Made :: Healthy Snacks

Do you guys ever get hit by "snack attacks?" I do all the time. Eating unhealthy snacks has been my downfall for many years. Last month we decided to do the My Fit Foods 21 day challenge. My Fit Foods makes life easy, you meet with a nutritionist, they come up with a meal plan based on you and your desires, and you pick up your fresh meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 2x a week. Snacks are also provided. There's absolutely no thinking on your part and you're truly set up for success. It was great, but I missed cooking. that's why all my post last week were food related. And although the challenge is over for us, eating healthy snacks is something we decided to adopt into our lifestyle. So last week and this week we've been preparing our own healthy snacks. Easy, but it definitely takes time and planning. worth it though. We're making veggie and fruit packs.

Some with almond butter, hummus, walnuts, cubed chicken, etc. Not only are we eating better, but saving money as well. Do you pack your own healthy snacks? and if so, what do you pack?

xo, jen
p.s. pressed juicery is having a special on their juice cleanse, may 8th-may14th. it's a great opportunity to try it out. my thoughts about it.

Cooking this Week

This week I've had the time to cook everyday and have enjoyed it. My husband has really been loving it, not once did he call and ask "what are we doing for dinner?"Starting next week though my schedule is back to normal so not as much cooking will be happening. Here's a a few more dishes I made this week:

Sesame Turkey Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea salad:
This meal was amazing. The meatballs are incredibly easy and quick to make as was the salad. Both recipes are from Smitten Kitchen. I highly recommend trying these. Next time I'll make extra meatballs and freeze them.

Individual chocolate cakes with dulce de leche and fleur de sel
This was my first time making chocolate cake. Honestly, I don't even know why I did since I don't even like chocolate cake. I was taken in by the beautiful pictures in the cookbook, it was something new to try, and I wanted to share them with the neighbors and a good friend that loves chocolate cake.

Healthy chicken salad sandwiches
Yesterday was really hot and I did not want to turn on my oven/ stove top again so we had sandwiches. These sandwiches are super easy, healthy, and yummy. The original recipe is from a magazine so this was made based on my memory.

Healthy Chicken Salad
1 c. or so chopped chicken (we buy whole cooked chicken at the grocery store, cut some up for our protein snack packs and the rest was used to make this chicken salad) the chicken breast is best and skin removed.
1/2 c. or so Greek yogurt, plain, low fat or nonfat
Seedless Grapes- a handful sliced in half
1/2 c. walnuts or almonds chopped
4 slices of bread of your choice. Wheat, squaw, whole wheat sandwich thins, etc. are great choices
a sprinkle of flaxseed or chia (optional)

Mix the chopped chicken with the yogurt. Next add the grapes and nuts. Mix. Spread half of the mixture on one slice of bread and then top the sandwich. Do the same with the other two slices of bread. 
This recipe is very flexible, adjust it to your liking. I used a little less yogurt because I don't like chicken salad that is too creamy and added mixed greens to my sandwich. Enjoy.

Have a great weekend.
xo, jen

p.s. Unique LA is this weekend