Egg White Breakfast Muffins

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Hey y’all! I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, experimenting with healthy recipes and meal prepping! Now that operation honeymoon bod has commenced, I’m trying to take my meal prepping to the next level. Not that I don’t normally eat well regardless of upcoming tropical vacations, but I’m beyond motivated.

And we all know abs are made in the kitchen! Therefore, having healthy meals and snacks on hand helps avoid the temptation of less healthy options 🙂

Now don’t get me wrong… I still give in to those temptations here and there. But being on Team A to Z (the fitness team I joined in Nov. and have loved ever since) the last couple months has really helped keep me accountable and more motivated than ever! **if you have any questions about fitness/nutrition coaching by my trainer please let me know!**

So, I am a huge breakfast person. If I were to have to eat ONE meal for the rest of my life, I’d pick breakfast every single time. And now that I’m increasing my workouts, it’s really important to get plenty of protein! Enter these egg white breakfast muffins! They’re packed with protein and nutrients from the veggies and are so easy to grab on the go when you’re rushing out the door in the morning! Or as a post workout snack! Plus they can be super versatile – if you don’t like the veggies I put in mine, experiment and use ones you love! An easy way to add more protein/calories would be to line the muffin cups with a piece of ham!! I chose not to, but this is a great addition!

Egg White Breakfast Muffins
(Yields about 6 muffins)

1.5 – 2 cups egg whites
1 bell pepper
1/2 an onion
2 cups spinach (use as much or as little as you want honestly)
dash of garlic powder
dash of black pepper
shredded cheddar cheese, if needed (I left a couple of mine without cheese for myself but I like to add a little cheese to my hubby’s!)

Preheat oven to 375. Dice up your bell pepper and your onion. Cook the diced peppers and onions on a skillet until they’re tender and slightly browned; about 5 minutes. While that’s cooking, separate your egg whites if not using from a carton, add in the seasonings and stir, and pour into muffin cups. *If lining with ham, do that before pouring egg whites in! Roughly chop your spinach. Sprinkle a handful of peppers and onions into each muffin. Sprinkle in spinach. Top with cheese, if using. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes, or until eggs are cooked! Enjoy!

Hope your Saturday is as awesome as you are!

XO beth

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Resolution-Friendly Snacks

Hi babes! I hope this post finds you well! I’m so glad it’s Thursday; this week has been super busy, and this weekend is going to be even busier but in a good way! I am regretfully really behind on Grey’s AND Scandal right now (I know I’m ashamed), and I feel like my Thursday would be significantly better if I could actually watch tonight’s episodes. Ugh. First world problems?

ANYWAYS. Let’s talk about healthy snacks! I’ve seen so many people post about their healthy resolutions for the year, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite snacks that are yummy and nutritious without going overkill in calories!

First is baked apples. GAME. CHANGER.

I have allllllways been an apple a day kinda gal. Like since high school I have eaten apples all the time. Sometimes more than one a day – and let me tell ya, I don’t think it’s true that they keep the doctor away haha. But they are great snacks!

Somehow, I have never really thought to bake them, I’ve always just sliced them up and eaten them with peanut butter or almond butter. One night my dear friend Nora mentioned something about baked apples for dessert and I immediately thought, “okay I need that in my life.”

So here we are, a few weeks later, and I have baked many an apple since. Thanks Nora 🙂 It’s such a great cure for those nights when your PMS is screaming at you to eat all the dessert in the world but you don’t want to cheat on your meal plan so you bake an apple, melt some PB, and if you really wanna get crazy with it, serve them warm with Halo Top ice cream. Thank me later.

Recipe:
1 apple (if single serving – more depending on # of people)
cooking spray
stevia (1 packet usually does it)
cinnamon (to taste)

Slice up your apple (my current apple of choice is the Fuji; they’re big so even one is shareable! this recipe is husband approved). Spray a baking dish, glass is best, and line your apples on it. Sprinkle your apple slices with cinnamon and Stevia. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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Next up we have rice cakes. Which sounds really boring. However, if you top it with the right things, it’s actually amazing. My toppings of choice for rice cakes are peanut butter (or almond butter or PB2) for a sweet one and avocado for a savory!

Now, if you’re on a strict meal plan and don’t want as many calories, then consider just using PB2 on this one. These rice cake snacks are healthy, but they are high in unsaturated fats – the good fats! but still fats, which means calories. So if you have the room in your plan, these make a great post-workout snack!

Tip: buy the UNsalted unflavored rice cakes 🙂

For the sweet one, I just spread nut butter of choice on the rice cake, throw on a few slices of banana for extra nutrients, and about a teaspoon of chia seeds. If you want extra sweetness, drizzle with honey!

For the savory one, simply slice and mash up about half of an avocado, spread it on the rice cake, and sprinkle with a tiny bit of pink himalayan salt (I get mine from Trader Joe’s, it’s lasted a while) and pepper. If you’re into spicy foods, add some red pepper flakes! I’m not brave enough for that, but if you are I admire it about you.

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That’s all for now! Hope you make it to Friday in no time! You are beautiful. Thanks for reading!

XO Beth

Top 5 Gifts for Her

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through January! It seems like once Christmas ends, time just flies basically until next Christmas. I have a good feeling about 2017, and I hope all of you do as well 🙂

Speaking of time absolutely flying, it’s only ONE month until Valentine’s Day, guys! Yes, men, looking at you (if any of you are actually reading this, lol). So I decided to put together my top 5 gifts for Valentine’s Day 2017! I absolutely love all of these items, and I hope it helps you or at least points you in the right direction if you’re struggling with gift ideas! Here we go.

1. JORD Wood Watch. Because every girl needs time piece, am I right?! I’ve posted about these watches before, and I will probably post about them again, because they are THAT amazing. They’re so unique and beautiful. I have gotten SO many complements on mine just in the short time I’ve owned it. If you go to my previous post (titled JORD Wood Watch) you can enter the giveaway and even if you don’t win, you’ll still get a gift card!!! This is not a drill.

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2. Firepower Fit Apparel. Because 98% of the female population is all “I’ma get fit in 2017” right now. I’m talking about myself here too don’t worry. Anyways, there’s not a girl out there who doesn’t love getting new workout gear. It’s motivating and it makes us feel cute and athletic all at the same time. Which brings me to Firepower!! I will be doing more posts featuring their stuff, but let me just tell you it is the best quality yoga pants you’ll find. It’s like Lulu quality but for VS price. Get what I mean? The best of both worlds. It’s fashionable, yet athletic, and it you can literally feel how well it’s made. I highly recommend! You can get a discount HERE with code “Reasoner”! I got these bad@$$ marble leggings and I’m in love.

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img_08793. Michael Kors Bag. You guys… my husband got me this bag for Christmas and I literally had tears in my eyes. So trust me, you can’t go wrong with this one – unless she’s the type that hates large purses. Then maybe go for a smaller one. This one fits basically anything in it – laptops and bottles of wine included, the color matches everything I own, and the style is timeless. A win all around!

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4. Hussar Wireless Headphones. Okay, have you ever been in the gym, doin’ your thing on the treadmill, and all of a sudden your elbow catches the wire of your headphones and before you know it your phone is sliding across the gym floor and you’re trying not to lose your balance and simultaneously have a heart attack over your screen possibly being shattered? Holy run-on sentence. Yeah don’t lie, I know it’s happened. You can help your girl avoid that problem by switching to wireless headphones (if she hasn’t already)! I am obsessed with these wireless headphones and haven’t dropped my phone in the gym since getting them! They sound incredible and are super easy to use. Plus affordable! Hit up Amazon prime (here).

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5. Date Night. This one’s a little different than all the rest… BUT hear me out. If you don’t want to get her any of these things, or if she already has them, you can never go wrong with planning her an incredible date night/weekend! Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I’d rather just go get away somewhere with my husband than just getting a gift. Make some memories, eat some great food, and have fun. Take her to her favorite place to eat, take her shopping, go to a concert of her favorite band, etc. There are so many fun ideas out there, just pick somewhere and go!

Hope this helps a bit! Thanks for reading, as always. Have the best Thursday! Cheers to tomorrow being FriYAY.

XO beth