60 Healthier Toaster Oven Recipes

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If you can deny that this looks delicious, you are not human. Or hungry.

I thought I would share a link to 60 Healthier Toaster Oven Recipes for everyone to begin their week. I knew it would be a bad idea to look at Food Porn on a Monday morning after a measly bowl of Life cereal, but I did it anyways. Currently living with the consequences. Excuse me while I shop for ramekins on Amazon.com…

Enjoy!

~Jess

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe! Hell it’s been a while sine I posted a workout too. ‘Fitness, Health & Everything Else’ pretty much insinuates anything, with emphasis on fitness and health…. time to get back in touch with that ‘fitness and health’ part.

Today I had the overwhelming urge to ‘bake’ some no-bake cookies. I perused the internet and found one that looked pretty basic. No oven required, and minimal ingredients. The recipe claims it makes 20 cookies, haha, maybe if they were the size of quarters! I managed to get 14 cookies out of this batch.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 scoop (21 grams) protein powder – I used Muscle Pharm Cookies n’ Cream
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir until there’s a nice dusting of protein powder over all the oatmeal.
  2. Place almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.
  4. Place batter in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be much easier to shape if you do it.
  5. Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made these into little round cookies.
  6. Place baking sheet in fridge or freezer until cookies are set, then serve. Store any left over cookies in the fridge or freezer for later.

Calories: 123 Carbs: 14g Protein: 5g Fats: 6g

I hope you enjoy! These definitely taste healthy and whole, you will feel good about eating them. I wish I added a little bit of brown sugar to the sauce pan with the peanut butter and cocoa powder, that would have given it the extra sweetness it needed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! It’s my first week of school, wish me luck 🙂

~Jess

 

Turkey Omelet

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Looking for a quick, delicious, protein-packed breakfast? You can easily pack this Turkey Egg White omelet for lunch as well.

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup liquid egg whites
-4oz ground turkey
-Cayenne and/or chili pepper
-Red Pepper flakes
-2 tablespoons Sabra hummus to taste

Directions:

-Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium in saucepan
-Pour 1/2 cup liquid egg whites into pan, once egg whites become less transparent and more white, sprinkle spices
-Pour 4oz cooked ground turkey into the center and fold when completely cooked to resemble and omelet, forgive my poor omelet folding skills!
(I always keep prepared ground turkey on hand during the week for omelet’s, burritos, salad topping, etc.)
-For extra zest, flavor, and excitement, top with 2 tablespoons of hummus, or as much as your heart desires!

ENJOY!

Nutrition: Calories- 303 Carbs- 5g Protein- 36g Fat- 13g

MMmmm, yummy Shredded Chicken Whole Wheat Wrap

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Just thought I would share my delicious lunch 🙂

I haven’t been feeling well the past few days, so I’ve had to make my own lunch at home since I haven’t been able to eat my free lunch from work. Nothing too elaborate, but freakin’ delicious and filling! Quick, easy, and I could eat it every day.

Ingredients: 

-1 La Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla
-3 oz shredded chicken (best cooked in the crock-pot!)
-1 tablespoon Sabra Hummus
-1 oz Eat Smart Kale Salad mix (bought from Costco! No dressing)

Enjoy!

~Jess

 

Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Almond Caramel Pancakes

I’ve got another recipe for you guys to try out! Super scrumptious, definitely my favorite breakfast creation thus far. I call it:

Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Almond Caramel Pancakes!

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Ingredients:

-1/3 cup blended oats
-1/2 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein
-3 tablespoons liquid egg whites
-1 tablespoon almond milk
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 packet Truvia sweetener

Directions:

-Mix all ingredient in a bowl, melt coconut oil in a sauce pan on low heat.
-Once all the ingredients are mixed, turn the heat up to medium and pour half the batter into the pan. Cook both sides evenly.
-Make another one and spread Maranatha Almond Caramel spread alllll over it!

Enjoy!

~Jess

Happy Hump Day!

Hey guys, I dunno why, but I feel like I haven’t written in a reaaaaally long time, even though I posted a ‘sneak preview’ photo yesterday, and wrote quite the hefty post on Sunday night.

I guess I feel like I’ve been ‘mentally’ outta sorts these past few days. I’m not feeling well today, ill enough to call off at work and not gettin’ any better. I’ve also been extremely distracted, but what, I’m not sure. Some days I feel like I have a million thoughts flying through my brain, even writing about them is futile, they won’t slow down!

I’ve been killing my workouts, but I feel like my body needs another shock. I need to push myself HARDER, try something different! To be honest, I need to be stronger on my diet, some times that extra scoop of hummus sounds too tasty! I haven’t had a Quest Bar since Sunday, super proud of that 🙂 Look at me, I sound like a recovering addict! Ha!

I’ve also been off of nut butter, for the most part. But I just HAD to go back to Grocery Outlet yesterday to stock up on Maranatha Caramel Almond Spread. Let me tell you something! Those 12 oz. jars at Grocery Outlet are $2.99 each, they retail at $13 a jar! I bought 10 jars for LESS than $30…. on Amazon a 3 pack costs $39.99, YIKES! Savin’ those dolla’ dolla’ billsssss!

Other great news, I received my pre-ordered Girl Scout cookies at work this week, super pumped! I had no idea that 11 boxes looked like so much. Turns out Derek bought Girl Scout cookies from a gal at his work too…. only he gets to eat them, and I have to watch. I was creepin’ around his stash and even went as far as opening a box to SMELL them, ewww I’m such a creep! Self torture! Thankfully I couldn’t smell them 🙂

Lately I’ve been a wizard in the kitchen. I keep meaning to take pictures and post recipes, buuuuut I’m also very lazy, horrible at taking photos, and my food doesn’t look as bomb as ‘Food Porn’. Not fair…. Maybe tomorrow morning my pancakes won’t look like shit and I can post a new recipe! In the meantime, here’s a photo and smoothie recipe from Monday morning that I never posted, enjoy!

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Ingredients:

-1 cup Wawona Frozen Fruit
(Tropical: Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple)
-1/2 cup Almond Milk Vanilla Unsweetened
-1/4 cup Fage Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 Scoop Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Whey
-1 packet Truvia sweetener
-1 tablespoon Nutiva Chia Seeds

Directions:

-Place frozen fruit in Magic Bullet and thaw in microwave for 30 seconds
-Add the yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, and almond milk
-Blend and enjoy!

Hope you like it! It’s super yummmm!

I have been experimenting with new protein flavors. I just received my new Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey Protein. The Cinnamon Swirl flavor makes bomb oatmeal pancakes and the Peanut Butter Marshmallow makes a KILLER smoothie 🙂

Right now I’m working on some Chia Seed pudding, I’ll take a pic and post the recipe when it’s done chilling, IF it looks good 😉

Welp goodnight folks, hope everyone is having a great week so far, stay tuned~

~Jess

7 Weeks Out!

Holy crap! 7 weeks out! Gettin’ SERIOUS!

Last week was tough. I worked almost 50 hours, had a crazy busy event Friday night that put us back an hour, and my workouts were extremely exhausted ON TOP of the madness.The weekend made up for it though, 100% 🙂

We started the weekend off going to hot yoga Hatha class together at Hot Yoga Inc. in Bellevue. It had been over a year since I had gone, and longer since Derek had been. It felt really great to sweat! I miss going to hot yoga and relaxing, as well as the physical and mental benefits, but I DON’T miss the people that go; fake tans, fake boobs, superficial ya-da-ya. Derek’s hamstrings still hurt! The teacher kept re-adjusting him to stretch deeeeeper, he sounded like he was in pain from across the room, haha! 🙂

Afterwards we had my photo shoot with Amir at the Vo2 Performance Center, it was extremely successful! I can’t wait to get the photos back, he did an AMAZING job. I was super nervous for about 2 weeks beforehand, but it was helpful to have him and Derek direct me through the poses. I even had a couple really cool ideas that ended up being Amir’s favorite photos! He did a couple shots with Derek as well, and we got some really cool ones together. Super fun, I would LOVE to do it again! We weren’t able to the bikini shots since we were using a gym facility, so we are gonna do another one in the near future once I’m closer to competition date and in my best condition. Now I know I shouldn’t be so nervous for next time, it felt so natural.

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After the photo shoot we rushed over to Seattle for Derek’s surprise date with me 🙂 He kept it a secret for a long time! First we picked Robert up from Von Trapp’s after he got off work. That was the first surprise! I haven’t seen Robert in forever, I really missed him, in fact I miss a lot of my friends. We all went to the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont and O – MY – GOD! Best chocolate ever, it was delectable. The factory was awesome as well! Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do the tour, but we bought a few chocolate bars each, yummmm! My favorite’s were the Milk Chocolate Salted Almond and Chai Milk Chocolate, super delicious, I savored every square, every bite!

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We went to Robert’s new crib in Downtown Seattle, Capital Hill. It’s a pretty big place, super vintage, wood floors, huge windows, plenty of space and prime location. I’m so proud of my lil’ Robert, he’s so grown up! We’ve known each other FOREVER, we met when he was 14 and now he’s 19, about to turn 20 on the day of my competition. You would never be able to guess he’s so young! He’s super mature, has traveled so many places, is an excellent cook, has been on his own for a few years, and is one of the head Chef’s getting paid salary at the famous Seattle restaurant Von Trapps! Pretty impressive kid, he’s done very well for himself 🙂 Not to mention last night’s date was on HIM!

He took Derek and I to a delicious upscale Indian restaurant named ‘Poppy’ in Capital Hill. Amazing food, half of which I could NOT pronounce and had to look up what they were on my phone. We each ordered our own Thali and shared dishes. A Thali is a plate comprised of a main entree with several different side dishes. I ordered the below Thali, it was sooooo good, I’m getting so hungry thinking about it!

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My favorite side dishes were the ‘Brussels Sprouts with Caraway and Shallot’ as well as the ‘Cauliflower-Almond Soup with Chinese Black Bean and Toasted Garlic’…. TO – DIE – FOR! Scrumptious! We also ordered the Thali dessert which topped the evening off perfectly. Sooooo good! Robert definitely opens our eyes to delicious food every time we hang out with him, I miss our Cooking Nights. We used to have Cooking Nights all the time before both of our lives got so crazy! We would have all our friends come, bring food, pitch in for ingredients, make awesome food like; Thai food, Sushi, Thanksgiving Dinner, Honey Glazed Ham, etc. We plan on doing it again once I can eat ‘Human Food’ (har har) and start the opening shift at work.

Great night, we all definitely needed it. It’s so strange being all grown up and responsible, seems like just yesterday we were youngens’ partying it up without anybody or anything to answer to.

Today Derek and I went to Costco and Grocery Outlet for our bi-monthly shopping excursion! We scored some pretty sweet stuff too! We did awesome on spending too, freakin’ LOVE Costco! First of all, I scored more of that Maranatha Spread at Grocery Outlet, only THIS time I scored ‘Almond Caramel’ and it’s absolutely delicious! I made a Coconut Cashew Mug Cake today and spread some of that almond caramel spread over it and it was to die for, scrumptious!

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Next on the list would be the Nutiva Coconut Flour, only $6.99 for a HUUUUGE bag at Costco! Much better in Mug Cakes than the blended oats I’ve been using. Super thick and delicious, just like cake. Derek scored a pack of 5 car washes at Brown Bear as well, something he’s been eyeballing every time we go shopping. We got so much food! The usual turkey, chicken, bagels (for Derek ;)), cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, etc. We also picked up a lot more spices including a monstrous jar of minced garlic…. you can never have too much garlic. So much food, yum yum.

This week I am re-adjusting my calorie intake and macros, as well as laying off the Quest bars and minimizing my nut butters…. sad day 😦 I’ve been getting experimental in the kitchen with alternative baking ideas, but I want quicker results! Time for more restriction! I’m relieved that I don’t have to work 48 hours this week though so I can put 110% into my workouts this week!

Whewwww! Sorry for the long post! I better run off to prep my meals for the week, have an awesome week! Stay tuned for pictures from my photo shoot 🙂

~Jess