Rainy Monday: OOTD + Crock Pot Mexican Chicken: Recipe

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Happy Monday! It is rainy and dreary here, but it is a tad bit cooler, so I’ll take it! Today’s outfit is easy office chic, with flats, to ya know jump puddles.

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Skirt & Shirt: Banana Republic/ Shoes: Tory Burch Revas/ Necklace: Topshop

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On to the main event, last night’s dinner. I am not at all a fancy cook. As gorgeous and unique as some dishes can be, I tend to stick with easy, and simple. This recipe is one I turn to a lot because it is easy, healthy and clean.

what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb chicken (I used frozen)
  • 1 small onion
  • Mrs. Dash fiesta lime
  • 1 jar or two cups of salsa (I used trader joes)

Side Items:(Optional)

  • low fat cheddar cheese, about a tbsp per person
  • avocado
  • nonfat greek yogurt
  • brown rice, about 1/4 cup per person
  • more salsa for garnish

This is seriously so easy you can hardly call it a recipe at all. First chop the onion and place in the bottom of your crock pot. Add chicken and sprinkle with a generous amount of Mrs. Dash. Sorry, I don’t measure the Mrs. Dash I just sprinkle until the chicken is covered. Pour salsa over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Once its done, shred the chicken and serve on top of brown rice. Top with the optional garnishes above. Told ya, so simple, so easy.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Oatcakes: Healthy Recipe

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IMG_2765 Sunday morning is the perfect time to make a big family breakfast. I have been so obsessed with oatmeal lately I haven’t felt like making anything else. So, today I decided to make the next best thing, oatmeal pancakes or what I like to call, Oatcakes.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp salt (I used Himalayan pink sea salt)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp stevia or 1/4 cup brown sugar if you like your cakes on the sweeter side
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used Dark Chocolate Dreams)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • coconut oil for the pan

Garnish: (optional) 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp chocolate chips, cinnamon & 1 tbsp peanut butter

First, put two cups of oats in a food processor and process into flour. Then add salt, baking powder, sugar or stevia, and the remaining oats and mix.

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Put the banana and peanut butter in a small dish and microwave for about a minute, or until it is close to a liquid. Pour the banana peanut butter mix into your dry mix. Whisk together eggs, vanilla extract and almond milk and then add to the dry mix as well. Mix all ingredients well.

Heat a skillet over medium to medium low heat. Drop a tsp or so of coconut oil in the pan to keep cakes from sticking. Repeat as necessary during the cooking process. Drop 1/4 cup of batter into pan and cook for about 4 minutes each side.

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This made about 10-12 cakes for me, but I think some of my cakes were on the large side. I topped mine with a little more dark chocolate dreams, cinnamon, 1/2 banana and a tbsp of chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

My top 10: healthy snacks

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Thursday, Thursday, tomorrow will be Friday! Yippeeeee! Something to be happy about 🙂 Today I wanted to share my top ten healthy snacks. Keep in mind I focus on clean eating, 5-6 small meals a day. So, my snacks may be a little larger than you’re used to because my meals are a little smaller 🙂

I’ll start with some of my smaller snacks that I go for when I’m busy at work or on the go.

1.) Fresh Fruit: My top easy grab and go snack, preferably in mid morning, is a piece of fruit. I aim for the lower in sugar varieties; berries, apples or oranges.

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2.) Fresh Veggies: The next easiest thing to grab and go is of course veggies! I love to grab baby carrots and cucumbers when I’m in a hurry. Baby carrots are amazing in a tbsp of peanut butter and cucumbers can be easily pumped up with vinegar, no ranch required!

3.) Yogurt: Greek and plain! As much as I love the flavored varieties, they are delicious, they are full of sugar. Most women are advised to keep their sugar under 30g a day and a tub of chobani flavored yogurt has about 17g alone. On a side note, staying under 30g is extremely hard for me! I never thought it would be until I realized there was sugar in what felt like everything!!!!! Anyway, some of the things I like to add to it; pb2, shakeology, fruit, cocoa powder, stevia and vanilla extract. Normally, in random combinations. The other way I like to use yogurt is as sour cream, sprinkle with a mrs. dash mix and dip veggies in it 🙂

4.) Popcorn: I don’t mean the kind in the microwave pop bag. I take about 1/4 cup of kernels in a glass bowl, cover it with a plate and pop for about 3-4 minutes. I drizzle a little olive oil and sea salt over the popcorn to flavor, but I also don’t mind it plain.

Thats about it for me on small snacks, the rest are going to be big snacks which are mainly what I focus on!

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5.) Shakeology: A protein, superfood shake. This has quickly become my favorite meal of the day and what is coined ‘the healthiest meal of the day.’ There are so many recipes and possibilities when it comes to Shakeology; that’s a whole other post. My favorite way to have it is with a tsp of peanut butter, 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk, 2 tsp stevia, and 1/2 banana all blended up. Among tasting amazing and chasing away my sweet tooth, shakeology aids in weight loss, regulates digestion and improves overall health. If you’re interested in your own visit www.pumpsandpushups.com, click the shop tab 🙂

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6.)Sweet potato: Another favorite of mine. I pop one in the microwave, add a dollop of peanut butter or pb2, blueberries or strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon and bam, a filling mid morning or mid afternoon meal.

7.)Rice and Eggs: Many southerners are very familiar with rice and eggs. I like to whip up a quick snack with 1/4 cup brown rice and egg whites. I sprinkle it will a little sea salt and fat-free feta and I’m good to go!

8.) Eggs: Keeping in the egg theme; hardboiled, scrambled whites and white omelets are another quick and filling mid morning or mid afternoon snack. If I’m heading to work, hardboiled is easy to travel with. If I’m at home I like to scramble some whites with tomatoes and a little fat-free feta. delish and filling!

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9.) Oats: Oatmeal is normally my breakfast go to, but sometimes I am starving come afternoon and just need something that is super filling to fill the void. I whip up another bowl of oatmeal in my favorite fashion, pb, almond milk, cinnamon and stevia. I omit the banana I add in the morning, if I ever get the hankering for oats x 2.

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10.) Last but not least, baked healthy goods: I love to bake and am always trying out new ways to make yummy treats healthy. Some are wins, some are fails. I need to update some of my recipes on here, but you can find a few on my facebook.com/littlemissfitb page. I also go to www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com for a lot of yummy inspiration. I typically cut some of the sugar in her recipes and replace some of the oil with applesauce, but that’s just me!

I hope you enjoyed my rendition of my top ten healthy snacks. Hopefully, you gained some good ideas! I would love to hear more, share with me your favorite snacks.

Thanks for reading.

Love, Brooke

Paisley Pop

Happy Wednesday to you, half way through the week. Baby love had a tough night last night, which meant little sleep for momma. I woke up tired and terribly sore, but decided to get my workout in anyway. I never regret making that decision, I now feel like a million bucks and am ready to conquer my day.

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Jacket: Gap/ Dress: H&M/ Shoes: Jessica Simpson/ Necklace: Urban Peach Boutique

Today’s outfit is fun and a little throw back, for me. The jean jacket I’m wearing I have had since I was in the 7th grade. Yes, I held onto that bad boy for that long. It has been sitting in my closet most of those years, but with jean jackets back in a good way, I decided to break that bad boy out. Lucky me, it still fits! (I knew those workout were good for something)

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This dress, is one of my all time favorites. I got it at H&M last year, so you know it was a good deal. Cheap and I never ever have to iron it. It comes out of the wash perfect, everytime. It is always my go to, running late dress. The shoes, yes I wear them a lot, they are my favorite, get used to them 🙂 They are Jessica Simpson and the only pump I can wear for ten hours and not limp home. My trouble with shoes is I love them, so much, but I have a size 4 foot, so finding shoes is super difficult for me. Thankfully, Nordstrom stocks size 4, so they are my go to when I’m in need a new pair. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have an average size foot anyway, I would probably go into debt over shoes. So, this pair of shoes is actually my second pair of the same shoe. When the first pair went out I searched high and low to find the replacement. When something works it works.

I have had a few people asking why I chose to mix fashion and fitness. Simply because that is the true essence of myself. For years I have admired fashion bloggers and gained so much inspiration from them, that I too wanted to share with others. Fashion makes me tick and I love helping others. In my circle, I’m the one they go to for fashion advice, that what do I wear girl, and the one screaming at them to run faster in a 10k, and I love it. As for mixing fitness, that is the other very passionate side of myself. Ever since I was a teenager I have tried every fad you could think of to lose weight and be in shape. I have had countless gym memberships, tried all the crazy diets and spent hours researching on the internet. Today, I feel like I finally have it all figured out and have really gained true success over the past year. I am a person that needs direction when it comes to fitness, so gym memberships never worked for me, unless I attended a class. Otherwise, I would run the treadmill and leave. I so wish I was one of those people who had a gift at the gym, but I’m just not. Which takes me to home fitness programs. I too have tried tons and I mean tons of them! Over the past couple of years I started to fall in love with one company in particular that produces seriously the best home fitness programs I have ever seen, Beachbody. I am seriously addicted to their products and get giddy everytime a new product comes out. These programs work for me and I now have the opportunity to share that with others and I am thrilled beyond belief. If I can help just one person, like me, by sharing past experiences through wins and failures, then I’m happy. There is no greater feeling than when someone you care about thanks you for how much you have helped them and changed their life, just by being a support and a cheerleader for them.

So, there you have it, my hopes for this blog are to inspire others not only with their fitness journey, but with their personal style, their self expression and their self esteem. Feeling fabulous on the inside and outside is something I think everyone deserves.

Thanks for reading.

Love, Brooke

P.S. – Sorry about my pictures being a little on the dark side, lighting was not my friend this morning.

Lemon Pepper Salmon

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I lurrrrveee salmon. I could eat it everyday. Well maybe not that much but it sure is tasty. Here is my quick and easy way of preparing delicious salmon.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large salmon filets
  • 2 tbsp pineapple or orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lemon pepper seasoning, I use trader joes

Heat olive oil over medium high heat, add onion. Once the onion has turned translucent add the garlic.

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Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of the salmon with lemon pepper seasoning.

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Toss them into the pan.

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Pour the juice over the fish.

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Let cook on each side for about 4-5 min or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

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I served mine tonight with fresh garden corn, broccoli and a little avocado on top.

Enjoy!

Somewhat Cheesy Mexican Meatloaf

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Tonight we had a healthy and oh so delish meatloaf. There are a million ways to make a meatloaf, healthy and not so healthy. I hope you enjoy mine 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey (I used chicken, but probably would’ve preferred turkey)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup salsa, plus a little extra for topping
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • a little sprinkle of low fat cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients except the cheese and pop into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Add cheese and extra salsa, then bake an extra 10 mins.

Super simple! I served mine with spring mix, brown rice and topped with avocado slices. I tried to pass this off on hubby as well, but he was inquiring why the baby got peas but he did not. Cant please them all the time! However, although hubby cakes did not love his spring mix and found it strange to top the loaf with avocado, in the end he loved it and baby did too!

Have fun cooking!