Recipe development is off to an early start his morning ... had to squeeze in one before upcoming travels! I know, I know ... it's St. Patrick's Day! I'm supposed to be more Irish-inspired than this! At least there's green in this Italian salad, right? And in case you're wondering, it's basically a Caprese salad w/the addition of grilled Italian eggplant, white balsamic vinegar & hot pepper flakes! Oh, & it's a little quirkier ... w/fresh ciliegene mozzarella & colorful cherry tomatoes!😋Hint: Full recipe coming soon to @livestrong_com!#HappyStPatricksDay ☘️
I did it! I grilled cedar plank salmon without setting anything on fire this time! 🔥
I am accepting virtual high fives all day! ✋🏼🙌
This meal is my non-scorched, lemon dill, cedar plank salmon atop pesto cauliflower rice (Yum!) and served along with a kale salad.
Who said meal prep was boring???😯 🔥
Yep, yet one more cauliflower creation from me!🤗 Here's the gist of this Cauliflower "Fried Rice": Stir-fry riced cauliflower in avocado or coconut oil along w/scallion & fresh gingerroot, then stir in toasted sesame oil & tamari; move cauliflower mixture to sides of wok/pan & scramble eggs in center; stir all together, adjust seasoning & finish w/red hot chili pepper & fresh cilantro.😋 Full #recipe coming soon to @livestrong_com!👩🏻🍳
Meal prepping for lunch's this week includes all vegetables (except the broccoli) and even the tomato sauce on the pasta from dad's garden! Perfectly roast chicken, vege's, and some gluten free pasta for lunch, minimum hassle, maximum yum! What's on the menu for your work lunch's this week?
My friend 🏋🏻♂️ @dougintolife said it best, “There are 0 negatives to meal prepping. Just do it!”
Let me tell you a couple ways it’s changed my life for the better. 🙌
1) I have more time in the evenings when my family is home together, which I love.
2) It keeps my bad habits in check (yes, I admit I am flawed). 😎
3) It saves me a ton of money. I spent $60 and made 16 meals, which is $3.75 per meal. I’m good with that!
Meal prepping used to give me anxiety. I tried to do too much at once. Now it calms me! Weird? Yes! I didn’t prep last week and I was in a major funk! Several times I ate foods that made me feel yuck and just didn’t feel like myself. I got back on track today and I’m prepared for the upcoming week. I’m back to crushing my fitness and health goals and it feels great!
If you have questions or need meal prep inspiration, check out my website, link in bio.
What’s holding you back? ❤️
#AD Enjoy a good chocolate fix?😋 I sure do! Meet my simple-to-fix (yet slightly fanciful!) dark chocolate candies!😍 Of course, I had to give these a Jackie-inspired twist.🤩 These have a surprising filling.🤗 Any guesses?🤔
The answer is ... California prunes!👏 They work delightfully well here! And here’s another surprise ... research suggests that eating 5-6 California prunes a day may help support healthy bones!👍 Hope you try these! Recipe #linkinbio for California Dark Chocolate Candies or go to
This snow storm calls for a deluxe breakfast sandwich! Whole wheat bagel, Roma tomato slices, slice of cheddar cheese, avocado, mache greens, and a fried egg topped with plenty of crushed pepper and Himalayan sea salt! #breakfastsandwich#eggs#bagel#noreaster#snowday
I want to share with you guys how I prepare myself for a long day of classes, work, and other adult responsibilities: fridge clean out edition (also, very saddened there is no fridge emoji @instagram)
I leave for spring break tomorrow (AHHHH) which means this week all of my meals have been centered around eating up everything that may go bad over break. On days that I’m running around from 8-8 (really more like 7-9) I like to make sure I have all my meals and snacks prepped to make the day a little less hectic. My backpack is locked and loaded with all the important stuff to keep me fueled through workouts, classes, and other life things
From left to right:
Carrot slices, celery + @pbfit.official , protein banana muffins (recipe a few posts back), “fried” rice (with @traderjoes coconut aminos, onion, carrot, edamame, chicken & scrambled egg), raw veggies, @therealcoconut wrap (w jam, hemp hearts, banana & strawberries), and an apple 🍎
Not pictured, my water bottle that I keep at my sides at all times 💦
I really can not believe I will be in PERU in less than a week!!! Excited doesn’t even begin to explain my feelings. Not only am I preparing for my Peru trip, but I am also spending the day before my trip visiting the PA program @elonuniversity which I could NOT be more excited about 😆 getting ready for a big week ahead of me, prepping for my trips and crushing out all of these midterms. Also super pumped about this adorable little journal I got for my trip! Thanks to @indigo.artisans (gotta love @etsy) I have this perfect sized little journal to document my trip- planning to keep a full log of this experience so I can look back on it in years to come 💖 fully enjoying the start to my birthday month!!! hello March 😻 so many exciting things to come!!!
And for those of you who are just here for the smoothie recipe 👉🏽 I always always make sure to slide some vegetables into my smoothies because it’s an easy way to get those veggies in. This blue goddess has frozen squash, frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 2/3 cup of almond + cashew milk, tbsp chia seeds, @sunwarriortribe protein powder, cinnamon, and a few ice cubes for texture. Topped it off with some of my coconut mocha granola 👅
I love brunch anytime ... even if it's after 4pm! And though these might look like scrambled eggs, I don't really scramble them in the traditional sense! Over medium-low heat, I slowly and gently fold lightly beaten eggs and then remove the pan from the heat a little early so I don’t overcook ‘em. It may take an extra few minutes to prepare eggs this way, but it's worth it for fluffier eggs! #foldedeggs
It has been too long since I have posted!! This morning I made some awesome very healthy banana chocolate chip bread!!! Make this if you love banana bread but want a lighter option 😀 The texture is on point and it’s so moist. -
- -1/2 cup apple sauce
- -½ cup honey
- -2 eggs
--1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
--¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond)
- -1 teaspoon baking soda
- -1 teaspoon vanilla extract -½ teaspoon salt
--½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
--1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour (I used half and half) -
-my add ins: 1/4 c chocolate chips and 1 banana cut into bite size pieces (this MADE it!!) -
Mix ingredients together in the order listed with the flour being last. Preheat oven to 325 and bake for 55-60 min and put directly in refrigerator or freezer for 10-20 min. (cooling it keeps it from cooking more and drying out)
Very excited to share this one with you guys!!! A little something for your weekend baking 👩🏽🍳 I have had a can of pumpkin puree sitting in my cabinet since prime pumpkin spice season (I know, I know) and two extremely ripe bananas just dying (literally) to be mashed up. Soooo Protein PUMPKIN BANANA MUFFINS 🍌🎃 to the rescue!!!
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 ripe bananas
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1/3 c TJs pumpkin pancake mix
1/2 c coconut flour
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 scoop of your fav protein powder (I used @sunwarriortribe)
what to do:
mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients, then mix the two together, toss the mixture into some greased muffin tins, sprinkle with a little pumpkin pie spice and bake @ 375 for 20 minutes
I used a mixture of coconut flour + a pumpkin mix I had, but you could sub that for whatever flour mixture you have on hand. It may change he texture just a little, but the flava will still be there!!
Best enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a nutritious snack, WARM with nut butter (swipe left is a must here😋), yogurt, chocolate.. or all of the above
I made granola (finally!) COCONUT MOCHA FLAVA ☕️🍫🥥 it’s got all the goods- great taste, great ingredients, low-sugar, crunchy goodness, and yes... I’m talking coffee my friends. AND, as an added bonus, while baking it makes the WHOLE HOUSE smell like a magical wonderland. I’m definitely seeing a loooot of home made granolas in my future, already brainstorming all the different flavors I want to make 😍
Here’s how I did it 👇🏽👇🏽
⭐️ ingredients needed:
- 2 c oats
- 1 c of crushed almonds
- 1/4 c raw cacao powder
- 1/4 c of lightly ground coffee beans (small chunks)
- 1/4 c of unsweetened coconut shavings
- 3 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 3 tbsp of coconut oil
- 3 tbsp of honey
🥣 Minimal prep- just toss all of the dry ingredients, then mix in the wet ingredients (melted in the microwave if needed), spread the mixture across a sheet and bake @ 325 for 20 minutes (mixing half way)