Happy Friday! Happy (official) Tax Day! Have you completed your taxes yet? I just finished mine. Surprisingly, I actually got money back. That makes me a pretty happy camper right about now… even though I still paid too much in taxes.
Fun fact of the day: Almost every single one of you who comment yesterday would have went with mint chip ice cream. Now I know this blog needs more mint lovin’… I love it too. Definitely noted for future recipes.
I recently(ish) discovered some new (and now favorite) porn workouts! Oh yes, porn. This does have something to do with banana bread, don’t worry, as odd as that does sound.
Ok, so it’s really not a porn workout but I call it that for several reasons. 1) The workouts are from an ex-porn star and 2) The videos of the workouts are porn-esc. Really. They’re actually kinda creepy to watch, in a sort of noncreepy way. I mean, regardless of how incredible her body is, she’s still half dressed in all the workout videos and there’s no music… just her breathing…
If you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, I’ve been doing BodyRock.tv workouts a few days a week. (Yep, she’s an ex-porn star)
BodyRock videos are short blasts of extreme activity, using mostly just body weight, to really give you a calorie-blasting workout. And they are awesome, challenging, and short. Really short. I’m absolutely loving the workouts. So, I call them my porn workouts. And seriously, her abs are TO DIE for. If this is really all she did to get her body, then I’m sold.
BodyRock.tv not only provides killer workouts, but diet advice and some clean eating recipes. One in particular I made a while ago and absolutely loved. It’s easy, provides plenty of healthy fuel, and is sinfully guilt-free. Oh, and gluten, sugar, and dairy free, too.
BodyRock’ed Banana Bread
- 1/2 cup protein powder (Lifes Basics Vanilla Plant Protein)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw walnuts)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- stevia to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 banana
- handful of raisins (about 1/4 cup)
- 3 soft figs, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast + 1 tbsp lucuma powder (or 1 tsp powdered stevia or sweetener) + cinnamon
Combine the protein powder, baking soda, oats, cinnamon, and nuts/seeds in a food processor and process until nuts and seeds are broken down to your liking. Pour into a bowl and mix in the pumpkin, egg, banana, raisins, figs, and stevia.
Pour into a greased pyrex (8×8 glass baking pan, spreading batter even. Sprinkle your nutritional yeast mixture over the top of batter.
Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. Cool, cut, eat.
While you’re waiting for the timer to beep done, help yourself to a BodyRock workout. You’ll be sweaty and have scorched tons of calories, all before the banana bread is finished baking. Seriously.
- Kick Over & Knee Raise (alternating legs) for max reps
- Side Lunge Jump for max reps
- Reptile Push Up (alternating legs) for max reps
- Sandbag Clean & Squat for max reps
- High Knees (jump rope) for max reps
Mmmm, mmmmm, good [workout].
Now that I’ve fueled up, Kelly’s 30×30 workout is on the books for today. Wish me luck!
Random Questions of the Day:
What achievement have you accomplished that has now lost its luster? Actually, personal training. It’s hard to admit, but I had the idea of personal training up on this high pedestal for so long, that now that I’m actually training clients, it’s not quite as glamorous as I once though. It’s still super fun with the right clients but just not exactly what I thought. (especially when you’re 5 am client doesn’t show… not fun then…)
Who has made a difference in your life? Who hasn’t made a difference in my life?! I feel bless each and every day I “talk” or “meet” someone in the blog world. You are all such powerful, creative, motivating, encouraging, inspiring, beautiful women (and men) that I feel lucky to have my blog just to connect to you! And my “real life” friend, Anne. She (you, Anne) have helped me in so many ways. I am so glad we’re friends.
What’s your favorite way to BodyRock… or just rock your body? Duh, weights. I love them. Oh, and cooking and blogging rock my body, too. And happy songs… those make me want to dance… if I could.