Coffee (Pike Place). Tea (Tazo Passion)
Greek Yogurt. Frozen Yogurt (purple cow-THE BEST)
Cookie Dough Quest Bar. Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich
Healthy Fats. Complex Carbs.
Animal Protein. Plant Protein.
Cardio. Weights. Yoga.
Look what came in the mail!
Matt and I celebrated with a colorful powerhouse of clean eats in the form of chicken stir fry.
We melted some coconut oil in our Wok, and loaded it up with bell peppers, snow peas, Brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and a chopped sweet potato; all seasoned with black pepper and a dash of ginger for an explosion of flavor.
Brussels sprouts are quickly becoming one of my favorite vegetables. They’re just really fun to eat.
…Did I really just say that?
Dessert was 1/2 a container of plain Greek yogurt, topped with fresh berries and a sprinkle of dark chocolate cocoa powder.
Eaten while starting my new book, which I had heard rave reviews about!
I also gave in and did a little decorating…
It now feels a bit more like Autumn in the Decicco/Vozzella household, rather than just smelling like a cinnamon spiced pumpkin exploded all over the living room.
p.s Kitchen Spice from Yankee Candle smells unreal.
I think that’s all for now?..
What’s new with you?
You sure know how to make a girl smile
Thank you for the generous package, and for supplying my family, co-workers, and myself with delicious protein packed snacks for the next few days.
(I was going to keep them all for myself, but I thought I’d share with the other Chobani lovers in my life)
You are delicious.
You are filling.
And you will forever have a place in my fridge.
White peaches have taken over, and I’m not even mad about it.
mixed with Greek yogurt, kashi and cinnamon
Giant vegetables are always a good thing.
If anyone has a family of 6 or more, call me.
I smile every time I look at these two bags
I’m burning a new fall scent as we speak
A luscious combination of juicy pears, plums, and grapes with parts of spice and cardamom.
You know how overly excited I get when it’s time to burn “The Fall Collection”, and this year’s scents did not disappoint.
spiced cinnamon and pumpkin, baked apples, fresh leaves and sweet desserts.
How excited are you all!?
I must say that the “Whoopie Pie” scent was not my favorite, nor was the atrociously strong “Witches’ Brew”, which literally made me try to jump away from my own nose.
Maybe it smells better while it’s burning. I hope.
I think I’ll stick to “Candy Corn” instead
OK enough talk about Halloween, it’s August 8th!
Back to Summer heat…
I’ve been adding Sriracha to my eggs, salads ..pretty much anything that I can
Just a teaspoon of this spicy sauce adds the perfect kick to any meal, so if you’re a fan of spicy foods, pick up a bottle now!
They are on sale 2 for $5 at Stop and Shop
I also picked up another carton of coconut love for my Protein Oats and Shakes.
Click here to enter the “Get Your Good Going” Sweepstakes, thrown by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. By doing so, you earn a chance to win a years supply of Almond Breeze, as well as a $1000 home store gift card, all for sharing a positive message about a Facebook friend.
Not a bad idea. Spread the love people
Today’s Leg Workout
Warm up: 20 minute treadmill jog
Stretch and feed those muscles!
What are you loving this week?
The sun is rising later and later, which makes it harder and harder to wake up at 5am.
I met a friend/client for an early morning Spin class at her gym, and we were both drenched in sweat, but feeling strong by the end.
I’ve always said that music is the key to a good workout, and this particular instructor was right on with her music choices.
There is nothing worse than trying to push through a spin class while being forced to listen to old school aerobics songs such as “Hit me with you best shot” and “Come on ride the train”
I’ve even experienced an entire spin session full of Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles cover bands.
Talk about wanting to ride my bike right through the second story window.
This morning however.. great class, great music, great sweat.
(P.S I’m obsessed with my Polar HRM)
We followed up with a quick upper body circuit that looked like this.
Rest 30 seconds, and repeat for a total of 3 sets.
Rest for 30 seconds and repeat for a total of 3 sets
I knew exactly what I wanted as my post workout meal, so I immediately whipped up my yogurt bowl as soon as I walked in the door.
Greek yogurt, blueberries, 1/2 sliced frozen banana, 1/2 cup Kashi GOLEAN, 1/2 Tbsp raw almond butter, and cinnamon.
My family and I are heading to York Beach Maine for the weekend, so I need to get my procrastinating self packed.
Along with a few outfits and toiletries, I make it a point to pack some snacks for the beach, and to munch on before dinner.
Vacation Snacks 101
It’s always better to have your own options, other than what’s available on the boardwalk or brought by others.
Turn down the Lays, soda, and pizza, and opt for a bag of popchips with your sandwich along side a crunchy pickle. Munch on sliced turkey rolled with cheese and a handful of almonds, rice cakes with a packet of nut butter, or a hard boiled egg with a piece of fruit.
Simple on the go snacks that provide energy, nutrients, and salty craving control. Along with bottled water, you’ll be set for the day!
Enjoy your first weekend of August!
We are all about convenience, quickness, and of course taste when it comes to preparing meals. But more often than not, even when trying to eat well, we reach for products full of sodium, saturated fat, and high sugar content.
How healthy is a grilled chicken salad with 1/2 cup of Ranch dressing poured on top, a sweet potato lathered in sour cream, or steamed asparagus covered in butter?
Answer: Not at all!
Think alternatives. Healthy alternatives. Delicious, easy, and healthy ingredients that are already found in your pantry.
The Healthy Swaps
Sugary Cereal or Sweetened Oatmeal
Mayo (on a sandwich or mixed as Tuna Salad)
Butter/Oil/ Margarine (in baking)
Blend together and heat on med-high pan or griddle sprayed with fat free non stick spray.
Check out my post about How To Build A Satisfying Salad
Bread on a sandwich
Substitute all Eggs and Oils for 1, 15 oz can of Black Beans! Sounds gross but it makes a very moist cake, with no added saturated fat and fewer calories. The chocolate mix, which already contains sugar, overpowers the taste of the black beans and makes for a delicious treat.
Add dark chocolate chips to the mix if you like a richer taste.
Try this recipe out!
Black Bean Brownies
1, 15.5 ounce can of black beans
1, 20 ounce package brownie mix (try Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie!)
Blend undrained black beans in a food processor or blender until smooth, then add to brownie mix and bake using the package instructions.
When Dining Out
Order or Made to Order
Most restaurants are glad to cater to your needs, so don’t be afraid to speak up.
We are seeing more and more healthy options added to menus, as well as nutrition content and Vegan/GF friendly meals.
The health trend is finally catching on, so take advantage of it! Show your friends and family how easy it is to make the right choice.
Be the example.
My legs are screaming at me right now.
I’ll show you.
squeeze, squeeze squeeze
- Finish with 10 minutes on the elliptical at level 5.
Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake
heat for 5-6 minutes in a microwave safe bowl, and enjoy.
It is so so so important to fuel your body both before, and after your workouts.
If you have no food in your belly, your body will naturally turn to your muscles for energy, eating them away and hindering your progress.
This is not what you want!
You’ve spent time building those muscles, protecting your bones, and creating a fit, toned physique. Don’t waste your time by neglecting to eat before you train.
A carb, healthy fat, and some protein is the way to go.
You will feel stronger, last longer, and get an overall better workout if you EAT EAT EAT! Plus, you will get better results, which is what we all want, right?
My pre-workout snack consisted of plain Greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon and raw almond butter, spread onto a gluten free rice cake.
Feed your muscles. Feel energized. Get a great workout.
It’s that simple.
Now go work those gorgeous legs of yours
I’m a frequent runner of Lake Quannapowit, and today was the first time that I saw swans on the property.
I’ve seen plenty of geese, dogs, bugs, and elderly men sun bathing shirtless, but I’ve never seen swans.
say that 10x fast.
I guess they’ve been grazing the area for a long time. I would love to know how I’ve missed them…Runner’s peripheral vision I guess.
Glad I parked my car in this lot today .
Rice cake topped with 1Tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus, and 1/2 cup AllWhites.
Following my run, I completed a lower body circuit on the grass, checking for poop before getting started
3x through for 1 minute each.
Hello burning quads! I love it!
After stretching for a while in the sun, I heading home for a snack.
I steamed a chunk of my one pound sweet potato in the microwave, and paired it with plain Greek yogurt, raw almond butter and cinnamon.
Best combo ever
As you know, tomorrow marks the end of a work week and the beginning of a new month; A month that I want you to make all about you.
It’s a fresh start. Do with it what you will, and do it well.
Begin a 31 day fitness challenge, tackle an obstacle that’s been holding you back, aim to finally start and finish that book, drink more water, neglect junk and processed foods, or finally visit that place you’ve been dying to see.
Let’s start June off on the right foot; reenergized, motivated, and grabbing life by the horns.
Look what came in the mail yesterday
I still have a bag of Chocolate left, but I had some credits that I needed to use on OpenSky, so I figured I’d buy some Vanilla.
It tastes better in certain recipes such as pina colada smoothies, warm vanilla protein oats, juicing, or protein pancakes.
Since it’s such a rainy, clammy morning, I craved a smoothie for breakfast.
And of course, some black coffee with Stevia.
Quite the hot and cold breakfast I’ve got going on here.
10 minute warm up: Stair Climber
Cardio: 20 minute HIIT on the Treadmill
Abs: Two, 1 minute Planks
Post Workout snack
Such a good combo
So..I’ve been feeling very thankful lately; Thankful for my health, my family, my friends, and everyday experiences that I sometimes take for granted.
When we focus so much on the negatives in our life, we tend to miss all of the positives surrounding us.
If you find yourself dwelling on a certain situation today, twist it into a positive and try to make it into something good.
Remember that there is always a light at the end of a tunnel, a lesson learned through failure, it could always be worse, and with every bad, comes a good.
Have a good day xoxo
I’m obsessed with today.
First iced coffee of the year!
cottage cheese, chia seeds, kashi, berries, banana, cinnamon
Sun protection for my run. Coppertone lotion, the official scent of summer
Running fuel. My favorite flavor
Reading in the sun at the lake
sweet potato, almond butter, Greek yogurt and cinnamon
Take time today to focus on yourself.
Do whatever it is that you love to do, and live in the moment.
Find a second to relax.