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What I Ate Today: Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt
LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT COOKIE BARS. Real talk: cookie bars are probably my favorite food. If I knew I had 6 weeks to live, I’d spend those 6 weeks maybe saying goodbye to people sometimes, but mostly I’d just eat everything I wanted. Especially cookie bars. But, my favorite cookie bar recipe is not healthy. Not weight watchers friendly. It’s delicious and that’s about all the value it adds to my life.
So, I was so ridiculously happy to find this recipe for healthy blondie bars from Ambitious Kitchen. I pinned this recipe a while ago, but just got around to actually cooking them yesterday. I had an awesome weigh in yesterday soooo I decided to derail my efforts by making that my cheat day! Cheers.
These bars came together so quickly. Just dumped all the ingredients into a food processor. Processed it. Added chocolate chips. Put them in a pan. Baked them. Took them out. Let them cool on a wire rack while I writhed my hands in impatient agony and tried to keep busy by vacuuming and reflecting light off my phone to entertain my cat. I meant to take cute pictures in natural sunlight of crumbs and sea salt and other nomulent looking things. But instead we just ate the bars. Without coming up for a breath. I’m lucky there were two left for me to take a picture of the next morning. LUCKY. Me and my roommate didn’t polish off the whole pan. We had friends over. To celebrate the Summer Solstice. Because I’m a sometimes hippie.
These bars are so incredible. No flour. No sugars. No butter. The dough was good too. I could’ve eaten the dough with the spoon. Oh. Wait. I did. I did eat the dough with the spoon. I put aside some dough for my roommate to eat with a spoon when she got home. Then I ate hers too. Sorry, girl.
The good news: I’m totally making these again. As soon as … right now. They’re 3 WW points per bar. If you cut them in 16 bars. So I’ll have to be really good eating these on a non cheat day. But I’m still going to do it. I can do it. I HAVE TO DO IT.
whoa…such an awesome sequence. I especially love the one-legged wheel to lunge transition.
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Yoga is awesome because every couple of weeks I will be surprised about something else that has improved about my body. Awhile back one of these discoveries took the form of the cellulite on my thighs disappearing.
The science behind it? When your lymphatic system doesn’t drain all of the excess fluids and waste products that it is supposed to, some of them collect in your fat cells that lie just under your skin, which causes them to protrude through the connective tissue between them and your skin, causing the orange peel effect.
How do inversions help? When your legs are above your head, gravity helps lymph flow through more easily to drain the toxins and excess fluids from them. Try adding a shoulder stand to your regular fitness routine, and let me know if you see a difference!
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Tilapia, avocado, and cheddar quesadilla with cilantro-garlic salsa. 360 calories, 35 grams protein, 8 grams fiber.
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Holy Breakfast!! These waffles are really a treat, but are also really simple and use only clean ingredients. They’re also high protein, with 200 calories and 20 grams of protein in each waffle. Adding 1/4 cup blueberries and the almond butter-agave syrup makes them taste especially indulgent and rounds out the meal nicely, totaling 320 calories and 26 grams of protein. If you have strawberries or raspberries instead of blueberries, I would add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to the syrup to make a clean eating version of waffles with nutella and berries. YUM!
Makes three waffles (while I would stick to one as a serving, these work wonderfully for a super fast breakfast if you freeze them and then stick them in the toaster!)
Just stir together and then stick in your waffle iron and enjoy!
Almond butter-agave syrup:
Makes three servings, 100 calories and 5 grams of protein each. Combine the following:
add water until you reach your desired thickness.
I actually disagree with the increased metabolism..the book The Science of Yoga explains that the deep oojai breathing actually slows your resting heart rate and metabolism. But that’s a small price to pay for an extended life span. Also people generally end up losing weight through a regular yoga practice anyway, not because of a faster metabolism, but because yoga itself is really good exercise and burns calories, and also because they have a greater awareness of the food they put int their bodies.
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FInally got around to making these chipotle black bean and yam collard green wraps. I used chicken instead of tofu and they were SO DELICIOUS! The key is to use large collard greens, try not to overstuff them, and don’t panic if you have a couple of tears in your leafs- it will turn out just fine anyway!
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Breakfast this morning: Greek omelet, turkey bacon, cherries and pineapple.
Sauté red pepper, zucchini, mushroom, and tomato, put to the side. Scramble an egg and a 1/2 cup of egg whites, cook in a pan over medium heat until opaque. Add veggies, one artichoke heart, 2 T feta, and 2 T Mozzarella, fold in half and enjoy! The omelet alone is about 250 calories, 25 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber.
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I originally came across these cheesecake stuffed strawberries on Skinny Mom’s blog, but I’m not so into fat free cream cheese or splenda, so I thought I would put my spin on it, and they turned out deliciously!
Here we go with that same cheesecake recipe again…. Makes 16 strawberries. Just cut the tops off of the strawberries, and then cut an x across the top. Place the following ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth:
Spoon into strawberries. Top with 1 crushed graham cracker sheet. Yum.
Afternoon chips and dip craving became oil free spicy baked zucchini “chips” + garlicky avocado mash. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Brilliant! I might eat those zucchini chips with my spinach-feta hummus instead. yum.
I’m going to a studio now where this series is the basis for one of the classes. Does anyone know what it’s called? does it have a specific name?
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