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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 🙂

My Way Taco Salad

15 Jun

Tomorrow is my birthday…

I think.

You see, at this moment I’m lost and confused as to the day, time, my name, when the last time I washed my hair, If I ate breakfast this morning, and what load of laundry I am on..I think it’s number 6.

To say my life is organized and completely under control is like saying I’m 6 ft. tall with blond hair, voluptuous lady lumps, and a great sense of style..

And if you didn’t get that last part, I’m 5’3″ with brown hair, no lady lumps but one huge hump, and I’ve seriously considered hiring a personal stylist.

And then today…

I’ve locked myself in the garage 2 times, and almost a 3rd.

. The first time was a close one, and Baby Boo was sleeping. Luckily for me I caught myself before I did. The second time I officially locked Baby Boo and I in the garage for a good hour until hubby got home, so we entertained out selves with the water hose…

And the third time, hubby was home and I again managed to lock myself in, so I banged on the door so loud that China could hear me..Except my hubby. Sports center was on..And men can only focus on one thing at a time..At least that’s what my mom always taught me.

Then to top it off I stepped in gum earlier in the day, and judging by it’s size, it was chewed by Godzilla.

And without noticing, I got in my car, starting driving, only to find my foot sticking to the peddles…Due to the Gum.

Everywhere..

And I won’t lie, I’m a little worried to scrape it off in fear of catching rabies or something like that..

(Have I ever mentioned how dramatic I can be?)

And now that I am sitting here, really praying for a hot warm bath, I can’t help but look forward to tomorrow. Because birthday’s are special..

Birthday’s mean spoiling..

And birthday’s mean..

Taking Baths.

Oh..

And eating everything that I want..All MY way 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday, BIRTHDAY addition..

MY WAY Taco Salad

Serves two

Ingredients:

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Avocado

Goat Cheese

Roasted Pepita Seeds

Roasted Corn (Recipe Below)

Lentil “Taco Meat” (Recipe Below)

Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing (Recipe Below)

Directions:

(Roasted Corn)

1. Take an ear of corn and lightly coat with butter, 2 tsp. chopped garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

2. Wrap corn in tin foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 min. Then undo the foil, and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes. When done, take a knife and cut down the sides of the corn to get the little corn off. Set aside.

(Lentil “Taco Meat”)

1. Take 1 TB. Chopped Garlic, 1/2 C. Diced onion, and 2 TB. EVOO. Heat oil in pan, then add garlic and onion. Cook and stir for about 5 -7 minutes, or until a little golden. Lower heat to medium-low, then add 1 1/2 C. cooked lentils into pan with 1.5 TB. Taco Seasoning.

I made homemade seasoning, recipe from HERE.

2. Cook for an additional 5 or so minutes, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, remove from heat, and set aside.

(Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing)

recipe from: Eat Drink and Be Vegan

1/4 C. EVOO

2 TB apple cider vinegar

2 TB Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients into a blender.

Salad Assembly

1. Start with the lettuce, avocado, corn, tomato, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and Lentil Meat.

2. Drizzle with dressing.

This Taco Salad was made MY way, but obviously you could do it YOUR way. Add what ever toppings you desire, such as sour cream, cilantro, chips, Peanut Butter (i dunno)..etc

I also paired this salad with Butternut squash seasoned with cinnamon and cilantro.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to eating my weight in watermelon.

Oh..

and a slice of Chocolate Cake at every meal.

That is unless…

I get stuck in the garage again..

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…

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.”


New Beginning-Detox

18 May

About a month before Baby Boo was born, I quite my job. I knew that I wanted to be a stay at home Mom, so there was no need for me to continue working. My plan was to take that time off and get ready for my new Baby, as well as rest as much as possible, because I knew I would have lack their of in the coming future. (Little did I know a lack their off would continue ten months later.)

Before I knew it I was bored. I had folded and refolded new born onesies, read more than enough about what to expect when the baby was born, and I wasn’t even getting any sleep since Baby Boo found the right side of my rib cage the most comfortable position.

I called my mom complaining, saying how much I wished Baby Boo would get here just so I could have something to do.

My mom told me to enjoy my time, because I would never.be.bored.again.

I laughed.

‘haha Mom what do you know??’

Ten months later…

My mom knows everything.

I have complained before about the lack of showers, lack of sleep, lack of clean house, lack of sleep, lack of cut clothes, lack of sleep..

So you obviously know I am no longer bored.

Tired..Not bored.

And although I wouldn’t have my life any other way, time flies, and before you know it your way behind in laundry, haven’t had a solid workout in a while, and your food is less than stellar..

So that is why I decided it was time for a..

New Beginning

Sometimes we just need to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, all the while, starting over.

I need to repair my self and strengthen my mentality, my spirituality, my physicality, my emotions(lord knows I have many), and my overall health and wellness.

I re-evaluated and re-adjusted some of my goals, and I am ready to move forward and make myself a better Ari 🙂

Today I am going to talk about Goal Number 1:

Personal Detox/Cleanse

The reason I say ‘personal’ is because I have adapted this detox plans to fit my own personal needs that are best for me and my body. If you are considering a Detox, talk with a doctor, and weigh out all your options. Remember, I am not a doctor.. 🙂

  • Why A Personal Detox/Cleanse: It’s not just the overload of Sugar that has encountered my life in the past few days, but I have also recently felt bloated and crampy. I always eat well, but I feel it’s best to give my digestive system, as well as my whole body a good clean out, and a break. There is a great website that talks about the benefits of a Detox, Alaina Rose shared this with me and you can check it out HERE.
  • What’s the Plan: The plan for me is to stay away from Dairy, Meat, Gluten/Wheat, refined sugars, processed foods, and soy. Oh and Chocolate. (Tear). Most of these will be pretty easy to stay away from, but what I have noticed the most difficult to be is Wheat, Chocolate, and Soy.
  • How is it coming? : I didn’t realize how much my diet often consisted of carbs and…chocolate, until now. I am so happy I am doing this, because it’s helping me realize what I have been putting in my body, even when I thought I was doing a great job.
  • What have you been eating: Delicious.Delicious.Food. I am here to say that you can eat yummy clean food, all the while not sacrificing hunger and taste.
To start of I have had a fresh squeezed juice every day.
Sweet Blackberries Juice
3 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 apples, 1/2 cup blackberries


Fresh squeezed juice can be kind of scary, but this one I feel would be GREAT for Newbies!
Newbies like Baby Boo..
She loved it! She kept wanting more..Little juice hog!
There also has been PLENTY of Green Smoothies 🙂
I cannot live a day with out one..
Chocolate Covered Berry Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach (or greens of choice)
1/4 frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen Blackberries
1 frozen banana
chocolate protein powder(raw/vegan)
2 TB chia seeds


P.S. My favorite Protein Powder to date:
 Thank you to Liz who sent me these samples, I am in LA LA LOVE!
Want another Green Smoothie?
PB & Blueberry Green Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 TB Chia Seeds


This one taste like a PB & Jelly Sandwhich crossed with Blueberry muffin!
For snacks I have stuck with alot of fruits and raw veggies, but every once in a while I’ll crave something a little different.
Rice cake with a little bit of PB and homemade sugarless jelly!
Sugar-less Jelly?
How do you do that??
Quick Homemade Sugar Free Jam
1/4 cup raspberries
1 TB Chia Seeds
Mash together…and spread!
*If you want something a little sweeter like Jelly, feel free to add a little of agave/maple syrup.*


For main meals such as dinner and lunches, I try my best to include lots of veggies, protein sources from lentils and nuts and seeds, and a little bit of Gluten Free Carbs.
A salad I enjoyed today was a Kale Salad.
Kale can be somewhat scary, but I promise you it’s not. Kale is known to help aid in the detoxification process 🙂 It also has tons of nutrients, antioxidants, aids in digestion, and tons of vitamins.
Lemony Kale Salad
2 cups Kale
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 tsp. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Massage ingredients into kale until coated. Top with desired salad toppings. I did:
Blackberries
Tomatoes
Almonds
Carrots
Cranberries

*Goat cheese would be YUM YUM on this salad as well..Or some lemony chicken…Or Both!*
I have also been roasting a bunch of veggies to have on hand when needed.
I have even cooked up some brown rice, lentils and beans, and quinoa to throw in salads, wraps, and soups.
Like this salad, which is a bed of spinach, italian spiced quinoa, and roasted veggies!
I topped it with THIS sauce, but instead of using the pepper the recipe called for, I replaced it with sweet corn.
I loved it!! Sweet, yet Savory!
(P.S. Ashley From the Edible Perspective has great sources and recipes for doing a Detox! Definitely check her out!)
Hubby and Baby Boo even got in on the action.
Hubby’s dinner:
Spinach, Quinoa, Veggies, and Chicken.
Baby Boo’s:
Quinoa and Roasted Sweet Potato.
Happy Healthy Family 🙂
For now at least 🙂 Hubby made me make him homemade Mac N’ Cheese tonight to make up for his abundance of veggies last night…
I’ll get him someday 🙂
As for now I’ll continue to sneak hidden healthy tid bits in his food every so often…Kind of like what you do with 5 year olds..
Probably the hardest part of this whole detox has been the lack of sweets. It’s not like I pig out on sweets every day, but I always grab a bite of dark chocolate here and there to satisfy my craving..
I was beginning to worry I wasn’t going to be able to do it for two weeks..
That was until I created this little angel…
Vegan.
Gluten Free.
No Sugar.
No Dairy.
Detox Friendly.
And taste like chocolate..
.
🙂 Me Likey…
Recipe coming soon! 🙂 Have a great week!
*I am not a doctor. If you are considering a cleanse please consult a Doctor to establish the best choices for YOU personally :)*


Sugar Coated Coma and Wedding Cupcakes!

15 May

This post may seem a little off,

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Because it’s not often we talk about 24 boxes of powdered sugar.

Or the fact that I have enough vegetable oil to drive to china..

Can you drive to China?

Doubtful

Oh and there is butter…

Probably enough butter to make you as big as China.

Or about the same amount of butter Mrs. Dean adds to her mashed potatoes…

Either way, Big as China.

Which is how I feel after this weekend. No, I didn’t just call it quits and say ‘Forget This’ when it comes to living healthy and add a stick of butter to my morning smoothie…

(Would that even taste good? I dunno, ask Mrs. Dean)

I actually had a purpose to this madness..

A purpose of about 200 cupcakes AND a wedding cake!

And for two days every time I opened my fridge I found this…

Drool..

THEN, only to shut the fridge, and have the rest of THIS bad boy screaming ‘Eat Me Now you Sissy La La!’

No thank you, this carrot taste delicious!

Baby Boo was probably the hardest to contain self control. Every time I turned around , she tried to sneak a snack in here and there..

Like mama’ like daughta’

And…Actually to be truthful, I wasn’t the least bit tempted to eat every single cupcake..I was too sick from testing batters and frostings, that the thought of sugar made me want to..

Eat a carrot..

And I technically wasn’t allowed to since the cupcakes weren’t all for me..:)

Dang..

They were how ever for some really great friends of ours who got married this weekend! I was SO nervous to bake for a wedding..Not something I had ever done!

But I think everything turned out pretty good..

It was one of the most beautiful weddings I had ever seen. Every single touch was handmade and done by the family, or someone that the family was close with.

It made everything very special and very personal.

Even the hubby and I(besides making the cake) got to be apart of the wedding..

Baby Boo’s dress was AlMoSt as poofy as the brides…

Almost.

But she most definitely won the Biggest Flower on the Head prize.

We even got to sit at the ‘Big Kids’ Table since we were apart of the wedding party…

And to think he is 5 years older than me 🙂

Much.Better.

It was a beautiful day despite the 4 hours of sleep and Frosting tid bits strewed about my bangs.

I am much more relaxed knowing I was able to accomplish such a great task!

As for now I am starting a two week detox tomorrow. I’ll give the details more later, but what I can tell you is that Chocolate is NOT included…

I think I just shed a tear..

Also coming up is a no fail no boredom treadmill routine and some great Mama and Baby Workouts, along with a bunch of other random goodies 🙂

Have a great rest of your weekend my little cupca…

Wait..I am definitely not going to finish that word..

Bleh! Too soon…

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Ganache Birthday Cake

11 May

What happened to the days when we were kids and all we did was play and run around?

We would  ride our bikes, play games, sports, you name it…

We were active.

Then, I guess somewhere in time we grew up. We got jobs, we met boys, we were busy with school, and the term ‘play’ only happened a couple times of year when we had vacation.

Some of us continued to stay active, working out after classes and jobs, and even keeping active in other recreational activities…but that slowly disappeared when real life hit us smack in the face with families and kids.

Then the time we used to keep active simply went to diaper changing, taking care of kids, and making dinner..

And then before you know if your here:

And those once used often running shoes sit in the corner of the floor…

Alone. Abandoned. Stinky.

And then we do silly things like buy new workout clothes, because we think it will motivate us to get back into the swing of things…

When in reality instead of sweating it out on a nice run outside, it’s stuck being worn indoors mopping floors, that are coated in powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar that was used to make 300 of these,

And then this, which has been staring at me in the face all day!

Hubby’s Birthday Cake. Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Cake to be exact.

Every time I walk by I want to face plant right in and inhale its delicious goodness..

Plop!

The every day hustle and bustle of life has a way of pushing important priorities to the side because there simply isn’t time.

Time to exercise is what I am talking about.

I wasn’t always one of those people that would say, “I don’t have time to work out.”

I would simply think, “Well, make time!”

But now with every day responsibilities, I find myself finally sitting down at 930 at night thinking..”Where did the day go by. I didn’t even accomplish half of what I wanted to…

And if there is something I have learned with exercise and being a Mama, is that It’s harder to focus on ME when my life/my whole day is spent focusing on everybody else. How can I possibly take time out for me, when I have a million things to get done at home?

Sacrifice.

If there is one thing you should know it’s that Mama=Sacrifice.

Sometimes sacrificing showers, makeup, new clothes, clothes with out Boo Doo Doo, time with your husband, time with friends, meals, exercise…etc..

Sacrificing HouseWives of O.C and staying up until 12 to watch it, just so I can get up in the morning to go work out.

Sacrifice.

Sacrificing computer time so I can accomplish what really needs to be done, so I can have time to exercise.

Sacrificing for a purpose to make time. Take a look at your life and find where you could make adjustments to fit time in for you. You will be happier, a better mother, a better wife, and a great example to those around you.

BUT…Remember. Some days are better than others..

Some days, your baby or hubby is sick..

Or your baking 200 cupcakes and making a wedding cake for saturday…

And somedays, your Italian Stalion Juice Head Guido of a Hubby is celebrating his 27th birthday…

Sometimes…Exercise may have to be sacrificed…

For cake.

Because, there is nothing wrong with living a little.. 🙂

Especially when it involves Chocolate and Peanut butter…

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting & Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:

*Chocolate Cake-Recipe HERE. The only difference I made was add 1/4 cup peanut butter into the batter. I then baked accordingly, except dividing batter into 3 different pans, so I would have 3 layers.*

*Peanut Butter Frosting*

Ingredients:

1 cup Butter(room temp)

1/2 cup Peanut butter

1 TB Vanilla

3-5 Tb Heavy Whipping Cream

4-5 cups Powdered sugar

Directions: 

1. Beat room temp butter and Peanut butter until Creamy. Add about 4 cups of powdered sugar, vanilla, and 3 TB whipping cream and beat until combined and creamy. Batter will be pretty thick. Add more whipping cream to reach desired consistency. If you think it could use more powdered sugar, go ahead and add it, but u might have to increase the whipping cream.

*Chocolate Ganache*

Ingredients:

2 cups Dark chocolate chips

1 cup Heavy whipping Cream

Directions:

Over a double Broiler, melt chocolate and cream until combined and creamy. Set aside for about an hour.

**Cake Assembly**

1. Start with one layer of cake. Spread some PB frosting to coat top of Layer, then add about 1/4 cup or so of ganache and coat top of frosting. Add second layer of cake, and repeat with frosting and ganache. Add third layer and coat entire cake with peanut butter frosting. Then Drizzle ganache all over cake, then with a spreading spatula, blend ganache with PB frosting, to make a marble looking effect, like so…

Store in cool air tight container. If in the fridge, the ganache will harden like a candy bar.

This cake should probably come with a warning label.

Warning:

One bite with this cake, and you will most likely go into a foodgasmic coma…

If your anything like me, you will ask Hubby to wish that his birthday could happen once a week, just so we could eat this cake…

He wished for something else…

Sometime I most likely won’t share..

Notice that half the cake is missing?

Gym Time anyone?