It's time for another blogging contest! This time I am adding a few new categories and I am excited to see how creative everyone gets. The contest starts today and runs through Sunday April 11. Awards will be handed out for the following:
Best true story posted about motivating another person to get Active. For example: "I motivated my lazy dad/cousin/friend to go running with me when he/she was visiting. They only made it around the neighborhood once but it's the first time in 15 years they have put on running shoes..."
Best training photo of yourself--have fun with this!
Most inspirational comment on another person's post
Most creative post--think video, photos, creative writing, etc.
Here is a post from last year to help get your creative juices flowing:)
In honor of making it nearly halfway through the program, I present you with the Halfway There Training Challenge. I want to see who can get the most people to join them for a single training session. Show the people in your life how exciting it is to be active! Invite your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, even your entire congregation to join you for one of your workouts. You must take a photo for evidence and post it in the blog. You have until Monday the 29th to post the photo. And yes, there will be a prize.
A while back I took the time to meet with a nutritionist twice a month for about six months. She helped me analyze my food intake and make adjustments that improved my energy and balanced my diet. One of the most important things I learned is that people in general need to eat more greens and grains. So everytime I sit down to make my meal plan, I ask myself if I have enough greens and grains. One of my favorite grains is quinoa so I wanted to share some tasty quinoa recipes with you all. Enjoy!
Cajun Corn and Kale Salad
1 sweet onion minced
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 bunch of Kale--steamed, cooled and drained (you can squeeze excess water out of the kale once it is cooled)
1 can of corn (or 2 ears of corn, cooked and cut off the cob)
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
cajun seasoning - if you do not have any you can make it by mixing the following ingredients together: salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed fennel seeds, thyme
1 1/2 cups quinoa cooked and cooled (I'm not sure if this is the right amount for the recipe so just make a bunch and mix in the appropriate amount)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy. This is great to eat as leftovers so make a lot and eat it for lunch throughout the week.
Almond and Fennel Salad
1 C quinoa
1 C seedless, red grapes
1 fist-sized bulb of fennel, finely chopped
1/2 C silvered almonds, lightly toasted
1 T fresh thyme
1 T fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
2 T red wine vinegar
3 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
fresh pepper, to taste
Wash the quinoa until water runs clear.
Cook quinoa in large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Drain the quinoa and rinse with cold water
In the same pot bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil, place the colander or sieve that was used to drain the quinoa in the kettle. The quinoa will steam in the pot-covered-for 10 minutes without touching the water. The quinoa is ready when it is fluffy and dry.
When quinoa cools, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
We are going to spice up the Who Wants to Get Active? program with a blogging contest. Starting today we will be monitoring the blogs for volume, inspiration and creativity. The contest runs through Sunday March 14 and awards will be handed out for:
Most inspirational post from March 2 to March 14
Most comments on other participants' posts from March 2 to March 14
Funniest post from March 2 to March 14
Post from March 2 to March 14 with the most views. For this one we encourage you to promote your post--share it with family and friends, post it on your facebook page, etc.
And in the team category:
Most posts from a single team from March 2 to March 14
We will have some great prizes including pedometers, $100 gift certificates to a sporting goods store and more!
Way to go in your training so far and keep up the great work!