AB&J COOKIES

Hey everyone!!

I am here today to share my recipe for oatmeal protein cookies that I try to have in the fridge at all times. They take no time to make and with 5 ingredients (or less depending on what kind you are making) they are so fast, so clean and SO GOOD.

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I found the base recipe many years ago on Pinterest. It consisted of oats and bananas and that lasted a few batches but I have since jazzed them up different ways! I have incorporated nuts, chocolate, blueberries, just almond butter and most recently chopped up strawberries. WIN!!

So without further ado, here is a quick, healthy and gluten free cookie anyone will love 🙂

AB&J COOKIES

AB&J COOKIES


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free oats (I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats)

2.5 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup almond butter (I love Barney Butter Bare Smooth)

Two scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein powder (optional)

Handful of Strawberries, chopped. (I just eye balled how many would make it good :))

Coconut oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together oats, bananas, almond butter and protein powder (optional) in a mixer.
  3. Fold in strawberries into batter.
  4. Place a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet with a light dusting of coconut oil.
  5. Scoop out 1in-1.5in balls of batter and place on foil, press into cookie shape.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy!!

What to Pack for Blogfest 2017

Hello, Hello! 

As I am writing this we are 4 weeks and two days out from Blogfest 2017 and the excitement is growing!! I started thinking about what I packed last year, what I didn’t pack that I wish I had and what I definitely OVER packed. It was my first year to attend any sort of fitness convention, partake in multiple amazing workouts and learn from very knowledgeable influencers/bloggers. So I definitely made some packing loses but a few wins that I want to share with you!!

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1. BRING A JACKET

Hear me out… yes we are heading to the desert this year and it just so happens the hottest day of the year is usually July 19th, but don’t let this desert heat fool you. I GUARANTEE inside the convention center and meeting rooms the a/c will be blasting. Make sure you stay comfortable and focused with whatever extra jacket/sweater/poncho you need to bring. 

2. MULTIPLE OUTFITS

Obviously you will change outfits everyday, but something that helped me not FREEZE my behind off was changing after any workout that we had especially if I knew we were walking into another seated lecture/presentation. The extra set of pants, top, sports bra and yes underwear made all the difference. TRUST ME.

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BlogFest 2016 Swag Bag we received upon check in

3. EXTRA LUGGAGE

This one makes me laugh because I was really proud of myself for fitting all of my workout wear, multiple running/training shoes, toiletries, etc…. in one bag. Yay!! NOT. Both me and my roommate Esther took turns running to the Target that was several blocks away to buy a SECOND piece of luggage. The amount of product/swag/goodies you will accumulate is INSANE!! In a very, very, very good way. I was exposed to product I have never heard of that has now made its way in to my daily life. Pack that extra duffle in your suitcase so you can fill it up with all of the things!

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My everyday duffle that housed my change of clothes, snacks, cell phone, water, etc…

4. DON’T OVER PACK

Yes you should pack enough outfits to wear you can change after every workout and pack enough underwear to last you through my second tip, but we are going to FITNESS CONVENTION. The vendors at the expo are amazing and many of them are pop up shops! Last year I found pieces from Lorna Jane, Yoga Smoga and even SweatPink! Just to name a few. You don’t need to bring EVERY black pair of leggings you own (do you hear me Marilena??) just enough to get you by. Save the room for your swag!

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Esther and I were set…

5. SNACKS

Since last year was my first year to attend I didn’t know what the eating situation was going to be like. So in my duffle I not only carted around multiple outfits, underwear, a shoe change, socks, but I also had a jar of nutbutter, complete cookies, fig bars, protein bars, beef jerky, etc, etc… You really don’t need this. I remember hearing a comment from a presenter last year mention that we were the “best fed group at IDEA!!!” #truth There are snacks on snacks on snacks. Breakfast is offered, lunch is offered in addition to the snack breaks they have planned for us. And did I mention, the freebies you will receive in your swag bag and from vendors?! Unless you have a very strict diet/allergies you can go light on the snacks you pack, I didn’t eat everything I packed and you guessed it, had to cart it right back with me! So, again, save the room for your swag!!


I hope these tips have helped you in your packing plan! Many people brought their laptops and iPads to take notes during the lectures and presentations and the set up was amazing! There are definitely enough outlets to go around so don’t worry about battery life 🙂 If you have been to Blogfest before I would love to hear what your packing tips are! Leave them down in the comments with any questions you may have. See you in fabulous Las Vegas!!

xoxo,

Marilena

Push-up for what?

See what I did there?!? Happy Hump day! For today’s #workoutwednesday and #nationalfitnessday I wanted to quickly share this push-up

See what I did there?!? Happy Hump day! For today’s #workoutwednesday and #nationalfitnessday I wanted to quickly share this push-up workout!

Now I have to tell you I dislike push-ups with a passion. They are tough, tough, tough and I just am not naturally good at them. But I decided that I needed to focus on this movement and I literally make myself do them every day. They are a great test of your strength and can help strengthen your entire body. They are essentially a moving plank!

Some notes to keep in mind while you do this:

  1. always keep your shoulders over your wrists
  2. your core should ALWAYS be engaged
  3. your glutes should be engaged as well
  4. use your breath to help you push up and push away the floor
  5. try as many as you can on your toes but drop to assisted if your form starts to go
  6. on the up and downs start in a forearm plank. As you move to the up position replace your elbows with your palms. This will ensure your shoulders stay stacked over your wrists.

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Don’t forget to stretch your chest after this doozy. How did you do?? How else are you celebrating #nationalfitnessday ??

xoxo,

Marilena

Monday Motivation

Happy Monday!!! I wanted to share the deets on an outfit that is on constant rotation in my daily life.

I have to start with this Alala top. It is long, flattering and on the shoulders and down the back it has an amazing mesh panel. I love the cap sleeves and high neck and because of the mesh down the back it doesn’t get too hot! Shop it here! I received it in my most recent My Sweat Style box and I swear its the one piece that gets worn at least twice a week! (you can read about past boxes here and here.)

The second most worn item I have on in this picture are my leggings. The Upside knocked it out of the park with these! I purchased them awhile ago but I found similar camou prints here (bonus this new collection from Carbon 38 just dropped and they are AMAZING), here and here (this last one is a great solid olive legging.) Also, check out their other prints that I am obsessed with here and here.

Lastly, my sneakers. I can’t say enough about these run around town comfies. I found them on discount at Six02 about a year ago and the gold and animal print obviously caught my eye!! I looked to see if they were still on their website, sadly they are gone, however I did find these that might be shipping soon 🙂

Hope this quick post finds you well! Find any amazing camou/olive pieces out there?? Let me know in the comments below! (PS: use code MARILENAGER50 for 25% off at Carbon38)

xoxo,

Marilena

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WIWW – Beauty Finds

So I know this post accidentally already posted but here it is again with the photos it was supposed to have!! Oh technology… 🙈🙈


Today’s post is a little different than what I usually post about but I wanted to share a few beauty finds that I have stumbled upon. With wedding prep in full swing (2 weeks and three days 😵) I Continue reading “WIWW – Beauty Finds”

Greek Turkey Burger Tuesday

Good Morning!! I am so excited to share this recipe with you and hope you will all join me in Turkey Burger Tuesday!!

Greek Turkey Burger Tuesday


These are so good and so tasty you won’t be able to eat just one! Typically I serve them with baked sweet potato fries along with the sliced cucumbers. You can always grab extra red onions, cucumber and your hamburger bun of choice and actually make a burger. I prefer the patty alone with some of the sauce on top. Trust me you will love these any way you choose to eat them! Continue reading “Greek Turkey Burger Tuesday”

Turkey Tuesday – Clean Penne Pasta

Welcome to a new week! I originally had this set to post on Tuesday, you know for “Turkey Tuesday!” But then I thought, why not post it a day early?? You know so you can run to the store tonight, get all of the ingredients and enjoy “Turkey Tuesday” properly!! You are welcome!

I recently completed an Arbonne 30 Day detox and one of the requirements was to eat clean. No preservatives, no packaged food, no sugar, no processed, no nothing…. I don’t think we eat terribly bad, but I definitely rely on my frozen vegetables that I Continue reading “Turkey Tuesday – Clean Penne Pasta”