how was that weekend? i actually rested all day sunday after 6 straight days of workouts. also because i spent most of the day like this:Read More
2nd Barbell Strength class back from maternity leave under ma' belt! i used class as my warm up and went downstairs to get a solid back workout in afterwards. i'm taking my time, trusting the process, and sticking to my 6 Pack USA plan these days. i want to maintain balance and not go crazy with the exercise this time around. no need! well, as long as i'm sticking to the nutrition part of the plan too.
baking has been on my brain this week. why?
most likely cause Sonny surprised Chiso and i with this really, really, magically, delicious lemon bundt cake tuesday from Nothing Bundt Cakes, ugh. he says they were randomly giving out free mini bundt cakes to the companies in his office building. is that not the best marketing strategy ever?? um, it worked cause now i want one and will most likely use them for a future event. that reminded me of HEB's and Whole Food's sample stations throughout the store. if you feed me while i shop, well hey, i'm coming back there again and again to spend my money. and eat. and buy things that were never on my shopping list. and blow my grocery budget. genius. ok anyway, soon as i eat white sugar i just want more, more, MORE. sugar addiction is real. real annoying. Chiso was super happy but yall know how i am around large amounts of my trigger foods!!! womp, womp. i couldn't let all my work from the past few weeks go to crap so i did have a small piece, cut Chiso some, and threw it out. my very preggo sis-in-law was the first person i thought to give the leftovers to, but that's just evil lol! i would have taken a bite every single time i entered the kitchen until it was all gone, SMH. we are all for minimizing waste when possible, but this was a game time decision that had to be done. so, that's how these brownies came about. i was so excited about whipping them up regardless cause i haven't baked anything sweet since i was waiting around trying to get Dego outta this tummy. these are naturally sweetened for the most part; the chocolate PB2 does contain sugar but not a mind-blowing amount like Mr. Bundt cake up there. i used agave nectar but you can use honey as well. it's up to you! heck you can also use full fat peanut butter if ya want. just melt it in the microwave a little first for better mixability.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Brownies
the stuff: (source)
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup chocolate PB2
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- *optional* 1/4 cup rolled, uncooked oats (either leave them as-is or grind them into a fine flour)
- 1/2 cup light agave nectar
- 1/2 cup water + 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- combine eggs, vanilla, agave nectar and water in a small mixing bowl.
- combine PB2, cocoa powder, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
- add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
- pour mixture into an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan coated with no stick cooking spray.
- bake for 30 minutes on 325 degrees or until an inserted coupon comes out clean.
recipe makes 12 brownies. nutritional stats can be found on my Instagram post at the moment until i add them here!
before i go, thank you to Rosa from Enlightened Ice Cream for the coupons!! i cannot WAIT to pick up my samples at my Sprouts Farmers Market soon. these bars are low in calories (70), high in protein (8g) and fiber (5g), 20% of the RDA for calcium, and contains only 2g of fat and 3g of sugar. It's made from rBST-free milk, is gluten free, and contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners! i like. review coming soon.
i workout for all those reasons and more, but i should have included eating lots of food!!! that's #1.
since i workout super early in the AM most days, i have been enjoying Houston's Fall weather to the fullest. Fall not only means chili and cornbread, it means warm, hearty, filling, yummy, COMFORT food in general to me! a big bowl of super creamy mac n cheese is hands down my fave (to eat in a bowl anyway) and pizza is the other
couple things though:
- when dining out, go for the broth based (tomato, chicken, beef, vegetable, clear, see-through) soups vs. the creamy ones because they are usually made with milk or heavy cream.
- the leanest cuts of beef include:
- eye of round roast or steak
- sirloin tip side steak
- top round roast and steak
- bottom round roast and steak
- top sirloin steak
- a cup of any fruit usually is anywhere from 50-100 cals, but the sugar count is what you should keep your eye on.
- air/stove popped over microwaved popcorn any day
Q: what activity (exercise) have you wanted to try but haven't? i'd like to try the different types of yoga- i had NO idea there we so dang many.
he tore 1 big bunch of kale from its stems. they shrink after baking, so it's cool to keep them kinda large.
washed and dried.
he then showed the kale some love and gave it an olive oil massage. no dirty talk needed though.
i went ahead and lined the baking pan with wax paper since his hands were oily.
last thing; he sprinkled the kale with sea salt and popped them in a 350 deg oven for 12-15 min. you gotta watch them cause they burn EASILY.
again, they'll shrink, but don't overcrowd the pan.
light, crispy, easy-peasy.
next, baked cheese sticks. i LOVE cheese; i was extremely anxious to make and eat these.
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
tony c's and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 beaten egg white
5 sticks of light mozzarella string cheese
we halved 5 light string cheese sticks for a total of 10. no deep-frying or high fat cheese needed and they still came out tasting like a restaurant appetizer.
flour first, then egg wash, then panko. i sprayed some no-stick cooking spray on them so the flour would stick though.
sonny got restless real quick and dumped them all in at once. men. lol
if you have left over ingredients, make more and minimize waste.
bake for 10 min in the oven or just until the cheese starts to melt. you gotta watch these too, but i wanted mine to burn a little cause burnt cheese tastes darn good. each stick is only 40 calories!
the marinara sauce was perfect- made it feel like we were eating pizza! you have to eat them quick else they will be a melty mess. that wasn't a problem though.
super crispy on the outside and all gooey and cheesy on the inside.
great job, Sonny!!! who knows, maybe i'll cut the grass this weekend.
this was today's 30 min treadmill workout:
|25-30 walk||15 (highest)||3.0|
|3-5 min cool down||0.0||2.0|
print it, cut it out, and take it with you! burns over 400+ cals.
and this was tonight's dinner: spinach spaghetti squash bake.
- 1 shallot
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 cups of 2% or low/no fat mozzarella shredded cheese
- 1 log 99% lean ground turkey
- 1 bag frozen spinach
- 2 chopped tomatoes OR 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 red pepper
- 1 can Amy's low sodium chunky tomato bisque
- 1 spaghetti squash
- salt, pepper, tony's c's to taste
first and foremost, turn on your oven (350 deg) and throw the squash in there. it needs to cook at least 45 min first. in the meantime,
brown your shallots, onion, and turkey in a pan, and season it with the salt, pepper, and tony c's.
chop up all your veggies and toss them in.
microwave the spinach for about 5 minutes, then put it in a colander and press all the water out. add.