• Foodie Friday | Banana Smoothie Muffins

    TGIFF…Thank goodness it’s Foodie Friday!

    Let’s talk breakfast. Breakfast has been long touted as the “most important meal of the day,” but how many of us ACTUALLY eat breakfast? (No, your coffee doesn’t count.)

    Personally, I have never been a regular breakfast eater – unless it is Sunday pancakes and bacon and eggs and toast and fruit and more pancakes. On the regs, I just have never started my day with a “real” breakfast. As someone who works out in the morning, I am one of those who DEFINITELY cannot eat anything substantial and attempt to do anything that resembles exercise *insert queasy green emoji here. I am always on the lookout for an “on the go” option that isn’t a McSomething or other. So when I came across these Banana Smoothie Muffins on PopSugar, I knew it was a must try!

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    INGREDIENTS

    3 ripe bananas
    2 cups packed baby spinach
    8 strawberries
    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1/4 cup canola oil
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    DIRECTIONS
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Puree the bananas, spinach, and strawberries in a blender. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, sugar, egg, oil, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the smoothie mixture into the bowl and mix well. Put paper or silicone muffin cups in a muffin pan. Spoon the batter, filling each cup about three quarters full. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool on a rack and enjoy!

    I will start by saying I got WAY more than 14 muffins (which was stated in the original recipe) out of this mix. Not complaining at all because that just means you get more results from your work – but just a note! I filled the muffin cups almost all of the way instead of the suggested 3/4 full and was pleased with the outcome.

    Lookswise, they look like normal run of the mill muffins. You can see the freckles of spinach, but you would NEVER know there is spinach in these when you take your first bite. They are fluffy, spongy, banana-y, and tasted great accompanied by a nice cup of tea. Most important, they didn’t have that oh-my-gosh-i-just-ate-a-buffet-for-breakfast-and-now-all-i-want-to-is-sleep feeling. I think I could get in a breakfast flow with these yummy bites!

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    So whether it’s a change up of your smoothie routine, adding some light flair to start your day, enjoyed as a midday snack, or a post dinner treat yo self, I give these a high five! Tell us what YOU think in the comments!

  • Foodie Friday | Chicken Salad

    I can’t believe it….Less than one week to go before we hit Thanksgiving, also known as “we will be having turkey in some fashion for about five days after.” Where did 2015 go!? Well, that’s another story. Back to the point…I love me some leftovers, but I also like to change it up a bit. Add some flair to the mix. Creativity is key!56748028 We have an awesome team up from Primal Kitchen this week so in honor of the giveaway, this being my newest obsession, AND finding yummy, healthy ways to add fun to leftovers, we are bringing you our twist on a favorite – Chicken Salad! (Since we are pregaming, I opted to use a rotisserie chicken and save the turkey for next week.)

    Ingredients:

    2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (skin removed)
    ½ cup diced celery (optional)
    ½ cup Primal Kitchen Mayo
    2 tablespoons mustard (both yellow and Dijon work – depends on what your taste buds are feeling at the moment)
    1 tsp granulated garlic
    Pinch of paprika
    Pepper to taste

    Directions:

    Combine ingredients in large bowl. Serve it up.

    Really. That’s it. I mean, I GUESS you could clean up or do some dishes but ehhhhh, there’s food to enjoy!

    My favorite ways to eat chicken salad include on a roll, on a leaf of fresh romaine lettuce, or straight out of the bowl. I opted to leave out the celery out of this particular batch and used the lettuce for the crunch factor. Also, because of the delicious hint of avocado taste in the mayo made me crave some, I opted to top mine with fresh avocado slices.

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    And so yeah….we mentioned some giveaway awesomeness, right? To get in on the Thick2Thin/Primal Kitchen giveaway for a chance to win the awesome prize pack, visit Instagram at @thick2thin_apparel and @primalkitchenfoods for more details. Happy Eating – and Entering!

    Big thanks to Primal Kitchen for supplying the mayo for this Foodie Friday!

  • Foodie Friday | Shredded Chicken Burritos

    It’s slow cooker season!! Well, I don’t know about you, but it is always slow cooker season at my house because it is SO DAMN EASY to pop a meal in your slow cooker and have it do all of the work for you!

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    This recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken has been a favorite of mine and was born from a moment years ago of “What the hell….I’ll throw some stuff in and see how it turns out” (aka I live alone and haven’t been to the grocery store and this is what I have kickin’ around the house). Once I tweaked it to my liking, I found that I could use the chicken for so many other things! Hope you are ready because here we go with Shredded Chicken Burritos:

    Ingredients

    • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp chopped onions (fresh or dried)
    • ½ clove garlic
    • 1 16oz jar of salsa (your choice – green, red, hot, mild. Totally depends on your style)

    Optional Toppings

    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Black Beans
    • Avocado

    Directions

    Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place chicken breast in bottom of slow cooker and add pepper, onions, and garlic. Top with salsa. Set slow cooker to low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from slow cooker and place into a large bowl. Shred with fork (or using this awesome life hack shown here) until no large pieces remain. Serve as you like!

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    I made this batch into awesome Shredded Chicken Burritos, but you can make it into a bowl, add it to soup, make Chicken Enchiladas….the list is endless!

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    So if you are in the mood for a super easy, low prep, delicious tasting dinner (because who isn’t), look no further! Leave a comment and tell us what you think or how you served up your batch of awesome!

  • Customer Of The Month | Karen Dominguez

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    Photo Credit – Amanda Kimsey/Crossfit Leesville

    In April 2014, I was 48 years old and diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. 7 months ago, I finished my last radiation treatment – the last phase of an almost year long battle that took me through 16 rounds of chemo, bilateral mastectomies with lymph node removal and 33 radiation treatments. It was the toughest year of my life!

    I am so thankful I am a Crossfitter and have an amazing box that surrounded me with love, support and never treated me like I was ill. I was able to scale my WODs and continue to be active during all of my treatment. Because I had all my lymph nodes removed on one side and radiation on that side, I had issues with my range of motion as well. I have to wear a sleeve with traveling and any exercise. My range of motion has gotten much better – almost 100%! I started swimming as rehab and used strokes where my arms stayed under water, which was a great compression for my arm. With massage and stretching exercises, my range of motion has gotten much better. I’m forcing myself to go slowly with overhead weighted movements, and I’m at the age I listen to my body.

    I’m a lifetime Weight Watchers member – still working on getting to my goal weight (this is a story all it’s own LOL). I’m back to Crossfit 3 times a week and loving every minute of it! I was doing CF a year before diagnosis and instead of seeing all this as a setback, I’m seeing it as a time to really focus on technique and I know I’m so much better at my movements now. I am a work in progress, but I know I am stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually because of my cancer journey. God is so Good!

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    In addition to Karen being our TOTALLY BA Customer of the Month, she was also Crossfit Leesville’s Athlete of the Month AND just participated in Barbells for Boobs, with the event raising over $4000!! To see more amazing pics, check out Crossfit Leesville on Facebook!

    Thank you, Karen, for the honor of sharing your story with the T2T Community!

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    Welcome to THE WEEKLY WRAP-UP, where we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started.

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    LISTEN

    Hello by Adele | Nothing less than AH-MAZING ever comes from Adele and she delivers on that with the release of Hello. As Mic states, “Taking “Hello” as a song addressed to herself, these lines become about a woman looking to rediscover who she is after years of not knowing.” Just don’t listen to this at the gym unless you want to cry all the tears. Team T2T are HUGE Adele fans, so we cannot wait for this album release!

    WATCH

    It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown | This is brought to you by pure nostalgia! There is something about curling up with your Snuggie watching fun movies from your childhood.

    READ

    10 Things Every Person Should Know About Breast Cancer | Yahoo Health partnered with Bright Pink, an organization that aims to educate women on their breast and ovarian health, to share some must-know facts about breast cancer. Share it with your friends and family, and possibly save a life! We love Bright Pink and are proud sponsors of the Girls Gone RX Competition Series benefitting Bright Pink!

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    Holiday Cheer White Sangria | Typically, sangria is a drink synonymous with summer splendor. However, the addition of apple cider and cranberries turns this summer sip into a crisp Fall treat. Anything else you would add?

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    Primal Mayo | One word: omgthisissodeliciousiwanttoputmayooneverything. Ok, that MIGHT be more than one word, but trust that it is amazeballs. It has magic powers and can turn tuna or chicken salad into immediate awesomeness (some assembly required).

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  • Guest Blog | Susan Bodiker | What's In Your Gym Bag?

    There’s the obvious, of course—your hip and happening From Thick to Thin gear, shoes or sticky socks, water bottle, healthy snacks, your favorite music download. But are you carrying some other, less welcome baggage? You know, the self-defeating lines we feed ourselves: The “I’m too fat…too old…out of shape…not good enough…not coordinated enough” to do this routine, wear these clothes, hold this pose…One. More. Minute.”

    It’s a short walk from the self-defeatist messages we tell ourselves in the gym to the posture we automatically adopt when confronted with a new challenge or situation that takes us out of our comfort zone at work, say, or with friends. When we go along with others’ plans because we don’t think our own are worth satisfying. Or support others’ goals at the expense of our own because we don’t think we’re important enough.

    Your body hears everything your mind thinks. The hurtful things you say to yourself leave scars that restrict you from going after what you can do and what you deserve. They make you feel bad about yourself, your body or your capabilities by reinforcing your worst fears or opinions (which are very often wrong). Holding you prisoner in a jail of your own making.

    How to escape? Don’t let those negative messages go unanswered. Deconstruct what triggers them and whether or not there’s truth in what you say to yourself. If there is, figure out what you could do to overcome the problem. If the story isn’t true, work on ways to mute the default thinking that leads to self-sabotaging behaviors. If you’re going to tell a story about yourself, make sure it has a happy outcome!

    So next time you prep for the gym, pack some positive mantras along with your equipment. You’ll be amazed at the benefits you begin to see in your body and your state of mind.

     


     

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    Susan Bodiker founded One Girl Wellness to help girls and women overcome the image disorders that eat away at their self-esteem and keep them from engaging confidently in their world. She has recently published a e-book, “Fat Girl: how to let go of your weight and get on with your life.”  

    Check out One Girl Wellness on Facebook

     

  • Foodie Friday | Breakfast Cookies

    Confession: I don’t eat breakfast.

    Well, let me clarify. I don’t eat breakfast unless it’s a giant waffle with caverns full of buttery warm syrup and maybe accompanied by some fresh fruit and a mimosa (the mimosa is not a maybe). Not gonna lie…it’s delish. But that’s a treat yoself meal. I couldn’t eat like that everyday. Everyday can’t be a holiday!

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    However, on the regs, I don’t eat breakfast. I know it’s the most important meal of the day and it sets you off right and blah blah. My brain KNOWS this knowledge. But my brain and my stomach…let’s just say that they don’t see eye to eye on a LOT of things. I’ve tried smoothies, but I’m not a fan. I’m not even down with milkshakes – I know. I get that eyebrow a lot. Drinking my breakfast is not my thing. Water, coffee, and tea are it for me. Oatmeal? Blah. Eggs? Yes. I can do eggs/egg whites. But eating eggs every.single.day. Booooooooring.

    Long story short, I am REALLY trying to get in the breakfast groove. Not just for me, but for my son. When your 2 year old asks for coffee for breakfast – yeah, that one slams the point home. So in one of my “I really should be doing insert boring chore here, but hey Pinterest is way more fun!” moments, I stumbled upon….wait for it. BREAKFAST COOKIES! How can you go wrong with a cookie…for breakfast????

    Being that I workout in the morning, I’m not into having a huge meal to start my day. Running and jumping whilst full is a recipe for disaster (at least for me, anyhow). But it would be nice to have something to quell the hangry beast that lives inside. So here we go with Healthy Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies:

    Ingredients

    • 1 large banana, mashed
    • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
    • ¼ cup Truvia Baking Blend (or ½ cup sugar)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • ½ cup whole wheat flour
    • ¼ cup fat-free milk
    • ¼ tsp. baking soda
    • ½ cup raisins (I’m not a fan of raisins, but I tried it in half of the recipe for the sake of staying true. The other half, I added ½ cup of dark chocolate chips. I went there. Gotta keep it 100.)

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, smash banana with a fork. Add in peanut butter and mix together. Continue adding the Truvia (or sugar), vanilla, oats, cinnamon, flour, milk, baking soda, and raisins/chocolate chips. Lightly mix until blended.
    • Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Smoosh until slightly round (smoosh is a technical term).
    • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to rack to cool. Store all leftovers in an airtight container.

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    So that’s it. Not too shabby and great for on the go or when you need something to satisfy that sweet tooth! I normally am NOT a fan of raisins, but I have to say they were surprisingly good in this combo.

    What do you think? Are these your thing or do you have a great breakfast idea you’d like to share? 

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  • The Weekly Wrap-Up | 05

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    Welcome to THE WEEKLY WRAP-UP, a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started.

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  • Guest Blog | Carin McCoy | Me Against Myself

    I put off exercise for a long time. A looooooong time. I’m talking like when dinosaurs roamed. Then, Bam! 5 years ago, I had two beautiful kids and I decided I wanted to show them more of me. More of what I as their mum could achieve & hopefully show them the endless possibilities they had within themselves as well.

    The main reason I’d never had a go was pretty superficial & even shallow. But, like most of us, ultimately ran much deeper.  I would rock up to the gym and scan the room. Was I the biggest? Was I the slowest? Was I lifting heavy enough? Was I running fast enough?  Man, in the end the only thing getting a workout was my overactive brain! When I stopped and thought about it, Me VS Me was and had always been my biggest fight.

    photo-2Most of us compare. I guess, to an extent, it is human nature. If used positively, it can give us that little edge to push ourselves harder and really give it all we have got. The problem occurs when it stops you in your tracks and stops you from having go, from picking up that weight, running in that event & basically just living a life.  We are so hard on ourselves – our own worst critics. I’m not sure about you guys but when I’m sweating my guts out, grunting and, lets face it, at times swearing at my poor trainer…the last thing I am capable of doing is checking out what the guy next to me is lifting, what pace he is running (OK, OK! I lie a little…I may be checking out certain things at times…haha!) You get my drift though! The moment we all realise that ultimately it comes down to “ME AGAINST MYSELF,” the harder we will push, the fiercer we will train and the healthier we will all become.

    Competing against the person next to you is not doing you any service. Really, when you think about the limited time you have to exercise, ain’t nobody got time for that! I’m focusing on using all that energy (which let’s face, it some days there isn’t much of it! 😉 ) to kick some ass when I’m working out – and hell, we need to be comfortable in ourselves when we do just that!

    So how am I working on this? A training journal is helping me keep track of my own individual progress. It not only keeps me accountable, but it reminds me right there in print the progress I have made, my own individual goals and dreams. Note I said, ‘my own,’ not that of the other people at the gym.

    Today I will shift the focus from what MY body looks like to what MY body can do.


     

    photoCarin is a proud half marathoner & triathlete, who is a strong believer and advocate for the body positive movement. She believes everyBODY should have the right to unleash their inner athlete & feel the thrill of smashing a goal.

    You can follow Carin’s blog at www.edsrunfree.wordpress.com
    Or Instagram @edsrunfree

  • Foodie Friday | Paleo Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

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    Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday!

    Since it has been approximately 91,000 degrees where I live, it’s hard to believe that Fall is around the corner. But sure enough, I was in my local craft store earlier this week and found myself surrounded by pumpkins, witches, and faux fall foliage. I will always agree that August is a little too early to begin putting out Halloween and Thanksgiving; however, there is one thing that I’m never sad to see – pumpkin flavored everything.

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