I love finding new, healthier recipe ideas to enjoy dessert without the guilt! I tried a new Brownie recipe yesterday & must say, it was FANTASTIC! The recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar & oil free, & is super easy to make. They tasted so rich & gooey – I had to share with friends so I wouldn’t eat all of them myself! Check out the recipe from One Lovely Life below and let me know what you think!
2 Eggs (I used organic, free-range, cage-free)
5 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Melted)
2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Almond Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
2/3 cup Coconut Sugar
1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
Additional Chocolate Chips (Around 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup)
Pre-heat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
In a small saucepan, gently melt 2/3 cup chocolate chips with oil over low heat until smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs until slightly lighter in color and until they pass the ribbon test (when you lift the whisk the mixture should stream down evenly in “ribbons”). Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients — almond flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Working slowly, whisk the egg/sugar mixture into the saucepan of melted chocolate/oil until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and mix well. Fold in the dry ingredients until just mixed. Fold in the additional chocolate chips.
Pour batter evenly into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before slicing.
Have you tried diet after diet with lack luster success? Are you confused about what to eat & when? Are you just ready to create easy, life-long nutritional habits that will make you look & feel your best? Then this workshop is for you! We will discuss:
The importance of how & what to eat throughout your day
How to assess how many calories to eat on a daily basis
Top foods to incorporate (and avoid) in your diet
Top supplements to enhance your health & wellness goals
What is Protein? Fat? Carbs?
Kaleigh’s favorite recipes & go-to’s for every meal
List of additional Nutritional Resources (books, documentaries, web sites)
Complimentary healthy snacks & drinks to enjoy during our discussion!
I’m so excited for the NEW YEAR BEST YOU FITNESS & YOGA RETREAT at the beautiful Prana del Mar in Cabo, January 3-7, 2018. Details below! Email email@example.com for any questions or to reserve your spot! Additional Retreat Details:
Deposit: (Due by Sept 1, 2017) Double Occupancy – $400 Single Occupancy – $500
– Lodging / room accommodations for 4 nights
– Full use of all resort amenities – including pool, hot tub, sauna, stone labyrinth, desert gardens, hammocks, and more
– Transportation from/to Los Cabos airport (SJD)
– 3 gourmet, chef-prepared meals per day
– 3 workouts per day led by Brit & Kaleigh
– Morning meditation and book discussion
– Daily empowerment seminar
– Welcome cocktail reception
– Ladies roof deck wine night
– Pool party with cocktails
– Exclusive retreat swag bag
– Official retreat tank top
What’s not included:
– Airfare to Los Cabos International (SJD)
– Spa treatments
– Extra activities and excursions
– Additional alcoholic beverages (you are welcome to BYOB)
– Travel insurance (recommended)
– Gratuities for your guides
About this time every year, my husband asks me to make pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. And every year he begs me to make the real thing because each time I’ve tried a “healthier” recipe, it turns out to be…well inedible. But I’ve finally found a recipe that was not only edible, but extremely yummy! This recipe uses coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and has a small amount of sugar & flour as well. The texture & flavor are amazing too, which has always been my biggest obstacle when making pumpkin bread. I guarantee you will be using this recipe every fall for years to come!
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp celtic sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Use coconut oil spray & oat flour to grease a bread pan. In a large bowl or mixer, stir together the pumpkin, greek yogurt, egg, vanilla, melted coconut oil, & brown sugar until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together the wheat flour, oat flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, & sea salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until just mixed. Stir in the dark chocolate chips. Pour into the bread pan & sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a knife can cleanly go through the center of the bread. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
So I’m OBSESSED with this recipe! It’s a great meal if you are having a craving for pasta, without the guilty side effects & calorie overload. I’m so excited to hop on the spaghetti squash band wagon & try many more recipes with this yummy veggie!
Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes & Vegan Pesto
1 large spaghetti squash cut in half & de-seeded
1 cup cherry tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
celtic sea salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the spaghetti squash cut-side up on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil & bake for 40-50 minutes, or until squash is tender and slightly brown on the edges.
Place cherry tomatoes, garlic, sea salt & pepper into a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and mix together. Bake until tomatoes are tender and start to shrivel. (Around 10-15 minutes.) After cooked, cover with foil to keep warm.
Once the squash is cooked, let cool slightly. Use a fork to pull out spaghetti strands & place in a large bowl. Toss with the pesto. Plate with the tomatoes and optional grated parmesan. YUM!
3 cups basil (moderately packed)
2 garlic cloves, peeled & roughly chopped
Juice of one medium lemon
3/4 tsp celtic sea salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the olive oil. Pulse until evenly chopped. Slowly add in the olive oil through the top of the processor. Pulse until evenly combined, but not completely smooth.
I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to attend & guest teach at Rachel Kane’s Wellness Retreat at Prana Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas. Rachel & I met nearly 5 years ago in Los Angeles when she attended one of my yoga classes. She was a devoted yogi & soon became a certified pilates & barre instructor. She’s continuously built an amazing following in Northern California, so I was super excited to meet & teach some of her students! Check out some of the amazing views, food, classes & activities we got to participate in on the 5-day Retreat below. Also, check out Rachel’s web site for additional info on her: http://www.lovefitnessloveyoubyrachel.com
The beautiful view from the rooftop of the community building.
Early morning sunshine on the last day of our Retreat.
Sunset from the first night.
Yes, we did a lot of sun bathing, reading, journaling & relaxing!
Horseback riding on the beach!
Sweaty Savasana after a yoga flow class.
The ladies stepped outside of their comfort zones & I taught a cardio dance class – everyone had a blast!
Rachel sculpting our backsides!
We enjoyed dinner at a local farm in Cabo – Flora Farms!
Homemade Mole & Tortilla Soup we made at a cooking class with Chef Daniel at Prana Del Mar.
Checkout this YUMMY blueberry muffin recipe I made for my Nutrition Workshop this past weekend. They are flour-less, refined sugar-less, dairy-free & are a perfect post-workout snack!
Flour-less Blueberry Muffins
2 ripe medium-size bananas
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 eggs (or egg replacer if you would like to go vegan)
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup fresh blueberries
Coconut sugar to sprinkle
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line muffin tin(s). (I was able to make 16 muffins)
Place all of the ingredients except for the blueberries into a food processor & blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Using a spoon, gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Pour the batter into the muffin tins, filling each about 3/4th the way full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Sprinkle with Coconut Sugar & cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
I love getting involved in the community! I think it’s a great way to share my passion of health, fitness, and yoga with as many people as I can. When I moved to Dallas last March, I decided to challenge myself to get more involved each month so that I could create a strong network of like-minded individuals. It’s been a lot of fun & it’s also a great way to give back. Here are a few community classes I’ve led over the past few months. If you have an idea for a community class, definitely let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for even more in 2016!
Yoga with my fellow Delta Gamma sisters at SMU
Community Yoga & Vim + Vigor Juice at Luke’s Locker Mockingbird
Yoga + Nutrition & Snap Kitchen goodies with the ladies of Circle Seven Five
We are all in the midst of holiday gatherings and gift exchanges. That can always be challenging for not only your wallet, but also your waistline. I’ve found a few yummy cookie recipes that are perfect gifts for friends & family. They are super simple to make, healthy, easy on the budget and SO delicious! I guarantee you will be asked for the recipes 🙂
Flourless Peanut or Almond Butter Brownie Cookies
1 Large Egg
1 Cup All-Natural Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (room temperature)
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar packed
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl beat the egg. In a medium mixing bowl add the beaten egg, peanut/almond butter, brown sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder, & vanilla extract. Mix everything very well. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
Roll a heaping spoon full of the dough into a ball and gently flatten onto the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. They will look soft and under-baked, but I guarantee they will be yummy! Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes and ENJOY 🙂
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls
2 Cups Raw, Unsalted Cashews
10 – 12 Medjool Dates (pitted & halved)
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Powdered Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/8 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Water (if needed)
Coconut Sugar &/or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly toast the cashews for 8-10 minutes, stirring once. Let cool.
Place the cooled cashews, dates, spices, & salt into food processor bowl. Whiz until the nuts are finely ground and the mixture starts clumping. If it seems too dry, add the tablespoon of water until the dough forms into a ball. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
Place the coconut sugar &/or cocoa powder into a bowl. Make small balls out of the dough & roll them into the sugar &/or cocoa powder. Store in a covered container in the fridge & ENJOY!
Here are a couple of other Holiday-inspired cookie recipes I will definitely be trying over the next few weeks!
Last Sunday the #CSFpartygirls found themselves at WeYogi’s taking a class from nutrition coach and fitness instructor, Kaleigh Walker. Not only did we get to experience -many for the first time- a hot yoga class, but we got tips + tricks for staying fit this holiday season. (Yes please.) And, because we at CSF HQ found these tips so helpful, we figured we ought to share a few of our faves for those of you who couldn’t make the event!
Top Three Tips to Keeping Fit for The Holidays:
1. When getting dressed for Thanksgiving, we usually retreat to spandex and oversized shirts. (Or, let’s be real, this is us everyday.) But, instead, wear something a little tighter fitting that you feel confident in. You won’t want to get too full and uncomfortably suck in all day if you come dressed to the 9′s.
2. Always bring a dish you know you would eat. Then, you can fill the majority of your plate with your healthy item, adding a couple other dishes as your sides.
3. Feel okay to be assertive. You can say “no” to people offering you more food or dessert.
Now that we have these noted to keep us trim the next month, be sure you check out Kaleigh’s different classes all over Dallas including WeYogi’s and Lync Cycling studio. You can find out a bit more about this blonde bombshell from our interview with her below:
1. Tell us about yourself! What you do, your husband, your home. Tell us anything fun that helps us know you better!
I was born & raised in Kansas, but moved to LA on a whim after college & lived there for 10 years. It was truly life-changing because that’s where I found my husband, yoga, spinning, & nutrition! I turned my passion for health into a career in 2008 & have never looked back. Currently I teach yoga, spin, occasionally dance, am a personal trainer & a nutrition coach. I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love each & every day as my career – not many people get to say that. And I’ve loved how welcoming the Dallas fitness community has been to me ever since moving here in March.
When I’m not sweating, I love to spend time cooking & hosting dinner parties with my husband, Russell; traveling (I just got back from a trip to France!); interior design (We just purchased our first home & it’s been SO fun decorating it!); watching Kansas Basketball (if you’re into college basketball, you know why!); and spending time with our two puppies, Sadie & Lucy. I also have 4 nieces & 4 nephews, so it’s a lot of fun being an Aunt.
2. What did you do growing up an athlete? Does this reflect at all in your current workout regimen?
Growing up, I was a very competitive athlete & dancer. I played softball, basketball, volleyball, but was most competitive in golf! (I actually tied for first place in state my senior year of high school.) Dance was also a huge passion of mine, & I still dance to this day! (It’s the best workout ever!) I think both sports & dance built a strong fitness foundation for me & turned me into the hard-working, determined person I am today. They both taught me discipline, mental strength, confidence, the importance of hard work, & camaraderie. I also learned so much about motivating & teaching from my coaches & teachers that inspired me to return the favor & become a teacher myself.
3. What do you love most about nutrition? Have you always been health conscious?
So even though I was very active growing up, I had the worst diet ever! I grew up in a small town in Kansas, so the availability of healthy food was basically non-existent, plus my parents didn’t have the time or desire to cook very much. I grew up on fast food, frozen dinners or meals from a box, so I’ve basically had to start from scratch when it comes to understanding nutrition. After my first month or so of yoga classes in 2006 is when I really started to revamp how I approached food. I began to notice when I ate certain foods or drinks after yoga, I felt like garbage! So I’ve slowly created the dietary habits that seem to work best for me, which is mainly plant-based foods with a little bit of fish/seafood from time to time. I love getting creative with meals in the kitchen with my husband (he’s an amazing chef & we live about a minute from Central Market). And I especially like baking healthy dessert recipes – I’ve got a gluten-free oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookie recipe I’m obsessed with & found a yummy raw cake ball recipe made with chickpeas that is to die for. (Both are on my blog: www.kaleighwalker.com/blog)
4. What is the ultimate cheat meal- All nutrition and health out the window!
My favorite cheat meal would have to be cheese pizza with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert 😉
5. What is your favorite part about the holidays? Does your family have any fun traditions?
My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with friends & family! Now that I have so many nieces & nephews, it’s fun to see them open presents & get excited for Santa & Elf on the Shelf. My family always has a big Christmas Eve party with about 50+ people, so it’s always great to catch up with the people you haven’t seen for a while. And my husband’s family always has a big Christmas dinner on the 25th, so it’s been fun to add in his family’s traditions as well.
6. What are your future goals and aspirations?
I’m a huge proponent of goal setting, & have my 1, 5, & 10 year goal sheet up on my fridge so I can see it every day 🙂 My biggest goals include opening my own yoga + fitness + nutrition studio in Dallas & starting my own charitable organization that focuses on educating families on the importance of nutrition at a young age. Nearly half of the children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, so it’s a huge problem right now in our country that needs to be addressed! Stay tuned!
So, if you’re looking for a permanent fitness instructor, someone to kick your rear back into shape post-holidays, or someone to teach you how to lead a healthy lifestyle, this is your girl. We have absolutely loved the opportunity to know Kaleigh better and we know you will love her, too! If you’d like to contact Kaleigh, her email is email@example.com.
And P.S. … right now members of Circle Seven Five receive 25% off private or duo yoga or personal training sessions and 30% off one month of nutritional coaching with Kaleigh.