Five on Friday, 2 recipes included!

1.  I set a goal this week to eat more fruits which I’m happy to say I’ve done!  And I’ve been feeling great about it! So glad I no longer fear eating lots of fruit:)  Here is one of my favorite things I’ve made this week as a pre-workout breakfast.  Banana Coconut “nice” cream! (Wish I could remember where I first saw it called nice cream.  So fitting)  If you haven’t tried banana as ice cream, do it! It really is nice too.  Nice for our bodies, tastebuds, and animals:) And it’s actually great for anytime of day.  I will post the recipe at the bottom of the post.

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2. At the beginning of this week I came across some stuff about the 80/10/10 diet and the Banana Girl Diet.  For some reason I am very intrigued by this way of eating!! I mean seriously that’s a lot of fruit!  But it seems to work for a lot of people and that’s great:)    I think I might try it, just to try it.  Likely only for a week or so.  I like to try new things just to educate myself on different diets and to, of course, find how my body thrives with different eating styles.   By experimenting with different ways of eating I found that I enjoy and do well on a good amount of healthy fats with moderate carbs and protein.  I’ve also found that I am more satisfied in the morning  and have better digestion  when I have a more carb and fat filled breakfast (i.e. oat bran and nut butter) than a higher protein breakfast (i.e. an omelet with veggies).  So although this high carb low fat vegan diet is a bit different than what I’m used to, it’s nothing like I’ve ever tried before and so why not?  I’ve never really done that high of a carb/fruit diet and I’d like to see how my body reacts to it.  Who know’s it might be really cool.  At least for a bit.  I can’t stay away from my avocados and nuts for too long;)

3.  Mr. K is definitely a cool cat but he is also TROUBLE!!  Somehow he bit the tiniest hole in a tube on the side of the refrigerator that goes to the ice machine causing a small leak.  Good thing is he adorable and lovable the majority of the time.  We sure do like him:)

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4.  After taking on the challenge of having a different breakfast everyday of October, I noticed my dinners were often the same!  So this month I had a plan in my head to switch up dinner as much as possible.  I set a goal to have a different dinner at least 4 nights a week.  Well so far I’ve had a different dinner every night this month!!  Several of the nights have been soup (it’s just been so chilly!) but always a different soup of course:)  I will share my recipe for carrot ginger soup below!

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5.  Last thing for this week, I am an Aunt for the 16th time  (on my side of the family)!!!  My older brother and his girlfriend welcomed a new baby boy into the world on 11/12/13!  He is super adorable.  I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet as they live a ways away but hopefully I can soon!  I’m so happy for them!

Now for those Recipes:

Banana Coconut “Nice” Cream

Serves 1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 TB of canned coconut milk (note: I like to freeze leftover canned coconut milk in ice cube trays to use for smoothies and such.  I measure 1 TB into each cube, so for this recipe I used 2 cubes:)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1-2 TB if needed

Blend everything together until smooth.  Top with anything you’d like or eat plain and enjoy!

My toppings of choice were 1 tsp each of chia seeds, coconut butter, and bee pollen.

Carrot Ginger Soup with Smoky Tofu

Serves 1 (can be easily doubled, tripled, etc)

for the soup:

  • 2 med-large carrots, peeled and sliced. (about 1 1/2-2 cups)
  • 2 TB canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 oz firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of braggs liquid aminos (or equivalent i.e. soy sauce, tamari, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

for the tofu topping:

  • 1 oz tofu, pressed and cubed or sliced
  • 1 tsp braggs liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • a handful of fresh cilantro

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  marinade the topping tofu in the aminos and acv for a couple minutes and then pop it in the oven for 8 min.  flip and do 8 min. more until it reaches a firm texture that’s a little crispy on the outside. ( I think I ended up doing about 20 min but don’t really remember now so just check every 8 minutes and flip each time:)

3.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add in the carrots and grated ginger on medium heat.  Let cook for about 1 minute then add the broth, coconut milk, and seasonings.

4.  Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat slightly.  Add i the 2 oz of tofu and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until carrots are cooked through.

5.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

6.  Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree your soup.

7.  Place in a bowl and top with cilantro and tofu topping.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope you will try these recipes out and as always let me know if you do.

What is your favorite fruit?

Do you tend to have the same things for dinner a few times a week?

 

 

 

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Five on Friday

For the past couple weeks Dom has been very busy with work.  Which of course is a blessing but its left me having to keep my self entertained during times when we would normally be hanging out.  It has given me the opportunity to catch up on some blog reading though so that’s always fun of course. So I thought I’d just do some link love today and share are some of my favorite things I’ve read or watched this week. Thank Darci  for hosting.

1. How to get flat abs…and rule the world This is not the shallow post you might think it is.  Read it.  Pretty much all of it really resonated with me.  I especially love #s 1, 3, and 4.

2.  Batdad Need a laugh, watch this.  Hilarious!

3.  Coconut oil face wash  My skin has been very uncool lately.  I’ve tried a few different products, including one that has always worked for me in the past but still I’m breaking out.  I don’t feel its diet related either since nothing has really changed. So I was looking up some reviews on a few more natural products and came across this blog post.  I’m totally trying this!  I knew coconut oil was good for skin but I didn’t know it was also good for acne and oily skin. I will let you know how it goes!

4. Can we feed 7 billion people?  I try not to waste food as much as possible.  But this makes me want to be even more diligent at not being wasteful.  This really puts things in perspective.

5.  Neil from GPP Fitness posted this on the gpp website last week and I thought it was really great.  Just another reason why I GPP♥♡. “Question from the Internet about GPP programming. “Hi there.  I’ve been following the site for a while.  I’ve done a few of the workouts here and there, but am afraid of getting big muscles.  So, I cut the weight dramatically and just plain skip heavy days.  Can I get the same results?” Nope. Look, there can be no doubt that GPP will put some “yolk” on a person.  The rigors of daily life demand a greater physicality than most people walk around with.  This leaves them woefully unprepared for  – well, virtually everything.  Greater physicality is the (positive, in our opinion) side effect of obtaining optimal health.  Most folks revel in this new, healthier look. Unfortunately there are some who, for one reason or another, still buy in to that “Cocaine Chic” look.  It’s a shame.  It’s not healthy.  Most “ideal body images” promoted by the popular media (Barbie, Waif, Jersey Shore Goomba) aren’t – unless you are naturally built like it to begin with. Let’s not over-state this increase in muscle mass though.  To think you’d gain a ton of muscle on GPP training is a ridiculous thought.  Especially for females.  Our males tend to gain much more mass than our females.  This is due to chemical and hormonal differences between the sexes.  But, even the males who are looking to “bulk up” are better served by a combination of GPP and the addition of our “Shaping, or Strength” protocol.  GPP just wasn’t intended to add bulk.  The look we obtain from training for optimal health is a very long and lean one.  Using our protocol for bodybuilding types of pursuits is ill-advised.  In fact, if you presented our training to bodybuilders (those in- the-know) as a viable sub for their training, you’d be laughed at.  Bodybuilding and mass building are very unique pursuits with their own specific protocol. People spend years training to gain mass.  Years and years.  To think somehow that you might just stumble into piles of mass by using protocol not specifically designed for it, is just plain silly to imagine.  Especially if you are female.  Especially if you are eating right.  Especially if you’ve taken specific steps to NOT gain mass (doing the workouts as recommended, but going a bit lighter is a viable sub). Bottom line is, you will definitely see changes in your body due to compliance with daily GPP protocol.  You’ll not avoid this.  These changes are healthy and look good ON!  However, not everyone likes the look of these changes (although we can’t imagine why).  Some are dead-set to look unhealthy.  The only way this can happen is to BE unhealthy. To answer your question.  “No – you can’t take something intended to help you achieve Optimal Health, mess with it, and expect to get the same results.”  ”

Hope you enjoyed some or all of these! Leave me your thoughts in the comments if you did!

Have a great weekend!

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