Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Year, New Fitness Gear

Gals it's still January so I think I'm safe with the title. Am I right?! How are those fitness goals shaping up? Anyway...

I'm not going to lie, but I pretty much live in workout gear - See Christmas day photo below. Don't worry I ended up changing later for dinner.

I don't even know why I own a closet full of clothes. It's partly because I workout more than I should admit and partly because I work from home. Which makes it totally appropriate to wear yoga pants to work. And you best believe I do. It's totally worth it to invest in fitness apparel and gear.

Trust me I don't want to rock seethrough pants to the GYM. Here's the thing, I rotate out pants, tanks, and sports bras often. I update my shoe 1-2 times a year and I always spend gift cards on workout clothes.

So where do I shop for fitness gear and apparel? Everywhere. I love Nordstroms for everything Nike and Zella, Lululemon for shorts and sports bras, Athleta for tops, leggings and sports bras and GAP for tanks - I fricking love their tanks! Regarding shoes, I'm a New Balance and Nike girl when it comes to non-CrossFit shoes and typically just seek out the best price.

For gear, well, Amazon is my go-to one-stop shop -- water bottles, food scale, etc.

Without further adieu, here are a few of my tops picks that will work through spring.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Party Peeps! Hope you didn't think I forgot about you! Better late than never and I'm just happy that this shit storm of a week is almost over. It's like everyone remembered what work was now that the holidays are over. Hey, yeah I'm here and I'm sorry it took you weeks to pull it together... OK, rant over, I'm dropping my weekly favorites below. Enjoy.

One of my goals for the new year was to get our grocery budget/spending under control. Why, because for a family of three we were spending way TOO much. The hubs tried to tell me we were spending close to $1,000 a month on food and we rarely eat out! Not sure how that's even possible, but alas he's right and I'm working on spending less without changing the quality of food. Enter in Zaycon. I just heard you can purchase 40lbs of chicken for $.99 a lb! Yeah, now that's a killer deal, like better than Costco. Just make sure to use code 99CENTS when you check out. Run over and place your order HERE today!

My homemade granola, DUH. It's super easy, and affordable because I guarantee you already have everything in your pantry.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yup, be the unicorn in the field of horses.

People I have NorCal Crossfit masters coming up in two weeks! Yes, two weeks. I'm nervous and scared all at the same time. I'm attacking the weekend as mental prep for the open. I can't wait to see where I land this year. Anyway, my favorite pieces this week are these Athleta leggings (Fit tip: size down) and this Zella tank (TTS, slight relaxed). BTW- both are on sale -- you're welcome.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Easy Homemade Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola

Hey friends! I'm sorry if I'm becoming a bit crunchy, but things are just better homemade. It's not always cheaper to make things from scratch, but sometimes it's worth the energy, health benefits and taste. Especially because you have control over the ingredients so ultimately it's better for you, am I right?!

Those of you who follow along on Instagram know I love me some granola. As in, I eat granola every damn day. It's actually one of the first things I enter into the My Fitness Pal app - Granola, Fruit, nonfat Greek Yogurt, and honey to be exact. It's one of my favorite post-dinner snacks. Not only is it filling, but it curbs the munchies and sweet tooth.

Last weekend I was running low on granola and since I had already gone to the store I figured why not just try and make my own. I mean how hard could it really be? After doing a bit of research and taking a quick inventory of my pantry, I came up with this winning combo - Coconut Almond Cranberry. It's not super sweet but has enough flavor and crunch to make this gal very happy -- especially for her first attempt. I know my granola making skills and combinations will only get better from here.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola
Makes 26.5 Servings (serving size is roughly 30g)

4 cups rolls oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup almonds (I used whole, but sliced would work too)
1/2 cups craisins
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Wholesome Blue Agave Syrup
92 g egg whites or egg whites from two large eggs
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 280F. If you want really clumpy granola I've heard you should line a large baking tray with parchment paper - I did not do this. 

Combine all the ingredients, except the egg whites, in a large bowl. Whisk egg whites until foamy - then combine with other blended ingredients. 

Spread granola on greased/lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden. Do not stir, just let it bake. 

Check at about 35 minutes. Then turn the oven off, open the oven door open a bit, and let the granola cool 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let it continue to cool. Once cool, break into clusters. 

Store in an airtight container.

Inquiring minds want to know...

1.) Do you eat granola? 
2.) Have you ever made your own? 
3.) What combo would you like to see next?

From my IG stories a few days ago.