One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.
Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy!
There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.
The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.
Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?
Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.
For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.
Well my dreams have officially become a reality.
It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.
In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle.
Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!
As you all know from Monday’s post I’m doing a program called the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
The diet is primarily meats/proteins, veggies and healthy fats so I’ve had to get pretty creative in the kitchen to make my food tasty without adding any sugar.
It really has been so eye opening to see that so many of my favorite marinades are packed with sugar, favorite condiments…packed with sugar and even some meats contain sugar WTF?!
So what’s a girl to do?
Well, I’ve been getting back to the basics flavoring foods with fresh lemon/lime juice, spices, fresh herbs, butter and oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil.
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
I know I sure did!
Friday and Saturday were spent relaxing then on Sunday my family and I went to the Del Mar races and Ballast Point 20th Anniversary beer festival to celebrate my dad’s birthday.
There were over 80 different beers at the festival…most of which have never left the tasting room. Some of my favorites were the Cucumber Longfin, Mango Dorado and the best Peach Sour mmmm!
Now I’m currently enjoying every second of this Monday off by writing this post poolside relaxing and recovering.
Life is gooood!
When I got home from work last night the thermostat in my apartment said it’s 90 degrees.
WHAT!?!?! Calm down San Diego I didn’t realize I was living in a hot yoga studio.
The last thing I want to do when it’s already that hot is turn on my oven or stand over a hot stove cooking dinner. In fact, I’d honestly probably rather starve.
So to solve this issue I’ve turned to my trusty crockpot!
Yep, crockpots are not just for hot winter soups. They’re also an absolute life saver in the hot summer months when you don’t want your house turning into a sauna.
To fight the heat Bryce and I have been living off my Salsa Chicken recipe. We’ve used it for burritos, tacos, protein style tacos, salads, scrambled with eggs, plain, burrito bowls…really anything you can add chicken to. So when I was thinking of my third and final recipe to share for my One Meal Two Ways series it was obvious it had to be my Salsa Chicken for a little One Meal 20 Ways action haha.
Last week I introduced a 3 part mini series called One Meal Two Ways!
The point of this series is to help those of you who are trying to eat healthy when nobody else in your household is! Because nothing is worse than making 100 different meals after a long day at work.
In case you missed last week I did spaghetti/ zoodles with turkey mushroom meat sauce and this week we’re cooking BURGERS!
But we’re not cooking just regular burgers…we’re making Skinnytaste’s incredible Turkey Burgers with Zucchini that I’ve slightly modified into the juiciest, most delicious burgers ever.
Tip: Don’t even tell the picky eaters in your house that there is zucchini in the burgers…they won’t even notice.
Once upon a time I worked as a weight loss counselor at Medifast Weight Control Centers. My job was to help clients stick to an extremely strict diet until they got down to their goal weight.
People never really complained that they didn’t get carbs, or that the meal replacements tasted bad or about anything really expect having to cook something specifically for them and something completely different for their families.
I didn’t really understand their struggle at the time since I was single and living with roommates. I made what I wanted to eat and that was that.
Fast forward to now. I live with my boyfriend and let’s just say he’s not one to be okay with eating zucchini noodles and tofu every night for dinner…I wish.
Hello, hello, hello!
I’m so excited to share this post with you all!
As much as I love to write about running, my races, my favorite products…etc I also want to be sure I’m providing you all with valuable content!
I recently posted a status on my personal Facebook asking what topics people wanted to see more of on my blog and had an overwhelming amount of people say they needed quick, easy and healthy dinner ideas.
Well…your wish is my command!
So to get as many different ideas as possible I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers and came up with a HUGE roundup of 30 Healthy Meals Made In 30 Minutes Or Less! This roundup includes everything from chicken enchiladas to vegan mac and cheese so enjoy!
And now that you have no excuse not to eat healthy for like an entire month…GET COOKING!
Lunch is one of the most challenging meals of the entire day.
People tend to either skip it all together, settle for grabbing some fast food or make their own lunch.
Now let’s be honest here…most people don’t make their own lunches on a daily basis.
Because it’s hard to come up with ideas! Plus, who wants to cook in the middle of the day or has their crap together enough the night before to cook something?
I sure don’t!
Meal prepping on Sunday’s is crucial for me to eat healthy throughout the week and has been especially important lately since I have marathon training, a full time job, my blog and still need a little personal time in there.
So when I discovered Trader Joe’s Balela Salad a couple weeks ago I was instantly obsessed with how easy it was to bring a bag of mixed greens and a container of Balela Salad to work to toss together for the world’s easiest lunch ever.