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?

Rainy Soup for the Soul

27 May

Ready for a joke?

What do you get when you cross 3 days of rain + 1 Baby Boo + 1  Mama ??

Answer:

Little Helper in the Kitchen:

Broken dishes:

Broken Wisk-A-Mabober:

Yogurt in the Bathtub: (Don’t even go there)

Peeling the skins off Chickpeas: (P.S. I was doing a spell check and realized I almost left the L out of Peeling…)

And the most delicious soup I have had to date:

Zucchini, Sweet Potato, and Cilantro Soup

Recipe by: 101 cookbooks.

Changes I made from the original recipe:

-Instead of Potatoes I used Sweet Potatoes

-Added an extra 1/2 cup cilantro

-Added seasonings: Cumin, Paprika, Salt, and Pepper

-Topped with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Drizzled with “Cheeze Sauce”

-“Cheeze Sauce idea from OhShe Glows: 1/4 cup hummus, 1-2 TB non diary milk, and 2 TB nutritional yeast all mixed together.

Best. Soup.Ever.

Warm, inviting, delicious, comforting, creamy, and did I say delicious?!

Oh, and if you must know, the yogurt in the bath tub had to do with a dumb idea on the internet.

It was an “edible” finger painting activity that turned into an episode of wipeout..

and no not Baby Boo…

Rain Rain please go away..

Some of us are going crazy…okay?

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.”


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?