Hey hey hey, ho ho ho. Happy New Year and all that jazz. I spent the last part of 2014 in California visiting family and eating like it was going out of style. When I thought about setting healthy eating habits for this year, I considered paleo and Whole30 and even veganism for a hot minute. What I knew all along I’ve determined is it’s all about balance. Cutting out any food group is not in my best interest for the long haul. So breakfast was nontraditional today and featured white bean vegetable soup with a slice of whole grain toast. Lunch was an egg and veggie scramble with hot sauce and kale chips on the side. Dinner was a turkey burger salad with a vinaigrette I made out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, minced garlic, s&p.


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Applegate hotdog, steamed green beans, deviled egg and a pickle • Hawaiian meatloaf and baby carrots. That meatloaf might not look like much, but ermahgerd go make it NOW! It is so delightful and packs tons of veggies. I think the crushed pineapple and BBQ sauce really take it up a notch! • Vegetable soup • Not pictured: a handful of caramel popcorn we got as a Christmas gift. I need it out of my house!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/0e7/61180024/files/2014/12/img_4508.jpgI didn’t get much sleep last night, so it was a miracle when I woke up on time for my first class at Orange Theory Fitness. I was nervous about it because it’s high intensity, and it was definitely a challenge, but one that I found very doable. When I came home, I took a bath and passed out for a good 3 hours. That is how good of a workout it was! 🙂


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Applegate hotdog, pickle, deviled egg & crackers. There is butternut squash in the pic, but it went to the dog. I’m starting to find roasted veggies intolerable unless they’re fresh out tha oven • Fruit chips and hazelnut butter • Vegetable soup


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Deviled eggs, broccoli and butternut squash. I had such high hopes for the deviled eggs, but my “pinch” of salt was way too overpowering. It’s crazy how the right amount of salt perfects a meal, but too little or too much really drags it down! • Applegate hotdog, 1/2 a roasted acorn squash and deli turkey. Didn’t eat much of the squash, so had some applesauce on the side • Vegetable soup minus the beef and kale, plus white potato • Peanut butter protein bar


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Crockpot cashew chicken (very yummy!) over steamed broccoli • Salad featuring warm roasted butternut squash, almonds and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette. Side of protein banana nice cream • Bunless burger and creamy coleslaw (I used coconut sugar in place of white sugar)


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Spaghetti squash quiche • Tres Italian meatballs and green beans • Dos more meatballs and a larabar


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Tuna salad, spinach and grapes • Spaghetti squash quiche which was super yummy by the way! Will definitely be making that again • Baked cod with green beans • Applesauce


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Pumpkin cream chicken casserole – on the fence about whether I want to make this again. I like how the pumpkin tasted with the chicken, so will probably modify it • Renola with almond milk • Tuna salad (made with homemade mayo) with spinach and cherry tomatoes on the side • Larabar and sweet potato chipsIMG_4352.JPG

I recently discovered that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. My first thought was, “AHHHHHH!!!!!” Then, being an obsessive planner, I became excited to meal plan and spruce up the house a bit decor-wise. I’m keeping all my food contributions as healthy as possible since I hate that overstuffed, tired feeling that’s so common during holiday eating. One week countdown begins now…

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Applegate hotdogs, broccoli & cauliflower • Chicken sausage and roasted butternut squash. I used a lot of mustard today per usual, but definitely need to research a clean barbecue sauce • Pork chop (seasoned with almond flour, mustard powder, cumin, s&p) and roasted asparagus — no picture of this sadly. I took one with my nice camera and only after eating dinner realized the memory card wasn’t in there 😩 In any case, the pork chop seasoning was spot on • LarabarIMG_4317.JPG

Last Saturday and Sunday were spent with family and inevitably led to straying from the W30 aspect of what I’m doing. I’m not upset about it (even if my jeans did fit a smidgeon tighter this morning). If I can keep it super clean Mon-Fri and relax a bit on the weekends, I’m doing great. Here’s to another good week!

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Took a page from my pal Deanna and had some dill seasoned cauliflower topped with tuna, olive oil and olives. Not really my cup of tea, but I can still appreciate a protein-heavy, filling breakfast! • Spent the day doing volunteer landscaping, so lunch was a combination of whatever I could find in my car (larabar & vegetable chips) and stuff once I made it home (applegate hotdog & broccoli) • Chili and cornbread • Pork rinds – I know, so gross, right? Except they’re delicious. Empty bag because I split them with 3 people 🙊

Side note that I did have some sweets today. Weekends should be for relaxing a bit so I’m not sweating it at all. Going right back to 100% clean eating Monday 😊


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