Weekend Recap! (Buffalo Chicken Chili, Pancakes, Hayride, & Weekly W/O Schedule)

The only thing about Monday’s that I enjoy is the start of a fresh week to get back on track. Other than that, I hate them. Thinking out loud, much? Haha

There is nothing better than waking up early Monday morning and getting back on track with everything in your life. For me, it’s making new healthy meals, making new workout schedules, and joining new BeachBody groups. October is full of wonderful things! Things to look forward to this month:

  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor Review
  • P90X Month 1 Review
  • New Healthy Recipes
  • BeachBody Bootcamp Round 2 (this time with my diamond coach)
  • Fall Activities
  • What is a BeachBody Coach (and why I started)

Weekend Recap

Friday after work, I met my boyfriend at the grocery store. I got all the food I needed to last me for about 2 weeks plus food for dinner that night. I found a yummy recipe on Pinterest that I had to share.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb of ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tbsp. of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup of hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15oz can of crushed tomatoes (I used Hunts that had celery and other veggies in it)

We’ve been on a spicy food kick lately. But this was so good, you must try it! Especially if you love buffalo chicken, well, anything.

Directions:

  1. In a big pot, add in your olive oil. Once the oil has heated up, add in your ground chicken and cook until it’s brown.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, start chopping up your onion. Add this into the pot with chicken and cook until the onions have softened. I also added in my salt here to speed up the softening process.
  3. Next, add in your diced tomatoes, broth, hot sauce, and other seasonings. Cook for about 15 mins or longer, depending on how you like the texture. I prefer my soup to be thickened.
  4. Enjoy!

We added some fat free cheese to the top of the soup for extra flavor, even though it didn’t need it. This was super easy and fast to make. Looks like we can add this to our new list of foods we love!

After dinner, we went to my room and watched This is the End. We saw this movie at the drive ins this summer. It was absolutely hilarious and has all of my favorite actors in it, so we decided to watch it again before I fell asleep. I know, I’m lame these days.

Saturday

pancakes

Saturday morning, I woke up early to make my usual breakfast for the weekends. Blueberry Pancakes! By far, my favorite breakfast, especially since it’s healthy. Here is how you make them:

  • 1 tbsp. of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 packet of Perfect Fit protein powder (order at http://www.toneitup.com)
  • 1 tbsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of egg whites

Simply mash your banana until it’s smooth. Add in the almond milk and egg whites, stirring them until they’re smooth as well. Add in your cinnamon and protein powder. Optional: add in some blueberries and fold it into the mixture. YUM!

Heat up your pan with some non-stick spray and pour in your batter. This batter makes about 2 medium sized pancakes, which is very filling. Top it off with the rest of your banana and favorite syrup or Agave. TADA! All finished.

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After breakfast, I lounged around the house all day playing my xbox and cleaning. Around 5:00 I met my family for a hayride. Fall is seriously my favorite season, simply because you get to do so many fun activities. We had a huge group go along. It was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.

After the hayride, the boys made a big bonfire where we drank coffee and made hotdogs. Not the healthiest meal, but who can resist hotdogs over a fire? I kept it light. After the fire, a few of us headed back to my house where we got into our pjs and watched The Purge. It was a good movie, but I was a little disappointed. I thought it could have been a lot better and a lot scarier. Once the movie ended, I passed out.

Sunday

It was another lazy Sunday for me, minus making more game day cauliflower.

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This time, I used a bbq hot sauce. I am addicted to this stuff! My boyfriend came over and we watched the Steelers game. I’m so excited they finally won a game! It’s about time..

After the game, he took me out for dinner and then we watched House of 1000 corpses before the walking dead came on, WHICH WAS AMAZING! This season is going to be so damn good, I can not wait. It’s our tradition to watch walking dead together every Sunday. This is why I love him 🙂

Weekly Workout Schedule!

I’m still following the P90X Lean Schedule – I’m finally on my 3rd week!

Monday – Core Synergistics/Tone It Up Full Body Routine

Tuesday – Cardio X/TIU Jump Your Heart Out

Wednesday – Shoulders & Arms + Ab Ripper X/TIU Full Body Toning

Thursday – Yoga X/TIU Fat Blasting

Friday – Legs & Back + Ab Ripper X/TIU Frisky Fall Routine

Saturday – Kenpo X/TIU Bikini Booty

I’ve been doubling up my workouts, simply because I love doing P90X and the Tone It Up workouts. I have a new set of goals, which I will be posting about later this week.

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I was pretty pumped to see that I burned almost 500 calories with my workouts tonight. It feels amazing! I am in such a better mood when I complete a workout. It truly is the best stress reliever, people forget that. Once you find that one workout you love doing, you’ll start looking forward to working out.

I also started doing a “mood journal” as a daily reminder/motivator to workout. There are days I come home from work and don’t feel like working out. Then I look through my journal and see how much my mood changes when I do workout. This is also something I plan to go more in depth with. So stay tuned!

– Brittny

If you try the buffalo chicken chili, let me know what you think!

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Paleo Diet + Weekly Workout Schedule!

Good morning afternoon!

My day is flying by today… and I am not complaining! Now, if the week could hurry up to this weekend, I would be so thankful! I am in need of a 3 day weekend.

If you haven’t read my post yesterday, today I’ll be posting about the Paleo diet that I began yesterday. It’s something I feel that everyone can try and it’s simple to follow.

 

 

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What you can eat:

  • Turkey
  • Steak
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Pork
  • Veggies
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Salads

What you can’t eat:

  • Dairy
  • Breads
  • Processed Foods
  • Sugars
  • Grains
  • Beans

This is just to give you a basic idea. For the full list of items, check out this site: Paleo Diet Food List

In my last post, I said that people also call this the “caveman diet,” because you basically eat natural and fresh foods, just like the cavemen did centuries ago. I wouldn’t consider this a “diet” because these are the foods you should be eating to begin with. Eating processed foods are so bad on your body and health. Also, when following this plan, avoid drinking juices that are from concentrate. Try finding juices that say not from concentrate. Drinking juice that is from concentrate defeats the purpose of drinking a healthy drink because they take out the nutrients needed that are healthy. Also, this makes people gain weight in the stomach area and makes it much harder to lose from that area.

 

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Sunday night, my boyfriend came down and we headed to Walmart to get some groceries so that I could start this on Monday (yesterday).

Here are the items that I bought:

  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Minced Garlic
  • Pine Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Canned Veggies
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Silk Almond Milk
  • All Natural Dairy Free Dressing
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Bacon (yes, I can eat bacon and not feel guilty!)
  • Organic salsa
  • Natural Almond Butter

I also bought my niece a Batman backpack since she started high school today. Yes, I am the best aunt in the world! A-hem, anyway… this will be able to last me all week. So here is a typical layout of what I will be eating:

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 1 cup of sauteed spinach, and 1/4 cup sauteed mushrooms. Sometimes, I add some salsa on top for extra flavor with pepper. No salt!

Lunch: Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology mixed with 1 tbsp of all natural almond butter, ice, and 1 cup of almond milk.

Dinner: Steak/Chicken Salad, or meat with a side of veggies

Snacks: almonds, pine nuts, lara bars, shakeo, or veggies.

Again, this is the meal plan I am following. You don’t have to follow this exact plan – as there are a ton of meals and options you can choose from. Mix and match!

I’m almost finished with day 2. I can feel a huge difference in my body already. Normally, when I eat meals I feel gassy, bloated, and weighed down. But these past 2 days I feel light and clean. I’m excited to see how the rest of the week plays out!

 

 

For my workouts, I will be adding cardio every single day. Once I’ve completed my cardio workout, I’ll be adding weight lifting and toning. Every other day, I will work a certain part of my muscles. It’s important to work your muscles every other day. One day do arms and legs, the next do abs and butt, then repeat…

So since I wanted to add some lifting, I decided to finish out ChaLean Extreme. I completed month 1 and reviewed it, but never wrote up the rest of the program. So I wanted to restart it and give full updates!

I plan to run/walk/hike every day and add in CLX plus my Tone It Up workouts. I like to get a variety so I don’t get bored with working out.

 

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Speaking of hiking, yesterday after work I met my friend Priscilla and we went for an hour hike on the mountain. After our hike, we sat by the falls and ate dinner. I packed a steak salad with some water. It was sooo beautiful and a lot of fun. Plus it’s great when you have a workout buddy and switching up the routine. We decided to try and do this twice a week and get more people to tag along. The more the better!

Weekly Workout Schedule:

Monday – Hiking

Tuesday – CLX Push Circuit 1 + Walk/Jog

Wednesday – CLX Burn Intervals + Tone It Up

Thursday – CLX Push Circuit 2 + Hiking

Friday – CLX + Running

Saturday – CLX + Tone It Up

Sunday – Rest Day

Tomorrow I will be posting about the Liebster Award and hopefully get that started! Also, I’ll be including more of meal plans, challenge group conclusion, and updates!

xo Brittny

5 Fast & Healthy Meals – Dinner

Times are changing. A lot of families barely have time to sit down at a table and eat together, let alone eat healthy. That’s a shame, because growing up my Mother always had amazing dinners ready for us in the evening and we would always sit together at the table and eat. We weren’t allowed getting up from the table until our plates were clean.

Or, maybe you don’t have a family and you’re a single girl who is constantly on the go and you don’t always have the time to make a dinner for yourself. I make dinner almost every single night for myself and on nights when I don’t have time, I’ve found some recipes that takes 20 minutes or less. I think everyone can spare that. It’s a lot better than constantly grabbing fast food, plus it will save you money. Now who doesn’t enjoy that?

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#1 Turkey Burgers. I am always going to the grocery store and buying lean ground turkey meat – it’s so much better and healthier for you than beef. Upside? You can’t tell the difference in taste. Add your favorite ingredients – lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles.. whatever you like! My favorite items to add are red sauteed onions, bleu cheese crumbles, fat free BBQ sauce, and then toast a whole wheat bun in the oven and you’re done. It’s important to get your veggies in, so add some peas, carrots, asparagus, any vegetable that you like will go good with a turkey burger.

Optional: If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, no worries.. instead of turkey burgers try the Morning Star veggie burgers. They taste great! The only thing is the texture is a little different, other than that they’re incredible and have more protein than regular beef.

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#2 Stuffed Peppers. This meal is fabulous in so many ways. Mainly because you’re getting your vegetables and protein all in one without having to make a side dish. Plus, peppers are low in calories. My favorite ingredients to add in my stuffed peppers are quinoa or lean ground turkey meat. I also add a ton of awesome seasonings for even more flavor. Add in your favorite sauce with some cheese and you’re done! I like to add a little olive oil to my peppers and sautee them in a pay to warm and tenderize them. Bake them in the oven and you’re finished!

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#3 Penne Pasta with Spinach. I’m Italian, so I can never get enough of pastas! Yes, pasta is a little bit on the bad side when you’re trying to diet.. but you need to remember it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. Instead of regular pasta, get whole wheat! You can’t taste the difference if you add the right flavors. This meal is amazing and super healthy for you. I sautee my spinach in a pan with some olive oil while my pasta is cooking. Then add it all together with your favorite sauce.  Add some shredded cheese on top for a creamier taste. (Just don’t go overboard..) This meal takes about 20 minutes to make this meal and you can feed your whole family this.

Optional: Instead of using a sauce from a jar, chop up some tomatoes and throw them into the pan with your spinach. Much healthier! 

Also, check under my Recipes tab for my own recipe and directions on how I made this dinner.

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#4 Skinny Girl Chili. This is the perfect fast, healthy, and great comfort food. You can add quinoa, ground turkey meat, or nothing but beans and veggies. So many options for a chili to suit everyone’s needs.

Check out my chili recipe (vegetarian friendly option) under my Recipes tab.

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#5 Spinach Mozzarella Quinoa. See, I like making a grocery list and then mixing and matching different ingredients to create a new recipe. When you buy spinach, you only use a little and if you don’t use it within a week, it can go back. So why not add it to more foods? I cooked some quinoa, added broth, mozzarella, and then added some spinach to create a super healthy dinner! It takes less than 20 minutes and fills you up all night long. Perfect recipe for everyone!

Check out how I made this recipe under the Recipes tab.

Dinner Grocery List

  1. Asparagus
  2. Lean Ground Turkey Meat
  3. Spinach
  4. Feta Cheese
  5. Tomato
  6. Whole Wheat Hamburger & Hotdog Buns
  7. Quinoa
  8. Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
  9. Onion
  10. Whole Wheat Pasta (your favorite kind of pasta noodles..)
  11. Italian Sauces
  12. Salmon
  13. Shrimp
  14. Rice (preferably brown)
  15. Chicken Breast
  16. Progresso Soup
  17. Sweet Potatoes
  18. Your Favorite Vegetables (fresh or canned)
  19. Black Beans or Kidney Beans
  20. Romaine Lettuce

Do you have any healthy dinners you want to share? Comment on this post and let me know!

xo Brittny

Check out my Fast & Healthy Breakfast meals
Check out my Fast & Healthy Lunch meals

5 Fast & Healthy Meals – Lunch

As I have said in my Breakfast post, people don’t always know what to pack for their lunches, let alone a healthy lunch. So here are my favorite 5 healthy meals that I usually pack for my lunches!

Chicken_Fettucini2.ashxMy #1 lunch that I always pack are the Smart ones meals by Weight Watchers. They’re on average about 300 calories and costs you about $2.

Store these babies in the freezer, wake up in the morning, pack it in your bag, and you’re done! And the good news about these meals is that there are soooo many options and choices that you won’t ever get sick of eating them. I love the pasta selections – they’re truly incredible and they taste amazing. One down side is that a lot of people might not be filled with eating these. That’s why it is important to snack in between your main meals. This will hold you over until it’s snack time!

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#2 – Wraps. I love anything wrapped up in a tortilla. The night before work, chop up some chicken or buy the Tyson Fajita Chicken Strips, fry them up with your favorite seasonings along with some sauteed peppers & onions, place them in a Tupperware bowl, and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to pack up your lunch in the morning.  That’s really all you need! I always add 1/2 cup of black beans into the wrap for more protein. Buy whole wheat wraps (only 80 calories) and you have a lunch that will fill you up.. plus they’re super yummy. You won’t need to add any dressings because the sauteed veggies give it all the flavor it needs.

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#3 go to lunch – Progresso Soups. People really forget about packing soup as their lunch because they’re so fixated on having a lot of food to eat and forget that that’s not the healthy way. These soups not only taste great, but there are so many options to fit everyone’s personal health needs. Add a few saltine crackers in and you’re good to go! Store these in your desk on days where you forget your lunch. (I have a drawer full of them.)

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#4 Favorite of all time.. salads! The beauty about salads is that you can mix and match so many different options so you never get bored of eating them. You can add chicken, ground beef/turkey, steak, black beans, onions, fruits, nuts, spinach, cheese, etc.. the list is endless! But the main thing you need to remember is not to load up on dressing! If you’re like me, I love soaking my salad in dressing – but I used fat free dressings or light. Try to avoid cheese as much as possible, once in a while will not hurt you. But people forget that cheese is fattening and that since they’re eating a salad, they can add whatever they want. Well no, this is so wrong. Go crazy with ingredients, but don’t add fattening foods or this defeats the whole purpose of a salad.

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#5 Chicken Stir Fry – or any stir fry. The wonderful thing about stir fry is that you can add anything your heart desires. Rice, veggies, chicken, steak, beans, etc.. just like a salad, you need to watch what you’re adding though. This is a great meal to get in your oils as well. Yes, you need to add oil into your diet. People hear the word Olive Oil and run for the hills. They’re forgetting that olive oil is an essential part of a diet as well. These are good and natural oils that your body can break down easily. Anytime a recipe calls for butter, replace it with olive oil.. it will make a difference in your life. The night before work, make up your favorite stir fry dish, place it in a tupperware container, and then pack it in your lunch in the morning. Simple and healthy. Stir fry is also a really fast meal. Generally this takes about 10 minutes total.. depends on what you add into it.

Lunch Grocery List

  1. Black Beans
  2. Weight Watchers Smart Ones
  3. Progresso Soup
  4. Quinoa
  5. Peppers
  6. Your Favorite Vegetables (try to avoid corn and potatoes)
  7. Fajita Chicken Strips
  8. Fajita Steak Tips
  9. Romaine Lettuce
  10. Fat Free House Dressing (or your favorite fat free dressing)
  11. Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
  12. Your Favorite Fruits
  13. Walnuts & Pecans
  14. Feta Cheese
  15. Spinach
  16. Lean Pork Chops (pairs nicely with a side of veggies)
  17. Lean Ground Turkey Meat
  18. Turkey Deli Meat (make a nice simple sandwich for lunch.. avoid mayo!)
  19. Whole Wheat Bread
  20. Sweet Potato Fries (on days where you need a little comfort food)

Have any awesome recipes that you want to share? Comment on this post!

xo Brittny

Check out my 5 Fast & Healthy Breakfast Meals

Check out my 5 Fast & Healthy Dinner Meals

Pizza Casserole + Garlic Bread

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Pizza Casserole

Incredients:

  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 Jar of Pizza Sauce
  • 1 Bag of Hormell Pepperonis
  • 1 Box of the Garden Rotini Pasta (the garden is more healthy)
  • 1 Jar of Pepperoni Flavored Sauce (any brand will do)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 cups of grated sharp cheddar
  • 4 cups of grated mozzarella

Directions:

  • Start by boiling some water in a pot and adding salt
  • Once your water is boiling, add your box of rotini pasta
  • Cook your past for about 12-15 minutes or until it’s fully cooked
  • While your pasta is cooking, preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  • Add some olive oil to your cooking pan and then layer the casserole like a lasanga
  • Add some pepperoni on top of your cheese for even more flavor!
  • Cook this for about 20 minutes
  • Then, stick your casserole under the broiler on high for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is nice and brown on top
  • Remove from oven and let it cool down for about 5 minutes before serving
  • Enjoy!

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Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 Loaf of French Bread (or however much you want to make)
  • Butter
  • Parsley
  • Garlic Powder

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut your French bread into half
  • Start loading on the butter but evenly spreading it all over
  • Sprinkle on your garlic powder (add as much or as little as you like)
  • Chop up some fresh parley and then add it to your bread
  • Place your bread on some aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until the bread is nice, crispy, and golden brown
  • Remove it from the oven and cut it into the sizes you want
  • Serve immediately – enjoy!

Optional: add some shredded mozzarella cheese to your bread for an even yummier tasting garlic bread (but remember, this adds even more fat and calories)

Nothing makes me happier than Italian food – I love being Italian!

xo Brittny

Christmas Spirit!

Happy Humpday!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far.. I know I am! This week has been full of Christmas spirit and is getting me more excited for Christmas this year. As I’ve said in my last post, my family had a Christmas play at their church on Monday.

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I love dressing up and going to plays.

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The story line was super cute. They had an elderly lady talk about being so busy around Christmas and never having enough time to really enjoy the small things like reading Christmas cards from her loved ones. So every time she pulled up a card, it reminded her of something either she’s done or the real story behind Christmas.

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Then on the stage, they had a giant card and had a different scene for each card the lady read. It was super cute and neat, I never saw a play where they did this before. It was also pretty awesome having a seat in the second row.

After the play was over, I came home and just spent some much needed time with the family. I’ve been watching so many Christmas movies lately and I LOVE IT. And no worries, I’ve been keeping up with my workouts. I almost have my Hip  Hop Abs month 1 completed. I love the results I’ve got so far and can’t wait to post my full review on it! Time flies by when you’re having fun.

Tuesday I found a really easy and healthy recipe to try out on Pinterest. So after work I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some stuff. i made a Pasta Chicken Spinach meal. Yum!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • Fajita chicken strips
  • 1 box of whole wheat penne
  • Spinach
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Granulated garlic
  • Pepperjack Cheese

 

 

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Simply add your water into a pot, add lots of salt, and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, add in your box of penne with some more salt. Cook this for about 10 minutes.

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While your pasta is cooking, in a separate pan heat up some olive oil. When the oil heats up, add in your chicken. Let this cook until your chicken is cooked through. I already used cooked chicken and just heated it up. Once your chicken is ready, add in your spinach leaves. Use as much as you’d like, as it wilts down. Add some salt & pepper to taste.

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After your chicken and spinach is nice and done, drain your pasta in a strainer. Do not rinse. Then add your pasta back into the pot and also add in your chicken and spinach. Use 2 cups of tomato sauce or as much as you’d like, heat this up for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in your granulated garlic.. depending on how much you like. All done!

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Now, if you’re like me, you like a little spice. So I added about a handful of shredded pepperjack cheese to the pasta for more flavor. You don’t have to, but it definitely brings more taste.

Today at work was our Christmas party. So last night I made some buffalo chicken dip. I made it a little differently than how I normally make it. This time I used:

  • 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup of ranch
  • 1 cup of pepperjack cheese
  • 1 can of drained chicken
  • 1 softened package of cream cheese

Everyone loved it. It was gone before 10:00 this morning. Now I know to make a bigger crock pot for next year or for the next party, as I am always elected to make this for our parties.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a picture of the whole pot because it was gone. But I did manage to get a small plate full!

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There were so many crock pots of awesome food.. but, i managed to fight back the urge to go crazy and stuff my face. Shakeology really does help out with cravings. Thankfully I drank a peanut butter cup shake this morning! I did eat a little bit of everything, I just didn’t overdue it because I don’t want to ruin the hard work I’ve been doing for my workout group challenge.

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Christmas parties means Christmas gifts! My one manager got me a box of candy, a Christmas decoration, and this awesome Elvis mug filled with hot chocolate mix!

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If anyone knows me, they know my two loves are Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. I was so happy with my gifts. My other manager got me a really pretty decorative sign that I can hang in my office.

Tomorrow I’ll be finally finishing up my Christmas shopping. I just love giving out gifts this time of year. Me and some friends will also be going out for dinner. This weekend will be packed full of events as well, so I’ll be posting about that more than likely on Sunday or Monday. So stay tuned!

xo Brittny

Stuffed Pepperjack Spinach Chicken

Thirsty Thursday – you’re here at last!

After this horrible week, a few of my friends and myself are getting some dinner and drinks after work. It’s much needed! It seems like every single morning something happens and causes me to be late for work. This week can be over any day now!

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On the plus side, my package from my BeachBody Coach came last night. I got a sample of the tropical strawberry shakeology, a shaker cup, and a $50 gift card for signing up to be a coach with her. These are the kinds of perks that I’ll eventually start doing as my business with BeachBody starts to grow. The gift card will definitely come in handy for more Christmas presents!

Speaking of Shakeology..

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I made an awesome shake this morning, I never tried the unsweetened almond milk before so I thought I would try it out this morning and it’s so good! Plus less fat and less calories. I used 1/2 banana, 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, and 1 scoop of chocolate shakeology. So yummy and so filling. Definitely made my morning a lot better!

Anyways, I made this amazing meal last night. I think it’s officially my new favorite recipe that I’ve tried. Not only was it simple and cheap, but so filling and so tasty. I’ve had a few friends already ask me how to make it so I figured I would share the love 🙂

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Stuffed Pepperjack Spinach Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Pepperjack Cheese

Seasonings:

  • Mrs. Dash Southwest Chiptole
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Granulated Garlic Powder
  • Cumin

Before you start, you’ll want to preheat your over to 350 degrees. While the over is preheating, start by cutting open your chicken where the fatty parts are. Don’t slice through the whole way, as you’ll want the side to be connected so it’s easier to stuff. Then, take a hammer or a pan and flatten out the chicken to be about 1/4″ thick.

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In a bowl, mix all of your seasonings together.

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Once you have sliced up your cheese, add it to a separate bowl. Also, add in your spinach with some salt and pepper. Like I’ve said before, I use Kosher salt because it’s great for cooking.

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Place your chicken on a baking sheet with some non-stick aluminum foil. Then, take a handful of your cheese and spinach mix and place them on your chicken.

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After you’ve done this, simply fold over your chicken. Any pieces that fall out you can stuff  back in or simply add it on top of the chicken. Also, take your olive oil and brush it onto the chicken and then start adding your seasonings mix onto the chicken. Once you’ve finished this step, pop it into the oven for about 35-40 minutes. Make sure it is cooked through!

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As for a side, I decided to make asparagus. I simply cut off the ends, drizzle some olive oil on them, plus some salt & pepper and then fold the aluminum foil into a little pack. I stick it in the oven and let this cook for about 20 minutes. You can add almost any side to your chicken, but I love asparagus and it was a great meal.

If you’re watching your weight and don’t really want to use the pepperjack cheese, simply replace it with fat free feta cheese and it will taste just as good because the spices add the kick to the chicken.

Enjoy!

Spinach Mozzarella Quinoa

Friday.. thank goodness you have finally arrived!

I honestly don’t know if I would survive one more hour of work. Good news is I finally finished my two huge projects, which means I can finally relax and not stress so much.

So I came home from work last night and saw a box sitting in front of my door. Packages always make me excited!

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A package from BeachBody 🙂 I ordered some Shakeology shaker cups. I’m keeping some for myself and then giving out free cups to those who order Shakeology from me 🙂

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I got up extra early this morning so I could try out this new Shakeology recipe I stumbled upon. And I’m so glad that I did!

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I just found my new favorite shakeo. Simply add in 1/2 banana, 1 cup of milk, ice to taste, 1 scoop of chocolate shakeology, and 1 tbsp of all natural peanut butter. It is simply to die for! It filled me up and gave me energy all day. Came home from work and did my workout. I’m on day 5 of the hip hop abs schedule and I can already feel the difference. I can’t wait to see my results after my 30 days!

Now, onto the recipe I tried out last night for dinner. I found this recipe on Pinterest and then went straight from work to the grocery store and picked up the ingredients I needed in order to make this dinner. It was soooo good! Very healthy, especially if you use organic products like I did for some of the items. Good news is I had leftovers which I got to take to work today. So here is the recipe, enjoy!

P.S., let me know if you try this and what you thought!

Spinach Mozzarella Quinoa

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Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 1 Cup of Quinoa (or brown rice)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Stock
  • 2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic

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First, heat up about 1 tbsp of olive oil into a pan. While the oil is heating up, start chopping up your onion finely. Once your oil is hot, place the onion into the pan and add some salt and pepper. Let this caramelize stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.

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While your onion is cooking, start chopping up your 3 cloves of garlic very fine. Add this to the pan and cook for 1 minutes only (you do not want your garlic to burn.)

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Then add your 1 cup of quinoa (or brown rice) into the pan and stir in. Let this cook for about 3 minutes.

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Bring to a boil your 2 cups of chicken stock.

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Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down low and let this simmer uncovered for about 15-17 minutes. Or, until it’s cooked the way you like your quinoa.

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While your quinoa is cooking, take your 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves and stick them into a pot with a little bit of olive oil for extra flavor. Place a lid on the pot and let the leaves wilt.. this can take anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes.

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Once everything is finally cooked, throw in your spinach leaves and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and stir. All done! Serve immediately and enjoy 🙂

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I will definitely be making this recipe more often. It takes about 30 minutes to make the meal – but it is soooo worth it! Seriously. You need to try this. I am becoming such a quinoa fanatic! Also, if anyone has anymore great quinoa recipes, please let me know! 🙂

xo Brittny

Top 10 Favorite Workout Songs + Turkey Burgers!

Happy Thursday! – one day closer to the weekend 🙂

When I’m super stressed out at work, I love listening to music to help calm me down. But music also helps pump me up when getting ready to workout. Since 2012 is almost over with (I know, where did the time go..) I thought it would be fun to post my top 10 favorite workout songs of the year that have helped me to push harder when working out and still have fun!

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Top 10 Favorite Workout Songs

  1. Skrillex – Bangarang
  2. Flo Rida – Whistle
  3. Mac Miller – Loud
  4. Neon Trees – Everybody Talks
  5. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Remix)
  6. Christina Aguilera – Your Body
  7. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – Dance Again
  8. Usher – Scream
  9. Maroon 5 – One More Night
  10. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

These songs definitely make me want to workout harder but still have fun doing it. I like to mix up my selection a lot so that I don’t get bored listening to the same genre over and over. It’s important to keep variety! Use these awesome songs when you’re running, jogging, walking, cycling, or just lifting at the gym.

Now onto my favorite subject.. food! Last night I made some yummy turkey burgers with a side of green beans.

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What you will need:

  • Perdue Turkey Burger (or whichever type of meat you would like)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Granulated Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil
  • Green Onions
  • BBQ Sauce (I used the KC Masterpiece)
  • Hamburger Buns

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First I started out by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. While this was warming up, I started to chop my green onions. I used 3 of these. (Use however many you’d like depending on how much you enjoy the taste of onion)

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Then I formed my turkey burger patties into the size I wanted. I mixed 2 of the onions I chopped up in with the meat (I save the rest for toppings) and then placed these in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. I also sprinkled some granulated garlic powder along with salt & pepper. Cook thoroughly, about 5 minutes on each side.

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Once the oven was finally hot, I drizzled some olive oil on my hamburger buns, placed them on a sheet of aluminum foil, and stuck them in the over for about 7-10 minutes. I use olive oil on these to get a nice golden brown color and it adds great flavor.

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Once my burgers have been cooked through, I used that same pan and dumped in my green beans. Drizzle some olive oil onto these with salt and pepper to get them nice and soft. Cook for about 3 minutes (it doesn’t take long at all).

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Once your green beans are finished cooking, remove them from the pan and add to your plate. Take your buns out of the oven, place your burgers on them, add your cheese and bbq sauce along with the leftover chopped onions for more taste. Enjoy!

P.S., let me know what some of your favorite workout songs of the year are below or your favorite turkey burger recipes.

xo Brittny

 

Shakeology Recipes Meals & Treats – Greenberry

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7 Ways to Use Shakeology Daily

  1. As a Supplement Meal
  2. Snack
  3. Pre-Workout Supplement
  4. Post-Workout Supplement
  5. Natural Energy Boost
  6. Late Night Sweet Cravings
  7. Healthy Dessert

Personally, the Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry flavors are my favorite Shakeology. Greenberry is one of those flavors where you either love it or you hate it. I’ve drank it several times and wasn’t a huge huge fan, but mixed with the right ingredients, it tastes great. Here are my top favorite recipes for Greenberry.

Also, at the bottom of the page I have attached links to check out the Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry Recipe pages.

Orange Sunrise

  • 1 scoop of Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of water

Strawberry Lemonade

  • 1 scoop of Greenberry Shakeology
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of water

Raspberry Razzler

  • Juice of 1/2 small lime
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of water

Apple Breeze

  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of water

Pineapple Sunset

  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of water

Again, if you need more recipes for this please comment below and I will gladly send you the document I have made of all the recipes. The possibilities are endless with Shakeology.

Need a little dessert? Try this great recipe out!

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  • 2 scoops Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 container tofu, silken firm (approximately 12 oz)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar-free lime Jell-O mix
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 1-¼ oz. Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese ½ less fat mini
  • 1 premade whole-grain or graham cracker pie crust

Preparation: Place tofu, Greenberry Shakeology, Jell-O, lime juice, cream cheese, and orange juice in blender; blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Top with limes or kiwi. (Makes 8 servings)

Shakeology Berry Sorbet sorbet

  • 2 scoops Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 6 whole frozen strawberries
  • 6 to 8 ice cubes

PREPARATION: Mix ingredients in blender until it’s really thick. Pour into container and freeze for 1 hour. (Makes 2 servings.)

 

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Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 scoop Greenberry or Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • Small piece of avocado—about 1/5 of a large avocado or 1/4 of a small one
  • 1 cup coconut water, or 1/2 cup filtered water and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. raw honey

Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth and creamy

Greeno Mojito Smoothie mjoito

  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • Small piece of avocado—about 1/5 of a large avocado or 1/4 of a small one
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.

 

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Chocolate & Vegan Recipes

Tropical Strawberry Vegan Recipes