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PICKLED GARLIC RADISHES!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, Raw food, skinny grocery list, vegan, Vegetarian On June 14, 2015 1 Comment

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    Happy Sunday babes!

As promised on my Instagram, I am bringing you my favorite and super EASY recipe for pickled radishes! On a recent trip to my annoyingly jam-packed Whole Foods, I decided to pick up produce that I normally wouldn’t purchase on my weekly shopping trip. These babies were calling my name! Big pink balls….hmmm. I’ll take em’.

Lol. Anyyyyyyway… I promise they’re REALLY delicious raw, pickled, or cooked. Why should you consume these big pink balls…

HERE’S WHY!

  1. Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and it acts as a powerful detoxifier too. That means that it purifies the blood and eliminating toxins and waste. 
  2. Radishes are considered roughage, which means that it is composed of indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, water retention, and it fixes constipation, which is one of the major causes of piles.
  3. Radishes are diurectic in nature, which means that they increase the production of urine.  It also cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys.
  4. Radishes are very filling, which mean that they satisfy your hunger without running up your calorie count. High in fiber and low on the glycemic index
  5. Are rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, they have been connected to treating many types of cancer, particularly colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach and oral cancer. Radishes are part of the Brassica family, and like the other members of that taxonomic classification, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with antioxidants.

For more info… read up on Organic Facts. *source

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This glorious pickled veggie is fabulous over some BOMBA carne asada tacos, or some Soyriso tacos for all my Vegetarians out there 😉 Throw some on a salad, and even use up some of the vinegar as dressing! Helllllo!!!

Point is…it’s very versatile! Hell, even throw in some sliced carrots and jalapeños for some more bite!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One bunch or organic radishes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vinegar (Iused organic apple cider vinegar, but you could use white, or red)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic ( I like it really garlic-y, otherwise leave whole)
  • 3 tbsp honey (I used Natures Hollow -sugar free)
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

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DIRECTIONS:

***Rinse radishes and cut the green tops off.

***Use a mandolin to thinly slice radishes or use a very sharp knife. Add into mason jar or other canning jar that can be securely tightened. Add chopped or whole garlic, and peppercorns

***In a saucepan, heat up water, vinegar, honey (or sugar) and salt until BEFORE it boils.

***Let the liquid cool before adding it to glass jar of radishes.

***Once cool, add mixture into the jar and tightly seal.

KEPT IN THE FRIGDE FOR UPTO 2 WEEKS. 

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Hope you all enjoy! It’s super easy, and remember, you can pickle faaaaakin ANYTHING! Pick up some glass canning jars and lesssss go!

Please let me know if you try this out!

xoxoxo!!!

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Live to LAUGH with The Laughing Cow

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, local shopping, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On January 29, 2014 2 Comments

Hi friends!!!!! How is everyone!? I can’t believe that January is almost behind us! Feels like yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year! So crazy. I still find it very hard to get back into my fitness and diet. It’s ridiculous how quickly the pounds can pack on. Ugh. It also is not helping that this year, in fact, next week is my 30th BIRTHDAY! After much thought…I’m thinking that I like the way that sounds. Hi, I’m Paula, and I’m thirty. Yep. Ok.
Be cool Paula. Lol
Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time losing the 8 -10 lbs I gained during the holidays… Is it possible that, as soon as you turn thirty, your body knows it and goes, “haha, now you’re gonna have to work double extra hard to keep up your metabolism betch!?” Oh god.
Anyway, I’ve got a really fun post for you today! I’ve been a huge fan of The Laughing Cow for a long time. I must say , life is much better with these babies in my life. I’m actually laughing as I write his because, I actually remember telling my friends ” seriously…you know what would be on my tombstone when I go,(obviously, in a morbid way) “Everything is better with a cheese wedge!” Hahahhahah sounds creepy. But in all seriousness, I haven’t tried a flavor that I haven’t loved! Check out the post I did on my favorite Laughing Cow snack ideas!
The laughing Cow has provided me with products to try out as well as a $10 gift card for this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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These little 35-45 calorie cheese wedges add sooo much flavor WITHOUT packing on the calories to your daily macros. The combinations are endless, and seriously make every meal and snack, so much more enjoyable. The 35 calorie cheese wedges are a perfect snack, and come in 7 different flavors. I couLd just eat a triangle by itself! The Smooth Sensations cream cheese spread is 45 calories and super creamy! it really does beat having regular ol’ cream cheese.
I wish I could share with you sooooo many ways, but I’ve narrowed it down to my 3 favorite ways in 3 different meals!
First up:
BREAKFAST

BTW….this can also be a snack. Super easy peazy.
3/4 cup liquid egg whites
Microwave in a greased bowl for 1 min 30 secs, checking and stirring.
Add a Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge or any other fave flavor in the last 30 seconds of heating.
Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and VÍOLA!
Soooo much more delicious flavor to those eggies!

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This is what my amazing LUNCH looked like! Again, this can also be a great mid day snack idea!
My boyfriend and I went nuttzo for this combo! I’m a total egg-a-holic, no joke. I think it’s a great way to get in that protein we all need, especially if hitting the weight room pretty often. This meal is the perfect combo of carbs/fat/protein.
SIMPLE.
Toast one Thomas Whole Wheat bagel Thin, or a low carb tortilla.
Spread 1 Smooth sensation Chive and onion wedge or a White Cheddar wedge (my fave) on your toast of choice.

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Cut a quarter of your pre-made frittata. ( I made mine with carton egg whites, peppers, leeks, kale, onion, and garlic.) also try this recipe.
Stuff inside your your sandwich or wrap and enjoy!!!

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Last but not least…. Check out this bowl of goodness!!!! Yummmmmmmmm, omg.
Ok, this was my dinner…but with how little calories this bowl is, it can easily be consumed as one of your mid-day snacks.(w/out the chicken)
So, all you gotta do is:
pick up 2 bags of Miracle Noodles or Fettuccini (20 calories a bag!) …remove from bag, rinse, and flash boil.
Remove from boiling water, strain, and place in bowl.
Add in: 1 Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge, and 1 light Garlic & Herb cheese wedge
2 tbsp Nonfat sour cream
1/4 tsp crushed garlic
Pinches of each: Mrs. Dash seasonings, thyme, and White Cheddar popcorn seasoning.

For more protein and for more of a complete meal…ad 4 oz chicken breast:)

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Microwave all ingredients until creamy and combined!!! The noodles totally take on the cheesy flavor and it is absolutely an orgasm in your mouth. No exaggeration! So freakin low carb, without the loss of flavor!

NOW THAT, folks…is my idea of fettuccine Alfredo!!!! Sooo healthy!
Without the chicken Calories: 130!!!!
With chicken: Calories: 250!!!

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As you can tell, I’m a huge advocate…and fan of this company.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS!? Please, I would love to hear some more ideas, cuz these are delish!!!
Hope you all have a fab rest of the week!
Cheers to dirty thirty!!!! Lol
Xoxo

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LEAN MUSCLE…SHED FAT! PHASE 2!

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On October 9, 2013 1 Comment

Hello babes! Happy Wednesday! A little late on the post but a Beautiful start to the week. Finally WEEK 5 (phase 2) of my LIVE FIT TRAINER program has begun, and I couldn’t be more stoked. Finally some shit is about to start going down! Cardio is increased from ZERO to 3-4 days a week including 5 days of weight training. Another exciting part of this phase is the “leaning out.”
Remember the first 4 weeks, yeah, that was all “bulking.”
Now it’s time to shred!

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Monday came and went sooo fast! Lots of meal prep going on here! During this PHASE 2, I decided to switch things up a bit. I’m starting to get more outside the box now. Chicken, sweet potato & broccoli kind of got boring so, I’ve now moved on to ground turkey, lean sausage, tuna, and some other fish like cod & tilapia. Brown rice, quest bars, and flax crackers as my starches, and a larger array of colorful veggies. I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with really understanding how much of each macro nutrient I should be eating.
The diet remains pretty similar to the last phase and nutrition is KEY!( 5-6 meals a day. = approx: 20 carbs/ 9 fat/ 24 protein per meal) other than my dinner now has no starch pretty much.

Find out how to calculate here.

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This is considered one of my 5-6 meals in a day. Of course, now, I season everything with mrs. Dash. (NO salt seasoning to reduce sodium consumption)

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I’ve measured this out to be less than 200 calories.

 1 sausage link: 120 calories – 6 grams fat ( you could try veggie sausage as well, just not sure how many cals and fat they have.


1/2 cup frozen onions and peppers

 

3 chopped asparagus

1/4 chopped zucchini

***Cooked on non-stick skillet with any organic pan spray.( I like Trader Joes coconut oil spray)

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Another small meal option ( under 250 cals)


One can of albacore tuna in water. Mixed with your faves.

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I make this and have it ready to go. In a Tupperware..in the fridge..ready to grub. Prep is key. I pretty much am always hungry, and if I don’t have stuff made and prepped in the fridge, such as this, or hard boiled eggs, maybe some turkey slices, I will eat whatever the eff is naughty and around me. Lol.

This recipe is simple:

Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar ( a splash)
1/2 a juicy lemon
1 tbsp capers
4 chopped cherry tomatoes
1 dollop fat free sour cream
Salt & pepper
A bit of chopped fresh onion
A squeeze of siracha or fave hot sauce;)
(Optional : cilantro)

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Ok, sooooo I didn’t completely cut out boring ass lean chicken, cuz the truth is…it is a great source of lean protein, and I do believe I need at least once a day;)
6 oz here folks.
Made a whole big batch of organic brown rice in an ancient rice cooker that I pulled out of god knows where. ( low carb lady hasn’t had “rice” in AGES!!!) anyway, really excited about I cooperating this starch. Before 4 p.m. This is;)
1/2 a cup RICE = a serving

And for my fave part!

This kale Sautée!
Sautéed with shallots and garlic with a bit of coconut oil spray on a non-stick pan
The SECRET To this delicious kale: STEVIA!!!!. Yep. That’s right. Kale tend to taste a bit bitter, so I added just a few drops of liquid stevia to the mix and Voila!!!! Sooooo good! Try it!

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On top of my new fitness routines and nutrition plan during PHASE 2, is the introduction to new fat burning and toning supplements. In doind ALLLLLLLLL of my research, I’ve found a company and product that is best suited for me.

Cellucor 

NO Extreme is my (no-creatine ) PRE WORKOUT supp for phase 2 and C4 (w/ creatine for phase 3

HD is my fat burner. On for 8 wks. off for 4 wks cycle. (did not use fat burners during bulking. Phase 1)

CLK is my supp stacked with the HD for toning & sculpting. Also on a cycle of 8 wks on 4 wks off.

BCAA is my Aminos for DURING and POST WORKOUT.

 

Time to take things to the next level!

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Since these gloves have never lifted so heavy before……Once PHASE 1 was over…I had to trash them. Poor babies. Time for some Harbingers!

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I started busting out my CEP Compression socks for heavy LEG days. I really do find that it helps promote circulation and reduces chances of injury. They take a year to put on my damn feet, haha, but well worth it.

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Here she is folks. No filters. just me. I see improvement in muscle definition after just 4 wks of this program! Ok, of course, not near where I want to be, but on my way.

Obliques are making their way to front and center and biceps are slowly but surely reaching for the sky. Listen, it’s a journey. No one said it would be easy. I feel great, strong and healthy. With this program, I’ve found nutritional balance in caloric intake which I’ve always struggled with. Alright time to make those muscles pop now!!!! lol.

 Please don’t even look at that stupid flexing face I’m pulling.Good lord.

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I’m signing off for today, headed to the gym for serious leg day….but leaving you with an awesome recipe that is perfect for a LEAN, CLEAN meal!

ITALIAN SKILLET TURKEY & VEGGIES

ITALIAN TURKEY & VEGGIE SKILLET
 
Prep time

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Recipe type: SKINNY
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 package extra lean (1.5 G fat per serving) turkey
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 5 mini peppers (yellow,red, orange)
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 big handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 4 tbsp Bella Vita (low carb) marinara sauce (i like spicy)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Mrs Dash. extra spicy seasoning
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste (easy on the salt)
  • optional: 1 tsp siracha or fave hot sauce.

Instructions
  1. sautee onions and peppers with a bit of salt & pepper on a non stick skillet with oil spray. Med heat.
  2. Once softened, add water, vinegar, and marinara sauce.
  3. mix and add turkey. MAKE SURE TO USE A SPATULA TO KEEP BREAKING UP THE MEAT.
  4. Add all spices, hot sauce and garlic and cook on Low/med heat to avoid drying out the lean meat.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 183 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 6 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 2 Protein: 35

 

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And last but certainly NOT least….

A supplement that will aid in fat loss, speed up your metabolism, decreases inflammation and soooooo much more.

Read up on the many more benefits HERE!

make sure to heat food BEFORE adding or mixing this FLAX OIL.

1 tbsp a day keeps the doctor away.

 

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week! COMMIT TO FIT.

**PAULA

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

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

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

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

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

It was a gorgeous evening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW FINDS & FAVES……

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delba-Breads from controlled biological cultivation

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

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

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

Carbs/fat/protein.

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

Well, she’s a WINNER!

Nature’s Hollow SUGAR FREE BBq sauce.

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

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

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

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

Please look them up, and see for yourself.

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

WHAT??! I know, amazeballz.

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

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

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

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

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

LOVE UUUUUUUUU

P

August…it’s been real. HELLO SEPTEMBER!

In abs, At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, lebert equalizer, Never perfect, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac, WOD, yoga On September 3, 2013 1 Comment

Well, well, well…. If it isn’t already September….

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Hi babes! Hope everyone had a fantastic & safe Labor Day weekend;) I just can’t believe that August has already flown by! There is still absolutely NO sign of the weather cooling down. Nope. In the valleys, it’s still triple digits! I need a pool! For the holiday weekend, me and some friends decided to get outta the smoldering, desert heat, and head to the beaches of Ventura, CA.

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Pierpont Beach….. Amazing weather…amazing friends…and a whole lot of partying;)
Willy came along for the ride;)

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We got there around 11:30, and set up our spot. I got the BEST lil table that folds up from crate and barrel, that I’m completely obsessed with, and take everywhere…so we payed out all our snacks and drinks:) we started with mimosas of course, but used light Minute Maid 50% less sugar OJ instead of regular. Some more friends met up, and we moved to light beer. There’s just something so refreshing about an ice cold beer at the beach. Michelob Ultra to be exact. It’s super light, and low carb! Cheers to fun & tan lines;)

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Around 4:30 we headed up for a killer (&low carb) BBQ! It was amazing! Lean Jennie-O Italian sausages, marinaded chicken breast, carne asana, bell peppers, spinach salad… OHHH myyyyyyyy!
Chips & salsa…(not so low carb, but still indulged) oooooooo, and some homemade rum, vanilla liquor cake that my friend Jules had brought. A bit of a food coma set in, but, hey…it’s a holiday:) lol.

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Willy loosing his shit….as usual. He LOVES his beach time.

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After din we all headed back down to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Spectacular. Absolutely stunning.
That night, (sunday) we all went out in downtown Ventura, and had a ball. Super fun..lots of cocktails, and bar hopping. You know what that means…. Monday breakfast would be a cheat… Lol. I was dying for a rich, and delicious Blueberry Cornbread Muffin from Café Nouveau. Hands down fave breakfast joint.

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Well, luckily..we made it home without traffic:)
Tuesday came far tooooooo fast.
Somehow, my pretty yellow roses lived though my un-air conditioned apartment for 2 days. WTF. So happy.

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I woke up this morning feeling pretty defeated. I gotta tell ya, I cannot hang like I used to. My body was yelling at me for sure. I felt bloated, heavy, and lethargic. At that moment….I made some decisions.
Chill the Fu*% out…

Chill on the drinking!

I quit sugar. (Again)

Stick to low carb… ( with the exception of these healthy carbs: sweet potato (limited) squash. Tomatoes (limited) most fruits. Gluten free oats (sometimes)

Limit snacking.

(Holiday..or not!)
Listen, all of these things I’ve got to keep reminding myself, and even write down because THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME.
Start your SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN NOW!!!!!!
Shake it off ladies. Jump back on the fit train! Today is Tuesday….the day after the holiday…lets do werrrrrk!!!!
I threw on shorts and a sports bra and looked up today’s GPP Fitness WOD.
This was a really great one. Kicked my ass.
Not too busy at work today, so I also plan to take a Corepower class around 4:30 today… Really starting to feel like myself again, after a few days of whatever the fu%*.

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Breakfast this morning was DA BOMMMBBBB! Doesn’t look very exciting, but it was exactly what my body was screaming for. Protein..protein..and omegas. Lol.
Work didn’t start till 11:00 am, so I had time to bake a fresh wild caught salmon:)
I made a delicious runny egg and yes, I did eat the yolk. Yummmmmm. I’m a new person.
Lately I’ve stopped using oil sprays, even the organic ones. I’m just over them. I’ve now switched to a teeny bit of coconut oil or Ghee.

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Oh you know…just a little selfie this fine Tuesday…. Loving my new Ray Bans btw. September is mos def lookin up;) feeling really strong and looking forward to keeping up with the decisions I’ve made.(above)

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LUNCH:

A large handful of spinach leaves.

Low sodium organic turkey slices. (3)

1 small avocado

2 hard boiled eggs. (Only 1 yolk)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

4:30 Heated Power Yoga Sculpt (w/ weights) at Corepower, Sherman Oaks.

HEATED POWER YOGA WITH WEIGTHS
A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. It is recommended that you take at least one CorePower level 1 or 2 (C1 or C2) class before a Yoga Sculpt class.

DINNER:
(Haven’t eaten yet, but will be….)

1 filet Alaskan Cod baked with Dijon and lemon.

Sautéed spinach and garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil.

DESSERT:

Low carb vanilla mug cake.

side note: I just got back from Corepower Yoga.. Holy mother of god!! That yoga sculpt class kicked my ass soooo hard!

Not trying to re-live the past or anything, but……
I can’t help bu t share some really great moments from last month.
BEAUTIFUL AUGUST.

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Received the beautiful photos from my bestie Brooke’s wine country wedding. Loved seeing theses.

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Absolutely love this quote! Sooooo my friends.

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This picture says it all! My best friends… We’re crazy, we like to dance, we say gross things, we don’t judge each other, and we’re there for one another no matter what. Tru dat.
Holla at a bitch.

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August also came with a big surprise. A new business opportunity, and I took it. I made the leap to a new salon. Come see me at Román Salon for the best haircuts and Brazilian Blowouts you will ever get;)
Check out www.paulabedo.com for info (hair inspirations and looks to come)

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AUGUST PIN OF THE MONTH:
Ummmm…there are just no words.
These cupcakes are the most adorable lil thangs I have ever seen!!!!

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Leaving you with something to remember…. Get it. You skinny lil bitch;)
Love you all!

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Make these LOW CARB pancakes and GREEN juice your morning ritual!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, hike, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, SPARTAN SPRINT, Uncategorized, willy, WOD, yoga On August 21, 2013 2 Comments

Happy Tuesday lovelies! It’s been a FABULOUS day today, I must say….I’m absolutely loving my new job at Román Salon!
This morning I didn’t have a client till 11 am, so I took full advantage;) I woke up to my 5:45 A.M. iPhone alarm, thinking I would catch the 6:00 A.M. Hotyoga class at corepower, but instead, I decided to leave that for the evening and take a morning hike:)
Of course I woke up with a rumbling hungry tummy (as I always do) so, I quickly whipped up some super clean ( & low carb) coconut flour/banana pancakes. Here’s the recipe.

MAKES 8 SMALL PANCAKES

8 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 packet of stevia

7 egg whites

2 large eggs

1/2 mashed banana

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

NOTE: they cook pretty fast on a greased skillet, soooo, watch em’
I topped them with a little sugar free honey & figs:)

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I always make sure I’ve got these key items within arms reach. Here’s a fitchick’s pantry:

** COCONUT FLOUR
** ALMOND FOUR
** VANILLA (ALL NATURAL) PROTEIN POWDER
** EGG WHITES
** EGGS
** FROZEN/FRESH BANANAS
** STEVIA
** PB2
** GLUTEN FREE OATS
** 0% GREEK YOGURT
** UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK
** FLAX MEAL
** ORGANIC CACAO POWDER
** CHIA SEEDS
** RAW NUT BUTTERS

These are usually my go-to baking products. All of these are available at your local health food market, so stock up your pantry, and get to playing and testing in that kitchen of yours! Staying on track of your healthy habits has never been so easy or delicious! Honestly, my substitutions for naughty breakfasts has kept me very satisfied, and I never feel as though I’m “missing out”. Get me?

Before heading out on my morning hike to Fryman Canyon, I made my morning green juice which consisted of the the following:

* 1 big Swiss chard leaf

* 4 Dino kale leaves

* 3 big romaine leaves

* a handful of parsley

* 2 stalks celery

* 1 small Persian cucumber

* fresh ginger

* fresh turmeric

* 1/2 green apple

* 1 lemon
I also have been adding some new faves to the mix:

**whole aloe juice

**chlorophyll
I have really been feeling the difference when having one of these in the morning.

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It’s been such a hectic couple of weeks, that my folks offered to babysit Willy for this week, and I couldn’t be more greatful. I’m sorry, but having a pup with severe separation anxiety can be really stressful. I always feel so bad when I can’t be with him all the time. It stresses me out thinking about it frankly. So, luckily…he LOVES going to his grandparents house. Ugh…does it make me a bad mommy that I need a break????:(
Mom, sent me a pic of willy this morning. Look at him!!! Sooo happy! She took him to the park, and he ran wild!

(Awe…now I miss him)

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Although pretty foggy still out, the hike was awesome! I would say, the loop ties about an hour all together. It’s a nice balance of uphill/downhill. If your into hiking, or even trail running/racing….you have GOT to get these trainers! They are so lightweight and fit like a dream. Oh, and no laces;) the Saloman Speedcross 3’s are THE ONLY SHOE TO BUY!!

I like seeing shoes worn and dirty. Gives them life.

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By now, 8:30 am, I’ve still got an hour to kill before hopping in the shower. God I love this schedule!
Anyway, as you know….the weakest part of my body is my core. I remembered that last night, I had received my Spartan Race WOD email, and I was alllllllllll AB intense, so I threw my tired ass on the floor and started crunching, twisting, lifting, you name it…I was doin’ it. Lol.
Ok….now I’m DONE!

Y’all should try this one out. Get your Spartan WOD emails now!

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Had a really great day at work. Was fully booked from 11-4, then came home:) a little weird coming home to an empty house. I’m used to Willy crying and jumping up like a crazy for 45 minutes after I walk through the door. Lol.

I almost didn’t know what to do with myself being off so early. I’m used to not getting home till 7 on Tuesdays.
I had a quick snack and headed to CorePower for a 6:00P.M. Hot Power Fusion class. Although a bit tired, I felt really strong in today’s class.

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I literally walk out of there dripping. As if I just got out of the shower. It’s so crazy. I tried to take a pic of how sweaty I was, but it really doesn’t suffice. In fact, this is a pretty dumb picture. Lol
Mmmmmk.

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I was starved after class, so I reheated some leftover baked salmon, and through it over a big salad. Omg, I just can’t get enough salmon these days. For dessert, I ate another one of those delicious pancakes from this morning. I couldn’t help it. Totally obsessed.
I’m actually in a bit of a food coma right now as I write this, so please excuse my grammatical errors and bad language, I swear, it’s my body telling me to shut the f*%k up and go to bed;)

Before I pass the EFF out, I am super excited about what I recently got in the mail!! Eeeeeeeeeeweeaaaaa, I love my friends at APS. (Allproscience) They have sent me some super sweet samples of recovery to try out. I’m super active, and just as important as fueling your body before a workout is, so is RE-fueling your body after. These are 100% natural, and have no artificial sweeteners. I am so feeling that. I seriously hate gimmicks. These peeps give to ya straight. I’ve had some great success with there GRASS FED WHEY PROTEIN in the past, so I’m excited for their new stuff. Check out my recipes using ALL PRO SCI grass fed whey.

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Please be on the lookout for new Recovery Popsicle recipes coming up soon!!!!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT BEFORE BEDTIME….

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Breakfast date tomorrow morning with Haley at Le Pain Quotidien before Zumba! Yummmmm

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SUMMER IS HERE! Time to get bikini Ready;) here’s your guide to success with The laughing cow & friends, Women’s Health workouts and ME!

In clean food, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, new faves, PARTY TIME, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, sweets, Uncategorized On June 21, 2013 2 Comments


The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this review. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand

Guess what! First day of summer OFFICIALLY begins on JUNE 21st!Ekkkkkkk! Yes…that is tomorrow. Lol. So, we need to get it together ladies!
I know…we all know what that means! It’s time for a new bikini, and for most of us, this is dreadful, including me. It seems like we spend all year trying to prep our bodies and minds for this very moment. Haha. It does. It sounds ridiculous, but it is what it is! If it means working out more throughout the year, and changing eating habits….it’s all good then. We’ve done good for our bodies. I can think of worse things we could be doing. Lol.

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A we all know, to reach ultimate results with optimal health, you need a game plan, a goal to reach.
I always remind myself…”Paula, it took 29 years to have this body, it ain’t gonna take 2 months for that body to change” I tell myself that when I’m feeling doubt, or when I wanna just say “eff it,give me that damn ice cream!”
It’s time. It’s time to start making changes, and for the long haul. Btw..as I write this to you…I’m saying it to myself too;) Trust me, it’s hard for all of us sometimes. We are not robots. We have emotions, and sometimes those emotions lead to bad decision making. The key: To not beat yourself up about it. Stress is the root of all evil! That is why we’ve got this 89/20 rule. Beacause we can’t be perfect all the time!

Today, I’ve got a super exciting post for y’all! Dedicated to our summer bodies of course:) ( and hopefully continues after summer;) )
I’ve teamed up with my friends at The Laughing Cow to bring you some delicious and easy snack ideas and quick anywhere/anytime workouts ( brought to you by women’s health )to keep you on track and ready for summertime fun!
The 2 week calendar below will help direct you on how to get started! The Laughing Cow, along with some of my fave bloggers, Sarah Dussault, and Tina Haupert came up with all of these fantastic tips and ideas to make it easier on ya! It’s time to get our minds right!

For the next two weeks…. Follow these steps every day, to ensure success!
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NEXT UP…….

I’ve got some amazing workouts for you to try at home or at the gym. My favorite magazine, Women’s Health, is always either on my coffee table or at work. I am constantly following their quick but effective workouts, and I love to share them. Remember: If you use your time wisely with your workouts, you won’t need to spend 1 1/2 hrs at the gym. Trust me.

Below are some great examples of fat burning, muscle building, and HIIT.
When doing these workouts, and any workout really, keep in mind that, if it doesn’t challenge you, you MUST CHANGE IT UP. Always keep your body guessing. What this means…..really, 5 lb dumbbells. Um, you can do better than that… K, know what I mean;)

WOMEN’S HEALTH: The FASTEST way to lose 10 pounds!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: Get a bikini body-that ROCKS!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: A 15 minute arm workout- Armed for summer!
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WOMEN’S HEALTH: The 15 AB workout!
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..
My fave…..

LIFE CHANGING FITNESS: GPP fitness.

And of course, as we all know, but hate to admit….that ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN…
So, to add to your hectic life….brought to you by The Laughing Cow and myself, a few quick, easy, and yummy ASS snacks for you to stay on track, are these babies! 😉
Snacking is how I live sometimes. In between meals and clients, I need a pick me up. My body needs to know that I haven’t neglected it, so remember to snack on something small in between meals to avoid:
#1: Not over-eating
#2: To avoid your body from storing fat ( if you go too long without eating while active, your body will think that you aren’t going to feed it, and will begin storing fat, or eating away muscle) no thanks.
#3: To not become ” HANGRY ” ( I apology see for what I said when I was hungry type attitude) lol

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD ON NUT CRUSTS

A packet of these RAW wheat free crusts will set ya back $4.50 totally worth it. Gluten free, raw, and amazeballz!

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD:

2-3 hard boiled eggs chopped ( only 1 yolk)

1 triangle of Chipotle Laughing Cow wedge

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tbsp light sour cream or 0% chobani nonfat yogurt

Salt & pepper

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Mix together, top over crust and your done. BOMB!

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These are fantastic! Little savory bite sized salmon cakes;)

SALMON CUCUMBER TOASTS”

5 whole wheat wheat thins

1 triangle of your favorite Laughing Cow cream cheese spread. ( my fave is chipotle and queso fresco)

1 tbsp of leftover baked salmon ( could also use smoked salmon, but more sodium)

Thick grated fresh cucumber

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

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This is the perfect snack. Balanced in fat, protein and carbs, your body will thank you. This is a great pre or post workout snack;)

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If your not into fish, no bigs….you can use chicken breast too;)
Oh, and did I mention that 1 wedge of Laughing Cow is only 35 CALORIES!
Love that! Lots of summer parties and BBQs happening this summer so bust these out as a fresh appetizer! Yummmmmmmm

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For you who have a gnarly sweet tooth, like me, I’ve got something for us!!!! I have to admit….I can’t have a meal without finishing up with a dessert;) with this sweet little bite, it satisfies that craving. I was over the moon when my Laughing Cow wedges got delivered and I saw this…. FREAKIN CINNAMON CREAM ummmm, are you kidding me!
Obsession. With only 45 calories a wedge, you can eat this with absolutely no guilt. This is lovely smeared over a cut up apple, or well, pretty much any fruit.
Right now…get ready to go BA-NA-NASSSSS!

CINNAMON CREAM BANANAS ROUNDS

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These are a fave! Kids adore them, and adults freak out;) top with your favorite seeds, nuts, or even a bit of chocolate.

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Here’s the easy steps:

2 bananas (cut rounds)

2-3 Cinnamon Cream Laughing Cow wedges

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds

Shaved raw cacao (100%- the higher the % the higher in antioxidants)

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In between 2 banana rounds, sheer a bit of the cinnamon cream and alternate with your toppings.
Serve chilled. So easy and delicious:)

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Summer time, is the best time to eat clean and light, don’t you agree? It’s hot out, and
the last thing I want or crave during this time of year especially, is something heavy. Ugh. This is a great lunch idea. Now…for the vegetarians out there, clearly you won’t be using turkey breast, but….you could easily sub that out for some yummy sweet potato, beets, rotated carrots, or even seasoned tofu. Your call:) we all know, I love my protein, and by lunch time, I’m in serious need for something protein packed.

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I wanted to try out some of these new Laughing Cow flavors, so I made three faux sushi rolls using the Light Creamy Swiss, Garden Vegetable, and the Chive & Onion wedges. Omggggggggg. So bomb! What I LOVE about these, is that that is all you need to add flavor. No need for mayo, or to OD on salt and pepper. Each wedge packs a mean punch of yummy flavor.

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TURKEY & CHEESE “sushi” ROLL UPS

3 soy paper wraps

Finely chopped romaine

Organic herbed turkey breast

3 favorite Laughing Cow wedges.

3 of these roll ups for lunch, and you’re barely knocking on 200 calories! Whattttttt!

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Lunch is packed. Loads of water…fruit…hummus…roll ups…cheese wedges.. Done n done.

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For fun…. A healthy summer bubbly drink:)
Add your favorite alcohol for PARTY TIME! Lol
Listen…I’m not some health saint…I like a cool summer cocktail as much as the next chick, so if your gonna drink, make it AMAZING!

Crushed ice

Muddled strawberries

Muddled blueberries

A squeeze of Meyer lemon

Your favorite kombucha or kevita probiotic drink

A shot of your favorite rum, tequila, gin, or vodka

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Yeah! Now….Amigas, you got the knowledge, you’ve got the motivation, you’ve got the workouts, you’ve got the recipes, tips and ideas….what’s stopping you!? Stop saying…”I’ll start tomorrow” Start NOW. We do it together… Break outta your shell!!
Summer is HERE! You’re beautiful and your worth it. Remember that.

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Xoxo,
Paula

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Better late than never! My Monday in food and reviews

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

 

 

 

 

Happy ( late) Monday Babes!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

-Thinly sliced mushrooms

– Bean sprouts ( laaaaavvvvvv these)

-Coconut oil

-Salt & pepper

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

-liquid aminos.

-cayenne pepper( fo that spice!)

-optional: sprinkle sesame seeds

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

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

-Lemon.

-Salt & pepper

-Crushed garlic

-A dash of blood orange infused olive oil

-Orange zest

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

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

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One of my beautiful lunches.

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

RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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

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

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

 

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT FINDS!

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

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

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

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

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MACA POWDER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHALLENGE!!!!

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

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

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

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THIS WEEK IN SKINNY TIPS;)

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

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

In Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On April 20, 2013 5 Comments

 

OH HEY BODYBUILDER!

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEAL PLANS

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

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

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

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For “ON THE GO” gals:

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NEW FAVORITE PRODUCT

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

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Happy 1st day of SPRING BABES!

In life, skinny grocery list, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On March 20, 2013 0 Comments

Yada,yaya,yada…Well, what can I say, I had yet, another fabulous weekend, and a great start to my week. Busy as ever, so I will try my best to catch you guys up on the latest and greatest in Paula world;)
Remember, as of APRIL 1, I will finally have Wednesdays off from the salon to focus on my blogging and ZUMBA, woooohooooooo! I feel like so much has happened since the last we spoke!

Let’s start with my bridal shower meeting on Sunday with the girls. No, not my bridal shower, (puleeeaaazeee) my bestie Brooke’s. Remember……San Fran weekend????? Lol.
Alicia hosted a fabulous brunch at her house in which she served homemade yummy fajitas, with low carb tortillas ( love her), fresh fruit salad ( bananas, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
Champagne, and fresh squeezed OJ.

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Ladies who brunch….

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Annddddddd….the “MOST ORGANIZED” award goes toooooooo……
ALICIA!!!!

I mean, how freakin cute is this. She had made pamphlets for each one of us that included:
MENU
DRINKS
DECOR
PARTY FAVORS

We accomplished soooo much, and designated assignments for each one of us. Super stoked on my job… LOW CARB DESSERTS AND SANGRIA! I’m about to blow this shit out da water!

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Today is officially the first day of SPRING, and I am on it like white on rice! Stopped at the farmers market this weekend and picked up some beautiful fresh flowers to brighten up the house. I am feeling spring, FOR SURE, except that…for some reason….I’m in all black today. Hmmmm. Weird.

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I went a little overboard with all the damn flowers, lol. It may or may not be a bit much.

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So, as you all know, I’m gearing up to teach Zumba, so this weekend was full of practicing. Writing down the routine helps immensely… One DVD after another…

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Not as much as dancing the routine in front of the mirror though!! I would catch up on some bills, and blogging, then jump into a routine while yelling out Q’s. Lord bless my neighbors. Loud Latin music, yelling, and stomping. Keeping it classy.

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Later that day, I joined the Sandy Campy Fitness team for a meeting about the new upcoming schedule. I will be teaching Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, and Thursday nights at 8:00pm. We had loads of fun, ate delicious pot stickers and a raw kale salad. Oh, I forgot…..and BOMB ASS chocolate mousse cake. Yummmmmmmmmm. Sandy is so sweet. Before we left, she gave each one of us a cute little heart shaped gem stone on a chain. Along with the stone, we also got a list of different gems and what each color stands for. Love my new team:)

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Made sure to take time to do a bit of grocery shopping as well. Trying a few new things.
Jarlsberg LITE Swiss cheese. ( 1 slice= 3.5 fat, 0 carbs, 9 protein)
Suzie’s kamut cakes (30 calories, 0 fat, 5 carbs)
Applegate herb turkey slices ( 2 oz= 0 fat, 0 carbs, 10 protein)

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Words you, and I should live by….. This is totally true. Seriously…because knowing me, after a couple glasses of wine…..I start raiding the pantry. Not a good look on anybody. If there’s anything remotely unhealthy in my house, trust me, it’s gone in 2 seconds…all of it. I’m trying to work on this. I promise.lol.

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(Source: instagram)
My most exciting purchase this weekend! I’ve been looking for the perfect Popsicle molds and hallelujah!!! I have found them! I stopped into Crate & Barrel and of course, wanted to buy everything…and saw these from the corner of my eye. The best part was, they were 13 bucks for 6 molds! Please do follow one of my favorite instagram friends who inspired me to start making protein pops. FITALICIOUS_ME. Time for summer…and ice cream;)

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Best news of all!! I taught a song in Sandy’s class last night! My first time front and center:) It was AWESOME! The room was full of fantastic vibes, and I had my Spartos to keep me hydrated and full of energy!

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This Thursday, I will be showcasing 2 songs in Sandy’s class:)

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This week’s Pinterest Health find:
A great cheat sheet for the benefits of foods.

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(Source: Pinterest)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Any plans for east weekend???
I’ve got a lot of very exiting stuff coming your way! A couple of great new recipes, some reviews, and an awesome giveaway! Stay tuned babes!
Xoxo,
P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mini Blueberry Protein Muffins

I had 3 this morning. Lol. Delish.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup of liquid egg whites

1/4 cup of rolled oats

1/4 cup of vanilla whey protein isolate

1 tbsp of coconut flour

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

1/2 tsp of baking powder

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

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

Fresh or frozen blueberries ( a handful)

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

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

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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WHOLE FOODS HEALTH SNACK FINDS:

seasoned sprouted lentils

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

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

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

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

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A short, but sweet post…

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

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Weekend MASH-UP<3

In abs, At home cooking, circuit, clean food, polar, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Viamix, WOD On February 26, 2013 4 Comments

Hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend! One of my besties came in from New York and I couldn’t have been happier to see him;) it was a pretty mellow weekend, but I had to get a lot done. You know, the usual… Gym..laundry…haircuts…cook..visit the folks…Sunday morning, I started with a fasted morning mostly cardio workout.

Took my L-CARNITINE (empty stomach)
BCAA+g mixed in water for during and after workout.

I’ve been trying to work on the abs more lately. They’re getting better, but to be honest, my cheat meals are catching up to me. That is why I HATE “cheat meals” uhhhh. They turn into triggers for bad decision making for me.
Anyway… This morning cardio was exhausting.

30 min on elliptical (high intensity intervals)
1 mile run at 6.7
30 second sprints for 5 minutes

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God, locker pics are so silly. Lol
I’ve got my essentials.
My Polar watch/ heart rate monitor

My harbinger workout gloves

My blender mixer bottle

Filled with BCAA+g of course

My iPod and case filled with killer playlists that make me wanna scream HELLL YEAHHHHHH!

Oh, and a reallllly good sports bra! A must

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Left the gym feeling powerful! I sweat my ass off. 45 min cardio and 15 AB circuit.
This lil watch makes you wanna work harder for sure! Best investment ever!

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Since I did a fasted workout this morning, I was ready for something in my belly as soon as I got in the car! My trustie Quest bar. These bars are my go-to source of a post workout meal. The coconut is probably my favorite flavor. No artificial sweeteners. Loves it. Soooo good, best part for me…( for my lazy digestive tract) a great source of fiber too;)

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I planned to go to the folks house today, but not before hitting up the Sunday farmers market. I changed outta my sweaty ass clothes, grabbed my recyclable bags, and headed to the farmers.
I stocked up on:

cauliflower

Onions

Cilantro

Parsley

Swiss chard

Strawberries

Grapefruit

Tomatoes


I sample absolutely everything at that place, so I leave feeling like I just had another meal:)
Today’s lunch at Mom and Dad’s house. No BBQ today. I had to run around and get some clients in, so we really didn’t have time, but he’ll, this ishhhhh was the bomb! Super easy lunch. Ground turkey and a side salad. Yummmmmm and full of lean protein.
We watched a movie as I finished my million loads of laundry. Don’t judge, yes, I took my laundry to my parents house. Weekday laziness brought me to this 😉

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By 4:30, I left because I had the bestie coming to stay with me before heading back to New York, and we had dinner plans. Where else, but my favorite Mexican restaurant walking distance from my house… Casa Vega.
Total fatty at dinner. Inhale a basket of chips. Yes, I know. But shared a taco salad( no dressing) and shrimp cocktail with my friend, so not that gnarly.

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We had the best margaritas! Fresh cucumber margiessss!

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Made with real muddled cucumber, tequila, fresh lime, and agave…but, you know me….” Um, no agave please” little did they know, I had my stevia drops stashed in my purse;) lol. They were amazing! I will most def be trying these at home! Hello, LOW CARB OPTION!

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We came back to my house after dinner and Alicia poured us some wine. Well, apparently I’ve broken all my wine glasses in the dishwasher, cuz she somehow found what she thought were a good alternate….. She hands us my centerpiece candle holders! Hahaha. She was all..”what? I thought they were just extra large cups!?” Lol. Bless her.
God, we freakin laughed our asses off all night! Alicia, and Brian’s brother left, so me and Brian decided to run across the street to 7-11 and get ice cream like a bunch of fat kids. We watched some crazy ass scary movie and passed out. Don’t judge, but I had 1/2 a pint. Lol
The next thing I’m about to tell you will absolutely shock you!!

I SLEPT IN TILL 10:30!!!!

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Somebody felt guilty about last night’s festivities…hmmmmm.
Shake time!
All of my ingredients right here!
Delicious and anti inflammatory.
berries
Kale
Almond milk
Bee pollen
Probiotics
Raw acai powder
Irish moss
Hemp seeds
Vanilla about time whey

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It was my first time trying my Irish moss! Wooohoooo! It ended up being a great thickener, and I didn’t taste it at all! Three it all in the vitamix. Happy girl. My guiltless breakfast of champs. All of these ingredients are amazing alone, but when put together are like miracle workers. Immediately, I felt less bloated. Last night was a bit much. If your in search of a good probiotic… I recommend this one. Keep it refrigerated. 42 billion live active cultures. Stoked! I open one capsule and add it to my shakes, or you can just take the pill form. Either way, AMAZING!

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I had to take Brian to the airport at 1:30, so I made sure to drag him out for a hike before we left. It was such a gorgeous day, we couldn’t pass it up. Plus, he was about to head straight back to blizzard central New York, I figured he needed a bit of sunshine!

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Little Wilbur came with us! Yipeeeeee;)

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We hiked gorgeous Fryman canyon. 1 hour start to finish. Uphill to midway point. Not too difficult, but just right;)

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The best part…. Lol. I ran into an ex hiking up. He was coming towards me, and I wanted to die, cuz he was with a chick. Omg. It was just all around awkward, lets just say that. Hahahaha. This is a small town apparently.

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After hike snack before heading to the airport:
1/2 a bulb raw fennel
And a handful of strawberries.
I also tried a sample of AMINOLAST by Gaspari Nutrition. I shook this up to save for my ZUMBA+bodysculpting tonight.

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I returned home from LAX hungry of course, so I made a quick salad with some favorites.

Arugula
Cilantro
Parsley
Ground beef/ thin sliced beef
Chipotle cayenne nutritional yeast
Siracha

Delicious, light, and low carb.

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Before Zumba at 7, my girlfriend & fellow health enthusiast J fit came over for a haircut. We decided to have a light dinner before class, cuz we don’t get home till 9:30 usually on Mondays. Yes, that is too late for dinner.;)

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We roasted:
brussel sprouts
Cauliflower
Baby broccoli
Onions
Zucchini

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A salad made up of:
arugula
Cilantro
Parsley
Apples
Tomatoes
Turkey bacon
Lemon
Blood orange infused olive oil
Salt & pepper

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It was super good, except for….. Maybe we shouldn’t have had so much cauliflower before dancing our asses off. Lol. Ughhhhhhh.
Btw….I don’t know if I’ve mentioned to you yet, but, I have decided to finally do it! That’s right, I will be ZUMBA certified as of march 23rd!! Yahooooo. DOIN werrrrrkkkkkkk;) be on the lookout!

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Yes, I fu*%ing love brocollini!!!!

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A little food for thought for both you and I…. Provided by my friend jai_fitness. Keep up the motivation babes!
Xoxo

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Can I call this sushi?….

In clean food, fashion, get the look, popular recipes, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On February 23, 2013 0 Comments

Hey babes! Today’s post consists of the following:

#1: this is the cutest recipe everrrrr!

#2: it was Willy’s first day at daycare! I wanted do cry.

#3: someone call overeaters anonymous…..

#4: at the end of the day darling…it’s all about hose fabulous shoes…

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So I hope you read my last post, cuz this goes along with some of the items I bought during my Asian market spree. Super stoked!

That’s right, I am attempting to make my version of so called “sushi”
No fish here. I mean, obviously you could, but I wanted a bit of a twist. I had purchased that really thinly sliced beef, remember.. ( the pic that looked like thin pig ears on a plate in my last post)so I wanted to get some yummy, fun use out of it.
I sliced it into thin strips. That would be my protein of choice for this cut roll.

Folks…let me introduce you to today’s recipe.

CAULIFLOWER, BEEF, & VEGGIE CUT ROLL

Optional needs:
Chop sticks
Bamboo sushi roller

INGREDIENTS:

Soy paper wraps o seaweed wraps.

1/2 cup cauliflower rice

A small handful of arugula or spinach

Very thinly sliced cucumber

Thinly sliced carrots ( bought in a bag from trader joes)

Very thinly sliced beef or pork you could use any sushi grade fish as well. Duh.

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BINDING SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp tahini

1/4 tsp brown rice miso paste

1 tsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp Parma chipotle cayenne ( vegan, available at whole foods)

Salt and pepper

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Mix well in a small bow and set aside.
Lay down sushi roller and place your seaweed or soy paper on top. Spread your miso-tahini paste evenly over it. This will help the cauliflower rice stick to it. Oh and it’s supppper tasty too;)

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I’ve just realized, I haven’t given you the recipe for the cauliflower rice……ugh duh.s
Sorry, I had made it yesterday, so it was ready in the fridge for me when I decided to make this…. Aright, it’s really easy, is wear. It’ll take you all of 5 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:or a few drops of stevia.

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 1 minute. This you don’t need to do. I sometimes just enjoy it raw, but heating it up, sure does soften the texture of the cauliflower and does give it more of a “rice” consistency.

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Now that you’ve laid the foundation, you can start adding your fillers. Remember, you can use anything in here. I would’ve totally used fish if I had it, but, you know, sometimes I just don’t have sushi grade fish laying around the house……Lol. I wish. That shit is expensive. So, really, you could use WHATEVER. Be creative with it. You could even make sweet ones with fruit and yogurt! Ahhh genius!

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Moving on…. Once you’ve layer down the fillers, you will begin rolling, and tucking, making sure to pack it it tight. If this part gets confusing…. Do what I did, and YouTube how to sushi roll. Lol.
I promise it’s really easy.

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Next step, you don’t have to do, but I found that it made things easier for me….
Lay plastic wrap over the sushi roll. I saw my sushi chef do this, so I just copied. Hahaha. I think it just helps to keep things tight and together when cutting the roll.

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Grad the SHARPEST knife you’ve got. This is gonna make or brake the “prettiness” of your roll;)

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Yeay! We did it! Isn’t it freakin cute!! I mean, couldn’t be more of an American roll. Hahaha. I don’t know if we can actually call this “sushi”. Ah hell, who cares, it’s BOMB! In love with this right now. The more colors, the better!

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Poured some liquid aminos into a lil dish, grabbed my sassy chop sticks, and enjoyed the shit outta this roll;) it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?!
I hope you guys get inspired by this, and make some yumminess to share! I would love to see your versions of “sushi” 😉

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In other news y’all…
Today was bittersweet. Well, it was a hard day for me to say the least, so bare with me….
This may be ridiculous to most of you, but, don’t judge, lol.
It was Will’s first day at daycare!! Wahhhhhhhhhhhh, I was like a nervous mom dropping off her kid for his first day of school. I’ve been researching places for weeks, in hopes to find one that was open the right hours, had a “small” dog area ( a big enough area too), was a good price, and on my way to work.
SUCCESS!
I found Four Paws.
He’ll be attending 2-3 days a week. So I was a bit crazy today. No lie… You best believe I was watching the nanny cam like a psycho allllllll day! Hahaha.

I called about three times. ( for sure they hate me now. Lol)

Call 1: (30 min after dropping him off) ummmm, yeah, hi, this is Paula, Willy’s mom, I was curious as to why I can’t see him on the cam, is he hiding? Is he nervous?

Call 2: hi, it’s Paula….yeah, Willy’s mom again. Hiiiiiiiiiiii….. So I noticed on the camera that there are a couple of bigger dogs in there. Why?

Call 3: hi it’s Paula again… (We know ma’am) what kind of food do have available there for them? Oh and maybe it’s the angle of the camera, but I don’t see any water bowls……

Ahhhh soooo crazy!

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Yeah, you see this….. I ate a WHOLE bag of chips…a family size one. Talk about anxiety eater…. Oh and some shepherds pie…. I was more “from FIT to FRIES today”

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Then of course, I just HAD to balance it out with sugar…..
Ugh, who am I right now…
I had to share this, because, yes we are human, and yes, sometimes we FALL OFF.
Chocolate, ChOColaTe, and more CHOCOLATE!!!!

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Thank god I had a baggy shirt on today, geeeeeez! Enough with the guilty eating confession, and onto more important things….
FASHION

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GET THE LOOK:

SHIRT: All Saints $ on SALE $30.00
TIGHTS: Lapis TJMAXX $14.99
SHOES: Target $29.99

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Can you believe my TARGET shoes!? I love them…. Comfortable for going out, not for work all day though. After 1:00 in the afternoon, I had to switch shoes;)

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BTW… My mattress and box frame got delivered last night….and of course….the box frame didn’t fit through my staircase… FML. What now…?

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

GET FIT NOW! Your FF>2F guide to weight loss

In circuit, fitness plan, life, Never perfect, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On February 4, 2013 3 Comments

Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a super fun weekend! We are back to eating right and working out right!???ok, so on this subject…. I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from you guys in regards to making the transition to a low carb/FIT lifestyle. I love hearing rom you guys because, remember….you inspire me too! So, this post is dedicated to you, in order to help make your transition smooth and worth it. I promise the hardest part, is getting started. Once you start seeing results, you’ll be hooked.

Now… I have to say to you that, everything I share with you, are facts that have worked for me, and anyone who has tried this regimen. I am not a nutritionist and I am not a certified personal trainer but, c’mon guys… It ain’t rocket science. The thing is…we all know how to really gain results.

Number 1: You burn off more than you’re taking in.

Number 2:We supplement our bodies with whole food and non processed foods.


Number 3: we follow the 80/20 rule. ( 80 % clean 20% treats)


Number 4: we get our heart rates up for at least 1 hour. 5x a wk. ( that’s right, if you can carry a conversation, you’re not working hard enough)

Lets start your new FIT life with some motivation. Listen, I’m not gonna be there every morning in your ear, telling you to WAKE THE F*%k UP! you must be the one to make your fitness and health a priority. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it is your body, you need to become your own motivator, your own trainer. Think like one, and you will see results. ABSOLUTELY.
Remove the negativity, the ” I cants, or the I’m just sooo tired” and surround yourself with positive thoughts.
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Alright, lets kick off with PHASE ONE:
Start with a clear mind, and a plan of attack. Changing bad habits is NOT easy. Trust me, I know. It’s not easy for me sometimes either, but, I find that when I have something to follow, like a program, it helps me feel a sense of accountability, and with that, comes desire, and drive to be better, and get stronger.

Have you ever heard the phrases ” Abs are made in the kitchen”? Or ” Its 75% diet”?
Well folks…this is not a lie or a joke or something someone just made up for shits and giggles.
It’s that simple. If you eat like shit, yes you will feel like shit.

A much as you are preparing your body for this change, you will need to prepare your kitchen for the change too! Time to CLEAR OUT!

If you are someone who’s been eating quite bad for a longer time now and are interested in first doing a healthy cleanse before starting the program…then you might want to check out this post.

Otherwise…I’ve prepared a grocery list for you that will keep you on track of your goals. It’s foolproof. Buy outside of this list, and that’s when we’ll have problems. Lets be honest, If it was working your way, you wouldn’t be struggling and you probably wouldn’t be reading this 😉 It’s simple and to the point. You can create any kind of dish you would like, as long as you stick to your grocery list. I started my mother on this grocery program, and she’s lost 15 pounds, without lifting a finger for exercise. Yes, true, I swear.

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This is a LOW CARB/LOW GLYCEMIC diet, with controlled portions.if you have no clue how much you should be eating, I suggest using apps like, My Fitness pal, or Calorie Counter for the first few weeks, to get a sense of how many calories you should be consuming in relation to your weight, and what your goal is. You will see, the cleaner you eat, the more you can enjoy. For serious results, were taking 1200-1500 cals a day.
Eating 5 times a day, with 20-30 grams off protein in each meal will help to keep you full and help remind your brain and body that “yes, I will be feeding you again, so…don’t store fat pleaaaase, Thank you”

Here’s your list babes! Pin it, and take it mobile with you every week when you hit the store!
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Other common questions I get are:
” What do you snack on, on a low carb diet, other than meat and cheese?”

Sounds silly, but there is this stigma with low carb newbies, that all we eat is meat, bacon, cheese, and that’s it. Rubbish!

Another question being:
” What do you bake with, or what substitutions do you use when baking or making sweet treats?”

I know that sometimes, my recipes call for ingredients that may intimidate you or look completely foreign, but once you are familiar, it will amaze you how much you can make that sticks to your LOW CARB lifestyle, and is similar or better than your typical cupcakes, breads, puddings, or cookies.

So, I’ve made up a little video explaining all of the products that I use in my kitchen! Low carb style! Look them up, write them down, whatever, cuz these are essentials.

mobile from Paula @ From Fries To Fit on Vimeo.

Other supplements that may be beneficial to the success of your weight loss are the following:

L-CARNITINE
(On an empty stomach. A.M.)

CLA
(With food 2 x a day)

GREEN TEA EXTRACT
( 1-2 x a day)

WHEY/CASEIN PROTEIN
( before a workout/ before bed)

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER…THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU GROW!

Alright! Lets get into PHASE 2:
Now that you’ve got your diet plan on point, it’s time to get excited about exercise!
Below are ways to jump start a workout plan. No more excuses. This, NOW, is your time! I have a full time job, am a full time blogger, and I STILL make time to prepare meals, and make working out a part of my life.. 5 times a week. there are no excuses. Find a love for fitness.

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Create a workout log for yourself with the fitness goals of that week.
Here is my example for this week, and remember, your rest, or OFF days are just as important.
Keep in mind that “OFF” day, doesn’t mean, lay on the couch and scarf down pizza, ice cream, and donuts, it simply means, you are giving your muscles a break. Your diet should remain the same. Don’t consider it a “cheat” day. I hate that word…it’s such a trigger word for me.

Your exercise schedule should include a mixture of cardiovascular training and strength training.
I have found, that the best cardio for me, is High Intensity Interval Training.I found that on Pinterest, there are some really great HIIT routines, you could do either, at home, or at the gym.

Strength training: I can’t stress how IMPORTANT this is as part of your fitness routine. Run, and run, and run alllll you want, but strength training is what’s gonna make it last,help you build muscle, and help you burn more for a longer period of time.

It’s a combination of both cardio and strength training that will keep you lean and ripped!

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PHASE 3:
Tips to help you though to success! If you need a cheerleader, I will be there with freakin bells on! Anytime you need a boost, or have a question, shoot me an email, or comment below, and I’m there baby!

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Cuz “god, I really regret working out” said NOBODY….EVER!

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Get these great logs, that you can easily print out! Find them at Fit Station.
Follow and keep track of your progress!

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And last but not least….. Make some playlist that will inspire you to get moving! Something upbeat, and powerful! Here’s my recent playlist for when I hit the gym! Check it out!

I hope this helps all of you reach your highest, most FIT potential! I’ll be right there with you!
Xoxo,
Paula

Please, if you have any questions, or feel I could add to this regimen, let me know, I’d be stoked to hear from you!