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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
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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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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: 
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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

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

Total time

 

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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How to throw a SAUSAGE MAKING party. That’s right……

In At home cooking, bbq, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Hi lovely friends!
I’ve got a super special post for you!!! I know, you’re looking at the title, like WTF!??
Hahaha, well, it’s eggggggzactly what it seems. Sausage making like the pros! Ok, I can’t take credit for this but, I was a part of it & I think everyone must try to make their own sausage at least once in their @ife! seriously!!!! Why? Cuz it’s the bomb!!!!

My girlfriend Amal, (shaved head) recently moved to this beautiful home in Echo Park, and had renovated her backyard into a chefs dream!!! A beautiful outdoor kitchen, along with a cozy wood burning fireplace. All of us girls are big foodies and wanna be chefs, so we had been talking about getting together, but were waiting for the construction to finally be done!

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We have been wanting to have a sausage making party for like…..EVER!!!!!!So, finally the day came! We each picked up our own meat, and headed to Echo Park for the day. When I arrived with my bag full of goodies, I noticed Amal had set up the huge table full of every herb, every spice, and every sauce combo you could possible think to stuff with a sausage. Wow!

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It’s not a party without a bit of day drinkin:)

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I picked up a couple bottles of a light white wine as our aperitif.

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Soooo, I wasn’t thinking and when picking out what type of meat filling I wanted, and bought a bunch of chicken breast from Hardy’s meat market. Amazing, fresh chicken. Here’s the problem. YOU NEED FAT TO BIND THE MEAT!!!! there goes my attempt at making the healthiest sausage around! Such a dumb ass.

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I was determined though…..

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We were using the Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the sausage making attachment. Which, BTW, is AMAZEBALLZ, and if you’re a cook, a MUST! I’ve been dying for one since I was like…hmmmmm. Maybe 18. Why I haven’t purchased one yet, I haven’t got a damn clue! They are fantastic! Perhaps it’s because it takes up about 1/2 my kitchen counter! Lol
Anyway….
All this work called for some delicious homemade cocktails. Besides, we weren’t goin anywhere anytime soon…this shit was werrrrrrek!

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As most of you know, I am froM Argentina, and anyone who knows anything about my country, knows that you can’t set the table without bOmb ass CHIMICHURRI!! Check out the recipe here. Simple and perfect! I brought it from home, ( I buy mine at mercado buenos Aires, when I’m too lazy to make it myself) because I thought, why not, this is gonna taste bomb in my sausage!!

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I was cracking up cuz, here I am, trying to make my sausage be alllllllll healthy n shit, and here comes Amal……. 1 thousand pounds of full fat, full flavor PORK! goooooood lord! Ok, maybe I’ll borrow a lil;)
Amal got all this amazing meat from a new local butcher in West Hollywood. Some of you may have heard of them. They are the hottest new butcher babes in town! Lindy & Grundy serve up some mean meats! All local, pasteurized, and organic! I absolutely LOVE the idea of the “small shops” makin’ a comeback! This business has absolutely made it. They offer classes for meat enthusiasts, delivery for all your meat needs;) and offer the freshest product around.
Girl, I a need some of that pork up in here now…..

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Dianne and Stella:)

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After prepping our meats, it was time to grill up lunch! Lemon cilantro chicken!

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We made a delicious salad made of:

***ARUGULA

***WATERCRESS

***FULL FAT FETA (generous)

***SUNDRIED TOMATOES

***APPLES

***OLIVE OIL

***LEMON

***SPLASH OF ORANGE BLOSSOM

***SALT & PEPPER

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Ladies who lunch.

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Isn’t this chicken gorgeous? I love dark meat!

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Stella babe…with her goatee.

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The pups were quite good! No begging and they got along! Willy only likes little girls:)

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Haley and Amal…Besties. Beauties.

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A lil selfie;) had to.

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Alright, now comes the fun!
Roasted garlic in oil, ready to be ground with the meats!

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Y’all….so we thought, “this is gonna be cake!” Whelp, not so much….here’s a shot of us in action. We were being attacked by wasps who apparently have a thing for raw meat. WTF! I was grinding as Amal was fanning them away. It was disastrous.

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So here comes Dianne. Y’all this took all of us. Forget it if you are attempting this shit alone.

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We had so much meat to grind…this was gonna take forever! Remember….we still had to mix all the herds, and spices…them tube our mixture into casing. Omg. Hahahaha…notice Dianne’s face…she May or may not be getting stung by a wasp.

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ABOUT 8 HOURS LATER…….. we’ve got ourselves some sausage!!!!!!!!

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Piping the sausage through into the casing was a nightmare. It took us forever! No joke. We had one person pushing the ground meat through, then another person making sure no air was gettin into the casing, then ANOTHER person, twisting to make the sausage shape. Holy shit! We put in some serious time!

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But…here we are, happy as pigs in shit with our first amateur batch of sausages! Hahahhaha

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Finishing up our final batch in the dark hours of the night. Lol.

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Well…..here she blows y’all. You are supposed to let them hand in the fridge for at least 48 hrs apparently, but fuck it. You know how hard we worked for this!? We ARE having some! Fire up the grill! Soooo proud!

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We hung the rest to dry. We probably could of fed a small army. We each took a few of each other creations home and hung in our own fridges. I gotta say….pretty amazing!!!!!

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Wanna try this at home???? Check out a quick video to help get you started!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let me know your thoughts!

HAVE YOU EVER MADE YOUR OWN SAUSAGE!??

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PAULA <3

Just in time for a DELICIOUS CRUSTLESS PROTEIN PUMPKIN PIE!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, protein, spotlight, thanksgiving, Uncategorized On November 27, 2013 0 Comments

Hey y’all!!!!! Omgggggggg,

IT’S THANKSGIVING MAÑANA!!!!

 

Who’s cooking what? I’m dying to know!? Well, I kinda cheated, I’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving:) yep… Last Sunday, and it was a blast. I know weird and early. It was mom’s Bday on the 22nd and we had family in town, so we decided to have it a week early. Otherwise, it would’ve just been us 3 on the actual day. Wompwomp. I’ll be sharing pics on this weekend;) I of course made my classic and (favorite to most peeps) SUGAR FREE CHEESCAKE. Oh and a shaved Brussels sprout dish that I promise to share next:)
Anyway….even though I’ve already had my thanksgiving, you know it ain’t stopping me from continuing to celebrate it till Saturday, at least:) lol. I’ve still got 3 “FRIENDSGIVING” celebrations to feast on!
Listen, it’s totally unrealistic to think that this time of year, is the best time to maintain or even lose weight. Let’s get real chicks. November & December are months of curves! That’s right…I’ve decided to just enjoy everything I want to enjoy, while still keeping a balance. To be totally honest, I haven’t really worked out to much these last couple weeks. Eeeeek, you know what!? WHATEVER!!!!! speaking of balance and enjoying….. Boy have I got a yummy recipe for y’all!!!!!!
WHO DOESN’T LOVE PUMPKIN PIE!? well, you are weird if you don’t. Seriously. I die for pumpkin pie! Well, really… anything that resembles pie. Lol. This recipe was concocted by my MOST FAVORITE BLOGGER EVER!!! Have you ever checked out www.proteinpow.com??? Those of you who are always asking me how I think of all of these weird substitions, well, here’s your answer! Anna from Protein Pow has been an absolute inspiration in my kitchen.
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Her recipes are not only super easy, they also allow you to eat all of those yummy flavors and textures that we all loveeeeeee, without the guilt. She uses loads of different protein powders and really interesting ingredients to create the ultimate (& usually very low sugar and carbs) desserts and meals. Enserio….(Spanish;) I don’t don’t the effff she does it.

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So…on this episode of From Fries to Fit, in honor of this wonderful Thanksgiving holiday…. I’m am sooooooo happy to announce that I have yet again, stalked her blog, and made another one of her delicious creations!!

THE CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE!!!!

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These are the perfect texture and seriously feel like the real deal!
I used these little silver tartlet ramekin things, but you could also use a regular muffin tin. Optional & helpful tip: add the silicone muffin cases instead of just filling batter right into the pan. They are really great for “not sticking” to the sides.

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This recipe will grant you 6 lovely single serving pies:)

Make these tonight! they are sooooooo easy, I swear! Have them ready, refrigerated, and I promise, NO ONE will even think that they are the healthier alternative! Sneaky!;)

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CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE
 
Ingredients
  • ½ can of pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup of liquid egg whites
  • ¼ cup of vanilla ( cinnamon swirl )whey protein powder (I used Cellucor’s cinnamon swirl)
  • 1 tsp of toffee flavoring, even vanilla flavoring (optional….great if you have a gnarly sweet tooth 😉
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • TOPPING:
  • *unsweetened almond milk
  • *vanilla whey protein
  • *fat free sour cream or 0% greek yogurt.
  • Mix in until desired thickness.
  • *sprinkle cinnamon and crushed walnuts or pecans for crunch!

Instructions
  1. mix all ingredient with a hand mixer and bake at 330 degrees F. for 30-40 minutes. I found that with my more shallow ramekins, I only needed 30 mins, but in deeper muffin tins, perhaps more time. Also depends on oven.
  2. keep checking for doneness. Try using a toothpick through center.
  3. Let cool once out of the oven.
  4. Prepare your protein frosting, top, and serve,

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 45 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 7

 

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If you LOVEEEEEEE this recipe, HOLLLLLAAAAA!!!! Im completely obsessed! I’ve used so many of her recipes, it’s ridiculous. She’s got an amazing book out right now, that is full of these fab recipes. If you want it…….you won’t be sorry!!!

CLICH HERE!!

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I hope all of you beautiful friends have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy your friends and family! I know I will!

You ARE BLESSED!

 

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My Sweet Valentine <3

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, sweets, Uncategorized, valentines day On February 8, 2013 0 Comments

Ok protein lovers, time for some SUGAR-FREE sugar!! and in a healthy way! A breakfast and dessert that will BLOW YOUR MIND! I’ve been hitting the workouts hard lately and been trying to up the amount of protein I consume throughout the day. What better way to enjoy it other than PANCAKES & CAKES! Woohoo! As we alllllll know ya’ll, it’s Valentines Day coming up, and no, V day is not just for couples. Single girls like pink, chocolate, and hearts too;)

I’ve recently become a LOT more active on my instagram, following lots of wannabe low carb chefs, and I suggest you do the same. This has given me soooo many ideas to share with you for the FIT girls kitchen. Be sure to follow me on instagram, and check out some of the friends I follow for up to date low carb healthy treats!
Ok , so, listen,… I know that nothing will ever quite taste like your your mother’s original pancake recipe, but….guess what, when your trying to lean out, diet is key, so, this is the healthiest version, and it’s PINK;)

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I made a stack of these babies yesterday morning, and couldn’t finish them. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I’m guessing. They were delicious! ( I didn’t want them to end, but this batch is good for 2 peeps)
Oh, and they obviously don’t have to be pink:) just thought I’d throw a little lovvvvvvvveeee your way!

Before we get into the recipe, let me just give you a little side note, that is very important.

THE PANCAKES ARE VERY EASY TO OVERCOOK!

OK, now, you may begin;)

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INGREDIENTS:

For pancake:

1/2 packet of About Time strawberry whey protein

5 egg white

1 tbsp coconut flour ( whole foods or online)

1/2 tbsp psyllium husks (whole foods) (ground)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp 0% Greek yogurt

A drop of red food coloring

For filling:

3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt ( I used fage) ( you could just use the whole container, up to u)

1 tbsp Natures Hollow sugar free honey ( sweetened with xylitol, whole foods or online. Great to have in pantry)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

3 drops stevia

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DIRECTIONS:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. ( mix well, I use a fork)
Add wet ingredients,and combine well. Coconut flour has a tendency to clump up.
In a greased pan, add 2 tablespoons of batter, and form a small/ medium pancake. ( if you make it too think, it will be hard to flip) Remember: They cook fast so flip quick.
Should make 3 pancakes.

Top with yogurt mixture, sugar free honey, walnuts, raspberries or strawberries, and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut.

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So freakin cute right. Again, please don’t let these ingredient lists intimidate you, you can find all of these things at whole foods. I sometimes order in bulk off amazon, cuz I’m always in the kitchen. Remember from the video….these a essential in a low carb FIT household:)

So now..we’re gettin into nighttime…you’ve just had an amazing, healthy meal, with your man….orrrrrr, with your T.V. 😉
Whatever the case, all that’s on your mind now is SWEETS. Well, at least thats what us girls are thinkin about…guys, not so much. lol. It’s time for dessert!
This shit’s the bomb, EXPLOSIVE!
I found this ridiculous gymrat recipe from my new favorite blog! Proteinpow.com
I swear I could eat this alllllll day long.

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For cake:

4 tbsp of quark, fromage blanc, or 0% Greek yogurt

2 tbsp oats

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup of egg whites

1 tbsp of coconut flour

1/2 cup of chocolate protein powder

4 tbsp of unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp of cocoa nibs

1/4 teasp baking soda

1/4 teasp baking powder

5-6 drops stevia

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For the filling and frosting:

1 heaping scoop of pack of vanilla casein

1/2 cup of quark, fromage blanc (whole foods) or 0% greek yogurt

splash of unsweetened almond milk

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DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 350*
( I blended the cake ingredients in my vitamix, but now, I realized, I could’ve just had to mix well in a bowl:/)

If you don’t blend in a machine and choose the ol’ school way,
Mix all dry ingredients in a med/ lrg bowl, stir.
Add wet ingredients, and combine really well.
Grease a small pan, any shape, really.
Cook for 28 min. If center is still a bit raw, add a couple minutes, but careful to not overcook.
Transfer cake to cooling rack. Once cool ,using a sharp chef or paring knife, slice cake horizontally.

Filling:

Easy peazy. Mix ingredients and stick in the fridge. ( I would make this first and stick in the fridge while the cake is cooking, so it has time to thicken and set)

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Layer the cake with filling, top with your favorite fruit. In my case, raspberries:)
Sprinkle with cacao powder and red sprinkles!

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Here are some of my favorite Valentines Day ideas, courtesy of Pinterest:

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Love u all, and to all a goodnight;)
Xoxo