December 20, 2017

Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

This chocolate cake is super moist and topped with the most decadent caramel icing. My Grandma has been making this family recipe for as long as I can remember. Every time we went for a visit to Grandma’s house this delicious cake was always waiting for us.
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December 8, 2017

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a simple, healthy and delicious breakfast! These Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats are also perfect for those time crunched mornings.
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June 7, 2017

Healthy Snacks

I’m definitely a snacker! The thought of eating only 3 square meals per day slightly horrifies me. LOL!

I tend to eat about 5 meals daily and this keeps me completely satisfied.

To prevent snacking from turning into mindless eating, I try to stick to these few guidelines:

    • Keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy ingredients. This ensures I can quickly throw together a healthy snack and not reach for a bag of chips (Side note: If I reach for that bag of chips I will definitely eat the entire thing. It’s happened. Many times. I’m the chip monster!)
    • Watch portion sizes. As I’ve mentioned before, I track the amount of protein, carbs and fats I eat in a day. This guarantees that I’m eating a balanced diet and helps me manage my portion sizes at each meal.
    • Each snack made up of Carbohydrates, Fats & Protein. When my snacks tick off all 3 of these macro-nutrients it keeps me feeling fuller longer. However, it’s not essential. It can be difficult to ensure your sweet snacks, in particular, have protein. As long as each snack hits two of these macros I can make up the third in another meal.

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May 24, 2017

Salmon, Potato & Asparagus Salad

Making a good salad is a bit of an art! Honestly, it took me years of practice to graduate from salads that are simply chunks of iceberg lettuce with a few sad pieces of cucumber and tomato drenched in dressing.

Because I’m an active person, with a large appetite, salads must be filling to be considered a meal. To achieve this I strive to use a variety of vegetables with the addition of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. This salad nails all of that criteria!
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March 14, 2017

My Healthy Pantry

One of the greatest obstacles to preparing healthy meals is the perception that nutritious food is bland. Who wants to eat boring old flavorless meals? Certainly not me, I love food!

At the beginning of my quest for healthy living I struggled to figure out how to make healthy food taste good. Truth be told, I was in WAY over my head! I was attempting to learn how to cook AND create nutritious tasty meals all at the same time.

Well, after much trial and error (lot’s of error…hehe!) mixed with some creativity I figured out how to create perfectly seasoned healthy meals that are hubby approved!
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February 22, 2017

A Fitness Model’s Meal Guide

This past summer I participated in my very first professional fitness photo shoot. Many of you may wonder what exactly I ate to get my body “shoot ready.”

Did my diet consist of plain chicken breast and broccoli for every meal? Was I starving myself to look this way?
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February 16, 2017

Zucchini Banana Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I know that sounds cliche, but I generally wake up with a grumbling tummy and cannot wait to eat! I think my favorite thing about breakfast is that it can be either savory or sweet.

These healthy muffins are my go-to breakfast for time crunched mornings. They are moist, fluffy and packed with the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep your tummy satisfied throughout the morning.
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February 6, 2017

Food Prep 101

One of the key factors to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is food prep. Food prep ensures you have nutritious meals planned out and prepared ahead of time to enable you to make healthy food choices throughout the week.

I realize that the thought of food prep can be very overwhelming. Many people aren’t sure where to start or feel they just don’t have the time. However, I can assure you that these few tips and tricks will save you countless hours of prepping and cooking throughout the week. Also, no more time wasted with meal time indecision.
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