While I live up in Sacramento, I would out at this awesome little studio called Healthy Habits. I started working out there a few months after I transferred up to Sacramento State (back when Sac State didn’t have gym on campus) and have been there ever since.
There are four trainers that teach all the classes and they all make an effort to learn everyone’s name and any limitations they have due to injuries. For example, I have messed up lower back and both my wrists are obnoxious, I left for about a year and when I came back they still remembered who I was by name and my injuries. Seriously awesome.
They have spin, sculpt, boot camp, Pilates and Zumba classes and you’ve never laughed your way through so many exercises. Most days the hour goes by very quickly and everyone who works out there are very friendly and inviting. Not only do they have workout classes, but they also offer lifestyle/food workshops.
Probably one of my favorite aspects of Healthy Habits is that since the classes are so small you can ask the trainers things like “what are you having for dinner?”. A few months ago I was able to get a few recipes and I’ve just started to get around to making them.
The first one I made was the apple pie oatmeal since I just want it to fall already. Cooler weather! Yeah! The recipe called for chopped pieces of walnuts which I knew we had, but they have somehow wandered away so I sadly didn’t get any walnuts. But even without the walnuts, the oatmeal was very satisfying and definitely had an apple pie like flavor that put me in the mood for fall.
I had never thought of putting cinnamon on oatmeal before; my family does oatmeal, raisins and brown sugar with milk. The cinnamon added a nice spice and the apple bits added a great crunch to the oatmeal.
Apple Pie Oatmeal
1/2 c. cooked oatmeal (made with water or skim, almond or light soy milk, if desired)
4 apple slices cut into bite sized pieces
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 tsp. chopped walnuts
Cook oatmeal, add in apples and walnuts and sprinkle with cinnamon.