So, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted my workouts. My ankle is finally starting to feel better! I purchased a copper compression sleeve for my ankle, and it did ease the pain a bit (<---amazon affiliate link). As soon as my ankle got better, the girls and I picked up another cold/sinus infection. There is always something! Because of this, my workouts have been a little less intense and I've taken a lot more rest days. Oh well. I'm trying to focus more on overall wellness and I'm not interested in overexerting myself when sick or injured! In other news, my twins weaned from breastfeeding last week. We made it to just under 18 months! They were down to one feeding per day and I'm pretty sure all 3 of us were ready. I know they loved it, but they were really good sports and went to bed just fine without it. It's such a bittersweet time. IMG_4124 The good news is (despite how tired I look in this 5 am pre-workout photo), I have SO much more energy since weaning. School is going to get more intense very soon and I was definitely struggling with my energy level. I'm glad to start to feel like "myself" again, despite the difficulty of this emotional milestone! The girls have also been playing together a TON. It's hilarious, wonderful, and awful - all at the same time. They really haven't cared for each other much and I always wished for them to play together... until now. It's like a three-ring circus in here! They are chasing each other, tackling each other, biting each other, hitting each other... I think you get the picture. There are some really sweet moments though, too. There are hugs, kisses, and yesterday Twin B was giving Twin A water when she was sick and then patted her on the head. IMG_4326 IMG_4319 I can't complain. It's really cute to see them interact and learn about each other every day. They are growing fast! Back to workouts :-) Sunday: 5/8 Found this on instagram, @Crossfit_wod_wide 6 rounds for time: 3 deadlifts, 155# 4 ring dips (assisted with band) 5 strict press (35#) 6 burpees I finished in 10:36 then: 4 x jump rope tabata (16 minute total) 1 x tabata KB swing 1 x tabata KB snatches 1 x tabata strict press (20#) Monday: 5/9 3 x 3 chin ups 3 x 10 bicep curls, 35# (total) 4, 3, 2 banded chin ups 3 x 15 bicep curls, 20# 3 x 10 tricep dips 3 x 10 skull crushers (20#) 3 x 10 OH tricep ext (10#) 3 x 10 triceps pull down Tuesday: 5/10 Off, not feeling well Wednesday: 5/11 "Me, Myself, and My Bar" - I think I found this workout on instagram, @Wodcrossfit For time, all with 45#: 100 push press 75 back squats 50 hang cleans 25 front squats I finished in 17:17. This one is WAY harder than it seems. My quads were sore for days, and the push press section was really difficult. Thursday: 5/12 3 sets of max pull ups 3 sets of max chin ups 3 sets of max neutral grip pull ups repeat above using band ^ for 3 sets 3 x 10 bicep curls with 45# bar Superset: 3 x 10 barbell bent over rows 45# 3 x 10 one armed rows 20# 3 x 8 bicep curls, 35# total 3 x 15 bicep curls, 20# 3 x 10 ring rows Friday: 5/13 off, busy day of appointments and errands Saturday: 5/14 Straight leg deadlift 4 x 10 at 95# 1 x 10 at 115# 3 x 5 at 125# 3 x 10 KB goblet squat 3 x 10 high step ups (30" box) superset: 3 x 12 one legged KB deadlift (each leg) 3 x 10 kickstand KB deadlift (see more info here) 3 x 1:00 glute bridge holds with 25# plate cash out: 100 walking lunges walked/jogged 2 miles Sunday: 5/15  off I hope you're having a great week! Let me know in the comments if you had any great workouts :-)

(This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure here) So, I wanted to make stuffed peppers for dinner with a lower carb count than your traditional recipe. Mixing in a bunch of rice with the meat doesn't do anything for me. Not only do I try to eat grains sparingly, but seriously - if I'm going to eat rice... I'm going to eat it plain and covered with butter. I want the full experience - not a bunch of rice hidden in a dish for no reason. With that being said, I wanted to keep the texture similar and add a nutritional boost. Enter in: baby kale, chard, and spinach blend IMG_2131 I LOVE these greens, and so do my twins. They are so mild tasting, yet still full of flavor with zero bitterness. If you think you don't like kale, try this. Anyway, I had the idea to chop some of it up, sautéing it with a sweet onion and some spices, and mixing it into the meat mixture for the peppers. I like to also add the seasonings here because I think sautéing them with the onion adds more flavor. IMG_2133 IMG_2134 IMG_2136 After hollowing out the peppers, I also didn't want to throw away the tops. Instead of being wasteful, I chopped those up to also use in the filling. IMG_2137 IMG_2138 IMG_2139 To bind the filling, instead of rice, I used a little bit of Coconut Flour. Coconut flour is a great binder because it sucks up a lot of moisture and you need very little of it. This makes it one of the more economical "paleo" flours. I've also used it in meatloaves and meatballs with great success.   IMG_2141 I mixed together 1 egg with the coconut flour, ground beef, and tomato sauce (I used jarred tomato sauce since this was a quick weeknight dinner - and the twins were not happy). Add in the cooled greens + onion mixture and the diced up pepper tops. Mix well with your hands and stuff the peppers. Add remaining tomato sauce around the peppers. These take about an hour, maybe more to cook. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. IMG_2142 IMG_2143 There you have it! You don't need rice to make this a super satisfying and filling meal full of vegetables. *Tip for your toddlers - I had some of the meat mixture left over, so I cooked it up in a frying pan on its own. I gave this to my twins because they were getting very impatient for dinner and obviously tomato sauce is kind of a mess for one year olds. They loved it! Here's the shortened (and printable!) recipe instructions: [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1]