STUDY BREAK

I’ll be holed up in the library this week due to another brutal round of exams. I promise to return next week with new recipes and other slender goodies!

Until then, hold yourself over with some good ol’ fashioned food porn from FoodGawker and help me get my  Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding recipe to the “most favorited” page by creating account and clicking the little heart!

Wish me luck! Happy Halloween and think of me whenever your mind wanders to the candy bowl.

Lazy Sunday

Do me a solid and help get The Slender Student to the “most favorited” page on FoodGawker! Make an account (if you like food porn, you won’t regret doing this) and click the little heart to favorite my Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding recipe!

And now back to your normal Lazy Sunday programming:

[chocolate chip pumpkin spice pancakes]

[pumpkin oatmeal + egg white omelette]

[Halloween recovery toast + Fage 0% with berries]

[new find– chocolate oatmeal by Lavish]

[brought mixed berry overnight oats to campus]

[whole foods smorgasbord]

[guilty pleasures– No-oodles and tomato sauce in my white bed]

[food styling mishaps; this cookie recipe will be up soon!]

[so excited to be featured in the daily texan]

Passing the Bar: Week 1

When the good (and slender, and spandex-clad) people at The Bar Method offered me a month’s worth of classes, I couldn’t refuse. If you’re a long time Slender Student then you’ll know I tried my first class in July and loved it.

In case you’ve never tried one of these classes before, let me break it down for you.

The class starts with a warm up to get your heart rate going and then moves right into arm exercises. We’re instructed to choose a light and a heavy set of weights. I started with 2s and 3s and have since moved to 3s and 4s (yeah, I’m swoldier, what of it?). But really, even the “heavy” set is still relatively light because the exercises are all high repetition. The arm sequence usually consists of a few moves designed to work the shoulders, biceps, triceps, and back. After the weights it’s down on the carpet for push ups, a short stretch, and then we hit the bar.

The exercises done at the bar focus primarily on your below-the-belt region. Between the seat-tucking, leg-zipping, and heel-lifting, I have a feeling my “butt will be on my shoulders,” as instructor/owner Laura Lee put it, in no time. These leg moves are small but they burn. Like, burn in an almost literal sense. Like, sometimes I have to stop mid-exercise and take a break for a few seconds because I think my leggings might actually be on fire. If you’ve ever done a barre class before, then you know that burn (and the subsequent shake). Hurts so good.

After the bar, we get back on the floor and do some more thigh and ab work. These moves work your inner thighs using your body’s own resistance and force your lower abs to engage as stabilizers. You’ll really have to try it to get what I’m saying here. The last few moves include curls (kind of like mini crunches) and then some hip bridge lifts just in case your seat wasn’t already burning enough. A soothing stretch and then I’m out the door, feeling more toned than when I came in!

Basically, this work out targets all of my trouble spots– my triceps, back (gotta love a toned back), lower abs, butt, and thighs. Not much to complain about there. I’m so excited to continue sharing my progress at The Bar Method with y’all throughout the month. We’ll see if I end up “passing the bar” or not! FYI, the plan is to work in 3-4 classes a week and then some cardio on a couple of the off days. Wish me luck!

Leave a comment if you have any questions about my experience at The Bar Method or stories from your barre classes!

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Rosemary Roasted Salmon + Fall Kale & Quinoa

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Sometimes I get home from a long day at school, slip into something more comfortable (sweatpants), heat up a veggie burger, and call it a day. Other times I get home from a long day at school, slip into something more comfortable (sweatpants), decide I’m in the mood for salmon and a fall-inspired side dish, drive to Central Market, spend more on groceries than is advisable for the average college student*, and end up with a delicious dinner like this.

My rosemary roasted salmon and fall kale & quinoa are both deceptively simple to make but just look fancy. You know that scene in Mrs. Doubtfire when she burns all of the food, then orders take out and beautifully plates it as if it were homemade? Well, this meal is kind of like that, except that it actually is homemade. And I’m not a middle-aged man dressed in drag.

Rosemary Roasted Salmon
Calories: 209 | Fat: 9.3 g (Sat Fat: 1.5 g) | Carbohydrate: 0.4 g | Fiber: 0.2 g| Protein: 28.9 g

Fall Kale & Quinoa
Calories: 163 | Fat: 2.2 g (Sat Fat: 0.1 g) | Carbohydrate: 32.1 g | Fiber: 4.8 g| Protein: 6.4 g

salmon ingredients:
4 oz Atlantic salmon fillet
1 sprig of rosemary (use 1/2 t dried if that’s all you have)
PAM Original nonstick spray
salt and pepper, to taste

salmon directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 300º and place a baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack of your oven
2. Place your salmon on a baking sheet lightly coated with PAM. Season with salt and pepper and lay the sprig of rosemary on top of it.
3. Place your salmon on a rack above the water-filled pan and bake for 10-20 minutes until it’s pale pink in color and flakes easily with a fork.

fall kale & quinoa ingredients:
1 oz uncooked quinoa (~1/4 C)
1 C kale, chopped
1/4 C chickpeas (I used canned)
1 T dried cranberries
PAM Original nonstick spray
salt and pepper, to taste

fall kale & quinoa directions:
1. Place the uncooked quinoa in a small pot with 1/2 C of water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat let simmer until the water has completely cooked out (about 15-20 minutes) and the quinoa is soft.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a small pan coated in PAM over medium heat. Add your chopped kale and chickpeas to the pan. Cook until kale has wilted and darkened a bit in color.
3. Add the cooked quinoa and cranberries to the cooked kale. Top with a protein (ahem, roasted rosemary salmon) and enjoy!

*If you’re concerned about the price, there are definitely ways to cut corners here. Buy frozen salmon instead of fresh, use canned chickpeas, substitute spinach (even frozen works) for kale, and buy your quinoa in bulk! Voila!

Inspired by this recipe from The New York Times.

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The Slender Ladder

The Slender Student was featured in The Daily Texan!
Check out the article here!

With The Slender Set and Make ‘Em Stair workouts, plus my Nike Training Club app review, you might feel like I’ve made it my personal mission to shoot down any excuse you’ve given yourself to not work out today. Well, I might be. They do say misery loves company, right?

Today’s ladder workout is in the same vein in that you can do it with no equipment and very little space. The combination of push ups and plank jacks is deliberate. These moves rock (and suck) for the same reason– they’re hard. Add this ladder to your normal 20-30 minutes of cardio and you’ll be well on your way to slenderhood.

Push ups work your shoulders, biceps, triceps, back, and abs. Plank jacks are a triple threat resistance, cardio, and strength move. They work your shoulders, biceps, triceps, back, abs, inner thighs and outer thighs. I could also tell you about how they’ll send your heart rate through the roof, but maybe I should just let you see for yourself… Enjoy!

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