Power Snacks!

If you’re like me, then you’re probably in panic mode right now realizing the weather is warming up and swim suit season is coming! For the most part, I try to eat as healthy as possible as well as staying active throughout the day. And like most individuals, I tend to slack on both of those during the winter, also known as the holiday season!

But now that spring has crept its way back to us, I find myself pushing myself a little harder during workouts and and trying my hardest to not indulge in the foods that make my cravings happy! With that said, I sometimes can feel myself feeling tired & low on energy. So I’ve put together some of my favorite “Power Snacks” that keep me satisfied throughout the day and prep me for my afternoon workout!

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1.  BANANAS & PEANUT BUTTER | These have been my favorite snack since the very first time I had them as a baby! They provide the perfect amount of sweetness, the good kind of sugar, and the all natural peanut butter provides protein to keep your energy up!

2.  FRUIT SMOOTHIE | I prefer smoothies to juices because the fill me up more and give a lot more energy in my opinion. My go to right now is peaches, bananas, kale, spinach, chia seeds, and water and it tastes delicious!

3. BELL PEPPERS & HUMMUS | This is a quick last minute snack that I like to keep with me incase I didn’t have time to make the best lunch during my morning schedule. All you have to do to prep is slice the peppers, hummus containers come in travel sizes with makes my life a lot easier.

4.  DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS | I think the biggest struggle a lot of people have when trying to eat healthy are the sweets cravings. This snack helps maintain those cravings with the dark chocolate, which is good for your heart when consumed in moderation!

5.  AVOCADO TOAST | Another quick and easy snack that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Just sprinkle with pepper and it’s good to go!

KA

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Meatless Fridays!

It’s that time of year again! If you didn’t already know, I am Catholic and participate in Lent, which means I can’t eat meat on Fridays. This really isn’t all that difficult for me, considering I try to limit my intake of meat for the most part, but sometimes I struggle with making a full, meatless meal that has tons of flavor & fills me up. So I decided that this year I would plan ahead and share the recipes that I found to be super delicious for each meal of the day! Let me know if you have any recipes that you swear by!

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Banana Berry Bowl!

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1 large frozen banana, peeled
¾ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup blueberries
1 teaspoon açai berry powder
30g (about 2 scoops) vanilla pea protein powder
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chia seeds

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Better Than Tuna Vegan Sandwich

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2 15oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or 3 cups cooked chickpeas)
1 shredded carrot
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
Just Mayo or alternative vegan mayonaise, approximately 1/4 cup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

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Spicy Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

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1/2 cup quinoa
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large sweet potato
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons spicy cajun seasoning
1/4 gluten free oat flour (regular oat flour or oat bran will work)
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil or coconut oil, for cooking
6 whole grain hamburger buns (gluten free, if desired)
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For Avocado-Cilantro Crema:
1/2 large ripe avocado, diced
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream or plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon lime juice
dash of hot sauce, if desired
salt, to taste

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Green Glow! 

I’m only 13 days into my clean eating resolution and the green juices are my absolute favorite part of each day!

It’s only been a short time since I started drinking them again, but I can already see & feel the difference! I have more energy and my skin looks healthier even with this dry, cold air!

I figured since I love it so much, I should share my favorite recipe!

 

  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of kale
  • 1 peach (can be frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Wheatgrass Powder
  • Coconut oil (optional)

Add water and ice to make whichever consistency you would like and BLEND!

Healthy January!

It’s the start of the new year and one of my goals was to be healthier. So I went ahead and made a calendar to keep track of what I want to focus on, fitness wise, for each day. I also wanted to use this month to get back into a routine my mom & I had over the summer of drinking a green juice every morning. We felt so much better when we did that so I think the beginning of a new year is a great time to start that up again!

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If you are interested in making your own calendar, I got my template from Short Stop Designs! They are so cute and festive for each month! I also printed mine out and added a magnet to place on my fridge so I would look at it everyday to keep on track!

KA

Back At It!

Okay y’all….. so I fell of the clean eating and workout wagon HARD! While I continued to run almost every morning and do nightly yoga, that doesn’t really mean much when I’m consuming enough pizza rolls for 4 people, like twice a day. I’m lucky that I haven’t gained any weight (thank you lord for my metabolism), but that also means I haven’t been improving and I’m starting to feel sluggish. So we are not going to do that anymore, especially with it being beach season and a vacation right around the corner!

So to help some of you that are in the same boat as me, I decided to share a simple day diet so you can get an example of what my daily intake will be like from now on. While this will not be the everyday plan (that would get super boring, super fast and drive me right back to the pizza rolls) it’s a way for you to see how I’m balancing each meal for my day.

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A Healthy State of Mind!

So I’m at that stage in my life wear I finally decided it’s time to focus are making better decisions when it comes to my overall health!  You all most likely don’t know this about me, but for the majority of my life, I had the worst diet. I could literally survive off of pizza rolls…… Now the thought of them makes me sick, so let’s stop talking about them! Any who, I’m really trying to have a more healthy state of mind when it comes to food, exercise, and my surroundings!  I’ve tried this on and off through college, but found it to be impossible living above Chickfila and Moe’s. But now I’m determined to make it work and yesterday was the first day & I’m pretty excited about!  I felt so energized and clean, it was a great feeling!  Here are some of the foods that I made and really enjoyed! Let me know if you have any favorite recipes that you think will help me stay on tract this time around!

First, I’m not a huge breakfast kind of person. I never have been and I probably never will be.  However, I still like to have a little something so I’m not starving myself until lunch.  I think yogurt is the best option if you are somebody like me. It’s quick, easy, and really light!  Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt is my favorite. I added some granola for some crunch and protein and chopped up apples, blueberries, and honey for some extra flavor! So yummy!

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For my afternoon snack I made my own ice-cream!  First I chopped up strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I added them to half cup of skim milk.  I then added in 2 tablespoons of sweetener and half a teaspoon of vanilla.  Put all ingredients in a bag, add ice and 6 tablespoons of salt. Seal the bag and shake for about 5 minutes.  The ice-cream will start to form and will be ready for you to enjoy!  I prefer to go a little heavy on the fruit, it tastes like and extra thick smooth, but that’s just me!

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I can’t really take credit for dinner, I was at my sister’s house babysitting my sweet niece Maren and they had some pasta they made for me!  They usually eat pretty healthy, and my sister is very skilled at making delicious meals!  The pasta was actually avocado past salad, and it was amazing!  She also said that it was super easy to make so I will definitely be trying this out on my own in the near future!

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