Good morning! I have a very clean guest post for you today from the cutest Courtney from Semi-Sweet Eats. Courtney shares my love for running, coffee, and clean eating, so it was only natural that I ask her to write a guest post.
I also love reading her blog - seriously, she makes me laugh at 5 am and makes me want to go shopping on a weekly basis.
Hey Running with Racheal readers! I'm Courtney from Semi-Sweet Eats. I write a lot about my new life adventures, fitness, food and everything in between. I've been
stalking reading Racheal's blog for a long time and was so excited she asked me to guest post. After the initial excitement, I realized guest-posting on one of your favorite blogs is a lot of pressure!
Racheal and I are pretty similar, it seems. And I bet if we met in real life we'd hit it off. We're both into cooking, baking, trying new recipes, running and being active. I, myself, have lost a few pounds over the course of the last year by counting calories and embarking on new fitness adventures like P90X and Insanity, but I needed something MORE. Counting calories just wasn't working for me anymore and I knew I needed to step outside my comfort zone.
I'm currently nearing the end of my latest workout and nutrition challenge called Fit for Photos ( I was referred to it by my cousin). The program looks a little hoakie, but it is one of the best things I have done in my 24 years. It was just what I needed to get my nutrition on track. And you know what they say... Abs are made in the kitchen. So for the past 50 or so days, I've been eating TONS of food but very clean. Our "diet" is soy free, dairy free, gluten free, mostly low carb with a carb rotation and virtually no sugar (under 20g/day but can use stevia).
So, while I don't have super cute pictures of babies to show you, I'll give you a few of my favorite clean, low sugar, low-carb, soy-free, dairy-free and gluten free recipes (phew! what a mouthful) along with some really crappy iPhone photos.
Chili Lime Fajitas
- Juice and zest from 2 small to medium-sized limes
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, about 1/2 C... I used a mix of TJ's Garlic EVOO and regular
- 1 tsp minced garlic (I used the kind from the jar :) )
- 1 tsp chili powder*
- 1/2 tsp cumin*
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder*
- few dashes of dried oregano*
- salt/pepper, to taste
Mix & marinate. I marinate both chicken and steak (separately) for about a half hour before cooking. I heard any longer than that and the lime juice could change the texture of the chicken. Cook & serve.
My boyfriend declared it "restaurant quality."
*I didn't measure out all the spices exactly. I just shake it into the EVOO/lime juice. You really can't mess this up. Paprika and onion powder would also be good, just didn't have any on hand.
Easy "Breaded" Chicken Tenders
- 1 lb chicken tenders
- 1/2 C almond flour (I buy mine from TJ's 'cause it's cheap!)
- season salt, TJ's everyday seasoning, garlic salt/pepper, Italian seasonings, oregano
- 1 egg, whisked
Mix almond flour and seasonings. Dip chicken into egg, coat in almond flour mixture.
IMPORTANT: I placed my breaded tenders on a cooling rack (coated in olive oil) on top of a foil-lined baking sheet. This allows for the heat to circulate the tenders and make them more crispy than simply laying them on a baking sheet. Mist tenders with olive oil (I use a misto filled with EVOO... baking spray has soy surprisingly.) and bake.
Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. No turning, or flipping needed.
Clean eating doesn't have to be so bad! :)
If you try these recipes, I'd love to hear about it. Or, just come visit me at my little space on the internet to say hi. :)
Thanks Courtney! As soon as I get back home I am buying almond flour from Trader Joe's!