Strange but Good: Cumin & Cayenne Fluff

I am not sure why I have not done this earlier than today. I have made Blueberry Fluff, Strawberry Fluff, even Chili-Mango Fluff

Why not a SAVORY FLUFF? p.s… I am sure there are more flavors to come. Stay tuned.

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For today’s STRANGEbutGOOD, I bring you a spicy blend of cumin and cayenne flavors. The spiciness is calmed by the dairy in the cottage cheese. You are left with a versatile dip or topper for a rice cake (my fave), bread, etc…

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Cumin & Cayenne Fluff
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-drop of milk (if needed)
-1/2t cayenne
-1/2t cumin

*Blend everything on high power until smooth.

Easy peasy–I know.

My favorite way to eat this is as a dip.

I tried it with carrots. Yum. Celery. Yum. Cucumbers. Yum.

You get the idea…

What flavors should I combine next?? I would love your ideas!

xoxo, Haley

Head over to Laura’s site Sprint2theTable to see other STRANGE but GOOD concoctions!

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Lovin’ These Links

There have been some great links that I have been into lately.. I thought I would share them with you!  There’s a mish-mash of recipes, workouts, tips, and health ideas 🙂  Enjoy!

Keeping those stinkin’ allergens away! All About Allergens

Why didn’t I think of this recipe? Hummus Stuffed Chicken

Yes, please! Peanut Protein Cookies

Shoulders buggin’ ya? Shoulder Savers

Junk Food Cravings? Kick ’em to the curb!

Really??  Celine Dion??!  Best Baby Makin’ Songs

I can say yes to quite a few (9, 10, 28, 29, 37, 39, 50) … whoops! Signs You’re Obsessed with CrossFit

Need to follow this Pull-Up Power Program 

Not the number on the scale What is Your Health Marker?

Gotta try these Raw Banana Nut Bars

What is exercise NOT good for? Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Trying the Protein Crepe ASAP Five Competition Prep Breakfasts

xoxo, Haley

Question: Any new links you’re loving lately??  Do share!

Work it (4/7-4/13)

Work it, girrrrrl!

Sunday: Rest Day

Monday:
-Snatch 7 sets of a snatch pull and 2 hang squat snatches – 60 lb.
-WOD: 3 rounds of 10kb thrusters & 50m farmers carry (I used 25 lb kbs and finished in 4:15)

Tuesday:
-WOD: 3x (2 min rest in between)
-300 yard shuttle run (50 yard mark) – 1:07 <<—slow! It was tough.

Wednesday:
-Clean 7 sets of a clean pull and 2 hang squat cleans – 85 lb. NEW PR! (and a shoutout to Charlotte with her PR!!)–we rock 🙂
-WOD: cash-in with 50 DUs
-then… 5-4-3-2-1 hang power clean, T2B 200m sprint (finished in 10:52 with 75 lb.)

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Thursday: Rest Day – did some xBox Kinect Dance Central

Friday:
-Back Squat 5 rep max : 125 lb..
-WOD: 9-6-3 Push Jerk & Strict Pull-ups I used 75 lbs. and a blue band

-I stayed after and did a mini-WOD on my own of:
5 rounds
-5 KB swings (35#)
-5 goblet squats (35#)
-100m sprint

-Then 100 DUs  …enjoy!

Saturday: Partner WOD! 15min AMRAP
While one partner is running 300m, the other partner is working through stations (overhead lunge, sumo dead lift high pull, wall balls, burpees, and air squats) with 10 reps at each.
I must say that my partner was really cute 🙂
Afterwards, he did his first ring muscle-up! I was so proud of him. It was his goal for April.

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Strange but Good: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Growing up, I remember the commercials.  I remember the tone in the woman’s voice as she sang the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!” It has stuck with me.. for years.

As the years went on, it seemed to be getting weirder…

And even weirder..

Or is it #strangebutgood?  Hmmm… As the pets got stranger, chia seeds were not only being used as pets in my kitchen.  Chia seeds became FOOD!

So, here’s to another STRANGEbutGOOD Friday in the foodie world–(Thanks to Laura)!

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I have put chia in cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies… but this recipe is a new one for me.  Honestly I was scared at first.  I didn’t know what was to come from these little guys.  From experience, I knew they became gel-like, but a bunch of them in my mouth??

I have seen recipes like this in many places, so I am not reinventing the wheel.  However, I threw some ingredients in a bowl, let it sit, and liked it!

Of course, the main ingredient:::

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CHIA SEED!  Looking at the nutrition facts below, chia seeds are full of Omega-3s, fiber, and protein.  What a SUPER FOOD!!?

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Alongside the CHIA seeds is my favorite milk, SILK!

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CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

What Ya Need:
-2 T chia seeds
-1/2 cup milk
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-sweeten to your liking 🙂

Easy Instructions:
-Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Cover. Let sit in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
-Stir again. EAT!

Before and after the fridge…

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mmm… Chocolate Chia Sludge 🙂

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This POWERHOUSE snack has 160 calories, 7g protein, and 10g fiber!

enjoy!… hope you don’t grow ch-ch-ch-chia hair 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question: Did you have a chia pet growing up?  Please tell me you remember the commercial!

Need Chia Seeds in your life????  Buy them from www.iherb.com with MLS308 and save $10 on your first order over $40! 🙂

WIAW: give me a shot!

Welcome back for another view of what I ate.. Whether you care or not (most likely the latter), I have a tasty recipe for you!

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Head over to Jenn’s blog to see what else is being cooked up today…

My day started, as usual, at 5:15am when I got up and chugged some water. For reason I was parched! I changed outta my PJs, ate a carrot, shared a bit with Stan the Man, and was off to CrossFit!

Got home, showered my sweaty-betty self (shuttle runs got me), and made the protein shake I teased you all with on instagram on Monday.. hehe

Behold.. The Buttery Nipple Protein Shake!!!

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I had to turn this alcoholic shot into a shake. It brings back ridiculous memories of my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It was, after all, my first LEGAL shot!

In the shot comes Butterscotch Schnapps & Irish Cream. Healthy? No. Delicious? HECK YES!

The shake turns out sweet, creamy, and even has a hint of rum. hehe 😉 (recipe at the bottom)

The shake was consumed with a glass of Silk Almond Milk (yes, the sweetened kind-sometimes you just buy what’s on sale!), coffee, and 2 (or 3 or 4) tablespoons of Justin’s Almond Butter. Straight from the jar. Classy.

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Lunch was a #strangebutgooddelicious mixture of shredded cabbage, low sodium turkey meat, and YELLOW MUSTARD!! The tangy mustard is like a party in my mouth. I swear, it’s like crack to me.

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…with a side of carrots and an orange. Orange you glad I had my fruit and veggies? (I’m so lame.)

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Dinner was #UGLYbutGOOD!

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Sauteed cabbage with a chicken breast from a juicy & tasty rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club. I was lazy and didn’t want to bake chicken, so we bought one. Don’t hate.

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Strawberry Protein Fluff made with cottage cheese. I die.

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Buttery Nipple Protein Shake
-1 cup almond milk
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4t butter extract
-1/4t rum extract
-1/4t vanilla extract
-7-10 ice cubes
-1/4t xantham gum

*Blend everything but the ice and xantham gum. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients & enjoy!
–So yummy but don’t blame the rum-tasting burps you have for a few hours. 😉

I hope you had a fabulous WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What was the BEST thing you ate today??

 

Top That Pop!

Popcorn is delicious.  When watching a movie on a Saturday night, what do you do?  Pop some popcorn in the microwave.

Unfortunately, those bags of popcorn are full of fat, calories, and chemicals. Blech.

I have a solution though!  Pop your own and top it with what YOU want.

Today’s #strangebutgood focuses on POPCORN.

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Thanks to Laura for the crazy good link-up!

Just because the popcorn that comes pre-seasoned is not healthy, it doesn’t mean POPCORN isn’t healthy.

Popcorn actually is full of fiber (1g per cup) and only has 30 calories a cup (popped).  It is also whole grain and good for your heart.

So, how do we solve this popcorn problem?

An air popper!  (if ya don’t have one, there is another helpful link at the bottom)

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This kitchen gadget was a random Christmas present a few years  back, and I LOVE it!

I use Bob’s Red Mill White Popcorn (ordered from iherb.com –use the code: MLS308 to save $)

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Just put in 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels..

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and WA-LA!

Look at all of that popcorn!  The 1/2 cup of kernels is only 360 calories when it is all popped! (that is what a regular bag of popcorn is..and you don’t get nearly as much)

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***Now for the fun and #strangebutgood part…***

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THE TOPPINGS!

I have two versions today: a sweet and a savory

sweet: 1/2t cinnamon

savory: 1/2t cumin, dashes of cayenne

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All ya need is: 2 cups of popped popcorn, couple sprays of olive oil, and your choice of spices!

How-To::

-Scoop up 2 cups of popcorn

-Spritz olive oil on top

-Sprinkle on toppings

-Shake!

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Look how portable they are!  The two sandwich bags have 2 cups of popcorn in each.  The gallon bag is holding the rest for another day.

No air popper?  No problem.  Head over to Lindsay’s site for directions on Healthy Microwave Popcorn!

Now just don’t go blaming me if you get kicked out of the movie theater for bringing your own 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question:  fave popcorn topping? cheese? caramel? kettle corn?

I have been known to throw back a bag of Kettle Corn at The Padres’ games 🙂