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Qwykie – Green Bee Smoothie

19 Apr

So this shake I made was pretty spectacular. Like the forth of July in my mouth.

I has just enough time to whip together a smoothie before my jettison into Theatre Space and this is what I threw together!

  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 Cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
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This is serious bzzzzzzzness

Just add water to your desired consistancy ^_^

(I was going to add chia, but I forgot!)

This is the first time I made a spoonable smoothie and it was sooo thick and creamy and NOMS And it was supra filling. Definitely 1.5 meals. Great for long rehearsals :D!

My dress rehearsal could not have been more perfect. More on that later ^.~


Do you like to drink your smoothies, or eat ’em with a spoon?

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POWER NOMS!

15 Apr


Winning-Board Update:
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I’m finding it much more helpful than a “to-do list” for a day or week. Typically I would make a list (as per usual) of things I need to get accomplished and try to check them off. This has failed in the goals and achievements area. I don’t know why, but it is so. Perhaps I get overwhelmed? Pressure? Well this way I am writing, recording, and therefore venerating my accomplishments rather than seeing a list of uncompleted tasks. Much better! It feels like less of a burden. My goals are at the forefront of my mind, because I am thinking how I want to go home and write down my accomplishment 🙂 Yay! (I would just like to say BAM! Look at that clean eating! I was so proud of that, because snacks and food offers and traps are rampant in my workplace. I was so proud I turned it all down!! Muah-hahaha!)

Looking at all of POWERCAKE’s powercake recipes, this one looks amazing, and I decided to try it for my first powercake!

I give you the PB & J Chocolate Powercake (she has many substitutions, so check them out!)

  • 2 TB of Flax
  • 1/3 Cup Oats
  •  1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 TB Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 cup of Almond Milk
  • 2 generous dashes of Xylitol (I am guessing 2-3 tsps)
  • Vanilla extract, cinnamon

Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes

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nekkid!

Now for the PB! This one I just fumbled with until I got the right consistency…

  • 2 TB Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 Tsp Xylitol
  • 1 even scoop Cansein Protein Powder
  • 3/4 C water

The water I added gradually until I got the consistency I wanted. Don’t add it all at once! I whipped it up with a hand mixer!

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Add Peanut Butter Casein Fluff

Now the Jam 🙂

  • 1 cup frozen berries (I used Trader Joe’s mixed berries)
  • 1/4 cup water

Microwave berries and water for 2 minutes

  • Add 2 TB CHia seeds & Xylitol to taste

Let it cool in fridge! Those berries be HOT!

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MMM some of that awesome Chia Jam!

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This was so unbelievably filling! I had half for breakfast and the rest throughout my rehearsal.

If you follow me on Instagram (loverly_kp) you might have seen some of the foodie pics already, but I am also taking pictures of rehearsals for may show! (At an all-day rehearsal, what else are you gonna do??)

Another all day rehearsal today! Oh man. I have come to terms that I won’t be able to stick to LiveFit’s meal plan right now. I will still be eating clean and healthy, but I don’t have the time to get groceries, and prepare it all right now. I have to do taxes!!

Did you see Blue Like Jazz this weekend?? I would highly recommend this movie if you are looking for something to do this Sunday ^^

Qwykie – FlufferNanner

18 Mar

Last night I decided to make a casein shake. I anticipated the texture would be quite creamy, and I was looking forward to it! I did the usual ice and powder, but I added water with a tiny dash of milk instead of milk only. It’s blending and doing it’s thing, and I quickly checked on some of my cooking, and when I came back I noticed it had started to fluff! Awesome! 😀 It is like marshmallow fluff, but protein-style!

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Can you even tell? But it is light, airy, awesome sauce

Since seeing recipes for protein fluff on ProteinPow.com (some of which look positively sinful!) I always wanted to try it, but I didn’t recall seeing this brand of casien on the “fluffable” list but it’s there now! I used Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein.

It stayed fluffed longer than I expected, thinking that the ice and banana would make it heavier, but I loved it!

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I tried dolloping it on my freshly baked carrot protein bars, a little too freshly baked, as the fluff melted straight away! Oops 😛 Still tasted good!

I will definitely be trying some other tasty fluff recipes, so I can dollop it on a cup of fruit, protein bars, pancakes… YUM! It’s just a fun way to get your protein ^^

Back in the gym, and a creamy snack

14 Mar

Oo lawdy, it had been a while since being in the gym 😦 Like, a week. Which is a long time. No wonder I’m getting crampy… Anyway! Today was legs, and all super-sets. Unfortunately, my gym isn’t really set up to accommodate that, but as ever I did the best I could. I admit, I cut it a bit short because of lack of energy and focus. My last post I mentioned how I got up at 4:20, but did not mention that I got to sleep around 11:30-12. Yeeah… I was very pleased when I was checking my form on single leg squats (kill me), and I saw some definition in my leg. What?! With my astronomical body fat percentage, I will be happy with any little line! Let’s make more, eh?

Enough jabber. On with the show (and tell!)

One day, I did a lot of cooking. (I don’t even remember what day o.O Sunday? I think it was Sunday… my life is a blur) I got all of these gorgeous groceries and made a bunch of yummy shiny things. Here are some of them!

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Orange Roughy broiled with orange juice and slices, peas and cauliflower!

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Multigrain oats with almond milk, vanilla whey, a dash of cinnamon...

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+ very nearly empty Chocolate Soy Nut Butter jar...

voila! :)

= OMNOMNOMNOMNOM

There was just the very slightest breath of chocolate in my oats and it was heavenly

I <3 asparagus

Talapia (with some chili powder), asparagus, and lemons steamed in a foil pouch in the oven! Brown Jasmine rice with chia seeds on the side.

I work out at night, and because of my acid reflux I cant eat too close to bedtime, so I think casein protein is the best way to go post-workout. Since using it, I have definitely felt more sated and not like a RAVENOUS MONSTER in the morning. However, there is a downside. I hate it. That is, I hate the consistency. As a shake it is nigh unmixable. It just gets all gloopy and gloppy, and blech. I was choking it down. So! I have been trying to see what I can do with Casein protein, and thanks to Anna at ProteinPow.com (who also has a bunch of baking recipes for casein), I have found a quite viable option: Pudding!

still trying...

yeah, I know it looks awkward. This has sliced frozen bananas. The color is cookies and cream

Just take whatever amount of casein you want and mix in nearly boiling water to a pudding consistency. Then stick it in the fridge or freezer for a quick cool down. Now, I haven’t quite gotten a perfectly smooth consistency yet (not really sure how she does it. Hand mixer??) but it is leagues above the shakes in pleasure of consumption. I have been adding frozen fruit (like bananas), sometimes some sweetener and vanilla flavoring. My fave has been adding vanilla and finely shredded coconut! MM!

What is your fave healthy nighttime snack?

Supermassive photo post!

9 Mar

The last two days have been so very shiny!
My breakfast… don’t laugh…

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Oats with cinnamon, Apple sauce, and rice whip cream. Oh yes. I thought, what the heck. It was nice and creamy ^^
Lunch? Bam!

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Ginger and clove turkey patties with more quinoa and wilted spinach and kale.
I was so excited all day because I wad going to the screening of Blue Like Jazz!!
In line, everyone received a gratis Twizzler from the director.

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Yes, Steven Taylor was handing these out to each person. So adorable.

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That is Steven on the left, and the author Donald Miller on the right. Me, as red faced chick 😛

I was filling out the survey at the end, and thank goodness my friend caught my attention, otherwise I would have missed my name in the credits! Blue Like Jazz is such a fabulous book, and they did a wonderful job with the film.

http://youtu.be/GOglQgyxYkI

I was extremely curious how they could turn Blue Like Jazz into a movie. The book is an internal monologue of the author, asking questions about God, and his interaction with the world around him, and organizing his observations into coherent realizations. I love this book so much , as does everyone I have ever met who has read it. Don’s style of writing is just perfect. I wish I would write like him. His words come off the page so easily, and you become his best friend. It was like he is writing from my own thoughts. I was so pleased with the film, because it kept the honesty of the book. The movie didn’t turn into a “christian conversion” movie. It wasn’t defensive of any belief. It was depicting a young adult’s journey of individuality, and it was beautiful. The entire movie I felt like hugging the screen. Like, a big ol’ bear hug. Full body hug. Can cradle it to my bosom. A lot of if was filmed in Portland, Oregon, so of course it was beautiful, and made me want to make love to the screen! **For the record, in the Q&A Don said that Reed Collage (where the movie takes place) is worse than what is depicted. Ha! Keep that in mind.** I took a friend of mine, who said that the overwhelming support really struck him. See, about 4 years ago, a major investor backed out of the project, which basically meant that the movie was not going to be made. To make a long story short, the project was handed over to the public. and in 30 days 4,495 people raised $345,995 to put the movie into production! WHAT?!

Read more detail about the production and the movie itself at www.BlueLikeJazzTheMovie.com

Blue Like Jazz opens April 13, and I am plugging this because I really believe in this project and its positive message.
This morning I skipped work. OHyes. Massive shopping trip to Trader Joe’s!! Many fresh things, and I feel much better with my refrigerator and pantry shelves stocked. I feel more secure knowing I have a plethora of good things to choose from.

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I am convinced Trader Joe’s has direct shipment from heaven itself. This chicken quesadilla was BANGIN’! Just defrost, and made crispy in a pan with some coconut oil. On a bed of spinach? Muuuuaaahh~
Among my mountain of healthy food, I picked these up:

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I knew it was a bad idea. But they were so good! Note the past tense. Yup. They are all gone.
The rest if the afternoon was spent in the kitchen! WIN! (Similar to reading, I have recently discovered how much baking brings me joy!)

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

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All wrapped up and ready for snacks!
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On top is a variant of the Chocolate protein bars I have been wanting to do for a very long time: Chocolate Almond Coconut. I added almond extract (I love almond flavoring) and sliced almonds to the batter, and dusted finely shaved coconut on top!
Another fav. of mine is the Cinnamon Swirl protein bread. Mmmm. That one I am going to take to work, as my co workers keep hearing about the things I make but never get to try them! Also, made especially for giving away…
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Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookies! Nothing healthy about these folks! Those are going to work as well 😛

Tonight was my last performance of Trial By Jury, which wad held at The New York Bar Association. Appropriate, no? Then right after that performance I went to catch another rehearsal! Whew.

These past two says have just been so wonderful, and I have been so happy. It is a very nice to feel this shiny.

Sleep now! More rehearsals tomorrow! Start your weekend right!

Make friends with the problems in your life.

5 Mar

Isn’t that a great way to go through life? Just keeping that in mind frees me of a lot of anxiety. I have a lot going on in my life right now, and I have been feeling like a chicken with her head cut off, but this is not a harmful problem if I don’t let it be. The things keeping me busy (rehearsals and performances for 3 projects, working out, preparing food, ect) are all really good things, which just means I have a lot of goodness in my life right now! 🙂 Why should I complain about that? This is a friendly problem, and I welcome it.

So I have been craving quinoa for a while, so I made a whole bunch!

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Mm, garlic chicken with quinoa and flax seeds and green beans!

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Part of a breakfast I tried, and LOVED! 1/2C Fage 0%, 3/4C Kashi Go Lean, 1Tbs Chia seeds. Welcome to Mount OM-NOM-NOM

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Other half of a breakfast was tons of egg whites and hazelnut coffee flavored milk. I was trying to fool myself into thinking I had coffee, but it takes a lot of coffee flavor!

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More chicken and quinoa, this time covered in almond meal, and with carmelized red onions!

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This is how I always want my oatmeal- with cinnamon, unsweetened apple sause and a banana. The apple sauce made a world of difference! Just the perfect amount of sweetness ^^

I had to be good motivators during my workout the other day. Some good dubstep on Pandora (don’t judge), Stewie on Family Guy as Maria Von Trapp singing “I Have Confidence” (hilarity), and a song I think is called “Lazy Boy TV”? It was actually a stand up routine set to music about obesity, laziness, and general lack of health in our society. That definately kept me on the treadmill.

I was so happy to be doing intervals again! Unfortunately, I couldn’t do cardio yesterday because my hip flexors are definitely making themselves known. Hi. Yes, I know your are there and are very very tight! Ack!

I am excited because today I get to go to a screening of Blue Like Jazz the movie. I love  the book, but I have no idea how they put it on film. I can’t wait to find out!

You are you today

2 Mar

Yesterday, these were given to us (to share) at work.
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Yes, I had one. But I kept myself from having another! 🙂 They were pretty great. (And expensive! This little box was $25!)

I came home and made nut butter protein cookies!
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Note to self: flatten them more! That is some of that chocolate soy butter I discovered. (A rather generous heap on that cookie! Conan O’Brian-style.)

My snacks and lunch were not that satisfying. They were thrown together last minute. Not to mention I am craving chocolate like a mad person!! (Hormonal) So I had several cookies for dinner, then went downtown for a rehearsal of one of the 3 shows I am in. I wanted to take pictures for you, but I was always on stage! I got home and totally crashed.

This morning, start your day with a cuppa!!

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MM, loves a good Earl Grey. And cottage cheese with a crumbled protein cookie. Also, I realized I have another rehearsal an hour later than I though. Sweet.

Seeing so many posts and promotions for Arnold Week in the interwebs makes me really wish I was there. I would love to be around people who love lifting as much (and more) than I do, going to all the booths, learning about products, meeting inspirational people… but then I realized that in a split second I told myself I wouldn’t have fun because all these people would be so fit and beautiful, and I would stick out for being over 20% body fat. How terrible is that?? That little voice said “you would always be comparing yourself, be be left feeling terrible.” Shoo to that! All bodies are different, and that convention is to celebrate our common interest, and encourage one another.

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I think this is a VERY good outlook to have. Your point of reference is YOU. Each day is another opportunity to make yourself better.

Ok. rehearsal all day, and I WILL convince myself to go to the gym for my huffin’ and puffin’ leg workout!!

I’m better than that.

27 Feb

He has it

Title quote courtesy of Survivor by Destiny’s Child ^^

I have to admit that today was not one of my best. Not really in terms of working out, but as a person. I was moody for no reason and completely aware of it. How have I come to the habit of choosing not to be joyful in my workplace? I’m free! What am I afraid of? Who’s expectation of misery and discontentment am I looking to fill? Because it sure isn’t God’s.

I was feeling morose for no reason. I have the power to choose not to be 🙂 Especially when I have so much to be happy and light-hearted about!

I will say, though, that I am a little disappointed in the progress I’ve made with the LiveFit Trainer. I don’t think there is anything at all wrong with the program, but I am just not seeing much change :/ I am getting stronger and lifting heavier, but it doesn’t look like I’m getting rid of fat. I have skipped the last 2 cardio sets, but I feel like I have been pretty good with my diet. I am trying not to be discouraged, and find inspiration and motivation to stick with it.

I want you to say hellow to my little frenemy
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THIS. STUFF. I got it yesterday afternoon, and it is half gone! Ack!

Iiiiiiiiiiiii am going to see if I can double up my work out tomorrow: early morning and night. We’ll see if I can get to sleep in time!

It Hertz so good

21 Feb

– Happy Birthday Heinrich Rudolf Hertz!! You made my high school physics and microelectronics classes so much fun!! (Btw, I’m totally being serious. We got to do some kick ass stuff) –

Today is Day 45! Chest, Abs and Cardio. (My obliques are still sore from Monday’s ab workout… Love it!! :D)

My anterior delts (the front of my shoulders) are killing me from lifting all those barbells up and over my head a million times. Sheesh! I was fine getting ready this morning, but after the walk to the train and then from the train to work, my whole body was shaking! It took a good amount of focus to change into my uniform, and steady my hands for my shirt buttons.

Lunch= lightly fried tilapia covered in crushed almonds. image

My cooking is still very simple. Lightly coat in oat flour (though after the fact I realized I have almond flour. Doh!), coat in butter (but I forgot the garlic! How could I forget the garlic??), cover in crushed almonds, lightly pan fry in coconut oil. I have to say it came out quite well! Tastes butteraaaay. What else you see is brown rice. Not pictured: steamed beets and dark chocolate. Not combined. Separate. Like a normal person would have them.

I felt like I wanted to share today’s scripture 🙂 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Keep praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for that is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” In my devotions the author says something to the effect of saturating your day with His name. Some names I like to keep in mind are El Shaddai, Elohim, and El Roi. It is important to know your God (“The people who know their God will be strong” Daniel 11:32b)

Also, look at these bunnies. Look at them. image

Victory over the pizza

21 Feb

Morning came too soon… Down that 5 hour energy! Get on it!

I am very proud of myself for seeing that pizza this morning and having none of it. It called to me several times, and where I would usually have a few sliced AS WELL AS a full breakfast, I just thought about how yummy and filling, and full of good fuel my breakfast was going to be.

It was a leg day today! Just note: as of now, single leg squats are definitely not my favorite thing. Loooots of barbell work, which is strenuous on my neck and arms, but I got it done! My glutes are feeling… fail-y.

Post workout, I celebrated Fat Tuesday with a pancake thing of awesome
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Taken from Alexandra, it was pretty darn good! I added a little almond extract, and almond butter on top. Oh baby.

I havent been getting enough sleep, so I need go do that, but first put away my laundry. I definitely poured it all over my bed so I would be forced to put it away before I could crawl inside. I hate me sometimes.