By: Kelsey Nichols
Re-learn a cardio exercise that you used to kick-butt at in elementary school.
Other Side Drive: Wednesday
By now, you might have been doing burpees and grasshoppers in your circuit workout. This week you can add something slightly more typical into your circuit workout that really target your entire body, and is a great cardio exercise.
This week we are adding jump roping into our circuit workout. Jumping rope is great for building endurance and strengthening muscles.
You should have plenty of space when jumping rope. I usually jump rope outside of my apartment complex on the sidewalk. I usually try to jump rope for 10 minutes in one minute increments, taking breaks between each increment for around 30 seconds to one minute.
When you are jumping rope, jump as fast as possible to get your heart rate up. While you’re in between increments you can do your other circuit workouts for one minute. Repeat the circuit until you have jumped rope for 10 minutes.
Granola bar? Chocolate bar? What’s the difference? If you are buying your granola bars from the store, there probably is not much of a difference between the two. The recipe redo for this week is the granola bar. I have experimented with making a healthy granola bar and I think I have a great recipe. The recipe that I based my recipe off of can be found at twopeasandtheirpod.com. However, I modified the recipe a lot when I made my homemade granola bars. My version of the recipe can be found on KTSW’s wordpress blog. This granola bar is great as a breakfast if you are on the run, or as a snack in between meals. Bake if for a few extra minutes and add to Greek yogurt.
3 cups old fashioned oats
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are moist. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. The pumpkin keeps the bars moist, so make sure they are golden and set-you don’t want them to be under baked. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
5. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars. Remove from pan and let cool completely.