My Awesome List: Fitness Edition

My Awesome List: Fitness Edition

I might be twitching.  Probably from excitement… but also maybe from that last cup of coffee.

It’s time for another Weekly Awesome List!

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Because it’s Friday, and happy hours and parties are calling our names left and right, I thought the Weekend Warrior in you could use a shout-out.  (I figure the cocktail-drinking couch potato in us has an unfair advantage, anyway, no?) 

Well I’m right there with you.  I know the struggle is real.

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Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Need more cheesecake and cake in your life?  Check out my: Pumpkin CheesecakeLemon-Raspberry Cheesecake, Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares, & Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake!

Chances are, you haven’t tried sweet potatoes and blackberries together.  So chances are, you just haven’t lived.

Sure, that could be a slight overstatement, but with everything going on in this one little dessert I feel it’s totally acceptable if I err on the dramatic side.

For one thing, this combination of flavors is a wonderous, yet unnecessarily rare occurrence.  By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all but forgotten about sweet potatoes altogether, as healthy and tasty as they are.  They never so much as share a crisper drawer with a fresh blackberry.  Conversely, in late fall, there isn’t a fresh berry in sight, so we decide it must, therefore, be impossible to eat one. 

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Rhubarb-Hibiscus Doughnuts

Rhubarb-Hibiscus Doughnuts

I have a little present for you.  It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s a little pink, and it looks like… a doughnut!

Technically, that’s because it is a doughnut.  I mean, your taste buds will certainly agree with that statement, but your body won’t have the sugar freak-out and your stomach won’t get all growly 5 minutes later like they normally would with a doughnut. 

The reason?  For one, there is more fiber in these doughnuts.  Made with whole wheat flour and fruit, they’ll keep you satisfied longer.

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Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

First of all, I love Asian food.  Well, at least I think I do.

I’ve never actually been to anywhere in Asia.  The closest I’ve been is Greece… and they primarily serve Greek food there.  But I do love the Asian food I’ve had here in the US – whatever that counts for – and I think it’s pretty dang good.

I’m a fan of all the different spices, sweet, sour, umami flavors going on.  It’s the sauces, the broths, the way meat or tofu goes with various noodles or rice, and all those fun vegetables! 

We could definitely sit and discuss the awesomeness that encompasses Asian food for a while.  I’d tell you about my thing for raw fish (my mom says I’m like a bear,) and you could tell me how a real Japanese dashi is made… it would be great.  But, alas, I’ll have to save the in-depth discussion for the comments.

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