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.

No Hocus Pocus, Just Focus



3 TEAMS
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⚡ ARE YOU READY?

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: I am officially taking enrollments for a 3 week Hocus Pocus themed health and fitness group aiming toward getting you in the best shape of your life FAST-- while having a TON of fun.


Starts October 23rd, 2017


We're coming up on one of the most indulgent times of the year, a time where many kick their goals to the curb but I want to teach you my πŸ‘» TRICKS to not TREAT!πŸ‘»

How amazing would it be to navigate the holiday season and maintain, not gain or even LOSE 5-15lb in 3 weeks?!πŸ§™ I get it- there is no magic spell that can give you your dream bod that fast- but I am willing to BET, my group can help you get closer. No you don't have to give up everything you enjoy this holiday season.....but I'll share my tips and tricks to help you stay on track, motivate you to get those workouts in, and share fun holiday recipes that let you enjoy the season without packing on the pounds!

I am accepting 15 new challengers to join my October virtual fit group! And YES! This is open to anyone in the US , Canada  AND for the FIRST time, the U.K. !!!

You'll be sorted into 3 teams:

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And you'll compete individually and as a team to kick butt with your goals for 3 weeks!

Each day will be themed with Hocus Pocus fonts, daily motivation, and the opportunity to win PRIZES!

No HOCUS POCUS this season, just FOCUS! πŸ’ͺ



First 5 NEW US challengers and first 5 new UK challengers will each receive my challenge group "Survival Spell Book" with tips for success and a trick-or-treat bag with my favorite pre-workout and a special surprise!





If you're in- APPLY HERE>>> http://bit.ly/NoHocusPocusJustFocus

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Fall and winter are great times to pull out that slow cooker/crockpot and make meal prep an absolute breeze! So I've been on the hunt for some new recipes and ways to switch things up that won't add inches to my waistline!  For those who follow portion control, I've included the container equivalents below. NOTE this is for 1/2 a sweet potato. This ended up being very filling and absolutely delicious. An out of the box way to do loaded potatoes. It also works well with regular baking potatoes too.

BBQ sauce

  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs molasses
  • 1 Tbs raw sugar
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • a pinch of salt
  • black pepper, to taste

Pork Ingredients

  • 2lb-3lb pork roast
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 sliced onion (optional)
  • sea or Himalayan salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken or veggie stock

Toppings/Sides

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Non-fat greek yog
  • Shredded cheese
  • Scallions
  • Broccoli (or veggie side of your choice)

Shredded Pork Preparation

  1. Make slits into pork roast and stuff with minced garlic. 
  2. Rub olive oil over meat and season well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. **If you have time, sear each side of the pork in a large pot. If you don't have time, it's totally fine to skip this step. 
  3. Place roast in crock with onions, if using, and stock. Cook for 8 hours on low. During last 30 minutes of cooking, prepare BBQ sauce (see below). Drain and shred pork and mix in BBQ sauce. Adjust seasonings as desired.

To make the barbecue sauce:

  1. Heat all ingredients together in a small pot over medium heat and bring to a bubble. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary. Let bubble, giving it a stir every minute or two, for about five minutes. That's it!
I buy the microwavable sweet potatoes and prepare that last. Simply top with shredded BBQ pork and your choice of toppings. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli.

This was incredibly filling and I only ended up eating half the sweet potato.

21 Day Fix Portion Equivalents. Use your containers to measure portions: 1/2 sweet baked potato (1 yellow), BBQ Pulled Pork (1 red, 1 orange), Steamed broccoli (1.5 green). Toppings: Greek Yog (1/2 red), cheese (1/2 blue)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Low Carb Slow Cooker Sesame Beef



One of my biggest weaknesses is without a doubt chinese food....but lets be honest, if we indulged those habits from your local chinese take-away we'd never reach our goals!

I came across this recipe through a friend who had tried it, and knew it was RIGHT up my alley.

An EASY, asian inspired crockpot recipe! Does it get much better than that?

I put my own spin on it, and to make it low carb, you can serve with cauliflower rice instead of jasmine rice. Tonight I was low on carbs so I ended up switching cauliflower rice for regular instead.

You an also use this shredded beef in a number of different ways!! Perhaps Asian inspired hoisin beef taco's or on top of a crunchy cabbage salad. Perhaps served with some stir fried rice or garlic noodles!

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 lbs beef roast, trimmed of any fat
6 green onions, divided
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
6 cups cauliflower rice 
2 cups broccoli florets


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and stir until the brown sugar is dissolved. Add the garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame oil to the soy sauce mixture. Set the cooking liquid aside.
  2. Either slice or cube the beef roast. Slice three of the green onions into 1.5-2 inch sections (save the rest of the green onions for garnish after cooking). Place the beef roast and green onions in the slow cooker. Pour the cooking liquid over top and stir to combine.
  3. Place a lid on the slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for four hours or LOW for eight hours. After four hours on high or eight hours on low the beef should be very tender and should shred easily with a fork. If not, replace the lid and cook for 30-60 minutes more.
  4. Once the beef is tender, it's time to thicken the sauce. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water, then pour it into the pot with the beef and cooking liquid. Stir to combine, then allow it to come back up to a simmer, at which point the sauce will thicken just slightly. Turn the heat off and garnish with the sesame seeds and remaining green onions (sliced). Serve over a bed of rice or as part of your favorite meal.
Portion containers estimate (if served with cauliflower rice): 3 Green, 1 red, 1 orange

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Low Carb Chicken and Veggies in a Creamy Mustard Sauce


Serves 4

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins
salt and pepper
1/4 cup flour
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped small
1 cup baby carrots, cut in half
1 cup chopped asparagus
1 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if needed
1 very large shallot (or 2 regular), diced
3 cups chicken broth
6 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more to garnish
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons dijon mustard (or spicy brown mustard)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. 
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken (or dredge it on a plate) to get them coated in flour.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, but don't crowd the pan; you want it to sear not steam. Do it in batches if your pan isn't big enough.
  5. Sear the chicken for 4 minutes; flip and cook another 2-4 minutes, until cooked through. Add more oil to the pan before flipping if it is dry.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a sheet pan or other oven safe dish and put it in the warm oven until cooked through (approx 10-15 mins depending on thickness of your chicken tenders).
  7. Steam broccoli, carrots and asparagus until cooked but still al dente.
  8. Add the shallots to the hot pan over medium high heat. (add a bit more oil if necessary) Saute for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  9. Stir in the chicken broth and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and mustard. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened some. Remove from heat and discard the thyme stems.
  10. You can either add the warm chicken and vegetables to the pan or serve on a platter with the sauce over the top.

This would be great served with roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes or rice! For a low carb option (pictured above) serve with cauliflower mash (or cauliflower rice).

Drop a comment below if you try this dish!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Low Carb Spicy Honey Lemon Chicken




As I was browsing Pinterest....which happens more often than I'd like to admit, I came across a fantastic Honey Lemon Chicken Bowls recipe from Gimme Some Oven that looked SUPER quick and easy to make (a necessity in my busy life) and ridiculously delicious!

Decided to make it tonight with a few personal tweaks and adaptations to add a little heat, make it low carb and the results were AH-MAZ-ING.  I have leftover lunches and dinners for the week that I'll be looking forward to!




Prep and cook time: 35 mins
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN BOWLS INGREDIENTS:
1 tbsp coconut oil or butter, divided
2 cups chopped (small) broccoli florets
Pink himalayan salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 cups frozen cauliflower rice (your choice)
optional garnishes: toasted sesame seeds, lemon slices/wedges

HONEY LEMON SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
pinch of ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1.5 tbsps red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE HONEY LEMON SAUCE:

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or mason jar until combined.


TO MAKE THE SPICY HONEY LEMON CHICKEN:
  • Steam broccoli florets (or alternatively roast in the oven with EVOO, garlic and fresh parmesan cheese for additional flavor)
  • Microwave cauliflower rice or follow package instructions for stovetop cooking
  • Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to a large pan or wok along with the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. SautΓ© for 5-6 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside. Stir in the honey lemon sauce until the chicken is evenly coated, and cook for 1 minute or until the sauce comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove pan from heat.
  • Portion the cauliflower rice, broccoli and chicken evenly between 6. Top with your desired garnishes. Then serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sweet Potato Veggie Hash!



I am always on the look out for ways to spice up my breakfasts (literally...I like food that has a kick to it!) So when I came across a variation of this recipe I knew I had to make it for myself and put my own spin on this!

Let me preface this by saying, though I had this for breakfast with scrambled eggs on the side, this would make a GREAT dinner side dish too and is an awesome way to get in some extra veggie servings!

Served 4

Ingredients
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced into small cubes (no need to peel--hooray time saver!!)
1 small red or yellow onion, diced (your preference!)
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 10oz bag baby spinach leaves
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch of red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper (to your taste....start with just a little!0
Couple of tsps water
2 tsps EVOO

Directions


  1. In a large skillet with the EVOO, add the sweet potato, onions, bell peppers, cumin, red pepper flakes and cayenne.  Cook over a medium heat for approximately 15-50 minutes. I covered the dish to cook the sweet potato faster but just watch the bottom of the pan doesn't burn. Stir occasionally.  If the sweet potatoes are not cooking fast enough, begin adding a tablespoon of water at a time to help steam them. 
  2. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, add the spinach in bunches and combine until cooked through.
And that's it folks! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

For my portion control peeps this was 1 Yellow, 1 green, 1/2 tsp!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Low Carb Chicken & Turkey Kielbasa Jambalaya



Low carb
Spicy
Easy

Does it get much better than that? Don't let the picture fool you, this tastes way better than it looks!!!!!  I just love when a new recipe turns out amazing and this is no exception.  I've been trying to find recipes lately I can make in bulk and that freeze well so I have easy access leftovers. Though it's June the weather has been a little interesting here and a bit more like Fall this week so this spicy Jambalaya has gone down an absolute treat! I was wanting to find a version of this that used cauliflower rice instead of regular rice and came across a couple of recipes online that I combined and then tweaked to add my own taste and preference to.

If you try this out please let me know what you think! I'd love your comments below!

Makes approximately 6-7 servings.

Ingredients


  • 3 tablespoons EVOO, divided
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red, yellow and green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapeno's, finely chopped with seeds (if you don't like things too spicy, remove seeds and/or cut back to 1 jalapeno)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 turkey kielbasa (usually comes in about 10oz packages)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 packages frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (more or less to your taste)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 

Directions


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a stock pot (or a very large/deep saute pan) over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, bell peppers, jalapeno and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and mostly cooked. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chicken and kielbasa, and stir to combine. Continue sauteing for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink and mostly cooked.

Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, cauliflower rice, Cajun seasoning, thyme, and cayenne, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. If it's too spicy, adding extra chicken broth helps tone down the heat if needed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7 Days of Shaun T for FREE?



YOU GUYS it's HAPPENING.

7 days of Shaun T FOR FREE!

It's been a while since Shaun T has released a new program but on June 12th the man is BACK with 7 brand new workouts exclusively on Beachbody on Demand!

You guys this challenge isn't just about weight loss or fitness it's about changing your mindset and taking control of your health. Making a shift to start your journey, get moving, get sweating and paying attention the quality of food you are eating and learning how it affects you.

Not only do you have a chance to access this FOR FREE but you can also check out ALL of beachbody's other fitness and nutrition programs for 14 days as well!

Shaun week kicks off on June 12th and is 1 week of ass kicking fitness to get YOU back on track with your goals! Have you been a fan of Insanity and Focus T25? This week of brand new workouts are organized to provide you with an intensive attack on belly fat and inactivity.....the ultimate "sweat for your life!"

But don't worry.....EVERYONE can do these workouts. What I love about Beachbody is there is a modifier for each workout for those at different fitness levels to still have the opportunity to get their sweat on!



What to expect:

  • 7 intensive full-body boot camp style cardio and intense strength and conditioning routines inspired by Insanity and Focus T25
  • Great for ALL fitness levels as each workout includes a modifier
  • 25-40 minutes in length
  • Two of the workouts will use weights or resistance bands
  • Through beachbody on demand these workouts WILL remain accessaible after the 7 week Shaun Week so you can go back and do them as often as you would like with a Beachbody on Demand membership
  • While you are welcome to do Shaun week on your own, if you join my online Shaun Week/Summer Grilling challenge you'll also get daily support and accountability, a 1 week meal plan with some of my favorite summer grilling recipes and fun prize opportunities for participation
Workout Descriptions:
  • Day 1- Insane Basics
  • Day 2- Pure Cardio 2
  • Day 3- Insane Weights
  • Day 4- 25 abs
  • Day 5- Ripsanity
  • Day 6- Speed 4.0
  • Day 7- Dig Deep

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Easy Weeknight Baked Sriracha Chicken



I love trying out new recipes, and this one I came across online but a friend suggested adding a little something extra to it when they found out I was working with sriracha for this dish.....fish sauce! So I did!

The overall result for this chicken was OMG - PARTY IN MY MOUTH - CAN'T GET ENOUGH good!  Not only that but it was ridiculously quick and easy to put together. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  I served it with roasted butternut squash and steamed broccoli.

Ingredients

1 bunch green onions (greens (thinly sliced) and whites (minced) separated)
¼ cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tablespoon ground ginger (you can use fresh minced if you prefer)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced (or grated)
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
¼ teaspoon Chinese five star seasoning
4 x 4-6 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted if preferred)


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the minced whites of the green onions, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, lime juice, sriracha sauce, and chinese seasoning.
  3. Place chicken breast in the bowl and coat with sauce (note: the sauce is pretty thick). Place chicken breast in baking dish and repeat with remaining pieces of chicken. Pour any remaining sauce over the chicken. 
  4. Cover baking dish with with foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. For added caramelization you can also turn the broiler on and cook chicken underneath for a few minutes at the end. Place chicken on serving dish(es) and top with green onion greens and sesame seeds.



Tip: You can pre-make the sauce ahead of time for a quick weeknight dinner in a pinch!