Another year and the holidays have already come and gone! This year, Christmas lasted a week for me with four different Christmas’ to attend since both my and my boyfriend’s parents are divorced. Luckily, three out of the four houses are within 30 minutes of each other, so it was all manageable with little stress – a shocker for a holiday as packed as ours! After Christmas, we had the luxury of driving down to beautiful Santa Barbara, CA to visit R’s dad in his new home. The weather was perfect! We even enjoyed a lovely beach day! Yep, in December.
I think taking a step away from rigid workouts and meal choices is really important not only for our metabolism but also for our minds. I still got in a few workouts while I was travelling – I took a class at Palo Alto’s Bar Method, hit up my old hometown gym, worked out at Robby’s parents’ home gym, and took a lovely hike with him in Santa Barbara – but they were not as structured as usual. When I had the time to break a sweat, I did, and when I didn’t, I just, well, didn’t. I ate healthy in the morning and afternoon and then evenings tended to be a free for all. It wasn’t until the fifth or sixth day of desserts that I started to panic. I reminded myself of what was truly important – the amazing time with family and friends I enjoyed – and the anxiety over weight gain diminished. For probably the first time in my life, I looked down at my bloated belly and smiled. Its little pudge was proof that I didn’t let my normal neurotic rigidity get in the way of being present in the moment with loved ones, cake and all! With that being said, though, I was totally ready last week to get back to the grind, start eating more mindfully, and get back on my workout routine.
We are officially a week into 2015! I’ve always loved the beginning of a new year. For one to two months the number of fitness freaks, like myself, who fight the early morning darkness and crisp winter chill to workout increase exponentially. Thank you resolutions! All the newbies really motivate me to push myself with new exercises and fitness challenges. I love being back in my routine but the first couple of weeks are never easy, even for me! In years past I would eagerly cut out huge food groups, greatly decrease my caloric intake, and spend hours on the treadmill, only to find myself knee deep in a mini binge two weeks into the new year. Sound familiar for any of you? This year, however, I decided to let myself naturally get back into the routine in a more balanced and holistic manner for more long term success.
My area of weakness is sweets, so to start cutting back on the amount of sugary calories I consumed during the holidays, I make healthy alternatives to my favorites. I recently ordered a new Cinnamon Roll flavored plant-based, all natural protein powder and it has worked amazingly in baked goods – especially, you guess it, Cinnamon Rolls! I am sharing this high-protein, low carb, and delicious recipe, altered from the Tone It Up website, to help you fight cravings and stick to your fitness resolutions!
Protein Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup Cinnamon Bun plant-based, protein powder (you can sub vanilla and just add extra cinnamon!)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp melted Earth Balance
1/3 cup egg whites
2 tbsp oats
2 tsbp flaxseed meal
1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
2. Mix all dry & wet ingredients together separately. Combine wet mixture into dry and stir until fully incorporated. Form dough into one ball and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.
3. Place dough onto parchment paper with a piece of parchment paper on top. Roll out the dough out, 1/4-1/2″ inch thick. Then cut into 5 strips.
4. Drizzle a little more maple syrup and cinnamon on top. Roll up each strip slowly and smooth out any cracks. Cut each roll in half. Sprinkle the tops with more cinnamon if you want.
5. Place the rolls into a greased pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
6. Add a dollop of plain greek yogurt sweetened with Stevia or PBFit (pictured) on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
Health and happiness,
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