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Meanwhile….SEPTEMBER FAVES.

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, Fridays, LIVE FIT TRAINER, popular recipes, Uncategorized On September 27, 2013 0 Comments

In other news….

ITS FALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

That’s right! I absolutely LOVEthis time of year:) Today’s post may not have to do with my LIVE FIT TARINING PROGRAM, and it may be quite random to most of you, but….I just felt compelled to share with y’all some of my absolute FAVES this month.

September is the BEST month. It marks the beginning of boots and sweater weather, and everything cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. The leaves start to change and the air finally crisps up. I’m in the HOT San Fernando. Valley, so I’m beyond ready for this EFFIN heat to go bye byeeee.

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Ok….first things first.
FASHION…..
My coworker came to work in these the other day, and I just about died. They areeee sooo cute, comfy, ( cuz the heel is mellow) and are the perfect ankle height.
Well, here’s the catch. They are Sam Edelman, and go for $160.00. I wasn’t even planning on buying them, but I did love them. Sooooo, the other day, on one of my TJ MAXX maxinista shopping sprees, I saw these little puppies from the corner of my eye. one fucking pair!!!!! And when I say, I ran to them…..I’m not even close to exaggerating.
#1: THEY WERE $24.99
# 2: SIZE 7!!!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Could I have been so lucky!?
Mos def..the happiest purchase of the month;)

MAMA BOUGHT NEW BOOTIES…

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A new IPHONE!! Bye bye iPhone 4. I hated my service and frankly, that damn phone wouldn’t even ring anymore. Piece of sh*t. I switched from ATT to Verizon, and finally got myself the iPhone 5. Really, I went to originally pre order the 5s ( which I’m soooo glad I didn’t now, after all the complaints) but after speaking to a bunch of the staff at Verizon, they convinced me that the 5s wasn’t really worth it, sooooo here we are. My new sidekick, the iPhone 5.

FINALLY……

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I don’t care if you don’t like rap & hip hop…but, for me, this was by far, the most anticipated album this year. DRAKE’s “Nothing was the same
Holy emotional, amazing, sexy, dirty, crude and honest! I’m sorry, but he’s a genius. Some amazing collaborations in this album. I highly. Recommend it.

THIS ALBUM.. SO RIGHT.

ON SOOOO MANY LEVELS…..

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I CAN’T STOP…..

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!!
Best show evvvaaaaaa! So, yes I know…it’s not on the air anymore…but hunnnnnayyyy, this bitch ain’t got no cable, sooooo , old shows will have to do! Lol
Who would of thought I would be so obsessed with a high school football show, but it is fantastic! On season 2 now, and I swear, I’ve been watching like 3 episodes before bed.

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ALL PUMPKIN EVERYTHAAAAANG…..

Ohhhh heyyyyyyyooooo! That’s right…pumpkin everywhere you look in my house. Pumpkin protein bars, pumpkin fiber bars, vanilla pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin protein muffins, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie scented soap….you name it.

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PROTEIN ON PROTEIN.

This whole month, while doing the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM, my life has become protein on protein, on protein. My whole daily diet has become chicken breast, egg whites, veggies, brown rice or sweet potato, protein goodies, and fish. It actually has been really yummy. The foods are all prepped very simply, and without added salt and sauces. One might call this lifestyle dry…I call it, THEBOMB!

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LIFT…& I MEAN…HEAVY!

Favorite part of September by far… Learning to be da bosssss in that weight room gurrrrl! I’ve been loving lifting weights and… heavy I might add! This bulking phase is sooo fun! Don’t waste your times on those 5 lb’ers ladies! I promise you won’t get “BIG” eat clean and lift heavy…you will see results that will astonish you! 😉 don’t let those boys intimidate you out of here. Be the shit! Own it.


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Let’s see what October has to offer!! I’m not a big Halloween person, so that’s not really on my ” excited for october” list, but I am looking forward to finally signing up to be a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR !!! open applications are open OCTOBER 1st!!

Look out for week 4 progress of the live fit trainer!

LIVE FIT WEEK 2 RECAP & some amazing RECIPES to keep you on track!

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, new faves, popular recipes, protein, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 21, 2013 1 Comment

Happy weekend my loves!!! Today is Saturday, ( I’m sure you won’t be getting this post till tomorrow though;) but….I wanted to start catching you all up on how well the LIVE FIT TRAINER program has been going.

I just finished 2 weeks, and I feel super fit. I’ve been lifting heavier than I have ever lifted, without any cardio. Well, except my Zumba class on Mondays;) shhhh. Don’t tell Jamie Eason🙂

Anyway…if I didn’t know the extreme importance of a healthy diet then…… I sure doooooooo now!!!!! Wow! I was actually imaging my body looking like a fuckin gladiator with all this lifting and no cardio, but in fact, the opposite. My body feels tighter, not bigger. Here’s the mistake people make. Lifting heavy with no cardio….and EATING BAD!!!!! That’s when you look big. Because my meals have been super clean and consistent calorie intake, I’ve been able to stay lean WHILE bulking. Genius.

Yes, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Eat healthy all the time. Honestly, this program has you eating beyond healthy. You must make it a lifestyle. Weighing your food, counting your calories, making sure you are in the right %’s within your macros. (protein-fats-carbs) it’s a science people, and I get it. It’s not for everyone.

Check out this amazing article. It will OPEN your eyes to bodybuilding for women, and why you will NOT get bigger. THE FEMALE FITNESS BIBLE.

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So far, this is working. It’s also helped me control my binging. Myfitnesspal has kept me feeling really accountable. I’m guessing that’s what I needed. If you want results…you’ve got to make changes in your life that must be permanent. Just like my friends who have had babies…I always tell them when they’re feeling like cows after giving birth, I say… “Hey, it took 10 months to get your body like that, it ain’t gonna take 1 month to take it off!” Ok, not like I’ve ever been preggo, but…its the same thing with women struggling with weight all their lives. It took 29 yrs for my body to look like this, it ain’t gonna take 2 wks to get it exactly to where I want it. It’s about being patient, consistency, and 75% diet & 25% fitness. Your head has GOT to be in it. Trust me, throwing in the towel, which I’ve done many times over, is much easier, but seriously chicks. Lets get it together. Enough already.

Here are some of this weeks FAVORITES!!!!

All orange everythaaaaaang! New NIKE workout tights.

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Typical morning breakfast:

1/2 cup egg whites, spinach, assorted veggies, and 1/4 cup quinoa scramble with a dollop of Trader Joes fat free sour cream ( 15 calories for 2 tbsp) and hot sauce

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Typical lunch:

6 oz lean chicken breast. ( preferably organic, veggie fed) —PROTEIN
1/4 cup quinoa—STARCH
1/2 cup steamed broccoli & zucchini—VEGGIES
Add a tbsp salsa.

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Story of my life… Protein prepping… I ran out mid week 😉 tilapia and chicken breast.

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Favorite afternoon snack:
Jamie Eason’s CARROT CAKE PROTEIN BARS:
94 calories for 2 squares.

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Jamie Eason’s Carrot Cake Protein Bars
 
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Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup erythritol, Truvia, or Ideal ( I used xylitol) or even a couple packets of stevia
  • 8 oz baby food carrots
  • 4 oz water

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Mix egg whites, Splenda, baby food carrots and water (optional) in a bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray glass pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Pour ingredients into dish.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes.
  8. Makes 16 squares.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 94 Carbohydrates: 10 Protein: 10

 

 

Makes 16 squares.

Check it out…already have got them packed and ready in zip lock baggies. 2 a day= a 94 calorie balanced snack. This is how we make our lives easier boos:)

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Super stoked on my new creation and DINNER idea!

VEGGIE STUFFED PEPPERS!
These are wildly delicious and only 123 calories for one whole stuffed bad boy!!!! Absolutely amazing!
Clearly, you could add some ground turkey or lean beef, but I’ve already done that here.

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This is sooooo easy! Try them out. I’ve been really into using nutritional yeast in dishes lately, and it adds this really fantastic, kind of cheesy taste to things. I am dying over it. Soooo good.
Tis recipe makes 4 large stuffed peppers.
4 servings—- 125 calories per serving. 4 gr FAT. 10 gr NET CARBS. 9 gr PROTEIN!

 

VEGGIE Stuffed Peppers
 
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Author:
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 large peppers (any color)
  • 1 large organic zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup organic grated carrot
  • ¾ cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp peeled canned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • spices: salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash seasonings, oregano, red pepper, garlic powder
  • Topping: Fat free sour cream and onion mix in a pouch.

Instructions
  1. Make a circular cut through the top of your peppers with a knife. remove all seeds.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Chop all your veggies & garlic like pic above.
  4. In a med-lrg pan, greased with a bit of pam or coconut oil spray, add all your chopped veggies, garlic, and seasonings.
  5. Sautee until softened. About 10 minutes.
  6. Once softened, remove from heat, and place in a lrg mixing bowl.
  7. Here, you will add…egg, nutritional yeast, parmesan, and the 3 tbsps tomatoes from the can along with some more seasonings.
  8. with that mix, you will fill the peppers to the rim.
  9. Cook in a small baking dish where they can be standing upright.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes on 375 degrees.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 125 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 9 Fiber: 5 Protein: 9

 

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My new GO TO DIP!!
Trader Joes is my bestie right now…
Fat free sour cream ( 15 cals for 2 tbsp) mixed with TJ’S onion mix! Bomb.com. I topped these awesome stuffed peppers with a tbsp of this mix, and fell in love. I’ve been adding a tbsp to everything, especially on my eggies in the morning;)

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And last but not least……
Probably maybe favorite meal of the day…last meal of the day….
PROTEIN BEFORE BED!!!
CHOCOLATE CASEIN “rice” PUDDING!

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Holy mother of god.

INGREDIENTS:

2 packages of SHIRATAKI Miracle Rice

2 scoops chocolate CASEIN ( I use gold standard)

2 1/2 cups SILK unsweetened vanilla almond milk (30 cals per cup)

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin

2 tbsp fat free sour cream or 0% Greek yogurt

4-5 drops stevia

DIRECTIONS:

Remove “rice” from package, place in meash colander and rinse for a while.
In another bowl, mix 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin with the 2 1/2 cups of milk & microwave for 1 min 30 sec.
Remove and whisk in casein protein.
Once combined, add stevia & sour cream (or 0%greek yogurt) and mix thoroughly. Place covered in fridge for a few hrs. Eat as night meal.
ONLY 118 CALORIES A SERVING. Serves 3
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OHHH and of course, I can’t be forgetting to share my re-feed meal for this week. Lots of sushi last night along with a couple glasses of wine and beer.
How many calories over my max of 1460 you ask?..
Well….this meal took me 600 calories over my macro limit for the day. Taking me up to 2099.
Not bad though. Generally, refeed meals will be around 400-600 over your macros.
Yuuuuummmmmyyyyyy. I enjoyed it like such a fatty.

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THIS WEEK IN WORKOUTS:

MONDAY: chest and tri’sTUESDAY: back & bi’sWEDNESDAY: legs & calvesTHURSDAY: shoulders & abs

Here’s a little FIT-spiration for you out there!!!!
KEEP UP THAT GREAT WORK!

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We’re gonna have to remember this heading into week 3 of the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM because instead of 4x a week workouts….it’s now 5x a week.
Man up ladies!
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Happy Sunday babes! Just a lil bathroom #selfie for y’all. How is it all going??!
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MEANWHILE…..sighhhhhhh, DREAMING OF THESE…..
Beats by Dr. dre.
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LIVEFIT WEEK 1 RECAP! Food…recipes…workouts…supplements.

In abs, At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, popular recipes, protein shakes, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, WOD On September 14, 2013 2 Comments

Coming into the end of my 1st LIVE FIT TRAINER week, I am feeling amazing!!!! Today is actually day 5, but no workouts today, so I figured I’d give you guys the lowdown on how it’s been going. I am not used to having 3 rest days in a row, but you know what?….I ain’t complaining cuz I’ve got a hunch that, that won’t be the case coming up here reaaaaaal soon. Lol. I’m gonna sit here and enjoy those 3 damn rest days. I gotta keep remembering that…whatever I was doing before wasn’t giving me the exact results I was looking for, so I’ve vowed to do it right and strict to the plan.

Phase 1 came with loads of prepping fun! I am fortunate to really love cookin’ and spending time in the kitchen, so that was no biggie what’s so ever. I am no stranger to meal prep Mondays;)
The NUTRITION during this phase is absolute key. Because some would consider this the “bulking” phase (building muscle, & no cardio), the proportions of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that make up your daily macros is super important. I’ve come to find through my calculations and what my goals are, that my daily macros will looks like this: 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, & 30% fats. Some don’t count their vegetable intake in their calorie counting, but I do. It counts for me.
MY FITNESS PAL is a great way to keep track of your caloric intake. At the end of your completed day, with food logged in, it will give you a % breakdown of macros. I’m totally obsessed with it. Also, it really does make you realize how wayyyyyyyyyy too many cals you were consuming before!!

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DAY 1:

Super pumped!!!!!

BREAKFAST:

1/2 c. Egg whites
1 c. Spinach with garlic
3 oz lean grass fed beef

MORNNG SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins

LUNCH:

1/4 c. quinoa
1/4 of med. cooked sweet potatoe
Kale with tomatoes, cucumbers, cider vinegar, EVOO.
6 oz lean protein

AFTERNOON SNACK:

3 small Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:

Same as lunch:)

Notes:
Lots of water.
Didn’t eat past 7:30 pm.

EXERCISE:

Today was CHEST& TRICEPS.
In the photo below are the exercises performed.
These were performed at 60 %strength capacity.
3 sets of 12 repetitions each.
Doesn’t seem like much, but homegirl was SORE!!!

Ohhhhh and guess what!!!
My supplements came in the mail from bodybuilding.com!
Below is my daily stack…. Read on babes.

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I’m kind of new to the “counting my macros” thing, so it took me a few days, as you’ll see, to get them spot on to where they needed to be.

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On this particular day, I had some calories to kill ( I love saying that) so I made my fave lil post workout recovery drink by All Pro Science. I love the blueberry ice flavor. Now with this LA heat, I crave this drink more than anything.
The great thing about this product, is that it’s made with all natural ingredients, no artificial ingredients, and no fake crap or sweeteners. It’s packed full of essential amino acids, and made with grass fed protein.
Although on the higher end with carbohydrates, it is low in sugar, and fulfills all that your body needs to recover after a grueling workout.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 packet Blueberry Ice APS RECOVERY

1/2 cup organic blueberries

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Ice.

Add all ingredients into a vitamix or blender and enjoy as a summer slushie:)

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DAY 2:

Yeah!!!!!!! I passed the 1st day! Lol. So far, so good. I’ve been logging all exercises, supps, and caloric intake.
I can’t stress enough how IMPORTANT clean eating is to a program. Already, at day two, I woke up with some BOMB morning abs! Lol
ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN BITCHES!!! something we all struggle to get through out heads.

Day 2 , I woke up super sore from lifting, but it felt amazing. I’ve been really making sure that I stick to my schedules.
** Breakfast within an hour of waking up
**Cellucor pre-workout shortly after coffee and breakfast. ( 30-45 min before workout)
**Scivation Xtend (during and post workout) for recovery, amino acids
** 5-6 total meals a day with a caloric intake of 1500 calories a day.( this number is specifically calculated for MY lean mass, and body fat %, find YOUR number HERE.)
**very limited – none alcohol.
** Meal prepping. FAIL TO PREPARE…PREFARE TO FAIL
**take supplements

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BREAKFAST:

1/2 c egg whites
1/4 c cooked quinoa
1 cup spinach
Coffee with 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk.

MORNING SNACK:

3 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

LUNCH:

3 oz grass fed beef
1/4 c quinoa with edamame and leeks
Small kale and tomato salad
1/4 cup sweet potato

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins

DINNER:

Seared ahi salad with no dressing from Take A Bao
1 small can grapefruit Perrier

60 oz of water throughout the day.

Pretty spot on the calories today;)

EXERCISE:

BACK AND BICEPS

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DAY 3:

LED DAYYYYYYY! Eeeeek!
Pay no attention to the exercise list below in the pic…I messed up and put tues. workout. Oops. Well, you get it- LEGS & CALVES.
* leg press
* seated leg extension
* leg curls
* calf raises
All 3 sets of 12 reps.

FOODS

BREAKFAST:

1 serving Vanilla protein Pound cake
3 oz grass fed beef

MORNING SNACK:

Protein shake:
(Pic below)
Cellucor whey in “cinnamon swirl”
Unsweetened almond milk
Cinnamon
Water
Pure vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
3 drops stevia
1/4 frozen banana
2 tbsp Trader Joes fat free sour cream

LUNCH:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins
1/2 cup mashed cauliflower
Seasoned roasted broccoli
Small kale and tomato salad with hard boiled egg white

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:( before 7:30)

1 cup cooked sweet potato with salt
3/4 cup egg whites ( I buy the cartons)

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Although my protein, fat, carb ratio was great…I was lacking in some calories. Skipping calories in this case with this type of program is no bueno. Just as taking in too many calories is no bueno…. Neither is taking in too little.
REMEMBER: this phase is for building muscle. If you don’t get enough food, your body will feed on that lean muscle mass that you are trying to create.

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DAY 4:

Got lucky with day 4’s workout! I get to do it at home!!! Yeah!!!
SHOULDERS & ABS
Today is my last day of lifting before my 3 rest days. Well, Sunday…I’m actually sneaking in a bit of cardio..oops. I have to Zumba people c’mon! I’m super excited! I’ll be teaching a Zumba class at this years Lululemon’s SOULcal celebration warehouse sale at the LA convention center.
If you’re in LA, come check it out! This sale. Is gonna be RIDICULOUS!

Anyway….on today’s food log, I switched up a few things. I can’t get bored with my food, or I lose it. So, since going a little nutzo with my bodybuilding.com order of Cellucor Whey galore, I’ve been loving playing with all the new flavors of proteins. Today’s was a delicious Molten chocolate shake. Sooooo bomb!

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BREAKFAST:

An egg white frittata made with:
1/2 c egg whites
1/4 c cooked quinoa
Broccoli, spinach and zucchini
With a dollop of trader joes fat free sour cream and hot sauce.

Coffee with 1/2 c frothed almond milk

MORNING SNACK:

Protein shake:
Cellucor Whey in Molten Chocolate
2 tbsp fat free sour cream
1 tbsp chocolate PB2
1 c unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water

LUNCH:

1/2 cup cooked brown rice
6 oz chicken breast
Kale salad

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins
Hard boiled egg whites
Brocolli and zucchini with 1/2 avocado

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Here’s my “STACK”
I’ve still gotta get used to swallowin’ all these damn pills, but whatever.
S far I’m liking my “stack” but as I get a better feel of what I’m trying to achieve, then, I’ll have a better idea of what is really working, and what I really don’t need.

GLUCOSAMINE
COLLAGEN
FISH OIL
PAPAYA ENZYMES
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
CELLUCOR HD
SCIVATION AMINO ACIDS
CELLUCOR C4
MULTIVITAMIN
CALCIUM

I am not yet taking the Cellucor HD (fat burner) but will start it in phase 2.
Still figuring out if I like the C4 for my pre-workout or if I’m gonna switch to NO Extreme

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Finally REST DAY!!!!

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For the rest of the week, I will be on my best food behavior. I’m wondering who else out there is trying out this program and is in the first phase….. I’d like to compare notes:)
When Monday comes…I will be ready to tackle the next week in phase one feeling lean and strong. Meals prepped n all!

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Here’s a calculation of what your rest day macros should look like.
I really hope this helps anyone who’s trying to get a jumpsart on strength training and weight loss. This regimented program has really opened my eyes!

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Hope y’all have a fab, fit, and beautiful weekend!
Xoxo’s
Please feel free to email me with any questions;)

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LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week TRANSFORMATION STARTS TOMORROW! Here’s how you get started!!

In abs, At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, popular recipes, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 9, 2013 6 Comments

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Happy Sunday babes!!!!! Today is my complete prep day for starting my new program. What is it???? Curious???
Well… It’s Jamie Eason’s LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week program, through bodybuilding.com
I’ve always been into diet and fitness, but I’ve never quite gotten the results I’ve wanted with what I’ve been doing. It’s time to get serious. This program totally breaks it down to a science that is foolproof. It all makes sense now. All I’ve got to do…is STICK TO IT;) lol. (said the cereal binger) I’m ready to build some serious muscle, stick to balanced diet, and get re-focused.
Here we gooooooo…..
Time for measurements…..I’ve never done this…this should be interesting…..

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Now that that’s over, I can breath. I’m saving the before picture for the end of the 12 week reveal;) this program is something you, yo mama, yo aunti, anyone can do. All it takes, is absolute DETERMINATION. Like I said before, it’s foolproof. Through bodybuilding.com, it couldn’t be easier to manage and track your progress. Every part of the program is spelled out for you literally. You can print out your workouts, workout logs, what you need to eat everyday…I mean. Soooooo easy. Jamie takes the guessing bull shit out of the equation.
*** printable grocery list

***6 meal a day meal prep

***recipes to print out and add to your meal plan.

***once you sign up for the program, which in FREE by the way, you can automatically sync your new workout schedule to your mobile device iCal or iPhone.

***easy to keep track of progress and weight management.

***also, Jamie’s recommended “stack” (supplements).

PHASE 1: WEEKS 1-4 Build muscle/ no cardio

Here’s the deal…you click on your day….it gives you your workout for that day, and what foods to eat, then you print it out. Another way to do it….print out the workout logs for the week, and foods, and have them ready to go. Take the page with you to the gym. Boom. Done.
You will notice below…NO CARDIO!!!!! dundundunnnnnnnnn!!!!! I know!!! WTF. that’s what I thought too.
I’m totally that annoying cardio bunny. Well kids…time to make a change.

PHASE 1: BUILD MUSCLE THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING AND CLEAN EATING.

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Everyday you will be able to see your workout in this form or in video. Remember..it’s all about form and technique, so if you’re quite sure what the specific exercise should look like, you’ve got visuals right in front of you.
*** if you are the type to get embarrassed or intimidated in a gym weight room, #1: get the FU%* OVER IT! #2: practice your form in the mirror at home, so that your mind and body become familiar and comfortable with the movement.

Here is what I’ll be starting with tomorrow. My first workout! I can hardly wait!!
DAY 1 baby!!

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You will only need to print out one page for the meals of PHASE 1:
Yep. Why? Well, cuz it’s pretty damn straight forward.. Look below.

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First week: 4 days strength training.
3 rest days.

Sounds easy enough….lol.
DON’T GET USED TO THAT;) shit gets serious later on.
I’ve printed out my workout logs, and I’m ready to hit those weights like a boss!!!!

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But before allllllll of this amazing-nesssss, I want you to educate yourselves in what your goals are. The only way to track your progress, is by being honest with yourselves.
I found a really GREAT post from a fave blog of mine, heandsheeatclean.com on how to properly calculate your body fat.
Trust me yo, this is noooo fun for anyone, I don’t care how skins you are. But listen, if you want results, it’s time to get real, and get down to the nitty-gritty.
Remember this is all a simple science.
*** Why do I need to know my WEIGHT??
To figure out what you should be eating, and how much protein you should be consuming.

It’s the key number in finding out how many of those pounds are lean muscle and which are body fat.

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Here are my current, honest measurements as of today & through my calculations ( did this like 5x) I calculated this:

LEAN MUSCLE MASS: 98.5
BODY FAT %: 23.5

I want leaner and meaner!!

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To start my meal preps today, I’ve made 2 of Jamie’s most famous recipes.
These two recipes will be my morning and afternoon snacks/meals.
Jamie Eason’s TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients
2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)

3 egg whites

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dry yellow mustard

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp chipotle pepper spice

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)

1 small onion (finely chopped)

2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Serving Size:
Women: 2 muffins
Men: 4 muffins

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 muffin
Amount per serving
Calories 182
Total Fat8g
Total Carb4.6g
Protein22.2g

(Printable version)

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Jamie Eason’s PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients:

½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)

1 – 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground clove

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 large egg whites

1 – 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin

2 C oat flour ( just throw old fashion oats in a vitamix or food processor and pulse)

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

½ cup almond milk

½ C chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.
Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
Makes 24 squares.

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Along with these amazing recipes, I’ve also prepped and portioned out loads of chicken breast, lean organic beef, and white fish. Loads of veggies and sweet potatoes are washed, cooked, and ready for eating, and my 64 oz of water a day is going DOWN!

I would love NOTHING MORE, than to hear your thoughts, and hopefully inspire some of you friends to join me in my hopeful transformation. I am soooo excited. I know it will be tough to stick to it 100%, but I promise you, I will try to do my absolute BEST! You know what….
Scratch that…..
NOT TRY…I CAN…AND I WILL!!!

Ready to be the best you can be?????
SIGN UP SIGN UP SIgN Up!!!!!!

P.S… I’ll be updating you tomorrow and let you know how it went!!!! Yeay! Can’t wait;)

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August…it’s been real. HELLO SEPTEMBER!

In abs, At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, lebert equalizer, Never perfect, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac, WOD, yoga On September 3, 2013 1 Comment

Well, well, well…. If it isn’t already September….

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Hi babes! Hope everyone had a fantastic & safe Labor Day weekend;) I just can’t believe that August has already flown by! There is still absolutely NO sign of the weather cooling down. Nope. In the valleys, it’s still triple digits! I need a pool! For the holiday weekend, me and some friends decided to get outta the smoldering, desert heat, and head to the beaches of Ventura, CA.

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Pierpont Beach….. Amazing weather…amazing friends…and a whole lot of partying;)
Willy came along for the ride;)

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We got there around 11:30, and set up our spot. I got the BEST lil table that folds up from crate and barrel, that I’m completely obsessed with, and take everywhere…so we payed out all our snacks and drinks:) we started with mimosas of course, but used light Minute Maid 50% less sugar OJ instead of regular. Some more friends met up, and we moved to light beer. There’s just something so refreshing about an ice cold beer at the beach. Michelob Ultra to be exact. It’s super light, and low carb! Cheers to fun & tan lines;)

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Around 4:30 we headed up for a killer (&low carb) BBQ! It was amazing! Lean Jennie-O Italian sausages, marinaded chicken breast, carne asana, bell peppers, spinach salad… OHHH myyyyyyyy!
Chips & salsa…(not so low carb, but still indulged) oooooooo, and some homemade rum, vanilla liquor cake that my friend Jules had brought. A bit of a food coma set in, but, hey…it’s a holiday:) lol.

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Willy loosing his shit….as usual. He LOVES his beach time.

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After din we all headed back down to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Spectacular. Absolutely stunning.
That night, (sunday) we all went out in downtown Ventura, and had a ball. Super fun..lots of cocktails, and bar hopping. You know what that means…. Monday breakfast would be a cheat… Lol. I was dying for a rich, and delicious Blueberry Cornbread Muffin from Café Nouveau. Hands down fave breakfast joint.

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Well, luckily..we made it home without traffic:)
Tuesday came far tooooooo fast.
Somehow, my pretty yellow roses lived though my un-air conditioned apartment for 2 days. WTF. So happy.

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I woke up this morning feeling pretty defeated. I gotta tell ya, I cannot hang like I used to. My body was yelling at me for sure. I felt bloated, heavy, and lethargic. At that moment….I made some decisions.
Chill the Fu*% out…

Chill on the drinking!

I quit sugar. (Again)

Stick to low carb… ( with the exception of these healthy carbs: sweet potato (limited) squash. Tomatoes (limited) most fruits. Gluten free oats (sometimes)

Limit snacking.

(Holiday..or not!)
Listen, all of these things I’ve got to keep reminding myself, and even write down because THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME.
Start your SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN NOW!!!!!!
Shake it off ladies. Jump back on the fit train! Today is Tuesday….the day after the holiday…lets do werrrrrk!!!!
I threw on shorts and a sports bra and looked up today’s GPP Fitness WOD.
This was a really great one. Kicked my ass.
Not too busy at work today, so I also plan to take a Corepower class around 4:30 today… Really starting to feel like myself again, after a few days of whatever the fu%*.

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Breakfast this morning was DA BOMMMBBBB! Doesn’t look very exciting, but it was exactly what my body was screaming for. Protein..protein..and omegas. Lol.
Work didn’t start till 11:00 am, so I had time to bake a fresh wild caught salmon:)
I made a delicious runny egg and yes, I did eat the yolk. Yummmmmm. I’m a new person.
Lately I’ve stopped using oil sprays, even the organic ones. I’m just over them. I’ve now switched to a teeny bit of coconut oil or Ghee.

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Oh you know…just a little selfie this fine Tuesday…. Loving my new Ray Bans btw. September is mos def lookin up;) feeling really strong and looking forward to keeping up with the decisions I’ve made.(above)

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LUNCH:

A large handful of spinach leaves.

Low sodium organic turkey slices. (3)

1 small avocado

2 hard boiled eggs. (Only 1 yolk)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

4:30 Heated Power Yoga Sculpt (w/ weights) at Corepower, Sherman Oaks.

HEATED POWER YOGA WITH WEIGTHS
A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. It is recommended that you take at least one CorePower level 1 or 2 (C1 or C2) class before a Yoga Sculpt class.

DINNER:
(Haven’t eaten yet, but will be….)

1 filet Alaskan Cod baked with Dijon and lemon.

Sautéed spinach and garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil.

DESSERT:

Low carb vanilla mug cake.

side note: I just got back from Corepower Yoga.. Holy mother of god!! That yoga sculpt class kicked my ass soooo hard!

Not trying to re-live the past or anything, but……
I can’t help bu t share some really great moments from last month.
BEAUTIFUL AUGUST.

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Received the beautiful photos from my bestie Brooke’s wine country wedding. Loved seeing theses.

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Absolutely love this quote! Sooooo my friends.

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This picture says it all! My best friends… We’re crazy, we like to dance, we say gross things, we don’t judge each other, and we’re there for one another no matter what. Tru dat.
Holla at a bitch.

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August also came with a big surprise. A new business opportunity, and I took it. I made the leap to a new salon. Come see me at Román Salon for the best haircuts and Brazilian Blowouts you will ever get;)
Check out www.paulabedo.com for info (hair inspirations and looks to come)

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AUGUST PIN OF THE MONTH:
Ummmm…there are just no words.
These cupcakes are the most adorable lil thangs I have ever seen!!!!

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Leaving you with something to remember…. Get it. You skinny lil bitch;)
Love you all!

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Why the dentist Is GREAT for your health..and 2 new DELICIOUS recipes!!!!!

In At home cooking, circuit, clean food, Fact of the day, fitness, fitness plan, Never perfect, popular recipes, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, WOD, yoga On August 26, 2013 9 Comments

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Hey y’all!!! Hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start! Before I get into it…I must admit: 3 cheat meals last week. Omg. Ok..I’m done. Moving on:) Today is gonna be fab. Not too many plans. Seeing the dentist today…which, love him I swear…but I hate having to see him. Lol.
I spent Sunday with the folks so…sadly, I missed hitting up my usual Farmer’s Market, so I had to get my weekly dose of fresh flowers from Whole Foods. Aka: Super fucking expensive flower selection. This week, it’s white roses. Feeling like a virgin;)
Aren’t they perfect? And…they smell like heaven.
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Ok, so I know it’s not #flexfriday but, I had to show off my new Reebok cross fit tank!
Of course I won’t be showing it off without the hard work that comes with that shit! Lol
Show your strength ladies! C’mon;)
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Hit the gym early this A.M. to get in a sweaty cardio session in before having to get my mouth drilled.
I did 30 minutes of alternating resistance on the elliptical.

3 minutes @ resistance 5 / incline 9
2 minutes @ resistance 10 / incline 5
For 30 minutes
then…
15 minutes on stairmaster on “fit test”

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I planned to try one of these amazing 1000 calorie burning ass kickers this morning, but I ran outta time. I know.excuses…excuses.

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Pretty gnarly right!? I found these on Pinterest, and had to share. I’m dying to give them a try and see which way I can stand more. Ha;)
Anyway….this week,it’s on. Who’s with me!!!???
You see. My problem is never a lack of motivation to work out, it’s more my diet. I do really well for a bit, then tend to throw it all out the window for a couple days. No bueno. All that work…and sometimes for nothing. What has improved, is my guilt and self punishment. I have gotten sooooo much better at controlling the binges, and refusing to feel guilty.

I’m babbling. Give this workout a try. If this is all you do all week, then be it. Remember…just move. You’re beating everyone on the couch;)

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So, 10:00 A.M. Came damn quick. Ughhhhhhhh. Time for some really exciting dental work.
I have to get… Wait for it…. A CROWN!!!!! Ajhhhhhhhhh. Sick.
This is my amazing, genius dentist, Dr. Ourfalian.

Listen, I hate dental work as much as the next cry baby, but he just, absolutely makes the visit sooooo pleasant. He is very gentle, conservative & very honest. Everyone that I’ve recommended to him, has loved him.
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I don’t think I have good teeth genes, so I’ve really got to keep with regular 6 month cleanings, as well as flossing after every meal. Do you guys really floss after every meal? I feel like a creep for only flossing once a day. Sometimes, I even forget to do that. Omg. So bad. I started to notice that my gums would bleed when I would floss sometimes…and, that my friends…is NOT THE BUSINESS!

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In doing some research, I came across this. VERY interesting. Sometimes, we forget how much bacteria can enter through our mouths. Read this bit, and you will be surprised.
Heart disease…
Stroke….
Diabetes….
Holy shizzzzzzzz.
I fu*%ing hate flossing, not gonna lie, but…THERE’S HOPE! My friend told me about these and I immediately stopped at Walgreens after my appt to buy em’
NEWEST OBSESSION!

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The rest of the day was free. (Yeayyyyyyyy) I got home & of course, I was starving. One problem….if I tried to eat anything that required chewing, I would chew off my tongue. So, I had extra cooked oatmeal with flax milk, chia seeds, raisins, mashed figs, and protein powder.
Oh, and a fudgesicle.lol.

Since I didn’t get to my 1000 cal burning workout (above), I thought maybe I would make it to a late night yoga class.
Yep….it’s now 7:30 p.m…..haven’t been able to get off the couch from so much mouth pain.
No more anesthesia. Haha.
Hey, getting a crown is not exactly pain free kids. Wow.
Instead….I cooked the rest of the day. Making dinner and meal prepping tomorrow’s packed lunch.
I hadn’t gone grocery shopping, but I pulled out a few fridge staples, And made something sooooo yummy for dinner.

ZUCCHINI
LAUGHING COW LITE WEDGES
GARLIC
SHALLOTS

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By far….one of the easiest dins-for-1 I’ve ever made. For a meal…Super low cal, andddddd soooo filling!
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Stuffed Zucchini Boats
 
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Author:
Serves: 1

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 375 degrees.
  2. slice both zucchinis lengthwise.
  3. With a small spoon, scoop out the center.
  4. Add ½ a wedge of The Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb LIGHT cheese into each ½ of zucchini.
  5. Lightly sauté thinly sliced shallots and chopped garlic.
  6. Top stuffed boats with sauté mix.
  7. bake face up for 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 190 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 28 Sugar: 12 Fiber: 8 Protein: 13

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4 boats= 190 calories!!! Amazing!
These are also great for party appetizers! The cheese wedges have so much great flavor that you don’t have to saturate them in sauce or loads of salt & spices.
By now…I can feel my lips. Dinner is served;)

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You don’t know me at all if you think I would finish off my night without dessert;)
While skimming through my instagram feed, I came across @angelamccafferty and her ridiculous…super healthy recipe, motivation, and fitness profile. I searched through her pics, and found my inspiration for tonight’s dessert!
Just a few alterations to the recipe… Check it out…print that shit…and make it every night!
It is the most DELICIOUS, MOST MOIST MUG CAKE evaaaaaaaa
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Moist, MOST delicious MUG cake w/peanut butter topping
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • CAKE
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • a pinch of pure vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
  • ¼ organic egg whites
  • 2 tbsp 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Flax milk, unsweetened almond milk, or water
  • TOPPING
  • 1 tbsp PB2
  • 2 tbsp 0% chobani greek yogurt

Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Use a fork & make sure to remove all chunks.20130826-160352.jpg
  3. Add all wet ingredients & mix well.
  4. Transfer to a greased mug or small bowl.
  5. Microwave in 1 minute increments .
  6. Make sure to leave a bit of space because cake will rise as it’s cooked.
  7. -3 minutes
  8. For topping:
  9. mix pb2 and yogurt and top cake.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 183 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 5 Fiber: 1 Protein: 26

Truly….GONE IN 60 seconds…..
 

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Ok…so it’s now 8:20 p.m. I’ve decided…I’m taking a few Ibuprofen and heading to Corepower Yoga for the 9:00 p.m. Core Restore class. Super mellow. I love this one.

This week in FITNESS GOALS!
Make your own..stick it on your fridge..set alarms…whatever you gotta do..JUST DO IT!

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What are your goals this weeks?!! Sharing is caring;)
Goodnight babes!

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Wednesday EATS…WOD…FRIENDS

In Breakfast, circuit, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, sassoon, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD, zumba On August 22, 2013 0 Comments

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It is a gorgeous day today here in sunny LA! I am sooooo stoked that I am off today, I can’t even tell you! I woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to take on the day. I managed to sleep in till 6:30. Kind of unheard of for me. No joke. Lol. No yoga this morning. I’ve got other workout plans for later;)
I met up with Haley this morning instead for a lovely lil breakfast date at Le Pain Quotidien.

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This place is an absolute hotspot. They have quite a few here in Cali, and I gotta say, EXTREMELY fresh food and generous portions. You can’t help but be enamored by all of the baked muffins, tartines, pastries and loaves of fresh baked breads. Ok….this is all veryyyyyy tempting to me. Ugh.
It all looks soooooo delicious! I’m a lucky girl that this place is walking distance to my house.

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While waiting for haley, I ordered a non-fat vanilla latte and sat outside.

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This is what healthy chicks do…lol. We salivate over all the baked goods, the…end up ordering egg white omelettes. Lol. Hahaha. Seems like a very simple breakfast, but you’d be surprised how many places manage to fuck this up. Also the little things reallydo count for me. For example… They set the table with fresh sea salt and fresh pepper, organic strawberry jam, and my fave, praline butter. Omggggg.

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After feeling pretty full, but still comfortable, I laid on the couch and studied my crazy ass choreography for my Zumba class. I’ve got a new song on the playlist that makes me loose my head! Loving this song right now!

Don Omar- Zumba

I know…it looks like an alien language. It only makes sense to me! Hahaha.
I made a racket upstairs practicing in front of the mirror. So flashdance;)

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10:30 A.M Zumba KILLED IT! loved seeing all my ladies! We danced our asses off. Legit cardio. My homie Rozanne made it all the way from San Diego! Sweaty Nettie’s!

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I had loads of energy…I forgot to mention I took a scoop full of C4 by Cellucor mixed with water before class, and I was unstoppable! Omg.
Anything that has the words “extreme” or “explosive” is bound to be fuckin GNARLY. Excuse my French. This is not something I take on a normal basis, bit it’s fun sometimes for that extra drive in your workouts. I’m sure it’s not the most “natural” product out there….but hey:/

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After my hour Zumba class…my adrenaline was still cray cray, so I stopped at LA Fitness and busted out today’s GPP FITNESS WOD.

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Check it out. It was pretty intense. I had to modify the weight and did 10 lbs instead of 15lbs.
My last round of the sets, I couldn’t step anymore. I had to do the last whole round stationary. Ahhhhh, sooo tired! Lots of child pose happening at the moment of completion. Lol

BELOW ARE THE LINKS TO EACH WORKOUT.

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Step down bicep curls

Step down overhead press

Step down overhead tricep ext.

CORE:

V-ups

Tick-tocks

Superman back extension

Lunch was nothing exciting to share. Plain chicken breast, a coconut flour pancake, and some veggies.

I’m trying to be super clean for the day, cuz tonight….ohhhh watch out. I’m meeting up with the girls from my old job (Sassoon) at our old stomping grounds;) Nic’s Martini Lounge. We go just a tad bit overboard on happy hour. I’m saving my naughty tummy for all those stupid delicious appetizers and wine. Hence….the double workout today. Lol. Stop judging, I know you can’t revisit a goooooood happy hour! C’mon!
Made it to Nic’s, and because of the lighting…couldn’t get a decent pic of me to save my life. This is as good as it’s gonna get y’all.

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Missing my assistants to the max! All dressed in black. I love it. So Gaga. These kids are amazing! Some, for two years straight assisting, just to get the chance of being a “Sassoon trained stylist or colorist. I remember those days. It was my life. Looking for people (hair models) on the street willing to get their hair cut off by an aspiring stylist. It’s a lesson in dedication, patience, and tolerance. Not easy, so.. I commend them for working as hard as they do. Now, at my new salon, not having hired an assistant yet…I am now starting to realize how much important they are for the running of the salon. In fact, I’m a bit crazed without one. Call me snobby…bu I’m used to someone being right there if I drop my comb.

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My Asian mob. Plus +1. They are sisters to me. The blonde on the left…well, let’s just let her think she Asian. Lol;) she loves it!

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We had a GREAT time! We ate and drank like cows. Like…not kidding. Not a single vegetable was served. Yeah, this pic below…..not even the 1/2 of it. Lol. All carbs. Fries…pizza..olive bread…quesadillas…shrimp cocktail..more fries… Ugh. I was sick by the end of the night. Looks like yoga at 6:30 A.M will have to be pushed back till after work. Oooops.
I’m really good at making up for it though…lol. Lots of juicing and protein for the next few days, along with back to back days of workouts. Gotta get back on it! Just because you had one really bad meal….doesn’t mean the world is over, and your fucked. It just means, you enjoyed it for that moment, and you pick it back up the next day with full motivation, strength, and without punishing yourself.

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Love y’all! Hope you had an amazing Wednesday! Kick Thursday’s ass!!!!!

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Make these LOW CARB pancakes and GREEN juice your morning ritual!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, hike, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, SPARTAN SPRINT, Uncategorized, willy, WOD, yoga On August 21, 2013 2 Comments

Happy Tuesday lovelies! It’s been a FABULOUS day today, I must say….I’m absolutely loving my new job at Román Salon!
This morning I didn’t have a client till 11 am, so I took full advantage;) I woke up to my 5:45 A.M. iPhone alarm, thinking I would catch the 6:00 A.M. Hotyoga class at corepower, but instead, I decided to leave that for the evening and take a morning hike:)
Of course I woke up with a rumbling hungry tummy (as I always do) so, I quickly whipped up some super clean ( & low carb) coconut flour/banana pancakes. Here’s the recipe.

MAKES 8 SMALL PANCAKES

8 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 packet of stevia

7 egg whites

2 large eggs

1/2 mashed banana

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

NOTE: they cook pretty fast on a greased skillet, soooo, watch em’
I topped them with a little sugar free honey & figs:)

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I always make sure I’ve got these key items within arms reach. Here’s a fitchick’s pantry:

** COCONUT FLOUR
** ALMOND FOUR
** VANILLA (ALL NATURAL) PROTEIN POWDER
** EGG WHITES
** EGGS
** FROZEN/FRESH BANANAS
** STEVIA
** PB2
** GLUTEN FREE OATS
** 0% GREEK YOGURT
** UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK
** FLAX MEAL
** ORGANIC CACAO POWDER
** CHIA SEEDS
** RAW NUT BUTTERS

These are usually my go-to baking products. All of these are available at your local health food market, so stock up your pantry, and get to playing and testing in that kitchen of yours! Staying on track of your healthy habits has never been so easy or delicious! Honestly, my substitutions for naughty breakfasts has kept me very satisfied, and I never feel as though I’m “missing out”. Get me?

Before heading out on my morning hike to Fryman Canyon, I made my morning green juice which consisted of the the following:

* 1 big Swiss chard leaf

* 4 Dino kale leaves

* 3 big romaine leaves

* a handful of parsley

* 2 stalks celery

* 1 small Persian cucumber

* fresh ginger

* fresh turmeric

* 1/2 green apple

* 1 lemon
I also have been adding some new faves to the mix:

**whole aloe juice

**chlorophyll
I have really been feeling the difference when having one of these in the morning.

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It’s been such a hectic couple of weeks, that my folks offered to babysit Willy for this week, and I couldn’t be more greatful. I’m sorry, but having a pup with severe separation anxiety can be really stressful. I always feel so bad when I can’t be with him all the time. It stresses me out thinking about it frankly. So, luckily…he LOVES going to his grandparents house. Ugh…does it make me a bad mommy that I need a break????:(
Mom, sent me a pic of willy this morning. Look at him!!! Sooo happy! She took him to the park, and he ran wild!

(Awe…now I miss him)

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Although pretty foggy still out, the hike was awesome! I would say, the loop ties about an hour all together. It’s a nice balance of uphill/downhill. If your into hiking, or even trail running/racing….you have GOT to get these trainers! They are so lightweight and fit like a dream. Oh, and no laces;) the Saloman Speedcross 3’s are THE ONLY SHOE TO BUY!!

I like seeing shoes worn and dirty. Gives them life.

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By now, 8:30 am, I’ve still got an hour to kill before hopping in the shower. God I love this schedule!
Anyway, as you know….the weakest part of my body is my core. I remembered that last night, I had received my Spartan Race WOD email, and I was alllllllllll AB intense, so I threw my tired ass on the floor and started crunching, twisting, lifting, you name it…I was doin’ it. Lol.
Ok….now I’m DONE!

Y’all should try this one out. Get your Spartan WOD emails now!

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Had a really great day at work. Was fully booked from 11-4, then came home:) a little weird coming home to an empty house. I’m used to Willy crying and jumping up like a crazy for 45 minutes after I walk through the door. Lol.

I almost didn’t know what to do with myself being off so early. I’m used to not getting home till 7 on Tuesdays.
I had a quick snack and headed to CorePower for a 6:00P.M. Hot Power Fusion class. Although a bit tired, I felt really strong in today’s class.

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I literally walk out of there dripping. As if I just got out of the shower. It’s so crazy. I tried to take a pic of how sweaty I was, but it really doesn’t suffice. In fact, this is a pretty dumb picture. Lol
Mmmmmk.

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I was starved after class, so I reheated some leftover baked salmon, and through it over a big salad. Omg, I just can’t get enough salmon these days. For dessert, I ate another one of those delicious pancakes from this morning. I couldn’t help it. Totally obsessed.
I’m actually in a bit of a food coma right now as I write this, so please excuse my grammatical errors and bad language, I swear, it’s my body telling me to shut the f*%k up and go to bed;)

Before I pass the EFF out, I am super excited about what I recently got in the mail!! Eeeeeeeeeeweeaaaaa, I love my friends at APS. (Allproscience) They have sent me some super sweet samples of recovery to try out. I’m super active, and just as important as fueling your body before a workout is, so is RE-fueling your body after. These are 100% natural, and have no artificial sweeteners. I am so feeling that. I seriously hate gimmicks. These peeps give to ya straight. I’ve had some great success with there GRASS FED WHEY PROTEIN in the past, so I’m excited for their new stuff. Check out my recipes using ALL PRO SCI grass fed whey.

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Please be on the lookout for new Recovery Popsicle recipes coming up soon!!!!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT BEFORE BEDTIME….

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Breakfast date tomorrow morning with Haley at Le Pain Quotidien before Zumba! Yummmmm

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SUSHI PARTY;)

In At home cooking, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, popular recipes, Uncategorized On August 15, 2013 0 Comments

Continuing on my sushi grade fish obsession…I wanted to share with y’all our fun sushi making party of three from this past weekend:)
Ok, so remember on my last post…how I bought this gorgeous piece of fish at the farmers market?
Yes, that beautiful sashimi from the last post.

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Well…since I had bought a ridiculously HUGE honkin piece it, I thought to myself, “WTF am I gonna do with that!” In my eyes…not so sushi grade after 3 days in the fridge. Sorrynotsorry. So I decided to have some friends over the following day after I had purchased it for an impromptu “HOMEMADE SUSHI NIGHT”

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My friends Yasuna and Andrew came over. Yasuna’s parents recently owned a sushi restaurant, so I thought. “EAZYYYY PEAZZZYY” Well….not so much.

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#1: No sushi knives….

#2: No sticky rice

Time to improvise.

I don’t care what anyone says. Even if your knife is super sharp…nothing can cut like a proper sushi chef knife. It is what it is.
My wusthof knife will have to do. I ripped thought that shit like lion. At this point, the rice had been cooking 45 minutes and I was starving.

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Ok,so I’m not gonna lie. Homegirls does not keep white anything in the house. NO white rice, NO white bread, NO white pasta. Seriously. No joke.
So you can bet Yasuna was not having it. Luckily..well I don’t know bout lucky…but…I had some bomb ass brown rice in the pantry:)
Hmmmm….could we possibly use brown rice as sushi rice? Hunnnaaayyyyy…..DUH! Yes we did!!!
Here’s how:

 

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ONE:
Cook rice. (Short grain) 1 cup rice; 1 cup water in rice cooker
TWO:
Thinly slice any veggies you want in roll and set aside, and slice your sashimi.
THREE:
Once cooked, let rice cool, add 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
FOUR:
Fold together while fanning rice. ( I know, weird, but that’s what all my Japanese friends say to do)
P.S. you could add a tsp of sugar along with vinegar… but you know…I’m not fuckin with dat!
FIVE:
Lay out your seaweed wrap, add a thin layer of your rice, layer in your veggies and fish.
SIX:
Start rolling. Tucking…rolling..tucking.
You get it.

Check out my other attempt at “Can I call this SUSHI?”

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OHHH HEYYY!

Now we’re talking!!!
Let me give you a little memo though…
The cutting of the roll can be tricky without severely sharp knives, soooooo
It may help you to place Saran plastic wrap tightly over the whole roll and cut your pieces through the wrap.
**this ensures a cleaner cut, while keeping the roll from falling apart.
That may or may not have happened to us.
My secret;)

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But I mean. I’m no sushi chef, and this ishhhh looks RIDICULOUS!

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I steamed some yummy edamame (shelled) and served it with crushed garlic, salt, and soy sauce.
The only thing that was missing from our super fun sushi party, was wasabi, and ginger, but hell! We didn’t care:)
Happy..hungry friends were stoked, and now..WE EAT!

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This is a super yummy, budget friendly meal, that can be really interactive and fun to make. If you make your own and take a photo…SHARE ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG: #ff2fhomemadesushi

Love uuuuuu! Happy weekend!
Xo

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From my kitchen to yours: NEW sweet and savory recipes: Vanilla Protein Pound cake & healthy Baba Ganoush!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, life, new faves, popular recipes, protein, Raw food, Uncategorized On August 14, 2013 6 Comments

Hello and good day fabulous friends! I’ve got soooo much to tell you! Like, big stuff!! on second thought…. im gonna save the big personal news for later. For now… even BETTER stuff I’ve got for ya! so, lets get right to it! Most of you know that I am obsessed with my fellow blogger’s site, proteinpow.com, and I’ve been making her broccoli protein bread for what seems to be ages now. Well, loving that recipe so much…I decided to try a little something out.
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Every time I would make this broccoli bread, the consistency would remind me of a yummy, squishy piece of pound cake. Ok, squishy mayyyyyy not be the best term. Hmmm, more like soufflé -yyyy, but dense like a pound cake.
Anyway…blah blah….on this morning, my sweet tooth had kicked into overdrive, and I needed something…like, QUICK!

 

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Glancing at her Broccoli Protein Bread recipe, I pondered while my stomach screamed for sweetness. I thought…ok..sub broccoli for cauliflower (milder flavor)…then, sub unflavored whey for vanilla whey….OMGGGGGGGG. ummm, hi NEW FAVE SHIT!
I gotta tell ya’ it’s seriously bomb.com. I’ve been having a portion every morning topped with a little ghee and sugar free honey. This honestly couldn’t be a better way to enjoy your protein powder. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets sick of shakes, right!?20130807-165055.jpg

 

 

Vanilla Protein Pound Cake
 
OMMMGGGGG!!! amazing…and completely guit-free!
Author:
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup steamed cauliflower
  • ½ cup egg whites (I used organic egg whites from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla Protein powder. ( I used About Time Vanilla protein)
  • 4 drops stevia
  • 1 tsp Vanilla bean extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Steam ½ cup of cauliflower.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees and grease a small loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl add all ingredients including steamed cauliflower, and mix with either a handmixer or throw it all in a blender.
  4. Bake for 30-40 min depending on oven. should be slightly browned on top and a bit firm to touch.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 sm. slices Calories: 178 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 2 Sugar: 0 Protein: 37

Now….a couple of notes. Although a very easy recipe to assemble, please be aware of the size of pan in conjunction with the cooking time. I used a loaf pan, (not the standard one) if you do use a standard size one, lower baking time.

The best part about this recipe….for 1 serving (3 small slices) there is a whopping 37 grams of protein!!!!!! WTF! To keep sugar and carbs low..choose this brand.I made sure to calculate accurately through My Fitness Pal. Un—believable! Check out the rest of the nutrition facts in the above printable recipe.
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I was on one this weekend. Kitchen mode to the max! I boomerang often from sweet to savory, then back from savory to sweet. Story of my life. I can’t win. Pretty much always hungry. Lol.
So next up….

Some delicious HOMEMADE HEALTHY BABA GANOUSH

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Eggplant is my JAM! I usually grill it, roast it, even dehydrate it sometimes creating a raw eggplant jerky, but for some reason…have never tried making baba ganoush.. UNTIL NOW!!!! Don’t ask why the hell I haven’t made it yet, cuz I order it every time when at a Greek or Mediterranean restaurant. It’s smooth and soooo yummy. Even people who aren’t such eggplant fans tend to eat this shit up!
Because of the roasting…the eggplant becomes soft, almost caramelized. It’s divine.
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This recipe has totally lasted me. The serving is 3 tbsp for 90 calories! amazeballz. I’ve been putting on top of flax crackers, salads, chicken, along side my roasted veggies… You name it! It’s very mild and creamy and I know you will swoon over this recipe!

Homemade Babaganoush
 
Make your own, and save yourself from all the added fat and preservatives!
Author:
Recipe type: Mediterranean

Ingredients
  • 2 med. eggplants (roasted)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ tsp sea salt (can always add more for taste)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pinch of paprika (optional)

Instructions
  1. slice eggplants in half. Place cut side up on a baking/roasting pan or sheet.
  2. pierce several times with fork.
  3. Roast at 400 degrees for 40-45 mins.
  4. Once cooked, let sit to cool.
  5. Spoon out meat, and toss the skin.
  6. Place roasted eggplant, along with all other ingredients into a Vitamix or food processor and pulse or blent until desired consistency is met. Smooth is ideal.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 tbsp Calories: 90 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 5 Fiber: 7 Protein: 2

Y’all if you try this recipe and feel it needs a lil’ something…PLEASE, leave your homegirls a lil message and let me know how I can better the recipe;)
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Sundays are quite possibly my absolute favorite day of the wk. It’s Wednesday, and I’m still taking about Sunday. Lol. I love hitting up the farmers market by my house and trying out something new every time. Of course….I love to share my new goodies that I think everyone should try too;)
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First up…
My first time buying sushi grade wild salmon. Holy mother of pearl!!!!! Why haven’t I EVER done this!? I bought a huge slab and have been goooogoooo gaga-ing for 3 days straight! I’ve now stuck the other piece in the freezer to grill later. For some reason, while at the Sunday market, I always would just pass by the fish guy, and pay not an ounce of attention. On this day, I was alllllll about it. Maybe it’s because my red meat eating days are pretty much behind me for the most part.
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Let me give you a tid bit of info on why you should fall in love with salmon and why it’s considered the world’s healthiest food.

**With so much focus on the amazing omega-3 benefits of salmon, other unique health benefits from salmon may have been inadvertently overlooked. One fascinating new area of health benefits involves the protein and amino acid content of salmon.

**Several recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) that may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. One particular bioactive peptide called calcitonin (sCT) has been of special interest in these studies. The reason is because a human form of calcitonin is made by the thyroid gland, and we know that it is a key hormone for helping regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in the bone and surrounding tissue.

** As researchers learn more and more about salmon peptides—including sCT—we expect to see more and more potential health benefits discovered related to inflammation, including inflammation of the joints.
(source: whfoods.org)
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I literally got home and immediately sliced up some of that gorgeous fish…dabbed it with crushed garlic and topped with green onion. Ridiculous and FULL of protein!!!
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I’ve mentioned Nary Dairy before but this time…it’s a new flavor! I’m so stoked that this little non-dairy vegan/raw cheese has come into my life. It is amazing and every flavor I try just keeps getting better and better! This time I got “chia cheddar”.
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Once again…couldn’t be a cleaner, healthier version of cheese. No gimmicks…no preservatives…no nothin’ but gorgeous ingredients. Check out what others think about this here!

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I also picked up a bottle of home brewed kombucha from a local. This bottle is freakin huge! I had never heard of this company before, as I believe it’s fairly new, but I’m an stoked that I found Probiotic Boost!

Organic Kombucha: Available in 12 oz & 64 oz (1/2 gal) Glass Bottles
Flavors: – Amish (plain)
– Apple
– Ginger
– Pineapple (seasonal)
– Pomegranate (seasonal)
– Watermelon (seasonal)
Their delicious organic kombucha is made using a 3- tea infusion of organic black, orange pekoe & green leaves. Made using traditional methods and quality organic ingredients, kombucha aids in digestion, and helps restore healthy gut flora with probiotics (beneficial bacteria). flavored kombucha with raw organic fruit juices purchased directly from the farmer at a local farmer’s market. Quality and taste wise, it doesn’t get any better than this!

If you want to try it…AND LIVE IN THE STATES… they might be able to work something out;) contact here

P.s..if your into it:
They also create their own raw sauerkraut!

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No idea what these cute ass flowers are called but, they look adorable on my new desk & in a mason jar;)
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BEST FRUIT THIS SEASON:

Just look at er!!! She’s perfect! Juicy and ripe! That’s right. This is my ultimate. I could eat 5 in a row. They are the tastiest crop right now. The MANGO NECTARINE. I’ve even been throwing them in my morning juices and it makes my life complete!!!
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I couldn’t send off this post without thanking my sweet friend Amal, for picking me up some ridiculous treats while she visited Santorini, Greece. I’m dying to go there! Ughhhh, so jelly.
Handmade port wine…almonds in organic Greek honey…sweet tomato relish…and their famous tomatoes..sundried;)
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Well….remember in the beginning of this post I mentioned that I had some big news…..well,

Here’s a sneak peak…..www.paulabedo.com.
Homegirl’s got a new gig…and it’s the tits!
It’s still in the works so hold tight. I’ll be posting hair and beauty through that site:) soooo excited!!!!! I’ll be following this up..don’t you worry!
Love you all….

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And to all…a good night!
Btw….did I mention that I worked out 4 times today. I did corepower yoga…then taught a zumba class…then taught another zumba class at night, then…said fuck it…ok, I’ll take bodysculptung right after….Yeah, some would say, I over did it.
I would say that too;) I am now crawling into bed. Completely wiped.
Love uuuuuu

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Raw..RaW..RAW!!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, events, fitness, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, SPARTAN SPRINT, Uncategorized On August 3, 2013 0 Comments

Happy weekend loves!!!

Have you worked out today? I feel amazing after squeezing in a 6:30 am CorePower hot fusion class. In fact…Im running a little late this morning cuz of it, but totally worth it. Remember… I work saturdays, eeeekkkkk! Anywho…I am loving this shit!!! I’ve soooo become that chick. The “yogi”. I gotta say…I’m happy to be home from my wannabe jet setting vacations, and it’s time to do a little natural cleansing. I just finally bought a new Omega juicer from Bed Bath & Beyond (with my 20% off discount) and have been loving incorporating green juices into my diet.

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What I love about the Omega, is that, it extracts the the juice at a slower rpm, so it doesn’t create all that foam that my old Breville juicer used to spit out. GOOD NEWS: more juice…less foam!

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I also recently found a couple of amazing products. I found them at Raw Food World, but I’m sure Whole foods carries these brands.

#1:
Lydia’s Organics – Green Power


Alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, nettle, rosehips, licorice, fennel, dandelion, kelp, beet, ginger, burdock, stevia & peppermint powder.

Superfood to the MAX!

#2: Camu Camu berry powder


Camu camu is a bush, native to the South American rainforest, that grows in the black water rivers of the Amazon. Its small, purplish red fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health.

Camu camu fruits contain more vitamin C than any other plant in the world from 30 to 60 times more than an orange. They also contain amino acids including serine, valine, and leucine; and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.

The phytochemicals in camu camu are highly effective in curbing the effects of the herpes virus; in fact, on a list of plants with anti-herpetic compounds, camu camu takes the highest honors as most potent. It is effective against depression, and has even been used to wean users off dangerous antidepressive medications (under medical supervision, of course.) Alternative medical practitioners have also been using it to combat attention deficit disorder.

Camu camu also:

Provides immune system support
Helps maintain good eyesight
Reduces inflammation
Supports collagen, tendons, and ligaments
Helps fend off viral infection
Improves respiratory health
Helps maintain clarity of mind during stress
Our wildcrafted camu camu berries come in the form of a pure, unadulterated powder with a light tan color. It takes 15 pounds of berries to make one pound of the powder, which has 13-16% vitamin C by weight. Thus only a little is needed to provide you with a powerful antioxidant boost.

(source: live superfoods)

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And… Since I’ve been juicing so much lately, I just can’t bring myself to throw away all that amazing pulp! So, I decided to utilize those extra nutrients. That fiber is full of fiber ya know! I busted out my big ass, totally obnoxious, almost commercial sized dehydrator… and made some enzyme rich “RAW” pulp crackers!
I know what your thinking…GROSS!
Well, think again. #sorrynotsorry babes… Sooo not gross!
So here’s the deal….I made mine savory, but, only because I was juicing mostly greens, beets and carrots. If you’re more of a sweet person, like…maybe you prefer juicing oranges, tangerines, carrots, melons, berries, etc, you could also do a sweeter cracker.
I’d have to play around with that sweet idea…hmmm.

Either way…we are recycling. Nothing goes to waste in this household. If you don’t have a dehydrator to make them “raw”… It’s ok. You can also bake them. No bigs;)
Check out some affordable, small dehydrators here.

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Anyway… I searched around for recipe ideas, switched a few things around, and found that this one was the easiest.
Mind you…play around with the flavors and spices you want to taste. Make a few different batches if you’ve got a few trays. Just sayin’

RAW Juice pulp crackers
 
Author:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups pulp
  • ½ cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½-3/4 cup water

Instructions
  1. using a food processor or vitamix, mix all ingredients to remove chunks of pulp.
  2. You can also mix with fork or hand if you don’t mind chunks.
  3. roll or pat down onto a dehydrator sheet. Roll or pat quite thin, or it will take a long time to create the crispyness of the cracker With a butter knife, line the shape of your cracker squares. It will be easier than trying to do it while they are crispy.
  4. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours or until desired crisp.
  5. NOTE: you may also bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes, but be aware that you will be loosing out on those raw enzymes and nutrients.

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I didn’t even put mine through the food processor and they turned out just fine, but I do recommend it;)
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I’ve been juicing daily…so I’ve got a lot of extra pulp. Wish I could send you all some;)
THE TRICK: FREEZE THE PULP!!!

I found a great article on the kitchn.com on different ways to use pulp, so I’ve been playing around with those ideas as well.
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I figured while we are talking raw, I’d bring up an “oldie but goodie” 😉

RAW ZUCHINNI HUMMUS
One of my all time favorite recipes! I seriously put it on everything, and dip everything in it! Lol. It’s fu**ing amazzzzeebalzzzz! I made a batch and it pairs beautifully with these little delish raw pulp crackers.

Looking for more raw ideas:
Mango salsa

Ribbon zucchini salad with snap peas and avocado

Raw zucchini fries

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WHAT IM INTO AT THE MOMENT:
Super ripe slightly frozen watermelon.

Like just stick them in there for 15-20 minutes. OMGGGGGG! The most refreshing thing you will ever have!
Also would be delicious if you did that, then juiced it or blended it and made watermelon agua fresca!

Ingredients
8 cups seedless watermelon cubes

2 small packets of stevia

1/3cup fresh lime juice plus 1 sliced lime

A few sprigs mint or basil

Ice

1 1/2 cups Water

Puree watermelon in blender, or juice put it through your juicer. if you blend it, strain into bowl through fine-mesh sieve to remove most of the pulp. Stir in stevia and lime juice. Transfer to pitcher stir in 1-1/2 cups water, add some lime slices and mint ( or basil) Let it chill in the fridge & serve over ice.

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Let’s be honest….this next pic preeeeetttyyyy much summarizes my summer so far, lol. Lots of fresh fruit…agua fresca, iced tea… Wine spritzers, or sometimes an ice cold beer by the pool;)
Some would say, ” does this bitch ever work!?” I just smile and say
” if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”

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In other From Fries To Fit news….

Because I love you all so much and sooooo appreciate your support of my crazy blog, I always try to find ways to give back to y’all!
Today’s giveaway is very special to me.

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Last year, I trained and participated in the OOO SOOO KILLER SPARTAN RACE!
Check it out pics here.
My little SPARTAN video😉

 

I did the spartan sprint, which consists of 3+ miles and 15 obstacles.
It’s tough…it’s dirty…it’s painful..BUT THE BIGGEST RUSH EVER!!!

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Please do check out their website for all other info. You DO NOTwanna miss this giveaway! It’s a great way to challenge your mind and body! Another great option…. Create a team and fight to the finish together!!!

ENTER:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you enter to win above  OR click HERE for a 15% discount off entry! The sweet folks at Spartan Sprint Races want to make sure my readers are getting hooked up, and I couldn’t be more thankful!
This giveaway is over on the 15th of August! There will be 2 LUCKY WINNERS!The winner will receive an email with the redemption code attached to it. Apply code at checkout:)
Once you are signed up, it’s time to train. That’s right…you must prepare your body for this challenge. Sign up here for daily Spartan WOD emails that have exactly what you should be doing everyday to better your fitness level.

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CONGRATULATIONS KELSEY TINDEL!

The winner of Renew Life 2 month supply of probiotics!!!!
They are on their way babe!!!
Yeayyyy!!!!

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Hope you all enjoy your sunday!!!!

xoxo,

Paula

A week of true vacation! MIAMI & NAPA.

In events, family, friends, life, PARTY TIME, Uncategorized, vacation On July 29, 2013 0 Comments

Alright babes! It’s been wayyyyyy too long! I’ve been gone now for just over a week, I feel like I’ve been on the NON-STOP CRAZY TRAIN! A girls gotta have her vacation time, right!? Well, I promise I haven’t neglected you! I’ve been enjoying, decompressing, and gathering pics to share with y’all!

FIRST UP….MIAMI!!!!

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I spent a fabulous 4 days in gorgeous Miami beach FL. with my favorite people. My family:) I left last Saturday to meet up with my folks, who had been staying at my godfathers new place at the Trump Towers. Yowwwwwzzzzzz, it is stunning. I mean……. Ridiculous. W were just a little bit north of south beach, which I actually that was better. You aren’t caught up in the crazy mess all the time.
The beaches here are like no other! Crystal blue, warm, clean, and full of fun little sandbars. Heaven, seriously. You all know…I am a total brown doggy, and lovvvveeeee the sun and ocean, so I was in fullllllll! We love miami, cuz it’s got such a Latin culture attached to it. Argentinians everywhere (my peeps) everyone is tan and wearing the hottest bikinis, the guys are super fit, the seafood is excellent, and it truly has a very traditional sense of family as well. Maybe it’s the Latin thing. Whatever it is, we freakin love it here. In fact, I’m currently trying to get my folks to retire here!!!;)

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A lot of people can’t stand the humidity…I say, BRING IT BITCH!
I can’t lay out without putting on my fave sun cream… Maui Babe!

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A plus to the heat… You don’t want to way anything hot, heavy or fattening. All I wanted, was fruit, salads, and fresh cold pressed juices. My first day there, I grabbed the rental, and headed to a friends juice bar in South Beach. Well. I’ve gone JUGO NUTTZO.

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Jugo Fresh is a local spot serves an amazing product. Amazing raw, fresh juices and foods. It’s reputation with the locals has skyrocketed and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

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I got enough juices to last me 4 days. I wasn’t planning on juice cleansing while in Miami, but I knew my body just wanted this freshness, at least 2x a day. I love incorporating cold pressed juices in my everyday diet. Keeps me regular, hydrated, and full of nutrients while naturally detoxifying. That green juice above, was my FAVORITE! so delicious. if ever in Miami…pleaseeeeeee check it out! Jugo Fresh has something for everyone.

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I made sure to fit in a workout every morning while at the Trump. I gotta tell ya.. This gym was SICK! Best part was…I was practically the only person in there every morning. “Thank you… I love having the gym to myself, byeeeeee.”

I spent 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours there quite early doing a combo of cardio and GPP workouts. Super killer. I guess it does help having that beautiful beach view while working out. Lol. 😉

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Sweaty and squatting…. Not the cutest combo, but…..

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My cute ass parents. We took a day in the afternoon to shop and have drinks.
I bought a thong bathing suit. Don’t even think about judging. Lol. That is how we do it in South Beach. Mmmk. Maybe it’s a South American thing. Xo

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Margaritas and daiquiris.

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This is how I did my hair every day and night we went out. A JLo bun. That’s right. My hair is a frizzy ass mess in this weather, and frankly, it’s too damn hot to wear it down. I’m kinda feelin’ it. Thoughts? I used one of those spongy circular things to make the bun look bigger and like I had more hair than I actually do. Hehe. Y’all need one. Buy on that matches your hair color. They are the bomb!

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Here’s the Miami gang. This trip was FANTASTIC! it felt so great just to lay out, be with fam, and have no set plans. I’m rooting for this place, for my parents retirement. I know it’s not for another 10 years, but a girl can dream;) special thanks to my godparents;)

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NEXT UP…..
ST. HELENA!
( Napa valley)
3 days of this gorgeous place for my best friends wedding.

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This was the venue. Probably the greatest place ever! Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch. This place was nothing short of perfect. They not only had their vineyard, but also a farmers market, olive oil tasting, an organic farm attached, a gorgeous farm to table restaurant, etc, etc. wow.

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The wedding was fairly small. About 80 guests made their way to St. Helena to celebrate the nuptials of Chris and Brooke. We all pretty much booked our stays through Air bnb. If you haven’t yet heard of air bnb, you need to get it together. It’s the best application for phone or iPad that helps you find rentals through private owners for a getaway. It’s amazing.
If you’ve never made your way to the wine country, and are planning on it….be aware! Hotels are really expensive! For $250 a night…you’re in a motel. yeah, I know. It was my first time there. I was shocked. Lol
Anyway, searching through the listings of private rentals, we came across this little gem:) a cute little cottage less than 1/2 a mile from the venue.

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Located at Milat vineyard. The view. Obsessed.

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We just barely made it to the rehearsal lunch on Friday afternoon after a super long day of travel. Thank god we made it, cuz that food was unbelievable. You could immediately tell, that Brooke & Chris’ main objective for this party was to feed people food and wine they would never forget!
Delicious!!!! All of it! I took a pic of the menu, but it’s on my other camera. (Ugh. Yeah, remember..the one that won’t let me download them on the computer!)
It just kept getting better. I practically ate myself dumb on the actual wedding day! I had 4 days of super fit and clean eating in Miami, then I come to Napa, and lose my shit! Lol. How could anyone pass up homemade Mac and cheese, cheddar biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches…rib eye… The list just keeps going… Ummmmm. Oh and, I only went for a quick hungover run on Saturday morning, other than that, no workouts on this trip. ( juice cleansing as I write this) lol. Did I meant ion…I blacked out Friday night. Rare form. Goooood lord.

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Not quite ready but I kept picking at them like they were. I can’t go to napa for the first time and not taste every grape I see;) it really was just stunning to see all of this agriculture around me.

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I snuck into the farm next door to check out what was harvesting, and I found my heaven!
Sky high sunflowers…

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Beautiful red Swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash… You name it….

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Flowers for days….

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The big day was finally here. All gathered in Brooke’s house to get ready. Lots of hair..makeup….pictures…champagne…salads…(trying to be skinny before getting in our dresses) 😉
And crude shit talking. We turn into gross sailors when we all get together. Hilarious. Can any of you relate? I sear, it’s not that weird. Right?

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The bouquet. Gorgeous. Simple. Classy.

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Kelly and I

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Friends for life. I can’t wait to see the professional pics! I loved the idea of wearing the same color scheme but having different dresses. It really looked perfect, especially for the country vineyard look we were going for. I love that I just said “we” lol, as if I was the the one making the decisions. I mean, “they”.

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You will probably see a glass of wine in every damn picture I post. I mean.. It’s the wine country. This was my break from picture taking with the group. The guys were up, so I shimmied my bridesmaid ass over to the bar. Lol.

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Check out my hot date & dance partner;)
Best friends for 16 years. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

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The never ending supply of amazing Long Meadow Ranch wines.

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Oh..and open bar. I swear…I didn’t get too crazy here.. Just wine at dinner and maybe some drinks at the after party;) I was busy shaking my ass and dirty dancing all over that place. Lots of ” Brian, I’ll jump and you pick me up and twirl me, ok!?”

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Here are a few shots of the setting.

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Isn’t she gorgeous. If you are in NEW YORK and need a photographer….. You NEED to check out Sidney Morgan. Ridiculous talent.

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The most loving and supportive couple. I love you guys and thank you for allowing me to be such a part of your beautiful day! Have fun in Hawaii!!!!! Xo

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What do y’all think? I would say over all, a pretty amazing week of friends, family, celebrating, and relaxing! Glad to be back home and back to my regimen. All in all, I only ate naughty for 2 days… I can make up for it;) remember… It won’t kill you to have a couple cheat meals. Enjoy it…Get over it, and recover.
Be on the lookout for my next post. I will sharing a couple of new and delicious recipes as well as a Spartan Race giveaway!!! 2 free entries as an athlete!! Woohoo! I did it last year and I felt like I could rule the world afterwards!!! Check out pics here!
Have a great Monday babes!
Love uuuuuuu.
P.

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Yummm, NEW RECIPE ALERT!! I like the sound of Sundays…..

In At home cooking, bedroom, birthday girl, clean food, decor galore, family, fitness, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On July 15, 2013 0 Comments

Happy Sunday lovelies!!!!

It is a mighty HOT one today! Up bright and early this A.M. And ready for a packed day:) first things first, COFFEE! Then, tidy up the house. The folks are stopping by today… After scarfing down 1/2 a quest bar and pounds of fresh cut watermelon, I headed to my favorite Sunday hotspot, the Farmer’s Market.

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Went a lil kookoo:) Always buying more than I actually need. I’m back to juicing, so I made sure to lots of greens and fruits.

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Best part about the Farmer’s, are the fresh flowers! Today, I picked up 4 bunches of beautiful dahlias. They’re literally in every room now…until, of course, I forget to change the water, and they all wilt. Lol. The worst, I am.

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But aren’t they stunning! The color is outrageous! They don’t let off any kind of smell, but whatever. I’ve got plenty of candles:)

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Oh, yes….there was a new lady in town selling her homemade RAW cashew cheese. I tried it, and of course had to buy it. It was delicious. I’ve always loved the raw lifestyle, and incorporate it into my day to day diet as much as possible. Although I don’t think I could ever be fully raw, like…everrrr, I like the idea of its principles sometimes:) part-time. Lol

Nary Dairy is produced by a husband/wife team out of the Chefs Center in Pasadena, offering the “The cream of the Non-Dairy crop” with plenty of delicious cashew cheese flavors to choose from. It’s seriously a nice alternative! Loving them!

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I’ve been throwing in a small beet in my morning juices, so I bought a bunch this morning to stock up. Anyway, you know the green leaves coming out of the beet? Well, I used to always cut that bit off, and toss it. Wtf. I guess I just thought it was good for nothin’. Poor beet greens, so misunderstood:(

WellllllI….I finally found a way to not let any of it go to waste! And guess what!? It’s the bommmmbbbbbb!

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Nutty Garlicky Sauteed Beet Greens
 
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A delicious way to enjoy Beet greens! But the bitterness with loads of flavor! Yummmmm
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Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • 2-3 big bunches Beet greens with some stem(washed thoroughy)
  • 2 whole galic cloves
  • 1 large Shallot
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp organic honey or a few drops stevia
  • 1-2 tsp sesame seeds ( as desired)
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions
  1. Rinse beet greens very well.
  2. In a medium skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil on low-med heat.
  3. *Add thinly sliced shallot. Sautee until soft.
  4. *Add clean beet greans.
  5. *Salt, Pepper, & spicy pepper NOW.
  6. *Raise temp to Medium.
  7. *Add water, honey, and vinegar, and sautee for 5-7 minutes.
  8. *Add garlic last.
  9. *Once sauteed to desired softness, stir in sesame seeds.

 

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Today’s WOD was GPP FITNESS, Cardio Tababta.
Lets just say…it was gnarly. I did this at home before heading out for the day, and because I don’t have a row machine, I subbed that move for back rows with a theraband. Try this one out, it’s awesome! 8 rounds of each move for 20 sec work/ 10 sec rest.

If you don’t know what a move is. Don’t worry. On their site, you can click on the excessive, and it immediately takes you to YouTube, where everything is explained to you very quick and efficiently.
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All of the above went down before 11:30 this A.M. Nonstop!
Time to relax:) Mom and Pop picked me up, and we headed to Santa Monica to celebrate this pretty’s 1st BIRTHDAY!!!!! My baby cousin Emma:) she’s perfect!
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We took Wilbur, and all hung out at the park. Everyone was out. Love it. We BBQed and enjoyed fun and laughs. Um, I ate a lot today, oh, and I had cake. There! Lol. ( Making up for it tomorrow)
Aunt to the left…Mom to the right.
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This is what I’ve got to say to today!
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So, as you know, I’ve been dying to set up a home office upstairs since I moved here, and I’ve finally set er’ up! How bout that desk!
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I am sooooo stoked! Well, really, it’s a dining table converted to a desk;) lol. Coming along ladies! Such an organized lady now, I mean…..
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SUNDAY FAVES….

Completely consumed with summer scents lately. My new Archipelago pine-apple candle is unreal! So fresh and sweet, I wanna eat it up. So here’s a tip…I purchased this one, along with many others on Gilt.com. Have you heard of it!? It’s an amazing site constantly offering amazing discounts on named brand stuff. They always, I mean, ALWAYS have fantastic prices on candles. So, when I see a sale going on…I loose my shit, and buy like 6 candles at a time. Usually about 50% off.
What you need to do:
SIGN UP: www.gilt.com
CREATE: a username & password
And start gettin’ those deals amigas!

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New fitness fave… COREPOWER YOGA.
I got really into while in Canada, so when I got back, I decided to give them a try. They are just a few blocks from my house, but check out their site, they’ve got studios everywhere. It’s mostly heated yoga, but offer non heated as well, and have amazing hours. I’m takin’ from 6:00 am to 9:00 p.m. I’ve been going probably 3 times a week, and feel incredible.
As a new student, they offer 1 week free as a trail. 🙂
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Ok, sooooo….I was supposed to quit my addiction to sugar free gum….but I decided to quit quitting…. 😉
I died and went to heaven when I saw this new flavor at target. Saw it…bought it…chewed it…loved it. The struggle is real.
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Ahhhh, well that does it. As my fab Sunday comes to an end…. I now am headed to get an hour massage at Foot Inspiration, and then back home to start thinking up some new Zumba routines for my babes!

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Ohhhhh! Don’t forget about this ridiculous opportunity! Win a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora probiotics! Enter here!!!!!
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Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I’m off tomorrow;) yippeeeeeee!
Xoxo. Love u all.

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A BETTER tummy… some NEW yummies, and a whole lot of healthy, girly fun!

In Beauty, Breakfast, cleanse, Dinner dates, friends, giveaway!, new faves, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, yoga On July 11, 2013 12 Comments

Helooooo..helllllllllooooooo! I’m back! Just feeling like I’m finally getting back into my groove and this week has started off AMAZING! My house is still a bit messy, but hey. Whatever.
Started off the week full force at the gym and now a proud new member of COREPOWER yoga.
I’m really into it right now, and the best part…. It doesn’t irritate the tendonitis! Thank god. I used to loathe yoga, now…it’s the ONLY thing that makes me focus in every sense of the word. My breath…awareness in my body and allowing myself to truly understand how to clear my racing mind. So into it! I’ve been doing the heated fusion classes, but still really enjoy traditional and non-heated.
Anyway… I am feeling strong, and I’m enjoying my new practice and progress.
What are you guys into right now? Do you listen to your body?

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My breakfasts lately have been incredible POG’s!!! that’s right.. (pots of greatness!) my Instagram friends inspire me to change it up constantly. 1- to stay excited about clean yummy foods and 2- especially to avoid binging eating.
I literally fill a mason jar full of super delicious & nutritious foods such as
chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk, & maca powder
Greek yogurt with your favorite protein powder,
Favorite nut mix
Berries,kiwis, stone fruits

The possibilities are endless:)
Just keep layering and changing it up! So fun and AAAAAAMMMAAAZINGGGG.

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Prep for the pot of greatness, along with some David’s tea:)

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Today on the tea menu… Mint Julep, with fresh mint of course. I discovered David’s Tea while on my Vancouver trip, and now, can’t get enough. Remember now…I was always Miss. Coffee. Kinda over that now… Weirddddddd.

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Wilbur, aka…white ninja sidekick is stoked to be hangin’ with his mama all day:) I sneak him into shops and I don’t care if I’m judged. Lol. On days off, this is my rolldawg.

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As you know, I’ve been on a mission to finish my upstairs and finally get an actual office space for more organization. Sooooo with the help of my Amiga, I went on a gnarly desk hunt.

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I was at my folks house (house-sitting) so we decided to hit up Urban Home. There she was..in all her glory. My new desk! ok, it may or may not actually be a dining table…but eff it. Honestly…the pic just doesn’t do it justice, and no it’s not 2-toned wood. It’s the light. So annoying. I swear, it’s really pretty. Best part, it’s a bigggg ol’ thang! ok.. So I bought it, then we both realize….”um, how are we gonna get this to my house 25 miles away.?” Mos def not in my VW Golf. Lol. Figuring this out mañana… Also a few more items I need to find…preferably like, tomorrow….
night stand lamps
A tv wall mount
One more small dresser. ( I have a lot
of sports bras.
oh…. And a desk chair, maybe two.
Eeeekkkkk…thank goodness for that check comin. Jussssst a lil home decor addiction, that’s all. Ugh
This bitch is a sucker for a good sale!

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NEW FAVE PRODUCT ALERT!!!

Along with my bomb.com new Le Roche Posay regimen, I’ve been blessed with these perfect little soap treats and body lotions by LaBellaVieSpa.
Took a quick shopping break for a soap photoshoot. Lol

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These products are free of petroleum, sulfates, parabens, synthetics and un-natural preservatives that plaque your skin’s products.
Made with natural ingredients that are seriously beneficial for you. All products are created by loving hands using vegan ingredients and fine essential oils that your skin will fall in love with. No secrets here. The ingredients are listed so you know exactly what your putting on your skin.

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Time to chill, have a beer, and enjoy a delicious dinner with the homie. Outdoor patio of course.

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We ordered light beers. My low carb go to.. Michelob Ultra. In an extra cold glass.
An amazing seafood ceviche. I actually managed to only have 4 or 5 chips. Honest. Lol

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Japanese cucumber salad.
( not pictured: veggies with hummus)

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Pretty damn shocked at how healthy you can eat at The Lazy Dog Cafe. Apparently, you can bring your dog there…pfffff, who knew? Delicious, satisfying, and a gorgeous night out.

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THIS WEEK IN REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS!!!

Reviews are fun! Not only do I get to sample some really great products, ( sometimes not so great 🙁 lol) but It allows me to share with all of you, foods and products to encourage continues success in your fit and healthy lifestyle. Plus, sometimes you just need to switch it up. We all get bored of the same shit different day.
So first up… DETOUR BARS.
I tried these for the first time at the Blend Retreat a couple months ago, and had a secret crush on them, particularly the new flavor. Neapolitan. Well maybe cuz that was my favorite ice cream flavor growing up. Seriously.
The lovely folks over at Detour, sent me a lil box to get me hooked, lol. I also had a copule of friends, who aren’t Neapolitan obsessed, try it to see if they would be into it….and the main consensus, “MMMMMMM, YUMMMMMMM. That’s lovely.”
This is a LOW SUGAR, WHEY PROTEIN BAR.
I don’t think it’s considered a meal replacement bar. For me, it’s a snack bar. Mid day, or after a workout in between meals.
It is actually low in sugar, but I’m not a huge fan of sugar alcohols. I used to not mind them, And I’m sure a lot of you also don’t, but lately, I’ve noticed that when I consume certain sugar alcohols, I get gassy, and bloated. Not cute.

I’ve been eating 1 bar, as a snack, every other day, and luckily, so far, no bloating. Stoked! If you are not familiar with sugar alcohols…click here.
What I absolute LOVE, is the taste! Not too sweet at all! Pheeeew. Some bars are so sweet it almost makes me sick! These are the perfect texture. Slightly nougat-ty, with no chalky after taste.
only 5 grams of fat. 15 protein. 3 sugars. 3 NET carbs!
Check out more about they’re other products and how to order here!

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So here’s what’s up…. Overall, I’m really into these. They’re perfect for on the go busy chicks. These are just the right size. If you’re someone that can easily sub a meal for a bar, they do offer larger meal replacement bars as well. I’m tired of 100 calorie almond packs. These are protein packed and without all the fat. Oh and taste way yummier:)

And for the finale….they are awesome. They are offering my readers 25% off your order!!! Ohhhh heeeeyyyyyyyy. Honestly go order yourself some yummy, healthy snacks. You deserve it.
Just enter this coupon code when checking out: 25neapbb
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Onto some really important business….. Our internal systems….
Let me start by saying, PROBIOTICS SAVED MY LIFE!!
Ok, not like I was dying…but I swear, since starting to incorporate these amazing products into my life, my everything has become better!
Here’s where I go into a lil TMI. (Too much info) lol.
My whole life (no joke,whole life), I’ve struggled with sluggish digestion, CONSTANT constipation, and I believe, consistently battled with candida. Seriously, awful. I always felt that my good bacteria often battled the bad bacteria and lost. Never a nice feeling.
Before really understanding and becoming knowledgeable about how probiotics worked, I would just eat a bit of yogurt or maybe even buy some light over the counter “no name” shitty pro-b product, and I remember thinking, ” this is bull shit, I don’t know why “they” say this is suppose to help me?”
Well babes, do your research. You MUST take your body to a MUCH higher level of healthy flora to encourage optimum health benefits.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been shown to help restore a balanced digestive sytem and promote healthy digestion and natural defenses. My belly is a happy lady now:)

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Did you know, that as we age, the amount of healthy bacteria in our bodies begins to decrease? Also, things like, stress, illness, and antibiotics, can really upset our digestive balance, and create a segway for harmful bacteria to make your body it’s new home. Um, no thank you.

These Ultimate Flora “Extra Care” are made with all natural ingredients.
* NO gmos
* NO soy or dairy

* DO have 30 billion active cultures
*DO
offer delayed release capsules to avoid acidity in the belly

Totally obsessed with their probiotics, I came to realize that I had tried another one of their specialty products!! Remember when I did my 7 day cleanse??! it was unbelievable! I loved it. They offer all strengths of probiotics, immune system builders, total body cleansing, you freakin name it! They are the LEADING company in all that is digestive care.
Honestly, when Renew Life first contacted me about possibly reviewing a couple of their products, I FREAKED OUT! I emailed them right away, like…omggggggg, it’s a sign! I’ve been needing you in my life! Ahhhhhhhh. Lol. Just like that.
I have absolutely benefited from taking these products. I may or may not stock my fridge with a few different strengths. I’m telling you. Obsessed.
Let me ask you now….. Have you ever experienced digestive issues, bloating, constipation, irritation, yeast infections, etc?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those, you need to give these a try. They are worth every penny. They are like gold to me. I’ve even got a batch of 50 billion & 100 billion in the fridge that I have on hand for critical digestive health. Here is a LIST of places where you can find Ultimate Flora products.
Here’s where you may get LUCKY!
Renew Life has freakin HOOKED IT UP!
They are offering to give away a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora products to 1 lucky winner!!!!
Seriously, what are you waiting for!!!!!!!

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So much to be grateful for! Lots of stuff going on!
Please DO NOT forget that the APS Grass Fed protein giveaway is till going on, but will end in 6 days!!!! Get in there!!!!! Click here!

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TRUST THE PROCESS…ENGOY THE PROGRESS!!!

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Xoxo,
Your Amiga.
P.

BEAUTY BLOGGER EVENT @ ROMAN SALON, AND MY INTRO TO ORGANIC AIRBRUSH SPRAY TANS BY AMY JACOB!

In Beauty, events, giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, spotlight, Uncategorized On July 7, 2013 1 Comment

It’s official! It’s SUMMER!!! With 4th of July behind us now, it doesn’t mean getting bikini body ready is out the window!!!! I am sure that we all have loads of parties and beach outings to get sexy for! 😉 Well, today’s post is very special. Not just because I like to be a brown doggy in the summer, but also, because I want to highlight my best friend. Amy Jacob. She recently became a specialist in organic spray tanning, and it killing it!

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Welcome to ROMAN Salon. Amy and I go way back. We went to hair school together and have been by each others side ever since. We’ve worked together…even lived together, so when Roman Salon announced their beauty blogger event, you best believe I was was expecting an invite! Lol

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This quaint but modern salon is nestled in between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. On La Cienega blvd to be exact. It’s EFFIN CUTE! I thought the event was a great way for people to get to know the staff, and check out all that they had to offer as a team. I grabbed a glass of sparkling wine, and found myself in awe of their gorgeous back patio space.

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Great magazines…a must. While here…check out their list of awesome press and magazine write ups!

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Fresh flowers…a must x4!

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To the moon and back. Homies.

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That’s right… You’re seeing correctly. Those are outdoor stations! Why not enjoy getting your hair done outside!? Especially great for Brazilian blowouts. No in-salon fumes. Amy is a specialist in that too! She gave me one a while back, and it was THE BOMB!

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Clients, friends, and bloggers alike enjoying some local yummies and having a chat.

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We enjoyed fresh baked mini cupcakes from a local baker…

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Fresh caprese sandwiches and each were sent home with a mason jar full of candied walnuts courtesy of picnic LA🙂 heaarrttssss! Delish.

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This gorgeous patio is to die for! Across the patio, you will find a separate area for airbrush tanning and men’s barbering. Genius. It’s like a small little bohemian compound.
Oh, you know….just sippin’ on some organic watermelon juice & champagne while I get my service on! No bigs…. Lol
The service here…impeccable. Love this place.

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Amy Jacob is a top stylist. She gives amazing haircuts ( clearly Vidal Sassoon trained) and smokes the competition with her Brazilian blowout skills. She just gets it.
To add to her repertoire, she now offers a new service!!! I swear, this bitch is on fire. I can’t keep up. ORGANIC AIRBRUSH TANNING! I am fully taking advantage of this;)
Ok not gonna lie…. I am a confessed sunworshiper, and have been all my life. If you ask Amy, she’ll tell you the same. In our younger years, we obsessed over who had the better “dirty face” tan. I know….gross. I even worked at at tanning salon when I was 16 to pretty much get free tans, cuz trust me, they weren’t payin’ me much. I mean….you get the idea. I love being a brown doggy. Lol
Well, as we get older….maybe notttttttt the best idea, huh? As grown women, we all now have to be uber careful of damaging uv lights, sun spots ( hyper pigmentation) cancer, ugh. All of these are dangerous, and age us like nobodies business. Ew.
Clearly, now with new ridiculous technology and brainiacs…we can now be perfectly tan without all the harm.

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I was weary of spray tans after seeing friends walk out of random tanning salons looking like umpa-lumpas, and would always go ” um, yeah…no thanks.”
They were going into machines, rubbing some lotion on their hands and feet to avoid ” staining” and spinning around inside while this machine sprayed carrot colored pigment un-evenly across your body. Gooooooood lord. Well, we’ve come along way!
Not only do spray tans get applied by a professional now, it is absolutely customized to your body shape, color, pigment, all of it. It’s absolutely amazing. The days of looking like streaky mess are over. I sat down with Amy to get the rundown of this new and organic product, and for y’all to get to know her a bit;)

FF2F: How long have you been at Roman Salon?

Amy: I have been at Roman Salon for three and a half years, and have been working in this industry now for about ten years.

FF2F: What do you specialize in?

Amy: I have been a stylist, specializing in hair cutting for the entirety of my career. My newest beauty venture is custom organic airbrush tanning.

FF2F: Appts only or walk in’s welcome?

Amy: Walk ins are welcomed! But an appointment is recommended if there’s a specific time or day you like.

FF2F: Tell me a bit about these products you use for organic spray tanning? And how do they compare to other products out?

Amy: Because, like almost everyone, I’ve had a bad faux tan before, I did a ton of research before choosing a product to use, and I am absolutely in love with this solution! Most importantly, I wanted the most natural product I could find… this one is organic, paraben free, gluten free, and vegan, so it’s great for those with sensitivities. Every tan is custom blended to compliment each persons unique skin tone and desire tan depth, meaning we can give you anything from the most subtle hint of color, to back-from-vacation bronzed! Airbrush tanning should not be a one-color-fits-all situation, which I had found most of the time. Also, the bronzing agent in the solution is very subtle, and my clients love that they can go about their day, or sneak back to work, without looking crazy brown and having to hide at home until it’s time to shower.

FF2F: How long will my tan last?

Amy: Expect your tan to last at least one week.

FF2F: Will it stain my clothes?

Amy: It won’t stain clothes, but I always advise clients to come in with loose, dark fitting clothing, and flip flops because there is a slight tint to the solution. And if you like to tan with undies one, choose black ones.

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FF2F: Should I exfoliate before my session?

Amy: Yes! A thorough exfoliation from face down to the feet will ensure that your glow lasts as long as possible, and wears off evenly. Come to your session without lotions or oils on your skin, and makeup and deodorant free if possible.

FF2f: What are the advantages to a person “customizing” your tan as opposed to the spray tan machine alternative?

Amy: It’s a night and day difference! I have always found those machines to produce a super orange-y fake color, and they always seem to stain the cuticles and feet/heels. That’s the dead giveaway! The style in which I spray my clients replicates the way in which the sun would tan you: subtly darker in areas like tops of arms, shoulders, back, tummy, legs, and slightly lighter on hands, feet, face, neck… This assures you never look “dipped” in color!

FF2F: What is the cost per session? How often should I come in to keep up that “summer glow”?

Amy: A tanning session is $55. I also offer some partials: $35 for Upper or Lower Body, and $25 for Face/Neck/Chest. If you’d like to maintain a tan, come about every week and a half. I find clients love to come right before a wedding, special event, or vacation. Also, join us for Happy Hour every Thursday evening from 3-7, for $40 full body tans!

Here’s the deets!

Parking: La Cienega offers generous metered street parking, as well as 2 hour street parking in the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.

Location & Contact Details: Address: 818 N La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310.854.1030
Email: info@románsalonla.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/RomanSalonLA
Twitter: @RomanSalonLA

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Everyone here makes you feel like a star! Overall, super sweet staff, highly educated on all aspects of beauty, and super professional. So proud of my bestie. This place is chic!
Come visit! Xoxox
BFF

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On a side note…….
Win some amazing GRASS FED PROTEIN POWDER! Got a super sweet giveaway happening, and y’all need to be apart of it! Enter HERE!

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Celebrate 4th of July in style!

In 4th of july, bbq, fashion, PARTY TIME, thursday things, Uncategorized On July 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hello beauties!

Ugh, sooooo sorry I’ve been MIA:( I’ve been in Vancouver, Canada, and had no time to post! My computer is acting up as well, so I promise to bring you some dope pics of my trip as soon as I can get piece of shit computer to the Apple store and fixed! An

Anyway, I’m freakin back! Had a wonderful trip. Stayed uber healthy and on point, I’ll save all the deets for the upcoming Canada post.

I got home Monday (Cananda day) and realized my work week is only 3 days this week! Woohoo. I’m loving life life now. My feet are feeling better. Oh I forgot to mention….. I have tendonitis on my feet, and have recently found my new heaven, orthopedic shoes. And yes, I have made that shit CUTE!
Lol. I’ve got a cople more trips planned for this month, anddddddd… (drumroll) my FAVORITE holiday Is mañana!!!!
The 4th of JULY is tomorrow, and I am soooo excited, I could do cartwheels. ;). Yup.

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So here’s the deal. I am originally from South America, and although always feeling very connected to my hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.A is home now, and has been for many years. When I became a citizen, it was an extremely proud moment for me, as is for many immigrants. I can’t even begin to explain to you all how grateful I am to my folks who worked their asses off to get all of us to where we are today.
Ok, not gonna get all sappy, but you get it, yeah. I’m freakin proud;)
So, when I say…I get REALLLLLLLY into the 4th, it’s a bit of an understatement. I swear. I turn allllllll American. Haha.
There are always:
Friends
BBQs
Family
Everything red, white, and blue
Decorations
Fireworks
Sparklers
You name it.
Today’s post is dedicated to all my friends who are into it as much as I am:)

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Alright, so I’ve gone pin crazy again…all of my images, except for a few are from my Pinterest. ( do follow me) 😉 and here.
Below are some of my super chic, trendy, but not obnoxious 4th of July outfits and accessories inspirations! Also be sure to find some severely spirited American stuff here!
Loving all of this!

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FAVORITE PART: The DIY headband.

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Super cute. A bit more casual and tomboy. I love this look. I’m totally sporty spice. The cuff on the jeans, the jersey, and the chucks. HEARTSSSSSSS

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Ok WONDERWOMAN.
Get down wit your baddddd self! I don’t think I could pull this off, but I died when I saw it! PINNING! Vintage chic, and 70’s inspired. Like a modelllllllllll hunnayyyyyy!

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Obsessed with this look, but may be a bit too much for the pool party BBQ… Huh…….? Effing sooooo cute though!

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Beach amigas who are gonna be hittin a bonfire…. Stay warm with this super fem but ultra comfy sweater! I’ll wear the shit outta this al, year round to be honest… Lol.

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I could die for that bis ass turquoise necklace. Ahhhhhhh! I want! The sweater is great because it’s ultra light, and a bit sheer. It’s LA, It’s damn hot. Ain’t nobaaaady tryin’ to wear no damn hot ass sweatshirt to the pool! Get real. I could get into this though;)

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I’m sorry…you just can’t go wrong with these. American flag socks. Byeeeeee

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A bit much… I think not. Probably don’t attemp this at home…may take you hours! just take your pretty ass to the nail professionals hunnayyyy.

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Omggggggg. I want..I need these sick SUNNIES!
Not just for the 4th, although perfect….for always!;)

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Outfit ideas from this site.

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This is what I think I’ll be sporting tomorrow! Soooo red, white, and blue;)

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NOW…

the yummy part. Here are some ultimate part food and drink ideas that I fell in love with!
Love the idea of fresh wine spritzers with blueberries and strawberries. Ultra easy, healthy, and the best part…star shaped pineapple. Although recipe is non-alcoholic….I mean……. Do what you wish.lol

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There’s no such thing as a 4th of July party without n someone busting out some delicious, decadent PIE! This is textbook dessert for this American tradition. Duh!

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Adorable idea.. Cheap. Easy. Kid friendly. Love the straws too! Add some mason jars, and voila!

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Fun, creative ideas!
Add a bit of food coloring to your white chocolate, or buy colored chocolate and start dippin those Oreos!!! Here’s the recipe!

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Yippee! Get some star shaped cut outs here! and serve these great snacks!

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Unless completely wasted….don’t run around with an American flag. Remember…it’s not allowed to touch the floor…..

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Wishing you all a safe and FUN holiday! Hope this helped get your 4th of July style on point!

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Xoxo!

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SUMMER IS HERE! Time to get bikini Ready;) here’s your guide to success with The laughing cow & friends, Women’s Health workouts and ME!

In clean food, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, new faves, PARTY TIME, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, sweets, Uncategorized On June 21, 2013 2 Comments


The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this review. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand

Guess what! First day of summer OFFICIALLY begins on JUNE 21st!Ekkkkkkk! Yes…that is tomorrow. Lol. So, we need to get it together ladies!
I know…we all know what that means! It’s time for a new bikini, and for most of us, this is dreadful, including me. It seems like we spend all year trying to prep our bodies and minds for this very moment. Haha. It does. It sounds ridiculous, but it is what it is! If it means working out more throughout the year, and changing eating habits….it’s all good then. We’ve done good for our bodies. I can think of worse things we could be doing. Lol.

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A we all know, to reach ultimate results with optimal health, you need a game plan, a goal to reach.
I always remind myself…”Paula, it took 29 years to have this body, it ain’t gonna take 2 months for that body to change” I tell myself that when I’m feeling doubt, or when I wanna just say “eff it,give me that damn ice cream!”
It’s time. It’s time to start making changes, and for the long haul. Btw..as I write this to you…I’m saying it to myself too;) Trust me, it’s hard for all of us sometimes. We are not robots. We have emotions, and sometimes those emotions lead to bad decision making. The key: To not beat yourself up about it. Stress is the root of all evil! That is why we’ve got this 89/20 rule. Beacause we can’t be perfect all the time!

Today, I’ve got a super exciting post for y’all! Dedicated to our summer bodies of course:) ( and hopefully continues after summer;) )
I’ve teamed up with my friends at The Laughing Cow to bring you some delicious and easy snack ideas and quick anywhere/anytime workouts ( brought to you by women’s health )to keep you on track and ready for summertime fun!
The 2 week calendar below will help direct you on how to get started! The Laughing Cow, along with some of my fave bloggers, Sarah Dussault, and Tina Haupert came up with all of these fantastic tips and ideas to make it easier on ya! It’s time to get our minds right!

For the next two weeks…. Follow these steps every day, to ensure success!
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NEXT UP…….

I’ve got some amazing workouts for you to try at home or at the gym. My favorite magazine, Women’s Health, is always either on my coffee table or at work. I am constantly following their quick but effective workouts, and I love to share them. Remember: If you use your time wisely with your workouts, you won’t need to spend 1 1/2 hrs at the gym. Trust me.

Below are some great examples of fat burning, muscle building, and HIIT.
When doing these workouts, and any workout really, keep in mind that, if it doesn’t challenge you, you MUST CHANGE IT UP. Always keep your body guessing. What this means…..really, 5 lb dumbbells. Um, you can do better than that… K, know what I mean;)

WOMEN’S HEALTH: The FASTEST way to lose 10 pounds!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: Get a bikini body-that ROCKS!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: A 15 minute arm workout- Armed for summer!
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WOMEN’S HEALTH: The 15 AB workout!
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..
My fave…..

LIFE CHANGING FITNESS: GPP fitness.

And of course, as we all know, but hate to admit….that ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN…
So, to add to your hectic life….brought to you by The Laughing Cow and myself, a few quick, easy, and yummy ASS snacks for you to stay on track, are these babies! 😉
Snacking is how I live sometimes. In between meals and clients, I need a pick me up. My body needs to know that I haven’t neglected it, so remember to snack on something small in between meals to avoid:
#1: Not over-eating
#2: To avoid your body from storing fat ( if you go too long without eating while active, your body will think that you aren’t going to feed it, and will begin storing fat, or eating away muscle) no thanks.
#3: To not become ” HANGRY ” ( I apology see for what I said when I was hungry type attitude) lol

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD ON NUT CRUSTS

A packet of these RAW wheat free crusts will set ya back $4.50 totally worth it. Gluten free, raw, and amazeballz!

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD:

2-3 hard boiled eggs chopped ( only 1 yolk)

1 triangle of Chipotle Laughing Cow wedge

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tbsp light sour cream or 0% chobani nonfat yogurt

Salt & pepper

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Mix together, top over crust and your done. BOMB!

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These are fantastic! Little savory bite sized salmon cakes;)

SALMON CUCUMBER TOASTS”

5 whole wheat wheat thins

1 triangle of your favorite Laughing Cow cream cheese spread. ( my fave is chipotle and queso fresco)

1 tbsp of leftover baked salmon ( could also use smoked salmon, but more sodium)

Thick grated fresh cucumber

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

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This is the perfect snack. Balanced in fat, protein and carbs, your body will thank you. This is a great pre or post workout snack;)

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If your not into fish, no bigs….you can use chicken breast too;)
Oh, and did I mention that 1 wedge of Laughing Cow is only 35 CALORIES!
Love that! Lots of summer parties and BBQs happening this summer so bust these out as a fresh appetizer! Yummmmmmmm

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For you who have a gnarly sweet tooth, like me, I’ve got something for us!!!! I have to admit….I can’t have a meal without finishing up with a dessert;) with this sweet little bite, it satisfies that craving. I was over the moon when my Laughing Cow wedges got delivered and I saw this…. FREAKIN CINNAMON CREAM ummmm, are you kidding me!
Obsession. With only 45 calories a wedge, you can eat this with absolutely no guilt. This is lovely smeared over a cut up apple, or well, pretty much any fruit.
Right now…get ready to go BA-NA-NASSSSS!

CINNAMON CREAM BANANAS ROUNDS

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These are a fave! Kids adore them, and adults freak out;) top with your favorite seeds, nuts, or even a bit of chocolate.

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Here’s the easy steps:

2 bananas (cut rounds)

2-3 Cinnamon Cream Laughing Cow wedges

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds

Shaved raw cacao (100%- the higher the % the higher in antioxidants)

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In between 2 banana rounds, sheer a bit of the cinnamon cream and alternate with your toppings.
Serve chilled. So easy and delicious:)

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Summer time, is the best time to eat clean and light, don’t you agree? It’s hot out, and
the last thing I want or crave during this time of year especially, is something heavy. Ugh. This is a great lunch idea. Now…for the vegetarians out there, clearly you won’t be using turkey breast, but….you could easily sub that out for some yummy sweet potato, beets, rotated carrots, or even seasoned tofu. Your call:) we all know, I love my protein, and by lunch time, I’m in serious need for something protein packed.

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I wanted to try out some of these new Laughing Cow flavors, so I made three faux sushi rolls using the Light Creamy Swiss, Garden Vegetable, and the Chive & Onion wedges. Omggggggggg. So bomb! What I LOVE about these, is that that is all you need to add flavor. No need for mayo, or to OD on salt and pepper. Each wedge packs a mean punch of yummy flavor.

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TURKEY & CHEESE “sushi” ROLL UPS

3 soy paper wraps

Finely chopped romaine

Organic herbed turkey breast

3 favorite Laughing Cow wedges.

3 of these roll ups for lunch, and you’re barely knocking on 200 calories! Whattttttt!

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Lunch is packed. Loads of water…fruit…hummus…roll ups…cheese wedges.. Done n done.

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For fun…. A healthy summer bubbly drink:)
Add your favorite alcohol for PARTY TIME! Lol
Listen…I’m not some health saint…I like a cool summer cocktail as much as the next chick, so if your gonna drink, make it AMAZING!

Crushed ice

Muddled strawberries

Muddled blueberries

A squeeze of Meyer lemon

Your favorite kombucha or kevita probiotic drink

A shot of your favorite rum, tequila, gin, or vodka

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Yeah! Now….Amigas, you got the knowledge, you’ve got the motivation, you’ve got the workouts, you’ve got the recipes, tips and ideas….what’s stopping you!? Stop saying…”I’ll start tomorrow” Start NOW. We do it together… Break outta your shell!!
Summer is HERE! You’re beautiful and your worth it. Remember that.

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Xoxo,
Paula

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GOT GRASS?? Get into it! My review of APS Grass Fed Whey Protein. You don’t want to miss this! Recipes GALORE and A RIDICULOUS GIVEAWAY!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, giveaway!, new faves, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Reviews, sweets, Uncategorized On June 14, 2013 7 Comments

HELLO BEAUTIES!

It’s a very special day today:) Why? Cuz I’ve got some amazing PROTEIN PACKED treats (in the form of recipes) for you using a fabulous new product that I’ve gotten a chance to fall in love with;)

I promise, Iftar reading through today’s special post, you will too, want to try this stuff out. ESPECIALLY MY PALEO FRIENDS!

May I introduce you to……APS. All Pro Science. PURE AMAZEBALL-NeSs!

100% GRASS FED WHEY for athletes and individuals trying to build lean muscle mass.
* With a whopping 23 grams of all-natural protein, and very low in sugar, it’s sure to create the perfect balance for optimal muscle performance.

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I love my protein powders! You all know this. I believe that, if used propyl within a balance and clean diet, you can really see results in your body. Although I do, love a good protein shake after a workout……sometimes, I need the action of chewing involved. Lol. That’s why I love creating fun and yummy treats ( that feel like cheats) that I can munch on throughout the day,and still keep my protein numbers up.

*** If you are training…..REMEMBER:
You should be consuming at least 25 grams of protein per meal. 5x a day!
honestly, it doesn’t hurt to keep that way of thinking in general, even when not
training

I was so stoked when APS asked if I would be willing to try out the product! GRASS-FED? Ummmmmm DUUUUHHHHH

It’s so important to know what is going in your body, and with this product, there is no guessing!

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Ok listen….lets keep this simple.

** comes from grass fed cows, not treated with hormones or antibiotics.

** low in sugar, and contains NO filters or artificial sweeteners.

** 23 grams of protein per serving

** comes in 4 delicious flavors: Strawberry Crème, Bavarian Chocolate, French Vanilla, and Banana Crème

** only 3 grams of sugar

** benefits include:
* Enhanced Physical Performance
* Promotes Stamina and Endurance
* Supports Muscle Recovery
* Preserves Energy Levels

When doing my research on this product, I came to realize how much our food system has changed! If you look at labels now, it’s hard to find products that don’t contain any soy, or high fructose corn syrup, and that all started as a way for manufactures to cut costs immensely. All that crap is cheap, and you DON’T need that in your body. Unfortunately a lot of these sports driven foods, like protein powders and supplements have a lot of these toxic fillers. YUCK!

If you read here, you will see that APS is pretty transparent. There seems to be no shady business, and I like that it’s not soooo mass produced. KEY!

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Here we go…I’m about to loose my shit in the kitchen!
First up:
French Vanilla:)

The thing with “French Vanilla Protein Powder” is that they all sort of taste the same to me. I like to switch up brands to see if I feel a difference between different “qualities” rather than “flavor. What I’m trying to say is,that you can tell this particular protein is better in quality.

The great thing about purchasing “Vanilla” is that, it can be used in sooooo many ways. You get your monies worth. It’s got more of a subtle taste compared to some of the other flavors. It’s easy to mask the vanilla flavor a bit, not so much with chocolate or strawberry.

On this particular morning….I was having a gnarly craving for protein pancakes.

Since I’ve been knocking out my GPP Fitness workouts first thing in the morning, I am starved and my muscles are craving protein by the time the clock strikes 7:00 AM. LOL.

This would be the perfect time to sample my French Vanilla APS Protein in baking!

BLUEBERRY PROTEIN CAKES

 

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I’ve got the recipe below for ya’ll, so make sure to print it out and share with your ripped friends! Also I would love it if you hashtagged #fromfriestofit & #allproscience on istagram along with the photo of your creation!!! Sharing is caring:)

THAT WOULD BE THE BOMB!

Anyway, check out these ad boys!

They are not quite as thick as pancakes, they are a bit thinner, so they won’t feel heavy in your belly. For those of you that prefer or need a VEGGIE PROTEIN, click HERE.

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I topped mine with a bit of Nature’s Hollow (sugar free) honey, sprinkled with hemp seeds, and a dollop of nut butter.

Play around with this…top with different fruits, seeds, and yogurts.This is a great staple recipe. Try it with different flavor protein powders.

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Blueberry Protein Cakes
 
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Light and protein packed, these cakes are meant to rev up your metabolism. Who doesn’t love pancakes? Now, you can enjoy them guilt-free. Add these into your LEAN MEAL plan today!
Author:
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 packet / 1 serving APS French Vanilla Grass Fed Whey Protein
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • A handful frozen (prefer organic) blueberries.

Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients first, making sure to really work in that baking powder (it tends to clump)
  2. Add egg whites and mix well.
  3. A hand mixer is ideal to remove all chunks, but if you’ve only got a whisk, then whisk away!
  4. Fold blueberries in last.
  5. Grease a small skillet, spoon in batter.
  6. **Please note, that the batter consistency is quite liquidy, so they do expand. Using a small skillet keeps them the right shape.
  7. **Also don’t pour too much batter at once.
  8. MAKES 3 HOTCAKES.

Notes
You can top with whatever you want! In this recipe, I topped my hotcakes with RAW HEMP SEEDS, and SUGAR-FREE HONEY

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 205 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 9 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 1 Protein: 40

 

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PROATS (PROTEIN OATS)

Another GREAT way to add APS French Vanilla Protein is to add it to your oats! Yes..I call them PROATS. Don’t judge. It’s what they’re called in the gym world. Get into it.

Oats are great for you. If you’re gonna eat carbs…eat oats. They are a fab source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are very low in fat. Although good for you, they can really get boring. And…frankly, I won’t be adding sugar, raisins, and whole milk to them any time soon, so this is my delicious alternative.

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If you thought healthy and protein rich oats would be bland and not phenominal….think again. This recipe (below) will teach you a thing or two about how it should be done. You FITCHICK you;)

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PROATS! (Protein Oats)
 
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The perfect nutritionally balanced meal. Fuel your muscles with this power meal!
Author:
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats (old fashioned,plain)
  • 1 packet/1 serving APS French Vanilla Grass Fed Protein
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened almond milk (I LOVE this one)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • OPTIONAL:
  • * Psyllium husks (for added fiber)
  • * A few drops stevia if you like a bit sweeter. Taste as you go!
  • * Chia seeps sprinkled on top
  • * A tbsp of your favorite nut butter. ( I LOVE this one)

Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix ½ cup oats and APS protein powder. Add boiling ¾ cup water.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Now, add ¾ cup Almond milk, stir and microwave for an extra 40 seconds.
  4. Add egg whites, and microwave for another 40 seconds- 1 minute.
  5. Add in cinammon and any other optional ingrediets!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 364 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 32 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 4 Protein: 43

Again, I used the french vanilla whey in this recipe, but do not hesitate to switch it up. Chocolate would be great as well, add a lil stevia, a tbsp of cacao powder, and throw in some cacao nibs and VIOLA!

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Ok, sooooo….. this one’s gonna knock your socks off! Let me tell you, I LOVVVEEEEEE CHOCOCLATE!!!! If I could have it morning, noon, and night….I WOULD. For real.I’ve tries a few different chocolate WHEY proteins, but this one is by far the smoothest, lightest, and NON-grainy. Probably due to their high grade ingredients. I’m telling you people!!!!! Do your research! The reason why I liked it better, was that it wasn’t so sweet! I’ve had some issues with some of the chocolate protein powders being over the top sweet. No thanks. I can add stevia if I want it a bit sweeter, you know.

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The recipe I’m about to share with you is something you can whip up in merely 12 minutes! Yes, that includes the baking time;)

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I make it a priority to make these fun, yummy treats for myself because I deserve them;) Plus, I want to have something really AMAZING tasting, that is healthy for me, not something that is gonna jeopardize my hard work everyday at the gym, training at home, or my dancing. I want results.

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So, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. (really loud this time) “YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE & EAT IT TOO!”

SINGLE SERVING CHOCOLATE PROTEIN CAKE

 

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You’re gonna wanna jump through the screen, and make out with me after you try this cake!! Ekkkkkkkk, its soooo yummy!

I tried the Bavarian chocolate in a shake, but I wanted to get down on some baking with it, so this is what I got!

Pretty standard single serving protein cake, but it won’t ever get old.

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Single Serving Chocolate Protein Cake
 
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Have your cake and eat it it too!!
Author:
Serves: 1

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients first.
  2. Then add egg whites and almond milk.
  3. (add a few drops stevia if you would like)
  4. Mix very well!
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 290 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 14 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 4 Protein: 44

With this recipe, be mindful of over cooking. Check it at 8 mins, but for sure out by 10 minutes. It should be soft and moist. If you don’t get it the first time, don’t fret, most likely your oven runs a bit hot. Keep making it and playing arund with this, cuz it’s sooo worth it;)

** I topped mine with some raw cacao nibs, which did I mention, are natures’ #1 antioxidant. Yep.

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

* 1 tbsp nut butter

*0% greek yogurt

* Sugar free honey/syrup

* 1/2 tsp coconut oil or ghee (especially if you dried it out a bit)

 Want more cake???

Here are some other DELICIOUS recipes:

* Vanilla Almond Mug Cake

* Chocolate & Vanilla Protein Cake

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SWEAT PINK SWEAT PINK SWEAT PINK!!!!

Since I was a little girl…(here we go) lol…I have been strawberry obsessed! Fresh strawberries, Strawberry ice cream, Strawberry paletas, strawberry milk, it keeps going. You catch my drift. I’m just gonna go ahead and say…I’m pretty much a STRAWBERRY connoisseur. I’m not surprised that I left this for last!

ok, so here’s the deal. The last Strawberry protein that I tries was About Time Whey protein. It was really damn good! So I was curious to see how this one would match up. In shakes, I prefer the About Time…In baking or other stuff…I way prefer APS Grass Fed. Now, this is strictly on flavor…..As far as ingredients and supplements, I think APS is a bit better quality, most likely why it probably tastes more natural, but About Time has less sugar and carbs. Only by a few, not a huge difference, but you choose;)

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Make some room babes…Here they come!

These are so incredibly easy to make, your 6 year old could make them! Andddddd……. with 4th of July around the corner, why not cheat like everyone else?! Except….. you’re not really cheating with these perfect little morsels. Trust me, they taste like a total cheat. 😉 That’s part of the fun! A little red, white and….pink..Hmmmmm. You get it.

 

MINI STRAWBERRY PROTEIN MUFFINS

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With ONLY 100 calories for 2 mini muffins/cupcakes (whatever you wanna call em’) you are for  sure gonna wanna share this! Make them, snap a pic, follow @fromfriestofit and #hashtag #allproscience for a shoutout!!!

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The strawberry flavor is just the perfect amount and not too sweet. They are delicious. This recipe made 9 minis, I’ve scarfed down 5 already today….I feel no remorse. lol. Only LOVE!

Check out the macros… Not badddddd at all!

REMEMBER:

For  NET carbs, Minus the fiber from the carbs to calculate NET CARBS.  Carbs from fiber do not affect blood sugar levels, like carbs that aren’t from fiber.

Mini Strawberry PROTEIN Muffins
 
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With 4th of July around the corner, these are the perfect little treat! They’re bite size and look super cute. Moist and delicious!
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Serves: 4

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. MUFFINS:
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix all dry ingredients first. Protein, coconut flakes, baking powder, and coconut flour.
  3. Add egg whites, chobani, and almond milk and ½ ripe mashed banana.
  4. Put in blender or use hand mixer to thoroughly mix batter.
  5. Chop up 3-4 washed strawberries and FOLD into batter last.
  6. Grease your mini-muffin pan. I used a 12 mini muffin pan. You can also make regular sized muffins, you just may have to alter the time)
  7. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes
  8. (MAKES 9 MINI MUFFINS)
  9. YOGURT TOPPING:
  10. with a hand mixer whip the yogurt, stevia, and vanilla until smooth.
  11. place the whipped topping in a pipping bag and swirl on top of muffins. (you could also use a plastic baggie, and make a small hole in the corner to pipe the yogurt swirl.)
  12. top with fresh strawberries.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 muffins Calories: 100 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 7 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 2 Protein: 15

 

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Aren’t they the cutest things ever! Have these made and finished in 20 minutes! I made mine with some shredded coconut for that  nutty flavor, but you are more than welcome to omit that step.

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Wow…..now that I’ve consumed enough protein powder to haul a semi-truck on my back…..I think my job is done. LOL. that was so fun. Thanks All Pro Science for sharing your product for further review!

Wait….. we’re not finished here!!!!!!

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Disclaimer: I was not paid by anyone to do this review. These are solely my opinions.

I hope you enjoy! love uuuuuuu

 

OH!

In 2 days!!! I will announce the COLOR ME RAD Winners!!! You still have time to enter!

 

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SO READY FOR SUMMER! Check out this beautiful RIBBON ZUCCHINI SALAD & my gorgeous Monday!

In Breakfast, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, hike, popular recipes, sassoon, Uncategorized, WOD On June 11, 2013 1 Comment

Hello lovelies!! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA on the posts lately, but life has been super busy. I know, no excuses! Well, at least I make it a really great one when I do. I’ve got some amazing recipes coming up in the next week, so please be on the lookout;)

My favorite posts are always the ones on Tuesdays:) as you know, I LOVE MONDAYS, so this is my time to recap all the fun and beauty of my perfect day. Along with a few other things!

MONDAY:
Exhibit A:

Favorite flowers. PEONIES:)
$6.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe’s
Freakin gorgeous and smell devine.

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I’ve been playing around with baking using protein powder lately (I am loving this one) and since I wake up so inhumanly early, I decided to whip something up.
I was attempting to make berry protein muffins using my new fave protein powder….and ummmmm…. My dumb ass forgot to grease the muffin tins…

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EPIC FAIL.
Sooooo pissed! These were actually really tasty, but I couldn’t even fake a good picture! Ughhh.
So, I’ve decided to hold on the recipe until further notice. Lol

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After scarfing down a couple of those muffins, I needed to move my body… I grabbed my iPad to check my WOD on GPP Fitness.

Aces & Eights

 AMRAP in 30 min: (AMRAP=as many rounds as possible)

800 m run
15 pullups
15 pushups (strict)
15 burpees
15 situps

My friend and I decided that was just too beautiful of a morning to not hit the mountain for a hike. This would be the “cardio” portion of my day. This amazing spot, little did I know, is location 10 freakin minutes from my house! WTF! How have I never been here!? 20130610-223113.jpg

This hidden gem is called Franklin Canyon. Easy to get to but not crowded. The BEST! If you live near, you need to go…btw, make sure to come to a COMPLETE stop at the stop sign, they will send you a ticket in the mail. Say cheese!;)

We took Willy, who chased absolutely everything. So annoying, but he needed to get his workout in. There were lizards, squirrels, ducks, rabbits…..
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And then…we found this little guy!!!
Poor baby got stuck on the other side of the fence and was trying to climb up it. Aweeeeeeee.
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I never knew how much I loved turtles! We got him to the other side.:)
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This place is stunning! I felt like I was, I don’t know…..somewhere definitely OTHER than LA! For sure going back. It wasn’t the type of hike that was not too strenuous, but we still got our sweat on. We power walked the shit outta that place! Lol
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Around 11 am, we headed to one of our local favorite breakfast spots, Sweet Butter. In Sherman Oaks, on Ventura. We sat at one of the outdoor tables, and enjoys iced lattes:)

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Check out their sweet little courtyard. I loved what they wrote:) I think they change it everyday.

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I ordered a bomb ass veggie omelette… Egg whites filled with roasted corn, and chard roiled asparagus, yellow squash, and tomatoes. Obsession. Yes, I ate the grain toast…and it was perfect!
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Our spread….our friend Yasuna met up with us. So, no…. It wasn’t just the two of us gettin’ down on 3 platefuls of food. Lol.
But…..girl gurrrrl was hungrrrryyyy!

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It’s 12:30.. And that is a skinny 5 calorie margarita in my hand, duh. It’s freakin summer.

Finally I am getting some much needed VITAMIN D! It ended up damn hot in the valley, and luckily my girlfriend’s got a pool in her complex;)
I’m dying for a bit of color!
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We laid out..jumped in the pool a bunch, drank Margie’s, read the latest food and health mags, and munched on fresh berries, grapes, and nectarines. Honestly, couldn’t have ask for more this Monday. As I flipped through the pages of Martha Stewart Living, whilst burning my buns, I stopped at this page, and gawked.

How amazing does this spread look!
That’s it….I’m inviting the Amigas over for dinner…
And this is what I will attempt;)
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I mean…..this is my favorite way to eat. A little of this..a little of that…
I didn’t have all those things in the pic, but I ad-libbed.
Here she is..in all her glory;)
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The girls brought over 2 super stinky and amazing cheeses over. ( I’m gonna need Renew Life Probiotics tomorrow:/)
* truffled Gouda
* and some triple cream amazing -ness.
I will tell you now…the three of us almost finished off two blocks of damn cheese. #nowillpower.

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This is a great and easy way to entertain! Thanks Martha!
I put this together in no time! Pretty much ransack your fridge….and platter that shit.lol.

Here’s what we’ve got here:

* Hard boiled eggs

* Salami

* Romaine drizzled with blood orange olive oil, champagne vinegar, and pecorino.

* Green Spanish olives

* Leftover lemon,thyme, garlic baked salmon

* Leftover grilled peppercorn pork

* Pesto Zucchini, avocado salad

* Roasted mini red, orange, and yellow peppers

* Sautéed baby Broccoli with crushed garlic and olive oil.

OMGGGGGG….. never have I ever. Yummmmmmm
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This dinner was special! Yasuna, (on the left) has finally passed her creative presentation! That is how it works when working for Sassoon. Once you qualify as a stylist ( apprenticeship can be 1 1/2 yrs- 2 1/2 yrs) you then, 6 months later, have to come up with a “Final” creative presentation.
* 10 models
* 10 looks ( creative)
* theme
* Wardrobe
* Make up

This is not an easy task. Finding models on the street that are willing to let you do whatever you want to their hair is HARD! oh, and did I mention, for no pay! Yeah, very hard to pull off. This process pretty much takes over your life for a good chunk of time.

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This is us celebrating her getting her life back! Lol. Food…and wine…and movie night;)
We snuggled up and watched The Perfect Host…um, a bit disturbing.
This is how my night ended….
My froyo obsession got to me again!:/
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The following are some of the highlights from Yasuna’s presentation at Sassoon Salon Beverly Hills.

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My gorgeous ratchet friends;) love them. Supportive and amazing:)

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Cheers to a successful day!
Congrats YASUUUUNIIIII!

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I’m leaving you with a new AMAZING recipe by yours truly. VEGETARIAN….LOW CARB…FRESH…BEAUTIFUL:)

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Pesto Zucchini Ribbons with Snap peas and Avocado
 
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A gorgeous summer salad loaded with superfoods and amazing flavor!
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Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 thinly sliced zucchini ribbons (i used a mandolin)
  • 2 tbsp organic pesto
  • A handful of sugar snap peas (still in shell) cut into pieces on the diagonal
  • ½ an avocado cut into little squares
  • ⅛ small sweet onion (thinly sliced on mandolin)
  • ½ lemon
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Instructions
  1. Mandolin zucchini and onion. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add in pesto, lemon, and toss all three together.
  3. Add in cut snap peas & avocado . Toss.
  4. Serve and dress with olive oil and salt & pepper.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 145 Fat: 13 Carbohydrates: 7 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 3 Protein: 2

 

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The perfect summer salad. This recipe is to serve 4. Only 145 calories per serving.
It easy to make, with clean, organic ingredients. Peeps will love you for this;)
Go ahead….press the pin button below and share with your followers!

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I hope you all enjoyed this recipe and your day!
DON’T FORGET:
Father’s Day is on the June 16th

How cute are these cupcakes!
My pops is a master BBQer and I think he would freak over these! Lol
Click here for the recipe:)

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