Happy Thursday friends! So before I get to the recipe, I must tell you about Crossfit.
On Tuesday, I talked about how I am adding more strength training to my workout routine. One of my goals this summer was to get stronger. I worked with a trainer for about a month but once I started taking running (and my finances) seriously I stopped. Well so did my muscles. While the exercise ball and my other at-home workouts are great, I wanted to do more. Enter: Crossfit.
Crossfit is a series of constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity that results in a community when these workouts are done together.
And it was love at first WOD. (WOD=workout of the day)
We learned some of the fundamentals: like the basics of “snatching”. (I still don’t really know what this is… working on it.) After that, we completed the WOD: in 18 minutes we were to bang out as many rounds as possible of… 5 burpees, 15 Crossfit sit-ups, 10 ball slams and a 400m run. I completed 5.75 rounds — didn’t finish the 6th 400m run in time but I did run it and I was really proud of myself. The environment was awesome: competitive workout yet friendly people, high intensity training yet relaxed atmosphere. Totally smitten.
It is certainly not inexpensive but it is cheaper than a trainer, more fun than a gym, super fun in general andddd I got the early-bird membership special, which was within my budget. Score! I’m still a newbie but I will tell you more about it soon.
If you’re a regular reader (thank you!), you know I’ve been training for my first half-marathon, which is in 24 days! Am I crazy for taking on something new now? Possibly. But not really. I believe strength training is very beneficial for running and Crossfit is a total strength and conditioning workout.
But I also don’t want to shock my body considering the race is quite soon. So I’ll ease into Crossfit, likely going once a week on-top of my half training. I love taking on new fitness challenges (ie: running) so I’m excited to see what this has in store!
Okay enough of that.
I don’t really know how to “introduce” this recipe and since I’ve blabbed a lot already I’ll keep it brief: I had a bunch of things in my fridge/pantry/freezer so I threw it all into a pot and called it a stew. I’m okay with that because it turned out to be heavenly. Beans, sweet potato, tomato, celery, peas, carrots and a bit of a spicy kick… my kind of comfort food.
Bean & Sweet Potato Stew
Ingredients (Makes 4-6 servings)
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/2 a medium onion, diced
- 1 can (800ml) tomatoes
- 1 can (400ml) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (400ml) navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
- 2 tsp olive oil, divided
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, sautee onion and celery with 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of garlic until onion begins to brown.
2. Add sweet potato and the other tsp of olive oil and sautee for a few minutes.
3. Add tomatoes, lower heat and stir.
4. Add basil, oregano, chilli powder and cayenne pepper.
5. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
6. Add peas, carrots, kidney beans and navy beans to the pot.
7. Stir to combine and cover and simmer for 5 minutes to allow flavors to incorporate.
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday! Mine will be spent foam rolling… is it acceptable to bring to the office? Crossfit + 7km + basketball game + Insanity = so much DOMS.
Questions of the day…
Have you tried Crossfit before?! Are you interested in trying it?
What are your thoughts about Crossfit? I recently read [this] article that has stirred up some controversy and I got a little freaked out. But [this] article by Ericka totally grounded me — just be responsible and listen to your body.
Are you excited for new TV seasons to be starting up? I am! Last night, Modern Family and Nashville started (don’t tell because I have them taped!) and Big Bang Theory starts tonight!