From the Garden: Zucchini

From the Garden: Zucchini

This post contains affiliate links. Have you ever had 17 zucchini at the same time and no idea what to do with them? Does that happen to you every freakin’ year? I hear  ya. I got so tire of the annual zucchini attack I stopped growing them. Lucky for me my friends didn’t 😋 Now, every year, I am gifted zucchinis weekly. Great for me and great for my friends who have no idea what to do with their 17 zucchinis. But still, when someone gives you three zucchinis you think, how will I eat these before they rot? Or before the next person gives me three more? Well I have the answer for you. After much research (taste testing) I have found what I think are three super easy and fast recipes for zucchini. Double chocolate zucchini bread, that can be frozen, and goes along perfectly with a cup of coffee or a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Baked zucchini bites that honestly take 10 minutes from start to finish. And zucchini fritters because they go with breakfast, lunch or dinner. DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD ➡️ An awesome recipe for when you have an absolutely giant zucchini on hand. It also doubles and triples easily. I always find a recipe online that I like the idea of and start to change things every time I make it. Let me say that the recipe as it was originally created is fantastic. Follow it and you won’t be disappointed, but get a little creative and you just might surprise yourself. For this recipe I have tried a variety of different...
Wellness Wednesday: Workout Recovery

Wellness Wednesday: Workout Recovery

This post contains affiliate links.  There is a lot of information out there saying drink this, eat that and promising some incredible results for sports performance and weight loss. In fact there is so much information that I think we have actually lost sight of food. We have lost sight of the joy of cooking. The joy of sharing a table with family and friends. The joy of food. Yes, it is true. Food is fuel. We literally need it in order to keep our body running. And yes, there is an entire science built around nutrition for peak athletic performance, nutrition that can treat the sick, and the nutrition we need to survive just to name a few. However, food is so many other things. It is social … creative … delicious. I am going to provide you with my simple approach to workout recovery. In hopes that it helps you navigate all of the information and get back to enjoying food. SIMPLIFYING RECOVERY There is a very simple truth to workout recovery. And it is based on science. First, on a macro level your body needs carbohydrates, proteins and lipids (fats).  Second when you workout you deplete your carbohydrate stores. Which are in high demand to continue functioning the rest of the day. Third your muscles breakdown under the stress of exercise and protein repairs and builds them. So after a workout you should be consuming both carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover. Now, what about water or sports drink? Well it really depends. I follow one basic guideline for deciding between the two. Again,...
Home Gym Must Haves

Home Gym Must Haves

HIP CIRCLE | WALL CLOCK | PULL UP BAR | FOAM ROLLER | SKLZ SLIDERS | YOGA MAT | DUMBBELLS | BOX | STRETCHING STRAP | BOSU This post contains affiliate links. The world we live in today has pushed us into a new kind of life. We often, or exclusively, work from home and have virtual meetings, hangouts, happy hours, etc. (Is there anyone who hasn’t been on Zoom yet?)  We cancelled trips and instead explored local destinations in our city or state. (Hello State Parks!) And we revived old hobbies or found new ones. (Gardening, home improvement, cooking it’s all being done 1o fold.) All of this means we spend more time at our homes and in our communities than in the recent past. A good thing for many reasons. Like your home is likely the largest monthly expense you have and you should get the most out of it. Or perhaps you have a bicycle that has seen more dust than daylight. Maybe you have never been to your local farmers market or park. Whatever it is, I choose to see it as a positive. An opportunity to try something new or get back to something you miss. Otherwise, I would be miserable. Every challenge you face is just the opportunity of a lifetime in disguise. HOME LIFE I have been focused on getting a new “flow” for life at home. When Wisconsin was shut down I reorganized all of my cabinets, painted rooms, gave away things I no longer used and did more landscaping that I thought possible. As things opened up and the weather...
From the Garden: Tomatoes

From the Garden: Tomatoes

As far back as I can remember my mom grew tomatoes. I even have a scar on my shin from putting a tomato cage over my head and running around. Naturally, as the third child, my mother was more focused on her garden than my antics. So I cut my shin on rough metal spokes and I learned a valuable lesson. Stupidity does not deserve attention. When I put in my first garden as an adult I knew I had to have tomatoes. As the years went on and my garden got larger I continued to add tomato plants. Then two years ago I hit a point where our home was under construction, and I didn’t have a kitchen, and I was pulling in 30 tomatoes a day from my garden. I couldn’t give away enough tomatoes. Naturally, like any “adult” floundering through life I called my mom. “What do you do with all your tomatoes?” At this time I had 12 tomato plants, two of which were cherry tomato plants. I could barely eat all the cherry tomatoes let alone the full size heirlooms and beef stakes. This is when I learned one cherry tomato plant is more than enough for one person. 😂 My mom gave me a slew of recipes, but again without having a kitchen cooking was more challenging than fun. I should also mention we aren’t a canning family. Rather a freezer family. There are tons of recipes for canning, but I suppose the freezer is easier or more accurately our comfort zone. Anyway, I found what I considered the easiest, delicious and guaranteed...
4 Week Workout Program: 15 in 30

4 Week Workout Program: 15 in 30

This program is designed to give you the flexibility to workout when it is convenient for you. And the accountability to stay on track and start hitting those fitness goals you have had your eyes on. And the expertly designed programs to get you results. Below you will find 15 workout videos. 5 for upper body, 5 for lower body and 5 for your core. That is 15, approximately 30 minute workouts for you to complete over the coming 30 days. Your goal is to complete ALL 15 workouts in 30 days. This is completely possible. As long as you make it a priority. You have the flexibility to workout on any day that you choose, any time that you choose and anywhere that you choose. Just make the choice to workout. Join us on Monday August 17th, 2020 as we kick off this challenge. Are you looking for accountability for these workouts? Make sure you COMMENT on the video and we will keep track of your progress. If we don’t see you staying on track for 15 in 30 days we WILL reach out to you. Plus, commenting on the videos will introduce you to other people taking on the 15 in 30 challenge! Do you want to get even more support? Post on Instagram using the hashtag #15in30PureFitness and we will feature you! We will also include you in all of our promotions – reminding you to get your workouts done and keeping you on track for the 30 days. And you can meet other people joining in on the program. ➡️ Follow us @PureFitnessWI Workout Videos...