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Hey Everyone!! Half-way through the week 🙂

I am actually writing this on Tuesday night, after TWO intense Zumba classes, so bear with me, as the writing skillzzz may slack. Just sayin’.

Classes were awesome tonight….thanks, ladies and gentlemen!

I decided that since my meals really haven’t changed much since last week, I am going to post some of my favorite things I am eating right now, so I dunno let’s call them “summer staples”, and how about an awesome coconut chicken recipe I concocted Monday night? Okay.

Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

First and foremost, I am obsessed with the lovely Trader Joe’s Oat Bran. I put it in a tupperware container with a 1/3 cup measuring spoon, since that is the serving size. This just makes it so much easier. And us health freaks can never have too much tupperware, yeah?

TJ’s oat bran makes the BEST Overnight Oats!

The next two items just go without saying. I HAVE TO HAVE them both every-single-day. If I don’t have both of these on any given day, something is wrong with me…watch out for weird Eva that day, ha. The Big Guy 0% Chobani and my beloved Unsweetened Original Almond Milk:

Next up: Unsweetened Cocnonut. 4 whole tablespoons only has 70 calories. Saaa-weeeet. See below (at the end) for the awesome coconut coated chicken I made Monday Night.

Favorite Favorite Kashi Granola Bar. At only 140 calories and several grams of protein & fiber, this is a very satisfying little bar.

2 spices I am loving and cannot go a day without..EVER. I put red pepper in EVERYTHING that is non-breakfast-y. Cinnamon is a staple when it comes to morning protein shakes, cereal, oatmeal, oatbran, overnight oats, etc.

Steamed Veggies in a bag are the greatest invention ever. I do eat an entire bag at one sitting, FYI. I can easily put the vegetables away & tend to eat a ridiculous amount when I cook meals at home 🙂 hey, it works…

Ok, more carbs..sorry, but we all know I eat a lot of these to sustain my zumba cardio work-outs. But I love this cereal and reminds me of when I was little…KIX!!

My Keurig – I love to make coffee on the weekend. This machine is awesome. However, I do think I am going to buy a regular coffee pot, as well, so it is more cost-effective on weekends and use what’s left to make iced coffee. Thoughts?

Before I get into the chicken I made Monday, Nick got a huge box of some awesome ice packs, called Therapearl from a friend that he knows in the company (THANK YOU if you are reading this!!) We have so many I don’t even know what to do with them, ha. But can I just say these are GREAT!! It has been awesome using them on my poor thumb.

Recipe time! So the chicken I made on Monday really is so easy and I am so not creative, but since this blog documents a lot of what I eat and what food creations I come up with, I am going to share. So don’t judge how simple it really is! 😉

Simple Coconut Crusted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • About 3/4 of a lb of thin sliced chicken breasts
  • A bowl of unsweetened coconut (I didn’t measure, just poured some into a bowl)
  • A bowl of egg whites – approx. 1/2 cup (in separate bowl)
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • whatever-you-want-for-a-salad

Directions:

  1. Place your raw chicken breasts in the egg whites and then roll into coconut shreddings
  2. Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil into a frying pan
  3. Place the coconut-coated chicken into the pan
  4. Sprinkle lots of garlic and black pepper onto them
  5. I am not sure how long to cook on each side as again, I suck at timing, but after 5 minutes or so, I flipped them..then flipped again. So maybe 10-12 minutes total?
  6. Then put over veggies or salad with as many veggies as you can stand in it 🙂

This came out so good! It was so simple, but the coconut added such a good flavor to the chicken. Will definitely be making this again!

Final Product:

Arugula & spinach salad with fresh basil leaves, cucumbers, tomato’s, mushrooms, blueberries, crushed red pepper, and some Trader Joe’s fat-free balsamic vinaigrette. I will definitely be making again and perfecting the coconut chicken even further, and as always, I am sure I will post about it 😉

OKAY so this was probably really boring to read. But this is real life and the things I am loving lately.

Question of the day – What are YOUR foods you just can’t go without on any given day?