Healthier Version Fish Burger

This is not my fish burger....my fish burger did not last long enough to be posed for a photo

This is not my fish burger….my fish burger did not last long enough to be posed for a photo

There’s a little restaurant a few towns over that boyfriend and I love and they make the most delicious fish burger.  I know what you may be thinking “Fish burger?  Gross.”  But it’s not gross….it’s soooo good.  *And I live in Nova Scotia where there is an abundance of seafood. Jealous?)

When I was really little I loved McDonalds’s Filet-o-Fish.  Back in the day, eating at McDonald’s was a treat, not the everyday norm that it seems to be now – and again, I’m not that old.  But my parents raised us on pretty healthy home-cooked meals and eating at fast food joints just didn’t happen that often.  But when I got to go, I almost always  got the F-o-F.  I can’t even recall the last time I’ve had one of those…probably high school.

And, as I was saying, this particular restaurant makes a YUM fish burger and it’s not super battered or super greasy – which is perfect.  So, a few days ago I got a craving for a fish burger.  But, because of my evening fitness classes, I have to plan my meals out so that a) I’m not going to the gym and then classes with a heavy stomach  b) I’m not getting home until close to 10pm and chowing down and hitting the sack on a heavy stomach (PLUS – who wants to clean up all those dishes at, like, 11 o’clock at night?).

So, here’s the thing: Tuesday nights are (for now) my no class nights which means I left work, hit the gym and then made myself a great dinner of a healthier version fish burger.  I literally just inhaled it because it was so good.

I baked a lightly seasoned haddock filet – NOT battered and NOT fried – and threw it on a whole grain crustini bun with some spinach and light garlic mayo and had a side of grilled purple cabbage*.

Not quite as good looking as mine

Not quite as good looking as mine

It all was so wonderfully indulgent and delicious and to be perfectly honest, if I had made two fish burgers I probably would have eaten two fish burgers because it was just.that.good.  (Okay, just want to say here that I really wouldn’t have eaten two fish burgers, I’m just trying to emote here how darn good my dinner was.)

*By the way, cabbage is delicious raw or cooked and has an abundance of health benefits including being packed with fiber and vitamins and potassium.  I often chop some up and eat it when I’m craving something sweet or crunchy or snacky.

Let me just say this, my dinner tonight was better and obviously more nutritious than any fish burger and side I could get at a restaurant (especially a fast food restaurant).  So, the next time you’re craving an indulgent, try making your own healthier version of it.

~Fit Fish Bitch 😉

 

30 Day Guns, Buns and Ab Challenge

Welcome to your next torture workout session.

This strength workout is designed to tone up in all the right places – your legs, your butt, your abs and your arms.  It’s a great workout on its own or to incorporate into your regular routine.

Have fun.

Guns, Buns and Abs - you're welcome

Guns, Buns and Abs – you’re welcome

~Fit Bitch

EDIT* Have had a question on how to proper leg lifts (ie, from the side, from a flat back) so I’m posting a photo sample to help with the visual.

Leg Lifts

Leg Lifts

Breakfast

eggs

For many years I avoided breakfast like the plague.  I don’t know how I got it in my head that breakfast was bad for me, but I did, and it stuck.

When I was little my mom would always have a hearty breakfast ready for me and my brother before we went off to school.  We would sit at our kitchen table and eat cereal or eggs or toast….something good to nourish our minds and our bodies and to keep us warm and alert and raring to go for the day.  And it kept us from being hungry until lunchtime.

Then in middle school I started skipping breakfast.  I think it started mostly because I was now a little older, didn’t have to rely on my mom to help me get ready and primping my 13-year-old self usually had me running behind on the clock and I just didn’t have the time to eat.  Once I reached high school and developed eating disorders I gave up on eating nearly altogether.  And then in college and work, again, I just didn’t have time and of course, after all those years my body just became accustomed to not eating in the mornings.  Here and there I’d grab a bagel or a muffin but most of the time I’d go without.

Then a couple of years ago I started eating breakfast (I’ve told you all about my egg addiction) and something happened….I felt good, I had more energy, I wasn’t sluggish, and most of all, I wasn’t starving the whole day.  It was sort of life changing.

Here is the main reason why breakfast really is the meal of champions:

People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese than those who don’t.  The word literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night.  If you don’t “break the fast” after going without food all night, your body goes into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism.  That means the next meal you eat will burn off more slowly.  Also, plenty of dieters forgo the first meal of the day, figuring they’ll end up eating fewer calories that way—when in fact, it works the other way around.  People who skip breakfast usually end up consuming more calories during the day, whereas those who start their day with a healthy meal end up consuming fewer calories overall.

Start the day with protein.  Protein makes you feel full longer so eating a high protein meal for breakfast will help to curb your hunger so you will make better nutrition choices throughout the day.  Eggs or egg whites are the best choice.  Other good choices are quinoa, turkey bacon, Greek yogurt. And don’t forego carbs – especially if you’re heading into your workout. All exercise relies on carbohydrate as carbs provide the energy that fuels muscle contractions.

Other reasons to eat breakfast:

1) Stay on Track – Studies show that if you start the day the right way, by choosing a healthy breakfast, you will be more likely to make healthy high fiber, and low glycemic choices throughout the day! This, of course, will help you lose weight more efficiently.

2) Boost Your Immune System – Eating a healthy breakfast will boost your immune system and as a result you will be sick less often, if at all. And when you are healthy you can get your workouts in to reach your weight loss goals.  So make sure to choose your healthy breakfast wisely!

3) Have More Energy – Having an omelet or another protein-filled breakfast will give you more energy to exercise and this will help you lose weight.

4) Curb Your Hunger – As mentioned above, a healthy, hearty breakfast will prevent you from snacking and overeating at other times in your day.

4) Insulin Health – Studies show that people who eat breakfast have more stable insulin levels, and this will put them in a better mood. Happy people usually make better nutrition choices and this will aid in your weight loss journey (kinda like what Elle said in Legally Blonde – “Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  Happy people don’t shoot their husbands.  They just don’t.”)

~Fit Bitch

Gym Peeps be Like…

A few Gym gifs for a Thursday chuckle.  Enjoy.

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~Fit Bitch