Cuckoo for Coconuts

oh, my word, much to discuss!
A lot of stuff to update on today!
First and foremost, I’m starting to develop a general interest in food, again!
You’re probably thinking, what?
Well!
For the past three-four months, I’ve been lovin’ salads. Loving them! Now, before you say something like, ‘have you turned against the greens?’ hear me out!
I still love salads, I have just been getting bored of my salads. Typically speaking, my salads involve grilling of vegetables and meats (which I still plan to do) throwing them on top of some greens (which I still plan to do) and blobbing a dollop of hummus on top and calling it a day! Which – I still plan to do. I mean, come on. It’s hummus!
Regardless, I feel my life needs a little more!
So, I kind of went Cuckoo…
for coconuts. 🙂
In my attempt get my ‘salad recipe making on’ I came up with a really yummy Coconut Balsamic Vinaigrette and two tasty recipes!
The Cuckoo for Coconut Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serves 2-3
1 tablespoon full-fat Coconut Milk from a can
1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any oil of your choosing)
1 teaspoon honey (naturally)
1 tablespoon vanilla almond milk/water
Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and let set for two or more hours, so all the flavors really start to dance!
From there, you can – if you want to – enjoy my
Cuckoo for Coconut and Peach Salad 
Serves me! Or you.
Ingredients
3oz-4oz of grilled protein source (I used chicken, but feel free to use turkey, salmon, shrimp, etc)
Two handful of Salad Greens
50 grams of mushroom, diced
50 grams of cucumber, diced
50 grams of summer squash, diced
50 grams of peach, diced
1/4-1/2 avocado, diced
1.5-2 tablespoons of my yummy in my tummy Coconut Vinegar .
Preheat your grill and lightly spray it with oil spray.
My meat was grilled by my father, so grill your protein according to what you’re eating with your salad. 🙂
Chop all your vegetables into fours, keeping your mushrooms with your cucumbers and your squash with your peach.
When grill is preheated, place all squash and peach on the grill, leaving it to cook for about five minutes. Keep a watch, so it doesn’t burn on you!
Place salad greens in a bowl and drizzle with a teaspoon of the Coconut Vinegar, then pile on your mushrooms and cucumber (alternatively, you could grill the mushrooms, but I wanted to eat mine… fresh!).
Once you’ve completed that, place all your grilled good on top! Peach… GOOD. Squash… GOOD. MEAT… GOOOOD.
Drizzle with the remainder of the viniagrette and enjoy!
Sorry, Chick(pea)… but you just didn’t make the cut tonight. 😛
Then, today, I had another stroke of genius.
Whilst gobbling down my current cracker obsession (Rosemary and Herb Lentil Crackers), I thought to myself how much I love rosemary. And thus…
Coconut Balsamic Rosemary Roasted Brussel Sprouts
(with just a hint of… vanilla)
Serves 1 to 2 (depending on your belly grumblings)
So, uh, one for me 🙂
3/4 cup (around 80grams) of baby brussel sprouts
1/2 tablespoon of Coconut Viniagrette
1/2 tablespoon of strong vanilla tea (I used two bags to half a cup)
Up to 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
Dash of Salt and Pepper
Generous dash (or two) of Rosemary
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut brussels into halves or quarters.
Lay tinfoil on a cookie sheet, in preparation.
In a bowl, whisk together vanilla, vinaigrette and tea.
Place brussel sprouts onto the tin foil, spray lightly with olive oil spray, drizzle with the balsamic coconut mix and season with rosemary.
When oven is preheated, put brussels into the oven for 20 minutes, checking 10 minutes in.
Enjoy with anything you’d like!
I had mine with a turkey salad that showcased avocado, hummus and cucumber!
Talk about tasty. 🙂
yep, this is the life for me
Just a quick note.Over the past few days, I’ve had several people – customers, old friends and so forth, come up to me and tell me that they think I look absolutely amazing. I have made a valiant effort to be kind and welcoming to this, rather than defensive. Some of the individuals have even told me that they’re trying to lose weight, or something a long that line.

Talking to them has reminded me why it is that I want to pursue a life in fitness, mental health and overall wellness. Each moment I spend pushing someone toward their goals, I feel a sense of power and happiness. Nothing would cause me more happiness that to watch as they achieve their dreams, becoming their ideal self.
I do have some work in regard to discussing diet. It can sometimes be hard for me to discuss food (even still) because I truly feel ashamed of who I’ve been. I’m also extremely worried all the time that people will hurt themselves life I have. I plan to work on this as best as I can to better myself for the future.
Talking to these people makes me remember how amazing I think it’ll be to open up my center, to help people!
If you ever feel like you’re losing sight of what you truly want, find a way to remind yourself ‘why’, okay? Then it’ll all become clear again. 🙂
Keep a close eye.
Tomorrow, I have a Cuckoo for Coconuts Core and Hip Workout to Share!
It’s bananas!
Or coconuts! 🙂
Stay sweet,

Caitlyn

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A Simple Sunday is Born

Being the frequenter of blogs that I am, I’ve noticed a common trend throughout the virtual world. Themed days – usually some sort of alliteration is involved (ex: What I Ate Wednesday via Peas and Crayons or Fitness Fridays ala The Lean Green Bean), so I thought I’d make one myself!

And thus, Simple Sunday was born!

Alliteration. Check!

Every Sunday I will write about one simple thing that makes me extremely happy, because let’s face it, it is the simple things that really matter.

simple sunday

Yesterday only continued to be lovely after my breakfast and work out. The sun continued to shine all day! Right into the evening. It was absolutely wonderful. Something about the sunshine makes both MamaBear and I crave color. What ever do I mean by that? Well, basically, flowers.

Mama and I went shopping!

And, we got a little something-something.

Instead of buying a pre-arranged bundle of flowers, we opted to get a variety and arrange them ourselves! The outcome – although not amazing – turned out A.OK, I think!


Then, I got a little camera happy. Shoot me.

I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed arranging the flowers. Did the stems drive me totally bonkers? They did. Did I discovered that I’ve not yet outgrown my perfection-seeking personality? I did. Did I have fun? Oh, goodness, yes!

Something about flowers always manages to bring a smile to my face. Added bonus? If they’re of the yellow and purple variety, I’ll be even happier. I’ve always wanted to start a flower garden, but for some reason I’ve just never really had the umph to go through with it!

Don’t you hate that? When there is something you know you really would love to do, but just can’t seem to commit to them? That’s a garden for me. I want one more than anything, but I just can’t find it in me to start get started. I think – just maybe – I’m scared because the concept is unknown to me. I wouldn’t even know where to start. Perhaps I’ll buy a small indoor plant and see if I have the capability to keep it alive…

Nevertheless, I absolutely love flowers. I think my favorite(s) might be sunflowers and daisies. I quite like tulips, as well. Oh, and roses! Actually, in retrospect, I think I just like them all. I truly believe that if you just sit down and look at flowers – real ones – you’ll get a sense of calm. Go try it out! Or, if you’re not near a garden, just look at my pictures up there! Because, I mean, I’ve clearly captured the true essences of floral beauty.

sweet treats

The night only continued to be amazing – except for the small fact that I had to work. Ugh.

My dinner, one the other hand, was absolutely tasteful! My boyfriend – a hater of all things eggplant-y – will most likely disagree with you, but he clearly hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about!


A tasty combination of turkey breast, hummus, balsamic, roasted eggplant, green veggies and zucchini!
For desert? Strawberry slices, almond butter, cacao nibs (obsessed) and Greek Yogurt.

This was so good, I plan to make it again today for lunch, only incorporate some avocado. Because, it’s just a fact that ‘cados make the world a better place.

todays work out

This morning I woke up with a sore tush, so I knew it needed to be an upper body day! And, baby, was it ever!

Hold Plank… to get into that Tank-ini Workout
Start with a five minute warm up – as always – of light jogging and dynamic stretches.

You’ll need and interval timer, a mat, water and 5-10 pound weights
Set your interval timer to five rounds of four minute circuits
Set your intervals to 60sec/60sec, with a 2 minute break in between each set.

Set one:
One minute cardio! (high knees, butt kicks, running man, anything, just move at max effort)
One minute in-plank rows-to-kick back (A Many Rep As Possible, or AMRAPs)
Repeat once

2 minute sprint (on bike, elliptical, in place… you name it)

Set two:
One minute cardio (I personally like doing high knees for 30 secs, then butt kicks!)
One minute Santana Push Ups w/ 5-10lbs (AMRAP – preform push up, then lift arm with weight into side plank. Keep lifting arm strong)
Repeat once

2 minute sprint (on bike, elliptical, in place… you name it)

Set three:
One minute cardio (I started incorporating jumping squats because I love them)
One minute in-plank front extensions with 5-10 lbs (AMRAP – hold plank and alternate raising arms forward. Again, keep raising arm strong)
Repeat once

2 minutes sprint (on bike, elliptical, in place… you name it)

Set four:
One minute: cardio (I was just going crazy at this point)
One minute Superman push ups (AMRAP – preform push up, then lift both your right arm and left leg. Alternate sides)
Repeat once

2 minutes sprint (on bike, elliptical, in place… you name it)

Set five
One minute cardio (I think I started doing more jumping squats)
One minute Tummy Tucks (AMRAP – hold plank and pull your knee into your eblow)
One minute Mountain climbers (remain in plank and quickly preform tummy tucks – like you’re running in plank)
One minute holding plank

2 minutes of light jogging

Stretch it out!

I actually really loved this work out! Lately, when it comes to work outs, I like getting my heart-rate up and challenging my body but not really killing it too too much. I also love breaking up cardio like this! It makes it feel less dreadful. Plus, your heart-rate remains up during your toning, so it can still be considered cardio! Ideal? Heck ya!

Anyhow, I am pretty hungry after that beast of a work out and should probably go grab a bite!

Stay sweet – and smell some flowers.
TTFN

Caitlyn