Lovin’ These Links

There have been some great links that I have been into lately.. I thought I would share them with you!  There’s a mish-mash of recipes, workouts, tips, and health ideas 🙂  Enjoy!

Keeping those stinkin’ allergens away! All About Allergens

Why didn’t I think of this recipe? Hummus Stuffed Chicken

Yes, please! Peanut Protein Cookies

Shoulders buggin’ ya? Shoulder Savers

Junk Food Cravings? Kick ’em to the curb!

Really??  Celine Dion??!  Best Baby Makin’ Songs

I can say yes to quite a few (9, 10, 28, 29, 37, 39, 50) … whoops! Signs You’re Obsessed with CrossFit

Need to follow this Pull-Up Power Program 

Not the number on the scale What is Your Health Marker?

Gotta try these Raw Banana Nut Bars

What is exercise NOT good for? Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Trying the Protein Crepe ASAP Five Competition Prep Breakfasts

xoxo, Haley

Question: Any new links you’re loving lately??  Do share!

Strange but Good: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Growing up, I remember the commercials.  I remember the tone in the woman’s voice as she sang the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!” It has stuck with me.. for years.

As the years went on, it seemed to be getting weirder…

And even weirder..

Or is it #strangebutgood?  Hmmm… As the pets got stranger, chia seeds were not only being used as pets in my kitchen.  Chia seeds became FOOD!

So, here’s to another STRANGEbutGOOD Friday in the foodie world–(Thanks to Laura)!

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I have put chia in cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies… but this recipe is a new one for me.  Honestly I was scared at first.  I didn’t know what was to come from these little guys.  From experience, I knew they became gel-like, but a bunch of them in my mouth??

I have seen recipes like this in many places, so I am not reinventing the wheel.  However, I threw some ingredients in a bowl, let it sit, and liked it!

Of course, the main ingredient:::

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CHIA SEED!  Looking at the nutrition facts below, chia seeds are full of Omega-3s, fiber, and protein.  What a SUPER FOOD!!?

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Alongside the CHIA seeds is my favorite milk, SILK!

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CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

What Ya Need:
-2 T chia seeds
-1/2 cup milk
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-sweeten to your liking 🙂

Easy Instructions:
-Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Cover. Let sit in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
-Stir again. EAT!

Before and after the fridge…

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mmm… Chocolate Chia Sludge 🙂

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This POWERHOUSE snack has 160 calories, 7g protein, and 10g fiber!

enjoy!… hope you don’t grow ch-ch-ch-chia hair 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question: Did you have a chia pet growing up?  Please tell me you remember the commercial!

Need Chia Seeds in your life????  Buy them from www.iherb.com with MLS308 and save $10 on your first order over $40! 🙂

WIAW: give me a shot!

Welcome back for another view of what I ate.. Whether you care or not (most likely the latter), I have a tasty recipe for you!

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Head over to Jenn’s blog to see what else is being cooked up today…

My day started, as usual, at 5:15am when I got up and chugged some water. For reason I was parched! I changed outta my PJs, ate a carrot, shared a bit with Stan the Man, and was off to CrossFit!

Got home, showered my sweaty-betty self (shuttle runs got me), and made the protein shake I teased you all with on instagram on Monday.. hehe

Behold.. The Buttery Nipple Protein Shake!!!

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I had to turn this alcoholic shot into a shake. It brings back ridiculous memories of my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It was, after all, my first LEGAL shot!

In the shot comes Butterscotch Schnapps & Irish Cream. Healthy? No. Delicious? HECK YES!

The shake turns out sweet, creamy, and even has a hint of rum. hehe 😉 (recipe at the bottom)

The shake was consumed with a glass of Silk Almond Milk (yes, the sweetened kind-sometimes you just buy what’s on sale!), coffee, and 2 (or 3 or 4) tablespoons of Justin’s Almond Butter. Straight from the jar. Classy.

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Lunch was a #strangebutgooddelicious mixture of shredded cabbage, low sodium turkey meat, and YELLOW MUSTARD!! The tangy mustard is like a party in my mouth. I swear, it’s like crack to me.

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…with a side of carrots and an orange. Orange you glad I had my fruit and veggies? (I’m so lame.)

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Dinner was #UGLYbutGOOD!

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Sauteed cabbage with a chicken breast from a juicy & tasty rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club. I was lazy and didn’t want to bake chicken, so we bought one. Don’t hate.

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Strawberry Protein Fluff made with cottage cheese. I die.

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Buttery Nipple Protein Shake
-1 cup almond milk
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4t butter extract
-1/4t rum extract
-1/4t vanilla extract
-7-10 ice cubes
-1/4t xantham gum

*Blend everything but the ice and xantham gum. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients & enjoy!
–So yummy but don’t blame the rum-tasting burps you have for a few hours. 😉

I hope you had a fabulous WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What was the BEST thing you ate today??

 

Sweet Potato Hash

Hash? What’s hash?  I actually had no idea!  I always heard of it as “Corned Beef Hash,” but I was a little late on that boat because I have been all out of corned beef for weeks!

Let me save you the trouble–don’t google “What is hash?” There are some interesting sites that pop up.  (Apologies–this is hash the FOOD I am referring to).

Any who–turns out HASH is a dish consisting of diced meat, potatoes, and spices that are mixed together and then cooked either alone or with other ingredients such as onions. (Source)

I went along with this yet omitted the meat.  It turned out great!

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This was paired well with two eggs and sauteed cabbage (my fave).

Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:
-1/4 onion, chopped
-half sweet potato, cooked & cubed
-1/2 T coconut oil
-1/4 teaspoon each of onion, garlic, paprika
-sprinkle of salt

How-To:
1. Spray a pan with nonstick spray (or use more coconut oil)
2. Cook up the onion until translucent on medium-high.
3. Add in cubed sweet potato (I left the skin on) and let cubes sit in pan.
4. Leave the potato alone to get a nice sear. Then flip.
5. Stir in coconut oil. Coat potato.
6. Add in spices and stir to coat.
7. Sprinkle salt.
8. Serve up & enjoy.

Spices added…

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Before I demolished the plate!

20130323-091951.jpg*I found that the coconut oil adds a whole new flavor dimension.  It really added to the dish.

xoxo, Haley

Question: Ever had a hash before?  I hadn’t! haha.. and liked it  🙂

Sun Dried Tomato & Wedge Stuffed Chicken

Happy Friday EVE!

FUN FACT: I am very superstitious and FOUR is my lucky number.  Today is 4/4 (April 4). Therefore, today is my luckiest day all year–hehe 🙂

Another easy chicken dinner comin’ at ya!

Now, I know that last Friday I shared with you my hatred for touching raw meat. I am still not sure how I survived this recipe, but let me tell ya, it was worth it!

I swear these little Laughing Cow wedges are my new best friend.  So versatile!  (as if you couldn’t tell in yesterday’s post)

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 Sun-Dried Tomato & Wedge Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:
-2 chicken breasts
-sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
-2 Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss wedges
-can of tomato sauce
-dried basil
-salt & pepper
-red pepper flakes

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut a slit in each chicken breast. (make a pocket)
  3. Using a knife (or your fingers like me), spread one wedge into each pocket.
  4. Stuff 1-2 T of sun-dried tomatoes into each chicken.
  5. Place in non-stick sprayed dish and sprinkle basil, salt, and pepper on top.
  6. Pour can of tomato sauce on top of chicken breasts. (I did not use the entire can.)
  7. Spice it up! (red pepper flakes)
  8. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!

**This recipe was delicious and easy to make.

Tip: If you cannot get your sun-dried tomatoes already julienned, just slice them up yourself.

*I served mine with a frozen veggie mix of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and yellow carrots.

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Now for some visuals…..

chicken pocket–looks nasty (i’m so mature)

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cheese and tomatoes in the chicken pocket

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basil, salt, and pepper sprinkled on the chicken

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all set for the oven! (with extra spiciness!!)

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dinner is served!

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xoxo, Haley

Question: Sun-dried tomatoes::like ’em or no?

The BF isn’t a fan of sun-dried tomatoes!! (crazy, huh?)

(Make Your Own) Ground Chicken Breast Patties

It’s easy to stick some chicken breasts in the oven and top ‘em with some spices. However, this week I did something new (to me) and thought it was strange.

I have never been a fan of handling raw meat. (Anyone else immature enough to giggle at ‘raw meat?’) It grosses me out. It feels all slimy and squishy–not cool.

So, ground meat is just weird. —yuck— Especially when you have to mix it around with your bare hands and it’s squishing through your fingers. (I could vomit just typing this..)

Anywho–I decided to make my own ground chicken breasts! In the grocery store, this stuff is usually quite expensive. It is always upwards of $3 a pound (and that’s the cheapest I have seen it–Love ya, Sprouts!)

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BUT, if you make it yourself, if can be as low as $1.80 a pound. Deal? YES!

Before I continue, head over to see the QUEEN of Strange but Good::: Laura!

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Back to how I don’t like raw chicken (or any meat for that matter)–I put the chicken breasts in my food processor to make ground chicken breasts! Why haven’t I done this before? It was so easy and was able to add tons of flavor with herbs and veggies.

Here’s what I did and what you SHOULD do!

Chicken Breast Patties

-2 chicken breasts (mine were medium sized)

-3 T egg whites

-2 green onions, chopped

-1-2 T cilantro, chopped

-half serrano pepper, deseeded & chopped

-1 T chives

-1/2 cup grated carrot

-salt and pepper

  1. Chop green onions, cilantro, serrano, chives and grate carrot. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop chicken.
  3. Put chicken and egg whites in food processor. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  4. Process until a paste is made–should be ground up.
  5. Add in herbs and veggies. Pulse until mixed.
  6. Put meat mixture into a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (mine was in for 8 hours).
  7. Form 8 patties with chicken.
  8. Cook in a pan, under a medium broiler, or on the BBQ. Flip a few times until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  9. Enjoy! – Serve as sliders, on top of a salad–or however you choose!

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Microwave Your Sweet Taters

Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are full of fiber and sweet on their own.. No need to add sweetener–although, cinnamon is necessary 😉

Besides being rich in fiber, a one cup serving of sweet potato has over 400% of your daily needed value of vitamin A. (Talk about good peepers!!!) They also have a large amount of the antioxidant, beta-carotene.

Usually starchy foods raise blood sugar, but sweet potatoes actually improve blood sugar regulation–even in persons with type 2 diabetes. Source

Basically–sweet potatoes taste great and do a body good!

I find the easiest way to cook a sweet potato is to microwave it. (Unless you food prep some in the oven…) I prefer the microwave because I cook one at a time. Here’s how I do it:::

Microwaved Sweet Potato

  1. Wash the potato thoroughly under warm water.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with a knife.
  3. Wrap the potato with a damp paper towel and place on a plate.
  4. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  5. Flip and microwave for 4:44 (because I’m crazy for 4s).
  6. Done! Be really careful when removing the potato–it is quite steamy!
  7. Cut in half and do it up!

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*I usually smash with a fork and sprinkle with cinnamon and little salt for a sweet and salty dish.

Heck, I have even microwaved the tater–THEN dipped it in a protein shake! (if you follow me on instagram, you witnessed this!)

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It is very easy and should NOT only be had at Thanksgiving time. 🙂

Need more sweet potato recipe ideas? Here are some…

Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato

Women’s Health Magazine Sweet Potato Recipes

Now go eat a sweet potato!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Do you like sweet potatoes?

I LOVE THEM–duh. The BF? Not so thrilled..