a little something more for your Sundays!
I was lucky enough to be one of Leah's students while she trained to be a cycling instructor early in 2016.
What I remember most after my first test ride is that she came right up to me after class and asked for constructive feedback. Yes, that's Leah. This girl wants to learn! And more significant to me, she's not afraid to be on a journey of becoming rather than assuming she's already arrived. While I thought that first class was great (I was also just trying to survive as a newbie cycler), I know she has worked hard to change things up and become even better. I LOVE her classes. Little did I know she was also a trained yoga instructor . . .
and a consistent meal prepper!
You may have woke up this Sunday morning with this BEFORE picture in your mind and no plan for #sundaysetup:
But thanks to Leah, this could be your AFTER before the afternoon is actually over:
A few weeks ago Jaime and Leah came and tested recipes in my kitchen! (Read about Jaime here if you haven't already.)
I asked Leah a couple quick questions on what she eats and how she meal preps because we gotta keep learning from each other! 🙌
Q: Why do you meal prep, Leah?
I meal prep for convenience and to keep me on track with my health goals. Between two jobs, studying in all my free time, and trying to still have a social life, I feel like I'm always on the go, so having meals ready for me is super nice. I don't go hungry, and I don't spend money on food eating out! It also helps with portion control.
Q: How much do you make?
I don't really meal prep the same day every week, I more just make meals as I need them. If I have a big chunk of time one day I'll make about 12-14 meals (usually doubled for me and my boyfriend), and then when I get close to running out I'll either make another large batch, or I'll prep a smaller amount, maybe 4-6 meals, to get me through until I have more time!
This recipe is packed full of vegetables and really is the perfect share because there are almost as many ways to make a recipe like this as there are individuals in our gym. Just pick and choose and add and subtract. You don't want sausages? Try beans or just vegetables. You don't like onions, skip it and add a little garlic and spices if you need more flavor. All you really have to do is get chopping!
Leah named it Max's Veggie Dish because Max (fellow Torque rider!) started this whole recipe. Thank you, Max and Leah, on behalf of us all!
Here's the recipe:
- 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2-3 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
- 1-2 zucchini and/or yellow squash
- 1 bundle of carrots (5-6 small to medium carrots) peeled and diced
- 1/2 - 1 whole onion chopped
- 1-2 jalepeños (with or without seeds depending on how spicy you want it)
- 2 packages of sausage (8 in all), Leah prefers Aidell's GF Italian Chicken Sausage
- 1 jar of marinara, Leah prefers Mezetta's Parmesan, Asiago & Romano
- Heat oil and start by cooking the sweet potatoes on the stove to soften them over medium to high heat.
- When starting to get tender, add all the other veggies.
- Once they are cooked to your liking add the pasta sauce until warm.
- Separate into individual containers.
- Lastly, sauté sausages in a clean pan until browned on both sides and heated through.
- Add equal amounts of sausage on top of each meal!
AND GUESS WHAT?
NEXT SUNDAY, November 6th, Leah will be teaching a beginners Yoga 101 class in our gym at 11 am. Starting November 13th we'll be offering weekly Vinyassa Yoga classes.
Find out more and register HERE!
Q: Leah, how do you connect to yoga and how has the practice benefited you?
I love yoga for so many reasons. I have gained strength, flexibility, balance, and many more physical outcomes. However, my favorite thing about yoga is what it has done for my mind. I went through yoga teacher training right after I got out of college and I wish I had done yoga more while I was in college. I have always been very Type A. If something wasn't done perfectly then either I would stress and stay up all night perfecting it, or I felt like a failure. I was always hard on myself when I didn't perform to what I thought I should be doing, whether that was academically, physically, or any other aspect of my life. Through yoga, I learned balance. I learned to quiet my mind and to be more present. My anxiety decreased immensely when I made yoga part of my routine. Each day (or every-other day), when I went to yoga, I had one hour scheduled where my phone was in a different room, I could leave all of my stresses outside the door to the studio, and nothing else mattered but me. That feeling of being so fully in the moment is extremely powerful. I mean I still get anxious and I still worry about the future, but I feel more in control of my stress levels, and I feel that I have the tools I need to control how my emotions and my mind responds to situations. Feeling in control of yourself is a very empowering feeling and for me, yoga helped me find that.
I'm so excited for this gift to our community and friends - let's get stronger together, in our mind and body!