NO Guilt Chocolate and All Natural PB Mug Cake

My sweet tooth comes out once in a while and this health conscious mug cake is successful in shutting it up, haha.

I got the recipe from http://fitsuccess.blogspot.ca/2013/02/1-minute-chocolate-pb-protein-mug-cake.html and it has not disappointed.

The ingredients are:

– 1 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
– 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
– 1 tsp Stevia
– 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
– Pinch of salt
– 1 Egg White
– 2 tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk
– 1 tbsp All NATURAL Peanut Butter

Mix dry ingredients in a mug, then add wet ingredients, mix, microwave for one minute and DEVOUR!! 🙂

Get up, Lace up, Go run!

Most people hate Monday mornings because the weekend is over and you’re back on the grind at work. Another perspective, my perspective, is the polar opposite of this, meaning I LOVE Mondays, especially Monday mornings! It’s a fresh start to the week, a new page in my moleskin agenda, which I love so dearly, and an opportunity to set new goals both academically and physically for yourself. The cool breeze and fresh morning air at 6am on a Monday morning is IDEAL for getting up, lacing up and going running. I am a runner first, and lifter second (although my love for both is more or less equivalent), and there’s no better adrenaline rush than when my free runs hit the pavement. This week, I have (as per usual) set up my workout schedule, and written down both my short and long term goals to remind me of how far I’ve come and where I want to go.

“Goals are just dreams with deadlines.” – Diana Scharf

I recently upgraded to the new iPhone5 and am LOVING the camera on it as I am an avid fitness and all things health related photographer. This picture, taken with the vscocam app, captures the serenity of my morning.

One of the best parts of early morning runs through the suburbs is the amount of runners hitting the pavement, and their friendliness. As you pass one another, you exchange smiles, waves and even good mornings, which always seems to put a smile on my face minutes after these encounters.

Post-running, my favourite way to refuel is with the Superfood Mango and Banana Green Smoothie (recipe from one of my favourite clean eats blogs – http://www.skinnytaste.com). I have slightly altered the recipe by adding chia seeds on top, which is a SUPERFOOD for runners. Ever since delving into the realm of green smoothies I truly believe these are the best way to start off your day – packed full of nutrients with a great taste and vibrant colours! Perfect for people on-the-go, like me! 🙂

Today is leg day, and morning runs really get me amped up for weight training at the gym later on in the day. My trainer definitely helped me with proper supplement knowledge to ensure I am training smart. To maintain lean muscle while losing fat it is crucial to take your BCAAs (especially if you are on a high protein, low carb diet). Pre-workouts are part of my lifting routine, and I take mine 15-30 minutes pre-weight training, and directly after my workout I have my protein shake + BCAA powder mixed in ready to go.

It’s another week, a fresh start, so love your body because it’s the only one you have, eat clean, and train insane.

FIND YOUR GREATNESS

I heart Avocados

Chicken marinated in extra virgin olive oil, cayenne pepper, and BBQ spice, baked to perfection, 1/4 cup avocado, and 1/2 cup home made zucchini noodles mixed with bean sprouts and baby bok choy. A nutritious, protein packed lunch for people whose agendas never seem to have enough space to write down everything to-do, i.e. people like me. Yum!

Zucchini Noodles

Tonights kitchen adventure consisted of my first attempt at making zucchini noodles, and it was a success! I used a vegetable peeler to make the noodles themselves, heated up vegetable oil and minced garlic in a pan and split the zucchini noodles into separate batches, cooking each batch for under a minute so they didn’t get too soft. The end result was a healthy and delicious side dish to be paired with chicken, fish, or whatever other protein source you prefer. I will definitely be making these again. Meal prep for the week is crucial, and sunday nights are reserved for such prep. Tomorrow is the start of a new week. Eat clean, train dirty!!

Superfood Triple Berry Chia Pudding

I have been hearing about the great health benefits of chia seeds for a long time, but never tried any recipes involving them until I stumbled upon this pudding recipe online on one of my favourite clean eats blogs (www.skinnytaste.com). It was an instant success with the family. All I can say is I LOVE chia and this pudding is so easy to get creative with. This is so healthy as it is gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium, low calorie, and vegan. 🙂