What We're Eating – Macro Meal Plan

Hey Guys!

I haven’t done a “What I Ate Wednesday” or food prep post in a longggg time but have no fear, we continue to meal prep each week so we have healthy delicious meals each week. Lately Brent & I have been trying to clean up our meals and get back focused on macros to help cut some of that winter fluff that has accumulated around our midsections.

We dropped our calories and are focusing on a solid macro split so I thought I would share what we are eating this week with y’all today.

Breakfast: 398calories; 6g C; 16g F; 52g P

1 scoop of Protein + 2tbsp Ground Flax
2 whole eggs + 4 egg whites, cooked in 1tsp coconut oil

Macro Meal Plan

Eggs are almost always my go to morning meal & I usually just eat them scrambled up with some hot sauce. Some days I get “fancy” and will fry them but that undoubtably leaves me wanting some bread to soak the yolk up with. Adding flax to my morning protein gives it a little more bang for the buck and a nice nutty flavor. PLUS it keeps all my systems going, if you know what I mean!
Some mornings I eat breakfast at 6:30am and other mornings I eat closer to 9 or 9:30. It depends on if I am going to the gym first thing (then its later) or if I start work at 7 (than its earlier). The rest of my meals will be shifted based on what time of day I eat breakfast, but generally will try to eat every few hours.

Morning Snack: 202calories; 25g C; 2g F; 21g P

2/3 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
1 White Grapefruit

Macro Meal Plan

A whole grapefruit and 2/3 of a cup of cottage cheese makes a super filling nutritious snack. I ALWAYS get hungry around 10-11:00am each day, especially when I start work at 7am and eat my breakfast at 6:30. Having a snack that has some protein, something a little salty and something a bit sweet really makes that time of day better and I don’t go into lunch starving.

Lunch: 245calories; 30g C; 3g F; 33g P

Stir Fry Bowl
5oz Crockpot Chicken (red pepper flakes, fish sauce, rice vinegar & Sriracha)
7oz Roasted Broccoli
1/2c Roasted Mushrooms
1/4c cooked Quinoa

Macro Meal Plan

I love these bowls, they are loaded with flavor and PACKED with veggies. I roasted the broccoli and mushrooms at 375deg until lightly browned and fragrant, then combined the quinoa & lightly wilted spinach with the chicken made in the crockpot. You could use any seasonings for the chicken, I went pretty basic to not add many “empty macros” to a marinade but anything will work! These are super satisfying and make a fantastic filling lunch.

Afternoon Snack: 350calories; 3g C; 13g F; 56g P

1 scoop of Protein
Three 2oz Turkey Meatballs

Macro Meal Plan

These little meatballs are FULL of flavor! I cooked them with lightly caramelized onion, garlic, paprika, chipotle red pepper flakes. I measured out 2oz portions prior to baking them at 375deg for 40-50minutes until they were golden brown. You could easily put any flavors and spices in these to make them your own.
Some days I eat these right before going to the gym but most days I snack on these on my way home from the gym a few hours before dinner!

Dinner: 388calories; 43g C; 10g F; 27g P

5oz Broiled Salmon
120g Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Power Green Salad

((sorry about the terrible lighting guys... it tastes way better than this photo makes it look))

((sorry about the terrible lighting guys… it tastes way better than this photo makes it look))

We are cooking our salmon each night to keep it fresh and will likely use different seasoning to make it feel like a new meal. I love salmon and have been missing it in my diet so am excited about getting to incorporate it this week. We found salmon at Costco for a great price too! For the salad its really just a simple base of power greens, red bell pepper, roma tomato & caramelized onion and I’ve been topping it with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Simple & delicious!

Macro Break Down:

So heres our macro break down… We are eating just about 1600 calories which ends up being about 107g Carbs, 44g Fat & 188g Protein and almost a 30-20-50 split. Actually is 27-25-50, a little high in fat, 8g, and low in carbs 13g but good enough for us! This is a very protein heavy meal plan which was our intent for this week, we will likely tweak and change our macros again in the next week or two based on our goals/progress.

I hope this is helpful for any of you who are looking to start tracking macros and honing in on the nutrients. I am by FAR not perfect at calculating or creating perfectly balanced meals but I am working on finding balance and freedom with the use of macro management.

Happy Eating,

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What I Ate Mackinac Island

Hey Y’all!

In case you missed the memo and don’t follow me on social media (which you should, Instagram is where I am at!) a week and a half ago Brent & I got married!!!

We decided to forgo a large honeymoon right away and went on a short (too short) getaway to Mackinac Island, a 8mile pedestrian island off the coast of Michigan between the upper & lower peninsula. We headed to the island Sunday and after checking in we relaxed a bit enjoying our cheese & cracker spread in the room.

What I Ate Mackinac Island

After relaxing a bit we decided to headed out in search of real food. After hearing that the hotel restaurant was already closed for the night we decided to walk down into town and find somewhere that seemed happening.
p.s. how cool is it that the hotel room keys are REAL keys!!!

p.s. how cool is it that the hotel room keys are REAL keys!!!

We ended up at Seabiscuit cafe. We enjoyed a lively atmosphere of locals/seasonal help and chatted with the bartender Karl who has been working on the island for 10+ years. I enjoyed the fish & chips made with locally caught whitefish & Brent had the seafood jambalaya topped with mussels. The food was great & we got to learn more about the island from a few people who love it most!
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
After dinner we were both pretty tired that we decided to head back to the hotel and relax. On our walk back the fog was getting pretty thick and rolling in which captured the streets and trees in a fun and creepy misty glow.
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
Monday morning we got up early, headed to breakfast included in our package & enjoyed a beautiful view in the bar area over looking Lake Huron. After breakfast we decided to make our first adventure of the day a Carriage tour.
But First….
FUDGE! We stopped at JoAnns for some morning energy in sugar form… when on Mackinac Island right?! After sampling a couple flavors we settled on Double Dark Pecan and just got half a slice to enjoy during our tour.
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
We then hopped on a horse and carriage and learned a little more about the island and saw some sights while working our way up to the Butterfly house. We hopped off our first carriage and walked around the tourist trap shops, Grand Carriage house/barn & the butterfly house.
What I Ate Mackinac Island
After wondering a bit we jumped on our 3 horse carriage and made our way to Arch Rock & along the back roads of the island.
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
Once we made it back to town from our carriage tour we did some window shopping in the cute stores in town then decided lunch would be a good idea. While we both weren’t super hungry we also had not had anything to eat (other than fudge) since 10am so food was necessary to hold of any hanger ruining our day! We headed to a cute little beach restaurant across from our hotel that was highly recommended by some of the people we met the night before.
We split our sandwiches but Brent ordered the pulled pork panini & I got the bacon bison burger, we also got a side of truffle garlic-pram fries to share. Everything was AMAZING the fries were super flavorful and the burger & sandwich were perfectly flavored. We enjoyed a nice view of the lake and got to see the fog/mist start to break and clear up. When we were finishing lunch the couple next to us asked if we wanted their tickets for the fort. Brent & I were debating on buying tickets for the fort or for the Grand Hotels porch so when they offered we gladly accepted!
What I Ate Mackinac Island
After lunch we headed upstairs and changed to go biking. We had a 4hour bike rental included in our package and because the island is only 8miles around biking is a big attraction. We grabbed our bikes and headed around the island stopping occasionally to take pictures & selfies before heading back into town and up to the fort.
We rode up the HUGE hill to the fort then walked around a bit, when we got in the fort they were just starting to do a riffle demonstration so we watched that before taking in the sites over the edge of the fort walls. I was not very interested in learning/relearning the history of Mackinac and the fort this trip so looking over the edge and seeing the island from a birds eye view was much more appealing. We also got to see them flare the cannon which was fun too!
What I Ate Mackinac Island Next stop… FUDGE!!!!!! Yep we needed some more sugar and sweets. We headed to Murdicks after a recommendation from a friend to get some more fudge for the trip home. I was extra excited because when we got there they were cooking up a batch of fudge. Brent had never seen anyone make fudge before so I was excited for him to get a glimpse because it mesmerizes me.
We sampled A TON of flavors at Murdicks before settling on three flavors: Turtle, Chocolate & Peanut Butter & Double Dark Espresso. After our nose & taste buds were sugared out we headed back to the hotel to relax a bit with chocolate covered strawberries & champagne before dinner.
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
Dinner was at Chianti at Mission Pointe, we got dressed up and headed down and were seated by the porch which was gorgeous! We were greeted at the table with a glass of prosecco before ordering appetizers to share. I was excited to order some mussels and Brent ordered the prosciutto platter. Both were great but the mussels really did me in, they were SO GOOD & might be my new favorite food to be honest!
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
We both ordered a glass of Malbec, they had two on their menu so I ordered one and Brent got the other! Then for dinner I enjoyed the pistachio crusted lamb chops & Brent the prime grilled ribeye, both were great!
After dinner we ran upstairs changed into comfy clothing and headed to the hotel bar to watch the rest of the Blackhawks game. Brent got into some conversations with the hotel pianist about hockey while we watched the Hawks win the cup!
Tuesday morning started similarly to Monday with breakfast at the hotel. We packed up, checked out and headed into town before catching the ferry. I wanted to stop at one of the shops we went to the day before and pick up a trinket to remember our mini-moon to Mackinac.
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
I went into a little artists consignment shop and i found this super cute typewriter key locket-charm with a “B” on it. As my married name is now BELL I thought this was the perfect little thing to remember our wedding & mini-moon by.
What I Ate Mackinac IslandWe walked down the street and returned to a store we were in the day before and grabbed this Mackinac Island sign that I cannot wait to hang in our house. Right now its sitting on a shelf but I envision it on our mantle or bookshelf when we have a home and love that it is something we can look at and be reminded of the bliss we enjoyed when we went to Mackinac after our perfect day!
 What I Ate Mackinac Island
After our shopping trip we headed to the ferry line and said good bye to the little slice of paradise that is Mackinac. Thankfully when we got home Tuesday night we were able to enjoy a little more of our trip by digging into our FUDGE!
What I Ate Mackinac IslandA short but perfect mini-moon is in the books. Next vacation is being planned and I cannot wait to have a week of relaxation and exploration to look forward to now that our wedding has come and gone!
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Linking up with Jen for What I Ate Wednesday… make sure you head over to her blog to see what everyone else is chowing on! 

Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

Wow its Wednesday which means the blogging community unites and shares a week of eats.

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I made a conscious effort to take photographic evidence of each of my meals on Monday to share a relatively accurate day of food. So here is my What I Ate Monday.

My pre-workout meal continues to be Dates with some Peanut Butter. I feel that this combination of carbs and sugars works the best for me in the morning.

Pre-Workout

Pre-Workout

Recently my oatmeal breakfast has been replaced with greek yogurt and oats topped with fresh berries. I have been loving the fresh fruit that is in season, especially loving the fact that I can find it for affordable prices!

Berries oats and yogurt!

Berries oats and yogurt!

This week I got back to my basics and did some Sunday meal prep for the week. I made Taco salad with homemade taco seasoning, quinoa for rice, and fajita peppers on top of lettuce. I used store bought salsa for my dressing. Talk about a delicious lunch!!

morning shadows do not do this salad justice!

morning shadows do not do this salad justice!

Side note — I had a spur of the moment lunch date with Brent and two friends who were driving through town on Monday so this lovely lunch was consumed Tuesday instead! 

Lunch is never complete without a piece of fruit! This week the nectarines looked amazing and the looks were not deceiving!

Nectarine snack

Nectarine snack

Mondays I get off work at 5 so I try to make a real meal rather than leftovers or a thrown together something. I had every intention of making a quick Asian marinaded chicken until I got home and remembered Brent telling me that the new peanut butter we got was super spicy and would be great in a Thai dish… and so this chicken was born!

My dinner plate!

My dinner plate!

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I added approximately 1/2 of the marinade to 6 chicken breast halves. I kept my marinade on the thicker side where I was able to rub and massage the seasoning into the chicken, then I decided that it looked a little thick so I thinned it out with some water. I think if I were to do this again I would marinade for a longer period of time and in an initially thinner marinade. 

Thai Peanut Chicken

Then it was to the grill where once I flipped the chicken I brushed the cooked side with half of the remaining marinade and continued to cook. This gave the chicken an extra boost of flavor and a little caramelized coating.

Thai Peanut Chicken

What a delicious and easy way to use the super spicy peanut butter indulgence!

Hope you enjoy all of your Wednesday eats, make sure to stop over and say Hi to all the other Wednesday foodies!

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