Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NOT A FOOD BLOG


If anyone was wondering after that very scary picture (above) that I posted a few weeks back, yes I went to the gym afterwards. I'm a big believer that a few times a year you just need to buy ALL the things that you're craving at once. And as luck would have it, it was also 2 for 1 crazy bread day at Little Caesars. The food Gods were smiling down on me! There could be no worse time to put on some spandex and move around, then when you just loaded up on crap, but I found a great way to motivate myself to get to the gym in the worst scenarios a) already home (didn't go to gym straight from work) b) it was late at night (about 9:30) and c) stuffed with food. I never go to the gym when these three obstacles are in my way. BUT lately I have been re-watching all the season of Gossip Girl on Netflix. Side note: now that I'm older I realize how ridiculous (but still good) that show is. In the real world nobody would still be friends with Blair Waldorf after all the crap she does! Anyway... I found a great thing today when you are kinda full and don't want to go to the gym. I brought my tablet and watched a whole episode of Gossip Girl while doing the elliptical (I really wanted to walk on the treadmill on a steep incline but there was no way to secure my tablet with that kind of angle). The hour flew by and I didn't feel like I was going to puke up my dinner. Win win.

Now on to food that won't make you feel like a ball of bloat. Seriously guys I've had so many Pinterest successes lately I had to share them. There are a few so I'm basically just posting a picture and a link. There is nothing I love more than when I actually make a recipe that exceeds my expectations! 

First up is the Paleo Chik-fil-A recipe. This was the real deal guys! And bonus, it's paleo. I normally won't touch chicken that's not breaded because I have the pallet of a 5 year old, but this was a-ma-zing. The secret is it's marinated in pickle juice, which gives it an awesome flavor. Don't be scared! I've heard from a fellow Chik-fil-A employee that that is REALLY what they marinate their chicken in! 


Next up is this Lemon Chicken Romano. Now this recipe is swimming in cheese and breadcrumbs so it may not be the healthiest but the lemon gives it a light feel and it's soooo good. I actually decided to do half regular bread crumbs and half italian (and then left out the spices) and I loved it. It's even great with pasta, or just smothered in pasta sauce. 


Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs: Had enough meat yet? Didn't think so. Here is the next recipe we tried. It's a great appetizer, but Spencer and I actually made it our meal. I just used plain meatballs from the freezer section and thawed them out before hand. 


Buffalo Popcorn Chicken: This baby doesn't need an intro. But I'll tell you now, mine didn't look as pretty as this picture, but it still tasted delicious. 


Crispy Zucchini Bites with Garlic Aioli Dip: I didn't know I liked zucchini until a couple of years ago when I starting finding all these delicious looking zucchini recipes on Pinterest (probably because my mom never made delicious vegetables, just gross ones). And yes, this zucchini is breaded, but would be just as good with just some olive oil and spices. The real MVP here is the ailoi. Holy moly aioli is this stuff bomb! 


Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes: Some may think that sounds weird, but Spencer's mom always makes him this delicious cake for his birthday with sour cream in it, and on Sunday I had just enough in my fridge for these. Seriously everytime I buy sour cream for something I never use it all and it goes bad, so now I have this deliciousness to make with it. They seriously melt in your mouth and taste similar to German pancakes. 


Last but not least, my new snack. I've never been big into popcorn (unless I'm at the movies and it's smothered in that fake butter and I have a large soda next to me). But Popcorn (in same cases) can be a nice low-calorie snack. I found this article with 14 recipes for flavored popcorn, and although some are definitely not health, my love for Frank's buffalo wing sauce made my try out the Buffalo Popcorn Recipe, and together with a diet soda, I took myself a nice bubble bath, put on House of Cards, and had the best snack EVER! You could probably make it a little lower in calories by not putting so much butter or honey but it's good! Mmmmm. 



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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NOM NOM

So as you know from my last post, I'm trying to eat health (minus the donuts and diet soda I had for breakfast today). I guess that's the weird trade off when your are too busy working-out to buy groceries so then you have a bad breakfast. Anywho... just wanted to share a few healthy recipes that have really helped Spencer and I with our eating. I can't even tell you how great Pinterest and Instagram are for finding healthy recipes. You can find my Whole30/Paleo Pinterst folder here. A few weeks back Spencer and I made chicken tacos. Yes, lettuce wraps are great, but we decided to try the tortillas recipe from Stephanie of Simply Stupid Paleo website. All the ingredients are Whole30 approved but they are also considered "SWIPO," which means in Whole30-speak that it's compliant, but it looks too much like something you shouldn't be having so you should just avoid it (which I don't agree with). The tortilla recipe shown on the blog was made thin for crepes, but Spencer made ours thick so we could use them for tacos. We thought they would get soggy and fall apart but they seriously held up great and we loved them. The best part about this is each tortilla contains about one whole egg and I don't like eggs, so I finally found a way to eat them and not even notice I'm eating them! Protein points for me! Now each batch only makes about 3 so you probably want to double or even triple the recipe. And even though you use a lot of eggs, the coconut flour and arrowroot powder go a long way. I also used this to make a sandwich wrap the next day and it was super tasty. I forgot to take a picture of our tacos (because we inhaled them) but here is the picture from Stephanie's website (crepe version). Don't they look divine!

  
A while back I made my first quinoa recipe with this Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake. It is a great way to get a lasagna-type dish without the noodles. Yes, it has cheese and cream, but since I'm only doing 80% Whole30, I can do that. :) However I have had left over quinoa ever since and needed to use the rest. I found this salad recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers over at Damn Delicious! And it was really good. Don't be scared of quinoa! I know I was at first but now I hope to incorporate it into more dishes. 

    
All this health food is great, but tomorrow is my birthday which means I'm going to stuff my face with cupcakes and greasy carbs! Woot woot. Don't forget to TREAT ya self right. Emphasis on the treat. Also, I take all forms of gifts and cash and you can direct message me on where to send it! #26isold

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 WILL GO DOWN AS THE YEAR I FELL IN LOVE WITH WORKING OUT


I wanted to get this posted on Tuesday but work has been so crazy. Yes, I've had to actually do work at work, instead of blogging. Hard life. Today I wanted to talk a little about 2015. Ooooh 2015. How I've waited my whole life for you! Like I mentioned last post, I have some goals/resolutions that I have set out to accomplish this year, as well as thing that will be happening in 2015 that I'm excited about. Today I'm only going to talk about the main one: FITNESS. Everyone and their mom says they are going to get in better shape and eat better at the beginning of every year. Heck, I said that last year. And although people roll their eyes when you say it, there is nothing wrong with striving for something even after you fail. This year however is different. It's one thing to say you want to get in better shape, but it's so hard to actually implement a plan to do it. The reason why I know this year is different is because I've actually started on this journey back in November. In September I finally got a new gym membership since we moved away from the Provo Rec Center. Even though I had the pass, I still didn't have the tools or the drive to be consistent. I really just had to find the thing that was going to get me to the gym and by gum I found it! The big thing for me was accountability. One of my best friends also happened to have a membership to the same gym and also felt like she had gotten out of shape and, like me, really wanted to get her dream body. Finding a gym partner was key in getting me to the gym!  Without her I didn't have anyone saying "k gym today?"

The other issue I would run into, is after working an 8 hour day, I'd come home and once my sweats were on and I was on the couch, the last thing I wanted to do was get in my gym clothes and go out into the cold. That's when I overcame my 2nd hurdle. I was no longer allowed to go home between the gym and work. I had to go straight there after or I knew I wouldn't want to leave the house.

The last hurdle for me was having a plan, and knowing how to work out properly for the body type I wanted. At my old gym, I generally would go to their Insanity class twice a week. Which was a great workout, but I needed more than just cardio, and I needed to go more often to get the results I wanted. Weight lifting was never something I did, except for back in high school when I was on the volleyball team. This is mostly because the machines at the gym always seem so overwhelming to me and I hate wandering around and looking at the pictures and instruction to figure out which machine does what, and then embarrassingly trying to adjust them for my small stature.

Now Aubrey and I have a set schedule where we do a lower body workout on Tuesday, upper body on Wednesday, a spin class on Mondays and Thursdays (our new favorite thing), and then Saturdays we do our own thing (I'll probably do cardio and more ab work). That's right people! Add it up! 5 days a week this lady is going to be/has been working out. Never in my life do I remember working out that much, and let me tell you it has changed my life. Maybe it's just the combination of all the things above, but man have I fallen in love with working out. I have finally found the one thing that was missing; passion and drive. Before working out was such a chore. Now of course if I could just have an insanely hot body without lifting a finger, you would find me on the couch with Netflix all-day-ur-day, but now when I go I'm excited. I'm excited about the body I'm going to have, about the habits I'm going to form, and about the self-esteem and confidence I'm going to get back. I think a lot of you can agree that at the end of the day all we dream of is looking in the mirror naked at ourselves and being able to say,"Dayuuum girl! You lookin goooooood!"  

One thing I've said many times is that I work out so that I can eat what I want. This still holds true but I'm also trying to develop better eating habits. As most of you know Spencer and I did Whole30 last year and even though it was hard, it was really rewarding and I felt so much better. Now, Whole30 isn't a realistic lifestyle for most people, and it's definitely not meant to be a lifestyle either. More of a jumping off point and a way to evaluate your eating habits and make you more aware of what you're putting in your body. Last week Spencer and I started a pseudo Whole30. We are trying to be about 80% Whole30 throughout the week. Even though sometimes I want to pull a Regina George and say "Screw it, I'm getting cheese fries," it really has helped me expand my recipe base to find new healthy alternatives. 

Another thing that has helped me is following amazing fitness and clean eating accounts on Instagram. There is no better way to be reminded why I need to go to the gym, since Instagram is something I look at multiple times a day. Here are a few of my favorite ladies that help me stay motivated to get the body I want: 

@alexandrabring


@iza_goulart


@carolineroxy 


@kayla_itsines


There is nothing more inspiring then seeing these ladies faces everyday when I open my Instagram account! For the first time ever I'm so excited for the results I'm going to achieve through hard work, and not just the results that I'm wishing for from the couch. Another thing this eating right/exercising thing is doing for me, is helping me curve my Diet DP addiction... I mean love not addiction. Addiction implies I have a problem! ;) But now I'm only drinking one about 2-3 times a week. Which is a huge improvement from 1-2 times a day! 
Anyway I can't tell you how excited I am about this journey I'm on and getting excited about it is half the battle! Lastly I'll share the link to the recipe that so many of you were asking me about from my Instagram. I don't like red meat so this was my first time incorporating it in a meal so that Spencer could have some. My friend Laci pinned this forever ago but the link didn't go to any recipe so I scoured the internet until I finally found it here. I took this picture from the website because it's much prettier than my version! Enjoy! 




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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VEGAS VACATION (WITH WHAT MIGHT AS WELL BE THE GRISWOLD FAMILY)

Well it's been a hot minute since I was on here. Well first let's start with Christmas I guess. Christmas Eve has always been spent at my Grandparents house, eating and exchanging gifts. Since my Grandma passed away last month (and my grandpa about 3 years ago) we had one last hooray at their house. It was bittersweet not having them there, but nice to get to see the house one last time. Christmas day was spent with my family and Spencer gave me some great presents including some Kate Spade earrings, a bluetooth speaker, and some Sorel boots. We were planning on going to Vegas right after Christmas but because of the storm, decided to wait until after New Years Day. 

Vegas was so nice. Even though it was still a little chilly on the first few days, it felt like spring break compared to Utah's 8 degree weather! Our 5 day stay in Vegas included lots of card games, movies, food, and dog walks. Friday night I took the Hansen family on a little adventure. Last time I came down I was really bummed because I wanted to try a Sprinkles Cupcake and Spencer didn't want to take me to the strip and promised we would do it over Christmas. At the same time, Shake Shack has finally opened a location in Vegas on the strip, and on top of that my sister-in-law Holly and I had gift cards to H&M (also on the strip). So I took the family who never goes to the strip, to the strip! The hard thing about it was that H&M, Sprinkles, and Shake Shack were all in different casinos, meaning we had to park in 3 different parking garages and brave Las Vegas Blvd to get to each one of them. Luckily for me my in-laws are the bomb and didn't mind me dragging them on this casino hopping adventure. And surprisingly Spencer got even more clothes than I did at H&M, and my father-in-law "loved the music" that H&M was playing and had a good time there. Wtf? Anyway, I'm not a sweets girl but I'm a sucker for a good cupcake and Sprinkles did not disappoint! Someone put one of those right next to me house please!! Shake Shack was also fabulous and most of my party thought it was better than In-N-Out. I don't eat beef so I can't really weigh in on the burger debate but the fries are better and plus they have hot dogs for people with a child's palate like me! Woop woop!

^^The line was out the door for Shake Shack but it moved fast and was totally worth it! 


My brother-in-law found this (2nd hand) topless swimsuit thing (or at least that's what we think it is). The real question is who wore it better? Spencer seems to be enjoying it more, but zero looks much cuter! 


^^And Zero enjoyed her favorite spot right outside the back door, basking in the sun. I think she had forgotten what warm weather felt like. You and me both girlfriend. 

It was so hard to leave Vegas the last day because it was 65 degrees, but it really made Spencer and I realize how much we want to move down there after graduation. On the drive home Spencer and I talked about our new years resolutions which I hope to post about later this week. I've been looking forward to this year for so long and all the changes that are coming. I can't wait to finally move out of Utah County after 7 long years here!  


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