Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekend Get-A-Way

Good evening cupcakes!

Sorry I have been MIA lately. Spring Break started and I went to Pittsburgh with my boyfriend. I wanted to let you all know that it is possible to stay healthy and on track when you travel. The hotel we stayed at has a gym in the basement that I used today. I had a killer workout. I also kept a food log for you all to see!

 I prepped my weekly meals and brought them with me. Tonight. I didn't eat my prepped meal because we went out to dinner.

Two key things about traveling: pack healthy prepped food and snacks (preportioned) and also find time to get exercise no matter what form. I could have completed a workout in my hotel room using YouTube videos if the hotel didn't have a gym.

I have been sticking to my portions and I can already tell a difference. I bought new Tupperware that is helping me practice portion control. The two things that I struggle with most are portioning almonds and portioning my healthy cookies. The containers are helping a lot with that and I also baked my cookies in one serving.

If you guys don't remember, this is my new meal plan (I am in the cutting phase,,, bring on summer!) Follow along on my journey if you want! Comment below and let me know if you choose to follow my meal plans and workouts. As far as the Yoga challenge, I have not completed my daily yoga for a couple days, but plan on picking back up when I get home tomorrow.



I always want to help people and make the most of this blog, so I am wondering if anyone has any questions, topics they want me to blog about, etc. I would love to hear from you all!

Later Taters!




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tasteful Tuesday

Here are the links to my workout videos:

DAY 15 YOGA
INNER THIGH CHALLENGE #1
INNER THIGH CHALLENGE #2
AB WORKOUT

Today's meal plan looks like this:
Pre-workout: hot lemon water and green tea
Post workout: 1 banana, 1/4 c almonds, 2 healthy cookies (1 yellow, 1 blue, 2 purples, 1 orange)
Lunch: 2 eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions (1 red, 1 green)
Snack: 4 oz pork chop and 1 sweet potato (1 red, 1 yellow)
Dinner: 4oz chicken & zucchini (1 red, 1 green)
Snack: lean ground turkey 3 oz, eggplant, tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and garlic (1 red, 1 green)

Totals=
3 green
2 purple
4 red
2 yellow
1 blue
1 orange

Missing: 2 tsp- may mix some flax seeds and chia seeds with some milk to fit these in before bed

As promised, here are pictures of my meals (yes not the prettiest in Tupperware but they all taste so delicious) 

My cookies I made for this week only have baking soda, eggs, banana, brown rice flour, cocoa powder, and dates. (Not pictured because I already ate them for today :) also not pictured banana and almonds also already ate them) 

What questions do you all have for me!? 

So far, the 21 day fix isn't much different from my usual eating. I am trying to control my portions more than anything since I already eat healthy. 

I cannot wait for Friday!! Spring break officially starts. Hopefully I will have more time to blog.

Later taters 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kick off of the 21 day fix portions

Good morning Cupcakes!

Today is my official start date of following the 21 day fix portions and recommendations. I will also be keeping a food journal each day in a notebook along with how I am feeling.

Today's Workout Videos:
DAY 14 YOGA CHALLENGE
LEAN LIMBS
I completed 45 minutes of cardio at the gym

This week's meal plan looks like this:


Here is also a picture of my new favorite item:


I am going to add pictures of each meal to the end of this post later today!
This is my eggs and veggies 


Peace out... Later Taters!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Baked goodies from this weekend

I made some treats today! The ingredients for the bottom cookies are cashews, dates, brown rice flour, baking soda, eggs, coconut oil, banana, and dairy free mini chocolate chips. The top cookies have cashews, pumpkin, coconut, dates, cocoa powder, brown rice flour, eggs, baking soda, and mini dairy free chocolate chips. Both turned out delicious! My goal is to only have one a day when I start my 21 day fix portions on Monday! I also meal prepped and prepared all my food for the coming week. 

Today I did these videos:
25+ 8+ 5+10+15= about an hour and four minutes total YOU CAN DO IT!

Peace out! If I get 15 comments and 50 shares of my blog... I will post the recipes for these cookies!

Later Taters

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday Finds

Good morning Cupcakes!

Today I wanted to inform you on some information I found yesterday. I wondered about Stevia, so I googled the term and found some interesting things. Here is a link to an article that I will summarize for you (STEVIA SIDE EFFECTS).

Not All Stevia Is Created Equal!
Here is what you need to know about the various brands of stevia.  There are three main categories that you need to be aware of.
1. Green Leaf Stevia – This is the least processed of all types of stevia and the leaves have basically been dried and ground into powder form.  This is the type of stevia that has been used in Japan and South America for centuries as a natural sweetener and health remedy.  This stevia is sweet, slightly bitter and isn’t quite as potent as most stevia products. This is the type of stevia that I believe is the best option, but still should be used in moderation.
2. Stevia Extracts – Some brands of stevia today extract the sweeter and less bitter part of the stevia leaf (rebaudioside) which doesn’t have the health benefits found in stevioside.  This type of stevia may be a better option than other regular sweeteners but there aren’t many studies available yet showing it’s effects.
3. Altered Stevia and Truvia – This is the type of stevia that you want to stay away from and in reality isn’t stevia at all.  The problem with these stevia products is the processing and added ingredients.
According to the United States patent for the Coca-Cola Company, Truvia goes through a 42 step process to make this processed sweetener.  First, the rebaudioside is extracted from the stevia leaf then, chemical solvents are added including acetonitrile which is toxic to the liver and is a carcinogen.  They then add in a GMO corn derivative in erythritol. Also, many other stevia products contain additives such as sugar and dextrose that come from genetically engineered corn.
This point cannot be stressed enough: not all stevia products are created equal. There is a HUGE difference between consuming real stevia and the chemically processed Truvia.
Best Natural Sweeteners (Ranked)
Most people do well with stevia, but listen to your body because stevia is an herb and everyone’s body may react differently to it. If you can’t get over its savory (almost tangy) flavor, however, some other natural sweeteners you may want to try are:
1. Raw local honey – In my opinion, is the healthiest, (and therefore) best natural sweetener. The healthy benefits of honey are absolutely amazing. 
2. Dates – The second healthiest sweeter. 
3. Stevia Leaf – When buying stevia, green stevia is the best option. Remember, buy stevia without additives and that has been less processed. If you are looking for a good brand of stevia that tastes great and you can find it in any health food store, try Sweet Leaf Stevia. If you want to try green stevia powder I recommend Organic Traditions. 

Check out this link to Dr. Axe's recipe page: HEALTHY RECIPES
Here is the link to today's Yoga video: DAY 12 YOGA
Here is a picture of the workout I am taking my sister through today:

If anyone is like me and they like to have a little something sweet after dinner, try some of these recipes:

#1 Coconut Cookie Dough Balls
(no added sugar!)
  • Scant 2/3 cup pitted dates (80 g) (I like Sunmaid brand, because they’re softer. See the nutritional info link, below, for substitution notes)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp coconut butter or Homemade Coconut Butter
  • Tiny pinch salt (can be omitted if desired)
  • Optional: shredded coconut, chocolate chips, etc.
Blend everything together in a food processor. This makes a small batch, so I used my Magic Bullet. If you have a bigger processor, it might be best to double or triple the recipe so everything blends more smoothly. (The recipe can be done in a blender, but the results are stickier.) Smush into one big ball, then roll into little balls or bars or cookie-cuttered shapes. These will last in the refrigerator for a few weeks or frozen for a few months, or they can be frozen.
#2 Chocolate Brownie Bites

Ingredients 1 cup raw Almonds 1-1/2 cups pitted Medjool Dates (approximately 10-11 dates) 3-1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (try to use the good stuff) 4 Tbsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut ⅛ tsp salt 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (I never measure, so pour in what makes you happy) Water

Instructions Combine all ingredients (except water), in the order listed, in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel. While the processor is running, add a thin stream of water, about ½ tsp, maybe less depending on the moistness of your dates. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, then you've got the right consistency. If it's still crumbly, add more water. You don't want to add too much water because the bites will be too sticky. When you've got the right consistency, roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls. Yield varies depending on how much you eat while you're rolling them :)


#3 Raw Chocolate Coconut Freezer Bite (Thanks Alyssa!)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, blend the coconut for a couple of minutes until the oils start to release and the coconut is in fine pieces.
  2. Add the coconut oil and nuts and blend until the nuts are finely chopped.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything comes together. The minute can still be a bit chunky.
  4. One a lined baking sheet or plate that will fit in your freezer...scoop 1 Tbsp full of the mixture into rounds onto the sheet.
  5. Freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer.
  7. Enjoy directly from the freezer for best results.

I may try to add some vanilla plant fusion protein powder to a one of these so that they will keep me full longer. I will let you know if I make any (and I will take pictures)! 

Peace out! Have a good weekend 

Later Taters! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Favorite Recipes

There was a huge success with my last post about my favorite recipes, so here are some more!


#1 Paleo Pizza

For the Crust:
1 Head of Cauliflower, Steamed (should yield about 2 cups if grated first)
1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Melted
1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning

For the Toppings:
Pizza Sauce (I used a mixture of tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and basil)
3 Small Zucchini, Shredded/Grated
White Mushrooms, Sliced
Pineapple, Chopped (I only put this on half for my girls =]) 
Prosciutto 
Red Onion

You can use whatever toppings you like, these are just the ones I used.

1. Shred/grate your zucchini and spread it out on a cutting board or something similar, cover with a paper towel and set aside. If you can do this an hour or two before you start making your pizza it would be best.  

2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and grease a baking sheet/pizza pan with a little coconut oil. I placed a piece of parchment paper on my pizza pan just in case it would stick.

3. Put your steamed cauliflower, almond meal, eggs and melted coconut oil in a food processor and blend the mixture until it looks like the photo above.  I put my cauliflower in the food processor right when it was done steaming so it was hot.  This is one of the things I might toy with. I was worried my eggs would start to cook, but they were fine.  Also, I think the baking time might be less if the cauliflower was cooled when I mixed everything, but again something I might mess with in the future. 

4. Pour mixture onto your baking pan and pat into a circle.

5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and bake for 20 minutes checking occasionally to make sure the edges aren't burning. I removed the parchment paper after 15 minutes because I wanted the bottom to crisp up too. It slid right off.

6. After it's done baking, it might be a little "mushy" feeling still, but that's okay since it'll be going back in.  Top with your pizza sauce (pesto would be really good too) and zucchini then whatever other toppings you want.

7. Bake for another 10 minutes.


#2 Egg Bake

Ingredients:
Eggs- I used 8 whole eggs
mini peppers, chopped
red onion, chopped
whatever other add ins, ex: ham, bacon, spinach, mushrooms

Mix all together and dump into a foil lined 9X9 in pan. You can also use muffin cups so they are already portioned

Bake in the oven 375 degrees (F) for 20-30 minutes or until eggs are completely set (depends on pan size)

#3 Turkey Burgers with zucchini buns (I do not have a recipe for this one, but I can tell you what I use)

Ingredients:
Lean ground turkey
chopped red onion
garlic powder
chili powder
sea salt
-mix all together and pat into patties (whatever size you want) then grill, fry, or bake 
-grill or pan fry the zucchini and season with whatever you would like (I used fresh ground pepper and sea salt)
You can add what ever you want onto of the burgers (mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, etc.)

#4 Sweet potato fries

I cut up 4-6 sweet potatoes and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Top with cinnamon (or whatever you prefer) and bake in the oven 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Take out of the oven and flip over. Continue baking until tender (about 15-25 more minutes)

#5 Avocado Corn Salsa

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • In a large bowl, combine corn, jalapeño, red onion cilantro, lime juice, sugar and salt. Stir in avocado.
  • Serve immediately.

What kind of recipes would you guys like me to share more of? Main dishes, vegetables, desserts, etc. Comment below and let me know!

Here is the link to today's Yoga video:YOGA DAY 11

I also did my hour cardio and here are my inner thigh videos I completed: INNER THIGH CHALLENGE #1 AND INNER THIGH CHALLENGE #2
Here is my portioned meals for my post yesterday that I will prep this weekend and I will be measuring everything except veggies! 

Later Taters





Motivational Monday... Yes I know it's Wednesday

I was going to wait to post this on Monday, but then I thought why wait? (That's why the picture says Motivational Monday haha)What motivates you!? For me, I love pictures. Some of these pictures motivate me to focus on my portions so I can fit into some of these shorts and outfits this summer. March, April, and May that means three short months to really hammer down! What is going to be your motivation and inspiration? In all of these photos I was doing my favorite exercise (an hour of cardio a day) so I am excited that I have started that back up. Now I just need to get my portions under control. Has anyone seen the 21 day fix? I thought about trying those portion recommendations out for a few weeks. 
I would fall into the first column (thanks to my friend Liz who let me glance at her book-check out her blog as she completed the 21 day fix READ HER BLOG HERE). 

I think I want to break it down as to which containers I will eat throughout the day: Green = vegetables, purple=fruit, red= lean protein, yellow=carbs, blue = almonds for me, orange= I am gonna use chia seeds , tsp I'm gonna use flax seeds. This is my plan:
Breakfast: one purple, tsp, and orange, one red
Snack:one red and one green
Lunch: one red, one green, one yellow
Snack: one purple, one blue
Dinner: one red, one green, and one yellow

I may not limit myself to green containers because it love veggies but I would like to challenge myself to stick to the other containers. My only carb for yellow will be sweet potatoes because I can't have gluten. Green containers are about a cup and a half, purple = 1 cup, red 4-5 oz lean protein. Blue is 1/4 c of my almonds. I am going to start this today! Monday is a good day for me to start a new plan. 

Here is today's yoga challenge: DAY 10 YOGA CHALLENGE
The other videos I did: UPPER BODY WORKOUT & ABS

Peace! Later Taters! I hope everyone has a fabulous Wednesday and let me know in the comments below what motivates you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Grocery List & how to spot sugar on food labels

Good morning cupcakes! Today is Day 9 of the yoga challenge. Here is today's video to follow: Day 9 Yoga- Full Potential Detox When I first heard of yoga, I was skeptical because I was always one to go hard on workouts. Ever since I have started, my body recovers so much faster from my workouts, my flexibility has improved, I have less back pain, and so on... To get to my point, if you have never tried it, give Yoga a chance! Just follow along with the FREE Yoga videos I have been posting every day.

I also did these videos:
INNER THIGH CHALLENGE
INNER THIGH CHALLENGE #2
And complete one hour of cardio on the stair stepper and elliptical

My Grocery List (for one week of meal prep) if you want to follow along with my meal plan:

-2 eggplants
- 1 container of cherry tomatoes
-1 red onion
-1 pkg. of lean ground turkey
-Garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
-Parsley (dried)

This makes my eggplant meal pictured in previous posts

-one whole chicken
-chili powder
-cumin
-garlic powder
-dried onion flakes
-zucchini (I buy about 8-10 zucchinis at a time)
-7 sweet potatoes

This makes my taco chicken with zucchini and sweet potatoes (meal posted previously)

-1 cartons of eggs
-1 bag of mini peppers
-1 red onion
-1 bag of spinach
- 1 carton of mushrooms

This makes my omelets (baggie method posted previously)

-1 carton of eggs
- 12 bananas
-baking soda
-2 containers of baking cocoa

This makes my healthy brownies (posted previously)

-2 bags of Tilapia
- Mrs dash seasoning
-coconut oil
-romaine lettuce

This makes my tilapia tacos (lettuce leaf used as the shell)

-2-4 bags of frozen berries depending on the size (you should get enough for 3/4 c-1c daily)
-1 package of chia seeds (need 1 T daily)
-1 package of flax seeds (need 1 T daily)
-1 carton of unsweetened soy milk

This makes my chia/flax bowls that I have for breakfast (posted previously)

-2 bags of oven roasted almonds
-1 package of whole pitted dates

This makes my almond date bars (posted previously)

I shop at Aldi and it saves me a TON of money. All of these ingredients (except maybe the flax seeds) can be found there.

One bag of lemons for hot lemon water every morning
magnesium citrate (tablets- I get mine on amazon)
fish/borage/flax oil (tablets, also get from amazon)
vitamin C (tablets also from amazon)
Dairy free probiotic (tablet- amazon)
Multivitamin (bought this at target)

So a break down of each day
Breakfast: chia/flax berry bowl
Snack: omelet
Lunch: eggplant turkey mix
Snack 2: fish wrap
Dinner: taco chicken, sweet potatoes, zucchini
Dessert: almond date bite, 1-2 healthy brownies

I take my supplements in the morning with my hot lemon water. I also drink hot tea :D

My meal plans switch up when I get tired of eating something, so if you all want me to I can post grocery lists/meal prep every time it switches if it is helpful and you would like to follow along. Comment below and let me know!

Since going gluten and dairy free it is important for me to not get discouraged, I focus on what I CAN eat instead of what I cannot. This is a helpful mindset if you are trying to get healthy or lose weight too!

One common thing that many people do not know is how to spot sugar on ingredient labels. I found an article that is informative and helpful. Check it out: How to Spot Sugar in Ingredients List

I hope this is helpful!

Peace out! Later Taters


Monday, February 16, 2015

Some of my favorite workout videos

Good morning Cupcakes! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and Valentine's Day! I certainly did!

I thought I would start the week off by showing you guys some of my favorite at home workouts!

Here is today's 30 day Yoga challenge video: Day 8 Yoga

Here are some videos by category:

Legs:
Adriana Legs
Legs and Thighs

Inner thighs:
5 minute inner thigh challenge
Lolo Jones Legs Challenge
Squat Challenge

Butt:
Butt Lifting 10 minutes

Total Body (all 40 minute videos):
#1 Total Body
#2 Total Body
#3 Total Body

Abs:
Tighten your Abs
Washboard Abs
Total Abs

Shoulders:
Shoulder Workout

Biceps and Triceps:
10 minute arms

I hope that helps! If you plan on traveling somewhere, take your computer with you! You really can workout anywhere. If you do not have weights, just modify the moves. You can use anything heavy around the house or simply use your body weight. Focus on the mind body connection and you will still feel your muscles working!

Meal plan:

Pre-workout: hot lemon water, banana brownie and almond date bite
Post workout: chia seeds, frozen berries, and soy milk
Snack 1: egg plant, tomato/onion sauteed, and lean ground turkey
Lunch: taco chicken, zucchini, sweet potatoes
Snack 2: romaine lettuce and tilapia
Dinner: egg plant, tomato/onion sauteed, and lean ground turkey
Before bedtime snack: one healthy brownie and 1/4c soy milk
Supplements: probiotic, magnesium citrate, vitamin c, fish/flax/&borage oil

I eat small portions every 2-3 hours

Later Taters! Let me know which ones you like best!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recap

So I thought today I would do a recap of some of my favorite blog posts for some of my new readers. Just to get it out of the way though here is today's yoga video: Day Seven Yoga and here is the other workout video I did today: Kettletoning

Okay now for the fun part. Here are some of my favorite posts from my blog so far. I figured it would be fun for me to go back and reread some of my old posts and see how much I have grown as a blogger. Just click the link and you can read them :D

#1 Preparation for a healthy lifestyle
#2 Day One of the Ultra Simple Diet
#3Day 8 of the Ultra Simple Diet and progress pics
#4 Question of the Day
#5 Day 13 of the Ultra Simple Diet
#6 What does Body Fat % look like?
#7At home workouts and Hot lemon water benefits
#8 Hunger vs Appetite
#9 Current Progress Photo and Meal Plan
#10 Healthy Recipes
#11 Healthy Brownies

A tip for the healthy brownie recipe: Make it your own! That is something I stress because some people have different preferences in food taste. Experiment and have fun in the kitchen. The way I came about this recipe was just throwing some ingredients together. I like dark chocolate (like 90%) this is too "bitter" for some people. I made my brownies with lots of cocoa powder because I like the taste of it. If you are someone who prefers to have sweeter chocolate I suggest that you use less cocoa powder or you could add in 1/4-1/2 c of coconut sugar. You could try adding in coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, date paste, raisins, the list is never ending. So, I challenge you to re-create this recipe making it your own and comment below with your creations!

I also think every Friday I am going to feature some of my new favorite healthy recipes!

Sorry so short this weekend trying to soak up all the time I get with the best boyfriend ever!

 
I don't know about you, but I am counting down the days until Spring!


Later taters! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 6 Challenge- ABS and top tips for dining out

Happy Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Today is Day 6 of the Yoga challenge and today's video is an "six pack abs" here is the link: YOGA DAY 6

Today my boyfriend is taking me to Scotty's brewhouse for lunch/dinner. I will post pictures of what I order.

My top tips for dining out:

1. A good tip is to check out the menu online before you go out to eat and pick ahead of time what you are going to get.

2. Always ask for alterations to your meal. For example, ask for no cheese or croutons on your salad. Ask for no butter on your steamed veggies. Little things like that will help you in sticking with your goals.

3. Skip the rolls or bread and get a side salad without cheese or croutons and dressing on the side

4. Never dump the whole container of dressing on your salad. I choose salsa sometimes instead of dressing.

5. Get protein and veggies Ex: plain chicken breast with steamed broccoli (ask for no butter) and a side salad w/o croutons or cheese dressing on the side. OR 4-6oz lean cut steak with seasonal steamed veggies (no butter) and a side salad (same as before)

6. Split a heavier meal with someone. If you want to indulge a little bit just stick to smaller portions

7. Drink lots of water before you go out to dinner and during your time at the restaurant- your waiter should be refilling your cup a lot! (sorry waiter or waitress ahah)

8. For me, a lot of places will understand if you can't have gluten and dairy and they will let the kitchen know!

Here are some links to some menus (look up the nutrition too!)

Red Lobster (menu) & Red Lobster Nutrition
Texas Roadhouse Menu & Nutrition
Scotty's Brewhouse Menu & Nutrition

Those are just a few to give you an idea. Look up the restaurant you are going to on google and then type ":menu" or "nutrition" after the name of the restaurant. Almost all places have their menu and nutrition! WHOOP!

Hopefully that is helpful, and remember to eat healthy throughout the rest of the day and the next day as well!

Later Taters!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Grocery Shopping and Meal Prep

This morning I made a trip to my local Aldi and purchased some food for this weekend and next week! Here are some pictures of my groceries
Pictured: eggs, bananas, cherry tomatoes, lean ground turkey, romaine lettuce, spinach, mini peppers, celery, a whole  chicken, soy milk, oven roasted almonds, whole pitted dates, egg plants, zucchinis, cumin, and baking cocoa. 


Here are some pictures of my meal prep
 
This is coconut milk, 1 c. blueberries, and 1 T chia seeds. This will be my prepped breakfast this week
This is  oven roasted zucchini (chili powder and garlic powder) and lean ground turkey and this is what I will be eating for lunch today
This is egg plant cooked on the stove with sauteed red onion, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and parsley. I topped it off with lean ground turkey. This will be one of my prepped meals this week
This is oven roasted sweet potatoes and carrots. The sweet potatoes have cinnamon on them and the carrots have chili powder and garlic powder
This is oven roasted zucchini with chili powder and garlic powder and oven roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon
This is a whole chicken cooking on low with water, sea salt, chili powder, onion flakes, ground cumin and I will be shredding this and eating it with my romaine lettuce in a lettuce wrap with oven roasted veggies. 
This is the batter for my healthy brownies before it is baked. I doubled the recipe so this has 8 bananas, 8 eggs, 2 c cocoa, and 2 tsp of baking soda (currently baking in the oven)
This is what my date/almond bites look like as they are freezing and before they are cut
This is a portioned out almond date bite

Not pictured is my tilapia I will be cooking tonight and my omletes I made yesterday using my ziplock method. 

I can't wait to eat all of this! I just love FOOD! If you have any questions about these meals just comment below!

Later Taters!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Healthy Recipes

Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes for you all! Get to meal prepping this weekend

#1 This is how I make my omelets: Simply crack 2 eggs in a ziplock bag and add sauteed mushrooms, peppers, onions, and spinach. Mix up in the bag and then place in a pot of boiling water until eggs are cooked. You can add whatever you want to the eggs, those are just the ingredients that I use.

Roasted Vegetables ~ The easiest, simplest, and BEST way to roast vegetables - perfectly tender and packed with so much flavor!#2 Roasted vegetables: I make mine with whatever vegetables I am craving. For example: zucchini, carrots, onions, and broccoli. I simply cut up the vegetables and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. I sprinkle the veggies with chili powder and garlic powder or you can use any mrs. dash seasonings (they are sodium free). You can also drizzle the vegetables with olive oil or coconut oil, but I like mine without. Bake in the oven 425 degrees (F) for about 30 minutes. Flip veggies and cook longer if needed.

#3 My brownies!Here is the link to the recipe: Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar free brownies

#4Banana Ice Cream with 5 different flavours. i love this stuff. so easy and healthy too. i can eat this stuff everyday without any worries. :) Banana Ice Cream: Very easy and very tasty (boyfriend approved) All you do is freeze overripe bananas. Then when you want to make the "icecream" place the frozen bananas into a food processor (a high powered blender may work too). Blend on high and add a little almond milk (or other dairy alternative). You can also add other things in such as coconut, diary free chocolate chips, almonds, etc.

 Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos | This recipe is an excellent choice for game day or any crazy, busy day.#5 CrockPot Chicken: I like to place maybe 4-5 chicken breasts in a crockpot and add chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder or flakes, cumin, and a little sea salt. Cover the chicken breasts with water and cook on low for maybe 6-8 hours (I either start mine in the morning before work and it is done by the time I get home or start it before bed and it will be ready in the morning). Take chicken out and shred then add more of the same spices if you want. I like to place mine ontop of a salad or eat it with my roasted vegetables

#6 Almond- Date Bites: I do not have a picture for these, but they are absolutely delicious. I take a bag of oven roasted almonds (5 dollars at Aldi! Whoop!) and place in my food processor. Then I blend until it gets to be like a paste (about 4-8 minutes) then I add in coconut oil maybe 1/4 c. Blend until incorporated. I scoop this out of the processor and add whole pitted dates into the food processor. I blend these until they start to form "chunks" then I add hot water until it becomes a paste. I place this date paste on an aluminum foil sheet and spread out evenly. I add the almond butter onto evenly and place in the freezer until solid (3-5 hours). I cut the slab into bite sized pieces and place back in the freezer. When every you want a little treat, just grab one out of the freezer and enjoy! My bag of almonds says that it has 11 servings, so I cut the slab into 12 pieces.

  Grilled Cajun Shrimp #7 Grilled Cajun Shrimp

Ingredients 
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper, for taste
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • Olive oil, to keep from sticking to grill
  1. Heat grill. In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, oregano and thyme.
  2. Placed peeled and deveined shrimp on skewers. Spray with the olive oil and sprinkle the shrimp with salt, pepper and mixed dried seasonings. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  3. Squeeze the lemon wedges onto the finished shrimp.
So there are a few of my favorite recipes currently! Let me know what you all think!

Today is Day 5 of the 30 day Yoga Challenge. Just checking in with you: my flexibility has improved drastically and I feel like I recover from my workouts faster. I also noticed that I haven't had as much neck or back pain which is awesome. I am more aware of my body. Here is the link for today's video: DAY 5 YOGA I am also doing my hour of cardio daily and I did a little bicep and back workout yesterday. Today I will be cleaning my house, so I will get a little more of a workout.

That is all I have for today!

Peace Out! Later Taters! :D Almost the weekend! (technically the start of my weekend because I do not have classes or work today!)



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