daily eats: 11.11.13

Hello, hello! How is everyone? In shock that its mid-November like me? Good because I’m in major denial. I’m back for a daily eats post, not with any theme…just a healthy day of food. :)

coffee: totally deserves its own food group, no? I had mine with 1/2 & 1/2. I tried to switch back to coconut creamer (to reduce the dairy in my life) but I just can’t. Coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures and I love it so much more with 1/2 & 1/2. So that’s what I drink it with.

Today I got up early (well, the same time I would get up to go to the gym) and instead of working out, I got ready and went to Starbucks instead. It saves me time on the commute and gives me an opportunity to write, work on the blog and create other content, it’s such a nice way to start the day.

breakfast: protein pancakes + maple syrup + creamy nutzo. This was the first time trying the banana hazelnut flavor of flapjacked protein pancakes - SO good.

lunch: chicken shawarma + greek salad (lettuce + cucumber + tomato +  feta + olives + olive oil + red wine vinegar + oregano). The shawarma recipe, though slightly involved, didn’t take too much time and was delicious. I would recommend it!

Normally I get really snacky in the afternoon, but I spent the afternoon at the doctors office so I wasn’t able to think too much about food. I did however have a smoothie prepared and ready to go. :)

snack: smoothie (vanilla tera’s whey + 1/2 banana + 1 cup frozen berries + 1 cup almond coconut milk) 

workout: now that I’m no longer training for my half marathon, I’ve pretty much stopped running. I think I’ll get back into it, but I’ve been looking forward to mixing it up again. I was still sore from two rounds of the 7-Minute Workout on Saturday (a good indication I need more lunges, squats and triceps dips in my life) so I kept it easy with 25 minutes elliptical + 25 minutes incline walking on the treadmill.

dinner: per usual, I changed our dinner schedule this week. It never fails! Steak + veggies was on the menu, but we ended up with Chipotle. I had a chicken salad + fajita veggies + salsa + greek yogurt (for sour cream) with some chips + guacamole.

dessert: two dark chocolate peanut butter cups

approximate nutrition stats: 1,750 calories, 82 grams fat (41%), 135 grams carbohydrates (30%), 28 grams fiber, 70 grams sugar, 130 grams protein (29%)

Thinking about those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan – the destruction is heartwrenching. Give something if you can, they need it. 

seven simple ideas for chicken dinners

Chicken tends to be the classic weekday meal.

It also tends to have a reputation for being boring.

But it can make a great dinner – most of us can agree on that, right?

We always have some organic chicken thighs (Costco!) in the freezer for weeknight meals, but chicken on a regular basis requires some creativity!

Here are my top seven ways (with ideas and recipes for each) to make chicken for dinner!

Stir-Fry: frozen vegetables + bottled sauce | thai ginger | saucy coconut

On/In a Salad: caesar | fall chicken salad | tomato + avocado

Cheater Chicken Parmesan: top cooked chicken breast with marinara sauce and a slice of mozzarella; broil until golden brown

Coated with Crumbs: panko | italian breadcrumbs | almond meal

Slow-Cooker: bbq sauce | tikka masala | asian chicken

Grilled: citrus | yakitori | mediterranean kebabs

Mexican: fajitas | tacos | slow-cooker chicken mole

Anything to add to the list? 

daily eats: 8.5.13 {bikini edition}

So. I’m leaving for Jamaica this week. And like most, I vainly want to look good in my bikini uniform that I plan on wearing the entire trip. So what do I do when I’m looking to lose a few pounds/flatten my belly?

  • Bump up the workouts a bit
  • Decrease the refined carbs and flour
  • Build meals mainly around protein and vegetables

Because eating out is one of my obsessions/favorite things to do, I planned a few healthy dinners out at Chop Stop, Malibu Fish Grill and Chipotle which helped to break up the protein + vegetable dinners. I haven’t lost any weight but I think my stomach is a little flatter…

workout: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes walking hills on the treadmill

coffee: dunkin donuts hazelnut k-cup (Why aren’t they available to buy online?! My Mom had to ship from WI.) + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: flapjacked protein pancakes. I’ve mentioned these before, and I’m still loving them. I top mine with a touch of maple syrup + almond butter.

coffee 2: I’ve started an unfortunate cold-pressed iced coffee concentrate obsession. It’s another expensive habit that I really don’t need…but it’s fun. And delicious.  I mix a  few ounces concentrate + 1/3 cup 2% milk + splash of 1/2 & 1/2.

lunch: salad with chicken. I topped a bunch of salad greens with mushrooms + shredded carrots + tomatoes + sunflower seeds + dried cranberries + roasted chicken (side note: I tried the roasted, sliced chicken from trader joe’s – totally paying for convenience but I’m a fan) and a blue-cheese vinaigrette.

snack: carrots + cheese stick + almonds that I didn’t end up eating

walk: I was planning on a quick barre3 workout when I got home, but I ended up chatting on the phone, not getting on the bus and walking home from work. Four slow miles.

dinner: I annoy myself with dinners sometimes. Ok, a lot. I always have things planned and then I change my mind. Tonight was supposed to be chicken + cucumber noodles with a peanut sauce. I didn’t want that and decided meatballs sounded good. Then I realized the marinara sauce had mold and I had no canned tomatoes (another side note: who doesn’t have any canned tomatoes?!) so I settled for turkey meatballs with a bit of parmesan + kale & chard sauteed in ghee + sauteed grape tomatoes.

Oh, and a splash of wine!

dessert: one square dark chocolate

approximate nutrition stats: 1,712 calories, 80 grams fat (41%), 146 grams carbohydrates (33%), 38 grams fiber, 51 grams sugar, 115 grams protein (26%)

See you back in LA! I’ll probably be instagramming up a storm…I apologize in advance. :)

summer harvest salad with grilled chicken {trader joe’s copycat}

I don’t buy salads from Trader Joe’s on a regular basis, but every once in a while, when they look particularly good and fresh, I’ll grab a few for a convenient lunch.  A few weeks ago I tried one that I loved.

Today I’m here to recreate the Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken. This is a perfect salad for summer, as it takes advantage of summer produce and is nice and light- perfect for summer lunches or dinners. Salad greens are topped with green beans, corn, hard boiled egg, white cheddar cheese and some freshly grilled chicken, all dressed with a creamy dijon dressing. YUM!

Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll raise your eyebrow at the white cheddar cheese. On a salad?! I’ll take my cheddar with summer sausage and crackers please…but on this salad, it totally works so don’t be too nervous.

And now I’m obsessed with corn…

 

 

Summer Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: grill entree salad gluten-free high protein chicken summer

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Salad

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 12 oz hericots verts, lightly steamed
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted corn
  • 2 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

For the Salad

Grill chicken until cooked and roughly chop.

Start building salads by topping romaine with green beans, corn, chicken, hard boiled eggs, cheddar and green onions.

Drizzle with dressing.

For the Dressing

Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

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