ALMOND BUTTER PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

I have been drinking this protein smoothie for 3 years now and it is still by far one of my favorite shakes. I originally got this recipe from Jen Grothe’s FB page and I had posted this recipe on my blog over 3 years ago. But, since I wanted to update the recipe and share it with all my new followers, I thought I would revamp the recipe to the way I like to make it.

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie | Gluten Free Protein Shake | Low Carb | Packed with Protein | Stephanie.Fitness

ALMOND BUTTER PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Time to make: About 3 minutes
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 scoop of Dymatize ISO-100 vanilla whey protein
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 TBS Almond Butter
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:
Blend all of your ingredients together, except the ice, in a blender till super smooth and creamy. Add ice and blend for another 30 seconds or until ice is crushed up completely and there are no longer ice chunks. Enjoy!

STEPHANIE.FITNESS TIP:
I often times make this shake ahead of time and just store it in my fridge. I usually make it the night before and I can easily grab it for a yummy “on-the-go” meal. It stores for about 24 hours in the fridge and you may need to re-stir or shake it before consuming.

NUTRITION FACTS:
Calories: 260
Proteins: 31
Carbs: 8.5
Fat: 11
Sugars: 2
Fiber: 2

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My Skin Care Routine – Part 2 |Obagi Nu-Derm Product Review

Here is a video update on my Obagi Nu-Derm skin care routinehttp://bit.ly/1sFKsgP

Check out my first blog post when I first started my Obagi regimen back in April - http://bit.ly/1wUKmal

And thank you to Jonnie Willsey and Kensington Aesthetics for allowing me to review this product. It has literally changed my life!

KENSINGTON AESTHETICS | MOUNTAIN WEST ENT
1582 Elk Creek Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Call: (208)523.2004
Kensington Aesthetics FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/KensingtonAesthetics

Don’t forget that Kensington Aesthetics is having an amazing Anti-Aging and Beauty Event Thursday, November 13th from 5pm to 7pm. There will be door prizes, $1000 given away for products and treatments, Dysport for only $3.00 a unit, and more!! You can find out more info about the event here – http://www.stephaniedotfitness.com/2014/11/kensington-aesthetics-anti-aging-beauty-event-in-idaho-falls/

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How To Handle Thanksgiving While On A Diet

A LITTLE THANKSGIVING ADVICE: I have had multiple people email me the last few days as well as my online clients who have asked the one big question that most of us are wondering.

“How do I behave myself on Thanksgiving and not go overboard with food. How do I prevent myself from gaining weight over the holiday?”

How to Handle Thanksgiving while on a diet | Fat Loss During The Holidays | Stephanie.Fitness

Here is my best advice to you…….

Unless you have a competition, photo shoot, or something major in the very near future that requires your body to look a certain way, then I don’t want you worrying about tomorrow and all that yummy delicious food. It’s a holiday after all! So, enjoy it! Enjoy your family. Enjoy the foods that you only get to see once a year. Nibble on everything that your little heart desire’s. The only thing I ask is to do everything in moderation. Eat your favorite pie, but you don’t need to eat the whole entire thing. Then eat your favorite appetizers, but don’t hoard it all to yourself and devour the whole thing. Do you see what I’m saying? I want you to take this one day and not think about calories. Don’t think about the weight you’ll gain {because more than likely most of your weight gain by Friday will be due to LOTS of water weight due to all the extra sugar and carbs}. Don’t look at your food like it’s a bad thing and that you need to stay away. Enjoy Thanksgiving! And once your belly is full, then tell yourself that you’re done and move on. I want you to listen to your body and just don’t go overboard, but still enjoy everything you see on that table.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! May you laugh till your cheeks hurt and you make memories that will be heartfelt for years to come. And promise me you’ll torture Uncle “so and so” that is sleeping in the recliner while everyone else is tending to all the crazy cousins and cleaning the kitchen after a huge feast…..because we all know we have that one uncle that instantly goes into a food coma and snores so loud that you can’t hear your football game on TV Ha ha!

Often times filling our bellies with health foods before diving into our Thanksgiving feast will help keep us from over indulging. Here are a few suggestions on some healthy protein packed meals that can help get you through the day before having your big Thanksgiving feast:

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

 

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Pumpkin Protein Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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Kensington Aesthetics | Anti-Aging & Beauty Event in Idaho Falls

Come join me on November 13th from 5 to 7pm MST at Kensington Aesthetics with Dr. Hanks of Mountain West ENT!

Come join in the fun and attend an Anti-Aging Beauty event where there will be facials, Micro-Dermabrasions, chemical peels, and Dysport {Botox}. Reverse the signs of aging and feel OH SO young again!

Anti-Aging Party at Kensington Aesthetics in Idaho Falls | Dysport | Facials | Micro-Dermabrasions | Anti wrinkle

WHERE: Mountain West ENT | Kensington Aesthetics
1582 Elk Creek Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho

WHEN: November 13th 5-7pm MST

WHAT: Door Prizes, Drinks, Food, & Raffle
$1000 of free products & treatments
Dysport {Botox} only $3.00 per unit

HOW: Call Kensington Aesthetics at (208)523.2004
Pay $35 to reserve your spot which will be applied towards your service

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Great Ingredient Substitution Guide | Healthier Options

I caHoliday Recipe Food Swap | Healthy Ingredient Substitutions | HeandSheEatClean.comme across this great HEALTHY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTION GUIDE from He and She Eat Clean website and I thought I would share it with all of you! The holidays are coming up quickly and what better way to make our cookies, pies, cakes, and brownies a little more healthier this year. But, not only do these substitutions work for holiday baking……you can use these options all year round. Yippee!! #HAPPYBAKING

 

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October Birchbox vs. Ipsy | Subscription Boxes

Alright! Time to put my two $10 beauty subscription boxes up against each other for the month of October. If you’re unsure what subscription boxes are and want more details, click HERE for more info.

Let’s get this party started! I’m going to start with my BIRCHBOX first:

October Birchbox Supscription Box | Only $10 per month | Stephanie.FitnessModelCo Power Lash Long Wear Black Mascara - I’m so excited for this! You can never have too many mascara’s! I already have a few mascara’s opened. So, I will be saving this one for when one of my older one’s are used up and gone.

suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser - I already received a sample of this a few months back and I really didn’t like it for my whole face, but I did find that I loved it as an exfoliate for my lips. My lips are always peeling and super dry. So, using this is perfect without making my lips feel raw afterward.

Ojon rare blend™ oil Rejuvenating Therapy - I’m always up for a great treatment to keep my hair hydrated and full of life. But, I am a little leery of an oil therapy. Every time I try oil treatments in my hair, my hair ends up greasy looking and less moisturized looking. Guess I’ll find out if this one is different.

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel - I’ve already put this baby to use and the smell is amazing. It’s more minty smelling than rosemary smelling, but that’s just me. I don’t feel like it’s really any different in the moisture department or making a difference with the way my skin feels, but the smell of it is super rejuvenating.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil - This eyeliner has sparkles in it and when I try applying it, it seems a little rough to the touch. And when I place it on my eyelids, I really don’t notice a ton of sparkle, which I though was a little odd. I’ll keep giving this sucker a try, but so far it’s a wash for me.

And now onto my IPSY bag:

October Ipsy Subscription Bag | Only $10 per month | Stephanie.FitnessCity Color Be Matte Lipstick - I’m so excited to try this lipstick out. Right now, the 90’s are in which mean lots of Matte lipsticks will be grazing our presence over the next few months.

Doll 10 Beauty H2Glo Highlighter - I love adding highlighters or illuminizers to the tops of my cheeks and brow bone. I have never heard of the brand Doll 10, so I’m very curious to see how I like this brand and highlighter.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream - You can never have too much hand cream! Especially when you live in a dry, dry state like Idaho. Plus, it’s a sample size which is perfect to throw in my purse and use on days when I’m out and about and really need a good hand cream.

ModelCo VOLUMEYES Extreme Black Mascara - Another mascara! Woot woot! Two in one month! Hell yeah! I’ve tried ModelCo products before and they’ve never let me down. Super uber excited to try their mascara. But, like I said before with my Birchbox mascara, I’ll be saving this one till I use up one of my older one’s that are already opened. Since mascara should only be open and used for about 3 months. So, I don’t want to have a bunch of them open and not be able to keep track of which one’s I should chuck because they’re getting old and used.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths - I use makeup wipes every single night to remove mostly my eye makeup before I dive into my skincare routine. I’ve always been accustomed to use my usual Great Value {generic Walmart brand} or Neutrogena makeup wipes. I’m actually excited to try something new this month. Crossing my fingers that these wipes work like a charm.

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For the month of October, I’m giving my Ipsy bag the win! There just seem to be more things in my Ipsy bag that I will definitely be getting some use out of. My Birchbox wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite this month. But, next month it could be a wicked Birchbox month. You never know! I like how both of these subscription boxes give you profile options so that every month, not only do you get new stuff to try out, but they try their best to customize it to your likes and dislikes.

Are you interested in subscribing to any of these boxes? You can sign up for your very own IPSY bag HERE and you can sign up for the BIRCHBOX HERE.

Do you already get these boxes? What did you get for the month of October? I’d love to hear what everyone else got!

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CLOSED | YouTube Giveaway | Free Woods Strong Gym Gear and Supplements

This giveaway is now closed! Thanks for all of you who participated and entered. Winner is announced below video on YouTube.

That’s right! I’m doing another giveaway! Woot woot!! From now till November 1st, I will be hosting my very first YouTube giveaway. Watch my giveaway video for all the details and find out all the cool stuff I’m giving away to one lucky winner. Details of how to enter will be on YouTube under my YouTube video. And GO!!!

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25 Ways To Burn 100 Calories

Now keep in mind that no 2 people are alike. What may work for you may not work as well for someone else or it may work better for them. With this list of “ways to burn 100 calories” is just a rough estimate. An average. It’s based off of a 150 lb individual. I want this list to help give you an example or an idea of roughly how easy or how hard it is to burn 100 calories.

25 Ways to Burn 100 Calories | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

25 Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Did you know that you are burning calories all the time. Yup!! All the time!!! You burn calories just breathing. You burn calories when you eat. When you sleep. When you’re sitting in the car. And everything else in between. But, adding a little extra something to your day may help you burn more calories throughout the day. Just remember, the more active you are, the more calories you will burn.

You can also burn an extra 100 calories by doing:

1. Shopping – 40 minutes
2. Doing the dishes by hand – 40 minutes
3. Sweeping – 25 minutes
4. Mowing the Lawn with a push mower – 20 minutes
5. Shoveling Snow – 15 minutes
6. Playing Catch – 35 minutes
7. Playing Frisbee – 30 minutes
8. Zumba – 11 minutes
9. Weight Lifting – 30 minutes
10. Running up and down your stairs – 5 minutes
11. Running – 10 minutes
12. Yoga – 20 minutes
13. Playing with your kids – 25 minutes
14. Bowling – 30 minutes
15. Walking the Dog – 25 minutes
16. Jump rope – 10 minutes
17. Having Sex – 20 minutes
18. Making out – 12 minutes
19. Stand up for 10 minutes out of every hour during your eight-hour workday
20. Dusting and tidying up – 35 minutes
21. Washing the Car – 20 minutes
22. Swimming – 15 minutes
23. Push-ups – 10 minutes
24. 40 Burpees
25. Leisure walk – 55 minutes

Do you think you could burn an extra 100 calories every today? See how easy it can be if you just get up and do something? Now get off your ass and burn your extra 100 calories! Wooh!!

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Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

I posted this recipe about a year ago and I just remade them today. OMG! I forgot how good these carrot cake protein muffins were. I’m in heaven and my house smells like Fall. And the best part about these muffins are how protein packed they are and how good they taste for being such low in calories and low sugars!

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Dressing | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

CARROT CAKE PROTEIN MUFFINS
Prep Time: 20 minutes {if you include the time it takes to shred/peel your carrots}
Preheat Oven: 350 degrees
Bake Time: 15 to 18 minutes
Yield: Makes 12 muffins
Servings: 12

MUFFIN INGREDIENTS
1 cup Shredded Carrots*, lightly packed {about 2 oz}
1 cup Old-Fashion Oats**
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, 0% fat
1/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk, unsweetened
2 scoops Dymatize ISO-100 Gourmet Vanilla Whey Protein
1/2 cup Pumpkin Spice MuscleEggs
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 Stevia Packet

EXTRA – Used for coating your muffin tin
1/4 cup Oat Flour or Whole Wheat Flour***

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS
1 oz Cream Cheese, 1/3 less fat
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, 2%
1 TBS Jell-O Cheesecake Pudding Powder, sugar-free & fat-free
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

NOTES
* I just took a carrot peeler to my carrots and peeled them down to get my shredded carrots.
** You could use Gluten-Free oats to make these protein muffins completely gluten-free!! Yahoo!!!
*** Your Oat Flour or Whole Wheat Flour is used to coat your pan if you’re not going to use cupcake papers in your muffin tin. Your muffins will still stick a little to the pan even after coating it with olive oil and flour. You will need to take a butter knife and lightly break the edges away from the tin to release your muffins.

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

MUFFIN BATTER DIRECTIONS
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tin with olive oil. And lightly coat muffin tin with your 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour or oat flour to help prevent your muffins from sticking too much to the pan.** Tap off any left over ww flour or oat flour. Or you can go the easy way and just use cupcake papers.

In a blender, place ALL of your muffin ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. I blended mine for about 1 minute in my Ninja Blender. You want to blend it enough to break down your oats, but not too much that you can no longer see your carrot pieces. Pour your batter into each muffin base and fill about 2/3 full. This recipe make 12 muffins. If you end up a little short, try spooning some extra mixture from a muffin base that seems a little more fuller than the rest.

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

Place muffin tin in oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, depending on how hot your oven gets. Check on them at 15 minutes and stick a toothpick or butter knife in the middle of one of the muffins. If it comes out clean, they’re done! If there is still some uncooked batter, let them cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes before removing from tin.

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING DIRECTIONS
While your muffins are baking, it’s time to make your frosting. Using a blender or a hand held mixer, mix together all of your cream cheese frosting ingredients until smooth and creamy. You’ll want to mix your frosting until you no longer see cottage cheese pieces.

With a rubber spatula or butter knife, spread cream cheese frosting on top of each muffin……{drumroll}….and Enjoy!!!

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

NOTES: I was able to keep my muffins in a large Tupperware and they kept in my fridge for about 3 to 4 days. You’ll want to refrigerate to prevent them from going moldy too quickly since they have no preservatives or additives and whey protein.

NUTRITION FACTS FOR 1 MUFFIN {No Frosting Added}
Calories: 58
Protein: 7g
Carbs: 6g
Fats: 0.5g
Sugar: 1g
Fiber: 1g

NUTRITION FACTS FOR 1 MUFFIN {With Frosting
}
Calories: 74
Protein: 8.5g
Carbs: 7g
Fats: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Fiber: 1g

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