Last week, you all voted on which of my Instagram lunches you’d like to see me recreate on the blog, with a recipe. This is the one that won!
The best part about spiralizing is that even the simplest of dishes are satisfying and taste flavorful! Even though I taste all of my recipes while testing, I almost always make myself a separate lunch.
What can I say? I love food. 🙂
When I first started off blogging, I wasn’t managing the whole I-work-from-home-now and the I’m-always-near-food thing. Not only was I nearly devouring every dish that I was recipe-testing for the blog (sometimes 2-3 a day), I was snacking a lot.
While I was eating very healthy, nutrient-dense food, I was eating too much – and also snacking on some not-so nutrient-dense food. Lesson learned: don’t buy chocolate Teddy Grahams. I have no self-control when it comes to chocolate.
Anyway, now, I’ve found my groove (only took 7 months!) and while I taste everything I make, I don’t eat the whole plate. Then, I always make myself a light, simple lunch so that I keep balanced. I’ve never been a grazer, I like to eat three meals a day and a few snacks in between.
We’re all individual, so our bodies react differently to eating patterns. I’m happy to have found my best eating pattern that helps me maintain a healthy weight and mind!
Once I found this “groove,” the weight came right off (the pounds gained from adjusting to life working out of my apartment). Honestly, with working out a few times a week, eating Inspiralized at least once a day (but usually twice) and keeping hydrated, I lost about 15 pounds in a month. I rarely weigh myself, but I wanted to test out my theory that Inspiralized meals can help with weight loss, so I weighed myself and made this before and after on my Instagram:
Now, I’m on a mission to lose that last 10-15 which will put me at my most comfortable size. How do I plan on doing that? Simply upping my exercise routine! I’m already eating a healthy diet and want to make sure I keep nourished for my workouts.
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This lunch is one of my favorites – the feta is a naturally low-fat cheese that offers huge salty flavor. The chicken is a lean protein that keeps you satisfied and fueled, while the spinach and zucchini noodles give you that fibrous vegetable boost. It’s a perfect light lunch, suitable for someone trying to maintain their weight.
Plus, there’s no olive oil here, so the calories are low and the added red pepper flakes give it a spicy kick. The lemon juice aids with digestion and keeps this pasta dish refreshing and tasty.
Would you like the full story on my weight loss journey? If you’d like to see me do a post about it on the blog, comment below and let me know!
Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Feta and Spinach
- 2-3 chicken breast tenderloins strips, cut into chunks
- salt and pepper to taste
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 packed cup of spinach
- 1 large zucchini Blade C
- 5 small cubes of feta cheese less than 1/4 cup
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray and add in your chicken. Season with salt and pepper and let cook for about 3 minutes and then flip over, cooking another 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Then, add in the lemon juice, spinach, zucchini and garlic powder. Let cook, tossing frequently, until spinach is wilted and zucchini noodles soften, about 3 minutes.
- When done, use pasta tongs to transfer to a bowl. Season with pepper, top with feta and enjoy!