To some people working out is a chore, so why do it on vacation? To others, it is a crucial part of their daily lives. For me, I need to workout to keep my mind at peace and push my body to the best of my ability. Going on vacation can get in the way of that, but only if you allow it. When visiting Walt Disney World depending on where you are staying, 9 times out of 10 there is a fitness center in your hotel. Which means wake up a little extra early to get your sweat on before you hit the parks. But what if you hotel doesn't offer a fitness center? Like my upcoming trip at Disney's Pop Century. I recently learned that Pop Century, Art of Animation and all of the Value Resort hotels do not in fact have fitness centers. While I don't find this to be much of an issue, some might.
But let's be honest, you don't need a gym to get a great workout. In fact walking through the parks all can be a workout enough. Referring back to one of my first posts, I've walked up to 8 miles a day at Walt Disney World. Regardless, let's say you still want to get a workout in not including all the walking. All you need is you, yourself and I. I'll even give you my secret.
Have you ever heard of HIIT? Or body weight workouts? You literally don't need anything but yourself! And speaking from experience, you can put yourself through the ringer with these workouts. You'll be out of breath, sweating and sore. Don't believe me? Try out some of my circuits below! There are zero excuses for hitting your goals, so don't let vacation be one of them!
Comment how your hotel workouts go!
*Repeat this entire circuit 3-5 times*
15 alternating lunges
15 push ups
15 leg lifts
30 seconds mountain climbers
30 seconds high knees
*Repeat this entire circuit 5 times*
30 seconds toe taps
30 seconds high low planks
30 seconds burpees
30 seconds froggies
30 seconds crunches
30 seconds scissor kicks
*Repeat this entire circuit 3-5 times*
15 jump squats
15 bear walk downs
30 seconds shoulder taps
30 second plank
15 spider man push ups
30 seconds jog in place
*Repeat this entire circuit 3-5 times*
30 seconds jumping jacks
30 seconds jab cross punches
15 burpees with a push up
30 second wall sit
15 bicycle crunches
15 v ups
On days I have the time, I love to cook myself breakfast. It is a form of self love, cooking for yourself. I also love to know that what I am eating is wholesome, where it is coming from since I purchased the items and what goes into the dish. I like to keep it simple, easy and quick so I can get on with enjoying my day.
1 slice of Ezekiel toast
2 whole eggs
2 sausage patties (Brand of your choosing)
When I said simple, you probably didn't realize I meant three ingredients. It really is that simple. I enjoy my eggs sunny side up, so my breakfast is two eggs sunny side over my slice of toast with 2 sausage patties on the side. I put brand of your choosing for the sausage, because it really is up to you. I eat Applegate turkey sausage. I like the taste, I like amount of calories in it and it's better then some other brands out there. I only have one slice of toast because let's be honest, I am always being cautious of the amount of carbs I intake. And to be honest, I used to eat two slices and would find myself throwing the second one out. As for the eggs, no I don't just eat the egg whites. Egg whites are so boring, flavorless and barely keep me full. There is tons of nutrients in the egg yolk as well as protein.
According to my fitness pal app, this breakfast is all of 320 calories. Doesn't get much better than that.
Delicious, simple, easy and protien packed. Need I say more? It's always great to switch up your meals so you don't get bored of eating the same things. I find that once I am eating the same meals often, that is when I'll fall off my diet and look for something more exciting. Instead, I try to keep it exciting by making at least one new recipe a week.
1 container of crab claw meat
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning
1/2 onion chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
4-6 large portobello mushrooms
1 teaspoon of olive oil
In a bowl mix all of your ingredients together. Remove stalk from your mushrooms and drizzle with olive oil. "Stuff" your mushrooms with your crab meat. Sprinkle black pepper, old bay seasoning and garlic powder on top. Bake on 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Enjoy right away!
Paella is my weakness. Growing up my grandmother always made her versions that made me fall in love with the dish. Having a Dominican background, I love all types of Spanish foods, because I grew up on them at my grandparents house. I decided I would try to make my own version of paella, that is a bit more healthier but still delicious. My conclusion? I should make this weekly!
What ingredients to choose from?
Depending on your style of eating, like regular, vegan, pescatarian this part would be up to you. Upon making my version, I had been eating more of a pescatarian diet so I wanted to stick to that. As for vegetables to put in and what kind of rice, that's also up to you. I used brown rice for a healthier option.
Shrimp (I used fresh, 24 bag of shrimp)
Vegan chorizo (comes in a pack of 4-5)
Peas (1 cup of frozen or fresh)
Red pepper (1 whole red bell pepper diced)
1 onion (diced)
3 cups of low sodium organic chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
Saffron (2 threads)
Salt (To taste)
Pepper (To taste)
Turmeric (To taste)
1. Begin by heating a large sauce pan with olive oil and adding in your onions, garlic, and pepper with salt and pepper.
2. Once vegetables have a nice golden brown add in your rice and chicken stock, with saffron and turmeric.
3. Continue to stir.
4. Bring down to a simmer and add in your chorizo.
5. Add in shrimp once chorizo is nearly cooked.
6. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soak up all of the liquid. Add seasonings as you taste
I often write about swapping out foods. I do not believe that to be healthy you have to sacrafice foods that you love. I do however find that there are better options to still have some of your favorite dishes. One of my favorites spaghetti and meatballs can be done a few different ways. As I spoke about in a previous post, spaghetti squash is a great alternative to regular pasta. Today I still needed to fit in my carbs for the day, so I opted for a different noodle. Soybean pasta, which tastes delicious and kind of like a real box of regular pasta. It has packed with protein which is another plus. I picked this pasta up at my local Stop & Shop in our organic section. There are so many different options depending on what you prefer. Some others are black bean pasta, edamame, chickpea, brown rice and spinach pasta.
Ingredients for meatballs:
1 cup of breadcrumbs (whole wheat)
1 glove of chopped garlic
1lb of ground chicken
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl to form your meatballs. Heat a sauce pan with olive oil and crisp the meatballs, 1 minute on each side. Once the meatballs have coloring, put on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Boil 2 cups of water, cook the pasta from 5-10 minutes, drain and enjoy!
Everyone loves a good cheat meal. The best part is eating your food and not thinking how many calories or macros are in it. Just enjoying the peace of your food and life. Not every day, every meal can be scheduled. And it's okay to let your hair down sometimes. I have a serious weakness for Mexican food. Tacos, empanadas, nachos, burritos, you name it I'm in. So naturally this cheat meal revolves around one of my favorite dishes, nachos.
1 bag of tortilla chips (flat not scoops)
1lb of ground beef
1 can of refried beans
1 can of black olives
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1 bag of shredded mexican cheese
1 packet of taco seasoning
Begin by spreading the chips down on your pan first, and topping it with cheese. Set your pan aside, as you make the ground beef with 1 onion and 1 pepper diced. Add in taco seasoning. In a small pot cook the refried beans, then spread it on top of the cheese. Once the meat is complete, spread it evenly on top of the cheese and refried beans. Then add more cheese to the top, as well as black beans, corn, fresh tomato, black olives and cilantro. Set your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12-16 minutes. (Keep checking every 5 minutes or so to bake the chips to your liking). Once it is done, ready to serve!
These nachos go best with a side of margaritas! :)