The Food and Workout tracking experiment – what an AHA-Moment!

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I haven’t tracked any food or workouts for 16 months!

SO WHAT? What’s the big deal?

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It is a huge deal once I tell you that I was bulimic and anorexic, had an obsessive approach to workouts and was tracking every pinch of salt or cinnamon!

That 16 months ago, I hit a wall. I was extremely tired and sick physically, ready to be hospitalized due to extreme bulimia. I seriously couldn’t hold a single meal. All due to the obsessive and distorted vision of my own body and of how I “should” look like to be loved, admired, appreciated and perceived as an amazing trainer or coach!

I tracked every single pinch of spices, salt and measured EVERYTHING obsessively for over 4 years (and when I couldn’t measure, I either didn’t eat or I purged to not track it). I tracked all activities, including workouts, calories burned, including cleaning, sex and who knows what, so I could subtract that from eaten food.

Pretty sick, isn’t it?

How did I manage to break that pattern? In this case, already a mental disorder?

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Imagine the situation when you hit the wall not the first time, but maybe 10th or 50th time and you are simply too tired, too sick and too depressive to keep going. Yet there is that “tiny, little, silent, almost not possible to hear” voice keeping you at the level of “let’s try, one more time, pleaseeeeeee”.
I hit that exact moment!

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In my book “The True Identity” [publishing Summer 2019] I wrote:

“November 2017, a day that started just like any of the others. (…) After yet another purging incident I went to a room where there was a huge mirror. For the last couple of months, I had avoided mirrors, hating what I saw. I didn’t know what made me look on this particular day but the image I saw this time wasn’t the extra small ‘fat’ girl but a person who was full of hatred, more hatred than anyone on this planet should be carrying.

The hate in my eyes was unbelievably huge. Words couldn’t fully express the view I saw.

(…) I have never seen my eyes in such deep darkness. They gazed straight at me and didn’t want to give up until I felt the hurt, they were showing me. They didn’t blink, holding me to the deep darkness of hate they expressed. The lightning coming from them was blinding me. They reminded me of how hateful I was. How ugly of a person I was. How worthless, miserable and pitiful I was.

I wanted to turn my head away from the image I saw. However, I simply couldn’t as someone was holding my head and telling me ‘look at yourself, look at who you have become, think about who you will be if you keep going along this path’.

My body tensed, my hands and fingers squeezing so hard that my knuckles went white. My fingers became impatient, wanting to start scratching my skin. I wanted to hurt myself, feel the pain on the physical side of it. I wanted to rip my skin away and keep scratching until I bled.

On that day the most magical phrase came out of my mouth.

‘I need help. I can’t do this by myself. Please help me’.

I cried as I realized that my stomach hurt. I was still hungry and I kept thinking that I shouldn’t eat anything anymore. I cried because deep inside of me I knew this is not the way it should be. I knew, in my heart, that this was not the true me. Deep inside of me, I knew, I had a mental eating disorder and that I could be cured.

I knew that there was no pill for it. The need for external validation, approval or feeling loved was not being helpful either.

The first thing I needed to do was to decide that enough is enough. Then I needed to ask for help.”

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So, fast forward, 16 months later, after not tracking a single spoon or sip of any food, I pulled up the app and … started again.
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But wait. This time I did it fully conscious, after thinking about it for a few days. I wanted to do it NOT for the sake of restricting my nutrition or putting myself back again in that mental, deprivation, restriction and obsessive mindset!

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I wanted to do that to test – myself, my ability to listen to my body, to see how my inner wisdom is guiding me and how that entire ‘tracking’ thing will make me feel.

**** Don’ take me wrong. I ask and encourage and even start the nutritional coaching with my clients from tracking. For the sake of building the awareness around what kind of food goes into their bodies, what type of foods are in their programs, what to eat and buy, and what foods make them feel bad or energized. It is also a way to create the habit of being aware of healthier food choices. However, I always make sure it is not getting into the obsessive addiction when my clients feel that they ‘need to’ or ‘should’ track because otherwise their worth is diminished. That is not the case and I monitor that closely! ****

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And AHA-MOMENT came with that experiment!

  • I felt pissed off at first – how come the app and the device tell me what MY body needs and how MY body should eat?
  • Then I felt scattered and little confused as for how the algorithms in these apps are made to create the ‘perfect’ calories in-and-out plan so people can follow it and feel better or.. worthy – that was not what I wanted the app to tell me! That is now what the app’s role is anyways!
  • Additionally, I ignored the app. According to it in the middle of the day, when I was hungry and wanted to give my body healthy foods, the app told me to stop because I was having too much of that and too little of that. Oh well, I turned it off and followed the wiser wizard I have ever known – MY BODY!

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At the end of the day, I know that tracking taught me something and that it’s not anymore my thing.

It taught me:

  • Discipline
  • Awareness around foods and nutrition
  • Consistency
  • Perseverance
  • Commitment
  • Creating a daily habit to journal.

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It is not anymore my thing because:

  • I listen to my body more
  • I feel what my body needs
  • I am aware of my healthy choices
  • I am very tuned in to my body
  • I am aligned and confident with who I am
  • I am confident with my food choices
  • I am into health, not restrictions
  • I know my worth
  • I don’t need an app to tell me all of the above!!!!

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And after you read this blog, all I want YOU to get out of it is that YOU too can live that way.

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Because I believe that restrictions, deprivation, obsessions, dieting, over-training and seeking external validation of self-worth never worked and will never work.

Until one taps within their own bodies and create the lifestyle where the authentic wellbeing, with physical, mental, emotional & spiritual health, is the priority.

No app, no diet, no magic pill, no wrap, no quick fix are the solutions. At least not sustainable.

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Your job is your choice!
My job is to bring awareness to the world and to YOU!

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I talked about that on my beYOUtiful Show episode #22. So worth to listen!
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P.S. I am so grateful for that experiment and that realization!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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The Berry-Cacao Smoothie Bowl – dessert for your cravings!

This dessert-type of recipe is my to-go in my pre-menstruum (time leading up to the menstruation) and during menstruation, because this is the time when I crave CHOCOLATE.

To listen to my body, I started using unsweetened cacao powder and putting it into almost (except for meat, hahaha) anything.

If you follow me long enough on my Instagram or FB page, you already figured out that KAKAO & Cacao plays an important and beautiful role in my daily life.

But why KAKAO or Cacao?

What is it so special about it?

I wrote all benefits of this ingredient in the previous blog. Today, however, I want to emphasize its benefits for women.

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Cacao consists of zinc, magnesium and other elements soooo important for our bodies to prepare for bleeding. Our bodies are so clever and it knows that son we will be losing blood and with it a lot of elements necessary for the bodily functions. Those are magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, selenium and many more.

That’s why you are craving CHOCOLATE – there is nothing ‘wrong’ with you. And if you do, you listen and provide what your body needs to diminish the potential causes of PMS, heavy bleeding or cramp pains.

In this recipe, we are also adding amazing antioxidants from berries (any berries), as well as great and powerful fats from avocado and coconut milk & oil, lots of potassium from banana and sugar regulating spice – cinnamon.

Berry-Cacao Smoothie Bowl recipe:

Serves 2

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Ingredients

2 cups frozen blueberries (or mixed berries)

2 medium bananas

1 avocados

¼ cup unsweetened organic cacao powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or full-fat canned coconut milk)

½ cup water (or more if needed)

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Optional toppings

Sliced bananas

Hemp seeds

Chopped walnuts

Raw cacao nibs

Coconut flakes

Flaxseeds

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Method

Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add water as much as you wish to create either thicker and creamier version or more liquidy smoothie. Divide into two bowls and top as desired.

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I hope you enjoy your Berry-Cacao Smoothie Bowl!

I would love to hear from you how did you like this recipe?

Share with us your experiences and recipes involving either cacao or helping you to go through the pre-menstruum and bleeding phases in the Authentic Wellbeing secret & sacred group here.

Let’s create a tribe of KAKAO GODDESSES!

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Bye for now, beYOUtiful!

LoVE, 

Izabela



The KAKAO Ceremony for focus, energy, self-love and menstrual pain release.

If you follow me long enough on my Instagram or FB page, you already figured out that KAKAO plays an important and beautiful role in my daily life.

  • But why KAKAO?
  • What is it so special about it?
  • Why do I do ceremonies around a simple ‘hot chocolate’ drink?

Let me introduce you to the world of KAKAO by showing you how this natural drink can be powerful for your physical body; as well as mental, emotional and spiritual life.

I have rediscovered cacao a month and a half ago.

In my childhood, powdered cacao was served in a form of hot chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate pudding or ice-cream. All made of cacao powder, mixed with other natural ingredients and sweeteners such as honey. Hot cacao was also used by my mom as a home remedy for diarrhea and menstrual pains.

What’s the difference between CACAO and COCOA?

Raw cacao is made by cold pressing unroasted cocoa beans while cocoa powder is made by roasting the beans at high temps. When processing raw cacao, the enzymes are left in while the cacao butter (fat) is removed (which is also very nutritious and available to purchase and consume). However, when cocoa powder is made by roasting at high levels of heat, the enzymes are ruined and you are left with fewer nutrients in your powder. This is why raw CACAO powder is a whole lot better for you!

So, it’s good to know that although all forms of chocolate and cocoa powders come from the same tree, the process they go through to get there destroys most of the healthy aspects of the plant.

Let’s dive into the benefits of CACAO! The list is loooong!

Cacao is a source of scientifically proven “bliss chemicals” known to influence the body and brain in beneficial ways.

  1. Serotonin: A neurotransmitter commonly known as the “feel-good” chemical. Cacao not only supplies the body with serotonin but also aids the body in producing its own serotonin naturally. Serotonin is well known for its ability to combat stress and improve the mood by promoting the feelings of comfort, contentment, happiness, relaxation, and well-being.
  2. Phenylethylamine (PEA): better known as “the love chemical” for its association with the ‘butterflies in the stomach’ excitement when you are falling in love. When ingested, PEA stimulates the central nervous system to release the body’s natural opium-like compounds called endorphins. PEA signals the body to promote the sensation of alertness, focus, and mental acuity, all while elevating the mood, speeding up metabolism, and boosting memory.
  3. Anandamide: in Sanskrit, Ananda literally means “bliss” making anandamide the “bliss chemical” in chocolate. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter found naturally in cacao and also in the human brain (the only two places it has currently been discovered). Anandamide binds to the same receptors sites in the brain as THC from cannabis. Unlike THC, anandamide won’t leave you in a mind-altered state, but, does produce a feeling of euphoria.
  4. Theobromine: this chemical acts as a vasodilator, meaning it opens the blood vessels leading to relaxation of the smooth muscles. Benefits of this chemical include enhanced blood flow and oxygenation to the brain in addition to long-term antioxidant properties.
  5. Magnesium: every cell in the body contains this mineral and requires it to function. Magnesium helps increase energy, calms nerves, aids in digestion, and relieves muscle aches and pains (among a whole host of other benefits).
  6. Zinc: This is a vital mineral for our immune system, bone health, healing, and for good hormone balance and fertility. The 100g of cacao can provide around 45% of our recommended amount of zinc. It’s without a doubt the best source of zinc for someone who refuses to eat animal products.
  7. Antioxidants: Raw cacao has 40 times the amount of antioxidants that blueberries have. Cacao is one of the world’s most antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants do wonders for your immune system and help to get rid of any free radicals that you may have hanging out in your body.
  8. Iron: Raw cacao has 7.3 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Or in other words, if you take 28 grams of raw cacao, you’ll be getting over 300% the daily value. Raw cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron in the world! Iron is the mineral especially needed for women before, during and after the menstrual flow to counter the depletion of it via the loss of the blood. Iron is necessary to beat anemia. So definitely raw cacao is your friend, girl!!!
  9. Phytonutrients: They help with cardiovascular health, particularly in keeping your blood healthy. Raw cacao has blood-thinning properties that can help lower blood pressure and chances of clotting. It also encourages blood flow and helps keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Aztecs actually referred to the cacao plant as “heart blood.” They believed that consuming cacao would help you to make decisions with your heart’s intuition rather than with your logical thinking.
  10. Dietary Fiber: Raw cacao also has a high amount of dietary fiber. Although chocolate has given cacao the reputation of being sweet, raw cacao is actually very low in sugar. Most of its carbohydrates come from the fiber. The fiber in raw cacao can help keep you regular and can contribute to weight loss. However, remember, a little goes a long way with cacao! Taking too much could give you a stomach ache.

I could go on for days listing the health benefits of cacao, but to save you your sanity, I’ll simply conclude it with this EPIC quote:

“After water, cacao is the single healthiest substance you can put in your mouth. It can easily replace a number of psychiatric drugs for mood, plus it produces the same chemistry in the brain that occurs when we fall in love.” – Chris Kilham, WellBella

Why did I choose this unconventional, yet so special drink to have it every day?

The major reason was to substitute coffee with something more beneficial, healthier and enjoyable. Since I truly believe in the Universe, the moment I asked, I surprisingly opened up one of the inspirational woman IG post and there was it, the KAKAO Ceremony. I got attracted to the spiritual aspect of this drink, and the scientific benefits of it blew my mind. This drink is used for ages and was used also by my mom as a home remedy. I was stocked to rediscover it and start drinking it again.

The actual benefits I experienced were amazing. I was very focused, feeling positive and energized. I felt full and nurtured by its thick consistency and super-nutrients. I loved every sip of it.

Two months later, I still drink Kakao and no single cup of coffee. I don’t feel like I need any booster in order to perform mentally and physically.

The KAKAO CEREMONY.

The KAKAO Ceremony was the most beautiful part of it, though. Having the warm cacao for my morning routine, for my meditation and journaling, is very soothing, calming and empowering. It brings a smile on my face every single time. And with that my entire body, heart, and soul smile, too. I talk to it, I invoke the presence of the KAKAO Goddess and Spirit, I give it my worries and fears, and I ask to fulfill my heart with that beautiful soothing love I feel from it.

Does that make me a witch doing a hocus-pocus in my room, connecting to weird shamans from the past and invoking the spirits of Aztecs? Whatever you call it, I’ll continue with my beautiful ceremony because it truly makes me connect with self, with love, and create magic in my day!

How do I drink my KAKAO?

Here is a simple recipe for you I use every day, with slight modifications from time to time:

2 – 4 tbsp of organic cacao powder

1 tsp of organic maca powder

½ tsp of cinnamon

½ tsp of vanilla powder (optional)

1 tbsp of coconut oil

Pour around 10-15 ounces of warm to hot water (not boiling), mix, then blend and ENJOY IT!

Sometimes I add 1 tsp of lucuma powder for more natural nutrients (it is rich in Vit. C and B3). I made it with a pinch of nutmeg, but I personally didn’t like it. Sometimes, I use also ghee butter instead of coconut oil. To sweeten it, I used honey a couple of times. However, I skip honey most of the time because I love the dark chocolate taste of my KAKAO).

I hope you enjoy your KAKAO drink!

I would love to hear from you how does cacao makes you feel, and how did you incorporate it into your day?

Did you create a beautiful ceremony for yourself? I would love to see the picture of it.

Post it in the Authentic Wellbeing secret & sacred group here.

Let’s create a tribe of KAKAO GODDESSES!

By for now, beYOutiful!

LoVE, 

Izabela

 

“Cozy” drinks for the cold winter and holiday days

Cold winter days might be a very good reason to stay home, get cozy and warm up our bodies as well as our souls. When I was a kid, my mom used to do so many different home-based remedies for us to get warm after the crazy snowball fight outside, or simply to make sure we won’t catch any bug or cold after ice-hockey game with kids from the neighborhood.

Candle light in the background, meditation at the fireplace or simple relaxing time on your comfortable coach with the soft blanket are the wonderful “home remedies” for your soul.

However, those recipes, I am about to share with you, could be a fantastic option to warm up your physical body, too! Invite your friends and create those amazing drinks together!

Let me know how did you enjoy them!

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Home Remedy for Cold Drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk (of your choice, the best raw or unpasteurized)
  • 1 tbsp of raw honey
  • 1 tbsp of grass-fed butter
  • 1 clove of garlic

Warm up the milk, but avoid boiling it. When warmed up, add honey and butter, stir it. Mince (or press) the garlic, and add it to warm drink at the end (make sure to not boil the mixture at all – it will lose its antibacterial and antiviral features). Drink it warm!

This drink is fighting any type of cold. The best is to drink it when you feel like just getting a bug, but it serves its purpose also during the actual cold.

OPTIONS:

  • If you don’t like milk, substitute it with caffeine-free tea
  • If you don’t like garlic, simply remove it and add cinnamon instead (however, garlic is the most important ingredient here, because it is the most powerful antibacterial and antiviral natural remedy).

 

Cocoa Bean Fuel Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of brewed Cocoa CrioBru (buy here)
  • 1-2 cups of milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (or ghee butter)
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of raw honey
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of Himalayan Pink salt

Brew ground cocoa beans according to the instruction. Combine all other ingredients in a blender, add brewed cocoa and blend until smooth. If you wish to add more healthy fats or proteins in your drink, add MCT or Collagen after blending, and blend for not more than 10 seconds (this step is important to not break down the collagen or glycerides molecules).

OPTIONS:

  • Add Coconut full-fat milk or cream for smoother consistency and more coconutty taste
  • Add 1 tbsp of MCT oil for more energy (for example if drink was made in the morning or before workout)
  • Add 1 scoop of Collagen Peptides for more proteins (buy either this, this or this one)
  • Add peppermint extract (alcohol-free the best) for cozier and Christmas-like drink ❄️⛄

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!

You got this beYOUtiful! ❤

 

 

Cashew Butter Banana Cookies

I loved that recipe and even more cookies which came out so delicious. I even remade that recipe and used pears instead of banana with peanut butter and it came amazing as well 😊

Do you want to explore more dishes which are fascinating, tasty and healthy at the same time? Check out my blog here.

Would you like to be totally confident with the food you are eating? Check out the Challenge-Up program and jump on it. There is plenty of healthy and freeing eating in there: http://beyoutiful.fit/challengeup/

Ingredients:

MIX A:

  • 2 ripe bananas (or 2 large/3 medium ripe pears)
  • ½ cup erythritol or Swerve https://swervesweet.com/
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (or peanut/almond butter)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

MIX B:

  • ½ cup egg whites
  • ½ cup coconut/almond milk

MIX C:

  • 1 ½ cups of cashew or almond meal/flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup raw cashews or almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Add all the ingredients from mix A in abowl. Mash well.
  3. Add mix B and gently stir.
  4. Add mix C. Combine and place 30 heaping tablespoons of the cookie dough on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until desire crispiness.

ENJOY IT!

 

Nutritional Facts:

Servings 30

Per one serving: 121 calories; 7g fats; saturated fats 2g; monounsaturated fats 1g; polyunsaturated fats 0g; carbohydrates 13g; fiber 3g; sugars 2g; proteins 4g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 102mg; potassium 35mg.

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!

You got this beYOUtiful! ❤

Pork chops with Oranges, Walnuts and Cauliflower (Weight Watchers debunked)

This is another dish from the category of simple ones and modified to have healthy and nutritious version of this what it was meant to be good for you! Hope you liked the beYOUtiful version of this dish 😊

Check out my 12-week program Challenge Up launching January 4th, 2018 here.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of pork chops
  • ½ cup of walnuts
  • 1 medium orange (around 5 oz)
  • Half a head of cauliflower (around 10oz)
  • 1 tbsp of grass-fed butter
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Add butter into a nonstick skillet and set over medium heat.
  2. Add the ¼-inch thick pork chops and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter and set aside.
  3. Add the cauliflower to the skillet, cook covered until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the orange sections, walnuts and pork. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute longer.

ENJOY IT!

 

Nutritional Facts:

Servings 2

Per one serving: 433 calories; 29g fats; saturated fats 3g; monounsaturated fats 0g; polyunsaturated fats 0g; carbohydrates 14g; fiber 6g; sugars 8g; proteins 29g; cholesterol 73mg; sodium 1159mg; potassium 442mg.

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!

You got this beYOUtiful! ❤

Baked Banana with Rum, Cinnamon and Mascarpone (Weight Watchers debunked)

This dessert was modified in order to cut on the amount of sugars the original recipe was calling for. It was mind blowing to me how much of sugar was in, apparently, one of the healthiest recipe. At least considered by many as that! Hope you like the beYOUtiful version of it now 😊

The original recipe was calling for ¼ cup brown sugar and vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt, which in the end was giving 64g of carbs per serving!!! WOW that is a lot!

Check out my 12-week program Challenge Up launching January 4th, 2018 here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 2 tsp grass-fed butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla powder
  • 3 tbsp of Erythritol
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 45 ml of dark rum
  • 3 tbsp of mascarpone

Instructions:

  1. Cut the bananas crosswise in half, then cut each piece lengthwise in half.
  2. Melt the butter into a large nonstick skillet and set over medium heat.
  3. Add the bananas, cut side down, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of erythritol, dark rum and cinnamon; cook until the erythritol is dissolved and the mixture is syrupy, about 1 minute. Stir in ½ tsp of vanilla powder.
  5. In meantime mix mascarpone with ½ tsp of vanilla powder and 1 tbsp erythritol to have a smooth mixture.
  6. Top each pieces of bananas with mascarpone mixture and the syrupy mixture from skillet  and sprinkle with cinnamon.

ENJOY IT!

 

Nutritional Facts:

Servings 2

Per one serving: 211 calories; 11g fats; saturated fats 8g; monounsaturated fats 0g; polyunsaturated fats 0g; carbohydrates 43g; fiber 3g; sugars 12g; proteins 3g; cholesterol 34mg; sodium 23mg; potassium 361mg.

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!

You got this beYOUtiful! ❤

Garlicky Beef with Snow Peas and Bell Pepper (Weight Watchers debunked)

This dish is so simple, and it takes so little time, that I made it already few times at our house. It is delicious, especially considering the little work you need to put into preparing it! Hope you liked the beYOUtiful version of this dish 😊

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of beef stew meat
  • 1.5 tbsp of avocado oil
  • 5 tsp of raw ginger root, crashed
  • 5 tsp of raw garlic, crashed
  • 2 scallions (green onions), cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 tbsp of low-sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos
  • 1 medium (around 6 oz) bell pepper, red or orange
  • 6 oz of snow peas, cut into halves

Instructions:

  1. Add avocado oil into a nonstick wok or large deep nonstick skillet and set over high heat.
  2. When a drop of water sizzles in it, add the garlic and ginger; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the scallions, snow peas, and bell pepper; stir-fry about 1 minute.
  5. Add soy sauce and bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.

ENJOY IT!

 

Nutritional Facts:

Servings 2

Per one serving: 480 calories; 21g fats; saturated fats 6g; monounsaturated fats 8g; polyunsaturated fats 2g; carbohydrates 16g; fiber 4g; sugars 7g; proteins 53g; cholesterol 145mg; sodium 473mg; potassium 1042mg.

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!

YOU got this beYOUtiful!!!! ❤

Herby Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce – whole house smelled with Italy!!! :-)

I so craved Italian cuisine. My sister lives in Italy and I have never eaten better prepared Italian dishes than the one she does. I even thought I wouldn’t be able to cook like that, ever! Hear me on that now. Her frutti di mare carbonara, or mushroom risotto is unbeatable. However, my Herby Italian Meatballs are amazingly delicious!!  I did it! And I am proud of myself… I am sure my sister would be, too!!!

The new recipes, new life style, meal plans and new approach to new YOU is coming soon: January 4th, 2018 we start the NEW Challenge-up!

http://beyoutiful.fit/challengeup/

https://www.youtube.com/user/izabela4000/ 

So, give a try and enjoy it!!!!

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For the meatballs:

  • 1 lbs ground beef (85/15 or leaner)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup warm water

To cook the meatballs:

  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 3 cups easy keto marinara sauce (Recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Combine meatball ingredients in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly by hand.
  2. Form into approximately 15 two-inch meatballs.
  3. Coat the bottom of the large pot insert with the avocado oil.
  4. If you wish to brown them, you can do it in a separate nonstick pan first.
  5. Layer the browned or raw meatballs in the pot, leaving 1/2 inch of space between them. Don’t press down.
  6. Pour the marinara sauce evenly over the meatballs.
  7. Cover the pot and the cook for 10-20 minutes.
  8. Serve the meatballs with sauce over zoodles or spaghetti squash if desired.

 

Nutritional Facts per one serving (without the zoodles or spaghetti squash):

Serves: 14. Serving size: 1 meatball.

122 cal; 9g fats; 3g saturated fats; 1g carbs; 0g fiber; 0g sugars; 9g proteins; 53mg cholesterol; 170mg sodium; 33mg potassium

 

Easy Keto Marinara Sauce (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

An easy low carb recipe for marinara or pizza sauce! Dang it, so delicious.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can dices tomatoes, unsweetened
  • 1 large tomato (around 8 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt (add more if necessary)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

Instructions

Puree the tomatoes in a small blender or magic bullet. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6. Serving Size: 1/2 cup

105 cal; 9g fats; 1g saturated fats; 5g carbs; 1g fiber; 3g sugars; 1g proteins; 0mg cholesterol; 295mg sodium; 109mg potassium

 

STAY HEALTHY!!!!

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Keto/Paleo Almond Date Cookies

My goal is to create the recipe for White Chocolate Coconut Almond Cookies because my boyfriend loves those. However, he gets the not-really keto, paleo, fat-approved ones, which is still good, especially when you perform on a very high level at obstacle races.

This is my first trial with a little modification to add sweetness into it. I didn’t have unsweetened white chocolate chips in my pantry, so I decided to use dates as sweetener together with a little organic raw maple syrup.

In notes I listed options to use other sweeteners instead.

I hope you like these “devil”-delicious cookies!!! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/3 cup of pitted and chopped dates
  • 3 tbsp chopped dried cherries
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray with coconut oil.
  2. Combine almond flour, dates, cherries, walnuts, chia seeds, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl; whisk to blend. Add coconut oil, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla extract; blend well with a spoon or fork until dough comes together.
  3. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets with a small cookie scoop.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies sit with oven door closed, about 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Enjoy them with a spoon of heavy cream or butter when aiming for a real keto option, or sprinkle with a little of honey for a carb-up option.

Notes:

For Keto and Whole 30 version of these cookies:

  • Use dates and dried cherries with no sugar added.
  • Omit maple syrup and substitute with sweeteners such Stevia or Swerve.
  • Substitute almond flour for coconut flour if needed or allergic.
  • Use more nuts for crunchiness.

 

Nutritional Facts per one serving:

12 servings.

134 cal; 10g fats; 4g saturated fats; 9g carbs; 2g fiber; 6g sugars; 3g proteins; 21mg cholesterol; 91mg sodium; 26mg potassium