Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carrot cake muffins from HEAVEN (108 calorie heaven)

I feel like the only thing I keep sharing with you lately are muffin recipes, but I can't help but share this new one I tried tonight. These are so good you would think they were a guilty pleasure but there is absolutely zero guilt in these 108 calorie muffins. 

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup coconut sugar (you can use brown) 
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup craisins or raisins 
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 tsp ginger 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 1/2 cups unsweetened natural applesauce 
1 cup shredded carrot 
1 tsp vanilla 

Makes 12 muffins (108 calories each WHAT WHAT) 
Bake at 350 for 20 min 

NO OIL, NO EGGS, NO DAIRY? How can these be good? I was worried they would have a weird texture or taste grossly healthy but they may be my favorite muffin of all time! 

Just a few things to share on my progress for those of you who may not follow my instagram- I have already lost 14 pounds! SAY WHAT? 

Ive been measuring my baby belly area and so far I have lost 3 inches in my belly and hips. If you are struggling with weight loss and need motivation my two biggest helpers have been Instagram and My Fitness Pal. These apps help me log everything I eat and get ideas for other healthy foods. Keeping motivated is the hardest part of making healthy a lifestyle- so hopefully I can keep this habit going. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Is the Biggest Loser winner still a winner?

So my weight loss community is all a buzz this morning on the Biggest Loser finale. I didn't watch this season but after seeing the dramatic photos of the winners body last night and feeling a bit of a connection because we have the same starting weight and she is only an inch taller than I am, I have to weigh in. 

The winner is 5'4'' with a starting weight of 260.  

She's a super cute girl right? 

Here she is kicking butt in a workout. From what I read from BL followers she was a pretty big fan favorite. Now in case you haven't seen here is the thing thats causing all the buzz. 

She lost 155 pounds. Weighing in at only 105 pounds people are asking "IS THIS HEALTHY?" 

My honest initial opinion was OMG she is waaaay too skinny. 

Below is what she looked like when she left the ranch. After that they have several months to continue on their own. 

Here she is last night at the final weigh in. 

So what a lot of people are asking is did she take herself to an unhealthy point in her weight loss? 
I don't think you can look at someones body and judge their health. According to BMI charts she is under weight. A lot of people are questioning if BL should create a rule to keep people from becoming unhealthy in their weight loss efforts by saying you can't win if you are under weight, or saying you should win by your BMI numbers not the total pounds lost numbers. More people are saying that she lost the weight to win but perhaps plans to put on ten pounds post show. 

Here are a few things I can say on it 
1. I am 258 and 5'3'' - I can't imagine weighing 105 and I do not want to 
2. As a woman who knows what it feels like to be constantly judged for being overweight I can't imagine how it would feel to work so hard to get past that, get thin, and then continue to be judged for being too thin.  
3. You cannot judge a persons body based on looks. Is she unhealthy? I don't know 
4. The woman is GORGEOUS and freaking lost 155 pounds! I do think that she looked amazing at the ranch and should have stopped there, but she is on a show promoting the highest weight lost to win a ton of money. Another season a contestant got an eating disorder because of it. Maybe the problem is the contest pushing people to win money instead of pushing them to just be healthy. 

So is Rachel better off in a 105 pound body as opposed to a 260 pound body? 
Is she still a winner even though all of America is wanting to judge her for looking anorexic and unhealthy? 

Is any body the ideal body? 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


 I am actually pretty surprised at how easily I have transitioned back into healthy eating. I actually forgot how fun it is to try and find healthy swaps and eat delicious and naughty tasting food without the guilt! Enter the date truffle.... 

As I told you last week I have become obsessed with Instagraming for support and tips. It's also keeping me accountable because I try to post everything I eat like a food journal. Yesterday I found a user and blogger called lipstick and berries who has some gorgeous vegan and raw food photos and I was inspired to make some date truffles. 
I have made date fudge before and it is basically the same but you roll it in balls. 

I didn't measure out but you simply need dates, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and a food processor. 

Puree medjool dates and add in a small amount of coconut oil and as much cocoa powder as you want. I like mine really chocolaty! 

Refrigerate so the paste becomes sort of firm and then roll into balls.

I made three different varieties.

Rolled these in Qi'a cereal 

I rolled these in cocoa powder and topped with a goji berry 

And I rolled these in a blend of PB2 powder and flaxseed meal and topped with cacao nibs 

So good and good for you - as long as you don't eat the whole tray at once!