Ok, first foodie post! I have so much to share, but I promised these would be short and sweet, so, you’re just gonna get small doses of me.
I’m going to share 2 great breakfast recipes with you – because who doesn’t love breakfast?
Also, in case you missed it, Daniel and I have been figuring out The “Zone Diet” for the past 3 weeks – hence we’re still learning, but we’ve already seen the effects of it. You’re probably wondering what the what is “Zone” anyway? The big idea behind the Zone Diet is balancing your body’s hormones to achieve an optimum level of insulin and glucagon to support a healthy inflammatory response. Basically, you fight inflammation and gear up fat loss by eating a ratio of 40:30:30 of calories(using a “block unit system) obtained from carbs, proteins, and fats. When this happens, your body will be able to perform at peak efficiency and recover quickly as well.
I could go on an on about fat loss, low carb, peak performance, etc, and don’t worry, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me about Zone. I promise, as much as I love trying to figure out how to eat best for my body, THIS has been what has worked best for me. This is something I know I can do for life, so I’m gonna rave about it. We’ve both lost that dumb weight we all seem to pack on between Thanksgiving and Christmas — and a little more than that too. I’m assuming it’s fat loss, but I can’t guarantee that because we haven’t measured it. Which is dumb. Numbers don’t lie. I took some before pictures, but Daniel refused to. Too cool for school, I guess. Oh well, his loss. But he’s seeing some big changes already. We both look different, and more importantly, we FEEL way different. It’s been great. We’re full. We have energy. I think it’s made me better in the gym. It’s also flipped out our scale because about 5 days ago, it started reading “Bail” every time we stepped on it. True story. I think it means I need to replace the batteries though.
My goal is to post about nutrition at least once a week. In the weeks to come, you’ll get to read about:
- Why we decided to try out the Zone Diet.
- Why prepping your food (making it ahead of time and storing it in the fridge/freezer) is key.
- Why it’s important to measure out the proportions of your food (I promise. It gets easy after 1 week. That first week can be a little tough though).
- Why all this talk about macros anyway?
- Why you need to personally eliminate/try out different foods for yourself to see what works and doesn’t work for you.
- Some of the food items on our weekly grocery list- Shoutout to Trader Joe’s.
- Hormones — I’m wanting to learn more about how food affects hormones.
- Supplements that we take/don’t take (We don’t take a lot, but there are some out there that you SHOULD take DAILY. Hint: Fish Oil).
- Success stories of people in my gym.
But for now, I give you 2 great, simple breakfast Go To’s for you to try this week. In the future, I’ll prob do one recipe at a time(for organizational purposes), but couldn’t help but do two today.
**Disclaimer- I am not some fancy chef. I do love to cook, but I need simplicity. If you are looking for some fancy meal ideas that cost a lot of $$ to make and require 10+ ingredients, this is going to be a letdown for you. I’m trying to make your already busy life way easier – so you’ll have more time to do what you love – like snap and insta pics of your food and babies.
The easiest breakfast you can think of(Yep, that’s what I’m calling it):
Makes 3 servings(For all you Zone Eaters out there, 1 serving of this is the perfect amt. of food for a 3 block meal. If you don’t care about Zone, then ignore what I just said).
Prep time:15 minutes. Cook Time:15 minutes
- 3 pieces bacon (You can also substitute the bacon for 3 oz of any other kind of meat. I’ve also experienced with ground turkey, ground sausage, and even 3 oz of cooked chicken)
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups spinach
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced(shoot for smaller, 5 inch taters)
- Coconut oil (or whatever oil you choose. Pick wisely though, y’all. Coconut or Olive is always a better choice over crisco, vegetable, or canola)
- Avocado (optional)
- Optional Spices: pepper, garlic salt, cumin, cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Peel and dice those sweet potatoes. (I just learned about a month ago that a potato peeler is a great investment. Peeling with a knife is so overrated.) Spray baking pan with coconut oil(or whatever oil suits your fancy). Throw potatoes on pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Start up that frying pan on medium heat. Place bacon in pan. Flip bacon so both sides cook evenly.
- While bacon is cooking, crack 6 eggs in a small bowl and whisk those babies.
- Once bacon is finished cooking, set aside. Go ahead and throw some of that bacon grease into your dog’s food bowl. That’s what we do. They’ll love you for it. Make sure you leave some bacon grease in the pan though for those eggs.
- Turn burner down to low, and pour eggs onto pan. Use a fork or spatula to scramble eggs.
- Once eggs are almost fully cooked, throw in 3 cups of spinach (hint: you get more bang for your buck by using frozen spinach). Mix eggs and spinach well.
- By now, your little, baby sweet potato dices should be almost cooked. Pull out of oven and sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon, if you wish.
- Get out 3 of your favorite tupperware containers and divide up the food. Each container should have 1 piece of bacon, 1/3 of the eggs/spinach concoction, and 1/3 of the diced sweet potatoes.
- We still need some fat. (We already got some fat from the oil, but we need a little more). My recommendation would be to take 2 tbsp of avocado to top off those eggs and spinach. For best results, don’t do this part until you’re about to eat it. Avocado can be a little yucky if it’s been sitting in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Notes:For best results, make on a Sunday night. Store all 3 tupperware containers in fridge, and there ya go. Breakfast is ready for the next 3 mornings. Each serving will have 1 piece bacon, 2 eggs/1 cup spinach, and about 2/3 of a sweet potato. This should be a very filling breakfast that will get you through your morning with a non hangry attitude. Don’t be scared to try the spinach and the eggs mixed together – even if you’re not a big spinach fan (which you should be a fan).
I’ll show you a pic one more time. Remember, add that fat before you eat. 2 tbsp of avocado would be great on this.
Cindy’s Flippin’ Easy Pancakes (although she didn’t come up with the recipe, she gave it to me. So she gets credit on here). I wanted to add this recipe in because it was so easy, and Daniel raved – I mean RAVED – about them yesterday.
Makes Six, 5 inch pancakes – (2 servings) If you’re following Zone, 1 serving = 2 blocks Protein, 1 block Carbs, 1 block Fat(the oil)
Prep Time: 5 Minutes. Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese (any kind is great. They make low fat if you’re into that)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (we used steel cut oats because that was all we had. Still great!)
- 2 eggs
- 2 TBSP water or milk. We used water because we don’t usually have milk. But they were still perfect).
- Spices: Dash of vanilla, cinnamon
- Coconut Oil (or some other kind of oil for the pan)
- Optional toppings for pancakes(but remember, small doses of these go a long way): strawberries, blueberries, banana, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter – whatevs – just don’t overdo it on the nut butters 🙂
- Literally put all ingredients into a Nutribullet or other food processor. But come on, we all know Nutribullets are the best. I recommend one. Blend it up.
- Put stove burner on low/medium heat. Or turn griddle onto low/medium heat. (We used a pan. I made 2 pancakes at a time)
- Watch these pancakes closely as they’re on the pan. They can be flipped after a couple of minutes, AND THEY ARE SO FLIPPIN’ EASY TO FLIP! I was amazed. I think that’s my favorite thing about them.
- Set aside pancakes. Add on one of the optional toppings, or eat plain.
Notes:Don’t be scared of the cottage cheese. I wasn’t too sure of it, until about a month ago. Cottage cheese is actually a great protein source. I don’t do alot of dairy, but cottage cheese has been good to me. Even if you’re scared of the taste of it, know that it’s used in this recipe as a “filler.” The consistency of the cakes comes from the cottage cheese. Also, remember, toppings can make or break these. We used bananas (honestly only because I was trying to get rid of some) However, just know that bananas can raise your glycemic index faster than other kinds of fruits. That doesn’t necessarily make them bad, but just watch your portion size). Next time, I will still probably add a little fruit, but I’ll stick with some berries.
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Next post will be shorter. Promise. Mean it.