Healthy Alternatives for your Favorite Foods

Healthy Alternatives for your Favorite Foods

Welcome back! In today’s post we’re talking about healthier alternatives for your favorite foods. These alternatives come pretty close, or are almost better than their fattier counterparts. Whether you’re on a steady diet or lifestyle plan, or are just looking for some healthier options to switch into your diet, look no further!

☆ Protein Coffee

You may have seen this on pinterest or floating around instagram, but it’s seriously amazing. It’s two shots of espresso over ice with one carton of your premier protein shake flavor of choice. I love the caramel flavor (which they just brought back) and it legit makes your coffee taste like a latte but for significantly less fat and sugar. You can customize the protein shake you use as well, I just love the premier protein ones.

Is this not what coffee dreams are made of?

☆ Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. I started to experiment with making it a healthier way. The original recipes calls for regular shredded cheese, ranch, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, and chicken. My healthier alternative consists of just buffalo sauce and a small amount of cream cheese. You can sub in the reduced fat cream cheese and use a 1/4 of the amount the regular recipes calls for. I’m telling you it’s taste almost the exact same. You really don’t miss the ranch and the shredded cheese, and you can always add a smaller amount on the side if you really want! I highly recommend checking this alternative out.

☆Smart Sweets

These are a bit pricey, but they honestly taste just like regular candy. I love the sweedish fish style ones, or the gummy bear ones. You can get them online, at whole foods or in other specialty stores. They’re about $3 a bag, and they’re under 100 calories per bag with only 3 grams of sugar. You cannot go wrong.

☆ Built Bar

If you haven’t tried these protein bars, you really should. They’re only 110 calories, have 15g of protein, and have so many flavors. They’re very reasonably priced, and they always have free shipping. They also taste nothing like a regular protein bar so it’s basically like eating a chocolate bar.

☆ Yasso Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

If you love ice cream like me, it’s probably hard to cut it out if you’re trying to be healthy. When I found the Yasso Greek Yogurt bars I was ecstatic. They have a bunch of flavors and they taste amazing. I can’t say they’re as good as regular, full fat, full sugar ice cream, but the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor has actual chunks of cookie dough, so can you really go wrong?

I hope these few suggestions inspire you to look for healthier alternatives for some of your favorite foods! What are some of your favorite recipes you wish you could make in a healthier way?

xo.

Beginner’s Guide: Meal Prep for Work

Beginner’s Guide: Meal Prep for Work

So-planning ahead can be hard, especially when it comes to meal prepping. The idea of eating the same thing every day can sound pretty boring sometimes, but for me, meal prepping for my work week lunches saves me so much time every night, and money when I’m at the grocery store. As someone who works full time and doesn’t have a huge amount of time to spend making lunch every night or an endless amount of money to spend on buying lunch every day, I have found meal prepping to be my best solution. Whether you work full time, are going to school full time, or just have a super busy schedule, these tips will definitely help you.

Tip #1 Go online and find inspiration

Meal prepping doesn’t have to be extremely time consuming and expensive, in fact I find it to be the opposite. Every week when I’m making my grocery list for the following week, I browse pinterest and online recipes for quick, easy lunch meal prep recipes. I get tons of ideas and inspiration and it actually makes me excited to go shopping and get my meals together for the week.

Tip #2 Be realistic about your time/budget

There are tons of meal prep ideas online that look super cool, but may require complex ingredients or several hours to make. I’d suggest looking for crock pot or instant pop recipes since those are usually very simple, and require little to no effort. You can always recreate your favorite dinner recipes into lunch friendly portions that are perfect for on the go.

Tip #3 Have fun with it

You don’t want to add another chore to your list of things to do-make this something you look forward to. Cooking can be stress relieving and enjoyable. Even if you’re just meal prepping to make sandwiches or salads all week (I’ve done this, totally acceptable) try to spice it up and make it something you look forward to doing.

One of my favorite lunch meal preps is tacos! Here’s pictures from my meal prep this week. I made homemade pico de gallo to put on top of my turkey tacos and it was so much fun to make one of my favorite foods!

Homemade Pico de Gallo (1/2 red onion finely chopped, 3 tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, a handful of chopped cilantro, and 1 lime squeezed)
This is my lunch tupperware with all my ingredients! Turkey taco meat, trader joes mexican cheese blend, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and homemade cilantro lime sour cream

What are your guys favorite meal prep recipes?

xo.

Top 5 Workout Products

Top 5 Workout Products

When it comes to working out, something I have found helpful is having products that I not only love, but contribute to my overall physical productivity. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite workout products that make any workout session your absolute best!

☆ Fitness Watch/Activity Tracker

For me, having a fitness watch was a game changer. Being able to track each workout I do and knowing my heart rate, calories burned, and length/distance is incredibly helpful. It motivates me to keep going during a hard workout, plus it’s always a confidence boost when you see how many calories you burned at the end of an intense workout!

☆ Cute Workout Clothes

This is not a necessity, but I find it helps so much when I have workout clothes that I’m excited to wear. I personally love using Fabletics, a workout clothes subscription where every month you get to pick out new workout clothes to purchase. I love all the fun patterns and designs, and the wide range of products they offer that are extremely high quality. They make it easy to find workout gear that fits great and looks amazing too.

☆ Workout App

Another thing that may not be a necessity, but still an essential to me. I use the Verv workout app for running, and it’s changed my workout habits for the better. I used to make up my own workouts or research some online, but having a set training plan and set of progressively challenging workouts has been super beneficial to my overall progress.

☆ Good shoes

If you do any sort of cardio, especially running, I highly recommend investing in a solid pair of shoes. I use the Brooks Ghost 11 running shoes and I have never looked back. I used to wear a pair of Nikes that were honestly not meant for running and did not fit my foot well. Once I went to a store and had my foot measured and fitted, my workout experience has been so much better now that I have a more supportive shoe.

☆ Quality headphones

Back on Black Friday, I invested in a pair of good quality wireless headphones. There’s a bunch to choose from, but I went with the Beats Solo 3. Not only is the sound quality so much better while listening to my playlists, but not having pesky wires getting in your way while you’re working out is definitely worth the splurge for wireless ones.

I hope these recommendations help anyone out there who is looking for motivation or recommendations to start a great workout routine!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

Hello everyone! If you know me, you know I LOVE to clean and organize a space. Over the past year or so I’ve started taking an interest in using more natural products to clean with, and not to expose myself and those around me to the many chemicals found in regular cleaning products. The smell alone started to really turn me off from some of them, and researching more into the “cleaner” alternatives really made me rethink my approach to cleaning.

Here is a list of my all time favorite natural cleaning products that smell fantastic, work amazing, and leave you with peace of mind knowing that you are not leaving harmful chemicals on your counters and other surfaces.

Method All Purpose Spray

Mrs. Meyers Baking Soda Cream Cleanser

Method Hand Soap

Mrs. Meyers or Method Dish Soap

Seventh Generation Bathroom Cleaner

Walnut Scrubber Sponges

Basically anything from Mrs. Meyers or Method is great. I have yet to try a product from them that I don’t like. I get all my natural cleaning products from Grove Collaborative, a site that sells tons of natural products at a discount. If any of you are interested I can send you a link for a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyers set and a free VIP trial. It’s a great deal and the membership allows you to schedule monthly deliveries for restocks of your favorite items, or allows you to skip months if you don’t need products that frequently.

I hope this post encourages some of you to take a more “clean” approach to cleaning and try out some natural cleaning products!

xo.

A Note about Self Love

A Note about Self Love

The quote above is from one of my favorite books, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it. It’s filled with beautiful poetry that explains the human experience in the most unique and accurate way.

I love this quote because it reminds me that loving yourself, and being proud of who you are is more important than what others think of you. Of course it’s always great when you have the love and support of others, but believing in yourself, and knowing your worth to me are the most important thing.

Over the past year or so I’ve started to realize what I want to make a priority in my life, and having quality people around me and healthy relationships is at the top. It’s definitely true that the love you show yourself is how others are going to love you. Demand the respect and love you deserve from all your relationships-whether it be with a parent, friend, or significant other.

For the longest time I’ve been so terrified of having other people be mad at me that I would tell myself that I was in the wrong or that I didn’t have a right to be upset about something, when in reality I really did. When people treat you poorly, or make you feel insecure or down about yourself, do you really need that relationship in your life? I know it’s not always that simple to cut people out of your life, but I really encourage all of you to look at the relationships you have in your life and ask yourself if people would go as far for you as you would for them. Don’t let people dull your shine, and always remember that you deserve the best kind of people in your life, who follow through and are always there for you; who want the best for you no matter what. I’d rather have 3 people in my life that are the best people I could ever ask for, instead of having 20 friends who may not genuinely support you, or put effort into the friendship-quality over quantity.

I’d rather spend my time and energy focused on relationships where I feel respected and loved, and like I matter. Why waste time on relationships with people who constantly put other people and things before you?

I challenge all of you to demand the very best yourself, love yourself fully and as always, stay klassy. xo.

Under 200 Calorie 2 Ingredient Bagels

Under 200 Calorie 2 Ingredient Bagels

As a strong lover of carbs, I relish the opportunity to be able to find an alternative that makes my favorite high carb food items better for me while not comprising taste. Some of you may have seen this 2 ingredient bagel recipe floating around instagram, pinterest, ect. A few months ago I thought I would give it a try and I have made this almost every single week since then. They’re easy, fast, and they taste amazing. OH and they’re under 200 calories, have less than 30 grams of carbs, and only 3.5g of fat. (This is also a popular weight watchers recipe, with each bagel coming in at only 3 smart points)

Ingredients (Makes 4 bagels)

-1 cup of self rising flour

-1 cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt

-Seasoning of choice (I personally go with everything bagel seasoning)

Here’s the step by step guide to the (extremely) easy recipe:

☆ Preheat oven to 425°

☆ Combine all your ingredients in a bowl

I recommend mixing the flour and the greek yogurt first with a spoon or spatula and then switching to your hands to make sure everything is well incorporated.

*Tip: if you don’t have self rising flour, you can use regular flour and add in some baking powder and you’re good to go)

☆ Separate your dough into four pieces, and then shape into bagels

☆ Arrange on baking sheet

☆ Brush an egg wash over your bagels and add seasoning of choice.

☆ Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how thick you make your bagels and how brown you want them.

And that’s it! This simple and easy recipe is one of my favorite Sunday meal prep items.

I hope you all enjoyed my first food post, and always, keep it klassy, xo.

Friday Motivation

Friday Motivation

It’s hard not to compare yourself to others around you, measure your progress against theirs, and wonder what you’re doing wrong. When it comes down to it, all that matters is your opinion of yourself, how your decisions stand up against your goals and aspirations, and if you’re proud of the person you are putting out into the world. I hope this inspires any of you who may be feeling small compared to someone else to remember the amazing potential and drive you have within you.

I think this quote also stands to say that if we see someone else succeeding, we shouldn’t let it affect our opinion of ourselves, or maybe even think badly about them or try to discredit their success. We would never want to someone to judge or challenge an accomplishment in our own lives, so let’s all try respect other’s achievements, without tearing them or ourselves down in the process.

Stay klassy, xo.