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Potato Latka's

L'Shana Tova!!! You don't have to be Jewish to "have a good year". So to all my Jewish friends out there, enjoy the holiday!
My mom would make my brother and me potato Latka's around the Hanukkah holiday but you can't go wrong with a potato pancake any time of the year..and you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy one! Plus, with my sour cream dip that I made the other day (previous post), I had the perfect topping for our pancakes.
To balance the carbs from the potato, I cooked up my favorite mixture of veggies (if you haven't noticed through previous blogs that I could eat this mixture every day for the rest of my life) which included green peppers, corn, mushrooms and onions, as well as tofu.
Since I love chopping, shredding and dicing I used a large potato for my recipe. However, you can absolutely use frozen unseasoned hashbrowns (shredded) if you want to decrease the prep time for this meal.
I think potato pancakes are a great way for the meat and po…

Sour cream dip

Are you a dip eater? Chips, pita chips, veggies, fruit....bring on the dip! How about spreads? Can you eat a wrap or a sandwich without your favorite condiment? Do you enjoy a little topping on your baked potato, enchilada, wrap or salad?

Here's a super easy (and cheap!) dip that I put together the other night. Karel makes sandwiches every day for lunch (usually with our panini maker) and I knew he would love a spread for his panini's. Here are some other ways you can use this dip:
1) Top baked potato
2) Top potato pancakes
3) Top omelets
4) Dip for veggies
5) Dip for pita chips (portion control with chips)
6) Stir in with veggie stir-fry
7) Top tofu
8) Spread for sandwiches
9) Dollop in soup
10) Topping for stuffed peppers or grilled veggies
11) Topping on fish or grilled meat
Any other ideas?


Sour cream dip

1 container fat-free sour cream
1/4-1/3 cup chopped jalapenos (you can also use green or red peppers or onions)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup Parmesean cheese (fresh either in cont…

Off-season training

I love the off-season. I count down the days to my last race of the season but I also count down the days until I get to do whatever I want, whenever I want. Although the first few weeks are tough when I'm so conditioned to following a schedule (Mon = easy swim, Tues = interval bike + run, Wed = swim, run, etc.) I really enjoy just exercising and not training. Since my last triathlon race usually falls between Aug and Oct, I typically use Oct, Nov and Dec. as my active recovery phase. During this time I am usually training for running races (since running season falls from Nov-March in Florida). Come January, I start building my base for the upcoming tri season and I always enjoy this build phase because without it, I would be lost when I start my second phase of training in March which includes intervals and threshold training.
I always go back this article I wrote in Hammer Enduranec News 57 when I talk about the off-season. I really put a lot of time and effort into this article…

So many choices

A big problem I find with couples is that one person prefers x-food and the other person prefers y-food for dinner. Rather than preparing x or y, one person compromises and generally, it is the person who is trying to lose weight. I think a common problem for men and women (generally women) in relationships is that the person trying to lose weight is so focused on clearing the house of the "bad" foods and tries very hard to prepare and eat the "right" foods but the other person is not supportive or does not need to change his/her diet and the house becomes uncomfortable when it comes to meal time. The same thing often occurs in the work environment where co-workers do not support your "healthy" lifestyle nor your choice for healthy eating.
My first question for the x-eater (unhealthy eater) is whether or not it is important to reduce risk for disease, improve quality of life, see your kids'd kids grow up and improve body composition? If you answered y…