Weekend Meals

Weekends are my wind-down time – I do have two activities on Saturday (Ninjutsu Combat Simulation, and Aerial Yoga), but they aren’t as rigorous as my weekly workout routines (Brazilian JiuJitsu four times a week, cardio three times a week, lifting at least four times a week, Ninjutsu classes four times a week…, and some teaching with Martial Arts kids classes.)  I’m incredibly thankful I can schedule so many activities, as I’m energetic by nature and need to move around.

But for me, Saturday afternoon and Sunday I can give myself a little bit of a break physically, and sometimes as far as eating out.  During the week we usually eat at home, and my meals don’t vary hugely in terms of content… On the weekend, I’m still really clean, but I might have more yolks than I typically do in the mornings, or I might have more servings of fruit, or almonds.  None of it is unhealthy, but I’m less concerned with portions and timing – I sort of just have the clean foods I like with less stringency.  

I’m asked a lot whether or not I have “cheat meals” – I don’t really.  But again, the weekends, or when I travel, I loosen the reigns a bit, going with whatever the flow might be.  That’s enough “cheat” for me – I stick to healthy options, so I never get totally out of hand, or go so overboard that I’m beating myself up.  Just what works for me personally!

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This weekend we went to brunch and my fiancé – who’s always looking out for me! – ordered the eggs that came with HIS meal exactly the way I ordered my three.  😀  Normally I have a whole egg and egg whites in the morning, with a ton of vegetables – but when I’m out, I’m eating three whole eggs in a sitting…and in this case, a few more!  It isn’t something I do every day, so I’m not overly worried about having a few – I could definitely use the aminos, and the healthy fat…plus…PROTEIN! ❤ I always order fruit salad too, for some sweetness…AND extra vitamins!  

We had dinner at home – my favorite ground chicken recipe, and tons of roasted broccoli (he’s always makes it perfectly.) Filling, wonderful nutrients and solid macros…good stuff!

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What’s your weekend plan?

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Thankful For Healthy Options

I feel like there was a time – somewhere back in my childhood and teen years – when you couldn’t find healthy food choices as easily as you can in 2016.  The availability of clean options is something I am incredibly thankful for because sometimes you just don’t have time to pack a snack (and I am the QUEEN of snack packing!) 

I recently found myself at the ER for a loved one, and again at the hospital twice more for follow ups.  I remember visiting my grandmother many, many moons ago in a hospital in my hometown – it was a wonderful facility but there wasn’t much in the way of healthy foods.  You had a cafeteria with food selections, of course – but the options weren’t exactly health conscious.  Let’s keep in mind, the food for visitors is not the focus, nor should it be!  At the time, it wouldn’t have mattered an ounce!  I was a figure skater who couldn’t’ have kept pounds on me if I tried!

But at almost 38, I do my best to fuel my body with healthy, nutritious foods, staying mindful of my overall caloric intake (and calorie makeup, equally if not more important) because it WILL stick.  Though we may schedule well and prepare accordingly, Life sometimes changes things up…and it ISN’T the end of the world!

So here I am in an inner City hospital, waiting until I am allowed to head back to the recovery room – for me, that was all I cared about!  I was told I HAD to wait 40 minutes at the minimum so, as I was feeling a bit peckish, I ran upstairs to a little coffee outpost.  I was delighted to find hard-boiled eggs, an item I doubt I’d have seen even five years ago.  I recall first seeing these (with a skeptical sneer, admittedly) in an airport – since then I have made the plunge and given them a whirl (hard boiled eggs vs gigantic bagel?  Clear winner for me!)  They aren’t made ten minutes prior, necessarily, but they are fresh…and they are a WONDERFUL option.  Full amino profile in the yolk, plenty of protein, and some healthy fat to keep me satisfied for a while – good choice!

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I was really thankful that there was something more than sugary muffins, and calorie-dense carbohydrates to choose from – when clean options are part of the the selection, it makes sticking to our goals and plan MUCH easier!

I wouldn’t necessarily have found myself seeking out a snack had I not be told I had to sit and wait…but since I didn’t have the choice, it was a treat to find some snacks I could enjoy.  They ALSO had soy milk – not in a carafe, but to buy – which I use for coffee.  That was pretty awesome too. 🙂

Healthy options EVERYwhere.

#thankful

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Scoop On Top!

Yippeeee!  I know any of you out there who use supplements (I use aminos and protein powders) the losing-of-the-scoop is a familiar – and ANNOYING – scenario!

I actually take men out and leave it with a funnel (which I use for my aminos) because having to fish for it is far to obnoxious… Powder everywhere that turns white when it gets wet…no thanks!

Enter Aptar with a handy-dandy BAP (Bonded Aluminum to Plastic) technology “which uses an aluminum liner to permanently weld the closure to the container, providing an all-in-one foil to closure solution.”  

The scoop is attached with a “holder” to keep it in place inside the flip top…forever! (if you keep it snapped in!) 😉

Beyond not having to fish for a scoop…!  The flip top also “allows material savings while improving deal integrity…and provides a fresh safe product.

I like it!

The company will be showcasing the product at Mr. Olympia #143 in Vegas on September 18th and 19th.