So I originally typed out a whole post about weekend workouts, but somehow it disappeared into cyber space, so I decided to change things up and talk about something I love probably more than I should: FOOD!
Who doesn’t love food?! I would have to say my favorite food group would be meat… I crave meat like crazy. Sometimes I’ll wake up at 3 AM craving grilled chicken. That’s probably strange, huh? The more active you are during the day, the more protein you need in your diet.
I follow a high protein, fairly low carb, and moderate fat diet. I used to not include any fats in my diet whatsoever. I was scared to death of them and that putting them in my mouth would instantly make me fat. I just recently got over that fear within the last year and am in LOVE with hummus, avocado, flax seed, chia seeds- just to name a few. All of these are great sources of healthy fats that are vital to our health.
I eat about 4 or 5 times a day, every 3-4 hours. Each of my meals consists of 200-300 calories. I always make sure each time I eat that my main source of calories is coming from protein, whether it be chicken breast, ground turkey, salmon, tuna, whey protein, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or tilapia. Then I usually always have a heaping amount of green veggies along with my meal as well! I revolve my diet around protein because I lift weights at least 5 days a week and want to maintain and build muscle, and that’s what protein is good for! It also keeps you fuller for longer!
Let’s go through what a normal day of clean eating looks like!
Looks pretty delicious, right? Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day! Usually I crave something sweet right when I wake up, so I usually always include fruit in whatever I decide to make!
1.) The first picture is Strawberry Protein Pancakes. I forgot how much I love strawberries!
2.) The second picture is a Butter Toffee Cream protein smoothie with raspberries, blueberries, 1/2 a white flesh nectarine [heavenly!], frozen banana [melted and mixed in], spinach [you can’t taste it in the smoothie, I promise!], chia seeds, and topped with a crumbled-up homemade carrot cake protein bar!
3.) Next up is Protein Pancakes with melted blueberries & bananas! Here’s the recipe!
Protein Pancakes with Drizzly Blueberries & Bananas
-1 cup egg whites
-2 tbsp unsweetened/natural applesauce [ makes them moist! ]
-1/4 of a scoop whey protein powder [ I use ISO 100 in Butter Toffee Cream ]
-1 tbsp rolled oats
-2 packets stevia
-1/2 tsps each almond extract & vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp chia gel [ soak chia seeds in water overnight=chia gel! ]
-pinch of xanthan gum [ to make them thicker ]
-1/4 cup blueberries
-1/4 of a frozen banana, cut into itty bitty chunks
Directions: Add all of the ingredients in a blender EXCEPT for the blueberries & bananas. Blend together and cook on a skillet on medium heat. Flip when the edges are golden/crispy. Put the blueberries and bananas in a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Pour the fruit on top of the pancakes after they’re done and top with sugar-free maple syrup!
who said eating healthy had to be boring???
Breakfast usually doesn’t hold me over for very long. For lunch, I usually stuff myself silly with this salad:
I eat this salad literally every.single.day and never get tired of it! I’ll post the recipe for the chicken I use in it later- that’s what makes it so freaking delicious. Let’s call this:
Spicy Orange Chicken Salad with Greens & Veggies
In the mix:
[ ps- you will need a VERY big bowl for this!! ]
– Sweet Butter lettuce
-Spicy Orange Soy Chicken Breast
Mixed in this dressing:
-Mashed avacado [ probably 1 tbsp or so ]
-2 tbsp 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
-Red pepper flakes
-splash of almond milk
* Stir all of that dressing together, pour over the salad and toss it all together!! *
Honestly, after I eat these things, I can barely move for about 20 minutes, so watch your portions. 🙂
I also found this dressing at Akin’s Health Food store:
Sooo yummy… natural & 45 calories for 2 tbsp spoons, so alot less than most dressing! I use about 1 tbsp of this on my salads! This brand makes a Sesame Seed dressing that goes perfectly with the salad as well!
During the middle of the afternoon, I’ll have a snack that consists of mostly protein… usually a homemade protein bar or Greek Yogurt!
Yes, that’s a Winnie-the-Pooh spoon. I’m weird and only like to use small silverware. If all the spoons are dirty and there are no small ones to eat with, I’ll use a teaspoon instead 🙂 When I brought this spoon over to Jimmey’s house, however, he decided I wasn’t a child anymore and hid the spoon from me. I was able to find it TWICE in different places, so obviously he isn’t so sneaky 🙂 Unfortunately, this picture was the last of the spoon. I think it finally found it’s way into the trash. R.I.P. Pooh Spoon.
I know this picture isn’t too appetizing or pretty, BUT, this is what I eat every single night before bed and sometimes as a snack in the afternoon. You will become addicted if you try this, I promise!
-1 tub 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
-1/4 cup ([or less] of Fat Free Cottage Cheese
-1 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
-1 packet stevia
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-Xanthan gum for making it real thick!!
*Stir it all up! Add some sugar free maple syrup or sugar free chocolate syrup for some more sweetness!
THEN- it’s dinner time!! I always have some sort of lean protein and a ton of veggies. Here’s last night’s dinner:
Quinoa Turkey Burger Salad
-1 [4 oz 97% fat free] grilled turkey burger
-3 tbsp quinoa
-Sweet Butter Lettuce
-Drizzled with reduced-sugar Heinz Ketchup, Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, and a little plain Greek yogurt!
Also added in 1/4 cup cooked egg whites because the turkey burger didn’t look like enough protein for me!
So there are a few of the healthy and delicious, not to mention filling and energizing foods I eat everyday!
I’ll be posting a crock pot chicken recipe later this week and some work outs I’ve been doing that are quick and fun to do!
Time to go do some grocery shopping & spend time with Jimmey Dean & watch some Tosh.O!
This is us at Daniel & Brandy’s wedding… Congrats you guys!!
We are so happy for you and hope you are having a wonderful time in New York City!
Thank you so much for reading!!