Sarah and Daniel Become Parents



So the secret is out! We’re pregnant! That’s right :) Those of you standing by, eagerly awaiting an actual wedding… may want to pull up a chair. Daniel and I have kinda been legally married since August of 2014! With all of our stateside moves, planning an actual wedding was sooooo out of the realm of possibilities. Just the thought of putting together the details of a whole ceremony to reception kind of deal was sorta anxiety inducing and at the end of the day could never pull the trigger on the planning. Basically life got in the way and everything but the essentials got placed on hold.
It feels surreal to let everyone OFFICIALLY in on our little secret, even though I’m sure most of you have figured it out by now! IG feed kinda gives it away LOL. I had joked around that we’d end up having a kid before we got around to putting on an actual wedding ceremony. You know, one where Grandma would have to walk down the aisle holding the babe, à la Kris Jenner? Well, that sorta became real life real fast! Way to go power of thought!

At this point, who knows if we’ll ever get around to all that other ceremony stuff. It all seems mostly unnecessary with our new focus on this beautiful baby! It’s so exciting to share this news with everyone now, but to be honest, there was something about news like this, this personal, that made me feel like I wanted to hold onto it a little longer. To keep it private for as long as possible. It’s kind of hard to explain why. Maybe because we wanted to soak in the fact that these next few months will be our last as a party of 2+ some pups!

Anyway, I plan on sharing A LOT of what has been going on throughout my pregnancy; the ups and the downs. Get ready for blog overload and TMI about my trips to the potty room and my most welcomed introduction to Miralax – yay! There will be posts filled with the baby basic milestones but also plenty of realness on the inevitable weight gain, what I’m eating (and not eating), and how I’m keeping fit and healthy during this pregnancy, for baby’s sake and mine!

Welcome to our new reality!

Our Blog Break Up

Fit Lush is back! Not that we ever really went anywhere. We just kinda broke up with blogging for awhile. Of course we did so with every intention of eventually rekindling our love for sharing our thoughts through this media.  We just needed some “me time” to figure out exactly what we wanted out of our relationship with Fit Lush. 
Anyway, like we said, we never really went anywhere. We’ve just been exploring other social media platforms to help us better reach all of you! Grass is always greener, so they say. Sarah fell in love with capturing some great moments with Snapchat while Sofia discovered how much she enjoyed telling a story through Instagram. 
There was a ton going on when I stepped away from blogging. 1) Organizing a move to Japan 2) traveling back and forth from North Carolina to San Diego 3) and an injured pup in need surgery. Everything else seemed to take priority over sharing on our Fit Lush blog.
I found myself struggling to balance a new full-time job with a daily 3 hr commute and a 1.5 hr a day training schedule. I’d never found myself wishing so hard for more hours to the day as I did these past few months. I can’t wait to share what I learned from all this with you!
Trying to justify why we broke up with the Fit Lush blog is actually way more difficult than we thought. But the truth is, we’ve both felt like we’ve been missing something since we decreased our posting activity. Not creating content regularly felt soooooooo strange. That’s why we’re so excited to be back in the game and reconnect with our awesome Fit Lush audience! 
Quite a bit has changed these past few months. Fit Lush is staying stateside for now, there’s a handsome full bred German shepherd named Matcha on the team now, and biggest news yet! Sarah and Daniel have a beautiful baby boy on the way! We have so much more to catch you up on. So stay tuned for tons more lifestyle, weight loss, fitness, pregnancy, and travel updates!
Follow along our instagram journey here and here and for snap chat our handles are @FitLush & @sofia4318
Oh and by the way, yours truly may be coming to you in podcast form soon! Thoughts?!

Avocado Hummus


Hello again, avocado lovers. Here’s a twist on the traditional hummus that’s added with avocado. This is totally something we should have added to our recipe collection like yesterday. It’s a clean and simple avocado recipe is creamy and makes for a delicious snack with veggies like sliced cucumbers and bell pepper strips. It also makes for a great spread on toast and makes for making avocado toast in the morning that much easier. 

The recipe can also be made without Tahini if you don’t have any on hand. We definitely suggest thinking about adding it to your pantry list, it’s that good! And apparently, there’s a ton of different recipes out there using tahini for non-hummus related meals and snacks. Swap out the tahini for 1 tablespoon greek yogurt and add a total of 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Simple as that!

Avocado Hummus
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  1. 15 oz can of Chickpeas ( rinsed and drained from a can or soaked and cooked)
  2. 1 large Avocado or 2 small ones
  3. 1 Tablespoon of Tahini
  4. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  5. handful fresh Cilantro
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh Lime Juice
  7. ½ teaspoon Salt
  8. 2 Garlic Cloves
  9. 1/2 tablespoon Cumin
  10. Sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas, add to Vita-mix or food processor with olive oil, tahini, lime juice, and garlic. Pulse until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add avocado, cumin and salt and pepper and pulse again until smooth scraping down sides if needed, about another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Enjoy as a snack with veggies or spread for sandwiches, wraps, or toast
  1. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to help thin it out
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Visualizing Where You Want to Be


We all have a vision for our lives, or at least i hope we all can get a little dreamy on where we see our lives going. Maybe it isn’t an exact map with all of the hiccups embedded in and already worked out. Perhaps, it’s just an idea of what we’d like to see happen. Starting out on a weight loss journey, like actually being ready and in the right mindset causes you to switch some things around in your life. You won’t know what it’s like to be at your goal weight unless you can get to a point where you’ve actually put a visualization to that. I’m not talking in this case like what you physically would look like, I mean a visualization to what your daily grind would look.

I remember writing out what my ideal day would look like when I first started on my weight loss journey. I’ve always been a dreamer and once I was able to succeed in losing the first 10 pounds, I started thinking, what would my day look like if I was already there, if all the weight I wanted to lose, was already lost. Granted, I was in college so this isn’t reflective of the time now, but go with me for now. This is what a typical Monday looked like for me in my visualization of being at my goal weight. Why Monday? Because again, I was in school and that’s where I spent majority of my time.
Here’s what I described:

+ 5:00am. Wake up, quick and light breakfast, like an apple or ½ banana, and get in a workout out at the gym for an hour.
+ 7am Shower, get ready for the day and eat the rest of my breakfast, like an egg veggie omelet or steel cut oats
+ 8am Head to school- this would vary depending on the semester I was in but it was pretty common for me to have early classes
+ Noon Lunch time- packed lunch from home or salad from the cafeteria
+1pm Walk. Quick after lunch walk before my next set of classes, coffee break
+2pm Classes or homework time
+ 5pm Head home, walk Charlie 4-5
+ 6:45pm Get dinner ready and meal prep for the next day
+ 8pm Homework and tv + family time
+ 9:45pm Bed time

Doesn’t it seem highly specific and thought out, especially for a Monday morning? Yep, that’s exactly how my brain works, even to this day. I need to see the small details and plan even the simplest things, like cooking a meal and when I would be able to walk Charlie.

As beneficial as I think setting small, workable short term goals are, I always take a minute to revisit the long term. We often get so caught up in our day-to-day routines and responsibilities that we forget about how those priorities you set in order to reach your goals are only going to matter in the long run, if we actually make the time to do them. Does walking after lunch in the small scheme of my day mean much? Eh, to some, maybe not, but to me, it signifies more steps and more steps equals movement, and movement equals me burning those calories. What seemingly small step can I make each day that overtime, will make a difference and walking Charlie each day, walking to the coffee shop with a friend instead of driving there, whatever it is, those steps will eventually get me there. Basically, what do I need to do to make it happen and how.

Once I created a visualization on what was realistic for my day, given the fact I was in college, I followed it. Obviously shit happens and sometimes I had to make adjustments to my schedule, but MAJORITY of the time, this is how it went. I used my weekends for friends, but not before my workout and walk with Charlie came in. I figured, if I wasn’t open to going to the gym everyday during a time it would fit my schedule and my early bird self, then it wasn’t a lifestyle for me and that was the furthest thing from the truth; I was ready to continue losing weight and I wanted to live the life of someone who was healthy and active NOW, at my pre-weight loss, starting weight.

So what do you guys think? How would your day look if you were ALREADY at your goal weight? What would you be doing in your spare time? How would you make time for meal prepping and fitting in a workout? Lots to think about!

Butternut Squashed Eggs


Was it necessary to crack an egg into the scooped out butternut squash? Absolutely. This simple breakfast idea made for some pretty food photos but was also a super satisfying fall breakfast. 

We got the butternut squash from our local farmers market in Raleigh, NC and couldn’t resist this beautifully colored vegetable. There’s different ways of cooking butternut squash everything from steaming to pureeing. Roasting butternut squash allows the yummy natural sugars to surface and caramelize in the oven. 

Butternut squash is high in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into that powerful antioxidant, vitamin A. Colder months= need for immunity boosting nutrients like vitamin A to fight the flu, bacterias, and viruses as much as possible.


After making this, I thought, theres gotta be an easy to eat it, so we found that we could either eat it as is by spooning or forking the egg out while alternating between squash pieces OR cut up the squash and mix with the eggs, whatever works! Is this going to be an everyday recipe? Probably not, even though it’s ridiculously simple to make, it’s going to be one of our fall breakfast or brunch seasonal recipe :)


Butternut Squashed Eggs
Serves 2
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  1. 1 butternut squash
  2. 2 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon for each half
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon dried basil or parsley
  6. Dash of salt and pepper
  1. Cut butternut squash in half, length wise
  2. Scoop out seeds
  3. Coat the butternut squash lightly with coconut oil, dash of salt and pepper and other herbs and spices
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
  5. Crack an egg into into the top of the squash
  6. Bake for another 8-10 minutes
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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Spiced Pear and Cardamom


Hello, October 1st! Here’s to another overnight oats recipe. Expect more of these because if something this good only requires 5 minutes of my prep time, it’s going to be apart of our breakfast routine. Always.

We used a practically empty Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter jar for this one. The vanilla almond butter taste for sure came through into the steal cut oats. Got the idea to pair the pear and cardamom together from a gourmet popsicle place and figured it would be a great pairing for fall recipes. Cleary, it was or else we wouldn’t be posting this up haha.

Just like our recent overnight oat recipe, the creaminess is definitely there because of Calfia Farms Almond Milk Creamer, no this isn’t a sponsored post, we’re just all about it right now. There’s tons of fiber from the steal cut oats, we use Bob’s Red Mill, which we need to get on our recurring order on Amazon. 


By the way! We’re on snap chat now, you guys can follow along throughout our day to day, somedays are more exciting then others, but now that I have Charlie, my maltepoo pup back, he makes frequent appearances 😉 @FitLush


Spiced Pear Cardamom Overnight Oats
Serves 4
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  1. 1 cup steal cut oatmeal
  2. 1/4 cup almond milk
  3. 2 tablespoons Califica Farms Almond Milk Creamer -- optional but makes it that much creamier
  4. 1 medium ripe pear, chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon cardamom spice
  6. Optional- 1 almost empty jar of Justins Vanilla Almond Butter if not, a mason jar or bowl with lid will work
  1. Chop up the pear
  2. Add all of the above ingredients into a jar
  3. Stir
  4. Let sit in refrigerator overnight
  5. Enjoy cold the next morning!
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Chocolate Coconut No Bake Bites


Social media has so many perks, although it’s so addicting, there’s always a ton of inspiration by all of those fellow recipe creatives. We definitely can’t take full credit for this one for the inspiration came from a great recipe blogger, The Organic Dietician. These are perfect little raw, no bake, vegan, bite sized fudge bites when you’re looking for something sweet or for that little burst of energy. They aren’t low calorie, but are full of nutritious ingredients that are going to help keep you full and feeling satiated. 


Sara, from The Organic Dietician, recipe was pretty much perfect but we’re always looking to cut a few calories, and in this case we felt we could skip out a little on the amount of coconut oil. Coconut and coconut oil have medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) which our bodies send straight to our livers to then be used as a quick source of energy. Some studies have shown coconut oil to benefit our metabolisms and digestion. There’s a great article on the benefits of medium chain fatty acids and a bit more of the science behind what and how it really effects our bodies. Simplified version, it’s great nutritionally, but one of those where you still gotta watch the amount for it’s a high energy dense food. 


You may find yourself wanting to eat more then an appropriate serving size of these, which for us is 1 as a snack replacement, but don’t go buck wild on these. Each ball has 230 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. Our thoughts on these are that they are not every day snack ideas because of the caloric amount but when you’re itching for something sweet without having chemically filled fudge like snacks, these would be it. There are days where I’d rather take my calories else where but compared to the same amount of traditional fudge that could potentially be consumed, I’d rather much go with these.


Chocolate Coconut No Bake Bites
Yields 6
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  1. 1¼ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  2. 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. ¼ cup raw cashews (walnuts or almonds would work)
  4. 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Pinch salt
  1. In a Vitamin or food processor, blend the coconut for a couple of minutes until the oils start to release and the coconut is in fine pieces.
  2. Add the coconut oil and nuts and blend until the nuts are finely chopped.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything comes together.
  4. Scoop 1 Tbsp full of the mixture into rounds onto the sheet- you want a lined baking sheet or plate that will fit in your freezer
  5. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer.
  7. Enjoy directly from the freezer for best results.
Adapted from The Organic Dietician
Adapted from The Organic Dietician
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Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Cookie


Not sure how many of you all know, but the end of summer is pretty devisating for me. There’s something about summer, tropical fruit galore, sun, sand, and waves that makes me so happy. Now that it’s officially fall we’ve decided to kick off the season (now that I’ve accepted summer is over) with these basic, yet delisicous pumpkin spiced breakfast cookies. 

I say basic, only because there’s other goodies you can add like dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, or even dark chocolate chips. Each cookie is 130 calories and has 3 grams of fiber. These are super simple to make, like pretty much everything we attempt to make. The cookies are a blend of whole wheat flower, organic regular rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill, Califia Farms almond milk, unsweetened apple sauce, and pumpkin pie spices. Those are pretty much the key players in these breakfast cookies. 



Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Cookie
Yields 12
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  1. 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  3. 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  4. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  6. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  7. 2 Tbsp almond milk
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  10. 2 tsp cinnamon
  11. 1/4 tsp ginger
  12. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  13. 1/4 tsp cloves
  14. OR 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients into a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk the wet until well mixed and add wet to dry, being careful not to over mix.
  5. Spoon out 12 servings onto a lined or greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 15-18 minutes until edges are brown.
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Coming to Terms With Our Limitations

We all have both strengths and things we can improve on. But if we’re not good at something, should we always be working to improvement it? Seems like social media lately has been flooded with the whole “self acceptance” movement. We are huge advocates of not being too hard on ourselves and strive to recognize some of those, “it is what is is” situations in our lives. There’s a point where constantly trying to help ourselves seems like it’s some sort of life hack that is taking over our lives, causing us to actually stay stagnant and not grow. Although this can be challenging, there becomes a time where finding that balance between self acceptance and when to continue through personal development need to happen. This is a topic we’re going to expand on, but felt like starting off here with our thoughts on coming to terms with our limitations. 

For example, I’ve never been able to swim passed being a 5 year old in the kiddie pool at the YMCA. Was I in always enrolled in summer swim lessons? Yes. What happened? Who knows, nothing stuck. There’s something about having to learn breathing techniques, worrying about my goggles fogging up or my contacts falling off in the pool, not to mention that whole swimmers ear phemon. #nothanks. This limitation always bothered and stood out to me, and I was resolute to become a swimmer. I wanted to get in that full body workout and have that swimmers bodies. I got into the water a few times, had horrible experiences with swimmers ear, felt like I was about to drown half the time, and seemed like my efforts weren’t getting me anywhere. A bit dramatic? Maybe. But I realized that “becoming a swimmer” was something I was okay giving up on. Just because you’re not great at something, doesn’t mean you need to work on it until you are. I realized, I would rather put my energy and focus into other things than spend the time learning to swim. Striving for that athletic perfection was going to get me nowhere fast and I found that it’s also important to accept our limitations and focus on improving on the workouts like HITT training and hiking that I already love to do by freeing up more time.

We can’t do everything, not everything is going to be perfect and we get this. The focus comes down to, what do YOU want to improve on and turning those goals into your reality. We think it’s more about knowing who you are and in this case not who you think you should be. To accept yourself and your situations, you have to understand yourself and be able to identify what actually is behind whats going on. We have to learn to question our motives and see where the new change is going to take us to.

Challenging ourselves and getting out of our comfort zones may be exactly what we need to grow. But you need to be real with yourself. Getting down to the core of what it is you really want to change or improve on, is what’s going to matter.

Ok. End rant. Thoughts? How do you guys realize this is something you want or something your willing to just accept may not be for you?

Apple, Pear, and Sweet Potato Overnight Oats


This recipe is by far one of my favorites and happens to be apart of the biggest recipe fail known to the Fit Lush existence. To sum it up, basically, while starting the process of making fall flavored fruit leathers, a certain someone, me, decided that an hour into the what would have been the newest flavor of fruit leather, that she didn’t put the right side up on the silicone mat inside the dehyrator, so the leather was already separating. I should have taken a photo to give you all a visual but that didn’t happen. This was the second batch of this particular fruit leather that I was making, the first one never got photographed before we ate them all due to not having the right string color I wanted to wrap them up in #firstworldbloggerproblems.

Anyways, so this fruit leather combo mix was scooped up and turned into overnight oats and ended up being so amazing! I tend to avoid recipes with too many steps and probably wouldn’t have tried this one if I hadn’t made the fruit mixture ahead of time. Hopefully, you’re not like me and don’t get discouraged by that first initial step of actually making the fruit mixture because it’s so worth it. I say this as if taking a sweet potato, apple, and pear and heating + blending them up is a big deal, but it’s as simple as that. This one is now on rotation for our batch cooking for the week, love it so much! 


We love Califia Farms Almond Milk Creamer and now we’re pretty sure we have found the secret to deliciously vegan creamy overnight oats. 


We used Aloha’s vanilla protein powder but you can use any vanilla or plain flavored protein powder you’d like. Besides the added protein to the standard overnight oats, these pro oats have good texture and kept us full for hours. 

Apple Pear Sweet Potato Protein Overnight Oats
Serves 4
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For the fruit Mix
  1. 1 medium to large sweet potato
  2. 1 medium apple
  3. 1 medium ripe pear
  4. 1 tsp maple syrup syrup
  5. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Steal cut protein oatmeal
  1. 1 cup steal cut oatmeal
  2. 1 scoop protein powder
  3. 1/4 cup almond milk
  4. 2 tablespoons Califica Farms Almond Milk Creamer -- optional but makes it that much creamier
For the fruit mix
  1. Put fruit and sweet potato into a microwaveable bowl, and microwave on high approximately 8 minutes or until everything is soft and tender.
  2. Transfer contents to the bowl of a Vitamix or food processor.
  3. Add maple syrup and spice, and puree mixture until completely smooth.
  4. Add all of the above ingredients into a jar
  5. Stir
  6. Let sit in refrigerator overnight
  7. Enjoy cold the next morning!
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