me, skeptical? thai coconut curry tofu

yep.

the only other time i’ve used tofu at home is in my vegan pumpkin pie recipe.

to buy and cook it for dinner?  i wouldn’t even know where to start, nor am i ready for Sonny and Chiso’s side-eyes.

you can bet i was very hesitant about trying the Thai Coconut Curry Tofu meal from Fitzee Foods.

‘oven roasted tofu simmered in a delicious coconut curry broth with peppers, mushrooms, snow peas atop organic steamed brown rice.  an Asian delight, vegetarian style.’

 fair enough.

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it looked DELISH in the package, but prolly cause i thought it was chicken.

well, i’m a foodie so i had to take a bite. a big one.

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i’m always quick to tell Sonny not to let past food experiences ruin current and future ones. chances are you just didn’t like the way a certain type of food was prepared. try it a different way.

soooo i had to eat my words along with this tofu.

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it tasted as flavorful as it looks.  the sauce rocked.  it was savory AND sweet at the same time, the veggies were still crisp, and the tofu really did hold its flavor and texture!

TOFU is synonymous with vegetarianism and made with soybeans, water, and a coagulant/curdling agent.  still with me? you will usually find two kinds in your grocery store: soft and firm.   it’s high in protein and calcium, and known for its ability to absorb new flavors through spices and marinades.  it’s like a flavor chameleon!

if you’re not a tofu pro either though, watch this to see how to make your tofu taste like meat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS6qomMfe8o

by the way, the Thai Curry Coconut Tofu meal is vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free! to have one shipped to your front door, click here to view the extensive menu and order online. don’t forget to tell them fit foodie le sent you ;)

le

buy 4 get 1 free! + Sprout Channel

only two more Thursdays ’til Turkey Day yall!

this is my highlight meal for the week:

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this filling, savory meal is the Baked Penne with Sausage and Kale from FITzee Foods.  the kale part immediately sparked my taste buds!  whole wheat penne pasta, chicken italian sausage, and fresh kale all baked together with a dairy-free cream sauce, mushrooms, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh herbs. i’m lovin’ it.

—–> a ‘buy 4 meals get the 5th free‘ deal is happening right, right now! take advantage, fit friends.<—–

i would just love to express my joy for the Sprout channel real quick.

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my sis-in-law told me about it months ago and after the last adult joke i could stand from Sponge Bob i decided to look it up in our cable directory.

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3 words. WHAT A BLESSING.  Chiso has fallen head over heels in love with, well, every single show.  his absolute fave is Caillou.   Caillou games have mysteriously appeared on the iPad and neither Sonny nor myself put them there.  and then there’s Tree Fu Tom:

so even if we don’t head to the park, he can still move and shake indoors! that makes me one happy fit mom. but not happy enough to clean out that file cabinet.

Chiso sings,  interacts,  learns, & plays SO much more so than when the TV was on Nickelodeon or  Disney.  the Sprout channel caters to his crowd (24 hour pre-school channel) and i have really seen a different side of him these past few weeks.

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they have a fantastic, interactive website too! games, videos, and next on our agenda is printing out some of the blank coloring sheets provided of some of his favorite characters (soon as we get some more ink.) i am fond of several of the shows myself; especially The Goodnight Show :lol:.   i really like that they keep some of the classic shows like Sesame Street in rotation too. ooooh the memories. i am just too happy about this and wanted to share.

 parents, please check and see if your cable provider hosts this channel for your little one!  if you’re already a fan, which show does your little one love the most?

you can check out the FITzee Foods Facebook & Twitter pages, or click here to order.

le

ay caramba!

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i thought the original quote by Ellen DeGeneres ‘i really don’t think i need buns of steel. i’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.’ was freakin’ hilarious.  but i want both dang it, hence this ecard i made. it CAN be done!!! right? :shock:

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i taught my Barbell Strength class this morning as usual and it was SO DANG COLD outside!!!! ok it was like 50 degrees but after a long Houston Summer i’d say that’s pretty cold.  i wanted to teach in my Lulu jacket but after the warm up i was good to go.   when i pulled up to the gym there were so many empty parking spots. this is the kinda day where if i wasn’t an instructor i’d be home in my warm bed too, shoot.  i think i say that too often :lol: .however, class attendance was spectacular. i was so proud and kept thanking my members for just being there.  the weather can be a big factor in determining class attendance; especially at the crack of dawn and especially in the rain. their desire to keep their health a priority spoke volumes to me.

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sooooo, it’s that time again. new FITzee Foods meals comin’ at cha for the month of November. coming home to this box at my doorstep always makes me all giddy!!

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this was the first meal i cracked open last weekend that i have already blasted over twitter and facebook, i know, i know. just reminding you how light, filling, nutritious, and Paleo friendly it is/was.

however… i found a new menu item i have fallen head over heels for: Green Chili Enchiladas.

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oh yeah. whole wheat tortilla. pinto beans. green chilis. corn. carrots. onions. roasted tomatillo sauce. shredded, seasoned chicken breast chunks. spices. CHEESE. it tasted like it came straight from a restaurant kitchen!  i stopped by Trader Joe’s on my way home this morning so i cracked open some of the 0% greek yogurt i got and plopped a dollop on top. perfection.

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Chiso wouldn’t come anywhere near my fork but he did smile for our picture.  it’s such a crazy beautiful day so we ate outside on the porch.

 also, thanks to Michelle for the cute, fitted FITzee t-shirt i’m rockin’. #represent

Q: is the weather a big deterrent concerning getting your butt to the gym? be honest.

le

 

all natural + BOO

image(1)there are so many cute Halloween snacks on Pinterest and IG and this is as creative as i could get this morning.  that rain pouring down outside explains that face-  it’s supposed to last all day here in Houston!

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a year ago today…whew.  now he talks back and can operate an iPad better than his grandparents.

anyway, we’ll be carving pumpkins indoors tonight then.

***because it took me all day to get this post up, i’m happy to announce the sun is now, in fact, OUT!****

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up early livin’ the FITzee lifestyle this morning and getting my workout in before the busy day begins.  so, how did i get that sweaty?  you wanted a cardio workout so you got it!

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repeat this 3x’s through, but in between each set:

  • run one full lap around your track (or time a 2 minute run at a steady pace through your neighborhood)

OR

  • 2:10 minutes on the treadmill at 6.5 mph.

leave a comment and tell me what a SWEATY good time you had doing this!

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you should know by now that FITzee Foods meals are prepared with all natural ingredients.  why is this so important though?

because all-natural refers to food that is:

  • minimally processed
  • additive-free
  • chemical-free
  • no genetic manipulation
  • hormone-free
  • antibiotic-free
  • sweetener-free
  • food coloring-free
  • flavoring-free

i researched some of the more popular,  frozen, pre-packaged  ‘tv dinners’ and i’d like to show you something:

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(clockwise from the top left) Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Michelinas, & Smart Ones.

scary, huh :shock: .

processed foods have a completely different affect on my body, and you will notice a gigantic difference too once you start to eat whole, all natural foods on a consistent basis.  they slow my digestive system to a halt, they’re not as filling which intensifies my hunger or cravings ( usually with sweets/sugar), and they tend to bloat me from the high soduim or sugar levels.  besides, having to google ingredients before eating your meal kinda makes it less and less appetizing.  FITzee Foods keeps it fresh, all natural, and simple, but that means anything BUT bland, friends.  see for yourself just how flavorful and filling these meals are.

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now that’s an ingredient list i can dig and feel great about sharing with my growing fam bam. no additives or preservatives also means a shorter shelf life, so this is just a reminder to either refrigerate, freeze, or eat your FITzee meals immediately upon arrival.  if frozen, they are good for up to two more months.

you can check out the FITzee Foods Facebook & Twitter pages, or click here to order!

BE SAFE TONIGHT ;)

le

ideal meal size?

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wouldn’t that be awesome?  every day might not be this way realistically, but the potential is always there.  ‘it’s not the stress that kills us, it’s how we react to it.’  always choose happiness, positivity, and PEACE.

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that Will Rogers quote is straight awesome because it reminded me of last night’s tweet: ‘God will enable you, but he won’t do it for you.’ story of my life.

 class (and breakfast) went well this morning, but every time the temp outside drops, it seems my class numbers do too!  if i didn’t have to be there, i prolly would have stayed in the bed a bit longer this morning myself :lol:

 i was browsing around on the FITzee Foods website and found a nifty Nutrition Calculator that helps you determine your ideal meal size!  confused on your daily macronutrient intake? you should check this app. out.

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all you have to do is select your sex,

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 update the designated areas with your info (age, height, weight, activity level),

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and your approximate Ideal Meal Size (broken down into weight loss, gain, or maintenance) is calculated for you!  that’s not even the best part- a list of meals that correspond with your daily macronutrient needs are populated in those categories above:

meals & snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinner, FITzee Bars.   it tells you the size and quantity of your meals and snacks per day, so all you have to do is click’em, pick’em and order’em!

user-friendly indeed.

Q: what are you gonna be for Halloween this year?

le

fluffy pancakes & fluffy tummies

i let someone else take the reins on my late PWO breakfast today :shock: .

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FITzee Food’s Banana Flax Pancakes with Agave were quite the highlight of my morning!  sure they are sweetened with agave, but my pancakes need syrup.  it’s a packaged deal.

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dumped drizzled some zero calorie Walden Farms pancake syrup as well as some pumpkin flax granola  (from the bulk bins of Sprouts Farmer’s Market) on top, making these, well, over-the-top!  full muscles = happy muscles.

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exhibit A :shock:

it’s no longer weird feeling this way once you know the culprit!  this was prolly one of the most puzzling and straight annoying bumps along my ever-evolving fitness journey. identifying trigger foods (foods that trigger reactions in a person e.g. gluten sensitivity = celiac disease) can be helpful in relieving certain ailments, eliminating excess weight, or preventing IBS (tummy issues e.g., uncomfortable, painful, gas, bloating, fluffiness, etc).  how do you pinpoint them? conduct a little experiment on yourself.  remember, health and fitness is all about trial and error.  find out what your body benefits best from and stick with it☝. first,

  • keep a food dairy
  •  track what you eat
  • track when you eat 
  • take note of how you feel afterwards

after a few weeks (yep, this takes time but the process is always worth it) you should be able to see a pattern. once you have identified a possible trigger food, eliminate it from your diet for two weeks straight.  was there a change? mentally? physically? add that particular food back in and pay close attention to your reaction, if any. once these foods are identified, they can either be avoided easily, completely, or at the very least, finally give you some dang answers!!!  my trigger foods are dairy,  broccoli, and Kashi.  i haven’t cut them out completely, but i know when not to eat them, that’s for darn sure.  no two piece swimsuits or form-fitting clothing for me for a few days!  hope this helps someone else as much as it has helped me.  learning your body is a process, fit friends. and fyi, i had some chicken pizza from Ruggles Green with a bunch of crème fraiche, mozzarella and fontina cheeses on it a few hours before the right pic. it was so worth it lol.

so, why does FITzee Foods offer all these specialty diet options?

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although we all have different dietary needs,  we still have one thing in common.  we all want to eat GOOD! right!? right.  FITzee Foods has something for everybody!

smile, tomorrow’s friday yall :)

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