Chicken Spinach & Artichoke “Pasta”

Don’t be fooled by the title, you will be able to make this delicious dinner fit into your diet!  The pasta is actually spaghetti squash, so it is a much lower carbohydrate and calorie-friendly option to satiate any pasta-cravers palate.

I am a sucker for spinach and artichoke anything!  Pizzas (obviously..), dips, pinwheels, you name it!  So I wanted to incorporate it into a high-protein chicken dish.  I originally was just going to make a spinach and artichoke covered chicken, but I thought a pasta element would be perfect!  Thus, the idea for spaghetti squash was born.  Continue reading

Mix Up Your Cardio

Cardio.  The dreaded C-word when it comes to fitness.  Doing cardio is like going to the dentist..  You know you need to, but you never want to.. and usually you feel better afterwards, but let’s face it, DURING–it sucks.  Doing cardio is like someone giving you ten dollars for allowing them to punch you square in the gut.  You can’t breathe, you roll around in pain and agony, but in the end, you’re rewarded.

Cardio comes in many forms and routines.  When most people think of cardio they immediately think of the strip of darkness and sadness that consume half of most gyms–The stationary bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, and other boring devices of torture used to elevate your heart rate. Oh the monotony of running in place, biking to no where, walking up stairs while staying on the exact same level.

But in reality, this does not have to be where it begins.  You do not have to succumb to running like a gerbil on a hamster wheel to stay in shape.  I have found the best way to actually enjoy cardio is to continually mix it up!  Perform different exercises for different reps or rounds.  Pair different exercises together. The more the merrier!  It gets your mind off of how much you actually hate exercise when you are constantly changing exercises and counting reps!

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Product Review: The Lions Choice Protein and Superfood Bar 

 Now a days it seems like protein bars are being created just as poorly as candy bars.  High in sugars, fats, and carbs.  Don’t be fooled! Just because something is labeled as a “High Protein” Bar does not make it healthy.  Be mindful and read those ingredient lists and nutritional labels!  Hi everyone! I wanted to inform you of a new protein bar that I have stumbled across.  I feel compelled to share this company with you because I know those that are reading my blog are just as health-conscious as I am!

  The company is called The Lions Choice and it has my support 100%.  The Lions Choice makes a variety of protein bars, nut butters, and even pancake mix, each infused with superfoods* and probiotics!  Today I will review the protein bars, saving the high-protein peanut butter and the pancake mix for later posts. 🙂  I found The Lions Choice on Instagram through social media members I follow– I was intrigued by the low calories, high protein, and low fat content of the bars.  I am constantly looking for macro-friendly options now that I am beginning to prep for my second NPC bikini competition. I decided to visit the website and research for myself.  Not only are the macros of these protein bars good, they are made with great ingredients!! Continue reading

Arm and Chest Workout

I have been slacking on the workout pages because I like to include pictures of how to do the exercises.  But, since I go to the gym alone this hasn’t been easy to accomplish!  I have included links to pictures I found online corresponding with some exercises that may confuse some people.  Hopefully this helps!

Arms and Chest

Superset: 3-5 rounds 8-10 increasing in weight

Superset:  3-5 rounds of 10

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Tacos and Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 

Happy Tuesday Readers!  It’s that time again to share with you Meal Prep Monday Secrets and recipes!  This week I made tacos, southwest stuffed sweet potatoes, cilantro lime chicken, and ranch turkey meatballs!

Ingredients I used:

  • 4 lbs of lean ground turkey (1lb) was extra lean
  • ~2 lbs/1 package of chicken breast
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (mrs. dash– if watching sodium)
  • 2 bundles of cilantro (or cilantro paste)
  • 1 can southwest style corn
  • 3 limes
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • corn tortillas or romaine leaf lettuce
  • veggies: for me, asparagus and broccoli
  • toppings for tacos: for me, chopped onion, jalepenos, guacamole

First, clean up your sweet potatoes, pierce them with forks, wrap in foil, and place in oven at 375 degrees. Bake until soft (~25 minutes)  Next, I began by making my Cilantro Lime Chicken— See recipe from last weeks post Here

While the chicken was marinated, I fixed up the tacos!

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Low-Carb Mini Pizzas!

Even if you do know personally know me, if you have spent any time looking around my blog I’m sure you’ve noticed that I mention pizza, A LOT.  Pizza is my weakness. Pizza is my cheat meal almost every week–and yet, I NEVER get sick of it.    Continue reading

6.12 Leg Workout

 Today was leg day! Honestly, my least favorite day–but my greatest weakness, so I work legs twice a week!  Usually Monday and Friday– start and finish the week off with a bang!  Here is an example of a leg day workout utilizing a barbell or straight bar.  Feel free to use dumbbells or anything that could add some weight!Split Squats– 3 rounds of 10/each leg  For split squats: Focus on staying tight in core, keep your chest up!! Do not let knee pass your toes on your squat!

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