Almond Flour Waffles with Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

I vividly remember the day my Mickey Mouse waffle iron died.

It was a nice fall day. I had woken up and sprinted down the stairs to go help my dad make some waffles for breakfast because every Saturday morning we had waffles. I came downstairs just as my dad plugged in the beloved Mickey Mouse waffle iron and poof….. The fuse popped, the plug sparked a little (it was frightening for 12 year old me), and the waffle iron never turned on ever again.

I legit almost started crying.

… and then I made these almond flour waffles and my life was forever changed. These waffles are really nice and light and delicious, especially when they are topped with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (aka my new favorite topping).

I actually never would have tried it unless my aunt didn’t give it to me. She picked up a few packets while she was out grocery shopping because my cousin is engaged to a food blogger and his fiancée loves this stuff. My aunt thought I would too so she bought me some. Little did she know that she would change my life forever.

These little packets are filled with insanely delicious hazelnut butter and are perfectly packaged so that I don’t eat a whole jar in one sitting. AND did I mention that it is delicious? Well, it is and it took this waffle to another levelSo, grab some of these hazelnut butter packets, make these waffles, and enjoy your delicious breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack).

Almond Flour Waffles with Hazelnut Butter

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note: If you want to make it vegan, feel free to use maple syrup and two flax eggs instead of honey and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt and cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (or other topping you like)

Directions

  1. Preheat the waffle iron.
  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except the hazelnut butter.
  3. Spray the iron with cooking spray and add half of the batter to it. Cook for 5 minutes (or until golden brown).
  4. Top with hazelnut butter and enjoy!

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Skincare Sunday: Lush Face Masks

So, as you can tell from my first Skincare Sunday blog post, I love going to trying out new skin and bath stuff from Lush and Sephora. I am a sucker for a good Lush fresh face mask. I love getting a little chunk of soap to lather up with in a shower. I love the fizzy bath bombs and the sweet smelling massage bars (especially when I’ve had a rough day that included three tests in three straight classes and a boatload of homework).

I just love everything about Lush. I love trying the cute seasonal products and always look forward to checking out what’s new. And, since I have tried a lot of face masks from Lush, I decided to make a little list of face masks that I would recommend.

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(And, just so you know, all of the photos {and the Lush Logo} are all from the Lush website. Their photos are so stunning that I couldn’t just not use them. So, all credit to them for the awesome photos.)

Masks for Oily Skin:

The first mask I would recommend for oily-skinned people is the Cosmetic Warrior mask. This is great for oily and acne prone skin because the tea tree oil and garlic in this mask does wonders for your skin. I would caution you because it does have a pungent garlic smell… But, it still is great for acne prone skin (so I’d still give it a try). The other face mask I would recommend is the Cupcake mask. This is the exact opposite of the Cosmetic Warrior in terms of smell. Cupcake smells like a chocolatey and minty wonderland. This is great for oily skin because it just calms the skin with vanilla and Rhassoul mud really does something special to your skin.

Masks That Exfoliate:

For super dry skin that needs a little scrub, I would recommend both the Don’t Look At Me and Cup O’ Coffee face masks. The Don’t Look At Me mask is super lemony and has a super vibrant blue color. It also has little rice particles that are perfect for sloughing off dead skin. The Cup O’ Coffee mask is great because it smells like coffee and works just like a regular coffee scrub. It also have kaolin (a Chinese clay) that draws out impurities while the coffee scrubs the day away. These both leave your skin soft, smooth, and bright.

Masks That Soothe:

I know that some days you just need something to soothe your skin. When a scrub isn’t helping your dry skin, reach for the Rosy Cheeks or Oatifix masks. The Rosy Cheeks face mask was made for the rose scent lover. It is super calming because of the rose oil and other calming ingredients. It is a super smooth face masks that just glides on and moisturizes your skin while also drawing out dirt (because of the kaolin). Oatifix is also a quality face mask because it has mashed bananas and oats in it to help soften the skin. It also has sandalwood oil and glycerin to help keep your skin moisturized.

Other Masks I Love:

And, we’ve come to the random masks that I really liked but didn’t know what group to put it in. Two other Lush face masks that I thoroughly enjoy are the Mask of Magnaminty and Ayesha. The Mask of Magnaminty is a cult favorite because it is a tingly scrub that isn’t too abrasive or harsh but still does a good job at exfoliating the skin and getting it cleansed. It also soothes the skin AND helps with redness. It is like a super mask. The last mask I will talk about is the Ayesha mask. This mask is super unique because tightens up the skin while toning and giving you a nice fresh look. It is a nice pick me up for your skin because it makes it nice and bright.

So, those are my recommendations for Lush face masks. What is your favorite Lush Face Mask?

Leave your favorites and any blog posts you want to see down below in the comments.

Skincare Sunday: My Essentials

I have a confession: I am a hardcore Sephora fanatic. There was one weekend where I went to Sephora four times… I went to Sephora four times in two days. (Note: I originally went in one day for face wipes and walked out with everything except face wipes… So, that accounts for two trips. The other two have no explanation other than I just got sucked in by the cool displays and always seem to find something new every single time I step foot in a Sephora.)

So, for me, skincare and makeup is a big part of my well being. Before you yell at me in the comments, hear me out. I love makeup. I love wearing a bold red lip and trying out new face washes and just experimenting with different makeup. Putting on makeup and treating my skin to a nice face mask are just two of the things that relaxes me.

With that being said, I have tried a good amount of different skincare products ranging from Lush goodies to face washes and moisturizers… And everything in between. So, I decided that I am going to do a Skincare Sunday series on my blog where I will talk about my favorite skincare products every other Sunday. I’ll be sharing Lush and Sephora hauls, new face masks I try, and any other skincare things you want to see (leave a comment below with what you want me to talk about or try).

So, without further ado, here are my current skincare essentials:

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So, I’m going to start with face washes because that is where my love of skincare started. When the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser came out, I really didn’t want to like it. I hoped that it would not be something I like because it is $38 and I go through face wash like it’s my job. But, this stuff is amazing. I’m one of those people who can’t have a super foamy or harsh cleanser on the daily, so this was made for me. It’s super gentle but still removes dirt, impurities, AND MAKEUP (and, if you accidently get it in your eyes, it won’t sting. Woohoo!). I can’t say enough good things about this. The other face wash I have is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. This is great for those days when you need a little exfoliation. I usually use this in the shower at least once a week and I am obsessed with the citrusy smell. It smells so refreshing and clean. I would recommend it if you are looking for a nice cleansing and exfoliating product.

But, sometimes I am being super lazy and just don’t really want to wash my face because I am tired and school wore me down and I have absolutely no motivation to do anything. That’s when I turn to the Korres Pomegranate Makeup Removing Wipes. These are wipes that both remove makeup and cleanse the skin pretty well. They also smell really nice and they are just handy things to have in your skincare collection because they really come in handy.

Sometimes I feel like being extra and end up using the Lush Cupcake Face Mask. I try to do a face mask every Sunday because I feel like it relaxes me (but sometimes life gets in the way). This was made for oily skinned people like me because it helps calm, cleanse, and mattify troubled skin. It smells like a chocolatey wonderland and it really helps soothe my skin when it gets a little irritated (which causes some redness). I love this face mask so much. The only thing that stinks is that I have to pick it up in store and the closest store is 45 minutes away (it’s so worth the drive though).

After I clean my face, I love to moisturize my skin with the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. This is a cult drugstore favorite that just about everyone and their mom loves. I bought this because my skin was getting super dry and the B5 Gel I was using wasn’t helping the dryness at all. I actually think it was making it worse. But, then I tried this stuff and it literally saved my parched skin.

The last two products are products that I got in a sample kit and fell in love with (I have bought the big size in one of them and am waiting to finish the sample up to buy the full size of the other). The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Rose was also one of those products that I hoped I didn’t fall in love with because the full size is $24. But, I fell in love with it because it helped the super dry lips that came along with the Accutane treatment I was on. And, I ended up shelling out the money to buy the big size of this because it is worth every pretty penny I spent on it. It smells wonderful, gives a super duper light tint, and keeps the lips moisturized for a while. It is so worth it guys. I would totally recommend grabbing it. The last essential product for me is the Murad Invisible Perfecting Shield. I placed this in the skincare area because it has SPF and can easily be worn alone to give you a nice blurred look. It is really a makeup primer, but it gives the skin a flawless look while keeping it safe from the sun with SPF 30. This is also an antiaging treatment, so it’s basically a super product that is great for just about everyone.

So, what are your go-to skincare products? Do you splurge or save when it comes to skincare?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you want to see on my blog! Have a great day!

BBQ Chicken Breast Meal Prep

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Well, I know that meal prepping can be daunting and scary. But, I am here to guide you through it. I am here to ease your fears and show you that meal prepping is so stinking easy… Even if you are a self-proclaimed “terrible cook”.

I used to be a terrible meal prep-er. I would either make too much and end up wasting some food because it went bad before I could finish it or I would make too little and have to improvise for a few meals a week (and end up eating cafeteria pizza with a whole lot of potato chips or an ice cream bar… three days in a row). But, I’ve finally cracked the code and figured out how to make this whole meal prepping thing work.

So, when I meal prep, I like to meal prep things for either lunch or dinner. I can easily make breakfasts in the morning, but I don’t always have unlimited time to make lunch and often have no idea what to have for dinner. Sometimes I am so pressed for time while making lunch that I just thrown random things in my lunch or end up buying lunch (lunches at my school aren’t really good fuel for my body… as mentioned above). So, I meal prep to save time and also make me eat vegetables and healthier foods.

I don’t like to do too much meal prep, though. I stick to a few staples that I know I will use up the next week and then roll with that. I usually like to meal prep brown rice and some sort of protein at the beginning of the week. I like having already cooked whole grains on hand because they are just so easy to pop in the microwave and eat in less than a minute.

For this week, I decided to make some delicious BBQ chicken because I am a sucker for putting barbecue sauce on just about everything. The only thing that stinks about barbecue sauce is that they are really high in sugar. But, I found a really nice low sugar option that actually tastes really good.

This recipe is a crockpot recipe, which basically means that you can easily set it and forget it. You just thrown in some chicken with some sauce and let it do its thing for a few hours and voila! You have a meal for everyday of the week. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking over a stove or someone who is a little forgetful in the kitchen… You’re welcome.

So, let’s get into the meal prep:

BBQ Chicken Breast With Steamed Vegetables

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • one bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I would go with a low sugar barbecue sauce)
  • one bag mixed veggies

Directions

  1. In a crockpot, add in the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Top the chicken with the barbecue sauce and cook on High for 3-4 hours (or cook on Low for 6 hours).
  3. Once it is done cooking, shred the chicken.
  4. Steam some veggies and place about a cup into a Tupperware container. Add the shredded chicken and place in the fridge until you need it throughout the week.


Note: If you want some more sweetness without added sugars, add some pineapple to the chicken and barbecue sauce mix. It gives a good amount of sweetness without being artificial. (And it just tastes really good.)

How I Meal Plan

So, I know you have heard this quote a million times, but “If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. That quote could not be any more accurate than it is right now. When I forget to meal plan or just get too busy to make some sort of loose plan at the beginning of the week, I always end up eating random unhealthy snacks (I AM LOOKING AT YOU SALTINE CRACKERS) and really just don’t make good choices on the fly. I need to plan a little in order to keep me loyal to a healthy lifestyle.

Meal planning and prepping is a big part of the whole getting healthy thing. If you want to start being a little more healthy, then meal planning was made for you.

I started meal planning about two months ago. For the first two years of my getting fit journey, I had just been writing down what I ate after I ate it and was logging my food and things that way. But, I had reached a point where I was getting off track a little because I didn’t have a set meal plan that I had to follow. The last few months, I’ve skidded a little bit and haven’t necessarily been eating as healthy as I would like to be.

So, I decided that I needed to come up with a new way to get back on track and get back to where I was before (and hopefully propel me towards my weight loss goal). I thought and thought and looked at Pinterest and then did even more thinking. THEN IT HIT ME. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It seemed so obvious– I needed to meal plan. I needed to have something put on paper that I just had to stick to.

So, for my meal planning, I use a Webster Page’s A5 Color Crush Planner. I have the pink one and it is the perfect size to place on my table or desk and meal plan with. If you want something you can take with you while you’re on the move, check out either the Webster’s Pages Traveler Notebook or their Personal Sized Planner. Both are great options to travel with and they don’t take up a ton of space.

And, for my inserts, I use this Calendar Pack I found at Michael’s. I love the bright and fun dividers and it is perfect for meal planning because there are nice vertical boxes that hold all of your food and fitness plans (and even some motivational stickers or quotes).

Now that you’ve got all of the essentials, you can get planning. Here’s how I did one of my weeks in January:

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So, I like to do my meal plan in the first vertical box section. I break it down into BLDS (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack) and I usually always fill out my breakfast, lunch, and snack options. For dinner, it’s a mystery because I never know if all of my family is going to be home for dinner or if I am going to have to make something for myself. I also like to leave one snack a week open just in case I want to treat myself (you have to treat yourselves guys!).

I like to leave my weekends empty also because they are also very hard to predict. I never now what I am going to eat during the weekends. The one spot I do fill out for the weekends is Saturday’s breakfast. That’s almost always a given for me.

After the food, I like to write down how many steps I get in a day. I am trying to get 10,000 steps every day in 2017, so I always make sure to track my steps everyday so that I can make sure I reach my goal. I separate my workout and the step counter with some washi tape because I have so many washi tapes it is ridiculous. The last thing I put in my planner is my workouts. I like to plan out my workouts so that I don’t just put off working out.

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I also love to add some quotes, stickers, and post it notes along with my washi tape. I will write out random quotes or use one of the bajillion stickers I bought from Me & My Big Ideas. I also like to add some recipes and meals to try (here’s a nice little homemade tomato sauce recipe for you. You’re welcome).

So, that’s how I meal plan. If you give meal planning a try, send a photo of your planner to me with #AvocardioAddict. I would love to see all of your beautiful planners. 🙂