Meal Prep Sunday: Jalapeño Bites!

With the fight going on this past weekend plus tailgating season right around the corner, we got super excited and wanted to make a dish we hadn’t in a while.

Back in college, I use to stop on the way on home after a night out at Sheetz which was right beside my apartment. I would always get a chicken Cesar salad wrap + breaded jalapeño bites.

Although my health awareness continues to grow and change some of the basics can never be forgotten. So, this week we made one of my all time favorite foods on the healthier and more denser side. Enjoy!

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PREP NEEDS:

  • 8-12 medium to large peppers
  • ~ 1 cup Greek Yogurt or cream cheese
  • 5-7 pieces of Bacon
  • 3-5 Bratwurst
  • Spices/Herbs — Garlic and Sea Salt

HOW TO:

  1. Fry Bratwurst on medium high until cooked completely through. (Use cooking thermometer if needed). Place a lid on and let them cook while you move on to the next step.
  2. Rinse Peppers, cut in 1/2, and clean out
  3. Preheat oven to 400-450
  4. Once Bratwurst is done set to the side and let cool. Mix Greek yogurt with a little bit of garlic together. Pull apart or dice the Bratwurst until very small and add to mixture.
  5. Line a baking pan with a tiny bit of oil and place peppers down with insides facing up.
  6. Spoon out a “glob” at a time the mixture and start filling each pepper.
  7. 1/2 the bacon pieces and wrap each pepper 1/2 in a 1/4-1/2 of bacon.
  8. Once all peppers are filled you can place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is done.

You can also add a topper of some extra Monterey Jack cheese before you place in oven if you’re not worried about the extra calories. We chose not to this time.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Happy Prepping!

Nutrition Hack Wednesday: Healthy Alcohol?

Many Americans enjoy an adult beverage every now and then but just how many exactly? Try 84.6%, according to NIH as of 2015. I think it’s safe to say we love us some alcohol 😂.

This got me thinking about some recent people speaking on mixing certain alcohols with kombucha. I’m not in way way suggesting this negates alcohols effect on the mind or body at all but it did make me curious as to what it would taste like. If it’s at all decent with respect to taste it may provide, if nothing else, a better alternative to other sugary mixers.

So… here it is.

*Disclaimer: Please remember to always drink responsibly. Especially when your adding in mixtures, it’s easy to forget how much is in a drink or how many you’ve actually had in an evening.

Sites with kombucha cocktails:

  1. HonestCooking.com
  2. gothamist.com

Let me know what you think!

Happy Training!

Nutrition Hack Wednesday: Why You Need Macros in Your Life!

✳️Once you hit a certain point, you can pretty much know what and how much food you are consuming within a certain range.  

For instance, a professional golfer 🏌️‍♀️can hit a shot with a club and probably within 5-10 yards tell you how far he hit the ball.  An architect could most likely look at a room and judge the square feet of that room pretty accurately. And a professional gamer 🎮 could probably guess within 1-2 energy drunks 😈, how many they have consumed within a 24 hour period.  HAHA!

I joke 🃏 because I used to be a hardcore gamer (at least I think) so, I know energy 😵 drinks can be consumed at a crazy, rapid rate without even thinking about the consequences.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN MACROS?

Briefly, macros refer to the 3️⃣ main macronutrients being carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  Each has a certain caloric value represented per gram.  For instance, 1g of fats = 9️⃣calories, 1g of carbohydrates = 4️⃣ calories, and 1g of protein is also = 4️⃣ calories.

So, if you eat a 🍔 burger with 30g of fat, 40g of protein and 25g of carbs, all you have to do is multiply those number by the associated caloric value per gram and boom! you have the total calorie number.  

Although, we’ve discussed before, all calories are not the same and 10g of sugar 🍦 (carb) does not affect the body the same weight 10g of sweet 🥔 potato.

Macro counting can seem like a daunting task 😳 at first but the benefits ✅ are huge for those wanting to lose weight, gain muscle mass, train for a competition, or increase optimal performance.  Hitting your total caloric intake for the day is great 👍 but if the ratios of Carbs to Protein to Fats is all ❌ jacked up, you may not be seeing the results you want, if any at all.

If you’re an everyday person who doesn’t really care about macros 🤷‍♀️ then I would still suggest counting your nutrient intake for at least 3️⃣0️⃣ days.  This would allow you to actually see what and how much of each nutrient is in a food item and if you are abundant or deficient in any area.

I just recently ❗️started tracking my own again to see how good I was only my total intake and to be honest, I was pretty spot on.  This is 1 part pure luck, but also, from years of experience counting my macros and weighing food day after day.  This process becomes a habit 🐾 just like anything else and really doesn’t take a lot of time.

WHAT’S OUT THERE?

With the advances of most tracking apps, all you really have to do is snap 📷 a photo of the food item eaten or added to the menu and enter the quantity.  Since I just started back tracking, I wanted to see what apps were out there and which ones had improved.  Search engines, app store, and some more revealed different results.  I downloaded and even bought 🙄 a few of the apps just to see how easily they integrated with different features.

Long story short, MyFitnessPal is still one of the best and easiest to use.  🔥 Did I mention the basic features are all FREE!  This is all I need and it works perfectly.  The only benefit for me, would be to pay so it does math for me.  The free version 🚫 won’t say you have 40g of carbs left.  

Instead, the app just shows you how many you’ve consumed (80g) and what your total for the day is (120g).  So you just have to know 120-80 = 40g left for the day.

I also, subscribed to Avatar Nutrition to see what a computer based macro coach was really like.  The price is $9.99/month and asks you to weigh-in and take simple measurements to adjust your macros accordingly.  

This seems like a cool 😎 concept and they use IIFYM style of “flexible dieting” to get your where you want to be.  The downside for me is they don’t have a “low carb” setting and I can’t adjust my ratios where I’d like them.

I decided to pay and subscribe with the program because you obtain access to the
Facebook group where you can chat with tons of other people and the founders directly.  To me, that’s worth the $10 alone.  Downside though, they only integrate with 1 specific macro counting app and it costs $2.99 to download. 

So, I downloaded it and became instantly frustrated with the process because it took so long to log food plus, the macro nutrients were off.  🏃Quickly, I went back to the App Store and downloaded MyFitnessPal again, logged my macros, and was right at home pretty easily.

FINAL WORD

All-in-all I don’t think most people need to weigh food for the rest of their lives.  I will, however, stress the importance of macro counting if you are trying to optimize your performance, lose/gain weight, or anything else on this spectrum.  You need to tailor specific ratios based on what you are trying to get out of your body and specifically, your body type.   Even if you’re not on one of these paths, it’s still a great idea to track for at least 30 days so you know

  1. How many calories you are actually ingesting
  2. Where you are abundant or deficient in macros/micro nutrients
  3. What ratios work best for your individual body type

Remember the one-size-fits-all approach isn’t the way to go.  Try a specific diet out, see your ratios first hand, and find one that works for you.  I would suggest:

  1. Seeing your doctor before trying anything out especially if you had or have any conditions.  Plus doing some blood work to see how the dietary changes really do affect you after 30 days.
  2. Looking for a Dietary Coach if you need help.

I truly hope this article helps.  Do you have a better way to track macros?  Do you even bother with it?

 

Happy Training 🙂

#JustMove!

 

 

Meal Prep Sunday: Sweet Potato Nachos! 

There’s a few times when I just crave something.  This week it was impossible for me to get out of my head, the idea of nachos.  

So, I went into my think tank a.k.a. my pantry and started looking for flavors that bounce off each other and give me the satisfying taste I want.  
Probably more importantly, I want this as a meal, just just an app which will require me to make more food.  What came out… was surely a masterpiece 🔥🙌🤣.


PREP:

  1. 2 lbs 🐮
  2. 2-4 sweet potatoes sliced chip size
  3. Black beans 
  4. Fresh salsa
  5. Avocado
  6. 4 Small wild onions
  7. Walnuts (optional) 

Oils/Spices

  1. Worcestershire sauce 
  2. Garlic powder
  3. Sea salt 
  4. Cumin
  5. Turmeric
  6. *Other- if wanted


HOW TO:

  1. We placed our thawed beef in the crock pot overnight.  You don’t have to do this, you can simply bake or fry but this makes it so good 🤗 it will literally fall right off the bone 🍖. (Next steps go over crock pot so skip if not using.)
  2. Combine spices, onions and optional foods (Carrots, beets) 
  3. Place on high/low depending on how you are cooking.  We did low and let it go overnight for 8 hours. 
  4. Then it’s ready for nachos whenever you are 😋 and looks like this ​
  5. Next all that’s left is to bake your sweet taters.  It usually takes about 30 minutes on 450F to get them with the right crunch.  I also lightly coat the pan with avocado oil.
  6. After potatoes are done let cool and place on plate. 
  7. Pull meat apart and place on top. 
  8. Start adding more toppings.  Place on top of meat: black beans, salsa, 🥑avocado, and anything else you like.  We used 🥜walnuts and the cooked carrots 🥕
  9. Consume, enjoy and comment to let us know how it turned out!

Happy Eating! 🍽

Cam 🤓

Nutrition Hack Wednesday: Scaling Up

You’re time is so valuable, instead of having you read a review, I’d rather show you a super cool product.  So, Sol Fit Project has started to incorporate more and more videos for easy to see answers to your questions.  Check it Out Here.

This week I’m joined by Nick Mazzaroni of Paleoish Provisions to show you a device from Food Guru’s which will make food prepping, recipes, and so much more easier to calculate so you know exactly whats going in.

Click Here to check out:

Nutrition Hack #1

 

Happy Eating!

Meal Prep Sunday: Fast Cajun Shrimp & Cauliflower Rice

What is it about summertime that makes seafood and veggies taste so much better?  I’ve been on a kick lately with fish 🐟 so today, I wanted to share a super easy dish you can whip up in a very short amount of timewith shrimp.  With all treaveling lately, quick and to the point dishes is in super high demand with me.  

This recipe is pretty straight foreword and takes me only about 15 minutes to make which is pretty cool! 


Needs:

  • 6-12 Shrimp 🍤
  • Spinach 🥗
  • Whole cauliflower
  • Sweet Potato 🥔
  • Avocado oil 🥑
  • Salsa 🍅
  • Seasoning 
  • Food processor (if able)

Create:

  1. Pull out all ingredients 
  2. Heat fry pan to medium with avocado 🥑 oil 
  3. While pan is heating up, wash sweet potato 🥔 and place small cuts in it for heating and venting  = cook faster.
  4. Wrap Sweet Potato 🥔 in a paper towel and place in microwave for 6-10 minutes depending on microwave setting.  
  5. Break cauliflower up into smaller pieces to put in food processor.  If you do not have one then finely chop the cauliflower. 
  6. Season shrimp 🍤 with a Cajun mix and place in fry pan.  Cover to simmer.  *Allow to cook to a temperature of at least 165 degrees F which should mean a pink color appears on the outside with a little white on the shrimp.
  7. While everything is cooking, take broken up pieces of cauliflower and place in food processor and well… process ha! 🍚
  8. The shrimp 🍤 may need a flip at this point and then recover pan.  Shrimp usually do not take very long to cook.  
  9. The sweet potato 🥔should be done by now and will be very hot.  Let cool then cut in half to place on plate.  
  10. Grab a scoop of cauliflower rice 🍚 and place on plate with a handful of spinach 🥗 and top with salsa 🍅.  
  11. Check shrimp and once finished place 6-12 on plate. 

All that’s left is eat and enjoy 😋.  I love making this dish because it’s fast and easy plus super healthy.  If you are wondering about the salsa 🍅used, this was a fresh salsa from the local farmer’s market I buy each week.  So yummy!

Remember to take the process slow your first time through this dish or any dish, for that matter.  Prepping will get easier and quicker each time you perform the work naturally.  When you try to rush making something in the kitchen, accidents can happen, food can be over or undercooked, and things can be left out by mistake, to name a few.  
So, take a deep breath and have fun with it.

Happy Prepping!

Equilibrium #1

For the next few Friday’s, I wanted to try something new.  I’m calling the segment Equilibrium and it’s purpose is so you can hear my actual voice speak about issues I believe are extremely important.  I could write about some of the topics, but I feel with writing, sometimes my tone or message doesn’t always come across clear.

I hope you check it out and enjoy!

Equilibrium #1

Happy Training!

 

 

Nutrition Hack: 4 Must Halves While On The Road 

On the road again!  Over the next few months this is going to be a common theme for myself. Lots of road travel which means quick workouts, on-the-go grub, and sleeping when I can 😋.

What this doesn’t mean is – an excuse to get crappy food, be lazy and say I can’t or don’t have time to workout.  Overall I know I can’t slack on all the awesome things I want to share with you during this time.  Remember, you don’t have to do anything,m… YOU GET TO! and can choose to or not to do something.  Establish your goals and then reread them at least once a week so you don’t lose site in the shuffle of your day-to-day life.

(Meal #2 at campsite!)
Here’s a small list I put together of 4 essential things I travel with or get while I’m on the road when it comes to food/nutrition.

  • 1️⃣ Nuts/Trailmix: No, I’m not talking about the ones from the gas station with M&M’s, 🙄I mean nuts and possibly some raisins or dates, if needed.  I always have a bag of walnuts, almonds, or pistachios with me. Nuts pack a great fat and protein punch with minimal carbs which means you shouldn’t “crash” after eating. Plus, nuts are pretty easy on the go and you don’t have to worry about storing them any certain place.
  • 2️⃣ Water: This may seem like a no brainer or a “duh” moment, but when you’re traveling water is essiental.  If the worst should happen and you break down or have a long time between stops, staying hydrated is very curical.  Most of us pound tons of caffeine while driving which only further dehydrates us.  So get a Yeti or similar cup that keeps water cold even in extreme temperatures.  Also, try and stay away from leaving plastic in the sun or a warm car as this can become harmful for you to consume.
  • 3️⃣ Bars: Although not the best things for you ingredient wise sometimes, these guys can come in real handy when you’re hungry and on the go or have no other source of food with you.  My favorite ones are RX Bars, Kind Bars, and Quest Bars.  RX Bars are minimal ingredients, stating no BS, Kind Bars are pretty health conscious and fat heavy, while quest bars are packed with fiber.  Depending on your diet, you may like all of them or none.

  • 4️⃣ Super Greens Powder Mix: I keep this brand around in case I haven’t been able to hit my greens for the day due to travel.  Super Greens has over 80% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 4g of fiber, and a probiotic blend.  Is it as good as the real thing? Probably not, but it’s definitely better than nothing at all… I think so anyways?!


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*Bonus: Healthy options for “fast food” if you need it.

Clean Eatz

If you have one near you, grabbing some meals and packing them on ice is a great option.  If you just need something quick then they can do that too!  With so many healthier options, 🌯🥙🍳🥕🥗 I don’t think you can really go wrong here. They provide you the macro content of each meal and are huge on portion control.  If you stick to the portion sizes you’re going to be just fine but start adding in extra sauces or sides and you can pack on calories quick.  Be smart and stick to their plan!

Full discloser, I will be doing some work with this company in the near future but I’ve been a costumer for well over a year which is why I enquirered to be more involved.

Panera

Some of their food options are fantastic while others are caked with sodium and are higher calorie options due to sauces or a sandwich concactuion.  Just check out their online menu first show you know what you’re getting yourself into.  I usually opt for a 🥗 salad with 2x meat and veggies with little else on it besides a clean dressing or just lots of 🥑 avocados instead.

Chik-fil-a

If there’s not any other option then I’ll opt for the inventors of the chicken sandwhich.  I’ll get a grilled chicken sandwhich and some nuggets with possibly a kale salad.  Is it the best? No, not really.  But it is a healthier choice then the other guys and that’s the point.  Make the best possible choice for your body, mind, and sol when you can.  They as well have an online menu so check it out so you know where the calories lie.  I love their sauces but they are definitely not a great choice because of the ingredients and extra calories.  So, use these sparingly if at all.


For any choice what you really want to accomplish is:

  • Food choices with quality protein.
    • Protein will make you feel satisfied (satiated) and keep you from binging on sweeter foods.  Have you ever tried eating a pack of beef jerky and then been like wooo, I could eat 5 of those things?  Now what about a cookie?  How many of those could you eat?  This is why protein is your friend when traveling.
  • Get in some FAT. Yes, I said FAT.
    • FAT will take longer to digest  which means, hopefully, you keep from getting a sugar crash, and plus it’s good for ya if it’s a healthy fat!  This goes back to finding things like nuts and avocados BUT, be careful.  Some package of nuts have hidden ingredients like sugar.  Always read your labels!
  • Watch eating excessive sugar or things high in sugar, especially by themselves.
    • This can cause blood sugar spikes which can make you feel tired and sleepy which is no bueno when on-the-go.

Remember to do what you can when you can.  Food shouldn’t be seen as a cheat but a personal choice.  Figure out what foods make you feel great and eat more of those.  Figure out the foods that don’t make you feel so great and eat less of those.

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