5 Healthy Recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving Meal!

We love Thanksgiving Dinner, but thought it might be a good idea to round-up some healthier recipes so we can truly enjoy without guilt.  Here are 5 picks for you!

  1. Jalapeño-Cranberry Relish

From EatingWell:  November/December 2015

Top of Form

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/jalapeno_cranberry_relish.html

  1. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

From Food Network

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/green-bean-casserole-with-crispy-shallots-recipe.html

  1. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

From Cooking Light

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mashed-potatoes-with-roasted-garlic-rosemary

  1. Herb Roasted Turkey

From Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/1049850/herbed-roasted-turkey

  1. Olive Oil and Sauternes Cake with Roasted Pears

From Food and Wine

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/olive-oil-and-sauternes-cake-with-roasted-pears

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Out with the Candy, in with the Turkey – trot that is…

Happy Halloween! After the candy is dished out and the cobwebs are put away – you might think what’s next? Well, we are challenging you and your family to get out on Turkey Day and do a trot.

We’ve got 5 picks for you:

  1. Turkey Day Trail Trot – Battle Creek Park, St. Paul – 8 a.m.

This trail race has a mix of mid and long distance options.

http://www.enduranceunited.org/events/turkey-day-trail-trot/

2. Tonka Turkey Trot – Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka – 8:30 a.m.

The 6th Annual Tonka Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk geared towards families.

http://www.tonkatrack.org/tonkaturkeytrot

3. Drumstick Dash – Lake Harriet, Minneapolis – 7:30 a.m.

There a multiple races including a 1 mile, a kid’s half-mile and a 10K.

http://www.drumstickdash10k.com/index.html

4. Beast 2 Feast 5K – Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis – 9 a.m.

This race is a benefit for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

http://busybodypromotions.com/beast2feast/

5. The Turkey Trot – St. Paul – 7:30 a.m.

There is a 6K and a 10K option, with an early start to get you back in the kitchen before noon.

http://www.turkeytrotsaintpaul.com/

 

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Survive the Thunderstorms this Weekend – Aug 21-23

It is going to be a rainy weekend – treat yourself to a hot class indoors at one of the top fitness studios in the Twin Cities.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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  1. The Firm

http://www.thefirmmpls.com/

Cycling, Crossfit, Yoga – all under one roof. Plus – first week is free.

     2. Alchemy

http://alchemy365.com/about/

Alchemy is group fitness transformed. Combining the best of yoga, strength training, and high intensity conditioning, Alchemy provides an unmatched group fitness experience. This complete fitness program can be customized to the needs of any individual, regardless of background, experience, or injury and will yield noticeable and measurable results. At Alchemy, we believe that fitness changes lives and aim to facilitate those transformations in our local communities.

First class is only $10!

     3. Studio ME

http://studiomefitness.com/

New class alert! Need a jump start to your training program? Participate in high intensity interval training exercises in this 8 week program. This short duration, but high intensity interval training (HIIT) creates a prolonged afterburn, or EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption). This type of training causes the body to take longer to return to its state of rest, so it continues to burn calories (5x more) at a higher rate long after the workout session has completed. Put simply, a 4-minute Tabata Bootcamp™ workout can reap the same benefits as a longer but steady workout, like running for a half hour. We will use equipment such as the WaterRower, plyometrics and weight training to increase cardio and muscular endurance all while blasting away that stubborn fat.

First class if free for new members!

     4. Surge Cycling

http://surgecycling.com/

At Surge Cycling, we’ve formulated the finest indoor cycling experience in Minneapolis.

Prepare for the sweatiest, heart-pumping and entertaining workout in St. Louis Park and the greater Twin Cities

     5. Hot Sculpt

http://heatyogastudio.com/

Heat Yoga Studio is a community based studio offering heated and non-heated yoga classes for students of all levels. Our diverse program includes classes like HOT Yoga (104-105 Degrees), Intermediate (98-100 Degrees), Restorative Yoga (No Heat), Gentle Flow (Warm), Rocket, Broga and Yoga Sculpt. We begin bright and early for those who practice before work and hold classes conveniently 7 days per week. Heat Yoga is committed to providing high quality instruction in a welcoming, loving and respectful environment. Whether you’re looking for a good sweat, deep stretch or a mental recovery flow there’s something for everyone.

Kick butt and try something new this weekend!

This Weekend and Beyond (July 10-12)

Tri Not?

Saturday, July 11 – Minneapolis

Get Inspired and cheer on the tri-athletes at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis. This exciting event takes place in the heart of the Twin Cities, Minnesota’s own urban oasis. Take a peek at the 2015 Schedule of Events, download course maps and explore one of the other options below to get yourself set and ready for race weekend!

http://www.mplstri.com/minneapolis/race/

Run for Beer!

Saturday, July 11 — Minneapolis

Join the Lager Jogger (Part 2 of the Brewery Running Series) this Saturday at the Craft Bar & Lounge in the Convention Center.  Enjoy a fun run, followed by craft brew and a goodie bag!

http://www.breweryrunningseries.com/

Get Carried by your Man – in the Wife Carry.

Saturday, July 11 – Menahga

The origin of the Wife Carry comes from a Finnish legend of Rovo-Ronkainen, who, apparently, liked to snatch women from villages and run away with them through the woods and streams of Finland and no one could catch him. Being prized for his physical prowess (if questionable morals) the great Finnish people decided to make the Wife Carry Competition as a way to demonstrate their own physical abilities to their prospective mates. One of the first winners of the competitions of old was St. Urho… More who carried his wife Seneca through hill and dale to “show the boys how it was done”. The St Urho (St Urho, patron saint of Finland) wife carry challenge will be held in Menahga MN July 11, 1pm 2015 and is the SUASA sanctioned US final. Pre-registration required, limited to 50 teams. Teams designate their local charity it will be recognized at the event and more. Other events also going on during the Menagha Midsummer celebration this day. Come for the race and stay for the parade, fireworks and more!

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/23719/st-urho-wife-carry-for-charity-challenge

Ride, Sally Ride.

Sunday, July 12 – Minneapolis The Urban Assault Ride™ combines the best parts of a bike race, adventure race, obstacle course, and a back yard party. Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more. The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own… More route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel power-slide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide. After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of bikes and beer. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience.

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/23619/urban-assault-ride

Plan your Workout for Thursday for the Rest of the Summer

The YWCA of Minneapolis is taking classes outside in Peavey Plaza all summer long. Join Gianna for Insanity every Thursday from 12:10-1 pm. Free outdoor YWCA for members and non-members so bring your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/ywcafitness?fref=nf

Top Five Weekend Wellness Picks

1. Bike! Braided Rivers AWP Group Ride

Apr 10, 2015

Musician Ben Weaver will lead a casual, “no-drop” group ride from the Minneapolis Convention Center to “The River” along Minneapolis bikeways with a mid-ride reading.The ride will end one block from One on One Bicycle Studios, the host of, “Braided Rivers: A Celebration of the River, Words, Music and Bicycles.” No Bike. No Problem. If you do not have your own bike, we’ll provide one using the Minneapolis bike-sharing program NiceRide MN. Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system anyone… More can use . Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It’s fast, easy and affordable. Ride Details The group ride will meet up at Nice Ride Bike Station 30012 Mpls Convention Center, (Corners of 2nd Ave S and Marquette Ave S.) Ride End: Bike Station 30021 Washington & 2nd Ave N The ride will gather at the bike station at 4:45 and depart at 5pm.

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/24081/braided-rivers-awp-group-ride

2. Saint Paul Saints Running Of The Pigs (Family friendly!)

Join the Saint Paul Saints 12th annual “Running of the Pigs,” at the brand new CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul! This isn’t ‘just a 5k’ since the Saints aren’t ‘just a baseball team.’ As you have heard us say, FUN is Good, and this is a run that’s as fun as a Saints game! The morning starts with a Kids Run around the warning track at 9:00 am. At 9:10 our Zer0k participants will dash from the starting line to the finish line. (Good thing for them that the starting line and finish line… More are the same place.) Zer0k participants will then rest their legs in our Club level and cheer on the 5k participants. Our 5k will begin at 9:15, followed by a post-race meal starting at 10:00.
http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/19729/saint-paul-saints-running-of-the-pigs

3. Fools Five Road Races

Fools Five Road Races 8K and 1 Mile

Lewiston-Altura High School Apr 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:00pm Lewiston-Altura High School, 100 County Road 25, Lewiston, MN 55952 Since 1979 Fools Five Road Race, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has brought people from around the world to Lewiston, Minnesota, to raise funds for cancer research. We are pleased to announce the 37th running of the Fools Five race. This year promises to be bigger and better. Since its inception, the Fools Five Road Race has raised over $1.8m in cancer research funding!

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/19723/fools-five-road-races-8k-and-1-mile

 4. Explore archery.

Miners Memorial Building in Virginia, MN welcomes the best of the best for a two-day archery tournament featuring various classes, vendors and exhibitors and more.

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/22664/minnesota-state-indoor-archery-tournament

5. Check out a new Studio!

The Wellness Project will be at Alchemy in Minneapolis.

Get Sweating Minnesota.

Your Weekend Fit Five

motivation

ONE

You Betcha. Hot Dash.

New from Twin Cities in Motion. New Course!

https://www.tcmevents.org/events/hot_dash_5k_and_10_mile_-_saturday_march_7_2015/

TWO

Polar Plunge 5k

Looking for a cool way to beat the winter blues? Switch off your treadmill and head outside for the fourth annual Plunge 5K! This family-friendly walk/run is a great way to embrace the chilly weather, boost your energy level, and warm your heart by supporting more than 8,000 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. You’ll even receive a rad shirt for your efforts!

http://www.plungemn.org/activities/minneapolis-plunge-5k/

THREE

Last Call. Hit the Slopes.

Seriously. The lack of snow was rough on local hills. Rumors of 53 degrees next week. Now or next year.

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-topics/minnesota-slopes/

Four

Cheer. Great Lakes Fat Bike Series.

Pack up your cow bells and head to Cable, Wisconsin to cheer on the last of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series. Get inspired and try a fat bike race soon.

http://www.greatlakesfatbikeseries.com/schedule

Five

Get Social

Follow us on Instagram and show us your weekend workout. Wellnessprojectmn – #landof10000workouts

Our month with ClassPass

 

What do barre, sculpt yoga, crossfit, shockwave, heat yoga and solidcore all have in common?  These were some of the workouts we explored during the month of February through ClassPass.

ClassPass is fairly new to the Twin Cities – it launched in late December, but has been very popular in other markets since 2013.    Co-founder Payal Kadakia told Elle Magazine, “It’s about variety, it’s about being able to go and flexibly try the different workouts, to have the freedom. We want people to be active so you’ll be happier, and be more yourself.”

The Wellness Project tested out ClassPass for a month and here is what we loved:

  • Adventure – the freedom of trying any of the participating studios allows you to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Opportunity – you can try a class you have been curious about without a package commitment.
  • Variety – because you can sign up at any of the participating studios your workouts can be filled with a wide variety of workout types.
  • Ease – the online booking system was super easy to use and navigate.
  • Unlimited Classes – you can take as many classes each month as you want (while a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio 3 times per month).
  • Expertise – the studios that are part of ClassPass are truly experts in the genre of fitness that they offer. This gives you solid instruction as well as the right environment to try a new activity.
  • Value – for just $79/month, if you like the classes and the studios are conveniently located – this is a no brainer.

Here are things you should know before you commit:

  • Research – some studios/classes do not provide complete descriptions on ClassPass. You might need to explore the studio’s website or call to inquire. One of us experienced an entry level Zumba class, that didn’t provide the workout we were seeking.
  • Bravery – if you are shy or hesitant about new things, you will need to be BRAVE or find a friend. All of the studios we tried were very friendly and welcoming, but even we were a little nervous before each class.
  • Studio selection/location – because ClassPass is relatively new in this market, they are still signing up studios. So depending on where you live, this may or may not be perfect for you. There are plenty of urban studios near the downtowns, but past the first ring the options are limited.
  • Class times – because many of the studios are boutique, they offer limited classes each day. This may or may not work with your schedule.

For the Wellness Project, our month with ClassPass was exciting and re-energized our workout routines. We each walked away with a new favorite workout – heat sculpt yoga, crossfit and solidcore. We are all open to trying ClassPass again and definitely would recommend it to someone looking to recharge their workouts, find variety or simply looking to expand their fitness level.

To learn more visit: http://classpass.com/faq