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What I Eat in a Day – IIFYM

As I’ve mentioned before I follow a IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) based diet. Rather than count calories, I count macros – fats, carbs, and protein. I eat a certain amount of fat grams, carb grams, and protein grams every single day. For me, these numbers are always the same every day no matter what my workout is or if it’s a rest day.

The purpose of IIFYM for weight loss (or even maintenance or bulking) is to eat healthy foods but still eat treats and what you love in moderation. I try to eat at least 20 grams of fiber a day. In order to hit that number, I need to make sure I’m eating enough veggies and fruit. Once I hit my protein and fiber for the day, I usually have enough carbs and fats left to have a treat that I enjoy.

Basically, it’s about not depriving yourself and enjoying what you love while still eating healthy foods the majority of the time.

Please note that my macros were specifically calculated for me based on my height, weight, activity level, and goals. What works for me might not necessarily work for you.

Without further ado, here’s what I typically eat in a day (every day is slightly different but this is just a normal day’s food).

Vitamins

First thing I do is start my day out with my daily vitamins.

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Breakfast Pre-Workout

I start every morning out with one cup of coffee. I use one Stevia in the Raw packet and one tablespoon of sugar-free creamer.

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And yes, I write the date I opened my coffee creamer on the bottle. I’m weird about expiration dates.

For breakfast, I had scrambled egg whites with asparagus, spinach, red onion, and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. I also had Fage plain Greek yogurt with one Stevia in the Raw packet mixed it. I topped it with thawed frozen berries and a little bit of Special K Protein cereal.

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I cook the veggies on the stove first and then add the egg whites.

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Snack Post-Workout

Right after my workout and before I taught my Women on Weights class, I had a Pro Pudding.

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Lunch

For lunch, I had a salad with butter lettuce, carrots, Applegate gluten-free chicken tenders, crouton and bacon bits topping, and honey mustard Greek Yogurt dressing.

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I also had a bowl of veggies with garlic veggie drizzle.

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And a bowl of watermelon and a mandarin orange.

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Snack

Yummy Snack peanut butter bar.

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Dinner

For dinner, I had salmon, veggies, brown rice, and cucumber dill Greek yogurt dressing.

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I also had an apple with a little bit of whipped peanut butter and a mandarin orange.

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Treat

For an after dinner treat, I had a Light & Fit Caramel Fudge Pretzel Greek yogurt.

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My after dinner treat usually varies. Most of the time it’s a Yasso Greek yogurt bar. Sometimes if I have enough carbs and fat left, I’ll have a Snickers ice cream bar.

Most days, I eat fairly similar. Lots of eggs, veggies, fruits, salads, lean protein, and my favorite Kodiak Cakes waffles.

After a day of eating, my macros were pretty much spot on.

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I use MyFitnessPal to keep track of all my food.

  • What did you eat today?

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Birthday, Coffee, Workout

Hello friends!

Birthday

Over the weekend, Danny and I went out to celebrate my best friend, Jenny’s, birthday.

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We’ve been best friends for 22 years since 7th grade.

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We went to Seasons 52 and had a wonderful dinner. I didn’t get a picture of it but I had the cedar plank roasted salmon with roasted vegetables & crushed potatoes, dill-mustard sauce, and grilled lemon. It was amazing and the dill-mustard sauce was the best sauce I have ever had. I could have ate just that sauce and been happy. Hungry but happy. :)

The waitress brought out a tower of mini desserts with a candle in the top so we could sing happy birthday.

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Those mini desserts were also amazing. The flavors: key lime pie, pecan pie, Belgian chocolate s’mores, mocha macchiato, chocolate peanut butter torte, and raspberry cannoli. Yum.

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Coffee

My UpCup came at the perfect time because I just ordered a bunch of coffee from Keurig.

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I ordered a 24 pack of Golden French Toast, a 22 count variety pack (Caramel Vanilla Cream, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Wild Mountain Blueberry), two 12 packs of Peppermint Bark, a 5 pack of Southern Pecan, a 5 pack of Butter Toffee, and a 5 pack of Raspberry Chocolate Truffle.

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Yes, that’s a lot of coffee. The Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite flavors and my grocery store stopped selling it after the holidays so when I saw the Keurig website had it, I had to get two boxes.

This morning I tried the Raspberry Chocolate Truffle in my favorite coffee mug.

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Usually, I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored coffee but this flavor was really good and didn’t taste too chocolatey. I also like that Keurig offers 5 packs of coffee. That way to can try it out without committing to a whole bunch of it.

Workout

This morning at the gym, I did a chest and triceps superset workout before teaching my Women on Weights class.

I did the following exercises:

  • Barbell chest presses
  • Triceps dips with feet on bench
  • Dumbbell chest flies
  • Barbell skull crushers
  • Decline chest press machine
  • Tricep rope pressdowns

And that’s all for today! Have a great day!

  • Are you a coffee drinker? Favorite coffee?
  • Any workout today?

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Chicken Enchiladas

Good morning!

This weekend, I tried out another new recipe – chicken enchiladas. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love Mexican food.

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I searched a whole bunch of enchilada recipes on Pinterest and just ended up piecing together ingredients I thought my family would like the best.

This recipes calls for cooked and shredded chicken. To make shredded chicken, I  just cook boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot with a little bit of water for a few hours and then shred them.

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Chicken Enchiladas         Serves 6-8

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can (4 oz) green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (or 1 large) can of red enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheese
  • 10-12 flour tortillas (or you can you corn tortillas)
  • Optional: green onion or cilantro for garnish

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Add cooked chicken and chilies to the onions and stir to combine. Stir in cumin. Add approximately 1.5 cans of enchilada sauce to the chicken and stir until chicken is coated.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream and two cups of cheese (save other cup of cheese for top of enchiladas).
  4. Remove from heat. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add enough enchilada sauce to just cover bottom of dish.
  5. Take a flour tortilla, spread a little bit of remaining enchilada sauce on top, spoon chicken mixture down middle of tortilla. Roll up and place in dish. Repeat for all tortillas.
  6. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas and spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese over the top.
  7. Bake uncovered approximately 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Optional: garnish with green onions or cilantro.

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Recipe loosely adapted from Popsicle Blog

Yum!

These turned out amazing! I can’t wait to make them again! :)

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  • What is your favorite food? 
  • Favorite Mexican food?

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Glutes, Legs, Shoulders, and Biceps

Good afternoon, friends! How are you doing?

I’ve been busy working, working out, and getting ready for Christmas!

Danny and I worked out on both Saturday and Sunday together at the gym. On Saturday, we did a leg/glute workout.

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Some of the exercises we did included:

  • deadlifts (my favorite!)
  • leg press machine
  • goblet squats
  • split squats
  • weighted hip thrusts (another favorite!)

We also did a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster and I was dead by the end! I stepped at level 20 for one minute then I recovered at level 5 for two minutes. I did that for a total of 7 times. Even though the workout was only 21 minutes, it was killer!

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On Saturday night, my mom watched the kids for a few hours while Danny and I went out to dinner.

From gym date to dinner date :)

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We went to Maggiano’s, an Italian restaurant, and then stopped at Woodfield Mall.

On Sunday, we were back at the gym to work shoulders and biceps.

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Some of the exercises we did included:

  • preacher curls
  • lateral raises
  • cable bicep curls
  • upright rows
  • cable hammer curls
  • plate front raises

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It was another good workout!

Yesterday, I did a little bit of Christmas shopping and then I spent a long time wrapping presents.

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I don’t mind shopping but wrapping isn’t my favorite!

I also find myself wishing for snow. Not because I love snow (because I don’t) but so the ground in our backyard will freeze! We have been having a warm December in Chicagoland so far and our backyard is a giant mudpit!

Of course, Baylee has to walk in all the water she can find so I have to put her in the bathtub to rinse her off when she comes back inside!

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Have a great day!

  • Are you ready for Christmas?
  • Any snow in your area?

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Thursday Randomness

Good afternoon, friends! I feel like I haven’t been around all week. I’ve just been busy with life.

Today I thought I’d just share some randomness with you. :)

I’ve been working a lot. Taking Jaden to school before I go to work:

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We took the kids to the pumpkin farm just to walk around and see the Halloween sights.

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Honestly, we just buy pumpkins at the grocery store because it’s so much cheaper but we just like to walk around the pumpkin farm. I think we’re going back to the pumpkin farm next week with my family to go on a haunted hay ride.

The kids had fun at the pumpkin farm. Jaden found a gourd that thoroughly disgusted him.

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I just love his face in that picture!

Jaden checking for baby rattlers which were literally baby rattles.

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Danny and I got apple cider donuts which were amazing. Even though they were delicious and I wanted more, I’m glad we only got one each because I could have easily eaten half a dozen of those delicious, fresh, apple donuts.

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I’ve been working out and eating. I’ve been loving the Simply Balanced salmon from Target. I tried the chipotle bbq flavor recently. It was good but a little too spicy for my liking.

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I also made roasted sweet potatoes. My sweet potatoes never seem to turn out very crispy but I read online that you can add a little bit of cornstarch to them to get them nice and crispy. Unfortunately, I added a bit too much cornstarch but I’ll know for next time to use less!

Jaden has resorted to making a dog out of a shoebox and paper because he has been dying to get a dog.

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Jaden and I both have dog allergies but we’re okay with some dogs. We’re thinking about possibly getting the kids a dog for Christmas. We would like to adopt a dog from a shelter but we’re still researching hypoallergenic dogs. We would like a big dog and most hypoallergenic dogs seem on the smaller side. But we are looking into goldendoodles.

Jaden did do a really good making that dog. I was impressed. It actually stood on those paper legs and Jaden took it outside to play and everything. It only lasted about two days but it was a good two days. :)

Tomorrow I work during the day and then on Saturday, we’re having our annual family Halloween food and pumpkin carving contest! I can’t wait- it’s always such a fun day.

Here’s a few Halloween foods from past years:

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Have a great day!

  • Do you have any pets?
  • Did you have a pet growing up?
  • Do you carve pumpkins?

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Coffee and Workouts

Good morning!

Yesterday

Now that the kids are back in school, I am back to working the desk two days a week at the gym. This means my schedule and workouts change a little bit, but I still try to fit everything in.

When I woke up the other morning, my heel was killing me. Great. One day of running outside and I already have an injury. My body really hates running. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis before and I am pretty sure that’s what it is. My plan is to take it easy on running until it feels better. I will have to find a different exercise to complete my HIIT workouts.

I taught my Women on Weights class on Tuesday morning and then Jacob and I went to Starbucks when he got home from school. There’s about an hour or so before Jaden gets home so it was nice to have some one on one time with Jacob.

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I got a cold-brew coffee with two splenda and he got a s’mores frappuccino.

I went to CrossFit Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I bought my workout clothes with me to work and worked out after I got off work. (That’s a lot of work in one sentence :) ).

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I worked glutes and biceps.

Dinner

Dinner had been my usual rice and chicken bowl but I’ve been adding brussels sprouts lately instead of my normal green beans.

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It’s a nice change but I still love green beans!

Today I have a meeting at work and then I’m going to try and squeeze in a quick cardio workout.

Have a great day!!

  • What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
  • What’s your favorite vegetable?

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Food, Workouts, and Parties

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Friday night, we went out to dinner with my family.

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I had a delicious gorgonzola pear salad with pecan crusted chicken. It was amazing!

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On Saturday morning, Danny went out to run 14 miles. It’s his longest run so far for his marathon training. His average pace per mile was 8:17. He is fast – I don’t think I’ve ever run even one mile at an 8:14 pace, let alone 14 miles!

While Danny was running, I went to CrossFit.

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The workout was awesome and included lots of ring rows, push-ups, and goblet squats.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together and worked on legs and glutes. We started out our workout with a few minutes on the arc trainer. We tried to see how long we could go at level 100.

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That only lasted a few minutes.

Danny also threw some weighted push-ups in there. :)

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We did leg presses, calf raises on the Smith machine, squats with an overhead plate press, weighted step-ups, hip thrusters, jump squats onto the bench, and a few core exercises. Another great workout!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to a family party for my nephew because he’s home from the Navy for a few more days and then will be leaving.

The desserts were so creative. There was US Navy and American flag jello and the cupcakes were in the shape of an anchor.

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My nephews:

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We visited for most of the afternoon and evening and then headed home.

Today, I have some errands to run and will try to get to the gym late morning.

Have a great day!!

  • How was your weekend?

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Foam Rolling

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, I had my normal oats for breakfast but I put them in an almost empty peanut butter jar to eat. The jar had about half a tablespoon or so of peanut butter left in it so I just cooked the oats in the microwave and then added them to the peanut butter jar.

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Oatmeal with peanut butter is amazing. Actually peanut butter makes most things better – french toast, apples, crackers, chocolate, pretzels. :)

Since I went to CrossFit on Tuesday night, I just decided to stick to cardio at the gym on Wednesday morning.

I ran/walked 3.5 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t gone that far in a long time! Unfortunately, my Achilles tendon still bothers me when I run so I’m glad that I cut back on running lately but I still like to run shorter distances sometimes.

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I make sure to foam roll almost every time I go to the gym. My calves are always tight, my quads are usually sore, and my glutes get sore, so I really focus on foam rolling those three areas.

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If you’ve never used a foam roller before it’s a great way to loosen muscle knots. Foam rolling is also called myofascial release and when you use a foam roller to apply force to a muscle knot, the muscle fibers go from a bundled position into a straighter alignment.

When you apply pressure to a muscle that is sore or tight, you stimulate the Golgi tendon organ and create autogenic inhibition. This decreases the excitment in the muscle spindle, releasing the tension in the muscle. Basically, foam rolling helps break up knots in the muscle.

I usually start rolling back on forth on my calves until I find a spot that is really sore or tight. Then I apply pressure to this spot for at least 30 seconds. It takes at least 30 seconds for autogenic inhibition to kick in. The same goes for stretching -hold stretches for at least 30 seconds.

I usually foam roll all the tight spots on my calves, quads, and sometimes glutes, then I stretch. I break up the knots first with the foam roller and then I make sure to stretch them out.

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I also have a foam roller at home to use! You can find them for less than $20.

Foam rolling doesn’t always feel the greatest. It might hurt slightly depending on the muscle knots but it will really help later so stick with it! You can also use other object like a tennis ball to help break up knots.

When I was running and foam rolling at the gym, Jaden was taking a cooking class downstairs. My gym is also a park district so it worked out that his cooking classes were in the same building!

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Jaden loves to cook. He went to a breakfast and lunch cooking class and today he’ll be taking a dinner cooking class.

Last night, we went to my mom’s house and out to dinner with her to celebrate her birthday!

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We’re off to Jaden’s last cooking class. Have a great day and don’t forget to foam roll! :)

  • Do you foam roll or stretch?
  • Favorite thing to put peanut butter on?

 

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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It was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night!

Have a great Monday!

  • Favorite salad topping?
  • Favorite salad dressing?

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Stubb’s BBQ Sauce Review and Giveaway

May is National Barbecue Month and in honor of this month, Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sent me some coupons to try out their authentic, premium sauces, marinades, and rubs.

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I put Danny in charge of picking out the barbecue sauce and he picked out the Hickory Bourbon flavor. It’s made with real bourbon and hickory smoke.

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Stubb’s is the only nationally available BBQ sauce brand to have the Gluten-Free Organization Certification seal and doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup, msg, or gluten. The full line of Stubb’s products contains 7 sauces, 5 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, 4 cookin’ sauces, a moppin’ sauce, and a wing sauce. Pretty much there’s a sauce, rub, or marinade for any of your barbecuing needs!

I used the Stubb’s hickory bourbon sauce to make grilled pork chops. Actually, Danny made the pork chops. I’m the cook in the family, but he’s the griller. :)

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I took four boneless pork chops and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. Then I put them in a Ziploc bag and added a good amount of the Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ sauce. Straight outta Texas.

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I let them marinate in the fridge for about three hours and when Danny got home from work, he put them on the grill. One plain pork chop for Jaden!

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Jaden actually ended up surprising me and asked to try the BBQ sauce after the pork chops were done. Usually he’ll only eat ketchup. All the ketchup.

We also made grilled greens which are amazing. I just added a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic to the green beans and threw them right on the grill.

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Danny added more hickory bourbon sauce to the pork chops as they were grilling and they came out delicious and juicy.

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I also made myself a rice, chicken, and green bean bowl and dipped my chicken in the BBQ sauce.

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I loved that the sauce had a great flavor and little kick without being spicy. Danny and Jacob loved the hickory bourbon BBQ pork chops and I know the sauce was two thumbs up when even Jaden asked to try it and actually ate it!

Stubb’s BBQ sauces would be great on salmon and even on a BBQ chicken pizza! Yum!

In honor of National BBQ Month, Stubb’s is giving one reader a chance to win three coupons for free Stubb’s products! Enter below!

Giveaway open to US residents only. 

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Disclaimer: Stubb’s provided me with coupons for free BBQ sauce at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Danny’s…and my kids. 

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