Recap of October Goals and Breakfasts!

Welcome to Monday.  Hope it was a great weekend for everyone!

I’m a few days behind seeing as how we are already a few days into November!  Oops!  But I want to make sure I finish recapping my breakfasts from the month as well as recapping the rest of my October Goals.

As for my goals I reached my goal of participating in the October Breakfast Challenge!  I was able to have a different breakfast everyday of the month and I loved it!  It helped me come up with a few new recipes that I otherwise wouldn’t have and also try several new to me recipes from others that were also awesome!

Here are a few more of my favorite breakfasts from the month:

IMG_20131025_074016I saw this recipe on Kylie’s instagram feed.  But it might be on her blog as well.  It is a pumpkin peanut butter overnight breakfast cookie!  It was super yummy and so easy! I topped mine with banana slices.

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This was a high protein buckwheat pancake that I made based on a recipe from peachypalate.com.

Here is what I did:  1/4 cup peanut flour+1/4 buckwheat flour (I just ground up raw buckwheat groats)+1/2 tsp baking powder+1-2 TB of pumpkin puree+1/4 coconut milk+1/4 cup of water+plus some cinnamon.  Mix everything together and cook just like any pancake!

I topped mine with homemade almond butter, banana slices, and my strawberry lime chia jam!

My final breakfast of the month was a very approriate for Halloween because of the orange color!!  Recipe below.

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Banana Sweet Potato Chia Pudding Parfait

Serves 1

Banana Layer:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/2 liquid of choice (i.e. almond milk, coconut milk, water)
  • 1 TB Chia seeds

Sweet Potato Layer:

  • 2.5 oz cooked sweet potato
  • 1 TB peanut flour (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of liquid of choice
  • 1 TB Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • cinnamon to taste

Nut butter Layers

  • 2 TB Peanut flour
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 TB nut butter of choice (I used almond butter)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water

1.  Blend together banana, oatmeal, and liquid in a blender, place in bottom of jar and mix in chia seeds.

2. Mix together ingredients for the nut butter layer until it reaches a thick sauce consistency.  Top banana layer with 1/2 of the nut butter mix.

3.  Blend together all ingredients for the sweet potato layer except chia seeds.  Mix in chia after blending and place into jar.

4.  Top with the remainder of the nut butter sauce.

5.  Optional:  not with cacao nibs or mixed nuts/seeds for some added texture and crunch:)

Let me know what you think if you try any of these out!

As for my other goals:

Study my Scriptures everyday:  I did still miss just a few days but I was more focused while reading this time and I feel I got more out of them this month than I have.  Still something to work on:)

Prioritize my time better:  I ended up being very busy this month!  Which is a good thing and I feel like a got a lot done this month that will help me reach my career goals so I’m very happy:)

Well that’s all for October!  Now it’s time to embrace this new month of November!  This is one of my favorite months because it really starts to feel like the holiday season and it also includes my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving of course!!  Although I could definitely do without the freezing cold weather!! Anyway, no real new goals for the month.  Just want to focus on being thankful for all I have during the month and enjoying this time of year!

Have a wonderful day!

Hannah

 

 

 

 

Over the Weekend…

I got a cat! He is pretty cool. My good friend Rachel called me on Friday night and asked if I wanted a kitten that her husband had rescued.  Of course we said yes.  He is super cute, loves to cuddle, and in Rachel’s words his personality is 10 out of 10:) it took us awhile to choose a name but I think we are going to name his Mr. Katsby and we will call him Mr. K for short (after Mr. K from the show Go On

, because that character is hilarious)!

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Over the weekend…

we also did a Color Run to raise money for people in our area that have lost property during the wildfires this summer.  I’m glad we were able to attend.  I’m also very glad that I ran the whole thing!  It was a 5k so 3.1 miles, and I honestly have not run over a mile in on go in a long time, at least a year.  I couldn’t believe it!  It just goes to show that sticking with a good clean diet and following GPP workouts will keep you physically fit and prepared for whatever life throws at you.  I’m proud of my husband to for joining me and finishing before me!  Really I’m proud of my whole family (at least all who were there) for taking part! Thanks, Mom for inviting us!

Over the weekend…

I watched General Conference.  If you don’t know that is a 2 day conference that’s televised and put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where the prophet and church leaders speak.  It happens every 6 months.  There were some great talks. I felt very inspired and encouraged after it.  Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from them:

IMG_20131007_142719Over the weekend…

We had company for dinner!  I made homemade gluten free pizza. (as one of our guests has Celiac’s Disease)  I made 1 completely vegan mostly for me:)  and 2 cheese and veggie pizzas.  I followed this recipe minus the tomato sauce-I just used store bought;)  I think it turned out pretty good, although I need to remember to bake the crust a little longer next time!  The vegan cheese sauce was fantastic though and I will probably be making it again:)

This is before it was baked, the "cheese" browns up nicely, suprisingly enough:)

This is before it was baked, the “cheese” browns up nicely, surprisingly enough:)

Overall it was a fun and busy weekend.  How was yours?!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Do you have any pets?

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!

♥♡

Do You Know…

…the secret to smooth creamy hummus??!!

I didn’t until recently.

A couple of months ago I decided to make homemade hummus all the time instead of buying it all the time! It seemed like we were always out of the stuff!  My husband goes through hummus very fast!!  I help out of course!  I love hummus on everything from salads to wraps to dressings to ripped up seaweed sheets!  He loves it on Beanitos and that’s mostly it:) I figured making it at home would be much cheaper.

The problem:  the hummus tasted yummy but was not very smooth and creamy like the store bought versions!  I did a quick Google search and found out the secret to making homemade hummus is peeling off the skins of the chickpeas before blending!!   It certainly takes a little more time (12-15 minutes per can) but sooooo worth it!

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Here is my recipe for classic hummus.  And as always, switch up the measurements to fit your preferences:)

Classic Hummus

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 4 TB tahini
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup water

1.  Rinse chickpeas, peel off skins, rinse again.

2.  Place chickpeas in a medium saucepan, cover with water and let them cook up a little.  Just enough so that they are warm <—–this step also helps with the smooth/creamy factor!!

3.  While the chickpeas are warming up, place remaining ingredients except the water in a food processor.  Blend just for a few seconds to combine.

4.  Drain chickpeas and add them into the food processor.

5.  Blend for a bit until well combined.  Add the water, a little at a time and keep on blending until it reaches your desired consistency.  (More water is best as it tends to thicken up in the fridge.)

6.  Enjoy!

Beanitos, carrots, and hummus!! Yum.

Beanitos, carrots, and hummus!! Yum.

I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

Video; Why Are You So Skinny?

I watched this video today.  Now it’s your turn

First of all I really admire Amanda Russell for posting this video.  She is strong, healthy, and encouraging.  I’ve never felt anything but happy (and maybe a little scared of the workouts;)  when I have watched her videos!  I’ve done several of her workouts and I love them.  Short, effective, and to the point.   Totally my style;)

Anyway, this video really resonated with me as I have gone through similar things as her.  I’m naturally smaller in size so I hear things like:

“You need to eat a cheeseburger”  “You are so bony”  “Do you ever eat?”  etc.

Although these may not sound that hurtful they really can be.  For me these were really hurtful because I have gone through my own struggles of undereating, then overeating, being underweight, having a super hard time gaining at all.  Plus as Amanda pointed out in the video, it’s embarrassing when someone says that to you in front of a group of your friends/peers.  It’s also frustrating when people underestimate my strength because I’m “skinny”.  Skinny people are strong too!!  Luckily  I’m at a good place now and I’m comfortable in my body. As you get older I guess things fall into place:)  I wanted to share this video though because I think this is a really important reminder to not judge others on their body type.  Whether they are short, tall, skinny, curvy, etc.  We all have the right to feel good and confident in our own skin.  You never know what someone is going through.  You never know where someone is at in their journey of finding confidence and peace with their bodies.  The only comments you should make to others about their appearance are positive encouraging ones.

Maybe being small isn’t your struggle.  On the other end of the spectrum you should never tell anyone they need to stop eating because they are overweight!  I know a couple people who were told “have you ever thought about not eating so much and going on a diet?”  Well guess what that person was working on losing weight and had lost a good amount of weight already!  How hurtful that would be to hear that when you were trying so hard in the first place.

So just remember next time you think about judging someone harshly on their body, DON’T.

Forget about that saying “Real Women are—insert your own adjective here—“.  I hate that saying because it’s never true. Real women are just that.  Real. Unique.

We are all beautiful no matter our shape or size.   And we all have our secret struggles.  Never ever put someone down.  You don’t know what your hurtful words could lead to.

Let’s all try and be a lot more kind and a lot less  judgmental.

Show compassion and give more compliments!

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Bye for now, beautiful people.

Why Today is Amazing

Today is amazing for many reasons.

The weekend was awesome and it put me in such a positive mood for the day.

Saturday consisted of sleeping in

tree decorating

Pretty!

Pretty!

Christmas Shopping (Pretty much done!!)

and crossing things off our 24 Days of Togetherness countdown:)

Including wearing red and green:)

Including wearing red and green:)

It was wonderful.  We ended the night at Chipotle then came home to make Christmas cookies:)

I made my version of these and dom made peanut butter m&m cookies.

So yummy.

Sunday I worked with my sister and that was great because she’s great:)

After work we went to a Christmas party with my old co-workers and it was so fun and great to see some old friends:)

Another amazing thing.  I’m on day six of no calorie counting!! I’ve been counting for over 2 years.  It was helpful at first but I feel it’s been doing more harm than good the past several months and it just drives me CRAZY and it was time to quit it.  I’ve tried to several times and this time it’s working.  I made a decision last week to quit, said a little prayer in my head that I would be able to do it, and I did it!  I’ve heard people say how freeing it is to finally be able to quit counting calories and let me tell you, they are right!  It’s a strange amazing feeling!  It made going out to eat on Saturday night so much more enjoyable as well as enjoying a couple of cookies Saturday night without worrying so much about the numbers.  I feel great as well.  I had so many worries about quitting.  Stupid things like I will all of the sudden gain weight because I will be eating too much! Or I won’t be eating enough and all of my hard work in the gym will be worthless, etc.  Well those things don’t seem to be happening.  If anything I’ve been able to listen to my body more and eat when I need to and don’t eat when I’m not hungry instead of relying on getting x amount of calories during the day.   I’m just so grateful:)

Another reason today is AMAZING:

I had such a good lower body workout today full of leg presses, squats, leg extensions, etc.  I’m thinking I’ll be sore tomorrow.

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I’ve been increasing weight on several things pretty consistently lately (Plantpower, baby!)  including today!  Whoop whoop! 🙂  I struggle with added muscle in my legs but I’ve been seeing some muscle sneak in!  Feels good to be reaching my goals.

So that’s why today is great for me:)

What is making your day amazing?

Favorite Things In October

Can you believe it’s November already?!  October seemed to fly by.  Probably because it was such a fun month:)

Today I have some of my favorite things from October.

Favorite Activites:

Apple Picking ❤

Dom’s Birthday Party!

Color Run.

Halloween Party:)

Favorite Foods:

So many good meals this month.  I tried to  incorparate more plant based meals for the Plantpower Challenge which I really enjoyed but I also enjoyed other things as well:)

Breakfast has usually been TVP “Oats” with a coconut pumpkin cream mixed in.  Other days it’s been soy yogurt with pumpkin, Coconut flour, oats, and chia. So yummy:)

I have been loving eggs for lunch, particular wrapped in seaweed or collard greens.  For the sauce I usually mash up some avocado with horseradish or regular mustard.  So so good:)

Egg Scramble Seaweed Wrap

Collard Wraps with Tempeh covered in a clean BBQ sauce and extra veggies. (BBQ sauce recipe from Laura at Sprint2thetable)

I’ve made this Pumpkin Alfredo twice already but I’ve been enjoying it just as soup with some extra protein and veggies on the side.   It’s so creamy:) Sorry no picture though.

Favorite Blog Posts From Others:

It’s Called Living A great post and words I really needed to hear about not labeling any meal as a cheat meal.

i don’t do perfection A good reminder for me as I am still new at blogging and sometimes I feel like everyone is so much better than me at living a healthy balanced life but apparently they aren’t, and neither am I. <—proof:  I mean look at that poorly constructed run on sentence.

There were so many others but these posts really stuck with me:)

It’s been a great month.  I’ve had some great workouts as well. I will give you an update on those soon:)

But for now I gotta head to the bank before it closes!

Love, Hannah

What was your favorite thing about October?

 

Pranks, Colors, and Costumes

Hey all, I hope everyone had a great weekend.   I certainly did and it all started on Friday night:)

So last week at work Rachel came up with a great idea of starting a youtube channel that we could use to upload videos of  us doing different pranks/social experiments around Boise.  She’s a genius so of course I agreed to it.   So we are calling ourselves Boise Pranks.  The group consists of Rachel, her husband, my husband, and me:)  And you can find us here.  We recorded our first video on Friday night and we had a blast!  I can’t wait to do more.

Saturday was another great day.  That morning I did the color run with 2 of my sisters and my mom:)

here we are:

Before

After

It was our first time doing the color run and we had a great time! Although It was pretty dang cold.  Hopefully we will do it next year too.

That night we went to a Halloween party at a friends/co-workers house:)  It was a blast.  Here is what Dom and I dressed as:

Dom: Me at work. haha he did pretty good posing and smiling like me.
Me: A Paper Doll

I must say, Dom did a pretty good job of being me.  It was rather amusing and slightly embarrassing.

Love my friends!

I’m so glad we went.  I was a little hesitant to go just because I’m a bit of a homebody but we had such a good time.  And surprisingly enough we stayed out past 10!  We got home around 1:30 A.M.  Haha, we don’t do that often.

And Sunday was for relaxing with the hubby.

I love the weekends.  But now it’s Monday and I have some dishes to do.

Stay happy:)

Birthday Kind of Weekend

How was everyone’s weekend?!  Mine was busy but fun!  It spilled over into yesterday so that’s even better.

Saturday we went to the park for a birthday party for one of my nieces.  She is adorable and it was a lot of fun.  That girl is OBSESSED with my little pony. And cake.  But who isn’t?

Addie loving on some cake

On Saturday I also tried Beanitos for the first time.  I got the ones with flax.  Those things are pretty dang tasty and good for you too!

Sunday was also awesome.  Sunday morning I went to church and when I got home I got the house ready for a dinner party.  We had some of Dom’s family over for his birthday (which was on Monday).  It turned  out great I thought.  I made some of these:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Recipe from Courtney @ sweettoothsweetlife.com

I didn’t end up having any because there was milk in them and I’ve given up dairy but I hear they were pretty great.  How could they not be though, chocolate+peanut butter=always delicious.

And for dinner: TACOS!!  Seriously homemade tacos are my favorite.  I grew up eating them at least once a month and I just never get sick of them:)

Tacos made with ground turkey breast

It was a fun night.

For Dom’s real birthday we went out to eat at the Cheesecake Factory.  I decided to try the Seared Ahi Tuna Tataki Salad.  I had never had Ahi tuna before and so I’m not sure how it was supposed to taste but I couldn’t even finish the tuna.  It was just…bad.  The fish was very heavy and…limp.  I mean I know it was raw but I’ve had sashimi before and loved it.  The sashimi I had before was very fresh and delicious but this was not:( I’m hoping that Ahi tuna actually is delicious and that I just got a poor quality dish or something because it always looks so tasty!  Anyway the salad part was great.  It was a mix of greens, tomato, and avocado with a sesame soy dressing and some wasabi pesto.

After dinner Dom talked me into watching Dawn of the Dead.  He’s been wanting me to see it since oh, I guess the start of our relationship!  Since it was his birthday I gave in.  I watched probably about half the movie and then I couldn’t take it anymore.  Zombies don’t scare me they just gross me out. Eww.  Hey I tried.  At least I don’t have to ever watch a zombie movie again:) Dom did feel bad at least that he had forced me to watch it;) 😉

Well that’s it for now.

xo

Do you like zombie movies?

Do you like seared ahi tuna?