Happy Earth Day!

Around the world, people are celebrating! You may ask what? Earth day!!

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From  Pittsburgh to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment. We only have one earth, we better start taking care of it! What can you do  to make a difference? Recycle, reuse, glass water bottles, plant a tree?

Chemicals are harmful to us and the environment!
Here is a tid bit of information on how to create a green kitchen:

Top 10 ingredients to avoid in household products!

  1. Ammonia and Ammonium Quantenary Compound (Quats)- Benzyl Chloride
  2. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
  3. Bleach
  4. Chlorine
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Polystyrene
  7. Polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE)—Teflon and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
  8. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  9. Phthalates (Hidden in fragrance)
  10. Triclosan and Triclocarban
Tip: Be aware of words like “fresh” “natural” and “green” when buying products, because “organic” is the only word that is regulated! 
Tip: To decrease exposure to pesticides on fruits and vegetables, buy organic when possible. 
Check out my post on The Dirty Dozen! 
Tip: Do not buy products with the words “caution”, “danger”, or “chronic health hazards” on the label. 

This information was provided by Women for a Healthy Environment! For more information and resources, check out their website. 

What will you do today for a healthier environment? 

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
Wednesday–POWER Step
Thursday–Body PUMP and Cardio of choice
Saturday–POWER Step/Weights
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?