Fitness Friday – January 20, 2017

Thanks for joining me for Episode 3 of #FitnessFridays 2017! (CLICK HERE to watch past episodes.) Sorry in advance for the abrupt ending: the camera cut off my very last 30 seconds and I just didn’t have the patience or time to start over.  But you didn’t miss much!  Anyway, enjoy today’s update and when you’re done, scroll down for some extra goodies.

Finding Food Substitutions

One of the biggest challenges I have when it comes to eating is the weekend.  That’s when I would typically undo any good ground I may have gained during the week and blow calories on fast, “fun” foods like pizza, hot dogs, and burgers.  So I decided that before I give into cravings, I’d get ahead of the game. I was prepared with substitutions.

Behold, the Plant Based Diet version of Burgers and Fries!

I like these green patties from Dr. Praeger’s.  You can find them in the freezer section at Kroger’s or Whole Foods.  For the fries, I went with Alexa’s Organic Sweet Potato fries.  I garnished with some more veggies and opted for guacamole instead of ketchup.  Boy, was it super good!  I didn’t feel like I missed out on any fun foods this weekend.  Mission accomplished!

How I Had My Cake and Ate It Too!

I love trying out raw vegan recipes for sweet treats because I feel better eating them knowing there are no crazy chemicals and the ingredients are whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

I’ve always wanted to try a Raw Carrot Cake recipe and last weekend, I finally did!  Here’s the recipe that I followed- http://skinnyfitalicious.com/raw-carrot-cake.  And here is how it turned out:

It didn’t quite look like hers.  I think next time, I’m going to add more dates than she recommended so that I can get more of a chewy texture.  I am also going to take out the coconut flour because I think it kind of dried up some of the moisture from the dates.

Did it taste like my beloved Carrot Cake from Publix’s bakery? No.  But it was a very yummy substitution.  Also, it was very rich and heavy so I felt very satisfied when I ate it and I didn’t feel the need to keep nibbling on it (cake is usually so light, it’s so easy to keep on eating mindlessly).  So my substitution definitely did its job!

#WorkSelfie – Preparation is Key!

Here I am in my office, having an afternoon pick me up with my favorite carrot juice recipe this week.  I prepped three mason jars full of fresh juice the night before so I wouldn’t have any excuse the next day!

I hope you found today’s post inspirational and helpful.  Stay on your healthy new you journey!  Share with me in the comments how it’s going for you.  And feel free to sign up so you don’t miss my next update!  See you next week!

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