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WIAW [Healthified Eats]

Hi loves! Ok so how crazy is it that Friday makes the first day in July?! I still have no clue where June went! The good thing about today though is that it’s Wednesday Smile So link up with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons and have your own WIAW party.

Peas and Crayons

A great day for me always begins with breakfast. An oats kind of breakfast to be exact.

Chocolate nanner oats topped with granola, reeses peanut butter chips, and cinnamon raisin pb. Yum!!

For lunch I had a pizza craving! I used a flat out to make a yummy turkey pepperoni pizza.

Why order out when you can make a healthified version?  Winking smile

When it came to dinner I had yet a different fast food craving. A cheeseburger and fries were calling my name.

I used a frozen veggie burger that I had in my fridge, topped it with cheddar cheese and made some delicious sweet tatter fries. I don’t know about you but ketchup is my favorite condiment! I eat it with everything Smile My homemade healthified burger was a total win. 

With all my great nutritious meals I figured dessert should be a bit more sinful…

Oreo cupcakes anyone?! My aunt brought these and they just looked so cute I couldn’t resist. Plus the oreos were calling my name. Winking smile

There you have it! All my great meals for the day.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure turned healthy?


06/29/2011 at 8:08 am 74 comments

10 Exercise Myths

Happy Saturday loves!!! Sorry I’ve been away but I’m back. Hope you didn’t miss me too much Winking smile

I came across this article that was tweeted and figured it would be good to talk about.

CNN.COM has composed a list of exercise myths that have come apparent due to people wanting to maximize their results at the gym while minimizing the amount of time spent.

10) Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning.

It isn’t accurate and doesn’t mean squat. Since it doesn’t ask for your body composition, the numbers the machine spits out should not be accounted for.

9) Women shouldn’t lift weights because it’ll make them bulky.

I’ve already said this once before but women don’t turn into bodybuilders over night. It takes a lot of muscle overload to bulk up. Since women have large amounts of estrogen they won’t build muscle as fast as men do. Strength training helps decrease body fat and keeps you lean, so lift girls lift!

8 ) Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you’re working.

Your own body is the only test of how hard you are working. Know your body’s signals and use that as your point of reference.

7) Your weight is the end all, be all.

Health isn’t determined by your weight, there are many other factors involved in a healthy lifestyle. Don’t only rely on the number your scale spits out, but on other numbers such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

6) Low-intensity exercise burns more fat.

Low intensity cardio is good to relieve stress on the joints, but the more intensely you exercise the more carbs you burn. When all carbs are used up, then your body will start to burn fat.

5) Chug a protein shake after workout.

Although a protein shake is good for emergencies it is the lowest quality of food. Eat real foods that are not so processed.

4) You can spot reduce for tight abs or toned arms.

You need to get rid of the fat before you can see the muscle, so train your entire body not just one area.

3) As long as I go to the gym 30-45 minutes, that gives me a pass to do what I want for rest of the day.

You can’t believe how many times I’ve heard the reasoning behind a work out. “If I run on the treadmill I can eat a cheeseburger with a milkshake, after all they cancel each other out right?”  You need a good diet to get the most out of your workouts.

2) No pain, no gain.

Discomfort during a workout is acceptable, pain is not. If you ever feel intense pain you should immediately stop whatever is it that you’re doing. This makes you more at risk for an injury or wearing the muscles out.

1) Stretching will help prevent injuries.

There is a difference between stretching and warming up. You should warm up to help loosen the muscle but stretching can be counterproductive.

“A study published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that static stretches that last longer than a minute could be detrimental to performance.”

Well there you have it!! Hope you are all having a great weekend as I enjoy this great breakfast Winking smile

Chocolate banana oats topped with granola and cinnamon raisin peanut butter. Nom!!!

Did you use to believe any of these exercise myths?

06/25/2011 at 12:17 pm 68 comments

Friday Favorites

Woot woot it’s the weekend friends, time to whip out the happy hour cocktails Winking smile

What am I loving this week?

1) Zumba!!

Great way to get in that cardio workout while having fun.

2) Target socks

Love these and they were super cheap. I like all the fun and funky colors Smile

3) Overnight Oats

Nothing like a good old fashion banana chocolate combo. Yum!

4) Essie Angora Cardi

Great cute color for Summer. I’m all about the purples and pinks right now

5) Michael Kors Lady’s Watches MK5235



I don’t have this beauty yet, but I want it!

Tell  me, what are you loving this week?

06/17/2011 at 5:24 pm 62 comments

WIAW [Grillin & bakin]

Wednesday’s have officially become an obsession of mine thanks to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Nothing better than posting up your delicious munchies while gawking over the yummy foods of others.

Peas and CrayonsSo link up and join the party peeps Smile

First up is my favorite meal of the day…Breakfast of course!

What’s better than having a jar of cinnamon raisin pb? Having an empty one for OIAJ!

Topped with plenty of delicious granola!

For lunch I spent the day with Frankie so we decided to make an indoor bbq Smile

Our chicken skewers with onions and zucchini and corn on the cobs were in place!

The final product! Yumm. I had one veggie skewer made just for me Winking smile

For dinner we made more of a bake


And mine

We boiled rotini pasta, cooked up chicken, and sauteed zucchini on the stove top. Then we used a pyrex to layer the pasta, chicken, and zucchini topped with Ragu pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese. This went back into the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese was ooey gooey and melted!

Win? You betcha!

Delicious down to the last bite!

So what’s your favorite meal of the day? Lunch, breakfast, or dinner? [I vote breakfast!]

06/15/2011 at 9:23 am 79 comments

Weekend Recap

Hi there!! Hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did, although I would have been happier had the Miami Heat actually won last night Oh well can’t win them all…

Friday night I went out with my girlfriends to watch is was funny but definitely not as good as part 1. I thought they were trying too hard to make it like the original.

After the movie, me and the girls went to our usual hangout spot (Denny’s!!!) to have some late night munching. There’s a pretty good chance on any given Friday or Saturday night that you’ll find me at Denny’s after midnight. Usually polishing off one of these…

When I say I can finish off an entire Oreo sundae, I mean it people Winking smile

Saturday morning I was up early at 8am to hit up Zumba and get my dance on. I love when exercising doesn’t feel like working out. It was a lot of fun but I was ready for breakfast when I got home.

I had some cereal Surprised smile Don’t get me wrong, I love my oats but it’s just way too hot!! And to be honest I’ve gotten lazy in making them lol

Cinnamon Burst Cheerios with sliced strawberries, yogurt, cottage cheese, 1/2 nanner somewhere in there and topped with milk New obsession? You betcha!

Saturday night I went bowling with my friends and my skills were lacking to say the least. A lot of gutter balls and failed attempts. Still fun to get out of the house and do something different.

Well there you have it peeps! My weekend recap Smile

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06/13/2011 at 11:45 am 52 comments

WIAW [Bridal Shower]

Happy Humpday!!! I feel like the week is just zooming by Smile It’ll be Friday before you know it!

Glad you all liked reading my survey, it was fun filling it out. And yes I did have my first s’mores. I wasn’t impressed though…Please don’t stop being my friend….

I have some pretty tasty eats to share with you today peeps, so if you don’t know about WIAW yet, link up with Jenn and join the foodie party Winking smile

Peas and Crayons

First up is breakfast!

Made a Fitnessista cookie dough breakfast topped with yogurt, sliced nanner, Kashi Berry Crisp, and almond milk

For lunch, I went with my mom to my cousin’s bridal shower at a fancy restaurant. It was gorgeousss and rented out for all the girls.

Me and my mom Smile

For our appetizer we had a delicious salad

For the main course we had a choice of either chicken, Mahi Mahi or Churrasco. I went with the chicken

The chicken breast was the size of my head…Way too big. The sides were incredible; mashed potatoes and green beans! Yumm

This was the cute table decoration that I got to take home

It’s still in my room Smile

For dessert we had the cutest cupcakes ever

Super adorable tiny cupcakes (everything is prettier when it’s bite size)

There you have it friends! My fabulous WIAW eats.

Do you prefer bite sized foods?

06/08/2011 at 12:08 am 86 comments

More Foodie ABC’s

Hi bloggies!!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know I did Smile  I went to my cousin’s bridal shower (pictures will be up later), saw X-Men:First Class [If you haven’t seen it, watch it!!], and got to eat s’mores for the first time.

And now I’ll indulge you in the second half of my foodie survey

L is for Lunch, what was yours today?

I haven’t had lunch yet but I will tell you about my lunch from yesterday. I had a pasta salad with feta cheese and chicken covered in light Italian dressing. It was delicious.

M: is for Microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

I love making Ashley’s oat cake in the microwave

Easy, fast, and super delicious!

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?

This is an easy one. I’m a fats lover all the way!

Give me the peanut butter please

Cinnamon raisin swirl=

O: is for Oil, what kind do you like to use?

I always use extra virgin olive oil for cooking.

P: is for Protein, how do you gets yours?

I get in a lot of protein. Whether it’s in the form of chicken, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or my delicious fro-yo!

Who wouldn’t like to eat this for protein? Winking smile

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?

This is an easy one. I love my oats hot, cold, and every way in between.


R: is for Roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?

Veggies! And lots of them. I love roasting up asparagus or potatoes

S: is for Sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?

When it comes to sammies, I’m pretty boring. I either do a classic turkey and cheese combo or I do a spin off of breakfast and do an egg, cheese, and sausage sammie.

T: is for Travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?

It all depends on where I’m going but usually I tend to indulge. How often to do you get to travel? When I went on my last cruise I did choose the more calorie friendly options but I had my ice cream and my decadent tropical drinks Winking smile

The bf and I at Key West (May 2010)

U: is for Unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?

All of my food combos are weird in one way or another. One time I was eating a waffle sandwich with ham and cheese covered in syrup and my friends thought I was disgusting….Don’t they sell this stuff at like Dunkin Donuts?? I didn’t think I was that weird…

V: is for Vitamins, what kind do you take?

I take Centrum chewables Smile

W: is for Wasabi, yay or nay?

Omg I love me some wasabi. Yay all the way!!

X: is for Xtra special, what food holds a special place in your heart?

I definitely have a soft spot for oreos could anyone not??!

Y: is for Yogurt, you can only afford 1 cup, what kind do you purchase?…

Eek this one is hard because I love yogurt! I’m going to say Dannon Light and Fit. ❤ the stuff

Z: is for Zero guilt, what food can you enjoy over and over without any guilt?

If I plan on overindulging then any food that I eat I consider to be guilt free. I love to make fro-yo at home because I can control what goes into it so it’s never “guilty” but sometimes you need the naughty toppings.

Love Menchies

There you have it! My full survey. Now tell me…

What special food holds a spot in your heart?

06/06/2011 at 1:07 pm 70 comments

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