Healthy Breakfast Banana Nut Bread

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Hi guys! I am going to keep today short and sweet. 

If you guys have seen this post, then you know that I am a huge fan of Simple Mills. They are a great healthy alternative to some of our most loved dishes. The best part, is that all of their mixes are absolutely delicious and Colton approved!!

The first time I made this dish I was shocked as to how scrumptious it was. I loved it served warm with just a little bit of butter! I plan on making this for family members this year, as well as having a loaf ready at our home Christmas morning. There is nothing better than opening up gifts with Hot Cocoa and something comforting like warm bread. I love the idea of Banana Bread for Christmas morning because it’s not so sweet that it will make your stomach hurt but it still makes your heart just as happy. 

This bread is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Paleo Friendly 🙂

You can find Simple Mills at Whole Foods or you can buy it from Amazon

Ingredients

  • 1 Simple Mills Banana Bread Box 
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 2 TBS Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Crumbled Pecans 

Directions 

  • Preheat Oven to 325 degrees. 
  • In a large bowl, lightly mash the banana. You want it to stay kind of clumpy. Once mashed, at and whisk together the eggs, oil and water. 
  • Add in the Simple Mills mix and pecans. Whisk until well blended. 
  • Pour batter into a lightly greased 8×4 loaf pan. 
  • Bake 30 minutes. Then, loosely cover the pan with foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. 
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing bread from the pan. 

Three more sleeps until Christmas! 

xo,

Lauren

 

A Week In The Life Of BBG

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You’ve read my post on How To Conquer BBG, my BBG Q & A, my review on 2.0 and even my review on 3.0.  Today, you’re going to see exactly what a weeks worth of BBG looks like for me. This has been a very much requested post, so I figured it was time! 

While BBG has its own recommended schedule, in order to not go insane or get burned out, it is important to make the workouts fit into your life, and your own schedule. It’s important to listen to your body and most importantly, to make each workout count. 

Last week, I made sure to track each of my workouts, big or small, so that I could share it with you all! Hey, that rhymed 🙂

Here is what a typical week looks like.

Monday (LEGS): Monday morning I had planned on waking up and doing a long run (I had indulged a little bit too much the night before), but was completely exhausted so I opted for just taking Bentley on his 15 minute walk before getting ready for work. No matter what, I always try and do Leg Day on Monday’s. So for my lunch break, I headed to the gym to complete Week 37 Legs and followed the workout by walking on the treadmill at 4.0 mph for 20 minutes. I do this sometimes to get the lactic acid out of my legs! Days total workout time: 15+38+20= 1 hr & 13 minutes 

Tuesday (LISS): Tuesday morning, I took my little sister to school, so my timing was super cut short and I wasn’t able to take Bentley for his normal walk. Then when I got to work, it ended up being a super busy day, which meant I wasn’t able to do my  normal lunch workout. Needless to say, after sitting all day long, I was rushed home to get my body moving. I ended up running // walking on the treadmill for 1 hr. It consisted of a 10 minute up hill walk at 4.0 mph; a 30 minute run ranging from 5.4 – 7.0 mph; 10 minutes of uphill walking/running intervals; followed by a 10 minute cool down walking on a low incline at 3.8 mph. Days total workout time: 1 hour

Wednesday (ARMS): Wednesday morning, I was feeling really energized and well rested and ended up getting out of bed in time to take Bentley for his 15 minute walk. Because I had an event that evening, I knew that I had to workout during my lunch break. I ended up doing Week 37 Arms and finishing it with doing the stair stepper for 20 minutes. Days total workout time: 15+38+ 20 = 1 hr 13 minutes 

Thursday (ABS): Thursday morning, I am not sure what happened, but I woke up NEEDING to run. So I got out of bed around 5:45 and went for a quick 2 mile run. Then during my lunch break, I really wasn’t feeling doing more cardio, so I did Week 37 Abs followed by 15 minutes on the stair stepper: Days Total Workout Time: 20 + 38 + 15 = 1 hr 13 minutes

Friday (Challenge): Friday morning, we were trying to leave early for Dallas, so I woke up, took Bentley for his 15 minute walk and went straight to my apartments gym. Once again,  I wasn’t feeling doing cardio so I did the 1000 rep, Full Body Challenge. It kicked my tail! Because we were trying to get out of town, I wasn’t able to do any extra cardio. Days Total Workout Time: 15 + 45 = 1 hr

Saturday (LISS) Saturday morning in Dallas, I found a cycling studio so close to our hotel that I was able to walk to it. So I woke up and scheduled myself for their 10:30, 45 minute cycling class. Days Total Workout Time: 45 minutes 

Sunday: Rest Day!

Moral of the story, no day is the same. Sometimes I am feeling it, sometimes I am not. Sometimes my schedule works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Listen to your body, and workout at a time that fits best for you that day. Just make sure you do it! 

xo,

Lauren 

 

 

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Florentine

Oh mah gah. Am I actually doing a dinner recipe?! 

I literally feel like it has been forever. 

When I asked you guys to take a survey on the blog at the beginning of the new year, recipes were your least “wanted” posts. Then when you guys took this survey last week, it was yall’s most requested! 

You guys are so silly – lol. None the less, I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite recipes of the moment with you guys. My bestie, Ann Bowie actually made this for me a few months ago, and it quickly became my new favorite dish. 

It is literally scrumptious. Like so good. 

& it only has like 4 ingredients soooo #winning. 

I love recipes like this because they are so easy to make & it makes a lot of it which is perfect for leftovers! If you follow me on Snapchat (Lauren_smith6), then you saw last night how easy it is to make! 

I’m not exactly sure as to which recipe Ann originally used, but I have been using this one, from Stupid Easy Paleo. When I feel like I have been eating a lot of carbs & dairy, I like to eat straight paleo for a little while. Just to get my body back on track. But don’t let that scare you away! This recipe is absolutely delicious!

The spaghetti squash makes this the perfect low carb – high protein dinner! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large Spaghetti Squash 
  • 16 oz of Chicken Italian Sausage 
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1 White or Yellow Onion (diced) 
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach Leaves 
  • Himalayen Salt (to taste) 

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Using a large knife, split the squash in half longways. Once the squash is split in half, use a spoon to remove the seeds and pulp (just toss it!). Place the halved squash cut-side down on a roasting pan, add 1/2 cup of water to the pan and roast the quash for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • While the squash is cooking, starting preparing to cook the florentine. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and drizzle in a few tablespoons of olive (or coconut) oil. Once heated, crumble in the chicken Italian sausage, garlic and diced onion into the pan. Cook and stir until the sausage is fully cooked and the onion is translucent. This will take about 12 minutes. Right before the chicken is finished cooking, pile the baby spinach on top of the sausage and stir the spinach into the sausage mixture. Set aside until the spaghetti squash finishes cooking. 
  • Once the squash has finished cooking,  pull it out of the oven, and turn them over so they cool a little faster. Once you can handle them comfortably (or if you can manage holding them with an oven mitt), use a fork to scrape with the grain out of the squash. Transfer the strands of squash into the pan with the florentine and mix the two completely using a folding motion. Add sale & pepper to taste. 

Nutrition: Energy: 231 // Fat: 10.7 // Carbs: 14.3 // Fiber: 3.7 // Sugar: 5.6 // Protein: 20 

 

BBG 3.0 Review

Outfit Details: Lulu Lemon top // leggings // shoes // Leazy No-Tie Shoe Laces


As of this week, I will officially be finishing my 36th week of BBG. 36 weeks, wow!!! I literally can’t believe I’ve stuck with it this long. As you guys know, I completed the first 12 weeks twice before starting over from the beginning and going all the way through, up until now. 

BBG is designed for you to grow with, and get stronger with. If you are currently doing BBG, then you know that the workouts pretty much change every four weeks. BBG  3.0 was really hard, I am not going to lie, but I was also properly prepared for it thanks to 1.0 and 2.0. Like there is no way I could have completed it with out doing the first two! 

Here’s What I’ve Taken Away From BBG 3.o

  1. The first thing I noticed about 3.0 is that you no longer do four, seven minute circuits. Instead, you have just have two, 14 minute circuits. This can be good and bad, depending on how you look at it. What is nice, is that you don’t have to go back and fourth from different equipment. What is not so nice, is that you have less breaks. 
  2. Because the workouts are so much harder, I am only able to complete each round 2-3 times as compared to being able to complete them four times in each round.  
  3. You still have three resistance training days (legs, arms, abs) & four cardio days a week. 
  4. There are a lot more common weighted exercised, as compared to before. You’ll need less equipment. I think this is why I liked 3.0 so much! They were workouts I was used to doing. 
  5. Even though the workouts are harder, I am less exhausted after my training. This is because I’ve properly learned how to do each move. I’ve learned how to take each workout step by step, and I’ve learned that it is more important to do each move correctly as compared to just getting it over with. 
  6. Almost every circuit includes some sort of burpee, snap jump or tuck jump, which is probably why my core has gotten so toned. 
  7. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten really strong. Potentially too strong? You could say that. Since completing 3.0, my legs have gotten crazy strong. I love the definition in my arms and my stomach, but I think that my legs are getting a little to stacked for my liking. So next, I am going to work on leaning out my legs by adding in more cardio and yoga. 
  8. Box jumps have officially become my favorite move, which I never thought I would say. 
  9. What I love the most? My core, ya’ll. I’m telling you, I have never really had a core until now and I love it. So while I am looking to lean out my legs, I am not changing a thing when it comes to my arm & ab work outs. 
  10. If I followed her meal plan, I would be so ripped haha. 

Am I going to continue to BBG 4.0? 

Absolutely! But as I mentioned above, I plan on changing // adding a few things. I really miss my basic weight training, so as of now I am going to start working on continuing BBG but also incooperating my own things into it. I’ll keep you all updated in what I change // add!

Can you buy BBG 3.0 or How does is work? 

BBG 3.0 is technically just weeks 25 – 36 on the app. Unlike 1.0 & 2.0, I’m not sure if you can buy the ebook. 

Do I encourage you to try BBG? 

Absolutely! Especially if you are someone who has no idea where to begin & needs guidance, or someone who is in a workout rut and needs a change. You can check it out, here!

Check Out My Other BBG Posts: 

xo,

Lauren