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Homemade Protein Bars…a 50 day no cheat challenge, and some fitspiration;)

In Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On April 20, 2013 4 Comments

 

OH HEY BODYBUILDER!

Tired of all those protein bars out there, full of sugar, additives, and ingredients you can’t pronounce?? I AM!!!

The only protein bars that I’ve found so far that I absolutely LAAAAV are QUEST BARS, but honestly, they can get quite expensive sooooooooo….this is the best alternative I’ve found, plus I’m obsessed with pumpkin. All year round.
I’ve made sure to attach a printout option as well as the nutritional facts.

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Only 77 calories each, you will NOT feel a bit of guilt. I originally found this recipe on monimeals.combut altered it a bit to satisfy my diet needs.
Hope you guys enjoy;)
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Healthy Protein Pumpkin Bars
 
I cut these in rectangles and wrap each one in foil. They are a perfect on the go protein snack.
Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¾ cup organic (canned) pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar free honey (Natures Hollow)
  • ¼ cup oat flour (I just ground up my oats in a coffee grinder, but could also use a food processor or bullet)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder. I use About Time Whey
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (or less if you feel so)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Optional: crushed walnuts or pecans sprinkled over the top before placing in oven.

Instructions
  1. Preheat ove to 350 F.
  2. In one bowl, mix the egg whites, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  3. In another small bowl whisk the oat flour, protein powder, and all the spices along with the baking powder.
  4. Add this to the wet ingredients and make sure to mix very well.
  5. Pour mixture into a baking loaf pan or a square pan coated with cooking spray.
  6. Add the nuts if you want over the top.
  7. Bake about 18-20 min or until a tooth comes out clean. Enjoy!

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My diet has been yo-yo-ing for a bit now, and realize that is the reason why my body isn’t changing much. Those of you who know me, know I’m quite extreme when it comes to it. I’m trying not to be so obsessive and stress so much about it, so in light of my obsessive/binger nature, I’ve decided to go 50 DAYS STRONG without cheating or binging to try and alter how I view food.
It’s funny, I was gonna do 100 days, but then realized that my best friends wedding was during that time and thought…hmmm, ” ain’t nobody got time for dat” and frankly, 100 days would be really Elgin hard for me, so lets start here…
50 days. I am again, breaking up with food. Kinda feels like I’m going sober.
Ok, so who’s with me….
Repost this to your insta friends and lets see how many people will do it with us, yeah?

 

MEAL PLANS

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If you read my FF2F Guide to Weight Loss then you know that it’s all about diet! This is truly how you change your body. I’ve tried everything. I workout like a maniac, and the only way I actually reap the benefits of all that hard work, is if I really cut portions and stop binging and stressing. It all adds up y’all.
This is part of the process.. Check it out. Follow these tips.
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Print or pin this skinny girls grocery list, and stick to it. For those of you that are like me….just because its on this list and healthy doesn’t mean you get to gorge on it. NO, you can’t have the whole bag of almonds, and NO, you cannot eat a whole roasted chicken in one serving! Lol
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MY WEEK IN WORKOUTS

Here’s so far the plan this week for workouts…. So far I’ve kept to it…well, except today…I didn’t get a chance to run;( womp wooooooomp, but I promise to make up for it. No really, I swear;)
I find that if I write down the workout plan for the week, I’m most likely going to stick to it.
Does it help you at all? Lately, I’ve been trying to lift more. I’ve been good on my cardio, but I feel like my muscles are getting smaller. Ugh.
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FITSPIRATION

These inspirations I found while going “pin” crazy. Sending you all some motivation before starting your week next week!

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For “ON THE GO” gals:

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT

Oooohhhh girrrrl, have I got the best new make up!!!!! New obsession. CHANTECAILLE gel foundation. The texture is flawless, and will last you forever. A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality. My color is “cream.”

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Choco-choco muffin recipe…new fave PROTEIN smoothie…in WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY…

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, protein shakes, sweets, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, zumba On April 10, 2013 2 Comments

Hi babes! It’s been a super packed week! I feel like I’ve been nonstop! Today…I’ve got a really special recipe for you. Well, a couple of recipes on todays post,but this first one, I shit you not, will blow your mind.
Get ready for the BEST tasting, and the most HEALTHIEST chocolate muffin that you will devour ever in your FIT life!
With 12 grams of protein and only 9 net carbs, you have found your new “BREAKFAST BESTIE”
You’ll never have to break up with chocolate again if you keep these guilt free muffins around;)
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I found this recipe originally from fellow healthy blogger fitandhealthywithdebbie.blogspot.com but tweaked a few things to my own liking. Check her version too…you may end up liking it better. I’ve also recalculated the nutrition facts to my version 🙂
If you’ve ever played around with baking with protein powders or even most flour alternatives, then you know the dilemma….dry or rubbery. Ugh, it’s happened to all of us. Usually, the reason being, not enough moisture/liquid in recipe, over cooking, and not mixing well enough. Soooo touchy these healthy recipes! Geez:/.

With these perfect little morsels…I think I had an “Aha- moment”. They were DELIGHTFUL, cakey, soft, moist, amazing flavor…ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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WORLD’S HEALTHIEST CHOCOLATE MUFFIN!
 
sugar free, low carb, gluten free…I mean you just can’t beat that. It tastes absolutely SINFUl, but I promise… GUILT FREE.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats made into a flour. ( i just threw mine in the food processor)
  • 4 tbsp Flaxseed meal (ground Flax)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 scoop or packet About time “chocolate” protein powder
  • ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup 0% greek yogurt OR Fromage Blanc ( I love Vermont Creamery, less sugar and carbs than greek yogurt and tastes the same…Whole Foods)
  • 3 tbsp sugar free honey (natures hollow)
  • dark chocolate chips or carob chips. The darker, the better:)

Instructions
  1. Grease a 6 muffin tin. I used coconut oil spray.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all dry ingredients, once mixed well, add all wet ingredients one at a time, while continuing to stir and mix.
  4. A hand mixer would also work great at this point. OR, honestly, you could just blend everything except the choco chips in a vitamix or food processor.
  5. Using a spoon, evenly dollop batter into muffin cups
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over each one
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 12-14 mins. I will always check mine a bit early cuz I go crazy if I burn my muffins!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 170 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 7 Protein: 12

 

 

 

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I’ve always preferred a European style breakfast…you know, coffee & a pastry. Although sometimes opting for a healthy egg white omelette or turkey sausage out of “this is what I should be eating, Once I realized that I could sneak in all the nutrients and protein I needed into a muffin, without devouring a 500 cal pastry from coffee bean, my mornings turned into my favorite meals of the day!
So this is how I started off my WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.
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I’m still not used to being off on Wednesdays from the salon, so I wake up frantic, then realize I get to sleep in, then I start baking, duh… Oh and then, I start dancing in my living room;) a bit of ZUMBA at 8:00 a.m is always a good time!
I taught ZUMBA at 10:30, and my Amigas rocked the house!
They work me out as much as I work them out, so I make sure to replenish my body and feed my muscles right after class with protein shakes.
I’ve found my new Fave!
Here’s your next recipe…. A bit of homework for y’all….
YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS ASAP!
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There are a few optional items in this recipe, in which you can omit…but I recommend them, so up to you;) one of them being bee pollen… BEE POLLEN is recommended by herbalists to enhance athletic performance, relieve allergies, and help with stomach issues.
Another optional ingredient…IRISH MOSS. Which is used as a natural thickener and comes with loads of nutritional benefits that you can read up on here.
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One ingredient you clearly do not want to skip out on, is the PROTEIN. In this case, I used about time vanilla whey. 25 grams of protein per scoop, and all natural!
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Fresh fruit is always a plus. This was a treat for me! A full mango (well, a small one) it was ripe, and soooo ready! Also in this recipe, 1/4 banana…for that yummy flavor and smooth texture that gives this recipe a “shake” vibe.
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I also like to add a spoonful of flax meal. Flax offers an enormous amount of healthy omega fatty acids. I make sure to keep my flax meal in the fridge or freezer to prevent spoilage.
Omega fatty acids are essential in a healthy diet.
Studies show that consuming fresh flax meal, or flax oil can help to reduce the chance of heart disease, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure. When you get the chance….add it to everything you can think of;) lol.
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Ban-mango Vanilla Protein shake
 
Post workout protein favorite!
Author:
Recipe type: Brunch

Ingredients
  • 1 mango cut up
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • 1 packet or scoop Vanilla About Time Whey Protein
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • 1½ tbsp Irish moss (soaked and blended) optional.
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla SILK 30 cal almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • ½ tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean powder but you could use regular ol’ extract)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp EITHER low fat cottage cheese, 0% greek yogurt, OR fromage blanc
  • OPTIONAL- sprinkle with chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
  1. easy peazy… throw it all in a blender or vitamix and call it a day.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 215 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 17 Sugar: 13 Fiber: 5 Protein: 29

 

 

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Lunch was super clean and completely predictable… Roasted chicken breast, brocollini, and roasted peppers with hard boiled egg whites. Boring, but nutritious and quite yummy. I managed NOT to dry out the breast. Story of my life.
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The most exciting part of “WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY……..
This ridiculous seed and nut butter! NUTTZO.

I have been hearing and reading about this amazing nut butter for a long time, so I made the plunge. $12.99 well freakin spent. So worth it. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! I was so anxious to try it, that I popped open the jar right as I got in the car at the Whole Foods parking lot. Don’t judge me….. NUTTZO if you’re reading this…SEND ME MOREEEEE!!

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So as you now know, I am the newest member of SCFITNESS and feel totally honored and happy:) this weekend was our first photoshoot for the new website. Here are just a couple shots of my awkward self. Prob not the one that’s gonna go up, but just sharing:) I can’t wait till these damn bangs grow out. They were in my face the whole freakin day. Ugh.

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Apparently I was soooo feeling turquoise. Homegirl is lovin Er’ blue.

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In other ZUMBA news….. A super exciting time for not only us as intructors but also for students and fellow ZUMBA lovers. ZUMBA Fitness now has a fantastic app for iPhone where you can find your favorite class or instructor and CHECK IN! let everyone know that you are up, and dancing, and maybe inspire others to do the same! Not only can you check in, but NOW, ZUMBA home office will will make a donation to a campaign aimed towards ending world hunger every time you check in!

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The idea is called ” THE GREAT CALORIE DRIVE”
For every calorie burned in class, ZUMBA will donate money so that others can eat! Pretty amazing, and so excited that I get to be a part of this. So, remember to always check in, and log in your calories burned. I always wear my ft60 polar heart rate monitor, and never burn less than 600 calories!

The day of the shoot, I had taken J. FIT’s bodysculpting class, which left my legs and body feeling wobbly, she kills me,so I was stoked to get home and spend some much needed mommy time with Wilbur! Aww, my boooooooo;)
At the end of the day, after Running around all day…this is what I really wanted. Home sweet home!
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I posted this pic the other day on my insta…thought I’d say bye as a playboy blonde;) my goodness…. Love y’all! Can’t wait to get crazy with my Thursday night class!
Xoxo
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New week..New ZUMBA…New sched.

In abs, At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On April 2, 2013 5 Comments

Ahhhhhh! Hi lovelies! I’ve got to catch you up! So, this week officially marks my first week with Wednesdays off from the salon;) wooooohoooooo. Also, this Wednesday is my first ZUMBA class! Oooommmgggggg. They don’t know what’s comin’…I’m about to go ZUMBA crazy on their asses. Also what I think I may start doing, is posting a new dance once every couple of weeks on the blog, that way students can refer to the post to learn the dance before coming to class. What do you think? ZUMBA instructors out there…thoughts?

Come dance with me Wednesday at 10:30 am
And Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m

Anyway….notice something new on the site? My lovely friends at optimal fusion helped create a new freakin AWESOME LOGO! Super cute:) apparently the ” Fries” were actually McDonalds fries spelled out ” fries” on a desk, and photographed. GENIUS. Anddddd….we all know that fries were my binge food of choice. Ugh.

These days it’s all about freshness. Check out these lovely ORGANIC fruits I picked up on Easter morning at the farmers market with the folks.
CUMQUATS
APPLES
POMELOS.

super food central.

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Easter was great..mellow. Just what I wanted. Consisted lots of dancing in the garage in front of a mirror. Just practicing my ZUMBA moves, NO BIGS.
This morning’s breakfast was super duper clean.
I had made a big batch of roasted veggies, and have been pretty much adding a handful to every meal:)
Here…we’ve got.
EGG WHITES
ROASTED CAULI, BRUSSELS, ASPARAGUS,GREEN ONION, ONION,ZUCHINNI, AND PEPPERS
A TBSP FROMAGE BLANC ( my fave alternative to 0% Greek yogurt)

SIRACHA
EZEKIEL FLAX TOAST( one piece)
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Monday morning Zumba was RIDICULOUS! It was a fabulous surprise when the LULULEMON girls showed up from the Studio City location. They did awesome, and were SUPER stoked on SC fitness. Looking forward to having them in take class more often! Really sweet girls!

This week, I’m planning on either locking myself in my house practicing my Q’s and dances, or in the studio. I know really predictable:)

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After zumba, I have the pleasure of visiting the dentist…sooooo fun! Luckily, no cavities:)

Lunch was again, roasted leftover veggies, along with some red lentils (Trader Joe’s) in low sodium broth, cayenne, turmeric, yellow curry powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Cooked on low till lentils are soft and soaked.

Topped it with, of course, Fromage Blanc & siracha

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The afternoon seemed quite hectic. Mondays usually go by way to fast, my list of errands keeps getting bigger and busier. I had planned to double up classes this later this evening, but my body said. Ummm, NO.” My tummy was killing me ;( womp wooooomp. I sound like such a whiner, gross. I ended up taking it easy at home, catching up on some reading. My sweet client sent me this article knowing that I’m a huge fan of juicing and the vitamix. APPARENTLY, it’s all the craze:)

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I’m known to come up with crazy concoctions when it comes to refreshing mid-day drinks. This is my new fave ELIXIR:
RAW CHIA SEEDS
SPARTOS SUGAR FREE PROTEIN WATER (strawberry coconut flavor)
ULTIMATE REPLENISHER ELECTROLYTES
ACACIA FIBER BLEND
CHLOROPHYLL
FILTERED WATER

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I no longer buy trail mix that has been pre packaged. Usually, it contains too much added sugar or oils, and usually not raw. Now, I get all of my favorite raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, superfood berries ( goji, mulberries) and cacao nibs, and mix them all up in a mason jar. Perfect snack without additives. A handful ( palm of hand ) equals to a serving.
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No, I did NOT eat all three quest bars, but my girlfriend Haley surprised me with 3 bars of her new favorite flavor for me to try, and I just had to share my heavenly experience with MISS. Chocolate brownie. Holy sweet party in your mouth!!!

1 bar = 6 grams of fat
1 gram sat. Fat
Net carbs: 5 grams
1 sugar
20 grams of protein

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One a day, keeps the doc away;)

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Didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen today, but I did manage to bust out a batch of my favorite Blueberry Protein Muffins. They are super easy and take no time! You know me, meal prep Monday;)
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Tonight was all about me. I wasn’t feeling my best. I laid down and actually took a nap, which absolutely never pans out for me. This time I was out for at least 2 hrs. Sooooo nice. Never made it to my back to back classes, but I did get in for a 9 p.m hour long massage. 😉 Don’t mind my MC Hammer Thailand pants.
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There’s an amazing place around the corner from my house, called Foot Inspiration, that I can’t get enough of. I’m trying to get 1 massage a week, but paying $75 for an hour/ once a wk was outta the question, so this place is the bomb. It’s considered a reflexology massage. They really do hit every pressure point all over your body. I strip down to a sports bra, and booty shorts, since it is more of an ” out in the open” kinda place. I must say, I slept like a cozy lil baby!
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Last but not least…I saw this on instagram last night, and thought, ” What a perfect way to start the month!” So here you go, courtesy of my insta friends;)
Enjoy this fabulous week!
Xoxoxo
P
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Wicked carrot zucchini protein cake….M CAFE famous kale salad with spicy peanut dressing, and sooo much more;)

In At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, family, get the look, life, popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On March 25, 2013 4 Comments

Better late that never, eh!? Hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful, sunny in LA, weekend!;) I certainly did. If you don’t know me by now, my “after weekend” posts usually include a sunday fam BBQ day, and what kind of person would I be, of I didn’t post every one of those special Sunday’s pics. To most of you, they look the same as every past Sunday’s, but to me, it’s about catching up, enjoying my folks, their backyard, the dogs running around like psychos, mom and I spending too much money bargain shopping, trying to convince dad to build me something ” rustic, yet contemporary” ( I need a new desk) LOL, oh and the best part…. Stuffing my face with red meat, chorizo, and blood sausage. It’s my once a week VICE.

Here are some highlights;)
New favorite POWER protein Breakfast:
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 mashed ripe banana
A few drops vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw nut butter
1 tsp flax meal or flax seeds
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut.
I know sweet eggs!?

Trust me…..

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SNACKS:

Best damn kale chips around y’all. Brad’s RAW Foods offers kale chips that are packed with the best flavor. I’ve tried loads of different brands and these by far are the crunchiest, and healthiest:)
Find them at whole foods, or online here.
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Btw, sorry I’ve been neglecting fitness pics, but…thing is, I’ve been so focused on my ZUMBA training, that I haven’t really had the time to do any other kind of workout lately. I get certified this week!!! ahhhhhh So I thought I’d let you know….I’ve been doing ZUMBA 4 days a wk. oh, and in between, practicing at home or with my headphones at work in while dancing like a freak in the staff room. Yes, I am the only one hearing the music, so everyone’s like WTF is she doing. Lol.

Anyway, now that I’ve confessed the fact that I haven’t been at the actual GYM, we can move forward with this post of mostly food;) hehe.

Sunday BBQ prep. Salad with cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and oregano.
About to sautée some brussel sprouts.
And cook up some sweet potato as mom and I’s carb of choice.
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Dad is always in charge of the BBQ. Today, we’ve got steaks, blood sausage, and Argentinian style chorizo. Sooooo bomb!
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Mom likes to serve ciabatta bread in 3’s. As if anyone but my dad is gonna eat any. No thanks. Once I ” break the seal” ( the, I’m not having any bread, seal) it’s all over. Carb-o-binge like its goin outta style. Not cute, and “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”
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Don’t be jelz…..
Dreaming of it now…
I ate all of it yes.
We also shared a really great bottle wine. Then, we decided to go shopping. This is probably how I managed to spend way too much money “bargain shopping.” Two cart’s full of stuff, does kinda cancel out the fact that you’re getting a good price. NOTE: avoid shopping and drinking.

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I won’t bore you with what I bought, or what I spent;) lol, but…I will share my dessert with you!
Mom is a total saint, and made this amazing low carb, full of protein
CARROT ZUCHINNI PROTEIN CAKE that I recently shared on my Facebook page. It’s a recipe created by one of my favorite protein bakers! My homegirl over at Proteinpow.com I hadn’t had a chance to make it yet, so mom surprised me:)

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I must say….. It is perfection. not too sweet, not at all “veggie” tasting, and it’s virtually GUILT-FREE. Cake & coffee, precisely what I needed after spending too much dough. I swear, give me cake, and I don’t give a shit about anything else. Hahaha.

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Favorite fruit of the moment:
PINEAPPLE. Seriously addicting . Although delicious, watch out…it’s full of sugar. Indulge in small portions;)
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Alright, here comes your

RECIPE ALERT!!!
Have you ever gone to M Cafe???
Well, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, I highly recommend it. Granted, there are some things, I’m not such a big fan of, but there is one dish in particular that I’ve completely fallen head over heels in love with. M cafe caters to a healthy macrobiotic diet/lifestyle. Read more about macrobiotic here. I searched high and low to bring you the best version of M cafe’s KALE SALAD WITH SPICY PEANUT DRESSING.
his is huge news….. You’re gonna freak out, and yes, you will thank me. Kale can sometimes get a bit boring, so this recipe really spruces up your relationship with it.
Nothing boring about this bad boy.
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The original recipe calls for regular ol’ natural peanut butter, but I thought I’d switch it out for a less fattening option….my trusted PB2 will do just perfect. ( scroll to the right, click on specialty foods, and scroll through the pages, you will find pb2 on my amazon faves!)
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I’ve attached a print- friendly recipe for you to grab. I made this so quick, oh, and I ate it just as quickly;) it’s super easy!
1. Blanch the kale
2. Sautée shallots, onion, garlic
3. Make your spicy peanut dressing.
4. Combine, garnish, and serve;)
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“M Cafe” Kale Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
 
Obsessing over M CAFE’s Kale salad…..naturally….I HAD to make it! Delicious, with a kick, and outrageously healthy;)
Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch kale (about 3-4 cups)
  • ¼ red onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ tsp high heat oil. (I used safflower oil)
  • Spicy Peanut Dressing
  • ½ cup PB2 (1/2 cup when mixed with water) Or natural peanut butter, but will raise the fat content
  • 1 Tbsp Nature’s Hollow honey
 (sugar free)
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ginger, minced
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ oz hot water

Instructions
  1. 1. Remove the kale from the stems. 
Add a pinch of Salt to a pot of boiling water, then blanch the Kale for 3 min. 
Remove the Kale from the boiling water and shock it in a container of ice water. 
Finally, squeeze the excess water out of the cooled Kale.
  2. Sautee onions and shallots with a bit of salt and pepper and ½ tsp oil until softened. Set aside.
  3. Spicy Peanut Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients into a blender. Blend until mixture turns into a smooth consistency.
  4. Drizzle the dressing on top of the Kale and onions, and mix the kale and dressing together until kale is evenly coated. Garnish chopped peanuts.
  5. *Makes enough to dress 2 large bunches of kale. Stores well refrigerated for up to 6 weeks.

Notes
Note: I used PB2 to cut down on the fat, but you can certainly use all natural peanut butter.

 

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4 days till Easter…and I’ve already got on my Easter Sunday colors! Baby blue and whited checkered blouse and purple pants! Lol.
What’s everyone doing this Sunday?

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Pants by: TARGET
Shoes by: TARGET
Just a heads up y’all… Target is having a buy 1 – get 1 pair 50% off all shoes sale….so I bought these amazing wedges in both colors! super comfy! Happy Easter to meeeeeeee;)
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PRODUCT FIND OF THE WEEK

Kyodan NO SLIP headband! New obsession, especially now that I’ve got these damn bangs I got to get outta my face! Ugh. No more having to bobby pin them back. This headband doesn’t budge through my whole 1 hour ZUMBA session, and trust me, I whip my hair back n’ forth like it’s goin’ outta style!
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Out for now!
LOVE n’ LIGHT!
Xx,P

Change is healthy…1 less day @ the salon…Zumba training, & more time to blog;)

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Never perfect, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, zumba On March 14, 2013 2 Comments

Loves!!!! So sorry I’ve been MIA:( I’ve been sooooooo busy, and there are lots of changes happening. I’m super excited, but I gotta tell ya, a few panic attacks during the last couple days. Been playing catch up since coming back from Vegas along with many other things.

Ok, where do I begin….as you know, I’m gearing up for my ZUMBA instructor license, and I’ll be teaching my first classes starting April 1st. Ahhhhhhhhhh, I’m freaking a bit. Ive gotta learn 15 songs by that day. On top of that, I’ve been totally busy at work, hence, the late blogging. So yes, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, but I’ve got great news! I’m a pretty lucky girl, I must say, cuz my boss has agreed to let me work only 4 days instead of 5 days a week. I know, pretty amazing. Starting April 1st, I will be having Wednesdays off, which will allow me the time to catch up, teach a Zumba class, and get my blogging done.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to gain that balance.

Though I’ve been neglecting the computer the last few days, my workouts have been on fire! Im planning on learning 2 new songs (choreography) for next weeks ZUMBA classes. Getting my feet wet I guess you could say;) this weekend it’s on…I’ll be practicing in front of the mirror for like 10 hrs. Lol.

Although a slow start to the week, Wednesday I kicked ass with a fasted cardio session in the a.m.

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On the elliptical for intervals by 5:30a.m
50 minutes
Just water, no food.

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I highly doubt that I’m the only one that listens to hardcore rap when they work out….
This shit gets me going. Sometimes I sing along, and forget others can hear me… Whoops.

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Burned 524 cals before ever even realizing I was awake. 🙂

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Of course after a workout, I’m starved. I felt like something fresh, green, and hearty, so I made up some random stuffed egg wrap that was delicious! I had loads of kale I needed to use up, and seeing as St. Patty’s day is around the corner, I figured green is what’s up.

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For the ” Green Protein Egg Wrap”

INGREDIENTS:

A handful of clean kale

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop whey protein

2-3 drops stevia

1/4 cup egg whites

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Blended all ingredients in the vitamix, greased a square flat pan, and poured mixture. On med heat, allow to cook like a thin crepe. Or like you would cook an omelette without the folding, just flip.

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For the filling

1-2 tbsp fromage blanc or nonfat sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 tbsp hot & sweet mustard ( I like Trader Joes brand)

1/4 thinly sliced apple

Low sodium turkey slices

A handful of mixed greens

Thinly sliced tomatoes ( didn’t originally add this, but regretted not doing so…so u should add)

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Assembly:

Thinly, layer ingredients, and roll up carefully. Serve with a bit of siracha or even a tbsp of hummus.

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This is a great alternative to eating a sandwich on two pieces of bread. This is completely LOW CARB.

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My lunches have been totally predictable. Same shit, different day. 😉 I don’t mind though. I’m obsessed with salmon right now. I bake a few fillets, and take them to luch everyday with a side salad. Healthy, filling, and full of essential fatty acids.

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After work, I headed straight to a doubled up workout. 1 hour ZUMBA + 1 hr body sculpting. I told you I killed it today;)

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By 9:00 p.m, I was dunzoooooooo. I gotta take as many classes as possible to get ready for my teaching debut;)

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Favorite part: the cool down. just as important as the workout itself.

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Burned another 830 cals tonight. Not bad!!!

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A bit of a random post, I know…but that’s how my mind works;) a few of my new favorite things…..
These fresh picked flowers from the front of my building.

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New amazing smelling candle that is now burning in my bathroom.

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Another vintage Indian crafted glass n gold jewelry box find…

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My week in workouts….

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Here is a great quote I found while pinning…. It got me through my overwhelming week.

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(Pinterest)

On to practicing my ZUMBA moves this weekend! Xoxo
Glad to be back;)

NEW Muffin recipe! Oh…and I’m bye bye for the weekend;)

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, protein, sassoon, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac On March 8, 2013 1 Comment

TGIF! That means….one more day before the weekend, which means, one more day till I’m in VEGAS! Ok, I must be tell you….I’ve never been such a Vegas fan. It’s always reminded me of a dirty place where people go and do naughty things, and get away with it with a simple, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…” But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate the space, the lights, the food, the architecture, and the beauty behind the trashiness;) needless to say..I need a mini vacation!

I didn’t sleep very well last night due to the sound of pouring rain, the new mattress, and the lack of blankets, in which I realize now, are too small for my new big bed, but im hoping to have a relaxing, fun, spa weekend to revamp, and go into next week feeling amazing!

Anyway… Before I take off, I wanted to share this fabulous little recipe with you guys as I promised on my instagram last week. This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, ProteinPow.
This chick is amazing! She’s got a killer e-book that I highly recommend. To get your copy, click here! Hurry though, they’ll sell out fast;)

Ok, so, before you get all cookin’ cray cray, I wanted to share with y’all some must have baking staples that are always at an arms reach in my low carb kitchen. Click the “pin” button below to share this grocery baking list, and share the wealth;)

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You cannot go wrong with these guilt free ingredients. Go ahead, go nuts.
Alright, here you are.

Mini Blueberry Protein Muffins

I had 3 this morning. Lol. Delish.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup of liquid egg whites

1/4 cup of rolled oats

1/4 cup of vanilla whey protein isolate

1 tbsp of coconut flour

1 tsp of xylitol or erythritol (optional for a sweeter muffin)

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt, fromage blanc or low fat cottage cheese

1 tbsp mashed banana.( you could even use mashed sweet potato too;)

Fresh or frozen blueberries ( a handful)

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A couple of things:
Before getting into the assembly of this recipe, I gotta tell ya, if you don’t have vanilla whey, it’s ok. You can use unflavored and just add a dash of vanilla extract, and add the optional sweetener.

Also, add your blueberries last, otherwise, you’ll end up with blue muffins;)

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DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 320 degrees
Grease a mini muffin pan. My recipe ended up making 7 minis. I guess it depends on the pan how many you end up with.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then add your wet ingredients.
I used my vitamix to quickly blend ingredients, but you could also use a hand mixer or any blender.
Do not fill to the top, leave room to rise.
Cook at 320 degrees for 15-20 mins. Check at 15, may need more time. Every oven is different.

nutrition facts:
Cals per muffin (1 out of seven) 45 cals
Carbs per muffin: 3.5 grams
Protein per muffin: 5.5 grams
Fat per muffin: 1 gram
Fiber: 2.5 grams

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WHOLE FOODS HEALTH SNACK FINDS:

seasoned sprouted lentils

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Dry roasted edamame;) with dried poms and berries:)

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Hope you enjoy that recipe! Try it this weekend, and remember to pin that baking must have list!

Well babes, I’m packed and Willy is chillin at my folks’ house. ( my babysitters club)
Before checking out for the weekend, I wanted to share this beautiful image, which is the new face of SASSOON. Isn’t it fantastic. Love walking in the doors to this.

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Some final words….appropriate for this moment;)
Perma-smile.

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A short, but sweet post…

Hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend!
Xoxoxo, P

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Have breakfast with me….

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, protein, sweets, Uncategorized On March 1, 2013 3 Comments

Hey guys! Hope the week was amazing for all of you! It’s a gorgeous day in sunny LA, and I’m sooooo looking forward to a weekend laying by a pool somewhere;) can you tell, I’m so ready for summer? This post is primarily focused on breakfast recipes. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately specially about my protein pancakes, so he they are!

On another note, I’m so excited and honored to be announcing Kelly from EAT YOURSELF SKINNY is doing a sponsor spotlight on my blog. OOOMMMGGGG. Yes, I know.

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This girl is an amazing inspiration to me and From Fries To Fit. Please do check her out for ridiculous healthy and delicious recipe ideas and more. Thanks Kel!

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So now, I invite you all to enjoy Saturday morning breakfast with me. Well, Sunday brunch too;) I’ve got some yummy low carb, protein filled, über healthy recipes for you to try this weekend!
I never skip breakfast, and neither should you. After all, it is the most important meal of the day, and those who know me, know, I eat like a queen in the morning. It sets the tone for your day, so make it count, and make it clean!

The whole “oats” thing is new to me I must admit. Being on a pretty strict Low carb diet, (with the occasional carb/sugar binge) I never really got into them…but now that I’ve upped my cardio and weight training, I’ve been advised that perhaps incorporating these fiber packed bad boys into my diet, it would be super benefitial.

So here it goes,

CHOCOLATE COCONUT PROTEIN OATS ( with banana..optional)

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INGREDIENTS:

1 packet or scoop of About Time chocolate/peanut butter whey protein

3/4 cup organic oats

1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tbsp fromage blanc ( I use Vermont creamery)

1 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1/2 cup silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

4 drops stevia

Optional : vanilla extract and 1/4 cut up banana

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DIRECTIONS:

Pour oats in a bowl.
Add milk and water and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or boil milk and water and pour into bowl of oats. Whatever is easier. Add in the rest of your ingredients, mix well and top with banana. Let sit to allow for the oats to soften.
Enjoy!

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Next up…. The recipe everyone keeps asking me about;) Protein pancakes!
There are so many different ways to enjoy these pancakes. The foundation is easy. Simple…just your favorite protein powder along with 3 egg whites, and add whatever you want to the mix or for a topping.

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Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
 
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A low carb way to enjoy an American staple!
Ingredients
  • 1 large scoop of vanilla whey protein
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • (vanilla extract optional)
  • 4 drops stevia

Instructions
  1. Pre heat a skillet. (batter can be quite runny.
  2. grease with a bit of coconut oil, or smart balance spray.
  3. in a bowl, mix dry ingredients first, then add egg whites.
  4. mix well, to ensure no clumps.
  5. spoon in batter.
  6. they cook really quick, so keep your eye out

Notes
optional: I love using Natures Hollow sugar free honey over this, its amazing. also, try with a dollop of your favorite nut butter, and fruit!

 

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Seriously breakfast never looked so good. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now…I’m finally adding proper nutritional info for all of the recipes I post on here now;)

Ok, so this next recipe is from a friend, fitchick428 on instagram! This chick is FIT, and is constantly knocking it outta the park. I follow her religiously and her recipes are nothing short of delicious and, of course, CLEAN,CLEAN CLEAN!! She posted these pretty little donuts and I couldn’t help, but get my ass in the kitchen to try them out. They were so good I had 2 1/2 donuts in one sitting with my coffee and had absolutely no guilt about it. None:)
Please do check out her site for more!

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Blueberry Cake Donuts
 
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Low Carb Donuts!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp psyllium husks or flax meal
  • ¼ cup baking stevia or erythritol (or coconut sugar for paleo)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 lrg egg whites
  • ¼ cup blueberries fresh or dried (no sugar added)
  • non stick spray or coconut oil

Instructions
  1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray your donut pan with non stick spray (or coat with coconut oil).
  3. In a bowl combine all your dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium, stevia and baking powder. In a second bowl whisk together your egg, egg white, vanilla and coconut milk.
  4. Combine your wet and dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Fold in your dried blueberries.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among 4 donut molds.
  7. Bake for ~ 20 minutes or until the spring back when touched.

 

CINNAMON PUMPKIN MINI MUFFINS WITH ALMOND/MAPLE GLAZE

I absolutely LOVE anything pumpkin. It’s a great source of fiber and always make me feel like autumn is in the air:) Although not at all the case, the flavor is something I can’t get enough of. I suppose you could also sub pumpkin for sweet potato or butternut squash, but I haven’t tried it yet. This is my third time making these, and I swear, never fails, I can never just have one:)

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Mini Muffins with Almond-Maple Glaze
 
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A great way to enjoy a muffin while practicing portion control AND start your morning off with the perfect balance of protein and carbs.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: makes 6 mini muffins

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pure unsweetened canned pumpkin
  • 1½ scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
  • (or sub these last two ingredients with GASPARI NUTRITION Myofusion Pro- Cinnamon roll)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • just under ¼ cup sugar free maple syrup (recommended: Vermont by maple grove)
  • dash of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the muffin batter
  3. Spoon into a small cupcake pan that has been sprayed with non-sticking cooking spray.
  4. Place in oven and bake for about 10-14 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
  5. Remove from oven, and allow the rolls to cool slightly.
  6. Microwave the glaze ingredients for about 15-20 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well.
  7. Dip tops of mini muffins in the glaze mixture, set on a rack or plate to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  8. To maximize freshness, store leftovers in fridge.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 mini muffins Calories: 115 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 9 Protein: 13

 

 

 

20130302-064000.jpgINSTAGRAM PRODUCT FIND!
One of my friends posted this, and I freaked…yes..ordered two from iherb.com
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Ok, babes. Enjoy your weekend! I’m headed to Ojai Monday;) maybe try one of these for Sunday brunch! Xo
Paula
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Protein CHIA Pudding, Morning PUMPKIN Bars, and new skinny finds!

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, thursday things, Uncategorized On February 20, 2013 0 Comments

Hey guys! Hope the week is going great, and y’all are stayin active! I’ve got some super yummy recipes, and grocery items that you should pick up ASAP! Ok, let’s get to it….I’ve been feeling extra hungry lately since I upped my cardio, so I’ve made it a point to keep homemade snackies around the house, to make sure I don’t binge on the wrong things.

One of my favorite pantry items, which I’ve shared before, are CHIA SEEDS. One of the greatest super fueling foods. A lot of people are confused by what to do with these little guys, and I’m here to tell ya! They are amazing. Because most people don’t know what to do with them, they end up just sprinkling them over a salad, or to top off their smoothie. That is all good, but get a bit more creative peeps!

Alright, do you like pudding? I do. A lot. Are you in need of protein, fiber, and omegas? Here are the reasons why you need to add this into your diet. Top 10 CHIA benefits.

Here’s my Protein Packed Vanilla Chia Pudding

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INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop vanilla protein ( I use about time whey)

4 tbsps chia seeds

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( I use silk brand, 30 cals)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 drops stevia

optional toppings:

Blueberries
Hemp seeds
Flax seeds
Goji berries
Raw almond butter
Cacao nibs

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DIRECTIONS:

Super easy! Chia sees, when immersed in liquid, become gelatinous..it’s genius. So, all you do is:

Grab a bowl, add your protein powder, add chia seeds, add yogurt, swirl together…then add “milk” you could also use water. Whatever.( if you choose water, you may have to compensate with more vanilla extract) then add stevia, and vanilla. Mix very well. It gets thicker with time. Keep mixing, and place in the fridge for 20-30 min. To with whatever you’re into. Something healthy of course;) congratulations, you’ve just created a superfood SUPERBOWL!

Here’s another idea for PUMPKIN CHIA SEED PUDDING

Don’t feel like pudding?….You can bake with chia seeds too, you know. How bout some PROTEIN CHIA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

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Alright, I know it’s not fall, or thanksgiving time, but I freakin LOVE pumpkin! Pumpkin anything really…especially in the morning. Add it to your oats, make bars like these, so many possibilities! Plus, if I’m gonna eat starch or carbs, I’d prefer to enjoy them in the morning:) I’ve come up with these super nutritious bars that have loads of fiber ( from the psyllium, oats, and flax), AND, protein from almond flour, and eggs. Low in calories but high in value.

Remember you guys, if I have time to make my own food, so do you. Your health is important, and most of the bars you see being sold at supermarkets, are really NOT as healthy as advertised. Get into the habit of making your own, and storing them. You will save money, and you will know exactly what went into them.

PUMPKIN FIBER BARS

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pumpkin purée ( preferably organic)

2 tbsp psyllium husks

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp flax meal

2 tbsp old fashioned oats

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tps Vanilla extract

10 drops stevia

optional:
Top with cacao nibs or carob chips

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DIRECTIONS:

Super easy. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients, then add all wet ingredients and mix very well. I just use a fork to make sure I mash everything realllllly well.
Grease a loaf pan. ( you can use coconut oil or ghee)
Spread batter flat in pan, and top with cacao nibs.
Bake in oven for 20 mins.
Let sit and set. Cut into rectangular bars, and store:)
These are fabulous to take to work as a snack or for breakfast.

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Ok, so I’ve got to share with you all my new foundings! So excited! The first product that I’m sooo stoked to try is this:

IRISH MOSS

I’ve always seen this walking through the isles of Whole Foods and Raw food World, but never had the guts to try it. To be honest, it just looked completely unappetizing. It’s raw and looks like a sea creature, but don’t let this gross looking little package fool you…it is considered the only plant food vital for treating thyroid conditions, it can also help with issues in the bladder, intestines, stomach,glands, and skin. Also, little did I know, it is a great natural thickener.

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It also looks intimidating because in its raw form, it’s covered in sand. Lol. After all, it is sea kelp.
You just gotta get the hang of it. It’s pretty easy and simple.
You grab a handful, and RINSE, RINSE, AND REPEAT.
then, once cleaned thoroughly, you put it in a bowl with double the amount of water. So that the moss is fully immersed. Soak outside the fridge for up to 16-18hours, switching out the water every 6-8 hrs, looking for debris or sand. Once soaked, it should become softened, gelatinous and pretty much doubled in size.
Put your moss in the blender with 1 cup clean water
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. In your Vitamix, this might take several minutes and it will heat the gel up slightly. That is ok. Chunks of moss will fly up into your carafe. Push them down and proceed until your moss paste is completely smooth.

Store the paste in fridge in a glass jar for up to 10 days.

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Health Benefits:
(Source:Raw Bay Area)
Has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes throughout the body. It has a softening effect on the tissues and helps many respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and also has a mild laxative effect.

Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals

Has a large array of ionic minerals. Iodine being one mineral that supports your thyroid and many problems associated with poor thyroid function including fatigue, inability to tolerate cold, slow heart rate, low metabolism, poor skin and hair, etc.

Used externally, it softens and soothes the skin. Put it on your wrinkles and any dark circles under your eyes! It also eases sunburn, chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis, and other rashes.

Get into peeps!

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Let’s talk about “YAM” noodles. Yeah, I know, WTF.
That’s right, homegirl’s raided the Chinese market “99 Ranch” this weekend, and…safe to say, I came up! I got all sorts of goodies, and at really great prices too. A lot of stuff I couldn’t read, but whatever, I could kinda understand the nutrition facts in most things, and some had info in English, so, no prob there.
So, you know that I’m a huge fan of “Miracle Noodles” Well, these are pretty much the same thing, but these in particular, are shaped, in what seem to look like, little pasta knots. Great for soups.

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The best part being this………
Check out the nutrition facts!
0 FAT
0 CARBOHYDRATES ( minus dietary fiber from carbs to calculate NET carbs)

Oooooommmmmgggggggg. Haven’t used these yet, but I will mos def be making some sort of Asian style soup.

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Seaweed and soy wraps galore!!! If I would have bought these at whole foods, they would have been double the price! Seaweed is my dream. Sighhhhhh
Why make a sandwich with bread, when you have these;)

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Korean bbq style thin cut beef. Sooooo bomb! You know what I’m gonna do….. I’m gonna grab a seaweed wrapper, stuff it with thin strips of beef, make some cauliflower rice, and add some julienned veggies for my ownversion of a sushi roll;) hell yes! I will be posting that very soon, and I promise you will wanna make it too!

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I cooked these up suuuuuppppperrrrrr quick. They are so thin, that they cook in like 2 seconds. I just added salt, pepper, and garlic powder and viola!

Ok, ok, I know, it doesn’t look that good, but trust me, delicious, lean, full of protein, and easy to cook.

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Hard boiled some eggies for the week. I swear I could snack on these bad boys allllll day long!

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I stocked up on my favorite supplement:
GREEN TEA EXTRACTby: Jarrow
I take 500 mg a day. (1 pill)
I also try to drink 2 cups or iced greed tea a day.

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After a long day at work, I feel exhausted, and green tea keeps me mentally and physically focused. Natural energy is my friend;) an added boost of caffeine without the jitters. I put in work last night at the gym! 30 minute elliptical intervals+ 45 minute upper body strength training. Lets reps with heavier weight.
I wore my CEP compression socks during and after my workout. The bottom half of my legs were pretty sore and tight, so they definitely helped get me through. I always make sure to have these around, I don’t care how crazy I look;) they prevent injury, I like that!

Andddddd…..I am so that creep taking pics of herself in the gym locker room… I must say, I’m getting more and more used to it;) lol.

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Stocked up in my favorite bars! QUEST BARS!
Low carb, gluten free, and a great source of protein! By far the best ones I’ve found. I love these flavors;) they are typical around $2.50 a piece, but can order them by the case for a better price here

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Wile at whole foods today, I had an epiphany. A you know, I try to stay away from carbs, but, I’ve decided to Incorporate more natural sprouted oats and rye oats into my diet. I just felt like it. I think my training will benefit. So I stocked up, also picked up some more stevia drops, and brussel sprouts. Yummmmmm

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Mellow night last night after the gym. I had some of my Korean style beef strips with a salad, some walnuts, and a bit of 85% dark chocolate. Caught up on my reads. New in the mail;) honestly, nothing better to me than receiving mags in the mail, it’s like Christmas up in my house 2 x a wk. lol

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I hate tea other than green tea, but I found a gem!
My nighttime craving now. Tastes like hot cider. Just add a dash of stevia n cinnamon and WOW.

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Seems like forever since I’ve posted, I’ve missed you! Finally getting my mattress delivered tomorrow, till then….Zumba tonight, and a great nights sleep tomorrow;) xoxo

Finally a new bed! Fresh protein and my WOD;)

In bedroom, Breakfast, family, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 16, 2013 0 Comments

Hello my lovelies! How was everyone’s Sunday?? I can’t tell you how excited I am for today to be here! Guess what…..? You know how I’ve been little by little redecorating and arranging my upstairs? Well, the best, well, first piece of new furniture is coming today! Wooooohooooo. My gorgeous new bed! Ahhhhhh. Ok, we’ll go into that in a bit… First, I wanna share I little morning joy with y’all… Lately, I’ve been loving eating protein cake in the morning, total gymrat food. You know how I love my sweets, but can’t consume real chocolate cake on a regular for breakfast ( I’d be a house), so this does the job for me;)

CHOCOLATE LAVA PROTEIN CAKE
(Adapted from @tastyhealth)

2 scoop chocolate About Time protein

1 tbsp cocoa

2 egg white 1 tsp baking powder

4 tsp coconut flour

2 tbsp greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp stevia (granulated)

6 tbsp  unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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These are her exact DIRECTIONS:

Mix everything and put in a mug/bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the microwave for 45 sec up to 1.5 min depending on how runny you want it. Don’t overcook though! You might have to stop after 45 sec and then go in 10 sec intervals to prevent it from overflowing

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This was awesome! This microwave method cooks thing very fast, so please be mindful of over cooking, as it can become very dry. It took me a couple tries to perfect it.:)

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I whipped up some vanilla topping with:

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk. ( I use this ishhhh for everything)
Couple drops vanilla extract
4 drops stevia
And sprinkled with unsweetened cacao powder.

Listen, is honestly EASY.

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My parents were coming over at 10:30 am to come help with the bedroom, so I had to dash to gym ASAP.
I took my liquid L CARNITINE
Filled my blender bottle with three scoops of MRM bacc+ g and filled with water.
Sunday SELFIE;)
LA FITNESS… Here I come.

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Sad I wasn’t able to make it to my Sunday yoga flow class at Rising Lotus, but….my workout was SICK! I was in the mode today. Not too busy at the gym this morning, so no waits for any machines. Stoked.

Here was the circuit:

30 minutely treadmill.
Here’s the breakdown:
0-3 min- warm up walk @ 3.8
Then run 2.5 miles @ 6.7
Then 1 mile intervals of 10.0 for 30 seconds> 30 seconds rest.

Total 3.5 miles.

NEXT-
15 minutes on stepper (stair master) on FAT BURNER MODE> LEVEL 7

THAT WAS A KILLER 45 MINUTE CARDIO SESH!

Strength training included:

3 x 10 reps dead lift with 50 lb bar
3 x 10 reps back row
3 x 12 reps lower back raises holding a 10 lb weight
3 x 10 reps hanging knee lifts
15 leg raises (laying down)
25 crunches (knees at tabletop)
15 stability ball crunches
1 min plank

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Check out today’s burn!
On target for the week:)

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post workout VANILLA-KALE-BERRY protein shake:

I packet About Time vanilla protein

5 drops stevia

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1/2 cup frozen chopped kale ( trader joes)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Couple drops vanilla extract

1 tsp bee pollen

1 probiotic pill ( opened and added to blender)

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Threw it all in my vitamix, and topped with a sprinkle of chia seeds. Sooooo delicious!

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Yeayyyyyy! Ok so the time has come! Mom and dad came to the rescue! Love that my folks are close by, and that dad loves “projects”!
So, my little full size bed will be outta here and donated to a great friend who’s moving down the street. Glad it’s going to a good home:) aweeeeeeee! I’ve had this frame since like 19 years old. Omg. Byeeeeeeee lil baby! It’s been a good 11 years with ya. Time to upgrade….

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Grown woman bed! Haha.
Bless my pops. He’s going to town on this puppy! This shit was not easy to get up stairs. So heavy. Upgraded to a queen:). I don’t need no KING, what the hell am I gonna do with that… I don’t think so….

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Willy’s already posted up…. I’ve missed this little boooger! He’s been with my folks all week, cuz I was super busy, annndddddd I needed a break, he was driving me crazy with his anxiety! I’m glad he’s home:) tomorrow, I’m actually looking into doggy daycare, for the days the dog walker doesn’t come during the workweek. I’m thinking he needs to socialize with other dogs more.

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Dad puttin in WERRRRK! Oh, btw… Did I mention that I have yet to receive my new mattress? ….yeah. I’ll be sleeping on the couch till Sunday. Sexy.

I also bought some side tables, which I will be returning…. Changed my mind. Ugh that happens wayyyy to often. Saw some realllllly cute, rustic ones at urban home, so we’ll see.

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Time to break for lunch! All that hard work I put in, has got me hungry! Lol. ( thanks ma & pa) we went to a local restaurant and had some delicious food! Mom and I shared stuffed mushrooms, a salmon Niçoise salad ( a couple pieces of French bread;) and shared a flour less chocolate cake for dessert. Woooowwwwwsa. Naughty but not that naughty;)

I went to San Francisco in October, and purchased this awesome photograph and didn’t get it framed till December, and waited even longer to hang it up. Finally! Isn’t it awesome;)

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Even though I can’t show you the finished upstairs…. Downstairs isn’t lookin too shabby:)

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Oh and BTW U.S. government…. Thanks for sending me my new ID & passport with the MOST hideous pictures of myself I have ever seen. Just recieved them in the mail. Sooo f%*king pissed! Lol

Ok, that is all for now…except that I forgot to tell you…I’m signing up for my next 10k..deletes to come! Who will join me!?

HAPPY LOVE DAY! Exciting new RECIPES AND WEEKLY WORKOUT LOG!

In abs, Beauty, Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, get the look, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized, valentines day, Viamix, weekly workout schedule, WOD, zumba On February 14, 2013 6 Comments

Oh heeeeyyyyoooo! My loves! I’ve missed you! Hope you all enjoyed the last post. Aren’t you NOW, just as obsessed with Target as I am!? Anyway, get ready, cuz it’s that time again! The beginning of the week is full of healthy eats and recipes, workout ideas, my weekly exercise goal and my favorite part….. GET THE LOOK!

I just HAVE to share what I did the other day, that I totally forgot to blog about!
I got LAZZZZZZZERRRRED! zappity zappppp! If you are still waxing, GET A CLUE!
Ain’t noboooooody got time fo dat!

I am a total lover and fanatic for laser hair removal. It’s freakin genius. I’ve done it a few times before, but it was my first time at this particular location. My friend had gone here before, and highly recommended it. She said that they also had a particular laser machine that was geared more towards olive skin tones, so I was stoked. My skin can sometimes act a bit sensitive.
The place is called PROLASE in Glendale.

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We waited practically no time, which is alllllways appreciated. Happy to say that I am practically completely hairless;) like a baby’s bum! Today for me, was a touch up, but I dragged my friend along to try It for the first time. Bless her, she was so damn nervous! I was trying to explain what it felt like, ” it’s kinda like, as if someone is snapping a rubber band on your skin really fast…with cold shots of air” ummmmmmm. Weird description, but I couldn’t really pinpoint what it felt like, all I knew, was that, it was wellll worth it!

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You can shave the night before, to me, virtually painless, and you only have to go every 6 wks. By the 7-8 time, hair free! The bomb! This place is fantastic, great service, great machines, and very good prices. They also specialize in other skin treatments:)

Just thought I’d share, in case any of you are considering getting it done:)

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Tuesday is the beginning of my week, and I like to start it off with a BANG!

A “FASTED” cardio workout, and strength training upper body.
Showing off my new Target hat:) $9.99 biatchessssss! Sooo cute right!?
Now that I have bangs, I find that hats are the easiest to get them outta my face while I’m working out. I can’t stand pinning my hair back like snookie. No thanks.

And no Biggs….just repping my colts:) I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan, so of course I now have two teams:) Colts & the Broncos!!!

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ATTENTION CHICS!

Please stop feeling intimidated to get in that weight room!!! Don’t let those boys intimidate you. I get it, it’s a new environment to you…but, that’s why you become knowledgeable in what you are doing, and which muscles you are are trying to work, because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to hurt themselves lifting weights, and no one wants to see anyone getting hurt lifting. Knowledge is power, so go in there confident, with an agenda….and that’s to build strength with great form and technique. If you have any questions, you guys, ASK THE TRAINERS! That’s what they’re there for!

My workout consisted of:

30 minute cardio:
Elliptical intervals, alternating in resistance and incline to raise my heart rate.
example:
0-2 minutes at resistance 5 > incline 10
2-5 minutes at resistance 9 > incline 5
Keep repeating that circuit for 30 minutes.

30 minutes of resistance and weight training.
Crunches
Obliques
Leg raises
Weighted cable crunch
Stability ball AB work
Plank
Mountain climbers
Dead lifts
Back rows

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So, as youve probably noticed, currently, my favorite post workout meal has been “Good Girl Pancakes”. I just can’t get enough of them! They are so incredibly healthy and fast, that I’ve become a master. These particular ones were made in like 4 minutes!! No joke, no lie!
All you need is the following:

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp gelatin

Either 1 egg and 1 egg white or use 2-3 egg whites.

Mix really well, grease a pan, form ur pancake, and in a couple min, flip. They cook super fast.

I absolutely loovvveeee nut butters, so I topped these with almond butter, hemp seeds and sugar free honey, but you are welcome ( obviously) to top with berries, coconut oil,nuts, whateves;)
These fill me up till about 10:30 when it’s time to feed my body more proteins! I need 5-6 small meals a day with the workouts I’m doing.

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I have such a ritual now, I’m loving it.
WORKOUT> EAT>PRO COMPRESSION RECOVERY SOCKS > BACK TO PJ’S
Until shower and get ready time:)
People ask me all the time if wearing these “special socks” really makes a difference… And I say YESSSSSSS!
These fantastic little things help reduce recovery time, reduce chance of injury, and reduce any swelling or inflammation. They are spectacular. I actually sometimes wear them while I workout. I feel more stable with them on, kinda like a security blanket;)
If you check out Pro Compressions website, they are always having promos, sometimes for 40% off. Sooo amazing!

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Like I said earlier….I need protein!
One of my faves!

STRAWBERRY COCONUT SHAKE

1 packet About time strawberry protein

2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt.

4 drops stevia

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

4-5 ice cubes

1 tbsp unsweetened unrefined shredded coconut.

2 strawberries ( 1 for shake, 1 for garnish)

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I just throw everything in my vitamix, but, if you ain’t got one, that’s totally fine, use any blender you’ve got 😉 btw….. I can’t even begin to tell how worth it, that Vitamix was…changed my life!

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Another snack that I’m packing all week is low fat cottage cheese with blueberries.
This particular C.C is by Lucerne. It’s great because its low sodium!

I will pack usually 1/2 a cup along with 1/2 cup berries.

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Lunch!

My mornings are busy, so every night, before bed, I make sure to pack my lunch and snacks.
This weekend was so busy, that I didn’t get a chance to do my cooking for the week, so on this day, I opted for a big super salad.

Swiss chard

Cabbage

Spinach/kale mix

2 pieces turkey bacon

1 heart of palm

A handful of chopped cilantro.

Dressed with olive oil and vinegar

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My afternoon snacks not pictured:

A tbsp peanut butter

A handful of almonds

A handful of raw green beans with hummus

My dinner plan, was to get my ass home to cookin!

First things first….pour a glass of this gorgeous italian red.

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On the menu this evening folks:

RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS

ROASTED WINTER VEGGIES

LEMON SEASONED BROCCOLI

SAUTÉED GROUND BEEF WITH CHIPOTLE, SHALLOTS AND GARLIC

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Alright, lets start with the RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS:

You could use, either a vitamix, or a food processor.
This recipe is sooo good, and the best part, is that it’s RAW, and virtually no carbs! No chickpeas in this recipe.
You can find raw tahini at whole foods or online. Tahini is made of sesame seeds. All it is is sesame paste really. It’s delicious in, not only hummus, but also for making salad dressings:) a great staple to have in your fridge.

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3 medium zucchini’s

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice ( I like mine with 1/2 a cup, u know I love lemon;)

1/2 cup raw organic tahini

1.5 t salt

2 t cumin

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp Paprika and some to garnish

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Peel the zucchinis, and cube them, add all the rest of the ingredients and blend in bitamix or food processor.

Top or garnish with a little olive oil , paprika and pine nuts or seasoned pumpkin seeds, and Enjoy!

This makes a batch that will force you to share. Orrrr, not;) it’s that good.
Eat with flax crackers, dip your veggies, and add to your salads.
(adapted from Sacred Source Nutrition)

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Next, LEMON ROASTED BROCOLLI

INGREDIENTS:

A bag of broccoli florets from Trader Joes.

1/2 a lemon

Garlic Salt and pepper

Dash of paprika

Olive oil spray or 1/2 tsp.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line roasting pan with foil, add broccoli, toss with remaining ingredients, and roast for 15-20. When the tips start to brown. I don’t like to cook the death out of veggies, sooooo don’t do it either;) no need to deplete all of the nutrition…

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Time to pile on MORE VEGETABLES!

My favorite healthy add in for any meal, are roasted vegetables. I literally throw everything I have in the fridge in a roasting pan, I’m so into it.
Today, we’ve got.

Brussel sprouts

Mushrooms

Red peppers

Zucchini

Onions

Shallots

Leeks

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I pretty much just 1/2 everything, throw them onto a roasting pan, toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other seasoning you like, lay out evenly, and roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, and you’ve got a great side or topping to any dish.
What’s great about roasting, is that the vegetables soften so much, that they almost caramelize themselves , and become a bit sweet. Ahhhh, so bomb!

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Like I said, veggies go with everything. I actually don’t even count my veggies as part of my caloric intake.check out DINNER!

Because I get bored easily of chicken and fish, sometimes I need a bit of red meat to break it up. For those of you who think red meat is bad for you, think again. Check it out…
especially if you are anemic and/or an athlete.

“Meat provides nutrients runners need like iron to help maintain energy levels. It also supplies protein and amino acids that repair small muscle tears that occur during training,” according to a sports dietitian quoted by the magazine. A lean cut of beef such as sirloin or tenderloin can be a great source of zinc and iron. And B vitamins, which “help convert carbohydrates into the fuel needed to make it through a training run, are particularly plentiful in beef,” according to the article’s author, Jessica Girdwain.

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96% lean organic ground beef

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chipotle seasoning

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ( I’m into spicy right now… It aids in fat burning, so get into it)

2 chopped shallots

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup water

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In a bowl, combine ground beef with all your seasonings, other than water, shallots,garlic. Get in there with your hands to ensure it’s mixed well.
In a large skillet, sautée the shallots and garlic on medium heat. Just to soften
Add meat mixture. Sautée and break up chunks with a spatula. Add water, and cook for another 10 minutes on med/ high heat.

Now I was complete;)

Complete nutrition. Protein, fiber,fat,and complex carbs. This is called EATING FOR FUEL.
Listen, it’s hard to stay on top of eating clean sometimes, but we can prevent binge eating and bad decisions by preparing ourselves. I always encourage pre-planned meals that include all of the nutrition your body needs, so that later on in the day, the body doesn’t say ” WTF I NEED CARBS! Remember, vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates, with occasional quinoa, lentils, and oats. If you feed your body the right things, and OFTEN, you won’t feel deprived. Also, not to mention, the right foods burn fat too, so, it’s a win-win.

My basic packed lunch:

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Sharing my week in workouts with you guys! I can’t stress enough, how important and efficient it has been for me to actually write down my workout goals! It’s changed the way I train, I swear. The fact that I’ve typed it out, and shared with y’all, makes me feel completely accountable!
You know what I just thought of!!?
Since I get inspired by all of you reading my weekly workouts….. What if you sent me YOUR weekly workout schedule!? Ahhhhhhh… That would be amazing! You create them at the beginning of the week, send them to me, I POST THEM, and we can both inspire each other to stay on track! OOOOMMMGGGGG
Why haven’t we done this yet!? Ok, seriously. It doesn’t have to be gnarly, just attainable.

Ok, and I also have a confession…. Thursday: I forgot, it’s V-day… I’m gonna go ahead and cheat, and call it an off day….I’m freakin sore anyway. I’ll switch it for Saturday. Yeah, that works:) I don’t mind the gym being my Saturday night date!

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How bout a bit of cardio inspiration?! I know, I know… I f*%#ing HATE cardio, but guess what….. Get over it. You know once you start, you get allllllllll crazy lady on that machine!
I found something similar to this on Pinterest I think, so it inspired me to create my own little treadmill circuit.
I get freakin bored sometimes, so it’s fun to challenge yourself. This one is great because it targets all of your body! We’ve got major inclines, sprints, walking uphill backwards, sideways, you name it. This isshhhhhhh is the bomb!
Next time you’ve got 30 minutes, try this CIRCUIT.

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Last but not least, I know your all waiting for it;) GET THE LOOK:
Can you tell… IM SOOOO READY FOR SPRING!

Ready? Get this look for less than$65 bucks!

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Shoes: my Target find, $29.99
Seriously, you need these! They don’t look like a $30 pair of shoes, they look like $ 100 pair of shoes. They’re incredibly comfortable, I actually worked all day standing up in them, and I was fine. The upper straps are brown and black leather, not that cheap looking fake stuff, and the wedge is a brown cloth material. Pretty damn cute, right!?

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TOP: TJ MAXX $12.99 going along with my 70s looks as of lately 🙂

PANTS:TJ MAXX $16.99 almost like a thick, stretchy pant material. Loving these! The best part, is that they sit a bit higher on the waist, I’m not into low rise anymore. So played out.

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It’s all about colors POPPING right now. Fun floral patterns are my jam. Check out the gold/turquoise Michael Kors watch… Take a wild guess where I found this gem???

TJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXX!!!!!
A whopping $69.99, compared to $250
Holy BEST DEAL EVAAAAAA!

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As I finally wrap up this post…. Today is VALENTINES DAY, so I wanted you wish you all a blessed and loved day!
What are your plans for tonight!? Hot date?
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My Sweet Valentine <3

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, sweets, Uncategorized, valentines day On February 8, 2013 0 Comments

Ok protein lovers, time for some SUGAR-FREE sugar!! and in a healthy way! A breakfast and dessert that will BLOW YOUR MIND! I’ve been hitting the workouts hard lately and been trying to up the amount of protein I consume throughout the day. What better way to enjoy it other than PANCAKES & CAKES! Woohoo! As we alllllll know ya’ll, it’s Valentines Day coming up, and no, V day is not just for couples. Single girls like pink, chocolate, and hearts too;)

I’ve recently become a LOT more active on my instagram, following lots of wannabe low carb chefs, and I suggest you do the same. This has given me soooo many ideas to share with you for the FIT girls kitchen. Be sure to follow me on instagram, and check out some of the friends I follow for up to date low carb healthy treats!
Ok , so, listen,… I know that nothing will ever quite taste like your your mother’s original pancake recipe, but….guess what, when your trying to lean out, diet is key, so, this is the healthiest version, and it’s PINK;)

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I made a stack of these babies yesterday morning, and couldn’t finish them. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I’m guessing. They were delicious! ( I didn’t want them to end, but this batch is good for 2 peeps)
Oh, and they obviously don’t have to be pink:) just thought I’d throw a little lovvvvvvvveeee your way!

Before we get into the recipe, let me just give you a little side note, that is very important.

THE PANCAKES ARE VERY EASY TO OVERCOOK!

OK, now, you may begin;)

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INGREDIENTS:

For pancake:

1/2 packet of About Time strawberry whey protein

5 egg white

1 tbsp coconut flour ( whole foods or online)

1/2 tbsp psyllium husks (whole foods) (ground)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp 0% Greek yogurt

A drop of red food coloring

For filling:

3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt ( I used fage) ( you could just use the whole container, up to u)

1 tbsp Natures Hollow sugar free honey ( sweetened with xylitol, whole foods or online. Great to have in pantry)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

3 drops stevia

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DIRECTIONS:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. ( mix well, I use a fork)
Add wet ingredients,and combine well. Coconut flour has a tendency to clump up.
In a greased pan, add 2 tablespoons of batter, and form a small/ medium pancake. ( if you make it too think, it will be hard to flip) Remember: They cook fast so flip quick.
Should make 3 pancakes.

Top with yogurt mixture, sugar free honey, walnuts, raspberries or strawberries, and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut.

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So freakin cute right. Again, please don’t let these ingredient lists intimidate you, you can find all of these things at whole foods. I sometimes order in bulk off amazon, cuz I’m always in the kitchen. Remember from the video….these a essential in a low carb FIT household:)

So now..we’re gettin into nighttime…you’ve just had an amazing, healthy meal, with your man….orrrrrr, with your T.V. 😉
Whatever the case, all that’s on your mind now is SWEETS. Well, at least thats what us girls are thinkin about…guys, not so much. lol. It’s time for dessert!
This shit’s the bomb, EXPLOSIVE!
I found this ridiculous gymrat recipe from my new favorite blog! Proteinpow.com
I swear I could eat this alllllll day long.

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For cake:

4 tbsp of quark, fromage blanc, or 0% Greek yogurt

2 tbsp oats

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup of egg whites

1 tbsp of coconut flour

1/2 cup of chocolate protein powder

4 tbsp of unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp of cocoa nibs

1/4 teasp baking soda

1/4 teasp baking powder

5-6 drops stevia

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For the filling and frosting:

1 heaping scoop of pack of vanilla casein

1/2 cup of quark, fromage blanc (whole foods) or 0% greek yogurt

splash of unsweetened almond milk

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DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 350*
( I blended the cake ingredients in my vitamix, but now, I realized, I could’ve just had to mix well in a bowl:/)

If you don’t blend in a machine and choose the ol’ school way,
Mix all dry ingredients in a med/ lrg bowl, stir.
Add wet ingredients, and combine really well.
Grease a small pan, any shape, really.
Cook for 28 min. If center is still a bit raw, add a couple minutes, but careful to not overcook.
Transfer cake to cooling rack. Once cool ,using a sharp chef or paring knife, slice cake horizontally.

Filling:

Easy peazy. Mix ingredients and stick in the fridge. ( I would make this first and stick in the fridge while the cake is cooking, so it has time to thicken and set)

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Layer the cake with filling, top with your favorite fruit. In my case, raspberries:)
Sprinkle with cacao powder and red sprinkles!

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Here are some of my favorite Valentines Day ideas, courtesy of Pinterest:

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Love u all, and to all a goodnight;)
Xoxo

New hair, new recipes, new workouts, & meal plans.

In abs, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness plan, get the look, lebert equalizer, polar, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, sassoon, sweets, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On February 6, 2013 2 Comments

Well, you know what day it is!! It’s WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.
I hope you guys found yesterday’s get fit post helpful and informative to start your new healthy lifestyle!

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Last night’s ZUMBA class was on fire! I burned 600 calories, and of course when I got out, all I could think about, was how I had nothing left in fridge for my weekly meal plan! You know how they say, never go grocery shopping hungry…. Well, I raided Trader Joes like an animal. I didn’t really eat dinner before class, so my tummy was rummmmmbling. I even broke open a pack of walnuts as I was shopping around, cuz I just couldn’t take it anymore! Lol

I recently decided to incorporate Casein Protein into my diet, and have been playing around with different ways to enjoy it. Actually, a lot of the ideas I’ve found, have been on Instagram. It’s amazing what kind of inspiration you can find on that thing!

Casein provides a sustained slow release of amino acids into the blood stream, sometimes lasting for several hours. (While you sleep 7-8 hrs) This provides better nitrogen retention and use by the body.Because of its slow digesting properties, casein is widely used between meals and before bed to help bodybuilders maintain muscle in an anabolic state
(Source)

So this was my dinner/dessert;)

1 scoop Banana smoothie Casein

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin ( to add thickness)

1/2-1 cup hot almond milk (depending n how thick you want it )

1 tbsp pb2

Blend together, and stick it in the fridge. In an hour or two, check it. It should be thick.
This is soooo delicious, and was exactly what my body needed after my workout, before bed.

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Here’s the stocked up fridge after $100. Trader joes is my Jam! I got soooooo much clean food for just $100, that’s what’s up! The best part is, it will last me all week.

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Tulips mean SPRING is coming! Picked these up at Trader Joe’s for $4.99!
I absolutely love fresh flowers in my house, like, at all times.

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Ok, enough with last night 😉

TODAY’S EATS:

This morning’s breakfast was, again, inspired by Instagram. A microwave chocolate banana protein cake. Susanna Backman ( a trainer/nutritional coach) @tastyhealth has got amazing low carb, high protein ideas for every meal. You gotta follow her, and tell her From Fries To Fit is gushing about her 😉

This was a dream. I mean… Cake for dinner!? Yes, I think so y’all.
Listen carefully though, this cake is super easy, but also easy to OVERCOOK.

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INGREDIENTS:

In chocolate bowl:

1/2 a scoop chocolate About Time Whey
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
Optional: add a couple drops of stevia if you like it a bit sweeter

In banana bowl:

1/2 scoop banana About Time Whey
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1tbsp 0% greek yogurt

Topping:
1 tbsp raw almond butter
Drizzle Natures Hollow sugar free honey
Cacao nibs

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DIRECTIONS:

Add dry ingredients first to both bowls, mix each well, then, add wet ingredients to each bowl. Once combined, add chocolate mix into banana mix, and use a knife to give a swirl effect.
Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check it at this point, as this lil puppy over cooks super fast. Add 20-30 more seconds. It should be rising at this point. Remove, plate, and top with almond butter, honey and cacao nibs.

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I didn’t have to work till ten today, so I managed to get some meal prepping done for the week.
Honestly, I don’t wanna hear that you ” just, don’t have the time” cuzzzzzzz you do. I managed to prep 4 full meals in 20 mins! It can be done people.

Lean turkey patties with only 8 grams of fat, 0 carbs, and 18 grams of protein

Cooked in a 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil.

Seasoned with garlic powder, 21 salute seasoning, salt & pepper.

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As those were on the skillet, I pre heated the oven to 350 degrees, tossed a bag of broccoli with a pinch of olive oil, lots of lemon, and seasonings, and threw it in there to cook for 18 minutes.

While in the oven, I took advantage of the open burners, and hard boiled eggs in one, and sautéed collard greens with leeks, onions, garlic in the other.

All under 20 minutes. I love clean eating… Seriously, it’s easy to eat healthy:)

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EACH LUNCH CONSISTED OF:

I put one patty, a side of broccoli, and sautéed greens topped with fat free feta in each Tupperware.
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup blueberries
A 100 calorie pack of almonds.
A handful of cut up cucumbers with lemon and seasoning.

Oh, and, I almost forgot…I don’t eat lunch without my live salsa. Pretty much fermented veggies. Sounds gross, but it’s the bomb! Full of enzymes and probiotics.

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Tonight’s DINNER:

Ooooooooohhhhhhhhweeeeee! Holy protein dinner of champions. Essentially, a sweet egg crepe. I know, so happy right now. I posted this on my Instagram, and it was a hit! I had it for breakfast the other day, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the next time this heavenly treat would once again meet my lips! Sooooo, tonight it is 😉 This girl’s gone WILD over here. What’s up with me lately, I swear, it’s allllll about sweet dinners. Oh well, as long as its healthy right?

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Ok, this is so simple, and delicious.

INGRIDIENTS:

The wrap:

1 egg

5 egg whites

A pinch of Cinnamon

3 drops stevia

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The filling:

1 tbsp low fat cottage cheese

1 tbsp Raw almond butter

1/2 a cut up banana

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Roll it up……

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Top with chopped almonds and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Go ahead….eat the whole thing.. That’s right, and enjoy every second of it, cuz it’s nothin’ but good for ya! I broke up the amount of nut butter with some cottage cheese in order to reduce the fat content, and add a bit of a softer texture.
What do u think? I think you should eat this tomorrow morning…. It’s really amazing how this is actually in your diet plan. Tastes so naughty!

DESSERT:

Vanilla Casein “Panna Cotta”

Same recipe as last nights dessert, except this time with vanilla flavored casein. I couldn’t wait for it to thicken up in the fridge, so I put it In the freezer for 10 minutes, or until panna cotta consistency. This is by far, my favorite meal of the day… My ” before bed” treat. My muscles will be happy;)

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On a fitness note:

I managed to pull out a quick core exercise with my Lebert equalizer.

Really, it’s more of a full body workout because you are using more than just your core to hold yourself up the whole time.

6 POWER PACKED MOVES TO GET YOU STRONG!

10 PUSH-UPS

10 DIPS

10 STRAIGHT ARM LEG LIFTS

10 KNEE UPS

10 ALTERNATING TWISTS

10 LEGS STRAIGHT. HINGE BACK, AND LIFT UP WITH MEDICINE BALL

** trust me….you will hate me after this. If you don’t own these bars, it’s fine, duh. You can use 2 chairs! 😉

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So far, I’m on track with my weekly workout schedule. I’m wearing my polar watch to keep track of my calories burned, and I’m planning my meals ahead of time. How are things going with you guys? Tonight’s agenda: BODYSCULPTING. 1 hour of circuit training, with bands, weights, lunging, crunching,squatting, you name it. I burned 350 right there. Stoked!

After class, me and J. FIT practiced planking on each other. Lol. Check her Facebook page out. It’s fantastic, and full of great info!

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Goodness..today is FULL of newness! Lol

I got a new look y’all! What do you think? I got a fringe! Well…”bangs” as we say here in America;)
I was just really getting tired of me look, and working at a salon, you have the advantage to just act on impulse, and say ” eff it, just cut it!”
You see, I wanted a change without cutting off all my hair, so this was a perfect compromise;)
I’ve decided that 70’s fringe is back!

As you know, I just celebrated my 29th birthday. Thank u, thank u…
And in today’s look, I’m sporting prezzies from my besties!

SHORTS: elastic band faux leather hotpants by ZARA (thanks Jules)

TOP: H&M $14.99

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SHOES: wedges by Mossimo for target. ( thanks Amy)

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Damn….that was a long day…. Me and my fringe are done now;) let me know if you try any of the recipes! I wanna know how it works for you! Xo

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Goodnight!

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Hallelujah it’s SUPERBOWL Sunday!

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, Sunday funday, superbowl ideas, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On February 3, 2013 1 Comment

Yeay!! The weekend is finally here! Happy Sunday babes! Today is SUPERBOWL Sunday, and I’ve decided, instead of going to a bar, I would watch it on my cozy couch! I honestly just couldn’t be bothered to go out. It was a super busy and FIT morning, and I’ve got a lot of great stuff to share today, so I figured I could stream the game on my computer (since my loser ass doesn’t even have a cable box) and catch up on some blogging:)

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Last night my girlfriends took me out for some delicious Mexican food to celebrate my bday;) a few days late… I love when my birthday drags out for a week.
We had skinny margaritas
And shared chicken fajitas,chips and guacamole,and a beef taco salad.
Oh I almost forgot…the flan I devoured.
We gossiped all night long, and you wouldn’t believe when I say that, I actually slept in till 730 this morning!! WooooHoooooo!
I think my body just needed it.
So this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to start my scheduled workout and clean eating week. (My wk starts on Sundays)

Hallelujah for Purely Twins who share such great ideas for low carb eaters! They are my go to every morning!
I was craving something hearty this morning, especially since I knew I would be doing bank to back classes today. On my days off, I tend to really hit it hard, in case I miss a scheduled workout during the week.
So this morning was their recipe for a single serving coconut bread.

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Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It’s 3 ingredients!

I doubled the recipe, cuz I knew I would want more than a single serving;) hehe.
So here it is:

2 tbsps coconut flour
2 eggs or 1 egg two egg whites
2 tsp gelatin

Super interesting! I never would’ve thought to use gelatin..genius!
This was a hit for me… Making this all the time now! Yipeeeeeeeee 😉

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I made them into pancakes;) duh.
Andddd heart shaped for Valentines Day. Btw..no plans for that day yet… Ahhheemmmm boys… 😉 lol

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I drizzles some sugar free ( naturally sweetened with xylitol) honey. Buy here. ( on the right)
Sprinkled some unsweetened coconut and topped with blackberries. ( I just defrosted some frozen ones in the micro and they ended a bit juicy, yum.com.

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I was feeling reeeealllll cozy, eating pancakes and chillin in my pj’s, but I had to get movin soon, so I made sure to double up on my espresso;) 2 shots please….

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9:00 a.m. Was my first class of yoga in ages. I think the last time I was doing yoga, was when I was in Nicaragua. (Feb). I grabbed a few essentials, and headed out the door. I could hear Willy freaking out scratching the door. Ugh.

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Super stoked on my green juice from Earthbar!
I thought this would be great after my two classes back to back to replenish my body. And what better way than with fruits and veggies! This particular one was kale, lemon, green apple, and cucumber.

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I bought a 10 class series at Rising Lotus Yoga from groupon. A gift to myself for my birthday;) I was starting to feel I needed something just like this 1 time a week to break up my routine. I was super excited to see If I could still werrrrk it;) lol
I arrived a few minutes early, to sign in and get a good spot. I met the instructor, who was such a sweet man. This class was scheduled for an hour and 1/2. Wow.

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Class was amazing!! Like soooooo great! I got right back into it as if it was yesterday! I felt flexible and full of energy. I wore my heart rate monitor, of course, and burned 200 calories. Although that may not seem like a lot, and yes, it actually isn’t that much…. I wasn’t really doing it for that. I was planning to burn at least 600 in my next class, so I wasn’t trippin. I wanted to incorporate this type of exercise in my regimen in order to encourage better breathing, stretching, flexibility, and strength.

After yoga, I quickly stopped at home to take Willy out for a walk. He needs to release some of that gnarly anxiousness and energy. Then, I headed straight to Zumba. Class was taught by Lucia today, who, bless her, was sick, and still brought it ON!
I burned almost 700 cals in that hour! Holy shizzzzzleeee! That’s what I like to see.
After class, my body was like ” k, byeeeeeee”.

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I came home and immediately prepared myself an protein packed lunch. I find that eating my protein within 30 minutes of exersice increases muscle growth and repairs my muscle tissue.
So, lunch consisted of:
5 oz chicken breast topped with part skin mozzarella
Cucumber slices with 2 tbsp hummus
2 hard boiled egg whites

I could tell my body was craving protein, Cuz I ate that shit up like I was being chased by a train!

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My favorite part of a meal… dessert!

I had one of my SUPERBOWL faves that I posted yesterday:) This was the one coated in PB2. I enjoyed it allllllll. I just realized how silly this pic is… Ummmmm ok.

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BIG GAME Y’ALL!!! Lol, I’m streaming it on my Mac while enjoying a homemade skinny margarita! So good. This is my absolute drink of choice! Well, other than red wine of course, but who drinks red wine while watching superbowl….not I. I’m not a huge fan of the teams playing, so really, I could give a s#*t who wins, but I love football, so I’m stoked:) oh and BTW…I am like a teenager waiting for Beyonce to perform halftime! Ahhhhhh, I think she is sooo fierce!

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I can’t remember where I got this recipe exactly but it’s the best Margarita I’ve ever had! Now that I’ve had this clean version, I can’t ever have one of those ultra sweet, and sour, heavy on the mix ones. No thanks! They are absolutely full of sugar, and god knows what.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup lime juice

1 cup water

20 drops liquid stevia

6 oz tequila

2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice

Ice

Orange zest

Salt for glass rim (optional)

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This recipe is makes a small pitcher, and serves 4.
Use a lemon juicer to get the max out of the fruit, and makes your life easier:)

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This is so on point! When I’m out at a Mexican restaurant, and there version of a skinny margarita is one with agave… I say ” No thanks, I’ll just have tequila on the rocks with lots and lots of lime and a spash of orange please” and I bust out my stevia from my purse like a creep. I swear, people stare as if I was drugging myself. Lol. With my lil stevia drops. Hahahaha

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I ended up having an early dinner.I had to do some clients tonight, and didn’t want to be eating at 9.00 p.m.
Tonight’s dinner was no shocker. Lol. Chicken breast, lemon/chipotle baby broccoli ( my everything) and 2 hard boiled egg whites.
This is my absolute favorite way to eat broccoli. I wayyyy prefer baby broccoli to the fatter, shorter one. These have more of a crunch, which I love. I used to HATE brocolli!

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Dessert was a handful of RAW almonds and dried mulberries.
Anyway…what’s even MORE exciting… Is that the Healthy Self challenge has started today! Thanks girls for putting this on! Now, I’m passing it along for all of you babes to do it with me!
Well, I sort of started today…wasn’t so much meatless, but at least no red meat today;) this is such a fun way to keep motivated, help each other stay on track and get to know each other. We are all in this together;)

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Monday, February 4th – Go meatless for the day
Thursday, February 7th – Do 100 burpees throughout the day
Saturday, February 9th – Start reading a new book
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Monday, February 11th – Do a workout that targets your legs
Thursday, February 14th – Tell someone 3 reasons you love them
Saturday, February 16th – Eat the rainbow
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Monday, February 18th – Tackle a nagging task
Thursday, February 21st – Make a green smoothie
Saturday, February 23rd – Do three planks
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Monday, February 25th – Hang out with a friend
Thursday, February 28th – Take some ME time

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Yahoooooo! Hope you enjoyed this beautiful Sunday y’all!
Xoxo,
P

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Get your FRITTATA on this morning with this recipe!

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, Uncategorized On January 30, 2013 3 Comments

Never will you ever make anything more easy!!
No time in the a.m.? no problem! There are no excuses anymore chicks! If you have the time to sit and look at your Instagram feed, then you have time to set the day off to a healthy start by making this delicious recipe you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

With a supreme dose of your FIT basics: Protein, Veggies, and healthy fats!
You can’t go wrong….I mean, unless you try and fry the damn thang!

Alright let’s kick it off…..

First things first:
Have your cutting board clean and ready.

Grab a chopping knife. Warning: keep your fingers tucked in, and chop against your knuckles. No accidents puleazzze!

Grab a medium bowl, set aside.

You will need a skillet. ( I love to use a cast iron skillet)

    OK…now we can start to CHOP!

Roughly chop cauliflower ( not to small)

CHOP kale, onions, garlic (very chopped), green onions….

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In the bowl, combine egg whites, eggs, almond milk,garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Whisk, whisk, whisk.

then add cheese, leave aside a handful to top the frittata off before throwing it in the oven.

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DIRECTIONS:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to your skillet and place over stovetop on medium heat.
Add chopped cauliflower. Cook 3 minutes
Then, add onions. After a few more minutes cooking and stirring…add green onions and kale.
What you’re essentially looking for, lightly softened, sautéed vegetables. remember: it will go in the oven as well, so no need o over sautée on the stovetop.
Once soft, approx 10 minutes, sprinkle the mozzarella set aside from earlier, and place skillet in the oven, uncovered.
Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Check for a bit off firmness in the eggs.

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Check it out! GORGEOUS!

I served this with a side of roasted vegetables , but really, you could serve alone, with a spring mix salad, maybe even along side another protein, like poached salmon. Soooo many options!
It’s super fluffy, because we whipped it a bit with the almond milk, and the cauliflower gives it kind of a “potato” feel in your mouth. It’s A-Ma-ZInG!!

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Consider this a Breakfast of Champions. Add a couple slices of fresh avocado, ugh huh! Ridiculous! Why does food make me sooo happy!?

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Hope you enjoy! Xoxo
Paula

Eat better…Feel better….

In Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fashion, get the look, Uncategorized, WOD On January 30, 2013 0 Comments

Hot DAMN, was I sore when I woke up!
Hey guys! It’s Tuesday night and I’m catching up the rest of today’s post while I watch some news. I was super busy at work, so I didn’t get the chance to “blog as I go” today.
Late night post;)
This morning, I woke up, checked emails,took my cleansing pills, and I added my L CARNITINE to the mix as well. ( on an empty stomach)
Had a yummy breakfast of the Flax Banana squares and some espresso. God, really, I sound like a broken record. I feel like I just keep posting the same shit. This food doesn’t feel boring to me though..I actually really enjoy it. It’s only when you eat SHIT foods, that you think CLEAN foods taste boring;)
Anyway…I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast.
Anddddd, guess what?? It’s officially the last day of my 7 day cleanse!
Heyyyyy….hooooooooo…heyyy..hooooooo
You saw what I’ve been eating this week, not bad huh? I didn’t feel restricted at all!

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After breakfast, I put some warm clothes on, grabbed the pup, and went for a 2 mile run. It felt so great. I stayed at a moderate pace, cuz Willy’s little legs can’t keep up:) ah. He’s so cute. When I got home, I did a little circuit workout in the “at home gym” I tried to make a video of what I was doing, and when I went back to see the footage, the light had come in through the window, making it nearly impossible to even see me because of the glare! ANNOYED.COM
I will try that again mañana.

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I was so snacky today, it was pretty impossible to take pics of all the ” just a bite” snacks I ate.
This is just one of them that I can’t live without.
A spoonful of real, unsalted peanut butter.

Not pictured:

1/4 of a cucumber
1/2 cup of my RAW trail mix

Pepitas
Walnuts
Cacao nibs
Sunflower seeds
Coffee # 2

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SNACK# 2

Don’t get too excited… More egg whites. At least scrambled this time.

& A handful of walnuts.

LUNCH: was leftover chicken breast, broccoli, a few bites of a sweet potato, and handful of cilantro with some siracha

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Dinner:

Oh whatta ya know…. Chicken and hard boiled eggs.

Oh, and another Flax banana square;)

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I also used this with my chicken. I am a HUGE fan of fermented vegetables. The taste is probably something that you will need to get used to. It grows on you, and now, I can’t live without it. It “regulates” me completely. If you are wondering why the hell I am eating fermented foods, here you go……
Fermentation is the process of cultivating lactic acid as a natural preservative to prevent putrefication. Starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted to lactic acid by the many species of lactic-acid producing bacteria. It has multiple health benefits as described by Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions:

“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”
Source:passionate homemaking

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Today’s outfit inspiration:

“That 70’s show tres chic”

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Get the look on a budget:

Dress with slip: TJMaxx $ 24.99. D you see now why I am such a MAXXINISTA?! Great stuff for super cheap.

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Sandals: Aldo no sale..$39.99
(Leather and super comfortable) Aldo now carries 1/2 sizes, which makes things a whole lot easier. I never quite fit the 7 perfect, and the eight was too big. I always asked the same ol’ question…. ” will they stretch out?” Haha

The belt:

A beautiful, thick, leather belt found at the local goodwill. Stoked on this find. Pretty much goes with anything high waisted. Don’t be afraid to hit up your local thrift shops, second hand shops are great places to find amazing accessories, etc. Someone’s trash may be someone else’s treasure eh!

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Today’s “WORKOUT” inspiration:

I found this on pop sugar and thought, “I need this in my life”.You all hear me complaining all the time about there never being enough hours in the day, so this is the solution. An effective, quick workout that will have you burning calories all day!

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I saved the best for last y’all! I am soooooo excited and proud to announce that, yours truly, will be attending this years Blend Retreat! Where bloggers and friends meet for a fun, fit weekend. This years event is held in Utah! It’s gonna be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get to know my fellow bloggers! Wooohooooo!

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are some of your plans this year that include being fit and active?

SELFIE Sunday;)

In Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, WOD On January 27, 2013 3 Comments

Let me just say that I LOVE MY WEEKENDS! who doesn’t really!?
Never fails though, up at 5:30 a.m. Lol. I can’t sleep in to save my life. I watched drive last night, and fell in love with Ryan Gosling all over again 😉 I managed to also make it to my bed instead of passing out on the couch. Hallelujah.

This morning I woke up to a foggy morning, and a cuddly pup. So nice. Got a bit of stuff done on the computer, took my cleansing pills, and reheated my two leftover AMAZEBALL pancakes!

I topped them with a bit of natures hollow sugar free honey and a few fresh raspberries. Yummmmmm.

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Had my morning espresso, and the pup and I headed to the salon to do a client for the SAG awards at 8:30 am. No, I usually don’t take the pup to work, but the salon is closed on Sunday, and it was just us, so no bigs:) it was bring your pup to work day:)

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I just love how dense these are…a bit of a pound cake vibe. So no hatin on that! They are gorgeous in my eyes. A bit food obsessed… Yes:/

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Get ready for Sunday Selfies!! lol.
I had loads of plans today, in which most fell through, but I got to see some old friends and that was awesome! Headed to the folks house to drop off the pup.

Selfie #1.
I’ll admit it…I’ve become that girl.

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I don’t know what’s come over me lately, but all I want all day everyday, is breakfast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What a freak!
Today’s lunch was at my Favorite Brunch spot. Egg Plantation. The best. THE BEST!

I’m admitting now…I had cheese…and a couple bites ( ok, more like 4-5 bites) of the most decadent peanut butter stuffed French toast.. I KNOW! Ahhhhh so naughty. I had to c’mon.
I ordered an egg white omelette. ( which came yellow. Hmmmmm…I wasn’t about to send it back though) with turkey sausage, mushrooms,spinach, tomatoes, and CHEEEEESE! So much for no dairy on my cleanse! I’m sorry, I just love that shit wayyyy to much. But…. I have cut back, and that really should count for something, no?
Oh, andddddd, a side of fruit…annndddddd gluten free Udi’s toast.
Wow, now that I’m writing this….looking like a BIG girl right about now…

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Best part of the day! Meeting up with ol’ friends, catching up, and this lil munchkin. I haven’t seen him since he was like 3 months old! He is the cutest, and sooooo smart. No, I’m not just saying that cuz I luv em’….
He already knows some sign language, he know kisses and hugs and sooo much more! Ahhhhhhh
I’m getting baby fever !! Omg!

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Haha! Every time you say “kisses” he keeps his mouth open like “make out seshhhhh” haha. The absolute BEST!

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SELFIE #2

Thank got we sat and chatted for a bit and allowed for the monstrous lunch to digest, otherwise I don’t think I would’ve made it to the gym!
On my way to LA fitness for a serious
Workout.

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I had a couple days off from working out, and I was getting the itch! I headed straight for the elliptical for a 60 min interval cardio session.

Alternating between resistance 5 incline 9 to resistance 10 incline 5. Cardio alone, I burned 571 calories.

Today’s strength training consisted of:
ABS-
crunches
Leg lifts
Stability ball raises
Planking

BACK-
Superman raises
Row
Dead lifts
Back flys

Overall: 743 cals burned. Hopefully some of that stuffed French toast left my body! Lol
I felt fantastic!

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A little word of advice….
“Don’t think about all the other things you could be doing with your time, just get your workout in, and then enjoy the other things. I promise, you won’t regret it” you’ll enjoy the day so much more knowing that you built strength within yourself physically and mentally.

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SELFIE #3

Sweaty Nettieeee!
Shower time.
I promise… Last one. 😉

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Super relaxed, and ready for some major protein in my life!
Dinner was CLEAN!
Roasted turkey breast
Egg white scramble with garlic and spinach
A small side salad with olive oil and lemon.
The turkey was a bit dry, but whateves.
DE-vourrrred.

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Check out the creeper…..
Being SUCH a begger.
Ew… I hate when he does this, but, look at that face!
Dry turkey for the both of us. Haha!

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DESSERT:
A handful of sweet grapes.
I won’t tell you what I really want. Ahhhhhhem..( lemon meringue pie )
A girl can dream.

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I now am in a protein coma and need rest….
Clean eating cleanse is going fantastic! Lots of movement going on in the tummy! Happy girl!
Stoked for another day off mañana.

How was your Sunday?
Did you get a workout in today?

REMEMBER:
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy.

Reviews… YUMMIES…& A “Glowing Green Smoothie”

In Beauty, Breakfast, Reviews, Uncategorized On December 12, 2012 0 Comments


My beautiful people,

I am so excited about my new Pro Compression socks that arrived in the mail yesterday! I have to share with you guys what I think.
First thing I did this a.m, was put these bad boys on and headed straight for the gym.

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This review is purely my own opinion in regards to this product, and I ain’t holdin back!
Since recently becoming more of a consistent runner, I’ve noticed that the bottom half of my legs have become uber sensitive to strenuous activity. Sucks, but true. I’ve developed this weird lump over the years, just right above my left ankle, that causes some discomfort and sometimes pain. Something I have yet to figure out.

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I went to see the best vascular doctor there is, to see if maybe it was varicose veins, seeing that my mom had them at an early age. But no, not the case. Honestly, if it were up to them, I would be seeing every doc in town to see what it could be but, I’ve come to learn, that only you, can be your own advocate. They are guessing just as much as we are.

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I found these compression socks from reading stuff mama.
This is what they claim to do:

Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster
More efficient muscle recovery.
In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.

PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.

PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference.

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All of their claims, I find to be true. Some people wear them during races, some after a workout, and some during a weight lifting session. I highly recommend those especially with knee problems. These socks provide added support to the ankle and the calf.  I find them extremely helpful and have definitely improved how my body feels during and after the workout. I purchased these through their website and to my sweet surprise,the white ones were 40% off! Be sure to sign up to their mailing list to recieve great deals and info.

And for THE HOLIDAYS:

 

WEDNESDAY WORKOUT Re-Cap:

I’m loving my interval elliptical cardio workout that I’ve been doing lately.

30 min

intervals of : 2 min @ incline 8/ resistance 5

3 min @ incline 5/ resistance 9

Sweaty netty was in the hizzy.

Did a little jump rope today in the circuit, along with oblique twists, side planks, mountain climbers, dead lifts, and cable cross.

Foe a grand total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. WOOHOO! Feelin good and tight.

Lately I’ve been loving the gym, instead of working out at home for some reason, I think maybe, watching everyone else work out, pushes me harder. Do you guys ever feel that?

When I got home, I threw together this delicious SOUTHWESTERN HEALTH OMELETTE. It tastes naughty, but couldnt be healthier. Get into it. Sometimes I eat this for dinner:)

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I swear, If I could put cilantro and flax seeds on everything, I would. Soooo yummy.

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I forgot to pack my lunch last night. (annoying). So I rushed to do it this a.m. I just threw a bunch of stuff in baggies to make a salad. Boring, but yummy. I usually use tupperware, but have been accidently been leaving them all at work and had none left this morning. It’s funny, by the end of the week, I leave work with a Trader Joe’s bad full of tupperware to take home.

 

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OK… this is where it gets GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!

Oh yeah, I’ve got the secret ladies! This is a breakthrough.

My friend and co-worker Aaron Bock, AKA: Mr. Perfect Skin, is my hero for finding this, adapting it, and sharing it with us girls.

He’s always on top of it with the latest and greatest beauty tips, secrets, products, and websites we should be into. We all know that keeping your face clean, and wearing sunscreen is a must, DUH. Ok, what else… Well, I am convinced that NOT enough of us realize that what we put inside our bodies is just as important.  This is the best way to FEED your FACE and BODY:)

Unlike juicing, which tends to extract most of the fiber from the veggie, and leave you with all the sugar, blending in the greens, ensures that you receive all of the benefits and nutrients from the greens. Who the heck wouldn’t be into this?

I have been drinking this the last couple of days, and I, not only feel amazing, but my skin is reaping the benefits!

You have GOT to take my advice, and incorporate this into your daily beauty regimen. You can use any ol’ blender, you don’t need a Vitamix. Although the VITA is my FAVE! Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! The unbelievable flavor will blow you away. It comes out REALLY green, but there is nothing bitter about it. It’s delicious.

Proud to announce the launch of “Beauty Sludge”

 

 One of my favorite snacks throughout the day… baby gala apple. It’s like dessert to me. Excuse the neglected un-manicured nails;/

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I had a dine in dinner date with a girlfriend of mine tonight in mi casa, so when I got home from work , I put out a few appetizers,  and whipped up this delicious salad. Don’t you love when your friends eat healthy too? God, it really does make life easier.

 

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Some RAW pistachios

Roasted sea weed snacks from Trader Joe’s

& my fave: Kaia salt n vinegar kale rounds topped with fromage blanc,  Nature’s Hollow sugar-free apricot preserves, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. (you gotta try these) Great little finger foods.

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PLEASE, if you haven’t yet tried these healthy (gluten free, raw) snack chips, you are missing out. Have them alone or top them with anything you would like. They are a powerhouse of nutrients. Food as Fuel, right?

Get these at your local whole foods, a health food store near you, or online.

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I roasted some red peppers for the salad in my convection oven. I find that these are a great additive to any side dish or salad. I love them. Plus, they get all sweet, gooey and yummy! LOVE.

 

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I shall call her: “Winter’s Dream Salad”

 

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INGRIDIENTS:

 

  • Arugula
  • @ big leaves swiss chard
  • 1/2 a stem chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 chopped heart of palm
  • 1 chopped roasted red pepper

 

 

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FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp sweet & spicy mustard (trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper

 

 

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We had a great dinner and of course lots of laughs. Gotta get up earlz tomorrow so it’s an early night!

ciao babes!

xx

 

oh before I forget….

FIND OF THE DAY:

 

 

I saw these and felt they would be yummy together … maybe as a cocktail? Any suggestions??

 

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