Review: Carrabbas Gluten Free Menu

I have teamed up with the people at Carrabbas to try out their gluten free menu. There are a lot of people with special allergies or dietary needs that worry about eating out because of cross-contamination, or a lack of options. I LOVE when restaurants will cater to people’s dietary concerns, allowing individuals to eat with out any worries at all. Carrabbas has done just that. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThey have created an entire gluten free menu. You can click HERE to see the full online version. There are a TON of different options, all of which can be ordered directly off the menu, without any alterations at all. I saw a lot of things that I want to try, and definitely will try. However, I started off with a simple dish that I found to be very tasty, and right up my alley. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI went with the wood-grilled chicken, served with a side of steamed spinach. I loved that this was simple, lean, & green. The chicken was delicious and flavorful. There is an option to order the 5 oz portion or the 10 oz portion. I went with the 10 oz, so I could take half of it home for leftovers. I can’t wait to go back & try more of their gluten free options!

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Happy National Pizza Day!

Rumor has it today is national pizza day! Who knew. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite healthy pizza recipes from past posts. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPortobello Mushroom Pizzas

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10 Reasons I love to Exercise That Have Nothing to do with Health

I talk to people about why exercise is great for health & weight loss all the day long, and the list of reasons I could give you as to why it is so good for you is quite lengthy. However, many of the reasons why I love to exercise have nothing to do with health.

  1. It challenges me. Growing up I was a dancer. I was always working towards achieving different things. Improving specific form, learning new techniques, increasing my skill level, and working toward competitions and performances were what I thrived on. Sadly, dancing isn’t something that I do much of anymore. However, I still love to move my body. I still love to be challenged. I like working toward different athletic goals, improving form, and pushing myself to reach higher levels of achievement.
  2. I get to watch all sorts of TV. I’m not really one to sit around and watch TV, and if I do, it is usually the background to me cooking, writing programs, answering emails, etc. When I do my cardio, however, I LOVE watching whatever happens to be catching my eye at the time. Some of my favorites…Parenthood, The Biggest Loser, Scandal, Suits, Gossip Girl, Project Runway…and whatever else has been suggested to me at the time. I don’t feel guilty about it at all because it is time well spent, zoned out, and very stress-relieving.
  3. I get to jam to my new music. As you know from my many workout playlists, I LOVE finding new music. It must be the dancer in me, but there are just some songs that get me going. It’s like a breath of energy that is almost inexplicable. For example…anytime I am running and I hear Eminem, Lose Yourself, I am instantly pumped. Tired or not, I feel empowered. Music has that effect on me, and I love it.
  4. Working out is social for me. I love doing my cardio on my own time. It is me time. However, I LOVE lifting with others. I spend a lot of time at the gym working out with friends, and it’s really fun to me. I love doing active things with other people like hiking, rollerblading (yep it’s 2015 & I still blade), going for a run, going for a bike ride, or even just a walk. It’s quality time spent together. iloveit4
  5. It gives me energy. I know, this could fall under the category of “health,” but healthiness aside, when I don’t workout I feel sluggish. Exercise gets me going. Not exercising makes me want to take a nap. Sounds backwards, but for me it’s true.
  6. Exercising = Not stressing about food as much. Let it be said first. You CANNOT out exercise a bad diet. I fully, FULLY …F U L L Y….support eating healthy. I am a big fan of a clean, whole foods diet. However, I know that when I am eating well, and working out I don’t have to stress about every single calorie that I eat. Exercise allows for a little buffer/wiggle room. I fully support that. iloveit1
  7. I get to wear workout clothes & shoes, which happen to be my favorite thing ever. This one speaks for itself.iloveit5
  8. It gives me an excuse to be outside. I love the sun. It warms my soul. I love being outside where I can enjoy the sun. Exercising outdoors gives me a reason to be outside, and I love that. I’m not even mad if I get tan while that is happening either. :) iloveit2  
  9. It gives me confidence. For the most part, we tend to be really hard on ourselves. It is extremely easy to get drawn into negative self talk about the way we think we look, the way we feel about ourselves, and the way we wish we thought/looked/felt. When I am regularly exercising, I feel better about myself. My confidence in the way I look and feel is increased. I don’t mean it in a prideful way at all. I just know that I feel better about myself when I exercise.
  10. It’s fun. I know like %80 of the people out there might not agree with me there, but I have grown to love it. It makes me happy. I love the way it makes me feel, (sometimes not until after, but still.) I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with checking a daily workout off my list. I like being active. I like trying new activities. I like the endorphins that come from exercise. iloveit3

 

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MC Fit Burnout Workout

This is a simple, full body workout that doesn’t take much thinking, but will definitely work you.  Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 6.59.31 PMMake sure you use sufficient enough weight that you are feeling it by the end of each set. Keep that proper form throughout, especially as you start to feel fatigued!

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What I Eat on the Daily

I have had a few of you ask if I’d give a basic breakdown of what I eat in a day. If you follow my instagram you will recognize a lot of these same meals. eating1

I do eat out a lot as well, but this is an idea of what a typical day of at-home eating looks like. Breakfast is usually on the go for me. I have to get up really early to be at the gym. eating6I try to get in 30 grams of protein right when i wake up, so I will usually grab a Questbar & 1-2 oz of all natural turkey jerky to eat on my way to work. Classy I know. I workout after my morning clients, so I am always ready to eat when lunch rolls around at about noon. My lunches & dinners are all very similar, so I just thought I’d post some examples of my common lunches & dinners. I eat eggs, salads, chicken lettuce wraps, grilled veggies, fresh veggies, deli turkey, & grilled chicken. Basically a combo of those things actually. I will usually eat eggs for one meal, and chicken or turkey for the other. eating3 eating5eating2 eating4eating7I really try to get in 30-ish grams of protein with each meal, to help reach my goal of 100 grams of protein per day. I will generally eat a snack either in between lunch & dinner, or after dinner. For my snacks I will eat deli turkey, berries, turkey jerky, fresh cut up veggies, quest bars, almonds, & popcorn.

It is important to make sure you are eating enough of the right foods! If you are focusing on getting in lean greens & protein, with some good fats as well, you shouldn’t be feeling hungry or deprived!

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E is for Effort. What do you REALLY want?

You see, there is this thing about effort.

It takes effort to accomplish just about anything…which means it takes effort to accomplish goals.

Unfortunately, effort just so happens to be one of those things that people least want to give up when it really comes down to it. The thought of achieving lofty goals seems extremely wonderful until your alarm goes off at 6 AM in the morning, or until you are looking at glass case of doughnuts, or when you’re exhausted…out of healthy food options…and  getting a greasy drive-thru meal sounds soooo much easier. The difference between the good choices and the poor ones? The willingness to put forth effort. vacationIf there is ONE thing that I really try and engrain in the people that I work with, it is that I want them to work toward a change in lifestyle, not just a change in numbers on the scale or percent body fat. If you can change lifestyle habits, you will be far more likely to maintain the number on the scale that you want or that percent body fat. Healthy lifestyle changes are ones that you can stick to. These decisions will start to feel like less and less of an effort because they become habitual.

“But I hate vegetables…I’m never going to want to order them”

“But I don’t think exercise is ‘fun.’ I’ll never be one of those people.”

“But It’s hard.”

I know. I know. I know. I could go on. I’ve heard it all. Believe me. I’ve also seen it all. I’ve seen people who hated working out come to a place where they appreciate it enough to incorporate it daily. Maybe they don’t ever “love” it, but they love the benefits that comet rom it. I’ve seen people develop new palates, and learn to like foods they would never have dreamed of touching. Does this mean they don’t still LOVE the sugary, greasy, processed stuff…no. However, they learn moderation. They learn that binging on unhealthy foods doesn’t make them feel good, doesn’t help them accomplish their goals, and isn’t worth eating all the time. There is a time and a place for it, but just not every time & at every place.

It all really comes down to what you want. How much effort are you REALLY willing to put toward your goals and desires? If you aren’t actually willing to put the work in, you must not want it that badly. It takes action. It takes EFFORT. The truth of the matter is that you would be surprised at what you really can do. I’ve heard all the excuses, but I’ve also seen people overcome difficult scenarios that could be excuses many times. It’s possible. It all starts with some effort.

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MC Fit January JAMS Playlist

Sticking to your Healthy goals for the new year means you are probably wanting some new tunes to sweat to, so I thought I’d help you out by listing my current faves.

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  • Bed of Lies – Nicki Minaj
  • Pumpin Blood – NONONO
  • Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
  • Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul) – T.I.
  • I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
  • Mister Chameleon – KING
  • Bad (veat. Vassy) – David Guetta
  • GDFR (feat. Sage The Gemeni and Lookas) – Florida
  • Steal My Girl – One Direction
  • Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo
  • The Night is Still Young – Nicki Minaj
  • Weekend – Priory
  • Fun – Pitbull
  • All About It (feat Ed Sheeran) – Hoodie Allen
  • Beggin For Thread – Banks
  • She Knows – Ne-Yo
  • The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy
  • Gold – Imagine Dragons
  • I Don’t Mind – Usher
  • Ugly Heart – G.R.L.
  • MSK – Yellowcard

Just a warning, I always search get the “radio edit” versions because I prefer the clean versions. You may want to search for these versions as well. Happy Happy Sweating!!!! xoxoxo

 

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MC FIT Legs on Legs on Legs Workout

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I love a good leg day workout! This is a simple workout that CAN be killer. Make sure you are using adequate weight with your DB’s!

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MC Fit Weekend Warrior Workout

Weekend Warrior

Saturday’s are one of my favorite days to workout because I usually have more time to do so. Give this full body, fat burning workout a try for your Saturday workout tomorrow!

 

{exercise tips: pushup jacks – do one regular pushup and then jack your legs out and back in, counting as one rep. elevated pushups – place your feet up on a bench, step, or chair}

 

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Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

I am always looking for healthy recipes that are quick, and tasty. This recipe was absolutely delicious, and I will for sure be making it again. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCrockpot Balsamic Chicken  

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 4 fresh garlic gloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions: Pour one TBS of olive oil in the bottom of your crockpot. Add fresh minced garlic. Layer chicken breasts. Mix together dry spices, and pour of the chicken. Pour the balsamic over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours, or until chicken shreds easily. Serve over quinoa, brown rice, or atop a salad.

Serves 8

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