I am officially less than 8 weeks out from my fitness competition. The intensity has definitely been kicked into high gear. I am doing way more cardio than I’d like, still lifting heavy (alleluia!) and still have quite a bit of energy! So far this journey has been quite the experience. I am challenging myself in ways I didn’t think I would ever challenge myself, I am learning a lot about the body and what it takes to get to an extreme fitness level and honestly, I am learning things about myself. One thing that I learned, if you eat the same meat product for weeks on end, cooked the same way, you will eventually become disgusted with it. True story. I gagged the other day dishing up some ground turkey, literally gagged. But, that just means it is time to start changing some things up and that is where these handy dandy meatballs come into play.
This last weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to go cheer on a close friend at her very first figure competition. She did so awesome and I am so proud of all of her hard work. She was grinding day in and day out and not once showed a sign of giving up. Her and the show totally got me pumped up for mine! I am happy I was able to see a show before popping my figure show cherry. I learned that you have to bring all your own towels and sheets to the hotel you are staying at, otherwise, they will gift you with a hefty fine if you stain any of theirs with your spray tan, you should cut the bottom of a red solo cup out and pee through it after getting spray tanned so nothing “splashes” up, and you should leave your red solo cup away from any other toiletries.
These meatballs are real easy to make and I use them for a pre-workout snack because they are little balls of protein! Protein can be one of the hardest macros to fit into your daily diet and most people do not consume enough in the day, especially women. So, I am taking it upon myself to share easy, quick and protein packed meals and snacks. Keep an eye out for more protein packed foods on the blog!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 4 large carrots
- 1½ cups broccoli florets
- ½ yellow onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a food processor, combine carrots, broccoli and onion and process for only about 5 seconds or until the veggies are chopped into really small pieces. You don't want to process too long so it turns to mush.
- Place the turkey, veggies and spices in a large bowl. With your hands, mix well.
- Use a ⅓ cup to measure out the meat and form into balls.
- Place on a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes.