Monday, April 29, 2013

Fro-Yo Protein Pops!


This 2 ingredient recipe I am about to share with all of you is epic.
The idea came to me while I was enjoying this snack last Wednesday afternoon:
I have been hooked on this combination lately, I call it an adult PB&J.
Then it hit me.
Turn this into fro-yo pops!
All I needed was a Popsicle kit [ is that what they are even called?] and I could make my dreams come true.
Yesterday I was food shopping for the week and stumbled across this:
WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN!
Immediately went home and created what is now my favorite frozen treat.


I took 2 containers of Chobani blueberry mixed it with 2 1/2 tablespoons of Justin's maple almond butter, put it into the Popsicle mold and popped it into the freezer over night.
What is this delicious treat going to cost you calorie wise you ask?
BAM! 145 calories and 9G of protein!
NO GUILT HERE
Seriously.
Make these.
I can't wait to come up with other flavor combinations.
I have ideas to involve chocolate-granola-fresh fruit.....It's going to be a Popsicle filled summer for sure.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When Cons Outweigh The Pros...


 
 
 
Before I get into the debacle that was my life last night lets start off with two fun, positive things shall we?
 
 
First off, this mornings workout was awesomesauce.
 


BA BAM!
 
 
Another exciting thing?
These little personalized wine charms for my wedding party!


They are a little difficult to see here but I did a close up shot in this video if you want to look at all of their cuteness.
 
I ordered them from an Etsy shop called Tipsy Designs and they were not only helpful but quick. We came up with this design after a few emails back and forth, and the wine charms were at my door 2 days later.
 
I think they would be a great gift idea for any event so definitely keep their shop name in your back pocket. Tell them Just Keep Sweating sent you! [No I don't get anything for plugging them, I just loved working with them]
 
 
Okay fun stuff over.
Real talk time.
 
 
On Monday I mentioned we MAY have found the perfect place for us. If you watch my daily vlogs then you're well aware of the entire situation that has been going on the past few days.
 
I got a call yesterday afternoon saying we got the place and I was excited about !
So excited that I immediately took to Facebook to boast about it [it's a bad habit we all have, thanks social media]
 
After work I went home and started to pack up some odds and ends and also go through things we had from our previous apartment few years ago.
 
 
 
 
As the night went on I sat and spent more time thinking about the apartment and moving, and as excited as I am for us to have our first place as newlyweds and start our lives as a married couple, it just wasn't feeling "right."
 
I started discussing my worry with my mom and we weighed the pros and cons:
 
Pros
Affordable
Takes the boys
Close to our jobs/current home/family
2 Bedrooms
 
Cons
No Dishwasher
No Washer/Dryer
No Yard for the boys
No control of cable box package
 
 
In the end the cons really outweighed the pros and since we are not in a rush [have to be out July 1] We decided it was best to wait.
 
Fingers crossed the next one is the right one.
 
 
Anyways enough nonsense talk, time to enjoy some fruit in a mason jar!
 
 
 









Monday, April 22, 2013

Bridal Shower Dresses and New Home?


 
 
 
I had such a busy, exciting weekend I just couldn't wait to share it with all of you!
 
Saturday
 Saturday I got my sweat on nice and early but my HRM stopped working in the beginning of class so I didn't even bother to take a PWO [post workout] picture for instagram or the blog but I promise you, it happened!
 
 
After that it was bridal shower dress shopping with Mom. The shower is just 19 days from today and I couldn't be more excited about it. We popped into Lord & Taylor and both of us ended up finding tons of dresses to try on.
 
 
 
I ended up coming home with two because I was unable to decide in the store, then after having lots of family and bridesmaids opinions on them both I chose one, which is NOT the one pictured above :) I have to surprise you guys after the shower with my choice!
 
 
We popped into Costco on our way home and I felt like I hit the lotto with these two finds.
 
 
CHOBANI VARIETY PACK!? WHAT WHAT!!
 
 
Saturday night was GIRLS NIGHT! We made homemade apple jax, which is one shot of fireball whiskey mixed with a bottle of hard cider, I used Woodchuck.
In a word... AMAZEBALLS.
 
 
After a few of those we got down to some serious Yoga business. We YouTubed some tutorials on some moves and tried them out. I wasn't the best at them but who cares, we were having fun!
 
 
Sunday
 
 
Arms, abs and kickboxing started off my day and it was perfect.
I spent most of my post workout morning cleaning. I did laundry, washed my yoga mat and took my car for a MUCH NEEDED carwash.
 
 
Is there anything better then a clean car with a new scent to start off your work week?
I don't think so.
 
Pink lemonade G-Fuel in a mustache cup, the ONLY way to get ready for a workout!


 
My mom and I then spent the remainder of the afternoon driving around looking for rentals for Eddie and I to move into this coming June/July. And we MAY have found THE ONE. It was a total fluke. I was searching on Craigs List as we were driving around, found a potential rental for us and called the relator listed on the posting.
 
He was unable to show us the place because he was currently showing a different place. I asked him about the one he was at at the time and when he told me the details I said... What's the address., we'll be there in 5 minutes.
 
 
 
We went in, looked around, fell in love and left a check.
 
In 72 hours we'll know if we found our new home.
AHHHHHHHHH
So many things happening in both May and June, I can hardly contain myself! Next weekend is the last weekend that I have no plans for at least 2-3 months, which is insane especially if we're going to be adding moving to the mix.
 
However, I'd rather be overly busy then overly boring!
 
I have a new vegetarian recipe coming at you sometime this week, stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner recipes!




Today I've decided to hit you with not one but two recipes!
Hitting isn't nice, so I am not going to do that...Instead I'll toss them to you.
Slow and underhand.

What were we discussing again?

Oh, recipes.
Lets get to it.



Since breakfast is the first meal of day lets start there.

Awesome Baked Eggs
[working title]



Ingredients
Vegetable of choice
2 eggs
Seasonings of choice
Parmesan cheese
 Ramekin

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 12-15 minutes


Serve over 1/2 of an english muffin or toast, preferably Ezekiel because it's the bomb diggity.

For the vegetable I did half of a tomato and the seasoning was garlic & herb perfect pinch.
Perfection 


Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Serves 6


Ingredients
3 peppers, halved
1 lb ground chicken
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1/4 onion, diced
1/8 cup corn
1/2 cup salsa
Shredded cheese of choice


Directions
Preheat oven to 350
Cook chicken in a pan
Remove cooked chicken and drain excess liquids from pan
In a bowl combine salsa, chicken, quinoa and veggies of choice
Add "stuffing" to peppers
Bake for 10 minutes
Remove from oven and place cheese on top of peppers then put them back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes

Allow peppers to cool for a few minutes before diving in fork first.



Bon Appetit!





Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My heart is with you Boston




I had a recipe post to share with all of you today but it seems trivial to share with you in light of the events in Boston yesterday.
This post is all over the place... I am still having trouble processing what happened and why..


I was sitting at work watching the marathon stream on my computer while discussing with my boss how incredible all of these people were for running 26.2 miles. The race was dedicated to the lives lost at Sandy Hook just a few months ago which made it that much more emotional for those running and those watching.

Long distance runners are heroes in my eyes because they accomplish something I could never imagine doing, some of them do it only once and other run it time and time again. 


Fast forward to a few hours later when I saw a tweet, "2 bombs just went off at the Boston Marathon finish line."

I said it out loud to my boss, neither one of us fully believing what I was saying was true.
Unfortunately it was.

I spent the last hour of work glued to live news coverage and twitter. Tweeting to blog friends I knew that were running/watching hoping they were okay.

Sad for those who were affected by such a terrible, unnecessary tragedy.

When things like this happen all I can think of is Why?

I know I am not the only one thinking and feeling this way today, so feel free to open up in the comments below. 


I've seen a lot of social media buzz about people wearing old race t-shirts today in honor of those at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

I'm in.

Thoughts & Prayers are with everyone affected

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I AM HAPPY.


 
 
I am so sick of seeing myself apologize for my lack of posts on here but I can't help but feel bad for abandoning my page/all of you so often.
 
 
Ever since I started my new job I find myself LIVING more and sitting in front of the computer less [except when I am at work, but I am a happy little busy bee all day long!]  I have said I am going to make a better effort to post like I was before but the truth is I don't know when/if that will happen.
 
I am not saying that I am no longer going to blog/write/post by any means so please don't take this the wrong way. I just wanted to explain exactly where I am coming from and where I have been.
 
 
Like I mentioned above, I have been LIVING more.
I can say that I am at a place in my life where I have never been happier.
Truthfully.
I have NEVER been happier.
 
 
It's amazing how much a crappy job, commute, boss, co-workers -whatever- can affect your everyday life.
 
I was much more unhappy at my old job then I ever let on.
I dreamed of the days I wouldn't have to deal with the BS that went on there or my hellish 90 minute commute [both ways]
 
 
I traded all of it in for a local job with a company I had never heard of and a slight pay cut.
You know what?
 
IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY.
 
I look forward to work every single day.
I work for great people, who appreciate not only me, but everything around them.
I have FUN at work which never crossed my mind as a possibility in my life.
My ideas get turned into actions, everyday and it makes me feel worth it.
I LOVE my job.
I LOVE my life.
I really cannot say it enough.
I am truly blessed and thankful for this opportunity as well as Eddie, family and friends that pushed me to take the risk.
 
 
 
If you don't like something about your life CHANGE IT.
 
Seriously, life is so so so short... too short to be unhappy in any aspect of it.
 
Take the risk.
Take the pay cut.
Take a walk on the wild side.
 
It will change you.
It will remind you WHY you're living.
 
I mean it.
 
GO AFTER WHAT YOU WANT.
DON'T STOP UNTIL YOU GET IT.
BE HAPPY.
 
Because you deserve it.
 
There will always be bills.
There will always be struggle.
 
Money isn't everything.
Life is























Monday, April 8, 2013

Meal prep fail and weekend workouts!


 
 
Monday already?
 
Even with an extended weekend thanks to a work trip to Atlantic City last Thursday I still can't believe how quick this weekend went!
 
 
 
Saturday
 
I had 3 nights of bad sleep in a row the gym was the absolute last place I wanted to be at 7:30 on Saturday morning, BUT I have my favorite class and a partner I wouldn't want to disappoint by not showing up so off I went.
 


It was a great workout and I felt a lot better about going after it was over.
The workouts you don't want to do always feel the best!
 
 
After the gym I had a quick at home brunch with Eddie before we both had to go to work
 



This has been my go to breakfast as of late. 1/2 of an Ezekiel English muffin topped with organic salsa, one over easy egg [YOLK PORN ANYONE!?] spinach and 1/2 a slice of American cheese.
 
Perfection.
 
 
I spent the remainder of my Saturday working, locking my keys in my car, shopping at price club and catching up on YouTube videos/editing my own daily vlogs.
 
Super exciting stuff kids.
OH and I was in bed by 9pm...on a Saturday.
I need a life.
 
 
 
Sunday
 
Unfortunately no kickboxing this weekend because the usual instructor was out. I wasn't going to let that keep me from getting my sweat on so Becky and I took an eight a.m spin class, which was an absolute blast.
 
 
The two of us danced-sang and sweat our way through a grueling 45 minute spin class and decided we want to add this into our weekly rotation at the gym....somehow.
 
 
After the gym I cleaned up the basement before heading to one of the best bakery's on Long Island with my mom to order my bridal shower favors
 


 
All of those came home with us.
Not kidding.
But they were gifts ;)
 
I did enjoy a ladybug cookie and hot pink macron and both were amazing/worth the calories!
 
 
When we got home it was meal prep time!
On the menu this week: Sweet potato, quinoa, and black bean burgers


I adapted the recipe from this one and although I made quite a few changes I used the recommended amount of oil from the original recipe and they came out SO dry. Instead of having them as burger patties I'll be eating them as crumbles over salads this week.
 
 
 
It is supposed to be in the 70's most of this week on Long Island and I'll tell ya I couldn't be happier!














 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Meal Prep 101: Seasonings




A few months ago I started a Meal Prep 101 series and wrote about how I make work-week lunches. There was such an overwhelming response that I wanted to continue adding posts into the series and today we are going to discuss seasonings!


 I think the biggest issue people have with eating healthy is they think the food tastes boring and it does...if you don't season it correctly.

I am a huge fan of McCormick's Perfect Pinch line.
I'm not kidding...check out my stash:

 Most of these were purchased by me but two of them were gifted to me by McCormick when I went to visit their kitchens last September.

From left to right we have: Southwest, Cajun, Mediterranean Herb, Savory[favorite all spice] Garlic & Herb, Rotisserie Chicken and Fiesta Lime. I just finished my Italian Herbs & Spices, so I have to pick more of that up asap.

Most of these are salt free, but some are not. The ones that are not SF get used less often because I really like to stay away from salt in my cooking as much as possible.

I add these seasonings to my chicken, eggs, brussels--pretty much everything I cook. I like to combine a few of them together to make it my own seasoning blend and I am never disappointed with the results!

Another favorite of mine is Mrs. Dash.
These were my "go to" before discovering the perfect pinch seasonings, and they also come in a variety of flavors. As you can see they get a lot of use and it's almost time to buy more!
The entire Mrs Dash line is SALT FREE as well so it is perfect for healthy cooking.




The last two are plain old garlic and onion powder. I use this duo in every thing I cook. Even if the seasoning itself has garlic/onion in it, I add these to it. I LOVE GARLIC, which is why I have the Costco size haha.




I truly believe that seasoning is a key ingredient to losing weight, eating healthy and staying on track. If your food tastes great you're going to eat it.
If you make it bland, and boring...you will be miserable and go right back to eating unhealthy/processed/fried foods.

I promise you.

Go out and stock up on healthy, salt-free seasonings.
Your mouth, stomach and body will thank you!


What Meal Prep 101 would you like me to share next? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend Festivities




Weekends always go too fast, and they seem to go even faster when a holiday falls on that weekend.


Saturday:

Up and at 'em early for a great workout!
After the gym I refueled with my new favorite protein shake, birthday cake. I spent a lot of Saturday running errands: dog groomer-health food store-ring shopping with Eddie-another food store and then we came home to prep our Easter brunch dishes.

But first, this happened:
Eddie bought me a coconut so naturally we stuck a straw in it.
That was THE BEST coconut water I have ever had, holy yum.

Then I had a genius idea:

Toasted coconut beer inside the coconut.
Reminded me of my drinking out of pumpkins days.

The beer lead to us creating some great dishes for brunch.
I made an asparagus and Gruyere tart

Eddie made a breakfast casserole with a bacon weave on top

We spent the rest of our Saturday night designing our wedding invites with Eddie's brother and I *think* we have our design! 



Sunday

Easter!

I woke up early to try a new class at the gym.
Ended up only staying for 30 minutes, it just wasn't for me....oh well you win some, you lose some.

I picked up this outfit from LOFT Friday night and thought it would be perfect for Easter brunch PLUS I needed baby pink jeans in my life...who doesn't?

Brunch was great, it's always nice to catch up with my cousins/aunts and uncles that I don't get to see as much as I would like to. 


After lunch it was meal prep time! I only made two salads for myself for today and tomorrow, Wednesday is another stuffed sweet potato because I'll be in AC the end of this week!

I am heading to the Revel hotel for the Bellator fights on Thursday with Eddie and my bosses, I am so excited :) I'll definitely share the experience with all of you this weekend.

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!