Archives for February 2016

Feb 29
2016

Motivational Mondays-You Can do this

Hey! Hey!! Good Morning and Welcome to Monday! I realized last night that I dreading today, that I didn’t want to get up early and get everyone ready for the day. Mondays are really hard for me, it is the end of the weekend with the family, it is the start of the busy crazy work week schedule that I have. Then I thought you know what there is probably a lot of people out there that struggle with Mondays, so I decided to create Motivational Mondays!! Because it is not just me that need some motivation on Monday, right?? SO, every Monday I will post a motivational quote to hopefully get you on the right track to stay focused and ready to give your week your all! Enjoy Motivational Mondays!

Motivational quote #1

 

Time to get up and work hard!!

 

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Feb 25
2016

Grilled Shrimp with Thai Curry

Okay, I LOVE grilled Shrimp so when I saw this recipe I was so excited to try it! But I will say I was a little skeptical of the curry. I am not normally a big fan of it but I had a few friends say I needed to give it another try, so what better than to try it again with SHRIMP! And let me just say it was delicious!! It is definitely a keeper!! Enjoy!!

Delicious grilled shrimp with a thai curry sauce


Grilled Shrimp with Thai Curry
Serving: 4
Quick and Easy

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper, cut into slices
1 large shallot, chopped
2 Tbsp. Thai curry paste (either green, red, or yellow paste)
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 clover garlic, minced
1 lbs. peeled, deveined shrimp
1 Can (14 oz.) lite coconut milk
5 oz. baby spinach
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
pinch of salt

Cooked Rice ( I used organic brown rice)
Lime wedges (optional)


Preparation

1. In pan, cook first 4 ingredients over medium heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes
2. Add next 6 ingredients, cook, stirring often, 5 minutes
3. Serve warm, over rice with lime wedges on the side (optional)




recipe adapted from: Kellie Leigh Evans

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Feb 21
2016

Meal Prepping

Sunday has become my perfect day to prep for the next week!! It is the perfect time to meal plan for the week, shop for our healthy food, and prep the food that makes life easier for me during the week like all my snacks!!

Meal Prepping has become a time for me and my daughter to bond over shopping and chopping! This kid loves to cook and especially BAKE, so anytime I ask for help in the kitchen she is on it! She LOVES to help and so chopping the veggies and slicing fruit is her new favorite job! Not sure if it is that she feels cool to use the sharp knives (LOL) or what but she is good at it and is very careful!! 


So, Sunday at our house looks a lot like this… I get up and drink a delicious cup of Joe with my amazing hubby. Then we meal plan together, we talked about what is going on during the week and what kinds of dinners we need (such as quick, crockpot, etc) depending on what is going on during the week definitely determines what’s on the menu. We write down a quick menu for the week and then I go workout! After lunch, we go out and  grocery shopping. We only buy the things we need for our Meal Plan. Doing shopping this way has saved us a lot of money because we are buying only things we need! Once we get home is when the fun begins (well if you ask my daughter, this is her favorite part) this is when we prep the veggies, boil the eggs, slice up any fruit that needs it, put my cottage cheese into containers and I always use my 21 day fix containers to make sure my portion sizes are right before I put them into baggies or containers!! Really, it only takes about 30 minutes to have all the snacks ready for the week! It feels AMAZING to look into the fridge and feel ready for the week! 


 


Meal Planning and Meal Prepping  is really about making things easier for you during your busy work week!! It is so much easier for me to take less than an hour to meal prep for the WHOLE week on Sunday than to do it every night! We are just too busy for that! During the week we have so much going between homework, dinner, chores, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, baseball, etc. we don’t have time for planning, prepping, chopping, and measuring our food for the next day, so then we end up failing because we are not prepared. It is all about being prepared so we can succeed in making a healthy lifestyle for ourselves!

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Feb 19
2016

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Hey! So, last night I was feeling under the weather and still had to make dinner for the family. I was so thankful for my freezer meals my friends and I make together because all I had to do was simply go to the freezer, pull out this delicious dinner, and place it into the crock pot. So simple and quick but also so healthy and delicious!! 

crockpot chicken tacos-so good

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Serving: 4 
21 day approved
FOR 2 TACOS: 1 red, 1/2 to 1 green (depending on how much veggies you put in them), & 
2 yellow 

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts
1 can of black beans, washed and drained
1 can of pinto beans, washed and drained 
1 Cup of water
2 TBS Taco seasoning
Hard shell corn tortillas (abut 8-10) or small soft shell tortillas (about 8-10) 
*if you are doing the 21 day fix you can have two hard shells for 1 yellow container

Taco fixings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, low fat Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cheese

Preparation
1. Place beans, chicken, and seasoning ingredients into the crock pot.
2. Add 1 Cup of water
3. Cook on low 4-6 hours
4. In the last 30 minutes, open the crock pot and shred the chicken and stir it all together. Put the lid back on and let it finish cooking.
5. Serve warm with 2 hard shell corn tortillas or soft shell tortillas, and taco fixings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, low fat plain Greek yogurt and cheese (optional)




Label the freezer bag!
Freezer Meal going into the crock pot
** If you want to make it into a freezer meal like mine, all you do is put the chicken breasts, beans, and taco seasoning into a freezer bag. Then I always label my bag so I know what I need to do and what other ingredients I need before I make it. In this case you would need 1 Cup of water and the taco fixings!! It is really simple and makes life so much easier for me on those days that I just don’t have time or don’t want to make dinner!! Any questions comment below and I would love to answer them. ENJOY!! 
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Feb 18
2016

FREE 7 day Meal Plan

Hey! Happy Wednesday Everyone.

Today, I am going to share with you a FREE 7 day Meal Plan, yes I said FREE and who doesn’t love FREE!!
I created this meal plan a few months ago for people who are getting started or just need an extra boost in their health journey.
This FREE 7 day meal plan is based off of the 21 day fix program from Beachbody, it is an AMAZING program. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a great workout and nutrition program.
 Also included in the FREE 7 day Meal Plan the grocery list and the recipes needed to use this FREE 7 day Meal Plan.  I decided to share this on a Wednesday to get you thinking about next week’s menu.
Posting this today gives you the chance to get to the store this weekend and get prepared. NO excuses!! I hope you all enjoy the FREE 7 day Meal Plan and use it next week. If you have any questions, please comment below and I would love to answer them!! ENJOY!!
21dayFixFREEWeeklyMenuPlanCalories1200-1499


Grocery list 

(for one person)

Veggies and Fruit
7 bananas
4 apples
blueberries
2 avocados
5 cucumbers
1 zucchini
10 asparagus
i Cup of Carrots
5 cups of Cherry tomatoes 
1 cup of spinach
Frozen bag of stir fry veggies
2 Cups of Broccoli
3 Sweet potatoes
Dairy and protein
Cottage Cheese (2 or 3 large containers)
Greek Yogurt
18 eggs (only need 4 if you are drinking Shakeology for Breakfast)
Chicken (about 4 cups)
2 cans of Tuna fish
¾ C lean Steak
Shrimp
Salmon
Extra Stuff
 Any Nut butter
Sunflower Seeds
Raw Almonds
1 ½ Cups of Quinoa
Bread-whole wheat
Taco Stuff ( makes 2 serving)
 2 Cups chicken
lettuce
salsa
cheese
greek yogurt (optional)
4 corn tortillas
Chili Stuff  (makes 6 servings)
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 chopped onion
1 green pepper chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, low sodium or fresh chopped
1 large can of low sodium crushed tomatoes
1 can chili beans
1 can light kidney beans
1 can black beans
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
1 can puréed pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chili powder (or to your heat liking)
1/2 tsp cumin

Recipes for the Meal Plan

Lunch Recipes

Avocado Egg Salad Open Faced Sandwich
21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue
Ingredients
2 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 avocado
1/2 whole wheat English muffin, toasted
black pepper (optional)
Smash up the hard-boiled eggs and avocado with a fork to desired consistency. Season to taste with black pepper. Serve on top of whole wheat English muffin

Dinner Recipes

21 day fix chili 
Serving size 1 1/2 cup. Makes 6 servings. 
1red, 1yellow, 1green, 1 blue (optional)
Ingredients
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 chopped onion
1 green pepper chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, low sodium or fresh chopped
1 large can of low sodium crushed tomatoes
1 can chili beans
1 can light kidney beans
1 can black beans
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
1 can puréed pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chili powder ( or to your heat liking)
1/2 tsp cumin
Place all in crockpot on low for 4-6 hrs, serve with shredded cheddar and plain Greek yogurt (optional)

**Detailed recipe for 21 day fix Chili is in healthy recipes on my blog! 
21 Day Fix Shredded Chicken Tacos
1 red container, 1 yellow container, 1 green, 1 blue
½ red container (optional greek yogurt)
Ingredients
Shredded chicken 
2 6” corn taco shells 
Salsa
lettuce
Onion
Cheese
plain Greek yogurt (optional)

  Want More Diet/Workout ideas? Check out my Diet/Workout page!

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Feb 15
2016

Healthy Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Hey!! Hey! Hope everyone is having a Happy Monday! I know I am enjoying my extra day off for President Day. If you need a quick dinner tonight or this week, I have the perfect dinner for you. Today, I am going to share One of Our Top Picks for  dinner, it is always a crowd favorite! We love this Chicken Fajitas recipe, it is really to DIE for! ENJOY!!

 

Healthy Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Plus, they are very simple and take almost no time to make!

Healthy Chicken Fajitas 

Serving: Makes about 8-10 fajitas
21 day fix approved!
1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow (or 2 yellows if you have 2 fajitas)

Ingredients 

1 yellow onion, sliced
3 sweet peppers, sliced
1 1/2 lbs. boneless Chicken breast
1/4 to 1/2 C Chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp. cumin
1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
squirt of lime juice

soft tortilla shells, 8-10 tortillas
low fat plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Preparation 
1. Cut up all the sweet peppers (I use one green, one yellow, and one red) and the onion

2. Put all your vegetables in a sauté pan and cook until soft, add all the seasoning to the vegetables.

 

3. Grill your chicken until mostly cooked. Take off the skillet and cut into strips, then put the chicken in with the vegetables.

4. Cook the chicken and vegetables together until all the chicken is cooked all the way through. Serve warm, with a tortilla, and  dollop of low fat plain Greek yogurt (optional).

 Must try these healthy grilled chicken fajitas

Looking for more delicious healthy recipes? Check out my Healthy Recipe page.

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Feb 12
2016

What is Shakeology?

Um… What is in that Shake that makes it such an important part of my day? My answer really is everything! Shakeology has everything in it that I need to fuel my body for success in having a healthy lifestyle. It gives me the energy to get through my day, through my workouts, curves my carvings, keeps me regular, keeps me focused on my goals, and it simple is the HEALTHIEST MEAL of my day. 

 

Shakeology is now one of my staples in life. I try not to go a day without it and when I do, I can feel the difference. Shakeologyr eally gives me my daily dose of dense nutrition that I need to be on the road to success with my health and fitness journey. So, What Shakeology really is, is a premium super-food shake containing healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, super- fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogens, pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. These amazing whole food ingredients from around the world, uncooked and unprocessed, provide a wealth of super-food nutrition all in one shake. It is simply an Incredible meal in a glass!! 

 

 
delicious shake

The great thing about Shakeology is that it has a variety of flavors not just chocolate and vanilla. Shakeology comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry, and the New Café Latte (which I have to say is delicious). Plus, Shakeology also has a vegan shakes available in Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry.

Now, I know some of you are still skeptical about Shakeology just like I once was until I took the plunge and tried it and now I seriously crave it and can’t wait until lunch everyday for my healthiest meal of the day!! I am glad I finally listened to my body and tried something that was so good for it. Take the chance and help your body too.










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Feb 10
2016

Making Progress in Hammer and Chisel

My Hammer and Chisel transformation is Happening!! I am so Excited. I have been making progress, like I said before I will definitely have to complete Hammer and Chisel more than once to really make the difference that I want but I am making progress, so I am super happy about that! Now, I am going to post my before picture and my half way picture, which I HATE doing but I know it is an important part of the accountability process for me. Plus, I want you to know I am really working at this and trying my best everyday to be honest with the process and my progress. I want everyone to know I am not perfect, far from it but I am trying to improve my lifestyle and most important be a healthier me!! I am grateful for my VERY supportive Husband and Kiddos. they are always encouraging me to keep going.
One thing I do know I need to work on is my food intake. I am very strict and good during the week with my meal plan but on the weekends things are not as strict. I am going to try harder to keep the consistency throughout the weekend too! I know 80-20 is a good way to think about food but the results I want it needs to be a little more like 90-10!! I am GOING to Maui in June, so I need to be bikini ready by then!! I am REALLY getting BEACHBODY ready! LOL!!
I hope I can help inspire others to want to be healthier! I would love for you to join me on my health and fitness journey!! Making progress is an AWESOME feeling, that I know you would enjoy too!
Before on the left and 4wks later on the right!

 

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Feb 8
2016

Breakfast Granola Yogurt

Enjoy! This delicious and simple Breakfast Granola Yogurt. It is so easy to make and me and my kiddos LOVE it.  


Quick, easy, delicious breakfast granola yogurt

 21 day fix Breakfast Granola Yogurt
serving size: 1
1 red, 1/2 purple, 1/2 to 1 yellow 

3/4 C. Grass feed plain yogurt or low fat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C strawberries
drizzle of Raspberry balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle of granola
 
ENJOY!! 

 

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Feb 8
2016

Healthy Sloppy Joes

 

Hello!!

So, my family is not huge fans of Sloppy Joes, especially since we hate Manwich, so I never make them but I decided to gamble on these because they sounded so good to me, I was looking for something new for 21 day fix, and I couldn’t believe I found a Healthy Sloppy Joe recipe, so I thought  why not?!  Also, I LOVE that it had veggies in them!! I am SO glad I tried them because they are AMAZING! I made my into a crock pot meal because lets face it, it is simply so much easier for me, being a working mom dinner can be a pain, so I really depend on my crock pot to do most of the work for me! The Healthy Sloppy Joes definitely have a kick to them, so if you are feeding them to little ones or don’t like spicy you might want to take out either the jalapeno or the crushed red pepper flakes! Or both!! I love spicy but my kiddos are not big fans so I didn’t put as much of either one in the recipe but it still had a bit of a kick! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!! Plus, there is plenty for leftover.
Healthy Sloppy Joes on a whole wheat bun with grilled zucchini

Healthy Sloppy Joes (Crock pot style)
Serving: 6-8
Serving Size: 1/2 C- 3/4 C.
21 Day Approved
1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1/2 Purple containers

Ingredients

 20 oz. Cooked Ground Turkey
5 celery Stalks, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28oz.) Can tomato sauce, low sodium
1 (6oz.) Can tomato paste, low sodium
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
2 tsp. olive oil

Whole Wheat Buns
Plain Greek Yogurt, garnish

Preparation

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add turkey and cook, stirring occasionally until turkey is no longer pink.
3.  Add cooked turkey and all the ingredients into the crock pot (mine is normally froze in a freezer bag, so I have to let it thaw for a minute to get it out of the bag, then I just throw it all in and cook, it is really that easy)
4. Cook on low for 6 -8 hours
5. Serve Warm with whole wheat buns, optional a dollop of plain Greek Yogurt on top

Enjoy these YUMMY Healthy Sloppy Joes!

recipe credit to: Facebook.com/kelli.finch.3

 

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