Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dessert Protein Shakes!

I have a sweet tooth and a desire to increase my protein, so what better way than to make my protein shakes dessert like! Thanks to Dashing Dish, I found a few more fabulous recipes to use and share with you all!! Enjoy!



  • Base for Shake:
    1/2 cupCottage Cheese (or 1 Cup Reduced Fat Greek Yogurt)1
    1 scoopProtein powder (something that has around 100 calories per scoop - I love Designer Whey™ Protein Powder)
    1-4 pktsStevia or low calorie sweetener of choice
    5-10Ice cubes (depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
    1/2-1 cupWater (alter this according to desired consistency)
    Optional1/2 tsp xanthan gum (you can get this from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy)
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake (added to the base for shake)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs peanut flour OR 1 tbs regular peanut butter
Servings: 1
Calories: 260 (add 40 calories if using regular peanut butter)

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Cereal Crimes



Well anyone who know me, knows that I LOVE cereal! I also go out of my way to get the best organic cereals for me to enjoy!! Watch this video and you may find yourself doing the same!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Zucchini Pasta with Lemon-Pepper Tofu

Well thanks so much to Oxygen Magazine for giving me this fantastic recipe!! I made it for my dinner last night and it was incredible! I mean really! I was so happy that it turned out so well and also that it was also easy and quick! Dinner was done in 25 minutes, including prep time!




INGREDIENTS
3 Lemons
3 oz extra firm tofu
Freshly cracked pepper
2 Zucchinis, rinsed
1/2 tbs canola oil
8 mint leaves
1 tbsp reduced-feta cheese


DIRECTIONS
ZEST 1 lemon; set aside.
Cut and squeeze the juice out of the other 2 lemons into a bowl


DRAIN excess water from tofu. Slice into 4 pieces. Place on a plate and pour half of the lemon juice to marinate. Sprinkle with pepper


PEEL zucchini using a veggie peeler  until you get to the seeds. Add half of the oil to a pan and cook tofu steaks for 3 minutes per side


REMOVE tofu. Add oil and zucchini to pan; cook 1 minute Add lemon juice; cover pan to steam for 2 minutes. Add mint, zest and cheese. Transfer to a plate


ENJOY!!




NOTE: I didn't get a chance to take of pic of my dinner as I gobbled it all up before I thought about it...and well...it really wasn't picture worthy! LOL!


So yummy! I loved it so much, I ended up using the whole package of tofu and ate probably 1/2 of it!! So delicious!

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Baby Bootcamp!

I am super excited to run a Baby Bootcamp in a few weeks! 


As soon as I complete one goal of my 1/2 marathon....I am on to the next! LOVE IT!!!


Below are the some of the details! Calling out to all Mamas!! Join us! Its going to be fun getting fit together!!!





Get your body back in shape!
• Bring baby, stroller, yoga mat, baby toys(for distraction) and blankets to put them down
• No babysitter required!
• Dynamic and high energy outdoor workout
• Motivating Atmosphere
• Mix of Cardio and Functional training to tighten and tone your body
• Using Strollers and our babies as added resistance

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!
Only $80 for a 4 week training session! Beginning June 5th
Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12pm

REGISTER TODAY!



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Changing it up!


Getting the body you want sometimes means changing it up

In addition to having a good diet and choosing food that is tasty, as well as good for you, it is also very important that you are getting the right kind of exercise. Many people are not able to make a difference in their overall fitness because either they are too strict on themselves or they become bored with what they are doing. Experts are now starting to suggest that you change up the routine that you are doing for exercise and find a variety of things that will be both interesting and fun to try. This can include anything from boxing or dance routines, to giving you a better overall workout with yoga.

For those who have been doing the same thing for a while and find that the mundane nature of what you are doing becomes dreadful there is a good chance that your body is actually getting used to doing it. There are some serious downsides to this and although it is encouraging that you may be sticking to it, for those who find it difficult to keep at the same thing you might be interested to know that the more you are doing this the more you are likely going to stop getting the results that originally were looking for. Instead you have limited what you body can do.

If you are not pushing yourself, particularly in new directions, you are not going to be able to expand your possibilities.  There are some solutions to this that don’t just include being able to get better in shape, but also add to your level of interest.

One quick solution to this is to incorporate a transitional sports drill. This means adding a variety of motions that your body will typically go through if you are playing a certain type of sport. You can do this with simply using an open area and some small objects strategically placed so that you can move quickly around them. This will simulate the sport and can build up stamina, agility and muscle tone.

Another popular method is to utilize boxing bags and boxing style techniques to build up your form and level of fitness. One of the reasons why this is increasingly popular is because it will increase your health and shape, but not give you a bulky or overly shapely appearance. You can do this with boxing bags, but many people use it to just add a more cut shape, enhancing their natural body


Click here!! I love it!! So many great ways to kick your butt with the right tools!!!


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Gluten-free, its not just trendy!!!


I loved this article from Vega


Gluten-free, it’s not just trendy!

Walking through your local supermarket or health food stores these days, you are bound to see gluten-free products highlighted, with fancy labels on everything from crackers to skin care. Gluten-free seems to be all the rage, but is it just another passing trend? Vega is here to explain why it’s not.
Gluten-free and celiac disease-friendly foods seem to be ubiquitous, and there is actually good reason for that. While skeptics claim gluten-free is just another flash in the pan for foodies and health-minded folks, those struggling with gluten-intolerance are rejoicing at finally being able to have more gluten-free options.
Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oats; hidden gluten can be found in skin care products, and in flavorings in processed foods. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition, in which the body treats gluten as an invader (like a virus), launching a full attack on gluten when it reaches the small intestine. Unfortunately, this misguided immune attack on gluten causes collateral damage to the villi of the small intestine, wreaking havoc on the digestive system. Villi are finger-like projections lining the intestines that aid in nutrient absorption. Over time, these villi are flattened, resulting in a vast array of symptoms including nutrient deficiencies and severe GI distress.
Celiac disease is genetic, but advancements in medical technology have made diagnosing celiac easier—reflected in recent public awareness and apparent increase in the number of people living with the condition. It is estimated that celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people in North America.
There are also the multitudes of people—about 10 to 30% of the population—who have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) or Gluten Related Disease (GRD). Symptoms are not always GI related either, as a gluten sensitivity can also produce headaches, joint pain, acne, anxiety, depression, or eczema.
The only treatment for celiacs—those living with the disease—and those with gluten sensitivities is a gluten-free diet for life. The good news is that following a gluten-free diet can alleviate nearly 100% of symptoms. Once a very hard road to travel, the gluten-free life is easier now than ever, benefiting from increased public awareness, improved product labelling and a growing array of gluten-free options in the natural food and supplement market.
At Vega, we put a lot of thought into what goes into our products—but we also focus on what doesn’t go in. Not only do Vega products steer clear of artificial ingredients, they are also free from common sensitivity-aggravating ingredients like dairy, gluten and soy. Finding good food on-the-go that’s also gluten-free can be daunting, but with healthy, portable snacks like Vega’s Vibrancy Bars and Whole Food Energy Bars, and supplements like Vega One Nutritional Shakes, Vega Energizing Smoothies, as well as the entire Vega Sport Performance System, gluten-free just got a whole lot easier. Nutritious, delicious, and gluten free? Now that’s a trend that’s here to stay.

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Super Food Smoothie


I love when I whip up a smoothie that is just loaded up with greens and a perfect blend of vitamins and minerals my body needs! I tried out this GREEN Superfood from Amazing Wheat grass, and its just awesome! Creamy and Fruity, just like an orange creamsicle! I felt energized and ready for my day!


BERRY ORANGE DREAMSICLE SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup of Flax Dream (any milk will do!)
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Serving of GREEN Superfood (Orange Dreamsicle Drink Powder)
Blend and Enjoy the health benefits!

Cheers!



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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Is Your Baby Getting Enough Iron?

 She just grabbed this box and played a little game of peek-a-boo with it! So cute!!!

 Now it was time to serve it to her!
Chloe approved!! She loved it, and I have to say...I tasted it too and its a mild flavour and perfect for our little love bugs! 



Is Your Baby Getting Enough Iron?


Is your baby getting enough iron? A baby less than one year needs 11 milligrams of iron every day to prevent deficiencies and to stay healthy. The best way to get this iron is through a combination of breast milk or formula supplemented with an iron-fortified cereal. Earth's Best infant cereals provide an excellent source of iron (45%), an essential mineral for proper infant growth and development. Earth's Best cereals are available in a variety of varieties. Are you a parent on-the-go? Try the multi-packs, individual pouches that can easily be tossed into the diaper bag.


Earth's Best's infant cereals are made with 100% organic whole grains. Whole grains possess more of their natural nutrition than grains that have been stripped and processed. Plus, whole grains have a fuller, richer, flavor, helping baby to develop a preference for whole grains ... a preference which will serve him well now and throughout life. These early years are instrumental in developing food preferences and tastes. What better way to start a baby on the road to lifelong good health, and a lifelong preference for those foods that are naturally good for them! 



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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Red Velvet Brownies


I love how beets make these little brownies super healthy and guilt free! What a great way to sneak them into a dessert!!

Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies
Makes 16 brownies
The natural sweetness and thick texture of beets keep these brownies tender.
  • 2 large cooked beets or 1 14-oz. can beets, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Purée beets in food processor until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. You should have 1 cup. Set aside.
3. Whisk together butter and sugar in bowl until smooth. Add vanilla, then whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in beets.
4. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and espresso powder in separate bowl. Fold flour mixture into beet mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
5. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool, then cut into 16 squares.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Red Quinoa Pilaf


I love this new cookbook from EAT CLEAN! So many fabulous recipes that you wouldn't even know your missing your meat! Protein can be found in so many other ways! 

RED QUINOA PILAF
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red quinoa ( I mixed red and white for fun!)
  • 1 3/4 low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
DIRECTIONS
  • Heat Olive Oil on medium heat, add pepper, onion and garlic, about 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, thyme, rosemary, salt an pepper
  • Stir to combine, increase heat to boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Cover and cook about 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes
  • Fluff with fork and ENJOY!





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