Getting back at it….

So, I haven’t posted here in months…sorry about that. I do plan on keeping up with this, especially the recipes section. I’ve been working hard on a new routine and working towards training for my first half marathon. I’ve been developing a new nutrition plan for myself, as well as a new routine which mixes hypertrophy training with half marathon training. I also moved.

Needless to say, I have been EXHAUSTED. Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’ll be posting here more often! Having just turned 28 this month, I look forward to what MY new year has in store for me.

Don’t kill me…but since I’ve moved, I’ve had a lot less time to prepare breakfast in the morning before work. I’ve had to switch my normal breakfast of eggs and chicken sausage to a whey supplement shake and a piece of my Coconut Flour Banana Bread. No complaints though! This shake is delicious! This shake is also amazing post-workout, or just anytime you need to get a little extra protein in and want something sweet!

Here is the recipe…

Chocolate PB&J Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: FAST!
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 5 oz of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries of your choice (I like the blackberry, blueberry, raspberry mix I get at Costco!)
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate PB2
  • 1 serving (or more depending on your protein needs) of protein powder of your choice. (I am currently using Vitacost’s Whey Protein Complex in Chocolate. It’s more natural than other brands and doesn’t use artificial sweeteners or colors! The taste is awesome, too!)
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder

Directions

Place all ingredients in personal sized mini blender and blend until desire thickness. I like mine really thick and creamy. It takes about 2 minutes to get it to that thickness!

Stay tuned for more protein packed recipes… 🙂

KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink

Whew! I’ve been crazy busy lately. I was waiting at Honda yesterday for three hours! Good thing I stopped at Whole Foods before so I could get myself a drink so I didn’t have to succumb to that gross car service department waiting room lobby coffee! I decided to try KeVita Sparkling Probiotic in Strawberry Acai Coconut flavor. It looked interesting enough, and was on sale so I figured, why not? Right?
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Primal Cinnamon Apple Chips

Okay, first off, let me rant about how RUDE some people can be in the grocery store. It’s unreal…ugh!
Anyway, my best girlfriend, Jessica, and I love making (and eating!) snacks. Tonight, we decided to make a batch of crispy cinnamon apple chips.
These apple chips are so easy to make (even without a dehydrator!), and they make your entire kitchen smell incredible!

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip PB Banana Protein Muffins (and Pole Dancing!)

Whew! That’s a mouthful to say (and also to eat!). Tonight, I went to my good friend, Tara’s, pole fitness bachelorette party, and it was such an awesome workout. I was totally in the need for these little guys after! (Side thought: Any ladies who haven’t tried a pole fitness class, it is definitely an experience! I was super nervous and ended up having a blast! It was an exhilarating and empowering experience). Anyways, back to these muffins! I was pretty hungry after and I also needed a snack for work, so I quickly whipped up a batch of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Protein Muffins.
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Quest Protein Bars – Apple Pie Flavor

Apple Pie Quest Bar

Yes, I follow a primal diet. Yes, I sometimes supplement whey protein. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with whey protein supplementation. My body tolerates it well, and sometimes I am in a rush or on the go and don’t have the time to cook eggs and meat. That being said, if you’re into the fitness game, you’ve probably heard of Quest Bars by Quest Nutrition. If you haven’t, you”re missing out! The thing about these bars in the nutritional profile. 20g of protein and only 4-5 net carbs! Very low in sugar and not high in fat. Also, they are made with milk and whey protein and are completely SOY FREE (If you know me and how much I despise soy products, you get why this makes me so excited)! It is a perfect bar for anyone who needs quick protein after a workout, or if you are on the go and need some clean eats!

Suzi’s Review: Today, I got the chance to try Quest Nutrition’s Apple Pie Protein Bar. I’ve had other flavors before (and will post reviews for them, too!), but this is my first time trying the Apple Pie flavor. What did it taste like? Well, APPLE PIE! The flavor was spot on. It has the same consistency of other “white” Quest Bars (if you have had them before, you know what I mean). Raw, it is chewy and a very forward apple and spice flavor. The consistency is chewy and soft, compared to the Chocolate Brownie flavor which is a bit harder. Microwaved, WOW! This flavor is intensified so much. I break these in half and microwave on a piece of parchment paper for about 20 seconds and let it cool a little bit (if you don’t let it cool it’s like touching molten lava). The bar turns into a soft, gooey, chewy “cookie”. You will really enjoy this “cheat” snack. Okay…maybe it’s not a “cheat”, but it tastes like one!

Lettuce Wrapped Bison Burgers (Paleo-Friendly)

Last night, I had an insatiable craving for bison (I know…weird, right?!?). So what’s a girl to do but make delicious, lettuce wrapped bison burgers?! This meal is sure to please any hungry carnivore!

If you haven’t tried bison or buffalo meat, you are missing out! Bison (grass-fed) is a great alternative to beef when you are looking for a lean, flavorful burger. Grass-fed bison is loaded with high quality omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Grass-fed bison is also lower in fat and higher in protein than traditionally grain fed bison and ground beef! This lean, nutrient dense meat has an incredibly rich flavor that you will love!
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Fitbolt

Just sharing a great Chrome extension I found for those of us with a desk job! Some of the exercises stretches are a bit goofy, but its a good reminder to get up every one in a while and move! Short breaks also help you de-stress and regain your focus during the day. Don’t forget to drink water! (more…)

1200 Calories

Great article by Society as Sophie Sees it! Eat up, workout and don’t skip meals. Most of all, ENJOY it!

Sophieologie

I don’t know why “1200” managed to be the magic number of calories women should consume if they want to lose weight.

I don’t even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1200 a day and do cardio. I don’t know how it got in to all of our collective brains, but somehow it did (if any ladies remember how or when they first heard the 1200-calorie rule-of-thumb for losing weight, please let me know via comment box).

What I do know is that 1200 is the general number of calories health professionals say women cannot drop below without suffering negative health consequences.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

Last night, my sweetie and I shared a beautiful meal of filet mignon Oscar-style paired with asparagus roasted with garlic, lemon, and herbs. We had originally planned to include herb-roasted potatoes covered in a lemon cream sauce (which would have complemented the steak VERY nicely), but alas, were forced to substitute linguine in the same sauce since we didn’t have enough potatoes. Fortunately, the lemon cream sauce was so damn delicious that it didn’t seem to matter what we put it on, with the singular condition that whatever we put it on went immediately into our mouths. Simply-put, the flavor is incredible. You’re going to want to try this…
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Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Banana “Bread”

Let’s face it, bread is delicious. And although it is delicious, many of us still attempt to cut it—painfully, I might add—out of our diets while adhering to a Keto or Atkins-based program, only to discover that 1) we are weak creatures and 2) that our bodies crave carbs!

Consuming complex carbohydrates is essential for both energy and happiness, and once you combine complex carbohydrates (the healthier, energy-sustaining variety) with bananas, lipids, sugar, and CHOCOLATE (my weakness), it becomes damn-near irresistible! For some of us though, eating a butter and sugar-laden bread on the daily isn’t a viable option. I am one of these people.

With this in mind, I endeavored to create a low-fat breakfast bread with bananas, chocolate chips, and of course, deliciousness. It was my first time using this recipe, so I wasn’t sure how it would come out. Fortunately, the final product ended up tasting out-of-this-world-stupid-amazing, and if you love banana bread as much as I do, I HIGHLY suggest you keep reading…
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