To Make Chicken Quinoa Bowls

 

     Hi guys! I thought it would be fun to share a recipe that requires a bit of meal prep and lasts all week. I eat lunch at home everyday, even during the work week, so I like to have a couple of different meal options at the ready. While the meal prep for this dish is easy, there are a couple of things you need ready before assembling your bowl!

         All of the ingredients are chopped and cooked beforehand, which makes it very easy to combine and serve!

Ingredients: serves 4

- 4 cups of shredded chicken

- 4 cups of cooked quinoa

- 2 roasted red peppers, sliced and diced (see how to roast 'em here!)

- 1 chopped jalapeno

- 1/2 a red onion, diced

- 1/2 cup of mayo

Directions:

Step one - Cook your jalapenos and onions in a medium skillet on medium high heat until softened. Add in chicken to warm, and then remove from heat.

Step two - Combine all ingredients, except quinoa, in a mixing bowl, and stir in the mayo.

Step three - Dish some quinoa into your bowls, and top with chicken mixture. Enjoy!

To Make a Smoothie Bowl

 

     Hey there! I love the look of this smoothie bowl! They are fun to look at and fun to make. Visually pleasing things always get a thumbs up in my book! I had actually never made one before this, but I figured it's no different than making an actual smoothie. Choosing the toppings was interesting too. I basically just threw in what I had in the pantry, and the risk paid off! I was surprised to like the pistachios with the strawberry and banana flavors. That's the actual smoothie part. I loved having the freedom to top it off how I wanted, and it felt a lot like going to a froyo place! This bowl makes the perfect breakfast for those sunny spring mornings. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 7 or 8 strawberries, chopped

- one frozen banana, sliced

- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

- 1 cup of almond milk

- whatever toppings you like! I used granola and pistachios, more chia seeds, strawberries, and sliced bananas.

Directions:

Step one - Blend everything but your toppings until smooth. Pour into your bowl of choice, and have fun with toppings!

To Eat Clean

 

     Hey there! I've been contemplating a clean eating post for awhile, mostly because I always find those types of posts inspiring for my own clean eating agenda. For me, my experience with clean eating really started when I did my first Whole30. Doing a program like that is great way to force yourself into eating clean because you don't have the option to eat anything but. However, the Whole30 is slightly extreme and doesn't necessarily represent truly eating clean to me. Clean eating is about eating a fresh and un-processed diet. It's more of a lifestyle choice, in that it's fluid. You don't have to restrict yourself, like with the Whole30. A meal can still be healthy if there is a slice of cheese in it, which is forbidden in Whole30, as long as the components of that meal have great nutritional value.

     Post Whole30, it was a relief to just focus on eating clean. I love cooking, and that is a big part of clean eating. The more you cook for yourself, the less you go out to eat and in turn eat less heavily processed foods. Also, once I became a mother, I really threw myself into cooking, because I wanted to be able to make good meals for Bailey, just like my mom had. Of course, I still eat out maybe once a week, but it's never at a fast food place and at worst I have a delicious burger, which there is still nutritional value in. I haven't eaten McDonald's in over two years. That was a big part of my transition into adulthood, I had to learn to value what I eat more.

Here are some tips to help you get started on your own clean eating adventure:

  • Start off by hitting the grocery store! I always begin in the produce section and work my way around, ending with the middle aisles.
  • Remember, you don't have to give up everything you love eating. Just eat less of the bad things and more of the good things!
  • Know the facts on your personal nutrition, like what vitamins and nutrients can help you if you're stressed or bloated. Knowing that healthy foods can make you feel better is big motivation.
  • When eating out, make a decision ahead of time on if you are going to indulge. You'll feel less pressure to choose quickly.
  • Check out Pinterest if you are in need of a way to make veggies more appealing. There are endless ways to cook them and cater them to your own taste.
  • Plan out your meals for the week ahead of time. It's easier to eat healthy if you aren't randomly choosing a meal.