Friday, June 24, 2011

Fun Friday: Summer Lovin' Edition!

I'm no Sandy Olsen (definitely more of a scatter-brained Frenchie), but I'm LOVIN' this summer!


This edition of Fun Friday is PACKED to the gills with summertime goodness! First, some good news--

I AM NOW A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER!!!

I passed my test and got my certificate in the mail last week! I'm really excited to FINALLY achieve this and I look forward to eventually working with people on their goals! Who's my first victim? *Muahahahaha* :)

Speaking of goals--

I met mine and I totally rocked that bridesmaid dress a few weeks ago! The whole wedding was amazing--it was like a "Nebraska" version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (substitute "Midwestern" for Greek)!

Awwww--aren't Wesley and I so cuuuute!?! Ha!


The "summertime swaps" were a success! Also, here's some other healthy-ish summertime snacks/recipes I've been enjoying...

Lighter Tequila Sunrise
Lighter Tequila Sunrise--the addition of ginger ale lightens the sugar load of the OJ.
Lighter Tequila Sunrise
1 shots tequila
Orange Juice
Diet Ginger ale
Splash of Lime juice

1. Fill a jar or glass with ice to the top. Add tequila and fill the rest of the class with equal parts ginger ale and orange juice. Add lime juice to taste.
2. If using a mason jar, put on lid and shake lightly. If using a glass stir.
3. Add a straw and enjoy!


Spinach Pesto Pizza

Spinach Pesto Pizza
1-2 small tomatoes
1 package/can of pizza dough mix (or other pizza dough of your choice)
2 cups mozzarella cheese (in the summer, I like to use fresh mozz!)
A bunch of spinach
1/2 cup of pesto

1. Spread dough on a greased pan.
2. Spread pesto on dough.
3. Top with cheese, tomatoes, and spinach. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Bake according to crust instructions and dig in!


Spinach & Black Bean Quesadillas

Spinach & Black Bean Quesadillas
2 wheat tortillas
1/2 mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup black beans
handful of spinach
Taco seasoning to taste

1. Heat skillet over med-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place one tortilla in skillet and top with cheese, beans, spinach and taco seasoning.
3. When cheese starts to melt, place other tortilla on top and (carefully!) flip the whole thing over.
4. When both sides are browned and cheese is melted, remove from skillet, cut into wedges and DEVOUR!


WATERMELON!

There's just no beating a classic when it comes to watermelon, right? With it's low-cal sweetness, it's my favorite summertime fruit!

Hungry yet? :)

With food on the brain, I present to you this hilarious Whole Foods rap. If you've ever been to a Whole Foods, then you know these rhymes are the truth :)



Haha! My favorite line is: "Pay my 80 bucks for six things and get the heck out." True life.



Oh friends, have I got some summer music for you today--TEN songs!

1. Beautiful People - Chris Brown
(Sure, he's a low-life, abuser, a**hole--but I rationalize that he probably didn't write this awesome of a song anyway :) )

2. Take Your Shirt Off - T-Pain
(I heard this one in the new WERQ class at our gym. Auto-tune and all--LOVE it!)

3. Right There - Nicole Scherzinger ft. 50cent
(Slightly Rhianna-poser-ish, but still catchy as hell.)

4. Young Forever - The Ready Set
(Just try not to get this pop candy stuck in your head!)

5. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine
(Thanks to that show The Voice, Adam Levine is EVERYWHERE. and this music list is no exception.)

6. Bang Bang - K'naan ft. Adam Levine
(More of Mr.Levine!)

7. Beggin' - Madcon
(Pretty sure I heard this in a commercial recently, but I can't remember which one--either way--very upbeat song!)

8. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
(I gotta say--I'm pretty impressed by The Voice. They put more emphasis on the VOICE--where the empasis *should* be! Saw this song performed on the show by M5--damn catchy!)

9. Take Over Control - Afrojack ft. Eva Simons
(A little over-the-top techno-y, but definitely upbeat jam)

10. Outta Control - Baby Bash ft. Pitbull
(What is it about songs about "control"?)


Off to teach some Zumba! We're doing this song today! Bust a move and have a fabulous weekend!

Q.O.D. (Question of the Day): What's your favorite summer fruit/food? What summer jam are you rockin' out to?