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Healthy Swaps: Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Good morning!

Growing up, I was a vegetarian on and off. I have never really been a big meat eater and still haven’t eaten a hamburger to this day. Meat just isn’t something that I really enjoy. After reading the book, Skinny Bitch, quite a few years ago, I became a vegetarian again. A while after that I added fish to my diet, simply because I needed more options to eat.

I am a pretty picker eater and I noticed that since I don’t eat meat, I tend to turn to carbs a lot. Lately, I have been making more of an effort to eat better to lose a few pounds that I have recently gained. I will eat chicken once in a great while to have a lean protein source over a carb. I still don’t eat chicken by itself because I can’t stand the texture, but occasionally I will have a little chicken in a recipe like the BBQ pizza that I’m about to share.

I still will always prefer vegetarian options and fish to chicken, but it’s a nice change and a great lean protein source. All that being said, let’s get into the healthy recipe swap :)

Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Most people enjoy pizza. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it can actually be healthy if made the right way. I only recently discovered BBQ pizza and I love it. And it’s something that can be made easily and healthily at home.

The popular pizza restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, has a Hawaiian BBQ pizza on their menu. These pizza are sized for one person to eat, and the BBQ pizza has 1,110 calories. Even if you only ate half, that’s 555 calories.

I made a pizza at home that still tastes great but has a lot less calories. My version only has approximately 326 calories.

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Ingredients:

  • FlatOut Italian herb flatbread
  • 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 1 oz. red onion
  • 1.5 oz. fresh pineapple
  • .25 cup green onion
  • 1.5 oz. grilled chicken strips (I used Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh grilled strips – pre cooked and grilled)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

You can add more of less of these ingredients to your liking, but my calorie count is based on those amount. I only used a small amount of chicken but a lot of onions because I love onions.

I cooked the flatbread directly on the oven rack for about 3-4 minutes until it gets crispy. Then I added 3 tbsp. of Two Fat Guys BBQ sauce.

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This sauce has no high fructose corn syrup, it’s gluten-free, and only 60 calories for 3 tablespoons. It’s more expensive that the regular BBQ sauces, but it’s worth it.

After that, I just added all my ingredients onto the pizza – chicken, red onions, green onions, pineapple, and cheese. I baked the pizza at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

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So delicious!!

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CPK Hawaiian BBQ Pizza                   My Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

  • 1,110 calories                                     326 calories
  • 28 grams fat                                      7 grams fat
  • 15 grams saturated fat                    4 grams saturated fat
  • 2,890 mg sodium                            673 grams sodium
  • 161 grams carbs                               43 grams carbs

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 1 mile treadmill
  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes

I was up nice and early yesterday and got to the gym about 6:45 am. I ran/walked one mile on the treadmill before heading to the boot camp class. I ran on the Woodway treadmill which is especially made for people with joint issues.

I am trying out the new Reebok ZQuick shoes (more on that later) and so far, they are awesome!

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I haven’t been to boot camp in forever and it was a great workout.

Yesterday night, my mom watched the kids while Danny and I went out for an early Valentine’s Day dinner.

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Jaden’s birthday party is next weekend so it was just easier for us to go out this weekend. We went to Cooper’s Hawk and it was amazing. Danny had steak and I had the crab cakes.

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This was only my second time having crab cakes ever and they were good. We finished the night with a Reese’s chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. Back to healthy eating today!

Danny and I are heading to the gym to take Body Pump – have a great day!!

***Come back tomorrow for a great giveaway!!***

  • What’s your favorite pizza?

 

 

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Physical Therapist Appointment

Good afternoon!

Let’s start with last night’s dinner. I made the herbed salmon recipe from the Tone It Up website.

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I have made salmon a bunch of different ways, but this salmon is my favorite. It’s so delicious and flavorful. The ingredients are pretty simple: salmon, parsley, dill, green onion, olive oil, lemon juice, and white wine.

I also had green beans on the side made with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. And fruit – I had a container of pineapple, blueberries, and grapes. I love fruit.

Yesterday

My physical therapy appointment got switched from Friday to yesterday, so I went after the gym. Basically, I need to see the sports doctor to get a new prescription for physical therapy.

My hip, quad, and glute really started hurting again two weeks ago after I started running more. The physical therapist thinks that maybe the running is what aggrevated my right side again. He said that it was okay to keep working out but to avoid running since that’s what always seems to cause the problem until after I’ve seen the sports doctor.

He always said that my hips are slightly uneven and my right leg is slightly longer than the other leg, which can cause the problems that I’m having especially when I’m running. I don’t know if my leg bone is actually physically longer or if my body is just overcompensating on one side because of my injury. I won’t really know more info until I see the sports doctor.

The physical therapist also told me about a technique that he uses called trigger point therapy. It can be done with medication or “dry” without medication. Trigger point therapy is when a needle gets inserted into the muscle to help loosen the muscle and relieve the pain.

A needle. They want to stick a needle in the middle of my butt. No.

But honestly, the glute pain is so intense at times that I’m willing to try anything to get relief.

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Trifecta Class – 60 minutes

This morning at the gym, I made sure to stretch my hip, glute, and quad before I took the Trifecta class. I am also really careful with my squats and lunges.

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was English muffin hummus melts.

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I haven’t had these in forever and they were so good. I also had two random pickles slices on the side because I love pickles and some blueberries.

I also just tried out this Aquafina flavored water.

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I am a big regular water drinker but it’s nice sometimes to add in something with a little flavor but not a lot of calories.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you had a exercise related injury lately?
  • Ever heard of trigger point therapy?
  • What did you have for lunch?

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Healthy Swaps: Spinach Salad

Typically when you think of salads, you think they’re healthy. Maybe you go out to a restaurant and you’re trying to eat healthy so you order a salad. However sometimes those salads come with tons of dressing, cheeses, croutons or tortillas strips, and nuts. Those calories and fat can really add up fast.

Take the Maggiano’s entrée sized spinach salad, for example. Their spinach salad includes: spinach tossed with diced red peppers, roasted red onions, Gorgonzola cheese, bacon, pine nuts, and apple cider vinaigrette.

Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Guess how many calories that salad has? Go ahead, guess.

1,060 calories.

1,060 calories for a spinach salad. And 76 grams of fat. So much for eating healthy.

Of course, there are ways that you can cut the calories on salads when you’re eating out – ask for the dressing on the side and just dip your fork, ask for no cheese (or less cheese), skip the croutons, etc.

I decided to make my own spinach salad at home and followed the recipe for the Pecan and Pear Spinach Salad from the Tone it Up website.

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This salad includes:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 10 pecans
  • 10 grapes
  • 1 sliced pear
  • lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

You can also add some chicken for protein.

Maggiano’s Spinach Salad                              Tone It Up Spinach Salad

  • 1060 calories                                                   387 calories
  • 76 grams fat                                                    13 grams fat
  • 1670 mg sodium                                            2 grams sodium

(a little more sodium if you add salt to your quinoa)

This salad was delicious and very filling. Quinoa isn’t a grain like most people think. It’s actually a seed and a complete protein source.

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I’ve only made quinoa at home a handful of times, but I need to start making it more because this quinoa was delicious. It was light, fluffy, and has a slightly  nutty taste.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

Today’s Butts and Guts class was great and I burned a little over 500 calories.

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My hip and glute still bother me and randomly this afternoon the physical therapist that I used to see called me to see how I was doing. I told him that just lately, my hip and glute really started hurting again. So, long story short, I’m going in for a free 30 minute evaluation on Friday. He said that it probably isn’t normal for it to still hurt and I told him that I exercise a lot. We’ll see how it goes :)

Post workout, I had a sticky bun Larabar. I believe this is a new flavor and it was awesome.

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Winner of the Van’s Giveaway:

  • Allison Barra Nicholson – I sent you an email!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you try to order healthy at restaurants?
  • Favorite salad topping?

 

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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

Crunchmaster Giveaway Winner:

Jenny

My favorite snack has to be either apple chips or a pear!

Please email your shipping address to runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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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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