Mixed Berry Quest Bar Review

I was recently lucky enough to win a quest bar giveaway of all 17 flavors of their bars so I get to try some flavors that I haven’t had yet!

I have been really iffy about giving Mixed Berry a chance because I have heard so many negative things about it. 

Mixed Berry is sooo underrated-I really liked it a lot! This one has freeze dried blueberry and strawberry pieces loaded throughout with little chunks of almonds too. The bar has a sweet, fruity flavor with just the a hint of salty to satisfy both cravings.I would definitely eat this one again and I would give Mixed Berry a 9/10👍


Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Now, I am a fan for trying new recipes! This one in particular I just HAD to share! The flavor was a party in my mouth and really filling but nutritious too 😉

Ingredients:
🔸3 bell peppers
🔸1 lb ground turkey
🔸1 jar marinara/tomato sauce 
🔸Big ole bunch of spinach
🔸Olive oil (my favorite heart-healthy oil to cook with❤️)
🔸1/2 cup dry quinoa (just boil with 1 cup water and set aside)

These are some of the ingredients I used but using a different sauce will probably taste just as good👍
First, preheat oven to 350 F.

Sauté the chopped up spinach with olive oil and garlic powder. Then, brown the turkey and add in with the spinach. 

Once the turkey looks cooked, add 2 cups sauce and 1 cup cooked quinoa and turn off burner.

Next, you will slide the peppers lengthwise and core out the seeds like this:


Full each half with turkey quinoa mixture.


Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes.

Then of course you have to add cheese. Yes, add it! It’s like the icing on the cake…. Except it’s cheese 😍


TA DA! I served them with beans and avocado 👌



Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Pancakes 

These are my absolute new favorite pancake recipe! They were so rich, moist, and fluffy all at once with tons of pumpkin and snickerdoodle flavor that compliment eachother so perfectly.❤️ I could eat this meal over and over if I could! 

What you’ll need:
•1/3 cup oat flour
•1/2 scoop Snickerdoodle Pescience
•1/4 cup pumpkin 
•3 T egg whites 
•2 T greek yogurt
•1/2 mashed banana
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•1/3 tsp cinnamon 
Combine dry ingredients first. Mash half banana in a separate bowl. Then add all ingredients together and prepare on a nonstick pan/griddle sprayed with coconut oil.

Layered with Pescience Snickerdoodle fluff, banana slices, peanut protein and cinnamon chips!

Makes 4 medium sized pancakes.

Snickerdoodle Fluff:
•1/3 cup greek yogurt
•2 T pescience snickerdoodle whey

Why I Lift 💪

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The summer of 2014, I became interested in building muscle to help me gain weight. It was a way for me to get some exercise without the intense cardio that people do to lose weight. It is such a great self esteem booster for me but takes a lot of hard work.
I remember many days being so frustrated at myself for not being strong enough to lift and squat heavier, but rationally, I just couldn’t because my body wasn’t where it needed to be. So that being said, I needed to cut back and focus more on gaining more weight first, then work towards my goals on getting stronger. That was such a hard but important choice I made.
When you are recovering, your body is literally using every ounce of energy to just restore itself that any exercise you exert in makes it that much more difficult to gain. In short: its too stressful for your body to handle.

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The one thing I see many people not stop doing is cardio. It’s probably one of several reasons: to burn calories, to “fight the guilt”, to lose weight, thinking they are “healthy”. No, just no. Chances are that individual doesn’t see what they are truly doing to themselves mentally, physically or both. I personally prefer lifting right now.

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If you ever workout just because you feel you NEED to is just an obsession that is going to take so much away from your life. When I notice I am going to the gym for the wrong reasons, I stop and come home because I will not let that become my identity. I was not born “perfect” nor do have the perfect stamina or body, but I have learned to accept it.
I go lift because it makes me FEEL GOOD and STRONG. There is something so rewarding to actually see yourself getting stronger because you have been feeding your body what it needs to get those muscle gains💪

Why I squat:

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Benefits of lifting vs cardio:
🔸Speed up metabolism
🔹Strengthen your bones
🔸Self-esteem booster
🔹You can do it at home, just get some weights
🔸Improves balances
🔹Regulates better sleep
🔸And of course, booty 😉

I am at a point in my life now that I don’t need to workout every single day. I don’t need to fit somebody else’s idea of perfection. I am finally learning balance. If I feel like going, I go… But when my body is tired or if I’d rather go do something fun like out to eat with my friends/family, I go with them. Nothing bad had ever happened to me for eating more some days and exercising less. I sometimes actually feel hungrier on my rest days.
Lifting isn’t for everyone. We all have what we like to do. But you need to remember to fuel your body good regardless.

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What’s hot? STRONG💪
What’s not? Skinny 💀

Why carbs aren’t a bad thing!

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For the love of carbs, why do people hate them much? All they ever did was give us energy but sadly, they are given a bad rep because of the damn media.👎

First off, what is a carbohydrate???
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Carbohydrates are primary energy sources of fuel for the body. Besides giving you energy to move, they are important for brain regulation and bodily functions. When people consume too little, the body targets protein for a source of energy to use, leading to muscle loss. This is why it’s very important to make sure you eat a balanced diet that doesn’t restrict carbs, protein, or fats. They all work together to keep your body running strong!

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Nowadays, people seem to fear carbs because they believe it leads to weight gain…. Not really. Over consumption of ANY nutrient can lead to weight gain, even if you ate all your calories for the day in just vegetables. A lot of people also under estimate how much their bodies actually need so they eat less, slowing down the metabolism for the long run. If you are in a restrictive diet(no matter what weight you are at), your body goes into a “starvation mode”. When in starvation mode, your body wants to store the energy you give it because it’s afraid of not getting enough in the future.

In conclusion:
eat a little more= faster metabolism= happier, healthier self😋

Back to carbs.👇

There are two kinds of carbs: simple and complex.
Complex carbohydrates contain more fiber, minerals, and take longer to digest-leaving you more satiated. Now that doesn’t go to say that simple carbohydrates are “bad”, they are just digested faster and used for quick energy. Both simple and complex are broken down in the body into sugars for fuel.
Ever notice you are shaky or sluggish all of a sudden? That’s your body telling you blood sugar dropped and you need to fuel up!

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I get really sad when I see people getting afraid to eat fruit because “it has too much sugar”…. I’m like: 😭
Fruit is so healthy! Yes, it does have naturally occurring fructose but they are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of those vitamins and minerals are magical creatures that fight off nasty infections and diseases! Fruit intake can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. 🍎🍊🍌🍇🍒

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Nutritionists suggest that 50-60 percent of your intake should be from carbohydrates. Also, after some research I have done, sugar in your diet doesn’t have a link to disease or hyperactivity, just as long as you don’t consume large amounts for every meal.

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I also have to remind you all that carbs after dark is NOT A BAD THING! Your body doesn’t run on a clock.🕓 It doesn’t know what time it is and is ALWAYS running even when you are sleeping.😴 Every night before bed, I have a big snack and you know what? Some days I actually wake up feeling leaner and content. I have noticed that when I eat a ton of protein before bed, I wake up still a little bloated and full.😁 The energy I gave my body before bed was still used and since carbs don’t take as long to digest, I didn’t wake up feeling as full.

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Obviously, if you are an athlete, you need MORE because when you workout, you use glycogen stores as an energy source.

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I hope you all got something out of this. No food is bad! Everything in moderation is perfectly normal for your body. Those low-carb diets, don’t last. They just end up with severe cravings and overeat other things. Listen to your body and be kind to yourself ❤️

Patriotic Powercakes 🍓🍇

IMG_6316There’s nothing more comforting than a nice stack of pancakes on a cold, snowy morning. This stack is loaded with protein and when paired with some fruit, makes these nutritious pancakes!

IMG_6315Ingredients:
🍓1 scoop Lean Body For Her Vanilla Whey
🍇1/3 cup Kodiak Powercakes mix
🍓1/2 cup almond milk
🍇1/4 cup liquid egg whites
🍓1 T greek yogurt
🍇Dash of cinnamon
Prepared on a coconut oil sprayed griddle and whipped up a good 14 med-small pancakes💕

IMG_6313 I mean… Just look how fluffy!!!👆

💜Real Recovery💜

What is REAL RECOVERY?
You have no idea how many people have asked me for advice about recovery. Which I have absolutely no problem with because I like to be there for others. I am making this post to explain what recovery truly means and why it’s really the only choice you have when struggling with disorders eating.

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1. You NEED to challenge yourself.

Let’s be real, an ED can be very good at telling you what you do and do not like or what you “should” and “should not” have. In reality, you know what you truly want and if you even for a second doubt it because you think X,Y, or Z will happen, just do it. Take on the challenge and don’t just stop there-do it again and again until you realize that what you were once afraid of ISNT actually a big deal.

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2. Sometimes, you have to fake it til you make it.

You have no idea how many meals I have felt like I was going to pop. 3000-4000 calories a day isn’t the easiest lemme just say. I did a lot of things robotically. But you know what? I pushed through. I keep reminders in the back of my head that all I was doing was giving my body medicine to heal. When you are really sick, don’t you take medicine? This is the same thing. When your body is recovering, food is thy medicine. To lighten up the mood, just name your food baby… Mine is Pablo 😳

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3. Don’t worry about what other people think or do

This was one of the hardest things for me to overcome. It’s not every day you meet someone like me trying to gain weight-when it seems like the rest of the world is working on losing weight(and usually not the healthy way such as restriction and over exercise). I used to compare what I ate with people I cared about and had to eat less to feel better. The more and more I kept telling myself that my body is different than theirs and needs different things, it became easier and easier. Now, I don’t give a flying rat🐭 what others eat. I see girls eat nothing for lunch and I’m over here eating like “I love bagels…..”👌

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4. Why are you eating diet foods?

Okay, this one flips me out! You are in RECOVERY not a diet! Your body needs real calories and real nutrition to heal and to actually see progress. You may feel like it’s “safe” and “easier” because it has a certain label that makes you believe it’s the “right heathy choice” but is that getting you anywhere mentally? It’s proven that if you eat the same amount of calories from 500 carrots or from 2 chocolate bars that it has the exact same effect on body weight. Now I am not saying go eat all the junk food to restore weight (trust me I’ve been there and it wasn’t fun)… But know that if you choose to recover on “safe”, low cal foods, you may never get rid of the fear of normal foods. It takes so much food to actually see a difference in weight so why not have yummy food?

IMG_61725. Don’t obsessively weigh yourself

Whether you see a dietician or choosing to recover at home, don’t let the effing scale take over your life. Your weight is Just. A. Number. To put it in scientific terms, it’s your relationship with gravity. Are you really going to let science trip you up? I know I’m not!🙅 And to just to let you know, that number is never going to stay the same. Weight will fluctuate from a range of 3-5 lbs in one day because of several factors. I DON’T recommend weighing at all because but I know some of you choose to do it, so remember this:
•only weigh once a week
•weigh at the same time of day
•remember to not stress over it
•it’s your relationship with gravity
•the stupid number is just a stupid number that doesn’t say one damn thing about the beautiful person you are

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Some of you may be aware that I enjoy lifting. But I DO NOT recommend this to those in the really early stages of recovery. When I was in treatment, they didn’t even allow me to stand up for too long. This is because when you are malnourished, your body is using all the nutrition you give it and use it for just restoring your organs and bodily functions. It doesn’t need to be exerted by exercise. Cardio especially is TERRIBLE and LIFE THREATENING for anyone underweight. Whether you are 20 lbs or just 5 lbs underweight, you never know how much your body will allow before it gives. There are healthy, strong athletes out there that have had heart attacks, and just having a history of an ED makes your chances so much greater. I do some strength training a couple times a week now that I am healthier.💪 I enjoy yoga and stretching too because it relaxes me. I think yoga is a great way to reduce anxiety and I hope you all try it too.

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These are only a handful of the many commitments you have to push yourself to make to get healthy. There are definitely more too. It takes A LOT of hard work and time to beat something like this, but nothing that worth it was ever easy. Stay strong and beat the bitch👊

Overnight Oatcake

IMG_6067In my many experiments with oats, I always thought it would be neat to eat cold oats in a firmer form. Let’s just say that this is one of my favorite recipes for oats because of how refreshing and addicting it is! This recipe is almost exactly how I make my overnight oatmeal but instead of stirring it all up in the morning, I left it tight and made a little treat!

How to do it:
The night before combine:
•2/3 cup oats
•1 cup milk
Microwave for 1:30 minutes.
•Then add 3 T egg whites, stir, and microwave 1 minute.
Add:
•cinnamon
•optional sweetener
•1 Tbsp chia seeds or Qia blend
You don’t need to heat up anymore- pour into container and seal. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning, I plopped the goodness on a plate!
I used Coconut Creme greek yogurt as a “frosting” and it was like eating a cold, refreshing coconut blueberry cake 😆
Who would have ever thought eating healthy could taste like cake? 😂👌

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This variation I used Cellucor Corfetti Cake Batter and greek yogurt to make a “frosting”.

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All about PROTEIN💪

IMG_5499What is protein? What makes it an important part of your diet? Why do people need extra when they are active?

To put it in simple terms, protein is one of the main nutrients everyone needs to maintain their health.

IMG_5965All cells in your body are made up of protein and if you exercise, you especially need EXTRA to repair tissues and make enzymes and hormones. Your body doesn’t store protein so you’ll need it more often.

Even if you don’t exercise regularly, your body needs an adequate balance of protein, carbs, and fats. They all work together to keep your body running strong and healthy. Ever notice you are hungry a few hours after eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast? That’s because you mainly consumed just carbohydrates. Adding some protein and fats will help you maintain satiety longer.
Good protein sources for breakfast are: milk, greek yogurt(has more than regular yogurt), cottage cheese, shredded mozzarella, turkey bacon, eggs, protein bar/powder, turkey, ham or beans.

IMG_5961While consuming protein is important, there is also such thing as consuming TOO MUCH protein which can negatively affect your liver and brain function. 👎
But don’t worry, no need to get obsessed about it- it’s simple. Just make sure each meal includes a protein source as long as the other nutrients I mentioned and your body will tell you if it needs more. 👍

I would also suggest getting MOST of your protein from REAL food sources instead of just protein supplements. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a nice protein bar time to time but I don’t want to live solely on them.

IMG_5968As you can see, I am improving…
Strongnotskinny 💪

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Quinoa Bean Salad

IMG_5878Quinoa (KEEN wah) is known as the most popular “superfood”. It’s a gluten-free grain full of protein, fiber, and minerals. Not only is it high in essential amino acids, quinoa is also high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and disease in the body.

It’s really easy and fun to add quinoa to your diet. I for one love to make salads like this one!

This quinoa salad can be great to make ahead of time for the week so you have a quick meal to go.

What you’ll need:
✨1 cup cooked quinoa
✨1 15 oz can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
✨1/2 cup black beans
✨1 chopped bell pepper
✨1/2 cup corn
✨1 2 oz can diced green chiles (drained)
✨1/4 cup chopped cilantro
✨1 Tbsp olive oil
✨1 T balsamic vinegar
✨2 Tbsp minced garlic
✨1/2 tsp dried oregano
✨1/2 tsp dried basil

All you do is combine all ingredients together in a big bowl and set in the fridge to cool! I personally eat this as a chilled salad but that’s my preference ☺️

This pairs well as a side for almost everything because the flavor is so versatile. Makes about 4 cups.❤️