Eat. Live. Be with Poached Egg with Sweet Potato Hash

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by Chris on January 17, 2011

per la tua salute/for your health

Happy Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 Monday!

Short(er) post today because, if I am being honest, time got away from me.  So, let me get right to it.

My Update: I have been having good gym days. Although there was no way to get to the gym during our recent snow-in, I substituted LA Fitness with running my stairs and working on abs in my living room (while watching the Cooking Channel…ha!!). Once the path between my driveway and the gym thawed out, I was able to get back to the treadmill, bike, and my trainer.

One thing I am working on is trying to muster up the umph to get into pool to swim ladders like I did while in Utah. But, I think because I am around people who (may) know me, my insecurities about being in a bathing suit, etc have completely overtaken my nerves.  I am working on my issue, as I have packed my swim bag in for the day I man up, complete with goggles and swim cap. We’ll see.

As far as my weight, I am minus three pounds this week.  Before you get excited, I am not counting it.  Why?  Right after the holidays, went back to work at one weight.  Then, out of nowhere, I was up four pounds. I’m clueless about where the weight flew in from because I was still eating healthy, drinking the water, and hittin’ the gym on the regular.  Water weight? Who the heck knows.  Whatever the heck it was, the weight hung on for almost two weeks.  Needless to say, I was a little frustrated. So, this week’s loss?  Not noteworthy.  Don’t get me wrong…I am happy the weight is (just about) gone.  But, I am at “a moment” and it’s time to get over the hump.

This week’s topic: “Baby It’s Cold Outside – How you stay active when it’s cold outside?”

Honestly, I have to get my ass to the gym.  I hate working out. Hate it. I always have, regardless of how totally pumped I am after a really hard work out.  So, I know I will be more successful if I am up and out.  Plus, I always have a love/hate relationship with the hot marathon man who or woman who runs on the treadmill next to me, or the crazy “let me move my legs in inhuman-like speeds” person behind me on the elliptical.  I don’t want to look like an out-of-shape lump so I trudge on with whatever exercise I am doing.

But, for those days, like the snow-in, there are a couple of things I do.  (1) On Demand helps with their video offerings.  (2) My stairs are the best Stairmaster.  I am not sure what the contractor was thinking, but my stairs are steep. So, I run up and down them, trying to increase the number of up/downs each day by at least one.  (3) I have a jump rope I take to the gym with me that I also use in my garage.

Healthy Tip: Eating Before and After a Workout

Remember to eat protein &/or carbs before a workout. Within an hour and a half before working out, be sure to eat an easily digestible snack like a small banana, 1 cup cottage cheese or non/low fat yogurt, or a serving of almonds.

Within 30 or so minutes after exercising, refuel with high-fiber foods, protein rich foods.  A piece of fruit works well, as does a, protein drink, or an energy bar.  Hardboiled egg whites, chicken and tuna fish are good, too.

*Remember, I am not a nutritionist. This “Healthy Tip” is just what I have learned along with way.  Check with your health professional for specific information relating to your personal needs.

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Poached Egg with Sweet Potato Hash

Makes about 10-12 servings, about 1/2 cup each

For the Poached Egg: Check out Elise’s post on how to poach an egg. It is what I used to make the egg shown here.

For the Hash:
Adapted from my Mele Cotte Sweet Potato Ham Hash

1 Tbsp. sesame oil*
3 shallots, diced
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (raw)
¼ tsp. salt
pepper to taste
2-3 tsp. fresh Thyme, chopped

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring often (3 to 4 minutes). Bring heat to medium and add potatoes. Cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Be sure to stir often to prevent sticking/burning. Add salt & pepper and mix well. Stir in thyme and cook another minute or so.

*nut oils bring out the flavors in sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

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Heather@myeverydaygraces January 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

This looks wonderful; I have never thought to use sweet potatoes for breakfast… good idea.

Scrolling down a little further and those peanut butter bars and the German Chocolate cupcakes look divine!

by way of mingle monday..

Sarah Caron January 17, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Yum! That looks delicious. I have been thinking of making a sweet potato hash — and I love the idea of using a nut oil to make it. I have walnut oil that I bet would be fab too.

Lynnie January 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Looks yummy! They put a poached egg on about everything here in Japan so it must be healthy! I too have to run against hot marathon man. What is up with that guy anyway???

Beata A. January 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Looks great- but the link to the poached egg article leads to a “Page Not Found” error, and I have no idea how to poach an egg! :)

claire January 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Poaching eggs is something I’ve wanted to do. I even have my grandmother’s poaching pan! Gotta try it!

Funny thing that you made that tip today…I saw on the news that some study (in Denmark or something like that) found that for those who worked out IN THE MORNING, those who ate a meal beforehand actually gained weight while those who waited until after did not. Now, they didn’t have any indication as to why, but that was what they found. In the end, I don’t really think there is one best way to do it. Just do what works for you. Keep up the hard work!!!

Dawn January 18, 2011 at 6:58 AM

I love your honesty because I think there are a lot of people that feel the same way. Also, this recipe is to die for….I’m marking this for next time I have extra sweet potato (kicking myself because I just had a ton of leftovers from a cookout and made sweet potato biscuts but I haven’t posted that one yet….need to get a better photo). So glad to have found your blog (through Joanne’s)!

The Food Hunter January 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Thanks for the healthy tip…it’s a good one.

Joanne January 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with those crazy people on the elliptical as well. How do they make their legs MOVE that fast?

This sweet potato hash looks delicious! And I could top anything with an egg and be so happy. My kind of meal.

Chris January 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Thanks for visiting Heather! I find them lighter than regular potatoes. Sweet Potatoes also make delish hashbrowns!
Nut poils are great, Sarah! Any of them will set of the nuttiness of the veggies. I have used hazelnut, too.
Lynnie, I didn’t know that about Japan. Interesting! You have a marathon man, too? Someone really needs to have a chat with these guys. LOL

Thanks for letting me know, Beata! I went in and fixed. :)

Claire, a poaching pan would be great!!! And, yes…I wouldn’t eat a meal. I always remember my mom getting on me about not getting into the pool too soon after I ate, so that pops in my head. But, it is important to have something in your stomach, like a handful of almonds, granola bar, etc.

Dawn, Thanks for visiting and your sweet thoughts. I can’t wait to see the biscuits! Love them. Love all things sweet potato…:)

Thanks Food Hunter!

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