Paleo Herb Spinach Burgers

I should be showering and packing since we’re leaving for Killington, Vermont in 2 hours but I’d rather type a quick post and share a recipe with you guys!  Sorry if this post is all over the place and doesn’t make sense.  That’s nothing new, right?   

Let’s get to it…. 

My breakfast this morning was a bowl of peach greek yogurt, sliced banana, blueberries, and a spoonful of ground flax seeds.  Yum!

Yesterday

In an effort to eat a more “clean” diet, I stocked up on LaraBar’s from Whole Foods.  They’re made up of fruit, nuts, and spices and only contain a couple of ingredients.  So simple and perfect.  And they have so many delicious flavors.

If you haven’t had one before, you need to go out and buy 1 today!  Or actually you should wait until they go on sale since they can be a bit pricey.   

Dinner

The burger may look burnt but I swear it was delicious!!  The sweet potato fries were pretty amazing too.

Last night my friend and I worked up a sweat at a boxing class and then came back to my place for a lil’ wine and to prepare a healthy, paleo dinner.  We got to work in the kitchen and within 20 minutes this awesome, flavorful burger was ready to be served. 

Paleo Herb Spinach Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1) In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and use your hands to mix well.

2) Form 5 patties and place them on a hot non-stick skillet.  Cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side.  Enjoy!

*You can also add lots of toppings to the burgers: sliced avocado, lettuce, onions, tomatos, a fried egg (so good!), bacon, etc.

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Anywho, guess it’s time to log off and get this show on the road.  Mike and I are heading up to Vermont for a much needed getaway.  We have a bunch of winter activities planned but I guess it all depends on the weather and right now it’s looking pretty crappy out there.  So if all else fails, we’ll just spend the day @ the Long Trail Brewing Company.  And hopefully spend some time at the spa as well. 🙂

Questions:

What ingredients do you add to your burgers? 

Favorite toppings?

Have you ever been to Vermont?

I actually don’t think I have?  I can’t remember….

Gotta get back on track.

I don’t know what my deal is lately but I just keep snacking and snacking. I’ve seriously consumed way too many carbs over the past couple of weeks (pasta, bread, triscuits, wheat thins, more triscuits, pretzels, Stacy’s pita chips and so on… ) and way too much chocolate. You might be surprised at all these snacks since I don’t usually post the pictures but it’s only because they aren’t very “picture worthy” and I’m usually eating too fast to pause for a picture. But all this processed crap is catching up to me and I’ve been feeling extra sluggish and just BLAH lately.

So instead of complaining about it (OK, so I’m complaining a little bit) I’m going to try to really limit the amount of processed foods that I put in my body. I’m going to get back into eating a more paleo{ish} diet since that’s when I feel my best: alert, energized, NOT BLOATED, and overall a happier person.

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Instant oatmeal w/ 1 scoop of almond butter, strawberries, and blueberries. Yeah I had more processed food (oatmeal) but that was before I decided to eat healthier.

Lunch: 2 poached eggs and a peach Chobani greek yogurt (greek yogurt isn’t technically paleo but it’s sooooo healthy that it doesn’t really matter to me :D)

Afternoon snack: A banana, a scoop of almond butter, microwaved for 20 seconds.

Delicious, like always.

Dinner: A salad with mixed greens, roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, and a piece of baked wild Alaskan salmon (with EVOO & 1 crumbled whole wheat Ritz cracker). I also added a little olive oil vinaigrette dressing.

This dinner only took about 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish and it was so friggen good.

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Time to brush my teeth so that I don’t dig into Mike’s secret stash of Christmas chocolates.  (Btw, how do guys not eat all of their stocking stuffer candy in 2.4 seconds?!)

A few missed (iPhone) moments….

I wish I had some fun and exciting things to blog about this evening but today is a rest day from working out and a rest day from the kitchen (gotta love leftovers) so instead I’ll show you a few random moments from the last week or two that never made it to the blog. 

Happy hour.

Afternoon green tea break.

My friend Cassie mixing up drinks for her White Russian Party last Friday night. 

I tried this juice smoothie over the weekend and it was oh so good!  It was a perfect “pick-me-up” drink while working a track meet.

Bass River, Cape Cod

Fruit salad with home-made granola and vanilla greek yogurt.  Delicious.

Finally started to read the Runner’s Wold Big Book of Half Marathon Training + drinking a yummy vanilla protein shake.

My little love bug doing what he does best.

Mmmm home-made cobb salad.  In the mix: romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, canned corn, crumbled blue cheese, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, and a little bit of fat-free ranch dressing (not pictured).

 I can’t say enough good things about this movie!  If you’re looking for motivation and a great running film you should definitely buy this DVD (or borrow it from me).

Tonight in Boston.