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!

πŸ’“ AND it's only $20 on Amazon Prime! πŸ’“

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

View original post here.

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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?

On the 12th day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me....



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

The SOFTEST chenille sweater I have ever owned!

I have to give credit to The Sweetest Thing blog for this one, as her site introduced me to this sweater and this is her picture wearing it (I ran out of time to get a good one but she wears it well!).

Express nailed it with this one. You could cozy up in this any day! I love it! And I know you....or a loved one.....will too!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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


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/

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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

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

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



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

Another apology because I'm a day behind again! πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚
I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend with my team. A girls slumber party fun filled, crazy, hilarious, bonding weekend with plenty of laughs, wine and memories.....so I hope you'll forgive me for another double blog post today to make up for missing yesterday!!

This is one of my ALL TIME favorite products.....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

Friday, December 8, 2017

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

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


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


OOPS!

I completely missed Day 7 of my 12 Days of FitMAS posts yesterday! πŸ™ˆ

Totally calling myself out on that one....BUT....it just means you get 2 posts today πŸ˜ƒ #WINNING

I'm SO excited to feature today's product, something I've been using for most of 2017 now and a line of products I KNOW not many people know about!

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!



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry FitMAS and a Happy New REAR Workout!

Who's down for a little extra calorie burn this holiday season?



I've put together this no equipment necessary workout that you can add to your current routine today or a couple of times a week to get your heart rate pumping and burn a few of those holiday cocktails!

Increase the intensity by adding weights to the following moves:

Curtsy Lunges
Crunches
Glute Bridges
Russian Twists
Squats
Renegade Rows

Did you try this? Drop me a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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



It's Day 6 of my 12 days of FitMAS favorite things!

This is a fantastic gift for the glam gal in your life who loves all things make-up and beauty!

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

πŸ’“ AND it's only $20 on Amazon Prime! πŸ’“

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

Did you get this for a friend or add it to your own wish list??

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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?


Pants: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/app-main/2000208918


Sports Bra 1: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/app-main/2000106782


Sports Bra 2: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/app-main/2000133941


Sports Bra 3: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/app-main/2000106782

Monday, December 4, 2017

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

My 12 Days of FitMAS special continues with Day 4 and a product I truly could not function without!



You guys see me share 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

7 Day FREE Christmas Cocktails & Cardio Challenge!





You guys have been watching....now I'm inviting you to JOIN ME!

It's time for my annual FREE 7 Day Christmas Cocktails & Cardio Mini-Challenge starting Monday 11th December!

Let's face it....there is NEVER a right time to start a new routine, and I KNOW for most of us December is a month that's less than perfect. And that's OKAY!. We all want to enjoy the season.

But it doesn't mean you have to cave to EVERY temptation in front of you. Learning to pick and choose the occasions that are important to you is a part of finding balance. In my Christmas Cocktails and Cardoi 7 day challenge I hope to give you some tools to help you survive the holiday season, learn how to make some better choices (including cleaned up, lower calorie cocktail options!) and give you some GREAT 30 min or less workouts for the week to get your heart rate going and help burn off some of office those holiday party calories!

This is also a GREAT opportunity to sample my daily superfoods for the week without the obligation of committing to a full month, or a chance to try a new flavor or two with our awesome sampler pack!

So maybe you struggle with a sweet tooth this time of year, and need a healthier alternative to stop you shoving your face into chocolate chip cookies every 5 minutes.

Maybe your digestive system needs a little extra love at the moment.

Maybe you're bored with your routine or haven't started one and need some new ideas.

This group is a SUPER fun way to get all of that in one.

I have a shakeo sampler pack and a spot in the group with YOUR name on it! Simply complete the application below if you'd like to join me and try me out as your accountability partner, cheerleader and coach before we REALLY kick things off in the New Year!








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Sunday, December 3, 2017

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, coach Julie gave to me....

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love 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

What's on your Christmas wish list this year? Drop me a comment below!

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

Okay Okay I'm 1 day behind on my 12 days of FitMAS posts! Yesterday was  Day 2 o where I'm sharing a few of my favorite things both fitness and non-fitness related! So today you'll get TWO blog posts from me! One this morning and one this evening for Day 3!

Day 1 I featured my Jo Malone perfume and day 2's feature is an absolute MUST in ALL my workouts.....my Gaian 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) πŸ˜‰.

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

Friday, December 1, 2017

On the 1st Day of FitMAS, coach Julie gave to me.....


It's OFFICIALLY December!

And I'm all about starting some new traditions. Who would like a few ideas for Christmas presents this year? Maybe you're struggling with ideas for your significant other, or a fitness fanatic who enjoys following my page and would like to know some of the things that I use and love.

I've got you covered guys and gals! Today begins my 12 days of FitMAS series and each day I'm going to be sharing with you a few of my favorite things fitness and non-fitness related to add to your Christmas list or make a special someone feel loved this holiday season!


First up...... 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!





Perfect for freshening up, post workout ;-)




You can get it here: http://bit.ly/JoMaloneCologne


What's your favorite scent to wear? I started out with Christian Dior - Hypnotic Poison when I was 16! It still reminds my high school friends of me....or so I've been told!

Monday, October 30, 2017

35 Low Carb Easy Weeknight Meals!



I don't think I know a single person that isn't a carbaholic. I mean seriously, potatoes and pasta are life! And while I am not a believer that I need to deprive myself of carbs entirely to get results, I do realize that too many impact my fitness game and fluff me out a little!

I recently spoke to a friend with this same issue, who not only LOVES carbs but is SUPER busy and needed some suggestions to just make life easier while also helping him get results. So I figured, why not share some of my fav suggestions with him and with you guys! Below I've listed out some of my favorite mostly low carb meal ideas ranging from breakfasts, to easy weeknight dinners to date night dinners to side dishes and included some tips with them!

Some additional tips:

  1. I prepare as much as I can in bulk, so for example mini egg cups can be made as a double batch and frozen, large pots of soup can be doubled and frozen in individual baggies. Anything I can prep that will freeze well I prep in bulk to help save me time down the line!
  2. Crockpot recipes are LIFE! I've highlighted in orange some of the recipes below that are crockpot recipes or can easily be adapted. The crockpot is the single best invention in the world.....in my humble opinion!
  3. Shakeology! This is my all time favorite go to for a healthy, QUICK and easy meal on the go! You really can't get better than an all natural, nutrient dense meal replacement that takes 60 seconds to throw together and provides you with the nutritional value of several servings of superfood salad! If you haven't tried it, reach out! I have some samples and I've been drinking it for 4 years strong!
So check out my favorite LOW CARB recipe suggestions below. And if you try any, let me know what you think!



Breakfast: 


Quick and easy weeknight meals:



Additional meals:



Great date night or weekend meals: 



Low carb side dishes:


If you struggle with finding healthy recipes, meal plan and prep or are looking for additional support with your health and fitness goals, I run monthly online virtual fitness challenges to help people with these exact problems! I know I struggled for a long time too with these same issues and would love to invite you to join me!  If interested, please complete the application below!




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Monday, October 23, 2017

When feeling stressed and overwhelmed....



At times when feeling completely overwhelmed by everything going on in our lives, it can be so easy to feel powerless, hopeless and scared.

I definitely went through this recently myself to the point that when I sat down at my computer after making my to-do list I felt utterly paralyzed. I couldn't tackle a single thing on it. For days.....weeks off and on.

I let my own fear of not feeling like I had enough time to do everything, my own fear that I didn't know enough, wasn't good enough COMPLETELY hold me back from doing what I knew I had to do to.

I didn't know who to turn to, or how to even explain properly what I was feeling and going through, but eventually I was able to get out of my funk.

I KNEW I didn't have all the answers.
I KNEW I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted to do.


But what I had to do was find myself again. Dig into MY personal goals and make myself a priority. Dig into personal development and reignite that passion in why I was doing what I was doing, and find that belief in myself again.

It's not a straight path, I hit a LOT of bumps in the road, and not every day is perfect, but I've found myself in a much better place lately and able to dig into the resources I have available to me with as much free time as I can find without overwhelming myself again.

It feels good to feel in control again, and know that nobody is perfect. We can let fear paralyze and hold us back in so many situations, but sometimes you just have to START and have faith that you learn as you go!

Here are some great personal development tools I turned to to help me through this time:

  • "The School of Greatness" by Lewis Howes (Book and podcast)
  • "Women Inspiring Women" podcast by Melanie Mitro
  • "I Am That Girl" by Alexis Jones (Book)

If you're struggling with anything similar, drop a comment below or reach out to me an perhaps I can offer some suggestions.

If you've found some great ways to deal with stress, anxiety and overwhelm I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers



Halloween is just around the corner and when I saw this recipe for Jack-O-Lantern stuffed peppers I KNEW I had to give these guys a shot.....and add my own twist of course! I'm also adding throughout the recipe and at the bottom my suggestions for what I'd do differently next time for your reference! But I have to say, these were absolutely fabulous!!!


Ingredients

  • 4 medium orange bell peppers
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Ground black pepper to taste; optional
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup black beans drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Slice stem end off peppers. (Reserve for later use.) Remove seeds and veins from peppers. Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of one side of each pepper. Stand peppers upright in baking dish. Set aside. If needed, cut bottom of peppers so they stand upright.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ F.
  3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  5. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until almost browned.
  6. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  7. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, worchestershire sauce, tomato sauce, fire roasted tomatoes and black beans; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  8. Add rice; mix well.
  9. Fill peppers with turkey mixture. Top with reserved stem end of peppers Add water to the baking dish. Cover with foil.
  10. Bake peppers for 20 minutes, or until tender-crisp. ***I baked for 20 minutes and peppers were still a little too firm. If you do not blanch or pre-cook your peppers, I recommend cooking for at least 30 minutes, especially if using green peppers.
  11. Remove stem top of peppers, sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil under high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  12. Replace tops and serve.
Portion Control Servings: 2 Green, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 tsp

TIPS

I combined a couple of different recipes to come up with this, and threw in a few of my own ingredients. These tasted AMAZING but I do have a few things I'd like to try differently next time! If you like more heat, I would recommend adding red chili flakes and/or extra chili powder. I thought the fire roasted tomatoes would add more heat than they did. I also think italian seasoning would be great to add into this mixed with the other seasonings.  I made this with both orange and green peppers (not pictured). The orange peppers were cooked pretty well at 20-25 minutes but could have used a few minutes longer if you like your peppers a little less firm. The green peppers needed about another 10-15 minutes more.  I like my peppers to have a little crunch so they were fine for me.