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THE GADARENE SWINE! Best Vegan In town!

In clean food, Dinner dates, Fridays, Restaurants, spotlight, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian On June 5, 2015 1 Comment

Fresh Friday here at From Fries To Fit!

Although todays post is dedicated to my vegans…there’s no doubt that ALL vegans, carnivores, and vegetarians alike would go batshit over the beautifully crafted food at The Gadarene Swine. The VEGAN sister restaurant to Scratch BarLA, in which chef Phillip Frankland Lee offers a complicated, artistic but perfectly paired array of mostly animal fats & proteins. My kinda thing. FOR SURE. The Gadarene Swine is the OPPOSITE. Ode to the Vegetable! (without skimping on the flavor of course!) Have you ever heard of a meat eating chef opening up a vegan spot? Yeah, me neither. Well, when I caught wind of chef Lee’s “no animal, all vegan” new venture here in Studio City, I thought, “hmmm this could be perfect!”

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Listen, I’m no vegan, and clearly, he ain’t either honey, but as a food lover…foodie…whatever you want to call it, I can appreciate the art and tastes of all cuisines.  The “Valley” has been on the way up in restaurant culture. The fact that I don’t have to shlep back to Downtown or Hollywood to have a delicious and interesting meal, makes me fuckin’ jump for joy! So, when my brother’s GF, Sarah, a veggie aficionado, came into town from Vancouver, I knew this was going to rock her world.

Sarah, Mom, & I walk in, and are immediately drawn to the beautiful, rustic garden patio. Wood, plants, and succulents everywhere. A mini oasis if you will. Let me make something clear here…this isn’t your typical “Veggie Grill” experience. This is fine dining babes. With that said… expect fine dining prices.

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As we cozied up with our Pinot’s, we selected various dishes from the A La Carte menu. Other menu options include: 3 different chefs choice tasting menus, with option of wine pairing. So fancy for the “valley”right?!. Haha. Get into it people. It’s an experience, ok?! The staff was very nice. Each dish explained, and service was above par.

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First up…Olive Stuffed Olives…. Holy, BEST THING I EVER, SO CAREFULLY PUT in my MOUTH!!!!  Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside without being greasy. Made with a touch of honey.

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Each presentation better than the next. Homemade, lightly toasted sourdough alongside crushed tomato oil with balsamic glaze. This was so delicious! So full of flavor. I mean…it’s in a nest for god’s sake.

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Ok, here’s where it gets really fabulous. Look at those colors! This, ladies & gents, is a multi-colored blackened cauliflower, over a bed of creamed cauliflower, topped with dehydrated cauliflower chips & chopped pistachios. O.M.GEEEEEEEE! Loaded inside a beautiful clay bowl, the display itself makes you NOT want to share. Chef Lee somehow manages to separate the flavors of the same vegetable through different textures and seasonings. FAVE!

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Ok, mind you…I’m not eating all of this alone. Lol. Between 3 of us, we shared everything. Here is a shot of our next dishes up.

Dirty rice and Hand torn pasta with shaved onions. Both incredibly flavorful! The pasta was done al dente with pureed tomato sauce filled with great texture derived from capers, fresh greens, shaved onion and even, a hint of sweetness from a lil fruit. Perhaps it was pineapple. Not sure, but it definitely held up to, even some of the best pasta I had in Italy recently.The crispy rice was incredible. Brown rice flavored with nori, filled with mushrooms, squash, crispy onions, shaved carrots, avocado… etc. Honestly one of the best vegetarian/vegan meals I have ever had. I know ya’ll, bold statement, but I felt fresh, not heavy. Not one bite of tempeh, tofu..none of that. Everything centered around the “vegetable”.

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In that bigger piece of heavy & beautiful pottery, is roasted mushrooms over burnt mashed sweet potato. Woohoooo!

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Heres a close up. Beautifully dressed with a hint of acidity, the flavors pop in your mouth, & you really hone in on all the smoky flavor of the roast. With a mix of different mushrooms, fresh peas, greens, and a few crunchy nori chips, it all comes together in a big bowl of “Bitch, taste thissss!!!”

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We had a wonderful experience here. The food… fresh, local, organic. Thanks The Gadarene Swine! Also, check out Scratch Bar in LA!

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A BETTER tummy… some NEW yummies, and a whole lot of healthy, girly fun!

In Beauty, Breakfast, cleanse, Dinner dates, friends, giveaway!, new faves, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, yoga On July 11, 2013 12 Comments

Helooooo..helllllllllooooooo! I’m back! Just feeling like I’m finally getting back into my groove and this week has started off AMAZING! My house is still a bit messy, but hey. Whatever.
Started off the week full force at the gym and now a proud new member of COREPOWER yoga.
I’m really into it right now, and the best part…. It doesn’t irritate the tendonitis! Thank god. I used to loathe yoga, now…it’s the ONLY thing that makes me focus in every sense of the word. My breath…awareness in my body and allowing myself to truly understand how to clear my racing mind. So into it! I’ve been doing the heated fusion classes, but still really enjoy traditional and non-heated.
Anyway… I am feeling strong, and I’m enjoying my new practice and progress.
What are you guys into right now? Do you listen to your body?

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My breakfasts lately have been incredible POG’s!!! that’s right.. (pots of greatness!) my Instagram friends inspire me to change it up constantly. 1- to stay excited about clean yummy foods and 2- especially to avoid binging eating.
I literally fill a mason jar full of super delicious & nutritious foods such as
chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk, & maca powder
Greek yogurt with your favorite protein powder,
Favorite nut mix
Berries,kiwis, stone fruits

The possibilities are endless:)
Just keep layering and changing it up! So fun and AAAAAAMMMAAAZINGGGG.

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Prep for the pot of greatness, along with some David’s tea:)

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Today on the tea menu… Mint Julep, with fresh mint of course. I discovered David’s Tea while on my Vancouver trip, and now, can’t get enough. Remember now…I was always Miss. Coffee. Kinda over that now… Weirddddddd.

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Wilbur, aka…white ninja sidekick is stoked to be hangin’ with his mama all day:) I sneak him into shops and I don’t care if I’m judged. Lol. On days off, this is my rolldawg.

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As you know, I’ve been on a mission to finish my upstairs and finally get an actual office space for more organization. Sooooo with the help of my Amiga, I went on a gnarly desk hunt.

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I was at my folks house (house-sitting) so we decided to hit up Urban Home. There she was..in all her glory. My new desk! ok, it may or may not actually be a dining table…but eff it. Honestly…the pic just doesn’t do it justice, and no it’s not 2-toned wood. It’s the light. So annoying. I swear, it’s really pretty. Best part, it’s a bigggg ol’ thang! ok.. So I bought it, then we both realize….”um, how are we gonna get this to my house 25 miles away.?” Mos def not in my VW Golf. Lol. Figuring this out mañana… Also a few more items I need to find…preferably like, tomorrow….
night stand lamps
A tv wall mount
One more small dresser. ( I have a lot
of sports bras.
oh…. And a desk chair, maybe two.
Eeeekkkkk…thank goodness for that check comin. Jussssst a lil home decor addiction, that’s all. Ugh
This bitch is a sucker for a good sale!

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NEW FAVE PRODUCT ALERT!!!

Along with my bomb.com new Le Roche Posay regimen, I’ve been blessed with these perfect little soap treats and body lotions by LaBellaVieSpa.
Took a quick shopping break for a soap photoshoot. Lol

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These products are free of petroleum, sulfates, parabens, synthetics and un-natural preservatives that plaque your skin’s products.
Made with natural ingredients that are seriously beneficial for you. All products are created by loving hands using vegan ingredients and fine essential oils that your skin will fall in love with. No secrets here. The ingredients are listed so you know exactly what your putting on your skin.

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Time to chill, have a beer, and enjoy a delicious dinner with the homie. Outdoor patio of course.

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We ordered light beers. My low carb go to.. Michelob Ultra. In an extra cold glass.
An amazing seafood ceviche. I actually managed to only have 4 or 5 chips. Honest. Lol

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Japanese cucumber salad.
( not pictured: veggies with hummus)

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Pretty damn shocked at how healthy you can eat at The Lazy Dog Cafe. Apparently, you can bring your dog there…pfffff, who knew? Delicious, satisfying, and a gorgeous night out.

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THIS WEEK IN REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS!!!

Reviews are fun! Not only do I get to sample some really great products, ( sometimes not so great 🙁 lol) but It allows me to share with all of you, foods and products to encourage continues success in your fit and healthy lifestyle. Plus, sometimes you just need to switch it up. We all get bored of the same shit different day.
So first up… DETOUR BARS.
I tried these for the first time at the Blend Retreat a couple months ago, and had a secret crush on them, particularly the new flavor. Neapolitan. Well maybe cuz that was my favorite ice cream flavor growing up. Seriously.
The lovely folks over at Detour, sent me a lil box to get me hooked, lol. I also had a copule of friends, who aren’t Neapolitan obsessed, try it to see if they would be into it….and the main consensus, “MMMMMMM, YUMMMMMMM. That’s lovely.”
This is a LOW SUGAR, WHEY PROTEIN BAR.
I don’t think it’s considered a meal replacement bar. For me, it’s a snack bar. Mid day, or after a workout in between meals.
It is actually low in sugar, but I’m not a huge fan of sugar alcohols. I used to not mind them, And I’m sure a lot of you also don’t, but lately, I’ve noticed that when I consume certain sugar alcohols, I get gassy, and bloated. Not cute.

I’ve been eating 1 bar, as a snack, every other day, and luckily, so far, no bloating. Stoked! If you are not familiar with sugar alcohols…click here.
What I absolute LOVE, is the taste! Not too sweet at all! Pheeeew. Some bars are so sweet it almost makes me sick! These are the perfect texture. Slightly nougat-ty, with no chalky after taste.
only 5 grams of fat. 15 protein. 3 sugars. 3 NET carbs!
Check out more about they’re other products and how to order here!

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So here’s what’s up…. Overall, I’m really into these. They’re perfect for on the go busy chicks. These are just the right size. If you’re someone that can easily sub a meal for a bar, they do offer larger meal replacement bars as well. I’m tired of 100 calorie almond packs. These are protein packed and without all the fat. Oh and taste way yummier:)

And for the finale….they are awesome. They are offering my readers 25% off your order!!! Ohhhh heeeeyyyyyyyy. Honestly go order yourself some yummy, healthy snacks. You deserve it.
Just enter this coupon code when checking out: 25neapbb
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Onto some really important business….. Our internal systems….
Let me start by saying, PROBIOTICS SAVED MY LIFE!!
Ok, not like I was dying…but I swear, since starting to incorporate these amazing products into my life, my everything has become better!
Here’s where I go into a lil TMI. (Too much info) lol.
My whole life (no joke,whole life), I’ve struggled with sluggish digestion, CONSTANT constipation, and I believe, consistently battled with candida. Seriously, awful. I always felt that my good bacteria often battled the bad bacteria and lost. Never a nice feeling.
Before really understanding and becoming knowledgeable about how probiotics worked, I would just eat a bit of yogurt or maybe even buy some light over the counter “no name” shitty pro-b product, and I remember thinking, ” this is bull shit, I don’t know why “they” say this is suppose to help me?”
Well babes, do your research. You MUST take your body to a MUCH higher level of healthy flora to encourage optimum health benefits.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been shown to help restore a balanced digestive sytem and promote healthy digestion and natural defenses. My belly is a happy lady now:)

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Did you know, that as we age, the amount of healthy bacteria in our bodies begins to decrease? Also, things like, stress, illness, and antibiotics, can really upset our digestive balance, and create a segway for harmful bacteria to make your body it’s new home. Um, no thank you.

These Ultimate Flora “Extra Care” are made with all natural ingredients.
* NO gmos
* NO soy or dairy

* DO have 30 billion active cultures
*DO
offer delayed release capsules to avoid acidity in the belly

Totally obsessed with their probiotics, I came to realize that I had tried another one of their specialty products!! Remember when I did my 7 day cleanse??! it was unbelievable! I loved it. They offer all strengths of probiotics, immune system builders, total body cleansing, you freakin name it! They are the LEADING company in all that is digestive care.
Honestly, when Renew Life first contacted me about possibly reviewing a couple of their products, I FREAKED OUT! I emailed them right away, like…omggggggg, it’s a sign! I’ve been needing you in my life! Ahhhhhhhh. Lol. Just like that.
I have absolutely benefited from taking these products. I may or may not stock my fridge with a few different strengths. I’m telling you. Obsessed.
Let me ask you now….. Have you ever experienced digestive issues, bloating, constipation, irritation, yeast infections, etc?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those, you need to give these a try. They are worth every penny. They are like gold to me. I’ve even got a batch of 50 billion & 100 billion in the fridge that I have on hand for critical digestive health. Here is a LIST of places where you can find Ultimate Flora products.
Here’s where you may get LUCKY!
Renew Life has freakin HOOKED IT UP!
They are offering to give away a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora products to 1 lucky winner!!!!
Seriously, what are you waiting for!!!!!!!

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So much to be grateful for! Lots of stuff going on!
Please DO NOT forget that the APS Grass Fed protein giveaway is till going on, but will end in 6 days!!!! Get in there!!!!! Click here!

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TRUST THE PROCESS…ENGOY THE PROGRESS!!!

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Xoxo,
Your Amiga.
P.

BEAUTY BLOGGER EVENT @ ROMAN SALON, AND MY INTRO TO ORGANIC AIRBRUSH SPRAY TANS BY AMY JACOB!

In Beauty, events, giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, spotlight, Uncategorized On July 7, 2013 1 Comment

It’s official! It’s SUMMER!!! With 4th of July behind us now, it doesn’t mean getting bikini body ready is out the window!!!! I am sure that we all have loads of parties and beach outings to get sexy for! 😉 Well, today’s post is very special. Not just because I like to be a brown doggy in the summer, but also, because I want to highlight my best friend. Amy Jacob. She recently became a specialist in organic spray tanning, and it killing it!

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Welcome to ROMAN Salon. Amy and I go way back. We went to hair school together and have been by each others side ever since. We’ve worked together…even lived together, so when Roman Salon announced their beauty blogger event, you best believe I was was expecting an invite! Lol

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This quaint but modern salon is nestled in between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. On La Cienega blvd to be exact. It’s EFFIN CUTE! I thought the event was a great way for people to get to know the staff, and check out all that they had to offer as a team. I grabbed a glass of sparkling wine, and found myself in awe of their gorgeous back patio space.

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Great magazines…a must. While here…check out their list of awesome press and magazine write ups!

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Fresh flowers…a must x4!

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To the moon and back. Homies.

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That’s right… You’re seeing correctly. Those are outdoor stations! Why not enjoy getting your hair done outside!? Especially great for Brazilian blowouts. No in-salon fumes. Amy is a specialist in that too! She gave me one a while back, and it was THE BOMB!

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Clients, friends, and bloggers alike enjoying some local yummies and having a chat.

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We enjoyed fresh baked mini cupcakes from a local baker…

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Fresh caprese sandwiches and each were sent home with a mason jar full of candied walnuts courtesy of picnic LA🙂 heaarrttssss! Delish.

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This gorgeous patio is to die for! Across the patio, you will find a separate area for airbrush tanning and men’s barbering. Genius. It’s like a small little bohemian compound.
Oh, you know….just sippin’ on some organic watermelon juice & champagne while I get my service on! No bigs…. Lol
The service here…impeccable. Love this place.

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Amy Jacob is a top stylist. She gives amazing haircuts ( clearly Vidal Sassoon trained) and smokes the competition with her Brazilian blowout skills. She just gets it.
To add to her repertoire, she now offers a new service!!! I swear, this bitch is on fire. I can’t keep up. ORGANIC AIRBRUSH TANNING! I am fully taking advantage of this;)
Ok not gonna lie…. I am a confessed sunworshiper, and have been all my life. If you ask Amy, she’ll tell you the same. In our younger years, we obsessed over who had the better “dirty face” tan. I know….gross. I even worked at at tanning salon when I was 16 to pretty much get free tans, cuz trust me, they weren’t payin’ me much. I mean….you get the idea. I love being a brown doggy. Lol
Well, as we get older….maybe notttttttt the best idea, huh? As grown women, we all now have to be uber careful of damaging uv lights, sun spots ( hyper pigmentation) cancer, ugh. All of these are dangerous, and age us like nobodies business. Ew.
Clearly, now with new ridiculous technology and brainiacs…we can now be perfectly tan without all the harm.

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I was weary of spray tans after seeing friends walk out of random tanning salons looking like umpa-lumpas, and would always go ” um, yeah…no thanks.”
They were going into machines, rubbing some lotion on their hands and feet to avoid ” staining” and spinning around inside while this machine sprayed carrot colored pigment un-evenly across your body. Gooooooood lord. Well, we’ve come along way!
Not only do spray tans get applied by a professional now, it is absolutely customized to your body shape, color, pigment, all of it. It’s absolutely amazing. The days of looking like streaky mess are over. I sat down with Amy to get the rundown of this new and organic product, and for y’all to get to know her a bit;)

FF2F: How long have you been at Roman Salon?

Amy: I have been at Roman Salon for three and a half years, and have been working in this industry now for about ten years.

FF2F: What do you specialize in?

Amy: I have been a stylist, specializing in hair cutting for the entirety of my career. My newest beauty venture is custom organic airbrush tanning.

FF2F: Appts only or walk in’s welcome?

Amy: Walk ins are welcomed! But an appointment is recommended if there’s a specific time or day you like.

FF2F: Tell me a bit about these products you use for organic spray tanning? And how do they compare to other products out?

Amy: Because, like almost everyone, I’ve had a bad faux tan before, I did a ton of research before choosing a product to use, and I am absolutely in love with this solution! Most importantly, I wanted the most natural product I could find… this one is organic, paraben free, gluten free, and vegan, so it’s great for those with sensitivities. Every tan is custom blended to compliment each persons unique skin tone and desire tan depth, meaning we can give you anything from the most subtle hint of color, to back-from-vacation bronzed! Airbrush tanning should not be a one-color-fits-all situation, which I had found most of the time. Also, the bronzing agent in the solution is very subtle, and my clients love that they can go about their day, or sneak back to work, without looking crazy brown and having to hide at home until it’s time to shower.

FF2F: How long will my tan last?

Amy: Expect your tan to last at least one week.

FF2F: Will it stain my clothes?

Amy: It won’t stain clothes, but I always advise clients to come in with loose, dark fitting clothing, and flip flops because there is a slight tint to the solution. And if you like to tan with undies one, choose black ones.

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FF2F: Should I exfoliate before my session?

Amy: Yes! A thorough exfoliation from face down to the feet will ensure that your glow lasts as long as possible, and wears off evenly. Come to your session without lotions or oils on your skin, and makeup and deodorant free if possible.

FF2f: What are the advantages to a person “customizing” your tan as opposed to the spray tan machine alternative?

Amy: It’s a night and day difference! I have always found those machines to produce a super orange-y fake color, and they always seem to stain the cuticles and feet/heels. That’s the dead giveaway! The style in which I spray my clients replicates the way in which the sun would tan you: subtly darker in areas like tops of arms, shoulders, back, tummy, legs, and slightly lighter on hands, feet, face, neck… This assures you never look “dipped” in color!

FF2F: What is the cost per session? How often should I come in to keep up that “summer glow”?

Amy: A tanning session is $55. I also offer some partials: $35 for Upper or Lower Body, and $25 for Face/Neck/Chest. If you’d like to maintain a tan, come about every week and a half. I find clients love to come right before a wedding, special event, or vacation. Also, join us for Happy Hour every Thursday evening from 3-7, for $40 full body tans!

Here’s the deets!

Parking: La Cienega offers generous metered street parking, as well as 2 hour street parking in the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.

Location & Contact Details: Address: 818 N La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310.854.1030
Email: info@románsalonla.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/RomanSalonLA
Twitter: @RomanSalonLA

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Everyone here makes you feel like a star! Overall, super sweet staff, highly educated on all aspects of beauty, and super professional. So proud of my bestie. This place is chic!
Come visit! Xoxox
BFF

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On a side note…….
Win some amazing GRASS FED PROTEIN POWDER! Got a super sweet giveaway happening, and y’all need to be apart of it! Enter HERE!

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MEMORIAL DAY RECAP<3

In bbq, blend retreat, fashion, fitness, get the look, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, new faves, popular recipes, protein shakes, Uncategorized, WOD On May 28, 2013 11 Comments

Happy Tuesday beauties!! Hope y’all had a fabulous day off celebrating Memorial Day;) I already have Mondays off, so nothing too out of the ordinary for me. Gym, as usual, a bit of bbqin’, and a LOT of laying around doing nothing but watching movie after movie. I never do hat. It was fab!
I’ve been obsessing over how beautiful my peonies have bloomed, so I must share. They were having a sale at whole foods the other day, $8.99 for 6 stems. Egggggzactly! You best believe, I stocked up.

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Monday was a bit of a recovery day for me. Sunday was jam packed. We hosted our bestie’s bridal shower, which was SOOOO FUN, but not joking….lots of wine, champagne, sangria…..oh andddddd chips and salsa.;) oops

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My white peonies…. I’ve finally learned how to keep them fresh and lasting….
SNIP ENDS EVERYDAY
CHANGE WATER EVERYDAY
KEEP AWAY FROM TOO MUCH SUNLIGHT
ADD A PINCH OF SUGAR

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I will be sharing the post soon of the bridal party shenanigans, but until then, here’s a sneak peak of part of the dessert options..
sugar-free chocolate covered strawberries. YUMMMMMMMMMZIESSSS

Super simple and much healthier than traditional choco-covered strawberries. Give it a try.

1st:
Rinse fruit and let completely dry

2nd:
in a med bowl, mix 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/3 cup 100% cacao powder ( I used raw/organic)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 drops stevia
Pinch of salt

3rd:
Place on parchment paper and into the fridge they go to set.

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Yesterday started off with a trip to the gym. The plan of attack:
GPP FITNESS amazing-NESS!
Yeah, I know…WTF. First thing in the morning….yes fasted.
Homegirl needed to burn off some of that alcohol and chips from Sunday!
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Sporting my new Strut This tank. A lil fitmixer in my blender bottle, and I’m ready to sweat.

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That’s right….you take a full deck of cards with you to the gym or you could also do this at home, find a nice space where you can jump and run around like a crazy, and do one card at a time.

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My warmup was 20 minutes on the stair master on “INTERVALS”. Got my heart rate up and my body sweatin’.
I headed to the mats where there was also a long “runway” for my sprints.
So, whoever the F*%k last shuffled these cards was a Mother Trucker, cuz I kept getting burpee after burpee card, like it was my J.O.B! Ughhhhhhh I was dying.

I switched up my jokers from 400 meter run to sprints.
Also switched aces from 10 reps to 50 jumping jacks.

Yep, that’s right, you don’t stop until you finish the deck of cards. This workout is fantastic to try with clients for time. It’s a full body workout, and trust me, you really burn does muscles out.
When I finished… I was sweating bullets, panting, and completely flushed. Super proud of my motivation, geez.
I looked like I was training for the Olympics or something, lol, to the point where one of the trainers comes up to me and says, “Hi, I’m Mario, sorry to bother you but….what are you doing? Are you an athlete?
Ummmm…” LOL, no…but I like to train like I am.
I was so happy to share with him my new obsession with GPP fitness.

Check out sweaty Nettie after that workout!!! This is my fat crying! 😉

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I could NOT wait to get home and devour this Vega Sport Chocolate Protein shake! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, so I was stoked when Vega hooked it up for the swag bags at blend retreat! Yipeeee. It was like drinking melted chocolate ICE CREAM! Holy delicious! I’m sad I only had 2 packets:(

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Mid day snack…Blueprint Green juice. It’s super yummy, but I gotta say…I’m hungry again in about 3 seconds. Hmmmmm.

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So….pre-lunch (movie) appetizer…. And no, this wasn’t all for me chicks. Lol. A lil midday wine to celebrate the holiday, don’t judge. It was far past noon.;)

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I discovered a new favorite cheese y’all!!!! And……you can find it even at Ralph’s! It’s called Beecher’s Handmade (from Seattle) OOOOOMMMMMGGGGGGG
It’s a semi-hard cows milk cheese. A little sharp, aged for 15 months. So bomb. We also enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine. Acacia “A” Pinot noir is my latest find. For around $15 it’s a great bottle that’s soft on the palate. This particular one has nots of raspberry, black cherry, slightly sweet but a bit peppery. Oooohhhhhweeeeee, really lovely.

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Actual lunch was simple, fresh, and clean.
Mixed baby greens tossed in orange olive oil w/ muscat champagne vinegar,along with some BBQ turkey breast fresh off the grill. Gotta balance it out right!?

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The following are a few of my favorite new items. Of course, I can’t leave the store without picking up something new.
The Good Belly is:
*all natural
*organic
*20 billion live and active probiotic cultures in a serving.
*dairy free, soy free, & vegan

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A much as I’m not such a huge fan of protein bars, except the occasional quest bar, sometimes, you really just need a grab and go, right? This isn’t a meal replacer, I cannot handle those. ( I’m a hungry girl) this is a perfect snack!
The SIMPLY Bar is only:
* 160 calories
* 10 net carbs
* 16 grams of protein
* 4 grams of fat
* only 3 grams sugar.

Another one of their products I LOVE…. SIMPLY PROTEIN CHIPS holy cow, I tried these at the blend retreat, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on more ever since!

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Moving on ladies…. Time for “GET THE LOOK”

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Casual can be cute…and yes, I wore a sports bra to work, and that shit was cute;)
Thanks to LULU;)

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BANGLES: Nomad in Ojai, CA
ARMBAND: Olive & Tweed (Utah)

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SUNNIES: Gap
SPORTSBRA: Lululemon

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SANDALS: Madden Girl

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DRESS: Forever 21

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Hope you all enjoyed today’s post babes;)
Here’s a little FOOD FOR THOUGHT….;)

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Oh, and if you haven’t already entered to win 2 free entries to the COLOR ME RAD 5K…..do so HERE! winners will be announced on JUNE 17th. I send you the coupon code, and you’re in!

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Xoxo,
Paula

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Fusion Fest with Women’s Health Magazine & my interview with “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

In events, fitness, interviews, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized On May 27, 2013 2 Comments

I am so excited to share with you all my fun day at the FUSION FEST put on by Women’s Health Magazine at Exhale Spa. I felt honored when they asked me to come and check it out and have a chance to speak with the “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich. I am a HUGE fan of the magazine so I was STOKED to to be a part of it.

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I arrived at the Fairmont Miramar hotel on Ocean dr, and made my was through the gorgeous grounds to the spa. They directed me to the rooftop where I would be taking my first ever Core Fusion class! Yes, on the rooftop, in the open air. Absolutely stunning 360 views. I may be able to do this everyday, well, if I could afford it;)
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I arrived upstairs a bit early so, of course…snuck in a lil Gym selfie😉
Btw… Thanks CHOBANI & OGIO for my sweet ass new gym bag. I’m totally obsessed!
Since I was 30 min early, I did a quick bi & tri workout before heading out to the patio for my 5:10 pm class.

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The sun was out, but it wasn’t too hot. Just right. I’ve never taken a workout class that required sunglasses, but hell, I’ll roll with it. Especially if you throw in a DJ to pump out jams while you work out! I’ve tried every kind of work workout you could imagine, but never a Core Fusion class.

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The premise of the class focuses on core strength to create the ultimate full body workout. In this class we only used weights, but it’s ever changing. You may find yourself using weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance. The key to this regimen is the raise the heart rate to a point where you will continue to burn calories long after the class is Done.
A total of one hour, and trust me, by the end of it you are shakin’ in your boots! I was already super sore from my GPP workouts this past weekend, so I was dying.

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After class, I headed down to the courtyard for the event. I was very impressed at how well the event was organized.

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We received some pretty fab gift bags with loads of goodies. Who doesn’t love swag!??? Thanks to everyone who hooked it up;)

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I was so happy to see the line up of contributors and vendors for this event as well. First off, one being one of my favorite alcohol lines “VEEV” One of the owners of the company happens to be a client of the salon, and couldn’t be sweeter, so I am happy to support. I’m not a huge hard alcohol lover, but this new line has got me hooked. I mean, not like alcoholic hooked, but you know what I mean. Lol.
This company is based on organic, all natural ingredients. Most importantly being the world’s FIRST acai spirit with 1% of all proceeds going to rainforest preservation and environmental initiatives. This ish is a game changer.
I was stoked to try their new line of VitaFrute super fruit cocktails. Premixed. All ya gotta do is pour over ice and serve. Holy dangerously DELICIOUS!

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These babes were hooking this chick up with some refreshing Vita Coco coconut water.
I’m not gonna lie….I think coconut water taste like sweat…maybe like breast milk.. Hmm, either way, not a fan. I told them that, and they assured me that if I tried the mango/ peach flavor combo, I would rethink my gross comment. Welp…..what can I say…I was like dayyyyyyyyummmm. sooo yummy! A little too much sugar content for me, but ultra hydrating and not gross AT ALL! You know…..coconut water happens to be the BEST hangover cure…just sayin’
I threw a couple in my swag bag and headed to my target!
“The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

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When Women’s Health Magazine contacted me about seeing if I was interested in speaking with one of the Next Fitness Stars, Kit Rich, I jumped at the opportunity! This is going to be huge y’all! It’s about time we developed a competition like this. After I’m sure, a ridiculous number of contestants signed up, auditioned, and sent videos, only five finalist were chosen. Once chosen will be flown to New York City where they will star in a video short showcasing their workout and participate in a photo shoot to appear on the “flip” cover of the July/August issue of Women’s Health. Videos will be posted online for readers and fans to vote on their favorite finalist and also sent to our celebrity panel to judge their top finalist. The overall winner will be selected based on a combination of reader/fan votes and celeb judge votes.

The winner will:
*Star in 4-6 Women’s Health fitness DVDs to be sold nationwide

*Star in an editorial feature in Women’s Health in Jan/Feb 2014 issue

*Have winning workout added to class lineup at a major health club

*Act as the face/star of the DVD series in all promotional materials — in book advertisements, online & social media and more

*Be treated like the new star they are with a full marketing strategy prepared and executed by Rodale
(Source: prnewswire)

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I was excited for the chance to sit and chat with her, because in doing my research I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that she was pilates based, had a big celebrity clientele, and was highly sought after, but, after what seemed like,” just a couple of Amigas chattin'”, I realized, there was much more to her and her vision of what’s to come in fitness.
This girl couldn’t have been more sweet or real. She was on point and didn’t skip a bit. I like that. She answered all of my questions with no hesitation and with complete confidence in the direction she was going. I sat down with her, and the first thing she says to me is ” It’s so great to me you, From Fries to Fit huh?, tell me a bit about you and where that came from?!” I mean, I love her! I really appreciated that, she really made me feel like there was absolutely nothing else she’d rather be doing at that moment then talking to me. Trust me, there was craziness going on around us, so it was a bit loud;)
This girl is headed to the TOP! She has an amazing sense of self and body awareness. In speaking to her, I realized we had a lot in common. Actually, thinking about it now, a lot of women will be able to relate to her.

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FF2F:
How long have you been in the Fitness/ Pilates industry, and how did you get into it?

KIT:
My story was not some crazy ” I used to be so fat, now I’m so skinny” story. My story started 9 years ago, very humbly, with a bad case of body dysmorphic disorder, and wanting nothing more in life but to gain a better sense of my body and myself. I started taking some Pilates classes, getting better and better, and one days, things just clicked for me. I knew that this was what I needed to be doing. Fitness was gonna be my life and career. I got certified and began teaching classes, and quickly gained a super loyal clientele. Now I mostly focus on teaching privately.

FF2F:
What drives you as a trainer? How do you find the motivation?

KIT:
Look, to me, it’s not just about ” get fit, loose weight, work, work” that’s all great, but.. Jillian Michaels has that market on tap. My main focus, with what I do with my clients, and what I’m trying to get out there, is this:
How did we get ourselves here?
Why did we allow ourselves to work for fitness rather than making fitness work for us?
I think it’s about self awareness, using the tools that each one of us has, but doesn’t always use, and using those internal tools to create motivation and balance in workouts, and in life. The less you stress, the more you can feel your best. I create workouts that are effective, target your entire body, and help you find your own motivational tools to want to push yourself to do it better next time.

FF2F:
Did you ever expect to be “The Next Fitness Star” finalist “?

KIT:
I know! Crazy, right!? You know, 3 years ago, I auditioned on Oprah’s OWN network casting for “The Next TV Star” and made it to the top 20, but didn’t make it to the top. It must have been meant to be that now, we are sitting here, and I’m in the top 5 for “The Next Fitness Star” I feel honored, this is where I should be.

FF2F:
Kit, tell us…..any secret fat burning tips?

KIT:
Really, it’s no secret at all. — If your diet contains less energy than your body expends, you will lose weight. In other words, It’s about what you are putting in your body and how much of it, in relation to how much you are physically working your body to expend the calories you just consumed. I believe in 80/20. Moderation is key, and we must work, everyday, to ensure that balance stays in tact. Self control and motivation will drive you to that lifestyle.

FF2F:
What can we expect from Kit Rich in the future? Where do you see yourself and company in the next 5-10 years?

KIT:
It’s just the beginning, and I couldn’t be more excited! I see books, DVD’s, camps, shows. All of it. I’m here to change the way we see fitness and ourselves. I want to help people look their best while becoming the best they can be inside. The future is bright, that’s for sure!

Thanks kit!

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When I finished my interview, I spotted these cute gals with some amazing workout gear I had never seen before. As I went through their rack of super cute digs, I chatted with the girls to get a bit of background on Strut This fitness wear. First of all, it’s a mother-daughter run and owned business, which I love. I’m all about supporting local and small businesses, you know that. Especially, if I’m loving their product.
The material is to die for, and super soft. You can really tell, they didn’t cut corners here.

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I couldn’t leave of course, without trying out their super cute capris and tops, so I purchased a few things to take home and review. Please be on the lookout for my review on Strut This.
Listen, I know, who doesn’t love Lululemon, but on the real, they are just sooooo expensive. Ugh. I was seriously looking for something new and fresh that I could sport in Zumba, hiking, traveling, and hardcore gym workouts, while NOT Breaking the bank.

Please check out the line HERE. I really encourage you to check them out, and see for yourself;)

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HALLELUJAH!! Lock Laces review & the FF2F first GIVEAWAY! Happy Girl<3

In giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized, zumba On May 14, 2013 7 Comments

So…I’ve got news….oh andddddddd. A very exciting GIVEAWAY!!!
#1: I don’t tie my shoes anymore…yep, that’s right. I’ve jumped on the Lock laces bandwagon. Not only have I jumped on it, but so have all my running and ZUMBA friends.
Never tie a shoe again. This may or may not be somewhat revolutionary;)
I’ve switched out every single one of my workout shoes, and I couldn’t be more stoked about my decision.
To be totally honest with you, before the wonderful folks at Lock Laces sent me a few pair to try, I never once thought that this would be something of worth, but when I gave them a try, and saw what great quality they were, and how easy it was, I was a bit obsessed. The best part is that they are not hideous at all! lol. They are actually the freaking buzz round’ here!

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I made a point to have my marathon running friend try them out as she trained for her 1/2 marathon coming up, and she had nothing but praise.

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I wore them to my ZUMBA class, and my fellow instructors were ready to purchase a pair right then n’ there. Oh snap, we’ve got something here, y’all.

LOCK LACES are designed to eliminate tight spots, banding, and pressure points. The lacing system is very lightweight. With a combo of stretch-fit comfort and locked-in safety we’ve got a winner for sure. Oh ANDDDDDD they are water-resistant & come in various colors to match your gym shoe collecton.
Mind you, I have not been paid for any of this, this is truly my opinion and I am happy to share;)

They were so easy to put on, absolutely NO hassle. Call me lazy, whatever

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Check out my running & ZUMBA shoes!

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Here’s the where YOU come in…I’ve got 3 pairs to give away to 1 LUCKY winner!!!!

The winner will receive a white, blue and purple pair. Omg, I am so stoked for this giveaway, I could scream like a little CREEP! lol.

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I am so happy to give back to all of you fabulous babes as a thank you for your continuous support of From Fries To Fit. Looking forward to many more giveaways to come!! Please be on the lookout!

Love you all, and may the best man win! Yipeeeeee.

XO,

PAULA

It’s ABOUT TIME!!

In popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 14, 2013 4 Comments

OK guys! It’s that time! I promised that I would share my absolute FAVORITE protein with y’all, so, here it is!
ABOUT TIME PROTEIN!
Here’s the thing… A an active female, I’ve always been into incorporating protein in the way of powder into my everyday diet, whether it be a workout day or a day off, I love knowing that I am feeding my muscles with the right protein even during rest days. Up until recently, I had tried many different brands, and found one that I was pretty happy with.
Well, when I was approached by About Time Protein to see if I would be interested in trying out their product, I didn’t hesitate. I did my research on their company and saw a great deal of information that caught my eye, in a great way.
You guys know that I only recommend things that I, myself would love and use!

I’ve tried every brand under the sun. Lots of them, too much sugar. Some, too many carbs. Others, too many cals. I mean, you just can’t win.

UNTIL NOW.

Let me give you some background on this fab line:

About Time was developed by exercise and food science experts who were tired of misleading labels and inferior ingredients used in other supplements. They dedicate themselves to providing you with the right products and knowledge to live a healthier, active lifestyle.

They use only natural ingredients. 100% whey Protein Isolate.

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About Time is:

  • Cold-pressed micro filtered whey isolate

  • No sugar added

  • No artificial sweeteners

  • No growth hormones

  • Diabetic friendly

  • No chalky aftertaste

  • Low cals. No Carbs

  • 25 grams of PROTEIN

  • Available in 11 delish flavors

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I was lucky to try out 4 different flavors. The banana, chocolate-peanut butter,vanilla, and chocolate. This is why it took me a while to review this product. I wanted to play around with different ways to incorporate About Time in, not just shakes, but, in foods too. I was VERY pleased with the soft, subtle texture of the powder. Definitely NO chalkyness.

If you are even just considering a new protein for your everyday FIT life, I am telling you, look no further.

Why Whey:

Pre-workout: An hour before exercise, helps prevent muscle breakdown and stimulates the use of fat for fueling during exercise.

Post-workout: This is when I always take my protein. I consider it critical, especially when training hard.About Time helps stimulate protein synthesis and reduce protein degradation in your body. I take my protein within 30 minutes of finishing my workout.

Meal replacement:Great way to keep your metabolism in high gear, support muscle repair, and encourages a healthy immune system.

As a snack: Add into drinks or Bake into foods as a great on the go snack!

These are my experiments with About Time. So fun and delicious.

Now, for the first two examples, I used a Vitamix, but it’s not necessary. You can use whatever you’ve got.

For me, There’s nothing better than adding some green into my protein regimen. It aids in digestion, and adds a serving a veggies without feeling or tasting like it.

About Time Vanilla Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup Flax milk ( you could also use light coconut or almond milk) Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 3 swiss chard leaves
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop VANILLA About Time Protein
  • 1/2 a lrg banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste
  • 2 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt. Fage or chobani are offer great 0% yogurt
  • A pinch of bee-pollen (optional)

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About Time Choco-Nut Shake

  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate Peanut Butter About Time
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp PB2 ( or you could use 1 tbsp all nutural peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract
  • taste and add stevia if preferred sweeter.

I consider this my “after night workout treat” it tastes like a naughty dessert, but really, it’s a super healthy and yummy way to get your protein in before your body goes into full rest mode.

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Now come the YUMMIES!

Choco-Nut POWER Protein Cookies

  • – 1/2 cup peanut butter Or if trying for less cals, try 1/4 cup mixed chocolate PB2 and 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate/Peanut butter About Time Protein
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Make into rounds, and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 min.

These puppies cook fast, so keep an eye out. Also just have a feel at 7 minutes, they may be done, shouldn’t be too firm.

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These are FANTASTIC! The flavors pop. I love having a couple with my morning coffee, before a workout, or as a dessert:)

They are super light , airy, and really, they take no time to prep and bake.

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This was my FAVORITE recipe that I put together for the Banana About Time. I couldn’t stop eating these muffins! I became a banana-aholic! Check em’ out. You need to have these little protein muffins in your life, like ASAP!

 

Banana-Rama Protein Muffins

  • 1 pouch/ 1 scoop Banana About Time Protein
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Erithrytol ( or if using stevia.. use just under 1/4 cup. its way sweeter. and if using liquid stevia…even less)I prefer erithrytol or xylitol for baking
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Mashed Very Ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1 container 0% Greek Yogurt (fage or chobani)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract/paste
  • crushed walnuts (for topping)
  • cacao nibs(for topping)

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Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. (make sure to really mix this well, the coconut flour tends to lump up)

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.

Combine mixtures , consistency should be of a doughy batter.

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I used these cute little paper tins, but you could just put them right in the muffin tray, it would probably cook faster.

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.

Grease 6 muffin tins. ( like to use either smart balance spray or organic coconut spray)

Evenly distribute batter into tins, Top with crushed walnuts and cacao nibs, and place in oven.

Bake for 16-20 mins.

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They were RIDICULOUS! Sooooo good!

I took them out when they were still quiet soft and let them sit out and cool. I dipped into one, and fell in love. It was pretty much a healthy single serving of banana bread! Also, lovely with that bit of crunch from the nuts and nibs which are optional, if you’re not into that.

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Never do you have to feel guilty now for enjoying a morning muffin!

85 Calories, 1g Fat, 8g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 8g Protein!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I loved sharing my new FAVORITE protein. I am Most Definitely ordering more. Next time I may switch up the flavors to try some new recipes! If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. I’m hooked 😉

ABOUT TIME IS NOW OFFERING 20% OFF TO MY READERS!

CHECK IT OUT!  YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT ON MY  PRODUCTS TAB UNDER ” TOOLS/DEVICES FOR THE KITCHEN” 

Scroll over to find the “specialty foods” section of my amazon. You will find About Time on the last page!  You can purchase directly.

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