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Healthy Swaps: Mediterranean Sandwich

Good morning!

First up, the winner of the Core Power Giveaway:

Arlinda – I will be contacting you by email.

Today’s Workout

  • 3.35 miles – track
  • Stretching/foam rolling – 15 minutes
  • One min. plank and 30 sec. side planks (each side)

Healthy Swaps

One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is Potbelly’s Mediterranean sandwich. It has hummus, feta, artichoke hearts, cucumber, and roasted red peppers. Whenever I order it, I always add red onions to it. So much better with the onions.

For a restaurant sandwich the nutrition facts are decent, but I decided to make it myself at home to save some calories, carbs, sodium, and fat.

Since I had a red pepper at home, I decided to make my own roasted red peppers instead of buying the jarred kind.

Roasting a red pepper is so easy. Since I was only making this sandwich for myself, I only roasted one red pepper, but you could roast up a whole batch of these!

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First, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Wash and dry your red pepper. Remove the stem and seeds, and cut the pepper in half. Place skin side up on a foil lined pan.

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Cook at 500 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes until the skin turns black. Rotate pan halfway through cooking time.

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When the skin is black, remove from oven, and wrap the pepper up in the foil so that it can steam and the skin will be easier to remove.

After it steams for about 10-15 minutes, just pull off the skin. It should come off easily. Cut into slices and store in the fridge. So easy!

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For my at home Mediterranean veggie sandwich, I used a whole wheat pocket thin flatbread, roasted red peppers, red onion, cucumbers, canned artichokes, hummus, and feta cheese.

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Potbelly’s Med Veggie Sandwich        My Med Veggie Sandwich

  • 471 calories                                           223 calories
  • 13 g fat                                                     7 g fat
  • 1379 mg sodium                                   962 g sodium
  • 71 g carbs                                               33 g carbs
  • 23 g protein                                           10 g protein

So delicious and so easy! To cut down on the sodium even more, rinse your jarred artichoke hearts before you use them.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite sandwich?

 

 

 

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Healthy Swaps: Mexican Food

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When a lot of people hear the word “diet” or “weight-loss”, they immediately assume that it means giving up the foods they love or eating very little, when in fact the opposite is true.

When I first started trying to lose weight a couple of years ago and even now, I didn’t look at it as a diet but rather a lifestyle. I don’t believe in cutting out whole food groups or surviving on rice cakes and water. I try to make healthy choices with whole and clean foods most of the time with treats in moderation. It’s no fun depriving yourself, you just need to eat two cookies instead of half the package or trade a Skinny Cow ice cream for a huge bowl of ice cream.

Over the holidays, I didn’t seem to deprive myself at all and ate those big bowls of ice cream…every night. Now, I’m not saying a bowl of ice cream is bad but stick to it once in awhile not everyday.

When I don’t eat as well as I should, I can tell a difference in myself. Not just in my weight, but it how I feel. I feel like I have less energy and I’m sluggish. I feel like my clothes just aren’t fitting right. Even my skin starts acting up.

So, as I’ve mentioned before, I am back to a healthy diet with treats in moderation. But that doesn’t mean giving up the foods that I love. It’s all about healthy swaps.

I love Mexican food. Love it. I could eat it every single day and not get sick of it. Instead of giving up my beloved Mexican food, I just make healthy swaps.

For lunch, I made a grilled veggie quesadilla.

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I chopped up about 2 oz. of the following vegetables:

  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • green pepper
  • zucchini

I grilled the veggies in a grill pan with about 1 tsp. of olive oil.

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I used one LaTortilla Factory whole wheat tortilla (sometimes if I’m hungry, I’ll use two). Each large tortilla has 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein.

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I sprinkled about a serving and a half of 2% Mexican style cheddar jack cheese on the tortilla and added the veggies. I cooked it until the tortilla was browned and the cheese was melted. I ate it with about 1 tbsp. of sour cream.

It was so good, and I got my Mexican food fix without all the calories and fat. You could even add some chicken for some extra protein.

I looked up the nutritional information for a fajita quesadilla on the On The Border (popular Mexican food restaurant) website. The fajita quesadilla contains: chicken, melted cheese, peppers and sautéed onions, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.

On The Border Quesadilla:                            My Quesadilla:

  • 1180 calories                                          322 calories
  • 82 grams of fat                                      17.8 grams of fat
  • 34 grams of saturated fat                    5.9 grams saturated fat
  • 2530 mg of sodium                              659 mg of sodium

Wow. Those differences are crazy. Even if you added another tortilla or chicken to my quesadilla, the calorie count wouldn’t even come close to the restaurant quesadilla. It’s all about healthy swaps.

Another one of my healthy Mexican swaps are fish tacos. I made these fish tacos awhile ago and they are one of my favs.

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I buy the tilapia taco mix from the seafood counter at Whole Foods which has tilapia, onions, peppers, and seasoning. I put the mix in two corn tortillas and add some mango salsa. Another one of my favorite meals :)

I’m not sure of the exact calorie count since it’s a prepared tilapia mix but you can bet it’s less than then 880 calories in the grilled fish tacos at On The Border.

It’s all about eating what you love just a healthier version of it!

Have a great afternoon! And stay warm!

 

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Baking and Cooking

Thank you for all your kind words and nice thoughts on yesterday’s post. Crystal’s dad’s double lung transplant surgery went good and he is currently breathing with the new lungs. The doctors say that the road to recovery is a lot riskier than the surgery itself because there’s still a chance his body could reject the lungs. But so far, so good.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

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I went to BodyPump at the gym yesterday morning. I am still working on learning the new release. I have the moves down, now I am just working on the timing. The timing is always what I struggle with learning. I have come to realize that I am not a musically inclined person. I don’t hear or feel the beat and I count along with the beat to save my life. The instructor at my gym keeps telling me that it’ll get easier with time but I think she’s just saying that to make me feel better. :)

After the gym, I finally finished up the rest of my Christmas shopping. I bought myself a little treat to celebrate…or just because I really wanted to eat these chocolates.

They’re the Frango candy cane chocolates and they are amazing.

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That box looks really big but there was really only four pieces in it.

Yesterday afternoon, Jaden had his holiday party at school and now the kids are off for two weeks!

Today’s Workout

  • A few strength exercises
  • 2.5 miles treadmill

I woke up at about 7 am this morning, so I decided to head to the gym. As I was trying to sneak out of the house, Jaden popped his head out of bed so I brought him to the kid’s room at the gym.

I started out doing a Nike Training Club workout, but my hip and glute really started bothering me.

I have been working out a lot more in the mornings lately and I was really sore last night. I decided that it would be best not to push it, so I hopped on the treadmill, ran one mile, and then walked the rest while chatting with a couple of girls at the gym.

After the gym, I took Jaden to get a much needed hair cut. I swear, my kids’ hair grows so fast!

After waiting forever to get a haircut, we made it home and I started making some cookie dough. I am making a whole bunch of dough so it can refrigerate overnight and be already to be baked tomorrow.

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We have a family Christmas party tonight, so I am also making three pans of potatoes. I will be busy in the kitchen!

I wanted to share one of the cookie recipes I am making because they are so darn delicious!!

Reese’s Butterscotch Cookies    Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Makes approx. 16 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, baking soda, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to mix softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until no lumps remain. Mix in the egg and combine. Then, mix in the egg yolk until combined. Finally, mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the butterscotch chips and Reese’s pieces with a large spoon or spatula.
  5. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to 3 days.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take dough from fridge and let sit for 10 minutes to soften to room temperature. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 tbsp. of dough per cookie. Optional: tip each cookie with more butterscotch chips and Reese’s Pieces.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees 11-12 minutes. Cookies may appear to be undercooked but do not overcook them. They will continue to cook on the baking sheet. Cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  9. Enjoy!!

I’ll post a picture of the cookies tomorrow after I bake them!

These cookies are delicious and I am excited to give them away as well as eat a couple  myself!

Have a wonderful day!

  • Do you have any plans for today?
  • Are you all ready for the holidays?
  • What’s the last thing you baked?

 

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Weekend Fun…and More Cookies

Good morning! Happy Sunday!

I haven’t been around for a couple of days, so this post is going to contain a lot of randomness.

First up, Danny got a car!! It’s Chevy Equinox, and Danny is very happy with it. It’s the first SUV we’ve ever owned and I’m sure the space will come in handy.

Danny’s really good about keeping cars for a long time. I think he’s owned two cars in his life, whereas I’ve owned quite a few.

Friday.

On Friday morning, I taught BodyPump. I brought my new water bottle.

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I saw this water bottle at Dick’s Sporting Goods a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. Hey, the paint splatter reminds me of the 80’s, and I love all things 80’s. But it was around $16 so I didn’t buy it.

I finally decided that I wanted it and went back to buy it. You can never have too many workout clothes or water bottles. Even though I think Danny disagrees with me on this – he’s always trying to throw my water bottles away.

When I went back to buy it, it was gone :(. I tried looking online for it with no success. Then, on Thursday night, I went to TJMaxx to buy something else, and there was my water bottle! And it was only $8! Awesome.

Friday’s BodyPump class went pretty well, and I worked for a little bit afterwards.

Tea

Although coffee is my #1 love, I have been loving tea lately. I found this super cute coffee mug at Michael’s for only $2.99 and I got some Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride from Target to try out.
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The tea really does taste like a sugar cookie! It’s really good but the peppermint flavor is still my favorite.

Saturday

Saturday morning, Jacob had an eye doctor appointment. Jacob was born 15 weeks early, weighing 1 lb. and 14 oz. He has had a few complications but nothing serious. As a baby, he had eye surgery to correct a condition called exotropia, which basically means that his left eye wants to turn outward rather than straight.

He had eye surgery as a baby to cut the muscle to force the eye to go straight. He wore an eye patch for extended periods during the day to help strengthen that eye. He has very little vision in that eye and the glasses help him to continue to use it.

There is always a possibility that his eye could go back outward again, so we see the eye doctor often for check-ups. It was a routine visit and the doctor said everything is looking good.

Saturday evening, we went with my family to an illumination show at a nearby arboretum.

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All of the trees are lit up with different kinds of lights.

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You can change some of the lights by waving your hand over a certain place and you could hug trees to change their lights.
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It was really neat although it was freezing out and the kids were being a little overly energetic (read: crazy).

Afterwards, we had some hot chocolate…or three, before deciding to go to Red Robin for dinner. Two words – bottomless fries.

Cookies

I made another cookie recipe, oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip.

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I have been making so many cookies lately because I like to give them out during the holidays and I wanted to narrow it down to three delicious kinds of cookies. I think I am going to make chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and Reese’s butterscotch cookies.

The only problem with making so many cookies, is that I eat a lot of cookies. I usually send them to work with Danny, but it’s the weekend so they’ve just been sitting on the counter looking all delicious!

This morning, I am going to BodyPump at the gym. I am hoping that the instructor is doing the new release because I’m having a little bit of trouble with the timing and thought it would be helpful to do it while someone else was teaching.

Later this afternoon, we’re going to my best friend’s son’s birthday party.

Have a great day!

  • How many cars have you owned?
  • Any plans for today?
  • What do you own a lot of? I own a lot of workout clothes, water bottles, coffee mugs, and shoes.

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Cookies and Cars

Good afternoon!

I wasn’t able to pop in yesterday because we’ve been having a little bit of car trouble and Danny had to work from home, which meant he needed access to the computer all day.

I got a new car a few weeks ago and Danny took my old car. Unfortunately, my old car started having transmission problems and even though it’ll start, pushing the gas pedal does nothing. It just sits there. The car has a lot of miles on it and it can’t be guaranteed that the problem can be fixed, so we’re going to have to get another new(er) car. Again.

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We went from zero car payments to two car payments. Not fun, but that’s part of being an adult.

So, we’ve been trying to work out things with having only one car for the week – I need to get to work, Danny needs to get to work, I need to get my niece. It’s been a pain, but hopefully Danny will find a car this weekend.

And a big thanks to my brother for helping out!

So, today I am stuck inside all day without a car (and there’s so much Christmas shopping to do!) I decided to be constructive with my time and bake cookies!!

I found a great blog through Pinterest, Sally’s Baking Addiction, which has tons of delicious cookie recipes. I made the Reese’s Butterscotch Cookies for Thanksgiving and they were one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. The Reese’s Pieces and butterscotch chips really complemented each other.

Last week, I made the chocolate chip cookie recipe and those came out perfect also.

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I made two different batches – one with dark brown sugar, like the recipe calls for, and one with light brown sugar. Both batches were good, but I prefer the cookies made with the light brown sugar.

Today, I tried out the cake batter chocolate chip cookies.

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These came out good, but they were very sweet. Of the three cookie recipes I made, the Reese’s butterscotch were the best hands down.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Cardio Fusion – 60 minutes

I went to the gym yesterday morning before I worked and took the cardio fusion class. By the time the afternoon rolled around, every part of my right leg ached – my hip, my quad, and my calf. I can tell when I am starting to overdo it so today I plan on taking a rest day because tomorrow I am teaching BodyPump.

Since I am stuck at home, this afternoon will consist of baking, cleaning, and doing crafts with my niece.

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I’m going to try and get some Christmas shopping done when Danny gets home, but it’s so cold out that I don’t even want to leave the house.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Favorite cookie?
  • Favorite place to find recipes?

 

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Practiced BodyPump

Well, I am back to practicing BodyPump! When I filmed my video, I didn’t need to include the triceps, biceps, or core tracks which means I spent little time practicing those tracks. Now, I am working on learning those for when I am able to teach my own class. Those triceps push-ups are killer!

After I finished practicing, my brother dropped my niece off before he went to work.

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Tomorrow, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece are going to Florida for a week. My sister-in-law, Crystal, is running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon (I’m jealous!) The awesome part is that not only will this be her first half marathon, but she’ll be running it on her 30th birthday. And since the race is at night, she will actually turn 30 while running the race!

How cool is that?! I bet many people can’t say that!! Good luck, Crystal! You will do awesome and when you come home, you’ll be part of the 30’s club :)

This will be the longest amount of time that I have ever been away from my niece since she has been born. It’ll be hard for me because I love her to pieces, but I know she’ll have lots of fun at Disney World – she calls it Mickey’s house.

Since my niece was over early today, I decided to put her to work.

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She helped me bake some almond flour cookies.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies  Makes approx. 8 cookies

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This cookies may not look like your typical cookie, but trust me – they taste delicious. Also, since I am the only one that will be eating them, I made a very small batch.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg and cream in butter. Using a hand mixer, add in honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  5. Bake approx. 10-12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Of course, I had to eat a cookie right away and it was delicious! The texture isn’t exactly like a regular chocolate chip cookie. They have more of a cake-like texture, which is A-OK in my book :)

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Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done for your birthday?
  • Ever run a race on your birthday?
  • Favorite cookie?

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Good morning!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 30 minute HIIT treadmill workout

Yesterday morning, Danny, Jacob, and I went to the gym. We only had about 30 minutes to workout so I did a hiit workout on the treadmill – two minutes of fast running, followed by two minutes of walking for 30 minutes. If you’re short on time, hiit workouts are great because they get your heart rate up and burn calories.

And I was able to get a couple of miles in for Pile on the Miles. :)

My Mizunos – which haven’t been getting enough love lately!

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I ran on the treadmill while watching the NYC marathon on tv. If you need motivation while running, just watch those elite runners – they are awesome! Just watching them made me run a little faster.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Lunch

For lunch this afternoon, I made zucchini pizza boats. They are pretty much the same thing as the zucchini pizza bites only sliced different.

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I cut the ends off of a zucchini and cut it in half lengthwise.

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I sprinkle it with garlic and wine seasoning and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Then, I top it with pizza sauce and cheese and cook it for about 5-7 minutes more until the cheese melts. It’s sooo good.

I have been also looking for away to satisfy my sweet tooth without eating too much sugar. I found these Justin’s peanut butter cups at Whole Foods.

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I’ve heard tons of good things about them, so I bought them to try out. They are delicious! Better yet, they’re low carb, low sugar, and gluten free. Don’t worry – they taste awesome! I have to hide the bag so I don’t eat them all at once!

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Have a great afternoon!

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Halloween!!

I hate to keep asking, but voting ends tonight for the NASM recipe contest and I am so close! If you have a free moment please vote here. I would really appreciate it!

Jaden was so excited about Halloween this morning. He wore his costume to a party over the weekend and can’t wait to wear it again tonight.

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My other son, Jacob, really wanted me to tell you guys that he ran 3.25 miles in about 27 minutes. He has been really getting into running lately, and I’m looking into a 5k for him to run. He’s really excited about getting his own bib to wear :)

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was a gluten-free pumpkin muffin that I made yesterday afternoon and egg whites.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins – makes approx. 8 muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • handful crushed pecans – optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips – optional
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Pecans and pumpkin seeds to top muffins – optional

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl – almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients – pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, almond butter, and honey. Whisk until combined.
  4. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into muffins liners and top with pecans and pumpkin seeds. 040
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20-25 minutes.

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These were so delicious! I ate one when they were done and consumed it in about 30 seconds! :)

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching
  • Full body workout

Danny has the day off today, so we were able to go to the gym together this morning.

Stretching it out.

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I look terrible when I workout. :)

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I am going to Jaden’s Halloween party at his school later this afternoon and then it’s trick-or-treating time! Hopefully the rain will stop!

Have a great Halloween!

  • Do you have any plans for tonight?

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Gluten Free Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Yesterday, I started the 28-day Grain Brain Challenge. Basically, it’s gluten-free, lower carb diet, low sugar eating. I say lower carb because I am definitely eating a lot less carbs than I used too, but I wouldn’t exactly call it low-carb. Just lower carb :)

I went to Whole Foods and the regular grocery store over the weekend to pick up some food items. I was excited because I found a recipe for gluten-free pumpkin muffins and gluten-free pancakes using almond flour/meal.

I didn’t buy the almond flour at Whole Foods because it was so expensive and I’ve seen it at our local grocery store for less. So, I stopped at the grocery store to pick it up and it was sold out. Oh, well. So, I went to another grocery store and they didn’t even carry it.

Yesterday morning, I went to Target to get almond flour, and they were also sold out. I  was just getting aggregated by this point. Three stores and no almond flour?!

I finally found almond flour at a different Target last night. I used it in a pancake recipe this morning.

Some of the things I picked up at the store:

  • Udi’s gluten-free bread
  • chunky peanut butter
  • pumpkin seeds
  • almond and pecans
  • flaxseed
  • canned pumpkin
  • romaine lettuce
  • baby greens
  • celery
  • green pepper
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • gluten-free pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • eggs
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • organic olive oil cooking spray
  • flakers – flax seed “crackers”

Yesterday wasn’t too hard – my meals seem smaller, so I think I am going to have to eat more smaller meals or bigger snacks so that I don’t get hungry.

I had one piece of Udi’s gluten-free bread for breakfast with peanut butter and egg whites. I have never had gluten-free bread before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was delicious! I could see myself eating this on a normal basis…I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

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Something that was not good? The flackers.

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The first bite I tried wasn’t too bad. I poured some out onto a plate with some sliced cheese and tried to eat them. I couldn’t. I can’t even describe the taste, but it was bad. Sorry flackers. I had to throw my plate away. But this point I was pretty hungry and needed something quick to eat, so I grabbed celery sticks with chunky peanut butter.

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I think I am going to have to get some more food because I was a little hungry yesterday.

Breakfast

Since I was able to find the almond flour yesterday, I made almond flour pecan pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast.

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Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes – Makes approx. 6-8 small/medium pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. crushed pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

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Directions:

  1. Mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pecans in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, and almond milk.
  3. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter on a hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Add your favorite topping – peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit – and enjoy!

This was my first time having almond flour and while I found the texture to be a bit different than regular pancakes, I still thought they were good. I topped mine with peanut butter but I think they’d be much better with maple syrup!

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Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

I debated going to Butts and Guts this morning because of my hip/quad pain but I really miss that class, so I went and just took it a little easier than normal. According to my heart rate monitor, I still burned 522 calories. Not bad!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Have you ever had almond flour?
  • Pancakes, waffles, or French toast? I think I would pick French toast!

 

 

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Haunted Hay Ride

Good Morning! Happy Saturday – can you believe this is the last weekend of October?!

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I taught part of the BodyPump class at my gym. It was the first time not using my notes during a regular class, and I thought it was my best job yet!

I didn’t use any weights during the lunge track because when I do, my right leg hurts for a week. Since I am filming my video tomorrow, I figured I’d save my leg and use weights during the video.

Yesterday night, Danny, the kids, and I met my dad at the pumpkin farm to go on a haunted hay ride.

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My dad and Danny always find it necessary to “fly” at this part of the pumpkin farm.

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Jaden, who is pretty much scared of his own shadow and refuses to go to the bathroom alone in broad daylight, loved the haunted hay ride. It baffles me. He’s scared of being alone in the bathroom but he loved the crazy guy with a chainsaw. Whatever.

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After the hay ride, we hung around a bit and had some hot chocolate and then headed home.

Today

Tonight is the Halloween party! I am so excited to see everyone’s costumes!

I woke up early this morning, and the kids and I watched It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown while I finished up my Halloween costume.

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My brother and sister-in-law got me this DVD three-pack last year for Christmas because I love the Charlie Brown holiday movies.

I finally got my costume totally finished, now I just have to try it all on together to see how it looks.

I spent the rest of the morning baking Reese’s Piece’s peanut butter cookies.

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These are the same cookies that I made for Labor Day. I used this recipe. These cookies are delicious – probably the best peanut butter cookie that I’ve ever had! Not the healthiest, but the most delicious :)

I also have to go to Whole Foods today or tomorrow. I am starting my Grain Brain Challenge on Monday and it will end November, 25 – so exactly four weeks. I made a grocery list and now I just need to get to the store!

Have a great day!
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