Hi again! …After the incredibly too long hiatus that was not my intent. Sorry! Since I’ve been gone I’ve been participating in the Daniel Plan. Basically the on the Daniel Plan you cut out processed foods and eat things that aren’t crap. Since I’ve started I’ve had a few slip ups, which were disappointing but I’m still going strong. I’ve created/tried a bunch of delicious recipes that I think are worth sharing. I’m enjoying being creative in the kitchen and cooking is WAY better than eating pre-packaged junk.
Breakfast has become a habit, which is a great thing since I used to never eat breakfast. It really does fuel you the rest of the day!
1. Just your basic whole grain toast! I added a serving of PB2 (PB2 is a miracle. It’s powdered peanut butter with half the fat and calories as regular peanut butter and has no sketch ingredients- just peanuts, salt, and a little sugar.) and then topped my toast with one sliced banana and a handful of blueberries.
2. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts you can see that I love green smoothies. It’s a great way to sneak vegetables in with breakfast. In the smoothie shown I added:
-1 celery stalk
– 1 handful of spinach
-1 handful of kale
– half of a small avocado
– 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
– 1/3 cup of frozen mango
– 4-5 medium strawberries
– 1 banana
– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
To be honest, you can taste a hint of celery but I find it refreshing. It’s not overpowering at all. Also I am IN LOVE with my new Ninja blender! I totally recommend it if you make smoothies as much as I do.
1. What you see is what you get. Baked salmon with oven roasted carrot, zuccinni, and half of a sweet potato.
-put veggies in a ziplock bag and drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of EVOO over them. Add your preference of seasonings (I used paprika and roasted red pepper flakes). Place veggies on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
– Coat salmon with 1 teaspoon of EVOO and add preference of seasonings (I used same as veggies). Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes (my salmon was frozen).
2. For lunch one day I was freezing, so the though of a cold salad was unappealing and I made a hot one. I just sauteed kale with garlic and 1/2 tbsp EVOO, roasted half of a cubed sweet potato in the oven with 1/2 tbsp of EVOO and garlic powder, and prepared one serving of quinoa (I used vegetable broth instead of water). Super easy and filling.
3. For lunch another day I made a turkey-quinoa-spinach & feta burger. It was seriously the bomb. I kind of just made up the ingredients as I went. You’ll need:
-1lb lean ground turkey
-1 serving prepared quinoa
-2 big handfuls of spinach (sauteed with I tsp EVOO)
-2 tbsp feta cheese
-salt and pepper to taste
Just mix all ingredient with your hands and make 4 flattened patties. Season both sides of the patties. I broiled mine in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the middle was gray. I served with baked zucchini and carrot sticks and a dollop of plain greek yogurt for dipping.
4. For dinner I warmed up a left over turkey burger and steamed broccoli carrots and zucchini. I also warmed up the other half of a oven roasted sweet potato. Easy peasy.
5. Another simple meal. I ate tilapia seasoned with chili powder and red pepper flakes, steamed broccoli, carrots, and zucchini, with guac penne. I boiled 1/3 cup of whole wheat penne and saved 1/4 cup of the pasta water before draining. In a small bowl I mashed up half of a small avocado and added fresh chopped cilantro, and 2 tbsp of fat free plain Greek yogurt. I added the pasta water to make more of a saucy consistency. Just mix together and warm through.
I’ve always been a fan of tea. Being the good southerner that I am I’m a sweet tea fanatic, or was. I now drink tea about twice a day (sometimes more). I usually drink a cup of green tea with lemon in the morning and a cup of sleepytime tea or chamomile before I settle in for the night. Tea is just as good without all the sugar… maybe even better since you can actually taste the tea part.
Recently I purchased an elliptical that I can use while sitting at my desk or like a regular elliptical. I’m a full time online student so I sit a lot. While I would rather go to a park and walk, sometimes that isn’t an option when I’m cooped up in my room studying. I really miss traditional college just for the fact that I could at least walk to class and around campus. I’m sure this thing isn’t for everyone but for those who have sedentary jobs it’s something worth looking into. Also click >here< for one-song workouts. (not so much a fan of some of the music but the idea is really great)
Thanks for stopping by!