Birthday Waffle

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I had a wonderful 21st birthday! It was filled with a super tough workout with my mom, a movie with my brother and sister, drinks at Novo Dolce with my family, wine with Barrett at The Derby, and of course…this waffle!

I am starting Whole 30 today since my Crossfit gym is doing it. Instead of doing it for weight loss, I thought I would test it out as an elimination diet to see what I am allergic to. Everyone at my gym started Monday but since I had my birthday on Tuesday, I wanted to start on Wednesday. Since I was about to give up grains and sugars for 30 days, I wanted to have a waffle that still involved grains/sugars but was also healthy!

Without further ado…

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Birthday Protein Waffle [Serves 1]

  • 1/4 old-fashioned oats
  • 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 scoop favorite protein powder (I used vanilla Vega One)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 unsweetened almond milk (or other milk)

Blend together all the ingredients in a blender. Pour into a greased waffle iron. It should only take about 5 minutes until it is done! It just depends on what type of waffle iron you have.

I topped mine with maple syrup, peanut butter, cacao nibs, and the other 1/2 of that banana!

adapted from: Rachael’s Good Eats

 

Whole 30 Green Smoothie

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First of all, I know what you’re thinking… “A green smoothie…in January? When it’s really cold outside?”

I know, I know! But if you’ve been like me at all then you’ve had a sore throat, a cough, a sneeze, and your nose won’t stop running. Are you like that at all?

Second of all, are you doing the January Whole 30? Even if you aren’t, this smoothie is still perfect for you because it contains WHOLE FOODS. No weird protein powders and no strange ingredients.

This smoothie will leave your throat feeling better, will meet your Whole 30 requirements, and will leave you feeling energized all morning.

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Whole 30 Green Smoothie

  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder (found for cheap at TJ MAXX)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened/unsalted almond butter
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds (Yay Omega 3’s!!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (or homemade nut milk)
    • If you are not doing Whole 30, you can use the store bought nut milk in the cartons)
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend that sucker up!

Enjoy!

I am off to begin a long, long semester of online chemistry…

Also, also…..I TURN 20 freakin 1 tomorrow!!!

Goals > Resolutions

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Let’s talk resolutions GOALS. I have thought about this a lot over the past couple of days. Someone at work asked me if I had any resolutions for the new year and I hadn’t really put much thought into it. After thinking about it, I realized I didn’t want to have any resolutions. When I think of resolutions, I think about how everyone challenges themselves to “eat healthier” or “get skinnier” or “go on a diet”

I wanted something more. So, I came up with a solution to my lack of a resolution 😉

I wanted a goal!

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I didn’t know what I wanted my goal to be but I knew I didn’t want it to be about anything having to do with dieting.

When I was doing my quiet time with Jesus this morning, I kept getting distracted. I found myself finding excuses NOT to talk to God but to make my breakfast, then make my coffee, then talk to my family, then go to the bathroom, then do some laundry…

My mind was racing thinking it couldn’t get everything done unless I did it right there and then.

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When I finally sat down to finish my quiet time I realized something, I am terrible at being present. My mind does not stop. I am constantly thinking about what to do next, eat next, and see next. I like to stay moving and feel lazy when I just lay around.

So, my goal for 2017 is be more present, to enjoy the exact second I am in, and to soak up everything around me. Whether I am watching TV, doing burpees at Crossfit, running, drinking coffee, or talking with God, I want to be in that moment. I am tired of becoming overwhelmed with all that I have to do that day, week, or month.

I want to be present.

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And with that, I challenge you to be more present too.

Meal Prep Monday

Happy first Monday of the year!

Today my mom found some organic turkey on sale at Kroger so I decided to roast up some vegetables to go with it and make a meal prep post out of it!

First, my mom sautéed the turkey and seasoned it with salt and pepper so that we could add our own sauces later in the week depending on our what we were craving. I personally like BBQ sauce or Tesserae’s Ranch (found at Kroger in the produce section!) P.S. We used Simple Truth turkey at Kroger.

I than cut up some organic vegetables to roast. I used a turnip, 2 heads of broccoli, 2 sweet potatoes, and a bag of new potatoes. I sprayed the vegetables with Chosen Foods avocado oil (found at Walmart!!), and seasoned them with pink salt, curry powder and rosemary.
I roasted the on 425 for about 30-45 minutes.

While those vegetables began roasting I sliced up some acorn squash.

I seasoned them with pink salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I roasted these for about an hour at 425.
You could combine the turkey and vegetables with rice to make a meal or you could snack on the vegetables with some hummus throughout the week. Either way, at least you’ll have some healthy food on hand in the fridge!

Meal prepping is super easy and can be pretty fun if you put on some music and jam out.

…I can’t believe I just said jam out. Anyways, enjoy!!

2016: The Best Year Yet

Happy last day of 2016!

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I’ve been a little MIA lately since my laptop is still broken and I don’t want to bombard my mom’s laptop by downloading all my pictures.

Anyways, 2016 was the best year yet!

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2016 was a big year for me. I changed my major back to my true passion of nutrition, I started my blog, I got a job that will help me when I apply for internships, I got an A in chemistry (a big deal for me!), I found a mentor, and I celebrated 2 years with my favorite guy!

I learned more about myself in 2016 than I thought was possible. I discovered my love for Crossfit and that I didn’t enjoy running all that much. I discovered that I am passionate about women realizing they are enough just the way they are and that they don’t need to lose weight or anything. 2016 made me realize that I can’t wait to grow up and talk about nutrition, but it also made me realize that I need to slow down and enjoy every moment I am in.

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2016 also had its downfalls, like every year I suppose. I didn’t get a good grade in Anatomy, I questioned my major and my self-worth, Barrett and I almost broke up, and I discovered I can still be insanely immature (see previous post on Christmas haha!)

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I am looking forward to 2017 and all that it has to offer! I decided not to make any resolutions this year but to simply enjoy all that life throws my way.

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Have a great day and Happy New Year!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Merry Christmas Friends! How crazy is this weather?! The windows are open at my house.

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. I know I had a great (and dramatic) time with my family on Christmas morning. (Dramatic in that I always seem to cry every Christmas. It never fails)

Saturday I had to work most of the afternoon and into the evening so I didn’t get to spend much time with my family. But, I did manage to make it to the middle of our Christmas eve liturgy. We had a huge festal potluck afterwards and it was so nice to be able to spend some time with my church family. The Christmas eve liturgy usually starts at 11 but this year it started around 7:30 which was nice since it allowed my family and I to go home and watch our traditional Christmas movie. This year we chose the Santa Clause and within 30 minutes we had all fallen asleep. I think we were all exhausted.

Christmas morning I got up around 6 and my dad took me to go let the dogs out that I have been watching all week. Once we got home, I made some coffee and turned on A Christmas Story while I waited for the rest of my family to make their way downstairs. Once everyone was up, we looked through our stockings and ate homemade cinnamon rolls/nut rolls and fruit. Instead of addressing who each gift is to, my mom likes to pick out different wrapping papers for the 3 kids and we find out which paper is our through a small cutout of the paper in the bottom of our stockings on Christmas morning.

In the above picture I am holding what might be one of the best gifts ever from my dad. He monogrammed a cutting board with my blog logo on it so that I could take pictures of my food and make healthy things. I love that guy. I sobbed uncontrollably for 10 minutes.

After opening presents we made our way up to Louisville to see my family and have a Christmas dinner. Instead of taking pictures, I decided to just enjoy the company of my family!

Funny story: sometimes the spoiled, immature side of me comes out. I don’t know why and I don’t know how but every Christmas I spend a good 20 minutes being a 5-year-old brat who didn’t get her way. This is not something I am proud of! Anyways, I had been asking for a diffuser for 2 years now and on Christmas morning my sister unwrapped a diffuser. I maybe,sorta,kinda got super upset that she had gotten one when I had never even heard her talk about them before. I spent the next 20 minutes pouting and being stubborn. (I know, I know…I am super immature sometimes) My mom kept saying she “forgot” which one of us asked for a diffuser, which only made me more upset. So, a couple presents later…I opened up a diffuser. I immediately started laughing because of how ridiculous I was being and here was a diffuser that my mom had also gotten me. Needless to say, my family thinks I am crazy.

Here is the lesson I learned for the millionth time on Christmas: these gifts do not matter. Sure, it is nice to receive presents but I think we all know the real reason for the season. Our Main Man, Jesus Christ.

I get so caught up in the rush of giving and getting presents that I forget to slow down and enjoy this time I do have with my family. We wouldn’t even be celebrating anything if it weren’t for the humble birth of our Lord.

So, here’s to being human and acting a bit spoiled sometimes. It is only another reminder that I am not perfect. He is. I can only ask for forgiveness and pray.

Have a blessed day!

Quick Update for You

Good morning! It’s been a while. Life has been really, really crazy lately. Between working, sleeping, working out, going to church, and trying to find time to hang out with Barrett, I am tired!  Also, I am currently dog sitting this week which makes things exciting and exhausting all at the same time.

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Something else exciting, I met up for coffee with one of my best friends from middle school! We hadn’t seen each other in like 5+ years. It was so good to see her and we immediately picked up right where we left off all those years ago. Hi Carli!

My church also went ice skating. I am glad our town finally got something remotely cool to do.

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Also, random but literally my sister is the cutest. I love her style. I will never be that cool.

I have been eating a lot of eggs and soup these past couple day.

And the best part of winter break: not having to wear makeup and I get to wear my favorite jacket every. single. day.

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I know this post was short but I like I said I am busy, busy, busy.

I will have an awesome recipe for you guys tomorrow! Stay tuned!