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GRAIN FREE PUMPKIN WAFFLES!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On April 19, 2015 0 Comments

 

Hello and happy Sunday! My favorite day of the week and you know what time it is!!! It’s BRUNCH time. Lol.

I’ve got a post for you today that is dedicated to the waffle. Before I pour myself a mimosa…here are a few recipe faves to switch up the sunday ideas.

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Hanging out with the family today, and spending some much needed grandma time. We headed to the Antalope Valley Poppy Reserve after breakfast to see the beautiful fields of poppy’s that cover the hills. Welp….sadly…not one god damn poppy to be found everywhere. LMAO. All we got was 1 hr of sweet car ride tunes.We got there, and turned right back around. lol.

Back at Rancho Relaxo…Norma, my Ficus Lyrata is doing marvelously at home. Mom taught me to clean the leaves with milk and since doing so, the leaves are shiny and bright!

Cheers to prosecco and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Hallelujahhhh The new fave!

They’re pretty, pink, and sets the tone for the freakin’ weekennnnnnd!

Ingredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of Prosecco, chilled

  • 3-3.5 cups of fresh grapefruit juice (~4 very large), chilled

  • Sweetener ( I used a couple drops stevia) or simple syrup (optional)

So…here they are…Its waffle time! These are a healthier, grain free, paleo option to the typical leggo my eggo. If you don’t have a waffle maker (I feel bad for you) this batter, which is one serving…can also be done on the skillet and devoured as a pancake. Das right.

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For me, eating healthier, doesn’t need to affect the flavor. These are so yummmmmyyyy! There may be more ingredients than you are used to, but…get into it. Don’t give me sh*t.

The recipe is above and I hope you give it a try…I topped these fabulous #eatclean waffles with some Nature’s Hollow sugar-free syrup and some chopped pecans. Absolutely divine, delicious, and bomb.com. The recipe made 2 big waffles and I cut them into triangles…you know…so that it looks prettier and it looks like there is more on the plate. Lol.

It’s not that I NEVER eat carbs..I mean, please betch… but when I can limit without comprising bomb-nesss, I do. Give-n-take boo’s.

 Just so you know…It’s lunch hour…& I am now eating spinach tart, fresh mozzarella, quinoa chips with kale dip, and having sangria. It’s the simple things in life that keep us happy, lol. Spent the night hanging out with my besties catching up and feeling baby bumps..(not mine, lol) , and now got all the fam over for an afternoon of snacks and sangria. That’s what I call..a weekend

SUNDAY FUNDAY;)

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How to gain 7 lbs in SAN FRAN & lose it with a juice cleanse. Check out my awesome weekend away full of DELICIOUS NON-DIET FOOD.

In blogger fun, cleanse, friends, life, Never perfect, Reviews, Sunday funday, vacation, Weekend Vac On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

You guys!!!!! Hiiiiii!!!!<3
Goood lordy I’ve been a bit MIA, I do apologize! Although I don’t have a recipe to share with y’all today, I DO have a fun post for you!;)
If you don’t already know, a couple of my best girlfriends live in the heart of beautiful San Francisco, and I was in dyer need of a mini vacation;)
So I arrived Friday early morning, by the way….SOOOO proud of myself for navigating my “awful sense of direction self ” though the BART system. phweeeeee! lol. Such a nervous dork….”um, excuse me sir…this way? Oh um, can you help me figure the ticket machine??” Bahahahaha wtf.

Anyway…. I made it alive and managed to walk…with my luggage…all the way from my stop, to my girlfriends house. That was my workout for the whole 4 days. Woops. 😉

Unfortunately this pic does not do this view justice. It looks gloomy out, but in reality it was sunny and high 60’s low 70’s the whole time. I am one lucky betch!

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Walking through the streets, yes…with my luggage (total tourist) a dropped everything to snap a pic of some gorgeous fresh flowers. Flowers are a weakness. Obsessed. So much variety, full of color, absolutely STUNNING!

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Omggggggg…now THAT’S a view babes! Over looking the bay on Telegraph Hill. My friends are blessed to wake up to this every morning. WOW.

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Cheers-ing to a fab day with a beautiful and crisp Rose by Donkey & Goat. Even if you think you are not a “rose” person, please give this a try. I soooooo enjoyed it!
Oh, and btw…since I became a total WINO, I joined delectable which is a super fun app for wine lovers. The fun part is, that you get to share and post reviews on all the wines you enjoy with friends! Look into it, it’s really cool!

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O, so this pic right here…prrrrrety much sums up all my faves at once. Well, I lied actually…that German Riesling (trader Joe’s ) not my fave…but otherwise, the view, the triple cream cheese, prosciutto, figs, and nuts…HOT DAMN! I swear I could eat that everyday. Every SINGLE FUCKIN DAY. oh…wait. I’m missing some dark chocolate. Lol

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OHHH yessss….and the drinking continues. (No shame)
On this particular night, we decided to cook at home. Very gourmet daaaaaalinggggg.
The cheese plate was our first course…. (In France..the cheese plate would actually be more for dessert paired perhaps with dessert wine) but here in the states….gimme that shit firrrrst! 😉

These delicious crostinis were course #2.
This is such a great idea for a dinner party.. Super easy and everyone loves them.plus a great way to add variety and make some vegetarian, vegan, are carnivore! Helllllllllo.

We’ve got here:

CHICKEN SAUSAGE/BRIE/CARAMELIZED ONION

TRADITIONAL BRUSCHETTA

PESTO/ PARMESAN

Paired with a bottle of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco. Super crisp and clean finish, with a very slight sweetness. Yummmmmmm

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Course #3:
Pear/ Gorgonzola salad with chopped pecans and a lemon vinaigrette.
Paired with: Manincor Réserve Della Contessa 2012. ( a delicious white blend of Pinot Bianco- Chardonnay- Sauvignon)

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Oh hunnnnY!!! Get ready for it……
Here’s comes the carb-o-load!
Mixed seafood linguini pasta with a cream sauce. I mean…….
Just STOP IT!
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had real pasta ( non miracle noodles. Lol) Maybe like…fuckin yearssss ago.
So worth it! Devoured 2 plates full.
And yes, we made it. Byeeeeeeee

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The “HOMEGIRLS” …”BESTIES” ….”RIDE OR DIE BETCHES”…”AMIGAS”

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A serious must while visiting San Francisco… Famous Irish coffees from The Buena Vista! it’s actually VERY hard to have just 1…. Just sayin.

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Shit! This is all merging together here… I don’t even remember where the hell we were in this pic….lol

Oh yes…some Chinese bar with pool tables and happy hour. My kinda spot. I think this was also before I fell asleep at the other bar.. Yep. I remember now.

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Up and at em’ early Sunday morning with a great walk along the water. Seriously… Look at this beautiful day!!

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Acting alllllll kinds of touristy through the Fisherman’s Warf.

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Oh look! What a surprise….. CARBS! this spot is the booooommmmbbbbb for DA NOOOOODLE HUNNNNNAYYYY!!! Chubby noodle in North beach is pretty much the shit.

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So I stuffed by biscuit ass into a mini black dress, and Nat & I hit the town! Woot woot!

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Had some great tapas at El Techo…oh…and that’s also a pitcher of grapefruit margarita… That May or may not have been the best idea.

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And this is when shit got weird….. Lol

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Headed to Nat’s favorite local bar and met up with some friends;) by last call…we almost got into a fight with the lady who wouldn’t let us use the pool table (cuz she kept winning, bitch) lol.
Caught an Uber , and stumbled are way up the stairs to her building.
LIGHTS OUT.

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Pretty safe to say…the next morning, was a bit rough. Lol. We had planned to go to a boot camp class at 9:30 am at the local StudioMix, but we decided that walking to breakfast would be a much better workout. Hangovers justify laziness.
But hey, at least we have our workout clothes on…..

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After breakfast, we walked, & WaLkEd..& WALKED! Up and down loadz of hills, of course feeling better after some food. Nat took me allllll over the city. No joke. We were feelin grrrrreat! So, it’s 5 o’clock somewhererreeee! Maybe it was time to try out some local brewskis! Lol

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Don’t judge us!
We stopped at Magnolia to try a super delicious Kalifornia Kölsch hand crafted and local beer. Not quite a shot glass, but not quite a pint. Just right.

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Oh yes, and the San Francisco FOOD TOUR continues…..
We HADto hit up TARTINE of course. This was our lunch spot. TARTINE is one of SF’s most well known restaurants. Mostly famous for this ridiculous bread pudding. Omgggggg. Gimme gimme moreeeee.
Here’s the problem…you walk up…you order…they hand you the dessert first, since it’s already prepared. Then, you go sit down with your number and wait for your actual lunch.
Well…..in the next shot you will see what we ordered. But in the meantime, let’s talk about HOW THE FUCK YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME STARE AT MY DESSERT WHILE STARVING WITH NO LUNCH IN FRONT OF ME!!!

SO……we ate dessert before lunch. Bahahahahahaha.
We of course ordered the bread pudding, and I just HAD to try the lemon bar. I LOVE anything lemon. I had to.
So we both sat…moaned and ga-ga’d..(call it an orgasm) and devoured that shit. Wowowowowowow. It was so worth it, and people were staring. Then you see it…now you don’t.

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Lunch is served…. Holy grail of GRILLED CHEESE! The “cheese tasting” sandwich. 3 different melted cheeses inside a perfectly pressed and crusty panini. Served with a delicious pickled carrot, and a green salad. This is where I gained pound 5.

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We continued to walk and attempt to digest. This is what I appreciate most about this city. People are out..people walk everywhere..the art. Omg the STREET ART is just…OUT OF THIS WORLD. everywhere you look, vibrant splashes of color on the walls. Like real artists…not just all that gross tagging with sharpie shit you see all over LA.

where’s Waldo…?

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The day, unfortunately, was coming to an end. I had to be at the airport by six. Of course, our thoughts immediately went to, ” well, I mean…..we have to have a last meal!”

Jesus. Here it comes.

DELFINA. There are no words.
Appetizer….bomb mussels.

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Main course…. Broccoli Raab pizza.

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Dessert…. Almond brittle gelato & blood orange sorbet.
Seriously…just stop.

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Well. That was my idea of a fuckin vacation! I ate and drank through the damn city like a champ. Thank you to my beautiful friends who showed me such a wonderful time! Love u.
This is me….7 lbs heavier…happy as a clam…and ready to head home. Time to CLEANSE!!!! 😉

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Alright y’all. I’ve been home now 4 days, and wanted to wait to post this so that I could review this 3 day cleanse by Juice Crafters. First…I chose juice crafters cuz they were close to my house, but a lot of the cold pressed juice pleases have a cleanse of their own in which I’m sure, serve the same purpose and give similar results.
So here’s the deal. I was soooo ready for this. I’ve never been sooo excited to NOT eat, in my life. I needed to shrink that tummy back up. I’ve never been a “juice cleanse” type person, but I was ready to try something new.

I chose the #1 Master Cleanse

It’s a 3-day detox (no food) in which you receive 8 juices a day for three days. That’s right, clear your freakin fridge and make room. Each day you will consume the following:

Greenest #3 (the greenest of the day)
Cleaner #10 (lots of pineapple, apple, mint..bomb)
Rootier #6 ( beets, ginger, lemon,apple, & more)
Alkaline Tonic #13(cayenne, apple, lemon,ginger..zesty)
Cleaner #10(same)
Cleanse Guru #12 (cucumber, coconut,mint)
Almond Nut Milk #15 (heaven in your mouth)
+
Aloe Vera H2O ( Complimentary)

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It felt like a breeze! I felt amazing and light as a feather! I really thought I would be a shaky crabby bitch on this but frankly, I was never really hungry. Lol. Consuming 8 of these is actually very filling and a bit of a task to get them down every 2 hrs. They were DELICIOUS, but I mean…I wasn’t like, pounding them, you know?! So by the time I would finish one, it was time for another;) perf!

In fact, it went so well, that I added a 4th day! I know!
The only thing about this. Type of cleansing….I was always cold!! Lol
Oh, and I couldn’t do any strength training at the gym. Just did light cardio and walked a lot. Fine with me, I felt like a skinny bitch!

Today is my first day eating actual food.
I’m taking it slow and incorporating fresh fruits, veggies, avocado, a sweet potato, and 1 juice for today.
I’m really thinking about trying to become more PLANTPOWER lady. Lol. Time to cut out a lot of animal products. Maybe a figure out FINALLY what makes me so bloated. Perhaps dairy? Hmmm. This is gonna be an experiment.

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I’ve missed you! I hope you enjoyed my little vacation with me;) love uuuuuuuu,
P.

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We’re going to the SUPERBOWL BABY! GO BRONCOS….

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, Sunday funday, superbowl ideas, Uncategorized On January 22, 2014 0 Comments

Hello beauties!!! How has the week started off for y’all? My weekend was AMAZING!!! You know why………?
BRONCOS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!! Yeahhhhhhhheayyyyy. Lol. But, before I get into the weekend pics…I must share a super delicious, savory, low carb & ultra clean recipe with you guys. This is a new for me.

REAL CRAB…LIKE…IN A CAN!!!!!
I know….It use to freak me out too. Seriously, moveon.com. Cuz it’s sooooo goooood! Fu#% all that other imitation bull shit. Spend a lil extra and get the real deal. I was shopping around Trader Joe’s the other day, you know, buying way too much food for one person…and I came across “Chicken of the Sea” real crab(claw)….hmmmm. I stood there, with my damn near full shopping cart (I’m sure in everyone’s way) checked out the nutrition facts, and was pretty damn shocked at how lean this was! I decided to throw in a 1lb can into my cart. I figured 1 lb was worth $8.99.

In 3 oz there are only 70 calories!
Oh and best part is…17 grams of protein with NO sugar

This recipe is really fresh, easy to make, and I promise EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT.
I had never ever purchased real crab meat, and was a bit nervous that it would taste “fishy” but, not at all.
In this recipe, the lemon and vinegar cancel out any fishiness you may taste.

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Fresh crab salad
 
Serves: 5

Ingredients
  • Premium Real crab meat (I used Chicken of the Sea)
  • Small bunch cilantro (chopped, no stems)
  • A few sprigs parsley (chopped, no stems))
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 1 tbsp red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 10 small cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 2 small Persian cucumber chopped
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • 1 sprig celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • 1 tsp siracha
  • 1 tbsp RAW SALSA (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 108 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 8 Sugar: 4 Protein: 18

In this recipe you will notice an “optional” ingredient, and that is the RAW “live” salsa seen here. This salsa is cultured and fermented which gives it a little kick. Zest, if you will. Enjoying these foods in their raw state increases the live enzymes consumed, making their effectiveness even more beneficial. The probiotics in this raw, organic salsa promote healthy digestion and optimal health. I absolutely love it! I add a tbsp of it to loads of my meals. I’ve always had digestive issues and find that fermented foods, and probiotics really help me.
I found this gem at whole foods, but you can also purchase in the link above.

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I didn’t write anything in the “instructions” portion of this recipe because….c’mon. CHOP SHIT UP, AND TOSS IT TOGETHER.😉
Simple. This is eggggzactly why I love this recipe. Serve it with some delicious crackers or even scoop up with your favorite veggie. I was spooning this into my mouth with a red bell pepper. No joke. No shame.
I hope you all enjoy this.

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Alright, now….getting into my weekend shenanigans. I recently received an email from the sweet chicks at Moore Cardio Dance Studio, to see if I’d be interested in coming to check out their new space. I’ve always been into supporting smaller and local businesses, especially if it involves anything fitness, motivation, and dance:)
In researching, I realized that it was within walking distance from the Bf’s house! They have recently moved to this new location in Brentwood and I gotta tell ya….that huge dance floor is FANTASTIC! I originally went there with no intention of dancing, only to have a chat and check it out…. ( remember…the foot injury…) well, Amy, who teaches hip-hop there, was just soooo ridiculous amazing, that I just had to get my boogie on for a few songs! As you know, I recently had to put a hold on my Zumba career at Sandy campy Fitness, due to my bad feet:( so it was really nice to watch people just having fun, dancing away all their worries and sweat it out! I miss my class so much!
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Tiffany ( owner) and Mckayla.
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Check out the space! Not bad huh. I loved all of the windows! All that light really makes a difference.
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Amy…she kills it. Thanks for my workout…even though I’m paying for it now;) oops. Maybe a bit soon to try and start jumping around… I had to give it a try:)
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Their New Years open house was a success! They had some great sponsors and even a Lorna Jane trunk show!

The Brentwood Whole Foods provided us with some really fantastic and healthy snacks . Noah’s bagels shared some of their delicious fresh bagels & cream cheese.
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I also tried an interesting new blended drink that was pretty good. OMGBlends are meal replacers. I love the idea of this. I think juicing is on the outs and blending is on it’s way in. I mean, think about it….with juicing, you are pretty much drinking all your calories in sugar. You have extracted the protein and fiber and are left with…not much. In these OMGBlends, you not only get all the nutrients from blended fruits, veggies, and protein but you now have yourself a balanced meal in the form of a shake. Duh. Love it. They also offer lovely lookin soups and almond milks!

Here’s more about them. (In their words, in which I totally agree)
*******All of our products are blended with fresh whole organic ingredients and superfoods in order to give you the perfect balance of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein.
In short, your body is in a continual state of restoration, and juiced produce alone lacks many of the building blocks your body needs to maintain, heal, and regenerate muscle, immune cells, organ tissue and hormones. For this reason, we blend our products and keep the fiber in tact to compliment our unique combination of wholesome produce, vegan lean protein, and healthy fats. This ensures that your body has everything it needs to optimize your metabolism and allow you to feel energized throughout your busy day.
In each of our meal replacement smoothies, the lean protein and good-for-you fats prevent carbohydrate overkill, which can wreck havoc with energy levels. Our products do not contain “added sugar.” By opting not to use sweeteners, even organic varieties, you can be assured that 100% of the sugar grams listed on our labels come directly from whole, organic produce. We do not use any preservatives and all of our products are non-GMO.****

Wanna try????
PURCHASE HERE.
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Here’s a genius idea…. Why not put OATS & YOGURT & FRUIT Into one little tub of perfection!????
Hello! This is great. I find this to be the perfect breakfast in which helps to balance portion control, protein, fats, and carbs!
Zen Monkey is all this goodness rolled into one! Around 260-280 calories per whole tub, this is a sure way to feel full and satisfied without maxing out your caloric intake. All of my meals tend to be 300 cals or less and I eat 4 meals a day:)

Macros per container:
270 calories
3 grams fat
47 carbs
24 sugars
10 grams protein.

Can you tell I’m not so scared of carbs anymore;)
I eat this tub in 2 servings.
NOW AVAILABLE AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET
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This was my favorite! freakin EGG WHITE CHIPS! Are u kidding me!?
Oh wait…their not called “chips” …..no,no….they are called “IPS” that’s right. IPS. That stands for INTELLEGENT PROTEIN SNACKS!
These are so yummy. They are pressure puffed, so they’re super fluffy yet crispy.
Made with all natural ingredients including egg whites for protein.

Macros per bag:(about 34 chips)
130 calories
4 grams fat
14 net carbs
0 sugar
7 grams protein

WANNA TRY THESE AND THEIR OTHER DELICIOUS FLAVORS!?
PURCHASE HERE or find at your local whole foods!!

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Ok, enough with the food already. But seriously, you guys need to try all this stuff. Ok.
Anyway, my Sunday continued to kick ass, cuz you know what was going down!
PLAYOFFS! I made it back just in time for the Bronco vs Patriots game at noon,
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For a minute there, I had forgotten it was game day and booked a yoga class in the early afternoon. Woooooops.

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I opted for beers and football instead;) lol. 3 Amstel lights in (my low carb beer of choice)…..and we were headed to the Super Bowl!!!!!! Wahhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooo!
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I can’t believe it!!! Broncos vs. Seahawks. I’m biting my nails thinking of it!!! It’s go time baby!
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Overall a really fun weekend:) we ended it with a super delicious dinner at a local spot by my house. Brats Brothers. That’s right. Sausage dogs for dinner;)
It’s now 9:30 p.m. As I finish off this post, and grandma needs her beauty rest:)
Leaving you with a little inspirational quote :

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Have a beautiful rest of the day my loves!

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How to throw a SAUSAGE MAKING party. That’s right……

In At home cooking, bbq, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Hi lovely friends!
I’ve got a super special post for you!!! I know, you’re looking at the title, like WTF!??
Hahaha, well, it’s eggggggzactly what it seems. Sausage making like the pros! Ok, I can’t take credit for this but, I was a part of it & I think everyone must try to make their own sausage at least once in their @ife! seriously!!!! Why? Cuz it’s the bomb!!!!

My girlfriend Amal, (shaved head) recently moved to this beautiful home in Echo Park, and had renovated her backyard into a chefs dream!!! A beautiful outdoor kitchen, along with a cozy wood burning fireplace. All of us girls are big foodies and wanna be chefs, so we had been talking about getting together, but were waiting for the construction to finally be done!

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We have been wanting to have a sausage making party for like…..EVER!!!!!!So, finally the day came! We each picked up our own meat, and headed to Echo Park for the day. When I arrived with my bag full of goodies, I noticed Amal had set up the huge table full of every herb, every spice, and every sauce combo you could possible think to stuff with a sausage. Wow!

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It’s not a party without a bit of day drinkin:)

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I picked up a couple bottles of a light white wine as our aperitif.

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Soooo, I wasn’t thinking and when picking out what type of meat filling I wanted, and bought a bunch of chicken breast from Hardy’s meat market. Amazing, fresh chicken. Here’s the problem. YOU NEED FAT TO BIND THE MEAT!!!! there goes my attempt at making the healthiest sausage around! Such a dumb ass.

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I was determined though…..

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We were using the Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the sausage making attachment. Which, BTW, is AMAZEBALLZ, and if you’re a cook, a MUST! I’ve been dying for one since I was like…hmmmmm. Maybe 18. Why I haven’t purchased one yet, I haven’t got a damn clue! They are fantastic! Perhaps it’s because it takes up about 1/2 my kitchen counter! Lol
Anyway….
All this work called for some delicious homemade cocktails. Besides, we weren’t goin anywhere anytime soon…this shit was werrrrrrek!

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As most of you know, I am froM Argentina, and anyone who knows anything about my country, knows that you can’t set the table without bOmb ass CHIMICHURRI!! Check out the recipe here. Simple and perfect! I brought it from home, ( I buy mine at mercado buenos Aires, when I’m too lazy to make it myself) because I thought, why not, this is gonna taste bomb in my sausage!!

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I was cracking up cuz, here I am, trying to make my sausage be alllllllll healthy n shit, and here comes Amal……. 1 thousand pounds of full fat, full flavor PORK! goooooood lord! Ok, maybe I’ll borrow a lil;)
Amal got all this amazing meat from a new local butcher in West Hollywood. Some of you may have heard of them. They are the hottest new butcher babes in town! Lindy & Grundy serve up some mean meats! All local, pasteurized, and organic! I absolutely LOVE the idea of the “small shops” makin’ a comeback! This business has absolutely made it. They offer classes for meat enthusiasts, delivery for all your meat needs;) and offer the freshest product around.
Girl, I a need some of that pork up in here now…..

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Dianne and Stella:)

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After prepping our meats, it was time to grill up lunch! Lemon cilantro chicken!

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We made a delicious salad made of:

***ARUGULA

***WATERCRESS

***FULL FAT FETA (generous)

***SUNDRIED TOMATOES

***APPLES

***OLIVE OIL

***LEMON

***SPLASH OF ORANGE BLOSSOM

***SALT & PEPPER

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Ladies who lunch.

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Isn’t this chicken gorgeous? I love dark meat!

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Stella babe…with her goatee.

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The pups were quite good! No begging and they got along! Willy only likes little girls:)

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Haley and Amal…Besties. Beauties.

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A lil selfie;) had to.

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Alright, now comes the fun!
Roasted garlic in oil, ready to be ground with the meats!

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Y’all….so we thought, “this is gonna be cake!” Whelp, not so much….here’s a shot of us in action. We were being attacked by wasps who apparently have a thing for raw meat. WTF! I was grinding as Amal was fanning them away. It was disastrous.

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So here comes Dianne. Y’all this took all of us. Forget it if you are attempting this shit alone.

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We had so much meat to grind…this was gonna take forever! Remember….we still had to mix all the herds, and spices…them tube our mixture into casing. Omg. Hahahaha…notice Dianne’s face…she May or may not be getting stung by a wasp.

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ABOUT 8 HOURS LATER…….. we’ve got ourselves some sausage!!!!!!!!

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Piping the sausage through into the casing was a nightmare. It took us forever! No joke. We had one person pushing the ground meat through, then another person making sure no air was gettin into the casing, then ANOTHER person, twisting to make the sausage shape. Holy shit! We put in some serious time!

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But…here we are, happy as pigs in shit with our first amateur batch of sausages! Hahahhaha

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Finishing up our final batch in the dark hours of the night. Lol.

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Well…..here she blows y’all. You are supposed to let them hand in the fridge for at least 48 hrs apparently, but fuck it. You know how hard we worked for this!? We ARE having some! Fire up the grill! Soooo proud!

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We hung the rest to dry. We probably could of fed a small army. We each took a few of each other creations home and hung in our own fridges. I gotta say….pretty amazing!!!!!

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Wanna try this at home???? Check out a quick video to help get you started!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let me know your thoughts!

HAVE YOU EVER MADE YOUR OWN SAUSAGE!??

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PAULA <3

I am thankful.

In Breakfast, family, Sunday funday, thanksgiving, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, willy On December 3, 2013 2 Comments

With “The day of THANKS” behind us, I can hardly believe it’s time for christmas shopping, putting up lights….etc. GEEEEEZ! That came soooo fast. I feel like Thanksgiving just flew right past me. Although turkey leftovers are finally devoured, I cant help but continue to reflect and feel absolutely grateful for this special day. Here a few shots from Thanksgiving;)

My beautiful family. Missing my brother, but he was there in spirit. Well, more like skype, but, whateves!

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We not only celebrated Thanksgiving on this day, but also, Mom’s bday!

We started eating pretty damn early. Come to think of it….drinking too;) By 11 am, turkey was already done, and warm in the oven, mashed potatoes done, and we were making hard boiled eggs. A fuckin FAVE!!!!
20131202-174543.jpgIm sorry but…you cant have a party without baked brie! this is super easy and is a HIT in any kind of party!

All you do is….place whole block-a-brie in a small baking dish, top with fresh made fruit compote ( We made our own raspberry chia jam), crumble some almonds over top, and bake until cheese is oozing out the sides! WHAT?! I know, sooo bomb. That shiz was gone in 0-60 seconds. byeeeeee

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The ladies in my life…..I should’ve gotten in this shot. And this lil lady, Emma, is finally walking;)20131202-174645.jpg

This is my absolute favorite pic. My pops with Emma. Ok, so…..partly because she looks identical to me when I was her age. No joke. Mirror image. It was crazy to see them together. I felt like I was seeing myself, “daddy’s girl” 28 years ago. Wow.

The curls, the eyes, the chheks. Love this munchkin. I WANT ONEEEEEE!! haha
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My cousin SeanJay is staying with my folks while going to music school in burbank, so he celebrated with us, as well as his parents. BTW….amazing aunt & uncle;) Soooo happy to have had them visit from Las Vegas!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get many shots of the actual dinner;( maybe that’s because I was stuffing my face like a hippo. Did I mention that I’ve gained 10 POUNDS this month?!!!!!! holy jesus cristo!!!!!!!Yep, that’s what happens when

#1: you burn out

#2: you’re happy 

lol, whatever.

Of course, I managed to snap a pic of my dessert. I ate the shit outta that SUGAR FREE CHEESECAKE. 

No one could tell it was a “healthified” version of a cheesecake. Like seriously, people are obsessed with this recipe. I’m proud;) I usually serve as individual cheesecake rounds, but it wasn’t working out for me. To make time, I just cut up bite sized squares.

The other cut up cake you see in the center, that’s a traditional argentinian cake called PASTAFROLA. Made from shortbread and quince jelly, It’s like nothing you’ve everrrrrrr had! It’s delicious and flaky, and melts in your effin’ mouth!

Anyway…we had a fabulous time, and now…..I’m ready for:

CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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Wait. Before I suffocate you with photos of my Santa’s Village apartment decorations, I just wanted to share a couple of shots from this past Sunday. The long weekend ended wayyyy to soon!!!
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Marcin and I have been talking about trying this super cute cafe by his place. Literati Cafe has been on our list, and we finally made there for a super yummy brunch on Sunday morning. In the heart of West La, on Wilshire, (one of the busiest streets ever) you wouldn’t even guess it. Thanks to the beautiful and serene garden patio, you get such a great local, mellow vibe. I loved it. It was like a little gem. I highly recommend you try it out. I loved that they were dog friendly in the patio area, and nobody was “LA” stuffy, you know!?20131202-174936.jpg

We tend to share everything we have at restaurants, to be able to try a little of everything. It’s really funny actually…when we first met, he told me that he was an only child. First thing I thought was….( & said) “oh god, do you have problems sharing? Cuz I love sharing…especially food.” lol. He was like, “ummmm, no, I mean….no, I don’t think so….” hahahaha

The breakfast menu is ridiculous! I reallllllllly was eying the griddle cakes and french toast, but stuck with something on the healthier side. lol. I ordered the VEGGIE MELT form the lunch menu, and it was soooo good. I didn’t realize how much I liked sprouts in my sandwiches. Yummmmmm.

Marcin ordered the chicken pesto sandwich which was on ciabatta bread. It was good, but I think mine was better.Maybe the chicken breast was a little dry.  We also split a side of kale chips and shared a glass of chardonnay & pinot grigio. It was a beautiful sunny day, which means….day drinking is completely acceptable. Grrrreat.
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We walked back home and I believe took a bit of a nap. Hmmm, I never used to nap. Lately, I’m kind of  into it. After a waking up and realizing it was still amazing out. It was safe to say…we needed to seize the day. We leashed Willy and headed to Santa Monica for a nice beach walk. I completely obsessed with my new black Friday find, my NIKE lunar sprints. The are like…heaven on your feet. Like a god damn cloud!!!! They are available in quite a few colors, but I believe they are “youth”. So, I wear a size 7.5 in women’s, and in youth, I am a 6.20131202-174959.jpg

Willy is the happiest when he’s at the beach. Makes me a happy mommy. These two….sighhhhhhhhh<3
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#sundayselfie
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Before heading to dinner at Warszawa, we caught a beautiful sunset. Finally used the “panoramic” setting on my Iphone. Have any of you ever caught the supposed “green light” that flashes when the sun is about to set???

We watched, stared, but….never happened. Still stunning skies all around. So lucky to be in LA. This is a December evening on the beach I mean… c’mon!
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This weekend’s awesome find, were these fab earrings from World Market. They’ve got some beautiful stuff. I can never leave this store without buying:

#1 a fabulous bottle of red

#2 a beautiful piece of jewelry

#3 some home decor item

I went in there to see if I could find some cute x-mas decorative pillows to finalize my “North Pole apartment” but, unfortunately didn’t find them. Instead, I found these gems!
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I’ve decided to finally get off my ass…and get back to a workout routine. This month has been crazy, and I really let myself go. I’m not saying that I’m freaking out and obsessing over it, but I’m ready to get back on it. I realize that I don’t like the way I feel when I’m carrying that bit of extra weight. There…I ate, I drank…A LOT. And now, I’m ready for moderation. I’m getting into my 30’s (January 31) and I realize that I just can’t keep fluctuating that much. The bingeing will catch up to me and it’s gotta stop. So that will be the start of my new year’s resolution I think.

Anyway, with that said…Here is my accountability. I am posting my workouts for the week. Start small. Reach your goals by writing them down. Do not beat yourself up. That starts a vicious cycle of guilt and anxiety. Instead, focus on your progress, and cut yourself some slack. No one is perfect. We are our own worst critics. Remember…to those who love us, to them…we are perfect just the way we are;) <3

If you are having a hard time kicking off your workouts or even weight loss???

Check out my friend Janeetha’s blog Meals & Moves for a 24 day advocare challenge!!!!

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Bye, byeeeee November..AKA “CURVE-mber

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What I will NOT be doing this holiday……

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Hell, who am I kidding;) love you all……… XOXO

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Beach bums…white nails…wrist hardware…and of course, a recipe to drool over!!

In At home cooking, Beauty, clean food, fashion, get the look, popular recipes, protein, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On November 21, 2013 1 Comment

Hi friends! Happy HUMP day! Had such a busy day today in the salon, it was great! Only thing….around 3 pm…I started feeling super sick:( no clue why. Ugh, I hate that. All I wanted to do, was get home, have some soup + oatmeal, and blog:) not too much to report today, but a got a few shots from my Sunday Funday at the beach….some fab new bangles from MADEWELL…white nails, and a super AMAZING mugcake recipe!!! Yeeeeeooooooo

Super beautiful day out at County line.

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Marcin & I threw together a delicious picnic, packed surfboards, threw willy in the car, and headed north on PCH. It first started out cloudy, but cleared up fairly soon. The surf was pretty small, but super fun! Well, for me at least…I like the small, cute waves;)
Poor Willy, we tried to leave him on the beach as we paddled out, but……apparently….dogs go into full on SAVE YOUR OWNER mode, and he literally leaped into the ocean (no, he doesn’t swim) thinking we were gonna drown! It was seriously the craziest shit I have ever seen him do! Straight pounded by waves, poor baby. We even tried to tie him up while we went out, and he started screaming bloody murder. I mean, has that ever happened to any of you? Wtf! He had to wait in the car…

I just noticed….the boo looks like Orlando Bloom in these pics. Lol. Adorbs.

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Yeay, this week, finally received my order from madewell.com, in which I ordered while in Danville. Amy’s sis Lindsay had these on and I swooned over them so much, I had to copy!
They look super cute stacked too!

studded gold: $29.50
Geometric gold: $24.50
Silver: $21.50

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Tuesday came with a slowwwwww day at the salon, so you know what that means!!!! White gel nails from my favorite nail place, Pampered Hands.
Why is it that when you’re not makin’ money, all you wanna do….I spend money.
It’s all gravy, today’s full book made up for it;)

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Alright, ok….I saved the beys for last….. Faaaackingggg MUGCAKES! My weakness. Single handedly, my favorite dessert/ breakfast! Honestly, you can have this whenever the hell you want! Wanna know why????
Check out. The ingredients….nothing but healthy, wholesome, guilt-free stuff!

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I gotta tell ya….I get so much inspiration for food, and recipes off all my fitfam friends in Instagram! This particular recipe shouted out to me. Adena, over at PRETTYLITTLEFEAST, posted this not too long ago, and it just had FF2F ALLLLLL over it! PUMPKIN…YESS…CHOCOLATE PREOTEIN…HELL YESSSSS! anyway…
This seriously took me 3 minutes to make. I mixed all the ingredients, in the same bowl I cooked it in. C’mon. Super easy! No excuse!
Try this tomorrow!!!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Mugcake
 
Recipe type: Healthy
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp chocolate whey protein
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (I love this one)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • a few drops of stevia or 1 packet (if powder)
  • (optional topping: PB2 mixed with a bit of water & strawberries)

Instructions
  1. place ingredients in a greased bowl. ( I used coconut oil spray)
  2. Microwave for a MINUTE.
  3. Continue to cook in 15 SECOND intervals, to make sure you are not over cooking.
  4. Flip onto a plate & add toppings.

 

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You can top this with whatever you want! Greek yogurt, honey, almond butter… I love powdered peanut butter… 85% less fat. I’m all about it. Duh.
Did you love this recipe? Want more cake? Cake.cake.cake.cake.

Try my Vanilla Almond Mugcake or Chocolate Lava Protein mugcake!

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I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! Big hugs and love.

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LIVE FIT WEEK 2 RECAP & some amazing RECIPES to keep you on track!

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, new faves, popular recipes, protein, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 21, 2013 1 Comment

Happy weekend my loves!!! Today is Saturday, ( I’m sure you won’t be getting this post till tomorrow though;) but….I wanted to start catching you all up on how well the LIVE FIT TRAINER program has been going.

I just finished 2 weeks, and I feel super fit. I’ve been lifting heavier than I have ever lifted, without any cardio. Well, except my Zumba class on Mondays;) shhhh. Don’t tell Jamie Eason🙂

Anyway…if I didn’t know the extreme importance of a healthy diet then…… I sure doooooooo now!!!!! Wow! I was actually imaging my body looking like a fuckin gladiator with all this lifting and no cardio, but in fact, the opposite. My body feels tighter, not bigger. Here’s the mistake people make. Lifting heavy with no cardio….and EATING BAD!!!!! That’s when you look big. Because my meals have been super clean and consistent calorie intake, I’ve been able to stay lean WHILE bulking. Genius.

Yes, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Eat healthy all the time. Honestly, this program has you eating beyond healthy. You must make it a lifestyle. Weighing your food, counting your calories, making sure you are in the right %’s within your macros. (protein-fats-carbs) it’s a science people, and I get it. It’s not for everyone.

Check out this amazing article. It will OPEN your eyes to bodybuilding for women, and why you will NOT get bigger. THE FEMALE FITNESS BIBLE.

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So far, this is working. It’s also helped me control my binging. Myfitnesspal has kept me feeling really accountable. I’m guessing that’s what I needed. If you want results…you’ve got to make changes in your life that must be permanent. Just like my friends who have had babies…I always tell them when they’re feeling like cows after giving birth, I say… “Hey, it took 10 months to get your body like that, it ain’t gonna take 1 month to take it off!” Ok, not like I’ve ever been preggo, but…its the same thing with women struggling with weight all their lives. It took 29 yrs for my body to look like this, it ain’t gonna take 2 wks to get it exactly to where I want it. It’s about being patient, consistency, and 75% diet & 25% fitness. Your head has GOT to be in it. Trust me, throwing in the towel, which I’ve done many times over, is much easier, but seriously chicks. Lets get it together. Enough already.

Here are some of this weeks FAVORITES!!!!

All orange everythaaaaaang! New NIKE workout tights.

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Typical morning breakfast:

1/2 cup egg whites, spinach, assorted veggies, and 1/4 cup quinoa scramble with a dollop of Trader Joes fat free sour cream ( 15 calories for 2 tbsp) and hot sauce

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Typical lunch:

6 oz lean chicken breast. ( preferably organic, veggie fed) —PROTEIN
1/4 cup quinoa—STARCH
1/2 cup steamed broccoli & zucchini—VEGGIES
Add a tbsp salsa.

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Story of my life… Protein prepping… I ran out mid week 😉 tilapia and chicken breast.

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Favorite afternoon snack:
Jamie Eason’s CARROT CAKE PROTEIN BARS:
94 calories for 2 squares.

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Jamie Eason’s Carrot Cake Protein Bars
 
Prep time

Cook time

Total time

 

Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup erythritol, Truvia, or Ideal ( I used xylitol) or even a couple packets of stevia
  • 8 oz baby food carrots
  • 4 oz water

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Mix egg whites, Splenda, baby food carrots and water (optional) in a bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray glass pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Pour ingredients into dish.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes.
  8. Makes 16 squares.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 94 Carbohydrates: 10 Protein: 10

 

 

Makes 16 squares.

Check it out…already have got them packed and ready in zip lock baggies. 2 a day= a 94 calorie balanced snack. This is how we make our lives easier boos:)

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Super stoked on my new creation and DINNER idea!

VEGGIE STUFFED PEPPERS!
These are wildly delicious and only 123 calories for one whole stuffed bad boy!!!! Absolutely amazing!
Clearly, you could add some ground turkey or lean beef, but I’ve already done that here.

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This is sooooo easy! Try them out. I’ve been really into using nutritional yeast in dishes lately, and it adds this really fantastic, kind of cheesy taste to things. I am dying over it. Soooo good.
Tis recipe makes 4 large stuffed peppers.
4 servings—- 125 calories per serving. 4 gr FAT. 10 gr NET CARBS. 9 gr PROTEIN!

 

VEGGIE Stuffed Peppers
 
Prep time

Cook time

Total time

 

Author:
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 large peppers (any color)
  • 1 large organic zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup organic grated carrot
  • ¾ cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp peeled canned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • spices: salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash seasonings, oregano, red pepper, garlic powder
  • Topping: Fat free sour cream and onion mix in a pouch.

Instructions
  1. Make a circular cut through the top of your peppers with a knife. remove all seeds.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Chop all your veggies & garlic like pic above.
  4. In a med-lrg pan, greased with a bit of pam or coconut oil spray, add all your chopped veggies, garlic, and seasonings.
  5. Sautee until softened. About 10 minutes.
  6. Once softened, remove from heat, and place in a lrg mixing bowl.
  7. Here, you will add…egg, nutritional yeast, parmesan, and the 3 tbsps tomatoes from the can along with some more seasonings.
  8. with that mix, you will fill the peppers to the rim.
  9. Cook in a small baking dish where they can be standing upright.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes on 375 degrees.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 125 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 9 Fiber: 5 Protein: 9

 

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My new GO TO DIP!!
Trader Joes is my bestie right now…
Fat free sour cream ( 15 cals for 2 tbsp) mixed with TJ’S onion mix! Bomb.com. I topped these awesome stuffed peppers with a tbsp of this mix, and fell in love. I’ve been adding a tbsp to everything, especially on my eggies in the morning;)

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And last but not least……
Probably maybe favorite meal of the day…last meal of the day….
PROTEIN BEFORE BED!!!
CHOCOLATE CASEIN “rice” PUDDING!

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Holy mother of god.

INGREDIENTS:

2 packages of SHIRATAKI Miracle Rice

2 scoops chocolate CASEIN ( I use gold standard)

2 1/2 cups SILK unsweetened vanilla almond milk (30 cals per cup)

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin

2 tbsp fat free sour cream or 0% Greek yogurt

4-5 drops stevia

DIRECTIONS:

Remove “rice” from package, place in meash colander and rinse for a while.
In another bowl, mix 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin with the 2 1/2 cups of milk & microwave for 1 min 30 sec.
Remove and whisk in casein protein.
Once combined, add stevia & sour cream (or 0%greek yogurt) and mix thoroughly. Place covered in fridge for a few hrs. Eat as night meal.
ONLY 118 CALORIES A SERVING. Serves 3
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OHHH and of course, I can’t be forgetting to share my re-feed meal for this week. Lots of sushi last night along with a couple glasses of wine and beer.
How many calories over my max of 1460 you ask?..
Well….this meal took me 600 calories over my macro limit for the day. Taking me up to 2099.
Not bad though. Generally, refeed meals will be around 400-600 over your macros.
Yuuuuummmmmyyyyyy. I enjoyed it like such a fatty.

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THIS WEEK IN WORKOUTS:

MONDAY: chest and tri’sTUESDAY: back & bi’sWEDNESDAY: legs & calvesTHURSDAY: shoulders & abs

Here’s a little FIT-spiration for you out there!!!!
KEEP UP THAT GREAT WORK!

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We’re gonna have to remember this heading into week 3 of the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM because instead of 4x a week workouts….it’s now 5x a week.
Man up ladies!
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Happy Sunday babes! Just a lil bathroom #selfie for y’all. How is it all going??!
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MEANWHILE…..sighhhhhhh, DREAMING OF THESE…..
Beats by Dr. dre.
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LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week TRANSFORMATION STARTS TOMORROW! Here’s how you get started!!

In abs, At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, popular recipes, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 9, 2013 6 Comments

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Happy Sunday babes!!!!! Today is my complete prep day for starting my new program. What is it???? Curious???
Well… It’s Jamie Eason’s LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week program, through bodybuilding.com
I’ve always been into diet and fitness, but I’ve never quite gotten the results I’ve wanted with what I’ve been doing. It’s time to get serious. This program totally breaks it down to a science that is foolproof. It all makes sense now. All I’ve got to do…is STICK TO IT;) lol. (said the cereal binger) I’m ready to build some serious muscle, stick to balanced diet, and get re-focused.
Here we gooooooo…..
Time for measurements…..I’ve never done this…this should be interesting…..

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Now that that’s over, I can breath. I’m saving the before picture for the end of the 12 week reveal;) this program is something you, yo mama, yo aunti, anyone can do. All it takes, is absolute DETERMINATION. Like I said before, it’s foolproof. Through bodybuilding.com, it couldn’t be easier to manage and track your progress. Every part of the program is spelled out for you literally. You can print out your workouts, workout logs, what you need to eat everyday…I mean. Soooooo easy. Jamie takes the guessing bull shit out of the equation.
*** printable grocery list

***6 meal a day meal prep

***recipes to print out and add to your meal plan.

***once you sign up for the program, which in FREE by the way, you can automatically sync your new workout schedule to your mobile device iCal or iPhone.

***easy to keep track of progress and weight management.

***also, Jamie’s recommended “stack” (supplements).

PHASE 1: WEEKS 1-4 Build muscle/ no cardio

Here’s the deal…you click on your day….it gives you your workout for that day, and what foods to eat, then you print it out. Another way to do it….print out the workout logs for the week, and foods, and have them ready to go. Take the page with you to the gym. Boom. Done.
You will notice below…NO CARDIO!!!!! dundundunnnnnnnnn!!!!! I know!!! WTF. that’s what I thought too.
I’m totally that annoying cardio bunny. Well kids…time to make a change.

PHASE 1: BUILD MUSCLE THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING AND CLEAN EATING.

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Everyday you will be able to see your workout in this form or in video. Remember..it’s all about form and technique, so if you’re quite sure what the specific exercise should look like, you’ve got visuals right in front of you.
*** if you are the type to get embarrassed or intimidated in a gym weight room, #1: get the FU%* OVER IT! #2: practice your form in the mirror at home, so that your mind and body become familiar and comfortable with the movement.

Here is what I’ll be starting with tomorrow. My first workout! I can hardly wait!!
DAY 1 baby!!

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You will only need to print out one page for the meals of PHASE 1:
Yep. Why? Well, cuz it’s pretty damn straight forward.. Look below.

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First week: 4 days strength training.
3 rest days.

Sounds easy enough….lol.
DON’T GET USED TO THAT;) shit gets serious later on.
I’ve printed out my workout logs, and I’m ready to hit those weights like a boss!!!!

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But before allllllll of this amazing-nesssss, I want you to educate yourselves in what your goals are. The only way to track your progress, is by being honest with yourselves.
I found a really GREAT post from a fave blog of mine, heandsheeatclean.com on how to properly calculate your body fat.
Trust me yo, this is noooo fun for anyone, I don’t care how skins you are. But listen, if you want results, it’s time to get real, and get down to the nitty-gritty.
Remember this is all a simple science.
*** Why do I need to know my WEIGHT??
To figure out what you should be eating, and how much protein you should be consuming.

It’s the key number in finding out how many of those pounds are lean muscle and which are body fat.

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Here are my current, honest measurements as of today & through my calculations ( did this like 5x) I calculated this:

LEAN MUSCLE MASS: 98.5
BODY FAT %: 23.5

I want leaner and meaner!!

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To start my meal preps today, I’ve made 2 of Jamie’s most famous recipes.
These two recipes will be my morning and afternoon snacks/meals.
Jamie Eason’s TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients
2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)

3 egg whites

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dry yellow mustard

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp chipotle pepper spice

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)

1 small onion (finely chopped)

2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Serving Size:
Women: 2 muffins
Men: 4 muffins

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 muffin
Amount per serving
Calories 182
Total Fat8g
Total Carb4.6g
Protein22.2g

(Printable version)

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Jamie Eason’s PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients:

½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)

1 – 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground clove

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 large egg whites

1 – 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin

2 C oat flour ( just throw old fashion oats in a vitamix or food processor and pulse)

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

½ cup almond milk

½ C chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.
Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
Makes 24 squares.

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Along with these amazing recipes, I’ve also prepped and portioned out loads of chicken breast, lean organic beef, and white fish. Loads of veggies and sweet potatoes are washed, cooked, and ready for eating, and my 64 oz of water a day is going DOWN!

I would love NOTHING MORE, than to hear your thoughts, and hopefully inspire some of you friends to join me in my hopeful transformation. I am soooo excited. I know it will be tough to stick to it 100%, but I promise you, I will try to do my absolute BEST! You know what….
Scratch that…..
NOT TRY…I CAN…AND I WILL!!!

Ready to be the best you can be?????
SIGN UP SIGN UP SIgN Up!!!!!!

P.S… I’ll be updating you tomorrow and let you know how it went!!!! Yeay! Can’t wait;)

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

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

Happy Sunday lovelies!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nutty Garlicky Sauteed Beet Greens
 
Prep time

Cook time

Total time

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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HOW TO THROW A FABULOUS BRIDAL SHOWER!

In At home cooking, decor galore, family, friends, PARTY TIME, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On June 1, 2013 3 Comments

Hello my lovely ladies!
Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. I love to throw a good party. Better yet, I GREAT bridal shower. Of course, this couldn’t have been done without my beautiful, fabulous friends! You see, we LOVE throwing parties, and yes….sometimes can be stressful, but in the end…totally worth it;)
On this gorgeous, sunny day, we celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our bestie Brooke with friends and family. We pulled it off with no stress, great attention to detail, and loads fun!

Admit it, we’ve all been to some super annoying showers, haven’t we? Today I’m here to share with you the FANTASTIC DO’s and DON’Ts guide to THROWING A GREAT BRIDAL SHOWER!

 

GATHER YOUR TEAM:

Typically….the braidsmaids;)

The most important part of beginning the planning process, is writing a list of what needs to be done (in great detail), and start delegating jobs to each one of you.

The key:

No one does more than the other. Equal spending, etc, will ensure everyone’s happiness. lol. NO STRESS= STOKED FRIENDS.

Have a pow wow, a girls night. Make a fun day or evening out of planning.

Remember babes, it’s supposed to be fun, and most importantly…NOT about you. It’s about that beautiful bride:)

I give you….MY BEST FREINDS:

The BEST of party planners.

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DO:

Pay attention to detail. This is what makes these kinds of events unforgettable. Perhaps, it be that you get the brides favorite flowers, or maybe you match the party to the wedding theme. Even something as simple as a personalized chalk heart on a fence, can make the world of a difference. Especially, in a photo, which she and yourself will have forever.

DO NOT:

Fill the damn place up with hideous silver lined balloons screaming “CONGRATULATIONS!” All over the place. Tacky, and completely NOT personalized.

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This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

A PLUS:

Beautiful fresh flower centerpieces. Hit the flower mart on a sunday for great deals. Arrange them yourself, you’ve got style, and you’re not lazy, so…Show us you’ve got the touch;)

PLEASE DO NOT:

Buy the pre-packaged, BRIGHT ass, Ralph’s version of “a BEAUTIFUL arrangement” for $14.99. Save that for Gram’s bday. k…..

ANOTHER THING……

This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

People don’t like standing around with nothing to do…

FEED THEM AND GIVE THEM DRINKS! DUH!

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A little EXTRA decor seals the deal.

We found this at PAPER SOURCE. Create whatever saying you want, all you gotta do is arrange the letters. EASY PEAZZZY.

If you can pull off an INDOOR/OUTDOOR party, GO FOR IT. Not necessary, but a nice alternative.

 

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Maybe MOST importantly, next to the food of course….

THE BOOZE.

DO:

Offer a signature drink for the special event.

We are in LA, in June….it’s warm out….Give us some SANGRIA, CHAMPAGNE, and WHITE WINE SPRITZERS.

DO NOT:

Get peeps wasted on vodka tonics. Its not a club, or your 21st birthday. Mom and G-ma gotta drive home.

Oh & not cute.

 

**********IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION…..CHECK OUT THE LITTLE BAR SETUP***********

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This is NOT a free for all people… The truth is, the more organized you are, the more people can enjoy themselves & the less feaked out you are by all the stuff you gotta do at once.

DO:

Create a menu. A SIMPLE ONE.

We got this awesome chalkboard at the local Marshall’s for $12.99. Adds such a great touch, and allows for for people to know that there is food coming. This way…they don’t scarf down all the chips thinking that might be the only thing their gettin’. Could you imagine…”Oh,, I’m sorry, were you hungry? We were just thinking chips and salsa were enough” ummmmmmm

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DO NOT:

RUN OUT OF FOOD!!!! Better to have extra for yourself later than have the embarrassment of exposing your LACK OF preparedness.

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Make sure your menu is balanced in nutrition. No one, I mean NO ONE, wants to feel like a beached whale at a party. In other words, keep it classy and proportioned, if you know what I mean. This isn’t your cheat meal. OK.

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Having dessert options makes people happy. We like to snack. On several things, that is;)

* Not everyone likes the same thing.

DO:

Create a SWEET atmosphere for your Dessert table. SET THE SCENE. If it looks good, people want to eat it.

Try individual portions. Much cuter, and easier to to munch on as you’re walking around mingling.

On our dessert table:

Made by yours truly.

(because we’re all on LOW CARB)

Sugar Free Cheesecake Rounds.

Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

 

 

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DO NOT:

Force feed people messy chunks of sugary, marzipan cake. They will enjoy dessert when they want to enjoy it. Hense…dessert table. Get it, when you feel like it. Again, it’s about creating fluidity in the party. Make life easy for your guests.

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No one wants to leave a party empty handed.

If you can pull off a simple, personalized, and affordable party favor, DO IT!!!!!!

Nothing says, “Thank you for coming” more than a party favor. It shows GREAT attention to detail, and can really spruce up your dessert table. In our case, Alicia had a genius idea of cute little mason jars, filled with delicious caramels in which she attached a thoughtful saying on each one of them. Adorable, and simple. THE KEY.

DO NOT:

Put the faces of the bride and groom on your party favors. Yes, we love them, But we don’t want that shit. If I had a quarter for every engraved or screenprinted wedding or bridal shower favor I recieved, I’d be a rich bitch. Give us something we can eat or actually use, otherwise, you know we’ll just hoard it, and never see it again.

 

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Ok, I KNOW I am NOT the only one who thinks this so, here I go….

A game or two is fun…….

3 or more…..too much.

We are not trying to spend an hour & 1/2 playing games ya’ll!

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This is the best game….and the bride actually gains something from it!

It’s simple…

Everyone brings with them a pair of panties that shows your personality. She, then has to match the undies to the friend. If she misses…she drinks. (or stuff a marshmallow in her mouth, each time she misses. lol) Either way…in the end…she comes up on loads of panties. STOKED.

 

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Allow for things to happen organically. If you put games near the gifts, that’s where you go next. Hand the Bride-to -be her champagne, and let the unwrapping begin.

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UNNECESSARY:

Making the bride read out every single card she receives, and forcing her to pose with her new swiffer wetjet and new set of china. Snag a few good shots, and call it a day. Remember, all eyes are on her, it can be a bit uncomfortable. lol.

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This next portion was the highlight!

DO:

Pull off an impromptu backyard photoshoot with friends and bridesmaids. I don’t mean…hire someone, get lighting, make a big deal, I mean this…

Gather the flowers from the centerpieces…get in the sun…and get your mom on a chair to shoot the pic. DUH! 😉

pssst…you can photoshop later.

 

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Just when you think you all couldn’t look cheesier…THAT’S when you get it right.

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When else would we get these fun shots??…On the wedding day.. I think not.

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HAVE WE COVERED EVERYTHING?

Great….NOW, It’s time to have fun and enjoy your party:)

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This post is dedicated to the bride, Brooke Barnett & to my AMAZING girlfriends.

CONGRATULATIONS DARLING.

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Sunday at MOCA & Get the look….

In art, get the look, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On May 2, 2013 1 Comment

Hello my lovelies! In today’s “Thursday’s Things” I’ve got a post that is completely unrelated to health and fitness, but I found it to be so interesting that I thought I would share:)
On my mellow Sunday, I decided to visit the MOCA In downtown LA for the latest exhibition.

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Now showing at the Geffen, is Urs Fischer’s latest work. Fischer’s installations and sculptures have been exhibited worldwide, and his style is nothing short of unique, imaginative, superficial and shocking.

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In this particular exhibition, Urs invited 1500 SoCal locals to fill the MOCA galleries with their own creative sculptures made of clay. An absolute stunning example of a project that “with 308 tons of clay, turned process into product, and an artist into collaborator.”

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I walked in, not knowing what to expect. My eyes were immediately overwhelmed with gray. I didn’t know where to look, where to start. All I knew, is I wanted to see it ALL. It was a dark, humorous, fantasy land that seemed like we were in a crackhead’s effed up thought process. Strange, and amazing all at once!

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The most amazing thought about this instillation was that everything could be destroyed so easily, that the sculptures themselves, once picked up, could crumble.

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Genius….

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This statue….Made up of all wax. Marvelous.

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Pretty amazing right! I urge all of you to take ah hour out of your day to check out this ridiculous instillation. Truly a work of art.

In other From Fries to Fit news….

GET THE LOOK….

 

 

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TOP: Brandy Melville

SKIRT: Vintage

SHOES: Target

SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters

This concludes Thursday things……
To all a goodnight. Xoxo

New week..New ZUMBA…New sched.

In abs, At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On April 2, 2013 5 Comments

Ahhhhhh! Hi lovelies! I’ve got to catch you up! So, this week officially marks my first week with Wednesdays off from the salon;) wooooohoooooo. Also, this Wednesday is my first ZUMBA class! Oooommmgggggg. They don’t know what’s comin’…I’m about to go ZUMBA crazy on their asses. Also what I think I may start doing, is posting a new dance once every couple of weeks on the blog, that way students can refer to the post to learn the dance before coming to class. What do you think? ZUMBA instructors out there…thoughts?

Come dance with me Wednesday at 10:30 am
And Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m

Anyway….notice something new on the site? My lovely friends at optimal fusion helped create a new freakin AWESOME LOGO! Super cute:) apparently the ” Fries” were actually McDonalds fries spelled out ” fries” on a desk, and photographed. GENIUS. Anddddd….we all know that fries were my binge food of choice. Ugh.

These days it’s all about freshness. Check out these lovely ORGANIC fruits I picked up on Easter morning at the farmers market with the folks.
CUMQUATS
APPLES
POMELOS.

super food central.

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Easter was great..mellow. Just what I wanted. Consisted lots of dancing in the garage in front of a mirror. Just practicing my ZUMBA moves, NO BIGS.
This morning’s breakfast was super duper clean.
I had made a big batch of roasted veggies, and have been pretty much adding a handful to every meal:)
Here…we’ve got.
EGG WHITES
ROASTED CAULI, BRUSSELS, ASPARAGUS,GREEN ONION, ONION,ZUCHINNI, AND PEPPERS
A TBSP FROMAGE BLANC ( my fave alternative to 0% Greek yogurt)

SIRACHA
EZEKIEL FLAX TOAST( one piece)
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Monday morning Zumba was RIDICULOUS! It was a fabulous surprise when the LULULEMON girls showed up from the Studio City location. They did awesome, and were SUPER stoked on SC fitness. Looking forward to having them in take class more often! Really sweet girls!

This week, I’m planning on either locking myself in my house practicing my Q’s and dances, or in the studio. I know really predictable:)

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After zumba, I have the pleasure of visiting the dentist…sooooo fun! Luckily, no cavities:)

Lunch was again, roasted leftover veggies, along with some red lentils (Trader Joe’s) in low sodium broth, cayenne, turmeric, yellow curry powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Cooked on low till lentils are soft and soaked.

Topped it with, of course, Fromage Blanc & siracha

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The afternoon seemed quite hectic. Mondays usually go by way to fast, my list of errands keeps getting bigger and busier. I had planned to double up classes this later this evening, but my body said. Ummm, NO.” My tummy was killing me ;( womp wooooomp. I sound like such a whiner, gross. I ended up taking it easy at home, catching up on some reading. My sweet client sent me this article knowing that I’m a huge fan of juicing and the vitamix. APPARENTLY, it’s all the craze:)

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I’m known to come up with crazy concoctions when it comes to refreshing mid-day drinks. This is my new fave ELIXIR:
RAW CHIA SEEDS
SPARTOS SUGAR FREE PROTEIN WATER (strawberry coconut flavor)
ULTIMATE REPLENISHER ELECTROLYTES
ACACIA FIBER BLEND
CHLOROPHYLL
FILTERED WATER

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I no longer buy trail mix that has been pre packaged. Usually, it contains too much added sugar or oils, and usually not raw. Now, I get all of my favorite raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, superfood berries ( goji, mulberries) and cacao nibs, and mix them all up in a mason jar. Perfect snack without additives. A handful ( palm of hand ) equals to a serving.
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No, I did NOT eat all three quest bars, but my girlfriend Haley surprised me with 3 bars of her new favorite flavor for me to try, and I just had to share my heavenly experience with MISS. Chocolate brownie. Holy sweet party in your mouth!!!

1 bar = 6 grams of fat
1 gram sat. Fat
Net carbs: 5 grams
1 sugar
20 grams of protein

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One a day, keeps the doc away;)

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Didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen today, but I did manage to bust out a batch of my favorite Blueberry Protein Muffins. They are super easy and take no time! You know me, meal prep Monday;)
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Tonight was all about me. I wasn’t feeling my best. I laid down and actually took a nap, which absolutely never pans out for me. This time I was out for at least 2 hrs. Sooooo nice. Never made it to my back to back classes, but I did get in for a 9 p.m hour long massage. 😉 Don’t mind my MC Hammer Thailand pants.
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There’s an amazing place around the corner from my house, called Foot Inspiration, that I can’t get enough of. I’m trying to get 1 massage a week, but paying $75 for an hour/ once a wk was outta the question, so this place is the bomb. It’s considered a reflexology massage. They really do hit every pressure point all over your body. I strip down to a sports bra, and booty shorts, since it is more of an ” out in the open” kinda place. I must say, I slept like a cozy lil baby!
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Last but not least…I saw this on instagram last night, and thought, ” What a perfect way to start the month!” So here you go, courtesy of my insta friends;)
Enjoy this fabulous week!
Xoxoxo
P
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Wicked carrot zucchini protein cake….M CAFE famous kale salad with spicy peanut dressing, and sooo much more;)

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

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

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

Trust me…..

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SNACKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Things that make me go Mmm Mmmm..

In At home cooking, clean food, life, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On March 5, 2013 2 Comments

Homemade pumpkin protein muffins

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NOW Better Stevia (French vanilla)

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1.5 hr Hatha Yoga @ Rising Lotus

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1hour ZUMBA class with Sandy Campy Fitness

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Make your own veggie juice @ Farm Boy market

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Spending the day at outside….in the sun:)

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Laying by the pool, and yes, I do have sunscreen on.

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Fresh blackberries….

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Grapefruit…strawberries…kiwis….clean, amazing, and delicious.

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Fresh coconut…..

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Until this happened…. Definitely DID NOT make me say mmmmmmm….
Sick. Super bummed.

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Ojai…..one of my favorite spots.

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Fresh oyster bar @ LURE in Ventura

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Fresh & paired with a crisp white wine. Heaven.

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Ahi ceviche… Bomb.

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Oyster shooters.

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Finally a new bed! Fresh protein and my WOD;)

In bedroom, Breakfast, family, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 16, 2013 0 Comments

Hello my lovelies! How was everyone’s Sunday?? I can’t tell you how excited I am for today to be here! Guess what…..? You know how I’ve been little by little redecorating and arranging my upstairs? Well, the best, well, first piece of new furniture is coming today! Wooooohooooo. My gorgeous new bed! Ahhhhhh. Ok, we’ll go into that in a bit… First, I wanna share I little morning joy with y’all… Lately, I’ve been loving eating protein cake in the morning, total gymrat food. You know how I love my sweets, but can’t consume real chocolate cake on a regular for breakfast ( I’d be a house), so this does the job for me;)

CHOCOLATE LAVA PROTEIN CAKE
(Adapted from @tastyhealth)

2 scoop chocolate About Time protein

1 tbsp cocoa

2 egg white 1 tsp baking powder

4 tsp coconut flour

2 tbsp greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp stevia (granulated)

6 tbsp  unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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These are her exact DIRECTIONS:

Mix everything and put in a mug/bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the microwave for 45 sec up to 1.5 min depending on how runny you want it. Don’t overcook though! You might have to stop after 45 sec and then go in 10 sec intervals to prevent it from overflowing

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This was awesome! This microwave method cooks thing very fast, so please be mindful of over cooking, as it can become very dry. It took me a couple tries to perfect it.:)

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I whipped up some vanilla topping with:

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk. ( I use this ishhhh for everything)
Couple drops vanilla extract
4 drops stevia
And sprinkled with unsweetened cacao powder.

Listen, is honestly EASY.

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My parents were coming over at 10:30 am to come help with the bedroom, so I had to dash to gym ASAP.
I took my liquid L CARNITINE
Filled my blender bottle with three scoops of MRM bacc+ g and filled with water.
Sunday SELFIE;)
LA FITNESS… Here I come.

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Sad I wasn’t able to make it to my Sunday yoga flow class at Rising Lotus, but….my workout was SICK! I was in the mode today. Not too busy at the gym this morning, so no waits for any machines. Stoked.

Here was the circuit:

30 minutely treadmill.
Here’s the breakdown:
0-3 min- warm up walk @ 3.8
Then run 2.5 miles @ 6.7
Then 1 mile intervals of 10.0 for 30 seconds> 30 seconds rest.

Total 3.5 miles.

NEXT-
15 minutes on stepper (stair master) on FAT BURNER MODE> LEVEL 7

THAT WAS A KILLER 45 MINUTE CARDIO SESH!

Strength training included:

3 x 10 reps dead lift with 50 lb bar
3 x 10 reps back row
3 x 12 reps lower back raises holding a 10 lb weight
3 x 10 reps hanging knee lifts
15 leg raises (laying down)
25 crunches (knees at tabletop)
15 stability ball crunches
1 min plank

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Check out today’s burn!
On target for the week:)

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post workout VANILLA-KALE-BERRY protein shake:

I packet About Time vanilla protein

5 drops stevia

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1/2 cup frozen chopped kale ( trader joes)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Couple drops vanilla extract

1 tsp bee pollen

1 probiotic pill ( opened and added to blender)

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Threw it all in my vitamix, and topped with a sprinkle of chia seeds. Sooooo delicious!

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Yeayyyyyy! Ok so the time has come! Mom and dad came to the rescue! Love that my folks are close by, and that dad loves “projects”!
So, my little full size bed will be outta here and donated to a great friend who’s moving down the street. Glad it’s going to a good home:) aweeeeeeee! I’ve had this frame since like 19 years old. Omg. Byeeeeeeee lil baby! It’s been a good 11 years with ya. Time to upgrade….

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Grown woman bed! Haha.
Bless my pops. He’s going to town on this puppy! This shit was not easy to get up stairs. So heavy. Upgraded to a queen:). I don’t need no KING, what the hell am I gonna do with that… I don’t think so….

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Willy’s already posted up…. I’ve missed this little boooger! He’s been with my folks all week, cuz I was super busy, annndddddd I needed a break, he was driving me crazy with his anxiety! I’m glad he’s home:) tomorrow, I’m actually looking into doggy daycare, for the days the dog walker doesn’t come during the workweek. I’m thinking he needs to socialize with other dogs more.

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Dad puttin in WERRRRK! Oh, btw… Did I mention that I have yet to receive my new mattress? ….yeah. I’ll be sleeping on the couch till Sunday. Sexy.

I also bought some side tables, which I will be returning…. Changed my mind. Ugh that happens wayyyy to often. Saw some realllllly cute, rustic ones at urban home, so we’ll see.

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Time to break for lunch! All that hard work I put in, has got me hungry! Lol. ( thanks ma & pa) we went to a local restaurant and had some delicious food! Mom and I shared stuffed mushrooms, a salmon Niçoise salad ( a couple pieces of French bread;) and shared a flour less chocolate cake for dessert. Woooowwwwwsa. Naughty but not that naughty;)

I went to San Francisco in October, and purchased this awesome photograph and didn’t get it framed till December, and waited even longer to hang it up. Finally! Isn’t it awesome;)

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Even though I can’t show you the finished upstairs…. Downstairs isn’t lookin too shabby:)

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Oh and BTW U.S. government…. Thanks for sending me my new ID & passport with the MOST hideous pictures of myself I have ever seen. Just recieved them in the mail. Sooo f%*king pissed! Lol

Ok, that is all for now…except that I forgot to tell you…I’m signing up for my next 10k..deletes to come! Who will join me!?

Oops I did it again….BBQ.EATS.TARGET. My Sunday recap<3

In abs, bedroom, circuit, decor galore, popular recipes, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 12, 2013 0 Comments

Ahhhhh, Sunday finally!!!!

Not too much to report today y’all, except lots of EATS! Oh, and andddddd a bit of working out. Actually, my favorite days to workout, are my weekends. I’m not rushed, feel more relaxed, and get a better workout because of it.
Ohhh, that’s right, it’s GRAMMY night tonight, huh? Shit, I kinda forgot. Yes, I will be on the couch for tonight’s event.

I slept in till 7:00 a.m. today, and it felt fantastic:) remember, I started doing yoga once a week? Well, today is the day. I’m loving doing this hour and 1/2 class on Sunday morning. Class was at 9, but I wanted to hit the gym before hand for a good cardio and AB sesh.

So, 7:30 came, and I pumped myself up with some RIRI AND JT, ( for those of you who are looking at that, like, ummmm. RIRI=Rhianna and JT= Justin Timberlake.) and headed to the gym.
I get there……CLOSED!!!!
I could kill. WTF.
Ugh, so I drove to god knows where to find the next freakin LA Fitness.
Gt there, and immediately jumped onto the elliptical and started my circuit.
At this point, I didn’t have much time, so I had to make the most out of 45 minutes.

30 minute intervals.

Alternating :

Resistance 5 and incline 9 for 2 minutes

Resistance 10 and incline 5 for 3 minutes

Kept alternating at a quick speed to get the heart rate up for the whole 30.
I was having a bit of a hip issue, so I wasn’t into running today, but the elliptical suited me just fine, easier on the body I think.

For the following 15 minutes, I worked on abs.

25 crunches on stability ball

15 leg lifts

15 military sit-ups with a 10 lb dumbbell

50 bicycles

15 leg lifts

Yoga today was spectacular! I felt strong and focused. This particular class is a Hatha yoga class. Today, I worked on my breathing and really getting deeper into each pose. Loved it. I was super energized after class, so I went straight home, picked up willy, who of course was having his daily panic attack as soon as I walked thought the door, and drove to the folks house for fam bam time;)

A lil Sunday SELFIE:)
I’m straying trying to decide if I’m feeling my new 70’s fringe look. The only thing about bangs, is that they get annoying! and greasy when I get hot. Hmmm, we’ll see how long they last. Lol

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Since I’ve been following targetdoesitagain on instagram, I’ve gone absolutely MAD for target shopping. Trust me, this girl’s got a target red card! ohhh yessss. That’s wazzzzzup!
And since I’ve been playing decorator in my upstairs bedroom, I decided it was time to start laying the pallets down for the new look. I don’t even know what the hell I bought, but I’m so into it. Maybe I should have waited until I had the most important things girls, I.e. a new bed, office,art, dressers, you know….just THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS! whatever, sometimes the smaller things like, side tables, pillows, vases, and lamps help me to discover and inspire a look.

I swear I could spend all day in that effing place. $400 later. Byeeeeeeee

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As you know, Sundays are BBQ day at this household. All I have to say is….thank god I worked out for 2 1/2 hours, cuz, i mean…. Homegirl ate some food. It was absolutely beautiful outside, as are most days in sunny Cali, so, we opted for a tiki bar lunch. We literally eat off of beautiful wooden planks of wood. I mean….. We’re just reallllly rustic;)

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Dad cooked up a MEAN ASS BBQ! this is the way us Argentinians do it, simple. This was done literally with no added stuff other than salt, and lemon.

Chicken drumsticks, Argentinian chorizo, and mollejas ( sweetbreads) my favorite. No red meat today. I’m telling you I dream of Sunday BBQ with the folks. It’s sooo bomb.

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The sweetbreads and chorizo tend to be on the fattier side, so I didn’t eat the skin on the chicken. Trying to balance out…hmmmm lol. My logic sometimes is distorted.

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No carbs with this meal, just pure protein and fats. Mom made a simple salad, with red onions, and tomatoes, dressed with olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper.

And as a side: marinated in olive oil and vinegar, pickled eggplant. Omg soooo good. I had just a couple tablespoons of that.

Btw….ummm, I ate more than what you see on this plate. Lol. Like, a lot more;)

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So I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am COMPLETELY obsessed with anything lemon! Like, my binge food, other than fries, may just be lemon meringue pie. I swear, I die over that shizzzzzzle. So mom, bless her, as she is on the same diet plan, made us a gluten free, low carb, LEMON COCONUT CAKE to enjoy for dessert. Aweeeeeee. Adorbs.
I must share Mom’s recipe with y’all! It was divine!

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LEMON COCONUT CAKE:

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup xylitol or erythritol ( or if using stevia, 1/4 cup granulated/ liquid stevia, 20 drops.)

1 cup shredded coconut

1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest

4 eggs

1/3 cup fresher squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk ( vanilla flavor is fine)

3 tbsp of butter ( if you think about it, 3 tbsp is not a lot, considering it makes a whole cake)

Merengue topping:

2 egg whites

2 tbsp of xylitol or erythritol ( you can find all of these sugar subs online or at who,e foods if you’ve got one near you.)

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DIRECTIONS:

For cake:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Then add all wet ingredients and blend or beat until all combined really well.
Grease a baking dish and place batter inside. Cook for 30 minutes.

For merengue topping:

Beat egg whites and xylitol ( or whatever sugar sub you decided to go with. ( remember, stevia is the sweetest) until they form stiff peaks. It may take 7-10 min or so sometimes. Be patient, well worth it.

Once cake is out of the oven, ( insert toothpick though the center to unsure doneness) spread merengue topping over, and stick under broiler for just literally 1 minute.You really just want to brown the top, not burn. Very important to keep watch at this point.

And that’s all folks. It was so delicious. The best part was, that it didn’t leave me feeling bloated, and guilty. It was made with all ingredients that I could eat. Thanks MAMI!!!!

I ate mine plain, but I topped Dad’s piece with a bit of honey, walnuts, and raspberries. He was feeeeeeeking it! And he doesn’t eat anything that we call “health food” so, you know what that means!

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Ok, get ready for another recipe. I just couldn’t leave you without sharing this amazing dinner I made the other day. I posted it on instagram, and it received a standing ovation;) this one is going in the books y’all. I was texting back and forth with a friend the night before, while he was trying to decide what to make for dinner, and chicken pot pie was the winner. In that moment, I had the ultimate craving. But, how to make it low-carb, that was the question!?

Ohhhh hell yessss! I totally succeeded!

PAULA’S BACON & LEEK LOW CARB POT PIE

INGREDIENTS:

For filling:

1/2-1 tsp coconut oil or safflower oil

1/2 a med/lrg chopped onion

1/2 a large leek sliced

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 handfuls of either kale, spinach, collard greens,I used Swiss chard.

2 slices of nitrate free turkey bacon ( Trader Joe’s has great options)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp coconut flour (to thicken)

Salt & pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder

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For the no-carb” flaky crust”:

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp ” chipotle” flavor nutritional yeast

1 egg

1 tsp water

For the sauce

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or flax milk.

1 tsp ghee ( clarified butter) or any all natural butter you want.

1 tbsp Parmesan

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ASSEMBLY:

Sautée first on med heat: onions, leeks, mushrooms, salt & pepper in a tsp of coconut oil for 5 minutes while stirring. Add greens and turkey bacon. Lastly add garlic powder and fresh garlic. Sautée another 10- 15 minutes. Set aside.

While that’s cooking, make your ” crust”.
Spray a pan with smart balance spray or organic coconut oil spray and turn heat to med. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour with nutritional yeast. Add the egg and water and mix well, removing all lumps.
Spread out evenly in pan like a big pancake. It cooks very fast so be quick on the flip.

Using the same pan as the sautéed veggies and bacon you’re gonna add almond or flax milk, butter, and Parmesan. Bring to a quick boil, and simmer while stirring. All we want here, is for it to thicken up, once we achieve that, ( 5-6 minutes). We will turn off and begin the plating.

Using a circular tall cutout ( almost like a taller circle cookie cutter) I cut out two circles from the pancake. One for top and one for bottom. I placed one at the bottom of the cutout, and filled the inside with my stuffing, then placed the top circle over everything. Lifting the cutout, while pushing down a bit, as to not accidentally lift everything up.

Pour the sauce over and enjoy! This recipe will suit 2 people and I promise you will loveeeeee!

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Ok, so as I shared earlier….I went a little nutzo at target this weekend and wanted to share some of my finds!! I know you all wish you could live at Target, like me, soooo I thought I would bring a little Target to you;) ok, so….confession time:

I’m not showing you all that I bought there, but most. I just got tired of taking pics of stuff. Lol, oh and, I almost forgot….I hit up T.j MAXX on the way home, and did a bit of damage there too…… Not too much though;)

Ok first thing: a TJ MAXX find.
Gorgeous Christian Lacroix postcards. S cute, and some of them even have a bit of red velvet on them. Soooo fancy hunnnnayyyy. I’m ol’ school like that, I still love sending cards and postcards, I think we need people to get into this habit. Too much texting and emailing, no!?
Anyway, I thought they were fun and pretty.
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So, as you know, I’ve been struggling to get the upstairs going with the “new look” and today, it started alllll coming together. I purchased a new bed. ( which will be a surprise, until the big remodel reveal) and now I’ve got some great accessories to go:)

This great woven picture frame! Rustic yet contemporary.

A simple black and off white bar that will most likely be for my desk. This piece goes with everything.

The my favorite piece: this beautiful wooden bowl, with blue accents. Stunning.

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It’s all about teal! well, subdued turquoise. This fabulous vale is from Target, and the planter n’ cake holder from TJ MAXX.
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This piece can really go anywhere in my house, but I bought it for the office. I like to have a designated mail pile. That is what’s gonna happen here. Mail pile on silver. I’m feeling it.
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Last exciting find I’m gonna share with y’all, are these bad boys! Beautiful and actually comfortable wedges. So cute for work, and summertimeeeeeee! Lovin the double color.
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What are some of your favorite stores to splurge at??
I neeeed to know! 😉
Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! Thanks again for following me and my life, I really love to hear from you guys so that I can better improve the style of the blog, so please, please, let’s keep in touch! Love uuuuuu

Hallelujah it’s SUPERBOWL Sunday!

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, Sunday funday, superbowl ideas, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On February 3, 2013 1 Comment

Yeay!! The weekend is finally here! Happy Sunday babes! Today is SUPERBOWL Sunday, and I’ve decided, instead of going to a bar, I would watch it on my cozy couch! I honestly just couldn’t be bothered to go out. It was a super busy and FIT morning, and I’ve got a lot of great stuff to share today, so I figured I could stream the game on my computer (since my loser ass doesn’t even have a cable box) and catch up on some blogging:)

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Last night my girlfriends took me out for some delicious Mexican food to celebrate my bday;) a few days late… I love when my birthday drags out for a week.
We had skinny margaritas
And shared chicken fajitas,chips and guacamole,and a beef taco salad.
Oh I almost forgot…the flan I devoured.
We gossiped all night long, and you wouldn’t believe when I say that, I actually slept in till 730 this morning!! WooooHoooooo!
I think my body just needed it.
So this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to start my scheduled workout and clean eating week. (My wk starts on Sundays)

Hallelujah for Purely Twins who share such great ideas for low carb eaters! They are my go to every morning!
I was craving something hearty this morning, especially since I knew I would be doing bank to back classes today. On my days off, I tend to really hit it hard, in case I miss a scheduled workout during the week.
So this morning was their recipe for a single serving coconut bread.

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Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It’s 3 ingredients!

I doubled the recipe, cuz I knew I would want more than a single serving;) hehe.
So here it is:

2 tbsps coconut flour
2 eggs or 1 egg two egg whites
2 tsp gelatin

Super interesting! I never would’ve thought to use gelatin..genius!
This was a hit for me… Making this all the time now! Yipeeeeeeeee 😉

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I made them into pancakes;) duh.
Andddd heart shaped for Valentines Day. Btw..no plans for that day yet… Ahhheemmmm boys… 😉 lol

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I drizzles some sugar free ( naturally sweetened with xylitol) honey. Buy here. ( on the right)
Sprinkled some unsweetened coconut and topped with blackberries. ( I just defrosted some frozen ones in the micro and they ended a bit juicy, yum.com.

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I was feeling reeeealllll cozy, eating pancakes and chillin in my pj’s, but I had to get movin soon, so I made sure to double up on my espresso;) 2 shots please….

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9:00 a.m. Was my first class of yoga in ages. I think the last time I was doing yoga, was when I was in Nicaragua. (Feb). I grabbed a few essentials, and headed out the door. I could hear Willy freaking out scratching the door. Ugh.

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Super stoked on my green juice from Earthbar!
I thought this would be great after my two classes back to back to replenish my body. And what better way than with fruits and veggies! This particular one was kale, lemon, green apple, and cucumber.

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I bought a 10 class series at Rising Lotus Yoga from groupon. A gift to myself for my birthday;) I was starting to feel I needed something just like this 1 time a week to break up my routine. I was super excited to see If I could still werrrrk it;) lol
I arrived a few minutes early, to sign in and get a good spot. I met the instructor, who was such a sweet man. This class was scheduled for an hour and 1/2. Wow.

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Class was amazing!! Like soooooo great! I got right back into it as if it was yesterday! I felt flexible and full of energy. I wore my heart rate monitor, of course, and burned 200 calories. Although that may not seem like a lot, and yes, it actually isn’t that much…. I wasn’t really doing it for that. I was planning to burn at least 600 in my next class, so I wasn’t trippin. I wanted to incorporate this type of exercise in my regimen in order to encourage better breathing, stretching, flexibility, and strength.

After yoga, I quickly stopped at home to take Willy out for a walk. He needs to release some of that gnarly anxiousness and energy. Then, I headed straight to Zumba. Class was taught by Lucia today, who, bless her, was sick, and still brought it ON!
I burned almost 700 cals in that hour! Holy shizzzzzleeee! That’s what I like to see.
After class, my body was like ” k, byeeeeeee”.

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I came home and immediately prepared myself an protein packed lunch. I find that eating my protein within 30 minutes of exersice increases muscle growth and repairs my muscle tissue.
So, lunch consisted of:
5 oz chicken breast topped with part skin mozzarella
Cucumber slices with 2 tbsp hummus
2 hard boiled egg whites

I could tell my body was craving protein, Cuz I ate that shit up like I was being chased by a train!

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My favorite part of a meal… dessert!

I had one of my SUPERBOWL faves that I posted yesterday:) This was the one coated in PB2. I enjoyed it allllllll. I just realized how silly this pic is… Ummmmm ok.

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BIG GAME Y’ALL!!! Lol, I’m streaming it on my Mac while enjoying a homemade skinny margarita! So good. This is my absolute drink of choice! Well, other than red wine of course, but who drinks red wine while watching superbowl….not I. I’m not a huge fan of the teams playing, so really, I could give a s#*t who wins, but I love football, so I’m stoked:) oh and BTW…I am like a teenager waiting for Beyonce to perform halftime! Ahhhhhh, I think she is sooo fierce!

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I can’t remember where I got this recipe exactly but it’s the best Margarita I’ve ever had! Now that I’ve had this clean version, I can’t ever have one of those ultra sweet, and sour, heavy on the mix ones. No thanks! They are absolutely full of sugar, and god knows what.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup lime juice

1 cup water

20 drops liquid stevia

6 oz tequila

2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice

Ice

Orange zest

Salt for glass rim (optional)

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This recipe is makes a small pitcher, and serves 4.
Use a lemon juicer to get the max out of the fruit, and makes your life easier:)

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This is so on point! When I’m out at a Mexican restaurant, and there version of a skinny margarita is one with agave… I say ” No thanks, I’ll just have tequila on the rocks with lots and lots of lime and a spash of orange please” and I bust out my stevia from my purse like a creep. I swear, people stare as if I was drugging myself. Lol. With my lil stevia drops. Hahahaha

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I ended up having an early dinner.I had to do some clients tonight, and didn’t want to be eating at 9.00 p.m.
Tonight’s dinner was no shocker. Lol. Chicken breast, lemon/chipotle baby broccoli ( my everything) and 2 hard boiled egg whites.
This is my absolute favorite way to eat broccoli. I wayyyy prefer baby broccoli to the fatter, shorter one. These have more of a crunch, which I love. I used to HATE brocolli!

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Dessert was a handful of RAW almonds and dried mulberries.
Anyway…what’s even MORE exciting… Is that the Healthy Self challenge has started today! Thanks girls for putting this on! Now, I’m passing it along for all of you babes to do it with me!
Well, I sort of started today…wasn’t so much meatless, but at least no red meat today;) this is such a fun way to keep motivated, help each other stay on track and get to know each other. We are all in this together;)

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Monday, February 4th – Go meatless for the day
Thursday, February 7th – Do 100 burpees throughout the day
Saturday, February 9th – Start reading a new book
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Monday, February 11th – Do a workout that targets your legs
Thursday, February 14th – Tell someone 3 reasons you love them
Saturday, February 16th – Eat the rainbow
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Monday, February 18th – Tackle a nagging task
Thursday, February 21st – Make a green smoothie
Saturday, February 23rd – Do three planks
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Monday, February 25th – Hang out with a friend
Thursday, February 28th – Take some ME time

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Yahoooooo! Hope you enjoyed this beautiful Sunday y’all!
Xoxo,
P

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A CLEAN appetizer & desert idea for SUPERBOWL! Yum & yum

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

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

Love me some CAULIFLOWER BREADSTICKS!

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 head of cauliflower, grated

1 whole egg, plus one egg white, lightly beaten

1/4 cup 2% shredded mozzarella cheese

Dried basil,oregano and parsley

1 teaspoon olive oil

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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(Adapted from mamagrubbsgrub)

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

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TOPPER IDEAS:

Melted 75-90% chocolate

RAW cacao nibs

Shredded coconut

Raw walnuts

Pb2

Chopped almonds

Cacao powder

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INGREDIENTS:

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

6 drops stevia

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Any toppers you want.

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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