I have to admit, as I'm writing this post I'm laying in bed eating blueberry muffins and binge watching season 3 of Jane the Virgin -- that's why this post is titled & Days of "Healhty-ish" Eating.
Although I may be gorging out on blueberry muffins, earlier in the week I was actually eating pretty well. After having my eyelids pulled back by the documentary What the Health I decided that I'd take a closer look at my eating habits. Although I doubt I'll ever fully go vegan, I can definitely be a pescatarian! A quick trip to the grocery store after a weekend away allowed me to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies to cook. If you haven't already, please grab a spiralizer-- it'll change your life. For the next seven days, I cooked majority of my meals, had breakfast every morning, and packed extra snacks to carry me over between meals.
Most mornings my breakfast consisted of strawberry oatmeal and either green tea or a green juice in the car on the way to work. The oatmeal was pre-packaged so there's probably more sugar than needed per serving, but it definitely beats not eating until the middle of the day at lunch.
Instead of waiting around for lunch I decided to add a mid-morning snack to my routine. Most days I'll have two blueberry muffins I baked at home or a green apple with peanut butter. Incorporating a mid-morning snack definitely gave me a little pick-me up and help me over until lunch.
Lunch mostly consisted of some type of pasta dish -- either spiralized veggies or handmade pasta with a light Alfredo sauce and shrimp. Veggie noodles are just as filling as handmade pasta, so don't count them out just yet! Some days I'd add a side of quinoa if I had any on hand.
To avoid that 2pm nap time feeling I packed honey roasted peanuts and mini popcorn bags for my after/drive home snacks. The snack for my 40 minute drive home from work is essential-- it's what keeps me from binging out when I get home!
Dinner most nights has either consisted of some pasta dish (my lunches are the previous night's dinner) or tacos! If anyone knows me, they know I love tacos. Making them at home is much more flavorful and cost-friendly. Plus, making them at home allows you to dress them up as you please!
Now, I can't finish this post and let you all think I ate like this all week-- because I definitely did not. On Friday, I had two plates of fried chicken, mac & cheese, and an ice cream cone for lunch. For dinner that night, I had pizza and cake from a going away party at work. Saturday was much better but Sunday morning I had a double quarter pounder with cheese combo from McDonald's basically for breakfast. Believe me, I'm still working on handling my urges! Be sure to check the blog out next week for another update!
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And of course I had to dig into the salsa and pita chips afterwards. I'm a chips and salsa girl through and through, so this fun take on a snacking classic was delicious! The salsa packed a punch with its flavor and it was so nice to have a think, pita chip to dip with. But the one snack I obviously need to order
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*This post was not sponsored by Graze and all opinions and images are my own. Just sharing a tasty snack I enjoy!
This is the first meal I've cooked in a few weeks and I was practically salivating while it was on the stove top! I paired my new favorite cut of meat, chicken thighs, with a black beans and stirred up a quick kale+quinoa salad to go along with it.
The prep time for this meal varies. I chose to marinate my chicken for three days in order to heighten the flavor! Cook time is about 75 minutes if pan broiling, but you can cook the chicken however you'd like. I steamed one cup of kale, one box of Near East Rosemary & Olive Oil quinoa, and warmed my (canned) black beans in the microwave for about 45 seconds before plating.
I decided to pan broil my four chicken thighs instead of broiling them in the oven. Simply add a bit of olive oil to a skillet on medium to high heat. Place your chicken in and let cook for about 10 minutes uncovered. After 10 minutes, I turned them over, covered with a top and let cook/simmer for 30 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. All in all, I let my chicken cook for about 60-75 minutes, covered on medium heat. Cook quinoa according to instruction and steam kale for about 10 minutes max on low to medium heat.
To make the salad, simply toss the steamed kale in a bowl with a bit of olive oil, crushed red pepper (for a little heat-- but it's totally optional) and about 3/4 cup of quinoa. Mix together well. This should be more than enough for a single serving during dinner!
This recipe, like most that I throw together, is fairly simple and open to your own interpretation! Cook your chicken however you'd like, add extra veggies to the salad, and choose whatever other side you'd like. Enjoy!
Oh, well hello! I'm making my way back to the blog after taking a few weeks off to focus on other projects. Today, I want to share one of the many things I've been focusing on while I've been away! Healthy eating! It's been a major goal of mine for the past few years to improve my eating habits. I'm getting a little bit older (I'm 24 lol) and I know I need to improve my lifestyle in order to stay strong and healthy.
Most days I manage to get 3 meals + a snack. I will make breakfast after my morning run, lunch around 1:00pm and have dinner around 8:00pm. I try to add in either a morning or late night snack when I can. And by snack, I mean frozen fruit or the occasional cookie. If you're not eating frozen peaches and grapes, you're missing out!
I plan my meals around what I purchase at the grocery store. I make sure to always grab at least a few veggies like kale, broccoli, and/or zucchini. I've started adding sweet potatoes and yellow squash to my basket as well! Once I grab my veggies, I grab a few pieces of fruit, like apples and pears before I head over to pick up chicken or fish. Then, I navigate my way to the frozen food section to pick up frozen peaches and my new favorite, sweet potato fries! The fries are low in sugar and have few carbs. Occasionally I'll pick up lean turkey or chicken sausage if it's priced well. It's a great substitute for when I'm tired of eating chicken or fish.
As often as I talk about juicing, I also enjoy eating my greens in their solid state! You'll always find a few veggies on my plate during lunch and dinner. Squash and zucchini are my two go-to vegetables, but I've recently started "roasting" kale + broccoli tossed in olive oil in foil packets in the oven. So, so, so good. I'm learning that what goes in my body is very important. I can't gorge out on chips every afternoon and hope my morning run and breakfast of egg whites and turkey sausage will help tackle the calories! No way! That's not to say I won't eat chips when I'm craving them-- instead I'll just eat a small handful...not half a bag! Everything in moderation, right!?
I'll be posting some step-by-step guides on here for some of my favorite go-to meals so be sure to check back later!
I know what you're thinking-- No cupcake or cookie recipe? Not today my friend. I'm switching things up and sharing what it's been like on the journey to a healthier diet! I'm only a few weeks in but I can already feel a difference.
At the beginning of this year I participated in a 21 day sugar fast and I can definitely tell a difference in the way I eat and digest things now. After the 21 days, it was hard to go back to snacking on sweet things. I no longer had it in me to consume 3 chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. And it wasn't just sweet treats that made me feel off, it was dairy too! My stomach would be in so much pain after I finished a bowl of cereal or ate any type of ice cream or yogurt. So, to make things better on my stomach and put a fresh spring in my step, I'm making an attempt at gradually ditching sugar & dairy!
But here's the thing, when you remove something from your life, diet, or whatever it may be, you have to fill that space with something else. It's not enough to just reduce my artificial sugar or dairy intake alone, I have to fill in those gaps! And I've decided to fill them with lots of fresh fruits & greens, lean proteins, and healthy grains.
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