Transformation Tuesday

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It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I stopped counting calories and started doing CrossFit, which also led to adopting my Paleo lifestyleI was completely out of my comfort zone and working my butt off. I pushed myself to go to the gym at least four or five times per week. I cut out all the unprocessed crap in my diet and added liquid vitamins that gave me more energy than I could believe. It was hard as hell but gratifying at the same time. It took hard work and sweat to get me here and it was worth every second. The picture on the right is from 2009, the left is from October 2014. I am stronger and more confident in my body and mind.  I don’t compare myself to others anymore; just to the person I was yesterday. I am always striving to be a better me, no one else.

The pictures above don’t only represent how far I have come, but I also hope it inspires others to keep going with their goals. You are going to want to give up and quit; to take the easy road, I’ve been there—we have all been there. Let this time be different. Promise yourself to stick to your goals and stay true to it, to yourself, and you will see results. There will be days where you question yourself and your program. Keep going. You are worth it. Don’t compare yourself to all the other people in the room, gym, in line at the grocery store. Compare yourself to you. It is gratifying to see how far I have come these past few years, and even more so thinking about where I will be in the next few years.

Make this year about YOUR transformation. Whatever your goals may be, you can reach them.

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xo,

Curls&Kale

Chocolate Protein Waffles

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This recipe has been a LONG time in the making. I have been trying to perfect this recipe since July! I finally think I have mastered this recipe enough to share it with all of you 🙂

It has been quite the busy Summer and I can’t believe it is already Fall! I have moved into a new place and got a new job all in this past month and unfortunately, have had little time to work on my blog. However, I have still made time to test new recipes and gather more ideas to share with you soon! Although I would love to get to a point where I have time to blog recipes on a regular basis, I know it isn’t always realistic. My hope is that you will still follow what I post and try my recipes throughout your own busy life. I can guarantee this recipe will not disappoint and will soon become a weekend staple as it has for my house! Enjoy!

xo,  Curls&Kale

 

Recipe:

3-4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 1/4c Strawberries, blended until smooth (about 1 container of fresh strawberries)

4 eggs, Whisked

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted

1 c Arrowroot Flour

1 c Chocolate Protein Powder (I use this one)

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 TBSP Cocoa Powder

3/4 c Chocolate Chips (I use these)

Pinch of Salt

Coconut oil Spray

 

Instructions:

Plug in your waffle iron to start warming up.

Take a carton of fresh strawberries and pulse them in a blender until smooth. I used my magic bullet and it took about 1 container of strawberries to make 1 1/4c of blended strawberries.

Whisk eggs together in a medium-large size bowl. Add vanilla and melted coconut oil.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, protein powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.

Slowly add the dry ingredient mix into the wet ingredients. Stir together until everything is mixed together.

Add the chocolate chips into the waffle mix and then transfer into a measuring cup or other easy to pour container.

Use the coconut oil spray to grease both sides of the waffle iron. When the waffle iron is ready, pour mixture into your waffle iron and close the lid until cooked through. My waffle iron takes about 3 minutes to make the waffles crisp and delicious. You will just need to test out your own iron to see how long they will take.

Note: Before you pour each waffle into the iron stir the waffle mixture. The chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the mixture so you need to continue to stir them to the top so they are evenly distributed when you are making your waffles.

*This recipe was adapted from a post I saw here!

Enjoy!

 

A Taste of Summer-Lamb Burgers

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I am LOVING this Summer weather and these burgers! It seemed winter this year was a lot longer than usual and Summer is my favorite time of year so I have been itching to start cooking some fresh summer foods. Saturday we grilled some of these burgers for a few friends and they were a huge hit. Lamb is a leaner protein and also a little gamey so the seasoning really enhances the flavors of the burgers, if you can’t find lamb, beef would work just as well. Enjoy!

Recipe:

Makes 6 Burgers

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 12 Minutes

Total Time: 22 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Ground Lamb

2 tbsp Ground Cumin

1 tbsp Dried Thyme

1 tbsp Dried Oregano

1.5 c Fresh Blueberries

Optional Burger Accompaniments (as seen in photo): 

Grilled Pineapple

Fried Duck Egg

Lettuce leaves

Moo Goo (Recipe coming soon!)

Instructions:

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.

In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together lamb and spices. Gently fold in blueberries so you do not mash the berries. Divide meat into 6 equal portions and form into 1/2 inch-thick patties.

Once the grill is hot, place burgers on grill, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the burgers and the finished cooking time depends on how well done you want your burger. Grill for 3-4 more minutes for a medium-well burger. Remove burgers from the grill and let rest for 2-3 more minutes.

Additions to make the recipe look like the picture:

While the burgers are cooking,  slice 1/4-inch thick slices of pineapple and place them on the grill just to warm and get grill marks. On the stove, fry a duck egg (or regular egg) until it is cooked over easy. Assemble: Lay a piece of lettuce for the base, add a grilled pineapple slice, lamb burger, fried duck egg and the moo goo.

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burger 3Credit for these awesome photos goes to my good friend, Erin. She is an amazing photographer and also made me a photo station for all my future blog recipes. Thanks Erin! 🙂

xo, Curls&Kale

 

Regionals Weekend

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Can you believe it is Friday already? It seems like this week went by way too fast. Don’t worry, I’m not complaining; I think we should have three- or four-day weekends every week. This post was intended for Tuesday or Wednesday but quickly turned into today when I ran out of time all week. Last weekend I had the opportunity to go down to Virginia to watch the CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals. It was my first time going to Regionals and the anticipation was killing me. We packed up all our things Thursday night and made the 3 ½ hour hike down to Fairfax, VA.
Back in March I signed up to be a volunteer at Regionals; if you ever get the opportunity—take it! I had one shift on Friday from 7 AM to noon. I checked other volunteers in, sent them to their locations, and then I worked the ticketing booth. It may not seem like much, but it was fun, I got to meet a ton of people, and got some really cool stuff. First of all, you get a free Reebok t-shirt to wear as a volunteer, then you get a wristband that gives you free access to events all weekend (whether you are volunteering that day or not), AND a weekend pass for a friend. You also get a free paleo meal ticket to use during or after your shift as well as a 25% off Reebok gift card. Talk about having perks for volunteering right?! The weekend tickets for Regionals are $50-$60 alone (that isn’t even including all the behind the scenes and how things work and are set up, plus all the people you meet). In the ticketing booth, I got to greet all the CrossFitters from around the Mid-Atlantic region. I even had the privilege of meeting the owner of AgainFaster without even knowing it! Who knew a young looking 30 year old guy owned AgainFaster? I didn’t, until another volunteer squealed at me after he walked away.
After my shift was over, the real events started. Our local friends at South Mountain CrossFit, who are completely badass, were competing in the team events. There’s nothing better than the camaraderie you feel when being a part of a competition like this among athletes who love the sport just as much as you. The best were those last to finish, with the entire heat of athletes cheering them on. That’s what I love about CrossFit, for the most part, we leave our egos at the door and uplift everyone during a workout. There is also room for friendly competition, but winning isn’t everything and one loss does not defeat or define you.
The pictures below are some of the highlights from the weekend, enjoy!


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The TrueForm Runner from Rogue. Who says CrossFit can’t have treadmills?? Well this isn’t a typical treadmill. It is powered solely by the person using it. The user needs to find his/her own balance and stability on the treadmill to work properly and by doing this, teaches correct running techniques. It’s pretty cool if you ask me but I don’t think you’ll see many of them around with that price tag! 

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I respect anyone who does any kind of fitness. If you are one of those people who are on the elliptical for hours every day and you enjoy it, that’s great–but that is definitely not me and I find this shirt hilarious and cannot wait to see my two year old niece wearing this around.

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Ben Smith after dominating the hang snatch WOD with 280lbs. Like it was nothing. He is probably one of my favorites and he had an awesome weekend!

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Saving the best for last, I got to meet my favorite CrossFit chick, Christmas Abbott! Remember how I mentioned another volunteer squealed when I was talking to the AgainFaster owner? Well, I’m pretty sure I almost ripped off my boyfriend’s arm when we walked past Christmas. I could not get the words out of my mouth about who we had just passed and he was so confused until I could finally collect my thoughts. If you haven’t already figured it out, grace and poise are not my strong suits. I don’t always think before I act, I’m awkward and a little weird when I meet new people (and apparently get too excited for words when I pass by people and know who they are). Christmas is as sweet as you would expect her to be. She talks to everyone like she has known them forever. She even seemed disappointed when we didn’t stay to chat after the photo, as, sadly, there was a line forming behind us. Hey Christmas, if you’re reading this, we could be friends.

xo, Curls&Kale

Stupid Easy Paleo Simple Paleo Tortillas

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Similar to probably every other paleo-nut out there, I love reading other blogs and trying out new recipes while also reading about other bloggers’ lives (we all secretly love hearing about other people’s lives right? It’s not just me?). I have a list of all my favorite blogs HERE, but once in awhile I also want to highlight specific blogs—and specific recipes– when something particularly catches my eye. I found a fellow CrossFit and Paleo blogger, Stupid Easy Paleo, a few months ago and can’t get enough from her website. Her paleo recipes are exactly what her name describes: easy! There are not a million different ingredients in her recipes that you have to spend a ton of money on and her recipes are simple to put together. She really caught my attention with these simple paleo tortillas. You can find the details and directions on her BLOG and you can find arrowroot and coconut flour HERE or I have also found them in Whole foods and specialty stores.  I made a few batches of these tortillas this weekend and really thought they were going to be more difficult than her directions read, but it turns out they are just as simple and her instructions and pictures are perfect. I used a nonstick pan and heated the pan prior to adding any of the batter. When you are adding the batter, you don’t need a lot. I made this mistake with my first tortilla before I understood how to pour a little bit of the batter and then roll the pan around to move the batter all across the bottom. The tortillas cook fast so keep an eye on them. One batch will make 3 tortillas if you don’t pour too much batter in the first time like I did. Three tortillas weren’t enough for me and another hungry CrossFitter so I made a double batch. I made tacos with them and also just spread some honey and cinnamon on them for a sweet dessert, they are amazing! This is perfect for any meal that would normally have tortillas and they could even be a quick pre or post workout snack. She states they are easy to fold up and freeze so you can make them ahead of time and then pack them for your afternoon workout.

Ingredients you will need for one batch:

For directions and step-by-step pictures visit Stupid Easy Paleo, she also has a great section for athletes so check out her full site!

xo, Curls&Kale