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Baked Pizza Meatballs

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It’s a Saturday afternoon “rest” day. So of course, I’ve done a lot of cooking, cleaning and watching Friends. I’m also going to indulge in a mini I’m-so-over-college rant. I really can’t neglect school this next week as much as I did last week.  I missed more than half of my classes simply because I don’t care. This upcoming week is my last week of school.  All in all, I’ve had a good semester but it flew by crazy fast. A lot has happened that I’m grateful for and I’ve overcome a few struggles of my own. Regardless, it would be a great semester to finish off my college career.

But nope…..of course the educational gods (AKA the school dean and administrators) wanted to grant me with one more lingering school session, out of the kindness of their rotten hearts. Thanks. On a positive note, that will just give me more time to search for my first job. I have a good idea of where I’m going to go, but I’m not releasing any deets quite yet.

Enough whining. Let’s talk about how delicious my kitchen smells right now. It’s a mixture of grassfed longhorn (yes, grassfed is a smell), pepperoni, parsley and onion. Maybe, a little bit of bacon fat hidden somewhere too.
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Ingredients:
1 pound lean beef (bison, longhorn, grass-fed)
1 oz nitrate-free pepperoni, chopped
1 egg
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T chopped Italian Parsley
1 T Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic
3 T marinara sauce (I use this one)
1 T coconut oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Set the oven to 400 degrees. Saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil, on a skillet set to medium-high heat, until onions are translucent. Once done, put them in a bowl with the beef, pepperoni, egg, parsley, Mrs. Dash and 2 T of the marinara sauce. Mix well with your hands and then form into little balls. Place them on a baking dish with either parchment paper or greased with grassfed butter/coconut oil and then top each meatball with a little bit of what’s left of the marinara sauce. Put the meatballs in the oven for 15 minutes. Pair with spaghetti squash, spiraled zucchini, or a big side of veggies!
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Mmmm don’t you wanna touch all of dat.

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Pepperoni is my weakness.2013-04-27 01.32.05

Not a big pizza person. But meatballs….2013-04-27 01.39.29I just can’t get enough.

I’m pretty pleased with how this recipe came out, so please give it a go and let me know how you like em! Have a great weekend!

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“Calorie Free” Products

Depending on the ingredients, calorie free foods can be a miracle or they can be harmful to your body. There are natural calorie free drinks that I’m sure you are all familiar with, such as coffee and tea. A fun way to stay healthy and still have something tasty would be to get some different flavored teas and coffees such as “sweet berry” or “tiramisu” which I have recently have discovered! Tea of course comes in all different flavors and can be sweetened with a natural sweetener such as Truvia or Stevia to give it an extra kick.

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When it comes to diet drinks, I’m 50/50 on what to tell you. I don’t recommend getting hooked on any kind of diet soda because sodas are not good for you, period. But I’d be lying if I said they haven’t helped me get through my sweet cravings during this competition. Most diet sodas have aspartame, which is considered safe by the FDA, but as we all know there are studies that have linked aspartame to many general health problems. Having aspartame in high doses can be very bad for your health so I recommend limiting these kind of diet sodas to a minimum.

On the other hand, there are diet sodas sweetened with Stevia that can be found at your local natural grocers, or maybe even Kroger/HEB. One that I have really come to enjoy is Virgil’s Diet Cream Soda/Dr. Pepper/Root beer…so tasty! Though you can tell the difference between the flavor of this sweetener and aspartame, I think the health benefits out way the aftertaste by far. Just give it a try and see how you like it!

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Another brand I have come to enjoy is Walden Farms. Walden Farms is a calorie/carb/sugar/gluten free brand that produces all your favourite toppings and condiments but without the guilt. You can find pancakes syrup, chocolate syrup, caramel and marshmallow dip, fruit jellies, mayo, balsamic vinaigrette, salad dressings, apple butter and yes, even, peanut butter.  These products are completely calorie free but how in the world, I wonder, do they make all these different products without any calories whatsoever? Chemicals. Unfortunately there is sucralose (splenda) and other artificial sweeteners used in making these products. I will eat them because my diet is 95% clean and the 5% that isn’t clean comes from the occasional diet drinks or use of this calorie free syrup to put on my protein pancakes. As long as you don’t overdo it, these products really shouldn’t hinder any of your progress. For me, they’ve actually helped me to stay on track and not give in to any cheat meals like I so often wish I could! I’m gunna go ahead and recommend you give these products a try because you’re much better off using these products than the high fat, high sugar and highly processed originals!

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Easy Clean Meal Plan

For some of you, eating clean is a whole new concept and quite frankly, it can be very confusing to figure out how to stick to a clean diet. With social temptations such as parties, drinking, restaurant outings and “special occasions” occurring every weekend, it’s difficult to stir up the will power to reject it. But let me tell you- it CAN be done. The key ingredient to sticking to a clean diet it dedication. WIthout having a truly dedicated heart, there is no hope. You will find plenty of excuses and reasons to put down the dumbbell and pick up a donut.

BUT

If you really and truly desire to start living healthy, it is possible. There will be sacrifices and there will be times where you will feel judged. I cannot tell you how many people have looked down on me for not going out for a drink at midnight because I need to “rest up for my early workout.” Or the times that I simply said “no thanks” to a group outing to a pizza parlor. I’m not saying that I completely deprive myself. I do have cheat meals every once in awhile to satisfy my craving (usually its sushi or an organic burger!) but I still stick to portion control. Everything in moderation!

For those of you that are looking for an easy meal plan, I’ll give you a look at mine. Hopefully you’ll find it of some use!

Meal 1– “Overnight Oats” (at night, I put 1/2 c oats, 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk, 1/8 c egg whites from a carton, 1 packet truvia, dash of cinnamon and vanilla exract, 1 scoop protein powder and a handful of blueberries all inside of a tubberware. Let it soak overnight and eat it first thang in the morning!)

Post workout– 2 cups spinach, 1 scoop whey, 1/2 banana shake

Meal 2– 2 turkey meatloaf muffins and 1 cup broccoli (muffin recipe can be found on bodybuilding.com)

Meal 3– 1 cup greek yogurt OR 4 oz chicken and veggies

Meal 4– Egg white omelet with spinach and tomatoes

Meal 5– Casein “pudding” (1 scoop vanilla casein and water mixed till it reaches a pudding consistency)

Other meals I frequently have:

-4 oz tilapia with asparagus

-1 can tuna packaged in water with avocado

-1/2 c ground turkey with 1/2 c quinoa and bell peppers

– 4 oz salmon and zuccini

-4 oz chicken, brown rice and veggies

My breakfast is usually always overnight oats OR protein pancakes. And my last meal is usually always casein. It’s the three in between that I like to mix up and experiment with. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Eating clean will be an amazing change in your life and there’s no need to start this journey alone!

^ My most recent pancake concoction. NOM NOM NOM. Courtesy of Little b. Check out her blog here: http://www.littlebshealthyhabits.com/