Tag Archives: time management

Summer is Almost Over… :(

I start my new job in a few weeks. I have to admit, it’s been ridiculously amazing not having to work this summer, but my bank account will thank me for working again!

This summer I’ve been able to focus more on losing weight, but with work starting back up, I need to make a plan of action so I don’t fail. It will be harder to work out, and it will be more tempting to eat unhealthier foods because I won’t be at home in my healthy food bubble all day long.

But I can do it. I just have to plan for it!

I still don’t know my exact schedule because I’m looking to add a few more hours with other families (I’m a nanny.), so I’m not quite sure when I will have time to exercise. But I will definitely be finding the time. I’m liking my success and know that there’s no reason to make excuses not to work out. I want to keep losing weight. And I’m determined to do it!

So my plan? I don’t know completely, but here’s what I have so far:
-I bought a lunch bag and ice packs so I can take my breakfast, lunch, snacks with me.
-I’m going to pre-make my lunches for the week so I can easily have access to healthy foods at any given time. I’m still working on ideas for that, but I know they will include veggies with bean/chicken with either quinoa, rice, or pasta, salads or raw veggies with grilled chicken or salmon and homemade salsas, veggies with hummus, fresh fruit, homemade oatmeal muffins, boiled eggs, and on and on…
-I also have a water bottle that I carry with me everywhere, so I can still easily get my water.
-I just need to figure out when I’m working out. I could always wake up at 5:30am and workout before work, but I honestly don’t see that happening! Depending on what other work I get, I may have several hours in the middle of the day to work out, but if not, I guess it will be in the evenings and on the weekends.

How do all you busy, working people find time to work out? I would also love to hear about anything that works for you regarding packing healthy lunches and also time management.

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Oh The Places You’ll Go With Mango & Avocado!

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I love to cook, and I especially love to cook when I can make things quickly and in advance with just a few ingredients, which is what I did this weekend.  This time around, mango and avocado were my main ingredients, and I had to use them because they were about to spoil.

I boiled a dozen eggs.

*Tip: Boiled eggs are easier to peel when they aren’t super fresh, so I buy 2 dozen at a time and boil the second dozen the following week or so.

I took a few eggs and made avocado deviled eggs, which are really easy and fast to make!  Instead of mayo, I used half of an avocado, and I also used only 4 of the egg yolks instead of the 6 yolks to cut down on the fat and calories some.  I blended them together with some salt and pepper and a little lemon juice and then dusted the filled eggs with paprika.  I just spooned the filling in the eggs, but sometimes I pipe the filling if I want them to look extra pretty.

The other boiled eggs will be eaten as snacks or with breakfast the rest of the week.

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With the other half of the avocado, I made an avocado and mango salsa. I also made homemade corn tortilla chips that aren’t pictured here.  Super easy!

The salsa ingredients & directions:

1. Mash 1/2 avocado with a few splashes of lemon (or lime) juice

2. Dice jalapenos (however hot you like it), one tomato, 1/4 of a red onion, and 1/2 of a mango

3. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix all together

The corn tortilla chip ingredients & directions:

1. Cut corn tortillas into 6ths or 4ths and brush each side with olive oil (I only used 1 tablespoon for all of the chips.)

2. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

They were a little too crunchy, but I’m guessing if I only baked them for 10 minutes instead of 12 they would’ve been perfect!

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With the other half of the mango, I just cut it up and put it away for a smoothie later that weekend.

Lastly, I made a simple chicken salad that had nothing to do with avocados or mangoes.  However, I’m guessing a chicken salad with avocado instead of mayo, and using bits of mango mixed in would be rather tasty, too!

Anyway, I just mixed together:

shredded chicken breast (a 2.5 serving-sized can) or you could use fresh chicken breast!

with 1 tablespoon of safflower mayo (or regular) (It’s a bit more dry than a typical chicken salad, but it really cuts down on the calories.

1 cup of sliced grapes,

and 1/4 cup of diced red onion (the same onion from the salsa).

I added salt, pepper, and celery salt.  Sorry, I don’t really measure anything so I’m not positive on the amounts of spices.  I eat mine with gluten free table crackers, but it’d be equally good with spinach or on bread.

2014-04-28 13.47.40I never really added up the calories for each recipe, but I know all of them were low-calorie & delicious!

What do you enjoy cooking that is easy and healthy?  Or what kinds of ingredients do you like to use for several different recipes at a time?  I’d love to hear from you!!


Don’t throw overripe food away!

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Overripe bananas and almost wilted spinach?  Why not put them together in individual baggies with some fruit (I chose blueberries.) and freeze them for a fast and easy smoothie when you’re in a hurry throughout the week?

I like to mix mine with almond milk or water, one scoop of protein powder (I like SunWarrior chocolate pea protein powder.), and a teaspoon of cinnamon.  Yum!

Anything to make eating healthy convenient!!

What are some of your time/money-saving tips you use for healthy food?

Happy Friday everyone 🙂