Morning, everyone! Well, after our CHEESE LADEN and MASSIVE PORTION eats of the long weekend, I'm bringin the other end of the spectrum back to you this morning to help balance out the scalesJ
6:45-7:15am: 2 mile "Walk Away the Pounds" with 8 pound weights
When I want to go 'back to the basics' of my weight loss journey, this will definitely take me get back to ground zero. It always reminds me of when I discovered 'if I actually started working out in the 30 minutes I debated whether I wanted to do it or not, I would be done by now' with these quick, half-hour workouts. If you need a way to jump start your exercise plan, I will ALWAYS suggest these as "Getting Started (or STILL GOING!): 101!"
8:00am: Hot Lemon Water
9:00am: Coffee with creamer & 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (SO GOOD...your coffee will be dark as mud, but it's surprisingly sweeter than it looks)
10:30am: Breakfast- Coconut blended yogurt with 2 teaspoons almonds
1:30pm: Lunch- Apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
3:00pm: Snack- Health-IER Cinnamon Toast
So I took my normal 'healthy cinnamon toast' and made it even healthier by nixing the sugar. The teaspoon of coconut oil & sprinkle of cinnamon on wheat toast was both sweet enough for a sweet tooth and enough savory to cover both of your bases. Win/win!
6:00pm: Dinner- Baked Parmesan Chicken & corn and brussel sprout blend
So, I know, random side dish for the end of summer...but I had gotten these brussel sprout on 'manager's special' at the store over the weekend and knew I had to use them up quickly. So I simply torn off the outer leaves, diced off the core and sliced em in half before adding them to a skillet drizzled with a little olive oil...
After I let them toast up (mostly) face down for about 10 minutes, I gave them a flip and added juice from 1/2 a lemon, garlic powder, onion powder and some salt and let them cook for another 5 minutes to pick up even MORE color...
Next, I added three corn's worth of kernels...
Gave everything a stir and let them cook together for another 5 minutes...
By that time, the sprouts were tender and caramelized and the corn was sweet with a little bite. Super simple & super tasty.
The main dishes wasn't what I had originally planned, but over the weekend my Mom & Katie had made some chicken tenders together (so cute!) and when I went to heat up a leftover one for her for lunch yesterday, it just smelled sooooooooo good that my plan for BBQ'd chicken went out the window and oven fried chicken coated in bread crumbs & Parmesan cheese came into play...
I gave em a little spritz of olive oil to the tops before popping them in the 350 degree toaster oven for a half hour and it gave it just enough to give the chicken a great CRUNCH...always very essential when making 'faux fried' foodsJ
Well, I hope it's as glorious where you are as it is in Jersey today. The highest temp in the upcoming forecast is 84 on Sunday and a (GIDDY!) low of 72 on Friday. I may have really liked summer this year, but once this weather starts rollin in, it's gonna be ON! Hmmm....maybe I'll break out some more of my decorations today to get in the spirit...WEEEEE!
Have a great Wednesday!J