Thursday, February 8, 2018

Carrot Cake - 80 Day Obsession Approved

It is not a lie when I tell you the meal plan for the latest Beachbody program, 80 Day Obsession, scared me.  Not only did I have to eat at specific times, but I have specific foods group combinations to follow.  Who wants to eat a veggie at 4am?  Who wants to eat at 4am period?

Fortunately, I am in a test group with the creator of the program and there are lots of recipes and tips shared daily.  This recipe was shared by a fellow coach and I am so grateful because it is the perfect pre workout meal.  My body can easily digest it at 4:20am and allow me to press play at 5am.  Plus, it's quite tasty.

My pre workout meal consists of 1 protein, 1 veggie, 1 carb, and 1 tsp.  I was ready to eat eggs, spinach, and toast every morning, so this carrot cake bake is a welcome addition.

The recipe is simple and you can easily double, triple, etc...the batch.

I have tweaked the recipe a bit from the original - not by much because I am NOT a baker.  I'm also not a professional photographer as you'll see by my pics ;-)

I use pasture-raised eggs.  They are more expensive, but I'm willing to pay that for the quality and the fact that the hens are treated least I am hoping this company is.

I used matchstick carrots, so I pulsed them for a few seconds in my Ninja first.  It breaks them up and makes them like a shredded carrot consistency.  I didn't pulse my zucchini in this pic because I shredded it.  When I use the pre shredded zucchini (when I'm feeling lazy), I will pulse for a few seconds to break up the big noodles.

This Maple Cinnamon spice is my favorite!!!  I ran low so I used this and regular cinnamon.  There's a code at the bottom of this post for 15% off the spices I use :-)

I used a combination of rolled oats and quick cooking oats - I usually just use rolled oats but I ran out.  I don't think I have a preference for this recipe, but I typically use rolled oats - gluten free, of course :-)

Mix it all together.

 Pour it into your desired pan.  I used a 9x9 baking pan.  You could easily make these as muffins or mini loaves.  I just prefer to use this pan and cut them into equal pieces.  I would recommend removing from the parchment paper and allowing to cool.  Store in fridge or I'm sure you could freeze portions.

I like to heat mine for 45 seconds and top with a tsp of all natural peanut butter.  Delicious, healthy, and works for me at 4:20am :-)

Carrot Cake - 80 DO Approved
1 serving:  1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 tsp
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini, squeeze with cloth to remove excess water
1/4 cup rolled oats, gluten free
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp Maple Cinnamon Spice **
1/2 tsp  vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix ingredients together.  Pour into muffin tins, mini bread loaf, or a casserole dish (if making a large batch).  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Top with 1 tsp of nut butter.

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Saddest part of my morning.....

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 is what?

I was never one for the hullabaloo for New Years Eve.  All this excitement to stay up way past my bedtime to watch a ball fall (very slowly, I might add) and then everyone yells and smooches.  I never really understood the attraction.  Except when I really young and we stayed up until midnight and went outside and banged on pots and pans and yelled Happy New Year!!  Our neighbors loved us ;-)

Then you have the Resolutions.  Yeah, because those always work out so well.  I don't remember 1 resolution that I actually made that I wait, that I actually remembered come February.

This year, I did manage to stay up and watch some big ball fall and then text my family a Happy New Years text (personal, I know) and went to bed.  The next day I woke up to everyone's social media posts about their resolutions and this and that....I guarantee if I ask them today, a majority of them will have forgotten about them or quit already.  That's why they're my friends ;-) <3

Now, don't get me wrong - I love the idea of looking back over the year and set new intentions.  Moving forward.  For me, resolutions aren't that.  Resolutions are crazy thoughts that are usually out of my reach and set me up failure.  I recently read this thought "....resolutions seldom work because they are based not the type of person we're tired of being rater than who God wants us to become."   YES!

Instead of creating resolutions, I decided to focus on who I want to be and more importantly, who God wants me to be.   I love this simple act of choosing 1 word to make your focus for the year.  1 word that can't be broken as easily as resolutions.  1 word that will guide my decisions and choices.  1 word to help me stay on the path God laid out before me and not the path I feel should be taken.

My word is not a big, fancy word.  It's something that caught my eye the other night while I was sitting at my desk.  I have a word magnet puzzle that I received in a Faith Box (monthly subscription) and I kept coming back to this 1 word.  When I pulled the word down and stared at it in my hands, I was over come with emotions.  I felt like this past year was a struggle, especially the last few months, and I haven't been able to put my finger on the reason.  Until the other night.


My word is restore.  I need to be restored with my friendships, business, running, and more importantly my relationship with God.  I need to be restored.

My actions, my decisions will be guided through this word:  Restore.  If the activity is not going to help me restore or reinstate the feelings of connectedness with my friends, my business, or God, then it's not the right path.  I know that this may take me outside of my comfort zone a bit, but that is clearly needed!  I've been stuck for a while and I am getting way too comfortable here.  It's time to move onto healing and being RESTORed!

I'd love to know what your One Word for the year will be!