What I Ate Wednesday #83: Elimination Diet

I was really trying to think of Passover as an elimination diet this time around. I had recently been experiencing itchy hands and feet, mostly at the end of the day, and was seriously hoping it wasn’t a food allergy. I didn’t think about it so much throughout the week, but I have to admit I definitely noticed a difference by the end of last night after I officially broke Passover.

Breakfast
Egg Sweet Potato Banana Scramble Justins Almond Butter Coconut Coffee
While I thoroughly enjoyed my egg white, banana, sweet potato/kabocha scramble all week, I’m excited to be having something new for breakfast. Like oats! Gimme grains! Also, peanut butter forever.

Snack
Larabar Lemon Bar
I had a bunch of errands to run in the late morning/early afternoon and stuck this bar in my purse as I was running out. Larabar was pretty much the only bar I had that I could eat during Passover.. good thing they’re so delicious!

Lunch
Avocado Salmon Salad
I was pretty hungry by the time I got home and just picked up a can of salmon from Trader Joe’s. Instead of eating it straight from the can, I whipped up an awesome salad. Also, I totally bought some cottage cheese after seeing it all over tons of blogs! Well done, FitFluential ;)

Ingredients
- 1 can wild Alaskan salmon; drained
- 1 small avocado
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tsp McCormick Smokehouse Maple seasoning

Mash it all up together in a bowl and throw it on a salad, crackers, etc. I sprinkled a little chili powder on top and ended up going back for more. So good! It makes 2-3 servings [2 if you're me!]

BREAKING PASSOVER!
Buttered Noodles

Banana Bread Granola Bite
When Nathan got home, he had a quick snack of some leftover buttered noodles from the other night. He offered me a bite and with that, Passover was officially over. Of course, then I went and grabbed a bite of granola because I couldn’t wait until after dinner.

Dinner
Chipotle Chicken Burrito Rice Bowl Avocado Black Beans Salsa
Chipotle ain’t got nothin’ on me! The salsa turned out great and I thoroughly enjoyed the rice-y bean-y goodness. Unlike any kind of elimination diet, I eliminated food for a week and immediately added all of it back into my diet in one fell swoop! Unfortunately, I was bloated within 30 minutes and now I’m not sure what did it but I’m thinking my body might hate legumes. Say it isn’t so!

Snack
Sheila Gs Brownie Brittle Peanut Butter

I won a giveaway of Shelia G’s Brownie Brittle and of course it came in the other day. Nathan tried it right away and I couldn’t wait to try a piece. And then another piece with peanut butter because everything is better with peanut butter! .. and of course I had to have my apple, a little more granola, and a handful of peanut butter puffins. Success.

So the final results? Everything may be better with peanut butter, but I’m not so sure my body is. I hadn’t experienced the bloating all week like I did after dinner and I also noticed my hands and feet getting itchy again later on. It may be time to call the doctor in on this one!

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried an elimination diet?

Link Love #33

I’m really excited for tonight. I fully plan on eating a nice, big spoonful of peanut butter, granola, and lots of rice with dinner! I know I haven’t kept Passover 100% but I’ve at least tried. I think I’m just now to the point of wanting things because I can’t have them.. like pizza. I can go a looong time without pizza, but I do like to at least have a bite when Nathan orders it. Well, now I just want a whole pie! And chocolate chip cookies. And lots and lots of peanut butter haha!

Continuing on the Jewish note, last night Nathan turned on a movie called When Jews Were Funny. It’s ridiculous and pretty darn funny.. though I’m wondering if it’s as funny if you’re not Jewish. Oy vey!

Ha! Onto a little love.. can you tell I’m ready for some bread and peanut butter? ;)

Health

Regaining Your Common Sense Why Doing LESS Leads to a Leaner Physique JillFit

Regaining Your Common Sense: Why Doing LESS Leads to a Leaner Physique – JillFit

Regaining Your Common Sense: Why Doing LESS Leads to a Leaner Physique – JillFit
Maintaining Gut Healthy and Gluten-Free Living – Cotter Crunch
Guest RD: Fueling for Sports – Fresh Food Perspectives via Kath Eats Real Food
14 Habits of People With a Healthy Relationship to Food – HuffPost Healthy Living
When Elimination Diets Backfire – U.S.News Health & Wellness

Fitness

10 Minute Hard Core Abs Workout CandyFit Burnbrae Farms

10 Minute Hard’core’ Abs Workout – CandyFit via Burnbrae Farms

10 Minute Hard’core’ Abs Workout – CandyFit via Burnbrae Farms
15 High-Intensity Workouts You Can Do Just About Anywhere – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
8 Kettlebell Exercises to Tone and Tighten Your Thighs – Lifting Revolution
Transitioning From the Treadmill to the Track – Wildly Fit
What is Glycogen Depletion Training? – NYC Running Mama

Food

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter Averie Cooks

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter – Averie Cooks

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter – Averie Cooks
Carrot Cake Loaf – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette – Iowa Girl Eats
5 Ingredient Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cups – Edible Perspective
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey Sesame Glaze – Cookie + Kate

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Beer is Kosher for Passover

Well that was a fun weekend! I hope you all had a great Easter if you celebrate. I continued my Passover.. celebrations? Sort of.. I just couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not get beer. Ha! At least I haven’t had bread and grains, right?

When I was little, I was telling my family what I had for lunch at school during Passover and mentioned that I had onion rings but only ate the outside. My older brother was pleased to point out that I only ate the breading. I still get made fun of! Passover officially ends Tuesday at sundown so I’ll continue to keep the spirit until then.

unleavened-bread-jewish-pizza-passover-ecards-someecards2

Anywho, Friday night we went into San Francisco and met up with a couple Fit Approach-ers at Mikkeller before heading over a sketch comedy show. It was our first time heading into the city at night and we made it taking public transportation and all. Win! I was really bad about taking any pictures that night though.. whoops.

Saturday I had plans with Alyse to go to a new VinBata class and somehow [after a couple drinks] Friday night she convinced me to go to the UrbanKick class before that. I’m so glad I went because they were both so fun! I’m not used to taking classes having a gym in my apartment complex so it was a really fun change of pace.

UrbanKick was a full hour of nonstop moving.. think Zumba with a kickboxing twist. Loved it! VinBata was really great too; it started with a few minutes of yoga warmup, then into about 25ish minutes of tabata training, and ended with 25ish minutes of vinyasa. I was completely squatted out after UrbanKick so the tabata part was rough but it was really nice to end with some good stretching.

FLEX Gym VinBata Rocky Alyse Fit Approach Sweat Pink

Alyse, Rocky [the VinBata instructor], and me.

Nathan and I were both beat Saturday night so we just stayed local and tried a new pizza joint. Luckily for me, most of the pizza places also have other great options on the menu so I got a really good salmon fix.

Pizza Moda Salmon Quinoa Swiss Chard

Yesterday was a lazy day. I had the idea of going hiking just to get outside but we both weren’t feeling it so instead, we had more beer! We went over to Cato’s for lunch where they were having an adult Easter egg hunt. The egg that Nathan found got us a chocolate and a free beer. Heyooooo! Obviously because we chose the healthy option, we decided to take a post-lunch walk.. for gelato ;)

Lush Gelato Cardamom Orange Zest

We split a cardamom orange zest and it was amazing. So much flavor on such a small spoon! Oh, and you know, in case you missed this on my Instagram feed yesterday..

Deport Bieber

Weekly Menu Plan

Sunday – Grilled chicken with zucchini fritters & pasta [for Nathan]/guacamole [for me]
MondayVegan bolognese.. except with ground turkey ;) over zucchini noodles
Tuesday – Chipotle-style chicken rice/salad bowls with homemade salsa
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayParmesan-crusted chicken with shaved brussels sprouts salad
Friday – Out!
SaturdayGreen harissa chicken stir fry rice bowl

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite class that you’ve taken at a gym?
What fun plans did you have over the weekend?

Five Things Friday

Is it just me or did this week fly? Not that anyone ever complains that it’s Friday.. besides, I have a fun weekend ahead!

  1. Tonight we’re headed into San Francisco to meet up with a few Fit Approach friends and head to a sketch comedy show. I’m pretty excited. It’s been a while since we’ve been to a comedy show but it’s right up our alley.
  2. Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Alyse [<-- more Fit Approach love!] to go to a free VinBata class. It’s a combo of Vinyasa and Tabata.. I honestly have no idea what to expect but it should be fun!
    Workout Margaritas
    …..or wine?
  3. Speaking of workouts, I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been taking a bit slower at the gym lately and trying to figure out what my body actually wants instead of just doing a workout. Turns out, yesterday when I woke up I had no desire to go to the gym. I did some [really lame] yoga that I found on HuluPlus.. I say really lame because it was a little too slow for what I was looking for and there were commercials. How relaxing, right?
  4. I ended up getting really antsy as the day went on and decided to go for a GPS-less run around a nearby lake. Full disclosure: it was hard. For whatever reason, my asthma decided to act up and I was having trouble getting in some steady breathing, but I decided to feel it out and take my time. I ran about 3.25 miles and to my surprise, it was around a 7:50 pace! Woo! Plus, pretty flowers ;)
    Flowers California
  5. I’m pretty sure I completely forgot to mention the HIIT class I went to at Athleta last week taught by Erin, a trainer that I met at FitBloggin’ 2012 in Baltimore. She taught a kick ass [literally!] 6 am bootcamp and it was awesome so I knew to expect nothing less last week. She focused on sharing some moves that could be done anywhere, whether you’re at home, traveling, sitting at your kids baseball game, etc. I had a great time and it was so nice to catch up with her afterwards over a glass of wine [my only reason to go to P.F. Changs these days..] I also left with a new pair of capris that I pretty much love.
    Power Fitness Athleta HIITIf you’re in the bay area, I highly recommend checking out some of her classes!

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Jessica B! Please email me with your mailing information so I can pass it on.

And I leave you with this.

think-confusing-south-beach-passover-ecard-someecards1Yup.

Food for Thought

What are your plans this weekend?
Have you ever tried a VinBata class or something similar?

Favorite Workout Round Up

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet? Today is the last day!

Over the past few weeks since Best Body Bootcamp has finished up, I’ve really concentrated on figuring out what is right for my body in terms of food and workouts. I’ve experimented with more intense weeks of workouts and lighter weeks. I realized recently that stress has been tearing me down and the lighter workouts have been my friend [thank you, Lindsay]. That said, I’ve still been killing it at the gym, just at a more relaxed pace. Funny what happens when you actually listen to your body, huh?

Ironically enough, I’ve started incorporating more running into my workouts. It’s also made me realize I have some core work to do.. gotta get that strength!

In looking for inspiration, my ever-growing Pinterest board has been quite helpful. Turns out, I’ve pinned some pretty awesome workouts and I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve done with you.

Upper Body

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Biceps Triceps Workout

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Shoulder Shredder Workout

Lower Body

Blonde Ponytail GNC Lean Legs Workout

Core

Lifting Revolution Abs in April Challenge

Pumps and Iron Bodyweight Ab Workout

Tone It Up TIU Best Ab Workout

Combo

Slim Sanity Shoulders Legs

Full Body

Cotter Crunch 30 Min Workout

Nut Butter Runner Body Burnin 100 Rep Workout

Tone It Up TIU Frisky Fall Cardio

Tone It Up TIU Something Blue Cardio

These will all get your heart racing and muscles burning. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Food for Thought

Where do you look for workout inspiration?

What I Ate Wednesday #82: Passover Style

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet?

Back in the day I absolutely dreaded Passover. No pasta? Are you kidding me?!

These days it’s more “no legumes?!” There’s a lot less dread going into the holiday since my diet has changed but I do miss my peanut butter, green beans, peanut butter, sugar snap peas, peanut butter.. I mean, I don’t discriminate against other nut butters, but I always go back to the peanut. Before I get into my Passover eats, let me just say that I’m not super strict. I follow the gist of the holiday and many of the rules, but I don’t turn my life upside down and completely rid my house of anything that isn’t K for P.

Breakfast
Egg White Kabocha Banana Scramble Coconut Cashew Butter Blue Bottle Coffee
Probably my most difficult swap because I love my grains with breakfast, but I figured it out. I mashed half of a banana with 6 egg whites and cinnamon, scrambled that, and added some pre-roasted kabocha at the end. I topped it with my coconut cashew butter and called it breakfast! Like I said, I don’t discriminate against other nut butters.

Blue Bottle Coffee Guatemala Santa Ana

I also had a nice treat to go with my breakfast. At Seder, I found the Afikomen [yes, I'm extremely proud of myself] and this awesome coffee was my prize!

Lunch

Mixed Greens Jicama Kabocha Avocado Buffalo Chicken Craisins

I brought a salad to Seder with bell pepper, roasted kabocha, and craisins. I made a ton just in case and ended up bringing some home [darn] so I just used that for my lunch, added some jicama, grilled buffalo chicken, and avocado. Man, Passover is tough ;)

Snack

Kale Mango Smuice Live and Diet LA

Possibly my new favorite smoothie smuice. It’s chock full of veggies so it’s not too sweet [mom, are you reading?] but it also doesn’t taste too “green”.. know what I mean? I still used some protein powder in this even though it’s not necessarily K for P. I check the ingredient list and decided it was a go. I had half of the mix between lunch and dinner and threw the other half in the fridge.

And then I went back for more.. does that kind of defeat the purpose, Whitney?

Kale Mango Smuice

Also, I needed to show off my new cell phone case.

Dinner

Mediterranean Smothered Chicken Iowa Girl Eats

Oh hey there pasta! Sort of.. I had to adjust this recipe for Mediterranean Smothered Chicken to make it Passover-friendly so it pretty much ended up being a really tasty tomato sauce with chicken and zucchini noodles. Still a winner nonetheless.

Snack
Apple with coconut cashew butter.. because how could I say no to more nut butter?

I realized with all of the Passover recipe round-ups that I never did one, so here’s a quick list of some of my Passover-friendly recipes!

Food for Thought

If you keep kosher for Passover, what do you miss most?
If you don’t keep Passover, what would you miss most?

Link Love #32

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet?

Well, I’m happy to report that last night was fun! I’m so glad I was able to find a seder to go to and this was definitely a family that reminded me of my own. The random breaks for song, a Rabbi rap, lots of laughter, and an extremely full belly. Other than being home with my own family, I couldn’t have asked for more and I’m so thankful to have found such a welcoming group of people. There were quite a few empty wine bottles at the end of the night too ;)

Health

Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful Cotter Crunch

“Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful” – Cotter Crunch

“Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful” – Cotter Crunch
Don’t compare you to…YOU. – Carla Birnberg
Is Being Really Lean Really Worth It? – Molly Galbraith
Looking “Fit” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Being Healthy – Jen Comas Keck
Ask a Yogini: Why Practice Yoga Inversions? – Love Life Surf

Fitness

Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout Lifting Revolution

The Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout – Lifting Revolution

The Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout – Lifting Revolution
Challenge Yourself at the Gym – Slim Sanity
Greatist Workout of the Day: Furious 10 – Greatist
How to Complete a Chin Up: 9 Tips to Pull Yourself Over the Bar – Your Trainer Paige
Post Workout Nutrition: What Do We Need and Why? – The Little Honey Bee

Food

Torched Salmon Green Juice Sauce Lady and Pups

Torched Salmon in Green Juice Sauce – Lady and Pups

Torched Salmon in Green Juice Sauce – Lady and Pups
Red Wine Fig Jam – Food Babbles
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs – Eating Bird Food
Coconut Banana Oats Bowl with Crunchy Black Sesame Quinoa Cereal + Mango – Half Baked Harvest
Gruyere and Asparagus Potato Noodle Casserole – Inspiralized

Food for Thought

Have you ever spent a holiday with a family you’d never met before?
What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Mexican, Beer, and Baseball

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Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend; we took advantage of the weather and spent a lot of time outside.

Friday night we hit up a Mexican joint for dinner called Cancun. They, as with many restaurants in the area, pride themselves on their local, organic ingredients. I got a humungo salad that puts Chipotle to shame!

Chicken Taco Salad Black Beans Grilled Veggies Guacamole

They also have a ridiculous salsa bar.

Cancun Salsa Bar

Photo Credit: Yelp

Saturday we played in wine country. Though we didn’t go for any tastings, we just spent the day walking around Healdsburg and Santa Rosa; they’re such cute little towns. We stopped at SHED for lunch which was such a fun place! Not only do they have a small cafe and take out food, they also sell kitchen, gardening, and other home goods plus they have their own fermentation bar. You know I got their home brewed black tea ginger kombucha.

SHED Healdsburg

I loved how colorful the salads were! My favorite was on the left; golden beets, watermelon radish, asparagus, and lima beans in a light vinaigrette. It was a bit pricey there for what it was, but everything tasted great.

On our way back home, we hit a ton of traffic. Luckily it was as we approached Petaluma, so we took a detour a grabbed some beer while we waited for the traffic to die down.

Lagunitas Beer Sampler 1

Lagunitas Beer Sampler 2

Not a bad way to pass the time ;)

Yesterday was for baseball. We opted for the Giants’ opening weekend instead of opening day and the weather was amazing!

AT&T Park San Francisco Giants

The game started off pretty slow but the Giants’ ended up pulling out a big win in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run! Funny story.. I was at an Orioles game with my dad and Nathan 8 years ago. My dad and I almost never left games early but Nathan had to get up real early so we made an exception. We ended up missing a walk off home run which, at that point, my dad had never seen. To this day, he still won’t let Nathan live it down, even though he’s seen quite a few! It’s been a running joke ever since.

Nathan Giants Baseball

At least he’s happy ;) Seeing the walk off definitely made me miss my dad. I wish that he was there with us! With that, I leave you some Orioles lovin’.

Baltimore Orioles

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Leftovers
Monday – Passover Seder [we found one to go to! Yay!]
TuesdayMediterranean smothered chicken over zucchini noodles
WednesdayBalsamic grilled flank steak with roasted carrots
ThursdayMargarita chicken with lime cauli rice  and guacamole
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What did you do over the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Banana Bread Granola & a Giveaway!

Best part of being home during the day?

Jilly Bean

Skyping with Jilly bean when Bubby is babysitting :) Love her little giggles!

Anywho, the other day catastrophe struck and I found myself without granola [it's a good thing I'm not dramatic or anything]. Having recently received a package from Bob’s Red Mill, I knew I could remedy the situation.

Bobs Red Mill

I also happened to have a couple bananas that were pretty much banana bread-perfect. I reached for the oats and pecans and went to work.

Banana Bread Granola

Makes 5 cups
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups raw pecans; chopped
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil; melted
- 1/4 cup honey [Substitute agave or maple syrup if vegan]
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 medium bananas; mashed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, pecans, flax seed, sea salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas. When the wet ingredients have come together, mix them into the dry ingredients until everything is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture onto two parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheets. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. I didn’t toss my granola until the very end and was able to get nice big clusters. If you’d like smaller pieces, feel free to toss throughout the baking process.

Nutritional Information
Per 1/3 cup serving

212 Calories  /  14g Fat  /  20g Carbs  /  3g Fiber  /  6g Sugar  /  4g Protein

Giveaway Time!

Bob’s Red Mill has graciously offered one reader a package of the same 4 ingredients I received above. Click here to enter!

Looking for other recipes to make using these ingredients?
Here are a few I have on my list:

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What would you make with these ingredients?
What is your favorite kind of granola?

Sangria To Go

Glass of sangria? I wouldn’t turn it down! When Beso Del Sol contacted me about trying out their sangria-in-a-box, the answer was pretty obvious. Like I said, I don’t turn down some wine.

Beso Del Sol Sangria

Beso Del Sol Sangria is made with a Spanish Tempranillo wine blended with fruits. I love Tempranillo so that was another selling point for me. Not to mention the fun box.. it would be great to take to a party, cookout, or even to the beach.

I was psyched when I got the package in the mail last week and promptly put the box in the fridge. A couple hours later, I decided it was time for a little break.. I mean, I had to do the appropriate research for my review, right? I couldn’t put off tasting time.

Beso Del Sol Sangria Glass

Mine didn’t look this pretty.

It was a pretty solid sangrialike the description said, light and fruityperfect for a hot summer day. It was a bit sweet for me so at first I added a splash of sparkling water. I love adding sparkling water to everything to make it a little bubbly, but to really kick it up a notch, I decided to add a splash of bourbon! Everything is better with bourbon, right? ;)

If you can pace yourself, this sangria can last up to 6 weeks in the fridge after opening. It’s also a great deala 3 liter box, which is the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine, will run you just $20! Like I mentioned before, it would be great to take to a party and I would definitely do just that.

Check out Beso Del Sol on Facebook and Twitter to find out where you can get a box of your own!

Disclaimer: I was provided one complimentary box of Beso Del Sol Sangria for review, but the opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

Food for Thought

Are you a sangria fan?