High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

It’s time to spread GOOD news. Want to get in on the fun? Find all the details HERE.

5 from Instagram

1. I am. Two words that can set the tone for your mood. On this run, I was happy, strong and confident. I’m taking my comeback slow and easy and it’s paying off!

2. What a difference a year makes…we had SO much snow! And that meant more snowshoe play.

3. Plank rows = killer workout.

4. Who knew Spider-Man was a yogi? He must have read my post from Wednesday.

5. Bare roads, sunshine and warm temps in February. So weird! But I’ll take it. Snow and cold will be here one day…right?

5 Things

1. Life Lesson Written by a 90 Year old Woman – Listen to your elders.

2. Just Eat the Fries – YES! YES! YES! Ditch restrictive eating, diets and eat intuitively.

3. When Exercise Isn’t Your Favorite – I know not everyone LOVES to exercise. Kate feels you on this one. Skip the guilt workout and find out what works for her. Maybe you’ll love it just a teeny bit more.

4. Thankful for My Running Shoes – I love this post from a former Girls on the Run participant – encouragement, confidence, passion – the foundation for building a strong girl for life.

5. Snowshoeing with Kids – Shameless plug for my latest article for Kuhl!

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8 Ways to Start a Yoga Practice

Want to start a yoga practice but don't know where to start? Check out this beginner's guide on how and where to start your yoga practice.  happyfitmama.com

I’d love to be a yogi, but I don’t have time.

I’d love to be a yogi, but it’s boring.

I’d love to be a yogi, but I can’t sit still.

I’d love to be a yogi, but I’m not flexible enough.

I posted about how to bring yoga to running a couple of weeks ago and got quite a few emails wanting tips on how to get started in yoga.

I stared practicing yoga at home about 8 years ago. At first, I followed along with DVD’s. It helped me learn the lingo before I eventually went to my gym’s classes (I had a gym membership back then). I loved the classes there. I got the physical benefits of yoga. That’s about it. There was no mind/body connection. But I really fell hard for yoga when I went to an actual yoga studio. The classes were way different. We chanted. The teacher came around and did adjustments throughout class. We did breathing exercises. I learned the ‘why’ rather than just doing a pose. There was a the constant reminder to link breath to movement. Rather than just a physical practice, I felt like I was getting the whole yoga package. From then on, I was hooked!

If you are looking for a way to love yoga, here are 8 tips on how to start a yoga practice. And hopefully, loving it.

1. Take a class in a studio.

If you are just starting out, I highly recommend going to a class at a studio if you can. There’s nothing like being in class and being able to see real people perform the different poses. Also, a good yoga teacher will ensure that you have proper alignment and help you understand where to focus on in each pose so you can fully reap the benefits.

Some instructors will ask at the beginning of class if you are new to his or her class and if you are new to yoga. If you do not want to announce this to the whole class, you can also introduce yourself to the instructor before class starts. That way, they can help you modify poses as needed.

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2. Practice at home

If you’ve never done yoga before and want to get the lingo down before you head to a studio, start your practice at home. Or even if your schedule doesn’t allow for you to go to class in-person or you don’t have a lot of time to practice, there are tons of online or DVD resources. Great sources for online yoga videos include Yogaglo, Gaia and YogaDownload.com. Rodney Yee DVDs are fantastic for beginner yoga.

3. Start slow.

Don’t think you need to do a full 60-90 minute practice every single day. Just like any new exercise addition, start once a week and see how it goes. I’d love to do a full practice every day but what works with my schedule right now is 2-3 days in the studio and 10-15 minutes on the other days at home.

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3. Try different styles.

There are countless styles of yoga and variations. Bikram, Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Power Yoga, Chair yoga, Yoga for Women with Curves, Yoga for Runners, Aerial Yoga. The list goes on and on. If one style doesn’t suit you, try another. I can almost guarantee there is one out there for you!

4. Don’t compare yourself to others.

As with life in general, be you. Just because the person next to you is in headstand, don’t think you need to be. Know your limits. Also, don’t think everyone is watching you. Trust me, most people are concentrating on themselves. I rarely even notice the person on the mat next to me until after Savasana. It’s taken some time for me to get to that point, but you will with time.


5.Props are your friend!

Since I’m hypermobile, I can put my palms flat on the floor with no problem. I never thought I needed a prop. But one of my teachers loves to use blocks and showed me that props are for everyone no matter how flexible you are. Yoga props, such as blocks or straps, can help you safely execute a pose that you otherwise might not be able to. Props can also help you learn to engage the correct muscles and learn the appropriate alignment.

6. Enjoy the silence.

You go to yoga and the silence is so deafening you can’t help but start to fidget. Your mind is racing thinking of everything and anything all at the same time. Your internal voice is screaming – “I didn’t pay good money to sit here. I want to sweat!” I felt the exact same way when I started yoga. And I still prefer the quicker paced Vinyasa style yoga. But even a few minutes at the beginning and end of class of disconnect from all the chatter of daily life, will become a welcomed time to just have your world revolve around your inhales and exhales. Trust me, you need it.


7. Breathe.

Yoga isn’t just about the physical poses. Ultimately, it’s about connecting your mind, body and breath. How often do you take deep breathes throughout your day? This is your time to do that. And then it will become a part of your daily living off the mat.

8. Don’t take it too seriously.

Yoga isn’t all straight faces and no emotions. If you fall over in a balancing posture, no big deal! Relax, smile, laugh.


What is standing in your way if you don’t do yoga?

If you do yoga, how did you get started?

Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls

A great recipe for a healthy version of a favorite take out food - Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls  happyfitmama.com

Hey guys!

I hope you had a great weekend! We enjoyed crazy warm January temps and took in Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream yesterday. I’m happy to say that I did NOT need to poke my eyes out. It was really a good show! And the kids had a blast. That’s all that matters, right. It definitely was a marvelous weekend.

In keeping with my promise to update some of my old recipes from my early blogging days, I’ve got another good recipe for you. This recipe first appeared on HFM almost three years ago to the date (that’s why you’ll see the old comments below). Since then, Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls make it on my meal planning list at least twice a month. They are so easy to make and taste so good.

Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls - A healthy recipe version of your favorite appetizer!  happyfitmama.com

Broccoli slaw has become a favorite of mine over the years. The possibilities of what to do with it are endless. It’s an easy filler for fish tacos. You can bake it, dose it with marinara and nutritional yeast or eat it plain like my little guy. He likes to pretend he’s eating sticks.

One day it dawned on me that I could easily make healthier egg rolls with broccoli slaw. This has become a family favorite. In fact, this is one of Ron’s specialties. He’s got some serious rolling skills! We like them with just the slaw but meat or tofu can be added if desired.

Try this healthy recipe for Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls as an easy weeknight dinner that tastes like take out or as an appetizer for your next party!  happyfitmama.com

Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls
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  • Teriyaki sauce:
  • ½ C soy sauce
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C Mirin rice wine
  • 1 T fresh ginger or ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Egg Rolls:
  • 3T Olive Oil
  • 1 Package of Broccoli Slaw
  • Homemade teriyaki sauce
  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make Teriyaki Sauce:
  3. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar and Mirin rice wine in small sauce pan over medium/high heat.
  4. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and add grated or ground ginger.
  6. In separate skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium/high heat.
  7. Add broccoli slaw and stir fry till tender.
  8. Add enough homemade Teriyaki sauce to taste.
  9. To make the eggrolls:
  10. Take one eggroll wrapper and place on a cutting board or plate.
  11. Spoon about 3 Tbsp of the filling into the middle on a diagonal.
  12. Fold one corner over the filling tightly. Then take the side corners and wrap tightly from the side. Using your finger brush a bit of water on the remaining corner and roll the egg roll tightly, sealing with the final corner.
  13. Place seam side down on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all of the filling is gone.
  14. Lightly brush the egg rolls with the remaining olive oil.
  15. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, until browned and crisp.

The rolls come out crunchy, crispy and full of flavor. You definitely don’t miss the frying. Who wants that anyway?

The recipe for the Teriyaki sauce makes quite a bit. It can be used as a dipping sauce or save it for another dish. The rolls are good as a main course or sometimes we have them as an appetizer or side to Peanut Veggie or Chicken Stir Fry. Either way, they get devoured in a hurry!

Try these Baked Broccoli Slaw Eggs Rolls for your next party!  happyfitmama.com

With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, this would be the perfect recipe for your Game Day party. I’m not too excited for the game this year because none of my teams are in it. I’m watching for the commercials. And the party food of course.

For more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Deborah and Annmarie’s link up.

Will you be watching the Super Bowl?

What’s your favorite appetizer?