MaryKatherine (My 5 Favorite Things to Eat Right Now)

FitnessFridays just posted this: FitnessFridays (My 5 Favorite Things to Eat Right Now), so, in the spirit of competition  solidarity, I wanted to share MY 5 Favorite Things to Eat Right Now.

I am a super, super picky eater, so a lot of things most people eat that are healthy, I don’t like them.

For example:

  • I don’t like any type of fruit. At all. Really.
  • I don’t like salsa.
  • I don’t like salad.
  • I don’t like tuna.
  • I don’t like cottage cheese.

I’m doing IIFYM to track what I eat, and so is FitnessFridays, just FYI. You can e-mail her at fitnessfridays23@gmail.com if you have any questions about that. I also recommend stalking  following GymGirlJessie on Instagram. She 1. can give you a macro plan for super cheap and 2. she is hilarious. I don’t know her at all. I wish I did though. Because we would be best friends forever and ever and ever she’s super entertaining.

That aside, here are:

My 5 Favorite Things to Eat Right Now

1. Cellucor Cor Performance Whey Cookies & Cream and Almond Milk

I eat a lot of protein power in yogurt, but that’s already been discussed. Right now, I’m on a protein powder and almond milk kick. For protein powder users, you’re like…. duh. But I am new to the protein powder game and I just started using almond milk… and it’s like a tiny milkshake.

Here are the two brands of almond milk I’ve tried:

Silk Light Vanilla Almond Milk    Unsweetened Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla

almond breeze milk silk milk

The Silk makes a thicker type of shake, more like a milkshake. But it’s got more calories, sugar, and carbs than the Almond Breeze. If you’ve got the calories, sugar, and carbs to spare, go with Silk. Otherwise, the Almond Breeze is still really good. Both are MILES ahead of protein power and water, which is definitely drinkable but not comparable to using almond milk.

Here’s my favorite protein powder. I suggest buying from Bodybuilding.com because they always have deals and they have a lot of flavor options. Other good flavors: cake batter, peanut butter marshmallow, and red velvet cake batter.

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Work protein shake fixins. I like the Blender Bottle to shake, shake, shake it up.

IIFYM:

1 cup Almond Breeze and 1 scoop Cookies and Cream = 160cals, 6carbs, 5fat, 26protein

1 cup Silk and 1 scoop Cookies and Cream = 190cals, 15carbs, 4fat, 26protein

2. Brown Rice + Vegetables

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This is an easy little dish that the boyfriend recently made in a giant pan and it was incredible. I have a hard time eating brown rice (because Rice-a-Roni is delicious) but this worked for me. The spices and flavoring are at your own discretion, because I watched the boyfriend and he really just throws this and that in a pan – a skill I lack. Just being honest.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole grain brown rice
  • 1 package Steamfresh peas
  • 1 package Steamfresh corn
  • 1 package Butterball Everyday Recipe Starters Polska Kielbalsa Turkey Sausage
  • Soy sauce, minced garlic, pepper, salt, onion powder, any other seasoning you want

Steps:

  • Cook the brown rice.
  • Cook each microwavable vegetable in the microwave.
  • Cut turkey sausage into rounds and brown turkey sausage in a pan.
  • Add vegetables to pan with turkey sausage.
  • Add your mixture of seasonings.
  • Transfer rice to pan, stir thoroughly. Let sit for a few minutes so everything mixes.
  • Eat it.

Makes 4 servings.

IIFYM:

371cals, 66carbs, 5fat, 10protein

3. MorningStar Burger + Potato Fries

morninstarAll veggie burgers are not created the same. I don’t like red meat very much, I’m more of a chicken person, so eating veggie burgers has never been hard for me. However, the boyfriend has tested and tasted all the veggie burgers and MorningStar is by far the best. I don’t eat mine on a bun, because I’m that person, but you certainly can. Use Worcestershire sauce and cook it in the pan and it’s unbeatable.

We usually eat these with potato fries, which are exactly what they sound like: fries cut of out potatoes. Just slice a potato into strips and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. You can add whatever spices you want to them so they are tastier.

IIFYM:

1 burger + 1/2 potato = 240cals, 31carbs, 6fat, 19protein

4. Tortilla Pizzas

So, if you want pizza, but know you can’t eat pizza everyday, here’s the best way to conquer that. tortilla pizzas

Ingredients (for 2 pizzas):

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese
  • 17 turkey pepperonis

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place 2 tortillas on lined baking sheet.
  • Add pizza sauce, spread.
  • Add turkey pepperonis.
  • Add shredded cheese.
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese bubbles.

IIFYM:

390cals, 37carbs, 17fat, 20protein

5. Air-popped Popcorn

The boyfriend got one of those things that makes air-popped popcorn for Christmas, and it’s been my go-to since then. You’ll need an air-popper, of course, and then popcorn to pop in there.

popcorn seasoningWe put this stuff on there and it’s SO GOOD: Kernel Seasons.

We’ve tried Buffalo Wing, Cheesy Jalapeno, and Nacho Cheddar. We’ve also put all three on there at one time and it’s also really tasty.

It’ll be a little dry, so before you put that seasoning on there spritz it with some Parkay Spray Butter.

IIFYM:

1.5 cups air popped popcorn = 47cals, 9carbs, 1fat, 2protein

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Bonus:

g yogurt 2This is litcherally (I’ve been watching Parks and Recreation) g yogurt 1the best Greek yogurt on the face of this planet: Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt. 

I eat one, if not two, every single day. This is Salted Caramel. Other favorites: Toasted Coconut Vanilla, Key Lime, Citrus Blend.

IIFYM: 80cals, 9carbs, 0fat, 12protein

Enjoy! Any other good recipes (that are picky-eater friendly…) feel free to share!

Also, if you’re super interested in what I eat everyday, friend me on MyFitnessPal: mkaye11.

MKB

FitnessFridays (My 5 Favorite Things to Eat Right Now)

So, the new year is in full swing and to be honest when the clock stuck 12 on the 31st, I really did not have a huge goal or resolution in mind!!! I know, crazy, right? Me: type-A, let’s plan everything out,  and write it out, and make lists and make everyone else get on board. With no new plan.

I had no big, super exciting thing to work toward. (Okay, I’m still bitter over the loss of my half marathon goal.)

I was kind drifting along…

  • Make food log CHECK
  • Sort of follow the food log CHECK
  • Go to gym CHECK
  • Sort of work hard at gym CHECK
  • Drink water most of the time CHECK    

That has pretty much summed it up for November, December and the first bit of January.

Then, bam! This blogger I follow has a challenge group and I think, yea, I like food and fitness and supportive women, sign me up.

So I did. And she let me in the group. Then, come to find out, you can try to get in this like 90-Day Harder Challenge Thingy, so I fill out the questionnaire knowing good and well I will never get picked. (I did not even have my sister proof read my answers.) But, then, I get in to the 90 day challenge group!

At first I was SUPER excited ’cause, duh, I geek out over fitness. But then I read all the guidelines and challenges and I was like….. Oh. Crap. I am gonna have to really do this. Like REALLY REALLY do this. No more pretending this last bit of weight will just fall off whilst eating pizza.

So part of the requirements to stay in the group (and have my ass kicked) is to log my food and hit my macros. I thought, okay, I will share my favorite 5 things I am eating right now and that are going to help me rock this 90 day challenge!

Without further ado, and the real reason you scrolled past all my ramblings:

My Five Favorite Healthy Things to Eat Right Now

1. Taco Salad in a Bowl

Ground turkey

Ok, I know you are like no, that’s not taco salad… Hear me out: ground turkey, onions, peppers, brown rice, lettuce, salsa it’s amazing…EAT IT!

Bonus information on the turkey meat: I cook like 3-4lbs of that at a time, usually with onions and peppers Then I freeze individual portions.  It defrosts in no time and is super versatile when planning meals.

2. Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo cauliflower

Sometimes I fancy this up and use wheat germ and almond flour to give it a fake fried feeling. Really though, most of the time for meal prep, I roast it and shake it in sauce.

Roast the cauliflower in the oven, then shake it around in some buffalo sauce. Super easy.

3. Sweet and Spicy Tuna with Brown Rice

tuna and rice

4. Grilled BBQ Chicken with Broccoli and Brown Rice

Roll Tide. Really best grilled chicken EVER! Why I married the man.

5. My Protein-Powder-with-Greek-Yogurt-Ice-Cream-Kind-of-Brownie-Batter Treat

protein icecream

Old picture from this summer. This one has cake batter protein. Apparently my favorite things to eat do not change much.

1 scoop protein powder of your choice (I recommend Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey)

1 cup greek yogurt

Put it in the freezer if you want it to be like ice cream (for 7-10 minutes) or eat it right away if you want it to be like batter!!!

Bonus: my breakfast every morning.

(Also bonus, I cook  a bunch of turkey sausage peppers and onions at one time. Then I just measure them out into my egg whites each morning.)

Breakfest

Egg whites with turkey sausage on top a piece of ezekiel bread. You know I had to throw some green peppers and onions in the mix

Happy New year!

Abby

Fitness Fridays (I Hate Car Rides… and How to Make Healthy Dinners Without an Oven)

Christmas count down is in full effect here at my house which means stress is at a 10+.

I did not love long car rides before having kids and now, with a 2 and 4 year old, I would say my hate for them has grown. I hate sitting still, I hate driving, I hate radio stations, I hate stopping while going from point A to point B (it just make the trip even longer). I can’t read it, makes me sick, I can’t really do anything in the car, and pretty much I just hate car tripping.

Sorry,I know that makes me not cool, but it’s the truth..

So, to add to the stress of the impending 5+ hour long car ride, our oven made a loud noise and stopped working like two days ago!!

I know. Full panic. How will I ever broil wraps into chips? How is Santa ever going to get his cookies? Awww, the holiday season… Also, if you are wondering, that bit about the car earlier had nothing to do with fitness or this post in general, I was just complaining.

So, I had to get full-creative this week to save us from pizza every night.

Below are 5 great ways I made dinner without an oven. Enjoy!!

1. Crockpot Meat Loaf

Actually, this is what I had just put in the oven when it went boom! I took the recipe from here. Of course, I can’t follow anything exactly, so I used brown rice instead of quinoa. Apparently a cold oven will not cook a meatloaf, so I put that bad boy in the crock on low for about 6 hours. It was AMAZING! I may never cook meatloaf in the oven again.

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This picture is used from Rachelcooks.com. You know my food pictures do not look like this!

2. Easiest Ever Chicken and Salsa

4 frozen chicken breasts
1 jar of salsa
Crock pot low for 6 hours
Shred chicken and serve on wrap

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3. Chicken soup

Left over chicken from last night
Can of rotel (or just chop up a bell pepper and onion and jalapeños)
6 cups chicken broth
Put all ingredients in the crock pot, let it cook all day. Serve with cheese and a wrap for dipping.

4. Sandwich with Veggie Straws

Yep. Two good ole pieces of Ezekiel bread and natural peanut butter. Hey… the oven is broken… and I have everything to get ready to travel.

Bread

They say people like pictures. Yea, this bread is pricey, but really it’s the only bread my second child will eat.

5. Banana and PB Wrap with Fruit

Take a wrap, put PB on it
Slice a banana and put on top of PB
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Roll like sushi and cut into pieces

banana roll up

This isn’t my picture either. I use less peanut butter and a whole wrap, but you get the idea.

So, it’s gonna be after Christmas before our part for the oven gets here,

What are yall’s favorite crockpot go to meals?

I also like to take stuff and healthy them up. If they turn out good I will share!

Abby

Fitness Fridays (Super Easy Fish Tacos)

First off, I have not forgotten about the November goals. We are gonna recap those next week.

This week, I am going to show you how to make super easy… actually so easy, it’s embarrassing… but so good you will think it was hard… fish tacos.  Also know that I HATE fish, like if it tastes like fish then, just, no. So, if I am doing a fish recipe, it has to be good.

This is super easy and I take some shortcuts with it so it’s great for a busy night.

What You Need:

  • Frozen fish (I use tilapia and I usually cook five pieces for my family of four).
  • Shredded lettuce (I buy it already shredded- it saves time).
  • Salsa (sometimes I make it fresh and other times I buy it).
  • A vessel for your tacos :aka a ‘wrap’ in our house. (I have used all kinds of things, like whole wheat tortillas.. or whatever else you have in the house.)
  • Lime juice (again, I usually have some in a bottle, but, use fresh if you want).
  • Seasonings of choice. (When I first started cooking I hated the directions “use your favorite seasonings”. I did not have any favorite seasonings I had no idea what I was doing. I mean I hardly do now. So here is what I use with fish tacos the most often: garlic powder  and salt-free Tony Chachere’s seasoning*.)

* this gets rid of that fish taste. If you like that fishy taste then go easy on this seasoning; it also has some heat so be aware.

Ok, so pretty easy so far:

Here is All You Do:

  1. Place frozen fish in a pan with oil over medium heat. Use a heart healthy oil. I typically use safe flower oil. It can be found with all the cooking oils at pretty much every store (no crazy health food store needed).  Turn the fish a few times while cooking. It doesn’t take long. If they start to break apart it’s okay.

    fish in pan

    frozen fish in pan, nothing too tricky

  2. When your fish is done, chop it all up in the pan.
  3. Add your seasonings to your fish and stir.
  4. Place fish in a warmed wrap top it with lettuce, lime juice and salsa.

    wrap that I toasted for a few minutes in the oven.

    Wrap that I toasted for a few minutes in the oven.

  5. That’s it. You’re done. Pair it with some veggies, like maybe green beans or broccoli. Really, that’s it.  Both my kids eat these. I think it’s because the fish is all chopped up and…. they like pretty much anything I turn into a taco.
Ok so I realize this is not a taco. It is a bowl of food. It appears I would make a HORRIBLE food blogger.  Hang with me and I will explain below.,

Ok, so I realize this is not a taco. It is a bowl of food. It appears I would make a HORRIBLE food blogger. Hang with me and I will explain below.

So, I wrote this post thinking I made fish tacos the other night and took pictures. Then, when it came time to insert said pictures at the last minute, I remembered I turned mine into nachos. The kids did have theirs in a “taco” form though. Instead of rewriting I am going to spin this as a two-for-one deal. Now you know how to make fish tacos and fish nachos. Both are super tasty and super easy.   Under my chopped up fish is shredded lettuce, just in case you wondered. Last tip: the Wal-mart brand corn salsa is GREAT!

When I first started trying to cook better for the family it seemed like everyone just knew how to make stuff healthier. Like, it was common sense what oil to use. Well, it’s not for most people, and while information is easy to come by online it is often times overwhelming. Hopefully this easy recipe can go into your family’s healthier recipe rotation.  Plus, This recipe is so easy to modify as I have shown due to poor blogging planning! So have fun with it!

Abby