healthy eating

Warm up this fall with this easy and healthy turkey chili recipe

I’m not the greatest cook.

Well, that’s not totally true; my meals turn out pretty tasty sometimes. It’s more that I’m a lazy cook. If something is going to take more than 10 minutes to prep and more than 30 minutes to cook for dinner, I usually end up reaching for a bowl of cereal instead. Not the most healthy nor Instagrammable of a meal choice for a fitness blogger and personal trainer, but hey — I’m human, too.

When all my other girlfriends would show up at parties and get-togethers with delicate little homemade creations (cantaloupe lollipops with prosciutto, anyone?), I’m that girl who arrives with a Dr.Oekter frozen spinach pizza in one hand and bag of pretzels in the other. Sometimes I just don’t feel like I have the time — or want to spend the time — on meal preparation. (more…)

Calorie counting: Is it really necessary for weight loss?

Homemade Pad Thai - about 350 calories.

Homemade Pad Thai – about 350 calories.

Want to know something kind of disturbing?

I can correctly guess the amount of calories in home-prepared meals and food items (like a banana, egg, chicken breast, slice of bread, cup of ice cream, etc.) with an accuracy rate of about 90%. (I made up that stat. But it’s probably close to that).

I find my calorie-counting abilities disturbing for two reasons: One, because I’m not a dietitian and I don’t really need to know what’s in everything, and two, because for some reason I’ve retained that kind of information yet can barely recall anything I learned in Math 11. (more…)

Recipe: Vegan black bean and yam veggie burgers

veggiebrgersThese are seriously amazing.

I’ve tried several homemade veggie burger recipes over the years, and most patties have either required too much effort to make, ended up tasting like cardboard or just fall apart in the bun.

Aside from some day-in-advance prep, these black bean and yam veggie burgers not only stick together, but also are super easy to make. I made a variation using this wonderful recipe from Treble in the Kitchen. I doubled the ingredients as I wanted to make a bigger batch to freeze, added more yams and also added in zucchini and carrots to up the vegetable quota. (more…)

Fueling for running (and strength training): What I eat pretty much every day

photo 2(3)I’m not an expert in nutrition. I’m not an expert in running, either. And it’ll be a lonnnnnng time before I can call myself a “specialist” in anything. (I’m taking my certified strength and conditioning specialist exam in May, but in my opinion, that designation won’t mean much until I have years of experience behind me.)

That said, I generally know what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my endurance and strength training, and what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my body so it can function on a day-to-day basis. Of course, this all fits under the umbrella of preference–I’m not going to eat anything I don’t like. Luckily, there are a lot of healthy and nutrient-dense foods I DO like (and that other people probably think taste like grass clippings).

Rather than me going on about the best foods and meal plans for runners (or for people who just generally want to eat healthy), here’s a peek inside my pantry and a look at what I eat pretty much every day (because that’s way more fun, right?) (more…)

Day 4 of eating clean

Grilled basil and pepper chicken salad for lunch on day 1!

Grilled basil and pepper chicken salad for lunch on day 1!

Well, I made it through the weekend without any wine, coffee or chocolate. Success! I did cave and had a piece of dark chocolate tonight, and had some Shakeology as a snack today (I guess you can’t have it because it has natural chocolate flavour in it, and stevia). Three days is enough without chocolate. I decided you only live once, why not enjoy the things you love? In moderation, of course. As long as the other 95% of my day is whole foods, I figure that’s better than nothing.

Alcohol, added sugar and wheat are not going back on the menu, however. I can live without those for 21 days. I had a pretty bad caffeine-withdrawal headache yesterday, but I feel fine today. I’m probably going to add coffee back in a few days and keep it to one cup in the morning, instead of the six cups I used to drink throughout the day. I’ve been sleeping better so far this week, not sure if that has anything to do with it. (more…)

Super healthy chocolate zucchini protein muffins

Super healthy chocolate zucchini protein muffins!

I’m on day two of my mostly-eat-whole-unprocessed-and-nutritious-foods-like-a-human-should regimen and almost broke into a Terry’s Chocolate Orange because I was craving chocolate so bad today. This doesn’t bode well for the other 363 days of 2013 still to come.

So I made something chocolatey out of whatever I had in my kitchen. I just threw all of these ingredients into a bowl without measuring, so this recipe may need some tweaking. But whatever muffin-like creation I pulled out of the oven after baking them for 15 minutes (I think?? I bake by the toothpick test 🙂 ) at 350 degrees tasted pretty darned good for something with no added fat, sugar or wheat. (more…)

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