Phew! Today I feel like I am in food blogger heaven. Seriously. I tweeted about my food blogging inspiration and tweeted that at some of my the bloggers on my list and the response was overwhelming. They not only tweeted back at me, but Kelly and Gina both commented on my post! I was beyond thrilled. Needless to say my little blog saw a huge traffic spike today and it’s thanks to those amazing women. How lucky am I? VERY lucky! It meant so much to me and it gives me more encouragement to continue on with this blog and make it happen!
And with that I’m introducing something very special….something that’s been stewing around in my brain for over a week now. Welcome to Work it Off Wednesdays (WOW)! Fitness and being healthy is something I feel very strongly about. When I was younger I would shovel a lot unhealthy and mass-produced food in my mouth on a daily basis. Combine that with not enough physical activity and you had the perfect recipe for weight gain. It made me unhappy and being unhappy made me want to eat more. It’s a vicious cycle that I know many are stuck in. I think everyone also has a breaking point……that point on the scale where you know you can’t continue this pattern. At that point I joined a gym, and slowly over the years I’ve increased my fitness level and my knowledge of fitness and healthy foods. I’d like to pass along this knowledge with my readers. Work it Off Wednesdays will be my chance to pass along healthy meals, healthy foods and fitness tips.
The number 1 tip I can give you is do not make excuses. This is my number one downfall. I wake up early in the morning and I think to myself “Oh today would be a great day to skip the gym because it’s Monday (or I went to bed to late, or it’s snowing out, etc. etc.)”. I know at this point I just need to stop myself, and just go do it! You have no excuse to be lazy because your health is always worth it.
Our first healthy recipe comes from the blog For the Love of Cooking. Although she lists no nutritional info on this recipe, you can tell it’s a good one for several reasons. These include the low amounts of healthy fats (chicken, olive oil), no added sugars, and it’s also very low on carbs. I’m going to figure out the exact nutritional info later but for now you can have the recipe.
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
- ⅓ cup of chicken broth
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Juice from 1 lemon
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 4 chicken breasts)
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- Two sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 lemon cut into 4 wedges
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, making sure not to burn the garlic.
- Add the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, and thyme leaves to the pan. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
- Season both sides of the chicken breasts with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place the chicken in the baking dish along with the lemon wedges and the two sprigs of thyme.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes and flip chicken halfway through. Remove from the oven and let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Drizzle the pan sauce on top of the slices of chicken and serve.