Black rice and mango salad

Who said all salads required leafy greens ?🤷🏽‍♀️😋 this Black rice and mango salad was life !! 😍 my first night fixing this and it was a hit !! If you would like to know how I made it like or comment below 😏👍🏽.

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Pressing the reset button with Something new !

Hello hello , 


I know it took me a billion light years but I am officially back on track . As I mentioned before the hardest part is taking the first step ! But another challenge is locking in !! Adulting can truly be a pain at times ! Like there are times that I feel as though there’s just not enough hours in the day ! Seen when I first launched this site I had one night job and a crap load of free time . Then I picked up a second job and booked a acting project which shifted my schedule tremendously. I barely had enough time to eat dinner yet alone sleep it was rough in the beginning. With the windows of

My free time became smaller and smaller so did my motivation to go to the gym . 

  Another thing that happened was I made a few bad decisions! Even though I wasn’t working out I was still hella active since

Both of my jobs require movement and I still stayed faithful to my diet ( no refined sugars, processed food and alcohol) I was still small . But I started losing weight which wasn’t the plan . So I started reading up on things I could eat that would help me pick my weight back up . I ended up opting for dried mangoes and another type of fruit which were within my guidelines but was calorie packed . BUT I failed to acknowledging the fact that the sugar in dried fruit was high which is a huge negative. It took no time for my flat little tummy to poke out slightly smh! So of course I had to trash that concept !! Well after I finished what I bought because I hate wasting money ! 

  After I negated that I was back on track but I’ve yet and still have been able to find time to workout. Granted I do go from time to time and walked and hiked Stone Mountain I still do not have a ironclad workout regimen. Working two jobs or just long shifts you may find yourself super tired at times which causes you to seek a pick me up. I was feeling groggy day in and out and it was rather frustrating. Which is why I chose to start something new this time around . This week I’ve really switched it up by juicing , drinking alkaline water and only eating fruit and vegetables for breakfast and lunch . These first two days I made a kale superfoods salad , fried cauliflower and mushrooms, and vegan cookies. For dinner I indulge in a protein packed piece of salmon with my kale salad .


   It’s only been three days but I must be honest and say I feel the difference and my days go so much smoother. I’m not groggy anymore and I don’t have crazy cravings anymore . Even with the cookies even though they are delicious I don’t feel compelled to eat a bunch only one or two max through out 24 hours . I am known to have a mean sweet tooth so that’s major for me ! Body wise I’m back to my original weight but I still have a few things I desire to tweak once I can get back into the gym like I want . I’m finally adjusting to my new schedule so im happy to be able to blog again ! With saying that I would love to receive feedback as well as read what you would like to gain from following My fitness journey. I will be posting food vlogs soon which I am extremely excited about amongst other things . 

Well in closing I hope you guys have been getting summer ready and I shall return ! Below I posted my monthly check in pic and I’m going to try my best to post one every month to see if my body has changed through out my journey. 😊


 

Vegan “Cheesy” Kale Chips!

Hey guys here’s one of my favorite quick healthy snacks! These kale chips are surprisingly tasty and there are so many ways other ways you can flavor these babies . If you try this out please let me know what you think .

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Large stalks of kale or 4 cups of leaves
  • 1 TBS of oil (olive , avocado, grapeseed , ect)
  • 1 1/2 TBS of nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 cayenne
  • 1/4 pink salt

Almond coconut kashi bars !😻

My first cooking tutorial! If you try it out please let me know !

Well here it is ! 🙈🙈🙈 my first video ! Still learning but it’ll get better in time ! Hope u enjoy!
So I made homemade almond coconut Kashi bars ! 😍😍 and I also did a tutorial for it as well ! I’m so big on cooking my own food because atleast you’re knowledgeable of what’s in it and you can yield the additives to your liking ! And if you’re vegan the it’s easy to sub one item and you’re good to go !

Ingredients
FOR NUT MIXTURE:
2 cups whole roasted* unsalted almonds
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup puffed millet, rice (or other puffed whole grain; or crispy brown rice cereal)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
FOR SYRUP:
1/2 cup honey**
1/3 cup brown rice syrup (may substitute light corn syrup)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Grease/spray large bowl, 9×13 baking sheet/pan, wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and bottom of drinking glass. Set aside.
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*IF ALMONDS AREN’T ALREADY ROASTED: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant.

TO TOAST THE COCONUT FLAKES: Spread coconut in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes, stirring half way through, until lightly toasted. Keep a close watch on it to avoid burning–it can go from golden to burnt quickly.
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Add toasted almonds & coconut to large bowl. Add puffed rice/millet and flaxseed meal. Stir to combine; set aside.

In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9×13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. Using bottom of greased/sprayed drinking glass to tap and compact mixture in pan. Let cool 20 minutes (pan should still be slightly warm). Invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. Cut into 20 bars. (If they cool too much and become too hard or brittle to cut easily, put in warm oven for 1-2 minutes to soften; proceed with cutting.)

The first step !

 

     Whoever stated “The hardest part of any journey is thanking the first step.” Never lied !!!! In regards to fitness we all have our own goals and visions on how we desire our bodies to be. But the issue that arrives for the majority of us is once reality sets in on what attaining that goal requires! Being a worker , student , parent or anything else that falls into the category of “adulting” can be used as the number one bail out for following through with your fitness journey. 

   Why ? Because making a commitment to change your lifestyle requires Time and Money !! When you hit a certain age we can at times become creatures of habit due to us repeating the same routine during and after your work week. Therefore out of stubbornness some feel as though tossing in another task to juggle time wise can be an nuisances . OH and please let’s not forget that in order to live healthy it’s imperative to eat healthy as well. This may require some to revamp your whole kitchen which is yet another hand pinching your pockets along with a gym membership , work out gear and attire !! Some people catch a whiff of that and instantly have a change of heart . 

  These are a few of the reasons why I stress the importance of planning and researching before even attempting your first day. Now don’t get me wrong plenty of people posses the ability to spontaneously take on challenges without any issues. But for most this is easier said then done . Stepping into your fitness journey with a blueprint in hand can be very beneficial as well as prevent you from being stagnant . For instance you may get super hype about getting that gym membership for a dollar down with your friends. So you all go on a whim sign-up all gung-ho and you may even start the first week or two give or take strong. But then “it” happens, one girl gets swamped with work , the other is under the weather due to personal problems and your other homegirl is a flake . Now you’ve set your mind on this being a group effort to stay motivated yet now that your team fell off you’ve ran out of steam . This may seem funny to some but this is really how things transpire.  


 Having your own plan and making your own personal blueprint prevents small distractions. It’s perfectly fine to bring a friend but don’t depend on others to pull you forward all the time ! You need to be locked in to the point that you’re going to workout no matter what . Even if you can’t make it to the gym you already looked up some circuits you can do at home . In regards to researching we all know that working out and eating right goes hand in hand . So depending on your body goals some sacrifices must be made ! Therefore you can’t get mad at the scale or your trainer if you’re still at home and work eating wrong . At the end of the day you’re only cheating yourself therefore the only person you can be mad at is yourself. I can attest to this because I have endured this time after time AFTER TIME!! Yes , I did lose weight and created a regimen that worked for me and stuck with it . But if only you knew how many times I had to start over due to me breaking the cycle due to minor setbacks. Everytime you relapse you have to go back to square one and retake that ” first step”. Yes it can get hella repetitive and discouraging at times but if you want it bad enough you will fall off as many times as it takes to get it right and Stick to it . 

 Just so we are clear This blog is really just a journey or journal of my trials and errors . No im not just going to post some random workout plan , body wrap , food supplement , or magic pill that I know nothing of and tell you it’s the answer to your prayers. I believe that everybody isn’t the same therefore results may vary . The things I post about will be things I’ve actually tried or swear by. I will share my results but I encourage you to utilize this page like a cookbook lol!! Meaning if you like what you see try it out for yourself . But feel free to add your own little twist or spice to it . When you make something your own then it’s easier to flow with it instead of having to constantly go back to the page to double check . I’m not a certified trainer so I myself research things and through trial and error I find what fits me . Safety is key so it’s always good to be knowledgeable of the proper way to handle equipment and weights. This also applies to supplements and oils because some things have to be stored properly, only taken a certain amount of times ,should not be consumed by people with certain health problems and shouldn’t be mixed with certain things. I look forward to you all subscribing to my page , following my journey, trying out some of my methods and discoveries , as well as sharing with me your feedback and stories as well. I have so much to share and this is my first time attempting to document everything so this is a challenge for me . There will be a few kinks here and there but in time you will witness my transition as well as yours ! With that being said are you ready yet ? If so let’s get it !! If not I’ll be here waiting on you !❤️ if and when you decide to take your first Official Step towards a new you please comment your day one date in the comment section below ! Also if you already started but decide to subscribe still share with us your day one date as well ! 

Until next time be blessed and stay strong !