i have the BEST MOM ever!

Do you ever have those days where you realized how truly blessed you are?! Today was definitely one of those days for me because I shared some quality time with my madre!

My mom has always been a superb mom…from the time I was little I have always loved spending time with her and our one-on-one time (though rare) is seriously always the best! We have a pretty open relationship, especially after going through all my issues these past few years and so our convos are generally open, honest, and heartfelt.

We also love to joke around, so we always are laughing when we are together! And today was no exception!

Momma had the week off because she is a teacher and the school is on spring break, hence my entire family got to sleep in, go on bike rides, eat yummy food, watch crap tv, lay out, and RELAX while I was stuck slaving away at work! Can you tell I’m a tad bitter haha Anyways, my mom came to my work to pick me up and we got  lunch at a cute little place called Beachwood BBQ. They have the most delicious foods and we ended up splitting a ginormous salad that had goat cheese, dried blueberries, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and a vanilla infused vinaigrette that was to die for!

We also got 3 side dishes to split as well..you can do this thing where you pick 3 of their sides and you get little mini versions of them! SO BOMB! We got the smoked asparagus, maple glazed carrots, and vanilla walnut yams and they were all delicioso!

I should have taken pics, but I didn’t! Boo, I need to get better at whippin’ out the cam!

Anywho, on to my recent eats and workouts…

Last night I was in charge of the troops (aka my little brother and sister), so I whipped up some of my homemade mac n’cheese!

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Mac N’ Cheese Recipe:

  1. Boil water, then add noodles (i used 1/2 box of shell pasta)
  2. Once noodles are cooked (about 10-15 min.), drain and pour into a baking dish
  3. Next add 2 scoops sour cream, 2 large scoops cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese and stir everything up (these measurments are versatile, so just make sure you use enough of each ingredient to get all the pasta coated in the cheesy mixture)
  4. Finally, top with bread crumbs & more shredded cheese
  5. Pop in the oven and bake until everything is melty (about 15 min.)

Yum! This dish is good when you need to feed a lot of people quickly! Also, is very versatile…so other seasonings and maybe some veggies could be added to mix things up a little 🙂

On the side I roasted some veggies (precut mix from Trader Joes) that I topped with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika….and cut up a fresh pineapple to enjoy as well!

Such a kid friendly and delicious meal..plus plenty of leftovers for tonight!

This morning I did my now “usual” spin class and we did some hill work that seriously kicked my butt! I finished up with some light dumbbell work and am thinking of taking a nice easy walk this afternoon after work since it is SO nice out!

Breakfast was overnight oats..my classic mix with dried cherries, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, and honey on top!

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Ah and I forgot to post yesterday’s lunch…so here it is!

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Pre made salad from Trader Joes..I am loving the premade stuff…makes packing a lunch that much easier!

And also a side of veggies…

thursday lunch

I am trying to up my vegetable intake because all I currently eat is fruit, fruit, and more fruit! So trying to swap some snacks with veggies to get more servings in!

Anyways, hope everyone has a nice weekend and I will catch up with you Monday 🙂

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how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little 😉

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

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thursday breakfast 2

Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!

my 4 essentials to a healthy life.

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I seriously think these are the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle! I am on this new kick where I try to drink 8 full glasses of water a day! Do I have to pee a lot…yes! Is it worth it…yes!! I feel more energize, skin seems to be more clear, and helps me stay fuller longer..making me think that a lot of times I was confusing thirst for hunger!

Working out also gives me tons of energy! Working out and being active helps wake me up and allows me to set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them. It helps keep me positive and allows me to get out any pent up anger or aggression as well.

Healthy eating varies person to person…I think it is key to include a variety of different foods in your diet, including as much fresh and unprocessed foods as you can! What helps me is eating lots of fruits, veggies, grains, lean meats, healthy fats, and also allowing myself indulgences like chocolate and ice cream, but within moderation.

Last, sleeping well is key to performing your best. Without adequate sleep I feel groggy and off. Sleep allows us to recharge and maintain focused the following day, so make sure to get your zzz’s!

Alright, on to my lunch today…

week 3 tuesday lunch

Smoked salmon/spinach/& cream cheese on an everything bagelwich.

week 3 tuesday lunch side

Snap peas on the side for a little extra something to keep me full! Fruits and veggies are my go to sides because they sit heavy in my stomach and make my fullness last longer!

On to my workout plan for this evening, which is…

march 19 workout plan

Well, I am off to make myself an afternoon snack..large apple/ large spoonfull of nut butter..check and check! Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂