Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Avoid the Halloween Candy Bowl

Seriously there is Halloween candy staring at me everywhere!
Rather than Cave In!!! I am creating ways to BEAT the CRAVINGS!! 
With Shakeology! 

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Beat the BAD Treats

I know my Challengers feel this way too, so I wanted to create a way to beat this Candy Filled week before Halloween on Friday! 

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How to avoid the halloween candy! 

So most of you know that Shakeology is my go to.  The simple fact that Shakeology helps to curb my cravings has been reason enough for me.  Plus the fact that it truly tastes amazing and doesn't make me feel guilty for it!  Here are a few of my favorite Halloween Shakeology Recipe.  You might think I'm crazy and that nothing could possibly taste as good as the candy bar, but try it! I promise you won't regret it!!!!

Snickers
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4 oz almond milk
2T PB2 (or peanut butter, the more natural the healthier)
1T slivered almonds 
1T Sugar Free Caramel syrup
1 scoop chocolate shakeology.


Butterfinger Shakeology Recipe

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1 Scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup of unsweetened Almond Milk
1 1/2 TBSP of Butterscotch pudding mix
1 1/2 TBSP of PB2 (or peanut butter)
Ice and Blend to Taste

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Twix Shakeo!! 
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1/2 scoop of choco shakeology 
1/2 scoop of vanilla shakeology
 1 teaspoon of caramel extract
 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
1/3 cup of almond milk 
Water Ice BLEND 
Then sprinkle graham crackers on top. 


S’Mores

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1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water
Ice to taste
Topping – 2 slivers of graham cracker and 2 tbsp of Marshmallow Fluff


 Peanut Butter Cup
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1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
Ice to taste

Chocolate Cake Batter
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1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello Cheesecake pudding mix
Ice to taste

If I were to explain what Shakeology means to me this is what I would say:
Shakeology was something that I used think was too expensive.  I USED to think that I didn't need a Shake to lose weight.  I used to think that I could do it all on my own.  I CAN do it all on my own but Shakeology makes it CHEAPER (YES TRUST ME) and easier.    I always have really good intentions of packing every bag and snack but lets face it.  Life gets in the way.  We are running late, we oversleep and maybe your kids don't cooperate.  You have no idea how many times I am running out the door thinking, Oh I'll just grab something along the way.  Then inevitably there are NO healthy choices and I'm stuck with crap!  Now my Shakeology is that quick easy MEAL (not a protein shake) that I can grab and go.  It tastes really really good and it is easy to make.  You can fancy it up by blending with fruit and nuts or you can go plain jane and mix with water.  You can shake or blend and you can make it a dessert or a meal! 
 The sky's the limit.  I also love that it is perfectly portion controlled.  
We eat healthy foods but a lot of times we eat too much!  
With Shakeology you get your serving size and you don't have to even think about it! CONVENIENCE right there!!!!

Also, Shakeology has helped me to curb my sweet cravings and has given me natural energy.  Not the kind of energy you get from a red bull but the kind of energy that just keeps you on a steady state of awareness all day long.  It's just down right good stuff! 
It's $4 a day for Shakeology and it's worth every penny.  
If you compare Shakeology to any other healthy meal out there you can't find anything that even comes close to the nutritional value.  


In my opinion it's worth every single penny invested.  I am investing in my health which will affect my family, my health and our future!!!  
Think long term, always invest in your health!!



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Homemade Salad dressing recipes for the 21 Day Fix.

Ok so I don't want to give away EVERYTHING in the 21 Day Fix plan, but I do plan to share some great recipes.  So, first up are the salad dressings that are recommended in the program.  You certainly don't have to do the program to make them!  I've tried the Balsamic Vinaigrette and it was awesome!

salad dressing


Note: You can store leftover dressings in a covered container in the refrigerator.  Some of the dressings may thicken when cold, so, place in room temperature for about 30 minutes and stir before serving.

Balsamic Vinaigrette (Makes 8 servings at 6 tsp. each)
  • 6 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
* Combine and whisk vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl. Stir in the mustard then slowly add oil while whisking.  Be sure to mix well.

Creamy Herb Dressing (Makes 12 servings, about 6 tsp each)
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek Yogurt (nonfat)
  • 4 Tbsp finely chopped herbs (ex: tarragon, parsley, mint, or cilantro)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 dash ground white pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


*Place avocado, yogurt herbs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.  Continue blending mixture and slow add oil until well blended. 

Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette (Makes 6 servings, about 6 tsp each)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 6 fresh tarragon sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stem discarded
  • 4 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

* Whisk lemon juice, shallot, tarragon, mustard, salt, and pepper in medium bowl.  Slowly add oil while whisking, mix well.

Dijon Vinaigrette (Makes 8 servings, about 6 tsp each)
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
* Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  Slowly add the oil while whisking and mix well.

Asian Citrus Vinaigrette (Makes 6 servings, about 6 tsp each)
  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
* Whisk orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and ginger in a medium bowl. Slow add the oil while whisking, mix well. 

I love the 21 Day fix meal plan! The portioned controlled containers are also a big help! 30 min a day is all it takes for the workouts! 
Perfect way to set yourself up for success!! 
Interested in the 21 day fix?? 




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crockpot Chili Soy Chicken with bok choy

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Ingredients

  • 3  tablespoon(s) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2  cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 3  tablespoon(s) brown sugar
  • 2  tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
  • 1  tablespoon(s) grated fresh ginger
  • 2  teaspoon(s) (or up to 3 teaspoons, if desired) chili garlic sauce
  • 2  clove(s) garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 pound(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 2  teaspoon(s) coconut flour 
  • 1  cup(s) Brown rice
  • 4  head(s) (small) baby bok choy
  •  Sliced scallions, for serving
  •  Toasted sesame seeds, for serving

Directions

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, sugar, lime juice, ginger, and chili garlic sauce; stir in the garlic.
  2. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and cook, covered, until the chicken is cooked through and easily pulls apart, 4 to 5 hours on high or 6 to 7 hours on low.
  3. Twenty-five minutes before serving, if the slow cooker is on low, increase to high. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour and 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid, then stir the mixture into the slow cooker and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions. Eight minutes before serving, using two forks, break the chicken into smaller pieces. Separate the bok choy leaves, then gently fold them into the chicken mixture and cook, covered, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve with the rice and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall-icious Shakeology recipes



The days are getting shorter. The air is getting crisper. And it just smells like Autumn in the air. So why not shake up your shakes and try out these fall-icious Shakeology recipes and add some spice to your life.





Remember: for the best rich and frosty shake experience, use a blender and add ice to these Shakeology recipes. The more ice, the thicker it gets. Feel free to use any kind of milk or milk substitute (almond, rice, or coconut milk)—the more milk, the creamier it gets. Enjoy!

Apple Pie

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Apple Pie Shakeology 

  • (Calories: 184)
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Mayan Blast

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Spicy Mayan Blast Shakeology 
(Calories: 176)
  • 1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper

Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie Shakeology 

(Calories: 272)
  • 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
  • ½ cup unsweetened canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup skim (nonfat) milk

Maple-Almond Dream

Maple Almond Dream Shakeology 
(Calories: 342)
  • 1 scoop of Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
 Want to add Shakeology to your day?
 Replace a meal a day with this nutrient dense shake at $4 a day!! 




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

P90 Is Here!! All the details on this new product here.

There has been lots of talk about the newest fitness program to join the Team Beachbody Catalog.  This is a program that is created by Fitness trainer and expert Tony Horton.  You may also know him from workouts like the 10 minute trainer, P90X, P90X2 and P90X3.  He has created some world class extreme home fitness programs.  But something is missing!  There are people out there that can't or don't want to extreme home fitness but they literally just want to get started.  Maybe you haven't worked out in years and you want to get back into this healthy lifestyle.  So Tony created a program JUST FOR YOU!  Take the extreme out of your vocabulary because this program is just what you need! 

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