Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cherry-banana Oatmeal Bowl

i've been on an oatmeal kick lately. since i've been running a lot more, i am trying to increase my carb intake. it's just too hard to run on a low-carb lifestyle. i like making my own oatmeal because i know exactly what's in it.

Cherry-banana Oatmeal Bowl
Recipe by: Miss Noggin Head

-1 cup prepared old fashioned oats
-handful dried cherries
-handful walnuts (i use organic nuts)
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 small banana sliced
-drop of vanilla extract or honey (optional)

1. Prepare your oats- if it is too dry, i like to add a splash of milk
2. Mix in cinnamon and stir (also your vanilla and honey if you want)
3. Lay sliced banana, cherries, and walnuts on top
4. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Meal Prep and a Recipe

i can't stress enough how important it is so plan our your meals for the days. especially if you are at work for long hours. luckily i cannot easily leave work to get fast food and the people i work with don't go out to lunch on lunch breaks. i usually like to make enough dinner to bring leftovers to lunch. lately, i've been bringing breakfast to work so that i stay more full until i get to eat a snack. anyways, here is just an example of my food from breakfast until after work (about 4PM).

  • On the right you see my protein smoothie breakfast
  • A taco salad made with leftover taco meat from the night before
  • Bag of blueberries to add to my plain (ick) greek yogurt
  • Bag of almonds
  • A sliced apples and almond butter
i remember many years ago not packing enough food or grabbing disgusting prepackaged meals/snacks at the convenience story on the way to work. if you don't pack enough healthy food, you will eat the nutterbutters in the break room.
now for a recipe. i like to make up concoctions while i'm in the shower or while im thinking on the treadmill at the gym. i hate chicken but i think of creative ways to spice it up because i know how good it is for you.
Cashew-Chicken Stir-Fry (Recipe by Me)
-pack of thin chicken strips
-garlic powder
-ginger powder
-low sodium, organic soy sauce
-whole cashews (unsalted)
-pack of frozen veggies (mine has broccoli, mushrooms, and onions)
1. Spray non-stick skillet so chicken doesn't stick. Sprinkle ginger and garlic powders on each side of the chicken. Brown chicken about 4-5 minutes on both sides, put on plate and cut up. Set aside
2. As chicken is cooking, heat up frozen veggies in another skillet sprayed with olive oil spray (i use it a lot so i get organic spray). This usually takes about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add some soy sauce half way through and stir. I try not to add a lot.
3. Chop up cashews either in a plastic bag and a mallet/hammer (lol) or chop up in food processor/magic bullet
4. When veggies are cooked, add chicken, cashews, and some more soy sauce to veggie skillet and stir
5. enjoy :)