“I like a lot of fresh fruit around the house and chocolate chips in my pancakes…”

So yesterday I threw together these amazingly fluffy and soooo delicious chocolate chip pancakes. I ended up just dumping ingredients in a bowl and hoping for the best. Well, how sweet they were! And…. I’m totally willing to take one for the team and make another batch with more precise measurements. Any takers?! ;)

Speak now or forever hold your peace! Haha who am I kidding?! I will definitely be making these again! Happy Monday, friends! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start.

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Greetings from gorgeous Beaver Creek!

It’s official! As of February 26th, I finished my Sports Nutrition course and I’m now a certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist! I can’t tell you how excited I am to begin this new career and combine my health and fitness passion with my love of nutrition and cooking.

Oh and hello from Beaver Creek. Surprise!!

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So here I am, relaxed with my feet up on a fire pit enjoying my free time. The others are out hitting the slopes. I only started skiing a few years ago. I’m not the best but I can hold my own on the beginners/Green courses. Lol I think I’m more of an enjoy the surroundings type of person. Can you blame me? I did, for the record, go to the top a few times last year and successfully made it down sans fatalities!

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Even though I’m on vacation, I don’t want to completely sabotage my diet. Especially since I’m at the end of my 8 month bulk/reverse diet. (Trying to put on as little fat as possible here.) Not the easiest thing when you’re on vacation and the smell of hot chocolate and fresh crêpes are looming in the air. It’s an intoxicatingly sweet, delicious smell that’s hard to resist. So, to help any ounce of willpower I may need, I made some chocolatey-peanut butter protein brownies. What a life saver these babies are turning out to be, especially since American Airlines doesn’t give snacks. What kind of poppycock is that?! Every year we fly out here, I’m astounded by it. So I finally came prepared.

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These brownies are quick, easy and a healthy treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. Stay tuned for the recipe. It’ll be posted shortly!

The BEST Clean Cheat EVER!

20130716-215855.jpgQuest Peanut Butter Cup STUFFED Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar Cookie

Say that five times fast!! Better yet, save your breath and get ready to inhale these bad mamma-jammas.

So simple and unbelievably satisfying, without the guilt!!

•Step 1: Cut Cookie Dough quest bar into 1/4s. Microwave for 10 seconds.
•Step 2: Shape all 4 pieces into circular form and press VERY flat in between parchment paper, while still warm!
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•Step 3: Place 1 Peanut butter cup on top of flattened circle and top with another circle; working quickly while still warm.
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•Step 4: Seal edges together making sure no PB Cup is exposed.
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Step 5: Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 10 mins, on parchment lined baking sheet, flipping after 5 minutes.
* I baked mine in my toaster oven, which cooks faster because it’s smaller. After my first batch of Quest Cookies, I learned 300 is a better temp for the toaster oven, as it browns very quickly!

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Eat and enjoy!!

New clean eating recipe!

This past week has been insanely hectic between work and managing my personal life and gym schedule. Meeting end of the quarter goals and taking Wellness exams, as well as health check ups to make sure my body is running in top shape- which it is (yay!), has left me with little time for blogging. It’s looking like Sundays are beginning prime writing days.

So, have no fear, I’ve already posted a dinner recipe!
Go to the Healthy Recipes tab under Eat Clean, Train Dirty for step by step instructions on making a delicious, sushi inspired dinner.

And be sure to keep an eye out for a leg workout that’ll leave your buns burning!

The Three W’s of Supplements

Ever wonder What supplements you should take, why you should take them and when?

Some people give supplements a bad rap. I say “nay!” to that! On the contrary, they are essential in helping you achieve the best results when paired with proper diet and a solid training plan. Wouldn’t you want to maximize your all that hard work you put in?!

Through research, tests and trials I’ve come up with what I believe to be my fundamental supplement stack. There are others I take that I have not listed but again, if nothing else, these ones are crucial to me.

Always remember when taking supplements or beginning a new regiment to do your research, ask your doctor and make sure it doesn’t conflict with any medications you may already be taking or allergies you have.

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