So it’s no secret that I love pizza. It is one of my most favorite things EVER! Growing up, we would have pizza every Friday evening. As kids we always looked forward to this because we got to eat in the living room and watch a movie!!(and this was a pretty big deal in our home because we had to sit at the table to eat any kind of food).
Mom would lay a quilt out on the floor for us to sit on, and then we would watch a movie eating either Domino’s pizza or Little Caesar’s. It is a special memory that I hold from my childhood. It isn’t a huge thing, but it is things like this that remind me that it doesn’t have to be an extravagant thing to be a memory for children. 😉
So why a healthier pizza recipe?
Well, the thing with eating everything in moderation is that we have a choice. And while we can choose to indulge in our favorite foods periodically, it is really important for us to learn new skills to fit our healthy lifestyle. The biggest skill we can learn is to prepare our favorite foods in a healthier manner so that it is in alignment with how it makes our bodies feel, as well as our personal goals. And while we MAY want to have pizza every night, we both know that this is not feasible and not really a part of eating moderately.
Let me give you a little example.
Last Friday we had pizza. Hubby wanted Cassano’s, so that is what we got. It tasted so good, but after I ate it I was feeling bloated. Ok, no big deal.
But the next morning, I woke up thirsty as hell, and felt puffy and bloated. Not to mention I felt kind of gross from the inside. So I went to the gym and taught my morning Body PUmp class. This day my energy was extremely low. The barbell felt like it was a thousand pounds and I was struggling hard.
The thing is that I know my body well enough now that the way I was feeling? Was totally due to the way I ate the night before. And to make a long story short, I felt this way because I ate the pizza. OUr bodies need certain nutrients to thrive and even though pizza tastes delicious, it doesn’t satisfy the nutrients we need. So our body will use whatever it can from that food we just ate, even though it doesn’t really recognize all of it ingested because well, processed foods.
And of course all the grease lol.
We get to the point where we just don’t want to feel so damn sluggish and have such low energy. So this is where learning to create foods in a little healthier manner can satisfy cravings and the taste for things, but also make us feel good on the inside!
Ok, so enough story time today! Let’s get right to it!
What You Are Gonna Need!
(Any of your favorite pizza toppings will do, I am going to share mine today!)
Here’s What You Gotta Do!
This is just one serving, so each family member can totally make their own!
Super simple, super quick, and super delicious! This is what creating our own nutrition plan is all about. Finding what we love, learning how to fix it, and then adding it to our life so we can keep pressing forward.
We all love snacks!
But what is considered a snack really? Well, it depends on who you are and what you enjoy eating. But, when we are trying to eat healthy and make changes, thinking of snacks in terms of chips, pretzels, cheese-its, veggies straws, etc just aren’t best options for us because of being dry starches. Dry starches should be eaten on a rare occasion as they don’t fair well in our bodies and most certainly do not aid in our progress.
And because we don’t always want to eat celery and peanut butter, or carrots and hummus, or an apple and a cheese stick, we need to come up with some super simple snacks that are easy to tote around, are budget friendly, and can not only be enjoyed by us, but by our family as well.
So today I want to share this protein snack that I make from time to time. It tastes like a treat and can also curb any sweet cravings we may be having as it tastes just like candy. Now this snack is not a main protein source as the protein is coming from the peanut butter, but peanut butter is actually a healthy fat source, BUT, this is a good option for anytime you want to make something a bit different and want a healthier alternative to a treat!
Why is this a good option? Well it is comprised of a wet starch, healthy fat, some natural sweetener, as well as fiber, and a bit of chocolate for sanity! ;). This can fit into anyone’s unique nutrition plan they are following currently and can easily be carried in a lunch bag or in a purse for convenience. It doesn’t cost much to make so it is budget friendly, and it is super simple to make and won’t take a lot of time. Not to mention that we can swap out what we love and what we don’t to make it taste that much better to us! Don’t ever be afraid to try things that you personally love to eat. That is what keeps us wanting to continue to eat healthy and show up each and every single day!
To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.
Once the mixture is combined, pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly. This will help make it easier to roll it into balls.
Then once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape it however you please! I like shaping mine into 1-inch balls. But you can make yours smaller or larger. Or if you’d rather, just press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and you can make energy bars instead. Whatever sounds good to you!
Stir Fry is probably one of the easiest and simplest meals I throw together. It’s super simple to make, not to mention how easy it is to create different flavor combinations. This meal focuses on Protein, Vegetables, & Healthy Carbs, as well as healthy fat if wanted and choice of sauce.
So today I am going to keep this super easy. Just pick one item from each of the list and create a meal that is super easy, simple, healthy and delicious! It can’t get any easier and tastier than this!
So scroll down and get to cooking!!
chicken, turkey, fish, shrimp, scallops, tofu, lean cuts of pork, scrambled eggs
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, California blend (cauliflower, broccoli, & carrots), zucchini, peas
White Rice, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Jasmine Rice
Liquid Aminos, Coconut Aminos, Low-Sodium Soy Sauce, Low-Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to just one choice of protein and vegetables; feel free to choose a couple from each category! Play around with different choices and flavors. Feel free to try adding a seasoning. No limits! Create your own recipe and choose something that you feel tastes delicious and that you love to eat.
Make sure to comment back when you have given it a try and share your recipe with me! Would love to hear how this works out for you.
Shake your Booty! 🙂
Got ya singing didn’t I?? Haha!
Although we always like to enjoy a good song and move our bodies periodically, I am really wanting to talk more about the supplement, shakes.
I was first introduced with replacing a meal with shakes back in 2014. I was working with a trainer at this time and she had shared with me that it would be a good idea to drink a protein shake right after my workout. At the time, I didn’t realize that this could be a simple thing for nutrition because I was always so much more interested in chewing my food.
Which I must say seems to be what many other people think as well.
Fast forward to know. Shakes have been an amazing way for me to get my nutrition in the day. I have a shake pretty much every single day. I either have it for breakfast, lunch, snack. I have made it for dinner. I have had it as a preworkout snack. I have also had it as a post workout snack.
Honestly, there really is no right or wrong way to do this. It is just a matter of finding what works the very best for you and your own life.
Some people have the mindset that shakes are a quick fix. That it is just a gimmick to get people to buy something super expensive when they could just use that money to buy food.
I get it. I used to feel this way too. I think products like slim fast for example tend to show that this is how shakes work. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Look, life gets super busy. Some days I barely have time to sit down and actually eat some food. I am not one to skip meals because I know our body needs to be fueled well. So shakes have been a wonderful alternative for when I am busy and need a quick and fast meal on the go.
And I am not the only one. The fitness world is full of people who enjoy shakes as a snack or a meal during their day for the same exact reasons that I just listed. It has kind of become a staple in our healthy lives.
I am not writing this to convince you that you need to drink shakes and if you don’t then you are not going to be successful.
NO. I am just not that way. IF you are not down with drinking shakes that is totally cool. I know that they are not for everyone.
But my message is that you just need to find what works for you. Take some time and investigate. See how the nutrition is going in your day. If there seems to be something missing and/or you are not quite able to get certain things in your day, then trying a shake would be a great alternative for you.
Today I am going to share a recipe with you. I have been personally drinking shakes for a good year and a half now and I love it. I love how easy it is and how simple it makes my choices. Seriously has been a total game changer for me.
So give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!
P.S.: When I first stumbled across this recipe I wasn’t really sure about it, but turns out it was actually very good and refreshing.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chopped watermelon
1 scoop or 2 scoops of your favorite strawberry protein powder or meal replacement powder
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1 cup of ice
WHAT YOU GOTTA DO:
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.