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!

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Sorry!!

I’ve been missing in action since last week but there is hope and recipes in the near future!! I’ve been an experimental busy bee in the kitchen this week and am loving the results!

This weekend, I’ll be posting recipes and helpful tips to stay on track… from South Beach. Stay tuned, friends!

here’s a sneak peak for what’s in store

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The BEST Clean Cheat EVER!

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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!!