Healthy Snacks & Breakfasts

Hey! Been gone for awhile yet again..school is keeping me busy but I am still trying to post lots of the weekends so these are just some pictures to catch you up on some of what I’ve been eating during the week. I am pretty boring for meals during school because it’s hard to find time to make really creative recipes, so most of these foods are simple and clean 🙂

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For breakfast one day I made baked banana oatmeal with mini enjoy life chocolate chips and walnuts..yummy! Ignore the messy pan. I so brilliantly forgot to grease it or spray it with pam so it was just a joy to clean out afterwards! But still completely worth the mess.

Strawberry Shortcake

Also during the week I made a funny looking microwave protein “strawberry shortcake” from a recipe I altered a bit. It was pretty tasty! I love my strawberry-rhubarb jam in just about anything though so that could be why it tasted so good. I could eat that stuff on cardboard and still enjoy it!

Snack Time Hummus

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I also had a few really great snacks, I eat these pretty often because of convenience but they are actually so good. Sometimes simple really is best.

In the first photos/ first snack I had chipotle spicy hummus (from costco) with lots of carrots and cauliflower. I really recommend you try this hummus if you like spicy like I do! I have been through 3 hummus’ now trying to find one that was actually spicy enough for my liking and finally I think I found one! But I still threw in a few extra chili pepper flakes just cuz. 😉 I usually eat this with a side of red velvet cake tea from David’s tea and one of “The Best Homemade Protein Bars Ever”.

Fruit Bowl

Another snack I loveeeee to eat either right when I wake up or immediately following a workout is a bowl of fresh fruit. Thankfully I have an awesome Mom who makes a giant fruit bowl of mixed fruits every week so all I have to do is grab some!

Bedtime Post-Workout Snack

Bedtime snacks for me are usually high protein/high fat, low carb. But on this particular night I ran out of my awesome 2% cottage cheese (yes I LOVE plain cottage cheese, I know I’m weird.) and natural peanut butter which I usually just eat 1-2 tbsp of straight from the container haha. So instead since I did a really late workout I had some carbs/protein which included 3/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt with mixed berries, a dash of stevia/vanilla extract/cinnamon & some low-sugar syrup.

P.S, “like” for my winnie the pooh spoon?

Ham english muffin

Another breakfast I randomly decided to take a picture of is actually one of my favourites even though it looks extremely boring. I just hadn’t gotten around to putting the jam on yet because it was early and I wasn’t really thinking about my photography skills, I just wanted to eat, haha. But it’s basically just a whole-wheat muffin with sugar-free natural strawberry/rhubarb jam and 2 pieces of Canadian Bacon. This breakfast contains 18g of protein so it’s really great! But even better is when I make a sunny-side up egg, 1 piece of bacon and the english muffin, half for dipping in the egg and half for spreading with jam..perfection!

 

Homemade Campbell’s Vegetable Soup

Campbell's Vegetable Soup
I absolutely love campbell’s vegetable soup. My favourite memory is coming in from a cold winter day at my grandparent’s farm and getting to eat a huge bowl of this soup along with the typical grilled cheese sandwich. But I stopped eating canned soups when I realized how easy it is to make soup at home! Of course though, I still missed my favourite Campbell’s vegetable soup. So.. of course, I went on a mission to replicate the flavours at home and I think I pretty much nailed it! If you love campbell’s soup, you will love this recipe. 🙂  Take me to the recipe!

Some of my Meals…

Paleo Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Breakfast: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with cayenne, paprika, salt & pepper topped with a sunny-side up egg, eaten with 2 pieces of costco ham bacon(my new favourite bacon).
Coconut Lime Shrimp Curry
Dinner: Coconut-lime shrimp curry, a recipe I followed but change a little by adding red pepper flakes, spicy thai sauce and serving over fried cauliflower rice!
Paleo Snack Pistachios and Ham
Snack: My usual bowl of assorted nuts(I took the picture after they were already partly eaten, there were almonds, woops!) & 2oz black forest ham with mustard of course.

Lately my meals have been pretty simple and I eat the same thing quite often because exams are coming up and I need all the time I can to study! haha. 🙂

Some of my Latest Eats

Well as of late I have been cooking like crazy, I love finding new and interesting recipes. Some were better than others but overall everything has been really tasty! Here’s what I’ve eaten so far…
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Breakfast was coconut milk Paleo crepes topped with warm defrosted berries mixed with a dash of sweetener and a drizzle of dark chocolate. The crepes were delicious although I discovered later that my coconut milk had less fat than I had thought which left my crepes very fragile. But I will definitely attempt again with higher fat coconut milk!

Omelette
Another breakfast I had was just a simple omelette, I make these whenever I am feeling less creative. They are just a quick go to breakfast. This one had a little salt/pepper, 2 eggs, 1 egg white + about 1/2-1tsp of water(This is a trick my Mom taught me, it makes the eggs fluffier, especially when making scrambled eggs! You could also add milk for a richer taste if you eat dairy :)) Inside the omelette was shredded ham, red/green peppers and chopped tomatoes.
Shrimp Pasta
Lunch was a shrimp “pasta dish” with cooked spaghetti squash, shrimp, roma tomatoes, green peas & red pepper flakes all tossed in olive oil with some salt/pepper, basil & a pinch of oregano.
Fav Dinner
Another super delicious dinner was blacked chicken with steamed broccoli and a side of fried “rice”! The “rice” or cauliflower rice was delicious and tasted just like the real thing. I will be posting a recipe of how to make it! 🙂
Avocado

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I also have created an awesome way to eat avocados, just add a sprinkle of garlic/onion powder, pinch of cayenne,red pepper flakes, chopped green onion and a drizzle of soya sauce-Amazing!!
Super Low-Carb Tortillas
Low-carb tortillas!
Omg they worked, I was so amazed by these. I am trying one tonight with taco meat, I will let you know how it goes and post the original recipe for you all :). These are so versatile.

Mini Fudge Cups

Fudge piece

Lastly this is just the icing on the cake, or should I say chocolate on the fudge! This is a super simple and healthy Paleo peanut butter chocolate fudge which I also will be posting the recipe for! Soo good!

Keep checking back for all of these recipes and more! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

What I’ve been eating…

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Just a few of my meals lately.

The first is a super tasty chicken greek salad with crumbled feta cheese, black olives, 1/2 cup plain chicken(with salt and pepper of course!), assorted vegetables(tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red/green pepper, green onion, carrots etc.) Topped with greek feta olive oil dressing! (I have also eaten this with italian dressing and pecans and it is amazing!)

Another recipe I had been dying to try was redoing my lemon sweet sauce with shrimp and creating a shrimp stir-fry. It turned out really well! If you look at my past recipe I just decreased the amount of lemon a bit and added a few extra green onions/ginger/ and red pepper flakes. I also toasted the almonds a little more for a nicer flavour. Yum!

Dinner was some leftover spaghetti sauce & meatballs from another one of my recipes on top of half a cup of rice with a sprinkle of parmesan. I actually preferred the sauce after it sat in the freezer for a few days! It’s as if all the flavours combined together better than before and I loved it on top of rice vs. pasta. It just changes thing up a bit!

Let me know what you think of my latest eats 🙂 Talk to you all later!

5 Fast and Simple Ways to Burn More Calories & Stay in Shape

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These tips are quick, simple and you can do most of them just about anywhere, everyday! Get ready to rev your metabolism.

1. FIDGET! This is literally a form of exercise classified under the name Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis(NEAT) I don’t care where you are, what your doing..just move in some way! Tap your foot or your fingers, wiggle your toes,move up and down on the balls of your feet. move around in your chair, pace if standing and waiting, don’t sit still!  Just doing these small movements can burn anywhere from 200-350 calories extra every day just by fidgeting!

2.Eat Breakfast. I know this sounds like it is the opposite of what you should be doing but believe me! Your body has been fasting all night and needs calories to sort of wake it up again. By eating a healthy balanced breakfast in the morning you are revving your body’s metabolism and giving it the energy it needs to start the day! On the other hand, if you do not eat breakfast, your metabolism will begin to slow down resulting in less calories burned plus your are more likely to eat more at lunch!

3. Have good posture. Sit up straight during the day! You ab muscles will thank-you! By sitting up straight your are working your core throughout the day. For an additional muscle boost, flex your ab muscles whenever possible. Just by flexing and holding, you are giving your abs a mini workout! This can help with definition.

4. Chew sugar-free gum. Personally I am already a gum addict so this is no problem for me haha but gum is known to burn a small amount of calories per day if chewed regularly as well as help to depress hunger. Also, did you know gum is recommended to help you relax during a test or to help your memorize information? This is because more blood is pumped to your heart to support the chewing action. Lastly! Gum can help to define your jaw if chewed often and overall it just tastes great :).

5. Drink Green-Tea. Green Tea has many healthy benefits, one being an increase in metabolism. Thus, your body burns more calories if you drink it on a regular basis.

 

So there you go! 5 simple quick steps you can do everyday to improve your health. Just don’t forget the essentials of proper eating habits and exercise are important if you are really looking to shape up!

 

5 Simple Tips That Will Keep You In Shape!

5 Simple Tips to Keep You In Shape!

Tip #1:-Low-fat isn’t always healthy! When companies lower the fat in food or completely take it out they usually replace it with  loads of sugar! For instance, greek yogurt is super healthy when eaten plain but of course no one likes it so they choose the flavoured kinds thinking it’s healthy..Nope, a small container may have 14g of sugar! Not good! So choose plain 0% greek yogurt and add your own flavours by blending with real fruit, thawing frozen fruit and placing on top or by mixing in any flavoured extract you enjoy with a little splenda or stevia! Yum! 🙂 Want More? Keep Reading!