Every year I FALL in love with Fall and all of the warm, delicious dinners that I get to experiment with! Something is different to me about a warm meal out of the crockpot rather than grilling up chicken and veggies in the summer. The temperature is up and down but is slowly starting to consistently stay in the 50’s now which means hoodies, thick socks, hot cups of coffee, fires, warm sweaters, and delicious Fall recipes being pinned all over my pinterest.
One crock pot meal to try that is easy, quick, and delicious are these epic Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers.
This is a well-balanced meal packed full of veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats. It has a ton of flavor, is packed with micronutrients, and full of fiber! Great recipe to try out when cooking for the whole family and limited time to cook. Stick it in the slow cooker and you’re done!
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To the girl brand new to CrossFit in 2014 who was used to going to the regular gym, jogging on the treadmill, and doing “abs” and leaving...
To the girl who was 50+ pounds heavier and uncomfortable with her body...
To the girl who started her fitness journey by doing Zumba and workout DVDs in her gym area above the garage...
To the girl who knew nothing about health or fitness and started from a blank slate...
To the girl whose life is now consumed by health, fitness, CrossFit, weightlifting, nutrition, mobility, supplements, coaching, helping others, motivational blogging….
To the girl whose Fran time started at 8:43 in 2014 but has now shaved it down to 2:54 after 2.5 years of CrossFit...
Oh good old Fran. For those who aren’t familiar with Fran, it is a benchmark workout in the sport of CrossFit that is well known and absolutely awful. The workout is 21-15-9 of thrusters (95/65#) and pull-ups and it crushes your soul. Or at least it crushed my soul last night… It takes everything in you to push your hardest and enter the pain cave to go unbroken and get a sub 3:00 time. My previous time was 3:06 and I wanted sub 3:00 BAD. And I did it!! I had the support of my sister, my dad, and a bunch of my athletes from CrossFit Q! It’s crazy how your body adapts and changes over time without you realizing just how dramatic that change is. Fran is just one of the measures of fitness in this sport but this proves just how much it works.. how i’ve changed.. how i’ve grown… become stronger.. better.. faster.
Pictures below are proof that CrossFit and lifting weights has changed my life in all aspects. From my first week at CrossFit Q in February to today.. almost 3 years into this sport. It simply changes you. You become better. Your body works to meet the constantly varied demands.. it adapts, evolves, develops. Aside from the physical changes, it has made me into the person I am today. I have grown mentally, spiritually, & emotionally as well. I have learned so much, discovered my greatest passion, & made it a lifestyle. And I'm pretty damn lucky that I get to wake up every day and help others do the same.
I love this sport so much. I would be nothing without it. I feel so lucky that my parents opened CrossFit Q in February of 2014 which started this crazy journey for me and allowed me to be where I am at today. Forever grateful. Forever blessed. Forever humble.
I get it… you are busy. But you also want to eat healthy most of the time but being on the go makes it seem impossible.
Most of us are crazy busy during the week and can’t fathom the thought of having the time to cook a healthy meal for ourselves or the entire family. What can you do when you have limited time and want to avoid all of the quick and convenient processed food that is EVERYWHERE?
MEAL PREP. This is a game changer when wanting to become healthier/fitter and reach your goals. So here are a few reasons why you should meal prep for better results:
1. SAVES YOU TIME
Figuring out your meals for the day every time you wake up while you are rushing out the door isn’t gonna cut it. It usually ends up in grabbing random things to snack on and missing a balanced meal that your body needs. By preparing meals in advance, (usually on a Saturday or Sunday) you have healthy meal options ready to grab on the go and NO excuse to not eat right. It saves you time and calories. Spend 1-2 hours one day bulk prepping a few veggies, protein options, and carb options.
2. ALLOWS YOU TO STAY ON TRACK
We often eat whatever is easy and available when we are busy. If you have left over pizza, cereal, or pop-tarts on hand and no prepared meals.. most likely you are gonna choose one of the first items. With already prepared food, it becomes an instant option that is healthy and keeps you on track.
3. SAVES YOU MONEY
Prepping meals allows you to eat healthy food every day instead of eating out or buying quick microwave meals that are processed and costly. Eating out every day or for every meal adds up quickly. It might seems costly to invest in meal containers and groceries but in the long run, it’s saving you extra money, time, and allowing you to eat food that will save you medical bills one day. With food ideas for the week, you also will most likely only buy the food you NEED so you won’t waste money on food that will just end up going bad.
4. ALLOWS YOU TO CONTROL PORTIONS
Prepping meals allows you to control the exact amount of macros: carbs, protein, and fat, that you eat at each meal. Especially for those tracking macros, pre-weighing and measuring out food into containers will be a huge help and time saver. Controlling the portion sizes also will save you a ton of extra calories during the day. Yes, it matters WHAT you eat but also HOW MUCH you eat as well.
5. ADDS VARIETY
I'm sure some of you have been down this road before… spending a few hours on Sunday prepping boring chicken and rice, getting tired of the same meal half way through the week, and then face planting into a box of pizza because you can’t take it anymore. That’s why prepping options is a wonderful idea. Grill chicken, make ground turkey, and have canned tuna on hand. Roast broccoli, boil green beans, and make cauliflower rice. Roast sweet potatoes as wedges, cook brown rice, pre-bag a tortilla. DON’T make the same food for every single meal. Mix & match. Add seasonings, spices, sauces, etc. Experiment with different combos. Don’t make it complicated but don’t be so repetitive that you go crazy and cave for fast food.
Meal prep requires, time, effort, and motivation but once you start and get into the swing of things, it can become a great part of your week & help you get started in the right direction to reach your goals!
I am passionate about creating a healthy lifestyle for myself & helping those around me.