Festive St. Patrick’s Day Fitness Recipes

I wrote this post for original publication on March 15, 2017 on the Newtown Athletic Club blog.

While many of you may have started celebrating this past weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is officially two days away and you can keep your celebrations lean, green and delicious without the fake food dyes, extra saturated fat, and sugar-filled boozy beverages. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Colcannon

With just one week until St. Patrick’s day I am tapping in to the other side of my heritage – the Irish side! I grew up with a great sense of Irish pride in March thanks to my maternal Grandmother. Once she passed, my Mom carried on her traditions getting us white carnations with a green tint each St. Patrick’s day and having Irish baking or crafts to do, too. Past the soda bread and baked potatoes, I never ate quite as much Irish food as Italian though.

Natural rainbow recipe Irish

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Dairy Free Jalapeno Poppers

While my original recipe was delicious, and I have a newer protein packed stuffed hot pepper recipe too, this past weekend I made a fabulous upgrade to these poppers with a little roasted red pepper. In recent years, I would be SO over football right now since I am a New York Jets fan and Tim is a Jacksonville Jaguar fan (if you aren’t into football, they aren’t good and are never still playing at this point in the playoffs). We were extra into the final play-off games this year though and as such, threw ourselves a little football party with our favorite spicy foods. This included these poppers, some ginger almond flour crusted tofu (similar recipe here), and buffalo roasted cauliflower. Continue reading

Lentil Veggie Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge began with quite a fun little game! In honor of closing out 2016, we were instructed to grab the nearest cookbook and turn to page 16, 21, 216 or a combo of 2-0-1-6 and redux that recipe.


Being in my kitchen when I read this, I reached for the Throwdown with Bobby Flay cookbook that my mother-in-law had gotten me years ago. While I absolutely loved that show and watch my fair share of Beat Bobby Flay these days, the cookbook has been more like decoration since we moved into our house 2 years ago! Time to dust it off and get creative! Continue reading

Protein Packed Vegan Lasagna

Guess what? This lasagna is not only protein packed. It is also gluten-free, vegan, and has an extra serving of veggies via the all-mighty kale.


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Turkey Trot Trade Up

I’ve done my fair share of turkey trots and was even planning on one this year in Jacksonville, FL. However, after an epic asthma attack a mile into the Rothman 8k in Philly last weekend, I decided to forgo the race and get a good couples circuit in with Tim instead.

I’ve had asthma as long as I can remember and while it is often exercise induced, it’s always worst late November – early December. Using weights for a moderate to high intensity circuit puts slightly less pressure on my cardio-respiratory system while still torching calories and boosting strength. Plus, some of these turkey trots somehow don’t even donate proceeds to a charity so put that money directly towards a charity that means something to you (I’ll be sharing all of my favorites for Giving Tuesday).

Many other people don’t enjoy running or due to injury cannot run and feel there are no other options without their local gym when traveling for the holidays. Some, my clients included, feel bad taking time to exercise when staying with loved ones who aren’t as active. No matter the reason, I have some suggestions for keeping activity up no matter who you’re spending the holiday with. For those that who need to keep it up and use exercise for stress and anxiety-management like me, or who are working towards health goals, I have a circuit you can do anywhere with some basic equipment!

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

The holiday season is upon us! While I have been sharing fall and Thanksgiving themed recipes all season, The Recipe Redux is “Trimming the Table” for this month’s theme, too!


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Pumpkin Buckwheat Pancakes with Spiced Apple Topping

Here’s a distraction {or some comfort} if you need it the morning after Election Day – fluffy delicious pumpkin pancakes that will give make you feel as if you’re eating a comfort food but will actually give you plenty of nutrients. Bonus: if you add the toppings I recommend below instead of maple syrup, you’ll be keeping your blood sugar from crashing and releasing excessive adrenaline and cortisol (aka less anxiety and stress).

Sunday is still usually a pancake days in the Jones household. We regularly enjoy my original buckwheat oat pancakes (with a pumpkin option), almond flour banana pancakes, and super chocolatey protein pancakes but, this fall I thought the former needed a huge pumpkin boost!


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Wild Blueberry Apple Spiced Slow Cooker Oats

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. 

Since college, whenever I am back at my parents in CT for Thanksgiving I run the Thanksgiving day 5k. I started running it with friends and then years later, my parents joined in too. Having a bowl of warm oatmeal has always hit the spot for me in cold weather but, it’s also my must-have pre-race breakfast! I throw different fruits and nuts or seeds in my oats all of the time and most often enjoy them pre-race with an easy ripe banana and spoonful of peanut butter now. Growing up, however, my oats would be topped with plenty of brown sugar, maybe enough to negate the soluble fiber’s positive effect on my blood sugar. When I think of the holidays, having oats mixed with more sugar on apples for a delicious apple crisp comes to mind! Continue reading

Easy Flavorful Homemade Marinara

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Tomato season is officially over in Pennsylvania. What are we to do?! Well, while the not-so-red store bought tomatoes can still do the trick in small quantities for various recipes, now enters a season where my tomato sauce is maybe slightly less fresh but, much easier to make! We use homemade tomato sauce for many things including homemade pizzas, homemade calzones, lasagna, and as a dipping sauce for a variety of other items. Continue reading