Product Review: Beat Kicks

I love my beats headphones because whenever I workout I can’t hear ANYTHING around me. It helps keep my focused and when I first started working out I didn’t feel so anxious being around all the meatheads because I was focused on my music.

For anyone who wears beats or any over the ear headphones to the gym, you know they get pretty sweaty and nasty overtime as the leather starts to crack. I usually spray mine down with some disinfectant after I work out but the leather starts to wear out pretty quickly. After going through my second pair of headphones and I was going on my third I splurged and got the brand new rose gold ones as a black Friday #Treatyouself gift. I decided I needed to make sure I took good care of these! (For those wondering NO, I did not toss the last two headphones my ex stole my first pair which were pretty trashed and I left my second pair at the gym).

These new rose gold ones have white ear cushions so right off the bat I thought with my make up and tanning products and how my headphones were going to get dirty fast! I had my eye on Beatkicks for a while and finally decided to it was time after I got my new headphones.

I originally wanted the Palms print but it has been sold out for what feels like forever, which I am not surprised because it is such a cute print! I went with my second favorite the Maui print! After I purchased, they got my order out quickly and shipping was fast. I appreciate how it came in minimal packaging when it arrived, eco friendly.

Beatkicks are a one size fits most cover for your headphones including: 

Audio-Technica
Beats Studio
Beats Solo
Bose Quiet Comfort
Bose Soundlink JBL
Munitio Skullcandy Hesh ..and many others

The material is mostly made out of polyester at 83% and the other 17% is spandex. They are very soft and thick. They are shaped like a cloth donut (okay can you tell I’m hungry?) with a strong elastic scrunch band to secure around the headphones on one side. The other side is has a flush edge that goes next to your ears with the opening for your speakers in the headset. There is double stitching around the outside seam to ensure it wears well and stays in place. If you do not have wireless headphones there is a little slit on one of the covers to feed the cord through. But if you don’t have a cord don’t worry the hole isn’t noticeable.

They come in two sizes regular and mini. I purchased the regular and I feel that they are slightly baggy on my Beats Solo3. I should have got the mini even though the sizing chart depicts you could go either way and “when in doubt, go regular”!

I was worried that the cloth would bother me while I was wearing them working out but it actually keeps them in place instead of sliding around compared to the leather when I start to sweat. Overall the covers are extremely high-quality I am impressed. I highly recommend them for anyone who works out with over the ear headphones to keep them sanitary and preserve your headphones.

Because I work out 6x times a week and these are machine washable I will more than likely end up going the Maui print when it comes back into stock so that I have two pairs so I can always have a clean pair on hand. But this time, I will go with the mini!

Low Carb Lemon Pepper Chicken “Fried Rice”

So I know that utilizing cauliflower instead of rice is not headline news but I feel like I do often forget how much it is a great filler when you are on a low-carb diet and looking to fuel up!

I am not a huge fan of cauliflower unless it’s roasted, mashed or riced. A lot of people who are on the keto diet or just in general are looking to keep their carbs low definitely should take advantage of incorporating “Riced cauliflower” into their meals. I find it at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts!

I decided to make a lemon pepper fried rice and seriously it was one of the best things I have made since I have been back on my meal plan! A great guilt-free way to enjoy fried rice! If you enjoy making more of a classic version, you can always add peas, carrots, & liquid aminos instead! I will probably make another version of this with some shrimp in the future!

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Pre-cook your chicken. I decided to cook it in a crockpot or you can go ahead and bake it however you please! Chop or shred and set aside to add at the end. It’s also to just add top if you are counting your protein intake After the rice is cooked to your own portion (that’s what I do)

2. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Then add package of Riced cauliflower. Cook on high heat too quickly crisp up the cauliflower so it doesn’t get soggy for about 2 min.

3. Drizzle in egg whites and once they are not translucent, stir in broccoli with any other veggies you would like to incorporate!

4. Add Chicken and enjoy!

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Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna

I love the cheesy carb-loaded goodness of my Italian family roots just as much as the next person BUT my waistline, not so much!

I have substituted zucchini noodles previously when I made an enchilada style dish and it was absolutely amazing so I decided to try it with a lasagna dish!

Although I am I’m not sure what my grandpa would think about me subbing zucchini for noodles but for me it was absolutely delicious! I was worried about the dish being too soggy because there is a lot of moisture in the zucchini but I didn’t have any issues.

Traditionally I like to make my family recipe tomato sauce but I’m trying to make these recipes short and easy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 20 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pack of Meats2u House Seasoned Chicken*
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil cooking spray

*Pre-cook your defrosted Meats2u Chicken in a crockpot for about 2.5-3 hours, drain, and shred with an electric mixer

You will also need a 9×13 baking dish and a Y peeler

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl combine ricotta cheese and egg with fresh basil, 1/4 tsp oregano, and pinch/salt pepper. Refrigerate until ready to assemble

2. Using a Y peeler make thick noodle like strips with your zucchini, set aside.

3. Lightly grease your deep 9 x 13 pan and preheat your oven to 375°

4. To assemble have your chicken, Baby spinach, cheese mix, and sauce ready to go. Starting with the zucchini noodles line them along the bottom of the pan (2 Columns lengthwise seems to work best). Then top with ricotta cheese and spoon the pasta sauce over the top. Add your shredded chicken and top with baby spinach. Repeat one more time.

5. Your final layer should be a layer of zucchini topped with a bit of pasta sauce and sprinkled lightly with the mozzarella cheese. You can add the shredded cheese to each layer but I am trying to keep this low fat! Who doesn’t love cheese though?

6. Top with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 25 minutes to allow cheese to brown. Serve warm!

 

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Eggs Florentine: Protein Style

If you have been following me for a while then you would know that I absolutely love breakfast and brunch! Breakfast is definitely a meal where it’s easy to load up on the carbs and sugars so often times I try to find more “leaner” alternates to enjoy. One of my absolute favorite breakfast dishes is Eggs Benedict. I decided to make a high protein alternate to Eggs Florine utilizing one of my favorite items from Meats2U, their chicken breakfast patties!

Just look a that yolk drip…

Ingredients:

1 pack Meats2u Breakfast Sausage patties – defrosted

1 Small bag baby spinach

4 Eggs

Pinch of paprika to garnish

2 tsp. White wine vinegar

Spray olive oil

Pink Himalayan Salt (or regular)

Pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:
1. In a medium sauce pan fill 3/4 way full with water. add vinegar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, in a well oiled cast iron skillet (preferable but you can use a regular skillet) cook your defrosted Meats2u Breakfast Patties. Cook on each side 3-6 min.
3. Carefully, using the handle of a wooden or silicone cooking utensil, swirl the water in a clockwise motion into a small whirl pool is created. Gently break egg into the water. Lower the heat to medium low and simmer until the eggs are just set, about 3 minutes. The yolks should still be runny. Remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon and set aside on a warm paper-towel-lined plate. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet sauté your spinach and lemon over low heat. We all know that we start off with a huge pile of spinach in end up with nothing so make sure you sauté the whole bag. Season with salt & pepper.
5. Time to assemble: Place or sausage patties on a plate them top with a generous helping of spinach, and finally add your poached egg. Garnish with paprika. Enjoy!

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Goodbye butterfly: 5 years

𝒢𝑜𝑜𝒹𝒷𝓎𝑒 𝒷𝓊𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇𝒻𝓁𝓎 5 years ago today my life changed forever. I had my thyroid, a parathyroid, and 10 lymphnodes removed due to cancer. Shortly after my surgery I received my first dose of radioactive iodine. Nothing could have prepared me (or anyone for that matter) at such a young age to undergo the surgery and treatments. The past five years I spend hours upon hours getting lab work, ultrasounds, biopsy’s, injections, CT scans, and radioactive iodine treatments.

My doctors did not prepare me that the battle would be far from over after they removed my thyroid. They failed to tell me how sick I would feel for years, the struggle I would have with my weight, and lack of energy. They didn’t mention as they balanced my hormone levels with medication I would become depressed, fatigued, I would have skin issues, my hair would thin out and never feel the same again. I didn’t realize that removing one small little butterfly shaped gland could wreak so much havoc on my entire body. I thought my one little thyroid pill (that I will have to take for the rest of my life) would just substitute what I had lost, but It didn’t. My body rejected my thyroid medicine multiple times and swung me into hypothyroidism leaving me wondering what feeling normal even meant anymore. Even though it was hard and I wanted to give up so many times, I just kept pushing through and staying positive. I had my fair share of ups and downs but eventually I have always found my way back into the light. I decided to share what I went through in hopes of inspiring someone and remind them that they are not alone. I also share the truth about thyroid cancer on educating others about the challenges thyroid cancer patients are faced with. Even though it’s been five years I still suffer from extreme fatigue and staying in shape is a constant battle. The lab tests and ultrasounds that I still undergo have become a part of my new norm. It is as much a mental battle as it is physical & have to remind myself that I need to listen to my body and there are going to be days that I am not OK and that is fine. I am thankful for my life and that I am still here to live it.

(Note: My doctors at the City Of Hope did amazing job with my surgery and treatments and I am thankful for that. I do however feel that there was a huge under misrepresentation of the challenges I would be facing after my thyroidectomy. The purpose of this post was to educate awareness about the challenges thyroid cancer survivors face because it is a common misconception that our battle is over after we have been declared cancer free)

Taco Tuesday with a twist

So does this count as taco Tuesday? I was craving tacos with all the fixins’ But I decided to loaded up on a sweet potato instead. I used Meats2u Chicken patties to stuff them full of lean protein. It is part of the Chicken Lovers pack. You can get it here and use VIPKELSEY 1/2 off shipping and next day delivery Monday-Thursday

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, approximately 2 lbs total 
  • 1 package of Meats2u Chicken Patties
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more or less, to taste

Garnishment:

  • 1 medium avocado,  peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt, more or less, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, more or less, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice, to taste
  • Salsa

Additional Garnishment:

  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • chives
  • Sliced lime, to squeeze
  • plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • sliced jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke each sweet potato all over with a fork. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 40-50 minutes, or until fork tender. You can also microwave instead to cut down on time.

  2. During the last 10-15 minutes the sweet potatoes are baking, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet placed over medium heat. Once the oil is heated add the Meat2u patties breaking it apart as it cooks, so that there are no large chunks. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the meet is no longer pink.

  3. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool before handling. They will be too hot to handle and slice into to stuff right out of the oven.

  4. While they are cooling, combine the avocado, salt, pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder into a small mixing bowl. Mash thoroughly to combine. Adjust seasonings and juice to your taste preference.

  5. To serve, cut each sweet potato in half and scoop out the centers into a bowl. Mash and mix up with salt/pepper. Refill the potatoes then top with mashed avocado mixture and salsa

  6. Garnish with any additional toppings of your choosing!

CryoSpot: Heatin’ things up

Typically when I go to the Cryospot, its to cool down in the whole body Cryotherapy chamber but now they added a couple Infrared Saunas to their already amazing line up of recovery options. Now, if you know me then you are aware that I am not a fan and quite frankly a whimp when it comes to heat tolerance. When the owner Vic told me about the benefit’s of the sauna I agreed to give it a shot. After all, I am always excited to try out new things anyways.

So what is so special about this sauna? Well it uses a combination of chromatherapy lights and infrared heat. Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust the body’s vibrations to frequencies light colorsthat result in heath and harmony. This sauna has 12 colored light options that each poses frequencies of a specific vibration. Each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. You can have the lights cycle through all the colors or select a specific color with the remote from within the sauna. An infrared sauna feels milder than a traditional sauna therefore you are able to stay in the sauna for a longer session of 40 min. The infrared sauna’s heat ability to warm at a cellular level allows for a much more beneficial sweat sesh.

Benefits also include:

  • 7X more detoxification than normal sweating
  • Aids in weight loss, burning as many calories as a 2 mile run (ummm #yasss )
  • Proven skin purification relieving acne eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts
  • The soothing therapeutic heat promotes relaxation & stress relief
  • Aids in pain management, relieving sore muscles/joints, and healing soft tissue and muscle injuries.
  • Helps lower high blood pressure over time maintaining heart health

IRSauna

Each of the saunas are located in a private room where you can lock the door for peace of mind because you are not going to want to wear any clothing. I chose to go in my sports bra and panties because I was documenting the experience but they were drenched by the time I was done. If you are going to wear any type of clothing inside I would highly recommend bringing a plastic bag to put damp clothes in and a change of clothes. They provide clean towels, a clean bath mat inside the sauna, and a TV. You can also play music over the speakers from your phone but the Netflix, Cable, and Hulu keep me preoccupied! Your session can be anywhere form 30-40 min depending on your tolerance.

IR Room

Overview of process

Before:

  • Drink at least 20oz of water
  • Eat a light snack 30-60 min prior

During:

  • The infrared heat will warm up your core temperature 2-3 degrees, which causes a array of health benefit’s
  • You are able to adjust the heat/lights to your choosing
  • I always bring a water bottle in there with me
  • TRY TO RELAX

After:

  • Refresh  with a towel
  • Hydrate

IRSelfie

 

Overall I did really well with the heat and managed to relax (and take and embarrassing amount of selfies) but the last 10 min was when I started pouring out sweat! One of the things a love about the Cryospot is their cleanliness and when it comes to saunas this is so key! I have been traumatized by the ones at the gym but Cryospot has restored my faith. The glass was doors were spotless and the wood in the sauna was well kept and overall the unit felt clean to be in.

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Mr.Olympia 2018

So excited that I was able to attend the 2018 Mr Olympia in Las Vegas! I had such an awesome time traveling out to Vegas and bonding with my Bikini Prep teammates. Seeing all the competitors and exhibitors made me even more excited to be on my own prep! What an experience seeing and meeting so many amazing people who share the same passion for health and fitness!

Tupperware Gang: Not just for the gym rats anymore

From leftovers to now calling it “meal prep” there has been a dramatic shift in the attitude towards eating out of tupperware and how it is viewed from society, but in a positive way. I remember the first time I ordered meal prep back in 2015 when I was staying with one of my coworkers at the time waiting for my apartment to be ready and I did not want to burden her with cooking in her kitchen since I was a guest. Cue On Season Meals, who had just recently opened their doors and was conveniently located on my commute to work

 

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After a few weeks of ordering I had felt so spoiled that I didn’t have to lift a finger to prep anymore and around that time was when I started getting into health and fitness so I continued to order my meal prep. I honestly could not cook my food every single time I ate and just thinking about the amount of cleanup and dishes already makes me tired and stressed!

Meal Prep during my salon visit

Along my journey I have run into so many people who are embarrassed and uncomfortable to bust out to tupperware in public. Meanwhile I am sitting over here with a plastic fork and a container in my purse ready to eat, always! People always tease me about this but I don’t mind at all! You have to unapologetically take the steps to align yourself towards your own goals. Whether that goal is weight loss, eating healthy, or building muscle its going to take discipline and most of all stepping out of your comfort zone.
I eat my mealprep on the beach, in the movies, on the plane, and I even bring it while I’m getting my hair done at the salon. And guess what? Nobody cares or even asks me about it.

Beachin it

When you really think about it isn’t it silly to care so much about what other people think? But I completely understand and often find myself falling into that pattern.
If you eat out a lot and your goal this year is to start fueling your body whether or not you want to lose weigh explore ordering meal prep. I still need help getting my food prepped even though I am extremely efficient in making my own meals but it gives me time back in my already busy week. Meal prep can range anywhere from $7 to $16/ meal but you need to consider on average how much do you spend when you eat out even if it is fast food. Here are some things the consider when choosing a meal prep company:
1. Location – Is the meal prep company conveniently located or will they deliver?
2. Do they have any special membership pricing or perks?
3. Do they have a good variety and the ability to customize your order according to your goals?
4. Is it easy for you to order?
5. What meals do you need to order that fit your lifestyle? I currently order breakfast, lunch, dinner. In the past I also ordered five extra meals that had just protein and vegetables as well.
Onseason Meals just launched their new program called club OSM where they send you a weekly email for you to choose your meals so you don’t forget and you can have it delivered right to your door! Check it out here and first time issues can save 10% with my code KELSEYFITCHIC20
So whether you are a competitive athlete, a parent on the go, or someone trying to live a healthier lifestyle remember there is no shame shame in being a member of the Tupperware gang!