Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Transformation Tuesday - Shout out to my girl, Judy!

Have you met my friend Judy?  Just a little over a year ago I was chatting with Judy about her goals to get into a regular exercise routine, cook healthier meals for her family, and drop a few pounds.  Judy had tried many things on her own, but needed some accountability buddies to keep her going day in & day out.  

Judy wasn't sure about joining a challenge group at first.  But I reassured her that everyone participating in the group was there for a common purpose - to improve their health & to support & motivate one another.  I told Judy that the group would be run in a closed Facebook group, so she did not have to share her trials & tribulations with the world, just the other group members & me, her coach.

Judy decided to go for it!  She liked the idea of learning about clean eating & weekly meal planning.  She was excited about the support & comradeship of the group.  Judy decided to try out Shaun T's Hip Hop Abs & Rockin' Body workouts (because who doesn't love dancing & having a good time while getting your sweat on!).  She started eating clean & replaced one meal a day with Shakeology.  There were ups & there were downs along the road, but Judy was starting to reap the benefits of her new, healthier lifestyle!  

One year & several challenge groups later Judy is continuing to exercise one a regular basis. She knows how to balance healthy eating & a little indulgence now & again.  Judy not only looks AMAZING, but she feels GREAT too!  She is setting a healthy example for her sons & rocking any outfit she chooses.  

I am over-the-moon PROUD of this sweet, caring lady.  Keep up the great work Judy!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to pick the accountability group that will help you get healthy & stay on track this fall

There are lots of choices in life ... Coffee or tea, left or right, door one or door two, weights or cardio... 
This month I also have lots of options for folks looking for a support system to help get healthy & stay on track this season. 

Healthier by Halloween is a 21 day accountability & support group to get healthy habits in place with clean eating & daily exercise to get your holiday season started with healthy habits.   Everyone in this group will be using the 21 Day Fix fitness & nutrition program to learn about clean eating, proper portion sizes, and get moving with fun, 30 minute workouts.  
We just started prep week for this group on Oct. 13, so there is still time to join & not miss a beat!

 Boo-tiful Bodies are Built in October is a 60 day health & fitness challenge where you will learn about clean eating, incorporate regular exercise, & get the support & motivation you need to have a super-healthy autumn.  I will help you select the workout program that will best fit your needs & goals during this group.  I provide healthy meal plans & recipes for you to try, daily tips, motivation, support, & accountability. We'll work together to keep our hands out of the candy dish this Halloween & beyond!

Healthy Harvest Clean Eating group is a 30 day journey where you will learn how to incorporate clean eating habits into your lifestyle, make healthy meal plans, share clean eating recipes, and learn how to keep your eating on track over the holiday eating season. 

You cannot go wrong no matter what you chose, but which one will work best for YOU? Not sure? Submit an application below. I will contact you, answer all your questions, & get you set up for success!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken & White Bean Soup

This soup was so good that I am psyched to eat the left-overs today!!  The entire family enjoyed it & hubby went back for seconds. 

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 large carrots, peeled & cut into rounds
2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
**2 cans of cannallini (white kidney) beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups baby spinach
1 large onion, chopped
1 - 32oz. box low-sodium chicken stock
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbls. curry powder
1 clove fresh garlic, minced OR 2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. sea salt

**To give the soup a creamy texture put one can of the cannallini beans in the blender with a little water or chicken stock & puree until smooth. Whisk together with chicken stock.

Add all ingredients, EXCEPT the spinach, to the crock pot & cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  

3-3 1/2 hours through the cooking process pull out the chicken breasts & cut into bite-sized pieces.  
I find this keeps the chicken moist & delicious.
 Return chicken to the crock pot & stir into the soup.  Add the spinach to the soup at this time as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Banana & Oats Trail Mix Cookies

In truth these cookies came about because my toddler peeled all the bananas left in the fruit bowl yet turned out to be a delightful treat.

My little helper already peeled the bananas so I just had to mash them up & he helped me mix up all the ingredients.

~3 ripe bananas, mashed

~1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

~1/2 cup almond, cashew, & dried cranberry trail mix 
(I used the Archers Farm brand from Target)

~1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

After mixing all the ingredients well I used my mini scooper to make perfectly portioned cookies.  You could also use a rounded tablespoon.

I placed the cookies on a cookie sheet & baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.