Food

Food prep practice!

I have been over-worked lately! I will be off the next few days so I have so many things to share with you guys. First off , I have not started training yet. Geez, I really dislike putting excuses up.

                                                                                                                            I AGREE! I gotta do this!!

But I have been flying 6 days straight 1 off and just haven’t had any energy to workout. On the few days I’ve had off I just want to relax. So yeah, maybe I do need to put more effort and just hit the gym even if I fall asleep on the machines.

I was able to at least prepare competition prep food for 4 days away. I took a few pics of what I cooked and how I put it all in my lunch bag.

So it went well. It was like a little practice test for me. I think I will be okay as long as i plan ahead. Cooking and organizing the food for a weeks worth will definitely make it so much easier.

News to share: The BF and I will be moving into a new place. I’m super excited! I will be posting pics of the new place (needs lots of work). But It will be our new project. Looking forward to sharing the improvements as we go along. Once my kitchen comes together I will be doing videos of healthy recipes and competition food prep. Can’t wait!!

ANYTHING YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT LATELY?

 

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Mrs.Dash, my new best friend

For those of you who are trying to watch your sodium intake, Mrs. Dash’s Salt Free Seasoning mixes are all gluten-free. I made meals for 4 days worth this week (for a four-day trip I just got back from). The only seasoning i used was Mrs. Dash Original Blend. I found this at BJ’s 3x the size of the regular size ones you find at the stores for about the same price. I will have to try the other blends but this was defineatly a great salt substitute. Gave the white fish amazing flavor. This salt-fee seasoning will be the only seasoning I will use during prep a long with other fresh herbs. No more salt for me (Kosher, sea salt, table salt).

What’s your favorite salt free seasoning?

My take on Chipotle Mexican Grill’s adobo chicken bowl:

My Healthy take on Chipotle’s Chicken bowl.

Ingredients for Chicken marinade:

4 Chicken breast (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoon Chile in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix ingredients evenly and marinade overnight or at least 2 hours before cooking.

Brush a bit of olive oil on indoor grill and heat up grill on High for 5 minutes. Then add chicken breast and after 2 minutes lower temperature to Medium. Cook for 4 minutes on each side.

Then remove whole chicken breast and slice. Then cook for 1 more minute. Then remove and cut into cubes.

The BF’s plate and Modelo especial beer.

Serve grilled chicken with lettuce,Monterrey jack cheese,and guacamole over brown rice and black beans. Can also make chicken tacos!

ENJOY!

Almond Butter and Strawberry Spread

Nothing beats a Peanut butter and jelly sandwich right? WRONG!

Almond butter has become our favorite nut butter. Well, that’s a bit unfair for me to say this since all we’ve tried so far has been the always popular peanut butter and for the last 4 months Almond butter. Keeping in mind how healthy and nutritious both butters are. When you consume whole almond or in butter form you get vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus.

Almonds are a good fiber source and also contain protein. Because of their high monounsaturated fat content, almonds are considered a healthy food choice. So how can something so nutritious get better?! ADD flax seeds!  That’s what Trader Joe’s did with this bad boy in the above pic.

We got it, and it’s ok. Needed some getting used to the texture of the flax seeds which added more crunch to the already crunchy almond butter.  The butter alone is a no go for me. But once you put it together with jelly is a “OOh yea”. But wait, not just any jelly , we talking Crofter’s Organic Premium Spread. It’s the BF’s favorite spread ever!

Perfect Pre workout snack! 🙂

Talking about Crofter’s amazing spreads, I was sent 2 coupons to try an even healthier option. Their new line, Crofter’s Organic Superfruit. I need to hurry and go Shopping and try them!!

KEEP POSTED FOR MANY PRODUCT REVIEWS COMING UP!

My view from my 2nd home!

This was my view 3 days ago when I headed down to West Palm beach, Florida from NYC. The photo doesn’t do justice to how beautiful the clouds looked. A very peaceful sight. Went down to West palm to spend a quick 2 days with some of my favorite people, BF’s sisters and nephews and niece.

Inflight Meal. A simple yet yummy chicken salad.

On my way back, Beautiful sunset. Simply amazing!

Roasted sweet potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

6-8 medium sized sweet potatoes

1 red pepper, sliced

1 small onion sliced

1 tbsp. brown sugar ( I did’nt have any this time)

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. roasted red pepper flakes and garlic

2 oz. butter unsalted

2 tbsp. olive oil,

2 tbsp thyme

1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Recipe: Peel and slice the sweet potatoes to approximately 1/3-inch thick slices. Put them in a mixing bowl and toss them with the rest of the ingredients until they are evenly seasoned.

Arrange the sweet potatoes on a baking tray over parchment paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 375 F for about 25 minutes or until they are soft to touch but not mushy.

Enjoy with sautee ground turkey and salad.

What’s your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes?