Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Road Trip Survival Guide

Just the thought of embarking on a cross country road trip can sound overwhelming for many & can invoke images of National Lampoon's Vacation.  Thoughts of meals from fast food joints & snacks from truck stop vending machines make my stomach hurt just thinking about it.

But instead of feeling defeated before the trip even starts, I am going into the journey with a PLAN! 

*I will prepare healthy snacks that we can pack in our cooler & bags to minimize desperate searches for food in random locations.

*I will stop at roadside stands / farmers markets along the way to replenish fresh fruits & veggies.

*I will pack balls, Frisbees, & other items to get my kids & I moving when we are at a rest stop.

I will share my best prep tips & hacks as we prepare for the journey.  Then you can join us as we begin our trek across the country - see how we incorporate wacky roadside workouts, seek out healthy eats at restaurants, & beat road trip boredom.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Avocado Lime Salad Dressing

Talk about the perfect summer dinner...this hit the spot! Grilled chicken on a bed of mixed greens & our favorite veggies. But the best part was this quick & easy dressing that I whipped up in the blender. It was so creamy & decadent that it tasted like I was cheating...but it was chocked full of HEALTHY fat & fresh flavor.
Avocado Lime Dressing
1 ripe avocado
the juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic
3-4 fresh cilantro leaves (or more if you really like cilantro)
1 tsp. sea salt
black pepper to taste

✔️Put all ingredients except oil into the blender & pulse to incorporate. Scrape down sides with a spatula.
✔️Turn blender on & stream in olive oil. Blend until smooth.
✔️Taste test to see if the dressing requires more seasoning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice

This heaping bowl of "fried rice" is actually perfectly portioned & totally healthy. No need to sacrifice flavor or feel hungry when you are eating clean.

Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 cup riced cauliflower* (see directions below on how to rice cauliflower)
1 cup vegetables of your choice (I used diced carrots & green bell peppers)...
1 tsp. coconut oil
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 grinds of black pepper
1 tsp. liquid aminos (a natural, healthy soy sauce alternative)

~In a large skillet melt coconut oil on medium high heat.
~Sauté diced vegetables & put a lid on the pan to allow them to steam & soften for a minute.
~Add the riced cauliflower & return the lid to the pan for a few more minutes, until all vegetables have softened. Stir occasionally.
~Add eggs & spices. Mix well & cook until eggs are cooked through.
~Add liquid aminos. Stir well & serve!

This would also taste great with some grilled chicken or shrimp, but is totally tasty & filling all on its own.
For you 21 Day Fixers out there this would be 2 greens, 1 red, & 1 teaspoon.

*Riced Cauliflower
-Rinse & dry one head cauliflower
-Use a food processor with the grating attachment or a box grater to grate the cauliflower
-If you have excess liquid pat it dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel.
-Season with your favorite herbs & spices. I used a simple mix of sea salt, black pepper, & garlic powder.
-Sauté in a large skillet on medium heat with 1 tsp. coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Place a lid on top to allow the cauliflower to steam & become tender (approximately 5 minutes). Stir occasionally.

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Coco Mocha Almond Shakeology

How am I celebrating my 4 year FITiversary?!?!
✔️kick-a$$ workout
✔️opening up 10 additional spots in my Simple Summer Solutions accountability group (comment below or send me a personal message for details)
✔️Coco Mocha Almond Shakeology
Totally glamorous, I know!  Healthy living & being a Fit Momma of Four isn't always glamorous, but it is surely something that I will continue to do for as long as the good Lord allows.
Coco Mocha Almond Shakeology
5 coffee ice cubes (strong coffee frozen in an ice cube tray)
8 oz water
6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Blend & indulge!

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Avocado & Chick Pea Spread

Avocado & Chick Pea Spread
1 ripe avocado
1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans) drained & rinsed ...
the juice of 2 lemons
1 clove fresh garlic
sea salt & pepper to ta

Combine all ingredients in the food processor & blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides occasionally, as needed.

I spread mine on a slice of toasted sprouted grain bread & added bell pepper rings & mixed greens for some crunch. YUM! This may be my new favorite lunch.