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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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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