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The Holidays are upon us. Once again it’s that time of year when we break the bank buying gifts, break our vows to NOT gain the Holiday 15, and inevitably, we end up breaking our belts (and possibly TONS of bulbs trying to untangle that God forsaken mess of Christmas lights)!
Although I can’t stop anyone (including myself) from buying ALL THE PRESENTS and/or cursing so loud as you hang those stupid lights that you scare off all of the neighborhood children, I can, however give you some really amazing tips and tricks that I have learned to help keep you from battling the holiday bulge. If you remember my post from last year Ooops, I Think I Did It Again, the “struggle was real” with me. I ate everything I could, drank all that I could and ended up in a food coma with nothing but crumbs on my face and a vague memory of the button popping off my pants. Gross. I learned my lesson last year and here is my SMART PLAN to help you fit into your pre Holiday pants in 2017. Click HERE to read more…..
Happy #TastyTuesday peeps! My life is now complete! After years of having the same post workout combo (protein power mixed with water and a 1/2 of a banana), I decided it was time to mix it up a bit. After what looked like a science experiment gone horribly wrong, I came up with this delicious goodness. I found the original recipe online and made some tweaks to make it my own.
- 1 scoop Apollo Pure Protein Powder in Molton Chocolate Lava
- 1 c. Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1/2 Frozen Banana
- 1/4 Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract
- 5-6 ice cubes
Blend in your handy dandy Ninja blender and enjoy!
This shake is a perfect post workout replenisher as is, but if you would like to make it more of a meal, make these modifications to make it more filling.
- Add: 1 T nut butter
- Add: 2 T uncooked oats
- Use: 1 frozen banana
But if you would like to jazz up this shake a bit, pick and choose what you you would like to add and make your own version.
- 1/2 c milk of your choice and 1/2 c cold coffee
- 1-2 T cocoa
- 1-2 T chia seeds
- 1 c spinach
- 1/4 c cottage cheese or plain greek yogurt
Happy #TastyTuesday! I’m just over here living the “basic girl” dream of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. This recipe has been my absolute favorite go-to snack lately and who can blame me? It is freaking delicious (and nutritious)! Pumpkin is an incredible source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. And with more potassium than a banana, pumpkin is a great post workout recovery food. Top a bar with natural nut butter for a healthy snack or serve with a spoonful of fresh whipped cream for a great dessert. I promise once you have tried these bars you will be excited to be “basic”.
- 1 c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 6 egg whites
- 2 t. vanilla
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (100 cal/20 g. protein per scoop)
- 4 T coconut flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t nutmeg
- 1/4 t ginger
- 2 packets of stevia
Mix until smooth and spread greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
Macros per serving: 142 cal | 20 g. pro | 2 g. fat | 12 g. carbs
Sorry, but this weather is right around the corner, so why not be prepared for a healthy version of chili BEFORE you are chilly? I got this amazing recipe from a client a few years ago and although I can totally wait for the cold weather that makes me crave warm, comfort food, I couldn’t wait to share this delicious recipe with you!
* 1 tablespoon EVOO
* 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (I use 1 small onion because I’m not a huge onion fan)
* 2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 2 15-ounce cans great northern beans, rinsed
* 1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
* 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
* 4 cups shredded cooked skinless turkey, or chicken
Heat oil in a large pot oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chilies, oregano, cumin and cayenne. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in beans and broth; bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Add turkey (or chicken); cook for 5 minutes more. Serve.
Do you ever feel like your workouts are stuck on replay? Like every time is the same? Go to the gym. Find your same treadmill, or find your same dumbbells. Put your headphones on. Put the same playlist on. Run the same 3 miles. Do the exact same sets. Repeat the next day. And the next.
It’s just not as exciting as it used to be. You and the gym just don’t have that same passion you used to. You may be suffering from something called GPD, or Gym Passion Dysfunction. Your sets should be exciting. Your sets should be hot, steamy, sweaty, and FUN! Today we’re going to teach you how to cure GPD and bring that passion back! Click HERE to read more….