Foodie Friday: Meal Prep Madness

Hello again everyone and welcome to yet another Foodie Friday! 
I know...you were waiting all week just for this moment. Well its here and today I'm going to be sharing with you some of my recipes and tricks for my meal preps. Leggo!

1. Chicken
Ok, so chicken is a major part of my nutrition. I love it and eat often. I'm also one to get bored easily so I need to have options. Normally I will defrost all my chicken for the week and then split it up. I usually take half and marinate it with one of my delicious chicken marinades that I talked about during our first Foodie Friday. You can find those recipes HERE. I will take the other half and season it with my spicy taco seasoning. I grill all of my chicken now that it is summertime because I love the flavor that the grill gives.

2. Sweet Potatoes
I LOVE sweet potatoes and I love to have them at least once a day. They have great vitamins and minerals, they are lower in starch than normal potatoes, and they satisfy my sweet tooth. Well they don't freeze well so to make them freezable I turn them into twice baked sweet potatoes. They are delicious and nutritious! 

3. Green Beans
Gotta have those veggies. I don't enjoy too many of them so green beans are my go to. I buy a large portion of them and cook them for the week in some water and low sodium veggie broth. Then I store them in the fridge for the week. Easy Peasy.

4. Awesome Flax seed Pancakes
Gotta have these things too! I love them and they are the perfect touch to my egg whites in the morning when I'm not feeling oatmeal. Topped with a bit of PB2 and organic strawberry jam they are perfection. I usually make a double batch and freeze them. Pop them in the toaster when I'm ready to chow down.

5. Rice
Make it with chicken broth to give it a little extra flavor.

Here's a BASIC run down of my daily meals:

That's it for now! If you have any questions, leave me comment. :) Let me know what you think of the new look. I'm trying to make it all easier to navigate.

Thanks for reading!
*All recipes I didn't link will be posted later today under my recipes tab and then linked back to this post. :)

View Megan's Foodie Friday post HERE


Thursday Thoughts: Beauty Picks for Fit, Fierce Femme Fatales

Whoa! That's a lot of f's!

Hello all and welcome to another episode of Monday Musings...err...Thursday Thoughts. Due to some medical issues, I have been on a mini hiatus and missed my normally schedule Monday Musings post. Well, I thought I would do a Thursday edition to make up for it. 

I have been talking a lot about my fitness and clean eating and blah blah which I know can get boring sometimes (or annoying, you take your pick) so today I'm going to switch it up....slightly.

As many of you may know already, I'm a girl. And I enjoy the girly things in life like makeup, fashion, fuzzy animals, small dogs...you know. All that bologna. Well, when I was online the other day, I noticed a fitfam member criticizing another woman for wearing makeup to the gym saying that she obviously didn't get a good enough workout and she needed leave the gym to "really dedicated" gym goers. I love my fitfam, but this bothered me. We are all on our own journey here and nobody has any right to bring somebody down because their path is different. We should be supporting each other, I would tell that girl to "Get on with ya bad self!" because she took the time to look nice before she ventured to tear it up in her own way. 

Fitness is all about being healthy and body positive. If that girl is anything like me, then working out with her eyelashes on probably makes her feel more confident and thus makes her go at her workouts even harder. And if her face melts off, then so be it. This unknown girl and her "attacker" inspired me to write about the products I use to satisfy my beauty and fitness needs.

I usually work weird shifts so keeping my workouts on schedule is quite hard, but they normally happen in the evening when all is quiet. So I usually like to go home, go straight to getting my sweat on, and then get ready for bed so I can do it all again the next day. This means my makeup needs to transfer from work to workout with no problems. When I first started this fitness journey, I was rockin the full face (foundation, eyeliner, powder, eye shadow...etc) I quickly found out that wasn't going to work. My face ended up on my mat every night. So, I did some research and found some awesome drugstore products to move with my lifestyle. Without further ado, here are my beauty picks for fierce, fit femme fatales.

1. Cetaphil gentle cleanser and moisturizer

This stuff is great! (I'm officially switching to it after I finish my last bottle of Olay) I've used Olay for a long time, but I'm switching because this cleanser and moisturizer is much more gentle and you get way more bang for your buck. Working out can cause those sweat glands to kick into high gear, especially since its summer. Using this makes my skin smooth, clean, and keeps those facial demons from popping up.

2. Garnier BB cream

I'm obsessed with BB creams right now and this one is my favorite. It gives you coverage comparable to foundation, but make no mistake that this is NOT going to give you full coverage. It is lightweight and smooths out the face taking attention off any trouble spots. It is great for those who want to wear something, but not a caked on face. Plus it stays true when you work it out. :)

3. Revlon Photoready Powder

I usually take a fluffy brush and pat this on top of my BB cream to set it. The Garnier BB cream especially is quite "dewy" looking when applied so I like to "matte" it up a bit with this. If you have dry skin, I don't recommend this step, but your results could also vary depending on what BB cream you use.

4. NYC Park Avenue Plum

I'm a bargain hunter, for sure. So when I first saw this, I almost died! I used it once and instantly fell in love. When you want to look "natural" but still glow, you should use a blush that has a peachy-nude tint to it. It will make you look naturally flushed and not too done up or like you are constantly embarrassed. The reason I'm so glad this is a bargain is because I usually stick with the Mark Kay sunny spice blush for this purpose and that normally costs around $15. Yikes. That's a lot for me. Well, this blush maxes out around $3 and looks exactly the same!! Talk about a deal! Not to mention it holds true and stays on all day. Even through the sweat.

5. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner

I'm pretty faithful to my Maybelline black liquid liner, but recently I've been craving a pencil. The problem with pencils is that they are poke-y and glide on like a rock. Plus, they usually don't last very long. When I saw this, I had to try it and it turned out to be great! It glides on just like a liquid liner, smudges nicely to create a soft look, and stays on all day! Thank you waterproof! An added bonus is that it is fairly easy to get off and it has a touch of sparkle to it so it brightens the eyes even more. :)

6. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara

This has also been a recent favorite. It plumps and spreads my lashes really well while making them look equally natural and done up. The waterproof does make it a bit to get off, but it stays on great all day and I haven't had any troubles with flaking.

This is my usual line up for an everyday look that can go from work to working out. Sometimes I will add a lip gloss (NYC NudeYork) or eyes shadow to glam it up. Other things I use during the day are chap stick (Nivea A Kiss of Moisture) and makeup removing wipes (Simple makeup removing wipes or Burt's Bees makeup removing wipes).

I hope this has helped some of you or inspired you to try some new products. :) Let me know what some of your favorites are that fit into your healthy lifestyle. Have a great day!

Bye for now!

Leah ♥

P.S. You've probably noticed the new look, thanks for understanding and being patient while I do some construction. Let me know what you think of it. :)
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