kicking it into gear!

It was supposed to be a rainy day today.  Woke up, sun is out!  IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY.  We have the doors open, listening to John Cougar Mellencamp, rolling around on the floor, playing with baby toys and taking in some fresh spring air!  What relaxing things do you like to do with your kids and/ or family as the outside temperature starts to warm up?

Last night we made a last minute executive decision to go to our local fave mexican joint – we are valued customers at this point thanks to their booths and loud music to drain out any potential meltdowns at the dinner table.  After some delicious fajitas I decided to workout.  I wasn’t sure if my stomach was going to make it through; I surprised myself.  I was happy I got in a night sweat before heading to bed.  My husband kindly gave our son a bath and I did a combination workout.  Below are four videos, you can do them in any combination – each workout is approximately 30 minutes.  I did #2 and #4 last night.  Switch em up and you won’t get bored.  There are so many different movements the routines go by so fast you will have no idea you’ve already blown through one of the workouts by the time it’s done!

However, I do not take her post workout two scoops of protein powder in water recommendation.  I am not a fan of protein powders, they are loaded with crap!  If you want to make a shake (using egg whites ONLY powder) make sure it’s a meal replacement or a low-cal snack, you can quickly gain weight by having a protein packed drink after your workouts.  Here is a healthy green shake you could enjoy before or after a workout – I enjoyed this for lunch the other day, scrumptious!

These recipes make two 16 ounce servings – I cut them in half.

KEY LIME (page 157)

2 frozen bananas

1 cup coconut ice

3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tsp fresh lime zest

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp ground flaxseed powder

1/4 tsp camu powder

1/4 tsp spirulina powder

1 tbsp lucuma powder

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

blend together in the nutribullet

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ROSEMARY ORANGE (page 99)

1/4 cup dried white mulberries

1/4 cup raw cashews

3 cups baby spinach

2 tbsp mashed avocado

1 tsp orange zest

1.5 tsp minced fresh rosemary

1.5 cups orange juice

2 cups ice

blend together in the nutribullet

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As you will notice the minimal amount of avocado makes a smoothie smooth, thick and creamy.  It was shocking to see how just a tablespoon or two can take away the icey texture of a smoothie.

 

*recipes adopted from: Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris (I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!)

or you can try my ultimate favorite green juice from her book so far…

another green juice recipe (from her cookbook).

NOM NOM NOMaste y’all! Happy Friday!

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FITness

Here are some quick workouts that will get your heart going and your glands sweating!  Lately I have not been motivated to go to the gym, I have wanted to stay home and workout.  Along with the rest of America, I view the gym as an oasis during the short cold winter days.  When the sun stays out later I want to get my workout in quickly so I can relax outside after instead of driving there and back.  I do miss sitting in the sauna…. tomorrow I will get there!

Enjoy!

peace. love. paleo.

hello again!!

WOW, it has been a while since I have updated the site.  I have been consumed primarily with my more important responsibilities – such as taking care of my son 😉 . I have some news to report, I joined a gym!!  I finally took the plunge, and just got a Gold’s Gym membership.  This gym is not your ordinary gym though, they have just about everything – including a swimming pool where I can take the baby and a movie theatre I can bike or run or elliptical or sit or whatever inside of, etc etc etc.  The amenities are wonderful and I am very happy with my decision; don’t worry I will still post home work-outs and the various exercise classes I attend.  After this post I’m going to head over there and bike in the movie theatre, I’m so tired I can’t handle much stimulation from lights right now.

The next order of business, I have two updates on the food portion of this blog.  I finally tried NICE CREAM and IT WAS DIVINE.  I blended 3 frozen bananas in the food processor and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips.  I do have to report that this portion was very large, my husband and I shared, but you could easily make this for three people.  I thought the flavor was fantastic, the consistency was smooth and creamy – literally like banana gelato.  I’m a big fan of this treat!!!

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This morning I finally indulged in a matcha green tea almond latte and again it was blissful.  I upped the matcha a bit, the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, however, my bottle of matcha powder reads serving size as 1tsp – so I did just that!  Flavor was excellent, I even added more water to make it hotter longer and it did not lose its flavor one bit!

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Wish I could stay and type longer, but I have to quickly get in my workout before I eat dinner and head to bed… mommy life.  I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying their new year’s resolutions 🙂 !

toodles,

peace. love. paleo.

back in the game.

This past week I went to my first official CrossFit class (the reason I say the preceding is because my husband doesn’t count community classes as a “true” example of CrossFit), and, I went back to Barre class!! I have always been super intimidated by CrossFitters and “their classes.”  However, I really enjoyed the routine.  I did go to a class at a gym that is just starting, so it was a calm atmosphere and I received a lot of one on one attention to ensure my technique was on point.  After I left I was sweaty and excited to return for another round.  I can see how people get addicted to ONLY CrossFit classes – I wanted to go back and lift more the next day!! I don’t know how I will do when I’m thrown into a mix a larger gym.  I will have to walk in without a guard up, and know that I’m just a work in progress and not the best (I am super competitive, and I don’t like not being able to life the prescribed amount of weight the first day walking into the class).

Likewise, when I’m in barre class I also feel slightly intimidated by those who are ex-dancers and ballet stars, but going to these classes is good for me.  Being uncomfortable and working through fears allows me to realize, as scary as it may be, I’m not perfect – no one is – and life is about making progress each day toward a goal.  Like the old saying goes:  “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  I also was able to get in one of these YouTube workouts (see below) and today I will be doing a stairs run.  I’m hoping to keep up this routine of trying to get in a workout everyday, and taking a day of rest here an there.

I don’t want to talk about weight loss specifics, but there definitely has been a faster drop as I have increased the amount and intensity of my workouts.  For those of you trying to shed some pounds, get your heart rate up!!! And for those who are just looking to stay healthy, keep your heart rate up!!!  Throughout my pregnancy I was able to maintain a low blood pressure and heart rate, which has definitely helped me get back to exercising without feeling like my head is going to explode and heart is going to bust out of my chest cavity.

Stay tuned for foodie updates tomorrow!  For now…

peace. love. paleo.

got a sweet tooth?

This morning I woke up and finished off a fresh batch of almond milk before going on a walk in this lovely 50-something degree weather!!  When we get back I will begin making my weekly batch of energy ballz.

Finally tried these Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies which I found posted on The Coconut Mama’s website, however, I believe they are a PaleOMG recipe.

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The batter was like a bowl of honey – I was not expecting that consistency!! I was pleased with the “gooeyness” of the cookie – I do not like crunchy/hard cookies.  Essentially, my favorite part of baking is eating the batter.  I hope you like macadamias if you are making these because these cookies taste like you are munching on some nuts.  I was hoping for something a little sweeter, but my husband was clearly digging them – the batch lasted two days.  **I used homemade macadamia nut butter, which is featured in my butter section under the vittles tab.

Next up are paleo oreos!! Yummmm!  I do have to admit mine do not look as beautiful as the ones on the website posted below – I don’t have that much patience at this stage to make perfect oreos when we are going to gobble them down.  Now if they were for other people to enjoy maybe I would take more time to prepare them as eloquently as displayed on Will Bake For Books’ website.  Please go make these treats and enjoy them as much as we did!!  The only thing I changed in the Raw Oreos recipe is using 1/2 cup cocoa with 1/2 cup carob powder.  I have been trying to use carob powder, I know it is supposed to be good for you, but I honestly have zero idea what it is.  I am going to do some research for myself and my readers and get back to you with some mind blowing facts!!

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I will work on my presentation skills 😉 .  Paired with the oreo is an energy ball, I enjoyed both after eating a salad for lunch one fine day.

And, to wrap up this wonderful dessert feast I have something festive for the holidays and winter hibernation months.  Dig your teeth into these Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes for a light treat after dinner or a snack during the day.  I apologize for my coconut whipped cream – I over whipped it and it lost it’s fluff.

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I didn’t get a good picture of the inside mushiness – they are like raw banana bread slices.  The pumpkin taste is subtle, the spice flavors compliment the pumpkin & banana nicely.

After indulging you might want to hit play on some of these videos!!

I really liked this video – it was a solid workout of the whole body.  The only part that was super challenging was the oblique exercises when you are laying sideways on one elbow and one knee – at this point i was like oh my gosh this is really challenging at that point of the workout!!! I pushed through – there are some words of encouragement during the video, which is helpful.  I just listened to the music and made some grunting noises as if I was in a meathead gym.

If you would like to keep it easy on your knees you can try this workout, which I also really enjoyed.  If you look at the comments lots of people are skeptical of the low cardio workout, but they write they were sweating a lot and extremely tired at the end.  I too thought this was going to be an “easy” day, however, my sweatshirt was nicely coated with sweat [sweat makes me extremely happy, I feel accomplished after a sweaty workout knowing my body is free of toxins].

happy monday!

peace. love. paleo.

— double it up —

Here’s the run down…literally?!!

I use this abs vid for a warm-up and a cool down.  Add in a 20-30 minute, or challenge yourself and go for the 45 min, workout in between the abs sets.  I still firmly believe exercises that focuses solely on these muscles are beneficial.  There is so much hyper around the myth that crunches don’t work.  Well to some extent this is true – if you are only doing crunches your chance of having a six pack are few and far between.  However, if you incorporate other routines along side crunches I believe you will have “abs of steel.”  And, not to mention it mixes a workout up – less of a chance for boredom, which will lead you to burn out fast from your workout routine.

The next two videos I did back to back – I did the shorter – squats – video first, almost as a warm-up.  Both videos run through routines that will not get your heart rate elevated too high, however, they will give you mildly sore quads the next day.  I like mixing up the pace of the exercises, really gives your body a chance to relax – while staying active – and push it to the next level on others.

Have a wonderful evening y’all…

and, always:  sweat PALEO.

sistah sistah

Almond milk or as some like to say “mylk” has a sibling…

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Soak the cashews overnight (8-12 hours) or until swollen.  IMG_6140

Remove the water and add 5 cups of water – like the almond milk, I did this in two batches (half the almonds and 2.5 cups of water blended in the Nutribullet at a time and then mixed together through the cheese cloth to strain.

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Before straining, add one date (pit removed) and cinnamon to your container. IMG_6142

Once fully strained – pour through funnel into your jar and label as desired (see above picture).  You will also be left with some cashew “cheese” this can be used as a spread or eaten plain – great flavor and texture, just like a ricotta.

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Cashew milk can be paired very nicely with a dessert or enjoyed by itself.  As my husband says about them:  they are light and refreshing!  And, I couldn’t agree more – it’s like a liquid smoothie.  You could even enjoy a cup with one of these…

PUMPKIN PIE ENERGY BITE:

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1 cup dates

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp golden flax meal

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

dash of cloves

splash of vanilla extract

*blend all ingredients together in food processor and roll into bite size balls.

If you eat a few too many, you could always run the stairs!!

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I made it 60 minutes…working my way back to my fit level – slowly.

A post workout snack or a breakfast delight:

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