And it is February! I hope that the beginning of everyone's 2014 has been awesome. For those who made New Years Resolutions, this is now the most challenging time. You may have noticed your motivation slip after January 20th.. 20 days is typically how long people can hold short term motivation. Which is a SHAME because research shows it takes approximately 30 days to form a habit... New Years Resolutions or not, we all want to eat healthier and look better. Most of us make the resolution everyday, which I think is awesome. As you may know, I manage a gym and teach fitness classes. I hear people talk about these goals on the regular. And I hear a lot of complaints "Mandy it is just so hard/expensive/boring to eat healthy." I think that couldn't be further from the truth. And here's why..
"Healthy eating is hard because it takes time, is expensive, and bland" Well yes, anything that you're starting new takes time. And if you don't know what to buy or have a knack for buying all the expensive stuff in the grocery store (like myself), it can be expensive. And if you don't challenge yourself to get creative or first got to healthy restaurants that are delicious, then yes it can be bland. I have great news for you.. if you stick with it and learn a few tricks and you become an eating-healthy-ninja. I work approximately 50 hours a week and am always on the go but I eat incredibly well because 1) I figured out the tricks and 2) I love feeling AWESOME. I'm talking the kind of sustainable awesome where you have all the energy you dream of and feel great in your own skin. I achieve 2) by doing 1) My big trick is preparing large quantities of healthy things at the beginning of the week. You may have heard this tip before, but it really works. All you need to do is combine the pre-made ingredients with different spices, sauces, or dressings are you are ready to go. Like salsa, marinara, balsamic vinegar and hot sauce. One of my "staples" is organic roasted chicken breast. Every Sunday I cook up 4-6 organic chicken breasts and use them throughout the week in my lunches and snacks. A high-protein diet is great for sustaining energy and keeping the body lean. Below is the recipe bestowed upon me by my good friend and personal trainer, Andy Robinson (Voted 3rd best PT in all of Whistler).
Simple Roasted Chicken 3 Ways
- 4-6 Medium to Large Organic Chicken Breasts (all same size!)
- 3 Spice Combos:
- 1) Lemon, Pepper, Garlic, Salt
- 2) Cajun (store bought or recipe)
- 3) Thyme, Rosemary, Garlic, Salt
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius). On large baking pan, place the chicken breasts on the pan, equal distance apart. Season 1 side ( I did 2 breast per seasoning) then flip with tongs and season the other side with the same spices. Once all breasts are seasoned, put in oven for 18-22 mins. (Until chicken is no longer pink inside- use a knife to check).
Chop and put in fridge so its ready for salads, snacks, wraps, soups and more :)