Mexican cravings made healthy

I grew up eating a lot of Mexican food. Like, a lot. Being from LA, we have Mexican restaurants on nearly every street and you grow up loving it. Sometimes, a big fatty burrito sounds way better than a skinny little salad. And when you have that craving, it won’t go away until you get one. I came up with a healthier burrito that will satisfy your craving but will still keep you on top of your health and fitness goals.


Mexican Burrito Made Healthy
serves 1

1 large flour tortilla
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons of your favorite guacamole

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a pan, add the olive oil and heat to medium. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for one minute. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the corn and cook for one more minute. Add in the beans, rice, chili powder and salt and combine everything while cooking for one more minute. Take off of the heat.
3. Lay your flour tortilla down into a casserole dish. Add the veggie mixture into the middle of the tortilla and roll it into a burrito (there are YouTube videos online that help you with this).
4. Put the burrito in the dish seam side down. Pour the enchilada sauce on top and bake for 10 minutes. (If you don’t like wet burritos, then you can put it in the oven without the sauce)
5. Once out of the oven, transfer it to a plate and add the guacamole.

Try it out and let me know if it satisfies your Mexican food cravings!


My favorite post workout meals for any type of workout

Last week at the fitness class I taught, someone asked me what they should eat after working out. What you eat post workout is vital to recovery so it’s important to really know whats best to have. It does vary slightly depending on what type of exercise/how long of a workout you’ve done. If you look it up online, you’ll get all these confusing numbers for exactly how many protein grams to carb grams you should eat. I wanted to make it simple for everyone and let you guys know what exact food work for ME post workout. It may not work for everyone, but it’s a good starting point to try out.

I’ve done almost every type of sport there is, so I’ve been through all of the trial and error for what works post workout.

Here’s what works for me…

1.If you just finished a long endurance type of workout (45 minutes or more of biking, swimming, running, etc.), it’s important to refuel as well as get some protein and fat in there. I tend to drink my banana date smoothie. Here’s the recipe:

Banana Date Smoothie

362 calories, 25 grams protein

1 banana

1 packet/scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder)

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 pitted dates

1 tablespoon almond butter

1. Blend everything together for 30 seconds.

2. If it’s a muscle workout day such as HIIT or leg day, I go for something quick and tasty and that has higher protein and fat to help build muscle.

I am in LOVE with Perfect Bars! They’re gluten free, non-GMO, and most of their ingredients are organic. Plus, it’s made with superfoods and it has 17 grams of protein. Any of the flavors are great for post workout, but my favorites are carob chip and cranberry crunch. It also has 17 grams of good fat to keep you satisfied. Don’t be afraid of fat. If it’s good fat, then fat doesn’t make you fat!

3. If I’ve just finished a yoga class, I go for something to rehydrate. 

I like to guzzle down a freshly pressed green juice. This will give you all the nutrients you need without the calories (since you don’t burn as many calories during a yoga session). If you do a hot yoga or power yoga class, you may also want to add in a Perfect Bar with your green juice.


I hope this helps when you decide what to eat after your workout!

Green juice power up

love juicing! For my birthday two years ago, my parents got me a juicer and I’ve been juicing ever since! Green juices are filled with so many beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals that improve overall health, decrease your risk for chronic diseases and just make you feel all around great! If you don’t own a juicer, many restaurants and stores are selling green juices. But if you buy juices often, you should really consider buying your own juicer. Freshly pressed green juices provide so many more benefits than juice that has been sitting there for a few days. Plus, you can put whatever you like into your juice and get creative!
When possible, use organic vegetables and fruit! That way, you won’t consume any chemicals or GMO food! If you have to use conventional, peel the skin from the vegetables and fruits.


Here’s my favorite green juice recipe that helps pick me up when I’m feeling a little sluggish.

Green Juice
makes 1-2 8 oz glasses, depending on the size/freshness of your veggies

2 kale leaves
1 bunch of parsley
1 large cucumber, sliced to fit into the juicer
1/4 lemon (including the rind)
1 apple, sliced to fit the juicer
2 celery stalks
1 large carrot, sliced to fit the juicer


1. Turn the juicer on and alternate between squishier items, such as apple and cucumber, with harder items, such as parsley and carrot. This will help pull more juice through the juicer.
2. Once all the vegetables have been juiced, put your juice into a mason jar and let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to chill. It tastes better cold 🙂

Enjoy your green juice!

Vegan Chili

This is a staple in my busy student life. I make a big batch of this and have enough for three days of dinners. It’s a great make-ahead dinner because it actually tastes better if it’s been sitting around for a few days in the fridge! I made it vegan mostly because I’m too lazy to add in any ground chicken or turkey, but you can definitely add that in if you prefer meat in your chili. I’ve made it with meat before and it tastes just as amazing. I just wanted to provide the vegan version for those who prefer no animal products.

Because it is plant based, my chili is rather low in calories for it being a main course. It only has 281 calories per serving and it will definitely fill you up and KEEP you full. This meal is filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to keep you healthy. Plus, it’s figure friendly for the quickly approaching summer season! Make it ahead on a Sunday and you’ll have enough to feed you through Tuesday!


Vegan Chili

281 calories per serving

serves 3


1 15 oz can of kidney beans

1 15 oz can of black beans

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1. Drain the liquid from the can of black and kidney beans.

2. Pour the olive oil into a large pan and turn the heat to medium high. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Cook, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes.

3. Add the cans of beans, the tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, cumin, and chili powder. Turn the heat down to medium low and cook for 20 minutes, uncovered. Stir every 5 minutes. After the 20 minute simmer, the chili is ready to eat! Just make sure to let it cool before you eat it!

I hope you enjoy the chili! Try it out and tag me in your pictures on Instagram (healthyfoodylifestyle) or Twitter (@AutumnBates21) so that I can see your creations!

Fit Tip Friday: Do a group fitness class!

Today was the first day for my “Spring Break Shape Up” event! My friend and I ran a fitness class for girls to get in shape before spring break! A lot of girls freak out before spring break and try crash diets or don’t eat in order to get skinny for Cabo. We wanted to provide a fun outlet for girls to get in shape and become healthier without having to crash diet. Our first class was a complete success and all of the girls loved the workouts!





We also had Oakley, Perfect Bars, and Garden of Life (protein powder) sponsor our event with goodie bags!


Fitness classes are fun because you get to work out with a group which can help motivate you to push yourself just a little bit harder. Plus, you can try out new types of workouts without having to put together your own routine. If you are apart of a gym, check into the weekly workout schedules and try a new one out next week! Who knows, maybe you’ll find something you really like!

And if you’re a University of Arizona student… make sure to go to the next Spring Break Shape Up on March 7th and March 14th from 12 pm -1 pm!!!