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Creamy Chicken Chili recipe…& my new FAVE 40 calorie snack!!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, new faves, polar, popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday On March 6, 2014 11 Comments

Happy hump day babes!!! So far the week has been quite busy, and I’ve been fortunate enough to squeeze in some really amazing workouts as well. I’ve only had a few days this month where my feet have flared up. Thank you geeeezuzzz! ( if you don’t know, I had to quit Zumba sadly due to gnarly foot pain) I’ve been powering through, and avoiding too much pressure and compression on my lil tootsies. It’s been fun though getting creative in the gym I must say though.

Anyway, last week we had an actual rainy and semi-cold weekend ( for LA, LOL) which inspired this next recipe! Finally, I’m sharing a SAVORY recipe! Whattttttt!?!?!? I know, not my usual…but I think it was time, don’t you!? So with that cozy weather last week….I was in need of a hearty, protein rich soup.

One night, while pinning….I came across a recipe that inspired this baby. Of course….I had to do some adjustments;) I wish I could give a shoutout to the chickie who originally posted this on Pinterest…but paper entry I didn’t pin it. Hmmm weird.

Here it is…in all it’s EFFIN glory! This recipe makes quite a large batch, so I would either: FREEZE IT…OR PORTION IT OUT FOR A WEEK OF MEAL PREP!
It will have 5-6 servings, although I calculated it for 5 servings… I like big portions;)

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Creamy Chicken Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Large chicken breasts. ( I use organic/free range)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small can Ortega fire roasted green chillies
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth (I use Low Sodium)
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup white beans (I used Trader Joes Organic Great Northern beans in can)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 4oz fat free cream cheese or lite neufchatel cheese
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼-1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional: grated monterrey jack cheese or cojita cheese & broken up tortilla pieces.

Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven or lrg soup pan, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil.
  2. **Add in chopped onions
  3. **Add in 2 chicken breasts on med heat
  4. **Soften onions & sear chicken breast
  5. **Add minced garlic
  6. **Add chicken broth
  7. **Add all spices
  8. **Bring that to a boil.Once boiling…turn knob to SIMMER.
  9. **Simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. **Remove chicken and SHRED it..throw it back in.
  11. **Add in 4oz fat free cream cheese while on simmer. (It will chunk up, just keep stirring and removing lumps.
  12. **Add in corn
  13. **Add in ½ cup of the beans whole & the other ½ cup of the beans blended with a couple tbsp of your broth. This adds thickness and creaminess to the chilli.
  14. **Add juice of ½ a lime
  15. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
  16. Top with an extra squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro, and cheese:)

Notes
There are 5 servings in this recipe. 1 serving is 237 calories.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 237 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 13 Sugar: 3 Protein: 28

 

Here’s a shot of most of the major ingredients…. I forgot to show the fat free cream cheese, but it’s in there. 4 oz of it. It’s super easy to make. Soup is the absolute best! You literally throw shit in a pot….and viola!!!
Also…feel free to add SPICE! As spicy as you would like…amazeballz. Also…I usually make my recipes really low carb…and I promise this is still under my “good carb guidelines”
These beans are high in protein, and there is only ONE CUP of them in the whole recipe. Get into it. Byeeeeee

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I topped it with grated low fat Monterrey Jack cheese, a squeeze of lime, and fresh chopped cilantro. OMMMMMGGGGGGGG. I’ve been eating this ishhhh for 4 freakin days, and I’m still not sick of it:) lol
Seriously… Make this ASAP! Oh…especially if you’re in the mid west or east coast..where it’s fuckinnnnn COLD!!!!!
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Ok, moving on to “WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY” when I say Wednesday…. I mean errrrrrredayyyyy
Yep. I am sooooo ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with my 40 calorie Thin Slim Foods vanilla & Cinnamon cookies!!! I mean 40 CALORIES! They are dense and filling and DELICIOUS!!!! #cantstopwontstop
If you don’t believe me… Purchase here..try for yourself…and you will thank my ass. Fo realllzzzzzz. I literally bought everything this company had available, no joke.
HERE, You can see the nutrition facts, and how they are so low carb, (2 net carbs) and such little calories.
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I don’t just share food, I promise. Not that it’s that cool for you….but I like to share my fresh flowers. I flower shop each week, and always change out the water… Lol. It’s a hobby. Spring forward…..
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This week, I’m also proud to announce…my POLAR WATCH has Made a comeback in my life. Lol. I went big yesterday;) if you’re looking for a heart rate monitor…the FT60 is a great buy! It’s mid range affordable…and is suuuuupppper accurate! I’d invest in one, if you’re into it.
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Have I told you lately how much I LOVEEEEE my salon!? Ugh…. #thiscourtyard is my heaven when I have a break. Lol. Just a lil daytime nap time. 😉 this was me yesterday during my lunch break.

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Come visit me at Román Salon for a fab new do;)
Can you spot me in there?… 😉
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I always end my posts with a little inspiration/motivation. I need to keep this in mind…like, everyday. Remember….you can’t out excessive a bad diet. Slow down, enjoy WHOLE foods, and drink lots of water. 😉

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Have a wonderful rest of your week, try out this recipe and pin it!!!! Lol
Love uuuuuuuzzzz

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Wednesday EATS…WOD…FRIENDS

In Breakfast, circuit, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, sassoon, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD, zumba On August 22, 2013 0 Comments

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It is a gorgeous day today here in sunny LA! I am sooooo stoked that I am off today, I can’t even tell you! I woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to take on the day. I managed to sleep in till 6:30. Kind of unheard of for me. No joke. Lol. No yoga this morning. I’ve got other workout plans for later;)
I met up with Haley this morning instead for a lovely lil breakfast date at Le Pain Quotidien.

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This place is an absolute hotspot. They have quite a few here in Cali, and I gotta say, EXTREMELY fresh food and generous portions. You can’t help but be enamored by all of the baked muffins, tartines, pastries and loaves of fresh baked breads. Ok….this is all veryyyyyy tempting to me. Ugh.
It all looks soooooo delicious! I’m a lucky girl that this place is walking distance to my house.

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While waiting for haley, I ordered a non-fat vanilla latte and sat outside.

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This is what healthy chicks do…lol. We salivate over all the baked goods, the…end up ordering egg white omelettes. Lol. Hahaha. Seems like a very simple breakfast, but you’d be surprised how many places manage to fuck this up. Also the little things reallydo count for me. For example… They set the table with fresh sea salt and fresh pepper, organic strawberry jam, and my fave, praline butter. Omggggg.

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After feeling pretty full, but still comfortable, I laid on the couch and studied my crazy ass choreography for my Zumba class. I’ve got a new song on the playlist that makes me loose my head! Loving this song right now!

Don Omar- Zumba

I know…it looks like an alien language. It only makes sense to me! Hahaha.
I made a racket upstairs practicing in front of the mirror. So flashdance;)

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10:30 A.M Zumba KILLED IT! loved seeing all my ladies! We danced our asses off. Legit cardio. My homie Rozanne made it all the way from San Diego! Sweaty Nettie’s!

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I had loads of energy…I forgot to mention I took a scoop full of C4 by Cellucor mixed with water before class, and I was unstoppable! Omg.
Anything that has the words “extreme” or “explosive” is bound to be fuckin GNARLY. Excuse my French. This is not something I take on a normal basis, bit it’s fun sometimes for that extra drive in your workouts. I’m sure it’s not the most “natural” product out there….but hey:/

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After my hour Zumba class…my adrenaline was still cray cray, so I stopped at LA Fitness and busted out today’s GPP FITNESS WOD.

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Check it out. It was pretty intense. I had to modify the weight and did 10 lbs instead of 15lbs.
My last round of the sets, I couldn’t step anymore. I had to do the last whole round stationary. Ahhhhh, sooo tired! Lots of child pose happening at the moment of completion. Lol

BELOW ARE THE LINKS TO EACH WORKOUT.

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Step down bicep curls

Step down overhead press

Step down overhead tricep ext.

CORE:

V-ups

Tick-tocks

Superman back extension

Lunch was nothing exciting to share. Plain chicken breast, a coconut flour pancake, and some veggies.

I’m trying to be super clean for the day, cuz tonight….ohhhh watch out. I’m meeting up with the girls from my old job (Sassoon) at our old stomping grounds;) Nic’s Martini Lounge. We go just a tad bit overboard on happy hour. I’m saving my naughty tummy for all those stupid delicious appetizers and wine. Hence….the double workout today. Lol. Stop judging, I know you can’t revisit a goooooood happy hour! C’mon!
Made it to Nic’s, and because of the lighting…couldn’t get a decent pic of me to save my life. This is as good as it’s gonna get y’all.

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Missing my assistants to the max! All dressed in black. I love it. So Gaga. These kids are amazing! Some, for two years straight assisting, just to get the chance of being a “Sassoon trained stylist or colorist. I remember those days. It was my life. Looking for people (hair models) on the street willing to get their hair cut off by an aspiring stylist. It’s a lesson in dedication, patience, and tolerance. Not easy, so.. I commend them for working as hard as they do. Now, at my new salon, not having hired an assistant yet…I am now starting to realize how much important they are for the running of the salon. In fact, I’m a bit crazed without one. Call me snobby…bu I’m used to someone being right there if I drop my comb.

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My Asian mob. Plus +1. They are sisters to me. The blonde on the left…well, let’s just let her think she Asian. Lol;) she loves it!

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We had a GREAT time! We ate and drank like cows. Like…not kidding. Not a single vegetable was served. Yeah, this pic below…..not even the 1/2 of it. Lol. All carbs. Fries…pizza..olive bread…quesadillas…shrimp cocktail..more fries… Ugh. I was sick by the end of the night. Looks like yoga at 6:30 A.M will have to be pushed back till after work. Oooops.
I’m really good at making up for it though…lol. Lots of juicing and protein for the next few days, along with back to back days of workouts. Gotta get back on it! Just because you had one really bad meal….doesn’t mean the world is over, and your fucked. It just means, you enjoyed it for that moment, and you pick it back up the next day with full motivation, strength, and without punishing yourself.

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Love y’all! Hope you had an amazing Wednesday! Kick Thursday’s ass!!!!!

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On this episode of “WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY”…

In blend retreat, Breakfast, clean food, giveaway!, new faves, protein shakes, Reviews, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday On May 22, 2013 4 Comments

Good day, good day beauties…. You know what I LOVE about, What I Ate Wednesday’s……… WHAT I ATE ON WEDNESDAY;)
Since I am not in the salon anymore today, I really get to sit, create and enjoy some great lookin’ meals. Well, you be the judge;)
I am finally starting to get back into the groove of things after a very exciting and fun weekend away at the blend retreat. I taught Zumba this morning at 10:30, and to be honest, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it through it! I am still sooooooooo
Sore from the GPP workouts, that yesterday, I needed help walking down the stairs! Geeeeez. Whatever…suck it up Paula, you loved that shit. Oh yes I did. Can’t wait to start my GPP Fitness ritual starting next week.
6 days on- Sundays off. Yikes. Nervous to be doing these alone. I will be posting the workouts, so please do them with me;)
Anyway…. Sorry, I get distracted.
BREAKFAST 8:00a.m.

1 small slice of Brocolli Protein Bread (recipe to come)
Organic low salt turkey breast
Hard boiled egg whites
1/2 a kamut cake with Natures Hollow sugar free (made with xylitol) raspberry syrup & New York super foods chia peanut butter.

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Seriously, you need to get down on this ish. CHIA PEANUT BUTTER! ok, I love all nut butters, and since I am a fanatic, I like to try out every single one on the market! I don’t like to get bored you see. This was a really nice alternative!

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This company is family owned, and family run. You what that means. Small business usually keep it tight to make sure they can offer a really great product, with organic, clean, non-gmo ingredients. The guys at New York Superfoods create products for active individuals with all natural, gluten free Superfoods. No, they did not ask me to review them, this is just what I do sometimes. You need to know what’s out there, especially if I you are into health and fitness. Stay educated on products in the market that we can utilize to enhance life and performance. Plus, who doesn’t love CHIA?!
Check out the benefits of this tiny superfood here.

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I considered today, a special Wednesday. You know why? Cuz I got back from Utah with soooo much swag to try! Woohoo!
I tried my first scoop of Fit mixer today for much needed energy. It was pretty great! I liked that there weren’t any artificial ingredients, and that it truly felt good in my body. It also contains natural colors and flavors from beets, strawberries, and coconuts, and is naturally energizing due to its main ingredients of Palatinose and green tea and green coffee extracts. I was on fire today, and actually burned 40 more cals than I have been lately:) Maybe it’s because This stuff contains Raspberry Ketones to help you burn fat quickly while maintaining energy levels throughout your workout*. It also delivers Palatinose, a slow-burning carbohydrate designed to support sustained energy throughout the day
I’m gonna keep it up and see how it works out for me. We’ll see. Curious to try their other products.

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Another product I tried today ( 2 hrs before teaching) was Shroom Tech by Onnit. I’m usually quite weary about changing around my supplements. I honestly usually just stick to CLA, green tea, protein, and an energizing mixer per-workout, but, since hearing a lot of buzz about this company, and once chatting with them at the retreat this past weekend, I was very interested. Today was my first day, so I’ll have to revisit this product & review once I start becoming more aware of how my body is being effected.
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Check these bad boys out…
That’s right…. I know you are soooo feeling my crazy clown Zumba pants! Don’t be jelz;)
Today’s class was super fun & the polar doesn’t lie! 711 CALORIES! Hot damnnnn! in Zumba, you have got to let go and dance your ass off. FULL OUT. Make it count.
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I, no surprise, am like a starting child after class, so I made sure to pack one of my homemade blueberry protein shakes to take with me. I swear, if I try are run around town after class, and don’t put anything in my belly, I will start to convulse. Hardly, but vey O-so very shaky. Not cute. This holds me over and tastes like a dessert;)

Vanilla Blueberry Protein Shake:

1 scoop About Time Vanilla whey protein.

1 cup 30 calorie unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk by SILK.

2 heaping tbsp of 0% CHOBANI Greek yogurt

1/4-1/2 cup organic frozen or fresh blueberries

4 drops NuNaturals stevia extract drops

2 drops of vanilla extract

3 ice cubes

1 tbsp chia seeds

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By far best part of the day!
LUNCHIEEEE!

I had lunch with a girlfriend at this AMAZING Place in North Hollywood called HealthyCA.
This place is a total hidden gem! It’s mostly a catering place I think, cuz the actual restaurant portion is tiny. They can really only seat a handful of peeps there, so your best bet is to walk in, order at the counter, and ask for it to go. Te pics say it all. We couldn’t quite make up our minds as to what each one of us wanted, so we opted to split each entree. I like to share and try everything;)

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I mean, seriously. I kinda want to make it a ritual of going there every Wednesday, and calling it a “treat meal” cuz it ain’t no ” cheat meal” that’s for sure. It couldn’t get more, CLEAN, ORGANIC AND GLUTEN FREE.

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Finally….NAILS. I got a proper mani/pedi and enjoyed every bit of it. I was getting GEL nails, but decided to give my lil nails a break. Plus, I can’t help but get a bit freaked by those uv lamps they make you stick your hands under. Can’t be good after a while. I would always forget to put sunscreen in my bag:(

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I used to do the spa chairs, until one of my friends got fuckin’ mersa ( flesh eating bacteria in her toe) from the bowl not properly being disinfected. Hell no, I’ll stick to the disposable plastic tub inserts. Byeeee

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Toady I decided to bring my own color. I got a new one.
Essie: Clam Bake.

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My new favorite “before dinner snack”. All of you, I’m sure, know I DIE for cottage cheese. This concoction I believe I’ve shared on Instagram before. I could have it every single day, I no lie.
I feel like a superhero after consiming so many Superfoods.
It’s is:
Low salt low fat cottage cheese

Unsweetened dehydrated shredded coconut

Raw cacao shavings

Chia seeds

Pb2

Blueberries

Raw Hemp seeds

Raw Flax seeds

Stevia

Vanilla bean

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Today was my lucky day… My student and dear friend brought me fresh lemons from her tree. Lemons are the key to my heart and soul! Thanks Jamina!

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I wanted to share my newest purchase;) I can’t believe I walked out of target and ONLY bought NAPKINS!!! Whattttttt! It’s a miracle. Loving my new Mara-Mi napkins! Aren’t the the best!? I want more!!!

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What a gorgeous day today was!
Last but not least:
DINNER!

Miracle noodles with marinara, roasted baby peppers and onions, and my Steaz 1/2 n 1/2.

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Back to work mañana with hopefully a booked day. Mama needs moniezzzzzz. Lol.
What are everyone’s plans for memorial weekend? Anything fun?

A little reminder also for those of you who haven’t signed up for the newsletter for a chance to win those lock laces, do so here!!!

Send me some love! Miss you guys;)
Xo, P

Wednesday eats..Thursday treats.

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

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

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

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

Bottom line: HUGE FAN.

 

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

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

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

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

My AFTER CLASS MEAL:

Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne

Organic RAW hemp seeds

fresh fruit

PB2 (best product everrrrr..game changer)

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

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

 

 

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

I found my new motto…

LIKE A BOSS!

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

LUNCH:

Kale

2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)

2 slices no salt turkey slices

Cherry tomatoes

Grapes

Sesame seeds

Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper.

Thebomb.com seriously.

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

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

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

Your next recommended purchase….

These amazing sandals by: REPORT

BUY THEM HERE!

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

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And now……. Go ahead.

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XOXO……P

Choco-choco muffin recipe…new fave PROTEIN smoothie…in WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY…

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, protein shakes, sweets, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, zumba On April 10, 2013 2 Comments

Hi babes! It’s been a super packed week! I feel like I’ve been nonstop! Today…I’ve got a really special recipe for you. Well, a couple of recipes on todays post,but this first one, I shit you not, will blow your mind.
Get ready for the BEST tasting, and the most HEALTHIEST chocolate muffin that you will devour ever in your FIT life!
With 12 grams of protein and only 9 net carbs, you have found your new “BREAKFAST BESTIE”
You’ll never have to break up with chocolate again if you keep these guilt free muffins around;)
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I found this recipe originally from fellow healthy blogger fitandhealthywithdebbie.blogspot.com but tweaked a few things to my own liking. Check her version too…you may end up liking it better. I’ve also recalculated the nutrition facts to my version 🙂
If you’ve ever played around with baking with protein powders or even most flour alternatives, then you know the dilemma….dry or rubbery. Ugh, it’s happened to all of us. Usually, the reason being, not enough moisture/liquid in recipe, over cooking, and not mixing well enough. Soooo touchy these healthy recipes! Geez:/.

With these perfect little morsels…I think I had an “Aha- moment”. They were DELIGHTFUL, cakey, soft, moist, amazing flavor…ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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WORLD’S HEALTHIEST CHOCOLATE MUFFIN!
 
sugar free, low carb, gluten free…I mean you just can’t beat that. It tastes absolutely SINFUl, but I promise… GUILT FREE.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats made into a flour. ( i just threw mine in the food processor)
  • 4 tbsp Flaxseed meal (ground Flax)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 scoop or packet About time “chocolate” protein powder
  • ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup 0% greek yogurt OR Fromage Blanc ( I love Vermont Creamery, less sugar and carbs than greek yogurt and tastes the same…Whole Foods)
  • 3 tbsp sugar free honey (natures hollow)
  • dark chocolate chips or carob chips. The darker, the better:)

Instructions
  1. Grease a 6 muffin tin. I used coconut oil spray.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all dry ingredients, once mixed well, add all wet ingredients one at a time, while continuing to stir and mix.
  4. A hand mixer would also work great at this point. OR, honestly, you could just blend everything except the choco chips in a vitamix or food processor.
  5. Using a spoon, evenly dollop batter into muffin cups
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over each one
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 12-14 mins. I will always check mine a bit early cuz I go crazy if I burn my muffins!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 170 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 7 Protein: 12

 

 

 

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I’ve always preferred a European style breakfast…you know, coffee & a pastry. Although sometimes opting for a healthy egg white omelette or turkey sausage out of “this is what I should be eating, Once I realized that I could sneak in all the nutrients and protein I needed into a muffin, without devouring a 500 cal pastry from coffee bean, my mornings turned into my favorite meals of the day!
So this is how I started off my WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.
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I’m still not used to being off on Wednesdays from the salon, so I wake up frantic, then realize I get to sleep in, then I start baking, duh… Oh and then, I start dancing in my living room;) a bit of ZUMBA at 8:00 a.m is always a good time!
I taught ZUMBA at 10:30, and my Amigas rocked the house!
They work me out as much as I work them out, so I make sure to replenish my body and feed my muscles right after class with protein shakes.
I’ve found my new Fave!
Here’s your next recipe…. A bit of homework for y’all….
YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS ASAP!
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There are a few optional items in this recipe, in which you can omit…but I recommend them, so up to you;) one of them being bee pollen… BEE POLLEN is recommended by herbalists to enhance athletic performance, relieve allergies, and help with stomach issues.
Another optional ingredient…IRISH MOSS. Which is used as a natural thickener and comes with loads of nutritional benefits that you can read up on here.
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One ingredient you clearly do not want to skip out on, is the PROTEIN. In this case, I used about time vanilla whey. 25 grams of protein per scoop, and all natural!
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Fresh fruit is always a plus. This was a treat for me! A full mango (well, a small one) it was ripe, and soooo ready! Also in this recipe, 1/4 banana…for that yummy flavor and smooth texture that gives this recipe a “shake” vibe.
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I also like to add a spoonful of flax meal. Flax offers an enormous amount of healthy omega fatty acids. I make sure to keep my flax meal in the fridge or freezer to prevent spoilage.
Omega fatty acids are essential in a healthy diet.
Studies show that consuming fresh flax meal, or flax oil can help to reduce the chance of heart disease, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure. When you get the chance….add it to everything you can think of;) lol.
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Ban-mango Vanilla Protein shake
 
Post workout protein favorite!
Author:
Recipe type: Brunch

Ingredients
  • 1 mango cut up
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • 1 packet or scoop Vanilla About Time Whey Protein
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • 1½ tbsp Irish moss (soaked and blended) optional.
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla SILK 30 cal almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • ½ tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean powder but you could use regular ol’ extract)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp EITHER low fat cottage cheese, 0% greek yogurt, OR fromage blanc
  • OPTIONAL- sprinkle with chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
  1. easy peazy… throw it all in a blender or vitamix and call it a day.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 215 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 17 Sugar: 13 Fiber: 5 Protein: 29

 

 

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Lunch was super clean and completely predictable… Roasted chicken breast, brocollini, and roasted peppers with hard boiled egg whites. Boring, but nutritious and quite yummy. I managed NOT to dry out the breast. Story of my life.
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The most exciting part of “WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY……..
This ridiculous seed and nut butter! NUTTZO.

I have been hearing and reading about this amazing nut butter for a long time, so I made the plunge. $12.99 well freakin spent. So worth it. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! I was so anxious to try it, that I popped open the jar right as I got in the car at the Whole Foods parking lot. Don’t judge me….. NUTTZO if you’re reading this…SEND ME MOREEEEE!!

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So as you now know, I am the newest member of SCFITNESS and feel totally honored and happy:) this weekend was our first photoshoot for the new website. Here are just a couple shots of my awkward self. Prob not the one that’s gonna go up, but just sharing:) I can’t wait till these damn bangs grow out. They were in my face the whole freakin day. Ugh.

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Apparently I was soooo feeling turquoise. Homegirl is lovin Er’ blue.

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In other ZUMBA news….. A super exciting time for not only us as intructors but also for students and fellow ZUMBA lovers. ZUMBA Fitness now has a fantastic app for iPhone where you can find your favorite class or instructor and CHECK IN! let everyone know that you are up, and dancing, and maybe inspire others to do the same! Not only can you check in, but NOW, ZUMBA home office will will make a donation to a campaign aimed towards ending world hunger every time you check in!

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The idea is called ” THE GREAT CALORIE DRIVE”
For every calorie burned in class, ZUMBA will donate money so that others can eat! Pretty amazing, and so excited that I get to be a part of this. So, remember to always check in, and log in your calories burned. I always wear my ft60 polar heart rate monitor, and never burn less than 600 calories!

The day of the shoot, I had taken J. FIT’s bodysculpting class, which left my legs and body feeling wobbly, she kills me,so I was stoked to get home and spend some much needed mommy time with Wilbur! Aww, my boooooooo;)
At the end of the day, after Running around all day…this is what I really wanted. Home sweet home!
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I posted this pic the other day on my insta…thought I’d say bye as a playboy blonde;) my goodness…. Love y’all! Can’t wait to get crazy with my Thursday night class!
Xoxo
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What I ATE…What I WORE WEDNESDAY.

In At home cooking, clean food, fashion, get the look, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday On March 6, 2013 5 Comments

Happy hump day everyone! Hope you had a great day! I’m gearing up to leave on Saturday after work for Vegas with the girls, so I’ve got lots to catch up on before I take off. This week I’ve been a little slacking on the workouts, so…sorry for the lack of fitness inspiration;)
I got a great workout in Sunday, which was a Hatha yoga class, and my fave, of course, Zumba, and another Zumba class on Tuesday night. Tonight, I’m catching up on some blogging, and I’m looking forward to a bodysculpting class mañana.

Since I won’t be matching my usual 5 day workout week, I gotta keep the eats really clean.
Here’s a sneak into my tummy today;)

Breakfast was sautéed onions, kale, and eggwhites.

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Topped with a dollop of fromage blanc, and sprinkled with “Parmesan” the vegan version.

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SNACKS 1:

A super juicy grapefruit…

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SNACK 2:

RAW sprouted trail mix from Raw Food World.
(Stopped by this place while in Ojai this weekend)

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LUNCH:

A kale salad with baked Dijon salmon and sprouted pumpkin seeds.
Dressed with chia oil and lemon.

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AFTERNOON SNACK:

Fresh berries and 0% Fage yogurt.
Oh, and…a couple squares of 85% dark chocolate;)

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DINNER:

Salmon baked with lemon, Dijon mustard, and garlic. ( can you tell I’m on a salmon kick?)
Kabocha squash, baked with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Some shots from today’s look. Yes, I am wearing gold pants….

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GET THE LOOK:

Gold leggings: American apparel $46.00
Blouse: Wilster

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Boots: Dolce Vita which are originally $315… I found them for $50 bucks. I know, sometimes I think my luck will run out…;)

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Hope you guys have a fabulous rest of the week! Can’t wait for the weekend!
Exciting things to come next week y’all, so be on the lookout!
Thank to all those who follow;)
Xoxo, P

Trust Me…You’re Welcome;) 6 packs & snacks!

In At home cooking, clean food, fitness plan, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD On February 27, 2013 0 Comments

Hey guys! Hope you all had an amazing day! It wasnt too crazy at work, so I was able to sneak and get this post together:) I swear I just get SOOOO excited to share stuff with you all! I’ve got some exiting workout tips in this one, so get ready!!! First, let me start off with last night’s din din. Ya’ll know I’ve been into rolls lately, give me anything, and I’ll make a damn sushi roll out of it! lol.

Super easy, I just literally grabbed anything I could find in my fridge to stuff it with.

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In this case…

INGREDIENTS:

1 soy paper

1 tbsp Fromage Blanc

1 tbsp Canned pumpkin

1 tsp Parma vegan parmesan

1 slice turkey bacon

Roasted veggies (I used leftover onion,cauliflower,zuchinni)

siracha (to taste)

sesame seeds

 

 

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Roll it up…… and dinner is served.

 

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I had to miss my ritual of Tuesday night Zumba unfortunately, cuz I had to do a housecall. womp wommmmmmp, but I made sure to go to sleep early, and get a goodnight’s rest.

This morning was a KILLER FASTED CARDIO SESH.

I literally opened my eyes, put on my gym clothes still half asleep (made sure it was early enough for my brain to not quite comprehend what was happening) I headed straight to the gym. It was 5:30 a.m. HELL YESSSS.

OK, so here is the latest with my workouts… 2x a week, I am trying to work in a fasted cardio session in the early A.M. .I mean, with NOTHING in my belly. Just water. There is some controversy to this method, and that is precisely why I am trying it…to be able to tell you all if it’s even worth it. Here is the PRO version. ….Here is the CON version

 

This morning was 45 minutes of elliptical intervals. I was surprised at how much energy I had, especially with no food inside my tummy. Kinda felt like a beast. Ugh love when that happens.Don’t know bout ya’ll, but…. I’m tryin’ to get ready for bikini season!

 

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BREAKFAST:

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A protein shake made with:

1/4 banana

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Raw acai powder

bee pollen (a pinch)

probiotics (1 opened pill)

Whole leaf aloe juice (1 tbsp)

2 swiss chard leaves

4 drops Nunaturals stevia

a pinch of vanilla extract

2 tbsp fromage blanc

SNACKS:

1/2 a small cucumber sliced with salt & pepper

small handful of Raw almonds

kale chips

& 1 scoop ULTIMA REPLENISHER electrolyte powder (its absolutely delicious and tastes like Kool aid!) mixed with 3 tbsp chia seeds and water. The best hydration with fuel and energy! you gotta try this guys! Nothing has ever quenched your thirst like this before!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!!!

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LUNCH:

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A salad made up of :

Raw kale

cilantro

parsley

roasted veggies

reduced fat feta

2 slices turkey bacon

1 tbsp chimichurri

 

SNACK:

Nonfat CHOBANI 0% yogurt with fresh strawberries.

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Ok, enough with the eats…Back to fitness.It’s now 4:00 p.m. and I’ve got abs on the mind;) I’ve been doing some research online trying to find some inspiration for upcoming gym days, and I’m SOOO STOKED, because, #1: I found my new FAVORITE core move, #2: I’ve become Jillian Michaels obsessed, and #3: I am now gonna become that creep who’s dancing on the treadmill at 5:30 a.m. at the gym. That’s right chicks. No shame. Whatever makes me sweat, and shows me results, I’m gonna do.

#1:

I found this during my daily bloglovin reads. Popsugar.

Get ready, this one’s a doooooozy!

3 sets of 10!

It’s a challenging move that truly pays off. You use the abs as you pull the knees to your chest, and as you lower the legs back down, the abs work to keep the torso stable. Plus, just hanging from the bar works the arms and upper back quite nicely.

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Start by hanging on a pull-up bar with palms facing out, or use the hand grips on the cable-pulley machine. Do use a box if you need help reaching the bar. Pull your shoulder blades down your back to keep your shoulders away from your ears. You will be working your lats to keep your scapulae (shoulder blades) stable.
Exhale, pulling your abs to your spine as you raise your knees to your chest. Tuck your pelvis under, rounding your low back, to ensure the low abs are working more than the mighty hip flexors.
Lower the legs down slowly and return to the starting position. Do keep your abs engaged to prevent your legs from swinging behind you.
To prevent momentum from assisting the leg raise, pause in the starting position for a moment before beginning the next rep.
Do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
Are you a fan of hanging knee tucks?

Source: Megan Wolfe Photography at J+K Fitness Studio
Pop-sugar.

 

#2:

Jillian Michaels showing of her fabulous abs for Health Magazine. Helllllllooooooo, who the efff wouldn’t want to do this circuit! I found these moves while doing my daily pinning, and I was like “Holy, Shizzzzleeee, I could f*%k wit dat!”

Check it out! I’m gonna see if I can do 3 SETS OF 10 EACH….I dunno…this ish looks CRAY CRAY!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU TRY THIS!!! JUST LOOKING AT THIS MAKES ME CRINGE.

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(Source: Jillian Michaels for Health mag)

#3:

One of my amigas texted me this morning with ” gIRL!, you gotta look up Tracy Anderson’s treadmill dance workout! It’s sickkkk!”

Immediately…I was on youtube trying to get it to embed on this damn post, I was like, “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT”

If I’m not embarrased to do this in public, you shouldn’t be either! Get into it. Pretty soon, Bitches be like….

(part a)

(part b)

Tonight’s damn traffic made me miss ZUMBA, but I made it to bodysculpting, and that kicked my ass!

My dinner was simple yet delicious, protein packed, hearty, and eeeaaasy!

Cage free eggs

low sodium turkey breast

skim shredded mozzarella

Baby broccoli sauteed in coconut oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

ooohhh and a bit of tapatio.

anddddd a spoonful of natural peanut butter…yes, right out the jar.;)

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Goodnight folks!!! Wishing you all a lovely thursday tomorrow! As someone once told me

LOVE & LIGHT

P.S. BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR TOMORROWS FOODIE PENPAL POST!!!

XOXO