Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Tilapia Bake

Lately, I've been trying to eat more protein. You would think this would be easy but it's actually been somewhat of a challenge. I find I naturally gravitate toward foods with less protein, like pasta or soup. Give me all the carbs! 

But this simple tilapia dish hits the spot. It's high in protein and packed with flavor. Make it for dinner this week while asparagus is still in season!


Spring Tilapia Bake
Serves 4

1 pound tilapia (I used fresh but you could also use frozen)
1 pound asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
2 cups grape tomatoes
1 lemon, sliced with seeds removed
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp seasoning blend of choice (I used Penzey's Sunny Paris)
Salt & Pepper 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Add asparagus in a single layer. Top with tilapia and grape tomatoes. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning blend, salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices. 

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Check your fish a few times as it cooks. When it easily flakes with a fork, it's ready. Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. 

I served this with farro - a delightful grain with a slightly chewy texture. For dessert, try a blueberry/blackberry mix!

Tell me: What's your favorite way to prepare fish?

- ST

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Rough Start to 2018

Hey Everyone! Sorry for the recent silence - I've been battling the flu and complications these past several weeks - and I can say from experience this year's flu is nothing to mess around with. Since coming down with symptoms on Dec. 31 (what a way to end the year!) I've been to the doctor twice, urgent care and the emergency room. As you can see, it's been an awesome start to 2018!


But I think - knock on wood - I'm finally getting better. The latest round of meds seem to have made a huge difference and I think this time the sickness might really be on its way out. The only symptoms left are mild congestion and cough as well as healing up a rib muscle strain (caused by a coughing fit two weeks ago). 

As you can imagine, I'm itching to get back to my normal workout routine. I've been trying to maintain some type of routine these past few weeks but it's been impossible. I know I've lost a lot of fitness but hopefully I can start slowly rebuilding now that I'm getting better. 


One mistake I've made is foolishly thinking I can do hard doubles while recovering. When I'm healthy, I often do a hard workout during the noon hour and then do another one after work. Attempting to do this while sick is a bad idea. So this week, I'm really cutting back and aiming to do one moderate effort workout per day. If I feel up to it, I'll add in a second "workout" of walking on the track or treadmill. 

Monday: 30 minute walk + Y-Blitz (I'll dial down the effort to keep this moderate)
Tuesday: 30 minute walk + WAC Fitness Test
Wednesday: WAC Arms & Abs (depending on rib muscle) + WAC Small Group Training
Thursday: 30 minute walk + Y-Blitz (lower effort)
Friday: WAC As Many Reps as Possible 
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Rest Day

You may be wondering about the WAC Fitness Test. It's there because another round of Lose It started last week. I missed doing the Fitness Test with the rest of my training group but am planning to do a make up this week. Like everything else on my workout plan, it will probably be at a lower effort so my expectations are not very high. But I guess that means I'll see more improvement when I do the test again at the end of the 12 weeks!

My nutrition has been all over the place these past several weeks. There have been periods when I've wanted to eat nothing but other times when I've been ravenously hungry. I haven't been following Weight Watchers since I think while sick and during recovery the best approach is to feed my body what it wants, when it wants it. But this week I'm going to transition back to being on a more Weight Watchers friendly diet. 

Breakfast: Turkey Bacon & Egg Breakfast Wrap
Lunch: Tuna Sweet Potato & Corn Salad
Dinner: Classic Beef Chili

Snacks will include clementines, light string cheese, veggies, popcorn, QUEST bars - or whatever I feel my body needs, even if it's a cookie or two!

Despite being sick for weeks on end, there have still been a few good things to start the year:

Lots of Brunching - For some reason, while I've been sick/recovering, I've felt best on Sundays. So after getting over the initial flu sickness, there has been lots of brunching. In the past few weeks I've been to a few favorites: Engine Co. 3, Lake Park Bistro, Blue's Egg, Smoke Shack and Cafe Bavaria. 

Delish pastries start the meal at Lake Park Bistro

Caretaker Charlie - My little darling has been an absolute doll as I've been stuck at home. There has been lots of snuggling and he brought a smile to my face even during the lowest points. 


Vacation Planning - In just a few weeks I have my first trip of the year - a ladies weekend in Savannah, GA. It's a place I haven't yet visited so I'm really looking forward to exploring someplace new. My friends and I have already made a few meal reservations and selected a few sites we want to visit. We've also started outfit planning because when in the south, you better make an effort to look good ;)

A Few Good Books - Given all the spare time I've had lately, I've gone through quite a few books: What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their Stories, The Comfort Food Diaries, China Rich Girlfriend, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Forward: A Memoir, Falling. Some of these were delightful reads while a few were duds. I don't regret reading any of them though!

That's the update to start the year! Tell me:
  • How has 2018 treated you so far? 
  • Have you visited Savannah? If so, any must-visit places I should add to my list?
  • Have you read any good books lately? If so, what book and what did you like about it?

We're already one month down - and one month closer to spring!

- ST