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Sharing Day: Soup, Cauliflower, Yoga Pride, Pam’s Wise Words

Sharing a little of this, little of that today…everything from smoothies to soup to yoga (always yoga) to The Office.

I had my first non-smoothie breakfast in 6 days today. 

Breakfast after coaching 6 and 7 a.m. CrossFit was a Chobani Pineapple topped with bananas, blueberries, Bare Naked Fruit & Nut Granola and Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter.

Roasted cauliflower is ridiculously amazing. 

Well, roasting is a pretty amazing way to cook anything. Lately, I’ve been loving butternut squash as a “starch” that’s not really a starch. And I picked up this cauliflower from a farmer at the market Saturday. Need more cauliflower in my life!

Last night’s dinner was chicken cordon bleu, roasted butternut squash with sea salt, cinnamon and chili powder, roasted cauliflower with sea salt and lemon pepper and a quick cole slaw I threw together with shredded cabbage and carrots, light mayo, sour cream, dijon and spicy honey mustard.

Despite the fact that it’s 85 degrees outside, I’ve been craving soup for lunch. 

I’ve had soup for lunch every day this week. Chicken, potato and poblano on Monday, lentil and chard on Tuesday and black bean today. I seem to be getting on some serious food-specific kicks lately. Does anyone else do this?

And the thing I’m most excited to share with you…after almost a year and a half of dedication, I have finally built a solid yoga program at Metro!

I added several yoga classes to the schedule when I started managing Metro. I went for months where I was lucky to have 1-2 people in my class. Often it was zero. I was ecstatic when I had 3-4. Over the last couple of months, the yoga program has finally been thriving. I consistently average 6-8 and it’s an awesome group who have committed to their practices. They’re begging for more now! I know that may not sound like a crazy number but the fact that I have been able to get even 10 people to commit to a regular weekly practice makes me so grateful. It’s been really cool to see their practices grow on a weekly basis and some of them even come to my classes at the studio now too for even more!

Last night I had my biggest yoga class ever at Metro…9 people! I was bursting with pride and happiness.

And I’ll leave you with touching words from the one and only Pam.

Isn’t that great?

What have you been eating for breakfast lately? What’s your favorite veggie to roast? 

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  • Katy June 5, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Ok serious breakfast question. I eat yogurt and granola for breakfast almost every single day but I have never put any kind of nut butter on it and it seems like everyone else does. I guess I hesitate because I wonder if nut butter isn’t that great for you? Is that true? Do you do it to add protein and keep you full longer? And more importanyly — do you mix it all together before you eat it? Is it good? So many questions. Help! Haha

    • Jen June 5, 2013, 10:34 pm

      While nut butter is high in fat and calories, it’s not “bad” for you. It’s a healthy fat and yes, it has staying power. I include it in a lot of my breakfast meals not only for the taste but for the staying power. If I eat a 200-300 calorie breakfast, I am STARVING a couple hours later. Where as when I include the nut butter I’m satisfied longer. And I don’t usually stir it all in. I just kind of plop it on top and eat a little bit with every bite. Hope that helps!

      • Katy June 6, 2013, 11:56 pm

        It does! I’ll try it :). Thanks!

  • Ashley June 5, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! I used to have many a yoga classes with me and 3-4 others so I know exactly what you mean! As far as breakfast goes I’ve been loving dairy-free yogurt messes along side a nutrient packed green smoothie! And Brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie to roast! Craving them now 🙂 I too love me some roasted cauliflower!

  • MIchele Lian June 6, 2013, 1:20 am

    Congratulations on your yoga class success! It’s always scary when you’re building something from scratch, and kudos to you for being brave enough to do it. And thank you for the Pam video 🙂 *sniff*

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 6, 2013, 5:16 am

    Your food always looks so yummy 🙂 Also….congrats on the yoga program at Metro! What an accomplishment! I LOVE roasted cauliflower also…my favorite way to season is with curry. Seriously, it almost melts in my mouth it is so good!

  • HUGE congrats on building the yoga classes! As I teacher, I know how difficult that is to do in a studio setting, let alone a gym setting where yoga isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you go there. I have no doubt you’ll keep things going on the up from here! 🙂

  • Brandi June 6, 2013, 6:40 am

    Congrats on building a great yoga class! How cool is that video? I have kind of been struggling with some decisions in my life right now and that was perfect to hear. 🙂

  • meredith June 6, 2013, 6:44 am

    Congrats on your yoga program! Keep up the good work and dedication…I love all roasted vegetables (and roast a variety like every day!)…I too love love love roasted cauliflower and butternut squash. Probably my favorites of them all! Roasted plum tomatoes are awesome as well, especially when added to salads. Really perks up the flavor.

  • Lauren K June 6, 2013, 8:57 am

    Yay for yoga at Metro!! I am so glad that it’s growing. 🙂

  • Clara June 6, 2013, 9:10 am

    Aaaw congrats, Jen! That’s so exciting. I am on a major eggs and avocado breakfast fit- trying to make them extra protein rich to last me through the day. I also did a portion of the workout you posted earlier this week- love the lunges with a weight overhead. Wow is that killer on the abs!

  • She Rocks Fitness June 6, 2013, 9:16 am

    Breakfast has been Chobani, bing cherries, and crumbled up homemade granola bars that I made! Not sure why I haven’t made bars, but after realizing how darn easy they are and made with real ingredients, I should probably do it more often. LOL! CONGRATS on the yoga program, that’s so wonderful to hear. All your hard work paid off and is still paying off…XOXO

  • Suzanne June 6, 2013, 10:15 am

    I’ve been a smoothie-for-breakfast girl as well for a few weeks now! I’ve been dreaming of baked oatmeal though- funny how we crave HOT things 😉

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes June 6, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Agree agree – roasted cauliflower is the BEST!! I also love to roast asparagus and green beans –> eat them with ketchup just like french fries – yum!!

  • Janine June 7, 2013, 12:15 am

    ugh I tear up every time I see that clip! That show really was just so great.
    Love hearing that building a smaller yoga community is just as important to you as a class of 40 – your passion shines through!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad June 7, 2013, 8:14 am

    Good for you, Jen! Congrats!

    I could eat butternut squash every day and be a happy girl 🙂

  • meghan @ struggle muffins June 7, 2013, 10:51 am

    Congrats on building up your yoga contingency at Metro! It’s oh-so-gratifying to have your class build up to a solid size, especially because yoga is such a personal thing that you pour so much of yourself into, and even more so when the class starts with 1 or 2 or even no students – totally know that feeling!

  • Liz June 14, 2013, 6:05 pm

    For the past month I’ve been loving green smoothies for breakfast but sometimes have greek yogurt and fruit or cottage cheese and fruit. I love roasting asparagus with garlic, but I also love my mom’s mixed roasted veggies, which has peppers, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and whatever else we have on hand.

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