Monday, May 16, 2011

random eats. banana almond butter muffins. bootcamp relay.

whoops. it's been a while. finals, babysitting, working at the gym & coffeeshop, and practicing my step aerobics routine has taken over my life.
doesn't leave too much time to blog about it.
i did take a few pictures, however, of my recent eats. so ill start with that. then end with a recipe of muffins that i made & i took to work & were gone within a couple hours!

favorite bowl of oats: 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 whipped banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp chunky natural pb, & 1 tsp unsweetened coconut

i bought so many strawberries. used them for my protein shakes. gonna be sad when june is over & the
some steamed broccoli, carrots, chickpeas all drizzled w/ ranch? & sweet potato wedges
mexican salad w/ romaine, tomatoes, black beans, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and sweet potato

another mixture of steamed veggies drizzled with ketchup
my love of roasted sweet potatoes
these are seriously crack.
random salad w/ leftover quinoa
and feta because feta makes it betta

kale artichoke ricotta pie. this was delish. i got the recipe here

so i was at wal-mart the other day. (hate that place). and i spotted maranatha almond butter for only $4! couldn't believe it. this stuff is not that cheap. it's usually $8-10 for a jar at the co-op. i snagged a jar & decided to use it with some ripe bananas that were sitting on the counter in hopes of making a delicious baked good.
i couldn't decide until i came across heather's recipe. yes please.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Muffins
adapted from heathereatsalmondbutter


  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup almond butter or your favorite nut/seed butter of choice
  • ½ cup sugar or 1/4 cup stevia (i used 5 packets of pure via)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour (I pulsed 2 cups old fashioned oats in my food processor)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt (omit if using salted nut butter)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (i left these out since i didn't have any)


Mix first 5 ingredients until creamy. Stir together oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to banana mixture stirring to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Bake at 350 degrees 18 – 20 minutes in paper lined or greased muffin pan.

Yield: 15 muffins. (i only made 12 muffins)

these were so good! each one had 157 calories, 23g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.8g protein

grinding the oats took about 30 seconds
mash mash mash....

i took about 8 of them to work and they were gone by the end of the day. :)

this weekend was pretty good. i worked, practiced my routine, did an off day workout that consisted of this:

12 push-ups
12 deadlifts (i used 45 lb bar)
12 tricep pushups
3 rounds of stairs
all 3x

12 chest press (did this on stability ball w/ 15 lb dumbbells)
12 sumo squat w/ 15 lb dumbbell
12 chest flies (on ball w/ 15 lb dumbbells)
run 2 min. fast
all 3x

12 bent over row w/ 15 lb dumbbells
12 lat raises w/ dumbbells
12 russian twists w/ 12 lb med ball (each side)
all 3x

12 kettlebell swings
12 box jumps
12 burpees
all 3x

GREAT workout.

today's bootcamp this morning was also awesome. we competed against the cy-fitters. (Cy-fit is a group exercise class that consists of 30 minutes on the spin bike followed by 30 minute strength moves)
we all got into pairs and did a relay race. we each had a card with markers in different orders and we had to run around the gym finding the cones with the colors and each one had an exercise we had to do.
krystal was my partner & this was our order:
15 side band steps each leg, 15 monster walks with bands & backwards
50 kettlebell swings (25 lb)
20 burpees
30 tricep dips
side shuffle long side of track, lunge forward & backwards on the short sides
sled push down & back
30 pushups
30 ball tucks
20 wall balls

it was fun!

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