Reviews… YUMMIES…& A “Glowing Green Smoothie”

My beautiful people,

I am so excited about my new Pro Compression socks that arrived in the mail yesterday! I have to share with you guys what I think.
First thing I did this a.m, was put these bad boys on and headed straight for the gym.

This review is purely my own opinion in regards to this product, and I ain’t holdin back!
Since recently becoming more of a consistent runner, I’ve noticed that the bottom half of my legs have become uber sensitive to strenuous activity. Sucks, but true. I’ve developed this weird lump over the years, just right above my left ankle, that causes some discomfort and sometimes pain. Something I have yet to figure out.

I went to see the best vascular doctor there is, to see if maybe it was varicose veins, seeing that my mom had them at an early age. But no, not the case. Honestly, if it were up to them, I would be seeing every doc in town to see what it could be but, I’ve come to learn, that only you, can be your own advocate. They are guessing just as much as we are.

I found these compression socks from reading stuff mama.
This is what they claim to do:

Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster
More efficient muscle recovery.
In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.

PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.

PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference.

All of their claims, I find to be true. Some people wear them during races, some after a workout, and some during a weight lifting session. I highly recommend those especially with knee problems. These socks provide added support to the ankle and the calf.  I find them extremely helpful and have definitely improved how my body feels during and after the workout. I purchased these through their website and to my sweet surprise,the white ones were 40% off! Be sure to sign up to their mailing list to recieve great deals and info.

WEDNESDAY WORKOUT Re-Cap:

I’m loving my interval elliptical cardio workout that I’ve been doing lately.

30 min

intervals of : 2 min @ incline 8/ resistance 5

3 min @ incline 5/ resistance 9

Sweaty netty was in the hizzy.

Did a little jump rope today in the circuit, along with oblique twists, side planks, mountain climbers, dead lifts, and cable cross.

Foe a grand total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. WOOHOO! Feelin good and tight.

Lately I’ve been loving the gym, instead of working out at home for some reason, I think maybe, watching everyone else work out, pushes me harder. Do you guys ever feel that?

When I got home, I threw together this delicious SOUTHWESTERN HEALTH OMELETTE. It tastes naughty, but couldnt be healthier. Get into it. Sometimes I eat this for dinner:)

I swear, If I could put cilantro and flax seeds on everything, I would. Soooo yummy.

I forgot to pack my lunch last night. (annoying). So I rushed to do it this a.m. I just threw a bunch of stuff in baggies to make a salad. Boring, but yummy. I usually use tupperware, but have been accidently been leaving them all at work and had none left this morning. It’s funny, by the end of the week, I leave work with a Trader Joe’s bad full of tupperware to take home.

OK… this is where it gets GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!

Oh yeah, I’ve got the secret ladies! This is a breakthrough.

My friend and co-worker Aaron Bock, AKA: Mr. Perfect Skin, is my hero for finding this, adapting it, and sharing it with us girls.

He’s always on top of it with the latest and greatest beauty tips, secrets, products, and websites we should be into. We all know that keeping your face clean, and wearing sunscreen is a must, DUH. Ok, what else… Well, I am convinced that NOT enough of us realize that what we put inside our bodies is just as important.  This is the best way to FEED your FACE and BODY:)

Unlike juicing, which tends to extract most of the fiber from the veggie, and leave you with all the sugar, blending in the greens, ensures that you receive all of the benefits and nutrients from the greens. Who the heck wouldn’t be into this?

I have been drinking this the last couple of days, and I, not only feel amazing, but my skin is reaping the benefits!

You have GOT to take my advice, and incorporate this into your daily beauty regimen. You can use any ol’ blender, you don’t need a Vitamix. Although the VITA is my FAVE! Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! The unbelievable flavor will blow you away. It comes out REALLY green, but there is nothing bitter about it. It’s delicious.

Proud to announce the launch of “Beauty Sludge”

One of my favorite snacks throughout the day… baby gala apple. It’s like dessert to me. Excuse the neglected un-manicured nails;/

I had a dine in dinner date with a girlfriend of mine tonight in mi casa, so when I got home from work , I put out a few appetizers,  and whipped up this delicious salad. Don’t you love when your friends eat healthy too? God, it really does make life easier.

Some RAW pistachios

Roasted sea weed snacks from Trader Joe’s

& my fave: Kaia salt n vinegar kale rounds topped with fromage blanc,  Nature’s Hollow sugar-free apricot preserves, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. (you gotta try these) Great little finger foods.

PLEASE, if you haven’t yet tried these healthy (gluten free, raw) snack chips, you are missing out. Have them alone or top them with anything you would like. They are a powerhouse of nutrients. Food as Fuel, right?

Get these at your local whole foods, a health food store near you, or online.

 

I roasted some red peppers for the salad in my convection oven. I find that these are a great additive to any side dish or salad. I love them. Plus, they get all sweet, gooey and yummy! LOVE.

I shall call her: “Winter’s Dream Salad”

INGRIDIENTS:

 

  • Arugula
  • @ big leaves swiss chard
  • 1/2 a stem chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 chopped heart of palm
  • 1 chopped roasted red pepper

 

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp sweet & spicy mustard (trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper

 

We had a great dinner and of course lots of laughs. Gotta get up earlz tomorrow so it’s an early night!

ciao babes!

xx

 

oh before I forget….

FIND OF THE DAY:

 

 

I saw these and felt they would be yummy together … maybe as a cocktail? Any suggestions??

Easy like Sunday mornin<3

Good morning! I finally feel like I’m getting back to my normal routine. This morning’s workout seems like a small list but by the time I finished the 3rd round of sets, I had had enough. The Spartan Race is getting sooo close! Next Sunday! Did I mention how nervous I am??? Pretty much freaking out.

W.O.D
Run 30 minutes 5k
10 push ups
10 body weight squats
10 burpees
25 crunches

(Repeat 1-3 times)

Stretch

I’ve been training with my old Asics. They are so beat up, holes n all. These are the ones Ill be using for the race, so I figured I’d train in them. I’ll definitely be throwing them out after sunday. Oh, that reminds me…What are the best running shoes out?? I’m in the market for something new! I’ve tried the Nike frees, and also have a pair of trail racing shoes. Any suggestions??
what about these?

I made a delicious protein shake after my workout.. It blew my mind!

1 scoop of collagen sport vanilla protein

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup flax milk (unsweetened) or almond milk

1 tbsp PB2

1 tsp raw acai powder

1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

1 tsp. Vanilla bean paste

2-3 drops stevia

3 ice cubes

The anthocyanins found in acai are believed to lower the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy and the formation of fibrous breast tissue.
The high concentration of linoleic acid in acai can lower bad cholesterol while raising the good levels.
Acai has more anthocyanins than red wine or blueberries.

I’m usually still hungry even after a shake , but with this one, I swear it definitely fills me up. Does anyone else feel like me? AlAWAYS hungry when you train hard? The more I work out, the more my stomach feels like a bottomless pit.

It was a beautiful day in sunny Cali! I took advantage and ran Willy for a little bit. He is such an anxious dog and has to constantly be exercised. Well, it could be worse… I could have a lazy ass dog, then I would become a couch potato;) …not really.

After our run, I looked in the fridge, and realized that I needed to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week, so I grabbed a couple of recyclable bags and took off to the farmers market just a few blocks from my house. I try to buy as organic as possible when I can. Sometimes if I know that I’ll be peeling it, I’ll opt for non-organic. Is that naughty?

Shopping at local farmer’s markets not only save you money and provide the freshest produce, but you also contribute to local farming. I love supporting small businesses and farms. Nowadays big names like Vons, Ralphs, etc, have taken over the game, while locals struggle to keep their products selling. I picked up sooooo many goodies! A beautiful arrangement of peppers.

A bag of sweet Italian roasting peppers for $2

A bag of 5 mixed big peppers for $2.50

When you shop at your local farmer’s markets you also get the benefit to purchasing only what’s in season, ensuring better quality produce. Haven’t you noticed that at the major stores, everything is always in season? think about it.

Listen, Im not trying to preach. I go to Whole Foods, Trader Joes AND Ralphs all the time, and I always find great stuff at good prices, but you gotta have a balance. Just a recommendation:)

took some great shots of these beautiful orchids. I didn’t buy one cuz I thought it wouldn’t really match my new holiday decor, but still… I LOVE orchids. They don’t last that long at my house. Everyone says the less you pay attention to them, the longer they live. yeah…I don’t know about that.

ok…. SERIOUSLY..

look at theses fab mushrooms! I wanted every kind of mushroom they had available, but I probably would’ve spent my life savings. These puppies aren’t cheap. I’ll just stick to porchini, portabellos, and shitake:) They’re cheaper but delicious. I had to take a couple pics though.

The purchases today:

Baby broccolli
cilantro
Presimmons
Asparagus
Kale
Peppers
Frisee
Chard
Kabocha squash
Green beans

Check out this awesome recipe for either a packed lunch or dinner. Baby broccoli is so good. The crunch factor is so much more apparent than in the regular bush looking head of broccoli. It’s super easy and takes 15 minutes.GET REAL..this is what I’m taking about. Healthy, delicious foods that can be paired and made easily. With 4 flavor packed ingredients this is sure to become one of your staples.

I also wanted to share my most recent purchase…. My Lebert Equalizer! I’ve been using them to train for my upcoming race, and really have grown to love them. They came with a video that I have yet to watch. For now, My exercises on them have been pretty standard, but I’m ready to try some gnarlier stuff! They are ridiculous. They’re in the middle of my living room, super abnoxious yellow, and huge. lol. You gotta do whatcha gotta do. These things are a total body workout. As soon as I grow out of my “Im nervous to post a video of myself working out on youtube” stage, This will be the first thing I post. I’m sure lookin crazy.

Dinner was a big ol’ salad made with:

  • salmon in a can (with lemon, salt, and pepper)
  • baby tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • roasted red and green italian peppers
  • shaved cabbage
  • shaved fennel
  • Raw live salsa (pretty much fermented chopped veggies)
  • apple cider vinager
  • Olive oil

It was really tasty, although, I would have liked something a bit more hearty or warm.It was more of a lunch idea.

Whatever, it’ll do:)

Question of the day:

Do you support local businesses or farmers?

Fact of the day:

The brain itself cannot feel pain. While the brain might be the pain center when you cut your finger or burn yourself, the brain itself does not have pain receptors and cannot feel pain. That doesn’t mean your head can’t hurt. The brain is surrounded by loads of tissues, nerves and blood vessels that are plenty receptive to pain and can give you a pounding headache.

The Bazzar @The SLS Hotel

Saturday night…and I’ve got a date.

Don’t get too excited…It’s not with a guy ya’ll.

I met up with my bestie, Amy and her boyfriend along with some other friends in town from New York to enjoy an awesome dinner at the Bazzar. The restaurant inside the SLS hotel in LA. This place is stunning, and the restaurant is huge with a great bar. The chef, award winning Jose Andres is a genius. I’ts a modern dining EXPIRIENCE with spanish cuisine. This place , the vibe, is magical. Please excuse the, not so great pics. They were taken on my Iphone and the lighting was pretty dim.

Anyway, I walked into the elevator area to be taken to where my friends were, and this is what I came across… a huge mural of Michael Jackson, and this fabulous chair and lamp. Amazing.

Here she is! Bestie. Ex roomie, A hairdresser herself, we graduated from the Sassoon Academy together and have been inseparable since. You know how it is though once you start getting busy, getting boyfriends, moving further, it becomes harder to find quality girl time. When we do get to hang out, It’s like a day hasn’t passed.

We hung out at the bar for a bit, while our table was being prepared. All of the drinks on the menu sounded delish.

This was my choice.

Passion Fruit Up!

Orange rum, passion fruit and ginger-laurel syrup, topped with passion fruit foam.

It was heaven, not too sweet.

The cute ass napkins. I love them.

Once we were sat at our table, we had heard some peeps talking about the cart guy making his way around the tables making fresh “adult slushies”

Well, in reality they are their famous LN2 Caipirinha

Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using Liquid Nitrogen. Tableside service .

They were unbelievable.

edible flowers and all. Nothing better. Along with a lil wooden spoon to eat like a slushy:)

OK… I have to talk about these “liquid olives”

Sounds weird, but If I hadn’t tried them, I would’ve missed out.

It’s the Bazaar’s most famous dish, basically olive-flavored liquid mixed with sodium alginate, put into a bath of calcium chloride to create the encapsulating thin membrane. The “olives” were then marinated in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and orange peel. If you get a chance to check the restaurant out, start with these little balls of flavor! yummmmm

Again, sorry for the shitty pics. I swear they looked much more beautiful in person.

These little wonton looking things are jicama wrapped guacamole cups.So incredibly fresh tasting .

Would for sure order again.

(these two aren’t my pics, but I found them online so that you could see what a beauty they are.

Their version of caprese salad

Using spherification technique so the mozzarella balls popped in the mouth!

And the favorite of the evening… The Philli Cheesesteak…made on “air bread”. Yeah I know. This is some fancy shit right here. I gotta be honest though, every should try this. I can’t even begin to describe how tasty this was. The “air bread” is crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside. It really feels more like a hollow cracker than bread. The air bread is then filled with aged cheddar sauce and topped with an ultra-thin slice of Kobe beef. WOW. what a treat.

I will definitely be going back. It was a new and fun dining experience. If you want to go and try it out, I recommend going with a few friends and splitting all the dishes. They are considered small plates (tapas). Make a reservation because it’s always packed. I asure you though, when you are seated, you don’t get the vibe of a super crowded place. It’s for me more of a special occasion type place because it is quite pricey. I considered it a treat , and a fun date night with friends:)

Please feel free to comment below if you have been and recommend a dish for next time!

night babes!

x, p

It happens…

I started with a choice…a choice to make better decisions as a whole. And today, I slipped up. Yup, I did. But, you know what, for once i don”t feel bad or have any regret because IT”S OK SOMETIMES TO SLIP. I’ts about allowing yourself to go through it sometimes. Since I’ve been working so hard keeping up the fitness and staying on a consistent clean diet, I didn’t feel like it was the end of the world. I used to always wake up the next morning after a late night naughty snack or after a bit of a binge feeling so shameful. What I didn’t realize is that it wasn’t so much the that I ended up consuming more calories than I would ever want to be taking in In one day (sometimes an extra 1000 in a day..wow, thinking back.. OmG . geez) It was more the fact that it would turn into a vicious cycle of this “oh well” attitude. Losing control of my consistensy. I cycle of bad food choices, skipping workouts, with regret and guilt.

After sushi, I was completely satisfied, but no….Driving home I suddenly couldn’t stop picturing a big ol’ bowl of sugary cereal. I was being sooooo good, even asking for absolutely no rice with my sushi. It all went downhill from there. LOL. As soon as I finished not one, but TWO big bowls of corn flakes with bananas, I just said to myself…”holy carb-o-load lady”. I accepted the defeat and freakin moved on! This was my demise….

and apparently eating in the dark like a creep. wow

flash friday

YES…. No gym today…. I usually take Fridays and Saturdays off.

I actually had some time to make myself a lovely omelette with my homemade mango salsa. Got the recipe from a friend and it is fresh and delish! It feels really good to let my muscles recover today. Been hittin it hard lately, so it’s nice to chill this a.m.

A few weeks ago I ordered the GYMBOSS. Im about to youtube how

to use this thing. I’ve been seeing this sick little device all over the place, from friends, fellow fit bloggers and trainers. I’m about to get down! Not today though:)

What do you guys think?

You know me…I LOVE me some intense interval training, so I’m guessing this is pretty much perfect for me. Can’t wait to try it out!

This is from t

heir website.
GYMBOSS WILL MAKE ANY WORKOUT EASIER TO PLAN AND EXECUTE WITH MORE ACCURACY AND CONSISTENCY.

1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes
Repeat up to 99 times
Beep and/or Vibrate alarm
Alarm duration 1, 5, or 10 seconds
Stopwatch function
Secure Belt clip
Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
Water and shock resistant
AAA battery required

Please help me gather some new interval workouts and I will post them!

a snapshot of todays lovely loafers. Lucky for me, they are REALLY comfy for work. I recently found out that I have varicose veins, ewwww, so I’m no stilleto pumps for me. wahhhhh:(

Honestly, I’m a bit of a tomboy anyway, so now I just have an excuse to wear

cute trainers to work without my diva boss (love him) getting on my ass for being to casual. I swear, he expects me to like, wear a costume to work everyday. He’s one of those, you know, very fashionable men.

Steve Madden loafers on sale.

$40.00

Lunchtime came around, and I was starved! I like to eat pretty much every couple hours, but since I had skipped my usual morning snack, I opted for an extra large hot dog salad.

Organinc no hormones/no nitrates chicken dogs (whole foods) microwave 35 sec.
Baby broccolli steamed with salt and pepper, wrapped in a wet papar towel microwaved for 1 min.
Raw shaved brussel sprouts
Raw organic kale chopped
Homemade mago salsa
1 tbsp raw chia oil or you could use hemp/flax/olive oil.
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Toss it all together and you’ve got a super scrumptious packed lunch. Power packed with the perfect balance of fat, protein,good carbs. A little salty with a little sweetness from the mango, yummmm!

For dinner, I have wanting to try fellow blogger Delighted Momma’s recipe for cauliflower pumpkin risotto, I put it under the dinner page. I was surprised at how simple this recipe was. Definitely making it again. Especially cuz it SCREAMS fall:)