19 Oct

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Power Cake Muffins

One of my Fall favorites!!
PhotoGrid_1445360313636Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Power Cakes Muffins
Macros for one muffin:
Carbs: 18 grams Protein: 5.25 grams Fat: .7 grams

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups Kodiak Power Cakes (Can be found at Costco, Fresh Market or Smith’s, picture below.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 36 Guittard milk chocolate chips (My personal favorite choc. chips, picture below.)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl and blend until smooth.  Fill lined or greased muffin 20151020_104029cups with 1/3 cup of batter and 3 chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 14-18 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out slightly moist.  Makes 12 muffins.

They are also great with a cup of Protein Hot Chocolate.  For more info on where to get it click here.

17 Oct

Pork Tacos

Taco Tuesday!!  I am pretty excited about this super easy and yummy crock-pot pork taco recipe, you are going to love them!

Pork Tacos
Macros are for:  2 oz pork, 1 corn tortilla &  1/2 tablespoon light sour cream
Carbs:  8.5 g Protein: 12.7 g Fat: 1.7 g

INGREDIENTS 

    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 3-4 lbs of  98% fat free pork sirloin tip roast (Kirkland brand)**
    • 1 16 oz jar mild salsa
    • 1 package corn  tortillas
    1. Place the first 7 ingredients in a bowl and mix.
    2. Place the pork roast in the Crock Pot (slow cooker) and rub all over with the seasoning mixture.
    3. Pour the jar of salsa around the pork.
    4. Cook on low heat for 8-12 hours.
This recipe was originally published on Weelicious as “Crock Pot Pulled Pork Tacos“.
**I only used one of the roast in the 4-pack from Costco and adjusted the recipe for 1 pound of roast.  I also topped my taco with a little salsa and green onions.
03 Oct

French Dip Wrap

French Dip Wrap
Carbs: 21 g (11g of fiber)  Protein: 24g   Fat: 8.8g

Ingredients:

1 whole wheat Xtreme Wellness high fiber low carb tortilla wrap
1 slice Sargento Provolone Cheese
3 oz Kirkland Oven Roasted Roast Beef
1/8 cup McCormick Au Jus sauce, prepared

Peppers, mushrooms and onion if desired

Instructions:

Saute veggies with non-cook cooking spray on stove.  Warm/fry (I like mine a little crispy)  tortilla on stove in pan using non-cook cooking spray.  Place cheese over roast beef and warm/melt the cheese in the microwave.  Add veggies, raost beef and cheese to tortilla and enjoy with Au Jus.

09 Aug

Turkey Cheese Steak Sloppy Joe Style

I am a sucker for a good Philly cheese steak sandwich and this was beyond my expectations and so full of flavor.   It was super easy and  done in 30 minutes!!  My boys loved them too!  Also,  this lean ground turkey breast is awesome it has much less fat then lean ground turkey so it makes it easier to add more cheese… and who doesn’t love more cheese!

Turkey Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
Macros for just 1/2 cup of turkey cheese steak mixture:  Carbs: 2.6g Protein: 15g  Fat: 4.2g
Macros with 1/2 cup of mixture on sandwich thin:  Carbs: 24.6g  Protein:20g  Fat: 5.2g
Yields 5 cups, Serving size 1/2 cup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1  green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth (I used I cup water with 1 beef bullion cube)
  • 9 slices Provolone Cheese ( F 5 C 1 P 5)
  • sandwich thins

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the ground turkey  to a med/large sized pan on the stove and cook until done.  apart.
  2. Remove the turkey from pan, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray and add the  the onions, bell peppers and mushrooms.  I sprayed cooking spray as they cooked as needed.
  3. Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.
  4. Add the turkey back into the pan.  
  5. In a small cup mix the beef broth and cornstarch together
  6. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan.
  7. Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat, add in chopped cheese.
  9. Served on toasted sandwich thins.

 

If you are on our 12 Week Get Fit Plan  message me if you need help adjusting the macros to fit your plan.

10 Jul

Summer Salad

Summer Salad
Carbs: 26g Protein: 24g Fat: 5.5g

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 3 oz chicken grilled chicken breast strips (Costco)
  • 83 grams strawberries
  • 82.5 grams mango
  • 34 grams blueberries
  • Cucumber, chopped (as much as desired)
  • .3 oz slivered almonds
  • Skinnygirl Poppyseed dressing

Message me if you need help adjusting the macros to fit your 12 Week Get Fit Plan!

29 Jun

Summer BBQ

One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is to BBQ.  I love eating out on our deck with my family and enjoying  Summer nights together.  Tonight I grilled hamburgers  for my boys and ground turkey breast for me, it was the best!

Summer BBQ (Turkey Burger)
Carbs: 0  Protein: 19.5g   Fat: 1g

Ingredients:
– 3 oz extra lean ground turkey breast, grilled
– lettuce
– little ketchup and mustard
– pickles
– onions

I added watermelon for my carbs but the options are endless.  If you are on our 12 Week Get Fit Plan  message me if you need help adjusting the macros to fit your plan.

27 Jun

Eggs and Corn Tortillas

Simple, easy and so satisfying….You will love these!

 

Egg and Corn Tortilla Combo:
Carbs: 30g  Protein: 21g  Fat: 2g

Ingredients:

  • 3 Mission yellow corn tortilla’s, fried with pam or any non stick cooking spray on stove
  • 3 egg whites, fried
  • salsa as desired

Instructions:  Place cooked eggs and salsa in warmed tortillas and enjoy!

OR THIS COMBO IS YUMMY TOO!

Egg and Corn Tortilla Breakfast:
Carbs: 16g  Protein: 22.6g  Fat: 6g

Ingredients:

  • 2 Mission yellow corn tortillas (extra thin), fried with pam or any non stick cooking spray on stove
  • 2 egg whites, fried
  • salsa as desired
  • 2 Jimmy Dean fully cooked turkey sausage links, warmed in pan on the stove

Instructions:  Place cooked eggs and salsa in warmed tortillas, enjoy sausage on the side.  For those on our 12 Week Get Fit Plan, message me if you need help adjusting the macros to fit your plan.

25 May

Turkey and Cheese Veggie Wrap

Turkey and Cheese Veggie Wrap
Carbs: 9g  Protein: 20g Fat: 6g

Ingredients:
-1 Xtreme Wellness High Fiber Low Carb whole wheat wrap (Wal-Mart)
-3 slices of Hillshire Farm Naturals Turkey Breast (Costco)
-1 slice reduced fat cheese (Costco)
-Carb free veggies as desired.  Here are a few of my favorites:  spinach, cucumbers, peppers or anything else I have on hand.
-Top with 2 tablespoons of  your favorite Skinny Girl dressing…my favs are Balsamic Vinaigrette and Poppyseed. (Wal-Mart)

I like to add a side of carrots or fruit to get more carbs.

For those on our 12 Week Get Fit Plan…Message me if you need help adjusting the macros to fit your plan. 

15 May

Tuna Pita Pocket

 

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Tuna Pita Pocket
Carbs: 30g Protein: 16.5g Fat: 3g

Ingredients:

  • 1 half Kangaroo Pita Pocket
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayo
  • 1/4 cup tuna in water
  • pickles as desired, diced
  • lettuce as desired
  • 3.5 oz carrots

Instructions:  Mix tuna, mayo and pickets together.  Place lettuce in bottom of pita and add tuna mixture on top add carrots to the side and enjoy.

Pregnancy tip:  Add an extra 1/8 cup of tuna to bump up the protein to 22.5g.  Also when pregnant you want to limit eating tuna to no more then  two times per week.

27 Apr

Working Out At Home

After I had baby #2 I knew getting to the gym at 5 am was going to be hard.  I talked with my husband and we decided to clear a space in our basement and make a little home gym.  I thought after a few months I would be ready to go back to the gym but, I am loving being able to work out at home and having my husband and kiddos join me.

My good friend posted a picture of her doing a pull-up and it motivated me to build the strength to do one.  I bought this awesome Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar from Amazon thinking I would just use it for pull-ups but I am loving it for lots of different workouts.   So, if you are wanting more options to be able to do at home I highly recommend this Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar .

For meal and fitness ideas check out our 12 Week Get Fit Program.

 

10 Apr

Half Way Done and $5 off our Macro Momma Cookbook!

Happy Monday!  Few exciting things today….1) I am a little over half way through our 12 Week Get Fit Program…YAY!!!   The scale can be so deceiving and depressing and if I were just going off the scale I would have wanted to give up by now.  Take progress pics my friends, it’s helpful and motivating to see where you have been and where you are.   I am feeling so much better and my clothes are starting to fit again.  I am excited to see what the next 5 weeks will bring…and how can my baby be 3 months old already! 

12 Weeks will come and go no matter what and it goes fast.  Where will you be in 12 Weeks???

Also,  it has been one year today that I launched the Macro Momma Cookbook!  So, to celebrate the cookbook will be $5 off this week, no coupon code needed the discount will be taken off automatically!  Thanks for all your support!

28 Mar

Protein Brownies

When you find yourself at Smith’s at 9:30 at night just to get more Halo Top ice cream to eat with your Protein Brownies you know you have found something good!!  This my friends, is a party in your mouth!

Isn’t it awesome that you can have brownies and ice cream and still meet your fitness goals?!  I saw this Protein Brownie recipe on @macro_gal’s Instagram and wanted to try it out, they are good, and for sure best cold but, when you add  your favorite Halo Top ice cream or yogurt with them it’s a game changer, you need to try it!

Protein Brownies
Yields: about 6
Serving size: 105 grams
Macros per serving: Carbs: 16.2g Protein: 16.2g Fat: 5.7g

Ingredients & Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325

  • 24g mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 5g coconut oil

Melt together and set aside.

Cream:

  • 1 cube(220g) fat free cream cheese
  • 55g plain Greek yogurt
  • 120g pumpkin puree
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons fat free creamer (I used powder)
  • 8g honey

Add cooled chocolate mixture.

Add dry ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder (your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together until smooth, pour into 8×8 or 9×9 greased pan, top with 22g mini semi sweet chocolate chips.  Bake 35-38 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool and refrigerate (they taste best when cold).

Recipe from @macro_gal

Macros with Halo Top and Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt

Brownie and Ice Cream Combo
Carbs: 26g Protein: 17g Fat: 5.85g
3/4 cup Halo Top Ice Cream (I had Sea Salt Caramel, macros vary depending on what kind you get.) and 52.5g Protein Brownie

Pretty much heaven right here, I wanted to lick my plate clean and I might have…this is where the party is!  Halo Top ice cream is delish on its own but add a little Protein Brownie to it and wowzers!

Brownie and Yogurt Combo
Carbs: 17g Protein: 20g Fat: 2.85g
1 cup Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt with 52.2g Protein Brownie

09 Mar

Quick and Easy Meal Ideas

Lately I have been all about quick and easy meal ideas…here are a few of my new favs!  It’s always good to have quick and easy options on hand to keep you on track.

I am loving this Orgain Grass Fed Protein drink, it is similar to Muscle milk but without artificial sweetener and preservatives. Found this gem at Sam’s Club the other day.  I always keep one in the diaper bag for when I am on the run.  My sister and I made it out to Farmington Station last week and it was so nice to get out and get some sun! Macros: F 2g C 10g P 20g

 

 

 

Cottage cheese is for sure a staple at our house, I love to add fruit to it too, it’s a great and easy way to get protein!

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Cottage Cheese and Crackers
Carbs: 18.5g Protein: 20.5g Fat: 5.75g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup 2% Darigold Cottage Cheese
  • 5 reduced fat  Ritz crackers
  •  McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning

Instructions:
Put cottage cheese in bowl and sprinkle with seasoning (A small amount goes along way, so start out with  a little and add more to your liking.) Enjoy with crackers.  I also love to do 3/4 cup of cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of no sugar added pineapple….delish!!

Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt with Nature Valley Protein Granola….add 1/4 cup granola to yogurt. Macros: F 3g C 24.5g P 17g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And these are my favorite protein bars. You can get them both at Costco.  If you need help with a meal plan check out our 12 Week Get Fit Program or for more meal ideas we have a Macro Momma Cookbook.

23 Feb

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled cheese and a creamy tomato soup is one of my favorite combos and today  here in Utah with the snow it’s a perfect day to have it.   I had a friend tell me about this creamy Red Pepper Tomato Soup she found at Sam’s Club and  it did not disappoint.   You will love this combo!!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Carbs (net): 33g Protein: 15g Fat: 7g

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz ) carton of Pacific roasted red pepper and tomato soup (found at Sam’s Club)
  • 1 whole wheat sandwich thin
  • 1 slice reduced fat colby jack cheese

Instructions:  Spray  pan and sandwich thin with a little non stick cooking spray, place cheese in between and grill both sides until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted.  Warm soup up and enjoy!

08 Feb

Counting Macros While Pregnant

I’m back!!  There were a few weeks after I had my baby and was recovering  from my c-section that I  wondered if I would ever feel normal again (or survive), it was rough!  I am still lacking in the sleep department but overall I am feeling back to myself and adjusting to life with 2 kids (some days)!

I had my second baby January 5th and was  asked throughout my pregnancy  if I was still counting macros and working out while I was pregnant and the answer is yes!  Is it possible to still do both of these?  Of course you need to listen to your body and doctor but it is possible.  Does it make a difference?  I am here to show you it makes a huge difference!!

When I was pregnant with my first son I got to the point where I was eating whatever sounded good, I still went to the gym and did cardio but stopped lifting weights.  This picture  goes to show you how important it is to feed and fuel your body correctly.   I will be 5 weeks postpartum with baby #2 tomorrow and there is a huge difference from where I am now and where I was 5-6 weeks postpartum with baby #1.

I counted macros and worked out up until a few days before I had baby #2.  I kept going to the gym doing cardio and weights.  I was careful and listened to my body and didn’t push myself as much as I would normally.  I felt good and had energy, for the most part ha (that is kinda impossible at  the beginning and end) 🙂   I am not as overwhelmed with loosing the weight this time because I don’t have as much to loose.    I started back with walking on the treadmill 4 1/2 weeks postpartum and am starting back with light lifting.

Exercising is for sure one of my happy places, it is good for the mind, body and soul!!   I am happier when I do it, my days go better and I feel like a better wife and mom when I take the time to do something for myself each morning.  I never regret getting up and working out!

No matter where you are in your fitness journey you can always start and re-start, if needed each day.   I am excited to see what the next 12 weeks are going to bring.  If you are following our 12 Week Get Fit Plan or have your own,  join me today and let’s get fit together!   It is easy to get discouraged and compare yourself to others but just take it a day at a time and stick to your plan and I promise you will see results! Happy Wednesday!

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