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4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip No Bake Cookie // No Flour, No Eggs, No Oil, No Butter Fitness

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I have a huge sweet tooth so I love making cookies. The problem with making cookies is that you have to make a lot of them and who can really only have one cookie when there is a plate full of them sitting on your kitchen counter? Most cookies aren’t very healthy either. While I am all for having fresh baked cookies in moderation, sometimes I just want something sweet that won’t throw me off track.

Enter: the cookie that will save your diet. The 4 ingredient chocolate chip no bake cookie that has no flour, no eggs, no oil, and no butter.

I posted this the other day and, let me tell you, I’ve made it twice since then. It is seriously awesome and so easy to make!

All it takes is 4 ingredients and 3 minutes of your time. Not too bad of a deal, huh?

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 tbs PB2
  • 2-3 tbs vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbs mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients except the chocolate chips- start with 2 tbs almond milk and add more as needed (it will be a sticky consistency- a little drier than regular cookie dough).
  2. Add chocolate chips.
  3. Microwave if you want to melt the chocolate chips

 

It is so good! And so easy!

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It would also be good if you add vanilla.

Talk to me below!
What’s your favorite cookie?

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Protein Packed Vanilla Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie + Summit Nutritions Whey Protein Review Fitness

 

 

 

After back to back weekends out of town, I am seriously feeling the sluggish effects of eating poorly. Last week, I had a tough time getting back on track after New York City and then last weekend I went to Atlanta to surprise my mom for her birthday. We went to a restaurant called McKendrick’s. It’s a really nice steakhouse and the food was AMAZING. They had this lobster mac n cheese that was to DIE for.

On Sunday, I met up with Becca for brunch at J. Cristophers. I got the Eggs Cristopher. It was like an eggs benedict, but it had tomato, bacon, and turkey. Based on my history with brunch, it’s obvious that I love eggs benedict.

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The weekend was a lot of fun, but I was so stuffed full of rich and delicious food that I felt so blah.

I decided to come at this week hard, so I started the week off with a delicious smoothie. It was a protein packed vanilla peanut butter banana smoothie and it was AMAZING.

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All I used was 1 packet of Summit Nutritions 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate in Vanilla Alpine flavor, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 2 tbs of dry PB2, and 1 banana.

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Summit Nutritions sent me some of their protein to try in exchange for an honest review so I decided to mix it into a couple of smoothies.

Summit Nutritions 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate is a protein powder that has far less carbs and fat and the same amount of protein as other protein powder brands. It is gluten-free, lactose-free, has no GMO’s, and it is sweetened with Stevia.

I tried it mixed with 8 oz of water and, honestly, I wasn’t a fan. It is incredibly good for you, but the taste isn’t very strong. You would need to mix it with milk or almond milk. It IS however, amazing in smoothies. It has a faint sweet taste and is perfect for sweetening up a smoothie and adding a ton of protein.

I would definitely purchase this product again simply because it is a great way to add a lot of protein to something drastically changing the taste of what you’re trying to make. I think it would be great in iced coffee (NOT HOT- The whey will bake- YUCK).

Overall, I’d give this product a 7/10.  It didn’t knock my socks off, but there were definitely more pro’s than con’s!

Do you use protein powders in your smoothies?

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
  


A Little More About Carrie… Life

After a month of blogging and a feature on Humans of New York, I feel like it’s time for me to share a little more about me.

I don’t want to write a biography because that’s boring, so I thought I would put together a little list of things about me!

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  1. I grew up in Northern California
  2. I have 2 younger sisters!
  3. I live in Savannah, Ga with my husband and 2 fur babies
  4. We’ve been married for almost 3 years.
  5. I battled anorexia from age 8 to age 16.
  6. From age 16 to age 20 I battled with binge eating.
  7. It took a doctors appointment telling me I had high cholesterol and was classified as pre-diabetic to get my ass into gear.
  8. I had a membership to a gym on campus but I paid for a gym off campus because that’s what I was comfortable with.
  9. I used MyFitnessPal to track my food.
  10. I ran. A LOT.
  11. My official starting weight in March 2011 was 163 lbs.
  12. I weighed 115 lbs in November of 2011.
  13. Over the next couple of years I gained back a lot of that weight due to losing it so quickly.
  14. After gaining back some of what I lost, I realized I needed to live healthy instead of aim for skinny.
  15. Now I maintain around 130 and I don’t stress!
  16. I’m no longer classified as pre-diabetes
  17. I’ve run multiple 5ks, 2 half marathons, a Warrior Dash, and a Tough Mudder.
  18. My pant sizes range from a 1 to a 12 (not even kidding- pant sizes are stupid)
  19. My favorite food is cheese and Cuban pastelitos.
  20. My favorite movie is Armageddon
  21. My second favorite movie is Die Hard.
  22. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration
  23. I work as an academic advisor at a university and I LOVE it.
  24. I have a running buddy and she’s the BEST. We run on Tuesday’s after work.
  25. I have a pretty weird sense of humor.
  26. I don’t have a gallbladder or an appendix.
  27. I love to travel but I get really anxious about going places I haven’t been (SPOILER ALERT: I do it anyway).
  28. I still watch WWE (not even ashamed).
  29. Law and Order SVU and Criminal Minds are my go-to binge watching shows.
  30. I’ve seen every X-Men movie in theaters on opening weekend.

I tell yall this because I really am just a normal person who was obese, worked hard, and got healthy. When I say anyone can do it if I can do it, I really mean it! I wouldn’t sit in a gym parking lot, much less work out in a gym. I was able to change my life around and I sincerely hope I can motivate you as you live healthy with me!


Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Fitness

I know what you’re thinking. Brussel sprouts are gross. But really, they’re not. Brussel sprouts is a go-to veggie in our house because there are so many ways to make them! Sweet or savory, brussel sprouts make a perfect side dish- when made correctly.

A lot of people associate brussel sprouts with nasty, boiled, mini cabbages. That is not how brussel sprouts should be made! They deserve a little extra attention because they can really become something incredible.

I decided to give you guys one of my go-to brussel sprouts recipes because it is really easy and it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish!

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The nutrition content can really change depending on the amount of oil and cheese you use, but just use your eye and your judgement.

You’ll need|

-Brussel Sprouts (not frozen!)
-Olive oil
-Grated Parmesan Cheese
-2-3 cloves of garlic minced

You’ll do|

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut each sprout in half and place into a large bowl
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  3. Drizzle 1-2 tbs of olive oil over the sprouts. roasted_brussel_sprouts2-1 copy
  4. Add your minced garlic and toss until sprouts are coated with oil and garlic.
  5. Transfer sprouts to a cookie sheet and top with grated parmesan roasted_brussel_sprouts3-1 copy
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until sprouts have browned and are slightly soft.

 

Serve on the side of any protein and you’ve got yourself one awesome meal! You’ll never look at brussel sprouts the same 😉


Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners // Review + Giveaway! Fitness

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The Crock Pot is probably one of the best inventions ever. When days are busy, it’s a lifesaver to be able to throw some ingredients in the crock pot and let it turn into dinner during the work day.

I’ve made a few crock pot meals this week and they’ve all be amazing!

On Monday, I made shredded Spicy Barbecue Chicken. It was super easy! I just threw frozen chicken into the crock pot with about ¼  cup barbecue sauce, ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, and ¼ cup wing sauce. I cooked it on high for 6 hours, shredded it, then added some more barbecue sauce before putting it on buns. It was so good!

The issue with a crockpot, to me, was lack of variety. I was either making pulled something, chili, or soup. Very rarely did I ever make anything other than that. When Antares Press sent me their cookbook Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners in exchange for a review, I was really excited! Pinterest has a TON of great recipes for a crockpot, but there are so many that it can get overwhelming.

I made a couple recipes from this cookbook and I was very impressed! The first one, Creamy Mexican Chicken, had 4 ingredients and was incredibly easy. It tasted really good, too! I put mine in tortillas and we had plenty leftover for lunches. It was good without any tortillas as well.

The second meal I made was the Bacon Ranch Chicken. I wasn’t sure about this one because it calls for cream of chicken soup and peas. I omitted the peas and kept the cream of chicken soup even though I’m not a huge fan of it. This dish was actually really good as well! We ate ours on sandwiches, but you could definitely serve it with a veggie on the side.

I honestly probably picked the two most boring recipes out of the book because I had to use the ingredients I had on hand but there are so many amazing recipes in this cookbook and I can’t wait to try more of them!

Some of those recipes include:

  • Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
  • Curried Chicken Breasts
  • Balsamic Almonds
  • Thai Chicken Soup
  • Tex-Mex Chicken Stew
  • Pepper Venison Steak
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Ratatouille
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Cheesecake
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • and a TON more!

 

I would love for you to try some of these recipes with me, so I am giving away 5 copies of the eBook! You don’t have to have a Kindle to read the eBook. You can download the free Kindle reader app on your smartphone. If you have a nook or other reader, don’t worry! I have those formats as well.

You can get entered to win by going to the Keeping Carrie Fit Facebook page, find the giveaway post (it will be pinned to the top of the page), and comment with the recipe from the list above that you want to try most!

The contest will end on Monday, February 23rd and the winners will be announced the next day!

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Yoga Class // Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder Review // Matcha Cookies Recipe! Fitness

Tonight I went to a yoga class and it was AWESOME. I used to do yoga on Saturday mornings with my mom, but that was 10 years ago and I haven’t gone to a real class since then. I’ve practiced yoga at home on and off but I really started practicing daily over the past couple of weeks. I’m no yoga expert, but I enjoy doing it at night to wind down before bed. On my own, I’ll practice a few series of asanas (poses), but it’s hard because I only know so many! I have some yoga apps that are helpful, but I wanted to get in an actual class, so I did!

I was nervous at first because it had been so long since my last class. I brought my own mat but there were mats to use if someone didn’t have their own. I didn’t know what to expect regarding shoes because yoga is generally practiced barefoot, but I wasn’t sure if that was going to be allowed since it was in a gym. Luckily, we were allowed to go barefoot (like I said, I used my own mat).

The class was about an hour long and included poses that I was familiar with and some that I wasn’t. It was nice to be led rather than trying to make it up as I went along.

Overall I really enjoyed it!

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When I got home, I enjoyed a delicious green tea latte made with Kiss Me Organics Green Tea Matcha Powder. Kiss Me Organics sent me some of their Matcha powder to try in exchange for an honest review. I mentioned this product on Facebook earlier because I made cookies with it. This stuff is awesome.

Matcha is finely milled green tea. It comes in powder form. Matcha is said to have significantly more benefits than regular green tea because matcha is processed in a much different way than green tea. Matcha is said to improve focus and energy without any violent crash, improve metabolic speed (which green tea is known for anyways- matcha just improves it more), and some have said that it has helped clear their skin.

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I have only been using it a couple of days, so I can’t speak on the metabolism or skin claims, but I have noticed that I am more able to focus on the tasks at hand after drinking green tea lattes I have made with Kiss Me Organics matcha. It is really easy to make a latte, too! Just add hot milk, whisk until frothy, and add sweetener if you’d like (I wouldn’t make it without sweetener but that’s a personal preference. I used Stevia for my matcha latte).

What’s awesome about matcha is the versatility. I made cookies with it! It was really easy and the matcha powder didn’t change the texture of the dough at all.

matcha cookies

Matcha Cookies
(adapted from SparkPeople)

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 eggs
3/4 c vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c sugar
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, sift together all dry ingredients
3. In a smaller bowl, mix together all wet ingredients.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir together until it is thoroughly mixed.
5. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray (I use Pam).
6. Form dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 7-9 minutes (the bottom edges will turn golden)
8. Let cool and enjoy!

 

Overall, I was very pleased with Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha powder. I can’t wait to try it in other things! I think it would be great in protein pancakes and smoothies.

Have you ever tried matcha? What do you think of it?

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Guiltless Longhorn Copycat Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fitness

Ok, guys. Longhorn’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken is easily one of the most delicious things on the planet, right? It’s like a scientific fact. Everyone loves it, but what we don’t love is how awful it really is for you. This is one of those “I want to eat it more than just in moderation” type foods, so I had to figure out a way to make it healthier.

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Guess what? I did. Thank me later.

 

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I originally posted this recipe on A Guiltless Glutton. All nutrition information can be viewed there.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cloves diced garlic
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup panko break crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 c shredded parmesan (it’s important this is shredded, NOT grated)
  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 1 c shredded provolone

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Pound chicken to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Grease a skillet (I just use Pam) and add the diced garlic and a little salt.
  4. When the garlic browns, add the chicken to the pan and let it cook 7-8 minutes on one side and then 7-8 on the other or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. While the chicken cooks, mix the GRATED parmesan cheese and ranch dressing together in a bowl.
  6. In a DIFFERENT bowl, mix together the panko, garlic powder, salt, and SHREDDED parmesan until it is mixed together well.
  7. When the chicken is done, move it to an oven safe dish.
  8. Top the chicken with the parmesan/ranch mixture, then top that with shredded provolone, then finish it off with your panko mix.
  9. Broil for about 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the panko has browned.
  10. Serve with a good veggie (we did broccoli) and dig in!

Parmesan crusted chicken

 

So now my question is: how many times will you make this this week?

 

Carrie Signature


Quest Nutrition Review (and Giveaway!) Fitness

Have you ever tried Quest bars? Or Quest chips? If not, you’re missing out. Quest Nutrition is a company that makes delicious, nutritious products. Their slogan? “Cheat Clean.” They are most popular for their Quest protein bars, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough being a favorite. Quest’s products are made with whole ingredients and they’re gluten free.

I LOVE Quest Products because they give me a way to fulfill my sweet tooth without feeling like I ate something unhealthy. My favorites:

  • Banana Nut Muffin
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla Almond Crunch
  • Cookies and Cream
  • S’mores (the newest flavor!)

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I also like the protein chips and the Peanut Butter Cups.

Most Quest bars have around 20g of protein with around 4-7g net carbs!

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I am super excited to announce that, starting at 12:00 pm EST today (February 7th), you can enter for a chance to win FREE Quest Nutrition Products. On Friday, February 13th, one person will be selected at random to win a sample pack of Quest Nutrition products! There will be a variety of Quest bars, some Quest Protein Chips, and some Quest Crave Peanut Butter Cups!

How can you enter? Well, there are a few ways! The first (and only required) way, is to comment on this post! Tell me what your favorite Quest Nutrition product is or what you want to try the most!

After that, you can gain more entries below! Check the box that says you commented and write the name you commented with. After that, you will be shown other ways you can gain entry! The more items you complete, the more chances you have to win!

Entries will be closed at 11:59 EST on 2/12/15. The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck!

Keeping Carrie Fit Quest Nutrition Giveaway!

 

 

This is NOT a paid post. All opinions are my own.


Yoga and a Deconstructed Key Lime Pie Fitness

This week has gone by so quickly!

I go to work later than usual on Wednesdays, so I use Wednesdays to sleep in a little and still get in a good workout. This Wednesday, I was up at 6:00 and at the gym around 6:30. I worked shoulders and triceps. I was really excited that I increased my weight for shoulder press.  thumbs up animated GIF

After lifting, I did 25 minutes on the elliptical. I try to avoid the elliptical, but I didn’t want to run and my week-day gym doesn’t have a working stairclimber. Instead, I put the elliptical on 10/10 incline and 8/10 resistance and watched a little bit of a Lifetime movie on Netflix.

I forgot to pack a lunch Wednesday so I went to Kroger to see what I could find. Y’all, this Kroger is insane. I’m talking has a jewelry store and a shoe section insane. It’s the biggest grocery store that wasn’t a Walmart that I have ever been in. I was going to get sushi but I noticed they had a salad bar, so I got that instead!
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Whenever I get a salad, I always make sure to add a good amount of protein to fill me up. On this salad, I got chicken and half a hard boiled egg-white as my protein.

On Thursday, I decided to take a rest day. I was pretty tired and I needed the extra sleep so I woke up at 6:30 and got ready for work. I went to Whole Foods for lunch. I love the salad bar at Whole Foods! It’s not too expensive either, as long as you pay attention to the weight of your salad as you go. I also picked up 2 macarons as a treat. I got one salted caramel and one raspberry.

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(this looks kind of gross, but it was awesome. Their Herb Ranch is SO damn good)

Last night for dessert, I made an awesome little key lime pie dessert out of graham crackers and key lime greek yogurt.

key lime pie I froze the greek yogurt (I used Oikos) during the day. Then I crushed up 2 graham crackers, added a teaspoon of butter and stuck it in the microwave for 30 seconds. I stirred up the butter and crackers so it got mixed together well to make a “crust.”  Then I put the frozen yogurt in the bowl with the “crust” and ate it. It was SO freaking good and pretty good for you too!

After dessert and a few episodes of Friends, I did some yoga in our spare room. I want to start doing yoga more. I really like doing it, but I get stuck because I don’t know what to do! I need to go to a yoga class at the gym sometime soon.

Do you do yoga? How did you get into it?

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Turkey Gyro with Ranch Yogurt Sauce Recipe Fitness

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Yall. Just. I can’t. Last week, I decided to get creative in the kitchen. We buy a lot of meat in bulk and freeze it because that’s the cheapest way to do it, and we had about 5 lbs of ground turkey to use. I got some out of the freezer and thawed it and whipped together some dinner out of random ingredients we had in the house. What started as some simple meatballs ended up tasting exactly like a Greek gyro…sauce and all. It was like an episode of Chopped. And I was the champion. It turned out SO delicious, you wouldn’t even think it was healthy! I decided to make it again and share the recipe! The nutrition content does NOT include the pita bread as pita bread can vary and you really don’t even need the pita if you don’t want it. It’s that good.

 

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Turkey Gyro with Ranch Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 c finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt (I used Oikos)
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 c 2% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together turkey, onion, panko, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Form into small balls and place on a greased (I used PAM) cookie sheet.
  4. Flatten each meat ball a little bit and place in the oven
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. While the meatballs cook, mix yogurt, milk, and ranch seasoning together until smooth.
  7. When the meatballs are done, plate on top of the lettuce and tomatoes, or put all inside a pita and top with the yogurt sauce.
  8. Stuff your face.

Here is the nutrition content (again, NO PITA).

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If you make this, let me know what you think in the comments!

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