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Green Chef Recipe Kit at Your Service

Green Chef Recipe Kit at Your Service

Green Chef I have to admit, I turned my nose up at the idea of Green Chef, and all of the similar services.  I really enjoy every part of cooking, well except cleaning.  But the point is, the fact that everything is portioned for you, […]

Barnola Granola

Barnola Granola

Whenever I learn of someone or something being associated with my dads home country, Antigua & Barbuda, I am instantly intrigued.  A few months ago my sister told me about Barnola, a great granola company.  Barnola is a love note to Aisha Thompson’s childhood.  The Antiguan […]

Foodie Engineer – Week 2 Let’s Try Again

Foodie Engineer – Week 2 Let’s Try Again

I have to say everything didn’t come together this week.  I was able to do well with food, because I had all of the meals planned but the workouts were lacking.  But I will get back to it this week.
This week:
Breakfast
Egg scramble with spinach and sweet potatoes
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Banana pancakes with bacon (agave nectar)

Snacks

Protein and carb combos like, BLT, salad with chicken, apples and almond butter, celery and almond butter

Lunch and Dinner
Spiralized zucchini with kale pesto and chicken
 basil, black bean burger, eggs, kale pesto, meal prep, scramble, spiralize, sweet potatoes
3 Large zucchini’s spiralized and sautéed in 1 tsp of olive oil salt and pepper
Pesto:
In a blender add 2 handfulls of clean chopped kale, a bunch of basil, 6 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of pine nuts (or any type of nuts) 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, teaspoon of lemon juice.  Start the blender and drizzle olive oil until you get a pesto consistency.  Mix 2 table spoons of the pesto with the zucchini noodles and enjoy.
Chicken Pesto wrap and salad

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Find a low calorie wrap, and mix pesto with cooked chicken breast
Black bean burger with sweet potatoes and kale
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Mix a can of mashed black beans, with 1/2 a cup of bread crumbs, 1 egg, a minced clove of garlic, and finely diced red onion, teaspoon of pepper, teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Cook until browned on both sides.

See you later for meal prep and weigh in (bi-weekly) solo pictures are tough as the photographer and model.

Week 1 Photos

Week 1 Photos

Week 1 of the health reset is beginning.  It is so important to take photos so that you can motivate yourself of the progress.  I am not bold enough to show you where I am starting on the scale, but I will share how my […]

Meal Prep Week 1 Let’s Get It Started

Meal Prep Week 1 Let’s Get It Started

Time to do the shopping for the first week of our transformation.  The goal is to have a balanced meal of a protein and healthy carbohydrate.  Wish me luck, and join me if you can.  Remember to leave comments and feel free to share with […]

Let’s Get Started

Let’s Get Started

I am getting that nervous excitement you get when you know something awesome is about to happen but uncertainty still lies deep.  As I mentioned in the previous post, I will be chronicling a health reset as I begin to focus on the quality of the food I eat and get back into moving more than from the couch and reaching for the remote.

I am a planner, and therefore if I don’t plan, I don’t move.  So I put together a plan for how I will share the progress and information.  If you think you need to make a change, let’s change together, and if you don’t think you are ready, well, in the famous words of the great philosopher Bruno Mars “Don’t believe me, just watch”.

Here is the plan:

  • Friday – Finalize and share recipes and grocery list
  • Saturday – Cook
  • Sunday – Weigh in, photo progress, and work out plan for the week
See that focus
See that focus?
  • Monday- Cardio
  • Tuesday – HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training)
  • Wednesday – Cardio
  • Thursday – HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training)
  • Friday – HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training)
  • Saturday – Cardio
  • Sunday – Rest

My commitment to myself is to remain focused, but not beat myself up or give up when a workout is missed or a poor food choice is made.  The next post will begin this new journey.

And so it begins….

Let’s Plan It (Meal Planning)

Let’s Plan It (Meal Planning)

After some indulgence, I mean seriously just eating without much thought, it is time to reel it in.  I know that some of you can relate.  You start celebrating wins, and eating through losses, and the next thing you know you are at the store […]

Healthy Jump Start (Day 10)

Healthy Jump Start (Day 10)

There is nothing like completions and achievement.  I have successfully completed the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse again.  I decided not to make it about the scale, and completely about jump starting back into my healthy eating focus.  When I say healthy eating, I mean that […]

Healthy Jump Start Day 5

Healthy Jump Start Day 5

Day 5 is complete and Day 6 begins.  I started the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse this week and I am feeling so much better each day.  The cravings for fatty food have gone away and I am completely focused and actually looking forward to cooking and eating some healthy meals.  If you want to lean more about the Green Smoothie Cleanse, you can visit the Facebook page where the author and nutritionist, JJ Smith shares great tips to stay on track as well as inspiring stories to keep you encouraged.

My day 4 consisted of a smoothie with kale, spinach, apples, frozen peaches, frozen mixed berries, stevia, and flax meal.  Snacking on salad, and almonds and apples with almond butter.

Day 5 consisted of spinach, frozen peaches, seedles grapes, blueberries, stevia, and flax meal.  Snacking on salad, and almonds and apples with almond butter.

Grilled vegetables
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The coming blog posts will focus on meal planning, but still enjoying the food.  No plain chicken breast, broccoli, and brown rice.  I think that as long as I enjoy the process and plan ahead I will be in great shape… literally.  So be prepared for some great breakfast options, and snack ideas to add to your food options.