Hello lovelies! I am back after a VERY long hiatus. So many things have happened since I last posted. The biggest thing we’ve been up to is potty training. Which is so draining and so much effort. I will do a whole “what did we do” post when I feel like we’ve finally figured it all out. We’ve just started night time training which is also exhausting, but will ultimately be good. Of course the holidays came and went, Asher was so much fun this year. He grasped the concept of Christmas. He woke up Christmas morning and said, ” PRESENTS!” 😂 We also had a lovely family New Years at Zion National Park. It was so beautiful with the snow on the red rocks. Asher was such a trooper, rode in the backpack for over 5 miles of hiking.
And finally Kyle and I have been on a fitness and health mission! Both of us have felt like we needed to trim down a bit, and really get ourselves moving. Diet wise we have been focused on whole foods and monitoring the macros, which is seriously SO MUCH WORK! So since I am doing the work already I am going to share the whole day worth of food WITH the macro breakdown if you are interested in following along. I was told that I should eat about 1800 calories a day, 137 g protein, 57 g far, and 180 grams of carbohydrates. Kyle needs about 100 more calories a day, so we incorporate that through snacks. Depending on what your goals are, you should calculate your own numbers, but these are mine! On top of all of this we have each enrolled in a fitness program and have been super strict all month. We both have lost some weight so far which is great!
Last thing to note before we jump in, is that I am only going to post bi-weekly for the next while. There is obviously a lot going on, I don’t want to commit to an every week thing, but if I’m up for it I will post extras! Now after all that ranting lets get to it!
What’s on the menu……….
- Homemade Green Smoothie (Breakfast)
- Moroccan Farro Grain Bowl (Lunch)
- Creamy Garlic Red Pepper Chicken
- Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Bowls
Homemade Green Smoothie
This recipe was really more of a guideline than a recipe. I used frozen mixed berries, banana, kale, oat milk, and I substituted nut butter for the protein powder. The protein powder we had made it too sweet. Not sure why, but mine never actually turned out green. This was a simple, and light thing to have for breakfast
140 calories, 30g carbs, 2g fat, 5 g protein
Moroccan Farro Grain Bowl
I’ve posted this one a few times, and it is probably my favorite meal prepped lunch. I LOVE farro! It has such an good chew to it, and it feels satisfying to eat. Usually I substitute the dried apricots for mangos, but they were all out! So I just left them off this time. Still super delicious!
623 calories, 88g carbs, 33g fat, 22g protein
Creamy Garlic Red Pepper Chicken
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.servingdumplings.com/recipes/creamy-garlic-red-pepper-chicken/
This has quickly become one of our very favorite dinners. I was really happy to work it in this week. I totally forgot to order the red bell pepper, luckily it was still delicious. I served this over brown rice with some oven roasted broccoli. Asher’s LOVES broccoli, so I try to cook it often.
405 calories, 29g carbs, 20g fat, 35g protein
Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://40aprons.com/instant-pot-healthy-chicken-pot-pie-soup/
Another one of our favorite meals. I’m convinced this is the best soup on earth.😛 It comes together so quickly, and who doesn’t love an instant pot meal. Asher is really sensitive to hot foods, so I used the trick of quickly cooling it down with some frozen peas. Typically I would make my unbelievably easy bread, but to watch the carbs we had some sweet potato crackers instead. Not as good as bread but still satisfying in that way.
609 calories, 44g carbs, 31g fat, 41g protein
Mongolian Beef and Broccoli
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals, https://www.cottercrunch.com/paleo-mongolian-beef-broccoli-rice-bowls/#tasty-recipes-42996
This week was full of old favorites and this is no exception. I have “riced” the broccoli like they suggest in the past, but I personally prefer it roasted. I also am obsessed with roasted cauliflower right now so I added it to round out the meal. I accidentally grabbed the rice wine vinegar when I was looking for sesame oil for the beef “marinade”. It was a happy accident. I only added a splash, maybe a teaspoon. It added great flavor and I think it made the meat more tender. Everyone was a happy camper with this dinner!
513 calories, 30g carbs, 27g fat, 41g protein
I am so happy to be back! I hope you enjoyed this weeks meal plan. Let me know what you think about all the stuff we are doing in the comments bellow! Please like, share, and enjoy!