Fasted Cardio Pick Me Up Post Workout Shake

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Every Saturday I try to get some sort of ‘fasted’ workout in. When I say ‘fasted’ I mean a workout that you do when you have not eaten hours before it, usually first thing in the morning since technically you are at a fasted state since you haven’t eaten since dinner the night before. This is beneficial for people, like myself, who have the goal of weight loss because it aids in fat burning during your workout. With a high calorie burning workout such as cardio, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or Cross-Training (like a track based workout with sprints and stairs) on an empty stomach, you are increasing your chances of burning off the excess stored fat in your system and using it as fuel to get you through your workout. I like to get cardio or cross-training in on Saturdays before I eat my meal to take advantage of this fasted state and also kick start the rest of my day so that I have a happy and productive day which will turn into a productive weekend that then turns into a productive week. Get the picture? It is a never ending cycle of setting yourself up for success!

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Thanks for your info, now let’s get back to this shake. Getting a post workout shake is the best part of fasted cardio! Here is a quick three ingredient (four if you include ice cubes) post workout shake that I live by and incorporate into almost all of my active Saturdays.

1 scoop VMI Protolyte Protein (My favorite flavor in this shake is the Vanilla Cake Batter, but Chocolate Fudge Cookie would work for a ‘mocha’ flavor)

1 shot of prepared espresso – If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine, a stove top espresso maker will work just fine!

1 cup almond milk – preferably the 30 calorie, unsweetened vanilla version (saves on the calories and plus, the protein powder tastes sweet already) – but you can do the sweetened vanilla version to add more sweetness

1 cup of ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blender for 30 seconds to a minute depending on the power of your blender. You want to blend it completely so that the ice is not chunky and there are bubbles formed in the drink to make it like a frothy coffee drink.

The macros are even amazing: Calories: 131 Protein:26 Fat:3 Carbs:2

Now enjoy! Here you can see me post workout, fighting off my French Bulldog, King; he was dying to take a sip.

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I tried the Face Mask with 18,342 Reviews

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I have recently started to live my life in a more natural and ‘green’ way of living. Yes, this is kind of new, last year or so, and no I am not an expert, but I am trying to lessen my overall carbon foot print all while leading a healthier life. So when I started to look at beauty products, I have been seeking out more natural ingredients and one that I have recently fell upon is this Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay face mask. You can find it on Amazon for a solid $9.31*. It claims to be the ‘World’s Most Powerful Facial’ with Deep Poor Cleansing! Well today my friends, I am going to try this out!

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First off, the ingredients come as natural as you can. 1 ingredient – 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay. So originally I didn’t know what that exactly meant or how this was going to equate to the ‘world’s most powerful facial’ so I did a little research. One article I found in the Reader’s Digest shows 9 Reasons why Bentonite Clay should be added to your beauty routine. So it seems like a pretty good miracle worker and has the makings to be pretty powerful as their tag line suggests.

After reading the Reader’s Digest article, I am looking forward to the following three benefits the most:absorb excess oil, purify pores, and gently exfoliate. I have been blessed with pretty decent skin on my face, I can thank my momma for that! But every once in awhile I too break out. It is always good to have a face mask in your bathroom drawer, just in case you are: a. Needing a spa moment at home, or b. Get your face back to normal!

Today is just a test day – so I guess you could say it is a ‘spa moment’ but I will most likely be doing chores while having it on my face, so not very relaxing. But hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do especially since she is taking a trip to Philly next week; I gotta pack!

So here it goes! First step I am doing, which is a step I always take when doing any kind of face wash is wash my face. It does you no good to put a face mask on your dirty face. While keeping with the theme of natural products, here is my go-to absolutely favorite face wash, Ole Henriksen Face the Truth Gel. It was referred to me by my BFF, Lissa, a few years back and I just love it. It has a great citrus smell, lathers really well, and makes your face clean without drying you out. Trust me, it is the best.

Face The Truth Gel Cleanser

Second step is making the calcium bentonite clay into a face mask. Per the Aztec-secret.com website, you mix equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar (ACV) or water. I have actually seen people use a half water/half ACV mixture instead of just ACV, so for my first time, I think I am going to try that just to be on the safe side. I didn’t want to use a lot, so I measured out 2 Tbsp of each part and mixed it in a small glass bowl. You can buy specific mixing bowls with special brushes to apply the face mask, but I don’t have time for all of that. I am using a small kitchen bowl, and a small kitchen spatula to mix it. I also ended up using the same spatula to apply the mask on my face.

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I have more sensitive skin, so I am only going to try it for 15 minutes. Per the website, people with delicate skin should only leave it on for 5 minutes and people with normal skin 15-20 minutes. I am going to take a gamble and try it for 15 minutes, and just see how it goes. I normally always turn red, which they state a slight redness may appear, so I am not to worried about it. When mixing the clay into the ACV/water mixture it bubbled up, which was kind of cool. I applied it pretty thick and set my timer for 15 minutes.

So all in all I like this product. My skin feels great, slightly smoother, but there wasn’t a drastic change as expected. I could have left it on for more than 15 minutes, next time I’ll try 20-25 minutes. I didn’t feel any burning or tingling feeling, but I could feel it tightening up which is understandable with the drying of the mask.  But the fact that this products is 100% natural, doesn’t have any additives, fragrances, and doesn’t test on animals, that’s what wins me over! There are many different products out there that can give you the results of a nice clay mask, but this has it all! Props to Aztec Secret for offering such a great product, and the Mother Earth for creating it, I guess she deserves props to.

This is not a paid advertisement. Just showing you that natural products can be affordable and have great results! But please remember, my results may not be the same results as yours. If you want to learn more about this product, please see their website at www.aztec-secrets.com. If you would like to read the Reader’s Digest article please see their website.

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I had a beignet and I LOVED it!

File_005Just because today is the day to look forward with my blog, but also to still look back at my first posts, and let’s be honest this is my favorite! Because who doesn’t want to see me eat a fluffy, powdery square of goodness that is a beignet?? Haha well here is a look back to our trip to New Orleans!

When you go to visit New Orleans you must go to Cafe du Monde on Decatur street in the French Quarter, especially if you are a foodie, like myself. I have only had a beignet one other time in Savannah in a New Orleans themed restaurant on the river, but I was told you haven’t had a beignet unless you have had one at Cafe du Monde. So here  I was in New Orleans with a mission to get this famous beignet.

We got off the airplane and headed straight to the French Quarter. We walked all around the French Quarter trying to find this cafe, stopping in amazing littles shops along the way.  There was a long line wrapped around the cafe, every table was full, except one! It was full of dirty dishes, but that’s ok, we are going to get it. I have to get this beignet. We sat down, the served wiped down the table and we looked at the menu, and then my heart crumbled. CASH ONLY. We had to leave, I forgot my cash in the car. Tomorrow will be the day I get my beignet.

We ended up walking to a sweet little spot named Cafe Fleur-de-lis, got a small table in the front. Thomas is on prep, since we are here for a competition of his, the Cajun Classic Pro Gulf States, so he had to be health conscious to an extent. He ordered an avocado bowl, which was a little small for the price, and a fried green tomato plate with a tasty spicy ranch dipping sauce. I started out with an Italian Mango Cream Mimosa, which I have never had before,  and it was fantastic! It was topped with white chocolate shavings, who doesn’t like white chocolate shavings? My meal was a tasty bowl of shrimp and grits. The service was great, the atmosphere was cute, and the vibe was chill.

But lets fast forward to today! Today was the day that I had to have a beignet. We drove down to the French Quarter and parked right on the river. First stop Cafe du Monde. This time I didn’t even want to fuss with a table, the line was three times as long as the day before, so we went straight to the back and got in the to go line.

You can tell this cafe has been in business since 1862 and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week except for Christmas and an occasional hurricane, as they say on the cafedumonde.com website. They were getting orders faster than you could order them! They had an assembly line of prepared beignets in quantities of 3 with powdered sugar in cute little bags, and cups of coffee, or in my case iced coffee with milk because it was HOT, all ready for customers waiting in line.

I ordered the iced coffee with milk, and an order of 3 beignets. Paid with my cash and walked up the stairs to eat my beignets overlooking the French Quarter. When I say that I took a bite and melted, I melted! It was sooooooo good! It was warm, sweet, crisp yet fluffy, satisfying and worth the wait! Also helped that I had an amazing view and got to experience something with so much history in a fun and energetic city.

Of course I had to take the signature ‘take a bite but try to not get the powdered sugar on your face’ photo! Thanks Thomas, you are great at capturing me at my foodie moments. If you are in New Orleans go check out Cafe du Monde, bring cash, and if you forget go seek out Cafe Fleur-de-lis! Well actually, go to both regardless! xoxo

#TBT We Survived Irma with the help of Homemade EASY Pizza and Frenchies!

What a perfect way to kick off my Blog again with one of my first posts I wrote a year ago when I first decided to try this blog thing out! I guess it just wasn’t in the cards a year ago, but here we are a year older, living in a brand new city with a new job and career path, all while still incorporating Fitness, Food & Life! Well welcome back to The Modern Day Betty!

September 13, 2017 Irma came, Irma destructed, and Irma left. Thankfully, she didn’t do damage to our vehicles or home and we never lost power. Being from Nebraska, I’m used to thunderstorms and tornados, living in west Texas I was used to flooding, but never did I ever think I was going to experience all three at the same time! Welcome to Florida during Hurricane Season!

Of course the news combined with family and friends in other states expressing concern really started to freak me out but Thomas, my boyfriend, a Florida born boy, knew that if we buckled down, prepared our food and water, we would be OK! Well, he was right. So what helped ease my woes during this scary time? Homemade EASY Pizza, Candy of many different sorts, Buffalo Chicken Dip,  and juice. I am an emotional eater and these items really helped me cope, along with the sweetest Frenchie Duo ever! Please meet King and Louie, the most amazing, Hurricane protectors!

Ok, well they really only slept the ENTIRE time, but they were the cutest, most snuggly, little Frenchies. Who could have asked for better snuggle buddies during the storm? I mean next to my awesome boyfriend that is! 😉

So let’s get back to this Homemade EASY Pizza! My mom used to make a version of this sheet pan pizza when I was younger and everyone who tasted it LOVED it. I made a few changes because I couldn’t find the exact pizza crust** she uses, and I chose to use ground turkey over ground beef as a healthier option.

Are you ready for how easy this is? These are three of the main ingredients that keep it easy peasy.

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Pre-made Pizza Crust – Pillsbury Classic Crust
  • 1-2 pounds ground turkey, beef, Italian sausage, or ground ‘beefless’ crumbles
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 Jar pizza sauce – Prego Pizza Sauce
  • Can of mushroom pieces
  • Can of sliced black olives
  • 2 cups of cheese – mozzarella, cheddar, or mix
  • Optional – 6-8 cloves of garlic mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil

Start off with a pound or two of lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, ground Italian sausage, or beefless crumbles. Brown it in a pan with a sprinkle of garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Optional: In a food processor put a 1/4 cup olive oil, 6-8 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt and whir tell it becomes a paste.

Spray your cookie sheet with coconut non stick spray and press in your canned pizza crust, making sure you press any holes together and press the dough up the sides of the pan to get your crust. (Here is where the optional garlic paste comes into play) If you choose to, take a pastry brush, my favorite is a silicone one so clean up is a breeze, and brush the garlic paste/oil onto the crust of the pizza. Put the pizza in the oven as directed on the can. This pillsbury canned pizza classic crust says 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

After the crust had time to pre-bake, add your toppings. I start with the jarred pizza sauce, the Prego brand was pretty good, not to sweet or acidic, which some sauces can be. My mom alway adds Contadina Pizza Sauce***, but again, they didn’t have it at my grocery store. I then added the ground turkey, canned sliced black olives and canned mushrooms pieces. You can pretty much customize it however you want!

I personally like to add the cheese last minute so I put the pan back in the oven for 8 additional minutes, and then take it out, add the cheese, and back in the oven for the last 2 minutes.

Homemade EAZY Pizza

Now Enjoy! A little piece of comfort from my childhood to help with the craziness of my first and hopefully last Hurricane!

**Add Water Pizza Crust My Mom Uses

***Contadina Pizza Sauce My Mom Uses