June 15, 2016

Recipe Wednesday ♥ Waist Not Waffles

So the name is clever, no?
Haha...I know, I know. Corny and not even close to being original.
But it is a super simple, and tasty recipe.
Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, clean eats!
The secret, waist friendly ingredient?

Waist Not Waffles
3 tsp. Powdered Egg White (or 3 egg whites)
6 Tbs. Cool Water (omit if using egg whites)
1/2 tsp. SweetLeaf Stevia
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tbs. Pumpkin Puree (canned or fresh may be used)
1/4 cup Unsweetened Milk of choice (like Good Karma Unsweetened flax milk)
1.5 Tbs. Coconut Flour (like Bob's Red Mill)
1.5 Tbs. Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
In one bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a second bowl, lightly whip your egg whites and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir in the pumpkin, vanilla and milk. You may need to add a bit more milk, depending on your coconut flour, as some are more absorbent than others. Mix all of the ingredients just until combined. You want a nice pourable batter, that isn't too thin. 
Lightly grease your waffle iron to prevent the waffles from sticking. 
Pour the batter into the waffle iron and away you go!
This recipe makes one serving. 
Top, as desired and enjoy your clean eats Waist Not Waffles!

June 14, 2016

Training Tuesday Y'all!

Hey Hey Hey!
It's this week's edition of Training Tuesday!
What am I training for, you might ask?
Well, that's a good question because I have nothing on my calendar, but you see...
I am 11 weeks out from a pretty significant surgery and I have been told it could take "at least" a year for full recovery. Say what?
Look, I don't have time for all of that!
So I am training for me, yup, you heard me correctly.
I am training for Michelle.
This chick has had a long road building up to the surgery and then this whole long, drug out process that is recovery. My doctor said no strengthening until 12 weeks but...
This woman is not your average veteran and so I am working on building that strength back up and it feels SO good! I'm not gonna lie, I am looking forward to being sore tomorrow.
I felt it appropriate to rock out the full WW gear today.
Cute, right? But definitely meant for looking cute without shoes on; these bad boys spend all their time creeping down into your dang shoe...Ugh!
That drives me so crazy!
It is hard for me to look at this arm and know what it used to look like but I also know that my body needed time to restore. Now it is time for the rebuild.
Not only did I get a good upper body workout, but lower as well.
I used compound moves for my 30 minute workout today; such as a lunge with a shoulder press.
I love powerhouse moves that call on a variety of muscle groups.
My body really responds to this type of workout.
In spite of the powering going out for 90 unplanned minutes this morning, I was able to get a few things done. I roasted some raw sunflower seeds and made some salted caramel sun nut butter - Yum!
Have you ever made your own?
It is so simple and I found the real key to making it less time consuming; throw the fresh roasted seeds hot into the food processor. The main component in getting your seeds to really break down and smooth out is heat. The friction of the blade helps to heat up the mixture, drawing out the oils and THAT'S how you make nut butter.
You still need patience because it takes a while. When you have what looks like graham crackers crumbs...Hang in there, it's happening!
It takes a lot of scraping down. So you will need to stop and scrape often.
But before you know it, it will start getting smoother and sticking together.
Again, stick with it and you probably won't have to scrape any more.
I had roasted my seeds with sea salt.
Once the mixture started to break down, I added a dropper full of all natural butterscotch flavoring and a packet of stevia powder.
Voila' - Salted caramel sunflower seed butter!
Yes, the butterscotch tastes just like caramel.
I like mine with a bit of texture but you can keep processing until your seeds are 100% smooth.
Gorgeous, right?

It has been a good day filled with things I love, people I enjoy and a little bit of this...
That's Theodore Edward Bear, he's been with me for about 40 years.
He is sitting in an antique rocker that belonged to my Grandma.
Love, love, love!

Make it a great day!

June 13, 2016

Monday Week{end} In Review

Thanks, Meghan!
First of all, I have to (sort of) introduce the amazing blogger that is hosting this 'Week In Review'; Meghan blogs, runs, cooks, creates, and is generally just awesome over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.
I follow her on social media, I remember to catch her blog posts every now and again (I will be the 1st to admit that the quick & easy version of catching up with someone [ie. Facebook, Instagram, etc] is this lazy girls way of keeping up with people I enjoy, admire, am motivated by and all of that good stuff).
Anyway, Meghan just had a baby a couple of months ago so she now has adorbs baby pics to see along with her drool-worthy foodie posts and general real talk that I love.
This chick is the kind of person I want to meet for a cup of coffee and what promises to be a lot of laughs.
Her love for bananas is like no other!

But anyway, enough girl crushing on Clean Eats, Fast Feets Meghan.
She hosts a pretty cool link-up on Mondays whose purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments over the last week, or so.
We all have to-do lists, so this is the time for a little pat on the back for all the things you've done already.
It's time to grab a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or a luke warm bottle of water (like me) and see what's news & noteworthy over the past few days.
(I didn't save out any exciting stuff from last week, so the weekend it is!)

1.) I successfully slept in on Saturday morning. This is a huge accomplishment!
Anything past 5:45 is sleeping in for me. Once awake, I even lounged a bit and tried to get Cleo to stop being so judgmental - Here she is judging me for still being in bed and for laying in it wrong; there are rules, you know!

2.) I fought my frustration and won! Running is just painful for my silly knee and I really want to throw in the towel but here's the thing...
There's a gear between running and stopping; there's walking and before I ever became a runner, I loved to walk. I could walk for hours and not just strolling, I can burn up some pavement on a walk!
So that's what I did on Sunday morning...I walked a 5K and I loved it.
Truth be told, I even ran a bit and I loved it and my knee didn't complain!

3.) I felt good about what I had done. Can I just say, this is sort of a big deal right now.
The last year, year and a half have been a mental/physical/emotional boxing match and I have some bruises.
I allowed people (well, a person) and things to knock me down; I mean I really let some stuff chip away at me and I know there is going to have to be some real live recovery time.
It's hard to swallow when you discover some damage has been done that you didn't even know was there.
So this walk felt like I actually did something for me and I was ok with it.
This is a satisfied face, not my social media face.
Michelle 01 - Damage 00

4.) Is slicing 10 pounds of boiled eggs an accomplishment?
Seriously, if it is, it is by far the smelliest accomplishment of the weekend.
Why did I slice 10 lbs of eggs you may ask?
My parent's company is putting on a huge salad bar at a health fair and I helped prep some stuff.
I helped prep 10 lbs of smelly eggs and I hope I don't see any more for a long time.
The chickens are safe with me; they can keep their eggs!

5.) I roasted kabocha squash on the grill. This may be the highlight of the whole weekend.
It wasn't the best flavored kabocha (it was a little watery) but it worked out perfectly on the grill.
It is always sad to have to retire the oven during the summer months. It takes far too long to roast this stuff so I gave the grill a whirl and it was a winner!
I don't think it makes me a pioneer woman or anything but I felt pretty cool to be the chick roasting squash on the gas grill.

6.) Since I am not really following any sort of hard and fast rules, I am going to go ahead and include today in my Week In Review that was already altered to a Week End Review and now I am including Monday.
Maybe Meghan will ban me from the link-up?
I'm such a rebel!
(It all started with the grilled squash thing, I swear!)

Where was I? Oh!
I dusted off the bike I love so much and sweated out 10 miles.
My quads aren't nearly as happy as I am but they better get on board because I have already decided, if I am unable to return to running full time then I am getting a bike and I am going to ride my butt off!
My hand will be well enough now (the carpal tunnel was so bad that I couldn't hold the handle bars of a bike - Boo!) So yeah, cycling baby.

7.) I have accomplished the art of being my own selfie stick.
I am 5'10" - it comes in handy for reaching tall things, helping people in grocery stores and taking your own bobble head inducing, full bodied selfies.

8.) Here is my other trick...
Single-side boob sweat (the stomach is all in on the sweat thing).
Leftie isn't about the boob sweat though.
Maybe if I become a real live cyclist on a bike with wheels, I will be a dual boob sweat girl but for now...
It's all about the right.

I did it! I did it!
I mastered my first Week In Review!
Just so you know, THIS will be #1 on my list of accomplishments next week so be ready for that.
Hey, have a fabulous Monday (or what's left of it since this post somehow managed to take me 7 hours).
Go say hi to Meghan, coo over the cute baby, drool over all her delicious food and check it out...She went on her first run since Ave was born! Yay, Meghan!

Make it a great day!