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3 Healthy Options From My Week

20 Jul

It’s time for another round-up of healthy options from my week!  These posts are as much for me to remember my good ideas as they are for you to feel inspired to try your own clean meals.  Despite the cooler temps this week, I definitely fell off the fitness wagon.  Hard.  Possibly broke a limb and was dragged behind the wagon – that’s how bad it was.  When you are being dragged behind the fitness wagon by your broken ankle, I strongly recommend taking a look behind you and trying to spot something positive back there.  The good news for me is that I’ve stayed pretty focused on eating clean. Now if only I could figure out a way to have a good fitness AND food week at the same time…

Anyway, here are 3 healthy options from my week:

1.

Copycat-Panera-Chicken-Hummus-Power-Bowl

I love Panera, but I love control over what goes into my body more.  Solution?  DIY duh.  I of course made up my own thing based on what I had on hand but the thing that makes it “copcat” for me is the hummus instead of dressing.  I mean, who knew?  I may have had this salad every day this week – grilled chicken with Essence of Emeril seasoning, feta, sunflower seeds, chopped red peppers, and cilantro-jalapeno hummus from the Greek Gourmet.  It’s like a farmer’s market in my mouth.  As far as I’m concerned, I may never use dressing again.  This particular hummus is all I need.

2.

Baked-Asparagus-Fries

I found this recipe over on Just A Taste and have made them several times now.  I haven’t been disappointed!  The asparagus don’t get mushy or soft like they normally do because of the light breading.  They are so easy to make, too!  I subbed plain Greek yogurt in for the mayo in both the breading and the garlic aioli.  Seriously, how did I not know about these a hundred years ago?

3.

sun-dried-tomato-chicken-salad

This one was kind of a happy accident.  I had about 2 cups of shredded chicken left over from various meal prepping during the week and I also had some sun-dried tomato “mayo” that I had made as a condiment for burgers LAST week (1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt + 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped + 4 large basil leaves + 1 t. lemon juice + salt/pepper).

At the last minute, I threw the 2 together with some feta and lettuce on one of these wraps from La Tortilla Factory:

La-Tortilla-Factory-100-Calorie-Tortillas

“Each wrap contains 20g of whole grains and 200mg of Omega 3 fatty acids with 8g of fiber and only 1.5g of fat {via}”


 

What are some of your go-to healthy options for the week?

What toppings are on your favorite salad?

 

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3 Healthy Options From My Week

20 Jun

They say something like 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen – I don’t know how accurate that 80% is, but the sentiment is true.  For the past 2 years I have increased my activity by leaps and bounds, but I’ve still managed to just maintain my current weight.  I might go up or down within 10 lbs., but I don’t see much progress in one direction or the other.  Why is that?  Because when I increase my activity, my brain says “YOU’VE EARNED ALL THE THINGS!  HAVE WHATEVER YOU WANT!  GREAT JOB!”  Wrong.  So, so wrong stupid brain.  As my physical self gets stronger, I have to learn to strengthen my will power and remember that food is simply fuel to keep me going – it’s not a hobby and it’s not a reward.

Swear, the only time I get excited about eating clean is because I get to share it with you guys so here we go!  Here are 3 simple, clean recipes that helped me stay on point this week.

1.

Frozen-Greek-Yogurt-Dots



These are ridiculously easy to make, healthy, and they make me feel like I’m eating a ton when really I’m not! Frozen-Greek-Yogurt-Dots-Tutorial

Really, it’s that easy.  Pop them in the freezer for 1-2 hours and then gobble them up!  If they start to get melty, just put them back for about 15 minutes. BOOM.

2.

Fruity-Overnight-Oats

These overnight oats were super easy – you make them the night before!  I mixed 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats, 1/2 c. Greek yogurt (I use honey from Greek Goddess), 1/4 c. flax milk (or your choice of non-dairy milk), 1 t. chia seeds, 1-2 T. honey, and a handful of frozen berries.  I just put everything in a Snapware container, shake it up really well, and then refrigerate it until morning.  I cut up half a banana and put it over the top when I’m ready to eat it.  The texture of overnight oats is still growing on me, but I can’t get over how much more energy I have when I eat a great breakfast.  I will share more overnight oat mixtures as I go!

3.

chef-salad-2

Getting creative with salads has been a Godsend for me this week.  Particularly when it’s hot outside, the thought of eating anything except crisp, crunchy salad with loads of fresh toppings is all I need.  This spinach salad has turkey, turkey bacon, feta cheese, hard boiled egg whites only, and some of the remaining roasted red peppers from Monday.   I stored the peppers with a splash of olive oil and some garlic (which absorbed into the peppers a bit). The bottom salad has my famous balsamic vinaigrette – swear it’s the best dressing you will ever need. I’ve got loads of other salad topping ideas, but I refuse to waste food.  I always start the week with the ingredients that have the most limited shelf life!

roasted-red-peppers-garlic


 

Questions of the Week:

What are some of your go-to healthy options for the week?

What toppings are on your favorite salad?

 

Maple-Lime Chicken Skewers

26 Jul

One of my goals for the week the year my life is to eat better.  Since I started gearing up for this 10K last week, things got more serious.  If my body isn’t fueled properly, I am feeling it in every step.

I’ve been trying some new things and last night’s dinner was a keeper!  (Do you follow me on Instagram (@MichelleSFTS)? Because if you do, you get a sneak preview of things coming up on the blog!

Maple-Lime Chicken Skewers (inspired by Kitchen Meets Girl)

MapleLimeChicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. maple-agave syrup
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 T. Frank’s Red Hot
  • red pepper flakes
  • cilantro to taste
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed

Whisk together the soy sauce, syrup, oil, lime juice, garlic, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes.  Add the chicken and make sure the chicken is covered with the marinade.  (I usually mix everything in my Snapware, add the meat, lock on the cover, and then shake it all up.)  Marinate from 1 hr – 6 hrs.

I don’t have a grill, so while I preheated my broiler, I skewered the chicken.  They were in about 8 minutes on each side.  I garnished with a bit of cilantro.

MapleLimeChicken2

 

Southwest Stuffed Portobello Caps

24 Jul

Last night, I was in a little bit of a pickle.

I had planned to make Avocado Chicken Parmesan, but when I got home I realized that we were completely out of Panko.  And pasta sauce.  Oh yeah, and Parmesan.  I must’ve just had avocados on the brain all day because the bunch I bought the other day are perfectly ripe!  At that point, I’ve got chicken ready to go but we lacked anything to go with it.  After assessing the items left in my fridge (we are desperately in need of a grocery store run), I found some giant portobello mushroom caps.  Immediately I knew this was perfect, because you can sort of modge podge together a stuffing to go in them.  Its almost impossible to go wrong.

I remembered that I had grabbed these at the store, but had yet to try them:

ChickenSausage

I knew I had a can of black beans in the pantry along with some quinoa.  I have been a little late to the quinoa party.

Quinoa

I know its loaded with protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, B2, and manganese.  I get it.  (PS – Check out the vintage print on my pantry shelf liners.  At one point, the walls were covered with the same pattern, too.)  I had been served quinoa a few times and I just wasn’t impressed.  I think you have to find your own seasoning formula for quinoa, otherwise its not that appealing.

Southwest Stuff Portobellos

SouthwestStuffedBellas

Ingredients:

  • 2 large portobello mushroom caps, stems removed
  • 3 chicken sausage links (or protein of your choice), cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 can of black beans
  • chicken broth
  • cooking spray/olive oil
  • Spices: chili powder, cumin, coriander, ancho chili powder, Lawry’s

1.  Prep: Preheat the oven to 450F and wipe the portobellos with a damp towel.  Prep a cooking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.  Then, spray the mushrooms caps as well.  (You could use olive oil here, but I find that it makes mine too moist and they fall apart.)

**Steps 2-4 can be completed all at once to save time!**

2.  Since the chicken sausage was pre-cooked, I just sauteed it in a skillet to reheat it.  Then I cut it up and set it aside.

3.  I drained and rinsed the can of black beans, then mixed together a teaspoon of olive oil, cumin, coriander, and Lawry’s to taste.  I popped them in the microwave for about 3 minutes, until the beans were tender.  Then, I combined them with the chicken sausage.

4.  I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth to add instant flavor, then when it was finished cooking, I seasoned it with chili powder and ancho chili powder.  Then, I combined it in with the chicken mixture.

5.  Once all the ingredients are combined, top the mushrooms and add some cheese if you want to.  These would have been excellent with some queso blanco, but all I had was shredded cheddar.  They would have been just as good without cheese, though, too!

6.  Bake for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.

I topped mine with avocado and a little bit of plain Greek yogurt.  Delicious, healthy, and accidentally gluten-free!

SouthwestStuffedBellas

Mama June Moments

23 Jul

On Monday morning, I was feeling like my clothes were a bit tighter.  Was I having a post-laundry fake out or is there a bigger problem going on?  I made the mistake of getting on the scale.  Not happy.  I tried to convince myself I’m retaining water from PMS, which may be the case.  But what if its not?  Yeah, I have been craving chocolate like crazy.  And I’m basically tired and cranky all day long.

minion

I talked myself off the ledge after I realized a few things:

With all the running I’ve done this week, I am certainly building some kind of muscle mass.  Muscle is more dense than fat, so it weighs more.  But, if my pants are feeling tighter then this theory basically goes out the window.  I try not to fall victim to scale scare – I’ve been known to gain up to 10 lbs. of water weight in a day and then drop it by the next day.  I have to give it another week and see if some of the weight comes off as my metabolism speeds up.  Which brings me to no. 2…

When I’m running, my metabolism speeds up and I feel more hungry more often.  Like famished, all the time.  Last week, I noticed that I didn’t snack/meal plan very well and I was falling victim to some of the traps that come along with trying to find a convenient snack.  Yes, Veggie Straws are certainly healthier than Doritos.  That does not mean that they are the best option.  I need to quit being lazy, cut up the fruit I have in the fridge and bring it to work with me.  It sucks when you know you’re doing the wrong thing, recognize the problem, but keep doing the wrong thing.  What is my problem!?  Also, reminding myself that just because I ran in the morning does not mean I “earned” ice cream for dessert is probably a good idea.  It’s so not a good sign that as I typed the words ice cream, my mouth started watering.  Food is not a reward!  It’s fuel!!!

Some goals for the week:

1.  Eat whole foods at all 3 meals.  That means prep, prep, prep.  I like the saying: “If it has a commercial, its probably not a good pick.”  If its in a box or a bag, skip it.  I have to make sure that I have stuff in the fridge I can grab for breakfast, pack for lunch, and prep the night before or earlier in the day for dinner

2. Snack healthy. Hard boiled eggs, fruit and veggies prepped, water on demand.  I have to find ways around the sugar and chocolate cravings, so I bought dates and I plan on making some paleo power balls.

3.  Be positive!  I am the only cheerleader I have.  If I’m down on myself, I will only get discouraged and unmotivated.

4.  Don’t skip the cross training and strength training days that I have scheduled on the books.

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