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Eat Fit Not Fat-Thai Chicken and Red Pepper Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

IMG_5823The Bohlson household  kept our dinners super healthy this week. Go us!!! We enjoyed a tasty enchilada quinoa bake Tuesday and Wednesday and tonight I made Thai chicken stuffed sweet potatoes. There were tons of leftovers so we plan on having this for 2 more meals. Never would have I imagined a year ago that I would be cooking with ingredients like quinoa, almond butter and coconut oil. I’m not going to lie, it did take me a bit to get used to these “hippy” ingredients but I think its helped us choose healthier meal options in our own kitchen on a weekly basis. This weeks recipe could basically be classified as Paleo. Some ingredients aren’t considered strict Paleo such as the soy sauce that I used instead of coconut aminos which the recipe called for.  Mike gave it two thumbs up and couldn’t believe how much food he could eat! Enjoy :)

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Ingredients: (serves 6)

6 medium sized sweet potatoes

1 cup canned coconut milk

1/2 cup almond butter

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon read pepper flakes

2 tablespoons soy sauce ( gluten free if you have it or coconut aminos if you’re strict Paleo)

2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

couple tablespoons of coconut oil ( if you have it)

4 cups shredded chicken ( I used 2 rotisserie chickens)

2 red bell peppers, chopped

1/2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

cilantro, chopped

a few tablespoons of roasted cashews, chopped

bean sprouts for topping

squeeze of lime juice per potato

Scroll to the bottom for complete cooking directions. 

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Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2) Poke holes in each potato with a fork multiple times. Wrap desired number of sweet potatoes in foil. Remember this recipe makes 6 servings. I only baked 2 sweet potatoes tonight. Place in preheated oven for approx an hour and 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and tender.

3) While sweet potatoes are roasting chop and dice chicken, garlic, red peppers, green onion, cilantro. Roast a few handfuls of cashews in your 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, stirring half way through. I toasted ours in our toaster oven. Remove nuts from oven, cool and then chop to desired size.

4)When there is about 15-20 minutes left on your sweet potatoes make peanut sauce. Combine coconut milk, almond butter, soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, honey, minced garlic and salt to taste in blender. Blend till well combined and smooth.

5)Heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil on medium heat in a large saute pan. Toss in shredded chicken, red peppers and garlic powder. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and saute for approx 4-5 mintutes. Add peanut sauce and green onion. Combine.

6)Remove potatoes from oven. Careful! Hot potato! Unwrap foil and let it cool for a few minutes. Slice potatoes down the middle. Place approx 1/6 of chicken mixture into middle of each potato. Top with roasted cashews, bean sprouts, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

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Recipe adapted from: http://paleomg.com/thai-chicken-stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

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Weigh-In Wednesday August 27th: Whirl-a-way

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

Adrienne Update!!

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Percentages

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Tips for Healthy Moving

As you all know from yesterday’s post, I just moved about 850 miles away from home. I was recently discussing my moving logistics with my friend Sarah, who is gearing up to relocate to Minnesota from Upstate New York. She was picking my brain for moving tips, should she hire movers, or rent a truck like we did, etc. I think one of the biggest obstacles in moving is maintaining your healthy habits. Moving cross-country, or even cross-town can take days or weeks in preparation, and during that time you may lose grip on the healthy routines that keep you energized. So, with that in mind, I’d like to share a couple tips to help all those who are moving this Labor Day weekend, they are also applicable for long-distance travel in general.

A Note: While you’re moving, you are likely not going to be keeping up with your regular cardio routines, and that is OK. Because, several days of moving heavy furniture, packing boxes, and running up and down stairs is a strength workout in its own right. I moved out of a second floor apartment, and the four hours that it took us to load the truck was a workout much more strenuous than I was used to. My upper thighs were burning for days.

 

  1. Stay Hydrated: I really believe that as soon as you stop your regular routine, your water-intake suffers. You start the morning with coffee and you go right to moving heavy boxes, up and down the stairs, and you will forget you haven’t had any water at all. Especially when you’re moving in the summer, it is important to fill up a water bottle. And don’t forget to drink water when you’re traveling too. Driving long hours in the car is hard on your body. Drinking water will help you maintain your energy levels, and will force you to stop to use the bathroom more often, which I guess is good for accidental leg stretching.
  2. Pack Healthy Snacks: I don’t know about you, but as soon as I get in the car and on the highway I start craving fast food. Probably because the only time I will justify McDonalds is when I have no other options. Either way, eating that crap when you’re stuck in the car for long periods of time is not a good idea. Sure, it might taste delicious (actually, it doesn’t), but you will feel sluggish and disgusting in no time. Not to mention, you will be hungry in about an hour and you might suffer from a Big Mac Attack in your belly. On our trip, we packed a survival kit with granola bars and water bottles, so when we did stop for meals we weren’t so hungry that we made terrible decisions.
  3. Stop Often to Stretch: This is something I wish we had done more of. Honestly, when you are driving a massive truck, you just kind of want to keep going. But, every time I got out of that thing I felt like I was 100. I was stiff and sore from not moving. Sitting for long periods of time can be tough, so I suggest stopping at regular intervals to walk around a service plaza and take the opportunity to stretch it out. Your legs will thank you.
  4. Hire Movers.


Any disruption of your normal routines can be tough on your body, so whatever you can do to keep your mind and body happy are worth it. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do, like eat fast food, or drink way too much caffeine. It will only make it harder. And my last tip is probably the most important, when you get to your destination don’t put off getting back to your regular cardio schedule. The longer you put it off, the harder it will be to get back into it!

A Fat Nerd Moves to Michigan

After being MIA for a little bit, I thought I owed you all an explanation. August has passed in an absolute whirlwind. After spending two weeks split between Cape Cod camping with the family, and Martha’s Vineyard with Jeff’s family (and Obama!), Jeff and I returned to Boston well-rested, well-fed, and ready to take on the exhausting week ahead. You see, a week after we returned to Boston, we were to pack up all of our stuff, load up a 16 foot moving truck, and drive said truck across New York, Western Pennsylvania, and Ohio to our new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The week we returned to Boston was full of packing, sad goodbyes to the friends and home that had been built over the past six years, and excitement about our new adventure. I was exhausted before we even left Boston.

We decided to split up our move over a couple of days, because driving a 16 foot truck + a car carrier isn’t really the most fun thing in the world, not to mention you can only go about 55 mph. Luckily, we had some really great places to stay over our three-day adventure. First stop was Exeter, NH where we got to say goodbye to Jeff’s mom and unload some cargo onto her basement. After New Hampshire, we drove to Albany to spend the night with Mom and Dad, ate some salt potatoes, and got a fresh start in the morning. Our next stop was Buffalo (through Syracuse for pizza with Grandma and Grandpa) where Jon gave us a comprehensive driving tour of Buffalo, ate a great meal, and said goodnight to Niagara Falls. After breakfast with Jon the next morning, we got back in the truck we were now awfully used to and drove the remaining 350 miles to our new home. It took a while, especially because we stopped at IKEA on the way.

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So here we are now, settled in (or at least getting there), and I realized that not only have I repeatedly broken my chain (three days a week of working out!), but I hadn’t run since one terrible attempt on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything, but I was starting to feel sluggish, lazy, and exhausted all the time. I haven’t been sleeping well (probably due to the nerves of moving), and I have been kind of cranky! Yesterday, Jeff forced me out of the house while he was painting our new walls, and told me not to come back until I had gone for a run.

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So I went for my first run in Ann Arbor yesterday, and while I only went two miles, it felt good to get out there and remember that I can do it. We went for a run on the Vineyard where I had completely given up, was not having a good time, and was reduced to tears. It kind of shattered my confidence a little bit, and I guess I had been scared to run since. Yes, I have been busy lately, but not so busy that I couldn’t head out for a half hour to sweat a little. I was hiding behind moving as an excuse to not run, and let me tell you, my body paid the price. I felt terrible. So I am here, in Ann Arbor, unpacking slowly, and getting back out there. I have some ground to recoup on my half marathon training, but I know I can do it. It might not be pretty, but the next seven weeks will get me there.

Group Runs And Good Fun

This summer, a few players from the weekly Ultimate Frisbee group set up a Summer of Running group on Facebook. The idea was to set up a day once a week to all get together and go for a typically easy, fun run. After a couple of runs with them, and one scheduled for tonight, I love the idea of it and think everyone should be a part of a group like that.

There is something about running with friends, or even just with people in general that aren’t a close friend or loved-one. There is a different dynamic at play, one that helps you push further, do more and complain less. Maybe it is the whole-peer pressure thing, but running in a group is just a different feeling then going it alone.

A week or so ago, we did a group run where I pushed the group to do a little bit more than they anticipated. We set out for a full 10k, which was twice the distance one person in the group had previously done. It was a calculated decision, and I knew he could do it. It was satisfying to see someone push, improve and accomplish.
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I think one thing I want to do for this blog is to set up a time, even if it’s just once a month where any 2FNSer can join up for a nice easy run with Ellie and I. The distance and speed aren’t important, just the camaraderie and a chance to chat. If anyone is interested let me know, perhaps we can set up a time for early September.

For those of you not in Buffalo, I highly encourage you to try to meet up with a few friends and go for a easy run. Nothing hard or grueling, but just be social and active. It is totally worth it.

Weigh-In Wednesday August 20th: Greenday!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

Typically we dig into Adrienne’s results, but she gets a free pass this week as she is moving to Michigan!!!

Percentages

percentages

Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

afp

The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

Chain

Crickets For Breakfast?

I stumbled upon an article on NPR this morning discussing the use of Cricket Flour as a protein source. Like most americans, I immediately shuttered in disgust.

But then I got to thinking about it more. Realistically, compared to most of the crap that I eat on a daily basis, cricket flour is probably exponentially more healthy for me. I did a little bit more research on the idea of using insects as a food source, which I have heard come up more and more recently, and by all accounts it is a pretty standard occurrence across the world.

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Globally, the use of insects as a food source is a fairly common occurance in much of the world, despite being taboo here in America. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations list that there are over 1900 edible insects. Clearly it is a valid source of fuel, so why not?

I am curious as to how many of you guys would be willing to eat a protein bar made of cricket flour? It would be nice and processed without any strange legs or tips, and probably indistinguishable from many other protein bars. Would the idea gross you out, or would you go for it?

For an interesting read, check out the DW article here, it breaks down the many benefits of eating insects. Perhaps we should start getting used to it! After all, eating insects is the cool thing to do, it is in our mainstream television culture now on Naked and Afraid, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, and probably a dozen others.