A little dancing, a little running, a little Couscous Tabbouleh

It’s National Chicken Dance Day!

Yesterday’s CrossFit workout was Helen. Oof. I’m surprised I can actually chicken dance today. Who’s Helen, you ask? Well, she’s a meanie, that’s for sure. That’s the name of the workout we did. Helen is considered a benchmark workout to see where you are and what you may need to improve. 3 rounds for time of the following:

400m run
21 kettlebell swings @ 35#
12 pull-ups

I did banded pull-ups since I’m not ready to be without it yet. Finished in 11:30. Which isn’t bad but I know I can improve. I really fell apart in the 3rd round. I think I need to prepare better, nutrition-wise, since I’m switching from morning CrossFit to afternoon CrossFit. Gotta make sure I up my protein intake so I have the energy to kick butt throughout the whole workout.

Speaking of kicking butt, today was Track Tuesday!

Mile repeats on this beauty. Yeah, it kicked our butts! Actually, we kept to our prescribed pace of 7:00 miles pretty well. I basically just drafted off Carla – let her do all the work. 🙂 Okay, okay, so it was a big game of “keep up with Carla” for me. I did okay. It’s all good and we survived with only a few tears shed. 🙂


Tabbouleh is an Arab salad made with bulgur, tomatoes, cucumber and other yumminess. I love tabbouleh. Like LOVE it. I came across a recipe using couscous a few years ago and decided to give it a try. Oh. Em. Gee. Amaze-balls! So delicious and so easy to make. It’s basically chopping and mixing. The flavors are phenomenal and it’s so good for you! You can serve it as a side dish to grilled meat or pack some for lunch, like I did. Om. Nom. Nom.


Couscous Tabbouleh
Makes 4 servings

3/4 cup uncooked couscous
2 cups chopped fresh parsley
1 1/3 cups chopped tomato
3/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Prepare couscous according to package directions and let cool. Stir in remaining ingredients. Gobble it up.


Per serving:
Calories 314; Fat 14.5g (saturated 1.9g, monounsaturated 10g, polyunsaturated 1.4g); Carbs 40.7g (fiber 3.9g, sugar 9.7g); Protein 6.5g; Sodium 26.3mg; Potassium 527.7mg

– jennifer

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