Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I ate Wednesday #3

Well we have made it halfway through another week alive, always good news in my book! The weather man told me that it is supposed to rainy and cold all weekend which hopefully means lots of couch time for me, since I melt in the rain. No really, I do. A little couch time will be much needed since I feel like I'm definitely coming down with something. Everyone and their mom (and my mom) seems to have Bronchitis right now, and my cough, sore throat, and manly voice are telling me that something is definitely up. Hopefully I can kick it before it gets too bad! Anyway, on to the good stuff... What I ate Wednesday! 

Started off with a bowl of hot oatmeal (overnight oats are out, for this week anyway)

Pumpkin protein shake for post work out, which I have still failed to share the recipe for... tomorrow! 

B made a scramble with jalapeno, mushroom, onion, and lean turkey sausage. SO good. I had this with a raspberry protein bar and cup of green tea.

Salmon marinaded in my spicy marinade with yam chips and veggies for lunch. I'm quite surprised my skin hasn't started turning orange from all the pumpkin and yams I eat.... 

The standard cottage cheese and almonds for mid afternoon. It's a repeat pic, so shoot me.

Kabobs for dinner! I have thrilling news to report, thrilling for me anyway. I barbecued these all by myself! I'm typically scared of the BBQ, well, fire in general, but B was getting home late from work and these suckers needed to be cooked. So, I maned up and did it myself. {Pat on the back} It was terrifying and I never want to do it again.

Good ol' casein pudding right before bed.
Happy hump day! eww. I really hate that saying...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lemon Raspberry Protein Bars

It officially looks like Christmas threw up in my office building, and I am loving it! 

There are trees and wreaths and garland everywhere! We won't discuss the fact that it is supposed to be 79 degrees today, because that would just ruin everything. We also managed to get our Christmas decorations up at home over the long weekend, now all that is left is the lights on the outside of the house, which B will be putting up this weekend, and he won't even complain about it. (Ya right). 

Last year the excuse was we had just moved in and were still getting settled (no, we weren't). I can only imagine what he will come up with this year! I do need to step up my decorating game a little, a few after Christmas sales definitely need to be attend by this girl because I really don't have all that much. Like I've mentioned before, my mom is the queen of holiday decorations (I'll grab a picture of her house this weekend) so I need to carry on the tradition! All the holiday decorating put me in a baking mood over the weekend... okay, lie. I'm always in a baking mood :)

I randomly picked up some raspberries at the grocery store and decided to incorporate them into my lemon protein bars. (Recipe is under the Favorite recipes tab, just scroll down a bit.) 

I followed the recipe exactly, and just threw in the berries at the end. Raspberries are pretty soft, so when you mix them in they will just fall apart, which is fine. These came out really good, I think I will do raspberry chocolate next! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Clean Sweet Potato Casserole and Clean Eating Challenge

Monday after a four day weekend is no fun. Not one bit of fun is involved in this day. Oh well, we have another one coming up in less than a month! (WooHOO!) I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and that your skinny jeans still fit :) I promised I would share the recipe for my sweet potato (yam) casserole if it came out good, and it did!

- 5 large yams
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup
- 1/4 cup truvia/stevia/xylitol
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pecans

1. Pre-heat oven to 350
2. Combine all ingredients except pecans in a mixing bowl and mix well.
3. Pour into a prepared 8x8 Pyrex dish.
4. Place Pecans in a bowl with about 1 tbsp syrup and 1 packet of truvia and mix
5. Cover top of casserole with pecans and bake for 40 minutes

We also went to a beautiful wedding over the long weekend- Congrats to Sarah and Justin! I think I could go to a wedding every weekend and never get tired of them... although that would not be good for those skinny jeans! 

Speaking of skinny jeans again, I have realized my eating has been a little off these last couple of weeks. Now, this is kind of to be expected simply because this time of year there are tons of events and holidays which (un)fortunately usually come with drinking and eating. I am always conscious of what I am eating and always try to make the best choices possible, but no matter how hard you try sometimes life just gets in the way. SO, I am challenging myself to one month of completely clean eating which means getting all my meals in on time, keeping my macros right on target and not drinking. My challenge will start today and end on Christmas, and although it may not seem like a long time, we have 2 company holiday parties, a birthday party, and an engagement party all planned in the next 4 weeks. I'm not trying to lean out at all right now, but eating clean and staying on track just makes me feel so great, and when I don't do it my body really does hate me i.e. TODAY

If you want to do this with me let me know! It would be great to have others to keep me accountable :) 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Bites

I realize you may have already made your dessert for Thanksgiving today, or if you're more like me you're still searching for recipes hoping this will be the perfect one... well it is! I combined two recipes, one from Clean Eating Chelsey and another that I had written down in my planner to come up with these bite sized  pumpkin pies. I love that they have a "crust" on them, and they weren't hard to make at all. Take these to dinner today and I promise no one will know they are not loaded with sugar, butter, and oil! 

1 cup oat flour
1.5 scoops protein powder
1/4 cup Truvia
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 tsp vanilla
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax powder mixed with 3 tbsp water, let it set for a few minutes)

2 cups pumpkin puree
4 egg whites 
4 packets Truvia
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg 

1. Combine oat flour, protein powder, truvia, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Remove 3/4 cup of this mixture and place in separate bowl.
3. Add remaining ingredients to the main bowl and mix well. 
4. Pour mixture (should be thick) into a prepared 8x8 pan and cook at 350 for 20 minutes.
5. While crust is cooking, combine all ingredients for filling and mix well.
6. Take the 3/4 cup of oat flour mixture and slowly fold in 1 tbsp of applesauce at a time. You are looking for a crumbly consistency. (This takes some time, but you'll get there eventually) 
7. Once crust is done, pour mixture on top then add your 'crumbles' and bake for another 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
8. I cut mine into 16 small squares, but you can divide them however you like :)

I can't wait to bring these to my TWO Thanksgivings today! That's right, I have a Thanksgiving meal at 1pm and another one at 4pm-- one with each of our families, I am truly blessed. Good thing I am used to eating every 3 hours :) Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday, even though it feels like it's Friday (hallelujah). This four day weekend is going to be glorious I can feel it in my bones! I really hope all of you have four day weekends too, but I know not everyone does... as I have been reminded repeatedly by my poor boyfriend that has to work on Friday. It actually is kind of dumb, who wants to get out of bed and go to work after a Holiday? Not this girl.

The day started with some overnight pumpkin oats with a few blueberries on top, just because. The big polka dot bowl is B's and the baby one is mine.

Breaking news: I got a blender! Yes! I could not be more excited for all kinds of delicious shake recipes. This one was a pumpkin pie post workout shake... recipe to come! 

Almonds and cottage cheese for my mid morning snack.

Tuna sandwich for lunch. I haven't had tuna in a really long time and after I came across it in my pantry I couldn't stop thinking about it so I toasted two pieces of Ezekiel bread and added lettuce and tomato. For the tuna I mixed 4oz with about 1 T of greek yogurt, a squirt of mustard, onion, and pepper. It was awesome, much better [and healthier x 100 but I think that goes without saying] than Subway since their Tuna sandwiches have 24g of fat in them. Yikes. 

Dijon chicken with steamed veggies in the afternoon.

No, you are not seeing double. I ate the same thing twice in once day. So shoot me. I just love this marinade so much it's quick and easy and therefore worthy of having twice in one day!

Casein pudding was eaten while watching Whitney which by the way is one of the funniest shows ever. If you haven't watched an episode yet I highly suggest you do, and be prepared to laugh your way to a 6-pack. {Wouldn't it be great if you could really do that!?}

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mint Chocolate Protein Bars and Supplements

I try really hard not to be negative and to try to make every single day a great one. Well, that is hard when your day starts off by spilling your water bottle at the gym, then cutting your hand while making your post workout shake, then spilling your full cup of green tea allll over your desk, all before 9am. I don't think I've done anything bad lately but I kinda feel like Karma is really kicking my butt today for some reason! Maybe it was because I wouldn't let B tastes my Mint Chocolate Protein Bars until they were cooled last night and had to yell at him 3 times not to sneak a bite. 3 times. He is a small child.

I did some (read: lots) of recipe searching yesterday, mostly to figure out how I was going to make my sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Don't worry, I will share the recipe with you... granted it comes out good. Anyway, my recipe searching led me to the grocery store after work and I picked up some mint extract. By the way: if you still need to go to the grocery store before Thanksgiving, you should go now. Like right now. It was a ZOO yesterday and shelves were already empty!

I used my chocolate protein bar recipe and just added 1/2 tsp of the mint extract and they came out minty and delicious. I left the cinnamon out of the glaze, because I wasn't sure how cinnamon and mint would taste, but I think it would be just fine... I mean cinnamon does taste good on almost everything. These would be perfect to bring as a dessert to a Holiday party, or for your boyfriend to gobble up in like 2 days :) Speaking of the Holidays, the New Year is a common time to start new weight loss and healthy eating programs but I say start now! Why push it off until you've gained another 5 pounds? A good place to start is by preparing with a great stack of supplements. I always order mine from because I've found they have the best prices, and also cheap and fast shipping. Here is what I take daily:

Dymatize Iso 100 Protein in Vanilla- I use this to bake with as well as in my protein bars and PWO shakes.
Amino Energy in orange or blue raspberry (on sale right now)- I do two scoops about 15 minutes before going to the gym. It has BCAA's as well as caffeine in it which is great at 5:30am!
Xtend BCAA's grape- I sip on one scoop of this during my workout- helps to prevent catabolism while working out. 
Optimum Nutrition Casein Protein in chocolate peanut butter- casein pudding every night before bed. This slow digesting protein takes about 7 hours to digest, which is perfect to keep your body from catabolizing over night.
Glutamine- helps with recovery, protein synthesis, and boosts immune system. I take 2 per day.
Fish Oil- helps with keeping hair, skin, nails etc healthy and has also shown to help burn fat.
Multivitamin- to fill in any nutritional gaps.
Digestive Enzyme- usually twice per day and usually before eating a meal with veggies. They seem to be hard on my stomach and the enzyme helps a lot. 

It may seem like a lot, but it's not too bad and I have found this is what works best for me. There are TONS of other supplements out there and I encourage you to play around with them until you find the ones that suit you best! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

What a Weekend!

I am now on day 4 of my 24th year of life, and I feel sooo lucky. 24 is going to be a great year I can already tell! I was SO spoiled all weekend long it was a little crazy (okay not really, I loved every minute of it.) My [actual] birthday started off with some cardio and I came home to B cooking breakfast for me... for some reason it always tastes better when someone else is doing the work! 

Then I got to open my presents which were the Nike shorts that I've been wanting and a new pair of black Ugg boots that I think I've worn every day since Thursday. Yes, I know it was in the mid 70s all weekend, so what! Another thing I love about birthdays is flowers, now my dining room table looks bea-utiful.

Thursday night we went to dinner at one of my favorite steakhouses- The Keg. We started off with a couple dirty martini's. Mine is on the left with no olives... I love olive juice but not so much on the olives themselves.

We shared a wedge salad with ginger dressing and a baseball steak with veggies and a twice baked potato. You can pick your jaw up off the floor, I didn't eat the potato :) 

We got to enjoy a long weekend because we both took Friday off of work. We went to see Twilight, which by the way was perfectly amazing just as I expected it to be, then B planned a birthday dinner with friends as a surprise to me! I've never had a surprise party and have always wanted one, so I was super excited.

Saturday was full of football and friends-- we tailgated and watched the ASU vs. U of A game at ASU and on Mill Ave. {We will not discuss the outcome of the game}

As if that was not enough of a fun filled weekend, we capped it off last night by going shooting with my sister and her boyfriend. I've been wanting to go for a while now and it was so much fun! I still can't believe I've shot a gun now, kinda crazy!

Needless to say, I drank more than I have in the last 6 months combined and wasn't 100% clean over the weekend and am paying for it now. Super sluggish this morning and my stomach is so out of whack... I had a blast but it's nice to be back to real life :) 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Clean Peanut Butter Cookies

I don't know what it is lately, but I have become infatuated with sunrises and apparently think I'm a photographer, because I can't help but take pictures of them!

This is the sky I was greeted with after my cardio session this morning... totally awesome, right!? I know you are far more intrigued by the title of this post than my stellar photography skills, so let's move on to the important stuff: Peanut Butter Cookies.

I was actually just playing around in the kitchen [a favorite past time of mine] when I remembered I had all natural peanut butter in the pantry leftover from Halloween. This recipe is really simple but so delicious!

2 egg whites
1/2 cup Truvia
1 cup oat flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
1tsp baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix well-- dough should be fairly "dry" looking.
3. Form balls out of dough by rolling it in your palms and place on prepared cookie sheet.
4. Using a fork, make criss-cross lines on top of cookie.
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown- recipe makes 5 large cookies

I wouldn't keep these in my house all the time, because, well I would probably make and eat a whole batch every day. But they are nice to have around when you get a craving for sweets! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I ate Wednesday

I've been meaning to participate in What I Ate Wednesday for a while now, but unless I write things down I forget. So yesterday I remembered it was almost Wednesday and I made a note in my planner and what do you know, I remembered!

If you haven't checked out Peas and Crayons yet, you definitely should! I love seeing everyone else's WIAW posts, even if they aren't all clean. 

Breakfast was an egg white scramble with mushroom (new obsession) and onion with a squeeze of reduced sugar ketchup and 2 slices of toasted Ezekiel bread with cinnamon and Truvia on top. 

After the gym I had a protein shake and 1/2 a banana with freckles. I love it when the bananas have freckles. 

A couple hours in to work I had some overnight oats- Tupperware and plastic spoon style. Can you say classy

I shared my deliciously wonderful taco lunch with you yesterday. 

Afternoon snack was cottage cheese with cinnamon and almonds (not pictured). I realized lately I put cinnamon in at least 4 meals of the day. I may or may not need to go to cinnaholics anonymous sometime in the near future. 

French green beans and southwest dijon chicken was my simple but lovely dinner. Then of course I had my casein pudding right before bed, but you already know what that looks like... okay fine, I forgot to take a picture.  Now, if this Wednesday can just fly by (even though it won't since I go straight from work to class) so it can be tomorrow already that would be great. Want to know why? It's my day of birth! Even though I'll just be working and it will be a normal day it's still so much fun to get all the Happy Birthday messages via text, Facebook, email, smoke singals etc. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Taco Tuesday

Today I am tired. I wonder why I can go to bed and wake up at the same time on two different days and one day (today) I wake up feeling like I only slept for an hour? Hmm. I think being tired is the worst, and I also think my awesome lunch is not helping with my tired-ness issue. Before I show you what I had for lunch, I have to show what we had for dinner last night. 

Now that I'm looking at the picture, I don't really know what we had for dinner!? I suppose a spicy shredded chicken salad. Yep. Sounds about right. Before I ran out the door yesterday morning I threw some chicken breasts in a freezer sized ziplock bag and added lime juice and (lots of) Ms. Dash fiesta lime seasoning. {If you don't have this, you need to.} After work, I threw the chicken in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes and then used a fork to shred it. It would be super awesome if I had a slow cooker at home to cook the chicken in, but I don't. Poor me. 

I chopped up some lettuce along with tomato, red onion, and avocado and made my favorite spicy sauce (greek yogurt and Tapatio) and bam! Dinner was served. Quick and easy. 

I shredded up the other two chicken breasts for lunch today and used the exact same ingredients to make tacos! (Added in the tortillas, obviously.) 

I put the tortilla and chicken in tupperware and all my toppings in a little ziplock, so once it was lunch time I just stuck the tacos in the microwave and added the toppings afterwards. They were so good, I wish I had like 7 instead of just 2. Dangit

Now how easy was that!? Hardly any time or effort and I made two dinners and two lunches. Don't tell me you don't have time to eat healthy people, just don't do it because I will call you a liar. Okay maybe not, but I will at least think it in my head :) 

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