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Ahhh Turkey Day…

My second favorite holiday. Only second to 4th of July- solely based on season. A holiday surrounding eating and chilling is my kind of holiday. Not to mention it’s dedication to pausing the craziness for a second and just saying ‘hey– life doesn’t suck so bad.’ I certainly have a lot to be thankful for, but that’s a post for another day.

Today I just want to say thanks to a website called Healthful Pursuit for sharing this recipe. I tried some last week because I had all the ingredients, and it was AWESOME. She listed this as a breakfast, but I plan on decreasing some sweetness and making it for the fam as a side dish on Turkey Day.

From Healthful Pursuit.com

Here’s the link!

I plan on leaving out the maple syrup to make this a savory side dish.

Oh and PS- HIDE YA KIDS HIDE YA WIVES….

Just Kidding… Bring them to the THROWDOWN!

If you’re in the Boston Area, my gym is holding it’s 4th annual TURKEY THROWDOWN. It will be a Fitcorp-wide bootcamp held at my center; anyone and everyone is welcome!

Location: 125 Summer St, Boston, MA

Day/Time: Wednesday November 20th, 6:30-7:30am

Cost: You must have a fan-freakin-tastic time otherwise you owe us $5049 dollars.  I kid. It’s free.

Please call 617-261-4855 to sign up!

There are 3 things I will never understand in this world:

1. Why people bring bikes on the T

2. Why Say Yes to the Dress makes me cry (legit every time)

3. Why people still eat bagels and Frosted Flakes for breakfast.

Less carbs, more protein. End of story. Now this list is nothing revolutionary, but sometimes it’s just good to have a list of easy foods to refer to every now and again. And yes.. I know that some of these breakfasts have some carbs; but hey… it’s better than bagels and Frosted Flakes. Happy Friday!

1. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

2 Tbsp PB, 1 Banana, 6oz cup vanilla or plain low fat yogurt, ½ cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 4 ice cubes

appx 390 calories, 16g of protein

2. Strawberry Banana Smoothie (with greens)

4-5 strawberries, 1 Banana, 6oz cup vanilla low fat Greek yogurt, ½ cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 4 ice cubes, ¾ cup spinach – you can’t taste it I promise!

Appx 260 calories, 18g of protein

3. Chopped Apple+ Walnut Quinoa (1 cup)

Made with milk and seasonings of your choice

Appx 450 calories, 15g of protein

4. Regular Instant Oatmeal (Added Protein -1 cup)

Made with almond milk and 2 tbsp of PB or 1 scoop protein powder

Appx 450- 570 calories, 18g- 34g of protein

5. Greek Yogurt Parfait

1 6oz cup (plain), fresh fruit of your choice, sprinkled ½c KIND granola and cinnamon

Appx 215 calories, 23g of protein

6. Two salt free whole grain brown rice cakes

Top with 2tbsp almond butter and sliced ½ banana

Appx 300 calories, 12g of protein

7. 3 egg whites, 2 whole eggs + Salsa

Scrambled with Veggies of your choice

Appx 250 calories 23g of protein

8. Breakfast Pizza

Whole wheat English (Thomas light) muffin topped with 2tbsp low fat ricotta or mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and lightly drizzled oil

Appx 370 calories, 11g of protein

9. Breakfast Burrito

4 Egg whites, salsa to taste, 1tbsp low fat sour cream, guacamole (optional), wrapped in an 100 calorie flax wrap

Appx 330 cal, appx 22g of protein

Enjoy!

-L

Hey All,

I figured I’d wrap up this week with a short list of ways to spice up this common snack. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that greek yogurt is all the rage as it is packed with protein, calcium, iodine, and gut-healthy bacteria.

My only gripe is that once you get away from the plain variety, you start getting into additives and excess sugar. For example, some Chobani flavors have up to 20 grams per serving! So I’ve come up with some better ways to mix up plain greek yogurt without all the crap.

1) “Sugar” and Spice

Add a dash of cinnamon and a dash of preferred sweet stuff (I’m a Stevia in the Raw fan).

2) Peanut butter and Banana

Self explanatory. All natural peanut butter is better for this because it’s much less solid that non-natural, so it mixes well.

3) Fruit and granola

Pick your favorite berries or other fruit and sprinkle on some granola. Fresh fruit is wayyy better than the fake stuff they put on the bottom. Be careful with your granola choice. Choose an all natural low sugar variety with the least amount of ingredients. I like KIND granola.

4) Coffee

Mix in a teaspoon of instant coffee. Depending on the brand, you may have to ‘melt’ it in a teaspoon of water before mixing it with yogurt to make sure it’s not granular.

5) Chocolate (protein!)

Mix in your favorite chocolate protein powder, or chocolate instant pudding does the trick too.

6) Mocha

Combine 4+5

7) “Reeses”

Combine 2+5. Banana optional 🙂

8) Chia seeds or Nuts

Steve suggested chia seeds; I’ve actually never tried it. Almonds, walnuts etc are delicious also.

9) “Pumpkin Pie”

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin. And I’m loving it. Stir in a tablespoon of organic pumpkin puree, sweetener of choice, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg).

10) Veggie Dip

You can mix in a packet of dry ranch seasoning (or the likes) to make a healthier veggie dip!

Have a great weekend!

Enjoy,

-L

Length: 61 minutes

1. Alive- Kid Cudi

2. Apologize- Timbaland

3. American Girl- Tom Petty

4. Ants Marching- DMB

5. Ayo Technology- 50 cent

6. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson

7. Bouncin’ Back- Mystikal

8. Brown Eyed girl- Everclear

9. Brazil- The Venga Boys

10. Catch my Disease- Ben Lee

11. Dirt Off Your Shoulder- Jay-Z

12. Feelin’ This- Blink 182

13. Jesus Walks- Kanye West

14. Kiss Kiss- Chris Brown

15. (Another Song) All over again- Justin Timberlake

So I made actual lettuce wraps a few weeks ago with a friend but made way too much filling. I obviously didn’t want to throw it away so I kept it and realized it was delicious as-is and a little more portable than having the actual lettuce wraps. Super easy, healthy, and low calorie.

Ingredients 

1/2 package broccoli slaw
1/2 package shredded cabbage

1/2 small package shredded carrots

1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

2-3 chicken breasts, diced

Juice of 1 small lime 

Low sodium Soy sauce to taste

Instructions

Mix everything up so its coated evenly and enjoy!

-L