Meal Prep-Breakfast Time!

What do you eat for breakfast?

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am a savoury kind of girl so I love bacon and eggs. Or an omelette with sausage and mushrooms.

I was never one for breakfast. Even being diabetic I would adjust my insulin so that I didn’t have to eat it. It made my stomach hurt or feel sick if I ate but, knowing how important breakfast was, I tried to find a way to eat it anyways. What I realized was that if I wait until about 2 hours after I wake up, I can eat and not feel crappy and I am full for most of the morning.

Now I find that, without breakfast, I don’t have the fuel to get through the first half of the day. OR if I eat CRAP for breakfast I am starving before lunch is even close to being a possibility. By 10am I will be hungry and craving something like nobody’s business!

My solution for the past few months has been this:wp-1472066120256.jpg

Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • ½ cup Vanilla Oikos greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs Vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup Welch’s frozen strawberry/blueberry mix
  • ¼ cup Oats and Honey, Nature Valley Protein Granola

Mix the yogurt and the protein powder together FIRST. Once smooth, add in the rest of the ingredients. Also, you can use any frozen OR fresh fruit that you like.

Don’t get me wrong, its actually REALLY good. Its packed FULL of protein, low in carbs (35 in total), and low in calories. It keeps me full ALL morning and I don’t even contemplate snacking. The issue that I have started to find with this is…someone can only eat Greek yogurt SO MANY days in a row before they get sick of it! I am totally Greek yogurt’d out! 

Being so sick of this Greek yogurt breakfast I have been having, I decided to change it up. For me, breakfast has to be something I can either grab and go or can be put together at my desk. That being said I went ahead and made THIS:wp-1472068938369.jpg

Zucchini and Leek Frittata with Bacon

  • 8 eggs scrambled(I ate this for 3 separate meals)
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small leek
  • 3 strips of bacon, already cooked

wp-1472068938368.jpgCook up the zucchini in a frying pan with a little bit of EVOO. Once the zucchini is browned a bit, throw in the leek and cook for another minute. Once the leek has started to get really fragrant, throw in the cooked bacon and then the scrambled eggs. I like to scrape the bottom of the pan a bit when the eggs first get in there. This makes sure that the eggs cook a little more even. Throw the whole thing in the oven on 350F, or even just a LOW broil, until the top of the eggs have set.

My daughter and I both had a bit for snack the night that I made it, and they served as my breakfast for 2 days with melba toasts on the side. I separated them into separate containers and just tossed them into the microwave for a minute or two when I was ready to eat them. They were SO good and totally helped by giving me a healthy break from my usual breakfast and giving me that savouriness that I crave!

So, what do you eat for breakfast? Do you have any awesome breakfast meal prep recipes? I NEED MORE. Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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Meal Prep Monday-February 1st

Whats up peeps? Its been a while. Let me give you a little catch-me-up before I get down to business.

January has been CRAY CRAY! Getting my daughter back to school after Christmas holiday has been horrific (Read all about our ADHD Life here ). The plus side: the screaming and out-right refusal has stopped but the crying about not feeling well and not want to go to daycare or school continues. My grandma was in and out of hospital, which meant sleep overs on her couch while she was recovering. Work, work, and more work. We have started horseback riding at a new farm (my daughter not me lol) once a week. I am going to Zumba twice a week now instead of just once. I also started taking an online class from the local college to possibly get a NEW career. It’s one class but it takes up about 7-8 hours a week of my nightly routine. So to say that I have been busy, and STRESSED is an understatement.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to find time to, or even want to, work out. I can’t seem to get the motivation to do any exercise at home and I’m getting to the point that I don’t even want to go to ZUMBA! Say it isn’t so! My muscles don’t hurt anymore after my class, just my joints…constantly! Which I am sure has something to do with my arthritis and the weather this time of year. I have even quit going to the gym (for now). I don’t know if it’s just me being totally worn out or if it’s the season or a bit of both but I am hoping that I can my shit together really soon.

I have been sticking to the diet given to me by my dietician but I have GAINED 4 pounds in the last month. Maybe 4 pounds doesn’t sound like that much but when I think about how long it took me to lose those 4 pounds (almost a year) it is absolutely terrifying! I think this has also contributed to my non-motivational funk. I feel like I worked so hard to lose that weight and then POOF there is in, right back on.

I am frustrated and unnerved but I am TRYING not to let that get me down 100%. The one thing that I have not been slacking on is my tracking and my meal prep. I am switching up my meal plan AGAIN. Less carb, more veg and protein. More veg is the downfall. Its not that I don’t like veggies, its just that I would rather have fruit and fruit has more sugar. And picking better-for-me items to snack on when I am hungry in between meals.  I need to find the balance and I need to find it NOW!

My NEW meal plan for the following week includes the following:

Breakfast: 240 calories, 54 carbs, 5 grams of protein

  • Quaker Oats-Maple Oatmeal
  • 1 apple

Lunch: 340 calories, 30 carbs, 18 grams of protein

  • 2 home-made chicken wraps with garlic sauce and hummus (pictured below)
  • 1 cup cucumber slices

Snacks:

  • 1 Oikos Greek Yogurt (Raspberry Truffle to curb the sweet cravings after lunch)
  • Dehydrated zuchinni chips (home-made!)
  • 1 Quaker Granola Bar

Dinner: Under 500 calories

  • I now have a TON of veggies on hand that I can pop in the microwave or oven when I get home to go with whatever my wonderful mother has cooked us for dinner. Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini etc.
    • I am doing this to include MORE veggies and to make sure that I fill up  more on veggies and less on carbs.

The last change that I made to this week’s meal plan was to incorporate MORE water. I drink plenty of water but had definately been slipping up on this aspect for the past month or so. So I am re-committing myself to drinking more water. My beautiful tumbler that I got for Christmas is sitting on my desk right now, filled to the brim! (Also shown in the pictures below)

These are the pics of my very YUMMY Chicken Wraps with Garlic Sauce and Hummus. If your interested they are super easy to make: 2 small tortillas, 1/2 tsp lebanese garlic spread, 1 tsp hummus, 1/4 cup grilled skinless boneless chicken breast, cucumber slices and romaine lettuce. All under 400 calories.

What are you meal prepping this week? What does your meal plan look like on any given day or week?

 

Meal Prepping and Recipe Sharing

I always have to write my meal prepping posts after lunch because if I don’t, people around the office ask me why I am salivating so much lol. This week my meal prepping was on the ball! I prepped all of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks on Sunday as usual.

My breakfast was a new take on my usual toast (instead of peanut butter I used avocado). I mashed 2 avocados on Sunday, and separated into air tight containers for each day, in hopes that they would make it through the week without browning too much. I must say that this was pretty much a success. By the 4th day my avocado was beginning to brown a little just on the top so next time I’ll squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the ones that I will eat later in the week.

My lunches were really flavourful and delicious, especially the Mexi Bowl (YUM). I was actually really disappointed that I didn’t make enough of these for each day of the week lol. But the other choice for my lunch was an avocado wrap and soup. This did not disappoint either.

My snacks were the go-to staples that I have been using for a few weeks. Maybe next week I will change it up a bit.

This week my prepared meals consisted of the following:

Breakfast: 224 calories, 30 carbs

  • 2 pieces of multi-grain toast
  • 1/2 of a mashed avocado
  • sprinkle of salt

Lunch: 400 calories each

  • Mexican Bowl

OR

  • 1 avocado wrap
  • 1 cup of Campbell’s Healthy Request chunky chicken noodle soup

Snacks: totalled 90 calories, 25 carbs

  • cucumbers and cauliflower
  • 1 medium apple

Now my favourite part…the recipes. I am going to grace you with BOTH of the recipes that I used for my lunches this week, as each day I could not wait to eat either one. Clearly I was on an avocado kick this week but that’s ok because avocado is so good for you. It is higher in calories but as long as it is eaten in moderation it has way more positive benefits than negative.


I stole the recipe for the Mexi Bowl from The Wanna Be Chef. You can check out her blog here. It is super easy to make (you just dump everything in a bowl and heat up when your ready) and it’s really yummy. This recipe makes 1 serving, I tripled it to get 3 lunches. It was 400 calories and 70 carbs.

Mexi Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s but you can use whatever kind you like)
  • 3/4 cup black beans, washed and drained (I found 1 can was enough to make my 3 lunches)

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    All mixed up and ready to eat!
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, layer the rice, beans, vegetables, salsa, and cheese.
  2. Store with a tight lid until ready to eat.
  3. When ready, microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir and eat!

As for my avocado wrap it is 300 calories and 30 carbohydrates. You can eat just this wrap without the soup for lunch but I was freezing and soup sounded wonderful :). This makes 1 wrap. I cut up my cucumbers and onions, stored my mayo and 1/2 avocado in separate airtight containers to bring to work. My avocado I slice at my desk before I put it in the wrap.

Avocado Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 tortilla
  • 1/2 avocado (sliced)
  • 1-2 rings of red onion diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced and then quartered
  • 1/2 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Layer ingredients on top of tortilla
  2. Fold
  3. Eat!

How is everyone’s meal prepping coming along? What are you struggling with? If you’ve tried any of my recipes let me know what you thought!

Meal Prepping Like A Boss

My post last week spoke to the fact that I needed to get back on track in terms of meal prepping. Sunday is my meal prep day and meal prep is exactly what I did! It took me a few hours. It has never taken me that long to prep all my food for the week. However, those 5 hours also included cooking our family dinner and pumpkin muffins (as per my little punk’s request to bake with her momma).

I think because it has been a little while since I did a full week’s meal prep that it is just going to take me a minute to get back into the swing of things. I say this because honestly, spending my ENTIRE Sunday cooking is NOT my idea of fun. It is also not realistic for most people, including myself. I am a single mom. I have my daughter 100% of the time. I also work full time, 6 days a week. Sunday is my only FULL day off and I will not spend it meal prepping my life away lol. I will get it down to 2-3 hours, even if it kills me to do so.

Anyways! My meal plan for the week is as follows:

Breakfast: 207 calories, 5 carbs

  • Egg Muffins with zuchinni and mushrooms (I will post my recipe later on, as these are REALLY good)
  • ½ cup of cottage cheese
  • COFFEE….lots and lots of coffee J

Lunch: 243 calories, 27 carbs

  • Cauliflower fried ‘rice’ with about ¼ cup of regular minute rice (added to bring my carb count up)
  • Cilantro-Lime chicken breast

Dinner:

This is always the toughest because I do not cook dinner, myself, through the week. I have the privilege of my mom cooking dinner for the family during the week (I cook all meals on the weekends) and I do not DARE tell her what to cook lol So this is where my caloric and carbohydrate intake fluctuates the most. I will keep in mind my serving sizes and I ALWAYS have veggies on hand to help fill me up in the instance that she has cooked something that doesn’t fit into my idea of what a balanced meal should be. Wish me luck on this one.

Snacks: 259 calories, 38 carbs (I probably won’t eat all of these snacks on a normal day, these are just the ones that I have prepared for this week. I will probably eat 2 of 3 each day)

  • Cucumbers with skinny cow cheese (if you haven’t tried this…do it now)
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Watermelon and a few grapes

*Keep in mind that, as a diabetic, I am SUPPOSED to eat 40-60 carbs at each meal. This never was a problem before but I didn’t seem to take this into consideration this week and barely made anything with carbohydrates in it! Today my blood sugar is on the higher side, so low carb wont hurt me. But on a day that my blood sugar is running on the lower side I might be in a bit more trouble. The only thing is that if you add carbs, you add calories. 😦

So this week’s meal prep was a success. Here is to hoping that next week goes a little more smoothly in terms of how much time it actually takes me to prep 🙂

Have a good one!

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Someone else wanted my Egg Muffins too ❤ lol

Small Achievements and ZUMBA-Week 3

Monday night was my third Zumba class and Ive got to say, Im really loving it. I feel like I am starting to get SOME of the moves down pat (Im not sure if it actually looks like it or not, but in my head Im a sexy Zumba dancer haha). Zumba makes you feel sexy…or at least it makes ME feel sexy, dancing and moving to the rythm.

8ba80149f3c8b6f4fc5777d004d68138What doesnt make me feel sexy while doing Zumba? The amount of sweat that pours off of my body (and everyone else’s). Its disgusting! BUT, the way that I like to look at it is…When I Sweat its just my fat crying…that helps me a little lol

The amount of steps that you do during Zumba is insane. Different studies suggest that you should hit 10,000 steps every day to live a healthy life. Having a sedintary job like I do, it is nearly impossible to get 10,000 steps in 1 day. I will hit 5,000 steps on a good day during the week. That is with going for a walk at night or getting a little excersize in mid day, but 10,000 steps? There is no fricken way lol

But I Finally did it! I reached that 10,000 step goal and I actually did it TWICE this week! Amazing!

The first time was apple picking on Saturday with my daughter. We did a 3 acre corn maze and picked a few bags of apples at an orchard near by our house. The second time was monday night with my Zumba class. I wasnt quite at the goal of 10,000 steps (I had about 500 left) before I went to bed, so I made sure to dance around until I hit it. My screen even lit up with fireworks! I thought it was pretty cool.

Achieving those small goals are what get me through my day, or week, or month. You need those small accomplishments to help build up to the larger goals that take so much longer to accomplish.

This is the fitbit view of my day on Monday (although my floors climbed count is incorrect. It is literally impossible for me to go the whole day without climbing at least 8 sets of stairs)

Oct 5th

This is impact that my Zumba workout had on my day (that is HALF of the steps that I took the entire day, all in 1 hour)

Oct 5th inpact

This is my cute badge that I earned (and shared on Facebook) for hitting 10,000 steps in 1 day! YAY ME!

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Yumm-O!

Diet. Diet is an aweful word. Its a FOUR letter word in our house, if you catch my drift. 😉  But diet in terms of what you eat, not necessarily being on a diet, is a huge part of a weight loss journey. At least it really should be. If you are not making a conscious decision to eat healthy(er) then, in my opinion, you are eating yourself to death.

I know that I was personally eatting myself to death. If I kept going the way that I was going I would die much sooner than I wanted to. For me, I make a consious decision to eat healthier every day. Its not easy in any way, in fact its Fucking difficult. Its hard. I dont always eat healthy 100% of the time. I still eat crap that I crave or just really want, but I make a consious choice of putting something into my body instead of doing it absent mindedly like I use to.

I track my calories EVERY DAY, even on my bad days where I just cant seem to fill up.  I have weeks (usually the week before my monthly visitor) where I just want to eat everything in site…and yes it happens. I dont feel too bad about it though because I still have to live my life. I dont want to feel like I’ve deprived myself everyday from things that I want. At the end of the day I still want to feel like I lived a life and really, truely ENJOYED it and that includes eating yummy food!

Anyways, I thought I would post one of my favourite recipes that I am in love with right now. If you know me, then you know that I am addicted to Pinterest! and I have a few boards dedicated to Healthy meals, healthy lunches, healthy snacks etc. Well I found this recipe at Home Cooked Memories and it is to die for! Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinache.  They are so moist and flavourful that you would not even know that they are under 55 calories each!

I made a big batch and I froze them in a large ziploc bag. Now I just go in when I’m prepping my lunches and grab a few to throw in as my protein. They are amazing when you reheat them, they didn’t seem to dry out at all. This was my lunch today. I used 3 meatballs, 1 cup of Uncle Bens rice and 2 cups of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. You can make your rice or grain however you want, I just choose Uncle Bens for convenience.

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Well here is the recipe and a link to the blog where I found them:

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional – adjust to your preference)
  • 16 oz frozen chopped spinach (defrosted, drained, and squeezed to remove excess water)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 2½ lbs lean ground turkey
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray. I actually line my baking sheet with foil and then spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a frying pan on medium heat, heat olive oil until hot. Then add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until onion is tender (about 5-6 minutes total time).
  3. Add spinach to pan and combine with onion mixture. Add Worcestershire sauce and chicken broth and mix well to combine. Cook until most of the liquid has cooked out (evaporated). I don’t have much liquid in my pan after I combine all these, but it will depend on how well you drained your spinach. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, and egg. Add cooled onion/spinach mixture to the meat. I do all of this step with my hands, but you can use a spoon if you prefer.
  5. 5. With your hands, create meatballs that are about 1 – 1½ inches in diameter and place them on the baking sheet. Leave a little bit of space between each meatball. When you are done shaping your meatballs, you will probably have about 40-42 meatballs from this recipe. Don’t need that many? Freeze them after baking or cut this recipe in half (but I say freeze them and then you’ve done the work only once and have a future meal).
  6. Bake until your meatballs are cooked through with an internal temperature of 160 degrees F – which was about 20 minutes for my oven. Remove from oven and serve as desired.

Killing Those Calories

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Double Down: T25 Ab Intervals and T25 Cardio
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T 25 Cario

Do you think its enough to double your calories burned on two separate days to make up for missing 2 workouts? I dont know if it works that way, but I did it anyways lol

My Fitness Pal calculates your total calories burned over the course of the week and gives you a total deficit of calories burned vs. calories consumed.

Since I knew ahead of time that there would be two nights at the end of my week where I would not be able to work out I chose two days and doubled down on my workouts. I wanted to die by the end, but I struggled through. Plus Sunday I burned over 1.000 calories walking the zoo all day SO Im not feeling too bad about it.

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At the zoo with this crazy monkey. ❤
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Feeding a giraffe at the zoo.

1 Week Down, 9 To Go!

wpid-20150519_214202.jpgWeek 1 is finished. On to week 2!

Thank goodness that first week is finished. It was killer after taking just over 2 weeks off in-between challenges. My advice: NEVER EVER take that much time off in between workouts and think you will be fine…you wont be. It felt like those workouts were the hardest workouts that I had ever done, and I had done pretty much all of them before in my last challenge.wpid-20150520_212316.png

Thankfully, I got through 4 of the 5 days of workouts. Yes that does mean that I skipped 2 of the 6 work outs that were required but you know what? That is OK. I am easing back into it. I definitely could not have completed all of the workouts. I had one day that I actually fell asleep before my 7-year-old while we were watching TV. I was in bed by 8 that night lol. I also had a very busy weekend. Life gets in the way, and that is OK.

This week I hope to be able to complete all of the workouts. I’m not making any promises, but for now I plan to do them all.

I am also still on track with my meals. Meal prep is the only way for me to be able to eat healthy and really watch what my calorie and carb intake. For now, my lunches consist of 1 salmon filet cooked on the barbecue in a foil packet, 8 asparagus spears, and about 3/4 cup of wild rice blend. I have 3 lunches made so twpid-20150519_120729.jpghat I can just throw it into my lunch pail the night before and its ready to go in the morning. For breakfasts I am still having greek yogurt and berries. If i’m really hungry I have a hard-boiled egg in there and 1/2 a cucumber cut up. I find that if I don’t pack my lunch or my snacks, I am starving and I go out to eat. Fridays I don’t usually bring a lunch though. That is my day to eat out. 😀

I will post some more of the workouts that I’ve been doing and how difficult or easy I am finding them as I go.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Back on the Band Wagon!

Ok, so I need to get pumped again. Ive been dragging my ass for the past 2 weeks and enough is enough.

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Monday Night Sweaty Selfie. T25 Cardio DONE!

Yesterday (Monday) was my first day of my new Beach Body Challenge.  It is a T25 specific challenge, but it is 10 weeks long and it features the entire program. I feel like I need these challenges to stay accountable. Without them, I just go off on my merry way and don’t force myself to work out. And right now, I literally have to force myself. I do not WANT to work out. It does not feel good or look good or make me feel all happy afterwards…no, it makes me kind of want to cry, or puke, or both. But guess what? I KNOW that I need to do this. I know that I will never get better, never loose this god forsaken weight unless I am giving it my all…and I am. I am now.

I am choosing (AGAIN) to do start this weight loss journey. Not that I ever actually stopped or gave up or anything, I just took a break that I shouldnt have. I figure, at least it wasnt a year long break like my last one, it was only 2 weeks. Next time, maybe it will only be 1 week, then no weeks.

This journey is for life. It is not a month, or wpid-20150519_082458.jpga year, or until I loose the amount of weight that I want to loose. It will become my way of life. It just takes time to form habits. Look how long I was eating like crap and not working out. It is going to take time to form this healthy lifestyle. Im not promising myself that I will EVER love to workout, or love eating fruit and yogurt for breakfast instead of eating a breakfast sandwhich from McDonalds….what I am promising myself is that it will be worth it.

It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Day, It’s A New Life…and I’m Feeling Good!

I cannot believe how great I feel today. I have energy and motivation to get my work done. I feel like I could go for a run right now and it is only 9 in the morning. This is unheard of for me, ESPECIALLY on a Monday morning.

This weekend was busy and full of running around to get ready for the baby showers and parties that are coming up in the next few weeks. I still managed to get some workouts done, eat healthy, and stay within, or even under, my calorie goals. SWEET! I still allow myself to eat regularly (yes I had leftover Pizza for breakfast one day and I had sausages for dinner one day) I just make sure to be completely honest with myself when putting these foods into my calorie counter. Its working pretty well so far 🙂

On Saturday I made a stupid move. I ate right before my workout. This was a HUGE mistake. We decided to do T25 Ab Intervals that night as well. I only got about 10 minutes into it and had to stop. My stomach was killing me, I felt weak, shaky, and very nauseous. Those supermans were my undoing; laying on my stomach, on the floor, lifting my arms and legs up. Well, needless to say, I threw up about 20 minutes later. 😦 Blech. Lesson learned? Never again will I eat right before a workout.

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Sunday’s Sweaty Selfie ❤

Tonight (Sunday) we did Cardio. I DID NOT eat for about two hours before and I was good to go. I made it through the entire workout and felt amazing afterwards. I still have trouble doing all of those squats though. My legs just want to give out! One of my new goals is to make it through an entire T25 Cardio or Speed workout without having to take any amount of breaks while doing squats! I think at the rate I am going that this will be a very manageable goal.

Our 30 day Beach Body Challenge is just about up. My next challenge will begin soon; T25 Focus 10 week program! I am so glad that I started this journey. Starting really is the hardest part! Now I need it. I am craving it! Its crazy really, but I know that this is still just the beginning to the rest of my life.

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, and I’m FEELING GOOD!