Time to Hit the Grill

pork kabobsIt’s that time of year that I like to try cook EVERYTHING on the BBQ. But I still try to plan ahead with these meals too. As most of my meat I buy in bulk, I like to separate the meat into serving size portions for the family (ie. family of 4, 4 chicken breasts to a ziplock bag) and add these super tasty marinades) to the bag.


Lasagna with Homemade Speghetti Sauce

lasagna2Looking to stock your freezer for the coming colder months? Try this amazing Lasagna that will be sure to impress your family. The homemade spaghetti sauce does double duty when used on your favorite pasta.

Chewy Goowey Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate-chip-cookies This is one of the most amazing cookies you will ever eat. So chewy and soft. I’ve made thousands of these over the past 10 years. No joke. My son used to have a cookie stand at the end of our drive way and I would make at least 200 of these each time. My co-workers love these cookies as well. Everyone runs for the cookie jar when I bring it in just so they don’t miss out. Get Recipe for these super Chewy Goowey Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Healthy Meal Planning

Since starting Muay Thai in September, I thought I was eating clean and healthy, but recently sat with a friend who showed me I could be doing so much more.
My friend has educated hundreds of people on the Weight Watchers program and she was happy to give me a few tips to get me started. I created a chart that I use daily to track my food intake.

food chart

I was told that due to my level of activity (working out 3-4 times a week), I need to eat 3 proteins a day. Normally, I should only eat 2.
Here are some examples for serving sizes:

2 eggs
5 oz chicken/fish
4 oz beef/pork
½ can tuna
1 c up cottage cheese

1 pc bread
2 pc diet bread
1 6” wrap
½ English muffin
¼ cup rolled oats
½ cup cereal (sugar free)
¼ cup dry rice
½ potato
3 cups popcorn

1 cup green vegetables
½ cup coloured vegetables

½ banana
½ cup blueberries
1 cup red berries
1 cup grapes
medium apple, orange
½ cup melon

½ cup milk
6 oz yougurt
1 oz cheese
½ cup cottage cheese

½ oz nuts
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp oil/margarine

Xchange (100 calories)
4 oz wine
snack bar
salad dressing

These are some great guidelines to start with. Each week I will be posting a new menu plan so check back often!

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

I came across this article which I think is absolutely wonderful!

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

What a great way to look at life and great way to live your life. I can honestly say I can check off many of these points, but there is still (always) room for improvement. Everyone will have a different outlook on what makes them happy, but by incorporating some of these points, I think you’re off to a great start!


50 Pre and Post Workout Snacks

I’ve been trying to get to the gym as often as I can and sometimes that means not even going home for supper before I hit the gym. But before I go, I need to fuel my body. Here are some great ideas for snacks to have before you go!

Workout snacks

Some of my favorite snack ideas are:

Fruit and Cottage: Top ½ cup cottage cheese — a low calorie and higher protein option — with ½ cup fresh pineapple, berries, or melon. And voila!

PB Apple: For a quick carb fuel-up, slice 1 medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter.

Chunky Monkey shake: Monkey around with 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk blended with ice.

Tuna crackers: Mix up a batch of light tuna salad for a quick bite. Add two heaping spoonfuls to a handful of whole grain crackers, and chomp away.

Dressed up oats: Load up on carbohydrates for a longer workout with ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon shaved almonds.

Check out the complete list of 50 Awesome Pre and Post-Workout Snacks.