ALMOND CRUSTED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • Organic Chicken Tenders
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • Sliced Almonds Garlic
  • Sea salt and Pepper
  • Baking Sheet

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray baking sheet with Olive Oil spray.
  3. Spoon greek yogurt into a medium sized bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. On a clean flat surface (I like to use a cutting board) evenly spread sliced almonds.
  5. Dip chicken into greek yogurt and roll in almonds.
  6. Place onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

2 servings

 

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RAINY SATURDAY MORNINGS:)

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{ means comfort food done right }

•pancakes (1 banana, 1 egg, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp baking powder-recipe under “Paleo Almond Butter Pancakes” I omitted the AB)
•2 applegate naturals breakfast sausage
• 2 tbs pure maple syrup

TOO SORE, TOO TIRED, AND TOO DRAINED?

I’m not going to lie, I am one of the rare breed of people who hears their alarm and jumps out of bed. However, I do have those days when faced with another hour of sleep or the treadmill, all I want to do is roll back over. Considering I prefer am workouts, there are some mornings every muscle on my body aches and I ask myself how do you know when you’re too sore, tired, and drained to workout? And when do you know to be suck it up, lace up, and go? So I did some research.

Unless your muscles are throbbing or you completed a long, strenuous physical activity in day before, man up. Being sore is part of exercising and is a sign that the body is adapting and changing, which for many of us is the motivating factor behind the hours we slave in the gym. Studies indicate that moderate exercise actually aids in recovery by increasing blood flow, releasing endorphins which eases pain, and keeps us on track!!

I have always advocated rest days to friends and now clients. However, I find myself struggling to take them myself. I think this is partly due to the fact that exercise is my anti-anxiety drug and therapy session. To put it bluntly, it keeps me sane. I am always doing ten things at once and on days that I don’t exercise, I find myself anxious and overwhelmed. HOWEVER, it is important to know your body and to be able to determine when enough is enough. Self-discipline and self-will won’t help you when overtraining leads to injury. On rest days, take a walk or bike ride. Get those muscles warm and keep moving!!!

Happy Monday!! Have a happy, healthy week!!

MONDAY

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Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week (followed by Sundays in the fall of course…football, sunday dinner, walks). They promise forgiveness and a fresh start. They give us another chance to do more and be better. They often force us to step out of comfort zones and begin a new chapter. This week I am striving to stay close to whatever brings me the most happiness and letting go everything else. I for one needed some change in my exercise routine and diet.No matter how fit we are, every so often we need reminders of how good our body’s are at adapting. If we don’t switch up our routines, we not only see no progress, but we lose that rush. I’m extremely motived and anxious to see my body change. Never put a limit on your goals.

GREEK YOGURT PUMPKIN SHAKE

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Just in time for fall!!! This shake is nutrient packed with 18g of protein and just 200-220 calories!!!

Mix the following ingredients in a blender until they form a smooth consistency:

Ingredients:
-4oz plain greek yogurt
-1 small frozen banana
-1/4 cup purred 100% pumpkin
-1/2 cup vanilla almond/soy milk
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp of ginger
-2 ice cubes

Optional- Add 2 tbs of light Cool Whip and sprinkle some extra cinnamon (fat burner). Enjoy!!!

Serving: 1