Clean Eating Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are a easy and colorful way to get a variety into your lunch. They’re also great for lunches on the go, especially during the summer! I tried to make mine as clean-eating and fun as possible by adding in a mixture of protein, fruit and veggies. For this particular ‘box,’ I added in some homemade peanut butter hummus to dip in. It tastes great with both the veggies and apple slices

Clean-Eating Bento Box with Peanut Butter Hummus
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large hard-boiled eggs
  2. 4 celery stalks, cut into thin strips
  3. 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
  4. 4-ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  5. 2 cups grapes
  6. 1 apple, cut into wedges
Peanut Butter Hummus
  1. 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  2. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  3. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 3 tablespoons water
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Divide all ingredients evenly into 4 containers.
Peanut Butter Hummus
  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth; about 1 minute. Store in 4 small airtight containers.
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With this Bento Box, I went with Spinach Turkey Pinwheels with a side of grapes, carrots and cucumber slices. The wrap itself is spinach and tastes delicious paired with slices of low-sodium deli turkey, cheddar cheese and baby spinach. Another easy and clean-eating lunch that you can throw together in 5 minutes and take on-the-go!

Spinach Turkey Pinwheels Bento Box
Yields 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large spinach tortilla
  2. 2-ounces thinly sliced low-sodium deli turkey
  3. handful of baby spinach
  4. 1 slice cheddar cheese
  5. ¼ cup red grapes
  6. 8 baby carrots
  7. 6 cucumber slices
Instructions
  1. Lay out spinach tortilla and spread baby spinach in the middle as evenly as possible. Add turkey slices and cheese. Tightly roll tortilla until you reach edge and using a knife, cut into 6 slices.
  2. Add to a container withy grapes, carrots and cucumber slices.
Notes
  1. Adapted recipe from Damn Delicious.
Adapted from Damn Delicious
Adapted from Damn Delicious
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Oat and Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins.

Another week, another healthy muffin recipe to devour for the upcoming days. While I was thoroughly enjoying 80 Day Obsession the previous two weeks, I ended up injuring my left shoulder and have had to postpone continuing on with the program until I am healed. Originally I thought maybe a week off with medication and rest would do the trick, but it’s looking like perhaps it isn’t that easy. So instead of being at a standstill, I decided to purchase the new Beachbody Program “2B Mindset” that centers on just nutrition. No exercise is necessarily, although I may start back slowly on a treadmill this upcoming week. 2B Mindset teaches you what to eat, how to eat and most importantly – how to keep it off; all without calorie counting or depriving yourself. I think each of us could benefit from this! If you’re interested in joining or learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out! There’s no limit on accountability buddies. 

 

Oat and Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
A delicious and healthy alternative to blueberry muffins using old fashioned rolled oats and greek yogurt that gives you a moist morning treat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  3. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 1½ tsp baking powder
  5. ½ tsp baking soda
  6. ¼ tsp salt
  7. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  8. 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  9. ¼ cup honey
  10. ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  11. 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  12. 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease a cupcake pan with cooking spray, or use cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl add flour, old fashioned oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine well.
  3. In another medium sized mixing bowl add egg, greek yogurt, honey, unsweetened almond milk, coconut palm sugar. Combine well.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to large mixing bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of flour. Add blueberries, tossing so that they are as covered with flour as possible. This will keep them from bleeding through the batter.
  6. Carefully fold blueberries into the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients until they are well combined.
  7. Add batter to 12 cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4th full. Sprinkle a pinch of coconut sugar over each muffin.
  8. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before handling.
Notes
  1. Muffins can last up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container.
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Keto-Friendly Guacamole

Big sports fan here. Bigger Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and with tonight’s game against the Raptors; I needed something to snack on that isn’t my fingernails (yuck!). Usually it’d be a bowl of fresh fruit or a fruit-infused popsicle, but I wanted something different and so I picked up a few ingredients at the store earlier to throw together a small bowl of guacamole that I can enjoy tonight and as a small snack sometime tomorrow.

I wasn’t always a fan of guacamole, probably because I don’t think the store-bought kind necessarily tastes that good or I haven’t found a brand yet that I care for. Infact, I didn’t realize how much I liked guac until I had a batch of the stuff that someone had prepared for a party.

No more store-bought guac.

Keto-Friendly Guacamole
Serves 1
Quick and easy recipe for homemade guacamole using just a few key ingredients.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados, halved and pitted
  2. 1 large tomato, diced
  3. ¼ cup red onion, diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. pinch of fresh black pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  9. 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Cut your lime into halves. Set aside.
  2. Using a medium size mixing bowl, add avocado and mash using a whisk. Add tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, salt and pepper to bowl. Squeeze juice from lime halves. Mix well and serve immediately.
  3. To refrigerate, store in an air-tight container.
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Carrot Cake Muffins

Since I’m heading into week 2, I’m adding another to the list of tried and true 80 Day Obsession recipes. This Carrot Cake Muffin recipe is good as a pre-workout meal if you’re a Plan A like me. 4 muffins will serve as your 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 tsp. It’s perfect for a super quick meal, especially if you’re doing your workouts early. No need to wake up SUPER early if you prep these during the weekend. 

And just to add a little oomfph! – I’m also adding a .5 tsp of peanut butter on-top of mine, just because I love peanut butter.

 

Carrot Cake Muffins
Yields 24
A healthy alternative to a favorite.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups shredded carrots
  2. 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
  3. 12 eggs, beaten
  4. 4½ tsp baking powder
  5. 3 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 6 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease a cupcake pan or line with parchment cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Using a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix well using a wooden spoon.
  3. Add all ingredients to a blender, pulsing until mixture appears smooth. Remove from blender and carefully fill each cupcake liner.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool off for 5-10 minutes before storing or enjoy immediately.
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#80DayObsession Flourless Zucchini Bread

It’s the first week of 80 Day Obsession for me and as a newcomer to food and workout blocks, I was searching high and low for some unique recipes to try out. I specifically choose this particular recipe via Brownell Bootcamp for an in-between snack prior to my workout. You can’t really go wrong with zucchinis as they’re delicious no matter how you cook or bake them. I remember having a couple squash plants out back a few years ago that produced some of the most gigantic zucchinis I had ever seen! You could easily make 2-3 loaves out of bread out of just one. 

This recipe isn’t like most bread recipes simply for the fact that you’re not using any flour, sugar or butter. It’s about as clean as clean eating can get, which is exactly what my week 1 meal-plan calls for.

 

 

Flourless Zucchini Bread
Yields 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups zucchini, peeled and grated (about 6-7 zucchinis)
  2. 1½ cup old-fashioned oats
  3. 12 eggs, beaten
  4. 3tsp vanilla extract
  5. 6tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Well-grease a 9x9 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; making sure to mix well.
  4. Add mixture to baking dish, baking for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clear.
  5. Set aside to cool for a minimum of 10 minutes before cutting. Tastes great with a teaspoon of butter.
Notes
  1. This recipe is perfect for 21DayFix or 80 Day Obsession. One serving equals up to 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 tsp.
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Strawberry Shakeology Recipes


PBJ

Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
1 small banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
8oz water
3-4 ice cubes


Strawberry Banana Oatmeal:
Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
½ banana
½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats

Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
1 cup water
1 cup ice
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

21DayFix – Week 1, Plan-A Menu

With summer only 50 something days away, I thought no perfect time than now to clean up my diet and tone my body. I am pretty good at finding clean-eating meals to cook throughout the week but I wasn’t very experienced in portion control. Luckily for me, my husband had purchased the 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack! So in preparation for the next 80DO challenge to start at the end of this month, I thought I’d use those cute little color containers and start the 21DayFix since I had 21 (well, 23 to be exact) days to practice my diet.

My BB coach directed me to Fixate Cooking, a program on BeachBody On Demand which offers up a large variety of recipes that center around portion control. This was a tremendous help in understanding what I can and cannot eat throughout the day for my specific meal plan. Plus, new recipes are always exciting to try out! Planning out to get the right amount of containers can be a little time consuming, but what meal-planning isn’t? 

The meals below are what I had for my first week. I’m on Plan A, and each recipe was delicious! I would highly recommend them if you’re a Plan A as well and are looking to try something new. Each recipe aside from PBJ Shakelogy can be found on Fixate Cooking, written out in the “Program Materials” link. If you try any, let me know how you liked them!

M1 – Breakfast: PBJ Shakeology
When I first started 21DayFix, I was most excited about Shakeology. I have done a few beachbody programs in the past and have tried a couple of the shakeology flavors and strawberry was hands down my favorite. I had originally mostly made it as a Strawberry Banana shake but I wanted to experiment a little and see what else I could throw together that tasted delicious as well as was healthy for me. Of course I turned to Pinterest for this, like most of us do for anything. That’s where I found a recipe for this PBJ shake. Now if you love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s highly likely you’ll like this shake. Throw in some banana and the flavor is even more delicious.

Ingredients:
1 Strawberry Shakelogy Packet
1 banana
1T peanut butter or almond butter
8oz water
3-4 ice cubes
(1 red, 1 purple, 1 blue)


M2 – Snack 1: Carrots and Celery.
(1 green)


M3 – Lunch: Overstuffed Turkey Sandwich 
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow)


M4 – Snack 2: 1 clementine
(.5 purple)



M5 –  Dinner: Meat Taco Meat (Day 1 and 2)
(.5 green, 1 red, 1 oil)

M5 – Dinner: (Day 3) Low-Carb Japanese Noodle Bowl
(1 green, 1 red, .5 yellow, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 4) Pineapple Fried Rice
(.5 green, .5 purple, .5 red, 1 yellow, .5 orange, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 5 and 6) Steak Fajitas
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil)



M5
– Dinner (Day 7) Oven Fried Chicken with Mixed Vegetables – Not Pictured
This is one of those meals where I scarfed it down before I could take a picture. Hey, it happens. 
(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil, 1 green)


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Halloween Party Chow

Halloween the holiday in itself is a treat, but this quick snack is a great addition and would be perfect for a holiday party or a snack to munch on during Halloween movie night. 

Halloween Party Chow
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 9-ounce Rice Chex Cereal
  2. 1½ semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. ¼ cup unsalted butter
  4. ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. ¾ cup powdered sugar
  7. ¾ cup brownie mix
  8. 1½ cups candy corn
  9. 1 cup Reese's Pieces
  10. 1½ cups oreos, chopped into pieces
  11. 1½ cups mini pretzels, slightly crushed
Instructions
  1. Pour Rice Chex into a large bowl and momentarily set aside.
  2. Using a medium-size microwaveable bowl add chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter. Microwave 30 seconds, stir and continue to repeat process another two times (approximately 90 seconds) or until everything has melted and stirs smooth. Add vanilla.
  3. Pour chocolate mix overtop chex cereal, gently stirring as not to crush cereal. Using two gallon sized ziplock bags, pour half of the chocolate covered chex into each. Add the powdered sugar to one bag and the brownie mix to the other. Shake bags well so that the dry mixtures have coated the cereal well.
  4. Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper on a countertop. Pour out chex mix and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes so that the chocolate can harden on the cereal. In the meantime, use a large bowl to combine the candy corn, Reese's Pieces, oreos and pretzels. Add chex to the large bowl and stir well.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in fridge or ziplock bags.
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Homemade Apple Muffins

Another day means another apple recipe. I had a few that I baked that I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of to post along with a recipe because they went too quick! But since it’s a Wednesday afternoon and I’m the only one home, I was able to bake up a batch of these delicious apple muffins and snap a few photos. Hopefully they are devoured by someone(s) other than me. Diets can be hard, especially around the fall time when everything is baked.

 

Homemade Apple Muffins
Yields 18
A simple recipe using fresh apples to bake a delicious, flavor-packed muffin.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
24 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
24 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1 cup canola oil
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  10. ½ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners or well-grease pan. Set aside.
  2. Using a large bowl add granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Use a large wooden spoon to combine ingredients until well mixed.
  3. In a medium size bowl shift together flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients (sugar, etc) in the large bowl; mixing well. Batter will be thick! Add diced apples, stirring well. At this point your batter will become a little easier to work with.
  4. Split into 12 paper liners carefully, filling about ¾ of each. You’ll have leftover batter to make an additional 4-6 more muffins after baking the first dozen. Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar onto the top of each muffin.
  5. Bake for 20-24 minutes. Allow to cool about 5-10 minutes before handling.
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Homemade Apple Pie

It’s Day 2 of my Apple Recipe Week and today I’ve baked an Apple Pie for the very first time. As expected, I’ve already got my cheat-meal pants on because this pie recipe is pretty darn delicious; I knew so when I read one of the ingredients were 8 peeled apples! Plus it’s nothing too complex. I didn’t want to dive into the deep end of pie baking for my first round. Maybe I can do the fancy crust toppings my second time around. 

Homemade Apple Pie
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 9-inch double crust pastry pie
  2. ½ cup unsalted butter
  3. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. ½ cup granulated sugar
  6. ¼ cup water
  7. 8 apples, peeled and cored
Instructions
  1. Cut apples into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. If you’re using a store-bought pie crust (and that’s perfectly OK to do), bake accordingly prior so that the pie is prepared and ready.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Using a medium size saucepan, melt butter. Next add flour and stir until you’ve created a thick paste. Slowly add brown sugar, granulated sugar and water, mixing well and allowing to come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and allow to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Fill your crust pan with apple slices. Cover with lattice crust pattern, following by gently pouring the buttery sugar mix overtop crust. Try not to let it drip off crust too much.
  6. Bake pie for 15 minutes. After, reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook an additional 35-45 minutes.
  7. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or by itself.
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