Saturday, September 16, 2017

Diary-Week 2 of Travel

Hello cupcakes!

It's officially week 2 of travel in Chicago!

Here are the things I bought at Target to get me through this week:

1) Rotisserie Chicken
2) 4 packs of frozen vegetables
3) Salad mix
4) Almond milk
5) Peanut Butter Oreos
6) Honey BBQ Tuna packets
7) Wheat Thins
8) Diet Cranberry Juice
9) Dove Dark Chocolate Pumpkins

Things I brought with me:

1) Prepped oven roasted potatoes
2) Prepped brown jasmine rice
3) Nuzest Strawberry Protein Powder
*use code "thesweetlife" to get $ off & free shipping*
-p.s. easier on the stomach than whey protein powder
4) Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen Water
5) Amazing Grass Watermelon Energy Superfood
6) Water bottle & protein shaker
7) Food scale
8) Probiotic & Calcium
9) Tupperware containers & reusable silverware
10) Lunch box & Ice packs
11) Protein bars from Costco
12) Health Warrior Chia Seed Bars
*use code "toriswholelife30" to get 30% off*
13) Workout clothes & shoes
14) Resistance Bands

Now I had about a 6 hour trip between getting my car for travel and then actually traveling to Chicago, so it was necessary to pack lots of snacks that were easy to eat while driving. Here's what I had:

Nuzest strawberry protein shake made with almond milk
1/2 Nuzest Green bar
1 Health Warrior Vanilla Almond Chia Seed bar
 1 cucumber
a few potato slices

Meal Diary

*I planned my macros around the food I bought for the week, therefore my meals for the whole week will be very similar*

2 boiled eggs
1 whole wheat bagel with 1 pkg. of PB
calcium supplement
probiotic supplement
Amazing Grass drink
Coffee with almond milk

Snack 1:

Brown Jasmine Rice
(not pictured: frozen veggie blend)

Workout Room-
workout was weights for an hour- let me know if you would like me to share a week of hotel workouts

1 pkg of tuna creations honey bbq
4 oz. of red skin potatoes
1 serving of frozen vegetables
16 pieces of wheat thins

Snack 2:
1 protein shake with Nuzest Strawberry Protein and almond milk
1 PB oreo
1 pkg. of PB
1 dark chocolate pumpkin


*I am still tracking macros with AVATAR NUTRITION and currently on a reverse diet*

Stay tuned for next week's meals and grocery haul!

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Traveling for Work and Staying Healthy

Hello cupcakes,

I have been MIA recently, but I wanted to start a travel series on my blog. First, let me give a little history...

I am an Assistant Director of Admissions at a public university. Part of my responsibility is to travel to Chicago and Milwaukee to attend high school visits and college fairs. I recruit students to attend our university. This means I will basically be living out of a hotel for two months. If any of you know me personally, you know I will always find a way to eat healthy and workout. For this reason, I wanted to share my tips and tricks for staying healthy on the road. I will be blogging about my experience every week, so let's start this journey.

Here is my list of items I brought with me for week 1 of travel:
1) workout bands
2) workout clothes, shoes, & headphones
3) food scale (only necessary if you count macros)
4) rice cooker (anything to cook food in)
5) water bottle
6) protein bars from Costco
7) protein powder
8) HealthWarrior Bars & Nuzest Bars
9) almonds
10) tupperware, ziplock bags, and silverware
11) uncooked oats
12) gum

Here are the items I purchased once I got to Chicago:

1) hummus
2) carrots
3) celery
4) 1.5 lbs of chicken breast
5) almond milk
6) Apple Pie Oreos- because sometimes you need to treat yourself & it fits my macros
7) seasoning for chicken
8) small dish soap
9) 90% dark chocolate
10) gallon of water
11) 1 pkg. microwaveable brown rice (because I forgot my dry rice at home)
12) beef jerkey

In total, I probably spent $30-$35 on groceries and supplies for the week. This means I am actually saving money by not eating out all of the time. One nice thing is that many hotels have a fitness area, free breakfast, fridge, and microwave so take advantage of those things. Sometimes you have to get creative, but it is possible to stick to your health goals while living out of a hotel.

Take advantage of the free breakfast if your hotel provides it.

Here is what I had for breakfast one morning:
1 serving of oatmeal
1 pkg of peanut butter (about 2 T.)
2 hard boiled eggs
coffee with my own almond milk
a bite of a doughnut

Snack 1:
 small box of Special K cereal
*I took each of these from the free breakfast at the hotel*

For lunch:
4 oz of chicken
1 serving of brown rice

Snack 2 (pre-workout):
1 oz. of beef jerky
1-2 T hummus
10-15 carrots
2 Apple Pie Oreos
5-10 almonds

4 oz of chicken
1 serving of celery
1 serving of carrots
1-2 T of hummus
2 pieces of dark chocolate

How to cook your chicken in a rice cooker:
I put all of my uncooked chicken in my rice cooker with a little water and seasoning. I choose the slow cooker setting and then close the lid and let everything cook! That's it! It's super simple and easy.

Other tips and tricks from this week:
1) always take extra food from the free breakfast at the hotel as a snack for later in the day.
2) always take snacks with you if you are not going to be at the hotel during the day
3) majority of hotels have an ice maker in the hallway
4) if your room doesn't have a fridge or microwave, ask the front desk for them
5) You can make hot water in the coffee maker and use it to make oatmeal
6) get creative in the gym- this gym only had a cable machine and cardio equipment
7) bring a book or two to read- I am reading a new book about bodyweight strength training

Now I am on to week 2 of travel. I am hoping to get some pictures this week!

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

{Healthier Fruit Pizza}+ lactose free

Hello cupcakes!

I have an awesome recipe to share with you: 

{Healthier Fruit Pizza}

Ingredients for Cookie:
1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. Splenda Brown Sugar (can sub regular brown sugar)
1/2 c. Earth Balance Spread (or butter of choice)
2 eggs
1/4 c. Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk (can sub milk of choice)
2 tsp. Torani Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup
dash of pink Himaylan salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Ingredients for Frosting:
1 container or Trader Joes Vegan Cream Cheese
1/2 scoop of Dymatize Cinnamon Roll Casein powder
2 tsp. Torani Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup
splash of Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk

Fruit of choice:
I used bananas, applies, & peaches


Mix all dry ingredients for cookie in a bowl. Once combined, stir in wet ingredients. Stir until dough forms. If the dough is too stiff, you may add a little bit more milk until a cookie dough consistency is reached. Add dough into a pan sprayed with cooking spray (I used a 4 X 8 pan). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until the sides of the dough turns golden. 

While the dough is cooling, mix ingredients for frosting. Once dough is cool, top the cookie with the frosting. Add cut up fruit to the top. 


This is a fun dessert you can take with you to your next get together or party!

I may or may not have eaten a piece for breakfast this morning.

Later Taters 

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

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