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

DISCOUNTS!

DISCOUNTS!

Time to stock up on Questie’s….. use my code for discounts at iherb.com!

Code: DWV946 for $10 off your first order AND free shipping 🙂

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A! I’ve been busy killin’ it in the gym getting super shredded!

24 days!

~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

Post Comp Excitements…..

Fellow competitors are gonna hate me, because I’m just gonna ramble about all the awesome things I plan on stuffing my face hole with post comp, and a few exciting plans I have afterwards as well 🙂

I finally feel like I have found a rhythm in my current training plan. I’ve got my workouts down to the ‘T’; enough weightlifting, cardio, HIIT, and plyometrics, my macros precisely planned out; consuming enough calories to stay energized throughout the long days and tough workouts, having my meals spread evenly throughout the day, and working on poses that work for my short frame and muscle build. I feel like I can comfortably indulge in post comp daydreaming 🙂

I guess I’ll start with the fun stuff, like all the delicious treats that are gonna make me look pregnant!

  • Girl Scout Cookies – I was smart and pre-ordered them from a co-worker 🙂 Her daughter is a Girl Scout! I will be receiving 4 boxes of Samoas, 3 boxes of Savannah Smiles, 2 boxes of Tag-a-longs, and 2 boxes of Thin Mints…. 11 boxes total! I should be getting them in 2 weeks….. O, the temptation, but I will be well prepared post comp…..

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  • Pasta – Surprisingly, I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. Derek and I would eat pasta at least once a week for dinner, it was definitely a staple in our diet, especially during marathon training.
  • CHEESE! – O my god…. can’t wait to have a burrito with copious amounts of cheese! Realizing that most of my burrito was cheese anyhow…
  • Chips and Salsa – A weekend favorite….. o yeah, and the splurge of Tostitos Queso, don’t forget that gelatinous processed cheese goop.
  • Candy – If I wanted candy, I would never deny myself it. I would also make sure to buy the largest bag or bar and NOT share like you’re supposed to. Every time we went grocery shopping I would pick up candy. To be honest, I’m sure sugar has made the biggest difference on my body. I miss the Lindt White Chocolate truffles…. mmmmm. Gummy bears….

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  • Coconut Cream Pie – So random. I never have this, but I had it a few weeks ago for my cheat meal and it was sumptuous! I would totally kill one to myself!
  • Costco Muffins! – I just got a Costco card a month ago and I can’t even indulge in their yummy jumbo sized Apple Streusel, Choco-Choco Chunk, or Poppy Seed muffins… this is madness! Can’t freakin’ WAIT!
  • Bagels and Cream Cheese – I miss marathon training solely for this reason…. bagels and cream cheese. When you’re training for a marathon you NEED all the carbs and salt you can think of! Endurance sports are where it’s at if you’re a foodie 🙂 “I just ran 13.1 miles…. why yes, don’t mind if I DO have a bagel… or two, and a muffin, hehe.”
  • Heavy Whipping Cream in my coffee – I have grown to enjoy my coffee black, but there’s something absolutely comforting about having heavy whipping cream in your drip coffee…. *le siiiiiiiigh*, miss it.  

Enough of food! I’m making myself hungry!

As for my post comp plans….. hmmmmmm:

  • Train for a Half Marathon – Derek mentioned that I was probably the happiest I have ever been training for Oktoberfest Half Marathon last year. I don’t think I’ve been an absolute piss off during Bikini Prep, but I definitely miss waking up knowing my workout is gonna be a looooong run, I can really meditate and clear my thoughts on a beautiful summer morning, and know that when I get home I can eat whatever I want and that carbs are highly recommended. I also want to stay really lean during the ‘off season’ if I decide I want to compete in Iron Man in October.

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  • Go Camping! – Last year Derek and I found a really gorgeous camp spot at Otter and Big Creek in Northbend by Taylor River. We went there for an amazing day hike and plan on going back for camping, more hiking, and s’mores of course! Maybe even bring a tube and go tubing on the river.  
  • Having BBQ’s! – HELL YEAH! My work shift is changing to 6:00am to 2:30pm so I’m gonna be soaking up the sun rays this summer, eating hella hot dogs, Lay’s Ruffles with the sour cream and onion dip, delectable medium rare sizzling steak, and margaritassss on the beach!
  • Spend time with friends – *Le siiiiiiiiigh* I feel like the ultimate loser on this one. I haven’t spent quality time with friends in a long, long, looooong time. Partially my fault, I KNOW I could be putting forth more effort. Between an inconvenient work shift of 11:00am to 7:30pm or later, training for my competition, dedicating weekends to meal prep, and not having a car…. it can be tough. I’m definitely take the time to kick it with the homies.

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  • Going to school – It’s actually my goal to get this one started WHILE prepping for my competition. Spring Quarter begins at the beginning of April and my competition isn’t until the end of April. My goal is to take my placement test and clean up my basic Math and English skills before beginning a 3 course schedule in the Fall. I’m ready for the next step baby!
  • Getting Sponsored – If I end up really enjoying this sport and perform well, I would love to pursue modeling opportunities and become sponsored to support my hobby. I’m obsessed with Quest, Optimum Nutrition, PB2 and would love to represent their products!

I have so many more goals, ambitions, and plans! I know that this year is gonna be jam packed with awesome opportunities, I can feel it. I can’t wait to step on stage knowing that I did my best, trained extremely hard, had the will power to keep going, and earned every Girl Scout cookie I will devour!

Here’s to an insane year!

~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*

2 Year Anniversary Twisp Vacation

2 Year Anniversary Twisp Vacation

I’ve been MIA for quite a few days! Derek and I went on a 4 day vacation up in the mountains to our friend’s cabin in Twisp for our 2 Year Anniversary, it was absolutely amazing. The views were breath taking and we were blessed with plenty of sparkling white snow as far as the eye could see.

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We are very fortunate to have great friends that would allow us to spend the weekend in their cabin, it was a beautiful home away from home. Fully equipped, an amazing fire place, awesome leather lounge chairs we spent most of Sunday in, haha, and their decor was bad ass too!

We left Friday morning around 10am, it was about a 2 hour drive there. We stopped in Leavenworth to go to Baren Hauss for their pizza….. CHEAT MEAL! Yeaaaahhh. It was absolutely delicious, carmelized onions, olives, sausage, Canadian bacon and mushrooms…. mmmmm. Super yummy, totally worth it. Guess what? We killed the whole 15 inch in one sitting! OOOOPS!

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It was dumping snow when we got to the little town Twisp, we actually had to get chains to get the lil’ Prius up the slick snowy hill! The first shop we stopped at tried ripping us off, charging us $120, AND reminding us they go on the front wheels…. really?! Duh guy! We went to the shop right next door and bought chains for $40, wheww! Trying to take advantage of us city folk.

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We made it up the hill, we honestly didn’t think we would make it up! As you can imagine, we didn’t come back down until today, we stayed nice and toasty inside by the fire drinking Port, mixed drinks, cuddling, and playing games. It was a nice little get away, relaxing, romantic, and time well spent.

I managed to stay pretty ‘healthy’ too. I worked out Friday morning before we left and Saturday morning at the cabin. Derek ran up and down the snowy hill at the cabin twice! 8 miles with an 1,400 foot elevation gain, what an impressive stud. I did a plyometric workout, TRX training, and jump roping. I took yesterday and today off, and we ate really well. Chicken and sweet potatoes Saturday night and spaghetti squash with lean ground turkey on Sunday night.

Here’s the Spaghetti Squash Recipe:

Ingredients:

-1 Squash
-Olive Oil
-Salt
-Lean Ground Turkey Jennie-O 97/3
-Cayenne
-Paprika
-Garlic & Pepper Salt

Directions:

-Split squash in half long ways, scoop out the seeds and place on baking pan with olive oil, bake at 350 degrees until insides are soft and you are able to spoon them out into a bowl. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes

-Cook ground turkey (1-2lbs) in sauce pan with spices – cayenne, paprika, garlic & pepper salt. Use as much as you need!

-Mix ground turkey and spaghetti squash into a bowl, add extra olive oil as needed.

ENJOY!

It was a really great weekend! I miss it already, I can’t wait to go back!

Here’s to the new week 🙂 Happy Monday ~

~Jess

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