Happy Wednesday my loves!
Hope your week is going amazing so far despite the terrible cold in the midwest…brrr!!! This is a two part post that I have been excited about starting. I want to show you a delicious yet healthy recipe jam packed with nutrients, PLUS a workout routine. (Please remember I am NOT a trainer, I am merely journaling my personal goals and ideas. So if you try any of the mentioned workout routines please do so with caution and listen to your body, maybe even ask a trainer first, just be safe! 🙂 )
The first of the year I decided I needed to change my workout schedule. Don’t get me wrong I love to workout, but I also love sleep and I am terrible getting up early in the am. Literally like 5 snooze buttons horrible, it’s kind of pathetic. But, working out is something I need to mold into my schedule first thing in the morning so I can get it done. I work late and when the workday is over I want to either relax or go have dinner and drinks. So alas, I have decided that prep work is crucial in accomplishing your diet and fitness goals, especially mine in the am!
The following Recipe is one my favorites…easy to make the night before, super filling, and super tasty. Did I mention it’s very healthy too??
Monster Packed Salad:
1/4 Cup Quinoa
Super Greens Salad Mix (Any type of salad you prefer, but stick with darker greens, Spinach, Baby Kale, etc.)
Cucumbers (You can substitute your favorite Veggies here: Green/Red Peppers, Broccoli, chickpeas, etc.)
1 Chicken Breast
Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Spices for Chicken: Cumin, Tumeric, Cinnamon, Red Pepper
Start by adding your dry salad toppings into a separate travel container.
Next: You want to season your chicken and then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes (shorter or longer depending on thickness) I put coconut oil on top of the chicken.
Tumeric is known to help brain function, pain reliever and natural antiseptic, cancer prevention, liver detoxifer & more.
Cumin controls blood pressure, improves iron levels, kills bacteria
Cinnamon regulates blood sugar, reduces pain linked to arthritis, lowers LDL cholesterol, and so much more!
Red Pepper helps with metabolism and digestion.
Sea Salt and Pepper
While the chicken is baking, the Quinoa will take about 15 minutes to cook. I use a 1/4 cup of Quinoa, with 1/2 cup Water (I drizzle a tad of olive oil, definitely optional). Put on stove at MEDIUM Heat and let come to a boil. After it starts to boil reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minute. DO NOT open up lid to look at how pretty it is until it’s done, that will take the moisture out and won’t cook through all the way.
Quinoa is a Supergrain jam packed with Protein, Fiber, AND Iron! Not only will it leave you feeling full and light, you will feel that way till your next meal and it will provide you with the right energy you need for the rest of the day. I recommend reading more about Quinoa…just click on the link HERE.
Grateful for my nieces recycled Gerber jars…fits the Olive Oil & Balsamic Dressing perfectly! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The next day at lunch…drizzle the dressing on the salad, heat up chicken/quinoa, drop on top and then let me know what you think!
Outfit Details: Leggings Under Armor, Sports Bra Champion, Shirt Alternative Apparel, Shoes Nike Free, Lip Balm eos (Of course!)
As for getting up this morning and working out, I DID IT, so you can to. Like I said, being prepped the night before is crucial, so I packed my gym bag and laid out everything I needed for the morning. I really hope this helped you, motivated you, inspired you in any way! Please let me know how your workout goals and diet goals are coming along and I wish you the very best! And remember….
Dream. Believe. Achieve.