Mexican Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

OUCH! My back still hurts!  I am writing this with a bag of peas on my lower back. I haven’t been able to work out all week, only stretching, lots of stretching and some yoga sequences. Okay, enough rambling…

I have been searching high and low for some creative healthy meal ideas. I get bored easily with the same kinda stuff.    I am trying to stick with lighter fulfilling meals because I am currently doing Weight Watchers (works very well for me, we do an at work program!!).  As I mentioned before, I have been trying to plan for the whole week.  If I don’t do that, my “diet” gets out of control.  Its all about control people!!

So I had an extra spaghetti squash from last weeks meal planning.  And I was searching for  some inspiration. Ladies and gents….this was my inspiration.  Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash by The Comfort of Cooking.

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I didn’t follow the recipe at all except for how to cook the actually squash prior to stuffing.  I love seeing fabulous recipes and creating them into your own. Which is exactly what I did, you should never feel that you have to follow every step/ingredient.  I sauteed ground turkey breast, onion, and  black beans  with some cumin and taco seasoning.  Then I cut the squash in half and shredded it.  I added the turkey mixture.  Top with a little cheddar cheese, light sour cream, scallions, and cilantro! And O.M.G.  So incredibly delicious.  I am playing around with a recipe for Mediterranean stuff squash! I will share that shortly!

I was too hungry and impatient to take pictures of my meal….plus I am working on my horrible food photography skills…they are horrendous!

Where do you find inspiration for meals/recipes? Do you meal plan, if not, do you “get out of control”?!?

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!

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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?! 

Back to School, Back to Fitness

Do you believe kids are already back to school?! Where the hell did the Summer go? I feel like I say that every year.  I am sure there are mom’s out there shouting “hallelujah” while I am yelling because my morning commute is about 15 minutes longer.

This summer, I definitely let my fitness slip away a bit.  A few more indulgent meals. and lots more beverages than I’d like to admit.  but hey, I had a heck of a Summer, and wouldn’t change a thing! Moscow Mule anyone?!  And, it’s going to continue this Labor Day weekend with a girls trip to Charleston, South Carolina! More on that later…

photo (8)I am not quite ready for fall, but I have a feeling that after South Carolina heat this upcoming weekend, I may be ready for some cool days.  I can’t wait to share with all of you my girls trip, we have so much planned!

September is always a popular month to get back into the swing of things and back into a schedule. I feel like our brains naturally do this after being on the “school” schedule. How do you get back into the swing of things after vacations, summer days/nights, and more fun? Let me know…trying to figure it out! lol

So I decided to get a head start with the circuit workout below! There are lots of options to this workout, modify as needed!!

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As always, let me know if you try it and whatcha think!

Do you have any last-minute summer trips planned? 
How do you get back into the swing of things?