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Month: October 2014

Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Yummy in my tummy!! These cookies are SO simple, and are very delicious! Simple, that’s what we all love right? Plus healthy, and if we can get a two for one deal here, I say GO FOR IT!!!!

The recipe was derived from the original recipe in the 21 Day Fix eating plan, back in the recipe section. In the book they are called Banana Oatmeal Cookies, buttttt since I added a personal touch to it, I changed to name to accommodate my recipe!

I think one secret I have to my cookies are the ingredients I use, more specifically, the CINNAMON I use! 😉

It isn’t widely known that there is more than one type of cinnamon out there. I personally didn’t know until I was at an organic/natural store the one day and they had two different kinds! This caught my eye so I asked the lady what the difference was. She explain briefly about how celyon cinnamon was the one I probably never heard of, and the other cinnamon was also known as “poor mans” cinnamon. That was about as far as she went into detail with that! But, of course I wanted to know MORE!! I especially wanted to know more when I used it, and it was AHHHHH-MAZING! I mean, the king of all cinnamon was now in my Shakeology that morning! So I looked into it a little bit more on my own!

I found out that there are 4 types of cinnamon: Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje. –SAY WHATTTT? There is this cool website called CinnamonVogue that I found out all this info!

So if you have cinnamon in your cabinet, it is more than likely Cassia cinnamon, which comes from the bark of a tree and is spicy, strong, and sometimes bitter. According to this website over 70% of americans have this type of cinnamon! But what makes Ceylon Cinnamon even more special is its low levels of something called Coumarin. What is that you ask? Well, Coumarin, put simply, is a substance that can cause liver damage, and in sever cases, liver failure! Not that any of us con sure NEAR enough cinnamon to have this happen, if it a very interesting fact about cinnamon!

Soooo to wrap that all up, I did use Ceylon Cinnamon in this recipe! Sooooo on to it thennn!!!

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Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Serving: 2 cookies    Serving Size: 8


Ingredients:

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon (I used ceylon cinnamon)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 Ripe Medium Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a light coat of nonstick cooking spray on cookies sheet.
  • In a small-medium sized bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, and salt; mix well
  • Add in mashed banana, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts; mix thoroughly. — I used my hands since I didn’t pre-mash the bananas. Just make sure to wash them before and after!
  • Drop a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto the sprayed cookie sheet, then flatten with a spatula.
  • Place in oven and let bake for 14-16 minutes, or until firm. Pull out and Enjoy!!

If you are using this during the 21 Day Fix program, like other treats, 2 cookies (one serving) counts as a yellow container!

Honest Body Beast Review from a Cardio Junkie

Honest Body Beast Review from a Cardio Junkie

Who here loves running?? — raise hand jumping up and down–

I have pretty much always been a runner. I played sports my whole life, and when I got older and they got serious most of them included running. 8th grade I was into field hockey.. 9th-11th I played mid field in soccer, senior year I took on cross country, and all 4 years of high school I ran track.

After high school I strayed away from the whole running scene for a while. I went through some hard times, some good times and eventually near the end of college I found myself unmotivated, self conscious, and out of breath walking up 1 flight of stairs. I may not have been completely out of control weight wise, but I packed on a good 10-12 pounds.– & on a girl that isn’t even 5 foot, that shows EVERYWHERE!!!

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So then after doing a few at home programs it got me back in the running spirit!! I trained for the Disney Half Marathon and it was AMAZINGGGGG! Then eventually I did the Hershey Half, and the Run for the Diamond in Berwick, Pa (15k race). After all of that I decided I wanted to take on a marathon. Sadly, so many things came up that I had to defer- but I’m coming for you next year Wineglass Marathon!!!

With all of this upset, I was in search of a change of pace. I did the 21 Day fix when my friends did it, and I, as well as them had amazing transformations!! However, I was in the mood for something COMPELTELY different! This is when I turned to Body Beast!

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I am in the second phase and honestly, I am LOVING it! It takes me back to high school strength training class, which we were allowed to take instead of gym. In other words, it was exactly what I needed!

So you have watched the infomercials on tv and think, heyyyy Alyssa, that program is for BOYS ONLY! Well, hold your horses! This program is literally for everyone! So yes, it might be low rep, high weight and look a little intimidating. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t shaking in my knees when I pressed play on day one.

One thing I definitely recommend doing is READING THE BOOK! They give you a whole guide to this program ,and I suggest you use it 🙂 There is information on each workout, the science behind it, nutrition, and the supplements. Plus RECIPES! Who doesn’t love getting recipes handed to you!


Meal Plan

This is the one area that I am still trying to find my “nich”. The program has a whole calculation for you based on your body fat % and weight and height and all that fun stuff in order to figure out what to eat daily. I am going to warn you now, it is A LOT of food! I did my first 2 weeks eating like the meal plan said to. I was finding that certain days I was SO HUNGRY and other days I could barely eat half the food I was supposed to. It was probably just me and maybe not going 100% everyday, or not being as active or maybe over active some days. Either way I decided to go away from the meal plan that went with the Body Beast workout.

I really liked the 21 Day Fix when I did it and fell in love with the container system. (THIS is where I got my 21 Day Fix!) So I figured maybe I would try that, but add a few more veggies and carbs. That seemed to work pretty well, but some days still wasn’t enough. So right now I am just free floating with my nutrition plan. I still keep it clean (mostly) and appropriate portion sizes. I will tell you that I do NOT eat perfect by any means, I still have cheat meals and its something I am working on! I have a ton of go to recipes like my balsamic chicken recipe to keep on track!


Results

I may be up in the air with my meal plan, but one thing is do know for sure is the results are REAL! My favorite transformation so far with this are my calves! Maybe its just me, but mannn ohhh mann I am really loving the calf results. The rest are awesome too, I am getting definition in my stomach, my hips are trimming and my booty is getting lifted!

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Scale wise, there hasn’t been too much movement, which honestly I didn’t expect to lose POUNDS, I was looking to tone and lose inches. Which is exactly what has happened so far. I am finished with the build phase and I am currently about half way through the bulk phase. In two weeks I’ll be moving into the BEAST phase! Which I am really excited for!

I would 100% recommend this to someone! You don’t have to use heavy weights, use whatever you feel comfortable with! right now I use 0-20 pounds. Some arm exercises I can’t do the full exercise with even 2.5 pounds weights! But then some leg exercises I can use 20 pounds.


Supplements

When you get a Body Beast Challenge Pack you can either get it with Shakeology or the Supplements. I got it with the supplements. So you get a base shake, fuel shot, suma, and creatine. Being a girl I use the base shake and fuel shot usually 4-5 times a week, the creatine I use one scoop maybe once a week. I Never take the suma because that is full of testosterone, and I don’t need that!!! If you are wondering why I don’t take the creatine as often, it is because I have read mixed reviews on women taking it. there are some good and some bad, so I just take it here and there. I also drink Shakeolgoy daily for breakfast (this is where I got mine from >> HERE. I Use this for my dense dose of nutrition, even though people only think it is for weight loss, it is actually a nutritional shake if you do the research on it. Then I just started using Beachbody’s E&E powder as well. Which I am not sure why I haven’t use this sooner, totally kick starts my workout and keeps me going if I do a double , without leaving me feel poopy, yes I said poopy, afterwards.

If you have any questions about this program or if it might be a good fit for you, just shoot me an email! I would be happy to give you the inside scoop on what I know! alyssaraeb@gmail.com or find me on facebook–> fb.com/arbobber

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This is one of my all time favorite recipes! There is something about it that is so refreshing; I think its the vinegar, I love vinegar! It just makes it CRISP! -Do you know what I mean??

This is a clean eating recipe, I first had it when I was doing the Ultimate Reset! (Which was AWESOMEEE by the way!) Although I still make a lot of the recipes that were in that cleanse, this one appears on our dinner table more often than others!

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The cool thing about this is, you can easily incorporate the 21 Day Fix containers with it! So you can start talking in colors like everyone else is!

“So, what did you have for lunch Christine?”

“I had 2 yellow, 2 red, and 1 purple”

aka: turkey sandwich and greek yogurt and an apple

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Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, sliced and cut into half moons
  • 1/4 small container cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red inion (optional, I personally opt out of this)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped freshly flat-leaf parsley (you can use the dried seasoning too)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh bail leaves (dried seasoning is okay here too, but fresh is always better!)
  • Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • herbal seasoning (to taste)

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Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a boss and toss.

I have also made this, as I mentioned before, with the 21 Day Fix containers. I basically used 1 green for the cucumbers (after slices and halved) and 1 green container for the halved cherry tomatoes. Then added the oil and seasons as needed for the quantity I felt right. They are pretty close to what is already here!

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Learn to Fall Asleep like a Pro

Learn to Fall Asleep like a Pro

As promised I told you I would give you all my secrets to how I fall asleep like a pro. You are probably wondering why I don’t say “sleep like a baby”. Well, let’s look at it this way, most babies CRY themselves to sleep! So, you will not find me giving you that as a tip!

Fall asleep like a pro

There is one thing that I do EVERY NIGHT as soon as I lay down in bed; if I didn’t do it before that. I MAKE A LIST!! How many times do you lay there thinking of what you were SUPPOSED to get done that day that you didn’t and what all you are going to have to do tomorrow?– If you didn’t realize it before, well I am sure you are starting to think, “Oh yeah, I DO do that!”

Our minds are going to keep on going until we put that information somewhere else, you know out of sight out of mind, well how about out of mind out of worry? –ehh I’ll work on it!

Most smart phones have a Notes section, on the iPhone they call it, NOTES hahahah! You can always use pen and paper as well, but who doesn’t have their phone on them all the time, this way you can check it throughout the day. One way to stay on track throughout your day, and not worry about all of this STUFF at night is to just write down! Every night write down a list of things you have to do the next day, yeah I know, this sounds kind of simple, maybe even dumb. But honestly, if you write it down, it is one less thing on your mind!

Now, of course this isn’t ALWAYS going to make you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, I bet 80% of the time it will though. Actually I need to have a little more faith in this, I would even go as far as 90%. So what about that other 10-20% of the time?

I don’t know how familiar you are with meditating… Don’t stop reading here and thing I am going all hippie or whatever on you. That is just the only word I can think of instead of just “relaxing” and then you would probably be like, ” IF I COULD, I WOULD!!”

So this is what I do when my list doesn’t seem to work. I do a breathing technique. It is super easy an honestly, no one will even know you are doing it. When I lay there and can’t sleep because I have something else on my mind besides my To-Do list, I breathe and clear my mind. Simple right? But what exactly do I do?

While you lay there get comfy, then close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Do that once or twice, once you have that down, dig even deeper! Visualize the air you breathe in go in your nose, and into your lungs. See them fill up with air and inflate, then as you breathe out, they deflate and come back out through your nose.

You might think I am crazy for telling you this, but I promise you it will work, if you do it right! There are times I try to concentrate on my breathing and unless you are 100% on THAT, it might not work for you. I have tried to keep track of how many times I have to do this to fall asleep. I think the most I can remember is three times going in and out as one time.

These are two simple tasks I do if i can’t fall asleep at night! I hope they help you out! Drop a comment below if you have another technique or if you have tired these! I would love to know if it helped you or not!

Saturday Morning Cartoons… Or Mind Mush Maker?

Saturday Morning Cartoons… Or Mind Mush Maker?

I have been babysitting the same family for about 7, YES SEVEN years now! They are not family, but kind of feel like it sometimes! But, I started when there were only three kids and I was a junior in high school. Now, I am a college grad and there are FIVE children.

A few times a year I babysit for a full weekend; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Of course between making breakfast, picking toys and food up off the floor, and breaking up mini wrestling matches before they turn into a fist fight, the TV gets turned on. For some reason each time this happens I have a slim sliver of hope that some good old cartoons are going to be playing and I can enjoy some cartoons with the kids. You know, RugRats, RocketPower, PowerPuff Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, and so on, I think you get what I am getting at!! Did i mention Braceface? Yeah, that was a good one too!

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Instead, the cartoons they have now, not that they HAVE to be educational, but they are DISGUSTING! I mean, just plain gross and DUMB! They are a few cute ones, Sophia the first is one that I do enjoy! Disney had have better shows, Cartoon Netword however, they need to reevaluate what they are putting on TV for the younger generations to watch. “Uncle Grandpa” is one that I feel like my brain is shrinking the longer I watch it!! There is one that I think is called the Regular Show, and it ism ust WEIRD!! We wonder why some kids are going up with social sues, let turn to some of these werido shows and point some fingers there!

I like the shows that even as an adult I feel like I can get something out of it. A little giggle here, or even learn something new that I didn’t “get” and now makes perfect sense! (yes it happens!) Arthur was also one of my favorites, the theme song is still one that I can recognize right away!! Want a little flash-back? I took the liberty of finding it for you — since google it is just too hard for some people 😉 haha jk, well, but seriously.

I would love to know what some of your favorite cartoons are/were! Do you have kids now and have some “no-no’s” that you won’t let them watch? Personally I might be using YouTube to stream 90s cartoons for my kids..(in like 5 years :p)

Leave a comment to start a discussion!

Mini 5-Day Squat Challenge

Mini 5-Day Squat Challenge

Sometimes we just need a mini challenge. For many reasons. Maybe we are feeling down and accomplishing something would make our week 100xs better! Then again maybe we just want to add a little umphhh to our daily routine!

I made up this little 5 day mini squat challenge to satisfy any reason you can think of! It is only 5 days, can you do it? Of course you can!!! Woot Woot! I believe in you! Now, if you are sitting here looking at this and thinking, “well, I have been sitting on the couch thinking about starting something like this….” well, let me stop you there! You CANNNN do this! If you can’t start off with 10, start with 5. Can’t do five, start with ONE. Yes, who cares if you are doing one or thirty! Because you are probably in the private of your own room and no one will know but YOU! The amazing thing is, I bet tomorrow you will be able to do two 😉 give it a try! I dare ya!

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This is just simple, so don’t put too much thought into, had just DO IT! 🙂