Clean Eating Must Haves; Pantry Staples

Hi, this will be a pretty short but I think educational post. To be successfu in clean eating number one you have to be committed but setting yourself up for success is very important so this post is about a small component that helps me stay on my clean eating journey.

There are some items I must have in my pantry, it helps to keep me on track. Spices and dried herbs are a must for me, you can get great flavor without adding a lot of salt. I know rice is a item a lot of people stsy away due to carbs, I don't eat it everyday but it's an item I won't give up, I will however substitute it for cauliflower and green beans on weeks I want to keep my carb intake as low as possible. 

Pantry Essentials;                                         
1. PB2                 
2. Tuna         
3. Quick Oats, Steel Oats and Old Fashioned 
4. Diced Tomatoes
5. Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
6. Jasmine Rice
7. Black and Green Tea
8. Sriracha 
9. Low Sodium Tajin
10. Dry Beans
11. Flax Seed
12. Chia Seed

Meal Prep Tuesday

Hi!!!  Last time I was here I was on my third week of my 30 Day Pescatarian I guess diet for lack of a better word. Well I like it so much I have decided to extend it, I see results and I don’t feel the need to binge eat but because of falling off so frequently in the past if I crave something I eat it and then go back to eating right. I also now limit my intake of processed foods and 98% of the time I only eat Whole Foods. I am learning you can be completely satisfied eating fish, grains and fruits and veggies. I have the eating down finally now my next goal is to be more consistent in my workouts. I have accountability in eating now I need to find it in exercising. So below I have a couple days of meals prepped and basically what I used and how I cooked each item. For seasoning I keep it the same, basil, oregano, garlic powder and chopped garlic , parsley, onion powder and chopped onion, Italian seasoning, chili powder, paprika, Himalayan pink salt and black pepper but I always say…

30 Day Reset

Lately I have let life situations get me off track, I wasn’t eating right and gained back all the weight I worked so hard at losing last year. I would try on clothes and they would fit but I didn’t feel comfortable even in clothing as simple as graphic tees which are like my everyday uniforms.  Then I decided to work out again and take before pictures and got the shock of my life.  Those pictures were a slap in the face and proved why I was miserable all the time that is when I finally decided to do something about it for good.  So on October 30th I decided to try something new, working out 3 times a week just to get my body accustomed to it and trying pescatarianism for 30 days.  This is the 3rd week and I feel great.  The first couple of days I lost 4 inches and 6 pounds and so far I am down 16 pounds.  I haven’t been eating processed foods and have substantially cut down on my calories.  I meal prep 2 times a week and work out 3 to 5 times a week depending on…

A Day of Eating

I like to journal what I eat it keeps me accountable and helps me to stay on track. So I thought I do a little photo chronicle of a typical day of eating. 

                   Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with dark chocolate chips and pecans, veggie omelette with a sprinkle of sriracha and half a banana with a cup of coffee.

         Lunch: Homemade veggie soup.

Snack: Trail mix.

        Dinner: Homemade garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed broccoli and boneless skinless baked  chicken thighs.

Thanks for reading and as always feel free to comment. XOXO Lola K.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was craving something sweet but not with too many grams of sugar so I went hunting for a easy and healthier recipe and trusty old Pinterest came through.  I found a couple of recipes but this one was easy and most of the ingredients were already in my pantry.  It was Ambitious Kitchen, a peanut oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with no flour or butter.  I of course tweaked it to my liking.  Below is my version but you can click the link above for Monique's version.  Keep scrolling for my take on the recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix together 2/3 cup oats, half teaspoon salt, 1 tbsp PB2 and 1 tsp baking soda and set aside. In a separate bowl beat 2/3 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup raw sugar, 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla with electric mixer until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients with plastic spatula, then gently fold in 1/2 cup jumbo dark chocolate chips.  Roll cookies into 2 inch dough balls and place onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart, then flatten the top of the cookie  and use you…

Meal Prep Monday

I have been unmotivated lately but I had a aha moment recently. I had been doing so well and life issues made me eat anything and stopped working out but I am officially back on track.  I’m super excited and motivated and have a new goal to not only get my body in check but my life also. I like to meal prep lunch and dinner  for 3 to 4 days so I usually cook on Mondays and Wednesdays or Thursdays. For meal prep I made two beef dishes, beef teriyaki with broccoli and jasmine rice for dinner and beef with broccoli and potatoes foil packets for lunch. For breakfast I either have steal cut oats with turkey bacon or an egg white omelette with turkey bacon. For snacks I have either yogurt, a protein shake or cheese with turkey. I enjoy cooking so meal prepping is easy and fun for me.

                    Check back next week for more meal prepping. Thanks for reading and as always feel free to comment. XOXO Lola K.

Update: 30 Day Personal Challenge

Today is the last day of my personal 30 day shake challenge.
                 The plan was to drink two shakes a day, one meal, two snacks and 2 mango teas a day.  Week 1 was pretty easy but by day 4 drinking two shakes, two snacks and a meal was too much for me so day 5 through day 15 I went down to one shake, one snack and 1 meal a day.  By day 15 I think my body was used to the mostly liquid diet.
               Day 16 through 29 I alternated between one to two shakes depending on my hunger levels.  It was pretty challenging but I would definitely do it again.  With exercising 3 times a week I lost a total of 5 pounds, I like the idea of drinking a shake for breakfast, it is a easy solution for the mornings.

                  Left, day 1. Right, day 25

Thanks for reading.  Btw, this is not an ad for Herbalife, I don't sell it this is just my honest opinion of the products I have used.