Monthly Archives: July 2012

Almond Butter Protein Cookie

These are a great snack or a good little breakfast on the go. I borrowed the recipe from  with just some minor changes. The Husband does not eat peanut butter so I substituted almond butter (our favorite). Give it a try!

Someone else enjoys these little protein packed cookies too! Supermodels get excited over their protein cookies. Check out Piper below ready for another:) Not a sexy expression, more like a hungry supermodel expression. She says more please!

These cookies are so easy to make.

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Quaker quick oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, pecans etc. (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate morsels (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas in a bowl and add almond butter. Mix completely. Add applesauce, protein powder, and vanilla extract to banana mixture and mix together. Add oatmeal, nuts and chocolate if using and mix thoroughly. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes. Drop by spoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten into rounds. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and enjoy for a treat or snack on the go!

Let Piper know if you like them as much as she does. Have a great day!

Does your pup like cookies too?


Taco Night!

It’s taco night!

Shredded salsa chicken crock pot style! So easy to do. Place 6 skinless boneless organic chicken breast in the crock pot. Add your favorite salsa. I use a fresh variation (not in a jar). Add a little taco seasoning, cover and cook on low for about 6 to 7 hours. There will be plenty of chicken for chicken tacos, chicken taco salad, chicken burritos, etc…

The Husband loved taco night. I used a whole grain taco shell open-faced. Topped with the shredded chicken, lettuce, a little cheddar, homemade guac, and home-grown tomatoes from The Husbands garden. Served with a side of  jalapeno(straight from my side of the garden)garlic butter grilled corn. Delicious:)

Corn recipe is on the way. Hope you enjoy. How do you do taco night? Do you use the crock pot?

Good Morning! Coffee:) Run!

It is peaceful, beautiful, not so hot and my favorite time of the day. Early mornings:)

I love how all you can hear are birds chirping their cheery little music. This is my favorite time to run, however it has not been happening very often lately. I feel inspired to set some new running goals. But first my other favorite time of the day.

Below is one of my favorite things in the house, the Keurig. If it broke right now, first thing on the agenda would be to purchase a new one. Now I am not saying I am a coffee addict, but I do enjoy coffee first thing in the A.M. Well on to the new goals:)

The Keurig

I am going to set myself up for a new challenge. I believe when you state your goals for others to know about you are more likely to follow through. It worked when I followed the Cellulite Project from , so here it goes. I have currently  been running just a couple of days a week, ugh.  For the next month I am going to rise and shine, 4 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday) and hit the streets.

  1. Week 1 will focus on 3 to 3.5 miles steady pace
  2. Week 2 will focus on fartleks or “speed play” up to 4 miles
  3. Week 3 will focus on tempo runs up to 4.5 miles
  4. Week 4 will focus on hills up to 5 miles

OUCH! I am ready! Who is in with me? Let me know if you have questions. Each week I will post instructions for fartleks, tempos etc… Friday it begins. I hope you join me so we can keep each other motivated.

So, What is your favorite time of day?

As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout program.

You Are What You Eat

You know the old saying “You are what you eat”?  Have people forgotten about that? In today’s world everyone is in a big hurry and we want everything now. Our lives have become so busy. Everyday people are driving fast, eating fast, preparing low quality foods fast, sleeping less, and moving less. Convenience is top priority for most these days. I admit, I am guilty of a couple of these and I want to change it.

When did washing an apple and eating it as a snack become such a pain in the a**? I never really see anyone walking in the park or an outdoor mall just snacking on an apple or any other whole food. People ask me many times what are some healthy snack ideas? It puzzles me a bit.  Have they forgotten that grocery stores sell fruit and vegetables and many more wholesome foods. I tell them a few whole food ideas and they often reply “I don’t like that.” Really? The more I have talked with people about this, the more I realize that these days going to the store or the farmers market, buying some fruit and veges, taking them home, washing and cutting them up for snacks is a pain in the a** for some folks. Well here is the deal, let’s all slow down, start going to the farmers markets, shop the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh whole foods, actually prepare them for cooking, cook them and sit back and enjoy them. Do your body good:)  You might find that you feel better and are less cranky. You might just start to enjoy these healthy foods.

Whole Foods vs Processed Foods

Whole foods are foods that come naturally from their source whether it is a plant or animal. Whole foods contain all of their original ingredients. Whole foods will provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. These foods have a short shelf life, they are full of flavor, have bright vibrant colors and are rich in texture. Whole foods contain antioxidants and fiber.

My summertime salad/Arugula, honeydew, raspberries

Processed foods have had many of their natural nutrients removed in order to be used in other products. Many processed foods contain added artificial ingredients, preservatives, sodium and sugar. These ingredients are put into food to extend the shelf life, enhance flavor and/or color, and maintain food consistency. There are still questions on the effects that these additives may have on our bodies. Why chance it with these foodstuffs? Do you think it is easier on the body to breakdown whole foods with their natural nutrients or processed foods with all of these creepy ingredients?

Processed food label with creepy ingredients

So what was your snack or lunch today? I would love to hear your thoughts:)

Food I am obsessed with right now:)*some info provided from and

Hello world!

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog. I started this blog to express my passion for striving to live a healthy lifestyle. I do believe good health is your wealth. I have been working in the health and fitness industry for years and I still love what I do. I have many people ask me about diet, losing weight, exercises, new workouts and motivation. I do not consider myself an expert, however I do have years of experience in the field. I am learning new things everyday to share.  The purpose of this blog is to document my lifestyle in health and fitness in a fun, inspiring way and hopefully it may motivate and inspire you to follow and get NTheFitZone.

Thanks for visiting:)

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