Alright, I’m combining two days into one post here, mainly because I was too busy watching the Glee cast make Justin Bieber sound totally awesome. Yes, I actually do have a pretty respectable taste in music (minus my love for the Bieb) but something about watching them all wear hoodies and sport the official Bieber haircut made my dead-inside-heart go “baaaaby, baaaby, baaaby ooooooo.” Ok, moving on.
I feel really great – proof that fueling your body with the right stuff will actually make you have more energy, feel more active and not be so lethargic throughout the day. Wanna know a secret? I haven’t even had coffee all week. I know, right? I’m usually scratching at the Starbucks display counter if I haven’t had my normal daily dose, but I’m feeling better than ever. I’ve also been hitting the gym every day this week so far (I know I sound dedicated, but it’s only Wednesday). My trainer has told me, and I’ve heard it before – losing weight is about eating right, maintaining weight is about exercise. I know people lose weight without working out all the time, but that’s totally not for me. I love sweating at the gym, feeling the burn and knowing that I’ve burned X amount of calories instead of just watching Full House reruns.
So, what have I been eating? Nothing too out of the ordinary, but here are some of my favorites.
– Arnolds sandwich thin, toasted
– 2 sliced turkey bacon
– 1 egg, scrambled and cooked in a skillet
– 2 tbsp 2% shredded cheddar cheese
Seriously, it’s yummy. It gives me the illusion of eating a big “not good for me” breakfast, when in reality it’s packed with protein to start out my day. I know what you’re thinking – who has time in the morning to do that? Well, take it from the girl who has gotten the get-ready-for-work act down to a science, you do. If you ever spend an extra 10 minutes waiting at the drive-thru for your McDonald’s breakfast, go out of your way to the nearest Starbucks, or hit the snooze one more time, then you have time. It’s totally worth it, too. You get up an extra 10 minutes early, you give up the fast food breakfast. Lose weight, save money. I know, I’m an asshole for even suggesting something so realistic.
I’m not a vegetable fan. I love some veggies – asparagus, green beans, carrots, and… well, that’s about it. So getting my normal fruits and veggies servings each day is always a task, and I tend to fulfill it by shoving sugary fruits down my throat (who knew you could actually have too much of a good thing?). Anyway, what a better way to make your vegetables more tasty AND fun than ants on a log? Yes, I’m talking about the childish snack time pal you and your friends enjoyed after school, in your lunch box and between games of Capture the Flag (Ok, that’s what we played as kids. I’m pretty sure kids now only play video games and tweet). Not only does the peanut butter add protein to your diet, it also adds some taste to otherwise dull and boring raw veggies, without going all cream-based on you like my fat-kid favorite, ranch dressing. Side note: God, I miss ranch.
And, my personal favorite this far: Chicken Taco Chili, brought to you by the fabulous mind behind the recipes at www.skinnytaste.com, a website that I like to consider the Bible of healthy and delicious recipes. I won’t list the recipe here, because I really think you should go explore the site yourself, but basically it’s just lots of veggies and seasoning with shredded chicken, cooked in a crockpot for 6 hours while you’re off doing better things like racking up the cash and getting your fitness on.
Here’s my secret: I avoided any recipe that had any real legwork in it, mainly because I didn’t think of myself as a talented enough chef (or competent enough human being) to learn the art of roasting, grilling, shredding, or anything that doesn’t involve boiling a pot of water for the Kraft macaroni and cheese. So the “shredded chicken” part of this is something I dreaded…that is, until I did it. I pulled three full chicken breasts from the crock pot after 6 hours, and this is essentially what happened. It’s so tender, it literally just falls apart. Long story short? Don’t fear the shred. Embrace it.
The final product is seriously wonderful. I consider it to be my low-fat version of Chipotle, because I eat it with brown rice and a little shredded cheese on top. The recipe also calls for onions, which I did not use. Note: You’ll soon learn that I won’t eat, or go near an onion unless it’s super thin and deep fried. Anyway, here’s the final presentation, in the crockpot and ready for face-stuffing. The best part is that it makes a ton and easily freezes, so you’re set on meals for at least a week. I have one container in the freezer, and I brought another container to work for leftover lunches all week. Yay!
Alright, that’s all you’re going to get from me. Hopefully, I can come up with some more entertaining recipes. My goal for tonight is to cut up some peppers I bought and make an attempt at cooking/eating them… a first in my house, trust me. Side note: this whole cooking thing means I’m finally getting some use out of the kitchen I so love to look at, but rarely use. Yay 🙂