fitness

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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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…)

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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