Cooking has always been a hobby of mine. Being in the kitchen is kinda like my therapy, and the result is (almost) always delicious! I get in the kitchen and cook, cook, cook but forget that I have a ‘food’ section on this site that needs some lovin’ every now and then! It took my cousin calling me out on Instagram to light a fire under my butt. So here you have it folks, not the best food photo I’ve taken, but definitely one of the best clean eats I’ve whipped up in a while.
We’re in the throws of awards show season! From the Emmy’s to the Grammy’s at the start of the year to the Imagen Awards and Oscar’s this weekend, this town has been in a frenzy. I too have been in a frenzy.
I’m still figuring out which is going to be my first bikini competition of the season and I’m almost at a decision: sometime in late April or early May. While I figure the specifics of that out, I am being mindful of my diet and training and have started cutting back on my carbs. This week is going to be my first ‘official’ week of competition dieting, so begins the challenge of prepping food ahead of time and staying on my plan. I decided to try out Diet-to-Go for a few days this past week because, quite frankly, I’ve been having 14 hour days between training, work and auditions and haven’t had the time or the mental capacity to think about food prep. Diet-to-Go is a meal delivery service that offers a variety of options such as low carb, vegetarian and low fat weekly meal deliveries – and it’s the most inexpensive fresh diet delivery system on the market, which makes choosing it a no-brainer! I opted for low carb (duh!) and I was pleased not only with the convenience of not having to figure out what to eat when, but also the quality of the food.
My roommate has finally moved in and settled into our new apartment, and with her ever-cheerful Aussie accent and personality, she brought with her her love of snacking. Well, more specifically, her obessession with drinking almond milk. I’ve been a fan of almond milk myself for quite sometime because I suffer from mild lactose intolerance – that and when I was 6 years old my mother took my bottle of milk away from me and I vowed to never drink milk again . . . as you can see, I’ve always been a woman of my word as liquid bovine lactose has not touched my lips since. **Seriously, if you’ve ever wanted insight to my personality: I’ve been hardheaded and a bit ridiculous since birth as this little story proves**
Fortunately for me, we will never suffer an almond milk shortage at my house because it’s as though we have a never ending supply of Silk! That means that I can enjoy making my favorite ‘batida de avena’ (oatmeal shake or smoothie) – the recipe of which was on my blog before I migrated it over to my official site. So in case you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is, and believe me it’s great for breakfast or as a post workout drink due to the complex carbs and protein content:
- ½ Cup Rolled Oats, Dry
- ½ Cup Silk Almond Milk
- 1 C Water
- Dash of Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder (my favorite for this is Plant Fusion in Vanilla)
- 1 TBS Nut Butter (optional for healthy fats and flavor)
- Ice optional
- Mix all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
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I was craving something sweet today so I decided to head into the kitchen for a little experimentation. What I came up with was a delicious, low carb, high protein treat:
I am a lover of (most) fruits and vegetables, but I know not everyone is. Yet I don’t know anyone that isn’t a fan of a sinfully sweet beverage. My favorite green smoothie features fresh veggies and fruit, and is my favorite way to sneak nutrients into my diet. In fact, I’m a little upset that I don’t have the ingredients left to make some more
|My Favorite Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
- Spinach (2 big handfuls)
- 1/2 C Frozen Mango Pieces
- 1 Orange (peeled and chopped)
- 1 Scoop of ProFusion Pea Protein in Vanilla (or any unflavored protein you have)
- 1 C Water
- In a large blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth consistency.
The frozen mango is what gives this that slushy, smoothie consistency so that you don’t have to add any ice!
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Ive mentioned time and time again ‘clean’ eating and that I’m reeling the snack monster within me in as I train for my next competition. Plenty of you have asked what that means, so I figured I’d share with you a list of ‘clean foods’ that was given to me by my nutritionist. Mind you, as I near competition date, the list of foods that I can eat gets extremely limited, but this my basic guide to remaining healthy and in shape year round:
85 % of your nutrition should come from A list foods. The other 15% should come from the B list of foods. All these foods should be unprocessed:
A: chicken/turkey breast–skinless, extra lean ground turkey/hamburger, 1% cottage cheese (FF has too much Na+), protein powder (pp), egg whites, tuna, tilapia, haddock, cod, shrimp, scallops, lobster and game meats such as bison, buffalo and venison.
B: Eye of round, flank steak, yogurt (non processed, preferably organic or Greek), egg yolks (no more than 1 per meal), skinless dark meat—poultry.
A: Lentils, Beans—all (kidney, red, black, lima, cannelini) , Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Barley, Quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal-slow cooked, shredded wheat—real.
B: 100% whole grain anything (bread, pasta, cereal, waffles, etc.), Brown rice in a bag, oatmeal packets (unsw.), Oroweat 100% WW bread, oat bran/whole wheat tortillas or wraps, brown rice pilaf, wheat pilaf, couscous.
*Bet you’re surprised to see beans as a carb. Yep, once your body digests them and breaks them down, the macronutrient breakdown of them is mostly carbohydrates*
FRUITS & VEGGIES are all A list! Which means they can and should be eaten with pleasure and frequency. Again, near competition time some get cut out due to sugar content, but I dare you to find a fruit or veg that is not good for you!
I’m one of those people that has always loved fruits and vegetables but I understand why some people don’t. I think the issue is seasonality and availability. And Melissa’s Produce which happens to be one of the largest produce distributors in the country is addressing both those problems by providing seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable options to super markets across the country.
These 2 good eggs were thoughtful enough to introduce me to Melissa’s and through this introduction I learned that Melissa’s not only provides non-GMO products to their supermarkets, but that their staff also retains a Rainman-like knowledge of every single produce factoid known to man!
Thanks to Melissa’s, I’m able to do this giveaway that will help encourage you to try new fruits and vegetables and to live a healthier lifestyle: