Fall Superfood Smoothies


Ok so Pumpkin Spice is everywhere and so so tempting! To help us all out I’ve pulled together some healthier options with a list  of my favorite smoothie recipes inspired by all the flavors floating around this time of year. I have a goal to not gain any weight between now and the end of the year and my daily Shakeology is a big part of that for me! It is a dense nutrition shake that fills all the gaps in my daily nutrition so that my body is fueled with superfoods, vitamins, protein, and even gut-helping probiotics. Remember to be careful with your add ins if you are counting your sugar or carbs. Also, you can substitute other liquids like cashew milk, water, or flavored almond milks for the liquids I wrote in. And feel free to add more ice if you like your smoothies extra thick!

#PSL Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup black coffee (cooled), 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Apple Pie Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Chai Latte Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla or vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 c. brewed black chai tea (cooled), 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger, 1 cup ice

Chocolate Chai Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 c. brewed black chai tea (cooled), 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Caramel Apple Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 green apple (diced), 1 tsp. caramel extract, 1 cup ice

Salted Caramel Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1 tsp caramel extract, dash sea salt, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 2 tbs organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Maple Almond Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 2 tsp pure maple syrup, 1 tbs almond butter, 1 cup ice

Spiced Pear Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 small pear (diced), 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 cup ice

Apple Cider Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1/2 apple (diced), 1/2 frozen banana, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, dash nutmeg, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 2 tsp old fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 small apple (diced), dash pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Brownie Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tbs. dairy free chocolate chips, 1 cup ice

Candy Apple Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup apple sauce, 1 tbs peanut butter, 1 tsp caramel extract, 1 cup ice

Snickerdoodle Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup ice

Banana Bread Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup vanilla cashew milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tbs walnuts, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup ice

Cranberry Pom Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, 1 cup ice

(If you want to try Shakeology this month you can actually get the entire 21 Day Fix program (plus containers and a cooler-style tote bag for just $10 more with this discount code:  and you’ll gain admission to my online accountability group to help you stay on track with your fitness goals this month! Just email me at after you order of if you have questions!) 

Cauliflower Rice Soup

12027626_1625521121022970_2213980185675836308_nSo I am in the middle of a Sugar Detox using the 3 Day Refresh and came up with this yummy recipe that gives you something hot and satisfying if you are really hungry and it is CRAZY SIMPLE

One Cup of low sodium veggie broth

One Green container of Cauliflower Rice Click HERE for Recipe

 Salt and Pepper to taste

Sprinkle of parsley

Heat to boiling

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Pumpkin Granola

12088250_10153159542473085_8119126116864815494_nA super easy granola recipe that is packed with nutrients that is kid tested an mom approved!


3 cups rolled oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup quinoa or millet
½ cup pecans, pieces or chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup maple syrup (this is not a super sweet granola, if you like it super sweet than add more syrup)
2 tablespoons coconut oil


Preheat your oven to 300 F.
In a large bowl stir together all ingredients until evenly combined.
Place mixture on a large baking sheet and bake for 30 – 45 minutes until crisped and browned to your liking. Toss every 10 – 15 minutes. (my pans were small so it took almost an hour)
Let granola cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container.

My kiddos could not stop eating this even though it wasn’t really sweet, having the seeds and nuts in it made it so so yummy! If you love these recipes follow me on Facebook to see more and connect with me!



Paleo Meal Prep 101


In a perfect world I would spend my Sunday afternoons meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping for the week. In reality I am learning that I am just too worn out from fun weekends to do all of that in one afternoon.  So this week I planned and shopped on Sunday night ~ made a crockpot meal for Monday night and decided to prep a few meals then.

  I picked up these cute containers off of Amazon HERE (I have never tried them before so I will update after I get some use out of them.) I also found cauliflower crumbles at Super Target that you can STEAM IN THE BAG so my plan was just to make some simple chicken and Spanish cauliflower rice meals. I steamed the cauliflower and then added a few Tablespoons of tomato paste along with southwest seasoning (cumin, paprika, onion, etc.) The chicken I seasoned with salt, pepper and chipotle powder and baked at 350 degrees until cooked through (about 30 minutes)
  I also found a few zucchini in my fridge that I spiralized and sauteed in olive oil and garlic.  Here are a few of the meals I assembled.
  I also made these muffin cups quickly.  I sauteed some veggies (1/4 onion, tomato, 1/3 of the bag of spinach) then placed in the bottom of a muffin pan that had been sprayed with coconut oil. Then I whisked the eggs with salt and pepper and poured over veggies and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes or until set. I wanted to also prep my salads for the week but ran out of time before it was time to help the kids get bathed and put to bed.  I just decided to make them really quick while I was making my lunch the next day.

So many times I get caught up into trying to do a marathon meal prep that I end up doing NOTHING which hurts me more in the long run.  I am learning that done is better than perfect!

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Healthy Road Trip Snacks


Summer is upon us and so are the road trips.  I used to load up on Doritos and all kinds of crazy gas station snacks, but this year I am taking a “cleaner” approach. Here are some of my favorite ideas that are also budget friendly!


Fruit Bars: These are my favorite go to snacks ~ fruit bars from Trader Joe’s.  There are 4 different varieties Apple + BananaApple + CoconutApple + Mango, and Apple + Strawberry.  No additives, no preservatives, no synthetic colors or artificial flavors.  Just two fruits, merged in a marriage made in snack heaven.  Not exactly like a fruit “leather”, these bars are chewier and fruitier than any others I’ve tried.


Cashews or Almonds – I love just portioning these out in snack baggies from Target!carrotMastheads_desktop_0000_BHF---Babycut-Carrots_png_ba4dd9ac-24c1-4aa4-bbc3-4d9babad1ce6

Fresh Veggies – now fresh veggies isn’t on the top of my list, but paired with hummus, paleo ranch, or any of these single serve dips they are super good!


String Cheese is really the greatest ~ sometimes I even dip it in hummus!k2-_7c3b7ac4-cb71-4e6e-8edf-f4f720a01b61.v1

Fresh Fruit: Our favorites are apples, strawberries, bananas and blueberries

lg_A07B7B9F0FA57AC9C1FFB4C09106D803Pretzel Sticks: Also super great to dip in just about anything, we always pack pretzel sticks for road trips

squeezers2Yogurt: If you have a cooler these are great single serve tubes you can pack for your trip!


Last but not least Pop Corn! Totally takes care of my Doritos craving! Happy Summer and safe traveling.  For more recipes and healthy fitness tips head on over to my Facebook Page!

Ultimate Reset Week 3 Review & Results

 Whoohoo! I have completed 21 Days of the Ultimate Reset!!! I seriously cannot believe I just did that! Who in their right mind would give up caffeine, sugar, processed foods, meat, dairy and alcohol for 3 weeks?!? Well I seriously needed it and am SO GLAD I DID.  There were some days that were really hard, especially the last few days.  It was ALL a mental game though because I was rarely hungry.

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So the hardest things for me to give up were coffee and buffalo sauce.  I didn’t miss the buffalo sauce but I did miss the coffee, I just enjoy sipping on a cup in the morning while I read.  I did have a few off plan food and a drink on Day 20 but other than that I stuck to the program to a “T”

All in all I would say that my cravings are way more manageable.  Do I want a piece of pizza when I smell it? Oh yes, but it different, I don’t feel like I have to have it.  I am sleeping so well now and have more energy.  I am looking forward to getting back into the workouts (PiYo certification is in two weeks!!!)

The food this week was my least favorite, I had to add in grains so that I wasn’t too tired.  I could definitely tell that my body needed just a little bit more, but what I did have was super yummy.  There are so many recipes that I will still make and keep in my rotation.

        I cannot find my measurements from when I started (I am going to keep looking) But I lost 13 pounds all together. I am ecstatic about my results.  I bet you think I had crazy food today now that I am done.  Surprisingly I haven’t. I had a Mango-Strawberry Shakeology this morning and Salad with Quinoa for lunch so far today.  That I would say is my biggest victory.  This was a mindset changer for me, it accomplished exactly what I wanted it to.  It taught me that I have the power to say no to things and to fuel my body the way it needs to be.  I am going to be reintroducing things slowly back into my diet to see if anything like certain grains, beans, dairy, meat give me trouble. Moving forward I am planning on following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan (using mainly vegan options) with PiYo workouts until my trip to Nashville later on this month.

   I am running an Online Fitness Accountability Group in July using what I have learned from this process and I would love for you to join me.  Email me at or go to to register for more information.

Week One Recap HERE

Week Two Recap HERE

Ultimate Reset Week 2 Review & Recap

 Two weeks down and 1 week to go!!! After 2 weeks I feel like my cravings are definitely more manageable when I first started. I also have lost the urge to munch all day or that I deserve some kind of food based on how I felt. I cannot believe I have now gone 2 weeks without anything processed, alcohol, caffeine, soda, or sugar and 1 week without meat or dairy in addition. I have seen people do things like this and thought now way could I go a week without my coffee, wine, etc.

But I have done it and in some ways its been super hard and other ways super easy.  The hardest times are in social setting but I am getting used to that.  The food is actually really yummy, I have been surprised. Things I missed last week were definitely coffee with yummy creamer and hot sauce of all things.

Corn and Edamame Succotash ~ My Favorite from Week 2

Beans and Rice and Broccoli ~ nothing fancy but fills you up!

My first try at tempeh ~ not my favorite but proud of myself for trying new things!

Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup

I am learning to enjoy fruit a lot more!

Week three should be interesting, it is mainly fruits and veggies with optional grains thrown in here and there. Overall I feel great and am ready to finish the program.  I am leading a FREE Clean Eating Group starting today sharing what I have learned so far ~ if you have wanted to try eating clean but just didn’t know where to start or if you just need some inspiration click HERE to join.

Ultimate Reset Week 1 Recap & Review

 Well one week down 2 weeks to go! I was really nervous starting the Ultimate Reset.  Coming off of end of the school year craziness and traveling for vacation for a couple of weeks I knew I needed something. My cravings were pretty much out of control and I was feeling so crummy. But I wasn’t sure if this was something I could really do.

After one week I feel incredibly accomplished that I stuck with it, but kinda scared of what the next two weeks hold.  I am doing completely fine without meat (haven’t had any since last Wednesday I think) but there is no more dairy starting now and grains will be less and less as time goes on.

Breakfast, Lunch, Alkalinize and a Snack on the plan

On of my favorite dinners: Black Beans, Corn and Rice with a corn tortilla and avocado/salsa

I do feel INCREDIBLE already.  I am sleeping so much better (aside from 2 nights that I had crazy dreams) and I already feel a lot more energy even though I haven’t had any coffee or caffeine in over a week.  I am not craving sugar at all, but I could go for a slice or two of pizza and a glass or two of wine right now. It hasn’t been all fun and games.  The first few days I had headaches and I was so sore like I had just done P90X or Insanity or something.

So what have I done so far?

 Drank a gallon of water each day

Eliminated Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol and ALL processed foods from my diet

Phased out meat and dairy this week

The only “working out” I have done is light walks each day and a little yoga on Wednesday.

The plan is very easy to follow actually.  I set timers to remind me when to eat or drink water or take supplements.  I tried lots of new recipes like this creamy garlic dressing and lentil lime salad.

I am sure you are saying like me ~ But I just couldn’t give up my coffee creamer, glass of wine, weekly fast food run, meat, dairy, you name it! I am right there with you! The commitment is significant, but so is the outcome – and if you want and need something badly enough (e.g. beat fatigue and gain natural energy, to alleviate pain, beat bloating and digestive issues, get off the bad mood rollercoaster, a weight loss jumpstart, to get off expensive medications, boost immunity, improve skin appearance or just feel like your best self) the new routine you’ll adopt for 21 days will be well worth it. If you are literally craving a tune-up, you’ll do whatever it takes. This describes me to a T so I decided to go all in. I don’t usually weigh myself but I couldn’t help it this morning.  I am down 6.5 lbs.  Wow! Even just a week of clean eating can make a big difference!

I am not out of the woods yet, like I said earlier I am really nervous about the next two weeks ~ I would love it if you would cheer me on over on my Facebook Page or my Instagram Account

Bring it on Week 2!

Here is our fun attempt at making Nori Rolls!


Lentil Lime Salad

 I am on Day 3 of the Ultimate Reset and I am sharing some of my favorite recipes with you all and this Lentil Lime Salad Recipe is definitely one that I would eat again!


  • 1 cup cooked green lentils
  • ½ cup grated raw carrot
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1½ tsp. sesame oil (or more, to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (or more, to taste)
  • Bragg® Liquid Aminos or Himalayan salt (to taste)(optional)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin (or more, to taste)
  • Herbal seasoning (to taste; optional)


Cook lentils until tender, but don’t overcook. (Or use Trader Joe’s steamed Lentils) Add carrots and cilantro mix well. Stir oil, lime juice, salt, and spices together in a small bowl, then gently stir into the lentil mixture. Let sit, covered, in refrigerator for 2 hours. Adjust seasonings if needed. (I am not a huge fan of cilantro so I used a little less) Makes one serving.

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Creamy Garlic Dressing

creamy garlicdressing-2It has been really hard for me to find a homemade dressing recipe that I love but I think I have finally found it!  One thing that I will never go back to is commercial-store bought salad dressing.  It is so great to each a clean salad with this dressing and knowing that you aren’t ruining it by the dressing you put on top.

This takes all of five minutes to make!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 to 5 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp unfiltered honey or raw agave nectar

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on medium high for 30 seconds or until well mixed.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  If dressing solidifies when cold, let sit at room temperature until liquid.  Makes 8 to 10 servings at 2 TBS each

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Meal Prep Monday – Like A Boss


This week is busier than normal (I’m sure you could say the same) I usually take about an hour to prep some meals for the week.  It works really well on Sundays for my family because we are usually relaxing for the afternoon and have left overs for dinner, but feel free to do this whenever is convenient for you.


First up Crockpot Shredded Chicken – I placed 3 chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper and garlic powder along with about 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth on low for about 6 hours until the chicken can be easily shredded.  Then I just put in my mixer with the paddle blade and poof in just a few seconds its all shredded!


I have a go to recipe for Cauliflower Rice but decided to roast it in the oven instead of microwaving and then sautéing.  I actually like this way better I think.  First I blitzed in a food processor, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then roast on parchment paper at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes then turn with spatula and roast for another 8 minutes


While the Cauliflower Rice was roasting I chopped up some sweet potatoes for my favorite way to have them HERE


So this recipe was a complete experiment with what I had on hand.  I specifically did not want to put any breadcrumbs in to see what it they would be like.  Feel free to add 1/4-1/2c of bread crumbs if you would like a binder in these

1 lb of ground turkey (or chicken)

1 egg

4T cocunut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)

1 t. siracha

1 t. ginger

1 t. garlic

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

Combine and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  They are not the prettiest thing, but they turned out really yummy!


The last thing I did was make a few salad in a jar.  I have no idea the science behind it but salads in mason jars stay fresh for me the whole week.  These were made with shaved brussels sprouts, chopped peppers, and chopped romaine.FullSizeRender

So that is just a little peek into how I meal prep for the 21 Day Fix. If you would like more information on the 21 Day Fix click HERE or if you are interested in getting more information about the FREE online fitness groups I run click HERE

Omelette Waffle – a new twist on your Paleo Breakfast


Since starting the 21 Day Fix I have learned that Breakfast is a non negotiable! Here is a fun way to change up your breakfast.


2 eggs

1 green container of spinach

splash of almond milk



Preheat your waffle iron.  While it is heating, chop your spinach very finely and mix together with the eggs.


Once it is heated spray with coconut oil, carefully pour egg mixture on waffle iron.  My eggs were perfectly cooked after once cycle on my waffle iron. You can feel free to add whatever veggies or even bacon! If you are interested in learning more about the 21 Day Fix and how it has helped me learn how to eat clean click HERE



Your Inspired Simply Weekend – diy ampersand art, carrie underwood’s new fitness apparel, and all about being brave

So what is on tap of for you this weekend?  Well we had a day or two of spring in Florida, but its back to being pretty chilly so my weekend plans are still up in the air.  I  know we have one last flag football game and I am going to try and finish setting up my new chicken coop! Here is a little sampling of what has inspired me this week on the internets! 10906334_403457656488282_6353429856478389535_n 1509790_396635510503830_6488727156314360311_n Carrie Underwood has just recently launched a new fitness apparel line called CALIA and it is so pretty and it is now on my birthday list! You can find it online here ampersand_art This week’s DIY inspiration comes from one of my favorite blogs The Handmade Home I have been looking for something large but simple in our bedroom and this looks perfect!! I have fallen in love with Cauliflower Rice but now that spring is coming I am looking for some fresher ways to do it and this Cauliflower Tabbouleh recipe looks amazing!

15028711629_a97933c133_z And to inspire your soul Ann Voskamp writes about being braveBe Brave. Your bravery wins a thousand battles you can’t see because your bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too.  Happy Fri-Yay! Carri Undder


5 baby steps to start eating clean

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#1 Drink more water Drinking water is an essential part of eating clean, but start small if this is something you are not used to.  If you find yourself drinking lots of soda and/or coffee try replacing one of those items with water each day.  A cute water cup really helps too!  Also when I am just craving soda I find that sparkling water really hits the spot. 10365953_1543442525897497_1737619101857215892_n #2 Eat More Fruits and Veggies A great way to do this at first is to add a piece of fruit to your breakfast, add a cup of spinach to your daily smoothie or make sure you have veggies with dinner every single day. 10610733_1501617320080018_5327333246925908683_n 7407_1495240344051049_6734161877977044409_n #3 Shop the perimeter of the store  Most whole, natural foods are found on the outside aisles of the grocery store.  Try to avoid buying too many items from the center of the store.  That’s where you’ll encounter more processed and packaged foods.  Better yet, shop your local farmer’s market for more natural, whole food choices! 10421227_1504641616444255_6640617847553033745_n #4 Read Labels: This is a simple way to determine how “clean” a food truly is. A natural food (such as an apple) has no label, while a bag of chips has a label with a ton of ingredients that you probably can’t pronounce.  If you’re not ready to completely give up processed foods, start by studying the labels and choosing foods that contain the fewest and simplest ingredients.  Try to avoid hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or colors, preservatives, high amounts of fat or sodium, and added sugar.

#5 Cook At Home: This is an easy way to start eating more whole foods and save money in the process.  Restaurants and fast food places rely on highly processed foods to create their meals.  When you cook your own food, you have control over the ingredients going in your dish.  People who cook tend to eat more healthfully and weigh less than those who don’t.  This doesn’t mean you have to become a master chef overnight.  Start by learning a few meals with simple ingredients. 1185854_1499459783629105_2873572344065681314_n Looking for some more clean eating inspiration? Follow me on Facebook for more tips recipes and info on joining a FREE clean eating group!


Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken


This recipe could not be simpler!

1 c Dijon Mustard

1/2 c Maple Syrup

2 T Apple Cider Vinegar

1-1.5 lbs of Chicken Breasts

Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in your crockpot.  Combine Dijon Mustard, Maple Syrup, and Apple Cider Vinegar in a small bowl and pour over chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over brown rice or quinoa. I count this on the 21 Day Fix as 1 Red, 1 Yellow (for rice/quinoa) and 2 tsp


21 Day Fix Cauliflower Rice

cauliflowerThis is my new favorite thing to prep on Sundays ~ Cauliflower Rice. I now eat it with everything!

  • a small head of organic cauliflower, chopped coarsely
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely in a food processor (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • seasoning of choice (I used salt/pepper/garlic powder)

Take the chopped cauliflower and  pulse the contents until they are reduced to the size of couscous or rice grains.

Sautee onions in coconut oil (I have done this with and without and like it both ways) once the onions are softened, I add in the cauliflower and stir everything around to evenly distribute the fat and onions. Season with Spices. Then, I cove the skillet and cooked the cauliflower for 5-10 minutes until softened.  Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking. This makes a lot and counts as a green on the 21 Day Fix Program

The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Breakfast Round Up

Here are some of my favorite breakfast recipes that are on rotation in my meal plans for the 21 Day Fix. I also have posts for LUNCH and DINNER to help give you some ideas for delicious clean eating recipes!


One of my favorites.  Sweet Potato Hash-browns, 1 egg, turkey bacon983616_1434461663462251_642123901_nNon-fat Greek Yogurt with vanilla extract and stevia layered with strawberries10382627_1446651708909913_1233304559602736007_nPaleo Pancakes {1/2 ripe banana, egg, cinnamon} steel cut oats10636263_1492960977612319_6758891983107717564_nSuper Simple – one egg, two strips of turkey bacon

10502437_1466830933558657_2994368888979789335_nEgg in a nest of sweet potatoes and bacon10255425_1515561228685627_446821038692804367_nKale open faced omelet10569079_1476777585897325_2170643909570470813_nSweet Potato Pancakes
1 yellow container of cooked sweet potato {I cooked mine in the microwave for 5 min and then mashed them in my container :)}
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
These were so filling I couldn’t finish!
10806359_1524356077806142_4310037296913768519_nMy current favorite 2 eggs over a baked sweet potato (I cook it in the microwave while the eggs are cooking)10356166_1522851064623310_5563799170557083277_nSteel Cut Oatmeal topped with shredded Granny Smith Apple and cinnamon10647114_1508900349351715_7472310509219447318_nSweet Potato Waffle and 1 egg
10850043_1534033040171779_5899609833673160434_nSpinach and Bacon open faced 1507702_1522467697994980_7445677983211230988_nSteel Cut Oatmeal topped with “fried” bananas
10511313_1471978423043908_4238484148392281399_n2 eggs over sweet potato hash browns10428088_1514841865424230_217320277536900883_nMaple Bacon Steel Cut Oatmeal – a yellow container topped with crumbled turkey bacon and 1tsp of pure maple syrup
10171214_1440737316168019_2826107903647449413_nSimple Breakfast Sandwich – 1 egg, two strips of turkey bacon on a sandwich thin

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The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Lunch Recipe Round Up

Here are just a few of my favorite 21 Day Fix Lunch Recipes.  I have 4 children at home and I am in college full time so all of these recipes are quick and easy!10425121_1509770212598062_5938242772809383154_nTaco Salad – seasoned ground beef, lettuce with some jalepeno, black beans, cheese, and Paleo Ranch10711045_1512533925655024_2202137973756099853_nBaked Chicken Breast, sweet potato chips and a salad (I used Apple Cider Vinegar for dressing)10646793_1501320590109691_2231141847345803437_nBlack Beans and Yellow Rice, Shredded Chicken and Jalapeño Salad10672334_1508541149387635_4879403545333316298_nOpen faced omelet with spinach tomatoes and turkey bacon10801682_1521875574720859_7840449685362371729_nChicken with Sweet Potato noodles, Side Salad559605_1522212264687190_8455927531533467506_nQuinoa, Steamed Broccoli, Chicken and Siracha 10375117_1523324161242667_8229208415547106072_nSpagetti Squash with Chicken and Turkey Bacon10428527_1520091338232616_8015550126667527305_nChopped Salad with chicken, paleo ranch and hot sauce

21 Day Fix Protein Power Bowl – Chicken, Red Quinoa, Steamed Broccoli 10373955_1501671253407958_566597329365495323_nShredded Chicken (with hot sauce – made in the crockpot ahead of time) brown rice and a side salad10649969_1505967426311674_139917788713915565_nCobb Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sautéed Broccoli Slaw (in coconut oil) with Lean Ground Beef10857980_1533331276908622_8791174509919698923_nLean Ground Beef Meatballs, Red Quinoa, Steamed Broccoli – for the meatballs I just season them really well and bake at 375 for about 15 minutes until cooked through.1920078_1522884601286623_3953999037941115944_nSpagetti Squash with Chicken and Salsa10550873_1476549949253422_9215821783568579620_n

Whole Wheat Wrap with Angel Hair Cabbage, hummus and dressing (Champagne Pear from Trader Joe’s)
10523720_1470340949874322_8691891289466929096_nTikki Masala served over quinoa with a side salad – I used cider vinegar as dressing today. Also the sauce was yogurt based so I left room in my red container and put about a tablespoon in there. Looks fancy but it came together in just a few minutes!


Ginormous salad, one green container of veggies and one of lettuce, champagne pear vinaigrette

If you are interested in more information on the 21 Day Fix along with my review and results click HERE

5 Super Simple Tips to Survive the Holidays {without having to pull out your stretchy pants!}

10653594_1530880450487038_1737357240431492177_nSo we are less that two weeks away from Christmas ~ how are you doing? Don’t give up!  Here are a few tips to help you finish 2014 strong!

stay active. Even though it is the busiest time of year for most, keeping up with your workouts should be a non-negotionable. It is 2% of your day and will help give you energy for the other 98%

simplify. You can’t do it all, no one can.  Let me repeat that.  YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL

set realistic goals. So you have a girls baking day planned.  Is it realistic for you to commit to not having one single cookie?  Of course not, but don’t let that fact give you license to eat a dozen.  Make a point to set a goal of only having one or two.  Moderation over Deprivation is key. Having a plan in place will help you not head off the deep end.

splurge wisely. So I leave for North Carolina in 9 days and there are a few things that I am looking forward to enjoying.  Cookout is one of them.  Make sure it is worth it. Think through the upcoming parties and get togethers and plan accordingly. I always make sure I don’t arrive hungry ~ I actually usually drink a Shakeology on the ride over!

stay positive. Even if you have a set back or a bad day don’t let that sabotage the rest of 2014.  Each morning is a new beginning, a blank slate.  It is what you make of it. Surround yourself with people that are going to help you stay accountable and positive!

I’ve just opened up my first challenge group of 2015. If you would like to join us for that accountability I mentioned above you should check it out! We are going to have fun while crushing 2015 and making it the best year ever! For  more information or to go ahead and reserve your spot (they are going to go fast) click here

The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Dinner Round Up

Here are some of my favorite 21 Day Fix Approved Dinners. I love how this program not only has helped me get nutrition on track, but it has helped me cook better for my whole family! I just make dinner every night and take just a minute to portion out my food.10438222_1472128023028948_273616499654058768_n

Root Vegetable Nachos topped with seasoned ground beef with a side salad


Taco Salad with Black Beans and Colby Jack Cheese

10455300_1476314992610251_704539214669757752_nBuffalo Lime Chicken with a Salad and Pear Vinaigrette Dressing (from Trader Joe’s)

Sweet Potatoes Noodles, Hummus and Chicken Pasta with a Kale Salad

10620707_1484210808487336_3449914619303032207_n Mountains – Lettuce, Yellow Rice, Chicken, Cheese and hot sauce10646834_1492648670976883_1637061813748418061_n

Quinoa Salad, Grilled Chicken and Jalepeno Cucumber Salad w/ Balsamic Vinegrette7407_1495240344051049_6734161877977044409_n Rotisserie Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Salad 10610724_1498041337104283_2310431590717091192_n Sautéed Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

10671287_1500999646808452_1613059428235975837_n Whole Wheat Pasta with Ground Beef, Ricotta, Tomatoes and Basil10405280_1501764586731958_1794125029698866094_n 21 Day Fix Chili – Pureed tomatoes, beans, ground beef, chili seasoning1606884_1504039873171096_3967615428271154251_n Hot Chicken Salad and Green Beans10356178_1506605059581244_5595738425082060376_n Tacos!10614114_1507090012866082_887351423313384298_nLean Ground Beef Meatballs, Brown Rice, Salad
10424288_1510276789214071_7966117882863103505_n 21 Day Fix Baked “ziti”10170945_1510600809181669_3358898965828417136_n 21 Day Fix Chili over Spaghetti Squash1972493_1512313525677064_6216217039101241981_n Taco Salad8971_1520378778203872_3798309978602847677_n“Mountains” with Black Beans

Doesn’t all of this look so good! I love food so this totally works for me!  And I love running monthly online fitness accountability groups. If you interested in joining click HERE to apply.


3 Day Refresh & Clean Eating Accountability Group

10626616_1509011396007277_8425418390278592893_nThis holiday season I am committed to not doing what the average American does between Thanksgiving and Christmas: gains 7-10lbs! In fact I am going to challenge myself (and you) to do the opposite: to LOSE 7-10lbs between the Holidays this year WHILE you enjoy your food. You CAN have the best of both worlds. So here is the plan: We are going to kick off November with the new 3-Day Refresh Program and incorporate that into a 3 week clean eating & shakeology group! YES!  
So the 3 day refresh is designed to give you fast, clean, and efficient weight loss.  You can quickly drop a few pounds, break a bad habit and get back on track!  It’s 3 shakes a day, a fiber drink, plenty of water, fresh fruits, veggies, and healthy fats so that you keep your energy and  your metabolism going.  It is not a juice or fasting diet but a healthy diet that is going to give your body nutrition vs starvation. I absolutely loved my results the last time I completed the Refresh!
Then, once we jump start our weight loss clear out the gunk we can preserve our results and not slide back into old habits by continuing on for 3 weeks of clean eating!  So my thought process is this.  I don’t want you to do the 3 day refresh and just go back to how it was before you started.  I want you to maintain and make progress.  So for 3 weeks I am going to teach you how to meal plan, how to prepare family friendly healthy recipes, give you snack ideas, teach you the importance of proper nutrition, the fundamentals of clean eating and how to fuel your body for energy and not comfort.
So how does the Challenge group Work?
You are required to purchase the 3-day refresh challenge pack from me as your coach.  Then, you are accepted into my closed online support group that will begin on the 3rd of November.
We will start with the 3 Day Refresh then 3 weeks of replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology, healthy eating and any exercise of your choice.  It does not have to be a Beachbody Fitness Program, although I encourage you to do some form of physical activity for 30 minutes a day 5 days a week!
Each day you will log into the group for your tip of the day, daily motivation, inspiration and accountability. I will share recipes along with ways to handle late night munchies, sugar cravings, emotional eating, temptations and more.  You will be accountable each day to report with the group your food and your workouts!
At the end of the 3 weeks we will measure our progress, submit our results and you will have kicked bad habits, introduced new healthy habits and be on your way to creating life long health and wellness for you and your family and be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Does this sound like something you would like to do? If so fill out the application HERE if you’re serious about making headway this holidays season vs starting the year back where you were last January.
Starting 2015 off strong starts today.

21 Day Fix “Baked Ziti”


Wednesday is Italian Night at our house and I have been wanting to make a 21 Day Fix version of one of my favorite dishes, baked ziti.  Using my portions as a guide and only subbing out the spaghetti squash for ziti pasta it turned out incredible!



1 heaping green container of cooked spaghetti squash (details below on how to prepare that)

2/3 of a purple container of pureed tomatoes or homemade marinara (1 full purple is too much sauce, trust me :) )

1 Red Container filled 3/4 full with cooked lean ground beef, topped with ricotta cheese

1 Blue Container of Mozzarella

Don’t forget your seasonings. I used Oregano, Basil, Garlic and Onion Powder


To cook your spaghetti squash ~ carefully slice in half and scoop out seeds and pulp. Place on a microwaveable plate, cover and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Make sure you have a little vent with your plastic wrap or lid. After the 5 minutes check and then microwave for another 4-5 minutes based on size until you can pierce with fork.


Once you have cooked your spaghetti squash combine your containers (except for blue container) in an oven safe dish, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes, broiling that last minute or two if you want your cheese browned.

This is one of my favorite dinners and I am so excited I was able to make a “cleaner” version that tastes really good. Try it and let me know how it goes!

If you are interested in finding out more about the 21 Day Fix click HERE. If you are interseted in joining our next online fitness and nutrition accountability group click HERE




Quick & Clean Chicken Salad


IMG_9511.JPGHere is a recipe for a quick chicken salad that is 21 Day Fix approved and is not only super yummy but fills you up!

1 red container of cooked chicken

1 blue container of your choice of hummus (I used roasted red pepper)

Chopped pickled jalapenos for crunch (you can buy ones the are not spicy if you don’t like the heat)

1 Green Container of English Cucumber (to place the chicken salad on top of)


I love how the 21 Day Fix helps me take the guess work out of clean eating. During a homeschool day I don’t have a ton of time to count calories, etc.

If you would like more information on the 21 Day Fix click HERE or if you would like information about joining our next accountability group for free click HERE


Paleo Pumpkin Cake

IMG_9039.JPGSo as I was looking through my 21 Day Fix book I noticed under the Green Containers it listed “Winter Squash”! Do you know what that means? Pumpkin can be used as a green container!

So for breakfast I decided to have Pumpkin Cake because I could and it would use one of my green containers. :) Start to finish this take less than 10 minutes.


1 Green Container of Canned Pumpkin

1 Egg

2 tsp of pure maple syrup or stevia

1-2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice


Simply beat ingredients all together and place in a ramekin or mug sprayed with coconut oil spray and microwave for 5 minutes or until set. Be careful when you remove it because it will be hot!  Enjoy!!!


IMG_9021IMG_9022IMG_9027The 21 Day Fix has been such a huge help to me to not only loose weight but to figure out how to eat to fuel my body and give me energy to keep up with my life! If you want to know more about the 21 Day Fix head on over HERE


5 Reasons Why PiYo is NOT right for you

1. You are entering a body building competition in the next month or two

2. Your motto is “no pain, no gain”

3. You love the same old same old workout routines

4. You love paying for a gym membership that you rarely use

5. You like to use tons of equipment when you workout

If you answered yes to any of the above statements PiYo is not the right workout for you. I hear Hanz and Franz are back in the personal training business. :) If you didn’t check out this info-graphic on the top 10 Reasons why PiYo would be a great choice for you.



My favorite part about PiYo?  Being able to be a part of a Challenge Group!  It’s where a group of us go through the program together and touch base daily in a private Facebook group. It’s a place where you can ask questions and get lots of great tips, even help with meal planning and recipes. After my round of PiYo I lost inches (especially in my legs and booty!) gained a ton of flexibility and strengthened my core enough to where I am made some significant progress on my handstands! My husband has seen a dramatic DECREASE in his back pain and hasn’t had to go the the chiropractor in months!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to my PiYo page for more information or head HERE to register for my next challenge group!

Image credit Beachbody via Pinterest

Clean & Healthy Labor Day Picnic Recipes

cleanlabordayLabor Day Weekend is here and it is super important is to enjoy this wonderful holiday with your family and friends while not using it as an excuse to overindulge. Here are some tips to help you stay on track:

* Hydrate: drink plenty of water our bodies often mistake dehydration for hunger. {true story}

* Skip the chips: enjoy your favorite dips with veggies. You will consume a lot less sodium and fat.

* Leaf the bun: yes pun intended. Use a lettuce leaf as a bun instead of bread.

* Get sweaty: Burn some calories. Play pool or beach volleyball or any other game that gets your heart pumping.

* Bring the sweet treat or healthy dish: if you’re concerned it will be all junk food at the BBQ bring something healthy that can be your go to.

Here are some recipes that would be a great addition to you Labor Day Picnic:

1. Layered Fruit Salad

2. Tomato, Basil and Feta Salad

3. Marinated Grilled Veggie Skewers

4. Southwest Quinoa Salad

5. Watermelon Sticks

If you would like to know more information about the 21 Day Fix or to Join a Challenge Group click HERE

21 Day Fix Meal Planner

21 Day Fix Planner PreviewPlanning is KEY when you are making healthy changes into habits! Click HERE to download a Free Printable 21 Day Fix Daily Planner (for the lowest calorie bracket) This has helped me so much I decided to laminate it so I can just use a dry erase marker each day. I personalize these for all of my challengers based on what bracket they fall in.  If you are interested in finding out more about the 21 Day Fix or what Challenge Groups are all about click HERE Happy Planning!

5 Clean Snacks 21 Day Fix Approved

cleansnacksfinalHere are 5 super quick super clean snacks that will fuel your body. I try to keep a few of these on hand in the fridge portioned out to help me make better choices and keep my fingers out of the goldfish bag!

1. Greek Yogurt with Berries

2. Apples and Almond Butter

3. Turkey Roll Up (Boar’s Head Deli Meat is nitrate free)

4. Veggies and Hummus

5. Hard Boiled Eggs

Want to find out more about upcoming challenge groups?  Click HERE


PiYo Meal Planner Printable

PiYo CoverHere is a Free Printable PiYo Daily Planner to help you on your PiYo journey.  I am currently plugging along on month two and really really am loving it. I am so much stronger {and leaner} than I was a month ago and can’t wait to see how the next month shapes up. It has been fun to be in a challenge group with others who are experiencing great results!

On the portion checklist, check off the portions you do not need. (See your guide for details) Click HERE to download a PDF version to print off for yourself.  You could even print off,laminate, and use a dry erase marker to make this re-usable!

In the guide that comes with the program you are given a list of healthy, wholesome, “real” foods to choose from. At the same time, you have the flexibility to eat what YOU want. I’ve tried following other’s meal plans and this is so much easier for me. It can be challenging for those of us who have a busy schedule or trying to integrate healthy eating into a tight food budget. The PiYo Get Lean Eating Plan gives you FREEDOM.

You are provided lists of food choices for each of the different food types which are:

  • Primary veggies (leafy greens and low calorie veggies)
  •  Secondary veggies and grains (starches like potatoes, rice, oatmeal, tortillas, quinoa, etc.)
  •  Fresh fruit
  •  Lean protein
  •  Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut, cheese)
  •  Free foods ( herbs, seasonings and unsweetened coffee)

PiYoMealPlannerPreview Interested in jumping in to my next challenge group? Click HERE


5 clean lunches – 10 minutes or less – 21 day fix approved


cleanlunchHere are some quick and easy lunches that are 21 Day Fix approved

1 Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

2 Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad (hold the olives)

3 Tomato and Cumber Salad (add apple cider vinegar for a kick!)

4 Zucchini Noodles with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil (here is some info on how to make your own zucchini noodles)

5 Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberries and Pecans (make sure you use your containers for the pecans and the dressing)

Interested in more information on the 21 Day Fix or Joining a Challenge Group? Click HERE



21 Day Fix Grocery List – on a budget

Coffee10247363_10152291396040971_3775005627123511700_n So you are ready to get ready for the 21 Day Fix.  When you first sit down it can be a little overwhelming, but I am here to help make things simple for you.  You also may be like me in that you have a tight food budget and cannot afford to spend tons of moolah on your food for the 21 days. If you don’t mind having not having a lot of variety just pick a few from each category and replenish when you are running low. Think of your food as fuel ~ there are lots of foods on the list that are “allowed” but I am looking for things that are going to keep me full and on track. Here are some ideas from each of the groups to give you some ideas and to hopefully make it simple for you and help you get started to crushing your goals!

90caf1cc9c94a4e8ab640e772f31ae8eProteins (Red)
Fresh Chicken Breast
Lean Ground Turkey or Beef
Fish- Salmon & Tilapia
Turkey Breast
Veggie Burgers
Fruits (Purple)
Vegetables (Green)
Green Beans
Romaine Lettuce
Complex Carbohydrates (Yellow) 
Brown Rice
Oatmeal (not instant in the packet) Steel Cut Oats
Sweet Potatoes
Black Beans
Ezekiel Bread or Whole Grain Tortillas
Raw Unsalted Almonds
Raw Unsalted Cashews
Feta Cheese

Other Ideas:

Greek Yogurt (plain-non fat)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
All Natural Peanut Butter, only ingredients are peanuts and a little salt.
Almond Butter
Unsweetened Almond Milk
La Croix sparking water
So I hope this grocery list helps you as you begin your journey. For more tips and ideas you can follow me on Facebook at the Inspired Simply Fitness Project If you are interested in more information on the 21 Day Fix or to join a challenge group click HERE

Zucchini Carbonara

20140626-065329-24809987.jpgSo I really need to go to the grocery store, but this week I have been putting it off because #1 it is finals week (grateful I am only taking 2 classes this summer) and #2 eating from the pantry seems to make my grocery budget go further.  Grateful once again for the 21 Day Fix and even when you are eating from your pantry you can eat clean and be healthy! This recipe serves one and for your 21 Day Fixers it is one green and 1 red!  It is so rich it is hard to believe that it is super healthy.  Enjoy!

Zucchini Carbonara {gluten free/dairy free}

1 zucchini julienned (or spiralized using THIS)

2 cloves of minced garlic

2 strips of bacon

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)

Red Pepper Flakes

Ground Black Pepper

Place zucchini in a colander set over the sink. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. After it sweats rinse off the salt and pat dry with paper towels or clean dishtowel so your “noodles” aren’t soggy.20140626-065507-24907131.jpg

After your zucchini is done sweating, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Cut bacon with kitchen shears. Lower the heat and add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring to thoroughly coat garlic in bacon fat. Don’t let the garlic burn. Add water (or broth) and allow to cook for a couple of minutes until the liquid reduces by about half.

Add zucchini to skillet and stir, seasoning with black pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes until zucchini has softened.

While the zucchini is cooking, whisk the egg yolk in a small bowl with a large splash of hot water. Remove skillet from heat and pour in egg. Stir to coat zucchini with egg.

Looking for more information on the 21 Day Fix or want to join a challenge group?  Click HERE for more information.





Sweet Potato Waffle

20140620-073806-27486505.jpgSometimes you need more than a romaine lettuce “bun” for your burger or something a little different with your breakfast.  These waffles taste amazing on their own or used as a sandwich bread! Oh and 1/2 a waffle is a yellow container on the 21 Day Fix!

Sweet Potato Waffle


1 sweet potato spiralized

1 egg, beaten

Seasoning of choice (salt/pepper/onion powder for savory salt/cinnamon for sweet)


Saute your sweet potato for about 8 minutes until tender. While cooking potatoes, preheat your waffle iron.  After sauteing, gently mix the potatoes with 1 egg and seasoning.  Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and evenly place potato mixture and close the lid. Cook until brown then enjoy with maple syrup or with your favorite sandwich.  The possibilities are endless!



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Paleo Coffee Creamer

20140616-065746-25066472.jpgSo giving up coffee creamer has been the hardest for me even though I know all of those nasty chemicals are so bad for me. A splash of milk or almond milk just doesn’t cut it for me and I’ve tried so hard but I really don’t like the taste of coconut milk in my coffee.
I’m happy to report that I have found the solution and my coffee this morning was as creamy and CLEAN as ever! 

I’m also happy to report that this recipe is super simple with 1-3 ingredients depending on how you like your creamer flavored.

Almond Milk Creamer {dairy free}

1 cup of almonds

1 1/2 cups of water

maple syrup (optional)

vanilla extract


The key here is to soak the almonds for 24-36 hours changing out the water every 12 hours or less.


After soaking the almonds rinse well and place in blender with 1 1/2 cups of water and blend at a high speed until combined.  No need to peel! I was so nervous because the mixture seemed so thick that I wasn’t sure if I would get alot of creamer.




Now take a Nut Milk Bag (cheesecloth will not work, trust me on this one) and place the almond mixture in the bag and gently squeeze all of the yummy creamer out of the pulp.  Take your time with this, it took me about 10 minutes to make sure I got every last drop I could.  Save the pulp for another recipe ~ still looking for a good one, let me know if you have suggestions.


Wisk in your desired flavoring ~ I used pure maple syrup this time with vanilla, but the possibilities are endless. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes approximately 2 cups.


Enjoy your clean and creamy cup of coffee!


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{paleo} avocado ranch


This recipe makes a great salad dressing or dip for veggies or even sweet potato fries. For those of you on the 21 Day Fix this would go in an orange container. You can use either or blender or food processor to whip this up in a jiffy!

{paleo} avocado ranch

1 Ripe Avocado
2 tsp minced garlic
1 can Full-Fat Coconut Milk
1 T Lemon Juice
¼ t Salt
¼ t Black Pepper
2 T Fresh Dill and/or Chives
¼ t Cayenne Pepper
Dash of hot sauce

Blend the avocados until broken up.  

Add the remaining ingredients.Pulse to combine, then puree till smooth.

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

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{paleo} Sweet Potato Noodles


Looking for a different twist on Sweet Potatoes? Here is a super quick recipe that opens the door to endless possibilities. If you are following a Paleo version of the 21 Day Fix, this is a great way to use your yellow containers!

Sweet Potato Noodles

1 large sweet potato

olive or avocado oil for sautéing



cayenne pepper (optional)

Simply spiral slice your sweet potato.  I found my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer on Amazon last year. It works great for Zucchini as well.  Once your potato is sliced you can either sauté the “noodles”, boil them gently for 3-4 for a more pasta-like texture, OR bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or so for shoestring sweet potato fries!!!  Either way these are delicious and you won’t be disappointed!


What other kinds of ways do you like to use sweet potatoes?

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21 Day Fix ||fried bananas||

So I started Round 3 of the 21 Day Fix yesterday. May was a good month. I made a little progress, but with a lot if traveling I am ready to buckle down and work on my nutrition. I am in the habit of getting my 30 minute workout in a day, but don’t want to undo all of that hard work in the kitchen!

Here is an easy recipe that takes steal cut oats (or yogurt) from drab to fab.

1/2 banana
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp of water

Heat oil in non stick pan and add sliced bananas
Once browned flip gently and add teaspoon of honey and water
Let bubble for 30 seconds or so and pour over Oatmeal or Greek Yogurt



20140603-062509-23109361.jpgInterested in finding out more about the 21 Day Fix or joining a challenge group? Fill out this simple form below:



Sweet Potato ||paleo|| Hashbrowns


Here is a simple recipe for sweet potato hash-browns

1 sweet potato, peeled
1 small onion diced
2 tsp olive oil
Dash of Cayenne Pepper (optional)

1. Grate sweet potato
2. Heat olive oil in the pan and sauté onions until soft
3. Add sweet potatoes, stir to combine, sprinkle with spices, then cover and cook on medium for about 5 minutes until tender.
4. If you want yours extra crispy stir and let brown after you remove the lid.






Peanut Butter Strawberry Shakeology


Most mornings I try and get my workout in before my little people rise and shine. If they are still sleeping I break out my shaker cup instead of the blender. Here is another great recipe that tastes great without the blender.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shakeology

8 ounces unsweetened almond milk or water
1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology
1-3 tsp of PB2 (depending on how much peanut butter flavor you enjoy)
6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in shaker cup or blender
Combine and enjoy!

20140526-082933-30573460.jpgIf you are interested in more information on Shakeology or a Challenge Group fill out the form below:



Almond Joy Shakeology


Our blender gets quite a bit of daily use and this week I had to order a replacement jar. No blender? No problem! I have been trying different Shakeology recipes that you can prepare in a shaker cup and have found a couple that are becoming my new favorites.

Almond Joy Shakeology

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
8 ounces un sweetened almond milk
1 tsp. Almond Extract
1 tsp. coconut oil (see picture below, I found this at my local warehouse club)
6 cubes of ice

1. Place all Ingredients in shaker cup
2. Shake
3. Enjoy!


20140524-081240-29560715.jpgInterested in more information on the Shakeology, the 21 Day Fix, or joining a challenge group?  Fill out the form below:




21 Day Fix ||paleo|| Roasted Sweet Potatoes


During this round of the 21 Day Fix I am trying to stick to a more Paleo Style which so far has been easier than I thought. Instead of my brown rice or quinoa each day I am swapping it out for sweet potatoes.


Here is a yummy recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 Sweet Potatoes Washed

2 tsp Olive Oil

2 tsp of Raw Honey

Salt and Pepper

Dash of Cayenne Pepper (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Chop sweet potatoes into cubes

3. Combine sweet potatoes, oil, honey, & spices in a medium sized bow and stir until potatoes are evenly coated.

4. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread sweet potato cubes on cookies sheet making sure there is one layer.

5. Bake for 35 minutes or until fork tender, stirring occasionally during cooking.


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Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference


imageI recently made the decision to become a Coach with Beachbody. You know, the company that brought P90X along? They have SO many programs and coaching has changed my life. I’m happier and healthier than I have EVER been.

A few months ago my tank ran out of gas. I am a mother of four, homeschooling while working part-time and being in college full time. My days were fueled by energy drinks and Starbucks, but I was still barely making it by. During my late night study sessions and paper writing it was like I was experiencing the “freshman fifteen” all over again. I knew something had to change.

I saw advertisement for the 21 Day Fix and because the fastest way to get it was to sign up as a coach I jumped on board knowing I would enjoy the discount on Shakeology. Within those 21 days big changes were happening in my life. Eating clean and exercising were transforming my body all with the help of Shakeology. Cravings went down and my energy went up. I knew right away that this was something I wanted to share with the people around me that I loved. I wanted to become more than just a coach for the discount.

I am a Beachbody coach not from selling, but by sharing my own journey and inspiring and helping others in their own.
It is a win win situation for me – I am getting into the best shape of my life while helping others.


What does coaching look like for me? I wake up, spend 30 minutes or less getting my workout in, have my Shakeology, and hop onto Facebook to reach out to my challengers, contribute to the accountability and support groups I’m in. I love motivating other people and hearing daily from people who have the SAME goals as I do.


I have NEVER been surrounded by such supportive and positive people before!


I am looking for TWO motivated people to mentor and who want to take advantage of this AMAZING opportunity!
Here are a few things to take into consideration.
1. You MUST be willing to get into the best shape of your life with one of Beachbody’s many programs and Shakeology
2. Read 10 minutes a day of personal development. Any book that you like is fine, but I can also provide recommendations
3. Be ready to put yourself outside of your comfort zone, But i promise it’ll be worth it!
4. You will get out of this what you put in.
All I ask in return is that you meet me half way and want, work towards, and believe in your success as much as I do.


Now my Starbucks is a fun treat to enjoy, not a necessity to make it through my day. I smiled today at my cup because this is my life motto right now!

“Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.”

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Shakeology Recipes

At the beginning of March I knew I needed to make a change.  I was so run down even with lots of coffee and lots of energy drinks per day.  A friend told me about a challenge group where you commit to working out 30 minutes a day for 21 days while eating healthy and drinking one Shakeology per day.

I was pretty skeptical of the Shakeology, but since they offered a refund if I didn’t like I thought I could at least try it.  After just a few days I noticed my cravings gone. The need for Energy Drinks and even Coffee had vanished! My skin cleared up and my nails never looked better.  I could not believe it! I loved the results I was getting so much I ended up continuing working out and drinking Shakeology even after the challenge group was over.  In 21 days I lost 7 pounds and 16 inches.

Below are a couple of my favorite recipes using Shakeology, but my favorite part was that I could just drink it with water and ice if I was short on time.

You can find more info here about Shakeology and if you are interested in a challenge group email me at inspired simply at gmail dot com I will be honest – it is not cheap, but when you factor in that I haven’t had a Red Bull since February, I am off of all of my prescriptions, and have more energy to love on my family it pays for itself and then some. :)


 Peppermint Mocha “Frappe”

* 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology

* 8 ounces of black coffee, cooled

* 1 packet of stevia

* 2-3 DROPS of peppermint extract

* 6-8 ice cubes


Strawberry Lemonade

* 1 Scoop of Strawberry Shakeology

* 1 TBS of Lemon Juice,

* 1 tsp of pure Maple Syrup

* 8 ounces of water

* 6-8 ice cubes


Strawberry Chocolate Peanut Butter

*1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology

* 2 tsp of Chocolate PB2

* 8 ounces of water

* 6-8 ice cubes




Green Monster Smoothie

* 1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology

* 1/2 banana

* green container of spinach

* 2 tsp of PB2

* 8 ounces of water

* 6-8 cubes of ice






You will be most remembered by what brought you the most joy.

I will be remembered most for what brought me the most joy.

What will they remember?

Joy in the Lord?

Joy in my comfort?

Joy in their obedience?

Joy in a clean floor?

Joy in the gifts?

Joy in the giver?

Will they see joy in the mourning?

Will they see me fighting the good fight?

Will they see me singing in the evening?

Will they see me rejoice in hope?


And one day when they are in the valley I pray that they would {remember}


When you can’t see the {beauty} in the mess…

..or even a glimmer of hope in the darkness.

When you can’t imagine how these momentary afflictions are preparing you for a weight of eternal glory any more than you can imagine what you are making for dinner tonight.

When you don’t want to read that one of the primary purposes of being shaken by suffering is to make our faith more unshakeable.

When you can’t understand how this can work for your good.

When trials come wave after wave and you can’t swim, you can barely breathe.

When you are tired of being still and waiting.

When you feel like a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth between anger, guilt, condemnation, self-pity, anger, self-pity.

When you are afraid that you won’t hear His voice.

Be reminded: {and remind me}

God’s writing your story

and He never leaves you alone in your story,

and His perfect love absorbs all your fear

and His perfect grace carries all your burdens,

and your story is a happily ever after

because Christ bought your happily ever after

so you always know how this story ends:

You’re going to be okay.

“Our bad things turn out for good. Our good things can never be lost. And the best things are yet to come.” – Keller




856 days ago I opened a Christmas gift from my husband. Things were super strapped with our finances so we had a $25 budget. I also was super sick – pregnant with our 4th little one, suffering with a bad case of hypermesis. I had to be careful because the IV had to be in my hand because there was nowhere left to poke in my arms. The kids were all giggles because they had helped him search high and low for my gift.

A piggy bank – a pink one. Underneath was a small book. “Top 25 Things to do in Paris.” I smiled and just looked at Kyle. He told me that day we were going to make it happen.
And we did. Slowly but surely. Scrimped and saved. Lots of coins, lots.
Then when I turned 30, a surprise birthday party. My gifts were monies to put towards this trip. It was a lot, enough to pay for the flat we are on our way to right now. :)
When the economy was tanking, Kyle got a promotion at his job. And then a bonus. Can you believe it?
Honestly, I just want everyone reading this to know how much I appreciate how you have loved us and dreamed with us. It’s made it that much sweeter.
I get to go to Paris with my best friend. :)

au revior

Healthy Thanksgiving

A Simply Healthy Thanksgiving

Healthy ThanksgivingHere is a round up of Healthy Thanksgiving Menu ~ you may not want to replace your whole menu this year, but I encourage you to try one of these recipes and see how you like it!


Citrus Turkey

This roast turkey is basted in a delicious citrus, garlic, and herb sauce.

Total Time: 4 hrs.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 2 hrs, 45 min. to 3hrs., 15 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 4 oz. each

1 (12 lb.) fresh turkey (neck, heart, and gizzard removed)
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. finely chopped lemon peel
2 Tbsp. finely chopped orange peel
½ cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
½ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. paprika
1½ tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1½ tsp. dried oregano leaves
1½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Position rack in the lower third of the oven.
2. Place oil, lemon peel, orange peel, broth, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
3. Place turkey breast-side up on rack in roasting pan. Rub turkey with half of prepared dressing, including under the skin and inside the cavity. Reserve remaining dressing for basting.
4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until skin is golden brown. Remove turkey from oven and cover breast with aluminum foil.
5. Return turkey to oven. Reduce heat to 350° F. Bake, brushing turkey with remaining dressing every hour, for an additional 2 to 2½ hours or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165° F. 6. Transfer turkey to a large serving platter and cover with foil. Let turkey stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Citrus-herb roasted turkey recipe nutrition information and meal plan portions


Green Bean Casserole

Total Time: 55 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 40 min.
Yield: 8 servings

5 Tbsp. whole wheat purpose flour, divided use
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 medium onion, (½ onion thinly sliced, ½ onion chopped), divided use
3 tsp. olive oil, divided use
8 oz sliced mushrooms
½ tsp. onion powder
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stems discarded
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ cup nonfat milk
2 Tbsp. dry sherry wine
1 lb. frozen French-cut green beans
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Combine 2 Tbsp. flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Add sliced onion; mix until well coated. Set aside.
4. Heat 2 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
5. Add sliced onion mixture; cook, turning once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel. Set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
6. Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
7. Add chopped onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
8. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid released from mushrooms is almost completely evaporated.
9. Add remaining 3 Tbsp. flour, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until vegetables are coated.
10. Add milk and sherry; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly thickened.
11. Add green beans; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
12. Add yogurt; mix until combined.
13. Place green bean mixture in casserole dish. Top with onion mixture.
14. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly.

Calories Green Bean Casserole


Sweet Potatoes

Total Time: 35 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 6 servings, about ½ cup each

2 lbs. medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into cubes
Hot water
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt), divided use
1 cup canned lite coconut milk, warm, divided use
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme, reserve a small amount for garnish
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

1. Place sweet potatoes in medium saucepan. Cover with water. Add ¼ tsp. salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat. Drain water from sweet potatoes and place in a medium bowl.
2. Add ½ cup coconut milk; mash with a potato masher.
3. Add additional coconut milk 2 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Season with thyme, remaining ¼ tsp. salt, and pepper; mix well.
4. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Cranberry Sauce

Total Time: 25 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

½ cup 100% orange juice
½ cup unsweetened apple juice
1 tsp. finely chopped orange peel
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1 (12 oz) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup chopped raw pecans
½ cup raisins
⅔ cup canned crushed pineapples, packed in juice
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1. Bring orange juice, apple juice, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add cranberries. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, for about 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Add pecans, raisins, and pineapple; cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from heat.
4. Add maple syrup; mix well.
5. Cool before serving.

Spiced cranberry sauce recipe nutrition information and meal plan portions


Quinoa Stuffing

Total Time: 42 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 27 min.
Yield: 16 servings, ⅔ cup each

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 medium celery stalks, chopped (about 4 cups)
2 medium green apples, with peel (about 2 cups)
4 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
2 cups dry quinoa, rinsed
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup pine nuts

1.Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
3. Add celery and apple; cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender.
4. Add broth, quinoa, salt, cumin, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, for 15 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
5. Add cranberries. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
6. Add cilantro and pine nuts; fluff with fork and serve.

Calories in Quinoa Stuffing


Pumpkin Pie

Total Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients for Pie Crust:
1 cup quick-cooking old-fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup ground raw almonds
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or raw honey)
¼ tsp. sea salt
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. water

Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ cup maple syrup (or raw honey)
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. sea salt
⅔ cup evaporated nonfat milk

For Pie Crust:
1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
2. Combine oats, flour, almonds, maple syrup, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; mix well.
3. Add oil to oat mixture; mix well. If needed, add water to hold mixture together.
4. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light brown.

For Pie:
1. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F.
2. Combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and milk; mix until just blended.
4. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared pie crust. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

make merry(1)I am running a Make Merry Fitness Challenge between Thanksgiving and Christmas with more tips and accountability so that you can have a Healthy Holiday but enjoy it as well! Click HERE for more information and to apply to join.


All recipes courtesy of Team Beachbody