Dance to Stay Fit & Healthy

This week I attended a ballet class, an elementary ballet class. As someone who has been doing ballet for 15 years of my years professionally, this was a unique experience. I went with a new friend of mine and it was amazing! Getting back into ballet was all kinds of emotions. From nervousness to pure joy and excitement. The biggest changes were all the mirrors and the  floor which I miss so dearly. Today I want to talk about getting more involved in these initiatives. The class I took was 1.5h long and cost me $13.50.



Personally, I am not a gym goer. I find it boring and I walk away all cramped up and too tired to continue conquering the day. On the other hand, ballet trains every muscle of your body but it also teaches you grace with how you carry yourself. Ballet isn’t for everyone but with amazing drop in programs like these, you aren’t committing yourself to a full year program which gives you a chance to find something you love doing to keep active.

Being more into creative forms of keeping active such as following YouTube videos or joining classes, I found these drop in programs such a wonderful way to keep in shape not only for physical health but for mental health too.

Movement:

  • Gets your body going
  • Conditions your muscles, strengthens bones
  • Increases flexibility
  • Clears the mind from unnecessary worry or stress
  • Improves mood


What I’m Looking Forward To Trying:

I have been meaning to try barre fitness classes which is a mixture of stretches to upbeat music to increase body strength and flexibility. This definitely sounds like a more fun version of your ordinary stretching session.

As well, I am excited to give meditation a try. As someone who is always running around and studying or working, meditation seems like a mindful way to detach myself from the city buzz and enjoy peace and serenity of my mind. Free classes are offered at my university and I am looking to make use of this before exam season.

Another idea for getting involved, is to try zumba or adult fitness classes. Exercises and repetitive dance steps in a series of different variations is such a great way to get your exercise in while also enjoying the company of others and really letting go of the awkwardness.

How are you getting your exercise in? 


I hope you enjoyed these ideas for ways to get active without going a gym. These are somewhat dance related but they are also loads of fun. Hope you can join me on this adventure.

~Kisses, Kvitka~

 

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Work Lunch Ideas: Quesadillas | Veggie Mushrooms

I used to dread making lunch for school or work simply because of time constraints. It was easier to put some leftovers from the night before into a container and voila. However, I have recently started making a fresh meal in the morning before my class on Thursdays. The class isn’t until 1pm so I have all the time in the morning to experiment with ingredients and Pinterest the recipes. The food tastes fresh and its also a little triumph for the week. Today I’m going to share with you what I made last week and this week which looks like complicated stuff, but it really shouldn’t take more than 20-40min to make.

Stuffed Veggie Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms sounds like a complicated recipe already but I was so happy to learn that it’s basically impossible to mess this one up (which is golden for me). Although I list the ingredients below, you can really customize the recipe to your liking. The mushrooms also shrink when you put them in the oven so its always a safe bet to make more than you think you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Mushrooms of your choice
  • Parsley
  • 1 Pepper
  • 1 Green onion
  • 1/4 cup graded cheddar cheese
  • Meat of your preference: I used steak
  • Olive oil

Step 1:

Finely cut up the pepper, onion, and the meat. Carve out the stem of the mushroom and cut it up as well. Place some butter onto the skillet and let it sit until it begins to lightly sizzle. Place the cut up ingredients onto the skillet and saute.

Step 2:

Peal off the outer layer of the mushrooms and rub olive oil over the outer layer. Place them on parchment paper and the cooking sheet.

Step 3:

Stuff the mushrooms with the ingredients off the skillet and sprinkle the graded cheddar cheese and parsley. Place into the oven at 400C for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Take it out of the oven and let the mushrooms sit for a few minutes before serving.


Pepper Quesadillas 

I really enjoy getting quesadillas whenever the opportunity arises but I’m usually disappointed by the amount of oil that rolls down my hands and the explosion of vegetables that fall out. So instead I decided to make these myself. After a 10pm Shoppers Drug Mart run to get some tortillas, I was ready to try this out myself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tortilla
  • 1 Pepper
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • Meat of your preference: I used kovbasa
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of spinach

Step 1:

I started off by cutting up the pepper into thin strips, the kovbasa and garlic into small cubes, and cutting thin slices of cheddar cheese. Afterwards, I threw the pepper, garlic, and the kovbasa onto the skillet along with the spinach. Saute for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2:

Fill half the tortilla with the sauted ingredients and cover with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and place back on the skillet for 3-5 min on medium heat before flipping it over for another 3 min.

Step3:

Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and while its still relatively warm, cut it into three triangles. I found that while its fresh off the skillet, it is easiest to cut and nothing comes out of the quesadilla itself.


And there you have it! Minimum ingredients and time. Let me know if you will be making these recipes at home. Also, I would love to read about your favourite work/school lunch ideas. Always looking for some inspiration. 

~Kisses, Kvitka~

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cookie Recipe for your Holiday Sweet-tooth

I am the first to admit to having an uncontrollable holiday sweet-tooth especially when all the goodies go on sale after the holidays. This is my season to splurge on candy and then work relentlessly at the gym afterwards. However, I found an alternative – homemade cookies where you know the ingredients going in and of course they are a must for any holiday themed party. Here are my tips and tricks.

Preparation: 20min | Bake: 15min | Difficulty level: Medium | Serving: 10

 


Ingredients:

egg | 1/3 cup vegetable oil | apples | 1 teaspoon vanilla extract | 2 cups al purpose flour | 1/2 cup walnuts | 3/4 teaspoon baking soda | 1/2 teaspoon baking powder | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 3/4 cup chocolate chips | 1 teaspoon cinnamon


 


  
♦ Beat: egg, oil, and sugar until smooth. Cut the apples into small cubes and add them into the mixture with the vanilla extract until well blended.

♦ Dry ingredients: in a different bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips and the walnuts.

♦ Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until well blended.

♦ Using two spoons, create small circles on the baking sheet. Make sure they are well spaced out. Bake at 350C for 20 min or until golden brown.

Voila, your holiday themed cookies are ready for the party!

What is your holiday go to recipe?


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-Kisses, Kvitka-

Happy Holidays  

 

30 Days of Yoga

Yesterday I started practicing yoga. And yes, I am completely sore all over. But I am also very energised and completely motivated for the rest of my 30 day yoga challenge. What sparked this sudden interest in yoga? My new youtube discovery: Yoga with Adriene. She’s amazing! She’s sweet, understanding, knows everything about yoga, has a sense of humour and is extremely motivational.

These videos are completely free and promote a healthy lifestyle. I never thought I would start yoga but these videos show how uncomplicated and how de-stressing yoga can be. In a world full of stress, we could use a 20 min break (which is how long most of her videos are)!


I invite you all to join me on this journey. If you’ve already done something similar or are excited to try yoga, let me know in the comment below! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more on our (mis)adventures and interests.

Until next time,

Rochelle