5 Healthy Ways to Cook Chicken

Whenever I think of “healthy meals” I always resort to grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli. How BORING, amirite?! I believe a lot of people fall off the health bandwagon because of these types of thoughts.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there is SO much more to healthy food than that! You can be so creative with what you eat so that it keeps you interested, and you continue to eat right.


Instead of giving you some recipes today, I am going to talk about 5 ways to cook chicken that will most definitely keep you coming back for more! This way, you can put your own spin to the cooking styles, and enjoy for meals to come.



I like my grilled chicken super simple, so I usually take my chicken breasts and season them with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Plus, this helps the flavor of the grill come through in the meat. Make sure the grill is clean and oiled up (don’t overkill it) and lay the chicken on the grill. You really don’t want to overcook the chicken (165 internal temp is ideal) so using a fire that’s between 375-400 Fahrenheit will work perfectly.

TIP: Pounding out the chicken before grilling will help even out the temperature throughout the breast, This will help ensure that the thinner edges don’t get overcooked while the thicker middle is undone.


Baking is an easy way to keep chicken moist, but it’s also an easy way to overcook and dry the chicken out. You’re going to want to heat your oven to 450 degrees and bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes. This will allow for a nice crispy outer layer, and a tender, moist inside.

TIP: I like to season my baked chicken with Mrs. Dash lemon pepper. GUYS. SO. GOOD. Try it, you’ll thank me later.


The main difference between roasting and baking is the form of the meat you are cooking. Generally you will ROAST a whole chicken, while you would BAKE a breast or thigh. Roasted chicken is amazing, and there are so many options to stuff it, season it or cook with vegetables and potatoes.


Poaching can be seen as boring, but it’s a good healthy way to cook your poultry. It will also ensure that your meat is incredibly moist. WOOHOO! I like to season the liquid in which I am poaching my foods in, because that flavor will end being the seasoning.

TIP: Use a base of chicken broth, I normally go for a low sodium one! Throw in some garlic, bay leaves, some sliced lemon and any extra spices laying around and you’ve got yourself a great base.

PS- Poached chicken is PERFECT for a chicken salad!


Braising is a cooking style that incorporates both the wet and dry heats. You will first sear the meat (dry heat) and then finish it in a liquid (about 2/3 of the way up the meat) at a lower temperature.


Try some of these new cooking methods and play around with the seasonings! It will definitely help ‘spice’ up your life 😉

Eat up my friends, I hope you enjoy!!

Xo, Dev

How do you go to the gym if you’re out of town? How do you make sure you eat well when you can’t cook at home? How do you ensure that you’re taking care of your body?

Ugh, it’s been a LONG day. I travel for work generally every other week and it’s wicked hard to keep up a healthy lifestyle.

When I think of training arms, I usually think about hitting the weights at the gym. Today, I wanted to go over some key exercises that you CAN do at pretty much any hotel that has a gym, and most of this routine you won’t even need a gym!

I always stay at a hotel that at least has a fitness facility. That can mean that there is a room with a treadmill in it, or it can mean there is a whole rack of weights. You never know!


Arm Circles: Standing up, move your arms in forward circles for 30 seconds, and then backwards for 30 seconds.

Push-Ups: Get in plank position with your hands shoulder width apart. BONUS: Put your hands in a diamond shape for a harder training. 15 per set.

Decline Push-Ups: Create a decline by resting your feet on a box, bench or exercise ball with your hands on the floor shoulder width apart. Bring your elbows to a 90 degree elbow. You will feel more tension in your shoulders and upper arms. 15 per set.

Tricep Dips: Position your hands shoulder width apart on a bench or box, slide your butt off of the bench with your legs straight. Slightly bend your elbows and make sure to keep tension on your triceps and not your elbow joints. 10 per set.

Planks: Place forearms on the ground parallel to the body, keep your butt and abs tucked in, hold for 45 seconds.

Planks with Dips: Get in plank position, but drop your left side to the ground, then rotate your right side to the ground. You will feel this in your oblique muscles. Continue for 45 seconds.

Decline Mountain Climbers: Get in handstand position using a wall for support, hands shoulder width apart. Slowly bring your left knee in to your stomach, then straighten. Next bring your right knee in to your abs and straighten. 20 times each side.

Medicine Ball Sit Up Throws: Grab a medicine ball and get in a sit-up position. Bring the medicine ball over your head so that your arms are parallel to the floor, holding the ball. As you curl your abdomen to do a full sit up, bring the medicine ball with you. At the peak of the sit-up, toss the all in the air and then catch it. Once the ball is caught, release your position and decline back down to the ground bringing the ball back above your head.

All of these exercises are able to be done with little to no equipment! And I promise you – your arms WILL feel the burn if you push yourself and do it correctly. The key to these exercises is form!

Let’s continue to travel, but live a healthy life along the way 🙂

Xo, Dev

Me… Basically

Hey, I’m Devynne. People call me Dev. Mostly because they can’t figure out how to pronounce my name at first (tip: it’s Dev-in). I’m new to this blogging thing, but I needed an outlet. So I figured my outlet can be your win-let… get it?

I’m 24, going on 50?? I guess I’m not your average young adult- I left the bar scene back in 2015. I’m an adventurous soul…. a go-getter. I have an awesome boyfriend, Wesley, and a pretty cool dog. His name is Jax.. Wesley thinks we named him after a character from Mortal Combat (WHY would I ever do that? I don’t know!), but really he was named after Jax from Sons of Anarchy. He’s a German Shepherd for all you animal lovers out there; he’s tan and as built like wolf, but has a heart of GOLD. We even tried to put him in canine training (boyfriend is a police officer) but he got kicked out because he didn’t have any aggressive attributes. I’m okay with that though, because now I have the sweetest dog on Earth. He’s my best friend. Having an animal as a best friend is totally acceptable, I promise.

I love food, fitness, travel and… food. Food is the basis of life, at least for me it is. I grew up with my own make-believe restaurant stemming out of the kitchen in my mom’s house, and every night I would create a new menu made up from whatever was in the pantry and deliver it to my family. I called it the ‘Kovacks Diner.’ I always said it in a Southern accent, and wore my grandmothers apron swinging my hips around like I was a true Southern housewife. Imagine: A little 8-year-old Devynne with short brown hair, who had grown up in New Hampshire for most of her life wishing… WISHING that she was a Southern housewife with her own diner. Not most kids dreams, right? Well it was mine. That’s where my love of food began. Fast forward 10 years I went to college to get my Culinary degree. Worked in a few well known kitchens, including a Disney World Signature Restaurant and then I realized – it’s not all it’s cracked up to be! I’m talking about cooking, of course. So I quit. That’s how I got here, to the corporate world. It’s good pay, great schedule and good benefits. I guess that’s the practicality of it.

Fitness is something I got into in 2015. That’s when I moved down to Georgia and ate too much fried chicken… it was worth it though #foodie. Then I went to Las Vegas and had just a little bit too much to drink. Once I got out of my drunken (hungover) state of mind I looked back at the pictures and realized I had become quite a little chub! Soon after, I started following programs and came to the realization that the gym is filled with more than just treadmills. Who knew?! It’s been 2 years since I picked up the gym weights and dropped the belly weight (40 pounds of it!) and I feel SO GOOD.

Here’s to full bellies and buns of steel!

xo, Dev