{recovery}

coconut

After I have a hard/intense workout, my go to recovery drink is coconut water. Don’t be confused with coconut milk, which is higher in fat and calories. Coconut water is just that, the liquid inside of a coconut. Why would I use it for a recovery drink? Coconut water is packed with rehydrating and muscle relaxing nutrients and comes completely from nature. It has fifteen times more potassium in it than a typical sports drink and about 50 calories in a serving, versus a sports drink coming in at over 200 calories. A serving {8 oz} of coconut water has almost 500mg of potasium! Even more than a banana. Unlike a banana, which has about 27g of carbs, coconut water only has 9g of carbs….AND has 2g of protein! Of course there are lots of great things out there for post workout recovery, and not saying any are better or worse, just that this is what I have been liking after my harder workouts. It is very refreshing for me and quenches my thirst! I like Naked brand and VitaCoco….because that is what I can get locally:)

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What do you use or do for muscle recovery?
Peace Out~
Nicholle
{p.s. that Bodybuilding.com shaker bottle is the BOMB!!! First it doesn’t have a ball, instead the shaker part sits at the top of the bottle. Second it has two screw on compartments at the bottom to fit your protein powder and or supplements! I think it is called the spider shaker bottle. I only have this one, but from now on it will be the ONLY shaker bottle I will get…I got it free with my last bodybuilding.com order!}

{fall for all}

It is that time of year, sweaters, boots, jeans, and FOOD! Something about this season makes me want to eat, and not eat healthy mind you! Donuts, desserts, hot cider, coffee with of course pumpkin creamer…the list goes on. NOM, NOM, NOM! Yes, I have given in to the occasional treat {okay, let’s be honest, it has been more like daily treats}. I have been feeling more sluggish and just lower energy and I blame the treats. To get back on track, here are two amazing recipes!

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I made the squash the day before this time and just scooped it out, mashed it a bit, and put it in the fridge. I had all kinds of squash to use up so I baked it all {butternut, acorn, delicata, and pumpkin}, but I normally just use butternut squash. Also, use whatever grains you have {wild rice blends are really nice in this}. Same with the sausage, I was just using up what I had in the freezer and it worked {a spicy sausage is very taste in this, but the sweet one I used this time was also great}. Season to taste, some nutmeg or cinnamon would compliment this soup. This makes about 16 cups, so a 1 cup serving macros are {Calories: 167 I Protein: 12g I Carbs: 24g I Fat: 3g}

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I have lots of left over squash and pumpkin that I didn’t use in the soup, so I made this up this morning. I put 1/2 cup of quick oats in a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of pumpkin/squash, and sprinkled it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spice, then microwaved it for 1 minute. I then added 1 scoop of Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in cake batter, stirred, and nuked another 30 seconds to 1 minute {longer for thicker}. I topped it with 1 Tb. Greek God’s Vanilla Honey yogurt, and 2 Tb. granola, and then a bit more pumpkin pie spice! This was really, really, really good! Macros without the toppings are {Calories: 279 I Protein: 33g I Carbs: 33g I Fat: 3g}

Let’s lighten up this fall food at bit! My abs are not a fan of all the treats!
Peace out~
Nicholle

{wod}

It’s kind of crazy right now with harvest season in full swing. AND my allergies or something is making me feel like crap, especially in the morning. Which is when I normally workout. AND my eating hasn’t been as good as I would like it. I am still doing pretty good meeting my macros, but I just feel a bit sluggish the last week or so. I got up yesterday morning at 4am and started getting ready to go to the gym to lift legs, and I just couldn’t do it. I was up, had my workout written out, and went back to bed. Sigh. My throat hurt bad, I wasn’t tired but just didn’t feel good, and I knew I had to have a Remicade transfusion later that day and the last one I had made me even more sluggish.

Instead of just giving up and counting yesterday as a rest day, I had a coffee at 5pm, got the boys to bed, and picked out a  30 minute workout on my nike training app on my phone. I busted out a 230 calorie burner in 30 minutes! No excuses! I have a goal and want to achieve it, I felt great getting that workout in. I woke up this morning and was pumped to hit the gym and finally get my leg workout in.  Here it is, let me know if you try it out. I did 4 sets of each group. It was about a 60 minute workout and a high calorie burner!

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I have a post on coconut water coming soon, and also a recipe for my harvest squash soup…stay tuned for these future posts!
Peace Out~
Nicholle
p.s. that should read 30sec. jog, not 3!

{work it out}

latter I did this workout today, let’s just say if you don’t want to sweat…don’t try this workout! Started with a warm up of 20 seconds on with a 10 second break doing hand to hand swings, four times total. Then set the timer to 30 minutes and got to work on the latter. This is a go at your own pace workout. You can go heavier and slower or lighter and faster, being able to make the workout to your liking! I was able to get two rounds of the latter in within 30 minutes and burned over 330 calories! Thursday I did a quick chest and back workout, and then did a kettlebell workout. If I get a chance I will post them tonight!

Is Friday your rest day? Or do you hit it hard before the weekend? I tend to do a combination of both, just depends on the week and how I am feeling!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{snack attack}

Don’t you just love a good snack??!! I eat six to eight times a day, so I am basically snacking all day. Most of my meals are 200 to 400 calories, give or take. I feel like my body responds really well to eating smaller portions more frequently. Here are a couple of “snacks” that I have made recently. First up {torpizza}! It was about 7:30 pm and I was hungry, so I made this quick and easy tortilla style pizza after I saw one similar on my friend’s IG {check her out @anneleigh83 on instagram, she also has a blog run.eathealthy.repeat for you to follow! She posts great workouts, yummy food, and is very inspirational!}

For my torpizza, I just used what I had on hand. Of course, you can use whatever you have!

torpizza

  • 1 low carb tortilla {la banderita}
  • 2 Tb. pizza sauce {muir glen organic}
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 4 thin slices of tomato
  • 1/4 cup zucchini thinly sliced
  • 1 chicken sausage with apple and gouda {from costco}
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

I first got the tortilla a bit crispy on the stove top as my oven heated {I set my oven to convection bake at 400}, and then layered it with the pizza sauce, spinach, chicken tomatoes, zucchini, and shredded cheese. I then put it in the oven on my pizza stone {a baking pan would work} and just kept an eye on it until the cheese was melty and the veggies looked soft. Of course, then all I had left to do was to devour it!

{MACROS are calories: 337 I protein: 29g I crabs: 21g I fat: 15g}

Next up is an after school snack that I made for my boys {of course I had to have one, too!}. This was on the back of the graham cracker box, I changed it a bit by adding more strawberries and blueberries and omitting the banana. I also added 2 scoops of Beyond Driven protein powder in Cake Batter to turn this into a protein packed snack!

Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars

Strawberry bars

  • 10 1/2  Graham, broken into quarters {42 pieces}
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries {I used frozen}
  • 1 cup vanilla greek yogut {greek gods, vanilla honey, I ran out of vanilla and also use fage 0% plain}
  • 1 cup fat free whipped topping
  • 2 scoops Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in cake batter

I left the berries as is, but if you want you could pulse them a bit in a food processor to have smaller chunks. Line a 9 in square pan with foil, having ends extend over the sides to help lift the bars out when they are done. Arrange half of the graham pieces in 3 rows of 7 on the bottom of the pan. Stir the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl until topping, yogurt, and protein powder all well combined. Spread on top of bottom graham pieces and then top with remaining graham pieces. Freeze for at least 4 hours. When time to serve, lift out of pan with foil “handles” and cut into 21 bars. YUM!

{MACROS for 1 bar are calories: 62 I protein: 4g I carbs: 9g I fat: 1g}

It’s hard to beat a good snack!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{oh my quad}

I slept in yesterday morning, meaning I did not get my morning workout done. This meant I was going to have to hit up the gym late, after all the boys were in bed and my better half got home. Come 9:30 pm I am getting up and getting ready to go to the gym {that might not sound late to most, but for this mom of 4 consider it midnight!}. I wanted to work legs hard and had my workout all planned, that is until that better half convinced me to just stay home and workout. I was reluctant, I just really wanted to go to the gym {that’s my “me” time}. He convinced me by saying he hadn’t seen me all day and wanted to spend some time together, but mostly because he said he would do it with me! I think he regrets agreeing to this today, but it was good for him! I then had to get my head out of gym mode and come up with something that I could do at home, but would still really get that burn going. Umm, yeah, this did that. My quads were on fire, just screaming at me!

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I got my gymboss timer out and set it to 00:30, 00:20. We did 30 seconds for each movement with a 20 second rest in between movements. After the first six movements we finished the round with a 1 minute wall sit. Just got nice and cozy up against a wall and let our quads SCREAM! Then we had a 40 second rest in between rounds. We did six rounds all together, and then finished up with a few rounds of different abdominal movements. I slept in this morning again, i might need to set a double alarm! Now I need to figure out what kind of workout I want to do today and the even bigger unknown for me is when I will get a chance to do it.

No excuses, if you want it bad enough, you will figure out a way to get it!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{protein fluff}

I eat this almost daily, either on pancakes {or now waffles!}, or just in a bowl on its own. It is so simple, yet crazy good! Depending on what I need for my macros {iifym}, this is often my bed night snack and then I top it with what I have left to fill those macros. Sometimes {not very often}, I will have fat left and get to add some kind of nut butter to it. YUM! But usually I am out of fat and need just protein and carbs, so I will top it with berries or fat free granola or fiber one cereal and often all of the above. There is a key to this going from semi edible {actually, I had to throw it away} and delicious, and that is by using Beyond Driven Whey Isolate. Especially in the cake batter flavor! I tried it with other protein powders and just YUCK! BUT, with Beyond Driven it is seriously a treat in a bowl.

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So what is this magical fluff I talk about? Fat free greek yogurt with a scoop of protein powder, while mixing it together the yogurt becomes fluffy and whipped and tastes a bit like a tart frosting. SO GOOD! This is coming from a girl that dislikes the texture of yogurt, but really loves this stuff. I make this just about as much as I make protein pancakes:) As I am finishing this post, I am also finishing a bowl of protein fluff topped with frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries. Again, SO GOOD!

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Give Beyond Driven’s protein powder a try, I promise you will not regret it! And mix it up with some yogurt for some fluffy goodness!
Peace Out~
Nicholle