Kettlebell fun

sooo, let me begin with something that happened today. Something not good to say the least…

At lunch time today, Colt and I usually share the house together as we have the same lunch hour at work. Today, however, he was doing volunteer work for habitat for humanity so I knew he wouldn’t be home.

Well, just my luck, that I happen to walk in the door and what do I see?

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DISASTER ZONE.

Looks like the dogs got into the sink, grabbed the chicken carcass from our roast last night, got into the garbage, even into the coffee grinds. Oh, and also destroyed the back of our futon in the living room!

Needless to say, they were in their crates for the afternoon. Mama was not happy one bit..

Upon return at the end of the day, I let them out and I had to give me some good cuddles because they were staring at me so adorably..

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Ah I am such a suck!

Now that you’ve been informed of the events of my day, I’d like to share a workout that I enjoyed this morning!

I was looking to change it up by utilizing some new forms of weights. This is always exciting to me. I love the feeling of some muscles being activated that haven’t been for a while and this workout definitely allowed for that!

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If you need any help with figuring out these moves, they will all pop up on Google if you search them. They are all relatively straight-forward!

While I’m talking about workouts, I may as well also update you on my running excursions!

I got out for a good 11 km yesterday morning. The pace was an easy one but so enjoyable. It’s really been benefiting me getting out in the mornings because the winds haven’t picked up yet. Darn that wind makes it a lot more difficult!

Until next time, peeps! I’m off to the golf range!

What’s a workout without apple crumble afterward?

Should we jump right into it? Today’s workout was a strength & cardio circuit. I warmed up with 15 minutes on treadmill and finished up afterward with another 20 minutes of cardio – combination of treadmill, stair master and elliptical because of boredom!

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You can even alter the form of cardio or take it out completely in order to just focus on strength – whatever works best for you!

I felt so, so hungry after my workout today. And since I had daydreams about apple pie and goodies all day I thought a (healthy) version of apple crumble would be a treat that would satisfy my sweet craving.

Apple crisp is already healthier than pie as it cuts out the calorie-heavy crust. I also opted to use stevia instead of sugar, as well as subtract the brown sugar coating and really up the anty on cinnamon and oat topping. Taking the butter out of the equation also allows you indulge guilt-free!

(single serving)

You will need

  • 1 medium-sized apple, diced small
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1 stevia packet
  • optional add-ins: walnuts, raisins, etc.
  • 3 tbsp quick oats
  • 2 tsp oat flour (or another flour of choice)
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter-type spread (such as Smart Balance Light or Earth Balance)

Instructions

– Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an oven-safe 2-cup dish.

– In a small mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients (and optional add-ins, if desired). Stir well.

– In a separate mixing bowl, combine remaining three ingredients and stir well. Now mix everything together and pour into the greased dish. (If you like a more-crumbly crumble, increase the amounts of the last three ingredients.)

– Bake 40 minutes (in the middle of the oven, not the very top), then turn the oven to high-broil for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, but let sit in oven 15 more minutes

Get ready to have a very satisfied tummy!

Easy BBQ Chicken & Reesey Piecey Goodness

Chicken is the number one go-to meal for dinner in our house! I especially love it because it’s so darn versatile and can be made in so many different ways.

Last night for dinner when we were trying to think of what to conjour up for a meal, we turned to the chicken thighs that were in the fridge and asparagus. I also had an intense craving for bruschetta, so I quickly ran to the store to get some fresh french baguette!

This chicken was easy peasy (as long as you know how to work a BBQ grill – if not, take some lessons!!) Seriously a life changing tool when it comes to cooking.

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Ingredients:

skinless boneless chicken thighs
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
Salt & Pepper
Soy sauce

Directions:

– Marinade the thighs in soy sauce, salt and pepper for as much time as you can. We were trying to cook these up quick time, so they were only  in the bag for about half an hour.
– Fire up the BBQ to a temperature of around 400. Once it reaches this temperature, put the thighs directly on the grill and brush with BBQ sauce.- After 7 minutes, turn onto the other side of the thighs and brush this side as well.
-After another 7 minutes, the thighs should be cooked through (but cut one in the middle just to be sure).

Enjoy the chickeny chicken!

And for dessert… I must share this recipe. I’m sorry in advance.

Colt saw this posted on Facebook off of someone’s Pinterest account and when he said Reese’s I was immediately convinced to get baking.

WARNING: These are no way shape or form healthy. If you want to resist the temptation, don’t read any further 😉

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Reeses Pieces Rice Krispies!

Ingredients:

7 cups mini marshmallows
7 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
7 cups plain Rice Krispie cereal
24 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Melt 4 Tablespoons butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in the peanut butter.
  • Pour the cereal into the marshmallow mixture and stir until completely combined. Press half the cereal mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan.
  • Place the 24 peanut butter cups over the top of the rice krispies in the pan. Spoon the rest of the rice krispies over the top and press down. Let cool completely.
  • Place the chocolate chips and remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir until creamy. You can heat it an additional 10-15 extra seconds, if needed. Spread over the top of the rice krispie treats. Let set. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter

Simply Organic Products and mint cocoa smoothie

Disclaimer: This post is 100% my opinion and view on the products alone. While I did receive free merchandise on behalf of the company, I am not receiving compensation for having affiliate links posted on my blog.

Simply Organics

I was so thrilled to have the company offer to send me some free merchandise! While I am not the best cook I know by any means, it is certainly something that I enjoy. I am always looking to try out new recipes.

What I received in the mail:

Simply Organic chili powder
cinnamon powder
crushed ginger root powder
peppermint flavouring
vanilla non-alcoholic flavouring

I have utilized Simply Organic’s spices in my recipes before. I have to admit, I’m pretty picky when it comes to my seasonings. I feel the best resource for them are to get them from their most natural state. However, that’s not always a viable option. These products are the next best thing. None of the spices go through any irridation!

The cinnamon in particular was sweeter than what you would normally get from your typical grocery store (which I love!) Everything was so, so fresh and I liked the glass bottles that they came in to ensure freshness for a long time.

Also, one of my favourite things about Simply Organic is the fact that 1% of all sales go to support organic farming 🙂

If you go to their website here, you can purchase any products, as well as look up some great recipes that suit any of your cravings!

When I had opened the box and noticed the peppermint flavour, I was a little confused as to how to utilize it. So, I decided to look up some recipes (HE-LLO Pinterest). One that caught my eye: peppermint cocoa smoothie.

Yes, please!

Ingredients:

1 banana
handful of ice
1 TB cocoa powder (I use natural unsweetened Hershey’s)
1 packet of stevia
1/4 tsp Simply Organic peppermint flavouring
1/4 tsp Simply Organic vanilla flavouring
3/4 cup unsweetened Almond milk

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in your blender, and blend, blend, blend!
Then enjoy.

Kind of reminds me of Junior Mints!

Mint chocolate is one of my top favourite flavours. I am so, so happy I discovered this smoothie because I am almost certain I will be consuming it daily!

the best banana chocolate chip muffins you will ever have

As an avid runner, we like to run, and ofcourse what comes along with that? Oh yes, EATRunSnoozeRepeat. I love eating. Especially when it comes to thinking up yummy pre- and post- run foods. I was opting for something really sweet and delicious today to have before a good, long run. And looking in the cupboard I spotted brown bananas!

Better put them to use.

My mom used to make the most amazing banana bread and I thought I’d convert it into muffin form. and add some chocolate chips in there…

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The product was outstanding! So, so good I could eat 12. And the perfect food to fuel me through my run.

Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

3 large, ripe bananas mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking poweder
1 1/2 cups flour of choice
CHOCOLATE CHIPS (enough to your sweet tooth)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg

Directions:

– In one bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Then put to the side.
– In separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, egg, mashed bananas, white sugar, brown sugar and egg.
– Fold the dry ingredients into the bowl with bananas and mix it up real good.
– Add in the amount of chocolate chips you desire.
– Pour batter into lined muffin tin and bake at 350 for 25 minutes (ish) Check them at this point, some ovens need a bit longer.

and then eat eat eat them all up!

Fitness Watch Comparisons

I need some serious assistance!

I’ve been looking into the benefits of wearing a fitness/health tracker for a while now. I know I have definitely reached the point where I want to purchase one because I’ve heard so many great reviews! I’m an avid runner and gym-goer, so I’m definitely looking to purchase a product which will track my steps, HR, and calories burned. I really would like it to have the ability to track my sleep as well so that I am able to link this all to my iPad or computer and look at the comparisons from day to day. I think this will definitely push me even further into the right direction with my fitness – any sort of added motivation to be healthy everyday is good with me!

I’m at a loss and can’t seem to decide exactly which fitness band/watch I want to purchase. It seems like there are sooo many on the market today!

The bands that I have been hearing the most about are: FitBit charge or flex, Polar, and nikefit band

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What are your reviews if you have or have tried these watches? Any other kinds that I’m unaware of that you might recommend??

Sweaty circuit workout

Happy Monday ya’ll! I hope everyone is ready for another week and enjoyed their weekend and the Super Bowl, I sure did! LOTS of great food was indulged upon. A few friends and Colt and I got together for a Sunday football potluck  – booze, football, great food and games made it a wonderful day with wonderful company. 🙂

Check out this spread!

and yes I did try absolutely everything… Ofcourse the item I brought was the boring veggie tray, yaaaaaawn.

On another note

I’ve been really doing a lot of research and looking into a lot of different types of workouts that magazines, websites and blogs have to offer. I’ve tried a few out, and definitely picked out some favourites. I’ve learned and noticed that one type of workout that I really enjoy are circuits!

Circuits are so great because you get the best of both worlds  -aerobic and anaerobic – into one compacted workout that gets your HR UP! (So long as you put some good effort into it).

Before heading to the gym today, I  knew I wanted a really good sweat session because I feel like I’ve been at a bit of a plateau and haven’t pushed myself as hard as I could have lately. So, I opted for this super fast and sweaty circuit workout posted on yet again the pbfingers blog!

I started off with  a 15 minute treadmill warmup, then I went through the work out moves once, went back to the treadmill for 10 minutes, went through the workout another time, did 10 minutes on the treadmill, then finished up with a final go through of the moves. I finished my gym session with an easy 5 minutes of cardio on the elliptical.

I felt so refreshed and recharged afterward. Definitely a great kick off to my Monday (and slightly in part due to the mass amounts of food that I consumed at the SUPERBOWL).

Time for my afternoon!

Homemade pulled chicken stew

Hey friends!

Colt and I have really been utilizing our crock pot that we have lately. And so this morning I wanted to quickly share with you I slow cooker recipe we tried yesterday.

I loooove slow cooker recipes because you just plop it all in before work or at lunch time, and by dinner, tadah! A delicious warm meal all ready to eat. Easy or what?

Since we’d already made chili in our crock pot last week, and pulled pork before that, we opted for a stew! I was really not feeling a red meat meal, so we decided on a hearty pulled chicken stew.

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Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts
all purpose flour (1/3 cup)
4 carrots chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
1/3 white onion chopped
3 potatoes cut into the size you’d like
3/4 carton of beef broth
paprika, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper to season as you would like

Directions:

– cook the chicken and onion over the stove and season the chicken with the spices to your preference
– when chicken is completely cooked through, shred it with a fork and transfer into a slow cooker with chopped carrots and celery and potatoes
– add in the broth and flour mixture and stir until it is a good liquid consistency
– add in more of the spices according to your liking
– cook on low for 4-6 hours (or more!)

Then enjoy!
We had ours in the cooker for about 6 hours and enjoyed it with some homemade biscuits. DELICIOUS!

Go to grocery list

I had a few people message me and ask me what my go-to items at the grocery store are. Typically, I use my Sundays as grocery shopping days to limit the number of times that I need to go during the week to grab all those little things that I might run out of or forget!

So, I wanted to share with you a list of items that I am gravitated towards when grocery shopping. Ofcourse this is a fairly big list, and my trips every week do not consist of purchasing EVERY item on this list, but I will rarely stray away from the items listed.

Quick tip: stick to the perimeters of grocery stores as much as possible! This is where all the freshest and most raw foods are. As soon as you start heading down the aisles, the food items become more processed and unnatural.

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Yes, wow, there’s definitely a lot of items on this list, but the idea is to choose the things you like from it and stick with only the foods that you see!!

MY favourites of the bunch (the ones I find myself purchasing most often) are sweet potatoes, oats, alllll fruit but mainly bananas and apples and berries, allllllllll vegetables but mainly carrots, celery and broccoli, lettuce and spinach, yogurt, eggs, salmon and chicken. OH and peanut butter!! I go through that stuff very fast. (oh naturale, ofcourse).

Workout

My workout of the day was a chest and tricep day in the Jamie Eason program. I’m on week 2 now, hoorah! I’m still finding it great and I’m honestly noticing a difference in my body. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without incorporating this amount of strength and weight training into my regime. I love love love it and feel stronger already!

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This is so random, but I follow Ipsy on Instagram and also wanted to show you their post with you:

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I lol’d! And needless to say, I double tapped! I treat myself to the max. What’s a life without great food indulgences!

Gooey Chickpea Brownies

Yup, you read that right! CHICKPEA brownies! 

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TAKE A LOOK AT THAT DOUGH 🙂

These things are delicious. I’m talkin’ eat the whole pan and not even feel bad type of delicious.

I tried out the recipe this morning to bring over to a friends and tested one out before I bring them over. It’s taking a lot of willpower to not consume any more of these things! So I know I Had to take 5 minutes to share the recipe with everyone before heading out for the evening!

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OOEY GOOEY GOODNESS

I got this delectable recipe from a blog by Rachel Schultz.

Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
16 ounces chickpeas
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ cup almond or peanut butter
1 egg
¼ cup oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
⅛ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour chickpeas and vanilla into blender or food processor.
Pulse for a few seconds most peas are broken up. Add almond butter and egg and pulse for a few more seconds.
Transfer to bowl and combine with oats, baking soda, baking poweder, salt, and brown sugar. At first, mixture may seem very thick, but it loosens quickly while stirring.
Fold in chocolate chips and transfer to a 9×9 baking dish. Baking for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly and serve.

Enjoy trying not to devour these in one sitting!