#MeatlessMondaze - Buffalo Cauliflower + Vegan Creamy Ranch

Buffalo Cauliflower + Vegan Creamy Ranch 

Happy Monday! Normally, I'm not too excited to see Monday roll around, but when it comes to #MeatlessMondaze - it makes the day a bit easier. 

I LOVE experimenting in the kitchen, and lately have been seeing tons of fun cauliflower dishes (all over Pinterest, of course)! Last week, I was starving and in the mood for something with BBQ sauce. Being that I'm trying to eat less dairy & embrace the vegetarian lifestyle, I knew this Buffalo Cauliflower Dish would fill my craving! And boy, did it! Super simple & perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner during the week!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

1 head of cauliflower 
1 tbsp of evoo (extra virgin olive oil) salt & pepper 
 buffalo wing sauce - wing time is my favorite (available at whole foods) 
head of lettuce, bead of arugula, tortillas, buns - whatever you want to serve it on
blue cheese (if you're not trying to keep it dairy free)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut cauliflower into bite-size florets. Toss with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, until cauliflower has started to get golden brown and soft. Pull out of oven and toss with some buffalo sauce, just until coated. Return to oven to roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Feel free to top with a bit more sauce, if you like it saucy.

For more info, pop over to The Local Vegan!

Creamy Ranch Dressing 

½ cup vegan mayonnaise (such as vegenaise, available at whole foods)
½ cup non-dairy sour cream or non-dairy plain yogurt 
½ cup non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy milk)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
2 teaspoons dried parsley 
1 teaspoon dried chives
½ teaspoon onion powder 
½ teaspoon dried dill 
¼ teaspoon garlic powder 
¼ teaspoon Salt

More info over on It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken.



Kelly's Do's for Losing Weight

I am by no means a doctor, far from it, but I do have first-hand experience when it comes to losing weight (and bonus, keeping it off)! Back in college, I made the choice to take my health into my own hands and not let someone else's opinion dictate how I led my life.

Eight years later, I am leading a balanced life and could not be happier with who I am. While there are days where I wish I was Gisele B√ľndchen, I mean c'mon, who doesn't?! I have truly embraced my body and have learned to appreciate it. Trust me, for those who have read my story, it takes time! But today is all about how I lost the weight and tips to apply to your own weight loss journey. Because at the end of the day, it's about enjoying the ride (even if that comes with a large fry)!

Photography by: Pure 7

10 Do's for Losing Weight (& Keeping It Off):

  1. Just Do It - Thanks, Nike. But that is honestly the best tip! When I made the choice to get in shape and start working out, it took that famous slogan to get me going! Just start, just go, just do (it). 
  2. Set Realistic Goals - When I started out on my "weight loss" journey, I knew that I wanted to lose X amount of weight, but that can be daunting for anyone. So, versus saying you want to lose 20 pounds in 10 days; stick with a goal that's more manageable. For example, if you're a gym newbie, say you'll workout twice a week. Baby steps, people. That way if you go to the gym twice, you'll end the week feeling accomplished versus disappointed.
  3. Swap It Out - Whether sodas or chips are your "thing," making small changes in your diet can add up over time! *Insert girl raising hand emoji* I remember weekends in high school eating everything from chips and queso to a Starbucks' Frappuccino all in one night. When it comes to making lifestyle changes, start with swapping things out. For example, swap your soda for sparkling water or veggies instead of chips. And as I mentioned at the beginning, I'm all about balance! But usually just allow myself a couple nights a week where I go for the chips and queso versus every time!
  4. Be Mindful -  I'm a snack queen! Seriously, if you saw the current status of my desk drawer, you would think I were feeding a small family. But when it comes to snacking or any meal, pre-portioned is the way to go (or following the suggested serving size). I love Trader Joe's nut packs! They keep me from inhaling an entire bag of cashews. Whether you're at your desk or at home on the couch, keep in mind how much you're eating. The pre-portioned snacks are a great way to keep you on track!
  5. Don't Deprive Yourself - When it comes to making lifestyle changes, it's best you don't ditch all your old habits in one felt swoop. If you're craving that chocolate bar, have one. If you can't resist a slice of pizza at an office party, eat it. But the key is to stay committed to your long-term goal! But know it's OK to indulge, and not feel bad at all.
  6. Water, Water - You can never get enough! I know back before I started drinking water on a consistent and daily basis, I would sip on soda, frappuccinos and alcohol throughout the day. Now, I make it a point to keep a water bottle (33.8 oz) on my desk, and will refill it throughout the day! I aim for a gallon, but as long as you're getting at least half your body weight in water a day *two thumbs up*
  7. Find What Works - I am sure of one thing, I'm no dancer. Sure I did tap, ballet and jazz when I was little, but dancing is not a strong suit of mine. The key to getting out there and staying active is to find what works for YOU. You, not your friends! Some of my friends love a casual run, but not me. Some love a high-energy class like Zumba, not my thing. I love kickboxing, cycling and strength training classes! So get out there and experiment with various classes, but at the end of the day do what works best for YOU!
  8. Mix It Up - To the last point, it's important once you find what works for you, but to also mix it up! I know I get in a rut from time to time, and know it's time for me to try out a new studio or a new type of workout. I'll get in a spin phase, but then realize my body isn't changing or I'm just bored with the workout. It's important to keep it fresh!
  9. Take A Break - You've read the articles that say "work out 3-4 x per week" or "you need 7 days of cardio," well back to my point about what works for you, it's important to workout, but it's also important to take a break! I know when I started working out and got really into it, I was working out 6-7 x a week. I have since realized, that I was doing too much cardio and not seeing the definition due to lack of strength exercises. Now, I work 5-6 x a week, but some days I do cardio and some days I do strength. I will typically take a day off in the middle of the week, and then one on the weekends! But listen to your body and know that you it's OK to take a break. In fact, I highly encourage some TLC (oh, and queso)!
  10. Enjoy the Journey - At the end of the day, as my Mom says, "enjoy the journey!" I know it's hard not to get wrapped up in the end goal, but don't beat yourself up for the pit stops. Have that cookie and don't workout if you'd rather take a nap after work. It's OK! Enjoy the journey and appreciate your story!

I hope this helps you out, whether you're on the journey to losing weight or simply looking for tips and tricks to maintaining your figure! Always happy to share more of my favorite drinks, snacks and workout tips! Feel free to send me an e-mail, and I look forward to chatting with you, friends!



Coming Soon: Buckhead Fitness Week

You do not, I repeat, do not want to miss out on Buckhead Fitness Week! If you've been wanting to try out some of the best studios in Buckhead, now is the time. Cyc has partnered with 4 other fab Buckhead studios (Stellar Bodies, West Coast Workout, Barre3, &Thunderbolt Power Yoga) to bring you one week of five amazing boutique fitness studio workouts. When I saw this, I immediately got my pass! 

You will be able to purchase a BFW pass that will allow you to take 5 classes (1 at each studio) in 7 days for just $50. Seriously, that's the total of my brunch bill on a Saturday! Plus, you will receive a perk card for exclusive deals at top wellness companies in the neighborhood. BFW will take place Monday, March 14 – Sunday, March 20. Get ready for an awesome week of theme rides and other fun activities in the studio! 

Get your pass HERE & be sure to let me know what classes you're attending!
Would love to meet up & get our fitness on together! #buckheadfitnessweek #getcycd


Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary pass for this post, however, all opinions are my own!