Clean Eats Shopping Spree

It was GLORIOUS sleeping in yesterday morning. I woke up to sunlight! As opposed to the 430 am darkness. But hey, I shouldn’t complain since I am finally away from that night shift job!

I had breakfast and coffee…

My favorite morning snack

My favorite morning snack- plain greek yogurt and pom seeds, I also had a homemade granola bar- not pictured

Egg whites with leftover chopped up green beans! And a bit of organic ketchup (all clean)

Egg whites with leftover chopped up green beans! And a bit of organic ketchup (all clean)

Then got dressed and rocked a cute little hairdo!

Baggy clothes- G-Mama wasn't happy...

Baggy clothes- G-Mama wasn’t happy…

The sock bun! So easy and chic

The sock bun! So easy and chic

From the side, okay so it's a little large! It's supposed to be over the top!

From the side, okay so it’s a little large! It’s supposed to be over the top!

Phoebe and I headed to G-Mama and Pop Pops, YAY! It’s been 5 days since we have been over and the girls ATTACKED each other when they were reunited. Phoebe quickly felt right at home again

Oh so happy to be back...

Oh so happy to be back…

After catching up I decided to go to Whole Foods to do some grocery shopping and stock up on some “clean eats”. I had so much fun!

I must have bought my weight in apples. 4 different kinds.

I must have bought my weight in apples. 4 different kinds.

The nut aisle!

The nut aisle!

My cart filled up in no time…

Stocked up on Ezekiel bread. This will last quite some time. It's hard for me to find and freezer friendly. Scored ezekiel buns, wraps, and english muffins!

Stocked up on Ezekiel bread. This will last quite some time. It’s hard for me to find and freezer friendly. Scored ezekiel buns, wraps, and english muffins!

Check out line

Check out line

Let’s take a closer look at some of the fun finds :)

Fruit and Veggie wash! Curious to try this out

Fruit and Veggie wash! Curious to try this out

Goji powder. A superfood! The list of powerful vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients is CRAZY! Get this stuff! (sprinkle it in anything)

Goji powder. A superfood! The list of powerful vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients is CRAZY! Get this stuff! (sprinkle it in anything)

Different natural/cleanest protein powders I am trying until I find one I like

Different natural/cleanest protein powders I am trying until I find one I like

And check out these “white coat stuffers”- these are snacks I am going to portion out and put in my lab coat at work for hunger emergencies (when I don’t get a lunch)

Goji berries (the above picture is the powder form). These are like little fruit snacks!

Goji berries (the above picture is the powder form). These are like little super food fruit snacks!

Soy nuts (yum), sunflower seeds, and dried mango

Soy nuts (yum), sunflower seeds, and dried mango

Dried Mango is AMAZING. This has no added sugar. It is seriously natures fruit rollup! TRY IT!

Dried Mango is AMAZING. This has no added sugar. It is seriously natures fruit rollup! TRY IT!

After dropping off my groceries I was starving so I had some fruit, nuts, and a protein shake! I tried the “Raw Protein” chocolate one

Shake it up!

Shake it up!

It tasted like chocolate milk but more filling! I really liked it at first, but by the time I reached the last couple of sips I was unsure about it, it had a bit of an aftertaste. Plus, even though I shook it up really good, it was a tad grainy. I did realize I will never go back to regular protein powder with all those additives. It tastes so artificial! BLAH!

I headed back to G-Mama’s, gave my pup some love and off to the gym I went! SHOULDER DAY! My regular readers know this is my favorite day :)

I started with 30 minutes on the stair master, it felt really easy! I think it was the protein boost :)

And hit shoulder land (swap the pairs of these exercises after each set so you never break from your workout! best calorie burner)

  • Shoulder presses with 15 lb kettle bells, 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Side bends with 30 lb kettle bell, 20 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Upright row with a 40 lb bar, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Torso twist holding 35 lb kettle bell, 20 reps x 4 sets
  • Delt fly’s with 17.5 lb dumbbells, 15 reps x 5 sets
  • Squat holds with 10 pulses at the bottom x 5 sets
  • Front delt raises using a 20 lb bar, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Diagonal standing crunch (right arm to left knee) using a 12 lb kettle bell, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Rotator cuff open and close (elbows in tight to body, open and close the weights, palms face each other), 20 lbs each hand, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • 25 lb Kettle bell swings, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Lateral and Front Arm circles using 5 lb kettle bells each hand, 10 reps x 2 sets each direction, then 8 lbs each hand x 2 sets
  • Standing crunches holding a 25 lb kettle bell in the center, 15 reps x 4 sets

PHEW! WORK IT!

Finished with arc trainer goodness and some abs using the stability ball!

Oblique cruches- lay on the stability ball sideways (hip on ball), legs out straight and cross ankles. Crunch down over the ball and pull your torso back up. 12 reps x 2 sets each side

Lay like this, body will go sideways over the ball working the oblique to crunch back up!

Lay like this, body will go sideways over the ball working the oblique to crunch back up!

Also did regular crunches on this and alternated with spiderman pushups (pushup on toes,  bring your right knee up to right elbow with toe pointing far out to the right, and back straight and push up- they will be difficult)

Then stretched!

At the gym on the way out, Skinny Minnie!

At the gym on the way out, Skinny Minnie!

I am happy to say it’s only 11 days of clean eating and it’s made a HUGE difference in my body. Holiday weight is gone! Not even 2 weeks later! So try clean eating. It really works and it’s not hard at all!

Thank you clean eating!

Thank you clean eating!

Shoulders baby

Shoulders baby

At home I made the BEST clean dinner. When I was a vegetarian, I desperately missed sushi. Even now, I won’t go out to get it because again I am eating clean and you never know what you’re gonna get!

So I introduce you to the Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

So fresh, healthy, and taste like a sushi date night!

So fresh, healthy, and taste like a sushi date night!

Click the picture for the recipe! You won’t regret this one :)

Oh! And earlier in the day yesterday, I submitted my Skinny Minnie French Onion Soup to ABC’s The Chew’s website for a section they call “my bites”. They feature recipes by viewers and post them on the site, and a few lucky hopefuls will be featured on the show. Mine was accepted! Yay! I’m hoping for the phone call saying it’ll be featured. Fingers crossed. Check it out here:

Skinny Minnie French Onion Soup ABC’s The Chew (sadly the website isn’t listing the recipe! I submitted a whole long thing about it and it’s not up there!)

Leg day coming my way later today!

Come back tomorrow for more fun :)

Smile for time off!

Smile for time off!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

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