Healthy Holiday Brunch Menu

On Sunday I hosted a brunch for my lovely BootCampers. It was really great to get see so many of them in clothes other than yoga pants!

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Much to my relief, they all seemed to enjoy my spread quite a lot and asked for the recipes, so I thought I’d share my round-up for a healthy-ish brunch!


I looked up several recipes and just ad-libbed my own version. I made triple this amount, but this is the ratio that I used. Recipe below would be about 3 to 4 servings.

  • cooking spray, butter or coconut oil (for coating the slow cooker)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups milk (I used 2% regular, but you can use any that you like, Almond, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • EDITED TO ADD: Oops, I forgot to include the timing directions, yikes! Your slow-cooker should be set to LOW and this should take about 7 to 8 hours to cook, so overnight is great and it’s nice to wake up to the smell and a warm breakfast. If you haven’t used your slow-cooker a lot and are nervous about it, it is often recommended when you make this recipe the first time to do so during the day when you can check on it. I did overnight for my first run, though, and it was just fine.

You’ll notice that I added no sugar or sweetener to this! And I really don’t think it needed any added, to be honest. I think this is partly because I used such a high ratio of milk to water and the natural sweetness from the milk helped. A lot of recipes did a more 50:50 ratio, but I wanted the oats to be creamy and it worked! I had never made these before and will definitely be making it again. SO GOOD.


I used this recipe from the Williams Sonoma website. I rarely follow recipes verbatim, but I did in this instance and it turned out great. I think this is the one thing that everyone unilaterally enjoyed. I only regret not making two fritattas!


Super simple!

  • 6 cups of fresh berries
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey, heated up so it’s fairly liquified
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped, fresh mint

Toss this in a bowl and you are set. I had leftovers and felt this was especially tasty the next day on yogurt, because the berries had naturally macerated quite a bit, which would make it a great thing to do for weekly food prep methinks.

Also of note:  no, I don’t think berries need sweetness added from the honey, but it adds a nice festive touch and also (in my logic) helped make it a cohesive salad.


I used this recipe verbatim. The blogger claims it only has 115 calories per slice, so that definitely is pretty low compared to most banana breads. It also is pretty light and fluffy in its texture, which is due, I am sure, to the egg whites. I didn’t end up needing the 2 tablespoons of milk, either.

Of course, we also had plenty of mimosas, too, because I am fairly certain that is like, a requirement for Sunday brunch.

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All in all, this kind of spread is a good nod to my general eatin’ philosophy:  healthy without being crazy restrictive, lots and lots of flavor, whole foods (2% milk! whole milk ricotta!) and home-cooked. Nom nom, y’all!


Moving Forward: Using Your Past as a Tool

Yesterday I was looking through some files and came across a swathe of my old workout plans. These were plans for classes I taught about 4 years ago. Looking through them it was fun to see how I’ve evolved as a trainer. I laughed because I have exercises that were used over and over again and I don’t even know what the exercise IS! A froggie? What is a froggie? What is an Anna sit-up? And other questions, like why haven’t I used an Indian run in my class for what feels like 2 years?!

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Coaching & Training: On Motivation and Critique

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a trainer or coach. In our current landscape it is an evolving role and there is so much to say about it all. And I’m not the only one that thinks so. I’ve read probably 8 or 10 write-ups in the last 3 months alone! It has given me enough ideas for at least four posts, but I’m starting here today.

A few months ago  I came across an article that caught my attention, gave me pause and I really wanted to write a response to it because I just had SO MUCH TO SAY. I think it only represents a small part of the fitness industry and I want to show you a broader spectrum. I want to show that there are a lot of ways to do this and a lot of ways to think about teaching group fitness that are, in my opinion, more beneficial to the people we serve.

The way my company teaches is different than group fitness in a gym, which is what I feel that this article is geared towards. Mostly I have the same people showing up day in and day out, only adding new people when a new session begins. And our groups are typically less than 12 participants. So yes, it’s a very different environment — one which I prefer! But that doesn’t mean that your standard gym classes aren’t good and can’t be better. They are and they can be!
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My Week in Workouts

Today, I’m sharing a weeks worth of my workouts for a few reasons:

1. Being a fitness “pro” I often get asked about how much I workout. Like, OMG, you must workout ALL the time. Not true by any means! I appreciate days off just as much as anyone — maybe even more so, since not thinking about exercise is frankly, super duper healthy for my brain at times. The idea of becoming a one-dimensional fitness person scares me…so not appealing!

2. This particular week of workouts might seem sort of random — and it is. I didn’t plan in advance to go biking — it was simply what I felt like doing. After all, I’m not training for an event…right now I’m simply training to live a healthy and happy life.  And let me tell you, this week of workouts made me really happy! This week is sort of a classic “me” week in terms of the randomness coupled with challenging myself. This is what makes it share-worthy in my opinion, because it’s exactly what I want to shoot for each week, but it doesn’t always happen:

fun + challenging + breathless + a balance of hitting all fitness areas + working on a skill + rest days = a perfect workout week. 

Sunday 3/30/14

workout:  15 mile bike-ride on the Bay Trail. Ride took just under 60-minutes.

Monday 3/31/14

workout: 60-minute session with my coach, TGU, KB swings, cleans, presses, front squats, oh my. In particular, we worked on my power clean + clean technique. It’s a toughie for me, but I left knowing I’m heading in the right direction.

self-care: 60-minute yoga with my favorite yoga teacher

Tuesday 4/1/14

self-care:  rest day. I took the dog on a long walk, got my 10K steps in for the day!

Wednesday 4/2/14

workout:  Today I ran with all 3 of my bootcamp classes. Do I “count” this as a workout? yes. because it clocked in at well over 5 miles. Was I focused on my own running and caring about my splits? Not at all. Was I loving every minute of the fact that I get to do this? Without a doubt. In total this meant I was “working out” for about…45 minutes?

Thursday 4/3/14

workout:  I did a “homework” workout from my coach. kettlebell swings, TGUs, other strength moves. This only took about 35-minutes.

Friday 4/4/14

workout:  did a strength session in my garage:  back squats, reverse burpees, weighted sit-ups, TGUs and maybe a few other things in there too. I played around in the garage for a good 45 minutes.

Saturday 4/5/14

self-care:  Long dog walk! And then, lots of foam rolling/mobility with some clients. I did tinker around on my spin bike for a little bit, but was mostly just doing so to play around with my cycling shoe fit.

All in all, that accounts to 5 days where I worked out, 2 where I rested and plenty of other self-care items. For me, that is a really, really good balanced week!

The SF Marathon

We had a volunteer station at The SF Marathon yesterday. I woke up at 5am on a Sunday. I brought bagels and yogurt for our volunteers.

I brought t-shirts and goodie bags.

I brought this sign:

I left tired.

But energized.

I left with less stuff to carry, but feeling very full.

These are the kind of experiences where you get to see who most people truly are:  kind, generous, encouraging, fun. And those are just the adjectives I have to describe the people that volunteered for us. The people running the race? The word inspiring seems trite, but that’s what I have.

And then I went out to brunch, had a mimosa and I fell asleep with 2 of my favorite pups surrounding me and I had the best nap ever.