paleta review

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was busy packing, working and running last minute errands for our trip. I also saw Dr. Chase from the show House and it totally made my Saturday. Sometimes I feel like a 13 year-old girl. (He is SO cute!)

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We are currently in Mexico, (probably on the beach, sorry) but I’ve got a few posts lined up for you while I’m gone. I’ll be back next week with some stories, pictures and hopefully a tan! ;)

I wanted to share more about my experience with Paleta with you all so here are my final thoughts! I’ll definitely miss it, it was wonderful!

Thoughts: 

  • 1,600 calories a day is a little low for me, so I went into it knowing that I would supplement it with more snacks (or chocolate) but I was usually surprised at how much food it seemed like. I did have to add in extra snacks every day.
  • the system is amazing – they drop off your cooler of food in the middle of the night – you wake up and have a day of food waiting for you
  • not having to pack lunches (especially on days when I don’t work at home) was AMAZING

Love: 

  • restaurant quality meals for every meal felt like such a treat
  • the great balance of protein, fat, fiber and fruits or vegetables at every meal and snack!
  • every morning felt like Christmas – I couldn’t wait to see what was on the menu that day
  • fresh fruit, especially the berries! I am typically lacking in the fruit department and rarely buy berries for myself, they always felt like such a treat!
  • that you can let them know about food “dislikes” – I didn’t do this, but would next time

Wish:

  • all of the packaging made me feel really guilty….it is recyclable, but maybe sometime soon they will use reusable packages for the individual meals
  • I had more money, it is expensive, but for the quality of food, definitely worth it (ranges from $46-$59/day)
  • they would label the foods that are organic so I would know how much of them are local/organic/etc.

Favorite Meals: 

  • Spicy Shrimp Pizza
  • Honey Yogurt, Grapes, Berries, Veggie Sausages and Almonds (simple but SO perfect!)
  • Thai Chicken Salad
  • Lentil Burger Snack
  • Pan-fried Salmon Lunch
  • PALETA Energy Bite

Thank you PALETA for such a wonderful experience! 

quick 1-minute snack ideas

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There are times when you need a snack.

Immediately.

Or is that just me?

There are often a few options – plain carrots (sometimes boring) or processed vending machine snacks (sometimes not very healthy, rarely filling). And then there are the snacks that fall somewhere in between. Ideally, they’ll contain a combination of fresh foods, protein, a bit of fat and some fiber so that they stick with you for longer than 5 minutes.

Here are some of the quick snacks I rely on, please add your own to the list, I’m always looking for new snack ideas!

Quick 1 Minute Snack Ideas: 

  • tortilla + pesto + cheese  – microwaved for about 30 seconds
  • apple slices + nut butter
  • hot pita bread + hummus
  • tortilla chips + salsa + refried or black beans
  • toast + nut butter
  • frozen waffle + apple slices + slice of cheese – broiled until cheese melts
  • cottage cheese + fruit chunks
  • smoothie: frozen fruit + spinach + milk + greek yogurt – blend until smooth
  • slice of whole grain toast + smashed avocado
  • handful of almonds + square of dark chocolate
  • sliced cheese + triscuits
  • greek yogurt + granola, cereal or fresh fruit
  • quick deviled egg – halve hard boiled egg, mix yolk with 1-2 tsp mayo + salt + pepper, put mixture in egg whites

build it better: oatmeal

 

Oatmeal is often a breakfast staple this time of year and for good reason. It fills you up, keeps you warm, and for me, is definitely associated with chilly winter mornings as a child.  I have to admit, since moving to a warmer climate, I haven’t had oatmeal as often this “winter” but it is still something I eat on a regular basis.

Oats are a healthy option for breakfast because they contain fiber (both soluble and insoluble), protein, are 100% whole grain and contain a whole slew of minerals.

Picking the Oats:

  • Steel-cut oats are best  – they are the whole oat groat which is then cut in pieces instead of flattened meaning it takes longer to digest which helps you feel full longer. They are essentially the least processed form of oats and are sometimes called Irish Oats. They do take longer to cook, but result in a chewy oat.
  • Rolled, Quick or Instant Oats are also good choices.
  • Instead of using the flavored packets which contain hydrogenated oils, corn syrup and a ton of preservatives, try making your own and topping it as you like! You can even make a big batch to eat throughout the week.

Topping Ideas:

  • Nut Butter: Peanut, Almond, Cashew, etc.
  • Sweeteners: Maple Syrup, Honey, Agave, Brown Sugar, Stevia, etc.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruits
  • Shredded Coconut or Coconut Oil

Ways to Add Protein:

  • Nut Butters
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Protein Powder
  • Milk
Recipes to Try: 

What do you put in or on you oats? 

the perfect body

Last week I was faced with a Friday date at the Roosevelt Pool. On Wednesday.

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I panicked. I’m not ready to be in a swim suit! I need time to prepare! I never got around to that juice cleanse!

You see, I’m not a fan of my belly. It is kind of soft and mushy and really the only part of me that I really don’t like.

You know the thing. The, if I could just have a flat belly/toned arms/tight booty/skinny thighs/perfect hair/etc. my life would finally be complete, feeling.

But if I ever had gorgeous abs and a flat belly (doubtful, I love food too much) would I finally be happy with my body or would there always be just one more thing?

I’m heading to Mexico this month for a family trip and I plan on living in bikini’s the entire time.

With or without the perfect belly.  (But I’m hoping it is more perfect than not).

Thoughts?