2013

Blog Posts in 2013

  • Stuffed Baked Apple

    A recipe post from the series “Yessica’s Yummies” by Yessica Saez. Have you heard the old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, in recent years scientific evidence has proven that this proverb may be correct. Apples contain chemicals that have anticancer and anti-inflammatory actions. The high levels of soluble fiber found in apples lower the “bad” cholesterol and prevent colon ...
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  • Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

    A recipe post from the series “Yessica’s Yummies” by Yessica Saez. Quinoa is high in protein and fiber, and contains minerals and vitamins that help to improve energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells. Shrimp and Quinoa Salad Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning blend 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup tomatoes, ...
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  • Protein Pancakes

    A recipe post from the series, “Yessica’s Yummies” by Yessica Saez. Banana Raisin Oats Protein Pancakes Ingredients 2 cups oats (uncooked) 2 small bananas mashed 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder 1 cup raisins 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt (optional) 1/4 cup almond milk Preparation In a large bowl, beat almond milk and protein powder on medium speed with an electric ...
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  • What's in your gym bag?

    There are a few products that you can find in my gym bag every day. So it got me thinking, what do our other instructors carry in theirs? Tiffanie, Kristen, Lindsay, and myself shared our favorite “gym bag” products below! Tiffanie Kristen Lindsay Chelsea
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  • Banana Raisin Protein Cookies

    A recipe post from the series “Yessica’s Yummies”, by Yessica Saez. This is a super quick and easy protein cookie recipe made with oats. They are really moist, have a distinct banana-raisin taste, and are naturally sweet. These cookies make a great pre and post-workout snack. Banana Raisin Protein Cookies Ingredients 2 cups quick oats 2 eggs 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed 2 scoops of vanilla whey ...
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  • Suspicious Snickers Bar

    Why stealing your kid’s Halloween candy just isn’t worth it. We have all been a victim of it – and if you are a parent, you’ve been guilty of it. The “let me check your Halloween candy to make sure there aren’t any “suspicious” pieces” act. Sure, my dad was probably checking for open wrappers and sharp objects, but he was also stashing away all of my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, his all-time ...
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  • Spanish Omelet

    A recipe post from the series, “Yessica’s Yummies”, by Yessica Saez. The Spanish Omelet (Tortilla Española), often called potato omelet, is one of the most commonly served dishes in Spain. It is easy, delicious and you can serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is typically made with potatoes and fried in olive oil. However, I created a healthy variation of this tasty omelet and I am glad to ...
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  • Yessica's Yummies

    Yessica Saez joined Piranha Fitness Studio in 2012. This is her story about how Piranha changed her life. I was very stressed during my first semester at Texas A&M. I am from Panama, and I missed my friends and my family very much. I am also a PhD student in Electrical Engineering, and I wasn’t sleeping well. My weight fluctuated during my first semester and I didn’t look or feel healthy AT ALL. ...
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  • Baked Turkey Meatballs

    A recipe from the series, “Yessica’s Yummies”, by Yessica Saez. Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs Ingredients 4 garlic cloves 1/2 medium onion cut into chunks 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup chopped spinach 2 egg whites 1 pound ground turkey 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp coconut aminos 1 tbsp ground black pepper 1 1/2 tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning blend 1 tbsp paprika Coconut flour Sea salt Preparation ...
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  • Sweet & Spicy Salmon

    Looking to spice things up in the kitchen? This salmon recipe is easy, healthy and savory! Sweet & Spicy Salmon Ingredients 1 salmon filet 1/8 cup honey 2-3 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend 1/4 cup lemon juice Preparation Preheat a heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Place salmon in skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden ...
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  • Stuffed Sweet Potato

    I have said it before – anything with bacon is a grand slam in my book! This recipe is a great side for any meal. Mushroom Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potato Ingredients 1 medium sweet potato 1/2 cup diced mushrooms 1/4 cup diced bacon 1 tablespoon minced garlic Goat cheese crumbles (optional) Preparation Preheat over to 375 degrees. Bake sweet potato for 45 minutes (or until soft). Saute mushrooms, bacon ...
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  • Not-so-Debbie-Downer

    A post from the series, “Allow Me to Re-introduce Myself”, by Tiffanie Bittle. I am proud to be a part of Piranha Fitness Studio’s Party in Pink Zumbathon this year. Not only is this my first Zumbathon to co-host as an instructor, but now I have a reason to dance for a cure. Two weeks ago I got a call from my mom saying she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I heard the news I wasn’t sure how ...
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  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

    Homemade Spaghetti Sauce As most of you know, I LOVE wine… especially red wine. Do you know what else I love? Spaghetti! So when my co-workers, Ryanne and Jason Jolly told me they had a recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce that was made with red wine, I was sold. Keep it healthy (like the picture below) and use this scrumptious sauce on top of spaghetti squash instead of noodles! Recipe courtesy of ...
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  • You're More Than Just a Number

    A post from the series, “Allow Me to Re-introduce Myself”, by Tiffanie Bittle. Scale Issues Hi, my name is Tiffanie and I’m a scale-a-holic. Since mid-June I’ve been in a weight rut – I haven’t gained any weight, which is good, but I haven’t lost any weight either. As I mentioned in my previous post, I lost 30 pounds in 6 months and stepping on that scale and weighing myself everyday is what kept ...
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  • Improve Your Space

    A post from the blog series, “Improventure, an Adventure on Improving Yourself” by Giuliana Alcala. In the past two years, I have had several different living situations. Now, I have finally moved into my own one bedroom apartment, and I could not be happier. I did not realize how much I missed my own things. As I started unpacking things I had not seen in two years, I became emotional. It felt so ...
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