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A full day of eating, how we meal prep, and my thoughts on balance!


Christmas Recap! Family / Fitness / Life

I haven’t updated recently because we went on vacation to visit my family for Christmas! We drove up on Tuesday morning and stayed until yesterday morning.

The drive to Atlanta was long and boring. I made sure to pack some healthy snacks, though! I packed some Powercrunch bars, chocolate rice cakes, and peanut butter. It’s really easy to eat poorly while on the road so it’s important to plan ahead!

Once we got settled at my parents house, we went to Atlantic Station to go ice skating. I didn’t skate because I had M in her wrap, but it was still so fun watching my dad and sisters skate! After skating, we went to a restaurant called Yard House and it was amazing! I loved all the different food options. There were so many different combinations of flavors that I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to try one of everything! We all split a few appetizers and I got a pastrami benedict burger (yes, that is as good as it sounds!).

christmas in atlanta

Wednesday morning I went to the gym with my mom and we worked shoulders and back with her trainer. After the gym, we spent Wednesday lounging around and taking family photos. I also went to Target to pick up a last minute Christmas Eve dress for M. The one I brought was too small. She’s getting so big! On Thursday, Mike and I went to the YMCA and played racquetball and it was so much fun! We were there for an hour and had such a great time! Racquetball is a great workout.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing before going to Waffle House for dinner- a tradition- and going to the 11pm Christmas Eve service at my parents church.

christmas in atlanta

Christmas Day was a blast as well! We opened presents and had a delicious meal. I got a lot of great gifts! One of my favorite gifts was from my sister. She knows that I’ve really been enjoying cooking lately so she got me some cookbooks with a bunch of healthy, simple recipes. I can’t wait to start trying some of them this week! Side note: how cute is M!?!

christmas in atlanta

We spent Friday and Saturday lounging around the house (are you sensing a theme here?). Mike and I went to the YMCA again on Saturday to play racquetball again and had a ton of fun. I also worked legs that day. We also met up with my friend Becca for brunch and my friend Meghan for dinner! I hadn’t seen either of them in almost a year so it was awesome to catch up!

On Sunday, we relaxed, went to Trader Joe’s, went to a family friends house for an engagement party, then Monday we drove home!

We had such a good trip. I don’t see my family very often usually, so it was nice to spend some time with them. I’ve seen them more this year than the past few years combined, mostly due to M being born. Now that everything has settled down, I’m not sure when I’ll see them next. Life is kind of starting back up again with me going back to work next week (more on that at another time) so it will be interesting to see how and where things fall into place.

What did you do during the holiday vacation?

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Feeling Good + Fish Tacos with Citrus Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce Fitness / Life

This week has been a good week so far! I’ve had the chance to do my hair and makeup and spend some time out of the house which has made a world of difference in my confidence.

M had a scary episode last week where she spit up a little bit of blood. After a lot of crying (on my part) and a trip to the pediatrician, we found that she has bad reflux. I suspected reflux, but didn’t realize it was so bad that it was making her esophagus bleed! Poor baby. Monday we had a follow up appointment so I had an opportunity to get dressed and go out into the world! Moms of infants, you know how important and exciting this is! I’m still living in yoga pants, but I’ve come up with ways to dress them up to make them cuter.

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I got the vest from Kroger- yes, the grocery store. There is a Kroger near us that is so insane! It has a clothing sections, shoes, and even a jewelry store! The shirt is from JC Penny and the yoga pants are from, of course, Target.

Yesterday was my friends birthday and I was able to get dressed up again! I didn’t get a picture of my whole outfit, but I did my makeup and I felt great! Bonus points: I did my makeup while holding a fussy baby. Mom win!

Monday night I wanted to make a healthy dinner. We’ve started using MyFitnessPal to track our food again, so I wanted to make something low calorie and protein packed! My husband loves fish tacos so I decided to whip up my own pico for some yummy fish tacos!

fish tacos mango pineapple pico

Fish Tacos with Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce

Servings: 4
Amount per serving: 297 calories- 37g carbs- 8g fat- 26g protein

Ingredients

For Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo

  • 1 1/2 c chopped tomato
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 2 tbs diced jalapeno
  • 1 c. diced pinapple
  • juice of 1 mango
  • 1 tbs lime juice

For Spicy Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 c light sour cream (you could also use plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbs jalapenos
  • dash cayenne pepper

For Tacos

  • 4 tilapia filets
  • salt, pepper, and cumin to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray

mango pineapple pico de gallo

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine all pico ingredients. Cover and refrigerate ideally for 4 hours or longer before serving.
  2. In a blender, combine sour cream, jalapenos, and cayenne. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium high heat, spray your skillet and add tilapia filets. add salt, pepper, and cumin to taste and let cook 3-4 minutes per side or until fish flakes when cut into.
  4. Put fish into tortillas, spoon some spicy cream sauce on the fish, then top with pico de gallo.

These were such a hit! I love love LOVE how the pico turned out as well. It may be winter, but summer flavors are still winners in my book!

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Protein Packed Berry Smoothie Fitness

I don’t know about where you live, but it is starting to warm up quickly here in Savannah! It’s consistently been 80 degrees or warmer which means summer is right around the corner!

It gets VERY hot here during the summer. 90+ degrees with 70%+ humidity. It rains almost every afternoon (rains is an understatement– it torrentially downpours) which increases the humidity even more. It sounds miserable, and it can be sometimes, but it can make for a lot of fun too!

We can drive the 30 minutes to the beach on the weekends or enjoy an evening outside with friends over a grill and a fire pit. Summer brings a lot of fun things with it!

One thing I notice in the summer is that I start drinking a lot more smoothies, especially for breakfast. It’s often too hot to make a hot breakfast or lunch, so it’s easier just to stick a bunch of stuff in a blender and call it a day.

Here’s one of my favorite protein packed smoothies- it has a whopping 19g of protein!

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Protein Packed Berry Smoothie
originally published on A Guiltless Glutton

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice– I used Dole Peach Mango juice
  • 1/2 cup spinach

Directions

  • Put everything into a blender
  • Blend.

 

That’s it! Super easy and really yummy!

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?


Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bites Fitness

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for our family. Between family coming into town and Mike being out of town a couple of weekends, I haven’t really had the most steady routine which makes things hard for me. Couple that with the fact that I haven’t been feeling good and I am just all kinds of a mess.

Without a routine, it is really easy to fall into bad habits. I was able to stay active this weekend, thanks to a 5k I ran.

5k

It wasn’t my fastest 5k ever, but it felt good to get outside and run. I haven’t run in a few weeks and I really missed it! My running buddy, Gen, had a goal for time so she went on without me and she CRUSHED her goal. I was super proud of her!

Once I finished the 5k, my friend and I went to Waffle House for some breakfast and then I went home and went straight to bed. I was exhausted.

While the 5k kept me active this weekend, part of me really wanted to just sleep and eat junk. It’s really easy to use a race or an active weekend as an excuse to eat poorly. “I ran 5 miles, so I can totally eat this burger, large fries, and large shake, right?!” Wrong. Maybe once in awhile, but out of habit? No way. What you CAN do, however, is find a way to make that junk food healthy.

Enter: Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bites.

Frozen buffalo chicken bites used to be huge in our house, but not anymore. They are so horrible for you and who knows what percentage of them is actually chicken. We stopped buying them but, lucky for Mike, I made up a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Bites that was healthy and still delicious. All you need is chicken, panko, some flour, some spices, and your favorite hot sauce. It’s super easy and you (or your kids) will love them!

healthy  buffalo chicken bites

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bites
originally posted on A Guiltless Glutton

Servings: 2

Amount per serving: 245 calories—18g carbs—2g fat—40g protein

Ingredients:

**: nutrition information reflects ½ of the amount of the ingredient listed due to excess shaken off or not used during the process.

  • 12 oz chicken breast (it was about 3 chicken breasts for me)
  • ¼ cup flour**
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ cup Franks Red Hot or other buffalo sauce**
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs**
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut up your chicken breast into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix together flour, garlic powder, and onion salt into a bowl.
  4. Pour the Franks Red Hot in another bowl.
  5. Pour the Panko into another bowl.
  6. Move each piece of chicken from the flour mixture to the buffalo sauce to the Panko then onto a greased (nonstick spray) baking sheet.
  7. Lightly spray the top of the bites and bake for 5 minutes. Flip, respray, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with a dressing of choice and dig in!

healthy buffalo chicken bites


Couscous and Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Fitness

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The weather was amazing here last week! It was in the 80’s pretty much the entire week which, after a month of really cold temperatures, was a big breath of fresh air. We took advantage of the great weather by taking the dogs on a walk around a local park . The dogs loved it and it felt great to just get outside and be together as a family with no distractions.

When the weather gets warmer, it gets harder and harder to want to cook. The summers here are brutal so we end up living off salads since they take little to no cooking and they’re a great, fresh meal. Salads can get kind of repetitive after awhile, so I started mixing different combinations to make some pretty awesome salads. Of course there’s your normal lettuce and veggies salad, but I really like to mix them up!

A few months ago, I created one of my favorite salads so far: a Couscous and Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.

coucous and chicken salad

It’s topped with warm cous cous, grilled chicken (bonus- you can just use rotisserie chicken), and a homemade lemon vinaigrette. You could top it with some goat cheese or feta cheese and some dried cranberries if you’re feeling fancy, but it really doesn’t need anything else!

 

Couscous and Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
(originally posted on A Guiltless Glutton)

Serving: 1/2 recipe
Amount per serving (with Vinaigrette): 499 calories- 35g carbs- 22g fat- 23g protein

Ingredients:

For Salad

  • 1 cup couscous (or quinoa)
  • 10 oz. cooked chicken, chopped
  • 4 cups kale (or leafy green of your choosing)

For Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp white sugar (you could use a substitute, but, honestly, sugar is just going to taste the best and one teaspoon of it is just fine)

Directions:

  1. Cook couscous as directed on package and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients together well.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine vinaigrette and kale and toss well.
  4. Serve on plates, top with couscous and chicken.

 

This is such a simple recipe and it will add happiness and health to your sunny days!


Healthy Dinner // Enchilada Casserole Fitness

I am definitely the type to plan my meals in advance. We grocery shop once a week and base our grocery items on what we need for dinners every week.  I try not to rotate recipes too often because it’s easy to get sick of something if you eat it too often, but one of the recipes we eat on a regular basis is my Enchilada Casserole.

Ya’ll… this casserole is so good. It mixes all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, puts them in layers, covers them in cheese, and makes you really, really happy. I have had so many people tell me it’s on their weekly rotation and now I’m going to share it with you!

I originally posted this on A Guiltless Glutton but it deserves a place at Keeping Carrie Fit, too!

enchilada casserole

 

 

Servings: 4

Amount per serving: 309 calories– 23g carbs– 16g fat – 35g protein

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey (97/3)
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 of a 16 oz container fat-free refried beans
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but it adds a lot of flavor!)
  • 2 soft taco sized tortillas (I used La Banderita)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried cilantro
  • 1/4 cup black olives (optional)

 

For directions and photos, click here!

I promise, if you make this, it will end up as a favorite!


Healthy Eating on a Budget Fitness

One of the most common excuses for not eating healthy is expense. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen/heard “Eating healthy is expensive!”

Healthy eating is not expensive, but it does take work! You have to prepare it and plan ahead. While fresh fruits and veggies can be pricey sometimes, those aren’t the only things you buy when eating well!

There are so many things you can do to eat well on a budget.

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One of the biggest ways we save money is by shopping in bulk. Getting a membership to a wholesale club will save you a lot of money! If you have a student ID, you can get a discounted rate. The club we use is around $35 per year for the membership and we save more than that on gas savings alone. When buying in bulk, you can buy things that keep for awhile like nuts and rice. They also offer healthy snacks, meats, and veggies. We often buy chicken, ground turkey, and broccoli in bulk and freeze them until we need them. One trip can last us up to a month! We may spend $150 at the club and then maybe $40 a week on other items from the grocery store. Total, that’s less than $100 per week on groceries.

Another way you can save money is by shopping for fresh items in season. In the winter, peaches can easily run over $2 per pound. In the summer, you can get them for $1 per pound. If a fruit or veggie is local and/or in season, you will get a much better price!

helathy eating

Saving money also takes preparation. The easiest way to stay on budget is to make a menu, make a grocery list based on that menu, and stick to it! You will know exactly what you need for each meal and you won’t be guessing while at the store. This is especially useful when buying in bulk! You will be able to knock out most of your shopping in one trip if you plan your bulk trip based on what your meals are for the month.

How do you save money when grocery shopping?

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Laptop Lunches Bentoware // Review + Giveaway! Fitness

sponsored post I am really excited today! This weekend was amazing. We hung out with friends and spent some time outside at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. We saw some of the most amazing flowers there! There is a green house full of orchids and a lot of them were blooming (spiking, I think, is the correct term for orchids- I’ll have to ask my dad, he’s an orchid expert).

orchids

 

They were gorgeous.

We ate out at restaurants a LOT this weekend, though, and I am so ready to get back into my regular routine.

Part of my routine is making lunch for work and it can be difficult sometimes. Portions can be tricky and too often I say “forget it” and end up going out to lunch when I really shouldn’t. Queue: Laptop Lunches Bentoware.

Laptop Lunches is a company that designs bento style lunch boxes. When they sent me some of their product for review, I was so excited! I’ve had a couple of lunch boxes like this before, but this one was the easiest to use by far.

bentoware

 

Each box can hold something different and you can include all, some, or none of the inserts in your laptop lunch, depending on what you want to pack! It is really versatile and it is easy to pack into a purse or a backpack. I was able to fit this into my purse along with all the other stuff I carry without any issues!

Some of the inserts have lids and others don’t. I put carrots and blueberries in the lid-less ones and never had any issues with anything falling out. The bento box is very well designed.

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I thought it was really cool that there was a space to write your name. This is especially handy if you have kids and use it for their lunches! No more getting things mixed up between siblings or classmates.

Another bonus: the bento box and the pieces inside are all dishwasher safe! I put all of my pieces in the top rack of the dishwasher.

I found that the days I used my bentobox, I made much healthier choices. I stuck to what I packed in the box and I was satiated with the portions I had available to me. This is definitely a product you should have in your house!

I can make it a lot easier for you to have one in your house too! Laptop Lunches is being gracious enough to give one reader their own set of Bentoware! You will get everything you see pictured here! All you need to do is:

  • Head over to Laptop Lunches’ website and browse through their products.
  • Comment on this post with the item you’d like to try the most.

You can also visit Laptop Lunches Facebook page for an extra entry. Like it, if you get a chance!

This giveaway is for US residents only. The contest is open until Thursday night, 11:59pm EST and I will randomly select a winner on Friday, March 13!

Good Luck!

Laptop Lunches Bentoware Giveaway!

 

 

 

 


Breakfast Hash Fitness

Breakfast foods are some of my favorite foods. I’m not talking about your toast and fruit or yogurt and granola. I’m talking about good, hearty breakfast foods. Pancakes, waffles, crepes, eggs, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, all of that. I love them!

In our house, we save good breakfasts for the weekend. During the week, a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt will suffice, but on the weekends we go all out! We usually wake up a little bit later and I’ll make donuts or eggs benedict or french toast.

This past weekend, I wanted to make something different. We had a potato leftover from the week before so I decided I would make a breakfast hash.

breakfast hash

 

Let me tell you, it was easy and so delicious! It was the perfect amount of savory, along with being warm and filling. I curled up in a blanket, watched Friends on Netflix, and ate breakfast with my husband. It was such a little moment- eating breakfast- that really started my day off on a positive note and I want to continue that tradition.

Breakfast Hash

Breakfast Hash for Two

Ingredients

1 russet potato- diced
1 onion (I used red)- diced
1-2tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbs basil
1 tbs oregano
1 tbs parsley
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1-2 tbs olive oil

 Directions

Heat 1-2 tbs olive oil in a pan on the stove (medium, high heat)
When the pan is hot, add your potato and onion
Add all seasonings
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done- stirring often.
Top with an egg or some bacon and enjoy!


breakfast hash

What is your favorite meal tradition?

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