Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites!

Yep, I did it! I made HEALTHY chocolate chip cookie dough bites...and they are delicious! It's so simple too. Just be careful not to eat them all in one sitting! Here's what you need:

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup walnuts (or other nut of choice)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
2 TBSP finely shredded coconut flakes
3-4 TBSP honey (to taste)
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 TBSP coconut oil (more or less to help it stick together)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Put oats and walnuts in food processor and process until finely ground. Add all other ingredients, EXCEPT chocolate chips and process until a dough starts to form. Dough should stick together when pressed. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to break up chips and distribute through dough.

Scoop dough with a small cookie scooper (or by tablespoons). Chill in fridge. Yields about 15 bites. Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Photo Food Journal - Turbo x2 Day

I decided yesterday that I would take a picture of everything I ate to make a little food journal of what one day of eating looks like for me. This Thursday was my week to teach 2 Turbo Kick classes, making nutrition extra important this day so I wouldn't crash halfway though class.

Chocolate Shakeology Overnight Oats
I started off the day with a VERY filling serving of these chocolate Shakeology overnight oats and a handful of blueberries (not pictured). This breakfast left me with plenty of energy for my morning Turbo class and I didn't feel as hungry right after class as I usually do when I eat a less satisfying morning meal.

Even though the oats stuck with me, I still needed a snack after class to keep me going until lunch. The kids decided they wanted to go to the library after the gym, so luckily I had a Larabar stashed in the car. I forgot to take a picture when I ate my bar, but this is the flavor I had...so good! I love the simplicity of Larabars...this particular flavor has: dates, peanuts, and sea salt. That's it!

Beans, corn, avocado, cheese
I was definitely hungry by lunch time, so I made one of my (and the kids) favorite quick lunches. Black beans and corn with avocado and cheese. I scooped mine with a handful of organic yellow corn chips (not pictured). Ingredients for the chips: organic yellow corn, organic expeller-pressed oil, and salt. Yay for simple ingredients lists! I also had a few peach slices that the kids didn't eat :)

Iced coffee
It was a pretty warm afternoon and I was hanging outside with the kids, so I decided to make myself an iced coffee. I make mine with fresh brewed coffee from my Kuerig, a couple tablespoons of half and half, and about a teaspoon of coconut sugar. It was a nice afternoon treat!
A couple hours before my second Turbo class of the day, I fueled up with a second serving of Shakeology. This time, I blended vanilla Shakeology with ice and coconut milk. It tasted like vanilla bean ice cream! I don't normally have 2 Shakeology's in a day, when when I have 2 classes, it helps me have the energy I need to deliver a high intensity class with lots of power and holds me over until I can eat dinner after the second class.
Dinner salad

I finally ate dinner after a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home from the gym. I had prepared a salad earlier as well as pasta with Italian seasoned diced tomatoes and olive oil. I topped my pasta with some shredded mozzarella/provolone. It really hit the spot after a long day!

Pasta w/ tomatoes & olive oil
So that was my day of eating for Thursday. Don't ask me what the calorie count was, because I don't know! I focus on eating as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. My water bottle or cup stays filled throughout the day so I stay hydrated and am less likely to mistake thirst for hunger. If I feel hungry, I eat something...doing my best to make nutritious choices that make me feel good!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Getting It Done!

Even though I teach several group fitness classes each week, I still feel the need to do a couple additional workouts to round out my schedule. Currently, I don't have any scheduled classes on Tuesdays, Fridays, or over the weekend, so I like to do at least a little something most of those days. Sometimes, I go to the gym and hit up another instructor's class or do some lifting on my own, but there are days when I just have to get it done at home. Today was one of those days.  So...with 2 kids playing around me, I did my 25 minute workout and was POURING sweat when I was finished! Sure, I might have had to pause the DVD a couple of times and dodge my daughter's tiny toes, but I felt so good when I was done that it would be worth hurdling many more obstacles.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Touching Lives

One of my regular class participants recently commented to me about how we sometimes touch the lives of people we come into contact with in a meaningful way without ever realizing it and how seeing the familiar faces in class and taking in the energy and encouragement of the instructors can be really powerful. It meant a lot to me to get this feedback from a participant (who I also consider a friend) and it also served as a reminder of how we do impact others' lives on a daily basis. Its our choice whether that impact will be positive or negative. My goal is that I will touch people in positive ways, big or small, each and every day. A big part of that is the energy I bring into my group fitness classes, but it extends further too. I think about the cashier at the grocery store, or other parents I see at the playground and how a friendly smile or quick exchange of "Hello, how are you? Have a great day!" might add a little light to their day - whether they need it or not! Sometimes it can be hard to get out of my own head when there's a lot going on and I might be in a bad mood, but the thought of lifting another up in even the slightest way almost always helps bring me back to my ultimate goal of helping others.
Crazy face, as usual!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Vanilla Shakeology Overnight Oats

Base ingredients for Shakeology Overnight Oats
I keep hearing about/seeing pictures for "overnight oats"...oatmeal that requires NO COOKING!  Yipee! It's something I've been wanting to try and thought that the new Vanilla Shakeology would be a great addition for my first try. I looked up a few recipes to get an idea of a good ratio of dry to wet ingredients and here's what I ended up with:

1/2 cup oats
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk (use more or less depending on the texture you like)

With peanut butter and almonds on top

Mix the oats, Shakeology, and almond milk together in a container with a lid and place in refrigerator before you go to bed. When you're ready to eat in the morning, remove your oats from the fridge and top with your desired toppings. I chose natural peanut butter and sliced almonds, but the possibilities are endless. Chopped fruit and nuts, granola and a dollop of yogurt, any type of nut butter. I'm excited to try this with Chocolate Shakeology as well. Nothing like having dessert for breakfast!!