Today you get to meet not just one, but two incredibly inspirational people! Anna and Austin are a unstoppable husband and wife team, and the faces and voices behind @EquippingStrength. They are both certified personal trainers in Dallas, and also offer nutrition coaching and will work with you to help you meet your personal goals. I just love their heart for people and desire to help people be the healthiest happiest version of themselves. They really are a fantastic team with daily motivational tidbits and workouts, and they’re just so darn cute together! I hope you enjoy reading their list of 15 Favorite Foods From 2015.
15 of Our Favorite Foods From 2015
By: Anna & Austin Pilling
1. Sweet potatoes: We love these because they are packed
with nutrients and SO versatile! You can use them to
make sweet potato hash (my favorite), fries, and even
sweet potato hummus! Delish!
2. Grandma’s Hummus: The absolute BEST store-bought
hummus! It tastes fresh and just like hummus you
would get at a really good Greek restaurant. You can
find it at Whole foods or Central Market!
3. Trader Joes Reduced Guilt Guacamole: If you have a
serious love for guacamole like I do, you will notice you
will be packing on the fat calories if you aren’t careful.
That is why I LOVE this guacamole! It’s made with
Greek Yogurt, so it cuts down on the fat and bumps up
the protein a bit! Perfect for dipping your chicken or
4. Chicken Kabobs: Our staple when we go out to a
Mediterranean restaurant but also great to make at
home on the grill! Grilled veggies + Grilled Chicken =
5. Saffron Rice: By now you can probably tell we love
Greek/Mediterranean food! I, personally am not a huge
rice person (my husband, now that’s a different story!)
but I love saffron rice. Something about the flavor
makes it like a whole different food!
6. Halo Top Creamery: I’m alone on this one because
Austin doesn’t like sweets (how could he not, right?!)
but this ice cream is my top FAVORITE find in 2015.
Lower in sugar AND fat, Halo Top is creamy goodness
packed with protein AND fiber. Unlike some of the
other low calorie/fat ice creams, this one tastes like
REAL ice cream!
7. Quest Bars: Our FAVORITE protein bars, and trust us
we’ve tried them all! These have 20g of protein, 7-9g of
fat, and about 22g carbs. Chocolate chip cookie has to
be the BEST one of all! Want to know a secret? Remove
cookie dough quest bar from wrapper and microwave
for 10-12 seconds, then EAT. Warm and gooey like a
chocolate chip cookie! YUM!
8. Maranatha Almond Butter: We both LOVE nut butter!
This is one of our favorite brands because it is creamy,
all natural, and you don’t have to stir it! Win, win!
9. Zoodles: I registered for a spiralizer (Paderno brand)
when we got married last year and it’s one of the best,
most used gifts I’ve ever received, because ZOODLES,
aka Zucchini Noodles! I peel the zucchini, spiralize it,
and sauté the zoodles on a pan until soft. Then I add my
protein, sauce, and eat it like spaghetti! Low carb yet
10. Cellucor Protein: Hands down the best tasting whey
protein we’ve ever tried! It’s one of the BEST for baking
too! Molten Chocolate and Vanilla are staples in our
house. I’ve made protein pancakes, waffles, muffins, pb
protein bites, and more using this protein! If you’re
running short on time in the mornings, add a scoop to
your oatmeal! If you order at Cellucor.com you can
receive 25% and free shipping using promo code
11 Salsa: A must have at ALL times! We put salsa on
literally everything! It’s great as a dip, marinade, salad
dressing, etc! Have you ever heard of Salsa Crock-pot
chicken? Place raw chicken breast in the crock-pot and
cover with a jar of salsa. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Shred chicken breasts with a fork and Voila! You have
shredded chicken that’s juicy & delicious!
12. Roasted Veggies: Give me ALL the veggies! Brussel
sprouts, cauliflower, bell peppers, butternut squash,
carrots and more! Drizzle with olive oil and roast in
oven at 425 for about 20-25 min.
13. Honeycrisp Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor
away! These apples are our favorite because they are
crispy with a hint of sweetness. Drizzle a little peanut
butter on top, sprinkle with cinnamon and you have the
14. Pizza: Give me a patio on a fall evening, a glass of wine,
and a slice of pizza and I’m a happy girl. We love going
out for date nights at our favorite pizza spot, Fireside
Pies. Other times we order in or make homemade pizza.
Definitely a top favorite! I love pizza with lots of
toppings: spinach, veggies, goat cheese, a little
mozzarella, and roasted chicken…okay I’m getting
hungry now. 😉
15. Chicken Fajitas: Another one of our favorites when
we want a quick meal out is Chicken Fajitas for two. We
can go to Glorias and within 10minutes of ordering our
sizzling fajitas are out. It’s so easy to watch your
portions when it comes to fajitas. If you’re cutting carbs
or just calories in general, then nix the chips and
tortillas and load up on guacamole, chicken, and
veggies. So delish! They are also a great quick and easy
option to make from home!
Thanks for reading,
Anna and Austin