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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!

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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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Weekends and Walks Life

This weekend was a good one for me. Since having M home, I’ve had one trip out of the house without her. Other than that one trip, I’ve spent every day either at home with her or out running errands with her and Mike. It’s not a bad thing and it has become a [very welcome] new normal, but have a baby doesn’t mean I don’t need some time to myself. This weekend, Mike watched M while I went to a baby shower for a friend. It was the first time I’d picked out a cute outfit, put on makeup, and did my hair since my baby shower the week before M was born!

fall outfit

I bought this shirt at Burlington in the maternity section (no shame! It was cute!), the pants are yoga pants from Target, and the shoes are from Burlington as well. The scarf I’ve had for years and probably got at Target. The purse is Michael Kors and the sunglasses are Moscot. Mike bought the glasses for me when he was out of town and I am in LOVE with them. They’re extra special because they’re a limited edition line made by Myles Kennedy- the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Alter Bridge.

On Monday, I finally made it out of the house to the park! I had been itching to take M on walks but never was able to get out of the house due to rain. I was so happy that Monday was such a gorgeous day! I went to a local park and walked around the lake. It’s a 1.4 mile loop. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little sore. It’s kind of pathetic, but I walked pretty quickly and haven’t moved that much in a long time!

park walk

When I got home, I threw together a chicken Caesar salad for lunch and called it a day.

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I’m hoping to be able to get another walk in this week! I have my 6 week post-partum check up on Monday and I’m hoping I’ll be cleared to exercise after that. Thanksgiving is next week and I’d love to get started back running!


Date Night // Weekly Recap Life

It’s been one of the weirdest/best/worst weeks. Seriously!

The good: 

First and foremost, we got to see our baby and we found out we are having a little girl!  Baby has a name, but we’re keeping it under wraps for now so I’ll just call her Baby MAC (her initials- NO, her name is not Mackenzie). It was so great to see her pretty face and to hear that she’s growing just as she should be.

Secondly, it was a short week at work! I had half of Monday off and I took Tuesday off (the reasoning is on the bad side, but more on that later). The week went by relatively fast, which was great because this coming week is also a short week due to the holiday weekend! Hooray for a sort-of Summer vacation.

Third, we finished painting Baby MAC’s nursery! It took a few days, but I LOVE how it turned out! I’ll post photos of her nursery once I get some uploaded. It’ll be fun to see how the process progresses!

Lastly, I had a great date night with my husband on Friday night. More on that later!

The bad:

Well, I stayed home from work because our home was damaged after a bad storm Monday night. It thunderstorms nearly every day where we live, but I have never seen a storm this bad. Luckily the damage wasn’t significant, but it was bad enough that I had to stay home to ensure it was repaired. Not fun at all.

Also, I have had increasingly bad back pain. Baby MAC thinks my sciatic nerve is super comfy because she loves to lean against it ALL DAY LONG. I worked out 3x this week (yay!) but the last two times were cut a little short due to back pain (boo). I think I’m going to see a chiropractor soon.

Now, about date night!

Mike and I went to a local restaurant called Fire Street Foods and it was delicious! I loved the vibe of the restaurant. It had a really clean design and felt really open and modern.

fire street food

I had been craving potstickers for weeks, so we got some as an appetizer.

fire street food

 

For an entree, I got pad thai. I ate about 1/4 of it. It was a huge portion! Mike got green curry which was delicious! I’m going to get yellow curry next time.

I’m hoping to be able to keep up with working out 3 times a week. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, it’s still getting my heart rate up and keeping me active!

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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!

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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!


Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Fitness

I know what you’re thinking. Brussel sprouts are gross. But really, they’re not. Brussel sprouts is a go-to veggie in our house because there are so many ways to make them! Sweet or savory, brussel sprouts make a perfect side dish- when made correctly.

A lot of people associate brussel sprouts with nasty, boiled, mini cabbages. That is not how brussel sprouts should be made! They deserve a little extra attention because they can really become something incredible.

I decided to give you guys one of my go-to brussel sprouts recipes because it is really easy and it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish!

roasted brussel sprouts

 

 

The nutrition content can really change depending on the amount of oil and cheese you use, but just use your eye and your judgement.

You’ll need|

-Brussel Sprouts (not frozen!)
-Olive oil
-Grated Parmesan Cheese
-2-3 cloves of garlic minced

You’ll do|

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut each sprout in half and place into a large bowl
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  3. Drizzle 1-2 tbs of olive oil over the sprouts. roasted_brussel_sprouts2-1 copy
  4. Add your minced garlic and toss until sprouts are coated with oil and garlic.
  5. Transfer sprouts to a cookie sheet and top with grated parmesan roasted_brussel_sprouts3-1 copy
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until sprouts have browned and are slightly soft.

 

Serve on the side of any protein and you’ve got yourself one awesome meal! You’ll never look at brussel sprouts the same 😉


Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners // Review + Giveaway! Fitness

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slow cooker recipes for beginners

The Crock Pot is probably one of the best inventions ever. When days are busy, it’s a lifesaver to be able to throw some ingredients in the crock pot and let it turn into dinner during the work day.

I’ve made a few crock pot meals this week and they’ve all be amazing!

On Monday, I made shredded Spicy Barbecue Chicken. It was super easy! I just threw frozen chicken into the crock pot with about ¼  cup barbecue sauce, ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, and ¼ cup wing sauce. I cooked it on high for 6 hours, shredded it, then added some more barbecue sauce before putting it on buns. It was so good!

The issue with a crockpot, to me, was lack of variety. I was either making pulled something, chili, or soup. Very rarely did I ever make anything other than that. When Antares Press sent me their cookbook Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners in exchange for a review, I was really excited! Pinterest has a TON of great recipes for a crockpot, but there are so many that it can get overwhelming.

I made a couple recipes from this cookbook and I was very impressed! The first one, Creamy Mexican Chicken, had 4 ingredients and was incredibly easy. It tasted really good, too! I put mine in tortillas and we had plenty leftover for lunches. It was good without any tortillas as well.

The second meal I made was the Bacon Ranch Chicken. I wasn’t sure about this one because it calls for cream of chicken soup and peas. I omitted the peas and kept the cream of chicken soup even though I’m not a huge fan of it. This dish was actually really good as well! We ate ours on sandwiches, but you could definitely serve it with a veggie on the side.

I honestly probably picked the two most boring recipes out of the book because I had to use the ingredients I had on hand but there are so many amazing recipes in this cookbook and I can’t wait to try more of them!

Some of those recipes include:

  • Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
  • Curried Chicken Breasts
  • Balsamic Almonds
  • Thai Chicken Soup
  • Tex-Mex Chicken Stew
  • Pepper Venison Steak
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Ratatouille
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Cheesecake
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • and a TON more!

 

I would love for you to try some of these recipes with me, so I am giving away 5 copies of the eBook! You don’t have to have a Kindle to read the eBook. You can download the free Kindle reader app on your smartphone. If you have a nook or other reader, don’t worry! I have those formats as well.

You can get entered to win by going to the Keeping Carrie Fit Facebook page, find the giveaway post (it will be pinned to the top of the page), and comment with the recipe from the list above that you want to try most!

The contest will end on Monday, February 23rd and the winners will be announced the next day!

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Guiltless Longhorn Copycat Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fitness

Ok, guys. Longhorn’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken is easily one of the most delicious things on the planet, right? It’s like a scientific fact. Everyone loves it, but what we don’t love is how awful it really is for you. This is one of those “I want to eat it more than just in moderation” type foods, so I had to figure out a way to make it healthier.

parmesan crusted chicken

Guess what? I did. Thank me later.

 

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I originally posted this recipe on A Guiltless Glutton. All nutrition information can be viewed there.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cloves diced garlic
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup panko break crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 c shredded parmesan (it’s important this is shredded, NOT grated)
  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 1 c shredded provolone

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Pound chicken to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Grease a skillet (I just use Pam) and add the diced garlic and a little salt.
  4. When the garlic browns, add the chicken to the pan and let it cook 7-8 minutes on one side and then 7-8 on the other or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. While the chicken cooks, mix the GRATED parmesan cheese and ranch dressing together in a bowl.
  6. In a DIFFERENT bowl, mix together the panko, garlic powder, salt, and SHREDDED parmesan until it is mixed together well.
  7. When the chicken is done, move it to an oven safe dish.
  8. Top the chicken with the parmesan/ranch mixture, then top that with shredded provolone, then finish it off with your panko mix.
  9. Broil for about 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the panko has browned.
  10. Serve with a good veggie (we did broccoli) and dig in!

Parmesan crusted chicken

 

So now my question is: how many times will you make this this week?

 

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Turkey Gyro with Ranch Yogurt Sauce Recipe Fitness

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Yall. Just. I can’t. Last week, I decided to get creative in the kitchen. We buy a lot of meat in bulk and freeze it because that’s the cheapest way to do it, and we had about 5 lbs of ground turkey to use. I got some out of the freezer and thawed it and whipped together some dinner out of random ingredients we had in the house. What started as some simple meatballs ended up tasting exactly like a Greek gyro…sauce and all. It was like an episode of Chopped. And I was the champion. It turned out SO delicious, you wouldn’t even think it was healthy! I decided to make it again and share the recipe! The nutrition content does NOT include the pita bread as pita bread can vary and you really don’t even need the pita if you don’t want it. It’s that good.

 

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Turkey Gyro with Ranch Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 c finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt (I used Oikos)
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 c 2% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together turkey, onion, panko, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Form into small balls and place on a greased (I used PAM) cookie sheet.
  4. Flatten each meat ball a little bit and place in the oven
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. While the meatballs cook, mix yogurt, milk, and ranch seasoning together until smooth.
  7. When the meatballs are done, plate on top of the lettuce and tomatoes, or put all inside a pita and top with the yogurt sauce.
  8. Stuff your face.

Here is the nutrition content (again, NO PITA).

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If you make this, let me know what you think in the comments!

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