Ahhhh!!! I can finally post!!!! Ugh I have been so frustrated. Well, today…my post is dedicated to my absolute favorite season.
This is what my October looks like….
I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Fitzgerald… One of my fave quotes.
This is the time of year when all I want to do is be cozy, drink wine, and eat warm, hearty foods. You also best believe this betch has got 6 pumpkin pie, pumpkin swirl, cinnamon toast, crisp apple candles all over the damn place. I’m sure no surprise to those who know me. Lol.
I can’t help be really believe this quote. For me….my moods and outlooks change with the weather. Can anyone relate. In other words babes, this is a fresh start;)
Another reason to obsess over fall….FOOTBALL SEASON! Go Broncos!!!!!
Although….I can’t effing believe they lost at the Colts home this past Sunday. Pissed.
Love my old school hat though.
Cozy Willy and cashmere blankets covering my couch. On crisp mornings especially. Swoon.
Been really loving getting up and enjoying my mornings before rushing to the gym. I’m over that. Plus, now that I start work way later in the A.M, I actually feel so much more free, and and find that I really don’t need to wake up at 5 to get shit done. Absolutely lovely. Time is priceless.
The time of year when turkeys start popping up on magazine covers…..A couple of years ago, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 22 people at my parents house, and it was a huge success. It was a lot of hard work, and not gonna lie….expensive.
But….absolutely worth it. It was amazing. I called it my “William Sonoma Thanksgiving“. A lot of the ideas came from either that little William Sonoma mag they give out at the store during this time of year, or from the November issue of Bon Appetit. My favorite foodie magazine. Definitely not the healthiest of recipes, but damn delicious. This year, I’d really like to do something similar. Gotta chat with mom to see if we can round up the troops This year, I may see if I can healthify things a bit. You know…subbing cream for say……almond milk…or a nut meal crust with coconut oil instead of a shortbread pumpkin pie crust. Add stock instead of butter…. you know, things like this. What do ya’ll think. I know I should be talking about Halloween since it is the holiday coming up, but…to be honest, not a huggggggggggge fan of that holiday. Not interested. I like the decorating part, but no so much the dressing up and the rest of it. Anyway……
Ya’ll got any thanksgiving healthy substitution tips?
Fresh flowers are a must in my house. these are the latest addition this week.
These are what my October DAYS look like. Riding around town with my roll dawg.
Ventura County beach days with Willy, chardonnay, and a picnic
What my October NIGHTS look like……….
BBQing outdoors, enjoying a fire pit….
Having a great glass of RED, and catching up with friends for dinner in Echo Park.
I cant go on with this post without my new FAVORITE FINDS!!!!!
Ok, so if you follow my instagram….you will see that I’ve been obsessing over Arctic Zero !!!!! Last week, Arctic Zero sent me a box filled with loads of different flavors to try. Droooooool!!!!! Talking about substitutions, this is by far the smartest ICE CREAM SUBSTITUTION!!!!
As you know, I’ve got a bad history with binge eating. This I do admit. On many occasions, I’ve scarfed down whole pints of ice cream, like a train was chasing me. Trying to get it down so fast so that I wouldn’t have to actually think about how guilty I would feel afterward.
Hmmmmm, does this sound familiar to anyone??? Well, If you’ve ever inhaled a whole pint of regular ice cream, then you must know that you’ve just consumed
1200 CALORIES!!!!! (ex: Dreyer’s)
WTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!! I know, sick. Because ice cream is seen as the forbidden fruit, we gorge on it because we think, “ugh, well… I better eat allllllllllllllllll of this now, because I am like, Never gonna do this again!!!!!” 1/2 a cup suddenly goes out the window.
I have found our new BESTIE!!!!! Arctic Zero offers GUILT-FREE frozen desserts for a fraction of the cals!!! They are delicious, I’ve sampled them all;) My personal fave…. STRAWBERRY. All made with no artificial sweeteners, NON GMO, low glycemic & made with whey protein! I’ve been even adding a couple tbsps in my protein shakes! Holy AMAZEBALLZ! The BEST part…..
150 calories a pint
36 calories per serving (1/2 cup)
This is no lie. I know it seems hard to believe, but see for yourself here. The proof is right there!
I am so freakin grateful to have found this product. FINALLY, I get to enjoy an ice cream treat without sacrificing a healthy diet. Now, knowing that I can have it whenever I want, and knowing that its not naughty at all, I don’t have that “forbidden fruit” mentality anymore. Available in 7 yummy ass flavors.
Wanna know more??????
….Like, when, where, how, $, etc……..
WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!!
You can’t possibly go on without Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer though October. No sir. For me, sugar free.
Listen, I know its fake shit, and soooo not natural OR organic, but you know what. Leave me alone. It’s one tbsp or less I use a day, so whatever! It is so yummy, and homegurrrrlllll loves her coffee! I swear I looked EVERYWHERE for this! Couldn’t find the Coffee Mate one, so I settled for International Delight. Its pretty fantastic!!! 20 calories a tbsp for a cup of coffee beats a 100 cal nonfat vanilla latte from Sbucks, right?!
OCTOBER RECIPE ALERT!
Sometimes, sweet potatoes just aren’t gonna cut it. I’ve been sick of em’. I’ve completely played them out. Pumpkin too. LOl.
I’ve moved on to Kabocha Squash. BYEEEEEEEEE. Have you ever had it? It’s probably the onesquash that you keep passing up when you’re at the store, cuz frankly, it’s pretty ugly. Dark greenish/brown usually. It’s one of the only squashes that I actually eat the skin after I’ve cooked it. It’s full of fiber, so go right ahead. Make sure it’s organic if you’re gonna eat the skin. It’s also one of the sweetest 😉 I can’t think of a better FALL & October recipe to share with ya’ll. It’s a healthier alternative and pairs great with all proteins and other sides like veggies!
KABOCHA SQUASH PUREE.
I made this the other night with a lemon & herb roasted chicken and a spinach & avocado salad with olive oil and champagne vinegar. It was soooo bomb!
That white stuff you see sprinkled over the top, is my absolute favorite cheese! MANCHEGO!
- 1 whole Kabocha squash
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk. (silk brand=30 cals for 1 cup)
- 2 tbsp Fat free sour cream (Trader Joe’s brand=15 cals for 2 tbsp)
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg
- salt & pepper
- optional topping: Grated manchego cheese on top, or use your fave!
- Pre-heat oven 400 degrees.
- Cut kabocha squash in ½. Sprinkle both insides with garlic powder, cinnamon & nutmeg.
- In a baking dish, with ½ an inch of water. Place both halves face down into the dish.
- Roast for 40 minutes, or until very soft. top may brown slightly.
- Once cooked, let sit out to cool. Then add all the rest of ingredients along with roasted kabocha into a high speed blender, or whatever you have to blend.
- Serve puree with a bit of your favorite grated cheese over top;)
I hope you enjoy that simple recipe. It really did turn out awesome. oh & a lil secret…..
I made it for a boy, and he LOVED it;)
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BREAKFAST & SWEET TREATS:PAULA’S PROTEIN PUMPKIN MUFFINS CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE MUFFINS BANANA OAT MUFFINS LOW CARB FLAX BANANA SQUARES PUMPKIN FIBER BARS VANILLA PUMPKIN PROTEIN PANCAKES MINI BLUEBERRY PROTEIN MUFFINS BEST EVER BANANA BREAD GUILT-FREE PUMPKIN CHIA PUDDING
Here’s a shot I took while in Downtown LA. This is why I love Los Angeles. Street art is the tits.
In fitness through October:
About to start week 8!!!! eeeek. Wish me luck and strength!