For lunch today I tried something new, much to my enjoyment!
-1 medium sweet potato
-1/4 c refried beans
-1 whole egg
-2T mozzerella cheese
I started by poking a sweet potato with a fork and cooking it in the microwave for about 5-6 minutes. After that I cut the top off and scooped out the inside. I left those on a plate and filled my sweet potato with the beans and an egg. After that cooked 12-15 on 400 degrees I poked my egg to see if it was cooked. I placed that on my plate on top of the extra innerds and topped with mozzerella cheese, guacamole, and salsa. Amazing!
If I have time on Saturdays I like to go grocery shopping and cut all of my fresh fruits and vegetables to prep some meals for the week on Sunday. December always seems to be packed with things to keep me busy so here are a few things I packed to get me through atleast the beginning of the week:
breakfasts: chobani yogurt with cinnamon, vanilla, and truvia.
pupkin flax granola, puffed kamut, and walnuts
dark chocolate almond butter stuffed banana nut muffins (recipe posted on my instagram)
fresh and frozen fruit
an omelet with avocado, mixed veggies, and turkey bacon
whole wheat English muffins
Lunches: peanut butter and agave sandwich on flax & fiber bread
mozzarella cheese sticks
celery, carrots, tomatoes, and banana peppers
Dinners: Turkey breast with Dijon mustard
roasted acorn squash in coconut oil and cinnamon
sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil and cinnamon
salads with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, sunflower seeds, and chipotle ranch dressing
veggie blend of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.
snacks & drinks: 'm usually home for an afternoon and night time snack so aside from cooking and freezing some things to keep on hand nothing for that is pictured here. Drink-wise I usually only drink water. Usually everyday between breakfast and meals or snacks I have coffee and either green, peppermint, or a flavored black tea. Occasionally I will have a sparkling ice drink in place of a soda but usually hot tea does the trick for me!
on weekends where I prep a lot of food for an upcoming week would you like more posts like this or individual posts with recipes? Please let me know!
SMOOTHIES. I love smoothies because you can almost throw anything into a blender and make it taste good. they're great to go with breakfast, for a snack, or even a dessert if you have a little sweet tooth! I've recently gotten several people who really don't enjoy healthy eating on a smoothie kick lately so I thought I'd post for you what I gave them.
liquid: unsweetened almond milk (vanilla, regular), unsweetened coconut milk, coconut water, 100% fruit juice, or plain greek yogurt. You can also use just water but I prefer a little flavor! (I have also tried artic zero... if you like milkshakes, I recommend!)
greens: my favorites to use are either frozen spinach or kale. Both give a great texture and smoothness to the smoothie without actually tasting veggies or bitterness they can give. Really though, any leafy green will do!
fruit: honestly any fruit will do! If it isn't already pre-frozen, I prefer to freeze it before I blend. I like to buy in bulk the big bags of frozen mango, pineapple, strawberries, and peaches. During the summer we always pick blueberries and freeze them to keep all year so I'll always have those on hand. Apples, bananas, and oranges are usually fairly cheap and easy to find as well. (If they are in season, I love to throw pomegranate seeds into mine for a little crunch, tastes AMAZING!)
fats: (healthy of course) my favorites are milled flax seed (your body won't absorb the nutrients if they are whole), hemp hearts, chia seeds, peanut or almond butter, coconut oil, or avocado.
flavoring: this is the part of the smoothie you could completely cut out or use to make your shake taste wicked good! If your eating this post-workout you could throw in any flavor protein powder you like, otherwise, I sometimes use flavored extracts or flavored stevia drops. get creative though, anything works!
texture: to make this a thicker drink I like to add in things like wheat germ and raw old fashion oats. It gives you complex carbs to help fill you up if your are having this as more of a meal as well.
method: it's probably self-explanatory, but you take your desired ingredients and desired amounts and throw them in a blender to blend! I have found putting your liquid in first helps everything to blend easier. You can also add ice if you didn't freeze you veggies and fruit first. I have tried making ice cubes out of my liquids as well which works awesome!
here's a few of my favorite combinations right now: [minus the greens]
1) a large frozen banana, 1t uns dark cocoa powder, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey, and 3/4 c uns vanilla almond milk. Vanilla maple artic zero or stevia both sweeten this one very nice!
2) A frozen orange, a scoop of vanilla whey, and 1 cup uns vanilla almond milk- tastes like an orange creamsicle!
3) a cup of coconut water, half a green apple peeled and chopped, 1/3 cup chopped pineapple, and a clementine.
4) half a frozen banana, 1/2 cup of the frozen fruit mixture, 1 cup uns almond milk, 1 T milled flax seed, and 1/2 T hemp hearts, 1/4 cup raw old fashion oats.
5) 3/4 c uns vanilla almond milk, 1/3 c frozen blueberries, 1/2 large frozen peach, 2T wheat germ, 2T pb2.
6) 3/4 c uns vanilla almond milk, 1T almond utter, 1/2 c frozen grapes, 1T vanilla whey protein powder. (tastes like a pb&j!)
7) 1/4 c pumpkin puree, a frozen banana, a cup of uns vanilla almond milk, a packet of truvia, 1/4 t vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and 1T vanilla whey protein powder. This one also tastes great using chocolate whey and 1/2T uns dark cocoa powder (Pumpkin pie!)
I'm just your average fitness lover, nothing too special. I eat clean and train mean!