Hello lovely readers! How is everyone? I’m wondering if everyone’s resolutions and goals are on track…. I’m feeling pretty good so far about mine! These last ten days, I’ve been on POINT! although, I’ve been having the gnarliest Mexican food craving, and last night I almost flaked on ZUMBA and running to go gorge on chips, salsa, and oo. margaritas, ugh it sounds soooo good, even now. Seriously, the struggle is real. The point is, that I managed to turn my thoughts of ” Oh hello yesss, I’m about to do werrrrk on some serious mexi” to ” EFFFF yesss, I’m about to dance my ASS off, and fell amazing!”

Thursday started off really nice, and slowwwww that is. It’s been soooo cold, that I just can’t seem to want to get up. Even to pee for god’s sake. Sooo cold! So not into that. Once I finally got up, I went straight into the kitchen, still half asleep, and made my cup of coffee. Managed to get some work done on the computer, which I desperately needed to get done, since I knew it was a super busy day at the salon, and I wouldn’t be able to step away to even read emails.

My favorite time of day, is morning. This is when I get most of my inspiration for recipes, willy is the cuddliest, and I get to enjoy my candles in my robe and slippers. I LOVE IT.
As you are aware of my eating schedule, you already know that I wake up absolutely STARVED as soon as I wake up, so, I took my iPad into the kitchen, and looked for something yummy and healthy to make for breakfast;)

As I did my ritual of flipping through my favorite blogs, sippin on coffee, when I came across a super ft breakfast idea from fellow fit blogger, blogilates. She had a recipe of an über healthy, yummy looking muffin, that was literally cooked right in the microwave.
The INGREDIENTS are 5 things!
Mine unfortunately doesn’t look as pretty, but hey, you can’t win em’ all, huh?

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I gotta admit, I actually quite enjoyed it, and knowing how clean it was, I enjoyed it even more! ;)

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INGREDIENTS:

- Less than 1/4 cup quick oats

- 1 egg

- 1 tbsp almond milk

- a handful of blueberries

- 1 packet of stevia

These were her instructions, which I pretty much followed to a T.

Place in the microwave for 1 min. Watch it carefully! This could overflow!
If the muffin top does not look firm, place back in 30 sec at a time.
Once ready, flip mug upside down onto a plate and slice some fresh strawberries to decorate.

Pretty cool right?
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Before leaving, I took Willy for a quick walk, packed a healthy lunch for work, and made a delicious chocolate protein shake with my new favorite protein, ABOUT TIME PROTEIN. The folks at About Time were super sweet and sent some samples for me to try out, so that I could share with ya’ll my thoughts and reviews. I am a huge lover of protein shakes, and with the way I like to work out, I definitely need my protein. For on the go, a shake is the best way to consume it. I will be doing a FULL post dedicated to different ways to utilize this great product. Protein baking, protein shakes, OH MYYYYYY;) be sure to stay tuned for the review, lots of info comin’ your way babes;)

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Favorite late morning snack lately!
Grapes
Raw cacao nibs
Raw walnuts.
BOMB, and pretty much a ritual now. It’s funny, I used to HATE walnuts.

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I snuck in a DOVE dark chocolate. I like one piece everyday. My allowance I guess;) I had to take a pic of the inside of the wrapper… Made me laugh…they’re really wanting you to feel good about eating chocolate. Even once you’ve already had like, 10, just keep readin! Those lovely little sayings, and you won’t feel like a cow, right?

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I won’t bother with a pic of my lunch because its literally the same thing I had in my last post… Lame:)
But healthy girls pack lunches, and even though repetitive, it keeps me from eating shit.

But hold up… I gotta share this delicious vegetarian dinner I created before I left for Zumba! I took like a million pics cuz I was so excited, and it was beautiful.

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INGREDIENTS:

 

- 1/4 onion chopped

-1/2 a shallot thinly sliced

- 1 tsp chopped/ minced garlic

-1 bock choy

- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper

- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper

- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (you can buy a bag of em’ already prepped at TJ’s)

- 2 cups chopped kale

- 1 Japanese sweet potato (amazing!, and purple inside) But really, you could use any sweet potato.

- salt & pepper

-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

- 1 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 tbsp brown rice miso

- 1 egg (poached)

- chopped basil for garnish

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Ok so, typically you wouldn’t catch me dead eating egg yolks but for some reason… my body was screaming for it. I know, weird. When everyone says, “it’s always better with an egg on top” holy shit, were they right!

This was great for an easy dinner before heading out. I had all the ingredients in my fridge, so I chopped them all up, threw them in a wok and done!

Throw the sweet potato in the microwave first, for a couple minutes, so that it doesn’t take you forever to cook it through in the pan. in there for a couple min at least, or just keep feeling for softness.

throw veggies in the wok, with salt, pepper and spices. Add in vinegar and miso, keep stirring.

I would keep the heat on medium, if it’s too high, you may burn the veggies before they even cook.

when almost done, in a separate saucepan with boiling water, poach an egg. I just put the raw egg in a big sauce spoon, and dipped it slowly into the boiling water, until it sort of stayed together. a few minutes is all it really needed.

Garnish with a bit of chopped basil and salt and pepper.

Amazeballz!

(this was my first time trying the Japanese sweet potato, and I am hooked! Sweeter than any typical sweet potato I’ve ever had)

 

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Off to Zumba I went…..

But, I wanted to share my latest kitchen obsession! I took a pic, right before leaving.

The CHALKBOARD! Genius. Now, I can use it to keep try of ingredients, cooking times..etc! ugh LOVE.

 

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Class was FAN-Tas_tIc! Super fun. I love all the ladies in there, really inspiring, and you can tell, everyone just really enjoys being there. I like that energy. I wore my polar hear trate monitor, and tracked our 550 cal burn. Awesome!
After class, Jess (the one in the pink) went for a 3 mile run. Yes, in the freezing cold. Holy shit was I COLD! We wore soooooo many layers, beanies, gloves, you name it, still couldn’t manage to get warmed up.

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A little inspiration for y’all:)
I’m taking Friday and Saturday off from working out, and get back on it Sunday.

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Xo guys:)
Have a fabulous day… Sorry so late on my Thursday post.. I’m trying to get better:)