Clean Eating – Breakfast

I’ve always been a healthy eater. OK, not ALWAYS… I used to eat an entire big bag of UTZ Sour Cream and Onion Rippled Potato Chips and McDonald’s daily… But, then I grew up. I couldn’t stay in shape and continue to eat that way. Adam and I eat clean majority of the time unless we are eating out. I always hear people say that it’s “too hard to eat healthy” or they “don’t have time” but when we are both up at 5am and working out by 5:45am, these excuses seem like laziness to me.

I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also the meal where you aren’t “supposed” to have veggies so it almost everyone’s favorite. I normally include veggies in my breakfast because I know it will help me choose the healthy way for the rest of the day.

All of my breakfast foods take no longer than 5 minutes to make because let’s be honest, I’m always running late for work. Below are my favorite quick clean meals.

1. I probably eat this the majority of my summer days.

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2/3 cup of egg whites, spinach and asparagus mixture (i make a big batch on sunday), sliced strawberries, blueberries and half of an ezekiel bagel. Most days I leave the bagel out… Sometimes I just need the extra carbs.

2. I eat this meal mainly on the weekends. It feels like a treat, even though it’s healthy!

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Protein Pancake (1/4 cup egg whites, 1 scoop of protein powder (MRM is clean), 1 tbsp ground flax, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana) topped with plain greek yogurt and strawberries.

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Another protein pancake (made same way as above) except this is topped with Peanut Flour Sauce (PB2 + Water = 45 calories) and the other half of the sliced banana.

3. This is my go to meal during the winter.

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1/2 cup raw old fashioned oats, 3/4 almond milk, chia seeds, banana slices and a tbsp of peanut butter. A cup of green tea to wash it down 🙂

4. Another summer staple — These are perfect after a sweaty run!

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1 frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, 1 scoop of chocolate clean protein powder, PB2 or Peanut Butter ( I add spinach too — You can’t taste it!)

5. Last but not least. Most of you will think ewwww, what is that. Chia seeds help weight loss, make you feel fuller faster, used for hydration for athletes, reduces your blood pressure, is the richest plant source of omega-3, and has a ton of benefits for diabetics.

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1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp PB2, 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

Questions: What do you normally eat for breakfast? Is it clean?

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WIAW – Baked Mac & Cheese Spaghetti Squash

Happy Wednesday! Is this week going superrrr slow for anyone else? I think my mind is on sunshine and the spa..but I still have 2 weeks to go before that can happen. So for now it’s WIAW – and I have an amazing recipe for you at the end 🙂 Here we go!

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Breakfast: Still obsessed with Holly’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal.

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Snack: Apple + PB2

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Lunch: Egg White Salad + Pita Chips

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Snack: Think Thin Brownie Crunch Bar

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Dinner: Baked Mac & Cheese Spaghetti Squash

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Dessert: Vanilla Chobani Chunk

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My favorite meal of the day was definitely the Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese! I kinda sorta ate the entire dish by myself in 3 seatings. Whoops!

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Baked Mac & Cheese Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp earth balance (vegan butter – or use regular butter. I wanted to lighten the recipe)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened original almond milk
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Low Moisture Park Skim shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Roasted Asparagus (1 lb)
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • Olive Oil cooking spray

Directions

  • Bake your spaghetti squash. See tutorial here.
  • Break your asparagus into 1 inch pieces and roast for 7 minutes (375 degrees, olive oil, salt & pepper – 7 minutes)
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with Olive Oil spray. Preheat oven to 375° (should be heated from asparagus & spaghetti squash).
  • In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter. Add flour and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk.
  • Add milk and vegetable broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add mozzarella cheese and mix well until cheese is melted.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash, smoked paprika and asparagus.
  • Pour into baking dish. Top with grated parmesan cheese and panko.
  • Spray a little more Olive Oil on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the panko golden.

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Enjoy!

WIAW – Roasted Corn & BBQ Shrimp Soup

Happy Wednesday! I have a little day date planned with the hubs today so this will be a quick one!

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Breakfast: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal

Breakfast made for the week - Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal. Thanks Holly!

Lunch: Roasted Corn & BBQ Shrimp Soup (Recipe at end!)

Dinner: Roasted Corn & BBQ Shrimp Soup

Dinner:Lentil Sloppy Joes

 

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Dessert: Thin Mint and Cookies and Cream Fro-Yo with lots of toppings

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Roasted Corn & BBQ Shrimp Soup 

(slightly adapted from Bev Cooks)

Ingredients

  •  3 – 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 4 cups Low Sodium Vegetable stock
  • 1 cup favorite bbq sauce (We used Hot Bone Suckin Sauce)
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup frozen roasted corn (bought at trader joes)
  • 1 cup small pasta ( We used Orecchiette)
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Season the shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper
  • Bring 2 Tbs. oil to a medium-high heat in a large pot. Add corn and shrimp – Cook til shrimp is translucent. Set aside.
  • Add another Tbs. of oil, and add the shallots; sautĂ© about 5 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the garlic and sautĂ© until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the broth, bbq sauce, spices and pasta.
  • Simmer until the pasta is cooked through about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add shrimp & corn last 3 minutes to warm throughout
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.

Dinner: Roasted Corn & BBQ Shrimp Soup

 Delicious!!

Questions: What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

 

 

100 Calorie Clean Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Every night after dinner I HAVE to have dessert. 3 weeks ago it was Trader Joe’s Powerberries, 2 weeks ago it was Vita Tops and last week it was Peanut Butter Crunch Toast.

This.Must.Stop.

Not the dessert every night, of course. But the eating preservative filled desserts before bed time.

This week I was determined to be prepared so I made a batch of cookies (that should last for 2 weeks!). These cookies are a little under 100 calories a piece, clean and have the perfect crunch.

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Clean Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp divided Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 organic brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  • Mix coconut oil and brown sugar until creamy in a separate bowl
  • Add soymilk, 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour and vanilla to oil and sugar.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients
  • Combine oats and vegan chocolate chips
  • Scoop tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets
  • Bake 14 minutes until light golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let cool

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Sunday Stuff – 1/20

Green Tea (Thanks Britt for the cup!)

Green Tea (Thanks Britt for the cup!)

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Awkward picture while walking into the grocery store. Details here.

New grocery store finds!

New grocery store finds!

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Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday

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Lunch – Leftover Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Clean Eating Oatmeal Cookies... Recipe still needs tweaking

Clean Eating Oatmeal Cookies… Recipe still needs tweaking

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Sweet Potato, Lentil & Spinach Soup. Sorry about the mess!

The Peanut Butter Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I might eat the entire box today.,

The Peanut Butter Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I might eat the entire box today.,