I Love Jack LaLanne!

Hey everyone!!
Just thought I would write a quick post and tell you all that I love Jack LaLanne.

What a cool dude.

I think most people have heard of him, but in case you don’t know who he is, here’s a few little tidbits about him:

  • Some people call him “The Godfather of Fitness”
  • He was born in 1914 and just died in January of this year (age 96!)
  • He opened the first official Health and Fitness club in the nation in 1936.
  • He designed a lot of the first weight machines.
  • He had an exercise TV show for a bunch of years (my mom said she exercised along with his show!)
  • He was a wonderful example of health and fitness!  He exercised for 2 hours every morning (1 1/2 hour of weights and a 1/2 hour swim) most of his life…even into his 90s!
  • He ate healthy, real, whole foods most of his life!
  • He taught people how to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
  • A lot of the “ideas” he had “way back when” seemed crazy to most people!  Doctors told him the kind of exercise he was encouraging people to do would give people heart attacks!
  • He was always a very optimistic and happy person who loved life and lived it to the fullest!
  • He was is a Rock Star!

I love him.

I recently checked his newest book out at the library; Live Young Forever.

What an inspiring book.
There are also a bunch of You Tube videos of him floating around out there.

Click here if you want to watch one of my favs…

He was so wise way before anyone else ever caught on….

I love him.

So inspiring.


K, moving on….

Last weekend, we took the kids hiking at one of my new favorite spots.

We went up Bells Canyon, which is just off of Wasatch Blvd. in Sandy, UT.

It’s a beautiful hike and not too far from our home.

The hike we went on is not too long, only about a mile or so; however, it is wicked steep and a killer workout.

I want to go up there with Kev sometime and run it.

That would be awesome.

FYI, there are a bunch of different hiking trails up there.

This one’s my favorite though…it includes a bridge over rushing waters, beautiful views of the Salt Lake Valley and canyon, and a gorgeous reservoir.

Love it.

I’ve heard there are some waterfalls up there too, but we haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

Anyway, here are some pics…

 Very fun.

I thought I would also share a fun recipe.  It’s for a Coconut Chocolate bar.  What’s not to love!?

I found it at www.genaw.com.

It’s a great site, full of lots of awesome low-carb recipes.

Coconut Chocolate Bar

1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
2 tablespoons cocoa
3-4 teaspoons powdered Truvia
Pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut

TIP:  I tried this with Truvia and Splenda and it was good with both.  However, you have to “powder” the sweetener before you use it or else it will be grainy.  I found the easiest way to “powder” it is to run it (1 C. sweetener + 1 tsp. cornstarch) through my Magic Bullet….

I’ve used my regular blender for this too and it works just fine, it’s just a little messier.

In a small microwaveable bowl, mix all of the ingredients except the vanilla and coconut.

Microwave on HIGH about 1 minute.

Stop as soon as it starts to bubble.

Stir in the vanilla and coconut.

Pour into a foil-lined bread pan and freeze until firm.

Cut into about 20 pieces. Keep refrigerated or frozen.

It doesn’t taste just like regular awesome chocolate, but it is good!
I must mention that I think things taste especially good when I’m carb-deprived though.

It is especially good if you dip it in a little peanut butter first!  Seriously, yum.


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