23 weeks preggo WOD + savory agave – cilantro lime shrimp parfaits

‘mama your belly button is popping out!’ has turned into ‘mama lemme push the button’! every morning.

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 i hope delivering this little guy IS as easy as pushing a button, but i’m going into this labor & delivery with these specific expectations: none! whatever happens is completely in God’s hands. i’m gonna do my part and stay active, keep up with my healthy eating habits and prepare as best i can.  absolutely no added stress or pressure this round from start to finish.   i mean it!

so here is yesterday’s full gym workout!

i usually hop on the elliptical for 15 min but my warm up was a 1 hour cardio kickboxing class.

back

  • standing cable machine chest press 4 x 15
  • standing cable machine wood choppers 4 x 15 – at my own, safe pace
  • seated overhead dumbbell press 4 x 15
  • standing dumbbell chest flyes 4 x 12

legs

  • hack squats 4 x 12
  • barbel deadlifts 4 x 12
  • leg press 4 x 12
  • seated leg extensions 4 x 12

compound movements (see video for examples)

  • heavy dumbbell row w/ leg lift combo on all fours – 3 x 12 each side
  • split squats with forward raise combo - 3 x 24  each leg
  • elevated plie squat with upright row/bicep curl combo 4 x 12 (one row + one curl = 1 rep)

i went heavy with my dumbbell row weight at the gym to keep my back strong as this belly and these boobs grow.

your turn!  have fun ;)

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painting a realistic picture of health and living a balanced lifestyle is super important at a time where all Chiso wants to do is imitate Sonny and i.  pass your healthy habits along to your kids every chance you get no matter their age.   they are always watching!  they never forget stuff either :lol:

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scrimps! here’s a super simple, fresh, flavorful recipe i tried tonight:  savory agave – cilantro lime shrimp parfaits.

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Savory Agave – Cilantro Lime Shrimp Parfait

the stuff:

  • 1/2 lb. large EZ peel shrimp
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup diced raw tomato
  • 1 cup diced raw celery
  • 1/2 an avocado, diced
  • 2 small sweet potatoes or 1 large, diced
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • dab of Organic Whipped Buttery Spread

Shrimp Marinade:

  • 3 tbsp light agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper

do this:

  1. combine shrimp and marinade ingredients; mix well and set aside for 20 minutes minimum or even overnight.
  2. microwave sweet potatoes for about 2 minutes (just to soften, not cook completely)
  3. dice up the sweet potatoes and add them to your medium heated cast iron skillet along with the cinnamon and buttery spread. continue to stir until potatoes are cooked through and well seasoned, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. chop up the celery, tomatoes, and avocado
  5. add the shrimp to your medium heated cast iron skillet at let then do their thing for about 4 minutes total. which means you need to flip your scrimps over once after 2 minutes. they cook super fast so keep an eye on them!
  6. assemble the parfait in this order inside your glass: sweet potatoes, celery, tomato,  avocado, shrimp, and fresh cilantro.

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SO GOOD! fresh and fast.

Q: do you prefer working out with a buddy or solo?

le

Lululemon 2-in-run tank review + full body @home workout

my post-workout breakfast looks sad but it was filling and really good!  i made an egg white whole wheat english muffin sammich (there’s some mozzarella almond cheese hiding in there somewhere) with bananas and blackberries.  strawberry prices have been down right outrageous since they’re out of season, but blackberries are super cheap in the stores these days.

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 well my monday started off STRONG this week and i hope you can say the same!  a great, solid workout always sets the tone for the week and gets my momentum going.

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Quest Bars are 2 bucks at Lifetime Fitness through January so i totally took advantage (no, i still haven’t ordered or bought a whole box yet :shock: )  and the mirror’s dirty, not my tank, whoops.

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speaking of tanks, i’m testing another top for Lululemon! it’s their 2-in-run tank. i wore it for the first time at home (you’ll see in the vids below) and well, i love everything about it. especially:

  •  the soft, flowy, stretchy Luon fabric @ the bottom (perfect for growing baby bumps)
  • the stylish cut-out sides & back
  • the moisture wicking, Power Luxtreme fabric, built-in bra with removable cups
  • provides ample support for running or any type of gymming

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 i still need the help of a second or 3rd bra at this point as my boobs have tripled in size (#1sttrimesterproblems), but the top fits snug and provides plenty of support up top. there are so many crazy colors and patterns for this tank as well.

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highly recommended!

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so when i got home sunday night, i did the first of many @home workouts to keep this 2nd fit preggo journey going! here’s the entire thing:

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 i can feel my posture slipping again heavily, so i’ve been working my back like crazy to keep up with the added weight and pressure.

i hope you found these useful! leave me a comment and tell me what you’d love to see more of from me.

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 check my Instagram post from today for extra metabolism tips ;)

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

sunday family fun day

i have been teaching my 11am 24 Hour Fitness Total Conditioning class since the beginning of 2013.  i’ve had a crazy good time meeting so many new members and sweating our faces off together sunday after sunday for these past 9 months!   nevertheless, after having a sit-down with Sonny and fighting weeks (ok months) of conviction, i have finally decided to give it up.  even if a class inconvenienced me, leaving is always difficult.  i despise disappointing and letting people down, especially when they get a routine going and expect me to hold up my end of the bargain and be there.  i guess i despise it cause i know how it feels.    this isn’t the first class i’ve had to leave in my 6 years of teaching, but yesterday gave me that overwhelmingly bittersweet feeling.  again.

i could barely let my supervisor know my decision let alone share my ‘important announcement’ with my class today.  yeah…. this is always my answer to that dreaded ‘what’s one thing you would change about yourself’ question.

if we made it to church for early service, i felt good.  starting my sunday with Word and worship with my fam is well, the best way to start the day IMO.  however,  if we were out too late at a saturday night event (which happened all too often e.g. birthday parties, dinners,  gatherings, weddings, etc.) early service was out of the question, which meant church didn’t happen at all.  i have missed church more times this year than i have in my entire life…and that is so unfair to my family.   individual worship is important to grow your relationship with God, definitely….  but church is a vital part of that growth for me and my spiritual life has suffered because of its absence.  when this happens, i have to evaluate whatever is going in my life at the time,  pinpoint those distraction(s),  and either move or remove them.  it took me 9 months to accept this, but i finally let it go.  why? because it’s the best move for our family and the head of my household and heart agree.  masking those feelings of disappointment completely will come with time, but putting it that way makes me feel a whole lot better.

and i really miss going out to eat after church. lol. not just as an immediate fam, but meeting up with my parents, friends, and extended family, etc.  we have either turned down those invites or showed up super-duper late.  rushing off to the gym after service was the only thing on my mind…  if i hadn’t gotten my routine together the night before, i found myself writing down moves during service instead of giving God my undivided attention.  ok i could go ON.

———->let nothing hinder or get in the way of your worship & relationship with God or block the spiritual & emotional growth of your family.  nothing.<———-

now does this mean i won’t workout on sundays anymore?  not at all! i appreciate having the option to go at a more convenient time though vs. mandatory for sure. no pressure.  those family gym dates will keep right on rolling.

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 i’m so grateful for these two knuckleheads cause they are totally worth the sacrifice.  so each sunday when we do our family thing, i’ll capture the moment, upload it to Instagram, and hashtag it #sundayfamilyfunday.    seeing other families spending quality time together really makes you appreciate and cherish what you have.  so if you’re following me on IG, well, join in and share!  just don’t forget to hashtag it #sundayfamilyfunday. eating, chilling, hanging out, exercising….WHATEVER it is you and your family do together, share it.   i have a feeling most pics will revolve around food – i know most of ours will :shock:

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if there’s a HEB by you, fresh salmon is on sale for 6.97 a lb this week until tuesday!

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 i got us a couple pounds this past weekend and i have been roasting it with hidden valley ranch dry ranch dressing mix.

Walden Farms dressings have been BOGO (buy one get one free) at Sprouts Farmers Market this week so i got the Asian and Balsamic flavors on my last trip there.

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 you can use them as actual salad dressings, or as marinades for your proteins (fish, chicken, beef, shellfish).

that chicken up there turned out great (roasted it for 50 minutes on 350 degrees) and i threw it on a salad for lunch last week.

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see! it’s a berry almond Asian chicken salad.  romain lettuce mix, raw sugar snap peas, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, sliced almonds, roasted chicken breast (marinated and sprinkled with Mc Cormick Perfect Pinch Asian seasoning), all drizzled with a little more Asian dressing.  crunchy, crispy, fresh and healthy.

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back to the salmon – i’ve been making these ‘teriyaki’ bowls by throwing everything into a container (carbs, veggies, protein, fat) and drizzling it all with one of the WF dressings.  flavorful, fresh, and addicting.  switch out any and everything for your favorites!  countless combos i tell you, COUNTLESS!!!!!!

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  these fantastic sales are over this week (tuesday and wednesday), so take advantage.

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we always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have and not worrying about what we don’t have.

you’ll always be waiting for or on SOMETHING.  take a look over your life and praise Him for all you have right, right now.  you are so BLESSED!

Q: what day of the week do you consider your family day?

le

game changers

anybody else used to buy those tiny wheatgrass shots from Jamba juice?  i did it more than a handful of times.  seeing this wheatgrass powder at Sprouts Farmers Market reminded me of my frivolous spending days.

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i cracked the bag open for the first time yesterday and made some  maple wheatgrass pancakes with it!  turned out good enough to share. so i will.
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maple wheatgrass pancakes:

the stuff: 🍩

  • 1/2 cup oat bran 🍩
  • 2-3 heaping tbsp wheat grass powder 🍩
  • 1 tsp maple extract 🍩
  • 1 tsp vanilla 🍩
  • 2 egg whites 🍩
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 🍩
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or more if batter is too thick)
  • 1-2 packets stevia 🍩
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce

do this:

combine real good and cook up like cakes in your no-stick cooking spray coated, medium heated skillet!  3-4 minutes each side.  top however you like – i chose pecan pieces and Walden Farms zero calorie pancake syrup.

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stats:

197 cals, 4g fat, 160mg sodium, 39g carbs, 8g fiber, 5g sugar, 16g protein. 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

i took a FULL rest day yesterday and did some grocery shopping .  Walmart was planned.  Whole Foods was not.

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after sacking 43 lbs of sweet potatoes in Wally World, my eyes caught ahold of a big end cap of these One Step French Fry Cutters.  *jaw drops*  and then i saw the price directly below them: $9.88.  *jaw drops lower*.  i threw the cutter as well as all the skepticism ‘as seen on tv’ products come with in my buggy and kept truckin’.

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i’d say it worked pretty well, wouldn’t you!? great investment.  i like to chop my veggies by hand, but you can use this thing to chop up a bunch of other stuff too (garlic, shallots, etc).  here’s an IMPORTANT TIP though: nuke your potatoes for 1.5 minutes or so (really depending on size) AND cut them in half so it will fit in the gadget (think hamburger style, not hot dog).  and be super careful not to  over cook them! it will create a huge mess.  don’t ask me how i know. ugh.

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i tried it out on my Spicy Smoky Sweet Potato fries from my ebook!

so about Whole Foods… it never fails. i always come out with extra stuff and a biggER bill. i went to get some Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour which i could not even find (nor could the store associate) so i got some from the bulk bins. and on the way out i found these two gems:

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vegan, gluten-free, organic Sprinklez by Let’s Do Organic (cause they DO exist apparently), and vegan (dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free) Chocolate Chip cookie dough by Eat Pastry.  why did i even bring this up in my house :shock:

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 i entered a crazy fluffernutter (marshmallow fluff) challenge on IG last night at the last-minute using what i had and made a big fluffernutter pazookie pie!

image (10)since the dough is egg-free i’m definitely eating the rest raw.  go get somma that DOUGH.

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i’ll leave you with just one of the many delectable all natural, gluten-free eats and treats from FITzee Foods- their low calorie Tex Mex Chicken Salad.  my orders are en route as i type and i cannot WAIT to gobble them up and do more product reviews for you guys!!!! ok back to my cookie dough.

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

Esprit De She 5k + glute bridges

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breakfaaaast this morning!  just an egg white omelette chock-full of kale, roma tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, mrs. Dash onion & herb seasoning. cheddar almond cheese, sriracha and avo on top. super filling!

let’s get physical.

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basic glute bridge: with your head on the floor and heels on  the bench or floor, raise your hips off the ground while squeezing your glutes and pressing your heels into the step or floor.  when your glutes are level with your hips, stop. lower and repeat.  mix it up with different counts- singles and pulses set those buns on :shock: FIRE :shock:

leg variations: 

  • left foot on your right knee (pictured) 12 x 2
  • right foot on your left knee (pictured) 12 x 2
  • right leg extended at hip level (pictured) 12 x 2
  • right leg straight up in the air 12 x 2
  • left leg extended at hip level 12 x 2
  • left leg extended up in the air 12 x 2
  • heels down, toes up 12 x 2

tips:

  • this can be done on the floor without the bench; alway make sure your surface is stable. an elevated surface provides a wider range of motion to perform the exercise.
  • keep a neutral chin; slighty tucked in towards your chest
  • avoid pushing your hips too high as this can hyperextend your back
  • you should feel this primarily in your glutes. if you feel lower back discomfort, try doing them without elevation.

have fun!

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i added a new recipe to the ebook today- roasted, curried cauli (as in cauliflower) mash.  i used to eat broccoli and cheese like nobody’s business but neither one of them are kind to my tummy. soooo, this was a great, flavorful replacement.  i also had some roasted butternut squash sprinkled with cinnamon, and pan seared lemon pepper tilapia.

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are you on IG? of course you are. i’m doing @fitnessfoodandstyle’s May Photo A Day challenge this month cause i love me some Dani and it looks fun! you should join me.

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‘don’t copy, compete with or compare yourself to others. their path is not your path, nor should it be. everyone has a unique gift to offer. what is yours?’

-mary frances winters

with that said, this next event is for my fit ladies only. let’s finish this race and compete together as a team. the Athleta Esprit de She Houston 5k/10k will be making its debut on May 9th, 2013!  yes, 8 days away!

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let’s make their very first year one to remember.  if you would like to run with the Fit Foodie Finishers, send me an email (le@fitfoodiele.com) so i can send you the link to sign up!   we will be running the 5k, so whether you’re a veteran or first timer, come oooooon.

le

 

peanut butter chocolate chick cookies

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happy belated Easter :lol:

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we got up early and had a big platter of whole wheat french toast with fresh strawberries, blueberries, sliced almonds, cinnamon, and Walden Farms pancake syrup to go with our egg white scramble that morning! my class was canceled cause of the holiday, so we went to my parent’s church on the other side of town.

my granny was also hosting an easter egg hunt for our family at her house, so late saturday night i whipped up the easiest thing i could find for the kiddos!  sugar-free Pillsbury brownies.

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i split the batter up into two round pans and morphed it into a bunny ‘cake’.  remember those!? i made them a few times when i was living at home with my ‘rents. i used cake then, though.

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i used the rest of a tub of white icing and some  sprinkles; luckily they were  Easter colors!   when i got to my granny’s house sunday, my cousin found me some jelly beans so i could give Bugs a face.  i hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend, however you celebrated:)

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yesterday’s IG collage just after teaching my early class….

so when the rain comes, not if…. get in the habit of going straight to God, every time. He has every single answer to every single problem we will ever have.  just a reminder ;)

speaking of IG, my girl @jazzythings posted her own pic of these cookies i made below after she found the recipe via Pinterest. she made them look SO darn good!! good enough to make me  finally crack open the garbanzo beans that have been sitting in my pantry for weeks! the verdict?

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 are you kidding me? these are what’s hot in the streets!!! i don’t like being fooled into eating/making something that looks insanely delicious only to make it myself and be highly disappointed. that has happened more times than not on IG!!!! which is why i am taking my time with these ebook recipes to ensure that they not only look good, but taste FANTASTIC.  ok, back to these cookies that i was super skeptical about.   well, i’m driving the bandwagon now! see for yourself:

peanut butter chocolate chick cookies

the stuff:

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and patted dry

1/2 cup chocolate PB2 (can sub full-fat peanut butter )

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp butter extract

1/4 cup honey (or your fave sweetener)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or more..it’s up to you!)

do this:

1. rinse and dry the chickpeas, then put them in to your food processor

2. add the honey, vanilla and butter extracts, and PB2 (mixed with water or unsweetened vanilla almond milk into a pb-like paste first)

3. blend until SMOOTH.  dump it all out into a mixing bowl, then fold in the dark chocolate chips.

4. spray your pan with no-stick cooking spray and form/roll into balls by hand. i made about 24 small ones!  bake them for 10-12 minutes in a 350 deg oven.

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me: ‘hey, Chiso….cookie?’

Chiso: NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

moving on, i am UUUUBER excited about these ebooks, seriously! i’m cooking and eating, eating and cooking all day every day to make sure the recipes turn out PERFECT.  just a teaser!

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here are the sweet balsamic baked chicken breasts from monday’s night’s meal prep:

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they were for Sonny’s lunches for the next few days. during his lunch yesterday though, he felt the need to call and tell me how tasty this new flavor combo is, whoop whoop!

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just one of his:  raw carrots, creamy, ripe avocado, roasted brussels sprouts, and cherry tomatoes went alongside the chicken breast.

and fyi, he is now back on the competition trail for a few summer shows and i’m excited for him!!!!!!

yesterday, i went ahead and tried my hand at another favorite of mine that i don’t have often- 
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healthy, clean, Cajun shrimp n grits bay-beee!!!!!

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ok, that’s enough teasers for one post.

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i’m glad i have this little taste tester around to help me :)

last thing- two more Fit Foodies have signed up to run in the Green 6.2 at the end of this month!!!!   do you see it over there in the side bar?  again, if you’d like to run with us, email me, like right now!  the price goes up the closer the race date gets.  le@fitfoodiele.com!

Q: have you ever used chickpeas to make dessert?

le

basil boobie bells


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immediately after this morning’s class! a good friend of mine told me she was coming to see me and she showed up as promised :) i know how tough a 5:30am appointment can be to make, and i was so happy to see her again.  i expressed my gratitude by kicking her butt, lol!  1 hour of total body conditioning later, we were outta there for the day.

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a little later, i took Chiso to an Easter Egg Hunt that was being held at Discovery Green downtown.  they always have something going on there for all ages, love it!  we made it exactly 3 minutes before it started, but mommy forgot to put money in the meter so we had to speed walk all the way back to the truck. the meter maid  actually met us there and had the ticket in hand and everything that fast!!!! he let me make it this time though, thank God. #whew

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they let the 0 – 2 kiddos go first, so we made it back in time for Chiso to grab a few eggs. i cherish spending time with my little Stank Tank.

on to tha fooooood!  i got some sliced rotisserie chicken from the HEB deli earlier this week, so i chopped it up and topped my spring mix salad with it for meal 3.  it also had strawberries, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, pecans, fat-free feta, cracked black pepper, and a couple drizzles of Walden Farms raspberry vinaigrette.

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 so about those bell peppers!  how many pics of these guys did i take? lots.

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they were on sale at Kroger at the time 10 for 10 dollars, so i bought a bunch of ‘em.

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then we walked to the mailbox later that evening and lookie there!  perfect timing for the cover of one of my fave mags! what a coincidence.  at least i think that’s what happened. i don’t remember anymore cause this post has been a draft since the end of January :lol: sounds about right though.
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basil boobie bells

the stuff:

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • 2 large chicken breasts (or ground turkey, ground chicken)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (or quinoa, or couscous)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp mrs. dash southwest chipotle seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2  cup low sodium oregano, garlic tomato sauce
  • 1 – 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (or shredded parmesan, or fat-free feta)
  • no stick cooking spray

do this:

1. preheat your oven to 375 degrees. cut the tops off of your peppers, remove the seeds, and if need be, cut the bottoms to ensure they sit flat in your pan.

2. spray both your baking pan and a medium heated skillet with no-stick cooking spray.

3.  add the chopped garlic and onion to the hot skillet, and saute until translucent (2-3 minutes)

4. add raw, chopped chicken, liquid aminos, herbs, and spices; cook through until there is no more pink (5-7 minutes)

5. add the cooked rice, tomato sauce, chopped tomato and goat cheese, then turn off the heat and mix well.

6.  situate your peppers into your baking pan, and distribute the mixture evenly between all four peppers.

7. bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender.

8. top with more fresh basil, let them cool, then eat ‘em up.

per bell pepper! remember the stats change depending on your substitutions ;)

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let the bell pepper pic collage ensue:
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also, if you haven’t seen it on Instagram yet,  i’m running a contest that started yesterday (monday) and will end this FRIDAY! you MUST like the Fit Foodie Le Facebook Fan Page if you haven’t already- i will pick one lucky fan to win something seriously cool. health and fitness related of course! spread the word, please and thank you!

le

more fun with kettle bells + say cheese

i had serious business to handle this morning at the gym!!! i downed my hot cup of  coffee + stevia + unsweetened vanilla almond milk, looked over my class notes and hit the road.

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‘it never gets easier, you just get better.’

i have some awesome veteran gym members that have been with me from the  jump!  they attended my very first class at Lifetime and have stuck with me ever since. i adore and admire their dedication to their health and waking up at the crack of dark with me every single week.  i present a new routine each class cause i like to keep things new and exciting, and never predictable. however…. because these members have been with me for  so long, they know some of my moves, which means they know which weight is the ‘safest’ for a particular exercise. mmhmm, and they also know which weight will really make them WORK hard, struggle, and sweat.  i know you see it coming already!  in order to change our current situation and get those results we so desire and pray for, we must sometimes get uncomfortable (e.g. pick up that heavier weight) so that we can GROW.

IMG_20130226_083032 had i not been given the opportunity to teach in the early mornings, i would have never attempted it on my own. i know the word ‘never’ is taboo, but i know me!!! never, ever considered AM workouts.  had no desire to do them whatsoever. waking up and doing anything, especially working out, before i go to work? HECK NO.  so when i was called upon to do so, my mind literally screamed  ‘why me?! it’s because i’m a newbie, huh!!’ but i kept a straight face with my manager of course.  what… a…. blessing in disguise.  sometimes doing something out of your ordinary or something you fear (public speaking, running your first 5k, cooking your first holiday meal for your entire family)  can help you break away from those chains and overcome those fears completely and present new opportunities.  don’t let those ‘what if?’ feelings haunt or consume you. challenge yourself.  every day you wake up…and that’s IF you wake up…you have another chance to make your dreams and goals happen.  do not fear stepping out of your warm, safe comfort zone.  keep fighting it, resisting, and staying in one spot, and you’ll never know or experience the opportunities that lie ahead!!!

smile! why so serious? :lol: i don’t usually get that long-winded.  time to talk about working out and food and stuff. i have some more kettle bell exercises for ya.

1. half get up:

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a. lie face up on the floor and keep your legs straight. hold the kettlebell in your left hand straight above your left shoulder.

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  b. engage your core first, bend your left knee, place your foot on the floor, and prop yourself up on your left arm. keep the weight directly in line with your shoulder and sit up until your back is straight. reverse the movement to return to start. that’s one! 3-4 sets of 10 using a weight that’s heavy for YOU.

what it works:

  • arms
  • core
  • shoulders

what it’s for:

  • flexibility
  • core strength

2. kettle bell sumo squat to upright row:

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* start standing with your feet out slightly wider than shoulder width and your toes pointed at a 45 degree angle*

a. sit down into a plie squat:

  • core tight, shoulders back and down, back flat, chest up
  • tuck your glutes under and pull your belly button into your spine
  • knees and toes pointed outward in the same direction (about a 45 degree angle)
  • at the lowest point of your squat, your knees should stay inside your toes
  • lift your toes inside your shoes to ensure your weight is concentrated in your heels

b. straighten your legs and return to standing.

*at the same time*

  • draw the kettle bell to your body
  • SQUEEZE YOUR GLUTES
  • pull your elbows into a V and keep them higher than your wrists
  • let your arms extend back to starting position

repeat, 4 x 15.

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side view- straight up and down, back flat, abs in.

what does it work?

  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • back
  • shoulders

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back view.  squeeeeeeeeze those glutes the entire time! don’t let’em go!

3. kb swings 

*stand straight with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart*

a. lean forward (bending at the waist) and slightly and bend your knees for a semi-squat position. keep your back flat and head up.

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b.  let your arms hang loosely but keep a firm grip on the handle. raise the weight with both hands up towards your head as you inhale. swing the weight with both hands back down in between your legs as you exhale, but remain in control!  use your hips, thighs, and lower back to thrust the weight back up.

do’em! then tell me aaaaall about it!

aaaaagh, breakfast.  had the same thing as yesterday- scrambled egg whites with papaya-lime salsa, a dollop of 0% greek yogurt, and some no-salt  Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning!

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this was right before i submerged them in low sugar ketchup.

so, what was in that big box that arrived on my doorstep last week?

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Fiber Gourmet graciously sent me a ton of their new high fiber crackers!!! i opened that box like ‘whoooooa!’ they’ve got wheat, cheese, nacho cheese, everything, and cinnamon flavors.  i’ve been a long time fan of their high fiber pastas and did a few posts on them, like this one.  now, they are taking over the cracker game!  i’m not doing them all in one night lol, so Chiso and i started with the cheese Thinables.

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they compare their crackers to Nabicso right there on the box, so i did a side by side showdown comparison too.

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why you should try them:

  • 25 cheese-its vs 37 Thinables for less than half the calories
  • fiber goes up, calories go down
  • low sodium
  • low-fat
  • no artificial anything!

yall know i’m all about more food for less stats and those stats are killer!  if you’re a cracker fan or have kids that love to snack,  give these a try.  Check out their site and try their huge variety of pastas as well.  THANK YOU, Fiber Gourmet!

remember our family trip to Star Pizza this past sunday?  see below!!!

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what is your favorite kettle bell exercise? 

le