4 weeks pp + Dego’s 1 month mark

last night i said i was going to get up at the crack of dawn this morning and not just get my treadmill interval workout in, but to pop up on my 5:30am class to say hi while i was at it! i made me some hot coffee and headed out, Beats and ipod in tow.

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i kinda forgot to factor in feeding my newborn before leaving though so i arrived way after class started.  it was SO good to see old and new faces all across the studio when i peeked my head in the door!  i caught up with some of my regulars after class finished and they only made me more anxious to put that mic on again.

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cardio killaaaaa. i was hoping to be cleared to lift this week, but my OB’s schedule is jam packed!!! huge bummer. still crossing my fingers to be worked in somehow. else i’ll just wait ’til next week.

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Chiso woke up and requested pancakes, so he got’em.  i made him a stack of my WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Birthday Cakes complete with dolphin sprinkles and he almost finished the stack by himself!  i gladly killed the rest. remember, you can also sub blueberries for the chocolate chips.

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who’s 1 month today? that guy! i asked Sonny does 4 weeks make it one month, or will July 17th make it one month… idk and too lazy to Google. close enough.  also up until today, smiles from Dego were only reserved for Chiso. i finally got mine :)

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our God is an awesome God.  i make an effort to praise Him for all things, both great and especially small.  after receiving and reviewing Dego’s newborn screening results in the mail a few days ago i began to thank Him repeatedly.  i was instantly reminded of the time in my life when my thoughts consumed me and convinced me that i was unable to bear any children, ever.  God has blessed us with healthy baby boy #2, and for that we give Him all the glory.

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this is so funny because i actually remember doing this to my mom.  putting my face on the floor to see her feet while calling her name over and over again and everything.  well it’s payback time!  who am i kidding… once Chiso doesn’t give a flying hoot about my whereabouts i’m gonna have a mommy moment…

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grilled sirloin steak and taters for dinner tonight.  we’ve been outta sweet taters and they are exactly what i need to keep me feeling fuller longer between meals.  the steak was marinated in some Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette, pinch of sea salt and black pepper before i tossed it in my grill pan.  that delicious sauce is just Grey Poupon mild and creamy mustard (which is calorie free, sugar free, and fat free) sauteed with white mushrooms. it’s bananas!

Q: how do you like your steak cooked?  

blood = no bueno. can’t do it. well done, please.

le

 

food faces #toddlerfood

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

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

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

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

easy whole wheat pancakes

the stuff:

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

do this:

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

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

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

le

vday >weekend< recap

that’s right, weekend! not just one day to celebrate V-day for us this year. a big, grateful thank you to our default babysitters, i.e., my parents :lol:

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i woke up and made some cliché Valentine’s Day themed food porn before heading out to do my Friday cardio.  they are just my oatbran banana pancakes with a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia, melted semi chocolate chip drizzle on top with strawberries on the side. scrumptious!

after a full week of weightlifting i took it easy and did 45 min of elliptical,

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and 15 minutes of stairmaster (i repeated the chart above 3 times through).  kept my heart rate between 140-150.  you can turn this into an interval workout by switching the speed from 60 – 90 every minute.

before dropping the little guy off, we had a family lunch date at Perry’s Steakhouse.

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i always hate to have to send plates back to the kitchen cause i don’t like giving our waiter /waitress a hard time ( and especially if i’m REALLY hungry) but this time i just rolled with it and split my way
overdressed house salad with Sonny. that was followed by the grilled salmon, whipped potatoes and seasonal veggies.

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later that evening we exchanged some gifts, headed out to see About Last Night, and had a super late 10:30pm dinner at 52 Seasons.

i received some hand-made chocolate covered strawberries (impressive ;) ) and i found the cutest gifts at Urban Outfitters: a Sriracha water bottle (he eats this stuff with every meal, haha) and a ’50 things i love about you’ fill-in-the-blank flip book.  

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that’s it. just one sample question :lol:

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we were in the car a while sunday and we heard Beyoncè and Jay-Z’s ‘On The Run’ 53 times and i am really feeling it. especially her words in the very beginning:

‘who wants that perfect love story anyway, anyway…cliché, cliché, cliché, cliche…’

 after church we ended up on campus at our alma mater before heading to pick up Mr. Chiso. even though things are different physically around campus, being there always reminds me of our perfectly imperfect, almost 15 year-long, roller coaster of a love story.  visiting our old stomping grounds is a nostalgic experience, and this was an ideal weekend to reflect back on how much we have grown together.

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 we ended up eating dinner at our old dorm.  really, Sonny had already paid (it’s buffet style and you pay before you go in) and i didn’t want to ruin the moment so i sucked it up and threw this together at the salad bar.  the nutritional stats were displayed right next to each food item to my surprise (go UH!) and at 130 cals per slice, i couldn’t pass up getting two servings of that cheese pizza. baby’s request of course!!!

hope you had an awesome and hopefully long holiday weekend yourself.

Q: what’s the most unusual or original Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received or given?

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

BE countdown

and we’re back!  Sonny and i celebrated wedding anni #6 in South Beach this past weekend.  you know i’ll be making a nice little blog post about it when i get my life together but check out my Instagram feed for a few highlights in the meantime.

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we got in late monday night after picking up Chiso from his grandparents house and i went to bed feeling like i shoulda got a sub for my 5:30am class the next morning.  after not picking up any dumbbells in 5 days straight and eating everything under the blazing Miami sun, um i needed to be there :shock: . i felt crappy on the way and not even my cup of coffee did much to help but i left the gym feeling the exact opposite.  it always happens that way!  then i crashed when i got home. really hard.

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one great thought or action breeds another, so start your day with POSITIVITY!  an uplifting song, a scripture, prayer, or a motivational quote or all three.  they have an incredible, noticeable impact on the rest of your day. then pair it with something healthy and nutritious to go in your body and you are well on your way!

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AAAAAAAGGGHH!!!!! the Blog Elevated Conference (BE) starts TOMORROW!!!!!! super-duper stoked is an understatement.  i’m shy, i’m reserved, yeah, yeah, yeah, but i am gonna try my absolute best to JUMP outta my comfort zone this weekend and be the social butterfly i know i can be.  i’m anxious just thinking about it but enough is enough.

dosomethingyouveneverdonegot it? good. now apply it.

i owe you like three recipes!!! let’s talk about these apple pie pancakes real quick though.  not to be confused with the apple pie oatmeal in my ebook (shameful plug).

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hot apple-cinnamon pie  oat bran pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup raw oat bran
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 – 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup chopped red delicious apple
  • 1 tbsp coconut crystals
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

do this:

mix everything in your blender EXCEPT the apples, coconut crystals, and lemon juice.  add as much almond milk as you’d like; i dont like super thick batter so i add about 4-5 tbsp myself to stretch it and make as many cakes as possible.  cook up the batter in your medium heated, no-stick cooking spray coated pan for 3-4 minutes each side.  heat a small saucepan over a medium flame and add your apples, lemon juice, and coconut crystals all at once.  stir until crystals have melted a bit but make sure it doesn’t burn! it cooks fast.  top your cakes with the hot apple mixture.  drizzle them with some zero calorie Walden Farms pancake syrup.  ready, set,

go.

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stats are for the entire thang.

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happy pancaking.

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Q: what’s one thing in your morning routine that you must do every single day?

le

strawberry spinach pancakes + Angie’s Popcorn GIVEAWAY

strawberry spinach salad meets strawberry spinach pancakes.

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these are similar to the Spanana pancake recipe but i kinda went off the top of my head this morning with this one.

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strawberry spinach pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup raw oat bran or ground oatmeal
  • 3 oz ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)

do this: 

combine everything except the berries in your blender or food processor.  coat your skillet with no stick cooking spray and set to medium heat.  cook each cake 4-5 min on one side; flip and cook 3-4 on the other.  top cakes with strawberries and Walden Farms pancake syrup before dig in and check out the IG vid i posted this morning while you’re at it!

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stats are for the entire stacky stack.

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i just want to say YOU ROCK for helping Fit Foodie Le reach 1K Facebook Fans over this past weekend!!!!! what!? small to some but a huge milestone for me man.  i appreciate every single click of support! that said,

it’s that time again.

 i can’t get enough of doing these giveaways!!! ever. they make me so happy and i’m not even the winner. giving really does feel better than receiving.

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after fighting the urge to eat this entire sample box myself from Angie’s Popcorn- this variety pack shall be the next Fit Foodie Le giveaway prize.  ASAP.  THANK YOU,  Angie’s!

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as you know, i looooove me some Boom Chicka Pop- it’s my favorite movie-watching snack.  they have a variety of flavors like the ones pictured above and i am on my way to trying them all.

 if you’re already following me on Facebook, you are good to G-O! click below if you’d like to jump in on this:

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contest starts……NOW!

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remember-  what you allow is what will continue. remain humble, but don’t be afraid to stand up and speak up for yourself.

have a great rest of your monday and head to Facebook and get ‘ta Liking!

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!

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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