Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chicken Tinga Taco's



Don't you love when you find a new recipe that's the absolute BOMB.com and super easy to make a big batch of?  I'm pretty sure this is going to freeze pretty well too so I plan on portioning out into individual ziplock baggies for easy grab and go lunches or dinners when I'm in a pinch! I also love that this fits in with my 80 day obsession meal plan very well!!!

Ingredients

3 cups shredded chicken breast (I cooked mine overnight on low in the crockpot with about 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth but water would work too)
1 cup low sodium chicken broth (for sauce)
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion (approx 1 medium)
4 cloves minced garlic
1 cup all natural tomato puree
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
2 bay leaves
2 canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 tbsp adobo sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest or finely grated lime peel
1/4 tsp groun black pepper
1/4 tsp himalayan salt
8 (6 inch) corn tortillas

Directions


  1. Sprinkle broth with gelatin in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick pot over med-high heat until fragrant.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute
  5. Add broth mixture, tomato puree, chili powder, oregano, bay leaves, chipotle chili peppers, adobo sauce, lime juice, lime zest or peel, salt, pepper and shredded chicken. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until sauce is reduced by half.
  6. Remove bay leaves and serve 3/4 cup chicken taco mixture over corn tortilla's with your choice of toppings. 
Container equivalents: 1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 tsp


Possible topping suggestions:

  • Lettuce, jalapeno, peppers, onions, pico de gallo (green container options)
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese (1/2 blue)
  • Avocado (blue)
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion with cilantro and lime juice (free)


Friday, January 12, 2018

Instant Pot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin



I LOVE me a good easy weeknight recipe and this one ticks ALL my boxes!

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Delicious
  • Plenty of leftovers
  • Freezes well

I mean, does it get much better? I've made this a few times in the crockpot and I'll share how to do that below as well, but last night wanted to give it a shot adapting for the instant pot and was NOT disappointed!  Sped up the cook time significantly and tasted just as delicious!

I love how versatile this dish is. For low carb options I've served it over cauliflower rice with broccoli or with cauliflower mash. It's easy to whip up some extra sauce too if you like that.  It would go great in a wrap, with regular potatoes or rice, quinoa or even on a salad!  Freeze the leftovers in individual freezer baggies and it makes a quick and easy meal on the go later on!

Ingredients

1.5 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 clove garlic, crushed
2.5 pounds pork tenderloin


Glaze

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instant Pot Instructions


  1. Cut pork loin in half
  2. Combine all seasonings (sage through to garlic) and rub over pork loin
  3. Add to instant pot and select the meat setting. Increase the time to 90-120 mins depending on your instant pot. Try 90 mins and if you're tenderloin needs more time, add another 30 mins.
  4. Prepare your glaze. Mix ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until it thickens (if you're doubling the sauce you'll need to add more time).
  5. Once the pork is ready, remove from instant pot and shred. Place on a aluminum lined sheet pan and toss with a few tablespoons of glaze. Place under the broiler and toss occasionally until it reaches your desired level of crispyness. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn!
  6. Serve with leftover sauce.

Crockpot instructions

  1. Mix together the seasonings : sage, salt, pepper and garlic, and rub over the tenderloin.
  2. Place 1/2 cup water in slow cooker, followed by the tenderloin, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. 1 hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan : brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, and soy sauce.
  4. Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
  5. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (For a more caramelized crust, remove from crock pot and place on aluminum lined sheet pan, glaze, and set under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until desired crust is achieved.)
  6. Serve with remaining sauce on the side

Do you have any favorite instant pot recipes? Drop your suggestions and comments below!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Toasted Coconut Birthday Cake Shakeology


Ingredients

  • 1 packet vegan vanilla shakeology (regular will work too, just slightly different flavor)
  • Toasted coconut almond milk
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • Ice

Directions
  1. Optional, toast your shredded coconut in the oven. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
  2. Add 1 tbsp shredded coconut, shakeology, toasted coconut almond milk and ice to blender.
  3. Blend to your consistency and top with remaining toasted coconut and sprinkles!

Friday, December 15, 2017

12 Days of FitMAS recap!

If you've been following my blog this month you may have noticed my 12 days of FitMAS posts, sharing some of my favorite things both fitness and non-fitness related.

But....now that the daily posts are over, I know it's easier to have all this info in one place. So here's a little recap for you to find everything I shared!

Do you see any of your favorites in this list or something you think you'd like to try?






On the first day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me......

This FABULOUS Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne. This was gifted to me for my 30th birthday and I absolutely fell in love with the scent. It's girly but not overly so, flowery but just the right amount. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!





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On the 2nd day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...

Gaiam Yoga Gloves!

I wear these ALL the time, not just for yoga, for 2 main reasons;

1. My palms get sweaty when I workout, so whether I’m on the floor doing push ups or mountain climbers or standing up lifting weights, these give me the perfect resistance and protection to maintain a good grip. AND, they’re cheap
2. They prevent calluses from lifting weights

I keep multiple pairs of these handy (because for some reason they seem to disappear on me).

Great stocking stuffer for the fitness gal in your life! Grab a set on amazon at http://amzn.to/2jEkTRc


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On the 3rd day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me....


A Balance Trainer! (aka Bosu ball....but more affordable!)

This fabulous fitness tool is a great way to give your routine a little oomph. I've been using mine lately for a 10 minute ab routine, but there is SO much you can do to add variety to your workouts, from squats, to balance routines to intensifying workouts you're already doing like mountain climbers with an added balance component.

If you know someone who enjoy's working out at home, this is a great Christmas gift idea to spice up their workouts. It's easy to assemble, relatively inexpensive, and with Amazon Prime arrives in 2 days!

I couldn't be happier with mine! Get yours here: http://amzn.to/2ie7oYd


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On the 4th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...


My magical unicorn juice (aka the most awesome pre-workout in the world) on the regular, but probably don't know that much about what makes it jus so awesome!

Not only is Energize and the entire Beachbody Performance Line of products endorsed by the North America Ironman Competition....but it's completely and entirely ALL NATURAL.
  • It gives me energy without the jitters.
  • Helps to clear my brain fog in the afternoon.
  • Gives me that little extra pep in my step I need to go from zero to 60 in my workouts and truly allows me to push harder and for longer.
  • Energize also contains key ingredients scientifically shown to buffer lactic acid buildup and delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue, improve performance, and help you push with maximum intensity. Check out some of the science behind it from the creator Dr. Nima Alamdari.

It is everything it's meant to be and more. And I haven't met a single person who has tried this and not loved it from the get go.

You can get it in a 30 tub serving or these awesome 10 packs of individual servings are great to keep in your purse or car (and also make pretty nice stocking stuffers!)

I've included links to both for your convenience!

30 Tub Serving: http://bit.ly/Energize30Tub

10 Pack individual packets: http://bit.ly/Energize10Pack


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On the 5th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...


Day 5 of my 12 Days of FiMAS series....and after getting some comments on this fitness outfit I wore recently I knew it had to be one I featured this holiday season.

Forever 21 is one of my go-to's for reasonably priced active wear. Everything in this picture is from there, and recently too, but they sell out fast, so if you're looking to buy that fitness fan in your life some cute workout gear (or simply stuff your own stocking this year with a few pieces) grab them quick! I've included links to all of these pieces below for your convenience.

Do you have any go to places for your active wear?


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On the 6th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...


A super handy cordless LED mirror with adjustable brightness levels and and ajustable 180 degree stand! It comes in pink, black or white!I just picked this up recently myself and love that it's lightweight as I plan to travel with it!

💓 AND it's only $20 on Amazon Prime! 💓

Great gift for your friend, sister, mama and I've already gotten plenty of use out of mine!

Grab yours here: http://amzn.to/2ACyLU9


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On the 7th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...

New Wash by Hairstory! 


Just like its name, this is a NEW way to wash your hair! It uses aloe and essential oils to clean your hair and scalp rather than harsh detergents that can be really drying to the hair and skin. When the skin dries out, it sends a signal to the brain to amp up production of oils and sebum to try to lubricate. Then you feel your hair gets greasy quicker, and you wash more often.. drying out your scalp more, and the cycle just keeps on. By eliminating the detergents, new wash will help to slow down the sebum production and, ideally, the frequency of hair washing!

I can TRULY say this has helped me significantly in not having to wash my hair as often (that and dry shampoo!) PLUS since I only use one product on my hair, it cuts back on the time I spend in the shower and leaves my hair feeling great! I also love knowing that I'm really taking good care of it!

BONUS: I get it on autoship so it's shipped to my door every 12 weeks (or longer....which I've been able to do since I don't need to wash my hair as much!) I love convenience like that and the flexibility to change my ship dates.

Get yours here: Http://shophairstory.com/www/shopDirectLink/300045657

Also note....they do other hair styling products too! If you have any questions about this, my friend and a hairdresser herself, Amanda Falvo is a great person to reach out to. She introduced me to this and I've been hooked since!


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On the 8th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me....


Ladies...the BEST leggings in the freaking WORLD!

My 12 days of FitMAS continues with legitimately the best thing since sliced bread!

I'm telling you, I was SO skeptical until I tried them! But SPANX has it GOING ON!!!!!

Not only are these long enough for my 5'10 frame, but without a doubt the most comfortable leggings I have ever worn....with a fun leather look! Super soft, super comfortable and I cannot rave enough about them.

They are a little pricey, but worth every penny. GET THEM! You won't regret it!

https://www.spanx.com/leggings/faux-leather




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On the 9th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...

Elemis S.O.S. Emergency Serum. 

My cousin introduced this to me years ago as a way to help heal my damaged skin. I don't use it all the time, but on occasions where I feel my skin needs a little TLC and when I'm on vacation and exposed to the sun, this serum is an absolute life savor. I use it at night as an overnight blemish treatment and my little skin "stress reliever"! It's a little pricey but worth every penny and lasts me for ages since I use it sporadically!

You can find it at Nordstrom here: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/elemis-s-o-s-emergency-cream/2889483?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=elemis&page=2&top=72

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On the 10th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...

An Amazon fire stick!

I debated for the longest time whether to get this thing, thinking I wouldn't really use it, and I literally LOVE everything about it.

If you have Amazon Prime you get a lot of great benefits, but my FAVORITE aspect of this Fire Stick is access to Beachbody on Demand.....my "netflix of fitness" streaming service that I use to access 1000's of home workouts, a cooking show and more!

I can access this on my phone using an app, on my computer or on my Amazon Fire Stick on any TV I hook it up to!

SO handy!

Do you have a Fire Stick? Do you love it? Not really use it? What are some cool things I should know about but maybe don't?

FYI...these make great christmas gifts!! Get yours at: http://amzn.to/2C2rU6M

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On the 11th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me...



Neals Yard Remedies ( aka NYR) Organic!!!

I have been SO excited to share this one with you because these are HANDS DOWN some of my all time favorite skin care products.

Ladies, working out can cause some problems with your skin...getting sweaty....clogged pores and especially if you wear make-up when you workout (hey it happens...who washes it off after work before getting their sweat on?)

I went through a bad period with my skin a few years ago and my cousin introduced me to this line of products that are incredible.

The most important thing to know about Neal’s Yard Remedies is that it says No to nasties. It is an ethical, organic, natural based product company with over 30 years of experience and knowledge utilizing the best of nature for your skincare needs. The products never contain harmful ingredients such as synthetic fragrances, parabens or mineral oils to name but a few.

There are different product lines for different skin types and conditions. One of my favourite products is the Purifying Palmarosa Mattifier. Consultant Dr. Gillian Hunter explained to me, "This is like dry shampoo for your face. It helps ‘soak up’ excess oil on your skin (avoiding it going into your hairline) and creates a good base for your moisturiser and make up." I use both the mattifier and the cleanser on a daily basis!

UK peeps check out the website here: https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/drhuntertherapies

US peeps check out the site here: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/corp/



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

60 Second Microwave Poached Egg



Well guys.....my life is forever changed!!

I just made my FIRST ever Microwave Poached Egg!!!!! It took 60 seconds and came out utter perfection! I LOVE poached eggs but don't make them often because I think they're a pain in the butt. Not anymore!

Here's how to do it!

  • In a glass measuring cup crack an egg.
  • Add about 1/2 cup water or more (make sure the entire egg is covered)
  • Add a dash of vinegar (about a cap full)
  • Microwave for 60 seconds, then let rest for 30 seconds.

Perfectly poached egg!

Who's trying this? Have you tried it before and I'm just behind the times?