blog

Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

It’s that time of season when pumpkin-spice everything is running rampant around stores. Starbucks has already starting selling their pumpkin spice lattes, cookies,and muffins. However, even though you might crave them, they can be expensive and can make a massive dent in our macros so we often hold back.
Below, we have a healthy pumpkin-spice breakfast for you: pumpkin spice oatmeal. Make it overnight, throw it in some mason jars, and enjoy your healthy alternative to one of the most favorite fall trends of all time. Enjoy!

unknown.jpg

  Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal | Yields 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups of milk (can be almond, coconut, oat milk, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or honey to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
Directions:
  1. Throw everything in a large bowl and mix. Then divide up into a mason jars and shake once the ingredients are in place.
  2. Let chill for 2-3 hours. Enjoy and keep refrigerated for 5-7 days! 

 

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

The ULTIMATE Meal Replacement Shake

At breakfast we’re flying out the door, at lunch we are just trying to stay afloat, and by dinner we just want to crawl into bed. We have busy lives, so it’s often hard to implement fully balanced meals without breaking the bank.

Smoothies are expensive, but we have a solution for that: if you make them at home or even take-them in a to-go cup, they can satisfy you for hours. Below we have a meal-replacement smoothie that will leave you happy and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Let’s get blending.

The Ultimate Meal Replacement Shake | Around 500 calories

Ingredients

-1 banana

-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

-½ cup full-fat greek yogurt

-½ tsp ground cinnamon

-1 teaspoon flax seeds

-1 tablespoon peanut butter

-handful of spinach

-handful of ice cups

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blend with a couple of ice cups.

  2. Throw in a to-go cup or just chuck in the straw in the blend and drink away. Enjoy!

 

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

Sometimes the only way we can eat salads is when we dress them with croutons, add in loads of protein, or add in ingredients with different crunchy textures. However, the dressing on the salad is the icing on the cake (ha!) and the most important part of this type of meal.

 

Below we have a list of homemade salad dressings you can make at your own leisure. It saves you time, money, and can save you some of your macros for a dessert for the end of the night. Create your salad, take it to go, and enjoy it with some healthy, homemade dressing.

 

 

Option 1: Honey Mustard Dressing | Serves 3-5

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1-2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Option 2: Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing | Serves 3-5

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 clove garlic dices

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

 

Directions: mix ingredients for respective dressings together and enjoy!

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

20 Minute Greek Pasta

Mediterranean food is incredibly satisfying. The high amounts of fat, vast array of flavors, and ease of cooking often makes Mediterranean meal-prepping a slice from heaven.

We have a recipe that combines all these aspects into a high-protein, one-dish meal: 1-Pot, 20 Minute Greek Pasta. This dish is perfect to have with your family, eat if your friends are in town, or even if you want to switch up some pre-made meals. Adjust your macros accordingly, and indulge!

1-Pot, 20 Minute Greek Pasta

Ingredients
2 Tb olive oil
3 chicken sausage links, sliced
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cups of tomato sauce (low-to-no sodium)
¼ cup water
1 cup diced tomato
5 cups baby spinach
2 boxes of pasta (uncooked)
Pitted and chopped kalamata olives
½ cup feta cheese
Fresh basil
2 tbsp Lemon juice
Salt and peper to taste
Directions
Turn on stove to medium-to-high heat. Add olive oil to a large pot and let simmer.
Throw in chicken sausage, onion, and garlic and cook until the onion has turned transparent.
Add in tomato sauce, tomato, spinach, and pasta. Cook the pasta in the tomato sauce for 5-10 minutes with ¼ cup water.
Let cool.
Once rested, add in olives, feta cheese, fresh basil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy & Happy Eating!

*inspired by eatingwell.com

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cups

Eating healthy constantly is hard. It requires planning, learning to say “no,” and sometimes meal-prepping your meals in advance. However, sometimes it’s difficult to find balance in desserts that satisfy you, but also don’t weight you down.

A recipe we found are these chocolate peanut butter granola cups, which are a quick, healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gather up all these ingredients, throw them in a cupcake tin, and enjoy immediately!

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped peanuts
3 cups all-natural, unsweetened granola
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
16 oz chocolate (milk or dark is ideal)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Directions
Grease a cupcake tin. Then combine the granola, peanuts, peanut butter, and honey until everything is sticking together.
Place the entire mixture at the bottom of the cupcake tray. With your thumb, leave an indent in the center of each peanut butter cup. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt the chocolate with coconut oil in a microwave. Once cooled, spoon on top of the peanut butter cups. Place in the freezer for 5 more minutes.
Enjoy!

*inspired by omgchocolatedesserts.com

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

Low Carb Chocolate Protein Pudding

Chocolate pudding cups are a childhood delicacy that are still yet to be forgotten. However, it’s sometimes hard to find a yummy dessert that hits all your macros AND satisfies you–and before you get ahead of yourself, no–those little pudding cups aren’t a saving grace.

However, we have the perfect low-carb chocolate protein pudding recipe that mirrors that yummy snack. Not only is this recipe something that can be whipped up in a hurry, but it will keep you full for hours! Say goodbye to midnight snackin’ and check out the protein pudding below!

Low Carb Chocolate Protein Pudding | Yields 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder (can be whey-based or plant-based)

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder

  • 2 Tablespoon chocolate chips

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Fresh fruit (optional)

Directions

  1. Put everything in a blender and mix it all up until smooth!

  2. Top with chia seeds, fresh fruit, and/or chocolate chips. Place in the refrigerator in a shallow serving bowl. Put saran wrap over the pudding and place on top of the pudding so the top of the pudding doesn’t harden. Let cool for 45-60 minutes.

  3. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

*inspired by jenniferbanz.com!*

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

Greek Couscous Salad with Chicken!

Pasta is a carb that is universally a favorite. It’s filling, yummy, and it has you craving for more. However, sometimes it’s hard to control portion sizes and eat pasta day-in and day-out because it can often lack healthy fats and solid amounts of protein. 

But we have a solution to that: Greek Coucous Salad with Chicken! Couscous is a type of pasta, but is much smaller in size. Dressing this cousin of your typical pasta-noodle with olives (a healthy fat), some veggies, and some chicken is a perfect way to keep eating your favorite foods.

Check it out below!

Greek Couscous Salad : Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese cubed
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • Fresh mint, chopped up
  • Fresh dill, chopped up

Directions:

  1. Cook two chicken breasts with salt and pepper in an oven. Remove and set to the size once fully cooked. 
  2. Cook the 1 cup of couscous with 1.5 cups water. Once fully cooked, take off the heat, fluff up with a fork, drain in cold water, and set to the size.
  3. Once the couscous is ready, mix in the chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, mint, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and dill into a large bowl. 
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

*inspired by thehealthyfoodie.com!

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

Wod & Watch Party

WOD & Watch Party — Workout starts at Noon

The 2019 CrossFit Games are coming to a close, and we just can’t let it end without having our own “Games-Inspired” WOD!

Will it be 7 minutes of burpees or a 1RM snatch???? Only time will tell…..

Workout starts at NOON

****Watch Party 12p-2p****
Even if Sundays are your rest day, get your booty off the couch and come watch the Finals with us! Feel free to BYOB!

Healthy Snacks to Buy On The-Go

Sometimes when we’re shuffling between work, or even when going on a road trip, it’s *really REALLY* difficult to find healthy snacks. While home-made trail mix sounds appealing, sometimes you’re out of the house in a rush and you didn’t prepare the way you liked. Often, a simple piece of fruit won’t cut it either. But instead of pulling into a drive-thru, take a moment to survey your options.

Below, we have a list of snacks you can find in almost any gas station or food market store. Save this list and check it out!

healthysnacks

Health Snack Options: At any convenience store, gas station, or grocery store
Smart-Food Popcorn
Grain-Free Paleo Granola
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs (sold mostly at WholeFoods and Starbucks)
Organic Applesauce
RxBars / Larabars / Perfect Bars / any natural protein meal bars
Dried Fruit with no added sugars
Justine’s Peanut Butter Packets

Keep in mind that snacks are supposed to keep you satisfied and happy until your next meal arrives. If your body is still ravishingly hungry and you’re not on a diet, it’s possible that you’re under-eating and your body needs more fuel. Have a full, balanced meal with enough proteins, carbs, and fats to keep your belly happy.

But other than that–happy snacking!

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

RECOVERY DAY – GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP W/ ASPARAGUS (Gluten-Free/Whole30/Paleo)

Dinner is always tricky. It’s the end of the day and you want something that is nutritious and filling, yet easy to make. While meal-prepped chicken can make your life a lot easier, sometimes your taste buds crave something else.

One of the easiest recipes we’ve come across that hits all these criteria is this garlic butter shrimp with asparagus recipe below. It’s low carbs but full of healthy proteins and fats, meaning that it will hit all your nutritional goals for the day. 

Let’s get cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1.5lbs raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 bunch asparagus 
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper, each
  • Less than ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • Lemon juice and rind 
  • Freshly chopped cilantro 

Directions

  1. In a large pan on medium-high heat, place 1 tablespoon of olive oil and saute asparagus until just cooked. Season with salt and pepper and set to the side.
  2. Add three tablespoons of butter to the same pan and add in the shrimp. Season with garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. Add in the vegetable stock once shrimp is cooked. 
  3. Add the asparagus to the pan once again and cook the shrimp and asparagus together. Garnish with lemon juice, a light dusting of the lemon rind, and freshly chopped cilantro. Serve and enjoy! 

*inspired by eatwell101.com!

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!