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Innovation & Motivation

16 Aug

Everyone hits a rough patch in life at some point…and this past month I hit it.  Fortunately I’m hanging in there and trying to look on the bright side of things and stay true to what my Grandfather always said “keep smiling”.  Well it’s been a few days but Happy Thursday everyone! If you follow me on instragram you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting a few new recipe ideas so I will start with these delicious little concoctions..

Coconutty Peanut Chia Porridge 

This can be used as a low-carb alternative to oatmeal, a snack, dessert…whatever it’s damn good!

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • 2 tbs PB2
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp stevia
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (may need more or less depending on the consistency you like)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let set in fridge overnight

After setting in the fridge overnight it should be creamy and resemble a custard. I popped mine in the freezer for about 20 min and topped it with some blueberries.. it was cold and kind of reminded me of ice cream..delicious!

Cookie Dough Coconut Butter

Beware this is highly addictive..

I didn’t really measure ingredients out on this one but I’ll give you my best shot.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of lets do organic shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 cup of cocoa roasted almonds
  • 1 tsp stevia
  1. Add the coconut to a food processor and process until fine.
  2. Add coconut oil, almonds, and stevia.
  3. Processes until creamy and smooth
  4. This may take a while depending on your food processor.. 10-20 minutes

Unfortunately I haven’t gotten a polar ft watch yet..but I have discovered some awesome apps that do the trick in a pinch.  Like this one.. gps + pedometer ultimate.. you enter your weight, height and measurements and it seems to be tracking pretty well but I still need that Polar watch!!

It’s happening within the next week!

And then there’s Nike Training Club which has a ton of awesome workouts..cardio, toning and strength. Perfect if you don’t have access to a gym or just want to get a good workout in at home.

 These workouts definitely work up a good sweat!

Only you have the power to make yourself the happiest you can be.

Have an awesome weekend everyone! 😀

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Oatless Oats & Sweat

10 Aug

I have been hearing so much about oat-less..yes oat-less..oatmeal that I decided to give it a go yesterday morning.  It exists and is totally paleo friendly and approved.  I am not paleo, although I have been contemplating doing the whole30 or at least trying it. Come September it may be a very big possibility but we’ll see..anyways here is the recipe for OATLESS oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Whisk together egg whites and milk
  2. Add in flaxseed, cinnamon, mashed banana, and vanilla
  3. Whisk until completely combined
  4. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat
  5. Constantly stir the mixture and scrape the bottom of the saucepan until you reach a cooked oatmeal consistency. The cooking should take no more than 5 minutes.
  6. Scoop into a bowl and top with toppings!

Without any toppings it comes out to be around 200 calories.

Circuits are my favorite absolute favorite kind of workout and I’m always up for trying and creating new ones.  The other day I came up with this one which is a combination of strength exercises using a medicine ball with some jump roping in-between each move.  This workout is about 30 minutes long and definitely gets your heart rate up!

Progress and Creativity

5 Aug

Cardio…can be beyond boring.. running on a treadmill staring at a wall is not my idea of a fun workout and lately I’m all about circuits.. circuits and more circuits. They keep my body guessing and lifting weights will not make you big and manly ladies! I repeat will NOT make you big and manly.  Ever since I started weight training with light to moderate weights I have seen a significant difference in the way I look and feel.  Joining a gym, using expensive machines, lifting heavy weights is what people typically think strength training is all about..WRONG. A good workout can include pushups, jump squats, lunges, mountain climbers etc.  More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and  strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent..that can really jump start a weight loss plan.

6 Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Workout Plan

1. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass.

2. Strength training makes you stronger and fitter.

3. Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics.

4. Strength training plays a role in disease prevention.

5. Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood.

6. Strength training translates to more calories burned.

Yes..I have little baby muscles but I like it that way. I know I will never be a female body builder nor would I ever want to look like one.  So for me this is just about right.. Mom and sis are observing in the background if you didn’t take notice 😉

Before I left for vacation I needed  a fast, simple, clean breakfast…like this one.  Yeah it doesn’t look very pretty but it was actually pretty delicious and only 150 calories..I kept it small because I knew I would be indulging later on that day. So here goes…

Ingredients 

  • 1 slice of ezekiel bread
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sugarfree strawberry jam
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Toast the ezekiel bread
  2. Top with chias and jam
  3. Crack 3 egg whites into a bowl
  4. Add coconut milk and cinnamon and beat well
  5. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes
  6. Top it with calorie free syrup and TA DA!

150 calories of fiber, protein and carbs for a quick..healthy breakfast