Esprit de She Katy 5/10K – Fit Foodie Finishers

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snapping pics at the stop light and headed to meet the ladies who signed up to brave the Esprit de She 5 & 10K races with me last night! great times.  it did NOT rain on our parade either, thank God.

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no sunshine, but it wasn’t unbearably humid either as this SOLD OUT crowd of  gorgeous, fit, ladies gathered in anticipation and excitement. just look at that turn out! there was plenty to do, too. Zumba, healthy snack samples, Yoga, and chair massages & manicures were provided by Lifetime Fitness Lifespa.  this event totally catered to the She.

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i arrived early, headed to packet pickup, and ran smack into my friend Alexia and her hubby (he came for support, how sweet!). she is 1 week ahead of me @ 36 weeks preggo and was down to pound the pavement regardless. LOVES IT!  the shirts were a gorgeous purple color this year; it’s definitely one of my fave race tanks (racerback always rules in my world) that i will be hitting the gym in for sure.  also, because i registered early (big surprise there :o ), i was able to personalize my bib. coolness.

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the Esprit de She ambassadors got a group email going a few days before the race and decided to meet up for a pre-race photo under the Athleta tent.  did it happen? i couldn’t tell ya lol, but i was there and looking around for the other ladies. Landi found me, and then we somehow found Jennifer.  nice meeting you gals <3

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my friend Eshé (top L) has been taking my gym classes since i started teaching at 24 HF eons ago! she is now a Lifetime member and is training for another triathlon later this year.  she showed the 10k who was boss last night!!! so proud of her and she looks fantastic.   Alexia and i (top R) received SO MUCH bump love!! i was truly proud to represent for the fit preggo moms out there with her, you already know.  way to GO, Alexia.  we ran into my crazy-sock wearing fitness buddies Ros (Zumba instructor extraordinaire)and Karen on the way to the start line (bottom L pic) :) lastly, i finally got a pic with my Soror, Ayesha!  she’s a fellow Coog, blogger, and Esprit de She Ambassador as well.

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before and after!

as Alexia and i wrapped up our final mile, a woman who was driving by in her truck slowed down (and shouted over a/her child in the passenger seat) ‘you’re pregnant? and running? why??’ and sped off! my response? why NOT!? :?: i should have shouted to her to follow me on Instagram. lol. if she only knew :P

i know a lot of mommies-to-be that aren’t able to run at this stage of the game as the weight and pressure of the fetus is pretty high.  however, we used common sense, checked on each other constantly, and alternated between jogging (when we felt like it) and power-walking to get through the 5k.  mission accomplished!

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post-race, you KNOW what i was lookin’ for and where i can always be found- by the fuel!  believe it or not, the line on the right was for the free bubbly LOL!  i was so happy to just walk right up and get my southwest chicken wrap(S) and salad that were provided by the always healthy and delicious Lifetime Cafe.

i had a rockin’ time and hope to return next year. with or without a baby bump ;)

HAPPY EARLY MOTHERS’ DAY <3

le

holiday happiness

::Christmas::

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uncle Thew is stateside again from working in Afghanistan!  he and Chiso have some catching up to do.
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Christmas morning.. wake up my sleepy face!

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Caillou has a bike, so Chiso had to have one too.

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one of my foodie gifts! already used it twice! Yonanaaaaaaaaaaas

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a fitness gift! i am ashamed to say that this is my 3rd ipod Nano :shock: . i do not even deserve this.  but i’m grateful to have it in my life again cause i sure did miss it.  i fried my other two with my own sweat because i used my bra to house it during my workout. both times. i know.  soooooo, tomorrow i’ll be getting a nice little arm band/holder thingy to prevent that from ever happening again.  thanks Hubby. for real.

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breakfast and gift exchange at my MIL’s was earlier, then we headed to my side of town to see my folks. this was dinner plate #1 at my moms: cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, turkey breast,  deviled egg, potato salad, candied yams, hummus dip with carrots and celery, cranberry sauce, and a wheat roll. this baby can EAT.
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aaand our 2nd stop/plate was homemade seafood gumbo, garlic bread, and plenty of sweet treats at Granny’s house with all my cousins, aunts, and uncles.

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grateful for Christ and what he means to me and my family.  blessings to you and yours as another unpromised year comes to a close!!!

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my next race will be the Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day 5k on January 1st, 2014!  come run with me!  details are over in the side bar ————>

email me at le@fitfoodiele.com if interested ;)

Q: what are your NYE plans? vote below!

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.

Phonto

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

 

green 6.2

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after a restful friday night, i woke up Saturday ready to take on the Green 6.2 with a few Fit Foodie Finisher friends:

Ijeoma Ikechi

Ijeoma Okoli

  Ijeoma Ugoezi

YES, 3 Ijeomas ;)

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they did their thing!!! so happy they were able to come out and run for the cause!  i enjoyed hanging out and learning more about them, and i look forward to growing our team.  i love the way fitness brings people together!!! the Houston humidity was present as always, but there was no rain and the temperature was perfect.

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obviously i missed the thumbs-up memo, whoops.  there were a ton of vendors at the post-race party held in the City Centre courtyard.  we refueled with bagels, bananas, muffins, and water.

there was also a kids 1k as well- look at little Superman!

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i cannot WAIT to do that with Chiso!!! it was the cutest thing EVER.  the kids were all so happy to just run!

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after getting home a little later, i finally got to make my REAL breakfast, even if it was late afternoon!  i had fun fetti birthday cake pancakes (minus the fun fetti) and topped them with regular PB2 and fresh sliced strawberries. (recipe derived from GoSuperSisters)

light and fluffy pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

do this:

mix the dry with the dry, and wet with the wet.  slowly add the dry into the wet until combined.  batter will be THICK! cook them up on a medium heated griddle until golden brown on both sides.

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i put all entries (Facebook fan page, blog post commenters, IG (Instagram) reposts) into my random name picker app and it spit out these guys:

@raceylee109 – Tracey Spicuzza

@cboutarfa92 – Courtney Boutarfa

@gorgeouswifey – Brandy McGhee

@karoniepooh – Karone Roger

@cecelisimon – Cecelia Simon

i’ll be sending out their precious Fit Popcorn bags today, whoop!  i thank each of you ladies for participating and spreading the word about this giveaway.  i am so honored to be able put smiles on their faces, especially via free, healthy, FOOD!

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

run ON! Bayou City Classic 10k ’13

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pre-race breakfast was 2 egg whites and a big bowl of expanding oats (1/2 cup rolled oats cooked in 1 cup water and 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk) topped with frozen blueberries, banana chunks and cinnamon!  i normally don’t eat THAT much before a long run, but i woke up so hungry that i had to put something in my system that would stick.

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walking to the start line  with no rain this time!  last year it rained the entire race AND during the post-race party, boooo.

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 traditional feet pic :lol:

52-53 min and some change later,

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DONEZO! the route was a tad bit different this year and there were hills, hill, and mo hills, whew.  that Allen Parkway is a beast.

oh how i wish i could have taken pics of all the inspirational and funny things i saw:

1. i had just made it to the halfway point when a woman on a bike heading the opposite way yelled out ‘it’s fit foodie!!!’ are you kidding me!? if you could have SEEN my face light the heck UP as i cheesed, waved, and yelled hello back! i could not see you very well at ALL but THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY YEAR, LADY!!  XOXO!

2.  spectator sign: ‘don’t stop! ain’t nobody got time fo dat!’

3.  people often run in teams or ‘centipedes’ and are linked together by a rope of some sort so that they can finish together. teamwork at its finest!   i passed a team with a gentleman running alongside his IV.  i did a double take for sure!  yes, the stand with the wheels, the fluid bag, the WHOLE NINE.  he was out there doing his thing.  if he can….

4. one thing i did NOT witness was someone biting the dust, hard.  happens every year.  people, you gotta watch where you are going, especially running in the streets of downtown Houston. *knocks on wood*

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ran into a college buddy of mine just before hitting up the post-race party.  amazing run, Warren!

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first things first, had to get my t-shirt before the line got too crazy. this was nothin.

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i tucked it away in my bag cause i needed two free hands for all the samples i was about to acquire!! here we go:

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could it be?  yep, Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches and fruit pops.

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stopped by the Clif Bar sample station,

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the My Fit Foods associate called this mixture ‘Morning Glory’.  it’s brown rice, eggs, lean ground turkey, and cheese all mixed together. it was good and something i’d throw together at home for sure.

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fresh fruit (bananas and oranges), cereal bars, and scones were provided by Whole Foods,

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and Fuel Kitchen supplied the breakfast tacos this year, not HEB.  they were delicious though- i had eggs and chorizo in mine.  a friend has been raving about the Philadelphia location to me and i can finally go experience the food for myself, sweet!
20130309_091122great turn out again this year!  always a pleasure and honor to participate in helping preserve Houston’s bayous, trees, and the environment :)

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goodie bag, food, coupons, t-shirt. it’s a wrap. time for a nap.

there were tons more sponsors there, check out the ones i didn’t mention.

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4 years running and counting!

Q: have you eaten at Fuel Kitchen & Health Bar? is there one in your city?

le

it’s all greek to me

been starting out my early mornings with green tea lately!  it’s either this or instant coffee, but i sweeten both with stevia and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk. yummy, low cal, creamy, and dairy-free.

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my Mrs. Dash collection is expanding gradually- i love all flavors of her no-salt line so far!  recently added was the southwest chipotle.

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chicken breast was this week’s protein of choice, and i used…20130306_210702

all of the seasonings!  not just one.

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done! 350 degree oven for 45-50 min.  ensure it’s cooked through for sure with a meat thermometer if you have to.

i used the sw chipotle on the bowl below that i had for lunch today cause we ran outta bread, man.  so brown rice it was!  i know i take sweet potato pics  for days on IG, but i eat all types of carbs.  whole wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, couscous, pearl quinoa….

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i’ve been a salad makin fool’ this week!  greek salad in particular.  that trip to Niko Niko’s really put me in the mood.

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this combo was wednesday night’s din din- a BIG salad for Sonny with grilled chicken,

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here’s yesterday’s lunch,

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and finally, today’s meal #3!  they are all different, but they’ve been a combo of the following ingredients:

  • romaine lettuce mix
  • low-fat string cheese
  • red, yellow, orange, green bell peppers (reg and mini)
  • vine ripe tomatoes
  • jumbo black olives
  • fat-free feta
  • fresh cucumber
  • avocado
  • banana peppers
  • red delicious apples
  • carrots
  • red cabbage
  • baked chicken breast

Q: what kind of salad dressing do you use?

A: just like you season your proteins and sides, season your salad!  topping them with some Mrs. Dash (or any low-sodium seasoning) is such a flavor BOOSTER. so pick your favorite one and sprinkle away!  i make my own dressing when i’m at home, and i’m in love with this one in particular right now: braggs apple cidar vinegar, braggs liquid aminos, agave nectar, and my seasonings (mrs. dash, parsley, oregano) all mixed together. even fresh lemon or lime juice alone works.

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 maintainin’ and feeling strong these days! just an endorphin-high pic right after my gym session earlier this week.

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i haven’t done a 10k since Thanksgiving last year!!!! but i’m running in one of my favorite races (look over there to the right for more info on the Bayou City Classic) in the morning and i’m so excited.  this race has THE best post race snacks!  and NO i have not even been training for this thing so don’t ask :lol: if this were a half marathon..then i’d be worried. but normally on race day for 5 and 10ks i just show up and run from start to finish with no serious training.  i know i won’t always be able to do that, and i strongly suggest you train correctly, stretch exceptionally, and get plenty of rest before your races.  do as i say and not as i do just this once ;)

so, about that cake….  i’m in love.  not only with the cake but with this girl.

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i adapted my recipe from her banana bread for one and it is PERFECT  i tell you, perfect.

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sweet cinnamon banana cake 

the stuff:

  • 1 tbsp ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

  • set your oven to 325 degrees and spray an oven-ready tin with no-stick cooking spray.
  • mix the dry, mix the wet, then combine them. *banana lumps are actually cool cause it provides texture for the cake*
  • pour your batter in, and bake it for 10-12 minutes!

mine was slightly under done but i appreciated the gooeyness, are you kidding me!?  but if you like yours fully cooked, keep it in a lil’ longer but watch it.  there are no eggs, so no salmonella scares.

serving size = the whole thang

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sweet treat indeed!  around 100 cals, super low fat, and even has a little fiber in there.

it was topped with banana whip (fat & sugar-free cool whip + 0% greek yogurt + a ripe banana), Trader Joe’s cinnamon sugar, and i toasted and sprinkled on some organic unsweetened coconut flakes straight from the stove top.  HEAVENLY!

if you make this cake, show me!!! take a pic and post it to my fan page or tag me on Instagram!  i love to see your creations!

hitting the sack to prepare for tomorrow’s run. nite!

le