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Good morning! Happy Friday! I used to say thank God for the weekends but now that Darin and I have started his business, we are the busiest working on Fridays & Saturdays. Plus we have our second Sunday in a row of work meetings with our staff. It’s all good though because we are so thankful for the opportunity we have!

My Iphone alarm went off to the tune of “Xylophone ” at 4:20am. Black coffee and Ezekiel Bread + Almond Butter were thrown down and then I headed off to bootcamp. There’s something about being up before the birds… It’ll either inspire you or cause you to wonder why you aren’t snuggled up in bed. I chose the former and got my workout in!

After Boot Camp I replenished with my delicious Green Smoothie:

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Followed by a Homemade Misto thanks to my Capresso Frother! I make a fresh cup of Starbucks Dark Roast and add my Half & Half to the Frother.

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The milk comes out looking all frothy like…

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Then I pour just the cream into my coffee.

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And spoon out the “froth”- all of it! You can never have enough.

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Look at those artistic skills…

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I have a few great things to share with you for this Friday edition of Link Love. First I’m just going to kick it off with something glorious. Macaroons. And not just any Macaroons, these are Chocolate Coconut Macaroons. So these are made up of healthy ingredients however they aren’t “low calorie”. I’m not a big calorie counter as much as I am about eating whole, delicious foods. The high calorie items are Almond Meal, Coconut Oil & Shredded Coconut –> all food items I eat on the regular. I averaged these out to about 100 calories a piece.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

adapted from Fitnessista’s Red Velvet Macaroons

makes 10 Macaroons

  • 2 Tbsp of Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
  • 2 Tbsp. of Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of Honey
  • 1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt

Preheat oven to 200 and grease a baking sheet with Coconut Oil. Mix the shredded Coconut, Almond Meal & Cinnamon together. Add in the Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil (melted) and Vanilla. Once it’s all mixed together, slowly add in the Cocoa until it is all mixed in. Grab a (1) Tbsp Measuring spoon and scoop out portions by the tbsp-ful. Drop onto the greased baking sheet- should make between 10-12 Macaroons. Then I put them in the oven for 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours seems like a while but go clean up your mess from mixing, do the dishes, run a load of laundry, catch up on your latest blog posts and then come back. They are worth the wait! Make sure to check on them every 30 minutes as some ovens run hotter than others. Mine cooked perfectly in 2 hours.

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The return of the REALLY ugly baking pan. I’ve got to buy a new one. That’s what happens when you cook BBQ Wings with no Aluminum Foil underneath. These are the Macaroons pre-cooked.

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After 2 hours of toasting away in the oven they come out to a perfect crisp on the outside and soft, chewy inside. OMG.

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My batch made 10 but they may be because some of the batter accidentally fell onto the counter/spoon and so I had to eat it.

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In my mind, “I’ll just have one.”

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Oh wait, never mind. These are too damn good to have just one of.

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I hope you try them out! They are SO delicious.

Side note- Darin & I ate all of them last night. No shame here people! But I am kind of sad they are gone… I guess I’ll just have to make some more!

Fitness

Before I devoured ate these macaroons, I put in some time at the gym last night. On the agenda: legs & booty. I came across Juli’s Lower Body Burn-out and she was not kidding when she said it was killer.

My legs were definitely sore this morning- just in time for Bootcamp. Ughhh not a good choice to do a Lower Body Workout the night before a 5am Bootcamp. You should give this one a go! I promise you will be burning through it, but you will feel fabulous later! Especially rocking this short shorts coming up soon!

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Finds

Last but not least, I stumbled upon Lori at Laurel of Leaves two posts on Natural Skin Treatment. I don’t like all of the chemicals in most of the cleansers and lotions you find these days. Aveeno is one of my go-to products but while it’s for Sensitive Skin, it’s still full of chemicals. Lori suggests using Honey as a Face Mask! I gave it a whirl last night and my skin felt fabulous this morning. I’m going to give her routine a try for a little while and see if this helps clear up my hormonal breakouts along my jawline. Thanks Birth Control.

Oh! Plus I used Coconut Oil as a natural makeup remover. It took my waterproof mascara off so easily! And then I slathered it on my face while I slept, I’m sure Darin loves staring at my Honey & Coconut covered face…

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Soak up some sun if you can and tackle one of those Pinterest DIY projects or recipes you’ve been waiting to make πŸ™‚

What’s your go-to skin regimen? What are your favorite skin products?