Oodles of Zoodles

We made it, we are half way through the week! Hopefully its going well for you, so far so good over here! I have been trying to stick with my meal planning program and keeping healthy choices all around. #thestruggleisreal
I love pasta, and in my opinion, not much can replace it. Right?! Doughy, addictive, saucy, and cheesy pasta! I mean, I LOVE spaghetti squash and other alternatives, but lets be real…nothing can necessarily totally replace pasta. However, we can have a lot of fun trying!
For awhile now, I have been wanting to try ZOODLES! “Noodles” made from zucchini! A pretty cool alternative and significantly lower in calories. I have been seeing it all over blogs, websites, and magazines. I finally caved in and ordered a SPIRALIFE from Amazon.

Well last night, I finally made the zoodles! and ladies and gentlemen….they were a total hit!!!!

zoodlesIt took two zucchini and about 68 seconds to do this. I had loads of zoodles. I then sauteed them in a little olive oil, salt, and garlic….top with some grilled chicken sausage and pasta sauce! Voila! Healthy, low carb meal that was surprisingly very satisfying! Very low in Weight Watcher points too! I loved it and it was very tasty, more so than the other squash! I already can’t wait to try it again, a few different variations! I’m thinking sweet potatoes…stay tuned!

So are you ready for the Super Bowl!?! I love all the talk about the commercials.  I have seen lots of appetizer recipes floating around.  Lots of dips, spreads, and finger foods! Allllllllll my favorites! I love a good app spread, again #thestruggleisreal . And lets be honest, enjoy yourself, everything in moderation!   Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, super easy, and everyone always wants the recipe! I have never made the recipe exact, I always make it into my own, but here is the original! Its Easy Feta dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Have you ever tried Zoodles?

Whats your favorite super bowl snack? 

Core Crusher

WOW, its cold in Pittsburgh. As expected,it is January. But still, it’s just shockingly (is that a word?!) cold!!!

So I have a great core workout for you to warm up the body! I am not a fan of “AB” exercises.  They aren’t my favorite, unlike squats, I could do those for days (I know, strange!) But I find core circuits to be fun and a challenge that I like.  There are several different exercises on here, so its a good variety.  I created this for my own  workout but also tried  with a client, and she loved it! If you try it, let me know what you think!Core Crusher

Now, on to food. I am always looking for healthy recipes to try to  and also keep my interest in meal planning! I love to cook! So, I was searching SkinnyTaste which is one of my favorite spots to go to find new recipes…and This recipe sparked my interest.  Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast.   Guys, it was SOOO good, you have to try it! and anything in the crock pot is a WIN! I made it on Sunday and ate it on top of a large salad and same with Monday night. It had SO much flavor! I did splurge on a pork shoulder from Whole Foods simply because I am trying to buy better animal products when I do eat them. (That’s a whole post topic in it of itself) I feel it was definitely worth it.  Also, if your counting Weight Watcher Points, it was 5PP for a 3 oz serving! You must try it!

Have a fantastic Thursday, stay warm!

What are your least favorite types of exercise?! Do you have a must try recipe?!

Back to Basics

First of all…Happy 2015! WOW! I am really coming off from a long, amazing, fun/food-filled holiday bender! Are you?! I am SO ready to get back in the swing of things around here after all the fun.  I spend ALL weekend organizing, cleaning, cooking, and figuring out how to make this year better than the last. I think I have some good ideas! 😉  and thanks to Heather from FitNCookies , my blog will stay more organized! (More on that later in the week!)

Today, I want to chat about going back to the basics.  This month, I want to focus on cleaning up my diet a bit! After a season of holiday festivities, it could use it! More fruits, more veggies, more water! All about the healthy eating in this house.

Yesterday, while figuring out how to keep my health goals attainable, I started to think about what I always tell my clients.  I actually took my own advice, I “walked the walk”.   It may sound silly, but these easy tips will help you stay on top of your healthy eating goals for 2015.  None of these tips are new, rocket science, or state of the art…however, they work!

Back to basics fridge organization

Taking it old school…

  1.  Plan Ahead. I can’t stress this enough! What will you eat? Do you have enough food to last you until you head back to the store? Healthy options to grab and go? We all know what happens when you’re not prepared.  Think, plan, shop, prep!
  2. Meal Prep. Yesterday, I prepped all my veggies, salads, and snacks.  As you can see above in my fridge! I have carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red pepper! I made a bunch of hard-boiled eggs too! I created a quinoa salad with loads of veggies.  I didn’t add any seasoning or dressing, so we can switch it up through the week.  It’s so much less stressful to make a salad with 90% of the work is already done for you.
  3. Stick to your list. I think this was the first time in a LONG time that I made a grocery list and stuck to it 95% of the time.  I was proud of myself.  I was also realistic about what to add to our grocery list.  Snacks and treats were on the list too, I know its important to indulge!! But I planned them into the week!
  4. It’s all about the placement.  I switched around my whole fridge around yesterday.  All my fruit, veggies, and healthy grab and go snacks are all placed conveniently on top.  All in clear containers so I can see whats inside. I am much more likely to grab carrots and celery if they are placed in my face and already cut up!! Again, it’s all about the placement!
  5. Keep track. When I am “cleaning” up my diet and trying to lose a few pounds, it’s essential for me to track.  I know, it’s not for everyone, but that is what works best for me. I either write it all done, or on my phone!  It really helps me to look at what I am eating and how I can improve.  I will be tracking with Weight Watchers, simply because I love it, and it works really well for me!

That’s it folks! Five basic tips to help keep you on your A game!

What is your favorite basic tip to stay on track? 

Are you cleaning up your diet this January?! 

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash!

Hellllllllo there! Today I am at a day long conference called…Women’s Health Conversations! I can’t wait to hear some of the speakers, I will let you know what I learn!

I am not even sure if I should call this post a “recipe”.  That’s how easy this is.  And…I am such a bad impatient blogger, I forgot to take pictures!! Whoops! This week, I was determined to turn my house into a healthy one once again.  So Tuesday night, I made spaghetti squash with delicious veggie marinara sauce.  It was so simple and so incredibly good.

Spaghetti squash is not a replacement for pasta, don’t be fooled.  BUT it is delicious in its own way. I promise! However, it is pasta like in the way it looks, but much better for us. With only about 42 calories and 10 total carbohydrates per cup, I think its a winner! And, its packed with vitamin C and vitamin B-6.

How did I cook mine:

  1. Preheat oven–400 Degrees
  2. Cut (I used medium sized) squash in half length wise
  3. Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place flesh side down in glass baking dish
  5. Fill up baking dish with 1 inch water
  6. Cook for about 40-45 minutes
  7. Once done, carefully hold squash and with a fork, scrape out the squash.  (This is the fun part)

I served ours with my homemade veggie marinara I had in the freezer (recipe coming soon).  My mom will often stir-fry hers with shrimp and other veggies….its so versatile!

There ya have it, how I cook my squash! It can also be done in the microwave, but I think this way it better if you have the time! How do you prepare your spaghetti squash? 

Congratulations to Jamie for winning a sample of Citrus bliss and a wellness consult! Please email me at MyHealthyPassion1@gmail.com

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?