Thursday, March 30, 2017

What do you eat following a Beachbody Program?



Ahhhh, A LOT! Would be the short answer, but take a look at the pictures below for some examples!




Nothing gets me FIRED UP more than seeing my challengers ROCKING their goals right out the gate!

My March Make-Over challenge kicked off this past Monday and though we're still in what I call "prep week" and don't officially jump into the 30 days until April 3rd, these ladies are SLAYING IT already! with their meals and keeping up with their water!

These are not MY photo's above. These are photo's of the meals my challengers are eating and enjoying using Beachbody's nutrition guides!

It's really awesome to see everyone so enthusiastic and succeeding already. I can't help but have one big cheesy smile on my face because my vision as a coach is to SHOW people that making this a lifestyle change DOES NOT mean a permanent life of dieting and deprivation. My goal is to show women that this process can be life changing, you CAN enjoy food and it's SO MUCH more fun to learn how to make yourself and your goals a priority with a group of other badass babes who want to see YOU and THEMSELVES succeed!

I was so fed up with dealing with starvation diets that aren't sustainable and super inconvenient when you're trying to keep your energy up to workout too. Guys, just STOP with the serial dieting, fasting, yo-yoing and start learning how to enjoy life at the same time as working on and reaching your goals.



SO WHAT if the healthy way to do this means you don't lose as fast as some of these starvation programs promote! That isn't really a healthy strategy anyway because when weight loss comes off slowly by doing it CORRECTLY....IT STAYS OFF!

Why?

You're taking the time to learn between habits you can keep up with long term than relying on total deprivation and making yourself miserable.

This is part of the journey that I love. Seeing other's learn and implement these habits and getting to be a part of positive changes in their lives! Beachbody has the programs ALL set up for you and the challenge groups I run give you the supportive environment to stick to them and succeed!

As you can see....we certainly don't go hungry!


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Cajun Spinach and Hot Habanero Cheese stuffed Chicken Breasts



One of the easiest and by far tastiest ways I've found to make chicken yet!  Very versatile, if you can't find hot habanero cheese, pepper jack works great.  Don't like spicy? No problem, cheddar works well, goats cheese is awesome and feta too!


Switch it up and find what works for you!

I have served these a couple of different ways. Goes great with steamed broccoli and a baked potato, brown rice, or cauliflower mash!


Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts
5 oz spinach leaves, cooked to your taste (sauteed in olive oil or cooked in a little water)
1/3 cup hot habanero cheese
Cajun seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp EVOO
Toothpicks or bamboo party forks (for closing chicken)


Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Trim chicken breasts of excess fat and cut a large opening (but to not cut all the way through). Season inside with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Make sure spinach leaves do not have too much excess moisture if cooked in water, and stuff chicken breasts with them, leaving room for cheese.
  4. Split cheese between both chicken breasts and stuff as well.
  5. Close chicken breast openings with a couple of toothpicks or mini bamboo forks. Season outside of chicken with cajun seasoning.
  6. In a cast iron pan heat EVOO and cook chicken until browned on the outsides (approximately 5 minutes each side.
  7. Put pan with chicken in oven and cook for approximately 25-30 minutes to cook through. You may need to adjust your cooking time depending on how large or small your chicken breasts are.
  8. Remove toothpicks/bamboo forks and serve with your desired sides.

Did you try this recipe out? Comment below and let me know how it turned out for you!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Turkey & Kale Breakfast Bowl



I came across a similar recipe to this recently from someone who follows a paleo lifestyle and the first thing that jumped out to me was the woman ate it for breakfast! I thought, "Turkey, kale? Those aren't breakfast foods!" but it opened my eyes to the fact that we get stuck in this notion that the only things we can eat for breakfast are eggs, pancakes, toast, oatmeal, yogurt etc. The foods we think of as traditional breakfast foods.

I like to save my carbs for breakfast and dinner, and while I LOVE eggs and make everything from scrambled, to egg cups, fritatta's, omelettes to poached I can get burnt out on them occasionally so this is great for switching things up for me and still not using up one of my precious carb servings! PLUS you're kicking your day off with a massive veggie serving too!

Servings 3-4

Ingredients

1 x 16oz package lean ground turkey
Approx 1lb bag pre-chopped kale (I get Nature's Greens at Shop n Save)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup baby carrots, diced
1 tbsp italian seasoning (or herbs de provence works well)
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (or coconut amino's if paleo- see your bottle for equivalent serving size)
2 tbsps EVOO

Tip- I LOVE using an 8 quart oval pot to make this in. You can fit more of the kale in for faster cooking rather than having to add a little at a time, let it cook down and then add some more.

Directions


  1. Heat EVOO and sautee onions and carrots until onions are translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook through, breaking up into pieces.
  3. Add 1/2 tbsp italian seasoning and 1 tsp red pepper flakes.
  4. Add pre-chopped kale and cook through (depending on what pot you use, you may need to add the kale a little at a time and cook through.
  5. As you're adding kale start to add the low sodium soy sauce as it's cooking, and the additional italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.
  6. Stir through as kale is cooking and to combine soy sauce and herbs.
  7. Serve warm!

If you're following beachbody's portion control plans this is roughly what the containers would work out to be if dividing this over 4 servings: 1 red, 1 tsp, 3 greens 1/2 orange (I tend to factor low sodium soy sauce into my orange containers but you could factor this into some of your tsps)

Comment below and let me know if you tried this! Did you switch it up at all and make it your own?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Free 6 Day Spring Shred Challenge




Does anyone else feel like this year is just disappearing before their eyes?

How is it MARCH already? I swear I was just celebrating NYE in the Dominican Republic!

Well in just 52 days I will be laying on the beaches of Punta Cana again and I sure as heck cannot wait to go back to what I now consider practically a 3rd home!!

Buuuttt....this year definitely got off to a rocky start, so in preparation for this trip I have committed to completing all 8 weeks of 22 Minute Hard Corps, a 22 minute a day military boot camp style program that works PERFECT for my insanely busy schedule. But I'm thinking a little extra push would DEFINITELY be helpful this month as well!

SO, anyone up for a FREE "6 Day Shred" challenge starting the 13th?


  • Free 1 week meal plan and shopping list
  •  Additional Recipes
  •  Bonus booty workouts you can do from home
  •  Participation prizes
  •  1:1 SUPPORT
  •  A group of like-minded individuals cheering you on!



Complete the application below if you could use a little kick in the butt to get going again with your goals and join me for this fun fitness and nutrition challenge!!




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