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Triple chocolate zucchini muffins {gluten free}

Happy Friday friends!
I am so thankful it is Friday! It has been a bit of a busy week in every area of my life! There are some things brewing that I can not wait to share with you all, and I hope I can share within the next week or so 🙂

Last week began with a fun and crazy event at my gym.  The fitness instructors put on a showcase of many of the Les Mills classes and the members who participated were able to vote to see what new classes they will bring to the gym! It was so much fun to try new classes and get out of my comfort zone!  I was a bit wiped out from that, but it didn’t stop me from picking up the bed for our guest room! It is coming along and I hope it will be all finished soon! Amazing how this last room in the house is taking SO long! Hah
img_4631I joined a CSA last week, and I received my first batch of fruits and veggies! They are so delicious and fresh! I love how different they taste and how I know I am supporting a local organic farmer!
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With all the veggies I received plus a few things I had gotten at Costco I had 2 items that were overtaking my kitchen! It worked out perfect to use many of them up for our Foodie Friday theme today!

Today I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for kitchen cleanse themed week!

I LOVE zucchini, and I have been making zucchini recipes all week but I still had some left.  I love adding them to so many dishes to add an extra dose of veggies! They go so well with so many recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 5 extra ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut sugar depending on the level of sweetness you enjoy
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded and chopped into small peices
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 enjoy life dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line 2 muffin pans with silicon cups (you can also use paper wrappers)
  2. Peel bananas and place in a large mixing bowl (I used my kitchen aid, but you can also mix these by hand). Mash bananas fully.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, mix well.
  4. Add in the coconut sugar, mix well.
  5. Add in the sprinkle of salt, baking soda, cacao powder & cinnamon, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together and blend in the vanilla.  Add those to the banana mixture, mix well.
  7. Add in the flour until just incorporated.
  8. Gently fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips
  9. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full
  10. Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. You may have leftover batter, and if so, make additional muffins or you can use a small bread pan and make a loaf, bake about 20 min also.
  12. Enjoy

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Enchilada Lasagna

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Whew this week was a long one! Filled with some great adventures and not nearly enough sleep.  I did get a 4 hour nap on Easter Sunday, and I wasn’t too sad about that!
This week I had to get my computer fixed (battery died) and they get a new charger cord too! I was really happy to find an Apple cord for $25 vs $80!
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Some sort of insect bit my ring finger and it swelled so much I thought I might have to get my rings cut off! I was FINALLY able to get my rings off yesterday, and it is beginning to heal but I am not putting my rings back on till it is 100%! Man my hand feels naked!

I have been working on perfecting a new blueberry pancake recipe! My little guinea pigs have been eating them happily! I even managed to make one look like a bunny! I def need to tweak a few things and get some much better pics! LOL

Did anyone else get to watch the Boston marathon documentary?? Wow, so so good! The Hubs and I went to see it for a mini date night.  We were both laughing and crying the entire time.  It was so well put together! What an incredible night it was!
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No onto this weeks recipe! I enjoy cooking for my lovely nanny family, friends & family and I love getting to try out new recipes! I always poke around Pinterest and get new ideas.  I hardly follow the recipes to the T, cause I like to change up some of the ingredients or use things that I am not allergic too.  I have been so into zucchini lately.  Making zucchini lasagna, zoodles, zucchini taco boats, zucchini pizza and the old standby, roasted zucchini.
I have seen pics for a few recipes for zucchini roll ups, and I have yet to get them to work right.  I took a few different recipe ideas and turned them into my own creation 🙂

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger (Big birthday girl!!!!) and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for Pinterest interest themed week!
I have to say this did not photograph very well.  It was hard to see all the amazing layers of flavor!

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Ingredients

  • 4 med sized zucchini
  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 lbs organic boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 med can enchilada sauce
  • 1 med can green chilies
  • 2 cups grated Monterrey jack cheese

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and lightly grease a med size baking dish (I used 9×7)
  2. Wash and remove ends of zucchini.  Slice each zucchini into thin slices.  Place them on a baking sheet and lightly salt both sides of each slice. Set aside for about 20 min.
  3. Cut chicken into large chunks.  Fill a large saucepan with water & 1 tsp salt and add chicken.  Bring water to a boil and cook chicken for 7-10 min or until fully cooked with no pink in the middle.  (Time will change depending on the size and thickness of each piece of chicken.
  4. Once chicken is cooked place it in a blender or food processor and gently pulse to shred the chicken.
  5. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce pan.  Add about 1/2 can of enchilada sauce and the chilies to the chicken, mix well.
  6. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with some of the enchilada sauce.
  7. Layer the zucchini over the sauce then add a layer of the chicken mixture.  Lightly sprinkle a handful of cheese over the chicken.  Continue layering until all ingredients are used (about 3 layers).
  8. After the last layer pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top and add the renaming cheese on top of that.
  9. Bake for 25-40 min, depending on the thickness of the zucchini. It is finished when a knife slices smoothly through all the layers of the lasagna.
  10. Enjoy!

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Golden Chili 

Happy Friday dear friends!!!!

What a week it has been! Spring has def sprung here in Texas. The weather was gorgeous this week with lots of sunshine and breezes!

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a bit of a long overdue health update. There will hopefully be some answers in the next week or so!!

Despite it being the first day of spring this past week, I got an inkling for chili as I saw so many pics of snow from my friends and family who still live up north!

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Food Blogger Love themed week! So I want to share with you a few chili recipes from some of my awesome blogger friends!

Chili Powder Free Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free, Bean Free) from Susie at Suzylyfe
Best Chili Recipe Ever from Kalee at Sorey Fitness
Jackfruit Chili Recipe from Debbie at Coach Debbie Runs
Fall Chili and Cornbread from Samantha at Simply Samantha
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili from Erika at MCM Mama Runs
Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili from Farrah at Fairyburger
Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health
Smoky Bean Chili from Jill at Jill Conyers
Hearty Vegetable Lentil Chili from Jessica at Nutritioulicious
Crock Pot Award Winning Vegetarian Chili from Julie at Running in a Skirt

Take some time to browse and save these awesome recipes!!

As I have learned more about spices and their health properties, I have come to love turmeric! I have begun to add it to my soups, smoothies, salads, and even when I make some desserts!  Even the Hubs has noticed some of the benefits of turmeric in his own life!

Golden Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, cooked to crumbles
  • 2 large cans organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can rotel
  • 3 cans organic tri-blend beans (or 1 of each- black, kidney &a pinto beans), drained and rinsed.
  • Spices to taste (1-2 tsp) Himalayan salt, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin
  • 3 TBS + extra for toppings turmeric

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or slow cooker, add all the ingredients. Still well.
  2. Cook for 8-12 hours on low heat.
  3. Enjoy with a sprinkle of turmeric on top 🙂

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle 

Happy Friday friends!
Another week is coming to a close! We have ventured into a new month, and the beginning of several of my favorite holidays! This time of year seems to be filled non-stop with sweets, desserts, drinks and food galore!  Do not fret, this time of year can be enjoyed even with so many indulgences staring you in the face. This week we have designed some yummy treats to keep you on track this holiday season while still enjoying some treats!

I also have to say that I have been really enjoying working on some new recipes for you all! And it gets a little messy at times, but that is part of the fun!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our healthy treats themed week!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle

{This recipe can be made into a single serving or for a group.  The ingredients are for 1 serving, so just increase accordingly for additional servings!}

Ingredients

Layer 1
1 pumpkin spice Chobani yogurt

Layer 2
1/4 cup quick oats, ground up
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp pumpkin
1 medjool date, pit removed
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional for extra protein)

Layer 3
2 tbsp Organic pumpkin purée
1/2 TBS Cocoa powder
1 Medjool date, pit removed

Layer 4
EnjoyLife chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients for layer 2 in a blender, till smooth. Let sit about 5 min for ground oats to soak and become soft.
  2. Mix ingredients for layer 3 in a blender, till smooth.
  3. Layer 1/2 the ingredients in a cup or bowl, layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, layer 4, then repeat.
  4. May be stored in the fridge or served immediately.

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Spotlight Blog Hop Day- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the last weekend in October! Time sure is a-flying!

If you are here for the first from the awesome blog hop, welcome! I’m so glad you decided to stop by!  This is my third blog hop, and I have loved getting to read new blogs and get to know some new bloggers! You can read a little more about me in my previous hop posts here and here, or on my about me page!  Thank you again Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I am heading to the pumpkin patch this morning now the the weather has cooled down a bit.  And by that I mean, the high has only been in the mid 80s vs 90-100+ degrees!
Speaking of pumpkin, I have an abundance of it right now! I apparently had several cans of it in my pantry from a few weeks ago that I forgot about and grabbed a few more on sale last week. With so much pumpkin it gave me a great opportunity to work on my pumpkin protein brownie bar recipe.  I’m not really sure if I would call them a brownie exactly, they are almost a mix between cake and a pie. So I settled on brownie 🙂
This week I had plenty of extra pumpkin to work with for our Foodie Friday theme!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our kitchen cleanse themed week!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can Organic pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Enjoy life dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for greasing baking dish or parchment paper

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla till fully blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until just blended.
  6. Add in most of the chocolate chips, gently fold into the batter.
  7. Scoop batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownie bar
  9. Enjoy

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Peppermint Protein Hot Chocolate 

Happy Friday friends!
Been a little quiet this week over here. It was a pretty busy week and I have focusing on some other areas of life. Had a girls night, went to my Bible study group, worked on finding curtains for our master bath (and was successful!) as well as spending quality time with the hubs, some evening kick butt workouts and cooking a LOT!

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Yay for new curtains!

Plus getting ready for another weekend away so yep, it’s been a busy week!

Fall weather decided to grace us with its presence a few mornings this week and even yesterday afternoon! The humidity has dropped to around 50% and it has been feeling glorious! Makes me miss the cool northern fall weather and I even put on our little firepace (minus the heat element for now…hehe)
SO of course this weeks recipe theme was perfect with the change of weather!

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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our hot & festive drink themed week!

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Peppermint Protein Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup carob chips plus a few to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 TBSP raw cacao powder
  • 2 scoop unflavored Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 oz homemade whipped cream

Directions 

  1. Boil water in a med saucepan then remove from heat
  2. Add in carob chips and whisk till melted/blended.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients (minus the whipped cream) and whisk well together.
  4. Pour into 2 mugs (I love using the mugs we made on our anniversary date last year!)
  5. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of carob chips on top

 

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My favorite lifestyle apps

Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday 🙂
I am slowly getting back into my workouts after a few weeks off due to back issues and getting a nasty summer cold/flu. Last week I managed to make it to the gym a few times and I also went to a self defense class which was pretty interesting and intense and I learned a lot.  I wish I had taken some pics or videos of the night.  The next time I attend a session I will for sure take some!
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In no particular order, here are my fav healthy living apps! {I was not asked to talk about any of these apps, nor am I being compensated in anyway, I am just sharing from my experiences!}

1. Runkeeper- This is an app where I can log just what type of workout I do.  It used to just be a running/walking app, but it is so much more now! You can pretty much log any type of workout.  I really like that I can play my music through the app and I shares with my my stats when I am running outside.  I also enjoy connecting with other friends who have RunKeeper- {Let me know if you want to connect here}

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2. My-24- This is an app for my gym, 24 hour fitness.  Previously I only used the app to look at the class schedule.  They recently re-did the app, and I like it even better.  I still used it for the class schedules, but I also use it to look at my own personal data.  The app is also aligned with a rewards program, and I get points for checking in, working out, connecting on social media, and reading valuable articles.

3. MyFitnessPal- Man, I have had this app for YEARS! My first log in was actually over 6 years ago!  I think that may be the app I have used the longest since apps became a thing! Ha.  I have seen the app improve so much over the past few years, and I really like that they have partnered with Under Armor.  I am not always super strict about my food logging, but it does help me know how on track I am.  Some days I feel like I did really well, just to see that I am short on a certain macro or nutrient.  I use that information to help myself stay balanced.  I also like that I can encourage my friends who are also on the app, and stay accountable if I am in a season where I feel I need it.  {If you want to connect with here, I am Chocolaterunnergirl 🙂 }

4. Connect- This is a Garmin app that I use with my VivoFit2.  I had it with my first VivoFit and I have again, seen changes and improvements over the past 2+ years.  Although the Garmin may not be as popular as the fit bit, I still love mine.  I love that I don’t have to sync it everyday (although I normally do to check my sleep), no charging needed, and it is waterpoof, so I don’t have to worry about taking it off to shower or swim.  I like that the app gives me different step challenges each week and that it tracks my sleep pretty well.
{I am also Chocolaterunnergirl on this app if you want to connect}

5. ithlete- I received the ithlete monitoring system for my birthday last year, and I really enjoyed using it.  It gives me information about how my body is doing and how I should handle the training for the day.  I def need to be using the data I collect more to work smarter, not harder.

6. Waterlogged- Like I mentioned above, I have times when I struggle to get all my water in during the day.  Depending on the water bottle I have with me each day, I know how many times I need to fill it up to reach my quota.  I like this app because you can personalize it with pictures of your own beverage containers, and it also gives you rewards for simply logging in.  I like to see where I am during the day and how many more ounces I need.

7. Pact App- This is literally one of my favorite apps!  It is so simple, and so rewarding.  Since I joined almost 3 years ago, I have earned several hundred dollars, and never had to pay a single cent.  The app began as a motivational app with exercise.  Log your workouts, earn cash.  Miss your pre-set workouts and pay.  They then added in fruit/veggie logs and food logging.  The beauty of the app is that you can change each week what you want to do. You can change how many workout days you want to do (up to 7), how many days you want to log food (also up to 7) and how many fruits/veggies (up to 5 per day, and 35 overall). Some weeks I know will be crazy and I might only commit to logging 3-4 workouts, and other weeks I know I need to push myself and log a workout of some sort each day.  You can log workouts at the gym, outside, through other apps (runkeeper, mapmyrun, jawbone, moves & fitbit) or even at home.  They are pretty versatile about it.
When it comes to logging meals, you do have to have myfitnesspal to get credit for the logs.  You have to log at least 3 meals for the day and be over 1200 calories.  Not very hard.  And there are times I forget to sync it before midnight, and I just sync it the next day and it counts 🙂
The veggie (fruits and veggies count) part is the most interesting. The community has to vote on the pictures you submit and sometimes they vote no! People used to vote ‘no’ to my smoothies and it was so annoying.  Then I realized that if I post each ingredient in my blender, they usually say yes!  You also get to vote and decide someones fate for their pic.  One thing I do like about the app is when you vote you can see the other pics they have submitted, and you can tell if someone just took 5 pics of the same thing and tried to say they reached their quota for the day.  When you deny a pic you tell why (from per-determined options).
The app does have glitches from time to time, but they always fix it, and they don’t charge you if they are having issues.
If you want to try Pact App, let me know and I can send you a code that will set you up with $5 to start 🙂

So those are my basic healthy living apps.  I have used others over time, but these are the ones I have stuck to over time.

Do you have any health apps that you love?  Tell me about them!
And don’t forget to connect on any apps we have in common 🙂

I am linking up with Annemarie, Nicole, Michelle and Jen for #WildWorkoutWednesday
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Michelle at Fruition Fitness // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Google+
Jen at Pretty Little Grub // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pin

Be filled with health and joy!

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