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Keto pumpkin spice waffles October has come and gone, but pumpkin spice everything doesn’t have to! Here are my incredibly delicious, KETO pumpkin spice waffles! These are so out of this world delicious, you’ll forget they’re actually good for you! These are low carb and sugar free, and I topped them with keto cream cheese icing and sugar free candied walnuts! Here are the recipes! I will have a video on these recipes on my channel this weekend! Stay tuned! Be sure to subscribe and get notifications so you don’t miss that video! Keto Pumpkin Spice Waffles 🎃 1/2 cup sifted almond flour 🎃 1 tsp baking powder 🎃 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 🎃 1/4 cup cream cheese room temp 🎃 1/4 cup pumpkin purée 🎃 2 eggs room temp 🎃 3 tbsp Walden farm maple walnut syrup 🎃splash of vanilla extract Keto Cream Cheese Icing ▪️1 cup cream cheese room temp ▪️1/2 stick of softened unsalted butter ▪️2/3 powdered sweetener of choice ( I used stevia) ▪️Splash of vanilla extract Keto Candied Walnuts ▪️1/4 cup of walnuts ▪️1/4 cup of granulated erythritol ▪️1 tbsp Walden farms maple walnut syrup
On the left is me, the night before my csection and birth of my beautiful baby girl. I weighed nearly 190 lbs. I had gained so much weight during my pregnancy due to prenatal depression. I had an incredibly rough pregnancy. I was told my baby may be born with Down syndrome, and that she had extra fluid in her brain. I had an emergency amniocentesis that ruled out Down syndrome, but then I was tested for zica virus to find the cause of my baby’s hydrocephalus. I was in and out of the hospital my last month of pregnancy, getting NST tests every 2 days, because I was leaking amniotic fluid. Food was my comfort. Some days I wouldn’t eat. Other days, I would over eat because it was the only thing that helped me cope with the pain I was in. After the birth of my daughter, we found out she was born with a birth defect, something that would 1 year later be diagnosed as Poland syndrome. So I continued eating. Through my postpartum depression, food continued to be my comfort. I have very few pictures during my pregnancy, and during the 1st year of my daughters life. I didn’t feel good inside, and I didn’t want to have that captured in pictures. If you look closely, you’ll see the pain and sadness in my eyes on the left picture. I don’t have very many pictures of the “bigger” me because it’s not a time I wanted to remember. One day, I decided enough was enough, and started on a weight loss plan thanks to @slayingmuffintops and my friend @minabobinas who recommended it to me. Through that plan I learned how to live a ketogenic lifestyle, and after losing 30 lbs on the plan, I continued to lose an additional 15 lbs or so doing keto! Of all the things I’ve done wrong in my life, getting healthy was one thing I did right and I haven’t turned back since!
Caroline. The wonder and awe I see in your eyes when you look at the world around you makes me fall in love with you all over again. You have had more of an impact on my life than you will ever understand. You make me want to do better. To be better. To be the best person; the best mom I can be. Waking up each day can be difficult for me at times, until I see you. You make me want to fight harder. To be stronger. To see the beauty in life. My sweet Caroline, I know I am not around as much as I want to be, but I hope you know that I love you more than I could ever put in words. I hope you know that everything I do, is to give you a better future. I hope you know that you are my biggest motivation, my greatest inspiration, and the reason I could never accept resignation.
#ad Okay let’s get real for a second here. After my recent vacation and recent struggles with depression, I have reverted back to binge eating. It’s been over a month since I’ve had a healthy meal or even exercised, so it’s not wonder I am incredibly bloated and feeling pretty sluggish. So in order to get back to working on myself, I am ditching my morning cup of coffee and replacing it with my @teamiblends Skinnny Tea! This tea will help flush out toxins to decrease bloating, suppress your cravings, and give you energy, which I desperately need these days! So this is a promise to myself, to start taking care of my body, mind and soul once again. Let’s do this! (Code Miixa25 gets you 25% off your order of $34!) #thankyouteami #teamipartner
Words cannot describe how thankful I am for these people and all they’ve done for us. Thank you so much for coming out and walking with us, and to those who donated thank you as well! We made some fun memories, and I cannot wait to do it all over again next year! Only bigger and better! #chocwalk2018
Today we walked our first CHOC walk for Caroline who was diagnosed with Poland Syndrome just a few months ago. I am beyond fortunate that my daughters condition is not life threatening and that she will be able to live a pretty normal life despite her differences, but that does not discredit or diminish the pain we’ve felt throughout this entire journey. Today we walked for our daughter, but we also walked for children who are not as fortunate and who are suffering far more, and to those who have unfortunately lost their fight. Today wasn’t just about Caroline, but rather every child who is fighting their own battles along with their families.
Today I got to spend the entire morning and afternoon with my girls at the Santa Ana Zoo! I start school next Monday, and although I’m off from work tomorrow, I’m going to be attending a meeting for a club I joined at CSUF! So today was the last real day I got to hang out with them. Just us 3, and I definitely cherished these moments before the craziness and stress of school begins! I get a lot of people asking me how I juggle work, my girls, and school, and truth is I just kind of found a routine that works for me, but that’s not to say that I don’t get anxiety from it all either. My husband and I have given up so much for me to go back to school, my mom and husband are so proud of me and excited to see me finish school, and I have given up precious time with my daughter. Sometimes I wonder “what if I can’t do it?” “What if I let them down?” “What if I’m not good enough?” But then my husband, who seems to be my voice of reason, reminds me that I AM good enough, and that No matter what they will always be proud of me, and also lovingly tells me to “shut up and just do it”. Sometimes I get in my head so much, it’s nice to have my husband bluntly tell me to just get it done, because when haven’t I just gotten it done, ya know? So summer is officially over for us, and a new journey begins, one that i am so freaking excited about but also equally terrified. Let’s do this💛
KETO AVOCADO TOAST FTW! I have always loved avocado toast, but when I started doing keto I couldn’t find a good bread recipe that didn’t taste super eggy. Then I discovered Sara Lee low carb bread, and my life was changed! Now I can have a classic avocado toast, without the carbs, but with all the taste! Here I have a slice of Sara Lee bread, Mashed avocado with salt and pepper and a couple slices of bacon, a couple slices of organic brown tomatoes, and a fried egg on top! Again, no idea on the macros since I never track my macros, but I can say this keeps me full for a long time and it is so incredibly delicious and low carb! 👌🏼
For those who are in need of a little motivation (ahem, me! 🙋🏻♀️) The past couple weeks on vacation have been absolutely blissful! And eating healthy was not a priority! I enjoyed my vacation and I definitely indulged in all the good foods! I also made it a point not to weigh myself during vacation or after, and I still haven’t weighed myself because the scale doesn’t define me and quite frankly I don’t really care! I’m comfortable in my own skin and a number on a scale shouldn’t dictate that. That being said, I am so ready to get back to running and back to eating clean because let’s be honest, fast food everyday isn’t good for anybody! But I was on vacation, and you know what it’s okay to live a little, ya know? For those that are new to my weight loss journey, after a rough pregnancy and battling postpartum depression, I started finding comfort in food. 6 months postpartum, I was a hefty 170 lbs. My heaviest was 187 lbs when I went in to labor. I was a shy, depressed, self loathing girl who just wanted to do anything to avoid going on anti depressants. So I started my weight loss journey in December, and flash forward to today, I have lost a total of 70 lbs from my heaviest weight! Anything is possible if you are determined to make a change. Im not saying it’s going to be easy, but it will be worth it! I still struggle with postpartum depression, I think I will always somehow struggle with it for the rest of my life on some days, but I have come so far from that girl on the left. I am happier, healthier, I have more energy for my daughter, family,school, work. And all because I decided enough was enough. 💕
Sitting here eating a salad, just wishing it to be this glorious keto fathead “flatbread” I love so much! I watched a bon apetit flatbread recipe on YouTube and whenever I watch regular recipe videos I always think to myself “how can I make that keto?” So instead of flatbread I made myself fathead dough and instead of baking it I put it on my baking sheet over the grill because it’s summer and I need any excuse to grill outdoors lol I topped the “flatbread” (which is really just a rectangle thin crust pizza lol) with Raos tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, brown organic tomatoes and red tomatoes, purple onions and some basil from my garden! This was hands down so fresh and light but still filling! And the brown tomatoes give the “flatbread” so much more sweetness and flavor than regular red tomatoes! This would be the perfect light lunch for any vegetarians out there that are trying to do keto! Sorry vegans, I love my cheese too much! Also, don’t ask me for the Macros because I honestly have no clue! lol 🤪 I’ve actually never tracked my macros, but have still been able to successfully lose and maintain my weight, and quite frankly I just don’t have the time or energy to stress about that too much! But of course always do what’s best for YOU, and I will say that some people really do benefit from tracking macros and if that’s you, more power to you! 😘
Not on vacation anymore that’s for sure this morning 😫 Sending my daughter off to the sitter this morning wasn’t easy, but I’m so happy for the moments I got to spend with my family before starting a new semester at school in a couple weeks. I made countless memories that I will always cherish and I got to spend everyday with my girls and my husband and that is utterly priceless💕