Hi Everyone! How was Your Weekend? What kind of
As I mentioned in yesterday's Highlights of the Week Post , we didn't do anything "special' which is how I like to keep weekends. This sounds a little cheesy and trite, bu just being with my family is the best. I don't need to "do" anything other than just be with them. Yes, once upon a time, going out and whooping it up, swinging from the chandeliers and embracing my inner wild child, or going shopping and spending a small fortune in Neiman Marcus was the stuff of life. But it's not anymore and that's actually great. Life changes, we adapt, and the gift of my yoga practice is savoring and relishing in what I have now. Today. Not back in the day.
So that was kind of philosophical for a Monday. Must be all the endorphins that are rushing through me because this morning I met with my Trainer! As I said yesterday , he was going to be giving me new Splits (for the non-lifters, that just means what workout routine to do each day and how I "split" up working on different muscles and body parts). We went over my new splits, and it's so fun for me to learn new things and have new workouts to try! As I do them this week, I'll post them to the Gym Workouts Tab . I won't even charge you the $75 an hour I pay my trainer...haha!
He measured me and if you care...
My weight on the scale was unchanged
My waist went down 1/4 inch
My body fat percentage went down 1/2 percent
My lean mass increased by a half pound
All that's a fancy way to say that I am building lean muscle! And doing it the Vegan Protein Way without stressing out about "Getting Enough" Protein or very much Vegan Protein Powder at all!
I want to thank everyone for telling me that you Support Me in Taking A Blogging Day Off here and there in Order to Have More Real Life, Less Blog Life. I love my blog and blogging is such a wonderful outlet, and I have made so many awesome friends and have amazing readers, but I need to cut a few corners . Life is so busy for me these days!
Thanks for also sharing what Content you like To See on My Blog, and on Others' Blogs. As I said, I don't want to bore anyone, but my Blog is about My Life, all of it. Not just recipes. And although I love to share my Recipes and Food with Everyone, I also have fun sharing Other Facets of my Life. Thanks for supporting me and reading my very multi-faceted blog: Food, Recipes, Real Life Details, Yoga, Fitness Training, Parenting, Holistic Info, Mailbox Goodies, and More. So no big changes or anything, just trying to keep my blog fresh, interesting, and true to what's fun for me to post about and for you all to read about!
And also, thanks for your awesome support and praise and for genuinely getting mad for me when I mentioned yesterday I got a Nasty Comment .
Sophia of Burp and Slurp Said it Best in my Comments Section : and I happen to be able to swear like a sailor as can Sophia!
"WTF....people who criticize your body is one thing...there's actually ppl who criticize your PARENTING skills? Fuck. Them. That's all I'll say. Steaming from my ears!
So if You Missed the Highlights of the Week in Food & Life ...
In Addition to Great Comments and Lots of Support from you all, I posted about Everything from...
No Bake Vegan Mint Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
To No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Extra Protein Option
New Hair and a Blogger Meetup
Today in the Mail I was lucky enough, or shall I say Skylar was lucky enough to Receive a Necklace!
It's from Sarah at Tag! You're It! Designs
If you missed my Previous Post about my New Necklace that I Had Custom Made, Click Here
And this is Skylar's First Necklace and she's wearing it so proudly!
Grinning from Ear to Ear!She feels like such a "Big Girl" with her new bling.
Thanks Sarah for thinking of us!
Over the Weekend I made Scott probably what will be the last bowl of Hot Oatmeal for the season. It's in the mid 90 F range now and far too hot for him to eat hot oatmeal.
Banana Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal
1/3 C Dry Oats
2/3 C Water
1/2 Banana Mashed in the Bowl
Cook in Micro for 2 Minutes, Cover with Saran Wrap and watch it so you don't have a "Bubble Over"
Stir in Cinnamon & Brown Sugar
Garnish With Raisins and the Other half of the Banana
I prefer my oats to be of the Overnight Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats Variety that I store first in the fridge, then the freezer. Makes them like a dense, refrigerated "brownie" that way!
Additional Tips Here
Dressed with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
After Dinner I made a Bowl of Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Popcorn! These days I am mindful about keeping my protein amounts up slightly but nothing crazy, now that I'm Training for Fitness Competitions .
However, I did say that Too Much Protein Doesn't Work for Me and I'm not Trying "Too Hard" anymore. But, If I can Eat More Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil, and Nooch to bump up my stats, I'm all about it!
Averie's Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Popcorn
Ingredients & Directions:
2 Tbsp Popcorn Kernels (5 grams of protein)
1 Brown Paper Bag
Place kernels in the brown paper bag and cook for 90 Seconds in the Microwave
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
3 Tbsp Nooch
Optional: Cinnamon, Stevia, Maca, Chocolate/Carob Chips, Cocoa Nibs
After You Cook You Pop the Popcorn....
Spray the popped corn down with Cooking Spray, or if you have it, Coconut Oil Spray is great, too!
Coconut Oil Spray! From This Post
Don't be shy on spraying it because otherwise your toppings won't adhere well.
Or, melt Coconut Oil over the Warm Popcorn. Don't Have or Like Coconut Oil? Then use another oil like flax, hemp, olive, grapeseed, or another that you like. You have to use some sort of oil, or even vegan "butter" (margarine, Earth Balance, etc) or the toppings won't stick. Don't Fear the Healthy Fats!
Then Add Either Peanut Butter or PB2 to the Warm Popcorn (or Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Walnut Butter, etc.).
1-2 Tbsp Real PB or PB2 Powder = 5-10 grams of Protein
For those not familiar with PB2 and I wasn't until about a year ago when I saw it on other blogs, it's powered peanut butter with reduced fat and calories.
You mix it with water and voila, "Peanut Butter". It doesn't taste quite like "real" peanut butter, but it passes and is good enough in other things such as smoothies or other recipes.
The reduced fat and calories thing is not really a biggie for me since I put about 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil on my Kernels which is definitely not reduced anything!Don't Forget the Nooch! Add or Sprinkle On 3 Tbsp Nooch (9 grams of protein) = Approximately 25 grams of protein in your bowl of popcorn! Without even adding protein powder! Cool!
Other Add On's
Maca (1 gram protein per teaspoon of maca). And Check This Post for the Health Benefits of Maca and Maca FAQ's
Stevia, Sugar, or other sweetener to taste or omit
I also add NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract Liquid Stevia Drops to the Popcorn Mix from This Post
Of Course, Chocolate Chips are Great, Too!Susan and Madeline and Kris Did!
Did you see my Previous Popcorn Creation?
Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Popcorn is so good! I mean melted warm nut butter, who could complain?
Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn
It's a Good Recipe to Add about 35-40 Grams of Protein if You Think You Need it!
The combo of chocolate + peanut butter + nooch = Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups !
Full lotus first, but be sure to warm up your Hips and pay attention to your hip opening, rather than just thinking this pose is about the knees, when entering full lotus . Then, insert your arms through the holes. Then lift off. Lean Forward if you're lifting off. Lean Forward far more than you think you need to. You need to bring your center of gravity forward or else your bootie is going to weigh you back and downward and you won't achieve liftoff. As I've mentioned before , these are poses to work towards; not feel bummed if you're not there today. And really just have fun with yoga!
Sunday in the Gym I created my own workout that I called Upper Body: Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, & Abs.
Check My Gym Workouts Tab for it. Apparently it must have been a little too good as I developed some blisters on both hands.
Clearly not even my New Gloves could protect me from Blisters on my Hands
I took this picture yesterday and today the blisters look even nastier, but I realize some people eat while reading food blogs, so I won't go there for your sake..haha!
Tip of the Day: My Jewelry Give Away for a Custom Necklace !!!!!
Reward a Reader with Jewelry ....Until Now!!!!
Thanks Sarah at Tag! You're It! Designs!!!
1. Best Thing You Did or Ate Over the Weekend?
Me = Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Popcorn and Time Outdoors! Even though it's hot, it was glorious to do some nice, long, slow-n-steady paced walks with Scott and Skylar.
I didn't eat popcorn for about 10 years and all of a sudden, I love it! No wait, I love all the toppings and the popcorn is just the vehicle for all the good stuff I slather on!
3. Have You Ever Tried PB2? What Do You Think of It? If you are a Fan of it, what's your fave use for it?
I ordered 4 Jars of it about 6 months ago (bulk-buying discount) and am slowly working my way thorough them. I mean, it's "fine" but I prefer real PB. Who doesn't! However in smoothies, in other recipes where I may need a Tbsp or Two of Almond Flour or Coconut Flour, a little PB2 works fine. But Tell Me your Thoughts and Recipes for PB2!
4. Blisters. They suck. I can go months without getting a blister on any of my toes or feet, and then I will get a whole bunch. Obviously if you change shoes or socks, they can happen. But I got some a few weeks back with nothing new or different. I Wonder Why? Is it the hot weather and sweating and then blisters happen?
Do you get blisters easily? What do you do to prevent them? Once You have A Blister, To Pop or Not to Pop?
5. Measurements. Do you care about yours? Have you ever been measured by a trainer? Do you put stock into them or do you go more about how you "look" or how your clothes feel?
Up until a month ago, I had never been measured in my life. There was no reason. Now that I am training, it's really nice to have some numbers to give me a little "oomph" to keep hitting the gym hard.
What I have noticed about my body since I've been lifting is that my shoulders and upper body has filled out a little bit and my abs are more defined, and so are my hamstrings and glutes. I wouldn't need to be "measured" to tell those things, though. We put so much unncessary stock into numbers most of the time, however in certain situations, I think numbers can be helpful. What do you think about Measurements and Numbers?
I'm just throwin' the kitchen sink and them some at you with the questions today, aren't I!
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