Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spicy Orange & Maple Chicken

I was browsing Pinterest last weekend when I came across this recipe that sounded odd enough to actually be good, and it was! With a couple minor tweaks I came up with this recipe that saved me from going on a chicken hiatus… for some reason I'm kind of over it right now. But, I remember when I went on a Greek yogurt hiatus, and now I can't get enough- weird how that happens! 

1lb chicken, cut in half length wise and then into strips 
Juice from 2 oranges 
1 tsp cayenne pepper 
2 Tbs adobo sauce
1 tsp salt 
2 tsp garlic powder 
1 T extra virgin olive oil 
2.5 T sugar free maple syrup

1.  Place oil in skillet on medium heat and add chicken. 
2. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper on chicken and cook through. 
3. Remove cooked chicken from pan and add orange juice, syrup, and adobo sauce and bring to a slight boil. 
4. Return chicken to pan and cook 1 more minute. 
5. Serve over a bed of brown rice with sauce spooned on top. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday & Food Prep

As I was putting together today's What I Ate Wednesday, I realized a majority of my meals were so quick and easy to make, so while it may look like I spent hours preparing my meals- I didn't! A little meal prep one day a week (I'm not talking about making 10 full out meals, just a few 'sides') can make all the difference when it comes to sticking to your plan. 

Top to bottom, left to right: 

I started the day off with my usual scramble- rosemary red potatoes, eggs, and Applegate chicken sausage.  I prep the potatoes on Sunday which makes throwing this meal together a breeze- 5 minutes and you're done. 

My morning snack was greek yogurt, berries, and organic pumpkin flax cereal. No prep here, just a few minutes to put it all together. 

The waffle is probably what took me the longest- probably 10 minutes total. I blend 1/2 cup oats, 2 egg whites, 1 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, stevia, and vanilla. Then cook and top with fruit and sugar free syrup. 

Lunch was chicken pulled from a rotisserie chicken, 90 second brown rice and quinoa , and brussel sprouts that I also prepped on Sunday. 

An apple and peanut butter… I won't explain that one :)

And lastly chili over some spinach. I cooked a big batch of the chili yesterday which will likely last us through the week for lunches and snacks. 

It doesn't have to be hard, it just takes a little bit of preparation and you're good to go! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kick It Up A Notch, Week 2!

Hello! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend and are ready to tackle this last week of February! (How crazy is that?!) This Monday morning sure was a lot easier to get out of bed after taking care of ourselves over the weekend and saying no to a few too many drinks- crazy how that works, huh? :) 

Since I'm being diligent about counting calories and hitting my macros, I did a little food prep last night to make sure I was ready for the week. Nothing crazy, just some pumpkin protein bars, and then roasted red potatoes for breakfast and brussels for our dinner veggie throughout the week. My new favorite seasoning is Lawry's- just the original, but it really spices up proteins and also veggies. 

This morning we were up early to hit back and bis ( in my new cute Puma tank and sports bra, thanks Puma!) and also got in our 20 minutes of incline walking. It's a little painful (the cardio) but it's one of those things I know I need to do, so I'm just sucking it up and making sure I have my phone on me to help pass the time. I do make sure to keep my core nice and tight and squeeze with each step- I still try to be mindful even if it's boring :)  

Friday, February 21, 2014

2 Exercises to Lift and Shape Your Glutes

Just a quick video with two exercises that aren't typically in standard leg or glute workouts. The top video is curtsy or princess lunges. Do these by grabbing a step and adding blocks to the bottom if you'd like an extra challenge. Step backwards off the step putting your weight into the leg that is still on the step, focusing on squeezing the glute. I did 3 sets of 20. 

The bottom video is a little hard to see (I didn't have my videographer with me!) but I worked my abductors using the seated leg press machine. Sit in the machine sideways with your foot parallel to the floor. Push through your heel and focus on using and squeezing that glute! I did 4 sets of 15.

Let me know if you give them a try! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday- Tracking Macros

Only Wednesday?! Ugh. 

I've talked about my sleeping problems in the past, they seem to come and go- and let me tell you, they are back with a vengeance. I CAN'T SLEEP. And it's making me loony. I lay there, and lay there, and lay there. Thinking, tossing and turning, everything but sleeping. On top of that I can't nap, so by the end of the day I'm literally delirious yet still can't fall asleep. Help

Anyway, as you know I've started counting calories and macros this week, and I'm excited that I've been right on target so far. Since I know I'll get asked a billion times, I'm eating about 1700 calories and doing a 40-40-20 split, but please remember everyone is different so unless you're my exact same height, weight, and have my same metabolism, you will likely need different numbers. I'm going to stick around here for 2 weeks or so and then evaluate my progress- If I like the way things are going, I will leave it the same, if I feel like I want to kick it up a notch then I may pull some calories. 

So this is what my day looked like yesterday, except I'm just realizing I didn't eat the bottom left yesterday… that accidentally made it in there and my casein got left out. Waffles, potatoes and eggs, greek yogurt and toast, buffalo meatballs, and chicken stir fry is what was on the menu. I'm definitely trying to be more diligent about pre-planning meals so that I can make sure those macros are hit every day! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

4 Tips for Losing Winter Weight

With summer right around the corner it's time to start thinking about how you want to look in your bikini! In this video I share 4 tips that you can implement to help kick your body into fat burning mode. I do want to make a note about calorie/macro counting that I didn't mention in the video-- much like I go through phases of doing cardio and not doing cardio, I go through phases of counting calories and not. I know it can sometimes be a little cumbersome which is why I like to give myself a break, typically over the winter months. Once I jump into fat burning mode (now!) I start counting again because it really does make a difference when you are trying to lose fat. Once I meet my goal I'll probably relax a little, but until then I like to know that I'm doing everything I can to get to that goal. :) 

If you need help with meal planning/macros or are looking for a program to follow, please email me- brittany (@) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Happy President's Day to all my U.S. readers- hopefully you're enjoying a day off! Today marks the day that my eating and workout regimen gets tweaked so I do have to admit I enjoyed lots and lots of awesome food this weekend. We ate out quite a bit more than we normally would, but since it was B's birthday weekend we made the exception. 

Everything from prime rib to protein pancakes and it was all soooo good. We rounded out the weekend with some take-out brown rice sushi and a red box which was just what we needed after a packed couple of days. 

I'll have a vlog up for you guys tomorrow with some things that I'll be changing up to get ready for bikini season. I have 10 weeks or so until we are heading down to Mexico for a little vacay, so it's definitely time to kick it in to gear! As nice as it's been to be more relaxed I'm actually pretty excited to buckle down a little- there's no better feeling than watching your body change day by day after hard work and dedication! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Leg Day & Cory Vines

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Cory Vines. 

Happy happy Valentines Day! Hopefully you're not one of the Debbie Downers that hates on Valentines day, and if you are you should read this. A friend posted that article and captioned it "But really, how can you hate a holiday that's all about spreading love?" Agreed!  

With that said, Valentines Day is extra special to me because it just so happens to be B's birthday. Today we are going to spend the day doing all kinds of fun things together- can't wait to show/tell you all about it on Monday

We've already hit the gym for leg day and I'm seriously so excited with how much my strength has increased with legs. My glutes may not be growing the way I would like, but at least I'm getting stronger, right? 

Here is what we did today: 
Squats- 4 x 12
Walking Lunges- 3 x 15
Leg extensions- 3 x 10 drop set on last set
Cable Deadlifts- 4 x 12 
Calves- 3 x 15 

And speaking of the gym I was able to sport my Cory Vines racerback tank today and you guys, I have to say I really love their stuff. Cory Vines keeps it simple with basics that are super high quality plus they use light breathable fabrics. What I like most about their stuff is that I would totally wear this outside the gym too- super fashionable and basic, just what I love. Their prices are also awesome especially in comparison to other brands with similar quality and style of clothes. 

Check them out here:


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends! 

Before we get started with this, I need a favor. Please make a quick stop on my Instagram and vote on the waffle Wednesday post! Obviously, I can't tell you which is mine but just think about it and I bet you'll be able to figure it out ;)  

Now that you've voted, we're on to the food. Yesterday was a rest day for me and also an early morning training which tends to kind of throw off my typical eating routine. Since I have to be at the gym early and have trouble sleeping as it is, I try to sleep in as late as possible which means breakfast is the last thing from my mind. Once I'm done training around 6, I swing by my parents house either for a nap then breakfast, or breakfast then a nap. Yesterday was a little snooze and then some egg whites with 2 pieces of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin with coconut oil. So happy my parent house has healthy choices! 

My snack was my new go-to parfait: greek yogurt, pumpkin flax cereal from the bulk aisle at my grocery store, fruit, cinnamon, and stevia. 

My lunch was leftover buffalo chicken meatballs and I am not kidding when I say I was craving this all day. They are to die for and will for sure be on the menu again next week. 

I had an early dinner before heading back to the gym to train and wasn't really too hungry so my portion was a little smaller than usual. This pasta dish doesn't have a name or a recipe yet but it will soon! 

Then while watching the Olympics I made a nice big bowl of casein pudding with peanut butter and a couple sprinkles of that pumpkin flax cereal. 

Does your work schedule change throughout the week, and if so how do you plan your meals around it?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

What? A recipe!? 
Yes, finally a new recipe for you guys and to be honest I can't wait until lunch so that I can have leftovers. I had planned on making tacos last night, but I was feeling a little taco-ed out so I came up with these meatballs on a whim. It only took about 20 minutes to make them and it made plenty for both dinner and lunch for both me and B. 

- 1 package lean ground turkey 
- 2 pieces Ezekiel bread crumbs, placed in food processor 
- 2 T olive oil 
- 1 whole egg 
- 1 tsp garlic powder 
- 1 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce 

1. Place breadcrumbs, egg, garlic powder, and turkey in a large bowl and mix together with hands. 
2. Place olive oil in a large skillet and begin to warm 
3. Begin forming small meatballs with meat mixture and place them in skillet 
4. Cook meatballs for 10-12 minutes flipping halfway through 
5. When meatballs are mostly cooked, pour in buffalo sauce and cook another 2-3 minutes. 

As always, let me know if you give it a shot! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Hello hello! It's Monday and if you're a regular around here you probably already know where this post is headed :) A quick snapshot of my food, fun, and fitness filled weekend! 

We'll start with the good stuff! I didn't do a very good job of capturing my food over the weekend but I did get a couple good shots- homemade green juice, Chipotle and a yummy Sunday morning breakfast. It's been so long since I've had Chipotle, mostly because for some reason it usually tears up my stomach but since we were both craving it yesterday I held my breath and just went with it, and luckily made it out alive. There's just something about Sundays that makes me feel like not cooking at home so breaking this up into two meals was just the right solution.  

Except for a little Friday afternoon wine indulgence, our weekend was pretty calm. Like I mentioned on Friday, we've both been fighting colds so we did our best to rest and relax this weekend which of course meant staying up to date with all the Olympic happenings. Gosh it's addicting! 

And last but not least we did make it to the gym this weekend and although I can't say they were my best workouts I'm definitely feeling them today. One week from today is when I'll switch my routine up to get rid of some of this winter fluff and I haven't decided yet if I'm excited about it… I have to say I quite enjoy eating whatever (well, you know) whenever but I know I'll also enjoy the results I get after cracking down and being a little more strict on myself. Hey, if it was easy everyone would have a six-pack right? :) 

Are you changing up your winter routine soon? 

Friday, February 7, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, on a Friday

Wow can you say tardy? What I ate Wednesday on a Friday… 

B and I have both been having trouble sleeping and no sleep for us automatically leads to a weakened immune system, happens every time. So, I have this lovely cough that on top of not being able to fall asleep wakes me up about 3 times a night. Thank goodness, we both got to sleep in this morning and got a solid 9 hours last night so we are feeling like new people today! Phew! 

Today I have meal plans up the you-know-what to write, and I also need to venture over to the bank to change my name on my account since it's finally been changed! Only took 4 months :) 

But none of that happens until we hit shoulders and abs and I decide which of these lovely meals I want as my post workout… oh the decisions! 

When I put this collage together I realized how many breakfast-y type foods I ate, but hey they were all amazing so I'm not too worried about it. I'm loving greek yogurt again lately and I've been adding sliced strawberries and a gluten free flax/pumpkin cereal to the top- heaven! Middle left is 2 piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with some egg whites and middle right is my Waffle Wednesday waffle. If you guys didn't see this on my Instagram on Wednesday, a fellow trainer and I are now having contests to see who can make the best waffle so I need you guys to stop by next week and vote (for me!). Bottom left is two turkey tacos and then bottom right is a scramble with eggs, jalapeno, zucchini, rosemary red potatoes and chicken sausage. 

And that's that! Happy Weekend! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thought Blossoms Giveaway!

What is that? Today is What I Ate Wednesday. Yes, you are right. Except it's not What I Ate Wednesday because yesterday was a craaaazy day and I did a POOR job of taking photo's. SO. Today is giveaway Wednesday and tomorrow can be What I Ate Thursday. Sound good? :) 

You guys are going to love this giveaway, Heather sent me a couple bracelets last week and I've yet to take them off! Thought Blossoms is an awesome company that based on the principle that  "Words can be powerful if we allow them to guide our conscious and unconscious actions. They can inspire and remind us of our ability to accomplish amazing things, blossoming into beautiful results in our lives." Awesome? Yes. 

Heather has graciously offered to give away one of the bracelets from her active line, all you have to do is enter below! This form will be closed on Friday night, good luck! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas

Valentines Day is just around the corner and trust me when I say I know it's a pain in the butt to eat out that night. (B's birthday is also on Valentines Day so I have to be sure I make reservations like 6 months in advance…) On top of the busy crowds I know lots of you are sticking true to those New Year's resolutions and might want to stay on track with your diet that night, so I've rounded up 12 great recipes you can try out! These are all nice and healthy but taste great- plus, if you have a healthy dinner, that means dessert is a go, right?! :) 

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Weekend Fun & Food

Hello friends! I'm sure a few of you are moving a little slow after Super Bowl festivities yesterday which means it's time to load up on water and clean eats! Here's a peek at what our party looked like…

So much amazing food! Everything from tacos, to lobster and filets, homemade beef jerky and lots of sweets- it was awesome.

In addition to the fun yesterday, Saturday my sister, B and I headed up to the Phoenix Open to enjoy some sunshine, golf, and friends. It's one of those events we all look forward to all year and it was definitely a ton of fun but I'm definitely ready to hit the gym hard this week. Only 2 weeks left until I switch into fat burning mode so I need to make it count! 

Hope you all had a great weekend too! 

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