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Eggless French Toast

24 May

Remember during my meal prep how I was running low on eggs? Well this morning I was out of eggs (oops) and my normal go to of yogurt and granola just wasn’t going to cut it. As I was running through ideas in my head I remembered that I had seen you can substitute ground flax for egg. Inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe I was a little skeptical but decided to try it. Oh my word, it completely exceeded my expectations.

First I mixed the flaxseed and almond milk and just let that sit for a couple minutes before mixing in the other ingredients. Once it was all mixed I pour it onto a plate so I can soak the bread. I use Rudi’s Gluten Free multi-grain bread, if you aren’t gluten free any whole wheat bread should work.

ImageOnce the bread is soaked on both sides just throw it in the greased skillet and cook until both sides have browned, turning occasionally.

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ImageI served it with fresh strawberries and just a touch of maple syrup. To be honest I think I liked it better than the french toast we normally make (sorry hubby).

You’ll need:

  • 1 C almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp flax meal/ground flax
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon (this one’s an estimate, I didn’t measure)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2-1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 4-5 slices of bread
  1. Combine flax seed and almond milk in a small bowl and let sit approx. 2 min
  2. Mix in cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup and pour combination onto a plate
  3. Dip bread for about 30 seconds on both sides (enough for it to soak in the mixture)
  4. Heat coconut oil on skillet to grease the pan
  5. Place soaked bread in skillet and cook until bottom is golden brown, then flip bread and cook until both sides are browned
  6. Top with fruit and/or syrup of choice and enjoy!

Nutrition estimate (I used My FitnessPal): Serving size 2-2.5 pieces: 305 Cal, 13 g Fat, 50 g carbs, 6 g protein

11 g sugar, 9 g fiber, 465 mg sodium

Fired Up

29 Oct

My uncle said something this past week when I was in Oklahoma that really rang true for me. It’s going to seem common sense so, bear with me. But if you don’t see the need, finding motivation to workout is darn near impossible. Lately even though I haven’t been as toned as I like, I’ve actually been losing weight and still able to be active and start hiking etc. There wasn’t a physical need for me to prioritize gym time. I guess that’s where my reflection about motivation comes in. I need to remember sometimes that I don’t work out to stay a certain size (though it’s a plus), I workout because I feel so much better and confident about myself when I do. I hate hearing people call me a toothpick or look at my pictures from last year when I was training all the time and ask what happened but it’s not even about that… It’s about making myself proud and doing what I love.  I love working out, I love researching new workouts and trying new recipes and the boost I feel when I am really living clean.

So with the fire lit again, here we go!

Jake Zapata Photography

Jake Zapata Photography

Leg workout from today:

  • 2 sets of 20 lateral squat walks with resistance band
  • 3 sets of 12 hip extensions with ankle weights
  • 1 x 20 lying adductions
  • 2 x 20 squats
  • 3 x 12 lunges/leg
  • 2 x 20 wood-chop sumo squats (Stand with your feet wide apart, toes turned slightly out. Hold the dumbbell or medicine ball with both hands in front of you arms extended. Squat as low as you can and then as you stand swing your arms (keeping them straight) above your head. As you come back into a squat, lower your arms)
  • 1 min plank
  • 45 min walking miss Maia 😉

**I used lighter weights than I used to! Remember when you’re working back into a fitness routine after injury or time off you need to be smart about it so you don’t over train and/or hurt yourself.

And here’s just a couple progress pictures to mark the re-start, the biggest loss has been my abs:

Bicep

Bicep

Front

Front shot

Profile

Profile

“Beast Mode”

1 Jul

So I have these moments where I tell hubby not to worry about something that would normally fall under his “domain” because there’s another project I’ve been wanting to finish or because I like just enjoying the time we do have together since right now he’s gone most of the time until August. Today I had one of those moments.

We found a great deal on a bed frame that we couldn’t pass up. It took a long time for us to find one that we both liked and this one was hugely discounted since it was the floor model and it is missing the side boards/under support (which we’ll just make but since this isn’t a DIY blog… I’ll move on). What we didn’t know is it comes with a huge box of extra parts for if you want to convert it into a full canopy bed… a huge HEAVY box.

To make a long story short, I had told hubby I would take care of opening it and finding a home for the pieces so we could enjoy a date night last night and he could just finish a couple, less time-consuming, projects before heading back to training. I went to open up the box, expecting the size to be mainly due to packing material, only to find that it didn’t make any sense to take the parts out because it didn’t save any space. Which left me to move the huge, heavy box from our guest room to our room so there was space to tuck it against a wall. Doesn’t sound so daunting right?

Except in order to get from point A to point B I had to make three tight turns with this 8 foot long box. After lots of squats, twists, curls, and dragging the box I succeeded! As I was walking away from my “accomplishment” I had the realization that I really don’t think I would have been able to move that box by myself a couple years ago and then I felt even more proud of myself! It’s so fulfilling and motivating to see the benefits of strength training and living a healthy lifestyle in my everyday life.

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Okay, bragging over 😉