Summer Beauty Tabbouleh Salad

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We’ve really been feeling the heat of summer where I live, so I just wasn’t in the mood to eat something hot for dinner…so I made this!

The Summer Beauty Tabbouleh is simply delicious and just the thing for the summer months ahead! Try it over a bed of arugula, mix in with some grilled chicken,  or as a snack with some crackers! Some of my favorite are the Almond flavored Nut-Thins made by Blue Diamond©

 

Here is a recipe card for easy pinning!

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Enjoy!

xo Engrid

Skinny Dipping Salsa

This salsa is chock full of capsaicin – a compound responsible for the “heat” you taste in spicy foods and is also known to boost your metabolism!

This fresh salsa is worth the effort and is guaranteed to add zest and flavor to your dishes without adding excess calories found in most dips or sauces. Serve it over grilled chicken or fish and makes for the perfect southwestern style omlet or chicken wrap.

Or course, its also delicious on its own for dipping! Enjoy!

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xo Engrid

Hot Date Bar

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Before I came up with this method, I had made a batch of protein bars with just honey and peanut better as the binding agents. The bars were delicious, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to use less peanut butter without sacrificing the chewiness factor, that binds it all together.

The result??

Use dates as the main base in addition to the peanut butter. This way I was able to use less peanut butter without loosing the chewy quality! I got the idea from looking at the ingredients used in Lara Bars ©. The main binding ingredient they use is Dates!
But, I personally think my bars taste a lot better than Lara Bars © …but who’s bragging.
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Enjoy!
xo Engrid

Fresh New Nike Free 5.0+

These just arrived at my door today!

As I’m sure you’re well aware, it’s very important to have the proper support for your feet to prevent potential injury. I always buy one half size up for my running shoes because your feet tend to slide forward when you run (and no one wants a yucky toe-nail infection)!

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The Nike Free 5.0+ offers the most rigid support of the three Nike free designs – which is why I chose it. I have been a faithful Asics customer for years but I decided to make the switch to the Nike Free’s after trying them on. Crossing my fingers that we’re the right match!

So excited to put some miles on these!

xo Engrid

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are all the rage lately – but they have earned their bragging rights! And yes these seeds and the seeds for chia pets are one in the same…

But here’s why you should incorporate this superfood into your diet:

  • FIBER: High in both soluble & insoluble fiber – which makes you feel full longer, keeps you regular, and aids in digestion.
  • PROTEIN: Possess all the essential amino acids – making it a complete protein!  (excellent source of protein for vegetarians)
  • BEST IN CLASS: Chia seeds provide the highest source of protein, between 19 to 23% protein by weight, when compared to other grains and seeds.
  • HYDRATING PROPERTIES:  Can absorb up to 9x their volume in water! So digest these guys before a workout to help keep your body hydrated!
  • STAY FULL FEELING: The water-retention gel-forming powers of chia seeds aids to slow you digestion and steady your blood sugar levels!
  • OMEGA O-MY:  Of course these guys are also an excellent source of Omega 3’s (ALA and LA)
  • ICING ON THE CAKE: obviously chia seeds also contain a whole slew of vitamins including; calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and zinc

The Mayan’s really were onto something when they named this seed, “Chia” is Mayan for “Strength”  : )

Good things really do come in small packages!

Try adding these to your yogurt, energy balls, pancakes, salads, cookies, sprinkle onto hummus or other veggie dips, or into sautéed vegetables!

xo Engrid

Energy Bites * Pre OR Post-Workout Snack!

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I love to make these over the weekend so that I can reach for them before my workouts during the week (if no one else gets to them first!). They really hit the spot for a pre-workout boost. I like to enjoy mine with ZICO© Coconut Water. In addition to tasting delicious, the protein in these energy balls boost your muscles ability to consume oxygen during your workout – so you feel solid during your workout!

Pre-workout protein also helps your body to maintain a steady  intake/output of oxygen and CO2 (that stuff you exhale). And to top it all off, this protein is also going to help you to simply feel stronger during your workout (aka your perceived exertion). So no matter how intense of a workout you challenge yourself to – having a little protein beforehand is always a good idea!

OR let’s say you are dedicated to getting your workout in first thing in the morning and you’re not a pre-workout eater  –  having a little boost in protein post-workout is still beneficial. It aids your muscles in repair, helping them to rebuild faster !

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I love this recipe because I make it a little different every time, depending on whatever I have on hand!

Try Adding:

Figs
dried Apricot
dried cherries
sliced or slivered almonds
PB2 (instead of better-than-peanut butter)
Chocolate PB2
Chocolate Zico Coconut Water

Save on Calories By:

Making these with PB2 instead of Better-Than-Peanut Butter (or you can do half PB2 and half Better-Than PB). But don’t forget about the real deal – organic almond or peanut butter are always excellent options too!

For even more variation try adding a splash of Chocolate Zico Coconut Water and using less of whatever you choose as your peanut butter.

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I don’t always add Maca powder either. Sometimes if I’m out of agave and reach for the honey…I think you get the idea, just work with what you’ve got! I make em a little different every time (depends what I got on hand).

Play with the recipe, make it your own, and let me know what combos you like! I’d love to hear from you : )

Follow me on Instagram too for daily fitness/ recipe inspiration: @Liveng_Proof

Your Trainer,
Engrid
xo