Food Prep Fun!

This week I went about my food prep a little differently, and it was a lot of fun!

For once I actually prepped breakfast. Typically I just throw oatmeal in a baggie and some fruit and call it a day, but this week I made Zoodle Egg Nests and they came out great.

I love eggs. It is one of the (slightly) weird things about me. I’d be happy to have eggs for dinner almost every night and still be able to wake-up and eat them for breakfast. For me, they are simple and delicious and so easy to make that I cannot seem to stay away from them. This week I took my egg obsession to a different level with the Zoodle Nests.

Creating something new felt fun, and I was enjoying tossing the zoodles, tomatoes, eggs, and Parmesan cheese in a dish to be mixed up and popped into muffin tins. The result after 20 minutes in the oven and a little spillage on the bottom of the oven? Delicious egg muffins that had veggies in them!

I added pepper to the egg to give them more flavor and it came through really nicely. Tomorrow I might try them with a touch of hot sauce, but overall I really enjoyed them. They made for a great breakfast at my desk with a side of fruit.

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What new recipes have you tried lately that were a hit?

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Finding Healthy New Recipes

I am all about breakfast. It has always unfathomable to me that some people do not eat breakfast. I couldn’t do it, I don’t know how they live without morning fuel.

My breakfast sets the tone for the whole day so I try to make sure that it is healthy and filling. I used to eat Greek yogurt with fresh berries for breakfast every morning, but the yogurt started to upset my stomach so I switched to my old favorite of oatmeal.

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In my morning oatmeal I have half a cup of oats, a tablespoon of almond butter, and

 

then some fresh fruit on top. I like to have strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, but I’ve seen some people add apple, peach, or pear and that is a hit too. While I love my oatmeal, I am starting to get a little sick of it and want to try something new.

That is when I stumbled on the recipe for these egg nests, they are basically egg muffins with veggies. I first saw a tutorial on Instagram on Inspiralized that gave me the idea to look for Zoodle Egg Muffin recipes that I could complete in my own kitchen.

I found this recipe that I cannot wait to try this weekend. I love that these little muffins pack in protein and veggies, which is often missing from my morning routine. I can’t wait to have these for breakfast with a side of delicious fruit.

What are your favorite healthy breakfasts? Please share your recipes with me so I can get out of my oatmeal rut!

What I Eat

The last few weeks have been a little crazy due to some events in my personal life, but I have still tried to work hard to eat well and maintain a healthy diet. This past weekend I still found the time to food prep even on time-crunched days, and I am so glad I did!

I thought that I would share with you some of my typical workweek staples so that you can get a better idea of what I eat and how it can be incorporated into your busy life if it is appealing to you. I alternate dinner depending on what I am in the mood for and what works with my schedule that week. So today I will mostly share my breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Snack 1: Peanut Butter Toast and a Banana

Before a morning run or barre class I will make a slice of toast and coat it with a light layer of peanut butter. I have found that this is the perfect sized snack before a workout and that it doesn’t mess with my stomach. I used to eat a banana before a run and my stomach would always cramp and hurt, so it is just a matter of trying new things until you see what works.

I eat the banana after I get ready for work while I am walking to the train. It ties me over until I get to the office and make myself breakfast.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Berries

I bring all the ingredients for a yummy and pro

 

tein-packed morning oatmeal to work and mix it up there. It is delicious and helps me start my day off right. I like to add whatever berries I am craving that week such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

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Snack 2: Lightly Salted Almonds

Usually around 11 a.m. I get hungry and will reach into my snack drawer and grab a handful of lightly salted almonds. I always count them out to make sure I am not going over the serving size.

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Lunch: Salad with Turkey Burger Patties, Spinach, Tomatoes, Croutons, and Honey Balsamic Dressing

On Sundays I typically prep the turkey burger meat for these salads, but sometimes it varies. This week I did chicken burger patties and one day I did black bean burger patties. I love all of these protein options and buy lean meats to keep the salad healthy.

My salad is large, and by large I mean huge! I get three servings of veggies from this salad so I stay full after eating. The croutons are my little treat and I love the texture they add to the salad.

Snack 3: Nectarine or Carrots and Hummus

Depending what I have on hand and what I am in the mood for I typically have either a piece of fruit or carrots and hummus as an afternoon snack. They both satisfy my hunger cravings and keep my waistline happier than if I ate the brownies that always appear at work.

So that is my workday eating routine! Some days a piece of chocolate sneaks in there or some things get swapped out, but most weeks it is the same. I love to eat well at work because it keeps my energy up and makes me feel better.

Avoiding Temptation

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Temptation should be in the address of my office building. It seems that everywhere I turn there are sweets or other treats lurking around every corner.

Whether someone brings in candy or there is leftover food from a meeting, sometimes it can be really hard to ignore. When my office is chock-full of treats these are the tricks I like to use to avoid temptation:

  1. Drink a big glass of water – this makes you realize that aren’t hungry, you are just bored and craving junk.
  2. Treat myself to something else instead – like a sugar-free iced tea.
  3. Write in my gratitude journal – this little distraction makes me focus on myself instead of my surroundings.
  4. Take a little walk – the treats will probably be gone by the time I get back!
  5. Write down your goals – this activity reminds you of why you don’t need a muffin or bagel as an afternoon snack.

Avoiding temptation can be extremely challenging and frustrating, but each time you do, it makes you feel good and gets you one step closer to your goals!

Meal Prep 101

Any fellow meal preppers out there? Meal prep is the only way I can make it through the week on budget and healthily. I love spending time meal prepping on Sundays since I love to cook and I enjoy getting all my ducks in a row before diving into the week.

Since weekends can be so busy here are some tips I stick with to fitting in your meal prep.

  1. Prep your items that take the longest first, and in the interim fold laundry, go for a jog or start prepping other aspects of your meals.
  2. Cook your bases first so that everything else can be thrown on top. Some bases I use are spaghetti squash, brown rice, and sweet potato.
  3. Utilize your crockpot! By tossing delicious ingredients into the crockpot for a few hours, you can focus on other things like running errands, or grabbing lunch with a friend.

I follow these tips as often as I can, and this weekend I certainly did, by making a delicious spaghetti squash that I tossed in the oven right after I had thrown in a load of laundry. I love to multitask my chores, so that was perfect for me. Below is a photo of my finished spaghetti squash!

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I also made a tasty turkey burger meat sauce to pair with my spaghetti squash base. I made enough for four meals and used 97% lean turkey burger. I am a huge fan of turkey burger and incorporate it into many of my meals, including salads! Check out the sauce below.

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In addition to the spaghetti squash dish, I have been switching up my vegetables lately and have been loving it. Last week I made the tastiest brussel sprouts and yesterday my crowning glory was a delicious asparagus that was so tasty. The gorgeous asparagus appears below.

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Lately I have used the following tips to try incorporating new vegetables:

  1. Buy something new that is on sale – that way if you don’t like it, it won’t feel like a waste.
  2. Do you follow any food Instagram pages? If so, gain inspiration there. I am a big fan of Inspiralized, I love all the things Ali Maffucci does with food.
  3. Ask your family or friends for their favorite recipes and give them a try. My friend Diane recommended a great way to make brussel sprouts that inspired me to make them myself – so yummy!

Food prepping brings me so much joy and keeps my waistline and wallet happy! Reach out for suggestions on what to make and how to fit meal prep into your schedule.

How To Cut Calories Every Day

I stumbled across this segment from #NoExcuses on the Today Show and it really opened my eyes to the little snacks we have every day.

Throughout the course of the day we might not realize that that handful of candy adds up or that that extra sip of juice or milk packs on more calories then you expected.

Check out this awesome video from the Today Show and open your eyes to how you can cut hundreds of calories a day.

Healthy Living

Eating healthy is my biggest downfall. I will run as man miles as you ask me to and lift as many days a week as you see fit, but when you tell me to put down the chocolate and practice portion control, I go a little nuts.

I think this all stems from the fact that I have a fairly addictive personality. Fact: I am addicted to running. Tell me I can’t run for a week and you will hear a large groan followed by mental preparations of my runs for the week. I’m not very good with the word no, and the same goes for food.

So when it comes to eating healthy I can usually do pretty good until either mid-afternoon or post-dinnertime. There is something about those two times that leave me wanting to heave my entire body into a bag of chips and follow it up with an entire chocolate cake. Now I can typically curb myself from doing that, but a fair share of donuts have crept into my life just because they’re quick and easy and gone so quickly that it’s almost like you never ate them. This is blatantly false, but still this is how crazy, obsessive people rationalize.

But I honestly do want to commit to eating healthy because I will never achieve the best shape of my life eating chicken quesadillas every weekend. The plan is to write everything down, to always have healthy snacks handy, and to learn how to say no.

The word is only two letters after all so it isn’t really that crazy to use. Just say no to sweets and soon you’ll stop craving them. Say no to a handful of chips at the Mexican restaurant that you and all your friends posted up at and soon you won’t want them.

The key to healthy eating is not necessarily focusing on your goal weight, but how great you feel when you eat good food. My body and my mind are so refreshed when I nourish my body well, and I know that better than anyone.

So commit to kicking your bad habits to the curb and you’ll be exactly where you want to be before you know it!