Hey guys! Hope the week is going great, and y’all are stayin active! I’ve got some super yummy recipes, and grocery items that you should pick up ASAP! Ok, let’s get to it….I’ve been feeling extra hungry lately since I upped my cardio, so I’ve made it a point to keep homemade snackies around the house, to make sure I don’t binge on the wrong things.

One of my favorite pantry items, which I’ve shared before, are CHIA SEEDS. One of the greatest super fueling foods. A lot of people are confused by what to do with these little guys, and I’m here to tell ya! They are amazing. Because most people don’t know what to do with them, they end up just sprinkling them over a salad, or to top off their smoothie. That is all good, but get a bit more creative peeps!

Alright, do you like pudding? I do. A lot. Are you in need of protein, fiber, and omegas? Here are the reasons why you need to add this into your diet. Top 10 CHIA benefits.

Here’s my Protein Packed Vanilla Chia Pudding

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INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop vanilla protein ( I use about time whey)

4 tbsps chia seeds

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( I use silk brand, 30 cals)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 drops stevia

optional toppings:

Blueberries
Hemp seeds
Flax seeds
Goji berries
Raw almond butter
Cacao nibs

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DIRECTIONS:

Super easy! Chia sees, when immersed in liquid, become gelatinous..it’s genius. So, all you do is:

Grab a bowl, add your protein powder, add chia seeds, add yogurt, swirl together…then add “milk” you could also use water. Whatever.( if you choose water, you may have to compensate with more vanilla extract) then add stevia, and vanilla. Mix very well. It gets thicker with time. Keep mixing, and place in the fridge for 20-30 min. To with whatever you’re into. Something healthy of course;) congratulations, you’ve just created a superfood SUPERBOWL!

Here’s another idea for PUMPKIN CHIA SEED PUDDING

Don’t feel like pudding?….You can bake with chia seeds too, you know. How bout some PROTEIN CHIA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

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Alright, I know it’s not fall, or thanksgiving time, but I freakin LOVE pumpkin! Pumpkin anything really…especially in the morning. Add it to your oats, make bars like these, so many possibilities! Plus, if I’m gonna eat starch or carbs, I’d prefer to enjoy them in the morning:) I’ve come up with these super nutritious bars that have loads of fiber ( from the psyllium, oats, and flax), AND, protein from almond flour, and eggs. Low in calories but high in value.

Remember you guys, if I have time to make my own food, so do you. Your health is important, and most of the bars you see being sold at supermarkets, are really NOT as healthy as advertised. Get into the habit of making your own, and storing them. You will save money, and you will know exactly what went into them.

PUMPKIN FIBER BARS

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pumpkin purée ( preferably organic)

2 tbsp psyllium husks

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp flax meal

2 tbsp old fashioned oats

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tps Vanilla extract

10 drops stevia

optional:
Top with cacao nibs or carob chips

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DIRECTIONS:

Super easy. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients, then add all wet ingredients and mix very well. I just use a fork to make sure I mash everything realllllly well.
Grease a loaf pan. ( you can use coconut oil or ghee)
Spread batter flat in pan, and top with cacao nibs.
Bake in oven for 20 mins.
Let sit and set. Cut into rectangular bars, and store:)
These are fabulous to take to work as a snack or for breakfast.

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Ok, so I’ve got to share with you all my new foundings! So excited! The first product that I’m sooo stoked to try is this:

IRISH MOSS

I’ve always seen this walking through the isles of Whole Foods and Raw food World, but never had the guts to try it. To be honest, it just looked completely unappetizing. It’s raw and looks like a sea creature, but don’t let this gross looking little package fool you…it is considered the only plant food vital for treating thyroid conditions, it can also help with issues in the bladder, intestines, stomach,glands, and skin. Also, little did I know, it is a great natural thickener.

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It also looks intimidating because in its raw form, it’s covered in sand. Lol. After all, it is sea kelp.
You just gotta get the hang of it. It’s pretty easy and simple.
You grab a handful, and RINSE, RINSE, AND REPEAT.
then, once cleaned thoroughly, you put it in a bowl with double the amount of water. So that the moss is fully immersed. Soak outside the fridge for up to 16-18hours, switching out the water every 6-8 hrs, looking for debris or sand. Once soaked, it should become softened, gelatinous and pretty much doubled in size.
Put your moss in the blender with 1 cup clean water
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. In your Vitamix, this might take several minutes and it will heat the gel up slightly. That is ok. Chunks of moss will fly up into your carafe. Push them down and proceed until your moss paste is completely smooth.

Store the paste in fridge in a glass jar for up to 10 days.

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Health Benefits:
(Source:Raw Bay Area)
Has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes throughout the body. It has a softening effect on the tissues and helps many respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and also has a mild laxative effect.

Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals

Has a large array of ionic minerals. Iodine being one mineral that supports your thyroid and many problems associated with poor thyroid function including fatigue, inability to tolerate cold, slow heart rate, low metabolism, poor skin and hair, etc.

Used externally, it softens and soothes the skin. Put it on your wrinkles and any dark circles under your eyes! It also eases sunburn, chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis, and other rashes.

Get into peeps!

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Let’s talk about “YAM” noodles. Yeah, I know, WTF.
That’s right, homegirl’s raided the Chinese market “99 Ranch” this weekend, and…safe to say, I came up! I got all sorts of goodies, and at really great prices too. A lot of stuff I couldn’t read, but whatever, I could kinda understand the nutrition facts in most things, and some had info in English, so, no prob there.
So, you know that I’m a huge fan of “Miracle Noodles” Well, these are pretty much the same thing, but these in particular, are shaped, in what seem to look like, little pasta knots. Great for soups.

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The best part being this………
Check out the nutrition facts!
0 FAT
0 CARBOHYDRATES ( minus dietary fiber from carbs to calculate NET carbs)

Oooooommmmmgggggggg. Haven’t used these yet, but I will mos def be making some sort of Asian style soup.

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Seaweed and soy wraps galore!!! If I would have bought these at whole foods, they would have been double the price! Seaweed is my dream. Sighhhhhh
Why make a sandwich with bread, when you have these;)

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Korean bbq style thin cut beef. Sooooo bomb! You know what I’m gonna do….. I’m gonna grab a seaweed wrapper, stuff it with thin strips of beef, make some cauliflower rice, and add some julienned veggies for my ownversion of a sushi roll;) hell yes! I will be posting that very soon, and I promise you will wanna make it too!

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I cooked these up suuuuuppppperrrrrr quick. They are so thin, that they cook in like 2 seconds. I just added salt, pepper, and garlic powder and viola!

Ok, ok, I know, it doesn’t look that good, but trust me, delicious, lean, full of protein, and easy to cook.

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Hard boiled some eggies for the week. I swear I could snack on these bad boys allllll day long!

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I stocked up on my favorite supplement:
GREEN TEA EXTRACTby: Jarrow
I take 500 mg a day. (1 pill)
I also try to drink 2 cups or iced greed tea a day.

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After a long day at work, I feel exhausted, and green tea keeps me mentally and physically focused. Natural energy is my friend;) an added boost of caffeine without the jitters. I put in work last night at the gym! 30 minute elliptical intervals+ 45 minute upper body strength training. Lets reps with heavier weight.
I wore my CEP compression socks during and after my workout. The bottom half of my legs were pretty sore and tight, so they definitely helped get me through. I always make sure to have these around, I don’t care how crazy I look;) they prevent injury, I like that!

Andddddd…..I am so that creep taking pics of herself in the gym locker room… I must say, I’m getting more and more used to it;) lol.

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Stocked up in my favorite bars! QUEST BARS!
Low carb, gluten free, and a great source of protein! By far the best ones I’ve found. I love these flavors;) they are typical around $2.50 a piece, but can order them by the case for a better price here

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Wile at whole foods today, I had an epiphany. A you know, I try to stay away from carbs, but, I’ve decided to Incorporate more natural sprouted oats and rye oats into my diet. I just felt like it. I think my training will benefit. So I stocked up, also picked up some more stevia drops, and brussel sprouts. Yummmmmm

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Mellow night last night after the gym. I had some of my Korean style beef strips with a salad, some walnuts, and a bit of 85% dark chocolate. Caught up on my reads. New in the mail;) honestly, nothing better to me than receiving mags in the mail, it’s like Christmas up in my house 2 x a wk. lol

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I hate tea other than green tea, but I found a gem!
My nighttime craving now. Tastes like hot cider. Just add a dash of stevia n cinnamon and WOW.

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Seems like forever since I’ve posted, I’ve missed you! Finally getting my mattress delivered tomorrow, till then….Zumba tonight, and a great nights sleep tomorrow;) xoxo