Time out

Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday! After a hectic week of work, it was nice to stay in this weekend and just c.h.i.l.l.

I think it is really important to take some time for yourself. Do something you love for yourself. Take that time to appreciate you. It doesn’t have to be expensive, lavish or time consuming. It just needs to mean something to you. Whether it’s exercise, a massage or reading a good book, make it a point to do it.

For me it was a massage I had bought months ago from a BuyWithMe deal I found. This was a perfect way to begin my Sunday. It allowed me to de-stress and feel rejuvenated for the week ahead. Web deals such as GrouponBuyWithMe, or Living Social are a great way to purchase pampering gifts at a reduced rate.

So sit back. Take a deep breath. Take a time out. Allow yourself to hit the refresh button and start the week on the right track.

You deserve it.


Morning blog-o-sphere! Happy Friday 🙂

I have been in a baking/cooking mood lately. For me this comes in spurts. This time it has been Lentil Loaf and Gluten-Free, Vegan Banana bread. Last night I made the Lentil Loaf and it was SO yummy!
Easy + vegan/g-free = perfection!

Coming back home this morning after an early morning client, I decided to tackle the banana bread. I haven’t baked in a while. I’ve never made banana bread before. I’ve never baked g-free in my life. This should be interesting- who wants to try it? I got the recipe from one of my fav bloggies, Fitnessista. She leads a very similar (for the most part) GF lifestyle so I decided to give these 2 recipes a try!

Chia egg 🙂

She makes hers with a “flax egg”, 1tbs flax seeds + 3 tbs almond milk. My stomach doesn’t really like flax so I decided to be creative and use chia seeds- same measurements, 1:3, I call it “chia egg“. I began making the b.bread using this combo in a bowl.

dry ingredients

In a separate bowl mix together 2c gf baking flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp xanthan gum, 1/2tsp salt, 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Stir. 

wet ingredients

To the “egg” add 1c canola oil, 3 ripe bananas, 3/4c brown sugar, 1tsp vanilla. Stir. 

Mix them together 🙂 

Throw in some fun extras… vegan choco chips, nuts, dried fruit. I decided to add dried cranberries (for some zing!), vegan choco chips (for the sweet) and some chopped almond (for the nuttiness!).

fun treats!

Bake at 350* for 50-55min.

While it was baking (and making my house smell AMAZING) I slurped on a green monster.

Making the house smell AWESOME! 
The final product with a little almond butter schmmeearrr on top 🙂 Simple. gf. vegan. 

Ouch. My muscles hurt.

picture of me boxing (from last year).

After boxing for the first time in probably 2 months yesterday, it was no surprise to me that I woke up this morning feeling like I had slept on a board.

Basically(without getting too science-y), when you feel pain the day or two after endurance exercise, what is happening is your muscles are in repair after becoming “torn” during exercise. This damage to the muscle proteins must rebuild in order to create stronger muscles.

punches being thrown and dodged.  

Before, during and after. Make sure you have eaten a balanced meals throughout the day (if you are exercising at night) or at least taken in some sort of fuel (if you’re an AM exerciser). Protein, protein, protein…. I am sure you’ve heard all about these in shakes, smoothies, gels and bars. But the truth is protein can help recover you faster and aid in minimizing muscle soreness. The time (around 2hrs.) after your workout make sure to refuel that body with necessary intake for carbohydrates and protein. The reason most choose liquid form (shakes, smoothies) is because of it’s faster breakdown process.

So try it out for yourself. Workout. Refuel your body. Rest. Any more ouch? Probably less.

Great article about muscle soreness.