Week in Review: July 23-29

Y’all I seriously feel like a weight has been lifted. After my post earlier this week I finally feel like I can get back to blogging regularly! It’s still probably not going to be as often as I would like until the market season is over, but I have so much I want to share with you!

But for now, my week in review!

Meal Prep

I’m doing a bit of freezer clean-out right now, so our meal prep was super basic. Hard boiled eggs and protein balls for snacks; Turkey and Bean Burritos (based on this recipe) for Draz!

Workouts

pound-pro-group-exercise-classI didn’t get in as many workouts as I would have liked this week due to some of my work schedule. But I taught 3 Pound classes and had a few days with a pretty high step count! I’m planning on upping this a bit in the coming week if I can!

What I’m Loving this Week

Our new cat and listening to the Sisterhood of Sweat podcast!

Struggles

While I did have some stress related food cravings this week, I managed to keep them mostly in check. I did indulge a bit of the craving…but I also controlled portion size! Since this is a serious difficulty for me when I’m really stressed, I’m pretty proud of myself for the self-control.

I also haven’t been getting as much sleep lately as I need. Some of it was work related and not an issue anymore, but the rest…not so much. I am trying a new planning routine that I hope will help with productivity, letting me feel like I can get to bed earlier.

For Locals: Upcoming Events

July 31 – Rock the Library Pound Class! Ericson Library, Boone, IA 6:30 – 7 pm

August 12 – Pound and Pour at Jasper Winery, Des Moines, IA 1-2 pm

 

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Week in Review: May 14-20

Hey y’all! If you read my post last week, you know I was having a bit of a rough time of it. Thankfully, I’ve been feeling much better this week, if a bit overwhelmed by stuff I meant to get done last week haha. But that is how things go, right?!

One thing that helped a lot – This week’s meal prep! It was pretty quick to put together and delicious. Both of which were super important, since I had a lot to get done before the fine arts festival the following weekend (where I’m at RIGHT NOW!!)

Anyways, onward to meal prep and this week’s workouts!!

Meal Prep

healthy-meal-prep3 main meals this week, plus some protein balls and cinnamon bread for the freezer! The next couple of weeks, I’m going to be really short on time, so the freezer being well stocked is essential.

  • Healthy Kung Pao Chicken – Easily one of Draz’s favorite dishes, this one is pretty quick to make too! The most time consuming part of it is trimming the green beans. Which is well worth it, because fresh green beans are delicious!
  • Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans – I love this recipe for a quick filling and delicious meal. I almost always pair it with the Kung Pao Chicken for my preps, since they both use fresh green beans.
    • note – The recipe calls for fresh lemon juice. Now, yes, it does taste a bit better with it fresh. That said, I always use bottled anymore….much quicker and Draz and I still think the dish turns out wonderful!
  • Chicken Vindaloo – This one is definitely more my dish than Draz’s. I usually eat mine with steamed cauliflower rice!
  • Cinnamon Bread – We weren’t out from the last time that I made this, but this recipe freezes great! I didn’t want to worry about running out over the next few weeks, so we now have 3 loaves in the freezer haha.
  • Protein Balls – As always, a great go-to snack for Draz and myself. These have been a staple in our house for over 2 years now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Workouts

This week I had some pretty awesome workouts! And make sure to check out the announcements at the bottom of this post – I have some exciting things coming up for workouts, starting tomorrow!poundfit-ymca-group-exercise

  • Monday – nearly an hour and a half of POUND practice! I’m working on some new songs right now, so this was even more fun and challenging than normal!
  • Tuesday – more POUND, sticking mostly to new songs this time. Tuesdays are my 15-hr work days (between the two jobs), so I didn’t workout for as long – ended up practicing for about 45 minutes
  • Wednesday – More POUND – Are you surprised? Haha I practiced before class and then taught an awesome class!
  • Friday – 16 mile bike ride with Draz for our 4 year anniversary!
  • Saturday – Does set-up for my art festival this weekend count? The unload and set-up process was definitely a workout, so I think I’m counting it!

Struggles

I did okay for most of the week, but I haven’t quite gotten back into “market mindset” yet when it comes to planning my preps. I’ve been doing great at stocking the freezer for those weekends I won’t have as much time to cook, but I didn’t plan ANYTHING to take with me to eat during the weekend art festival. I will need to plan better for future markets. Expect to see more burrito bowls in the future!

Reminders

Locals – POUND events at Jasper start soon! Join my Facebook group to stay up to date on that and so much more!

 

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Easy Weekly Meal Prep (Plus a Bit Extra!)

Hey y’all! You know, I can’t believe February is over halfway done….This year just seems to be flying by! And I have so many exciting things going on right now, some of which I can’t wait to share more with you about! If you have been keeping up with me on social media, you might know that I got certified as a POUND Pro yesterday!! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since last summer and it was INCREDIBLE!

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I’m still kinda processing my thoughts on the training, but I can say this: POUND is so much more than a workout and I can’t wait to start teaching it. It has really ignited a passion in me and I am so excited to see where this path takes me! I think it’s going to be amazing!

It’s also my birthday weekend and I gotta say, it’s been wonderful. Draz and I had a “pizza and movies” date at home on Friday, which was just the relaxed date that I was needing with all of my crazy schedule lately. And while y’all know that I love my meal prep and eating healthy, sometimes all the carbs sounds just about right! This was definitely one of those times.

Then on Saturday was my POUND training of course, followed by a delicious meal at a new (to me) Ecuadorian restaurant with a good friend of mine! And today has even more fun planned! Brunch and seeing Black Panther (at the same time!!) with parents, followed by indoor rock climbing with some ladies from Women on Adventures! This weekend is just what I’ve been needing to recharge and really get that excitement renewed!

Okay, enough about me and my birthday craziness. On to this week’s meal prep!

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

Y’all, I made so much food this week haha. The nice thing is that some of it will be frozen to pull out the following week (this coming week). Sometimes prepping a bit extra can really help! First off, I made a new mock chicken salad to go with some crackers for my snack for the week. It still needs a bit of work, but expect a recipe soon! It’s gonna be delicious!

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I also made a batch of breakfast burritos. Y’all know how much of a staple this is in our house. I seriously don’t know how I would manage breakfasts without them!

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Now on to the real excitement: the main dishes! I tried a couple new ones this week and one go-to favorite. This Smothered Chicken recipe is one of my favorites to pull out when I want something flavorful, easy to make and filling! Just chop up a couple veggies, mix everything together, put over chicken and into the oven it goes!

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I have been really craving lasagna lately, so this Spinach Lasagna dish seemed an easy choice! It was the first time I ever used no-boil noodles and I kind of loved them! It was nice to take that step out of the prep process, especially on a prep where I was wanting to save time.

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I did make two ingredient changes – I used 10 oz of fresh spinach. Mostly because that was the size of the package I could get and I didn’t want any wasted. It worked fine! Also, I opted for entirely low-fat ricotta instead of the half that and half full that it calls for in the recipe. I also don’t currently have a food processor. Instead, I used a pair of kitchen shears and cut it a bunch once it was cooked.

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Our slow cooker dish of the week was this Chicken Burrito Bowl. Now, this is one that I made a bunch of changes to, but most of them are super minor. And almost all of the changes stem around one thing – I used regular brown rice instead of instant. I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand when you can and we have A BUNCH of brown rice in our pantry right now. So I wasn’t about to go buy instant just for this. I also doubled this recipe with the intent to freeze most of it in burritos. That being said, this recipe turned out great!

Here are the changes I made or will make in the future:

  • I cut down on the chicken broth used. I used about 4 cups instead of 6 (for the doubled). It was still a bit liquidy, so in the future, I would probably cut this down even more and only use 2-3 cups.
  • I cooked the brown rice in my rice cooker (plus some to go with the smothered chicken)
  • The rice was then added in at the end of the cooking period, right before the cheese.
  • Again, because of what I had on hand, I used fiesta blend cheese instead of colby jack. Either should work fine.
  • Personally, in the future, I would also cook this a bit longer on low for the main cooking time. The chicken didn’t shred as easily as I would have liked it to. I would probably cook it for 6-8 hrs on low, then shred the chicken and add the beans.

Overall, still a recipe I will make again! It turned out wonderful!

That’s it for this week! I think this was a great meal prep and can’t wait for you to try it! You can get your grocery list for the main dishes here:

Now for this week’s questions:

Have you tried POUND?

What is your favorite birthday memory?

Also, a special end note – I usually don’t mention my jewelry business on here, but I wanted to share this with y’all. I am running a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY with one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made! If you are interested, you can find it here. The giveaway ends TODAY at midnight!

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Weekly Meal Prep

I’m so excited to be back on here, sharing my weekly meal prep with you all! I can’t even tell you how much I’ve missed this the last few months! To be honest, my eating towards the end of market season left something to be desired. I was still prepping, but I was impulse eating more and not planning as well for meals at markets by the end of it. I am so excited to get my food back on track and using meal prep to do it!

Get your week started off right with this delicious food prep!

This week’s meal prep is a bit smaller than you are probably used to. While I was getting ready for market season, I prepped extra for the freezer to make things a bit easier. It was such a huge help! But we do have some of the extra prep left over, so we have been using that for part of our meals to get it used up!

I am super excited to share this week’s meal prep dish with you though! It’s a new dish to us: Healthy Broccoli Chicken Casserole! I love getting recipes from Slim Sanity and this one was no exception! I love the flavor in this casserole. The only thing I would change up was likely my own fault. It was a bit dry, but I’m pretty sure that is due to me increasing the amount of chicken, rice and broccoli without increasing the “sauce” enough. I will definitely be making this one again, with some minor tweaks!

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I did make some changes to the original recipe. All the ingredients are basically the same, but I didn’t really measure much of the main components for the casserole. Here is what I used:

  • 3 large broccoli heads (roughly 4-5 cups chopped)
  • roughly 1 1/2 lbs chicken, shredded.
  • roughly 1 1/2-2 c jasmine rice (thawed from frozen)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/2 c shredded Italian blend cheese (in place of Mozzarella)
  • 1/2 c shredded Fiesta blend cheese (in place of cheddar)

Most of these changes were based on just what we had around the house, like the cheese. I had frozen the chicken and rice (separately) before and I’m honestly not quite sure how much there was.

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Other items on the prep list: Healthier Cinnamon Bread, Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls and a celery and lunchmeat combo snack! The cinnamon bread remains one of our staple dishes and Draz and I have a slice of it every day! The protein balls are mostly Draz’s, though I’ve been having them between my FT and PT jobs lately to get me through til dinner. As for the combo snack, that is all mine! I’ve been playing with different snacks again for me and this is my most recent one. Not sure if I will stick to it or not, but I’m enjoying it for now!

While the protein balls are loosely based on this recipe, they have changed quite a bit over time! Make sure to keep an eye out, because I plan on writing a recipe post for them soon!

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That’s it for this week’s meal prep! How are you faring with your meal prep post-holidays? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below or shoot me an email!

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Quick & Delicious Meal Prep!

Hey y’all!! Can you believe it’s September already!? I know I can’t. We are heading towards fall so quickly, and it’s more important than ever to be getting those healthy habits in place. One of those habits for me is meal prep! You all know just how much I depend on meal prep to get through my week and this week was no exception.

In fact, it was even more important this week in many ways! Not only am I taking part in this awesome September fitness challenge, but I have an all weekend market for my jewelry at a local winery. So having all of our food ready to go was the only way I was going to stay on track.

Of course, it worked great! I was able to have a healthy meal and snacks at the market yesterday and have more ready for today. The September challenge started off wonderfully too! (See more details on how you can join in at the bottom of this post)

Enjoy!

Get your week set up right with this quick and delicious meal prep!

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I have really been changing up my snacks lately and this week was no exception. Grapes and chunks of grilled chicken are one of my new go-to’s, sometimes with piece of string cheese. Celery with peanut butter are another favorite.

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The new one this week – this mock “tuna salad” to use as a dip with some lower calorie crackers! I really like how it turned out, but the recipe stills needs some work. Basically, I combined tuna with cottage cheese, some seasonings and couple other ingredients. Pretty quick and simple, and a great tasty snack!

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This is another week where Draz’s and my foods were pretty much separate. For Draz, Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken and Broccoli and Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili! There were enough of each that I got a couple of servings though 🙂 These are some of my favorites for healthy meals that I can throw together quickly!

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My dishes included Cauliflower Chowder and Low Carb Burrito Bowls! One thing I love about the burrito bowls is that they are eaten cold. Since I had the market this weekend, I wanted to make sure I had food I could take and eat there easily! This time around, I got pre-packaged avocado and put a container of each in with the rest of the ingredients. I LOVE this method! It worked great and I didn’t have to worry about how well the avocado would hold up throughout the week. I will definitely be doing that again.

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You might be noticing that a couple of the containers look a little different than normal. I am testing out a Six Pack Fitness meal bag and those are the containers that go in it! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on how they work later on!

For the Cauliflower Chowder, I do a few things different than the recipe. At the end of the cooking, I ladle out a couple of cups of the soup, making sure to get some big chunks of cauliflower. That goes in the blender and is blended until mostly smooth. That goes back into the soup. It really helps thicken it up to the consistency I like! Along with that, I substitute the following ingredients:

  • grapeseed oil instead of butter
  • turkey bacon instead of regular bacon
  • unsweetened almond milk instead of 2%

That’s it for this week’s meal prep! Want to give my main dishes a try? Get your grocery list here!

Want to join in on the #AssOffTheCouch September fitness challenge?! It’s not too late! Registration doesn’t close until September 5th! Not only is it a great way to get moving more, but there will be tons of awesome prizes! You can register here and you can use the code 7022smus to get 30% off of your registration, making it only $11.90! That is only 0.40 a day to get motivational emails and be a part of an awesome community that will help keep you going!

Have you tried any new snacks lately? What are your favorite healthy snacks? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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