Weekend Roundup

How do we leave work on Friday’s, blink our eyes, and it’s Monday and we are back in our offices. Sucks. I am always torn between wanting to go-go-go on the weekend, or wanting to just stay home and hang out with the boys and relax. Except, there’s never much relaxing going on between inevitable housework, cleaning up the train of chaos that Bode leaves in his wake, and anything in between. Anywho, we stayed the weekend in Kansas City with my best friend and her husband. I went up Friday after work to have a girls night/girls morning with Mattie, and Jacob and Bode came up early the next afternoon. I think they enjoyed having a guys night…

Luckily for me, my friend Mattie is a master chef. I consider myself her sous chef, anything that I am able to make, she probably makes it taste and look better. I’m fine with that because the outcome is amazing food. Last summer, our moms and us went to San Antonio to visit Texas wine country. Our hotel had a restaurant on the bottom floor that looked out over the boardwalk, super cool. We had breakfast there a couple of times, and one of the items on the menu was Migas. If you don’t know what this amazing, delicious, Mexican breakfast is.. Click here to read The Pioneer Woman’s article and recipe for Migas. This is Mattie’s favorite recipe so that mean it’s the sh*t. I felt so spoiled getting breakfast made for me!

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Shortly later in the afternoon, Bode & Jacob got to town and hung out with Mattie’s husband Derek. We made a quick trip to the plaza because I desperately needed a new Royals shirt and I wanted to stop in Anthropologie to add to my kitchen collection. Ended up getting walking out with Tenpenny Ale shirt that I love, not Royals themed at all but oh well. I need to go back to Charlie Hustle and buy all the shirts.  The bargain of the day was getting 5 small bowls and a monogram coffee mug from Anthro for $31. Talk about scoring. Will post a picture later in this post!

Migas

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So back to the part about my Anthropologie steals! Five bowls and a mug for $31 is such a steal. I should’ve got more, dang it. I’m so obsessed with their dinnerware and coffee mugs, ob-freaking-sessed. But, it’s pricey so I always hit up the sales when I’m near a store. I also got a great bargain recently, my neighbor was selling this amazing Pier 1 dinner set so I scooped that up as fast as I could. Yesterday afternoon seemed like a good time to get all of my spring plates and bowl moved to the front of the cabinet!

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I tried to keep my diet pretty clean the rest of the day yesterday once we got home. I had plenty of unearned carbs over the weekend. I feel guilty about that.. I try not to feel guilty about eating the food that I love because we are all allowed room for error in our diets AND should be able to enjoy our food. Just have to make up for it by buckling down this week. So, lots of veggies it was. I’m obsessed with Vidalia Onion dressing right now. One serving is 2T. and I believe there are 6g of carbs and 0 grams of fat. I used just 1T. over my veggies for a little extra flavor and this little meal was amazing! You can this stuff at probably any grocery store, I find it at Wal-Mart. *This brand of dressing tends to be low in carbs and fat which is perfect! I highly suggest trying it, I have several flavors and I haven’t found one I didn’t like.* I realize no food or condiment is going to have the perfect macro nutrient lay-out and there’s always going to be less-than-ideal ingredients in anything that tastes good, moderation is key. I have to allow myself things that taste good whether it’s sweet or savory, or I will end up ruining days worth of eating well and balanced.

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All-in-all, it was a great weekend. So many things to enjoy this time of the year. The weather, the baseball, the cold beer. We have kind of got ourselves into a bad habit of not bringing the boys with us on outing with friends without kiddie’s, but Bode did so well this weekend and proved us wrong! He can follow rules sometimes 🙂 He had a pretty big weekend, he was over it by 7:45 last night.

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Boot-camp girls! This section is for you. I’m feeling so excited about class and all of the questions and interest I’ve been receiving that I’ve decided to do the first giveaway! The ONE & ONLY way to participate in this giveaway is to challenge yourself to get to class at least 3 days a week, for the entire month of May. That’s do-able! Total, that’s only 1 hour and 30 minutes of working out for the entire week. You got that! What’s the prize, you ask? $50 gift card to Lululemon! 757392ed2353301d928b43bc75c36ac5

Recap: You get up and come to 3 early AM classes a week (PM classes coming soon) for the whole month of May, and you’re entered to win. Lululemon is my very favorite brand of workout apparel so I am a little bit excited about this. I was going to wait, but I thought, what the heck! Use this giveaway to challenge and motivate yourself. That 5am alarm is early, but the results are totally worth it!

Fuel Your Friday

Happy Fri-Yay! This sunshine filled Friday afternoon has me in the best mood. Or perhaps it’s from the two workout’s I’ve already done today. Remember, Elle from Legally Blonde told us that exercise makes us happy. (Just one more reason why we should all be moving our bodies).

EndorphinsSo Friday’s are really important to me to kick my weekend off with the right foot forward. Early morning and/or lunch workouts are crucial for me. If I get that workout in on a Friday, I feel like I’ve earned the multiple cold beers and/or glasses of wine I will be consuming that night. Of course I drink during the week too (not every night, smart asses), just not as excessively as I would on a Friday or Saturday. Friday’s are the main ingredient to a perfect weekend. When I get home, I get the spend the entire night with my boys doing whatever we want to do until as late as we want to do it. No bed times. No rules. Well there are rules, but Bode doesn’t follow them and we only have Koop (the rule-follower) every other weekend.

Weekends allow me the extra time in the kitchen to make the meals me and my guys love. Sure, I have the time to make their favorites on a week night too, but it’s just not the same. It’s rushed, it’s sloppy, there’s chicken juice all over the place, chances of something being burnt are higher, I don’t have the company of dirty little hands getting into my clean food. I’m off on a tangent. Friday’s and the two days following are when I’m able to regroup and remind myself why I’m working out, eating healthy, and exhausting myself when I have so many other things I could or would like to be doing. My point is this: Friday counts, and you don’t want to sabotage the hard work you’ve been putting in all week on the first day of your weekend. No, no. If I’m blowing the lid off my diet this weekend, it’s going to be on some of the best Mexican food KC has to offer. But, I’m going to earn it and that’s by eating right, every other meal of the day. And sweating my booty off, of course.

Here’s how my Friday is shaping up:

4:45a wake up – drink some water, hydrate.

5:15a instruct bootcamp (post coming soon!)

6:00a protein shake + small green apple

7:15a scrambled eggs con salsa + 1/2 C. grapes + coconut oil coffee  (1 whole egg, 2 egg whites scrambled, topped with fresh salsa) Eggsconsalsa

9:45 finally got hungry again so I had a serving of raw almonds. these are one of my favorite snacks. so much variety. always refer to the nutritional information on whatever kind you chose. You don’t want anything high in carbs, like under 10 grams at the most.

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**I never got hungry again before my second workout at lunch. Had I felt hungry, I would have eaten something like a protein bar. Again, pay attention to the label on the back. If you don’t religiously do this, you need to start!**

12:15p HIIT workout (cardio + light weights)

1p protein shake

130p Quinoa Crisp & Tuna Salad (dressing is 1g of carbs per 2T and the quinoa crisps are 6g of carbs per 2T. i will take that! The last ingredient, pinto beans, were what I had left over, which add extra protein and a bit of carbs). This is the perfect post workout meal because you are replenishing all that energy you just burned with quick burning carbs.

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So that’s what I’ve got for the day. I honestly probably won’t get hungry again until it’s time for dinner. If I do, I will probably have 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado. Mix in your favorite seasonings and it’s perfect. If it’s weird for you to eat avocado with a spoon, mash it up and dip veggies in it.

We are having burgers tonight. Since I’m done working out for the day, I tapered my carbs after my last workout and will only consume carbs from veggies the rest of the day/evening. To make a hearty burger that will fill you up without being packed full of carbs, you have so many options.

My favorite low carb burger: cabbage bun (lettuce works too, but cabbage is a bit more durable to hold your ingredients in), place burger on top of cabbage, layer of spinach, layer of raw purple onion, a big ole spoonful of spicy guacamole, and top with another piece of cabbage.

-I forgot to strongly urge you to consume a large amount of water each day. As much as you can. There is a solid chance you aren’t going to overdo it with the water, and the benefits are endless. Starting with combating hunger and flushing our bodies of crap, resulting in less bloating and amazing skin.

Want more options for low carb burgers? Have questions about reading nutritional labels? Let me know!!!

Hump Day Coffee Talk

I’m a coffee ADDICT. Full-blown, can’t deny it. I drink never less than 2 cups of delicious, hot, beautiful coffee every day. Today’s post is going to be about one (of several) ways to turn your favorite caffeine boost into a hunger-fighting, fat-burning, cup of deliciousness.

Cup of Fat: If you are a coffee person, there’s a good chance you have heard about Bulletproof coffee, or butter coffee. Click here to read about it. I’ve never been a consumer of Bulletproof coffee, simply because the products are somewhat expensive and I can drink my coffee cold & black so I refused to spend the money. The concept is this: adding Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) into our coffee to ward off hunger by taking a dose of caffeine and fat straight to the brain (improving brain function and clarity). Wait, what? MCT’s are naturally occurring fatty acids in fats such as coconut oil. MCT’s provide us quicker energy because of the way they digest. “Bailie, I thought you said something about warding off hunger?” Oh yes! Because you are taking in 14+ grams of fat inside your cup of coffee, you have providing yourself with beneficial macro-nutrients your body needs, as well as keeping away the hunger pangs due to the slower digestion of fats. Kicking your morning off with a cup of (healthy) fat is one of the best ways to kick start your metabolism. Not to mention all of the other benefits coconut oil provides for us!

How do you make this? Easy. Brew a cup of coffee. Measure out a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil and drop ‘er into the hot java. The best option is to froth or blend. For an even creamier and richer coffee, you can add 1-2 T. grass-fed butter before you blend. Add a bit of cinnamon if you’d like. Yum! I’m totally addicted to this method of coffee. Keep in mind that you are consuming a serving a fat in this coffee, so be mindful about food your choices throughout the day to not over-do your fat consumption for the day.

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Grilled Zucchini Nachos

I know it’s been a while, but I’m trying to step my game back up. I’m about to start slinging blog posts left and right! Since having my little man in January, I’ve made drastic changes in my diet. I was (and still am) bound and determined to look and feel better than before I ever got pregnant and all my hard work and craziness is finally paying off. I’ve gotten into a gym routine that I love and I’ve found a diet (lifestyle change actually – read more about that here) that is so manageable and easy to stick to. Basically any of our favorite foods out there can be cleaned up a little bit and be perfectly acceptable to eat! Nachos are (or have been) a favorite in my household, but I have pretty much stopped making them because I hadn’t been able to find any substitute for chips that I found acceptable. (I know there are plenty of clean chip substitutes out there, I just prefer fresh veggeies if possible). Then today, it dawned on me. A very generous lady at work always brings in fresh veggies from her garden and this week she brought in these HUGE zucchini. And when I say huge, I mean like, so big you could use it as a weapon to hurt someone. “Stop right there! I’ll beat your ass with this giant zuccchini!”

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Anyways, here we have it…. Zucchini Nachos!!

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These were just the ingredients I used because they were on hand, use anything you’d like! (I wish I would have had shredded chicken!)

Ingredients:
1 LARGE Zucchini
1 Tomato
1/2 Avocado
Green Onions
Lime Juice
Black Beans
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Ground Black Pepper

*Brush olive oil on both sides of sliced zucchini and throw it on the griddle (grill or grill pan work too!)
*Shake some garlic powder and black pepper on both sides.
*Grill until browned on both sides.
*Cut up your veggies and throw ’em on top when your zucchini is done cooking.
*I don’t eat cheese, but my sister is little miss picky and doesn’t eat avocados so she was getting her healthy fats from cheese for lunch!

Strawberry Cake Shake

This morning I was hurting for time and am running pretty low on groceries so my breakfast options were limited. Sometimes, I can create something out of nothing. Sometimes, I ruin my appetite for the rest of the day by doing so. Not this time! This protein shake seriously takes just like my grandma’s strawberry cake sans all the sugar, carbs, and everything else God created to make us happy.

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Blend Together:
1 Scoop Vanilla Arbonne Protein Powder
1 Arbonne Pomegrante Fizz Stick
12 Ounces Water (more or less – whatever you want)
1 C. Strawberries
Ice – optional (I wanted mine to be thicker)

Healthy, fast, and detox approved!

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Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls

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I’m not sure of the caloric content on these, but I know it can’t be good if you eat the whole thing in one setting. Whoopsies.

1 C. Gluten Free Oatmeal
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I love Arbonnes Vegan Protein)
1/4 C. Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut
(Mix these dry ingredients well)

1/4 C. Raw Honey (or Agave)
1/2 C. Almond Butter (or Natural Peanut Butter)
(Mix these ingredients in with the dry and stir well)

*Use a cookie scoop, (cover if you want), place in fridge. Best if served cold.. But who am I kidding, I ate one or five before they went in the refrigerator.

 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Protein Shake

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It might be green, but it tastes like a cookie! I promise. I’m in the process of getting my pre-baby body back and subbing a meal or two a day with a fully packed protein shake is the way to go. I’m still nursing though, so I have to be creative with ways to still get in calories (enter: coconut oil, coconut butter, almond butter, peanut butter, the yummy possibilities are endless). Don’t worry nursing mommas, these healthy fats go straight to baby and not your ass. Just don’t go overboard. Try and follow the serving size. Usually one tablespoon is around 100-130 calories depending on what you are using. Anyways, here’s a yummy protein shake for ya!

8-12 oz. Almond Milk
1-2 Handfuls Spinach
1 Handful of Ice
1/3 C. GF Oats (regular oats are fine too)
2 Scoops Vanilla Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder
1 T. Peanut Butter
Cinnamon to taste

Blend the hell out of it and enjoy!

Heathified No Bakes Rolled in Coconut

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As my pregnancy is getting farther along, I’m trying to really curb my sugar intake. Which I should be doing all the time, but let’s be real. These “healthier” no bakes are so, so, so good! It would have probably made at least 5 more balls, but I couldn’t quit eating them as I was rolling them in coconut.

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Here’s the recipe:
1 C. Oats (I used old-fashioned)
1/3 C. Cocoa Powder
1/2 C. Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Honey
2 T. Melted Coconut Oil
1 t. Vanilla
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Instructions:
1. Blend the oats in a blender until it becomes flour. Pour into a bowl and add in the cocoa.
2. In a different bowl, combine the liquid ingredients. Peanut butter, honey, melted coconut oil, and vanilla.
3. Combine the two mixtures well, cover, and stick in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
4. Use a cookie scoop to form into balls, mine is about the size of a tablespoon. Roll in the coconut and try not to eat the whole bowl before you’re done. They are so good!

This is a slightly different variation than a recipe made by @cleansimplefoodie on Instagram. This girl has some of the most amazing looking treats and they are all CLEAN versions of the deliciousness I crave. I foresee myself making probably every single one of her recipes.

Lemon-Mustard Glazed Turkey Cutlets

Yesterday morning as I was making my daily morning omelet, I laid out what I thought was a package of frozen over ground turkey. When I came back about 30 minutes later, I realized it was turkey cutlets and I thought, “ah, crap.” I can usually disguise ground turkey or ground chicken as hamburger meat when I feed it to the boys, but Jacob can definitely tell the difference between a piece of turkey and a piece of chicken. Oh, the joys of being married to the pickiest man in the world. He’s probably going to be pissed after he reads this and realizes what I put in this meal that he didn’t know was there. Muahaha.

Here’s your ingredients:
1-2 lbs. Turkey Cutlets (I bet this works just fine with chicken or pork chops as well)
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. Dijon Mustard
2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
2 T. Lemon Juice (or half of one real lemon)
2 T. Minced Garlic (less if you aren’t a garlicky person, I use the crap out of it – obviously)
1 tsp. Rosemary leaves
Lemon Pepper Seasoning (I love Mrs. Dash)
Pink Himalayan Salt to taste (regular salt is fine – but Kosher tastes the best)

Sidenote: these are just guestimates on the ingredients, I never measure anything. Unless I’m baking.


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Here’s where Jacob is going to freak. I had some chopped up onions in my fridge, so I put about a handful in my little salsa blender and blended those bad boys until they were so fine you couldn’t tell they were onions. Add the onions, garlic, and olive oil into a large skillet and sauté over medium high heat. Since the onions are so fine, you can’t really tell when they become transparent so when it really starts smelling like heaven, you’re good. Cover the turkey on one side with the lemon pepper and face that side down in the skillet. Then cover the other side with the lemon pepper. You’ll cook each side for about 5 minutes.

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The help. Kooper is always playing some sort of Lego’s or motorcycles in the middle of the floor while I make dinner and Beau is usually just in the way. Last night though, he just stood and stared at his reflection in the dishwasher for like 5 minutes. Weirdo.

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Oh, back to this deliciousness. After you flip these guys over to the second side, after about 2 minutes you’re going to add your other ingredients on top. I mixed the lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and rosemary in a little bowl and set it to the side until I was ready for it. Pour onto of the turkey, some will run off, and let it simmer for another 2-4 minutes. I’d cut each piece of turkey open, too, to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

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And voila! I ate mine with just my “famous” green beans (sauteed in a pan with garlic and pepper), but I also made mac and cheese for the boys. Plus, green beans are just about the only vegetable I can get Jacob and Kooper to eat without forcing their hand. With this big ole boy in my belly, I’m watching my diet pretty close and macaroni and cheese doesn’t make the list. Damn it. I thought this stuff was pretty awesome. I could tell Jacob was a tad unsure because he could taste something that wasn’t quite right to him (mustard and onions), but Kooper was completely clueless and he loved it! My job here is done.

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Lemon Mustard Glazed Turkey Cutlets
Ingredients:
1-2 lbs. Turkey Cutlets
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. Dijon Mustard
2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
2 T. Lemon Juice (or half of one real lemon)
2 T. Minced Garlic
1 tsp. Rosemary leaves
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Pink Himalayan Salt to taste

Instructions:
1. Sauté minced garlic (and onions if you choose) with olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
2. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on both sides of (thawed) turkey cutlets and place in skillet, cooking 5 minutes on each side.
3. While the turkey is cooking, combine dijon mustard, worcestshire sauce, lemon juice, rosemary, and salt in small bowl.
4. When turkey has roughly 3 minutes left on the second side of cooking, pour the mixture on top of each cutlet. Some with run off, and that’s fine. Simmer for 2-4 more minutes. Cut each piece open in the middle with a knife to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
5. Serve with any vegetable of your choice for a low carb, healthier option! You can do macaroni and cheese if you have a 5 year old and a husband who has the diet of a 5 year old like myself.

Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee Protein Shake

I have been debating for a while on putting recipes on my blog, so this afternoon I decided… Why not? This recipe already existed, but I modified it a little bit to add coffee even though I can’t have the coffee ( already maxed myself out for the day). It was delicious though, tasted just like the real thing. Also, it’s perfect if you’re craving something sweet, but trying to watch your sugar.

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8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (or whatever is recommended on your protein of choice)
8-10 oz. unflavored coffee (decaf in my case)
1 T. honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
Handful of ice

Dump all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Make sure you don’t over blend it, though, or it will just be liquid instead of iced. This also works if you just want to blend everything except the ice, pour it on top of the ice, and have a little on the rocks drink. Enjoy!