Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time To Take a New Path

Starting on June 16th I will be hosting two seperate groups this month. I am a school teacher and will have more time to devote to my challengers with summer coming up so I am taking on a few more this month than usual. The first group as I have mentioned a few days ago is for those looking to lose the baby weight. That group is going to be doing the 21-day fix only. It is for 30 days. The second group is for ANYONE who wants to work towards a healthier lifestyle. In the group challengers will be doing different Beachbody programs, whatever fits best for their needs and goals. We will all be practicing clean eating and drinking Shakeology. As we go thru the challenge we will support and encourage one another to get towards their new goals. Daily check ins with me will be required to keep you accountable. If you think your ready for a change please contact me for more information. The group will be starting up soon so be sure to reserve your spot today.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

June 16th Challenge Group - Getting Your Body Back After The Baby

June 16th Challenge Group – Calling all mommies!! 

To all of the ladies out there who are ready to lose the baby weight the time is now. Having a baby is not an excuse to let your body go it might be a reason why you are not where you want to be but you have the power to change that. For two years I told myself that I just did not have the time or energy to lose the baby weight that I was carrying around. I am a mom, a wife, a teacher and also I was working to finish my principal intership for my masters degree. I REALLY AM BUSY just like the rest of you.  Then this winter I decided that there was no better time than now to get back to where I wanted to be. I decided to do the 21 day fix thru Beachbody. The reason for my interest  in this particular program was that the program focused on nutrition and also exercise. It was 30 minutes a day and also said that you could lose up to 15 lbs in 21 days. The program came with a different workout for each day and also color-coded portion control containers for my goods. The challenge pack that I bought came with Shakeology – this is Beachbody’s meal replacement super drink. To me this was the part I was most nervous about trying. I am not a shake girl and I was worried I would get them and hate the taste. However, I was at the point where I wanted my body back and if it meant drinking a shake them so be it. Surprisingly this was a piece of cake. It tasted great and helped cut out my cravings for junk food. Now since February I drink them EVERY single day and actually love them. Chocolate is my favorite.

Along with the program came a coach and I was put into a challenge group. The group is a private group on Facebook where you will find support and motivation by myself and other challengers who are working to achieve the same thing. This was the missing piece for me and once it was there things really started to click. I found that I loved having someone to check in with each day. It made me less likely to not follow thru or quit on the meal plans.

The fix took a lot of will power, some time management and also some meal prepping but it was amazing how much your body can change in just 21 days. I felt fantastic. Energized, happy and healthy. It actually made me want to be a coach to help others feel the same way. So here I am and I am ready to help you.

Starting on June 16th I am running a small challenge group JUST for women who are looking to lose their baby weight. There will be something special about all having the same goal and also the ability to understand the challenges of motherhood. The group will run for 30 days. We will all do the 21 day fix together. I will help you learn how to practice clean eating. You will also work on meal planning and within 21 days see some results that will change your whole summer. If you end up wanting to go beyond the 30 days you can stick with me and I will help you continue on your journey.

If you are considering this but the voice inside your head is saying – I don’t have time for this or I don’t think I could. Prove yourself wrong. We make time for what we want and if we don’t want it bad enough we make excuses.  If your ready for the change email me and we can get you started.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

English Muffins - Pizza Style

Tonight we decided to make one of our favorite new easy dinners. We enjoy making homemade pizzas but wanted a healthy take on them. Now we use whole grain English Muffins as the crust, I used my homemade spaghetti sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and whatever else you want to add to it. On mine I put peppers, onions, black olives and filet minion. The other had pieces of ham and pineapple and the other was the one my son requested – pepperoni and black olives. Not my hands down healthiest meal ever but a better choice than take out pizza or frozen pizza. Simple, yummy and fun to have the kids help with!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Putting In The Garden

This weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day we continued a tradition that I have grown up with. Planting our garden! Since I was small we always had a garden and it wasn’t just a few tomatoes it was a garden that would make a farmer proud. My great grandpa “Pap” loved to garden and would help us put it in each Memorial Day weekend. Growing up I enjoyed it, but didn’t realize it would be something that I insisted on for my family when I grew up. When we got married we put in a big garden at our first place and enjoyed it and also learned our lesson that the bunnies loved the garden and we had to keep them out. Back at home it wasn’t an issue because there was plenty to go around for the bunnies we could afford to spare a few bites. When we built our new house Kevin tried to talk me out of putting one in. Our neighborhood is beautiful and a raised bed garden is a bit of an eye sore. Our first year we just did a few plants but last year I insisted I was not going to let the tradition I grew up with go by the wayside. I wanted my son to grow up with memories of growing beautiful things in the garden. We enjoyed it last year! He loved to pick the tomatoes even when they were not quite ready to pick. Nonetheless we had fun with it.

While we were home visiting my dad this weekend my son got to help put in his monster garden. It was so fun watching him do something that I myself had done in that same place so many years ago.

When we got home today I ventured out to buy my plants. Not only am I excited to be continuing something that was passed down from generations but also I am also excited to be able to be growing healthy organic foods that we can serve up all summer long. This year I went smaller than last – last year I planted enough to have a small farm in my little garden box. I stuck with the basics- tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, spaghetti squash, mint, and basil. One of my favorites is to make homemade spaghetti sauce. This is another family tradition. Tonight after Carter went to bed Kevin and I put everything in and netted up the sides so that the bunnies and dear would stay out. I always make us get a picture together by our masterpiece. Below you will find our traditional selfie.

If you haven’t already put in a garden I encourage you to go out and get some plants or seeds today. It will be a fun summer project and great memories for your children if you have any. There is something about putting food on the table that you grew. Makes you feel really great. Happy Memorial Day everyone! Remember why we celebrate!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fudgesicles - Shakeology Style

When I was out and about today I saw some popsicle trays at Kohls and picked them up thinking they would be great for this upcoming summer with my son. I hadn't planned on making anything with them yet but all of the sudden into my mind popped the idea of shakeology fudgesicles. My son and I LOVE chocolate and I figured this was a win win combo. After they froze up we had them as a snack after dinner. The two of us loved them! In fact, this morning when he asked for one for breakfast I decided there was not reason why I needed to say no. I drink my shake every morning for breakfast and this was basically a frozen version of the shake so I caved and said yes to shakeo fudgesicles for breakfast today.

Here is how I made them -
My tray made 6 freeze pops.

Mix together 2 cups of vanilla almond milk (or regular milk if thats what you prefer)
1 tablespoon of PB2 or peanut butter
1 1/2 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
Wisk or blend together
Pour into molds and freeze for 4 hours.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Apple Blueberry Blackberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Apple Blueberry Blackberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Today I decided I wantd to make something healthy for breakfast and came up with this yummy combo!

2 apples
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
2 cups of rolled old fashioned oats
1 egg
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups of vanilla almond milk or 1% milk
3 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray 9x9 dish with nonstick spray
Peel apples and chop line the botton of the pan with apples, blueberries and blackberries
In a seperate bowl mix togeter the oats, baking powder, sea salt, walnuts, and cinnamon
In another bowl mix egg, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, almond milk and butter - wisk together
Next mix the oat mixture into the 9x9 pan coating the fruit. Once mixed pour milk mixture over top of this indgredients.
Top with 1/3 of the walnut mixture bake for 35 minutes uncovered until golden brown.

Creamy Coconut Banana Shakeology

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Clean Eating Taco Soup

I decided to take a version of our favorite Taco Soup and make it a little bit more clean. When I was out searching for a recipe I came across this fantastic one from one of my fellow beachbody coaches Melanie Mitro. It turned out really great and I was so excited to discover that it turned out really great! I encourage you to give it a try! See the recipe below. Comment if you try it and let me know how you like it!

1 cup taco cheese
3/4 c nonfat greek yogurt
1 15 oz can of white beans (drained and rinsed)
1 15 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 4 oz can of diced green chilis
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
1 lb of ground turkey
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp dried cilantro
2 tsp Mccormick fiesta lime seasoning blend

In a large stock pot brown the ground turkey while seasoning it with the different seasonings as well as the minced garlic.
Add in the chicken broth, beans, corns, and tomatoes.
After this has come to a boil add in the greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of the taco cheese.
When serving sprinkle with taco cheese if desired.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What is a Challenge Group?

Incase you were wondering what a challenge group really is. Check out the details. Email me if you would like to join me on a challenge.