. Going from warm to cold throughout your commute and most likely walking more than you want could leave you begging yourself to remember these items.
- Use the snow to your advantage if at all possible. As an example, I placed my water bottle in a snow bank outside work yesterday to make it colder when it had reached room temperature.
- And finally…remember that once you are in the gym, weather doesn’t matter so don’t use it as an excuse to skip your sweat session!
..aaaaaand done! I cannot wait for another long and wet commute this morning to work but at least I know I can load up on coffee this morning and still get a good workout in tonight! Enjoy everyone!!
I’m With Cupid
This weekend I celebrated LOVING my body and a good sweat!!
It started off with a Friday night bootcamp aka “Sweaty Singles” workout at Pedal NYC! All of the hottest and buffest singles in the area turned up for a 30/30 workout like no other! My fellow badass trainer Lauren and I team-taught 30 minutes of spin followed by 30 minutes of a partner bootcamp that left everyone exhausted but still ready to pop bottles of champagne! It was an absolute blast and I am so happy so many of my friends turned up for the event. Can’t wait to do more of these in the future!
..morning there was even more fun in store! I headed to Pedal NYC early to get my own workout in with rowing, box jumps, sandbag burpees and TRX atomic pushups before my 10:30 AM TRX Mash-Up class began! We incorporated the rower (which is an excellent activity for both strength & cardio), waterfall pushups and kettle bell swings for an awesome sweatfest before the snow began. Speaking of Sweat Fest…this weekend is "Sweaty Saturday" in NYC where gyms open up special classes for athletes in the city to try out a new workout and push themselves to live a healthy lifestyle. I will be teaching 10:30 AM TRX Mash-Up this Saturday at Pedal NYC if you want to join in the fun. Your first class is only $15!!
…morning my roommate Michelle and I mustered up the motivation to go out for a long run (despite the freezing temps and icy sidewalks). She is training for the NYC Half in a few weeks and I just needed a kick in the butt so we ran 2 miles to Central Park and met up with my friend Laura who also needed the motivation to keep training for the Boston Marathon! We ran 6 miles in the park which actually had cleared roads and despite our frostbitten toes we finished an 8 mile run before 11am! It was the best way to finish off the weekend and motivated me to get some more runs in throughout the week. I love the feeling of a good run!
Now let’s write down our Weekly Workout Plan and if you can squeeze it in, come take a Fitness Class with ME this week!!