Teriyaki Chickpea Bowls

I get it, it’s so hard to be inspired in the kitchen and sometimes we can easily fall into food ruts. With summer over and the kids back at school I am feeling so creative in the kitchen and I am really excited to get you fired up to switch things up and get cooking.

I love sharing recipes that are simple to make the criteria is that they should have 10 ingredients or less, ingredients that people have on hand in their kitchen, have two or less pots/pans and can be made in under 30 minutes. This recipe comes together so easily, and it’s really versatile, I actually created it two ways one with chickpeas and one with chicken so you can make the version that best suits your nutritional goals and needs. Feel free to get creative and add in your favourite veggies, the more the merrier!

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Mexican Pulled Chicken Tacos

I hope everyone had a great first week back at school. I know our home was a little sad that summer vacay was over but we are all loving the routine that back to school brings. I am not going to lie over the summer meal prepping and cooking wasn’t always on point. This week a huge focus for me was to get back into prepping lots of healthy meals - specifically family dinners, lunches and lots of snacks.

I got the kids to help with snack prep, they whipped up cookies and energy balls from the cookbook and made some with sunbutter so they would pack them in their lunches for school. I planned and prep a weeks worth of delicious dinners.

I was recently on a cooking video sharing easy dinners to whip up for moms, and this is one of my new recipes that I shared with the viewers. So obviously my next move was to share it here with all of you. The reason I love this dish is because it is so versatile, it can be made for dinner or as a freezer meal and it’s a hit with the whole fam. Honestly these types of meals are my fav because they are easy to make, flavourful, healthy and just really really good!

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Back to School Lunch Planner

Can you believe it is September already? It’s that time of year again where the kiddos are heading back to school. It is always a transition coming out of summer mode and jumping back into the routine of the school year. I know for more parents back to school means the dreaded chore of packing lunches. Coming up with healthy lunch ideas can be overwhelming and time consuming. Let’s take the guess work out of it by using a “cheat sheet” or visual template so your kids can help pack their own lunches.

Keep reading to grab my Top 10 Tips On How To Simplify Packing Healthy Lunches and Two Free Printable Templates.

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8 Practices To Boost Your Body Confidence Today Part 2

8 Practices To Boost Your Body Confidence Today - Part 2

Thanks for coming back! How are the practices working for you?

Have you been journaling about them? As with all things, being consistent will have the most effect! Let’s keep going!

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Matcha Protein Balls

Our family loves energy and protein balls and bars to fuel our adventures. I am constantly trying to come up with new variations to keep things fun and fresh. Lately I have been obsessed with everything matcha. Matcha smoothie bowls, chia pudding, teas and elixirs, cookies and now most recently protein balls.

Are you looking for a healthy snack that is packed full of nutrients your body desperately needs? Sure you are! who isn’t?

These tasty treats are not only delicious, seriously like so good they are also packed with antioxidants, amino acids, fibre and they are highly nutritious. Antioxidants are a powerhouse because they help stabilize harmful free radicals, which can wreak havoc on our bodies by damaging cells. Matcha protein balls are just the thing to help you recharge and energize your mind and body.

Try these energy boosting matcha protein balls today!

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Help is here! 8 Practices To Boost Your Body Confidence Today PART 1

Recently in my Insta story I polled the community to see who struggles with body confidence over the summer, and a whopping 80% of you said yes! The truth is, I’m not surprised because I have struggled with body confidence issues for a large part of my life. -- so I totally get it!

And it always seems to be a little worse in the warmer months. Summer means shorts, uggghhh… anyone else hate shorts as much as I do? And bathing suits make it feel like you are basically out in your bra and undies.

For the past 10 years I had my body confidence in check after years of working on myself, daily practices, journaling, affirmations etc. However after my Cookbook was released I put a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself to be perfect. In crept old negative, not so great habits and I found myself in a place I never thought I would return to. I am sharing this because I want to be real with you. I know it is not easy, and I know it doesn’t happen overnight. But over the past two months I have done the work (see tips and practices below) and I am so much happier in my body. This translates into more confidence in the way I look, feel, show up, walk, act and dress. That is on of the main reasons why I am really excited to share this information with you today, I want you to fall in love with your body and the way you look today and always.

Soooo…..What if we could shift the way we feel in our body today without losing weight or changing whatever it is that has you feeling less than in your skin? Poor body image can have a huge impact on your quality of life. A few negative thoughts can lower confidence levels, cause you to withdraw from social situations, and can possibly lead to depression. Negative body image isn’t something that should be taken lightly however it’s so common for women to come together and complain about their bodies. It’s time to change the conversation!  

Honestly, there is no way we can truly live the life we want to live when we feel self-conscious about the way we look. That is why I am so passionate about sharing things that help me improve my body confidence, because it truly changed everything! It changes the way you carry yourself, the way you walk in a room; you become happier now in this present moment and stop waiting to be happy when “I just lose 10 pounds” or “get rid of my love handles”.  I want women in all shapes and sizes to just love themselves today, exactly where they are. Because you are you, flaws and all -- you are perfect. The flaws make us who we are and honestly, wouldn’t you rather be you?

It has taken me a long time to learn that I was enough. For years, I thought if I just “weighed this much”, then I would be happy. The truth is I lost the weight, and then some and it didn’t make me happy at all. In fact, I felt worse because I reached my goal and didn’t find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Through my journey I have learned that to be happy in my body was a choice, and it was one that only I get to make. It’s not always easy, I get it…..that’s why I wanted to share some tried and true practices that helped (and still help) me to overcome my body image hang-ups and allow me to feel confident in the way I look today and every day. There are basically 8 of them. I’m sharing half today, and I will post the rest later, so that you have a chance to get some practice in.

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Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Do you have a morning routine?

If you are working towards creating a healthy lifestyle one of the best ways to do that is to start your day with a solid morning routine. We live in a fast pasted world where everyone seems to be lacking time, leaving society feeling busy and stressed. When you create a healthy morning routine you help to start your day on the right foot and find yourself in control of your health and happiness. So many people get caught up in starting their day checking their phone, this is not a productive, calming or time efficient way to begin your day. Do you think about how the way you start your day affects you?

Keep reading to check out the amazing benefits for investing in having a routine, find out what my routine looks like and grab my favourite new smoothie bowl - Magical Matcha Smoothie Bowl. Yum!

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Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eating During Summer Holidays

 

Who else is loving the perfect summer weather we have been enjoying so far? Ummm everyone right?

For us the longer days and warmer weather means more adventures outdoors, beach days and cottage time. I wanted to share that with all of the excitement of summer our family still commits to healthy eating even on vacation, weekends at the cottage and long weekends. I wanted to share how we do this and inspire you to do the same. I am so passionate about helping everyone make healthy eating a lifestyle and keeping it delicious, fun, attainable and works for them.

This is one of the reasons I created my new Community 30-Day Clean Eating Program is to show others ways to create a healthy lifestyle and make it accessible even during the summer months, through BBQ’s, parties and just life in general. I wanted to help coach people through the month and to make healthy eating work for you (with loads of my favourite, most delicious recipes). I am currently running this program and because it has been so life changing and successful we will be running it again Monday August 12th click to register: https://www.pamrocca.com/products/30-day-clean-eating-challenge 

One of the biggest tips to healthy eating is to make it consistent.

Do you eat the same way on Monday vs Friday? That has been one of the biggest factors for my healthy eating journey, I aim to treat weekends and holidays like any other day. Seeing as this is the most popular weekend for vacation I thought it would be a great time to share our Top 10 tips for healthy eating during the summer or on vacation.

Keep reading to grab the Top 10 Tips For Healthy Eating on Summer Holidays

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Buffalo Turkey (or Chickpea Tacos)

I love tacos! I mean who doesn’t?

Our fam could easily have this as a dinner one night per week but to avoid food ruts and boredom I am always on the look out to change up this basic recipe. Last week I posted a new Peanut Taco Recipe in a Lettuce Wrap and this just sparked more inspiration for more taco creations. This week I want to share my new Buffalo Turkey Tacos which again I am serving on a lettuce wrap for myself. As most of you know I am running a 30 day clean eating challenge and we aim to avoid gluten and dairy among other things, and lettuce wraps are a really simple and healthy alternative to wraps. This is one of my favourite recipe for a night where I am craving something a little less “healthy” and a little more fun or daring.

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Peanut Chicken or Chickpea Tacos In a Lettuce Wrap

 This past week I was feeling really creative in the kitchen and I took one of the recipes from my new cookbook - The Peanut Slaw Bowl and I wanted to make a spin on it and turn it into dinner. The chicken and chickpea tacos were the outcome and I couldn’t be more pleased with how easy and delicious this recipe is. Honestly dinner is ready in under 20 minutes and it can be a hit with the whole family. I do mine in lettuce wraps which makes it gluten free and lower in calories which suits my nutritional needs (as I am currently running a 30 day clean eating challenge if you want to join the fun click here https://www.pamrocca.com/custom-meal-plans) and my family enjoys their tacos in whole wheat wraps with no cilantro which suits their needs.

This recipe shows that you can eat clean and your food can and should be so flavourful, I would never post something that was bland or boring. That’s just not me. I want to get everyone excited to eat more veggies, to think twice about what we are putting in our bodies and make it so simple that there really are no excuses to not eat healthier. Because honestly you guys, what we eat affects how we feel each and every day…and I want you to all feel fantastic!

I created two versions of this recipe both are yummy! Pick the one that suits your nutritional needs and goals and enjoy.

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