Pesto Chicken & Pasta

While this is not a Paleo recipe, it’s damn good! I was in the mood for carbs and cheese. Can anyone tell I’m stressed? Often times when we are craving a lot of salt, carbs, and cheese we are also stressing out. The reason for these cravings is that our body is looking for a quick source of energy to help us function while we are in this fight or flight state. However, these quick sources of energy are what they are, quick. Then you’re left with a crash later and more cravings for quick sources of energy which usually leads to sweets and simple carbs like pasta, cake, sugar, you get the idea.

For sustainable energy look to healthy fats and grass fed sources of protein. Which is exactly why I love Paleo, it’s based on a diet of high fat, moderate protein and low carb. However, some of us need more carbs than others and one diet does not fit all! Which is why sometimes I eat cheese and pasta and I’m more squirrelly when it comes to eating a Paleo diet.

And sometimes it’s just because I want to and I will damn well do as I please. Plain and simple. If we aren’t giving ourselves a break sometimes and letting ourselves enjoy the things we love, we put too much stress on ourselves and really limit ourselves. So this week it’s Pesto Chicken and Pasta!

Pesto Chicken & Pasta | Makes 8 Servings

  • 2lbs Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Pesto
  • 1 Box Rotini (I used Tri-Color, but you can sub with gluten free or grain free)
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions:

  1. Place chicken in crockpot with pesto.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Near the end of cooking the chicken, cook the rotini according to package directions and drain.
  4. When the chicken is done shred and mix in cooked rotini.
  5. If eating immediately, mix in mozzarella until melted.
  6. If storing to eat for lunch, portion out into 8 air right containers adding a 1/4 cup mozzarella to the top of each. It will melt when you reheat.
  7. Store in fridge for up to 4 days.


Keep The Commitments You Make

We make so many commitments. To work, to our family, to our friends. When time is limited and in an effort to avoid letting people down, it seems easiest to break the commitments we make to ourselves. Don’t let yourself down. Remember to show up for yourself too. You can’t give others 💯 if you haven’t shown yourself that much.


A Cool Compassion Trick!

Have you ever been annoyed by someone tailgating you? Do you have a coworker that you struggle to get along with? Is one of your friends or family members just driving you crazy lately?

I bet there are some people in your every day life that cause some unnecessary irritation. These people could be anyone from strangers, relatives, friends, acquaintances, and even coworkers.

One way to beat that almost incessant feeling of annoyance is by practicing compassion towards that person. I know, I know, sometimes it can be really hard to try and focus compassion on someone that is driving you up a dang wall! I’ve been there. I’ve been that crazy driver screaming at all the people around me as I rush on my way to work. I have gotten super snippy and annoyed with people at work or friends and family that think different or act different than I would. We’ve all been there.

These kind of outbreaks though very rarely ever serve any genuinely good purpose. All they do is tend to make us even more irritated! This is where compassion comes in. Compassion towards others instead allows us to find our own peace and maintain our own joy!

Like I said before, I know it can be super hard to try and practice compassion. So! I have come up with a nifty little trick that personally helped me manage a whole weeks worth of commuting without losing it on some random driver!

Here’s the trick! Make up a story about that person irritating you. It can he anything that tugs on your heart strings just a bit. The goal is to pull you out of the irritated annoyance thought pattern and into a more positive compassionate thought instead. Honestly, who cares if what you have to tell yourself isn’t true. The purpose of this exercise to help you create and maintain your own peace. If that means making up a story about the lady behind you driving too close to your bumper, then so be it. Maybe she’s late for a big meeting, just like you were last week! Maybe she spilled some coffee on her favorite shirt and had to change last minute. Maybe her grandchild is about to come into this world. Maybe her dog or cat is suffering and she needs to get to a vet. Who knows and who cares. That made up story will snap you out of your own anger and put you in a more relaxed and relatable state.

Once your more relaxed you’ll be on a better track to a better day. This may even help you build an eye and heart for compassion and it may become second nature to start seeing and believing in the goodness of the world. Who doesn’t want to live in a world like that?

Try out our trick and let us know in the comments if you find it beneficial! We cant wait to hear from you!


New Year, Better You!

Do you usually make a New Years Resolution or two? Maybe you set a new goal or decide to adopt a new hobby, or finally take a stand against some bad habit you’ve been meaning to break. Regardless of the specifics the New Year almost always seems to spark something in most of us. If you’re anything like me then that spark also may fade pretty easily after a few weeks or so.

Sticking with it is so much easier said than done. So, to help you find what works best for you to keep you on track to slay all day almost every day check out what has worked for us!

First things first. List all the stuff and things you want to do or change.

Once you acknowledge the different areas that you want see something new try to prioritize what may be the most important to you or something that may bring you the most joy.

After you prioritize your list, pick O N E thing to start with. Yes, one! Sometimes when we pile our plate so full of all these awesome goals and changes that plate gets a bit heavy. You know what happens. It’s overwhelming and then you give up little by little or all at once.

We’ve also found that one of the key factors to sticking to your new habits is your S K I L L S! Yep, you read that right. It takes skills to create a new habit. It takes skills for that new habits to eventually become routine. It takes skills to add a second new habit after you’ve mastered the first. Take a few moments to think about what skills you need to start and follow through with a new habit. Once you’ve got the skillset figured out you’ve got to determine how to sharpen those skills! We can help with that too 😉 Let us know in the comments what skills you may need to sharpen and let’s brainstorm some options to help!

Anything is possible, people.

Start small.

Stay accountable.


Deciding To Start & Starting

The hardest part of any plan or goal is starting. I’ll start tomorrow. I’ll start Monday. I’ll start on the 1st of the month. Sound familiar? It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is or even what time it is. Make the choice to begin, and do it right then. Every day after you get over the initial “start” day seems to get easier and easier. Here’s some tips that work for me that might work for you too:

Steps To Starting:

  1. First, you need to decide on what your goal is.
  2. Then, you should write down (in order of priority, if applicable) the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.
  3. “Start” by doing or completing the first step.
  4. Incorporate a new step every day or every week, whichever makes more sense with your schedule.
  5. Schedule your goal achieving steps on your calendar so you can check it off your “to do” list.

What If Things Don’t Go According to Schedule:

  1. Don’t beat yourself up! Negative self talk will not help you achieve your goal.
  2. Don’t think of setbacks as having to “start over.”  You are human, you make mistakes, and sh*t happens.
  3. When faced with a setback, say to yourself: okay, that happened or that didn’t happen today, now I’m moving on and continue with the steps you created to achieve your goal.

Other Tips For Success:

  1. Pick an accountability buddy.
  2. Choose someone who’s goals and values align with yours.
  3. Choose someone who won’t flake out on you.
  4. I believe these are key to a successful accountability buddy, or the accountability won’t work.

NO November

Do you have a bad habit you need to break? Maybe you’ve been eating a little too much junk recently like me! Maybe you have developed a habit picking your nails or yelling at your kids. Maybe you spend a little too much money on some extra convenience that you don’t really need. Take a moment and really evaluate your daily routines and habits. If you happen to stop and ponder over one or maybe a few and you question their necessity in your everyday life you should join us for NO November!

NO November is a month long challenge for you to spot check a habit or something that is hindering you from living you best life in some way, shape, or form and just say NO to it!

I know, I know November already started though. It’s not too late. Everyone loves to start fresh on a Monday. How about you take this weekend to really evaluate some of your routine habits and pick something where you just need to say NO. Check back with me on Monday, let’s tackle this together. You are not alone and you can do anything!

For the month of November I am saying NO to junky foods and drinks. I have a problematic relationship with foods and drinks. I am addressing that relationship and focusing on fueling my body with healthier whole food options. It will be a struggle, I’m sure of that, but I want to see how much I can change my relationship with food for the better by taking the crap out and letting all the good in.

xo Nikki

Join us! Say NO this November to whatever it is that is keeping you from living your best life!

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Loaded Greek Salad

I food prep our lunches EVERY week.  Yup, every single week.  It takes a few hours and sometimes I really don’t want to do it but it helps us save money, eat healthy, and not have to worry about figuring out what to eat for lunch throughout the week.  This week I made Loaded Greek Salad.

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I bought a ton of ingredients that ended up being enough to make 8 salads total.  Over the weekend, I just chopped all of the veggies up, cooked the chicken and quinoa, then put them all in separate containers in the fridge until I was ready to use them.  Each night I build our salads so they stay crisp for lunch the next day.

This recipe is paleoish, but it can easily be made paleo by leaving out the quinoa and feta cheese.  Check out the recipe!

Loaded Greek Salad | 1 Salad

  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Chicken (seasoned w/ whatever greek spices you love, I brined and then baked my chicken w/ spices)
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/4 Artichoke Hearts
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Bell Peppers (I used red and green)
  • 1/4 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cucumbers
  • Some Slices of Red Onion
  • 1/4 of a Medium Avocado
  • 2 Tbsp Traditional Feta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

 


Trying New Things

I ordered some stuff from Primal Kitchen about a week ago and my stuff finally arrived! I live on the opposite side of the country from Primal Kitchen which is why it took so long to get to me. The best companies are out west! I need to move there!

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Anyway, I’ve never tried Primal Kitchen before but some paleo people I follow use it and love it, so I’m gonna give it a try!  I’m definitely going to be using these in my upcoming recipes. Can’t wait! I’ll let you know how it goes.