baking has quickly become a stress reliever for me...especially guilt-free baking ;) was inspired by this recipe & let's just say i've made three batches in two weeks already...
1 cup (100g) of steel cut oats*
3/4 cup (90g) of whole wheat flour*
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/8 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of raw honey
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1 large brown egg
*super important to measure this exactly. a kitchen scale is the best way to go, or use the "spoon & sweep" method where you pour (overflow) your ingredient into your measuring cup then level with a spoon.
mix your flour, oats, cinnamon, salt & baking powder into a bowl. in a separate bowl, mix your egg & melted coconut oil then slowly add in your honey. once fully mixed, add to your dry mix by slowly pouring and stirring. leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
preheat your oven to 325°F & line two cookies sheet with parchment paper. once chilled, spoon nine scoops of batter on each sheet making 18 "mini" cookies in total. place in oven for 15 minutes. remove & set the cookies out to chill for a few minutes.
depending on your brand of ingredients, each "mini" cookie could range from 75-90 calories each -- not bad! feel free to spice it up by adding 1/4 cup of blueberries, raisins, chocolate chips or whatever your craving. enjoy!
in honor of cinco de mayo & my love for tacos (especially shrimp or fish!), having a little fiesta tonight in a guilt-free way:
TACO BAR - MIX & MATCH
marcela valladolid street corn tortillas white corn // 4 tortillas 100 calories
shrimped with lime juice & ciltanro leaves (cooked on high in crock pot for 15-20 min) // 3oz 90 calories
pulled skinless chicken breast (cooked with salsa on low in crock pot for 6 hours) // 3oz 100 calories
shredded iceberg lettuce // 1 cup 10 calories
shredded mexican four cheese blend (2%) // 1/8 cup 40 calories
chopped red bell pepper // 1 cup 40 calories
black beans // 1/4 cup 50 calories
sliced black olives // 2 tbsp 25 calories
pineapple slices // 1/2 cup 35 calories
mango slices // 1/2 cup 55 calories
LIGHT LIME MARGARITAS
jose cuervo tequila // 1 shot 70 calories
joe cuervo light margarita mix // 4oz 0 calories
margarita salt // brim of cup 0 calories
lime // slice or wedge 5 calories
perfectly imperfect? i think so. extra dark chocolate cake layered with vanilla cream frosting simply decorated with peonies. first try of many :) i have definitely become a fan of substituting whole eggs with egg whites only & swapping [crisco] oil with coconut oil. need to prep in 3-5 days advance? after your cake has fully cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap & keep in in the fridge. worked like a charm.
i am numbers person. i love Excel, make a living by making sure things add up right, always volunteer to split the restaurant bill for a large group, & get a little too satisfied when i beat people at mentally calculating figures. BUT, when it comes to the scale or the size of my pants, please leave me alone ;)
weight, previously known to be quite the uncomfortable topic for me, has, unfortunately, always been a top of mind; a mental burden that i couldn't escape. struggling with it through my adolescent years, & it being a prevalent issue in my family's history, it is hard to ignore the fear. i have definitely had my "victories" where i adjusted my eating habits (not necessarily adopting healthy ones) & devoted some time to the gym, but it was never with the mindset of it being for the long run. hence, i have naturally fallen back into the preferred life of eating whatever i wanted, whenever i wanted to...forcing me to look at myself at the end of the day & just complain about what i saw. furthermore, i had no desire to even address my complaints or act upon it which made me complain even more...ha! i eventually came to the peace with the fact that i had no right to complain if i didn't do something about it. thus, i decided to give a structured fitness program a chance & face the fear of accountability with someone besides myself.
on june 3, i started my 12 week transformation through IMAGO FITNESS. my trainer/coach set me up on a disciplined but surprisingly filling meal plan in partnership with cardiovascular & strength training workouts. i learned what to eat, how to eat, & when to eat it. no more skipping breakfast, having a small salad for lunch, then binging at night. i committed myself to daily cardio routines & gradually increased my time lifting & weight training. through the process, i had to make sacrifices in order to gain self-control; sometimes to the point where i felt socially out of touch. i received mixed feedback from family, friends, & coworkers. some were encouraging & excited for me, whereas others didn't get it. i heard multiple times "you're already thin" & "what's this new diet you're on now?" to this day, i still get irritated at the word diet. but i learned quickly that i really need to focus less on what other's say & more on how i feel. & a few weeks into the program, i felt amazing. my cravings changed from fried to fresh, i had way more energy & best of all, i was really proud of myself. never had i dreamed i would take on such a challenge, such accountability. the weights got heavier, i got stronger. my cardio sessions became easier & dare i say, enjoyable! after 12 weeks, i received the photo below. let me tell you, i was not expecting any dramatic results but i am still in shock to see how far i've come to become my better self. i noticed tone in my arms & abdomen, & a more proportional waist-to-hip shape. crazy how your body changes aren't as apparent through the process until you see the comparison from day one. crazy.
i have debated whether or not to share my numerical results. as i mentioned earlier, i'm a numbers person. but with something like this, i've decided to opt out. why? primarily to hold myself accountable to the fact that numbers will not define my success in this aspect of my life. hitting a target weight or percentage of body fat gets me stuck into a short-term mentality. my purpose in this transformation decision was to simply feel my best & be at peace with myself physically & mentally everyday, for the long run. for me, knowing that i am putting in the effort to make fitness & clean eating a priority outweighs any result on a scale...no pun intended :)
visit IMAGO FITNESS & make the commitment to transform the way you think about food & fitness. your body & mind will thank you :)