happy thanksgiving: {pumpkin muffin recipe}

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today I am thankful for so many things.

My family, friends, pets, health, etc. etc. etc. … the list could go on forever! I am literally SO blessed.

Post Turkey Trot!!!

I am SUPER thankful for…. ALL of you guys!!! To show you how thankful I am… I have a delicious, healthy, protein packed recipe for you!!!!!

Pumpkin Oat Flax Muffins

1 can pumpkin
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp almond milk
6 oz 0% plain greek yogurt

*To make this into more of a dessert, add dark chocolate chips.

**Serve warm with a spread of almond butter, yum!!

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Then, mix all wet ingredients and add in dry ones. Next, bake for 15 to 20 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Serve warm.

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foodie friday: {thankgiving inspired breakfasts}

Hi friends!

So you guys probably remember that I made a lot of yummy food this summer when I had a kitchen. Unfortunately, I do not have a kitchen at school because I live in the Kappa house. NOT that I am complaining at all that I have all of my meals made for me… I still really miss being in the kitchen.

I will be home the whole week for Thanksgiving and you better believe that is where I will be living. Sorry mom and dad… I know you love when I cook all day 🙂 And because I naturally have to pin every single recipe I see, I have quite an array of different options to make.

I have been on a giant recipe searching “bread-y” breakfast kick. I have been craving spice bread. Pumpkin muffins. Apple muffins… any and all things that smell and taste like fall.

Come on… you know there is absolutely NOTHING better than a warm piece of yummy bread and coffee to start your belly off happy for the day.

Some of these recipes are healthy. Some are absolutely not.

What do you think I should make?

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Marshmallow-Buttercream FrostingMini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping

Easy Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Mini Cinnies-Bite Sized Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Happy fall y’all!

Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?! TELL ME!!

wiaw: {my weekend at home eats + p’s birthday dinner}

Hi friends!

So you guys may remember that I went home this weekend!! It was amazing 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesdayis a little different than the usual… it is a little bit of my at home eats mixed in with P’s birthday dinner. I am SO proud of the dinner that I dedicated an entire post to it.

{Thanks Jenn for hosting this!}

wiaw

A quick weekend recap (sorry for the lack of food pictures… who am I?!):

Thursday night I met this little crazy person at the airport and we got to Jackson around 11 pm. P was coming to pick us up and Rebecca came with him to surprise us 🙂 We got home and I got to hang out with my favorite person (okay animal) ever for a little while and stayed up catching up with the fam.

Friday morning P and I went with my family to watch Becca perform in the pep rally! Is she really a senior?!?! We joined my grandparents for lunch at my favorite Keifers and then went on a 2 mile run with Gumbo!

We went to dinner with his parents and then to the football game to watch Rollins crown the new queen… CONGRATULATIONS LUCY!! Lucy has been one of Rebecca’s best friends for forever and we could not have been more excited for her on this special night!

Saturday I had breakfast with my bestie at Broad Street and then mom and I went dress shopping with my cousin who is also on the homecoming court at her high school in a few months!!

I spent the rest of the day cooking and preparing for P’s birthday dinner with my family.

Let’s talk about about this dinner. What was on the menu?!

1. Grilled salmon for me, mom and dad. I marinated the salmon in a baby drop of olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it. It was amazing! P grilled (yes, he had to help with his birthday dinner haha) them for about 5-7 minutes. They turned out perfectly!

2. Filets for P, Becca and Ro. I used this recipe for the steaks and they turned out FANTASTIC. Full of flavor. I marinated them all day in some kind of special meat sauce and worchistier. They were perfect!

3. Grilled shrimp. Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper and garlic salt. Grilled for about 2 minutes on each side.

4. Asparagus with roasted pine nuts. Dizzled in olive oil and roasted at about 400 degrees with a sprink;e

5. Mushroom quinoa. I used this recipe: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto. It was fanastic! I like having a carby side with dinner and quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein and a really healthy complex carb. Healthy and delicious? I’ll take it!

4. Fresh Market french bread.

5. Salad with asiago cracked pepper dressing.

6. Chocolate fudge pie.

opening his gifts!

Modeling his new hat.

Sunday was a rainy, lazy day and I did not get out of my pjs until I was forced to go to the airport 😦

Diva HATES the rain

Did I mention we got fro yos the size of our head and I ate all of mine and all of his? It was a neat moment.

It was a perfect weekend at home. I was getting real homesick for my family and this was just what I needed! See you guys later this week!!!!

Have a YUMMY, FAB Wednesday!

Question: What are you eating today/ lately?!

foodie friday: {why we decided not to go paleo}

It’s Friday!

How pumped are you guys?! ME TOO!

I am so excited for this weekend. I honestly plan on doing nothing!! I am in the mood to just chill, hang out with my friends and be productive. I found this picture and unfortunately feel like it describes my life.

Haha moving on…

Today I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the paleo diet.What is it? Read this article for more!

I actually have been doing a ton of research on this and Parker and I have been going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether or not we wanted to try it out. I would NOT call this a diet. Diets do not go over well with this girl. Most people go paleo as a lifestyle change. I think it is awesome! It focuses on eating real, whole and natural foods. Some even call it a “caveman diet”.

If you know P and I, we are kinda all or nothing people. And we also love food. Like a lot. When we first started thinking about it, it sounded really appealing. There are definitely things we could both do to clean up our eating habits and thought this would be a great way to start.

WELL… the more we started thinking about it, the more we realized that it is actually very unrealistic especially while we are in college. The main thing that got both of us is the no grains and the no dairy.

For us, at the stage of life we are in right now, cutting out one or more entire food groups just does not make sense to us. For example, last night I went to a meeting that lasted until 9 pm  and there was free dinner and all they had was pizza. Well I was not going to not eat the pizza. It was my only choice for dinner and I was starving. I came home and ate my favorite KKG desert ever, caramel ice cream loaded with butter and sugar. This is in no way paleo!!!

I’m sorry but I LOVE a good bowl of wheat pasta, quinoa or a gigantic bowl of cereal. I love a piece of cheesy ooooooey gooey pizza or a turkey sandwich. I could live off of sushi with rice. I like cream in my coffee and I really like a gigantic bowl of ice cream or slice of chocolate cake. I am not about to spend my last year of college avoiding alcohol or the deserts at the Kappa house.

I think Gina does a fantastic job of explaining what we we feel are the pros and cons of the paleo diet in this post: Focus On: The Paleolithic Diet.

However, we did sit back and realize that a lot of our meals could be considered very paleo-ish. I find myself eating a piece of meat or fish with vegetables all the time. But I also find myself eating sweet potatoes ALL the time which are not considered paleo and I LOVE a sweet potato. In the mornings, I need a piece of toast with my eggs or an english muffin with my almond butter.

Maybe one day when we have our own kitchen and have more time to prepare and plan meals this would be awesome to try! For now I think we are just going to focus on cleaning up some of our eats and incorporating more paleo-ish style meals into our daily diets, but we definitely do not want to do this right now.

For those of you that are paleo, more power to you!! This is TOTALLY just my own personal opinion about it. I think it is AWESOME that you have this much will power. Send some our way?!! 😉

For all of you crossfit lovers, check out my article for The Daily Campus this week-Crossfit: a unique fitness program and the paleo diet. I also did a blog post for The Fit Mustang with a few of the paleo recipes I want to try- Paleo recipes.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Just something a little different to talk about?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

Question: What are your thoughts on paleo?!!!??

This Week’s Set Up

Hi there!

How are you guys?! I hope everyone had a MARVELOUS Monday 😉

Yesterday when I left you there was still some things I wanted to share… but the length of my post was getting a bit out of control!

Have you forgotten that a major part of this blog is about nutrition and fitness?! Haha I sure have… not that I am complaining… there has just been too many other exciting things going on. However, that is NOT to say that I have not been focusing on my workouts and clean eats, I definitely have, but I have just had other things going on that I wanted to share.

I kinda want to start doing a little weekly set up of what my week will look like. I may not post about it every week but I think by sharing what I hope to accomplish that week with you guys… it will keep me on track.

So let’s talk a little bit about has been going on around here healthy living wise!! Since starting Best Body Bootcamp, each week Tina encourages us to pick 2 goals for that week.

Mine last week were:

  • Eat clean and fit in exercise when possible but enjoy myself and the time I had with my grandparents! Goal accomplished! I started eat day with a healthy breakfast and exercise and then enjoyed myself but I never felt like I went overboard.
  • Be in bed by 10. Asleep by 10:30. Done and done. This really is no problem for me seeing as how by the time 8 pm hits… all I want to do is lie in bed and read or watch Netflix. I know I suck but whatevvverrr.

This week my goals are:

  • Eat clean, eat clean, eat clean and get in at least 5 really good workouts. 
  • Foam roll and stretch more. This may seem like a silly goal to you BUT my muscles are so stinking sore and they are really missing my Bikram yoga… I think my foam rolling and stretching more this will really help!

How am I going to accomplish these little goals?!!

1. Meal Prep.

On Sunday I did some serious meal prepping for the week. Since I am leaving DC on FRIDAY (Can you believe how fast the summer has gone by?)… I really needed to  get rid of a few things in my freezer/ fridge.

A few weeks ago, I saw this recipe “Kitchen Stash Supper” from Iowa Girl Eats. I love every single recipe she posts and this one I especially could not forget because it was about making dinner with stuff you already have. I started with making a big pot of whole wheat penne pasta and basically followed her entire recipe step by step. For the 2 tbsp of flour I used whole wheat flour, and for the cheese I used 2.5 Laughing Cow swiss wedges. Look how creamy the pasta turned out.

I think I will have plenty to eat throughout the week. I used every veggie I had in the fridge AKA I cooked up an unbelievable amount of vegetables to much on for the week!

I really like to make one fun little snack for the week and lately it has been amazeballs but yesterday I decided to make some of Katie’s Mini Chocolate Chip Love Bites. For the fruit (since I am not a huge fan of rasberries) I used 3 tbsp of blueberries.

These are really, really good and a perfect after dinner snack. Last night I had 2 (microwaved for 20 seconds) and topped each with a smidge of almond butter. Oh my.

2. Planning my workouts.

Finally I feel like I am getting back into a fitness routine! If you have been reading for a while, you know that it has been kinda off the whole summer because it was clear my body needed some serious rest. I love the bootcamp! It is very realistic and manageable but it is pushing me pretty hard.

Instead of planning out a routine for each day I am just going to set out the workouts that I hope to accomplish based of of the Best Body Bootcamp plan and will do what I am feeling like on that particular day. If I do not get to everything… oh well! Haha

Cardio:

  • 20 min 60/60 HIIT (sprint for 60, jog for 60)–> already done! Ended up doing about 40 min of HIIT Monday
  • 2 x 20-30 min steady state cardio (power walking, jog, elliptical, whatever)
  • Long walk (because these are my favorite and make me happy)
  • 1-2 x 45 min intervals

Strength:

  • Workout A (upper body)
  • 2-3 x Core
  • Workout B (lower body)
  • Yoga (class or DVD)
  • Workout C (full body)

Rest:

  • At least one day of total rest and if I feel like I need more, I will take 2 rest days!!

3. Listen to my body. First and most important priority. My #1 overall goal when I was starting the bootcamp was to listen to my body which is exactly what I have been doing. The last thing I want to do is go into another over-trained phase. No thank you!!

4. Have fun and enjoy life!! This is something I have to remind myself of on a daily basis. Per my very type A personality, I tend to get fixated on one thing and get completely undone if my routine is thrown off (my best friends are like… uh, YEAH). This is something I am really trying to work on!

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I think that is about it… I like sharing my weekly set up with you!!

Questions: Tell me what you think about setting up your week?! Would you like to see more of these posts from me? Do you have a set up for this week?!!

WIAW: {Summer Staples}

Well hello there!

Can ya believe it is already Wednesday?! Me either! I am super excited for this week because my precious grandparents will be in town with their friends. I am looking so forward to seeing them and spending time with them!

Well… this week has been quite a whirlwind and the past two days have been crazy! My eats have been super quick and random (except for my salmon teryiaki Monday night!!) and to be honest I do not really even have any pictures of recent eats over the past few days for WIAW. Soooo… I decided to tell you guys about what my favorite foods have been lately ESPECIALLY in the hot summer months! Thanks Jenn for hosting this.

While I am ALWAYS more of a meal person than a snacky person… in the summer I seem to eat more throughout the day in smaller portions and in the winter I just eat 3 giant portions. Do not ask why… I could not tell you.

Snack plate 🙂

1. Fruit. When the temperatures are blazing outside there really is nothing better than a giant bowl of fruit. I especially love any and all berries (I lied… I HATE rasberries) and melons and grapes in the summer. I eat a lot of fruit anyways, but in the summer I seem to incorporate it in just about every single meal AND snack. I am on a BIG white peach kick lately after finding those beauties at the store the other day.

2. Yogurt bowls. I LOVE yogurt bowls (especially with Chobani!). They are so refreshing and you can do just about anything with them. Fruit, granola, chia seeds, chocolate chips, whatever!!

3. Green Strawberry and Banana Monsters. Can you really beat a smoothie when it is 788918219 billion degrees out? I have had a few of you ask me what my smoothies are like so here is the low down on this one:  1/2 frozen banana, as much spinach and frozen strawberries as your little heart desires, a container of greek yogurt, water, chia seeds…. when I go home I am looking forward to adding a splash of OJ to them… but for now I am too cheap to buy OJ because it would take me a year to go through the whole bottle 😉

4. Turkey sandwiches. Wraps, whole wheat bread, mini bagel, whatever. I LOVE turkey sandwiches and especially in the summer with lots of spinach and tomato. They remind me of my mommy and it makes me happy.

5. BBQ Pop Chips. You may be thinking… these are “not as good for you as you think.” I am 110% aware of that but they are a trillion times better than what I could be eating. And speaking of turkey sandwiches… mine always taste better with a BBQ chip. Just saying.

6. Tart fro-yo. I never though I would say it… Baxter are you reading this??? I LOVE the tart kind of fro-yo. I used to only eat the kind that tasted like ice cream.. but my roomies and new friends this summer have gotten me hooked on this stuff.I LOVE IT. Good thing we have a sweet green .1 miles away from our house?

7. Salmon with roasted sweet potato and brussle sprouts. I think this may be my favorite summer dinner. The combination of everything is heavenly and not to mention, pretty darn healthy?! I think the second best summer meal is homemade turkey burgers on the grill… which I have only had the pleasure of having once this entire summer. I just hate buying a whole thing of ground turkey for one… and it is kinda sad to grill alone. Mom, Dad… my homecoming celebration meal August 5th???? 😉

8. Anything and everything GREEN. Stuftmama I am convinced you are a complete genius.

9. Quinoa bowls. Oh what you can do with these little things!! You can put quinoa in your salad for some healthy carbs, make some protein packed “fried rice”, make a cheesy chicken quinoa bowl, etc. . Perfect if you want to cook up a big batch on Sunday and then just add it to anything and everything you eat especially when it is just too hot to cook and labor over a 5 star quality meal.. okay not that there are any 5 star meals being made over here but ya get my point.

10. Giant cereal combos. Sick of seeing this?! sorry 🙂

11. Fitnessista’s amazeballs.  I make these with 2 tbsp of Vega chocolate smoothie mix and add a tbsp of chia and 2 tbsp of oats. Delicious! My batch usually makes about 6-7 little amazeballs. A PERFECT snack to kick my sweettooth to the curb or before a late afternoon pre-workout snack.

12. Some foods I eat almost everyday no matter summer or winter: Coffee, dark chocolate, almonds, chia, almond/ peanut butter, anything PB + banana, mint chocolate chip ice cream, pizza, Mexican (I MISS my Tex Mex)…. oh you know… JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING!! And wine and margaritas. Does that count as food?!

Fitness this week:

Per every other WIAW this month…. I am going to talk about my Fitness! Woo! Like it has been this whole summer… nothing too crazy or exciting going on around here on the fitness front. Just still kinda listening to my body and doing what is best for it that day.

However, I DID join Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp that started on Monday!! I am absolutely loving it already. Her workouts are awesome and very realistic yet challenging. I also love the facebook group and all the support that you get from everyone doing it (with 500 participants… it is pretty insane!!). I think it is the perfect little push that I needed to get back into the groove of things. I am also moving things around to fit my schedule best!

My workout schedule for the week looks like this (hopefully!):

Monday- I did Workout A (burning arms!) + 20 min HIIT running on the treadmill (60 min spring, 60 min jog, alternating)

Tuesday- I got home from work so late and I was so dang HANGRY so I set out for a 25 minute run and called it a day. It was a “20 minute steady state” cardio day for the Bootcamp + Workout B so I am going to do workout B today!!

Wednesday- Workout B (lower body) + 20 min walking intervals + core

Thursday- 45- 60 min cardio + core

Friday- Workout C (full body strength) + intervals

Saturday/ Sunday- Totally depending on what my weekend with my grandparents looks like! If I do not have time for a workout, who cares! I am thinking maybe a long walk + a little yoga on Sunday?!

I am leaving you all with this because today what I am craving most is love with this lil gil. I miss her more than anything in the world!!! 10 days!

Love Mint Chip tip for the day: Never forget your friends, family, and overall mental health and well being are more important than any silly diet or workout. Don’t miss out on life because you are too worried to slip up. And if you do slip up, take a breath, go on a walk, and fix it.

I hope you have a yummy, healthy, happy Wednesday!!

Bye Bye Sushi Craving

Happy Tuesday!

Hope all of your Mondays were off to a marvelous start for the week! I had a really, really fun day exploring around DC with one of the other interns at NBC (more details to come soon!!).

Last night I was craving sushi. It seems like every time I eat sushi (I ate it Saturday night), I just keep craving it all week! However, my grandparents are coming this week and I know I will have plenty of yummy eats out so I decide to make something at home. I am also trying to clean out the freezer/ fridge since I have less than 2 weeks here. Gosh, this summer has FLOWN by!!

A few weeks ago I saw this recipe from the cutest Meg about a “deconstructed” sushi salad. I have some brown rice I need to eat up… So I took her idea and went with it 🙂 It turned out to be more of a salmon teryiaki than a deconstruced sushi salad because I realized I did not have really any of the right ingredients. I WILL be making this salad though… it looks amazing check it out!

But mine still turned out great and killed my sushi craving. Check and check.

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Salmon Teryiaki

What you need:

Salmon

Brown rice

A bunch of Veggies (I used asparagus, mushrooms, onions and spinach)

Soy sauce and teryiaki sauce

How to:

1. Marinate the salmon and veggies for about 1 hour in teriyaki sauce (as much or as little as you want).

2. Cook brown rice according to package directions.

3. Sautee vegetables, set them aside when done.

4. Sautee salmon (about 5 min each side) and place on top of veggies when done!

5. Drizzle teryiaki + soy sauce over everything (if you want more).

6. Enjoy!

LoveMintChip tip: My veggies and rice got a little cold while waiting on the salmon to be cooked, so I popped it in the microwave for a minute right as the salmon was almost done (I HATE cold food!!).

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As always, I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

MIMM: {Loads of Fun}

Well HELLO all my favorite people!

How was everyone’s weekend?!! I hope fabulous.  I worked on Saturday but I still had plenty of time to get in some relaxation time and good eats 🙂

It is time for another Marvelous in My Monday! Wow, I can not believe how fast last week flew by and I hope this week flies by just as fast because I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND! Per the usual, I have all kinds of randomness about what is Marvelous this Monday so here ya go! Thanks Katie as always for hosting this.

Banana Bread. I woke up on the 4th CRAVING banana bread. I was tempted to go and get a fat piece of sugary, buttery banana bread but knew that the rest of my day would be filled with tons of sugar ;).  So, I turned to Katie’s blog because I knew she would have something I could work with. I used the recipe from her single lady banana muffin, doubled it (because I did not have a mini loaf pan) plus added/ changed a few things around my own goods. It turned out heavenly (thanks to her!!). You really should try this it was delicious.  Perfect breakfast paired with fruit or for a little snack!

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Great meals with cute friends this weekend.

Friday night: Sushi Zen. Oh. my.gosh. My roll was amazing AND with brown rice. Love places who let you order brown rice (it is the little things in life my friends….).Saturday night: Peacock Cafe (my favorite!). Instead of the salmon I have had the past two times,  I had the grilled shrimp ceaser salad. AWESOME choice! And far too many of my skinny frozen margs following dinner….

Sunday: Brunch at Chadwick’s and Sweetgreen fro-yo.

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You guys. I can not tell you how much I appreciate each comment, compliment, email, text, etc. from you telling me that you are trying a recipe or workout, love a certain thing about the blog, making a lifestyle change and all of the other encouraging things I get from you on a daily basis . I struggled for the longest time figuring out how to blog in my own voice and caring what others would think about me. The more support I continue to get from you makes my heart smile! Thank you all for being such an inspiration to me. As readers, I am always here to help YOU pursue a healthy lifestyle or offer words of support and encouragement as well, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Eating Clean and Sweating Dirty.

Love this challenge from Katelyn! It goes along perfectly with My Action Plan (expect an update THIS WEEK!!). I love seeing everyone’s pics from the day of workouts and clean eats. And while eating clean and sweating dirty, there is ALWAYS room for little treats :). I took two days off from working out this weekend because I felt like my body just needed rest! Definitely the best decision because I was able to bust out a great workout this morning before work.

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Thursday night’s dinner was literally comfort in a bowl. I got quite a few comments and likes on my instagram when I posted this dinner so I wanted to be sure and share it with you guys ASAP. For some reason,  my appetite was off all day Thursday but by the time I got out of work, I needed food IMMEDIATELY. Comfort food. A few weeks ago, I bought a box of Annie’s whole wheat shells and white cheddar on sale, and tonight was the night to break it out. Per usual, I made my own substitutions too!

Chicken Sausage-Veggie-White Cheddar Pasta Bowl

Ingredients:

Chicken sausage link

1/3 cup of Annie’s wheat pasta shells

1 ½ tsp of the cheese mix that comes in the box

1 tbsp unsweet almond milk

Zucinni and Squash

Mushrooms

Kale

Sprinkle of Parmesean cheese

½ tsp olive oil

Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil cooking spray

How to:

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Once you drain the pasta, pour in 1 tbsp almond milk (or any lowfat milk will work) + 1 ½ tsp of Annie’s cheese mix. Let this sit on low heat while you prepare everything else.

2. While pasta is cooking, cut your chicken sausage into small pieces and spray skillet with olive oil. Cook for 5-6 minutes on medium and start chopping your veggies.

3. Set sausage aside when done and toss all veggies with ½ tsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sautee until they are nice and soft. (I keep spraying mine with the olive oil cooking spray because I think it adds more flavor).

4. Transfer everything into the pot with pasta, sprinkle parmesean cheese and stir everything around. Add salt and pepper as your please.

5.Put in a big ole bowl. Sprinkle with a little more parm cheese. Serve!

LoveMintChip Tips: This serves one but could easily be doubled, tripled, etc. Enjoy!

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Green Muffins from STUFTMama’s blog. I LOVE this! It is amazing. The only thing I switched was instead of coconut flour (I am too cheap to spend this much $ on flour)… I used whole wheat. And I added a tsp of chia seeds (obviously). Topped with almond butter and peanut butter (because who can actually decide between the two?!!) and some warm blueberries…. a perfect, perfect snack.Don’t be scare of it (click on the link to her blog for the recipe)!

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Food prep on Sundays. I love when I actually do this!! I made a big batch of quinoa, cut up a lot of veggies, cooked a few pieces of chicken, and made some Fitnessista amazeballs for snacks. Ready for a week of clean eats!!

While I was at it.. I made some shrimp “fried” rice!


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I get to see this guy in FOUR DAYS! 🙂 FINAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLYYYYYY!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!

4th of July Fun + LoveMintChip Skinny Margs

Hey friends!!

How was your 4th?!! SO much fun?!!

I hope that you all had a great day. When I left you yesterday, I was about to go do a little workout. I had better things to do than spend my 4th of July in the gym so I gave myself 2o minutes and did a super quick little workout and worked up quite a good sweat. I am going to share it with you tomorrow! (I know you guys will all be waiting in much suspense ;))

Speaking of sweat, Katelyn is doing a Eat Clean Sweat Dirty challenge right now. She is the stinking cutest thing I have ever seen! And what better way to keep myself on track with my action plan than to join in on hers?!

If you follow me on Instagram (@lovemintchipamp) and see #eatcleansweatdirty… that is what it is for!

Back to yesterday… I came home and fixed a quick lunch. I will definitely be giving you the recipe soon for this yummy egg white omelet that was FULL of flavor. After  lunch I got ready super fast and came downstairs so find quite the little crew over at our house!

I was craving margaritas and after researching a few recipes, I just decided to whip out the blender and create my own. Man these were SO good and they make a good amount (you could half this recipe if it is just 2-4 of you). We made strawberry and mango.Perfect summer treat!

A few of these were also consumed yesterday… and a vodka soda at Red, White and Boom (a 4th of July thing we went to yesterday afternoon).


I really do send him as many selfies as I tell you guys that I do…….

Too much fun!

The night ended with some french fries from this little sandwich place who makes the most amazing potato wedge fries and oreos. OOPS!!!!! [Action plan questions: it was a holiday!!! duh!! 80/20… will just eat super clean today!]

This morning I got up and was surprisingly ready to run. So I headed out for a great 4 mile run before work.

How was your 4th of July?!! Anyone do anything fun??

Have a great Thursday. Almost the weekend!



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 🙂