Prosciutto Cream Cheese Wrapped Asparagus

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Last summer, Brett and I traveled to Italy. The history, the beautiful sites and the food are just among a few of the amazing things we got to experience. The gelato and pizza were by far my favorite dishes, but that's to be expected! However, if you asked me if I could bring one dish back to have here it would be the Foccacia Bread we had in Le Spezia, Italy at the Acronia La Cantina - we ate there both nights! 

 

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The Aaptiv-lutely Best Fitness App

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Motivation. How do you get it & keep it? Well, you don't unfortunately #RealityCheck.

You don't always feel motivated to workout but if you're dedicated you'll know that those are the days that really matter.

This morning I slept in. I was sore all over. Frankly I felt unmotivated. But, I know my goals. So I drank some pre-workout & ate a snack. I pulled out my iPhone & browsed the hundreds of workouts.

I am limited to a bike & treadmill at my apartment gym, so I decided on a treadmill workout. I was feeling risky, even though unmotivated, so I picked an advanced @meg_takacs treadmill workout, "These Hills Don't Quit." Much harder than I imagined. I had to modify the speed but I completed it & felt sooooo good after the fact.

That's what I ❤ about @aaptiv, not only can you modify workouts to fit your own level, but the workouts challenge you & get you excited to sweat 💦!

Some of my favorite trainers (<- meet them all here) include:

  • Rochelle Moncourtois
    • "Brit is Back" is a 33m 10s treadmill workout with solely Britney Spears music & it is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
  • Kelly Chase
    • Kelly is great - she keeps me pumped up & always has the best music selection!
  • Meghan Takas
    • I like Meghan because she reminds me to focus on my form & breathing while still keeping me pumped up during 5min hill runs.

Aaptive doesn't just have treadmill workouts though! The have:

  • Monthly Challenges
  • Curator's Playlist
  • Treadmill
  • Elliptical
  • Strength Training
  • Outdoor Running
  • Meditation
  • Walking
  • Stairclimber
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Stretching
  • Make the 8
  • 5k Training Program
  • 10k Training Program
  • Half Marathon Training
  • Full Marathon Training

Literally, there is something for E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E & that includes every level of fitness from beginner, intermediate & advanced.

Many boutique fitness & cardio classes can cost you anyone from $15-35 per class. You heard me! It's is expensive. That is where Aaptive comes in.

For just $9.99 a month you get U-N-L-I-M-I-T-E-D classes; complete with motivating coaches & great music to keep you going even when you think you want to quit.

Luckily, I have a code: LAURAP - not sure if you wan to commit, you can try the Aaptive for an entire month FREE by using my code here: www.aaptiv.com/signup/monthly

Have questions? Comment below.


Meal Prep: On the Go.

by Laura Peterson in ,


The biggest excuse I hear for not wanting to meal prep is time. One simply just doesn’t have the time to meal prep. While I tend to disagree with this, I do get it. Whether you’re traveling or out and about running errands, sometimes you find yourself having to eat out.

Below, I will share some great menu options (as well as links to nutrition information) from some popular fast food and chain restaurants. No need to bust the buttons on your pants if you’re stuck at the airport or need to hit the drive thru. Hopefully this list will spark some ideas for when you're ordering out next!

*Click on each image & hover your mouse over the picture for details!*

Chipotle: Download the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator App for an easy way to determine the nutrition of your custom order!

Chick-fil-A: Chick-fil-A is a gold mine for healthy options! Skip the fries and fried chicken for some of the below delicious menu options and your bikini body will be thanking you!

Panera: Panera is an easy calorie trap with all the bread!

Starbucks: Be weary, drinks add up quickly at Starbucks! Check out their nutrition stats online before you kill your diet with a drink!

Pie Five Pizza: This is my favorite place to eat out, delicious and macro friendly!

Eating out brings temptation! I know! You’re tempted to order fries and that chocolate frosty! But, if you’re serious about creating a healthier you, then you need to consider ordering options that allow you to do this, especially if you’re eating out multiple times a week. Make a plan ahead of time if you know you'll be eating out OR take a few minutes before ordering to really read the menu and make the RIGHT choices.

If you need help choosing what to order, how to calculate the nutrition or have any other questions or comments regarding eating out and hitting your goals, comment below and let’s connect.


Pillsbury Burger Bombs

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As my fiance and I headed to dinner Friday night, with rumbling tummies, I couldn't help but rattle off ideas for my upcoming meal prep. I knew I wanted to include some Pillsbury products because who doesn't love a flaky biscuit or warm crescent roll! Am I right? Somehow my hungry imagination thought to put a burger inside a Pillsbury biscuit. So that's exactly what I did!

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Review: Quest Cereal Bars

by Laura Peterson


Quest Nutrition was kind enough to send me a sample of all three of their new Quest Cereal Protein Bar Flavors.

I began using Quest products at the beginning of my fitness journey. I was literally obsessed with their bars. However, over time I grew weary of them because of the aftertaste their new formula gave me. Although I occasionally use their protein powders (I just really haven't been drinking or baking with protein since my show prep) and I love their protein chips, I stopped purchasing their bars. However, after seeing so many rave reviews of their cereal bars, I wanted to give Quest another shot at winning me over.

The three cereal protein bar flavors include Chocolate, Waffle and Cinnamon Roll.

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How to Calculate the Nutrition of any Recipe

by Laura Peterson in ,


Okay, so you've been meal prepping now for a few weeks but you're ready to take it up a notch. Perhaps you want to start counting your calories to ensure you're eating enough or not too much. Or, perhaps you're curious if the 'healthy' recipe you snagged from Pinterest is actually 'healthy.'

It's easy to count calories when it comes to pre-packaged meals or snacks. But, how to you track the calories in a recipe? Let me walk you through it!

First, you'll need to sign up for MyFitnessPal.

Great! Once you've done that, feel free to add me: lauraelizzzzabeth - my nutrition diary is public so you can see my recipes, what I eat in a day and more!

Each week, I meal prep a few items so I have options. Since I load all the recipes into my MyFitnessPal account, I can easily piece together my day. I can pick and choose each day which meals sound good and stay within my caloric limit.

For the purpose of this step-by-step guide, I will be using the recipe for my Pancake Bacon Bake:

1. Once you open the MyFitnessPal app and login, the home screen will appear. Click 'More.'

2. Click ' Meals, Recipes, & Foods.'

3. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see a blue bar, 'Create a Recipe.' Click it.

4. While you can choose to import a recipe from a link. For the purpose of the guide choose, 'Enter Ingredients Manually.' NOTE: Even when I use a recipe from the web, I choose to enter the ingredients manually because typically the automatic option chooses the wrong brand or can completely choose the wrong item. I prefer to scan the bar-code of specific ingredients or search for them to ensure accuracey.

5. Next you can give your recipe a name and input how many servings there are per the recipe. Then click the arrow at the top right.

6. Now it's time to import ingredients into the recipe. Click 'Add Ingredient.'

7. Type in your first ingredient. In my case, it was Kodiak Cakes.

8. Select the item that matches the box of your ingredient. Some popular items often have green check marks meaning the nutrition information has been verified.

9. Once you select the correct item, you alter the number of servings you used of the ingredient and measurement. The serving size of Kodiak Cakes is 1/2 cup or 53 grams. I used 3 servings or 159 grams, so I chose to leave the measurement at 1/2 cup and alter the number of servings from 1 to 3. You can then click the check mark symbol in the top right corner.

10. Phew! 1 ingredient down! Luckily this recipe only has a few ingredients. However many ingredients you have, repeat steps 6 through 9 until all of been inputed.

11. Okay, so you've entered all the ingredients in the recipe, now what? First, I like to check the bottom bar which shows how many calories are per serving. Often, I haven't baked the recipe or haven't cut it into servings so if I feel it is too high I may choose to alter the servings per recipe. You can do so my clicking on the bottom bar. If it look a-okay to you, then go ahead and click the arrow in the top right corner.

12. You're almost ready to input it into your daily diary. Last but not least, click 'Save.' If you know you'll be eating it that very day, click 'Save & Log It.' This will allow you to track it for any of your meals that day.

13. If you go back to the 'Meals, Recipes & Foods' section - you can click on your recipe to see the full nutrtion label!

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That's it! Easy right?
If you still have questions after my step-by-step guide, comment below and I will help you master MyFitnessPal and the recipe creation section!


Buffalo Chicken Tenders & Rolls

by Laura Peterson in , ,


It's Monday and you know what that means, another meal prep inspired blog post. It's the beginning of my cut and my first full week back in the office. With a busy week full of meetings and new projects, I knew I needed to be prepared. I also knew I wanted to get creative in the kitchen. Cutting can be hard. That's a lie. It is hard. So, it is essential that I continue to change the meals I am eating to stay on track.

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