wienervention – the cleanest hot dog i’ve ever eaten

another early gym date accomplished this morning and officially 1 month postpartum! i expect to get a lot done today. 
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i had my usual preworkout snack, some hot, magical coffee, and headed out for an hour of treadmill intervals. i alternated btw:

5 incline @ 4 mph – 5 minutes

15 incline @ 3 mph – 5 minutes 

walking IS boring but there are ways you can rev it up.  i always swing my arms vigorously, walk heel-to-toe with a wide stride, and i never hold the side rails either. that’s cheatiiiiing ;)

can i do a blog #throwbackthursday? i’m doin’ it anyway!

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while we were headed home from the hospital last month with our brand new baby boy, something beat us there- my Wienervention Kit from Applegate!!!

that nostalgic red and white pattern always reminds you of what? a summer picnic, yep.

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however, the Houston heat was too much and i just wanted to lay down somewhere and stuff my face in the AC.  i’d like to give a gigantic high-five and thank you to one of my favorite natural and organic brands, Applegate, for the goods. i knew the kit was on the way, but it slipped my mind after giving birth and all.  my mom and aunt were at our house tidying up and waiting to help out with our new family member, so unbeknownst to Sonny & i, they went ahead and cracked the kit open and prepared a welcome home lunch for us! perfect timing, right?

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i actually used to avoid hot dog wieners for this very reason…  i’ve always thought of them as the wack parts of meat that didn’t make the cut all blended up together with fat and other UFOs.  i would only have them every blue moon, like july 4th or memorial day at somebody’s BBQ. at home? not so much.  also, reading ‘mechanically separated turkey, chicken, or beef’ in the ingredients list is not very appetizing. thank God we have many healthier options to choose from these days; these Applegate wieners are in a league of their own! a wienerventioW was overdue.

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rest assured these top-notch dogs are:

  • all natural
  • contain no antibiotics
  • humanely raised beef fed vegetarian/grain diet
  • gluten-free
  • casein-free
  • contain no fillers
  • contain recognizable ingredients! every single one.
  • really, really tasty.

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nailed that presentation.

they also sent along condiments, cause you can’t build a stellar dog without them.

20140619_185515_1 for the buns, we had a choice of Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain or White hot dog buns!  i loved them both and you can snag a coupon for a bag of your choice right on their website. 20140620_144055_1from the bun, to the condiments, to the wiener, this is THE cleanest hot dog i’ve ever eaten.

time to change the meat you eat and give Applegate a try.

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i think he’ll be tall.

more tummy time, aka, push up practice!

le

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

fit n’ crispy chicken parm

Italian food. its been on my mind lately.

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i really wanted something heavy like a big pan of cheesy lasagna but this nipped that craving right in the bud.  it’s lean, it’s fit, it’s crispy, it’s savory, and it’s good.

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making your own bread crumbs is super simple and recommended.  i used some toasted Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful bread for mine.

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perfect. no frying needed! i had planned to sear the chicken on both sides in my cast iron skillet (before putting them into the oven to finish) cause i wanted that crispy, crunchy exterior, but omitting that step still produced the same results. SCORE.

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i used Classico all natural, fire roasted tomato & garlic sauce,

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and topped the breasts with a heaping tbsp of sauce, a few spinach leaves, and a big slice of mozzarella almond cheese.

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i know chicken parm is usually paired with some variety of pasta, but i had a big, unbaked spaghetti squash sitting on my counter i needed to use.

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tender, Italian juiciness.  recipe time :)

fit n’ crispy chicken parm

the stuff: breadcrumbs

  • 4 slices Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful wheat bread, toasted (can use gluten-free bread)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup light parmesan cheese (optional for a dairy-free dish)

the stuff: chicken

  • 4 large boneless & skinless chicken breasts (pounded and flattened)
  • 1/2 jar of all natural Classico Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread
  • 3 oz Lisanatti Mozzarella Almond Cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos

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do this: breadcrumbs

  1. toast slices of bread until crispy, not burnt but no longer soft and chewy.
  2. break them up into pieces by hand and toss them into your food processor.
  3. add the onion powder, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings.
  4. blend until you achieve a breadcrumb-like consistency and set to the side.

do this: chicken – preheat oven to 400 degrees now!

  1. pound and flatten thawed chicken breasts (under a towel, in plastic wrap, in a plastic bag, etc) with your mallet until about 1/2 in thick.
  2. place them into a large bowl and pour the liquid aminos and melted whipped butter spread over the top, coating evenly.
  3. spread out the breadcrumb mixture onto a large, flat plate.
  4. spray your baking pan with no stick cooking spray and set it on your work station.
  5. take each chicken breast and dip/press them into the breadcrumb mixture coating both sides evenly.
  6. place them neatly into your pan, flat.  if they are touching it’s ok but don’t overcrowd your pan.
  7. sprinkle cracked black pepper onto the breasts.
  8. place pan(s) into the oven and cook for 20 minutes on one side; flip, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. remove chicken from oven (make sure they are done in the center) and remove the breasts from the pan.
  10. pour tomato sauce into your pan, covering the bottom completely.
  11. place chicken breasts back into pan on top of sauce.
  12. top them each with 1-2 tbsp more of sauce, a few leaves of spinach, as well your cheese (you can shred it too, your call.)
  13. place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until your cheese is all bubbly and melty!

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fyi, there was a little over 1/4 cup of unused breadcrumbs left.

per 4 oz serving of chicken: 240 cals, 7g fat, 12g carbs, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein

enjoy! make it, take a pic, and tag me on Instagram (#fitfoodiele) or to the Fit Foodie Le Facebook Fan page!

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

 

i workout for:


 well good morning!

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i workout for all those reasons and more, but i should have included eating lots of food!!! that’s #1.

since i workout super early in the AM most days, i have been enjoying Houston’s Fall weather to the fullest.  Fall not only means chili and cornbread, it means warm, hearty, filling, yummy, COMFORT food in general to me!  a big bowl of super creamy mac n cheese is hands down my fave (to eat in a bowl anyway, pizza is the other) and FITzee Food’s Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake was all that (hearty, filling, yummy, creamy, cheesy) and more.

fresh chicken breast, black forest ham, swiss cheese and mushrooms baked together in a creamy wine sauce with a touch of sage and topped with Panko bread crumbs. HEAVEN on a bowl plate.

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it was shipped to me as a perfect, rectangular, loaf, but i had a little accident transporting it to my plate. again.  hey it all went to the same place. again.

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deliciously low carb, cheesy, and packed with protein!  a great choice.

i found this online yesterday and had to share with my fit foodies:

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couple things though:

  • when dining out, go for the broth based (tomato, chicken, beef, vegetable, clear, see-through) soups vs. the creamy ones because they are usually made with milk or heavy cream.
  • the leanest cuts of beef include:
    • eye of round roast or steak
    • sirloin tip side steak
    • top round roast and steak
    • bottom round roast and steak
    • top sirloin steak
  • a cup of any fruit usually is anywhere from 50-100 cals, but the sugar count is what you should keep your eye on.
  • air/stove popped over microwaved popcorn any day

Q: what activity (exercise) have you wanted to try but haven’t?
i’d like to try the different types of yoga- i had NO idea there we so dang many.

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