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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??

 

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Two New-to-Me Foods

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Good Monday morning!

Before we move into the beginning of this week, let’s recap what went on yesterday.

After singing in the church choir, Brian and I used up the last bit of our Starbucks gift card on a little mid morning chai tea drink break.  Because of the chill in the air, sipping on a nice, warm beverage was a great idea.  Brian then headed home, and I headed out to the grocery store.

Sometimes Brian comes with me to the store, but usually he gets very bored and antsy at the store because I like to take my time and look at all of the options and new foods I have yet to try…so most of the time he lets me do the shopping alone 😉

Because it was lunch time, and I hadn’t had lunch yet, I was hungry.  While at Good Earth Natural Foods standing in line waiting to check out, I spotted little packets of Lush Nuts, which is something that I had actually been wanting to try!  For $1.50, I had a little snack and I got to try something on my list of new-to-me foods.

I grabbed the Hot Curry flavor, and it did not disappoint.  My mom makes a curry dish that is probably one of my favorite meals.  When eating the curry dish, we top our meal with a little coconut, pineapple, and peanuts.  These Hot Curry nuts hit all of the same flavor notes.  The actual peanuts were crunchy and mixed well with the spicy curry flavor, just like adding peanuts on top of my mom’s dish.  These nuts were also slightly sweet, which was the perfect compliment to the heat of the curry and really reminded me of the sweetness that the pineapple and coconut add to my mom’s curry dish.

Lush Nuts are made right in Michigan by a young girl using her family recipe.  I absolutely love the fact that these are made with a family recipe just above my little state of Indiana.  I can’t wait to try the rest of the flavors.

After spending a couple of hours picking up meal items for the week, I then came home, unloaded the groceries, and made myself a little snack of scrambled egg whites with lots of veggies and my mom’s homemade salsa.  For some reason, I had been craving scrambled eggs all day…and these hit the spot!

After my little snack break, tidying some things around the apartment and getting ready for the week to come, Brian and I headed over to his parent’s house for our little Sunday night dinner tradition.  Last night’s menu included grilled zucchini (one of my favorites!), and an orzo salad.

For dessert, I was introduced to something new.  A couple of days ago, Brian told me he had a craving for a napolean from Long’s Bakery.  A napolean??? I had zero idea as to what this napolean thing was.  When we arrived at his parent’s house last night, his mom surprised him with the dessert he had been craving.  I must say…they are pretty good.  The dessert was layered puff pastry with whip cream, strawberry, and cream filling topped with powder sugar.  So simple, yet so delicious.  Good choice, Brian 😉

And because it was Earth Day, his mom had a baggie of goodies to share with us from Target!

In a mini reusable shopping bag we received all sorts of “natural” shampoos, toothpaste, lotion, and even a granola bar!  You know how I love anything free

Today

Today, I did not start the morning with a workout.  My workout will come in the evening in the form of a Boot Camp session with Brian and a BodyPump class.  My training for BodyPump is this weekend, so this week I am going to all of the classes that I can!

Instead, I started the day with some overnight oats in a jar.  I had a little bit of almond butter left on the bottom of the jar, so instead of making my overnight oats in a bowl I put them right in the jar!  The taste of the almond butter was delicious.

I added some frozen peaches to the mix this morning.  Luckily, I saved two jars of almond butter that were about empty…so I can have this same breakfast again soon, maybe tomorrow.

Now, I am off to volunteer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, study BodyPump, and do some promotional work at one of the gyms I am teaching at.  I hope you have a great start to your week!

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Energy Bites

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Boy, do I have a treat for you!

 

One of my favorite flavor combinations on earth has always been peanut butter and chocolate.  The sweetness and the saltiness compliment each other perfectly.  When I was home a couple of weeks ago, my mom made some energy bites, and as soon as I tried one I had to have the recipe.  They are the perfect size for a little treat that leaves you feeling satisfied and not too guilty 🙂

 

Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 cup toasted coconut (you can toast your own)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (can use flax seed, pecans, etc)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

 

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a food processor.

Process until it is a sticky dough.

Transfer to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Once chilled, roll into 16 balls and store in the fridge.  Enjoy!!

Nutrition per ball:

Calories:  217.8  Fat:  14.4g  Carbs:  20.9g  Protein:  4.4g

Induction Day

Yesterday (Monday) was my first official day of training.

 

It started bright and early…at 3am!  Because of the time difference, I was a little jet-lagged and ended up going to bed around 8pm and waking up at 3am, which gave me plenty of time to skype Mom and Brian after showering and getting ready.

 

Once all of the new trainees were ready, we headed downstairs and out to the bus stop.  None of us really knew where we were going or how to get there.  The only thing we knew was we needed to get to Steiner Academy on bus 258, and we were able to get there!  We rode in a double decker bus to and from the academy, and on the way home we sat in the top 🙂

 

The morning consisted of a welcome presentation about Steiner and medical exams.  Part of this medical exam included a blood test.  Now, I have never had to have a blood test, but when I have given blood in the past I have a very difficult time getting any blood to come out!  Well, the same thing was the case here.

They kept having me squeeze my hands and they were tapping my arms, and they ended up sticking me three times with no luck!

They even had to stick my hand.

By the end, I had to lay down because I felt very shaky and dizzy.  Clearly not from blood loss, but I guess I just can’t handle getting poked with needles a bunch of times.  I finally went to the hospital to get my chest X-ray with everyone else and they were able to take my blood just fine.

 

During the remainder of the day, we received our uniforms, listened to some other seminars about working on the cruise and finally were able to meet our instructor, Wayne.  We have heard that he is pretty tough, but I just have to keep the prize in mind (getting on the ship), do my best, and work really hard.

 

After our induction was over, I headed to the store to get some odds and ends because yesterday was my last day to get anything like that accomplished for a while.

 

We received our schedule and training will literally be from 9am-10:30pm with homework every night.  They said it was a vigorous program and they were right!

 

One thing that I am a tad worried about here is the food.  I have found that I can request a salad for dinner when I eat breakfast, and today is my first day eating breakfast in the cafe so I am making sure to request one.  All of the meals are very bready, have little “fresh” veggies, rarely fresh fruit, and don’t have a lean protein option.  I also am not provided lunch everyday, which stinks because I hate spending money….especially on bad food!  So, I went to the store and bought some plain mixed nuts, peanut butter, and crackers.  I have to have some way of getting protein!

 

After dinner and a bit of studying for our entrance exam tomorrow, we met with the group of fitness people above us who have just been here for 3 weeks (this is their fourth).  They showed us a diagram that we will be using in all of our seminars about how the liver turns fat into sugar to produce energy for the muscles.  They said that every seminar boils down to just that!

I am now off to use the gym for the first time here!  I am so excited to use that elliptical! 🙂

Lucy….I’m Home!

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First thing’s first….

For breakfast I had “the usual”.  The smoothie was as refreshing and delicious as always!

Cold and Creamy!

Last night, I was in the mood to bake (honestly, I don’t know when I’m not in the mood to bake…).  So I tried a recipe I found a while ago that I had tucked away in my recipe box.  But first, it is time that you all meet Lucy.

Lucy....I'm Hooooome!

Lucy is my Kitchenaid stand mixer and my pride and joy 🙂  Brian got her for me for my birthday last year! I have to say it is probably one of the best birthday presents ever!  I lover her because I love to bake, Brian loves her because he loves to eat what I bake.  Last night, I made Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars.  They are yummy and simple and I feel would make a good after school snack!

 

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

  • 1/2 Cup Margarine or Butter

    Yummy little treat

  • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Fruit
  • 1/2 Cup M&Ms (whatever kind you want!)
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 or 9″ square pan.  In a medium mixing bowl (or Lucy) cream butter and peabut butter until smooth.  Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat until combined. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, salt, and flour.  Slowly add flour mixture into PB mixtures, mixing on medium until combined.  Add nuts, fruits, and M&Ms.  Spread into greased pan.  BAke 30-35 min. Allow to cool before cutting.
The whole wheat flour makes them a little crunchy and chewy all at the same time.  Yummy!!
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