This week has been an uphill battle to eat more healthfully. After a weekend of indulging on cheese and more cheese, its been tough to make better choices during the week. This really proves my theory that the more you eat nutritiously and exercise, the more you want to keep doing it. But when you get used to not working out and eating heavier foods, it’s harder to get back on the wagon.
So for me, this week has been one of transition. I have been working out every day, whether it’s a 5-mile run or strength training at the gym. Here are some of the power foods that have helped me get back into the swing of things.
On Saturday during our Wisconsin Cheese Tour trip, we stopped at the Dane Co. farmers’ market in Madison (recap to come soon!). I was able to pick up a ton of fresh produce, like the Italian heirloom lettuce, kale ad asparagus used in this salad.
Chicken Detox Salad
1 1/2 cups lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup kale, chopped
1/2 small tomato, diced
1 leftover chicken breast, diced
1 ounce Swiss cheese, cubed
4 asparagus spears, cut in 1″ segments
1/2 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
Spices, to taste
Croutons, to taste
Light ranch dressing, to taste
In small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the asparagus spears and onions. And any spices you like (such as garlic, salt, pepper), and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
On a plate, place your lettuce and kale. Top with tomatoes, chicken and cheese. Add asparagus and onions. Add croutons, if using, and drizzle ranch dressing on top.
Protein Cookie Dough
For breakfast, I discovered the best thing ever. It’s called Protein Cookie Dough and it’s from STUFT Mama. The best part? It kept me full for 5 hours (a miracle) and it tasted great. I was a little nervous because I’ve never used protein powder in anything but smoothies. I’ve heard of bloggers putting it in their oatmeal for awhile. Great idea, if you as me.
Also, it gave me a chance to use my PB2 in a new way.
Protein Cookie Dough
Adapted from STUFT Mama
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup Rice Krispies (generic or brand name)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons PB2
1 tablespoon PB Craze Cookie Nookie
2 tablespoons homemade applesauce (yes, I made this stuff with Brenton’s parents in fall 2009 – time to use it up!)
Mix everything together and press into a bowl. Refrigerate if you like.
Since it’s not even 7:30, I’m making this for breakfast again this morning. I can’t wait to try STUFT Mama’s Fudgy Protein Cookie Dough next (since I have about 9 cans of pumpkin in the house, I need to!)
Question: What healthy recipes have you been making this week? AND Have any good recipes that use pumpkin? Feel free to link up!