Recent Recipes

I really love you guys SO much! I can not thank you enough for all of the comments/ emails/ facebook messages. etc. from Wednesday. I am so inspired by so many of you and it never hurts to know that I have other people feeling the same way. So far My Plan of Action is going great!!

As promised, here are some recent recipes from this week. Like always, these are simple, clean and typically feed one very hungry girl! If you ever have any questions about recipes… feel free to contact me!

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Roasted Salmon with Broccoli Slaw

{This is a really refreshing summer dinner for those nights when you are not starving and want something light}

What you need:

3-6 oz Salmon

1-2 cups Brocoli Slaw

Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder

Olive Oil Spray

How to:

1. Preheat oven on broil

2. Spray your salmon and brocoli slaw with olive oil spray then season.

3. Broil salmon on high for about 7 minutes.

4. Add your broccoli slaw and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

5. Place broccoli slaw on top of your plate, plop your salmon on top of that-EAT!

LoveMintChip Tip:

*Serve with a side of roasted sweet potatoes!

*Cook for as long as your feel comfortable, it really depends on how “fishy” you like your fish to taste.

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Salmon Roll Ups

{These are absolutely perfect for leftover salmon to pack for a quick, yummy lunch!}

What you need:

3 oz salmon

Mozarella Cheese

Spinach

Salt and Pepper

Whole Wheat Pitas

 How to:

1. I first shredded my leftover salmon from the night before.

2. Then I topped my wheat pita with spinach, cheese and the salmon and rolled it up.

3. When you are ready to eat them,  microwave the salmon roll ups for 30 seconds allowing enough time for the cheese to get melty and the pitas warm.

 LoveMintChip Tips:

*I will use mustard or honey mustard  next time.. Think that would have made them perfect!

*Serve with a side of pop chips for some extra low-cal crunch!

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Shrimp and Mushroom Goat Cheese Pasta

{I was inspired to make this combination by WhitFit}

What you need:

1/2 cup whole wheat penne

Regular sized shrimp (however many you please?!)

A few dallops of goat cheese

Green Peas, Broccoli and Mushrooms

(I never put measurements on veggies… I mean come on, they are veggies)

Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder

A few tsp of olive oil (again, use as much or as little as you please)

Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top

How to:

1.Thaw (if frozen) and marinate your shrimp in 1/2 tsp of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place in fridge, the longer you marinate, the more the flavor.

2. Cook your pasta according to instructions on the package.

3. While your pasta is cooking, steam broccoli and peas in the microwave (or on the stove, doesn’t matter). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Pour 1 tsp of olive oil in a skillet and sautee mushrooms. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder for flavor. After a few minutes when mushrooms are soft, place shrimp in the skillet and spray olive oil on everything to prevent from burning. (Shrimp cooks pretty fast!)

5. When pasta is done, drain and then put it back in the pot with broccoli and peas on low heat to keep everything nice and warm.

6. Once your shrimp and mushrooms are done, put everything together  in the skillet and put a few dallops of goat cheese and 1 tsp of olive oil on top of everything. (I do not like a lot of cheese because it upsets my tummy, and goat cheese has such a strong flavor so you really do not need much!)

7. Let the cheese get nice and melty, add some more salt, pepper and garlic powder if you want and stir everything around until you think it is ready! I stirred mine for about 2 minutes because I am real anal about everything being mixed perfectly!

8. Place on a plate and sprinkle parmesean cheese on everything! EAT!

LoveMintChip Tip:

*Okay this meal was one of my favorites. It is really simple but FULL of flavor, protein, whole grains, veggies and healthy fats.Very satisfying but not overly filling (AKA I still had plenty of room for desert….)

*This can easily be made ahead of time. I actually made the pasta, peas and broccoli ahead of time so I could whip up the shrimp and mushrooms in no time! Then I heated the pasta mix up in the microwave before putting everything in the skillet (starting with step 6).

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Guilt-Free Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

{This meal will satisfy and kick any salty pizza craving you have to the curb}

What you need:

1 Large whole wheat pita (I used a FlatOut.. you can get at Target!)

1 chicken sausage link

Mushrooms

Far free Marinara Pizza Sause

Parmesan, Goat and Mozarella Cheese (just a little of each!)

Couple of slices of tomato (I like mine very thin)

A couple of handfuls of spinach

A handful of broccoli slaw

Salt, pepper, garlic powder

Olive Oil Spray

How to:

1. Prepare all your ingredients! This gigantic thing has so much good stuff in it, so it is easiest to lay it all out in front of you.

2. Spray your skillet with olive oil and sautee your mushrooms (sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic podwer and then spray again). Once your mushrooms are fairly soft, add in your chicken sausage and cook on medium/ low.

3. Preheat your oven to 450. Put just a smidge of marinara over the pita and place in the oven for about 2-3 minutes.

4. Take your pizza out and put a little more marinara and sprinkle your mozarella cheese. Place your thinly sliced tomato on top of this and sprinkle a little more cheese.

5. Add a few dallops of goat cheese. I literally barely added any at all… just enough to give it that hint of flavor.

6. Season this with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

7. Top everything off with a TON of spinach. {I am embarassed to tell you that I have finished off the XL Family Size of spinach in 4 days….)

8. Place in the oven for about 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, add your broccoli slaw to the skillet with mushrooms and chicken sausage.

9. Take your pizza out and top it with MORE spinach (it wilts…) and then put the whole chicken sausage, mushroom and broccoli slaw mixture on top. Sprinkle this with a tiny bit of mozarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

10. Broil for 2 minutes.

11. Done! Time to enjoy your pizza!! 🙂

LoveMintChip Tip:

*I know some of you are worried about eating cheese to avoid gaining weight. Trust me when I tell you that cheese is SO good for you! It has so much staying power and protein… I was scared of cheese for years because I though it was so bad for you. But I promise this recipe doesn’t call for a lot of cheese… just a few sprinkles here and there 😉

*I served mine with a little side of pizza sauce on the side. I mixed salt, pepper and garlic powder with it for more flavor and heated in the microwave for 20 seconds.

Have a great weekend!!! Have you made any fun new recipes this week?!!! Share them with me 🙂

WIAW: {My Plan of Action}

Hey friends!

It is one of my favorite days of the week because it is WIAW!

This is a little bit heavier of a post than usual… but I wanted to share a few things with you guys because I think so many times with a healthy living blog your efforts get mistaken. You guys need to know that I do not always feel peachy. I do not always eat perfect or workout every day. There are days when I feel down and eat twenty million scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream too much chocolate.

You may remember that one of my points in my MIMM on Monday was getting back to feeling like myself. I want to elaborate on this a bit for you because I am constantly getting asked about my food habits, daily eats, why I do certain things, eat certain things, etc.

So, I thought what better way  than to incorporate it into WIAW?!

Do any of you guys ever just feel kinda bleh? Well, right now I just am not really feeling so great. Not that I usually think I am the cutest thing ever, but I usually just feel a lot better about myself mentally. I have tried to narrow this down and pinpoint why I am feeling this way so I can bust out of this rut!!

For the past few weeks since I got home in May and then moved to DC, I have been taking it really easy on the workout front. When I was in school I was working out really hard 6 days a week but honestly I think I was over doing it and my body felt really over-trained. I had all the symptoms of over training (moody, exhaustion, legs feel like led, etc.) I did not mean to do this but I have such a type A personality I tend to overdo EVERYTHING which many times is not good. Many times I find myself comparing my workouts, etc. to other bloggers and I think I need to be pushing just as hard. The truth of the matter is that (1) I am not a natural athlete and (2) I really enjoy low intensity workouts like yoga, walking, etc. and (3) My body is just not built to go 90 to nothing every single workout. The second I got home after a long conversation with P, I knew I needed to chillllll and listen to my body. And my body needed REST.

As a result of this, over the past 6 weeks I have really been focusing on doing what I am in the mood to do instead of going balls to the walls with crazy intense workouts 6 days a week. With that said, I have given my body plenty of time to recover and it is time to get my butt back in gear (without over-doing it this time). Not only that, with my internship I have been sitting most of the day at a desk. Barely working out, sitting all day, extra meals out, excessive treats and snacking, etc. has left my pants not feeling so cute. I am sure no one else can tell so this is not about physical reasons, it is just about how I am feeling mentally.

I know what I need to do and instead of wallowing in self pity any longer, I am taking a plan of action! I am sick of  feeling bloated, sluggish, tired and just plain gross. Even though right now I feel bleh, I am glad to know that my usual healthy habits really are worth it because I can not imagine feeling this way all the time. The Kappa convention kind of topped it all off for me. It was an “eat what you can when they serve it” and I left feeling worse than when I got there. Because I genuinely LIKE healthier foods better and tend to reach for less processed, cleaner food options, when I do have a few weeks of over indulging I just do not feel like myself.

Sunday morning I woke up with a plan to get back to feeling like myself.

What will this plan look like?

1. Clean Eating. Diet, SCHMIET. Yeah right and no thank you. This has nothing to do with losing weight. And I don’t think diets work for anyone, especially not for your girl foodie queen over here. I am just going to stick to my regular clean eats. I do pretty well most of the time (I am sure some of you are rolling your eyes because yes the majority of my meals are REALLY healthy) but what you do not see is all the spoonfuls of nut butter, chocolate snacks and fro yo and….. okay you get the picture. I do not “deny” myself any foods and I do not intend to start. Nothing is really off limits to me because if I place something off limits then I will just end up craving that one food for weeks. I do not ever intend to “cut” things out like carbs, sugar, etc. because I know that is just not a realistic lifestyle.

2. Move more. Walk an extra 1-2 miles a day at least 3 days a week in addition to my workouts. Not anything crazy, can be just a slow leisurely walk but like I said, I am sitting on my rear most of the day whereas during the school year I am running around constantly. I might have to get up 20 minutes earlier or do an after dinner walk, but I really think this will make a difference in how I feel.

3. Workout at least 5 days a week. This is not really ever a problem for me because I work out 4-6 days a week anyway, I just want to continue to be consistent. And because I want to prevent going into a state of “over-training” I think for now I am going to stick to what I have been doing… a combination of low intensity and high intensity workouts depending on how my body feels that day. Ever body (literally BODY) is different. What may be really hard for me, may be really easy for you. But I know my limits and I need to start pushing them again without over doing it.

4. Get enough sleep. Some nights I sleep 10 hours and some nights I sleep 4-5. Crazy. I need to get on a regular sleep pattern.

5. Drink enough water. Generally I’m really good at this but some days are better than others. I am just going to continue to be conscious of this.

6. Do things everyday that make me happy and make me feel good. Reading blogs while eating breakfast and drinking coffee for at least 30 minutes every morning gets my day starting on the right foot. Unwinding with some chocolate and hot green tea every night while watching a show. Having a quiet time once a day. Talking to my family and friends and spending time with new ones. Going to happy hour ;). Taking a new workout class. Trying new recipes. Getting a manicure and pedicure. Window shopping (because that is all I can afford) in Georgetown.

7. Eat well during the week so I can fully enjoy myself on the weekends. This weekend I am going with my family to Chicago and you better freaking believe I am going to eat whatever I want. I love to eat. I love to eat a lot. So, this week I am going to ensure I load up on clean eats so I can be the ultimate foodie that I am and enjoy every second of my weekend. This goes for any weekend because I really do not want to have to worry about this when I am trying to have a good time.  I love a good glass of wine. And I love a margarita or two or three or four and I do not really drink during the week, so you better believe my plan of action does not include the absence of a few beverages. I mean who actually wants to remember a weekend in Chicago (or anywhere for that matter) where you were constantly worrying about whether you were eating healthy or not or whether you could drink or not? Life is too short my friends.

8. Have a desert every day. Now, you may not agree with me on this and that is totally your deal, but I love desert. I love my chocolate. This may be a skinny cow in place of a giant cup of fro yo, or one square of dark chocolate instead of five, but this girl is not going to stop eating desert.

9. Do what I know I need to.  I usually follow by the 80/20 rule (80% healthy and 20% not) however lately it has been more like the 60/40 rule (ugh!). I know what I need to work on and do better in, and I just need to do it!

10. Listen to my body. I only have one and the one I have got is not meant to be a bean pole so I do not want you guys to think that is why I am taking action. I know I am curvy and that is just how I am built. This honestly has nothing to do with losing weight (by the way- I do not weigh myself, ever.) I do not ever count calories. I just need to eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full. I simply want to feel better.

What am I NOT going to do?

I am not going to obsess over this new little plan of action. I am not going to beat myself up. I am just going to do the best I can. I think so many time as girls we  feel we HAVE to “run off that piece of cake” or “not eat the day after an overindulging week” which makes me sad 😦 No one is perfect and we all eat too much sometimes. All we can do is recognize this, not make a habit of it and move forward!

I wanted to share my plan of action with you guys to help hold me accountable! Hold me accountable to my clean eats AND do not let me obsess over this. Now that I have put this out in the world, I have to go forth with it. In a few weeks, I will do a little recap to see how I am feeling.

So… here is my WIAW of getting back to feeling like myself and my usual routine. My usual routine is what works for me. I eat 3 meals a day + little snacks in between if I am hungry, and you know I.ALWAYS.eat.dessert.

{The theme for WIAW is “healthy snacking.” If you have been reading for a while, you may have noticed I am not a big snacker. Sometimes if I eat breakfast really early I will snack before lunch but I usually just have an afternoon snack. I am more of a big meal kinda person!}

These are my past two meals from Monday and Tuesday when I decided on this plan of action (you will notice nothing really looks all that different!!):

Breakfast:

Monday morning: 2 Van’s waffles with blueberries + half a banana + Justins honey PB + sugar free syrup

Tuesday morning: Sprouted wheat berry toast + strawberry jelly + chia seeds, egg whites + spinach, half banana + blueberries + strawberries.

Lunch:

Monday: Refreshing Summer Turkey Salad + side of Kashi crackers.

{This meal kept me full for HOURS but kinda upset my tummy 😦 Big salads tend to do that to me if I eat them at lunchtime… not sure why.}

Tuesday: Salmon Roll Ups + side of pop chips

Snacks:

Monday: When I came home from work I had a handful of almonds and a few grapes.

Tuesday: grapes + banana + greek yogurt

Dinner:

Monday: Roasted salmon + roasted broccoli slaw + roasted sweet potatoes

Tuesday: My Protein Packed Quinoa “Fried Rice”

{This time I made it with chicken and no egg whites or edamame because I was not in the mood for eggs!}

Dessert:

Monday AND Tuesday: Mint Chocolate Skinny Cow. Maybe not the best and I know it has a ton of additives but it sure beats what I COULD have eaten… 80/20 rule here friends.

{I know I need a manicure}

What I did for my workout:

Monday:  Jillian yoga meltdown + abs

{I was going to walk before work Monday BUT P and I talked until 1 am so I decided to sleep extra!}

Tuesday: A new cardio kickbox class with my cute roomie Liz + walked an extra 1.35 miles

***Does anyone want to join me on this plan of action?!!!!! If so, shoot me an email OR comment on here and stay tuned for a recap so that we can all encourage each other!

I will be doing a recipe recap at the end of this week so stay tuned 🙂 Hope you guys have a great Wednesday and that it is filled with clean, yummy eats but make sure to allow yourself room for treats!

Mexican and Asian Cravings Be Gone

Hey friends!

Okay, does anyone else just get a hankering for a certain type of food? Like I-can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head kind of craving? Well, I have been like that for weeks. I think I am really missing my Big D Mexican food (and drinks) and as far as the stir fry goes, I think I just read entirely too many food blogs.

For the past two Sundays I have woken up with one thing on my mind: fajitas. Not one to not cave into my cravings… I decided to whip some up on my own!

Also… ever since I saw THIS recipe on Jenn’s blog, I have not stopped thinking about it. I have really been craving hibachi fried rice but since my stomach usually feels like it is going to explode after I eat it, I knew I needed to make it a little bit healthier! I have been going over it in my head on how to put a little twist to make it for myself and use up some veggies.

These were both delicious meals and since I am on a budget for the summer, I would estimate each meal cost less than $2. Also, these are both meals I would double to make for P. They taste delectable for any taste buds and I promise no one will even be able to tell they are eating clean.

Healthified Chicken Fajitas for One

Ingredients:

3 Chicken Tenders

Bell peppers and onions (I bought a frozen bag of these mixed)

Kale

Fat-free Sour Cream

Taco Seasoning

Whole Wheat torillas

Steps:

1. I first marinated my chicken strips in Worchestire sauce, a little soy sauce, salt, pepper and taco seasoning (not a lot because I do not like spicy.

2. Since my bell peppers and onions were frozen, I cooked them in the skillet first in a tsp of olive oil, then added in the kale.

3. Once the veggies were done, I put them on a plate and added my chicken (cut up into small pieces) into the skillet and cooked for about 4-5 minutes.

4. Then I added the veggies back in (I like my veggies really soft) to cook with the chicken in the skillet.

5. I heated my two wheat tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds and spread fat free sour cream on them.

6. I put my hot chicken and fajita veggies right on top of the tortillas. A Mexican feast for one hungry girl!!

*Love Mint Chip Tip:

If only I had made a margarita to go with all of this…..

I made these a second time with shrimp AND chicken… 🙂

Protein Packed Quinoa Stir “Fried Rice”

Ingredients:

Source of protein (I used salmon, but I think chicken or shrimp would be heavenly)

1/4 cup quinoa

A TON of veggies (I used peas, edamame, corn and carrots)

Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce

Egg Whites

Salt and Pepper

2 tsp of olive oil

Steps:

1. I started to cook my quinoa since I figured this would take the longest. Follow the instructions on the box. I have found that to get the fluffiest quinoa, keep stirring it and adding water (it soaks up all the water). This just seems to give it that “rice” like texture. Also, while cooking add salt and pepper so the quinoa soaks up a lot of flavor.

2. I put about a tsp of olive oil in a skillet. Then I cut up some carrots that were on there last leg, frozen peas, corn and edamame and threw them all in the skillet. I drizzled some soy sauce on the veggies and added salt and pepper.

3. Once the veggies were done, I moved them aside and sauteed my salmon (seasoned with salt, pepper, drizzle of soy).

4. When the salmon was almost done, I added a splash (however much you want!) of egg whites to the pan.

5. Add everything together, put some soy sauce on top of everything.

6. Done! Served it steaming hot. Delicious. Amazing flavor.

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These both made a lot of food but were great, not overly filling dinners!! Protein. Check. Complex Carbs. Check. Vegetables. Check, check and check. Tasty. Check. Mexican and Asian cravings be gone. Check. For a few days at least.

Enjoy!!

MIMM Take 2

Well hey there cutie pies!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was great and I am glad to hear you that many of you enjoyed my little Linked Up Thursday and my Reeses Filled-M&M-Reeses Pieces-Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

I know it is late in the day, but I wanted to join in on the fun for Marvelous in My Monday.

Thanks Katie for hosting this!

What is so marvelous right now?!

1. I had a GREAT weekend in Jacksonville at the Kappa convention. I was kinda bummed to leave DC but I ended up having a blast. Jamaica (our advisor) Rebecca, Ashley and I had so much fun together and met some really cute girls. I did not get too many pics but here is what I have:

2. The new “Fashion page” was updated again 🙂

3. Chocolate. Because I mean you know everything is always, always better with chocolate.

4. SweetGreen frozen yogurt. My roomies have me addicted to the tart stuff and I had this for the first time last night. Wow. SO good and I didn’t even feel like I was eating dessert because it just tastes good for you 😉

5. Waffles in bed on Monday morning.

Oh wait my friends, this is not as cute and peachy as you are thinking. I woke up really wanting breakfast in bed and since my Prince Charming is SO far away… I had to fetch it for myself. Well this was a bit of a disaster because the first go round I had my whole little breakfast all made… waffles in one hand, coffee and water in the other and syrup under my chin. As I reached the top stair… everything exploded. The steaming hot coffee burnt my face UGH. I refused to let this start my Monday on the wrong foot.. so I went and made a new little breakfast… got all cozy in bed with my laptop, and my coffee spilt ALL over my bed. Definitely not my most stellar morning.

6. Kappa Kupcakes. Come on, you know these are cute.

7. A yummy recipe coming your way tomorrow that looks a little something like this…..

8. Getting back to feeling like myself. After a few days of covention food (I am talking multiple desserts, tons of bread and butter, etc. etc. etc.) combined with barely any exercise, I was feeling a little gross yesterday morning. I am not going to starve myself the day after a few days of indulgence, so do I do to get back on track? Wake up, go for a nice little run, shower and put on some makeup with a cute outfit, drink some coffee, eat a healthy breakfast and remind myself that eating poorly for 72 hours has never killed anyone.

9. My lunch today. Tell me you don’t get excited to eat your packed lunch? An amazing combination of fresh flavor.

Refreshing Summer Turkey Salad

Grapes

Strawberries

2 slices of deli turkey

Feta cheese

Mushrooms

Fat Free Balsamic Vinagerette

Mix everything together (however much you want!!) And I enjoyed mine with a side of Kashi Crackers.

10. Stopping my car this morning to take a picture of this dog. Parker if you can hear me THIS IS WHAT I WANT. I promise you guys that this picture does not do it justice. This dog was the hugest (a word?!!), most precious, cutest thing I have ever seen in my life. It was almost the size of a small pony. No really.

11. Still getting a million butterflies in my stomach when I wake up with sweet long texts 😉

12. Knowing at the end of the day… it doesn’t matter how far away we are… my sisters and I will always have each other’s backs 😉

Questions:

*How do you get back on track after over indulging for a few days???

*Did anyone have anything fun going on this weekend?

Cookie Promises Kept

Hola!!

I have a recipe that I promised to share with you guys!

I hands down can not take full credit for this recipe. I have seen so many recipes like this on Pinterest, so do not think that was all my idea.

I wanted to send P something fun at camp and wanted to incorporate all his favorite treats into one. Reeses. Chocolate chip cookies. M&M cookies. And reese pieces.

So what did I do? I made these beauties hoping that 9.5 hours away he will remember why he loves me so much 🙂 (Except he probably feels like he sees me all day everyday because I easily send 18291821732 selfies in a day, cute).

Reeses Filled-M&M-Reeses Pieces-Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 package of pre-made cookie dough squares

A bag of reeses (not the mini ones, the regular ones)

A bag of M&Ms

A bag of Reeses Pieces

1. Take 2 squares of chocolate chip cookie dough and put them on either side of the reeses. Cover the reeses until you can not see it anymore.

2. Line them on parchment paper (I love this stuff so much more than spray).

3. Press a TON of M&Ms and Reeses Pieces into the cookies. Put a lot because these babies SPREAD out.

4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

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Tips:

1. Speaking of spreading out, mine almost looked like a cake. I didn’t think they would get so large!!! Make sure to leave plenty of room (you may even want to use multiple cookie trays, next time I will).

2. I think these would be amazing warm with vanilla ice cream. Just saying.

3. These are easy peasy! He loved them. You know you want them, just go make the darn things!!!

Linked Up Thursday

1. Do you love yogurt as much as me?!! I can not get enough of the stuff. Check out this article: Why You Should Eat Yogurt.

2. Love your weekend workouts?! ME too! You have more time, it is more relaxed and let’s not forget to mention you have more time to prepare a yummy breakfast for refueling. Here are 8 ways to Get More Out of Your Weekend Workouts.

3. Only have 10 minutes? 10 is better than nothing. Try this 10 minute total body workout.

4. Not really hungry but need a summery treat? Story of my life. Here are 8 poolside treats under 80 calories.

5. If you are in a food rut and need some ideas for a healthy, easy dinner, check out Giada’s Easy Weeknight Meals. PS…. P is not one to usually talk about how pretty he thinks someone is but he would break up with me in less than a second for her. He calls her his girlfriend and ABSOLUTELY is in love with her! Maybe if I fix a few of her meals for him I will start to look like her….? It’s worth a try 😉

6. It took me a long time before I figured out how to exactly shop in the grocery store. Many of you know I LOVE going to the grocery store, but it took me a while to find this love because I would go and get a whole bunch of random stuff that I did not know what to do with. Read Learn How to Shop Healthy at the Grocery Store for tips!

7. I do not know about you and your man, but as I have mentioned many times on this blog, P and I LOVE to eat together and especially cook together whenever we get a chance. However, sometimes we run into a slight issue. He LOVES his meat and potatoes but doesn’t really care if we have veggies or not. I found these recipes from Bobby Flay (P could eat all his meals all day every day) that seem like stuff we could eat together with a few tweaks for him and me. If your guy is anything like P, a good meal is definitely the way to his heart (like a good dessert is the way to mine;) Surprise your guy with a Bobby Flay homecooked meal this weekend.

8. And in case you like to cook with a beverage glued to in your hand, here is an interesting twist on some “Cocktails for Grilling.”

9. You did not honestly think I was going to leave you guys without a dessert recipe did you? Come on, you know me better than that! I want this Mint Oreo Cake. Now. The only problem is since I am cooking for one I would have to eat the whole thing… and that would most likely happen in one sitting. I am waiting to “make it for Parker” so we can split it.

10. And for goodness sake, pair that cake with some homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Happy Thursday friends!! 🙂

WIAW: {Spoonfuls of Almond Butta}

Hey friends!

Before I forget, I added a new Fashion page. Now look… this is NOT a fashion blog. BUT, I do love clothes (even though you will find me in my Nikes + lululemon + no makeup 3/4 of the time) and since I have to dress up a little for my internship I thought it would be kinda fun. I will let you know when it is updated every once in a while.

Time again for another WIAW. Today I am sticking to just yesterday’s eats because lately I have had several questions about what exactly I eat on a daily basis. Well friends, I have to tell you this changes every day because every day I crave different things. Today all I wanted was summery feeling foods and chocolate. Tomorrow I will probably want entirely different things.

But, let’s get right to today’s eats! Thanks Jenn for hosting this as always!!

Breakfast:

Green Pancakes. Or as P calls them, Grinch Pancakes. Topped with about a smidge of Justin’s Honey PB + banana + sugar free syrup. YES, I know sugar free syrup is not great for you and has a ton of additives, but I don’t really care. I use so much syrup so I stick to sugar free.

This breakfast is so satisfying. I honestly could eat these all day every day. PLEASE make them!! If you follow me on Instagram, you for sure have had to see these 72817212129 times. (Follow me: lovemintchipamp … you get all kinds of odd pictures from me and some sneak peeks of recipes)

Lunch:

Turkey Sandwich + a pitiful side of TJ’s barbeque pop chips (that was all that was left in the bag) + a side of apple and carrots.

Oh, and dessert. Duh.

Afternoon Snack:

So I spent most of the day shooting something outside with one of the producers. We had a blast but it was 1 gazillion degrees outside. We walked almost a mile there, shot for about an hour and by the time we were done, needed a refreshing snack. I forgot to snap a pic but I had a mocha light frappe with soy milk. Yum!

Dinner (2 recipes!!):

When I came home I was ravenous. Shocking, I know 😉 Oh, and it is the new thing to eat so much you have to use 2 extra large plates. Portion control at it’s finest.

Plate 1: Roasted some sweet potatoes (Jordan, so happy you love them so much!!) with a mound of mustard + ketchup.

Plate 2: Sauteed Balsamic Chicken Strips + side spinach, feta, strawberry with balsamic (best summer combo!) + side of sauteed kale and broccoli slaw. I clearly could not decide on a vegetable.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

1 sweet potato (or more if for multiple people)

Salt and pepper + any other favorite seasoning

Olive Oil Cooking Spray

1. I have found that the easiest way for me to slice a sweet potato is to first microwave it for 2-3 minutes so it gets a little mushy (not too mushy!!) and it easier to slice.

2.Then slice it up however you like. Wedges, circles, strips, whatever floats your boat.

3.Line a baking pan with aluminum and spray with olive oil.
4.Place sweet potatoes on pan and spray again, season, toss everything together.
5.Bake at 400-450 for about 20-25 minutes (depending on if you like them mushy or crispy).

Okay we need to have a serious chat. I am not judging other people’s eating habits at all but I really do not understand how some people eat “1/2 a sweet potato.” The darn things are so good I could have roasted 3 more and eaten them in one sitting. Rant over.

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Sauteed Balsamic Chicken Strips

As many chicken tenders as you want

Salt + Pepper

Balsamic Vinegar + Worchestire Sauce

Sprinkle balsamic and worchestire over chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cook in skillet on medium heat.

Sauteed Kale + Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Kale

Salt, pepper, olive oil spray.

I threw this in the skillet as the chicken was finishing up. Seasoned with a little salt + pepper and sprayed with olive oil so it did not burn. Let it cook until it wilted.

Feta + Strawberry + Balsamic Spinach Salad

Fresh strawberries

Sprinkle of feta cheese

Spinach leaves

Favorite balsamic vinaigrette or just balsamic vinegar

Slice up strawberries. Top onto a bed of spinach. Sprinkle feta cheese and drizzle on your dressing!

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Dessert:

This is where the fun begins!!

Spoonfuls (I lost count, no really I did) of almond butter with chocolate chips. I LOVE this almond butter. I do not know what I am going to do without Trader Joe’s in my life. Probably something weird like order it on the internet. It’s fine.

Tip: Accidentally drop chocolate chips into the jar. You obviously have to get them out in giant spoonfuls.

More almond butter = more happy Anne.

THEN I wanted ice cream. I am usually not this snacky at night but you know what? I am not going to lie and act like I am a perfect eater. I was craving some desserts, so I ate them 🙂 3 TJ’s mini ice cream sandwiches.

And now I am sitting here eating PB + AB (sometimes I can’t decide what I want so naturally I mix them) and drinking a big cup of coffee!!

I am about to finish getting a few last minute things together before I head to Jacksonville, FL until Sunday for a Kappa Convention. I know it will be fun when I get there but I am kinda already having withdrawels and I have not left yet 😦 … this is not good friends. I am falling more in love with this place every day (even though I wish my P + my fam + my bffs were here).

I have some recipes and other posts planned for you while I am away. So make sure to check back in throughout the week!

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!

Marvelous in My Monday: {Full of Randomness}

Hey friends!

Today is my first Marvelous in My Monday! I saw a bunch of my blog friends were doing this and it looks like a super fun way to start the week off. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

So… What is so marvelous right now?

1. Father’s Day was yesterday and I thought about how blessed I am to have the best Daddy ever all day long! See my post here: The Word’s Best Dad

2. Fun girls dinner at Peacock Cafe Friday night (had the same thing I had last time I was there) followed by an interesting night out…

3. Making my Almond Butter French Toast Sandwich GREEN!!

4. Skipping a planned workout to go on a 5 mile walk with sweet new friends around DC to go to the 3 story Forever 21! 🙂 The gym will always still be there tomorrow.

5. Getting this picture from my sister (Rollins) of my favorite girl:

6. FINALLY catching up with my sister (Rebecca) after she has been gone for 3 weeks at Young Life Camp doing work crew!!

7. Wise words from Dove Chocolate

8. Instagram. If you follow me I am lovemintchipamp. I kind of obnoxiously post so sorry about it.

9. Being introduced to the famous “Uncle Julio’s”. It is their favorite place and after hearing about it for a solid 3 weeks I finally was taken for the experience. Yes, we took the metro to Rosslyn, VA for good mexican food. Yes, I ate a basket of chips. Yes, I ate 6 buttery, warm yummy tortillas. Yes, I was so full I could hardly move.

10. Baking on Sunday 🙂 Just a sneak peak… I will share the recipe soon because it’s a surprise!

11. Sunday morning yoga to start the week on a great foot.

12. Homemade Sunday night dinner (apparently one night of mexican wasn’t enough).

13. My new Recipes page that I added… I am really excited to get cranking on this!

14. Going to work today!! I love my job 🙂

15. Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

The World’s Best Dad

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!!

When I say I have the world’s best dad, I mean it!

When we were little, it never occurred to me how unusual it was to have a Dad who was around all the time. And when I say all the time, I really mean my Dad was and is present for everything and I feel so lucky and blessed to have the relationship that I do with him.

As I got older, I started to notice that not every Dad…

Learns how to braid hair because Mom couldn’t.

Keeps bobby pins, mascara, lip gloss AND deodrant in their truck to make sure we do not have a meltdown on the car ride to school.

Comes to every.single.thing my sisters and I have even if it means you are the only man in the room at Kappa initation brunch.

Gets their daughter out of class because she has had a bad week and takes her to Oxford for lunch and an afternoon of shopping.

Holds 22 bags and patiently sits on every bench, couch and chair in every store in New York.

Has not bought one thing for himself in years so that we can have new things.

Is there to pick you up when you fall time after time after time.

Sacrifices so much to make sure his girls have every opportunity that comes their way.

Plans his entire life around his wife and his kids.

Sits through every single high school pep rally, without fail.

Calls and texts us all day every day.

Can talk about awkward girl stuff and has made frequent trips “to the drugstore”.

Knows every detail about his girl’s lives (even details he could go his whole life without knowing).

Has let us keep every animal we have ever come home with… we have acquired quite a few over the years.

Puts his family first. Over work, over hobbies, over everything.

Puts himself last.

Makes us laugh so hard with his sarcastic humor we can not see straight.

Pushes you to your fullest potential but always allows room for mistakes.

Takes interest in things we are interested in order to be a part of our lives.

Never lets you give up on yourself.

Sends you an encouraging devotion or bible verse every single morning.

Gives and gives and never asks for anything in return.

Genuinely wants to be your best friend but still is a father at the same time.

Sets an example for the kind of man you want to marry.

Thank you for being the best Daddy in the entire world and thank you for everything you do for us each and everyday!!

I love you with all my heart.

Recipes from this week

Sooo… like I said on Wednesday I decided that once a week or once every other week I am going to do a recap of recent recipes and then link them up for you guys on the new “Recipes” page (see above!) This may take some time for me to get it perfectly sorted out so just be patient with me.

Since I decided to do this, I will be sure to take more pictures for next time while I am cooking to show each step.

Some recent recipes (some I shared, some I did not!):

Sauteed Salmon

1 salmon filet

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

1 tsp of olive oil + olive oil spray

DirectionsL Spray your salmon filet (if frozen, make sure to defrost it) with olive oil spray on both sides and season with sea salt and black pepper. Pour the tsp of olive oil in a skillet and place your salmon in. I cooked mine mostly on medium heat. Cook until it is flaky, or to your liking.

Whole Wheat “Mac and Cheese”

1/2 cup of whole wheat penne pasta

1/2 – 1 laughing cow cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Handful of Spinach

Cook your pasta according to directions on the box. When it is done, place the spinach in your collander and pour pasta over it. The heat from the boiling water + the hot pasta will wilt the spinach. While hot, mix in laughing cow cheese so that it will melt. I sprinkled a little sea salt + black pepper to give it more taste.

Broiled Tomatoes

As many tomatoes as you want 😉

Salt and Pepper

Mozarella Cheese

Olive Oil Spray

Thinly slice your tomato. Since I was cooking for one, I sliced about 1/3 of one tomato. Spray a piece of aluminum with olive oil spray and place tomato slices on top. Spray again with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprink mozarella cheese on top and broil on High for about 5-6 minutes.

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Homeade Kale Chips

A few handfuls of fresh Kale (I brought mine at TJ’s already washed and rinsed)

Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to season

Heat oven to 450. Spray a piece of aluminum (keeps it from getting so messy) with olive oil and place onto a pan. Spread kale on aluminum and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle seasonings and mix around with your hands. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy your taste buds like it!

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Healthy “Cakey” Chocolate Chip  Cookies

A very ripe banana

2 tbsp Chocolate PB2

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

Some honey and sugar free maple syrup (to taste)

A few (okay, a lot) of handfuls of semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix everything up in a bowl to create the “cookie dough”. I popped the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes  to harden then stuck them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350. Eat while warm (otherwise they kinda get stuck to the pan).

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Almond Butter French Toast Sandwich

2 slices of wheat bread

1/3 cup Egg whites

Splash of almond milk

Spread almond butter between the two pieces of toast (make a sandwhich).  Mix eggs and almond milk and soak each outside piece of the toast in the egg mixture. Place in a skillet and cook on high. Serve with sugar free syrup and top with your favorite fruit.

* You can use as many egg whites as you want! I just do not like mine very egg-y.

Need an extra serving of veggies? You can also make it GREEN! (Idea from STUFTMama) Just add spinach to the mix and blend it up!

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Summery Chicken Salad

Broccoli slaw

Grilled Chicken

Edamame

Apple

1-2 tbsp of your Favorite dressing

Chop up an apple in little pieces. Cook edamame if frozen (I did it in microwave). Place everything in a bowl, mix, and serve!

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Hummus Turkey Wrap

Deli Turkey

Hummus

1/2 Laughing Cow Cheese

Mustard

Tomatoe

Mustard

Brocoli Slaw

Spinach

Salt and Pepper

Spread hummus, laughing cow and mustard on top of your favorite whole wheat wrap or bread. Stuff everything else in there. Eat! This is a GREAT combination of flavor and a very filling but not overly filling lunch.

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Chicken Sausage with Sauteed Veggies

1 Chicken Sausage Link

Your favorite veggies

Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil + Olive Oil Spray

First, defrost all frozen vegetables or sausage. Drizzle olive oil in a skillet. Place chicken sausage in skillet, cook for around 5 minutes on medium. Spray your favorite veggies with olive oil spray, season, place in pan with sausage until cooked to your liking. At this point, I like to cut my sausage up into pieces and mix in skillet with veggies.

*I used a sundried tomato and basil chicken sausage. My favorite veggies to use are sweet potato, kale and brocoli.  

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Cheesy Quinoa Bowl

1/4 cup dry quinoa

1/2 laughing cow cheese

Mozarella Cheese

Spinach, Brocoli and any other veggies you want!

Salt and pepper

Protein of choice

Cook quinoa according to instructions on the box. Mix in laughing cow cheese when its done. In the meantime, steam veggies in a big bowl in the microwave. Mix quinoa in with veggies. Top with protein (I used grilled chicken), sprinkle salt and pepper, top with a sprinkle of mozarella cheese and pop back in microwave for 15 seconds to get the mozarella cheese nice and melty.

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Skinny Pizza

Flat out pita as the crust (or any pita!!)

Trader Joe’s fat free pizza sauce

Mozarella cheese

Tomato

Spinach.

Warm the pita for 3-5 (depending on how crispy you like it) minutes in the oven at 350. Spread pizza sauce on the pita, sprinkle cheese and tomato slices. Sprinkle more cheese and top with spinach! Broil on high for 2-3 minutes.

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And there you have it 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy this! Have a great Saturday. Do a fun little workout and eat LOTS of yummy food!!