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Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Ours slowed way down when James came down with the stomach bug that had him down for the count all day Saturday. And Jordan napped for three hours, so that was reeeealllly nice for a change. On Sunday, everyone was feeling good and we spent a lot of time in the backyard enjoying our beautiful weather.
Finally, Sunday evening I went for a jog with Jordan in the jogging stroller (something I haven’t done in forever!), which prompted me to bring back the Move 20 Minutes a Day Challenge. It’s 30 days and all you have to do is commit to exercising for 20 minutes a day- no matter what type of exercise it is. Today starts Day 1, so I’d love to have you do it with me!
If you struggle with what exercise to do, you can use the Get Fit Done Guide that has 5 weeks worth of workouts you can do at home! Or, check out this Fitness Challenge page on my blog for tons of free workouts.
WHAT I EAT IN A DAY
Today’s post is an often requested What I Eat to Stay Lean/What I Eat in a Day. I know lots of us struggle with what to eat to stay lean and also what to feed our families. We’re short on time, but still want yummy, healthy food. I don’t count calories or track macros daily anymore, but I do try to eat balanced meals with a combo of protein, carbs and healthy fats. I also include a sweet treat every day- a couple pieces of dark chocolate at the end of the day is my fave. Maybe more than that if I’m being honest!
Below is an example of what I eat in a day and all of this is also included in the Get Fit Done Guide.
First things first! If you’ve been following me for long, you know one of my daily healthy habits includes making sure I drink enough water each day. To help with this, I fill up two big tumblers with water right when I wake up. One stays downstairs and one goes up so that I always have a drink handy.
I am not one of those people that can delay my first meal of the day for long. I have to get something in my system pretty soon after I wake up. Also, I’m not good at working out on an empty stomach, so I usually drink a cup of Muscle Egg (flavored liquid egg whites). The chocolate flavor is the best!
Some people are turned off by the thought of drinking egg whites, so in that case, you can substitute a smoothie. The Get Fit Done Guide has a couple easy and delicious smoothie recipes.
BREAKFAST • EGG MUFFINS
I have a few breakfast dishes I rotate often : oatmeal, protein pancakes, avocado toast with an egg, and egg muffins. This egg muffin recipe is a special treat from our Get Fit Done Guide. It’s easy to make and reheats well throughout the week.
3 egg whites (or 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup milk or almond milk
1/2 cup spinach and/or any other veggies
salt and pepper to taste
Spray muffin tin (12 muffins) with cooking spray and preheat oven to 350.
Combine eggs, egg whites and milk in a bowl and whisk.
Add spinach and other veggies.
Pour mixture into muffin tins 3/4 full and bake 20-25 minutes.
TIP : to reheat, cover 2 muffins in a paper towel and heat for 20-30 seconds in microwave.
LUNCH • PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS & SPINACH
I like to eat lunch with Jordan almost every day. I break from working in my home office around noon so we can eat lunch at the breakfast table together. I’m lucky she’s a good eater and she’ll usually eat whatever I’m having. Often, it’s leftovers from the night before that we just reheat.
This pasta dish is just protein spiral noodles with red sauce. I added sautéed spinach and mushrooms to mine to make it heartier.
Protein Plus Rotini
Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms and spinach over medium heat with cooking spray.
When the pasta is al dente, drain and add the red sauce, then stir in the spinach and mushrooms
SNACK • GREEK YOGURT & BERRIES
My snacks of choice are usually hummus and veggies (or pita chips), apples and peanut butter, or this Greek yogurt and berries dish. Now that it’s Spring, I find myself reaching for lighter snacks and especially fresh fruit in vibrant colors.
1 cup Greek yogurt
Handful of berries of choice
Tablespoon sliced almonds
Teaspoon hemp seeds (optional)
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I’ve been obsessed with the “tray dinner” ever since Cari introduced me to it in the Get Fit Done | 7 Day Reset. The tray dinner is similar to a one-pot meal, but instead of cooking everything in one pot on the stove, you put your food on a tray and bake it in the oven.
In about 35 minutes, you have a healthy meal with minimal clean-up! Again, easy clean up is important!
Unlimited veggies (try Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, etc)
2 servings of protein
flavor with herbs, spices, onion, chopped garlic
Drizzle with olive oil
Combine all ingredients on a baking sheet or “tray” and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes tossing lightly halfway through. Continue baking until your protein is cooked thoroughly (especially if cooking raw meat).
*You can can eat leftovers cold (for salads) or reheat in microwave.