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110 CALORIE APPLE CINNAMON PROTEIN MUFFINS

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized On July 1, 2015 1 Comment

 

Hi guys! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far:) A few days ago, I woke up super early (4 faaaakin 30 AM earlyyyy)  with the sudden urge to bake. So, I started researching recipes that I could make into something guilt free. I’m finally feeling like my body is slowly but surely normalizing after the carb-o-load that was, Italy…and the 3 weeks after that, that I just DIDN’T GIVE A FAAAAAK. Lol.  Although feeling back to normal, I’m still craving pastries, croissants, and all things sweeeeeeet. Yes, you absolutely can get addicted to sugar and carbs. The gelato I had 2x a day didn’t help the addiction. Nope.

Anyway ya’ll, I came up with these BOMB ass muffins that make you feel like you’re having a cheat, when in fact…it’s a GUILT FREE TREAT! Take a look at the ingredients up top…If you are like me, and like to whip up healthy treats…most of those things you should always keep around because they are a great base for healthy baking. Lets see the macros on these babies…

**Note: I MADE MINE INTO 12 MINI MUFFINS (50 CALS FOR 1, 100 CALS FOR 2) but, you can make a batch of 6 regular sized muffins. Topping is added in the macros**

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 CALORIES: 110

(1 regular sized muffin. Mini= 50 calls each)

FAT: 1.4 G

CARBS: 11 NET

SUGARS: 6.5 G

PROTEIN:9.6 G

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I am completely obsessed! Here are you instructions:

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350*

2. Combine oats and almond milk and microwave for 1 minute.

3. Add in wet ingredients… applesauce, grated apple, egg whites (or 1 whole egg) and mix in.

4. In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, protein powder (I used Met RX protein plus Vanilla), your choice of sugar sub, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon .

5. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

6. Grease or spray your muffin tins and fill evenly with mixture. (Not too full) Should make 6 regular sized muffins.

7. Bake at 350* for 20-25 mins. 

 

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Now…. For the TOPPING!

This is totally optional, but it is counted in the macros above. If you remove this step, it’ll save you about 20 calories. I used fat free sour cream with stevia and vanilla, BUT…you can do whatever your lil heart desires. I did it this way because it keeps it SUPER LOW in CALS, but you could also do a fat free cream cheese topping or even 0% greek yogurt.

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I keep them in my fridge and have 2 mini muffins before heading to the gym in the mornings! They provide my body with the perfect balance of nutrients to fuel my body, and give me great energy to go a little harder! PLEASE try this recipe and let me know your thoughts!!! I’m open to tweaking it if need be! Sharing is caring, So, make sure to PIN IT (below) so you can always refer back!

XOXO,

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PICKLED GARLIC RADISHES!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, Raw food, skinny grocery list, vegan, Vegetarian On June 14, 2015 1 Comment

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    Happy Sunday babes!

As promised on my Instagram, I am bringing you my favorite and super EASY recipe for pickled radishes! On a recent trip to my annoyingly jam-packed Whole Foods, I decided to pick up produce that I normally wouldn’t purchase on my weekly shopping trip. These babies were calling my name! Big pink balls….hmmm. I’ll take em’.

Lol. Anyyyyyyway… I promise they’re REALLY delicious raw, pickled, or cooked. Why should you consume these big pink balls…

HERE’S WHY!

  1. Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and it acts as a powerful detoxifier too. That means that it purifies the blood and eliminating toxins and waste. 
  2. Radishes are considered roughage, which means that it is composed of indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, water retention, and it fixes constipation, which is one of the major causes of piles.
  3. Radishes are diurectic in nature, which means that they increase the production of urine.  It also cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys.
  4. Radishes are very filling, which mean that they satisfy your hunger without running up your calorie count. High in fiber and low on the glycemic index
  5. Are rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, they have been connected to treating many types of cancer, particularly colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach and oral cancer. Radishes are part of the Brassica family, and like the other members of that taxonomic classification, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with antioxidants.

For more info… read up on Organic Facts. *source

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This glorious pickled veggie is fabulous over some BOMBA carne asada tacos, or some Soyriso tacos for all my Vegetarians out there 😉 Throw some on a salad, and even use up some of the vinegar as dressing! Helllllo!!!

Point is…it’s very versatile! Hell, even throw in some sliced carrots and jalapeños for some more bite!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One bunch or organic radishes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vinegar (Iused organic apple cider vinegar, but you could use white, or red)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic ( I like it really garlic-y, otherwise leave whole)
  • 3 tbsp honey (I used Natures Hollow -sugar free)
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

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DIRECTIONS:

***Rinse radishes and cut the green tops off.

***Use a mandolin to thinly slice radishes or use a very sharp knife. Add into mason jar or other canning jar that can be securely tightened. Add chopped or whole garlic, and peppercorns

***In a saucepan, heat up water, vinegar, honey (or sugar) and salt until BEFORE it boils.

***Let the liquid cool before adding it to glass jar of radishes.

***Once cool, add mixture into the jar and tightly seal.

KEPT IN THE FRIGDE FOR UPTO 2 WEEKS. 

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Hope you all enjoy! It’s super easy, and remember, you can pickle faaaaakin ANYTHING! Pick up some glass canning jars and lesssss go!

Please let me know if you try this out!

xoxoxo!!!

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ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH TOMATOES & FETA!

In At home cooking, clean food, Dinner dates, popular recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian On June 4, 2015 2 Comments

 

Hey ya’ll!! Happy Thursday!

Things are finally slowing down and back to normal since getting back from Italy. No more jet lag, and I’m back in the kitchen to whip up some favorites to share with you!

This post is special to me. Why??? Well… let’s just say that eggplant was NEVER a top veggie of mine. I was young and dumb with the palate of a 12 year old. LOL. Proud to say, that I’ve found my inner veggie monster and now, can’t imagine not having eggplant as a staple at Ranch Relaxo. (Mi casa)

The great thing about this dildo shaped veggie, is that it’s soooo versatile. You can grill it, bake it, roast it, fry it, baba ghanoush it, bread it…well, steamed…Hmmm. NOT SO MUCH;/

Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to eat it. Freakin’ ROASTEDDDD!!! Before we get into it… i want to share some of the benefits of the Purp.

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 I used the big ones for this, but you are MORE than welcome to use the smaller Japanese eggplants. Most would argue that they are more flavorful. Maybe right, but I get more meatiness out of these. It’s great as a side dish or as a main for your vegetarian homies.

The recipe is above but let’s go through the instructions.

  • Rinse and pat dry eggplants.

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  •  Cut lengthwise.

  • With a sharp knife, score the flesh deeply in diamond shapes.

  • Lay them down, open up cuts, and sprinkle with sea salt

  • Let sit, cut side up for 30 min to release excess water.

  • Pre-Heat oven to 400*

 

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  •  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Wipe and lightly squeeze eggplants free of moisture and salt.

  • Brush cut side with olive oil (about 3/4 tsp each), sprinkle with garlic and thyme.

  • Place cut & seasoned side down onto lined baking sheet and roast at 400* for 45 min to 1 hr.

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  • Once taken out, let cool for 30 min before handling. Use a spatula to carefully remove from paper. 

  • Flip onto a plate. The eggplants will be a beautiful golden , caramel color and flattened out.

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  •  Top with chopped cherry tomatoes, feta cheese (I use reduced fat),

  • In a small mixing bowl, which together 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, And 1 tbsp oregano.

  • Pour over the served eggplants with tomatoes and feta.

BOMBBBBBB!!!!! EnJOY!

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**recipe adapted by Epicurious  & Fine Cooking.

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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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Cha CHa CHA CHIAAAAAA! Benefits of the superfood & a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY<3

In At home cooking, clean food, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, Uncategorized, vegan On May 14, 2014 8 Comments

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Hello Friends!!!!

I don’t know what the hell has come over me. I have had a serious case of writers block or, frankly…laziness the pastcouple weeks. womp wompppppp. I mean, I’ve been working out and cooking, but have been totally neglecting you all.

Ugh, my lack of blogging has become out right embarrassing. lol.

Anyway, today, Thursday morning at 6:00 A.M. I have finally busted out my old ass Macbook Pro and sat at my desk to bring you a very much awaited post. I’ve been dying to post this YUMMMMYYY ass recipe Of….wait for it…..

 

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MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

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 I was stoked to receive a great package from Mamma Chia to try out and to share my opinion. I am NOOOOOO stranger to the wonderful benefits of chia seeds. Let me tell you. I’ve always LOVED a great chia pudding! In one tablespoon of chia you will consume 2,430 mg Omega-3s, 4 grams fiber, 3 grams complete protein, and ONLY 60 calories!!!

In wanting to try a new recipe, I started researching some of the blogs I follow for inspiration.

BOOOOYAKASHA….

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I found the perfect recipe to share! This recipe is by my homegirl over at Skinnytaste.com, and she killed it with this recipe for:

MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

I followed it pretty much to how she made it, and the results were incredible!!!! Just a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of SUPERFOOD heaven!

The recipe is listed above, but again:

**Ingredients**

  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh ripe mango, diced
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened reduced fat shredded coconut
  • 4-6 drops liquid stevia(or agave/honey to taste)

**Directions**

  1. In a bowl, add 2 tbsp CHIA seeds & Unsweetened Reduced Fat Shredded COCONUT
  2. Add your Light Coconut Milk (I used this one), and your Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. ( I use this one) & your sweetener of choice. I used my fave sugar free honey by Natures Hollow.
  3. Mix and beat with a fork and you will begin to notice the chia seeds and mix become gelatinous. THIS IS GOOD!
  4. Now, fold in your very ripe chunks of mango. 
  5. Place in fridge for and hr or two. WOWOWOWOWOWO!!!!

Servings: 2 • Size: 1 cup Calories: 159.1 • Fat: 9.6 g • Protein: 3.6 g • Carb: 17.9 g • Fiber: 6.5 g • Sugar: 9.2 g Sodium: 52.2 mg  20140428-161805.jpg  Before I get into this fabulous MAMMA CHIA giveaway, I wanted to share with you (if you already don’t know) The AMAZING benefits of CHIA seeds. Chia seeds are super rich in Omega-3s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example. LOOK — 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your diet: (source: Huffingtonpost.com)

Combat Diabetes Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

Get More Fibre  Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.

Stock Up On Omega-3 Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. “There’s better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed,” said researcher Wayne Coates.

Stronger Teeth And Bones  A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

Don’t Forget Manganese  Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.

Plenty Of Phosphorus With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

Pack In The Protein  Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.

Fight Belly Fat  Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.

Get Full. Faster Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Improve Heart Health  According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker! If that doesn’t make you wanna run to your nearest market and splurge on some CHa Cha CHIA seeds, Shit, I dunno what else to tell ya! lol. 20140428-161823.jpg

 Lucky for one of you…A LUCKY From Fries To Fit reader will will this MAMMA CHIA Super package! Here’s What you WIN!!

**        One week’s supply of Mamma Chia products – 7 Chia Squeezes

           Delicious 70 calorie squeeze snacks that are GLUTEN-FREE & VEGAN in 2 of there delicious flavors. These are organic and NON-GMO, a good source of fiber AND contain 1200mg of Omega-3. Great for an On-The-Go snack, for kids and adults, and for a lil extra natural energy! I’ve tried both flavors…in fact, I even had a couple friends try them out, and people fell in love with the flavor and texture. I found that refrigerating them before consuming was best.

**        7 beverage vouchers

  • I LOVE these Vitality drinks! There are 9 fab flavors and you can reap the benefits of this power seed with some amazing flavors! Heres the brake down of what you can expect in one bottle of Mamma Chia Vitality:

mamma chia natural energy drink nutrition

  • 2500 mg Omega-3s
  • Excellent Source of Fiber
  • 4 g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Powerful Antioxidants
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan
  • Lightly Sweetened
  • Less than one tablespoon of Organic Agave
  • Environmentally Friendly, Glass Bottle

 

 

 

 

 **        One copy of Janie’s book – Chia Vitality

  • In Jane Hoffman’s Book: Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life, she shows you how integrating chia into your diet to really boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. She offers a 30 day program to well-being with this little superseed as the key factor.This is what the plan offers:

*A flexible meal plan packed with flavorful whole foods and easy, delicious recipes to help you fuel your body, mind and soul *A simple yoga routine to build strength and flexibility *A meditation course that will awaken and renew spiritual energy with just minutes a day *A strategy for engaging more deeply in the world around you

      Janie also offers her personal story of how she suffered severe auto-immune diseases, and after years of trying doctor after doctor, she turned to an alternative method that included changing her diet, a yoga practice, meditation, and the power of our friend, the CHIA seed. 3 months later..remarkably she was symptom free.  

**        One Mamma Chia T-Shirt

**        Total retail value: $75

 

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To ENTER….

  1. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on INSTAGRAM
  2. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on TWITTER
  3. Leave me a blog comment sharing ur email & why you love CHIA!!!

Winner will be drawn random and will be chosen and posted in 1 week.

Giveaway ends: May 22nd 2014. Once chosen, you will receive an email from ME!!!!!!!

good luck babes!!!!

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Disclaimer: I received the Mamma Chia products mentioned in this post through a campaign I participated in with FitFluential. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

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FINALLY!! A NO FLOUR (raw/vegan) CRACKER & FLATBREAD E-BOOk! ONLY $4.99!!!!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Uncategorized On April 23, 2014 1 Comment

My loves!!!!! How are you all!? Hmm? I’m starting off my week gettin shit done. That’s right… Errands…cooking…gym…picking up the pup..eating…drinking wine…lol. Towards the end of the night…I become lazier & lazier…
Anyway… Today’s post is DA BOMB!
Y’all know me, and know that I love incorporating RAW & VEGAN recipes into my everyday diet. Yes…I do eat lots if animal products…what can I day… I love animals;) Of course all animal products I purchase are responsibly raised and farmed, and don’t get it twisted…I’m very aware of what I consume. I keep to a pretty protein rich diet because CARBOHYDRATES (mostly simple carbs) effect my body too much. I swear…I can feel the lbs coming on after a big carb intake. Lol.

You can imagine my freak out when I saw my friends PURELY TWINS new E-book!

The No Flour Cracker & Flatbread e-Book!

YOU CAN PURCHASE RIGHT HERE THROUGH ME!

JUST LOOK TO THE RIGHT IN THE SIDEBAR!!!!:)

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These babes are amazing! I love supporting fellow bloggers on their personal health journies, and these girls are always motivating me to keep playing in my kitchen, jumping around in front of the mirror, and keeping it natural and healthy!

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On top of this fab new cookbook, they also offer online fitness programs, loads of amazing recipes on their blog, and so much more. Thanks Lori & Michelle for sharing this book with me, cuz I went nuttzo over it! Y’all, I think you will too. For real.

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Although they are not purely “raw foodies”, they see the importance of healthy clean snacks. They actually used to own and operate and a gluten-free vegan bakery. I promise all folks are gonna think these crackers and flatbreads are delicious. The best part…. You don’t need a dehydrator for these recipes. You can easily make all of them in the oven;) yep. Oh did I mention this 49 page e-book is only $4.99!

The No Flour Cracker and Flatbread Cookbook is your complete gluten-free, vegan, mostly grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, real food cookbook!

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So, I gotta admit…it’s been a minute since I dehydrated food…so I dug up my big ass ( I swear, commercial sized) dehydrator outta the garage, dusty and all, and began to put in WRK!
This right here, is the best part about these recipes…. U literally throw everything into a food processor and pulse, Pulse PULSE!

Ima share a couple of my fave ones from the book:)
First one I tried…

KALE HEMP SEED FLATBREAD

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Again…I repeat..YOU DO NOT NEED A DEHYDRATOR FOR THESE…YOU CAN MAKE THEM IN THE OVEN TOO!

Have fun with these! Cut them into any shape!
Look up reasons for dehydrating HERE!

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Holy delicious and FULL OF FLAVOR! If you notice, in the recipe, it does give both dehydrator & oven instruction for a NO FAIL first try! I personally love using my dehydrator for theses because I maintain all essential nutrients and enzymes. When you use the oven, make sure to use on a very low temp.

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Once finished, and ready to devour…you can top with absolutely anything!!!! I love me some avocado, so I smushed a bit on top, added some diced cherry tomatoes and topped with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Freakin #nomnom.

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Next up….

BEET FLATBREAD!!!!!

 

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Omg…..
So, I love anything with a bit of a sweet touch. Lol. This beet flatbread was incredible!
Made with beets, apples, almond flour, chia, etc…..it has the most amazing sweet & nutty flavor. I died over this.

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I made mine, again, in a dehydrator to keep them raw. (Nothing above 110 degrees) below are directions for both oven and dehydrator.

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Most of you already know that I like to keep to a pretty gluten free, low carb diet, so this book really shouted out to me. When keeping to that kind of diet, I feel fantastic. I am full of energy, never dragging ass, and when I slip and have my typical once a wk carb-0-load….I really pay for it.
Bloated, uncomfortable, and heavy. Not cute.
With that being said…the chances of me going out and buying “crackers” is outta the f*@kin question. This e-book from my friends has made, NOT eating “flour” an absolute joy. Lol. Sounds cray, but seriously….

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You can even keep this spread solid & thinner (without cutting into squares) and make sandwich wraps!

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I had some leftover raw zucchinis, so I threw them in my vitamix and made RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS! this goes fabulous with these beet flatbread squares! The the creamy & tartness from the tahini & lemon in the hummus pairs beautifully with the sweet and salty if the flatbread! It’s amazing.
You FOR SURE will not regret spending 5 bucks on this Incredible book!

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If you LOVE these recipes, you will dieeeee over these other 2 cookbooks they’ve got! More for the SWEET lover!

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Your new summer drink… low cal wine!!!!!!

In At home cooking, bbq, blogger fun, Dinner dates, family, new faves, Reviews, Sponsored, Uncategorized On April 21, 2014 0 Comments

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Hey guys! Hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous weekend off! I had a super relaxing and fun weekend. Well, full of errands, but also full of fam and friends time:) got a couple if really great workouts in as well. That always makes me feel amazing. Sunday we did the Santa Monica Stairs, and today, I took a great barre class at Exhale in the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. Nice switch up from Sundays cardio. We smashed those stairs though, for real. My calves were begging for mercy in Barre today! Lol.
Anyway, I I wanted to share with y’all a little review I did on some really fab new wines from Brancott Estate. I was asked to review them, #1: cuz you know this chick lovessss her vino, and #2: cuz it’s totally up all our alleys!!!

20% lighter in calories!!!!
Y’all know I love to find new and great ways to still enjoy these treats without being a cow, so I thought it would be appropriate, right!?!?
LOW CALORIE WINE!?
Jeeeeezzzzuzzzzzz! Faaaakkkkk! Sign me up.

Let me brake it down…
* Compared with Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 & Pinot Grigio 2012. Per 5 fl. oz. serving of Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc / Pinot Grigio. Average Analysis: Calories 88/87, Carbohydrates 4.5g/5.2g, Protein Og/Og, Fat Og/Og

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Now…again, I have to tell you this, cuz I’m profeshhhhhh, but seriously, always bring you my true opinion.
(I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.)

These wines are sooo perfect for this beautiful sunny weather we are having! They are not heavy on the alcohol, so you will not feel like a sack of rocks, but also very light and crisp. For me…there is nothing light a glass of chilled white in the warm weather!

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The first one I tried from my lil swag bag, was the Brancott Pinot Grigio.

Clearly, this is a fun wine to enjoy with a girlfriend! I mean, you could also enjoy with the boyfriend..with fam…or at home alone like a creep too. Lol. I headed to my friend Jule’s house for some snacks and give this a go. We are both into clean eating and lighter fare, so this was our girls evening!
*CHEESE
*BERRIES
*ROASTED PEPPERS
* RAW WALNUTS

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Ook, so…the bottle seemed to have gone wayyyyy to fast. It was a warm night in the valley, and it was just what the doc ordered. Super crisp with a nice clean finish. It was delectable! Absolutely nothing heavy about this wine at all!
In fact, Jules was even asking about getting a case for an upcoming party. What I loved, was that there was nothing complicated about it. Really can be paired with a lot! This particular Pinot Grigio captures wonderful floral notes, ripe apple and nashi pear & pure freshness. Full of taste and lighter in calories. (A freakin bonus!)

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The other gem that I tried was baby! The Sauvignon Blanc.

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Now this one…now this one was a family affair! We all had a bit with our Easter Argentinian BBQ;)
Dad was “Grill Master” of course, and he neverrrrr lets down!

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Dinner consisted of:

**ENTRAÑA (skirt steak)

**CHORI-PAN

**SALAD (traditional oil/vinegar)

**HOMEMADE BRUSCHETTA

**GRILLED VEGGIES

**CRUSTY BAGUETTES

**CHIMICHURRI

YEP. That could could NOT get anymore Argentinian!

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The Sauvignon Blanc is definitely a a bit more full-flavored. Still very crisp but also a smooth finish. For upcoming info check into their facebook page and stay in the know!

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I love this cute quote;)
You can find these great wines at most groceries stores and I highly recommend you try at least one. At a great price point, it’s definitely a Cali come up!
Happy Monday babes!!!

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Drinkin’ Kirin while makin’ sushi

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Reviews, Sponsored, Uncategorized On April 14, 2014 1 Comment

Hi lovely babes!!! Hope you all enjoyed and tried making those Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Steaks from the last post!!!

Today, I’ve got a particularly special post for y’all;) As you know, entertaining is totally my happy place, so I was ecstatic when Kirin Ichiban & I paired up to host a little get together while enjoying some Kirin Ichiban & Kirin Light beers, as well as some homemade Japanese recipes!
Check this out!
(I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.)

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First of all, before I share a little background of these awesome beers… …Can I just say one freakin thang!?

Kirin Light offers full flavor and authentic Japanese-style beer with just 95 calories!!!

95 CALORIES! And it’s sooooo TASTY and pairs fantastic with healthier, lighter dishes.
Also for those who aren’t into light beers…also try

Kirin Ichiban which is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

-Kirin Ichiban Frozen which is a draught beer topped with frozen Kirin Ichiban, using a proprietary process.
• It is an innovative way to enjoy Ichiban in Japan, and is now available in select U.S. locations.

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Japanese cuisine tends to be quite light, which is great for us skinny BETCHES;) lol no, but seriously. With a clean, light meal, along with a traditional Japanese beer, you can rest easy knowing that you haven’t broke the calorie bank. I mean… Unless you eat everything tempura. No thanks.

When I received my little Kirin care package, I noticed a little booklet with yummy recipes. I was pleased to see that Kirin has partnered with celebrity chef, Candice Kumai, to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement.

Check out Kirin’s facebook for great recipes posted by Candice
The recipes did look amazing…but we were all dying to hit up Mitsuwa (Japanese market) and pick up some really great looking sushi and sashimi fish!
We went a little nuttzzoooo……

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I am a sushi fanatic!!!! Oh and making your own is soooo worth it! It’s definitely fun to do with friends. We were cracking up. Lol, and you for SURE can’t serve sushi without ice cold Japanese beer.

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Let me give you a little background on Kirin….
Kirin is known in Japan and all over the world as beer at its purest because of its first-press brewing process and clean taste.
• One of Japan’s oldest breweries, with a history dating back to 1888.

• Japanese custom requires never filling your own glass and never letting another’s glass get completely empty.

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• In Japan, when everyone is ready to drink, they salute by saying “kanpai.”
I just really love it. I ALWAYS order a Kirin light and a small cold sake (to share of course..)when it go out to my secret special sushi spots around town;)
With only 95 cals a bottle. Ummm.. I’ll take it. Thanks.

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We went full out restaurant style! Ahhhhh I’m so proud of my sushi skills y’all! Hot damn! Looks so prefeshhh, right!? Haha

But seriously…you need a super sharp knife. I was strugglin’ a bit.
We even picked up some yuzukosho, which is a Japanese citrus chili paste, and pairs delicious with sushi & sashimi.
At the table was also some, not so healthyspicy siracha mayo... Dassss right! Bomb.com.

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Kirin Ichiban is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

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Check out the spread! That sushi is on point! We also chard some delicious Shishito peppers
Despite the word “pepper”, they are far from spicy. They are just right paired with this food and are super easy to prepare. A party fave no doubt.
You can find these super cheap as well.

Also at the table…some jumbo shrimp sautéed in teriyaki sauce and lots of garlic, as well as traditional salted edamame.

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Not gonna lie…this May or may not be my calling.

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Everyone was in awe of the yummy spread. We ate till we couldn’t move and polished off the beers. Haha. Oh..and the sake. I was not surprised to see that everyone loved Kirin. I knew they would. I loveeeeeeee it too!;)

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Anddddd. Then. I got sassy. ;).
Thank you to Kirin for hooking it up with my sweet care package to host the fab dinner! And thanks to my friends for enjoying and waiting to eat till 9:15 p.m. Lol.
Love y’all!

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<3 Paula #sponsored

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Steaks & try this pitcher TODAY!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, Reviews, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On April 10, 2014 0 Comments

Hello lovely friends! Hope the week is going smooth sailin for all of you! Since being back from San Francisco, I’ve been laying low and trying to get back on track to clean eating and hard, intense workouts. I’m finally feeling back to normal and less heavy, lol! For those of you interested…my workouts have really changed lately….

1: MORE CARDIO 30-50 mins 5x a week (med-hard + intervals)

2: NOT AS HEAVY weight training

3: using more BODY WEIGHT and less rest.

4: using RESISTANCE BANDS

5: 1-2 REST days

For me…I really love tricking my body everyday and switching it up. This combo has really helped my body get back on track after my binge. Also been incorporating the NIKE TRAINING APP for more of a TOTAL BODY WORKOUT.
Loving this! I must admit..the hardest part, is getting out of bed at 5:30 am to hit the gym .
REMEMBER: The only workout you will regret…is the one you DIDIN’T do!

Anyway….
Today is a short but sweet and yummy vegan post:) lol. Remember I said recently, that I wanted to start cutting out a lot of animal products ?? Well…I’ve been doing exactly that. I mean, no…I’m not going full on vegan or anything, but I gotta say y’all….. Since cutting out a lot of dairy and and meats, I’ve been feeling reallllllly GREAT! Definitely less bloated and lighter on my feet. I’m still always enjoying my egg whites (cage free of course) and occasional salmon and chicken. I just can’t totally cut it out. I enjoy it wayyyyyy to much.
So, as an homage to all my VEGAN HOMIES…I’ve been playing around with my veggies, and came up with this super yummy “steak” lol. You know what I mean…;)
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This recipe is soooo easy! You will notice that there are no measurements. That’s because, all you do, is cut that shit up, then sprinkle all these things on my list and bake that shit. Top with some other stuff.. Blah blah. Sooooo easy and DELICIOUS.
BTW…. did you know that cauliflower is the new kale!?!?
Yup! The new superfood. It’s all the rage. Sure…it may cause a little gas…but I mean, shut up.
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quick note: make sure you buy A very large one;)
OHHH and… You will probably only get 3 steaks out of it.. So just roast the rest (the pieces that fall) later. NO WASTING!

 

Easy Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Steaks
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 3
 

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut Thick slices of cauliflower and place on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with all your seasonings & spices. Flip over carefully and season other side as well.
  4. I like a bit of browning on both sides, so I generously spray the coconut oil.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes then…sprinkle your almond cheese over the top & continue to bake till golden and slightly browned and crispy for another 5-10 minutes. About 20-25 minutes total.
  6. Remove..let cool, and serve with a dollop of “yogurt” and chopped parsley

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 95 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 7 Sugar: 5 Protein: 9

 

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Color tends to trick the eye…so it’s natural, bright yellow color makes me think I’ve got loads of cheese on it, when really, it’s just sprinkled;)
Sooooo healthy hunnnnnay!
Aren’t these beauties! Oh and only 95 calories per loaded steak!

Looking for more CAULIFLOWER recipes???

Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto

FAUX Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Sweet onion & peppers pizza on Cauliflower Crust

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Anddddddd….yes. I do leave the kitchen. Sometimes. Only for large doses of vitamin D. Lol. This week has been absolutely beeeeautifulllll in sunny LA. I’m tryin to get brown y’all. Like, for real though. I swear, the sun makes me not such a bitch. 😉
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As the season turns, and the sun starts beaming, I go into full blown summer vibe! All I want is fresh, FRESH fruit! Pineapple is the shit right now. I went nuts at whole foods! $ 2.99 EACH! I immediately threw 3 in my basket and ran home only to end up scarfing 1/2 a freakin whole one to myself. Gurrrrrl, byeeeeeee.
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I know, I know…..
Sugar…SuGaR…SUGAR.
You know what?
AIN’T nobaaaaaaady Eva get fat off eatin to much fruit! Okaaaaaayyyyyyy.

So, anyway…….this is my typical daily serving… Lol.
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So…to sum things up…..
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Ok so, I wanted to share my new “Brita” replacement! I am a HUGE advocate of drinking water! I am also guilty at times for not hydrating my body enough, and I always regret it. The sweet folks over at Camelbak sent me over this awesome Relay filter system to give it a try. Hmmmm. I was like…”these things are all the same. Ok. Whatever. Send it. “

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Ok…I was NOT compensated for this review. This is my opinion only. But seriously…you need to pay attention. I was in awwwwwww when I started using this.
Most importantly to me….I DO NOT want to sit around and wait for 7 minutes for my water to filter through the damn thing. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!
GUESS WHAT!? this is 10x FASTER!!!
This has absolutely no waiting time, and the filter lasts 4 full months.
The pleated filter is made of plant-based activated carbon. Yes please & thank u…..
Oh & testing results show 97% removal of chlorine, taste and odor. I’ve tried both the Brita and the Mavea. Both never seemed to quite get that metal and tap water taste out of it. Disappointing.
I could not be more stoked to have this. It’s totally worth $36.99!
It’s spill proof, holds up to 10 cups, BPA FREE & dishwasher safe…andddddd
Camelbak has ya BAK for a lifetime warranty. I mean…….
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No joke..you will thank me. If you live in LA…BITCH ITS HOT. DRINK WATER!!!!
Get yours at Camelbak, target, bed bath & beyond.
Anyway…sorry for rambling. But I’m sticking to this baby!
Hydrate. Hydrate .HYDRATE!
Eat clean..train mean…
Love uuuuuuuu
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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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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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CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PANCAKES! And lots to be grateful for….

In At home cooking, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness, get the look, life, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized On March 3, 2014 1 Comment

Happppppyyy MONDAY!! This weekend has been awesome! As promised, let’s start with this ridiculous stack of CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PANCAKES! they are not only super moist, (ew..I hate that word) they are the perfect texture and taste DELICIOUS!
I am a huge activist of pancakes on the weekends, lol. I mean, not “real” pancakes…lol….I mean, MY pancakes;)
I promise…you can eat them WITHOUT all the bad carbs, fat, and sugar. It’s allllll about the substitutions. This recipe calls for very few ingredients. Some may look a little unfamiliar to you, such as…”psyllium husks or “coconut flour but these products should make an appearance in all of your baking pantries! These are essentials to keeping a healthy “LOW GLYCEMIC” and “LOW CARB” kitchen. Don’t get allll obsessed with the words, low carb, I just mean “BETTER CARBS” 😉

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Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1½-2 scoops chocolate whey protein ( I used Cellucor Molten Chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp Psyllium Husks
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • ½ cup steamed mushy cauliflower 😉
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup egg whites. ( I used carton egg whites)
Instructions
  1. Use a NON STICK PAN. I LOVVVE Scanpan! on MED. heat.
  2. To grease pan, I used Natural coconut oil spray. (Found at Trader Joe’s)
  3. ***Just a little spritz per pancake***
  4. First mix all dry ingredients and slowly add in all wet, including steamed soft cauliflower. Beat or mix very well.
  5. Spoon in your batter as to not make too big of pancakes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes Calories: 280 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 2 Sugar: 2 Protein: 38

Now….this recipe or “stack” is considered 2 servings.
For 3 pancakes..280 cals, fat 7, carbs 2, protein 38.
You saw that right y’all!
38 GRAMS OF PROTEIN & 2 CARBS PER SERVING!
(NOTE: toppings extra cals and optional)

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
***0% Greek yogurt with a few drops of stevia***
***raw cacao nibs***
***strawberries ( or fave berry)***
***natures hollow syrup ( sugar-free)***
***sugar free Hershey’s chocolate syrup***

Yuuummmmmmm NOMNOM!

LOOKING FOR MORE healthy PANCAKES!!!???

Traditional protein pancakes

Chia spinach pancake

Low carb coconut flour pancakes

Vanilla pumpkin protein pancakes

Blueberry protein pancakes

banana coconut pancakes

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#1 reason why this weekend started off right… It was finally cold and cozy enough in LA to wear my new winter coat!!!!!! Yeayyyyyyooooo. What do you think, huh?!
This sweet find is, I SHIT you not…… FOREVER 21!!!!!!!
Best part…on SALE BETCHHHHH! $34.00
As if Forever 21 couldn’t get any cheaper, that shit was on SALE! Whattttttttt!!!!
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#2 reason what this weekend was fab….I have been KILLIN it at the gimnasio¡!!
I have been adding in more cardio intervals. Some “Fasted“, some not, but I have been really noticing a huge difference in my body. I fuckin hate cardio. But seriously. I DO. Just pick a machine and make that heart rate jump up, then come down. Best way to burn fat in short period of time. Interval training!!!! I promise…it’s worth it!
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#3 reason why I am sooooo stoked… I finally became a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR!!! Whattttttt!?!?!?? I can’t believe it! I’ve been waiting a whole year for this news!!!
FitFluential Ambassadors are social media influencers who work a long side FitFluential’s brand partners. FitFluential’s goal is to successfully connect brands in the fitness space with influential fitness enthusiasts. All of my blogger friends are a part of this super cool online community that is Fitfluential, and I couldn’t be happier to be representing them as well. Get ready for #hashtag madnesssss! Lol
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Last but not least…..#5 reason why this weekend was fuckin awsommeeeeeeee!!! Hunnnnayyyyyy work hard and you shall receive! Hallelujahhhh! Finally got the car of my dreams! My lil. Korean KIA! She’s an OPTIMA…..Isn’t she a BEAUTY! I’ll call her…
KIMCHI. 😉
Please excuse me while I pound this champagne! lol. Yeayyyyyyyyyyy.
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A little Monday Motivation!

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Hope everyone has a great week;) I think my next recipe will be savory! Can’t wait to share<3

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Love u all.
P

Don’t miss this recipe!! EASY 90 cal BANANA OAT PROTEIN COOKIES!

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, family, fitness plan, life, Never perfect, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 26, 2014 1 Comment

Happy hump day beauties!!!! Today’s post is short but sweet:) I’ve got a really SUPER DUPER EASY recipe for a pre-workout 90 calorie snack idea! for me, because I tend to workout so early in the morning, I consider this 1/2 of my breakfast. I brake up my breakfast into pre-workout & post-workout.

For example what I did this morning.

FASTED CARDIO WITH CELLUCOR HD powder.

1 1/2 BANANA PROTEIN COOKIES BEFORE WEIGHT TRAINING (killed shoulders and abs)

POST WORKOUT : 6 EGG WHITES.

This is the perfect balance or carbs for energy before lifting and protein post training.
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Banana Nut protein cookies
 
Prep time

Cook time

Total time

 

Adapted from Bodybuilding.com
Serves: 9

Ingredients
  • 2 very ripe mashed bananas (I thawed previously frozen ones)
  • 1½ cup quick cooking oats or traditional. (either is fine)
  • 2 scoops protein powder. (I used 1 scoop of About Time Banana Creme, and 1 scoop of Isopure 0-carb Vanilla)
  • (optional: A small handful chopped walnuts and raisins)

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix rolled oats and protein powder well.
  3. Mash your two bananas, and add to dry mix. Mixing and mashing very well.
  4. Optional: Fold in chopped walnuts or raisins. (this will increase macros a slight bit per serving. Fat and sugar content)

Notes
90 calories per cookie WITHOUT walnuts or raisins. This is a great pre-workout snack! Remember…Carbs are good, we use them for energy before a killer workout. Protein AFTER;)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 90 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 7

The only problem with these….it’s hard to just have one!!!!!! Lol.
I’m so into these, that I now have a hoarders freezer full of extra ripe bananas. No. Joke. Go ahead, print it out and share with fam and friends:)

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I am a huge believer in MORNING FITNESS! This silly selfie, like allll my gym selfies, are taken between 5 AM- 7 AM. YEP. I’ve always preached it. The best part about early morning workouts, your body still practically has no idea what the fuck is going on, so you could pretty much trick it into doing anything! lol. The second best thing, is that, you realllly set the tone for the rest of your day. When you start your day on the right foot, on the “fit” foot, you are less likely to binge throughout the day.
I promise you that.
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Check this out…. See if you can give yourself 1 WEEKto try and wake up just a bit earlier and and get in a morning workout!
Here are a few tips to help jump start you!
Courtesy of @trainingroutines

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Just a bit of sock game. These feet have gotten me through a lot. Don’t fail me now.
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This weekend was solely committed to spending time with my family who is here visiting from Argentina. They are amazing people and being with them absolutely made my week sooooo much better:)
Family is key through the good and the bad. Is is a shot of us this weekend at my folks house doing what we do best. BBQinnnnnngggg!!! Yeehaw!
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Homies till the end. The phreshhhhhest cousins around!
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Fresh flowers this week to make my bathroom more pretty:) not usually a red rose kinda girl, but hey, there’s a first for everything.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I know, I little short, but this recipe makes up for it!
MY QUOTE FOR TODAY….(this week rather)
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Hope everyone has a blessed day! Xoxo’s

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVERS!

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, family, Holidays!, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized, vacation, valentines day On February 14, 2014 0 Comments

Hello my sweet friends!!!! Well…it’s 87 degrees here in LA, I just got home from the gym, and I thought….shit. I need to holla for the big LOVE day;) I gotta tell ya…I’ve not a huge Valentine’s Day freak, but I do appreciate random acts of sweetness ! I do believe these acts should be practiced on most days…not just because someone decided to make it a holiday. Lol
I’ve been so busy lately, that I must admit my posting and cooking has been lacking to say the least. Unfortunately my meals have been very boring. ( back on that mealprep) You know what that means… Chicken breast..brocolli..sweet potato. Lol. I’m not gonna bore you with that. Lol. But, FORTUNATELY,I did say I was gonna get it back after the holidays, didn’t I!? 😉

Ok, so no…I don’t have some heart shaped, pink food idea to share here,but c’mon. Stop that already. Lol. I’m here to give you serious, delicious, low cal, protein packed ideas. Oh, and fuck the heart shit…..we’ve got CHOCOLATE!

 

HAPPPPPYYYYYYYYY DAYYYYY:)

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CHOCOLATE ALMOND PROTEIN COOKIES!!!!

90 CALORIES FOR 2 COOKIES:)

Ok so remember a few posts back, I had shared with you some Breakfast Protein Cookies???? Well, I loved those so much, that I had to try a chocolate version! 😉
This recipe is soooo easy, 5 minutes to mix…7 minutes to bake.
EASY PEAZZZZZY!
With only 90 calories for 2 cookies, consider this your new GO-TO protein snack! Oh, and puleeeaaase….who doesn’t like chocolate. (People who don’t, are not to be trusted.)
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Chocolate Almond Protein Cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Whey Protein (I like THIS ONE..Molten chocolate)
  • ⅛ cup Almond flour/meal
  • ¾ TSP Baking powder
  • 2.5 TBSP carton egg whites
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ½ TSP almond extract (could also use vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. ALWAYS mix all dry ingredients first.
  3. ADD in wet ingredients. One by one. Mixing well.
  4. On a cookie sheet lined in parchment, plop down 6 med cookies. Do NOT flatten them out. Leave them dolloped.
  5. Bake for 6-7 mins.
  6. They cook fast;)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 90 Fat: 2.5 Carbohydrates: 5 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 10.5

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Yummmmmmmmm !!! Hope you all try that one out!

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So, the reason I’ve been quite busy….well, I’ve been killin it at the gym # 1, lol, but also because I’ve had some of my family from Argentina visiting! Woohoo;) These are some of my FAVORITE people in this world, I swear. When I’m not at the salon, or the gym…I’m with Family:)

This past weekend we took them to Sequoia National Park. This place is stunning! I told them to get geared up for snow……but they had no idea what I meant. Lol
Here we are…before the storm..chains…and almost getting stuck on the mountain. No bigs. Happy as pigs in shit.
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Stunning views on the way up.
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My beautiful people. How cute are they;) awwwwww.
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Oh you know, just tryin to get a bit creative with the shots. Lol.
We jumped in the car after this stop, and that’s when shit got real.
Did I mention…..THEY’VE NEVER SEEN SNOW!? We were staying at the Wuksachi Lodge, in the heart of Sequoia.
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Finally, 4.5 hrs of driving…a bit of car sickness, and a lil nap…we arrived!
Please take notice of the gear they’ve got on. Hahahahaa. I just love them…they fuckin showed up in jeans, and converse!!!!! lol. What r ya gonna do!.
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I think they thought, “oh, we’ll see some snow capped trees, see a little snow on the ground…nothin major..” Bahahahahaha.
Reality check y’all. Snow to your KNEES in some parts ! My poor cousins….2 pairs of socks…then wrapped their feet in plastic bags…then put their converse on ! Lol
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I haven’t see this much snow in a reallllllly long time! It was soooooo beautiful. I highly recommend this weekend trip to all of you. especially if you live in LA, where it always feels like summer 😉
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The lodge was stunning and our room had huge windows where we could look our and have amazing views of those beautiful trees. If I wasn’t sledding outside or eating snow, I was doing this right herrrrrrrrrrrrr!
A glass of red in front of the fire.
Quite possibly one of my favorite things to do on this earth.
#1: be cozy
#2: with a glass of Pinot
#3: by a fire

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On the second day, we headed to see the big Redwoods. Wow…..
Seriously SPECTACULAR!
I hadn’t been to sequoia since I was like 14 or 15, and when I went, it was fall or spring, so I had never experienced this view before. The biggest and baddest tree around y’all. I give you GENERAL SHERMAN.
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Totally obsessed and amazing…now my feet were frozen. It was time to get back to my lovely LA APARTMENT. LOL
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Yeayyyyyy, so that’s it for today lovelies. Please try out the recipe above, let me know if you’ve got variations. You know I’m always playing 🙂 I hope you ALL have a beautiful, blessed and LOVED day:)
I am grateful to you<3

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY BEAUTIES<3

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Live to LAUGH with The Laughing Cow

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, local shopping, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On January 29, 2014 2 Comments

Hi friends!!!!! How is everyone!? I can’t believe that January is almost behind us! Feels like yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year! So crazy. I still find it very hard to get back into my fitness and diet. It’s ridiculous how quickly the pounds can pack on. Ugh. It also is not helping that this year, in fact, next week is my 30th BIRTHDAY! After much thought…I’m thinking that I like the way that sounds. Hi, I’m Paula, and I’m thirty. Yep. Ok.
Be cool Paula. Lol
Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time losing the 8 -10 lbs I gained during the holidays… Is it possible that, as soon as you turn thirty, your body knows it and goes, “haha, now you’re gonna have to work double extra hard to keep up your metabolism betch!?” Oh god.
Anyway, I’ve got a really fun post for you today! I’ve been a huge fan of The Laughing Cow for a long time. I must say , life is much better with these babies in my life. I’m actually laughing as I write his because, I actually remember telling my friends ” seriously…you know what would be on my tombstone when I go,(obviously, in a morbid way) “Everything is better with a cheese wedge!” Hahahhahah sounds creepy. But in all seriousness, I haven’t tried a flavor that I haven’t loved! Check out the post I did on my favorite Laughing Cow snack ideas!
The laughing Cow has provided me with products to try out as well as a $10 gift card for this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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These little 35-45 calorie cheese wedges add sooo much flavor WITHOUT packing on the calories to your daily macros. The combinations are endless, and seriously make every meal and snack, so much more enjoyable. The 35 calorie cheese wedges are a perfect snack, and come in 7 different flavors. I couLd just eat a triangle by itself! The Smooth Sensations cream cheese spread is 45 calories and super creamy! it really does beat having regular ol’ cream cheese.
I wish I could share with you sooooo many ways, but I’ve narrowed it down to my 3 favorite ways in 3 different meals!
First up:
BREAKFAST

BTW….this can also be a snack. Super easy peazy.
3/4 cup liquid egg whites
Microwave in a greased bowl for 1 min 30 secs, checking and stirring.
Add a Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge or any other fave flavor in the last 30 seconds of heating.
Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and VÍOLA!
Soooo much more delicious flavor to those eggies!

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This is what my amazing LUNCH looked like! Again, this can also be a great mid day snack idea!
My boyfriend and I went nuttzo for this combo! I’m a total egg-a-holic, no joke. I think it’s a great way to get in that protein we all need, especially if hitting the weight room pretty often. This meal is the perfect combo of carbs/fat/protein.
SIMPLE.
Toast one Thomas Whole Wheat bagel Thin, or a low carb tortilla.
Spread 1 Smooth sensation Chive and onion wedge or a White Cheddar wedge (my fave) on your toast of choice.

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Cut a quarter of your pre-made frittata. ( I made mine with carton egg whites, peppers, leeks, kale, onion, and garlic.) also try this recipe.
Stuff inside your your sandwich or wrap and enjoy!!!

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Last but not least…. Check out this bowl of goodness!!!! Yummmmmmmmm, omg.
Ok, this was my dinner…but with how little calories this bowl is, it can easily be consumed as one of your mid-day snacks.(w/out the chicken)
So, all you gotta do is:
pick up 2 bags of Miracle Noodles or Fettuccini (20 calories a bag!) …remove from bag, rinse, and flash boil.
Remove from boiling water, strain, and place in bowl.
Add in: 1 Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge, and 1 light Garlic & Herb cheese wedge
2 tbsp Nonfat sour cream
1/4 tsp crushed garlic
Pinches of each: Mrs. Dash seasonings, thyme, and White Cheddar popcorn seasoning.

For more protein and for more of a complete meal…ad 4 oz chicken breast:)

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Microwave all ingredients until creamy and combined!!! The noodles totally take on the cheesy flavor and it is absolutely an orgasm in your mouth. No exaggeration! So freakin low carb, without the loss of flavor!

NOW THAT, folks…is my idea of fettuccine Alfredo!!!! Sooo healthy!
Without the chicken Calories: 130!!!!
With chicken: Calories: 250!!!

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As you can tell, I’m a huge advocate…and fan of this company.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS!? Please, I would love to hear some more ideas, cuz these are delish!!!
Hope you all have a fab rest of the week!
Cheers to dirty thirty!!!! Lol
Xoxo

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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
  1. #instruction#

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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Breakfast PROTEIN Cookies. 84 calories per serving!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, protein, Protein breakfast, sweets, Uncategorized On January 14, 2014 2 Comments

 

Hey guys!!!! Hope all of you had a fabulous weekend! For those of you who are in the Mid West or even East Coast….I’m so sorry for that nasty weather you’ve had:( ugh. I honestly don’t even know what that’s like. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up most of my life, in sunny southern Cali, where the sun shines almost all year round:) I consider myself very lucky, trust me.

As you know, I realllllly fell off during the November and December, but I assure you that I am slowly getting back into the my healthy lifestyle. I suffered from a bit of binge eating the last couple months, yes I admit,  and I didn’t know how to control it. Deep breaths, I tell myself.
I’ve decided to change a few things about From Fries To Fit in the new year…one of them being, more dedication and focus on healthy recipes. As a new health blogger, I’ve noticed myself becoming a bit bored with trying to keep up with writing about fitness.
Listen, I’m into it, I swear. It’s just that I’ve found that I’m not that into writing about fitness. I will continue to share some workout stuff in my posts, but the main focus will be on RECIPES! with that, I will be including all of the macros for each recipe. Yeeaaayyyyy!!!

I’ve realized that my main issue…is with food. Yep. I can’t work out all day long. The one thing I need help with is controlling my food and making better decisions in general.
So, with that said…I hope you enjoy all these amazing new recipes coming to you from yours truly;)

Today, I bring you….dnnnnn dndunnnnnnnnn!!!

BREAKFAST PROTEIN COOKIES!

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This has become an absolute favorite of mine! Sometimes good ol’ eggies just don’t cut it.

#1: This recipe is soooo damn easy, you could do that shit with your eyes closed!

#2: The flavor is rich in vanilla and absolutely kills the craving to have the other sugary naughty ones.

Those little brown things…those are carob chips (could also use sugar free chocolate chips, or 85% dark chocolate) . Now, thats optional, and would add a few extra calories to the mix, but they add loads of flavor and frankly….WORTH IT!

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The one thing you MUST REMEMBER when cooking with protein powders, is that, they cook very fast. If not careful and aware, these babies can get tough. I say…try as couple batches:)
I made mine in a Breville convection oven, and they were done in literally 6 1/2 minutes!!!!!!
Ok….you ready for the bestest part of this!????
84 calories for 2 cookies!!!!

Breakfast PROTEIN Cookies. 84 calories per serving!!!
 
Prep time

Cook time

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Serves: 3

Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein (I like this one)
  • ⅛ cup almond meal/flour ( I like this one)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg white
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Thoroughly combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Using a fork, add in all wet ingredients, and mix well.
  4. removing all clumps.
  5. Using a slipmat, or a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, dollop your cookies using a spoon.
  6. Bake for 6-7 minutes
  7. Recipe makes 6 cookies.
  8. cookies=1 serving

Nutrition Information
Calories: 84 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 11

I’m in love with these! I’ve been eating two before my workouts in the A.M. Obsessed!!!!
Looking for more HEALTHY COOKIE SUBSTITUTIONS???
Try:
CHOCOLATE CHIA PROTEIN COOKIES
WORLDS FASTEST AND HEALTHIEST COOKIE EVAAAA
NUTTY OAT COOKIES
CHOCO PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN COOKIES

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Alright…enough with the food already;) time for some weekend highlights;)
Sunday Funday at county line in Malibu, CA.
YEP. 72 degrees and gorgeous.

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I finally got to sport my new Billabong 4:3 wetsuit that the boo got me for Xmas!!! Yeay! I was amazing to finally not feel freezing in that water. We surfed for a bit, but after my head started pounding ( maybe cuz we had loadzzzzz of wine the night before) I got out and was ready for snacky time. My surfing is still pretty shit. Lol. A day at a time;)

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I’m always VERY prepared when going to the beach.I bring a table. (I know…) I stock up on healthy snacks, like nuts, fruit, turkey roll-ups and of course a bit of sparkling wine;) We met up with some friends for an afternoon picnic and headed home.
I live for Sundays……sighhhhhhhhhh
Oh, and guess what…..
I met Marcin’s parents this weekend, and they were beyond cute! They made us a fab dinner along great wine, and (so thoughtful) a sugar free dessert! The sweetest couple.
<3<3<3
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Everyday, I strive for balance. When anxiety seems to take over me, I must remember these words. Take a few breaths…and make life less complicated. I hope 2014 will be full of this:)

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2014… You look good on me.

In fitness, Holidays!, new faves, new years!, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 5, 2014 2 Comments

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Yeay!!!! HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!
And what a great week so far! The parties are over folks, and I’m finally starting to feel normal again. Lol. New Year’s Eve was a blast! Here’s a shot of me with all black everythannnggg in my “do not judge me” messy ass bedroom. Check out my BLACK CHAMPAGNE FLUTES. want some of you’re own? TARGET $33.99 for 6 flutes!

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Super fun party with loads of flowing “adult” beverages…food….dancing…and celebrating. 😉

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Around 2:30 A.M. We decided that we were plenty drizzed, and it was time to call our “Tipsy Tow”.
Yep, that’s right. You heard correctly. On the morning of New Year’s Eve while watching Fox 11 news ( the only fucking channel that comes in on my bunny ears) …(yes, I don’t have cable) they mentioned some great ideas on getting home without drinking and driving. I am totally against that shit. One of them, was AAA offering to tow your car home within 7 miles of pickup!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAA!? Finally my AAA membership would come in to good use! Lol.
Well, get ready for the best part of this story.
While waiting for out “tipsy Tow”, your homies passed out in the car missing 3 AAA phone calls! We woke up at 5:30 A.m. Like, “wtf!”
I guess we’re sober now!!!!! Hahahha. We drove home and passed out again.
God……you really gotta love New Years!

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JANUARY 1st. 2014.
Popped a few Ibuprofen to kick my champagne hangover, and we headed to beach! Woohoo;) it was sunny and beautiful out, so we weren’t missing it!

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PARADISE COVE CAFE, MALIBU, here we come! 75 * and sunny….YES PLEASE!
Malibu is one of my favorite places to spend the day. If it wasn’t so far from my work, I would live here in a heart beat. This place is pretty awesome. Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The beach is kept super clean, and the best part…..you can drink on the beach here! (I sound like such an alcoholic, geeeeez) I’m saying this more cuz it’s the only was to kill the hangover. More champagne. Oh god. Lol.

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The food is ridiculous!!!!!! RIDICULOUS GOOOOOOOD!
So much for starting my healthy diet on the first of the year!
We shared…
Steamed mussels in a cream/wine sauce, With creamed spinach and fries.
“Po boy” sandwich and coleslaw
Anddddddddd shrimp cocktail.
Um….food coma.

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HAPPY…..(even with that wrinkle mid forehead.) nice.

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Like I said….more champagne to kill the champagne hangover. these mimosas were D-licious. We just had one each;)

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After such an awesome and, to say the very least, GLUTTONOUS, we decided to take a walk along the water. It’s was so pretty out, and these fat kids needed to digest all those yummies. My girlfriend Mayra gave me these really cool PHOTOJOJO lenses for Christmas, I was dying to try them.

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How cool is this shot of the sand! These next shots were taken with the telephoto lense.

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Beautiful shot of sea grass beds. Still playing around with this lens.

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Can you guess which lens I used???? FishyFishy Fish-eye! So handsome.
After our approx. 4 mile walk, it was time to sink our feet in the sand and chill. By this time it was like 4 p.m. His is what I love about Paradise Cove. You can seriously make a whole day of it.
Oh, and while in Malibu…also check out :
Malibu Cafe
El Matador beach
Malibu Wines

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Ok… I can explain….. Lol
Listen. We LOVE our wine. So what!? We sat and enjoyed our Chardonnay as the sun went down, and it was perfect. Thank god we didn’t end up staying home:)

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Our lunch was so much, that we just ended up having Menchies frozen yogurt for dinner. Lol.
Cheeeeers!

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Staying on the subject of water, beach, drinking and hydration…. I want to introduce to you a really cool product. I’m not just bringing this up cuz it may or may not have cured my hangover, but also because it’s delicious! Cocozia contacted me about trying them out and I was happy to. This company, Epicurex, prides itself in only distributing all natural, and organic products. This water comes for the green coconut, and is full of essential electrolytes. Electrolytes are directly involved with body hydration and muscle function. Maybe that’s why I found that drinking this before and during a workout was pretty amazing. Apart from my love of wine, I really only drink water, an occasional Kevita, and coconut water. I usually stay away from beverages that contain very much (if any) sugar, so the “all coconut, no added sugars”, appealed to me. I get that everyone has their own fave, but I really loved this. Especially super- duper cold!
The best part….is that they’ve got some really interesting new flavors.

Chocolate ( ummm absolutely)
Coffee
Mango
Pineapple

Try them out, and see for yourself. Order here!

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Onto some fitness news!
I am battling some feet injuries and sadly not able to do my usual Zumba workouts. Wompppppp wommmmp. The new year is definitely testing me. So far, workouts have been sparse. I’ve realized that, in order to heal, I’ve got to REST. And frankly, I can’t go hard like I used to. Sad really, but I’ve got to emprovise. I recently received an email from a freelance writer named Becky Flanigan regarding doing a guest post on From Fries To Fit about some fun ways to stay fit…IN THE WATER!
I am an absolute water baby! Oh, and I’m an Aquarius…I mean.
Check me out…… Yep, that’s me. Arms crossed, pissed for something super dumb, I’m sure. I grew up in a pool. My mother and grandfather were swim coaches, and I took after them. Practically a swimmer all my life.

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This post and write-up couldn’t have come at a better time. With all this discomfort and pain I’ve been having, this is a perfect alternate that allows me to workout pain-FREE! Now, I just need a pool. Lol.;)

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5 Great Aqua Aerobics Exercises To Stay Fit

I love to run, and try to do a weight workout as an alternative about once a week. As a busy Mom, it’s tough to fit in all my workouts, and especially to add in some cross-training. My favorite choice for some alternate exercises is aqua aerobics. I get the cardio of running and core benefit of ab work, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much weight work I can get from water exercise. Here are 5 of my favorite aqua aerobics exercises:

1) Pool plank. For me, it’s all about keeping my core strong, and the plank, on land or water, works the core very efficiently. In the water, I stand on the pool floor, and take a noodle (a long solid rubber tube, great for pool exercise), and hold it horizontally in both hands, about shoulder width apart. Holding my arms straight out, I press down into the water, letting the noodle curl up around my arms on either side, then lean forward with my head out of the water. I watch the clock on the wall, and try to hold this position for 2 minutes. It gives me a great burn, and I know my abs are getting a great workout.

2) Become Spiderman. This is a great cardio exercise, and a lot of fun, too. I stand near the side of the pool, and sweep my hands back and forth like I’m treading water. I run my legs up the side of the pool, and then back down. I alternate my leading leg each time I climb, and do 4 sets of climbs. By that time, I’m breathing pretty hard, but if I have more energy left, I just add another set.

3) Cardio core ball running. Once I’ve gotten my heart rate up with the Spiderman, core ball running keeps it up and gives me more cardio workout. This exercise provides cardio plus core strength training, in one great combination. I take a 6 inch inflated ball and hold it in front of my navel. Then I run back and forth across the pool as fast as I can for 1 minute. I rest for 30 seconds, then do 3 more repetitions. I try to increase my speed each time, and by the end, I’m really breathing hard, which is just what I wanted.

4) One legged balance. To let me catch my breath, I do an exercise for balance and strength. I stand in waist deep water, and keeping my knee straight, lift one leg up, and put the noodle under my ankle. I keep my hands by my sides, and try to balance for one minute. I switch legs and do the other leg. If the kids are around, I have them jog in circles around me to create a current, which forces my core to work harder to keep my balance. The kids love it when they’re called on for this duty – they try to make me to step off the noodle, laughing the whole time. The beauty of this exercise in the water is that while balancing, I don’t risk the embarrassing fall I had one time when I tried this on land.

5) Fly backs. Now it’s time to throw in a weight element, and fly backs are great to work out my upper chest, back and arms – it also helps with my posture. I start in a lunge position, with my right knee bent, and my left leg extended behind me. I push my arms straight out in front of me about chest high. I spread my arms out to the sides, palms parallel to the water in a swimming motion, and boy, can you feel the resistance water gives in this one. I return my arms to the starting position, switching my hands to palms forward, and that is one rep. I do 4 sets of 8 to 15 reps, and switch the forward leg on each set. When I’m finished, I can really feel the effect on my upper body.
Those are some of my favorites aqua aerobic exercises, but there are plenty of other choices. Whether I’m looking for cardio work, or specific resistance exercises to parallel weight workouts, aqua aerobics can give me a wonderful exercise routine.

Becky Flanigan enjoyed creative writing classes in school, and uses those skills when writing freelance articles for InTheSwim.com. Becky likes spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 golden retrievers. She spends many fun filled hours at the family swimming pool, watching the kids and dogs splash and play. She is also an avid gardener – and even helps friends landscape and decorate their yards.

Thanks Becky!
In other news…..I will be making some changes to the site coming soon;)
Love youuuzzzzzzzzzz

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A look back at the holiday….

In Christmas, family, life, Uncategorized On December 24, 2013 1 Comment

Hey y’all!!!! I am so embarrassed that I have absolutely neglected my duty as a blogger:( I have fallen off the map! Not that it’s an excuse….but life has been cray cray. I didn’t just neglect my blog, I also neglected to stay on my regimen of a healthy diet and exercise . I was on such a roll, I swear! It makes me soooo mad. And, although everyone just keeps saying, “whatever, it’s the holidays!” It’s still no excuse to totally throw everything you work so hard for throughout the year, out da windowwwwww! Anyway. That’s my sob story. I won’t tell you how much weight I’ve gained, cuz it doesn’t matter. Lol.
Anyway… Even though I have fallen off my plan for a couple months.. It’s time to pick myself up, and start fresh. Cliche? Maybe. But… I love beginnings;) I’ve got some very cool posts coming up and some changes to the site for the new year!

Today…my first day back to FROM FRIES TO FIT….I wanted to have a quick look back at some fun holiday moments. I love Christmas!!!

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The best part about the holidays are….the PARTIES!!

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It was a bit nonstop. It felt like every weekend was party time! My friend Lindsay hosted a super fun holiday party along with a sexy bad Santa to pose with. Lol. Of course I was all ” ohhhhhh, take a picture!”

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Yep…..there was an ice sculpture.

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I hosted the family in my lil North Pole for a fun holiday pizza making party! If you remember my last post….. (Photos of the decorations) I went a little Christmas crazy. Ugh, I love that shit. Well, I hope you saw it, cuz a week back, I accidentally deleted the post! Womppppppp wompppppp. I don’t know what the hell I did. I was super bummed.
Anyway, we had a blast!

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Yesssssss, that is real pizza crust! Hunny….my usual “low carb self” was thrown out the window. No judging. It was soooooo tasty. We made like 4 different kinds of delicious pizza.

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CHEEEEEEERRRRRSSSS!!!!

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My sweet cousins came to visit! So of course, I hosted yet another delicious dinner;) more pizzzzzzzaaaa! Hahah. And yes, the wine was flowing. As usual.

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As you all know, in August, I left my salon Vidal Sassoon, to continue my career at Román Salon. I spent many years with these people and they became a part of my extended family. I was lucky enough to join them as a guest at the annual holiday party. This year’s theme was “White Winter Wonderland” this dinner was fantastic! It was a black tie affair darling. 😉

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Everywhere you looked, WHITE! It was really beautiful.

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Love this. All white wrapping paper:)

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Not only was all the decor white…..

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All the food was white! Lol. The chef was amazing and turned that shit OUT! Dayyyyum.

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Christmas Eve was mellow. Just what I wanted. It was just my folks, my cuz, and I. Unfortunately, my brother and his girlfriend weren’t able to get here from Vancouver:( but we made the best of it, and skyped while opening presents at midnight:)
Dinner was healthy and delicious. Roasted chicken and veggies, and garlic bread. That’s right. I ate that shit up!
Christmas Day was also a beautiful sunny day, so Marcin and I spent the day at the beach:)
Marcin is polish, and I was lucky enough to have my first traditional Polish Christmas dinner.
PIEROGIES! Yup, homemade!
Along with red BORSCHT soup, with mushroom pierogies.

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I die! This dinner was fabulous! Merry Christmas to meeeeeee! I am obsessed with pierogies;)

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As you know, no meal is complete with a touch of something sweet.
Traditional polish poppy seed swirl cake. Makowiec (poppy seed roll)
OMG.
THANKS BABE:)

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Since we had dinner around 5:15 pm ( I usually eat later) by 8:30, we were hungry for a snack. Lol.
This was us on Christmas night.
True LA style.
Skinny margaritas and chips & salsa at Cabo Cantina. Hahaa

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Well, with Christmas behind us, I am looking forward to a very prosperous new year! Can’t wait to share pics from the first day of 2014! Hope everyone had a beautiful holiday! Love uuuuuuuuu

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