Thursday, February 28, 2013

Clean Peanut Butter Coconut Ice Cream

So as I was editing these photos I realized they do this recipe no justice. I'm sure I could have come up with a more creative way to take the photos, but I honestly didn't want to wait any longer to give you this recipe because it's seriously that good. I've been eating it at night as my last meal of the day and so has B and it is easily one of the best things I've ever thrown together! If you love or even like peanut butter and coconut, you have to give this one a try. 

- 1/2 cup Lactaid cottage cheese
- 4 T almondmilk
- 1T all natural peanut butter
- 1-2 packets of Truvia
- 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract 

1. Place everything in blender and blend until smooth. 
2. Place in a bowl and freeze for 30 minutes. 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Present Ever & WIAW!

Before I get to WIAW, HOLY!!!!!!

I came home from work yesterday and B came walking in the door with this! You have no idea how badly I needed a new computer-- I've had my old Mac since I was a Freshman in college, which means it's probably 7 or 8 years old. It wouldn't upgrade to the newest version of iTunes, and honestly only really worked half the time. So of course, I had to use his laptop 90% of the time and it seems as though my photo's were taking up quite a bit of space. Oopsie.

Here's a quick WIAW for you.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I've dropped my carbs and upped my fats, but yesterday I decided to go with a higher carb day. It's important to keep your body guessing and I don't want to stay low carb for too long. (When I say low carb I'm not talking 20g of carbs a day, I make sure to ALWAYS keep my carbs at 100g or more. I need a functioning brain more than I need abs!)

- Overnight pumpkin oats
- Green pumpkin protein shake
- 2 slices Ezekiel toast with greek yogurt
-Grilled chicken, yams, and roasted broccoli
- Shredded chicken salad
- Peanut coconut ice cream. Yep I said it, and you'll have the recipe tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pumpkin Protein Crepes

I did some playing around in the kitchen over the weekend and had a couple HUGE successes. This one is success number one, and hopefully I'll be able to post the other one on Thursday.

I've always been a huge pumpkin lover, pumpkin pie to be exact. It reminds me of being a little kid at holidays and putting whipped cream from the top of my slice of pie to the bottom, and then a squirt in my mouth of course. These crepes gave me my pumpkin fix at breakfast no less!

1/4 cup almond meal
4 egg whites
2 tsp cinnamon

2-3oz pureed pumpkin
2oz greek yogurt
2 packets Truvia
1 tsp cinnamon
Sprinkle of vanilla protein powder (optional)

1. Heat a skillet over low heat with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, combine crepe ingredients and mix well.

3. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the pan and make sure it is spread out as thin as possible.

4. Once the batter begins to bubble, use a spatula to flip onto the other side.

5. Repeat with rest of batter. It should be enough for 3 crepes.

6. In a seperate bowl, combine pumpkin filling ingredients and mix well.

7. Place 1/3 of filling on the edge of a crepe and roll like a burrito. Repeat for rest.

8. I topped mine with a little more greek yogurt and a little more cinnamon! You can also top with some sugar free syrup to make them a little sweeter :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Learning to Say NO & Meal Prep

I've written a few "rant" posts about being frustrated with others views about living a healthy lifestyle, and after this weekend, I think I've come full circle from those times and it feels pretty awesome. After a couple years, I feel like not only have friends and family accepted and realized this is me, and it's not just a phase I'm going through, but I've learned to deal with those few that still don't get it in a much better way.

I'm finally okay with saying no thank you to a drink, or a cupcake and not feeling like I have to explain or defend myself and it's pretty awesome. There aren't many times that I'm super duper strict to the point where I alter my schedule or really freak out when I don't eat every 3 hours on the dot. BUT when I have a goal in mind, I'm going to do everything the exact right way so that when that day comes and goes I can say I did everything I possibly could to achieve my goal. I'm not afraid to explain this to anyone who asks, but it is SO nice knowing I don't have to.

We had a fun weekend with lots of birthday parties and of course temptations everywhere, but I used my no thank you skills and made it out just fine :)

Then came Sunday and we allll know what that means. Grilled chicken, turkey fajitas, salmon, and bison burgers are on the menu this week as far as protein goes.

The veggie stack: oven roasted broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, and green beans.

As far as my nutrition plans this week, they're staying pretty much the same. I'm at about 1500 calories a day, 30-40-30 macros. I hope I won't have to drop very much lower than this to get my abs to pop a little more, but we'll see. I'm officially 4 weeks away, so I'll re-evaluate after this week!

Have a great week!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mint Almondmilk Slushie

I know I can't be the only one that gets this feeling.... The feeling where you've just eaten and physically you're full but for some reason there is something in you telling you that you're starving. That weird hungry feeling where your brain knows you're NOT hungry but there's that darn feeling in your stomach. Anyone?

Well, I had this feeling the other day for the first time in a while, and just had to do something about it. However, I'm trying to be strict with sticking to my calories and macros so I didn't want to just eat something because it would have thrown me off for the day, so instead I made this. Not only did it totally make that hungry feeling go away, it satisfied my sweet tooth too! Best part? It's only 30 calories and 4 ingredients!

- 1 cup Almondmilk - I love Silk but any unsweetened will work.
- 1 drop mint extract (be very careful here, only 1 tiny drop!)
- 1packet of Truvia (2 if you have a really big sweet tooth)
- 6-7 ice cubes

1. Place ingredients in blender and blend!

PS sorry for the horrible lighting on the photos, the sun goes down so darn early and I tried all week to get a good shot of these and it just didn't happen. Oh well, at least it still tastes the same :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Changing up the eats, a little!

Happy WIAW! I have to start off by documenting what I moron I am. I wok up this morning still insanely sore from week 7 day 1 (Monday) of James Wilson's workouts, because I refuse to go down in weight even though I'm doing way more reps and its circuit style. (Dummy). So I decided a nice steady incline walk would be perfect to get my legs moving and help loosen them up a little. I got on the treadmill and went to start my  Polar and it wasn't registering. So I start messing with the strap, moving it around meanwhile looking like a moron that doesn't know how to put on a chest strap... Any way long story long, I took off the main part that snaps on yesterday to wash my strap and didn't put it back on. Needless to say I'm not sure how many calories I burned this morning or what my heart rate was at but I guess I'll live.

Moving on. You'll probably notice today that I've slightly decreased the amount of carbs I'm taking in and increased my fats. I also pushed my last meal out to be around 7pm and that's my last meal of the day.

Breakfast was overnight pumpkin oats made with pasteurized egg whites instead of protein powder.After the gym I had my green pumpkin shake with oats (no picture)Snack was the usual Lactaid cottage cheese and cinnamon toast with coconut oil. I always spoon my cottage cheese on to my toast and my coworker that I sit near thinks  its weird. Well I think she's weird. (Just kidding Jess, kind of).

Lunch was a big Tupperware bowl of awesomeness. 5 oz grilled chicken, baked yams, baked asparagus and 1/2 a serving of almonds. If you can't tell by now, yes I'm counting calories again. It's actually not too bad and takes about 5 minutes out of my day, and this way I know exactly what's going in and what's being burned... Except for when I forget the main part of my Polar of course.

My afternoon snack was a turkey burger grilled with mushrooms and onions inside and 1/2 avocado kn top. I've decided with the 99/1 turkey I much prefer zucchini burgers, it's just too darn dry!And last but not least dinner was a egg white and veggie scramble with the other 1/2 of my avocado and ketchup!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Eating Out and Meal Prep

Happy Monday friends! I thought the holidays were busy, but February is killing me! Between engagements, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, holidays, I feel like I haven't stopped for a second! Being in the middle of prepping for my photo shoot doesn't really make things any easier, but it does force me to create a schedule and stick to it which is always good. With all the events going on lately, I've eaten out quite a bit. When trying to lean out I much prefer making all of my own meals, but sometimes you just gotta deal with what you're dealt so I wanted to share some of the clean eats I've had while out. 

This was my Valentine's Day dinner (aka B's birthday dinner #1) from the Keg. Grilled chicken breast with peppers and a side of asparagus. I asked for everything dry- no butter or oil, but obviously the peppers had oil of some sort on them. I just stuck to the chicken and asparagus, and it was great! 

I met a friend for lunch on Saturday at a new healthy to-go place in Scottsdale called Chop Shop. It's pretty amazing and has lots of healthy options- I went with the shrimp protein bowl that came with veggies and Forbidden black rice. Only downside is all the meats were pre-marinated so, I just had to deal with that. This was really good too! 

They also juice at Chop Shop so I tried one with 1/4 apple, kale, ginger, celery, and parsley. I haven't been a big juicer in the past, but this could be something I get used to! 

And lastly, B's birthday dinner #2 was at City Hall and I got the seared ahi with a side of asparagus. This was soooo awesome and a huge portion! I think I made it through about half and shared the rest :)

Then of course, I spent a few hours in the kitchen prepping yesterday...

In the mix- hard boiled eggs, ground turkey, turkey fajitas, cauliflower bites, roasted veggies, grilled chicken, mushroom turkey burgers, and yams and brown rice for carbs. Like last week this was fairly painless and I think I had everything done in about 2 1/2 hours, including a quick break for some cottage cheese and peanut butter toast. Today marks 5 weeks from the shoot date and week 2 of the James Wilson plan. The plan kicks up a notch this week, and I'm so ready for it! 
Make it a great week!! 

What are your go-to meals when you eat out? Do you order things specifically with no butter or oil, or do you just go with it?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day VLOG!

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm celebrating today with my Valentine's Day baby with a nice dinner out tonight! Yes, poor B's birthday falls on VDay! I always feel horrible that he has to share his day with the rest of the world, so I always try to make the day about him-- starting with just a couple presents this morning :)

Charley wasn't feelin' the party this morning

 Okay, I'll stop talking now and get on to the important stuff...

Here are a couple more questions answered! Sorry the video is so dark.. I didn't realize it til I was done! 

Click here for the macros/calorie counting vlog! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I ate Wednesday!

So, I didn't do a very good job of "loving my veggies" this week. Darn.  

Egg white pumpkin oats for breakfast! It's been so long since I've had these and I forgot how filling they are. These were made in the microwave but you can make them on the stove top too-- 1/2 cup oats, 2 T pumpkin, 4 pasteurized egg whites and a splash of almond milk. I put them in the microwave for 45 seconds and then stir, and repeat until they're at the consistency that I like. Then add cinnamon and truvia to sweeten it up.

Green protein shake and my probiotic, multi, B-12, and D3 post workout.

2 pieces Ezekiel toast and Lactiad cottage cheese for snack-- my first piece of toast was gone before I got back to my desk from the kitchen!

Jamie Eason's turkey zucchini burger with yams for lunch. I topped my burger with tobasco and ketchup, of course.

I had a delicious salsa chicken salad (told you I was on a kick) with tomato and avocado around 4pm.

And my all too familiar almond flour crepes around 7pm-- If you can't already tell I switched up my eating schedule a bit. I still eat every 3 hours, don't worry! :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Food's Prepped & New Workouts Ready!

6 weeks people! I'm officially 6 weeks away from my shoot and I'm super excited! I did another food prep yesterday and it seemed waaaay less intense than last week and didn't take as long either. I do have to admit, it was pretty awesome not having to cook all week, and to my surprise, the food I made last Sunday lasted us all week! That was meals 2-4 for me, and food for B too (he eats a little more sporadically). This week, I went with Turkey Zucchini Burgers, Salsa chicken, Turkey fajitas, and baked chicken with veggies. And sadly, I've officially switched from lean ground turkey to extra lean. It's not nearly as tasty, but now that I'm semi starting to count calories and pay closer attention to macros, it makes a big difference. 

Today is also a big day because I'm starting James Wilson's Body Earned program again and will do that until my shoot. I really, really loved it the first time around and I know the style of training will get me to where I want to be before the shoot. 

For those of you that have purchased his program, I'm starting at the 6 week mark and I'll do weeks 6-12, per James' recommendation. Since I have been training hard for the past few months James wants me to pay close attention to my body and take a break if I need it so that I don't over train or burn out again. I have taken week breaks in the past few months and I'll definitely be doing that again after my shoot. The last thing in the word I want is that burn out feeling again. It sucked. 

Have a super Monday and I'll have a vlog tomorrow answering the slew of questions I have :) 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIAW: New foods & Too Much

This WIAW is going to be a quick one, but I wanted to show you that I've switched up my meals juuuuust a little bit.
Breakfast was overnight oats instead of the usual Apple Protein Muffins and PWO was greek yogurt with berries instead of a shake. I'm not sure that I'm quite ready to give up my shakes yet, but I felt like whole foods after my workout yesterday so I just went with it!
Morning snack was pretty normal- more greek yogurt and cinnamon toast, and lunch was my chicken fried rice with lots of Sriracha. I finished off the day with chicken and asparagus and a huge almond flour pancake with what do you know, more greek yogurt on top.
Looking back on this, I probably shouldn't be eating Greek Yogurt 3x a day. Woops. Live and learn. :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bulk Cooking & Back to Yoga

I'm totally a day late with this, but since the Super Bowl was the longest things in the entire world I didn't have time. I've talked about how much I don't like bulk cooking before, but in case you haven't heard, I hate it. Okay, I don't hate it hate it, but it's just so darn time consuming and the mess.... gives me the worst anxiety.

I just can't handle my kitchen looking like this.

Yikes. In the end, I have to admit I'm glad I did it. I get home from work and it's always such a rush to get dinner made, not to mention it's the last thing I feel like doing when I get home. Now that everything is cooked, it's way easier to just grab and go and I won't have to worry about rushing to cook. My entire bulk consisted of Shepherds Pie, Turkey Fajitas, Grilled Chicken with Asparagus, Chicken Fried Rice, Salsa Chicken with Poblano Peppers, and hard boiled eggs. This will all be eaten for meals 3, 4 and 5- Meal 1 will be overnight oats, Meal 2 is PWO shake, and meal 6 will be Casein.

Another HUGE benefit to getting this cooking out of the way is now I have time to go back to hot yoga!!!! B and I renewed our memberships last night and went to our first practice since the beginning of the summer. It felt amazing to sweat my butt off and I can't wait to get back in to it. Can't wait.

Had to wear my Namaste Fire Daughter shirt for my first time back :)

Do you bulk cook? How do you make sure you're prepared for the week?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Shake

Sometimes I wonder who decided to put certain foods together to come up with a combination that sticks forever and ever. Hot dogs and beer, chips and salsa, peanut butter and jelly. I don’t know who did it or how they did it, but I would love to give them a big fat hug right now. Especially the person that decided to combine mint and chocolate chips. Who would have thought such a simple yet arbitrary combination would make such an amazing combo.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is by far my favorite, but in my quest for six pack abs, ice cream is nowhere to be found. Sad day, I know. Well it was a sad day until I decided to do a little experimenting in the kitchen and came up with my very own, very healthified version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I have talked about this recipe before, but I've been getting lots of questions about curving cravings for sweets, and I've modified the recipe-- it's definitely a must try!

1 ½ cups Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened vanilla
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Handful of spinach (you don’t taste it, I promise!)
1 drop mint extract (literally, one little drop is all you need!)
1 T Unsweetened cocoa powder
2T Carob chips
2 packets of Truvia
1 frozen banana
Handful of Ice
¼ c nonfat, plain Greek Yogurt
1. Combine everything in a blender and blend well.
2. Pretend you are a child again eating your favorite ice cream, and then realize you’re actually
fueling your body with protein and greens, but you would never know the difference!
Calories: 353
Carbs: 48g
Fat: 9g
Protein: 31 g
Calories saved with Silk: 75
Carbs saved with Silk: 16g
Fat saved with Silk: 11g

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