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!)
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!
As a college student, I am counting down the days until winter break starts! This semester has been good to me, but I am ready for new classes and a different routine. However, even with my academic rut, my workouts have been on point lately! Check this one out below!
3×10 Pull-Ups [Warm up — Can Use a Resistance Band to Add Assistance if Need Be!)
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
1 Can of Whole Corn
1 Can of Black Beans
1 Jar of Sadie’s Not So Hot Salsa
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.
Shred the chicken, grab some iceberg lettuce to add crunchiness, and top with a little extra salsa!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Being a student, I took Tuesday through Sunday off for the holiday, and I feel super refreshed! I merely focused on those around me and enjoyed the company, drinks, and food. I think it is important to take a step back, not track macros/calories or worry about working out. Everyone needs a break, and dieting is sometimes a full time job! No matter what the scale says or how many slices of pie you consumed, walk away knowing that sometimes those moments in life are more important than staying on track.
With 30 days until Christmas, I am stoked to post some workouts, holiday recipes, and challenges.
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
Reduced Fat String Cheese
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!
It’s 6:00am. My alarm goes off, and all I want to do is cover my head with a pillow. I do not want to walk in the cold to go to the gym. All I want to do is stay in bed, and watch movies. Can you relate?
We constantly hear people talking about lack of motivation. In fact, lack of motivation is in the top five reasons people don’t achieve their goals (according to Google!).
In 2016, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published a scientific study where researchers in Spain analyzed the relationship between physical activity and motivation in 901 university students. Each of the students completed questionnaires regarding behaviors and physical activity.
Essentially, the researchers found that the more self-ran or self-determined a person was, the more often that person participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Likewise, researchers also showed that students who motivated themselves to perform physical activity experienced lower levels of barriers to participate in physical activity. Basically, if you are working out for you and to improve your health, you are going to be more willing to make time to workout, and that workout will be performed with higher intensity.
Seems simple enough, right? So, how do we find this motivation? Whenever I am feeling discouraged, I ask myself one question: Why am I doing this?
At the end of the day, family, trainers, and friends can only push you so far towards your goals. You have to make the decision to be your own motivator!
Want to check out the research article? Click here.
Want to write a new goal? Check out my tips form a couple weeks ago!
I hope you all are having a great week! This is an untraditional #workoutwednesday post. While sticking to a plan and grinding 24/7 are great ways to achieve goals, I think rest days and listening to your body is also important.
After the past two workouts, I have noticed that my body is not just sore, but I am actually having sharp pains in my lower back and hip flexors. This is a huge indicator that it’s time to hit the breaks, and let my body rest. Therefore, I am not working out today, and that’s okay! Instead, I am still going to eat nutrient dense food, stretch a little, and hit the hay early.
But, if you are dying for a new workout, check out last week’s leg day!
Remember, your body isn’t a machine! And even if it was, machines break, too. Listen to your body, and take a rest day if you are noticing extra soreness or pain!