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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Baked Curried Cauliflower

I love cauliflower, I love the taste and versatility it contains. While the gas isn’t a highlight, it’s well worth the punishment when you get a recipe right.

I FINALLY got this one down and once baked you can’t help but devour it all. I suggest DOUBLING this recipe right off the bat as Jeff and I ate this whole dish to ourselves.

You’ll only need one measly mixing bowl and a few ingredients to blow your own mind here – I said it.

Ingredients: 

1 medium head of cauliflower washed and broken down into large florets.

1.5 tbsp of veganaise

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf italian parsley

2 tbsp chopped chive or green onion (green parts only)

1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Salt & Pepper to taste

**add Cayenne if you love heat!!!!!

Method:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees – please make sure it’s a true 400!!

Next cauliflower in all ingredients but fresh herbs. It should look a little something like this:

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes then turn and bake for 19 more.

Transfer to mixing bowl, dust with salt, pepper and add fresh herbs. Toss and serve hot!

I find this dish to be delish on its own however, you could try my lime infused aioli or  my sriracha aioli for dipping/drizzle.

Watermelon salad

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I threw this recipe together in a matter of minutes armed with the challenge to continue eating six to seven 2-300 calorie meals per day in preparation for a fitness competition. Somehow, I forgot to take a snapshot…so I had some fun with this classic guy.

This recipe  is a compilation of all remnants from my fridge and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: 

J100 g fresh Watermelon

100 g chopped Avocado

85 grams extra  firm Tofu chopped – toast this in a pan or leave raw ( I left raw in this recipe)

Optional – 15g crumbled Boursin garlic cheese

30g toasted pumpkin seeds

.5 tbsp Mint leaves chopped

1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method: 

On stove-top lightly toast pumpkin seeds until browned.

Chop all ingredients and layer watermelon, avocado and tofu. Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Warning – works out FAR better if you layer rather than try to toss everything – I tried both ways and layering is definitely the way to go for flavour and presentation.

Nutritional Info: 

537 Calories

41.2 gms fat

23.9 carbs

23.9 Protein

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

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip cookies

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Me and cookies were never a thing, but after finding a pretty decent recipe and tweaking it…we just might be on like donkey kong.

Simple, quick and delicate. If you’re a fan of chocolate chip cookies, you’ll thank me for working this one out.

Fact: they were bagged up to take to the kids at Anastacia’s school before I could get a picture…then Jeff ate a bunch….so you’ll have to use your imagination here.

Ingredients: 

2 cups flour (gluten free flour is ok here, I used coconut flour)

1/2 cup raw coconut oil (I use the flavoured variety and just a bit over)

1 cup raw turbinado sugar

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp homemade vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 & 1/2 cups carob chips or vegan chocolate chips or regular

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. I used 365 in my 3rd and 4th batches which worked out better.

Mix coconut oil and brown sugar (do not soften coconut oil prior to mixing).

Add nut milk and vanilla extract.

By now your mix should be a bit watery because of the coconut oil. This is alright unless you have soup on your hands…then add a smidgen more flour at the end of the next step.

Mix all dry ingredients together then add to wet ingredients. Your mix should be crumby but tacky…if it’s still too wet, add a bit more flour here.

Roll into balls, make for 10 minutes checking on them often. They spread out quite a bit so don’t try to place too many on one sheet.

I placed all my cookie sheets outside in the 0 degree temps for 20 minutes after to cool them down quickly.

These freeze amazingly.

Made just over 30 cookies.

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Adapted from a daily Rebecca recipe. 

Truffle hashbrowns & frittata

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To me, weekends mean hand ground coffee pressed, The Beatles White album and a breakfast that takes an hour to create. All the little things creating the perfect atmosphere for a meditative culinary journey. Exciting, aromatic, trans-formative. Good morning Saturday, I’ve been waiting for you.

Ingredients:

Hashbrowns

6 medium yukon gold potatoes ( I had to use russets here which worked out ok, yukons are far superior)

1/2 tsp white truffle oil

1/2 tsp Rosemary salt (try my homemade recipe HERE)

Light spray of avocado oil

Frittata

6 medium eggs

2 green onions diced

1/2 red pepper diced

1/2 cup shredded cheese/daiya cheese product

1/2 medium tomato diced – fresh

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cube potatoes & parboil for 8-10 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Rinse under cold water, transfer to bowl and add truffle oil and salt, coat well. Place on cookie sheet lightly coated with avocado oil. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, remove from oven and flip, bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven & set aside so you can bring in your frittata.

Meanwhile, preheat cast iron pan on stove top to medium heat. Whisk eggs and add onions and peppers. Pour into pan and allow to cook on stove top for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to baking rack in oven, bake for 5 more minutes.

Remove pan, change setting to broil.

Add back hashbrowns and broil to brown for 3-5 minutes watching regularly. Remove hashbrowns and place frittata under broiler for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and a little browned.

Remove all from oven, plate and serve with freshly cracked pepper, rosemary salt and fresh tomatoes. Opt for Louisiana hot sauce or ketchup too.

 

Serves 4 adults.

 

 

 

Best ever vegetarian nachos

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Alright, so Nachos aren’t the most difficult thing on earth to create – this I know. In my world, GOOD “chos” however, need to be grease-free, hot, not too cheesy and full of nutrition. Here’s how you get some good protein and vitamins into a yummy snack. I’ll be honest. The day I made these it was lunch!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 bag organic corn tortilla chips

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

1/2 cup old cheddar cheese shredded

(*sub in DAIYA for real cheese!*)

1/2 green pepper diced

1 medium tomato diced

1/2 red onion diced

1/3 cup pickled jalapeno peppers

1 can organic black beans

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer ingredients on baking as follows:

Handful chips, mix of 2 cheeses, handful of beans, sprinkling of red onion, sprinkling of green pepper, sprinkling of tomato. Repeat twice.

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Switch to broil for 5 minutes to brown cheese.

 

Serves 3-4 adults.

 

Serve with HOMEMADE Guacamole and Salsa! Links below:

 

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