review: plated

e-uZUhDpPlated is a subscription service (yes, I am addicted to those) but it’s a little different — it’s for FOOD! That’s right! They deliver all the fresh ingredients for amazing meals to your door for you to quickly prepare. I found a promo on Facebook a few months ago and tried one order and I LOVED it! The only reason I didn’t stay subscribed was because it is a little bit of a splurge. More recently, for Christmas my boyfriend and I received a gift card. So we have been treating ourselves to delish meals every once in a while!

The meals we have tried (and loved) so far are Pork Burgers with Brussels Sprouts salad and Steak Gyros. What’s even better is that once you receive the ingredients, they can hang out in the fridge for a couple days so you can make them when it’s convenient for you! Right now we have Tomato Braised Chicken ready to rock in our fridge. Pretty exciting! And so far our meals have only taken 20-30 minutes to prepare, which is really good for when we’re super busy.

Everything plated sends is fresh and organic, too, so you can count on it being healthy! They have vegetarian and gluten free menus as well. For two free plates on Plated.com, go here, and enjoy!

pinterest find: baking hard “boiled” eggs

When meal prepping for the week ahead, sometimes it involves boiling a TON of hard boiled eggs. I stumbled across a tip on Pinterest that I had to try — BAKING your hard boiled eggs! Why bother, you may ask? Well, this tip guaranteed no broken eggs. When I boil about a dozen eggs I usually end up with two or three broken, no matter what I try! I’m also ridiculously bad at peeling eggs, so if this made it easier, I thought, why not try it?

Verdict: pinterest fail

This took way longer than boiling eggs, and I still ended up with broken ones! They weren’t easier to peel at all. And it took about 45 minutes — yes I could do other things while they baked, but still. I think I’ll stick to my traditional boiling.

Have you ever tried this before? What are some ways you know of to perfect the hard boiled egg?

new years resolutions

It’s that time of the year again! New Years Resolutions! I was fairly successful at achieving my goals this past year, so with that momentum, I’m gonna try and kick 2015 off on the right foot!

  • Complete the Tone It Up Love Your Body series — YES, a 6 week commitment of working out EVERY day! But I love love love the TIU series. They’re FREE! And give away tons of prizes. If you’ve never done one, I highly recommend jumping on board for this one! Starts on January 1st. 🙂 I will post again about this tomorrow — I’m setting up a Tone It Up/Fitness Instagram so we can all be in this together! More details on that to come.
  • Go to a Yoga class once a week — I really need to work on my flexibility.. Especially while running and lifting so much.
  • Follow the Blogilates 12 week transformation meal plan during the Love Your Body series. This meal plan came with the Fitness Journal last new years, and I still have it saved on my computer. It WORKED y’all. And I wasn’t starving all the time! I don’t know if you can steal purchase this one, but I think she has similar ones. While Blogilates does do workout schedules, I much prefer Tone It Up’s… I’m not really sure why?
  • Join a DietBet — and WIN! I did this last new years, it was 4 weeks to lose 5% of your weight. I put $30 in the pot; got my money back, and $15 on top of it! It was a perfect way to keep me motivated and make some money. Now that I know I can do it, I’m definitely willing to put more money in to the pot, in order to get more out! 😉
  • Be more positive — I’m kind of a negative nancy, so this is something I think I should really work on. Being healthy and active REALLY helps my attitude though, so hopefully this will come with all the things above!

What are some of your New Years’ Resolutions??

dietbet

Last year to help my New Years Resolutions I joined a Diet Bet! I was super skeptical at first that I would actually get any money. However, I ended up winning about $15! Not too shabby. This year, I’m joining a bet where you have to put in a little bit more money, and the pot is significantly larger than my last one. So hopefully the payoff is even bigger this time around!

All you have to do is commit to losing 4% of your body weight in 1 month. Depending on your weight, it’s not too difficult! I definitely had an easier time with it last year than I thought I would.

Interested in signing up? Try DietBet now!

christmas peppermint cookies!

cookies

unfortunately i don’t have time to bake very often — this weekend though i found time to make these delicious sugar cookies with peppermint kisses on top! they were festive and a huge hit at the family christmas party this year.

the recipe is from Sallys Baking Addiction! such great instructions which include a chocolate version too — yumm!

what’s your favorite kind of christmas cookie?

YOLO meal: twisted root

YOLO meal: twisted root

  tonight i enjoyed a great YOLO/cheat meal! it’s always a fun way to reward yourself after a week of healthy eating. tonight we visited twisted root, one of my favorite burger places, and i got their eggnog milkshake of … Continue reading