Today is my last day as a 22 year-old. Yes, I’m ridiculously excited for my birthday (Umm, I have a tattoo that says Princess on my leg. Clearly, I am all about a day dedicated to me).
On Mondays, I have class from 8:30 – 11:20 and then 11:30 to 2:30. 8:30 is far to early for my liking and I like to sleep as late as I can get away with. I’ve learned that a premade breakfast = my best friend Monday mornings.
The Fitnessista’s breakfast cookie is always a good way to go! I made this one with pumpkin instead of banana and sweetened shredded coconut mixed in. Opening the fridge and finding breakfast? Brilliant.
I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve done this since we moved.
Roasted a chicken!! I always hear people say that they’re afraid to roast a chicken, but it really is one of the simplest meals to make. It’s time consuming (1 – 2 hours in the oven, depending on big your chicken is) and you have to wash your hands/counter about 12 times during the process, but it’s so easy.
If the bag of gross bits is inside the chicken, pull it out. You can even use tongs so you don’t have to touch it. See? I just made it that much easier on you.
Pat chicken dry with paper towels, rub with olive oil (pull the skin up on the breast and rub some on the inside there too – makes it extra crispy), Add salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you like; I went with Italian seasoning.
I had half a lemon in the fridge, so I shoved that up the chicken’s fun little cavity there along with a few garlic gloves. It ended up being a great addition – added a light, citrusy flavour. I chopped an onion and threw that in the tray along with some baby carrots and more garlic – done.
I put it in the oven at 425 for 40 minutes, then turned it down to 375 for another 40. Throw it in the oven and forget.
Along with a sweet potato (butter and cinnamon) and a green salad, you’ve got a pretty fabulous dinner.
So please, (assuming you eat chicken, of course) just try roasting a chicken. It’s so much more satisfying than the grocery store rotisserie versions.
On that note: PLEASE eat the skin. It is crispy and flavourful and delicious. If you roast a chicken and throw away the skin, I’ll know. Then I’ll cry a little.
So I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar for about a month now.
Although the benefits of the stuff aren’t proven, it’s supposed to help with bowel irregularity, aid in maintaining a proper pH levels in your body, regulate blood pressure, clear your skin, and break down fats, among a host of other benefits (got this from the ever-informative Brittney!)
In a month, what have I noticed?
Well…a few things. My skin has seemed clear, I’ve lost an inch from my stomach and although my digestion still isn’t fantastic, there seems to be a bit of an improvement.
It’s hard to say whether this is strictly from the ACV though. I started a new workout plan, changed my eating habits a bit and starting drinking a daily ACV cocktail all around the same time, so I can’t really say that any positive benefits I’ve had are strictly from the vinegar.
But it doesn’t seem to be hurting, so I’m not going to stop drinking it! Once I got used to the acidity, I started to enjoy my daily ACV cocktail.
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons ACV
- the rest of the glass filled with water
- about 8 drops liquid stevia
- a shake of cinnamon
Of course, enjoyed through a straw as to not damage the enamel on my teeth. Yup, I’ll keep these around for a while.
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
<— Please tell me you eat the skin off of roasted chicken. Seriously, delicious.
<— Do you get excited for your birthday?
<— What do you drink on a daily basis? On a regular day, I drink water and one ACV cocktail. I drink tea a few times a week and when I’m having a particular craving, Diet Coke/Coke Zero (I know, awful) or a Zevia – kinda pricey but so good!