Chocolate PB Chia Pudding

A few weeks ago I started a new meal plan with Gauge Girl Training.  I have been in a slump and I wanted to change things up a bit with my eating.  I was always feeling hungry and my body fat was creeping up.  It may have had something to do with the fact that I LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut butter.   So I heard about the custom meal plans with Gauge Girl Training, so I thought I would give it a try.  I got my meal plan and I noticed there were a lot of protein shakes on it.  I do get a bit tired of the plain old protein shake, so I tried a new twist on my protein shakes.  I made it into a protein chia pudding and now I am addicted.  So I wanted to share my recipe with you.  I eat it as post workout breakfast or in the evening for a little dessert treat.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Chia Pudding (serves 1)

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can use any milk here)

2 Tablespoons PB2 or other powdered peanut butter

1 scoop or 1 serving of chocolate protein powder (I use the chocolate flavored Orgain)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  I like to leave mine in longer.  Enjoy!

Here is the nutrition breakdown based on my recipe:

Calories 270, Fat 9.2 grams, Carbs 24.5

*Note:  I have tried this with a whey isolate protein powder as well and it was a bit runny, so you may need to adjust your milk ratio a bit and use less if you have a different type of protein powder.  It still tasted great!  FullSizeRender

30 Minute Insane Bootcamp

Happy Monday.  I have not been posting as much last week because I have had some major sleep trouble.  I don’t know what is going on but I am so tired.  I can fall asleep fine, but wake up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep.  I have tried all types of remedies meditation, calms forte, essential oils….you name it I have tried it.  So I am hoping to start this week off better.  If anyone has any ideas that are natural and help with sleep I would love to hear from you.  Tomorrow morning is going to come very early.  This time change throws me off.  So my 5:o0 AM boot
camp class has to be ready to go and get the blood flowing.  We are going to do a weights and cardio workout.  The workout will start off with a 2-3 minute dynamic warm up and then we will complete cardio and weights for 30 seconds no breaks unless they are needed.  We will repeat it 3 times or more if we have enough time.  Here is what I am planning for Thursday.  I hope you guys have a great week!

Dirty 30 1

Interval Workout

Today’s workout was a fun but tough one.  We all left class feeling very sweaty and accomplished.  Here is what we did today:

Warm Up (perform each exercise for 30 seconds)

  • Jog
  • Jack
  • But Kickers
  • Scissors
  • Walk Out’s
  • Toe Touches/Frankenstein

Interval Workout:  For this portion of the workout you will need a set of dumbells, a mat, towel and some water.

Perform each exercise 1 time through in the following times.  1st time 60 seconds each 2nd time through 45 seconds each, 3rd time through 30 seconds each and final time through will be 20 seconds each.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Goblet Squat (using dumbbell or kettle bell)
  • Burpees
  • Sumo Swings
  • Mt.Climbers
  • Alternating Side Lunges
  • Plank Hops (in plank position hop feet in to hands and out)
  • Shoulder Press
  • Downward Dog with A Kick High

Finish with some ab work:  Crunches, Side Planks, Scissors, Bicycles

Cool Down and Stretch

Spiritual Strength

I hope you all are having an amazing Sunday.  It’s a bit rainy and gloomy here.  Last week was pretty nice.  I have major spring fever.  Since I am constantly trying to work on my spiritual strength along with my physical and mental strength I thought I would share a bit from our message today at church.   I am constantly planning out my workouts, my meals, and my lesson plans for school, but sometimes planning to work on my spiritual strength gets pushed to the back burner.  So my goal for March as we head into Easter is to plan out time to spend reading the Bible and writing in my journal.  In my church service today our pastor Keith said a few things that really stuck with me.  Here they are:

  • Even when you don’t understand.  God can be trusted.God can be trusted
  • Even when all hope is gone.  God can work miracles.
  • It takes a mess to make a miracle
  • God is always on time.
  • God still brings life.

These are some things I pan to think about as we start a new week.  If you would like to watch the message here is a link to the the service:

http://www.rockharbor.tv/sermons

Last week’s message is also on the site and it is very powerful.  I encourage all of you to watch it too.  Have a great week!

Sport Cookies

I have a major sweet tooth!  I love baked goodies, but I don’t make them or I would eat them all.  So my mom always comes up with healthy alternatives for me.  I think these are super tasty and would make a great treat or snack for your kids lunch box.  You could even eat them before your long run or a workout.  The recipe is below.  Have a great weekend!

Sport Cookies

  • 3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
  • 1 cup chopped datessport cookies
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 TBS hemp seeds
  • 14 chopped prunes (you could sub another dried fruit)
  • 10 chopped dried apricots
  • 2 TBS melted coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 degrees for 18 min.  The recipe makes 30 cookies about 2 tbs per cookie.  Approximately 98 calories per cookie (I entered the recipe in my fitness pal).

Hill Repeats

Today I started my new training plan for the Sawtooth Relay,  Idaho’s most famous race which is in the beginning of June.  I have a love-hate relationship with hills.  I love them when I am done and hate them while I am running.  Hill repeats are good to incorporate into your training schedule for a variety of different reasons.  It can improve your endurance, power, speed, and helps with your overall strength.  Since my upcoming relay is a hilly run I want to make sure I am ready for it.  Today a group of friends and I got together to run some hill repeats.  We killed it!  Running with friends makes even hills fun!

Here is what we did today:

Warm Up:  1 mile easy
Hill Repeats:  5 x (run up the hill pushing yourself and jog down or walk down).  We had a long hill.
1 Mile Run at a comfortable pace
Cool Down (walk) and Stretching

Here is a link to race information. The scenery is beautiful.  http://sawtoothrelay.com/

Below are some pictures from last years relay.

Coming Soon:  My race training plan.