Switching Over!

Hello Friends!

Short and Healthy now has its own official domain.  I have switched over from WordPress to Bluehost. You can now find me at shortandhealthy.com

After much debate and research, I decided I wanted a bit more flexibility with my blog.  I wanted it to grow as my desire for blogging grew.  I hope you still read at my new location. 🙂

Thanks! See ya soon!

 

Chicken Salad and Easter Eggs

What a day! I’m barely keeping my eyes open as I write- it has been a long eventful day.

It started early with Elvis.

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He was waiting for his morning walk. So patiently I might add.

After a long day of work, I came home to a broken dishwasher.  My dad spent most of the day trying to fix it so dinner came really late (the kitchen was covered in water and plumbing tools).

We had Salad with Marinated Chicken.

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Chicken marinated in Tuscan Sun-dried Tomatoes, baby spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers with poppy-seed dressing.

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I skipped the cheese but had some garlic bread (not pictured). It was light but satisfying, great for a night before Easter.

Now onto coloring Easter Eggs! A tradition we still hold in my house, we all joined together at the kitchen table for some egg coloring.  easter egg collage

Who doesn’t love good, quality family time coloring some eggs? I know we do!

Now for some shut-eye before tomorrow!

Keep an eye out for these upcoming events: organization challenge, 3 ingredient cookies, and homemade protein bars!

 

Question of the Day:

How does your family prepare for Easter together?

Cookies N’ Banana Oats

Do I have a delicious, mouth-watering breakfast for you! Happy Tuesday!

Before we get to that, let’s recap a few things.  Last night I got home from work late and was not super hungry.  I opted for a small dinner and a little dessert.  I topped a Morning Star Tomato and Basil Pizza Burger with my dairy-free cheese.  I added some cherry tomatoes on the side.

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For a little sweetness before bed, I had a Paleo Brownie.

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It’s amazing how after a weekend of treats and overeating, what one day of clean eating can do.  I felt like a whole new person after getting back to my routine of working out and watching what I eat.  This feeling really contributes to my desire to become a dietician, because food is everything when it comes to our body!

This morning I was at the gym by 7:30am and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I cranked up the resistance this time so I was really sweaty by the time I got off.  After a nice stretch-it was time for Leg Day! Yay for Leg Day! It was full of squats, lunges, and leg machines.

Now for the real exciting part of my morning: Cookies N’ Banana Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats ( I used gluten-free and dairy free oats)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons honey (brown sugar or sweetener can be used)

1 tablespoon Cookie Butter

Now this recipe requires a little prep work the night before.  Mix all the ingredients together and leave overnight (refrigerated).

In the morning, add a bit more almond milk to stir everything up and top with a banana.  It is cookie heaven in your mouth! I thought about adding cinnamon but did not want to take away from the delicious cookie and banana flavor! I test tasted a bit before I cut up my banana and my mouth began watering for more!

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On another note- our Florida tickets are bought! So it is official, we are going.  This means 62 days of clean eating and hard-core workouts.

Now off to class.

 

Questions of the day: Favorite way to prepare oats? How do you prepare for a vacation?

 

Thin Mint Protein Shake

After my shopping trip yesterday I was a little too excited to start making new things with all my delicious ingredients.  First on the list- A chocolate peppermint protein shake.  It ended up tasting like a Thin Mint cookie- my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! In drinkable form- it went down so smoothly. So I renamed it and called it the Thin Mint Protein Shake.

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of spinach

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (only this amount-its really strong!)

2 cups vanilla almond milk

ice

blend all together.

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Don’t judge a shake by its color- this was a nasty green color but a lot of flavor!

Before making my protein shake, I hit the gym early to get in an intense workout.

I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing interval runs to complete 3 miles. Then I decided it was an arm day and created this circuit.

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I repeated it twice, using 10 lb dumbbells. I felt the burn.

After showering for the day and drinking my Thin Mint Protein Shake, I spent the morning studying for an exam.  To relieve me from the books, my friend Stephanie came to visit for an hour so we could catch up and chat.  I used this opportunity to snack on my new coconut milk yogurt and some Gluten-Free Chex Cereal I picked up!

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This is Stephanie 🙂

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And this is my delicious snack!

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Blueberry Cinnamon Chex Yogurt Goodness!

Happy Monday!

I’m off to work!

Sunday Shopping

Well hello!

I hope your weekend is wrapping up to be a good one.  Mine was jam-packed with things to do and I barely had time to take pictures of it all! There definitely was not enough hours in the day.

So for the recap:

Friday night, Mike and I headed to dinner with my friends Erica, Rachel and Rachel’s boyfriend Harish.  We dined at Benihana’s , a Japanese restaurant where they cook the food in front of you! I was really excited to try the place, after hearing only good things about it.  Our chef was fabulous-he made is so we had dinner and a show.  He was very skilled at doing little tricks while cooking and cracking jokes the entire time.  I could barely eat because I was so busy watching him.  Almost every main dish comes with soup, salad, an appetizer and your entrée so there was more than enough food to go around.

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This soup was amazing! I ate mine and half of Mike’s as well.

I ordered the Benihana Colossal Mango Shrimp- and I highly recommend it.  The mango really added flavor to the shrimp and I finished every last bite.

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Erica and Rachel ordered the same thing, so it was definitely a group favorite.

Saturday, my dad was throwing a fundraiser so Mike and I stopped by for breakfast and some mingling.

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My parents (and grandma in the background).

We enjoyed some eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy (my favorite!), potatoes and fruit while everyone talked.  Coffee and pastries were also served and it turned out to be a lovely event.

Saturday afternoon, we stopped by Mike’s parents house and I learned how to make italian sausage.  Now for those of you looking for a decent arm workout without going to the gym- I highly recommend making italian sausage! My arms were burning after cranking all that sausage out!

Sunday consisted of grocery shopping (one of my favorite activities) and I wanted to share with you some of my finds!

I had read so many yummy recipes this past week that I wanted to try so I picked up a few ingredients I would need.

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1. Chia seeds- I read on Julie’s blog that these would thicken and fluff up my oats.  Plus you can put them in protein shakes and smoothies.

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2. pumpkin seeds- They were just calling to me at Whole Foods and I can put them in my oats or just snack on them.

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3. Ginger Snaps- but not just any ginger snaps, gluten-free, dairy free and wheat free ginger snaps!

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4. Gluten, Dairy and Soy free Blueberry Muffins-explanitory.

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5. Cookie Butter- a tasty twist on peanut butter, I’m going to add it to my protein shakes and see how it changes the flavors. I’m sure I can find other yummy uses for it as well 🙂

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6. Coconut milk yogurt- I had tried this brand’s version of yogurt made with almond milk and saw they had a coconut milk option as well.

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7. Dairy free Cheese- YES!

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8. Coconut Milk Hazelnut flavored creamer- to make my coffee extra tasty!

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9. Peppermint extract- I really want to try a peppermint and chocolate protein shake!

I picked up a few other things including bananas and salt.  I would say it was a successful trip! Recipes to come this week!

Now for a night of studying and some tea perhaps.

Fruity Friday!

I’m back!

Sorry for no post yesterday but sometimes nursing school just takes up way too much of my time. However, I have a delicious protein shake for you to make up for it.

This morning I started the day early at the gym (yes I did wake up this time). I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing a 3 mile interval run. It left me sweaty and feeling good. I switched between a jog at 6.9 and 8.5 for my sprints. I would jog for 2 minutes and sprint for one. I also added a brisk walk at the beginning and the end at 4.0 speed.
After a quick stretch and some abdominal work I headed home for some breakfast.

I refueled with an Apple Cinnamon Protein Shake

Ingredients:
1 apple
1/2 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk unsweetened
Handful of spinach (always have to get my greens in there)
1 scoop designer whey vanilla protein powder
Few ice cubes
2 dashes of cinnamon

Blend

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It turned green from my spinach but it tasted like apples and cinnamon!

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Yum!
While I prepared that I snacked on a few of these:

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I guess I was in a fruit mood today because for my afternoon snack I had an apple as well- sometimes I just can’t get enough.

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Hope your Friday is fruity and fun! 🙂

BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza

Do I have a dinner for you!

Okay let’s back up just a bit first.  This morning I hit the gym for a quick workout- 20 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes on the stair-master.  I went upstairs stretched and did some ab work before going home.

Shower. Change. Protein Smoothie. Class.

Okay now for my incredibly delicious (and healthy!) dinner.  Barbeque Chicken Bacon Pizza– just the name makes me start to drool a bit.

I wanted to make a healthy homemade pizza so I came up with this.

I started with chicken breast in the crock pot to make the BBQ chicken portion of this pizza.  Cook on low most of the day.

Shred the chicken when finished and top with more barbecue sauce.  If your short on time you can use rotisserie chicken meat instead.

For the ‘crust’ I used Flat Out Healthy Grain with Flax Flat Bread– 1 flatbread is only 100 calories!

I topped the crust with the barbeque chicken, some sautéed onions, fresh spinach, bacon bits (I actually cooked bacon and cut it up) and a little bit of cheddar/Parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

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It was AMAZING! Bursting with flavor.  No one flavor overpowered the others, every bite I got some barbeque chicken, some bacon, some cheese and some spinach.

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Now time for some tea and maybe a Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yoga is now going to be a regular part of my routine! After class today, I hit the gym and ran two miles with interval speeds. On a whim, I decided to stop into the 7pm yoga class my gym offers and thank goodness I did! It was the most relaxing thing I’ve done in a long time. I spend one hour completely focused on my stretching, breathing and relaxing. It’s amazing what one hour of yoga can do for your sanity. With a crazy week full of tests, simulations and vacation planning, a yoga class was just what I needed to clear my mind. Leaving the gym, I felt at peace and ready to tackle the rest of the week. I also had forgiven myself of any lapses in diet for the day as well- thank you yoga instructor for giving me that ability.

With a clear head I made my way home to some spaghetti my grandmother had cooked.

I finished the night with a Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie, a recipe I’ve been trying to perfect since my Paleo Brownie.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup gluten-free flour
2 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Mix together in a cup and microwave for 1 minute.

It might be even better than the brownie!

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What healthy desserts are you cooking up tonight?

Seasons Confused

With the Chicago weather going back and forth between spring and winter, I woke up thinking of fall. (Strange I know) Breakfast was a little creative and a lot of flavor! I toasted some gluten-free waffles and topped them with a pumpkin sauce and cinnamon apples.

Ingredients:
3 waffles
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of pumpkin spice
1 apple
2 tablespoon honey

Heat the pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, honey and pumpkin spice together on stovetop until melted into a nice cream sauce.

While that is simmering, cut up apple and mix together in a bowl with 1 tablespoon honey and a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin sauce should be creamy but not very thick. Do not bring to a boil. Add more milk if very thick ( I’m taking a guess as to how much milk I used- I really just poured it in until it was the consistency I wanted)

Top waffles with sauce and apples for a fall flavored breakfast!

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This was just enough to get me going for a day full of classes!

Sausage and Salad!

With a Florida vacation on the horizon, I decided to kick up my workouts but also clean up my diet too.  I have been eating clean most of the time but there is definite room for improvement.  I want to be in swim suit shape in 2 months! When I woke up to my alarm this morning, of course I had a craving for pancakes.  I wanted to make sure I was getting my protein in though so protein pancakes it was!

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 cup gluten-free flour

1 banana

a shake of cinnamon

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The pancakes cooked quickly and were actually light.  I topped them with some honey for sweetness.

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They really hit the spot-without making me too full.

I spent the afternoon in class with the promise to hit the gym later that afternoon.

Once I got to the gym, I realized I really need to start going back in the morning.  It was packed with people and I had to wait for machines.  I spent 30 hard-core minutes on the treadmill and then went upstairs to start a circuit workout.  I stretched and then got to work.

I was all over the place with my circuit workout- I was really making it up as I went along but it was intense!

Set 1:

20 sumo squats

1 min plank

20 sumo squats

1 min side plank

Repeat.

Set 2:

50 crunches

15 leg raises with stability ball

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Repeat.

I did a few more leg machines before calling it a night.  I just have to say one of my biggest pet peeves is people at the gym who are not really there to workout.  People today were sitting on the machines, not really working out, for much longer than they needed to chatting with their friends.  I don’t mind socializing at the gym- but actually workout.  Don’t just sit on the machine and pretend your working out your legs while watching some guy on the otherside. I would have probably stayed later but I was getting too frustrated.

Anyways. on a happier note-DINNER!

My sister and I had a craving for meat.  We mixed together polish sausage (we are of polish descent) and a Morning Star Mushroom burger, sautéed with some bell peppers and a dash of salt.

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We added some salad on the side for a vegetable.

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I ate every last bite! The salad was really refreshing and crunching.

Hope your Monday was a happy one!