I don't know about you, but I hate not knowing what's for dinner ( or lunch or breakfast or, uh, snacks ). I'm constantly looking for meal inspiration to avoid this and stay excited about what I'm eating. So, I thought it might be helpful to do some food recaps to give you some healthy meal inspiration. With that said, if you have any doubt about my belief in balanced eating, versus totally clean eating, you can see all of the less healthy meals I had in Vermont, like this amazing muffin.
Most of my meals have been from the Tone It Up nutrition plan since it's the end of the Bikini Series; if this means nothing to you, go ahead and check them out! Basically, Karena and Katrina created a fitness company, Tone It Up, which promotes clean eating --lean proteins, fruits, nuts and healthy fats, and lots of vegetables-- and their own workouts, both free and for purchase. The Bikini Series is their 8 week program, with the idea of getting in shape for summer. ( P.S. This is in no way an ad for Tone It Up. I just love their energy and programs and have had success; I'm also sharing my real life and this is part of what I use as a guide. ) For this challenge, I wanted to focus on balanced nutrition and eating healthy to feel better, which you know is important to me. One of my favorite breakfasts from the challenge is overnight oats. This one is chocolate strawberry and perfect for spring.
I have also been super into fruit salads as snacks since the produce is getting better.
One of my favorite grab and go snacks is a yogurt cup with some fruit and / or trail mix and after our Vermont trip it was the perfect, zero prep go-to. The strawberry rhubarb flavor is amazing and Siggi's is a favorite brand of mine.
I have also been loving this peach and pecan salad with quinoa and balsamic glaze for lunches. #allthefruit.
For dinners, we've been trying to keep it to lean proteins and to make an effort to add more vegetables. I always keep some burgers and pesto in my freezer so this meal was easy to throw together quickly: turkey burger, pesto, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, and freshly steamed rainbow chard and green beans.
Another night we grabbed some fish and quickly cooked it up with some lemon and pesto. At first I wasn't sure I would like the fish + pesto combination but *my husband was right* ( hope he's reading this! ) and it was delicious. We had some roasted asparagus with it.
I've been super into tofu recently. I love that it keeps really well, versus meats or fish, and is easy to quickly prepare. I hated tofu until I learned how to cook it properly, but more on that later! This is a quick stir fry situation: edamame, peppers, broccoli, tofu, cashews, and some homemade peanut sauce. Fast and delicious!
Sometimes you just really need a salad for dinner, right? Right. This one is a play on a mustard chicken salad I'd seen on Pinterest and we'd had earlier in the week. I just switched up a few things and added blueberries. YUM.
Finally, instead of having real fish tacos--fried and encased in a tortilla--I made a fish taco bowl the other night with quinoa, fish ( we used cod ), mango salsa, peppers, traditional salsa, and some "sour cream" --greek yogurt, lime, salt, and pepper. It was flavorful and satisfying and didn't make my stomach hurt, win!
What have you been making recently?