Good morning! Happy Wednesday. After wining and dining several times last week, I was ready for a full week of clean eats and fresh recipes. It’s easy to get caught up in a dinner here and a party there but it will slowly catch up to you if your not careful!
For What I Ate Wednesday I have two recipes to share with you! One is a simple protein bar and one is a warm soup recipe! Thanks Jenn for hosting this link up. Click over to her site for fresh recipe ideas from other bloggers like me!
But first I want to share my newest yogurt love: siggi’s. I like saying the name, who knows if I say it right. Remember when Fage came out? I used to say Fage like Sage, soo not articulate and clearly can’t read the yogurt carton that says, “Pronounce: Fay-yeh”. Oh, I get it. But this yogurt is great because it is 100 calories and has 14g of protein plus look at the stats pictured below:
I love seeing those No, No, No’s. It’s amazing the junk in a lot of yogurts these days. But this one is clean and has 5 ingredients. Next time you go to the grocery look at the ingredient list in your food items. This is what Yoplait’s ingredient list looks like:
Sigg’s is typically expensive so I only buy it when it’s on sale like it was Monday. I bought 5 for the week, they are the best mid-afternoon snack!
Speaking of snacks…
No-Bake Protein Almond Oat Bars
Makes 8 Bars
- 1.5 cups of Oats
- 1/4 cup of Almond Slices
- 4 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of Almond Butter
- 1/3 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened Vanilla)
Cover a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Mix the dry ingredients together then add the Almond Butter & Milk. Stir until fully mixed and then add to the pan. Freeze for 30-40 minutes and then cut bars into 4 by 2 rows so you have 8 total bars. I like to wrap mine individually in plastic wrap. Store them in the fridge for freshness.
I hope you try them! They didn’t last long here My husband is a granola/protein bar junkie. And I may be too, give me a Luna Bar and I’ll be your best friend.
Another way to win over my heart, warm soup. Nothing screams Winter to me more than a fuzzy blanket, Little Women on TV and a bowl of hearty soup. Enter hearty:
Winter Kale & Two Bean Soup
(Vegetarian) Serves 4-6 people
- 32oz of Chicken Broth
- 16oz of Black Beans
- 16oz of Great Northern Beans
- 16oz of canned Diced Tomatoes (with juice)
- 1/2 cup of Dry Quinoa
- 3 cups of Kale (stems removed)
- 4 stalks of Celery (chopped into bite size pieces)
- 1 tbsp of Cumin
- 1 tbsp of Chili Powder
- 1 tsp of Garlic & Parsley seasoning
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
Add all ingredients, besides the Kale, to a soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add Kale and continue to simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
Serve up and enjoy a warm bowl of hearty soup for the Winter months. Fuzzy blanket & Little Women optional but recommended.
I made this Monday night to eat for lunch throughout the week. It’s very filling with all the protein from the black beans, northern beans & quinoa.
I’ve also been working it out at the gym this week. Last night was a Circuit Training workout from Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp and one killer exercise was a Reverse Lunge with Leg Lift. Add this to your next booty workout and you will feel it!
My dear friend Kristen gave me this Blue & Green Reebok Dri-fit tank for Christmas as she remembered my blog call/complaint for new workout clothes. Oh how I love her and she knows me perfectly. Plus it matches my shoes- not trying to be a gym fashionista buuuut I may have loved it.
You like my heart-shaped sweat mark? That’s work right there. My body loves me. And I love you, therefore I’m giving you a sweaty workout that you can rock out this week. It’s only 4 exercises and you will do 4 rounds total for a sweaty workout that will work your Legs, Butt, Arms & Abs. GO ALL OUT! Don’t forget to warm-up for 5-10 minutes and cool down and stretch after.
- Squat with Alternating Knee Tuck – Squat down and then return to standing position, then lift knee to hip height. Alternate knee tucks after each squat.
- High Plank with Alt. Knee Tuck
What’s your favorite yogurt? What’s your favorite granola/protein bar?
Green Kale Pesto from Power Cakes
Love Your Body Music Playlist- Tone It Up Girls
Upcycled Bar Stools- Let’s Go Sunning