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Bodybuilders Brownie

So I’ve tweaked a familiar black bean brownies recipe into the yummy yet lean holiday treat you see in the pic! See the macros as follows:

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The nut butter icing in the above pic is optional and is not tallied into the recipe or macros.Basically add any topping of choice for flavor or mood for the moment but don’t go overboard.

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100 kcal Vanilla Greek Yogurt topping

Recipe ingredients are as follows:

INGREDIENTS
1 15 oz. can (~ 1 3/4 cups) low sodium black beans, well rinsed and drained
2 large flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed meal & 5 tbsp water)
3 T organic refined coconut oil, melted (or sub other oil of choice)
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 heaping cup Stevia baking sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture
Optional toppings/mix-ins: 1/4 cup slivered almonds
30 g semisweet chocolate chips

~ Merry GAINZ Mas…I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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Isolate and Grow: Nourish Your Goals – Part 2

ISO-Ambassador Search: Challenge 2: Vote for me before December 1st at http://www.isolatorfitness.com

Click the InfoGraphic below to watch my challenge video submission and see why I love my #ISOBag!

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Until next time…#EatClean, #TrainDirty and #IsolateandGrow compliments of your very own #ISOBag on sale NOW at http://www.isolatorfitness.com

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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The following blog will show you step by step how I #IsolateandGrow with the help of my #IsoBag!

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Step 1 : Stock up on healthy food and clean eats! Can’t eat healthy if your kitchen isn’t healthy!

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Step 2: Pick a cooking day. Cook as much as you want to have ready in advance. I typically do 2 to 3 days worth because I’m in competition prep.

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Step 3: Fill the handy containers. How nifty are these! I typically store what ive cooked and fill my containers nightly for the next day’s worth of meals.

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If I know my schedule is going to be super hectic I will fill containers for 2 days worth of meals.

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2 Days Competition Prep meals

Step 4: Refrigerate until morning or Pack your #IsoBag. If you filled your containers for the next day or several days just place everything in the refrigerator.

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If you filled containers specifically for that day go ahead and pack your bag.

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Step 5: Hit the ground running,  your #IsoBag has you covered! As a busy full time grad student, yoga teacher , fitness trainer, part time nurse and figure competitor staying fueled with healthy food on the go is essential to my success.

The following are just a few highlights from a typical day with my #IsoBag:

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4:30 am workout at the gym
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Study break in the park before class
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Teaching yoga in the community

The list goes on! Trust the process,  trust the bag and #IsolateandGrow!

Until next time. ..#EatClean…#TrainDirty

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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Don’t forget to visit Isolator Fitness to vote for me to become your next #ISOAmbassador

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One of my all time favorite pastimes is bulk grocery shopping at my local health foods store.

Today, I restocked my collection of raw organic nuts and seeds. In the above photo is my collection I lovingly call my “pantry protein pack” . Each item in this container packs 10 to 12 grams of protein per serving, along with other essential nutrients such as healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. These key elements keep you feeling fuller longer, supports your muscles, and internal organs.

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I typically take a serving of each nut or seed and mix it in a cup as shown above. Shake it up, turn up, and enjoy. Perfect for pre and post workout snacks, on the go busy lifestyles, or even if you missed a meal.

In my protein pantry you will find the following:
– raw organic cashews
– raw organic sunflower seeds
– raw pine nuts
– raw sliced almonds
– raw unshelled peanuts

Continue to follow this blog for more healthy living tips!

Because Your Health Matters! ūüėČ

Sincerely,
Candice “The Wellness RN”

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Why I Love Clementines
A clementine is a variety of mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata), so named in 1902.The exterior is a deep orange color with a smooth, glossy appearance. They tend to be very easy to peel, like a tangerines, but are almost always seedless. A citrus fruit native to North Africa, clementines were brought to Florida and California in the early 1900s (Wikipedia).

These “cute” little relatives to the tangerine are a great healthy snack for both kids and adults to enjoy throughout the day. Clementine mandarins are typically in season from¬†November through January, and are fondly referred to as the “Christmas Orange” There close relative the W. Murcott mandarin is typically in season from February through April (California CUTIES). Either variety of mandarin orange is a tiny, sweet, juicy bite of heavenly wellness!
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Why You Should Love Clementines
1) Vitamin C : according to the United States Department of Agriculture, consuming two clementines fulfills the daily recommendation for vitamin C. Vitamin C supports the immune system and assists the body in forming collagen in the muscles, bones and cartilage, as well as  they also contain ascorbic acid and beta carotene, which promote healthy vision and minimize age-related vision loss.
2) Easy to Peel : If you are anything like me, the idea of eating an orange or a citrus fruit that required peeling just seemed too messy to deal with and time consuming. But clementines are small and seedless with thin, easy to peel skin making them a great on the go snack. A great sweet healthy alternative to snack foods such as chips, cookies, snack bars, etc. Making them also a great snack for children!
3) Stress Reduction: Just the site of these cute little guys will make you smile, but there is more to them than meets the eye that can enhance your mood. The scent of a sweet clementine has been found to cause the brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that effects the mood. It helps regulate blood pressure, sleep, and body temperature as well as help to alleviate stress, anxiety, and boost your mood.
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4) Always in Season:  Clementines are grown domestically in Florida and California, with a growing season which extends from November until May. Clementines are readily available throughout the year due to supermarkets importing them from other countries. Spain: November until February. South Africa: June until August, and Chile : August until October! You can never miss a day without these sweet cute little guys!
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5) Citric Acid:¬†Clementines contain citric acid,¬†¬†antibacterial agent. Clementine juice can be used topically to eliminate the bacteria that causes pimples. And we know from the Vitamin C content that they are great for stimulating collagen production in the skin; thus, minimizing fine lines and improving skin’s texture.¬†Happy skin, happy immune system! Clementines are a win-win fruit!¬†
 
There are so many more nutritional benefits to consuming clementines! They are an excellent source of potassium and fiber which is good for digestive health. They contain a host of antioxidants to protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. They also help with weight¬†management, just one of these cute little guys contains only about 35 to 40 calories and are sweet and filling enough to satisfy hunger without adding excess calories that are difficult for your body to metabolize and burn, essentially they are what I like to call “clean fuel”!
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Enjoy a clementine plain or peel one and add it to a fresh fruit salad. Chop fresh clementines into bite-sized pieces and stir them into a bowl of oatmeal or a carton of low-fat plain yogurt, however you choose to consume them, just be sure to “peel the love” !