This morning I awoke and decided today was a beautiful day for a scrambled egg breakfast. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to experiment. I set out to make an omelette with the most add-ins anyone has seen! Here is what I came up with. I started with a little coconut oil to put I the pan. I sautéed a quarter of an onion until they started to caramelize. Next I added a diced green pepper, two slices of deli turkey diced, half a tomato and let that cook until the pepper were soft. I took two eggs and in a mug added a Tbsp of coconut milk and whipped it together. The milk makes your eggs even more fluffy. I poured my eggs into my frying pan and watched as my breakfast smelled up the entire apartment! I scrambled everything together and about 30 seconds later I added a handful of spinach. The reason I did not add it earlier, was I did not want it too wilted. At this point my mouth was watering and I enjoyed a fizz stick to help get me ready for my morning. Finally my eggs were ready and I served them up and topped my decadent breakfast with goat cheese and avocado. My breakfast was complete with good fat, protein, vegetables and everything in-between. It is funny to look at how far my journey has taken me. Let me tell you, I used to eat pop tarts and French toast for breakfast, but now I eat like a queen and it not only tastes better, but it makes me feel better too!!
First I would like to say sorry for the week gap. This past week has been a chaotic mess, ever had one of those? Yes, but I have stayed with 30 Days to Fit and I want to share with you about having a busy lifestyle and eating right. Many Many times we get going on the path of life and it gets so crazy we either don’t eat altogether, or we tend to stop caring about the quality of what we eat. I want to share with you my tricks of being prepared. At the beginning of each week I make a large pan of protein bars. Each batch makes ten meals worth of protein bars and I love to have them if I am needing a snack or if I am wanting a quick meal. My favorite protein bar recipe is as follows:
4 cups Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp Almond Butter
1/2 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tsp Cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well mixed. The mixture should be very thick and form a ball. If your mixture is not sticking together, slowly add coconut milk until ball forms. Take mixture out of food processor and push into a 9x13in pan. Cut into 20 bars and enjoy. Refrigerate
These bars really keep me going. I also love to have my fizz stick or two during my day. These fizz sticks are full of antioxidants and vitamins that boost your system and give you the boost you need. I know i have said this in the past, but you have to be prepared!! On a daily basis the temptation for eating poorly is massive and it just gets worse when you get busy! Stay focused and stay prepared and your story will be amazing!
Have you ever wondered why foods are different colors? In theory food could have been made all one color and we would have never known any difference. I have always heard that in a balanced meal you should have as many colors of food as possible, but why? This was the question on my mind today so I went on a hunt to find the reason for the necessity of variety. I found an incredible article on Today’s Dietician website called “Eating for a Rainbow of Benefits”. In this article they gave an in-depth description of the different benefits of the different colors of our food. This is what I found:
The blue and purple foods are here to help maintain and stabilize your blood pressure. The color of the food is said to be how to tell if food is ripe to eat. For example blueberries are rich in color and are said to be a fruit with one of the highest antioxidant levels.
Green foods are here to help support your liver and aid in detoxing your body. Green foods are also high in vitamin K which aids in clotting your blood when necessary.
Foods with a red pigment are known to be high in antioxidants, and have been linked with helping to reduce the risk of cancer! Who knew?
Foods with a yellow and orange tint to them have vitamins and minerals in them to help immune function and improve vision. These foods are also known to help strengthen bone and skin health.
The foods we eat are fuel for your body! When we feed our bodies junk, our bodies will shut down; but if we feed our bodies good healthy nutritious foods our bodies will thrive in everyday life. I now know why experts say to eat meals with as many colors in them. My mother and I used to play a game and see how many colors we could fit on one plate! We would make salads with carrots, cranberries, almonds, squash, peppers, black beans and eggs and right there are seven or eight colors! I don’t think we need to obsess when it comes to food, but we all need to be conscious of the foods that we are eating and the different stipulations that come with them. Be aware of the chemicals that are processed on your foods. Be aware of the nutrients in your foods and what they can do for you. Be aware of your health and what you can do for yourself. It is great to treat yourself sometimes and take care of yourself so you can live a long and HEALTHY life!
Ok so tonight I was taking a break and looking at Pinterest and found the idea of stuffed peppers. I find it interesting. I have found a recipe for it in the past but tonight I decided I was going to take a general idea and create my own. There are so many flavors that I decided to call these:
Anna Joy’s Special Stuffed Peppers
4 large Red Peppers
2 large Chicken Breasts, cooked
10 mini Carrots
2 cups Green Beans
1 1/2 large Yellow Pepper (sounds redundant, but very yummy!)
1/2 sweet Onion
1 cup Mushrooms
1- 1 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Rice Flour
2 tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Corriander
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
A dash or two of Salt
1 tsp Garlic
To start I baked my chicken for the week. I took two large chicken breasts and shredded them finely. I then took my red peppers and cut the tops off and hollowed them out by removing all seeds. Next I took the green beans, yellow pepper, carrots, onion, and mushrooms and chopped them finely. To bind filling ingredients together, I combined the coconut milk, and rice flour and mixed them together until all rice flour chunks broke and then I added the rest of my vegetables. To give it a kick of flavor I next added cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and garlic. I know that this array of spices sound a little hectic, but I tasted it, and added a little more of one thing and a little of another and it turned out amazing! Sometimes it is good to play with your spices. Stuff your peppers with the filling and grease your 9×13 cookie sheet with a small amount of coconut oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, checking it about half way through to make sure not to burn the tops. I was stuffed with just one pepper and it is a relatively low calorie and very nutritious meal! Enjoy!
I am sitting here at work on my break and thinking about the temptations of food. When I sit for an hour in this break room I am surrounded by Milk Duds, nutty bars, every type of potato chip available, Wheat Thins and Easy Mac. I have been eating right for over a year now and people alway say to me, “That junk doesn’t even bother you anymore does it?” Well, I am human and I know it is junk and it is not even food, but when I am idle for long periods of time I tend to get a case of the munchies. (And not the snack) How do I overcome this temptation? Well in my locker I keep three things:
1) a Fizz Stick and Water. This gives me something to drink ad the water fills my stomach, and I can drink it slowly to pass the time
2) Almonds- these give me a good snack to munch on if I prefer.
3) the last thing I like to keep are Fit Chews. These small taffy like candies help to curb hunger and they curb your sweet tooth.
If you are prepared with these tasty treats then you won’t be tempted to eat junk. Stock up and be ready to fight hunger temptations!
Today my mother and I were craving some type of Chinese food and we thought about our options. One was to completely junk up our systems by eating food full of MSG and all kinds of other preservatives, OR we could take the information we know and create our own masterpiece in the kitchen. What did we do? Yes, we made ourselves a clean and very delectable stir fry:
Chinese Chicken Stir Fry:
2 large organic Chicken Breasts
1/2 small Onion diced
1 1/2 organic frozen Nee Harvest Medley Vegetables
(I use this bag from Costco it contains green beans, carrots, red peppers)
1 cup Coconut Milk
4 Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
Sauté diced onion and chicken until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Next add your vegetables and allow to cook, about four minutes. Next add milk and liquid aminos and simmer for five more minutes. Serve and enjoy. You can serve over rice or quinoa if you prefer, in the picture the rice is mixed in! This meal is a healthy, filling meal for all to enjoy!
Today was a nice hot day and on a hot hot day, we have to stay hydrated!! One recipe I would like to share with you is a bubbly lemonade and strawberry slushie. These are both great drink recipes to keep you cool and refreshed on beautiful days like today.
To make the Bubbly Lemonade you will need the following:
8 oz Pellegrino Water
1 oz Lemon juice
2 dropperfuls, or 4-5 packets Stevia
Simply mix together all ingredients over ice and enjoy! This is a yummy and healthy lemonade drink I have adopted from a good friend, Eunice Ray.
The second recipe is for a Strawberry Slushie
4-5 large frozen Strawberries
6 oz Pellegrino Water
3 dropperfuls or 5 packets of Stevia
Blend together in a single serve blender and enjoy!
I hope this gives you a key to keep cool on wonderful summer days! Enjoy