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4 Meal Prepping Tips & Tricks for Your Crazy Busy 9-5 Life

“Meal Prepping” is one of those health and fitness phrases I try to completely avoid. I feel like it’s associated with making a crap ton of boring ingredients on a Sunday, keeping them in containers in the fridge all week, and being thoroughly grossed out by your slimy chicken and veggies by the time your lunch break on Wednesday rolls around. So if you can’t tell by that sentence…. I don’t “meal prep” in the traditional sense. It takes the fun out of healthy eating for me! BUT I also know that when you’re crazy busy working a full time job, the last thing you want to do is spend hours shopping, cooking and worrying about your meals each week. So here are all of my tips and tricks for grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals in a quick, easy, and less expensive way: Never Come to Work Empty Handed The easiest way to prevent yourself from diving into the donuts your coworker brought in for breakfast or choosing that last minute unhealthy lunch option …

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These 14 Unhealthy Ingredients Are Hiding In Your Nutrition Labels

I’ve chatted a lot on my podcast about the different approaches to “living a healthy lifestyle” I’ve tested out. There are so many different diets and mindsets I’ve felt like I needed to adopt in order to truly be healthy! (which is bogus btw, there is no one way). Listen to the podcast where I explain my experience with counting calories & tracking macros HERE, or the podcast where I chat through what happened to me when I tried intermittent fasting HERE! The most recent fad I got sucked into was “clean eating.” I’ll own it, I was a total label snob for a hot sec. If the label on a package of food had 1g of an ingredient that I didn’t consider “clean” I’d cringe and put it back on the shelf. In my defense, I was trying to do everything I could to fix my skin (see my hormonal acne podcast episode HERE). BUT, also not in my defense, I took it way too overboard & became too obsessed with it. This is …

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5 Easy Ways to Save Extra Calories

You guys know by now that I am not a fan of counting calories. This takes all the fun out of healthy eating / living a healthy lifestyle for me. But, if I can save some unnecessary calories here & there so that I feel better about eating an extra piece of pizza (or two) on the weekend with my friends, I’m all for it. I also know some of you are interested in losing weight or improving your body composition, so this is a special post for you! If you want to know more about changes you can make to help you reach those goals, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Epsiode #5 where I chat about why you’re not seeing your body transform. 1. When you’re cooking Ditch the oils when you can! I rarely use oils when I’m cooking food. 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil is around 120 calories. And that’s if you just stick to exactly 1 tbsp, which is rare for me. I use zero calorie, nonstick …

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Say Bye to Added Sugar! 5 Deliciously Healthy Dessert Recipes to Try ASAP

We are officially on the last post of “what I eat during the work week” series and I saved the best for last. Dessert!!!!!! I’m already hungry so we’re off to a great start. It’s a rare night for me if I’m not having some sort of dessert after dinner. I love coming up with healthy recipes for some of my favorite unhealthy treats. Get a list of my 6 favorite healthy ingredient swaps from this blog post! And peak into my pantry if you really want to know all the healthy foods I eat: Here are my absolute faves: 1. Frozen Fruit Cereal I loveee cereal (literally ate cereal and toast for dinner for 2 year straight in high school I think). Most cereals are loaded with sugar & other BS, so finding a healthy substitute that I actually liked better was a miracle. Frozen Fruit of choice (Mixed Berries and Wild Blueberries are my current faves) Unsweetened Almond Milk Healthy Granola of choice (Purely Elizabeth Original is my go to- no refined sugars!) …

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5 Healthy Snack Recipes That You Will LOVE

Aaaand I’m back with another “what I eat during the work week” post. This time: Snack Edition. Having a tasty, filling snack ready to go at work is an absolute must for me. Even if I’m not super hungry (lol this never really happens), I still like to eat something after lunch, because chances are high that I’ll end up feeling hungry during my workout and nobody has time for that. A snack filled with a source of protein, fats and carbohydrates is going to help give you the energy you need to fuel your workout after a long day of work! If you’re expecting a lettuce + balsamic salad that you had for lunch to get you off your ass, you’re about to be seriously disappointed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with this whole “healthy eating” thing & want some more tips, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #3 Here are some of my faves! 1. RX Bar I love these. They have tons of flavors to choose from, they actually taste good, they …

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5 Healthy Lunch & Dinner Recipes That You Will LOVE

If you listened to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode where I discuss living a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, you know that I make two servings of whatever I’m eating for dinner so that I can automatically have lunch ready for work the next day! (If you didn’t, click here to listen in!) Then I don’t have to spend 2 hours in the kitchen after work because that’s NOT an option for me (Netflix is waiting!!!). Every Sunday I usually buy ingredients for two different lunch/dinner recipes, and then I rotate between the two recipes throughout the week! I have tonssss of recipes that I love, but here are the 5 that have been most consistent for me lately. Portions for these recipes are honestly just up to personal preference, so there’s no exact measurements listed (except for one) here! 1. Green + Grain Bowl I get comments about how big my “salads” are at work all the time (LOL told you a girl can eat). But that’s because it’s not your traditional salad. …

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5 Healthy, Delicious Breakfast Recipes That You Will LOVE

If I can do something to give me an extra 15 minutes of sleep during the work week, I’m all about it. So for me, that means making my breakfast the night before work & bringing it with me to eat at my desk. If you want to know more about how I live a healthy lifestyle while working a 9-5 job, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #2! I have a bunch of different recipes that I love, but I stick to some variation of these 5 on a consistent basis. They’re healthy, tasty af & keep me full. Full disclosure: I never measure my ingredients. These are rough estimates, so play around until you get ratios that you like best! 1. Berry Banana Smoothie *Optional: Protein Powder. Sometimes I add a plant-based protein powder, or I skip it & just eat a hard boiled egg (why do I love these so much). Either way, I have to do one of those two options for some protein because that smoothie won’t keep me …