how to perfectly poach an egg

March 19, 2015 in Blog, Breakfast, Fitfluential, Food, Review by lindsaymwright

I think I told you that we celebrated my mama’s birthday on Sunday with a special brunch.  A new (fabulous) restaurant opened in town and I’d been dying to check it out – her birthday seemed like the perfect occasion!  The Bowery’s menu is a fun mix of eclectic and traditional, all inspired by LOCAL ingredients.  The food was amazing – the company and fellowship even better.

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When I was deciding what to order, the Appalachian Benedict popped out at me.  A cornmeal biscuit?  Locally-sourced country ham?!  And lastly – A POACHED EGG!!  I’d never poached an egg by myself but I LOVE them.  The dish was amazing and I walked away with a mission – learn how to poach an egg.  (Biscuits would have to wait for another year day)

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As I’ve written about in the past, I’m partnering this month with Eggland’s Best to help shed light on their incredible egg.  March is National Nutrition Month and Eggland’s wants to show people how making the simple switch from an ordinary egg to an EB egg is going to give them SO MUCH MORE nutrition.  Compared to an ordinary egg, an EB egg has:

  • 10 times MORE vitamin E
  • 4 times MORE vitamin D
  • 3 times MORE vitamin B12
  • More than DOUBLE the Omega 3
  • 35% MORE Lutein
  • 25% LESS saturated fat
  • 60 Calories per large egg

You can find Eggland’s Best eggs in most any supermarket – I bought mine at Walmart.  With fresh eggs in hand, I got started.  Since I’d never poached an egg before I googled.  Naturally.  I found a million different recipes but landed on this one from Jamie Oliver since you can never go wrong with his advice (plus that accent….).  I LOVED this video tutorial and the tips that he included (I’m a visual learner).  10 minutes later, I had a couple of perfectly poached eggs.  I served mine atop some cheesy Ezekiel bread – an easy and nutritious breakfast (or lunch…or dinner)

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Tip #1 – USE FRESH EGGS!!

The best poached eggs are made with FRESH eggs!  Based on an independent study, Eggland’s Best eggs were shown to maintain freshness longer than ordinary eggs.  Jamie suggests getting the eggs towards the BACK of the line – they’ll be the freshest!  (also look for the “Best by” date on the side of the carton)

Tip #2 – BRING THE WATER TO A GENTLE SIMMER

Poaching is NOT boiling.  Boiling will smash the eggs all around.  Bring the water to an almost boil then reduce the heat.  <-Jamie does NOT suggest using vinegar (most recipes call for it) – he says it makes the eggs taste vinegary…makes sense.

Tip #3 – USE A BOWL TO DROP THE EGG

After your water is simmering, crack your EB egg into a bowl and THEN ease it into the water (rather than plopping it right into the pot).

Cook for 3 minutes at a low simmer.  Use a slotted spoon to retrieve your egg then gobble it up however you wish!

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There you have it!  The perfect (non-intimidating) poached egg!

QUESTION:  How do you like your eggs?  <-any which way!  Scrambled with cheese on top is my go-to though!

splendid…lindsay

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

creamy smokehouse chicken dip

January 28, 2015 in Blog, Blue Diamond, Food, Recipe, Review, Snack by lindsaymwright

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Wednesday!

Since the big game is this coming Sunday, let’s talk football today, shall we?  Or rather, let me tell you how little I actually know about the sport.

Lindsay’s Football Facts

1)  Football was invented in 1609 when two dueling countries decided to fight over an actual pig.  Hence the name, “pigskin” when we’re talking about the football*.

2)  The quarterback on every team must meet the following criteria or be kicked out of the league:  1) be “Nebraska-handsome”, 2) must date a super-model or actress and 3) must use the phrase “my hands are my work” in at least one conversation a day*.

Two.

Two facts.

*I actually have no idea how football got started or if “Nebraska-handsome” is a thing…(but it should be).  My mother uses the phrase, “My hands are my work!” when she doesn’t want to do manual labor.  She’s a dental hygienist so I guess it kinda makes sense.

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Blue Diamond Almond recently sent me some of their Wasabi & Soy Sauce and Smokehouse almonds to try out.  Umm…YUM to both flavors!!  Then they challenged me to come up with a GAME DAY snack in preparation for the big game on Sunday.  True to my core, I chose the easiest recipe I could and made some fun substitutions.  After playing around for at least 5 minutes in the kitchen, Creamy Smokehouse Chicken Dip was born.  It’s PERFECT for your football crowd – tangy, creamy and packed with protein!  The finely chopped almonds add flavor and a little bit of texture.  We ate our dip with Blue Diamond Nut Thins and celery sticks.

Give it a go (and then get over here and fill me in on this football stuff).

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Creamy Smokehouse Chicken Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 can of Blue Diamond Almond Smokehouse almonds, finely chopped
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (I love using greek cream cheese – higher protein content)
  • 3/4 cup light ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Texas Pete)
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through.  Stir in chopped almonds, cream cheese, ranch dressing and bbq sauce.  Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.  Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture into an 8×8 pan.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 12-15 minutes.  Before serving, top with any remaining almonds you have.  Serve with celery sticks and/or chips.  <-Blue Diamond happens to make a SMOKEHOUSE Nut Thin but I couldn’t find it at the store I went to so I used their Sea Salt flavor – still great!

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QUESTION:  Will you be watching the big game on Sunday?  What are you making as far as food goes (and can we come over?)?

splendid…lindsay

the asics gel-fit sana: a review

January 5, 2015 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

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As part of my ambassadorship with Fitfluential, I recently got to try out the new Asics Gel-Fit Sana shoes.  I was immediately drawn to this shoe because the last five (?) pairs of shoes that I’ve reviewed have been RUNNING shoes.  The Gel-Fit Sana is different – it’s meant for cross-training, not running.  Specifically, they’re PERFECT for lateral movements and jumping movements.  What do you think we do in Trackstars the most???  We sprint, we jump, we pivot.  A lot of my training is speed and agility in the gymnasium so I was excited to see how the Gel-Fit Sana performed.  I love my running shoes but sometimes my toes slide around when we perform drills or they feel loose around the ankle when I’m changing direction.

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To test out the shoe, I’ve been wearing them for the last week or so at Trackstars and on a couple of walks….oh and we obviously went down to the track and played around for this photoshoot (Travis had a little too much fun with that camera and I had too much fun jumping on around). Here’s what I love best about the Asics Gel-Fit Sana:

  • They are VERY lightweight.  I like that my feet feel “springy” and not bogged down by heavy shoes.
  • The fit is snug, almost like a water shoe.  I was telling Travis that these shoes feel like “foot gloves.”  They just move WITH your feet instead of wearing something ON your feet.
  • They’re just pretty!  Yes, I’ll admit it – the color and style of shoes make a difference when I’m purchasing.  I love the blue and aqua colors and the lacing up the side!

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Since the majority of my training these days would be described as speed and agility (I do throw strength training, balance and flexibility training in to every workout, but Trackstars is extremely agility-focused), the Asics Gel-Fit Sana really is the perfect addition.

Big thanks to Asics and Fitfluential for allowing me to review the shoe!  I encourage you to get your own pair here!

QUESTION:  What type of shoe do you train in?  What type of training do you primarily focus on?

splendid…lindsay

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

training with the mizuno #waverider18

October 24, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.  All opinions are my own.

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Last Saturday we hosted another Bootcamp Bash.  I say “we” because it really takes a small village for me to pull these things off.  Travis loads his truck with the tires (with help from his brothers), my niece serves as babysitter for the older two kids, my mama comes and pushes Porter and Charlie Ruth in the double stroller and I…well I stand around and look pretty while blowing my whistle at people.

The face of the company if you will. 

(maybe it’s Maybelline…)

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The kind people at Mizuno recently sent me their newest shoe – the Wave Rider 18 – and I wore them last Saturday.  I’m kinda bummed because they’re now covered in grass and dirt.  I guess you could say they’re now “broken in.”   If you’ve been a Lindsay’s List reader for a while, you know my LOVE/PASSION/OBSESSION with this running shoe.  Over the past three years, I’ve actually been blessed with the chance to review the Wave Rider 16, the 17 and now the 18.  Even if the company weren’t so generous (and I’m happy that they are), I’d spend my money on these shoes any day of the week.  They’re fabulous!  And they’re the only running shoe that I’ve consistently recommended to clients and friends.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is the running shoe for most everyone.  They boast Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology which provides runners with a stable ride and just enough support and responsiveness.  The fit is perfect and true to size (I wear a 9.5).  Best of all, you don’t feel like you’re tied down to heavy shoes (the worst for me!!).  These shoes are light (7.8 ounces) yet provide plenty of support.  They’re very similar to the previous models – the only real difference I see is that the tongue doesn’t seem to come up as high (I like that).  Like I said, I’ve had three pairs now and they’ve proven to be just an all-around great running shoe.  The shoe retails for $119 – go here to read all about them!

Thanks again, Mizuno!

QUESTION:  Ever had a pair of Wave Riders?  Mizunos?  What’s your favorite running shoe?

splendid…lindsay

sizzlefish and cooking lindsay-ish style

October 14, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Dinner, Food, Review by lindsaymwright

I gotta tell you about this fish.

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And not only because I’ve met the owner, Rob and fell in love with him and his cedar-plank salmon at Blend 2014.  And not because one of my best friends works as the Social Media Coordinator for the company.  And also not because when you go to price this fish out, you’ll find that each filet comes out to about $5 – much less than if you ordered it at a restaurant – AND that’s including the shipping cost!

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I actually really just LOVE fish.

Good fish.

And having it once a year when we’re down in Destin, Florida just isn’t enough.

Sizzlefish offers perfectly portioned, frozen seafood right to your door!  If you’re like me and live at least 7 hours away from the nearest ocean, you’ll understand the hesitation that comes with ordering fish in the mountains.  My mind just doesn’t go there.  If I saw items like “Coho Salmon” or “Sablefish” on a local eatery’s menu, I’d probably make a “ehhhhh-face” and skip right to the cheeseburger (mmmm…cheeseburger….).

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Honestly, when I received a sampler pack of some of their filets, I panicked a little. I don’t cook fish (read the paragraph above).  My friend Katie told me to do something simple.  Something Lindsay-ish, she said.  Hmmm…Lindsay-ish.

So I plopped down on the couch and googled “Crockpot Salmon.”

Yes.  Yes, I seriously did.

To my great surprise, turns out there are like 600,000+ recipes out there for cooking salmon in a crockpot.  Go figure.  I almost went there but decided not to.  This fish is special and deserves better than a 2 hour soak in that little appliance.  Chili, yes.  Coho Salmon, no.

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All I did was pull out my Calphalon sauté pan, defrost two salmon filets (10 minutes in warm water) and then pan-sear them.  Just to get a little bit fancy (and because I’m 4 and like to dip my food into sauces and stuff), I whipped up a quick dijon topping (equal parts spicy dijon mustard and plain greek yogurt).  I served it all up with a side of my spaghetti squash/hummus/spinach creation and Travis and I sat down to a meal in less than 20 minutes.  We “mmmmm-ed” and “ahhhh-ed” through each flaky bite.

I was at the beach, you guys.  Except in my pjs and at my house.

Thanks, Sizzlefish!

**For the month of October, Sizzlefish is offering $10 off all orders. Use the code “OCTBONUS” at checkout.  Shipping is included in the price!**

QUESTION:  Do you like fish?  What’s your favorite kind?

splendid…lindsay

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for review but was not compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own!**

tips for surviving your first mud run

September 22, 2014 in Blog, Goals, Inspiration, Marriage, Races, Review, Saturday Fun by lindsaymwright

Last Saturday, Travis and I ran the Building Bridges Mud Run in Waynesville, North Carolina!  We had a muddy good time!  A FIT DATE, if you will.  Before I get into my tips for surviving your first mud run (this was actually our second), I’ll review a little bit about the actual race in case anyone might want to run it next year (you shouldwith ME!).

Building Bridges Mud Run – My Thoughts

PROS:

Organization

This race was VERY well organized!  All parts, from registration to chip timing to swag bags and the finish-line organization were on point.  Since this was the inaugural year, I was very surprised with how smoothly everything ran (it’s hard planning for 300 people).  There was even a guarded place for personal belongings (which was how I was able to take some of the pictures that I got on my phone!).

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Hard obstacles

If you’re going to sign up for a mud run, you expect two things: MUD and obstacles.  Travis and I were VERY happy with the difficulty of the obstacles.  There was a good variety that challenged us in various ways.  I believe this course had 13 (?) obstacles.  My favorite? The Monkey Bars!  (even though I fell crossing them because they were SO wet…landed with a huge splash in a mud pit!)

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Finish line perks

Not only did the finish line have a fun slip n’ slide to end the course with but we were also blessed with custom soap from the Hazelwood Soap Company, free water, free bananas and complimentary towels.  Perhaps the best part: being sprayed off with the fire truck hose!  My entire bottom half was caked with mud but the fire truck hose helped take almost all of that off (which made driving home much cleaner).

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CONS:

Course Distance

We were told that the course would be 3.5 miles long.  It actually ended up being right around 2.25.  Travis didn’t mind a bit.  While the hills and obstacles made it hard, I did feel a little shorted on the distance.

Course Obstacle Clumping

Nearly all of the obstacles were clumped together in one location.  I’m sure this had something to do with the land owner (they had to create a lot of mud pits on someone’s land) so it wasn’t really a big deal.  The race would have been better had the obstacles been better dispersed throughout the run.

Those were my only two complaints!

Overall, I highly recommend any locals to run this race (the 2015 date has yet to be released).  I know that Travis and I will come back for it! Smile  A big thank you to my mother-in-law for watching the kids while we ran!

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Now for some tips on running your first mud run!  Like I said, this was actually our second mud run.  The first was the 2011 Warrior Dash in Mountain City, GA.  Travis, Katy and I ran that race and had a great time.  A mud run is simply a race (usually 5k, but there are some longer distances) that involves obstacles and a muddy course.  People usually don’t race them for time but rather come for the atmosphere and energy that surrounds the race.  They’re just REALLY fun!  Here are seven tips that you should know before getting muddy!

7 Tips for Surviving Your First Mud Run

1.  Wear TIGHT fitting clothing!

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See those sweatpants.  Don’t wear those.  Worst idea ever.

One of the first “obstacles” was fording a river.  That part was easy.  Getting out of the water and then running with super soggy, non-wicking pants was the tricky part.  It literally felt like I was wearing 20 pound ankle weights (and if calf weights were a thing…those too).  Next time I’ll wear long pants or capris that fit snuggly!  A tight fitting top would probably be best as well – you don’t want it to get snagged on anything.

2.  Wear shoes & clothes that you can throw away.

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If you’re like me, you’ll want to wear items that you can easily TRASH or DONTATE when the race is over!  Sure, you could try to clean everything off and salvage the pieces but I don’t like putting mud into the washing machine.  We went to the thrift store and spent $4 total on our race outfits.  Buy items that you won’t mind getting muddy.  Wear the oldest pair of shoes you have too– many races actually collect the used shoes at the finish line and donate them!

3.  Be prepared to get muddy.

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Seems like a no brainer since you just paid money to play in the mud but you’d be surprised how many people tried taking the “non-dirty” route through some of the obstacles or on the race path.  Travis and I laughed at the start line as people were stopping in front of us to avoid some mud puddles.  Umm….you’re about to spend 30 minutes in the mud but you’re freaking out about your shoes a minute before the gun goes off.  It was funny.  The race will be WAY better if you get as dirty as possible! Trust me!

4.  Bring a full change of clothes + a towel for the ride home!

Even if you choose to keep your muddy race clothes, you’re still going to want a fresh change of clothes for the ride home.  We traveled 45 minutes to the race and I was so thankful for a new outfit (shirt, pants, undies, bra) and a pair of flip flops for the return home.

5.  Don’t wear jewelry.

Travis’ tip.  He wore his wedding band (didn’t want the ladies to get any ideas) and it nearly fell off when it got wet and muddy.  Leave your jewelry/keys/phones at the starting line!

6.  Do it with someone!

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If you can possibly avoid it, don’t race alone!!  The best part of running over tires, jumping over hay bales and crawling through tunnels is doing it WITH someone else!  You laugh, you cry, you get mud in your eyes and then there’s someone there to wipe it out.  Since you’re not concerned with keeping a certain pace or hitting a finish time, you can have fun out there.  Do it with someone else!  <-this is my philosophy on ALL fitness but that’s a different blog post.

7.  Come up with a team name/outfit!

In the same vein, come up with a creative outfit and team name for the race!  Building Bridges actually gave away prizes for the most creative team name and the most creative costumes (we didn’t win – I’m not really sure what our costume theme was.  Maybe ”Sweatpant-astic”?!?  Yeah that works).

Like I said, we went to the thrift store in search of a costume to wear.  It was slim pickins, my friends.  I think if you lived in a larger city it would be much easier to find cohesive pieces for a team costume but all we found were ratty shirts, old pajamas and sweatpants.  We just went with it and took some scissors to everything to “customize.”  Wish I’d had a Bedazzler…..

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8.  HAVE FUN!

My last and most important tip:  HAVE FUN!!  You paid money to go run in the mud.  Have fun with yourself and your team.  Be silly.  Make up a song or team chant.  Do whatever you wanna do for 3 miles.  I PROMISE – you won’t be the most obnoxious person there.

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QUESTION:  Ever done a MUD RUN???  Any tips to add??

splendid…lindsay