Monday, February 1, 2016

Healthy Eating: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Measuring body fat is a nice dose of reality. Mostly it just sucks, because I'm a lot further off track than I anticipated, but it's not worth getting bent out of shape about it. I'm working on creating healthy recipes to eat throughout this journey so I don't feel like I'm missing out on yummy food.

I've had a serious addiction to all things buffalo flavored recently. Which is weird, because typically I hate anything spicy. This recipe is loaded with protein, low in fat and carbs, and is pretty tasty. This recipe is pretty high in sodium. Next time I will be an organic buffalo sauce that I found at Good Earth that has very little sodium, but it still very flavorful. 

I use organic chicken broth because I like the way it tastes, and it has significantly lower sodium than other varieties. I usually just buy whatever organic chicken broth is cheapest, but I find that my chicken is always much tastier when I use a broth to let it cook in. 

2 LBS chicken (or 4 breasts)
3 large organic carrots (They don't have to be organic. I just prefer the taste.)
2 large spears of organic celery (See above)
2 C organic chicken broth
1 C buffalo sauce (I used Frank's RedHot buffalo)
Put the chicken in the crockpot and cover with the cut up vegetables (i cut them into thirds)

Pour 2 cups of chicken broth over the top of the chicken and vegetables. Make sure the veggies and chicken are mostly submerged.

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours (Or low for 6-7)

Shred chicken

Add 1 C buffalo sauce, and mix until well combined

Enjoy! You just made the easiest buffalo chicken ever!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Healthy Eating: Breakfast Smoothie 3.0

So, if you haven't figured it out already, I basically use the same base for all of my smoothies. Banana+greens+Yogurt and protein + whatever fruit I want/have in my freezer. This was a freezer concept. I had strawberries from last week, and some frozen peaches from a holiday sangria that Dave and I made. Peaches are fantastic! They are lower sugar (compared to other fruits) and peaches can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol). 
I was bummed out. I purchased 2 packages of lettuce, only to have one of them be spoiled. I was so freaking annoyed! So that's why there's only 1 cup of powergreens in this smoothie blend.

Strawberries, Nanas, Peaches, Greens

Bagged up!


1/2 cup frozen peach slices
1/3 banana
5 strawberries
1 packed cup Earthbound Farms powergreens
1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder
1 Dannon light n' fit greek strawberry yogurt

Throw in blender and blend until smooth.

PREP (6 servings)
3 cups frozen peach slices
2 banans
1 LB strawberries
1 package Earthbound Farms Powergreens
6 scoops whey vanilla protein powder
6 Dannon light n' fit greek strawberry yogurt

Separate ingredients in 6 single serves and place into baggies to freeze.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Healthy Eating: Breakfast Smoothie 2.0

Still on my smoothie kick! It's been really refreshing every morning at work to have something nutritious and tasty to start my day. (And I'm still getting in my protein shake, so huzzah) Here is my latest creation. It's so freaking delicious. It keeps me full for hours, which is especially nice when I have a busy day. In the future I think I will hesitate to use mangoes. They are crazy high carb/high sugar. Not that carbs are bad, but I don't want to skyrocket my blood sugar that much first thing in the morning.

I prep my smoothies into kits that I can freeze. That way in the morning all I have to do is grab and go! I documented my full kit prep, if you're just looking for the recipe feel free to skip ahead.

Mangoes were a yummy addition, but they are A LOT of work to get the fruit from. My friend Sariah taught me how to properly cut a mango a few years ago. Cut along each side of the pit, and score the fruit to get it out of the skins. (Mangoes are also PACKED with sugar, so it adds all of the carbs)

So I actually purchased 2 pounds of fresh strawberries because they were on sale. Sometimes frozen strawberries are really bitter, so I was happy to have some nice ripe strawberries to add to my smoothie.

I froze half of them via my lovely food saver. Probably one of the smartest purchases of my adult life.

I don't have much of an opinion when it comes to the organic vs. nonorganic options at the grocery store with the exception of lettuce. I have been purchasing the Earthbound Farms organic powergreens. (Which consist of chard, kale, and spinach). When you manipulate the lettuce that much, it releases all the nutrients that are packed into the plant. That being said, it can also release any toxins it may be holding. I don't want to hurt my gut with pesticides, so I usually get organic greens.

Finished product. I pack these little suckers into the freezer, and my morning is so much SMOOTHer. Haha!

I ultimately put the protein baggies in with the smoothie baggies. It just makes the grab and go a little more brainless. Haha.


1/2 mango
5 strawberries
1/3 banana
2 cups power greens
1 container Dannon Fit n' Light Greek Strawberry
1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

PREP PACKETS (6 servings)
3 mangoes
1 LB strawberries
2 bananas
2 containers of Earthbound Farms power greens
6 containers of Dannon Fit n' Light Greek Strawberry
6 scoops why vanilla protein powder

Same instructions as above. Separate into baggies and freeze. (Keep yogurt in fridge until intended use)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Healthy Eating: Breakfast Smoothie 1.0

Happy New Year everyone! There's something so free and refreshing about starting the new year. I fell off the health bandwagon pretty hardcore over the holidays and literally gained 10 freaking pounds. WHAT! So a new year is bringing a new round of motivation to eat and feel healthy so I'm all in! I'll be using my blog as a place to stay motivated and accountable. If you have any suggestions or questions, please let me know!

My friend Chase got me totally addicted to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They have lots of power green smoothies there but they run just over $5 a pop! Ouch! I am really enjoying the flavor and texture of smoothies, so I figured I would try to recreate my favorite smoothie from there- The Avocalada. And while my recipe isn't quite as creamy (they use a half a freakin' avocado!!) but it has way more protein (because you need that to start your morning.)

I intend on creating more smoothie recipes as I go along. This one works well for me right now. It has 2 servings of fruit, 2 servings of vegetables, 23 grams of protein, and a serving of healthy fats. I prep this a week at a time, it saves me so much time in the morning to just grab a baggie with my smoothie supplies right in it! I store mine in the freezer, which I would suggest, because it prevents you from needing ice.


1 Cup (packed) - power greens (mix of spinach, kale, and chard)
1/2 medium banana
1/2 C pinapple chunks (I got a bag of frozen pineapple)
1/8 Avocado
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein

Splash of coconut milk (will change calorie info)

Put all ingredients in blender with 1 cup water and 1 cup ice (add more if you like it runny like I do) and blend until smooth. Enjoy!