Bootcamp Babes

Wow! It was beautiful here this weekend. I’m so ready for more sunshine – I really hope it wasn’t just a tease. Anyone else feel me? I know these girls loved basking in the sun today, just like two little lizards.

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Olive had a friend staying over for the weekend – meet Sabra, Isaac’s family’s dog. They’re a riot together – Olive’s still a pup so she pesters Sabra to play all day long. Sabra’s an old woman and just wants to sleep.

After waking at 7AM I decided to be productive and headed to the gym and grocery store. I was going to eat breakfast when I got home, but once my feet hit the floor I realized I was hungry so I had a toasted Sandwich Round with homemade apple butter. I ate that up and then headed out the door. 40 minutes on the stationary bike while reading The Help, shopping at Ellwoods and Kroger, and a little core conditioning were all done before 10AM! I had a few samples at Ellwoods and grabbed a coffee with soy milk. These tasty treats kept me full until well after 12 when I finally decided to whip up a little lunch.

An apple with cinnamon and maca powder.

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And a bowl of homemade (by me!?!) yogurt topped with sliced bananas, Zaydie’s cranberry walnut granola, and a drizzle of honey.

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Inspired by Andrea, I took on the challenge of using my food dehydrator to make my own yogurt. 1 tbsp. of Greek yogurt, 3 1/2 cups of milk, and 5 hours of incubation gave me a mason jar full of delicious yogurt.

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It came out a bit runny so I strained it through some cheese cloth and it turned out thick and tasty. Quite successful for my first attempt! I’m already excited to make another batch. More photos next time – promise! In the meantime, if you’re interested in making your own yogurt, you should check out this website – it explains how to make regular, Greek, soy, and raw yogurt with or without a dehydrator!!

Later in the afternoon I attended a screen printing party.

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The boot-camp group that I’m part is running the local 10k this month so we made t-shirts to wear!

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How cute is that!

And what’s a party without some munchies?

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I enjoyed some veggies, grapes, and a couple crackers while chatting it up with the ladies.

Pink camo overload!!!

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After the party I hurried home so that Isaac and I could enjoy the last hour of sunshine by taking a nice little walk. We worked up quite an appetite…. which worked out perfectly because I had a delicious dinner planned.

Roasted broccoli, spelt burgers, and raw slaw.

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I used Angela’s In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers recipe, but made a few changes worth noting.

Spelt Veggie Burger

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chick peas
  • 2 baby carrots
  • 1/2 large onion, peeled and chopped up into large pieces
  • 1/2 Red pepper, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 rings jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 t fresh oregano
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/4 t fine grain sea salt
  • tiny dash of cayenne
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour (or flour of your choice)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. Place all ingredients except the seeds and flour into a food processor. Process until mixture is blended well, stopping to scrape sides if necessary. Remove mixture and place into a large bowl. Add seeds and stir well. Add the spelt flour (or flour of your choice) in 1/4 cup increments, stirring well until blended. Shape patties and bake on a baking stone (or lightly greased cookie sheet) for 15 minutes at 375F, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. My batch made 6 regular sized patties and one small patty and they were FABULOUS.

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And the raw slaw, inspired by Ellwoods, was also delicious!

Raw Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 of a large red onion, thinly sliced

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I used Braggs)
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds

Directions: Mix cabbage and red onion in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients and pour it over the salad. Mix well and serve.

I’m off to soak up the last few hours of the weekend. Hope you had a good one!!

- Brittany

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Comments

  1. The cabbage and burgers look wonderful! Love that photo of the two puppies too – adorable.

  2. what a fun weekend!! the pictures of the puppers is adorable!!

    the spelt burger recipe looks great and I always love another idea for slaw!!

    i love the boot camp tees as well!

    happy Monday!

  3. I love that the pup is named Sabra :) I’m sure it wasn’t after the hummus, but it’s quite fitting! Her and Olive are both adorable.

    Your bootcamp shirts are fantastic! Gotta go for the pink! The party spread looks delicious, too.

    Congrats on the yogurt success — I’m impressed! I still have never even attempted to make it.

    Have a wonderful week!!

  4. The puppies are so freakin’ cute!

    I love the t-shirts! What an awesome, creative idea!

    I was so impressed by Andrea’s yogurt making skills, and now I’m impressed by yours! :) Who knows, maybe I’ll be brave enough to try this at some point???

  5. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and wanted to finally post a comment!

    What kind of dog is Olive? She is adorable! I want to get a dog within the next year (I need a cuddle buddy!) and have been researching different breeds in the hopes of finding a perfect match for my lifestyle. (I’ll be living in a condo so I’ll need a small but relatively active dog that will get me out of the house for long walks!)

    • Hi Kelsey,

      Olive is a Yorkshire Terrier. She’s full grown and doesn’t shed – two major advantages. In addition, she is is well-behaved, likes to cuddle and is super sweet. I think you’d be quite happy with a yorkie!!

  6. Brittany, Those shirts are so adorable! :) I love them.

  7. Love the pups :D

    That raw slaw from Ellwoods is so good. And so is the raw kale salad. Have you ever had that one?

    • I love the kale salad as well. I get both every time I get the bar for lunch at Ellwoods. And, the raw slaw that I made tastes just like their version!

  8. I’m not a dog person, but they are so cute! Always wanted to try maca powder; people claim it’s so energizing. Have you found that at all, or not had it often/consistently enough to say?

  9. awwwh they are too cute! So neat you made your own yogurt, cool! I did a post on maca a few days ago, but I don’t think my tummy agrees with it :( What a great party! I’m going to have to try those spelt burgers, they look wonderful. Have a great week!

  10. The burgers remind me of something i would order at an expensive vegan restaurant! I’m hungry now….

  11. Amazing pics, and amazing eats!
    I´ve never thought about making my own greek-yogurt – definetely something that´s worth trying!
    ;)
    Have an amazing Tuesday, Brittany!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  12. i hope you enjoyed the weather too!
    richmond is finally lookin up and the snow if FINALLY melted :)

  13. So impressed you made homemade yogurt!

    The Bootcamp Babes shirts are adorable – you gals will look amazing in your 10KM!

    Personally, I think pink + running should be a standard combo:)

  14. I’m running that race too! Which wave did you sign up for? I’m doing the PB wave for 60 minutes.
    Those are awesome shirts! I may be dressing up with the girl that I’m running it with, but we haven’t figured out the costume yet!

    That is amazing that you made yogurt! How cool!

  15. Just made those spelt burgers the other day! So yummy! Congrats on also being a health featured foodbuzz editor! :)

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