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!!

thursday breakfast 1

thursday breakfast 3

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!

things i am loving right now!

Good morning slash afternoon everybody! First let me start off with a quick recap of my workout and dinner last night, which was super delish!

Workout went well! I pushed my self a little harder on my planned run where instead of running for 4 minute intervals I made those 6 minute intevals and then broke up the next 4 min. incline walk into 2 min. hard incline and then 2 min. recovery incline!

My final run breakdown looked like this…

monday workout

When I got home I packed my breakfast/lunch/snacks for today and then got to work on an easy dinner!

Since I am trying to use up groceries/leftovers before they go bad I recycled my quinoa caprese meal idea, but added in a chicken sausage for some added protein & staying power! The added meat component gave the dish a lot more sustenance and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

monday dinner main

Again all you do for this dish is take about 1/2 c. cooked quinoa (mine was leftover from din on Sunday), cut up a handful of grape tomatoes, some basil, & mozzarella cheese, then I cooked the sausage on the stovetop in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and added everything together in a bowl!

Super quick, easy, fresh, and delicious meal!

For “dessert” I had an orange..I am not usually one for having fruit for dessert, but we didn’t have anything sweet in our house really..so an orange had to make do 😦

monday dinner orange

Healthy, but certainly not chocolate that’s for sure!

Anyways, after dinner my family watched the Duck’s hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, we are big Ducks fans haha and well they got their butts kicked to the Sharks and it was a sad night for all in the Kennedy clan 😦

PS my fam is super big on hockey so we watch it all the time! I am pretty much up on all the stats and it is one of the only professional sports I watch on the reg! It’s just so good…fast paced….fights…cute hockey players…what’s not to like!

Next up…breakfast this morning! I finished my jar of cookie butter yesterday, and that only meant one things…overnight oats in a jar!!!

tuesday breakfast outside

Outside it looks like a normal jar of cookie butter…BUT inside it’s my most favorite breakfast in the world!!!

tuesday breakfast close up

I added 1/2 c. rolled oats, 1 6 oz. container of Trader Joe’s Honey Greek Yogurt, 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, dash of vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and apple slices…in the morning I mixed it up and added a bit more milk/a dash of sunbutter and was thoroughly happy with my little concoction and the return of this breakfast beauty!

Ok, now on to things that are making me happy right now…let’s do it list style because that makes thing super easy to read 🙂

  1. Daylight Savings Time- I mean nothing is better than getting off work, going to the gym, and still having a tad bit of daylight left once my whole day is over! Seriously..makes me so happy!
  2. Spring Weather- There is something about Spring time that is just so wonderful! Right now it is starting to warm up, baseball season has begun, the smell of fresh grass and blooming flowers delights your nostrils, afternoon walks get more appealing by the day…it’s the down right best time of year!
  3. Easter!!!- I LOVE EASTER! There is something about wearing a nice sundress, going to mass with my family, eating a yummy brunch, and enjoying season candy like Peeps and Jelly Beans that is absolutely wonderful!
  4. 30 Rock- My obsession with this show is getting a little out of hand! I didn’t watch it really when it was on air, but recently discovered it on netflix and decided to give it a whirl! Wow is all I can say…it’s so freaking hilarious! It’s kind of a very particular type of humor, but it makes me crack up every time I watch it..gotta love Tina Fey!
  5. Interval Workouts- My latest obsession has been doing intervals on the treadmill…they have been the best way for me to increase my running mileage and I seriously sweat like no other when I finish them! Also, adding an inclined walk in my intervals seriously has given me great endurance…on my hike this weekend I barely struggled at all on all the major hill climbs! I was super proud of myself 🙂
  6. Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6Pack Abs- I am going to really push myself to do it for 6 weeks and see if I notice a difference! It kicked my butt Sunday, so hopefully with consistency and repetition I will see some results…because let me be honest, I’d love to have a more toned stomach once summer time bathing suit season roles around!
  7. Last, but not least…my new camelback waterbottle! It seriously keeps me sippin’ water ALL DAY LONG! Without it I never wanted to drink water, but now I refill it multiple times a day and keep it with me pretty much at all times! Yay for getting my h20 in on the reg…I gotta say it makes me pee a lot, but I have noticed clearer skin and less frequent headaches..gotta be good signs right 😉

 

Ok, later my peeps! I will be back with lunch and a workout for this afternoon…just a hint that I plan on mixin’ things up today!!! Catch ya on the flip side 🙂