it’s cooooooold. Houston finally got with it and the temps have dropped. enjoy it while it lasts. this morning though… i did NOT wanna get up. you hear me? 4:15am came way too quick and my bed was way too comfy. i admire my members for just showing up to class like they always do. THAT is true commitment and dedication if i ever saw it. cause ummmm, if i didn’t have to be there today…. yeah 😯 watching them file into the studio one by one, collect their equipment, and wait in anticipation as the clock winded down to begin class gave me the energy and inspiration i needed to give them nothing short of my absolute best!! and that cup of coffee /green tea combo didn’t hurt either. let nothing stop you from remaining consistent and making progress. nothing. especially something as petty as the weather!
after class i did some upper body (shoulders + chest),
took a pic of my polar HR monitor 😆
and headed home to take more pics and make breakfast! saturday i saw all this french toast on IG and it inspired me to make some of my own. i had some again this morning with my egg white omelette and they hit the spot. carbolicious.
then, i dipped the entire thing in a mixture of:
stuffed banana french toast
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 3-5 drops of vanilla creme stevia
- 1 tbsp coconut crystals
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 egg whites
- combine all ingredients into a bowl big enough for your sandwich to fit in.
- mix them well, then dip your sandwich in on one side for 2 seconds, then flip it to the other side for 2 seconds.
- immediately transfer it to a medium heated no stick pan and ‘fry’ it until brown on one side.
- flip it and brown the other side! plate it up however you’d like and top it with more cinnamon, walden farms pancake syrup, and fresh banana slices. i even shot it with some ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’ spray a few times.
@ HEB this past weekend, i took advantage of one of their popular meal deal specials. i got the two-step gumbo and the BBQ shrimp mix for free. yep, i had some help.
it’s not considered clean, but it’s all natural, decent nutritional stats, and quite good!
stats (per 1/2 cup): 60 cals, 1.5g fat, 470 mg sodium, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 2g protein
to the gumbo mix, i added 1 cup of water, another cup of low sodium chicken broth, a bag of frozen okra, cut up two roma tomatoes, some fresh cilantro,
and even though it didn’t really need it, extra seasonings! just a few dashes of my sweet smokey chipotle paprika, black pepper, sriracha, and 2 squirts of liquid aminos. it all came to a rolling boil, then i let it simmer for about 20 min on low so it could thicken up.
i THOUGHT i had some shrimp leftover from last week’s kale tacos, but nope…all gone. wish i had realized that before i went to the store!! i ended up using some of the bbq tilapia that you’re gonna read about in a sec. so if you have some, you can totally add shellfish, crab, sausage, etc. because gumbo just ain’t gumbo without it 😉
i added a scoop of brown rice on top and Sonny mixed it all together before he gobbled it up.
when you buy the gumbo mix, you get this free. i got to sample this stuff on some steel head trout while in the store which is what sold me on it! i believe the cooking demo lady used olive oil to thin it out though:( but it was soooo good. when i got home, i took 2 tablespoons of the shrimp mix and added 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to make a creamy marinade for my tilapia.
stats: (per tbsp) 25 cals, 1g fat, 1g sat fat, 340 mg sodium, 3 carbs, 2 sugars
loved it!!! yes, almond milk!!
oh yeah, while i was @ the store, i came across these guys. can you read that sign? it says purple sweet potatoes are higher in nutritional value than the traditional sweet potato. who knew? i didn’t. a friend of mine advised that i check out an Asian market for these babies though cause that 2.98 a lb is a little too steep for me. can’t wait to try them!
now for my last unexpected purchase! i’ve been drinking almond milk for like the past 3 years now and i have no plans to go back to dairy milk anytime soon, or ever. but when i tell you i almost slurped down this whole box, you better believe it.
it was worth the gas and bloating 😆
Chiso hasn’t been a fan of drinking milk solo, so i’ve just been using it to make his oatmeal instead of water so he can still get his vitamin D and calcium. after i let him sample a little of this Horizon Organic Vanilla milk @ the store, to my surprise, he asked for more immediately! actually i’m not surprised cause it’s a little high in sugar (22g) and it’s vanilla flavored. lol. however, it’s all natural, and still loaded with nutrients, so it went in the basket.