What is Heavy Lifting and a Brave Fitness Workout #2

Hello friends!

It’s about time I get another post up!

These days my workouts look like this:

Monday:  Legs/shoulders

Tuesday:  Biceps and Back (Pulling muscles) + a cardio booster at the end (I like to finish with these, aka as metabolic finishers, just to push myself a little bit more:)

Wednesday:  Full Body Bodyweight circuit

Thursday:  Core and Deadlifts or Good Mornings + plus some sprints

Friday:  Chest/Tris (Pushing muscles) + a cardio booster at the end

Yoga is also thrown in from time to time.  (But not often enough!)

As you can see most of my workouts are strength training and  I’ve really been enjoying this set up lately.  It works great for me:)  I’ve had a couple people on different occasions ask me how they know if they are lifting heavy enough so I want to address that today, but first here are some benefits of strength training:

  • Increases metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories throughout the day, even at rest
  • Slims you down
  • Helps strengthen bones and connective tissues which will protect you from injury and prevent osteoporosis
  • Boosts confidence and help you feel empowered—might sound cheesy but I promise it’s true.  Remember how doing deadlifts fights stress/depression by boosting the feel good hormone in your body? 🙂
  • Helps to make everyday tasks (i.e. carrying groceries, lifting and carrying kids, helping someone move, etc) that much easier

So many good things go along with strength training!

Before really getting into working out I thought lifting a 5# dumbbell 100 times was where it was at and I know some may still think this.  I promise you that isn’t serving you any purpose except to make you bored and waste your time.  You must put actual stress on the muscle to create any sort of change and to reap any of the aforementioned benefits!

“But I don’t want to get bulky.”  You won’t.  It takes a lot of effort, food, and time to build big muscles.  For women especially, we simply don’t have the testosterone levels to bulk up as much as men.   But if you want to build strength and burn fat to help you out in everyday life than you must lift a weight heavy enough to stimulate change.  Here are the basics on how I usually go about picking a weight:

For beginners:

  • Pick a weight that you can lift no more than 12-15 reps.

For Veterans:

  • Pick a weight that you can lift no more than 8-12 reps.

For Both:  

  • If you can’t reach the lower number without losing form or injuring your form, pick a lower weight for now.
  • If you can lift past the higher number, time to go heavier!

So simple right?!  Now that you know, go and do it and reap the benefits!

Today’s workout is actually a body weight workout.  Let’s not forget the benefits of lifting your own body!  I love doing at least one bodyweight workout a week because you can really get in such a good workout without any weights or extra equipment!  It’s all about balance right?

10-1 Burpee Ninja Workout

  • round 1:  10 burpees, 1 ninja jump tuck
  • round 2:  9 burpees, 2 ninja jump tucks
  • round 3: 8 burpees, 3 ninja jump tucks
  • Continue this pattern until you finish the last round of 1 burpee and 10 ninja jump tucks

This workout is pretty short and is for time.  Push yourself and see how fast you can complete it!  It took me about 13 minutes!

Good luck and as always let me know if you try it!

 

 

 

 

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Job talk and a Smoothie Recipe

Happy Monday to you!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I guess whether or not you had a good weekend would have to depend on if you are a Broncos or a Seahawks fan;)

I myself don’t get into football or the superbowl for that matter.  This year I was happy for the outcome though because my Mom is from Seattle and she and my Dad are big Seahawks fans!  Plus Seattle is one of my favorite places.

Anyway, it’s a bit of a weird week for me because Friday was my last day working at the coffee shop that I’ve worked at for 7 years!  It was a good job and I worked with even better people, but it is time to move on.  When I say move on, I mean it’s time for me to stay at home all day watching my “soaps” and eating spoonfuls of coconut oil mixed with peanut butter.  Ok maybe that’s what I wish it meant;) What it really means is that I’m now going to really be focusing on building my Personal Training business, Brave Fitness, LLC.  I’m very happy about that but I’m also very nervous.  It’s a big change for me, I’m nervous and excited and a little overwhelmed all at the same time.

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I saw this on instagram last week and thought it really applied to my life at the moment:)

I want to give a shout out to my husband, one of my best friends, Tasha, and my Mom for being so super supportive and encouraging when I have felt overwhelmed at this big change:)  If anyone has any advice on building up a successful personal training business I’m all ears!

Moving on to this Monday morning, as I’ve mentioned recently I’ve been doing more weight lifting again and I’m loving it!  I’m also really loving mixing up my post-workout smoothies, trying to fit as much goodness and nutrition in them as I can!  Here is what I had today after a heavy leg workout:

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Cherry and Lime Mango Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 frozen cherries
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen beets
  • 1/2-1 TB each: fresh parsley and cilantro
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 water

Place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice if needed.

Optional: top with bee pollen and hemp seeds.

I hope you will try this out!  And in case you are worried about the veggie taste, don’t be.  All you will taste is the sweetness from the protein and the fruit:)

Have a great day!

Brave Fitness Workout #1

Hello!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I sure did!  Saw a great movie with my Mom (Saving Mr. Banks), church on Sunday morning, and then picked up the husband from the airport:)  It’s so good to have him home again.  And lucky for him, he was home in time to watch the Golden Globes with me;)

Did anyone else watch?  I thought Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were pretty funny!  And here are a couple of my favorite dresses from the night.

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GG14_LizzyCaplanLizzy Caplan.  Love this fun unique gown on her!  Definitely love the shape on top!

Well that’s enough fashion talk.  What I really want to share with you today is my workout from this morning!  As I mentioned for my 2014 goals, I want to start sharing more workouts with you!  So here is the first Brave Fitness Workout post.

This workout has it all.  Strength, cardio, core!  You’ll love it!  At least I hope you do:) Plus, you don’t need any equipment and you can do this from your living room. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy!  This is definitely a challenge.

Do 5 rounds for time.  (If you don’t have time or you just aren’t up for all 5 rounds then just do 3 or 4.  Or however many works for you.  Let the workout serve you.  Don’t serve the workout.)

Try to limit breaks so you can keep the cardio aspect in there aka keep the heart rate elevated!

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I hope you will try this out!  If you do let me know.  If you have any questions, don’t hestitate to ask!

Before I go I want to wish a very  happy birthday to my oldest sister Audrey!  I love and appreciate her so much!  She is one of my biggest supporters for sure.   And she is absolutely beautiful inside and out!

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Now go workout;)

If you watched, did you have a favorite dress from the Golden Globes?

Favorite Meals of the Week

Happy Friday everyone!!

Any fun weekend plans?  Dom is out of town on business 😦  so I don’t have any major plans.  But I will be seeing Saving Mr. Banks with my parents and watching the Golden Globes on Sunday:)  Anyone else?!

Today I want to share some of my favorite meals of the week.

First up this Easy Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad from Oh She Glows! It’s excellent.  And tastes really similar to the really thing.  No joke!  I might even prefer the taste of this because of the good chewy texture.

I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast on rice cakes before my workout as well as on top of a big green salad.  The recipe makes a good amount so you can have it throughout the week:)

large (2)Another recipe I’m loving: Salt +Vinegar Kale Mashed Potatoes from Edible Perspective.  I’m a big fan of the salt and vinegar combo.  I use to eat a lot of salt and vinegar chips when I was younger.  I would get chapped lips from eating so many (weirdo, right?!) Anyway, I don’t eat so many chips these days but I still love the flavor.  I’ve enjoyed them with salmon and veggies which was great!  But my favorite way is to serve them with a fried egg, a good serving of avocado, and a little nutritional yeast!  Sorry I didn’t get a photo of that!

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One last thing I’ve been enjoying this week is mixing together a spoonful or two of tomato paste with a big scoop of sauerkraut!  This makes the perfect topping for an egg scramble!

2 eggs with roasted jicama, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash.

2 eggs with roasted jicama, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash topped with the sauerkraut+tomato paste combo.

I hope you will try these recipes out!  They are worth it, I promise!

Happy weekend to you!

What has been your favorite meal this week?

2014

Happy New Year!!

I realize I am a few days late.  I also know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back!! And I really wanted to share what my goals for 2014 are.

I’m not sure if they are really even goals, more just things Dom and I talked about that we want to do more of this year.

1.  Read More

In November my younger sister let me borrow her copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I read it in November in less than a week.  I read it again to Dom a few weeks later.  I never do that, read a book a second time I mean.  I loved this book so much, the moment I was finished I wanted to read it again!  Dom ended up really liking it as well and it was fun to read a book aloud together.  So we plan on continuing this.  It’s his turn to pick a book for us to read:)  I also want to read more on my own.  I love reading, I’ve always been a reader but I want to make more time for it instead of TV in my down time.   Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I think it’s a good thing to do.  This is also on my list of things to read Eating Alive by Dr. John Matsen, (a gift from Dom for Christmas)! 

2. Volunteer More and Together

When I was a teenager, service and volunteering was a pretty big part of my life.  I helped with a lot of service projects in my church’s youth group as well as at school.  I really didn’t have to think about it too much because the projects were planned out for us.  These days these projects aren’t usually planned out for me but it’s still something I want to take part in.  I came across this site, volunteermatch.org.  It is pretty cool. You can look up your city and find a lot of opportunities to volunteer in your area.  They have lots of areas to volunteer in such as Environment, Health, Animal Care, Children and Youth, etc.  Pretty cool, huh?! So we definitely plan on doing more this year.

One way we are doing this already is WE ARE SHAVING OUR HEADS!!  Yep both of us.  We saw an ad for St. Baldricks (learn more about them here).  Basically, they are a foundation that raises money for childhood cancer research.  People participate by signing up to get their heads shaved and raising money for the cause!  I think this is such an amazing cause.  When I have children of my own I know I would appreciate every cent toward a cure if (heaven forbid) my children had cancer.  I’m pretty nervous about shaving my hair obviously but it will also be fun to have a change.  Plus I know it’s for a good cause and it will be worth it to help out in this way.  Plus just as Regina Spektor sang in this song, ““Maybe you should cut your own hair ‘Cause that can be so funny It doesn’t cost any money And it always grows back..”

Until we meet again, Hair!

Until we meet again, Hair!

 If you’d like to help us reach our fundraising goal you can go here.  We have until March 8ith to reach our goal.  Any amount is truly appreciated.

For my own goals:

3.  Practice Yoga 

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I have a whole year to accomplish this goal.  I used to do a lot more yoga, at least once a week.  I haven’t done it for a long time!  But it is something I enjoy and I know it is very good for the body.  Hopefully by the end of the year it will be something that I do on a regular basis.

4.  Share More Workouts on the Blog!

Since May I have been following GPP workouts so I haven’t thought much about writing my own workouts. I love GPP and will probably always do it but lately I’ve been feeling like I needed a change. So for the past week I’ve been changing it up.  I’ve been focusing on a little more heavy lifting with fun high intensity circuits thrown.  I’ve been really enjoying planning out my own workouts again and that means more Brave Fitness workouts to share:)  Hopefully I will get a couple up this week:)

Well, now you are sort of caught up on what’s been going on lately.  I hope you all had a very happy Christmas/Holiday and Happy New year!

xo

Hannah

Any good book recommendations? Have you read any of John Green’s books?

Any goals/resolutions for the new year?

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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Make It Yourself Monday: Pumpkin Puree

Hello all.

Happy Monday!  But more importantly Happy Veteran’s Day.  I have several family members who are serving now and have served in the past and I’m so grateful for their sacrifices they have made to help their family and country!  Love you all and think about you often.

Somehow with all the cooking I do I’ve become very into doing a lot of things myself.  One example being making my own pumpkin puree!  Or any squash puree for that matter.  Just depends on what kind of squash I bought that week.  It’s so easy I don’t know why I haven’t been doing it all the time.  I have found I prefer the taste over canned pumpkin and I also prefer the price;)  For example,  I can buy a 3 pound squash and get around 3.5-4 cups of puree.  For a can of your average pumpkin puree, it’s usually about $2-$2.50 and that gives you less than 2 cups.

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I like to keep 1.5 cups in the fridge and then I freeze the rest so I can thaw it and use it as needed.  I do this by placing some in a plastic freezer bag and flattening it out so it fits in the freezer nicely.  Like this:

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I have done pumpkin, kuri squash, and butternut squash.  I have used kuri and butternut puree in place of pumpkin in a few recipes and have been very happy with the results:)

Here is how I do it.

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Slice your pumpkin or squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  I like to cut it into quarters after this but you can leave it in halves as well:)

3.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes.  Depends on the type and size of the squash.  Just check it once in awhile and take it out once it is soft all the way through.

4.  Let cool.  Scoop the flesh into a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

Notes:  You can add a little water (a tablespoon at a time) if needed to get things moving but I haven’t had to do this yet.  Probably depends on the blender!

20131027_164942Well there you have it!  A simple way to have fresh pumpkin puree, no can needed!

Much Love

Hannah

What’s your current favorite way to use pumpkin puree? Mine is to use it in smoothies after my workout for a pumpkin pie shake!

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

 

 

 

 

MIMM: A Marvelous Breakfast

 

Good morning!! Welcome to this Marvelous Monday post!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was busy!! But great:)

Dom is moving into his own office for work this week so our Saturday started off early, picking up desks and moving them to his office:)   We had a long relaxing drive in a U-haul van and it was actually kind of fun!

Later that day we met up at a pumpkin patch/corn maze with some of my family!  It was a beautiful day out!! We are usually freezing when we go each year but Saturday was a gorgeous warm day!

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So we made some friends with a goat at the petting zoo.  They are kind of adorable.  We all picked out some pumpkins too!  We got a white on and I got a couple of kuri squashes and a buttercup squash which I’m super excited about!

Dom had a little bit of work to do so we headed home after that.  Later we went to Whole Foods for dinner.  I had been craving salmon all week and although I try to follow a mainly plant-based diet I also try not to ignore any cravings I have either.  In the past I used to and it never turned out well!  Glad I am passed that now:)  And I’m glad I smashed this craving!

I got a piece of lemon salmon and my favorite veggie rolls that come with a yummy peanut sauce.  I dipped my salmon in the peanut sauce too and it was so good!  It totally hit the spot!

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For a treat Dom and I each picked out a french macaroon!  I’ve never tried them and have always wanted to because they just look so cute!!

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Pistachio for me, raspberry for him.  They are pretty tasty:) I like how light they are and the light almond flavor from the almond flour.

The rest of our weekend was pretty low key.  I did make a yummy breakfast on Sunday though that I’d like to share.  This is what happens when you don’t know what to eat!  I just mixed up a couple of my favorite things and it turned out pretty good!  Chia puddings are super yummy, If you haven’t tried them yet, do it!! I know my girl Meg loves them!  I have some other chia puddings here on my blog and Meg has some great ones too on hers.  So check them out!

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High Protein Coconut Banana Chia Oat Parfait

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of raw oats
  • 1/4 cup of peanut flour or 1.5 to 2 TB of natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt (if using peanut flour)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon

1. Start by mashing the banana in a bowl. Add the the coconut milk, chia seeds, and oatmeal.

2. Mix it all together and let sit for about 10 minutes. You can also make this the night before but it works great in the morning too:)

3. In the meantime mix together your peanut flour, cinnamon and salt with about 4 tb of water until you get a thick peanut butter sauce consistency.   Or if you are using peanut butter instead, mix that with the the cinnamon and 1-2 TB of water until you get a thick sauce sauce consistency.

4. When your oat mix is ready, layer it with the peanut butter sauce and enjoy!

Well I’m off to get my workout in for the day which will be this one!  Have a great monday!

xo

What was marvelous about your weekend?

Have you ever tried a french macaroon?

October Breakfasts

Hi all!  I hope you have had a great week!  This week has had some ups and downs but today has been awesome!  Plus it’s Friday so even better!  I’m hoping this goodness carries on through the weekend because it is the husband’s birthday weekend.   He has been working so hard lately so he really deserves a day to relax and just have fun!!

So as I mentioned before  I’ve joined Meg as well as a few others including Jan and Sloane in having a different breakfast everyday of October.  It’s been awesome.  I was seriously in a breakfast rut (which is crazy because I can eat the same thing for a looooong time and be just fine:) so this came at just the right time.  It’s introduced me to a lot of new yummy creations!

I told you I would share any new good recipes I come across or make up myself so that’s what I want to do today!  It’s going to be breakfast-mania for the next few moments:) I hope you’re hungry!

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes Stuffed with Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Filling 

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This was awesome!  I’m definitely excited to make this again after the challenge is over!  I added a little coconut butter onto mine too.  Really good without being too sweet (no added sugar!)  and it’s vegan which is cool! (definitely not as pretty as hers but still so good:)

Coconut Cacao Banana Pudding

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This was just a random mix of things that turned out pretty dang good!  Here is what I did:

  • 1/3 cup raw oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TB cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of mesquite (or other choice of sweetener)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of water, almond, or coconut milk (use more if needed)
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed
  • 2 tsp of coconut butter

Place everything into a blender and blend away.  Top with more coconut butter, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and goji berries (or whatever else you would like:)

Banana Peanut Butter Blended Oatmeal

IMG_20131012_114119This is one of my favorites so far, in the top 3 for sure:) This turned out so good and thick.  Like a really thick pudding.  I loved it!

Into the blender goes

  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TB of water or almond or coconut milk
  • cinnamon
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed
  • 1 TB of natural peanut butter

Blend until smooth, top with banana and peanut butter and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pancakes

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Heather is a genius!  These pancakes were ridiculous!  Make them.  You will not regret it!! So so good and perfect for Fall!

Neapolitan Layered Oats

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This was also very good!  Jordan makes some awesome looking breakfast creations.  This was the first of her recipes I’ve tried but I have some others I want to try and if those ones are like this then I’m in for a real treat.  The only thing I did different was using sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter:)

Well, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas of some different breakfasts to try!  Be daring, try something new.

Have a happy healthy weekend!