Episode 023: Yogurt, Weight & Exercise…Part 2

In today’s episode we chatted all about our updated feelings on consistent exercise and our current personal fitness goals and progress. We also received some AWESOME advice from top exercise and fitness expert, Dr. Adrian Chavez, on what you can do for exercise even if you are pressed on time, money and energy. He even outlines a one-week guide for listeners to follow. Listen (above) to get the full details! 

For our food segment, we enjoyed a flavored yogurt taste-test! Yogurt has a great blend of carbohydrates, fat, and protein which makes it a perfect recovery snack after exercise. The brands and flavors we tried included Noosa raspberry, Chobani pineapple, Silk non-dairy strawberry, Siggi’s drinkable vanilla, and Oikos Triple Zero peach. Let us know your favorite yogurt in the comments below!

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Things we discussed in this episode:

Dr. Adrien Chavez, find him on Facebook or Instagram!

Rachel’s favorite spin class (if you visit Tucson, AZ): Revolve Cycle

Erinn’s favorite tennis classes (if you live in Phoenix, AZ): City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation

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Episode 021: Not Sad Desk Lunch, Hanger & What Dietitians Eat

Today’s episode is all about what two dietitians (us!) eat in a day! But first, Erinn made a delicious and easy to make, Crustless Quiche. Real talk, we were suffering from some legit “hanger” at the beginning of this episode, and this quiche was the perfect cure. Pair this with some crusty bread (or not) and a piece of fruit. Get the recipe below!

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Along with quiche, we take you through a typical day of eats: from breakfast, to lunch, through the occasional midnight snack, as well as real talk about “normal eating”, how to cultivate self-compassion for the mistakes you make in eating, and our top tips for making sure your daily nutrition is a priority and saves you time.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 large yellow or white onion, sliced into half-moons
  3. 1/2 small tomato
  4. 1 cup spinach
  5. 1/2 red pepper, diced
  6. 1 zucchini, diced
  7. 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  9. 3 to 4 cups
  10. 8 large eggs
  11. 1 cup milk
  12. 1 cup grated cheddar or other cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a cast iron or ovenproof skillet over medium heat. (If your skillet isn’t ovenproof, transfer everything to a deep dish pie plate to bake it.) Add the onion slices and sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over them. Cook the onions until they are golden-brown and starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and spread the onions evenly across the bottom. Spread the vegetables evenly over the onions. The dish or pan should look fairly full.
  4. In a bowl, use a fork to beat the eggs lightly with the milk, cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, just enough to break up the yolks and whites. This is a savory custard mixture. Pour the custard over the vegetables and onions and enjoy watching it fill in all the open spaces.
  5. Transfer the quiche to the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once the surface is lightly brown all the way across, it’s fully cooked. Let the quiche cool for about 20 minutes, then slice into wedges.
Notes
  1. You can use any combination of vegetables you like! The combo I used was simply what I had in my fridge.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
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P.S We’re making a schedule of episodes for the rest of the year! Let us know what you’d like us to chat about, people you’d like us to interview, and recipes you’d like us to try. Comment below, visit us over on Facebook, Instagram, or drop us a line at heytablechat@gmail.com

Episode 020: Nostalgic Potluck, The 90s & Childhood Food Memories

Today’s episode is sponsored by the 1990’s and the color beige! We’re talking all about our childhood food memories. We discuss the biology of taste, why food is so often tied to memories and emotions, share our listener’s favorite childhood foods, and then discuss our favorite, funniest, and even worst food moments we had as kids.

For our food chat portion, we created a nostalgic potluck worthy of an after-school snack time. Thank you to some of our listeners for submitting their childhood foods as well!

Here’s what we sampled:

Honey butter crescent rolls

Salami and mayonnaise on white bread

Tuna salad on white bread

Cool Ranch Doritos

Spaghettios

Beef Ravioli

“Fluffernutter” Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich

Cosmic brownies

Fruity Tootsie rolls

Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal

Rice Krispie treats

Rachel’s favorite recent food memory – Rare Bar & Grill 

Erinn’s favorite recent food memory – Cauliflower Romesco with Roasted Salted Potatoes

P.S Erinn made an error to the cauliflower recipe she discussed in a recent food memory. It was a “cauliflower romesco” NOT “cauliflower romanesco.” Romesco is a red pepper based sauce and romanesco is a type of broccoli. The more you know!

Let us know some of your childhood food memories in the comments below!

Episode 019: Vegetable Soup, Mantras & Goal Setting

Today’s episode is all about goals! Over a hot bowl of hearty, vegetable soup, we chat all about how we make (and keep) goals in life and our plans for the new year. We think a big pot of veggie soup is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Get Rachel’s easy, peasy recipe below.

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Also in conversation, we talk about how the brain is wired to help you achieve your goals, share with you a review of our own personal goals for the past and upcoming year, and discuss how you can still be productive even while living a totally goal-less life. (Hint: goal-less but not direction-less!)

Things we discussed in this episode:

Rachel’s favorite 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s

The Get To Work Book

The Minimalists:
100 Days With No Goals

Facts About the Brain:
Goal Band – Facts About Goals and Their Achievement
Psychology Today – 10 Things You Should Know About Goals

Elise Cripe on Goals:
Why I Set Goals
Making (and Reaching) Goals
Productivity and Goal Setting

Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  4. 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  5. 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 2 cups red skin potatoes, diced (I like the skin on!)
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  9. 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  10. 2 teaspoons 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe's (or an Italian spice blend would work great too)
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
  13. 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  14. 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  15. 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  16. 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, seasoning blend, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high and add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans. Reduce to a simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Throw lemon juice in at the end and stir in.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired. I really like Trader Joe's Three Cheese Blend on top with additional ground pepper!
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
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RE-RELEASE! Episode 005: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gettin’ Deep & Intuitive Eating

Today’s episode is a RE-RELEASE of one of our most popular episodes (and actually one of our personal favorites) on the topic of Intuitive Eating. We figured that the holiday season is the perfect time of year to discuss ditching the diet mentality, respecting your fullness, and making peace with yourself and your food choices. We also have both been busy traveling and couldn’t record a new episode. Real talk!

For our original show notes including links and the recipe for the cookies, click the following link: http://tablechatshow.com/episode-005-chocolate-chip-cookies-gettin-deep-intuitive-eating/

P.S We recorded an unscripted intro just for the re-release, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

P.P.S Our normal episode schedule will resume on December 26th with episode 019 all about Goal Setting. Perfect for the new year!

Episode 018: Airport Snacks, Senses & Travel

Today’s episode is all about travel: why travel is important to us, upcoming travel plans (camping! cross country bike trip! Asia!), dream travel destinations, easy on-the-go travel snacks, favorite airport restaurants, our favorite travel blogs, how we budget for travel, our top tips for feeling balanced, safe, and your very best, as well as the sense we most value while traveling. Is it smelling? Is it taste? Listen to find out!

Keeping with the theme of travel, we figured we better eat our favorite travel/on-the-go snacks, including but not limited to:

Hardboiled eggs (with pepper and herbs for Rachel! With Cholula hot sauce for Erinn!)

Tabbouleh Salad (Trader Joe’s brand)

Chips and dip (We tried Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips, Cucumber Dill flavor with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki Garlic Cucumber dip)

Beef jerky (Nick’s Sticks and Oberto brands are Erinn’s favorite)

Vegetarian jerky (Try Primal Strips!)

Triscuit crackers and almond butter (Barney Butter brand)

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Here’s some answers to two of our travel questions!

Favorite Travel blogs:

12 Hours

Beyond the Tent

Nomadic Matt

The Bucketlist Family

Elona Karafin

Essentials for Staying Balanced (and clean!):

Erinn’s favorite face and body lotion

Rachel’s favorite Cucumber Facial Wipes

Episode 017: Cauliflower Mash, Saying No & Guilt-Free Holidays

Today’s episode is all about living a truly healthy AND guilt-free holiday season. We chat about carving out time for yourself during this busy season, staying mindful, embracing the right to savor your meals without judgement, and how to truly ENJOY the holiday season. We have our minds blown by some holiday-focused facts thanks to The National Retail Federation and we review, “The Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights” by the creators of Intuitive Eating. We both get a great refresher on how to say NO to pushy people and how to eat this holiday season without judgement.

Rachel prepared a Cauliflower Mash perfect as a side dish to any holiday party. We get deep about flavor variations as well. Truffle oil and parmesan, anyone? Let us know what you try!

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Cauliflower Mash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 4 tablespoons olive oil (we love garlic, as well as black truffle infused olive oil!)
  4. 3 tabelspoons milk
  5. 2 tabelspoons plain Greek yogurt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. Pepper to taste
  8. Snipped fresh chives for garnish
Instructions
  1. Separate the cauliflower into florets and chop the core finely.
  2. Bring about 1 cup of water to a simmer in a pot, then add the cauliflower. Cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender.
  3. Drain and discard all of the water (the drier the cauliflower is, the better!) and add the milk, Greek yogurt, olive oil, salt and pepper and mash with a masher until it looks like "mashed potatoes."
  4. Top with chives as desired!
Adapted from Eating Well and Steamy Kitchen
Adapted from Eating Well and Steamy Kitchen
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Episode 015: Market Salad, Fennel Chopping & Relationships

Today’s episode is all about relationships – the ones we form with the food we eat but also how we establish healthy relationships with the people we care about most like family, friends, and our significant others. We reached out to Erinn’s good friend, Yelena Galibov, who also happens to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She gave us great advice to share on all things relationships. We suggest a pen for some note-taking!

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We also share a delicious and oh-so-simple Market Salad from another good friend of the show, Leslie, from the blog Cardamom + Rye. On her blog, Leslie shares “purposeful recipes from my table to yours.” This recipe featured an assortment of fun ingredients like kale, quinoa, fennel, and beautiful strings of multi-colored carrots. Get the recipe below!

Market Salad
Serves 4
Leslie says,"I love this salad because it is hearty, fresh, and full of delicious late summer/early fall vegetables. The dressing is especially great."
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Dressing
  1. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  2. 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  3. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or to taste)
  4. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 tablespoons ripe avocado
  6. 1 teaspoon honey
  7. fresh pepper to taste
Salad
  1. 2 bunches kales, destemmed and torn into pieces 1 cup cooked quinoa
  2. 3-4 farmers' market carrots (multi-colored ones), cut in ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  3. 1 small bulb of fennel, transparently sliced
  4. 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
  5. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing by hand or using a food processor or blender. Puree all ingredients until combined. (I usually whisk it in the bottom of a big bowl and then add the kale to the bowl but it doesn't combined quite as well but still tastes good!)
  2. In a large bowl, massage the dressing into the kale until it starts to soften and is evenly covered with dressing. Add the quinoa, carrots, fennel, salt to taste, and toss. Add the avocado and almonds and toss gently one last time and serve! This salad is particularly flavorful the following day.
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
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 Things we discussed in this episode:

“Do You Suffer From Disordered Eating,” by Lisa Hayim MS, RD. The article prompted discussion on our first topic, building a healthy relationship with food!

Contact Yelena Galibov, LMFT
Email: ygalibovlmft@gmail.com
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Arizona
Shier Private Practice in Scottsdale, AZ

Episode 009: Thai Quinoa Salad, “Beach Bodies” & Health at Every Size

In today’s episode we dive deep into the concept of Health at Every Size. We chat the important things: what it means to be healthy at any size, why everyone (including YOU) already has a “beach body,” and role models we admire who are active and healthy with various different body shapes and sizes.

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Rachel also made a crazy-delicious, Thai Cashew Quinoa Salad to kick things off. Special thanks to listener Tracey for creating and sharing this recipe! She is a culinary school graduate and you can also connect with her (let’s all be friends!): find the Facebook for her gourmet cookie business here (https://www.facebook.com/PuckerUpPHX), the Facebook for her travel blog here (https://www.facebook.com/twentysomethingtravels), and her travel blog here (http://twentysomethingtravels.tumblr.com/). Seriously, bookmark this recipe (see below) for later. You won’t regret it. 

This episode rated explicit for once or twice using the F and S words…potty mouths are back.

Stuff we mentioned in this episode:

Our Intuitive Eating episode (one of our listener faves!)

Our latest Instagram post on clothing sizes

Rachel used this method from The Kitchn to cook the chicken

Flower Child restaurant in Phoenix (check it out if you’re in town!)

Rachel’s favorite body-positive people to follow – Ronda Rousey @rondarousey, Kathryn Budig @kathrynbudig , Dana Falsetti @nolatrees

Erinn’s favorite body-positive people to follow – Healthy is the New Skinny @healthyisthenewskinny, The National Eating Disorder Association @nedastaff, Ashley Graham @ashleygraham, Crystal Renn

Kathryn Budig’s article, “I’m a Strong, Fit Yoga Instructor, and I Still Get Insecure About My Belly.” 

Thai Cashew Quinoa Salad
Serves 12
Recipe by listener Tracey, but slightly edited for cooking times and clarity by Rachel Cassinat, MS RD
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. Chicken breast tenders (1-1.5 lbs depending on how much chicken you want in the salad)
  2. Quinoa (2 cups)
  3. Kale (one large bunch)
  4. Butternut squash (2 lbs)
  5. Celery (1/2 cup)
  6. Onion (1/4 cup)
  7. Coconut milk (5 cups)
  8. Peanut butter (3-5 tablespoons)
  9. Garlic (2 cloves, or garlic powder to taste)
  10. Cashews (3-5 tablespoons)
  11. Cilantro (for garnish)
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  13. Fresh ginger or ginger powder to taste
  14. Sriracha
Instructions
  1. Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and ginger to taste. If chicken pieces not even, pound chicken until even before cooking. Place in lightly oiled pan at medium high heat for 1 minute, then flip chicken and close lid on pan- drop heat to low for 10 minutes and do not remove lid. After 10 minutes, turn heat off and leave chicken resting for 10 minutes- again do not remove lid. After 10 minutes, remove from stove, dice and set aside for later.
  2. Rinse quinoa under water, then cook 2 cups quinoa by placing in sauce pan with 4 cups of coconut milk. Bring to boil, then close lid for 15-20 minutes and cook until quinoa is translucent). Season with salt, pepper and ginger to taste.
  3. Peel and cube the butternut squash, then partly cook in the microwave for easier cooking in step 4- about 30 sec to 1 minute until more tender.
  4. In a medium pan, cook the chopped onions, minced garlic, finely diced celery, chopped kale and squash until tender (use butter or coconut oil) -set aside in a bowl for later.
  5. In the same pan, pour 1 cup of coconut milk, add the peanut butter, Sriracha and additional salt and pepper to taste- bring to a light boil then turn heat to medium low until it thickens, stirring every few minutes. (It may not get super thick, but you just don’t want it totally runny).
  6. In a large serving bowl, combine quinoa, veggies, ¾ of your chopped cashews (save some for garnish) chicken and sauce. Mix to combine and add any salt, pepper, ginger or Sriracha to taste.
  7. Scoop a serving into a bowl and top with chopped cilantro and chopped cashews. Enjoy!!!
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Episode 007: Weird Potato Chips, Rapping & Minimalism

Today’s episode is all about living simply and the topic of the moment, minimalism! We discuss how we’ve incorporated minimalism into our lives, how these practices relate to overall health, and how we minimize the clutter in not just our homes and our closets, BUT ALSO our minds. We started things off with a not-so-minimal potato chip TASTE TEST, where we sampled 6 (really) different flavors (cheese plate style) and ranked our favorites.

Table Chat Show Taste Test Minimalism

On the Table Chat scale of “Flavor Awesomeness/Least Offensive”, we both ended up liking the same flavor! Here is a list of what we tried:

Lay’s Southern Biscuits & Gravy
Lay’s Dill Pickle
Kettle Brand Maple Bacon
Deep River Snacks Aged Cheddar Horseradish
Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger
Trader Joe’s Ghost Pepper

We also talked about our weird childhood rituals of purging our bedrooms of unnecessary clutter and being mini-minimalists in training. We were the coolest 10-year-olds on the planet. You’re so jealous right now, admit it. P.S Stick around for the bloopers, because we have a little freestyle rap session featuring Outkast.

Even MORE things we discussed:
Rachel’s favorite Elise Joy Pep Talks: Get Serious or Get Over It.
#100daysofelisepeptalks
The Minimalists
The Art of Simple: Q&A: How to Live Simple In Your 20s
Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy
Erinn’s Tidying Up For Health blog post (January 2016)
Tiny Houses
Dave Ramsey
(not discussed, but Mr. Money Mustache is a great site too for simple living/budget tips!)

Places to donate and/or sell:
Buffalo Exchange
Goodwill
Salvation Army
Deseret Industries
Changing Hands Bookstore (local to Phoenix!)
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Stardust Building Supplies (local to Phoenix!)

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