Category Archives: Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This morning, I was in the mood for pancakes, but I didn’t have any pancake mix so I decided to use oatmeal instead. I used to make oatmeal protein pancakes all the time and was definitely glad I made them this morning. They really hit the spot!

20150818_084543

For my pancakes I used:

  • one packet of brown sugar and cinnamon Better Oats
  • about 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2
  • 1/2 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

I added the oatmeal and water into a bowl and microwaved it for about one minute. Then I whisked in the egg whites, PB2, and mini chocolate chips. I cooked the pancakes on a heated griddle for about 3 minutes on each side.

This recipe is really easy and satisfied my cravings for pancakes! I also like to add protein powder to the mix if I have it on hand for that extra punch of protein.

20150818_084537

Since, I didn’t have any protein powder, I had some plain Fage Greek yogurt with berries to get some extra protein.

20150818_084236

I’m off to teach my Women on Weights class. Have a great day!

  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Pancakes or waffles?

2 Comments

Filed under Breakfast, Recipes

Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday

We went to my grandparent’s house on Saturday for a cookout.

20150704_141602

20150704_162556

I made orzo spinach salad.

20150704_121035

I haven’t made this in a long time and I’m so glad I did because it was delicious!

My grandma made a really cool patriotic cake.

20150704_181429

20150704_181536

We ate and visited with my family. The kids had fun playing and lounging on the hammock.

20150704_162741

20150704_153942

My grandma bought ribbon things for the kids to play with but I think the adults had more fun playing with them. :)

20150704_191516

20150704_185711

In the evening, we headed to a nearby town to watch the firework show.

20150704_212803

Sunday

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together. We haven’t been to the gym together in awhile because our weekends have been so busy and Danny’s been marathon training.

We did some back exercises including inverted rows on the Smith machine.

20150705_100851

These inverted rows are hard!

After the gym, we took the kids to a local pool to swim.

20150705_124120

 

We finally had some nice and sunny weather! They rest of the day was spent getting some things done around the house and relaxing!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Easy Fourth of July Recipes

Good morning! Happy July!

Since the Fourth of July is only a few days away, I thought I would share a few super easy red, white, and blue recipes!

  • Premier Protein 4th of July Popsicles

These patriotic popsicles are packed with protein to help keep you full while still enjoying a delicious 4th of July treat!  Premier Protein shakes have 30 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar for only 160 calories.

Red White Blue Popsicle 1

Ingredients: 

Directions:

Using a popsicle mold, add Premier Protein shake along with the strawberries and blueberries. Freeze overnight and then enjoy your red, white, and blue protein-packed treat!

  • Red, White, and Blue Kabobs

My stepmom made these a few years ago for a 4th of July picnic and everyone loved them! They are easy to make, look fancy, and taste great!

016

Ingredients:

  • Pound Cake
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Melted White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Cut pound cake into small chunks. Using wooden skewers, alternate the pound cake, strawberries, and blueberries. Drizzle with melted white chocolate. Easy and delicious!!

  • 4th of July Breakfast

This breakfast is easy to make, healthy, and great for adults and kids!

IMG_20140704_100058

Ingredients: 

  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Directions:

Spoon vanilla yogurt into a bowl. Arrange blueberries and raspberries to resemble a flag. The perfect Independance Day breakfast!

  • Strawberry and Spinach Salad

I just mentioned this salad last week but it’s perfect for fourth of July! It’s colorful and festive!

IMG_20150621_191058

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Feta or Goat Cheese
  • Glazed Pecans

Directions;

Combine all ingredients and top with poppy seed, raspberry, or your favorite dressing. This salad is great because it has so many possibilities. You can add raspberries instead of strawberries or both. You can add feta cheese or goat cheese, pecans or walnuts!

  • Do you have any 4th of July recipes to share?!

As a Premier Protein Ambassador, I sometimes have the opportunity to share products and recipes with you. 

 

6 Comments

Filed under Recipes, Uncategorized

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and I took the kids to the splash park and they had such a fun time playing in the water.

20150621_134453

The splash park is perfect for the summer because it’s close and free!

After the kids played for a couple of hours, Jaden and I left to go grocery shopping.

I picked up two Chobani yogurts – watermelon and peach. I ate the peach one for dinner and while it was good, it didn’t have enough peach chunks for me!

IMG_20150621_175515

I also picked up some ingredients to make a salad for dinner.

IMG_20150621_191058

The thing I love about salads is that you can customize them to your tastes. You can throw anything that makes you happy on a salad. Sometimes, I love topping my salads with pickles.

Yesterday for dinner, I had an amazing spinach salad that was so simple to make yet tasted restaurant quality.

I started with a big bowl of spinach and then I added grilled chicken, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese, and honey roasted pecans. I topped it with Bolthouse Farms strawberry merlot dressing.

20150621_181316

It was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night!

Have a great Monday!

  • Favorite salad topping?
  • Favorite salad dressing?

6 Comments

Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Recipes

Strawberry Lime Protein Smoothie

In anticipation of the nice weather that’s coming soon, I’ve put together a smoothie that’s perfect for a hot summer day – a strawberry lime protein smoothie. Cold, refreshing, and packed full of protein!

028

I’m always looking for ways to add extra protein to my diet because I know how good it is for building and repairing muscles. It also helps keep you feeling fuller longer, boosts energy, and can help aid in weight loss. But really, this smoothie is just delicious!

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 container key lime yogurt
  • juice from one lime
  • 2 oz cashew or almond milk
  • 1/2 (approx. 5 oz) container Premier Protein Strawberries & Cream shake
  • 4-6 ice cubes

006

Directions:

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

238 calories/2 g fat/ 26 g carbs/ 29 g protein

022

This is probably one of my favorite smoothies that I’ve ever made. I love the strawberry and lime combination. It’s prefect for breakfast, a snack, or after a workout to repair and rebuild those muscles!

And of course, since I was making a smoothie, the kids wanted a smoothie too. Jaden is allergic to dairy products so his smoothie contained: Silk dairy-free mango peach yogurt, frozen strawberries, almond milk, honey, and ice cubes.

045

047

Everyone had a delicious smoothie this morning!

  • What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
  • What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?
  • How do you add protein into your diet?

 

4 Comments

Filed under Breakfast, Recipes

Orzo Veggie Salad with Chicken Recipe

We have usual dinners that we eat on a normal basis – chicken and veggies, lots of salad, pork chops, spaghetti, etc. But last week, I came across a recipe for orzo veggie salad with chicken so I decided to try it out for dinner last night.

001-1

Orzo Veggie Salad with Chicken     Serves: 4

This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded, skinless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

  1.  Cook orzo according to package directions omitting salt. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, combine lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, garlic, honey, and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well.
  3. Drizzle over cooled orzo and toss to coat.
  4. Add chicken, cucumber, bell peppers, green onions, and fresh dill. Toss gently. Top with feta cheese.

This is the perfect light and delicious dinner and it would be great for an easy summer meal!

You could add other veggies and cheese to change it up – onions, green bell pepper, tomatoes, goat cheese, etc.

005

  • What are you having for dinner tonight?

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under Recipes, Uncategorized

Working, Food, and Indoor SkyDiving

Good afternoon!

I started working at the fitness desk at the gym this week so my schedule has been quite different. I’ll train at work three days this week and then go to my normal schedule of two days next week.

IMG_20150203_082314

Working three mornings this week means I missed my morning workouts! It’s weird going to the gym when I normally workout but to be working instead. Luckily, I am still able to fit in a quick workout when I get off of work and still be home in time for my kids to get home.

I was really happy to get my normal workout in this morning. I started out with a 10 minute warm-up on the bike, followed by the Bikini Body Mommy workout, an ab circuit that I repeated twice, the BBM workout again, 10 minutes on the Arc trainer and finished up with a few minutes of stretching and foam rolling.

Gym hair = Crazy hair.

IMG_20150205_113640

Whew! It was a good workout. I have so much more energy in the mornings than I do in the afternoon.

We didn’t have much food early in the week since we never went grocery shopping due to the wonderful Chicago blizzard so I had to get creative with what we had. I actually made lunch and a snack with the few groceries that we had that turned out pretty good.

First, I made a healthy veggie and chicken fried rice.

016

I used leftover baked chicken and whatever veggies I could find. I cooked the veggies – carrots, green and red pepper, and onion on the stovetop with a little bit of garlic. Then I added the already cooked chicken and a cup of cooked Uncle Ben’s brown rice. I cracked two egg whites in the middle and scrambled those up. I added a little bit a lite soy sauce and a delicious lunch was created!

012

I also had to get creative with my afternoon snack. I usually eat cottage cheese, apple slices, and cinnamon (I promise it’s good) but sadly I had none of those things on hand.

Instead I found a plain Greek yogurt and mixed in one tablespoon of peanut butter and added half a tablespoon on chocolate chips. This would be delicious as a dip for apples but since I didn’t have any apples, I crumbled half a graham cracker on top. It was delicious.

IMG_20150202_154424

I’m so used to always eating the same things and not having groceries actually made be think outside my little food comfort zone.

After the gym this morning, I stopped at Costco to get a couple of things for Jaden’s birthday party we’re having this weekend. I also got his birthday present!

20150205_121006

For his birthday, we wants to do the indoor skydiving which actually looks really cool. Normally it’s about $70 but Costco sells the gift cards for $40. Awesome!

Jaden tried talking Jacob into doing it with him but Jacob didn’t want to. Jaden’s more of my risk taker whereas Jacob prefers to keep both feet on the ground. :)

Have a great rest of your day!!

  • When do you workout? Morning, afternoon, evening?
  • Would you ever skydive/bungee jump?

 

5 Comments

Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Recipes, Working Out

Cake Batter Blondies and A Shoulder Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Yesterday, we had dinner with my family so I made cake batter blondies to bring.

I have to share the recipe because they were so delicious. And the best part is that they were one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made!

Of course, I got the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her blog is pretty much the only place I’ve been going to for dessert recipes.

005

Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 11 x 7 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together cake mix, canola oil, egg, and milk in a  large bowl.
  3. Stir in sprinkles and white chocolate chips. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Spread into a 11 x 7 baking pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before cutting.

IMG_20150124_135905

So easy! So darn good!

Jaden was on a strict dairy-free for three weeks and finally this weekend he was allowed a little bit of dairy so he was so excited for these blondies!

Also, I didn’t have a 11 x 7 pan but Danny went to the store to look for one and he found one for only $3.99. You definitely need a 11 x 7 pan for these to come out perfect. A 9 x 9 pan might work but you’d have to increase the cooking time.

Today’s Workout

Danny and I ate way too much this weekend! We had two family dinners this weekend with lots of food and dessert so we made sure to get out butts to the gym today.

My leg has been really sore lately so we stuck with a shoulder workout.

Untitled

This is the shoulder circuit workout that we did. We repeated the circuit four times, resting about two minutes in between. By the four set, my shoulders were dying!

We also pretty much used all the weights. Good thing we had a small spot at the gym to ourselves.

instaImage_86

Before the gym this morning, I went grocery shopping. I found the new Chobani grape yogurt but I didn’t buy it.

20150123_110517

I like grapes and I like yogurt but I don’t know if I like grape yogurt. Has anyone tried this flavor yet? Thoughts?

Have a great Sunday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite dessert?

 

 

6 Comments

Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Easy Baked Chicken Fajitas

Happy Sunday!

How are you guys this Sunday morning? Working? Relaxing? Working out?

On Sunday mornings, I always like to wake up before everyone else and enjoy my morning cup of coffee and Sunday paper in peace and quiet.

My new super cute coffee mug from Target:

IMG_20150118_074217

I’ve been really good this week about sticking to my healthy eating plan. I did really good during the week so yesterday I was a little more lenient and didn’t track every single I ate. I maybe ate a few more treats than I wanted to (Danny found some Christmas candy we forgot about and I just couldn’t stay away!). But life is all about moderation and even though I ate a few more treats than planned, I am back on track today!

Yesterday, I made the world’s easiest chicken fajitas for dinner. I love Mexican food and could eat it all day, everyday.

008

This is a recipe that could easily be made healthy – use corn tortilla or go tortilla-less. Add extra veggies. Skip the sour cream.

Since I was treating myself, I used delicious flour tortillas. I also picked up a roasted verde salsa from Whole Foods to try out.

018

I used a fajita seasoning packet from Whole Foods but if you’re feeling fancy, you could add the seasonings and spices yourself. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking and if I can buy pre-made fajita seasoning, you better believe I’m going to. :)

011

Chicken Fajitas    Serves: Approx. 4

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips
  • (2) red and green peppers, cut into strips
  • (1/2) onion, cut into strips
  • fajita seasoning packet
  • approx. 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tortillas
  • optional toppings: salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avacado

PicMonkey Collage

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix chicken, peppers, and onions in a 13 x 9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray 022
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top, add fajita seasoning, and mix until well combined
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes
  5. Add mixture to tortillas, add toppings, and enjoy

These are so easy to make and so delicious! Cutting the chicken and veggies is the hardest part and that only takes a few minutes.

Like I mentioned above, these would be great as a healthy dinner too. One of my favorite healthy meals is fish tacos in corn tortillas.

Workout

My quad has feeling a little better (with the help of ice, ibuprofen, the stick, and foam rolling). I did an upper body workout at the gym on Friday so yesterday I did two Bikini Body Mommy workouts – a cardio and a strength workout. I also did a few of my leg exercises from physical therapy.

Today, Danny and I are going to head to the gym and work on back and biceps!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

 

 

12 Comments

Filed under Dinner, Recipes

Christmas Eve Circuit Workout

Happy Christmas Eve!!

The kid’s elf, Nick, is very excited that it’s almost Christmas!

002

011

Yesterday, we had a busy day. Jacob had a dentist appointment to get a tooth pulled, I had physical therapy, and then we ran a few errands. When we got home, the kids wrapped their presents for Danny.

008

I also baked a ton of cookies yesterday. I made my favorite, Butterscotch Reese’s cookies.

IMG_20141222_121153

I also made Peanut Butter Blossoms.

IMG_20141222_121626 (1)

And regular chocolate chip cookies.

IMG_20141223_134326

As much as I love the holidays, I can’t wait until they’re over so I can get back on track with eating. I have been sampling too many delicious cookies lately!

This morning, I headed to the gym at about 8:00 am to get my workout in before we go to my grandparent’s house later this afternoon.

Crazy hair, don’t care:

IMG_20141224_080209

I started with 12 minutes on the elliptical to warm-up and then I did the following circuit workout. I did each circuit three times, resting 1-2 minutes in between. (Use weights you’re comfortable with.)

Circuit #1: 

  • lateral raises with an alternating knee raise x12 each leg
  • ball wall squat with a biceps curl to overhead press x15
  • seated stability ball overhead triceps extensions x15

Circuit #2:

  • kettlebell swings x20
  • chest flies on stability ball x15
  • straight arm overhead reach on stability ball x15

Circuit #3:

  • woodchoppers with medicine ball x12 each side
  • plank/side plank (45 seconds each)
  • heel touches x20 each side
  • donkey kicks with weight behind knee x12 each leg

It was a good Christmas Eve workout!!

When I got home I started getting things ready for tonight. I am making one more batch of cookies. Jacob asked me to make Nutella cookies and he never asks me to make anything special for him so I decided to try them out. I just made regular chocolate chip cookies, added a little Nutella, and then I will do a Nutella drizzle on top of the cookies.

The dough is chilling right now, so we’ll see how they come out! I am also making a buffalo chicken dip for my grandparent’s house tonight. We’re supposed to be getting snow soon but I hope the weather isn’t too bad because my grandparent’s live about an hour away. And then Santa comes tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas! 

  • What are your plans for tonight and tomorrow?

5 Comments

Filed under Christamas, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out