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.
ALMOND MILK: check out the “shakes” tab above to reference the home-made process at any time.
For this drink I blended 1 cup of almonds (which were soaked in water for 8 hours prior) with 5 cups of water in a nutribullet (given the volume restrictions with the Nutribullet containers I did the process in two rounds and mixed both batches together during the next phase). After blending both ingredients I applied a cheesecloth over a bowl that would hold the large amount of liquid – I began straining the mixture through the cloth. Once the almond milk began to hit the cheesecloth I picked it up by the edges and wrapped it tightly around the almond meal. I began squeezing the excess milk out of the cloth (as pictured above) and once completely rung-out I was left with a batch of almond meal. I stored this byproduct in the Nutribullet container in the refrigerator for future use in other recipes. I added one date (pit removed and fruit sliced) and a splash of vanilla extract. Then, I poured the almond milk through a funnel into an air tight glass container (this bottle is from IKEA – another fab find!).
Another recipe I worked on today was some peppermint bark – this was always a favorite treat of mine during the holiday season.
My apologizes for the poor slicing skills. I found it very difficult to cut this bark into pieces, my husband assisted, but literally the chocolate was rock solid. We used many different knives & kitchen tools, but this is what we were left with. My husband had a great idea – let the chocolate sit out for a little bit to soften before slicing it into portions. To make this treat I melted 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips in the microwave – I would remove the bowl every 15 seconds and stir the chips for a total of approximately 2 minutes. I then lined the bottom of a small Ziploc container with parchment paper, and poured the chocolate into the bottom of the container. I placed this into the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to solidify. While this was setting I prepared the next layer. I combined approximately 1/3 cup coconut butter (melted in microwave at 15 second increments for no more than 1.5-2 minutes), 1/2 tbsp honey (if that, this makes the mixture “doughy like” and easy to mold), 1/2 tbsp peppermint extract (or more to taste to your liking) and a dash of vanilla extract. Once the proceeding ingredients are mixed I added two drops of food coloring – to keep paleo you could add a few drops of beet juice (I didn’t have any beets on hand today). I gently kneaded the mixture to give the white “dough” more of a a peppermint appearance – don’t completely mix the food coloring or else you will end up with pink bark!!! After this step, remove the chocolate from the refrigerator, once it is solid, and even out the peppermint layer on top of the chocolate layer. Place the entire bark in the refrigerator until both layers are solid, remove and chop into pieces to serve to guests… that’s if you don’t eat it all before it makes it to their mouth.
Finally, the last thing I have to offer for my baking skills this evening are Pumpkin Pie Muffins from Elana’s Pantry. These muffins are heavenly – they are moist, mooshy inside, firm outside and taste like a piece of pie. They are satisfying enough as a dessert or an afternoon snack.
***Don’t forget to exercise to keep sane during the cold months!!***
…and as always: peace. love. paleo.
Wake up, get your groove on, and GO!
GOOD MORNING NYC.
Not sure how I acquired such a nice foam this morning with the Nutribullet whipped coconut oil coffee, but it was divine!
GOOD AFTERNOON fellow foodies.
Keeping it paleo at Shake Shack with a lettuce wrapped double stack burger with bacon obvs!!
GOOD EVENING to the city that never sleeps.
Brooklyn Bridge Walk
Bryant Park Festivities
Followed by a Korean BBQ dinner at Shilla’s. I ordered the Bi Bim Bap – as divine as I remember it being last winter when I first enjoyed this dish. It is essentially a mixture of vegetables with ground beef and a fried egg with rice on the side. I do have to admit I ate some of these grains, after I regretted it and should’ve kept it paleo without consuming the rice.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful monday after a beautiful weekend like I had!
Another batch of burgundy red wine flank steak was made and I was in heaven eating every bite of this meal. Please refer back to my first post for the initial recipe: wine infused steak… my husband added coconut sugar to this batch and wow the flavor is so much richer! We also made other steaks, which weren’t finished for dinner the night before – I used some pieces in this salad:
photographed: coconut water (home-made, check out the “hydration” tab above to see which brand I mix into water); bulletproof coffee remix (i use Nespresso vanilla pods with 1 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in a Nutribullet); green juice (apple + spinach juice made in the Juiceman appliance); beet & steak chopped salad (seasoned with herbs de provence, avocado oil & balsamic vinegar) and Terra sweet potato chips (MY NEW OBSESSION!!!).
The next morning I got to enjoy this green juice again with breakfast made by my wonderful husband…
Now it is time to burn off these calories!!!
I did part 1 & 2 only yesterday – I am working my way up to a 60 min video, currently just feeling satisfied with 40 minutes (a jump from 20 minutes). And today I engaged in this activity:
Hope everyone is staying warm and having a pleasant friday night!
The first one I will present is another version of my energy ballZ… Raw Sugar Cookie Dough Bites meet Raw Brownie Batter Bites!
Recipe: in a food processor mix…
1 cup dried dates
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp golden flax meal
2 tbsp chia seeds
(brands of each product I use will soon be posted under the vittles tab – stay tuned).
And, the next to share: DRAGON FRUIT!
Clearly I need to perfect my slicing skillZ. This fruit is very interesting to cut as it is slippery and the skin is rough to cut through. Dragon fruit does not have much taste – slightly sweet, but the flavor is very mild. The skin is very bitter and does not add much taste, perhaps it detracts from the overall flavor. My husband suggested removing more of the pink skin before slicing it into pieces – I agree! I have to watch some youtube videos to teach myself how to make this fruit even more beautiful when prepared; I will get back to you with some tips. I paired this fruit with coconut whipped cream I made.
Finally, I perfected the paleo whipped cream after a failed first attempt with use of the entire can of coconut milk. To prepare this topping I opened 2 cans of coconut milk, scooped out the top layer (this thick mixture is the coconut cream) and left the liquid coconut milk in the can. Instead of wasting the byproduct I poured it into a Fred & Friends silicone ice cube tray and placed it in the freezer. These frozen coconut cubes will be great to pop into a smoothie instead of ice cubes – richer flavor! Back to the coconut whipped cream preparation – after I had removed all of the coconut cream I placed it in the mixing bowl of a Kitchen Aid and added the whisk attachment. I began whisking the cream and poured in 1 tbsp of coconut palm sugar. I skipped the vanilla extract for this batch, but contemplated adding it since I am basically addicted to vanilla flavor. I thought the mixture would need to be whipped for quite some time, however, unlike heavy cream the coconut cream is already thick and just needs a little fluffing up!
Before you sweet on folks get in a quick ab workout after a brisk walk with the baby:
Fitness Blender HIIT Workout for Abs & Obliques (this websites gives you a breakdown of the workout)
and as always:
peace. love. paleo.
I’m going to share with you all a fabulous ab workout… short, sweet and sweaty.
All you need is 25 minutes of your day to get this done!
My new focus is on trying to live each moment; trying not to rush around and freak out about the baby crying [because that’s what babies do] and being sleep deprived at times. These are just facts of my life right now and there is nothing I can do about the situation. I just have to make the most of every moment and enjoy the time with the baby and my husband as much as possible instead of trying to plot how I can make him stop crying faster and get to bed earlier. Slowing down is really helping me appreciate my life and realize how grateful I am to have the life I am living. I recommend stopping the obsessive thinking over certain topics [it is just your anxiety speaking to you] so you can relax and be calm with yourself and the world around you.
Go get your sweat on, destress, and:
peace. love. paleo.