Life after Snatched

So as I mentioned before — I am almost two weeks through the Buzzfeed Healthy Eating Challenge. Overall, I’ve REALLY enjoyed doing this. It takes the guesswork out of food and prep. It feels good and healthy. It’s fueling my body with LOTS of veggies and it isn’t that hard to maintain. It does take time to prep 3 meals and 2 snacks every day (for two people, no less) but I feel like I’ve been successful! I also feel like it’s given me more ideas of things to cook and breakfasts to have. I think Randall and I will sit down and talk about which meals we liked best and put them into our rotation. He really liked a black bean chili they had, and I’ve been into all the eggs I’m eating (I love eggs… no seriously… LOVE them).

We also had the Snatched Wrap party which was really fun and I got back my “official” before and after pictures. Even though I didn’t “win” (you can get all your money back if you have the best before/after pics), I feel like the pictures show real progress.

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What I find really interesting is how the shape of my lower half has changed! Also shoulder/deltoid definition is cool! Also — good haircut.

Doing the Buzzfeed challenge has really helped to take food out of the equation for now. I’ve been going to my Mark Fisher classes and training with the personal trainer outside of that. And somehow have dropped a few more pounds in just those few weeks. I am really into my new body and understand that it takes some time and energy to maintain but my head space is good. Saying no is easier (this is the hardest thing for me). And I’ve been playing with rewards such as huge iced unsweetened green teas after workouts. I’ve been only supplementing protein on mornings that I work out because I figure my exertion probably balances out the extra calories and PROTEIN. I know I still have a ways to go but I feel like I’m finally back in a place to focus on it.

I’m going to go back to my greek yogurt/flax seed/blackberry/almond parfait now. Thanks Buzzfeed!

COOKING EXTRAVAGANZA Part 2

Well it was a fast and furious Sunday evening but Karen and I accomplished it all! Unfortunately it was SO FAST AND FURIOUS I forgot to take many pictures but so goes! We did mostly stick to the plan and I’m really happy we got so much done!

We tried the spinach/fat free feta breakfast muffins and they are quite tasty. It was a good substitute and I plugged in the new information in myfitnesspal and it actually is fewer calories with the same protein as the broccoli/cheddar so… that’s something! This is one of those I forgot to document last night but here is breakfast today:

IMG_4171We thought about adding an additional breakfast but I really couldn’t think of what to make. Didn’t want the same spinach pie two days in a row and wasn’t sure what else would be super high protein that isn’t very similar to the egg muffins. So we just kept it there for now. Might dabble in overnight oats again. Stay tuned. For lunches we made a pan of Turkey Meatloaf. We actually made two pans of the meatloaf (one for lunches and one for dinner for last night and it was delicious). Check out all that protein:

IMG_4160For dinner we also roasted some Brussels sprouts a spray of Pam and that Lemon Pepper seasoning. So good.

IMG_4167For another lunch option we made Asian Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles and a sesame sauce. I forgot to take a picture of them together but here are the parts:

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I’ll let you know how they ended up. I didn’t use cilantro because I don’t love it (plus it’s a lot of chopping work). We also didn’t cook the zoodles and left them raw because I figured they’d cook better in the microwave when reheating all of this. Also the sesame sauce called for water which I didn’t add because the zoodles will make some water in the dish anyway and I didn’t want it too liquidy. Also a reminder I LOVE my Paderno spiralizer.

After all that cooking we were a little wiped out but felt like a dessert option would be good so we made these Skinnytaste Breakfast Cookies! They are REALLY small (I did manage to get 18 cookies out of it but they are suuuper teeny. Not sure if you can tell from this picture. But two cookies are less than 100 calories and I think just one cookie will satisfy my chocolate craving. They came together in like … 20 minutes start to finish and are quite tasty. Not high in protein but they’re small enough to not worry about it.

IMG_4170For reference this is only half of my baking tray.

So all in all a very productive evening. I’m excited about eating all the food. This week I have a few more evenings out so I’m getting prepared to deal with that (researching Snatched-Friendly restaurants). If you have any suggestions for restaurants — especially those that publish their full nutrition information online — have at me! Happy Monday everyone!

Work Snacks Monday: Easiest Hard Boiled Eggs Ever

Hard boiled eggs are pretty much the perfect snack; they’re full of protein, portable, and super easy to fix. I’ve been super busy in work and life lately, so I’m looking forward to having a big bowl of snacks ready to go.

It’s not exactly like the traditional method for hard boiled eggs is rocket science, but I’m all about making easy things even easier. The Burlap Bag inspired me to make hard boiled eggs way more often with their method for the absolutely easiest way to make hard boiled eggs ever: in the oven.

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  • Stick eggs in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 – 350 degrees
  • Cool in ice water for 10 minutes
  • Enjoy!