Jennifer Fisher of The Fit Fork is an award-winning recipe creator, food & fitness blogger, healthy cooking coach, spokesperson and competitive runner. Jennifer offers ways to quickly and confidently prepare healthy, well-balanced meals with delicious taste. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
If you’re anything like me, the last month has been filled with holiday festivities including cookie swapping, cocktail sampling, late-night parties and burrowing under the blankets to catch up on sleep (at the expense of morning workouts). Even though I am typically a clean-eating, go-getting, exercise machine, I have absolutely no regrets about these annual indulgences because great memories were made in the process. But by the time each New Year rolls around, I’m ready to hit the reset button and get back to a healthier lifestyle.
I don’t like to make strict New Year’s resolutions, per se. Instead of fixating on goals I may or may not achieve, I prefer to focus on keeping exercise and eating right fun. With this easy-going, more forgiving attitude, I’ve been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the long haul - and, occasional indulgences have always been part of the balanced journey! One way I keep healthy eating interesting and fun is with visits to the farmers’ market to pick from the kaleidoscope of colorful produce that comes straight from local vendors – everything is so wonderfully fresh and tasty.
Recently, I selected some gorgeous golden beets – before this, I had never seen or tasted anything but a red beet. Remembering that powerful phytonutrients in beets are diminished by heat, I decided that a raw recipe would be best. A shaved salad came to mind first, but I was itching to use my new Big Mouth® Pro Juice Extractor. This easy-to-use machine reduces whole fruits and vegetables in seconds to make healthy drinks, so it only makes sense to combine some of my favorite fruit and veggies into a nutrient-packed juice.
My recipe for Golden Beet Zinger is naturally sweet thanks to a green apple and decidedly invigorating due to the generous allotment of ginger. The betalains (a type of phytonutrient) inherently abundant in beets have been shown to aid in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support of the body and ginger is an equally wondrous root that comes to the aid of many things including digestion. Just a little 2 to 3-ounce shot of this Golden Beet Zinger is needed to kickstart your health.
Another way to enjoy the Golden Beet Zinger is to mix it with sparkling water and pour over ice like a spritzer. The flavor mellows down a bit and the carbonated bubbles make the sipping experience a refreshing treat after a workout or as an afternoon pick-me-up. I’d also play healthy bartender and serve these up as a healthy, no-hangover alternative to a cocktail.
Now, to keep workouts fun, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone as a long-time runner to find some new fitness activities to embrace. Mixing up the routine keeps exercise (and life in general) much more interesting. Right now, I’m intrigued by gymnastic classes for adults, tennis lessons, and just jumping around on the trampoline with my kids.
What about you? Is there a certain fitness class or sport you’ve wanted to try?