Thursday, January 19, 2017

Moderation


Ever feel this way??!!! I LOOOOVE myself some nachos! Might be my favorite food EVER!! :) But I still work out and enjoy in MODERATION. That's the key isn't it?

Need help with that scary word "MODERATION??!" A year ago I sure did and totally changed the way I ate! Now I want to pay it forward! I run health and fitness challenge groups where you will get 100% support with your health and fitness goals! Maybe you need help with moderation...controlling cravings...meal planning..recipes....toning up.....losing weight...I would LOVE to help you!

I run groups every month and my next one starts January 30th! Let's chat about it!! Friend me on Facebook (link below) or send me an email at: cheerfully.fit.mama@gmail.com.

In the meantime, if you need a jump start, download my FREE 7 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan! Click on Meal Plans at the top of this page. I will be adding more soon!!! XOXO

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Orzo Soup - #yum!!!


The only answer to a cold, rainy day ?? SOUP! Sharing one of my favorite soup recipes from Damn Delicious today

 This was sooo yummy! I used chicken breast and random pasta vs orzo because it's all I had

From: Damn Delicious
http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/25/lemon-chicken-orzo-soup/



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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lunchtime Chicken Salad


Although I'd like to, I don't prep all of my meals ahead for the week. However, I do make sure my fridge is stocked with healthy, ready to eat small meals and snacks -- cut up fruit, cleaned/washed/cut veggies, hard boiled eggs....and this chicken salad!!

One rotisserie chicken makes about 5 hearty servings that will keep in the fridge for 5 days. You can store it in a big airtight container and dish it out when you want OR you can portion in out like in the pic above and have grab and go lunches all week long!!

Lunchtime Chicken Salad
Makes about 5 servings

Ingredients

1 rotiserrie chicken, skin removed, meat taken off and shredded/chopped
⅔ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (i like the Fage brand)
½ cup celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-2 scallions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste 


For Serving

- Chopped lettuce
- Cherry tomatoes
- Whole wheat pitas (cut in half)

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until combined well. 

2. To serve, scoop 1/2 cup of the chicken salad until a pita pocket, add lettuce and tomatoes and lunch is served!



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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats


Have you ever tried overnight oats?? They are the bomb.com...and I will admit, I am not even a huge oatmeal fan!! 2 minutes of prep before you go to bed and breakfast is served in the morning! Quick and easy!

There are tons of variations but since I love peanut butter...

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats


Ingredients


- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 rolled/old fashioned or steel cut oats (not the quick cooking kind)
- Banana, strawberries or berries for topping (optional)


Instructions


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar.
2. Cover bowl/jar tightly and refrigerate overnight (or 4-6 hours if you're in a hurry!)
3. Stir and top with fresh fruit, if you like! ENJOY!!



**You can also heat the oats for about 30 seconds in the microwave if you want a hot breakfast






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Easy Egg Cups



Here's an idea for a healthy breakfast or snack... whip up a batch whenever you want--they keep up to 5 days in the fridge! It's SO EASY and you can add whatever ingredients you like!

Egg Cups (makes 12)

Ingredients:

7 large eggs
1/4 cup of milk
Salt/pepper
Whatever "fillings" you like--red pepper, Canadian bacon, onion, tomatoes..cheese, etc.

Instructions:

1. Mix together eggs, milk, salt/pepper.
2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and fill half full.
3. Drop in a small handful of whatever chopped fillers you want (peppers, chopped tomatoes, chopped ham, etc), top with cheese and bake about 20 min on 375 or until set!!

** They keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days. Heat them up in the microwave for about 20 seconds and ENJOY!! :)






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3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes


Pancakes that are loaded with protein, that are low carb, easy and will fill you up for hours?? YES PLEASE!!!!

It doesn't get much easier than this, and I am telling you, these pancakes FILL YOU UP!!! The above picture shows ONE serving! Drizzle with a little honey or pure maple syrup and have some fruit on the side and you are setting yourself up for success all day long! Try it!!

Ingredients
(makes one serving but you can easily double, triple, etc!)

1 ripe banana (the riper the better!)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
Pinch of salt (optional)



Directions

1. In a medium bowl, mash banana well (i use a potato masher).

2. Add in eggs and and whisk together until a thin batter forms (it OK if there are a few lumps).

3. Spray a non stick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and cook pancakes until golden brown (about 2 minutes or less per side).

Cheers to a healthy breakfast!!



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Simple Noodle Pasta


Who wants a SUPER EASY meal that you can make in 10 minutes and only has three ingredients...AND...is HEALTHY??!! ME! It doesn't get much easier than this!!!

Ingredients
(makes one serving but you can easily double, triple, etc!)

1 spiralized zucchini
3/4 cup chicken apple sausage (i just used one link)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of your favorite marinara sauce (my FAVE is Gina Rispoli)
Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (optional)



Directions
1. Heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a non stick pan. Add sausage and cook until in has a little color (about 2-3 minutes).

2. Add zucchini noodles and marinara sauce, toss until noodles are coated with the sauce. Cook about 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through but the zucchini is NOT mushy!

3. Remove from heat and top with Parm and red pepper flakes if you like! DONE!


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