Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chicken Noodle Soup

There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a rainy weekend --- make it clean and container approved? EVEN BETTER!

My family all inhaled this and we already devoured the leftovers <3 nbsp="" p="">
Ingredients: 

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sliced celery (about 4 medium stalks)
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast, boneless, skinless.
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup dry whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Directions:
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add broth, chicken, carrots, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add pasta, reduce heat to low, gently boil for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add cilantro before serving.

Turkey Meat Balls

I am totally kicking myself for NOT trying this recipe sooner --- it was SO good and Matt came home and had two sandwiches --- he loved it too!

These things are so versatile and can be made ahead of time too. They store easily and can easily be frozen to be used at a later time.

For us, we love them over zoodles (zucchini noodles!) and as meatball subs. In the picture, I simply had them with marinara and mozzarella cheese.

They are delicious by themselves too ;)

Please be sure to read all the directions --- the meat needs to set in the refrigerator for 1 hour before being made into the meatballs. So be sure to leave enough time :)

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs*
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat (2%) milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 lbs. raw ground 93% lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Directions: 
  1.  Place bread crumbs in milk in a small bowl.
     Set aside; soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. 
  5. Combine onion mixture, turkey, eggs, parsley, cheese, oregano, salt, pepper, and bread crumb mixture in a large bowl. 
  6. Mix well with clean hands or wooden spoon. 
  7. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour. 
  8. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  9. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coat with non-stick spray.
  10. With clean, wet hands, form turkey mixture into approximately 42, 1-inch meatballs; arrange onto prepared baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 13-18 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  12. Serve with a tomato sauce of choice (we love Bertolli's organic!) over zoodles, pasta, or bread!
*You can make your own whole wheat bread crumbs by toasting whole wheat bread and then, once it is completely cooled, running it through a food processor for a few seconds*

Monday, December 5, 2016

Core De Force: Round One Results


Well, after 30 days of throwing punches and kicks, my FINAL Core De Force results are in --- and I could NOT be more excited and pleased! 

I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a fan of cardio --- I love to lift weights, I love to strength train. So I was a bit apprehensive about this program. But I really needed something to dial back in my nutrition and get my pants fitting the correct way. So I committed to the 30 days and I am SO glad that I did!!

Round One Core De Force Results




In 30 days, I lost a total of 3.4 pounds and 7.2 inches!! One inch in my waist, one inch in my hips, 1.5 inches off of both my thighs!

Pure excitement to be able to get my leg up this high!

All of my trouble areas were tackled and toned during this program; and it's safe to say that I am head over heels, grow old together in love with Core De Force! It was EXACTLY what I needed to get back on track and really learn to love ME again.



There are a few things that I learned during this past month and I am so thankful to have learned some lessons.


1. Stay off the scale! My weight loss was pretty low; but my pictures and measurements tell a totally different story of success. If you're using the scale only to measure your results STOP. take some before pictures and measurements and then commit to doing a program, start to finish. I promise you that the results will happen.

The first time I have seen abs since getting
pregnant with my son two years ago.
2. When you don't feel like working out, give it five minutes. And usually --- I ended up killing my workout! It's like anything --- I was committed --- so I didn't let excuses get in the way. If I hadn't worked out and my kids just went to bed, I pushed play. Every. Day.

3. SET GOALS. I had a goal to get every workout in and not have to play catch up --- and I did it! I pushed myself harder than I ever did and I am so glad that I did! :)

4. Celebrate EVERY victory, no matter how small. I made it a point to focus on ONE thing daily that I improved on or that I did well. Some days, it was the fact that I drank all my water. Other days it was that I did a workout a million times better. When I took time to focus on the GOOD, the bad stuff wasn't even relevant anymore.

5. TRUST the process. There were days when I thought I was eating too much or not enough or was just frustrated. But I TRUSTED that the creators of this program knew what they were doing; and they DID. I had amazing success and results because ti was patient. I TRUSTED the system.

6. Your nutrition MATTERS. You can kill yourself in a workout --- but if you don't really take the time to fuel your body the right way, you'll see NO change in your body. Don't view food as your enemy. It is there to help you get amazing results and you NEED it to get results. So open up that nutrition guide and dial. it. in.

Onto round two, baby! JOIN ME!
Overall, I am ECSTATIC about Core De Force and I cannot wait to really see my results after the NEXT 30 days (which started already!)

So, if you're ready to REALLY tackle your own journey and commit to Core De Force, or any program, I would love to work with you!!

My next challenge group begins on December 26th with a week of prep; workouts kick off on January 2nd. Please fill out the application to be considered!


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Crockpot Fish Tacos

I have found a new love for fish --- fish tacos that is!! <3 br="" nbsp="">
Anytime it is on a menu when we go to a restaurant, I usually end up with it on my plate and it is always delicious; it never disappoints!

When I found this recipe for fish tacos IN THE CROCKPOT I just knew I needed to give it a go; because while I love me some fish tacos, I still hadn't been adventurous enough to make them myself.

And let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint! 

Ingredients:

  • 6 pieces frozen tilapia
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt to taste
Directions:
  1. Put in crockpot in the order listed above, fish in first.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
In the picture I had this with no taco shell topped with cole slaw, avocado, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime juice!

You can also serve in taco shells.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday DEAL!

Well, you either LOVE Black Friday shopping, or you HATE Black Friday shopping --- but how about a little online sale for you to take advantage of?!

That's right, I never usually offer my own promotions, but I think it is necessary for me to do this!!

My first Challenge Group forever changed my life in an amazing way, and I feel like it is my duty to allow others to feel the exact same way --- and if it takes a little bit of extra incentive, then that's ok! :)

SO! For TODAY ONLY! (Friday, November 25th!) I will be doing an exclusive Black Friday Deal.

When you purchase a challenge pack of your choice, you will receive a FREE $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. Also, you will be entered into a drawing for a 3 Day Refresh -- a cleanse to kick that holiday BLOAT!

Really, you cannot go wrong with ANY challenge pack purchase, but here are a few suggestions! 

If you're a beginner then I would recommend the 21 Day Fix or Country Heat. If you are looking for something a bit more challenging, then Core De Force or 21 Day Fix Extreme is a better choice! Short on time? 22 Minute Hard Corps is for you! If you love a variety, then the Beachbody On Demand option will let you stream from an ENTIRE library of workouts!

There REALLY is a program for everyone, and I would love to help you choose the best one to fit your goals and your lifestyle.

To browse all challenge packs, click here. 

I decided to put the 3 Day Refresh as an added bonus for one lucky individual because who doesn't have a little extra holiday bloat they want to kick? 

If you're ready to go, please get in contact with me! Remember, you will be given a spot in my Holiday Survival Guide Challenge Group that kicks off on Monday! So don't delay! 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

I mean, let's be realistic --- fall isn't fall and Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without a little pumpkin pie, amiright?

Well, for me, I literally have NO self control with sweets or salty junk food --- I will eat an entire pie, an entire half gallon of ice cream, or an entire bag of chips in ONE sitting and not even think twice about it.

Well, not anymore! :)

I know to not even keep that stuff in the house, but I still occasionally CRAVE some of those junk food type things --- especially this time of year!

For the past few mornings, I have been CRAVING sweets, so I whipped up this little number and it INSTANTLY satisfied that sweet tooth!

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology! YUM!

Superfoods that taste like PIE?!
Um, YES PLEASE! :)

Give it a go --- it's seriously scrumptious!
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp rough chopped pecans
  • 1 cup ice
  • BLEND!



For my fixers:
1 red
1/2 purple
1/2 blue
1/2 yellow

Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 Holiday BLOWOUT Sale!

Is anyone else a huge SUCKER for sales? I know I am for sure! Then, when it is health and fitness related, I am ALL about it.

Beachbody's Holiday Sale is going on NOW. (I've already stocked up on some great things, at great prices!) Beachbody has put some of their best products, programs and supplements on sale for up to 77% off. You know I never make a post about "salesy" things, but I don't want to you miss out on these deals!

A Word of Advice: These things will sell out FAST. So if you're even thinking of it, you gotta make your decision quickly.

Over the next few hours, everything will be going live on the site --- so keep checking back! :)

Check out the graphic below for WHAT is on sale!

That's a lot to choose from, right? So what do I suggest?

The 21 Day Fix Meal Prep Pack is a GREAT deal!! It will bundle together a large light blue container (for holding salads, etc), color coded pre-portioned containers, a 21 Day Fix Tote, and the FIXATE cookbook. This is PERFECT for some variety in your diet and it is at a great bargain!

If you are an Autumn Calabrese fan and are ready for an extreme program, then DEFINITELY pick up The Master's Hammer and Chisel --- it will sculpt and tone your body in ways you never though possible!

Also, ChaLEAN Extreme is an amazing program to really TONE UP!

I will definitely have a Shakeology Storage Canister in my cart! While the bags work just fine, this stores in my pantry SO much easier and I'm a total sucker for ANYTHING organization ;)

My final recommendation would for a workout program is a lower intensity and impact -- Turbo Jam. it got me through my pregnancy with Harrison and I absolutely recommend it!

Really, you can't go wrong with anything, but I'm telling you, stuff will go quickly. These things would make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, you name it! :)


If you already have a Beachbody Coach, please get in contact with them about the Sale items. If you do not have a coach I am more than willing to help and guide you make your fitness goals a reality. 

The holidays are here and if you want a more personalized approach and some help kicking off your goals and maintaining through the Holiday season, please get in touch with me and we will get you squared away with a program that is best for YOU.

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