Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What I eat: scrambled eggs

We like to pump up our scrambled eggs over here! These are packed with more nutrients and protein! I like to have my eggs with a side of English muffin with homemade jam.

Whisk 2 egg whites and 1 egg with 1/4 cup (or more) of cottage cheese and chopped mini sweet peppers. Pour into a pan and scramble at medium heat.

My recipes are super simple I tell ya. But I hope they are helping some of you with busy schedules eat a bit better. I promise you, eating healthier, whole foods is more filling, you feel better, and they tend to eat up less of your calories - so you can eat more good for you foods!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bijou Market, Art City Donuts and Swig

Andrew and I took a trip down to Provo last Saturday and decided to make a day out of the things only available in Happy Valley!

Bijou Market was so neat to walk through and drool over all the sweet handmade goodies. I went with one specific art print in mind and my sweet husband purchased it for me.

monarch print by Light and Ink
I had been following Art City Donuts on Instagram for weeks hoping they would someday make their way up north to Salt Lake. If I'm being 100% honest, the fact that Art City Donuts was at Bijou Market sealed the deal for me on making the drive down. Seriously, how can you resist these?!

We walked around downtown Provo to work off our sugar rush and spent some time with my brother and watched the RSL game with him and his roommates. Before we headed back home we made a stop at Swig. I had been hearing all about this place, especially the location in St. George, and just had to try it out for myself. I chose their famous sugar cookie and picked the Big Al drink off the menu, come to find out it's not just my 4th grade nickname, but also my fave dirty diet coke! Also, if you ever call me Big Al I might just punch you in the face.

Have you tried any of these treats? Did you go to Bijou Market?
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Monday, April 14, 2014

What I eat: sweet potato chips with avocado dip

I took this recipe from the @eating_whole instagram page and switched it a little to my tastes. I love eating this for lunch, it is quick, fills me up and is easy to share with Andrew and Lottie.

For the chips:
1 sweet potato sliced thin tossed in a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper

For the dip:
1 avocado mashed with a large spoonful of Greek yogurt, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkling of taco seasoning.

Bake the sweet potatoes at 475 for about 20 minutes and serve immediately!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

I signed up for my first race!

You might call me crazy, and you wouldn't be the first one to do so when I tell you I signed up for my first race. You might call me insane when I tell you it's the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay! Remember my post last year about Andrew's experience running the Ragnar? I said,

"This race is seriously an accomplishment and even though it would be difficult, I think I want to do it next year. Maybe. Just maybe. This is coming from the girl who finds it hard to run 1 mile, however."


Well, this girl who found it hard to run 1 mile ran 3 miles pushing a stroller around the park a month or so ago. I have been in physical therapy for a few months getting my hip stronger and relieving pain and constant muscle tightness, but I am finally feeling a bit better and I have started training for Ragnar! I am using a 0 to 10k app to keep me on track for these next 11 weeks.

Have any of you done Ragnar before? Any tips, hints? I am really excited! It will be a huge challenge but I am up for it!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What I eat

Some of you may have noticed a few recent nutrition based posts from me lately. I felt I hit a plateau in my workouts last month. I wasn't losing any more weight, which is okay because I have already reached my weight goal, but I wasn't getting any more toned or losing inches on my body. I had set a daily calorie goal for myself and was working out. It was time to change what I was eating and push myself harder in my workouts, switch them up a bit.

Andrew and I took some "before" pictures, which is always motivating (bleh) and I have been going to the gym early in the morning. I'm talking getting up at 5:45 am early. At that hour I don't have to worry about anything but myself and it feels so great to do something just for me.

I have been sharing bits and pieces of my limited nutrition knowledge and I've had several requests to share what I eat. I eat very basic meals so I felt this was something silly to share, but with more and more friends asking I've decided it won't hurt to share what I eat! I don't claim to have any knowledge other than what I've learned for myself, I am not a nutritionist, dietician and we don't always eat clean, whole or organic. I am a strong believer in moderation in all things (including moderation). These are just ideas and can be modified to your tastes and diet!

I will start with our breakfast from yesterday, an easy, healthier version of an egg McMuffin.

I whisked together 2 egg whites and 1 egg and cooked them in a small circular pan. While the eggs cooked I toasted an English muffin and topped it with baby spinach leaves and 2 slices of lean turkey meat (I like to warm them up on a pan next to the eggs). Add the egg and you're done! It's easy, quick and can be customized lots of different ways.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Good Eats Friday - Michelangelo's on Main

I love downtown Salt Lake City. There is so much to do, see and eat. Finding a place to eat can be hard, there are so many choices, and some of the restaurants might be hidden. Taking a walk around downtown is the best way to find these little spaces of good food.

Michelangelo's on Main is a lovely little Italian restaurant that you just might miss if you are driving by.  It has a nice romantic setting but is still family friendly. Menu items include both Italian and a few American eats. Our waitress was so kind and helped us with Charlotte, who was a bit restless at the time, by bringing her a juice box and talking to her. Lottie loved the attention! We really enjoyed our food, and portions were quite big leaving me with leftovers for the next day.

^^view from the top of a parking structure downtown
^^macaroni and Cheese
^^pesto gnocchi
^^berry cheesecake

This cheesecake is personally made by the owner. I haven't had cheesecake in quite a while and this was bomb. It was seriously so good, the crust was perfect and delicious, I only wish I hadn't shared with Andrew.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sugar intake - how many grams of sugar should you eat?

I have been focusing on my health, specifically nutrition and I am learning so much about the food we eat. As most of us know by now, fat doesn't make you fat, sugar makes you fat. And guess what, sugar is in just about everything we eat these days. It's not surprising the obesity rate in America just keeps getting higher and higher. You might see these "clean eating" "whole 30" and "paleo" recipes floating around the internet and wonder what they are all about. Each of these focuses on getting back to the basics, cutting down on (or completely out) sugar, eating foods that our ancestors may have eaten and removing all processed foods.

Usually when you look at nutritional labels our eyes go to the calories, vitamins, minerals, fat and maybe protein content. I've been paying close attention to the grams of sugar in the foods I eat and it is shocking and disgusting just how much sugar is in our food.

The USDA recommends those who are on a normal diet of  2,000 calories per day only take in 40 grams of added sugar, that's about 10 teaspoons. Added sugar means that it doesn't occur naturally in what you are eating (fruit has sugar in it, but it is not added sugar).  The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends only 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women.

More on reading labels, sugar is sometimes hidden under fancy names. Words ending in "ose" such as maltose appear as chemicals, but there are some that can be listed as "natural" like high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, honey or fruit juice concentrates.

While it is not necessarily bad to eat sugar, it is bad to eat a lot of sugar. We've all seen this graphic before, but I want to share it again just to remind you how much sugar in hidden!

via sugarstacks
via sugarstacks
via sugarstacks
Scary stuff, friends! Even seemingly "healthy" foods can have loads of sugar! Be aware of what you are putting in your body, for health's sake.
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