Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Brown Rice Tortilla That Almost Killed Me.

First off, Happy Halloween!! Eat lots of candy today!

Okay, don't do that. But one piece won't kill you. (hahaha I HATE when people say that!)

Second, I almost didn't make it to Halloween this year because I almost died last night. 

Okay, not really but things could have been pretty bad. 


This, my friends, was a tortilla. A brown rice tortilla to be exact. 

I coated it with a little olive oil and stuck it in the oven to crisp it up a little and literally 3 minutes later I opened the oven to check on it and there were FLAMES. EVERYWHERE! I screamed, obviously, and B came rushing in. I feel like everything you are taught as a kid about fires and what to do in case of a fire completely goes out the window when there really is a fire right in front of your face! Anyway, he tried swatting it a few times with the kitchen towel and that didn't do anything. So then he closed the oven (suffocate it?) and when he opened it back up it was literally twice the size. That was the "oh shit" moment. Then, after freaking out together for another 10-15 seconds B grabbed the kitchen faucet and sprayed it until it went out. DUH. Why didn't we think of that right away? 

I will be forever made fun of for this, but don't worry dinner turned out just fine in the end. Thanks to the microwave. 

On a completely separate note, I've been getting lots of questions about how my rest week is going... it's going great! I've been getting lots of sleep and definitely feel like I could go back to the gym now, but I'm going to give myself the full week so my next workout will be on Friday morning. Let me tell you... I. CAN'T. WAIT. If you're ever feeling like you need that extra push in the gym, just take a few days off. The rest will give you all the excitement and motivation you need!! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Clean Eating Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I was having a major sweet tooth on Sunday afternoon and seriously contemplated making a trip to Yogurtland (my all time favorite) but decided since this is my week off from the gym, that could probably wait. Instead, I decided to start to use up some of the many cans of pumpkin in my pantry, and get a little crafty in the kitchen. Unfortunately, my recipe was not successful at first, but don't you worry... I fixed it right up and now I'm sending these puppies off with B to keep at the office because they're just too good to stop at one!

Ingredients
2 cups oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Truvia for baking
2 egg whites
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in mixer and mix well.
3. Spoon dough onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. This recipe made 12 large cookies.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

*Keep in mind, these don't have butter or regular flour in them, so the consistency will be a bit different from a "regular" oatmeal cookie :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

B is for Burnout....

This is a picture of one tired girl. 


As we were doing back and bi's today I found myself dreading the next superset and really struggling. I could tell earlier this week that getting out of bed was a little harder than it usually is, and my excitement to go to the gym was just not there. I fought through this week, but I realized today it's time for a break. 

I'm one week away from the last week of James Wilson's body earned program which means I've been working out 5 days a week for the past 11 weeks. I typically try to take about a week off every 12 weeks and this burnout I'm experiencing has actually come right around that 12 week mark. 

So what's the plan? REST! For the next 7-8 days I'm going to sleep in, rest my muscles, and of course keep eating clean. During these days off it will be particularly important to keep my meals really clean, so I'll be sure to do a good meal prep this weekend. If this was last year, I would be freaking out about taking an entire week off, but now I know it's SO important to listen to my body and that taking a week off will not set me back. In fact, it will do the opposite. It will allow my body to rest and recover and it will keep me from not wanting to go to the gym... which is the last thing I want! 

Do you take extended periods of time off the gym? 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clean Eating Quinoa Pizza Bites

One of the most important parts of making clean eating a lifestyle versus a temporary change is learning to make your favorite foods clean. One thing I'm totally obsessing over lately is clean pizza and cauliflower pizza, and now I have another clean pizza recipe to throw in the mix! These quinoa pizza bites are great because they give me a way to incorporate quinoa into my diet which I really need to start doing more often. Quinoa is one of those super foods with an endless list of benefits but for some reason it's never been a staple in my kitchen. This easy recipe incorporates all the flavors of pizza we all love with none of the fat or grease! 


Ingredients
1 cup dry quinoa
1 egg 1 egg white
1/3 cup cottage cheese
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian spices
1 tsp paprika
Turkey pepperoni cut into quarters (you can use as many as you'd like)
Clean marinara sauce for dipping (I like Monte Bene)
Optional: low fat mozzarella cheese for topping



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place quinoa along with 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn down to simmer until water has cooked off. 
3. Allow quinoa to cool for a few minutes so that the eggs don't cook when you combine ingredients. 
4. Combine all ingredients except marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. 
5. Placed into a prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. 
6. If adding mozzarella, add to top and place back in oven for 2-3 minutes. 
7. Serve warm with warm marinara for dipping. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

VLOG! How to Wake Up Early for the Gym!


Sorry it's a little blurry, I cracked my iPhone over the lens. Dummy.
If you have tips of your own, please share!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Carb Fears and WIAW

Carbs are back in full swing, and I'm loving it! I have to call myself out on not eating as many carbs as I said I was going to. Only recently have I really increased my carbs. Why? Well, to be honest it's scary. I have this little voice in my head that constantly makes me second guess myself, and makes me wonder if I really need more carbs. It tells me, maaaaybe you can get away with building muscle while keeping carbs on the lower side. LIES! The voice lies and I'm finally allowing myself to accept that. Am I going to be as lean as I was over the summer? No. But that's okay because being lean is not my goal right now, my goal is building muscle. It has taken me a few weeks to accept this, but I think I'm finally there and I think you'll see that in my eats. 

I hope that being transparent with you helps you understand no one is perfect and you're not the only one that second guesses yourself. I do it constantly and have to constantly remind myself I have to do what a) works best for me and b) gets me to MY goal. 

So with that, let's get on to What I Ate Wednesday! 

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Look familiar? Haha I'm still stuck on my apple protein muffins and honeycrisp apples. 


After my workout I had a protein shake with pumpkin, oats, almond milk, cinnamon, spinach, and ice. After a heavy leg day, I was starving and dug in to my cottage cheese and oats about an hour and a half after my shake! 


Lunch was a little different than usual! Nitrate free turkey sandwich with lettuce, mustard, and Cholula. I also had baby carrots on the side with pine nut hummus. Such an awesome lunch that gave me tons of energy. 


I also had my new favorite kombucha! I think I go through kombucha phases and right now it's Trilogy. I wish I was a millionaire so I could drink like 5 of these a day. I totally would. 


Clean pizza for snack! Man, I love this stuff. 


Aaaaand on to my weird dinner. I was thinking about how I was going to eat my salsa chicken and all that sounded good was mixing it with egg whites, so that's what I did. I also mixed in some spinach and mushrooms... can you say protein overload? It was awesome. 


As usual, casein soft serve before bed! 

OH! Thank you for your votes last week, I have a snack ready to go I just need to get it up on the blog so look for that in the next couple days! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Banana Pumpkin Protein Bread

Productive weekends are the best! Knowing everything I wanted to accomplish this weekend (okay fine, except laundry) is done really relieves some stress. If only every weekend was that way :) 

Part of my productive weekend was trying some new recipes, and out of the 3 I attempted, 2 were successful. Pretty good! I was trying to make a homemade granola bar and well, let's just say it didn't even make it into the oven. I'll have to give that one another try...

I was inspired by my fall decorations and was in the mood for pumpkin bread, aaand I had a banana that was on it's last leg. I combined both of those and came up with this gem. 


Ingredients 
1 cup oat flour
1/3 cup oats
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/8 cup Truvia for baking (this actually has real sugar in it... didn't know that when I bought it. It's not much, and it was expensive so it's not going to waste!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup pumpkin (no sugar added)
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt 


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in mixer and mix well. 
3. Place batter in prepared loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. I sprinkled some carob chips on top, just because. 

This is going to be awesome and easy to eat for breakfast before the gym and will also satisfy any sweet tooth! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What I ate Wednesday and a Vote!

So I realized today that this months theme for what I ate Wednesday is Spooky Snacks and Healthy Treats so I think it's only right to come up with a new recipe for next week! Leave me a comment and let me know which you'd prefer and I promise a recipe on next weeks WIAW! 

The day started as it usually does- apple cinnamon protein muffins topped with greek yogurt and cinnamon and a couple slices of a Honeycrisp apple. 


<Insert protein shake here>

Mid morning I had some DELICIOUS pumpkin overnight oats. So happy it's pumpkin season again. So happy. 


I decided my turkey burger phase was getting a little out of control, so this week I decided to brown my turkey with mushroom and onion. I had this with a yam and some baked zucchini. Such a nice change! (There was obviously ketchup added to this after the picture!)


Since I decided to overcook Monday nights salmon, I opted for a tuna salad for mid afternoon snack. I mixed my tuna with greek yogurt and mustard and threw in some tomatoes too. I topped this off with a little Cholula and it was awesome. Such an easy go-to meal!


As I've mentioned before, there are times I just don't feel like eating meat. I had shredded beef all ready to go in the crock pot when I got home last night, but I just wasn't feeling it. So, when all else fails... breakfast for dinner! I've been pretty obsessed lately with runny egg yolks, so I sauteed some asparagus, mushroom, and onion and made a folded over "fried" egg and stuffed it with my veggies. It definitely hit the spot. 



Capped off the night with our new favorite "soft serve" casein dessert. 

I'm enjoying my rest day today after doing an INSANE James Wilson workout yesterday, but definitely looking forward to taking Charley for a walk tonight! Happy Wednesday!

Don't forget to vote on which you'd like: snack or treat! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Random Recap

I knew Friday was going to be a bitter-sweet day. October 5th is my Nana's birthday and this was the first time she wasn't here to celebrate. I woke up to a rush of emotions that I honestly didn't really expect. Thankfully B was there to comfort me and he reminded me of the sweet part of the day....exactly one year until our wedding! We actually didn't plan to have it on my Nana's birthday, but all the other dates at the venue we loved were taken, so it ended up just working out that way. I'm hoping that this time next year the day will be filled with happy tears, or no tears at all (I'm such a cry baby!). I had been planning on getting her birthday tattooed on my wrist for a while, and I figured there was no better day to it. B and I had a pre-anniversary (haha) dinner and then headed to the tattoo shop! 


At dinner I had the usual cucumber wrapped spicy tuna roll and we indulged in saki too. It was a celebration after all!


 The tattoo actually didn't hurt too bad and I LOVE the way it turned out. Every time I look down at my wrist I remember how strong and loving she was, and I'm also reminded of how much I'm loved. It's pretty awesome :)

This marks week 2 of the #WhatsBeautiful challenge and staying active every day has actually been really great. Rest days tend to leave me feeling tired and lazy all day, so it's been great throwing in some yoga or taking Charley on a walk. I'm hoping we make it out for a hike this weekend since it's finally starting to cool down and I need to start making a dent in my Fall Bucket List! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Clean Eating Chicken Fingers

When I was making my grocery list this weekend I was having a serious brain fart on what to make. Sometimes I feel like I don't have an entire blog full of recipes and like I'll never think of what to make for dinner! Weirdo. I know. Anyway, I reached for my Eat Clean Diet book for some inspiration, and I found it! These were quick and easy and got a thumbs up (literally) from B. They go perfectly with yam chips and a little low sugar ketchup, of course.



This recipe was inspired by the Baked Chicken Tenders in the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2.

Ingredients 
-1/2 cup almond flour
-2 pieces Ezekiel bread ground into bread crumbs 
-1 tsp chili powder
-1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1 1/2 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp paprika
-1/2 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
- 1 egg 1 egg white
-1/4 cup unsweetened Unsweetened Silk Vanilla Almond Milk 
-1 lb. chicken breast cut into 1 inch strips



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
2. In a shallow bowl combine all ingredients except eggs and almond milk. Mix well and set aside.
3. In a seperate bowl, combine egg and milk and whisk together. 
4. Dredge one strip of chicken in "breading", then in egg mixture, then back in breading. 
5. Place on a prepared cookie sheet and repeat for rest of chicken. 
6. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday

So stoked that some of you have agreed to participate in the What's Beautiful challenge with me! I think it will be so much fun and setting goals for myself is one of my favorite things to do. Today is considered a rest day from the gym, but since I'm committed to being active all through October, B and I are going to take Charley for a walk later this afternoon. 
 Now on to yesterday's eats! 


I grabbed two apple cinnamon protein muffins before heading to the gym, and ate them off of my best china... aka a paper towel. These things are seriously awesome, and now that it's Honeycrisp season, they're even better! They are a total staple in my diet because they are quick and easy, I don't know what I'd do without them... plus they have very few ingredients and take hardly any time at all to make. 


The usual! Cottage cheese and toast for mid morning snack. This bread is actually Food For Life's gluten free bread (instead of Ezekiel) and it's really good! Definitely has a different texture to it, almost more like a pound cake- but it's great toasted with cinnamon and coconut oil. 


For lunch I had a protein style turkey burger with lettuce and tomato and a yam on the side. I love putting coconut oil and cinnamon on my yams! 



I'm clearly on a burger kick lately because for my afternoon snack I had a protein style bison burger! Roasted veggies on the side were AWESOME. I haven't made my veggies like this in a long time and it was so good... just drizzle a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and then bake at 400 for about 30 minutes. Even B loved these! 




I got home from work late so unfortunately I didn't have time to try the new recipe I had planned, but I'll definitely try it tonight! For dinner I just made a quick over easy egg with 2 additional egg whites and an almond flour pancake on the side. I clearly devoured the pancake before I remembered to snap a pic. Darn. 



I've been switching up my pre-bed snack lately and adding almond milk to my casein pudding instead of water and then freezing it for about 45 minutes. It tastes like chocolate peanut butter soft serve! I'm also using Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk now and I highly recommend it. They just recently came out with the unsweetened version of the vanilla and it's pretty much to die for. 

Happy Wednesday and Happy Birthday to my Dad :)


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Under Armour What's Beautiful

It's October! OMG how did this happen!? I swear Christmas was like 3 months ago and now it's just around the corner again. It's crazy how fast time flies when you are busy being an adult and doing all the things adults have to do. One reason I love my gym time is because it's pretty much the one hour I have to do exactly what I want to do. The rest of my day is spent doing the things I have to get done (or at least what I think I have to get done). This month is going to be extra crazy because we are starting to pick our vendors and meet with our wedding planner now that we're under contract with our venue! We're one short year away and I it's going to be here before I know it, and with my ridiculously over-planning ways, I need to get a head start. Not only are we going into full on wedding planning, but my company is really, really close to launching our website and I'm so excited/nervous/anxious I could cry! There's been so much planning and work put in to it by everyone on my team and I'm just thrilled to see it all come to life.


With all of the craziness that is about to ensue, I know I need to find a way to focus on that one hour a day that truly makes me happy (not that work and wedding planning doesn't make me happy, but you know what I mean!!). SO, when I learned about the Under Armour What's Beautiful Program I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for me to choose a goal to set for myself.

The What's Beautiful program encourages women to set a goal and share their journey to meeting this goal. They have an awesome contest set up and 10 women with the most amazing journies will be chosen to go to Florida for the first Under Armour Women's Camp Sweat. I think this is such a fun contest and definitely holds you accountable for reaching that goal!


So, my goal for October is to be active and give myself that one hour of "me" time EVERYDAY. That's right. Every single day I will do something active, get my heart rate up, get my muscles moving, and focus on myself. It's going to be easy to get lost in all the other stuff I have going on, and this will allow me to still dedicate time to doing what I love. Now, I know rest days are very important which is why I'm not dedicating myself to working out hard core every day, but I will do yoga, go on a hike, or take Charley on a walk. Just give myself a chance to move my body.

I'll keep you guys updated and you can hold me accountable for staying on track, but I want to know your goals too! Think about something you've been wanting to do, or maybe even something you need to do and then enter the contest! It's really easy and if nothing more it will hold you accountable and allow you to follow some really, really awesome women doing some awesome things.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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