Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dark chocolate almond butter cookies




 I seem to be on a recipe roll lately, hope you don't mind.

When I originally made these on Saturday I had no intentions of sharing the recipe, I didn't think many people would be interested in making them. 
However, as soon as I tweeted/facebooked a picture I received an influx of:
OMG HOW DID YOU MAKE THOSE? 
RECIPE PLEASE?

And as you all know, I am a people pleaser, so here you go::



Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Cookies:
adapted from Clean Eating magazine
  • 1 cup unsalted almond butter
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, grated or broken into pieces 
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add almond butter,agave, baking soda and sea salt to a bowl and mix until blended
  • Add dark chocolate and walnuts, mix well
  • Using a melon scooper or tablespoon, scoop out dough and place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper

  • Bake for 13-15 minutes
  • Enjoy!



Easy, simple, clean and delicious



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Pizza without the guilt! (Recipe)


I don't know a single person who doesn't love pizza.
The cheese, the warm and cripsy crust, ugh, so good.


However all of that yumminess comes lots of calories, fat, and carbs.

I am not saying I do not or will not eat pizza anymore, I'd be lying and I don't lie.






My mind has been consumed with thoughts of pizza lately but I am not ready to chow down on it just yet, so I searched for "pizza crust alternatives" and came across the idea of cauliflower crust.

I know what you're thinking:

THAT IS AN OUTRAGE!
Does it taste the same?
How can I make this?
You're crazy and I am no longer reading your blog



Did you get it all out of your system? 
Can we move on to the goodness that is cauliflower crust?

Good.


1. No it does not taste the same, but it tastes just as good
2. Because it is cauliflower and there is no bread/flour it has to be eaten with a fork, if you can accept that keep reading







Spinach & Ricotta Cauliflower Crust Pizza:
Serves 2

For crust:

1 cup of riced/grated cauliflower
1 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2 egg whites
1T garlic powder
1T basil, fresh or dried
1T oregano, fresh or dried





Preheat oven to 450 degrees, then prepare crust:
 Add mozzarella to grated cauliflower

 Then add egg whites
 Add seasonings, you can use whatever herbs/powders you prefer

 With clean hands and jewelry removed, get in there and mix it up! If you have children this is a perfect "job" for them and they'll love it


After all ingredients are mixed, place crust on pizza stone(baking sheet works too) 
Tip: do not make the crust too thin otherwise it will stick to the surface


Bake the crust for 12-16 minutes

While it is baking it's time to make the toppings!



For toppings:
1 bag of baby spinach
1T extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves or 1T minced garlic
2T part skim ricotta cheese


Heat garlic and oil over medium heat for 5 minutes
Add spinach and cook until wilted


Add ricotta to mixing bowl( I added onion powder but this is optional)
Add spinach and stir

Take the cooked crust out of the oven, add spinach & ricotta mix then top of 1/4-1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella

Place pizza back in the oven for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted

Remove and enjoy!


Nutritional Facts: (for 1/2 of pizza)
Calories: 189
Total Fat: .3g
Total Carbohydrate: 16.2
Protein:30.3


This will not completely replace pizza for me BUT I will use this recipe when I am having a craving a lot more often. 

Also you could make a bunch of mini pizzas and serve them at a dinner party or bring them to a pot luck



Just Keep Sweating








Friday, January 27, 2012

The Perfect Push Up Challenge



 I hate push ups.
 
HATE

We do 100 of them every week in Jump & Drill and I have not improved, at all, what so ever. It turns out I have been doing them wrong this entire time and it wasn't until Tuesday that I found this out (Thanks Becky!)

With that said..


On Wednesday, February 1 we will start the "Perfect Push Up Challenge"

 29 days to complete 30 perfect push ups 

 




You can go about this anyway that works for you.
I will be starting with 3 and building up from there.

I would really like all of us to do this together, so your homework this weekend is to tell everyone you know to join us on a mission for the perfect push up.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day--do not tell me you don't have time to at least try.


If you are on twitter use #perfectpushup and tweet to @juskeepsweating to keep me up to date on your progress, or check in with me on  my Facebook fan page











Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sometimes we all need a little motivation...

WORK-IT-OUT WEDNESDAY


No matter what happens today, treat yourself and your body to a healthy meal && great workout.
Don't feel like it? 
Use these pictures to give you that little extra push you may need :)















Print this out, send it to a friend, put it on your fridge... no matter what life throws at you always remember to:

JUST KEEP SWEATING

Happy Hump Day

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday's eats!


Sunday afternoon Eddie & I went out for the final round of NFL playoff games with a bunch of friends. It was a great time, but I think I had a few too many beers which led to delicious and not-so-nutritious nachos. Oh well you only live once, might as well do it right!!


My friend Lauren (left) and Me(right)
(Beer-Mo's, warning: they make drinking beer even more fun!)



So today was a fresh start :


 (borrowed from my beloved www.lululemon.com)


For breakfast I had the TIU Breakfast Quinoa (so yummy I forgot to take a pic, so here is the batch I made this weekend)


I promise it tastes better than it looks!



For Meal 2: I had a banana sliced in half with organic peanut butter in between... If I had honey on hand at work I would have drizzled that as well for added deliciousness, but it is just as good without

Poor little guy looks like the train commute made him explode!




Meal 3: I had the TIU black bean burger with guacamole on ezikiel bread, which kept me full for hours (perfect work lunch)



Meal 4:  5pm, train snack/pre-workout snack time--this weeks bars are Clif bars..YUM!
I didn't even realize it had caffeine in it when I picked this flavor, but it came in handy as I had a serious case of the "Mondays" plus it was raining!






I did 15 minutes on the treadmill followed by a 20 minute ab class -which was a lot harder then I thought it would be- Basically I did a semi-lazy workout, but I got to the gym and that is what matters.



Meal 5: Baked chicken breast seasoned with Mrs.D and sauteed spinach, while watching The Big Bang Theory--perfect end to the day



I also made sure I was hydrated, especially after drinking the day before: 105 oz of H20 for the win.




Just Keep Sweating

Monday, January 23, 2012

TechBytes:Gym-Pact... is this a scam?

I was catching up on emails over my morning coffee and stumbled across one about a new website/iPhone application. 





 Basically you set a goal of how many days a week you want to go to the gym ( for example, I chose 4) and pick a start date, then you have to check in through the application when you're at the gym to earn your cash. 



 
After you build your profile you have to set your "stakes", this is what you will be charged for every workout you skip. They range from $5(which is the minimum) to $100.






When you are at your gym you have to check-in and they will verify the address through GPS.
NO CHEATING ALLOWED.
The website says they have over 40,000 gyms in their database, university's included.
Don't see your gym? You can add it yourself and they will verify the address.


Check-ins are tallied on Sunday nights and the money you receive is from other members who didn't make their goal for the week and is sent via PayPal (not sure how often or what day they transfer the money, and the website is not clear)



I suggest reading through  FAQ's before signing up/submitting your credit card. They actually require a doctor's note if you do not make your goal for the week because you were sick/injured and do not want to be charged.

That seems a little absurd to me....
This app/program is not something I would personally use because I do not feel comfortable giving them my credit card information and the reviews seem to be less than favorable.






I think a better idea would be to make your own gym-pact jar, set the stakes at whatever you would like them to be and when you miss a workout put cash into your jar, and you can donate the money to a charity of your choice.  That way you see where your money is going and it doesn't get lost/stolen in cyberspace. Another option is to create a jar and every time you DO workout you put money into it  and treat yourself to something special once you hit a certain goal.





What do you think of this idea? 
Would you like to be charged for missing your workout?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snowy Saturday

Apparently my beloved shih tzu, Max, didn't know today was Saturday and thought waking me up at 5:45 to play was acceptable.

Newsflash pooch::it's not

However, I rolled (literally) out of bed, dragged my feet (literally) to the K-cups, made my coffee and breakfast.

1/2 cup of oatmeal, unsweetened almond milk, a handful of organic raisins, flax seed and cinnamon.
aka
my favorite pre-2 hr workout breakfast

When I let the dogs out, I didn't really look outside so I had no idea it snowed until I was greeted by this face:



After breakfast it was time to get ready to sweat, and FINALLY wear my new LuluLemon tank I bought earlier this week:

(photo-shoots at 7:30 am are totally normal, right?)

I felt a little scandalous and slightly exposed but after a few compliments I got over it ;) 

Today was Jump & Drill + Interval Training... so there was a lot of sweat. This tank held up beautifully, it showed the sweat, but did not get wet which was nice.
(TMI? didn't think so)


After my classes I was off to Rite Aid to pick up meds for the fiance and found this
 (I know most of you are saying  "this girl has a nail polish problem" and you're right)

I love the sparkle!


After I arrived home and showered I laid on the couch and haven't moved since.... Roads are too icy to risk moving, so I am using it as an excuse to catch up on American Horror Story and write this random blog.


Hope you all are having a fantastic Saturday!

Just Keep Sweating


Friday, January 20, 2012

Low carb pasta SIGN ME UP!

As an Italian, pasta is a staple in my diet. We used to have it at least once a week for dinner, not only is it easy but it's versatile and cheap. When my mom and I started Tone it Up one of the first things we had to accept that we would no longer be indulging in the pasta dinners we once loved. After all of the tears had subsided we searched for alternative, and came across tofu shirataki.

What the heck is that!?

Tofu Shirataki is a great pasta alternative made from blending the root of the Konnyaku - a member of the yam family and tofu.
It is a healthy, uniquely textured noodle - that pleases people of all ages!
(this is from the house food website)

Yummy Facts:
  • It comes in 4 different shapes: macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair. 
  • Low carb- 3g per serving!!!
  • Low calorie- 20 calories per 4 oz serving, and each package is 2 servings 
  • 2g of fiber per serving
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten and Dairy free
  • No sugar or cholesterol  



For this recipe we each had our own bag, I tried angel hair and mom had spaghetti
They come packaged in water, just like tofu does.  Cut the package and place pasta in a strainer and rinse well. 
(sorry for the white on white, I promise it's there!)


 Place the pasta in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes or stove top, whichever you prefer.





Pick your favorite veggies and chop them accordingly. I used a bag of spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic and cherry tomatoes.



Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add garlic onion and tomatoes

 Cook on a medium-high heat until tomatoes start to burst, about 10 minutes then add mushrooms
(yummmmmmmmmmm)
Let the mushrooms and tomatoes cook for another 5-7 minutes ( or until they look like this)

then add spinach:

Reduce the heat to medium, sprinkle a teaspoon of sea salt and let the spinach cook until wilted:

Ladle your veggies on top of your tofu shirataki:

Enjoy!



Nutritional Facts:
Calories: 94
Total Fat: 1.2 g
Sodium: 97.8
Carbohydrates: 15g
Protein:7g

The perfect low calorie, low carb "pasta" dinner, and because it's tofu it takes on any flavor you cook it in! I was so full that I couldn't even finish my bowl. Next time I am going to add grilled chicken to this dish for added protein, but I will definitely be making these noodles a lot more often!



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