supercharge your workout

pre workout snacks i’ve been having all week:

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half a banana + natural peanut butter in the early, early mornings,

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plain, 0% greek yogurt with crumbled up brown rice cakes, fruit, and agave nectar, + the simplest pre-workout shake ever on earth.

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IG has some of the most beautiful and extravagant smoothie recipes and pictures i have ever seen… but hey, i do what i can in smoothie world :lol:

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this one’s rich in nitrates, potassium, carbs, good fat and perfect before smashing your workout. the almond butter can be omitted or adjusted according to your macros.

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thanks for the coaster love- they are from IKEA as well, just like the placemats!

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still having no luck whatsoever getting him to eat veggies of any kind, so watching him drink spinach never gets old.

brrrrr, stay warm out there yall! HAPPY FRIDAY!

Q: share your favorite, easiest smoothie recipe below. how often do you make them?

le

starter grocery list + Paleo Roast Pork with Apple Chutney & Butternut Squash

‘i want to be healthier.’

you do? ok, read!

first off, breathe. don’t over-complicate things.  this process does not go from 0-60 in 3 seconds and you won’t either. it’s a gradual thing. a lifestyle thing.  one that you will see and feel the effects of if you just stick with it.  little by little, a little becomes a lot.  we know by now that proper nutrition and physical fitness is a package deal. can’t have one without the other.  i will be focusing on the nutrition part of the equation for now as this is where your journey begins:

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here is a staple starter grocery list to save, print out, and take with you to the grocery store.  i go into detail about each section below and provide some of my favorite brands and where to get’em. keep reading.

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key:

WF = Whole Foods

SFM = Sprouts Farmers Market

WM = Walmart

TG = Target

TJ = Trader Joes

HEB = HEB Pantry (local)

K = Kroger (local)

ALL = available at all listed stores

grains / cereals / breads

  • Ezekiel brand breads and tortillas WF, SP
  • Ezekiel cereal varieties WF, SP, WM, K, HEB
  • Alvarado Street Bakery brand bread WF, SP
  • La Tortilla Factory tortillas & wraps WF, SP, WM, K, HEB
  • Nature’s Own Double Fiber Wheat Bread WM, K, HEB, TG
  • Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful brand bread HEB, WM, K, TG
  • Trader Joe’s whole grain breads TJ
  • Sprouts Farmers Market whole grain breads SFM

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i find that rolled, quick oats, oat bran, rice, quinoa, and couscous are cheapest when bought in bulk.  whip out your calculator and do the math if you must and compare the price per lb to whatever way you previously purchased these items.  yeah, those Uncle Ben’s single serving rice pouches are DELICIOUSLY easy to prepare and taste so good, but they just aren’t cost-effective and you know it! buy your rice in bulk and season it yourself.

flours / nuts / oils

  • Bob’s Red Mill flour varieties  WF, SP, HEB, K, WM, TG
  • flours & nuts from the bulk bins of WF, HEB, or SP
  • choose unrefined, virgin, and cold-pressed oils ALL
  • roasted & unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans)  in bulk WF, SP, HEB

starchy veggies 

  • fresh & frozen are best. if you must do canned, look for a low/no sodium option. these are veggies that are carbohydrate rich, higher in sugar content, have an adverse affect on blood glucose levels, and load you with energy. any on the list above will do; pick your fave. if unsure about how to classify a particular veggie, use this helpful list of starchy veggies. ALL

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non-starchy veggies

  • fresh & frozen are best. if you must do canned, look for a low/no sodium option.  these are veggies that contain fewer calories and carbs, lower sugar content, and have little to no effect on blood glucose levels and are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals. any on the  list above will do; pick your fave. if unsure how to classify a particular veggie use this helpful list of non-starchy veggies. ALL

fruit

  • fresh & frozen are best.  beware of packaged and canned fruit which can contain crazy high amounts of sugar. read your labels!  don’t forget avocado is a fruit and high and good fat. we know fruit is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and natural sugar, but the sugar content does vary per fruit, so choose wisely.  here’s a chart of some of the most popular and available fruit choices that gives you an accurate depiction of the sugar content for a 1 cup serving. ALL

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here’s a more detailed list:


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dairy

  • Lactaid brand milk & cottage cheese ALL
  • Greek yogurt brands: Fage, Chiobani, Oikos, Trader Joes ALL
  • Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges ALL
  • Mini Babybel light cheese ALL

non-dairy

  • Blue Diamond, Silk unsweetened vanilla and original almond milk ALL
  • Lisanatti Almond Cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella) WF, SFM
  • Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese spread WFM, TJ, SFM, HEB, K
  • Trader Joe’s canned light coconut milk TJ

meat / seafood  / protein

  • boneless & skinless turkey and chicken breast ALL
  • 97-99% extra lean ground turkey, chicken, and beef ALL
  • choose  cuts of beef with the least marbling
  • leanest beef cuts: eye of round, sirloin tip and steak, top & bottom round roast & steak ALL
  • shellfish: scallops, mussels, lobster, shrimp, crab ALL
  • choose low sodium canned beans and rinse beans under cold water before cooking: navy, kidney, black, lima, chick peas, pinto, black-eyed peas. ALL
  • HEB & Crystal Farms egg whites ALL, HEB
  • fish: cod, salmon, tilapia, flounder, trout,  halibut, mahi mahi, perch, snapper, sole, tuna (canned and packed in water) ALL

seasonings / sauces / sweeteners

  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos WM, WFM, SFM, K, HEB
  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar WM, WFM, SFM, K, HEB
  • all fresh herbs (sage, cilantro, oregano, basil, dill)  ALL
  • any salt-free standalone spice or seasoning blend (Mrs. Dash, McCormick, Trader Joes, Generic brands ALL
  • use fresh lemon / lime just for natural seasoning, flavoring & marinating ALL
  • liquid smoke WM, TG, K, HEB
  • Heinz low carb ketchup ALL

so do you just go buy the entire list at once? no! remember, i spoke with Tiara in HEB the other day and here’s that grocery shopping advice i gave her in a nutshell: ‘depending on how ambitious you feel, pick 2, or 3 recipes you know you’ll be making in the next 2 weeks or so and do your grocery shopping based on those ingredients.  else, there’s a good chance you may not use everything you purchased and have to throw it away.  we know some items have longer shelf lives of course, but the majority of what is thrown away is spoiled produce.’ i try to limit my store visits to 2-3 times a month.  i make large batches of a recipe at a time, and we have those meals/leftovers for the next 2-3 days before switching to something new.  sometimes i’ll cook two large batches of two different recipes at a time and alternate those meals for more variety.

 grocery shopping tips:

  1. buy fresh AND frozen produce
  2. only buy produce in-season and on sale to save $
  3. make a list first and stick to it
  4. don’t shop when you’re hungry
  5. set a monthly or bi-weekly budget and don’t go over it
  6. buy meat in bulk and freeze what you don’t use immediately
  7. buy generic brands whenever possible
  8. shop the perimeter of the store (fresh meat, bread, produce, dairy).  processed foods tend to rule those isles.

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Q: questions?  FIRE AWAY!  what would you like to see MORE of? what wasn’t covered or covered in enough detail?  i need your feedback. email me or comment below.

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my featured FITzee meal of the week:

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Paleo Pork Roast with Apple Chutney and Butternut Squash

all natural, dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo friendly & smells and tastes like FALL.

place your FITzee Foods order to be shipped right to your doorstep now.

le


oatmeal banana mini muffins

imagedo you believe that?  this phrase has been echoing in my mind since the day i read it, several weeks ago.  i said earlier on IG that i accepted my first formal health and fitness speaking engagement and well, i can honestly say that this is THE first public speaking event i’m actually excited about!!! prolly cause it’s concerning health and fitness :) .  i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t nervous, but hey, if it doesn’t challenge me, it doesn’t change me.  time to start SPEAKING along with all this typing!  if God brings you to something, He will surely take you through it. keep walking in faith and reaching for your dreams, friends… if i can get my sometimes timid and scary behind up there and do the one thing that terrifies most people, YOU CAN TOO.20130725_080411

super ripe bananas mean what? some baking is about to go down.   for breakfast this morning after my class, i made some banana oatmeal mini muffins.  i had the boy in mind- he loves these things and as long as i keep them coming, he will keep gobbling.

20130725_094643there is a similar recipe in my ebook for these puppies, and i got the calorie count even lower in there! pretty excited about that.

oatmeal banana mini muffins:

the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup ground rolled or quick oats ( or oat flour)
  • 1 small super ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • pinch of salt

do this:

mix real good until smooth!  if you’d like to use your food processor, that’s cool too.  i kinda liked the banana chunks in each bite though.  fill your tins 3/4 of the way up and cook these guys for 7-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. i topped mine with a banana slice, a drizzle of chocolate PB2 (mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk), and a dark chocolate chip.

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makes 19-20 mini muffins. for 1 muffin (excluding toppings):

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tty lata!

le

red, white, & blueberries

 

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happy 4th of July guys! this tower of straight awesomeness was displayed at Sweets in City Centre earlier this week.  isn’t it pretty!? pretty and patriotic indeed. hope you had a blast celebrating.

i celebrated by making and eating cliché red, white, and blue themed food all day. :)

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breakfast was a big bowl of cinnamon oat bran topped with juicy blueberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and Walden Farms pancake syrup, and a cup of scrambled egg whites. i have been eating my oat bran this way for the past several weeks cause it’s so addicting! i was up super-duper early this morning cause well,  i didn’t sleep. again.

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been dealing with ebook issues all week y’all, my goodness.  the previous post concerning the book (fit foodie lean) will be updated with new info for ya. bear with me.

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after my boys woke up later, i made them some banana pancakes topped with fresh berries, sugar-free cool whip, and sprinkles!  we have sprinkles often though, so this was no big deal to Chiso.

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holidays always put me in an extra special baking mood, and i went with a light vanilla angel food cake with an american flag fruit design on top.  this is like a cool whip classic dessert that never gets old.  here’s my version though:

light vanilla 👼angel food cake🍰:

the stuff:

  • 🍓1 cup stevia for baking (not the packets)
  • 🍓1/2 cup coconut crystals
  • 🍓1 tsp vanilla
  • 🍓1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 100% whole wheat pastry flour (or any cake flour)
  • 🍓12 egg whites
  • 🍓1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 🍓1/4 tsp salt
  • 🍓1tsp lemon juice

do this:

👉mix 3/4 (half) of sugar mixture and flour together, and 👊beat egg whites with mixer until foamy💭.

add cream of tartar and salt and beat until soft peaks🗻form.

add remaining 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp at a time until soft peaks form.

👊beat in lemon juice. sift flour/sugar mixture in 1/4 cup at a time folding until incorporated.

spoon the batter into cupcake pans, round pans, bundt pans, square pans, whatever🙆.

adjust cooking times for a 325 degree oven.  bake and cool.

         makes: 12 pieces

1 piece per serving:

angel food cake statsnote:  now, ☝if you don’t follow these steps exactly, you might be having angel food brick🏠for dessert🙎. not that it wont still taste good though! top with sugar-free cool whip and 🍓berries🍓.

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i went to get my workout outta the way cause we had a few parties to attend later  that evening.  i came home thinking these two were getting dressed to go but found the opposite…

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first stop, Dami’s 4th of July party!  you know she lives in NY, so i see her every chance i get when she’s in town.  happy belated birthday to her hubby, Niyi.

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who else is in town? my big brother!!!! he works overseas and surprised our entire family this weekend and just popped up outta no where.  that’s just his style.  spending as much time with this dork as possible before he leaves again. *tear*

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so i had cake twice on the 4th- i could NOT pass up this slice of pure heaven from Maureen’s Gourmet Bakery in Sugar Land, TX, Dami’s fave cake place.  i totally see why!  the icing was not too sweet, creamy, fluffy, and the moist vanilla cake was just….perfect.  i mean really.

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was it worth another serving in a cup and eaten with a spoon? :shock: heck yes. i know party food can be tempting, so i made an IG post on how to eat at a social event- check it out for some good tips to help you stay (somewhat) on track!

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then we headed to another family graduation event – congrats to the Abadom sisters!!! i do believe this is the most people i’ve met from IG and Facebook in one day, forreals!  i am no celebrity and i certainly don’t feel like one, so when people tell me they are nervous to meet me, i am beyond baffled and humbled.  just know that i will always be the nervous one, no kidding.  i know people always have certain expectations when meeting someone in person after following them online (i know i do!), but i would hope that the two aren’t so drastically different with me!  i do love to express my love and giddiness for fitness and food via social media, but i am still lil’ ol’ shy leah e.  i can’t deny how fun it is meeting new people though, and it is truly helping to flourish my social side!  it was a pleasure and an honor to meet  them all :)

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*newsflash* – cherries are definitely in season and on sale all over the place- maybe even your local grocery store! you should check for this superfruit next time you’re there.

Q: did you pop your own fireworks, or just watch this year?

le

fit eggplant parm

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same concept when you apply it to your body, aka, your temple. put great stuff in, get great results right on out!

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yesterday i had vanilla oat bran with banana slices, Walden Farms syrup, and Trader Joes cinnamon sugar,

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and this morning it was rolled oats cooked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pure vanilla extract, and some cinnamon and granulated stevia stirred in.  some days i flip a coin! they are both great starts to the day.  this bowl was sooooo creamy.  i topped it with one strawberry cause that’s all i needed since they are so dang GIANT this season.  and a small tsp of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter. so, so good.

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today’s eggs weren’t pretty at ALL so i didn’t take a pic.  these were from yesterday and were topped with some alfalfa sprouts and pineapple salsa from Sprouts.  i love getting a little bit of charr mixed in with my eggs from the skillet- gives them extra flavor.

who’s got some core exercises for you? I DO!  did’em this morning after teaching my total conditioning class!

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i’m sure you’re familiar with the basic high plank on your palms and toes. right? yeah you can do that one in your sleep.

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but when you mount up on a medicine ball (any solid ball will work really) then you really put that core to work.  this is one of those exercises that looks uuuuber easy until you do it yourself.  so, grab yoself a medicine ball and do these semi-advanced core exercises that promote core strength and stability!

 ★1st things 1st- engage your core by sucking your belly button to your spine, but DON’T hold your breath!★

  • high plank (top pic) – start on your knees. grip the ball on either side and press your palms into it as you elevate your body up into a straight high plank balancing on your toes.  maintain a neutral spine while keeping your head and chest lifted.  even if you don’t add the variations, you are still working to balance yourself without even moving! you’ll see!  hold for 30-60 secs or for as long as you can take it. ***you can also go down a level and perform this on your knees keeping your body flat and pushing your hips and glutes towards the floor***

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  • high plank + leg lift (bottom pic) - keep your hips square, squeeze the heck outta your glute, and lift that leg up off the ground and hold it for 30-60 secs. repeat on the opp side.

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  • high plank + pendulum leg lifts - while that one leg is in the air, take it out to the side from right to left in a controlled swinging motion going no wider than shoulder width. repeat on either side for 30-60 seconds or until burnout.

what a :shock: BURN :shock: !

 this exercise works glutes, core, and your shoulders & back definitely feel the wrath of supporting your bodyweight the entire time. try’em at the gym or at home during commercial breaks.

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well hello there, fit eggplant parm.  i whipped up a crazy good fit chicken parm that will be going into the you-know-what!  for now, enjoy this healthier classic, fit foodie le style.

fit egg plant parm

the stuff:

  • 1 large raw eggplant, sliced into 1/2 in rounds (you can peel them if you’d like- i kept the skin on)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp  unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Lissanati almond cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 – 1 cup homemade breadcrumbs*
  • 28 oz Sprouts all natural low sodium crushed tomatoes with basil & garlic
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp parsely
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 5 baby portabella mushrooms (optional!)
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish

*homemade breadcrumbs: toast 4 slices of Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful Whole Wheat with Honey bread until crispy, and toss them in your food processor.  pulse until breadcrumb-like consistency.*

do this: * important S/N* this can totally be dairy-free if you use only almond cheese, (or rice cheese, or your fave vegan cheese) throughout the recipe. but then you’d have to call it fit eggplant almond.  or whatever. you know me- i needed some nutty, creamy parmesan in my dish cause cheese is my thing, so i added it.  just a little.  and you can too. if you want. also if you don’t have the same brands i’m using and naming, no big deal!

1. lay the eggplant slices flat in a shallow baking dish and pour the liquid aminos all over them. let it soak in real good, about 10-15 minutes or so.

2.  in a shallow dish, combine the egg whites and unsweetened almond milk; mix.

3.  grab another shallow dish and pour in your breadcrumbs.  add: the finely grated parmesan cheese, pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley;  mix.

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4. dip each eggplant slice into your egg mixture with one hand, then immediately drop it into your breadcrumb mixture. i only coated one side with breadcrumbs cause i was lazy and didn’t want to have to flip them halfway through. lol. spray a flat baking pan with the olive oil spray and bake your slices for about 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

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5. when the eggplant is almost done, go ahead and start the first layer of the dish by spooning some of the crushed tomatoes in the bottom of your olive oil coated baking pan. eyeball it.

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6. when the eggplant is ready and cool enough to handle (surprise, i didn’t wait), create the second layer. i know mushrooms are untraditional in this recipe, but so am i!  and come on- melted cheese and mushrooms just go together. so i added a few sliced baby bellas for the 3rd layer,

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7.  top with 1/4 of the almond cheese. or more. way more.  

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8. and finally, top that with more sauce and repeat until you run outta ingredients.  the last layer should be CHEESE! and lots of it.  now don’t put those fresh basil leaves on there yet cause you will torch them in the oven. i put them there cause it looked pretty.

IMG_20130416_1949359.  back into the oven on 400 degrees for about 20 more minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty and brown and stuff.

this made about 6 servings; stats are for 1:

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we killed the pan but there are certainly a couple things i’ll be doing differently from here on: take note!

  • NOT burning the breadcrumbs in the toaster smh – it made the eggplant darker and harder on the eyes. i didn’t want to waste it and used it anyway
  • using the small side of the grater for the parmesan cheese cause the large shreds don’t stick to the eggplant as easily
  • pan frying the egg plant instead of baking (however i’m not sure the cheese in the breadcrumb mixture would hold up in the hot skillet…i’ll just have to see)
  • OR, roast the eggplant solo first,  assemble the dish, and save the breadcrumb mixture for the topping only. <——i really like that idea!!!!! if you try it this way, upload a pic to the Fan Page or tag me on IG (#fitfoodiele #fitclean2013).  i’d LOVE to see your creations.

cooking is ALL about having fun and trial & error for me. get in there and make your own masterpiece!

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i’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Bragg for sending me a few samples of their seasonings recently!  i’ll be testing the nutritional yeast, the sea kelp delight seasoning, and the 24 herbs and spices seasoning this week. 
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ooooh the joys, blessings, and lessons of good ol’ parenthood :lol: it was just one of those days.

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thank God for electronic devices!!!!!

le

p.s., if you haven’t entered to win some FREE FOOD, then click there and go see what’s up! contest ends this saturday.

homemade, creamy vanilla-strawberry-banana popsicles + kopy kat kale salad revamped!

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so he loved the homemade popsicles!!! i did too.

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made with all natural ingredients!

creamy vanilla-strawberry-banana popsicles

the stuff:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • *2 packets granulated stevia OR 5-7 drops of liquid vanilla creme stevia
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp of plain greek yogurt (optional)

do this:

*you can use 1/4 cup of your fave sweetener  (honey, agave nectar, etc.) but i used stevia simply because i must monitor and regulate Chiso’s sugar intake as he asks for fruit all day long.  never veggies :( so i wanted the sugar to come from the fruit only.  this also keeps the nutritional stats of the pops low as well.  use what you and your family like best though!* throw everything into your blender and pulse it to your desired consistency.

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i left my ‘batter’ chunky cause i liked the bits of real fruit that appear as you eat the pop.  but you can liquify it completely – it’s always your call!  the greek yogurt gives it more creaminess and a shot of protein of course. however, they won’t be considered dairy-free anymore if ya add it, fyi!

for 1 pop:

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my recipe made 4.  you can also try freezing them in ice-cube trays if you don’t have the popsicle mold. no biggie.

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frozen, guilt-free treat!
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the flavor combos that can be made with these things are endless. so expect more where that came from!

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Chiso enjoyed half a stack of spanana pancakes this morning,

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and he finished off the other half for lunch.

i’ve been able to add a few more recipes to the ebook as of late and i’m happy with its progress!  thank you guys for being so patient.  i stopped by Sprouts today to get some red potatoes for a new recipe i’m creating, but i forgot that their sale goes from Wednesday to Wednesday and, well, ….
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  let me explain!!!! i have never, ever, in my life seen fresh asparagus for under 1 buck per lb, ANYWHERE. i didn’t think it was possible.  so i got a few bunches. i had to.  Chiso loves the cuties, i ran outta alfalfa sprouts for my sammiches, Indiana Popcorn is just too hard to resist (it was on sale 2 for 5) and i grabbed THE last package of La Tortilla Factory 80 calorie light flour tortillas!!!!!! i mean it was literally perfect timing! they have been sold the heck out since my Sprouts opened, so i didn’t expect any there. can i get a WHOOP, WHOOP.  oh i really did get the potatoes too.

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now, here’s our post-workout dinner tonight!  pan seared onion & herb tilapia, the other half of my roasted acorn squash from last night topped with cinnamon this time, and a cleaner, better, revamped version of my copy cat Central Market kale salad!

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 FFL’s  Kopy Kat Kale Salad

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 cup Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 packet granulated stevia
  • 2 tbsp crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted pepitas
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 big fresh bunch of raw kale
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (optional)

do this:  wash, dry, and chop kale into bite sized pieces.  add all liquids to your mixing bowl as well as the stevia; stir until dissolved. toss steamed kale into your bowl and incorporate.  add the chopped ginger, almonds, pepitas, and cranberries and toss/mix well once more.  eat those greens UP!  they will taste even better tomorrow after the flavors do their thing in the fridge.

the big difference?  steaming the kale in my wok for about 2-3 minutes first made a significant one.  it gives the salad so much more flavor vs raw kale.

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hope you had a fab hump day.  enjoy those recipes!

le

these crisps were made for snacking


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once i hear or read about a product (usually food) multiple times, i must see what all the hype is about for myself!  this was one of those items- Mrs. Dash no-salt fiesta lime seasoning.  i knew it would be the bomb on some seafood, but….20130208_150009

go ahead and add fruit to that list.  where did i get that tip? the back of the bottle!  paired with strawberries, it makes for a sweet, citrusy snack with a kick of lime spiciness.  you’ve  gotta try it on mango and pineapple too!

i heart sweet potatoes. i can smash an entire package of any kind of crackers in one sitting (especially gold fish), and you already know how i feel about my beloved cheese.

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i wanted something different from my nightly roasted sweet potato!  i bought a wedge of fresh parmesan cheese from HEB just for this, and you can get some at any local grocery store.

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so when you put those 3 things together, you have one healthy, low-calorie sweet & savory snack cracker chip thing.

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baked, not fried….you already know.

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baked cheesy sweet potato crisps

the stuff:

2 large raw uncooked sweet potato, shredded

1/2 cup egg whites

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped green onion

fresh cracked pepper

1 tbsp liquid aminos

1 tsp fresh rosemary (optional)

do this:

preheat your oven to 425, and spray a baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray.  shred/grate your sweet potatoes either by hand or by food processor and squeeze all the moisture out.  don’t skip that step! also, chop up your green onion.  add this to a mixing bowl and pour in your egg whites, grated parmesan cheese, aminos, and pepper and minced rosemary (any other fresh herb will do). mix! make tablespoon sized mounds all over your baking pan (make sure they aren’t touching) until there is no more left.  press down slightly but do not flatten and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the edges are browned, not black :lol:

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serving size = i made approx. 20, but it depends on your scoop size.

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adapted from here!  and yeah, i left them in for a little too long but i’m a gigantic fan of burnt cheese so it was ALL good.  had i had some greek yogurt at the time, i would have tried the smokey yogurt dip to go along with it.  i mashed up a ripe avocado and sprinkled some salt-free Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning on top and that worked for me!
if you have the ingredients though, go for it: 

Smokey Yogurt Dip (via How Sweet It Is)

1 cup plain greek yogurt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cumin

i seriously only check our mailbox for my mags, that’s IT.  
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was this issue not perfect timing!?

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i paid Christine, my posing coach, a visit earlier this week to show some love by purchasing one of these cute, sexy, ‘Pose4You’ racerback tops of hers!  i’m so proud to be one of her clients!

what is your favorite food and/or fitness mag? 

twosday

what? two posts in one day!? don’t thank me, thank Chiso :lol:

he actually stays put when i put his Elmo movies on these days, so that gives me a little mo time to post some stuff.

how was your workout today?  i loved this the second i saw it:

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you’re the boss, Applesauce!

you make the schedule and determine workload.  if you keep working away on that ginormous stack of papers on your desk, it will start to dwindle, eventually.  equate that to living a healthier lifestyle (or weightloss/gain/maintenance) – the results WILL come with a little consistency!  some days you’ll do more work, some days you won’t do nearly as much.  and that’s ok.

20130205_064152 first early AM class of February has been taught, BOO-YAAAAAAH!  afterwards, i stayed behind and did a few weight circuits, solo.

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there’s #crotchsweat, and then there’s good ol’ #bootysweat!

after that,  i came home and made these babies………..

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Peach Branberry Coconut Cakes.

this is another ‘cardio creation’! i thought of this on the elliptical last night and almost made them when i got home cause i didn’t wanna wait!

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i hope the new flavor combo is appreciated cause yall know i could eat banana pancakes EVERYDAY :shock:

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i’ve been using organic oat bran instead of oatmeal these days!  why? more fiber, more protein, and it’s cheaper by the pound at my store.  i’ve seen it used in other recipes and decided to give it a try myself.  it can be found in the bulk bins at HEB and/or Whole Foods for sure, but if your grocery store doesn’t have a ‘bulk’ area, i’m pretty sure it’s sold in the box on the shelf too.

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i haven’t had blueberry pancakes in a good while.  #satisfied

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here’s another recreated Central Market salad fave from last night:

dill, cucumber, tomato & feta salad

the stuff:

  • 2 sliced cucumbers
  • 3 chopped roma tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar OR juice of a fresh lemon if ya don’t have any
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh chopped dill
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp garlic and herb goat cheese
  • 1 heaping tbsp 0% greek yogurt

do this:

chop up/slice the cucumber, tomatoes, dill and add this to a large bowl.   add everything else and MIX! you can break up the goat cheese over the ingredients.  let it sit in the fridge overnight and it’ll taste eeeeeven better the next day. no red onion in this recipe.


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been eating this all day today!

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gnite- i know someone needed to see that as bad as i do/did. you ARE good enough!!!  believe in YOURSELF.

hollaaaaa

le

banana berry whole wheat french toast

my Chiso is a snotty mc nasty mess this week.  after taking him to the child center in a new gym, well, the inevitable happened. new gym, new germs.  it’s been a looooong week of coughing, whining, and TLC over here, but we made it to FRIDAAAAAY!

this morning i made another batch of banana berry whole wheat french toast…oh yeah.

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but i didn’t burn it this time.

banana berry whole wheat french toast

the stuff:

  • 2 slices Natures Own double fiber wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp raw, unsweetened organic coconut flakes
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 a banana

do this:

 combine the egg white, almond milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a shallow bowl big enough to lay your bread flat in and mix it well. dip both slices of bread (front/back) until it is soaked through.  in a medium heated no-stick pan, lay both pieces of bread flat and cook until browned and crispy, about 3-4 minutes.  flip! cook that side until crisp for about 3-4 minutes as well.  plate it up, then top them with the bananas, blackberries, and a drizzle of Walden Farms pancake syrup.  last thing, sprinkle with more cinnamon and coconut flakes!

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for the whole shabang:

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dessert for breakfast, yes please!  low cal, high fiber, full of good carbs, and SWEET.

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so….i FINALLY got a Facebook fan page for Fit Foodie Le.  i mean, it’s only 2013.  i guess i battled with it for so long cause it’s hard as CRAP for me to keep up with social media as it is!!

‘nobody ever said it would be easy…but it WILL be worth it.’

that being said, sometimes i can’t sit down and really write a post like i’d like YET, so i will use the fan page to post quick tid bits of info, recipes, motivation, inspiration and all that good stuff.  add me! or ‘Like’ my page rather ;)

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alright, last thing- a few people tell me how much they absolutely HATE oatmeal (what is WRONG with them!? j/k) and asked me for some alternative breakfast ideas.  when i tell you i was seconds away from posting  a pic of some of the Kashi Go Lean Cereal i bought at the store a few days ago my finger came to a screeeeching halt after googling this:

http://www.pleasegodno.com/archives/20-1-cup-Kashi-GoLEAN-Crunch-+-12-cup-milk-Endless-stomach-churning-gas.html

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can i just say i was almost commenter 411 cause this very thing happened to me too!!!!! i was like, wait a minute…i adjusted my macros JUST right to have these 2, ok 4, bowls of cereal for my late night snack and the next morning my tummy was straight MUSH.  bloating and uncomfy gas is not cool. now does Kashi have this effect on everybody?  maybe, maybe not.  however, i will have to add it my bloat list along with broccoli.  it can take time to figure out which foods YOUR body doesn’t agree with!  adjust, bounce back, and keep on truckin’. and Googling :lol:

i’ll dedicate a separate post to those breakfast alternatives!

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eat better + exercise = a healthier, happier YOU. when you look good, you feel good!

happy FRIDAY!

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