halfway there! 20 weeks

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already!? cool with me.

  baby boy (we have a name but i’ll let Sonny finalize it first) is measuring the size of a banana this week.  i’m feeling him move all the time, day and night, and the flutters have definitely turned into random punches, kicks, and pokes.  my nurse says i am not drinking enough water (no surprise there unfortunately) so i’ve been chugging when i can.  so i have to pee all the time. day and night. i have to pee right after i finish peeing. no kidding. so annoying!!!!!! :evil:

foodery:

trying my hardest to keep things on the healthy side for the most part. here are some recent eats:

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been grilling up lots of chicken. people tell me they get tired of chicken quickly but as long as i switch up the flavors often, it’s like eating it for the first time to me.  i found the Weber Kickn’ Chicken seasoning blend a few days ago at my Walmart and i really like it so far. i don’t even mind the spice, which i’ve never been crazy about!  yummy.  since Sonny is about to be on the competition trail again he’s been eating lots of tilapia, so i usually eat some too with my meals.  i made that homemade bbq chicken pizza using Naan flat bread up there and omg. it was just incredible.   along with all my meals though, plenty of veggies and fresh fruit, everyday. some nights i have a strong craving for SOMETHING…… and nothing i eat will satisfy it. nothing. so i just eat a small chunk of cheese and go to bed.

and then there’s the occasional indulgence i have yet to deny myself.  Boston Market mac n cheese. why? because CHEESE.

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staying active:

getting it in 5-6 days  a week lately!  this past week i went 6 days in a row so i didn’t go anywhere near the gym saturday at all.  ok sunday too :lol: . i have never liked taking two days off in a row, but i am rested and ready to attack monday head on.  i haven’t skipped a beat with my super early morning HIIT and weights classes and i’m lifting at least 3 days a week on my own.

these are plain ol’ squats with a weighted barbell. (thanks for your patience, Tamika ;) )! as an instructor, proper form is a big deal to me, and using less weight has really given me a chance to focus on the muscle i’m working and ensure i’m doing it right myself.  sometimes my thoughts are clouded with how heavy the weight is and how many reps i have left to go vs. what i’m actually doing!  now, normally i’d slap 45 lbs on my bar for class (22.5 on each side) but i’ve modified that to 30 lbs total as of late.

remember:

  • knees BEHIND toes at all times

  • sit in your imaginary chair

  • back flat

  • spine, neck, head all in alignment

  • chest lifted

  • squeeze your glutes on the way down AND up

  • put your weight in your heels. can you lift your toes in your shoes at any time?

  • pick a spot on the ceiling and focus your attention there. looking up helps to keep your chest lifted too.

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so just.keep.moving.  it has been too uncomfortably cold to walk outside in Houston lately, so i have been using the elliptical, stair master, and treadmill for my cardio, 4-5 times a week.  however when it warms up i can’t wait to get back outside to my neighborhood walks again.  no idea how much weight i’ve gained and i’d like to keep it that way to be honest! i’m thinking once i deliver and start my transformation i’ll let Sonny track all my measurements and numbers in the beginning JUST for documentation/timeline purposes.  weight is just not something i want to stress myself about ever again.

conclusion:

against my wishes, i’m gonna need some maternity clothes this round.  i finally starting showingshowing around 6.5 months with my first pregnancy, so i wore all my regular, breathable clothes til i delivered for the most part. this time… belly is getting on out there and everything is tight already. especially my underwear.

Q: what was the best thing you ate this weekend? that mac n cheese made my DAY.

le

hostess with the mostess – cheesy spinach and squash au gratin

my mom is a pre-K teacher and still on her holiday break, so she and my aunt (her sis-in-law) came over to hang out, sleepover, and keep Chiso company with us. which means, i get ta’ COOKIN’!  whipping up healthy, tasty food for my family gives me life (add that to the phrases we should stop using in 2014 :roll: ) but it best describes how i feel while i’m doing my thing in my kitchen.  now can i do all this again tomorrow?  you bet! playing hostess is FUN. what we chowed down on today:

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lean turkey burgaaaaaas for lunch!  super easy recipe can be found on my instagram post from earlier today (look for this same photo).

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i topped the patties with cheddar style rice cheese,

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and i found those sprouted grain buns at Sprouts Farmer’s Market recently.  i was looking for the Ezekiel ones but these were cheaper and by Alvarado Street Bakery.  heard a lot about them and was not disappointed.

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no lettuce or avocado in the house, womp. but i did have condiments, tomatoes, and plenty of pickles. stuff your burgers with your fave toppings and toast your buns (makes a big difference in taste and texture).  everyone enjoyed their burger except for you-know-who.

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he touched it like he was going to pick it up and then faked everybody out.  i’ll try again tomorrow.

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i’ve been playing around with a squash casserole type recipe for the past few days and finally just went for it today since i was all up in the kitchen anyway. turned out better than i imagined, whoa. 

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 Sonny says it tastes just like Boston Market’s squash casserole side and well, i won’t argue with him!

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cheesy spinach & squash au gratin

the stuff:

  • 2 large zucchini, raw, coined & halved (see pic above)
  • 2 large yellow squash, raw, coined & halved
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 cup frozen, thawed spinach
  • 1/2 cup cheddar style rice cheese
  • 1/2 cup skim mozzarella (you may use mozzarella almond cheese as well)
  • 1/8 cup light parmesan cheese

breadcrumbs:

  • 3 slices Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful bread, toasted until crispy
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 cup light parmesan cheese

do this:

  1. spray your casserole dish with no-stick cooking spray and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. make breadcrumbs by combining listed ingredients in your food processor and pulsing until you achieve a breadcrumb-like consistency.
  3. in a large skillet over medium heat, saute the garlic, onion, zucchini, and squash together for 4-5 minutes or until translucent.
  4. add spinach, garlic powder, onion powder, liquid aminos, parsley, and cracked black pepper to pan; mix.
  5. cover pan and let cook down for 10 more minutes before shutting off the heat and pouring your squash mixture into your prepared casserole dish. set aside.
  6. in a separate bowl, whisk eggs.
  7. to the egg mixture, add 1/8 cup of parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of breadcrumb mixture, 1/2 cup of cheese, and the 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  8. if your squash mixture has completely cooled by now, go ahead and add the egg mixture to it in the casserole dish and mix WELL. if it’s still warm, temper the eggs by adding a little bit of squash mixture to the egg mixture (in that order, please!)  at a time to prevent making scrambled eggs.  the cold almond milk should help cool the squash mixture down faster too. once all combined, set aside.
  9. add the last 1/2 cup of cheese to  1/4 cup of the breadcrumb mixture and sprinkle it on top of your casserole evenly.
  10. bake for 40-45 minutes or until the casserole no longer jiggles when you shake the dish.
  11. let it cool then dive in.

i divided my dish into 8 nice size servings and here are the stats for 1 serving: 162 cals, 6g fat, 14g carbs, 15g protein, 4 g sugar.

have a seat, Boston Market :lol:

lastly, for dinner, i heated up some leftover chicken & veggie stir fry and mixed it with some marinara sauce to revive the flavors. very yummy!  i also baked two pans of swai for tonight and for Sonny’s lunches tomorrow.  i don’t add ANY salt to the swai cause it doesn’t need it at all like tilapia.

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  i topped these with onion powder, garlic powder, and salt free Southwest seasoning from Mc Cormick (found at Walmart and HEB) and cooked them for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. that’s it!  roasted brussels sprouts on the side.
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 thinking about all the crazy business ideas in my head and on my heart for 2014 and it overwhelms me.  i’m determined to make 2014 NOTHING like 2013 though. one day at a time.  ok, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

le

Banana Pecan Chocolate Chunk Muffins


how was your monday?

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the ‘monday blues’ do not exist!  Mondays only suck if you let them- accept what you can’t change and change what you can’t accept.

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 whether it’s your career, your relationships, or even something you want to change within yourself, start by making a CONSCIOUS effort to be positive with your actions, expressions, and words.  positivity breeds positivity. don’t dwell on the negative and what went wrong.  break the habit.  talk about your joys and count your blessings!  and if what went wrong is worth it, fix it, but keep building and focusing on the NEW.

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i finally started the online defensive driving course (gag) task i’ve been putting off since i got the ticket back in july.  i thought that horrible procrastination habit was supposed to fade out as you got older, i mean really.  during one of my countless mini breaks i went and made some of the best homemade muffins i’ve had….ever. look!

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Banana Pecan Chocolate Chunk Muffins (source)

the stuff:

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut crystals
  • 1 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • 3 small RIPE bananas
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces

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do this:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. mix the wet ingredients with the wet, and the dry with the dry.
  3. combine all together in a large mixing bowl
  4. fold in chocolate chunks and pecans last
  5. spray muffin pan with no-stick cooking spray
  6. bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown

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macros for 1 regular muffin (makes 24):

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 macros for 1 mini muffin (makes 36):

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30 minutes of defensive driving down, 5.5 hours to go. welp, goodnight. :lol:

le

Fit Foodie Lean 7 buck sale!

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my first mini Fit Foodie Lean tasting party calls for my very first ebook sale!  huh? tasting party? i know, right?! suuuuper excited about that. baby steps, baby steps.

the process for me to get this ebook out there was anything BUT smooth but your positive, encouraging, feedback reminds me again and again how worth it the struggle was.

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your Instagram posts! your comments!

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your tweets! your emails!

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YOUR SUPPORT!

they have all fueled this little passion of mine and i am just gonna keep going, one foot in front of the other.

i thank you. with my whole heart, i thank you.

i don’t even know what i’m making for the tasting party yet and it’s this weekend!!!!!!!  ready to get my Rachael Ray ON though!

take advantage of this ebook sale- it ends Friday night  (Sept. 27th, 2013) at 11:59pm. click here, or click up top on the Fit Foodie Lean Ebook tab!  as always, tag me on IG: #fitfoodiele @fitfoodiele #fitclean2013

happy HUMP DAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

le

knock, knock

it’s FITzee Foods, BABY!

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my meals arrived right on time yesterday.  i could tell the UPS guy rang the doorbell cause i heard the truck starting and rubber burning as i was coming down the stairs.  they do not play.

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soooo, i’m spilling the beans for a third time but via my blog now- i was selected to be a FITzee Foods Ambassador and i gladly accepted the role! you bet.   how could i not?!

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when i’m not on my own meal prep game, they are the perfect plan B for our family.  all natural, nutritious, healthy, gluten-free, Paleo friendly, flavorful… yep that’s right up our alley.  the Egwuatu family loves and appreciates the FITzee lifestyle! they even have their own bars- FITzee bars.

i’ll give them their own love a little later though.

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the first thing i cracked open before taking my little guy out for an evening stroll yesterday was the Black Bean Breakfast Bowl.  no way i was waiting for breakfast time.

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nitrate free turkey bacon sautéed with black beans, tomatoes and potatoes and served on scrambled egg whites and topped with pepper jack cheese.  and they all come in microwaveable and oven safe containers.  the perfect to-go box.

i had the medium size, so the stats were as follows:

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all meal info is listed in the menu section of their site though, so you always know just what you’re eating and how much.  it’s all there!

head on over to www.FITzeefoods.com to place your order and tell them Fit Foodie Le sent ya. thanks!

*****

remember those chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cup cakes? of course you do. i just posted them two days ago.  well they were featured on one of my favorite IG accounts, @rippedrecipes! follow’em, then check out their site for more healthy, fit meals.

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outty for now!

le

 

let’s try this again, shall we!?

and just like that….my prayers for the last 2 months have been answered.  to God  be ALL the glory.

buy FIT FOODIE LEAN right here, right NOW.

if you don’t have a Paypal account, no big deal! you can log on in as a guest.

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as promised, it includes:

full page color foodie photos

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almost 50 healthy, lean, clean, delish recipes

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breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert & snack options

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gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, low-calorie, vegetarian, vegan options

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macro & micro-nutrients included (calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, protein)

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specialty grocery list for my favorite items used in the book

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made with tons of LOVE!

to buy Fit Foodie Lean, click meeeeee!

or click the Fit foodie Lean cover in the right sidebar up there OR the cover pic in this very post. they’ll all get you to the right place.

i just want to thank each and every single one of you fit foodies for being so patient with me and the never ending battle to publish Fit Foodie Lean.  i can finally say IT IS COMPLETELY FINISHED without a shadow of a doubt.  enjoy this ebook and have fun making and devouring these recipes with your family!

*jumping up and down*

NOTE: if you’ve purchased Fit Foodie Lean already via amazon, EMAIL YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFO TO LE@FITFOODIELE.COM RIGHT THIS INSTANT!!! please and thank you :)

for now, ummm it’s super late and i have to teach in the morning, eeeeek!!!! GOODNIGHT!

le

Popcorn Indiana giveaway + clean, shrimp fried brown rice


IMG_20130417_221237back to back giveaways?! WHY NOT!

if you’re following me on Instagram, then you already know by now what was in that big box.

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 oooh just one of my fave snacks ever-  POPCORN!!!! THANK YOU TONS, Popcorn Indiana!
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they sent me two phenomenal flavors of their new Fit Popcorn:

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i have my eyes straight PEELED for the onion & dijon flavor for sure. so far my Sprouts Farmer’s Market hasn’t carried it.  anyway, on to the contest rules!

  • Instagram: share the Popcorn Indiana giveaway pic on your own IG page!  remember to tag #popig and @fitfoodiele in the comments so i don’t miss your vote.

for multiple entries, you can:

  • Facebook fan page: ‘Like’ it!
  • Follow: http://www.fitfoodiele.com via email (top right corner of this page;))
  • Comment: on THIS post telling me your absolute, hands down, favorite Popcorn Indiana flavor. mine is dark fudge chocolate chip kettle corn…. :shock:

 Fit Popcorn stats: ★approx. 40 cals per cup★ all natural, gluten-free ★whole grain ★zero trans fat ★and non-GMO.

I just want to make somebody else’s tummy and face SMILE!!!!!!!!!!! please share!

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this fine tuesday morning started out with a crazy Total Body Conditioning workout as it usually does.

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then breakfast.  just an egg white omelette topped with alfalfa sprouts, low carb ketchup, greek yogurt, and dijon mustard.  pancakes were super ugly and did NOT make the cut. heck that omelette barely did.

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oh and i wanted to post my baby bella almond cheddar grilled cheese sammich from yesterday’s lunch as i received quite a few inquiries on what the heck almond cheese is and where can you get some!  it’s a dairy-free cheese substitute that shreds and tastes darn close to dairy cheese IMO.  it will melt, just takes a little longer to do so.  i  learned about the Lisanatti brand via Instagram, and i have always stuck with it.  i’ll have to do a product review on some of those other brands at a later date!  you can find Lisanatti almond cheese in the cheddar, jalapeno jack, and mozzarella varieties at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Central Market, and most other speciality food stores.  i just read on their site that they no longer ship orders out though :(

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so my first chicken fried rice recipe is super old…. a revamped was needed.  so here it is!

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i used shrimp this time though as you can see ;)

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clean, shrimp fried brown rice

the stuff:

  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 5 whole baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • handful of sprouts (bean, alfalfa, your choice)
  • 2 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot or 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb shrimp, marinated
  • 5 baby carrots, chopped thinly or shaved
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas (optional)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped pineapple (optional)

shrimp marinade

  • 2 tbsp Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning or 1 heaping tbsp Weber Boston Bay all natural seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

do this:

1.marinate your shrimp for at least 30 minutes in the spices, liquid aminos, cilantro, and garlic.

2.add them to a medium to high heated wok or skillet sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

3.they cook quickly, so about 3-4 minutes max will do.  remove them from the pan and set them aside for now.

4.add all onions (1 green onion stalk though)  garlic or shallots, carrots, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and aminos into the medium heated pan and cook covered until the onions are translucent and carrots are softened, about 5 minutes.

5.make a well in the middle of your wok and pour the egg whites into it.  let them cook and scramble as you continuously stir until they are done.

6.add the cooked rice, mushrooms, cooked shrimp, pepper, red pepper flakes, a little green onions, fresh pineapple, and green peas into the wok.

7. incorporate and mix well, then let it sit covered for 2-3 more minutes over low heat. chop the remaining green onion stalk and top your dish with it.

8. devourrrrrrrr!

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 learn to look for the good in EVERY situation; i promise you it’s there.  think positive, be positive, and positive things WILL happen.

le

pancakes + homemade greek fro-yo + REST

oooh the time really got the best of me today.  i said i would rest the entire Saturday after teaching 6 classes this week, all of which included weights.   when i first started teaching, i wanted to teach the ALL OF HOUSTON, and i did. i think i was up to like 9 or 10 classes a week plus my  full time job.  oh and doing boot camps on the side for high school girls twice a week.  i actually kept up with it for longer than you might have expected, but then the health issues started kicking in (duh) as well as complete burn out from working out altogether!  you know the saying..too much of something isn’t good, i know, i know.  that was obviously all pre-Chiso… speaking of Chiso, i really did keep my word to rest today so we walked over to the park for some play time.

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from the swings,

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to the slide,

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back to the swings,

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to the couch.  snacking on goldfish. watching cartoons.

i promised my pumpkin pancake recipe from this morning and here it is, you fit foodies, you!  i have so much more to catch you up on (v-day, etc) and i WILL! tomorrow.  i’ll definitely be having these again before i head out to teach my class in tha morning and you should too.

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pumpkin pie pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 3/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (ya might need more)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5-7 drops of vanilla creme stevia
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 packet granulated stevia
  • 2 egg whites

do this:

mix!  in a medium heated pan sprayed with no-stick cooking spray, pan fry them up like cakes.  once one side starts to bubble, flip it.   couldn’t be any easier, right?  OH, the topping is 1 tbsp greek yogurt, 1 tbsp pure pumpkin, and 1 tbsp walden farms pancake syrup.  whip it up and make a pretty dollop on top of your stack.

for the whole shabang:

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now, i MUST post this before i let ya go- a reader of mine and her husband are NOT fond of chocolate, so i vow to post more clean, healthy desserts of all varieties more often! there will be plen-tay in my e-book as well.  this dessert was an Instagram inspiration gone RIGHT.

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blueberry greek fro-yo

the stuff:

1 packet granulated stevia

1 single size tub 0%-2% plain greek yogurt

couple drops of vanilla creme stevia (3-5-7)

1/4 cup blueberries (any kind!)

do this:

mix; you can throw this all in a blender for a smooth texture, or you can do it by hand.  since i like the fruit chunks i did it by hand as you can see.  put it in the freezer for about 30 min…you gotta watch it though cause i left mine in there too long and i had to wait until it defrosted some before i could inhale it. the longest 17 minutes, ever.  oh and i added pistachios, but it’s your call on the nuts.

what day of the week is your rest day on and why?

have a beautiful evening!!!!

le

chicken PB2 pad thai + TJ’s trip

let’s pretend today is yesterday, ok? ok.


i made pb chicken pad thai for an Instagram challenge last night for dinner.  IG can be so addictive! i’ve been seeing a number of ‘i need to get away from technology and focus on my life and the plan God has for me….etc.’ posts lately from some of the health and fitness peeps i follow.  it’s admirable, long as it’s not a publicity stunt or anything.  it takes a LOT to step away from technology for a few hours, days, or even weeks nowadays.  anyway, i get it.  what is IG to you though anyway? a ‘likes’ contest? are you secretly competing with someone? a business opportunity?  marketing tool? searching for who can flex the hardest?  seeing what celebs are up to? seeing who can make their plate of food the prettiest? finding who can wear the least amount of clothes? lmbo (not really).  i said all that to say it’s cool to be inspired and build off of what you see in your feed, but stay true to YOURSELF.  after all, it’s your account.  it’s tough to be original once your mind has been tainted with what everybody else is doing.   on top of all that, IG can be a huuuuge distraction, like facebook.  sometimes you gotta put the phone down,  log off your computer and just live…..  technology-free.

*inhale….exhale*
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so i adapted this from my own PB2 Shrimp Pad Thai recipe, but i used chicken breasts and fettucine miracle noodles instead of kelp.

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aaaand i added a yellow bell pepper along with the red.  everything else is the same.

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ooooh these noodles are simply amazing and went PERFECT with this dish i tell you, perfect.  my relationship with kelp is officially OVER, thanks to my affair with miracle noodles. *chunks deuce*

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eye-popping color and freshness goin’ on up in that pot!

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letting the flavors marry for the last few minutes…

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and bam! plated up! no cashews….i used pistachios and it was an even exchange.  ok, the pistachios really was the last thing i altered, whoops.

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yummay &  healthay.

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i worked the leggies at the gym this morning! how do i get my calves to pop?  4 x 25 of calve raises in between leg press sets.

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flexin’ in btw squat sets.
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afterwards, my Stank Tank and i had lunch in the Life Cafe that started out with some Snikiddy grilled cheese puffs.

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we’re fans of Snikiddy all natural snacks-  they sell the huuuuge bags in sams and costco, fyi.

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i ordered half a cheese pizza with whole wheat crust 2% mozzarella for Chiso (yes more cheeeeese),

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and a turkey avocado sammich on Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread for moi.  this was my first time having Udi’s bread and i liked it cause it was thick and actually kinda sweet, like challah bread or even a coarse pound cake!  however, like Ezekiel, the slices are kinda small, and the price is kinda big. Natures Own and Sara Lee have the regular size bread and for less cals and price.

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nevertheless, both halves were gone in about 2 minutes.
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the weather was GORGEOUS, so we took to the courtyard for a little bit to play.  funny, i remember bringing Chi out here and all he could do was crawl and watch the other kids play and jump over him.  yeah, i had a moment.

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 our next stop- Trader Joe’s Houston numero TWO!!!! i took this pic from the car so i wouldn’t seem like an, i don’t know…TJ’s stan?

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 they said it was coming…and it’s here.  crunchy cookie butter. *shakes first*

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i walked down this aisle for f…o…r…e…v…e..r.  TJ’s  literally has chocolate covered everything you can think of.  some of THE oddest combos just go together.

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i didn’t do too bad- walked away with only a handful of items i don’t need, like these. cinnamon sugar (15 cals per tsp) and sugar chocolate coffee bean (calorie-free) ‘sprinkles’ or dust, or whatever you wanna call it.

first victim – PB2 topped whole wheat toast.

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so…how are yours coming along?

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  whether short-term or long, sow your seeds NOW and as often as possible, and knock’em out one by one.  happy to be sharing some of mine very soon!

le

ffl’s red velvet pancakes


hi. this’ll be quick.

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yesterday’s awesome breakfast contains 1 serving of fruit,

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and 1 serving of veggies!

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double whammy :)

ffl’s red velvet pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 egg white (or 2 if you want them fluffier/thicker/cake-like)
  • 1/2 cup pureed, cooked beets
  • half a banana (natural sweetness!)
  • 5-7 drops chocolate stevia
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

  1. throw your oats into your blender and ground them into a fine powder.
  2. toss in the other dry ingredients:  baking powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt.
  3. dump all that into a bowl and set it aside.
  4. add your roasted, previously cooked beets into the blender along with the banana, egg white(s), vanilla, and chocolate stevia.
  5. scoop all that out and add it to your dry mix. incorporate!
  6. finally, add the almond milk to your desired consistency.
  7. cook up in your no-stick cooking spray coated for skillet 3-4 minutes on each side. make sure it’s done in the center! take a peek first.

stats for the entire stack:

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what’s that topping you ask? you DID ask.  i heard you.  it’s 2 tbsp of no fat cream cheese + 1 packet of granulated stevia. any nuts will do, but that walnut, red velvet, cream cheese combo is a serious triple threat!

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 as always, adjust those nutritional stats accordingly when dealing with toppings.  a drizzle of Walden Farms pancake syrup  made these cakes and my breakfast complete.  eat’em up, then go lift heavy things at the gym today.

GOOD MORNING TO YOU!

le