Pork + Ginger Meatballs
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by Julia Seward
1w ago
I have been a fan of meatballs for a long time, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that I started to experiment with meatball recipes outside of the classic spaghetti meatball pairing. These meatballs are inspired more by vietnamese flavors and go really well with (leftover) rice. They’re based on a recipe that I like from NYT, but I’ve made some changes including adding the sauce, toppings, method, and adjusting the ratios. I think that it’s worth posting my own page. Like most of the recipes I post here, these are high in protein and super easy for a weeknight. I love meatballs becaus ..read more
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2023 Holiday Gift Guide
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by Julia Seward
7M ago
I’m back with my holiday gift guide for the fitness enthusiast! I hope this guide helps you to find the perfect gift for the gym goer in your life - whether thats a loved one or yourself. The home gym basics If you’re hoping to sneak some workouts in at home, these are my top most essential purchases. Weights and benches can often be found used these days on Marketplace and Craigslist as well. Small loop resistance bands My go to resistance bands for lower body warmups, accessory movements, and travel workouts. Listed at $9.93 right now! Long loop resistance bands Perfect for practicing pull u ..read more
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Pre workout nutrition and a chicken shawarma style marinade
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by Julia Seward
8M ago
I’m experimenting with a new blog format which centers itself around answering one question I’ve received and one recipe success! I often toy around with the idea of a more official newsletter. This is something in that direction. What makes a good pre-workout snack? This question comes up frequently during morning workouts. Getting up for a work out before the workday is hard enough on its own. Getting up in time to eat and then digest BEFORE your workout? Even more difficult! While it might not feel good to eat a heavy meal before your workout, it is a good idea to have some sort of pre work ..read more
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Weeknight Marinated Chicken Thighs
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
Chicken thighs marinated in Mayonnaise, Ginger and Lime Mayonnaise-based marinade makes for a tender chicken with just the right amount of crisp! inspired by NYT Cooking I make this meal probably every week. Its easy and requires items I usually have lying around or that can be easily found at the corner market. Mayonnaise may sound weird, but it has a great effect. It helps flavors stick to the chicken, keeps the meat moist, and has a nice crispy browning effect. If you struggle to cook chicken without drying it out, give this a try. Ideally, you should let this marinate for a few hours to l ..read more
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Sleep and Fitness
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
Many of us know we need to work on improving our sleep, but it can be difficult to figure out where to start. If you struggle with sleep, you know you can’t just decide to start sleeping better one day. It takes more than just setting aside the time. It’s a process that requires both a major focus on behavioral change and fostering an environment that makes it possible to get your best sleep. In this blog, I discuss what poor sleep does to our health and exercise performance, review strategies for mitigating the effects of a bad night’s sleep, and conclude with some sustainable, longer term s ..read more
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Cardio for Health + Wellbeing
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
Cardiovascular training is important for everyone because cardiovascular health is important for everyone. It’s important regardless of your primary fitness goals: it can help reduce your risk of heart related disease and has important psychological health benefits. While cardio isn’t a replacement for actual therapy, actual medication, and other medical intervention, it really does help with depression and to improve mood. We all know we should do cardio, but many of us aren’t quite sure how to effectively incorporate it into our routines. To make things worse, there are a lot of mixed messag ..read more
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Orange Marinated Chicken (+ my take on meal prepping)
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
Bake chicken for about 40 minutes p until it’s golden brown as shown. Meal prep is huge in fitness, but personally I’m not a fan of preparing a week’s worth of full meals at once. It works for some people, but eating the same meals feels boring, repetitive and ultimately unsustainable for me. I want my meals to support my goals in the gym, but food is also so much more than that - it should be tasty, comforting, exciting, and often social. Protein is the hardest macronutrient for most of us to get in during a busy week. While there are plenty of ready-to-eat carb and fat sources (breads, ric ..read more
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Instant Pot Beef Stew
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
The word stew never used to sound that appealing to me, but now I love it. It can be the perfect warm comfort food in the fall and winter months (or really anytime in San Francisco since the weather never changes). Other reasons to try it: it’s cheap, it makes good leftovers, and it even freezes well! The first time I made this my only regret was that I didn’t double or triple the recipe for seconds and leftovers (the original recipe serves a modest 4). Scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to make this without an Instant Pot. Ingredients 2 lb beef stew meat (cut into ~2” pieces ..read more
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Building up to 30 Days of Bodyweight Workouts
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
This post outlines a six-week structure intended to guide novice exercisers - and those who are coming back after a long hiatus - through building a consistent, manageable routine to facilitate regular, sustainable and effective exercise and build up to my new 30 day bodyweight plan “Follow this plan for the rest of 2020 to begin the full program in January feeling empowered and confident” PURCHASE pdf The bodyweight workouts in my PDF are relatively accessible, require no gym equipment, and have plenty of notes outlining modifications, but they are definitely not easy!  I believe that on ..read more
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Nutrient Considerations for Vegetarians + Vegan Black Bean Recipe!
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by Julia Seward
1y ago
In the past year, new research has indicated that vegan diets can be as conducive to strength gain as omnivorous diets! Although this isn’t completely new news, its great to see more and more good research confirming that a choice to avoid meat doesn’t mean you can’t get just as strong as your meat eating friends. In this post I’ll cover a few key points about why we were historically worried vegan diets wouldn’t be good for strength, what vegan athletes still do need to worry about, and I will wrap it up with one of my favorite vegan recipes! Do we really need to prioritize “complete” protein ..read more
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