Healthy Spicy Jambalaya!

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If you’ve ever had good Jambalaya then you know how amazing it can be! I mean what is better than shrimp, sausage and chicken all in one bowl? Uh..nothing. These are 3 of my favourite things so when I went out for dinner the other night I knew what I was ordering! Plus I love everything spicy..so that was just the cherry on top of the cake. After devouring my delicious meal, I knew I had to try and re-create this awesome dish at home..because well, let’s just say the restaurant version could not exactly be considered “healthy”. So I went to work in the kitchen and created this little masterpiece! And although it took a little more work, it was totally worth it and turned out better than I had expected! I hope you enjoy this dinner for one as much as I did!

Ingredients:

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-5 Jumbo shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and thawed

-1 cooked sweet italian turkey sausage or spicy italian turkey sausage sliced (I used the maple leaf sweet italian brand)

-1.5 ounces of barbecue or blacked chicken chopped into bite sized pieces (or you could sub regular plain chicken!)

-1/4 of a large green pepper sliced thinly

-1/4 of large onion sliced thinly

-1/8-1/4 tsp  garlic powder

-1/4-1/2 tsp paprika

-1/8 tsp thyme

-1 tsp fresh oregano(could sub 1/4-1/2 tsp dried)

-salt/pepper to taste

-1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes(or to taste)

-sprinkle of cayenne pepper(More or less based on how spicy you want it)

(All amount of spices can be changed to fit your own taste!)

-1/4 cup brown rice uncooked=1/3 cup cooked (cook as directed, I cooked it with just a dash of salt)

-1/4 cup prego pasta sauce or another tomato/marinara sauce

-Optional: Grated or dry parmesan cheese and additional oregano for topping.

Directions: Cook your rice. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and rotate pan to coat it. Add your garlic powder. Once hot, toss in onions to cook for a minute or two, using a little water and a lid to help steam them.(make sure not to burn them!) Then add peppers, stir for a bit until cooked to your liking, then add meats and all other seasonings expect fresh oregano (if using dry then just add it now). Next add your rice and sauce. Stir it all a bit more to combine everything and warm the entire dish. Now add your oregano and pour your Jambalaya into a bowl. Top with optional (but recommended!) parmesan cheese, additional fresh oregano and  dig in. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts(using homemade BBQ chicken): 387calories 14g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein, 5g fibre

What I ate Today!

Hey guys, sorry I have been gone for a while but again it’s summer and it’s hard to keep up the blog when I’m on vacation! If you didn’t already see, I have posted multiple pictures of the delicious ice cream and other desserts I ate while at my cottage. They were all amazing and it was fine to eat them in moderation since I was getting more exercise at the cottage then I do normally at home. I kept up my workouts as well as biked & went for long walk/runs on the beach almost everyday. I love it there but now that I’m home I’ve bumped up the intensity of my workouts as well as the amount of food I am consuming. I’m ready to go all in again! Care to join me?

Some random eats from today…

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My current favourite breakfast..egg white oats(recipe in index) with warm blueberries, almond butter, crushed almonds, flax, cinnamon, vanilla, salt & a dash of almond milk.
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A snack of Chocolate Chai Tea, red pepper, carrots, 2 kinds of spicy hummus along with additional chili pepper flakes(can never have too much spice!) & scrambled egg whites with dill & other spices. I ended up only eating half of the hummus!
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Lunch was a banana with 3oz. of lemon dijon chicken. This is actually one of my favourite lunches though I typically eat an apple instead of a banana but my Dad stole the last one this morning…

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I also tried this new s’mores Luna bar. I also just tried the chocolate nut brownie one as well but I definitely prefer this one! Reminds me a lot of a typical granola bar but much healthier and with 9g of protein, it keeps you feeling fuller longer!
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For dinner I had this amazing lasagna my Mom makes on occasion, it’s made with cottage cheese(don’t be turned off by this..it’s what makes it awesome), low-fat mozzarella, parmesan & extra-lean ground beef. It’s honestly the best lasagna you will ever taste, haha not being biased or anything. I also ate these perfect cucumber slices as a side with my dinner. They were straight from my garden and tasted amazing! (I didn’t take a picture but I also had a cucumber with my Luna bar as well)
I also had dessert today! I had a little bowl of fresh blueberries and strawberries topped with light cool whip…one of my favourite desserts!..the other? Pudding with cool whip!
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I got my workout in today, it only took me 30 minutes to complete. I worked back & abs, here is just an updated picture of my arm muscles. I plan on working on them more but they are okay for now!
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Giant Cookies, Cheesecake and The Best Fajitas

Ah, the title says it all. It was a good day for food!  I babysat this a little boy all day and he helped me bake and decorate this giant cookie chocolate chip cookie! I am surprised at how good it turned out! We called it our cookie pizza and cut it into slices. I am pretty sure he ate half by myself.

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Later I went out with friends to a festival and had this delicious chicken fajita on naan bread. I have never had naan bread before, can you believe it? I absolutely loved it! I just wanted to eat the bread alone haha but the sign said “The Best Fajitas” and I have to agree they were pretty awesome!

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Later  I had the last slice of my decadent healthy Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake with a heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter. The perfect way to end an awesome day.
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Breakfast & Dinner Today

Today I had a colourful breakfast and dinner which were just as beautiful to look at as they were delicious to eat!

Breakfast..I had my usual plain greek yogurt mixed with 2 drops of stevia and a little vanilla extract topped with fresh local berries, crushed almonds, and a dash of extra granular sweetener. Served with a drizzle of low-sugar syrup. (Plus, of course, a side of my favourite chocolate chai tea).
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After spending all day in the pool it was nice to have this amazing dinner waiting for us!- with 3 different salads, Mediterranean pasta salad, greek potato & quinoa with toasted sunflower seeds, spinach, tomato etc. with a homemade dressing. I also had the best barbecue chicken made with our favourite KC Masterpiece sauce topped with light miracle whip and a slice of tomato. Oh and delicious hot bean salad as well! This meal was all my Mom’s doing, did I ever mention she’s an even better cook then me?

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Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying your summer! What is your favourite summer time meal? Please share!

Summer Eats For Today

Just thought I’d share, let me know if you like these “What I’m eating” posts.

These summer meals were all enjoyed outside by the pool while soaking up the awesome summer heat…
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My protein Frosty Recipe with half a banana added!

1Salad

AMAZING barbecue chicken salad with fresh herbs from the garden and italian dressing!

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So simple but so delicious, peas, lemon dijon chicken, garlic and olive oil wild rice.

Dessert1

Ah dessert..the best meal of the day. And who can believe this is actually healthy? One of my homemade double chocolate coconut protein bars heated up with light cool whip and fresh berries. Perfection.

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Eats For Yesterday…

High Fibre Oats 2
Breakfast: Super High Fibre amazinggg oatmeal! Recipe will follow :)(had this with some scrambled egg whites)
HBarbeque Chicken Salad w:kidney beans
Lunch: A delicious BBQ chicken salad w/kidney beans, herbed goat cheese, italian dressing & spices.
Subway Sub
Subway assorted sub! (This was a treat!) with subsauce, mustard, lettuce and cheddar cheese!
Homemade Oat Cookies 2
For dessert I made oatmeal raisin cookies! I managed not to eat the batter haha but I made sure to have one after they were baked! They were really, really good!
Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

During this day I also had half a fig whole wheat bar from costco (really tasty!) and 3/4 cup greek yogurt with a little fruit on top as well as cottage cheese with one tbsp peanut butter before bed!

*Following IIFYM for life!*

What did you eat today?

Bodybuilding Meal Examples

Just a few examples to give you an idea of what I eat and to help you if your stuck!

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1 cup greek yogurt with 1/4 cup quick oats, 2-3 drops stevia sweetener, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 7-12 almonds crushed, chopped pineapple and strawberries. Mix! (I like to let the oats sit in the fridge with the greek yogurt for a little before adding the toppings).

Bodybuilding Meal Example Dinner
Bodybuilding Meal Examples Dinner

1 cup romaine lettuce, 1/4 of a large tomato chopped, 1/4 of a large avocado chopped, 4oz lean ground beef with taco seasoning, 1/2 an elzekiel wrap (heated in the microwave), a few chili pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, 1 chopped green onion, 2 tbsp fresh salsa, 2tbsp greek yogurt. Optional sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Mix! (Serve with the meat hot!).

Bodybuilding Meal Example Lunch
Simple 1/2 cup plain shredded chicken breast with a little salt/pepper(I use canned for this because it flakes nicely and is moist). 1/2 cup peas, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and 1/2-1 tbsp reduced sodium soya sauce, chopped green onion and a little pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Chicken Slouvlaki Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Souvlaki Wraps

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Good afternoon everyone!(Felt like I needed a new intro lol). Who’s hungry for an awesome new recipe that takes minutes to make? These amazing wraps are super healthy, made with fresh ingredients and fill you up without making you feel too heavy! If you’ve ever had a Slouvlaki wrap, you know they are really good! And what would these lettuce wraps be without creamy tzatziki sauce?? So without further ado, I give you my newest creation: Chicken Slouvlaki Lettuce Wraps.  Take me to the recipe!

Healthy Spicy Chicken Hummus Wrap

 

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Hi guys, so I just wanted to share with you a quick recipe that I made for dinner tonight! It was super easy to prepare and it tastes so0 good! It is very filling thanks to the elzekiel wrap I used to make it. I hope you all try it out and like it as much as I do!

 

Ingredients:

-1 4:9 elzekiel large wrap (could sub a whole wheat wrap)

-1 heaping tablespoon of  sweet potato hummus(or another hummus)*

-1/2 tbsp spicy hummus *** Could substitute one hummus for all of the recipe or use your own combination, this is just what I like!***

-3 slices of red pepper chopped finely

-1/4 of a tomato chopped

-1/4 cup shredded chicken breast (I used canned as it’s quick easy and very moist)

-1 leaf of romaine lettuce chopped

-1/4 of an avocado chopped

-1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes

-1/8 tsp pepper to taste

-1 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt

optional for extra spice: 1 dash of cayenne pepper

 

Directions: Spread the sweet potato hummus down the center of the wrap. Sprinkle with chopped red pepper, tomato and lettuce. Meanwhile with a fork, mix together your chicken and 1/2 tbsp spicy hummus. Then place the chicken mixture on top of the other ingredients in the wrap.(*Make sure to leave a gap at the bottom of the wrap for folding*). Now sprinkle with chili pepper flakes and pepper. Lastly, spread one side of your wrap with a layer of greek yogurt. (* I do it on the right because I fold the left side then the right and the greek yogurt helps the wrap stick together on it’s own!). Now Fold up the bottom of your wrap, then the sides and you are ready to dig in! Enjoy!

What recipes would you like to see made healthy next on my blog? Leave a comment below!

 

What I ate Today & The person behind the posts!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to share my delicious clean and healthy food I had today…
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For breakfast I ate another one of my peanut butter apple wraps. with a few raw carrots.

salmon salad

For Lunch I had a salad with salmon, avocado, red onion, crushed pistachios, tomato, sliced cucumber & dill pickles. I drizzled it with a little balsamic vinegar and served it over a bed of romaine lettuce. I also had a few carrots again. (If you haven’t already noticed, I loveee carrots! I eat them 24/7 haha).

Frozen Fruit Icecream

My snack today was a really tasty frozen fruit ice cream with a little protein powder and almond milk. It included almost all the fruits in my freezer! (1/2 a banana, handful of raspberries/blueberries/strawberries and 2 slices of frozen peach).

swiss chalet carrot dinner

For dinner I ate left over rotisserie chicken with some brown rice, soya sauce, and homemade coconut oil carrot fries(seasoned with paprika, salt/pepper and cayenne). I topped it all of with a little swiss chalet dipping sauce we made the day before. So good!

Icecream sandwich

Later I was still a bit hungry and normally I don’t have treats so I guess I just really felt like something sweet tonight…I secretly snuck one of my Mom’s new skinny cow cookies and cream ice cream sandwiches..it was amazing!

Now I am off to do my workout and will most likely finish the day with my usual cottage cheese and a spoonful of natural peanut butter 🙂

Did you do your workout for today? Look out for a new workout routine on my site!

Also here is a picture from my recent vacation if you are wondering about the person behind the posts haha. 🙂 Ignore the sunglasses, they were a little big and kept falling down my face!

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