I’ve made these chicken tenders a million times, but truly, they never get old. When eating a low carb/keto or paleo diet, sometimes you miss that added taste of something breaded. This is the way that I “bread” things, while still adhering to my low carb lifestyle. 

Almond Flour is truly amazing. I use it for so much. It’s a great substitute for regular flour. And For added flavor, I add flaxseed meal, parmesan, salt, and pepper. Nom nom nom!!!

Ingredients:

Almond Flour

Flaxseed Meal

Shaved Parmesan

Eggs

Seasoned Salt

Pepper

Chicken Breast Sliced into Tenders

Directions:

First I preheat my oven to 350 degrees. Then, I mix almond flour, flaxseed meal, shaved parmesan, seasoned salt, and pepper to a bowl. I don’t use exact measurements. It really depends on how much chicken that I am making. I use mostly almond flour, about half as much flaxseed meal, a handful of parmesan, and then I add the seasonings.

I dip the chicken tender into the egg and then the almond flour mixture. I roll the chicken tender around to get it nice and covered. Then I place the chicken tender on a greased baking sheet. I repeat this process until I have all of the tenders “breaded.”

I then cook the chicken for about 16 minutes. I always take it out and slice into one to see how it’s cooking. Ovens vary, so check on your chicken!!

So so good, and perfect to bring for lunch! 

Enjoy! 

XOXO, Sami

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Why are weekends sooooo short??? It’s not fair! Ugh.

This weekend was full of delicious eats. I mentioned in my last post that I was going to this restaurant called The Offshore in Point Pleasant, NJ. I have to say, it was one of the most delicious meals of my LIFE.

We started with the “Crostini Of The Day.” 

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It had ricotta cheese, prosciutto, honey, balsamic, and green apples. This was literally one of the best things that I have ever eaten. EVER. 

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Doesn’t that look delicious??! It was seriously unreal. Then, I was told that I had to order the margarita pie. And, I’m happy that I was given such good advice. 

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It was so so good! 

I know that this isn’t a “healthy” meal, but as I said, sometimes you have to just indulge. I don’t binge and go crazy, but I enjoy a portion of it. It’s a healthy lifestyle, I can’t restrict any food considered “bad.” 


Today I went to Delicious Orchards, a country market. It was basically heaven. Like, I’d move in.

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They had so many farm fresh veggies and fruit. I went crazy and bought so much stuff!

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I love the colors! And the entire market was already decorated for fall which made me so happy! It’s absolutely my favorite season. 

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I bought a bunch of vegetables that I can use to make green juices in the morning before work. 

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I have to admit, the candy was tempting…but all I did was take the picture. I already indulged enough this weekend!!

How was your weekend??

XOXO, Sami

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Okay guys, so I’m a TOTAL idiot. I made Paleo bread last night and I was going to post about it today.

When I was done cooking and taking pictures, I took the memory card out of my camera so I’d remember to take it with me to work…Only when I woke up this morning, I couldn’t remember where I put it. TOTAL fail. Does this happen to any of you? Sometimes I can’t remember if I remembered to shampoo my hair after I’ve already used conditioner….YIKES! Sometimes my autopilot just goes on. 

But I’m not going to leave you guys high and dry. So here is my “on the fly” post if you will. As I mentioned in my last post, life has been kind of stressful and it has been taking a huge toll on me. I’ve been doing my best to fight back in a healthy way and let it all go. Last night, I did the Fire 30 workout from Turbo Fire  even though I really didn’t want to workout (I’m not going to lie and say I want to workout every day…because I don’t. But sometimes we have to suck it up). But you know what? I felt SOOOOO amazing after. And I was grateful that I made myself do it, I mean come on, it was only a half hour.

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But otherwise, I’ve honestly let myself be a bit lazy this week and buy a lot of my food so I don’t have to worry about making anything. I’ve been busy with rehearsals and work. Plus on top of that I got sick. UGH.

There is this amazing Thai place near my office called Rhong Tiam that I order from ALL OF THE TIME. I reposted the salad I got from them from my last post. They pride themselves on using all fresh, natural, organic, and gluten free ingredients. And honestly, in certain dishes…that’s everything. Like the summer rolls. My co-worker Carrie always gets them and raves about them, so I finally caved and ordered them for myself. HOLY COW. It’s all fresh veggies and this amazing peanut sauce. It literally tastes like farm to table kind of food. I’m OBSESSED. If you are in the NYC area, run, do not walk. 

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However, I will warn you…the coconut lemongrass chicken is SPICY. I go through at least four bottles of water when I get it on my salad (but hey, I guess that’s kind of a good thing..no?). 

And this morning, I was running really late for my train (looking for the stupid memory card), so I stopped for breakfast instead of making hard boiled eggs to go with my protein shake (I drink Shakeology every morning). 

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You might be thinking…a turkey sandwich for breakfast? What the what? But honestly, why do we confine ourselves to certain conventions of what meals should be? That’s why I choose to think of it as Meal 1, Meal 2, and Meal 3 as opposed to Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. It makes meal planning easier which makes my life easier. 

Being stressed can have awful effects on your body (like in my case, getting sick), so I’m happy that it’s Friday and I get to have a little fun tonight. I’m going to a restaurant on the shore that apparently has AH-MAZING personal pizzas. Then I’m playing carnival games on the boardwalk and maybe grabbing a drink. Good company and just genuinely good fun is so necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.

Is pizza a diet food? Of course not conventionally. But sometimes you need to let loose, say fuck it, and just have a blast. Don’t count calories, stay out too late, laugh too loud. We only live once and it’s all very important. 

And I’ll admit, I’m not usually a “stop and smell the roses” kind of girl, although I wish I was. And I hate to admit it, but that’s because I’m always in a rush somewhere. I want to work on that. Because even little things like…

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the gorgeous sunset I come home to every night let me know that there is so much to smile about. Don’t forget the little things. The little things are EVERYTHING, like snuggling with your best bud…

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My little man. 

Anyway, I will find that damn memory card and post the recipe. And hopefully take some great pictures tonight on the boardwalk! I hope you all have a happy and healthy weekend!


XOXO, Sami

I’m a stress eater, plain and simple. And let me tell you, life has been stressful. It’s been really hard to make sure that I stay on track and not fall back into my old habits of turning to food.

When I’m stressed, anxious, and I just feel like life is crazy, I try to remind myself of all of the things I have to be grateful for so that I stay positive. In the midst of all of this stress, my cousin posted a picture of me and my sister on facebook from when I was little. It was kind of perfect timing. I am so grateful for my family.

It’s funny, because even though my sister is a lot older than I am, I still call her my “little sister.” She is just over five feet tall and I’m five foot seven. 

I was also getting off of the train the other day and this is what the sunset looked like. Maybe it sounds stupid, but it just kind made me feel like everything is going to be ok (pink is my favorite color).

When I moved in January, I got really stressed out adapting to a new state, new commute, new everything. I let myself resort to my old ways and I gained twenty pounds!!! Ugh. Thankfully, after I refocused and started Turbo Fire, I lost it. 

I’m definitely not going to let myself go back to that. It’s a healthy lifestyle, not a temporary diet. I can’t resort to food as a method to calm me down. We all know overeating just ultimately makes us feel worse about ourselves. 

So how have I been managing to keep myself on track? Eating healthy meals and snacks every few hours. I don’t allow myself to get too hungry so that I have the urge to veer off track. 

I l-o-v-e Quest Bars. They are sooo good and filling and they don’t make my blood sugar go crazy. They are also great for people on a low-carb/keto diet. I’m a huge fan. I try to have one in my bag at all times. I always carry reserve snacks in case I’m stuck somewhere.

I also love the portion controlled 100 calorie packs of almonds from Emerald. I usually have that with a string cheese every day as an afternoon snack. I try to combine protein and fat for all of my meals and snacks (I try to follow a lower carb diet).

Another one of my favorite low carb/keto snacks is celery and cream cheese. I just love cheese, I mean really. 

All of the stress has totally weakened my immune system and I got sick. So this morning, I added some fruit to my breakfast to help kick this cold’s ass.

I also forgot to bring lunch today, so I order a salad with a lot of protein for lunch. It’s a salad with coconut lemongrass chicken. So spicy but so so good!! 

And in addition to remembering what I’m grateful for and keeping my eating on point, to relax and keep myself grounded I can always count on this guy. 

Life throws you curve balls and sometimes it’s hard to adapt and keep yourself level headed. But I’ve learned that binge eating is NEVER the answer. It might seem like a temporary solution, temporary relief. But after that, the regret kicks in, you gain weight, you feel bloated. Even though it can be hard, I know I don’t want to do that to myself. I’d rather kick my stress’s ass in the gym! 

XOXO, Sami

Eating a low carb diet has really effected the way I feel, and how my body feels in such a positive way. One of the things I’ve noticed since going low carb, is that I don’t get that bloat in my belly anymore. And seriously, what girl wants to be bloated? Ugh.

But of course there are some comfort foods from before I started this lifestyle that I occasionally crave. I don’t exactly miss them because I know how gross I’d feel after eating them, but let’s be real…they are so yummy!

I decided to try to recreate one of my favorite dishes: Fettucine Alfredo. 

Instead of using Fettucine, I used Spaghetti Squash. And for the sauce, I used cream cheese and parmesan. To round out the meal in an easy way, I incorporated some frozen kale (sorry, I cut corners) and some slices of roasted chicken (which I bought at the grocery store…so cheap, so worth it!).

I also cut corners when it comes to cooking my spaghetti squash. I stab a few holes in it, put it in the microwave for 8 minutes, then I slice it in half lengthwise (and put half in the fridge for another time), and then put it back in the microwave until it’s fully cooked (microwave times vary). 

I put the spaghetti squash in a pan with the kale and some olive oil. Then I seasoned it with salt and pepper. 

I added the chicken to the pan and than added a scoop of cream cheese.

Once it was all melted, I added some Parmesan cheese. After I plated it, I added some additional Parmesan on top (because cheese is awesome, duh). 

Enjoy!

XOXO, Sami