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GRAIN FREE PUMPKIN WAFFLES!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On April 19, 2015 0 Comments

 

Hello and happy Sunday! My favorite day of the week and you know what time it is!!! It’s BRUNCH time. Lol.

I’ve got a post for you today that is dedicated to the waffle. Before I pour myself a mimosa…here are a few recipe faves to switch up the sunday ideas.

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Hanging out with the family today, and spending some much needed grandma time. We headed to the Antalope Valley Poppy Reserve after breakfast to see the beautiful fields of poppy’s that cover the hills. Welp….sadly…not one god damn poppy to be found everywhere. LMAO. All we got was 1 hr of sweet car ride tunes.We got there, and turned right back around. lol.

Back at Rancho Relaxo…Norma, my Ficus Lyrata is doing marvelously at home. Mom taught me to clean the leaves with milk and since doing so, the leaves are shiny and bright!

Cheers to prosecco and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Hallelujahhhh The new fave!

They’re pretty, pink, and sets the tone for the freakin’ weekennnnnnd!

Ingredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of Prosecco, chilled

  • 3-3.5 cups of fresh grapefruit juice (~4 very large), chilled

  • Sweetener ( I used a couple drops stevia) or simple syrup (optional)

So…here they are…Its waffle time! These are a healthier, grain free, paleo option to the typical leggo my eggo. If you don’t have a waffle maker (I feel bad for you) this batter, which is one serving…can also be done on the skillet and devoured as a pancake. Das right.

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For me, eating healthier, doesn’t need to affect the flavor. These are so yummmmmyyyy! There may be more ingredients than you are used to, but…get into it. Don’t give me sh*t.

The recipe is above and I hope you give it a try…I topped these fabulous #eatclean waffles with some Nature’s Hollow sugar-free syrup and some chopped pecans. Absolutely divine, delicious, and bomb.com. The recipe made 2 big waffles and I cut them into triangles…you know…so that it looks prettier and it looks like there is more on the plate. Lol.

It’s not that I NEVER eat carbs..I mean, please betch… but when I can limit without comprising bomb-nesss, I do. Give-n-take boo’s.

 Just so you know…It’s lunch hour…& I am now eating spinach tart, fresh mozzarella, quinoa chips with kale dip, and having sangria. It’s the simple things in life that keep us happy, lol. Spent the night hanging out with my besties catching up and feeling baby bumps..(not mine, lol) , and now got all the fam over for an afternoon of snacks and sangria. That’s what I call..a weekend

SUNDAY FUNDAY;)

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Eggs Benedict With Skinny Hollandaise

In At home cooking, Breakfast, popular recipes, Protein breakfast, Uncategorized On April 12, 2015 0 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning beauties! So happy to be back and sharing again! This fine Sunday morning is devoted to enjoying a rest day and cookin’ up a delicious brunch.

This Sunday is particularly special because it’s freakin Masters weekend!!!!!!!!Helloooooo! The Super Bowl of golf y’all. Das right.

 

My bu’s in town, so it’s been fun cooking up something a lil different other than my typical egg white omelette with a side of veggies, lol. (I tend to save my carbs for dinner and wine)

Sunday brunch at Rancho Relaxo (mi casa) though, is always a treat. Todays agenda includes…

  1. champagne+oj….Ummm. A mimosa. Or 4. Or 5 lol

  2. Eating this bomb ass breakfast of eggs benedict

  3. Hitting the driving range for some much need golf swing practice with Kyle

  4. Meeting up with cousins and friends at Rocco’s Tavern to watch the last day of the Masters Tournament.

  5. Afternoon siesta (it is a day of rest after all:)

  6. Homemade pizzas for dinner

 

 

 Benedict is absolutely a brunch staple. Always been a fave for me. I find one freakin problem with it though…

The hollandaise sauce…listen, don’t get me wrong, it’s the bombbbb, but just soooo rich and butter heady. Honestly, I just can’t even. Obviously every once in a while is fine, but when brunching every Sunday is a hobby, you try and find healthier alternatives, lol.

This recipe for a yogurt based hollandaise sauce cuts the calories by 80% and tastes divine! All the ingredients and instructions are above, so try it out and let me know what you think!

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Its 75 degrees out here today, and we’re loving it! Happy SUNDAY! xoxo

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Single Serving PINEAPPLE COCONUT CAKE & ‘GET THE LOOK’

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, fashion, get the look, popular recipes, Protein breakfast, Uncategorized On May 20, 2014 4 Comments

Hello lovely friends! Hope everyone had a fabulous & safe Memorial Weekend! I spent the weekend in Santa Barbara & Los Olivos for a little wine tasting. It really was great to get away for a few days. Los Olivos is one of my FAVORITE weekend getaways.

So, if ever out that way…some great wineries to stop at include:

***COQUELICOT

***RUSACK

***QUPE

***SARLOOS

***KOEHLER 

***CARHARTT

***STOLPMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS

Anyway…just thought I’d share a few of my top! ;) Moving into this new week, (since the past three days have been gluttonous) I’m back on track with my diet.

TODAY will be a very LOW CARB! Lol,  this is what my extreme ass does when coming off a HIGH CARB, I don’t give a fakkkk weekend. I go the other extreme.

*egg whites…chicken breast…lettuce. no joke.

Todays recipe, is one that I made last week, but didn’t get the chance to share yet. I just cant get enough of pineapple lately, so I’ve been puttin’ that shit on everrrrrrythang! As you know, I often find inspiration for trying new experiments through my Instagram friends.

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While scrolling through, I noticed the homie, @fitseed , post a delicious lookin’ Pineapple Coconut Cake. I was like, “ooooommmggeeeeeee!” Yep. Making this NOW! I had all the ingredients, plus a few subs, so I got to mixin. OOHHHH, & if you’re VEGAN, click here , she posts the vegan alternative!

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You can find the recipe above. The Instructions could not be EASIER!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 *
  2. GREASE A SMALL LOAF PAN OR ANY CUTE/SMALL PIE PAN;) (I use coconut oil spray from TJs)
  3. MIX ALL DRY INGREDIENTS IN A MEDIUM BOWL.  (Protein, coconut flour, shredded coconut, baking powder, cinnamon, pinch of salt)
  4. NOW ADD WET INGREDIENTS. (egg whites, vanilla extract, SF honey or agave)
  5. FOLD IN 1/8 CUP CHOPPED PINEAPPLE
  6. COOK FOR 12-15 MINS. (She says 30 min, but mine cooked much faster in my breville convection oven.)

 

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The best part of this whole thing….is eggggzactly that. This recipe is for 1 serving!!! That means…you get to eat the WHOLE thing! Ok, here’s the breakdown of the nutritional facts.

REMEMBER: SUBTRACT THE DIETARY FIBER FROM THE CARBS TO CALCULATE “NET” CARBS.

(Carbs that come from fiber have a minimal affect on blood sugar)

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Nutrition Facts PINEAPPLE COCONUT PROTEIN CAKE

 

  1 Serving
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 298.0
  Total Fat 9.0 g
  Saturated Fat 3.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  Cholesterol 32.5 mg
  Sodium 125.4 mg
  Potassium 218.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 27.7 g
  Dietary Fiber 8.5 g
  Sugars 4.5 g
  Protein 23.2 g

So this whole breakfast, Which will FOR SURE keep you full for a good while, is only 298 calories!!!

I keep my meals around 300 calories each, 5 X a day.  This is on point! It doesn’t taste healthy, but IT ISSSSS BETCHES!

These types of “protein cakes” are my favorite meal for a good strength training day. Lots of protein, healthy cabs, and fat. With only 4.5 grams of sugar…I mean…c’mon. You all need to try this. It takes NOOOO TIME!:)

**You can top it with a little more chopped pineapple, or chopped banana, or maybe some cushed nuts. What the Hell…Just play with it. Be aware of added calories for optional toppings:/

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So moving on…Other than Kim K and Kanye getting married…I have a new GET THE LOOK!! DASSSSSS ITTTTTT!

But seriously… I haven’t posted a “get the look” in a long ass while. Oh, and if you’re hating on my selfies…stop hatin. I’m a blogger. I’m allowed, and I like my outfit…so what!? #gurlbyeeee

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Black elbow sleeve top: 

Urban Outfitters on sale $20

Legging/Pant:

Victoria’s Secret

Shoes:

Nike Airmax

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Watch:

Nixon Kensington gold & leather watch

Hat:

The Datum Line

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Welp, there you have it lovelies<3 Hope you enjoyed today’s post:) Let me know if you try the recipe, and think things might need changing. Lemme know! Have a BEAUTIFUL day. 

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CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PANCAKES! And lots to be grateful for….

In At home cooking, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness, get the look, life, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized On March 3, 2014 1 Comment

Happppppyyy MONDAY!! This weekend has been awesome! As promised, let’s start with this ridiculous stack of CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PANCAKES! they are not only super moist, (ew..I hate that word) they are the perfect texture and taste DELICIOUS!
I am a huge activist of pancakes on the weekends, lol. I mean, not “real” pancakes…lol….I mean, MY pancakes;)
I promise…you can eat them WITHOUT all the bad carbs, fat, and sugar. It’s allllll about the substitutions. This recipe calls for very few ingredients. Some may look a little unfamiliar to you, such as…”psyllium husks or “coconut flour but these products should make an appearance in all of your baking pantries! These are essentials to keeping a healthy “LOW GLYCEMIC” and “LOW CARB” kitchen. Don’t get allll obsessed with the words, low carb, I just mean “BETTER CARBS” ;)

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Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1½-2 scoops chocolate whey protein ( I used Cellucor Molten Chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp Psyllium Husks
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • ½ cup steamed mushy cauliflower ;)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup egg whites. ( I used carton egg whites)
Instructions
  1. Use a NON STICK PAN. I LOVVVE Scanpan! on MED. heat.
  2. To grease pan, I used Natural coconut oil spray. (Found at Trader Joe’s)
  3. ***Just a little spritz per pancake***
  4. First mix all dry ingredients and slowly add in all wet, including steamed soft cauliflower. Beat or mix very well.
  5. Spoon in your batter as to not make too big of pancakes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes Calories: 280 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 2 Sugar: 2 Protein: 38

Now….this recipe or “stack” is considered 2 servings.
For 3 pancakes..280 cals, fat 7, carbs 2, protein 38.
You saw that right y’all!
38 GRAMS OF PROTEIN & 2 CARBS PER SERVING!
(NOTE: toppings extra cals and optional)

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
***0% Greek yogurt with a few drops of stevia***
***raw cacao nibs***
***strawberries ( or fave berry)***
***natures hollow syrup ( sugar-free)***
***sugar free Hershey’s chocolate syrup***

Yuuummmmmmm NOMNOM!

LOOKING FOR MORE healthy PANCAKES!!!???

Traditional protein pancakes

Chia spinach pancake

Low carb coconut flour pancakes

Vanilla pumpkin protein pancakes

Blueberry protein pancakes

banana coconut pancakes

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#1 reason why this weekend started off right… It was finally cold and cozy enough in LA to wear my new winter coat!!!!!! Yeayyyyyyooooo. What do you think, huh?!
This sweet find is, I SHIT you not…… FOREVER 21!!!!!!!
Best part…on SALE BETCHHHHH! $34.00
As if Forever 21 couldn’t get any cheaper, that shit was on SALE! Whattttttttt!!!!
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#2 reason what this weekend was fab….I have been KILLIN it at the gimnasio¡!!
I have been adding in more cardio intervals. Some “Fasted“, some not, but I have been really noticing a huge difference in my body. I fuckin hate cardio. But seriously. I DO. Just pick a machine and make that heart rate jump up, then come down. Best way to burn fat in short period of time. Interval training!!!! I promise…it’s worth it!
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#3 reason why I am sooooo stoked… I finally became a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR!!! Whattttttt!?!?!?? I can’t believe it! I’ve been waiting a whole year for this news!!!
FitFluential Ambassadors are social media influencers who work a long side FitFluential’s brand partners. FitFluential’s goal is to successfully connect brands in the fitness space with influential fitness enthusiasts. All of my blogger friends are a part of this super cool online community that is Fitfluential, and I couldn’t be happier to be representing them as well. Get ready for #hashtag madnesssss! Lol
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Last but not least…..#5 reason why this weekend was fuckin awsommeeeeeeee!!! Hunnnnayyyyyy work hard and you shall receive! Hallelujahhhh! Finally got the car of my dreams! My lil. Korean KIA! She’s an OPTIMA…..Isn’t she a BEAUTY! I’ll call her…
KIMCHI. ;)
Please excuse me while I pound this champagne! lol. Yeayyyyyyyyyyy.
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A little Monday Motivation!

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Hope everyone has a great week;) I think my next recipe will be savory! Can’t wait to share<3

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Love u all.
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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVERS!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, family, Holidays!, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized, vacation, valentines day On February 14, 2014 0 Comments

Hello my sweet friends!!!! Well…it’s 87 degrees here in LA, I just got home from the gym, and I thought….shit. I need to holla for the big LOVE day;) I gotta tell ya…I’ve not a huge Valentine’s Day freak, but I do appreciate random acts of sweetness ! I do believe these acts should be practiced on most days…not just because someone decided to make it a holiday. Lol
I’ve been so busy lately, that I must admit my posting and cooking has been lacking to say the least. Unfortunately my meals have been very boring. ( back on that mealprep) You know what that means… Chicken breast..brocolli..sweet potato. Lol. I’m not gonna bore you with that. Lol. But, FORTUNATELY,I did say I was gonna get it back after the holidays, didn’t I!? ;)

Ok, so no…I don’t have some heart shaped, pink food idea to share here,but c’mon. Stop that already. Lol. I’m here to give you serious, delicious, low cal, protein packed ideas. Oh, and fuck the heart shit…..we’ve got CHOCOLATE!

 

HAPPPPPYYYYYYYYY DAYYYYY:)

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CHOCOLATE ALMOND PROTEIN COOKIES!!!!

90 CALORIES FOR 2 COOKIES:)

Ok so remember a few posts back, I had shared with you some Breakfast Protein Cookies???? Well, I loved those so much, that I had to try a chocolate version! ;)
This recipe is soooo easy, 5 minutes to mix…7 minutes to bake.
EASY PEAZZZZZY!
With only 90 calories for 2 cookies, consider this your new GO-TO protein snack! Oh, and puleeeaaase….who doesn’t like chocolate. (People who don’t, are not to be trusted.)
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Chocolate Almond Protein Cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Whey Protein (I like THIS ONE..Molten chocolate)
  • ⅛ cup Almond flour/meal
  • ¾ TSP Baking powder
  • 2.5 TBSP carton egg whites
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ½ TSP almond extract (could also use vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. ALWAYS mix all dry ingredients first.
  3. ADD in wet ingredients. One by one. Mixing well.
  4. On a cookie sheet lined in parchment, plop down 6 med cookies. Do NOT flatten them out. Leave them dolloped.
  5. Bake for 6-7 mins.
  6. They cook fast;)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 90 Fat: 2.5 Carbohydrates: 5 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 10.5

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Yummmmmmmmm !!! Hope you all try that one out!

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So, the reason I’ve been quite busy….well, I’ve been killin it at the gym # 1, lol, but also because I’ve had some of my family from Argentina visiting! Woohoo;) These are some of my FAVORITE people in this world, I swear. When I’m not at the salon, or the gym…I’m with Family:)

This past weekend we took them to Sequoia National Park. This place is stunning! I told them to get geared up for snow……but they had no idea what I meant. Lol
Here we are…before the storm..chains…and almost getting stuck on the mountain. No bigs. Happy as pigs in shit.
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Stunning views on the way up.
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My beautiful people. How cute are they;) awwwwww.
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Oh you know, just tryin to get a bit creative with the shots. Lol.
We jumped in the car after this stop, and that’s when shit got real.
Did I mention…..THEY’VE NEVER SEEN SNOW!? We were staying at the Wuksachi Lodge, in the heart of Sequoia.
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Finally, 4.5 hrs of driving…a bit of car sickness, and a lil nap…we arrived!
Please take notice of the gear they’ve got on. Hahahahaa. I just love them…they fuckin showed up in jeans, and converse!!!!! lol. What r ya gonna do!.
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I think they thought, “oh, we’ll see some snow capped trees, see a little snow on the ground…nothin major..” Bahahahahaha.
Reality check y’all. Snow to your KNEES in some parts ! My poor cousins….2 pairs of socks…then wrapped their feet in plastic bags…then put their converse on ! Lol
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I haven’t see this much snow in a reallllllly long time! It was soooooo beautiful. I highly recommend this weekend trip to all of you. especially if you live in LA, where it always feels like summer ;)
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The lodge was stunning and our room had huge windows where we could look our and have amazing views of those beautiful trees. If I wasn’t sledding outside or eating snow, I was doing this right herrrrrrrrrrrrr!
A glass of red in front of the fire.
Quite possibly one of my favorite things to do on this earth.
#1: be cozy
#2: with a glass of Pinot
#3: by a fire

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On the second day, we headed to see the big Redwoods. Wow…..
Seriously SPECTACULAR!
I hadn’t been to sequoia since I was like 14 or 15, and when I went, it was fall or spring, so I had never experienced this view before. The biggest and baddest tree around y’all. I give you GENERAL SHERMAN.
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Totally obsessed and amazing…now my feet were frozen. It was time to get back to my lovely LA APARTMENT. LOL
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Yeayyyyyy, so that’s it for today lovelies. Please try out the recipe above, let me know if you’ve got variations. You know I’m always playing :) I hope you ALL have a beautiful, blessed and LOVED day:)
I am grateful to you<3

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY BEAUTIES<3

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I am thankful.

In Breakfast, family, Sunday funday, thanksgiving, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, willy On December 3, 2013 2 Comments

With “The day of THANKS” behind us, I can hardly believe it’s time for christmas shopping, putting up lights….etc. GEEEEEZ! That came soooo fast. I feel like Thanksgiving just flew right past me. Although turkey leftovers are finally devoured, I cant help but continue to reflect and feel absolutely grateful for this special day. Here a few shots from Thanksgiving;)

My beautiful family. Missing my brother, but he was there in spirit. Well, more like skype, but, whateves!

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We not only celebrated Thanksgiving on this day, but also, Mom’s bday!

We started eating pretty damn early. Come to think of it….drinking too;) By 11 am, turkey was already done, and warm in the oven, mashed potatoes done, and we were making hard boiled eggs. A fuckin FAVE!!!!
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All you do is….place whole block-a-brie in a small baking dish, top with fresh made fruit compote ( We made our own raspberry chia jam), crumble some almonds over top, and bake until cheese is oozing out the sides! WHAT?! I know, sooo bomb. That shiz was gone in 0-60 seconds. byeeeeee

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This is my absolute favorite pic. My pops with Emma. Ok, so…..partly because she looks identical to me when I was her age. No joke. Mirror image. It was crazy to see them together. I felt like I was seeing myself, “daddy’s girl” 28 years ago. Wow.

The curls, the eyes, the chheks. Love this munchkin. I WANT ONEEEEEE!! haha
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My cousin SeanJay is staying with my folks while going to music school in burbank, so he celebrated with us, as well as his parents. BTW….amazing aunt & uncle;) Soooo happy to have had them visit from Las Vegas!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get many shots of the actual dinner;( maybe that’s because I was stuffing my face like a hippo. Did I mention that I’ve gained 10 POUNDS this month?!!!!!! holy jesus cristo!!!!!!!Yep, that’s what happens when

#1: you burn out

#2: you’re happy 

lol, whatever.

Of course, I managed to snap a pic of my dessert. I ate the shit outta that SUGAR FREE CHEESECAKE. 

No one could tell it was a “healthified” version of a cheesecake. Like seriously, people are obsessed with this recipe. I’m proud;) I usually serve as individual cheesecake rounds, but it wasn’t working out for me. To make time, I just cut up bite sized squares.

The other cut up cake you see in the center, that’s a traditional argentinian cake called PASTAFROLA. Made from shortbread and quince jelly, It’s like nothing you’ve everrrrrrr had! It’s delicious and flaky, and melts in your effin’ mouth!

Anyway…we had a fabulous time, and now…..I’m ready for:

CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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Wait. Before I suffocate you with photos of my Santa’s Village apartment decorations, I just wanted to share a couple of shots from this past Sunday. The long weekend ended wayyyy to soon!!!
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Marcin and I have been talking about trying this super cute cafe by his place. Literati Cafe has been on our list, and we finally made there for a super yummy brunch on Sunday morning. In the heart of West La, on Wilshire, (one of the busiest streets ever) you wouldn’t even guess it. Thanks to the beautiful and serene garden patio, you get such a great local, mellow vibe. I loved it. It was like a little gem. I highly recommend you try it out. I loved that they were dog friendly in the patio area, and nobody was “LA” stuffy, you know!?20131202-174936.jpg

We tend to share everything we have at restaurants, to be able to try a little of everything. It’s really funny actually…when we first met, he told me that he was an only child. First thing I thought was….( & said) “oh god, do you have problems sharing? Cuz I love sharing…especially food.” lol. He was like, “ummmm, no, I mean….no, I don’t think so….” hahahaha

The breakfast menu is ridiculous! I reallllllllly was eying the griddle cakes and french toast, but stuck with something on the healthier side. lol. I ordered the VEGGIE MELT form the lunch menu, and it was soooo good. I didn’t realize how much I liked sprouts in my sandwiches. Yummmmmm.

Marcin ordered the chicken pesto sandwich which was on ciabatta bread. It was good, but I think mine was better.Maybe the chicken breast was a little dry.  We also split a side of kale chips and shared a glass of chardonnay & pinot grigio. It was a beautiful sunny day, which means….day drinking is completely acceptable. Grrrreat.
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We walked back home and I believe took a bit of a nap. Hmmm, I never used to nap. Lately, I’m kind of  into it. After a waking up and realizing it was still amazing out. It was safe to say…we needed to seize the day. We leashed Willy and headed to Santa Monica for a nice beach walk. I completely obsessed with my new black Friday find, my NIKE lunar sprints. The are like…heaven on your feet. Like a god damn cloud!!!! They are available in quite a few colors, but I believe they are “youth”. So, I wear a size 7.5 in women’s, and in youth, I am a 6.20131202-174959.jpg

Willy is the happiest when he’s at the beach. Makes me a happy mommy. These two….sighhhhhhhhh<3
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#sundayselfie
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Before heading to dinner at Warszawa, we caught a beautiful sunset. Finally used the “panoramic” setting on my Iphone. Have any of you ever caught the supposed “green light” that flashes when the sun is about to set???

We watched, stared, but….never happened. Still stunning skies all around. So lucky to be in LA. This is a December evening on the beach I mean… c’mon!
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This weekend’s awesome find, were these fab earrings from World Market. They’ve got some beautiful stuff. I can never leave this store without buying:

#1 a fabulous bottle of red

#2 a beautiful piece of jewelry

#3 some home decor item

I went in there to see if I could find some cute x-mas decorative pillows to finalize my “North Pole apartment” but, unfortunately didn’t find them. Instead, I found these gems!
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I’ve decided to finally get off my ass…and get back to a workout routine. This month has been crazy, and I really let myself go. I’m not saying that I’m freaking out and obsessing over it, but I’m ready to get back on it. I realize that I don’t like the way I feel when I’m carrying that bit of extra weight. There…I ate, I drank…A LOT. And now, I’m ready for moderation. I’m getting into my 30′s (January 31) and I realize that I just can’t keep fluctuating that much. The bingeing will catch up to me and it’s gotta stop. So that will be the start of my new year’s resolution I think.

Anyway, with that said…Here is my accountability. I am posting my workouts for the week. Start small. Reach your goals by writing them down. Do not beat yourself up. That starts a vicious cycle of guilt and anxiety. Instead, focus on your progress, and cut yourself some slack. No one is perfect. We are our own worst critics. Remember…to those who love us, to them…we are perfect just the way we are;) <3

If you are having a hard time kicking off your workouts or even weight loss???

Check out my friend Janeetha’s blog Meals & Moves for a 24 day advocare challenge!!!!

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Bye, byeeeee November..AKA “CURVE-mber

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What I will NOT be doing this holiday……

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Hell, who am I kidding;) love you all……… XOXO

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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!

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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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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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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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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 4 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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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!

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.

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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!
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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!
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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!!
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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!!!!!!

You really think I would finish this off without a giveaway!!!

PSHHHHHHHH! Puleeeaseee!

 

Not 1…BUT 2 lucky winners will each win the following:

**one box of APS single packs in our Complete 100% Grass Fed Whey Protein

**one shaker cup

**one $50 gift certificate

Enter… and you can win!!!!

Winners will be announced on July 18th! Cant wait? Well…keep reading for 25% off your order ASAP!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Ok, last thing;)

Enter the code F2FIT at checkout and recieve 25% off your order!!!

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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When sick…I stick to FIT.

In At home cooking, Beauty, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, new faves, Uncategorized, WOD On June 4, 2013 1 Comment

Well….it’s Monday. My day off. Sick as a dog. Ugh. I’ve been sick since Saturday when I woke up feeling like I got hit by a truck. I am not one to try and heal holistically….. I love all that stuff, but truthfully…I need the whatever the hell is gonna cure me the fastest. This chick cannot get sick. Too much to do! I can rest when I’m dead;) lol. Ok, just kidding. I’m not that crazy, but I am not opposed to over-the-counter meds to cure the average flu-like symptoms. I use my vitamins and stuff ore for preventative measures:)

Last night I stayed the night at my folks house. You know how it is when you’re sick….there’s nothing better than Mom and Dad catering to your every sicky girl request. “Mom, can you bring me water?” “Mom, can you finish the laundry I brought:(?” Lol. Sad, but true. I am such a mommy/daddy girl still at almost 30 damn years old.

So when I woke up cozy at the rents house after probably 12 hrs of “passed the eff out” sleep, I felt sooo much better.

This is what crossed my mind…..

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I don’t remember the last time someone brought me breakfast in bed….but God,that is a delight! Thanks Mami;) luckily mom had the day off, so we both snuggled and had breakfast in bed while watching Disappeared on A&E. You know, chick stuff.

BREAKFAST:


was egg white and spinach scramble
And a side of homemade FLAX toast with sugar free preserves.
Oh, and not to forget….my coffee of course. I used my favorite almond milk. 30 calorie SILK frothed with a packet of NuNaturals stevia.( Get a FREE sample here.)

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I really didn’t want to start feeling shitty today, so I took my favorite “any kinda sick” go to. THERAFLU.

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I finally rolled my ass outta bed, gathered all my crap from moms and headed back home to good ol’ Sherman Oaks. Once I handled some calories and payed bills, I felt we’ll enough to hike Fryman Canyon for a hike with the pup. It wasn’t super hot out today, so I figured he could stand it, besides, mama carries loads of water for him. ;) He drinks more than me. Tisk. Tisk.

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I worked up a good sweat to the top. All uphill, and somehow my freshly washed hair, still in tact.
A gorgeous day out. I let willy off the leash, and he plopped down in the shade for a photo op;) as you all know, I get hungry at the first sign of physical exertion, so I made sure to pack a yummy PROBAR for when I got to the top.

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Lunch was A-Ma-ZING!

Check it out.

*RAW wheat free crusts

*Cut up bell peppers with The Laughing Cow’s new flavor LIGHT spreadable cheese in queso fresco & chipotle. HOLY DELICIOUS!

* Mostly egg white salad with only:
A bit of yellow mustard
1 1/2 tbsp lite sour cream
Salt & pepper.

LA BOMBA!

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What I love about these….
RAW WHEAT FREE CRUSTS:
*Brown flax seed, *golden flax seed, *sesame seed, *sunflower seed, *garlic, *onion, *celery seed, *red bell pepper, *parsley, sea salt, *pepper, water. * Organic.

All seeds have been germinated and then dehydrated at 105 degrees. Nutrition Facts: Package contains 2 servings. Amount per serving: Calories 210, Calories from Fat 139, Total Fat 15.4g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 126mg, Total Carbohydrate 10.2g, Dietary Fiber 7.3g, Protein 7.6g

What I love about these:
THE LAUGHING COW LIGHT SPREADABLE CHEESES
* they’re only 35 calories a wedge.
* I will never completely stop eating cheese. I absolutely love it. This is my healthy treat everyday;)
* put them on anything to add flavor in an instant.
* made with real queso fresco and chipotle peppers.
* only 1 carb!

(Thank you Laughing Cow for sending me these! They are a joy! Cant wait to do a full recipe page with them!

(Purely my own opinion, I was not paid for this review)

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I felt like a new person after lunch. This is why I love to eat every couple of hours. Small meals of course. My energy levels stay leveled. if I wait to long…one of two things happens. I feel totally fatigued….or I binge like a fool. So, I opt for the lighter meals, more often.

Since returning from my awesome blend retreat in Utah, you all know that I’ve become a proud advocate of GPP Fitness. I make sure to check their website every single day for my workouts, inspiration, questions I may have, etc.

Today’s workout

…and you best believe I took my ass on to the gym. I felt we’ll enough. I am pushing through. Trust me, I know my body, I wouldn’t have done it if I was weak.

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6 days of workouts with SUNDAYS OFF. I also include 3 days of intense/moderate cardio. ( 2 of those cardio days being ZUMBA)
If I can do this…

SO CAN YOU.
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REMINDER TO ALL MY AMIGAS!

Do NOT feel intimidated at the gym. Weights are not only for men! I promise…once you get in there, and release that fear, you will become sooooo empowered!

I grabbed all the equipment I needed, found space in the aerobic room and began my workout.
HOLY HARD!!!! This workout all together was maybe 30 minutes long, but AS EFFECTIVE as being in the gym 1 hour 15 min. This is what interval training looks like. Get in.. Do the work… And get out.

My essentials:
My gymboss interval timer.
My new Ryka high top performance shoes.
A list of my GPP work for the day.

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As I’m writing this….I roasted delicious veggies for dinner:)
Yellow squash
Carrots
Onions
Baby peppers
Tossed in EVOO, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and Italian seasonings.
@ 375 for approx 40 minutes or longer if you like it more caramelized.

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PRODUCT FIND OF THE WEEK:

Ok, so I was a bit naughty Sunday morning. My excuse…I am sick, so I need to spend $42 dollars at Sephora on this……

I am a NARS FANATIC! So, when I spotted the NEW Pierre Hardy collection, I wet myself. I died for this color Rotonde (tiger lily)
That’s it, there was nothing I could do…
This shade is LIMITED EDITION! It’s gorgeous.
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Well babes, that’s it…that’s all for today.
And……
The moral of the story is……
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DON’T FORGET YA’LL!!

You guys!!! The COLOR ME RAD 5k is coming up on June 22nd! And…. I’ve got 2FREE TICKETS TO GIVEAWAY! enter here to win. The winners will be announced JUNE 17th!
I will give out the code. Once you are a winner, you go online, enter the code, and your in!
C’mon! Soooo fun!
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On this episode of “WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY”…

In blend retreat, Breakfast, clean food, giveaway!, new faves, protein shakes, Reviews, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday On May 22, 2013 4 Comments

Good day, good day beauties…. You know what I LOVE about, What I Ate Wednesday’s……… WHAT I ATE ON WEDNESDAY;)
Since I am not in the salon anymore today, I really get to sit, create and enjoy some great lookin’ meals. Well, you be the judge;)
I am finally starting to get back into the groove of things after a very exciting and fun weekend away at the blend retreat. I taught Zumba this morning at 10:30, and to be honest, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it through it! I am still sooooooooo
Sore from the GPP workouts, that yesterday, I needed help walking down the stairs! Geeeeez. Whatever…suck it up Paula, you loved that shit. Oh yes I did. Can’t wait to start my GPP Fitness ritual starting next week.
6 days on- Sundays off. Yikes. Nervous to be doing these alone. I will be posting the workouts, so please do them with me;)
Anyway…. Sorry, I get distracted.
BREAKFAST 8:00a.m.

1 small slice of Brocolli Protein Bread (recipe to come)
Organic low salt turkey breast
Hard boiled egg whites
1/2 a kamut cake with Natures Hollow sugar free (made with xylitol) raspberry syrup & New York super foods chia peanut butter.

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Seriously, you need to get down on this ish. CHIA PEANUT BUTTER! ok, I love all nut butters, and since I am a fanatic, I like to try out every single one on the market! I don’t like to get bored you see. This was a really nice alternative!

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This company is family owned, and family run. You what that means. Small business usually keep it tight to make sure they can offer a really great product, with organic, clean, non-gmo ingredients. The guys at New York Superfoods create products for active individuals with all natural, gluten free Superfoods. No, they did not ask me to review them, this is just what I do sometimes. You need to know what’s out there, especially if I you are into health and fitness. Stay educated on products in the market that we can utilize to enhance life and performance. Plus, who doesn’t love CHIA?!
Check out the benefits of this tiny superfood here.

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I considered today, a special Wednesday. You know why? Cuz I got back from Utah with soooo much swag to try! Woohoo!
I tried my first scoop of Fit mixer today for much needed energy. It was pretty great! I liked that there weren’t any artificial ingredients, and that it truly felt good in my body. It also contains natural colors and flavors from beets, strawberries, and coconuts, and is naturally energizing due to its main ingredients of Palatinose and green tea and green coffee extracts. I was on fire today, and actually burned 40 more cals than I have been lately:) Maybe it’s because This stuff contains Raspberry Ketones to help you burn fat quickly while maintaining energy levels throughout your workout*. It also delivers Palatinose, a slow-burning carbohydrate designed to support sustained energy throughout the day
I’m gonna keep it up and see how it works out for me. We’ll see. Curious to try their other products.

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Another product I tried today ( 2 hrs before teaching) was Shroom Tech by Onnit. I’m usually quite weary about changing around my supplements. I honestly usually just stick to CLA, green tea, protein, and an energizing mixer per-workout, but, since hearing a lot of buzz about this company, and once chatting with them at the retreat this past weekend, I was very interested. Today was my first day, so I’ll have to revisit this product & review once I start becoming more aware of how my body is being effected.
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Check these bad boys out…
That’s right…. I know you are soooo feeling my crazy clown Zumba pants! Don’t be jelz;)
Today’s class was super fun & the polar doesn’t lie! 711 CALORIES! Hot damnnnn! in Zumba, you have got to let go and dance your ass off. FULL OUT. Make it count.
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I, no surprise, am like a starting child after class, so I made sure to pack one of my homemade blueberry protein shakes to take with me. I swear, if I try are run around town after class, and don’t put anything in my belly, I will start to convulse. Hardly, but vey O-so very shaky. Not cute. This holds me over and tastes like a dessert;)

Vanilla Blueberry Protein Shake:

1 scoop About Time Vanilla whey protein.

1 cup 30 calorie unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk by SILK.

2 heaping tbsp of 0% CHOBANI Greek yogurt

1/4-1/2 cup organic frozen or fresh blueberries

4 drops NuNaturals stevia extract drops

2 drops of vanilla extract

3 ice cubes

1 tbsp chia seeds

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By far best part of the day!
LUNCHIEEEE!

I had lunch with a girlfriend at this AMAZING Place in North Hollywood called HealthyCA.
This place is a total hidden gem! It’s mostly a catering place I think, cuz the actual restaurant portion is tiny. They can really only seat a handful of peeps there, so your best bet is to walk in, order at the counter, and ask for it to go. Te pics say it all. We couldn’t quite make up our minds as to what each one of us wanted, so we opted to split each entree. I like to share and try everything;)

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I mean, seriously. I kinda want to make it a ritual of going there every Wednesday, and calling it a “treat meal” cuz it ain’t no ” cheat meal” that’s for sure. It couldn’t get more, CLEAN, ORGANIC AND GLUTEN FREE.

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Finally….NAILS. I got a proper mani/pedi and enjoyed every bit of it. I was getting GEL nails, but decided to give my lil nails a break. Plus, I can’t help but get a bit freaked by those uv lamps they make you stick your hands under. Can’t be good after a while. I would always forget to put sunscreen in my bag:(

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I used to do the spa chairs, until one of my friends got fuckin’ mersa ( flesh eating bacteria in her toe) from the bowl not properly being disinfected. Hell no, I’ll stick to the disposable plastic tub inserts. Byeeee

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Toady I decided to bring my own color. I got a new one.
Essie: Clam Bake.

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My new favorite “before dinner snack”. All of you, I’m sure, know I DIE for cottage cheese. This concoction I believe I’ve shared on Instagram before. I could have it every single day, I no lie.
I feel like a superhero after consiming so many Superfoods.
It’s is:
Low salt low fat cottage cheese

Unsweetened dehydrated shredded coconut

Raw cacao shavings

Chia seeds

Pb2

Blueberries

Raw Hemp seeds

Raw Flax seeds

Stevia

Vanilla bean

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Today was my lucky day… My student and dear friend brought me fresh lemons from her tree. Lemons are the key to my heart and soul! Thanks Jamina!

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I wanted to share my newest purchase;) I can’t believe I walked out of target and ONLY bought NAPKINS!!! Whattttttt! It’s a miracle. Loving my new Mara-Mi napkins! Aren’t the the best!? I want more!!!

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What a gorgeous day today was!
Last but not least:
DINNER!

Miracle noodles with marinara, roasted baby peppers and onions, and my Steaz 1/2 n 1/2.

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Back to work mañana with hopefully a booked day. Mama needs moniezzzzzz. Lol.
What are everyone’s plans for memorial weekend? Anything fun?

A little reminder also for those of you who haven’t signed up for the newsletter for a chance to win those lock laces, do so here!!!

Send me some love! Miss you guys;)
Xo, P

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Wednesday eats..Thursday treats.

In Breakfast, clean food, Fact of the day, fashion, polar, Reviews, thursday things, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, willy, zumba On May 10, 2013 0 Comments

Happy Thursday fit friends!! Not much to report today, but I honestly feel crazy if I don’t catch y’all up! My FF2F 50 days clean eats/no cheats is going really well! Well into it now, and I feel fantastic… Ok, I must tell you though…I have had some wine, oh and maybe a margarita….buuuuuuuut I’ve so so balanced lately, don’t I don’t consider that a cheat. Whatever, judgers. ;)

Anyway…my typical breakfast…. Egg whites are ALWAYS up in there. This was yesterday….

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Egg white scramble with sautéed kale, red peppers, no salt organic turkey slices, green onion, and a bit of Homeboy Salsa. I always buy homeboy products because I LOVE what the company stands for, and of course, super duper tasty. This non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, provides rehabilitation services and job training to ex-gang members and announced the launch of its first consumer products, salsa and tortilla strips, for sale through mass-distribution at over 256 Ralphs locations across Southern California. Pretty incredible. Please take a moment to watch this video to understand truly who incredible they are!

Bottom line: HUGE FAN.

 

My morning read. Women’s Health Magazine. Pretty much, the best FIT read out in my opinion. I especially HAD to have it when I read the front cover…”BEST ABS EVER!” as I stood in line at Target the other day. WTF, are you kiddind, YES PUUUULEAAAZZZEEEEEE!!!!!!Hardest part of my body to define, by far. ugh.

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I taught Zumba yesterday morning at 10:30, so I made sure to eat that bomb ass breakfast early enough that it wouldn’t come back up as I danced my ass off.

REMINDER: If you do Zumba, PLEASE allow at least 1 hr of full digestion before coming to class……lol

What I generally do, is bring a protein packed snack for after class. Not gonna lie, I could eat a COW after class. You would feel the same if you took my HIGH-OCTANE class. 700 calories in 1 hour. Yeah….I thought so….

My AFTER CLASS MEAL:

Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne

Organic RAW hemp seeds

fresh fruit

PB2 (best product everrrrr..game changer)

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Sweaty Netty after class. Selfie in the car. I always get so embarrased taking car selfies. LOL. I wait till all cars have passed by me, and then I go to town!! Almost crashing or running red lights. See what bloggers do to get this out to you!? Geeezzzzz. ;)

My morning class killed it!!! So proud of the girls.

 

 

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I love seeing the dedication from these women, some of them take zumba everyday! Pretty incredible, I gotta say!

I found my new motto…

LIKE A BOSS!

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The rest of Wednesday was mellow, did a couple private clients (haircuts, that is) and came home to make this gorgeous multi colored salad. Simple, but full of protein. I try to take in around 25 grams of protein each meal.

LUNCH:

Kale

2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)

2 slices no salt turkey slices

Cherry tomatoes

Grapes

Sesame seeds

Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper.

Thebomb.com seriously.

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FINALLY made it to the dog park on Mulholland. Been wanting to take Willy there, but never could find the damn place. Anyway, as expected, Willy was not interested in playing with any dogs and was stuck to me like white on rice. No joke.
Mr. anti social over here.
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He ran around a bit, but it was pretty forced. Lol. He got in the car and was panting and closing his eyes like he had just had this “amazing workout”…. But I mean, really. Homeboy barely ran a lap. Haha.;)

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Tonight’s ZUMBA class was on fire!!! They killed it! The verdict on the polar heart rate monitor: A whopping 664 calories! Sweat like a beast, and worth every second of it!
After class, to participate in my friend’s 30 day squat challenge, we did 250 squats. NO LIE! I’m dying…. Although never tired enough to not pose for some dance studio SELFIES! Lol.
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I mean…so much awkward posing happening here. I can’t help but share;)

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Practicing our sickest TLC pose…. RIP Lisa “left eye”
Whoop whoop.
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This week in #STYLE:

Your next recommended purchase….

These amazing sandals by: REPORT

BUY THEM HERE!

Wore them all damn day today at the salon, and no complaints. Got loads of compliments on them and they are SUPER cute! They match everything too for the summer! Yipeeeeee.
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YOUR FACT OF THE DAY….. THIS ISH IS CRAYYYYZY.
had no clue……

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And now……. Go ahead.

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XOXO……P

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BEST guilt-free banana bread EVER, ff2fcleanchallenge, and some killer HIIT workouts to try NOW!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness plan, popular recipes, Raw food, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On April 24, 2013 2 Comments

HAPPY TUESDAY TO ALL MY BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS! I am feeling super inspired today! I feel like a new person;) I spent the weekend in Ojai, CA with mom, and had such a great time! Although fighting a terrible cold, I made sure to take plenty of supplements and suck it up. Getting a quick, relaxing weekend away, was just what the doc ordered. I got some serious sun. I look like a dirty face, no lie, we hiked, got massages, and enjoyed yummy healthy food:) I feel a bit cleansed really. There were some things that weren’t quite sitting well with my heart, that now feel settled.
I’m looking at things in a new light, and realized that it’s time to MAN UP. Lol. Life is too short.

 

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As most of you fabulous fit folks already know…. Monday marked the FIRST day of my 50 day clean eats/no cheats challenge, and so far, I am AMAZED at how many friends are participating! Sometimes, we all need a lil kick start! Right? Duh. Soooooooo, this is why I’ve started this. I am an EXTREMIST. Always have been, it’s my nature. So, when I fall off, I need someone to sit me down and say, “alright, stop fucking around, and stop being a cheater”. This is precisely why I started this. I LOVE a good challenge. I’m competitive with myself, so this will drive me to stay on track, and all my lovely friends are inspiring me to continue on the journey!

Ok, so originally, I was set to do 100 days.. Buttttttttt, I realized my best friends wedding was just under that, so that obviously wasn’t going to work, now was it!? Lol
50 days sounded perfect. Not too crazy. Although, most of my meals tend to be clean, I am the queen of binging on a cheat day. Not cute. So NO MORE CHEATS FOR ME! We all know “cheat meal” is a trigger word.

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I wanted to share some of the meals my instagram friends have been sharing. Make sure to follow me on instagram for constant support, recipes, and clean ideas:)
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This morning I woke up like a champ! Ready to get my sweat on! I was gonna hit the gym but instead I opened my emails and saw that I got my latest post from MYFITSTATION, a blogger I religiously follow, in which she shared some amazing workouts that I NEEDED to try. So, I got my ass in front of that mirror, got out my kettlebell, my gym-boss trainer and tried each lane of these power house workouts. AMAZING!

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I am totally loving these workouts. Try each one and see which works best for you. Switch em’ up, repeat them, whatever. The best past, is that you can do these pretty much anywhere you have a little room. ;) In my case, in my bedroom;)
I hope they don’t mind that I’m sharing these on my blog, but they were just too good to not post.
I set my gym-boss ( best lil FIT tool out there) to 30 sec work + 10 sec rest. For 10 sets. Then, I would restart the boss back at set one when I started the following workout.

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(Source: myfitstation.com)

One of my insta friends posted this and I thought it was genius. We all wonder how much were burning, right? I thought this was a fun cheat sheet.

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(Source:http://100pounds100days.tumblr.com/)

Ok, now…for the best part;)
Time for some foodporn. All this talk of working out has got me hannnnnnnnngryyyyy!
I am so craving this RIGHT NOW! I am a HUGE lover of banana bread, but typical banana bread is full of carbs and sugar, which is not the business for my FROM FRIES TO FIT 50 CLEAN EAT/ NO CHEAT CHALLENGE(follow my insta), sooooo, I’ve come up with my own clean ass, delicious version!

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HALLELUJAH for this recipe. I would scarf the whole thing down, but I’m trying to practice self-control. A slice for breakfast and a slice for dessert;) week. Absolute new obsession. Tis guilt-free recipe will blown you away! It’s BANANAS!

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Please do not expect some dry ass “healthy tasting” bread. This is seriously moist and perfect. You will wanna roll your eyes in utter satisfaction with every bite. I’ve finally perfected this. Ahhhhh, I’m so stoked! Even more excited to share with all of you FIT foodies;)
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Gluten Free SUPER Banana Bread
 
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A delicious GUILT FREE banana bread that is low carb, gluten free, and full of healthy OMEGAS and Protein!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas
  • ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce (could also use 0% greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 lrg eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup erythritol or xylitol
  • 1 cup flax meal (could also do ½ of this as oat flour to cut fats) although flax is a great fat for omegas!
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt

Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In one bowl, mix all your wet ingredients. Mashed bananas, eggs, egg whites, applesauce (or 0% greek yogurt), coconut oil. mash and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Flax, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Combine bowls and mix together.
  6. Add batter to the pan, and bake for 35 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Notes
Keep in mind… To calculate to proper amount of net carbs: Subtract fiber from carbs to calculate. In this case, the NET carbs are 8. (14 carbs minus 6 fiber.) Carbs that come from fiber do not affect blood sugar/insulin/glucose levels. Enjoy Fit Friends!!!!

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From sweet to savory…..thought I’d balance us out a bit. The following are some super healthy meal ideas that have become staples in my hizzle.
First: RAW NORI WRAPS
These are super fun. You can stuff with any of your favorite veggies!
The ones I made last night for my meal prep weren’t fully raw( a touch vegan) but still full of amazing nutrition.

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I stacked all my ingredients on one side and used my sushi roller to make the perfect wrap.

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In this wrap:

avocado

alfalfa sprouts

kale

almond vegan cheese

hummus

parma nutritional yeast

braggs liquid aminos

hot sauce

These are fantastic for packed lunches. Another option, if you’re not a fan or nori, is soy paper or swiss chard leaves make for great wraps. Really low in calories and nothing but clean and nutritious.

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Here’s my dinner GO TO!

Miracle noodles!

The healthiest pasta you will EVER consume.

Shirataki noodles are the ultimate substitute. They fill up your tummy as if you were actually stuffing your face with an actual full plate of REAL pasta:) OK, maybe not exactly like it, but hell, for 20 calories instead of 300, I’LL TAKE iT! They take on whatever flavor you add to them, and they are full of fiber.

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Once out of the bag, you may notice a strange smell. Not to worry, stick in a colander, rinse thoroughly under warm running water and we’re ready to roll. Some folks like to flash boil them, that’s cool too, but, AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME 4 DAT.

Moving on…

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In a hot skillet, add a tbsp of EVOO, add noodles, season with garlic & salt. Maybe even a bit of basil or oregano. We are not trying to cook them here…they are already cooked, we are simply adding flavor and heating them up with the seasonings.

In a separate small saucepan, add your tomato sauce. I love this brand.

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Transfer the noodles to a bowl, pour your marinara on top, sprinkle with fresh parmesan and VIOLA!!

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Serve HOT! HELLO HEALTHY!! Dinner is served.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY:

 

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WEEKEND FINDS IN OJAI:

Check out my new fave pieces of jewelry from a local shop in Ojai. Aren’t they beautiful. What can I say… I like hardware!

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Hope you all are staying on track of your goals this week!

Remember: 50 days… Clean eats/No cheats:)

Love Ya’ll… off to practice my new Zumba warm-up, I’ve got class in the A.M. night babes!

xo, P