Chicken Gyros with Yogurt Dressing

This past Sunday I did a lot of cooking  prep for the week. One of the items I made was a whole chicken.  I discarded all the skin/fat/bones and made sure to get all the white meat off to store in a container.  I planned a fantastic meal for Monday night’s dinner, we had chicken gyros! A super easy recipe that is tasty, healthy, and came together in about 20 minutes because I already had the chicken ready to go!

Sometimes I get so tired of chicken. I am always looking for new ways to add it to meals.  So I hope you enjoy this easy dish as much as we did!

chicken gyros

Skip the Taco Bell: Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

I have heard a buzz about the Taco Bell Breakfast.  I am not even going to go into detail about why you should skip the drive-thur, you know why you should. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Believe me, it really is! It kick starts the metabolism and keeps your energy levels high so you can work hard through the morning until lunch.  Some people enjoy a savory breakfast, sweet, or even salty! I personally like a light breakfast but packed with protein. Unlessssss it’s the weekend, then were talking pancakes and omelets…that’s a different story!

Most mornings I am running around and I need something easy that I can grab and go!
Below you will find a few ideas of healthy, quick, and nutrient packed breakfast! 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

 

  1. Overnight Oats!   Any oatmeal for that matter!
  2. My go to…A banana with a Greek Yogurt.  Chobani is my favorite! Even plain, I add a touch of honey.  Its packed with protein.
  3. An apple with Almond butter, even with a touch of yogurt!
  4. Hard boiled eggs! I will grab a banana with an egg, keeps me full til lunch.
  5. A cheese stick with a piece of fruit. Any fruit is a great option.
  6. A whole wheat waffle OR whole wheat english muffin with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter or another type of nut butter.
  7. A shake.  There are SO many ways to create a delicious shake.  Coconut milk, strawberries, a banana, spinach/kale and a touch of almond butter!
  8. Breakfast burritos.  I will be posting my recipe for my breakfast burritos soon.  I often will make them on a Sunday and throw them in the freezer! I have them for the week.  Nick Loves them too! Much healthier and tastier than the Taco Bell Breakfast craze that everyone is talking about!
  9. Nuts! Raw cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.  Whatever your favorite is! Grab a handful, a cheese stick, and a piece of fruit and your set!
  10. Quiche! Again, you make ahead of time in mini muffin pans and either keep in freezer.  Add loads of veggies for a wide variety.

There you have it folks, 10 ideas for quick and easy breakfasts…and also cheap!

Since last week, I mentioned it’s time for me to get back into the swing of things! Since it is finally a tad bit warmer here in the Burgh, I am feeling motivated to keep my workouts going! Here is my plan for the week!

Monday– Workout DVD, not sure which one yet
Tuesday–POWER STEP
Wednesday–POWER Step
Thursday–Body PUMP and Cardio of choice
Friday–Rest
Saturday–POWER Step/Weights
Sunday–Walk/Run
 
What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas? What is your go to? 

Spring is Here…Finally!

YES! Its April, my 2nd favorite month…and its Spring! I am one happy girl!

hello spring

As I said last year at this time, I LOVE Spring! I love the fresh air, flowers are starting to bloom, and its  a new beginning! Every Spring, I often take a good hard look at my lifestyle…what am I eating, am I working out enough…kind of like a ‘check in’ to my “New Year” goals! And I am not ashamed to say, I definitely need a re-boot! After such a LONG and I mean LONG Winter here in the Burgh, I feel like I need sunlight, vitamin D and I may or may not need to lose a few pounds! I need a good old cleanse!

I will be posting my weekly workouts and meals to keep myself accountable!

As a little side note…If you need a great start to your day or an energy boost mid-day…get outside and WALK! Today is National Walking Day!!!

Do you need a ‘Re-Boot’ on your lifestyle? If so,  I challenge you to step back, and check in to your goals!  is there something you can be doing better? 

Calorie Blaster, Tabata Style

Here is a great workout for you to kick-start your week!

Have you ever tried Tabata before? If not, you need to and here is your chance! We teach it at Body Balance Personal Training Studio! Tabata is a type of workout routine where you go hard for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds! In recent studies, researchers are finding that in this type of routine you can burn up to 15 calories a minute! WHOA! Below you will find my twenty-minute workout. Add a 4 minute warm up and cool down of your choice! Make sure to rest between moves and one minute between rounds, and don’t forget to repeat the rounds.  I bet you will find this workout challenging, yet doable! It’s an ideal 20 minute workout!

calorie blaster

Don’t forget, if you need to, make sure to modify! 
I came across this workout in my Fitness Magazine, however, I changed it around a bit.  

Have you ever tried Tabata before? What is your favorite workout for a Monday?