Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2, Episode 2 – Stay Inspired

 

10 weeks out & feeling firm, fit and rested.

 

As everyone is aware, this season I’ve decided to go all out. In more ways than one. I’m doing at least 5 shows this year which will be demanding and probably drive me right nuts…I’m also working on a new fitness product which will have me traveling and attending seminars for R&D, we have had to fire up a new Engineering Services company to survive the oil downturn, our traveling budget has been sliced next to nil so I will be looking to run teaching vacations to get us out of town whenever I can AND I’ve applied for a grant for a 12 month mentorship program to re-energize my training business by attempting to infuse this new fitness product into it.

Oh ya, did I mention I’m running my second 90 day transformation in 6 months and we have a couple of inventions on the back burner that we need to find time to look at feasibility studies for? Am I/are we nuts? Yes. Do we have heaps of time? No. Am I still going to give it 110% while I still have 110% to give? There’s only one answer.

This week will be 10 weeks out until my first show. I’ve managed to make a few surprising back gains and am feeling really great. 4 weeks off bulking mode and I’m still not tired or hungry or too irritable.

Fasted cardio in the morning starts this  week, also adding more exercise in to blow up my shoulder area…cardio PM and I’ve changed up my ab routine because I’d really like to bring in a bit more defined musculature for Spring/Fall ’16.

Practicing Flexing

I’ve decided on a suit colour for this year – and I’m keeping lucky green as a back up for sure! Can you guess which one I’ve chosen? I’ve also decided on a jewel pattern that I think will look stunning….going to try out some new connectors as well.

 

 

 

All this and I’m still trying to stay in the kitchen and develop new and interesting recipes for my lifestyle, clients and the kids I teach a nutrition series for at Earl Grey School in Calgary monthly.  This month we completed our sugar unit, last month was Salt, next month is Eating in Season ~ kids are pretty inspiring.

This go around is going to take a lot of inspiration. A lot of digging deep and more mental preparedness than the last. Holding fast while the storm beats you down….yep, I’m ready for it.

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Anastacia & I working out a new recipe for sugar free vegan cookies – it bombed, 3 times. Master baker I am not.

I am excited for Spring Break as well as we have managed to (on points and searching for deals for weeks) find a cheap as hell family vacation to Cancun for 10 days at a hotel with a full gym AND kids club. It seems like while the Oil Gods are raining down hellfire and damnation the Adventure Gods are showering us with the gift of travel once again. Something I couldn’t live without and will never give up. Be sure to stay close to see how I made out during the trip ~ my coach will be altering my plan for the equipment I have access to.

I suppose I feel like this time around I really have a burning sense to remember that you only live once and there are so many excuses you can make for not leaving the house or getting out of your pajamas, but there is a giant world to see and so many positive changes to make that I can’t see how folks waste theirs in front of a TV or not doing anything.

My point here being, if you’re considering doing something that you feel is drastic, that you have no time for and are just all out overwhelmed – do it any way. There are enough hours in the day.

Replace the mantra “I don’t have time” with “I haven’t made that a priority in my life” and see how motivated you feel.

Today is rest day and I am going to go for a beautiful hike in the mountains with my family, feed your soul and you’ll find all the time you need for everything you truly need in your life.

 

xxoo

S

 

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Sexy Maca Protein Pancakes – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

I promised in one of my “Becoming Little Miss Bikini” posts that I would put up my recipe for the hated protein pancake.

I have not learned to love these things however, this recipe turned out the best and I figured if you’re vegan and trying to fight your way to a body-building competition, you might appreciate this recipe and tips.

Maca is a little used superfood in my world but since my sex drive has been put on the back burner – 18 times per month instead of the usual 25 plus – I thought I’d add this little beast to boost the libido. It is also found to balance hormones, boost energy in general, aid with clearing skin and immune system.

Maca is a plant whose root has been used to treat low libido issues for years. Deemed an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancing, why not try it out if you’re “too tired”? Those who have a thyroid condition should avoid this as it could cause goiter. You don’t want that.

The flavour is sort of butterscotch-y over use can destroy smoothies and other recipes. You should consult a professional (me) if you’re wondering what dosages to take regularly.

You can purchase this in a variety of forms. I buy it powdered and bagged.

Ingredients: 

1 large tbsp organic, raw coconut butter ( I use Artisana)

1/2 cup gluten free oats (I use Only Oats)

1 tsp Maca ( I use Organic Traditions)

1 tbsp baking powder

1 scoop Iron Vegan Natural Vanilla Protein

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp homemade vanilla extract

Method: 

Mix all ingredients with hot water in a bowl as well as you can. Allow it to sit for 5 minute for the oats to absorb as much water as possible.

Add more water until you get to a pancake batter consistency.

Preheat a pan on to medium heat – level 4 or 5. Use coconut oil cooking spray to quickly spritz your pan.

Scoop out silver dollar sized dollops and allow to cook for at least 5 minutes. This will not bind like a regular pancake so don’t get too excited to flip them right away. Trust me.

Look for bubbles like with a regular pancake, seriously let them be for 5 minutes.

Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Plate and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.

The inside will be slightly gooey and this recipe would be TO  DIE FOR with almond butter.

Nutrition information: 

365 total calories

25g protein

39 grams carbs

10g fibre

3g sugar

14g fat

52g iron

8g calcium

Zucchini steaks 

While camping in my good pals back yard this summer (don’t laugh till you see the pics) he picked what may be the most gigantic zucchini I’ve ever cooked.

This recipe is simple and tasty without too many calories. In fact, it’s pretty much Bikini Competition friendly though, I didn’t weigh it out so I can’t give you exact quantities/cals this time – sorry, I was a hungry bear!

I am recommending spray seasonings as they are far easier to NOT overdose on unlike bottled varieties. The application is also far more simple in a large recipe setting.

Ingredients: 

1 gigantic zucchini or a few medium sized friends.

6 small tomatoes diced or sliced

2 tbsp fresh oregano

2 tbsp shredded parmesano reggiano or Vegan Parma

Balsamic vinegar (spray type if you have it)

Braggs liquid aminos (spray type if you have it)

Himalayan sea salt

Hot chilli flakes

Method: 

Slice zucchini into 1.5-2″ “steaks”. Place in large bowl tossing with a few pinches of sea salt and chilli flakes. Allow to sit for at least one hour to draw out some of the water in the vegetable. You will notice there will be a pool of water at the bottom of the plate/bowl you have rested them in.

Fire up the BBQ and let warm on high for 5 minutes. Reduce to medium heat.

Place “steaks” on BBQ and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes per side, rotating at approx. the 2.5 minute mark – as you would a steak to get the perfect grill marks.

Spritz each side with one quick shot of Braggs while cooking.

Remove from heat once grilled.

Top first with parmesan / vegan parma , then tomato, then oregano and a spritz of balsamic to each one to top.

Serve warm with freshly ground pepper if desired.

I plated this with a marinated pickled beet salad, my killer breaded cauliflower and a couple of Field Roast Apple Sage links. 

The large zuc I am holding in the picture will serve 4 adults at least. If you reduce this recipe to a couple mediums this will serve 2 with no side dish.

Doukhobor Zuchinni time!

Doukhobor Zuchinni time!

100 cal bean burgers 

Still learning how to create delish 2-300 calorie meals over here. accompanying these burgers in the photo are 100 g Brussels Sprouts and 50g baked (no oil) yam fries. Filling indeed. I served these to myself with a dash of Dijon mustard on the burgers – not too bad!

My food processor broke down so I ended up forming these (and they did NOT stick well) in a 1/3 measure scoop, then baking in the oven for too long…should you use a food processor (please do) this recipe will turn out really well.

Ingredients: 

1 can  organic black beans

1 can organic kidney beans

2.5 cups Quinoa cooked

200g yellow onion chopped (approx 1 medium)

1/4 tsp herbamare

2 medium brown eggs

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in food processor until mixed well. Scoop into 1/3 cup serving sizes for cooking.

Pan fry over medium heat for about 2/5 minutes each side.

Nutritional info: 

196 Calories (per two)

3.2 g fat

32.1g carbs

10.5g protein

 

 

 

White bean & chickpea hummus

Perfect for picnic season an on-the-go snack or a lazy lunch. The creamy flavour of white beans with the mediterranean vibe of chickpeas makes this hummus just a little different.

You can go full bore and use only white beans for a strictly puritan bean dip – either way, it’s delish.

Check out my quick and easy dipping crisp recipe added here.

Ingredients: 

1 can of organic white beans or 1 cup soaked dry beans

1 can of chickpeas or 1 cup soaked dry beans

4 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt

1 tsp Herbamare

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp avocado oil

Paprika to garnish

Water as needed

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in food processor and add 2 tbsp filtered water. Process until smooth. Add water if needed if mix does not become creamy.

Sprinkle with paprika to finish.

Try your own homemade crisps for dipping!

Ingredients: 

1 package Ezekiel sprouted whole grain tortillas

Spray coconut oil

Garlic infused sea salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 375.

Use a pizza cutter to achieve triangular chip shape.

Lay out crisps on baking sheet and coat lightly with oil and a dusting of salt.

Bake for 5-7 minutes or until hardened. Keep an eye on these as they will burn up quickly.

Thai Asparagus salad

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This salad can be made in a variety of ways however, egg is traditionally asian. If you have an egg like substance OR some flavourful tempeh, those work amazingly well as well.

I think this is a great lunchtime or brunch recipe. I had this for dinner after a big gym session and felt like a needed a little something more. If you feel like you are missing something with this dish – I say add some lightly steamed Farkay noodles or some other small noodle to warm up your greens just a smidgeon.

Ingredients: 

1 romaine heart

1 handful peashoots

2 cups kale

1/2 long English cucumber, sliced

1 bunch asparagus ends removed

1/4 cup fresh chopped mint

1/2 cup fresh chopped basil (thai basil if you can find)

1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro

4 eggs OR vegan thai tempeh

4 tsp oil for cooking

Fresh thai peppers diced to top (optional)

My favourite homemade FAUX FISH SAUCE

Method:

Create fish sauce and allow to sit for at least 1/2 the day.

On stovetop in saucepan bring 1/2 an inch of water to a boil. Add asparagus, cook with lid on for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and chill in fridge.

Prep your salad veggies in a bowl and set aside/refrigerate.

Eggs: Beat/whisk individually in small bowl. In small pan heat 1 tsp of oil for each egg or as needed. Add whisked egg to hot oil and cook until a little egg crepe is created. Remove from heat. Repeat for 3 remaining eggs.

Roll egg crepes into a tubes and slice thinly – set aside.

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Toss cucumbers and asparagus in a heavy helping of fish sauce and allow to marinate/coat for 5 minutes.

Top salad with marinated veggies, egg and diced peppers if desired.

Beauty greens.

Beauty greens.

Serves 4

Lovely latkes

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A spin-off of my original Latkes, these sweet potato bad girls really hit the spot. I found that the sweet potatoes added a little extra “something” to the mix and they stayed a little more together/dry than their regular potato brethren.

Ingredients:
3-4 yams
1 large yellow onion
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 small tbsp of ground flaxseed
3 diced chives
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Olive or coconut oil for cooking
Method:
Heat oil in frying pan to medium-high.
Using the smaller measurement on a hand grater, grate peeled yams and onion into a bowl. Drain out any excess liquid. As these are not regular potatoes you may not have much in the way of liquid.
Mix in flax-seed, cumin & chilli powder.
Form into miniature patties no more than 3/4 of a cm in thickness.
Fry in hot oil until both sides are browned. Removed from heat and place on top of paper towel to remove excess oils.
Top with a sprinkling of chives and a dollop of sour cream/vegan sour cream to liven things up a bit.