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Video Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower

In September, I went to a camp teaching kids how to transition into the adult world. Naturally, in the initial meeting process, I immediately wanted to incorporate food! I mean, these guys need to learn how to transition into making their own meals too, right?

These kids were awesome! They divided into teams and each team was given a recipe. I started small and now know that these guys could have handled more complicated recipes.

I absolutely love the chaos that comes with a kitchen. I have been a cook, a waitress, helped with catering,  helped with my dad's restaurant, and had some food prep classes all starting at the age of 13 so being in the kitchen is the place I feel the most comfortable. What I wasn't comfortable about is the fact that these kids may laugh me out of that kitchen when they see cauliflower. But, when I heard them say "wow! I didn't know I liked cauliflower" all of a sudden, I was back in my happy place!

Try this super easy buffalo cauliflower recipe today!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes + 5 extra minutes

Ingredients (2 cups)
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (Frank's Red Hot Original)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove cauliflower stem and chop the head of the cauliflower into small pieces.
Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and coat cauliflower with sauce.
Return to baking sheet and bake for additional 5 minutes.
Enjoy with blue cheese dressing (or Ranch!)
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Free Gym Membership:: 7 Ways to Use a Playground

Gym memberships can be pricey and are often the number 1 excuse I hear when talking to people about exercise. The wait is over! You don't need a gym, you only need your body and some daylight! Check out these ideas for using your community to your benefit.

Start slowly and seek advice if you aren't quite sure how to do the movement. Start with 10 reps and do 3 sets (30 total). You can do more or less depending on your fitness level as long as you never lose good form!

1) Park Bench Tricep Dip






2) George's Elliptical

 Since there's no resistance, move as quickly as you can!

3) Box Jump 


4) Decline Push Ups



 


5) Inverted Row



6) Shoulder Dip





7) Knee Raise
(Optional safety vest for dark mornings!)
(Not optional pepper spray!)

7) Reverse Crunch




I felt pretty weird the first time I used the playground--I guess since it'd been like 10 years since the last time I was on a playground! Now, I am so thankful for Railroad park and the little play area!

What great spaces are in your city?!

Soul Cycle Boston

I'm not a huge spin fan--I just don't do it enough to get my body adjusted to the exercise. Running is totally different. But, years ago, Kelly Ripa took cameras into Soul Cycle, which, at the time, was a new concept. I was amazed at how she lifted weights while riding and have wanted to try it ever since!



My college bestie, Alex, lives in Boston so we took advantage of our time to workout together. It was like living in the same city again--so much fun! Here are a few things I learned at Soul Cycle for the first time:
  • First, you sign a waiver, get a tour, and cannot take pictures inside the studio.
  • The clip in shoes are complimentary the first time, but are $3 after that. 
  • The bathroom is heaven in gym terms--deodorant, ponytail holders, razors, and other self care items are available. 
  • Lockers are available for free and have a phone charging port inside (which I learned was a huge deal in Boston since I would pray my phone would make it through the day).
  • It is very high energy  and you do a lot of push ups while biking--new concept to me!
  • 5 songs, weights, then 2 songs, and you're finished. (Never mind that some songs are 6 minutes long). 
  • People wear sports bras and pants. Which, I did too! Totally out of my comfort zone, but thanks to the fact that I packed only long sleeve, winter running gear, I was too hot to care. 
  • Bonus: the lights are super dim so no one notices your sports bra.
  • Extra bonus: You are so wiped after the session, you could care less about what people are wearing/think!
  • Downside: it is $30 per class and you need to reserve a spot in advanced (Alex used the app)


I was so happy to get to workout and spend time with Alex! What is your favorite workout to do with friends?