Pilates and an Open Faced Sandwich

I have two very important things to talk about today. The first of those being one of my favorite workouts of all time: Pilates!

I haven’t done Pilates in while, but I decided to go to a class today and it was a great decision! For some reason, I always have it in my head that Pilates is not a hard workout and that it’s mostly ab moves and lying on a mat. Every time I go to a class though, this idea is proven completely wrong.

I think Pilates is one of the hardest, most difficult, and tiring workouts that a person can do. Seriously!! It is an hour-long class of constant muscle toning, with little break between moves. The moves done in a Pilates class are designed to be so difficult that the last few reps should really, really burn. Even intermediate or expert Pilates goers should struggle through the moves. I have heard from Pilates instructors that if the moves aren’t burning that means you are doing them wrong!

It makes me think of the saying, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” I think that was said in reference to Pilates because I know after just one class that my muscles are stronger. Lesson learned again: Pilates is not easy in any way!! Go take a class! Check out these benefits of Pilates if you still aren’t convinced.

Pilates is an excellent way to exercise.

After my class I needed a good, hearty recovery meal. I had eggs on my mind all day so that was the inspiration for the dish. I used two slices of Ezekiel bread, which has a lower glycemic index than regular bread. But the secret ingredient to this egg-tastic open-faced sandwich is hummus!! Hummus is a great spread for sandwiches and wraps. It goes especially well with eggs!

I threw this meal together without even thinking, but I realized when I was eating it that it was such a delicious healthy lunch idea! You can use whatever veggies you have on hand. I had arugula which is a somewhat spicy lettuce, and that went great with the eggs and hummus. This egg sandwich would also be amazing in a whole-wheat wrap. Whip this up when you’re short on time and meal ideas! It will have you feeling full and satisfied and glowing for the rest of the day.

Open Faced Egg Sandwich

– Serves 1

– Total Prep Time of 15 minutes.


– 2 slices of Ezekiel bread

– 1 tablespoon of olive or grape seed oil

– 2 eggs

– 2 tablespoons of hummus

– 1/4 cup of mushrooms, chopped

– 1 small tomato, chopped

– Handful of arugula

– Garlic powder

– Cilantro

– Salt and pepper


– Toast the Ezekiel bread.

– Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat.

– Add mushrooms, and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add tomatoes, and sprinkle each of garlic powder, cilantro, and pepper.

– After about a minute, add arugula.

– Cook until arugula is wilted down.

– Transfer to a plate.

– Turn heat to low.

– Carefully add eggs one at a time to either side of the pan.

– Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

– Cook eggs until set, and then flip.

– Cook to desired level for about 3 minutes more.

– Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on each piece of toast.

– Add half of the vegetable mixture to each piece of toast and then an egg.