WIAWW #2

Happy Wednesday everyone! Humps dayyyy galore. I just have so much work to finish today! This is due to the fact that I am the worst procrastinator on the face of the planet. If you decide to psychoanalyze me you would find out that I am a chronic underachiever. A lazy, chronic underachiever in college. I know, you probably want to smack me. I want to smack me all the time too!

 

Breakfast:

I posted this yesterday, but I had the best oatmeal ever! Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Oatmeal. Yes that’s a mouthful, but it was so delicious and the coconut reminded me of summer so much I just can’t wait for the warm weather to start really coming in. I am just super excited to be out of school and starting to study becoming a personal trainer. Did I tell you all I was planning on doing that yet? If not, now you know! I am really excited about it. 🙂

Mid-Morning Snack:

I was craving berries really badly, but I didn’t want a huge spike in my blood sugar because clearly I am having an issue with that lately. Ever since my cheat day I have just been in this constant state of craving sugar. It’s kind of killing me. I need to get my levels back in check. So anyways, back to my snack, I paired it with plain greek yogurt and enjoyed my berries a heck of a lot more and was satisfied for a couple hours. 🙂 I put 1/4 cup of both blackberries and blueberries in there!

Lunch:

I had another salad beast today, however it didn’t really fill me up at all! So I had to pair it with an unpictured whole grain Kashi waffle and some homemade Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter. That did the trick of filling me up a bit more. This salad beast contained turkey, a small small amount of spinach since I ran out, kale, red and green bell peppers, and Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Mid-Afternoon Snack:

Okay so this isn’t pictured, but we were moving a tv and found french vanilla ice cream in the freezer in my Dad’s house along with some sour cream and onion chips. Woops, judge me. =P

Dinner:

Okay so this was the highlight of my day! I found this recipe on Oh She Glows. She recently just posted a recipe about healthy gravy with mushrooms and kale. I ran out of kale so I didn’t use that and I added chicken because I am a dinosaur and need to constantly eat meat. Also, instead of using corn starch because I don’t own any I used the xantham gum I had in my pantry. Yes, I have xantham gum over corn starch. Again, judge me haha. It makes my smoothies thick. Try this recipe, seriously. It’s so good! It is stick to your ribs comfort food at its finest on top of some mighty delicious quinoa. It photographed like dog poo, but seriously don’t let this picture deter you from trying it. Her pictures manage to make it look far more appetizing.

Preparation of snacks for Pennsylvania:

So we are also cooking some treats for our drive down to PA. I hate stopping at fast food places so we always make sure to have some healthy snacks in the car for the 9+ hour drive. We decided to make Jamie Eason’s recipe for Chocolate Protein Bars and her recipe for Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. We figured these were really portable and would hold us over in the car without making my skinny jeans tighter than they already are. 😉 The chocolate protein bars, by the way, taste like brownies. They are so good!

You will see these pop up tomorrow as well for my snacks. Eating clean and super healthy tomorrow. Balancing out those chips and ice cream. =P I need to stop randomly binge eating haha.

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Chocolate Coconut Banana Oatmeal

Hi everyone! I have some delicious eats in store for you tomorrow for WIAWW! 🙂

Last night, I ate another plate of Caprese Quinoa Salad with chicken sausage. It was amazing. I just can’t get enough of that stuff. 🙂 The nutritional yeast seriously makes it too. It makes it so creamy and delicious. That was one of the best purchases I have made recently!

I started off my day today by sleeping right on through my alarm, going to a meeting the professor never showed up to, and an eyebrow appointment haha. My day was full of really delightful things. But before all of these shenanigans happened I started off my day right with an amazing oatmeal bowl of deliciousness. I made it the same way as yesterday only this morning I added 1/3 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk and finished cooking. Then I added 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp PB2, sliced banana, and 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut. It was amazing. Coconut always reminds me of summer, which I guess is why I ended up having a Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks later on today. 🙂

I am saving most of the food I ate today for tomorrow since I am planning on using today as my post for WIAWW, but trust me it’s worth it. We are prepping a lot of really good snacks for our trip down to PA on Thursday. We just heard today it is supposed to be a huge snow storm. :-/ I am hoping it’s not that bad because I would prefer not to drive in Noreaster weather for 9+ hours.

At the gym today we did an improvised chest and back workout with active rests just getting prepared for next week. It basically looked like this:

Bench Press 3×12 (Active Rest: Jump Ropes)
Chest Flyes 3×15 (Active Rest: Toe Taps)
Back Flyes 3×15 (Active Rest: High Knees)
Modified Smith Press Pushups 3×15 (Active Rest: Jump Ropes)
Modified Smith Press Pullups 3×15 (Active Rest: Toe Taps)
Lat Pulldown 3×12 (Active Rest: High Knees)

Active rests are pretty self explanatory. They consist of just doing that move for the 30 seconds you would normally be letting your body rest during. This keeps your heart rate up and really torches those calories. 🙂 Give them a try! You can do any sort of cardio move our next round of workouts have plyos as well. I really can’t wait to share the plan with you all! Also, my roommate should be posting sometime this weekend or early next week so keep an eye out for her! 🙂

Have a great Tuesday night everyone. I am going to go continue to procrastinate by making food. Haha.

Caprese Quinoa Salad

Hi everyone!

So I didn’t get home till super late last night after hanging out with my roommate for a little bit since she was gone all weekend and we are super chatty and enjoy driving around. But I did promise some people some recipes on Twitter, so here they are.

Yesterday morning I started off craving peanut butter, which is nothing new when it comes to my food. So I decided to make a big bowl of voluminous Peanut Butter x2 Oatmeal. 🙂 I followed a Clean Eating Chelsea recipe to make the oatmeal super voluminous and I changed it around by adding in my own little treats. I made it by combining 1/3 c rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp of vanilla the night before. You cook that until it boils, take it off the heat and cover it over night. In the morning you add 1/3 cup of almond milk and half a thinly sliced banana and cook until desired consistency and the banana is incorporated. I took it off the heat and added 1 tbsp of PB2, 1 tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter and stirred. Then took put that in a bowl and topped with 1 tbsp of Homemade Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter and the rest of the banana with more chia seeds. Omg it was so good and so peanut buttery! I highly recommend it if you love peanut butter. I was in peanut butter heaven.

For a delicious snack I was craving a smoothie… And chocolate covered strawberries. So I followed a Peanut Butter Fingers recipe and made a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie that was so thick I had to eat it with a spoon. Just how I like ’em! I used Vanilla Sun Warrior because I don’t own chocolate protein powder and just added 1 tbsp of cocoa powder versus 1/2 tbsp to really get that chocolately flavor.

For lunch I had an epic salad beast, which was changed up from the usual one you see on here. It had kale, spinach, cucumbers, red bell peppers, turkey, and Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette. It was delicious and seriously hit the spot!

Let’s talk about the title of this post. My dinner! I followed a recipe I found on the TheDiva-Dish.com blog and it was fantastic. Only I am a massive carnivore so I added some chicken sausage. Sorry, I really can’t eat vegetarian. I try really hard! But I give crazy props to all of you who can be vegetarian and vegan. I believe her recipe is completely vegan? But don’t quote me on that, it is definitely vegetarian though if you don’t add meat like I did!

Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad (Aka Caprese Quinoa Salad)
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of Quinoa
1 Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage
10 Cherry Tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup of Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
1/2 cup Spinach
A few fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp + Minced Garlic
A little sea salt to taste

Directions:
Cook the quinoa according to instructions and set aside. In a food processor (I used a magic bullet) combine the spinach and basil till chopped up and fine then set aside. In a small bowl combine balsamic, oil, and garlic and whisk together. Cook the sausage in a skillet till warmed through. Combine everything together on a plate and enjoy!

It’s super simple and super delicious. I topped mine with nutritional yeast to make everything super creamy and cheesy, while adding some extra vitamins and antioxidants. I can’t get enough of that stuff, seriously. The whole thing tasted like a caprese salad. It was so good and really filled me up so I highly recommend it. My roommate and I are going to be trying a bunch of new recipes this week from different things I have found on blogs and on fitness websites recently so keep an eye for that! We bought the Eat Clean Cookbook 2, by Tosca Reno so expect to see family dinners every Sunday from us as well! I also cannot wait to share with you all the new insane workout I created for us to get us in shape for bikini season. It is not for the faint of heart and is really intense. It has tons of weight training, combined with active rests and plyos, plus HIITs! I am so excited and proud of it, so I can’t wait to share it with you! Let me know if you try any of these recipes and if you like them!

As always, keep an eye out this week. I convinced my roommate to do a guest post about her healthy chocolate covered strawberries! They are super delicious and low in calories and sugar so they don’t break the diet bank. The only sugar actually comes from the fructose found in the strawberries! I can’t wait for her to come on here and share it with you guys!Have an amazing day, everyone!

 

Crazy Winds!

So I am super late in posting this, but I had to work all day and went to the gym then had to do hw or else I would procrastinate all night and not get anything done. Yes, that was a run on sentence. No I am not fixing it haha. Anyways, I started off my morning on a delicious note! Scrambled eggs (1 egg + 3 egg whites) with green bell peppers, reduced fat sharp cheddar, a slice of turkey, and salsa! I also had a whole wheat bagel flat on the side. Soooo good people! It held me over until I snacked on a couple almonds before lunch. Work is rough when you are used to eating every 2-3 hours and you can’t sit down and eat whenever you want!

That salsa was the bomb dot com. It was just some random fresh organic salsa I found next to the hummus, but it was seriously good!

Insert tangent: Today has been so freakin’ windy! Seriously they are like 60 mph+ winds. My apartment is going to blow over. It’s shaking my walls! It’s kind of intense and cool to just listen to. 🙂

So after work I headed to the gym to do some cardio, since that has been severely neglected in my life recently. I did 30 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill (6.5 mph with 20 seconds of 8.0 mph, 10 second rest and walking at a 3.5 to recover) followed by 15 minutes of slow pedaling on the bike since my legs hurt so bad from yesterday. Just wait till I show you this new leg routine people, it gets your buns burning!!!

Btw my post workout snack deserves a quick mention due to its epic deliciousness. Ignore the half a pint of blueberries I ate because I was sooooo hungry! But this yogurt was the bomb! A little high in sugar unfortunately, so I’m not sure I will buy it too often but it was seriously yummy!

Way too good to explain to people right now! I had this before my delicious dinner, which was based off a recipe I found on Peas and Crayons, an amazing blog that everyone should check out, for her Sriracha Seared Scallops. I am poor and only had little baby bay scallops to use but I followed the rest of the recipe and it turned out awesome! I had a side of steamed broccoli with garlic gold and sea salt on top!

You must be thinking “WOW, that looks like no food!” It was actually pretty filling. Until about 9 pm when I raided my freezer for 2 So Delicious Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches. Get off me they are low in sugar, dairy free, and 90 calories a piece. 😉 Now go buy some! Just kidding. They are addicting though!

Also, before I sign off for the night I have a few new songs that I have been listening to non stop that I want to share with you!

Set It On Fire- Chrissy Depauw
Circus/Just Dance- Boyce Avenue

They are both fun. 🙂

Watch the Fingers!

So I have been a hot mess this week! You guys have literally gotten no updates. I cannot believe what a crazy week this has been. I literally have barely seen the inside of my apartment, it’s been that nuts. I was going to post yesterday after my dinner but unfortunately I am a klutz… So while cutting my sweet potato into fry shapes I managed to slice WIDE open my left index finger and thumb. Don’t ask how I managed to nail both of them at the same time but I was gushing blood for like ten minutes until I found the band aids in our apartment. Suffice to say, I have the best roommate and she finished cutting the potato since she didn’t want me to impale myself next.

Haha, this morning I woke up starving as usual and made myself a big bowl of chocolate peanut butter protein oats! It’s same oatmeal I usually make only with a scoop of Sun Warrior Vanilla protein powder added into the mix. Half a banana and chia seeds topped it off. I clearly need to go to the grocery store since I only had half a banana left. I will be doing that as soon as I get out of the gym today. I don’t want to buy too much since my roommate and I are leaving on Thursday for Pennsylvania, but I cannot make it till then without some groceries!

I’m heading into work now, but here’s the workout I will be doing as soon as I get out and get my butt to the gym. It’s a leg day!

Leg Press 3×15
Calf Raises 3×15
Hip Abductor 3×15
Hip Adductor 3×15
Dumbbell Squats 3×20
Dead Lifts 3×15
Step Ups 3×15 each leg
Donkey Kicks 3×15 each leg

Followed by 20 minutes of cardio! I am thinking some various incline intervals are in my near future, I am not feeling the run. So I leave you with a silly picture of me pouting about my fingers. 😉

Thanks for still stopping by even though I had a severe lack of posting this week. I promise I am back! This next week shouldn’t be as bad. 🙂 OH ALSO! I almost forgot! I am so excited because I ordered an Eat Clean Cookbook by Tosca Reno. Expect some goodies in your future folks. 🙂

 

Exam Overload

I have been so MIA from this blog for the past couple of days and it makes me so sad. Hell week was basically this week. Monday I had two exams that I pulled an all nighter studying for and Tuesday I had one neuroscience exam, which kicked my butt and I pulled an all night for too! It was brutal. I went two whole days without sleeping, I don’t recommend it haha. But I am back! My What I Ate Wednesday post will be up later since I will have to chronicle what I eat today, since I haven’t had time to really focus on photographing my entire days worth of meals. But I promise it will be up by the end of the night.

I am going to get some shut eye for once since Saturday night… Yes, it is Wednesday morning at 1:40 am. How am I awake? Your guess is as good as mine. 🙂 I can’t wait to chat with you all later!

Spaghetti Squash=Heaven

Seriously, that formula is true. But I will get to dinner in a second and it’s worth the wait. 🙂

I had to work again today so nothing really exciting to report on the personal front. Except for the crazy customer I had that yelled at me for overcharging her by 84 cents by accident. Yes, she made me do the full return to get her 84 cents back. Mind you this was a computer error, not my fault haha. Some people, I think, just need a hug and a chill pill. 🙂 That’s the answer to world peace, mark my words.

Anywhoot, I have to tell you about my breakfast!!!! OMG! IT WAS SO GOOD! Sorry, calm now. Kind of. But seriously, it was easily one of the best breakfasts I have had in a really long time. I found the recipe on another favorite blog of mine, Chocolate Covered Katie, and it’s for Baked Cookie Dough Oatmeal. Um hi… That sounds amazing before you even start to taste it. I had crazy high hopes since I am a cookie monster. It didn’t disappoint, it was love at first bite people. You must all make this now in whatever version you please. But you must try it! Here’s the link. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/03/15/cookie-dough-baked-oatmeal/

I made it the last night so that I wouldn’t be in a rush this morning and it was ahhhhmazing this morning. Holy crap. And it filled me up through lunch time since my eating schedule gets all whacky at work. I also took about 1/4 of that lovely little cake and put it in some almond milk for fun while I was getting ready for work. I liked it both ways. 🙂

When I got out of work I went straight to the gym since I knew I would lose motivation if I came home first. I completed the EPIC Cardio workout I was going to do like last week or so and I was a sweaty beast. Seriously, Jennifer from @fortheglow is insane. She has some crazy hard, crazy amazing workouts. This cardio routine she wrote was intense. I was breathing so hard and dripping in sweat. Here’s what my speeds looked like. Forewarning: I am a slow poke and these were fast for me. Judge. 😉

Minute 1: 6.5 mph
Minute 2: 5.5 mph
Minute 3: 6.5 mph
Minute 4: 5.5 mph
Minutes 5-8: 7.5 mph for 20 seconds, rest for 10 repeat till you hit minute 8.
Minute 9: 5.5 mph
Minute 10: 3.8 mph
Minute 11: 6.5 mph
Minute 12: 5.0 mph
Minute 13: 6.5 mph
Minute 14: 5.0 mph
Minutes 15-18: 7.5 mph for 20 seconds, rest for 10 repeat till minute 18.
Minute 18: 5.0 mph
Minute 19: 3.8 mph
Minute 20: Cool Down

I covered 2 miles with that! I was stoked! Haha. I left the gym feeling like my lungs were in a vice grip, which I think is the point of those tabata sprints. You only have to hate your life for 3 minutes. Everyone can handle that! Jokes.

I was so excited for dinner tonight I couldn’t even stand it. I haven’t had spaghetti squash since July and I wanted it to make a re-appearance back into my life. So I roasted up some spaghetti squash in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, middle side down on a greased sheet, while my sweaty mess of a self showered. Then I cooked up some Thin & Trim Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage with some marinara, garlic gold parmesan nuggets, and minced garlic. Threw that sauce on the spaghetti squash that I pulled apart with a fork and dumped a truck load of delicious nutritional yeast on top. Oh holy goodness this may be my new favorite meal. It was so good. Paired with healthy garlic bread, the same from the other day, I was in food heaven. I wanted to marry it haha. I am such a dramatic person sometimes.

It doesn’t look that pretty, but I promise you it was so darn good. I hope everyone had an awesome Saturday. Unfortunately I need to find the motivation to open my neuroscience notes and start studying before I fail out of college. 😉 My night is shaping up to be so boring.