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

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

one piece of equipment at a time

my home workouts have FOREVER changed!!!!! i’ve been wanting to purchase a step bench for my home for a while now but i just knew i could find a better deal than the 89.00 and up they are in stores and online (Walmart, Academy, Sports Authority, Target).  i wanted the REAL thing.  the one i use in my classes every week and the one you find in a majority of fitness clubs. not the shorter, copycat versions.  just before biting the bullet and heading to Target to purchase it tuesday, i was gifted with one from a very special person. aaaggghhhh! so grateful.

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i brought that baby home and immediately got to work making vids!  slowly but surely i’m building up my home gym repertoire which does wonders for my motivation.  the more toys you have, the more you wanna play, right!?  Chiso jumped on before i did and started doing his thing.

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i can’t find the Figure 8 bands i use at Lifetime in stores but i did pick up these light, medium, & heavy resistance ones (3 to a pack) at Target to slip over my shoes and/or ankles.  you know the vids for those are on the way.

moves:

  1. squat jumps  - keep those knees behind your toes and weight in your heels for every single rep. drop your booty to the bench! keep an eye on your heart rate.
  2. crossover pushups (using 1 riser) –   try them on your toes!
  3. incline chest flyes – breaking the bench down and creating a makeshift incline bench is PERFECT for 2nd and 3rd trimester moms-to-be! we know that lying on our backs for an extended period of time after about 20ish weeks (varies per mom) or so is a no-no for blood circulation, so this is a great modification.
  4. bench step ups - get low and get your waddle on. alternate legs or do the same leg then switch it up. hey Chiso :lol:

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i saw HEB’s rendition of these guys while shopping and they looked tantalizing as heck in the package! i gave them a go at home and wow. just wow. 3 ingredients. add these to your Super Bowl eats or ANY party menu. find something to celebrate and just make them!

Cheesy Stuffed Maple Jalapeno Poppers (dairy-free)

the stuff:

  • 5 jalapenos, halved
  • 10 pieces of low sodium maple bacon (just cut 5 long slices in half for the perfect length to wrap around the pepper)
  • 1/2 cup Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese spread (you can also use any flavor Laughing Cow cheese wedges, yum)

do this:

  1. cut each pepper in half and discard the seeds and filling
  2. stuff each half with 2 tbsp Tofutti spread or LC cheese
  3. wrap bacon around stuffed pepper and secure with a toothpick if need be
  4. bake for 20-35 min (depending on size) in a 425 degree oven

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*per pepper: 52 cals, 4g fat, 1 carb, 2g protein*

Q: what is the best piece of at-home equipment you’ve invested in? 

Q: what would you love to add next?

i’d love a pullup-bar & an elliptical.

le

light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake & home HIIT moves

i had a little cabin fever Tuesday after my Total Conditioning class was canceled cause of the freezing temps and icy Houston roads. i have to be honest with you guys… home workouts are still hard for me to get through :shock: . being up in front of my class at the gym is my motivation to keep going and never quit. i know my members are looking up to me for motivation but they provide the exact same thing for me.  i’m 58 times more likely to stop when it burns when i’m at home. when i’m up on stage i don’t feel a thing. i just look at my HR watch an hour later and it says 800+ calories burned :lol: . anyway, i make up my class routines the night before so i pretty much did the whole thing without a step bench in my dining room and got a really good sweat going.

got the job done. try some of these exercises for getting your heart rate UP.

HIIT is great for burning fat while keeping all your hard-earned muscle, e.g. like sprinting on a track or treadmill.  you can only hold this high rate of intensity for so long, so you give it all you got for 30 seconds – 1 minute then recover. i do it gradually by starting with a basic exercise move then building on it from there (see example vid above).  my heart rate has to stay in the safe range of 140-150 since i’m preggo, so i don’t go full throttle anymore. but YOU can! if you’re not preggo.  if you have never taken Total Conditioning at Lifetime Fitness, YOU MUST.

on to one of my favorite cakes to eat growing up.  i don’t have it often at all and i didn’t want to have to resort to a boxed cake mix (even though they taste awesome too) so i created this one. finally got it right on the 3rd try.

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light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake

the stuff:

  • 1/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 2 tbsp organic whipped buttery spread (i used Earth Balance)
  • 7 fresh or canned pineapple slices
  • 3.5 **maraschino cherries
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple juice (you can use more milk if you’d like)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour OR cake flour (i used King Arthur)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

do this:

  1. preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. coat a 9 inch round or square pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  3. melt and coat the bottom of your pan with whipped butter spread until even.
  4. next, sprinkle 1/3 cup of coconut crystals in the bottom of your pan on top of the butter.
  5. lay pineapple rings flat in bottom of pan; place cherry halves in center of the rings.
  6. mix egg, 2/3 cup coconut crystals, coconut oil, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  7. in a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder well.
  8. slowly add your wet mixture to your dry and stir until all combined, no lumps.
  9. pour batter on top of pineapple rings evenly.
  10. bake for 30-33 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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let it cool, then flip the pan over and convert it onto a plate. see below.

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 ta-da.

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**let’s chat. maraschino cherries are not healthy. no way around it.  i used them cause they just go with the standard pineapple upside down cake recipe. they just do. it’s not the same without them. you don’t have to use them though! chances are you don’t even have any in your fridge anyway. you can actually make them yourself using fresh cherries, or find another fruit to use. be creative.

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i equate the area under the individual pineapple slice as one serving, so there are seven up there.

per 1 serving: 264 calories, 10g fat, 38g carbs, 4g protein.

not too shabby when compared to Betty’s stats ;)

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so i’m taking my very first cooking class at Sur La Table tomorrow, aaaagggghhh!!!! and guess what we’re making?! the best food ever on earth. homemade PIZZA.  this class had my name all over it.  i plan to start teaching my own cooking & exercise classes as early as next month so i’m getting all the tips, info, and advice i can stuff into my brain. more details to come VERY soon- it’s pretty much February already :shock:

le

part II: core exercises for preggo patties and newbies

CYMERA_20140110_162501         well i didn’t think produce coupons existed, but HEB made that dream a reality! 3 dollars off 8 or more in produce. nice.  i couldn’t wait until this weekend to go grocery shopping because our pantry and fridge was crazy bare, so i went last night and got it done.  i checked online for some coupons before leaving and i’m glad i did.

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we also stopped by Walmart where i spotted these all natural Weber seasonings.  gluten-free, low sodium, and 100% sea salt used.  i caught wind of them via Instagram and chose the Gourmet Burger and Boston Bay seasonings first.  everyone is raving about the Kickin’ Chicken so i’ll be trying that one next. these big 5.75 oz bottles cost just as much as the Mc Cormick and Mrs. Dash 2.5 oz bottles! what a bargain.

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 this evening’s pre-workout meal before taking a Barbell Strength class at the gym: a big bowl of sautéed kale, avocado, green onion, and some Sweet & Spicy Tangerine Shrimp from last night’s taco dinner.  i’m still perfecting the shrimp recipe and will post it here soon,  you know it.

more core videos for ya as promised!

using dumbbells:

for floor oblique twists: sit up straight, chest up, and lean back 45 degrees before executing. complete the opposite the side the same way.

12 R & 12 L;  3 X 24

standing ab exercises:

for standing oblique crunches: pull your elbow down to your knee and squeeze your glute when your knee is at its highest point.

slow tempo for 8, fast tempo for 16  then repeat 2 more times straight.  switch sides and do the same thing.

the side bends keep my lower back loose, limber, and flexible.  if you’re preggo, don’t worry about using super heavy dumbbells here at all.  10′s work great. stand up straight, chest lifted, and don’t slouch or round your back!

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i can do that one!!!! please let me do that one :shock: .

speaking of shows though i have something in the works i am super excited to share.  a vision that has never been more clear to me, finally!  in due time though.

HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAPPY WEEKEND!

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

#laterpost #flashbackfriday

i’m going through a period in my life where i’m letting go of something good to make room for something a billion times better.  why is that so dang hard though?  always easier said than done in my world. accepting change doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth, but i tend to take it to that level a lot every now and then.

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i stick to my 6 Pack USA workout plan for the majority of my workouts but sometimes i just go in and wing it.

today’s sweaty randomness: back, light triceps, cardio

  • machine shoulder press 4 x 10
  • lat pull downs 4 x 10
  • machine tricep pushdowns 4 x 10
  • hammer strength pull downs 4 x 10
  • seated rows 4 x 10
  • deadlift / overhead press combo w/ 45 lb bar 3 x 10
  • steady-state, fat burning cardio on the elliptical 30 min

before that though, i met with the ladies of Style to Envy for breakfast at La Madeleine and did my best to resist all their crazy delicious savory and sweet pastries.  i met Val and Nikki at the Blog Elevated Conference this past Sept. and we discussed a few collaboration ideas for 2014! looking forward to that.

Chiso worked up an appetite playing hard and requested pizza for lunch. soooo, since were in the vicinity, we chowed down on some Ruggles Green gluten-free cuisine.

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i had the Atlantic salmon salad with all the trimmings.  i actually forgot to ask for the dressing on the side this time and was too hungry to wait for a re-do.

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what a Hammy Mc Hamster! Chiso got his pizza fix and i finished what he left which was only one dang slice! and i have no idea where he got ‘eat everything but the crust’ from. he certainly didn’t learn that from Sonny or i cause we eat the whole thing. so yeah, i finished all his leftover crusts too. that dough is AMAZING.

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 here is a lighter, low sugar pumpkin cake recipe i made a few days ago i’d like to share before Turkey Day:

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the stuff:

  • 1 cup Stevia for Baking
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

  1. mix wet with wet, dry with dry, then incorporate together. do not over mix!
  2. divide batter evenly between two 8 in round pans
  3. bake for 28-30 min on 350 or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. let the cakes cool then pop them out of the pans
  5. top however you’d like! i used vanilla butter cream and the very last few pecans in the bag (i hope that explains the debris on the plate)  this time, but next time i’ll keep it super light and use sugar-free/fat-free cool whip. there are actually a few vegan coconut cream frosting recipes i’ve been seeing around.  that’s a great option too!

makes 12 slices (for 1, no topping): 137 cals, 6g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3 g protein

hope you had a fantastic weekend. it’s COLD in Houston these days, brrrrrr.

t-4 days yall!!

le

all natural + BOO

image(1)there are so many cute Halloween snacks on Pinterest and IG and this is as creative as i could get this morning.  that rain pouring down outside explains that face-  it’s supposed to last all day here in Houston!

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a year ago today…whew.  now he talks back and can operate an iPad better than his grandparents.

anyway, we’ll be carving pumpkins indoors tonight then.

***because it took me all day to get this post up, i’m happy to announce the sun is now, in fact, OUT!****

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up early livin’ the FITzee lifestyle this morning and getting my workout in before the busy day begins.  so, how did i get that sweaty?  you wanted a cardio workout so you got it!

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repeat this 3x’s through, but in between each set:

  • run one full lap around your track (or time a 2 minute run at a steady pace through your neighborhood)

OR

  • 2:10 minutes on the treadmill at 6.5 mph.

leave a comment and tell me what a SWEATY good time you had doing this!

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you should know by now that FITzee Foods meals are prepared with all natural ingredients.  why is this so important though?

because all-natural refers to food that is:

  • minimally processed
  • additive-free
  • chemical-free
  • no genetic manipulation
  • hormone-free
  • antibiotic-free
  • sweetener-free
  • food coloring-free
  • flavoring-free

i researched some of the more popular,  frozen, pre-packaged  ‘tv dinners’ and i’d like to show you something:

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(clockwise from the top left) Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Michelinas, & Smart Ones.

scary, huh :shock: .

processed foods have a completely different affect on my body, and you will notice a gigantic difference too once you start to eat whole, all natural foods on a consistent basis.  they slow my digestive system to a halt, they’re not as filling which intensifies my hunger or cravings ( usually with sweets/sugar), and they tend to bloat me from the high soduim or sugar levels.  besides, having to google ingredients before eating your meal kinda makes it less and less appetizing.  FITzee Foods keeps it fresh, all natural, and simple, but that means anything BUT bland, friends.  see for yourself just how flavorful and filling these meals are.

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now that’s an ingredient list i can dig and feel great about sharing with my growing fam bam. no additives or preservatives also means a shorter shelf life, so this is just a reminder to either refrigerate, freeze, or eat your FITzee meals immediately upon arrival.  if frozen, they are good for up to two more months.

you can check out the FITzee Foods Facebook & Twitter pages, or click here to order!

BE SAFE TONIGHT ;)

le

life is


haaaay, it’s FRIDAY!  friday night. and i’m on the computer talking to you.  livin’ the life.

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this caught my attention today while we were waiting for our food at one of Houston’s most popular Jamaican spots, Cool Runnings.

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i feel guilty when i don’t pack Sonny’s food for the day for whatever reason and today was one of those days :shock: , so we scooped him up on his break and enjoyed some lunch together.

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afterwards, fro-yo @ Swirll.  cause when you make an ice cream promise, you gotta keep it.

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our conversations get deeper by the week as his vocabulary expands!

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after Sonny got off later, we went with Uncle Bri-Bri to The Hill for an endurance workout before the sun went down.

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ok they worked out, not me, boo.  i mean i couldn’t really participate cause i had to keep an eye on the boy with those cyclists speeding by and all. however i improvised and put Chi on my back and went up and down the stairs a few times for a super slow lower body burn.  i’ve got sample cardio workouts coming right up by request!

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then the mosquitoes quadrupled and we left.

here’s the recipe for those stuffed peppers i made for dinner last night! i used what i had in my fridge:

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veggie stuffed lean ground turkey bell peppers

the stuff:

  • 6 med-large bell peppers, any color
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 lb. 97% lean ground turkey
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 5 portabella mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • tops of the bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free feta (wish i had some at the time!)

do this:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your pan (big enough to fit 6 large bell peppers in) with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. cut the tops off the peppers & also cut the bottoms to make them sit flat in your baking pan. arrange and seat them in pan.
  3. in large skillet on medium heat, saute the shallot until translucent.
  4. add ground turkey & seasonings and cook until browned and chopped into crumbles.
  5. add all chopped vegetables, mix, cover, and let steam on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until tender.
  6. add feta, mix again, and spoon mixture into your bell peppers evenly.
  7. bake for 25-30 minutes or until desired bell pepper tenderness.

approximately 130-150 cals for 1 stuffed bell pep.

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have a blessed night!

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