Healthy Eats: Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Veggies

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Super fast and easy!

Dried Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Salt
3-6 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
80 g Green Beans
2 t Sun-Dried Tomatoes (in Olive Oil)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix some Parmesan, seasoning and garlic salt in a small bowl. Coat chicken breast in the mix and pan fry. While chicken cooks, saute green beans and tomatoes till heated through. Season to taste.

Healthy Eats: Bruschetta Chicken

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Light, fast, easy, delicious.

3-6 Tomatoes (depending on size and number of servings you need)
1 Red Onion
2-4 Cloves of Garlic
Fresh Basil to taste (or 2-4 tsp Basil Paste by Gourmet Garden)
Splash of Olive Oil
Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
Dash of Salt

1-2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Seasonings (as desired): Garlic Salt, Oregano, Rosemary, Parmesan, Basil

Season chicken breasts and pan fry. Dice tomatoes, onions and garlic and mix in a medium sized bowl. Add chopped basil or basil paste and mix. Add in olive oil and balsamic vinegar (sparingly) and season to taste. Top chicken with the mix. Devour.

*Disclaimer: May want to abstain from kissing, whispering or close talking for at least 24 hours after consuming this recipe.*

 

Healthy Eats: Black Bean Pasta with Veggies

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A vegetarian dish! Very rare occurrence for me!
This “pasta” is super high in protein and fiber and has much lower carbs than standard pasta. I like to use it for dinners every now and then to give a spin on the standard pasta dishes. The brand is Explore Asian. They have a variety of pasta alternatives, all of which are delicious, light yet filling, and macro-friendly.  I got this at Harmon’s, but you can also check Amazon, Costco, or other “health-food” based grocery stores.

Ingredients:

1/2 T Olive Oil
2 oz Explore Asian Black Bean Spaghetti
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/4 Small Onion
1 Clove Garlic
McCormick Grill Mates Baja Citrus Marinade Seasoning

Boil spaghetti according to the directions on the package. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and saute the peppers, onion and garlic. Season the veggies with the marinade blend to taste. When the spaghetti is done, drain it and saute it briefly with the veggies. For a little added flavor/protein, add chicken or beef.

Healthy Eats: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Bulillo Roll
2.5 oz Chuck Tender Steak (cooked)
1 slice Provolone Cheese
1/4 Green Bell Pepper (julienned)
1/4 Onion (small, julienned)
Garlic to taste
Olive Oil (optional)

Saute peppers, onions and garlic. I did mine without oil or butter to keep it light. While veggies are softening, cook steak to preferred level (I did mine medium rare) and cut into narrow strips. Lightly drizzle olive oil on your roll and top with veggies, steak and cheese. Broil for about 1 1/2-2 minutes till cheese is melted or just beginning to bubble.  Enjoy!

Get Fit In Here, So You Can Play Out There

I think fitness and working hard in the gym really only benefits you if you’re going to use it. How you use it is up to you. I like to race. I used my fancy fitness at the Special Ops 5K in Tooele a couple weekends ago and had a total blast. Only problem was the race was too short, so you’ll probably find me doing the 10 miler next year. I got my husband to do it with me and we had a great time cheering each other on throughout the race (couples who sweat together stay together. #swolemates).

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Although training for my races is always fun (just kidding, it’s not), I also like to use the strength, energy, flexibility, coordination and functional movements I practice in the gym to help me play hard. Lake Powell provided the perfect venue for this intense playtime. Activities included (but were not limited to):
Hiking
Swimming
Wakeboarding
Flyboarding (ask me about this if you are a fan of good times)
Badminton
Lizard Catching (unsuccessful)
and Cliff Jumping.
This vacation was definitely a reminder to me of why fitness and health are so important. I like to be involved and have a good time. I like participating in activities without feeling exhausted. I like having to courage to try new things because I feel strong and coordinated. I really really like looking good and feeling confident in a swimsuit. So I guess the overall message of this post is this: suffer with a purpose! Work for something and then use it! It doesn’t have to be for a 5K, marathon, ironman, bikini competition, or world-class-athlete status. It can be for whatever you want it to be for and no matter what, that reason is important and valid because it means something to you. Work hard. Get fit. Get out there. Feel better.

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