Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Potatoes and a Fitness Milestone!

Does it make sense that now that summer is over I am working out more than ever? You think I would have gotten myself in check four months ago to look uber fit in a bikini, but those months came and went. Don't get me wrong, I am still kickboxing 3-4 times a week,but I needed another goal in mind. Running. My entire 28 years I have spent HATING running. As a child with asthma, I always thought running for me just wasn't possible. I get all wheezy,my lungs burn, I am gasping for air after two minutes of running. I am no runner. I'm lucky I can even do cardio. WRONG. I gave myself a goal of running a 5k. Not a lofty goal, just to run 3.5 miles and not die.

With the help of the Couch-to-5k app I have done it! For those of you wanting to run, but have no idea how to start this app is perfect. It is a 9 week plan of workouts and tells you when to run and walk. Does it get any easier? Anyway, I am six weeks into the 9 week plan and I completed a 5k Saturday! I didn't even walk. I didn't wheeze,or die for that matter. Oddly enough, I can't wait to do another one!

Oh, and yes, I have a recipe for you. A perfect side dish for the fall! Sweet & Spicy Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are so great for you. They have a ton of vitamin A,B 6, and iron. Now, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Once you douse them with maple syrup,marshmallows, or butter they aren't actually healthy anymore. So here is a recipe to enjoy the sweetness of sweet potatoes,while adding a savory kick. I actually prefer savory sweet potatoes! Add some sriracha for spice, lime juice for a tart contrast Greek yogurt to kick up the protein! The result- sweet and spicy and DELICIOUS! I ate these with lemon marinated grilled chicken. Perfect side dish! 

Sweet & Spicy Potatoes

3 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 to 3/4  cup of low fat coconut milk
Zest and juice of a lime
1 teaspoon of sriracha
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
salt & pepper to taste
optional: cilantro


1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Drop into boiling water and boil for 8-10 minutes or until tender. 
2. Drain potatoes and pour into a large bowl. 
3. Add coconut milk,lime juice and zest and sriracha. 
4. Mash with a potato masher or with an immersion blender ( I did that and it worked perfectly.)
5. Add greek yogurt and salt and pepper. Mix with a large spoon. 


  1. I was just checking out the Couch to 5km app. Nice to hear positive feedback and congratulations! Potatoes look great.

    1. Ya I love the app! It keeps me going and the pace is perfect! And yes, the potatoes are awesome!!