Tag Archives: clean eating

Blueberry & Banana Oat Muffins

IMG_7129 Happy Sunday! Today for food prep Sunday I made these delicious, simple, healthy muffins! IMG_7104

First, slice bananas IMG_7105

Add blueberriesIMG_7106

Add oatsIMG_7107

Add Baking soda IMG_7108

Mix all togetherIMG_7109

 

In a separate bowl, mix yogurt & applesauce (and milk & vanilla not shown)

IMG_7110

Lay down dry ingredientsIMG_7112

Layer with we ingredients and mix IMG_7114

Preheat oven to 350, and bake for 30 mins! IMG_7115

 

Ta-da! Delicious, easy muffins for breakfast all week 🙂

Recipe here

Advertisements

Pumpkin Everything, please // weekly roundup!

Happy Sunday, ya’ll! Tonight as I sit in bed, sippin’ my hot chocolate, with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla candles around me, I feel quite accomplished and satisfied!

Today I woke up all ambitious about my plans for the day. I don’t know why, but as I laid in bed this morning scrolling through Instagram (don’t act like you don’t do it. No, but really, I have a problem. Like, a bad addiction), I decided I really wanted to rearrange my room. Im the kind of person who hates change, except when moving furniture/new furniture/decor is involved. So, that happened. Living alone is fine and all, until you need heavy lifting help.

Despite my built-in-heavy-lifting/using my butt to push furniture around my room today, I dragged myself to the gym for a real workout. The gym on Sundays is like, a bar on Monday night. Completely empty and weird. But, I like it. (I also like bars on Mondays). I wanted to switch my workout up a little, but not get TOO crazy (remember, I don’t like change?) so I went upstairs to the cardio theater and ran 2 miles. In the dark. While watching “Employee of the Month.” I actually reallllllly like this movie, for whatever reason. Dane Cook is hilarious. And Jessica Simpson is a terrible actress. Good combination for a giggle.

MV5BMTc4NTc2NDI5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDQ4NzYzMQ@@._V1._SX640_SY904_

The cardio theater is cool and all, the only down fall is, ha, well, I thought I was going to fall the entire time. I used my handy dandy cell phone light to get myself situated ON the treadmill, and the entire time kept looking down to make sure I wasn’t about to fly off the back of it. Near death experience, really. I live my life on the edge (hahaaa, I’m not even trying to make these puns they just keep happening!) IMG_7050

Anyway, so it’s September. Which means it’s Fall… okay, not really. BUT its not Summer anymore (hallelujah). Annnd the weather is cooling off a bit. But most importantly, Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes, bars are serving pumpkin beer on tap, and the grocery stores have pumpkin yogurt, cream cheese, coffee creamer, and lots of other goodies. OBSESSED. SO OBSESSED.

Today I purchased:

• Pumpkin Yogurt & Apple Crisp Yogurt… CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE FLAVORS EXIST? HOLY COW I AM SO HAPPY

IMG_7060

• Pumpkin spice cream cheese… holy punnnkin’. I was eating it with my finger the second I walked in my door. What? no I wasn’t…thats…gross…….(yes i was.)

IMG_7057

Things Im loving this week:

• THIS SMOOTHIE, MAH GAH. From Cup O Joe. It is a Vanilla, honey, banana smoothie and it is SOOO good! Ive had like 3 in the last 2 weeks and Im really not sorry about it.

IMG_7036

• Foodles. Because I am a child. And if loving Disney til forever is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Also, these are delicious and a quick, fast snack. I maaaay have finished it on my way home from the store….

0073231300312_500X500

• Victorias Secret workout clothes. I just recently bought these running capris and this top, and I love them! So comfy and just darn wonderful.

Screen Shot 2013-09-08 at 8.34.38 PM img-thing

• Breadless Sammiches. (Or unwiches as Jimmy John calls them.) Or Lettuce Tacos…Basically putting things I would normally put on a sammich, into a romaine leaf. I dont always have the time to chop up veggies for a salad, so this is essentially like eating a salad just in a different form. I even put cottage cheese in one for a post work-out snack. Delicious, easy, and fun to eat!

IMG_7059 IMG_6990

• Fall things 🙂 Sorry for the selfie, but I was really excited to bust out my scarf and sperrys this week!

IMG_7030 IMG_7033

More pumpkin talk…. I made pumpkin overnight oats. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 pumpkin yogurt
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbps chia seeds

IMG_7061

So excited to nom this bad boy in the morning!

Now, its time for hot chocolate, a movie, and bed! IMG_7063

No Bake Energy Bites! & weekend activites

Happy Labor Day, friends! Hope yours is spent with loved ones & great food 🙂

IMG_6982

I had a fantastic weekend visiting my family & friends in Cincinnati. It was spent with great company, great food, and great workouts! Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend 🙂

My weekend in a nutshell..

IMG_6961

My breakfast every morning consisted of Life cereal, blueberries & skim milk w/ coffee! I love breakfast with the parents 🙂 IMG_6938

My handsome, crazy dog Moe 🙂 IMG_6941

Coffee on the back porch 🙂 IMG_6945

Peanut butter & jelly sammiches, fresh fruit & yogurt w/ almonds.IMG_6955

Cocktails with my best friend! IMG_6960

🙂 i love her!

My workout of choice this weekend after venturing to 3 different gyms in 3 days…:

  • 2 mile run
  • 15 minute stair master
  • 30 minutes elliptical
  • this workout below:

IMG_6965

I did 30 seconds of each, two times. I love it. It works your entire body, and REALLY gets you breaking a sweat.

Speaking of great food, tonight I made overnight oats & cinnamon raisin energy bites!

The overnight oats were very similar to my earlier recipe I posted, but I added raisins, almond butter and pumpkin pie spice! Yum! I think they’ll make a delicious breakfast 🙂

IMG_6971 IMG_6969

all the peanut butter! Justin’s is the best!

IMG_6973

Yum!

Energy bites:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter. I used low fat peanut butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Place in refrigerator for 30 mins. Make into balls and place back in refrigerator. Enjoy!

IMG_6977 IMG_6978 IMG_6979 IMG_6983 IMG_6982

So easy, yet so delicious 🙂 And only about 100 calories per bite. Perfect pre/post workout snack!

My dinner tonight was a snack dinner! Cottage cheese, hummus, and delicious Kashi chips! Yum! (I ate about twice that is actually shown 😉 )

IMG_6984

Hope you all had a great day off! Cheers to a short week ahead!

Quiche is a funny word

Isn’t it, though?

IMG_7907

I feel like I’m trying to say kiss with a weird accent. Kiss. Kish. Quiche? Ive been walking around saying it all morning, and it doesn’t get any less weird to me. Neither does that fact that I’m walking around talking to myself….. BUT whatever the case, it could be called a poo-poo platter and I’d still love it just the same! This recipe is UH-MAZE-ING.

I have a lot of favorite things in this world. Peanut butter, ice cream, rainy mornings, wine on the patio, long walks on the beach, snow days…..I’ll spare you the rest, but the list goes on and on. When it comes to food I have a few requirements that make a meal my favorite.

Number one — Cheese. The more cheese the better, in my opinion. ESPECIALLY if it’s goat cheese. (Or cheddar. Or feta. Or colby jack. Or…)  Nom nom nom! Cheese can take a dish to the next level!

Number two — Fresh Vegetables. I love a dish that has fresh veggies. I cant get enough of sautéed or roasted veggies! My favorites are mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper and onion. If you mix them all together (with cheese, naturally) Im a happy camper. Plus I just love the way they add beautiful color.

So what is my rambling getting at here? This dish meets MY MAIN TWO requirements to be considered my favorite meal! 

This cheesey, goey, eggy, wonderfulness is just about the perfect dish for any time of the day. AND, it was soooo easy to make. (Probably my number three meal requirement, since I know you were curious.)

After mucho research, I used the recipe found here. However, I brittified it a little bit. (Yeah, I just said that.) I added more vegetables, cottage cheese, and used cheddar instead of Muenster. (Ive always been a little intimidated by the name of that cheese…is that weird?)

IMG_7889

IMG_7892

IMG_7895

IMG_7896

IMG_7898

IMG_7906

You’ll need: 

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • Goat Cheese (I used an entire log, and I’m not sorry about it.)
  • Reduced fat Cheddar Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion (I used sweet yellow)
  • 1 package of frozen spinach 
  • 1/3 cup Cottage Cheese 
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper 
  • 1/4 cup Dill 

 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Head a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet
  3. Add onion & mushrooms, cook until browned and soft
  4. Add spinach
  5. Cook until spinach is no longer frozen and liquids have evaporated
  6. Mix 5 eggs, 2 egg whites in a large bowl
  7. Add cottage cheese, salt, pepper, dill, and cheddar cheese
  8. Mix wet ingredients together 
  9. Add the mushrooms, spinach and onion mixture
  10. Pour into pie pan
  11. cover with goat cheese globs
  12. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until egg is set and no longer runny.

IMG_7907 IMG_7909

 

 

 

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Workout: Today started bright n early with a trip to the gym. I hopped on the treadmill for my favorite: interval running. I shifted between speeds and inclines for about 25 minutes. Something about changing the pace really keeps me going! Then I finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical.

Healthy and easy: my 2 favorite words when it comes to dinner time. It’s easy to get sucked into the appeal and convenience of fast food after a long day of work, but stay far away! There are plenty healthier options out there. I know after work the last thing I want to do is prep a meal and wait for it to cook for a few hours so I try to find quick meals that I know aren’t bad for me! I try to make simple healthy dinners as much as possible. And honestly, it isn’t hard! Plus it is soooo much more worth it.

Growing up my favorite thing ever was buffalo chicken sandwiches from Subway, or Penn Station, etc. Wherever! I couldn’t get enough. But once I grew older and realized how many calories are in the delicious sandwich, I immediately went cold turkey and didn’t order them again. (Some buffalo chicken sandwiches have up to 1,200 calories!)

I knew there haaaad to be a way to make this sandwich in a healthier way. And I am definitely not disappointed 😉

IMG_7820

Cook & Shred chicken

IMG_7822

Mix franks red hot, greek yogurt, chili powder, salt and pepper and chicken stock.

IMG_7825

Spread on sandwich bread of choice, and top with choice of cheese. (I chose an 100 calorie sandwich thin, and blue cheese!)

IMG_7833

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or cheese is slightly melted and chicken is slightly browned.

Recipe: 

• boneless chicken (shredded)

• 1/2 cup franks red hot

• 1/4 cup greek yogurt

• 1 teaspoon salt & pepper

• 1 teaspoon chili powder

• dash of garlic salt

• blue cheese for topping (I also mixed a little in)

• 1/4 cup chicken stock

• Whole wheat 100 calorie sandwich thins

Directions:

• Mix together ingredients in large bowl

• Top sandwich thin with mixture

• Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Easy peezy! Hope you enjoy 🙂

Sneak preview at dessert

IMG_7815

Can you guess what it might be? 😉

Sunday (no) Run day

Happy Sunday!

I really think sundays have become my favorite day of the week. (Besides Saturday, let’s be honest.) When I was in college I dreeeeaded Sundays because it meant I had to face the reality that I had been neglecting all weekend to go have fun, but now that I have a full time job and no homework, I really love Sunday! There are usually 3 main things I get done: laundry, dishes, food prep for the week, and nail painting. Typically followed by an early(ish) bedtime to get a good head start on the week. 

Question: Do you have routine “Sunday things”? 

Today is a little different from my typical Sunday because I spent the first half driving back from Cleveland. I drove up yesterday to sightsee in the city and go to an Indians game. The weather was awwwwful when we first arrived, but it shaped up to be a pretty nice day!

A few of the festivities:

Tims!

Great start to the road trip 😉 (don’t tell my diet)

Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Brewery!

Great Lakes booth Beer & Menu IMG_7764

West Side Market

IMG_7772

Like my free jersey? Sorry, Reds. I still love you guys best!!

IMG_7780Progressive Field

Today: 

Once I arrived home around noon, I was ready for lunch! I made tuna salad with chopped cherry tomatoes, pickles (since I didn’t have relish), and a tablespoon of light fat free mayonnaise. I dipped Special K multigrain crackers in it. (Im obsessed with juuuust about anything Special K. I dip these crackers in just about anything. Mostly because sticking my hand in a tub of hummus isn’t exactly socially acceptable.)

IMG_7787I also had a low fat graham cracker, topped with crunchy peanut butter, pear & honey. My sweet tooth can never be satisfied!

IMG_7790

Workout:

I didn’t have time to go to the gym today with all the errands and things I had to do, so I did this quick, sweaty little workout! I’m almost positive I saved this from one of my favorite blogs, pbfingers.com. She posts lots of great workouts and motivation! I definitely advise checking her blog out! The workout was perfect, got my heartbeat going & broke a sweat.

workout1

I found this inspirational print on Instagram this morning, and was really moved by it. (Plus it is gooorgeeeous.) I feel like sometimes life gets so stressful and hectic that it gets easy to lose sight of what is truly important, so this is a good reminder. Just some Sunday motivation for you 🙂

IMG_7783