CURATOR: HEALTHIER HALLOWEEN SNACK IDEAS

I’m currently babysitting a very cute pit bull for the next 10 days while her dad is out of town, so along with her and my little-big dude (Thor) they both get treat commands with either the word “Snack” (my dudes word) or “Candy” (her word). These words brought on some sadness for me when I realized they’ll have a more fun halloween than I will. No candy or snacks for me, but what I CAN do (and pretend it’s just as awesome as a Reese’s cup) is eat some healthy alternatives.

I’ve cultivated some options from Pinterest for all of us who want to be good will be able enjoy!

Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

 

ONE: veggie tray ideas (just a bunch of vegetable choices — you don’t need a recipe for this!)

TWO: greek yogurt veggie dip

THREE: pro-yo

FOUR: balsamic roasted cauliflower

 

 

FAVORITE MEAL ALERT

I get a lot of questions from people asking me what I eat all day long. While my answer is usually boring & typical (chicken, eggs whites, turkey, rice.. *yawn*), the one meal I absolutely know I light up about is my egg whites & oatmeal…. meal. I don’t combine the two foods (even though I know I can and it would probably make a yummy savory oat dish) because the oatmeal I get is my dessert of the day. If I’m not eating the plain quick oats version with a sweetener (I also add baking flavors to my cooked plain oatmeal — favorite flavors are: maple, almond, and banana) then I’m eating the BEST. KIND. OF. OATMEAL. EVER!!!!!! Let me introduce you to a company that makes me losing weight 120% possible and incredibly easy…

My Oatmeal Review

My Oatmeal Blend Recipe

My Oatmeal is so damn lovely that I eat my oats ever so slowly (and sometimes uncooked… uh it still tastes great, ok?), and when I’m done I’m incredibly sad. You could put a protein waffle in front of me and I’d still be sad about no more oatmeal for the day. Of course, I’d still be eating my protein waffle, but I’d do it with a frown.

So what’s so great about My Oatmeal? Well besides the fact they have oatmeal subscriptions and blends of the month (July’s flavor was a combo of white cake flavor, sugar cookie flavoring, with dried strawberries & blueberries), but you can also create any combination of taste with different dried fruit & nuts that you want. You can also add protein powder and a handful of different sweeteners.

Then of course theres the naming of your blend. I usually go for something like “Unicorn Feed” or “Magical Blow Your Mind AWESOME”.

Best Oatmeal EVER

Oatmeal Recipe

My current oatmeal blends (they’re all just flavors and added sweetener as I’m not allowed to add extra nuts or fruit on my meal plan):

  1. Mind Blown Apple Pie: Apple Pie, Maple and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  2. Magical Cookie Dough: Raspberry Cream, Cookie Dough and White Chocolate

I think the next order needs to be all christmas cookies blend. Like gingerbread and rum! (Wait… that could be terrible — maybe gingerbread as one and almond sugar cookie as another. Sounds like an excellent plan to me!)

(oh, and you can order your oats in 3 different size bags and they’re so reasonably prices)

 

QUESTION TIME!

Weight Loss Coach

While I “finish” up on my life coaching studies (I’ll never be finished because it’s a forever learning interest for me) I’ve finally found my path/area of study within. It took some bricks to whack me upside the head to gain those lightbulb “why didn’t I think of that before!?” moments, but I’m sure glad they came (I trusted they would in their own due time).

My Life Coaching practice will focus on Weight Loss Coaching & Motivational Coaching. This doesn’t mean I’ll be a trainer or a nutritionist (but I can help with pointers), it just means I’ll help my clients find their path in fitness, stick to it, over come hurdles & anxieties from the past, and future motivation lapses. I’ll assist my clients in finding ways they can love their bodies and themselves (which is an IMPORTANT first step), help local clients with motivation at the gym (I know how daunting and it can be), shopping at grocery stores (and what to look for — For further away clients who might be in other cities, states or countries we’ll go over this different through Skype, email, and/or phone calls), and how to eat from a menu when they go out.

I want to help deep down to the root of issues and I may need to add to my area of study a bit, so my question is:

(answer in a comment or send me an email at hello [at] fitplusfab.com)

1. If you had a free life coaching/weight loss coaching session in 1 hour, what would you want your coach to help you overcome that’s putting a hinder in your weight loss/life plans? If you have no ideas, what would you be interested in learning to move forward in your goals or intentions in life?

2. Any blocks that you can see that stop you from keeping on your diet or fitness routine? (even if it’s “I’m just too tired to run after work”)

 

 

WEEKENDER

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1 | It’s been a crazy busy week and a half. So much going on, a huge to do list, and me saying “I NEED A VACATION!!”, so I’ve been on a mini last minute one (before I pull out all my hair and eat cake). I’m starting a new training plan from my coach (his site can be found by looking at the banner on the right of this page), and I had requested more booty workouts because my butt needs more shape. Boy oh boy was I hopped up on craziness when I asked for that. This new plan makes me feel like I’ve never worked out a day in my life!
2 | I spent some quality time in Venice Beach with my little fur baby. He didn’t enjoy the outing. He’s such a hermit. I’ve created a hermit.
3 | I had my very last wedding to shoot this last weekend in the Bay Area, so I prepped all my meals for the 5 hour trip there, and 5 hours back. This is what my fast food looks like at 12am. Veggies and lean Turkey burger (with mustard and 0 calorie dill relish!)
4 | I also started my new meal plan this week which means I get to eat Zoodles, red meat and salsa. It’s like a healthy bowl of not-so-italian spaghetti!
5 | If you like healing stones (like me) and live in the LA area (or are visiting) you have to check out Spellbound Sky. By FAR the best stone place I’ve ever been. Super friendly and amazing prices! I got some orange calcite, blue apatite, peacock ore. So pretty.
6 | Me after killing my legs. I’m not looking forward to the next couple of days. I know I’ll need crutches.

[more images & progress images can be found on my instagram @kirstencupcake]