Five for Friday

15 Feb

1. One of the reasons I wanted to be an elementary school teacher before I settled in on exercise science and health promotion, was to celebrate holidays. Holidays are special to me because I always love an excuse to get together with others, they’re fun, and make life exciting. Yesterday, I really wasn’t expecting anything for Valentine’s Day, I was just plain enjoying saying Happy Valentine’s to others, smiling when I saw flowers being delivered,Β  reading posts and seeing what others were up to. At the end of the day, to my surprise, I received some Valentine’s of my very own. πŸ™‚


2. For Christmas, my brother and sister-in-law gave me money towards 20lb weights. This week, I finally ventured out to the Sporting Goods store. I waited so long because I thought I could find a deal, and whenever I did find one, I would end up forgetting or not being able to make it to the store before the sale ended. All in all, I feel very accomplished that not only I went out and bought them, but have used them in two workouts! I have officially upgraded from 15lbs to 20lbs!


3. I have not been able to get enough of Ginger tea!


4. Favorite Recipe:


Lindsay’s Barbeque Black Bean Chicken Rice

Serves 1-2

You’ll need a medium sized bowl to mix ingredients.

  • 3/4 cup Steamfresh Brown Rice,
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Chobani Plain Non- Fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Annie’s Barbeque Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Whole Foods 365 No Salt Added Black Beans
  • Avocado slices
  • Carrots
  • Harvestland Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
  • 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Chopped Broccoli
  • Garlic and pepper to taste

A salad with strawberries and clementines on the side! The citrus fruit added the perfect zing!

Variations: Rice mixture would work well on a whole wheat wrap too! Instead of using chicken, tofu would be a great alternative!

5. Yoga for energy, a heart pumping workout, and improved flexibility! Enjoy!

This was the perfect study pick me up!

I enjoyed this power yoga because it incorporated poses I haven’t practiced in awhile.

Flexibility is something I’m looking to improve.

Please always check with your doctor before beginning or doing any type of exercise program!

TGIF! Have a great weekend everyone! I know I can’t wait to catch up on posts! πŸ™‚


18 Responses to “Five for Friday”

  1. Alex @ therunwithin February 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I have never heard of ginger tea but sounds pretty good

  2. quartercenturysouthernliving February 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    TGIF for sure, girl! That recipe looks great, I will have to try it without any meat! I bet it would still be really good πŸ™‚

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, next time I make it, I’ll be making it with tofu! I hope you enjoy!

  3. Vinny Grette February 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I buy a ginger root and throw a slice, skin and all, into my tea cup, along with a green-tea bag and hot water (of course!). Sometimes I also add a dash of red chili flakes – hot and spicy!

  4. moderngirlnutrition February 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I drink ginger tea by the gallon. That may be a slight exaggeration, but I love the stuff:) Have a great weekend!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      Hahah! That would be intense! All of the teas I was drinking at home (one day I’ll have to talk a picture of the shelf in my kitchen full of tea boxes) started to taste the same! Ginger tea has mixed things up a bunch! I hope I don’t get sick of it! I hope you have a great weekend too! Happy tea drinking! πŸ™‚

  5. pickyrunner February 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Love all of that yoga! I need to do some of that this weekend!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      A little bit ago, I did a yoga practice- it was SO needed! My body feels so much more open now! I get so sore from standing on my feet all day. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  6. Courtney @ Star Systemz February 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    I fell in love with ginger tea while traveling through Asia! It is a sure cure for a tummy ache that’s for sure :-). Have you tried looking at tj maxx and Ross for workout equipment? They have stuff for a few dollars and on clearance all the time. I always get my stuff there! Love + Shine Courtstar

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Hey Courtney! Thanks for posting! Asia?!? That is too cool! Yes, I’ve heard it can cure a tummy ache! No, I haven’t tried looking at tj maxx or Ross for workout equipment. I will be sure to look the next time I’m there. This could be a dangerous shopping trip! haha

  7. kelseyruns February 16, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Mmm that recipe looks good!

  8. jessiebear February 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    mmmm black beans and bbq? I’m sold! haha. Have a good weekend!!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      I know, right?! These ingredients belong together! I hope you have a good weekend too!

  9. Rach @ This Italian Family February 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I’m with you! I love celebrating holidays! Big ones and little ones! It’s just fun to have an excuse to celebrate! πŸ™‚ Also, that recipe looks delicious! πŸ™‚

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