Monday, May 27, 2013

Whole 30- I made it past Day 22 :)

I can't believe I'm almost done with my Whole 30.  My last attempt I only made it to Day 22 and I pretty much started right over after I slipped up.  So, I have been eating this way for almost 2 months with a little slip in between.  I love it!! I never thought I would love eating like this.  I am eating way more veggies than I use to and I don't really miss the things that I thought I would.  I want to go longer.  I am excited to reintroduce things one by one to finally know how my body reacts to certain things.  Today I am finishing up Day 27! WooHoo! I'm starting to feel more energy too. I'm still experimenting with finding the best Carb/Protein/Fat ration for me. Everybody's body is different.  Some like to do a 40/40/20 split. 40% Carbs, 40% Proteins, 20% Fats.  Some don't do well with that. I've been trying that ratio, but I do eat more fats than that. Luckily it's Healthy Fats. Just not sure if cutting back on those will help me be a little more successful with this.  So, I'm trying to figure it out. Somethings I have been trying to do the last couple days is up my carbs and eat the majority of my starchy carbs in the first part of the day.  Things like Sweet Potato and Fruit more in the first part of the day and not so much in the last.  I workout in the morning and eating more carbs after that is essential to keep up my energy. It seems to help. It should start helping with my nightly sweet cravings too.

Here are a few things I had the last couple weeks...

Salmon patties- I get a craving for these at least every 2 weeks.  They are super easy.  I don't really follow a recipe I just wing it..haha.  I do that with a lot of things.  I use wild caught salmon, I believe it's "chicken of the sea" brand that I usually get. I add an egg, some coconut flour or almond flour, celery, parsley, salt and pepper.  I pan fry them in the coconut oil or olive oil.  Add lemon juice before eating. It's easy to put what ever protein you are having on a bed of spinach leaves to get those extra veggies in.  I just paired this with some sliced cucumbers and avacado.  Lemon juice and salt/pepper on everything!

I had some Salmon patties left over, so I had them the next day with a side of fresh green beans, some tropical fruit and olives.


Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Butter- This sweet treat is one of my new favorites.  The picture does not do it justice.  It's super good and super sweet! Pineapple does have a ton of natural sugar, so I know I shouldn't have this too often, especially at night. Grilled (or baked in my case) pineapple.  I put clarified butter on each slice, bake at 400 for 10 minutes and flip, add more clarified butter or Ghee and cook for another 10 minutes or until tender and grilled just how you like it. I topped it with my Homemade Coconut Butter. I top everything with that. :) It really was a great combo.


My chips look burned..haha, but still were awesome! The Watermelon/cucumer salad was awesome too.  


This is another go to treat. :) Simple. If I don't make it into icecream with frozen bananas, I just use fresh sliced bananas.  Add some berries or other fruit, warm coconut butter (of course) and crushed pecans or almonds on top.  Yummy! Now if I can just stop craving this at night!! I need to stop eating fruit and "treats" at night!! But, hey it's better than indulging in processed carbs and junk! Right!?


Day 28 here I come! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sweet Potato Fries!!

I have come to LOVE Sweet Potatoes.  I have them almost everyday especially if I do a tough workout in the morning they are a great Pre or Post workout food paired with a good protein. I usually work out really early in the morning so I'll just grab a banana or an egg muffin before I workout. Then I'll do Sweet Potato and Eggs or something like that normally after my workout in the morning.
I tried Sweet Potato Fries a few months before I strated Whole 30 and I hated them!! I was trying to be hopeful about Sweet Potatoes because they are so good for you.  But, I just couldn't do it for some reason, not sure if it was the recipe or if my taste buds have just changed so much from doing Whole 30.  

I really love This Sweet Potato Fry recipe.  They are delish and my husband and family will eat them too!!


What you will need:
3 Sweet Potatoes, washed, and cubed into chunky pieces with skin on
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tsp minced garlic (I love garlic so I always use at least 2 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Sea salt
Preheat Oven to 425 
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
Pour out and spread onto a baking sheet, make sure they are not touching and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes (making sure to flip at least once)
Yummy!


Also great to pair them with a "Naked" burger :) So good!


I also tried these Sweet Potato Chips recently!!! Mmmmmm....I love them as long as I don't burn them! :)
A couple other ways I like to cook sweet potatoes is just to simply bake them or put them in the microwave :) and add clarified butter and cinnamon. Or I will dice them up and cook them in Coconut Oil on low-med until tender and a little crisp on the outside.  I will either add salt and pepper or cinnamon.
What are some of your favorite ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes?


Paleo Pancakes!

These can really be dangerous if you fully aren't able to conrol your sugar cravings yet :) When I first had these I felt like it kicked off more sugar cravings for me during my first Whole 30. But, I am able to have these once in a while now when I feel like I need something other than just eggs and it's just what I need for a different breakfast! I love them!
I got the recipe HERE- Cinnamon and Coconut Pancakes!

It will make about 12 pancakes 3 " in diameter:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons full fat coconut milk (I did use almond milk once when I was out of coconut milk, it worked ok, something about it made it a little hard to flip the pancakes.)
  • ½ mashed ripe banana (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons of organic coconut flour (I got mine from amazon)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • ghee or coconut oil (for frying)
I always put all the ingredients in a blender to blend well, cook them and they are so yummy with coconut butter or almond butter and berries. Sometimes I'll also sprinkle coconut flakes on top! :)


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Homemade Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter....Coconut Manna. It's pretty much the same thing.  The only ingredient...Organic Coconut flakes!  If you like coconut then you will probably like this.  Especially if you are sugar free this will be like your Heaven on Earth. :) I haven't had any sugar whatsoever...not even sugar alternatives like honey, stevia, pure maple syrup...nothing for 22 days then I had one thing after 22 days then I went straight back to no sugar (also no legumes, no grains, no dairy for Whole30) for 21 more days and counting. It actually feels really great! Fruit tastes sweeter and overall everything I eat tastes full of flavor.  What is even better is knowing that I am becoming healthier on the inside. Of course I won't go "no sugar" for the rest of my life.  But, this test has definitely taught me a lot and once I do have sugar again, I'm hoping I can control myself and only have it once in a while. Over this last month or so I have come to LOVE Coconut Manna.  I have bought it a few times at a health food store.  I bought the "Nutiva" brand Coconut Manna. I have also tried little packets of Coconut Butter. Coconut is considered a healthy fat. Don't be afraid of Healthy Fats! It helps keep you full and is great to have with other things to make a really great snack. I have used it on fruit like blackberries, strawberries, apples, grapes.  I have also used it on Baked Sweet potato with a little cinnamon. I spread it on my Paleo Pancakes and top with berries.  So Yummy! Have you tried Coconut Butter? What do you use it on?

Each jar of Coconut Manna is about $8 from the health food store.  I also buy the Organic Coconut Flakes from there (they are unsweetened) and they only cost about 1.25 for the whole bag. So, I decided to try making my own Coconut Butter since I use it so much. 
THIS post gave me some inspiration! Other great ideas there of what to do with coconut butter.

There are a ton of Healthy benefits to Coconut!  Whether you’re eating the meat, drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. In fact, coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has even been used for plasma transfusions! Coconut's are excellent for one’s immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Because of that, if you consume coconut in any of its various forms (whether it be raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of mankind’s worst and most resilient of illnesses.

So, what are we waiting for...let's get to it!


These are the Unsweetened Coconut Flakes that I used.  This bag was about $1.25 or so.  The bag pictured is about half gone just fyi :)

The whole process will take you approximately 15 minutes. Each time I have made it I use about 3 cups of coconut flakes. 3 cups will give you approx. 4 oz which actually doesn't last long. Next time I'm going to make more at a time and see how it blends.  If you do less than 3 cups it isn't enough to blend well in your food processor, you'll just have to stop and scrape the bowl a little more often. 

Just put the Coconut Flakes in your food processor and let it start blending. After it looks like it's not blending much and the coconut is stuck to the sides, you will need to turn it off and use a spoon to scrape the sides and let all the coconut go to the middle again.

It's starting to become a little more creamy, but keep going.  Scrape the bowl and let your processor go for a few more minutes.  


Just keep scraping and blending, scraping and blending...be patient! Then it will soon look like this pic below!! Nice and creamy! Coconut butter won't go completely smooth like butter, it still will be a little gritty, but you should blend until it's as creamy as you can get it.  Many people have said that they didn't like Coconut Butter at first but the 2nd time they tried it they loved it! :)


You can just put it into a little container or mason jar.  If it's not quite runny when you want to use it then just put your container in a little hot water for a bit (without letting water get in). Coconut Butter does not need to be put in the fridge, but if you are going to keep it longer than a week or so, I say it wouldn't hurt to put it in the fridge.

This is also great mixed with homemade Almond butter! Yum!

Enjoy!! Let me know if you try it! 

I absolutely Love Coconut!  Coconut flakes, coconut butter & coconut oil.  It's so good for you. In an upcoming post I will talk about Coconut Oil, how I've been using it and many other uses and benefits! So stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

I have never tried Spaghetti squash.  It's so cool!! Cooking it this way it wasn't mushy at all, it had a perfect texture. It does have a different texture than actual spaghetti noodles, but it came pretty close!
I was happy with the turnout.

My kids ate this!! They could tell it was a little different, but they still ate it.  My husband new something was up... :) and he wasn't too sure about it, but he ate it.  He's not good at trying new things especially if it has to do with vegetables.  If it's any sort of veggie he doesn't like he will automatically think it's gross without trying it.  So, he took a couple bites and then asked what it was and I told him.  He then was kind of mad :) and didn't want to eat it, but he did! :) Oh goodness!! What am I going to do with him? 


Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds removed

Sauce:
2 tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 cups diced white onion
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups strained tomatoes or tomato sauce (I used tomato sauce...read labels and make sure no sugar or crazy ingredients added, I ended up getting a kroger brand)
3 heaping TBS tomato paste (look at labels)
1 TBS dried basil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt

Meatballs:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork (I used ground turkey)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 TBS dried basil
1/2 TBS dried oregano
2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1. Preheat the oven to 450. In a large baking dish, place the squash cut side down and add 2 inches of water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the insides of the squash can easily be removed with a fork.
3. Meanwhile, while your squash is baking start your sauce.  In a large stockpot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat and saute the onions until translucent.
4.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two or just until the garlic is fragrant.
5.  Add the strained tomatoes (or tomato sauce) and tomato paste and mix well.
6. Add the remaining spices, bring the sauce to a simmer, and turn heat down to low.
7. Use your hands to mix the spices in the ground beef and pork.
8.  Form the meat mixture into small golf ball-size meatballs and drop these gently into the simmering tomato sauce.
9. Once all the meatballs are in the sauce, cook for 10 minutes or until the meatballs are no longer pink in the middle. (next time I might try cooking the meatballs in a seperate pan for a little bit and then add them to the sauce)
10.  Scrape the insides of the cooked spaghetti squash out with a fork (it's so cool that it comes out like spaghetti) and serve topped with the meatballs and sauce.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Whole 30- Week 2 {take 2}

 Since starting my 2nd Whole30 I never had to go through any of the symptoms really like I did the first time around like the brain fog and hypoglycemic symptoms. I think my body had pretty much gotten rid of the junk and since I started right back up the next day it wasn't bad at all besides the one day after my slip up. I still don't have the energy like I want.  I'm just marking the whole month of May as my 30. So, today would be considered Day 14 (just ending week 2 and heading into week 3...wow it's gone fast).  I'm hoping the energy and good sleep will come. I don't feel refreshed like they say should happen yet.  But, I do feel healthier and good otherwise. I can see changes in my body and my clothes are loose. The most important thing to me is being healthy on the inside and being able to fuel my workouts. But seeing the good changes in my body is Awesome because it is also leading me toward my goals of being more toned, etc. I am able to do my workouts in the morning but the rest of the day I do still feel tired. 
I did get sick last Saturday from a bug that my kids have had and I really haven't felt good since then. :( Hopefully it all passes and I can get back to normal. Boo for the sickies!! But, oh well..it happens.

I'm proud of myself for making it through "Mothers Day" and some other activities and family get togethers and still staying comliant. 

These are a few things I had this week. Pretty basic...maybe this next week I'll revamp my meals a little bit more....or not. I don't mind keeping it simple and repeating some things.  I also made a few more treats this week :) Sometimes making treats can lead to wanting more treats....maybe that's what happened this week, I did make more "treats" than usual. But, still all approved and healthy ingredients. 
I'm having a lot more sweet potatoes in the morning and instead of just dicing them up and frying them I've also started to like them baked (or microwaved- usually what happens since I want to be fast in the morning).
I like them with clarified butter and cinnamon.  When I ran out of my homemade clarified butter I tried coconut manna on them and cinnamon.  I could eat anything with coconut manna on it...haha.  So good!! A little dry, but good!

I saw a Plantain...banana thing at the store and bought one.  I sliced it up and fried it in coconut oil then put coconut manna, cinnamon and coconut flakes on top.  It was pretty good.  I probably won't make it again, but it was good to try.

One of my favorite things lately is the "Naked burger." This time I grilled up some sweet red and orange peppers in olive oil & salt/pepper and added it to my Hamburger along with a little avacado, pickles and lettuce.  So Good!! I love this!!

Then, You might have seen my Homemade Cookie Dough Icecream.  It was good and a fun thing to have on a Friday Night with my Girls.
Maybe I'll try not to have too many treats this week though. :)

***
I have a busy week wrapping up my last music classes for the School year and getting ready for my Recital this week, then it's off to a music training along with a little getaway with the hubby for our anniversary.  Hopefully the sickies completely go away. After that it's study, study, study for my PT certification!! Yay!! I have a lot more studying to do and a little amount of time.

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Conscious Box" Winner!!


We have a Winner!!! Thank you to those who entered, you all had a great chance of winning!
I have another giveaway coming real soon, so stay on the look out. {it's one of my favorite things these days} 
I Love great companies who allow me to do giveaways for my fans and readers.  Thank you again "Conscious Box."
If you have not checked them out please do.  I will be doing a review of the "Conscious Box" soon as well.
Okay....now on with it!!
The Winner of her very own box of goodies, chosen by Random.org is
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JAMIE WAKEFIELD

What a fun belated Mothers day gift! :)
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A big thanks to those that entered! Stay on the look out for my next giveaway!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Banana Ice cream + Homemade Larabars = Healthy cookie dough Ice cream!

So, boys were out on a Fathers and Sons adventure and it was just the girls and I left to hang out! We had a fun time just hanging out together.  We played outside and also had some girl talk. :) We had some dinner and then went to a nearby field and played a little soccer and then we played kickball.  Uhhhh.....next time remind me to just put my tennis shoes on.  I was wearing flip flops....duh Mom! :) Anyway, not easy to kick and run on the dirt with flip flops! But, we had a fun time! Love my girls!
We came home and since I had made my own Larabars and Almond butter.  I whipped up some Healthy Banana Ice Cream w/ Almond butter and added some broken up Larabars in.  Yummy "Cookie Dough" Ice cream.  I thought it sounded like a yummy mixture and Yes! It hit the spot! Give it a try!

Homemade Larabars


I LOVE Larabars.  They have only real ingredients.  Love it! If you haven't tried a Larabar you need to try one.  They have been my go to snack when I'm in a bind.  They are grain free, sugar free...and so good! They are Whole30 approved....most of them anyway.  {If you are doing Whole30 you have to read the ingredients to make sure.  And you shouldn't have them all the time on Whole30 because it can lead to too much snacking. They recommend keeping one in your purse just for emergencies when you need something to eat now.}  
Anyway, back to Larabars....Yum! {I have an amazing giveaway coming very soon too....hint, hint}
They are a great company!
Since I ran out of my Larabars and I like to experiment :) I decided I wanted to try to make my own.
Mine don't look that pretty...but they turned out great!! And they are super easy and fast to make.
Check out these links for easy instructions and recipes to try:
(theres look much prettier than mine...haha)


These all sound like yummy combinations.  I may be making some more tomorrow :)

For the ones I made above I used
12 dates 
(I used "Deglect Noor" Dates, "Medjool" is supposed to be best to use, but they were more expensive :) I found them in the fridge section of a health food store.)
about 1/2 cup pecans 
about 1/2 cup almonds
small handful of unsweetened coconut flakes

I first added the almonds and pecans in my food processor and grinded until fine, then poured them out into a bowl and added the dates and grinded them for a minute or so until in smaller pieces. I then re-added the nut mixture back in and processed them together along with a handful of coconut flakes.  Since I used the "deglect noor" dates and they must not be as sticky, I added a couple TBS of warm water to the mixture.  Mixed them together until it looked good and took the mixture out and shaped into squares.  I didn't make that much because I was experimenting and didn't know how it would turn out.  I probably could have added a bit more than a full cup of nuts. But, they taste yummy!! Turned out great! You can roll them into balls, make them into squares or round them out like a cookie. Put them in the fridge for a while to set up a little more and store any leftovers in the fridge. So good! I will definitely be making some more soon!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Homemade Almond Butter {updated}

*Update- A friend told me that she tried roasting her raw almonds and made Almond butter and it turned out so much better!! I was happy with my Homemade almond butter last time, but it still didn't taste as good as the brand that I buy. I used Whole natural almonds.  Make sure there is no other ingredients other than almonds. Roast on 350 for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet.  You can kind of stir them up a little about half way. I wouldn't do any longer than 10 minutes. I let them cool so they were still warm but cool enough that I could grab a handful of them.  Put them in your food processor and blend away.  Wow!! It was so much faster (10 minutes max) and I hardly had to scrape the bowl at all.  I scraped just a couple times to make sure I got all the tiny bits blended well.  I added a touch of salt.  It tastes yummier than my last attempt too.  Roasting is the way to go! Almond butter is so yummy with Apples! {keep your almond butter in the fridge, if you want it a little more runny when you are ready to eat it then put your jar in warm water for a bit to warm it up}

See how the pic above looks a lot more creamy! Tastes better too!

***
Here is the rest of my original post :)

Lately I LOVE almond butter.  I remember when we started buying almond butter for my oldest daughter because she's allergic to peanuts.  I seriously thought "this doesn't even sound good!" I'm such a Peanut Butter girl.  But, I've really started to Love it over the last few months.  I buy the "kettle brand" creamy almond butter at my local Smiths store.  It is so creamy and easy to spread.  I love it.  The only ingredients in the Kettle brand is almonds and salt. Before you use it just mix it well. I usually get the "creamy" kind.

 We don't have a health food store near by so I'm sure in other places there are more options too. But Yay! Kettle brand is Perfect and clean! But, why does the healthy stuff have to be so much more expensive? Grrr...Anyway, I eat it with apples about every day! So, I figured I would try to make my own.  
At first I tried it and used my Vitamix blender.  It didn't really come out creamy like I had hoped.  Then, I found THIS recipe and said that actually using a food processor for this is way better than using a Vitamix.  You have to let it grind for quite a while 15-20 minutes or so and then it finally becomes creamy. So, that is quite long for the Vitamix.  Food processor Here I come!
In some of the comments on the link it says that roasting the almonds for a bit first will help make the process quicker.  I just threw in raw almonds.  I stopped it to scrape the sides every once in a while and about 15 minutes later I had yummy almond butter!! 
The Kettle brand is easy to spread even after it sits in the fridge, so I'm anxious to see how this homemade kind works out.  It tastes yummy though and it's nice and smooth.  Success!! This is great in recipes too.



Healthy Banana Icecream

I've made my own Healthy Banana Icecream for over a year now.  Everytime my bananas start to get brown spots I un peel them, slice them up and put them in a ziploc baggie and throw them in the freezer.  When you are ready for a treat all you do is.....
 Put the frozen bananas in a blender or food processer.  Blend, blend, blend...stop the blender and scrape the sides a couple times.  Keep blending...pretty soon the bananas will start to get a creamy, ice cream texture!! (You can also add a tiny bit of almond milk if you like) Yay!! Banana Icecream.  It's that easy. You can then add a bit of Peanut Butter or Almond Butter.  There are many add in options or just eat it plain.

Some yummy things to add may be:

Cocoa
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Frozen berries
Honey
Pure Maple Syrup
Coconut
Slivered almonds or Pecans pieces
Maybe not all these things at the same time :) 

What are some things you might add?

Since I'm currenty doing the Whole30 and eating pretty much Paleo lately I just add a little almond butter and maybe some coconut flakes on top. Yummy!! You aren't really suppose to "Paleofy" things on Whole30, but when I'm in need of a treat this does the trick and its much Healthier than regular icecream.   So, I say it's ok! It gets the kid approved taste test too! That's always a plus!

Lately I've been seeing this recipe go around Pinterest called "Gwyneth Paltrow's Banana Icecream"
Sounds like a yummy combination, when I'm done with Whole30 I may have to give it a try.




Friday, May 3, 2013

Whole30- Take 2 & some fun extras :)

 I love sharing some of my favorite meals from the week! It reminds me of what I have loved and should make again.  Maybe it will give you some ideas too.  I'll be sharing more recipes soon.  So, after my little slip on Day 22 of my 1st Whole30, I started over the very next day.  I actually really love eating this way.  I feel really good! After my slip, the next day I felt those Hypoglycemic symptons all over again from the sugar and processed carbs I had eaten and I just didn't feel right.  Then, it was probably 24 hours later or so I got the WORST stomache ache!! Ugh! Not good.  That gives me motivation to not slip again.  Not really sure what caused it because I didn't just add things back in one at a time, I kinda went Hog Wild....haha.  But, the good thing is...it wasn't actually really as wild as I normally would have done on a binge in the past.  I didn't really eat that much food, I just had a few things that were not approved for Whole 30 or Paleo.  So, a little slip isn't the end of the world....it's a lifestyle.  I'm going to do Whole30 the whole month of May though and after that I'll just make it a part of my lifestyle and see what happens with the non- approved stuff.  I'll have to find out what works for me and what doesn't.

Here are a few of my favorite meals from this past week.....

Beef Fajita Salad! This was tasty!!

I'm getting more creative with my eggs.  I actually found out that I LOVE grilled sweet peppers. I cooked them in a little olive oil, with salt/pepper...I had them just as a veggies side with one of my meals that way.  So good! Since I still had some freshly cut up, the next day I added a few a long with spinach in my scrambled eggs.  Very good! I love that I'm liking a bunch of new Healthy foods! Yay me! :)

Sweet Potato Fries and fried eggs.... These Sweet Potato fries deserve a post of their own, don't worry! It's coming! :)

Spaghetti Squash and Meat Balls!!! What?! Oh yes, it was delicious! Post coming for this one too! :)

"Naked Burgers" and Sweet Potato Fries.....one of my favorites!! Who needs the bun? I just used the lettuce as my bun, picked it up just like that and ate it.  So good! My kids thought it was funny that I called it a "Naked Burger" :)

Favorite Snack!! Almond butter and apples.  I'm in Love! I probably have this a little too much ;)

Strawberry and Chicken Salad.....Spinach and romaine lettuce, avacado, strawberry, chicken,  & almond slivers.  I also like to add little mandarin oranges (as long as there is no added sugar, only 100% juice) it gives it a yummy sweet, juicy taste!
Now just for fun....a few other things I've been up to...

I've been doing Les Mills Pump, I never finished the 2nd month due to my injury, so I'm excited to finish it off. It is my Soul Mate workout for sure :) Love it! I'm still nervous to start running again, don't want to get re- injured and also nervous because I feel like I'm starting over from the very beginning of my running 
journey! :( I'm going to try tomorrow...wish me luck :)


Made a few Tutu's including these twinner tutus for 4 month olds....Fun!


All day Soccer tournament to finish off the season for 2 of my kids....they did great and played really hard all of the very HOT day long!!!  


A little action shot of my 5 year old.  He has improved so much from last season.  He scored 3 goals in his last game! I Love watching my kids play sports.  

Still off to Soccer tomorrow for my oldest daughters Club team.  A couple more weeks to go of the season, then it's on to Swim Team for the Summer!! Yay! We love sports!

Have a Great Weekend!! Eat Clean and Train Mean ;)

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