FITT FRIDAY!


So I have been holding out on you lately, but you will be happy to know I have several (yes more than one) new recipes to share with you! While I might of not been as busy as I should have with my blog, I was busy at work and more importantly, in the kitchen! I created an easy supper time meal, granola recipe,and protein bar recipe and can’t wait to share! Lets also not forget that it’s FRIDAY! But before I lose your attention, here’s some new eats!

The first is a perfect comfort food, it’s easy to make, great for supper and leftovers for lunch!

FFIT Turkey & Barely Chili

1 28 oz can salt free diced tomatoes

1 14 oz can salt free tomato sauce

1 can mixed beans (or whichever beans you like)

2 packages lean ground turkey

1 cup shredded carrots

4-6 chopped celery sticks

1 red pepper chopped

1 jalapeno

1/4 cup (or more if you like) barley

4-5 garlic cloves

1 small onion chopped

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1. Cook turkey in skillet. You can skip this step, and just put the raw turkey into the Crock Pot, you will just end up with more water in your chili.

2. Place turkey and all other ingredients into the Crock Pot. Cook on lowest setting.

Easy, quick and delicious!

Next is a granola recipe I created. I have never made granola of any kind, but wanted to have a whack at it. I have only tasted the store bought kinds, and wanted to create my own. I think it turned out good, as it barely lasted 24 hours (but I suppose that normal in my house).

FFIT GRANOLA


1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (chopped in blender)
1/2 cup raw almonds (chopped in blender)
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 scoops vanilla proteinPreheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Combine the almond butter, honey and coconut oil and warm in microwave for about 45 seconds.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and combine.
3. Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, toss around and bake for another 7-10 minutes. Make sure it is crispy before removing from oven.

And last but certainly not least, is a new protein bar recipe. I love creating new protein bar recipes, as we seem to be on the go a lot, and need something that I can whip up quickly and makes a great grab and go snack. They are one of my best protein bar recipes yet!
Almond Butter Coffee Protein Bars

1/2 cup almond butter (can use peanut butter)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup coffee (I used Americano)
2 tbsp honey
3 cups rolled oats
3 scoops vanilla protein
1 tbsp flaxseed
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
2 tsp cinnamonPreheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Mix wet ingredients until well combined.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
4. Place in 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes.
*If you use a larger baking dish make sure to adjust your baking time.

The weekend is finally here, but don’t let it wreak havoc on your diet. I am a firm believer in indulging every now and then, but not to the point where it can unravel all your hard work. You can put in a hard shift all week, eating clean working out and sticking to your clean lifestyle, but then the weekend hits and the “weekend warrior” mentally sets in, and you think to yourself “well I worked hard all week, so I deserve to indulge”. How do I know this, I was this person. It took me a VERY long time to change my attitude, that I can work hard all week and take weekends off, it got me nowhere fast. Instead of taking weekends off, I decided on ONE meal where I would allow myself to eat whatever I was wanting. This way, I felt I could still indulge without feeling like I was depriving myself. I no longer need a meal where I indulge, because I frankly don’t want or crave one anymore. But everyone is SO different, many people have their one “treat” meal or glass(es) 🙂 of wine, and are successful in living a clean lifestyle the other 99% of the time. You need to find what works for you, and keeps you on track. Don’t lost sight of your goals after work on Friday and remember them again when you are feeling crappy on Monday. Remember they are your goals and not anyone elses. We all have those people who don’t understand, but you either need to take the time to explain to them or politely tell them you don’t need their opinion :). You will get really good at it.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and indulge a little :).
YOU are the only one. It’s your time to be the best you, you can be, not only for yourself, but you spouse, children and family.
Just a little reminder, if you need any supplements, protein or products health or fitness related, please visit my online store at http://thefitlife.vitahub.com/. Thank you for all your support 🙂
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