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Fusion Fest with Women’s Health Magazine & my interview with “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

In events, fitness, interviews, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized On May 27, 2013 2 Comments

I am so excited to share with you all my fun day at the FUSION FEST put on by Women’s Health Magazine at Exhale Spa. I felt honored when they asked me to come and check it out and have a chance to speak with the “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich. I am a HUGE fan of the magazine so I was STOKED to to be a part of it.

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I arrived at the Fairmont Miramar hotel on Ocean dr, and made my was through the gorgeous grounds to the spa. They directed me to the rooftop where I would be taking my first ever Core Fusion class! Yes, on the rooftop, in the open air. Absolutely stunning 360 views. I may be able to do this everyday, well, if I could afford it;)
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I arrived upstairs a bit early so, of course…snuck in a lil Gym selfie😉
Btw… Thanks CHOBANI & OGIO for my sweet ass new gym bag. I’m totally obsessed!
Since I was 30 min early, I did a quick bi & tri workout before heading out to the patio for my 5:10 pm class.

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The sun was out, but it wasn’t too hot. Just right. I’ve never taken a workout class that required sunglasses, but hell, I’ll roll with it. Especially if you throw in a DJ to pump out jams while you work out! I’ve tried every kind of work workout you could imagine, but never a Core Fusion class.

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The premise of the class focuses on core strength to create the ultimate full body workout. In this class we only used weights, but it’s ever changing. You may find yourself using weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance. The key to this regimen is the raise the heart rate to a point where you will continue to burn calories long after the class is Done.
A total of one hour, and trust me, by the end of it you are shakin’ in your boots! I was already super sore from my GPP workouts this past weekend, so I was dying.

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After class, I headed down to the courtyard for the event. I was very impressed at how well the event was organized.

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We received some pretty fab gift bags with loads of goodies. Who doesn’t love swag!??? Thanks to everyone who hooked it up;)

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I was so happy to see the line up of contributors and vendors for this event as well. First off, one being one of my favorite alcohol lines “VEEV” One of the owners of the company happens to be a client of the salon, and couldn’t be sweeter, so I am happy to support. I’m not a huge hard alcohol lover, but this new line has got me hooked. I mean, not like alcoholic hooked, but you know what I mean. Lol.
This company is based on organic, all natural ingredients. Most importantly being the world’s FIRST acai spirit with 1% of all proceeds going to rainforest preservation and environmental initiatives. This ish is a game changer.
I was stoked to try their new line of VitaFrute super fruit cocktails. Premixed. All ya gotta do is pour over ice and serve. Holy dangerously DELICIOUS!

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These babes were hooking this chick up with some refreshing Vita Coco coconut water.
I’m not gonna lie….I think coconut water taste like sweat…maybe like breast milk.. Hmm, either way, not a fan. I told them that, and they assured me that if I tried the mango/ peach flavor combo, I would rethink my gross comment. Welp…..what can I say…I was like dayyyyyyyyummmm. sooo yummy! A little too much sugar content for me, but ultra hydrating and not gross AT ALL! You know…..coconut water happens to be the BEST hangover cure…just sayin’
I threw a couple in my swag bag and headed to my target!
“The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

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When Women’s Health Magazine contacted me about seeing if I was interested in speaking with one of the Next Fitness Stars, Kit Rich, I jumped at the opportunity! This is going to be huge y’all! It’s about time we developed a competition like this. After I’m sure, a ridiculous number of contestants signed up, auditioned, and sent videos, only five finalist were chosen. Once chosen will be flown to New York City where they will star in a video short showcasing their workout and participate in a photo shoot to appear on the “flip” cover of the July/August issue of Women’s Health. Videos will be posted online for readers and fans to vote on their favorite finalist and also sent to our celebrity panel to judge their top finalist. The overall winner will be selected based on a combination of reader/fan votes and celeb judge votes.

The winner will:
*Star in 4-6 Women’s Health fitness DVDs to be sold nationwide

*Star in an editorial feature in Women’s Health in Jan/Feb 2014 issue

*Have winning workout added to class lineup at a major health club

*Act as the face/star of the DVD series in all promotional materials — in book advertisements, online & social media and more

*Be treated like the new star they are with a full marketing strategy prepared and executed by Rodale
(Source: prnewswire)

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I was excited for the chance to sit and chat with her, because in doing my research I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that she was pilates based, had a big celebrity clientele, and was highly sought after, but, after what seemed like,” just a couple of Amigas chattin'”, I realized, there was much more to her and her vision of what’s to come in fitness.
This girl couldn’t have been more sweet or real. She was on point and didn’t skip a bit. I like that. She answered all of my questions with no hesitation and with complete confidence in the direction she was going. I sat down with her, and the first thing she says to me is ” It’s so great to me you, From Fries to Fit huh?, tell me a bit about you and where that came from?!” I mean, I love her! I really appreciated that, she really made me feel like there was absolutely nothing else she’d rather be doing at that moment then talking to me. Trust me, there was craziness going on around us, so it was a bit loud;)
This girl is headed to the TOP! She has an amazing sense of self and body awareness. In speaking to her, I realized we had a lot in common. Actually, thinking about it now, a lot of women will be able to relate to her.

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FF2F:
How long have you been in the Fitness/ Pilates industry, and how did you get into it?

KIT:
My story was not some crazy ” I used to be so fat, now I’m so skinny” story. My story started 9 years ago, very humbly, with a bad case of body dysmorphic disorder, and wanting nothing more in life but to gain a better sense of my body and myself. I started taking some Pilates classes, getting better and better, and one days, things just clicked for me. I knew that this was what I needed to be doing. Fitness was gonna be my life and career. I got certified and began teaching classes, and quickly gained a super loyal clientele. Now I mostly focus on teaching privately.

FF2F:
What drives you as a trainer? How do you find the motivation?

KIT:
Look, to me, it’s not just about ” get fit, loose weight, work, work” that’s all great, but.. Jillian Michaels has that market on tap. My main focus, with what I do with my clients, and what I’m trying to get out there, is this:
How did we get ourselves here?
Why did we allow ourselves to work for fitness rather than making fitness work for us?
I think it’s about self awareness, using the tools that each one of us has, but doesn’t always use, and using those internal tools to create motivation and balance in workouts, and in life. The less you stress, the more you can feel your best. I create workouts that are effective, target your entire body, and help you find your own motivational tools to want to push yourself to do it better next time.

FF2F:
Did you ever expect to be “The Next Fitness Star” finalist “?

KIT:
I know! Crazy, right!? You know, 3 years ago, I auditioned on Oprah’s OWN network casting for “The Next TV Star” and made it to the top 20, but didn’t make it to the top. It must have been meant to be that now, we are sitting here, and I’m in the top 5 for “The Next Fitness Star” I feel honored, this is where I should be.

FF2F:
Kit, tell us…..any secret fat burning tips?

KIT:
Really, it’s no secret at all. — If your diet contains less energy than your body expends, you will lose weight. In other words, It’s about what you are putting in your body and how much of it, in relation to how much you are physically working your body to expend the calories you just consumed. I believe in 80/20. Moderation is key, and we must work, everyday, to ensure that balance stays in tact. Self control and motivation will drive you to that lifestyle.

FF2F:
What can we expect from Kit Rich in the future? Where do you see yourself and company in the next 5-10 years?

KIT:
It’s just the beginning, and I couldn’t be more excited! I see books, DVD’s, camps, shows. All of it. I’m here to change the way we see fitness and ourselves. I want to help people look their best while becoming the best they can be inside. The future is bright, that’s for sure!

Thanks kit!

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When I finished my interview, I spotted these cute gals with some amazing workout gear I had never seen before. As I went through their rack of super cute digs, I chatted with the girls to get a bit of background on Strut This fitness wear. First of all, it’s a mother-daughter run and owned business, which I love. I’m all about supporting local and small businesses, you know that. Especially, if I’m loving their product.
The material is to die for, and super soft. You can really tell, they didn’t cut corners here.

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I couldn’t leave of course, without trying out their super cute capris and tops, so I purchased a few things to take home and review. Please be on the lookout for my review on Strut This.
Listen, I know, who doesn’t love Lululemon, but on the real, they are just sooooo expensive. Ugh. I was seriously looking for something new and fresh that I could sport in Zumba, hiking, traveling, and hardcore gym workouts, while NOT Breaking the bank.

Please check out the line HERE. I really encourage you to check them out, and see for yourself;)

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On this episode of “WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY”…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanilla Blueberry Protein Shake:

1 scoop About Time Vanilla whey protein.

1 cup 30 calorie unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk by SILK.

2 heaping tbsp of 0% CHOBANI Greek yogurt

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

4 drops NuNaturals stevia extract drops

2 drops of vanilla extract

3 ice cubes

1 tbsp chia seeds

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By far best part of the day!
LUNCHIEEEE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unsweetened dehydrated shredded coconut

Raw cacao shavings

Chia seeds

Pb2

Blueberries

Raw Hemp seeds

Raw Flax seeds

Stevia

Vanilla bean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HALLELUJAH!! Lock Laces review & the FF2F first GIVEAWAY! Happy Girl<3

In giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized, zumba On May 14, 2013 7 Comments

So…I’ve got news….oh andddddddd. A very exciting GIVEAWAY!!!
#1: I don’t tie my shoes anymore…yep, that’s right. I’ve jumped on the Lock laces bandwagon. Not only have I jumped on it, but so have all my running and ZUMBA friends.
Never tie a shoe again. This may or may not be somewhat revolutionary;)
I’ve switched out every single one of my workout shoes, and I couldn’t be more stoked about my decision.
To be totally honest with you, before the wonderful folks at Lock Laces sent me a few pair to try, I never once thought that this would be something of worth, but when I gave them a try, and saw what great quality they were, and how easy it was, I was a bit obsessed. The best part is that they are not hideous at all! lol. They are actually the freaking buzz round’ here!

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I made a point to have my marathon running friend try them out as she trained for her 1/2 marathon coming up, and she had nothing but praise.

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I wore them to my ZUMBA class, and my fellow instructors were ready to purchase a pair right then n’ there. Oh snap, we’ve got something here, y’all.

LOCK LACES are designed to eliminate tight spots, banding, and pressure points. The lacing system is very lightweight. With a combo of stretch-fit comfort and locked-in safety we’ve got a winner for sure. Oh ANDDDDDD they are water-resistant & come in various colors to match your gym shoe collecton.
Mind you, I have not been paid for any of this, this is truly my opinion and I am happy to share;)

They were so easy to put on, absolutely NO hassle. Call me lazy, whatever

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Check out my running & ZUMBA shoes!

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Here’s the where YOU come in…I’ve got 3 pairs to give away to 1 LUCKY winner!!!!

The winner will receive a white, blue and purple pair. Omg, I am so stoked for this giveaway, I could scream like a little CREEP! lol.

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I am so happy to give back to all of you fabulous babes as a thank you for your continuous support of From Fries To Fit. Looking forward to many more giveaways to come!! Please be on the lookout!

Love you all, and may the best man win! Yipeeeeee.

XO,

PAULA

Better late than never! My Monday in food and reviews

In At home cooking, clean food, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On April 27, 2013 7 Comments

 

 

 

 

Happy ( late) Monday Babes!!!

I don’t understand why people hate Mondays, and why they say ” I’ve got a case of the Mondays” ew. What’s that about. Ok, maybe it’s cuz I’ve got it off, but still. Mondays are statistically shown to be the best day to better yourself, your life, your decision making, etc, all of it. Have you never said ” I’m soooo starting on Monday, I swear!!” Lol, well, in my case, I started last Monday:) of course, I start something new everymonday. For example, today, I started adding super greens to my sports drinks. I’m just full of “new” whatever.

As you all know, Mondays are typically the meal prep day for me. So this post will prrrrrrety much be focused on food. Ok with y’all? I thought so;)

Since starting the 50 CLEAN EATS/ NO CHEATS I have felt nothing short of AMZING! If you haven’t already started following me on instagram, do soooooo! Listen, I’m not forcing you to do 50 days, shit, do 30 days, whatever. The point is to Challenge yourself to make the effort and change your body. Cheating on your clean plan can add up. This challenge is to make ourselves aware of what we are consuming and to to check in with our bodies and see how they are changing because of it. You can start this whenever you want. Ok, really…..GET. ON.IT. You’re worth it, stop waiting around. I’ve been posting all of of my fitfriends as well as my recipes and clean eats to inspire all of us. So far, 7 days down, 43 to go. Jump on whenever you’re ready;)

Anyway, for myself, I’ve decided to go 60% raw. I absolutely love a lot of the principles of keeping a raw diet, but honestly, with the amount of working out I do, I need my protein, and hell, I like hot food. Soooooo, 60% will do:) so here it goes, I busted out my huge ass commercial dehydrator, and started making snacks for the week. I love this thing. Think of it as a slow cooker x10. The idea is to dehydrate foods at such a temperature that will NOT remove the essential enzymes, and nutrients. This temperature is anything 115 degrees or lower, so clearly, at this temp, shit takes a lonnnnng time to “cook” planning ahead is key.

I was recently hangin with a friend who is about 85% raw, and he hooked it up with this fab recipe.
It’s the bomb.

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You can find more info about dehydrating here. Go ahead print yourself this ridiculous AMAZEBALLZ recipe;)

 

Raw Zucchini Fries
 
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Keep all those amazing nutrients and enzymes by using a dehydrator at a low temperature instead of using an oven! These zucchini fries are a fantastic snack whether you are “raw” or not!
Author:
Recipe type: RAW
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients
  • 2 large zucchinis or 3 medium
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, or any raw pressed oil
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbs flax meal
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions
  1. st, cut zucchini in ½, then cut your strips. Remember: once dehydrated they do shrink up quite a bit, so don’t make them shoe string fries:) unless you want to of course, then go ahead with your bad self!:)
  2. Place in a bowl, add all wet ingredients and toss well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and toss well.
  4. Space them out evenly on the dehydrator trays.
  5. Dehydrate first at 140 degrees for 30 min, then reduce to 110 degrees for 8-10 hours. leave in longer if seeking crispier, but make sure to check.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 Calories: 165 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 5 Fiber: 5 Protein: 7

 

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And for the HOT food:
Meal prep Mondays consists mostly of proteins & veggies.
This next part: SOOOO EASY. No recipe needed.

-A bag of frozen skinny green beans from Trader Joes. I believe they’re called ” haricots verts” I mean, really…. They’re green beans. Lol

-Thinly sliced mushrooms

– Bean sprouts ( laaaaavvvvvv these)

-Coconut oil

-Salt & pepper

-crushed garlic ( like it’s your J.O.B) I like a lot;)

-liquid aminos.

-cayenne pepper( fo that spice!)

-optional: sprinkle sesame seeds

This will last me all week as a side to my protein. I even add this mix to my morning egg whites. Get into it. Super healthy and yummy.com.

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I’m over red meat right now…. All I crave I swear, is SALMON! Super high in omegas and protein, it’s the ultimate when trying to keep a lean machine figure. Yes, I’m trying to make myself a lean machine. Salmon is considered a superfood. I baked 3 large fillets of wild Alaskan salmon with a very simple marinade,

-Lemon.

-Salt & pepper

-Crushed garlic

-A dash of blood orange infused olive oil

-Orange zest

Salmon only really needs to be marinated for 30 or less. It eats up flavor quick. Please don’t try to marinate for longer, unless you’re ready to eat ceviche. C’mon babes.
I threw in some broccoli…why not. It add color:)

Oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and you’re done! Viola!

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One of my beautiful lunches.

A big ol’ salad with loads of veggies. A side side of low sodium cottage cheese & grapes.
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And if you’re ready for dessert…let me introduce you to my new fave…
Life is always better with a bit of chocolate;)
Ummm, I’m pretty sure your gonna freak for this one. A beautiful creation, for real.

RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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Make sure you pick avocados that are ripe and ready for that super smooth consistency.
We’re not making guacamole here babes.
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I meeeeeaaaan…… Hiiiiiiii. Isn’t she something! Topped it off with some raw cacao nibs and served cold. Soooo yummy. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
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Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding
 
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An amazing SUPER pudding without all the processed crap! A raw alternative. its delicious and gives you wings!:)
Author:
Recipe type: Raw
Serves: 3 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ⅓ cup RAW organic cacao powder
  • ¼ cup RAW honey (or if worried about sugar/carbs use sweetener of your choice. I love natures hollow for sugar free option)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk. I made my own raw nut milk, but you can use organic flax or almond milk.
  • 1½ tsp raw vanilla bean paste. or if not worried about being raw, extract is fine.

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients, and blend in a medium bowl with food processor, vitamix or hand mixer.
  2. Serve chilled.
  3. Adapted from:www.seededatthetable.com

 

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT FINDS!

Every week that I do my shopping, I make it a point to try something new and amazing that I MUST share with you. I am a little bit Whole Foods obsessed. These are my reviews and I have not been paid to do so. I’m bringing you the scoop on what I think is worth the cost.
Wile in Ojai last weekend, we stopped at this super cute local market that carried all sorts of super healthy, small business products.
When I saw this cereal, I nearly fell to the ground. Ooooommmmmgggggg PROTEIN CEREAL! Hell yes, how many can I buy before looking like a freak.
I’ve been having a single serving a day. It’s so yummy. Tastes just like apple cinnamon Cheerios. I know, bomb!
I actually love to eat my daily serving before a ZUMBA class. It’s not heavy on the tummy and is the perfect balance of protein, carbs, fiber, and fats. A cup a day, keeps the doc away;)

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Take a close look at the box and nutritional info. A whopping 9 grams of protein, and only 12 net carbs. ( subtract fiber from carbs to determine “net”)
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Ok, out of all of these products I’ve found, this is by far the most effective and AMAZING!
BIO-K plus dairy culture probiotic containing 50 billion active and efficacious l. Acidophilus

I have been taking one everyday for a week and my digestion has been on point! probiotics are beneficial bacteria which help regulate intestinal health, supports immune system functions, and improves digestion.

And guess what, you know what really reduces the amount of good bacteria I you system….. Lack of exercise and poor nutrition. That’s right y’all. A daily probiotic can greater improve overall health, soooooo get into it. This little bottles are great, especially if you don’t like to take pills. $ 4.99 each.
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MISO PASTE:
Have you ever used this? I’ve found it’s really fantastic as a salt substitute in Asian style cooking. I’m loving this stuff. Cold mountain miso is all made from organic whole soybeans and non-gmo. Because of its fermented nature, it’s very healthy for our systems.
There are loads of uses for miso. Think salad dressings, marinades ( especially on salmon), soups, and many more.
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Next up:
Speaking of probiotics, move over GT Kombucha! The bomb new fave!
RAW PROBIOTIC REJUVELAC
It really doesn’t have much flavor to me, so it’s easy to drink, very effective, and without all that other jumbo jumbo. Kombucha tends to have too much sugar for me, and really, when I’m looking for this type of drink, I don’t need it too come with extra calories and sugar. You know what I mean?? Please click on the name and read up about the benefits of this great product. It’s raw and contains 45 probiotic cfu’s in an 8 oz bottle!!

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MACA POWDER:

The Incan superfood! I did some research on this medicinal product and was astonished at how much it can help us all. There are so many amazing facts to learn about this product and the benefits are through the roof. I’ve been adding it to my protein shakes and it doesn’t have much of a flavor (thank goodness).
I can’t even begin to tell you all about it so this is in their words:
“The strongest health benefits of maca powder are based on the way the root will work in connection with the endocrine system. The endocrine system is really a system of glands that produces human hormones in to the blood stream. This system is in charge of transitioning to different circumstances by releasing the proper quantity of the body’s hormones to regulate our body’s response and reaction.

Maca powder energizes the human body to make hormones, which is probably the many health benefits of maca powder. This stimulation will cause very good human hormones to be released in to the blood stream, which may subsequently help regulate issues within just those hormones.

What Things Can Maca Do for My Body?
Maca was used for an vitality tonic and also as sport nutrition for improving libido. The plant has a exclusive sense of balance of proteins, carbs, anti-oxidants, plant sterols, minerals and vitamins. These interact to maintain the entire body at optimum condition. Maca offers energy, given it account balances the endocrine system, such as the adrenals, pancreatic, pituitary and thyroid gland. It reportedly will help people retrieve their endurance along with their mental balance. Maca has additionally been found to have two unique substances that increase sexual libido and male fertility. These ingredients are called macamides and macaenes. They could favorably impact the sex lives of both males and females who take maca.

Women that make use of all real maca powder benefits visible enhanced levels of energy, improved capacity to hold up against stress, healthy sexual libido and male fertility levels, and those quick reducing of menopausal flashes and sweating at night. Maca is increasingly known as an adaptogen or even a plant that is able to balance hormone levels naturally and in addition it revitalizes the whole body. Other positive aspects include stimulation on the sexual libido, which is ideal for women who will no longer feel enthusiastic about sexual practice.

In men, the health benefits of maca powder are confirmed in enhanced androgenic hormone or testosterone levels and improved sperm fertility. Some guys have also experienced an increase in erection cells reaction, leading that it is called an organic and natural replacement for Viagra. Additionally, the increase in all-natural the body’s hormones also can result in virility that fights getting older.”
(Source:http://macapowderbenefits.net/)
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If you’re into supplements, add this to your mix!
OIL OF OREGANO:
A natural immune booster with so many more health benefits!
I take like 5-6 pills when I think I’m getting sick and I swear, it really makes a difference. I really do believe in homeopathic remedies and this is one of the TOP ones.
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Ok…every single one of you needs this in your life, especially if you are not one to get your recommended daily dose of vegetables and super greens.
Ive been adding a scoop everyday to my sports drinks, and iced teas, and let me tell ya, ive been more regular than ever! ahem…This product by GARDEN OF LIFE is an all-in-one scoop does the following:

One serving of Perfect Food Super Green Powder is equivalent to 140g of fresh grass juice.
Excellent source of natural Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene and a good source of natural Vitamin C.
Contains spirulina that supports healthy immune function.†
Contains algae and cereal grass juices that provide a natural source of alkalizing minerals.
Select ingredients in Perfect Food Super Green Formula are produced through the Garden of Life proprietary Poten-Zyme® fermentation process to make the nutrients more available to the body.
Includes a Probiotic Blend to support digestive health.†
Supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism.†
Great for those on low carbohydrate diets or people who are unable to eat enough green foods.
(Source:gardenoflife.com)

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Last but not least!
TRIMEDICA ALKAMAX
Stop paying $3 for a bottle of fancy brand name alkaline water and just buy the drops! This is like, DUH! Just add 10 drops for 10 oz and viola, alkaline water!
This product helps to balance the acidity in our bodies, which can cause a number of problems.

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ONE WEEK COMPLETED OF THE 50 DAY CLEAN EATS/NO CHEATS

CHALLENGE!!!!

 
Alright moving on… TO MORE FOOD! Yeayyyyyyyy;)
Sharing is caring, and that’s precisely why you all need these great clean eat ideas from all my lovely instagram friends! I am loving all the support! Here are some of the top posts!

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ZUMBA has been on fire this week! Just had to throw in a couple sweaty Selfies:)

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I’ve been mixing my BCAA with my raw super greens powder for a killer athlete drink. I drink this during and post workout. Btw…. I just burned 670 calories dancing my ass off. Byeeeeeee
 

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THIS WEEK IN SKINNY TIPS;)

Courtesy of my Pinterest: a bit of fitspiration for the week, and actually some fun facts about portion control.

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That is all folks, love u all.
Xo, P
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Homemade Protein Bars…a 50 day no cheat challenge, and some fitspiration;)

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

 

OH HEY BODYBUILDER!

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEAL PLANS

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

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

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

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For “ON THE GO” gals:

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT

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

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