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Wednesday eats..Thursday treats.

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

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

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

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

Bottom line: HUGE FAN.

 

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

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

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

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

My AFTER CLASS MEAL:

Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne

Organic RAW hemp seeds

fresh fruit

PB2 (best product everrrrr..game changer)

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

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

 

 

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

I found my new motto…

LIKE A BOSS!

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

LUNCH:

Kale

2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)

2 slices no salt turkey slices

Cherry tomatoes

Grapes

Sesame seeds

Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper.

Thebomb.com seriously.

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

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

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

Your next recommended purchase….

These amazing sandals by: REPORT

BUY THEM HERE!

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

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And now……. Go ahead.

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XOXO……P

Better late than never! My Monday in food and reviews

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

 

 

 

 

Happy ( late) Monday Babes!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

-Thinly sliced mushrooms

– Bean sprouts ( laaaaavvvvvv these)

-Coconut oil

-Salt & pepper

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

-liquid aminos.

-cayenne pepper( fo that spice!)

-optional: sprinkle sesame seeds

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

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

-Lemon.

-Salt & pepper

-Crushed garlic

-A dash of blood orange infused olive oil

-Orange zest

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

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

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One of my beautiful lunches.

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

RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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

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

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

 

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT FINDS!

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

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

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

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

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MACA POWDER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHALLENGE!!!!

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

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

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

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THIS WEEK IN SKINNY TIPS;)

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

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That is all folks, love u all.
Xo, P
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Wicked carrot zucchini protein cake….M CAFE famous kale salad with spicy peanut dressing, and sooo much more;)

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

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

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

Trust me…..

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SNACKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Lets count how many times I’ve said “Fresh Start” I’m home from Vegas…..

In clean food, Reviews, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac On March 12, 2013 1 Comment

Hiiiiiiiiii babes!!!!! To say the weekend was decadent would be a complete understatement. Vegas was a success;) didnt get into the whole club thing…no thanks. I’m more of a “Let’s enjoy mountains of delicious food, sweets and fancy cocktails” oh and then “Let’s go soak at the spa, and eat sweets in an amazing king size bed!” That is my idea of being “BAD” in Vegas. Lol

I flew out Saturday to meet up with a girlfriend at Aria hotel. We had an amazing Mexican dinner of octopus ceviche, fajitas, and cucumber margaritas. Then of course, naturally, we had to balance out the salt with sugar….so we had pints of ice cream in bed. Lol

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I enjoyed so much…that I kept forgetting to take photos:)
Here are just a few shots of this weekend:)

The following day we spent shopping and enjoyed the spa for most of the day. Sooooooo lovely;)

We went to Comme Ca for happy hour and had a delicious array of cheeses and charcuterie….

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I could eat like this for the rest of my life, and I would be happy;)

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Along with fresh muddled berry cocktails:)

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Gorgeous view of the Aria pool. Monday morning, woke up to a beautiful view with sunny weather. I didn’t bring a bathing suit, thinking it would be foggy all weekend, so I had to buy one… Shucks. Problems of a wanna be tan girl.

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Desperate for Vitamin D, we made it out to the pool by 11:00 a.m.

Tan lines by 11:15…

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I’m gonna need botox asap if I keep squinting like this in the sun. geeez.

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A few pool must-haves:

Kombucha

Diet coke

Sprite

Smart water

Starbucks

Banana

Biscotti

Vogue

 

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Vegas treated us goooood….we stayed at the pool till around two..managed to get jusssssst a touch burnt…cuz you know, it turns into a tan;) then, stopped at Trader Joes for copious amounts of snacky foods for the car ride home. You don’t wanna know. Lets just say….it was my brake up with food. Sooooo bad. It’s over between us.

Anyway…the trip was super fun, but I’m ready to start fresh this week.
Welcome Tuesday;)
It started off to a great start! Spartos was kind enough to send over their new flavor of sugar free, protein water! So stoked:) this flavor is not at whole foods yet, but soooooooon will be. Please be on the look out for STRAWBERRY COCONUT. It’s got a really fantastic taste. The best part, is that you can enjoy it as a sports drink without all the sugar and carbs. I have yet to find anything similar to spartos to even compare it to!
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A little brake down of this fab product…

0 carbs

0 sugar

10 grams protein

All natural

Sweetened with stevia

Full of vitamins, anti-oxidants,prebiotics,minerals,and NO ARTIFICIAL ingredients.

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Go ahead, feed your natural athlete. You can find SPARTOS at whole foods, other health food stores or online. I feel blessed to have this company be such a supporter!

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Today’s foods were totally clean. Breakfast was a homemade protein muffin, and coffee.
Lunch was an unexpected delight. First time trying this egg white salad from Trader Joes, and it was a great lunch option. Protein packed, and low carb.

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Over a bed of fresh kale and purple cabbage.
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Topped with parsley, cilantro, lemon, salt & pepper. It was the perfect lunch after a weekend of binging. Super clean.
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SNACKS:

Roasted seaweed

A handful of nuts.

A coconut Kevita

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I left work thinking I was gonna make it to my ZUMBA class, until traffic stuck its foot up my ass. I sat on Coldwater canyon for over a damn hour! So pissed. Missed my class by 30 minutes. Ugh. I think I need to switch to early shift at work, cuz that was not cute.

Got home later than ever expected, so I opted to walk Willy and cook a clean dinner.
I made a mish mosh of veggies with red lentils simmered in a bath of broth, cumin, turmeric, curry, saffron, olives, oregano, garlic, cayenne, paprika, salt & pepper, and paired it with egg whites and a dollop of fromage blanc. Sooooo good and hearty.

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Even though I didn’t get my scheduled workout in…I am telling myself that ” Seriously Paula… Shut up, it’s gonna be fine crazy” I am happy to get back on it tomorrow:) less stress, less mess.

Here’s a thought….

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Xoxo, P

Protein CHIA Pudding, Morning PUMPKIN Bars, and new skinny finds!

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

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

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

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

Here’s my Protein Packed Vanilla Chia Pudding

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INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop vanilla protein ( I use about time whey)

4 tbsps chia seeds

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

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

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 drops stevia

optional toppings:

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

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

Here’s another idea for PUMPKIN CHIA SEED PUDDING

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

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

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

PUMPKIN FIBER BARS

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pumpkin purée ( preferably organic)

2 tbsp psyllium husks

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp flax meal

2 tbsp old fashioned oats

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tps Vanilla extract

10 drops stevia

optional:
Top with cacao nibs or carob chips

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

IRISH MOSS

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

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

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

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

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

Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals

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

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

Get into peeps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fast, effective body cleansing formula

Soy-free, gluten-free

Great 7-day pre-diet cleanse

8 grams soluble daily dietary fiber

3-part advanced colon cleanse formula

Designed for fast body cleansing, healthy elimination and bowel health

Natural organ detoxification support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Snack # 2:

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

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

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

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

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

Craving:
A spoonful of raw pecan butter

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

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

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

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

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

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

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

PLEASE READ GUYS!

Xo !!!

It’s ABOUT TIME!!

In popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 14, 2013 4 Comments

OK guys! It’s that time! I promised that I would share my absolute FAVORITE protein with y’all, so, here it is!
ABOUT TIME PROTEIN!
Here’s the thing… A an active female, I’ve always been into incorporating protein in the way of powder into my everyday diet, whether it be a workout day or a day off, I love knowing that I am feeding my muscles with the right protein even during rest days. Up until recently, I had tried many different brands, and found one that I was pretty happy with.
Well, when I was approached by About Time Protein to see if I would be interested in trying out their product, I didn’t hesitate. I did my research on their company and saw a great deal of information that caught my eye, in a great way.
You guys know that I only recommend things that I, myself would love and use!

I’ve tried every brand under the sun. Lots of them, too much sugar. Some, too many carbs. Others, too many cals. I mean, you just can’t win.

UNTIL NOW.

Let me give you some background on this fab line:

About Time was developed by exercise and food science experts who were tired of misleading labels and inferior ingredients used in other supplements. They dedicate themselves to providing you with the right products and knowledge to live a healthier, active lifestyle.

They use only natural ingredients. 100% whey Protein Isolate.

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About Time is:

  • Cold-pressed micro filtered whey isolate

  • No sugar added

  • No artificial sweeteners

  • No growth hormones

  • Diabetic friendly

  • No chalky aftertaste

  • Low cals. No Carbs

  • 25 grams of PROTEIN

  • Available in 11 delish flavors

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I was lucky to try out 4 different flavors. The banana, chocolate-peanut butter,vanilla, and chocolate. This is why it took me a while to review this product. I wanted to play around with different ways to incorporate About Time in, not just shakes, but, in foods too. I was VERY pleased with the soft, subtle texture of the powder. Definitely NO chalkyness.

If you are even just considering a new protein for your everyday FIT life, I am telling you, look no further.

Why Whey:

Pre-workout: An hour before exercise, helps prevent muscle breakdown and stimulates the use of fat for fueling during exercise.

Post-workout: This is when I always take my protein. I consider it critical, especially when training hard.About Time helps stimulate protein synthesis and reduce protein degradation in your body. I take my protein within 30 minutes of finishing my workout.

Meal replacement:Great way to keep your metabolism in high gear, support muscle repair, and encourages a healthy immune system.

As a snack: Add into drinks or Bake into foods as a great on the go snack!

These are my experiments with About Time. So fun and delicious.

Now, for the first two examples, I used a Vitamix, but it’s not necessary. You can use whatever you’ve got.

For me, There’s nothing better than adding some green into my protein regimen. It aids in digestion, and adds a serving a veggies without feeling or tasting like it.

About Time Vanilla Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup Flax milk ( you could also use light coconut or almond milk) Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 3 swiss chard leaves
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop VANILLA About Time Protein
  • 1/2 a lrg banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste
  • 2 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt. Fage or chobani are offer great 0% yogurt
  • A pinch of bee-pollen (optional)

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About Time Choco-Nut Shake

  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate Peanut Butter About Time
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp PB2 ( or you could use 1 tbsp all nutural peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract
  • taste and add stevia if preferred sweeter.

I consider this my “after night workout treat” it tastes like a naughty dessert, but really, it’s a super healthy and yummy way to get your protein in before your body goes into full rest mode.

Diptic

Now come the YUMMIES!

Choco-Nut POWER Protein Cookies

  • – 1/2 cup peanut butter Or if trying for less cals, try 1/4 cup mixed chocolate PB2 and 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate/Peanut butter About Time Protein
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Make into rounds, and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 min.

These puppies cook fast, so keep an eye out. Also just have a feel at 7 minutes, they may be done, shouldn’t be too firm.

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These are FANTASTIC! The flavors pop. I love having a couple with my morning coffee, before a workout, or as a dessert:)

They are super light , airy, and really, they take no time to prep and bake.

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This was my FAVORITE recipe that I put together for the Banana About Time. I couldn’t stop eating these muffins! I became a banana-aholic! Check em’ out. You need to have these little protein muffins in your life, like ASAP!

 

Banana-Rama Protein Muffins

  • 1 pouch/ 1 scoop Banana About Time Protein
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Erithrytol ( or if using stevia.. use just under 1/4 cup. its way sweeter. and if using liquid stevia…even less)I prefer erithrytol or xylitol for baking
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Mashed Very Ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1 container 0% Greek Yogurt (fage or chobani)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract/paste
  • crushed walnuts (for topping)
  • cacao nibs(for topping)

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Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. (make sure to really mix this well, the coconut flour tends to lump up)

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.

Combine mixtures , consistency should be of a doughy batter.

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I used these cute little paper tins, but you could just put them right in the muffin tray, it would probably cook faster.

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.

Grease 6 muffin tins. ( like to use either smart balance spray or organic coconut spray)

Evenly distribute batter into tins, Top with crushed walnuts and cacao nibs, and place in oven.

Bake for 16-20 mins.

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They were RIDICULOUS! Sooooo good!

I took them out when they were still quiet soft and let them sit out and cool. I dipped into one, and fell in love. It was pretty much a healthy single serving of banana bread! Also, lovely with that bit of crunch from the nuts and nibs which are optional, if you’re not into that.

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Never do you have to feel guilty now for enjoying a morning muffin!

85 Calories, 1g Fat, 8g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 8g Protein!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I loved sharing my new FAVORITE protein. I am Most Definitely ordering more. Next time I may switch up the flavors to try some new recipes! If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. I’m hooked 😉

ABOUT TIME IS NOW OFFERING 20% OFF TO MY READERS!

CHECK IT OUT!  YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT ON MY  PRODUCTS TAB UNDER ” TOOLS/DEVICES FOR THE KITCHEN” 

Scroll over to find the “specialty foods” section of my amazon. You will find About Time on the last page!  You can purchase directly.

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ZUMBA Instructor SPOTLIGHT: Sandy Campanella

In Reviews, spotlight, Uncategorized, zumba On January 14, 2013 0 Comments

 

HEY GUYS!!!!!

I am soooo excited to do my first ever INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT!!!!

SANDY CAMPANELLA

As you know, since last August, I have become completely ADDICTED to zumba! It’s changed my life! I have never had soooo much fun working out, I swear. When I walked into the studio for the first time, I gotta admit, I was a bit nervous. Sandy was so sweet, and assured me that it didn’t matter if I knew the steps or not. She said, ” Just make it your own, have fun with it, and the coordination will come” Well, now…I am always in the front of the class, going FULL OUT every time! I never thought that I would feel confident enough to do that, but her energy, and motivation pushes pushes me to work that much harder! I promise, you will feel the same!

Sandy’s passion for dance, music, and encouraging people to get healthy, is contagious.

 

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So, I approached Sandy about doing a write up. About her, her style, and how to get started. I am all about promoting upcoming people, or businesses that I believe will be the best advocates of healthy lifestyles. Trust me, I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t such a BELIEVER and so PASSIONATE about this FIT program. She doesn’t just teach fitness, she LIVES it.

We did a little Q & A that I hope will inspire you to make a change this new year!

ENJOY FIT FRIENDS!

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FF2F:hat lead or inspired you to becoming a Zumba instructor?

SC: What led me to become a Zumba instructor was all the many years I was involved in dance. I grew up dancing Folkloric Dance and Flamenco in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. I LOVE Latin music; it moves me to no end.  One day I was watching TV (which I rarely do) and was flipping through the channels and ran across “Zumba Fitness.”   I thought, “I want to teach that!”  A month later I was certified.

FF2F: What are the benefits to this type of exercise?

SC: There are many benefits to Zumba.  It’s a full body workout, which means you’re going to burn more calories. I have seen some amazing transformations in students who come three times a week. It’s also a GREAT cardio workout.

FF2F: do people need dance experience to take a class like this?

SC: You definitely don’t need dance experience to take a Zumba class. You need only to be willing to allow yourself to have fun and connect to the music.  Because I repeat a lot of the routines from week to week, my students who come on a regular basis get to know the routines well. The key is to not give up and to be patient with yourself.

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FF2F: how long does it typically take to choreograph for your class?

SC: When I choreograph a new routine, it takes me a couple of hours. I want to find the balance of the fitness and dance element of the routine, which can take me time to find.  I always have my students in mind. I want to challenge them and yet not make the routine to difficult to follow.

Every week I make a new playlist, and that takes me about 20 minutes. I pay close attention to the order of the routines so as to challenge my students and to help them get the best workout.

FF2F: what keeps your business thriving?and why would someone choose this class?

SC: I think what keeps my business thriving is the fun factor.  I really do love what I do, and I have so much fun doing it. It’s also important to me to know my students’ names, and that, I believe, makes the environment a safe one and more personal. I also have some AMAZING students who are so supportive of each other and any new student that comes to class. I’m a lucky gal.

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FF2F: what are the future plans for Sandy Campy Fitness?

SC: As for the future of Sandy Campy Fitness, I hope to add more classes. I think the key to success in fitness is variety, the time you work out, the instructor, the type of workout, etc.  I hope to add a Self Defense/Body Sculpt class and maybe a Yoga/Body Sculpt class and eventually fitness classes for kids.

FF2F: do you offer instructor training?

SC: Right now, I do not offer instructor training.  However, I encourage my instructors to come often to my classes, free of charge, so they can become familiar with how I teach and with the students.

FF2F: what words of advice can you give people struggling to get fit for the new year?

 SC: It’s important to make exercise a part of your daily life. You need to make it a habit, so that, regardless of how you feel on any particular day, not exercising is not an option. Exercise and connecting to my body has gotten me through some challenging times in my life. It’s like hitting the reset button. After a hard workout, I say to any challenge, “BRING IT ON!”

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FF2F: Where can we find sandy campy classes and info?

SC: You can find Sandy Campy Fitness at Independence Dance Company, 11108 Huston Street , North Hollywood, CA 91601. You can find my class schedule atwww.sandycampyfitness.com.

ALERT FRIENDS!!!

Sandy Campy Fitness is offering a GNARLY GROUPON DEAL!

$35 bucks!! Get FIT, come work out with me and meet Sandy!

Check out her reviews on yelp! 5 STARS!

 

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Here a great 15 minute video to get a bit familiarized with Sandy and her style! She’s a little firecracker!

 

Zumba 15 1:5:13 from Sandy Campy Fitness on Vimeo.

Can’t stop, WON’T Stop ;)

In polar, popular recipes, Reviews, Uncategorized, zumba On January 11, 2013 1 Comment

Hello lovely readers! How is everyone? I’m wondering if everyone’s resolutions and goals are on track…. I’m feeling pretty good so far about mine! These last ten days, I’ve been on POINT! although, I’ve been having the gnarliest Mexican food craving, and last night I almost flaked on ZUMBA and running to go gorge on chips, salsa, and oo. margaritas, ugh it sounds soooo good, even now. Seriously, the struggle is real. The point is, that I managed to turn my thoughts of ” Oh hello yesss, I’m about to do werrrrk on some serious mexi” to ” EFFFF yesss, I’m about to dance my ASS off, and fell amazing!”

Thursday started off really nice, and slowwwww that is. It’s been soooo cold, that I just can’t seem to want to get up. Even to pee for god’s sake. Sooo cold! So not into that. Once I finally got up, I went straight into the kitchen, still half asleep, and made my cup of coffee. Managed to get some work done on the computer, which I desperately needed to get done, since I knew it was a super busy day at the salon, and I wouldn’t be able to step away to even read emails.

My favorite time of day, is morning. This is when I get most of my inspiration for recipes, willy is the cuddliest, and I get to enjoy my candles in my robe and slippers. I LOVE IT.
As you are aware of my eating schedule, you already know that I wake up absolutely STARVED as soon as I wake up, so, I took my iPad into the kitchen, and looked for something yummy and healthy to make for breakfast;)

As I did my ritual of flipping through my favorite blogs, sippin on coffee, when I came across a super ft breakfast idea from fellow fit blogger, blogilates. She had a recipe of an über healthy, yummy looking muffin, that was literally cooked right in the microwave.
The INGREDIENTS are 5 things!
Mine unfortunately doesn’t look as pretty, but hey, you can’t win em’ all, huh?

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I gotta admit, I actually quite enjoyed it, and knowing how clean it was, I enjoyed it even more! 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

– Less than 1/4 cup quick oats

– 1 egg

– 1 tbsp almond milk

– a handful of blueberries

– 1 packet of stevia

These were her instructions, which I pretty much followed to a T.

Place in the microwave for 1 min. Watch it carefully! This could overflow!
If the muffin top does not look firm, place back in 30 sec at a time.
Once ready, flip mug upside down onto a plate and slice some fresh strawberries to decorate.

Pretty cool right?
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Before leaving, I took Willy for a quick walk, packed a healthy lunch for work, and made a delicious chocolate protein shake with my new favorite protein, ABOUT TIME PROTEIN. The folks at About Time were super sweet and sent some samples for me to try out, so that I could share with ya’ll my thoughts and reviews. I am a huge lover of protein shakes, and with the way I like to work out, I definitely need my protein. For on the go, a shake is the best way to consume it. I will be doing a FULL post dedicated to different ways to utilize this great product. Protein baking, protein shakes, OH MYYYYYY;) be sure to stay tuned for the review, lots of info comin’ your way babes;)

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Favorite late morning snack lately!
Grapes
Raw cacao nibs
Raw walnuts.
BOMB, and pretty much a ritual now. It’s funny, I used to HATE walnuts.

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I snuck in a DOVE dark chocolate. I like one piece everyday. My allowance I guess;) I had to take a pic of the inside of the wrapper… Made me laugh…they’re really wanting you to feel good about eating chocolate. Even once you’ve already had like, 10, just keep readin! Those lovely little sayings, and you won’t feel like a cow, right?

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I won’t bother with a pic of my lunch because its literally the same thing I had in my last post… Lame:)
But healthy girls pack lunches, and even though repetitive, it keeps me from eating shit.

But hold up… I gotta share this delicious vegetarian dinner I created before I left for Zumba! I took like a million pics cuz I was so excited, and it was beautiful.

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INGREDIENTS:

 

– 1/4 onion chopped

-1/2 a shallot thinly sliced

– 1 tsp chopped/ minced garlic

-1 bock choy

– 1/4 cup chopped red pepper

– 1/4 cup chopped green pepper

– 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (you can buy a bag of em’ already prepped at TJ’s)

– 2 cups chopped kale

– 1 Japanese sweet potato (amazing!, and purple inside) But really, you could use any sweet potato.

– salt & pepper

-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

– 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

– 1 tbsp coconut oil

– 1 tbsp brown rice miso

– 1 egg (poached)

– chopped basil for garnish

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Ok so, typically you wouldn’t catch me dead eating egg yolks but for some reason… my body was screaming for it. I know, weird. When everyone says, “it’s always better with an egg on top” holy shit, were they right!

This was great for an easy dinner before heading out. I had all the ingredients in my fridge, so I chopped them all up, threw them in a wok and done!

Throw the sweet potato in the microwave first, for a couple minutes, so that it doesn’t take you forever to cook it through in the pan. in there for a couple min at least, or just keep feeling for softness.

throw veggies in the wok, with salt, pepper and spices. Add in vinegar and miso, keep stirring.

I would keep the heat on medium, if it’s too high, you may burn the veggies before they even cook.

when almost done, in a separate saucepan with boiling water, poach an egg. I just put the raw egg in a big sauce spoon, and dipped it slowly into the boiling water, until it sort of stayed together. a few minutes is all it really needed.

Garnish with a bit of chopped basil and salt and pepper.

Amazeballz!

(this was my first time trying the Japanese sweet potato, and I am hooked! Sweeter than any typical sweet potato I’ve ever had)

 

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Off to Zumba I went…..

But, I wanted to share my latest kitchen obsession! I took a pic, right before leaving.

The CHALKBOARD! Genius. Now, I can use it to keep try of ingredients, cooking times..etc! ugh LOVE.

 

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Class was FAN-Tas_tIc! Super fun. I love all the ladies in there, really inspiring, and you can tell, everyone just really enjoys being there. I like that energy. I wore my polar hear trate monitor, and tracked our 550 cal burn. Awesome!
After class, Jess (the one in the pink) went for a 3 mile run. Yes, in the freezing cold. Holy shit was I COLD! We wore soooooo many layers, beanies, gloves, you name it, still couldn’t manage to get warmed up.

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A little inspiration for y’all:)
I’m taking Friday and Saturday off from working out, and get back on it Sunday.

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Xo guys:)
Have a fabulous day… Sorry so late on my Thursday post.. I’m trying to get better:)

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

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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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Ending the year with some NEW TOYS! Vitamix,Polar ft60,DDf

In new years!, polar, Reviews, Uncategorized, Viamix, WOD On December 31, 2012 2 Comments

Homegurrrrrrrrl just got herself a lil PREZZIE!!!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Do you understand what’s happening right now…my life’s about to change. I finally decided to make the plunge kids. I have wanted this bad boy for SO long, and I woke up this morning on a damn mission. I was at Bed Bath & Beyond as soon as their doors opened. You know me… If I want something…Get ready, that shit is happening.YESSSSSSSSS!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhh

Ok, enough with the annoying “!!!!!!”

Originally $500

I payed $400….oh yes. Wondering how?

The freakin 20% off coupon that we all get in the mail, but never use! Hell no, not passing that up.

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I was so embarrassing this morning at the store, alllllll taking pictures of the box, so I could immediately post on instagram. Goooood Lord. This thing is incredible. You could literally put a whole avocado pit in your smoothie, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell it was in there. it’s that powerful. Also, not to worry, it comes with a 7 YEAR WARRANTY. Pretty great.

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I’ve been geeking out over here. So far this morning, I’ve watched the hour DVD it came with, read the whole recipe book, and researched online. Listen, I’m not gonna buy a $500 blender and not utilize or take advantage of EVERY single feature. I went to the grocery store today, so you best believe, first thing tomorrow morning I will be making my goddess green smoothie 🙂 No chunks in this one! (my last blender was a joke).

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I’ve had this under my favorite tools for the kitchen for a bit now, just waiting for the moment I actually could buy it, and I have a feeling I most definitely Won’t be regretting it. If you don’t already own one,are curious, or are contemplating the purchase, please take a moment to check out the features:

  • Create smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts with one machine
  • The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn, and more, with a single machine
  • Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds
  • break-resistant, BPA-free copolyester pitchers, stainless steel blades and durably-built base
  • break up cell walls, which unlock the nutrition in fruit, vegetables and greens better than any other lower-powered blenders can.

Mi amor, there she is, in all her glory, in her new favorite spot.

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Around 1:00 I got the hell outta the house. I wanted to sport my Christmas gift from Mama. My new polar watch. It was time to set up the fit test, and give this puppy a try. First things first…

Fitness test. Before setting up your new training info and schedule, you must strap this heart monitor/transmitter snug right under your tatas. Follow the steps on the watch,lie down and relax until the watch beeps, your heart rate will now sync. After i did this step, I was ready. Except, I didn’t realize I had to wear the freakin thing every time I worked out to get the accurate heart rate bpm. Yes, ONLY bummer. I went for a quick run with willy to try it out without the transmitter on, and was wondering if I had received a faulty watch. LOL Dummy. The thing is actually not even noticeable. it’s pretty discrete.

Me and the transmitter n’ all headed to LA fitness for my first training sesh.

Today’s workout consisted of:

  • 30 min elliptical intervals high/low resistance
  • 20 min on treadmill. 1 mile @ 6.4 mph. 1/2 mile @ 7.1 & 1/2 mile alternating intervals of 30 seconds 10.0 mph-30 seconds rest
  • Ab series
  • Lower back raises
  • Superman
  • dead lift with 60 lb bar
  • push ups
  • stretching

I was like a kid in a candy store. I swear, this thing inspires you to work harder. The whole time I was working out, I could see exactly what I needed to do to get into a fat burning zone, when I was in rest mode, and when I was in the mid-range zone. I can use this watch to set fitness goals — lose weight, improve fitness, or maximize fitness.

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This watch and transmitter also has an EnergyPointer, which calculates the point where training turns from fat burning to fitness improvement, and in weekly summary you read on the watch

it will also alarm you if your heart rate exceeds or dips below your target sounding an alarm. It tells you how well you have done in each target heart rate zone. Between the tracking and motivational elements, a trainer without the trainer 😉 639 calories burned today. STOKED!

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This image shows precisely how much time I spent in each target heart rate zone during my workout. 3 being the highest intensity. Not just that, the watch saves your training, so that you have the ability to see your improvement.Amazeballz. This little gadget will push you to want to do better and burn more calories. When I would work out before the watch, I was just relying on what the machine would say. I always thought the calorie count was fishy…..it always seemed really high. I put it to the test today, annnnnnd I was right!! The difference was astonishing. It was almost a 175 calorie difference. The Polar ft60 really has the the right accuracy, and even though I realized I wasn’t burning as many cals as I had thought without it, it forced me to work that much harder to get the results I expected. Don’t trust that lying little elliptical;)

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I left the gym feeling fit and accomplished. That transmitter is actually really comfy, I forgot I had it on, and ran my errands for the next 2 hours with the damn thing on. Loser.
I stopped in at the local supplement store near the gym to pick up some staples that I was out of.

MRM BCAA+G Reload
COLLAGEN SPORT Protein in vanilla
MRM L-CARNITINE 1000

Once I got home, willy just about had a heart attack. I just don’t even know what to do anymore! He has the absolute WORST case of separation anxiety. It stresses me out to the max. He had scratched to bottom of the door sooo bad, ripped up the rug in front of the door, AND, manage to get ahold of his leash ( which was hanging by the door) and ate though the leather. Literally now in half, I had to go straight to petco to pick up a new one. Pissed. Wahhhhhhhh…I’m whining. I just was ready to relax.

Finally ready to cook up something yummy and light my new candle by archipelago. Smells like winter! I’m a sucker for setting a mood with a great smelling candle. Sometimes I feel like a little bit of a candle hoarder. I can’t help it. Every time I see them on GILT.COM, I buy like 4 at a time, and store them. LOVE.

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Check out this gorgeous ceramic wine cork. A gift from a friend for christmas 🙂 I poured myself a glass of bordeaux, and began making dinner. I don’t know about you, but I love me some wine during cooking sessions. Oh and of course, with Edith Piaf in the background.

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After my delicious dinner of stewed shredded chicken tenders in broth, spices, and slowly cooked, I took a nice hot shower, and gave myself a sulfur mask.

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I’m a fan of home facials:) this DDF sulfur mask is particularly for acne prone skin. I don’t usually have big breakouts, but I always have issues with in larger pores, so I try to nip it in the bud early. Can’t hurt to do one once every 2-3 wks. Once a week if your skin is quite oily and likely to break out.

Check their website now and receive 20% off your entire order. Love this stuff. Products for all skin types.

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Loving the fact that I AGAIN get to enjoy 3 days off! Looking forward to making my famous scalloped potatoes for the New Years celebration dinner with friends!

What are the plans for New Years guys?
Btw… Pleaseeeeee be safe out there, people are crazy!

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are your favorite low carb New Years cocktails? I need ideas;)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

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XO,

P

Surround yourself with those you LOVE<3

In abs, presents, Reviews, Uncategorized, WOD On December 17, 2012 0 Comments

 

 

Ok… Last night was crazy…we had our SASSOON company party, and it was a blast!
Be ready…pics are coming….
I actually ended up sneaking out earlier that I expected. I was already in a food coma, and If I was to stay, I would’ve kept eating until every god damn raspberry tart was gone. Ugh
I am glad I did, I had to be up early to hit the gym.

SUNDAY WOD:
3 miles on treadmill
( broken up into: 1 mile @ 6.4 rpm
2 mile @ 7.1 rpm
3 mile @ 10.2 rpm for 30 sec/ 30 sec rest)
For a total of 30 minutes
– 25 minutes on stair master. ( fat burner mode. Level 8)

CIRCUIT 1:

10 minute abs
Planks
Crunches
Vertical leg lifts
Stability ball drop downs
Mountain climbers
Bicycles

 

CIRCUIT 2:

3 sets 10 back rows
3 sets 10 dead lifts
10 push up to planks
10 overhead 35 lb barbel lift.

  I  really wanna try this. Great article I found. Looks goooooood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I may take Monday off. My body is feeling really tired. Actually I may just do a quick serious. Maybe a 8 min plank workout by Purely Twins. Check them out…they are such an inspiration!

Hungry as ever, as soon as I walked in the door, I was ready for some fooooooooooood.
I had leftover “FAUX” mashed potatoes, and sweet Thai tenderloins that I had made Saturday morning to take to work, in which I ended up forgetting in the fridge. grrrrrrr. Oh we’ll, I thoroughly enjoyed them after my workout. Sweat sesh accomplished!

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Ok, just take a moment to check out that bomb ass froth on my espresso. I live for it. If you don’t own a Nespresso Pixie, ask for one for Christmas babes!

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As soon as I finished breakfast, I jumped in the shower, packed up the car with prints that needed to be framed, loads of laundry,( don’t judge, yes sometimes I take my laundry to my parents house) and the pup, and took off.

After such horrible news and tragedy last week, all I wanted was to spend time with family. We had a long day planned of Christmas shopping, lunch, and catching up.

First stop: TAARRRRRGETTTTTT. aka. Heaven on Earth.
I never need anything, until I get there. The, suddenly, I need everything..
This place is like a drug. C’mon. U know it.

Pick up a few things for others along with double the things for myself. Hehe.
Had to of course stock up on my fave protein dessert add-ins. .. A couple tbsps of these…protein powder…almond milk…and a little sugar free vanilla syrup. My god. Try this, I promise, this will will your fave dessert too!

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It was 1:00 pm by the time we finished up at target. We stopped off at  local Mimi’s Cafe for a quick bite before heading to the mall. I felt like a teenager again shopping with the rents. Mimi’s has actually REALLY good. The place is a bit silly and definitely has a chain vibe, but whatever. I was actually surprised how yummy my salmon was!

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I think that they recently remodeled this place…I’m loving the planters out front! I always love the idea of the lettuce heads!

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Super quaint inside. In true Paula fashion, taking loads of pictures of carbohydrates that I wish I was stuffing my face with. Sighhhhhh

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Snuck a pick of Madge & Padge. Aren’t they the cutest??

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For my lunch, I ordered a Fitness omellette. (egg whites,mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes) and a side of grilled salmon. It was LA BOMBA.

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We spent another couple hours shopping at the mall. We are the absolute WORST when it comes to surprises. We spent the whole time practically picking out our own presents! lol I was sooo done after the crazy suburban mall fiasco, that I was ready to sit down, and enjoy something warm, so we stopped at Coffee Bean.

FAVORITE DRINK:

Tall 100 calorie Cafe Mocha.

Extra hot. No sugar added/ Nonfat

If you’re lucky some Coffee Bean’s are starting to carry unsweetened almond milk;) Ask!

Are you a Coffee Bean, Starbeeeez, or Pete’s girl?? I’m not a fan of Starbucks. BITTER!

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As of now, I think I have purchased all of the prezzies that I needed to buy. I think I may hit up a few last minute shops on Wednesday night, but I’m not stressin. I can’t wait for the 25th, I can’t wait to see my brother, and I CAN”T wait  to start a fresh new year!!

 

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I couldn’t leave Vicki Secret’s without treating myself with a little nighty;) Not like anyone except me is gonna see it, but I don’t give a shit. I like to feel cute when I go to bed.

(so embarrassing).

But really, it’s gorgeous.

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I also picked up a few reads I’ve been itching to check out. I saw these on one of the blogs I follow and had to have them. My cookbook library is gonna have to get cleaned out soon. I think I’ve become a book hoarder. I’m about to raid these for new recipes! & Obviously,when I make, I will share. Duh.

And if you get a chance, Please check out these books. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes are innovative, and all some form of healthy.

 

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OK…New product alert!!!!!!

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle from this new company  NERIUM AD to try out. Tonight was my first night trying it. I had to take a close up picture of the condition of my skin. Yes, a close-up. A REAL close-up. I saw all of my hyper pigmentation, my fine lines, and deep pores. Ughh, not cute. Being that I have olive toned skin, I am naturally prone to dark sun or aging spots. Most likely from the sun, I never wore sunscreen until about 2 years ago, when I realized, Paula, you will look like the grandma on “There’s something about Mary”. No thanks.

Anyway, I’ve heard that all those laser treatments and stuff don’t really make a difference. I haven’t got the money for a $400 treatment that I may need to get done once every 4 wks. Not happening. I’m trying to start my preventative face regimen NOW!

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Third-party clinical trials show that NeriumAD dramatically reduces the appearance of:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Aging Skin

 

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After being shocked over the gruesome and horrible tragedy last week, all I wanted to do, was be home with my family. I have absolutely no words for the sadness that this sick boy brought on to so many people. I pray for the families, teachers, and the community.

 

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Reviews… YUMMIES…& A “Glowing Green Smoothie”

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


My beautiful people,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And for THE HOLIDAYS:

 

WEDNESDAY WORKOUT Re-Cap:

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

30 min

intervals of : 2 min @ incline 8/ resistance 5

3 min @ incline 5/ resistance 9

Sweaty netty was in the hizzy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proud to announce the launch of “Beauty Sludge”

 

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

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

 

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Some RAW pistachios

Roasted sea weed snacks from Trader Joe’s

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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INGRIDIENTS:

 

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

 

 

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FOR THE DRESSING:

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

 

 

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

ciao babes!

xx

 

oh before I forget….

FIND OF THE DAY:

 

 

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

 

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