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chocolate peanut butter chia pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding


Well chia seeds certainly got popular out of nowhere. Gone are the days when they are just displayed around silly pottery faces. These little seeds are quite the little powerhouse of nutrition providing fiber, antioxidants & heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. I decided to hop on the bandwagon to see what all the to do was about. Honestly I wasn’t floored by them at first but they grew on me once I started making the pudding. Well chia pudding is super simple to make. You just mix 3 tbsp of the seeds per cup of liquid, stir a few times and watch them expand to form a gelatinous pudding (especially if the liquid is creamy). If you use a milk (or nut milk) you will have to add a sweetener. I like to use vanilla almond milk because it is already lightly sweet. I can eat the stuff like it’s going out of style. Really. Who would have thought that I could have gotten so much gratification out of my life if I had stolen my friends grandmother’s plant and put the seeds in almond milk. The pudding will put you in the mind of tapioca pudding because it has a somewhat similar consistency. Trust me it is good stuff. Also be on the lookout for that fiber. It WILL clean your clock, and by clock I mean bowels. I feel like mine must have been sparkling shortly after. (TMI?) Anyway, here’s the recipe for this masterpiece

6 tbsp of chia seeds to your chocolate milk & let it sit for a minute. Stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes & stir again. Let it sit for 10 minutes and stir again.
Place container in the fridge and allow the chia seeds to expand and form the “pudding”.

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FitTea Detox Tea

Review for FitTea All Natural Detox Tea


FitTea approached me to review their product “ FitTea detox tea”. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it at first because I was on a fitness challenge on my Youtube channel and I wanted any progress that I made to be only from my exercise regimen and diet. I was, however, able to squeeze it in for about a week and that’s why you’re seeing this review. Yay for pointing out the obvious!

Well first off it comes in 2 sizes. There’s the 14 day detox and the 28 day detox. I only used the product for 7 days though. Secondly this is loose leaf tea so it’s not in a teabag. You will have to purchase a tiny mesh tea strainer like the one pictured. Not for nothing though, the tea ball made me feel really classy, like I was having tea time in England. Lol. The ingredients are pretty primo. No junk in there really except for the corn (not that corn is junk but you know what I mean). Honestly I have no idea why there would be corn in tea but it’s there. I actually saw a full kernel! Anyway, the other ingredients are cool. Ingredients: Oolong Wu Yi, organic rooibos, ginger (yum), pomegranate, guarana, birch, stevia, corn (for enhanced flavor and aroma) and honey powder. See all good stuff. Well FitTea claims to detox, boost your metabolism, suppress your appetite and also to give you energy without jitters. A lot of it is caffeine type ingredients to give you a bit of a jolt- and that’s what it did for me. I was expecting to have to be very near a toilet all day, everyday but it didn’t have that kind of detoxing effect on me.

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Low Fat Deviled Eggs with No Mayo


Deviled eggs are a favorite at summer time bbqs and events. They are small, portable, easy to make, easy to fit in the mouth, and let’s face it~ they are freaking delish! The pitfall is that, it is not particularly a low calorie or low fat food, which can be an issue for those of us that are counting calories (damn you myfitnesspal!). An egg has about 60-75 calories each and mayo is about 100 calories per tablespoon. That can lead to some serious calorie intake when you start tossing back these little devils, pun intended. This is not including any other specialty ingredients that you might add like bacon (Yum) or the basic relish. So it seems that low fat deviled eggs aren’t a thing that can actually happen right?

Well my hubby makes me deviled eggs for breakfast because eating scrambled eggs everyday was a complete and utter bore. I love deviled eggs and I don’t even care about the calories most times but when I tried to get back into myfitnesspal I decided to ask him how much mayo he used in the egg yolk filling. He has an aversion to using a measured spoon and always wants to just use regular spoons in the kitchen, even though I tell him they are not accurate for measuring. To make a long nagging session short, he basically gave me a puzzled look. He said “Mayo??” Now I was puzzled. “Yeah mayo! Deviled eggs at its very most basic level is boiled eggs with mayo. You can’t make deviled eggs without mayo”.

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Do I Need 6 Meals per Day?


6 Meals per day or Nah?

Being a fitness enthusiast has allowed me to be privy to a lot of commonly touted info about weight loss and healthy eating. This theory that you need to eat 5-6 meals per day is something that I have heard repeatedly, but is it true? Do you really need to eat this often per day to be healthy? I’m gonna go with nah. Throughout history people have been getting by with the same old 3 meals. Hasn’t science proven that people used to be healthier? Cancer and metabolic disorders have only been increasing as people try to find different ways of eating. Why change a good thing? Well it’s because some have said that it is an improvement over the traditional 3 a day. It is believed that you can increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories so, of course, many people want this because it would in turn mean that they are losing weight right?

Where did this belief come from?

There has been info passed around the fitness community about more meals helping to keep your metabolism going all day. This in turn is supposed to make people more lean and fit. But why?

There's no difference in caloric burn between eating 1 or 6 meals per day!

There’s no difference in caloric burn from eating more often!

Why would people suddenly need to eat every 2-3 hours to survive or for optimum metabolism? They don’t. Our ancestors did not eat that frequently thus our bodies don’t require it to work optimally. There are studies that suggest that eating MORE food leads to more oxidative stress within the body. These studies also say that intermittent fasting is actually more healthy and burns more calories than frequent eating.(2, 3) Oxidation leads to cancer, so is producing oxidation throughout the whole day optimal? It doesn’t seem so. There has also been more recent research that says that there is no metabolic enhancement to eating more meals per day. It is more about the amount of calories eaten per day, so the way you split them up has little to do with enhancing fitness or “calorie burning”. That’s to say that if you eat once a day it is no different than eating your calories all throughout the day.1 Also personally I think I can regulate my meals and not overeat if I have fewer meals (and meal preps) to do. It’s so mundane and inconvenient, especially if eating the same meal several times a day…for the whole week. I’ve never wanted to eat that often unless it was junk food. 😈 How often do you eat? Did this article show you something you didn’t know? Let me know in the comments.

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Sugar Free Coffee or Tea Replacement


I have recently been having some issues with sugar and metabolizing it and I can tell that it’s time for me to really start trying to limit my intake for my health. One of my biggest issues is finding something besides water to drink.

My morning tea is sugar free and naturally sweet!

My morning tea is sugar free and naturally sweet!

I mean I know that water is good for you and all that but, come on. Sometimes you gotta get away from the bland stuff. I do drink water but I find it so boring. I have tried matcha green tea, acv tonic, and even thought about bullet proof coffee but I couldn’t do any of those without sugar. With my sweet tooth it winds up being a LOT of sugar too. Morning time beverages just scream for a good sweetening. Now I don’t believe in artificial sweeteners and stevia is ultra bitter to me. Honestly how can people stomach it? Anyway, I found a great tea about 5 years ago that I loved and I used to drink it with vanilla coffee creamer and it was awesome. Well one day, there was no creamer and I didn’t know what to do. I decided to try it without sugar, feeling certain that I would have to flinch in disgust as I spit it out on the floor at work.

Naturally Sweet Good Earth Tea doesn't need sugar

Naturally Sweet Good Earth Tea doesn’t need sugar

To my surprise that was not the case. I found that the tea, straight from a tea bag, is already sweet. It never needed the creamer. It was so tasty and delicious all by itself. I couldn’t believe it. I had never ever enjoyed a breakfast beverage without sugar before.
Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Tea has a sweet warm cinnamon-y flavor that you’ll love if you like cinnamon. When I went back to find it I found that they had completely different labeling but the same deliciously sweet flavor. I also saw that the tea came in the original herbal tea formula as well as an Herbal & Black Tea version for a caffeine boost. I like to switch between the two because too much caffeine makes my eyelids twitch. Did I mention this stuff can be addictive? It’s so good. Alright I’ve sung the praises of this tea long enough. Have you ever tried any of the Good Earth teas? Have you tried this original flavor? Do you like the cinnamony deliciousness? Let me know your favorite sugar free coffee or tea replacement.

Want to give this tea a try? Find it here-> Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea or
Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Herbal & Black Tea

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