My Snack Today…

Shrimp Platter

Did you guys know I just recently started a seafood diet? Yup that’s right! I see-food and I eat it! lol, okay that’s probably one of the most over-used jokes around but I just had to say it. Today I had this awesome snack of shrimp with cocktail sauce and veggies with hummus. This whole ring of shrimp was all mine!! I’ll be honest I ate about 15 shrimp and had some cocktail sauce with them but seriously the shrimp were already so good on their own I only used about 1/2 tsp of the whole sauce! It’s crazy how much they give you haha. Anyways I will definitely finish off this beautiful platter tomorrow. Question: Do you like seafood? I used to hate anything remotely fishy but since opening up and trying new things I fell in love with it! A lot of people never give it a chance though so I definitely recommend you try something simple to start like some grouper, snapper, tilapia etc. then move on to maybe shrimp, scallops..or even conch! (That stuff is amazing!). So goal for today: Try something new.

Talk to you all tomorrow :).

 

P.S: New workouts/recipes are soon to come!

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Surprise Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Pudding

Chocolate Spinach Pudding
Woah, that title is a mouthful! So, I’ve got another great recipe for you all. This one contains a special “surprise”… Actually it’s not much of a surprise but I added spinach to this pudding! It’s my new favourite thing to do because you get all the goodness of greens but without the taste. This is perfect to use up all that spinach that you just can’t bring yourself to eat! Don’t like spinach? No worries, you will like this pudding! It is creamy and delicious, it feels like you are eating dessert for breakfast. Topped with a few crushed pecans and mini dark chocolate chips, this is absolutely decadent.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder( I used designer whey french vanilla)
1/2 tbsp natural almond butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup quick oats
1 tsp flax seed
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (could possibly sub flax seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 handful of spinach
2 drops stevia (or honey/agave/maple syrup/splenda)
8-9 ice cubes

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender(start with ice) and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little extra xanthan gum if necessary or more/less ice and almond milk depending on how thick you want your pudding! Top with pecans/mini chocolate chips or sugar-free chocolate syrup( recipe coming soon to the site!).
Enjoy!

Calories: 287 (my protein powder is 100cals a scoop)

I also made these delicious skinny chocolate protein pancakes with my own sugar-free chocolate syrup, peanut butter and bananas for breakfast the other day. They were so good! (Recipe from dashingdish.com)
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Green Monster Breakfast Bars

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gm5 gm2Happy almost Easter Everyone! I hope you all are excited for the long weekend. What are your plans?  For me Easter is always spent with my grandparents at their farm. I love it there and I get to see all my cousins, aunts and uncles as well. It’s a long drive to get there and we are leaving super early tomorrow (yes I know I should get to bed). So instead of going to bed on time I of course decided to create a breakfast that I could just eat on the road tomorrow, already pre-made. But what I wanted was for my breakfast to include some kind of veggie but be sweet and delicious at the same time..and thus, the Green Monster Breakfast Bars were born. Sorry, no hiding the vegetables in these. The pops of green spinach stick out all throughout these tasty bars. But have no fear, the taste is one thing that is hidden! The ripe banana takes over and lightly sweetens the bar. It also keeps them chewy and moist.

These bars are an entire nutritious meal in one and are amazing for on the go or if you want a fast simple breakfast. They are also very filling and packed with protein! (15g to be exact). If your morning needs a boost try these awesome Green Monster Breakfast Bars.  Take me to the recipe!

Intense Short Home Workouts: #3, No Equipment, Time Challenge

If you haven’t already seen these posts before, I am going to be posting a new workout(hopefully) everyday. This is going to be the exact workout I am doing on that day! These workouts whipped me into shape and they are only 10-20min long each. If you don’t have time for one of these a day, you must be extremely busy! Or just very good at finding excuses ;). So try at least one of my workouts and let me know what you think. If you follow my workouts daily and try out some of my recipes(or just use them as inspiration for your own recipes/meals) then I guarantee you will see dramatic results! Goodluck and happy exercising :).

Today’s workout is short and sweet but definitely not easy. But the moves today are very simple and no equipment is required! This is all on you. This is a time challenge so complete as many rounds of these three exercises in 10 minutes and report back here in the comments to let me know how you did! Enjoy!

10 Buprees (push-up included)

10 Squats

10 Sit-ups

Repeat.

                         10 minutes. Go!

 

*I just finished this workout. I completed 5 rounds, +1 burpee. Can you beat me?*

Coconut-Banana Green Smoothie!!


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Hey guys! I finally tried adding spinach to my smoothie today! It actually was amazing! Thanks Tara for the awesome idea :). I feel so good knowing I am getting some greens in at breakfast too now. This smoothie ended up being huge! It was almost spilling out of my little blender haha. Shown in the picture isn’t even the whole smoothie! But it kept me more full then usual. Did I mention it tasted super good? Plus..I got a new protein powder that is absolutely amazing. Hands down the best one yet! It actually makes my smoothies taste better! So if you feel that your not getting enough veggies and greens but can’t bring yourself to eat them, look no further, this smoothie has come to the rescue. Take me to the recipe!

SHORT, INTENSE HOME WORKOUTS:#2

Hey guys! Here is today’s workout. I will be doing it later tonight so I hope you are ready to join me! We are going to push as hard as we can and give it all we got! Work to your own limits. You will feel so much better once you finish if you know you worked as hard as you possibly could. Remember, the effort you put in= the results you’ll achieve! So give it 100% and that’s what you’ll receive. Let’s do this.
3 Rounds, as fast as possible. 4th Bonus round anyone?
Equipment Required: 1 set of middle weight dumbells (1 am using 15 pounds)
10 Dive bombers*
20 Squat Leg lifts**
5 Dumbell preacher curls***
5 Corkscrew curls****
10 Weighted lunge jumps*****(I used 8 pound weights for these)

*Search anywhere on the internet and you are sure to find an example of these! They are a form of push-up where your legs are kept wide, arms close in push-up position, bring your body forward as if you are going under a low fence, then return back under the fence. Repeat!
**Stand and do a regular squat, then after your squat, lift your right leg straight up to the right side of you. Place your leg back down, do another squat and then move on to your left leg. Keep alternating legs. Each leg will be 1 rep.
***Stand with your back straight and legs staggered, dumbells in each hand. Do a basic bicep curl then at the top of the curl, twist your wrists to face away from you and push your arms straight up. Lower your arms back down while twisting back to a bicep curl position, lower your arms to your sides. Repeat!

****Move into a low squat position while holding two dumbells. Place your elbows between your legs using them as support, do a bicep curl. If done properly, you should feel this in your legs and arms.

*****Do alternating lunges with weights in both hands by jumping upwards to switch legs.
Comment below and let me know how you did or what you thought about the workout! Ask questions if you need a better explanation of any of the moves.

Hope this is enough explanation! Also here is a picture of my delicious salad I had for lunch today. I topped it with a tsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar!
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Chicken Slouvlaki Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Souvlaki Wraps

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Good afternoon everyone!(Felt like I needed a new intro lol). Who’s hungry for an awesome new recipe that takes minutes to make? These amazing wraps are super healthy, made with fresh ingredients and fill you up without making you feel too heavy! If you’ve ever had a Slouvlaki wrap, you know they are really good! And what would these lettuce wraps be without creamy tzatziki sauce?? So without further ado, I give you my newest creation: Chicken Slouvlaki Lettuce Wraps.  Take me to the recipe!

Short, Intense Home Workouts:#1, No Equipment Needed!

Hey everyone, so I decided today to start posting a series of home workouts that you guys can all do with very minimal equipment in your own houses. These workouts are not long at all and very to the point so no excuses! I encourage you to try and do one everyday with me and tell me how you did in the comments. So if you are doing the workout, just remember I am doing it too! These small workouts have kept me in shape for a long time. I don’t do any additional cardio or anything! I just eat clean(as seen in the “How I Eat”  page) and follow my workouts daily. If you ever feel like you are over working yourself anyday then that’s when you should have your rest day. I don’t plan a specific rest day, I don’t even take one if I don’t have to. Only if I truly feel I need it. Best advice I can give is listen to your body!

Now onto the first workout!!

So for this first workout it is one with a time limit. This means that you need to set a timer for 10 minutes to complete as many rounds as possible! So push as hard as you can with as few stops/breaks as possible. Once you’ve completed this workout, come back here and tell me how many rounds you completed in the comments and try to beat my time(note I am only human so my scores’s will be about as good as yours!

Hope you all enjoy!

My Score: 2.5 rounds completed. Can you beat me?

10 Lizard Burpees*

10 Twisted Push-ups**

100 High Knees

10 Forward and Backward Squat Jumps***

*These are like regular burpees with just  a little change. (jump down into plank position, do a push-up, pull one knee up in the direction of your shoulder on the same side, place your foot back, jump in and jump up. While jumping up, rotate in the air so you are facing the opposite direction and do the second rep with your other foot).

**Do a push-up then lean onto one arm into a side plank position. Twist over into the crab position. Without letting your butt touch the ground, swing your same arm over until you are back in a push-up position. Do another push up and repeat going in the opposite direction.Keep one foot on top of the other or in the air when you are doing a push-up.

***While hovering in a low squat postion, jump forward, then jump back. That’s one rep. Stay low in a squat position the entire time!

 

If you have any questions/need help with any of the listed exercises, feel free to ask! I know it’s hard to understand a workout in words!

 

 

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie!

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie
I guess I am in a tropical mood lately because here is another recipe that brings me back to my vacation every time I take a sip! It’s absolutely amazing. Possibly my favourite new protein shake! This is soo rich and creamy, if I could I would drink at least 2-3 cups of this stuff haha. It’s that good! Here’s how you can make it too! Take me to the recipe!

My Personal Workout Regime & Fitness Myths/Excuses

Heyy everyone who is still awake! haha another late post, I always end up doing my workout really late at night then eating my post-workout snack while doing a post or two for the blog. Turns out today isn’t a recipe but instead I thought I would let you all know what I do to keep in shape. I wanted to also go over a huge myth and something that annoys me very much about people’s views on working out! Keep reading if you are interested. 🙂  continue reading..