Saturday, March 26, 2016

Chocolate Macaroons

I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago and thought they make a nice treat for Easter.  Holy cow....super easy to make and they taste delicious.  I may or may not have eaten a few to make sure ;-)

I love recipes that use simple, clean ingredients.  These may be my new favorite treat to make every once in a while.  Gluten free, dairy free, vegan deliciousness....I'll need to work on my willpower.



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup almond flour or almond meal
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (I'm sure you could use honey)
3 tablespoons coconut oil 
2 tablespoons unsweetened or raw cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:
1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
2.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
3.  Add all of the ingredients to a food processor - pulse until well blended and the mixture starts to clump.  
4.  Use a cookie scoop and place cookies on a cookie sheet.  
5.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave inside oven for 15 more minutes.
6.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  
7.  Try not to eat all at one time :-) 


Friday, March 25, 2016

Shakeology Mug Cake

You know those moments when you have a sweet tooth craving but you don't want to undo all your hard work by eating a bag of chocolate or taking a scoop of peanut butter and sticking in a bag of chocolate chips....not that I do that!  Well, I have the perfect option:  Shakeology mug cake!


I have tried a few different recipes and I think I have found a winner for me!  This is the perfect treat to make that is 21 Day Fix approved and won't kill your waist line :-)

Here's the recipe you've been waiting for!
1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology (I use the Vegan formula)
3 TBPS of unsweetened almond milk
2 TBPS of water
1 dash (I don't measure) of pure vanilla extract
1 tsp of nut butter (I use almond butter)

Mix together and microwave for 45 seconds.  You might need want to heat more or less depending on your microwave.  I like mine a little gooey!  Top with nut butter.

Portion Control Count:
1 Red
1 tsp

Enjoy!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

This is how I meal prep!


I find that if I don't meal plan for the week, I tend to just grab things that may not be the best option.  You might find it odd that I don't have a super organized, planned chart for my meals, but what did I say earlier....I need to plan but I didn't say it was pretty ;-)



I know that my body responds best to the following meal plan:
4 servings of protein
3 servings of vegetables
2 servings of fruit
2 servings of carbs
1 serving of healthy fat
1 serving of seeds/dressings
2 teaspoons (oils, nut butters, etc...)

**1 serving is equal to 1 color coded portion control container from the 21 Day Fix


I usually look at my pantry and fridge and plan to use what I have before I go buy new ingredients.  This week's meal plan will consist of:

Spaghetti Squash with ground turkey and vegetables
Quinoa and turkey stuffed peppers (I'm using this recipe as a guide)
Chicken Salad
Shakeology Recipes (find recipes here)
Snacks:  hard boiled eggs, natural almonds and cashews, Lara Bars, carrots and hummus

 I have used the portion control container system for over a year and I love that I can look at a meal plan and make sure I have enough of each container.  There may be a day where I go over a container and that's because I'm only human, but this nutrition system helps me stay accountable and my body responds positively to the proper portions.

If you have any questions on how to meal prep, please feel free to contact me!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What is 22 Minute Hard Corps?



Tony Horton and Beachbody have done it again!  Today, March 1st, they have launched the latest in home DVD workout program called, 22 Minute Hard Corps.  There are many reasons why I love this program, but I'll just give you my top 2 :-)

1.  It's in honor of our military.  Enough said, right?  The creator, Tony Horton (creator of P90X, P90X2, X3, P90, etc..), has traveled to military bases and worked out alongside our amazing men and women in uniform.  He has the utmost respect for our military and this is one way he can pay tribute to them.

2.  It's a bootcamp style workout and I was a client, turned instructor of a bootcamp conditioning class in Northern Virginia and loved that style.  I think this will be right up my alley....just not sure I want to be getting yelled at - I like to do the yelling ;-)

What is 22 Minute Hard Corps?
It is a mixture of 8 workouts that alternate between total body cardio and resistance training, as well as, core workouts.  The workouts are fast paced and there is little rest - it's only 22 minutes and that includes the warm-up and cooldown!  The workouts are easy to pick up and learn.  You move from exercise to exercise to maximize time and results.  

What equipment will I need?
You will need dumbbells or a sandbag and pull-up bar or resistance band with door attachment.  There is a special offer right now that includes the SANDBAG!!  I don't know about you, but I want that sandbag.  The weight shifts in a sandbag and are engaging different muscles and working harder (or so I've been told - I haven't used it yet!).  

What will I get with this program?
*  8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
*  Quick Start Mission Guide
*  8-week Basic Training Action Plan
*  Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide (aligns with the Portion Fix nutrition system)
*  Cold Start warm-up drill
*  Hell Week Challenge!
*  Hard Corps: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Free when you order from me!)



Who is this workout for?
ANYONE, but especially those who:
*  don't have a lot of time to spend working out in a gym
*  want fast effective results with little or no fuss
*  completed any of the P90X programs and want more Tony!


Are you ready to accept the challenge?
I have a support group starting March 14th for new and current clients.  If you're ready to start this new program and see how you can change your body in just 22 minutes a day, click the picture below.


BONUS!!!!!

If you order your discount bundle from me, you'll also receive 5 packets of Energize and Hydrate from the Beachbody Performance Line.  You will definitely want to use these supplements with this program!


Also, in honor of the 22 veterans who take their own life every day, I will donate $5 to the This World Needs You campaign.  Not only will you help yourself live a healthy lifestyle, but you will help those who may not feel like they are worthy of this life.
http://cnn.it/1QqTihC (article on CNN)