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Roasted Carrots & Parsnip “Fries”

(Parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips look like carrots but are paler in color.)



1 Package Trader Joes Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough

Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce

½ Package of Diaya Mozzarella Shreds

Preferred Pizza Toppings (mine are green peppers and broccoli)

Pizza Stone or Baking Sheet

Flour for the pan or Parchment Paper (one of my favorite inventions because of the time it saves cleaning up!)

Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough is vegan and easy to use! As per the package directions, you remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for 20 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 425 and cover a pizza stone or baking sheet with some flour or parchment paper . Spread the dough out into your desired shape/thickness, cover with sauce, cheese, and you favorite pizza toppings. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes and you have yummy pizza to share! 

Cut into 8 pieces, each slice is approximately 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus 


Pecan pie :)



4 oz (115g) plain flour
1 oz (30g) vegan margarine 
1 oz (30g) solid vegetable oil
1 oz (30g) caster sugar
Water to bind


4 oz (115g) dates
4 floz (110ml) boiling water
1 dssp cocoa powder
1-2 tsp whisky or brandy - optional
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 oz (30g) self raising flour
2 oz (55g) vegan margarine
2 oz (55g) caster sugar
4 oz (115g) pecan nuts


1. Start by making the pastry: rub the margarine and solid oil into the flour to resemble breadcrumbs. Add sugar, stir and slowly add enough water to form a dough. Knead lightly, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out to fit a 9 inch baking tin, and bake ‘blind’ for 10 minutes in oven pre-heated to 190C/375F/gas mark 5.
2. Soak dates in the water for 10 minutes to soften. Put them and the water into a blender with cocoa, whisky/brandy if using and maple syrup. Blend until smooth then stir in the flour.
3. Cream the margarine and sugar and add the date mixture, mixing well. Chop and toast half the pecans and mix them in.
4. Pour the mixture into pastry case. Arrange the remaining pecans on top and bake for 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Serve warm or cold.



The Look Good Naked 2-Day Cleanse


Light shake

  • Blend 1 cup skim (or soy, almond, rice, or hemp) milk
  • 1 cup berries
  • 1 tsp peanut butter (or flaxseed oil)
  • 1 cup of ice - until frothy
  • Bonus: Add a dash of cocoa powder!


  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup green tea
  • Bonus: Add a little vinegar and fresh dill to your cucumbers, or make a cucumber salad by slicing a couple of unpeeled cucumbers into rounds, dousing them with flavored vinegar, and letting them marinate for an hour. Drain off the vinegar and keep them in the fridge.
  • Bonus: Drink your green tea straight up and hot - or brew a whole pot, toss in some fresh mint leaves or slices of peeled fresh ginger, and let steep for a few hours. Store in the fridge and pour it over ice when you’re thirsty.


  • Steamed or raw greens (Examples include romaine, spinach, bok choy, arugula, etc.)
  • 4 oz. lean protein (Examples include white meat chicken, firm tofu, lean beef, fish, etc.)
  • 2 tsp oil (Olive, sunflower, or walnut.)
  • Bonus: Mix-and-match your greens! You can get a lot of no-cal flavor by simply adding arugula or watercress, both of which have a peppery kick. Or you can toss a handful of fresh basil, cilantro, or flat-leaf parsley in with salad greens for an extra jolt of flavor.


  • 10 asparagus spears, blanched
  • 1 cup green tea
  • Bonus: Dip the asparagus into nonfat yogurt swirled with Dijon mustard to taste.


  • Steamed or raw greens
  • 4 oz. lean protein
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Bonus: Be creative with your 2 teaspoons of oil, at both lunch and dinner. Whisk it with a teaspoon of vinegar and some herbs for vinaigrette. Use it to saute bite-size pieces of white-meat chicken, lean beef, tofu, or fish. Or mix it with a flavor-booster spice mix to run on chicken, beef, or fish before broiling or grilling.


Are you getting enough protein?
The official rate for protein for adult women is 1 gram per kilogram (about 0.4 grams per pound) of body weight. If you’re exercising, though, you need more. 1.7-2.2 grams of protein per kg (0.8-1.0 grams per pound) is a good range for an active woman.

Example: if you weigh 59 kg (130 pounds) you need 104 grams to 130 grams of protein a day. Round up to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight to keep it simple: 130 pounds = 130 g of protein per day. 

This is how 20 grams of protein look like: 
- 12 shrimps
- 140 g white fish 
- 140 g Quorn (meat substitute)
- 80 g canned tuna
- 170 g tofu 
- 100 g tempeh (soy product similar to tofu)
- 80 g seitan (vegetarian meat substitute)
- 3 sardines
- 105 g salmon
- 250 g red kidney beans
- 1 scoop whey protein
- a full plate of mushrooms
- 235 g lentils
- 105 g lean beef
- 200 g fat free Greek yogurt
- 3 eggs
- 5 egg whites
- 185 g edamame
- 180 g cottage cheese
- 90 g chicken breast

I put more protein suggestions on my wordpress-blog: 


DIY Nail Sticker Decals Using Scotch Tape. This is similar to Small Good Things’ technique here. Tutorial from The Beauty Department here.

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Originally from The Greatist

Sometimes I find myself cheating out my workout when it comes to the end, so when I saw this article, I knew I had to share it with you! So check out this list of 23 Ways To Push Through A Tough Workout:

1. Who’s really getting cheated?

Sure, no one else would know about skipping out on the last Chatarunga. But only one person loses in that situation (hint: it’s not the super-ripped chick sweating it out on the next mat).

2. Change pace.

Circuit training, a killer combination of cardio and strength training, can help break the monotony of a long workout. Run five minutes, then drop and do some push-ups. Wash, rinse, repeat.

3. Picture this.

Visualize cheering fans or crossing the finish line to bang out one more set or lap. Or just go mental: Imagine this workout is the equivalent of the Olympic trials (no big deal).

4. Grab a pal.

Work out with a fit pal who will hold you to a higher standard. Stuck going solo today? Imagine they’re still there. After all, who wants to wuss out in front of an audience?

5. Break it down.

Set mini-goals when the going gets tough. This isn’t a three-mile run— just six measly half-mile runs.

6. Savor the pain.

“Pain is weakness leaving the body,” the saying goes. Pain is also proof that this workout is tough. Clearly you’re doing something right, so why stop now? (Just know when pain is signaling something more serious.)

7. Compete.

Whether comparing against the dude on the next treadmill over or your own time last training session, competition ups the ante and helps us forget about wanting to quit.

8. Remember the end.

That post-workout high? Yeah, almost there. The struggle of that final set won’t last— and when the workout’s over, it’ll be replaced by a much better feeling: pride.

Read the rest at The Greatist!

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Protein Pancakes! I tried THIS recipe. It is good, but a little too egg-like consistency. Next time I think I will do 2 egg whites, a little more milk, and 1/3 cup of oats (possible ground up?). 

Also I took some fresh strawberries I had frozen, heated them up in the microwave, mashed them, and VOLIA! Strawberry syrup! YUMMM!

(31/100) » Mad Men

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