Hi guys!! Happy Wednesday to you. :D Thank you so much for your responses and encouraging words on the last post. Your comments made me grin from ear to ear. (|^_^|)v Errrmmm that is supposed to be grinning from ear to ear. It is Wednesday after all--so what better way than to WIAW with you? If you haven't checked out Jenn's blog yet, then I encourage you to do so! Whatchu waitin' fo' fooz?
Alas! I have tried Kodiak Cakes this morning for the first time! *cue the cackling*
I remember spotting these at Vons+Ralphs almost two years ago. Although I wanted to try them so badly, I never did because I figured that I could just make my own healthy pancakes.
Each time I saw them I could almost hear them calling my name from the shelf--but still, I would refuse.
However, I have been seeing them quite often on Kath's blog, and if you have seen her enticing photos and persuasive descriptions, you would know that it is hard to say "no" to the products she uses. :P
Aaacckkk! Holes and more holes! Is it just me? I seriously can't stand looking at hundreds of holes like that...I get chills every time. It is so silly actually, but next time I will make sure to flip the jacks if they are bubbly like that. Excuse me if you have the same phobia. :P
For lunch, I had some veggies and a yam topped with a runny egg and a Laughing Cow Wedge.
I saw this simple yet genius idea on Jenny's blog and fortunately, my sister brought home a gargantuan LC pack from Costco to last us
a year at least a week.
For a snack/dessert, I also had one of these beauties right here...
Well, the back of the pops are flat because I didn't know how else to keep them round, but they tasted great! ;)
I had my first cake pop a few weeks ago at the bridal shower. All I can remember is that they were amazingly cute and truly decadent.
In search of making somewhat healthier and less time consuming cake pops, I thought that a raw date pop would do the trick!
Spiced Date Pops *VN*
- 2 C almond meal (can buy ground, or process almonds at home)
- 5 pitted medium-large dates
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (or regular)
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 tsp coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- This is optional. First, toast the almond meal in the oven at 425 F for roughly 3-4 minutes. Watch it really carefully because it can burn in a blink of an eye! ;) *Note: toasting it will accentuate the almond flavor. If you like a mild taste, then leaving it completely raw is better.
- Put all the almond meal and dates in a food processor. Make sure the dates reach a fine consistency.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients now. Keep processing/pulsing until everything is mixed thoroughly.
- Grab about a golf ball size of the mixture and roll it with your hands. It should be very easy to form a ball.
- With pop sticks (I just broke in half some wooden chopsticks), stick one in each ball.
- In a small bowl, melt 1 C of white OR dark chocolate in the microwave and add 1 tsp of coconut oil. Heat it at increments of 30 seconds, for a total of 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Cover the date pops in the chocolate and lay it on a tray, wax paper, or foil.
- After that is finished, pop it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Makes approximately 8 pops! :D
These are great if you want a raw version of cake pops, not to mention chewy, and if you want to pretend that it's Autumn where you live. (SoCal takes forever to change seasons)
Did I tell you? Autumn is my favorite season! And spices definitely make me reminisce of that cool fresh air.
Lately I have been changing up my workouts just a bit. Instead of doing only body weight plyos, I have been doing those along with even more strength training than usual. I can see the results in my strength! And get this, I can see a little bit of change in my muscles too? :P
For the past few weeks, I gave Niki's workouts a try. My oh my! They are not only fun, but really effective too!
I always prefer to mix up my own workouts as well as others' routines. Niki definitely has some great ones.
I don't normally make workout plans because I like to be spontaneous with it; however, I am trying to experiment with different types of training and see what kind of results a plan could actually produce.
- Mondays- shoulders and triceps
- Tuesdays- abs and cardio (like jump roping, high knees, or plyos)
- Wednesdays- legs (glutes get worked in the process of course)
- Thursdays- back and abs
- Fridays- biceps
- Saturdays- bodyweight plyos or any cardio (sometimes even Yoga Burn)
I follow these pretty well, but if I feel that I should take it easy a certain day, then I will.
My belief in regards to fitness is that we should constantly change things up to "confuse our muscles". Not only do our muscles get bored, but our minds are constantly in search of a challenge. Therefore, I think that after a few times of the same workout (or rotation), it can be really effective to change things up.
I actually welcome almost any and every type of exercise so long as it is challenging to MY body. I am not saying this is the only way to exercise, but if your goals are to build muscle, maintain muscle, or simply stay slim, then this is the way to go in my humble opinion.
I hope you are having a wondrous fantabulous week and God bless y'all!
This is one of my favorite passages, and I hope you will be encouraged as well.
"Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." ~Isaiah 40:31~
And if you are by any chance having one of "those days", then perhaps this post will help you gain a new perspective on God's love. :)
What dish/dessert have you been wanting to recreate according to your liking?
What are your thoughts about working out and planning? Do you plan?