Pieces in Progress: Living fit, healthy, & happy!

This recipe is so simple but such a delicious way to make cauliflower! The chickpeas add protein & heartiness and the curry powder packs a ton of flavor. This version is not spicy so if you like hot food definitely add red chili flakes, cumin, or your spice of choice!
Here’s a few great ways to use this!
I paired mine with quinoa & red lentils and chilled it
Eat it straight off the pan (or as a side dish haha)
On top of baby spinach with a lemon or yogurt based salad dressing
Rolled up in a whole wheat wrap (or naan!) with Raita
Add chicken or fish to the pan & roast it all together for a veggie loaded main dish
Pureed with vegetable stock (optional light cream or soymilk) for a flavorful soup
Lightly stir fried with basmati rice for a veggie filled take on byriani
For more easy veggie recipes go here! :)

This recipe is so simple but such a delicious way to make cauliflower! The chickpeas add protein & heartiness and the curry powder packs a ton of flavor. This version is not spicy so if you like hot food definitely add red chili flakes, cumin, or your spice of choice!

Here’s a few great ways to use this!

  • I paired mine with quinoa & red lentils and chilled it
  • Eat it straight off the pan (or as a side dish haha)
  • On top of baby spinach with a lemon or yogurt based salad dressing
  • Rolled up in a whole wheat wrap (or naan!) with Raita
  • Add chicken or fish to the pan & roast it all together for a veggie loaded main dish
  • Pureed with vegetable stock (optional light cream or soymilk) for a flavorful soup
  • Lightly stir fried with basmati rice for a veggie filled take on byriani

For more easy veggie recipes go here! :)

This lunch came out so delicious that, after trying it the first time, I made a second batch the next day! I used Cava hummus which is lower calorie & fat (I found it in my local whole foods) but if you can’t find it just use your favorite brand (and add about 30 calories to the nutrition). Also feel free to swap the veggies for your personal favorites! One of the great things about this recipe, besides how incredibly delicious & healthy it is, is how easy it is to make. Just roast veggies, cook quinoa, & layer up! (If you do eat meat grilled chicken would probably go really well in this too).

For more healthy, easy grab & go lunches go here! :)

Walk your way fit challenge week 1!

I made it through my first week of the challenge (I had a bit fo a head start) and am so happy to say I’ve done 6 5k walks in the last 7 days! Here are the stats on my walks:

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Are you in the challenge? It’s not too late to join! We’re walking 25 5k’s in 30 days. Get all the info on the challenge here and a printable chart to log your walks. Here’s the challenge poster though :)

I’m posting updates on my walks each day on Instagram and I would love to see your progress too so if you’re walking tag me! Oh and for fun here’s a picture of me being a sweaty ridiculous after walking with David on Saturday.

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Everything about this plan fits together to make the most of your time and energy, and it’s color coded! The higher intensity cardio (in yellow) gets your heart rate up quick while the lower intensity cardio (in pink) keeps it up while giving you a little bit of a rest. The ab training exercises (in white) all work multiple muscle groups and hit your midsection from every angle to help you build strength. What makes this workout so effective is that it combines fat burning cardio WITH targeted and effective strength training! Remember though, the key to seeing real change in your body comes as much from what you eat as what you do so make sure you’re feeding your body well, giving it all the nutrients it needs, and hydrating!
For more at home, equipment free workout plans go here! :)

Everything about this plan fits together to make the most of your time and energy, and it’s color coded! The higher intensity cardio (in yellow) gets your heart rate up quick while the lower intensity cardio (in pink) keeps it up while giving you a little bit of a rest. The ab training exercises (in white) all work multiple muscle groups and hit your midsection from every angle to help you build strength. What makes this workout so effective is that it combines fat burning cardio WITH targeted and effective strength training! Remember though, the key to seeing real change in your body comes as much from what you eat as what you do so make sure you’re feeding your body well, giving it all the nutrients it needs, and hydrating!

For more at home, equipment free workout plans go here! :)

In my kitchen, these are truly a classic. Whenever I’m stumped on what to make, this is my go to. You can use whatever veggies you like but this combo is my favorite. They’re great in salads, on sandwiches, tossed in pasta, and over the weekend I’m using them for a quinoa grab & go lunch jar recipe, but, truth be told, my favorite use is to just eat them as is straight off the pan haha! 
For more easy, delicious veggie recipes go here :)

In my kitchen, these are truly a classic. Whenever I’m stumped on what to make, this is my go to. You can use whatever veggies you like but this combo is my favorite. They’re great in salads, on sandwiches, tossed in pasta, and over the weekend I’m using them for a quinoa grab & go lunch jar recipe, but, truth be told, my favorite use is to just eat them as is straight off the pan haha!

For more easy, delicious veggie recipes go here :)

Go. Make. These! Haha they are every bit as delicious as they look, super sweet but refined sugar free, and surprisingly easy to make (sticky but easy). Today was my first venture into date-based truffles and I can’t wait to keep trying new combinations and possibilities. You could very easily make this vegan by using a vegan protein powder or swapping protein powder for almond flour.

For more healthy dessert recipes go here and for more gluten free recipes go here! :)

I am so SO excited to announce this challenge! Above I’ve given you the challenge layout and a printable way to track your progress. (I left space to put your mile splits and route info, I have 3 routes I cycle through so it never gets boring).

Nearly 3 years ago, I set out to become healthy and relied completely on power walking for cardio. Back then it seemed like something accessible, that I and my injured knees could do, and that physically, as out of shape as I was, I could do. It made me strong, it helped me get healthy, and as I saw my times getting faster and faster it encouraged me to keep going. Today I am still working through those injuries and so I have returned to power walking. Power walking still makes me feel accomplished, still makes me feel strong, and, most importantly, still makes me happy!

I created this challenge because I want to share my love of walking with others. So often we think of walking as a precursor to running or a warm up, but it is a fantastic, effective workout in its own right. It boosts your heart rate, strengthens your joints & muscles, is low impact, and is something that will challenge you no matter what your fitness level! When I started out I really pushed myself to complete 15 minute miles- today I’m cranking out 12 minute mile splits!

Over the next 30 days I’ll post motivation, guides, and tips to help you get through this challenge as well instagram updates on my own almost-daily walks!

I’ve already started the challenge, will you join me? :)

New challenge coming tonight: power walk your way fit!

Over the weekend I gave myself a challenge on instagram- to power walk 25 5k’s in the next 30 days. Although I love running, my knees and past injuries have been hurting enough that I realized I was doing more harm than good. So I decided to listen to my body, to stop running, but in its place I remembered how much I love power walking (the very exercise I did 3 years ago when I was first getting healthy!). Just being able to go out and run had been the biggest motivation for me and I felt like I still needed a source of inspiration to get me consistently up and out the door. That’s where the challenge comes in and I really hope many of you will join me!

I’m putting together a full challenge plan with prizes, printable trackers, weekly spotlights, & tips that will be posted later tonight but I’m so excited about it I wanted to give you all a sneak peak!

My progress so far (today’s only day 3 haha) is up on my instagram and I would love if some of you joined me there! I’ll be posting my almost-daily walking results (along with my daily yoga practice, quick & simple recipes, and Joey cameos) and I would love to see your progress as we go through this next month! Get excited, all the details will be up tonight and if you have any suggestions or requests to be included let me know here! :)

These grab and go jars are even more delicious that I was expecting- and I was expecting a lot! They’re filling, packed with tons of fresh flavor, and have a great balance of macro nutrients. I’ve had it both microwaved and cold and they taste great either way, and in a mason jar they’re super portable making them an absolutely perfect healthy lunch! I made my pico homemade but you can buy store bought, the nutrition is based on using my guacamole recipe but it will change (more fat mostly) if you buy it premade. You can customize this with your favorite spices and burrito additions! If you’re making homemade sauces like me these will take a bit of prep but if not it’s one of the fastest weekend meal preps I’ve done since it’s really all about layers! A note on layers: it is really important to keep the quinoa at the top and as far away from any juices at the bottom as possible! I highly recommend using the order I listed in the ingredients.

For more healthy lunch ideas go here and for more gluten free recipes go here! :)

Nearly three years ago, this was one of the very first recipes I created on my journey to being healthy. It’s been tweaked and adjusted since then and today I’m happy to say I think I’ve gotten the recipe perfect. I’ve seen so many recipes calling for frozen green veggies to replace avocado but here I use beans because they not only cut down the fat and add protein, but also because they’re the right texture. When blended they’re creamy and smooth but don’t have enough flavor of their own to overpower the avocado, lime, & fresh cilantro. On top of that, this recipe still has plenty of fresh avocado so you’re not missing a thing! I made this over the weekend to put in my quinoa burrito bowl jars (recipe going up tomorrow) but it’s great on crunchy veggies, on a salad, or anywhere else you like to use guac!

Nearly three years ago, this was one of the very first recipes I created on my journey to being healthy. It’s been tweaked and adjusted since then and today I’m happy to say I think I’ve gotten the recipe perfect. I’ve seen so many recipes calling for frozen green veggies to replace avocado but here I use beans because they not only cut down the fat and add protein, but also because they’re the right texture. When blended they’re creamy and smooth but don’t have enough flavor of their own to overpower the avocado, lime, & fresh cilantro. On top of that, this recipe still has plenty of fresh avocado so you’re not missing a thing! I made this over the weekend to put in my quinoa burrito bowl jars (recipe going up tomorrow) but it’s great on crunchy veggies, on a salad, or anywhere else you like to use guac!

There are so many ways to change up your oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great, healthy, super easy meal any time of the day but I know I tend to fall into a flavor rut. I hope these ideas help you change it up and try out some new combos! One of my favorite ways to save time and money is to make my own flavor packs. Just pick whatever toppings you want and throw them in a microwave safe tupperware or mason jar. When you’re running out the door you can grab it and go (If you want fresh fruit just pack it and add later!). 
Here’s a few of my favorite combos but get creative!
Berries Galore: dried cherries, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, my favorite jam, & chocolate chips
My Classic: golden raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, pecans, cinnamon, & pure vanilla
Tropical Tango: banana, coconut, agave & dried mango
Pumpkin Pie: pumpkin, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar
Papa Bear: honey, peanuts, banana, chocolate chips, cinnamon
For more healthy, easy breakfast ideas go here! :)

There are so many ways to change up your oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great, healthy, super easy meal any time of the day but I know I tend to fall into a flavor rut. I hope these ideas help you change it up and try out some new combos! One of my favorite ways to save time and money is to make my own flavor packs. Just pick whatever toppings you want and throw them in a microwave safe tupperware or mason jar. When you’re running out the door you can grab it and go (If you want fresh fruit just pack it and add later!).

Here’s a few of my favorite combos but get creative!

  • Berries Galore: dried cherries, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, my favorite jam, & chocolate chips
  • My Classic: golden raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, pecans, cinnamon, & pure vanilla
  • Tropical Tango: banana, coconut, agave & dried mango
  • Pumpkin Pie: pumpkin, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar
  • Papa Bear: honey, peanuts, banana, chocolate chips, cinnamon

For more healthy, easy breakfast ideas go here! :)

I was happily surprised how easy and delicious these came out! Usually when I roast zucchini it gets soft and I really wanted these to come out with a crisp bite- and they did! I think the flour (gluten free in my case) is what really helped. It not only kept the coating nicely stuck to the fries, but also helped dry out the sticks and absorb some of the moisture! You should fee l free to spice these up with whatever seasonings you like (chipotle sounds great to me!) and you could also take the extra step of toasting the panko crumbs for 2 minutes before mixing with the parmesan. These are best served hot right out of the oven!

For more healthy veggie recipes go here and for more gluten free recipes go here! :)

Traditionally pad thai is served with scrambled egg cut into ribbons on top but since I was planning to refrigerate these for a few days and I’m not a fan of refrigerated scrambled eggs I left that out haha. What I love so much about these jars (besides how easy they are and that they taste great hot or cold) is that the veggie layer tastes fantastic on its own and the noodles taste great on their own. When everything comes together it’s a fantastic meal but I think it’s better because each part could stand alone. I also added the fresh raw red pepper so that the bowl would have some crunch in it. You can and should feel free to add whatever veggies you like! I’m a huge fan of sauteed carrots so I started there and built the recipe around them but if you want zucchini or water chestnuts don’t be afraid to mix it up and make it your own! :)

For more healthy lunch recipes go here and for more gluten free recipes go here!

I was actually inspired to make this workout while on my run this morning! Most of the time I like to combine cardio and strength training in my at home routines, but I realized that sometimes you want to just get in some cardio. Maybe you’re on a rest day with strength or maybe you have a dedicated strength  plan, either way if you’re looking for some straight up, make you sweat, challenging at home cardio workout, this is the plan for you! The rest periods are optional (if you don’t want them just swap them for more jogging in place) but they’re good times to grab some water. Ultimately remember that what you give this routine is what you’ll get out of it so work hard and challenge yourself!
For more at home exercise plans go here. :)

I was actually inspired to make this workout while on my run this morning! Most of the time I like to combine cardio and strength training in my at home routines, but I realized that sometimes you want to just get in some cardio. Maybe you’re on a rest day with strength or maybe you have a dedicated strength  plan, either way if you’re looking for some straight up, make you sweat, challenging at home cardio workout, this is the plan for you! The rest periods are optional (if you don’t want them just swap them for more jogging in place) but they’re good times to grab some water. Ultimately remember that what you give this routine is what you’ll get out of it so work hard and challenge yourself!

For more at home exercise plans go here. :)

I’ve been hearing about using black beans to replace flour for a while now and I wish I had trusted the rumor sooner- these are absolutely fantastic! They’re chocolatey, rich, and smooth but are low fat, have lots of protein (for a brownie at least haha), and are even gluten free! I used powdered sugar because it was what I had on hand and I think it helped the texture too but if you just have regular sugar around use it.

You can also add nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or peanuts to the batter, or even drizzle the top with melted peanut butter!

For more healthy dessert recipes go here and for more gluten free recipes go here. :)