10 Simple Seasonings to Spice Up Any Meal

Friday, April 9, 2021

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10 simple seasonings to spice up any meal

Hi family and friends! 👋

I hope you all are having a great week. This post is probably LONG overdue, as I get so many comments on Instagram asking how I spice up my meals, since you all know I tend to eat a lot of the same things over and over. This one is so important, as it keeps things interesting, but doesn't add extra calories to your meal so you stay on track. Although this list isn't the full list of what I use, it definitely includes the ones you see most often. Let's dig in!


Cinnamon Bun Seasoning

  • Greek Yogurt
  • English Muffin
  • Pita Bread
I eat Cinnamon Bun Flavoring on my Greek yogurt every single day! So much in fact, that I just ordered three at a time I go through it so quickly. However, I also use it on bread options as well. Generally I eat carbs with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray because I use my fats for other things, so adding some flavoring to a somewhat bland piece of bread really helps! 

Chocolate Donut Seasoning

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Casein Shake
  • Whey Protein Shake
Like the Cinnamon Bun Flavoring, this one goes on my Greek yogurt most days as well. Again, it adds a little ump to a somewhat bland meal. Unlike Cinnamon Bun, I also use this in shakes, as most are chocolate, and it gives a little bit more to the overall taste!

Bacon Flavor Seasoning

  • Eggs
This is a specialty seasoning, and not something I use all that often. However, if you're a huge bacon lover, you may want to try it! I sometimes utilize it on my eggs to switch it up, and it works. I could also see this being used on hamburgers, pizza, etc. (because when is bacon ever a bad thing)?

 

Ranch Seasoning

  • Crockpot Crack Chicken Recipe

I make Crockpot crack chicken generally once a week, and it's always in my fridge. Because of this, I skip the cute little packets and purchased the big tub! As a main ingredient, I go through it often, so it's always good to have on hand. If you haven't tried this incredibly easy recipe, you can view it here.

Taco Seasoning

  • Crockpot Chicken Recipe
This is another seasoning that is never bad to have on hand. I generally use it for my Crockpot salsa chicken, so it's always good to have in a big tub! If you haven't tried making salsa chicken before, you can view how to make this super simple recipe here.


Garlic Salt

  • Homemade Pizza
  • Hamburger
  • Pita Bread
Garlic salt or powder adds so much flavor, especially to pizza or hamburger! Although these are the main ways I like to use it, I also use it every now and then on a piece of pita bread with some meals.

Salt & Pepper

  • Everything.. J/K
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
I feel like these are staples in everyone's home, but if you're not using them to spice up your foods- you're missing out! I would say out of every spice I own, these two are used the most. 

Truffle Salt

  • Eggs
This is another specialty spice, and one I don't use as often (but man is it good)! If you're a fan of Tim Ferriss, he introduced me to this incredible spice on eggs years ago, and I'm so glad he did. If you eat a lot of eggs and egg whites like I do, check this one out!

 

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

  • Eggs
  • Homemade bagels
  • Any type of bread
This is a very universal seasoning, and another one that I think is so great to have on hand. I like it for homemade bagels or bread primarily, but it really can be used on almost anything. 


 

Cinnamon Seasoning

  • Pita Bread
  • Tortilla
  • English Muffin
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Pancake/Waffle mix
  • French Toast
Cinnamon is a wonderful staple to have on hand. I generally use it on bread, but it could be used for a variety of things, so definitely make sure you have this one!


10 simple seasonings to spice up any meal

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Five Favorite Items for Fat Loss

Friday, April 2, 2021

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Hi friends! 👋


This post is long overdue, as I have five foundational items that truly made me successful on my 100% compliant fat loss phase, and I'm eager to share them with you! I'm not saying that this is the end all list or that I know everything there is to know about a fat loss phase. I was just very successful and completed the entire 85 days on track, and this is my personal recommendations of what helped me to get there. Excited that you're here, let's dig in! 


WHAT IS A FAT LOSS PHASE CUT?


If you're focused on body composition goals, there's three different phases to choose from: fat loss, maintenance and weight gain. You're either sticking to your current size, or you're going up or down in weight. Those are your options! 

I wish the fat just melted off me (I can dream, right?) so I tend to go between maintenance and fat loss. I'm guessing that if you're reading this, you probably have dreamt about this too. The goal is to be in maintenance for the majority of your life, and to do a fat loss phase when needed. However, I know when I got started, I had my eye on the prize and already had it mapped out my maintenance, cut, maintenance, cut (which I'm currently on today). If you're doing it right, this is a slow process, so make sure you're enjoying the process of becoming the very best version of you at the same time.


WHERE TO START IF YOU'RE NEW


This is such a great question, and one I wish more would ask. If you're wanting to count macros (or calories), most already have a goal of losing or gaining weight. I know I did! I would be lying if I wasn't ready to get in and get going. But here's the thing, most aren't eating what they should be on maintenance. Meaning, your body needs a starting point. Especially if you're like someone like my husband who drinks an energy drink in the morning and can be fine without a meal until dinner. I personally can't function without food, but I know plenty of people who can. Yes, you're in a calorie deficit, however, you're fluctuating so much that there's no true base for your body to start with. Although hard, I always lean towards starting in maintenance. Get comfortable with the process of counting carbs, mixing different foods.. and yes, losing a bit of weight. Get comfortable with eating more, and feeling how your body responds when you're eating the right way. Let your body have a starting point, and then cut. This honestly is one of the hardest things for people to do when they are motivated and ready to lose weight, but I promise you it's the best thing you can do for your fat loss journey. I lost weight starting in maintenance, I could see my performance improving in the gym and it gave me that little boost of "this is working" that I needed in order to continue.


FIVE FOUNDATIONAL ITEMS FOR SUCCESS WITH A FAT LOSS PHASE


Here's the five (+ an optional bonus) items that contributed to my success. I needed them all, used them all, depended on them all and crushed my goals with them all.


1. Food Scale

If you're like me, eyeballing portions always come out a little on the "too much" side. Using a scale keeps me consistent and on track. I use this scale every single day and LOVE IT SO MUCH! 


 


2. Meal Prep Containers


I have a million of these! Okay, maybe like 10-15. I have a variety of sizes (we bought the combo pack) and use them for everything. They work great!


 

3. Crockpot

I cook chicken in my crockpot weekly! It's easy, allows me to mix up the flavor and the chicken always comes out perfectly. 


 

3A. Crockpot Liners (Optional: Makes clean-up incredibly easy)

Cleaning a Crockpot is daunting. So is leaving it on the counter with soap and water. I promise you, once you use a Crockpot liner there's no going back. They make the whole clean up process a breeze!


 

4. Bodyweight Scale

A body weight scale is needed on my program to check in a couple times a week so the algorithm can determine what my following week will look like. It's not the only way to track progress, but in my opinion one of the easiest.


 

5. Pocket Scale

My previous food scale died on me mid-fat loss cut. I was so thankful for my pocket scale that I was able to use in its place until my new one arrived. This is also good to have on hand for eating out or at someone else's home.




DO I NEED A SPECIFIC APP OR PLAN?


Another great question! There's a million options out there, and I believe as long as you are following their specific guidelines you'll probably be successful. I partnered with RP (Renaissance Periodization), because this is the best plan for me. Here's the gist of what the pocket diet coach can do:

Plans Your Meals

The RP Diet App tells you the macros for your upcoming week's meals and you get to choose your favorite foods that fit. You can also make meal prep easier with the auto-generated grocery list feature.

Keeps you Accountable with Alerts

There's notifications on what, how much and when to eat based on what you inputed. The app also reminds you to weigh-in so that the app and you can track and review your progress.

Adapts to Your Life and Goals

Every body is different, and what it needs throughout your specific fitness journey can change. This is why the app will review your progress every week and will give you the option to adjust your diet if you need to.

Gives You Total Control

The app guides you, but you actually have complete control- starting with your fitness goal to whether or not you want to tweak you diet based on their weekly recommendations.


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To read my top seven tips for completing your first fat loss phase (and to view pictures of my success), click here.

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