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Breakfast Meal Prep

In my world, Sunday’s are for spiritual rejuvenation, meal prep – and other relaxing things. I decided to change it up a little bit and do a breakfast prep. Judging by how full I’ve been from breakfast this morning after a 6 AM spin class, I think it was a success.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grab a muffin sheet (like the one pictured to the left). Grease the pan with coconut oil, add one whole egg and one egg white. Top with spinach or any other leafy green you desire, add black pepper and Himalayan salt. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Keep in the fridge, reheat and enjoy!

I found this idea from the Whole 30 recipe listed on their Instagram page. With that recipe, you put the egg on top of one strip of bacon. My goal has been to cut down on fat and sugar throughout my #cruisecountdown journey [and beyond] so I didn’t add the bacon this time. This made 12 “egg muffins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is paleo and whole 30 approved  Enjoy! 🙂

x

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Healthy Food of the Day – Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder on Wooden Table

The snicker doodle, cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie….what do all of these delicious and sinful desserts have in common? Cinnamon.

I bet that wasn’t your first guess, was it? That’s okay. It’s hard to not be distracted by how delicious those dishes taste. (by the way they may be delicious but…..)

Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that can be added to most anything. You should really be eating cinnamon, not only because of how great it compliments other flavors, but also because of the amazing health benefits. Cinnamon contains something called “cinnamaldehyde” which is great for the metabolism, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its affect on the metabolism, it also provides an excellent inhibitor to bacterial and fungal infections.

It increases the sensitivity to insulin so that the body reacts properly to insulin being released into the blood stream. It also aids in the lowering of blood sugar and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. (Authority Nutrition)

While cinnamon tastes good and has great benefits, I wouldn’t’ recommend eating it by the spoonful!!!

Ways to use cinnamon throughout the day:

If I ever do a soy or oat milk latte, I spring cinnamon on top.

Plain oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, agave (if you need sweetener), 1 tbs of chia seeds

Add some in a smoothie or hot tea!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Source:

Authority Nutrition

 

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Pre-workout Meal – SO GOOD.

If you love to be active and workout, then you know how important healthy carbs can be. YOU NEED them for energy!

Sunday was leg day. My  breakfast consisted of 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and the oatmeal mixture pictured below. Quite colorful, isn’t it?

1 cup of gluten free plain oats

4 medium sized strawberries

1 tbs of black chia seeds

1 tbs of cacoa nibs

The natural sugar from the strawberries added a nice sweetness. I used the microwave to soften the oats. The frozen strawberries and chia seeds were mixed in. I added the cacao nibs post microwave. You can also use the stove top.

No added sugar, gluten and a dairy free.

Let’s just say that I killed leg day.

 

Enjoy! x

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Presidents Day Meal Prep 

We love to meal prep on weekends. Preparing for a cruise vacation {and a healthy life in general} takes work but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty. I found this recipe thanks to Pinterest! 

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli 

1lb Beef
½ Onion, sliced

1 C Broccoli, (remove florets and peel stem, then slice in medallions. Don’t waste it, it’s tasty!)

1 C Snap Peas (trim off the very tips on both ends)

Sauce:

¼ C Soy Sauce (low sodium if possible)

2 tsp Sesame Oil

¼ tsp Garlic Powder (or ½ tsp fresh)

½ tsp Ginger Powder (or 1 tsp fresh)

¼ tsp Dried Chili Flakes

1 tsp Worcherstershire sauce

1 C Beef broth

2 TBSP Cornstarch

2 TBSP Water

Directions

Slice beef into very thin strips, slicing across the grain. Season with salt, a dash of garlic powder.

Add this to the slow cooker along with the onions and the sauce.

Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 – 6

20 minutes before serving, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water and add it to the beef. Give it a stir and then add the broccoli and snap peas. Replace the lid, turn to high and leave for another 30 minutes. Serve on rice. (We personally used Jasmine Rice)

Recipe from Tammi Lee Tips.com


If you try it, let me know what you think!!

xo

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Memorial Day Weekend, goodness

A little late on this post but better late than never….

Who doesn’t LOVE to grill out in the summer?

Prepared by yours truly – an amazing Hawaiian Kabob with chicken and a grape/avocado arugula salad. Recipe found on Pinterest – Cooking Classy

I made a few adjustments on the recipe. For the marinade, I used gluten free soy sauce, minced garlic, honey and olive oil. In the salad, we used balsamic vinegar and olive oil, Himalayan salt, and ground black pepper. The salad has arugula, grapes, avocado, purple onion and walnuts. I also got some goat cheese for the guys. It was absolutely delicious.

 

Enjoy x if you prepare it, let me know how it turns out!

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Do you have a desk job?

Let’s be honest, we all have a tendency to be a little lazy. What makes matters worse is that the majority of working professionals sit at a desk – all day. It’s a problem.

I love my job, but unfortunately it involves long hours at my desk. I’ve recently started having issues with my piriformis muscle. There are many reasons behind it, but ultimately it’s the combination of working out hard in the evenings and returning to my desk for about 9 hours the next day. According to the Yoga Journal The piriformis is primarily an external rotator, one of a number of small, deep muscles that rotate the leg outward at the hip. It’s notorious for causing sciatic pain. If I don’t properly stretch and/or warm up before a workout, the pain is excruciating. I did some research on stretches to do at work and I thought I would share my findings!

Image Found on Pinterest

Web MD Article – Stretching Exercises at Your Desk

Shrug your shoulders — to release the neck and shoulders

  • Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times.
  • Shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: “Is your boss an idiot?” Move your head up and down, “Yes, yes, yes.” Side to side: “No. No. No.” (Shedding tension is as much mental as physical.)
  1. Loosen the hands with air circles
    • Clench both fists, stretching both hands out in front of you.
    • Make circles in the air, first in one direction, to the count of ten.
    • Then reverse the circles.
    • Shake out the hands.
  2. Point your fingers — good for hands, wrist, and forearms
    • Stretch your left hand out in front of you, pointing fingers toward the floor. Use your right hand to increase the stretch, pushing your fingers down and toward the body. Be gentle.
    • Do the same with the other hand.
    • Now stretch your left hand out straight in front, wrist bent, with fingers pointing skyward. Use your right hand to increase the stretch, pulling the fingers back toward your body.
    • Do the same on the other side.
  3. Release the upper body with a torso twist
    • Inhale and as you exhale, turn to the right and grab the back of your chair with your right hand, and grab the arm of the chair with your left.
    • With eyes level, use your grasp on the chair to help twist your torso around as far to the back of the room as possible. Hold the twist and let your eyes continue the stretch — see how far around the room you can peer.
    • Slowly come back to facing forward.
    • Repeat on the other side.
  4. Do leg extensions — work the abs and legs
    • Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the floor.
    • Flex and point your toes five times. Release.
    • Repeat.

Stretching at work will help keep the blood flowing and can also help with fatigue. Another thing to remember is to KEEP IT MOVING. Find any excuse to get out of your chair. Whether it is standing or walking – it is very important to change up your daily routine and keep the sedentary behavior to a minimum.

Have a great day everyone

x