Fitness

Eat your greens…and your purples

If I had to pick three foods to survive on for the rest of my life, among the top contenders would be sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and quinoa. When I saw a new variety of sweet potatoes at Whole Foods last month, obviously I had to buy one (or four). I present PURPLE sweet potatoes. These are local ones (even better) grown in North Carolina on the Stokes Farm. They even make purple sweet potato butter that I’m coveting, but my budget won’t let me justify it quite yet. But it’s oh so pretty: see a picture here. (If you’ve never had pumpkin butter, apple butter, etc. – I had never heard of it before coming to the South – it’s nothing like butter. It’s a spread – think thick applesauce – and it’s awesome on toast, in oatmeal, or, ya know, eaten straight from the jar.)

I sliced my purple sweet potato, drizzled extra virgin olive oil on top, threw on some salt and pepper, and roasted it at 400F for about 25 minutes. Deeeelicious. They kind of look like beets when they are cooked, but taste like a sweet potato, except a bit sweeter perhaps. (And minus the funny side effects of beets…you know what I’m talking about, right? hehe.)

All sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A, which is essential for keeping your vision intact and it helps improve skin (think wrinkles and acne). Purple sweet potatoes have the most antioxidants of all the sweet potato varieties, and a lot of that goodness comes from the skin. So buy it organic if you can, give it a good scrub, and don’t peel it. Anyway, I’m in love with these new pretty potatoes and highly recommend them; check your local Whole Foods. If they don’t have them, regular sweet potatoes are good to add to your diet too.

Another healthy highlight of the day: I taught spin class tonight and had a blast. I used the below playlist and we did a lot of intervals, jumps, and big nasty hills. I was a hot sweaty mess by the end – just how I like to finish my workouts.

  1. Rehab (Amy Winehouse) – warm up
  2. Dangerous (Kardinal Offishall) – alternating three speeds; 80-100% effort
  3. Somebody Told Me (The Killers) – climb with sprinting on the chorus
  4. Lost! (Coldplay) – gradual hill that gets steeper every 30 seconds
  5. Beat It (Single Version) – steady 90% effort with jumps on the chorus
  6. 4 Minutes (Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake) – rolling hills
  7. Check Yes Juliet (We the Kings) – time trial: all out for 60 seconds, 30 second break, all out until the end
  8. Heartless (Kanye West) – seated climb, gradually gets steeper
  9. Viva La Vida (Coldplay) – start where you left off on Heartless and begin a standing climb
  10. Just a Girl (No Doubt) – seated intervals
  11. Lose Yourself (Eminem) – big, nasty, steep hill. Go to your dark place with Eminem.
  12. Dude Looks Like a Lady (Aerosmith) – standing intervals
  13. Gimme More (Britney Spears) – mix it up: standing/seated sprints, hills, jumps, everything
  14. Right Round (Flo Rida) – fast standing climb with jumps on the chorus
  15. A Whisper (Coldplay) – cool down. phew.

If you’re going to take the time to work out, you should make it worth it and really push yourself, right? Right.

Speaking of pushing, I’m about to do my push-ups (Week 4 already?) and I’ll report in tomorrow. I expect the same from you fellow challengers.

Good night!

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    Jeana
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    Hey this is fun. So I have been using my flaxseed…I had it in oatmeal and I also made whole wheat/flaxseed/blueberry pancakes for myself…do you think there is something I could substitute the oil for to make them healthier? They are very yummy. Wayne and I started our 100 push ups tonight…I totally maxed out 5 above my initial test, that was exciting! Wish you were closer so I could go to your spin class, sounds intense! Next time to the Sunflower Market I’ll be looking for Sweet Potatoes!

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      Teri
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      I’m so glad you’ve jumped on the flaxseed bandwagon. A great oil substitute is to substitute half of the oil with unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt. And good work on the push-ups – that’s awesome! That would be so fun if you could come to my spin classes. I love teaching to really fit people who like to work hard. And I like you. 🙂

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    Heather
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    Your spin class looks great. I wish I lived closer so I could experience it!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      aw, thanks! I like to think I give a good workout. 😉

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    Ashley
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    Hey girl. LOVE your new blog!! The header is super awesome. Is that your background image? Either way, very cool! Nice simple style 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks!! Yep, those are my body parts in the header. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – I’m so glad you like it!

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    Courtney
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    We just made purple sweet pototoes!! Sooooo good. Seriously, and they were perfect with just evoo, salt and pepper. AND 400 for 25 mins was perfect too. You little chef you. <3 <3 <3
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Babies!! =-.

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      Teri
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      yay! I’m so happ you liked them. They are kind of amazing.

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