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Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

I’m a huge Selena fan, so when I first heard of the dish that I’m about to share with you, I instantly thought of this song and gave it a new name. I’m just weird like that! This song had one of the most iconic looks (fun fact: I’m considering this outfit for Halloween this year), and has such a fun, catchy beat!

Watch the video here!

Now that Selena’s song is stuck in your head (your welcome), here’s the recipe I had to share with you…..Bibimbap! It’s a dish my brother got my hooked on, and this particular recipe was in one of my Hello Fresh boxes awhile back. It fits in great with my current meal plan, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

BIBIMBAP
Ingredients for 4 servings:

-Zucchini
-8 oz Button Mushrooms
-2 large carrots
-4 Scallions
-Ginger (about a 2tsps…I love ginger so I use a bit more)
-4 cloves of garlic
-1 1/2 cups jasmine rice (you can sub cauliflower rice or brown rice if you prefer)
-2 Tbl sesame oil
-4 tsp sriracha
-6 TBL soy sauce (I use half that amount)
-20 oz ground beef

Wash and dry all produce. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Halve zucchini lengthwise and slice into thin half-moons (I use a vegetable peelers to make zucchini ribbons). Thinly slice mushrooms and scallions, keeping scallion greens and white separate. Peel carrot, then use vegetable peeler to shave into ribbons. Peel and mince ginger and garlic.

Once water is boiling, add rice. Cover and reduce to a gentle simmer, cooking for about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, pickle scallions by tossing the scallion whites with vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside and let marinate. In another bowl, stir together sesame oil, 1 1/2 TBL sugar (I skip the sugar), half the sriracha, and 1 1/2 TBL soy sauce.

Heat drizzle of olive oil in a large pan. Add carrots, cooking until tender but still crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Add a little more oil and add zucchini. Once those have been cooked, add the mushrooms and cook until tender. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add a little olive oil as well as ginger and garlic, tossing until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add beef, cooking until no longer pink. Pour in remaining soy sauce.

Divide rice between bowls, then arrange beef, zucchini, mushrooms, scallion white mixture, and carrots on top. Garnish with the green scallions and drizzle with the remaining sriracha.

The awesome thing about Bibimbap is that there are several variations. Some have an egg, some have other veggies….it just depends! I love this recipe but encourage you to use the veggies you like so you really enjoy it!

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Recipe courtesy of Hello Fresh

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Obsessed: Four Weeks Later!

Phase One of 80 Day Obsessed = DONE!!!!

4 weeks following a timed nutrition program and a challenging workout structure, and, you guys…..I am still head over heels in love with it. This program is three phases long, so I am hoping that I feel the same way about the next two phases as I did the first.

The last week of the program was a little more challenging for me, and honestly, that was my own fault. When I started this program I knew that I would go off the meal plan for a Valentine’s Day dinner, which this year included tacos from my favorite local taco joint, Bomba. I always eat the chorizo/potato and the crispy avocado tacos, which aren’t that bad for you, but I did enjoy the chips and guac….their plantain chips are so good! I did feel awful after, and the next day was even worse, but I know that’s just because my body was adjusting to the foods I had consumed that I had eaten. The worst part: I felt extremely sluggish. That’s what happens when you eat the wrong kinds of foods….some make you feel sluggish ruggish bone!
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I was incredibly excited to come home earlier in the week to a package sent to me from Beachbody. It was an 80 day obsession tank and a new cushioned mat! I LOVE their cushioned mats and think they are an absolute must for home workouts….and since I’ve been using a blue one they sent several years ago nonstop, I was excited to replace it with a new one. So was Murphy….apparently.

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This week I felt like I was craving things way more than the previous weeks, and I’m not sure why. I thought about donuts every day, but I did avoid them. It seemed like my cravings were always for something sweet. To overcome them and my donut centered brain, I chose to surround myself with donuts that were ok….like these incredibly cute napkins…..and I also made sure to savor my chocolate recover and wonder woman shake! Thank heavens for those! Next week I have what’s called a Refeed day, and I am sooooo looking forward to brownies on that day!

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Workout wise, I loved how the workouts were structured this week. Even doing a 2 x15 routine, I was happy and felt stronger each workout. However, there’s that one workout we all loathe….the animal workout aka Cardio Flow, and it proceeded to kill me on Saturday. This poop emoji is the perfect indicator of how I felt.

But……I did feel myself getting stronger with some of the cardio flow moves though, and to me, that’s all it’s about. I know this week we do the same workout but go from 4 reps to 6, so send some positive juju my way….I’ll need it for that.

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Phase two meant I had to change my brackets when it came to my nutrition. I added several more containers, and all I was thinking was, “how the hell am I going to eat all this food?” Seriously….I feel like I’m always eating! Here’s what I’m eating!

I’m still rocking the breakfast bowls…they are so easy and filling, and I feel like I’m having a legit breakfast post workout. My main lunch-ish meal is a mason jar salad with strawberries, steak, feta, kalamata olives and happiness, and dinner is one of my faves: bibimbap! I’m actually using the Hello Fresh recipe I got a while back. I’m very into this meal plan and am thinking about sticking with timed nutrition when this program is over. We’ll see.

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I shared a Phase one pic with my social media following today, so I have to share with you all! The left is day one and the right is today. EIGHT pounds have been evicted, but countless inches. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t be a slave to a scale. It’s such a lying bitch, and it can play head games with you. Take measurements, see how your clothes feel on, focus on non scale victories. Trust me, that’s how you see/feel progress. Not because some scale was feeling hormonal and kept throwing up different numbers.

I’m getting excited for my March online fit club and helping others get started with this program. Snag a spot and hop in the group…..you’ll be so happy you did!

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And yes, in case you were wondering……

I did yell pineapples a time or two ūüėČ

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Obsessed: Three Weeks In!

I can’t believe another week has come and gone! This week was so crazy…..I had four other blogs to get up and none happened because I was up to my ears in receipts and tax paperwork preparing for my appointment with my accountant this morning. When you are a business owner that process is always such a blast…..(insert sarcasm).¬†Now that they are filed I can resume normal blogging activity and fill you guys in on how ¬†week three went for me!

This may be redundant, but I CANNOT believe I am still sticking with everything when it comes to this program. Not one workout skipped….meal plan followed to a T….I’m very proud of myself. I am self diagnosed with Workout ADD (I know it is a real thing), but the variety of workouts keeps me engaging, interested, and challenged. I’m almost a third of the way done!

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I’m in love with this meal plan!

This week my workouts shifted to a 3×10 structure, meaning we did 3 moves with 10 reps of each move, then we repeated for a total of 3 times. I love this lifting pattern because I enjoy getting moves over with….sometimes I drag a little when it comes to workouts where I go through 10 or 15 moves then have to repeat.

When it comes to how I felt this week though, I will be honest. I felt strong AF. Some of the moves that previously challenged me, like the buddha squat, were much easier. I upped the weights on some moves, and sometimes I even used two resistance bands. For the first time ever I am truly tracking every single rep for every workout, and that has me pushing a little harder. I definitely recommend you start this immediately if you haven’t yet. You MUST be able to identify areas where you can go heavier so you don’t fall in a place of complacency. My best friends during this journey: my cushioned mat and my recover. I can’t imagine how I would be feeling without either.

Meal plan wise, I was money in the bank. My deconstructed egg roll recipe was one I fell head over heels in love with and made again this week. It is just so simple, yet filling, and the sesame oil makes it flavorful. You have to try it! Here’s a look at the other meals I am rocking this week. As always, I am really following a system of repetition, which works great for me, especially since I just can’t get enough of some of these combos!

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This week I successfully resisted my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, chocolates from Belgium that looked incredible, a King Cake from New Orleans, and numerous paczkis. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and I am refusing to give in to the temptation, even though this sweet treat has been a tradition for many, many years. However, I committed to this program and being a relative of the donut, the paczki just isn’t winning this year. I did have a Cherry Mocha from Starbucks, but other than that, I was golden.

I did build into this week’s meal plan a meal that involved going out to eat, and I have had it planned since before I started the program. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, so Kyle and I will be hitting up our favorite local taco spot, and even though some of my choices CAN work with the meal plan, the plantain chips and queso do not. I have ZERO regrets about making the decision to do this, and you better believe I will enjoy every last bite because that is the only cheat I have planned until this program comes to an end in about two months.

The greatest lesson I am learning through this program: my mental relationship with food has greatly improved. I used to think I needed this or that and would talk myself into it. It’s funny how much stronger I have gotten, even disinterested in foods I previously would’ve scarfed. This week I also ran through a McDonalds drive thru to grab just a coffee, and the smell of the food coming from the building made me sick to my stomach. I was proud of that moment, and I am very happy with how I am feeling with my food choices so far.

This is my final week of Phase One, and then I go into a brand new workout routine for the second Phase. I’m excited to see what it will bring, and can’t wait to share with you all my thoughts and feelings. I have no clue what to expect, but I’m hoping that I don’t hear the word inchworm ever again.

I want to leave you with a challenge: I challenge you to do something that you honestly think you can’t do. I felt that way about this program, and why? Because I thought I couldn’t commit to something for 80 days???!!!! Now looking back I can’t believe I ever thought that, and I can’t imagine if I hadn’t given this a chance.

Step outside of your comfort zone this week. I know you can do it! Luigi does, too.

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Miso happy about this recipe!

Hehehe…..see what I did there? Obvious little pun to let you know a Chinese recipe is coming your way!

I love Chinese food, but I can’t work much into my meal plan because the things I love most are loaded with not so healthy ingredients…..like fried egg rolls or crab rangoon. Miso soup I can, but that’s not the recipe I want to share with you right now……

I want to share with you the deconstructed egg roll recipe I have on my meal plan this week! It’s so freaking good!

Deconstructed Egg Rolls

Ingredients:
-Turkey Sausage
-Coleslaw Mix
-Brown Rice
-Sesame Oil

Cook the sausage (Remove the casing) until brown. I use a Pampered Chef mix n’ chop to make sure it is broken up. At the same time, cook brown rice. Once both are ready, add coleslaw mix to the sausage so it softens up. Add rice and cook for a few more minutes, stirring consistently. Add Sesame Oil and fall in love!

Let me talk about how much you need of what. The recipe I initially found said to the portion amount was 1 sausage, 1 cup coleslaw mix, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 teaspoon sesame oil. That equates to one red, one green, one yellow, and one teaspoon if you are following one of the meal plans I do. Since I don’t cook in single servings, I cooked an entire box of rice, used 2 bags of coleslaw mix, and 6 sausages. When it came to the sesame oil, I used 6 teaspoons, but you can go a little heavier or lighter if you wish.

I love it! I hope you do, too.

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Obsessed….Two Weeks In!

66 Days Left!¬†I can’t believe I have completed two weeks of this program already!

So Week Two….how did I do?

The week started as it will every Monday…taking measurements and weighing in. I don’t typically weigh myself every week because I think the scale lies and discourages, but because I am trying to track EVERYTHING with this program, I think it is something that needs done. I wasn’t upset….I had lost 5 pounds and 7 inches in my first week of the program! Yesssssssss! More importantly, I was feeling great and had not cheated on my meal plan ONCE.

Week Two though….I had a few slip ups. I fell victim to a Goodie Girl cookie (my favorite) as I waited in line for my coffee at Starbucks, and later that same day one of my kick boxers brought me crag rangoon from the local Chinese restaurant that I love. While I did share, I had some. But…..I want to be real. I’m not upset. It was shark week (sorry gentlemen), and I usually would be trying to eat all the chocolate and snacks and ice cream. I know it could’ve been so much worse, so even though I slipped up, I still feel like I did pretty gosh darn fab. My week even included a trip to Columbus to spend some time with my brother, and I was able to stay on track while there!

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Gosh, I love these cookies!

Workout wise, this week was a challenging week. Week One I went into my workouts using modifiers and easing back into things, but going into Week Two I went back to going all in. I definitely felt ready to, so I did. But I will tell you this….my body was so so so sore. I could feel every muscle working every workout, and that made me happy because I am the kind of person that gets satisfaction from feeling the burn and soreness. When Leg Day came around on Friday, it was killing me to sit on a toilet and climb stairs! Cheers to you, Autumn, for creating a kick ass program.

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Don’t underestimate these sliders…they are brutal!

I shared a few times over the past few weeks how important the performance line is, and I will not stop saying that. I truly believe if you are doing a program like this, caring for your muscles AFTER the workout is critical, and I do not recommend doing this program if you aren’t using them. Trust me, your muscles will be happier you did. My favorite product: the chocolate recovery drink I have post workout….I add frozen cherries to it, and it is so delicious!

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Simple and effective. 

This week I decided to be proactive and returned to my sports chiropractor. I’ve had one on my speed dial for awhile, but this week after feeling the burn, I decided I needed to get back into a routine with my dude, Dr. Matt, at Ohio Sports Chiropractic. I love this practice and the treatments I get there, and it doesn’t hurt that the practice treats Olympic athletes either. I’ll be seeing them regularly for dry needling and myofascial cupping, but on the days I’m not there I will be getting even closer with my foam roller. This thing is a life saver and feels so amazing.

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Regardless of what kind of athlete you are, BUY one of these!

Here’s a look at my meal plan for the upcoming week! I am so excited about every single meal on this plan!

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I’ve had the Turkey Bacon Spinach Quinoa Muffins on my meal plan since I started this program, and they are so delicious! I wanted to share the recipe with you…..and you don’t need to be doing this program to enjoy them! I love them for a pre workout meal because they aren’t heavy but are still satisfying.

Turkey Bacon Spinach Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients:

-1 cup spinach
-1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
-1 egg
-2 slices cooked turkey bacon, chopped
-1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
-1 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 and spray a muffin tin with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray. Cook spinach with olive oil until spinach is wilted. Mix spinach with remaining ingredients, then spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes!

This recipe makes THREE muffins, which equates to a Green, Yellow, and Red container. If you want to make more, adjust accordingly and use those multiplication skills you learned back in high school!

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I use a Pampered Chef large muffin scoop to make them come out perfectly!

In addition to rocking Week Two of 80 Day Obsession this week, my team and I also launched our FREE fit community, The Sparkle Bod Squad, on Facebook! It was an idea I have wanted to bring to life for over a year, so I am excited! Our team wanted to reach out to more people and share more resources, recipes, and tips, and I encourage you to join it by clicking HERE!

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Our team is excited to help you!

Here’s to another successful week! Let’s make it one full of sparkle!

Ps. I am still dreaming of donuts…..

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Obsessed….One Week In!

80 Days.

80 freaking long days.

Earlier this week I started a new fitness program that will last exactly that long, and I had no idea what to expect. I have lots of friends and team members that were already a week in, so it is nice that they are able to give me a little heads up on what was about to happen, but I still was relatively clueless. Since I am learning as I go, I will be doing a weekly wrap up on the program each Sunday to let you know what to expect in the event you are thinking about giving it a go or simply want to support me on my journey.

So what is this program? It is an 80 day workout program created by Autumn Calabrese (you may remember her from a little program called 21 Day Fix). Each day features a different workout, and utilizes weights, resistance loops, and sliders. When it comes to nutrition, this program is the most precise and specific I have ever seen, combining timed nutrition and portion control.

I was extremely excited to get started with this program, and I was heartbroken when I was told by my doctor that I wasn’t cleared to begin the program last week when it launched. My pneumonia was still lingering, and I was also battling acute bronchitis. After some additional medicine, more rest, and desk duty at the studio, I was finally cleared the end of the week to begin this past Monday.

I know many of you follow me on social media and know that I’m always doing a program, but I will be honest….I don’t always go ALL IN. Working out for me is something I need daily for my mental health, and since I am a huge supporter of balance, I refuse to give up the foods I really love, like donuts, tacos, and pizza. Everything is ok in moderation in my book. However, when I decided to do this program, I knew it was one that I had no choice but to go all in with. The other programs I do….I have completed them by following the workouts and nutrition 100%, so I know they how they work and how to coach others to success with them, which is why now I dont always follow them 100% now. I know what I can do with them if I do commit 100%. With 80 day obsession though, I do not, so I committed. Hardcore committed. Remember, this isn’t just about me getting results….it’s about me helping the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of clients I have get them, too, and I can’t give them the best info if I half assed the program!

Since I was already well aware that some of my favorite foods would not be part of this meal plan, I had a lovely farewell weekend to some of my favorite foods before I began Monday….and when I say farewell, I truly mean I celebrated them in style. Saturday afternoon I enjoyed a philly cheesesteak and fries, Saturday night I got my favorite grilled cheese from¬†Melt Bar and Grilled¬†(the Mighty Macaroni in case you were wondering) and Mochi, Sunday morning I met two of my besties for brunch at¬†Townhall¬†for eggs benedict and sweet potato pancakes, and I rounded out the weekend by getting a half dozen of my favorite donuts from¬†The Vegan Doughnut Company. Ive blogged about this company before, so you already know I love them, but my love for them has continued to grow. Kyra and Kharisma hooked me up with special donuts that said “80 Days”, perfect for my final donut meal for awhile. You better believe I will be having them make me some special donuts once this 80 day journey is up!

Needless to say, my before photos were pretty cute. I have a gluten intolerance AND a dairy intolerance, so that mighty macaroni grilled cheese hung around for a few days and made me look about 30 months pregnant.

The meal plan was what I was most nervous about coming into this challenge. I had never done timed nutrition and didn’t know how it would fit into my lifestyle. But, after a week in, I can tell you I really made it a bigger deal than it was. Since I was eating about 5 small meals a day before, I realized I was kind of already doing timed nutrition without me knowing. The only difference: I used to do fasted cardio every day, and with 80 day I needed a pre workout meal. Here’s a look at my meal plan for the week! Can I tell you how obsessed I am with the spinach bacon quinoa muffins??!!!!

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If you want me to email you this planner, send me your email through the contact form!

I created my own meal planner that helped me visually stay on track, and as you can see, nothing is too strange when it came to what I ate. Most of those foods I was already eating! Another difference: I added in the performance line.

When it came to getting groceries, I shopped at my two main stores, Aldi and Whole Foods 365. I usually spend about $40 a week on groceries, and I stayed right around that, so don’t tell me you have to shuck out all this $$$$ to make this program work. There are thousands of recipes out there that you can make work with your taste buds/wallet/family. And that cost for the week did include me snagging some purple cauliflower for the upcoming week’s plan, and that mochi i enjoyed Saturday night.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty though regarding my Week One thoughts/feelings/suggestions:

NUTRITION: As I mentioned, this isn’t as bad as you may think. My biggest piece of advice: PLAN. If you know you are on the go, bring an insulated cooler and your meals with you to stay on track and resist temptations. Monday our kickboxing studio had a DJ event with lots of tasty treats. I was thankful I had my meals with me so I could say NO a hell of a lot easier. I was PREPARED. Be prepared, too.

If you aren’t used to several small meals, you may not be hungry when it’s time to eat, but you make it work. Trust me, it gets easier. And MEAL PREP! You know how I feel about this….you have to make it a part of your weekly routine, especially for this program!

Should you change up the meal plan if you don’t like how the containers are broken down? NO. You need to follow this as Autumn structured it. She did it the way it is for a reason! Trust the process, and stick to the plan!

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The Performance Line: Several people have asked me “Do I really need to use that?” My answer: F*%k YES!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always used the preworkout and think it is the best on the market, but I had only dabbled with our recovery drink and overnight recharge formula. However, I knew coming into this program and talking to my friends who were in the test group that you absolutely need it, no ifs, ands, or buts.¬†This program is designed to really kick your fitness up a notch and is treating you like an athlete. You, in turn, need to fuel your body like an athlete does.

I will tell you this……I had miscalculated how much Recovery¬† I had on hand (the protein drink you consume within 30 minutes of working out for muscle repair), and I also did with the Recharge, too (I know, what a slacker). Going into Day 3 my muscles were killing me from not having the Recharge the night before while I slept, and after the workout my body ached from not having the Recovery. I’m almost glad I ran out to see how greatly they are needed and what a difference they make. Thankfully, my shipment came later that day, and I was back to normal. If you are doing this program without the performance line, we need to talk, because you 1,000,000% should not be doing it without them.

The Workouts: Are they hard? YESSSSSSS. By no means do I recommend this to a beginner, and it is a HARD NOOOOOOOO  to anyone pregnant. Since I am coming off my stint with pneumonia, I did modify a lot, and that was still challenging. Are they rewarding though? Absolutely. Even though they are challenging and I cuss the whole time, I feel so much satisfaction when the workouts are done. I already feel stronger and see changes in my body. I like that. I like that a lot.

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Water: You need need need to be drinking water like a camel. Hydration is so important.

Throughout this 80 day journey, I am doing something a little different. I’m taking a photo of myself every single day to show you all the progression. So often people will post a before and after and say shit like “that’s photoshopped” and I’m going to show you it’s not. I’m also going to show you that things don’t happen overnight. I can’t wait to show them to you all in 73 days. I’m also taking measurements and weighing myself each Monday to track what’s going on.

I’m excited about this journey, and I’m really proud to report in Week One I did not cheat on the meal plan ONCE! New program, new meal plan, who dis? I’m still thinking about my bff donut though…..

But that doesn’t mean the struggle isn’t well……

Here’s what else I have to say about week one:

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Muffins deserve their own pair of pants!

I bet you never thought about that happening, did ya?

I’m currently running an online bootcamp entitled “Eff You Mom Jeans and Muffin Tops” because the ab region is the area most of my challengers shared they needed some work. Not only are we focused on our nutrition, meal planning, and our daily workouts, but we are working hard on getting rid of those muffin tops and avoiding mom jeans for-ev-errrrrrrr (Sandlot voice).

I wanted to share one of my favorite healthy muffin recipes with my challengers and wanted to make it fun, so I decided the muffins needed some pants. Yes, they exist….you can actually buy them¬†HERE!

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Here’s the recipe for the Banana Apple Muffins I love so much (found in the Fixate cookbook, a staple in my kitchen):

Ingredients:
-2 large eggs
-1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas)
-1 Tablespoon grassfed butter (melted)
-1 1/2 cups almond flour
-3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup chopped apple
-dash of sea salt

***I also add in cinnamon to taste, usually about a Tablespoon. This is not part of Autumn’s recipe, just something I think makes them even tastier!

Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare muffin tin by spraying with nonstick spray or paper liners. Combine eggs, banana, and butter in a bowl and mix until blended. Combine baking soda, almond flour, and salt in a separate bowl, then mix in with banana mixture. Fold in apples and cinnamon (if you are using). Divide batter between muffin cups (this recipe usually makes about 9 muffins). Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.

That’s it! How easy are they?

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A few things I want share:

-I prefer using silicone baking cups, so I loved the little silicone muffin pants. However, they do make smaller muffins. In the batch I made last night I was able to make 9 regular muffins and 4 muffins wearing jeans. I also was worried about overfilling them so they didn’t end up with a true muffin top, which is actually okay since we are working on getting rid of them anyway!

-You want to use ripe bananas…..as in REALLY RIPE bananas. If you follow me on Instagram (@sparklefitnessbabe) you probably caught my IG story where I showed how RIPE mine were….they were basically black! I love baking with bananas at this state because you can mash them so much easier and they are so much more flavorful!

If you are a 21 Day Fixer, 80 Day Obsessioner, Hammer and Chiseler……these count as 1 purple and 1 blue (blue is the almond flour. If you use another flour you will want to adjust accordingly).

Enjoy friends!

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