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LALF: When Baby Boo’s away, Mama will Sleep.

17 Jun

Your not going to believe me.

But I haven’t had this little one with me since Wednesday night…

My mom and dad have her and are beyond excited to spoil her with toys and love.

You could call it a birthday present, or you could say that Mama, after one to many sleepless nights from a teether, has now become a walking zombie..

Since I have had no Baby Boo, at first I just kinda sat there and cried..haha I just am so used to having her around, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Then, after my full first night of sleep, I realized that I really needed this time to sleep, having me time, and sleep.

Oh and spend time with this lover boy 🙂

Don’t mind our sweaty-ness.

We had just gotten back from a 2 mile run UP.A.HILL.

Whenever I exercise with my hubby, he always pushes me past my comfort level.

Like to the point of throwing up.

This..Makes me Love him/ Hate him.

More so love him because for my birthday, Hubby and Baby Boo woke me up to a Green Smoothie.

I was shocked because it was the most delicious Green Smoothie I have ever had. APPARENTLY it had milk, rainbow chard, spinach, strawberries, peaches, and banana..

I still don’t believe him.

🙂

I think there was a little love in there too.

Then we met my parents at an Indian Food restaurant.

Everyone was kind of skeptical, but It was MY day, and they were gonna eat what I wanted. 🙂

I enjoyed an assortment of goodness,

Along with one to many bites of delicious Naan Bread,

Hubby was a little bit nervous, but he fell in love instantly.

Then we said our goodbyes to Baby Boo and my family.

I may or may not have shed a tear..

But I know Baby Boo is in good hands.

Now I am sitting here at 9 in the morning, just woke up, snuggled in a blankey, and sipping my Green Smoothie..

And I may or may not have eaten chocolate this morning too..

Because it’s LIVE A LITTLE FRIDAY..

Maybe I’ll go get a pedicure, or take a bath, or read some magazines, or bake…

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend Bloggy Friends!! Don’t forget to indulge today 🙂

Oh if we lived in a world of Greens and Pinks…

13 Jun

I love pink.

I love pink paint, pink toenails, pink ruffle bottoms for babies, pink clothes, pink makeup, pink household items, pink decorations, pink parties, pink glittler..

And pink food.

I am starting to notice a trend..

Pink Macaroons

Pink-ish Chai Chia Pudding

Ok, so it’s more purple..but whatev.

Pink Beet Hummus on Lunch Wraps

Pink Ingredients in Smoothies, Like this Chocolate Covered Berry Green Drink,

or this Cherry Chocolate Milk Shake.

Then there is Pink Wedding Cupcakes

 Pink Parfaits

And Pink Baby Boo’s

My husband calls me crazy, especially when I asked him If I could spray paint this beat up side table that we found at a garage sale for 3 dollars…

Pink.

He drew the line.

So I finally decided on a color  that we both agreed on..

It went from ugly beat up brown to this…

And then to this,

Lovely Lively Green.

It’s so vibrant, so fresh, so..ME??

Could Green Be the New Pink??

Green Muffins

Green Chai Milkshake

Fresh Squeezed Green Juice

Green Soup

Green Pancakes

Green Veggie Sammy

Green S’mores

Green Kale Chips

Are you overloaded??

And then..

For breakfast this morning I had A Green Fruit Bowl…

Disgusting looking yes?

Delicious tasting..

Of coarse..

Green Covered Fruit Bowl

Slightly Adapted from : The Kind Diet

Ingredients: (Fruit)

2 C. Mixture of Seasonal Fruit of Choice (I used strawberries, peaches, mangos, and blackberries

1/4 cup cereal (Recipe called for Kamut, but I didn’t have it, so I used a blueberry crunch cereal that we had)

2 TB. Coconut

Ingredients for the Green Dressing:

1 tsp. Spirulina

1 1/2 TB Non Dairy Milk

2 tsp. Peanut Butter

1 TB Orange Juice (I didn’t have so I used Mango Juice)

1-2 TB Pure Maple Syrup

Directions:

1. Add fruit and cereal in a bowl and set aside.

2. Mix dressing ingredients together until smooth/creamy. It shouldn’t be super thick or super liquidy.

3. Pour dressing over fruit, cereal and coconut and stir until everything is coated.

4. Enjoy The Green!

This has got to be my favorite thing besides Green Drinks…

Seriously?

Am I feeling okay??

Could GREEN be the new PINK??

Don’t Cry Baby Boo, Mama was just making a joke…

I think?

Chocolate Raspberry and Lemon Blackberry Macaroons

10 Jun

What happens when you live a little?

You don’t worry so much about picking up the toys on the floor 57 times a day. Instead you relax, sit on your hiney and play.

And while your sitting on your hiney, playing with toys you notice something in the nooks and craneys of the floor all covered with hair and dust…

Your toothbrush, which ironically has been missing for two days..

Living a little also means skipping on teeth brushing..If you didn’t know.

And then there is your kids.

We hussle and bussle them, making sure they know their ABC’s and 123’s, are coloring in the lines, and prompting them to keep  their food in their mouth and not on their shirt or the floor..

But do we let them live a little?

Hopefully so.

If that means letting them eat edible play dough even though you will most likely have to dig out a big chunk stuck to the roof of their mouth…

At least they can say they have done it.

Then at that time you will realize you can let them feel grown up and feed themselves, rather than spoon feed…even though without teeth there still isn’t much finger foods safe enough to eat…

And surprisingly you will learn things, while living a little.

Like the fact that your daughter loves tofu, and so do you. It’s soft, safe, and edible to eat which in turn makes you one happy Mama.

Now, while your Baby munches Tofu, you suddenly crave sweets.

You really want to bake, but you keep thinking about this hot summer weather, and the fact that you are going to have to get into a bathing suit sooner or later.

It can not be avoided no matter how hard you try.

But you keep thinking about sweets, and you don’t care what anyone says, nibbling on carrots just ain’t gonna cut it.

And then you realize.

Life is about living.

And you know that if you deprive and restrict your self 100% of the time, your setting yourself up for failure.

The more you tell your self NO, the more your going to feel YES.

And eventually you break in…give up…and fail.

So you say to yourself..

Today, I am going to live a little..

Today I am going to Bake and Eat…

Blackberry and Lemon Macaroons

Recipe By: Raxy

Changes to the original recipe: Subbed coconut extract for Lemon essential oils.

And you won’t stop there because you can’t have a day of ‘Living a Little’ without some chocolate!

Almond Chocolate Raspberry Macaroons

Adapted from Blackberry Lemon Macaroons 

2 C. Unsweetened finely shredded coconut

1/2 C. Almond Flour

1 TB + 1 tsp. Cocoa Powder

1/4 C. Coconut Oil

1/2 C. Maple Syrup

1/3-1/2 C. Mashed Raspberries

1 TB Coconut Milk(or other Non dairy milk)

1 tsp. Almond extract

dash of salt

Directions:

1. Blend all together and form into balls. Dehydrate 4 hours @ 105. OR set oven to lowest temp setting and watch carefully while macaroons bake.

And then your day is complete… 🙂

Well…Your day is, but it seems someone else still has some party left in her…

Go to town Baby Boo..

Because today is:


LIVE A LITTLE FRIDAY 🙂

Don’t forget to indulge today!

*This will be a post among many having to do with ‘Live a Little Friday‘ or LALF! It’s about not stressing over the calories, or the veggies, or the diets, but giving your self a little something to enjoy in life. Everybody needs to taste chocolate…and enjoy it!*

Pumkpin Chai Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Raspberry “Ice Cream”

7 Jun

Glass is half empty..Not half full..

When it rains..It freaking pours.

Not just raining on my parade, but snowing, windy, tornado-ing on my freaking parade.

And..

Blah Blah Blah ain’t gonna happen unless a Fat Lady is singing her great big heart out..

I’m a drama queen.

Laugh all you want, but if there is a scratch on my shin you bet your little hiney I’m wining to my Mama telling her how I will never ever ever be able to wear shorts again, and most likely should never leave the house until that scratch is gone.

Is that a true story?

I dunno, I’m kind of an exaggerator too.

So you see, yesterday I set out to bake brownies. ME of all people should be able to bake brownies.

But then, I got a little crazy and started throwing in random ingredients that most brownies don’t have,(but, I think should) and the end result came out okay…

BUT Hot Dang All Mighty they sure didn’t taste like a brownie.

So of coarse I cried, not over spilled milk, but cruddy brownies, and swore to everyone who could hear me that I would never ever ever cook again…

Unless a fat lady was singing.

And as I dramatized the whole scenario for my Hubby when he got home, he in no way humored my dramatic rant and instead told me ,”Honey, why don’t you try and look at the positive things in life..instead of all the negatives.”

Slap.In.The.Face.

Why are husbands always right??

(SHH DO NOT tell him I said that.)

How can I sit here and complain about poopy brownies, when I am so incredibly blessed to have the things that I have?

Slap again.

SO I quickly gathered what pride was left of me, and told my Hubby in return for is words of genius-ness I was going to make him the best afternoon snack he had ever had.

Fat lady singing or not…

Chai Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Raspberry “Ice Cream”

*For the Pudding*

1/2 C. Pumpkin Puree

1/2 C. Non Dairy Milk

2 TB Chia Seeds

1 scoop Vanilla Chai(or reg. Vanilla) Protein Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/4 tsp. Ginger

1/4 tsp. Allspice

*For the “Ice Cream”*

1 Frozen Banana

1/3 C. Frozen Raspberries

1 C. Spinach

2 TB. Non Dairy Milk

1 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients for the pudding in a bowl until combined then set in fridge.

2. Blend “Ice Cream” ingredients into food processor until creamy. Remove Pudding from fridge, and get a tall glass/bowl.

3. Layer Pudding and Ice Cream until all are gone. Sprinkle with coconut if desired.

I prayed that this would make up for my little “episode” earlier..

And Luckily For me…

It did.

Why People Think I am So Weird

3 Jun

I have had my fair share of embarrassing moments in my life.

From loudly boofing during silent reading in 5th grade, to my bathing suit top falling off in a wave pool at my 8th grade end of the year swim party…

Some things you will just never forget.

And some people will never let you forget either.

Like the time in highschool when a couple of friends and I were reading a brochure on Hawaii, and learned what Pearl Harbor really was.

Thanks to everyone filling me in, I learned that Pearl Harbor was NOT a SHIP IN Japan that was BOMBED by the Japanese…

Or the time when I loudly shouted for all to hear that they should look at the birds sitting on the beach…When in reality they weren’t birds, they were rocks. I got glasses a couple weeks later.

Or maybe, we should talk about the time where someone told me I needed to change my blinker fluid in my car, and so I called a repair shop and asked if they had different colors for blinker fluid, because I really wanted pink.

And lastly, I’ll never forget being compared to Jessica Simpson for buying canned Tuna, only wanting Chicken..Because the dang bottle said Chicken of the Sea..

(And if you ask me, I think it’s rather stupid it says that. Chicken cans don’t say Fish of the Land)

I think you get the idea.

But recently, I haven’t been reminded of Flashing Teeny Boobes, or Fish in a can, it’s my cooking that tends to be the butt of every joke.

Everything from Vegan, to tree huggers, to organic freak, to heath nut..I’ve heard it all.

And for a while I was starting to worry that it was stopping people from being friends with me. I mean, who wants to hang out with someone that loves gaseous spinach and takes pictures of it…

Well my friends..Are you out there??

Because things are about to get a little more embarrassing when you find out what I put in these muffins…

Spinach and Squash Muffins w/ Lemon Glaze

*Despite the name, these are actually fairly sweet. No one would even guess they were good for you…AND that they contained Spinach and Squash.*

Ingredients:

Dry:

1 C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/2 C Coconut Flour (or WHP)

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Ginger

Wet:

2 C. Fresh Spinach

2 Small Yellow Squash finely grated (about 1 C. worth)

1/3 C. Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 C. Applesauce

1/4 C. Canola Oil

1/4 C. Non Dairy Milk

Directions: 

1. Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.

2. Using a food processor, add spinach and pulse until finely pureed/chopped. Add spinach plus the rest of the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.

3. Add wet to dry and fold until combined. Do not over mix.

4. Preheat oven to 350, and when oven is hot and ready, scoop batter into muffin pan (Can top with coconut)  and bake for about 20 minutes, or until center comes out clean and edges are golden.

Lemon Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp (maybe more) water

Directions:

Mix until combined. Drizzle on muffins.

Making/Keeping friends is getting more difficult every time I bake..

But if it’s any consolation, my Hubby had two of these fresh out of the oven smeared with butter…

And he still loves me..

And he loved the muffins..

And he also loves donuts…

Luckily for me, Hubby is stuck with me Forever..

He has no choice but to accept that if it involves me..

It ain’t gonna be normal!

Boof!

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

2 Jun

A lot of people ask me what I do during the day as a stay at home mom.

For starters, I appreciate you asking me and not my husband, because according to him I’m relaxing.. 🙂

Which is funny because this morning at 530 a.m., I spent a good 30 minutes washing a Baby from an unpleasant diaper change, all the while Mr. Know It All is snuggled up cozy in a warm bed snoozing away…

And I don’t know if you heard that first part..

530 a.m.

 For a while Baby Boo woke up a little after seven, but then decided that there just needed to be more time in the day to play, so recently it’s been 530.

I guess 530 wouldn’t be so bad, if I went to bed at a decent time and didn’t stay up to watch Monday’s episode of the bachelorette. (Any one else find the cellular phone salesman a little QT) Don’t worry, my husband doesn’t mind, he’s sleeping.

It’s been somewhat of a struggle for me to switch from Ari mode to Mom mode, and things that amuse me, really don’t amuse Baby Boo. (She’s not all that into Cell Phone Guy..)

But somehow we manage, and some days I look at the clock and say, it’s ONLY 11! And other days Hubby comes home and I’m still in my PJ’s, Baby Boo is nakie, and I am far from what you would call Pleasant smelling.

On the other hand, this little one masked any smell that may have come her way with a sweet scent of cinnamon.

The Cinnamon Challenge was so 6 months ago for Baby Boo.

She clearly finds joy eating it straight out of the Bottle.

Don’t even try and take it away from her.

You will pay the price.

Roughly 5 bucks, because that’s how much it’s gonna cost to buy more cinnamon once it’s spilled all over the floor in a tantrum rage to retrieve it back.

Luckily for me I had used the cinnamon for my breakfast prior to the Ms. Cinnabuns craving.

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

Inspired by the Amazing/Talented/Beautiful Mama Pea: Coconut Chai 

1/2 C. Coconut Milk

1 frozen Banana

6 Coconut Milk ice cubs

1 tsp. Ginger

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice (or Allspice)

1 TB Vanilla

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy. Reduce milk for a creamier shake, and add milk for a less thick shake.

Thank you Mama Pea for your inspiration.

Best. Drink.Hands. Down.

But then..As they always do..Things got a little crazy.

Since I was making this for breakfast I decided I needed a little bit of Greeeeennsss…

Coconut Vanilla Chai Green Drink Milkshake

Ingredients:

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

2 C. Spinach

2 Dates

Directions:

Blend until creamy and green 🙂

I HAD TO.

I’m sorry.

I know you are probably Green Drinked OUT..And EnOuGh with the milkshakes already!

Am I right??

Last one I promise..

Some of us just can’t take it anymore…

Driving Ms. Diva

31 May

Yesterday was a BeAuTiFuL Day!

I hope everybody had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. I am so grateful for this country we live in and for those who have served/are serving allowing us to enjoy the blessings of our free country.

This weekend we took time to smell the roses, and others took time to eat them..

We enjoyed the outdoors and played in the grass,

And then wished we hadn’t because grass makes you itchy..

We sipped fresh sqeezed juices that made us dream of summer,

Fresh Summer Green Juice

1 large cup watermelon

1 large cucumber

2 gala apples

1/2 inch ginger piece

2-4 stalks swiss chard (preference-more if desired)

And then every morning I found joy in making Green Smoothies for willing family members we were visiting,

Pumpkiny Green Smoothie

1. C. Non Dairy Milk

1/3 C. Pumpkin Puree

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 C. Spinach

2 Dates

3 TB Oats

2 TB Chia Seeds

1 Frozen Banana

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or combo of cinnamon and nutmeg)

ice

I even got a little creative and added frozen carrots…

Carrot Green Smoothie

1 C. Non Dairy Milk

2 C. Spinach

3 TB oats

2 Dates

1 Frozen Banana

1/3 C. Frozen Carrots

1/3 C. Pumpkin Puree

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 TB Walnuts

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Ice

Things may have gotten even a little out of hand when I made No Bake Energy Cookies with SwIsS ChArD in them…

But crazy is ok with me, because we couldn’t get enough of these cookies.

I even tried baking them and they turned out better than I imagined!

These cookies were so tasty and delicious, yet I am debating whether or not to post the recipe.

(Do people really want Swiss Chard Energy Cookies??)

And last but not least Baby Boo got a Pink Car from G-ma and G-pa…

(I’m a little against the whole car thing, but as long as it’s pink…. 🙂 jk jk)

Everyone is a little nervous she is going to turn out to be a driver like her Mama…

For the most part, I would say things are looking up?

Wouldn’t you?

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust-Healthy AND Gluten Free! :)

26 May

Let’s talk about Pizza.

I tried to make pizza one time when I was in middle school..

To this day my family hasn’t let me down from the shame. Want a little cooking tip?

‘When a recipe calls for a package of yeast, that means a little teeny tiny package…

NOT a costco size package.’


Ever since then, I just can’t get pizza dough right. I let it rise, but it never does.

I use whole grain flour but it’s too whole grainy.

And it’s never flaky..it’s more like a dense brick of carbs.

It really tickles me off, because I love pizza, but I most definitely don’t want to resort to a $5-10 Hot N’ Ready To Go To Your Thighs Pizza…

So what’s a diva to do..(Diva/Drama Queen-Same Thing)

This question, along with my prayers, were answered when I was on Jess from Healthy Exposures blog (Beautiful Girl.Beautiful Pics.Yummy Food.Check her out!) She talked about this sweet potato pizza crust that she found on Rawxy (Foxy Raw to be exact! She is amazing! Delicious Recipes too! Check her out also!!)

I was in AWE…To say the least. I had to make it.

So I did! I didn’t have sweet potato, but I had butternut squash, so I tweeked it just a tad…And You want to know the best parts!!

Completely Delicious!

SUPER easy!

Super Fast!

Delicious!!

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust with Veggie Toppings and Raw Parmesan Cheeze

Adapted from Rawxy

*Gluten Free, Vegan*

(For the crust:)

1 Cup Butternut Squash Puree

1/2 cup Coconut Flour (Can sub any other flour, but the amounts may be slightly different)

1 cup Brown Rice Flour

1 TB EVOO

1 TB Baking Powder

1 TB Dried Rosemary

Dash of salt

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into food processor with dough blade. Combine until a dough ball forms. Roll out dough on prepared baking sheet or pizza stone. You can use all the dough, or wrap half  up and save it for later.

2. Then top with desired toppings. I started with a homemade cilantro avocado hummus.

Then an array of veggies, and of coarse olives. I also included shredded zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, and chickpeas.

Next, I added the most amazing and delicious Raw Parmesan Cheese, recipe also from the amazing Rawxy!

1/8 cup pumpkin seeds + 1/8 cup cashews + 1/4 cup nutritional yeast blended together into fine crumbs..A-maz-ing!

When ready, bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are brown/crispy.

Pretty much the only way I want to eat pizza from now on 🙂

Tonight was girls night since my Hubby is knee deep in studying, so I shared some with Baby Boo because the crust was perfect texture for her little gum-less mouth! She loved it!

Now we’re off to do more girly things..

I don’t care how little hair she has, I’m gonna find a way to curl it! 🙂

The Rules of Food and Market Inspired Wrap

23 May

People that know me, would probably say I am good at following the rules.

Scratch that..

I am good at following certain rules.

Scratch that again…

I am great at following the right rules, and it is I who determines which rules exactly are the right ones..

(You would think I wear the pants in my marriage…not yet I don’t…)

You see, I feel I am a good enough person where I can determine which rules are important in my life to hold on to, and which rules I feel I am able to slide on every once in a while..

Problem is, the rules I slide on, always come back to bite me in the bootay…

So technically, I really don’t know what I’m doing..I just am to stubborn to admit it.

And there is a certain someone constantly reminding me…

Today, I realized I have slacked in the Mama department.

I know I know, how can someone as perfect as me be any less than an amazing Mama??..

Let me explain.

People always told me, don’t pick up your baby every time she cries..

I thought, how cruel..of coarse I will pick her up, I love her..

10 months later, I have learned to put on mascara, chop vegetables, and get dressed all with one hand and a baby on my hip..

I heard rules about teaching your baby to put themselves to sleep…

But I enjoyed rocking Baby Boo at two in the morning, catching up on reruns of Family Matters..

10 months later..I no longer like Family Matters, and 2 a.m. infomercials for pajama jeans have never looked so sexy.

And last, but definitely not the least of them,

I was told to never give into pouty faces…

But somehow with each little curl of the bottom lip, I find myself holding a needy baby at two in the morning, wishing I was wearing Pajama Jeans…

And I have never been happier.. 🙂

Although, if there is ONE set of rules that I almost always follow, its the Rules of Food.

I am pretty strict when it comes to what I put into my body, unless Death by Chocolate is staring at me in the face..But other than that I consider my self a stickler. So when I came across THIS book at my local library, I JUMPED for joy, silently, and checked it out in a hurry! I love Michael Pollan, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it.

Source

What this book does is simply lay out the rules of eating..What, where, how much, what kind etc..

It’s a SUPER easy read, I finished it within 20 minutes, because it’s just a sentence a page.

Here are some of my favorites 🙂

  1. DON’T EAT ANYTHING YOUR GRANDMOTHER WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE AS FOOD. (EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING LIKE GO-GURT)
  2. AVOID FOOD PRODUCTS THAT NO ORDINARY HUMAN WOULDN’T KEEP IN THE PANTRY. (ANYONE ELSE NOT HAVE AMMONIUM SULFATE?)
  3. AVOID FOOD PRODUCTS CONTAINING INGREDIENTS A THIRD GRADER COULDN’T READ
  4. AVOID FOODS ADVERTISED ON TELEVISION
  5. EAT ONLY FOODS THAT HAVE BEEN COOKED BY HUMANS
  6. IF IT CAME FROM A PLANT, EAT IT. IF IT WAS MADE IN A PLANT, DON’T.
  7. EAT ANIMALS THAT HAVE THEMSELVES EATEN WELL.
  8. EAT LIKE AN OMNIVORE
  9. DON’T EAT BREAKFAST CEREALS THAT CHANGE THE COLOR OF YOUR MILK
  10. PAY MORE, EAT LESS
There are a total of 64 rules, that are all, I believe, important to follow.
One of my favorites was that he talked about getting out of the grocery store, and buying food, fruits, veggies,and snacks from local farmers markets. Supporting our local farmers, all the while eating fresh and wholesome food. 🙂
So I took dear old Pollan’s advice, and went to the farmers market on Saturday!
And I actually didn’t spend the Hubby’s life savings, despite what he says..
I only spent 30 dolla’s!! I got a 3 pack of strawberries, two HUGE bunches of Swiss chard, 2 lemons, 4 zucchinis, HUGE bunch of cilantro, 2 lb bag of cherries, 2 tubs of hummus, bag of vegan pesto, and broccoli the size of my head times three! Pretty good I think. All organic, all locally grown 🙂
And when I got home, I made my self a market inspired wrap.
Start with a Hugh Jass piece of Chard…
Then add your desired dressings.
I did Beet hummus and vegan chipotle pesto from the farmers market.
Then add your abundance of veggies,
I used carrots, tomatoes, apple slices, cucumbers, bell peppers,cilantro, squeeze of lemon, walnuts, and avocado.
Then roll that bad boy up…
Biggest Beefy (not really) veggie wrap known to man…
I enjoyed these with some SUPER sweet cherries and strawberries!
And the possibilities are endless. You can add meat, garbanzo beans, any other veggies, goat cheese…
What ever your precious little ba-donk-a-donk desires!
Now despite all that I said about rules I should have listened to, Baby Boo and I make a pretty good team…
Because we follow the most important rule of them all…
Just.Have.Fun.

Treadmill Workout & Detox Friendly Gluten Free Muffins

19 May

Life has dramatically changed for me since high school.

And everything that I once thought I would be and do…Didn’t really happen.

I wanted to be a marine biologist and swim with the dolphins and wear a wet suit.

That didn’t happen.

I can’t jump in the water without plugging my nose, and wet suits really don’t flatter me.

I used to be a bad driver.

This is true. Too true. I have crashed every car that I have owned…all stupidity. One time I ran into my parents house..No Joke.

I was 15.

My music was loud.

That’s all you need to know.

Now, I am much better, all though I have to convince others, I drive safely because I have a Baby Boo, and I am a Mama and a Wifey.

Way more important than blasting ‘Hot In Herr’ with the windows rolled down pretending that your ‘sick wit it.’

Also something I thought would never change..

I couldn’t exercise for the life of me.

I would go to the gym..run for 5 minutes…get bored..do a little weights…bend and stretch by hot boys..And then go home.

Now..I still bend and stretch by hot boys..kidding kidding

But I can definitely run longer, work harder, and not quit! And if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that you have to do what keeps you motivated when working out…stick to the stuff you love, and run from the stuff you hate.

Meaning..

If you HATE gyms and they just drive the crap crazy-ness out of you..don’t do them. If you love to be outside, dance, run in fresh air, and play sports..Do that. Stick with what keeps you motivated.

As for me, I really love being outside, and dance, and aerobics, and zumba, and I can pretty much handle gyms. But you won’t catch me doing HOT yoga, or yoga period. It has never been a favorite. It bores me..and I need fast pace! And since my Hubby is a hard working student, I am only allowed a certain time period to exercise, and I most often will go to the gym. But after a while the routine can get pretty boring. Running on a treadmill for 30minutes…

Boring.

Spicing that treadmill workout up…

Priceless..I mean..Not boring…

OK, so IF your a runner, and can handle a treadmill, you can try this little workout out. I have been doing it lately, and it’s kept me focused and determined longer, all the while going by faster!

(*Consult with your Doctor before starting any exercise program*)

No Snoozin’ on the Movin’  Treadmill Workout

-5 minute warm up (This can be whatever type of warmup you prefer. I usually just walk)

-4 minutes light jog (this is a slow jog pace, just light and brisk)

-3 minutes run (I adjust my MPH 1 up each time..so this would be at 6 for me, but do at your own level)

-2 minutes sprint (your working harder! Again, I adjusted up 1 MPH, so I was at 7)

-1 minute faster sprint (Run your heart out! I was at 8)

30 seconds fastest you can run sprint ( I was at 9)

-1 minute slower sprint (I went back down to 8)

-2 minutes sprint (I was at 7)

-3 minute run

-4 minute light jog

-5 minute cool down

Total Time: 30 minutes and 30 seconds 🙂

You can adjust you speed to whatever preference you feel, and each week or each time, increase your speed more an more.

I never thought in a million years I would last on a treadmill for 30 minutes.

It’s amazing how far you can go when you push your self..Hopefully soon I can conquer 45 minutes.

It’s not like I couldn’t, I would just much rather be doing some sort of other exercise :)..stubborn much?

You know what else I never thought I would be doing…

I never thought the words Vegan, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Detox Friendly would ever be in my vocabulary.

I don’t even think I knew what Vegan meant..

But I am SO glad I do know, because without them…

I probably would FAIL at this Detox.

Chocolate Raspberry Banana Muffins

*Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Detox Friendly*

Adapted from: Coco-A-Nana Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups GF baking flour

1/2 cup ground Almond Meal

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp. Xanthan Gum

2 tsp. Baking Powder

4 ripe bananas

10 pitted dates

3/4 cup rice milk

2 TB water

2 tsp. Vanilla

1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

1. For my GLuten Free flours I did a combo of 1 cup Brown Rice FLour and 1 cup Garbanzo Bean FLour. 

Then from that I used 1 1/2 cups.

2. Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl and stir together. Set aside.

3. In a food processor or blender combine bananas, dates, milk, water, and vanilla. Puree until creamy and smooth.

4. Pour wet into dry and carefully fold ingredients. Do not over-mix batter. Then gently fold in coconut and raspberries.

5. Pour into prepared (greased) desired pan, (I used a large muffin pan) and scoop batter into pan. Top with a little shredded coconut.

6. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes (give or take)

These saved my life.

They were moist, just the right amount of sweetness and enough chocolatey flavor to feel I was sinning 🙂

I guess this goes with out saying,

“Never say Never.”