Have you ever eaten a ‘meatless’ or plant based meal? If not, it is because you can’t imagine a meal without meat? Do you think it will lack in flavor or taste weird? The recipes I am sharing today will change your mind. Plant based food tastes good! Lightlife, my favorite brand of tempeh, makes a variety of products that you can use to enjoy a delicious meatless meal. Plant based protein does NOT have to be boring. In fact, in these recipes you won’t even know it is missing.
I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, but I tend to be a ‘meat on the side’ kinda girl. I love eating plant based food! That being said, I still need to make sure I am eating enough protein so I build and maintain the muscles I am using during my workouts. I have lots of options as there many ways to get protein other than meat. However when preparing a meal, it can seem like meat is your only option. I like using tofu in recipes or making my own veggie burgers. I had tried tempeh but wasn’t a huge fan until I found Lightlife Flax Tempeh one day at Whole Foods. I randomly came across it when looking for tofu, I was intrigued by the added flax seeds & decided to give it a try. I LOVED it. Ever since, I haven’t bought any other brand of tempeh! I am excited to be working with Lightlife because I already lovedthem & I know you will too. This post + giveaway is sponsored by Lightlife. As always, all opinions are my own.
Like I mentioned, Lightlife make lots of products that taste GOOD and give you lots of options! I took a salad with the Lightlife tempeh to a dinner party and everyone raved about it. My personal favorite is the tempeh. Due to my food allergies, I have limited options: Lightlife tempeh, the veggie tempeh burger and the smart strips chickn.
Eating a meatless meal doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or taste. You can use plant based proteins to create a delicious meal for your family and/or friends.
1) Find out where to find Lightlife products near you!
2) Enter to win some Lightlife products at a discount. All you have to do is comment on this blog post! I will pick a winner on 5/4/16.
Recipe Round Up
You will love the delicious, plant powered recipes I’m sharing with you today. You won’t even notice the meat is missing! Even the pickiest eaters love these! Because of my food allergies, I only share or feature gluten free recipes. Some of the recipes below are not gluten free, but I have included the modifications below the link 🙂
with a side of baked sweet potato fries… yum! To make gluten free: Substitute the black bean quinoa burger (not gluten free) for the Lightlife garden veggie tempeh burger or another gluten free veggie burger. Use a lettuce wrap or a gluten free bun. Substitute gluten free beer in making the BBQ sauce or use a GF bottled BBQ sauce.
Fitness really has changed my life & I am so thankful for where it has taken me. While choosing to live with a fit and healthy lifestyle can be challenging, it is so, so, so worth it. That being said, yesterday I was reminded of how TIME consuming living this lifestyle can be and the sacrifices that are sometimes required.
I want to address that today because not many people tell you that when you first start. While it is important to be conscious of, its not something that should keep us from living the healthy/fit lifestyle.
Late Sunday night, we got back from our last trip to California for the summer. It was a lot of fun and I learned a ton, but I was happy to be home.
Because I had pretty much been on back to back trips (with a few days to recover in between), I SERIOUSLY needed a trip to the grocery store. When I was home for 3 days last week, I depleted almost all the food I had, and of course didn’t want to stock up a bunch when I knew I was going to be leaving again.
I should have taken a pic of our fridge on Monday because it was really a sad sight. I didn’t even have enough to work with to try to have my own Food Network episode of “Chopped” in my kitchen…
Monday was JAM PACKED – I was back to work and had to hit the ground running. I had a meeting scheduled for the whole day, customer follow ups, and also needed to fit in a workout. I was going to try to go to the grocery store, but I got done with work around 7pm, decided to go home and exercise. I would grocery shop on Tuesday because I wasn’t going to have enough time to prep any of the food till Tuesday anyway. I did a very shortened version of my workout because I remembered there was a deadline that I needed to meet – ahhh!
This is part of what I ate on Monday. The Starbucks is a blended americano that I put my own protein powder into. A Quest bar, a blueberry protein muffin and not pictured here, a protein shake with fruit and unsweetened coconut milk (from the carton, not from the can). I also grabbed a salad from a place by my house for dinner.
Tuesday was also an incredibly busy day spent catching up from being gone. I made a quick egg white waffle, and thew in 1/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries, a pinch of baking powder and a pinch of cinnamon. I also grabbed another Quest bar and some protein powder to mix into my blended americano from Starbucks. This was less than ideal as I was seriously missing my veggies/greens!
I was going to be busy until the early afternoon, and as soon as I finished up everything I went straight to the grocery store. I hit up Trader Joe’s for a few specific things, and then did the rest at a regular grocery store.
I love eating foods that are not processed, which requires more work and prep on my part (and is so worth it), and is also impossible without taking a trip to the grocery store.
Once I got home, I unloaded and put everything away, and then I immediately changed my clothes and went out for a run. I wanted to start prepping food, work on some pending items for my blog, and iron out the details of my Instagram giveaway, but I knew that if I started doing that, I would get caught up in it and put off my workout till it was too late to run outside (not a treadmill fan) or put it off completely and not do it at all. I could not afford to skip my run because the half marathon is coming up quick!
It was the perfect weather for a run – when it was over I was so happy that I went out and got it done. Even though I wanted to use the time for other things, after a workout I always feel so much better and I am more productive!
After my run, I came home, MADE DINNER (YAY!), and worked on some loose ends that needed to be completed. I did go to bed later than I wanted, but at least I got everything done.
At least I thought I got everything done… I actually forgot about one of the things I was supposed to complete for my day job, and this morning I woke up to an irritated email from my boss asking where it was. “whoops!!!” I quickly forgave myself, got it done and moved on. Somehow it didn’t make it onto my daily to-do list 😐
What I want to make clear is that living a #fitlife is not always easy, but it is totally worth it. Normally I do finish everything that needs to be done, but that is not without sacrifice a lot of times. I don’t watch much TV, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen making food, I wake up earlier so I can fit in my workout, I come home from work to more work…but that’s because I am committed to this lifestyle. The way that I feel when I eat right and exercise is SO great that it makes all the time and sacrifices worth it. I have made it such a habit now that when I don’t do it I notice the difference and miss it. You can get to this point too!
TIPS: 1) consider meal prepping 1-2 meals for the week ahead of time (like on Sunday or Monday is when I normally do it) – it will take you a few hours but it’s worth the time investment because it really saves you time in the long run
2) find a workout you love and will stick to – there are plenty of 30 minute options available now that get you a great sweat in 30 mins. You can even head out for a 30 min walk, jog or run and get in some quick cardio. Don’t have 30 mins? Do it in bouts – 10 mins here, 10 mins here and another 10 somewhere else
3) Schedule your day the night before – I am all for spontaneity but when you have a lot to do and you know you will be a little pressed for time, schedule it out and that way you have a plan to attack all you need to finish/fit in
There are always going to be time constraints and challenges/commitments that come up that put a damper of your plans. It is important to fulfill our responsibilities, but also put our health and happiness (and that of our families) first.
You must lay out your priorities so that your decisions become easier and you live a more fulfilling life (something I learned in an awesome seminar by Chalene Johnson – she also teaches you how to make a to-do list, I guess I need to re-watch that section 😛 )
It has been a busy, busy week so far, and while it would have been easy to sit back, eat out every meal and not go grocery shopping or take time to food prep, and put off my workouts until I caught up on work, I wouldn’t have felt like my normal self. Living the #fitlife isn’t always this hectic, but sometimes it is. I want to encourage anyone else who feels like they don’t have TIME to workout, or don’t have time to meal prep, that you can find a way. Make it a priority, and it will happen!
Make a commitment to yourself (or your accountability partner) that you are going to try one of my 3 tips this week and see how it makes things easier for you. Remember, what is worth working for is usually not easy (but it’s so worth it)! We can do this!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle?