Easy Brussels Sprouts!

First off, Brussels sprouts are in the cruciferous vegetable group. You know, they mingle with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and other similar leafy greens. They’re really high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and fiber, and they’re a really low calorie option if you’re being mindful of your weight.

So, yeah. Healthy.

You know Brussels sprouts are good for you. You know you should eat them. But, you might not know what to do with these little delicious cabbage look-alike’s.

Let me help you out!

*** If making this recipe, you must use fresh Brussels sprouts.

1 tbsp butter
1/2 pound fresh Brussels sprouts (about 15-20)
salt and pepper to taste

Warm butter over medium-low heat in a skillet.
While that’s warming, cut Brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise.
Place Brussels sprouts in skillet (make sure the butter is melted) flat side down.
Cover for 15-17 minutes (until they’re golden brown).
Avoid peeking at them, just let them be.
Season with salt and pepper.
Toss them around a little.

Serves 2. ENJOY!!!

This recipe gives the Brussels sprouts a nice nutty, crispy flavor. They’re a great addition to any meal, and they’ll make you seem fancy! GO YOU!

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Do you have a favorite way to eat Brussels sprouts? Share away!

How to Choose a Breakfast to Fit Your Goals!

Before I start this post, I just want y’all to know that I don’t think any of the foods in the photos are “bad”. Everything pictured is currently in my house, so obviously, this post is about what the title says. How to choose a breakfast to fit your goals!

Below are two breakfast options, let’s break these down a bit.

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OPTION 1 OPTION 2
  • two pieces of turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup sauerkraut
  • chives garnish
  • two scrambled eggs
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • salt and pepper
  • homemade bread with pat of butter
  • half an apple
  • 3/4 cup Udi’s Gluten Free Vanilla Granola
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 8oz glass of unsweetened almond milk
  • half an apple
Approximate calories: 450 Approximate calories: 550
Protein: 23g Protein: 16g
Carbohydrates: 34g Carbohydrates: 76g
Fat: 24g Fat: 25g
Fiber: 7g Fiber: 10g
Sugar: 18g Sugar: 36g
PROS PROS
  • high in protein
  • filling
  • low in sugar
  • good protein/fat/carbohydrate ratios
  • contains¬†vegetables
  • lots of flavor
  • contains probiotic (sauerkraut)
  • looks fancy! ūüôā
  • prepared quickly
  • easy to make
  • good source of vegan protein
  • lots of flavor
  • can’t really mess it up (over cook it)
CONS CONS
  • takes longer to make
  • requires more ingredients
  • could over cook it
  • high in calories/low in satisfaction (fullness)
  • small portion
  • easy to overeat this type of food
  • lacks vegetables
  • could make you hungry faster
  • high in sugar

So which one to choose? It depends on your goals!

For fat loss goals: OPTION 1 is the way to go.

For weight gain goals/endurance athletes (like triathletes): OPTION 2 is the way to go.¬†Heck, if you’re trying to gain weight or are an endurance athlete, you may need to eat both options in one sitting.

Looking at the calories, macro-nutrients, and pros and cons list, which breakfast would you pick?

ACTION STEP:¬†look at your breakfast plate¬†this week. Are your choices in line with your goals? Why or why not? If they are, WOOHOO! High five time! If they’re not, what’s one thing you can do¬†tomorrow to get one step closer to a breakfast that’s more goal appropriate?

Garlic and Ginger Shrimp!

If you’re looking for a high protein, omega-3 healthy fat containing, fast, and delicious meal, this would be it. This only took about 10 minutes from start to finish! This is great for the nights when you come home super hungry, and you’re about ready to gnaw your arm off (maybe you forgot to plan and prep). Save your arm, and eat this instead! Just throw it on a bed of greens, and you’ve got dinner!

1 tbsp butter (or less if you like)
5 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp grated ginger
12-16 oz peeled shrimp
salt and pepper to taste

Warm the butter in a skillet on medium heat.
Once it melts, add the garlic, ginger, and shrimp.
Toss them together occasionally.
Cook until the shrimp is done, maybe five to seven minutes. Try not to over cook it, it will get chewy.
Add the salt and pepper.
Toss one more time, and serve!

Serves 3-5. ENJOY!!!

Garlic Ginger Shrimp

The garlic and ginger was a great combo! The taste and smell was lovely. Be careful about how much ginger you add, it’s really strong. Ginger is one of those delicate flavors that can be a perfect touch, or really overwhelming and ruin a dish. Experiment with it, and see how much you like it!