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Brown Rice for Breakfast

So many of you were inspired by my Quinoa for Breakfast post, I thought I’d bring you a new healthy breakfast option, brown rice for breakfast!

brown rice breakfast bowl

Why Brown Rice?

Worlds Healthiest Foods sums it up well: The health benefits of brown rice continue with its fiber, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, one more way brown rice helps prevent atherosclerosis. Fiber also helps out by keeping blood sugar levels under control (PCOS girls, take note!)

I am obsessed with this recipe because it’s super easy, customizable and delicious. For me, the toasted sesame oil is the secret flavor here, but I’ll let you try it out and decide for yourself.

I’ll give you the rundown of how I made my brown rice breakfast bowl and I’ve got a few additional tips for you down below!

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INGREDIENTS

  1. scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  2. ounces curly spinach, stemmed (8 packed cups)
  3. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  4. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  5. tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  6. tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  7. teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish (I didn’t have sesame seeds, so I added sunflower seeds for crunch)
  8. cups cooked brown rice, warm
  9. avocado, thinly sliced
  10. radishes, thinly sliced

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Step 1

Cook the scallions in a large skillet over medium, add the spinach, salt, and pepper and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Note: I cooked my brown rice ahead of time, so I warmed it up in the skillet during this step.

Brown Rice Breakfast

Step 2

Whisk the oil, vinegar, and sesame seeds in a small bowl. I didn’t have sesame seeds so I used sunflower seeds.

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Step 3

Slice radishes and avocado, thinly

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Step 4

Divide the brown rice, spinach mixture, avocado, and radishes in the bowls. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Drizzle with the sesame dressing and serve warm, with more dressing on the side.

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Optional

Top with a fried egg for protein!

Additional Tips: If you want to save time, make a pot of brown rice the night before and reheat once the other ingredients are ready. If you’re making this for one or two people, you could also get frozen brown rice from your grocery store, I like frozen brown rice because it has smaller portions and cooks in a few minutes.

You can also, try other green vegetables in your bowl: Broccoli, zucchini, and Swiss chard all work well.

Is this something you would eat? If you try this recipe be sure to tag me on instagram @CeCeOlisa

Modified from a Real Simple recipe

Healthy, Yummy NYC Brunch at Bluestone Lane

Fun fact about me, Brunch is my favorite meal!

I love sleeping in but still getting breakfast food, I love chatting with friends into the late afternoon and I really love it when a brunch meal is outside or has extra sunny views.

The only drawback with brunch is that when you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes mimosas, french toast and bacon aren’t the best choices.

On the other hand, staying home to eat oatmeal every weekend isn’t always super appealing either.

I asked you all on my instagram if you were interested in healthy brunch options in NYC and lots of you said YES! So, as I find great reastaurants, I’ll send them your way. If you don’t live in NYC, use these meals as inspiration to cook your own yummy healthy brunches at home.

Healty Yummy NYC Brunch

Today’s Healthy brunch suggestions is Bluestone Lane in New York City (there’s also a location in Philadelphia!).

They have a few locations in Manhattan, I walked over to the one in the west village.

55 Greenwich street

Greenwich and perry street

Almond Milk Latte + Prada Sunnies

Bluestone Lane Almond Milk Latte

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The first thing I ordered was an Almond Milk Latte, oh my goodness… it was as yummy as it was adorable!

The Menu

bluestone lane brunch menu

The brunch menu was pretty exciting to me, lots of options and variety. The waiter (with his adorable Australian accent) said some of the locations in NYC have an even more extensive menu than the Greenwich street location, but for me a few really great choices are good enough. We decided to share avocado smash and quinoa porridge. It was an awesome mix of savory/sweet.

AVOCADO SMASH

avocado smash poached egg

On Balthazar toast with tahini, heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts & e.v.o.o + a poached egg

ALMOND MILK QUINOA PORRIDGE

ALMOND MILK QUINOA PORRIDGE Blueberry compote, banana, almond butter, topped w- pepitas, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs
Blueberry compote, banana, almond butter, topped w/ pepitas, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs
This is an easy at home recipe too, click here for three quinoa breakfast recipes you can try tomorrow

West Village Stroll

CeCe Olisa West Village Restaurant
Are pants a requirement at brunch? Nope!
The west village bluestone lane location is perfect for a west village stroll, you’re pretty close to Washington Square park, Christopher street and Union Square, so have a nice brunch and then get lost in the city while getting your activity and steps in for the day.

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#PSPfit Registration Closes Tomorrow

Something I love about the #PSPfit community is that we get hyped for our non-scale victories too. When your health is changing for the better, you can see it in everything even if you never get on the scale. I asked some of the girls from #PSPfit 2014 about their Non-Scale Victories from the challenges and here’s what they had to say:

My relationship with food has completely changed. I’m an emotional eater. Ever since starting #pspfit I really think before I eat. If the hunger is really just stress or boredom I’ll work out for a bit or read a book. -E

CONFIDENCE. I feel better in my skin and finally feel like my beauty can be seen in all parts of me. I feel sexy all the time! Lol. It’s amazing and I never thought I would get to this point. -B

Let’s start with the small things I can tie my shoes without feeling like I am going to die or walk up the stairs without feeling like I am going to faint. Looking myself in the mirror and for the first time in years say ” damn girl that butt looks awesome!!!” I could go on and on but mostly I can say without a shadow of a doubt I am at peace with myself ♥ thank you CeCe and Abra and all of you girls you gave me my life back!!!! -B

I think about food in a much different way. Before I would eat just to eat but now I am very intentional about the amount of food and the quality of the food and the nutrition of the food that is going into my body. This is something I’ve never really been able to achieve before and I’m loving it! -E

As a diabetic my blood sugars have regulated I’ve also found a new love for cooking. -T

Registration for the #PSPfit challenge closes tomorrow and our nutrition coach, Abra is excited to start sending out recipes, meal plans and get to know everyone in the private facebook group. Are you joining us?

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What We Get:

  • Four Weeks of professional nutrition coaching
  • Four weeks of fitness training
  • “What is Clean Eating?” Guidebook
  • Daily inspirational emails
  • Weekly phone calls with CeCe & Abra Pappa
  • PCOS Support
  • Private Workout Videos (Cardio + Total Body Toning)
  • Recipes
  • Meal Plans
  • Private Facebook Group Access (Daily Inspiration, Support and Accountability)

What We Do:

  • Remove temptation by creating our clean kitchen and pantry
  • Wean ourselves off of unsupportive foods/sugars/toxins/stimulants
  • Cook yummy clean eating recipes
  • Participate in weekly body love exercises
  • Love and support ourselves and each other!
  • Snap #PSPfit photos on instagram when we work out and eat clean

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Is There Such A Thing As Being Fat And Fit?

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the #PSPfit #LiviLaunch party this weekend at their local Lane Bryant store, I’m working on an event recap now… stay tuned! Now for today’s post:

Every few weeks an unfamiliar face will approach me at the gym. The conversation usually goes something like this,

Them: Hi! So, I just wanted to come over and tell you what an amazing job you’re doing. Keep it up, okay? You’ll get there!

Me: Ummm…okay, thanks!

You see, I am a super-active girl who enjoys dancing, sports, and various bootcamps. I am also plus-size. Most of the regulars at my gym know that I’m the plus-size girl who works out like a beast, so they let me do my thing. But, the people who have recently joined the gym treat me like I’m a walking “before” picture from an episode of The Biggest Loser. But some of us are fat — and fit.

One thing big girls often hear is something to the tune of, “you need to get healthy and lose weight.” It’s usually said as one word: “gethealthyandloseweight.” Statements like this make the assumption that fat and fit are mutually exclusive. They are not. Statements like this make the assumption that skinny and healthy are synonymous. They are not. There are skinny people who have heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes. There are fat people who run 5K races, avoid junk food, and get clean bills of health from their doctors.

When I began the healthy curves journey that I call #PSPfit, Plus Size Princess Fitness. I set three goals for myself: eat clean, train dirty, and love myself at any size. I had been working hard to be the skinniest version of myself since I was 12 years old (spoiler alert: I gained more weight than I ever lost), so my commitment to those three things completely changed my mindset and I set out to be the healthiest version of myself.

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I was already in the gym four times a week, so that was an easy habit to keep, but I amped up my workouts by adding intense cardio and tons of strength training. Then, I put on an apron and got cooking to ensure processed foods were eliminated from my diet. I also made regular mani/pedi appointments and went shopping for cute plus-size gym clothes (Yep, I took the “love myself” partvery seriously).

My health began to improve in unexpected ways: My skin cleared up, my period became more regular, my eczema went away, my sleep improved, and my energy skyrocketed. Oh, and I lost 55 pounds.

Sure, weight loss was a part of my health improvements, but here’s the thing: In the past, I’ve lost more than 80 pounds and still had bad skin, annoying eczema, and terrible sleep patterns. So, weight isn’t everything. It’s certainly something, but it’s not everything.

I can do jumping jacks, pushups, planks, side planks, swim laps, and keep up in bootcamp classes galore. I eat green smoothies and cook yummy, clean recipes. I life a fit lifestyle, I’ve shed dozens of pounds, and I’m still a big girl. Even though the numbers on the scale continue to slide down, I’m pretty sure that I’ll always be a big girl. So, what does that mean? Is being fit what you look like, or how you live? Is it what size you wear, or what you can do in the gym?

I’m starting to realize that a healthy, fit lifestyle will enable my body to find the appropriate weight for my optimal health. Being healthy and fit is about choices and I’m making good ones. So, the next time a newbie at the gym assures me that I’ll “get there,” I can remind myself that I am already.

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One Song Workout: Star Jump Drill | #PSPfit

Star jumps!!! Have you ever done them?

I love Star Jumps because they engage my entire body. It seems simple enough, jump in the air and extend your limbs as much as possible to create a “star” shape with your body but do a few star jumps and you’ll see how intense they can be!

Today’s one song workout slowly eases me into a Star Jump Drill. Feel free to get up and workout with me! Links to my plus size workout clothes are below.

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How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte | #PSPfit Recipe

I always feel so bad starting Fall bootcamp because a #PSPfit commitment means no Halloween candy and no Pumpkin Spiced Lattes… or does it? Today our #PSPfit Nutrition coach, Abra is going to teach us how to make a healthy version of the (in)famous PSL.

p.s. if you want to work with Abra for 30 days, you have 3 days left to register for our online bootcamp (click here to join).

Take it away Abra!


 

Okay, CeCe!! When eating for PCOS I have a few hard and fast rules:

#1 Consume absolutely no foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar and is a highly contributing factor to developing insulin resistance.

#2 Stay far far away from chemically laden foods. There is no reason (in my humble opinion) to consume carcinogenic ingredients. I have seen amazing results with my PCOS clients that make a strong commitment to only consume whole, real food as close to it’s natural state as possible. Steer clear of chemicals and preservatives. They do not do your body good!

Flavored coffee drinks are often the source of large amounts of hidden sugars and unsupportive ingredients. It seems more obvious, however, when you are ordering a mocha – chocka – full a sugar – blend it up – top with whip cream – frappuciono – kind of drink, rather than a seemingly innocent pumpkin drink. I mean pumpkin is healthy, isn’t it?

Nope. There’s not even real pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte!

Food Babe, a blogger who is committed to investigate what’s really in our food, came out with a very controversial PSL report this year. When she approached Starbucks to get a more detailed ingredient list, she was met with much resistance, but luckily she was not deterred and after much prodding was able to get us the full scoop. I mean we should be allowed to know exactly what’s in the food we are eating, shouldn’t we?

In her final report she was able to determine, among other things, that there is HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) within the sweetened condensed milk, and that Starbucks also uses a highly carcinogenic coloring agent, class IV carmel coloring in the PSL.

Of course, I will never present a problem without a solution! Best news ever is that a pumpkin spice latte is the easiest thing to make at home. You will save calories, sugar, yucky franken-food ingredients, AND save yourself a pretty penny! Also, you can add REAL PUMPKIN!

Healthy Pumkpin Spice Latte Clean Eating

I opted to make this version vegan for our dairy free friends (I must point out, I was completely unaware that Starbucks Pumpkin syrup was made with milk, this now explains my belly ache after consuming one.)

Making a homemade pumpkin spice latte is as simple as:

*Brewing delicious strong coffee, (bonus: if you really, really love pumpkin flavor this Pumpkin Spice Coffee is quite delicious)

*Making a “pumpkin milk” (full recipe below)

*Blending and/ or whisking your milk until frothy

*Voila! Pumpkin heaven.

The benefits of adding real pumpkin are many. Pumpkin is a rich source of beta carotene, potassium and zinc. Pumpkin has anti-inflammatory benefits which is a HUGE bonus for our healthy curves journey. So ditch that store bought latte. Whip one of these up. You will never go back. I promise…

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of strong coffee

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup of pumpkin puree

3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

stevia (to taste – or you can use 1 tbsp maple syrup)

dark chocolate shaving (optional)

Click Here for step-by-step directions… cheers!

Abra Pappa, owner of NutritiousAmerica.com and the nutrition coach for #PSPfit, has over 10 years experience as a holistic nutrition practitioner. Ultimately her work is about helping women fall in love with glorious wholesome food and adopting mindful, loving, eating practices to achieve optimal health. Follow Abra’s blog here, Follow Abra on Facebook here

How to Do a Push Up: Four Modifications!

Doing push-ups in 6th grade P.E. is still one of the more awkward memories of my childhood and I’ve basically been avoiding doing them ever since.

I always thought that my arms weren’t strong enough to push my body weight up and down, but our #PSPfit trainer, Robbie-Ann Darby is setting the record straight. Turns out that Push-Ups are a FULL BODY workout and a CORE workout so when I engage my entire body, instead of just using my arms… push-ups are totally doable!

Here’s Robbie, explaining a few push-up options for plus size girls so we can add this to our workout routine!

p.s. Registration for #PSPfit bootcamp opens in 10 days! You can find out everything you need to know about our pre-holiday cycle and Pre-Register at www.PSPfit.com

1.) If you’re new to push ups, start developing your form by doing them on the wall! Be sure to engage your muscles using Robbies tips in the video and you will definitely feel it

2.) Kitchen Countert ops, Park Benches, Workout benches at the gym… all of these can assist you in taking your push-up to the next level without going to the ground just yet. Again, this is a full body workout so engage that core!

3.) “Girly” push ups aren’t for the weak! As Robbie says in our video, be sure to get into that solid plank position with your hips low to the ground.  When I really want to amp up this workout I lower myself slowwwwly to the ground, which makes it hard for me to cheat

4.) Push-ups are just planks that move! Its as simple as that… My planks are always stronger when I take a wide stance with my feet, it gives me a more solid foundation

And there is your plus size guide to doing push-ups at any size. You can join the #PSPfit Pre-Holiday bootcamp from any city by clicking here!

Plus Size Health & Hygiene: Boob Sweat | Remedies & How to Prevent it

So, a few weeks ago we talked about sports bras for DDD, DD, and D cups and this week, I figured we could keep chatting about being on a fitness journey when you’ve got a lot up top *shimmies*.

I’d like circle back on a topic I covered a while ago… boob sweat (Awkward! Yay!). Anytime we have friction on our bodies, there’s a potential for things to get sweaty or for B.O. to occur. Since we’re all Plus Size Princesses here, I do my best to make sure we’re all fresh like roses, even after a workout so I’ve been testing out different boob sweat remedies and sharing them from time to time.

I have to give a huge thank you to everyone who commented on this post and pulled my coat tails on the risks of swiping deodorant between my chi-chi’s.  As some of you lovingly reminded me, some people consider under arm deodorant use to be something that puts us as risk for breast cancer, so swiping deodorant directly onto my boobs probably isn’t the brightest idea.

Your comments lead me to continue my google search for breast sweat remedies, and after deciding what wouldn’t work for me, I settled on an organic home made product from Etsy, called Boobalicoiuss. Boobalicious smells so yummy and is made from organic ingredients like coconut oil and sun flower oil, I don’t know how she does it but Joanie, the woman who makes it is a genius. My YouTube subscribers asked me to do some hygiene videos. Hygiens is definitely part of a healthy lifestyle, so here you go!

How do you combat boob sweat?

Healthy Comfort Food? | Plus Size Fitness | Weight Loss

As an emotional eater, sometimes I can fool myself into thinking that the best thing to do after a hard day is indulge in my favorite foods. For me, the most awesome comfort foods in the world are:

Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a cold glass of almond milk)

Mac and Cheese (Truffle Mac and Cheese is a new favorite)

Quesadillas (melted cheese inside of a tortilla, extra points if there’s guacamole involved)

Homemade Chocolate Cake (you know when you place a scoop of ice cream on top and it starts to melt right in… *deep sigh*)

Some of my comfort foods are sweet, some are savory but the one thing they have in common?

They’re all WARM!

During #PSPfit Cycle 3, Abra brought up a good point on our weekly call when the girls were talking about comfort foods. She asked us if perhaps we’re finding comfort in the warmth of our food instead of the indulgent dishes we deem comforting.

A light bulb went off in my head. As an unmarried girl who lives alone, how often do I have a hot meal?

So, for the past few weeks I’ve been working hard to incorporate warm dishes into my meals. I add soup to my lunches at work (my office is freezing in the summer, so it feels good).

At home I’ve been making warm salads. Sometimes I sautee the ingredients fresh and create a warm salad and sometimes I make a salad cold and then put it in the oven until its warm. Warm Kale salads with salmon are my favorite!

Warm Salmon Salad PlusSizePrincess.com #PSPfit

As part of my private Nutrition Coachings with Abra, she sent me this quote from Genene Roth who wrote an amazing book called Women, Food and God.

Hot meals are real food. Hot meals nourish you. A Snickers bar tastes good, but after you’ve finished it, you don’t feel as if you’ve eaten. So you scrounge around for more and soon you find yourself standing in your kitchen eating cold pizza from three days ago.

If your life is arranged so that you don’t have time to eat a hot meal everyday–even if it’s soup or scrambled eggs, even if it’s vegetable pot pie heated in the microwave–it’s time to question your priorities.

Eating one hot meal a day is a way of saying that you want the real thing: a life of main courses. It is a way to begin giving yourself the real thing.

My issues with food are never going do go away, but I can begin to own them. Instead of being dragged down by comfort food that doesn’t support my health, I can redefine what is comforting to me so that I get what I need from food emotionally and physically.

The next time you’re craving an unsupportive comfort food, see if you can do a “hot remix” of a healthy option… it might make you feel better from the inside out. Just a thought!

Our next online fitness/nutrition bootcamp will be the 30 days before Thanksgiving. Join us from any city by pre registering at www.PSPfit.com

Plus Size Fitness: PCOS, Goddess Dressing, Body Weight Workouts (Video)

I woke up on January 1st feeling really gross. My scalp was flaky and itchy due to an eczema flare up. My face was broken out, my period had been two days late (not a good sign for PCOS) and I had crazy swelling in my ankles.

When I decided to take December off from my plus size fitness life, I assumed I’d gain weight but I didn’t anticipate the other ways I’d fall apart. I’m starting to realize that what I eat affects more than just my weight.

After starting the January Jump Start with the #PSPfit girls, if I wasn’t 100% sure that clean eating is the best option for me, I am now. One week of clean eating and my ankles are no longer cankles, face is clear, aunt flow should be back to her regularly scheduled visits and my eczema flare up has subsided.

So, I guess that means no more month long “breaks”, huh? *looks away*

If you want to know what it looks like to do #PSPfit, I’ve made a little vlog about what I did to lose 6.9 pounds in the first week. I’ve got food ideas, planning tips and my gym sessions below!

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