Spring is in the air!

What is it about sunshine and warm weather that just makes you feel so much better?

Studies will tell you it is probably the sunlight that enhances your mood. But whatever it is honestly warm weather and sun make me feel like a bear coming out of hibernation.

All winter, I just want to sit on my couch and be a lump, but suddenly the chill leaves the air and the sun is shining and I just want to be outside playing!

I enjoy being outside. I love walking, bike riding and paddle boarding! There are just so many great ways to exercise play outside!

If you need some inspiration, check out a video that Ryan and I made called “Primal on the Playground!” It will give you some great outdoor workout ideas!

There is also one “inactive” thing that I love about warm weather – the fact that you can BBQ!!! And last night, Ryan and I had our first BBQ of the summer. Below is the recipe for some delicious Baby Back Ribs and yes I do consider ribs to be a HEALTHY meal.

HEALTHY Baby Back Ribs 

Ribs from The Meat House! YUM!

Ingredients:

1 Slab baby back ribs from The Meat House
Seasonings (onion salt, Adobo, pepper, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, cumin)
1 can of beer
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp spicy mustard
1 tbsp cream
2 tsp molasses

Ribs:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack of ribs in a baking dish. Rub with seasonings to taste. Place ribs meaty side up and pour in 1 can of beer around ribs. Cover the ribs with foil. Cook for around 2 hours checking tenderness after the first hour.

After baking the ribs, we threw them on the grill for a few minutes to get a nice char on each side.

Sauce:

In a saucepan, heat tomato sauce with mustard, cream and molasses. Bring to a boil then let simmer until it thickens a bit. If you like savory sauce, leave out the molasses. Depending on what I’m craving, sometimes I even make the sauce more mustard-y.

We served the ribs with a salad with a creamy mustard dressing (homemade!) and a Parmesan crisp! YUM!

P.S. I’m starting a lifting team training class at my gym in Boston. If you are interested in learning to lift heavy (or up your max) without spending a ton of dough, email me at manbiceps@gmail.com!

P.P.S. If anyone ever says they can’t get in a killer workout in 20 minutes, give them my email. This will probably be a rant tomorrow.

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Posted on March 19, 2012, in Play, Recipe Box and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mmm, looks yummy. I usually use my crock pot for ribs, but I’m going to try your seasonings (ie beer). Happy Spring!

    • The beer just helps tenderize the meat without adding really any carbs! After you bake the ribs you will want to throw them on the grill for a minute or two to get a nice char! 🙂 I’ve never tried the slow cooker, but that sounds delicious too.

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