Avocado Breakfast Sandwich and 12 Week Half Marathon Plan!

Yesterday morning I had this amazing avocado breakfast sandwich:

It is a super simple recipe anybody could make! I got it from my new Skinnytaste cookbook but you barely need instructions to make this! It’s funny how I used to HATE avocados and now I absolutely love them. Plus they’re so good for you, with tons of healthy fats. You do need to be careful how much you eat though, as they are quite high in calories as far as fruits go.

Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 2 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped and seeded tomato
  • 2 slices whole wheat toast
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • 1/4 sliced avocado
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat a medium sized pan to medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. Throw in scallions, bell pepper, and tomato, season and cook about 1 minute or until slightly tender. Lower heat to medium low, pour in egg whites, season and cook until set (about 40 seconds for me). Using a spatula, fold over half of the eggwhites to a crescent moon shape. Cook for a few seconds, then fold again. Assemble sandwich with buttered toast, egg mixture, and sliced avocado. Enjoy! 🙂

The original recipe doesn’t use butter, but I just knew I wouldn’t like it unless it had a little! I’m from the south, what can you do?!

I am so excited about starting half marathon training Sunday! I have been going over training schedules this week and, after taking the best parts of several of them, I have made my own. Feel free to use it, or not!

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fr=foam roll, mi=mile, m=meter, I used abbreviations to save space!

I am not a professional but I can say that last year I did a schedule very similar to this and everything worked out just fine for me. No, I do not have any scheduled rest days, that is pretty much what my yoga/stretch day is for. No rest days just works better for me, I find that I eat better when I don’t take a rest day. I know it’s all psychological, but it works for me!

My sister thinks I’m a nut for being excited about training, but I really truly am! I am SO looking forward to those long runs with nothing to do but spend quiet time with my iPod! Have a healthy happy day y’all! 🙂

 

Morning Workout and Half Marathon Decision!

Happy Monday to all!

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Yes, ladies and gents, I finally made a decision on my half marathon. I will be taking part in the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in downtown Raleigh on April 10th! Woohoo!!!!!! I will also be doing this with 2 friends, because 13.1 miles is so much more fun with friends! 🙂

In the future I will be posting my workout schedule and tips for running a half marathon! This will be my second one, and will be pretty hilly so I’m going to be including lots of hill workouts in the next few weeks.

This morning I got up early and did the 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio video. I hadn’t done that one in a while, and I loved it!! I will definitely be doing some 21DF videos during my training because they are great for strength training and cardio. After my workout I made protein oatmeal with hidden greens, and it was awesome!

Have a healthy happy week y’all!

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken and Yoga!

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!!! *sings*

I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend! Going back to work after break for Christmas is hard… adulting is hard in general, haha!

Since I am definitely signing up for a half marathon soon, I am trying to get rededicated to healthy eating and working out on the regular. I think I’m going to try a bit stricter diet and have a “cheat meal” once a week. I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂

This morning I got in an awesome yoga video. This one is 45 minutes long, and will have you sweating in no time! This one actually has some cardio in it so it’s perfect for me! I really love yoga because it stretches you out while also strengthening your muscles. In addition it’s a great stress reliever, along with most other exercise I think.

Last night I tried another Skinnytaste recipe and surprise surprise… Garrett and I loved it! It’s Santa Fe Chicken, and it’s super easy and very versatile. Plus it’s a slow cooker recipe, which I love because I can put everything in the crockpot in the morning, and when I get home from work I have a delicious meal waiting for me!

You eat this as a stew (which I did) topped with chopped scallions and a little plain Greek yogurt.

You can have it over brown rice with lime juice (which I also did!) if you want a bit heavier meal. She also suggests it as an enchilada filler, which I will certainly try at some point!  1 cup is only 181 calories, which makes this a total winner to me.

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

  • 1 can (14oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 3 chopped scallions (plus some extra for topping)
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Put all ingredients except chicken into crockpot and stir. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Cook on low 10 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken in crockpot. Serve as a soup topped with scallions and Greek yogurt, over rice, as enchilada filler, etc. The possibilities are endless! 🙂 I added slightly more chicken broth to mine, because I wanted it to be soupier (um, it’s January and freezing!).

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all!

Fat Free Banana Bread

So I don’t know if anyone else likes this show, but I have become OBSESSED with The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. I cried when I watched the final… I cried watching a cooking show??? Well I certainly couldn’t keep watching it and not bake anything, so I made fat free banana bread last night with some way-past-their-prime bananas.

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This glorious piece of banana bread slathered in peanut butter was my breakfast this morning, thank you very much. And it was awesome!

Fat Free Banana Bread

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch Truvia
  • 2 1/2 mashed overripe bananas (not an exact measurement, haha!)
  • additional add ins optional: blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix all wet ingredients, and  pour into dry ingredients. Stir by hand until incorporated, do not over stir! Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake 30-35 minutes. Take out of loaf pan and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before slicing, store in refrigerator. With no additional add ins, this bread is only 130 calories a slice! Makes 10-12 slices.

I just made mine plain with no add ins, but you can add all sorts of things in addition to what I suggest above! I know adding peanut butter to fat free bread defeats the purpose a bit, but MAN that was good. It’s also good with butter or nutella! Or nothing at all! 🙂

Jerk Chicken Tacos and a Few Days Catch Up!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

This morning I did Jillian Michaels’ 6 Week Six Pack video (I have SERIOUSLY been needing to do some ab work lately) and had a cookies & cream protein shake.

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Seriously, where has cookies & cream protein powder been all my life?! It’s delicious! For this shake I wanted to keep my calories low, so I just put in 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, pinch Truvia, 1/2 scoop cookies & cream protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup ice cubes. It was super cold this morning, so my shake may not have been the best option for keeping me warm, haha! I actually looked out the window after my work out and it was snowing!

So I’ve been trying to get back into healthy eating, and have mostly been successful! I had a frontega chicken sandwich at Panera the other day with black bean soup and an apple. (Yes that is a Nora Roberts book in the background, I have been sucked into her books lately!)

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I was shocked it was only about 540 calories for the whole meal! I have also been putting in plenty of snuggle time with Chloe on my new bedding I got for Christmas. 🙂

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Jerk chicken tacos is the first recipe I have made out of my new Skinnytaste cookbook, and I have to say it did not disappoint!

They were delicious and I have been using the chicken for other things too, like salads. I put the chicken on my crunchy Thai peanut salad that I have made a zillion times and it worked perfectly!

Jerk Chicken Tacos (from Skinnytaste)

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp lime juice, 1 tbsp lime juice (divided)
  • 1 mango chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • yellow corn tortillas (I used Mission)

Combine first 5 ingredients in crockpot, and cook on high for 2 hours. After chicken is done, shred or chop it, whichever you prefer. Combine mango, avocado, red onion, and salt and pepper to make salsa. Then, get a frying pan heated over medium-high heat and cook each tortilla until crispy and slightly browned. I cooked each side for about 45 seconds and then flipped it. Assemble tacos with tortilla, chicken, and salsa and you’re done!

I didn’t realize until I made this recipe how much lower the calories are if you eat yellow corn tortillas compared to the regular bleached flour ones. It’s a huge difference! Plus the corn ones have a great texture and flavor. I think we’re switching to these from now on!

 

Resolve to be Happy!

Happy New Year everyone!

I think it is SO funny how Walmart is packed to the brim with all fitness related stuff around New Years. Plus all the weight watchers commercials… why can’t we all try to be healthy all year?! I also get a little sick of all the ads I see everywhere saying “New Year, New You”. Um, you will still be YOU next year, no matter how many gyms you join or what color your hair is, or what clothes you wear! Being happy in your own skin is a journey and reinventing yourself in one day is probably not the best way to do it. Starting healthy habits takes time, as well it should since it took quite a long time to make the unhealthy ones!

I am, however, subscribing to the belief that New Years Resolutions are a good thing, and I usually make a few each year. In the past they were pretty much always one thing: lose weight. This year I am trying to think of my life goals as more than how I look, but how I feel and how I can be a better vessel for Jesus. So here goes!

  1. Be kind. To everyone. This does not come naturally for me as I am more often than not sarcastic! I am also not terribly social. But if I expect people to see Jesus in me, I had better show them kindness!
  2. Sign up for a half marathon in 2016. I think I will be doing one in the spring, but I’m not sure yet. But I will definitely be doing one this year. And I.CAN’T.WAIT.
  3. Make at least 2 recipes out of my new cookbook each week! My husband (who clearly knows me better than I know myself) bought me the Skinnytaste cookbook for Christmas and a new food processor! I didn’t even ask for a cookbook so I am beyond impressed he got me one that I am excited to cook from! Expect to see many blog posts on these recipes- they look so delicious and so good for you. They even include nutritional facts!!!!!

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I wish all of you the happiest of New Years. May you be blessed with a wonderful 2016! 🙂

Take Care of Yo’self!

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After a brief respite from blogging, come the new year I am jumping feet first right back into it! I have SO missed blogging but have been a bit low on inspiration. I feel like so many people make physical fitness something to please other people (fitting into society, looking more attractive to the opposite sex) rather than it being for yourself. Well I’m here to tell you, your physical fitness will have no real staying power if you don’t do it for yourself.

Instead of focusing on a great body, I think the focus should be on general health and self care. So many of us (not just women, but everyone!) beat ourselves up when we fail. Have some compassion for yourself, just like you would for a friend!

I know that self care looks different for everyone, but if you really don’t know where to start these are the things that I HAVE to do in order to be my best, happiest self.

  • Study my Bible and journal about what I’m feeling every day. For me, it is so easy to slip into self doubt. Reading and journaling about my life and my relationship with Jesus is super important.

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  • Spend time with the hubs. He is my other half in every way and spending time with him makes me feel loved and treasured.

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  • Get my 30 minutes of exercise in daily. For me, this includes running, yoga, and strength training.

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  • Drink ridiculous amounts of water. I drink this entire bottle of water every morning before I head out to work. At work I drink water the entire day!

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  • Eat healthy food that tastes good. Preferably that I have made myself!

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  • Spend time outside. Doing whatever! Canoeing, fishing, hiking, just taking a walk! Spending time in the outdoors makes me feel free and close to the Creator.

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As you contemplate the new year think of the things that YOU need for self care. Figure out what makes you your best, happiest self and make them a priority!