Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spicy Shrimp and Veggie Pasta

Like many of you, I can easily get burnt out on foods especially when I eat them often. Last week the thought of chicken made me want to gag, I had already eaten turkey twice for dinner, and the only thing my stomach was feeling was fish. Typically I don't make fish at home because frankly I have only found a couple ways of making it that I really enjoy, but shrimp is something that I hadn't really tried at home. I sat down to trusty Pinterest and found this recipe that I decided to make a couple tweaks to and came up with SUCH a great dinner. 

Ingredients:
- 2 lbs shrimp- tail off, shell off, deveined 
- 1 bunch asparagus 
- 1.5 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes 
- 1 box whole wheat angel hair pasta 
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 T minced garlic 
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 
- Pepper to taste 
- Garlic salt to taste 




Directions
1. Fill a large pot with water and set on high on back burner. 
2. In a pan add 1/2 T olive oil and asparagus (I like to break mine in halves or thirds) and cook on medium heat. Add garlic salt to taste and cook until asparagus starts to brown. 
3. In a separate large skillet, add 1.5 T olive oil and garlic and cook on medium until garlic begins to brown. 
4. Add shrimp and pepper and cook until shrimp turns pink on both sides. (3-5 minutes)
5. Remove shrimp from skillet (leaving oil and garlic in the pan) and empty the can of tomatoes into the pan. 
6. Add red pepper flakes and cook tomatoes for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat. 
7. Once water is boiling add noodles and strain when ready. 
8. Add all ingredients to large skillet at mix. 

This makes about 8 servings so it's a great dish to make at the beginning of the week so you can munch on it all week long! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Transformation Tuesday

I posted this photo on my Instagram earlier and just wanted to take a minute to talk about it a little more. First, even I was shocked when I looked at this! I guess I need to stop and be more aware of all the progress I've made because I know (like many of you) I can be too hard on myself. The bigger point I want to make is that building muscle and changing your body takes time and a lot of it. You cannot expect to go from being over-weight to fitness model status in 12 weeks. Or under weight to Dana Lynn Bailey just because you're doing an 8 week muscle building program. I personality think this is one of the biggest problems when people embark on fitness journeys- they need results fast and when they don't come, they give up. 


Dont' give up! Even if you mess up, just keep pushing. Whether you've been at this for 6 weeks or 6 years there is always progress to be made and always things to learn and I bet you'd hate to look back and think "What if". I'm no where near where I want to be but I am damn proud of how far I've come, and you should be too! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spicy Turkey + Egg White Breakfast Burrito

When did it become Wednesday!? I've hardly had a chance to do anything on my computer besides meal plans so my apologies for the lack of posts or if I owe you an email, today's the day! I just finished meal 2, I'm going to head out for some shoulders at the gym and then I'll be glued to my computer the rest of the afternoon. But before that, I wanted to share these two simple meal ideas that require little prep but they taste awesome and can last you all week long. 


The main ingredient in both is ground turkey meat cooked with chopped onion and seasoned with taco seasoning. Any taco seasoning works, I just make sure I use one without MSG's. Once you have that made, you can make a simple little 'bowl' style meal (who doesn't love throwing a bunch of stuff in a bowl!?) with spinach, brown rice, and I later added some hot sauce. It's nice and filling, full of healthy carbs and protein and will keep you full for a good amount of time. You could also add things like avocado, black beans, corn, etc. 


I got home from work this morning and nothing was really sounding good but I knew I needed a hearty pre-workout meal. I reached for the turkey again and came up with this AWESOME breakfast burrito. Here's what I threw in the pan:
- frozen corn (let this cook a couple minutes first) 
- spinach 
- turkey 
- egg whites 
- salsa 

Once it was all cooked up I folded it up in a FlatOut wrap and doused it with some more hot sauce. Perfection! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bulk Cooking

As promised, here is are this weeks food prep items! All of this was cooked in the same day in about a 2 hour time frame and will provide us with over 20 meals this week… prepping is definitely worth it! 


Homemade spaghetti sauce-- turkey, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, spices, etc. This will be served with whole wheat noodles and sautéed spinach. 


Buffalo turkey meatballs- these will be served with brown rice and green beans. 


This is something I literally made up out of nowhere really and it turned out great and made a lot of food. It's just salsa chicken with taco seasoning, brown rice, corn, and green onion. I've used this on top of salads with salsa and pico and also just scooped it into a bowl and eaten it just as is. 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Apple Protein Bake

I finally had some time to mess around in the kitchen yesterday and I'm so glad I did. This recipe is AWESOME and I'll definitely be making it throughout pumpkin season (which is year round, right?). I stocked up on pumpkin so hopefully there are lots more pumping recipes coming your way, because there's no such thing as too much pumpkin. 

You can choose to bake this in a 9 x 13 pan or even in muffin tins if you'd like, to be honest I baked it in this round dish because I found it in the back of the cabinet and didn't even know I had it. Ha! 


Ingredients 

1 cup rolled oats 
1/2 cup oat flour 
2 scoops vanilla MRM Protein powder 
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree 
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
1/2 Honeycrisp apple, chopped 
1 T coconut oil
2 egg whites
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt 
1.5 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 


Directions 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
2. Add all ingredients except apples into a large mixer and mix well. 
3. Fold in apples. 
3. Place in pan of choice and bake for 26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy! 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quick and Easy Food Prep

I've noticed lately a lot of my online clients are really struggling with preparation and food prep. I can totally relate-- it seems daunting, but it doesn't have to be. I've realized that there are two kinds of food prep; there's this kind: 


And then there's a far less intense kind. I'm going to do my best to post about my food prep once a week so that I can hopefully help those of you that think ^ that is the only way to prepare yourself for the week. 


This week, my food prep took me a total of 52 minutes. What I made will create a total of (at least) 15 meals that are ready to go whenever we're hungry. No, they're not pre-measured or in single serving containers, but they're there and definitely prevent me from eating out a ton, or at all, during the week. 

Pictured above is 2 Hillshire Farms turkey sausages (not something we eat every week but I like to throw it in every now and then because it's really yummy), on the left are turkey burgers with onion, and in the tin foil are brussel sprouts and the onions/peppers to mix with the sausage. The prep that went into this was chopping the veggies and forming the patties from the ground turkey-- I had everything on the grill within about 15 minutes. 


After I got that on the grill I started my Southwestern Turkey Meatballs which is a one skillet recipe that only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. You basically cook the meatballs and then add in all the other goodies, cover for 5 minutes and you're set. I made brown rice/quinoa to go with this (the 90 second kind) and I eat that with my turkey burgers too. 

In addition to what's above, we also bought a rotisserie chicken and then I'll probably make tomorrow night's dinner tomorrow but otherwise this will pretty much get us through the week. B does tend to eat out quite a bit during the week between lunch meetings and just being out on the road so while I'll actually end up eating most of this, he definitely helps himself as well :) 

I hope you guys will find these blog posts helpful, and please feel free to share your food prep techniques too! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WIAW

Time for a little game I like to call…. Brittany still needs to eat more veggies! I'm doing OK, but I think it could be (and used to be) a whole lot better. Oh well, my food was delicious either way :) 


Breakfast- the usual. Turkey bacon, egg whites, salsa and Ezekiel toast 
Post workout- MRM protein shake and caramel rice cakes. Um, I mean heaven, If you haven't tried these, they are a must! Great for that sweet tooth craving at night too, they taste just like caramel popcorn. 
Lunch- a quick wrap with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and salsa. I'm on a salsa kick lately, can you tell? 
Snack- turkey sausage (Hillshire Farms I believe) with roasted peppers <---veggies! and brown rice. 
Dinner- Turkey burger and green beans <---- again! and also half a Honeycrips apple (not pictured) 
Before bed- egg whites, brown rice, avocado and salsa 

Off to do get in a great leg workout and then I'll be at the gym all afternoon and evening with clients! Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

1 Year Anniversary Trip

Hello friends! If you guys follow me on Instagram you probably already know that B and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary on Sunday in beautiful Sedona. I did my best to capture the day so that I could share it here with you! 


If you've ever been to Sedona then you know that cell phone photos don't even come close to capturing how beautiful it really is. The top two photos are the view driving in to town-- it's literally breath taking. The bottom two photos are from our hotel room at the Poco Diablo Resort where we got upgraded to an awesome room with an in-room hot tub and views of the golf course. 


After checking in we headed to brunch at L'Auberge which is basically the reason we planned the whole trip. Their brunch is right on a creek with huge green trees everywhere, plus it's unlimited food and drinks ALL DAY. 


And we may or may not have busted out the NFL app so that we could watch the Cowboys game in the midst of it all. Seriously perfect. 




I actually got full really quick (unfortunately) but I did get a great first round in that consisted of an egg white omelet, bacon, sausage, potatoes, tomatoes and fruit. Then after a long break, we had to go back to raid the dessert table. I'm not usually a big sugar person (give me french fries or hot wings any day though!) but just a couple bites of each definitely hit the spot. 


After brunch we went back to the hotel to relax, nap, and get ready for round 2… dinner! We went to Dahl and Diluca and had an amazing experience there. From the service, to the food, to the atmosphere we just absolutely loved it. 



And now, I'm going to the gym :) 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WIAW+ Chest and Shoulder Workout

{So, it's Thursday… and I thought I posted this yesterday, but I didn't. So, here ya go}

Gosh I'm so excited this week is just flying by, I have a fun weekend ahead! Tomorrow evening we have a family dinner for my sister and dads birthdays, Friday is my sisters birthday party (she's 21, holy cow) and then this weekend Bryan and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary up in Sedona (holy cow x 2). I'm trying to make it to the gym every day this week so that I can take the weekend off and not worry about it. 

Did anyone try yesterday's arm workout? My arms are SO sore today.  I whined myself through a chest and shoulder workout with B, and here it is!

Flat bench press 3 x 10
Incline dumbbell press 3 x 10 
Cable Flyes super set machine rear delt 3 x 12 
Cable shoulder press 3 x 10 last set drop set  super set with machine lateral raises 3 x 10 
Rope face pulls super set plate pushes 4 x 12 


And then of course, yesterdays eats! 


Breakfast- Ezekiel english muffin, half with cinnamon half with jelly, egg whites and turkey bacon 
PWO- Van's waffle with banana and a protein shake 
Lunch- chicken burrito made with salsa chicken on a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce and tomato 
Snack- buffalo turkey meatballs with quinoa/brown rice and green beans 
Dinner- Salmon with quinoa/brown rice and veggies 

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