Posts tagged ‘protein’

April 27, 2011

Motivated

Helllllo world πŸ™‚ Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my pictures from Easter weekend and all of your motivation tips!

I think all of the positive vibes you guys sent me really got me going yesterday morning. I woke up at 6 – went for a quick 3.5 mile run, did an arm & a buns workout and ate healthy all day.. I also had another quick workout before dinner that included 15 minutes on the elliptical and a legs and abs circuit. I already feel SO much better. Isn’t it crazy how getting off track can make you feel so blah? I’m thankful for all of you to keep me in check πŸ™‚

BrittFitΒ left a comment that hit home with me because I used to say this to myself ALL the time. “I’ve never regretted a workout”. It’s so true… The hardest part is getting to the gym – Once you are there its easy breezy. Well, kind of! I was thinking of things I usually do to motivate myself to get back in the gym/eating healthy routine and here is what I came up with.

1.) Make a new playlist on my ipod — Music determines how hard I work out… If I have a good playlist I will run and run and RUN.

2.) Break up your workouts — If 60 minutes of cardio is intimidating do 30 minutes when you wake up and 30 minutes after work. Chances are you will push yourself a lot harder in those 30 minutes than you would in the 60.

3.) Create a plan — Plan your meals, plan your workouts and plan your grocery list. A plan always helps you stay on track!

4.) Take a new class — Sometimes doing the same thing over and over will drive you crazy. Sign up for a yoga, pilates, bootcamp or a spin class. I guarantee it will push you to get back into your routine.

5.) Change your scenery — If you spent all winter in the gym, head outside for a run, find a trail to hike, bike your neighborhood or Rollerblade around a park.Β 

So now that I’m back on track I’m ready to show you some healthy recipes πŸ™‚

1.) Protein Pancake

2.) Orange flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers

Both are so easy and quick that we should rename me Rachel Ray!

Protein Pancake

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tbs vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 frozen strawberries, defrosted
Directions
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl
  • Heat a skillet on medium high and spray with olive oil cooking spray
  • Pour batter into skillet as one big pancake
  • Cook for 3 minutes on each side (or until browned)
  • Eat up!
  • Add some agave if necessary but this pancake is pretty sweet without it πŸ™‚

You could certainly use fresh strawberries but I think the defrosted frozen strawberries really give it that sweet flavor where syrup is unnecessary. This might be my new favorite breakfast! If I workout in the morning I would probably add a scoop of vanilla protein powder πŸ™‚

One of the perks of working as a nanny is that I have full use of a kitchen ALL day. So for lunch I made these chicken burgers for the girls and I… They were delicious!

Orange Flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored dried cranberries
  • 1/6 cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Directions
  • Combine ground chicken breast, cranberries, cheese and egg white in bowl.
  • Shape into 3 patties
  • Heat 1 tbsp of Olive Oil in skillet
  • Add patties and brown on each side for 5-6 minutes or until fully cooked
Bleh – hate to look at raw meat but wanted to show you them being cooked.

Serve warm on a whole wheat bun with lettuce

The girls asked me if I would make these EVERY day… That can be arranged πŸ™‚

Here’s to making it another healthy day! Happy Wednesday everyone.

QUESTIONS: What new healthy recipes should I make this week? Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner options needed πŸ™‚

March 2, 2011

My First Green Monster

Happy Wednesday ladies! I don’t want to jinx us but this week is going by pretty fast, no? Well I was not able to get up on time for a workout this morning which was a bummer but I was able to make myself a green monster to give myself some extra energy! I’m sure by now everyone has had one of these and if you haven’t because you are nervous about the spinach taste like I was – no worrying necessary, you can’t taste it at all πŸ™‚

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Machine

Ingredients


  • 1 scoop of brown rice protein
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp NuNaturals Stevia w/ fiber
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions

  • Place everything in blender in order above. Do it this way so your spinach is weighed down and wont fly around everywhere.

Those doughnuts are on top of the toaster oven so it looks like they are actually in my smoothie… I wish!

  • Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to cup and slurp down with a pretty straw. Or drink it from the glass and sport a green mustache. Whatever floats your boat.

So. freaking. delicious. I love the fact that there was 2 cups of spinach in there and you couldn’t tell at all. Sorry, but I might be having this again for breakfast tomorrow πŸ™‚

My morning was spent using this old gem…. Remember these?

I loved my easy oven back in the day… They aren’t so “easy” these days though! They come with 18 flavors, 40 molds and fondants. Fondants!? Do children even know what that is? Needless to say, these have gotten pretty fancy!

Insane.

We also went to the mall for Kids Club where the girls got painted and I won a t-shirt and a water bottle from Noodles & Company!

Sweeeeet.

I might have also bought a couple of items for my upcoming Vacation

Hi, my name’s Alyssa and I’m a shopaholic. Good thing I didn’t include a clothing shopping limit in my goals yesterday or I would’ve instantly failed.

Lunch was inspired by Gina today!

Ignore the classy paper plate. Cinnamon sprinkled Sweet Potato topped with 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbsp peanut flour, unsweetened almond milk, stevia to taste and a splash of vanilla. Yum! I’m always looking for ways to spice up my sweet potatoes πŸ™‚

After work I ran around a got LOTS of stuff for a friends upcoming bridal shower. I’m excited to put everything together and show you guys the final product. I’m sure my pride and joy will be the dessert bar πŸ˜‰

Since I was running around for hours on bridal shower duty, I ordered dinner at Panera – I’m not sure if I was happy or mad that they have the calorie count on EVERYTHING now. It definitely made me more conscious of what I was choosing so I guess that’s a plus (even though I really just wanted to order the mac & cheese with a grilled cheese and call it a night!) . I went with a half of a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich on Sea Salt Focaccia w/ a cup of Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto and an Apple as dessert!

Not bad for a meal out – I think it was under 400 calories too!

It’s already past my bedtime… See you tomorrow!

QUESTIONS: Do you ever eat at Panera? What do you usually order? What is your favorite Sweet Potato topping??