Bad Boy Turned Prince Charming: How George Won My Heart with Healthy Meals
“I like a man who looks like a bad boy but knows how to treat a woman like a queen.”
- Candice Swanepoel
People come into our lives when we’re ready for them… and this is exactly how it went down with me and George.
If I had met him one year earlier, I probably would have dismissed him. Why? I liked “bad boys,” and by that I mean I had the same debilitating complex shared by so many young women: I didn’t value myself enough to date men who treated me well. Simply put: George would have been “too nice” for me.
It wasn’t until I was 32 that I came into my own as a fully functioning adult and spiritually fit human. I embraced a simple truth: relationships aren’t 50/50… they’re 100/100, and when you’re finally “100,” you can attract another “100.” That’s when the magic happens.
The night I met George, I was attracted to his big muscles, his sexy tattoos, and his history in the nightlife industry, which is something we both shared. I thought I found myself a real bad boy... and I was psyched!
Imagine my surprise when he showed up unexpected at my office two days later with chocolate covered strawberries, and then surprised me with a weekend trip to a B&B on Valentine’s Day, a mere two weeks into our relationship. Oh and the first time he slept over? He sent me flowers the next day. And it’s been this way ever since...
George is the guy who opens doors, holds umbrellas, and asks “is there anything else I can get you” every night before getting in bed. Some other classic George moves?
He has my calendar synced up with his, and texts me before every big meeting to wish me good luck.
He always offers to take the mornings with Mason so I can get out to an early gym class, because he knows it’s good for my mind, body, and soul.
He tells me he loves me all the time, for no reason.
The list goes on...
And the real jackpot? He cooks!! All the amazing NYCfitfam recipes we share with you guys come from George…. he is a genius in the kitchen, and there is truly nothing sweeter than how he spoils me with culinary indulgences while I’m pregnant.
He starts when the sun comes up, easing my morning sickness with healthy protein pancakes at dawn, and doesn’t rest until evening, when he takes favorite comfort foods from my youth and reverse engineers them to create healthy alternatives for me to enjoy.
One of my favorite dinners when I was growing up was breaded chicken cutlets with mashed potatoes and a side of savory veggies. My mom would make it for us at least once a week and I can still taste it when I close my eyes.
George replicated it for me, only better (sorry Mom!). He “health-ified” the veggies and replaced the carb-y bread crumbs with Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds. Hemp is a super plant, and at 10 grams of protein per 30-gram serving, hemp foods contain twice the amount of protein compared to flax or chia, and are lower in carbohydrates. Plus, they have a slightly nutty flavor and crunchy texture that makes this dish over-the-top amazing.
Dying to taste it yourself? Since I can’t send George to each and every one of you personally (sorry, I’m a bad sharer!), I figured second best would be to give you his recipe…. Here ya go!
GEORGE'S MANITOBA HEMP SEED CRUSTED CHICKEN CUTLET DINNER
1 pound organic chicken breast (5 cutlets)
2 cups Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds
2 tspn “butter” (use real or healthy alternative of choice)
1 medium size yellow zucchini
1 medium sized green zucchini
1 small red onion
1 medium size clove elephant garlic
1 large Oriental sweet potato
2 dash Himalayan sea salt
1/4 tspn turmeric
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional)
Olive oil spray
Pre heat oven to 375, lightly spray a large 2 inch deep pan (most any pan will do) with olive oil spray, (wipe off excess).
Pour hemp seeds into a large baggie and add 1 chicken breast at a time. Close baggie and shake. Repeat for all 5 breasts. Remove each, place in pan, and place in middle rack of oven.
Cook length varies depending on size of chicken breast, but approx 35 minutes.
In a large pan coated with a light layer of Olive Oil spray, place diced garlic and onion. On low heat, cook until the garlic looks a bit brown.
Add shredded zucchini (use large grating area on cheese grater).
Add one (1) dash of salt and turmeric, cover on very low heat.
ORIENTAL SWEET POTATOES
Peel and cut large sweet potato into like sized chunks and place in boiling water. Boil until soft, (not to fast) and drain.
Add butter, one dash of salt and almond milk. (optional) Mash and whip until smooth.
Serves 5 adults.
Oh and because I love you all, I’m including a coupon for you guys to snag some Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds yourself…or you can also find them in the baking aisle at your local Walmart. You can score $1.50 off using this coupon, PLUS you get an extra $.50 off as a Walmart shopper!
*Compensation was provided by Manitoba Harvest. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Manitoba Harvest.