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Chocolate Coconut Water Love

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After teaching spin, doing a bit of a shoulder, workout, and calling my new boss so that I could find out details of my new job (I start next Tuesday!) it was time for lunch.

Sometimes, I feel like I could go through I head of lettuce in two days, other times it takes me a bit longer.  When I was home not too long ago, my mom gave me some artisan lettuce as a special treat.  While I have not been skimping on using the lettuce, somehow I still have it!  So, I cleaned it up, and made myself a delicious salad full of cauliflower, onion, broccoli, celery, and tuna topped with a combination of homemade hummus and salsa.

Lately, I have been absolutely loving the combination of salsa and hummus as a salad dressing.  It is slightly spicy, and the hummus adds a nice creaminess.  Delish! 😉

New Obsession

When I went grocery shopping for the week, I purchased myself a little treat.  Zico Chocolate Coconut water.  I had tried the original coconut water and loved it, but heard rave reviews about the chocolate.  To be honest, I was a little nervous about trying it because I like the original so much, but as soon as I tried it I was in LOVE!

It is seriously delicious, and oddly tastes kind of like chocolate milk.  When I tried it on Saturday, I immediately got the urge to experiment with it…so I made a smoothie.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Coconut Water Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Zico Chocolate Coconut Water
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful of kale (spinach will work fine too, or you can omit!)
  • 1 Tbsp of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 packet of splenda
  • 4 ice cubes
  • a splash of regular water (as needed)

Combine all ingredients in the blender and enjoy!!  Seriously, this is one delicious, sweet, nutritious treat 🙂

LOVE Bites

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I did it…this morning, I “ripped off the band-aid” and got my first team teaching session of Body Pump out of the way.  The first attempt at anything is always the worst, and I find it is best to just do it and get it over with…kind of like quickly ripping off a band-aid.

And guess what, I had a blast teaching live people with a microphone on while standing on stage!  Did I make a couple of mistakes?… of course I did!  But that is why I was team teaching and not full-out teaching the class on my own.  I may have been a little ambitious with my weight selections, but I still got through it, and I am teaching again on Thursday morning 🙂

After teaching, I was more than ready for breakfast.  I actually prepped myself a bowl of overnight oats last night so that I could eat right away when I got home…but Brian ate it!  He thought that I made it for him…I honestly didn’t mind too much that he ate it, but I make my oatmeal a little different than his oatmeal.  He doesn’t exactly like it when things taste “healthy” and I do.  Oh well!

Instead I made myself a very interesting smoothie combination.  A pineapple banana spinach protein smoothie topped with some of my Chocolate PB2.  I know that I only received the PB2 in the mail yesterday, but whenever I get something new to eat I feel like I have to try it immediately!

It was interesting, and actually quite good!  I will say, I am LOVING the Chocolate PB2 and can’t wait to formulate some recipes with it!

I then volunteered at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  When I left to volunteer, it was a beautifully sunny day out, so I decided to walk to their offices, which only takes about 30 minutes.  Well, that was a poor decision because as soon as I was leaving it a heavy down pour of rain began…and I had to take a taxi home!  I felt so goofy riding in a taxi in the middle of the day in my own city, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!  30 minutes in a  torrential down pour would not have been the smart decision.

Lunch

By the time I got home, it was after 1pm and I was pretty ready for lunch.  I whipped up a batch of homemade hummus in the food processor (so quick) and enjoyed it along side some veggies, tuna, and some (unpictured) Greek yogurt.  Tasty, quick, and simple.  Just what I needed.

Sharing the LOVE

This past weekend while I was in my training for Body Pump, I made sure to pack myself lunch and adequate snacks.  While I was eating one of my snacks, some of the girls that I had made friends with asked what I was eating. I told them what this tasty little morsel was and rattled off the ingredient list without really thinking anything of it.  Both of their eyes lit up, and they asked where I got the recipe.  “I made it up!” was the answer, and instantly a light bulb clicked in my head that I should make them a batch of this little treat and share the recipe with them.


As soon as I got home on Saturday, the first thing I did was whip up a batch of these Love Bites so that I could share them with my new friends 🙂  When they tried them the next day, they couldn’t stop telling me how great they tasted!  It was then that I had the thought of making enough for everyone to try, but it was too late.  At least I got to share the love with two of my new friends.

LOVE Bites

Yields:  14 Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup Foods Alive hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup raw organic agave nectar
  • 2 tsp palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until a sticky mixture is formed.  Roll the sticky mixture into 12-14 balls.  Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!

Nutrition:

Calories:  138.3  Fat:  7.6g  Carbs:  16.9g  Protein:  4.1g

Question of the day:

    • Have you ever tried PB2, and what recipes do you use it in??

 

Total Body Circuit

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I hope that your day is going well!

After knocking things off of the ol’ to-do list this morning, I headed over to the gym to substitute teach a class called Core Strength Intensity (CSI).  The class is a total body strength conditioning class that lasts for an hour.  When I walked into the room, I introduced myself to the class and asked if anyone had ever been to the class before.  One woman replied that she had been attending (with the same teacher) for the past 10 years!! Now that is dedication, and a little bit of competition for me.  Change is hard to deal with, and after developing a relationship with a certain routine and instructor after an entire decade I was worried that the class wouldn’t be welcoming of me.  I had never attended this exact class before, but I have taught several strength and toning classes, so after taking the class through an active warm-up, here is what we did!

Everyone said that they enjoyed it, even though it was a change from their usual routine.  Sometimes it’s good to try something new 😉

I then came home and whipped up a salad of romaine lettuce topped with tofu (from last night), broccoli, a radish, cauliflower, celery, onion, tomato, and homemade hummus.  A little bit of everything, all on one plate.

 

Now, I am off to tackle more of that to-do list and head to another gym (I am getting my own class instead of just subbing!!).

 

Enjoy your day!

Hump Day Hummus

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Good Hump Day Morning!

This morning, I woke up bright and early to another bowl of…overnight oats (tutorial coming soon!)

Smooth and creamy, just the way I like it.  This morning, I opted for no fruit, not for any specific reason…I just opted out.  And on the workout front, I will be completing today’s routine this evening.  I am teaching a class for the first time at a new-to-me gym, so I’ll take advantage of the timing and squeeze my workout in beforehand.

And on to other news…here it is, the recipe for Cauliflower Hummus!

This past weekend, I attended my first wedding shower EVER!  It was such a fun way to celebrate the upcoming wedding.  When I heard there was going to be a shower, me being me, I automatically started to brainstorm a snack that I could bring along to share.  Not only do I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, but I love cooking for other people.  I figured there would probably be plenty of dessert, so I would make something more savory….then I stumbled upon an idea on the internet…Cauliflower Hummus.  What a unique idea!  But I had to give it a try, I thought it tasted delicious, Brian thought it could use a little less garlic.  Make it to your own tastes and enjoy the creaminess of this delicious vegetable dip.

Cauliflower Hummus (Original recipe from The Cavewoman Cafe)

Ingredients:

  • One head of steamed cauliflower
  • 4 large cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped (this is where  you might want to adjust the flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Make sure the steamed cauliflower is tender and almost falling apart.  While the cauliflower is steaming and cooling, in a blender or food processor combine the garlic, almond butter, lemon, olive oil, and spices.  After the cauliflower has cooled, gradually add it to the mixture in the processor or blender until it becomes the consistency that you prefer.  Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled with veggies, or dippers of your choice!

Enjoy your day and do something active 😉

Friday Happiness and Headin’ Home Again

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Today is just a beautiful Friday outside!  Work went by suuupper fast, and by the time I got home I was hungry…not famished.  Looks like it is a great day so far.

I made myself a blueberry smoothie and actually drank it through a straw rather than eating it out of a bowl like ice cream.  I also had celery sticks and hummus, and a couple of nut handfuls that went undocumented.

Now, it is time to pack for Fort Wayne once again…gotta looove packing 😉 This weekend is my best friend from high school Chelsea’s bachelorette party!  I have never been to one and I am so excited.

Don’t forget about the giveaway!  You only have til midnight 🙂

Sunday Recipes

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After unpacking from dog-sitting this past week, it was 6pm and Brain informed me that he was a liiiittle hungry.  I still wasn’t ready for an entire meal after all of the cake that I ate at the bridal show, so I wanted to whip up something really quick and nutritious.  I took a peak in the pantry and the ingredients that stuck out to me were

  • sesame ginger sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ginger
  • garlic salt
  • ground turkey
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • orange bell pepper
  • onion
  • minute rice
There was a recipe on the back of the minute rice box that I used as inspiration.  I think of recipes as methods where the ingredients are interchangeable.  So, although I had none of the ingredients needed to make the original recipe, I was still able to make a tasty, simple meal!
Sesame Ginger Rice with Ground Turkey and Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp sesame ginger sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup minute rice
Preparation:
Brown the meat in a pan until cooked through.  Once cooked, add in the sesame ginger sauce, soy sauce, and vegetables.  Cook for about a minute to bring everything together.  Add the water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add the rice.  Cover and reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes.
Makes 2 servings

Sunday Night Prep

Sunday nights are the night that I use to prepare for the week ahead.  I chop vegetables, freeze bananas, and do whatever I can to make things smooth for the week ahead.

Tonight, I made my first homemade hummus…well kind of my first attempt.  I actually tried to make it at home a couple of years ago with my mom’s blender…and I broke the blender.  I guess that’s why they invented the food processor!

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Hummus (original recipe from Oh She Glows)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, liquid reserved and set aside
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 Cup tahini
  • 7-8 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp reserved chickpea liquid (or water)
  • Sriracha, to taste
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
Preparation:
Put all ingredients in the food processor, accept olive oil and salt.  Whir it together until nearly mixed.  Begin adding the salt to the mixture and continue to mix and taste.  Once combined, put into serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Enjoy!

I then made homemade banana bread “larabars.”  These will be great to have on hand for quick breakfasts or snacks needed in a pinch.  These were so simple to make and tasted just like the real thing.

Homemade Banana Bread “Larabar” (Tarabar!)

I began by dehydrating 2 bananas in the oven at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours (or until dry)

I then combined 2/3 cups almonds, 1/2 cup of chopped dates, and the dehydrated bananas in the food processor until a mass is formed.  Separate the “dough” into 4 equal sized pieces.  Place between wax paper and roll with a rolling pin and shape into whatever shape you wish!

Makes 4 bars

Prepping for the week makes me excited for the week to come!  I hope tomorrow is a good Monday 🙂