Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chocolate Shakeology No Bake Brownies

I had a couple people ask me for the recipe for the brownies I posted over the weekend, so here it is!
Chocolate Shakeology No Bake Brownies

1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1/3 cup walnuts (or mixed nuts of choice)
1/3 cup oats
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
2-3 tbsp honey (to taste)
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Grind nuts in food processor until mealy. Add remaining ingredients and process until combined and a dough forms. Press dough into a small container and refrigerate. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Fit Weekend

Weekends are a big fitness downfall for many people. We make great efforts to eat well and exercise during the week, but often bets are off come Friday evening. Well, not for me! Especially not this past weekend. I started off with a fun Turbo Kick class (including 3 kids!) Friday afternoon followed with a mostly healthy dinner of a big salad and a slice of cheese pizza. Saturday morning brought another Turbo class and I decided to stay for CXworx. What a challenging core workout, and only 30 minutes! I made another big salad topped with avocado and fresh mozzarella when I got home. The kids and I played outside all afternoon and I attempted to practice some yoga, but the kids were very demanding of my attention! Dinner was a small cheeseburger (grilled on the good old George Foreman Grill) and steamed veggies. Sunday was a beautiful day and involved more outside time with the kids. I managed to practice a little yoga and take photos for the Instagram challenge I'm doing this month. We had some yummy chocolate avocado banana bread that I made for a snack (will share the recipe in another post). I made roasted veggies, organic sweet potato puffs, and chicken sausage for dinner. My big treat for the weekend was a bowl of chocolate ice cream Sunday night...everything in moderation, right? It feels good to start a new week but not have to start over on my health and fitness goals. How did you do???

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fueling My Day

Nutrition is important on all days, but especially on days like today when I teach 2 intense PiYo classes. If I don't eat well, but energy lags and getting through the second class is tough. I know my participants expect a great, sweaty workout, so I need to be on top of my game to deliver. I have found that if I start the day with a hearty meal and continue with clean eats throughout the day, I have plenty of energy to push myself hard in both classes. Here's my meal plan for today:

Breakfast: peanut butter baked oatmeal with a handful of dark chocolate chips and strawberries
To make 2 servings:
Mash 1/2 banana in a medium bowl. Add 3-4 tbsp natural peanut butter and 2-3 tbsp honey. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup quick oats to banana mixture and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice) and stir. Divide mixture between 2 ramekins sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (longer for crustier edges).

Snack: pear + handful sunflower kernels + string cheese

Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology blended with ice, unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tbsp peanut butter

Snack: Green smoothie (Greek yogurt, baby kale, frozen mango and pineapple, water)

Dinner: Whole grain pasta with tomato sauce, steamed broccoli

Dessert: a couple bites of dark chocolate

I also make an effort to drink plenty of water each day. Rather than count calories, I prefer to listen to my body and adjust my intake based on how I feel. If I'm really hungry/tired/sluggish, I'll add another healthy snack or eat a bigger portion at one meal. If I'm eating a variety of healthy foods, I find its not necessary to track closely (I do track every once in awhile for a week or two just to get a more accurate picture of how well I'm doing at getting all the needed nutrients in).

There ya have it! A little glimpse into my eating habits :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fitness Goals Update

A few weeks ago, I posted my current strength training workout and a few fitness goals. Since then, I've had fun exploring yoga through an Instagram challenge (there are 2 more I'm committing to this month!),but I've had a hard time fitting in the strength workouts that I would like to do. Of course, there are always excuses for not doing something, but I also have to consider my priorities. Tops on my list is taking care of myself so that I can also take care of and enjoy my family. I'm still working on finding the balance of workouts and rest that leaves me feeling great and with plenty of energy for all the other areas of life too. My current schedule includes 2 Turbo Kick classes and 3 PiYo classes each week, and I usually end up subbing a few times each month on top of my regular classes. The goal of including 2-3 strength workouts still stands, as does focusing on increasing my yoga practice (I can see myself pursuing yoga teacher training in the future). As the weather warms up, I'll be spending plenty of time playing outside with my children (translation: chasing, climbing, sliding, etc...), so that will contribute to my overall activity level as well. It's important to have goals to work toward, but not if they are to the detriment of other areas of life. That's why I'm revisiting my previously stated goals and renewing them while keeping my top priorities in mind. Always a work in progress!

In closing, here's a favorite Instagram-inspired photo I took last week: