Keeping it Simple – This Week’s Meal Prep

Ok, so this prep is actually from a couple of weeks ago, before I left for BlogFest and IdeaWorld. Because I was getting ready to leave, I didn’t really get the chance to actually post it! But I really love how this one turned out, so here it is! (Want to read more about the conference? Check out my experience and thoughts!)

Enjoy!

Get going on your week faster and easier with this simple meal prep!

I kept my snacks pretty simple this time around. The sliced chicken and cheese is my current favorite snack and definitely helps tide me over between breakfast and lunch! And the hard-boiled eggs are a great boost for me when I get home from work, before I head to the gym. What is your go-to pre-workout snack? I would love to give it a try!

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For Draz’s main dishes, I made two of his favorites: Island-Style Pulled Pork and Freezer-Ready Turkey and Bean Burritos! I made extra burritos, since I was hoping some would be leftover for him to enjoy while I was gone. I will be posting my recipe for these soon, but until then, here is the recipe that I started out using!

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For my own main dishes, I made one favorite and one new: Healthy Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers and Cauliflower Chowder. I serve the Sausage and Peppers with steamed cauliflower rice (I love the frozen Bird’s Eye varieties). The Chowder I made a few small changes to

  • turkey bacon instead of regular bacon
  • a little bit of grapeseed oil instead of butter
  • unsweetened almond milk instead of 2% milk
  • 1-2 tbsp dried parsley instead of fresh

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I like a thicker chowder, so I also simmered it a bit longer. And when it was done simmering, I ladled out a few cups worth and blended it, then added it back in. I think it turned out great and will definitely be making this delicious recipe again!

Want to make my dishes for yourself? Here is the grocery list for my main dishes!

Do you prefer chowder or soup? If you like chowder, how do you thicken yours up? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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BlogFest & IdeaWorld: My Thoughts

Pretty short post today, but one I couldn’t wait to share with you! I actually wrote this on the plane on my way home yesterday.
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I sit here on the plane, on my first leg of the journey home after 8 incredible days in Las Vegas. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share with you. I wrote a couple days ago about the first half of the conference and some of the highlights.
But that’s not really what I want to share with you. Yes, the presentations and workshops were amazing. Yes, the Expo was full of neat items and I tried out some really fun workouts. And I do want to share those with you! But that isn’t what I really got from this conference.
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I got inspired. I got revitalized. But most of all, I was opened up to how I have been holding myself back – fear. Fear of being seen as less than knowledgeable. Fear of trying to build what is in my head for all of you and failing. And fear of sharing myself, my true self, and it not being seen as good enough.
That’s not to say that I’m not honest with what I share with you on here and social media. But I tend to hold myself back from the sillier side of things. I don’t always share things the way I want to, for fear of how it will be seen.
But this conference opened up so much for me. It reminded me that we don’t connect to people because we see them as the most serious on knowledgeable…we connect because they are real! They speak to us and we feel it.
So I’m going to strive to share more, be more vulnerable. Share things the way I want to! Let you see all sides of me, not just the more reserved parts. And I’m going to strive to build what is in my head.
Do I know that it’s all going to work? No, not at all. But it matters to me to share what I think is truly important, what I think will make a difference! So expect to see some changes on here and on social media. I think you are really going to like them!
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BlogFest & IdeaWorld – The Experience

I’ve been thinking for the past few days about what I wanted to say, how I wanted to sum up my experience at my first IdeaWorld and BlogFest. How to adequately share with you the overwhelming joy and passion that these 5 days brought me…. What I can say is that I’m more sure now than I ever have been that not only am I going to start sharing my love of fitness more here on the blog, I’m definitely going to be pursuing it more off-line as well.

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The Pre-Conference

The 5 days of craziness started with an all day, pre-conference certification training on Tabata! I am super excited for that to be my first certification and can’t wait to start putting all of the the wonderful things Mindy Mylrea taught us to use. The experiences she shared with us about her life in fitness so far, her thoughts on overall wellness and living a healthy lifestyle…well, let’s just say she had a lot of knowledge to impart on all of us! I’m so thankful to have been trained by her. The highlight of my day came at the end though, when she gave me 1 of the 2 IdeaWorld Inspiration medals she handed out to our class, for my “intelligent contributions”. I won’t lie, I may have gotten a little teary-eyed.

What a way to start off the conference, right?!

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Day 1

The next day (the official Day 1) started bright and early, back with Mindy for a fantastic workout, then on to BlogFest! I will admit, I was a little nervous and intimidated to be in a room with a bunch of awesome health and fitness bloggers! Everyone was super friendly and welcoming though. Not only that, but our sponsors for the event seriously spoiled us. All of the speakers we had for Day 1 had some great knowledge to impart and I can’t wait to apply some of it here on the blog.

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While everything was amazing, the part of Day 1 that really hit me was the Opening Ceremonies. Just the massive amount of driven people, all passionate about sharing their love of fitness, all in one room….to say it was overwhelming and moving is an understatement. The various awards that were given out, the keynote, the talk of how they have built this conference for the past 35 years (!!!), all of it was just so inspiring. It really reminded me of why I started this blog and started teaching in the first place. Because I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle! And being surrounded by so many excited and like-minded people was just so revitalizing!

Day 2

Day 2 started bright and early yet again, with another great workout (are you sensing a theme yet? :-P) We then moved on to a networking breakfast so we could get to know some of our fellow bloggers! After that, it was a flurry of presenters and amazing information. I loved getting know more about working with brands, which was a lot of the focus of the talks that day. And I mean, I love the idea of being able to share more of the brands I love with you!!

But the highlight of Day 2 definitely came from Todd Durkin’s Keynote presentation. I had already heard him talk during the Opening Ceremonies when he was awarded the Jack LaLane Award and he nearly had me in tears a few times then. Hearing him talk in that small room to all of us bloggers, with such passion and energy…well, I don’t even think I can put words to it. I realize that I am using the word “passion” a lot in this post, but I can’t stress it enough…everyone there was just so passionate about sharing their knowledge and their love of fitness! Todd Durkin’s speech will always stay with me, as possibly the most impactful part of the whole conference for me.

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I still don’t know what all to say about all the wonderful people I met this week. The ladies from SweatPink, all of the great bloggers who attended and were so friendly and welcoming, even the sponsors who were so happy to share their awesome product and chat! I know I’m going to have more to share with you in the coming days, both about the experience as a whole and about the last 2 days of the conference! I’m so thankful to have had this experience, one I hope to be the first of many.

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I do know one thing – this is definitely not going to be my last time attending BlogFest and IdeaWorld!!

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Quick, Healthy, and Tasty Meal Prep

Hey everyone! Settling back into your routine after last week’s holiday festivities? Even with Draz and I not doing much here, I know things have calmed down a bit this week. I’m gearing up for a lot of things coming up here, so quick and healthy meal prep has been my main focus lately! This week’s meal prep were wonderful and only took a few hours to put together!

Enjoy!

Get your week started right and save time with this quick, healthy and tasty meal prep!

Once again, I forgot to take pictures of our snacks. These honestly haven’t been changing much lately, though this week I really only put together a couple of snacks total. (I know, shocking!)

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But our main dishes more than make up for that. Not only are they oh-so-pretty and colorful, but these dishes turned out delicious! For me, I made more Chicken Burrito Bowls and Kielbasa, Peppers, Onion and Potato Hash! This hash is seriously one of my favorite dishes! So filling, healthy and very savory. The one main change I made to the hash was using sweet potatoes instead of regular. Just plan for longer to saute the potatoes a bit longer than the recipe calls for. For the burrito bowls, I might use guacamole instead of chopped avocado. I think the using lime juice to keep it from browning didn’t work quite as well for me this time around. Still was tasty, but didn’t hold up as well as it did last week.

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For Draz, I made Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, Baked Smothered Chicken, and Skinny Lasagna Rolls. A couple of these ended up having extra servings that I got to enjoy later 🙂 His favorite for the week was definitely the Beef and Broccoli! So tasty and it only takes 15 minutes or so to get going!

Here is the macros breakdown for the week:

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Want to give this one a try yourself? Get your downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! As I said earlier, I’ve been pretty focused on quick and simple recipes lately. Lots coming up, and some of it even has to do with the blog! I am headed to Las Vegas in a little over a week for BlogFest and couldn’t be more excited for it! I’m sure I will have a lot to share with you afterwards!

Any trips or vacations coming up for you? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

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Budget-Friendly High Protein Meal Prep

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I actually got to celebrate a little for this holiday. My parents came to camp nearby, so I got to spend some time out there with them! It was great to just relax by the fire and chat 🙂

I am super excited to share this week’s meal prep with you all! Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it was really nice to our budget too. Enjoy!

Want some high protein meals for your weekly meal prep without having to spend a lot of money? This meal prep is the perfect solution!

So, in all my crazy distracted-ness, I actually forgot to photograph the snacks from this week’s meal prep. I kept things pretty basic though. Cookie dough protein balls for Draz, chicken lunchmeat and cheese, celery sticks and peanut butter, and a few hard-boiled eggs. These higher protein and fat snacks have been working great for me! If you have any suggestions for high protein snacks you love, I would love to hear about them!

Now on to our main dishes of the week: Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for Draz (some favorites). Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken and Low Carb Chicken Burrito Bowls for me! Normally we have a little more overlap in what we eat throughout the week, but this one turned out pretty well split between us. I did have a little pulled pork though, because it is absolutely delicious 🙂

One change I made to the Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken – I doubled the amount of chicken in the recipe. This recipe is originally intended to be side dish. So to make it work better for a main meal, I increased the amount of protein! I didn’t have to change anything else and it worked great with more chicken!

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The Burrito Bowls were new and I absolutely loved them! I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first, since part of it calls for cutting up avocado and putting it in the bowls. But the lime did the trick and the avocado held up great throughout the week! For the shredded chicken, I used a variation of her Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken, but subbing out the tomato sauce for 2 cans of diced tomatoes (mostly because I didn’t have any tomato sauce haha). One thing to note for this recipe – it might make things easier to buy the avocados a few days ahead of time so they are ripe. I didn’t plan well for this, so I actually ended up assembling the burrito bowls a day later than the rest of the meal prep. Also, I left out the sour cream, since I’m not a big fan of it.

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Here are the macros for this week’s main dishes:

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Want to give this menu a try? Get your grocery list here!

That’s it for me this week! What did you do over your holiday weekend? Did you still do meal prep? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!

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