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

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

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

Protein Chocolate Almond Pancake

Protein Chocolate Almond Pancake

Pancake Ingredients:

-1/2 Cup Oatmeal
-1/2 Scoop of Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Protein
-6 Tablespoons of Liquid Egg Whites
-1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
-1/2 Packet of Truvia

Icing Ingredients:

-4 Tablespoons Chocolate PB2
-3 Tablespoons Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
-1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
-1/2 Packet of Truvia

Directions:

-Melt about a half tablespoon of Coconut Oil in a saucepan
-Use Magic Bullet to blend oats into a flour like consistency
-Mix all pancake ingredients together and cook in saucepan, flip when ready!
-While the other side of the pancake is cooking, mix icing ingredients together
-Drizzle icing on pancake when finished cooking and top with sliced almonds, mmmmm!

Nutritional Info: Calories – 388 grams Carbs – 42 grams Fat – 10 grams Protein – 37 grams Sugar – 8 grams

Enjoy!

~Jess

Oat Meal To-Go!

Oat Meal To-Go!

I seriously have the BEST co-workers! They have been completely understanding of my cray-cray diet and will make special food for me. Thank you so much Sara, I’m sad to see you go, but you’re gonna kick ASS at your new job and you’re gonna love it so much. The Oat Meal To-Go cups were DELICIOUS!

peanutbuttercheesecakeandchocolateLazaro, thanks for baking me healthy treats. I loved the cookies you made me, and I appreciate all the substitutions you use 🙂 I can’t wait to try your peanut butter in April! I’m so looking forward to the sugary goodness!

 

Baked Oatmeal To Go:

Ingredients:

-2 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 cups applesauce, unsweetened
-1 banana, mashed
-6 packets of Sweetleaf Stevia or 1½ teaspoons stevia powder or use ½ cup honey
-5 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats {Bob’s Red Mill}
-¼ cup flaxseed meal
-1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
-3 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-2¾ cups milk
-Optional toppings: raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and Stevia together in a bowl.

-Add in oats, flax, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and mix well with wet ingredients.

-Finally pour in milk and combine.

-Spray a 12 and 6 capacity muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners. Pour mixture evenly into muffin tin cups.

-If using toppings add them onto the tops of muffins now. If using fresh or frozen fruit, drop it right into the batter.

-Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick in center comes out clean.

-Cool and enjoy or freeze them in gallon freezer bags.

Nutrition Info (without toppings)

Servings: 18* Calories for one: 143* Fat: 4g* Cholesterol: 25mg* Sodium: 161mg* Fiber: 4g* Sugars: 4g* Carbs: 23g* Protein: 6g*

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes!

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes!

Hey Guys,

Just wanting to share my yummy breakfast with you! This post is inspired by Heidi Vasquez, follow her blog:

Fitness Dreams and Eating Clean

Ingredients:

-1/2 Cup Quaker Oats
-4 Raw Egg Whites
-1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 Truvia Sweetener Packet
-Dash of Cinnamon

-2 Tablespoons Chocolate PB2
-Drizzle of honey

Directions:

-Mix the 1/2 cup oats, 4 raw egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and packet of Truvia non calories sweetner into a bowl.

-Oil pan with coconut oil, adds great flavor! Pour in the mixture

FLIP once one side is evenly cooked

-Once your pancake is complete, top with Chocolate PB2 (Yuuummmm!) and drizzle honey! ENJOY!

Awwwww, now I’m hungry for ‘second breakfast’!

~Jess

Meal Plan

Hey guys! I’ve been getting a TON of questions about how I achieve my abs and I always like to remind people that ‘ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN!’ I know, I know, it sucks that there isn’t some magical exercise that you can do ‘X’ amount of repetitions to achieve a rockin’ 6-pack. Sadly we have to sacrifice the refined sugars, pastries, cookies, candies, sweets, and all the junk.

So I’m going to take you through a rough daily break down of what I eat on a daily basis. I aim to eat every 2-3 hours, so approximately 4-6 meals a day depending on when I wake up and how high my activity level is that day. I shoot to stay within 1,200 calories a day as well as a personalized macronutrient ratio. I either workout early in the morning or I run 4-7 miles home at night after work. Here’s a sample of what my day today looks like:

1) 6:00am ‘fasted’ workout at the gym going heavy, hard, and incorporating jump rope intervals for cardio. Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

When I get home I immediately throw on the coffee pot, shower, and get ready for the day! I eat my first meal at 9:00am right before I walk my dog. Today I ate: oatmeal2

-1/2 cup oats
-1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
-2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
Cinnamon sprinkled on top!

On days where I don’t workout early in the morning and don’t require something so heavy to keep me full, I’ll have a protein smoothie with the following:

-1 cup frozen fruit
-1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup unsweetened Almond milk
-1 scoop Optimum Whey protein powder (24 grams protein!)

2) Today my second meal was at 12:00pm. This meal was decently sized, so I can probably wait 4 hours for my next meal. I enjoyed: lunch

-2 Turkey Muffins (packed with protein and less than 100 cal each!)
-1/2 cup steamed broccoli
-1/2 cubed sweet potatoes with cinnamon

I usually will have a chicken salad at work, since I am fortunate enough to get free lunch with my job! I use about 4oz of chicken (size of your palm), cottage cheese instead of dressing, incorporate plenty of DARK greens, walnuts for healthy fats, and a couple craisins for sweetness. I will either have 1/2 cup of quinoa or 1/2 cup of brown rice on the side for my carbs.

3) Throughout the day I might snack on a couple of items every few hours. My ‘snack time’ time slots are usually: 11:00am, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm My snacks usually consist of:

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-Plain Quaker rice cake with 1 tablespoon peanut butter

-Apples
-4 hard boiled egg whites
-1 scoop protein powder mixed with water (milk has a surprising amount of sugar)
-Protein Cookies!

My snack time changes daily depending on when I woke up, how hard I worked out, WHEN I worked out, and when my first meal of the day was. I try to be as consistent as possible. The first week of proteindieting was extremely difficult (mainly cause I was PMS-ing…. oooops, TMI?) and because I wasn’t used to eating 1,200 calories a day. I am coming up on the end of week 3 and can honestly say that I am barely hungry anymore. In fact, I feel more satisfied on this diet than when I wasn’t keeping track of what I ate and when I ate! It’s the greatest!

4) DINNER TIME! Finally, when I get home (whenever that is! Usually 8:00pm) first thing I do is heat up a plate of whatever I meal prepped on Sunday! dinnerThis week I threw in 6 chicken breasts in the crock pot, cooked up some sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, made turkey muffins, you name it! My fridge is FULL! Last night (and most likely tonight) I will eat 4 oz. of shredded chicken, 1/2 cup steamed broccoli, and 1/2 cup MASHED sweet potatoes (that’s right, switchin’ it up!).

I stay well fed throughout the day on this diet, and it doesn’t have to be boring at all! In fact, I’m cooking more now than I ever have and I’m finding cool new recipes and healthy alternatives to food that I really enjoy. One of my co-workers, Lazaro, was nice enough to bring in healthy cookies for me! Such a sweet heart! He made them with oats, bananas, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and honey to sweeten. I’m not sure if he baked them, but they were absolutely SCRUMPTUOUS! I’m going to try them at home this weekend. I looked up the nutritional value on myfitnesspal by plugging in the ingredients he used and each cookie has less than 50 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 4 grams of sugar! Yummmm!

Anyways, there’s the jist of it! Hope this answers a lot of questions. If anyone has a myfitnesspal account you should definitely add me, see what I eat, AND hold me accountable! I record absolutely everything that I eat…. what’s the point in cheating anyways? “What you eat in private, you wear in public.”

Good vibes are still goin’ this week! Last night I ran 6.57 miles after work! I love running, it felt really really good. I always thought running after work would suck, but I must say, I like the late night cardio craze. If you have a mapmyrun app, you should also add me there and hold me accountable for my goal of running 20 miles a week! Tomorrow I have plans to run home after work as well, maybe not 6 miles since I will also be working out in the morning. Who knows though!

I also wanted to thank everybody for the wonderful comments and support for my progress post yesterday. It feels amazing that everybody has my back and are just as excited as I am to see progress! Also, thanks for voting during my ‘Cheat Meal’ poll, looks like Azteca wins HANDS DOWN! Anywho, hope you all have a lovely day, comment or message if you have questions or overall feedback! Please and thank you 🙂

~Jess

2014, Right around the corner!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, happy Sunday evening!

Lululemon Shirt I scored for $16!

Lululemon Shirt I scored for $16!

I’m feeling refreshed, itching for the new year to begin! My wonderful husband took me shopping for workouts clothes this weekend. I scored some awesome Zella leggings, a white Zella jacket, a Lululemon tank top, and a Lululemon long sleeve shirt. O! I also got a really cute Free People black lacey dress, super excited to wear it out New Years Eve.

I love my Magic Bullet! I’ve been making really great smoothies with it. I have a couple of recipes saved away that I want to try in the future. I can’t wait until my French Vanilla Creme Optimum Whey Protein arrives on my door step. I FINALLY ordered some whey protein off of amazon.com. I have been putting it off WAAAAAY too long. I have been REALLY hungry at work for the past few weeks without it. It’s so convenient to just bring a sandwich bag with a scoop or 2 and my shaker to work. Microsoft keeps drink coolers with cartons of milk that measure out to the PERFECT amount for one scoop of whey! I’m a nerd, the things that I find amusing….

Zella leggings I scored for $12! Whaaaat?!

Zella leggings I scored for $12! Whaaaat?!

Anyways, my smoothie today consisted of the following:

1) 1 cup frozen fruit: Banana, strawberry, blueberry mix
2) 4 tablespoons of Hemp Protein / Fiber
3) 1 tablespoon almond butter
4)  Splash of fat-free milk

It was pretty good! Really thick at first since I didn’t defrost the fruit, the almond butter was pretty thick, and there was a lot of hemp protein powder. Really delicious, I love making my own smoothies.

Alright, as for workouts this week, my schedule is kind of all over the place. This week I work until 5pm everyday since it’s been pretty slow the past few weeks with the Holiday Season.

Tomorrow and Tuesday I come in at 7:30am, Wednesday I have off, and Thursday and Friday I come in at 8:30am. Tomorrow and Tuesday I will be doing at home workouts: Zuzka videos and resistance band training. I can’t promise a workout on Wednesday, considering it’s ‘National Hang-Over Day’. Give me a tough time if you like, but I am ringing in the New Year with a bang, considering the next several months I will have to kiss my wine bottles goodbye until May. Thursday is looking pretty ‘warm’ out with very little to no rain at all, so I want to shoot for an outdoor run for an hour. Friday will be the gym before work, Saturday and Sunday will be up for grabs! The weekend weather looks like it will be nice, even some sun, so I might just take advantage of that both days.

I will have my final workout schedule for the week written by tomorrow! I usually like writing everything out on Sunday night, but I need to go take my pup on a walk and get to bed early so I break my ‘no-work-out-on-Monday’ streak and do my Zuzka videos! I will be doing ZWOW #93, ZWOW #99, and Power Yoga #7. You should definitely try out her videos, I’m telling ya’! If I could be a sales rep for her DVD’s, I would be making her and ME millions! Seriously…

Anywho, g’nite guys! Have an awesome week, party hard on New Years, I want to hear ALLLLL about it! XOXO……

~Jess

Smooovies #2

Now that I have a Magic Bullet…… you can expect a TON of recipes from me! Hell yeah…..

One of which I made this morning. I was in a rush so I couldn’t capture a picture of it’s beauty. I made a Very Berry Banana smoothie! That’s what I’ll name it, yep.

Here’s what the recipe calls for:

1) Whole Banana
2) 1 cup frozen berry mix (I used raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
3) 1/4 cup vanilla honey Greek yogurt
4) 2 tablespoons ‘Efagold’ Hemp Protein and Fiber
5) Splash of fat free milk…….
6) BLEND!!!!!

FINISHED!

Enjoy…..

There’s another smoothie I want to try off of FitnessRx for Women. It’s a Green Detox Smoothie that has: Green Smoothie

Calories: 183 (270 with protein powder)
Protein: 5g (25g with protein powder)
Fat: 7g
Carbs: 38g
Fiber: 5g

INGREDIENTS:

1) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2) 2 cups chopped kale
3) 1 1/2 of chopped pineapple
4) 1 ripe banana
5) 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
6) BLEND!

PRESTO!