Happy Monday! Today, I want to share my Saturday morning bootcamp with you, which last week was a lot of fun, and then my two quick go-to meals, both made using tortilla wraps.
On Saturday, I wanted to do something new at the bootcamp. As a fitness instructor, you want to keep your workouts interesting for the participants (and yourself!), so variety is important.
Whenever I need a good idea for a workout and I don't seem to be able to come up with anything super excited, I head over to Pinterest for some ideas.
A workout called “The Name Workout” immediately caught my eye–it seemed like it could be a fun one!
Here's how it goes: Every letter in the alphabet means a certain exercise that you do for a designated number of reps. For example, A could mean 15 burpees, B 30 sit ups, C 50 jump squats and so on. Then you put together your first and last name by doing the exercises that you find under each letter.
I loved the idea, but modified the exercises. That's what my workout looked like:
It turned out really fun. There were people whose names had tons of S, A, M, I and H letters, so their workout ended up really cardio intense–hello all the burpees and tuck jumps! And if you had two N-s or M-s in a row, you were lucky to do 30-40 burpees in a row.
The only pieces of equipment that we used were jump ropes and exercise balls. Here are the two exercise ball exercises, in case they're new to you:
Exericse Ball Crunches
Simply lie on the exercise ball, keep your feet on the ground, then lift your upper body up. The ball makes you the workout harder than regular crunches are, as you have to constantly maintain the balance.
Exercise Ball V-Passes
Lie down on the floor and place the exercise ball between your feet. Extend your arms overhead. Lift your arms and legs simultaneously (getting into a letter “V” position) and take the ball from between your feet. Holding the ball in your hands, lower your arms and legs gently touching the floor, then lift them up and pass the ball again.
There are tons of ways how to do this Alphabet workout. This one consisted of mostly bodyweight exercises, but you can add in exercises with whatever equipment you like.
Two Favorite Meals with Wraps
Lately I've been into wraps. I've been making my own wraps once in a while, and of course, homemade is always healthier and more nutritious way to go. To make grain-free Paleo wraps, I've followed this recipe here. They've been great, but for two people, you want to at least double the recipe.
But I don't always have a ton of time, so instead of making my own wraps, I like to have some store-bought ones in hand. Regular wheat wraps may not the most nutritious food in the world, but if you fill them with tons of great ingredients, you can still put together an awesome meal.
Just recently I came across a really good deal on wheat wraps and I've been now using them in various meals. Here are two of my favorites:
Starbucks-Inspired Spinach and Feta Wrap
I like to work from a coffee shop once in a while, and often end up going to Starbucks. I love, love, love small independent coffee shops much better, but you can't really beat Starbucks wifi.
Unfortunately, what comes to food, there are not too may options to choose from. Their protein boxes are fine, but they're expensive and because they're still more like a snack and not real meal, they don't really do much to my hunger.
But there's one snack that I love–Spinach and Feta wrap. It has pretty good ingredients and it's tasty. Again, it's definitely more snack-size of meal, but I really like it, so whenever I need food in Starbucks, that's my choice.
Lately I tried to make my own version of this spinach and feta wrap, and it turned out great!
Here's the recipe (for one):
- 1 whole wheat wrap
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbsp cream cheese (use whatever flavor you like)
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- crumbled feta
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Spread 2 tbsp cream cheese on the wrap.
- Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a pan. Cook egg whites, season with a sprinkle of salt. Place the egg white patty on the wrap.
- Put spinach with a sprinkle of water in a pan and cook until the greens are wilted. Add crumbed feta and warm it up a bit. Then remove from the pan. If there's any water, drain that.
- Place the spinach and feta mix on the wrap, then roll up and use a toothpick to secure the wrap. Put in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the wrap is warm.
Another fun way to use wraps is to make quesadillas. I don't have a panini press, so I use the regular oven. I simply press two wraps together gently, and it works!
You can put absolutely anything you like to into your quesadillas. Making them is a great way to use up leftovers from the fridge. Basically any meat works in them, from lunch meats to baked chicken. You can also add roasted veggies, for example sweet potatos or peppers in them.
These quesadillas were made with cream cheese and turkey deli meat, and I also added a sliced tomatos and greens in it later.
Here's the recipe (for two):
- 2 whole wheat wraps
- 1 small avodaco + salt & pepper
- about 10 thin slices of turkey deli meat (or more or less, up to you)
- 1 large tomato
- 1 tbsp grated cheese
- greens–spinach, collard greens, spring mix or whatever you like
- Preheat your oven to 400F. Put tortillas on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven for a few minutes.
- Mash avocado with a fork, add some salt and pepper. Spread evenly on tortillas and top half of the tortilla with turkey slices. On the same half, add thinly sliced tomatos and sprinkle with some cheese.
- Fold tortillas in half and press gently. If you like, sprinkle some more cheese on top. Put tortillas back in the oven for another five minutes.
- Serve with greens.
Both recipes are super easy to make and taste really good! They're my absolute go-to recipes right now, and I'm looking forward to playing around with more fun fillings.
What's your favorite way to use wraps?