Meals I Prepped This Week

For the past year I have been using If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) as my "diet" plan. Meal prep each week has been the key to my success. I regularly get asked what I prep, so I thought I would start sharing some of my meals, to hopefully help others out.

I haven't been tracking my macros diligently because I eat similar things each week and kind of know where I sit. If you're getting started, tracking is absolutely a must. I use My Fitness Pal because it's free and has the most foods listed in it.

I try to keep my meal prep as simple as possible. I always buy microwave rice and steam bags of veggies. Many weeks, I buy a rotisserie chicken or some other already prepared protein. My snacks are generally pre-packaged, too. I opt for the low sugar or sugar free options whenever possible. I spend about 30-45 minutes a week on my meal prep.

Everyday I eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, after workout protein shake and dinner. For breakfast, 99% of the time I have 2 eggs and oatmeal.


1/4 cup Jasmine Rice, 1/2 cup green beans, 4 oz chicken breast tenders and a Rice Krispie for dessert

I take all of my lunches and snacks for the week to my office and put them in the mini fridge. That way they're always on hand and I don't risk forgetting my lunch one day.


blueberries, cucumber, greek yogurt, granola to top my yogurt and a bar of some sort (pictured are reduced sugar granola bars)

I consistently have greek yogurt (I'm a BIG fan of the whipped version right now) for my morning snack. I usually have a handful of fruit with or around lunch. In the afternoon, I have a veggie and before I go workout I eat a protein or granola bar. 


tacos with 90/10 ground beef, salsa, 100 cal guacamole and carb balance tortillas

For my dinner this week I prepped taco meat and plan to make 2 each night. For dessert I have some reduced fat ice cream and strawberry bars. I also keep sugar free jello around for a late night snack.

What are your go to meals?

xo, arielle


How Has My Beauty Routine Changed? | Products I Currently Use


If you followed my blog between 2011-14, you know I had gobs of product. I don't even know how many products I used in a single day but I do know this much, today, I am using a fraction of that.

I don't really feel the need to wear much makeup anymore. Even though back at the height of my blog I wanted to say I wore it because I loved it, in all honesty, I only felt pretty with makeup. When I realized that, I started to slowly cut out what I was using and got comfortable in my own skin. I still love beauty products and enjoy testing them out but what I use is scaled back.


I went blonde in the fall and now I'm back to brunette, so I need a good color safe shampoo. I was using drugstore options but they just were not cleaning the grease out. I decided to go for Redken, a recommendation from a friend. I chose the Redken Color Extend Magnetics and while it cleans my hair, it really isn't anything special to me. I will probably pick something else when this runs out. I also deep condition weekly-bi weekly. Right now I'm using Hask Argan Oil (I still love the Hask Henna 'n Placenta I reviewed here) but I really just pick up whatever packet I can find at Sally or the drugstore. I grab whatever hairspray we have on hand but it's usually Aussie. I also still use the Psssst! dry shampoo (HG products) that I raved about forever ago. 


If there is an area where I made some serious changes, it was in my skincare. I was using wash, toner, lotion, eye cream, acne treatment...you name it. Now I just use an apricot scrub and Ponds lotion. I still use my Clarisonic a few times a week. For blemishes, I just pop on whatever 10% Benzoyl Peroxide product I have on hand. I talked about a long time ago my choice to go off of the pill. Unfortunately, it was a disaster for my skin. I broke out EVERYWHERE, worse than ever. I went back on and now I remain very clear skinned. A few times a month, I'll use whatever mask packet that sounds good from the drugstore or I'll make one from oatmeal. 

I love to stay bronzed throughout the year, so I use the Banana Boat Summer Color (HG product). I have been using it for 6+ years and it is the best out of any I have tested (from high end to drugstore). I prefer the deep dark over the medium tone. In between applications, I use a glow lotion to maintain the color. The Earth Therapeutics Foot Balm (HG product) has been my go to for a number of years to keep my feet in check. 


I have also scaled back quite a bit on makeup. I no longer find primers necessary and I haven't worn eyeshadow in months. It takes me about 5 minutes to do my makeup (where before it was at least 45).  My main products are bareMinerals. I have always loved their line and they have stayed in my stash this whole time. I prefer the natural, no makeup look their line gives me. I use the matte foundation, Mineral Veil, bronzer and a basic toned blush. I was sent some IT Cosmetics products over the last few months and been using their Brow Power & Your Skin But Better CC compact. The compact works just like the pump version I loved a couple of years ago. For eyes, I always keep liquid and retractable liners around. I'm using Wet 'n Wild MegaLast and Milani Liquid (HG product). Both serve my needs perfectly. I recently bought the CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara and like it a lot for volume. However, my fav is still the Charlotte Tilbury

Any surprises on my cutbacks? What are you all loving right now?

xo, arielle

Disclosure: The IT Cosmetics Products were PR samples sent to me for review consideration. No affiliate links present.


Protein Cinnamon Roll Recipe

If you have a sweet tooth but don't want to be in a calorie overload there are tons of ways to make desserts more friendly to your diet. I love doing protein mug cakes and the one I'm showing you today is cinnamon roll!

Protein Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
Macros: 3F/12C/27P 172 calories

1 scoop of vanilla or cinnamon protein powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of Splenda
1/4 cup of milk
1/2  tsp vanilla flavor
1 tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup

Mix the protein powder, baking powder and Splenda packet in a bowl or mug. Add milk and vanilla. Whisk vigorously with a fork until all chunks are gone. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and syrup. Pour into your cake batter in a swirl. Depending on your microwave, nuke for up to 1 minute (I find 45 seconds is about perfect). If you want to make a frosting, mix protein powder and milk in the same way you would make royal icing (about 1 tsp powder to 1/2 tsp milk) and spread on top.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! For more, subscribe to my YouTube channel and like the video so I know to bring you more content like this.

xo, arielle


The Best Free Guided Meditations

I have been practicing meditation for a few years now but it wasn't as useful to me until after my divorce when my mind was in shambles. I was really struggling with my thoughts and meditation was a way to ground myself, connect and heal. These are some of the meditations I used and continue to use to help keep my life in flow and relaxed. I consider them the best free guided meditations out there. 

You can begin and end your day with these morning and evening meditations from Gabby Bernstein. I like to use these when life is feeling chaotic and I need some balance.

Want to fill yourself with peaceful energy? Try the light sourcing meditation from Rebecca Campbell. I just discovered this one and I felt super relaxed after.

If you feel like you are being pulled in many different directions, this cord cutting meditation by Rikka Zimmerman could do the trick! I use this one whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by the people in my life.

Having trouble forgiving someone? This meditation from Gabrielle Bernstein is sure to help. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to turn to this one over the years.

If you are wanting to attract your perfect mate, I love the Medi-Dating album. This one really helped me when I was working on attracting my partner.

If you're brand spanking new to meditation, try my intro to meditation class. It's a very basic and easy way to get yourself started.

Looking for more? Tara Brach has quite the library. Here are a bunch more from Gabby B that I regularly use, too. These ones from my fav mindfulness book are awesome.

Do you have any guided meditations that you love?

xo, arielle