Crispy Chipotle Chickpeas

Take your snacking to a new level with these crispy alternatives!

CaloriesCarbsFatProteinFiberServings
113153.35.354

Ingredients: 
1 can of chickpeas 
8 grams oil of choice
1/8 tsp sea salt 
1/8 tsp southwest/chipotle seasoning of choice
Cayenne pepper (optional and to flavor preference)

Directions:
1. Drain chickpeas and let dry overnight (they will not get crispy if you don’t let them dry). 

To make them extra crispy you can skin them. This is a tedious task. The best way I found so far is to put them on a papertowel and then with a dry papertowl rub in a circle for 30 seconds. The skins come off slightly and then you can pull them out. The beans are shiny under the coats.

2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Place chickpeas in a bowl then coat peas with your choice of oil.

4. Once coated, add seasoning and stir. I threw them all in a pot and just give the entire thing a swirl until they were coated.


5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 
6. Spread coated chickpeas on pan evenly. 

I did 1 pan with skins and 1 without so I could taste the difference. They were crunchier without the skins but if you are going to eat them all right away then taking the time to skin them is not worth it.


7. Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool and EAT!
8. Store in an open container, this is critical so you do not trap moisture inside with the beans. This way they stay crispy.

Thai Butternut Curry w/ Shrimp

This Thai dish has a rich flavor profile served over jasmine rice and pairs fantastic with shrimp.

5 servings

Macros: 636 Calories 82C 16F 41P 6Fib

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Ingredients:

  • 28g coconut oil
  • 30g red curry paste
  • 1g yellow curry powder
  • 32g fish sauce
  • 20g raw spinach
  • 1 large lime (juice)
  • 700g cubed butternut squash
  • 100g minced shallot
  • 180g bone broth
  • 1 can lite coconut milk 
  • 6g sugar
  • 30g minced ginger
  • 70g crushed cashews (or nut of choice)
  • cilantro to garnish 
  • 180g dry jasmine rice
  • 112 medium shrimp

Instructions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan heat 1/2 coconut oil and saute shallots. Once cooked through, add bone broth, yellow and red curry, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice and butternut squash. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and cook until the squash is easily pierced with a knife. (About 20 minutes).
  3. Cook rice as instructed.   
  4. In a separate sauce pan, use remaining coconut oil to cook shrimp. 
  5. When curry butternut mixture is complete, allow spinach to wilt and mix into sauce. 
  6. Layer rice, butternut sauce, shrimp then garnish with of crushed cashews and fresh cilantro.

 

What is anxiety?

IMG_0198For years of my life I have struggled with anxiety and I didn’t even know that it was. I knew I had a streak of stubborness but I had no idea it was just anxiety. I would freak out if things didn’t go as planned. I litterly built my life around planning. I was a wedding planner, a strategic planner and buisness executive. I have a keen mind where I have that uncanny ability to see all the things that can ponetially go wrong before it ever happens. This is a beautiful insight as an operations executive but this also left me with frustration, wonder and worry.

If things didn’t go as planned or if someone wasn’t fitting inside of the box as I thought they should, my eye would twitch. Specifically, my left eye. This would happen when I was annoyed or when things weren’t going my way. This is not the most flattering literal twitch to have when you are leading a team of a couple hundred people people. There were many meetings where I would lean into my left hand just so that people couldn’t see my left eye twitching.

Then I learned present vs. future and where I am actually living.

When I feel myself getting into a state of just frustration because things are NOT going my way is when my stomach turns in knots and my left eye might twitch. The situation has not even happened yet and yet my body is experiencing the future as if it is happening now. The feelings my body is expereicing are the fear of what MIGHT happen.

Anxiety is worry and worry is the thought of something in the future.
It is NOT happening right now.

My eye would twitch because I was trying to controls something in the future that had not even happened yet. Once I was able to separate the difference between my feelings and myself i was able to get into action and impact what actually happened in the future.

Now when I start to feel flutters, twitches, heat, sweating about a situation i am I’m able to put my feet on the ground. I am able to become aware that whatever I am thinking about has not happened yet.

The circumstances that made you flutter, heat up or twitch are simply the reality of what is currently happening. Allowing these feelings to continue only distracts your mind from taking action. You have the choice to reframe your view of the situation. Instead of spending time and physical energy on the “shoulds/coulds” you can just get into action.

You have teh choice to stop putting your body in the future and allowing your anxieties or your frustrations to rule how you are experience your life, RIGHT NOW. The body can expereince feelings. You are not your feelings. You have a body. The feelings and sessations of the body do not define your personality or who you are.

Stop living in the future. Set yourself free, define the feeling and get into action.

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Sweet and Spicy. A powerful combination in this flavorful gluten free, vegan and antibody free dish.

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Macros
357 cal /serving : 69C | 6F | 10P | 9Fib

Ingredients: (serves 6)

  • 3 SMALL butternut squash or 2 large (After scooping out some of the innards to make space for the “stuffing” it was 200g of squash per side.
  • 160g, 1 cup of dry jasmine rice
  • 250g, 1 can of black beans
  • 250g, 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1, 16oz jar of salsa, lime flavored is the one I picked
  • 18g of fresh cilantro
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 avocado or 23g avocado per serving (1/4)
  • 56g goat cheese, 13g per serving
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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Wash the squash and cut them in half the long way, scoop out seeds/innards
  3. Place face up on a cookie sheet, I place aluminum foil down because the sugars can spill onto the sides
  4. Bake squash for about 1 hour or until soft/golden.
  5. Prepare stuffing while squash is cooking.

5. Cook rice as instructed.

6. Rinse and drain black beans, and corn.

7. Chop cilantro.

8. Mix rice, jar of salsa, cilantro, black beans, corn and spices together.

Once the squash is cooked, scoop out some of the inside to allow space for the stuffing.

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Layer stuffing into the squash and top with goat cheese or cheese of choice with avocado.

ENJOY!

#theYESandLife

The yes and life.

There is no right, there is no wrong. What if you could have everything you wanted and you were able to step outside of fear and stand in the yes of life?

Try this on for size, this week pick one day and any time someone invites you to do something you say yes. This experiment involves you getting out of your ego, pessimistic state of mind and go into the experience by full of curiosity.

What is the worst that could happen? You end up at a lunch that you didn’t plan on. At that lunch you meet someone while waiting in line that has one of the biggest business deals of your career. Or you get a free lunch. Or you learn something new about a co-worker that allows your work relationship and communication to thrive.

Humans get cough up in their reasons and the life they live completely out of habit. You have identified yourself as someone and you customize your entire world to fit that picture you have painted. You are a mom, so you tell yourself that you cant travel or take time to go to the gym. You are “Type A” so you tell yourself that you can’t do something spontaneous. You are unorganized so you tell yourself that you can be late for all of your meetings. There is a entirely different option out there and it all starts by saying yes.

You get to say “yes and…” fill in the blank.

Yes I will go to lunch and will you drive?

Yes, I will go on the snowboarding trip and I will keep my job.

Yes, I will be a mom and a badass.

Yes, I will be an engineer and a personal trainer.

Drop the either or that you have decided your life has to be and start living the life that you always dreamed.

Start with one simple “yes” this week.

Register for that program.

Have a fantastic marriage and be in an open relationship.

Book the flight.

Finish the book.

Hit a PR in the gym.

Have the hard conversation with your lover.

Whatever it is that is holding you back? I challenge you to go on the other side of your reasons and start customizing your life.

Register for the program you have always dreamt of but you dont know where the money is going to come from or you don’t know what hotel you would stay in. The point of this exercise is start somewhere. By registering for the program you are saying “yes!” Then all of the other situations/hows will fall together. You are telling the universe a direction and the how’s will start to show up. Give into the “WHAT” drives you and the hows, the paths, the money will start to align.

Have you always wanted to travel to another state but just were too scared or didnt know what would happen or you didnt have anyone to go with? Well this is your opportunity to do some research and get on the other side of your reasons. Start with the What, say yes and book the flight. Then all of your excitement will fuel the conversations you have with people. All of these conversations a random friend might become your co-traveler, someone might tell you about a great deal they got on a rental car and someone might give you a lead on an amazing adventure they recommend when you get there.

Build #theYESandLife of your dreams.

The Wellness Way

I am a fitness professional, I train my body both with stress and rest, I track my macros, I sleep, I drink enough water, I follow all of the instructions of “what to do” and yet, I felt like health should be easier than what I have been doing. I was still not able to sleep, had gas, having a hard time breaking plateaus, carried a lot of information, brain fog and digestion problems.

In October of 2018 I jumped and I decided I wanted to take my health to the next level. I wanted to identify why my body was acting up and was not operating at its highest level. I had been visiting Integrated Functional Health in Bettendorf Ia. I had some dramatic improvements and shifts in my body by working with Matt DeWild and he recommended I look into the work that Dr. Stacey Wiley at Complete Balance Chiropractic was doing with The Wellness Way.

I dove right in.

Dr. Stacey is a chiropractor that works through a system call The Wellness Way. She is amazing, personable and understands the real life application of trying to heal from the inside out. This system starts with testing. She will not treat without doing testing. There are no guesses or adjustments to programming without looking at the data first.

I followed Matt’s instructions and emailed Dr. about what I was looking to heal. She personally got back to me in less than 6 hours and then asked me if I would rather text her. I got a phone appointment that next week and we talked through the testing kits she would have me do.

I had to have my blood drawn by a local lab and then I completed 4 stool samples and sent them off to the lab as instructed in the testing kit. It would take 1-4 weeks to get the results back from the two labs.

My blood results came back the following Monday and she immediately got in contact with me because the results show that i didn’t have an intolerance or allergies to food (which i had been tested for before), but i had the antibodies for 17 different foods. All of which I had consumed the weekend before.

Antigens:

Having the antigens for foods means that when I consume them my body believes that they are a virus and attacks them vs. warding off many of the other viruses that we come into contact with. (This explains the years and years and years of constantly becoming ill). I have been in a constant state of war.

The biggest hurdle would be switching up my routine to accommodate new foods and avoiding this list:

  • Almonds
  • Beef
  • Casein
  • Crab
  • Egg Whites
  • Egg Yolks
  • Lobster
  • Cows Milk
  • Mustard
  • Peas
  • Peanuts
  • Pork
  • Scallops
  • Sesame
  • Soybean
  • Tuna
  • Bakers Yeast

I tackled this head on and communicated with the people in my life so they would know how best to support me through this discovery and learning process. I got to play with this for 3 weeks prior to my other test results coming back.

At this time i met with Dr. Stacey in person and we would talk about the supplements to add my routine to help combat.

The remainder of my test results would reveal that I did not have a candida problem (had always been told that this was an an issue), but i didn’t have a high count for a different yeast in my intestines (dysbiotic flora). Some of the symptoms that I experience from this internal yeast infection include: inflammation, gas, cramping, normal disturbance, fatigue, ear infections, acne and brain fog. I also found out that my immune response is upgregulated the tissue in my GI track is normally the first immune barrier and mine was angry!

In December I started on a course of supplements to help start to tackle and bring my system better into balance. I still track my macros and eat all the foods but now these things are added in to help out. I have 2 courses of supplements I take when I wake up and when I go to bed and then every time I eat i take a few supplements to help break down the food and help start to tackle the yeast.

When I first eliminated the foods that were on my list I immediately began to notice differences. I am less puffy, I can sleep better, I have no gas, and I am able to focus better. Spiritually, a whole different connection to my mind/body experience is different and a lot of fun. The cheetah print on my skin has started to change. The spots on my arms would turn red or purple at least 1 time per week if not every day. For the past 3 weeks they have been white.

on my skin has started to change. The spots on my arms would turn red or purple at least 1 time per week if not every day. For the past 3 weeks they have been white.

I am not perfect with all the foods but I avoid my list 85% of the time. It takes time to look at labels but once I learned what things work for me I have been sticking to those items. Aldi has been the cleanest grocery story to find things at and Thrive Market online has been a savior.

The Wellness Way has clinics all over the country and I would recommend checking them out if you are curious of how to optimize your body. Going through the hard time to walk out on the other side healthier has been worth it. This journey is not over with and I will update you along the way.

Frustration, what is it?

Frustration is a judgement and a resistance to something that has already taken place and now, is in the past. By pulling your experience of something that has happened in the past you are pulling your pain with you. This pain is your experience of frustration.

Changing the past is not an option. Spending your time thinking about how you re-do or change the past is not only a waste of your mental space but it is a waste of your time. You don’t have to fear it happening again if you take action.

The external frustration

The external frustration is something that happened to you, around your or because of you in your environment. You are physically or mentally getting upset because of remembering that. If it happened 5 minutes ago or 5 years ago… either way it is in the past. You can reclaim your frustration and energy by getting into action and clean up the mess. By communicating about your experience what happened internally and what you want in the future you have created change vs. the internal argument that you are experiencing.

If you are afraid of what that person might say… give that up. That is literally made up in your head and if you don’t communicate about your experience then you are stuck in the frustration. The worst that happens if that person gets upset and either way it is off your chest and that confrontation is also now in the past.

The internal battle

If your frustration is an internal battle, then you are out of alignment with a commitment you set up for yourself. The same idea, you get the opportunity to clean up the mess. You cannot change what you did but you can change how you show up and the story you tell about yourself moving forward. Is the goal not realistic, do you need a new time frame, is it something you still really want? You cannot change the past, you only can release the frustration and change the circumstances, the commitment and then communicate it as the new possibility.

You only can control your experience in the now.

Frustration is eliminated through action.

Whatever your reason is for sitting in your frustration, it is now your choice to do the unreasonable and show up/ speak up and be your integrity.

Butternut Apple Ginger Soup

This soup has so much flavor and depth! Worth a try and fairly easy to make as long as you own a blender.

Macros
232 cal /serving : 48C | 3F | 9P | 10Fib (no pine nuts included)

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 15g extra virgin olive oil (1tbsp)
  • 400g yellow sweet onion (2 small onions)
  • 550g Granny Smith Apple (2 Large apples)
  • 1400g butternut squash (1 medium sized)
  • 960g bone broth (1 box)
  • 20g ginger fresh minced
  • 30g minced garlic
  • 1.5tsp ground tumeric
  • 6tbsp pine nuts (optional not included in macros)
  • Salt and pepper for taste

Preheat the oven to 350. Cut the butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place face down on a lined cooking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour or until the squash is soft. On another large cookie sheet dice apples (leave the skins on for the fiber) and bake on a lined cookie sheet for about 30 mintues or until tender.

In a large soup pot sautee onions and garlic in the olive oil.

Once all ingredients are cooked, spoon butternut squash out of its skin into a blender. Add in onion mixture and apples (about half of the fruit and vegetables fit int my blender so I have to do 2 batches) add the bone broth to the blender to liquify. Put the cap on and blend away. While the blender is running, brown the pine nutes in a separate pan adding salt for taste. Add ginger, tumeric, salt and paper and allow the blended mixture to simmer on the stove. Serve with brown pine nuts on top.

Intermittent Fasting Meal Prep on the Go

A lot of clients ask how I handle food on the go. I leave my house every day around 7 AM and don’t return until after 8 PM most days of the week. Even though I am always on the go I want to stay on track. If I plan on being successful with performance, mental clarity and body composition then having the right nutrition with me needs to be a priority.

I preach meal prep and it is the habitual tool that creates consistency and focus in my life. Many days of the week I eat the same things during the day and then mix it up for my last meal of the day. Once I get home, I know that I have one more meal after my workout or late night in the office. I save about 22g of fat and 50g of carbs so I have the flexibility to eat or even possibily have a scotch.

I typically also practice intermittent fasting. I do this so I can stack as many calories as I can until after lunch. I lift in the evenings, by stacking or saving my food until after lunch this allows me to have the most energy for my lift.

My current macro split for the entire day it is 180g carbohydrates, 55g fats and 170g protein. Below is the food I take with me to work.

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This is all the food that I will take with me for the day

My feeding schedule:

  • 7 AM coffee with coconut milk
    • 1c 3f 0p
  • 8 AM Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee
    • 4c 1f 0p
  • 9 AM – 12 PM Organifi Red and Green
    • 9c 0f 2p
  • 12 PM fajita salad with, turkey taco meat, black beans and a mini avocado
    • 55c 13f 52p
  • 2 PM steamed broccoli with venison and black beans
    • 28c 2f 34p
  • 4 PM pre-workout snack, strawberries with chicken breast
    • 18c 2f 28p
  • 6:30 PM or after workout: sautéed vegetables with ground turkey and red sauce
    • 15c 10f 28p
  • 8 PM last meal of the day: a cherry smoothie with chocolate protein and sunflower butter
    • 51c 19f 26p

I make all of this food on Sunday and have the containers ready to go in the refrigerator or freezer. In the morning, all I have to do is load containers into my cooler and then head off to work. If you’re curious of how I manage all of my protein follow this link to the Meal Prep Meat Production post.

At the end of each day before I go to bed I track the next day’s macronutrient plan in MyFitnessPal. I do not track the last meal of the day because I like the flexibility of doing something sporadic during the day or being creative when I get home from the gym. I save 20g of fat and 60g of fat and 30g of protein for my last meal. This way if I want some chicken and a glass of scotch I can.

Want to see exactly what im eating? Follow me at UserName: RMBiagioli at
MyFitnessPal. 

And So It Is.

Resolution vs. Intention

It is now the time to begin moving beyond the source of setting a resolution. Resolution is an acknowledgment that something is wrong if not good enough with the current pot present state. If the moment is perfect and you cannot change the now then you can only move forward. In the moving forward is the ability to set an an intention. Intention is the ability tans the outlook that you want something more. That you intent to create a new owls and that there is a possibility that you currently are not living into. Intention has a positive undying tone vs. resolution which is caring the past into the future. Interior is about seating yourself free and saying now. Now is the time and now again and that you intend to show up differently.

Set intention not resolutions because there is nothing wrong with the past and you are able to set yourself free from the way of being that you once were and you no long need to carry that experience from your childhood or last week into your future.

Your way of being was built as a protective mechanism so you would not have to feel like something was wrong, you were not good enough, your on your own and that you don’t belong. These beliefs no longer serve who you are becoming.

Setting an intention is being free to create your life as possibility.

Setting an intention is having integrity with the current situation.

Setting an intention is knowing that the universe will guide the path for your greatest growth. You may not know the how but you can create the “what”.

You get to be the one that explores the light between each. The path may not be of least resistance but it will be perfectly set up for you to grow the most and become who the universe has set for you to become.

And so it is.