Monday, June 29, 2015

Guide to Healthy Greens

I never really bought into the kale trend and I certainly never took a bite out of it, either.  I can't stand the stuff.  I might have had a little sip of it, here and there, in a green juice, but I'd rather eat/drink something else.  So you can imagine my surprise and smirky smile when I learned that the CDC's list of power foods ranks loads more leafy greens above kale in terms of nutrition.  These 10 greens hold more nutritional value....and better flavor...than kale, which ranked 15 on the list, by the way!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Fit Beast Feasts: Grab-N-Go Omelettes from Love, Laugh, Cook

A few months ago, I was lucky to meet Victoria Rogers, the genius behind Love, Laugh, Cook.  Not only is she an amazing food blogger, but she and her husband were also the geniuses behind bringing FitCon to Utah.  They were gracious enough to let me help out the two days of the event and I got to see, first-hand, what a great husband and wife team they are and how incredibly hard working they are.

So I can only imagine how often they use this handy recipe with their busy lifestyles.  Seriously, I won't even get into detail about how much they do.  You'll feel like an underachiever.  Anyway, Victoria shared on Instagram and her blog, today, this great recipe for the easiest and most handy omelettes you'll ever eat.  I can claim no credit for the tasty looking photos and video, and savvy idea behind the recipe.  It's all Victoria.  But I just had to share it because I know that there are so many of you out there who are doing eggs for breakfast as part of your meal prep and healthy routine.


photo cred :: Victoria Rogers::

I, myself, cannot wait to try this out tomorrow morning.  I'm so sick of my microwaved egg whites in my Starbucks mugs.  Yes, you can do that.  But they won't taste nearly as good as what Victoria has come up with.  Check out how easy this is!
photo cred :: Victoria Rogers::
Ingredients
  • 1 zip loc bag
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Your choice of chopped ingredients (peppers, tomatoes, onions, spinach, ham, bacon, cheese etc...)
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into the zip loc bag.
  2. Add ingredients of your choice.
  3. Close bag tightly and get as much air out as possible.
  4. Place bag in boiling water for 15 minutes.

Try these out for yourself, follow Victoria's Instagram, and check out her blog for more amazing recipes!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sugar Rush: A Look At America's Soda Consumption



I won't be a hypocrite here in this post.  I do drink the occasional diet soda.  There, I said it.  Yes, I know that artificial sweeteners aren't that great for you, either, but I'm really working to ween myself off the Diet Coke and Pepsi Maxx that I love so much by drinking water, especially La Croix's grapefruit flavored water.  The following REALLY made me want to drink more H2O.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The FitBeast Feasts: Brownie Overnight Protein Oatmeal

I've never understood the concept of dessert for breakfast. Doughnuts. Crazy high in sugar cereals. Coffee cake.  That's dessert people!  That's not okay.  Not in my book, at least.  But what I can get behind are brownies for breakfast when they're in the form of this mouth watering overnight oatmeal recipe from Bodybuilding.com!


INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup nonfat, plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon unsweetend cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 packets stevia or Splenda
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup whey chocolate protein powder

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together
2. Divide between two small bowls, mugs, or glass jars
3. Cover and refrigerate overnight so that the oats soften and absorb the liquid
4. Enjoy cold or microwave 30-60 seconds to enjoy warm!

MACROS

Service size: 1 bowl
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 283
Fat7 g
Carbs36.5 g
Protein23 g

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fit Beast Feasts: Guacamole Sandwich & Why You Should Be Eating More Avocados

Guacamole is everywhere.  It's all the new rage on sandwiches.  It's popping up on the table and your latest work luncheon, and you've probably brought your famous recipe to a neighborhood BBQ.  And I'm happy about that!  I'm psyched!

Guacamole is rad.  It tastes great and the main ingredient is wickedly good for you!



1. They help your immune system.
2. They help with muscle development by assisting in forming connective tissue ----YAY MUSCLES!!!
3. They aide in digestion and in speeding up that metabolism you sometimes complain about.
4. They help keep your heart happy.
5. They keep you pretty.  Or handsome.  If you're into those kinds of superficial things.  Okay, we all are.
6. They help keep your teeth and bones health.
7. They're full of FAT!  Yes, that's a good thing.  They're full of GOOD FAT!!




What else is so great about avocados?  I'm so glad that you asked!  I'll show you!!!


I know, awesome, right?  Want to know what's even more awesome?  It's my favorite way to eat avocado: guacamole sandwich.

I'm not just putting this on my sandwich to accompany some meat and other sandwich-y stuff.  This is my sandwich material!

Here's what you do:  mash up half of an avocado to whatever consistency you want.  Keep it as chunky or as smooth as you want.  Slather it on both sides of your favorite bread.  Try to keep that bread whole grain!!!  And top it with lettuce, onion slices, tomato slices, and some banana peppers.  Done.  Killer good.

Essentially, you just take what you would normally mix into your guac when you make it (I do lime juice, garlic, tomatoes, purple onion, cilantro, and jalapenos) and make it sandwich style.

Trust me on this.  It's REALLY good!!