July Recipe of the Month

Recipe: Easy Chicken Fajitas
     From the kitchen of heypreslie.com

 

Ingredients:
1 large onion
1 medium red bell pepper
2lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime

For the spice:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

 Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cut onion and bell pepper into even slices; place in baking dish.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into thin strips; add to vegetables in dish.
  3. Make the seasoning in a bowl by combining spice ingredients.
  4. Sprinkle dish with seasoning; drizzle with oil. Stir until combined and pieces are coated.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking, until chicken is no longer pink in center.
  6. Spoon small amount of chicken and veggies onto each tortilla. Top with squeezed lime and cilantro.

*Makes 16 servings, or feeds 8 people if each person has 2 tortillas. Store in the fridge; reheats great for lunch the next day. 

Nutrition: For 1 fajita (about 2oz chicken per): 14.5g protein, 6.5g of fat, 12.3g of carbs. This recipe is high in Vitamin C, Potassium and Calcium.

 Other ideas/modifications:

  • Skip the tortillas and place recipe over lettuce or black beans for a high-fiber, low-carb alternative.
  • Add additional ingredients for added nutrition value and flavors, such as: corn, salsa, cabbage, and a small amount of avocado or sour cream.
  • To save time:
  • Buy the pre-cut “fajita mix” at your grocery store. It costs a little more than the whole vegetable, but comes with chopped bell pepper and onion ready to go.
  • Consider buying a fajita mix seasoning package instead of making your own spice
  • Purchase chicken breast packaged in fajita-style sliced strips already at Sprouts.

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July 2017 Athlete Spotlight

IMG_1763TJ Gonzales

How long have you been doing Crossfit?
3 years

What is the one song you want to set a PR to?
Not sure if it just one song, but I usually hit PRs when either Britany Spears or a Christina Aguilera song is on. 

What is your favorite thing about Crossfit?
I like the community that it builds and how the things we do in the gym transfer to other movements in life.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
I would be a few. They would be from some of my favorite movies. Maverick from Top Gun or one of the guys from the Goonies.

If your friends/family had to describe you in 3 words, what would they be?
collected responsible and peaceful.

What can you never leave home without?
Sunglasses

What inspires you?
Family

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
When I talk people that are new to Crossfit I Usually tell them to show up the next day and the next and so on.

Nanos or Metcons?
Speed Tr

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Tomas’ godmother gave me a baptism blanket that my grandmother crocheted. My grandmother passed when I was 7 so it meant a lot to me.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I like having order and knowing where things are where I put them. Laysa on the other hand doesn’t see it my way, so my biggest pet peeve is looking for things that she has taken and not put back.


May 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Amanda SnowAmanda Snow

Which athletes do you look up to?
Obviously, Crossfit games athletes are awesome. But if I’m honest, on a normal day I’m most focused on the various Magna athletes that kick my ass on the daily. You know, the ones I chase and on a good day strive to stay only 1 round or 50 reps behind. You all know who you are. Honestly, it’s impressive to see people have normal lives (works, kids, etc) and then come into the box and kill it.

What is your favorite workout?
Hmm. Anything without running? Lol. No, seriously.
I don’t know that I have a favorite. Maybe Jackie or Fran? I suck less at those than others.

Which crossfit movement is your favorite?
If we were talking barbell, I’d say it is a thruster. Otherwise, I do really like toes to bar, pullups, and even burpees (don’t judge).

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
I can’t think of just one fictional character, so I’m combining two; Megamind and She-Ra. I choose Megamind simply because I love that guy, love that movie. He is funny, witty, smart, and it makes me giggle every time it is on. She-Ra Princess of Power, does that even need an explanation?

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
So, I have this shirt, and it says Caffeine, Chaos, and Cuss Words. That pretty much sums up my life, so I guess I’d go with that.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Hmm. I would like to study yoga. Right now my fitness addiction is crossfit, but I try to get to yoga once a week. I’m always nicer and I feel better after yoga. Once life slows down a little (likely many years from now), I’d like to study yoga and maybe even become an instructor. I see tie dye, yoga beads, zen, and a part time yoga gig in my future.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Surviving Snow boy motherhood, every day. Its fun, but its exhausting. I crossfit to keep up with them.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
Crossfit can be intimidating. I know that I was actually scared to come back after my first Magna WOD. My biggest piece of advice would be to keep reminding yourself that everyone was once a beginner, and even the most advanced athletes have things they think they “suck at”. Two years ago I had no idea what Olympic lifting meant, and felt like the lingo was a whole other language I had to learn. I felt intimidated just looking at people’s fitness attire and gear, much less thinking about all the crossfit movements I couldn’t actually do. Just take it one step at a time. Make a list of goals and slowly chip away. The good news is that Crossfit comes with a built in awesome community that will suffer with you and push you farther than you ever thought you could go. All you have to do is show up and do the work.

Where’s Waldo?
In New Zealand, where the Snow Family would be if something crazy goes down in the US or if suddenly all of our immediate family could afford to visit on the regular.

Nanos or Metcons?
That answer would be WOD dependent. I would choose Metcons for more barbell focus. Nanos for body weight movements or running.

Describe your ideal weekend?
As the bulk of my time is spent with my family, I’m going with the non-family answer (Sorry Jerry).
I would say, 2-3 of my favorite girlfriends, maybe somewhere like Sedona or Santa Fe if I only have the weekend. It would include some hiking (plus or minus crossfit and/or yoga pending which girlfriends are included), a cute resort, some spa treatments, and yummy food with a couple cocktails.

What’s your favorite happy hour drink?
Very much depends on the day and the place. I like a well made Margarita, no bottle mix or crappy tequila. Also, I love a Salty Dog with a touch of St. Germaine in it, or any funky cocktail with jalapenos in it.

 


May Recipe of the Month

Wonton Meatballs
*adapted from NomNom Paleo

I made this on a total whim and was BLOWN away by the amazing flavor and by how easy it was to make. I adapted some of the ingredients, but if you want to check out the original, visit: http://nomnompaleo.com/2017/03/20/2017032020170320wonton-meatballs

1 package shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 pounds ground pork
4 scallions, finely chopped
½ cilantro, minced
2 tbsp tamari (sub soy sauce, coconut aminos)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fish sauce
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp sesame oil
cooking oil of choice
*sriracha optional

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. Add ground pork to bowl.
  3. Finely chop shrimp until it becomes paste-like and add to pork
  4. Add scallions, cilantro, tamari, salt, fish sauce, pepper, sesame oil and srirache (if desired)
  5. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated
  6. Form the meat until meatballs, approximately 3 tbsp, and place on parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Place in oven for 20 minutes
  8. Garnish with chopped chives and enjoy!

The meatball mixture is totally versatile! It can be saved in the fridge for up to 12 hours, or can be made into patties, meatloaf or browned as a part of a stir-fry. Be creative and have fun!

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April 2017 Athlete Spotlight

IMG_1520Nicole Kosowski

How do you take your coffee?
As black as it can get. Nothing more, nothing less.

Name 3 things you always have in the fridge?
Salsa, almond milk and some sort of chicken

What’s your favorite saying?
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

What sports did you play in youth or college?
I was a swimmer starting at the age of 3, and continued on a club team up through my senior year of high school.

 

What was your last text message?
My last text was to my mom asking if I could come use her kitchen to cook, because I live in a shoe box sized apartment with an elf sized kitchen.

If you owned a laundromat, what would you name it?
The Wishy Washy

If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?
Tacos, duh!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being the first one in my family to go to college in the U.S and getting accepted into the nursing program at ASU. 

How has crossfit changed your life?
CrossFit has truly changed my life for the better and continues to do so every day. It’s definitely made me physically stronger, but it’s also made me stronger mentally as well. It’s showed me that I’m capable of more than I think I am, and has taught me to never limit myself in anything I do whether that be in a workout or in my daily life.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
You won’t become a CrossFit pro in just a few weeks, progress takes time. So don’t avoid the things you’re not the best at, work on bettering yourself and your skills day in and day out, stay positive and you will meet your goals.