Meals for Prep: Spaghetti Squash, Chicken and Veg

Have you ever had spaghetti squash before? If not, you need to try it! Its a delicious and healthy alternative to pasta. The consistency is similar to rice noodles and it pairs well with anything you would cook with pasta.

I just started meal prepping at the beginning of the year and I have noticed that it makes a big difference in my eating patterns throughout the week. Not only do I save time, but I make healthy choices more consistently. I use my prepped meals as a quick “go-to” instead of stopping for take out or just snacking on random stuff until Im full. This week, my bf and I made a layered spaghetti squash. Its super easy and quite tasty. Here are the simple steps:

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Weekly Workouts + Happy St Patty’s Day

Happy St. Patricks Day! I remembered it was St. Patricks day this morning as I was getting ready. I don’t ever do anything to celebrate, but I figured I would at least change out of my all-black outfit and put something green on.

Over the weekend, my boyfriend Shan and I went to our first Charlotte Hornets basketball game. The basketball game fell on the same night as  Charlotte’s St. Patricks Day Pub crawl…and holy cow! We did not know what we were walking into. The pub crawl was huge and there were people everywhere (apparently 20,000 people participated). By the time we got uptown, the crawl had been going strong for a couple of hours. So everyone had a dazed look in their eye. It did look like fun, but I was happy that we were heading to the basketball game. The hornets played great, beating the Houston Rockets 125-109.

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Snack on something different

For the longest time, I was creature of habit when it came to snacking. Constantly reaching for yogurt + granola or hummus + pretzel chips. Now don’t get me wrong, I will still always have these items on hand. However, I have gotten a lot more creative with my snack options lately. I love it when I can look forward to a snack and really enjoy it rather than just munch away mindlessly. I am the type of person who always has a few snacks handy. I think healthy snacking is a good way to keep energy up throughout the day and avoid extreme hunger come meal time. Here are a couple of my current go-to’s in the snack department:

1. Sweet Potato Bowls

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These are absolutely delicious, nutritious and filling. They are a great breakfast option as well. All you do is roast a sweet potato at 425 degrees for 45-60 minutes (depending on the size of the sweet potato). Then simply mash it up, add a bit of ghee and then get creative with toppings. I like to top it off with almond butter, chia seeds and raisins. I have also played around with coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. I know it seems a bid odd, but trust me on this one. Its real good!

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Yoga, Art & a Live DJ…Sign me up!

There is definitely not a lack of yoga studios and events in Charlotte. I have absolutely loved trying new studios and going to different events since moving here last summer. I have been hopping around taking advantage of new student specials in order to find the perfect studio (annd to save some $$). The yoga presence in Charlotte is great and it has given me something to get involved in. I have also made some friends in the process, which has made Charlotte start to feel like home.

Last night I went to NC Yoga Bars “Balance to the Beat” event. NC Yoga bar is a “pop-up”studio in Charlotte. They hold classes at galleries, breweries, apartment complexes and for private parties. The vibe is really friendly and inviting, without any kind of studio intimidation. The event was held at the Advent Coworking Art Gallery. I got there early to have a look around and there were a ton of cool/unique pieces to check out before class.

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Macros, Macros, Macros!

If you are serious about seeing results from exercise, then you must pay attention to your macronutrients. Many people think that because they workout, they can eat whatever they want. Or that weight loss will happen by restricting calories without paying attention to specific nutrients. So wrong! The breakdown of substrates is so important in order to achieve your fitness goals. There are 6 nutrients that the body needs to function: carbohydrates, fats, protein, water, vitamins and minerals. The macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, protein and water. Vitamins and minerals are the micronutrients.

The American College of Sports medicine recommends the following macronutrient breakdown for a balanced diet: 45-65% of calories from carbohydrates, 20-35% of calories from fats and 10-35% of calories from proteins. Note that this is a general recommendation and your macronutrient breakdown will be individualized based on your body composition, activity level, exercise training and your goals. So where to start? Follow these steps to get an idea of how to breakdown YOUR macros to get the results you want!

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Viva Las Vegas

I absolutely love to travel. Its such a thrill to put yourself in a new place and explore the surroundings. Being spontaneous, trying new foods and meeting new people are just a few things I love about traveling. My latest travel adventure was celebrating my 26th birthday with my boyfriend, Shan in Las Vegas. He completely surprised me with these travel plans a few months prior to the trip. So it was awesome to have something to look forward to for my birthday this year! I am going to share my top 5 highlights of our trip as well as 5 tips to stay on track with your health while on vacation.

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