• Product Picks/ Where I Feast

    A Slam Dunk of Coffee Cred With the Dunkin’

    Dunkin Cred

    My name is Allison Hagendorf and I’m a Java Junkie. I jones for Joe, and I brew my own cold brew iced coffee with an at-home apparatus. Shout out Birch Coffee.

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    I brew my own ColdBrew coffee from Birch Coffee. Origin: Central & South America

    I now live in LA, but when I’m back in the brisk, bold Fall weather of NY, and I’m about to hop on a subway, ya just need to grab a cup of good ole Dunkin Donuts. I’m what you call a locavore. I eat & drink whatever the locals eat & drink. In NY, we rock the Dunkin.

    I was proud to post my passion for my hot cup of hazelnut, and was rewarded by requited love from her majesty, Dunkin Donuts.  Apparently they stay abreast of my brew banter on FitToFeast, and on instagram. I am truly flattered…and very caffeinated at the moment I must admit.

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    I know a location just opened in LA, but like I said, I’m a locavore. LA peeps don’t do the Dunkin’ like New Yorkers. I’ll stick to my own home brew there instead. Stay tuned…you know I’ll have my own FitToFeast blend in just a matter of time.

    Coffee Makes Me A Better Person,

    Allison

  • Cooking Clean

    Because You Wake Up And Need Pancakes NOW

    Fit To Feast grainless pancake

    Every morning, I eat eggs for breakfast. They’re an excellent source of lean protein & omega-3s, and are just delicious with their yolk-oozing awesomeness.

    But some mornings ya just want a stack of PANCAKES oozing with maple syrup. Today is that morning.

    This is why I always keep a few simple ingredients ready to go at all times, and ofcourse organic eggs are one of them. Aunt Jemima’s pancake batter, is not…(Sorry, Mom. I did love it growing up. But this grown girl now likes to helm her own hotcakes.)

    What you will need to make 8 great ones from scratch:

    • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
    • 3 large organic eggs
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 4 TBSP of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 TBSP organic raw honey (optional)
    • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
    • Certified Organic Grade B Maple Syrup to pour on top (not optional)

     

    1. In a medium bowl mix together the almond flour, baking soda, salt and any spice you’d like to use.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, and vanilla
    3. Add the liquid loveliness to the dry ingredients, mix well, and let sit for a few minutes
    4. Add the batter to a hot skillet (medium heat). Should make about 8 perfect pancakes.

     

    Man that maple syrup and pour away. Video it in slow-motion like I do and play it back repeatedly. Don’t judge me.  Join me.

    Post your pictures and videos with #FitToFeast. Let’s unite over our fascination with flapjacks.

    In fact, I encourage you to go next level with these pretty pancakes. Live out your fantasies. I add some almond butter, banana, and dark chocolate chunks to the mix OR some beautiful blueberries. Go nuts.

    Nuts are a good idea too.

    Remember, the sky’s the limit for both your pancakes and your exciting day ahead. Take a bodacious bite out of both.

     

  • Food For Thought

    Somebody’s Got A Case of the Mondays? Perfect!!!

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    Please tell me you are familiar with this infamous scene from the amazing 1999 movie, Office Space.

    Everyone loves to hate Mondays, but I actually love to love them. I get it. They represent the end of the weekend.  But really they symbolize the start of a new beginning. Monday means that the Making Of A New Day Awaits You.

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    Look, we all have goals, but we are all human. I had decided last week I wasn’t going to drink or eat sugar for the next 30 days. Well guess what happened. I had both wine and dessert this weekend. IT’S OK! That doesn’t mean that I just throw in the towel and give up.  Instead, it calls for 2 things.

    ONE, that I made those moments really count…it was an incredible sauvignon blanc and it was my very own carob nut clusters that I absolutely LOVE! (recipe for those coming soon).

    And TWO, that I make sure my next meal is an opportunity to make a healthful choice. No bloody mary for breakfast…today ;-)

    Monday is a new opportunity for all of us to get back on track. All good! When you go off-goal, just think of it as a little wiggle room you are giving yourself as part of the bigger picture: A healthy LIFESTYLE, not a life of DIETING. Ugh.  Erase that word, diet, from your vocabulary. Remove the “T” from “DIET” to make it Die, and instead use that “T” to Thank yourself. Be good to yourself. Go be great.

    Looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays? Good for you!

  • Cooking Clean

    Yolk Porn: How Sweet (Potato) It Is

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    I am blowing my own mind with this simple #FitToFeast creation.

    Simply roast some sweet potato slices in some coconut oil. Cook up a runny organic egg. And bam. You’ve got yourself this saucy slider.

    A nutrient-dense duo of carbs and protein perfect for pre- or post-workout, or uh, WHENEVER! I ate this alongside some grilled chicken breast to give it an extra punch of protein, but complement this creation however you’d like…and comment below.

    Would love to hear about YOUR creations. #FitToFeastFriends

  • Where I Feast

    This is My Favorite Thing To Hold in My Hand. I Also Enjoy Wearing a Bib. TMI?

    Fishing With Dynamite Fit To Feast Allison Hagendorf Lobster Claw

    Sometimes you gotta claw your way to the top. And the top today was Manhattan Beach’s, Fishing With Dynamite.

    This place is claws down (ok, I’ll stop now) one of my favorite restaurants. Period. Masterfully manned by chef/owner David LeFevre, this guy fuses Old School New England crab shack with his own New School innovative twist.

    My full review on his delectable dishes coming soon, but in the meantime, just feast your eyes on this lobstah claw. Yes, it’s really spelled that way. ;-)

  • Cooking Clean/ Product Picks

    I Like My Avocado With A Side Of Omelette

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    This nutrient-dense breakfast is the perfect way to get back on track post-celebratory holiday weekend….read: I was out of control. We’re talking cocktails and cake (and BBQ) all weekend long (Stay tuned for those restaurant reviews.)

    All good! We have to live, right? Each new day, and actually each meal is an opportunity to make fresh healthy choices that are on-goal.

    Today I’m kicking off this short week with an omelette packed with greens, shitake mushrooms, and zucchini. I strongly suggest keeping these Super Greens in your fridge at all times. They’re already pre washed and have swiss chard, tat soi, arugula & spinach. Perfect to throw into or onto anything. Look, I’m lazy (sometimes). Gotta keep it convenient!

    And another thing, do NOT be afraid of egg yolks. I use whole eggs every time. They are packed with nutrients and the fat of the yolk is what will make your omelette savory. Skip the cheese and go for whole organic eggs instead, with ofcourse some avocado on the side…

    And here’s my avocado monologue: Avocado makes everything better. It has 35% more potassium than a banana, which helps control blood pressure levels. The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados help regulate blood sugar levels, keeping you satiated until you make your next smart food choice. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system. Honestly, the list goes on and on, but I really want to go eat my breakfast now. You get the point. Get back on a point. It’s a new day and a new opportunity to start anew. Start now. I’m with you.

  • Cooking Clean/ Where I Feast

    It’s Labor Day. Time To Labor For Your Own Healthy BBQ Sauce. I got you.

    Allison Hagendorf Bludsos BBQ Fit To Feast

    Ah, Labor Day weekend. Barbecues, beaches, and your last chance to wear white pants. Well, that last point is moot for me as I never even wear any kind of pants, let alone white pants. But what I DO wear is a ton of BBQ sauce on my face.

    I have taken full advantage of this weekend by eating ribs at various LA dining establishments each and every day. I kicked it off at Bludsos, a taste of Texas BBQ in LA, and also enjoyed some ribs at both Bandera and Malibu Pier. As part of the #FitToFeast lifestyle, I dine out indulgently, eating whatever that spot is known for, but when I cook at home, I keep it super clean.

    That’s my balance…and that’s how I’m still able to eat BBQ AND wear a bikini on the beach.

    So now that I’ve rocked ribs out and about all weekend long, I’ve decided to whip up a healthy BBQ sauce to keep on hand (literally) when the weekend wraps. BBQ sauce is delicious because it is basically a vehicle for pouring smoky sugar onto your meat; great for the taste, not so great for your waist. I propose you give my sauce a try. It’s paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low FODMAP, and awesome. Here’s what you need to make about 1 1/2 cups of the stuff:

    • 8oz can tomato sauce or tomato paste depending on the texture you prefer
    • 1 TB coconut oil
    • 2 TB red wine vinegar
    • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 TB dijon mustard
    • 1/3 cup grade B maple syrup
    • 1.5 TB blackstrap molasses
    • 1 TB lemon juice
    • 1/2 TB coconut aminos
    • 2 TB liquid smoke
    • smoked paprika
    • all spice
    • cinnamon
    • chili powder
    • salt & pepper

     

    Now, all of these measurements are mere suggestions.  Even I don’t stick to these. I think BBQ sauce is one of the most personal condiments you can create. Some like it hot, some prefer tangy, some like a smoky taste, some like it salty, while my fellow sugar addicts want it sweet. I suggest starting with an 8oz can of organic tomato sauce/paste and see what permutation of these products works for you. Embrace your inner mad scientist and get saucy with it.

    BBQ goes with everything….white pants do not.

    Here I used by healthy BBQ sauce to complement the smoky chicken breast and eggs I banged out for brunch

    Here I used by healthy BBQ sauce to complement the smoky chicken breast and eggs I banged out for brunch

     

  • Fitness/ Food For Thought

    215lb Deadlift: Strong Is The New Skinny

    Allison Hagendorf #215 Deadlift CrossFit

    Who came up with this concept that skinny is sexy? Ok we know it was heroin-chic Kate Moss circa ’93, but she was way off with her famous quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Clearly, Kate Moss has never had a bison burger.

    I believe that everyone is their sexiest when they are fit, strong, and uh, nourished. CrossFit has been a game-changer for me. I’ve been “working out” for years conquering class after class and fad after fad. CrossFit is the real deal. Combining olympic lifting and gymnastics, nothing pushes you harder both physically and mentally. You are constantly growing and evolving, as opposed to simply maintaining as you do when you just commit to conventional gym classes.

    Today I hit a Deadlift PR (Personal Record) of 215lbs. This is not only a feat as an athlete, but is an indicator of my mental prowess as well. Achieving strength requires just as mind as it does muscle. I cannot stress enough the importance of strength training for everyone of all ages. Ofcourse everything is modifiable for varying abilities, so find what works for you.  Everyone deserves to be strong, and I don’t just mean the amount of weight you can move. Strive to be your personal best.  And remember, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more you can eat ;-) #FitToFeast

    Allison Hagendorf CrossFit #215 Deadlift Upright

    215lb Deadlift PR

     

  • Cooking Clean/ Product Picks/ Where I Feast

    Where’s The Beef? Fuhgettabout it. Go for Bison instead!

    Allison Hagendorf Fit To Feast Bison Burger

    This is one of my go-to favorite #FitToFeast meals. I’m fortunate to live near Erewhon Natural Foods, a market in LA, that happens to rock ready-to-go bison burgers. Score! Not in LA? No worries! Many grocery stores carry ground bison and bison steaks wherever you’d find the ground beef. Actually, a brand called Great Range Bison is carried in Costco, Stop & Shop, A&P, Shop Rite, Ralphs, etc.  Take a look!

    I opt to put my GrassFed bison burger over a bed of arugula, slivered almonds, peaches, & strawberries.  Bison is naturally sweet so I like pairing it with fruit, figs, and dates in salads for the ultimate nutrient-dense, antioxidant, powerhouse of a meal.  Bison is my meat of choice as it is lean yet flavorful, higher in protein than beef, and has as many Omega-3s as salmon. Grass-fed bison contains 4x the amount of vitamin E found in grain-fed beef, and is a great source of the mood elevator, selenium, as well as fat-blocker, CLA. Consider this as an alternative to beef as it is extremely lean. In some cases it’s even leaner than chicken! Embrace the bison, and become a fellow Buffalo Soldier ;-)

  • Fitness

    Squatting For Success

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    My choice to embark on this CrossFit journey which combines both Olympic lifting and gymnastics, has become a metaphor for my life…constantly setting goals and setting out to achieve them; constantly striving to be stronger and better; constantly pushing myself past my “limits” which I realized were just mere borders my mind set in place. The only limits are the ones we place on ourselves. Believe you are great, and you will accomplish greatness.