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Houston Press Tacolandia and Giveaway!

Y’all!

Have a got some fun stuff for you!

Especially if you live in the Houston area and love to eat.

Especially, especially if you love to eat Tacos!

I have partnered with The Houston Press for  Houston Press Tacolandia, which is basically an insanely amazing taco festival that they are hosting on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 4-7 p.m..

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Mhhhhhhhh.

Just think, the streets will be lined with samples of Houston’s best tacos, from urban to authentic street-style!

Plus, there will be live music, cash bars with beers and tacos, and awards for the best tacos in each category.

Did I menton tacos?

TACOS!

Guess what? Tickets just went on sale. Purchase them now!

But wait, don’t forget to use my promo code MANGIA15 when checking out!

Oh, wait! Here’s the best part. Guess what!

Houston Press really, really, really wants you to be at Tacolandia, so they have offered me two extra tickets to giveaway.

Plus, I know you want to grub on some tacos and drink a beer with me!

To ENTER the GIVEAWAY, do one or all of the following (the more entries=the better chance you have at winning).

Leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Follow @HPStreet on Twitter.

2. Follow @misschelsmangia on Twitter.

3. Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter: “I just entered to win 2 tickets to @HPStreet Tacolandia from @misschelsmangia. ENTER NOW to eat lots of TACOS!”

4. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite taco is and who you’d take to Tacolandia with you!

This Giveaway will close on Monday, August 31st, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 1st!

Happy Entering!

The 3 Best Apps for Home Fitness

The 3 Best Apps for Home Fitness

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What’s the biggest hindrance to losing weight? For many people, it’s not about finding the time, or money, although these are very real and very common problems for anyone starting out on their fitness journey. Rather, it’s the lack of motivation – the inability to move out of their comfort zone and pursue fitness, even when in the comfort of their own homes. Exercise and dieting tend to veer away from regular habits, and the change isn’t always easy.

It’s the reason why most people secure a personal trainer or nutritionist to help them stay on track – having someone to guide you every step of the way is an easy way to ensure that you’re on course for your fitness goals. Those unable to secure trainers, however, have a wealth of resources available to them as well. Thanks to the smartphone revolution, we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of apps dedicated to fitness and wellness. As reported by the company that heads mobile gaming website Pocket Fruity, growth in mobile internet is among the strongest trends on the internet landscape to date, and numbers from Google have revealed that health and fitness apps were the top growing app category for years.

However, not all apps are made equal, and studies have revealed that most fitness apps are actually useless. Some apps offer very little functionality and information, but if you’re looking for a fitness app to help you stay on track at home, you can rely on one of the following:

1. Noom Coach
Most people struggle with pre-built diets, not just because of how hard it is to say goodbye to food they really love, but because they don’t even know why they need to be avoiding these foods in the first place. Noom Coach stands out from every other fitness app in that it doesn’t just help you log calories and exercise time, but it regularly gives you information you need about how to keep your diet in check, and what your body needs in order to stay healthy. It also has an active community of people ready and willing to help you, but you’ll find that the best part about the app is that it educates rather than dictates.

2. FitStar Personal Trainer
Awarded App Store Editors’ Choice & Best of 2013 and 2014 App, FitStar can help replace your personal trainer by giving you customized workouts wherever in the globe you might be. There are HD videos illustrating the workouts you need to do, and each workout is designed to fit your schedule. You can track your progress through milestones and achievements, and even send challenges out to friends so they can be a part of your fitness journey as well.

3. MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is probably one of the most popular fitness apps out there, and with good reason. Its active community is constantly adding to its database of food items and workouts, and it integrates with other fitness apps and wearable devices so you can accurately take note of how heavy your workouts have been. If you ever need motivation, they also have a community that can be accessed right from the app, or through their website.

While these apps can surely help you out, just make sure that they don’t control your life! Recently, news of a girl who became addicted to calorie counters broke out, revealing the dangers of relying on fitness apps too much. Remember that the most important thing is to stay educated, and not simply follow instructions blindly.

Do you use any apps to try and stay fit at home?

Coconut Tres Leches

Y’all.

It’s time for Secret Recipe Club.

This month I actually noticed my secret food blogger, because ya know…she’s only a current contestant on Master Chef!

I know, get excited.

If you frequently watch Master Chef like me (and secretly wish to get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay), you would have recognized this lady right off the bat.

Yep, it’s Hetal, the food blogger behind Pretty Polymath.

I have been pretty glued to the television as I see Hetal, week after week, rock out dishes in the kitchen.

Oh ya, not to mention, she’s a vegetarian and can cook a tasty piece of meat.

That’s talent.

I was ecstatic to learn that Hetal is a food blogger, just like all of us.

Plus, her recipe index is an absolute dream, with  both sweet and savory dishes, as well as traditional Indian dishes representative of Hetal’s cultural background.

Of course, I chose a dish that spoke to my heart.

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned that I’m absolutely crazy over coconut.

Enter my all-time favorite dessert to make…Coconut Tres Leches.

I love how the cake has this “melt in your mouth” texture after it has been left to seep up the flavors of the three milk combination.

I make this all of the time for my older cousin and I who share a love of coconut.

He’s a model, but we don’t eat on the model diet.

However, for his birthday last year, I made a paleo version.

It was the best paleo thing I have ever made…he had no idea!

Then I told him and he was amazed.

So, here we go y’all.

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This cake is absolutely sinful.

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In all the right ways.

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The cake is tender and soaks up the flavors of the three milks, vanilla, and maple syrup evenly.

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Not to mention, because the cake if refrigerated, it is almost like an ice cream cake, perfect for these hot summer days.

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The coconut whipped cream is cool and creamy.

The cinnamon, well…you can’t have tres leches without cinnamon.

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Plus, trust me on the toasted coconut…it adds the perfect little crunchy to all of those creamy, cool factors.

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Do the macarena, say ole, and dive in.

Coconut Tres Leches
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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 9
 
A fluffy coconut flour cake soaked in "3 milks" and topped with a coconut whipped cream. Gluten-free, paleo, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
  • 1 T. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. coconut flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • For the "3 milk" mixture:
  • ¼ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ¼ c. fat-free evaporated milk (I used more full-fat coconut milk for paleo)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • For the coconut whipped cream:
  • 11 oz. carton full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T. Truvia or granulated stevia
  • For topping:
  • ground cinnamon, as needed
  • toasted unsweetened flaked coconut, as needed
Instructions
  1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, eggs, coconut milk maple syrup, and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Let the cake cool and use a fork to prick the top of the cake, making tiny holes for the 3 milk soak.
  6. For the 3 milks mixture, combine all ingredients until smooth.
  7. Pour the mixture over the cake and let the mixture seep through the cake.
  8. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  9. For the coconut whipped cream, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  10. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and top with the coconut whipped cream.
  11. Slice into 9 even squares and dust with cinnamon and top with toasted coconut if desired.

MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Coffeecake

It’s Friday.

Fist pump.

We’ve got breakfast.

Kicked up a notch.

My favorite sandwich as a child (and now) was of the peanut butter and jelly variety.

I loved me some toasted bread, crunchy spread, and smuckers grape jelly.

Oh yes.

I would even get creative and as a snack, I would toast a tortilla on the gas stove, then spread on some peanut butter, butter, and shake on a little cinnamon.

Double yes.

We just made peanut butter and jelly breakfast-style.

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PB & J Coffee Cake

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Y’all.

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I’m pretty sure this is what heaven tastes like.

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Well, at least in my peanut butter and jelly heaven.

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Mhhhhm.

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This is the ultimate

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breakfast treat.

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I’m doing the peanut butter and jelly dance for sure.

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P.S. It’s also great for dessert with a drizzle of melted chocolate on top.

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But I wouldn’t know anything about that.

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😉

Peanut Butter & Jelly Coffee Cake
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
The classic peanut butter and jelly comes together in the perfect breakfast treat! It's sweetened with dates and topped with a streusel topping. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water overnight
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter, all-natural, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ¼ c. peach marmalade, or any other preserves or jam that you prefer, plus extra for drizzling
  • For the streusel topping:
  • 3 T. coconut flour
  • 3 T. crunchy peanut butter, all-natural
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • 2 T. melted coconut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Drain the dates and place them in a large food processor.
  3. Process on high until a smooth date paste forms.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the date paste, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and stevia until smooth.
  5. Stir in the coconut flour, baking soda, and stevia until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Place the jam evenly over the batter and use a toothpick or knife to run the jam throughout the cake batter in a swirl-like pattern.
  8. For the topping, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until a semi-crumbly mixture forms.
  9. Drop the mixture evenly over the top of the batter.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden.
  11. Let cool slightly, cut into even squares and serve topped with an extra drizzle of peanut butter and jam.

MANGIA!!!

Chewy Peanut Butter Cacao Brownies

 Sometimes I just get these ideas in my head.

But then, snap, they are gone in an instant.

It’s almost like when you are dreaming and wake up and say to yourself, “Wow, that was a pretty crazy dream, I better remember that,” but then you have forgotten it by the time you wake up in the morning.

Luckily, I have gotten better at making notes of my ideas.

This one was a pretty good idea.

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 Then again, I’m 100% positive that peanut butter and chocolate are a great idea.

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Smash-bang brownie!

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These brownies were a total shot in the dark.

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They turned out super chewy on the inside, with a slightly crisp top.

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Plus, they are completely flour-less.

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Oh, and I added a thin glaze of coconut butter.

Mhhhhhm

Chewy Peanut Butter Cacao Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Brownies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
A dense, flour-less, chewy peanut butter cacao brownies made without flour! Gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. bag cacao nibs
  • 1 c. smooth peanut butter, (I used all-natural)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • ½ t. salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the cacao nibs in a large food processor and process on high until a cacao like flour forms.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, egg, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt until smooth.
  4. Stir in the cacao flour until combined.
  5. Spread the brownie mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Cut into squares and serve!

MANGIA!!!