Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Brownies

2nd Barbell Strength class back from maternity leave under ma’  belt! i used class as my warm up and went downstairs to get a solid back workout in afterwards.  i’m taking my time, trusting the process, and sticking to my 6 Pack USA plan these days.  i want to maintain balance and not go crazy with the exercise this time around. no need!  well, as long as i’m sticking to the nutrition part of the plan too.

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 baking has been on my brain this week.  why?

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most likely cause Sonny surprised Chiso and i with this really, really, magically, delicious lemon bundt cake tuesday from Nothing Bundt Cakes, ugh.  he says they were randomly giving out free mini bundt cakes to the companies in his office building. is that not the best marketing strategy ever?? um, it worked cause now i want one and will most likely use them for a future event. that reminded me of HEB’s and Whole Food’s sample stations throughout the store. if you feed me while i shop, well hey, i’m coming back there again and again to spend my money. and eat. and buy things that were never on my shopping list. and blow my grocery budget. genius. ok anyway, soon as i eat white sugar i just want more, more, MORE. sugar addiction is real. real annoying.   Chiso was super happy but yall know how i am around large amounts of my trigger foods!!! womp, womp.  i couldn’t let all my work from the past few weeks go to crap so i did have a small piece, cut Chiso some, and threw it out.  my very preggo sis-in-law was the first person i thought to give the leftovers to, but that’s just evil lol! i would have taken a bite every single time i entered the kitchen until it was all gone, SMH. we are all for minimizing waste when possible, but this was a game time decision that had to be done. so, that’s how these brownies came about. i was so excited about whipping them up regardless cause i haven’t baked anything sweet since i was waiting around trying to get Dego outta this tummy. these are naturally sweetened for the most part; the chocolate PB2 does contain sugar but not a mind-blowing amount like Mr. Bundt cake up there. i used agave nectar but you can use honey as well. it’s up to you!  heck you can also use full fat peanut butter if ya want.  just melt it in the microwave a little first for better mixability.

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the stuff: (source)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup chocolate PB2
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • *optional* 1/4 cup rolled, uncooked oats (either leave them as-is or grind them into a fine flour)
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup water + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

do this:

  1. combine eggs, vanilla, agave nectar and water in a small mixing bowl.
  2. combine PB2, cocoa powder, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
  3. add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
  4. pour mixture into an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan coated with no stick cooking spray.
  5. bake for 30 minutes on 325 degrees or until an inserted coupon comes out clean.

recipe makes 12 brownies.  nutritional stats can be found on my Instagram post at the moment until i add them here!

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before i go, thank you to Rosa from Enlightened Ice Cream for the coupons!! i cannot WAIT to pick up my samples at Sprouts Farmers Market soon.  these bars are low in calories (70), high in protein (8g) and fiber (5g), 20% of the RDA for calcium, and contains only 2g of fat and 3g of sugar.  It’s made from rBST-free milk, is gluten free, and contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners!  i like. review coming soon.

nite!

le

 

 

crunchy ginger rotisseri chicken wrap + stay fuller longer

having the same thing i had for breakfast yesterday while there are a few La Tortilla Factory Tortillas left in this house. they go so fast cause we all like them! Chiso eats them as pb & j rollups, Sonny makes tacos, and quesadillas are my fave. the exact kind i get are only at the Sprouts Farmers Market closest to where i live.

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 since i always make them for lunch or dinner,  i tried a breakfast quesadilla this time with egg whites, red bell pepper, green onion, low fat turkey sausage, and 2% pepper jack cheese.  i cooked it on the griddle for 4-5 min on each side and threw in some tomatoes, bluebs, and homemade guacamole. excellent!

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 my day gets going after some good fuel, and this thing makes it so much easier to get stuff done around the house when baby boy is fussy or i just don’t want to put him down.  i received this Baby Bjorn as a gift while preggo with Chiso and i love it for home use and outings.  Dego is a thumb sucker and puts his whole hand over his face while he does it! so funny.

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so with breastfeeding and getting back to my random, sweaty workouts as of this week, i am double HOONGRY. this is ridiculous.  i just want to eat the entire fridge and pantry when i get home.  coincidently i got an email from Spark People titled ‘Tips to Stay Full Longer’ and i could not click the link fast enough.  these are some awesome tips to follow and i’ve already been doing some of them such as:

  • eat protein and fiber rich foods every 3-4 hours with healthy snacks in between (like fresh fruit and mixed nuts)
  • fill up on the non-starchy veggies and fibrous foods (leafy greens, cucumbers, red bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, sugar snap peas) with every meal
  • reach for natural fruit first to lessen/knock out those sugar cravings. remember, white sugar only makes you crave it MORE! it’s a dangerous cycle.
  • drink a full glass or bottle of water before every meal
  • take your time and eat!!! when i’m super hungry i rush and stuff myself (which is why eating every couple of hours is still the best option for me). it takes about 20 minutes for your tummy to tell your brain you are even full, but by that time it’s too late and you’re on your way to a food coma. take your time to chew and swallow every bite.

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today was my first day back on the stair master since i was like 6 or 7 months preggo!  my heart rate always shot up and being up so high with my belly made Sonny uncomfy so i just stopped using it. i didn’t miss it. lol. hurts so good though!  i did some intervals for about 30 minutes for my cardio and headed to a core class.  how about i modified everythang. my postpartum core is way stronger now than in my first pregnancy, but i still have a crap ton of work to do. but first….. :D

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afterwards, i picked up some of nature’s candy from Sprouts.  i love their 3 for 5 bucks sale! i got 2 strawberries and one pint of bluebs. and those sweet, crunchy nectaries of course.

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i also picked up another one of Annie’s all natural dressings– Gingerly.  winner!

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i wanted to use it right away, so for dinner, i threw some shredded rotisserie chicken, raw red bell pepper, bagged cabbage mix, cilantro, green onion, and crushed almonds into a bowl, poured in the dressing, and coated the chicken mixture in it.

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i grabbed a La Tortilla Factory tortilla, rolled the chicken mixture up really tight and made a Crunchy Ginger Rotisserie Chicken Wrap that had so much flavor!  please try this, guys!

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 for dessert i skipped the fruit and had some Arctic Zero with mini chocolate chips, fat-free Redi Whip, and sprinkles lol. have a fun friday night and a great weekend!

le

Q: what are your thoughts on Artic Zero? yay? nay? 

 i add a tbsp of Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate syrup to mine, stir until creamy, and add a few toppings first. hits the sweet spot.

Torchy’s Tacos + surprise!

 aaaaaahh…  sunday.  Dego woke up at 4am to nurse as usual and i didn’t get back to sleep until around 6. before i knew it,  it was time to get on up for church!

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ready for my 2nd date of the weekend and unbeknownst to me, we headed to Torchy’s Tacos on our side of town. that line was serious!  it was our first time there, and i’m sure Sonny remembered me saying we needed to check them out a few weeks ago. i kinda wanted brunch brunch, but rolled with it.

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little did i know there was a pretty lil’ lunch guest already there and waiting on us to arrive- my dear friend Ericka!!   talk about a pleasant surprise- i was so happy to finally see and talk to her in person again and not via computer or phone as she lives in another city.  we spent the afternoon eating and laughing, and if she were staying longer we would have hit the gym together too i’m sure!   i’m so honored to know her and excited about where God is taking her foster care program Think Love Smart, as well as all her other endeavors!

Ericka had been to Torchy’s once before and said the Democrat w/ chicken was great, so i took her word for it.

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she was absolutely right.  shredded fajita chicken, topped with fresh avocado, queso fresco, cilantro, onions, and a wedge of lime on corn tortillas.

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Sonny got something yummy looking with eggs, beef,  and cheese on flour tortillas,

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and i split the Mr. Orange with him as well.  salmon (duh), queso fresco, avocado, sweet corn, and black beans on corn tortillas. my fave of the bunch!  YUM.

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then we went to relax, hang out, and catch up.  our kiddos love them some Ericka too! wrong boob though, Dego. so funny.

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after E hit the road, so did i! i did some GGG (gym, grocery shopping, & grazing (grazing in the bulk aisle of course).  i did almost 1 hour of treadmill intervals… ya, more intervals, i know, i know.  booooring. i expect to get cleared to workout THIS week and i’m crazy excited about it!  i need workout variety in my life right now.

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 made a few meals for Sonny and i for the next two days or so and shut the kitchen down. lean protein, veggies, good fat, and complex carbs on the side.  if you’re interested in a customized meal AND workout plan (because you can’t be efficient without both), email me! leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com. i will be starting my 6 Pack plan as soon as my OB gives me the green light.

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oh wait and then there’s this guy.  i can feel my cool whip addiction creeping back up on me from these crazy postpartum sweets cravings.  this is still a lighter alternative than say full fat ice cream or a restaurant dessert though.  sugar-free cool whip and low-fat honey graham crackers.  place it in the freezer so the cool whip can harden first.  all things in moderation!

Q: moms, are your preggo cravings different from your postpartum cravings?

Q: what have you tried at Torchy’s?

le

light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake & home HIIT moves

i had a little cabin fever Tuesday after my Total Conditioning class was canceled cause of the freezing temps and icy Houston roads. i have to be honest with you guys… home workouts are still hard for me to get through :shock: . being up in front of my class at the gym is my motivation to keep going and never quit. i know my members are looking up to me for motivation but they provide the exact same thing for me.  i’m 58 times more likely to stop when it burns when i’m at home. when i’m up on stage i don’t feel a thing. i just look at my HR watch an hour later and it says 800+ calories burned :lol: . anyway, i make up my class routines the night before so i pretty much did the whole thing without a step bench in my dining room and got a really good sweat going.

got the job done. try some of these exercises for getting your heart rate UP.

HIIT is great for burning fat while keeping all your hard-earned muscle, e.g. like sprinting on a track or treadmill.  you can only hold this high rate of intensity for so long, so you give it all you got for 30 seconds – 1 minute then recover. i do it gradually by starting with a basic exercise move then building on it from there (see example vid above).  my heart rate has to stay in the safe range of 140-150 since i’m preggo, so i don’t go full throttle anymore. but YOU can! if you’re not preggo.  if you have never taken Total Conditioning at Lifetime Fitness, YOU MUST.

on to one of my favorite cakes to eat growing up.  i don’t have it often at all and i didn’t want to have to resort to a boxed cake mix (even though they taste awesome too) so i created this one. finally got it right on the 3rd try.

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light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake

the stuff:

  • 1/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 2 tbsp organic whipped buttery spread (i used Earth Balance)
  • 7 fresh or canned pineapple slices
  • 3.5 **maraschino cherries
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple juice (you can use more milk if you’d like)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour OR cake flour (i used King Arthur)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

do this:

  1. preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. coat a 9 inch round or square pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  3. melt and coat the bottom of your pan with whipped butter spread until even.
  4. next, sprinkle 1/3 cup of coconut crystals in the bottom of your pan on top of the butter.
  5. lay pineapple rings flat in bottom of pan; place cherry halves in center of the rings.
  6. mix egg, 2/3 cup coconut crystals, coconut oil, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  7. in a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder well.
  8. slowly add your wet mixture to your dry and stir until all combined, no lumps.
  9. pour batter on top of pineapple rings evenly.
  10. bake for 30-33 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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let it cool, then flip the pan over and convert it onto a plate. see below.

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 ta-da.

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**let’s chat. maraschino cherries are not healthy. no way around it.  i used them cause they just go with the standard pineapple upside down cake recipe. they just do. it’s not the same without them. you don’t have to use them though! chances are you don’t even have any in your fridge anyway. you can actually make them yourself using fresh cherries, or find another fruit to use. be creative.

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i equate the area under the individual pineapple slice as one serving, so there are seven up there.

per 1 serving: 264 calories, 10g fat, 38g carbs, 4g protein.

not too shabby when compared to Betty’s stats ;)

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so i’m taking my very first cooking class at Sur La Table tomorrow, aaaagggghhh!!!! and guess what we’re making?! the best food ever on earth. homemade PIZZA.  this class had my name all over it.  i plan to start teaching my own cooking & exercise classes as early as next month so i’m getting all the tips, info, and advice i can stuff into my brain. more details to come VERY soon- it’s pretty much February already :shock:

le

food with friends + updated clean shrimp fried rice recipe

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i got the chance to feed these gorgeous, fit ladies this past weekend! Kimberly (l) & Nichola are figure competitors and group fitness instructors in addition to their respective full-time careers.  busy women who make fitness a priority.  i.e., my kinda’ women. they took about all the teasing they could stand from my facebook and IG pics and invited themselves over :P . j/k, we finally got our schedules together after trying to plan something for months.  i thoroughly enjoyed cooking for them and the non-stop laughter the entire time. check out tha spread:

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hummus (topped with a little EVOO, s & p) with fresh cut red, yellow, orange bell peppers, cucumbers, and those addicting pretzel crisps, the sesame variety.

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of course i made burgers. you know me. i let my apple-chicken burger mix marinate over night to ensure a flavor packed patty. it’s a fam fave. also, homemade guacamole, lettuce tomato,  Sweet n’ Spicy Sweet Potato Fries from my e-book accompanied the burgers.  the toasted buns were sprouted grain from Alvarado Street Bakery.

20140118_141950_1yogurt bar!  i thought it was a great healthy dessert idea.  non-fat plain yogurt, sliced almonds, pumpkin flax granola, berries, and stevia or light agave nectar for sweetness.

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breakfast and snacks for us for the next few days, yum.

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thanks Kimberly!  

i hope you guys can use some of these ideas for your next gathering.

also, the base recipe for my clean shrimp fried brown rice can be found here, but i added a few extra thangs the last time i made it (last week) like:

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pineapple! the tropical twist was so refreshing; you’ll love it.  as far as the shrimp marinade, i used Weber All Natural Boston Bay seasoning blend instead of the Mrs. Dash and only 1 tbsp of liquid aminos.  try this asap.

 so super bowl is upon us! and once again my husband waits two weeks before to mention hosting a party. who does that? i know it’s a big event (and annual) but it’s outta sight outta mind to me and i don’t watch ESPN. womp :x

Q: what are you doing for the big game this year?

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

Blog Elevated Conference + peanut butta banana fudgy brownies


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fit foodie le is headed to the Blog Elevated conference this month!!!!! i learned about this conference a few months ago and, well, everything about it grabbed my attention.  learning more about one of my favorite things to do in one of my favorite places in Houston?  um i HAVE to be there.  i must. and by the grace of God, I AM IN THAT THANG, free of charge.   i am just one big ol’ sponge ready to soak up ALL kinds of blogging knowledge.  crazy excited to say the least… this is like an overnight adult field trip.  if you’re going, well, i’ll be seeing you there then won’t i :)! i’m ready to take Fit Foodie Le to the next level baby.

everything you need to know about attending this fan-flippin-tastic  conference is right HEA.

oh you like brownies? me three. try theeeeeeese:

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peanut butta banana fudgy brownies

the stuff:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tbsp Stevia for Baking blend
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp PB2 (in powder form)

do this:

combine everything in your food processor and blend until smooth.  this is optional, but you can fold in 1/4 a cup (or however many you like really) mini chocolate chips, or mix up some PB2 slightly gooey-er than usual (using unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and swirl it into the top of your brownie batter before baking.  see below:

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your call though, as always.  350 degrees for 40 minutes in your baking pan that has been coated with no-stick cooking spray,  and all is right with the world.  under your roof anyway.

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oooooh yeah. the topping on this one is mashed banana and chocolate PB2 swirled together and dotted with mini chocolate chips.

makes 12! for 1(excluding toppings):

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Q: have you ever attended a conference concerning your area of interest? was it worth it? how did you benefit from it? you knew that was coming, come on.

le