Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Manic Monday

I honestly cannot believe I am 10 days out. I started this journey in January and it is May tomorrow. I have learned more about myself in this time than I thought I ever would. Last night during spin class, I pushed myself harder than I ever have before. I want to ensure that when I step on stage next Saturday that I did all I could in the time that I had to accomplish the best possible body.

That being said, I biked 21.1 miles in 53 minutes and burned, SCORCHED, 955 calories. Tonight and tomorrow night, I am going back for more. I absolutely love that each instructor and each ride is different. It always keep my body guessing and I always leave looking like a fat kid sweating on the 4th of July.

Today is my last day of carbs (rice, oatmeal, flour, quinoa, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc) until after my competition. In honor of this day, a blackberry cake was made for breakfast and I enjoyed rice for lunch. I am absolutely ecstatic to put the final touches on my contest prep and truly see how much my body can transform.

Recipe for blackberry cake:
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1 egg white
1 TBSP almond milk
1 handful of blackberries
1/2 TSP baking soda

Mix together in a blender Microwave 90 seconds.

Top with 1/2 container of coconut oil yogurt and add extra blackberries on top.





Monday, April 29, 2013

Blueberry Protein Cake and One Big Frog

This morning, Chelsea and I lifted shoulders and back. The one thing on my mind when I got home: cake. What kind of cake? Blueberry protein cake. Why? Because blueberries are beautiful, in season, and my favorite fruit E-V-E-R.

Blueberry protein cake recipe:

1/4 cup quinoa flour
1 handful blueberries
1 egg white
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Blend the above together and microwave for 2 minutes.

Top with blueberry protein "frosting" aka blueberry protein powder with a little bit of water and more blueberries.

On the way back from a client meeting in downtown Toledo, I went a different route back to the office and came across this very large frog sculpture. Definitely put a huge smile on my face.

Oh yea, and yoda tweeted me today. No big deal.







Bowling, Fruit Pizza, Superfoods, Perfectly Timed Cat Pictures, and Family

Wow! Big weekend!!

Let's start with Friday (makes sense, the whole chronological thing). Friday night, Jeremy and I met up with 10 other members of my company for a bowling fundraiser for one our clients. I at least broke 100 on each of the 3 games we bowled but the experience was the most fun as it's always nice to see people outside of the office. And they were giving away chapstick that tasted like fruit pebbles. No big deal. Notable quote: "Hey Bakian, do you want any more of that no-carb, no-calorie, no-fat, water stuff you're drinking?"

Saturday morning, Jeremy and I went to Adam's confirmation at the most gorgeous church in Toledo. Afterwards, we went to Bowling Green for lunch and to hang out with family while watching the last rounds of the draft. Notable quote: "I asked you to watch the baby for five minutes and I come back and he has scissors in his mouth".

Saturday night, Chelsea and I *attempted* to make sushi. Long story short, we will be purchasing our sushi from here on out. We ended up making a fruit pizza instead and then going on a very relaxing walk. Notable quote, "I can't believe the garbage disposal spit the spoon back up that high".

Sunday was a wonderfully relaxing day. I had the most incredible superfood lunch, Chelsea and I went to yoga, Pita Pit for dinner, and relaxing at home. We also made a stop at Churchill's market where we got to sample dried hibiscus flowers. Notable quote of the weekend, "When I started working out at Urban, I accidentally was curling on the leg extension machine". No further words are necessary.

I also captured the most perfectly timed photo. See below.










Friday, April 26, 2013

Serenity

So often in life, we go through the motions without truly appreciating the moment. Take a moment to meditate,  to breathe, and to appreciate all the things in which we take for granted.

Eat pure food. Drink water. Exercise. Sleep.

Yesterday I enjoyed my green goddess smoothie and kale chips. The kale chips are super easy to make. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread out 3 cups of kale. Bake for 9 minutes. Simple. No oil. No salt. Pure.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cats and Cauliflower Pancakes (not together)

My heart swells as soon as I walk into the humane society to volunteer. Is cleaning litter boxes and refilling food and water glamorous? No. Is the pure love and affection that the cats give me worth it? You better believe it.

My furry friends below from yesterday are: Smokey (black cat missing part of his ear), Punkin Lee (calico) and Big Lou (white long hair). I remember the cats names more than I remember the other volunteers name (oops).

This morning's breakfast was Cauliflower Pancakes.


¼ cup quinoa flour
2 cups cauliflower
1 TSP baking soda
1 TSP vanilla
2 egg whites

Add cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until mixture looks like rice
Microwave for 7 minutes
Mix all dry ingredients, then add egg whites, vanilla, and cauliflower

Yields 3 pancakes. 240 calories with 18 grams of protein.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Volunteering, Vegan Tacos, and Zoats. Oh My!

Vegan Tacos??!?! Yes please! My mom and I went out for lunch yesterday at Balance Grille with my niece and I ordered the most incredible vegan tacos I've ever had. The shells were Gluten Free (which was just an added bonus, I don't avoid gluten), and they were stuffed with wok-fired portobello mushrooms, onions, tamarind, and topped with kale.

I volunteered yesterday at the Toledo Area Humane Society for several hours. My official title is "cat cuddler" and I couldn't be more excited about that title! Volunteering is hands down, the most rewarding experience of my life. While scopping litter pans, filling cat bowls, and walking dogs might not seem that glamorous, it's extremely rewarding knowing you're helping the lives of animals.

My favorite cats from yesterday include Crush (orange cat below), Snickers, Burgundy (tortie cat below), Fred (black kitten below) and Mister White.

And now to talk about my breakfast from this morning. Zoats.

Zoats, what are those!?!?!?

Zoats, zucchini oats. Boil 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 medium shredded zucchini, and 1 TBSP cinnamon together in a pot. Cook 4 minutes. Add 1 1/2 egg whites. Stir for 2 minutes. Top with PB2. 251 calories with 19 grams of protein.










Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Dinner and Dessert

Earth Day Dinner and Dessert:

Boca Crumble Stuffed Mushrooms
1 cup boca vegan crumbles
4 portabella mushroom caps

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Stuff portabella mushrooms with ¼ cup crumbles. Place on sprayed cookie sheet. Cook for 7 minutes.

Yields 2 servings. 122 calories with 18 grams of protein per serving.


Vegan Cookie Dough Blizzard
1 peeled, sliced, frozen banana
2 pitted dates
6 raw almonds
1/8 cup SF syrup
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

Blend the dates, almonds, syrup, and milk together in a food processor. The texture will end up like a Larabar. Put in refrigerator for 2 hours. Once the “cookie dough” mixture has set up, roll into tiny balls and set aside.

Put frozen banana into food processor. Mix until creamy. Add cookie dough balls and fold into banana “ice cream”. Top with almonds and vegan chocolate chips.

Yields 1 blizzard. 287 calories.

While you might be thinking, “oh my gosh Sarah, that seems like a lot of calories”. When you consider that 150 of those calories are derived from fruit, suddenly the calorie count doesn’t seem so high. Also something to keep in mind, there are 710 calories and 75 grams of sugar in one small cookie dough blizzard from Dairy Queen.







Earth Day 2013

While being a dairy-free vegetarian, I feel that every day is Earth Day, however, today I felt that I could express my views a little more than normal and no one could get mad!

The day started off with 45 minutes of HIIT cardio, followed by a blue goddess smoothie. Lunch consisted of quinoa, black beans, and corn. Snacks were veggies. Dinner will be boca stuffed mushroom caps, asparagus, carrots and hummus, and a vegan cookie dough blizzard for dessert (recipe and pictures will be in sep. post).

It was also a beautiful 61 degrees today in Toledo, OH and you best believe I took full advantage of it and went walking outside (my all time favorite form of exercise). Captured some very beautiful images on the way.

Love you mamma earth!!!






Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blue/Gold Game

"If you've never been there, no explanation is necessary. If you haven't, none is adequate"- Lou Holtz

The above words could not be more true about the beauty and magic that surrounds Notre Dame, athletics, campus, building, traditions, students, and level of respect that all Irish fans have for one another.

Yesterday was the Blue/Gold spring game in Notre Dame, IN. Cassie, Jeremy, my step dad, and I all made the trip to the land of the Irish yesterday morning. On the way to the game, my friend Nick texted me, letting me know that he set aside four field passes for us. Words cannot express how excited and grateful we all were.

Rarely am I at a loss for words. When I stepped foot on the field, my mind literally went blank. I am fairly certain I blacked out for the 85+ minutes that we were on the field prior to the game starting.

Watching the game from the sidelines was hands down, the best experience of my life. I truly am at a loss for words as I do not feel that any words can accurately describe how I was feeling yesterday. Gratitude and excitement.