The Perfect Summer Dinner: A Grass-fed Burger and Veggies

Summer is all about being outside and firing up the grill. Am I right? But the grilling staples — burgers and hotdogs — can get unhealthy real quick. Here’s a meal that is all about the grill and all about eating good food that’s also good for you.

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I got everything for this meal from Garden of Eve Organic Market out on Long Island. This is a grass-fed burger, garlic pesto, red pepper, yellow squash and zucchini. All it took to make this was the food, some seasoning, the grill and some foil. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Take your grass-fed ground beef and separate into sections depending on how many burgers you want to make
  2. Mold each section into a burger shape without over working it
  3. Put a thumbprint into the center of each burger to prevent it from bloating and season each burger
  4. Rinse and chop your veggies
  5. Optional: lightly toss your veggies in a little bit of coconut oil and seasoning
  6. Skip the oil if you want and toss your veggies in some seasoning 
  7. Create a pouch out of 2 sheets of foil (double up!) large enough to fit all your veggies in (this can be pouch or boat-like)
  8. Load your veggies into the pouch and add a little bit of water to the pouch so the veggies can steam (a little water at the bottom of the pouch is all you need)
  9. Seal pouch by pinching and securing the foil
  10. Grilling time depends on your meat and your grill, but generally speaking you can grill your burger on its first side for about 5 or 6 minutes — once the juicing start oozing out, it’s good to flip
  11. On the second side, grill for about 3 or 4 minutes (generally 1-2 minutes shorter than the first side) — always check your burger before eating to make sure it is cooked well enough
  12. Let your burgers sit for 5 minutes before serving
  13. Grill veggies at the same time, on a separate part of your grill, for about 10-12 minutes

Once everything is done and taken off the grill, plate and serve it up with some garlic pesto on top of your delicious burger!

This meal is so fresh, quick and easy to put together. It is a true summertime dish that you don’t have to fear. And of course you’re free to make this dish however you like. If you want to add a bun or something else, it’s your call!

Food is something that fuels us and feeds the cells in our bodies, but it’s nothing to freak out over either. While I prefer to cook like this at home, once in a while I go out and get something amazing like this:

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This is also a grass-fed burger from an amazing restaurant that used wholesome and fresh ingredients in Greenport, Long Island, named Salamander Cafe. If you’re ever in town, I highly recommend it! You also have to get their famous lemonade with mint. Trust me.

Like I said: grass-fed burger with fresh lettuce, green tomato and sweet potato fries. My meal took a while to come out because of some confusion in the kitchen, so they gave me a kale salad with green tomatoes on the house! Amazing. See how you can make indulging good for you? That burger with all the fixin’s is good for the body (grass-fed with veggies) and the soul (because it’s insanely delicious and there’s just an indescribably good feeling that eating an awesome burger gives you), while the kale salad bumps up the good-for-the-body part of the whole meal. 

Restaurant tip: if something goes wrong with your food, try not to sweat it — you might get something really cool out of it on top of feeling good about not getting angry with the staff. Sounds like a win-win to me! 🙂

If you’re going out or cooking at home, don’t sweat it! Think ahead — know what you’re going to do ahead of time. Chris and I set out to Greenport for lunch, and I knew I wanted a burger. I saw grass-fed on the window and we walked in. Knowing what you truly want ahead of time helps you make the best decision while dining out. I also like to save my indulgences for when I go out. I enjoy cooking as healthy as I can at home. Find your preferences, stick to ’em and plan, plan, plan! Within reason, of course. Live for the moment and enjoy as much as you can. But a little guidance never hurts. 

Good food, good tips, good moves, good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

Beat the Heat! 3 Simple Recipes

Finally, it feels like summer is on its way! It’s been pretty hot here in New York and my body can feel it. Our bodies know the different foods we need in different seasons — warm filling foods in colder times and light refreshing foods in warmer times. Right now fruit is about the most appetizing thing to me. Fruit is water dense, light, refreshing and delicious — the perfect summer food.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images

So I have 3 delicious ways for you to beat the heat, two of which include fruit.

1. Watermelon-Strawberry Refresher

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Ingredients:

  • Frozen watermelon chunks
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Unsweetened almond milk or pure coconut water

What to do: simply blend all 3 ingredients together in your Nutribullet or favorite blender. I made this one with almond milk, but if you’re having it mainly as a beverage and are going to enjoy it outside, coconut water may be the more refreshing option. If you need it to be a little more filling, then opt for the almond milk.

2. Frozen Banana Slices

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Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced medium-large banana

What to do: simply slice and freeze! Let freeze for a few hours, serve in a cup and enjoy.

This is possibly the easiest and most delicious treat there is. And it’s hardly a “treat.” It’s just banana for crying out loud. But it tastes like banana ice cream. Remember Dippin’ Dots? Are those still around? Well, you no longer need them. These banana slices are like slices of banana flavored Dippin’ Dot ice cream. Except they are good for you and you know exactly what’s in them — good ol’ banana.

3. Iced Coffee — organic all around and no sugar!

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A girl who loves iced coffee, such a shocker right? I know coffee is kind of a hot button issue… to drink it or not to drink it? Well, I decide to drink it. I typically have one or two a day, and I drink tons of water so it doesn’t bother me.

How do I take my coffee? I take it all around organic, meaning organic coffee and organic full-fat half & half, with a teensy tiny bit of stevia. That’s ideal and how I like to make it at home. I can’t always get it like that, but I don’t freak out about it. If I’m going to freak out, I’d rather not have it. Save me the stress. If it’s not gonna stress me out on a particular day, I’ll take it the best way I can at the present moment.

Ways to make your iced coffee healthy and guilt free:

  • Opt for and brew organic fair-trade coffee
  • Use a little bit of stevia to sweeten it, if you must (but be sure to check your stevia, I like Sweet Leaf)
  • Make it creamy with: organic full-fat half & half, organic whole milk or unsweetened almond milk with no carrageenan (I like Silk. It’s also non-GMO). You could also choose another non-dairy milk, but I really recommend you get one without carrageenan. Read those labels!

Don’t know what carrageenan is and what to read more about it? Here is an article with everything you need to know about carrageenan by Kimberly Snyder. Again, it’s something people take a side on. I choose to avoid it. It’s not that difficult to avoid, and I feel better doing so. Read up on it. You are then free to make your own choice.

As the season goes on and we actually enter summer, I hope to bring you more meals that are ideal for the warm weather. Here’s to hoping that creative chef’s hat finds its way onto my head so I can deliver. In the meantime, embrace fresh fruit, fresh or cold-pressed organic juices, green smoothies, fresh or grilled veggies and these 3 cool treats. You should be refreshed and satisfied. Now get out and enjoy the weather, we’ve all earned it after that horrific winter. 🙂

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

How to Reach Your Goals by Summer

Hey everyone,

Most of you know that I am a big fan of Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up and all that they do. Yesterday, April 27th, launched the beginning of their annual Bikini Series, and I am somewhat taking part so I can reach a few important goals by June 21st, the first day of summer.

After following an 8 week training plan last year to prepare for my first 10k and a 6 week lifting program from Women’s Health, I sort fell in love with multi-week plans. While I don’t follow Karena and Katrina’s plans religiously, these girls are great leaders and motivators. They have tons of great workouts and recipes, plus they like to run!

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I wanted to share my goals with you and hopefully inspire some of you to make your own list of goals to achieve over the next 8 weeks. I picked very attainable goals with one of them being a bit more heavy than the others: securing a full-time job.

How to Reach Your Goals:

The key to achieving your goals is setting goals that are attainable and going after them one or a few at a time. Ideally, one at a time is best, but it depends on what your goals are and whether they are short-term or long-term goals. You can achieve short-term goals while still working towards a long-term goal, resulting in you achieving multiple goals!

That’s what I am doing. I have 5 goals to achieve over the next 8 weeks. There’s a mix in long-term/short-term and how I even go about achieving these goals. So I feel confident that by June 21st I can have all of these goals completed. Here are my goals to reach by June 21st:

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  • Reach 150 miles between running, swimming, biking and walking (it’s important to mix it up!)
  • Run 8 miles straight
  • Read 2 books ( I have had no time to read lately! But I want to make the time because it’s important to me)
  • Secure a full-time job
  • Take a trip (planning in the works)
  • Inspire someone

I had to think very carefully about what I wanted to my goals to be. I thought about where I want to be in a few months, how I can make that happen and what goals were really important to me right now. I thought about things I’ve never done before, things to keep me honest, and ways I can work in some enjoyment. And although the goal of finding a full-job is heavy and stressful, I’m motivated to make it happen. Another big factor in goal setting is to not feel overwhelmed.

How to Reach Your Goals:

It’s ideal for your goals to motivate you, not intimidate you. Don’t try to make all your dreams come true at once. That is incredibly overwhelming and very hard to accomplish. Take it day by day, goal by goal and you will find yourself accomplishing amazing things. A good place to start is by setting 2 short-term goals and 1 long-term goal, then working to achieve them. Your short-term time span can be anything from 1 week to 1 month, but plan it out first. Which is it going to be? I recommend short-term goals in a 1-4 week time span because that achievement is important. You will be reinforced by it. All those little goals will add up to a HUGE sense of pride and achievement. And if all your goals are related, those short-term goals will help you achieve your long-term goal. Before you know it, you will be one giant success! 

We have 8 weeks; we can do this! What will your goals be? If you want to take part, you can sign up for the Bikini Series and e-mails at Tone It Up. Use the hashtags: #100BySummer or #150BySummer (depening on your goal) and #CreateYourSummer to connect and follow other Tone It Up girls + Karena and Katrina! Partaking in a series like this, with such a big community, is the perfect way to stay motivated and honest so that you can achieve meaningful, attainable goals by summer.

How to Reach Your Goals:

Love the idea of a community + support but don’t think Tone It Up is for you? No problem! Come together with a group of friends or family members and you can create your own support group. Make a group on Facebook and post status updates, inspiration or just be there to talk and support one another. Or you can do the same thing through e-mail. Having a support group is a huge deal when it comes to achieving goals and once you experience the love and support of others, you’ll see how much of a difference it can make. 

The first day of summer is June 21st — more than a month away! There is plenty of time to achieve your goals and show yourself what you are capable of. Let’s get to it.

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Find YOUR good.

xo Kim, Running on Good

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy the following posts by my blogging friends from around the web regarding balance, positivity and change. One of them may help you reach one of your personal goals!

  1. How to Think Positive in 10 Easy Steps by Mind Body Oasis
  2. Changing Our Relationship with Food by Lindsay Dahl
  3. 5 Ways to Find Healthy Balance as a Stay at Home Mom by Cheerfully Imperfect

Pleasantville Farmer’s Market

Yesterday morning I visited the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market and had an amazing time! I sampled some great food: sun-dried tomatoes, pickles, pickled mushrooms, pesto, and a few nut butters. I purchased zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, white peaches, Tabbouleh salad, pickled mushrooms, chocolate hazelnut butter, and a cranberry pecan roll! Most of the things I bought are organic, but absolutely everything is extremely fresh, good quality, and delicious.

I love everything about farmer’s markets. It is such a warm, friendly, happy, and tasty place. I strongly suggest getting to a farmer’s market before the summer is over and they disappear for the fall/winter or move indoors. Farmer’s Markets also support the local community and farms, which is always a nice thing to be apart of. There’s still time! Get out there! 🙂

Pictures from the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market:

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Berry Picking!

It’s berry season! Today Chris and I went blueberry and blackberry picking. Berries are great for snacking, baking, topping breakfasts or desserts, in smoothies, and on salads. They are packed with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. They are a true superfood and great for weight management, lowering blood pressure, preventing cancer, and improving heart health. Berries are also a low-glycemic index food, so for those of you concerned about sugar, you need not worry!

Apple picking is a popular pick-your-own go-to and just around the corner, but berry picking is just as fun! And you get to snack as you pick. So give it a try before the season is over. You may even be inspired to throw some of your fresh berries into muffins or pancakes! Picking fresh fruit is fun and can inspire you to explore some fun things with food!

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Letting Loose

Let loose yesterday, the day after my race, and indulged on a very lazy day. I ate light today and ended with some light eggplant parm and red wine 🙂 So that was a slight indulgence. But it was homemade, with little cheese and panko instead of breadcrumbs! The Tone It Up girls are doing a Drop 10 series (drop 10 pounds in 5 weeks) with SELF magazine, and I just signed up! You can go to Toneitup.com or Self.com for more information if you’re interested! It’s free and you get tons of great info! Excited to start tomorrow! Time to get ready for Spring because before you know it Summer will be here. Starting fresh tomorrow with a run, some toning, and stretching 🙂 Ready to feel good