Friday Update!

Happy Friday!

This week has been a SUPER busy one for me, and I’m getting ready to take a short camping trip for a few days in the mountains, where I will be sure to get in plenty of workouts hiking and fishing! I don’t have any new recipes today, but I can say that I have been staying within my calorie count just about every day this week! Also I’ve gotten in a workout every day which always makes me feel accomplished. 🙂

This morning I did 2 YouTube workout videos (the challenges I’ve written about before) and a nice long yoga video stretching out all my sore muscles from the tough workouts I did this week.

I followed that up with this awesome breakfast!

Breakfast

I had a whole wheat english muffin with homemade blueberry jam (YUM), 2 eggs scrambled, and a big serving of fresh from the farmer’s market watermelon! I’ve been drinking this watermelon in protein smoothies all week, so good! This is the recipe for my strawberry watermelon smoothie, and this is the one for my blueberry watermelon one. They are both so refreshing!

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles!

Happy Saturday!

This week has been full of muscle soreness for me, in a good way! Lately I have been vowing to try new fitness challenges to get in shape, and to get out of my rut doing the same workouts over and over! So this week I have:

1)Taken on 2 YouTube challenges

2) Tried a Tony Horton workout video with a group at church (seriously no joke… but I really enjoyed it!)

3) Went weight lifting with my husband at the gym

The YouTube challenges have left me panting for breath by the end, and a very sore butt- yay to both! The Tony Horton video (PX3) was really tough, and I probably wouldn’t buy these dvds but it was really enjoyable to change up what I’ve been doing. Lifting weights with my husband has left me with arms I can barely raise above my head, forearm soreness (I didn’t even know those could get sore…) and deltoid soreness. If I keep up these challenging workouts I’ll be ripped in no time, haha!

Now on to the waffle recipe!!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

Saturdays I don’t usually work out, and because of all my muscle soreness I thought today was the perfect day to take a rest! Since I had a little extra time this morning I made myself some healthy waffles. These can be fat free, and they have no added sugar.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch truvia
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl, mix all wet ingredients in smaller bowl. Pour went into dry, and stir until mixed. Pour batter onto greased waffle iron, and cook until lightly browned. Top with whatever you like! I topped mine with 1/2 tbsp butter, fruit, and low calorie syrup! If you wish you can omit the oil to make this fat free, or you can add more oil if you want your waffle crispier. My breakfast came to 380 calories! Yum!!

Trying New Things, Part II!

Happy Wednesday! I have spent the last few days cooking pretty much nothing, and I have been trying to enjoy summer to the fullest! Really it depresses me just thinking about winter… I want summer to last all year!!

I have been working out almost entirely inside lately though, because it has been so hot. Since I’m not training for a race right now I don’t see the point in torturing myself running outside in these crazy temperatures!

Thanks to a comment from a reader I have started 2 new 30 day challenges on YouTube (because I LOVE free workouts), and let me tell you, they are awesome!! I actually am taking a break from them today because I’m so sore, which is an awesome feeling of accomplishment! The best part is they are only about 10 minutes each, so you can get in a quick workout if you don’t have time or do them with other workouts to change things up (which is what I’m doing).

The workouts for both of these calendars can be found searching YouTube, and they are completely free. I am hoping by the end of finishing these calendars I will have lost a few more stubborn pounds!

30 Day Butt Lift 30 Day Fat Burn

Have a healthy happy day y’all! 🙂

Trying New Things!

Good morning everyone!

I have really stuck to my workouts and calorie counting plans this week, woohoo! To be honest, I have been getting bored with my workout videos that I have been doing the last few months. I tried a couple of new things this week, and I really enjoyed both!

The first new one I tried was Hip Hop Abs by Shaun T. I only did the first one, which is Cardio Fat Burning (I think that’s what it was called). It was not super challenging for me but definitely a fun video to mix up with other ones! I haven’t tried any of the other Hip Hop Abs videos yet and hopefully some of the others are more challenging!

This morning I did this workout video:

I have never done a barre class, and I took ballet when I was like 6 so that’s as far as my ballet training goes, haha! I thought some parts of it were definitely challenging but not impossible, particularly the parts using weights. I used 5 lb weights and I think you are meant to use 2-3 lb ones but oh well! Hopefully I can build some muscle and get better at it! 🙂 I had never even thought to look up barre workout videos on YouTube before now, and there are tons of them on there!

If anyone knows of some good YouTube workout videos let me know, I’m all about free workouts!!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl!

Good morning!

As of right now, I am officially obsessed with tropical fruit. There are very few things that I have NO idea what they will taste like, and it was so fun buying lychee and dragon fruit with no idea what they would taste like, or even look like once we opened them up! I have also decided dragon fruit might be the most beautiful fruit I’ve ever seen- hot pink with black and white polka dots? How cool!

Tropical fruit

This morning I ran 2 miles, and today was actually a really nice day for a run! I can’t remember how long it’s been since I have ran, if it’s already 80 degrees when I get up I am working out inside for sure.  The humidity was rough though, it was like breathing through a straw! After that I did an upper body work out and then I had my smoothie bowl!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 dragon fruit, scooped out of peel
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or less if you want it thicker)
  • pinch truvia
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

For topping:

  • chia seeds
  • granola
  • 1/2 banana, sliced

Blend smoothie ingredients in blender, and then pour into bowl. Top with whatever you like! I sprinkled mine with a little granola, chia seeds, and banana. It’s so delicious, I wish I could get dragon fruit at my regular grocery store. I would eat it every day! Oh, and can you believe this whole bowl is only 205 calories?!

Enjoy! 🙂

Hair of the Dog and Brussel Sprout Salad!

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday Garrett and I had the day off so we decided to meet up with friends in Virginia Beach and try a new restaurant, for us anyway, called Hair of the Dog!

Lunch

While having a really cool name and interesting menu, the place also had amazing drinks and food!! For the first time ever I tried chicken and waffles. I had been wanting to try this concoction for years and just never went to a restaurant that had it. Now I know what I have been missing out on all these years!

Chicken and waffles

Yes, I know chicken and waffles is not healthy at all, and that’s ok! With my diet I count calories and if everything I eat for the day adds up to 1500 calories or less, it’s all good. I do try to eat healthy things most of the time, but it’s ok to splurge every once in a while. And boy, this was a splurge that was worth it. Plus, who knew waffles with beer would be so delicious?!

After lunch we headed to an Asian market and picked up some dragon fruit and lychee. I haven’t done anything with the dragon fruit, I think I will at least make a smoothie with it! The lychee I have been snacking on since we bought some- they are so delicious! They’re also very nutritious and SUPER sweet. I tried to find a recipe to use the lychee (pictured below) but all I could find were cake or icecream recipes. I will keep looking though!

Lychee

Last week I bought some brussel sprouts and decided to use them in a salad, just for a different veggie to have around the house. I have to switch up what I eat so I don’t get bored!

Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

  • 9 oz shredded brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

You can buy brussel sprouts pre shredded, I shredded mine with a pairing knife. Whisk oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and then pour over sprouts. Toss to combine, refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Delicious! It sort of reminds me of a lemony cole slaw.

Snow Pea and Carrot Ginger Chicken

Happy Monday everyone! This morning I got in an hour of yoga and a green smoothie, the best way to start out the morning, haha!

In an effort to try out new dinner recipes that get my husband to like vegetables, I tried out this new recipe this weekend: Snow Pea and Carrot Ginger Chicken.

It turned out really delicious, plus it satisfies my need for Chinese food without having to pay for take out! I had a meal very similar to this one at a Thai restaurant a week ago and had been dying to try to make it myself!

Snow Pea and Carrot Ginger Chicken

This recipe is super easy to make, and really quick. Plus it uses ingredients I usually have laying around anyway!

Snow Pea and Carrot Ginger Chicken

Snow Pea and Carrot Ginger Chicken

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 medium chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (or more!)
  • 1 cup snow peas (or more!)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • crushed red pepper to taste, optional

Put rice with 2 cups water in rice cooker, and cook. While the rice is cooking, spray frying pan with cooking spray and add onion, chicken, snow peas, and carrot. Stir fry until chicken is mostly cooked through and onions are tender. Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour sauce over stir fry. Continue to cook until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened. Add water if sauce is too thick. Serve over rice, and enjoy!

This recipe makes two servings. When served over 1/2 cup rice, this is 268 calories. Yum!