Barbell Workout and Ice Cream & Waffles for Breakfast

Hey Readers

It’s a start to a new week and time to get back in the regular routine. Getting back into  the regular flow however doesn’t always have to be boring…

I had yet another sleepless night with my brain going 100 km/h nonstop. To cure my  zombiness this morning, I figured why not shake things up and have ice cream for breakfast! Yup…you heard me. Ice cream is the ultimate cure for anything!! This morning for breakfast I made myself some delicious vanilla protein waffles accompanied by a generous sweet and smooth scoop of mango ice cream. The best part is it that is was so good for you too, packed with more protein, fiber, and vitamins than any average waffle…never mind the ice cream! Here’s the recipe posted below.

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Buttermilk Protein Waffles

Yield: 4 Servings          Difficulty: Easy          Time: 15-20 min

Ingredients:

1 cup Oat flour

1/4 cup milled flaxseed

2 Scoops protein powder

pinch of Salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Baking soda

1 tbsp Truvia 

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 cup milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice (I used soy)

1 egg + 1 egg white

Directions

Preheat Waffle Iron

Mix together first seven ingredients in a large bowl.

In a smaller bowl whisk together buttermilk, Truvia, egg, and coconut oil.

Gradually mix wet ingredient mixture into flour mixture until texture is lumpy.

Add mixture to waffle iron, and follow manufacturers directions

DSC_5780Super Delicious and Simple Mango Ice Cream and Strawberry Coulis

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Yield: 4 servings          Difficulty: Easy           Time: 10-15 min

For Coulis:

Heat 1/2 cup of water, 2 Tbsp of Truvia and 1  1/2 cups of sliced strawberries in a saucepan. Bring to boil and then reduce heat.  simmer for about 5-10 minutes until fruit is soft. Add in 2 tsp Vanilla. Let cool for a few minutes and puree contents.

For Ice Cream:

Combine 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen mango, 1 frozen banana, and 1 tbsp of chia seeds in a food processor.

Mix until creamy texture is formed.

Enjoy!!

Today I am also posting my lower body strength training I do twice a week, modified so you would only need one piece of equipment: a barbell. It is a killer workout, super quick and the best part is that since I started doing it, I have noticed substantially more muscle tone in my glute, quad, and calf muscles.

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Have A Wonderful Week

xoxoxo

Maddi

Curbing the Afternoon Grumble

Good Morning Readers!

Before I start my whole spiel about my post, I just want to say how excited I am that Canada won it’s gold medal in hockey against Sweden. It was a great game and they fought hard. Watching games like these truly makes me proud to be a Canadian.

No matter how hearty my breakfast, morning snack boost, and lunch, I always find myself  in the fridge and pantry by two in the afternoon, scavenging for last cupcake or a remains of Chicago Mix popcorn. Although these treats may be oh so delicious and seem somewhat substantial as a snack, opting for sugary, high fat foods in mid afternoon in fact the worst thing you could do -apart from eating sugary, high fat foods before going to bed. I know for myself that eating leftover apple pie usually leaves me hungry for more refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats, thus increasing my empty calories for the day. Although refined foods should be all in all avoided, eating them in the morning would be better than afternoon because you would have the day to burn the empty calories. Eating empty calories later in the day will only be stored as glycogen and made into fat, thus making it even harder to burn off. What you need is protein and fibre to fuel your body and curb your appetite until five thirty – six o’clock. Here are five simple, easy to pack, super delicious snacks I would opt for when my stomach starts its 2:30 earthquake.

Apple

I love apples and almond butter! Apples: packed with vitamins, and fibre. And Paired with the almond butter makes a great balance between complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Too add an extra little punch of natural sweetness, sprinkle on a tablespoon or two of raisins.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is my FAVORITE go to snack! Opt for a plain yogurt that is either 2% or 0%. The fat contents don’t make overly that huge of a difference. Be sure to also use an unpasturized honey, as refined honey = bad! Here you get a snack packed with lean protein with fibre filled raspberries, topped with a bit of  sweetness to lessen the souring taste of the yogurt.

Quest Bar

If I was craving a brownie , or or choclate bar I would grab  myself one pf these quest bars. They taste great amd are low in sugar. Add a glass of milk – regular or dairy free – to complete the snack.

Popcorn

If you are craving something salty, be sure to grab a bowl of this delicious all natural popcorn. It is filled with fibre and contains few ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, and sea salt. You can eat a hearty serving of this savoury snack, without the guilt when eating potato chips.

Hummus

Here is another  snack that is great for cirbing your salt craving. If you have the time, try to make your won hummus. If not, go for one that is organic or has an small ingredients list. Add cucumber -or other veggies – to get your silica and vitamins, and sliced whole wheat pita bread to keep you more satisfied than just veggies. Just don’t eat the entire bag of pita :)

Hope you enjoyed reading my post today :) I am going back to bed now: My parents got up early to watch the hockey game and I need more beauty sleep. Man… time zones drive me nuts!

Have a wonderful Sunday

xoxoxo

Maddi

Coconut Lime Mint Body Butter/Hair Conditioner!

Hey There Readers!

As my post, I have decided to share some insight on the skin care products that sit on our drugstore shelves today.  I was cleaning out my bathroom a few weeks ago, and found untouched body butter that was only about a month or two old from Bath and Body Works. I opened it to try it out, and the extremely strong, unnatural scents polluted the air of the room. To make me further disgusted, a body butter that is meant to be creamy and rich, had an almost rubbery texture and did not leave the skin feeling silky soft. I’m not saying that all hand creams, and lotions in the stores are bad – There are lotions and creams on the market I do enjoy using, and Bath and Body Works does have some lovely products still – but we should be more aware of  factors such as what ingredients make up the product, was their animal testing involved, or whether or not the product is healthy for our skin.

Today, I am going to share with you a super simple, all natural body butter you can whip up in no time. If that’s not enough, it is also great for deep conditioning your hair.I guarantee you that this recipe will leave your skin feeling soft  and your hair feeling silky.

Minty Coconut Lime Body Butter/Hair Conditioner

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1 cup Coconut oil, room temp

Zest of  a Lime and its juice

2 springs of Mint, finely chopped

10 drops Mint oil

2 drops Lemon oil

Whip Coconut Oil and fold in other ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place! Simple as that!

Happy Saturday!

xoxoxo

Maddi

French Toast Sticks with Heavenly Coconut Cream

Good Morning Readers!

Today I woke up with a larger appetite than usual and figured  what would be a better thing to eat than a delicious piece of fresh whole grain bread, dipped in eggs and buttermilk, and cooked to crispy perfection alongside a light and fluffy coconut whip that gets your punch of linoleic acid for the day.  My recipe is dairy free and guaranteed 100% to be delicious and satisfying! And besides how can you not love french toast in the form of sticks – it’s so much more fun to eat!

Buttermilk French Toast Sticks

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Serves:4          Difficulty: Easy          Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Soy milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice

8 Egg whites

2 tsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Truvia + 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

4 slices whole grain bread, cut into strips

Directions:

Whisk together first three ingredients in a bowl and dunk strips of bread into mixture

Coat strips in cinnamon-sugar mixture

Cook strips in pan heated with 1 tsp of coconut oil

Coconut Cream 

1/4 cup Coconut oil, at room temp

2 tbsp Coconut milk

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Truvia

Directions:

Beat coconut oil and beat in other ingredients gradually.

Enjoy!

Before I sign out, I want to express how excited I am for the hockey game  this morning! GO CANADA!!!!

Have  a great weekend!

xoxoxox

Maddi

Throwback Thursday & A Berry Healthy Mojito

Hey Readers!

What was the worst travel experience you have had?

It was spring break of 2011, and my family booked a last minute Trip to Cabos San Lucas, Mexico. The first day at the resort was wonderful. We spent the entire day sun drinking cocktails and getting some sun by the poolside. However, being the stupid fourteen-year-old I was, chose not to wear any sunscreen. For the rest of the week, I was pretty much a vampire. Any sunlight brutally stung my peeling skin, so I stayed in the room, slabbing on the aloe and watching Pedro and Maria on the afternoon soap operas…yeah, not too much fun!  It was a drab being on a vacation only not being able to enjoy it. Finally, as our trip was coming to an end, the stinging pain of the burns began to ease, and I was able to spend my last day playing beach volleyball and sitting by the poolside with SPF 60 slathered on every naked part of my body the eye could see. In spite of the bad sunburn covering 85% of my body, the all inclusive we stayed at was beautiful – best spa I have ever been to (trust me, I have been to many spas worldwide) – and Los Cabos itself was a fairly clean, and tourist friendly area. If you are looking for a relaxing and warm getaway for your next vacation, I would recommend 100% to spend it in Los Cabos…just don’t forget your sunscreen ;). 

One thing I vividly remember of this trip, however, were all the wonderful drinks we had. Here is a sweet, delicious and healthier, almost zero calorie mojito recipe. Ever since we got back from Mexico, my mom has been making herself one of these at least once a week. My recipe contains no alcohol, but if desired, you would add about an ounce of or two of rum.

Skinny Blueberry Mojito

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Makes: 1          Difficulty: Super Duper Easy!          Time: 2 min

In a highball glass, muddle 10 mint leaves, 1 oz of lime juice, and 1 oz of blueberries. 

Stir in 1-2 tsp of Truvia and 6 oz soda water

Enjoy!!

Arms, Shoulders, and Back Circuit and This Week’s Workout Playlist

Hello Readers!

Doesn’t it always feel great after the weekend to get back into your normal routine!

Of any exercise or sport, I love weight training and running. There is nothing better than the feeling of putting in your ear buds and stimulating the endorphins. I find the workouts I do to be super effective and are only about 30 mins long, so my day doesn’t have to go to any waste. I am posting today one of the two workouts I am doing twice a week for the next month or so as well as my workout playlist this week.

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This Week’s Playlist: (Click on the song to listen to it)

1) Sail (Borgore Pop the Sweating I’m Sailing Remix) – Awolnation

2) Hold On (ft. Amber Coffman) – Rusko

3) Do What U Want (Remix ft. R.Kelly, Rick Ross, and Christina Aguilera) – Lady Gaga

4) Sweat – Snoop Dog vs David Guetta and Afrojack

5) Young and Beautiful (Kaskade remix) – Lana Del Rey

6) Won’t Go Quietly – Example

7) Dear Boy – Avicii ft.  Karen Marie Ørsted

xoxoxo

Maddi

 

Greek Quinoa Lentil Salad

Hey Readers!

Today in chilly Alberta, we are celebrating Family day…Woot, Woot! What it is, is a day in lieu meant for families across the province! I look reflect my times with my family and recognize how really blessed I am. Sure we may fight more than every once in a while, but I am so happy to have a relationship with them where I can pour out my heart to them without being scrutinized. In realizing this, it also saddens me that I do not have my brother here with me right now as he is in school down South.

So today it’s just me, the parents, and Doodle dog, and like every day since I finished school, I am making dindin! We were going to go out for a movie tonight, until we realized “mmmm…better not” as it was going to be jam packed at the theater and there was no point in going today when they have half price Tuesdays going on tomorrow.

Greek Quinoa Lentil Salad

Q: Which Greek philosopher was good a football?

A: Socrates ;)

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Yield: 10 servings          Difficulty: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy          Time: 15-20 min

Ingredients

1 can Lentils, drained

1/2 cup Quinoa

1/2 small Red Onion, chopped

1 Pepper, chopped

10 cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 medium cucumber, chopped

1/3 cup Feta

1/4 cup Olive oil

1 Mint sprig, ripped or chopped

juice of 1 Lemon

1 Tbsp Soy sauce

2 teaspoons Worchestishire

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

Directions

1. Cook Quinoa and let cool

2. Mix together all ingredients and serve whenever!

Enjoy!!

xoxoxo

Maddi

Picture Perfect: Vintage Lace Photoframe DIY

Good evening readers! I figured I should do a super darling DIY for a lazy Sunday like today! Plus it kept me busy from having to help my mother clean the house Lol! This photo frame only takes five steps to complete and it puts your old, broken, no good jewelry to perfect use!

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PS. I forgot to include scissors in the materials needed photo. I recommend using them, although you could probably do fine without it. DSC_5701

Materials You Will Need: DSC_5679

materials DIY photoframe

Instructions:

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Tada! Now all you have to do is add in a photo or mirror

Cheers,

xoxoxox

Maddi

A Vegan Valentine’s Day

Hey There!

It’s that time of year again…Valentine’s day! A time of affection and happiness for some, and sadness and loneliness for others. Whatever it is, Valentine’s day will  always bring out your passionate side. For myself, Valentines day only brings out my passion for one thing and that is the sweet, satiny, rich, velvety, luxurious, creamy, delightful taste of la chocolate.

Guilt-Free Mud Pie 

This recipe is perfect for those who want to make a special treat for their hubby, as well as for those (such as myself) whose desire is to drown their deep single sorrows in calories so luscious and delectable without having it’s evidence show on the mid-drift or anywhere else on the body – Just kidding, about being a single and sad though. There is nothing wrong with not having a boyfriend!

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Yield: 8-10 servings          Difficulty: Moderate           Time: 20 mins (prep) + 20 mins (set)

2 Cups Cashews Soaked for at least 3 hours

2/3 Cup Canned Coconut Milk

1/3 cup cocoa

2 Tbsp   melted coconut oil

2 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Almond Extract

2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp + 1/2 Cup honey or agave

1 Batch of Vegan Oreo Cookies Crumbled (Recipe Here)

…or you could just use regular Oreos even though they aren’t good for you

1 greased spring pan

Blender/Food Processor

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together your 2 Tbsp coconut oil, 2/3 of the batch of Oreo cookies, and 1 Tbsp of agave until it forms a dough-like consistency
  3.  Press mixture to bottom of a greased spring pan and bake for about 10 min
  4. Meanwhile, blend together cashews, coconut milk, remainder of coconut oil and agave, vanilla, almond extract, and lemon juice, until mixture has a smooth consistency
  5. Move mixture into a bowl and fold in remainder of crumbled Oreos.
  6. Make sure crust is cooled before pouring mixture over top.
  7.  Let pie set in freezer for at least 20 min before serving. Drizzle melted chocolate on top before serving.

Guess Who’s Back!?

Hello all you beautiful people!

I know it has been forever since I have posted on my blog, but I am happy to say I’m back, and back for good.

So firstly, I’ll give you a recap of my experiences since last may (aka my last post):

My family and I traveled to Israel for a couple weeks and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I would go back in a heartbeat. It was incredibly neat to learn about and revisit  such important, and world renowned places and monuments as well as its history.

DSC_3617        Soon after Israel and finishing school up, came the wonderful sun kisses of summer. Between juggling my first job in the shoe department at the Hudson’s Bay Co. and sitting in an un-airconditioned, dim lit math class in the heat of the day, it only got more crazy since school. Happily, I was still able to maintain a fitness regime and still have a few afternoons sitting by the poolside with a big bowl of strawberries in hand.

Then came Senior year. And if you don’t think it could get much busier…it did. I had quite a hefty course load, which consisted of four core subjects and studying for the ACT and volleyball season to top it off.

             But now I can have a sigh of relief as all of the craziness is past. In going to summer school and having a stacked schedule last semester, I was able to finish high school before all my friends and now I have all the time in the world….that is until the fall. Well, actually..maybe not. I’m  going to bible school in Europe from April until June, which I am ecstatic for. But that’s still in two months from now.

Secondly, just a quick not that I wanted to inform you upon my return, I have decided to renovate my site and it’s entire allure (for the most part).

Have a good night!!

xoxox

Maddi