Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower Tacos. 

  


   

  

  

      

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzle
  • 2 chipotle peppers from canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 8 tortillas warmed or grilled
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

  • 7 oz full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 choptle pepper (from the can used above)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F:

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (I didn’t have parchment so I used foil). Add the cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Working over the baking sheet, use your hands to break up 2 chipotle peppers, along with some of the adobo sauce. Toss again to coat the cauliflower and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. 
Make the chipotle yogurt sauce: In a small food processor [i used my vitamix] combine the yogurt, chipotle pepper, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings adding more salt, pepper, and lime juice as desired. 
Fill each tortilla with a spoonful of sauce, the roasted cauliflower, and a slice of avocado. Serve with the cilantro and lime slices on the side. 

This recipe was so easy and also the first time I have ever cooked with chipotle peppers! And note to self: if you are a meet water you could always cook some organic chicken or steak with the chipotle peppers and lime juice! Good luck!
I found this recipe at Love & Lemons.

Chipotle Flavored Breakfast Burrito.

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Happy Monday! Ok, for starters I was on a roll with cooking this weekend. It was rainy, cold and one of those weekends where you just want to lay in bed and do nothing all weekend. If you have read any past posts you know by now that it’s really hard for me to slow down, so instead I headed to the book store and picked up a new cook book! Saturday I made Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower tacos (which were SO good) and so on Sunday I used the leftover cauliflower, whipped up some breakfast potatoes with the chipotle chilis in the adobe sauce and Wa La! I had myself a delicious brekfast burrito. So many times when I buy vegetables (because it’s just me) I have leftovers which leads to being a little creative otherwise I am eating the same meal for 3 days. Who wants that? Not me! Anyway, get creative and use your left overs for something new.

In this burrito I used:

  • chipotle roasted cauliflower/corn
  • breakfast potatoes with chipotle pepper sauce
  • eggs [scrambled]
  • avocado
  • chipotle sauce (made with fresh greek yogurt)
  • diced tomato
  • flour tortilla

Are you a fan of breakfast burritos? What do you like to put in yours? Remember, if you are a meat eater you can always scramble up some sausage or bacon with those eggs. Good luck!

 

 

Better For It. 


It’s no surprise that if you put in the work, you get results. An easy way to keep yourself accountable is to workout with someone that will push you to the limit you don’t even see for yourself. You MUST lift the heavier weight, do the extra sprints post workout, experience what it means to become uncomfortable because getting results is not always comfortable. (I can vouch for that!)There is no such thing as shortcuts, wraps, cleanses, or anyone that is going to create real results for you if you don’t change your lifestyle long term. This includes the food you consume everyday, or the workouts you don’t really want to go to but make the a priority even when you’re tired, busy or simply not motivated. Sure, these short term alternatives might be easier and seem to work for a hot second- but are they sustainble for long lasting results? Negative. The best part about this process is that when you do start to look better, feel better and become stronger you know you did everything in your power to get that way AND you are better for it!

Easy Peasy Brussels Sprout Salad.

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What you’ll need:

  • Brussels Sprouts [sliced thin)
  • lemon
  • percorino romano
  • olive oil
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste

Start by washing and slicing the brussels sprouts thin while placing in a bowl. I used about 10-15 brussels sprouts which was enough at least 2 or 3 people. I measured out about 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, and just a couple dashes of white balsamic vinegar to bring it to 1/4 cup. Squeeze the juice of 1 & 1/2 lemons then put in a blender/mixer. The mixer helps with the consistency of the dressing. Toss the dressing in with the bowl of raw sliced brussels sprouts. I like to massage them together so they flavor really gets absorbed by the sprouts. Lastly, the pecorino is shaved over the top of the salad. (You can use the side of the cheese grader with the smallest holes).If you need any salt at all a pinch should suffice. I like to add crushed black pepper to the salad for extra flavor and also to cut the bite of the citrus. Enjoy!

Fit Tip: How to get a Flat Belly.

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Here is a glimpse of my weekend in a nutshell. It seems like working out is more on the rotation than anything else these days! Saturday morning’s circuit training workout was so freakin hard, but I survived(barely haha). Yesterday I hit up Soul Cycle per usual on Sunday to end the week with a great ride followed by an amazing acai bowl from Bare Bowls in Palo Alto. Can we say yummm! I am here today with some tips for a flat belly. Ladies, I know you’re ready for this one!

You gotta Move it to Lose it.

  • It’s no secret that in order to get that weight off you have to move. You can do all the crunches in the world but a healthy body is a result of a healthy and active lifestyle. Cardio helps with burning calories but weights and core workouts help build muscle to show dem babies off. It’s also important to stick to a routine. When you are consistent you will see results.

Eat Real Food. 

  • Believe it that the food you eat usually more often than not is in direct correspondence with the way you are feeling. Are you tired, sluggish, or bloated? Or the opposite- energetic, alive and ready to take on the day? Depending on what you eat will determine how you feel. Also note, if what you are consuming doesn’t ever go bad, well then, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Fact.

Bad Carbs

  • Everything in moderation, including moderation. Anything including white flour, bleached flour, sugary cereals, breads should not be in your usual grocery store rotation. These types of foods can hinder  your way to a flat belly. I know, I know, I am human too and I love pasta, toast, bagels etc. Do I eat them regularly? No. Why? Because I want to look good! Yes, sometimes I have them but it’s a treat not a necessity. Once it becomes a routine to ditch these foods you won’t feel such a need to think about them.

Planks & Crunches.

  • It’s a must. Planks are all the rage! Any crunches, oblique workouts, medball exercises and stability will all help with your core strength. With better core strength comes A…A…..ABS!

Drink H20. 

  • You have to do it. Drinking water daily not only helps reduce bloating but also helpe eliminate any waste or toxins in the body. If you aren’t a fan of plain water add some mint, basil, lemon or fruit to help with your consumption.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your journey to a flat belly!

Weekend Goals.

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Crazy for Acai…How good does this look!

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Can’t forget to put in the work.

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T.G.I.F. I think this is my favorite day of the week. Everyone is winding down usually from a hard week at work and looking forward to their weekend activities. My Weekend Goals?Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Who am I kidding? I am an on the go freak! Most people like to do nothing on the weekends while I on the other hand am an early riser and go- go – go type of person. It’s just who I am! Not a bad habit I might add. I have absolutely no plans this weekend but to workout Saturday (curcuit training) and Sunday (Soul Cycle) which means extra time in the kitchen to try a new recipe or two. This is so random but while I always search on Pinterest for recipes – sweet potatoes are not in my usual rotation of grocery finds but I am determined to get them to be an,” I more than like you kind of thing.” Speaking of plans this weekend, I have also been on and off reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown for some weeks now (One of my favorite authors) and I am determined to finish it this weekend. Do you guys have anything exciting going on?  I will be traveling to Miami for a good friends wedding in a few weeks so I will definitely enjoy a little R&R this weekend! I am wishing you all a great Friday and weekend ahead!

Feels Good To Be Newtritionsavvy!

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Friends! It’s Thursday. You know what that means? Almost the weekend. I am happy to report after two months of diving into the new year my workouts and progress have beeen quite succesful. I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning my week and where my time is spent. I mention all the time that I don’t have alot of exactly that….time. Between 2 jobs, you really have to be disciplined and strategic when it comes to planning 5 workouts a week. I have managed to maintain 3 circuit workouts, one yoga class and one Soul Cycle class a week. At first, I was like holy cow this is alot but the more you do it the more routine it becomes and the better you get. Who can argue with that?

Here are some tips to Track  Your Fitness without jumping on that scale we all love so much.

  1. But first….take a selfie. There is nothing better than documenting progress. Yes, we all want to look great after our first workout but is that realistic? Probably not. What is realistic is seeing the progress you make in just 2 weeks, a month, 2 months etc. I always take pictures to remind myself that my workouts actually ARE working and I am seeing a shift in the way my body looks. Side by side pictures are a great way to track the changes being made. Also remember, you actually DO have to TRY to put in effort to see change!! Don’t forget that!
  2. Tracking is the name of the game. If we don’t remember we didn’t do it, right? Wrong! It’s so important to not only track your workouts but also track the food you are consuming. It’s easy to think we are commited without holding ourselves accountable, but in the end when you write down the action you are completing you will start to see the results. A detailed calendar of your week ahead can really do wonders for your workout/eating routine. I know for myself, when I have things come up during the week- I rearrange ahead of time which workout will work best on each day. Pre planning. Like they say, Fail to plan…plan to fail.
  3. How do your clothes fit? This can be the ultimate tell all of how your progress is coming along. Yes our clothes fit all the time, but the way they fit is the real question. There’s nothing more exciting than putting on your pair of favorite jeans that fit just a little less snug then a few weeks prior. Maybe the scale lies(I think it does haha), but your clothes never will. Let’s face it….they make us! Sometimes we feel sexy, frumpy, athletic all based on how we feel in our clothes. Am I right ladies??
  4. Increasing Strength. I have noticed in the last 8 weeks that my strength and ability to life heavier and go longer during my workouts has significantly increased. The ab circuit no longer makes me feel like I want to die! The barbell cleans are no longer a fear because I can actually add 10 lbs to the bar and do them right! What a rewarding feeling. Progress not perfection. I remind myself of this all the time. If you can do more today than you did yesterday than you are on your way. Believe that.
  5. Stop stressing. The scale is the scale. I speak for myself when I say my weight has nothing to do with the way I look and feel. (Within reason). In the last 2 months I haven’t really lost weight but if you see a before and after picture from January 1 to February 25 you will see inches gone and a major strength increase. Changing my perspective to “where I want to be and am I putting in the work to get there?” has also helped with my confidence. Any success in life takes time and hard work. Your body rewards those that dedicate time to take care of it. It’s your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

How do you track your fitness progress? I would love to hear!

Becoming A Yogi.

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A Few Reasons to Practice Yoga.

  • It’s a great workout. I think sometimes people vision a “workout” as jumping around, burpees, running and forget that breathing and streching can be just as hard and equally just as much of a workout. I can speak for myself that I workout regularly 5 times a week, but the times that I do make it to a yoga class I can feel which side usually needs more attention and that it’s not always as easy at it looks! The best part about yoga is that you go at your own pace. There are modifications for every pose and you breathe through each postion to stretch further every time. When I notice my body getting stronger each time I practice is enough satisfaction to know I am not only making progress but getting a great workout.
  • Breathing. How many times have you been in a situaton where people say, “just take a deep breath?” It truly does wonders to your mind and body when you sit and take deep breaths to release anything that is going on in your body. This can be frustration, anger, sadness etc. So many times we hold things in and forget that what comes in MUST come out. Breathing can also be an aid to stress management.
  • Physical & Mental Strength. The whole point of yoga is so that you can learn to sit through postures/meditation  while breathing for long periods of time. While doing this you also gain plenty of phyiscal strength as a result. I talk alot about power of positive thinking and I am a firm believer that this rings true to everything. During the time spent medidating and stretching it forces your mind to let go of your daily stress and just focus on the now.
  • Medidation. This is the key to life! The older I get the more I realize taking time to think and apreciate and BREATHE is the direction to a happy mind. You don’t have to be under the moon, in a dark room or have a candle lit to medidate. All it takes is a couple minutes and a quiet space to allow no thoughts to enter your mind. It easy to reflect day in and day out on all of our crazy lives and all the events that distract us. Instead during the time of meditation you can embrace being calm and embracing where you’re at right now. Changing your way of thinking can change EVERYTHING. 

     

Today I Get Stronger.

Ladies and Gentleman- I am proud to report that this day goes down in the books! This week I finally achieved my very first plyo-pushup. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I #1 Hate pushups and #2 have never even tried this for the simple fact that I was going to fall flat on my face!! (No exaggeration here). I always work out, but there are times that you just workout and then there are times that you truly put all your energy and force into the workout and demand nothing short of the best. That means picking up the heavier weight when you’re tired and doing the extra sprints when all you want is to go home post class. Can any of you relate? This first month of 2016 has been exactly that. Practicing consistency and believing (mentally) that I can achieve MORE. This can be representative of many of us in our lives….really taking the chance to believe you can therefore you CAN! Nonetheless, I am proud of this moment and wanted to share with you all. The only time you run out of chances is when you stop trying….so guess what? TRY!!!

Breakfast Game on Point!

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Get your breakfast game on! Man, this was amazing. I am usually more often than not on my game when it comes to breakfast (steel cut oats, yogurt, toast, fruit etc.) but this one was so damn good! Toasted ciabatta bread, avocado, baby arugula, fried egg, sliced tomato, and a spicy pimento cheese spread I picked up from Whole Foods. Don’t be a afraid to tackle the kitchen for your own amazing weekend breakfast. You don’t always have to go out to eat to get what you want!