Friday, January 31, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup

I'd been wanting to make this for awhile, and had been craving chicken noodle soup the entire time I was home in Missouri, but I didn't have all the ingredients I needed. I also didn't really think my parents would want to eat my "weird concoctions" that they keep calling my healthy recipes. Haha they're very skeptical of the shirataki noodles…their loss! This recipe is super simple and versatile. Since the base is pretty basic, you can play around with the spices (I really liked the celery salt though). Also, if you wanted to use veggie broth instead of chicken, you could easily substitute any seafood for the chicken! This recipe is approximately 170 calories for the entire thing!! 




Ingredients:
-1 bag spaghetti shirataki (drained and rinsed)
-1 4 oz chicken breast
-2 cups fresh spinach
- ½ cup sliced mushrooms
-1/4 cup diced red onions
-1 reduced sodium chicken bouillon cube with 1 cup water OR 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 tsp sriracha OR thai chili sauce
-assortment of spices (I used celery salt, onion powder, red pepper flakes and black pepper)

Directions:
-Add in onions and mushrooms
-Add 3 tbs of water to the veggie sauté and leave on medium heat for about a minute
-Cut up your chicken and add to the pan
-Sprinkle some of your spices on top of the chicken and cook the chicken completely
-Dump in your shirataki and add the sriracha/chili sauce
-Let simmer for about a minute
-Add in the spinach and let simmer another minute
-Dump in your cup of water and bouillon cube (break it up asap) or your cup of chicken broth
-Bring to a subtle boil and let cook for another minute or two
-Add in whatever other spices you want
-It's done!!!

Home for the Holidays…well sort of

I didn't get to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas because of work, but I did get to go back January 18-27 to make up for it! Unfortunately, the time went by really quickly and before I knew it, I was on my way back to my adult life in Boston! I really liked feeling like a kid again and getting to hang out with my parents and all my friends from high school! I didn't even slack on my workouts during my vacation! I went to either Anytime Fitness or the YMCA every day except the 2 days I was traveling! How's that for dedication? ;)
She hated everything about life while we were traveling…it was only a little hilarious ;)


 After my parents picked me up from the airport, we had lunch at Abuelo's :)
My priorities shopping-wise have definitely changed! I used to spend hours in Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 (which I can still do) haha but now I'm more drawn to supplement stores! My mom definitely loves to spoil me!! 


 Oh yeah, did I mention my dad breeds and sells monkeys all over the U.S? Meet Lucy and Harley!! 

 Don't mind my father's slightly constipated face…awkward….
 BISCUITS AND GRAVY ARE MY LIFE.


 My granny is the CUTEST. She literally burst into tears when I walked…uhhh crutched in!
Reunited with Shelby, my best friend since Freshman year of high school! We even got a workout in together :) 


 Hunter, my main workout buddy during the whole vacation! We totally took advantage of the 24-hour gym in Chillicothe! 



 First time bench pressing, and she rocked it! Go mom! 


 Vacation? Pshhhhhh ain't nobody got time for that! ;)


Reindeer Games Closing

I didn't really get the opportunity to participate like I had initially planned, considering I got broken the day after the Rx Reindeer Games began, but i still earned a Little Foot themed participation medal that will have to suffice until I can win next year! ;)

There were a ton more people who participated, but I could only gather a few who were willing to interrupt their workout…we go hard at Rx ;)


Living in Luxury

I am seriously in love with everything about my new apartment! First of all, there's an elevator and this cripple certainly appreciates that fact! Haha also, there's a private gym INSIDE my building! How incredible is that?! It's pretty snazzy too! I, of course, had to make some of my own additions; I bought some kettle bells and resistance straps from Target :) I'm also basically BFFs with our building managers, and they always bring up my packages for me and give my brother and me special parking perks when the weather gets bad! Check out Marshelle's "hipstoric" crib!


 They also periodically host swanky building parties that are catered by Whole Foods! I. Am. In. Love.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PB2 Protein Smoothie

I posted a protein smoothie recipe using Better 'n Peanut Butter a couple of weeks ago, and this one is basically the same. I just wanted to try my new protein and the powdered peanut butter (I was very skeptical), but it was super yummy and I was happy with how real the peanut butter flavor seemed!! My Better 'n Peanut Butter version was 190 calories and this one was 153! Both were super tasty!!


Pair the shake with some delicious tea and a good book, and you've got it made!

Ingredients: 
-1 scoop vanilla protein (I bet it would also be yummy with chocolate)
-2 tbs PB2
-½ cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 cup (ish) of ice
-dash of cinnamon

Directions:
-throw everything (except cinnamon) in a blender and mix!
-add more ice if needed
-top with cinnamon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Getting Creative

I Standard workout gear gets boring right? Don't get me wrong, I love Nike and Under Armour, but seriously, check out these crazy awesome leggings I got from Target!! Adult-sized Disney leggings?! Heck yeah!! Stay tuned to see pics of the other awkward Disney workout clothes I got!! :) 

Oh, and here's a cute picture of Little Foot from the gym today!! Talk about motivation to go to the gym! 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Better 'n Peanut Butter Protein Shake

This seriously tastes like a Snickers candy bar, but in ice cream form! I was brainstorming recipe ideas for the "Better 'n Peanut Butter"since it's so delicious, and came up with this super simple, yet delectable protein smoothie! This peanut butter substitute is only 100 calories per TWO tablespoons; standard peanut butter is 190 calories for this amount. The calorie total for my recipe is a mere 173 calories! I also added it to "My Fitness Pal" so you should be able to add in my exact recipe with ease!




Ingredients:
-1 tbs Better 'n Peanut Butter
-½ cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 scoop Swole Whey Cookies 'n Cream protein
-1 ½ cups crushed ice (add in half, blend, then add in however much more you think you need)
-1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:
-Mix everything (except cinnamon) together and blend
-Sprinkle with cinnamon
-Dish it up!

Revenge


Jeff bought a new tire since my injury and I CANNOT wait to be able to get revenge once I'm recovered!! The new one is apparently easier to grip because the grooves and treads aren't as deep. The new one weighs 265 rather than 250, but I'm sure my aggression and pent-up anger toward the tire will fuel my adrenaline to get it over! This is the tire that caused my brokenness..obviously this was not the day that I broke it…hehe

Spaghetti and Meatballs

I'm now obsessed with this recipe after I made it for lunch today. I'll probably have it for dinner since I have 3 meatballs left (if they last that long!) I found a recipe on HungryGirl for spaghetti and meatballs made with spaghetti squash and beef meatballs, but that sounded like a lot of work and I didn't have spaghetti squash on hand. This recipe was 327 calories, which is still really awesome, but mine is better at 235 calories for the entire bowl with 3 meatballs ;) Shirataki noodles were my go-to substitute for the squash and I used lean ground turkey for the meatballs (the recipe should make 6).

 Get messy and mix it up with your hands! It's so fun and gooey!

 I put a little water in the pan so the veggies wouldn't stick, but you can use olive oil or pam too


Ingredients: 
Meatballs:
-6oz thawed raw lean ground turkey
-2tbs liquid egg whites
-1tsp crushed garlic
-1/8 tsp garlic salt
-1/8 tsp black pepper
-½ tsp thyme
-½ tsp oregano
-1 heaping tbs finely chopped red onion
The rest:
-½ cup low-calorie pasta/marinara sauce (I used "Summit 6 Spicy Pasta Sauce" from Whole Foods)
-1 bag spaghetti shirataki noodles
-2 tbs chopped red onion
-1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
-2 tsp reduced fat parmesan-grated topping
-Seasonings (all of the ones you used for meatballs) to taste

Directions: 
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Pour all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands
-Put meatballs on aluminum foil-covered baking sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes
-Put a little water in a small pan and sauté the chopped onions and mushrooms for about 3 minutes
-Drain, rinse and microwave the shirataki (1 minute)
-Absorb the extra moisture from shirataki with paper towels
-Dump in sautéed veggies 
-Add extra seasonings before the sauce 
-Either microwave the pasta sauce alone (35 seconds) or microwave it all together at the end
-Pour pasta sauce over shirataki and add in meatballs (3)
-Top with parmesan topping
-Enjoy!! 

Did You Know These Existed?!

As I was perusing the frozen aisles at Target, I noticed these baby pancakes by Pillsbury! I absolutely LOVE blueberry pancakes, and the fact that they're cute babies and so easy to make them basically a miracle. Plus, it's only 180 calories per bag! Mixed with my 15 calorie (per 1/4 cup) sugar free syrup, this was an amazing under-200-calorie breakfast this morning!! Good thing I bought 4 bags :) Yummy!!

Gym Fam

Aside from the stellar results, my motivation comes from my Rx family! I love how committed and friendly everyone is. I've realized the full extent of this since I've broken my leg; the trainers go above and beyond to make sure I have customized workouts to keep me in shape without compromising my healing process. Any time I'm attempting to transport equipment or clean up my station, everyone will stop their workout just to ask if I need help…I seriously feel completely at home here! I just can't wait to get back in the game fully, where I can begin participating in the group workouts with everyone!




Monday, January 13, 2014

Chicken Strips and Fries

I'm all about giving into cravings, but I usually try to do it in moderation or in a relatively healthy way. This post isn't about how to cook chicken strips and fries…that's pretty self-explanatory, but it's more about how it's totally okay to give into cravings and that there's usually some lower calorie so you don't have to feel guilty! A typical portion of breaded chicken strips and fries is around 1,300 calories if you eat the entire platter. That. Is. Insane. I REALLY wanted chicken strips though, so I decided to improvise. I bought 99% fat free chicken tenderloins (because they were smaller strips, and more like chicken fingers) and a breading and baked them! Also, sweet potatoes are way better than normal white potatoes and I was too lazy (and hungry) to prepare the fries from a raw sweet potato, so I bought frozen seasoned fries! It was so delicious and completely satisfied my craving for the "real" thing! The calorie total (without sauces) was 500! I made 20 fries when the serving size was 130 for 12, and I'm stuffed!



 The spicy sweet potato fries with Chipotle Seasoning were so incredibly yummy by the way!!