Whole 30 Weekly Meal Recap: Week 3

It’s Week 3 of my second Whole 30.  I’ve included a whole new category to my weekly meal recap.  It’s called “bad stuff” because it seems I’m unable to keep my little paws off of things that I shouldn’t be eating.  So, don’t eat anything in the “bad stuff” category if you’re trying to do Whole 30.  Don’t be like me!

whole-30-meal-plan-1

I think this week is basically a wash and I should start fresh tomorrow.  I started this Whole 30 to reset and get prepared for an upcoming weekend away.  That weekend will be here in two weeks, so after today I really need to get serious.  I’m pretty much going to be starting over from scratch and it will not be fun, but I need to focus on this and just do it with no excuses! Hopefully the meal recap next week will be completely compliant.

Friday
Breakfast: I don’t remember, ha
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, pickles
Dinner: Bratwurst
Bad Stuff: My daughter’s leftover grilled cheese, two mini corn dogs

Saturday
Breakfast: Peaches with coconut milk and macadamia nuts
Lunch: Chipotle steak salad with guacamole
Dinner: Pulled pork, ribs, sweet potato/apple hash (this is a great side dish, but would be excellent for breakfast too!)
Bad Stuff: A bite of snickers apple salad, bacon wrapped apple with brie cheese

We were at an Apple Festival Party where everything had apples in it, and I just couldn’t resist that Snickers Apple Salad.  I hadn’t had it since college.  One of my roommates would always make it when she had a bad day, so if I saw that in the fridge, I knew to steer clear for awhile!  The bacon wrapped apple and brie was delicious, but I definitely didn’t realize there was brie in it until I took a bite.

Sunday
Breakfast: Roasted broccoli, half an apple, turkey lunchmeat
Lunch: Tuna salad bowlwhich from Which Wich, it wasn’t very good unfortunately
Dinner: Lettuce wrapped burger with avocado, grilled veggies, pickles, and fruit
Bad Stuff: 3 oreos, strawberry shortcake

Monday
Breakfast: Kale and berry smoothie
Lunch: Leftover sausage and kale soup
Dinner: We were at a baseball game, so options were limited.  A few bites of pizza, a burger (with cheese, sauce, and the bun)  It made me feel pretty gross so I know that what I’m doing is helping my body, but why am I having such a hard time sticking with it the second time around?
Bad Stuff: 1 1/2 cinnamon rolls

Tuesday
Breakfast: An egg, spinach, and artichoke souffle from Panera (lots of things I shouldn’t eat like dairy and pastry were in there)
Lunch: I don’t remember, sorry
Dinner: Turkey burger with marinara
Bad Stuff: 4 oreos, 1 mini hershey’s chocolate bar (what is wrong with me???)

Wednesday
Breakfast: Pumpkin Custard, strawberries (love this pumpkin custard! Just throw everything in a bowl blend it up and bake.)
Lunch: Rotel turkey meat on a bed of kale
Dinner: Asada tacos, but just the inside, no tortilla for me, sweet potato fries
Bad Stuff: Two bites of pancakes (with syrup), a giant bowl of cereal

Thursday
Breakfast: Pumpkin custard, two over easy eggs
Lunch: Shredded buffalo chicken lettuce wraps, cucumbers
Dinner: Caesar salad (with non-compliant dressing), steak, green beans
Bad Stuff: a bowl of cereal

The theme this week is to just not be like me.  I know that overall I’m eating much healthier than I have been in the past few months, but I fell off the wagon hard this week.

Who is ready to reset with me tomorrow?  We can do this!  Have a great weekend readers and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the blog birthday party box full of pink and gold party items.  The winner will be chosen on Monday on the actual blog birthday and there will be a great post about all that I’ve learned in the past year blogging, so be sure to come back!

Signature-2

2

A Pink and Gold Blog Birthday Giveaway

Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter! Next Monday is the first birthday of the launch of the blog. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since this started! To celebrate I’m giving you a great prize!  You guys have been so supportive and really helped me launch this thing so now I get to say thank you.  There’s no better way to say thank you than with a party, right?

If I can’t throw you a party in real life, I at least want to virtually throw you a party.  This prize is going to help you celebrate life, a birthday, a girls night, or even just a Tuesday.  You’re getting everything you need to throw an awesome party with this party in a box! Party decorations, food labels, drink ware, pink, gold, glitter, confetti, and maybe even a little bubbly to pop!

Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter! You want in on this! Even just seeing all of these awesome party supplies together gets me excited for all of the ways they can be used. I can’t wait to see how you use everything!

Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter! Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter!

Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter! Want to enter to win everything you need for a pink and gold party? Click through to enter! Enter the giveaway below using the Rafflecopter. The more entries, the better your chance at winning the prize box!  You can even enter on instagram, so be sure to check there too!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, for a few boring rules about the giveaway:

  • Must be 21 to enter
  • Prize valued at approximately $50.00
  • Void where prohibited
  • No purchase necessary

I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday during a Facebook live event on The Daily Hostess Facebook page.  Yikes, live is kind of scary, wish me luck!

Be sure to come back on Monday to continue the birthday celebration and find out what I’ve learned in the past year of blogging and what you can expect in the future.  Don’t forget to wish us a Happy Birthday!

Signature-2

9

Whole 30 Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

whole-30-meal-plan-1 Well we’re on to week 2 of Whole 30, and I’m just going to preface this entire post with the fact that I obviously have issues with wasted food.  Pretty much every meal my daughter ate this week she either didn’t eat everything or in typical two year old fashion changed her mind and decided not to eat what she asked for.

Consequently, instead of saving it for later or throwing it out I ate a lot of random things off of her plate.  Most of them were not Whole 30 compliant.  In the end, I’m eating way more healthy than I have been.  Plus the non-compliant things I have been eating are pretty minimal.  I know that’s not following the Whole 30 rules, but I’m still better off for doing this.

Friday
Breakfast: Cereal (oops)
Lunch: Turkey burger, avocado, carrots
Dinner:  Crockpot Moroccan Chicken

Saturday
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Broccoli
Lunch: Italian Chicken Sausage with Peppers, Cucumbers
Dinner: I’ll preface this by saying we had dinner at our Church’s Fall Festival, so options were limited and I didn’t plan ahead. I tried to choose the most Whole 30 compliant option, but then temptation got me! Grilled Chicken Sandwich (even the bun, oops!), a handful of chips and popcorn

Sunday
Breakfast: 1/2 an avocado, peaches with coconut milk (this is like peaches and cream, delicious!)
Lunch: Chicken salad on a bed of spinach and arugula
Snack: Grapes
Dinner: Cedar plank grilled salmon and green beans

Monday
Breakfast: Peaches and coconut milk
Lunch: Turkey lunchmeat (I finally found some that doesn’t have a ridiculous ingredient list!), homemade mayo, pickles, a little leftover chicken salad
Snack: Almonds
Dinner: Beef Szechuan

Tuesday
Breakfast: Avocado toast (yep, I ate bread) with tomoatoes
Lunch: Tuna on a bed of spinach and arugula, avocado
Dinner: Rotel turkey tacos on a bed of spinach with avocado and tomato.  Just add a can of Rotel to some ground turkey and it’s the fastest way to make spicy, flavorful “tacos”

Wednesday
Breakfast: Peaches with coconut milk and macadamia nuts
Lunch: I can’t remember for the life of me.
Snack: Spinach banana muffins (made with flour, so they aren’t Whole 30 compliant). These are great to get your kids to eat some vegetables though!
Dinner: Kale, Italian sausage, and potato soup

Thursday
Breakfast: Fruit, kale, and almond milk smoothie, two over easy eggs
Lunch: Leftover kale, italian sausage, and potato soup
Snack: Ugh, this gets ugly, two mini Hershey’s bars, some crackers
Dinner: Cracklin’ chicken thighs (basically fried chicken with no breading, yum!), roasted broccoli (you know I love it!)

TDH Tips Graphic
1. If you have an immersion blender, it makes making smoothies incredibly easy.  Just throw everything into cup, stick the immersion blender in, and in about 30 seconds you’re smoothie is perfectly done.  It’s also great for making your own mayo.  Just add 2/3 cup avocado oil (or any other light flavored oil) and an egg in the cup, blend, and you have your own mayo.

2. Print out the Whole 30 rules and put them in your kitchen, on your fridge, or in your pantry for a quick reference and reminder to stay on track.

Now it’s on to week 3, and I think I’m really going to kick it into high gear and stop cheating!  When I linked the Whole 30 rules above, I read most of them again as a review and it really put things into perspective.  This is only 30 days, I choose what I eat, no one is forcing me, and I’m an adult, I got this.  But most of all, there are so many harder things than eating real food for 30 days.

Halfway there!  Let’s do this!  Who’s doing it with me?  Comment below with your favorite Whole 30 meal.  Bonus points if it can be made in under 30 minutes in one pan!

Signature-2

2

Whole 30 Meal Plan Recap: Week 1

I know most people typically do new year’s resolutions or get prepared for bikini season at the beginning of summer, but it seems I tend to try and get in shape after the summer.  This is the second time that I’ve decided to do a Whole 30 around this time of year.

If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, it’s not really a diet, but an elimination plan to clean up the way you eat.  It’s pretty tough because you can’t eat grains, sugar, processed food, dairy, legumes (beans), soy, peanuts, or alcohol.  Most people usually say “what’s left to eat?” However, there are a ton of things that you can eat.

I’m going to be chronicling what I eat every week on Friday.  Hopefully, you can see all the things you can eat or maybe I can give you some inspiration for a new dinner idea.

whole-30-meal-plan-1

Most importantly though, putting all of this out on the interwebs is hopefully going to keep me accountable.  So be sure to keep me on track!  This type of change definitely takes support to be successful.

Here’s the break down of week 1.  I started after Labor Day.

Tuesday
Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled eggs, watermelon
Lunch: 1 1/2 Turkey burgers with marinara sauce, 1/2 peach, cucumber sticks

I love when I find Whole 30 compliant foods, and this marinara sauce from Costco is amazing and compliant.  I use it for anything from dipping sauces to pizza sauce (when I’m not on Whole 30).

Snacks: Celery with almond butter, grapefruit juice with club soda (basically a homemade La Croix)
Dinner: Oven roasted salmon, with roasted broccoli

You guys! Roasted broccoli is where it’s at.  I don’t know why I’ve never roasted broccoli before, but once I started, I’m pretty sure I could eat it every day.  However, my husband isn’t as excited about eating broccoli every day.

Roasted Broccoli

TDH Tips Graphic
It might sound crazy, but my biggest recommendation when making roasted broccoli is to use your oldest, darkest, cookie sheet.  All that baked on seasoning gives your broccoli such good flavor and crispy edges.  Just drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle some red pepper flakes, toss and bake at 400 degrees until it’s edges are starting to get crispy.

Wednesday
Breakfast: Roasted broccoli, you definitely need to eat non-traditional breakfast foods while on Whole 30, watermelon, 1/2 an avocado
Lunch: Italian chicken sausage, sweet potato fries, cucumbers
Snacks: Read below
Dinner: Pork Chops with apples and onions, roasted zucchini

So, I’ll be perfectly honest, Wednesday I slipped.  I had pineapple upside down cake because it was in the house.  I was not happy with myself, but I got right back on track Thursday and tried not to beat myself up too much.  It also showed me that I need to find another activity during my daughter’s naptime, because right after I put her down I feel the need to eat something.  It’s silly because I just had lunch, so I’m pretty sure I tend to eat then out of boredom.

Thursday
Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled eggs, peach
Lunch: Leftover pork chop, roasted broccoli, grapes
Snacks: Homemade grapefruit La Croix
Dinner: Crockpot Morrocan Chicken, recipe here, and cooked baby carrots

This was a short week with Labor Day, but next week will be much more robust.  Hopefully, next week I won’t slip either.  Did you see any meal that you’d like to recreate?  Who’s going to Whole 30 with me?  Have a great weekend, I’ll be thinking of all the things I want to eat!

Signature-2

6

7 Ways to Find Fun Stuff To Do

Are you new to an area? Need to get out of your rut? Bored and want to have fun?  After moving and having to establish new friendships, find cool places and things to do, I know how it feels.

I’ve got a great list of 7 things to help you find some fun stuff to do. Try to get together with a few friends and experience them, or go alone and meet people there.  There are so many ways to find local events that interest you, hopefully this list will give you some great ideas and get you out and about having fun.

7 Ways to find fun things to do

 

TDH-Number 1

Meet-up

After having my daughter, I realized how amazing Meet-up is.  It’s an app that allows you to find other groups of people with similar interests that want to “meet-up.”  Use it to find a running group, moms group, groups that go out and have dinner.  The options are endless.  This is also a great way to meet new friends if you’re looking to meet new people.  Just get out of your comfort zone and go!

TDH-Number 2

Community Facebook Groups

Check to see if your new neighborhood, small town, or even interest groups have a facebook page.  A lot of local information and community events are posted this way.  If your area doesn’t have one, then start one yourself.  If you can’t find something to do, post and ask if anyone wants to join you.

TDH-Number 3

Groupon

Groupon can be used to get discounted prices on all things from various goods, tickets, and travel.  If you have a group of friends looking for something to do, try and see if there is anything interesting on Groupon, then get a discount.  Nothing better than having fun at a cheap price.

TDH-Number 4

Chamber of Commerce

Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great way to find businesses in your area.  You can either attend a chamber of commerce meeting or log on to their website to see what businesses are advertised.  It’s so nice to support small businesses, and an easy way to see what’s available in your local community.

TDH-Number 5

Parks and Recreation

You can probably find all sorts of information about your local Parks & Recreation department through your Chamber of Commerce, but it’s an amazing source for outdoor fun.  If you like to run races, volunteer, or go to festivals, your local Parks and Rec typically hosts things like that.  Some even have team sports that you could join. Take a look and see if there is an event you could attend or even volunteer for.

TDH Number-6

Local Magazines

In San Diego, there is a magazine called, no surprise here, San Diego Magazine.  It listed a ton of events, places to visit, restaurants, concerts, sporting events, fundraisers, and more.  One thing I especially liked was when the magazine highlighted a certain neighborhood as a way to learn more about an area that you might not normally visit.  Here in Denver, there is a similar magazine called 5280, for the elevation of Denver.  Thumbing through magazines like this can help you find something you’d be interested in.

TDH Number-7

State Parks

If you like to get outdoors and have an adventure, look no further than your state park.  A simple google search can help you find the closest park to you.  State parks are the perfect place to go for a hike, swim, take a bike ride, have a picnic, or even just find some solitude.  A lot of state parks are free or have a small daily rate to enter.

Well, did this list get you excited to try something new or to go out and have fun?  Reading this today gives you plenty of time to plan a really fun weekend either with your friends, or your new friends!  Check in with me on Facebook and let me know what you’re up to.

Signature-2

2

Celebrating everyday!