In The Kitchen III

In The Kitchen III

Hi Peaches!

It’s that time again. Here are my latest kitchen adventures!

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, Ecclesiastes 2:24

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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I am so into energy bites lately. These are easy and delicious. This recipe didn’t say to put them in the freezer like the cinnamon vanilla bites but I did freeze them for thirty minutes. I find that keeps them from sticking together.

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats

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So easy. So delicious. And healthy too!

Hodgepodge Overnight Oats

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Sunday night I was out of many things that I usually have for breakfast so I just threw together the ingredients that I did have for a hodgepodge bowl of overnight oats Monday morning.

  • 1/4c rolled oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbs coconut chips

Stir together oats, chia seeds, and almond milk then top with flaxseed and coconut. I threw two strawberries in there too. Set in the fridge overnight. Wake up, enjoy!

Lunch

Eggs, Avocado, and Spinach with Sea Salt

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Eggs are just as fast as making a sandwich and are super satisfying. Avocado needs no explanation. Avocado. 🙂 But speaking of, I almost always cook in avocado oil now. It has a high smoke point like coconut oil but doesn’t add any flavor to the food. I love the flavor of coconut but Jason doesn’t so avocado oil is a better choice when cooking for the both of us.

Egg and Cheese Wrap

2 scrambled eggs (in a little avocado oil, 1 slice cheddar cheese, 1 Tbs sour cream. Wrap it up!

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If you are a mom of a toddler and haven’t tried Instacart, you must! It is a gift from God to moms! I use Instacart to shop at Aldi. Patricia is usually my shopper and is amazing. I ordered gluten free wraps but they were out so Patricia sent pictures of all the different kinds they did have so that I could see if there was one I wanted instead! I chose these multi-grain flax wraps and thought they were fab.

Moms….you know I have no sponsors on this blog so this is from the heart. INSTACART.

Dinner

Parmesan Chicken Bites 

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If you have picky eaters, these are sure to please.

Roasted Chicken

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I love making roasted chicken. Not only is it part of a healthy meal that the whole family enjoys, but it makes the house smell good. Haha!

I don’t follow a recipe when I roast chicken and I almost always do it a little different each time. For this one, I just made sure that the chicken was dry after removing the giblets and placed it in a seasoned cast iron skillet with sliced onion. Then I brushed it with avocado oil, seasoned with sea salt and pepper, and roasted at 450 degrees for 1 hour. Roast a 4-5 lb chicken for 50-60 minutes.

ONE POT Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet 

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Jason was out of town for a couple days last week and for some reason, his going out of town means pasta for me. Haha! I think it’s because he doesn’t like a bunch of ingredients in his food (meat and potatoes kinda guy) and I am the exact opposite; Load it up! So when he is out of town, I ingredient until my little heart’s content.

Anyway, this pasta was delicious. I opted for a vegetarian version and just added a little extra onion and cheese. Yum!

SWEETS

No Bake Oatmeal Bars

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…Don’t judge me on my drizzling skills. Next time I will not use a spoon. Haha! Newbie baker over here. I would have just spread the chocolate all over the top but I wanted you to see the oatmeal under there. Oh well.

They may not look it but these no-bake oatmeal bars are SO GOOD. I like to take time out around two or three to enjoy something indulgent and these were seriously like a little afternoon vacation. I will definitely be making these again!

CoffeeMate Natural Bliss Cold Brew

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If you caught my “diet plan” (comical), you know I have what I call a “fancy” drink each day. This can be a frilly coffee drink, hot chocolate, glass of wine, whatever. My favorite drink for the past few months has been the almond milk latte from Dunkin Donuts. The only problem with this is that it’s a whopping $5.40! Don’t judge me!

I had been seeing ads for the Natural Bliss Cold Brew and finally found it at Walmart. The bottle has six servings and is $4.80….. I switched.

But not only is it MUCH cheaper than the drive-thru coffee, the ingredients are all natural and most importantly it is really tasty. I find it perfect for a little boost of caffeine and yumminess during my day.

Yum. 🙂 It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

Question:

What is something little that brings you joy? 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

Hi Peaches!

The holidays are here! This is no doubt my absolute favorite time of the year. I love crisp weather, sweaters and boots, shopping, Christmas decor, and enjoying time with family and friends. BUT along with enjoying time with family and friends comes loads of food. And not just any food, food on steroids. Everywhere you look there is creamy casseroles, sweet potatoes with extra sweetness, and cookies, cakes, and candies as far as the eye can see.

Now, by the title you may think that I am going to encourage you not to indulge in these things during your holiday but to try to stick to your guns and forgo the goodies. No way. If you WANT to indulge by all means indulge!!! I just have a few tips for those of us that want to stay the course this holiday or just do not want to fall off the wagon completely. So if you are in one of those categories, stay tuned for my 5 tips to ensuring you still fit into your pants come New Years.

My 5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

1) Stand Firm!

I’ll go ahead and get the tough love out of the way first.

NEWSFLASH! Heres how many people care about you being in shape besides yourself……  0

You can’t count on anyone else to lose your weight for you. You have to do it YOURSELF. And yourself is the one who is going to stay on track during the holidays. Do not expect anyone to accommodate you. If they do it’s a bonus, but most likely you will be faced with food pushed in your face and have to answer 1000 questions as to why you are not eating one of every dessert. Know this, expect this, prepare to stand firm. Explain that you have a certain goal and that you are going to meet it. Do not act like you are unhappy that you cannot indulge, this only invites more food pushing. Just be polite and stand firm. You are not the only one at the party, the food will get eaten. And remember, it’s one thing if you WANT to indulge, but don’t be guilted into eating something you don’t want to.

2) Plan Your Indulgence

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If you do want to indulge a bit, decide in advance what that will be. Maybe you just want one plate of food with one dessert instead of taking five trips to fill up your plate and then spending the rest of the afternoon picking at the dessert table. Know how you will indulge and then stick to that. I like to have coffee after my meal as kind of a “sign off”. Just a little something to tell myself I am done eating. If you don’t like coffee, try tea or a mint.

3) Pack Some Extra Snacks

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If your family gatherings are anything like mine, they last a whole lot longer than just lunch or dinner. If you are spending more than just a few hours somewhere it’s a good idea to pack some healthy snacks so that you don’t get stuck being hungry with only decadent foods around. I like to pack Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and nuts.

4) Where Your Skinny Jeans

Or something that will show off your extended belly if you give into gorging yourself. If you are wearing a fitted shirt, you will think a lot more about how much you are eating simply because it will show! If you are wearing jeans and eat too much, you will know! Those things get tight! Nothing says “overindulged” like having to unbutton your pants. Oops.

5) Relax

This tip is for those of us who are on a role with weight loss. When you have been doing so good and actually making headway, it can be stressful to think about being faced with a lot of tempting foods and people pushing those tempting foods on you as well! Try to relax. If you stress yourself out about it all before even going to the gathering, I can tell you from experience you will just give in to the overwhelm and eat everything you see when you are actually there. Don’t stress, get a game plan before you go, do your best, and focus on the true meaning of the holidays. Faith, giving, family, and friends.

*Bonus Tip- If You End Up Having More Calories Than Planned, Use Them To Your Advantage!

If you end up having a little more fun than you thought you would, no problem! Use the calories to grow your lagging muscle group. Muscle needs a calorie surplus to grow so the day after indulging is the best time to workout with heavy weights! Looking to perk up a sagging booty? Do squats with heavy weights the day after your Thanksgiving feast.

So there you go! If you WANT to stay on track this holiday season, I hope you find these tips helpful (I feel that I need to keep emphasizing “want” because I by no means think that indulging is a bad thing!)

Have a wonderful, warm, and blessed holiday season everyone. 🙂

Questions:

Do you try to stay on track with diet and exercise over the holidays?

If so, what are some ways that you keep from overindulging?