Skipping a workout can be like eating chips.
You eat a chip, you eat two…then you had “just a handful.” It becomes a slippery slope.
So you missed a workout. Next thing you know, you might skip the next day, too. I’ve seen it, and I’ve been there.
You don’t have to face the feeling “Crap, I need get back on track” all the time. You just stay on it by getting a little creative with your time.
I went for a 45 minute run before meal prep, then did 5 sets of 20 push ups throughout meal prep. 100 push ups.
I did it because my mindset is my constant: To keep feeling strong, driven, relentless.
To avoid the “snacking on chips” mindset approach to training.
With that said, I ask you:
Are you keeping your mindset your constant?
Are you honestly making the time to maintain or progress your goals? That’s my little beastmaking challenge for you this week. Now, let’s talk FOOD.
You guys, I was struggling with hard boiled eggs.
I love the affordable and protein packed option but I was tired of the paleo egg salad or eating it straight up. While I was shopping, I brought a cucumber and parsley, knowing I would somehow figure out a combination.
When I think of cooking with cucumbers, I think ‘Tea Party!’ I’m not sure why. I think because you can usually find these cute cucumber sandwiches at one? I’ve never been to Afternoon Tea, even though I work right by The Drake, one of the most popular places in Chicago for Afternoon Tea. #BucketList
Inspired by the idea of a Tea Party, I decided to slice up my hard boiled eggs and make finger sandwiches with fresh parsley, paleo avocado mayo by Primal Kitchen, cracked pepper, and used cucumbers as the buns. It was a nice combination but when I added avocado the second time, bangzia! Avocado makes everything better.
Then I realized: Make a whole batch of sandwiches? How long would that take!?
So, I modified my recipe. You can see how it unfolded in my short video.
Deconstructed Tea Party Sandwiches
- 10 hard boiled eggs (I bake them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Bathe in ice water for 10 minutes before peeling and slicing) Cook extra for the second recipe, if you like.
- 1 cucumber, chopped.
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- A few heaping dollops of paleo mayo: I use Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise with Avocado Oil. Honestly, it was a little weird at first, but now I’m a fan.
- Cracked pepper and salt for seasoning
- Fresh parsley
- Avocado to pack with your lunch
Chop up the cucumbers and place in bowl. Add paleo mayonnaise, seasonings, lemon juice, parsley and combine.
Add sliced hard boiled eggs on top and garnish with more parsley. You could mix everything all at once, depending how much you want the hard boiled egg to stand out. Add chopped avocado when you’re ready to devour!
Bok Choy Chinese Chicken Salad
I just desperately wanted a different kind of flavor and a way to introduce more color in my meals. I’m so accustomed to meat, meat, Mexican flair, broccoli, etc…
I love working with bok choy because of it’s texture. And it’s green. Green = nutrients. Here’s what you need:
- One huge bok choy
- Handful of carrots. Slice them up thin. I buy the real deal, peel them, and chop. Look up and find out how baby carrots are actually made. Don’t be mad at me.
- 1-2 bell peppers
- Peas (optional)
- Few TBSP chopped nuts (I recommend cashews or peanuts)
- Lots of chicken!
- Thai Peanut Sauce (I did not make my own. I found a low sugar one at Fresh Thyme). If you buy some, please read the label for any gibberish additions and sugar.
- Optional: Hard boiled eggs for topping
Cook the chicken however you like. I usually buy stir fry chicken and sauté it on the pan with some salt and pepper. Set aside.
Chop up bok choy and sauté in a little olive oil. You don’t want to lose too much of it’s crunch, so cook it for five minutes or so and set aside in its own big bowl.
Sauté carrots and bell peppers in olive oil in same pan a little longer to soften them up.
Mix in the vegetables with the bok choy then place the chicken over the top. Add seasonings/hard boiled eggs as you like.
Sprinkle some nuts and drizzle lots of peanut sauce on top…then you’re going to want to take an Instagram picture because it’s going to look gorgeous.