If you want it, go get it.

I cannot believe another year has already gone by; 2014 was such a wonderful year. I learned so much about myself! My hopes for the New Year are to continue to grow in all areas of my life. I will be fearless and brave. I will be confident and forgiving. I will lead my life with my heart and go after what I love! My hope for you is to do the same! Whether it is fitness, personal or even career goals, I hope you lead your life with your heart, give yourself grace and enjoy every single day! We have so much to be grateful for and to be able to chase after our dreams is something we should enjoy every day.

I kicked off the New Year by challenging myself to Tone It Up’s Love Your Body Challenge and by starting Beach body’s 3-Day reset program. I challenge you also to participate in the Love Your Body Challenge. It is my 2nd year participating in it, and I cannot wait to see myself grow stronger! I want to get in the best shape of my life this year! Join me and let us chase after our dreams. Stay tuned, so many great things are coming!

What New Years resolutions did you make?

Xo Alee


I do love Italian food.

Pizza, pasta, you name it. Smother it with marinara or Alfredo sauce and add some meatballs, and instantly my whole body goes into a food coma without eating a bite. I do love Italian food, but I HATE the way it makes me feel after; sleepy, bloated, and extremely uncomfortable. I could not fathom cutting Italian food out of my life… So, I found a solution…. THE VEGGETTI! This super simple kitchen aid came to my rescue. Now I do not have to worry about cutting out the rich goodness of Italian food from my life and instead I can still enjoy the wonderful flavors without unwanted calories from pounds of pasta.

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On Sunday, I made a zucchini pasta and turkey meatballs with organic pasta sauce. Let me tell you, the veggetti did not let me down. My mom even liked it!! I am so sorry that I did not snap a picture of the completed dish. I was too eager to dive in, and my stomach was making an unnatural growling noise.

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Skinny Pasta:

– 3 Zucchini
– Turkey Meatballs
– Organic, low-sugar marinara
– Olive oil
– Garlic
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

– First, prep your meatballs and get those babies in the oven!
– While they are cooking, get the veggetti going and make your zucchini pasta (direction on how to use is inside the veggetti packaging)
– Get a large skillet with a lid; add olive oil garlic on medium to high heat. Once the oil is hot, add zucchini and cook on medium heat until tender (NOT MUSHY!!!), and then cover pan with lid and turn off the burner.
– In a separate pot, add sauce and heat on medium.
– Once meatballs are done, add to sauce and WAH-LA all done.
– Enjoy with tea, lemon water, or if you’re of age, a nice glass of wine.

Let me know how you like it!!

P.S. This wonderful item can be found at Walgreens in the ‘As Seen on TV’ aisle (cough cough.. it’s $14.99). 😉

#shnsr


Whatever, it’s just waffles.

I do not know about you but I love waffles and a cup of joe on a Sunday morning! Like protein pancakes, I am goo-goo-gah-gah for protein waffles. Personally, I think waffles are easier to prepare and more reliable because sometimes you just do not know what kind of mood the pancake batter is in that day.

1) They are easy to prepare.

2) They are SUPER filling and full of lean protein that keeps you full.

3) They are sweet and so FLUFFY (it’s so fluffy I am going to die).

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If you are busy and on the go all the time, try making the batter before you go to bed and lay out your waffle iron and cooking spray. That a way all you have to do is plug, spray, and pour. When you are done waiting on your coffee to brew, you have a beautiful fluffy waffle to enjoy with a side of fruit. YUM!!

The recipe is just like the protein pancakes but with one exception…. 3 egg whites. Without the three you end up with this…

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Just remember to use either a lite syrup, 100% maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey. Do not be too generous and follow serving sizes (they are still pretty heavy on the calories). This may sound funny but ill take ¼ cup and make a weird concoction of honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup (DELICIOUS).

Whatever it’s a Protein waffle:

½ banana

3 egg whites

1 scoop protein powder

½ tablespoon almond milk

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Vanilla to taste

Fresh fruit to taste

The directions are simple… mash banana and mix all other ingredients together. You may have to play with the amount of batter that you pour into your waffle iron. All irons are different and amounts vary. Be warned, this recipe makes more than one waffle. Enjoy all of the fluffy goodness or save the batter for when you get a sweet tooth later on.

Waffles or pancakes? You let me know!

#shnsr

Xo Alee


Change is uncomfortable for EVERYONE.

Making a lifestyle change is not only uncomfortable for you but for the people you surround yourself with. Coming from personal experience, it is very discouraging to not get 100% support from the ones you love. It took me a while to understand that it is not that they did not want me to succeed but instead it was a change in my priorities and actions that was uncomfortable to them. It is hard to see yourself grow apart from people because of something you show so much passion for. Sometimes, it is good to separate those people who are toxic in your life in order to achieve your fitness or personal goals.

I have found that relieving myself of this unwanted toxicity has made me happier. I have noticed that those whom I surround myself with are supportive of everything that I do and do not make me feel guilty for doing something good for my body. As you visualize your goals for 2015, be prepared for others to feel just as uncomfortable as you are. Do what you love and what makes you happy and in time you will find yourself surrounded with those who either share the same goal as you or are 100% supportive of your new lifestyle!

How do you deal with change?

#shnsr

Xo Alee


Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rainy weather is wonderful for comfy pajamas and Netflix; but, it also can be a trap for mindless eating triggered by boredom. Today, I struggled with finding motivation to workout and make healthy meal choices but fortunately, I came out on top! I want to share with you some of my favorite meals and snacks that fill your body with essential nutrients and keep you full so you won’t fall for boredom foodies.

First, a simple salad with leafy greens, raw veggies, and a lean protein source is a great lunch option. Full of fiber and nutrients, you will be full and satisfied while you watch your favorite TV series or movie. The salad I prepared today was a bed of spinach, chopped carrots, celery, and tomatoes, topped with grilled chicken and 1/2 a lemon as dressing. I also love using balsamic vinegar to top my salads off. Steer clear of creamy dressings, but if you want something a little more sweet opt for an organic, low-sugar, poppy-seed dressing.

FullSizeRenderAnother snack that is so delicious and full of nutrients is toast with avocado smash topped with chopped tomatoes. I enjoy having this in the afternoon to avoid a crash or sugar cravings. I use Ezekiel bread for just about anything. It is a wheat free, sprouted grain bread that is wonderful and PERFECT for avocado toast. The best part about this is that it is so easy to prepare! First, toast your bread. While the bread is toasting, mash 1/4 of an avocado, squeeze 1/2 lemon (to taste), dash of salt and pepper and top with either fresh tomatoes or pico de gallo. Enjoy: )

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These quick, easy, and healthy meals/snacks are perfect to prepare on days when you are more susceptible to fall into old unhealthy ways. Remember to hydrate, sweat, nourish, smile, and repeat! Xo Alee


HELP!!

The post-Christmas (the whole month of December HA!) sugar cravings struggle is SO real. Personally, I think it is important to enjoy the meals and sweet treats that come along with the holidays but it is easy to over-indulge and before you know it, your pants are a little snug. Sugar is addicting. Once you have one, you want another, and the whole vicious cycle continues. A trick that I have found to help with these annoying cravings is warm lemon water; sweetened with stevia and half of a lemon. Not only does this hydrate you but it also helps those late night sugar cravings. Before you reach for a midnight snack, make some warm lemon water and snuggle up by the fire.

Sayonara Sweet Tooth Brew:

– Microwavable coffee mug

-1/2 lemon

– 1 Package Stevia

– Optional: 1 Tablespoon honey

Directions:

Fill the mug up with water and place in the microwave. Microwave for 2 minutes (be careful!! Hot water & Hot mug). Add lemon, stevia and honey (optional). Sip and say sayonara to Mr. Cookie because you found a wonderful new brew. 😉

Another trick that I swear by is protein pancakes. They are an amazing way to satisfy your sweet tooth without loading up on carbohydrates. I started my protein pancake journey by using the recipe found in the Tone It Up Nutrition plan and overtime made a few changes that I find absolutely satisfying. There are so many modifications that can be made to make them even more delicious, but I have posted the basic recipe I typically use. If you would like to get creative check out Pinterest or even check into Tone It Up’s nutrition plan! The beauty behind these wonderful creations is that you can eat these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or make a bunch and store in the fridge for a quick afternoon snack. I promise that these wonderful baby cakes will keep you from reaching into the candy jar!! 😉

Protein Baby-Cakes:

– 1/2 banana

– 1 egg white

-1 tablespoon almond milk

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon (add to your desire.. I like a lot)

– Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Optional: 1/4 cup fruit (I love adding blueberries.. YUM)

Directions:

Mash banana and add other ingredients, mix well. Heat up small skillet, grease pan with olive or coconut oil. Pour 2-3 inches of batter for each baby-cake (get it? baby pancakes? HA). On low heat, cook like a regular pancake. Top with 100% maple syrup or agave nectar, add some fresh fruit, and enjoy!

Let me know how you like them! Xo Alee


Howdy Y’all!

I want to welcome you to the Girl on the Run. I am beyond blessed to share my passion for healthy living with you all. Since it’s my first post, I feel that it is appropriate to introduce myself. My name is Alee, and I am a first-year college student studying nutritional science with hopes of attending Physicians Assistant school. Like many of you, my planner is my life, LITERALLY. I have such a busy schedule. Being involved in my sorority, various student organizations, studying and trying to maintain my social life while practicing a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be overwhelming. I have found that moderation is SO important to implement in every area of my life. My purpose for this blog is to share tips and tricks that I have found that work, while blogging my fitness and health journey. I will cover a various amount of topics including nutrition, fitness, Greek life, balancing a busy college schedule, balling on a budget, and most importantly moderation. I have some great topics to cover and please feel free to comment with any requests that you might have! Happy New Years! Xoxo Alee