fitness, food

Easy and Healthy Breakfast With Macros and Fitness Challenge thoughts!

Calories: 347, Carbs: 27g, Fat: 20g, Protein: 16g

So I bought this food scale for a fitness challenge I’m doing (ok more like drinking wine every night and failing lol) and haven’t really used it because I’m lazy and it kind of seems obsessive. But it is good for tracking in My Fitness Pal because guessing you only ate 60 calories of avocado when indeed you ate 160 calories of avocado is no bueno. So this breakfast was measured! Anyway, I’ll put more thought on my fitness challenge at the bottom because I know you’re here for the food!

Eggs, Avocado Toast and Stawbs

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 avocado (mine was 66 grams)

Slice of bread (I used the 45 calorie bread from Pepperidge Farm)

Strawberries (mine were 120 grams)

Chopped green onion

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

How to Make:

Ok so this isn’t rocket science but here it is:

1. Fry eggs (or scramble them…whatever!) Use non stick spray/ pan!

2. Cut the avocado (save the other half!) mash it up and chop some green onion into it. Stick toast in the toaster.

3. Make sure your eggs aren’t burning. It’s probably a good time to flip them if you’re just frying them like me!

4. Scoop the avocado onto the toast and sprinkle with EBTB seasoning. Cut the tops off the strawberries and add them to the plate.

5. Eggs are done! Add them to the plate!

6. Have some coffee in a sarcastic mug (I loveeeeee Hocus Pocus…doesn’t matter that it’s summer!)

7. Enjoy!

I’m telling you, it’s the bomb.com…get you some!!!

And the awesome mug!

Your girl doesn’t get her nails done. Nope. Too lazy. Don’t have time!

The Fitness Challenge! (And what I change in it because I’m a rebel!)

Ok so I signed up for this fun Get Fit in 6 challenge with one of my favorite fitness gals Nicole Ferrier! It’s been super fun but I’ve gone off track a LOT with eating and tracking macros. I haven’t missed a workout though and definitely see muscle changes but the scale hasn’t really moved (I’m looking at you wine….) The main reason I wanted to do this is because she calculates macros, cardio and calories for you based on your goals, and I’ve always wanted to have my macros done. Even though I will soon be qualified to do this on my own (yay nutrition and CPT classes!) I’ve literally just had 1400 calories plugged into MFP for years with high protein low fat guesstimates. Well rude awakening to me…I wasn’t coming CLOSE to what I need for protein (it’s super hard to hit) most days and eating way to many carbs. Carbs are GOOD and essential…just don’t eat 200g of them and like 60g of protein! Oops. Ok I’m learning I never said I was a pro (yet). Anyway, I will do another post and probably a video of some of my workouts because besides the fact that my cardio was pretty much eliminated (she wanted me to walk 4x a week for 20 min) when I Peloton for 30-45 min a day, walk 5 miles with my bestie daily, and am a “runner” I have to say I disregarded the cardio recommendation (I know, I’m awful, I just shouldn’t do challenges because I clearly can’t follow directions!) and kept doing my cardio how I wanted. As much as I hate running, I always feel good after doing it. This morning I woke up having major anxiety over my failing job search since all of my industries have been eliminated because of the thing going on, and I have to find a way to make an actual living (not minimum wage, I can’t survive on that)! I’m hoping I can get through my CPT class and exam in good time because there are a lot of training jobs in my area. Anyway, I don’t want to get all Emo on you guys! I will have some workout and stretching posts coming soon so be on the lookout for those! I’m also going to be doing more on my You Tube channel (it’s so lame right now, I promise it’s going to get better) so check that out too:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC02q_1SkOelsHJYQS1-O51Q

*insert tag line I haven’t come up with yet here*

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Avocado Toast!

I have only recently joined on the avocado toast bandwagon and I have to say I’m hooked, especially making it this way!

Macros: 258 Calories; 16 Protein, 31 Carbs, 9 Fat

Ingredients:

1 small avocado

1/4C Low-fat cottage cheese

2 slices of your favorite bread (I use Peperidge Farm Lite bread, only 45 calories!

Chives (optional)

Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning

How to make:

1. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and slice it up and push the slices into a bowl. Pop the toast in the toaster.

2. Mash it up! I use a potato masher because it’s easier than a fork.

3. Add the low-fat cottage cheese to the avocado and mix it together.

4. Chop off some bits of chives (I use kitchen scissors so I don’t have to dirty a cutting bored…lazy cook hack haha) add in and stir.

5. Scoop the mixture on top of the toast which should have popped up done by now. Top with Everything But The Bagel. Seriously if you haven’t tried this stuff yet….DO IT. You won’t regret it!!!

Enjoy!! I added some turkey slices this day because I was a little short on protein to hit my macros and it makes a nice addition!

I got the idea to mix cottage cheese in with avocado from Katie Corio (@cutekatiebug on the gram) and love it! I tend to buy small avocados so I can use all of the flesh and not try to store it because I get grossed out when it turns brown!

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A Full Day of Eating!

I posted this picture on Instagram stories yesterday and so many of you asked me for recipes so here they are!

Breakfast: Protein Pancakes

Macros 
Calories: 352
Protein: 27g
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 49g

Ingredients:
1 Scoop of vanilla or cinnamon protein powder (I use 1 Up Nutrition)
1/2 of a banana
1/4 cup coconut or chickpea flour
1 TSP baking powder
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

Sugar free maple syrup
Blueberries
Strawberries

How to Make!

  1. Combine ingredients except for berries and syrup in a blender.
  2. Spray a griddle or griddle pan (or really any flat pan you have!) with a nonstick olive oil based spray.
  3. Pour batter onto griddle into pancake shapes (you can get creative here)!
  4. *Optional* I like to poke my blueberries into the pancakes right after I pour them and then use my finger to coat them with batter so they don’t bubble out as much! A trick my Mom taught me!
  5. Cook until you start to see them golden brown (I check them after a few minutes)
  6. Flip! Cook until golden brown on the other side.
  7. Plate, add strawberries and extra blueberries, add maple syrup.
  8. ENJOY!

Lunch: Eggplant Primavera

Ingredients:

1 large chicken breast, cubed
1/2 Eggplant, cubed
1 Cup of broccoli florets
½ a white or red onion, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 Cup of pasta sauce
¼ Cup parmesan cheese
Sprinkle of pink sea salt
Sprinkle of pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

How to Make:

  1. Cut up chicken breast and heat some oil in a skillet. Place chicken in the skillet to cook on medium, flipping after about 6 minutes.
  2. Add oil to another skillet and add in chopped up veggies. Stir them around every few minutes until cooked.
  3. Warm pasta sauce in the microwave.
  4. When veggies are cooked, place them on a plate, topping them with the chicken, pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Enjoy!

Dinner: Salmon and a Large Salad

Ingredients:

4 oz of Salmon
Curley Parsley
Pink Sea Salt
Pepper
Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Spring Mix
1 C Cucumber
1 C Grape Tomato’s (or any tomato’s I just prefer these!)
Feta Cheese
Basil Leaves
Sliced Almonds
Your favorite light dressing

How to Make:

  1. In a pan, drop in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and let it warm up so it spreads around. Once it is a little warm, shake the pan around so it is coated.
  2. Place the salmon in the skillet with the skin on, but place it flesh side down so all you see is the back of the skin.
  3. While the salmon is cooking, combine the salad ingredients on a plate and drizzle with dressin.
  4. After 5-10 minutes (depending on how hot your stove is) flip the salmon so it cooks skin side down for a few extra minutes until cooked through. You know it is cooked when it flakes easily with a fork. Season with sea salt, pepper, and parsley.
  5. Add salmon to the plate with salad.
  6. Enjoy!

Dessert: Protein Mug Cake!

I’m OBSESSED with these lately! Omg! So good!

Ingredients:

1 scoop protein powder (I used 1 Up Nutrition Cinnamon French Toast)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coconut or chickpea flour
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 tablespoons egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dark chocolate chips (who am I to tell you how many…)
Sugar free maple syrup

How to Make:

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Add in wet ingredients
  3. Throw some chocolate chips in there so they get all gooey
  4. Cook for 1 min in the microwave
  5. Add more chocolate chips
  6. Drizzle with sugar free maple syrup
  7. Enjoy the most bomb thing you will have eaten today!
Peanut butter as a topping is another option!

My snacks for the day:

Morning snack: Pina Colada Protein shake- 1 Scoop of 1 Up Nutrition Coconut Ice cream protein powder, 1 can of pineapple juice (or some slices of fresh pineapple!), 1/4 C of almond milk, and a handful of ice in the blender. So tropical!

Afternoon Snack: Dannon Protein Yogurt and an Apple.

I was pretty darn close to hitting my macros this day! I also drank 130 ml of water!

I’m not affiliated with 1 Up Nutrition, it’s just the protein and supplements I’ve been using for YEARS. *Sponsor me pleaseeee LOL*

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Rice Cake Snacks

Rice cakes are perfect for on the go snacking, but even better when you top them with deliciousness!

Ingredients :

2 Rice Cakes

Low-fat cottage cheese

Cinnamon

Blueberries

Other topping ideas: PB and sugar free jelly, hummus and turkey/ chicken, PB and banana, a scoop of chocolate protein powder mixed with water for form the consistency of “frosting” … the possibilities are endless!

How to Make:

1. Top the rice cakes with cottage cheese

2. Sprinkle with cinnamon

3. Pop some blueberries on

Enjoy!