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BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Best Body Boot Camp Update: 1st. off I have learned that I can push past the pain. 2nd. I look forward to working out. Pushing past the pain has been easier than I thought. I had some serious thigh burning the first few minutes of my elliptical workout today, but once I got past the burn I found myself having more energy and ability to adapt to the changing intervals with ease. I have also found that I look forward to what I will get to try next, I mean not in a million years would I ever have thought that I would be doing some of these exercises, they always seems too advance for me, but when I am able to do them, and complete the set it just helps me build my confidence and lose the phrase “I can’t do that”.

Now on to something sweet. There are times when we all find a recipe that immediately you know I have to make that, well here’s one such recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding that I adapted from That’s so Michelle.  I knew that if my husband saw me making this he would taste it with hesitation or maybe prejudge what it would taste like, so I made it while he was working out. My husband loves food and he really is not picky at all, but I wanted him to eat the pudding and tell me how he liked it before I told him what was in it. I just love to show him that you can add goodness to any meal, snack and dessert.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding 

It was weird to see avocado and peanut butter in a bowl together.

I was excited to get to try out Swanson Organic Cocoa Powder in a recipe that would really feature it. I just love that fact that there is NO sugar added to it and it has a smooth cocoa flavor.

Finding way to incorporate coconut oil into my diet has not been hard, I love this stuff and it really is easy to find ways to use it.  Check out this link for reasons why coconut oil is so amazing.

Mix it all together in a bowl and use your hand mixer until smooth.

This batch made  4 really nice size servings. I added chocolate chips for a little crunch.

So here’s the reaction from my husband. He loved it. Which I knew he would. So I then told him what was in it. The only thing he said was “You Put What in My Pudding?” It was so funny, he really didn’t care what was in it because it tasted like Chocolate Pudding.

Ingredients  (Serves 4)

1 Ripe Avocado
1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
6 Packets of Truvia or 1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
Dash of Salt

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth and serve.

Question of the day: Have you tried coconut oil? What did you use it in? 

Check Ya Later.

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Thinking about what I wanted for breakfast, but also thinking about what would hold me over until lunch, only one thing came to mind. Oats in a Jar or OIAJ. I have been on a OIAJ kick lately, but it really Keeps My Tank Full, and I love that I can add different items to change it up a bit in flavor and in texture.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Since I started Best Body Boot Camp yesterday, I really want to focus on following the program, keeping goals and eating as clean as I can, but staying properly fueled. I want to keep my meals full of grains, proteins, fruits and veggies.

Here’s Today’s OIAJ Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  •  1 Tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Swanson Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Nut Butter
Layer the ingredients in the jar and keep in the fridge over night, Stir in the morning, microwave for about a minute to warm, add additional items and enjoy a healthy hearty breakfast that will fuel your day.

Layer the ingredients.

Look at the beautiful Organic Cocoa.

 

My friends at Swanson, gave me a Shopping Spree a few weeks ago, and I have been thinking of a million ways to use the items they sent me and adding the Organic Cocoa to OIAJ was a perfect way to taste the cocoa. It gave the oats an incredible unsweetened chocolate flavor that I really enjoyed. I don’t care for overly sweet breakfast items, don’t get me wrong I love sweets, but something about eating sweet tasting foods kinda makes me nauseous on an empty stomach. I plan on using the Organic Cocoa in my next smoothie.

Dropping a spoonful of nut butter to thicken it up, plus it tastes amazing.

I mean really, how could anyone not love this combo.

Add in your milk.

It will filter its way into the jar and incorporate all the oats, but you can give it a stir if you’d like.

Seal the jar and store in the fridge overnight.

I did not add any additional items to this batch, it was perfect just the way I made it. My co-workers always ask me “What ya got in that jar?” I tell them OIAJ. Let me just say this: I have turned some donut breakfast eater into OIAJ eaters!

Additional goals that I have during Boot Camp, which I hope will stick long after is:

  1. Going to bed by 11:00 pm, I tend to be a night owl and stay up too late, and I really want to change that habit.
  2. Drinking enough water through out the day.
 

Question of the day: What fuel’s your day?

Check Ya Later.

 

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