Picture this: You just finished a clean, healthy day eating. It’s about 9pm and your sweet tooth is creeping upon you. Sounds familiar? Well if you’re anything like me, then that’s a typical day. Instead of ruining your day by finishing that row of Oreos and waking up the next morning promising yourself to not slip up again, how about making something that you will feel good about eating? Better yet, how about making something that is just as delicious, except with probably 50% less calories and more nutrients?
These recipes below are my go-to favorites to make! I love making them for my family to enjoy as well! I believe that although one is trying to eat healthy, there is no need to compromise on taste. Especially, there is no reason to cut out dessert!
Let’s be real. Finding the motivation to work out right now can be very difficult. Your entire Instagram feed may even be filled with memes making fun of people who keep posting their online workouts. Don’t worry, I won’t make you become one of those people who feel the need to post every workout they do, but I will make you want to exercise and get off the couch. Whether it be going on a nice walk, going for a run, or streaming a workout video, your body with thank you when you’re done.
Okay, fast forward the fight that you’ve had with yourself whether or not to watch another episode of, “Love is Blind” or to finally get out of pajamas and put on workout clothes. Honestly, this is the hardest part and don’t worry, you can put your pajamas back on as soon as you’re done.
Now… the big question: “what workout can I possibly do while stuck at home?” If you’re like me, and you’re used to signing up for Soul Cycle every Monday at exactly 12pm to make yourself a schedule for the week, you may feel a little lost. The best thing I’ve found to do is to wake up, change right into workout clothes and, start your day. I always feel much better after a sweaty workout, and it allows me to start my day feeling accomplished! If the mornings don’t work for you, set aside a time that works for you and stick to it! It doesn’t have to be a complete workout, but use that time to take a walk or even do a 10-minute video! Anything that will help you clear your mind during this time!
Also, a lot of your favorite workout classes may be live streaming every day, but I’ve summarized my favorite pre-recorded at home workouts for you! The best part is that most of these work out studios are doing free trials and promotions so you can try them all before you find one that you love!
One of my all-time favorite workouts! Even before the self-quarantine, I always streamed Dance Body online at school! This is the best class that provides the perfect balance between dance cardio and sculpting. On their website, you can chose from simple dance cardio classes to full out dance classes! They even have full body sculpt classes, or if you’re in a crunch for time, they have muscle focused sculpt videos. You don’t have to be an amazing dancer to do the class and it’s so fun! They have live classes every day or you could choose to watch any of their videos on their website! Right now they are giving 50% off for the first month!
Melissa Wood Health
Melissa Wood’s workouts focus on both movement and meditation. Each video prioritizes intention, mindfulness and breath equally with strengthening and toning the body. Her videos span full body, abs, arms and lower body— all of which have equipment and no equipment as well as shorter and longer options. She also offers Pilates and yoga classes, and who doesn’t love doing yoga at home! Melissa Wood’s videos are perfect for squeezing into a busy day, to destress, or if you’re simply looking to tone your body! This is one of my favorite at home workout options, and it’s only $9.99 a month!
This is a workout I just recently discovered in my search for new things to do during this home quarantine period, and I’ve been loving it! Their classes combine functional movements, high intensity intervals, strength training and a full body focus that will leave you sore and sweaty in just thirty minutes! If you don’t have equipment, don’t worry— they offer classes that don’t require it! If you’re in a rush, (which most of us are not right now) they also offer shorter videos which feature one segment of the total class— for example, a brief 5-minute video which only includes the strength portion is an option! While I have not tried Fhitting Room in-studio, their on demand classes have been a go-to these past two weeks. I’ve been enjoying them so much that most days I even do two in a row! This is another amazing workout program that is giving out a 30 day trial!
This is another one of my favorite studios to workout at in NYC! The room is heated to 94 degrees and you leave the class feeling super accomplished! The Tracey Anderson method is based on research and strategy and is guaranteed to sculpt your body, creating long, lean muscles. Every week, the online classes are updated with specific classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels. The best part is that she is offering a two-week free trial!
The Sculpt Society by Megan Roupe
The Megan Roupe workout focuses on creating a fun workout environment that helps you lengthen and strengthen your entire body! Her workout combines dance cardio and sculpting routines that anyone on any level can do! Her classes range for 5-50 minutes so it’s perfect if you’re trying to squeeze in a quick workout or if you want a full-length video! Best of all she’s offering a two-week free trial! Check out her app to try the workout!
Although usually done a Pilates reformer machine (and leaving me unable to walk for a couple days after), [solidcore] is now doing free workout videos on YouTube! These videos are approximately 15-20 minutes and focus on different muscle groups! They require no equipment and are super easy to do with little space!
Looking to have a dance party and destress? 305 Fitness makes your workout feel less a “workout” and more like a party! The class is super easy to follow and it focuses on high-intensity rhythmic cardio! You can find their videos on YouTube and they’re all free! They even have live workouts!
Looking to clear your mind? Turn off the lights and tune into your body with this amazing (usually hot) yoga class. This class is great because it requires no equipment, is free, and allows you to relax and clear your mind! You can find their videos on Instagram.
If you follow me on Instagram (@getfit_withnikk) you’ve most likely heard me say “#FFACTORAPPROVED.” Well what does this really mean? Two summers ago, I interned at F-Factor, where I learned about the importance of fiber. At F-Factor, they emphasize the significance of eating a high amount of fiber, low amount of fat, and a low amount of carbs. On F-Factor, they focus on counting net carbs which can be calculated by subtracting the amount of fiber from the total amount of carbohydrates. On an average “F-Factor approved day,” one should aim to consume below 35g net carbs! You may be thinking to yourself right now though no waffles, no bread, no pancakes…. no fun. However, with some simple products and these recipes below I’ll show you how to start your day the “F-Factor Approved,” way! And yes… pancakes, waffles, bread and all the “fun” is still possible at your, “most important meal of the day!”
First I’d like to share with you some basic ingredients that you’ll need! These are staples in my house that make having an #FFACTORAPPROVED breakfast so easy! You can also check out my blog post on my pantry essentials to avoid the quarantine 50!
In my pantry I always have:
Now that we have all the basics covered, I’m going to share with you my favorite breakfasts! All of these recipes are nutrient dense and filled with fiber! Best of all, they taste like the real deal!
First you may be asking what are GG crackers and why have they taken over the internet? GG crackers are super low carb, high fiber crackers that help you stay full all day… like seriously. They don’t really have a taste and therefore are amazing to top with anything! They’re the perfect alternative for toast. Best of all, if you're gluten free like me, they came out with a gluten free line! The OG crackers are 20 calories and 2 net carbs! However, the Gluten free ones are 40 calories and 3g net carbs. You can find these crackers on Amazon or on their website!
GG crackers are my go to everyday for breakfast or snack! Plain, these aren’t my favorite, but with toppings, I’m obsessed! They’re super easy to bring with you on the go and F-Factor even makes the cutest GG traveler case! You can catch me bringing these to brunch to have with eggs, to lunch to crunch over a salad, and especially to snack to have with some almond butter on the go! Ever since GG crackers came out with their gluten free line, I’ve been searching for the most amazing toppers! I always pair them with my egg whites in the morning, but here I’ve got you covered with all the basics + some fun toppers !
First let’s start with some savory options…
Welcome to my first post! Through these hard times, I wanted to share my favorite staples that I keep in my pantry! These are all great options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snack time! You can also check out my amazon page HERE for my go to amazon orders!
F Factor 20/20 Powder – My favorite protein powder! Its filled with 20g of protein and 20g of fiber! I love this product to add to smoothies, to make waffles, and to boost the nutrient density of my soups!
Progranola – Looking for something to add to your yogurt? This granola has only 3g of net carbs for only 90 calories! My favorite flavor is the peanut butter J
GG Crackers- Whether it be with eggs, with PB2, or with some sauce & cheese, GG crackers are the perfect substitution for bread! They are so easy to bring on the go and leave me feeling full! I love the gluten free ones and they are 3g net carb per cracker!
PB2 – ditch the peanut butter for this low fat option! Just mix with water and it tastes like the real deal!
Fresh From The Heart Cookies- Craving a homemade cookie, but too lazy to make one? These cookies are so delicious and made from all organic, natural ingredients!
Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm Pasta/ Palmini- The perfect alternative to spaghetti! I top this “pasta” with tomato sauce for my favorite pasta dish. It also comes in sheets to make the most perfect, low-carb lasagna!
Barney Butter (individual packs) – The best individually packed almond butter! With the jar in front of me, I can eat the whole thing, so I stick to these individual servings to keep it to only 90 calories!
Cauliflower Veggie Rice – Pizza, gnocchi, stir fry, soup… the possibilities are endless! This pre-cooked and riced cauliflower is the perfect pack to bring with you on a trip and its so easy to cook an easy dinner with it!
Edamame Pasta – Bored of palmini? This pasta is the perfect low carb option!
Canned Tuna- One of my favorite toppers for GG Crackers! Mix one can of tuna with 1/4 avocado and some lemon for a great Tuna Salad!
Raos Marinara Sauce- A pantry staple of mine! I keep this in my pantry for a quick dinner. Use it for GG pizza for snack time or with your Palmini Lasagna!
Flackers - Gluten free and high in fiber, these mini flax seed crackers are delicious!
Brami- The perfect salad topper or snack throughout the day!