#lifestyle · Dairy Free · Fitness · Gluten Free · Healthy

Breakfast Breakdown


Nutrient packed breakfast this morning; apparently I wasn’t eating enough calories before learning how to manage my hypoglycemia. No problem, let me fix that👌🏼

Two hard boiled eggs 🥚

2 slices of simple kneads quinoa bread

1/2 avocado 🥑

Mixed berries with a little coconut milk on top and maca root powder 🍓

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jump starts your metabolism and gives you energy even through those tough mornings. I’ve discovered that maca root powder gives me elevated focus and concentration. Basically all the good things we expect from coffee without the jitters. It also works great as a preworkout! It’s wonderful for your endocrine system and hormone balance.

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Dairy Free · Fitness · food · Gluten Free · Healthy · Recipes · Vegan

Chores and a Homemade Acai Bowl

As I begin writing this, it’s not even noon and I feel like I’ve had a full day already. Since we have two cats and two dogs, the fur in our house accumulates rapidly. It took me about an hour to vacuum.  LOL.

Since the weather has been so nice this weekend, I decided to take my cardio outdoors for a  40 minute run.  It was a nice change, considering I NEVER do that. While I was running I began to mentally salivate over the idea of having an acai bowl when I finished. So – I had to do it.

Confession – I always think about food when I’m working out #notsorry

Acai Bowl
My first acai bowl.

Drooling yet?

Here’s the breakdown:

Mixture

2 packets of Unsweetened Sambazon Acai

1 half banana

1 scoop of Bulk Supplements paleo egg white protein powder

A sprinkle of maca powder

1/4 cup of water or whatever liquid base you want to use

Toppings

Frozen Blueberries

Unsweetened coconut

Unsweetened organic creamy peanut butter (or you can use almond butter)

Kind Gluten Free Granola – banana nut flavor

A hint of amber agave on top

 

What’s great about these is that you can put whatever you want in it and on top of it. The possibilities are endless. Just be aware of how much sugar you add to this because it is easy to make this a high calorie meal/snack. These are great to have before or after a workout!

Enjoy! x

#lifestyle · Dairy Free · Fitness · Gluten Free · Healthy · Recipes

Eating through the summer heat.

It was over 100 degrees in Raleigh this weekend and the last thing I want to do is eat a heavy meal while in a constant state of sweat. I personally love the heat, but I’m sure not everyone shares the same opinion.

We decided to cook light. 

Stove-top salmon with Himalayan salt, pepper, lemon juice in coconut oil over

  • mixed greens 
  • walnuts
  • strawberries
  • cucumber
  • sprouts
  • balsamic vinegar and olive oil

It was just enough to feel full and refreshed. 

Salmon is loaded with protein and potassium. The fat that is in fish is beneficial to your heart and aids in keeping you full and satisfied. This piece has approximately 29 grams of protein and 542 mg of potassium. (1/3 pound of salmon)

Balsamic vinegar/olive oil is a great substitute for your typical salad dressing that is loaded with sodium, fat and SUGAR.

If you need some carbohydrates, cold quinoa could be a great element to add to a salad like this!


Stay cool out there and enjoy! x

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Recipes · Vegan

There will be left overs & they will taste AMAZING…

What a fabulous weekend. A day at the beach, an amazing dinner with friends, followed by a Sunday full of productivity and rest.

After straightening up, we found ourselves in the kitchen, music turned up and cooking together. It’s honestly one of my favorite parts of our relationship.

I found a great gluten free/vegan pad Thai recipe that we used as a base and then put our own twist! Shrimp Pad Thai. (Obviously not quite vegan with the shrimp but that can be easily omitted).

The recipe called for brown sugar for the sauce, but I substituted organic coconut palm sugar for a more natural sweetener. It also has a more earthy taste to it and it wasn’t TOO sweet. I also used unsweetened organic creamy peanut butter and gluten free soy sauce.

Shredded carrots, scallions (to be cooked in and garnished on top), chopped peanuts and more.

We mixed the carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic,  and shrimp (it was precooked) and sautéed until the carrots became soft. We then added the sauce and the rice noodles.

We loved the dish so much that we will be experimenting on different ways to prepare pad Thai that goes along better with our healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned and let the creativity begin.

Total prep and cook time = 30 minutes 

Plenty of left overs! 

The full recipe can be found at Modern Little Victories.

Random · thoughts

For the love of dogs….

I love dogs. They are man’s best friend and there’s something about them that just makes life complete.

You can have a completely negative view about yourself but no matter what YOU may think, or what you think other’s think – your dog absolutely adores you. He looks at you with adoring eyes and barks at you until you give him attention. I can come home from work feeling absolutely defeated (which doesn’t happen often) and my little rescue dog always lifts my mood.

This may sound silly, but why can’t people be more like dogs? No matter what we think we know about a person – why can’t we just be genuinely happy to see them and make them feel like someone important? Today, I challenge you to go out of your way to compliment someone else. To make their day and make them smile. Wouldn’t you like someone to help make YOU smile? 🙂

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random · Vegan · Vegaterian

The Importance of BCAA’s

 

Short for Branch Chain Amino Acids, these amino’s join forces to give us the best workout recovery tool money can buy. They come in different forms, but powder might just be the most popular because they can come in various flavors. These amino’s are found naturally in foods but especially if you are vegetarian and vegan, you will want to supplement these.

So why take BCAA’S:

  1. MUSCLE RECOVERY
  2. MAINTAIN WORKOUT INTENSITY
  3. AID IN THE BUILDING OF MUSCLE

That soreness that you feel after a workout is totally normal but COMPLETELY uncomfortable. BCAA’s have been linked to easing the the soreness, helping the body push out the build up of lactic acid in the muscles and maintaining the immune system in the process.

I like to refer to myself as a “pure-ist,” meaning I don’t like to use flavored BCAA’s. They are typically sugar free and use artificial sweeteners which have been linked to many health issues (I can speak from experience). I recently started ordering from BulkSupplements and I couldn’t be happier with the product AND the price.

Here is what I recommend – the impact on my training and workouts have been AMAZING. They work with any lifestyle – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.

BCAA 2:1:1 (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Powder (my favorite, can be mixed in water or smoothies!)

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Capsules

Like I said, the prices and customer service are amazing. Go out and try it. x

Information source: Livestrong.com

 

Inspiration · Random · relationships · thoughts · Travel

A Week Away……and other thoughts.

I just came back from the best vacation I’ve ever had and I can’t help but be completely washed over with a feeling of gratefulness. I truly believe that once you’ve found your person, no one else in the world matters the same way that they do. I’m in love in a way that I have never experienced and I occasionally wonder what I did to deserve it. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise on the MSC Divina to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Cayman Islands. It was a great learning experience – for travel purposes and each other. I didn’t know it was possible but we managed to become even CLOSER.

Even though I have always had issues with religion and probably always will – I can’t help but always know in my heart that regardless of what religion is right or wrong – there IS a God. I saw a lot of gorgeous views like the one shown above and felt the most amazing love and happiness while on this trip. There is a lot of evil in the world, but with all of the beauty, love, happiness and good that also exists, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t a God and that it all happened by chance.

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Regardless, I am back from vacation feeling refreshed and encouraged to make my mark on this world and to lift others up. I also will continue to make the ones I love feel respected, safe and appreciated. Having this AMAZING partner in crime in my life is both a blessing and a privilege. I look forward to many more adventures and doing life with him.

Hello, Summer!

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xo

More pics to come on my online photo album.