Monday, January 27, 2014

Who I spent my weekend with:

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How cute is this baby chef? This was fro m my shoot on Sunday. I always love the ideas this little guys mama comes up with. Definitely a favorite picture of mine!

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I threw Richard a surprise party for his golf buddies. Everything unhealthy was there. Don't worry I was able to snack in moderation.

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Happy 26th Birthday to the love my life and husband to be! :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oatmeal Muffins:


Cookies

I was recently invited to join a Facebook group who focuses on eating clean! Someone posted this recipe and being that I MUST try every recipe that I have all ingredients to....I got right to baking when I got home. They taste awesome. It is not a sprinkles cupcake, or any other sugary/ bad for you muffin but it is whole and it fills up all my cake cravings. The recipe is also very simple! Here it is:

You will need:
 
2 eggs
 
2 cups of oatmeal flour (its just your regular oats blended, as always I used my nutribullet)
 
2 tsps of baking soda
 
2 tbs of agave (this is my sweetner)
 
1 cup of almond milk (you can choose any kind of milk)
 
1/2 tbs of peanut butter (or any kind of butter....almond works)
Cookies 
What to do:
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
 
Mix everything
 
Spray your muffin tray with cooking spray (or use cupcake liners)
 
Pour in
 
Add chocoalte chips on top!
 
Bake for 17 minutes
 
xoxo Yessenia

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

cauliflower pizza:


Pizza

I love pizza. All kinds of it too! deep dish, thin crust...you name it, I like it. There's just something about the dough and toppings that make it OH so good. The sad part is it's not all that good for you. I use eat Pizza Hut, ALL THE TIME. I would have 4 to 5 slices of pizza. Each slice is about 360 calories, that is a total of 1,800 calories if I had 5 slices and 1,440 if I had 4. Crazy right? I currently average 1,400 for an ENTIRE DAY! Well, this beauty above only has 382 calories for the entire personal size pizza! The crust is made of a mixture of ingredients but the major ingredient is....cauliflower! what? cauliflower pizza? yup! mine tasted SO good. It might be because I haven't had pizza in a while that it brought back flavors or that it really is good. I will take the second option. So go ahead, make this pizza with your fiance as I did or have a 'Pizza Making Night' with your family!

**ps: for all you non dairy folks you can subsitute the cheese with nutritional yeast or daiya cheese. we used low fat mozerella. ***pps: I only sprinkled lightly with parmesean (about 1 tablespoon) on top, and used laughing cow light cheese (1 wedge is 35 calories) for an extra kick.

You will need:

1 medium sized head of cauliflower

Handful of mozerella

Handful of parmesean

1 egg

Oregano, basil, pepper, sea salt.

Any toppings you would like! (we used turkey pepperoni)

Marinara sauce or pasta sauce
 
How it is done:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 450F

Step 2: Blend/process your cauliflower (cut them first so they are easier to blend). I used my nurtibullet and it worked great! Blend until it looks like wet puffy snow.

Pizza

Step 3: Microwave for 4 minutes (covered)

Step 4: It will be hot! (use caution!!) transfer to a kitchen towel and let it sit for about 5 minutes or until you can stand the hotness. Squeeze out excess water.

Step 5: Transfer to another clean kitchen towel and squeeze some more (I let Richard do the last round).

Step 6: Put cauliflower into a bowl and mix in egg, cheeses, and spices, I dont sprinkle spices, I pour! Be generous. (I used my hands to mix)

Step 7: You can form one big ball, or 2 smalls or 3 very small balls (toddler pizza's)

Step 8: Place ball on a cookie sheet with sprayed with cooking spray and form a circle (or whatever shape you want your crust to be) Richard made a rectangle and it looked like a pizza boat).

Step 9: Put your master piece into the oven and let it cook for 15 minutes (the edges will become crisp)

Step 10: Once the crust is sort of "crispy" put your sauce and toppings (this is the fun part)

Pizza

Step 11: Put in back in the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes (or until your cheese melts)

Step 12: EAT UP!

Pizza

We might be making pizza more often around here....it was so good!
 
 
xoxo Yessenia

Monday, January 20, 2014

Healthy Granola Rolls:



Hello there!

I am still on my lifestyle change. I surprise myself because now it is really easy! However, we went to the grocery store yesterday and I wanted something from the sweets isle. Please tell me why Sprouts puts chocolate in open containers....people can buy chocolate by the POUND. Let me tell you, I wanted to be one of those people. I got home with the urge to have some chocolate! So I searched some granola recipes. Have you ever had a cliff bar? Kind of like that. Those always cure my sweet tooth. All the recipes I saw had butter, honey, sugar, and other ingredients that I don't like having. So I came up with my own! This recipe is dairy free! Meaning, my niece who is vegan can enjoy :)

You will need: 

2.5 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cups of agave (or any kind of sweetener)

1/4 cups of coconut oil

1/4 cups of brown sugar (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/2 chopped almonds (I didn't chop mine, but suggest you do!)

handful of dried cranberries or raisins, or BOTH!

and if you don't want these to be vegan you can add chocolate chips!

Step 1: 

Toast your oats and almonds on a pan, low heat (until they are light brown...you will smell it)

Step 2: 

Heat agave, coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract and kosher salt. (until everything dissolves)

Step 3: mix your oats/almonds with your warm liquid (let it sit for 20 minutes)

Step 4: place your mixture on top of a cookie sheet (parchment paper recommended) If you only have aluminum foil spray with cooking spray.

Step 5: Once everything is cool add in your cranberries and chocolate chips (if you are adding any)

Step 6: Spread over your cookie sheet

Step 7: Let it cool for about an hour.



I found that since my recipe does not use butter, the "bars" had a hard time staying together so I made mine into ROLLS! I squished the mixture (after it had dried) and made rolls.




This is also a fun recipe to do with your kiddos since they can see how things are made!

Enjoy

xoxo Yessenia

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What diet am I on?



How are your new years resolutions going? mine are still going great. I haven't updated since my juice cleanse so I thought now that it has been 2 weeks since my change-what-I-shove-in-my-mouth. I am still losing (it's a good thing), 9.4lbs down in 2 weeks. They do say you lose the most in the beginning so I am gliding along and enjoying the ride.

I post a lot of what I eat/cook on instagram (don't follow me? YOSNAPS is my username) and I get a lot of "yum", "looks good!" and lately I've gotten text messages/comments/messages about what diet I am on. So today, I am going to tell you what diet I am on.....I am on the YOSNAPS diet.

That was a joke.

I began "dieting" when I was 12. My first diet was the Atkins diet. You know, the diet where you can eat your weight in bacon but shouldn't eat cauliflower? yeah, that one. Anyway, I was very young, I shouldn't have been on a diet in the first place but that is when my food obsession began. It is okay to call it a food obsession because whenever I eat a piece of cauliflower I think it's "bad" when it is actually GOOD. Name a diet and I've tried it. I have read countless books on different ways to lose weight and some are way too strict and others are just crazy.

So, this is what I am doing and what I feel will work for me: I am eating, simple as that. I eat 3 times a day and maybe a snack in between lunch and dinner. I am working out on my bike at home for 40 minutes a day at 4 times a week. I am also doing some light weights (at home too). That is basically it.

Now, food; I eat all vegetables and fruits. At every meal I have veggies and fruit. I eat white meat (chicken, turkey, fish, tuna etc). I eat beans, lentils, split peas (you can't eat these on the paleo diet, which I find odd....my mom always tells me back in her day that is all they had to eat! my grandpa lived to be 102. They also did not eat red meat or any meat for that matter. Eating steak was a RARE occasion and it was saved for celebrations....which I also find odd because on the paleo diet you can eat a bunch of red meat.). I eat grains, but not often and mostly its whole wheat flax wraps (100 calories) to make wraps for work or breakfast burritos. I have cut dairy for the most part because I have read too many things about it that has changed my thought process. I drink almond milk, and it is just as good. I do have sweets! I have frozen yogurt with a fruit on top and in moderation. I am in the process of making some other healthy option desserts. I almost forgot! eggs, I eat eggs almost every day. Hard boiled....so good! Or egg whites which are just as good.

There you have it! that is what I eat. I am using my fitness pal app to track my calories which is helping tremendously. I do not starve myself at all. If I am hungry I eat. Sometimes I find it very difficult to reach 1,400 calories and I think that is because veggies have very low calories and they are also very fulfilling. Funny how I could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at fast food restaurant and still be hungry. Non nutrient food makes you = hungry. Nutrient dense food makes you = full. Go figure.

Here is what my daily meals look like:

Breakfast:

2 fried eggs

1 piece of whole wheat toast

Banana

353 calories

Lunch:

Grilled chicken salad

341 calories

Dinner:

Grilled chicken

Green beans and mushrooms

Earth balance (on green beans)

250 calories

Snacks/dessert:

Banana

Mango

5oz of froyo

325 calories

I drank about 10 glasses of water.

This is a total of 1, 269 calories which I am short by 100 and something to reach 1,400. But I was satisfied. I was not hungry and I sure was not going to shove food down my throat just to meet calories, noooooo thanks.

Are you on lifestyle change? what is working for you?

OH MY GOSH....I almost forgot! I am not drinking caffeine anymore. It's been 2 weeks and going strong. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What it's really like to be on a juice cleanse;

 
Whoever says juicing gives you a TON of energy, bright skin, and leaves you feeling like you own the world....lied. They LIED!
 
Day 3 and last day of the cleanse was actually not bad at all. I was hallucinating about different breakfast options all day and would salivate at the sound of any food word, but it was good. No headaches, no hunger, and I did not feel like sleeping all day. I could still smell almost anything within a mile radius though. Overall, it was good! Here is what was bad or what did not go as planned: I did not drink all of my juices. I couldn't get myself too! the smell of the green juice made me want to puke! (I did drink the green one). The beet one? forget it, I didn't even go near it. I drank water instead. If the beet juice was the only thing left in the world to eat/drink I would starve. That's how bad it was....
On the morning of day 4, (juice cleanse DONE day), we slept in till about 10AM. We then made egg white scrambles and indulged. I know, you're not to supposed to eat egg whites as your first meal back but who cares, we dreamed about this meal. It had a ton of veggies too. I ate half of mine and was DONE. I got full quickly. I weighed myself that morning and found out I lost close to 8lbs, (don't worry, 3 of those pounds came back). My skin is breaking out, I don't normally have pimples but this morning I have 4-5. Richard too! I guess that's all the toxins coming out. I even worked out on my Spinner bike on day 4, which left me feeling awesome! but I still am not a morning person....people promised that after the juice cleanse I would be a morning person with a ton of energy and I am not. I still drag myself out of bed every single morning....maybe I need to try something else.
 
So, what now?
 
I am going to continue eating as "clean" as possible. I haven't had any grains, sugar, COFFEE, and anything that comes packaged. For exercise, I ride my spinner bike for 30minutes while watching a show on the laptop. It makes time fly by, and I get off the bike sweating like a hog. I want to incorporate some weights and other exercises but I will figure that out later.
 
Recipe for the glorious pancakes above?
 
2 bananas, cinnamon, almond butter, egg whites, almond flour, and almond milk.
 
mix
 
heat like a pancake!
 
TADA.
 
xoxo
 
Yessenia

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day Two Cleanse, Thoughts:

Day Two, I hate you.


In that sentence, hate would be an understatement.

A little back info:
I suffer from REALLY bad migraines. I was hospitalized 7 years ago for a bad migraine attack that was diagnosed as a mild stroke and Bel's palsy. I haven't had any other hospitalizations since, but I do take vicodin when these bad attacks hit. With a migraine attack, I get nauseous, I am sensitive to light, I am sensitive to audio, I want to throw up, any scent irritates the migraine even more...it is bad! Whenever I get a bad one, I pop in a vicodin and go to sleep, I wake up refreshed and new. Now, this isn't by any means healthy and I don't really have any more of those happy pills. Since I am giving my body a break, taking a vicodin during a cleanse was out of the question, plus: I don't have anymore. I had to choose natural remedies and I am so glad that they worked a bit or else I would have been in the hospital.

Here is how the day played out:

9AM-12PM: I was shivering! I never get cold....I am always hot. I like the cold. My boss put the thermostat to 74 and I was still cold. Other then being cold I was REALLY sleepy. So sleepy I would throw my head back on my office chair and close my eyes for a few moments.

12PM-3PM: I did not want to have anymore juice. I would rather not eat anything at all. I am aware of my migraine symptoms and nausea is usually what comes before anything else. I took a sip of my green juice and almost puked. I actually gagged. Since I was at work I couldn't lay down to take a nap. **note to self: do this on the weekend! I drank a lot of water, peed every 20 minutes, and felt like a train had ran over my head.

3PM-5PM: I contemplated going home, I couldn't take the sleepiness and the headache. I knew I couldn't take Tylenol or other pain medication so I had to ride it out. It was horrible. My vision started to blur, all audio would make my head thump more, and I really wanted to lay down. I didn't even look at my other juices, I was SO done. I wanted to quit. I could smell EVERYTHING. I could have swore my coworker was having bread and butter. Later I asked and she said she had a salad....how did I smell bread and butter?


5PM-6PM: Finally, it was time to go home. My head was throbbing all the way home. My mouth was salivating (throwing up symptoms) and I wanted to pull over on the side of the freeway and take a long nap. Once I got home, I kept the lights off and turned on a candle in the bathroom. I took the hottest shower known to man. The hot water felt amazing hitting the side of my head where the migraine was. After I was done showering, I wrapped my hair really tight (the pressure feels good when I get a migraine), and laid down. I fell asleep instantly. When Richard got home from work he hugged me and told me this would be over soon, then he brought me the most magical gift on the entire planet: 1 saltine cracker and 3 tiny pretzel sticks. I didn't even breathe as I scarfed them down. GLORY, it was the best tasting cracker I have ever tasted. It was delicious, fulfilling, all the great things under the sun. I ate my feast and went to sleep.


8PM-9PM: I woke up later to find Richard in the kitchen juicing. I asked him if he had any symptoms and he said he was just hungry. I wanted to throw a cucumber at him. Life is not fair. I went back to sleep around 9:30PM.

I woke up this morning and felt GREAT. Which usually happens after a massive migraine. I decided to step on the scale and see what was going on. 3lbs down. I realize that 3lbs in 2 days is not normal and not healthy. But this is a cleanse and I am sure those 3lbs were all water and bowel movements.

I am now on DAY 3 and to be honest I am afraid to drink any juices because I don't want a migraine to come back. I am currently drinking water. I already drank 750ml. Water is so good! My mouth is dry and it has a nasty taste, my skin does feel a lot brighter and clear and overall I feel good today. We will see how the rest of the day plays out (knock on wood).

***photos taken with my iphone.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

DIY blueprint juice cleanse


 
Happy New Year! What are your resolutions? Each year I write mine down and every year I forget or fail at each one. I just have to wake up....I will never be a morning person. Anyway, my top new years resolution is prepare my uterus for conception. No, I am not kidding. My current state? Gosh, I don't even know how I am living really. I feel it completely too! bloated, crampy, sleepy, cranky....but cheese & fries taste so good! life is not fair. My main purpose for this cleanse is to clean out my body...well whatever can come out because I know I have a lot of waffles glued to the walls of my intestines. My love handle would agree. I also want to break my sugar/coffee obsession. Life is not fair and in my happy world vitamins would be in the form of chocolate. 
 
Anyway, enough complaining. To start the New Year, Richard and I decided to do a 3-Day cleanse. I've done about 3 other cleanses before two of them were this brand and the other was Herbalife. Both worked well, but the TOTAL BODY CLEANSE made me feel constipated...TMI. This is Richard's first time doing a cleanse and it was actually his idea.
 
We decided to do a juice cleanse this time around. Yes, that is ONLY juice for however long you want. We chose 3 days. The way we've been eating we probably should do 30 days. I researched a few juice cleanses and blueprint cleanse was the one I wanted to do. Well, it turned out that it was going to cost us way too much to do the renovation cleanse. It is 6 juices a day for 3 days, that's 18 juices x 2 for both of us is 36! We don't have over $400 dollars to spend for 3 days. So I went to work! I thought...well I have a nutribullet.....can't we just do the juices ourselves? Well after much internet digging I found this site. YES! SCORE! all of the recipes!
 
We headed to the grocery store (Sprouts Farmer's Market) and bought all the stuff we needed. We spent $90 on everything. That comes out to $2.50 cents per juice. That is one heck of a deal if you ask me!
 
Now, I don't want Blueprint to get mad at me for doing this myself. So, if you are interested in this cleanse and you have the extra cash to spare, I would buy the juices directly from them. Juicing takes A LOT of time. It took us 6 hours to do 24 juices. Our kitchen was a mess....I got beet juice all over my clothes...it was a challenge we were willing to pay so that we didn't have to buy the juices directly.
 
You will need:
 
3 celery bunches
 
4 bunches of romaine lettuce
 
 36 Fuji apples (recipe says granny but those were more expensive)
 
 8 cucumbers (the long kind)
 
 4 bunches of kale
 
1 bunch of parsley
 
3 bags of spinach
 
2 pineapples
 
1 mint leaves (we bought a whole plant for $2.50)
 
10 large lemons
 
2 pounds of cashews
 
cayenne pepper
 
10 large beets (with the stem intact)
 
1 ginger root
 
agave syrup
 
cinnamon
 
strainer
 
36 water bottles
 
The system has 5 different juices one of them you take 2 times a day. The green one.....I hate you green juice. :)
 
Here are the recipes for each one! Taken from here.
 

GREEN JUICE

The first juice of the day is the Green Juice. This is six pounds of leafy wonder packed into this powerful selection of celery, cucumber, green apple, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine and spinach. This is easily replicated like the other juices as well.
For the same 16 ounces, gather organically-grown:
  • 5 Ribs of Celery
  • 1 Cucumber, Halved
  • 2 Large Green Apples of Your Choice *I used Fuji
  • 3 Kale leafs
  • 1 Ounce of Lemon juice
  • 1 Handful of Parsley
  • 3 Romaine leafs
  • 1 Handful of Spinach (Don’t be shy. It doesn’t bite.)
Just blend the ingredients together with a bit of water. This is to aid in loosening everything together, but not to change the consistency. When draining the mixture, use the pouch to catch the fiber, as we are only interested in the juice part. Make sure you press out all the juice. Fill that glass!

P.A.M.

The next juice in the series is P.A.M or Pineapple, Apple and Mint. This is a great combination of flavors: light and just the right amount of sweetness. This is one that is hard not to chug it down all at once.
With the simple list of ingredients, it’s just a matter or getting the right measure correct. I’ve found luck with using about:
  • A Third of 1 Pineapple
  • 2 Large Green Apples of Your Choice
  • A few pinches of Mint, to taste
One thing to consider with mint is it’s a strong flavor, and can easily overpower the other two ingredients, so it’s important to start off with a little bit and then add in more depending on how much you want.

Spicy Lemonade

The Spicy Lemonade might at first seem like at bad flashback for anyone who’s tried to stick with the Master Cleanse diet, which really makes you drink lemonade all-day-long. But with the BluePrint Cleanse, this is everything you love about lemonade with a slight kick. They’ve paired cayenne pepper and agave nicely together for a great drink.
  • 14 ounces of Filtered Water
  • 3-4 juiced medium Lemons
  • A few Dashes of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar
If you don’t have a jar of agave nectar in the cupboard, don’t fret it. You can substitute it with honey. The agave will yield a sweeter batch that the honey just can’t match.

C.A.R.

C.A.R. is the acronym for apple, beet, carrot, ginger and lemon. To get this simply mix:
  • 1 Green Apple of Your Choice
  • 2 Beet, with the greens left on
  • 3 Large Carrots
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon of Ginger
  • A 1/2 ounce of Lemon Juice (to taste)

CASHEW MILK

Oh, nuts!
Crafting this excellent source of fat and protein takes a bit longer than the rest, and requires a bit of planning. You’ll want to soak them in water for about eight hours. ****I did not soak mine and they still came out delish!

Here’s a great method for making your own cashew milk
  • 4-5 ounces of Raw Cashews
  • 16 ounces of Filtered water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 two-inch piece of Vanilla Bean (or 1 teaspoon of extract)
My favorite juice is the cashew milk. Hands down. The green one is my least favorite, its nasty...I drink it with a straw so it can go by faster. I also enjoy PAM, it feels like I am drinking a mojito.


Here is a recap of my thoughts on DAY 1:

We woke up late...12PM!! we went to bed at 4AM the night before so we were drained. I felt great throughout the day. Everything was going well....peeing every 30 minutes as expected. Then around 10PM I got a massive, pounding, throbbing headache! I went to bed and fell asleep at around 11PM. I dreamed of juicing, really I did....and I woke up twice to pee. My alarm rang at 7AM and I went back to sleep. I could NOT wake up. I was SO SO SO SO tired. They lied to me when they said this cleanse would give me energy...liars. I am also really cold...so cold my fingers are numb as I type this. I guess what is happening is that my body is detoxing and with detoxing comes uncomfortable feelings. I am still not hungry, but if you put chili cheese fries in front of me.....I would definitely eat them with no hesitation. I just had my green juice for day 2 and I can't wait for juice 4 (PAM) and the cashew milk. On my way out this morning I swore I could smell pancakes and syrup. I was licking the air and trying to exhale as much of the scent as I could. Oh the struggle.

I will recap on day 2 tomorrow but so far its 10AM and I want to curl up and take a nap.