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having a little fun with healthy breakfasts these days!  it’s whatever works and gets Chiso’s plate clean, and these have proven to do just that. he thinks it’s hilarious (telling a funny story along with it helps too) and i enjoy creating them. just some ideas for your picky eater(s) fueled by Pinterest.

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banana bear faces using Sara Lee whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

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 the original ‘recipe’ actually used blueberries for the eyes and nose, but they were a no-go.

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this morning we had whole wheat pancakes and i’d love to share this easy recipe with ya as promised.

easy whole wheat pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 2 tbsp
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder

do this:

  1. heat your griddle or pan to med heat and coat it with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. mix all ingredients well in a large mixing bowl.
  3. drop 2 tbsp worth of batter onto your griddle and cook 2-3 minutes on each side (flip when you see bubbles form)
  4. top however you’d like and eat warm!

makes 15 (or more) silver dollar sized pancakes. for 1:

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i added natural pb and chocolate chips to Ralph too. happy friday :)

le

sweet slow cooker cornish hens + ‘Chopped’ suey

did anybody else catch the new ep of Chopped tonight!? i’m a huge fan of the show and while i thought one of the competitors, Lauren Von Der Pool ‘s performance was totally disrespectful yet comical, social media pretty much agreed and proceeded to rip her to shreds immediately the show aired :shock: . after watching i just had to google her name (apparently i wasn’t alone) and i’m just blown away yet again at the wrath of social media, my goodness.  it’s 2014 and words still hurt.  they always will.  i wish her much success and sincerely hope she takes away some valuable lessons from her Chopped experience.  anyway, i hope your #sundayfamilyfunday was pleasant!  i whipped out my crock pot this morning before church and threw this together:madewithOver-4

sweet slow cooker cornish hens

the stuff:

  • 3 whole cornish game hens
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Crystals (or coconut sugar)

do this:

  1. set slow cooker to 4hrs & 30 minutes on low
  2. place thawed birds in slow cooker
  3. coat birds in liquid aminos
  4. drizzle birds with light agave nectar
  5. sprinkle birds with cracked black pepper
  6. sprinkle birds with coconut crystals / sugar
  7. turn the birds every hour or so and coat them with the pan drippings to ensure it cooks evenly and is flavored evenly.

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i was supposed to cook these guys for new years day but never got around to it.  they were served with turnip greens and a giant baked sweet potato topped with cinnamon and a tiny bit of Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread. tip: spray your pot with no-stick cooking spray first; i forgot to do so.

my early am Lifetime classes are back on the schedule after a 2 week holiday break!  i’ll be hitting my new members and veterans with new moves, new music and a bigger bump :lol:

le

hearty turkey casserole + fit foodie lean legs workout

while i was away at the BE Conference (that post is in the works), my FITzee Foods orders came in!  thankfully Sonny only got to one meal before i got my hands on them :x.  i now have a new favorite to add to my list i wanted to share with ya:

Mom’s Hearty Turkey Casserole

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layers of sautéed vegetables, lean ground turkey, rich tomato sauce, and mashed yams all baked to perfection and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese!   low carb and gluten-free.  it was the first meal i cracked open and it reminded me of a healthified shepherd’s pie.  this experience was over way too fast.

*stats: 353 cals, 16g fat, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 29g protein*

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then i hit the gym to combat the massive amount of sugar i ate over the weekend :shock:

i created that lean leg routine up there while using the limited hotel gym at the conference, and did it again that day.    grab two dumbbells (preferably 10′s or higher) and a sturdy wall to lean on for the wall sits and have at it.  3-5 times through, no breaks!

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i couldn’t decide which bar to eat for my post workout snack so i ate both!!!! kidding, i had the apples ‘n oats, my fave.

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afterwards, PWO grocery shopping.  which is always a bad idea for me.  i can never wait until i get home to open something up.  you can eat them in the car. you can eat them on a chair. you can eat them ANYWHERE.  get those greens in :)

the FITzee Food’s menu changes frequently because they use local, seasonal and natural ingredients.  make sure to keep checking the online menu to see the latest and greatest culinary delights – they just might become your new favorite.

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in those defeated moments, think back to why you even started your journey in the first place.

then keep going, friends!!!

 FITzee Food questions? email me directly at le@fitfoodiele.com.  to order your healthy meals, go check out the September menu- October is upon us! 

le

prepped meal prep

soooooo, up until yesterday i had been shutting my kitchen down after breakfast and not cooking a thing. like at all.

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this photo was taken a few days ago so you can pretty much triple the amount of empty trays up there now.

FITzee Foods has been doing ALL the ‘work’, and i do not mind at all! aaaaah… convenience.

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how many times can a person say ‘just heat and eat!’ before driving their husband mad? i’ll keep you posted. i tried the scrumptious Cornmeal Chicken with Potato Mash &  Pepper sauté meal before heading out for a walk with Chiso recently.  it’s dairy & gluten-free like a majority of the meals.  what’s gluten? hold that thought.  crispy cornmeal crusted chicken, creamy mashed red potatoes and spicy corn. a tasty triple threat! the meals come in small, medium, large, and XL sizes by the way.

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 our physical activity for that day was plain ol’ walking.  or in Chiso’s case, riding.  he got out of the stroller and did his thing on the playground though!  anyway, the small size provided the perfect amount of fuel til we got back.

sonny handled up on the low carb southwestern breakfast while we were gone,

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but not before i took a few bites

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and snapped a few pics ;) . delish.

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so, what the heck is gluten?

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see above! i’m sure you have seen ‘gluten-free’ this and that on just about EVERYTHANG up in your favorite health food store these days. is it really that big a deal? well, if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, then naw, prolly not.  in essence, ‘gluten-free’ is a speciality diet, just like dairy-free, grain-free, vegan, vegetarian, carnivorian :shock: , etc., etc., etc.

most grocery stores now have a special gluten-free/natural section these days- just ask.

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hear me loud and clear though — gluten-free does N-O-T deem a product healthier than it’s gluten-filled counterpart (e.g. rolled oats vs. gluten-free rolled oats)! your body may respond differently, but the nutritional stats are identical.  if you can tolerate gluten and enjoy it, there is no reason to avoid it!  don’t let another celebrity touting the ‘weight-loss’  benefits of his or her new gluten-free diet steer you away from the foods you love.  chances are they are/were affected by celiac disease and function a whole lot better after eliminating gluten from their diet.  if you do have celiac disease, after consuming gluten you might experience:

  • gas
  • bloating
  • belly pain
  • constipation (especially in children)
  • fatigue, exhaustion (immediately after eating a meal that contains gluten)
  • joint/bone pain, skin problems, depression

so how do you test for it? an elimination diet is your best bet.  i did this myself with dairy via my bikini competition training and well, it was spot on and very effective.  as you know, i have since introduced dairy back into my life in small amounts cause well, i love frozen yogurt, soft serve, just ice cream in general.  no restriction ova here.  so, try eliminating gluten from your diet for 2 straight weeks and see how your body responds before and after you consume gluten again. document your experiment!

 it’s quite super that FITzee foods is able to provide a plethora of options for their customers to suit their individual dietary needs!

Q: have you ever attempted a specialty diet lifestyle? (vegetarian, vegan, etc).  have you kept up with it?

 i was a vegetarian for about 8 months before calling it quits a couple years back.

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!

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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

 

mmmm….crusty

  i ate Papa Johns pizza 10 outta 10 months of my pregnancy.  it was my celebratory meal after doing my first fitness competition.  pizza is neck and neck with mac n cheese as my fav food.  i keep my eyes peeled for healthy, lower calorie/carb pizza crust recipes that i can make at home.  however…….i’m not willing to accept a tortilla, portobello mushroom :shock: english muffin, or any other item attempting to be passed off as pizza crust!  now THIS though…this is just my speed right here.  yet another recipe inspired by IG (Instagram) that i have made every day since i found it.  once i find something i love i make it until i force myself not to make it  anymore.

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the crust is composed of… breakfast. oatmeal and egg whites.  together.
 but you don’t have to eat it for breakfast if you don’t want to.  i don’t.

Trader Joe’s organic pizza sauce, ground chicken, goat cheese, fresh roma tomatoes, mushrooms, and cilantro went on my very first attempt at this recipe, pictured above.  your turn.

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the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water (mix until desired consistency but not too thin!)

do this:

  1. pre-heat your oven to 400 degress.
  2. throw the ingredients above into your blender or food processor and blend away until smooth
  3.  add more water if you need to.  i like my crust with texture, so i pulsed my blender a few times and left it semi chunky.  you can put it on high and blend until completely smooth though, it’s your call.  the seasoning are also up to you.  if you don’t like Italian seasoning,  by all means, use somethin ya do like.
  4.  spray your medium heated skillet with no-stick cooking spray, and scrape the contents of your blender right into it.
  5. it starts to cook immediately, so start spreading it as soon as it hits the pan.
  6. once it’s cooked on one side (3-4 minutes) flip it over and let the other side cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  7.  finally, slide the crust onto your oven pan (spray that with no-stick cooking spray  too) and  add your toppings.  remember, less is more.  don’t over crowd!  thumbs down to soggy pizza crust. blech.

1 serving = entire crust (egg whites, oatmeal, garlic & seasonings)

not too shabby, huh!  low-fat, and loaded with fiber and protein.  my skillet is not terribly big, so my first crust was thicker than i wanted it to be since i poured in all my batter at once.  the next few times, i poured half the batter in and made two thin crust pizzas.

 yall know i’m all about stretching my food!

i have been topping my crusts with whatever i have on hand.  ground chicken, ground turkey, grilled chicken, salmon, and even tuna.  same with the veggies/cheese- i have put some crazy stuff together and so will you!

le