Favorite Healthy Recipes and Snacks

As most of you know, I’m right in the midst of training for Miss USA which requires lots eating healthy and working out. Miss USA will actually be my fifth pageant (I was previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA and competed at Miss Teen USA in 2008), meaning this is the fifth time I’ve had to get my body ‘pageant ready,’ meaning losing a few pounds and toning up more than anything. Trust me when I say I wish there was some magic supplement or workout class I could take to make it happen overnight, but there just isn’t a healthy way to make it happen without good, old fashioned diet and exercise. I’m no nutritionist or fitness expert by any means, but lots of friends and readers have been asking me what my favorite easy, healthy recipes and snacks are so I thought I would share a few each month, starting  today.

1. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

If I’m being honest, I make this recipe two, sometimes three times per week and it’s just as amazing every time. Sometimes I’ll eat the chicken over salad for lunch or with brown rice and veggies like asparagus or steamed broccoli for dinner. You can also skip the teriyaki sauce and use this chicken in tacos, quesadillas, plain on chicken salads, or use any other sauce you wish. My favorite!

2. Overnight Oats

The key to maintaining your healthy eating plan is to always change it up so you never get bored. I love overnight oats because you can make so many variations of it by adding chocolate, sliced almonds, cinnamon, fruit, PB2, you name it. Here’s one of my all-time favorites:

3. Instapressed Juice

There is nothing like a fresh pressed juice in the morning, as a post-workout snack, or even if you need just a little pick-me-up throughout the day. I drink Instapressed because they have a wide variety of flavors (favorites are Green Aloha, Sunshine and Fruitburst) and they’re made with fresh, raw, local ingredients.

4. Quest Bar Cinnamon Roll

Ahhhhh, Cinnabon. I truly believe that Cinnabons are one of the very best treats that was ever created, but I just can’t have them right now. And that’s okay, because I discovered a way healthier version that cures my Cinnabon cravings just the same in less than 200 calories (one Cinnabon classic roll has 850+ calories). Here is the recipe I use, straight from Quest Nutrition.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and thanks for reading!