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Here at Fixate Designs, we often preach about living an active lifestyle, but we don't often talk about how living a healthy and active lifestyle also involves eating properly. We know what you're thinking, chicken and vegetables can get so monotonous and boring after a short while, but that's why we're here with a couple of different ways to mix up your meals so that you can stay on track guilt-free without getting bored of the same old meals. (Sidenote: it just so happens our rings are also a great option for chefs or those who just enjoy cooking so you don't ruin your wedding band.) Learning to get creative with different spices and methods of cooking is the key to success when it comes to making delicious yet healthy meals. We've decided to give you FOUR of our favorite recipe/meal prep go to's when it's time to change things up. 

1. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken- Place several chicken breasts in a slow cooker and add a little water,  a dash of salt and pepper,  cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder and, if you want it extra spicy, some Mrs. Dash spicy seasoning (or take a look at any of the other Mrs. Dash seasonings, they're all extremely flavorful and sodium free)- everything listed is to taste, just watch the amount of salt you put in. Let it cook on whichever setting you choose on the slow cooker based on your schedule (usually anywhere between 2-8 hours depending on the setting.) Once it's cooked through, shred it with a fork and keep it in a Tupperware container in the fridge. Measure out your serving size and use it with some salsa and a sprinkle of low-fat cheese to make lettuce wrap tacos, throw it on mixed greens for a yummy salad, or just eat it on the side with your veggies. Delicious is an understatement. (2oz of cooked chicken breast equals roughly 4oz raw chicken breast so keep this in mind when it's time to eat.)

2. French Toast- What? You heard us! This one is easy! Just scramble up your eggs or egg whites with some water , dip your bread (we suggest a lower calorie version, Ezekiel Bread or "light" english muffins) into the mixture and place on a hot skillet. While it's cooking, sprinkle the top with a little Stevia and cinnamon and then repeat on the other side once you flip it. Eat it with a little coconut oil spread on top, or if you're not worried about consuming organic and natural ingredients all day long, sugar-free syrup is a great option. Our go-to when we want to save calories is Walden Farms  zero-calorie, sugar-free pancake syrup. Eat whatever eggs remain from the batch on the side after you cook them.
3. Protein Ice Cream- Combine 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or water, 1 cup of ice (usually 8-12 cubes depending on size), 1 scoop of protein powder, Stevia to taste. (Depending on the brand of protein you use, you may want to pick up some xantham gum from your local nutrition shop for added creaminess) Blend in blender. You can drink it as a shake or pour it in a bowl, sprinkle a small amount of sprinkles or other low calorie toppings like rice cakes on top and eat it like ice cream. (It melts fast, so the thicker you make it the better.)

4. Mug Cake- Combine 2oz unsweetened almond milk, 1 whole egg or egg white, 1 tsp baking powder, cinnamon and Stevia to taste, 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp your favorite sugar free creamer/syrup. Mix it all up in a shaker bottle (do a little dance while shaking just to make it fun- haha.) Spray a large coffee mug with cooking spray and pour mixture into mug. Stick it in the microwave for 50-60 seconds (keep an eye on it because it expands and you don't want it to overflow.) It should look solid, if it doesn't then continue heating in 30 second increments until it does. Once the mug is cool enough to touch, remove from microwave, grab a spoon and eat, it should be moist and delicious and kind of like cake. Feel free to eat it alongside your protein ice cream for that added dessert feel. (Warning: this does NOT taste like cake, but if you're craving something sweet and don't want just another protein shake, then it's a great option) 

Feel free to post and share any fun meal twists and healthy hacks you come up with and use #FixatedOnFOOD so we can see what you create. Creativity helps with longevity on any healthy lifestyle plan. Once you get used to your normal daily ingredients/meal plan, you'll start learning and figuring out how to mix up your ingredients to change things up. The options aren't endless, but they don't have to be boring.

Happy eating!

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