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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #15 – Start Your Day the Right Way!

Good morning and welcome to Week 3 of the the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

Are you ready to add another healthy habit to your daily routine? I sure hope so!

TODAY’S CHALLENGE, which is also our WEEKLY CHALLENGE is to:

Eat breakfast everyday within one hour of waking up.

Why?

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast gets your metabolism revving and can help you make healthier choices all day long.

According to The Huffington Post, when compared to non-breakfast eaters, people who eat a healthy breakfast:

– are 4.5 times less likely to become obese

– are more likely to have good blood sugar levels

– have a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

– are less likely to be hungry later in the day

– feel more energized throughout the day

– have better cholesterol levels

– eat approximately 100 fewer calories each day than breakfast skippers

– have improved short term memory

consume less fat and more nutrients

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How?

Healthy breakfasts – like healthy lunches and dinners – consist of four things:
1. Protein – an egg, Greek yogurt, protein powder
2. Whole Grains – oatmeal, who,e grain cereal or toast
3. Fruits and/or Vegetables – berries, avocado, spinach, grapefruit
4. Healthy Fats – nut butters

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Here are links to some of my favourite healthy breakfast choices

Eat Clean Hash Brown, Sausage and Egg Muffins

Oatmeal Pancake

Eat Clean Cottage Cheese Pancakes (scroll down)

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Overnight Oats

There are also a TON of smoothie ideas and recipes on my blog – just click on the green smoothie challenge tag on the left.

Let me know how you make out this week. And please share your favourite healthy breakfast ideas in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to continue to drink your water and get 30 minutes of exercise each day!

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WIAW #3

It’s Wednesday, which means another instalment of What I Ate Wednesday!

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My focus this week has been on packing a bigger “lunch” with more snacks to help me make it through the 3pm sugar cravings!

My work schedule allows me the opportunity to eat between 9:30-11, 12:15-1:30, and after 3pm. Although most people would be ok eating lunch at 12:15, I am not! There is no way I can go from 6:30 am to 12:15 pm without eating! No way!

So, I pretty much split my lunch into smaller snacks and eat at little at 9:30am, a little more at 12:30pm, and the rest at 3pm. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s working! By eating more frequently throughout the day, I am craving less sugar and not eating like a hug pig the minute I walk in the door after work!

So, here’s what I ate today….

Breakfast (6:30am)

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2 egg omelet with shredded cheddar cheese and a slice of light rye toast with raspberry jam. My husband bought me an awesome little omelet maker for Christmas and I have to say, it makes THE best omelettes ever! The are so fluffy!

Snack #1 (9:45am)

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One avocado. This was the first time I had ever eaten plain avacado…it was yummy…but really filling!

Snack #2(12:30pm)

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Crackers and Cheese, 1 Apple (sliced) and one Eat Clean Dark Fudgy Brownie

Snack #3 (3pm)

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Banana

Dinner (5:30pm)

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Pork Tenderloin, Broccoli and Grilled Red Pepper

Snack #4 (7:00pm)

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Eat Clean Apple Crisp This apple crisp was ah-mazing! Seriously, probably the best I’ve ever had! You should make it, it’s easy, quick and clean…what more could you as for?

Here is a nutritional summary of my day:

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How was your Wednesday?

What do you eat?

Waking Up to Yumminess!

I’m super pumped to be waking up to deliciousness!

I just spent less than 5 minutes making this recipe from He & She Eat Clean (actually, I cut the recipe in half, otherwise I’d be eating this stuff f.o.r.e.v.e.r!) and tonight, while I’m getting a full nights sleep, my crockpot will be prepping some delicious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

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Now this might seem a little silly, but I’ve set my timer for 8 hours so I don’t overcook/burn it! It’s all set to come on at 10:30 tonight and shut off at 6:30 tomorrow morning…I hope it works!

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With breakfast taken care of for the week, I’m off to bed!

Have a great week everyone!

Have you ever made crockpot oatmeal? Do you have a delicious recipe you can share?

What about other crockpot breakfast ideas?I’m always looking to easy, healthy breakfast ideas!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 31

20120622-072834.jpgThursday, June 21
Day 31

 

 

 

Breakfast – Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Strawberries.
Oh how I have missed you oatmeal pancake…Since starting the Green Smoothie Challenge on June 1st, I have pretty much been having smoothies to start the day. But today, shy on smoothie ingredients, I resorted to my  most favourite  breakfast ever! The Eat Clean Oatmeal Pancake.

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Lunch – Green Smoothie # 21 – Chocolate Banana – can you say HELLO! This was freaking delicious! Might have to have it again tomorrow.

Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen Banana
1 tbsp cocoa
1 scoop protein powder
2 tbsp ground flax

 

Snack – Eat Clean Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Red Peppers

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
6.5 hours. Uninterrupted which was awesome, but not enough!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 21

Monday, June 11
Day 21

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Green Smoothie #10 – Seeing as we were away for the weekend, and there was nothing in the house to make smoothies this morning, I took the easy way out and headed to Booster Juice. I picked up a Strawberry Sunshine Smoothie which is made up of strawberries, passion fruit, guava, bananas and yogurt. I brought it home, poured it into the blender, added 2 cups of kale and mixed it up. It was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.!!

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Lunch – Green Smoothie # 11 – Strawberry & Raspberry Protein Smoothie – one word… yummo!

Ingredients:
2 cups kale
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup water

 

 

 

Afternoon Snack – one Eat Clean Chocolate Chip Cookie – yep, I showed a little restraint and actually only ate one. I’m thoroughly impressed with myself!

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Dinner – leftover Pizza and Salad

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
8 hours straight!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 17

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Day 17

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast– seeing as I have been a little laid up this week, I didn’t make it to the grocery store yet to replenish my Green Smoothie ingredients. So, I went back to my old favourite, Eat Clean Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Blueberries.

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Lunch – today was the last day of Ryan’s Gymnastics class so Lisa, her mom Sharron, and I went out for lunch with the kids. We went to Sgt. Peppers. The menu didn’t have many clean options, so I went went a Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry. I was actually really good!

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Afternoon Snack – the last two Eat Clean Caramel Coconut Chewy Bars – straight out if the freezer! Yummo!

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Dinner – I totally did not feel like eating…or cooking for that matter, so we headed to the grocery store for some fresh ingredients and dinner was a smoothie…Green Smoothie # 7 – Peanut Butter and Banana. This one is definitely my favourite so far!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp ground flax seed

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Water Consupmtion:
5 glasses – not great…will focus more on that tomorrow.

Sleep:
7.5 hours…no wake- ups! Woohoo!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 15

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Day 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Green Smoothie #5Mixed Berry Banana…again! A little tweaking = delicious!

Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup PC Organics Unsweetened Almond Beverage
1 cup Europe’s Finest Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp chia seeds

Morning Snack- the last 2 (finally) Eat Clean Chocolate Walnut Brownies! I’m definitely going to make these again, but will either either freeze half right away, or make sure I have lots of people to share with!

Lunch – Today I had a lunch date with my friend Melissa and her little guy Dawson. We met at a little restaurant down near Fairy Lake called Cachet…the food was amazing!

I enjoyed a Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans (with added Chicken) and Melissa had a Turkey Club on a Croissant with a side Caesar Salad.

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And here is a picture of Melissa with her son Dawson (left) and Tanner. So cute!

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Afternoon Snack – Pear and Almond Clusters

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Dinner – Eat Clean Chicken Quesadilla Casserole– This recipe is another one from Eat Clean Classic Comfort Foods 1012. This recipe was quick and easy to make, but didn’t turn out very ‘casserole-ish’. Maybe it was just mine, but it just fell apart and basically ended up being a pile of beans and corn with some chicken tossed in. There was very little cheese, and since it was only sprinkled on top towards the end of cooking, it didn’t help at all in keeping it together. It did taste pretty good, but overall, I was a little disappointed. This might be the first Clean Eating recipe that I probably won’t make again…well, at least not without changing it up a bit!

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
7.5 hours, up once for about 15 minutes to feed Tanner.