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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Feb 5
2016

Hammer and Chisel

https://i0.wp.com/www.beachbodycoach.com/uploads/fckeditor/mdbody/File/Images/MHC_Logo_800x800.png?resize=200%2C200I have recently been working out to  the AMAZING program Hammer and Chisel. I’m loving the change and the challenge of lifting weights! I am a HUGE fan of 21 day fix and have been doing that program for about a year-on and off!! Love the variety 21 day fix has, so I was really excited when Autumn (creator of 21 day fix) was part of the newest program from Beachbody Hammer and Chisel! 
I was ready for a challenge. And a CHALLENGE is exactly what I got. I have never been into lifting weights and have always really liked cardio but this program has changed my mind and now I am enjoying lifting weights!! I actually had to go out and buy heavier weights. CRAZY but true I needed heavier weights, my 5 and 10 lbs. were not cutting it anymore and I knew if I really wanted to change I needed heavier ones! Now, I am using 15 and 20 lbs. weights and it has made a huge difference! My muscles are ACTUALLY sore the next day, so I know my hard work is working! haha!! 





This program is not really designed for beginners but if you have been working out for awhile and want a good challenge I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hammer and Chisel for you for your next challenge!! l am not going to lie, I have had to modify some moves for sure, especially because my knee started acting up but that is OKAY! I am still doing the program and getting a great workout! I am half way through the program and I am seeing results (will post before and after pics. when I am done) but I think I will for sure have to do the program a few times to get the results I am really looking for! Don’t think I can look like Hammer and Chisel until I do it a few times! LOL!! So, keep following me on my Hammer and Chisel journey, maybe join me if you want to get your Hammer and Chisel on, too! I can’t wait to keep sharing and show my results! Wish me Luck! 

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Feb 4
2016

Black & White Chicken Chili

Hey! Welcome Back! I have today another AMAZING Chili for your family to try! When it is cold outside we LOVE to have something quick, easy, and warm for dinner. So, last night I looked in the fridge and created this AWESOME Chili, I call it the Black & White Chicken Chili. It was so good, my daughter was asking for seconds! I hope you all in Enjoy the Black & White Chicken Chili!!
seriously delicious black and white chicken chili



Black & White Chicken Chili
created by: my own kitchen
Serving size: 4
21 day Fix approved
 

 

Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. ground lean chicken (or turkey)
1 C cabbage, chopped
1  carrot, chopped
 2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 red pepper
½  yellow or white onion

 

2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) Great Northern beans, drained rinsed (or any white bean)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained rinsed
1 small can green chilies 
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green peppers, celery, onions
1 ½ tsp.  Cumin
1 ½ tsp. chili powder

 

1 tsp. oregano
1 ½ tsp.  Turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
3 C. chicken broth, more or less depending on how soupy you want it
Plain low fat Greek Yogurt, garnish (optional)
low fat cheese, garnish (optional)

 

 

 

Preparation
         1.Brown the ground chicken in a sauté pan, once browned add chopped vegetable and cook until soft.
         2. Then add all ingredients together into a saucepan and cook over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
         3.  Serve warm, dollop of plain low fat Greek yogurt  and a sprinkle of cheese on top for the garnish.
 
*to make this dish even easier- you can buy frozen vegetable already chopped!

 

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Feb 3
2016

21 day fix Turkey Chili

Meal Planning is one of my favorite things to do with some of my friends! We get together one Saturday, every 3 months or so and make 20+ crock pot/freezer meals for the family.The great thing about these recipes are they are quick, healthy, and kid approved (so we know everyone will be happy when we eat dinner). Meal Planning is also one of the most important things I do to stay on track and not just grab something unhealthy for dinner! I LOVE to meal plan.Also, I do it weekly with my 21 day fix menu (I will share in another post)!

We started doing crock pot meal plans about 2 years ago and it has saved my butt many times when I didn’t have anything to make for dinner! I LOVE that I can just go to the freezer and pull out something good and HEALTHY for the family. Simple put it in the crock pot before I go to work and when I get home, it is done!! Amazing!

My family has a few favorites of course and are always on the list to Meal Plan for next time but we also add a few new ones each time. One of the new ones we added is one that WE all love (even the kiddos) is the the 21 day fix Turkey Chili!! It is AMAZING!! Plus, the best part if you are a family of 4, like mine you will have leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day! Two meals in one, just the way I like it, the less I have to plan, prep, and cook the better!

So, today I am going to share the 21 day fix Turkey Chili recipe with you!

21 day fix Turkey Chili (made in a Crock pot)
Serving: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
21 day Fix Container Count (per serving): 1/2 Green, 1 Red, and 1/2 Yellow

Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 medium Onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2tsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste)
2 (15 oz.) cans black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can all- natural diced tomatoes (no sugar added)
Low fat plain Greek yogurt (dollop on top, optional)

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, optional a dollop of plain Greek Yogurt on top

*For my kiddos and husband’s sake I half the onion, so if you like onions you can add a whole onion!

I hope you ENJOY this 21 day fix Turkey Chili as much as we do!! 

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Feb 2
2016

Never MISS a Monday!

That’s my philosophy never MISS a Monday. It’s a new week and a fresh start! You always want to achieve your goals, I don’t think any one thinks… today I am going to screw up all my goals but it happens, right? So, if you do mess up YOU always have the opportunity to start again! Most of us want a good time to do it, so WHY not a Monday, it is the start of a new week and a perfect time to set new goals and expectations for yourself, RIGHT? So, NEVER miss a Monday! 








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Feb 2
2016

Why I Coach?

 Hey Everyone! So, like I said I am a Beachbody coach and have been coaching for about 6 months and LOVE that I get the opportunity to help others achieve their fitness goals. I was attracted to the idea of being a coach for my own accountability to keep me active and going but I actually fell in love with HELPING others. I think being a teacher for 11 years shows that it is in my nature to help others and want others to succeed in their goals. I am always setting goals for my students to achieve and we celebrate when they reach them, coaching is the same thing. I help others set their fitness goals and we celebrate when they reach them! I never thought I would LOVE and be PASSIONATE about coaching as I am! I am here day or night to help you succeed!  
 
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Feb 1
2016

WELCOME

 

This is my FIRST blog post ever… WHAT?? Crazy right? But can I tell you all how EXCITED I am to start my health & fitness blog and share with all of you everything I learn along the way. It will be an amazing journey and I hope everyone enjoys the ride! I am here to motivate you to create a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. I am a Beachbody Coach and that is what we do! I will be here giving you motivation, courage, fitness tips, healthy recipes and so much more. Again, I am so excited to help you achieve your health and fitness goals! 

 

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