Monday Meal Prep!

Hello Hello!  I have another Meal Prep for ya!  Yesterday I did a bunch of cooking and assembling to get ready for the week.  It’s my girly’s Spring break and I’d like to spend more time playing and less time in the kitchen.

I’m still on a bit of a salad kick.  This week I did grilled chicken, peppers, and avocado.

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I’m doing an experiment.  I tossed the avocados in dressing and then put them into little individual containers.  I’m hoping it keeps them from turning brown a little better.  I’ll let you know if it works!

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I also did some chicken and veggies.  The broccoli I roasted with a little olive oil and parmesan.  The carrots I roasted with just olive oil and seasoning.  I love to use a gadget called a Misto.  Love that thing!  You just fill it with whatever oil you want and spray away.  It uses much less oil than if you were just to pour.

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Since it was snowing here yesterday, boo, I had to make a soup as well.  I almost always have the ingredients for taco soup, so that’s what I made.  I used ground chicken breast instead of ground beef, rinsed all my canned items to decrease the sodium, and added lots and lots of veggies.

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Finished!  There are a couple of items I didn’t take pics of, the chicken curry and the sesame veggie chicken.  Those are for my family and I’m totally jealous I don’t get to eat those this week, so I didn’t photograph them :).

Whew! Glad that’s done for the week.  Time to play!

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Hope you all have an excellent Monday and a great start to your week!

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Time For Some Meal Prep!

 

I kicked up my Beast training a bit the past week and it is resulting in something I call chronic hunger.  I’m trying to keep it “clean” and healthy and eat things to build muscle and lower body fat, but dang, when you are ravenous 7 times a day it’s tough to make the right choice every time!  I mean come on.  Why do they have to make so many delicious high carb, high sugar, fantastically temping snacks!?

So it’s back to the kitchen for some meal prep.

Lots of salads this week!  I also made 3 different batches of protein bars and failed to photograph them, boo.  But they are one of my new favorite things so I’m sure I’ll be making them again in the near future.

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I kept on seeing recipes for broccoli salad and it sounded sooooo good.  However, the only thing healthy about broccoli salad is the broccoli.  The dressing is mayo based, it has cheese, bacon, sunflower seeds, etc.  Delicious and super fattening.  So I took a whirl at lightening it up and then adding chicken to make it a complete meal.  Quick recipe description after the jump…

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Super Broccoli Salad with Red Onion Dressing

  • 1.5 pounds of broccoli florets (blanched)
  • 1 pound of beets (peeled, diced, and roasted)
  • 1/2 pound shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries

To roast beets, peel them first, dice, and place on a cookie sheet.  Toss with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Put all the salad ingredients in a big bowl.

Dressing

  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 7 Tbsp Miracle Whip (regular or light)
  • 5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place red onion in food processor and pulse until very fine.  Add all other ingredients and pulse to combine.  If it’s too thick add a little bit more vinegar.

Pour dressing over veggies and toss.  It tastes even better if you let it marinate!

Add some chicken and it’s a fantastic healthy meal!

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Ok, next up is a simple shredded pork and avocado salad.  I seasoned the pork with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.  Then placed the pork in a slow cooker with a can of coke and let it cook for 6 hours on low.  When it was done I shredded it and placed 3 oz. on each salad along with half an avocado that I tossed in lime.  When it comes time to eat the salad I put my new fave salsa on top, Archer Farms Corn and Black Bean Salsa!  So good, you must try it.

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And lastly we have my favorite go to meal.  Grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, and broccoli.  I also used some store bought curry sauce to spice things up a bit.

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Alright hunger monster, let’s see you beat this round of meal prep! 🙂

Spartan Training, St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, & Rainbow Cupcake Tutorial!

Who’s ready for a Spartan Training update?!  Apparently not me, because I hardly have any fun pics.  Oh well, having record of me sweaty and killing over are not my favorite thing anyway :).

On Saturday I went to a class at Trainer Zone Fitness for the first ever Beast class.  The hardest thing for me is the early morning wake up call!  I was zombie girl.  So…alright half awake Vickie, 50 burpees stat! Ugh.  It took me a full round of exercises to feel semi alert.  I guess I need to stop staying up late watching Harry Potter, giving myself nightmares, and then attempting difficult workouts at the crack of dawn.  Live and learn.

Sunday I was so not feeling it.  The last thing I wanted to do was go out and do another beast style workout.  But, being the slave driver encouraging wife I am, I drug my hubs out.  I made a couple changes to one of the workouts that I got in a Spartan email and printed it off.  I do not know what I was thinking!  100 pull-ups!  This workout took me forever because of the pull-ups.  We are talking 3 hours.  I decided that transitioning eats up a bunch of time as well.  The soccer goals that I do pull-ups on are kind of far from the benches I do box jumps on, and then just moving back and forth, finding where I left my sandbag, etc.  I guess I was also being pretty casual about my pace as well.  By casual I mean that I was messing around way too much :).

Oh yeah, I also added a 1 mile warm up and a 1 mile cool down.  You know, just to make sure.

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Miss Valie snapped this pic of me when I was finally done.  Haha, so tired, so hungry, so gross and sweaty!  And yes, that is a giant hole in my sandbag.  Guess I will attempt at sewing it up, but a more sturdy replacement will probably be needed.

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I do not know why I remembered to bring Freddie a substantial amount of food and water and not us.  I guess I wasn’t planning on taking a million years to complete this workout.  Oh yeah, and I didn’t even get all the pull-ups and chin ups done.  I died after 50 pull-ups and 25 chin ups.  My arms just didn’t want to move anymore, they decided to go on strike.

But I guess we can put that workout in the books as exhausting.  K, so lets stop talking about it and move on to something fun!

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St. Patrick’s Day mania hit our house yesterday.  This little holiday is way bigger now compared to when I was a kid.  Leprechauns visit classrooms and homes, and are supposed to play pranks, leave treats, and be awesome.  Uh, when I was kid we wore green, pinched people, and that was it.  I guess that is the evolution of holidays.

Miss Val had some green & gold goodies waiting for her when she got home from school.

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I cooked my first ever corned beef, veggies, and cabbage meal!  Sorry, cabbage not pictured.  It’s not very pretty anyway :).

My only complaint about corned beef and beef in general is that it’s so fatty.  I only had a little and then shared with Freddie.

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This is more my taste!  Oh my green goodness.  

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I also pulled out a soda I bought on my birthday and gave it a try.  It was pretty good.  But I don’t really like soda that much so I passed this off to my family.  Verdict from then…delicious.

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Now onto the favorite tradition, rainbow cupcakes!!  I made these last year and apparently I will be making them every year for as long as my baby finds St. Patrick’s Day fun.  I’m such a sucker.  Valie said “you are going to make the rainbow cupcakes for St. Patrick’s day aren’t you mom?  They are my favorite!”  

So of course I made them.  

They are pretty cute.  Definitely one of my favorites.  It’s a tie between this one and the pink lemonade cupcake!

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I get asked how to make them all the time, so here’s a quick tutorial.

I just use a boxed vanilla cake mix for these.  I also add 1/3 cup of flour and a 1/3 cup of sour cream to the batter.  Then you split the batter into 6 small bowls.  Try to make it as even as possible.  Next, you dye, dye, dye!  

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I like white cupcake liners for this.  It allows the rainbow to show through.  This year I started with purple on the bottom and worked my way up.  It is a pretty small amount of batter for each color, a scant tablespoon.

My batch made 18 cupcakes.

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Keep layering.  They don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to spread the batter.  

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Ta da! All the colors are in.

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Now bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  They should be all colorful and enticing.

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For the frosting I do a basic cream cheese.

2 sticks of butter, 1 8oz package of cream cheese, 2 pounds of powdered sugar, 2 tsp of vanilla, and a little milk to thin it.

The rainbow decorations are just rainbow airheads.  I buy mine at Smith’s, down the candy aisle.

The inside of these are so dang cute!!

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A little bit time consuming but worth it.  Especially if you have a little cutie biting into the rainbow :).

Hope everyone had a fun St. Patty’s Day.

Question of the Day:  Do you think St. Patrick’s Day has changed since you were a kid??

 

 

A Big Exciting CHEER Update!!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!!  Hope you are all having a greentastic day!  I am not yet, but I will…as soon as I find a second to get my booty into the shower.  It’s a crazy busy day, and not my most fave holiday, but my girly loves the little traditions we do…so the show must go on!

But first…

CHEER CHEER CHEER!  This weekend was the American National Championship competition here in SLC.  It was at the Salt Palace and it was huge!  The biggest competition we’ve been to so far.  My little cheerleader was super nervous because there were tons of teams and there was an elevated stage and she didn’t want to fall off of it :).  I was just nervous because I’m a mom and I’m always nervous enough for the both of us.  In fact, I was killing the poor girls while I was doing their hair and totally didn’t even notice!  Sorry chickies!

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My little sugar baby!  Here we are, chillin’, waiting for warm-ups.

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Ok, we had a slight recording issue and didn’t get a video.  Dang it!  I’ll have to get it from one of the other mom’s later.  This was the only pic we got of them actually performing.  Their routine went pretty good.  Not perfect, there was a bobble at the very end.  But overall it went great.  Their showmanship is really improving and they are getting more and more fun to watch.

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They packed the stage with about a million sparkly, hyper girls for the awards ceremony.  It was madness.

Now here’s where things get interesting.

At the awards ceremony Val’s team was awarded 3rd place.  At the time I thought, ok sure sounds good.  I was super tired, I had been up all night dreaming about alligators, and I was not all there that day.  But that’s beside the point.  Anyway, we left to grab some food quickly, came back, couldn’t find the other Cobalt people in the huge crowd, so we just found some seats and waited for the Senior team to perform.  Hours were going by, I was falling asleep, and it was finally time for the last awards ceremony.  The younger girls go up with the Seniors for support/fun.  So up went all the girls to the stage again, and then…… scroll down people!

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They made an announcement that there was an error in the Small Junior Level 2 scoring.  Valie’s team actually WON!!  AHHHHH!    I seriously thought I was hallucinating.  Turns out they didn’t get proper credit for the number of tumbling skills they had and when recalculated, they beat the original top 2 teams even after Match Play! *

*The top 2 teams of each division go head to head in a Match Play.  They perform on the spot again and whoever has the highest score, either originally or in the Match Play wins.

The girls were stunned and then of course very very excited.

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They got an awesome plaque with their picture, a giant banner, gold medals, and the coveted championship jackets!

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I don’t think Valie will be taking this jacket off anytime soon.

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So after 9.5 hours of being at cheer, it was worth it!  My little National Champ!

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Oh yeah, and we totally went home and slept for 12 hours!

So that’s my story of the weekend for ya.  I also did a ton of training, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.  I am off to make Saint Patrick’s Day magic happen, or at least attempt :).  Wish me luck!

Celebrating Part 2!

My birth week is almost over!  I’m going to have to check back into reality asap before I get out of control.

Oh wait…I am already out of control! 🙂

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Come on now, who doesn’t want a tower or ice cream for their birthday?!  Don’t worry, I shared.  You didn’t really think I would order this on my own did you?  You did??  Ah, you know me too well.

In preparation and aftermath of this ice-cream madness, I did get lots of cardio in.  Running, running, running, and chasing munchkins.

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And in my world, shopping is definitely cardio!

See, Freddie is worn out.  Or maybe he is just tired of me asking him what he thinks of dress #75 :). He loved it by the way.

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Soooooo, does anyone have any fun plans this weekend??  It’s supposed to be lovely here in the SLC and I’m going to try and enjoy it as much as possible.  I will be cooped up in a cheer comp for about a million hours on Saturday, but I have big plans to tour downtown SLC by foot that day whenever possible.  I will also have some fun Spartan training posts for you next week!  Lots of training is going down this weekend!

Question of the Day!!

What is your favorite birthday treat??

Celebrating!!

So, yesterday was my birthday!  It was a lovely, sugar fest and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I’ve been really good about keeping my eating healthy, balance, and clean lately, but come on, everyone gets a free pass on their birthday :).  And I used mine to it’s full potential.

Starting with the perfect box of chocolates!  Oh my goodness, all my favorites!  Needless to say the box no longer looks like this.  It’s much emptier.

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I did workout on my birthday.  I had to burn off some of those sugars!  I did 5 miles in the morning and then spent the afternoon with these cuties at Girls on the Run.  Valie and her friends make sure I participate and not just stand around “coaching”.  Thank goodness too, because I was going out for dinner and cupcakes!

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Cafe Rio time!!  I do not need fancy on my birthday.  I just want a giant salad!

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And cupcakes, don’t forget the cupcakes!  Don’t these look tasty!?  They are from Mini’s cupcake bakery downtown.  The gal who owns the place was on that Food Network show Cupcake Wars, and she won!  After tasting these beauties I know why.  Very yummy.

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My schedule lately has been kinda crazy so I actually get to celebrate again today!  I’m a lucky girl!  I will be bringing you part 2 of my birthday madness soon.  You can be sure that it will include an ice cream sundae the size of my head.  So I guess I better go get on my treadmill!

Rambling and A Tumbling Victory for My Girl

Aside

This week has been a tad weird. I have felt way unproductive due to this germ that has invaded my body. Luckily I think I’m on the mend. I am finally functioning for the most part like a modern human and less like a cave person. For a couple days I was mostly grunting and draging myself through the house:).  So hooray for having my normal speech and gait back!

Now, onto some amazing news! My Valie girl got her round off back tuck yesterday! This is a tumbling move she’s been working on for a long time and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She continues to amaze me with her hard work and dedication. I love my little muffin!  Here’s a quick video of her new skill…

This weekend we will be celebrating Val’s awesomeness and GASP…my almost 31st birthday! Yeah, I’m one of those people who celebrates their birthday for at least a week. I figure if I have to get old, I’m going to have a fabulous time doing it:). Bring on the weekend baby, I’m ready to celebrate!

Have a Fab Friday Everyone!!

Meal Prep Madness!

Well it’s a good thing I did all my meal prepping on Monday, because I went down for the count Tuesday.  Which is why this post is late to the ball.  Just when I thought I avoided the plague from all the kiddies in my life. BAM!  Oh well, at least it’s my week off and the pressing chores are done.  So I will be lounging, watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and drinking lots of herbal tea.  But before I continue on with being a bum…

Meal Prep Pics!

Here’s what I did for this week.  I am in a burrito mood lately so I did lots of those.  The individual baggies have chicken & veggies, plus some Valie friendly ones that are chicken, rice, beans, and corn.  It’s so easy to just zap the bag in the microwave for 40 seconds and then put it all in a whole wheat tortilla.  They are pretty much saving my energy and sanity right now:).  I also did chinese chicken salads, cauliflower mac & cheese, and some pasta/meatballs that aren’t pictured because it was late and I was an airhead.

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Yummy!  I seasoned 3 batches of chicken with soy/ginger/garlic, taco, and pesto.  I then grilled them all out on the BBQ, chopped and used in all our meals.  My chinese chicken salad has romaine, mandarine oranges, water chestnuts, chicken, and a sesame dressing that I put on when I’m ready to chow down.  I usually do green onions in this salad as well as some kind of crunchy wonton, but onions just weren’t appealing this week and I’m cutting the calories where I can.

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Here’s to staying on track for swimsuit season!

Now back to my Breaking Bad marathon 🙂

Weekly Workout Rundown, Nanny Drama, & Lots of Burpees!

I vote that from now on weekends are 3 days instead of 2.  Who’s with me?!  Maybe it’s just because Valie’s cheer has been eating my Saturdays alive and Cam and I spend a big chunk of our Sunday running ourselves into the ground, but the weekends have never felt so short!  But I digress.  That’s life and I’m grateful for my happy healthy family.  Rant over 🙂

So it was another pretty productive week in the land of exercise.  I felt like I got some pretty good workouts in and even squeezed in a little extra work where I could.  Not gonna lie, after a rough week I came home Thursday night and passed out.  Literally.  Face down, didn’t move, all night, zzzzzzz.  It was fabulous!

Feb 23- Mar 1

Sunday- Spartan Beast Workout (looked like this)

Monday-1mile + Cardio Strength Class

Tuesday- 3 miles

Wednesday- Strength Class + 8 minutes burpees!

Thursday- rest

Friday- 4 miles + Strength Class (legs)

Saturday- Insanity

One more story before I get on with my Monday Meal Prep, spring cleaning, and usual madness.  Did you see that 8 minutes of burpees that I did on Wednesday?  Sounds like torture right?  Well, it wasn’t too bad actually, I paced myself.  But that is beside the point.  I had a major victory in Vickie world that day.  I had pretty much been sprinting through my week and Wednesday was my breaking point.  One of the kiddos I nanny was insanely sick.  We are talking zombie apocalypse sick.  I felt so bad for her and it was incredibly draining physically and emotionally.

This was my only moment of solitude.  I built her a fort and she fell asleep in it!

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At the end of the day all I wanted to do was go home, burn my clothes, bathe in antiseptic, and eat chocolate.  But what did I do instead??  I went to a workout class!  And getting there wasn’t easy.  Everything in the world was telling me to go back home and eat that chocolate… like the last minute hospital stop I had to make for the poor sick girly, had to put gas in the car, exercise clothes were not in the car, plus there was an insane amount of traffic on the freeway.  But I was determined that day!  I was late for class, which meant burpees for each minute I was late, and somewhere in my rundown mind I just thought “Bring it on!”  Crazy right??  I have no idea who that girl was or where she came from but sure hope she plans on sticking around 🙂

Ok Ok, enough drama queen for today!

Have a wonderful productive Monday everyone!!! xox