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Veggie Recipes and HIIT Bike Workout

March 2, 2012


Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope you all had a good week and are looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend!

I was browsing on pinterest the other day and found two recipes that I really wanted to try out! One was for Carrot Fries, and the other was for zucchini broiled with parmesan. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to try, so I incorporated both into my dinner! I also picked up some organic ketchup from Trader Joe’s on my way home just to enjoy with my “fries!” (on the side were some pinto beans and some un-pictured Greek yogurt).

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The carrot fries recipe was super easy. I just had to cut up the carrots in to “fry” size, toss them in a bit of olive oil and salt, and then put them in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes. BAM! Carrot Fries!

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They tasted pretty good! Probably closer to sweet potato fries than regular carrot fries, but nevertheless delicious!

For the Zucchini Parmesan, I sliced up the zucchini, tossed it in olive oil and then sprinkled parmesan on top (also courtesy of TJ’s). I put it in the oven on Broil for about 10 minutes.

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I think if I made these again, I would broil one side without any cheese, then flip it over, add the cheese, and broil the other side. It was good, but mushier than I had wanted. I also think I’ll try this with some eggplant!


So this Friday I decided to participate in “FLOW”, or Fittness Loves of the Week, which is a similar link-up “party” as What I Ate Wednesday. You can check out Lindsay’s site, In Sweetness and In Health, to find links to other bloggers who have posted about fitness or have posted workouts! Check it out!

In Sweetness and In Health

I’ve mentioned a couple times this week that the bottom of my foot is bothering me. On Monday it was excruciating pain, now it’s more of a dull pain. Either way, I’m keeping off it until it’s completely better. I’m way to scared of making it worse and then not being able to run my Half Marathon in a month!

Not being able run has been hard on me, mostly because it’s not just running but I can’t walk either! If I can’t run, then I love to go on long walks! It’s just such a stress-relief for me. I can, however, use the stationary bike without any pain. I find the bike horribly boring (and it hurts my butt!) but my friend, Maddie, suggested a workout that her trainer told her about. I tried it out and loved it! It really kept my mind occupied!


HIIT Bike Workout

Start with a 5 – 10 minute warm up (I slowly increased from 6 – 8 on resistance)


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As you can see, each minute you do the higher resistance for 5 more seconds than the minute before, until you hit a whole minute at resistance 12! Let me tell you, those three minutes in the middle were rough! But it’s built like a pyramid, so from that point down it just gets easier!

And remember, you can always adjust the resistances to what works best for you! I also cooled down for another 9 minutes going from resistance 8 to 6. The whole thing took me 40 minutes, but you can cut it much shorter by shortening the warm up and cool down. I just made them longer since that was replacing my runs!


Have you ever made “fries” out of something other than potatoes?

How do you feel about the stationary bike?

32 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 8:45 am

    Rutabaga fries a la PBFingers! I also love to put Parmesan on any vegetable. It makes everything better!

  2. March 2, 2012 8:54 am

    I love carrot fries, they’re so good with ketchup!

    And I might steal that bike workout, my foot has been bothering me too and I’ve been using the bike a lot more!

    • March 2, 2012 11:05 am

      Definitely try it out! I did a shortened version yesterday before my strength training workout (I increased in 10 sec intervals instead of 5) and it really makes the time fly by!

  3. March 2, 2012 9:01 am

    Yum the parm zucchini looks delish. I bet it would be really good with egg plant.
    I really like parsnip “fries” and turnip “fries”

  4. March 2, 2012 10:29 am

    i love the carrot fries idea!!! i’m totally trying that! 🙂 i usually do sweet potato fries, which i love. great idea to add some intervals to the bike! i’m glad you enjoyed it! now you gotta try a spin class! 😉

    • March 2, 2012 11:07 am

      Haha I promise I’ll try spin after my half marathon! They only have 4 classes a week at my gym, so it’s hard to work in, but I will do it!!!

  5. March 2, 2012 10:57 am

    That looks like a great bike workout! I don’t use the bike very often.. but doing a HIIT on it would be something I’d be interested in!

    • March 2, 2012 11:07 am

      It really made the time fly by! Even more than any other HIIT I’ve done! Haha and that’s saying a lot because I really don’t like the bike!

  6. March 2, 2012 11:25 am

    I used to roast potatoes and carrots together, same size pieces, and eat that on the side, so it was like half fries and half carrots. It was good. I also love sweet potato and parsnip fries though!

  7. March 2, 2012 12:00 pm

    I really want to try parsnip and rutabaga fries!

    • March 2, 2012 2:45 pm

      I do too now! I’ll have to look for them at Whole Foods since I never see them at Trader Joe’s!

  8. March 2, 2012 12:18 pm

    I want to try rutabaga and parsnip ‘fries’ too–sounds delicious. Those carrot fries look good too!!

    LOVE the bike HIIT work. Will use to incorporate into training soon!

  9. March 2, 2012 12:42 pm

    I just found your blog and I love. it.!!
    Oh carrot fries.. I am not a big fan of carrots to say the least BUT I can eat carrot fries by the pound.. especially when seasoned with garlic powder. It sounds so weird but they taste SO amazing!

    • March 2, 2012 2:46 pm

      I’m so glad you found it!!! And I’m not surprised that you’d eat carrot fries, they barely taste like carrots! And I like this garlic powder idea!

  10. March 2, 2012 1:04 pm

    I love eggplant fries – they’re delicious!

  11. March 2, 2012 2:34 pm

    I quite like the stationary bike – I think you can get a great workout on it when you do HIIT or even when you just have it set on random. Those carrot fries look yummy!

    • March 2, 2012 2:47 pm

      I tried setting it on random, but I got bored! I think having to change the time myself helped keep my mind occupied!

  12. March 2, 2012 2:55 pm

    I never thought to do carrot fries – such a good idea!

  13. March 2, 2012 4:37 pm

    I’ve been on my bike all winter and doing Tabata intervals! I love HIIT workouts so I think I’m going to try this one you posted.

  14. March 2, 2012 6:26 pm

    I’ve tried sweet potato fries before and really liked them! I’ll have to give these carrot fries a try, they look pretty tasty! As does the zucchini! I’ll have to use your tip though to make those!

  15. March 2, 2012 9:30 pm

    Love the carrot fries idea!! I’ve never tried fries with anything other than a potato or sweet potato.

    I’m not a huge fan of stationary bikes – I feel so awkward on them!

    • March 2, 2012 9:34 pm

      Haha me too! I’m constantly sliding forward and having to scoot back, and it’s just uncomfortable!

  16. March 2, 2012 9:33 pm

    Thank you so much for linking-up!! That looks like a great bike workout…definitely something that would keep me interested while on it! I’m sorry about your foot, I hope it feels better soon. And I totally saw those carrot fries on pinterest the other day and want to try them!

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