My Fit Foods: Product Reviews

Since I’ve started back to school, the only completely free days I have now are Sundays. On Sunday’s, I have to do my homework, clean my apartment, do the dishes, keep up my car maintenance, do my laundry, take my dog in to be groomed, see my family, grocery shop, prep my meals for the week, etc. Obviously I don’t do ALL of that EVERY Sunday, but I do most of it regularly.

On top of all of that, my work days somehow keep getting longer. It’s becoming regular to get home from work at 8 or after.

I knew I needed to come up with something to make things a bit easier for me for at least the next few weeks. So, I decided to buy my dinners and snacks from My Fit Foods instead of having to cook this week.

Another reason I decided to go to My Fit Foods (MFF) is because when I cook at home, I have to eat the same thing multiple times for dinner. I’m REALLY getting burnt out on the same foods by the end of the week, which is making it harder to stay on the healthy eating track. With the MFF meals, I can have variety and I’m very much so looking forward to that!

If you’re not familiar with My Fit Foods, let me tell you a little bit about it!

MFF is a store that sells fresh, healthy, prepared foods. They’re sold in little microwavable containers. They have breakfast options, lunch options, snack options, dinner options, and even dessert options. Their foods come in 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large) so that you can choose which one is right for you.

Our MFF opened in October of last year. I remember I tried it out shortly after they opened (2 months before my Drs. visit that changed everything) and I didn’t have the best of luck with it. I thought the food was boring and I found it hard to eat.

I decided to give it another chance because the person I am now is way different than the person I was then. I enjoy healthy food now, but back then I was still eating pizza and burgers everyday, so of course I wasn’t a fan of their foods.

I’m really glad I decided to go to MFF this week. It’s made my life just a little bit easier. No cooking and no dishes this week!

I went to MFF on Monday and got 5 dinners, 1 breakfast, 4 snacks, 1 dessert, and 1 individual bag of healthy egg white chips for the week, all for $78.

I tried my first meal Monday night. I had the Fit Nation Chicken Nuggets. It’s chicken breast meat cut into nugget size and breaded with almond four, flax meal, and spices. It’s served with broccoli, cinnamon carrots, and their version of “honey mustard” which is plain yellow mustard sweetened with agave nectar. This meal in the medium size has 390 calories.

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I would give this meal an 8/10. The “honey mustard” was delicious. I’m really glad it came with the meal because it made the chicken taste better than it did without the sauce. The carrots were surprisingly delicious! And the broccoli was good. Nothing special, just broccoli. I’ll buy this meal again for sure.

The next meal I tried was the H-Town Breakfast. I knew I’d love this one because it has chicken apple breakfast sausage links in it. It also has rosemary red potatoes and scrambled eggs. This meal in the small size has 290 calories.

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The great thing about their breakfasts is that they use a 5:1 ratio for the eggs, meaning they use 5 egg whites for every 1 yolk. I did have to salt my eggs and potatoes a little, but I’ll try not to next time. I’d give this meal a 9/10.

The next thing I tried was one of their snacks, the Healthy Hummus Bowl. It comes with a small cup of hummus, chopped grilled chicken breast, celery, carrots, and grape tomatoes. This meal only comes in one size and has 150 calories.

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There was more of everything but I was hungry and almost forgot to take a picture!

The hummus was fantastic! I really enjoyed it most with the carrots. The tomatoes and chicken made it a good snack. I definitely could have done without the celery though. I give this snack a 6.5/10.

My next meal was Cynthia’s BBQ Chicken. It had chopped BBQ chicken breast, cheddar mashed red potatoes, and green beans. This meal in a size medium has 390 calories.

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This meal was great, BUT, I did add my own BBQ sauce. There simply wasn’t enough on the chicken, so I added about 2 tablespoons of my own favorite BBQ sauce which only added 30 calories. The potatoes and green beans were good, but I did again add just a little bit of salt. What can I say, I love my salt.

I enjoyed this meal because it was simple and it was something I could eat more than once in a week. I give it a 7.5/10.

I’ve got more meals and snacks to review this week, so I’ll blog again soon with the results!

So, if you’re looking for convenience while still eating healthy, I suggest you try out My Fit Foods! Here’s a link to their website. Go check them out! Seriously!

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Life

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

Life has been kinda crazy lately and I’m sorry I haven’t really been posting as often as I have in the past.

I have several excuses (good ones!). I took a short trip to Dallas to visit my sister this past weekend and to watch baby Ethan. I brought along the BFF and we had a great trip. We ate some delicious food, drank some of my favorite matcha tea from White Rock Coffee, and just had a really great time.

Immediately when I got back to Tulsa, things began to fall apart. First, I got in a wreck on my way home from picking up my dog at my dads, then the nice police man (sarcasm!) gave me a ticket for inattentive driving, then I called to see how much the ticket would be and I was told it was mandatory court for that type of ticket.

It’s going to cost me $250 to fix my car (thank God for great insurance and a SMALL deductible). I’m not sure how much the ticket will be but I’m budgeting $250 for it just in case. Who knows, it could be more! And now I’m also sitting here worried about having to go to court, something I’ve never done before, and I’m just stressed.

Ah, stressed, the key word there. I have been stressed a lot recently because of my job. Some extremely unfair things have been going on, causing my paychecks to be affected and it just seems completely unnecessary that it’s even happening. Nevertheless, it’s been the root of a lot of my stress. Add in all the other car stuff, and you end up eating chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy on your day off and completely forgetting about doing anything healthy, all because of stress.

Don’t fear though because today things are MUCH better! Yeah, I still have all that other stuff to deal with, but I’m feeling positive and I’m out of that small rut I got into. I hate to use the phrase “fell off the wagon” but I did indeed “fall off the wagon” for a few short days (5 to be exact.)

Today though, is a new day. I may have gained 4 pounds back, but I’m still extremely focused on losing weight and I have even set a new goal for myself. I’d love to see myself under 250 pounds, so I need to lose almost 50 pounds to reach my new goal.

Even though this past weekend was full of unhealthy delicious food, I’m still going to tell you about it. Trust me, it’s worthy of sharing!

On Saturday night, my sister paid for dinner for Megan and I since I was watching Ethan over night for her. She didn’t have to do that, I would have done it for free, but it was so nice of her to do that for us. Since we’d be in Plano, my sister suggested a few places and Meg and I decided on a place called Zanata.

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We both had a glass of red wine to start. Then, we shared the brussels sprouts hot appetizer which also had cauliflower, sweet potato, and bacon in it.

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It came with a delicious sauce we both loved and couldn’t figure out what it was. We asked and the waitress told us it was caesar dressing. Sounds weird but it was great on the brussels sprouts!

I ordered the Happy Hour pizza for my entree which had tequila pineapple, spec ham, bourbon onion, mozzarella, arugula, and crushed black pepper.

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I ate most of it (we shared) and this was all that remained.

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Sad little pizza slice sitting all by himself. 😦

Megan ordered one of their specials. It was a beef tri-tip with some fancy named noodles and a spinach pesto with some kind of cream sauce. It was also very delicious.

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Since we were treating ourselves, we also shared a dessert. We ordered the lemon basil cheesecake. It was sooooooo creamy and VERY yummy!

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Look at that creamy filling! It was the PERFECT balance of lemon, herb, and sweet.

If you’re ever in downtown Plano, TX, I suggest you try this place out!

The next day was filled with even more great food. We decided to start the day off right with our iced matcha green teas from White Rock Coffee and then head to Klyde Warren Park for some lunch from the food trucks.

We shared the banh mi tacos (my absolute favorite!) and 3 of the sliders from The Butchers Son food truck.

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We got the Mac-N Beefy, the Southern Hospitality, and the Dead Elvis sliders.

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These were really great! My favorite was the Dead Elvis with bacon, melted peanut butter, and melted Nutella. Mmmmm!

After the park, we went to Sprinkles to get a cupcake and we went to Dude, Sweet to get some chocolate. I heart this chocolate place so much. This time, I got a sampler box.

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Some of the chocolates tasted just like they said they would, and others fell kinda flat. Either way, it was fun trying all the cool flavors!

On our way out of town, we hit up The Container Store and drooled over all the different containers. It’s like they have containers for your containers! I could be so organized if I could afford to buy some of everything in that store. 🙂

Our last stop before leaving town was In-N-Out Burger.

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I’d never been before because we don’t have those in Tulsa so I thought I’d like to try it before we leave. I haven’t eaten red meat or burgers very often since I started losing weight. So I’m not sure if the burger was extremely delicious or if I just loved it because I hadn’t had a burger in so long! Haha, either way, it was tasty and I ate the whole thing.

Sadly, Megan and I had to come back home to Tulsa and back to reality. We really did have a great trip though and we found out that we vacation well together so we plan on vacationing together again for sure.

We’re both so addicted to matcha tea that who knows, maybe we’ll drive back down to Dallas soon for more!

It’s that time again…Foodie Pen-Pal reveal day!

For the month of June, I was lucky enough to get paired with Natalie who lives in Napa, CA!

She sent me a great box filled with delicious goodies!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t specific enough in saying why I preferred low sugar or sugar free items, so she sent me lots of sweet stuff. That’s ok though because I practiced self control (well, kinda…) and didn’t eat ALL the sweets she sent me.

Here’s what I got!

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Starting from the bottom, she sent two different flavored chocolate sticks from Lindt. I tried a couple bites of the caramel brownie one, and it was ok, but not my favorite. I gave the other one away because they just had too much sugar.

The two ziplock baggies are filled with homemade treats! I hadn’t ever gotten anything homemade in my box so I thought it was so great that she made stuff just for me. Natalie made toasted walnut brownies and lemon bars. I ate 3 of the brownies and half of a lemon bar and I had to call my BFF Megan to come get them before I ate them all. Thanks Meg for that! Of course I would have loved to keep eating the rest of the brownies because they were sooooo good but I had to practice self restraint.

Next, I tried the dark chocolate pomegranates. These were delicious, but also full of sugar. I ate some, gave some to Megan’s fiancé, and then gave the rest to my dad who loves pomegranates.

The Pirates Booty aged white cheddar puffs were my favorite! I easily ate these two bags right when I opened my box. I’m so glad Natalie sent these because I had seen them multiple times at Sprouts, but never tried them. Yum!

The last thing is the Israeli Couscous Mushroom Seasoning from Whole Spice in Napa Valley.

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It’s got a recipe on the back to make the couscous using this spice mix.

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I don’t really like mushrooms, but I think they give a good flavor, so I’m actually excited to try this and make the recipe since the mushrooms are chopped up and small. I’ll post about it as soon as I make the recipe!

If this sounds like fun and you want to sign up for Foodie Pen-Pals, click here!

Weekends: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

I don’t know why weekends are so much harder to eat healthy. I guess it’s because I don’t have a set routine on the weekends. I sleep in later. Or I am out and about running errands. Or I’m hanging out with my family. I eat out more on weekends, and this weekend was no exception.

I had BBQ on Friday night. I got the beer can chicken with vinegar based slaw. I decided since those 2 items were pretty healthy, I could have one unhealthy side, and I chose the house made chips with peach ketchup.

Saturday, I took my mom out for lunch for mothers day after we enjoyed facials at the salon. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant where I had Pho. I had been wanting to try Pho for a while now. It’s a delicious broth filled with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. It comes with a plate of add ins such as bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalapeños. You can also add hoisin and sriracha. Pho is amazingly delicious! The broth is super flavorful and it’s definitely something I can’t wait to have again.

Since I felt like I’d eaten a lot on Friday and Saturday, I made myself a taco salad for dinner Saturday night, filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, a little cheese, salsa, and ground turkey taco meat.

Sunday, my step-dad made lunch for mothers day. We had ribs, green beans, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, small baked potatoes, and my Asian coleslaw. I felt like for the most part, this was not too bad of a meal choice.

For dinner on Sunday, I was tired and knew I had a long Monday ahead of me, so I picked up some pre made sushi to have for dinner.

Monday’s eating wasn’t good. I had a spicy turkey with cranberry crepe for lunch with a side salad. I also had a Thai flavored gelato. It was mango, pineapple, and coconut. It was delicious and tasted like I was on the beaches of Mexico.

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For dinner I had a pizza from Top That Pizza.

After all of this eating out over the weekend, I was dreading the scale this morning. Even though I spent about 6 hours cleaning my apartment yesterday (which I’d say was a good workout) I still gained weight. Not that I was expecting to lose weight or anything, it just showed me how easily the weight can go back on. And by easily, I mean EASILY. That was definitely a wake up call, one I desperately needed.