Eat Healthy Under 8 Dollars a Day!

I know how hard it can be to hit your macros, not break your budget and choose healthy foods; that is why I want to help you achieve that. In order to reach your goals you need to plan ahead. You should plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks ahead of time. You can even use this link to calculate the cost of your own recipes: http://sensetosave.com/frugal-tools/recipecostcalc/

Below is a menu representative of something I would eat day to day. My macro profile changes based on my goals, activity and current weight and yours should too! If you are curious about how to calculate your macros please click here.

Breakfast:

  • -2 egg whites
  • -2 oz. frozen blueberries
  • -40g serving quick oats
  • *Sugar free sweetener from work

Total cost for recipe: $0.78

Macros: 3 g F/ 35g C/ 15g P

Calories: 232

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Lunch:

Seasoned Baked Chicken breast with Jasmine Rice and Sweet Potatoes

-120g chicken breast @ 1.99 a lb.

-Whatever seasonings you have in your cabinet

-1 Tbsp. Trader Joes Spanish Olive Oil (1 Liter Bottle))

-120g Sweet Potato at .99 cents a lb.

-3/4 cup prepared Jasmine Rice (made with water only)

Total cost for this recipe is: $1.05

Macros: 16g F/ 57g C/ 33g P

Calories: 514

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Dinner:

-120g ground turkey (93 percent lean ground turkey Cotsco) @ $4.37 a lb.

-1/2 cup Pasta Sauce

-1/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese

-Handful spinach (16 oz Cooking Spinach Bag)

-100 g spaghetti squash at .99 cents a lb.

-1 Tbsp. Trader Joes Spanish Olive Oil (1 Liter Bottle))

Total cost for recipe: $ 3.05

Macros: 30g F/ 16g C/ 32g P

Calories: 468

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Total Meals Cost a Day: $4.88 US

 

Snack 1:

Cottage Cheese with Berries

-115 g 1 % cottage cheese (16 oz. store brand 1.75)

-2 oz. frozen blueberries

Cost for Snack: $ .85

Macros: 1g F/ 11g C/ 15g P

Calories: 115

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Snack 2:

-2 Hardboiled eggs

-Hot sauce (if you have)

-1 Thomas’s Wheat English Muffin

Cost for snack: $ .56

Macros: 12g F/ 27g C/ 17g P

Calories: 283

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Snack 3:

-1 broiled pear

-1 tbsp. honey

-8 oz non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Cost for snack: $1.45

Macros: 0g F/ 54g C/ 23g P

Calories: 290

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Total Daily Snacks Price: $ 2.86

 

Total Daily Food Cost: $ 7.74

Daily Macros from this Menu: 63g F/ 201g C/ 135g P

Calories: 1,902

 

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Happy Saving!

xo, Lauren

Fitmark Meal Prep + Travel Bag Reviews

First off, everything I’ve ever gotten from Fitmark has been amazing quality. Yes ,I am an ambassador for their products but I can confidently say I’ve never been this passionate about a product I’ve gotten to promote! Their bags literally go with me everywhere and it makes me think how I ever went on without them. My Envoy duffel has been with me to Mexico, Atlanta and even Boston! My Box meal prep bag has been with me for every meal at work to help keep me on track and organized.

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The Box

I use my Fitmark meal prep bag, The Box, every single day at work. I have had it for over a year and it is still holding up great after months of use. It came with 2 awesome 32oz Fitmark Tupperware but I also use it with other containers. It also comes with two TSA approved ice packs! I can fit 3-4 meals in here easily with room for snacks. Mine also came with a shaker bottle that had 3 compartments one for supplements, one for protein powder/ BCAA’s or pre-workout and one for the liquid. There is a smaller pocket in the front for either your phone or some protein bars. There is one pocket on the side for your shaker bottle or water bottle. I have the hot pink bag and it sure brightens up my meal prepping. The color also makes it easy to find my lunch box in our communal work fridge! There is even a backside pocket to fit your meal prep or diet journal. The dimensions of the bag are 9.5″H x 10.5″W x 8″D. You can get The Box here.

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The Envoy Duffel

I love love love this bag! I use it as my carry-on for flights all the time. It can also be used as a gym bag although I feel it might be too large to carry around a gym. It also functions as a meal prep bag and comes with a little tiny lunch box that holds a TSA approved icepack and surprisingly 2 Tupperware containers! It ends up being really convenient having the small lunch box to pack your own healthy dinner instead of getting the overpriced airport food. There are two pockets on either side that are larger enough to hold multiple pairs of shoes. There is even a padded 15” inch laptop pocket. The dimensions are: 22″ L x 9.5″ W x 15″ H. You can get the Envoy Duffel here.

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Optimum Nutrition Introduces Breakfast Line (Plus Review!)

Optimum Nutrition has created a delicious and nutritious way for you to enjoy breakfast on the go through their Whey & Oats and Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie lines. They come in many different flavors including Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Glazed Donut and Vanilla Almond.
Optimum Nutrition Whey & Oats Blueberry Muffin
I had this one with vanilla almond milk. It was the perfect amount of sweetness. It tasted very similar to a blueberry muffin. This makes a great on the go breakfast or snack! This shake has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal. This packs 27 g of protein per shake! You can get yours here.

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Optimum Nutrition Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie Strawberry
I had this one with one serving of almond milk, ½ cup of mixed berries, ¼ cup of ice and half a banana. The smoothie I made was awesome using those ingredients. It was very filling. I will also try this alone with almond milk and possibly bake muffins using this powder. The new protein powder features oats, 20g of protein, 0g of added sugars, Greek yogurt and chia seeds. This treat is also gluten-free. You can purchase it here.

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Arctic Zero Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar Crust “Ice Cream” Fit Cake

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Ever been tempted to buy a whole ice cream cake but you couldn’t justify that decision?? Now you can make your own healthier and protein filled mini Arctic Zero “ice cream cake” using any flavor protein bar you have on hand! What are you waiting for?! Mine includes a Promax nutty crisp bar crust and topping as well as chocolate protein ganache filling and topping.

Protein chocolate ganache topping Ingredients:
-10g Lean body for her chocolate whey
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-1 packet Truvia
-1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

“Ice Cream” Cake Ingredients:
-1/2 nutty butter crisp Promax protein bar (You can buy them here)
-60g (1/2 cup)of arctic zero purely chocolate
*Topping: 10g Lenny and Larry’s muscle brownie

Directions to deliciousness:
-Spray muffin tin with coconut oil
-Squish in 1/2 melted Promax nutty crisp protein bar into the bottom of pan
-Melt arctic zero container for 15 seconds
-Place 30 g arctic zero in tin place a layer of ganache then another 30g of arctic zero freeze
-Remove it upside down and flip to serve, top with some of the ganache, some Promax bar and 10g of a Lenny and Larry’s brownie

Macros Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
Whole cake with toppings 6 36 21 282

*Makes 1 Serving*

Chocolate Lover’s Dream Pronuts (No Donut Pan Required!)

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Happy National Donut Day Y’all!!! I kicked off my donut day with a wonderful array of 4 PRONUTS (protein donuts) for just 200 calories for all of them! Each donut is only 50 calories each, protein packed and has no sugar added! The donuts above feature toppings: toasted coconut, sprinkles and a Lenny & Larry’s Chocolate Chip Complete Protein Cookie. These can be make without a donut pan as they are made out of PANCAKES!!! That’s right I found a delicious way to health-ify donuts and pancakes! You’re welcome!

Donut Ingredients:
-40g Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pancake Mix
-1 egg white
-2 TBSP Unsweetened Almond Milk
-1 TBSP Plain Greek Yogurt
-16g Lean Body for Her Protein Chocolate Whey
-1/2 TBSP Truvia

Healthy Chocolate Ganache Frosting:
-1 TBSP Truvia
-2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
-2 TBSP Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:
-Mix Donut Ingredients
-Spray Pan with coconut oil spray and cook on medium heat for 2 min each side
-Make 4 circular pancakes (I used a circular egg mold to get a perfect round shape!)
-I used a circular cap to cut out the signature donut hole! (You can eat the middle of the “pancake donut” too!)
-Mix the frosting ingredients and frost the donuts
-Use any toppings you’d like!

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Macros Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
1 donut with frosting 0 8.5 3.5 50
All 4 donuts with frosting 1 34 14 200
*Makes 4 Donuts, Serves 1-4* (Calories include frosting without topping)

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Giant Protein Cookie Sundae

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Protein Cookie Ingredients:
-1/2 cup bobs red mill oats
-1 egg white
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-cinnamon
-1 tbsp baking truvia
-1 tbsp chocolate chips
-1/8 cup coconut flour
-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-10g lean body for her vanilla protein
-1 tbsp move over butter
-1/2 cup (60g) Arctic Zero Purely Chocolate Frozen Dessert

Directions for Protein Cookie:
-Grease a single serving ramekin
-Fill with above ingredients
-Cook in the oven at 400F for 24 minutes

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:
-1 tbsp truvia
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-2 tbsp almond milk

Directions for Healthy Chocolate Ganache:
-Stir above ingredients and add as topping to cookie
-Add 1/2 a serving of arctic zero and sprinkles after letting cookie cool for 10 min

Macros Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
1 Cookie Sundae with all toppings 17 52 21 445

*Makes 1 Sundae, Serves 1*

Cheesy Savory Protein Pancakes

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Ever wanted to eat a cloud of cheese but didn’t know how? Here’s your chance!!!

Ingredients:
-6 egg whites
-1 cup dry rolled oats(Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats)
-1 cup cottage cheese (1% Store Brand)
-42 g cheddar
-10g parmesan
-1 tsp garlic minced
-1 tsp fresh thyme
-Salt and Pepper to taste

Topping:
-1 tsp bacon bits (or turkey bacon bits)
-4 tbsp. nonfat Greek yogurt plain
-1 tsp garlic
-1/2 tsp garlic salt

Directions:
-Blend all ingredients in blender
-Heat greased skillet
-Cook two pancakes at a time flipping after 2 mins on medium low heat
-Top with greek yogurt, seasoning, olives, sundried tomatoes, melted cheese..etc. (calories below do not reflect toppings)
-Enjoy!

Macros Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
2 Pancakes 4 12 14 140
1 Pancake 2 6 7 75
*Makes 12 Pancakes, Serves 6-12* (Calories without topping)