Paleo (Grain Free) Hot Breakfast Cereal

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So I am integrating grains out of my nutrition plan for the time being to see how I respond and I combined literally four different recipes I found on Pinterest to what I had on hand. I made this on Monday and reheated the second portion today and it was just as good! It has Paleo and Whole 30 compliant ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup whole raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp clarified butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium apple, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 c. – 2 cups unsweetened almond milk ( you could use coconut milk)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. In a quart mason jar, add the nuts and coconut flakes. Add enough filtered water to the jar to cover nuts and coconut by one inch. Add a pinch of salt and cover. Allow the nuts to soak at least 7-8 hours or overnight. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
  2. Once soaking time is completed, drain the nuts and coconut flakes in a colander; making sure to rinse them well until water runs clear.
  3. Add the nuts and coconut flakes to the bowl of a food processor. Then, add the banana (break the banana in pieces and add to the top of the nuts).
  4. Pulse the nuts and banana mixture until it forms a fine nut meal, making sure to stop and scrape down the bowl as needed for an even texture. Then, remove bowl from food processor and set aside. (Please note: The more you pulse the less texture your oatmeal will have.)
  5. Add oil or butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped apple and nutmeg to the pan and sauté the apples until they begin to soften.
  6. Next, add the almond milk, cinnamon and raisins. Then add the banana-nut meal mixture. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
  7. Bring the “cereal” to a gentle simmer and cook for about 5-6 minutes until it’s thick and creamy. Cook a little longer for softer texture. Makes four servings.

 

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Electronic Declutter

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Time to declutter electronically! So maybe you’ve been through your house and decluttered your kitchen counters and underneath your bathroom sink, but now its time to clear the clutter on your computer and/or mobile device!

Here are the top three things you can do to help Clear the Clutter that I learned from Lara Casey!

This is a project that can take more than a day! If you are like me you may need a few days to accomplish so here we go:

#1 Clear the clutter on your computer desktop. If this is overwhelming, start small. Just three tiny action steps forward today: close all browser windows and all programs, make folders, drag clutter into appropriate folders OR trash it.

#2 Pair down your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter feeds so that when you do view them, they are full of inspiring, encouraging content that fuels you to be your best. Everything we read seeps into our subconscious.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. – Unknown

#3 Unsubscribe, unsubscribe, unsubscribe. You don’t need every newsletter known to man. It’s inbox clutter! How much of the email you complain about is actual email? Gut it.Especially shopping ones! You just got rid of a bunch of stuff! You don’t need to buy more!

#4 Turn off email notifications and all SMS notifications from Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, too. Do you really need an email about every “like” and a text message tweet distracting you from your real work? No. I only get emails for direct messages, so I can reply via email if needed. Also consider taking the Facebook App off of your phone. You will be less likely to scroll mindlessly throughout the day!

 

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21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan Week Three

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So if I had to grade myself on nutrition/workouts for last week it would be about a C-. I do not even have a good reason. I thought about just throwing in the towel, but I think I have it in me to finish well. I decided to take some time today and tomorrow to plan and prep meals and schedule in my workouts. So here I am being real and I am just going to go for it!

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of this weeks meal plan and see below for some of the recipes!

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Egg Cups – Chop vegetables for the Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups (¾ onion, 1½ cup kale, 1½ red bell peppers). Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add all veggies to the pan and stir, cooking until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Crack six eggs into a bowl and whisk. Coat a large muffin tin with nonstick spray. Fill nine of the muffin cups with vegetables. Use a large spoon to cover the vegetables with eggs, adding a little bit at a time, until each cup is almost full. Top each with 1 Tbsp. crumbled feta (optional). Place in the oven and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, until eggs are just set. Remove from oven and allow to cool; when cool, gently remove the egg muffins from the pan. Divide the egg muffins between three food containers, and place in the fridge. To reheat, microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or warm in a toaster over for 5 minutes


Greek Yogurt Bowls –  To each, add ¾ cup 2% Greek yogurt, 1 cup mixed fresh berries, and ¼ tsp. cinnamon

Herbed Yogurt Dip – In a small bowl mix 9 oz. (a little more than 1 cup) of  2% plain greek yogurt, 2 tsp. dried oregano (or salt-free Italian seasoning), 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil, and any other dried spices you want, like ½ tsp. dried thyme or dill, garlic powder, onion powder, a dash of paprika. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chop ½ red bell pepper and one yellow bell pepper. Serve 3 oz. of dip with one cup of chopped bell peppers and baby carrots


Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowls – Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to a pan over medium heat, place 12 oz. ground turkey in the pan, and stir frequently until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, 1 tsp. ground cumin and 1 tsp. chili powder (or salt-free taco seasoning mix). Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Divide turkey mixture evenly between three food containers. Add ½ cup black beans (drained and rinsed), ½ cup quinoa, ½ cup salsa or pico de gallo, and top with 1 Tbsp. cilantro and 1/4 avocado (optional) I put mine over butter lettuce.



Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese – Set out three food storage containers. Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash out of its skin (see note on a suggestion on how to cook spaghetti squash) Add 1 cup of squash to each container. Freeze any remaining squash for a future week. Wash the pan used for the Seasoned Turkey meat and place it over medium heat; coat it with nonstick spray. Add 6 oz. ground beef and three cloves of chopped garlic to the pan and season with salt and pepper; stir frequently until the meat is no longer pink. Add 1½ cup tomato sauce and 1 tsp. dried oregano (or salt-free Italian seasoning), and cook two minutes more. Top each serving of spaghetti squash with equal amounts of sauce (about ¾ cup), 2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan, and 1 tsp. fresh basil. Place in refrigerator. When ready to eat, heat in a microwave or in a pan on the stovetop for two minutes.

Note: Heat oven to 400° F. Carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half and scrape out and discard the seeds. Arrange the spaghetti squash face down in a glass baking dish. Fill the dish with just enough water to cover the bottom. Place in oven for 30-45 minutes, or until squash is tender and the skin can be easily pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.


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2017 Book List

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Here are the books that I am going to try to read in 2017. Having one book per month seems like a decent goal for me considering during the semester I could have hundreds of pages of reading as an assignment for school.

Last year I only read like two books and when I looked back I realize that I never made a list to reference or help hold me accountable to here it goes. I plan on updating as I finish!

Uninvited – January

Simply Tuesday

Twelve Week Year – March

Fringe Hours – February

Impactivity

Present over Perfect

Wild & Free

Magnolia Story

Grace not Perfection

Savor – this is a devotional so after I finish the one I am doing now I will pick this up

Mingling of Souls

Grit

Sacred Parenting – I’ve read this before but it is one of my favorites and I thought this year would be a good time to re-read

Any Titles that I am missing? What is on your list?

Chipotle’s Online Meal Planning Tool

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So its the new year and you are trying to eat __________ fill in the blank (vegan, paleo, dairy free, etc.) But you LOVE Chipotle. It’s YOUR LIFE 😉

 

Well you are in luck because today Chipotle launched a special online tool so whether you are lower calorie, lower fat, lower sodium, lower carb, high protein, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo, or no added sugar you can see at a glance what is a “GO FOR IT” or  “NO GO”

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There is even a nutrition calculator that you can use to build your item so you know exactly the nutrition info for your unique Chipotle fix.  So what’s your favorite? And yes, I know the guac is extra! 🙂

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Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

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This is one of my favorite Crock Pot Recipes that I adapted to make in the Instant Pot one day because I forgot to make it in the crockpot that morning!

Ingredients:
1½ lbs. chicken breasts (I used four)
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa (look for one without sugar)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
½ lb. (8 oz.) frozen corn
1 Tbsp chili powder
½ Tbsp cumin
½ Tbsp minced garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp salt and cracked pepper to taste
2 cups dry rice or quinoa
8 oz. shredded cheddar or pepperjack
½ bunch cilantro (optional)

Instructions:
1. Add everything except the rice, cheese, and cilantro to the slow cooker along with
¼ cup of water (for good measure). Give everything a good stir and make sure the
chicken is covered in the mixture. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on
low for 8 hrs. (Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice or
quinoa according to the package directions)

FOR THE INSTANT POT FOLLOW THE SAME DIRECTIONS EXCEPT SET ON MANUAL FOR 15 MINUTES and let natural pressure release for 5-10 minutes

2. After 8 hours of cooking, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Stir with a
fork to shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily).

Serving Suggestions:
Place rice on the bottom, then the taco chicken mix, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro.
Serve over chopped romaine, if desired.

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21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan Week One

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Today starts Day ONE of the 21 Day Fix Extreme! I am super excited to get back into it and to complete a strength training program! It has been a really long time since I have picked up weights and I miss them. I have decided to use a countdown to competition meal plan which is a form of carb cycling that I will do along with intermittent fasting. It is lots of yummy and simple food but does not cut out grains completely which keeps me sane! You can download a version of my PDF meal plan HERE 21-day-fix-extreme-meal-plan-week-one

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How to Choose Your Word of the Year


Have you ever sat down and choose a WORD OF THE YEAR?

Your WORD OF THE YEAR ties into your why and what you want your focus for the upcoming year.

What word resonates with YOU – YOUR VISION – YOUR PURPOSE?

What do you want before you?

It can be something you have faith for for the new year. Research words that have meaning to you.

Write your word here in the comments – let’s encourage each other in making 2017 purposeful!

Then, write that word in prominent places so you are reminded of your focus this year. Put it on a post it in your car. Put it on a post it on your fridge. Make it your computer or phone desktop/lock screen.

Write it anywhere and everywhere to remind you of where you are going!

Here are (just a few) 😉 examples of WORDS OF THE YEAR to help get the gears turning!

Accept

Acceptance

Achieve

Add

Adventure

Align

All in

Allow

Anchor

Awe

Balance

Be

Begin

Believe

Better

Bloom

Bold

Boundaries

Brave

Breathe

Bright

Build

Capture

Care

Celebrate

Challenge

Change

Cherish

Choose

Comeback

Committed

Compassion

Complete

Completion

Compose

Connect

Courage

Create

Cultivate

Decrease

Delight

Devote

Discipline

Do

Dwell

Embody

Embrace

Emerge

Enjoy

Enough

Experience

Experiment

Explore

Faithful

Flourish

Fly

Focus

Forge

Forward

Fountain

Free

Freedom

Fresh

Future

Generous

Gently

Give

Go

Goals

Grace

Grow

Habit

Happiness

Happy

Heart

Home

Honest

Immersion

Intention

Intentional

Intrepid

Invest

Journey

Joy

Learn

Less

Light

Listen

Love

Magic

Make

Margin

Meaningful

Mercy

Mindful

Mindfulness

Moment

More

Move

Must

Myself

Nourish

Nurture

Open

Order

Patience

Peace

Persevere

Play

Positive

Practice

Prayer

Prepare

Present

Progress

Purge

Purpose

Quiet

Reduce

Refresh

Release

Renew

Renovate

Reset

Revive

Rise

Saba (Hebrew for “to be satisfied”)

Seek

Selah

Self-love

Share

Shine

Show up

Simple

Simplify

Sing

Smile

Solace

Soul

Space

Sparkle

Speak

Strengthen

Strive

Strong

Surrender

Thrive

Time

Treasure

True

Trust

Understand

Value

Wander

Wellness

Whole

Wholehearted

Wild

Wisdom

Work

Wow

Instant Pot Paleo Cabbage Roll Soup

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The best thing I’ve made in the Instant Pot ~ BUT you can also make this in the crockpot!

It seriously was AMAZING ~ below the recipe is a fun live demonstration I did on Facebook!

Ingredients

1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2-1 lb spicy ground pork (if you don’t like things spicy just use regular)
2 c. of cauliflower crumbles or rice (or 3/4 c. of brown rice)
1 medium cabbage, core removed and diced into bite size pieces
2 (14.5 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes, un-drained
2-4  tbsp tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp oil

Instructions

Turn the pressure cooker on to the “saute” method. Wait until the display reads “hot”
Add a tbsp oil  add in the ground pork and beef and brown Then and the onions. Sauté about 2 minutes or so and add the garlic.
Add the rest of the ingredients: Cauliflower (or rice), chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, seasonings
Stir together to mix well, put the lid on and seal the valve… Set for 12 minutes on manual (or 20 min. if you use brown rice)
I did a quick release of the pressure after 12 minutes and it was perfect!

NOTE: If you want to make this in a crockpot simply brown meat, onions and garlic on the stove top and then add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for three hours or low for six hours

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The Power of No & Purpose Driven Priorities

free-5-day-clean-eating-meal-plan-grocery-listWith the holidays comes events, parties, and festivities. More social engagements means trying to fit it all in and that’s where prioritizing can be important especially if your goal is to stay active and healthy during the holidays. Of course, the holidays are a special time of year meant to celebrate friends and family, but we’re not talking about a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence here. My goal is to grow in the area of living on purpose.

Christmas may come but once a year, but it comes every single year without fail. If you’re too busy to participate in every party or family tradition this year, don’t worry. There’s always next year!

Ask yourself some questions:

What are you saying no to by saying yes?

What are you saying yes to by saying no?

How can you simply the season?

Is your goal to live on purpose or for things to be perfect?

This same kind of thinking can also help you make healthier decisions when it comes to holiday eating. Yes, your aunt’s gingerbread cookies are delicious, but you can enjoy a couple every year instead of feeling like you have to eat the whole tin all at once. Sweet talk her into giving you the recipe, and, even if you never get around the baking them, you’ll know that you can have your favorite treat anytime you want.

The word no is also extremely powerful and liberating. It’s tempting to say yes to every invitation and every opportunity to volunteer during the holidays. But you’ll enjoy the parties and other events more if you pick and choose the ones that are closest to your heart. There’s no need to lie or to explain why you can’t participate. Simply say, “I’m sorry. I already have plans for that time.”

Whether your plan is to make time for exercise or simply to get some needed rest, don’t feel obligated to take on more than you can. This can be quite challenging, though. Force yourself to practice saying no in small ways. For example, try politely refusing a cookie from a well-meaning coworker. Seek to give up the fear of not pleasing everyone.

Trim your to-do list; many tasks are small enough to drop or delegate. If the apple pie is from the bakery instead of homemade, no one will care. Shifting your focus away from yourself helps neutralize stress too. Enlist the kids to round up canned goods to bring to a food pantry. It sets a great example for your family and activities like that make the season more about giving then getting.

Beachbody Health Bet 2.0

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CHEERS!!!! 2017 is just around the corner! Time to start fresh!!! One of the first areas people look to make a change is their fitness, but sometimes its tough to stick with it after a week or two. Would you be motivated to keep going and get results in your fitness if it meant your participation would qualify you for an equal share of a cash prize pool!??!

During the month of January Beachbody is actually hosting a Health Bet, BUT the best part is you don’t have to put up ANY of your own money!!! AND they’re handing out over $2,000,000 in cash prizes to anyone who participates in a coach-led accountability group in the My Challenge Tracker App and meets the minimum requirements of the challenge!

We had another one of these back in September, and it went SO well and helped SO many people start and complete programs that Beachbody decided they just HAD to host another! Only this time around, the pot is even bigger, which means the payout will be even BIGGER too!!!

Any of my challengers who join me in our streamlined CHALLENGE APP in the month of January & participate in a home workout program + Shakeology is eligible for the HEALTH BET CHALLENGE!!

HERE are the rules:

During my Cheers to 2017 challenge group you must:

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Commit to a Beachbody home workout
Pick your Shakeology superfood smoothie flavor
Log your workout on the app 3+ days a week
Log a minimum of FIVE Shakeologies every week WITH a picture attached!

Have a valid first name, last name, email, and mailing address on your Team Beachbody account!

 

Coolest part? You don’t have to pay to enter like a “Diet Bet
Oh also ~ You AND your significant other can join my challenge together – BOTH log your stuff – and BOTH be eligible to share the prize pool.

Other coolest part?
THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THROUGH WILL GET THE REWARD!!!!

We know how this sometimes goes. People hear “CASH PRIZE” & they’re all like “SIGN ME UP” – but when it comes to following through & doing the work – there is only going to be a percentage of us left standing… am I right!?!! That prize pool just got a lot bigger for YOU and you’re reaching your health & wellness goals at the SAME TIME!

Basically… would you invest in yourself & COMMIT TO WHAT MATTERS — your health?

Grab your hubby.
Grab your aunt.
Grab your sister.
WHOEVER – and let’s get you set up!!

You can stream your workouts on your phone, do it at home, bring it to the gym, do it in a hotel, get your whole family involved, do an intense workout, commit to low impact or dance cardio, yoga, start small, or go big. REALLY no excuses. No matter what your goal is – I can help you find a fantastic program to commit to. I will also be there to support you with meal plans and the tools for you to be succesful!

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To register fill out this form: HERE

I want to allow for as many people as possible in this group – so let’s get our friends on board & tackle some healthy and wellness goals at the beginning of 2017

*If you’re already working with a coach – reach out to them!
**If I’m your coach & you are just ready to RE-commit, let’s do it!

Healthy Gingerbread Truffles


Tis the season for … Shakeology Gingerbread Truffles!

Make a batch, wrap some presents, turn on some Michael Buble Christmas music and enjoy!

Ingredients:

¼ cup almond flour

¾ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. ground cloves

1¼ cups pitted dates, packed

Preparation:

1. Place almond flour, oats, Shakeology, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a food processor; pulse until mixture is the consistency of flour.

2. Add half of dates; pulse until well blended.

3. Add remaining dates; pulse until mixture forms a uniform dough.

4. Shape dough into eighteen walnut-sized balls; place in airtight container.

5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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Recipe via Beachbody Blog

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Advent: simplify Christmas by celebrating Christ

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“How much more of God there is to find when we are on the lookout, when we shape our ‘everyday’ and ‘especially’ around him.” – Noel Piper

Advent is near and dear to my heart. When my youngest was just a baby I had a passion to start our own Christmas traditions. Back then there wasn’t Pinterest and I think that was a blessing because I was forced to keep it simple!  Today I just wanted to share a few resources I have found over the years that have really made this time of year special for our family.

 

First of all I highly recommend reading the book Treasuring God in our Traditions. You can find a hard copy on Amazon or the publisher has made a PDF version for free HERE

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One of the main things I implemented from that book was a simple Advent Calendar. John Piper’s Wife Noel designed one that were were able to purchase but it is no longer available. You could google it to make your own or there is I found a DIY kit on Etsy HERE

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This tradition has become such a precious memory for all of our children, they all pretty much  know the story by heart.

If you are just starting out and need something that has little to no prep ahead of time consider using a reading plan for the Jesus Storybook Bible. I have read this to my littles and the best part about it is that it will speak to you as well. I promise.Jesus-Storybook-Bible-An-Advent-reading-plan.png

Another popular idea is a Jesse Tree, a tradition dating to Medieval Times that tells the story from Creation to the Christmas Story. You can find information and DIY instructions HERE

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Spell Out Loud posted about a “Names of Jesus” Advent Paper Chain that they use with their family. You can find instructions and and instructions HERE

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A great family devotional for Advent is Nancy Guthrie’s Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room This book is a helpful tool to bring your family together for a few moments each day in December amid the hustle and bustle of the season. (They have updated the cover since I purchased)

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Celebrating Advent is not just for children. My all time adult devotional is also from Nancy Guthrie titled Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. I read it each year and it is fresh and most days moves me to tears. I highly recommend it!

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The last thing I wanted to share with you is something that is new to our family this year, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas It is a book by Ann Voskamp with the Advent Tradition of the Jesse Tree. You can purchase the ornaments at Dayspring, but the book also offers a free link to download printable versions of them. It looks fantastic and I cannot wait to try it!

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I hope this post was helpful and not overwhelming to you. Do not try to do everything in this post! Choose one thing that sounds like it will be a blessing to your family based on their ages and what season you are in as a mom.

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DIY Gingerbread Playdough

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water, oil, and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough – Store in airtight container/bag

Cloud Bread

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I have seen this recipe posted all over the internets and have been meaning to try it. Since going grain free as of last week I needed something that could replace the gluten free tortillas I was having on occasion. These made a great sandwich today for lunch! Two clouds are the equivalent to 1/2 of a red container on the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 dash cream of tartar
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste)
  • ⅓ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 300° F.
  2. Lightly coat large baking sheet with spray. Set aside.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Place whites in a medium bowl. Place yolks in a separate medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat with a mixer on high until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Add salt and yogurt to egg yolks. Beat with a mixer on medium until blended.
  6. Gently fold ⅓ of egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Using a spoon, transfer a scoop of egg mixture onto prepared baking sheet, gently spreading into a thick pancake shape about 3 inches in diameter (I used mason jar ring molds). Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Bake for 25  minutes, or until golden brown and exterior is crispy to the touch. Immediately loosen cloud breads with a spatula; allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.

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5 Simple Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Simple Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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So we are a little over two weeks away from Christmas ~ how are you doing? Don’t give up!  Here are a few tips to help you finish 2015 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 13 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 Online Fitness Boot Camp of 2016. 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 2016 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

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Healthy Road Trip Snacks

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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!

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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.

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

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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 inspiredsimply@gmail.com or go to www.tinyurl.com/joinachallenge to register for more information.

Week One Recap HERE

Week Two Recap HERE

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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!

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

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.

For more clean, quick and family friendly recipes please feel free to check out my Facebook page HERE

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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!
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Ingredients:
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

This goes great with any salad like this one! Want more recipes and fit tips visit my Facebook Page

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Meal Prep Monday – Like A Boss

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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.

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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!

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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

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

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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!

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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

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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.

Recipe:

2 eggs

1 green container of spinach

splash of almond milk

salt/pepper

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

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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

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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!! Cauliflower-Tabbouleh-Tabouli-Salad-gourmandeinthekitchen.com-raw-vegan-paleo 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

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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!

FIRST WEEK OFJULY ONLY

Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken

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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

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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!

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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!
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If you are interested in more information on the 21 Day Fix along with my review and results click HERE Ready to apply for our next online fitness support group? Click HERE

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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
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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
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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!

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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

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Taco Salad with Black Beans and Colby Jack Cheese

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

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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
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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.

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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.
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21 Day Fix “Baked Ziti”

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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!

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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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

 

 

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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)

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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

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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.

Ingredients:

1 Green Container of Canned Pumpkin

1 Egg

2 tsp of pure maple syrup or stevia

1-2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

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!!!

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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

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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
Eggs
Lean Ground Turkey or Beef
Fish- Salmon & Tilapia
Turkey Breast
Veggie Burgers
Shakeology!
Fruits (Purple)
Apples
Bananas
Pears
Strawberries
Grapes
Oranges
Watermelon
Vegetables (Green)
Green Beans
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Spinach
Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Romaine Lettuce
Complex Carbohydrates (Yellow) 
Brown Rice
Quinoa
Oatmeal (not instant in the packet) Steel Cut Oats
Sweet Potatoes
Black Beans
Ezekiel Bread or Whole Grain Tortillas
Blue
Hummus
Raw Unsalted Almonds
Raw Unsalted Cashews
Feta Cheese
Avocado

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
Honey
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
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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.

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Joey Turns 11

Happy 11th Birthday Joey!

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You light up the world with your smile and make us all laugh so hard

I love how you will never let me carry anything

I love how you still take everything very literal

I love how extra hard you work at something that doesn’t come easy for you

I love that you want breakfast burritos for your birthday dinner

I love watching you build things and I love being your partner in pictionary

I love watching you love Jesus, your church and your family.

Happy Birthday buddy! Today is going to be fantastic and so much fun!

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Ginger Sesame Miso Dressing

I’m learning that making dressing is super easy to make – try this recipe for a change of pace! 

Ginger Sesame Miso Dressing

(Makes 8 servings, about 2 Tbsp. each)

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. miso paste
1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (great alternative to high-sodium Soy Sauce)

1/4 cup sesame oil (I used toasted sesame oil)

1 tsp. chopped ginger 

1/4 cup water

Directions: 

Place miso, vinegar, Bragg Liquid Aminos, oil, ginger, and water into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. 

Ultimate Reset Meal Plan and Meal Prep for Week One

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ultimate-reset-plan-week-one-copyI decided a few weeks ago to do the Ultimate Reset (more on my reasons and what it is exactly in another post) But since its Monday I wanted to share my meal plan for the week. Because of our schedule I decided to prep as much as possible before hand as well as keep my meals super simple. I took about an hour and forty five minutes. Mainly because I kept stopping to watch football and I also cleaned up as I went along. 🙂 You can download a PDF of the meal plan HERE

 

Breakfasts: Overnight Oatmeal Jars

Lunch M/W/F/Sat: Microgreens Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Avocado

Lunch T/Th/Sun: Quinoa Salad with Hummus and Baby Carrots

Snack Every Day: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology or Tropical Strawberry Shakeology

Dinner M/W/F/Sat: Lentil Lime Salad with Baked Sweet Potato and Miso Soup

Dinner T/Th/Sun: Stir-Fried Veggies with Baked Sweet Potato and Quinoa

 

This weeks Goals:

Drink a gallon of water each day

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

Phase out meat and dairy this week

Low impact workouts, yoga and walking.

 

If you want to check out info from the last time I completed the Ultimate Reset Click HERE

 

Here are the instructions for the Meal Prep:

Instructions:

1. Start by baking the sweet potatoes. Preheat oven to 450° F. Wash and scrub seven sweet potatoes. Pierce each one several times with a fork and place them on the center rack in your oven. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

2. A rice cooker will make quick work of cooking the quinoa, and will shut off automatically when it’s done. If you do not have a rice cooker, cook quinoa on the stovetop using this method. Cook 1½ cups quinoa in 3 cups water and then set aside to cool. To cool it quickly, remove it from the rice cooker or pan and spread it out on a baking sheet to expose more of its surface area.

3. If you bought dry lentils instead of pre-cooked, cook them next. Sort through the lentils to make sure there are no small stones, then rinse them in a colander under cool water. Bring 3½ cups water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat; add 2 cups dry lentils. Bring the back to a boil, cover the pot, and reduce heat to maintain a gentle boil for about 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Set aside to cool.

4. Make the vinaigrette. Place ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. parsley in small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

5. Next build the Microgreen Salad Jars.Use pre-chopped and shredded vegetables to save time. Set out four large Mason jars (or food storage containers). Add 2 Tbsp. dressing to the bottom of the jar (if you’re not using jars, reserve the dressing until just before serving). To each jar add ¼ cup chopped jicama, ¼ cup shredded carrot, ½ red bell pepper, ½ cucumber, ½ tomato, ¼ cup sprouts, 1 Tbsp. cilantro, and 3 cups salad greens. Cover and place in refrigerator.

6. Make the Stir-Fried Veggies. Add 1½ Tbsp. coconut oil and 1 Tbsp. sesame oil to a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add two chopped carrots and cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes. Add one cup broccoli and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for four minutes. Add one chopped red bell pepper and one chopped zucchini. Cook two to three minutes or until tender-crisp. Turn off heat. Add two Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos, and mix well. Set aside to cool. When stir-fried veggies have cooled, divide them evenly between four food storage containers. To each container add a baked sweet potato and one cup quinoa. Place in refrigerator.

7. I usually make miso soup just before eating it, but you can prepare a large batch for the week all at once. Bring eight cups of water to a boil, then turn off the heat. In a small bowl mix four Tbsp. of miso paste with ½ cup of the hot water until blended. Add the miso and water mixture to the pot along with ½ cup seaweed and four chopped green onions. Let cool. Stir well, then divide evenly between four food storage containers. Place in refrigerator.

8. When quinoa has cooled, prepare the Quinoa Salad. Combine 1½ cups cooked quinoa, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, salt to taste, Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste, and 3 Tbsp. lemon juice in a bowl and stir. Add 1½ chopped tomatoes, 1½ peeled and chopped cucumbers, ⅓ cup chopped olives, ⅓ cup parsley, and 3 Tbsp. mint. Stir gently to combine. Divide evenly between three food storage containers. Place in refrigerator. Serve with ⅓ cup hummus, 10 baby carrots, 8 cherry tomatoes, 10 slices red bell pepper, and 5 green beans.

9. When lentils have cooled, make the Lentil Lime Salad. Combine 4 cups lentils, 4 shredded carrots, 1 cup cilantro, 2 Tbsp. sesame oil, ½ cup lime juice, Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste, salt and cumin to taste. Toss gently to combine. Divide evenly between four food storage containers and place in refrigerator. Serve with a baked sweet potato, and two cups of miso soup.

10. Last, prepare the oatmeal jars. Set out seven pint-sized Mason jars. To each add ½ cup oats, ½ cup yogurt, 1 tsp stevia (if desired), and 1 cup berries. Cover and place in refrigerator. The oats will absorb the yogurt, and will become soft enough to eat. Serve cold.