Thursday, May 28, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday (on Thursday)

I was so proud of myself for having a WIAW two weeks in a row and then.... I forgot to put it up. :| So I decided I wasn't going to let it go to waste and now we have WIAT otherwise known as I'm a big fat dork. Anyway, this day of food was actually on a non-workout day since I was super tired on Tuesday after getting back late Monday night from the lake. Whenever I wake up with that no energy super sleepy feeling I pretty much know going to the gym is going to be useless, so I just let myself rest. As you can see because of sleeping in later and just feeling a little off in general I had 3 bigger meals and then some snacks throughout the day, which is perfectly fine in my eyes! 

Breakfast- The usual, eggs, turkey bacon, english muffin and some fruit. 
Snack- not really a snack but I was craving my favorite green juice, so I got one! 
snack- on the way to train my afternoon clients I grabbed a mint chocolate Quest bar 
Dinner- big salad with different types of greens, tomato, chicken, and corn 
Then of course I had one of my favorite little coconut ice cream sammys! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Turkey, Kale and Potato Skillet

I am so happy to be posting this recipe today! I have felt pretty uninspired lately when it comes to coming up with new recipes, mostly because we have just been keeping things really simple around here with your basic chicken, rice, potatoes, turkey etc. But as I was decide ding what to have for lunch yesterday I had an ah-ha moment and came up with this dish that is super easy yet nutritious  and delicious too!

- 3 red potatoes chopped small 
- 1/2 onion, chopped 
- 1/2 bunch of kale, chopped 
- 1 T EVOO
- 1 T minced garlic 
- 1 jalapeno (optional) 
- 1 package 93/7 ground turkey 
- 1 T garlic salt 
- pepper to taste 

1. Brown garlic in EVOO then add onions, all spices and potatoes. Cook potatoes on low until they are almost tender. 
2. Add turkey and jalapeño to pan and cook until turkey is mostly browned. I added a little more garlic salt here. 
3. Add kale and mix well then cover until kale is wilted and meat is fully cooked. 

I added a little jalapeño ketchup on top and really enjoyed this dish! Hope you give it a try! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Video: 5 Great Glute Exercises

After posting my glute progress picture on Instagram I had lots of questions about what workouts I do so I thought I would film a quick video for you guys showing a few of my favorites. 

This video is an example of a heavy leg day for me, I do also do a lighter leg day which I can film a video of if you guys are interested. On my heavy day I do 3-4 sets of each exercise and about 12-15 reps. 

Remember, you can be doing all the right exercises but you won't get anywhere if your nutrition isn't where it needs to be. Your body needs calories; protein and CARBS to grow!

 I personally still have a long way to go but I hope sharing some of my tips helps you guys out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday- Date Night!

Hi there! Something crazy happened yesterday, I actually remembered to take food photos all day, woohoo! I'm really glad I did because it actually looks a little different than my typical What I Ate Wednesday posts since last night was our anniversary and I knew we would be eating out. As you know I don't track my macros daily but since I have tracked for so long I'm really good at a mix of keeping track in my head and eating intuitively. 

Since I knew I would be using a ton of calories for dinner I kept the rest of my day pretty light so that I could splurge at dinner without doing any damage or waking up feeling bloated and blah. 

Breakfast: 2 slices Daves Killer Bread with scrambled egg whites, tomato, and bacon- Kind of like a breakfast BLT minus the L :) 

PWO: Shake with MRM protein powder, spinach, cashew milk, and a banana. 

Lunch: Simple shrimp salad topped with Simply Dressed dressing-- I LOVE this dressing because it tastes so good and unlike most dressings it's really low in fat and overall calories. 

Snack: 3 pumpkin protein bread squares and a glass of cashew milk because I'm obsessed with it. 

Dinner: We went to Bryan's favorite restaurants House of Tricks in Tempe. We started with bread and butter (why is butter so good!?), ahi tuna tartar appetizer, and then I got a chicken dish with a grapefruit salsa, cauliflower, all on top a bed of couscous with some sort of sauce on the very bottom. 

It was all so tasty and a great way to celebrate 6 years together :) Today I'm off to get in a heavy leg day, follow up with online clients and then I'll head to the gym later to train my afternoon clients- pretty typical Wednesday. Make it a great one!! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bicep and Tricep Workout

Today is such a busy day but I promised yesterday on Instagram I would share the workout that has my arms so sore still so here it is! 

After a quick warmup: 

Skull crushers 3 x 12 super set close grip bench press 3 x 12 (40lbs) 
V bar pushdowns 4 x 10 (40lbs)  super set dips 4 x failure 
Reverse single arm pushdown 4 x 12 (10lbs)  last set drop set to failure 
Barbell curls 4 x 10 (40lbs) super set rope hammer curls 4 x 10 (20lbs) 
Incline dumbell curls in unison 3 x 12 (12lbs) 
Machine preacher curl 4 x 12 last set drop set to failure (30 lbs) 

I included the weight I use because I'm always asked, but please make sure you choose a weight that is appropriate for you and your fitness level! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MRM Strawberry Banana Protein Pancakes

A couple weeks ago on Instagram I mentioned I was playing around with a new recipe with MRM's new Strawberry protein powder and I've finally come up with an awesome one. These pancakes can be made as waffles as well and I will warn you, they keep you full for a loooong time! If you haven't ordered the MRM Strawberry protein yet, you can use the code "Brittany" and get 40% off-- such a great deal for such an awesome protein... I honestly don't see myself switching back to vanilla, ever!  

1/2 ripe banana
1/3 cup oats 
2 large strawberries 
2 egg whites 
1 T applesauce 
1 scoop "Better Stevia" or sweetener of choice (optional)
Pinch of baking soda and salt 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend. 
On a pre-heated prepared pan, cook batter like regular pancakes. 
Top with sugar free syrup and addition fruit as desired.  

Hope you love these as much as I do! 

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