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Cha CHa CHA CHIAAAAAA! Benefits of the superfood & a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY<3

In At home cooking, clean food, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, Uncategorized, vegan On May 14, 2014 8 Comments

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Hello Friends!!!!

I don’t know what the hell has come over me. I have had a serious case of writers block or, frankly…laziness the pastcouple weeks. womp wompppppp. I mean, I’ve been working out and cooking, but have been totally neglecting you all.

Ugh, my lack of blogging has become out right embarrassing. lol.

Anyway, today, Thursday morning at 6:00 A.M. I have finally busted out my old ass Macbook Pro and sat at my desk to bring you a very much awaited post. I’ve been dying to post this YUMMMMYYY ass recipe Of….wait for it…..

 

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MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

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 I was stoked to receive a great package from Mamma Chia to try out and to share my opinion. I am NOOOOOO stranger to the wonderful benefits of chia seeds. Let me tell you. I’ve always LOVED a great chia pudding! In one tablespoon of chia you will consume 2,430 mg Omega-3s, 4 grams fiber, 3 grams complete protein, and ONLY 60 calories!!!

In wanting to try a new recipe, I started researching some of the blogs I follow for inspiration.

BOOOOYAKASHA….

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I found the perfect recipe to share! This recipe is by my homegirl over at Skinnytaste.com, and she killed it with this recipe for:

MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

I followed it pretty much to how she made it, and the results were incredible!!!! Just a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of SUPERFOOD heaven!

The recipe is listed above, but again:

**Ingredients**

  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh ripe mango, diced
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened reduced fat shredded coconut
  • 4-6 drops liquid stevia(or agave/honey to taste)

**Directions**

  1. In a bowl, add 2 tbsp CHIA seeds & Unsweetened Reduced Fat Shredded COCONUT
  2. Add your Light Coconut Milk (I used this one), and your Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. ( I use this one) & your sweetener of choice. I used my fave sugar free honey by Natures Hollow.
  3. Mix and beat with a fork and you will begin to notice the chia seeds and mix become gelatinous. THIS IS GOOD!
  4. Now, fold in your very ripe chunks of mango. 
  5. Place in fridge for and hr or two. WOWOWOWOWOWO!!!!

Servings: 2 • Size: 1 cup Calories: 159.1 • Fat: 9.6 g • Protein: 3.6 g • Carb: 17.9 g • Fiber: 6.5 g • Sugar: 9.2 g Sodium: 52.2 mg  20140428-161805.jpg  Before I get into this fabulous MAMMA CHIA giveaway, I wanted to share with you (if you already don’t know) The AMAZING benefits of CHIA seeds. Chia seeds are super rich in Omega-3s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example. LOOK — 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your diet: (source: Huffingtonpost.com)

Combat Diabetes Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

Get More Fibre  Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.

Stock Up On Omega-3 Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. “There’s better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed,” said researcher Wayne Coates.

Stronger Teeth And Bones  A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

Don’t Forget Manganese  Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.

Plenty Of Phosphorus With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

Pack In The Protein  Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.

Fight Belly Fat  Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.

Get Full. Faster Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Improve Heart Health  According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker! If that doesn’t make you wanna run to your nearest market and splurge on some CHa Cha CHIA seeds, Shit, I dunno what else to tell ya! lol. 20140428-161823.jpg

 Lucky for one of you…A LUCKY From Fries To Fit reader will will this MAMMA CHIA Super package! Here’s What you WIN!!

**        One week’s supply of Mamma Chia products – 7 Chia Squeezes

           Delicious 70 calorie squeeze snacks that are GLUTEN-FREE & VEGAN in 2 of there delicious flavors. These are organic and NON-GMO, a good source of fiber AND contain 1200mg of Omega-3. Great for an On-The-Go snack, for kids and adults, and for a lil extra natural energy! I’ve tried both flavors…in fact, I even had a couple friends try them out, and people fell in love with the flavor and texture. I found that refrigerating them before consuming was best.

**        7 beverage vouchers

  • I LOVE these Vitality drinks! There are 9 fab flavors and you can reap the benefits of this power seed with some amazing flavors! Heres the brake down of what you can expect in one bottle of Mamma Chia Vitality:

mamma chia natural energy drink nutrition

  • 2500 mg Omega-3s
  • Excellent Source of Fiber
  • 4 g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Powerful Antioxidants
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan
  • Lightly Sweetened
  • Less than one tablespoon of Organic Agave
  • Environmentally Friendly, Glass Bottle

 

 

 

 

 **        One copy of Janie’s book – Chia Vitality

  • In Jane Hoffman’s Book: Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life, she shows you how integrating chia into your diet to really boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. She offers a 30 day program to well-being with this little superseed as the key factor.This is what the plan offers:

*A flexible meal plan packed with flavorful whole foods and easy, delicious recipes to help you fuel your body, mind and soul *A simple yoga routine to build strength and flexibility *A meditation course that will awaken and renew spiritual energy with just minutes a day *A strategy for engaging more deeply in the world around you

      Janie also offers her personal story of how she suffered severe auto-immune diseases, and after years of trying doctor after doctor, she turned to an alternative method that included changing her diet, a yoga practice, meditation, and the power of our friend, the CHIA seed. 3 months later..remarkably she was symptom free.  

**        One Mamma Chia T-Shirt

**        Total retail value: $75

 

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To ENTER….

  1. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on INSTAGRAM
  2. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on TWITTER
  3. Leave me a blog comment sharing ur email & why you love CHIA!!!

Winner will be drawn random and will be chosen and posted in 1 week.

Giveaway ends: May 22nd 2014. Once chosen, you will receive an email from ME!!!!!!!

good luck babes!!!!

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Disclaimer: I received the Mamma Chia products mentioned in this post through a campaign I participated in with FitFluential. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

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FINALLY!! A NO FLOUR (raw/vegan) CRACKER & FLATBREAD E-BOOk! ONLY $4.99!!!!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Uncategorized On April 23, 2014 1 Comment

My loves!!!!! How are you all!? Hmm? I’m starting off my week gettin shit done. That’s right… Errands…cooking…gym…picking up the pup..eating…drinking wine…lol. Towards the end of the night…I become lazier & lazier…
Anyway… Today’s post is DA BOMB!
Y’all know me, and know that I love incorporating RAW & VEGAN recipes into my everyday diet. Yes…I do eat lots if animal products…what can I day… I love animals;) Of course all animal products I purchase are responsibly raised and farmed, and don’t get it twisted…I’m very aware of what I consume. I keep to a pretty protein rich diet because CARBOHYDRATES (mostly simple carbs) effect my body too much. I swear…I can feel the lbs coming on after a big carb intake. Lol.

You can imagine my freak out when I saw my friends PURELY TWINS new E-book!

The No Flour Cracker & Flatbread e-Book!

YOU CAN PURCHASE RIGHT HERE THROUGH ME!

JUST LOOK TO THE RIGHT IN THE SIDEBAR!!!!:)

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These babes are amazing! I love supporting fellow bloggers on their personal health journies, and these girls are always motivating me to keep playing in my kitchen, jumping around in front of the mirror, and keeping it natural and healthy!

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On top of this fab new cookbook, they also offer online fitness programs, loads of amazing recipes on their blog, and so much more. Thanks Lori & Michelle for sharing this book with me, cuz I went nuttzo over it! Y’all, I think you will too. For real.

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Although they are not purely “raw foodies”, they see the importance of healthy clean snacks. They actually used to own and operate and a gluten-free vegan bakery. I promise all folks are gonna think these crackers and flatbreads are delicious. The best part…. You don’t need a dehydrator for these recipes. You can easily make all of them in the oven;) yep. Oh did I mention this 49 page e-book is only $4.99!

The No Flour Cracker and Flatbread Cookbook is your complete gluten-free, vegan, mostly grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, real food cookbook!

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So, I gotta admit…it’s been a minute since I dehydrated food…so I dug up my big ass ( I swear, commercial sized) dehydrator outta the garage, dusty and all, and began to put in WRK!
This right here, is the best part about these recipes…. U literally throw everything into a food processor and pulse, Pulse PULSE!

Ima share a couple of my fave ones from the book:)
First one I tried…

KALE HEMP SEED FLATBREAD

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Again…I repeat..YOU DO NOT NEED A DEHYDRATOR FOR THESE…YOU CAN MAKE THEM IN THE OVEN TOO!

Have fun with these! Cut them into any shape!
Look up reasons for dehydrating HERE!

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Holy delicious and FULL OF FLAVOR! If you notice, in the recipe, it does give both dehydrator & oven instruction for a NO FAIL first try! I personally love using my dehydrator for theses because I maintain all essential nutrients and enzymes. When you use the oven, make sure to use on a very low temp.

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Once finished, and ready to devour…you can top with absolutely anything!!!! I love me some avocado, so I smushed a bit on top, added some diced cherry tomatoes and topped with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Freakin #nomnom.

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Next up….

BEET FLATBREAD!!!!!

 

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Omg…..
So, I love anything with a bit of a sweet touch. Lol. This beet flatbread was incredible!
Made with beets, apples, almond flour, chia, etc…..it has the most amazing sweet & nutty flavor. I died over this.

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I made mine, again, in a dehydrator to keep them raw. (Nothing above 110 degrees) below are directions for both oven and dehydrator.

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Most of you already know that I like to keep to a pretty gluten free, low carb diet, so this book really shouted out to me. When keeping to that kind of diet, I feel fantastic. I am full of energy, never dragging ass, and when I slip and have my typical once a wk carb-0-load….I really pay for it.
Bloated, uncomfortable, and heavy. Not cute.
With that being said…the chances of me going out and buying “crackers” is outta the f*@kin question. This e-book from my friends has made, NOT eating “flour” an absolute joy. Lol. Sounds cray, but seriously….

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You can even keep this spread solid & thinner (without cutting into squares) and make sandwich wraps!

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I had some leftover raw zucchinis, so I threw them in my vitamix and made RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS! this goes fabulous with these beet flatbread squares! The the creamy & tartness from the tahini & lemon in the hummus pairs beautifully with the sweet and salty if the flatbread! It’s amazing.
You FOR SURE will not regret spending 5 bucks on this Incredible book!

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If you LOVE these recipes, you will dieeeee over these other 2 cookbooks they’ve got! More for the SWEET lover!

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Never Too Old For S’mores — purchase HERE.

Purely Classic Recipes– purchase HERE.

No Flour Cracker & Flatbread Cookbook– purchase through me:) Look to the right—> in the sidebar. click, and SCORE!———>

Please email me if you have any questions y’all!!!!!fromfriestofit@gmail.com
So excited to be affiliated with these babes!

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&PURCHASE:)

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Malibu Weekend Wedding & some NEW finds you WON”T wanna miss!!!

In bodybuilding, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, local shopping, new faves, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, but to be totally honest…there hasn’t been too much to report. As far as my progress in my LIVE FIT TRAINER program, it’s going really well. Weeks 3 & 4 have been pretty much the same workouts and foods, except I’ve been upping my weight a bit. Just about to finish up week 4, and I gotta tell ya….loving this shit. I feel so empowered. “When in doubt, go LIFT”

I absolutely **CANNOT WAIT** till ***PHASE 2!***
This is where I start gettin shredddddded!! Finally! **CARDIOOOOOO!**

Anyway, trust me, you will get all the lowdown on foods, supplements, and workouts for the next phase of the transform. I’ve had a handful of “*re-feed”* meals ( some would call cheat days) within these last couple weeks, but, I’m fine with it. My body reacted just fine. I think the consistency of my caloric intake has kept my metabolism on check, so when I did have those heavier meals, I was fine.
Ok, enough babbling. There *are* other things in my life I’d like to share, u know! ;) On to some great shots of my girlfriends wedding in Calamitos Ranch, in Malibu this past weekend…..

It was a gorgeous evening.

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Check out the biggest **BABES** of the night;) legends!

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The cutest couple ever! This dress was absolutely stunning!!!! Completely obsessed by her 20′s finger wave hair.

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I totally forced the kid to kiss me. Lol. Such a babeeeeeess.

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One of my 2 dates for the evening. No, not my boyfriend….. **friend.**
Don’t worry…you ***will ***know when homegirl gets a dude;)

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The happy couple Mr & Mrs. Lipps.
( the lighting makes my hair look red….hmmm, I kinda like it;)

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Ok, now come theeeeese homies! Haley, to my right, is my other date. Lol.
She got that fake pony up in her hair, and it looks sooooo bomb! Lookin like JLo! Champagne, and some more champagne….. Then I just kept adding OJ. Lol

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The man behind us all. “Dad” my old boss. My friend…and “godfather” of hair pretty much. Lookin like he just walked off the Tom Ford runway. Always so sharp.

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How adorable is this little spread! This was put together by Brown Bear Eats out of Costa Mesa, CA. Omgggg. I couldn’t resist! They have the absolute BEST peanut butter cookies and gluten free brownies!

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Super cute idea for seating. Baby succulents with name tags:) had to snap a pic. You know, cuz I’m soooo getting hitched soon. #pinning

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Ok, so we were a bit buzzed in this pic…perhaps…. Not sure. Orrrrre we just thought we looked realllllll cute…..

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Ladies!!!!! Love these girls! We ate like queens and dropped it like it was hot!

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NEW FINDS & FAVES……

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It’s no strange news to you about my obsession with QuestBars. This I know, but I can’t help but to send a lil shout out, EVERY time I buy them. They are by far the BEST protein bar on the market. All the flavors you see are all made with stevia or erythritol.

Erythritol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol derived from a corn source and is naturally found in small amounts in various plants, fruits and fungi, including mushrooms. It contains virtually no calories (95% less calories than table sugar), has a low glycemic impact, and doesn’t contribute to tooth decay. Basically all the bad things about sugar are absent in Erythritol, yet it tastes just like sugar and is about 70% as sweet.

They are delicious!!! The best part is, when you lightly zap them in the microwave! I know, I’m sounding gross right now, but i don’t carrrrreee! Hard to pick a fave folks!

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Again…no secret. My favorite season is fall. This pic says it all. I die for organic fujis.

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Not a new find…but I ran low, bought a new one, & thought I would remind you, that ya’ll better get on this PB train.

85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter! HELLLOOOO , need I say more.

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Ok, so a girl can really get sick of “OATS” as a pre-workout meal, so this past week, I’ve switched it up. I found this amazing, moist, delicious & organic sunflower seed bread by Delba. 

Delba-Breads from controlled biological cultivation

All used raw materials are coming from controlled biological cultivation.
The natural ingredients and the special baking process give our Rye Breads a delicious taste.
Delba Rye Breads are a contribution to the wholesome and high-fibre diet.

From controlled biological cultivation
–without preservatives
–without chemical baking aids
*organic farming
Ingredients
Whole kernel rye*, water, whole rye flour*, sunflower seeds* (5%), sea salt, yeast

Yummmmmm!!!! So nutty and perfect macros for a pre-workout. I’ve just been topping with a bit of Nature’s Hollow (sugar-free) honey and done. Gives me the perfect amount of energy to kill my early morning workouts. I just cant do the whole fasting workouts anymore…ugh soooo not about that lean muscle loss. FEED TO GROW!

Carbs/fat/protein.

POST-WORKOUT: 5 egg whites, 1.5 oz shredded chicken & veggies
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Since my diet has been short of exciting as far as playing around with new ingredients, (my list of foods is pretty boring), I’ve been researching alternatives to some of my favorite sauces & seasonings. I ran across this puppy while doing some shopping the other day. I don’t know if ya’ll are familiar with Walden Farms products, but they also have a BBQ sauce that is 0 cal, sugar free, well, all of the above, but….i just cant bring myself to buy it. If you read the back, you honestly CANNOT pronounce a thing that’s in it. UMMMM, I just couldn’t justify it. Anyway, then I saw this one. Good things come to those who wait, right?!

Well, she’s a WINNER!

Nature’s Hollow SUGAR FREE BBq sauce.

Nothing hidden, sweetened with Xylitol.
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A carb lovers DREAM!!!!! LOW CARB BAGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody please pinch me and wake me the fuck up!

I saw these at my local (& FAVORITE) lil low carb store, and I was hesitant. I was like “realllllly, wtf is gonna be in this?!”

So, like a lil creep, I sat in the store while googling the company and their products. Thin Slim Foods has got it goin on!

Ingredients:  Flours(organic wheat bran, natural wheat protein isolate, natural oat flour), purified water, sea salt, calcium proprionate(a light preservative), chicory roots, yeast(sorbitan monostearate), dried onion.

Please look them up, and see for yourself.

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Last find of the day, which, BTW…I  will be enjoying one today, as my afternoon snack….These awesome RAW/VEGAN wraps by WRAWP.

WHAT??! I know, amazeballz.

WrawP bread is Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Low Fat, Sugar Free, Diabetic friendly, all natural, high in fiber, full of flavor and rich in nutrition! No white salt or sugar and low in calories. It is full of Complex Vitamin B and Omega 3! It helps to prevent heart disease, blood sugar, diabetes, high cholesterol, and conical problems.

It’s HAND MADE, LIVE, HEALTHY, AND UNCOOKED, Dehydrated at 115F. No trans-fat, No saturated fat, no oils, no preservatives, easy to digest, live Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes.

I bought the spirulina wrawps and they are sooooo bomb and full of flavor!  I highly recommend these.

20131002-204003.jpgWhat do think?…. I think this week’s finds are by far the BEST I’ve found yet! With all these new options, I think it’ll be wayyyy easier to stick to my clean diet. These are my own reviews and research. I was not compensated for it. I love sharing info  with you, let me know if you find or try any of these;) I’d love to know your thoughts.

Also, If you’ve found an amazing product, that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE let me know, and we can highlight it on an upcoming post!

LOVE UUUUUUUUU

P

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From my kitchen to yours: NEW sweet and savory recipes: Vanilla Protein Pound cake & healthy Baba Ganoush!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, life, new faves, popular recipes, protein, Raw food, Uncategorized On August 14, 2013 4 Comments

Hello and good day fabulous friends! I’ve got soooo much to tell you! Like, big stuff!! on second thought…. im gonna save the big personal news for later. For now… even BETTER stuff I’ve got for ya! so, lets get right to it! Most of you know that I am obsessed with my fellow blogger’s site, proteinpow.com, and I’ve been making her broccoli protein bread for what seems to be ages now. Well, loving that recipe so much…I decided to try a little something out.
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Every time I would make this broccoli bread, the consistency would remind me of a yummy, squishy piece of pound cake. Ok, squishy mayyyyyy not be the best term. Hmmm, more like soufflé -yyyy, but dense like a pound cake.
Anyway…blah blah….on this morning, my sweet tooth had kicked into overdrive, and I needed something…like, QUICK!

 

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Glancing at her Broccoli Protein Bread recipe, I pondered while my stomach screamed for sweetness. I thought…ok..sub broccoli for cauliflower (milder flavor)…then, sub unflavored whey for vanilla whey….OMGGGGGGGG. ummm, hi NEW FAVE SHIT!
I gotta tell ya’ it’s seriously bomb.com. I’ve been having a portion every morning topped with a little ghee and sugar free honey. This honestly couldn’t be a better way to enjoy your protein powder. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets sick of shakes, right!?20130807-165055.jpg

 

 

Vanilla Protein Pound Cake
 
OMMMGGGGG!!! amazing…and completely guit-free!
Author:
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup steamed cauliflower
  • ½ cup egg whites (I used organic egg whites from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla Protein powder. ( I used About Time Vanilla protein)
  • 4 drops stevia
  • 1 tsp Vanilla bean extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Steam ½ cup of cauliflower.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees and grease a small loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl add all ingredients including steamed cauliflower, and mix with either a handmixer or throw it all in a blender.
  4. Bake for 30-40 min depending on oven. should be slightly browned on top and a bit firm to touch.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 sm. slices Calories: 178 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 2 Sugar: 0 Protein: 37

Now….a couple of notes. Although a very easy recipe to assemble, please be aware of the size of pan in conjunction with the cooking time. I used a loaf pan, (not the standard one) if you do use a standard size one, lower baking time.

The best part about this recipe….for 1 serving (3 small slices) there is a whopping 37 grams of protein!!!!!! WTF! To keep sugar and carbs low..choose this brand.I made sure to calculate accurately through My Fitness Pal. Un—believable! Check out the rest of the nutrition facts in the above printable recipe.
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I was on one this weekend. Kitchen mode to the max! I boomerang often from sweet to savory, then back from savory to sweet. Story of my life. I can’t win. Pretty much always hungry. Lol.
So next up….

Some delicious HOMEMADE HEALTHY BABA GANOUSH

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Eggplant is my JAM! I usually grill it, roast it, even dehydrate it sometimes creating a raw eggplant jerky, but for some reason…have never tried making baba ganoush.. UNTIL NOW!!!! Don’t ask why the hell I haven’t made it yet, cuz I order it every time when at a Greek or Mediterranean restaurant. It’s smooth and soooo yummy. Even people who aren’t such eggplant fans tend to eat this shit up!
Because of the roasting…the eggplant becomes soft, almost caramelized. It’s divine.
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This recipe has totally lasted me. The serving is 3 tbsp for 90 calories! amazeballz. I’ve been putting on top of flax crackers, salads, chicken, along side my roasted veggies… You name it! It’s very mild and creamy and I know you will swoon over this recipe!

Homemade Babaganoush
 
Make your own, and save yourself from all the added fat and preservatives!
Author:
Recipe type: Mediterranean

Ingredients
  • 2 med. eggplants (roasted)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ tsp sea salt (can always add more for taste)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pinch of paprika (optional)

Instructions
  1. slice eggplants in half. Place cut side up on a baking/roasting pan or sheet.
  2. pierce several times with fork.
  3. Roast at 400 degrees for 40-45 mins.
  4. Once cooked, let sit to cool.
  5. Spoon out meat, and toss the skin.
  6. Place roasted eggplant, along with all other ingredients into a Vitamix or food processor and pulse or blent until desired consistency is met. Smooth is ideal.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 tbsp Calories: 90 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 5 Fiber: 7 Protein: 2

Y’all if you try this recipe and feel it needs a lil’ something…PLEASE, leave your homegirls a lil message and let me know how I can better the recipe;)
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Sundays are quite possibly my absolute favorite day of the wk. It’s Wednesday, and I’m still taking about Sunday. Lol. I love hitting up the farmers market by my house and trying out something new every time. Of course….I love to share my new goodies that I think everyone should try too;)
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First up…
My first time buying sushi grade wild salmon. Holy mother of pearl!!!!! Why haven’t I EVER done this!? I bought a huge slab and have been goooogoooo gaga-ing for 3 days straight! I’ve now stuck the other piece in the freezer to grill later. For some reason, while at the Sunday market, I always would just pass by the fish guy, and pay not an ounce of attention. On this day, I was alllllll about it. Maybe it’s because my red meat eating days are pretty much behind me for the most part.
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Let me give you a tid bit of info on why you should fall in love with salmon and why it’s considered the world’s healthiest food.

**With so much focus on the amazing omega-3 benefits of salmon, other unique health benefits from salmon may have been inadvertently overlooked. One fascinating new area of health benefits involves the protein and amino acid content of salmon.

**Several recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) that may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. One particular bioactive peptide called calcitonin (sCT) has been of special interest in these studies. The reason is because a human form of calcitonin is made by the thyroid gland, and we know that it is a key hormone for helping regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in the bone and surrounding tissue.

** As researchers learn more and more about salmon peptides—including sCT—we expect to see more and more potential health benefits discovered related to inflammation, including inflammation of the joints.
(source: whfoods.org)
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I literally got home and immediately sliced up some of that gorgeous fish…dabbed it with crushed garlic and topped with green onion. Ridiculous and FULL of protein!!!
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I’ve mentioned Nary Dairy before but this time…it’s a new flavor! I’m so stoked that this little non-dairy vegan/raw cheese has come into my life. It is amazing and every flavor I try just keeps getting better and better! This time I got “chia cheddar”.
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Once again…couldn’t be a cleaner, healthier version of cheese. No gimmicks…no preservatives…no nothin’ but gorgeous ingredients. Check out what others think about this here!

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I also picked up a bottle of home brewed kombucha from a local. This bottle is freakin huge! I had never heard of this company before, as I believe it’s fairly new, but I’m an stoked that I found Probiotic Boost!

Organic Kombucha: Available in 12 oz & 64 oz (1/2 gal) Glass Bottles
Flavors: – Amish (plain)
– Apple
– Ginger
– Pineapple (seasonal)
– Pomegranate (seasonal)
– Watermelon (seasonal)
Their delicious organic kombucha is made using a 3- tea infusion of organic black, orange pekoe & green leaves. Made using traditional methods and quality organic ingredients, kombucha aids in digestion, and helps restore healthy gut flora with probiotics (beneficial bacteria). flavored kombucha with raw organic fruit juices purchased directly from the farmer at a local farmer’s market. Quality and taste wise, it doesn’t get any better than this!

If you want to try it…AND LIVE IN THE STATES… they might be able to work something out;) contact here

P.s..if your into it:
They also create their own raw sauerkraut!

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No idea what these cute ass flowers are called but, they look adorable on my new desk & in a mason jar;)
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BEST FRUIT THIS SEASON:

Just look at er!!! She’s perfect! Juicy and ripe! That’s right. This is my ultimate. I could eat 5 in a row. They are the tastiest crop right now. The MANGO NECTARINE. I’ve even been throwing them in my morning juices and it makes my life complete!!!
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I couldn’t send off this post without thanking my sweet friend Amal, for picking me up some ridiculous treats while she visited Santorini, Greece. I’m dying to go there! Ughhhh, so jelly.
Handmade port wine…almonds in organic Greek honey…sweet tomato relish…and their famous tomatoes..sundried;)
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Well….remember in the beginning of this post I mentioned that I had some big news…..well,

Here’s a sneak peak…..www.paulabedo.com.
Homegirl’s got a new gig…and it’s the tits!
It’s still in the works so hold tight. I’ll be posting hair and beauty through that site:) soooo excited!!!!! I’ll be following this up..don’t you worry!
Love you all….

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And to all…a good night!
Btw….did I mention that I worked out 4 times today. I did corepower yoga…then taught a zumba class…then taught another zumba class at night, then…said fuck it…ok, I’ll take bodysculptung right after….Yeah, some would say, I over did it.
I would say that too;) I am now crawling into bed. Completely wiped.
Love uuuuuu

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Raw..RaW..RAW!!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, events, fitness, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, SPARTAN SPRINT, Uncategorized On August 3, 2013 0 Comments

Happy weekend loves!!!

Have you worked out today? I feel amazing after squeezing in a 6:30 am CorePower hot fusion class. In fact…Im running a little late this morning cuz of it, but totally worth it. Remember… I work saturdays, eeeekkkkk! Anywho…I am loving this shit!!! I’ve soooo become that chick. The “yogi”. I gotta say…I’m happy to be home from my wannabe jet setting vacations, and it’s time to do a little natural cleansing. I just finally bought a new Omega juicer from Bed Bath & Beyond (with my 20% off discount) and have been loving incorporating green juices into my diet.

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What I love about the Omega, is that, it extracts the the juice at a slower rpm, so it doesn’t create all that foam that my old Breville juicer used to spit out. GOOD NEWS: more juice…less foam!

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I also recently found a couple of amazing products. I found them at Raw Food World, but I’m sure Whole foods carries these brands.

#1:
Lydia’s Organics – Green Power


Alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, nettle, rosehips, licorice, fennel, dandelion, kelp, beet, ginger, burdock, stevia & peppermint powder.

Superfood to the MAX!

#2: Camu Camu berry powder


Camu camu is a bush, native to the South American rainforest, that grows in the black water rivers of the Amazon. Its small, purplish red fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health.

Camu camu fruits contain more vitamin C than any other plant in the world from 30 to 60 times more than an orange. They also contain amino acids including serine, valine, and leucine; and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.

The phytochemicals in camu camu are highly effective in curbing the effects of the herpes virus; in fact, on a list of plants with anti-herpetic compounds, camu camu takes the highest honors as most potent. It is effective against depression, and has even been used to wean users off dangerous antidepressive medications (under medical supervision, of course.) Alternative medical practitioners have also been using it to combat attention deficit disorder.

Camu camu also:

Provides immune system support
Helps maintain good eyesight
Reduces inflammation
Supports collagen, tendons, and ligaments
Helps fend off viral infection
Improves respiratory health
Helps maintain clarity of mind during stress
Our wildcrafted camu camu berries come in the form of a pure, unadulterated powder with a light tan color. It takes 15 pounds of berries to make one pound of the powder, which has 13-16% vitamin C by weight. Thus only a little is needed to provide you with a powerful antioxidant boost.

(source: live superfoods)

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And… Since I’ve been juicing so much lately, I just can’t bring myself to throw away all that amazing pulp! So, I decided to utilize those extra nutrients. That fiber is full of fiber ya know! I busted out my big ass, totally obnoxious, almost commercial sized dehydrator… and made some enzyme rich “RAW” pulp crackers!
I know what your thinking…GROSS!
Well, think again. #sorrynotsorry babes… Sooo not gross!
So here’s the deal….I made mine savory, but, only because I was juicing mostly greens, beets and carrots. If you’re more of a sweet person, like…maybe you prefer juicing oranges, tangerines, carrots, melons, berries, etc, you could also do a sweeter cracker.
I’d have to play around with that sweet idea…hmmm.

Either way…we are recycling. Nothing goes to waste in this household. If you don’t have a dehydrator to make them “raw”… It’s ok. You can also bake them. No bigs;)
Check out some affordable, small dehydrators here.

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Anyway… I searched around for recipe ideas, switched a few things around, and found that this one was the easiest.
Mind you…play around with the flavors and spices you want to taste. Make a few different batches if you’ve got a few trays. Just sayin’

RAW Juice pulp crackers
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups pulp
  • ½ cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½-3/4 cup water

Instructions
  1. using a food processor or vitamix, mix all ingredients to remove chunks of pulp.
  2. You can also mix with fork or hand if you don’t mind chunks.
  3. roll or pat down onto a dehydrator sheet. Roll or pat quite thin, or it will take a long time to create the crispyness of the cracker With a butter knife, line the shape of your cracker squares. It will be easier than trying to do it while they are crispy.
  4. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours or until desired crisp.
  5. NOTE: you may also bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes, but be aware that you will be loosing out on those raw enzymes and nutrients.

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I didn’t even put mine through the food processor and they turned out just fine, but I do recommend it;)
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I’ve been juicing daily…so I’ve got a lot of extra pulp. Wish I could send you all some;)
THE TRICK: FREEZE THE PULP!!!

I found a great article on the kitchn.com on different ways to use pulp, so I’ve been playing around with those ideas as well.
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I figured while we are talking raw, I’d bring up an “oldie but goodie” ;)

RAW ZUCHINNI HUMMUS
One of my all time favorite recipes! I seriously put it on everything, and dip everything in it! Lol. It’s fu**ing amazzzzeebalzzzz! I made a batch and it pairs beautifully with these little delish raw pulp crackers.

Looking for more raw ideas:
Mango salsa

Ribbon zucchini salad with snap peas and avocado

Raw zucchini fries

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WHAT IM INTO AT THE MOMENT:
Super ripe slightly frozen watermelon.

Like just stick them in there for 15-20 minutes. OMGGGGGG! The most refreshing thing you will ever have!
Also would be delicious if you did that, then juiced it or blended it and made watermelon agua fresca!

Ingredients
8 cups seedless watermelon cubes

2 small packets of stevia

1/3cup fresh lime juice plus 1 sliced lime

A few sprigs mint or basil

Ice

1 1/2 cups Water

Puree watermelon in blender, or juice put it through your juicer. if you blend it, strain into bowl through fine-mesh sieve to remove most of the pulp. Stir in stevia and lime juice. Transfer to pitcher stir in 1-1/2 cups water, add some lime slices and mint ( or basil) Let it chill in the fridge & serve over ice.

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Let’s be honest….this next pic preeeeetttyyyy much summarizes my summer so far, lol. Lots of fresh fruit…agua fresca, iced tea… Wine spritzers, or sometimes an ice cold beer by the pool;)
Some would say, ” does this bitch ever work!?” I just smile and say
” if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”

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In other From Fries To Fit news….

Because I love you all so much and sooooo appreciate your support of my crazy blog, I always try to find ways to give back to y’all!
Today’s giveaway is very special to me.

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Last year, I trained and participated in the OOO SOOO KILLER SPARTAN RACE!
Check it out pics here.
My little SPARTAN video ;)

 

I did the spartan sprint, which consists of 3+ miles and 15 obstacles.
It’s tough…it’s dirty…it’s painful..BUT THE BIGGEST RUSH EVER!!!

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Please do check out their website for all other info. You DO NOTwanna miss this giveaway! It’s a great way to challenge your mind and body! Another great option…. Create a team and fight to the finish together!!!

ENTER:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you enter to win above  OR click HERE for a 15% discount off entry! The sweet folks at Spartan Sprint Races want to make sure my readers are getting hooked up, and I couldn’t be more thankful!
This giveaway is over on the 15th of August! There will be 2 LUCKY WINNERS!The winner will receive an email with the redemption code attached to it. Apply code at checkout:)
Once you are signed up, it’s time to train. That’s right…you must prepare your body for this challenge. Sign up here for daily Spartan WOD emails that have exactly what you should be doing everyday to better your fitness level.

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CONGRATULATIONS KELSEY TINDEL!

The winner of Renew Life 2 month supply of probiotics!!!!
They are on their way babe!!!
Yeayyyy!!!!

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Hope you all enjoy your sunday!!!!

xoxo,

Paula

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Yummm, NEW RECIPE ALERT!! I like the sound of Sundays…..

In At home cooking, bedroom, birthday girl, clean food, decor galore, family, fitness, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On July 15, 2013 0 Comments

Happy Sunday lovelies!!!!

It is a mighty HOT one today! Up bright and early this A.M. And ready for a packed day:) first things first, COFFEE! Then, tidy up the house. The folks are stopping by today… After scarfing down 1/2 a quest bar and pounds of fresh cut watermelon, I headed to my favorite Sunday hotspot, the Farmer’s Market.

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Went a lil kookoo:) Always buying more than I actually need. I’m back to juicing, so I made sure to lots of greens and fruits.

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Best part about the Farmer’s, are the fresh flowers! Today, I picked up 4 bunches of beautiful dahlias. They’re literally in every room now…until, of course, I forget to change the water, and they all wilt. Lol. The worst, I am.

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But aren’t they stunning! The color is outrageous! They don’t let off any kind of smell, but whatever. I’ve got plenty of candles:)

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Oh, yes….there was a new lady in town selling her homemade RAW cashew cheese. I tried it, and of course had to buy it. It was delicious. I’ve always loved the raw lifestyle, and incorporate it into my day to day diet as much as possible. Although I don’t think I could ever be fully raw, like…everrrr, I like the idea of its principles sometimes:) part-time. Lol

Nary Dairy is produced by a husband/wife team out of the Chefs Center in Pasadena, offering the “The cream of the Non-Dairy crop” with plenty of delicious cashew cheese flavors to choose from. It’s seriously a nice alternative! Loving them!

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I’ve been throwing in a small beet in my morning juices, so I bought a bunch this morning to stock up. Anyway, you know the green leaves coming out of the beet? Well, I used to always cut that bit off, and toss it. Wtf. I guess I just thought it was good for nothin’. Poor beet greens, so misunderstood:(

WellllllI….I finally found a way to not let any of it go to waste! And guess what!? It’s the bommmmbbbbbb!

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Nutty Garlicky Sauteed Beet Greens
 
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A delicious way to enjoy Beet greens! But the bitterness with loads of flavor! Yummmmm
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Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • 2-3 big bunches Beet greens with some stem(washed thoroughy)
  • 2 whole galic cloves
  • 1 large Shallot
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp organic honey or a few drops stevia
  • 1-2 tsp sesame seeds ( as desired)
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions
  1. Rinse beet greens very well.
  2. In a medium skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil on low-med heat.
  3. *Add thinly sliced shallot. Sautee until soft.
  4. *Add clean beet greans.
  5. *Salt, Pepper, & spicy pepper NOW.
  6. *Raise temp to Medium.
  7. *Add water, honey, and vinegar, and sautee for 5-7 minutes.
  8. *Add garlic last.
  9. *Once sauteed to desired softness, stir in sesame seeds.

 

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Today’s WOD was GPP FITNESS, Cardio Tababta.
Lets just say…it was gnarly. I did this at home before heading out for the day, and because I don’t have a row machine, I subbed that move for back rows with a theraband. Try this one out, it’s awesome! 8 rounds of each move for 20 sec work/ 10 sec rest.

If you don’t know what a move is. Don’t worry. On their site, you can click on the excessive, and it immediately takes you to YouTube, where everything is explained to you very quick and efficiently.
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All of the above went down before 11:30 this A.M. Nonstop!
Time to relax:) Mom and Pop picked me up, and we headed to Santa Monica to celebrate this pretty’s 1st BIRTHDAY!!!!! My baby cousin Emma:) she’s perfect!
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We took Wilbur, and all hung out at the park. Everyone was out. Love it. We BBQed and enjoyed fun and laughs. Um, I ate a lot today, oh, and I had cake. There! Lol. ( Making up for it tomorrow)
Aunt to the left…Mom to the right.
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This is what I’ve got to say to today!
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So, as you know, I’ve been dying to set up a home office upstairs since I moved here, and I’ve finally set er’ up! How bout that desk!
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I am sooooo stoked! Well, really, it’s a dining table converted to a desk;) lol. Coming along ladies! Such an organized lady now, I mean…..
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SUNDAY FAVES….

Completely consumed with summer scents lately. My new Archipelago pine-apple candle is unreal! So fresh and sweet, I wanna eat it up. So here’s a tip…I purchased this one, along with many others on Gilt.com. Have you heard of it!? It’s an amazing site constantly offering amazing discounts on named brand stuff. They always, I mean, ALWAYS have fantastic prices on candles. So, when I see a sale going on…I loose my shit, and buy like 6 candles at a time. Usually about 50% off.
What you need to do:
SIGN UP: www.gilt.com
CREATE: a username & password
And start gettin’ those deals amigas!

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New fitness fave… COREPOWER YOGA.
I got really into while in Canada, so when I got back, I decided to give them a try. They are just a few blocks from my house, but check out their site, they’ve got studios everywhere. It’s mostly heated yoga, but offer non heated as well, and have amazing hours. I’m takin’ from 6:00 am to 9:00 p.m. I’ve been going probably 3 times a week, and feel incredible.
As a new student, they offer 1 week free as a trail. :)
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Ok, sooooo….I was supposed to quit my addiction to sugar free gum….but I decided to quit quitting…. ;)
I died and went to heaven when I saw this new flavor at target. Saw it…bought it…chewed it…loved it. The struggle is real.
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Ahhhh, well that does it. As my fab Sunday comes to an end…. I now am headed to get an hour massage at Foot Inspiration, and then back home to start thinking up some new Zumba routines for my babes!

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Ohhhhh! Don’t forget about this ridiculous opportunity! Win a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora probiotics! Enter here!!!!!
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Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I’m off tomorrow;) yippeeeeeee!
Xoxo. Love u all.

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

In At home cooking, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness plan, popular recipes, Raw food, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On April 24, 2013 1 Comment

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

 

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Source: (Pinterest)

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

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

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

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

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(Source: myfitstation.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In this wrap:

avocado

alfalfa sprouts

kale

almond vegan cheese

hummus

parma nutritional yeast

braggs liquid aminos

hot sauce

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

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Here’s my dinner GO TO!

Miracle noodles!

The healthiest pasta you will EVER consume.

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

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

Moving on…

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

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

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

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Serve HOT! HELLO HEALTHY!! Dinner is served.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY:

 

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(Source: Pinterest)

WEEKEND FINDS IN OJAI:

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

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

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

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

xo, P

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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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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

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Studio FAIL.. And a new Cleanse Idea!

In polar, Raw food, Reviews, thursday things, Uncategorized, Viamix, zumba On January 4, 2013 0 Comments

Today, I woke up feeling refreshed. Maybe cuz I allowed a bit of extra sleep-in time. First things first… Coffee. Espresso with almond milk to be exact. The fave in the house. You guys seriously, get a Nespresso Pixie with the froth. I’m not kidding, one of my Prized possessions. I finished off the last two cookies from the batch;)

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Then made my 3rd green smoothie of the week since I purchased the Vitamix. It’s FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to make some soups in there, since its been cold, cozy weather lately over here in LA. Yes, the freakin thing actually heats up to make soup, because the blade is soooo strong, and creates a friction. Pretty crazy.

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Loving my new paper straws from Paper Source. Aren’t they the cutest!
best Green Protein smoothie/shake

The workday today was super busy, so I really didn’t have time to take pics of lunch and snacks. For some reason I’ve been super hungry the last couple days. All I want to do is snack all day. Ugh. Do you guys ever have days like that? So annoying. At least, FINALLY, the chocolates are gone from the staff room! They were the devil. No more holiday sweets Puuuuuleeease, I’m soooo over that shit.

My lunch was a BIG ass salad, with everything you could think of in it.
- broccoli
- chicken
- egg whites
- romaine
- Swiss chard
- goat cheese
- pumpkin seeds
- sprouts
- zuchinni

Really, no lie, HUGE.

My snacks today were:
- roasted seaweed snacks from trader’s
- a guava
- kale chips
- a handful of raw walnuts

Such a snacks lady today… Ugh just get me to Zumba already.
Class wasn’t till 8:30 p.m. So I got to relax at home with Willy for a couple hours before class. Since I knew 9:30- 10 p.m is wayyyy to late to eat, I reheated my latest creation for dinner:)
I call them my ” Pink Magic Mushrooms” ;)

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They are soooo freakin good, and sooo hearty. The texture of the portobello makes you think your having a big ol’ slab of meat, when really, you’re having something super lean. That’s why I luvvv em’. These, I stuffed with rainbow chard,( my fave, and hence, the pink color) garlic, skim cheeses, onion, Greek yogurt, and some other super goodness!
I’ll mos def be sharing this recipe soon, with lots of way better pics;)
They kinda look crazy.
Perfect appetizer for, oh I dunno….maybe Valentines day…. Into it.

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Ok, so today…I finally received the package I have been so anxiously awaiting….my new at-home, food photography studio;)
Most of you know that I’ve been really trying to improve my ” no f*%#ing lighting in my house situation” so I was super excited to get home and rip through this box. Yeayyyyyyyy! Finally:)
This this is the whole kit.
The CowboyStudio photo soft box light tent.

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Ok, looks good….
4 chroma key backdrops, ok, right….

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The lighting kit…yup…

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Ohhhhh, n then….this happens.
WTF!!!!!!!
Yeah, I know, didn’t look that damn big all coiled up. Gooood lord.
It’s HUGE!
Let me remind you, this is suppose to be to photograph food, not to be able to photograph a freakin party scene in there. I swear you could fit 3 effing people in there.
Ughhhhhhhh. This is when I hate surprises…
There is no freaking way I can keep this. I mean, look at it, it takes up the whole living room.
All I could do was laugh. I looked at the receipt from amazon..
And of course, I said, right on there. 40 inches.
Dumb ass didn’t see that. Whoops. So, I looked up the return policy, and turns out, since it was not their error, I’ve got to eat the shipping cost. Womp wooooooomp.
Whatever, get this thing out!
It took my 20 minutes to figure out how to coil it back up to the tiny little bag it came in.
I gotta go online mañana and order the right size.
Annoying central.

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Now, I was really ready to sweat out some frustration. 8:00 rolled around, so I took off to Zumba. A couple of girlfriends met me there from work to take the class as well, so tonight was extra fun! We went alllll out! This class is phenomenal…
I, of course wore my Polar watch and transmitter to measure my heart rate, calories burned, and to track my fitness goal for the week.
689 calories burned!
WHAAAAAAAAAAT! that’s what I needed.

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I’ve never sweat so much.

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It was Haley’s first time taking the class, and she freakin rocked the house. She picked up all the choreography, like it was her J-O-B!. That’s right gurrrrrrl. So much fun. This is what it’s about, finding something you love, and stickin to it;)

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Apart from Zumba, as you know, I just built my at home cutie little gym, so I’m always on the lookout to share some at home workouts ANYONE can get down with. Especially when you don’t have a lot of time.
Here’s a great one to try out. It’s pretty killer.

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Along with that… A wheeee bit of motivation to get off you ass;)

 

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FIND OF THE DAY:

 

I am sooo excited to present these lovely treats by Brad’s Raw Chips! These are a great, healthy alternative to your standard greasy, gross, chip. They come in a variety of flavors, and taste delicious! Please click the link above to get to know Brad’s story, and how you can too get your hands on these perfect FIT snacks!

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His website is really informative, and also offers a really great 7-dat raw challenge for those of you looking to start a healthy cleanse for the new year. Screw the master cleanse, with that, you are literally drinking sugar water, and starving yourself. Get real. With this program, Brad will have you feeling clear, clean, and pure!! I may do this as well! Shall we try together??

GETTING STARTED

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7 Days til’ CHRISTMAS & The RAW Food World

In Christmas, presents, Raw food, Uncategorized, WOD On December 19, 2012 0 Comments

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, I bought myself some THIIIIIIIINGGSSSSSS!!!

7 days babes!! Are you guys ready? Have you finished your shopping yet?? I’ve got news…NO ONE HAS.

My little snowman is out, counting down the days. So you know what that means!!! I’m finally getting into the spirit!

Ok, enough with the exclamation points.

 

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I must admit, that this past weekend has been lacking in the workout department. Today was the beginning of a new week, and I was ready to hit it hard. GYMRAT to the fullest.

Alarm in my ear at egggggzactly 5:20 A.M. Although feeling exhausted, I was pumped to try out my brand spankin’ new New Balance 730 running sneaks. Call me crazy, but I think running shoes are sexy.

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I jumped straight onto the treadmill and began at a 6.4 mph speed. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to the shoe, but I didn’t do so well today. This shoe, compared to the Nike free, feels like it’s got a bit less support. Not gonna lie, I was struggling just to get through my usual 3 mile interval. So, I rushed through it, and jumped on the eliptical for 20 minutes to burn a few extra 200 cals.

Today was BACK day:

Lat pull downs

Pull-ups

Supermans

Dead lifts

Rows

Tri-cep dips

BREAKFAST:

The most embarrassing looking breakfast, that I was ashamed to photograph it. It was mush, but pure protein & DELISH.

Egg whites

Vanilla protein powder

Flax milk

Chia seeds

Bee pollen

Cinnamon

I think that was it… weird concept, but it had the consistency of porridge.

 

 

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OOOOOOHHHH….Yes, before we move on to Prezzzzies, I wanted to share with you a few finds from this weekend’s trip to The Raw Food World in Ojai. I come here about every 6 weeks or so. Ojai is about 1 hour & 15 mins away, but I go out there to cut some clients, who btw, are amazing clients and enjoy every minute of being out there. This city is removed, beautiful, and quiet. I love going out there, and usually end up spending a few extra hours, checking out the town and  stopping by all of the local shops. This city, you may have heard, has one of the most popular getaways in So-Cal. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I’ve never been, but I’m DYING to!

Anyway… Raw food World is INSANE. It’s a warehouse that distributes all of the major RAW food brands to all of the most well known markets and restaurants out there. Everything is in bins that are labeled, but no price is listed. Trust me, the price is at least 30-40 % less that you would pay at say, Whole Foods. Wholesale pretty much. Well, since I can only stock up every 6 weeks, you can imagine. Girl lost her SHIT.

Listen, I’m not a total raw foodie. I consider myself a Low carb-gly-raw-leo.

A lil of this a lil of that…. you know.

Low Carb

Low Glycemic

Raw

Paleo.

I pretty much try to stay away from all processed and refined.

Also, I try to stay away from sugar, grains, and starches.

Here are some of the purchases from the trip:

Mulberries and sprouted almonds

 

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Raw cashew/pistachio butter

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Bee pollen (which I have no idea what the eff to do with) & pumpkin seeds

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Raw cacao nibs! my absolute joy in life. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea!  RIDICULOUS!! SUPERFOOD NATION

 

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Raw tahini, which is a great base for hummus, dressings, etc. & Hemp seed butter. First time trying the butter, so we’ll see.

 

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Pumpkin seed butter ( it was 50% off so, why not) I tasted it, and I think was expecting something sweet for some reason, but I think this would be a great spread over swiss chard wraps or on some flax cracker. Definitely savory, but gooooood!

Ok, this was interesting. Sea Clear. Fermented Kale and Chlorella in miso paste. Sounds awful, but actually, once mixed with a bit of water and thrown over a salad is delicious!!! If you need probiotics and fiber in your diet, you may want to try this product!

Goes to show that my trip to Ojai was a success. Sometimes, you just get tired of the same NUt butter, you know. I am obsessed with this place.

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On the way home, I stopped off at where else, but, T.J Max. I saw one off the freeway and practically ran 3 cars off the road just  to get to it.

 

Well, soooooo worth it. Of course I found a few prezzies for myself. How ADORBS! Dainty and feminine.

And the best part: Plated sterling silver, and 14-20 bucks each!

I’m sorry if that’s not a steal, I don’t know what is!

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I bought a rose gold necklace, silver necklace, and this great little bracelet.

 

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I wore the rose gold one to work today and got loads of compliments:) Completely booked today, YEAY! MOOONNNIESSS!

I got home, and felt like doing absolutely nothing. I got in my sweats, lit a candle, poured a glass of red, and finished some last minute wrapping. I just wanted that ish done.

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Speaking of presents, I love my clients! Came home with some awesome goodies today.

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A great bottle of Prosecco. Ramona know I love me some BUBBLES!

 

 

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A yummy apple crisp diffuser and a  beautiful handmade bracelet from another dear client. It’s funny, I would have never picked this out, but I put it on, and…. It looked stunning on! I received loads of compliments. Thanx Joanie!

 

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This Candle that was gifted to me, is probably, (actually no doubt) the best Christmas smelling candle I have EVER had the pleasure of burning in my house.  Never would I EVER have paid over $30 dollars for a candle, but after receiving this….smelling it and falling in love with it, I may rethink that. It smells like your in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by pine trees and snow. It’s perfect, and I never want it to end;)

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Isn’t it just gorgeous!?

 

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What is your lifestyle diet?

 

Ok guys, I’m just finishing off my wine, and it’s time for some rest. hope you have a beautiful and safe night<3

xo

pau