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Month: February 2018

Welcome to My . . . Dance Studio

Welcome to My . . . Dance Studio

Welcome to My . . . Dance Studio Professional ballerina Alison Stroming embraces what makes her unique, and hopes to inspire others through her dancing. The post Welcome to My . . . Dance Studio appeared first on Under Armour. Professional ballerina Alison Stroming embraces […]

The Top 15 Smart Phone Apps to Make You Strong and Healthy

The Top 15 Smart Phone Apps to Make You Strong and Healthy

The Top 15 Smart Phone Apps to Make You Strong and Healthy The mobile medical app market is exploding, with countless tech companies vying to grab a share of the $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States. And with obesity among […]

Swole

Swole

Swole

Do you want to be swole? Is that even a good thing? Not sure? We got you!

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Do you want to be swole? Is that even a good thing? Not sure? We got you!

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Brandon FleshmanUnder ArmourFebruary 28, 2018

Gym Rat

Gym Rat

Gym Rat While gym rats aren’t literal vermin, all gyms are definitely infested with them. The post Gym Rat appeared first on Under Armour. While gym rats aren’t literal vermin, all gyms are definitely infested with them. The post Gym Rat appeared first on Under […]

On Myths of Weight Training

On Myths of Weight Training

On Myths of Weight Training If you want to make real gains in the gym, it’s time to learn the truth about weightlifting. The post On Myths of Weight Training appeared first on Under Armour. If you want to make real gains in the gym, […]

Rebecca’s 100-Pound Weight Loss Improved More Than Just Her Physical Condition

Rebecca’s 100-Pound Weight Loss Improved More Than Just Her Physical Condition

Rebecca’s 100-Pound Weight Loss Improved More Than Just Her Physical Condition

As Rebecca neared the end of her military career, she realized her physical condition was diminishing and she was losing interest in things she once enjoyed. She and her twin sister decided to improve their eating and exercise habits, and after just a year, Rebecca had lost 100 pounds and had reclaimed her love for life — and herself.

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As Rebecca neared the end of her military career, she realized her physical condition was diminishing and she was losing interest in things she once enjoyed. She and her twin sister decided to improve their eating and exercise habits, and after just a year, Rebecca had lost 100 pounds and had reclaimed her love for …

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Brandon FleshmanUnder ArmourFebruary 27, 2018

Healthy at Any Age

Healthy at Any Age

Healthy at Any Age “I’m getting older” is no excuse to decrease your activity and increase your couch time. Whether you’re dealing with boredom in your routine or you’ve hit a plateau on your weight loss goal, putting your health first will ensure you feel […]

On Dealing With Soreness

On Dealing With Soreness

On Dealing With Soreness Why are you sore after a workout? Let our trainers explain (and how best to deal). The post On Dealing With Soreness appeared first on Under Armour. Why are you sore after a workout? Let our trainers explain (and how best […]

Bad Jokes and Good Spreads

Bad Jokes and Good Spreads

Bad Jokes and Good Spreads

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After having spent 30 minutes listening to my soon eight-year-old daughter telling a joke, I can tell you with 100% certainty that she’s got a talent for comedy. Someone apparently told her this joke in school and she tried explaining it to me repeatedly without ever reaching the pun. It was the funniest thing I’ve heard in years. Especially because she refused to give up and just kept at it. Something about blood dripping in a dark room and an old woman peeling tomatoes (although I think it should be blood orange, but don’t tell her). While I was literally ROFL with her for failing and yet succeeding with her comedy act, I had this revelation that this is it. This is the meaning of it all. As good as it gets. Total presens. Laughing so my tummy hurts together with someone I love unlimitedly.

So here is a suggestion. Whip up a couple of good spreads and dips, fill a tray with veggies, shut off your phone and sit down with someone you love and tell each other jokes tonight – good and bad ones.

These spreads don’t call for neither tomatoes nor blood oranges, but if you make the one with beetroot, your hands will look blood stained nevertheless [Yes! I knew there was a lame pun somewhere in there]. The pink one is a Beet, Bean & Sumac Spread that we like a lot (especially Luise, who adds a couple of dollops on top of scramble eggs for breakfast). It has a beautiful color and an intricate and tangy flavor that balances the beans and the beets. The white one is a yogurt, spinach and feta dip inspired by a Bon Appetite recipe (but simplified) and it was our kids favorite out of these three (the other two were named “not good” and “terrible” by our daughter). The red-ish is my favorite spread of all times, Muhammara. We make ours with roasted bell peppers, walnuts, almond flour, dates, lemon and cayenne. It has that great balance of rich, fresh, tangy, spicy and sweet. You can roast the bell peppers yourself or buy them roasted in a jar. We have tried both versions and even if home-roasted tastes slightly better, it is honestly not a huge difference. And since it’s 40 minutes quicker, I know which one most of you will go for.

That’s it for this week. Beans, nuts, yogurt, blood stains and bad jokes. My perfect Friday night.

/David

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Three Good Spreads

We served these spreads with a variety of raw veggies, roasted potatoes and bread, but they are also good on sandwiches and as sides to almost any dish. The top photo is inspired by a photo from one of Anna Jones wonderful cookbooks. Check out her books if you haven’t already.

Beet, Bean & Sumac Spread
Note: You can make this with raw beets if you want to save time, it’s also good. Skip or reduce the water if you do. However, you get a rounder flavour when roasting them so that’s our preferred method.

2 beetroots (approx 250 g / 9 oz)
1 x 400 g / 14 oz can white beans, rinsed
120 ml / 1/2 cup hot water
2 tsp ground sumac (or more lemon zest)
2 tbsp tahini 
1/2 lemon, juice and zest
1 pinch sea salt

Preheat the oven at 200°C / 400°F. Peel and trim the beets and cut in quarters. Place them on a small baking tray with a drizzle of oil and bake until soft, approx. 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, then place in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavors to your preference.

 

Muhammara
Note: If you are cooking for kids, leave out the cayenne (and maybe the date as we use it to balance the spiciness in the cayenne). We have shared the easy version here with store bought roasted bell peppers but you can of course roast them yourself.

3 roasted bell peppers (from a jar) (approx 200 g / 1 cup) see note below how to roast them yourself
60 g / 1/2 cup walnuts
45 g / 1/2 cup almond flour
1 soft date, stone removed
2 tbsp tahini or olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 large pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
sea salt flakes

Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor and consistency, adding more almond flour to thicken and tahini/oil or lemon to smoothen.

Note: To roast your own bell peppers, simply place them in the oven at 200°C/400°F for 25-30 minutes or until charred. Leave to cool under a bowl (this will make them easier to peel), peel off skin and seeds and add the flesh to the processor with the other ingredients.

 

Spinach, Feta & Mint Yogurt
Adapted from this Bon Appetite recipe.

2 cups Greek or Turkish yogurt
100 g / 3 1/2 oz feta cheese
1 handful walnuts

100 g / 3 1/2 oz baby spinach
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
1 tsp dried mint or a small handful leaves fresh mint, chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour yogurt into a bowl, crumble the feta cheese into it and stir until combined. Dry-toast the walnuts in a skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes, pour into small bowl and leave to cool. Add a thin layer of water to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Add half of the spinach, stir and keep adding more as the spinach wilts down. Add the mint to the spinach, season with salt, stir and set aside to cool. Add 2/3 of the spinach to the feta yogurt along with half of the olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Crush the walnuts in your hand, sprinkle over the yogurt and stir. Taste and adjust the flavour. Fold the rest of the spinach, walnuts and oil into the yogurt until it looks a little messy and marbled. Top with freshly ground black pepper.

 

PS!
Completely unrelated but we also just posted this sauerkraut video on our youtube channel. If you haven’t tried to make your own sauerkraut yet, you should! It’s super easy, you basically only need cabbage and salt. And it’s so good – tangy, fresh, gut healthy and all that. 

After having spent 30 minutes listening to my soon eight-year-old daughter telling a joke, I can tell you with 100% certainty that she’s got a talent for comedy. Someone apparently …

Green Kitchen StoriesGreen Kitchen StoriesFebruary 24, 2018

Let’s Smash It: Sweet Potato!

Let’s Smash It: Sweet Potato!

Let’s Smash It: Sweet Potato! Let’s smash open a sweet potato and learn what’s inside. Spoiler alert: magnesium, vitamin A and fiber! The post Let’s Smash It: Sweet Potato! appeared first on Under Armour. Let’s smash open a sweet potato and learn what’s inside. Spoiler […]