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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

BBQ Trifle with Dijon dressing!

In bbq, clean food, popular recipes, Uncategorized On February 18, 2013 0 Comments

HAPPY MONDAY BABES!
Hope everyone started their week on a clean slate;) last night was my first night on the couch, and I actually slept really well. My downstairs looked like a fort, with all the blankets, pillows. Lol. Willy and I fell asleep watching an Argentinian movie, which I couldn’t tell you at all what it was about, cuz we passed out. 🙂

This morning was so beautiful! I needed to make my rounds this a.m. To all the doggie day cares for evaluations, which went well. I think we finally found a place:) although, not outdoors, they offer free 15 minute walks to the pups. He’s gonna stay with the pups 20 lbs and under. He was a bit shy and skiddish, but I’m sure he’ll get used to it.

I had a client at 11:45, but I wanted to take advantage of this gorgeous morning, so we went on a hike though Fryman Canyon. It was packed. It was perfect weather, loads of people and dogs.

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Today’s lunch is the freakin HIGHLIGHT!
Since it’s not so cold out anymore, I decided to do a little BBQ at home. I needed protein and color! I did some major grocery shopping today, so I was ready!

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I grabbed :

Portabello mushrooms

Red peppers

Zucchini

Chicken breast

Lemon

The vegetables get such a beautiful flavor on the grill that I didn’t have to oil them or season them too much. Also, I like my veggies really softened on the grill, so I put those first, I figured they’d take longer than the chicken.

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I have a misto, which I LOVE, it’s drastically reduced the amount of oil I have to use by a lot. If you don’t have one, that’s ok, but I highly recommend it:)
I seasoned the veggies with salt and pepper. Chipotle seasoning would be bomb on them too. Play around!
Place them on grill, and close the door!

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The heat remained at aboutmed/high.
Once I saw that the veggies had softened, I added the chicken. I marinated the chicken breast in lemon, salt pepper, garlic, and Cajun seasonings. Allowing a good amount of searing before turning the breast over. I like grill marks;) squeeze lemon over chicken when you flip to the other side as well.
I think the chicken took about 6 minutes on each side, but every grill is different. Just watch it.
Took everything off the grill once done, and set aside to cool for a few minutes as I got my plating ready.

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Willy’s favorite spot on the couch:) next to the patio door, where the sun comes in. I always find him right there.
I picked up some fresh tulips from trader joes this morning. I’m loving tulips right now.. They are the first sign that spring is in the air at my house:)
Which BTW… $4.99 for a 9 tulip bunch! So cheap. I love Trader’s!

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Alright, time to start making this BBQ sexy! I went in the kitchen and quickly made my

Dijon dressing:

1 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard ( I used the trader joes brand)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp orange infused olive oil. ( it’s ok if you don’t have infused olive oil, just add a quick squeeze of an orange the your mix)

Pinch of salt, pinch of pepper.

Makes two servings.

Set aside until you form your trifle.

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This is a gorgeous dish. Invite your friends over, make this super clean recipe, and they will die! Of pure joy of course. It’s full of colors that pop, a wonderful citrusy flavor, and loads of different textures. Your pallet is gonna go buzzzzurk!
Best part, sooooooo easy!

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Time to for your BBQ Trifle.

Place a handful of microgreens on a plate. This is your bed:)
Place big portabello facing up, right over the greens.
Take a 1/2 a grilled red pepper and cut into thin strips, place inside mushroom
Grab one of the 1/2’s of zuchinni and cut in cubes, mound on top of peppers.
Cut half a chicken breast into strips, and place on top of zuchinni. Now you have your lil mountain of wholesomeness. 🙂

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One last thing, drizzle 1/2 of your Dijon dressing over the trifle, and enjoy! You could also top with fresh chopped cilantro.

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This was so bomb! I invited a friend over to enjoy with me cuz someone else needed to enjoy this as much as I did!;)

Try it out, and send me a pic! I would love to see some of your BBQ trifles! Be creative:)
Xoxoxxoxoxoxox, P

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
•••
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
•••
Monday, February 18th – Tackle a nagging task
Thursday, February 21st – Make a green smoothie
Saturday, February 23rd – Do three planks
•••
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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A CLEAN appetizer & desert idea for SUPERBOWL! Yum & yum

In clean food, popular recipes, Sunday funday, superbowl ideas, Uncategorized On February 2, 2013 4 Comments

Who’s ready for the SUPERBOWL!!!!????
I am soooo ready! No clue what my plans are yet, but I’ll be there with bells on;) I’m a huge pro football fan, and although my BRONCOS didn’t make it (close call) boohoo, I will definitely be participating in Super Bowl fun times!
For me, it’s a continuation of my birthday festivities! This day usually comes with excessive drinking, eating, and screaming…or is just me…? Hmmmm,
Anyway, this year, I’m gonna try with all my might to keep it healthy. Please “will power” come through! So…. Today’s post is dedicated to a healthy SUPERBOWL! Here’s a great idea for an appetizer!

Love me some CAULIFLOWER BREADSTICKS!

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 head of cauliflower, grated

1 whole egg, plus one egg white, lightly beaten

1/4 cup 2% shredded mozzarella cheese

Dried basil,oregano and parsley

1 teaspoon olive oil

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together (except oil) in a large bowl until evenly distributed.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use olive oil to grease the parchment paper.
Spread and flatten the cauliflower mixture on the parchment paper evenly – about 1 inch thick. Square off the edges so it looks like a rectangle or square.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until slightly dried out, browning, and firm to the touch.
Remove from oven and using a spatula carefully peel away from parchment paper. Flip over and return to oven for 10 more minutes. serve with dipping sauce i used some marinara sauce on the side.

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4 servings (two slices per serving) 95 calories; 6 g carbs; 5 g protein; 4 g fat

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(Adapted from mamagrubbsgrub)

Craving a sweet treat? Have one of these instead of ice cream!
This is one of my favorite, super easy FIT girl desserts!
I never feel bad eating this, and you can really top the bananas with anything you want.

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TOPPER IDEAS:

Melted 75-90% chocolate

RAW cacao nibs

Shredded coconut

Raw walnuts

Pb2

Chopped almonds

Cacao powder

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INGREDIENTS:

1 container 0% Greek yogurt ( you can use either fage or chobani)

6 drops stevia

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Any toppers you want.

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DIRECTIONS:

Line your flat plates of toppings in a row.
Skewer bananas, being careful not to split. (Easier when they are slightly frozen or really cold.
Roll in yogurt mixture
Then roll in topping.
Serve as is, or as a frozen treat.

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If you think this version is too “healthy” for the guys at the party…. Roll them in real peanut butter, dip them in chocolate and roll them in peanuts! Lol. There ya have It boys!

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There ya have it babes…. An appetizer & a dessert idea that won’t bring on the lbs;) Superbowl doesn’t just have to be chips, and twinkies y’all!
Enjoy! Have a wonderful time tomorrow with friends! Xoxo

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?

FRESH START to the week & FLAX-BANANA SQUARES RECIPE!

In clean food, cleanse, polar, popular recipes, protein, Uncategorized, zumba On January 28, 2013 2 Comments

Happy Monday my lovelies! Great start to the week so far! Lots to do today! A lil’ cooking, a bit of baking,errands…and a gnarly 2 hr workout tonight.

This morning I tried out a new “milk” for my coffee, and I’m pretty much all smiles about it cuz it LA BOMBA! It’s only 45 cals for one cup! I only need 1/2 cup to froth, so I’m completely stoked on it. It’s almond freakin coconut. Doesn’t that sound outrageous? Happiness in a cup. Every Damn morning:)

You know me… I wake up starrrrving! And I almost always forget to take my pills first on an empty stomach, because my first reaction is to have a spoonful of almond butter or something right away. So annoying. I hate pills on an empty stomach, but I’m a rule follower. It is what it is. The cleanse is over Tuesday. Honestly, it’s been easy. I eat pretty much like this anyway, except for the occasional binge….or maybe the cheese thing… Yeah, I need to cut that down a bit. Hi my name is Paula, and I’m obsessed over the creamiest, stinkiest, ripest cheeses out there. That may or may not be my actual calling in life. Lol

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Anyway, As I was researching healthy recipes ( daydreaming about cheese;), I stumbled across this lil JEM! Oh my HEALTHY and oh my GOD! This is a recipe adapted from bodybuilding.com and it’s full of protein and fiber, with practically no carbs!

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Hungry girl got to baking by 6:15 am. I get the most inspired to be in the kitchen first thing in the morning, it’s really the darnedest thing. It’s my “me” time:)

All that fiber I was taking about, come from this. My favorite flax meal. Carrington Farms Flax Meal.
A great source of omegas too!

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And all that protein I was goin on about, comes from this: my favorite banana, all natural, 0 carb About Time Protein

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Alright let’s get you going on these Banana Flax squares!
I always, always make sure that I have this in my pantry for baking. It adds beautiful flavor.

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Just look at these! It makes me want to have one, every hour, on
The hour! Heavenly breakfast this morning. And… NO, I didn’t eat all of these. Display only babes.
I did have two though;)

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 cups flax seed meal

• 5 egg whites

• 2 whole eggs

• 5 T olive oil (can use coconut or other oil) you may also cut the oil in 1/2 and replace with nonfat Greek yogurt for less fat. (Haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure it would work)

• 1 T baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 packets Stevia

• 1- 1&1/2 servings of about time protein. Banana works well for a low carb banana muffin/bread flavor.

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet in a separate bowl. Combine mixtures well and add together. Be sure to get out the lumps from batter.
This recipe, originally was used to make muffins, but, since I used a square pan, the timing will be different.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8×8 pan. ( could also use a loaf pan, but may need a few extra minutes to cook)
Pour in batter and bake for 11- 16 minutes. Bakes pretty fast. So watch it. We don’t want that ish dry!

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After my breakfast of champs, I was off to run my errands. First things first…get all the crap out of my car! It’s amazing how much you accumulate in the trunk! Geez. My first stop, was the body shop to drop off my sad lil crashed VW.

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Anddddd. Here I am. At Enterprise. Just, what I wanted to be doing on my day off. Luckily my insurance covers a rental, otherwise…oh hello nahhhh!
Somebody got a Chrysler Sebring… OH SNAP! Hollaaaaa. Hahaha. I feel like I should be driving in the carpool lane on my way to a PTA meeting in that thing! My god. Lol

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I took willy with my to enterprise, and they tried pulling the whole ” I’m sorry ma’am, but, we don’t allow dogs in the rentals. Mostly due to shedding…..
I said” “b*#%h, he’s hypo-allergenic! He don’t shed!” Ok, we’ll… I didn’t so much say that, but made it very clear, that my dog would be getting in the vehicle. Thanks byyyyeeeeee

We then took a little trip to his. Favorite place. PETCO. I got him some busy chews, cuz you know… He’s got the crazy in him.
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Soooo stoked. He just wants to run wild in there!

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Got home and munched on a few snacks.
Theses yummy raosted edamame
A handful of almonds,

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And….some spicy kale chips from Brads raw foods.

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I had a late lunch. I didn’t have anything quick to eat, so I decided to play around with some chicken I’d been wanting to make to get ready for my packed lunches during the week. Chicken breast can get a bit BORING if you ask me. I’m all about the thighs! But, as we know, the darker the meat, the higher in fat, so I tend to stick to the breast. It can also very easily dry out when cooking, so I think now, I finally got it down:)

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The 3 MARINADES are:

1. GINGER/GARLIC/LEMON /RED CHILI

2. GRAINY DIJON MUSTARD

3. PESTO
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I marinaded them separately. Literally just smothered them. Let them sit for 20 mins to ensure more flavor within.

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil (or any other HIGH HEAT oil. Allow to melt in the pan on med- high heat. (The key is to first brown/sear the chicken underneath just enough to get that intense flavor and texture.)
Add your 3 chicken breasts to the pan. Doesn’t matter, right next to each other is fine.
Cook in pan for 5-6 mins. Check for searing/browning underneath.
Then remove from stovetop, cover with a lid, and stick in the oven for 15 mins.
Now, this will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast, so be mindful of that.

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I enjoyed a few pieces of each, along with some steamers baby broccoli and a side of arugula tossed in Sea Clear.

So worth the wait. Super easy, yummy, NOT dry, and now I have loads left for the next 2-3 days.
This ends up saving you big time you guys!
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After lunch, I thought I deserved a treat ;), so I had another flax-banana square. I just can’t help it. They are so good and hearty. No pic though;)
I had one more errand to run then I had to get back home to clean my mess of a house up.
That’s right…my passport is expiring in march, and I’m planing to take a trip at the end of may, so I HAD to send for a new one. Oh, and finally, a new picture! My old one was like, no joke, HIDZ!. It was a bit of a process, but, glad it’s done. Phweeeeee!
As I checked out my ID, I also noticed that, that also expires soon. Like, freakin THIS WEEK!
Ugh, FML.i totally didn’t realize that it expired that soon, and, on my bday! Do you understand what it’s like at the DMV?

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I managed to get a whole lots of organizing and cleaning when I got home, put away the laundry. Playing catch up, really.

Mondays night is my Power Workout night. 2 back to back classes with Sandy Campy Fitness.
At 7:00 & 8 p.m.
So, an hour before, I made my BCAA water, stuck it in the fridge, and had a small dinner. I don’t like to eat anything heavy right before a workout, but I also don’t like to eat at 9p.m, so since I had a late lunch, dinner consisted of 3 hard boiled egg whites, a few cut up pieces of the chicken from lunch and a 6 almonds.

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ZUMBA KILLED IT Tonight! Fresh faces, new choreography, and lots of energy in that room! That’s what drives y’all!
Jess and I like to snap sweaty, “after Zumba” fit pics! Haha
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Tonight was the first time using my Polar Watch to monitor how many calories I would burn during both classes.
Generally, with Zumba alone, it tends to be 600 calories burned, so I was excited to see what an extra hour of strength training would do!
Check out all the girlies ready for some BODYSCULPTING!

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This class is killer! And , with the combination of both Zumba, and bodysculpting, the results are almost instant. This is what takes your body to the next level. The cardio+ targeting and isolating of each muscle group on its own is what makes those changes that we are all looking for.
I get sore in muscles I didn’t even know I had or existed! That says A LOT for me, and I imagine, even more so, for those people who are new to getting fit.
In the end of my 2 class circuit, I burned a total of 900 calories. Such a happy girl! 😉
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Remember: YOU WILL NEVER REGRET GETTING UP AND WORKING OUT.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

How do you start your your week off: are you planning meals or signing up for a new class?

MONDAY INSPIRATION:

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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.

Ohh SNAP Saturday! Coconut Flour Pancakes

In clean food, cleanse, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized On January 26, 2013 0 Comments

Hi friends! Hope your Saturday is going great! While all of you have today off, I’ve got a full book of clients today at the salon! All good, but I’m ready for the weekend. Last night was a blast at the Laker game. I’m sure all of you noticed my late post.

So far the cleanse is going really great. My stomach feels flatter, I feel full of energy, and my intestines are happy:) today will be the 4th day, so this morning… I started off with ,y 2 liver organ cleanse pills on a empty stomach…along with my acacia fiber powder mixed with water.( I sound like a broken record, sorry. But repetition= habitual=results.

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BREAKFAST:

2 mini chia protein muffins(same as yesterday)

1 Scandinavian bran crisp with RAW pumpkin seed butter and sugar free honey. These crisps are fantastic because they are loaded with fiber and have no sugar! A great, clean option for while in a cleanse.

One thing I can’t NOT have, is coffee. I mean, I’m not having sugary, creamy coffee. It’s just espresso, a stevia packet, and 1/2 cup frothed unsweetened almond milk. That’s not bad right??
Anyway… I had two cups today:) don’t judge.

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SNACK 1:

A handful of raspberries

A handful of RAW almonds.

A few blueberries.

A mix of antioxidants,fats, and proteins.

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LUNCH:

Ok, I promise, this is the last salmon lunch picture I will bore you guys with! Lol. Remember, I don’t like to waste food, so I’ve been having it everyday till its gone. I LOVE SALMON. High in protein, and a great source of essential fatty acids which actually help to aid in weight loss. Healthy fats are good babes! Plus, sometimes chicken just doesn’t cut it for me. In fact, I’ve been getting a bit annoyed of it lately. I guess I’ve played it out…hmmmm, like I do with many things in life.

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SUPERDRINK ALERT!

Green tea with lemon.
green tea’s health benefits are astonishing! Research shows that it has potential to fight cancer and heart disease . Also, some studies have shown that green tea may play a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

I try to drink at least one small cup a day:)

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SNACK 2:

A very ripe persimmon. (My faves) at least it’s natural sugar;)

(Not pictured)
A few slices of cucumber

Another handful of nuts.

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Before finishing up my last client of the day, I was feeling a bit tired and slow, so I had a small strawberry protein shake. 1/2 a packet of About Time strawberry whey, water, and ice.
Just a little pick me up:)

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Tonight’s plan was to do absolutely NOTHING!
I very rarely just sit, relax and have no plans. I’m starting to realize how nice it is! If I’m not cooking, I’m walking willy. If I’m not working out, I’m at work. If I’m not posting, I’m sleeping! I mean, sometimes I really feel like there are not enough hours in the day to just sit and maybe enjoy a nice movie. That time should also be valued and not taken for granted.

Got home, took willy out, and decided that I wanted breakfast for dinner:)

Now, I’ve made plenty of different types of low carb pancakes, but I think this one is the easiest and super duper tasty!

When I found this recipe, I tripped out….because, guess what?

It’s only got 4 ingredients!

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I originally found this on bodybuilding.com, and I doubled the recipe, but once I made them, I realized I really didn’t need to for a single serving. You will find that they are quite dense.
2 pancakes were really enough.

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INGREDIENTS:

(For 2 people)

8 egg whites. I use the cage free egg white cartons cuz I hate wasting the yolk.

4 tbsp coconut flour

2 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste

2 pinches of cinnamon

Optional: stevia to sweeten if you are not gonna top them with anything sweet in the end.

You can really play around with what you want to use as toppers. I’m always a big fan of PB2 mixed with a little water, a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut, and sugar free honey, you could also add fresh berries. Whatever!

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Grease your pancake pan ( I use either coconut spray or smart balance spray)

In a bowl, mix all ingredients.

Use a spoon to dollop onto pan. The mixture may be a bit thick, so you might have to form them a little. Ugh, these were the BOMB, and healthy and appropriate for my cleanse. So satisfied right now.

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I’m about to finish my post, and enjoy some Ryan Gosling in the movie “Drive” . I’ve been wanting to see this forever! S I’m gonna sit my ass down on this couch and enjoy my no gym day today;)
Tomorrow, I’ve got a client first thing in the a.m for the SAG awards, and then hitting the gym!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BABES:

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I want to KEep In Touch!! I want to see how you stay motivated, it helps me stay on track too! Follow me and I’ll follow you!

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ASAIN SESAME NOODLE SALAD RECIPE! Don’t miss it:)

In clean food, cleanse, popular recipes, Uncategorized On January 26, 2013 0 Comments

Who loves NOODLES!! I DO!
But… As we all know, I don’t really eat traditional pasta or starch noodles anymore, soooooo this is the BEST alternative. You guys, seriously…you’ve got to get into the craze of the fiber noodles. Whether it be “miracle noodles” or “pasta slim“, they take on whatever flavor you add to them, and the best part being that they are ONLY 25 calories per serving. I’m sorry, but you can’t beat that. If you know my blog, you know that these puppies are always on my grocery list. They fill me up, and I never feel guilty eating a couple servings of this.

This particular recipe is for a COLD ASAIN SESAME NOODLE SALAD.
you can whip this up in no time. Under 10 minutes.

When you open the package, they usually have a strange smell to them, but not to worry. What you will do, is stick them in a colander and run them under water for a few minutes.

The next step. Boil them for 3-5 mins, to soften texture and to get rid of the fiber smell.
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Once boiled, let the noodles sit out to cool.
During that time. Get out your ingredients.
Thinly slice the cabbage ( I prefer the Chinese cabbage for this recipe)

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Add the chopped green onions and finely minced garlic…

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Add the sesame seeds…
( raw or toasted)
I prefer the toasted, more of a nutty flavor.

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Throw the noodles to the bowl.
Add your Asian sauce consisting of:

sesame oil,

rice wine vinegar,

siracha,

fish sauce,

liquid aminos

Get your hands in there and toss!

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This noodle salad gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a bit. Soooo delicious. And NO carbs folks!
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This is a great option if you are cleansing as well. I’ll be having this for din din!
Enjoy my lovelies!
Xo,
P
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Cleanse day 3, and the Lakeshow!

In clean food, cleanse, Fridays, friends, protein, Uncategorized On January 25, 2013 0 Comments

Good day beauties!
I am feeling SORE from the combination of my last 2 days of working out. Feeling good though!
Taking tonight off, cuz guess who’s going to the LAKE-SHOW! Meeeeeeeee:)
My and my bestie Amy are headed to the Laker vs. Jazz game at the Staples center tonight. Sooooo stoked. I haven’t been to a basketball game in ages.

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I guess my birthday is getting an early start, cuz look what I got in the mail today! yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!

About Time Protein heaven!

Love my new shirt! Great to work out in.

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36 packets of different flavor protein powders! I tried the strawberry one this morning. Delicious. Sometimes you just don’t feel like vanilla or plain chocolate, you know?!

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This morning, I took my 2 pills on an empty stomach and fiber blend mixed with water after my real fast.Since I wanted to try out my new strawberry protein powder, I made some mini protein chia muffins adapted from, again, my girls at Purelytwins.

These little cakes are amazing. I made them in mini muffin tins, so that I would be aware of how much I was eating. I had a couple for breakfast, along with my morning joe. I also took 2 more to snack on for my after lunch snack:)

These are really easy and the best part is that you can use any flavor protein powder,

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup your choice protein powder. ( I used About Time strawberry flavor)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp water

1/4 tsp stevia (drops)

Bake for 7 minutes on 350*
For the bigger muffin tins, a few more mins.

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SNACK 1:

Green protein juice. (Same one I made yesterday) I’m loving the combo! I’m gonna turn green if I keep this up. I think tomorrow, I may switch it up for the sake of boredom.

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Lunch was again my favorite type of lunch, a mish mosh of everything healthy I could think of. Lol

Leftover salmon from last night.

Cabbage kimchi

Baby kale salad with sea clear probiotics as dressing

Roasted brussel sprouts

My poor co-workers were dying in the staff room.
Salmon, and kimchi= smelliest room ever. Another thing I need to do while on this cleanse, is try and not eat so damn fast. That is a HUGE issue I have. If I was out to dinner with you, I swear, I would be finished before you even lay the napkin on your lap. Yes, that bad. It’s like a train is chasing me. It’s been something that I’ve always known of myself, but always, either forget to slowdown, or I just simply can’t. Ugh.
It’s such a bad habit because I’m literally barely breaking down the food, so my body is working over time to do it for me! Annnnnndddd…..then I wonder why I have such a slow digestive track.
Again, the struggle is real, sighhhhhhhh.

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SNACK 2:

My sorry ass paleo coconut wrap that dried up and cracked. Womp woooomp.
Whatever it was still delicious. I topped my cracked lil triangles with some almond butter. Super tasty little treat.

Also, had 7 raw almonds.

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Tonight was a special night! It was the laker game against Utah jazz, and I was gonna be there! I absolutely love sporting events, so I was stoked! Even if you aren’t a fan of the sport itself…there is something in the air, a vibe, that just forces you to get into it, right?

GO LAKERS!
They haven’t had a win in like 2 wks!

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The bestie & I. The guys in behind us were probably like ” look at those girls, takin selfie shots at the tip-off” so embarrassing.
For the record.. I don’t care. I blog b*#ch. 😉

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We both managed to stay away from all the naughtiness that comes with sporting events. You know…chips, popcorn, beer, candy, fries, burgers.
Instead, we opted for a lighter dinner:

I had a picnic salad. Which I ate with no dressing and left out the corn. (Cuz it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever)

Butttt……. I may or may not have eaten the shaved Gouda cheese on top…:/
Oops.

Amy had a delicious barbecue veggie burger without the bun.

Healthy girls;)

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Super fun night! Someone mentioned to me that I may be their Lucky charm
CUZ THEY WON!
Wooooohoooooooo!

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I got home, and poor willy was just dying to see me! I took him out for a potty, took my vitamins, had a spoonful of peanut butter, and passed out on the couch while writing this. That’s why you’re not getting it till this a.m….. I never pressed pUBLIsh.
Such a dummy.
Have a great day guys! I’ll be logging today as well, so be on the lookout tonight for the days eats & things:)

Xo, P

DAY 2: Foods+Fashion+Exercise

In clean food, cleanse, fashion, get the look, popular recipes, protein shakes, thursday things, Uncategorized On January 24, 2013 5 Comments

Hey all!
It’s day 2 of the Body Flush, and I’m feeling like a champ! The difference has been outrages. My digestive system is very happy with me:) it’s a rainy day today in LA., so we’ll see if I am able to go running tonight. I am definitely not missing ZUMBA though. I’m off from work a bit early today! Yipppeeeeeeee

Today’s morning start:

2 cleanse pills on an empty stomach.
1 shot espresso with frothed almond milk.
1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water
8 oz green protein smoothie:

Kale
Chard
Spinach
Bee pollen
Water
Flax milk
1 scoop protein
1/2 tsp vanilla bean
1 tbsp hemp seeds

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Life changed when I found hemp seeds!

Here are some helpful facts that you may not have known about hemp seeds.
I love sharing nutritional info! Lol

* All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
* A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.

* Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.

* Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.

* A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.

* A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.

* A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.

* The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

(Source:thenourishinggourmet)

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A I read my daily dose of morning bloglovin, I came across this little hot cake from purelytwins. I immediately grabbed a ramekin and whipped one up in 3 minutes.
When you cleanse, you crave stuff like this. This was PERFECT this morning. I can totally have these in the a.m. during my cleanse.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp carob powder or unsweetened cacao powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 tbsp water

15 drops stevia

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract

Mix all dry ingredients in ramekin, add water, stevia, and vanilla bean. Mix very well, It’ll be quite thick. You could also dab a bit of coconut oil on top. Microwave for 60 seconds, and you’ve got your very own HEALTHY morning dose of cake without additives, sugar, or high carbs.

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Before leaving for work , I roasted some brussel sprouts with a bit of coconut oil, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. I may or may not have completely over cooked these bad boys, but whatever. I little crunch won’t hurt nobooooooody!

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Snack 1:

A handful of cherries:)
Agua Fresca:

Water
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 small orange
Shaved ginger

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Today’s LUNCH:

Roasted Brussel sprouts

Baby kale with chia seed oil and liquid aminos.

Kabocha sqaush

Radish kimchi

1/2 avocado

Adding the squash in there helped to plump up the lunch, otherwise this wouldn’t of filled me up at all. I would’ve been hungry in 2 seconds. Pretty much the ultimate snacky plate:) the flavore all went really well together. I made enough brussel sprouts to take some to work mañana as well. I am leftover queen.

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Snack 2:

RAW trail mix.

Pepitas

Flax seeds

Cacao nibs

Sunflower seeds.

Best snack ever! I usually munch on a string cheese or an apple, remember….NO dairy, NO sugar for 7 days, so this really was a treat. I love cacao nibs. Super high in antioxidants and dietary fiber. They kinda remind me of espresso beans. Simiiiiiilllarrrrrrrr.

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I’ve got ZUMBA at 8 tonight, so I made a quick, easy, and delicious dinner an hour and 1/2 before.
I was craving some protein!

Salmon is on the plate tonight ladies.

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Super easy!
First…. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Make boats out of aluminum

Place a handful of spinach leaves at the bottom

Place the salmon on top.

Rub with crushed garlic

Sprinkle with salt and pepper

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

3 thin lemon slices on top

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Close the boats, leaving room for salmon to steam inside, but make sure the seams are shut.
Cook for 20 minutes and 350*

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I love , absolutely love cilantro, so this part is optional. Chopped cilantro makes everything better to me. Oh, and a bit of siracha is always lovely too;)
I ended up only eating 1/2 of this, which was a actually one serving. About 5 oz. ( the size of your palm). Along with a a handful of homemade curry, turmeric pumpkin seeds. That last thing I wanted was to feel full during class. Not a good idea. Ever. My stomach is in high digestion mode. Everything is going right through me. Really, It’s a blessing and a curse, if ya know what I mean.

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Tonight’s class was booked. A solid hour of “shakin what yo mama gave ya!”
Sooo fun tonight, we learned a new dance! Woo-hooooo. My happiness continued when I realized I had burned 580 calories. I love seeing new faces in the crowd. Makin it happen ladies.

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Oh bye…. Sandy Campy Fitness is offering new students a “CAN’T PASS UP” deal!
For new clients, she is offering 10 zumba classes for $55 dollars, and $75 for 10 buddy sculpting.
Even if you are already a Zumba student, you are still eligible for the new client rate to body sculpting, and vice versa.

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580 calories thinner, me and my homie J fit decided to take a 3 mile run. We were dripping sweat I class, so we tried to bundle up as much as we could.

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Feeling accomplished and whole. My insides feel fantastic!

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Welp, yep, it rained on us the whole run home. Just lovely. Thank god I was warmed up.
We ran for Charity Miles ( Stand up to Cancer). Just under 3 miles. I started getting a cramp so when it was over, I wanted to pass the efffff out.

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Andddddd for my favorite part of the week….

Outfit inspirations:

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Relaxed slouchy, black on black.
Mixing textures of fabric within the same color

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Top: Laundry: by Shelli Segal

Skirt: urban outfitters black slip skirt

Tights: maroon fishnets by Betsy Johnson

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Cuff: by: Club Monaco

Boots: black shiny rain boots with rubber heel. By: Aerosoles.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are your fitness goals for the week? Are you on the right track?

I’ll check in mañana!
Goodnight guys!
Xo, P

THE 7 DAY CLEANSE STARTS NOW! What I ate Wednesday:

In clean food, cleanse, fashion, life, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 23, 2013 0 Comments

Alright guys! I hope you liked the recap of my weekend with the girls. I really went all out though with the eating and drinking. I am not usually one to encourage cleanses, I always felt that your body did enough cleansing on its own, but…… In the case of this weekend, it was definitely needed. I really liked the idea of this particular cleanse because it didn’t involve starving for 14 days.
I absolutely hate the idea of the “Master cleanse”.
I mean, please. You are just drinking sugar water ladies. Get real.
With the Total Body Rapid Cleanse you continue with a very clean diet and incorporate the 3 steps that provide your body with the natural fibers and herbal extracts to healthfully cleanse your body from the inside out. I will be doing this for 7 days. Wish me luck cuz it’s my birthday on the 31st! Leave it to me to want to cleanse during my bday week. What the hell’s wrong with me. Oh we’ll, this is totally in order right now!
Let me give you a tid bit of info so that you can get a better idea of what exactly this cleanse provides and to see if it’s the one for you:

Fast, effective body cleansing formula

Soy-free, gluten-free

Great 7-day pre-diet cleanse

8 grams soluble daily dietary fiber

3-part advanced colon cleanse formula

Designed for fast body cleansing, healthy elimination and bowel health

Natural organ detoxification support

Total Body RAPID Cleanse™ is a 7-day, deep-acting total body & colon cleanse and metabolic jumpstart program

The liver is the most important detoxification organ in the body, and Total Body RAPID Cleanse Part 1 supports this critical organ with 4 amino acids and 6 herbal extracts. 7 herbal extracts are included to support the rapid and deep detoxification of the lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood. Contains potent herbal extracts, amino acids and Vitamin C for powerful antioxidant and deep-cleansing support.

Part 2 provides 8g of soluble fiber daily. For this 7-day, deep-cleanse, we have included 100% soluble acacia fiber. Acacia fiber dissolves completely when mixed with water and has no taste or gritty texture. Fiber is a critical component of colon cleansing, as well as organ detoxification and purification.

Part 3 is formulated with magnesium hydroxide (a mineral that helps to hydrate the bowel) as well as cape aloe and rhubarb to promote bowel contractions. Triphala, marshmallow and slippery elm are soothing herbs included to comfort the bowel during this critical cleansing step.
(Source:renew life)

Purchase here.
(On the right, under “specialty foods”

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So.. I started last night. Easy does it.

Sautéed onions, garlic, Swiss chard, kale
With a side of kimchi (great for probiotics)
A few raw kale chips.
A scoop of the acacia fiber powder mix with 8 oz water
2 colon cleanse pills.

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This morning:
2 morning pills on an empty stomach.
1 tbsp Raw pecan butter
1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water mixed well.
1 shot espresso with 1/2 cup frothed organic flax milk

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This morning I also made a green juice to drink throughout the day, along with lemon/orange/ginger water.
Lots of fluids…all day.

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Agua Fresca:
24 oz mason jar.
Water
1 juicy lemon
juice of one small orange or tangerine
1 tsp shaved or grated fresh ginger

Cleansing Greens:
24 oz mason jar
2 small kale leaves
1 large green chard
1 large red chard
2 handfuls of spinach
1 pinch bee pollen
1 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste
1/2 cup purified water
1 cup unsweetened flax milk ( organic)

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While I was getting ready this morning, I tossed some cauliflower in a tiny bit of coconut oil and salt & pepper and threw it in the oven for 20 min at 350*. Easyyyyyyy.

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My lunch was leftover sautéed greens from last night. Roasted cauliflower, and a side of 1/2 an avocado.

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I love eating clean like this. Especially at work. I hate when I feel super full during my lunch break, and have to. Do clients 20 minutes later. No thanks. So I think what works best for me, is smaller, cleaner portions, 5x a day.

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Snack time around 3 o’clock.
Fresh cut cucumbers with 2 tbsps hummus.
With a bit of pepper of course.

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Snack # 2:

3 Lydia’s organic Green Crackers
With kimchi
5 raw almonds

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After work, I was dying to get a workout in, so I ran out the door to try and make the 7 o’clock ZUMBA class, but unfortunately missed it. Womp wooooooomp. But, GREAT NEWS…. I ended up staying and taking Body Sculpting instead. Sandy also teaches this class. ( check out instructor spotlight) This class is killer. I love it because we really focus on isolation, technique, posture, and of course, strength training. The way the class is broken down, is genius. Since I do cardio 4 days a wk. it’s nice to break it up with some serious strength training. Plus, it’s way more fun than lifting weights in the gym by yourself. The class was pact, but I managed to get right up in the front and focus on my posture. Tomorrow is ZUMBA, followed by a 3 mile run. Maybe 3.5 miles..depending on how I feel.
You see, this is why this cleanse works for me, or anyone who is really active. I can’t just, not eat, you know… Those starve yourself cleanses are a joke, I need energy and focus to get through workouts, so I have to replenish my body with clean and nutrient enriched foods. ESPECIALLY since I haven’t been on my best behavior the last few days… Tisk Tisk Paula.

The supplements slowly remove toxins, prepare and refresh your body right back to a healthier state.

This was dinner. Can you tell I’m on a cauliflower kick? I can’t help it sorry. You are more than welcome to switch it out for broccoli.

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1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water
2 night eliminate pills
2 hard boiled egg whites
Cucumber slices with Sea Clear probiotics
Roasted cauliflower

Craving:
A spoonful of raw pecan butter

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Ok, now…lets talk fashion.
Today’s outfit inspiration….
SPARKLES & SPIKES

Necklace by: .meggie $48
Vest by: Vintage. Thrift store find. $10
Spiked red Shoes by: Zara on sale $20

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Blouse by: Calvin Klein. A Marshall’s find. $29
Jeans by: Forever 21 $13.50
A smile…. Priceless. Lol

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Today’s mantra. Words to live by, really.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

How do you cleanse after a full weekend of too much food and booze??

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This seriously great article about how SUGAR IS ADDICTIVE.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2108262921082629

PLEASE READ GUYS!

Xo !!!