#FoodieFriday: Protein Fruit Smoothie

Happy Friday All!

With school starting up again, smoothies have been my best friend! Especially with my Nurtibullet. Smoothies are super easy and quick to make and great if you are running out the door like me! Check this one out if you are looking for an on-the-road breakfast/snack option!

What You Need:

img_2844

1 Handful of Raw SPINACH

1 Scoop Protein (I used Ghost Milk Chocolate)

1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Banana

4-5 Ice Cubes

What You Do:

Throw everything in your blender, add some water (about 6 ounces), and enjoy!

 

Screen Shot 2019-01-10 at 10.26.11 AM.png

What’s you favorite breakfast smoothie recipe?

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

#FoodieFriday: Turkey Breakfast Skillet

Happy Friday All!

I am a HUGE fan of a breakfast eatery called Snooze. One of my favorite dishes there is the Snooze Spud Deluxe. It’s basically harsh browns and eggs plus two additional add-ons you choose. Needless to say, it’s delicious! It light of this, I decided to make my own Spud Deluxe out of egg whites, left over turkey breast, and shredded potatoes! I ended up being making more of an egg scramble with potatoes because I was out of whole eggs, but it made the perfect lunch recipe! Check it out below:

What You Need:

img_2851

1/2 Cup Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns

1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites

4-5 Ounces of Baked Turkey Breast

1 tsp Extra Light Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

What You Do:

Turn on your burner to medium heat. Add in tsp of olive oil while pan heats up.

IMG_2852.JPG

Put potatoes in skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir and flatten out on pan. Let cook for about 5 minutes.

IMG_2853.JPG

Add in turkey breast. Stir into potatoes. Let cook for a minute or so to ensure turkey is warm.

IMG_2855.JPG

Pour egg whites into dish. Continue to fold eggs into potatoes until cooked.

IMG_2857.JPG

Add some hot sauce and enjoy!

Screen Shot 2019-01-10 at 11.53.11 AM.png

Calories: 486 Carbs: 16 grams Fat: 9 grams Protein: 72 grams

What’s your favorite brunch food?

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

 

#FoodieFriday: Favorite Supplements

Happy Friday All!

Rather than sharing a recipe today, I wanted to talk about some of my supplements I use daily! While these are not essential for anyone’s diet, I do love throwing protein in shakes, flavoring my water with BCAAs, and talking a multi-vitamin to make sure I am getting my micros. In any case, here are the brands I use.

  1. Multi-Vitamin

    1. For my multi, I just use GNC’s Women’s Ultra Mega multivitamin. I did take their Women’s Ultra Mega Active and Women’s Ultra Mega Energy & Metabolism at one point in time. However, the plain mega is my favorite. It doesn’t burn my stomach when I take the vitamins, and it doesn’t keep me up all night either.
  2. Protein Powder

    1. I switch back and forth between two protein brands: PEScience and Ghost. I absolutely love PEScience’s casein and whey blend. The texture is perfect. I often times just drink the protein mixed with water–no blender or extra ingredients! They also nailed their peanut butter chocolate and peanut butter cookie flavors.
    2. On the other hand, I do occasional purchase Ghost protein as well. I really like their texture of protein as well, and they again nailed there peanut butter cereal milk flavor. It literally tastes like milk from a bowl of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I also purchased their coffee flavor, and enjoyed it in the mornings!
  3. BCAAs

    1. I recently started buying BCAAs because I never drink enough water! By adding this into my jug before I leave for school in the morning, I actually find myself looking for a water fountain for a refill by noon! I tried Ghost’s blue raspberry flavor and Xtend’s blueberry lemonade. I do like Xtend’s flavor slightly better than Ghost’s because Ghost’s blue raspberry has a bitter of a sour taste. If you like sour though, I would recommend Ghost!
  4. Pre-Workout

    1. Finally, the last product I want to talk about is PEScience’s Alphamine. I really liked drinking this product. It has a litter more caffeine than a cup of coffee, which I find is the perfect amount of caffeine for me! It doesn’t make you feel jittery or anything during a workout, but it does wake you up for your early lifts.

What are your favorite supplements to use?

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

#FoodieFriday: Easiest Protein Shake Ever

Happy Friday All!

I am currently using PEScience protein to supplement my diet and training. I typically switch back and forth between PEScience and Ghost protein. I love their peanut butter and chocolate flavors!

Rather than just drink straight protein and water (though, I do this sometimes, too!), I have been putting my NutriBullet to use to throw in had some extra texture and a serving a veggies. This shake is also very simple and requires minima ingredients!

What I Use:

6-10 Ice Cubes

2 Handfuls of Spinach

1 Scoop Protein

Water

IMG_2489.jpg

Add your ice cubes to the bottom of your container, so you can use this as a line for the amount of water you are going to use. Then, pack in your spinach and top off with a scoop of your favorite protein.

IMG_2490.jpg

Blend for 30 to 60 seconds, and add to a fun glass (only if you want to!).

IMG_2492.jpg

6 Carbs, 1 Fat, 25 Protein 

It’s super simple, cures my sweet tooth, and tastes delicious!

What’s your favorite protein shake recipe?

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

#MotivationMonday: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Happy Monday All!

Because it’s Christmas Eve, I wanted to share one of my favorite versions of Clement Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas! Check it out below:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the gym, no iron was pumping, no treadmills were running.

The dumbbells were racked by the mirrors with care, in hopes that gains would soon be there. The lifters were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of protein bars danced in their heads.

And the trainer in his hoodie, and I in my cap, had just settled down for a membership recap.

When out in the parking lot, there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the front desk to see what was the matter. Away to the door I ran like a sprinter, pushing it open and welcomed by the cold air of winter.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Dasher! now Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen! On, COMET! on CUPID! on DONNER and BLITZEN! To the gym we go,  no time for the mall.  Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

So, up to the gym-lot the coursers they flew, with a sleigh full of supplements, and St. Nicholas,  too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the pavement, the sleigh landed–Luckily, the lot was vacant. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, through the door St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He wore fur from head to foot and a heart monitor, testing his cardiac output. He removed the bundle of pre-workout flung on his back, looking like a sales associate just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

He held a shaker tight in his teeth, and his belt encircled his belly like a wreath. He wore an ugly sweater and approached the squat rack quickly. His belt didn’t bulge, even when he squatted 950!

He was stalky and broad, a right jolly old elf,  and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A push on the bench and a pull on his dead, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but focused on building. He totaled 2,400 after weightlifting! Running his arm across his forehead, he left protein powders and bars and walked out with his face kind of red.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard his exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!”

Merry Christmas Everyone!

AB Fitness

#FoodieFriday: Snowball Christmas Cookies

Happy Friday All!

With four days until Christmas, I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes! It’s a little messy, but the recipe is super easy to follow and pretty low maintenance.

IMG_2813

What You Need:

8 Ounces of Walnuts (chopped)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of Butter (warmed)

2 Cups of Flour

2 Tbs of Sugar

1 Cup Powdered Sugar (for coating the cookies)

What You Do:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill a shallow bowl with the powdered sugar. We will use that later!

IMG_2824

Combine the sugar, butter, and vanilla. Mix until butter is creamed.

IMG_2816.JPG

IMG_2817.JPG

Chop the walnuts and add to the creamed mixture.

IMG_2818.JPG

IMG_2819.JPG

Mix in the flour to form a dough.

IMG_2820.JPG

IMG_2821.JPG

Roll a tablespoon of dough into the shape of a ball. Cook for 13-15 minutes. Basically, you just want the bottom to be brown!

IMG_2822.JPG

Pull cookies out of oven, and let them cool for a minute. Using a metal spatula, place four or five cookies in powdered sugar. Toss the cookie until coated completely, and then place on wire rack.

IMG_2825.JPG

IMG_2826.JPGEnjoy with a cup of coffee, and Merry Christmas!

IMG_2827.JPG

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

 

 

#FoodieFriday: Favorite Study Snacks

Happy Friday All!

Yesterday, I wrapped up my last day off official classes for the Fall 2018 semester! Whoop whoop! My first final is scheduled on Sunday, so for the next two days, I will be living in the library. Fear not! It has to be done!

With that being said, I wanted to share some of my favorite study snacks I will be indulging in this weekend! Check them out below:

For those who are on the go and fridge-less….

My two favorite snacking bars are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Larabars and the Red Velvet Power Crunch Bar. They are perfect to throw in your purse, backpack, or car, and you don’t have to worry about them getting smashed or bruised!

For those who have access to a fridge…

If you do have access to a fridge, I would encourage you to stock up with a Naked Green Machine Smoothie, a Granny Smith Apple, or Sugar Snap Peas! Each of these snack ideas leave you feeling refreshed versus bogged down from typical junk food! Plus, you are getting in your micronutrients, which might help you avoid getting sick before the holidays!

For those who have a sweet tooth…

Studying can be stressful, and sometimes, the only solution is to feed your sweet tooth! When this happens, I usually reach for chocolate rice cakes and slab on a little peanut butter, or I eat about 2 cups of Kroger’s Kettle Corn Popcorn! Perfect for a quick treat!

For those who need more energy….

If you are going to be at the library all day, sometimes you need more than just a snack. My staple is a whole wheat peanut butter sandwich. It may be simple and boring, but it will keep you full, AND it’s easy to pack!

Good luck to any students taking finals this week! And, if you missed it, be sure to check out the  12 Days of Fitmas Challenge from Monday!

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

#FoodieFriday: Keeping It Simple

Happy Friday All!

Sometimes, I really enjoy being creative and trying out new recipes to make healthier versions of my favorite foods. Other times, I don’t want to cook, I don’t know what to cook, and I’m starving. Can you relate?

For this #foodiefriday, I wanted to post a simple meal that I cook anytime time I find myself helplessly searching Pinterest for a recipe. Check it out below:

What you need:

  • 1lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 can of sliced carrots 
  • 1/3 cup Long grain rice (really, any kind!)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder 

What you do:

Add 1/3 cup of your rice to a rice cooker. This is literally my favorite cooking hack ever! I don’t have to even think about cooking. I just throw in the rice and some water, and twenty minutes later, my rice is done!

In the meantime, add your ground turkey to a skillet. Season with salt, pepper, and  garlic powder. Brown turkey.

At the same time, put carrots into a sauce pan on low-heat. Add in pepper and wait to boil. 

Through it all onto a plate, add a La Croix to the picture (and mustard if you will), and you have yourself a healthy and quick dinner! 

What’s your go-to, late-night dinner? 

Talk soon!

#FoodieFriday: Crockpot Burrito Bowl

Happy Friday All!

I think one of my favorite types of food ever is Mexican. I love green chili, enchiladas, and tacos, what can I say? Here is a Mexican style recipe for your crock pot. It’s super easy to make, and great for meal prep!

What You Need:

1 Pound of Chicken Breast

2 Red Bell Peppers

2 Poblanos

1 Can of Whole Corn

1 Can of Black Beans

1 Jar of Sadie’s Not So Hot Salsa

Iceberg Lettuce

What You Do:

I spray my crockpot with PAM just to help with the clean up. Then,  add in the chicken and cover with your favorite salsa.

Next, drain both cans of corn and black beans. Add to the crock pot.

Grab your red bell peppers and poblanos. Wash and chop. Add to your crock pot.

Finally, mix the peppers, beans, and corn with a spoon. Turn the crockpot on high and let cook for 3-4 hours.

IMG_2555.jpg

Shred the chicken, grab some iceberg lettuce to add crunchiness, and top with a little extra salsa!

IMG_2558.jpg

338 Calories, 23 Carbs, 2 Fat, 36 Protein

What’s your favorite crockpot recipe?

Talk soon!

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM

#FoodieFriday: High Protein Bento Boxed Lunch

Happy Friday All!

For me, lunch is the hardest meal to plan. Half of the week I am at home, and the other half I am on campus in class. For the days I am not at home, I have been packing a bento boxed lunch to take with me! It’s kind of like a grown-up version of a lunchable,  but I love being able to pick at it throughout class without making any disruptions! This recipe is also super easy to personalize and make your own. Any of the ingredients below can be substituted for other veggies, fruits, and granola bars. Check it out below!

What You Need:

Favorite Type of Lunch Meat (I used crack pepper turkey!)

Mini Sweet Bell Peppers

Strawberries

Fig Bar

Reduced Fat String Cheese

IMG_2630

What You Do:

First, throw in one serving of lunch meat.

Next, add in the string cheese. I use the cheese to separate my meat from my produce.

Then, add in your veggies and fruit. I typically add 3 bell peppers and 5 strawberries.

Finally, wrap your granola bar (I use fig bars) in foil or place into a sandwich bag and lay on top of other food.

Now, throw it in your backpack, purse, or car, and enjoy as needed!

IMG_2635.JPG

Calories: 315 Carbs: 30 Protein: 32 Fat: 9

What is your favorite on-the-road lunch recipe?

Talk soon!
Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 10.52.50 PM