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Finding Fitness: Jen from Burpees For Breakfast

Hey everyone! I’m super excited to bring you this month’s Finding Fitness! Jen from Burpees for Breakfast is someone I discovered relatively recently, but is so inspirational! As you might remember, I’ve been getting more into weightlifting lately. Well, here is someone who definitely believes that girls can lift heavy! I love her focus on a healthy mindset and on weightlifting and am so happy to get to share her with all of you. Finding Fitness is all about sharing others experiences in their fitness journey with the hopes of inspiring you on your own journey!

Enjoy!

Jen from Burpees for Breakfast shares all about her fitness journey, gaining a love of weightlifting and so much more in this month's Finding Fitness!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I help women fit healthy living into their everyday life. I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, nutrition coach and blogger. While I have my own business, I work full time in corporate wellness. I’m from a small town in Indiana and currently live in a smaller one with my husband and fur child, Oscar. I’m a huge fan of coffee and kombucha, pancakes and sushi. I love the beach and dream of living by it some day. Friends is my all-time favorite show, followed closely by How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Rec and New Girl. Currently, I’m slightly obsessed with the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack. And of course, I love all things fitness, nutrition and mindset!

How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?

I started running the summer of my senior year of college to keep up with the other interns I was working with. Surprisingly, I ended up enjoying it. I continued running for a few years post college and eventually started to incorporate HIIT workouts, using the Nike Training Club app. During this time, I was dealing with some pretty difficult gut issues. It took a journey to heal my gut to really motivate me to change. I started eating better and working out smarter. The change I experienced with my gut healing journey has motivated me to keep going. In the past 4 years, I’ve made healthy living a lifestyle and I honestly can’t image it any other way. I love how I feel when I take care of my body, so it really only takes a couple days of not eating so well to get me back on track! If anyone is interested, they can read more about my gut healing journey here.

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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

Understanding that rest days are necessary AND finding a form of fitness that I love. When I first started, I worked out 7 days a week and would feel back every time I had to skip or had to take an off day. Now, I can have weeks where I only workout twice. The key was finding balance and experimenting with different things. It was a lot of trial and error, but it was worth it!

Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

I’m a type-a, overachiever, let-me-do-all-the-things kind of girl. This does not always work well for the body. I’ve dealt with gut issues and adrenal fatigue twice. The last time was in early 2016 and I actually just stopped working out all together. This break, while tough, but so important. It helped me figure out why I wanted to workout, what types of workouts my body enjoyed and helped me identify how fitness could fit into my life.

What achievement are you the most proud of?

Starting my own business was a pretty big deal and I’m proud of the fact that I did it AND still do it! On the fitness side of things, I just PR’d my deadlift at 205# and finally nailed my pull-up. I’m at 4 – 5 in a row right now and working on 6+.

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Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

Learning to love my body. A few years ago, my husband challenged me to lift weights for 2 months. I was a cardio queen and lifting had no appeal to me. However, lifting ended up changing my life and view of my body. Muscles started popping up and I got curves. With my history of digestive and hormonal issues, I noticed huge changes in this department as well. I credit lifting to helping me fully embrace and love my body.

What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

Right now, I’m not working on much. With the summer, I tend to have trouble staying consistent at the gym because I want to be outside doing activities. So, this time of year I’m in maintenance mode. I am working on my back squat goal, hoping to hit my 225# deadlift goal and working pull-ups. Once June hits, I’ll likely just focus on maintenance and knocking out more pull-ups!
I guess my long term dream as of recent would be to bust out pull-ups like the people on Bar Starz!

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What does a typical training week look like?

I usually aim for 3 – 4 days of workouts each week. Monday is typically Leg Day and I focus on squats. I usually do an upper body focus, deadlift / back day and a HIIT day. Now that summer is around the corner, I tend to enjoy workouts outside. I will sometimes skip the gym in favor of long walks or playing tennis with my husband.

What does an average day of eating look like for you?

As much as possible, I start my day with a big mason jar of water and a cup of warm lemon water with collagen. I usually have a fat + protein + veggie heavy breakfast. After lots of experimenting, I find my body does best with this ratio. Occasionally, I’ll throw in a carb like half a banana. I love coffee, so I drink at least 1 cup most days, usually with a scoop of collagen. Lunch is a typically homemade and will include a carb, fat, protein and veggies. I like to workout after work, so depending on the workout, if I need a snack, I’ll have a little carb / protein 1 ½ – 2 hours prior to my workout. I have Creatine/half a EAA scoop for my workout. Rather than a post workout snack, we typically have dinner, which is more carb heavy! I love chips, so if I have an evening snack, I like to have those. Boulder Canyon is my favorite brand!

Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

What works for me and my body is taking the following supplements. This might not work for everyone AND some people might need more/less. I use supplements to enhance my diet, not replace.
EPA / DHA or Fish oil for inflammation. I have asthma, so I like to reduce inflammation as much as possible. Magnesium for gut health and muscle recovery. Vitamin D helps my mood and my skin. Probiotic for gut health. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for gut, skin, hair, nail and joint health. Superfood Greens (occasionally) for extra support. Protein Powder (occasionally) for workout recovery or a treat. EAA for muscle recovery. Creatine workout performance.

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What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

I love lifting and HIIT workouts. Favorite exercise move is probably a deadlift – pretty much any variation. My least favorite exercise is probably side plank…only because I’m not very great at it!

What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

If I’m lacking fitness motivation, I figure out if I’m enjoying my workouts. If I’m not, I’ll either switch it up or take a break from working out. In the nutrition department, I’ll try new recipes out or make simple meals that require little creativity. For other areas, I like to journal through my thoughts and try to figure out what’s going on that way. Usually just writing down my thoughts helps my mood shift.

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?

Moving my body is a priority, so I make time for it. Moving and nourishing my body are my top priorities and help me feel my best. With all the things I have going on, being able to full give myself to the projects and people in my life is important. If I want to be able to do that, I move and eat well. Some days are ‘healthier’ than others. I’ve learned to just lighten up and give myself grace, instead of being obsessive and strict, making sure I do things perfectly everyday.

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What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

I actually wrote a post on this topic recently called How to Start Working Out and Stick With It. I expand on the tips in the post, but my top 3 would be

  1. Just start moving. Walking is a highly discounted form of fitness. For people that have maybe never worked out before, walking is a great place to start.
  2. Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals. If you have a SMART goal, it’s more likely you will stick with it!
  3. Start at your current level of fitness. If you are just starting your journey, it’s unlikely that starting out with a 200# deadlift is the best option. Start with the basics, master them, then move on from there.
    I’ll also add: Find something you enjoy. If you start running just because other people are, but you hate it, it’s unlikely you will stick with it. Doing something YOU enjoy is the key to consistency.

Anything else you want to share?

I recently started a free Facebook group called The Burpees for Breakfast Squad! It’s a community for health-minded women to chat about wellness topics and offer support! I’d love for anyone interested to join us.

Sara here: Jen, thank you so much with sharing all of that awesome information with us! Guys, I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jen and hearing about about her journey. I love how many different ways that we come to fitness in our lives and I hope you are being inspired by all the different stories being shared in my Finding Fitness series!

jen-burpees-for-breakfastJen Elliott helps women fit healthy living into their everyday life. She is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, group fitness instructor, blogger, dog mom and girlboss behind Burpees for Breakfast.  Her passion is educating, equipping and inspiring women with simple, smart and sustainable solutions for healthy living. On her blog, she talks all things fitness, nutrition, mindset, self-care, body love and more.  

 

To see more of Jen, check out her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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Easy & Healthy Weekly Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! This has kinda been a weird and hectic week for me, so I’m glad that I kept meal prep pretty simple. With trying to get used to my new schedule and preparing for upcoming markets, I’ve been pretty busy here. This hearty and healthy meal prep definitely helped me keep on track while I was on the go!

Enjoy!

Use this easy healthy meal prep to help you keep your busy week on track!

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For our snacks and salads, not much has changed.

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I did decide to add in some hard-boiled eggs. I’ve been getting pretty hungry between meals and snack times lately, so I’m hoping focusing on higher protein snacks will help. Any suggestions?

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For our main dishes, I decided to keep things pretty simple this week. Red Lentil Curry, One-Pot Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole, and Healthy Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli! Everything turned out delicious, but my favorite this week had to be the beef and broccoli. It’s been so long since I’ve made this! I had forgotten just how tasty it is!

Here are the macros for this week:

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Want to try this meal prep yourself? Get your free downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! Sorry for this one being so brief, but I’m honestly still pretty exhausted from the market yesterday. This week’s meal prep definitely helped me get through the craziness though. How has meal prep helped your life lately? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

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Easy and Delicious Weekly Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely week! I know I did, and that was in part to having this delicious meal prep to enjoy every day when I got home! As you might remember from last week’s post, things have been a bit stressful here. Having our meals taken care of is one less thing that I have to worry about. That I got to try 2 new recipes this week that both turned out AMAZING just makes things even better.

Enjoy!

Get your week started right with this healthy and delicious quick meal prep!

 

snacks-salads-food-prepNothing really new about our snacks and my salads. I am really loving these new-ish snacks right now, though I might look at adding to them soon! For right now, I’m just sticking to these Quinoa Omelette Bites and No-Crust Pizza Bites. And these salads are quickly becoming my new favorite! I think I’ve almost gotten them just the way I like them, so keep tuned for an upcoming recipe post 🙂

The real excitement this week is the main dishes. Draz asked for more Skinny Chicken Enchiladas, so those got added to the list. But with all the change-ups happening, I thought I would have some fun and try a couple new recipes. Both of these are really quick and easy to make, which makes them even more perfect for meal prep!

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First up, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry. This was so easy to toss into the slow cooker and go about the rest of my prep. I cooked it for about 6 hours and then just shredded the chicken instead of cutting it up. It worked perfectly! This curry even got Draz’s approval, which doesn’t happen often! He likes curry but is more particular about it than I am. This one is being added to our “make again” list!

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The other new dish of the week was Healthy Baked Chicken Italian Sausage and Peppers. Now, while I enjoyed the curry a lot, this one was my favorite this week! SO tasty! I used 2 packages of Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage that had 4 links each, and roughly 4-5 bell peppers. This ended up being put on 2 sheet pans, which worked out perfect. I love how simple, yet flavorful this dish is and we will definitely be having this one again soon!

For both of the new dishes, Draz had his with brown rice and I had mine with riced cauliflower. I’m really loving that frozen riced cauliflower I mentioned in last week’s post. I can honestly say I will probably be having this one a few times a week for the foreseeable future!

Here is the macros breakdown for this week!

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Want to try this delicious meal prep yourself? Get your grocery list for the main dishes here!

Have you tried any new dishes lately that you have just loved? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

 

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Self-belief: How to Combat Negative Thinking

This week I want to welcome back Jo from Fallen Angel Fitness! If you missed her Finding Fitness interview from a couple of weeks ago, make sure to check it out! Negative thinking is something I have fought with for a long time, so I’m especially excited for Jo to share her thoughts on it.

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Jo from Fallen Angel Fitness shares her thoughts and expertise on how to use self-belief to combat negative thoughts and to achieve our goals!

The mind is extremely powerful and self-talk can often influence the decisions we make. Ever heard the saying “If you tell yourself something often enough you’ll believe it”?  There’s real truth in this.

Let me give an example from my weight training.

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When I was attempting a Personal Record (PR) on my squat some weeks ago, all I could think about was the weight on the bar even though it was just a few lbs heavier than what I’d lifted before.

The more I thought about it the more the doubts started creeping in. I told myself I was probably going to miss the lift and the more I thought this the more anxious I became. The weight ended up becoming the biggest thing in my mind as opposed to what I could do to make sure I made the lift!

To combat my preoccupation with the weight I found a way of distracting my mind. It has taken me some months to recognise that this works!

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What I do is run through the mental ‘cues’ for each lift in my head. My mental cues for squat are that my knees need to go out at the bottom and I then explode on the way back up. I repeat these cues (e.g., “Knees out, explode up”) over and over in my head just before I attempt the lift.

This technique means there’s no room for me to worry about the weight or for doubt to set in.

What I’ve learnt through this process is that “It’s not necessarily the weight you’re lifting but the way you’re mentally approaching it that matters”.

Ways to deal with negative self-talk

I’m going to apply my weight lifting ‘mantra’ above to other areas of fitness. In fact, you could apply this to any goal that you’re trying to work on or problem you’re experiencing.

It’s not necessarily about [the goal/problem], but the way you’re approaching [the goal/problem] that matters.

‘The goal’ could be anything, for example, losing/gaining weight, or going to the gym more often. The main point is that negative thinking is one of the surest ways of derailing your goals.

Right at the beginning I mentioned the phrase “If you tell yourself something often enough you’ll believe it”, well use that principle to start telling yourself that you can achieve what you set out to do!

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I’m sure we all experience negative self-talk and doubts. That’s okay. The problem isn’t so much that you have the thoughts in the first place, it’s how you deal with them that matters.

Here are some ideas for how to combat negative self-talk. Everyone is different so not all of these methods may work for you, but that’s alright. If you find one that works then stick with it!

  1. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. So, you might want to lose weight but your thoughts tend to be things like “I’m fat and useless, I’ll always be like this”. Turn this around and start thinking “I know I’m XXlbs overweight, but if I follow my diet and exercise plan then the weight will steadily come off”.  This was what I did with my squats. Instead of thinking about the heavy weight, I focused on how I was going to lift it!

 

  1. Ask yourself “What would my best friend say?”Us humans have a nasty habit of being way harder on ourselves than we need to be. Imagine having a conversation with your best friend or someone you trust. What would they say in response to your negative self-talk? I bet it’s not nearly as harsh as they way you talk to yourself!

 

  1. Accept your flaws. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything about the problem you’re concerned about, but be realistic because and accept that no one is perfect. We’re all a work in progress and whilst you might not reach your goals overnight, you will get there with perseverance and dedication. There are no quick fixes!

 

  1. Use your experience.Think about a time in your life that was particularly difficult. How did you deal with what was happening? What was good about how you dealt with it? What could you do differently next time? Every experience is a chance to learn; take your learning and apply this to new problems/situations.

 

  1. Distract yourself. Sometimes we just need to distract ourselves to stop the mind from wandering onto negative things. Often when we have time on our hands this is an opportunity to think…a little too much! Distract yourself with doing other activities…perhaps you have some errands to run, chores to do, or go out and see some friends. Do whatever works to help take your mind off the negative self-talk.

 

Ultimately, you are in control

Remember, you are more than capable of achieving what you want to do. The mind is a powerful thing and can affect how you go about working through problems. It can also influence whether or not you actually tackle your problems in the first place.

But you should also remember that you are in control of your mind; it’s your mind after all, and only you can change the thoughts you’re thinking.

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Rather than focusing on the problem, think about the ways in which you can work through it. Set your mind to what needs to be done and plan how you will achieve your goal. If you experience any negative self-talk then try the techniques above and send those thoughts packing!

I hope this post has been useful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Sara here: Jo, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post with us! Everyone, I definitely encourage you to go check out Jo’s blog and her social media. She is so inspiring!

finding-fitness-jo-fallen-angel-fitnessJo is a trainee psychologist from the UK who likes to lift heavy weights and is training for her first powerlifting meet. Her blog merges her love of iron and her interest in the human mind by relating elements of psychology to different areas of fitness in order to help readers get the most out of their fitness journeys.
You can find more from Jo on her blog, InstagramFacebook, Twitter, and YouTube!
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Meet Your Fitness Goals with this High Protein Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share this week’s meal prep with you! This week’s meal prep was all about the healthy comfort food and it couldn’t have come at a better time. While it didn’t start out this way, the week ended up being a surprising and stressful one. I was very happy to have these filling high protein meals to enjoy when I got home each day!

Get ready for your week with this delicious high protein meal prep! Perfect for hitting your fitness goals and enjoying some comfort food at the same time!

So why was this week surprising and stressful? Well….it was decided rather unexpectedly that I will be going to part-time at my regular job. And while I have been hoping to make the move to part-time by the end of the year, I was not planning on it happening quite so soon. Or with such little notice. I did have the option to remain full-time, but it would have required a major schedule shift that neither Draz or myself thought was the best option.

I’m actually pretty excited about it and what it could mean for both my blog and for my jewelry business! But change is stressful, so this week wasn’t the easiest. And it’s week’s like this that make me so glad I do meal prep. I know I say this regularly, but it really did make all the difference this week! I didn’t sleep the best most days from the stress and things were pretty busy around here working to figure things out. So not having to think or worry about what we were going to eat any given day was a relief. Add in that all three main dishes this week were very comfort-foody and, well, it just helped things out a lot!

Enjoy!

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Our snacks this week were pretty basic. Neither Draz or I needed protein balls, so all I had to make up was the other snacks. I tried something a little different with the No-Crust Pizza Bites this week. Instead of 3 slices of Canadian bacon per muffin tin, I cut it down to 2. I think this worked a lot better to make the bites “sink” into the tin while they were cooking and made them hold together much better. I will definitely be doing it that way in the future!

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You might be wondering why my grapes containers have no cheese haha. Well, I have been using the Baybel individual wheels instead and I really like them! It’s a nice change up from the other cheeses I’ve used in the past. Other than that, I made more Quinoa Omelette Bites, Cheeseburger Inspired Salads, and more Freezer Breakfast Burritos!

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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These breakfast burritos are a staple in our home! Tasty and filling, they are our favorite breakfast. Pair with some healthy homemade cinnamon bread and cottage cheese and you have a breakfast that will start your day off right!
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Print Recipe
These breakfast burritos are a staple in our home! Tasty and filling, they are our favorite breakfast. Pair with some healthy homemade cinnamon bread and cottage cheese and you have a breakfast that will start your day off right!
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: burritos
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage over med-high heat in a large skillet. When sausage is almost cooked through, add bell pepper and onions. Saute until tender. While sausage is cooking, beat eggs and any desired seasonings together.
  2. Once sausage and veggie mixture is cooked, add egg mixture. Cook, stirring regularly, until eggs are almost set. Add cheese and salsa; cook 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggs fully set. Remove from heat and allow to cool, 10-15 minutes.
    freezer sausage breakfast burrito filling mixture
  3. Once mixture is cooled, spoon into tortillas and fold into a burrito. Wrap in cling wrap (my preference) or aluminum foil.
    2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
Recipe Notes

Our burritos have two sizes. Mine have 1/3 c filling wrapped in a FlatOut wrap. Draz's have 2/3 c. filling wrapped in a larger (burrito-size) white tortilla. This recipe usually makes 30 burritos in total, 15 of each size. If you are just making the smaller burritos, it should make roughly 54 burritos.

To Heat: Remove from freezer and allow to thaw overnight. Heat in microwave 1.5-2 minutes, flipping once. (You can heat straight from the freezer, but I find it's harder to heat evenly that way)

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For our main dishes this week, we had Jambalaya, Skinny Chicken Enchiladas and Healthy One-Pan Baked “Smothered” Chicken! I love all of these so much I don’t even know if I can say I had a favorite this week! The jambalaya is adapted from a family recipe and has been one of my comfort foods for a long time. And I love this healthier version of it I’ve been making for the past year or so!

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This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook and one of my favorites still!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Jambalaya
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This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook and one of my favorites still!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook sausage 5 min; remove from pan. Add chicken, cayenne pepper, and 1 tbsp Emeril's to pan and cook 5 min; remove from pan.
  2. Add onions, bell peppers, remaining Emeril's and garlic powder to the pan and cook 8 min or until vegetable are softened, stirring regularly. Add rice and cook 3 min, stirring frequently.
  3. Return sausage and chicken to the pot. Add stock and bay leaf. Increase heat to med-high and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 25 min; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 min. Remove bay leaf and stir in green onions to serve.
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For the Enchiladas, I made a couple small changes:

  • I didn’t measure out the chicken, but it was roughly 1.25 lbs. I didn’t change any of the rest of the chicken mixture. It ended up being 11 enchiladas, with 1/3 cup filling in each.
  • For my enchiladas, I used Light FlatOut wraps instead of tortillas. They worked great! For Draz’s I used regular flour tortillas.

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For the Smothered Chicken, I didn’t change anything to the recipe itself. However, I did make an exciting change to how I served it! Draz’s portions were with brown rice, but mine were with a delicious cauliflower rice! Now, I know, I’ve made cauliflower rice on here before. And that is the new thing….I didn’t make it! I ended up impulse buying some frozen prepared Bird’s Eye Riced Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic and I am so glad I did!

Guys, this stuff is delicious! I have struggled with making cauliflower rice for months now. I would make it and be pretty disappointed with it each time. It was fine…it just wasn’t working for me as a rice substitute. But this?! This totally works for me! I can honestly say I don’t even noticed the difference. While I usually am all about making things fresh, this is definitely going to be the exception for me!

Here is this week’s macros breakdown!

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Want to make this week’s meal prep for yourself? Get your downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! What have you tried recently that surprised you, like the frozen riced cauliflower did me? What is your favorite healthy comfort food? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

 

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1 1/2 Years, 101 Things: My Day Zero Project Update!

I can’t believe I’m over halfway done with my first Day Zero project! 101 Things in 1001 Days is just as hard as it sounds haha!

If you are pretty new to the blog, you can check out my first post about this project here to get a better idea of what I’m talking about! There have been a lot of changes since I started this project, both with my life and just with myself. It’s really interesting to see where my focus was a year and a half ago and what has shifted in that focus now!

This project has also taught me a lot about goal setting. It’s so easy to get distracted and take your focus off of your goals, whether they are big or small ones. This happened a lot with this project! It’s really going to be a push for me to finish up most of it in the next year. And a few of them are just not going to get done at all! But I’m pretty excited to see what I can get done. One year left!

101 Things in 1,001 Days

Start Date: October 6, 2015

End Date: July 3, 2018

  1. Get $2000 in Emergency Savings – In progress
  2. Take a day trip to a state park I’ve never been to – In progress! I will be going to one at the end of my trip to Las Vegas in July 2017
  3. Complete Kayla Itsines BBG1 – Started 10/12/15 Finished 1/17/16 (Check out my progress through the guide on these posts: Month 1Month 2Complete!)

    by David Smith at ShutterSmith Photography
    by David Smith at ShutterSmith Photography
  4. Complete Kayla Itsines BBG2
  5. Take a trip to another state (for at least 3 days) – In progress – I will be in Las Vegas for a week!
  6. Attend a BBG Meet-up – Done! Attended first ever Iowa meet-up in Iowa City August 20, 2016. I do hope to attend an out-of-state one at some point though!Push your comfort zone, try new things and meet new people!
  7. Start my business- Done! Launched my Etsy store June 27, 2016shop-header
  8. Blog 5 days a week for a month
  9. Take a weekend trip with Mom
  10. Meditate daily for a month
  11. Complete a 365-day photo project
  12. Take a cooking class
  13. Take a metal-working class
  14. Upgrade my camera – Done! I love my camera so much!
  15. Take a photography class
  16. Run a 5K
  17. Attend a blogging conference or workshop – Done! Go Blog Social in Des Moines, IA Sept 9-10, 2016Pushing my comfort zone by going to my first blogging conference!
  18. Go to a jazz festival
  19. Make a piece of wood furniture
  20. Complete a pull-up – In progress
  21. Do 30 consecutive full push ups – In progressfitness-journey-30s
  22. Learn to can vegetables
  23. See a ballet
  24. See an opera
  25. Write a recipe ebook -In progress Started 10/13/15
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Learn to sew
  28. Finish 5 crochet projects
  29. Go to an art museum
  30. Attend the local crochet & knitting group
  31. Learn Japanese to a conversational level
  32. Take a pottery class
  33. Go zip-lining
  34. Bake a birthday cake
  35. Get dressed up for a special dinner
  36. Go to the Omaha Zoo
  37. Get a massage – Done! Nov 2016 and it was wonderful.
  38. Take a ballroom dancing class
  39. Go rock climbing
  40. Take a yoga class – Done! I actually take one almost every week now.
  41. Create a gallery wall – Done! Finished Early Dec 2015
  42. Read a book of poetry
  43. Wear a two-piece swimsuit
  44. Go to a drive-in movie
  45. Bake a pie from scratch
  46. Make a new friend – Done. I’ve been making a few new friends lately 🙂
  47. Find and buy the perfect LBD
  48. Find and buy the perfect shoes to go with the LBD
  49. Complete a coloring book -In progress. Started early Jan 2016
  50. Learn basic HTML
  51. Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week
  52. Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a month
  53. Have a date night once a month for six months
  54. Learn how to make sushi
  55. Do something special for my 30th birthday – Done! Girls Night Out to see “Chicago” and get dinner all dressed up!
  56. Build a snowman
  57. Wear nothing black for one week
  58. Meet an online friend in person – Done! 
  59. Save $10 for each task completed – In progress
  60. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
  61. “Re-learn” how to ride a bike – Done! Got my bike from an awesome coworker June 11, 2016. I have since ridden many times, included a 30-mile ride!

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    20 mile bike ride!
  62. See 2 stage productions – In progress – “Chicago” Feb 25, 2017
  63. Visit Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
  64. Pick 10 books by unknown (to me) authors and read them – Done!
    1. “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
    2. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
    3. “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon
    4. “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin
    5. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling
    6. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
    7. “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion
    8. “10% Happier” by Dan Harris
    9. “Ghost” by Fred Burton
    10. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
  65. Go to a personal clothing stylist
  66. Do a handstand – In progress
  67. Send in a card to PostSecret
  68. Do henna on someone else
  69. Refinish deck
  70. Build pergola
  71. Take parents out for a nice dinner
  72. Do yoga outside in a public place
  73. Go ice skating
  74. Go to a local town festival
  75. Plant and maintain a raised garden for one summer
  76. Plant a fall garden
  77. Visit two friends from college
  78. Make a meal entirely from the garden
  79. Learn to play the guitar
  80. Take another bellydance class
  81. Do an outdoor photo-a-month project: Ada Hayden -In progress Started 10/13/15. Lost photos in hard drive crash in Sept 2016. Restarting Jan 2017!

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    One of my favorites that I was able to recover
  82. Go to a poetry reading/event
  83. Write a letter to my college mentor
  84. Go on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad
  85. Go minigolfing
  86. Make a healthy pizza from scratch
  87. Go canoeing or kayaking
  88. Find a daytime job – In progress – I am actually going down to part-time at my regular job on overnights in two weeks!
  89. Go to an arts festival – In progress – planned for May 20, 2017
  90. Go to a crafts fair – Done! April 1, 2017
  91. Attend a holiday service with my parents
  92. Attend a religious service of a religion I’m unfamiliar with
  93. Run a charity race
  94. Donate any clothes I don’t use anymore – In progress. Many bags of clothing donated, a few thrown out! (Not sure how to tell when I’m done with this one)
  95. Go to a big fireworks show
  96. Declutter and organize basement – In progress. Many bags of trash gone, a carload of items donated! (Not sure how to tell when I’m done with this one either!)
  97. Go to hot balloon festival
  98. Take a floral arrangement workshop
  99. Read 100 new-to-me books- In progress – Get my book list here!
  100. Make treats for everyone at work for no reason
  101. Go to 2 cultural festivals
  • Complete: 14
  • In progress: 16

So that’s it! My progress so far! Not as much as I would like it to be, but I’ve at least gotten some done and some very close! I will probably actually start doing 3 month updates on here instead of 6 months for this last year, to up my accountability.

Have you ever done a project like this? What would be something on your own 101 Things project? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Prepare for your Week with this Healthy Stir-fry Meal Prep

Hey guys! Are you as ready for spring as I am? I know that technically it’s already spring, but it sure hasn’t felt like it! I think that the “missing spring”  thing definitely influenced this week’s meal prep. Stir-fry, for me, always makes me think of veggies and spring-time goodness. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually even realize that all 3 dishes were stir-fry until I sat down to write this! So I guess that tells you how observant I was this past week haha!

This week’s meal prep dishes were pretty delicious regardless. Like last week, this week was kinda split into “food for Draz” and “food for me.” But that’s ok! Sometimes it just works out that way.

Enjoy!

Get your week started right with this healthy and budget friendly meal prep! If you love stir-fry, then this one is definitely for you!

This week had a full snack prep, as both of us needed protein balls and I’m still on my newer snack obsession. I am loving the No-Crust Pizza Bites and the Quinoa Omelette Bites still. They are just perfect for my second snack of the day. Of course, Draz needs his Cookie Dough Protein Balls as well 🙂

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I’m still making these Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bites for myself and loving them! I don’t know if I mentioned it last time, but I did have the issue of them being a bit on the dry side when I first made them. Did you try them and have that issue to? Anyways, I figured out a solution guys! Just add a splash of unsweetened plain almond milk to the mix! It works great and they were much easier to form into balls.

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For our main dishes this week, I made two of our favorites for Draz and a new recipe for me! For Draz, I made the Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken. Both of these are so good, though Draz’s favorite will probably always be the Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta. I did forget that I usually double that one, so we did end up a little short on food later on throughout the week.

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For me, I made this Sweet and Sour *Tofu Peppers Broccoli. Now, the original recipe calls for chickpeas, but I was trying to lower the carbs, so I decided to try cooking with tofu for the first time! Because of this being my first time cooking with tofu, I’m not sure if that is what caused my overall reaction to this dish….which is kinda “eh”? It wasn’t bad, but I don’t know that I would make it again in it’s current form. I also cut the sugar in the sauce in half, but honestly I liked the sauce, do I don’t think that was the problem. I might try making this dish again with chickpeas and see how I like it then!

As always, here is this week’s macros breakdown!

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Want to try this meal prep yourself? Get your grocery list with all the main dish ingredients here:

That’s it for this week! Have you tried cooking with tofu before? Any tips for a newbie? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Finding Fitness: Jo at Fallen Angel Fitness

Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you this month’s edition of “Finding Fitness”! Today I’m introducing you to Jo from Fallen Angel Fitness. If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I’ve been getting pretty into weightlifting the past few months. So my interview with Jo was even more exciting for me with her passion for lifting!

Whether you are just getting started on your fitness journey or have been at it for years, I think she has a lot of insight to share, so I will let her get to it. Enjoy!

Whether you are just getting started on your fitness journey or have been at it for years, my interview with Jo is sure to have some insights for you!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Jo, I’m 37 years old, from England, and I live with my husband Alan, my cat Charlie and my terrier-cross Cookie.
I’m really new to the world of blogging. I have a few social media pages and also upload videos to a Youtube channel each week, but decided to start my blog in December 2016 because I wanted a place where I could merge my love of fitness with my passion for writing.
Aside from my interests in fitness, I’m a trainee psychologist in my final two years of training. I believe that psychology has a huge role to play in fitness and I try and bring aspects of this into my blog posts where possible. I’m also a qualified counsellor and I enjoy being able to make connections with people and help them explore their stories at a deeper level.

How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?

 
I haven’t always been interested in fitness. Far from it! In my mid-20s I didn’t take great care of my body at all. I smoked, drank a lot of alcohol and didn’t eat particularly well. In around 2005, me and a few friends decided to start training for a 5k to raise money for a breast cancer charity as we all felt we could do with getting fitter. I’d never done any running before and started off with only being able to run 30 seconds at a time. A few months later I was able to run 5k non-stop. It was a huge achievement and I felt such freedom from being able to just put on some running shoes and get out there.
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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

Body image has been an issue for me since my 20s, and although it’s not so much of a problem nowadays it can still play on my mind from time to time. As part of my powerlifting training I am currently ‘bulking’, or eating in a calorie surplus, in order to help build strength. This means that I am not as lean as I would perhaps like. There are some days where I can feel a bit self-conscious about it, and I think that’s mainly because we’re surrounded by so many messages about how we ‘should’ look. But, when I see how much stronger I’m getting in each training session and I keep hitting PRs (personal records) in my lifts this helps to reinforce that bulking is helping me right now, and that it won’t be forever.

Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

A few years ago I strained my IT Band whilst training for a marathon. Despite taking a few months off to allow it to heal, it was never really the same and so I had to find other ways to keep fit. I got into doing fitness DVDs and in mid-2015 I came across a DVD which focused on weight training. I loved the feeling of getting stronger and that’s what spurred me onto continuing with lifting weights.
 

What achievement are you the most proud of?

I am a much different person to who I was about 10 years ago. I’ve been through personal difficulties and done a lot of work on myself to be where I am today. I have a lot more faith in myself and my abilities, and I actually like myself now! It’s been hard work but it has been worth it to come through the other side and start enjoying life and doing the things I love. I should say, that despite the difficult experiences I’ve had I wouldn’t be where I am without them and so I am grateful for having been through them.
 
 

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

The biggest change outside of the physical has been my increase in confidence. Getting physically stronger has been a huge boost to the way I feel about myself and how I look. Weight training has helped me to become more disciplined in other areas of my life. I used to put off doing things I was worried about, but now I am more likely to tackle them head-on rather than avoiding them. I’m not the most patient person in the world and lifting weights has also helped me to become much more patient because my strength is going to take time to build and so the work that I put in now is going to pay dividends when it comes to me competing.
 
 

What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

I’m currently training for my first powerlifting meet in May 2017. I’m loathe to call myself a powerlifter until I have done my first meet! I have no doubt that I will enjoy the experience so I’d like to compete in further meets afterwards. Perhaps I’m dreaming too big at this stage (is there such a thing?!) but I would eventually like to move from a novice category of lifting to a more ‘professional’ category. Of course that means getting stronger, which I fully intend on becoming!
 
 

What does a typical training week look like?

I train five days a week and have the weekends as my rest days. On Mondays I do front squats and deadlifts, Tuesdays is decline bench press, Wednesdays is an active recovery day which consists of light weights to keep working the muscles but not fatigue them. Thursdays are back squats and Fridays is flat bench press. I have an online coach and he sends me the weights and reps that he wants me to do for each exercise. The weights and reps vary each week as sometimes he’ll want me to do heavier weights and lower reps, and other days I’ll lift lighter weights with higher reps. He will adjust as we go along, depending on how I get on with the different weights. It certainly seems to be working as I’m gradually increasing what I can lift!
I also try to do one 15-20 minute HIIT session each week for heart health. Because I’m training for strength my coach wants me to keep cardio to a minimum, which is fine, but I do like the feeling I get from doing HIIT and feel my heart racing!
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What does an average day of eating look like for you? 

In each of my meals I try to get a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch but vary things for dinner. I’m a creature of habit and routine just feels easier for me! I rarely get bored with the same foods.
For breakfast I have oats which are cooked in water with egg whites. I then mix in chocolate protein powder and peanut butter. It probably sounds horrible but it’s actually very nice, honest!
Lunch doesn’t tend to be a big meal as I save most of my calories for later in the day. I normally have some rice cakes with tuna or chicken and also some boiled eggs as protein helps me to feel fuller for longer.
For dinner it’s usually chicken or fish with mixed vegetables and rice, but I vary the sauces so that it doesn’t get boring. I also have a meal a few hours before going to bed which is usually another (smaller) portion of oats with protein powder and peanut butter.
I do have a few squares of dark chocolates most days, and whilst it’s nice to be able to do that I try to stick to nutrient-dense foods as much as possible.
 
 

Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

I use protein powder with my oats at breakfast time, just because there are only so many egg whites and chicken breast I can eat in a day! The protein powder makes it easier for me to hit my protein requirements, but I aim to get the majority of my protein from whole foods.
I also take Creatine Monohydrate. Creatine is a natural substance found in our own bodies, mostly in the muscles, and is said to be one of the best supplements when it comes to building strength and/or muscle. Creatine helps me get a better ‘pump’ when lifting weights and also enables me to push that bit harder when the weights get tough.
I also take an Omega 3 capsule each day for heart and joint health. I do try and get a decent amount of oliy fish but it can be expensive so the capsules help with that. Also, I take a multivitamin in case I’m not getting all the micronutrients I need from my food, and a specific joint health supplement as I want to help preserve my joints and be able to lift for as long as possible.
 
 

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

My favorite lift is the deadlift. There is something very empowering about being able to lift a dead weight off of the floor! My least favorite is wide-stance squats. They help to build the hips, but they are just so awkward and I’m glad to get them done!
 
 

What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

I’ve so far not found my motivation to lift to be a problem. However, there are often times when my motivation to get out of bed (in order to lift) can be low! I don’t have a magic formula in these instances, I just tell myself to get out of bed and get ready. To be honest, once I am out of bed and changed then I am ready to go, but leaving a cosy bed can sometimes be hard especially in the cold dark winter months!
 
 

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout? 

I get up at 5am on my training days. I have to train in the morning because I know that when I get home from work all I want to do is sit on the sofa and relax! Finding the time for fitness isn’t so much an issue, but there can be times where blogging and updating my social media can take a lot of time. Whilst I enjoy it, I want to make sure I have a balance between that and spending time with my family. On Sundays my husband and I tend to go on a long walk with Cookie, out in the countryside. This gives us some down-time from everything and the space to just be out in nature and enjoy what’s around us.
 

What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

1. Do your research – Whatever area of fitness you want to get into, look on Google for websites which may prove useful. I did this and found lots of great information about things such as the equipment I needed to buy and the sort of lifting programs which would be best suited to me.
2. Find other people who are interested in the same thing – I joined some forums and got chatting to other people. This really helped to motivate me to pursue what I wanted to do, and the other forum members were also able to give me great advice based on their experiences.
3. Don’t worry about what other people may think – I’ve had some unkind comments from so-called friends about me choosing to lift weights and it’s sad when people don’t appear to support your efforts to do something positive. There will always be people who don’t necessarily agree with, or support, your fitness journey. Don’t let those people deter you from what you are passionate about – surround yourself with like-minded people and go for it!
 

Anything else you want to share?

I’m a huge believer that women shouldn’t be afraid to lift heavy weights. There are so many myths out there, for example, that women will get bulky if they lift heavy. That’s just not true as we’re not physiologically able to get bulky due to our low levels of testosterone. Lifting weights can have many physical benefits, such as increasing bone density and minimizing the risks of osteoporosis later in life, and it’s certainly increased my self-confidence. Even if women don’t want to lift as their main source of fitness, I believe that incorporating some lifting into their fitness routine will bring them huge benefits.

 

Sara here again: Jo, thank you so much for joining me today and sharing your insights!
Guys, you should definitely go check out Jo and all that she does. She inspires me all the time and I’m sure she will do the same for you!

 

finding-fitness-jo-fallen-angel-fitnessJo is a trainee psychologist from the UK who likes to lift heavy weights and is training for her first powerlifting meet. Her blog merges her love of iron and her interest in the human mind by relating elements of psychology to different areas of fitness in order to help readers get the most out of their fitness journeys.
You can find more from Jo on her blog, InstagramFacebook, Twitter, and YouTube!
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Use This Budget-Friendly Meal Prep to Make Your Week Easier!

If you have been around the blog for very long, you know that I love meal prep. There are some weeks though, that really highlight just how much of a difference meal prep makes in my life. This week was definitely one of those weeks. I started off the week super focused on getting ready for my first craft market of the “season” and stayed pretty focused on that the majority of the week. (Along with the blog, I also sell handmade jewelry here) Combine that with a couple projects I was working on for the blog and I was staying up way later than I should be. I had no mental energy left to think about what I was going to eat.

And this is where meal prep really becomes so helpful! The thought was taken completely out of the equation. Even when I was exhausted and distracted, I knew that we had healthy food in the fridge ready to eat. I even had some food that could count as one of my “comfort foods,” so that was one more thing to help me feel a little better and de-stress.

All this to say, you can really make meal prep work for you! Those weeks when life just gets insane don’t have to be quite so stressful, because at least one major area of your life is already handled. Because let’s face it, cooking and food can take up a pretty large chunk of our day, especially if we want to eat healthy, homemade meals.

On that note, enjoy this week’s meal prep!

This budget-friendly meal prep is the perfect way to get you set up for the coming week!

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For snacks, I’m still seriously loving these No Crust Pizza Bites and Quinoa Omelette Bites. I can’t get enough of them and the are a lovely change-up from the snacks I was eating for a long time. I also switched back to the Cheeseburger Salads because, well…they are delicious! While I might be switching this up more often, I don’t think this is going to change much any time soon. This salad is so good, filling and still fits well within my macros.

For our main dishes this week, there was really a split between food for me and food for Draz, more so than normal. This is another example of how meal prep can work for you! Other than breakfast, we ate very different food all week this week with no day-to-day extra work. And while I didn’t really realize it at the time, all of our main dishes this week were vegetarian! Which is pretty rare for us and was a nice change of pace.

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My dinner dish for the week: Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry with Cauliflower Rice. You guys…I think I finally got this whole cauliflower rice thing down! Check out this guide from Minimalist Baker for the method I used. Also learned this week..sometimes shocking things happen in the kitchen. Things like your blade in your trusty food processor suddenly breaking in half while making cauliflower rice. Thankfully, I had just started making it, so I only had to throw out a little bit. And I had another type of blade, so I was still able to make it 🙂 But it was definitely startling!

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Back to this curry. This is seriously delicious. I have made this recipe before, but never with sweet potato. When I realized that I wanted to make this dish for this week, I also realized that I had some sweet potato left over from a previous meal prep. Perfect! I wasn’t entirely sure how well the sweet potato would work with the flavors of the dish, but I was worrying for nothing. It turned out wonderful!

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As for Draz’s food for the week, I made Skinny Lasagna Rolls and Homemade Lentil Soup. I can say, without any surprise, that the lasagna was his favorite of the week. The soup was tasty, but those lasagna rolls are just SO good! If you haven’t tried them yet, you definitely should. Not only are they tasty and macros friendly, but they are pretty easy to make too!

Here is the macros breakdown for the week:

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Want to make this for your own meal prep? Get the full main dish grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! Any kitchen mishaps that you have had to deal with lately? Or tried out any recipes with a new ingredient? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Healthy Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bread

While I’ve been cooking since I was 20, baking has always been kinda intimidating to me. It is far less forgiving than cooking. If I mess up a dish I’m cooking, it’s pretty likely that I can figure out how to salvage it! Baking though, is as much science as it is an art and I have always been in awe of the people that can take flour, sugar, eggs and a few other ingredients and create something as wonderful as homemade bread.

This delicious cinnamon bread has become a favorite part of our breakfast!

Because there is something extra-special and homey about homemade bread, isn’t there? And it’s something that I nearly idolized. So when I decided to FINALLY try to learn to bake something a couple of years ago, I looked around a lot for a homemade bread recipe that didn’t seem quite so intimidating. Enter Cinnamon Quick Bread! This cinnamon bread quickly (pun unintended but wonderful) became one of my favorite recipes and a must-have for my breakfast!
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But as I started to get more invested in my fitness goals, I realized that the cinnamon bread I loved was actually pretty terrible for me 🙁 As you can imagine, I was pretty disappointed! So I set out to learn more about baking substitutions and began experimenting. Now, I am by no means a master baker! I still have a lot to learn about baking in general and can’t wait to get better at it! But I’m thrilled to say that, after many many versions and changes, this recipe is about as healthy as I can make it and still is SO tasty!
Some highlights of this cinnamon bread:
  • It still has that cinnamon sugar goodness with less than 1 cup of sugar in it overall!
  • No butter in the recipe at all!
  •  Easy to make! Only takes around 20 minutes to mix up, then immediately into the oven to bake!
  • Stores great! Toasts up perfect from the fridge and also freezes well!
  • Dense and filling, one slice is the perfect addition to your breakfast!
To start, preheat your oven to 350. Get your base ingredients into the mixing bowl: 2 very ripe bananas, 1/2 c sugar, 2 eggs, and 3 tsp vanilla essence. Mix well.
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Add in 2 cups unsweetened almond milk and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Mix.
Add in your 4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup at a time. Scrape sides of bowl between each cup. After adding the last cup of flour, add in 2 tsp baking soda. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well.
Mix together your cinnamon sugar – 1/4 c sugar and 3 tsp cinnamon. Grease your 2 loaf pans well with cooking spray.
Add roughly 1/3-1/2 of batter to your loaf pans, trying to split evenly between them (I am terrible at doing this evenly, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect!). Sprinkle most of cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter, splitting between the two pans. Leave a small amount to sprinkle over the top.
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Add the rest of the batter to the pans. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Take knife and swirl the batter.
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Bake for 1 hr. Remove from oven and let rest in the pans for 20 min. Then cool cinnamon bread on racks. Enjoy! Tastes great warm from the oven or toasted later on!
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Store in pantry for up to 1 week. Can store in fridge for least 2 1/2 weeks. Freezes great!
 What is your favorite type of bread to make? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!
Have you tried this recipe? I would love to hear how it went, so feel free to leave me some feedback!
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Healthy Quick and Easy Cinnamon Banana Bread
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Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
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Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
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1 hr 20 min
delicious-cinnamon-bread
Healthy Quick and Easy Cinnamon Banana Bread
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 20 min
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
Bread Batter
Cinnamon Sugar
Servings: loaves
Instructions
  1. In your mixing bowl, add bananas, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla essence. Mix on low until combined. Add unsweetened almond milk, then lemon juice; continue mixing on low.
  2. One cup at a time, slowly add whole wheat flour while mixing on low, scraping sides of bowl between each cup. After adding the last cup of flour, add the baking soda. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then mix on low briefly to fully combine.
  3. Mix 2 tbsp sugar and the cinnamon to make a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray. Put 1/2 of the batter (or a little less) into the loaf pans; 1/4 in each pan. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter in each pan.
  5. Add remaining batter to pans, then sprinkle with last of the cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife.
  6. Bake at 350 for 1 hr or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes before removing from pan to cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition: 109 calories

  • Total Fat 1 g
  • Total Carbs 24 g - 2 g Dietary Fiber, 10 g Sugar
  • Protein 3 g

Nutritional Information is for 1 slice. Each loaf, for us, comes to 14 slices.

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