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Legal sweets and smoothies

Happy Weekend!!!  For me, this is when my strict eating goals take a fast nose dive.  NOT THIS WEEKEND!!!  I found a great website called greatest.com.  It’s the bomb!!  Seriously awesome health advice in every department.  Here is an example of what I want to print off and keep handy!  Click HERE to check out the HEALTHIER SWEETS list!

33_Healthier-Sweets_0 54-Healthier-Smoothie-Recipes1_0And click HERE to try out the HEALTHIER SMOOTHIES!  A few months ago I shared this healthy granola bar recipe.  I’ve been eating too many ZONE bars and I’m SURE this version is better.  I’ll be making this today!

HEALTHIFIED GRANOLA BARS

1 cup dates (pitted)

1 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal

1 cup oats

1/4 cup sliced almonds

2 T ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter

1/3 cup agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Combine the 

pureed dates with the cereal, oats, almonds, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Combine the peanut butter and agave in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted

and completely blended.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined.  Let cool for 15 minutes.

Stir in the chocolate chips.  Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan.

Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, at least 1 hour.  Cut into bars, then wrap individually in 

plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

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Make it a Great Weekend*

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Motivation to BEAT yourself!

Alright!  I told my husband this morning that from now on I am being “seriously strict eating girl”.  What does that mean?  That means I am going to weigh 127 by March 1st.  Let’s see…that is 18 VERY short days.  Can I do it?  Yes of course.  Today I am starting my 8 week Jamie Eason training again!  I will not miss a day.  I will also be doing super fast interval work on the treadmill.  I miss being HOTTTTTT!!!!!  The thermostat in our house is out of wack and has a mind of it’s own.  I guess I could do lunges and jumping jacks all over my house while I clean and do laundry to stay warm?  I’ll be patient and in the mean time envision a HOT trail run with the sun beating on me as I fly up the mountain and do the ROCKY cheer at the top.  Ohhhhh, one blessed day PLEASE get here SOON!!!!!!  BTW, 40 degrees C is 104 degrees F.

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O.K.  back to my weight.  I still LOVE my scale goals.  I don’t care if the “healthy weight police” say it’s bad to set goals on the scale.  I’ll be FINE!  I’ve said what to eat a billion times, but to remind myself again, this is what I will eat:

Smoothies!!!!!  I found 3 great examples at this awesome website HERE.  BLEND together in an amazing blender like Blendtec!

Pre-Workout Fruit Smoothies

  • 3/4 c apple juice, 3/4 c almond milk, 1 banana, 1/2 c frozen peaches, 1 c frozen strawberries, 1 scoop protein powder, handfuls of spinach or kale

  • 1 orange, 1/2 banana, 6 strawberries, handfuls of spinach, greek yogurt, ice, water

Recovery Shake

  • 1 c almond milk, 1 frozen or fresh banana, 1 T. peanut butter, 1 T unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 T agave, 1 T wheat germ, 1/2 T cocoa, ice

I will also eat lots of salad and veges, veges, veges!  For protein, I’ll eat chicken, cottage cheese, and egg whites.  Here is another YUMMY looking recipe from the same website.  It’s called discoveryourhappy.com.  I have to make this!

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Ingredients:

1/2 spaghetti squash

1 wedge of laughing cow cheese

1 T parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper

optional: sautéed onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms 

You can cook spaghetti squash a few different ways but I prefer to nuke it microwave.  Cut squash in half and take seeds out.  Turn upside down and put in microwave safe dish with 1 inch of water.  Cover with plastic wrap and cook for 7-10 minutes.  While cooking saute your veggies in a pan with 1 t. or olive oil for 5 minutes. Once squash is cool remove with fork.  Add laughing cow cheese and heat in microwave for 30 seconds.  I usually break the wedge up a bit so it is distributed evenly.  Add parmesan and salt and pepper and and other ingredients.  Enjoy!

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Wish me luck!!!  I’ll keep you updated on the progress, along with my workouts and healthy eats!  Here is one of my most favorite motivational quotes!  I’ve posted this before and it’s the most popular post on my blog.  Someone looks it up every day.  Carpe Diem!  

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