This weekend was fantastic! Jordan Spieth won The Masters…Un-F*%@ing-Believable! We had a great time watching the tournament mostly at home (rancho relaxo) but managed to hit up our local sports bar on the last day of it to watch it with some friends.
Watching the tournament was getting us inspired so we went and hit balls at Weddington Golf 2 days in a row! Lol I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the game, and little by little, my swing is getting better.
As you know from my first post back, my BF and I go back n’ forth from LA to the BAY…so this was his weekend to come here This post is dedicated to our favorite spot near my house. Never fails. We go there EVERY time he comes to town.
TIPPLE AND BRINE
Date night is the best! For the most part, if I’m not in the salon…I’m in some sort of sports/workout wear, so dressing up for a nice dinner is a freakin treat.
GET THE LOOK
DRESS: Rory Beca
Tipple and Brine’s “Social Hour” otherwise…Happy Hour, lol starts at 4:30 and goes until 6:30. We typically get there 5:30 and enjoy $2 chef’s choice oysters, and $7 dollar Old Fashioned’s. Seriously AMAZING! The bartenders know what they’re doing. The oysters are always fresh and constantly changing.
The best is if you can make it there on Mondays…DOLLAR OYSTERS!!! Ummmm, hello!
I think the best seats in the house, are the high tables or at the bar. What I mostly LOVEEEE about the restaurant, is it’s vibe..its decor. It’s totally my style. Rustic but sexy. lol. It’s got a barn like feel and is definitely comfortable. I love having a place like this finally show up on my side of the hood. haha.
Crispy Bacon Toast burrata / leeks / fennel pollen $10
This was AMAZING!!! Also try the:
Mushroom Toast goat cheese / caramelized onions / aged balsamic $10
Their full menu hits all the faves… Oysters, Veggies, Sea, Land and Dessert. Everything fresh, and I haven’t tried anything I didn’t love.
Always start off with a dozen oysters, and extra crispy fries;)
After dinner we headed upstairs to the Tunnel Bar(which opens at 7) for a dessert cocktail and a nice sunset vibe on the rooftop.
Ended our date with heatlamps and whiskey, and an uber ride for 4 bucks. lol
Next Up: Semi-Homemade pizzas for a movie night in! Stay posted! XOXOX
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;)
- 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.
- In a dutch oven or lrg soup pan, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil.
- **Add in chopped onions
- **Add in 2 chicken breasts on med heat
- **Soften onions & sear chicken breast
- **Add minced garlic
- **Add chicken broth
- **Add all spices
- **Bring that to a boil.Once boiling…turn knob to SIMMER.
- **Simmer for 15 minutes.
- **Remove chicken and SHRED it..throw it back in.
- **Add in 4oz fat free cream cheese while on simmer. (It will chunk up, just keep stirring and removing lumps.
- **Add in corn
- **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.
- **Add juice of ½ a lime
- Simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Top with an extra squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro, and cheese:)
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
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!!!!!
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… ..try for yourself…and you will thank my ass. Fo realllzzzzzz. I literally bought everything this company had available, no joke., You can see the nutrition facts, and how they are so low carb, (2 net carbs) and such little calories.
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…..
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
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.
Come visit me at Román Salon for a fab new do;)
Can you spot me in there?
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.
Have a wonderful rest of your week, try out this recipe and pin it!!!! Lol
If you know me well enough…then you would know that my favorite word of all time is “COZY” Not only is it my favorite word, it is in fact, my favorite thing to do. Yep, be cozzzzzzzzy!!!! I fu*#ing love it! A fireplace near, a happy puggy pug, and a nice hot nespresso cappuccino! This is pretty much the ideal fall day for me;)
This mini vacation was sooo lovely. I really needed a few days to just really unwind. Caught up on all my fall (oct-Nov) reads, and had yummy ass granola.
I absolutely love seeing all of the colors changing! Minnetonka slippers & PINK sweats all day long. No….I’m serious. All day. Love it. Sooooo cozzzzzyyyyyyy.Alright, pay CLOSE ATTENTION!
This is my fave morning scramble! It’s a bit Italian, and very easy.
1 tbsp avocado oil
1 cup of egg whites
2 whole eggs
3 applegate chicken apple sausage links
Big handful spinach
1/2 chopped shallot
Chopped fresh rosemary
Chopped fresh thyme
Topped with fresh Parmesan
Sauté shallots, then add sausage and spinach. Sauté until softened. Add eggs, herbs, and spices. Last but not least, top with some fresh Parmesan and serve. It is DA BOMB! Remember when I mentioned offensive food pics…. Well…here she blows. Omg. I ate like pretty much everything. So good. Tomatina was on fire today. The girls took me here since it’s one of their favorite spots in town. The spread…. Pumpkin purée soup, fried polenta in marinara, garlic rolls, spinach salad in a wrapped flat bread, salad(with creamy dressing) & focaccia bread with bruschetta! WTF SOOOOOO GOOD! A bit heavy for lunch, but hell with it! plus…all that shopping made these bitches hangryyyyy! Lol. Oh, and it didn’t end there my friends.
Dinner was just as bit of a shit show. Let me rephrase that…… Dat shit was da BOMB, EXPLOSIVE! Yep.
Beef chilli…garbanzo bean salad, beef tri-tip, hot-dogs, fries, etc. Did I mention, it was a buffet!!! Dun dun duuuuuunnnnn nn
Then came time for dessert. Of course a meal is never complete without dessert, right!? Said the binger inside of me. So, of course, homegirl decided that it would be an amazing idea to have an ice cream sandwich. I mean…are you fuckin kiddin’ me! What kind of whales belly did I come from! This is the problem when I go out to eat. It’s pretty much a trigger for me to just throw it all out the window! And no, you are right, if I was having this every once in a while, then yes, I would say, “enjoy it, everyone’s gotta still live and enjoy life!” Right!? Well, not when it’s happening alllllllll the freakintime! My god.
Since it’s all about balance, we threw some veggies in the mix;) not just any ol’ mix, this mix was soooooo delightful, and tasted amazing RAW! We were meant to grill these veggies, but ended up enjoying it so much more raw, that we just said, “eff it!”
These veggies were so easy to whip up, and are a super healthy side dish to pair with any protein! We found great, fresh pre-packaged vegetables (zucchini, cauliflower, mixed peppers, onions, asparagus, broccoli, carrots) at the local supermarket.
RAW VEGGIE SALAD
We threw them in a big bowl and tossed them with
MONTREAL STEAK SEASONING
SALT & PEPPER
Words just CANNOT express how delicious this simple recipe is! I’m completely in love. Swooooonnnnn!
Anyway….finally home, it was time to get back to business. Back to clean eating, and workout planning. I made my favorite PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS but, this time, made them in cute lil thanksgiving themed loaf cartons.
This recipe make 24 small squares, (if made in a 9×13 pan) once cut up. I can have 4 squares a day! yeay! This is the best recipe I’ve found! Thanks to Jamie Eason!
The recipe also can make 3 mini loaf pans. So, I made 1 with walnuts and 2 without. I figure these would also make for a really great home-baked gift! Super cute!
Another one of my go-to favorite snacks, are these TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS! seriously, with only 80 CALORIES per muffin, you need to get into it! Full of protein, and really filling, these are really helpful in keeping you in track of your daily macronutrients.
Finally, time for a little FASHION!!!
I haven’t done a ““GET THE LOOK” in quite sometime, so I thought I would share a layered look that I’m loving right now. As usual, there’s a TJ MAXX find in there;)
During the change in seasons, especially in LA, my favorite thing to do, is layer. LAYER..LAYER..LAYER! Ok, maybe not quite that many layers but, you know…here in LA, It can go from 85 degrees out, down to 60 degrees by the time you get off work. Especially in November/December. This is always a good excuse to bust out those ankle boots or “booties”. They are the perfect shoe for this season. I love it because, I’m sorry, but I just can’t commit to a full knee night boot until winter.
To get this look…..
Start with a slip dress of any color. I love this one. It’s $72 and for $35… Get this one!!!! Honestly, you may even find a cheaper one TJ MAXX or Macy’s!
NEXT…. Layer over top with a semi-sheer drape dress. I found this one at wasteland. Here are some other options.
…..$29.99 from Urban Outfitters.
…..$40.00 from Better Stay Together
…..Throw on a long dangly necklace like this one. A girl can’t polish off her outfit without the perfect bag & and her new fave piece of jewelry. Right!? Well, girls……
I have found your new FAVORITE black (goes with everything) clutch! It’s $54.00 at American Apparel ! It’s the perfect size, (perfect for an iPad) and they sell them in very freakin’ color. It’s made of soft REAL LEATHER.
Gotta give a shout out to this chick. I have no idea who she is, but I found her site while in Danville this weekend looking for thin gold rings online with Amy. I ordered this ultra dainty 14k ring for $32 (+ shipping) I absolutely love it!!! Peggy Li Creations carries super feminine and handmade jewelry for really great prices! These rings especially are so great stacked together. Super cute & I love supporting small businesses.
14k rose gold & cz cross ring $60 at TJMAXX. Looking for rings like this one??
I’ve got a really yummy mug cake recipe coming up soon ya’ll, so stay posted:)
What is everyone doing for thanksgiving? I need some side dish ideas…Any recommendations???
In other news….
That’s right! I absolutely LOVEthis time of year:) Today’s post may not have to do with my LIVE FIT TARINING PROGRAM, and it may be quite random to most of you, but….I just felt compelled to share with y’all some of my absolute FAVES this month.
September is the BEST month. It marks the beginning of boots and sweater weather, and everything cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. The leaves start to change and the air finally crisps up. I’m in the HOT San Fernando. Valley, so I’m beyond ready for this EFFIN heat to go bye byeeee.
Ok….first things first.
My coworker came to work in these the other day, and I just about died. They areeee sooo cute, comfy, ( cuz the heel is mellow) and are the perfect ankle height.
Well, here’s the catch. They are Sam Edelman, and go for $160.00. I wasn’t even planning on buying them, but I did love them. Sooooo, the other day, on one of my TJ MAXX maxinista shopping sprees, I saw these little puppies from the corner of my eye. one fucking pair!!!!! And when I say, I ran to them…..I’m not even close to exaggerating.
#1: THEY WERE $24.99
# 2: SIZE 7!!!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Could I have been so lucky!?
Mos def..the happiest purchase of the month;)
MAMA BOUGHT NEW BOOTIES…
A new IPHONE!! Bye bye iPhone 4. I hated my service and frankly, that damn phone wouldn’t even ring anymore. Piece of sh*t. I switched from ATT to Verizon, and finally got myself the new iPhone . Really, I went to originally pre order the 5s ( which I’m soooo glad I didn’t now, after all the complaints) but after speaking to a bunch of the staff at Verizon, they convinced me that the new phone wasn’t really worth it, sooooo here we are. My new sidekick, the new iPhone.
I don’t care if you don’t like rap & hip hop…but, for me, this was by far, the most anticipated album this year. DRAKE’s “Nothing was the same“
Holy emotional, amazing, sexy, dirty, crude and honest! I’m sorry, but he’s a genius. Some amazing collaborations in this album. I highly. Recommend it.
THIS ALBUM.. SO RIGHT.
ON SOOOO MANY LEVELS…..
I CAN’T STOP…..
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!!
Best show evvvaaaaaa! So, yes I know…it’s not on the air anymore…but hunnnnnayyyy, this bitch ain’t got no cable, sooooo , old shows will have to do! Lol
Who would of thought I would be so obsessed with a high school football show, but it is fantastic! On season 2 now, and I swear, I’ve been watching like 3 episodes before bed.
ALL PUMPKIN EVERYTHAAAAANG…..
Ohhhh heyyyyyyyooooo! That’s right…pumpkin everywhere you look in my house. Pumpkin protein bars, pumpkin fiber bars, vanilla pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin protein muffins, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie scented soap….you name it.
PROTEIN ON PROTEIN.
This whole month, while doing the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM, my life has become protein on protein, on protein. My whole daily diet has become chicken breast, egg whites, veggies, brown rice or sweet potato, protein goodies, and fish. It actually has been really yummy. The foods are all prepped very simply, and without added salt and sauces. One might call this lifestyle dry…I call it, THEBOMB!
LIFT…& I MEAN…HEAVY!
Favorite part of September by far… Learning to be da bosssss in that weight room gurrrrl! I’ve been loving lifting weights and… heavy I might add! This bulking phase is sooo fun! Don’t waste your times on those 5 lb’ers ladies! I promise you won’t get “BIG” eat clean and lift heavy…you will see results that will astonish you! don’t let those boys intimidate you out of here. Be the shit! Own it.
Let’s see what October has to offer!! I’m not a big Halloween person, so that’s not really on my ” excited for october” list, but I am looking forward to finally signing up to be a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR !!! open applications are open OCTOBER 1st!!
Ugh, sooooo sorry I’ve been MIA:( I’ve been in Vancouver, Canada, and had no time to post! My computer is acting up as well, so I promise to bring you some dope pics of my trip as soon as I can get piece of shit computer to the Apple store and fixed! An
Anyway, I’m freakin back! Had a wonderful trip. Stayed uber healthy and on point, I’ll save all the deets for the upcoming Canada post.
I got home Monday (Cananda day) and realized my work week is only 3 days this week! Woohoo. I’m loving life life now. My feet are feeling better. Oh I forgot to mention….. I have tendonitis on my feet, and have recently found my new heaven, orthopedic shoes. And yes, I have made that shit CUTE!
Lol. I’ve got a cople more trips planned for this month, anddddddd… (drumroll) my FAVORITE holiday Is mañana!!!!
The 4th of JULY is tomorrow, and I am soooo excited, I could do cartwheels. ;). Yup.
So here’s the deal. I am originally from South America, and although always feeling very connected to my hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.A is home now, and has been for many years. When I became a citizen, it was an extremely proud moment for me, as is for many immigrants. I can’t even begin to explain to you all how grateful I am to my folks who worked their asses off to get all of us to where we are today.
Ok, not gonna get all sappy, but you get it, yeah. I’m freakin proud;)
So, when I say…I get REALLLLLLLY into the 4th, it’s a bit of an understatement. I swear. I turn allllllll American. Haha.
There are always:
Everything red, white, and blue
You name it.
Today’s post is dedicated to all my friends who are into it as much as I am:)
Alright, so I’ve gone pin crazy again…all of my images, except for a few are from my Pinterest.
Below are some of my super chic, trendy, but not obnoxious 4th of July outfits and accessories inspirations!
Loving all of this!
FAVORITE PART: The DIY headband.
Super cute. A bit more casual and tomboy. I love this look. I’m totally sporty spice. The cuff on the jeans, the jersey, and the chucks. HEARTSSSSSSS
Get down wit your baddddd self! I don’t think I could pull this off, but I died when I saw it! PINNING! Vintage chic, and 70’s inspired. Like a modelllllllllll hunnayyyyyy!
Obsessed with this look, but may be a bit too much for the pool party BBQ… Huh…….? Effing sooooo cute though!
Beach amigas who are gonna be hittin a bonfire…. Stay warm with this super fem but ultra comfy sweater! I’ll wear the shit outta this al, year round to be honest… Lol.
I could die for that bis ass turquoise necklace. Ahhhhhhh! I want! The sweater is great because it’s ultra light, and a bit sheer. It’s LA, It’s damn hot. Ain’t nobaaaady tryin’ to wear no damn hot ass sweatshirt to the pool! Get real. I could get into this though;)
the yummy part. Here are some ultimate part food and drink ideas that I fell in love with!
Love the idea of fresh wine spritzers with blueberries and strawberries. Ultra easy, healthy, and the best part…star shaped pineapple. Although recipe is non-alcoholic….I mean……. Do what you wish.lol
There’s no such thing as a 4th of July party without n someone busting out some delicious, decadent PIE! This is textbook dessert for this American tradition. Duh! Adorable idea.. Cheap. Easy. Kid friendly. Love the straws too! Add some mason jars, and voila!
Fun, creative ideas!
Add a bit of food coloring to your white chocolate, or buy colored chocolate and start dippin those Oreos!!!
Unless completely wasted….don’t run around with an American flag. Remember…it’s not allowed to touch the floor…..
Wishing you all a safe and FUN holiday! Hope this helped get your 4th of July style on point!
Hello lovelies!! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA on the posts lately, but life has been super busy. I know, no excuses! Well, at least I make it a really great one when I do. I’ve got some amazing recipes coming up in the next week, so please be on the lookout;)
My favorite posts are always the ones on Tuesdays:) as you know, I LOVE MONDAYS, so this is my time to recap all the fun and beauty of my perfect day. Along with a few other things!
Favorite flowers. PEONIES:)
$6.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe’s
Freakin gorgeous and smell devine.
I’ve been playing around with baking using protein powder lately and since I wake up so inhumanly early, I decided to whip something up.
I was attempting to make berry protein muffins using my new fave protein powder….and ummmmm…. My dumb ass forgot to grease the muffin tins…
Sooooo pissed! These were actually really tasty, but I couldn’t even fake a good picture! Ughhh.
So, I’ve decided to hold on the recipe until further notice. Lol
After scarfing down a couple of those muffins, I needed to move my body… I grabbed my iPad to check my WOD on GPP Fitness.
Aces & Eights
AMRAP in 30 min: (AMRAP=as many rounds as possible)
800 m run
15 pushups (strict)
My friend and I decided that was just too beautiful of a morning to not hit the mountain for a hike. This would be the “cardio” portion of my day. This amazing spot, little did I know, is location 10 freakin minutes from my house! WTF! How have I never been here!?
This hidden gem is called Franklin Canyon. Easy to get to but not crowded. The BEST! If you live near, you need to go…btw, make sure to come to a COMPLETE stop at the stop sign, they will send you a ticket in the mail. Say cheese!;)
We took Willy, who chased absolutely everything. So annoying, but he needed to get his workout in. There were lizards, squirrels, ducks, rabbits…..
And then…we found this little guy!!!
Poor baby got stuck on the other side of the fence and was trying to climb up it. Aweeeeeeee.
I never knew how much I loved turtles! We got him to the other side.:
This place is stunning! I felt like I was, I don’t know…..somewhere definitely OTHER than LA! For sure going back. It wasn’t the type of hike that was not too strenuous, but we still got our sweat on. We power walked the shit outta that place! Lol
Around 11 am, we headed to one of our local favorite breakfast spots, Sweet Butter. In Sherman Oaks, on Ventura. We sat at one of the outdoor tables, and enjoys iced lattes:)
Check out their sweet little courtyard. I loved what they wrote:) I think they change it everyday.
I ordered a bomb ass veggie omelette… Egg whites filled with roasted corn, and chard roiled asparagus, yellow squash, and tomatoes. Obsession. Yes, I ate the grain toast…and it was perfect!
Our spread….our friend Yasuna met up with us. So, no…. It wasn’t just the two of us gettin’ down on 3 platefuls of food. Lol.
But…..girl gurrrrl was hungrrrryyyy
It’s 12:30.. And that is a skinny 5 calorie margarita in my hand, duh. It’s freakin summer.
Finally I am getting some much needed VITAMIN D! It ended up damn hot in the valley, and luckily my girlfriend’s got a pool in her complex;)
I’m dying for a bit of color!
We laid out..jumped in the pool a bunch, drank Margie’s, read the latest food and health mags, and munched on fresh berries, grapes, and nectarines. Honestly, couldn’t have ask for more this Monday. As I flipped through the pages of Martha Stewart Living, whilst burning my buns, I stopped at this page, and gawked.
How amazing does this spread look!
That’s it….I’m inviting the Amigas over for dinner…
And this is what I will attempt;)
I mean…..this is my favorite way to eat. A little of this..a little of that…
I didn’t have all those things in the pic, but I ad-libbed.
The girls brought over 2 super stinky and amazing cheeses over. ( I’m gonna need Renew Life Probiotics tomorrow:/)
* truffled Gouda
* and some triple cream amazing -ness.
I will tell you now…the three of us almost finished off two blocks of damn cheese. #nowillpower.
This is a great and easy way to entertain! Thanks Martha!
I put this together in no time! Pretty much ransack your fridge….and platter that shit.lol.
Here’s what we’ve got here:
* Hard boiled eggs
* Romaine drizzled with blood orange olive oil, champagne vinegar, and pecorino.
* Green Spanish olives
* Leftover lemon,thyme, garlic baked salmon
* Leftover grilled peppercorn pork
* Pesto Zucchini, avocado salad
* Roasted mini red, orange, and yellow peppers
* Sautéed baby Broccoli with crushed garlic and olive oil.
This dinner was special! Yasuna, (on the left) has finally passed her creative presentation! That is how it works when working for Sassoon. Once you qualify as a stylist ( apprenticeship can be 1 1/2 yrs- 2 1/2 yrs) you then, 6 months later, have to come up with a “Final” creative presentation.
* 10 models
* 10 looks ( creative)
* Make up
This is not an easy task. Finding models on the street that are willing to let you do whatever you want to their hair is HARD! oh, and did I mention, for no pay! Yeah, very hard to pull off. This process pretty much takes over your life for a good chunk of time.
This is us celebrating her getting her life back! Lol. Food…and wine…and movie night;)
We snuggled up and watched The Perfect Host…um, a bit disturbing.
This is how my night ended….
My froyo obsession got to me again!:/
The following are some of the highlights from Yasuna’s presentation at Sassoon Salon Beverly Hills.
My gorgeous ratchet friends;) love them. Supportive and amazing:)
Cheers to a successful day!
I’m leaving you with a new AMAZING recipe by yours truly. VEGETARIAN….LOW CARB…FRESH…BEAUTIFUL:)
- 2 thinly sliced zucchini ribbons (i used a mandolin)
- 2 tbsp organic pesto
- A handful of sugar snap peas (still in shell) cut into pieces on the diagonal
- ½ an avocado cut into little squares
- ⅛ small sweet onion (thinly sliced on mandolin)
- ½ lemon
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Mandolin zucchini and onion. Place in a bowl.
- Add in pesto, lemon, and toss all three together.
- Add in cut snap peas & avocado . Toss.
- Serve and dress with olive oil and salt & pepper.
The perfect summer salad. This recipe is to serve 4. Only 145 calories per serving.
It easy to make, with clean, organic ingredients. Peeps will love you for this;)
Go ahead….press the pin button below and share with your followers!
I hope you all enjoyed this recipe and your day!
Father’s Day is on the June 16th
How cute are these cupcakes!
My pops is a master BBQer and I think he would freak over these! Lol
HAPPY TUESDAY TO ALL MY BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS! I am feeling super inspired today! I feel like a new person;) I spent the weekend in Ojai, CA with mom, and had such a great time! Although fighting a terrible cold, I made sure to take plenty of supplements and suck it up. Getting a quick, relaxing weekend away, was just what the doc ordered. I got some serious sun. I look like a dirty face, no lie, we hiked, got massages, and enjoyed yummy healthy food:) I feel a bit cleansed really. There were some things that weren’t quite sitting well with my heart, that now feel settled.
I’m looking at things in a new light, and realized that it’s time to MAN UP. Lol. Life is too short.
As most of you fabulous fit folks already know…. Monday marked the FIRST day of my 50 day clean eats/no cheats challenge, and so far, I am AMAZED at how many friends are participating! Sometimes, we all need a lil kick start! Right? Duh. Soooooooo, this is why I’ve started this. I am an EXTREMIST. Always have been, it’s my nature. So, when I fall off, I need someone to sit me down and say, “alright, stop fucking around, and stop being a cheater”. This is precisely why I started this. I LOVE a good challenge. I’m competitive with myself, so this will drive me to stay on track, and all my lovely friends are inspiring me to continue on the journey!
Ok, so originally, I was set to do 100 days.. Buttttttttt, I realized my best friends wedding was just under that, so that obviously wasn’t going to work, now was it!? Lol
50 days sounded perfect. Not too crazy. Although, most of my meals tend to be clean, I am the queen of binging on a cheat day. Not cute. So NO MORE CHEATS FOR ME! We all know “cheat meal” is a trigger word.
I wanted to share some of the meals my instagram friends have been sharing. Make sure to follow me on instagram for constant support, recipes, and clean ideas:)
This morning I woke up like a champ! Ready to get my sweat on! I was gonna hit the gym but instead I opened my emails and saw that I got my latest post from MYFITSTATION, a blogger I religiously follow, in which she shared some amazing workouts that I NEEDED to try. So, I got my ass in front of that mirror, got out my kettlebell, my gym-boss trainer and tried each lane of these power house workouts. AMAZING!
I am totally loving these workouts. Try each one and see which works best for you. Switch em’ up, repeat them, whatever. The best past, is that you can do these pretty much anywhere you have a little room. In my case, in my bedroom;)
I hope they don’t mind that I’m sharing these on my blog, but they were just too good to not post.
I set my gym-boss ( best lil FIT tool out there) to 30 sec work + 10 sec rest. For 10 sets. Then, I would restart the boss back at set one when I started the following workout.
One of my insta friends posted this and I thought it was genius. We all wonder how much were burning, right? I thought this was a fun cheat sheet.
Ok, now…for the best part;)
Time for some foodporn. All this talk of working out has got me hannnnnnnnngryyyyy!
I am so craving this RIGHT NOW! I am a HUGE lover of banana bread, but typical banana bread is full of carbs and sugar, which is not the business for my FROM FRIES TO FIT 50 CLEAN EAT/ NO CHEAT CHALLENGE(follow my insta), sooooo, I’ve come up with my own clean ass, delicious version!
HALLELUJAH for this recipe. I would scarf the whole thing down, but I’m trying to practice self-control. A slice for breakfast and a slice for dessert;) week. Absolute new obsession. Tis guilt-free recipe will blown you away! It’s BANANAS!
Please do not expect some dry ass “healthy tasting” bread. This is seriously moist and perfect. You will wanna roll your eyes in utter satisfaction with every bite. I’ve finally perfected this. Ahhhhh, I’m so stoked! Even more excited to share with all of you FIT foodies;)
- 1 cup ripe mashed bananas
- ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce (could also use 0% greek yogurt)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 2 lrg eggs
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup erythritol or xylitol
- 1 cup flax meal (could also do ½ of this as oat flour to cut fats) although flax is a great fat for omegas!
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
- In one bowl, mix all your wet ingredients. Mashed bananas, eggs, egg whites, applesauce (or 0% greek yogurt), coconut oil. mash and mix thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Flax, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
- Combine bowls and mix together.
- Add batter to the pan, and bake for 35 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean.
From sweet to savory…..thought I’d balance us out a bit. The following are some super healthy meal ideas that have become staples in my hizzle.
First: RAW NORI WRAPS
These are super fun. You can stuff with any of your favorite veggies!
The ones I made last night for my meal prep weren’t fully raw( a touch vegan) but still full of amazing nutrition. I stacked all my ingredients on one side and used my sushi roller to make the perfect wrap.
Remember: 50 days… Clean eats/No cheats:)
Love Ya’ll… off to practice my new Zumba warm-up, I’ve got class in the A.M. night babes!
Happy Thursday fit friends!! Not much to report today, but I honestly feel crazy if I don’t catch y’all up! My FF2F 50 days clean eats/no cheats is going really well! Well into it now, and I feel fantastic… Ok, I must tell you though…I have had some wine, oh and maybe a margarita….buuuuuuuut I’ve so so balanced lately, don’t I don’t consider that a cheat. Whatever, judgers. 😉
Anyway…my typical breakfast…. Egg whites are ALWAYS up in there. This was yesterday….
Egg white scramble with sautéed kale, red peppers, no salt organic turkey slices, green onion, and a bit of Homeboy Salsa. I always buy homeboy products because I LOVE what the company stands for, and of course, super duper tasty. This non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, provides rehabilitation services and job training to ex-gang members and announced the launch of its first consumer products, salsa and tortilla strips, for sale through mass-distribution at over 256 Ralphs locations across Southern California. Pretty incredible. Please take a moment to watch this video to understand truly who incredible they are!
Bottom line: HUGE FAN.
My morning read. Women’s Health Magazine. Pretty much, the best FIT read out in my opinion. I especially HAD to have it when I read the front cover…”BEST ABS EVER!” as I stood in line at Target the other day. WTF, are you kiddind, YES PUUUULEAAAZZZEEEEEE!!!!!!Hardest part of my body to define, by far. ugh.
I taught Zumba yesterday morning at 10:30, so I made sure to eat that bomb ass breakfast early enough that it wouldn’t come back up as I danced my ass off.
REMINDER: If you do Zumba, PLEASE allow at least 1 hr of full digestion before coming to class……lol
What I generally do, is bring a protein packed snack for after class. Not gonna lie, I could eat a COW after class. You would feel the same if you took my HIGH-OCTANE class. 700 calories in 1 hour. Yeah….I thought so….
My AFTER CLASS MEAL:
Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne
Organic RAW hemp seeds
PB2 (best product everrrrr..game changer)
Sweaty Netty after class. Selfie in the car. I always get so embarrased taking car selfies. LOL. I wait till all cars have passed by me, and then I go to town!! Almost crashing or running red lights. See what bloggers do to get this out to you!? Geeezzzzz.
My morning class killed it!!! So proud of the girls.
I love seeing the dedication from these women, some of them take zumba everyday! Pretty incredible, I gotta say!
I found my new motto…
LIKE A BOSS!
The rest of Wednesday was mellow, did a couple private clients (haircuts, that is) and came home to make this gorgeous multi colored salad. Simple, but full of protein. I try to take in around 25 grams of protein each meal.
2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)
2 slices no salt turkey slices
Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar
Salt & pepper.
FINALLY made it to the dog park on Mulholland. Been wanting to take Willy there, but never could find the damn place. Anyway, as expected, Willy was not interested in playing with any dogs and was stuck to me like white on rice. No joke.
Mr. anti social over here.
He ran around a bit, but it was pretty forced. Lol. He got in the car and was panting and closing his eyes like he had just had this “amazing workout”…. But I mean, really. Homeboy barely ran a lap. Haha.;)
Tonight’s ZUMBA class was on fire!!! They killed it! The verdict on the polar heart rate monitor: A whopping 664 calories! Sweat like a beast, and worth every second of it!
After class, to participate in my friend’s 30 day squat challenge, we did 250 squats. NO LIE! I’m dying…. Although never tired enough to not pose for some dance studio SELFIES! Lol.
I mean…so much awkward posing happening here. I can’t help but share;)
Practicing our sickest TLC pose…. RIP Lisa “left eye”
This week in #STYLE:
Your next recommended purchase….
These amazing sandals by: REPORT
Wore them all damn day today at the salon, and no complaints. Got loads of compliments on them and they are SUPER cute! They match everything too for the summer! Yipeeeeee.
Hey babes! Today’s post consists of the following:
#1: this is the cutest recipe everrrrr!
#2: it was Willy’s first day at daycare! I wanted do cry.
#3: someone call overeaters anonymous…..
#4: at the end of the day darling…it’s all about hose fabulous shoes…
So I hope you read my last post, cuz this goes along with some of the items I bought during my Asian market spree. Super stoked!
That’s right, I am attempting to make my version of so called “sushi”
No fish here. I mean, obviously you could, but I wanted a bit of a twist. I had purchased that really thinly sliced beef, remember.. ( the pic that looked like thin pig ears on a plate in my last post)so I wanted to get some yummy, fun use out of it.
I sliced it into thin strips. That would be my protein of choice for this cut roll.
Folks…let me introduce you to today’s recipe.
CAULIFLOWER, BEEF, & VEGGIE CUT ROLL
Bamboo sushi roller
Soy paper wraps o seaweed wraps.
1/2 cup cauliflower rice
A small handful of arugula or spinach
Very thinly sliced cucumber
Thinly sliced carrots ( bought in a bag from trader joes)
Very thinly sliced beef or pork you could use any sushi grade fish as well. Duh.
BINDING SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
1 tsp tahini
1/4 tsp brown rice miso paste
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp Parma chipotle cayenne ( vegan, available at whole foods)
Salt and pepper Mix well in a small bow and set aside.
Lay down sushi roller and place your seaweed or soy paper on top. Spread your miso-tahini paste evenly over it. This will help the cauliflower rice stick to it. Oh and it’s supppper tasty too;)
I’ve just realized, I haven’t given you the recipe for the cauliflower rice……ugh duh.s
Sorry, I had made it yesterday, so it was ready in the fridge for me when I decided to make this…. Aright, it’s really easy, is wear. It’ll take you all of 5 minutes.
INGREDIENTS:or a few drops of stevia.
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 1 minute. This you don’t need to do. I sometimes just enjoy it raw, but heating it up, sure does soften the texture of the cauliflower and does give it more of a “rice” consistency.
Now that you’ve laid the foundation, you can start adding your fillers. Remember, you can use anything in here. I would’ve totally used fish if I had it, but, you know, sometimes I just don’t have sushi grade fish laying around the house……Lol. I wish. That shit is expensive. So, really, you could use WHATEVER. Be creative with it. You could even make sweet ones with fruit and yogurt! Ahhh genius!
Moving on…. Once you’ve layer down the fillers, you will begin rolling, and tucking, making sure to pack it it tight. If this part gets confusing…. Do what I did, and YouTube how to sushi roll. Lol.
I promise it’s really easy. Next step, you don’t have to do, but I found that it made things easier for me….
Lay plastic wrap over the sushi roll. I saw my sushi chef do this, so I just copied. Hahaha. I think it just helps to keep things tight and together when cutting the roll.
Grad the SHARPEST knife you’ve got. This is gonna make or brake the “prettiness” of your roll;)
Yeay! We did it! Isn’t it freakin cute!! I mean, couldn’t be more of an American roll. Hahaha. I don’t know if we can actually call this “sushi”. Ah hell, who cares, it’s BOMB! In love with this right now. The more colors, the better!
Poured some liquid aminos into a lil dish, grabbed my sassy chop sticks, and enjoyed the shit outta this roll;) it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?!
I hope you guys get inspired by this, and make some yumminess to share! I would love to see your versions of “sushi” 😉
In other news y’all…
Today was bittersweet. Well, it was a hard day for me to say the least, so bare with me….
This may be ridiculous to most of you, but, don’t judge, lol.
It was Will’s first day at daycare!! Wahhhhhhhhhhhh, I was like a nervous mom dropping off her kid for his first day of school. I’ve been researching places for weeks, in hopes to find one that was open the right hours, had a “small” dog area ( a big enough area too), was a good price, and on my way to work.
SUCCESS! I found Four Paws.
He’ll be attending 2-3 days a week. So I was a bit crazy today. No lie… You best believe I was watching the nanny cam like a psycho allllllll day! Hahaha.
I called about three times. ( for sure they hate me now. Lol)
Call 1: (30 min after dropping him off) ummmm, yeah, hi, this is Paula, Willy’s mom, I was curious as to why I can’t see him on the cam, is he hiding? Is he nervous?
Call 2: hi, it’s Paula….yeah, Willy’s mom again. Hiiiiiiiiiiii….. So I noticed on the camera that there are a couple of bigger dogs in there. Why?
Call 3: hi it’s Paula again… (We know ma’am) what kind of food do have available there for them? Oh and maybe it’s the angle of the camera, but I don’t see any water bowls……
Ahhhh soooo crazy!
Yeah, you see this….. I ate a WHOLE bag of chips…a family size one. Talk about anxiety eater…. Oh and some shepherds pie…. I was more “from FIT to FRIES today”
Then of course, I just HAD to balance it out with sugar…..
Ugh, who am I right now…
I had to share this, because, yes we are human, and yes, sometimes we FALL OFF.
Chocolate, ChOColaTe, and more CHOCOLATE!!!!
Thank god I had a baggy shirt on today, geeeeeez! Enough with the guilty eating confession, and onto more important things….
GET THE LOOK:
SHIRT: All Saints $ on SALE $30.00
TIGHTS: Lapis TJMAXX $14.99
SHOES: Target $29.99 Can you believe my TARGET shoes!? I love them…. Comfortable for going out, not for work all day though. After 1:00 in the afternoon, I had to switch shoes;)
BTW… My mattress and box frame got delivered last night….and of course….the box frame didn’t fit through my staircase… FML. What now…?
Hot DAMN, was I sore when I woke up!
Hey guys! It’s Tuesday night and I’m catching up the rest of today’s post while I watch some news. I was super busy at work, so I didn’t get the chance to “blog as I go” today.
Late night post;)
This morning, I woke up, checked emails,took my cleansing pills, and I added my L CARNITINE to the mix as well. ( on an empty stomach)
Had a yummy breakfast of the Flax Banana squares and some espresso. God, really, I sound like a broken record. I feel like I just keep posting the same shit. This food doesn’t feel boring to me though..I actually really enjoy it. It’s only when you eat SHIT foods, that you think CLEAN foods taste boring;)
Anyway…I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast.
Anddddd, guess what?? It’s officially the last day of my 7 day cleanse!
You saw what I’ve been eating this week, not bad huh? I didn’t feel restricted at all!
After breakfast, I put some warm clothes on, grabbed the pup, and went for a 2 mile run. It felt so great. I stayed at a moderate pace, cuz Willy’s little legs can’t keep up:) ah. He’s so cute. When I got home, I did a little circuit workout in the “at home gym” I tried to make a video of what I was doing, and when I went back to see the footage, the light had come in through the window, making it nearly impossible to even see me because of the glare! ANNOYED.COM
I will try that again mañana. I was so snacky today, it was pretty impossible to take pics of all the ” just a bite” snacks I ate.
This is just one of them that I can’t live without.
A spoonful of real, unsalted peanut butter.
1/4 of a cucumber
1/2 cup of my RAW trail mix
Coffee # 2
Don’t get too excited… More egg whites. At least scrambled this time.
& A handful of walnuts.
LUNCH: was leftover chicken breast, broccoli, a few bites of a sweet potato, and handful of cilantro with some siracha
Oh whatta ya know…. Chicken and hard boiled eggs.
Oh, and another Flax banana square;)
I also used this with my chicken. I am a HUGE fan of fermented vegetables. The taste is probably something that you will need to get used to. It grows on you, and now, I can’t live without it. It “regulates” me completely. If you are wondering why the hell I am eating fermented foods, here you go……
Fermentation is the process of cultivating lactic acid as a natural preservative to prevent putrefication. Starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted to lactic acid by the many species of lactic-acid producing bacteria. It has multiple health benefits as described by Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions:
“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”
Today’s outfit inspiration:
“That 70’s show tres chic”
Get the look on a budget:
Dress with slip: TJMaxx $ 24.99. D you see now why I am such a MAXXINISTA?! Great stuff for super cheap.
Sandals: Aldo no sale..$39.99
(Leather and super comfortable) Aldo now carries 1/2 sizes, which makes things a whole lot easier. I never quite fit the 7 perfect, and the eight was too big. I always asked the same ol’ question…. ” will they stretch out?” Haha
A beautiful, thick, leather belt found at the local goodwill. Stoked on this find. Pretty much goes with anything high waisted. Don’t be afraid to hit up your local thrift shops, second hand shops are great places to find amazing accessories, etc. Someone’s trash may be someone else’s treasure eh!
Today’s “WORKOUT” inspiration:
I found this on pop sugar and thought, “I need this in my life”.You all hear me complaining all the time about there never being enough hours in the day, so this is the solution. An effective, quick workout that will have you burning calories all day!
I saved the best for last y’all! I am soooooo excited and proud to announce that, yours truly, will be attending this years Blend Retreat! Where bloggers and friends meet for a fun, fit weekend. This years event is held in Utah! It’s gonna be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get to know my fellow bloggers! Wooohooooo!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What are some of your plans this year that include being fit and active?