Healthy Meatball Subs + Q&A

When you work full-time, easy meals are the only way to go on weekdays unless you’re feeling mighty ambitious.

I think that’s why most of my dinners can be assembled and on the table in less than 20 minutes. I like ’em speedy!

Tonight’s dinner was another easy-peasy creation.

Meatball Subs + Roasted Broccoli

I made meatball subs using Quorn meatless meatballs, marinara sauce and shredded cheese.

After topping a hot dog bun with the meatballs, sauce and cheese, I placed the subs in the oven and broiled them until the cheese melted.

On the side I enjoyed roasted broccoli for some added nutrients.

Get in Close for the Good Stuff


You know what tonight is… The Bachelorette!!! Home town dates – Woohoo!

My friend Merri is about to come over to watch it and show me how to properly use a foam roller. We’re multi-taskers. 😉

Another Round of Q & A

I’m trying to stay on top of the questions you have have submitted anonymously though my Q & A page, so without further ado, here are my answers to your latest inquiries: 

What is your religion? Is it the same as your fiancés?

Both Ryan and I are Lutheran, though I consider myself simply Christian and go to a Christian church.

What time do you usually eat your meals and snacks?

I eat whenever I feel hungry, though I seem to eat around these times every day:

  • 8 a.m. breakfast
  • 10 a.m. snack
  • 12:30 p.m. lunch
  • 3:30 p.m. snack
  • 6:30 p.m. dinner
  • 8:30 p.m. snack (if hungry)

Do you drink alcohol?

Yes, but not regularly.

What are your bust/waist/hip measurements?

Just like the weight question, I am hesitant to answer this because I know that reading my measurements may cause some of you to compare yourself to me. Please know that my measurements are my measurements and are right for me. Your measurements are right for you!

When I was measured for my bridal gown my measurements were 32” bust/24” waist/38” hip.

Do you pay any fees to maintain your blog?

Nope. I upgraded my WordPress account to “Custom CSS” for $14.95/year so that I could customize the header of my blog, but that is the only re-occurring fee I’ve ever paid. I also paid $75 to The Blog Fairy in January to redesign my blog and worked with her to create my banner and a look that I really liked. (The Blog Fairy is awesome and amazingly easy to work with. I highly recommend her if you need someone to help you customize your blog.)

I just had my heart broken by the love of my life. Have you ever had your heart broken? What did you do? Any advice would really help.

*Knock on wood* I have never actually had my heart broken, though I did go through some heartache when my high school boyfriend of 3+ years and I broke up during my freshman year of college. When you’re with someone for such a long time, they become more than just your boyfriend, they become your best friend, too. For me, losing my high school boyfriend’s friendship was the hardest part about losing him.

All I can say is have faith that there is someone out there who will make you smile brighter and laugh harder than you can ever imagine. Sometimes it takes meeting someone new to realize what you may have been missing before. Right now, take time to be sad (and angry, if that’s the case), but also take time to realize why the relationship didn’t work out and what you’re looking for from a future partner.

Lean on your family and friends and those who care about you. I also find that keeping busy can help keep your mind off thinking about something painful. You could look into setting a new goal for yourself, so you can feel happiness as you accomplish something new!

What do your snacks usually look like: morning, noon and night?

I actually tend to eat the same kinds of food for my morning, afternoon and evening snacks, though they change daily. I typically enjoy the following:

  • Quesadilla (string cheese microwaved on a whole-wheat tortilla)… This is probably my favorite snack. I eat this one at some point every day!
  • Greek yogurt with nuts and fruit
  • Yogurt pudding
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Homemade trail mix (nuts, whole-grain cereal, peanut butter/butterscotch/chocolate chips)
  • Popcorn sprinkled with protein powder
  • Sandwich thin with peanut butter

Would you do a giveaway on your blog?

Yep! I’ve done quite a few, but I will not host a giveaway for something I, myself, wouldn’t want to win! 😀

When you sometimes have dessert or go out and have a special treat, do you still eat the same as you usually do and snack? I love how you eat healthy but don’t deprive yourself of the things that you like. I think that’s really awesome and healthy.

I usually do eat the same regardless as to whether or not I eat dessert or go out to eat, though I will often skip my evening snack because I’m simply too full after an indulgent meal or dessert.  In the past I found myself trying to skip snacks or lighten up meals before going out to eat, which only led me to overeat because I felt famished once I arrived at the restaurant. Now I try to keep my meals and snacking consistent, whether I go out to eat and enjoy dessert or not.


See ya in the mornin’!

Blog Milestone

News about a my exciting blog milestone in a second, but first let’s get to the f-o-o-d.

Slammin' Salad

Hooray for starting the workweek on a healthy note!

Today’s lunch was a big ol’ salad.

On top of a bed of spinach, I enjoyed:

  • Carrots
  • Yellow squash
  • Refried beans
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet corn
  • Black bean, roasted corn & 5 pepper salsa

Along with my salad, I also included a Sargento reduced fat Colby Jack cheese stick for some added protein (five grams in one of these bad boys!).

Monday's Lunch

Refried Beans

The salsa I used on this salad was delicious!

Kerry & Loni's Bean-Tastico Salsa

A Peek Inside

I bought a jar of Kerry & Loni’s Bean-Tastico salsa at le gourmet chef after my sister and I tried a sample of the salsa in the store. It was slightly spicy and chock-full of black beans and roasted corn. Gotta love hearty salsa!

All Together

Produce packed lunch = Lots o’ nutrients!

One Million

Over the weekend I had a pretty big blog milestone. Early Sunday morning my blog reached one million page views!!!

I am honestly floored by this, because I remember for the first several months of blogging I had like eight (totally fantastic!) readers.

Here’s a link to my first post (kind of embarrassing)! I would also like to send a special shout out to Tina and Lisa, the first two amazing people to comment on my blog.

This milestone made me think a lot about my blog and why I blog every day.

I blog because I honestly love it. I love having an outlet to share my thoughts, ideas, random recipes and personal experiences. Blogging and being part of such a wonderfully supportive, intelligent, kind and thought-provoking group of people brings me so much joy every day.

I blog because I love to write. I blog because I love health and fitness. And I blog because I love each and every one of you.

Thank you for reading and commenting and supporting this lil’ blog of mine that means so much to me. I get excited anytime any one of you leaves me a comment or sends me an email sharing a story, experience, idea or request for advice. For you silent readers out there, I adore you, too! 😀

Thank you for visiting my blog, from the very bottom of my heart. 😀

Day Off = Cookies, Day On = Carrots

Sundays are often my day off from they gym and yesterday was no different.

Last night I tweeted about something I’ve noticed on my workout-free days:

Tweet, Tweet

(Side note: Please excuse my terrible grammar… that was a fly-by tweet. I’m literally cringing right now.)

Apparently I am not alone in this feeling, because several people  tweeted back that they feel the exact same way when when they take a day off from exercise.

I think there’s something about a “break” from the gym that makes us want to take a “break” from our healthy lifestyle. When I say that I crave sweets on my off-days from the gym, I don’t mean I want a cookie… I mean I want an entire batch.

Since I don’t deny myself sweets throughout the week, I know my day-off cravings are not due to deprivation. I simply want cake. And cookies. And ice cream.

Thank goodness I got back in the gym this morning and my body wanted some healthy food again! 😀

Workout + Hurtin’ Heel Update

This morning I took my typical Monday-morning BodyPump class. We’re still working on the new release, which I really enjoy. It’s so challenging!

Can one of you BodyPumpers out there confirm that the lunge track on this release is re-flippin’-diculous!? It’s the hardest one yet and I love it, in a sick and totally twisted way.

Post-Pump, I came home and decided to test out my hurtin’ heel and take Sadie on a one mile walk.

My heel is actually feeling a lot better today, though it’s definitely not 100 percent. I’ve been icing it, stretching and and babying it all weekend. The one mile walk  with Sadie wasn’t pain free, but my heel felt a lot better than it did on Friday.

All those well-wishes you guys sent my way seem to be working a bit. Don’t worry though, I’m not going to jump the gun and run (it still hurts too bad to do that anyway). Healing and preventing further injury is my priority!


Since I made it into the gym today, my body wanted healthy food for breakfast (though I’m sure it would’ve happily accepted an ice cream sundae).

I decided to make myself a healthified Egg McMuffin on a toasted Thomas’ light multi-grain English muffin.

Canadian Bacon + Egg Whites

My modified McMuffin contained two egg whites, a slice of Canadian bacon and a wedge of Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese.

Healthified Egg McMuffin

I enjoyed my breakfast sandwich with a dark chocolate Adora calcium disk for a little sweetness.

Breakfast is Served

Sadie was quite jealous.

"Ooooh. That looks goooood."

Lucky for her, she got to enjoy the yolks from my egg whites. 🙂

Yum, Yum Yolks

(Kinda looks like she’s puking, no?)

McDonald’s ain’t got nothin’ on my healthified breakfast sandwich!

Healthy & Delicious


Question of the Mornin’

Do you find it easier to eat healthy on days that you work out or on days that you take off from the gym?