Fabulously Fit Friday

Hey all! So this is the final post for the Fall Fitness Challenge updates I’m going to do because the challenge is over as of this weekend! It’s been so fun having something new to talk about on Fabulously Fit Friday! Let’s do this. 

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First of all…Happy…last day of October! Happy Halloween! Happy day that we scare the crap out of each other, ensuring our kids won’t sleep for weeks because of terror and a sugar high that won’t quit, and we gut goards and sexify every single thing we can think of. Yes! Happy day!

 

It’s the end of the 8 week Frisky Fall Challenge. I can’t believe it’s already over!

  1. Thank you to the brands that sent me goodies! Quest, Vega and Sizzlefish sent me yummy food! And Fabletics sent me some killer leggings and a sports bra and slinky top that I love. I wore the leggings here and then here and I get SO many compliments on them! I wore the sports bra to yoga once but I kinda almost fell out over the top of it and flashed the whole class…so I’ll be choosing moments to wear that one a little more carefully (ie home workouts).
  2. Thank you to my partner in toning crime, Rachel. You’ve done the last two challenges with me and it’s made them the most fun I’ve ever had with fitness. We may be many many miles apart, but knowing you’re dying after the same toning video I did that day just makes me so happy. We’re two peas in a pod. Actually, we’re peas and carrots. Legit.
  3. I have to ask YOU (my readers!!!) have you ever tried Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Workout series? If you’re a workout junkie on IG like me, her stuff is probably always in your feed (those crazy 12 week transformations!). Have you tried her workouts? Is it worth it? Should I do it?!
  4. There are a few really special ladies in the Tone It Up community that have been so supportive of me during these 8 weeks. You know who you are and thank you. All of your comments on my posts in the community, everyone who tried my Protein Pancakes, and those of you who stare at my IG pictures, thank you. It really means a lot to me!
  5. I’m going to keep going! I am going to keep attending more and more yoga classes and following TIU toning videos in the mornings and using the TIU nutrition guide. I’ll keep posting fitness related photos to my TIU instagram and treats and other life stuffs to my main insta.

I am SO excited to treat myself to a new yoga mat! What would you treat yourself to after a big challenge like this?!

I definitely should treat myself to a new hair color and cut (because I haven’t colored since my wedding over a year ago and I miss it) buuuutttt it’s almost Christmas season and I need to spend all of my money on gifts. You’re welcome. But, my Sephora cart is full and it’s almost time for the VIB sale and I am SO ready. 

Cheers! Love ya! [I couldn't decide how to end this post, and since I'm the queen of walking away without saying goodbye...I figured this was a nice compromise. Sorry.]

 

Note: this is not a sponsored post. Links are to sites so you can see what the heck I’m talking about, and then there’s a link to a yoga mat I want on Amazon but I get a kickback from Amazon, but that’s not why I chose that mat. All legit, mmkay? 

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too!  

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OMG OMG so SOOOOOO many things on my mind.

  1. Is it seriously almost Halloween?! This is nuts! Nuts I tell ya!
  2. I had a CRAZY dream last night! My teeth had fallen out! And it was one of those crazy realistic dreams where I couldn’t tell whether it was real or not…waking up was a relief! Um, no teeth?! What does that mean? Well, besides that I’m terrified of my dental appointment I have coming up in November. Oh wait, maybe that’s it.
  3. A friend of mine is going through a crazy, sudden change in her life. I think about her and her situation so often but don’t really know what to do for her because we live so far apart. I guess I just want her to know I’m mentally holding her hand. Le’ sigh. [PS YOU know who you are, if you’re reading this, I love you. And if I’m in your neighborhood within the next few months, I’m taking you for REAL ice cream.]
  4. I ran a 5K for real on Saturday! I swore off running awhile ago to think about my health, but getting back out there in a real way was so liberating! I felt so alive and like I was really pushing myself in a great way. Woohoo!

Annnnddddd….

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

I made this Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding and it totally blows me away! I have it in my fridge and I’m trying not to just sit on my kitchen floor and shovel the entire batch down my gob.

The flavor of Earl Grey tea is infused into short grain sweet rice (which is usually used to make Thai sticky rice), with coconut milk and a subtle hint of creamy vanilla white chocolate. Coconut sugar melts right in, providing just the right amount of sweetness and doesn’t distract you from the true flavor of this sticky, creamy porridge. Top off your bowl with some bright, seasonal fruit and you’re in total heaven. Oh, and it takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish!

This Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding would be an amazing dessert, but also makes a sweet snack or breakfast too. 

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding
Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too! (4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup short grain sweet rice*, rinsed well
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 can lite coconut milk (or full fat), divided
  4. 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  5. 3 Tbs. coconut sugar
  6. ¼ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a pan, combine the water and rice and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts boiling, turn it down to a low simmer and add 1 cup of the coconut milk and the contents of the tea bag (cut the bag open and empty it into the pan…if it’s not finely milled, you should quickly mill it in a blender or spice grinder). Stir, add the lid, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, stir the rice and turn off the heat. It should be very thick and the liquid should be absorbed or almost totally absorbed. Add the rest of the can of coconut milk and the white chocolate and stir (but don’t stir until the white chocolate is completely melted, just give it a few good stirs to distribute it and create pockets of white chocolate).
  3. Serve it warm, topped with a sprinkle of coconut sugar and some fresh fruit. Add a splash of coconut milk if you like a thinner porridge. Also, this tastes amazing cold too and gets quite sticky, so try it that way too!
Notes
  1. *I found mine in an Asian/international foods market. It says “sweet rice” on the bag.
  2. Keep Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 1 week. Eat hot or cold!
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Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 5-7

An update on how the past 3 weeks of my fitness challenge have been going for me! Or in other words, “finding clarity”. Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 5-7 

So, I realize I forgot to update you on weeks 5 & 6 so I’m tacking on week 7 for this update. Check out my feelings from weeks 1 & 2 and from weeks 3 & 4.

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Ok, so we left off feeling F-A-T, right? Ugh, shiver. Yes.

Something occurred to me. After a conversation with my TIU buddy, we both realized we had strayed from our goals. What were we working towards? What was the point?

After looking over our goals, things came back into focus. I wanted to better my yoga practice. I wanted to feel more confident and balanced. I wanted to focus on my health. This is more than just finishing the workouts every day, it’s a mindset.

*ding*

Bell going off…goals refocusing in my head. I really needed that realization.

I let go of the mileage mindset. The run till its done wasn’t a priority. And guess what happened?

I hit the #100byHalloween goal. In the middle of a run under the stars. A proud moment.

And I signed up for Advanced Yoga classes. I went, and felt SO strong and so accomplished. And I’m going to keep going, because feeling like a badass in a world where I didn’t know my body type could fit in, yet I love it so much, is just the best feeling ever.

And my husband made another brilliant point (after I called and made an emergency holistic nutritionist acupuncturist appointment to “fix” it all and almost made another appointment with my neurologist): it took my body 2 years to fight its way out of the depths of poor health, something my doctors told me probably just wasn’t in the cards for me. So what’s to say it won’t take a significantly long time to adjust back to “normal” and for my weight to naturally stabilize? Makes perfect sense if you think about it. He’s so smart. And I’m so lucky for some clarity. I’ll keep the acupuncturist appointment because I’m still curious about that realm of healing, but I’ll forgo the neurologist for awhile.

Progress: Accomplishing 100 miles and beyond!

            Working on yoga handstands in advanced yoga!

            Signing up for Race for the Cure, which I’ll be running on Saturday!

            Printing the fall update to the nutrition plan and making some YUM orange almond Brussels sprouts!

           

I can’t believe this next week is the LAST week of the challenge! I can’t believe we’ve done 8 weeks! I am psyched to see little kiddos come around for Halloween and not feel a need to hide all of the best chocolates beforehand, because it will really all be for them. I am excited to find another fitness goal to work on as the holidays hit!

I’m rewarding myself with a new Manduka yoga mat when it’s all done! Yay. 

 

Treats From the Week: 

Chai Tea Madeleines (and a Giveaway!) 

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies

 

 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats: 

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Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You’ll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. 

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This past weekend we a friend and his girlfriend visiting for the first time since we moved into our new house! Playing hostess was nerve-wracking yet so fun…

Except a small thing that keeps pinching at me…

Not to complain…

I made multiple meals. Our dishwasher is broken. I made a huge pot of green curry, and our friend said he had never had curry before earlier in the day. So needless to say I was really nervous, because curry is a take it or leave it food, but I knew that my method turns out darn-good results, so I knew I just had to go for it! Well, everyone ate all of it…but not a SINGLE word was said.

How terrible is that?! How much of a mess would you be?! I get not complimenting my scrambled eggs [though they are pretty darn fluffy and amazing if you ask me], though that bothered me too. But dinner went without a single compliment OR complaint too?

Maybe I’m a foodie and I think food is a bigger deal than it is…

Maybe I was raised by the Emily Post family crossed with the manners police family…

But that bothered me. And remember the dishwasher? Yes, I hand washed dishes for the whole weekend…without a single disingenuous offer to assist…

Call me crazy. Guess I’m nit-picking? Let’s just say that I guess I’m just so used to going to peoples’ houses, doing their dishes, gushing over their mad cooking skillz and then sending a thank you note when I get home. [invite me over!]

Ok, now that you hate me [and will probably never visit, though I promise I won’t be judging you after this learning experience]…

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

I made Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats! [yes, for said weekend]

Covered in sprinkles!

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

These were totally inspired by Shelly, because after she posted these, I couldn’t get them out of my head. Then Amanda posted a picture of a fluffy marshmallow-packed Krispie treat too…HAD to do it!

These are super simple, so grab 2 bags of mallows and play along! I’m thinking of even making them to hand to parents of Trick-or-Treaters in my neighborhood. [Or will they just get thrown away because they’re not packaged and thus poisoned?] 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats
Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You'll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. (makes12-16)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bags of mini marshmallows
  2. 6 cups krisp'd rice cereal (gluten free, you know the stuff)
  3. 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  4. sprinkles (I used 1/2 a bottle...)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13" dish with nonstick spray
  2. In a large (LARGE) pot on your stovetop, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add 1.5 bags of the marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Turn off the heat. Add the cereal and stir to combine, then add the last 1/2 bag of marshmallows and stir a few times to distribute them.
  4. Transfer it all to your prepared 9x13 dish. Spray your hands with nonstick spray and use them to pat down the Treats until level. Generously sprinkle the top with sprinkles. Wipe your hands off (so they're not greasy), and pat the sprinkles into the top of the Treats.
  5. Let set for 30 minutes. Cut, enjoy!
Notes
  1. These can also be made in the microwave.
  2. Krispie treats can be stored in an air-tight container on the counter for a week.
  3. (pictures may appear different than what you make because I added an extra cup of cereal, but to make them extra gooey just follow the recipe)
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 Thank you for all of your entries into my cookbook giveaway

Chai Tea Madeleines (and a Giveaway!)

Chai Tea Madeleines from a new cookbook by Barbara Feldman Morse, Madeleines: Elegant French Tea Cakes to Bake & Share,  are a fun, super simple cookie. Plus, I have a chance for you to win the cookbook too! Yay! 

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies

This is a fun one!

Madeleines! Have you ever had them? I hadn’t until I started flipping through this beautiful book and realized how simple they were. I just had to make some.

Madeleines are those adorable little shell-shaped cookies. Sometimes they’re the classic clam shape, but sometimes they’re swirly shell shapes too. And, if they’re made in my kitchen, they’re shaped like blobs because I attempted baking them in a mini tart pan. They work in any pan, but they’re really so charming if you have a real Madeleine pan.

I don’t think I even really had a need to make Madeleines until I got this book. But, because of Barbara Feldman Morse’s easy 1 bowl method and charming stories (and TONS of flavor options), I knew I had been missing out. Plus, they all have minimal ingredients! I’ve never seen cookies with so few ingredients in the list. Good stuff.

I’d definitely recommend picking up this gift before the madness of Christmas cookie season kicks in. The recipes are so simple and there are so many variations, that you’ll definitely have your cookies tackled in no time.

I started with the Chai Tea Madeleines (and made them gluten free with a gluten free flour blend), but the Espresso Chip Madeleines, Joyful Madeleines (which are a spin on an Almond Joy), Peanut Butter and Jelly Madeleines, and Bananas Foster Madeleines are definitely all calling my name!

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies

*This giveaway is now closed, thank your for your entries!*

Ok! Now for the good stuff. I have a super simple cookie recipe for you…and a chance to win a copy of this cute cookbook. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (make sure your email address is included in your login) telling me your favorite cookie! That’s it!

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies   

Chai Tea Madeleines
This gluten free version of Barbara Feldman Morse's Chai Tea Madeleines is so simple and quick that you'll be enjoying cookies in no time. These charming French cookies are perfect for a quick cookie fix or for gifts. (yields 15 cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Tbs unsalted butter
  2. ½ cup raw sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 Tbs. honey
  5. 2 tsp. “chai tea latte mix”
  6. ½ cup plus 2 Tbs. gluten free flour blend (I used Trader Joe’s)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray mini Madeleine or mini tart pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the butter until melted. Use a whisk to mix in the sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes, until cool.
  3. Next, whisk in the egg until smooth. Add the honey, chai tea mix and gluten free flour and whisk until completely mixed together and smooth.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to distribute batter into your mini Madeleine or mini tart pan (I ended up having enough batter for 15 cookies, so I used 2 pans). Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies look slightly domed on top and golden brown.
  5. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes, then remove them from the pan (I used a small paring knife to make sure the sides were released and then used a small offset spatula to pop them out of the pans carefully).
  6. Serve them warm or let them cool completely then store in a ziptop bag.
Notes
  1. Cookies can be kept in a tightly sealed container for 4 days on the counter or in the fridge for a week. If you’d like to keep them longer, keep them in the freezer
Adapted from Madeleines by Barbara Feldman Morse
Adapted from Madeleines by Barbara Feldman Morse
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the cookbook for free to review as I please. The giveaway is sponsored by Quirk books. Open to US residents only. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Cheers.