My flaws

How many of you have tried on your bikini recently that you will be wearing this summer and afterwards have found yourself so depressed? That would be me! I’m so not ready for summer and here in San Diego, it basically is summer! It’s been 90 degrees here some days and people are already making their way to the beach on the weekends. I just bought 2 new bikinis from Victoria’s Secret and when I put them on, I wanted to cry! My husband was there in the room when I tried them on and I was instantly so embarrassed and just felt so fat! In my mind I kept thinking, he probably thinks this bikini does not look good on me at all. During the holidays I felt like I had so much time to get more in shape and now bikini season is here and I’m nowhere near ready. I know some of you are probably looking at my picture thinking I’m crazy and I’m not “fat” at all or you wish you were as “fat” as me but honestly WE ALL DO IT!!
We all look at ourselves and just nitpick the crap out of our appearance. I don’t think there’s one girl who would look at herself and be 100% happy with what she sees. I can guarantee you there’s “skinnier” girls then me crying right now over the same thing.

If it was just me by myself with my kiddos then I would be totally comfortable, but throw my husband in there and some other random people I don’t even know and instantly I’m ashamed. It’s like we feel we have to be always in competition with one another or people are always sizing us up. I don’t want some other guy looking at me thinking my husband has an “unattractive wife” whose let herself go after kids. And then when it comes to other woman we always size ourselves up to them, who’s prettier? Who’s skinnier? Who has cuter clothes? I could go on and on with what we do as girls. But why does it have to be this way? Why do we have to look at ourselves and hate what we see? Why when it comes to our looks do we feel we need to be the “hottest” girl in the room? Why can’t we just focus on being healthy? Why can’t we just focus on being a good hearted person? Isn’t that what really matters? Why can’t we realize that we are so much more than what we look like, weigh, or that designer purse we carry? Our worth doesn’t come from a number on a scale or the number on a measuring tape; it comes from knowing who we are within!

I have recently dealt with a loss in my family and it’s really making me reevaluate my life and how I want to spend my days. I don’t want to be that girl who is constantly weighing herself and worrying about calories every time I put something in my mouth. I want to enjoy my life! I want to make memories with my family and children that will last a lifetime. When your 90 years old do you want to feel like you missed out on life because you constantly turned down lunch dates with girlfriends or didn’t enjoy that cake on your son’s birthday? No you want to remember the laughs you had with friends sitting around that table with a drink or two and your son’s messy chocolatey face as you eat birthday cake together.  Being healthy and fit is all about moderation, it’s not about being miserable and depressed because you constantly have to say NO. I’m going to go out to dinner with my husband and eat whatever I want on that menu, I’m going to get ice cream with my kiddos on these hot summer nights and you know what…I’m not going to care!! I’m not going to stress out about it. I’m going to learn to love myself and that means to learn to love all my flaws. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to sit and eat pizza and ice cream daily but when the situation presents itself I’m going to eat it and I’m going to enjoy it! Life is to short to sit and worry about minor things. Life is about making memories and that is now what I intend to do.

Clean Eating Valentine Treats

Happy early Valentines everyone! If your a mom like me then your little one is bringing home a sign up sheet for their Valentine party and your kinda stuck on what exactly to bring. Or if you don’t have kids your trying to come up with some ideas on what to make your husband, boyfriend, or group of girlfriends. No matter who your celebrating Valentines with the idea of this chocolate filled holiday might give you a little bit of anxiety, all I can think about is how am I going to resist all the yummy treats? I can sit and say all I want that I’m only going to have 1 maybe 2 chocolates but who am I kidding….we all know I would eat the whole dang bag of chocolate and then some. So in order to resist the temptation I have went on the hunt for some “healthier” clean eating food ideas for Valentines Day! Hope you guys enjoy these little treats I have found and they inspire you for your own Valentines Party! //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

 
 


Hot Chocolate Covered Strawberries //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: cleanfoodcrush.com


Ingredients:

  •  3-4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb. Clean/Dry Strawberries

Directions: 

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  2. Add remaining dry ingredients/spices – combine well. Remove chocolate from the heat once melted. 
  3. Dip, your dry strawberries into the melted chocolate. I hold them by the stem…coating chocolate on each side.
  4. Place on a parchment lined flat sheet pan.
  5. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Fruit Hearts on a Stick //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Using a heart shape cookie cutter shape fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and/or pineapple.
 
Serve with Greek Yogurt as a fruit dip
 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: cleanfoodcrush.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 smashed banana – must NOT be overly ripe. If it’s a brown banana – these will not work.
  • 6 Tbs. Natural Peanut Butter (please do not use the oily parts. That makes the cookies too soft)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional sweetener: 10 drops liquid stevia, 1 Tbsp raw honey, or 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (I don’t add sweetener – they are sweet enough for me, but definitely NOT overly sweet)
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened cacao powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f
  2. Combine the ingredients.
  3. Once those ingredients are combined very well using a fork, then mix in 1/4 cup cacao chips / dark chocolate chips}  
  4. Drop by rounded Tbsps onto a coconut oil greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies, depending on the size of your banana.

Greek Yogurt Covered Strawberries //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

        source: preventdisease.com
Ingredients            Greek Vanilla Yogurt
            Strawberries
 
 Directions Slice strawberries in half. Spoon Greek yogurt onto a shallow dish and dip the strawberries in the yogurt. Place dipped strawberries in a plastic container lined with parchment paper and freeze.
 

Chocolate Filled Raspberries //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: addapinch.com




Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup milk or dark chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
Directions
  1. Place fresh raspberries into a mini-muffin tin to help hold them for ease in filling.
  2. Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Pour into a zip top container and snip a tiny hole in the bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag to fill each of the crevices of the raspberry with the melted chocolate. Place muffin tin in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set.

Chocolate Covered Bananas //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: marthastewart.com
 
Ingredients  
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
  • 2 bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into thirds
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts

 
Directions
  1. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of gently simmering water. Stir just until melted.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Insert a popsicle stick in one end of each banana piece. Dip banana, one piece at a time, in chocolate, spooning on additional chocolate to cover.
  3. Sprinkle each banana with peanuts, and set on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 20 minutes, or up to 3 days.

Strawberry Yogurt Pretzels //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: helpingkidsgrowup.com

Ingredients

  • 1 large bag mini pretzels
  • 2 cups strawberry yogurt
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 250ºF.
2. Beat together the confectioners sugar and yogurt until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Add up to a cup more of confectioners sugar if necessary to make it thicker. Stir in the pretzels.
3. Place the pretzels on a lined cookie sheet. Turn OFF your oven and place the pretzels inside, propping the door open slightly. This will help dry the frosting. Allow them to sit there for 3 hours before removing.



Chocolate Chip Clouds //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

 

Ingredients: 
 

  • 1/2 cup egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Heat oven to 300°F. Cover cookie sheet with silpat or nonstick silicone pad.
Using a mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together in large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar a little at a time, then vanilla, beating well after each addition until you get stiff peaks, the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is glossy.

Sift cocoa onto egg white mixture; gently fold until combined.

Fold in chocolate chips. Drop mixture by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Makes 30 to 32 cookies.

Bake 34 to 40 minutes or just until dry. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack. Store covered, at room temperature

Peanut Butter Fudgy Pops

source: Beachbody.com
 

Ingredients:
1½ scoops Chocolate Shakeology
1 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
1 cup nonfat milk

Preparation:
1. Place milk, Shakeology, and peanut butter in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour evenly into four ice pop molds; freeze for 3 hours, or until hard.

 






 


 

 




Healthy Superbowl Snack options

Did you know that Americans consume more calories on Superbowl Sunday than any other day of the year?? Holy Moly that is so crazy, I can’t even believe that!! I never really thought of that, when you think of gaining weight or consuming large amounts of food then you think of the Holidays but I guess I can see where this would be totally true. Have you ever sat on the couch watching your favorite television show eating a bag of chips only to realize that you’ve consumed the whole bag of chips without even thinking about it? When you watch TV and eat, it’s such mindless eating! We are attending my brothers Superbowl party this weekend and I just sat down to brainstorm what all I’m going to bring, I usually search Pinterest for my inspiration but today I went on Beachbody’s Blog, that is free for all club members, and they had some great recipe ideas that I’m planning on making and wanted to share with all of you. Sunday is going to be my cheat day, I plan on eating a ton but at least my food will be a little more on the “healthy” scale. Hey you still need to be able to enjoy life and that’s what I intend to do! It’s funny whenever people are around me they feel like they can’t talk to me about the donut they ate for breakfast or the piece of cheesecake they had for dessert. I always just laugh to myself, for 1. I don’t judge, everybody can do what they want to do with their lives, this is how I choose to live my life but I would never force it upon someone else and 2. I’m human, I love to eat just like everybody else. Give me some pizza and ice cream any day!! No matter what you guys choose to eat on Superbowl Sunday, I hope you have a great time with family and friends because that’s what is most important!

 

Healthy Game Day Snacks //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Buffalo Chicken Tenders //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

These would be great dipped in a Blue Cheese sauce and there only 158 calories per serving!
source: Beachbody
Total Time: 50 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings
 
Ingredients:
4 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce (like Frank’s®), divided use
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 dash cayenne pepper (to taste; optional)
1 lb. raw chicken tenders
¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
4 medium celery stalks, cut into sticks
 
Preparation:
1. Combine 1 Tbsp. hot sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl; mix well.
2. Add chicken; toss to coat. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 375° F.
4. Place chicken in a baking dish. Discard any remaining marinade. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
5. Combine yogurt and cheese in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
6. Combine chicken and remaining 3 Tbsp. hot sauce in a large bowl; toss gently to blend.
7. Serve chicken with dip and celery.
 

Nachos //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Prepare these nachos with freshly baked tortilla chips and there only 258 calories per serving!
source: Beachbody

Total Time: 25 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
2 tsp. olive oil
½ medium lime
1 dash chili powder
Sea salt (to taste, optional)
½ cup cooked pinto beans, warm
4 oz cheddar (or jack) cheese, shredded
2 medium tomatoes chopped
½ medium onion, finely chopped
½ medium green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium jalapeno, seeds and veins discarded, finely chopped
¼ medium avocado, chopped
4 fresh cilantro sprigs, chopped
2 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 375° F.
2. Brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp.
3. Squeeze lime over chips. Sprinkle with chili powder and salt (if desired).
4. Arrange half of the tortilla chips in a medium baking dish. Layer with half the beans and cheese. Repeat.
5. Bake chip mixture for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese melts.
6. Top with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, and yogurt.

Baked Corn Tortilla Chips //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Source: Beachbody
 


Total Time: 20 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients:
15 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 375° F.
2. Lightly coat both sides of tortillas with spray. Arrange in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp.
3. Sprinkle with salt.

Guacamole //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Source: Beachbody

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 10 servings, ¼ cup each

Ingredients:
4 ripe medium avocados, peeled, seeds removed, mashed
1 medium tomato, seeds removed, finely chopped
½ sweet white onion, finely chopped
2 medium chiles (like jalapeno, Serrano, or Anaheim), seeds and veins removed, finely chopped (optional)
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. ground cumin
Sea salt and ground white pepper (to taste; optional)
Hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco) (to taste; optional)

Preparation:
1. Combine avocados, tomato, onion, chiles (if desired), cilantro, lime juice, and cumin in a large bowl; mix well. Mixture may be slightly chunky.
2. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce if desired.
3. Serve with fresh carrots sticks, jicama sticks, or baked tortilla chips.

Chunky Salsa //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 green bell pepper (or red bell pepper or yellow bell pepper), chopped
¼ red onion, chopped
12 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves (to taste; optional)
 
Preparation:
1. Combine tomato, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, and oregano (if desired) in a medium bowl; mix well.

Shrimp Ceviche //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 24 hrs. 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, 2 each

Ingredients:
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 lb. cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, coarsely chopped
1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
½ medium red onion, finely chopped
2 medium Serrano chiles (or jalapenos), seeded and deveined, finely chopped (optional)
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1 medium ripe avocado, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
¼ tsp. sea salt
16 endive leaves

Preparation:
1. Combine lime juice and shrimp in a medium bowl; mix well. Marinate, covered, in the refrigerator, for 6 to 24 hours.
2. Combine shrimp mixture, cucumber, onion, chiles (if desired), and tomato in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Add avocado, cilantro, and salt; toss gently to blend.
4. Evenly portion shrimp mixture into endive leaves. Serve two leaves for each portion.

Healthy 7 Layer Dip //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 25 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: 10 servings
Ingredients:

 2 medium ripe avocados
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 dash ground black pepper
8 oz low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. all-natural taco seasoning, no salt added
1 (15-oz) can nonfat refried beans, warm
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, ends trimmed, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese (½ oz)

Preparation:
1. Mash avocados in a medium bowl.
2. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine yogurt and taco seasoning in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Top serving platter with beans, avocado mixture, yogurt mixture, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, and cheese.
5. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Habanero Chili //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 35 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each

Ingredients:
2 lbs. seitan
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 habanero pepper, seeded and deveined, chopped (use gloves to handle)
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. sea salt (to taste; optional)
1 dash ground black pepper
1 14.5 oz can black beans, do not drain
1 14.5 oz can kidney beans, do not drain
2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Preparation:
1. Place seitan in food processor; pulse until it has the consistency of ground beef. Set aside.
2. Heat large skillet, lightly coated with spray over medium-high heat.
3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until translucent.
3. Add garlic, habanero pepper, and seitan; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until seitan is golden brown.
4. Add chili powder, paprika, salt (if desired), and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes.
5. Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
Tip: Serve chili on top of cooked whole grain pasta (½ cup). Any remaining chili can be frozen to be reheated at a later time.
Tip: If you find habanero too spicy, substitute with jalapeño.

Teriyaki Salmon Bites //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 5 min.
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:
¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. water
1 thin slice fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 lb. raw salmon, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 green onion, thinly sliced (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:
1. Combine soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
2. Add salmon; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour.
3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
4. Place salmon in an even layer in saucepan; cook for 2 minutes, turn each salmon cube, cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
5. Place salmon on a serving plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion (if desired). Place a toothpick in each piece of salmon.

French Onion Dip //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

source: Beachbody

Total Time: 3 hrs. 35 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 25 min.
Yield: 7 servings, about 3 Tbsp. each

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
¼ cup low-sodium organic beef broth
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over very low heat.
2. Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes, or until onions are soft and golden brown.
3. Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper if desired; cook, over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until broth has evaporated. Remove from heat. Let onion mixture cool completely.
4. Combine onion mixture and yogurt in a medium bowl; mix well.
5. Chill, covered, for 1 hour (or overnight).
6. Serve with raw vegetables for dipping.

Spinach Dip //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Only 32 calories per serving! Score!!

source: Beachbody
 
 
Total Time: 10 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, ¼ cup each

 

Ingredients:
10 oz. fresh baby spinach (about 6 cups), steamed until wilted
1½ cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt, drained
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup finely chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

Preparation:
 1. Place spinach in colander; drain of all excess water.
2. Finely chop spinach; place in a medium bowl.
3. Add yogurt, garlic, green onions, and lemon juice; mix well.
4. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Flourless Brownie Muffins //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

And of course no party is complete without a dessert!

source: Beachbody






Total Time: 22 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 12 min.
Yield:12 servings, 1 cupcake each

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
3 large eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
5. Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Cool completely and enjoy!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed all these great recipes and they spark some motivation for your Superbowl party or next family function. These all look so amazing and I can’t wait to try them! Please feel free to share any healthy party recipes that you may have, I love learning new recipes, and am always on the hunt for something great! Have a great weekend!

 






Clean Eating Snack Options

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed my last post on meal preparation and planning and were able to get some good ideas on what a typical day of clean eating looks like. Today I wanted to share with you some clean eating snack ideas because for me this is what I struggle with the most. I’m really good when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner but then when it’s time to choose a “healthy” snack in all honesty I would way rather sit on the couch with a big bag of Doritos watching Real Housewives but I know that’s not going to get me the results that I want, so 90% of the time I don’t give in to that temptation. It’s also really hard for me because I have two little ones in the house and I swear that bag of Goldfish is always calling my name, I know it’s in there and I just want to eat it so bag! I know my children should basically be eating exactly what I’m eating but you try telling your picky 7 year old that for school lunch she’s going to have tuna with avocado, carrots, and almonds. She’d starve!! Ok now that was a little dramatic but you get the point, my kids will eat certain healthy snacks like apples and yogurt but for the most part they like the P&J’s with chips and a cookie, we are slowly working on introducing this lifestyle to theirs and I mean very slowly. So in case your stuck in a rut and need some new inspiration on what to eat here are some great ideas. Also remember it’s a good idea to mix things up a bit, if your constantly eating the same thing all the time your going to get sick of it and that’s when your going to end up giving up and go back to eating that bag of chips.


 
 
Ø  Apple Slices
Ø  Banana
Ø  Hardboiled egg
Ø  String cheese and grapes
Ø  Fruit with skinny Nutella
Ø  Sliced bell peppers with skinny ranch dip
Ø  Celery with PB2 or almond butter
Ø  A handful of almonds, cashews, pistachios
Ø  A handful of pumpkin seeds
Ø  A cup of sliced berries
Ø  Steamed edamame with sea salt
Ø  Clementine (cutie) oranges
Ø  Sliced red peppers with hummus
Ø  Greek yogurt with strawberries and blueberries
Ø  Grapefruit
Ø  Raisins or other dried fruit
Ø  Bananas and peanut butter
Ø  Dark Chocolate
Ø  Peaches
Ø  Lara bars
Ø  Carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas
If you have any other great clean eating snack ideas I’d love to hear, please share, and enjoy!
 


 

 

 



Get Fit in the New Year

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Sorry I have been MIA lately but things here have just seemed chaotic and cluttered. I don’t know about you guys but I can’t concentrate on anything else in my life if my house is a disaster and I feel like I’m being pulled in every which direction. So as soon as the New Year was over I was like that’s it, “I’m tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed about this house and my life, I’m ready to get organized and start living a healthy lifestyle again.” So I’ve spent the last 2 weeks de cluttering and making multiple trips to the Goodwill to donate things, Dollar Tree for some organizational bins, and then Ikea for a brand new makeup/work desk area, and also a new hall closet organizational setup. I can’t wait for you guys to see the finished product, for those of you that don’t know I live in a 900sq ft condo with my husband and 2 children so any new toy or even just mail on the table makes the house just seem so cluttered and messy. I’m trying very hard to last in this house another “2 years” while we save for a down payment on a house but it’s getting very difficult, so any little thing my husband can do to make my life easier and flow smoother he’s on it! Haha! Alrighty so now before I get off topic any more my main New Years resolution which I’m sure was 75% of the human populations was to get back into a healthy lifestyle. If you had read my previous post then you recall I got pregnant back in September so with a combination of pregnancy (I’m nauseous so I’m going to eat carbs 24/7, to the miscarriage (now I’m depressed so I’m just going to eat chocolate and ice cream all day), to the holidays are now here so I’m going to enjoy myself, I have put on a very unwanted 12 lbs. There is a severe muffin top going on over here in these jeans and I’m ready for it to be gone! Not to mention I was still having severe headaches which I associated to hormonal imbalance, stress, and very poor nutrition so with all that combined I was ready to make a change. No more why me? My life sucks right now! No more lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I was ready to make a change and I knew exactly what needed to be done, so here it goes!!

We went camping out at the desert for New Years weekend so I told myself starting Monday January 5th you are going all in…and I have!! OMG I seriously can’t even put into words how good I feel physically. My headaches are completely gone and I just feel so much more energy in just 10 days of my new healthy habits. I don’t find myself moping around the house or feeling sluggish, I have a new found energy boost and it feels great. I honestly forgot how good I feel when I eat clean and workout 5-6 days a week. Why did I ever stop? Why did I let myself get lazy? I don’t understand why as humans we get into this funk of eating non processed foods for every meal and laying on the couch all day watching TV, it’s seriously like a drug that just makes us feel worse so since we feel so tired or like crap we continue to be immobile eating whatever food is within reach and it’s just a vicious cycle that is so hard to break and repeats itself!
 
 
So I started back on the 21 day fix, I’ve done about 3 rounds of this program, and I knew it could give me the results I wanted and the motivation to get back on track. Every time I do this program I lose anywhere from 5-10lbs, seeing those numbers on the scale move the way I want just encourages me even more to keep going and then helps me incorporate new workouts into my routine. In a way you could say it becomes an addiction, it’s really hard to get started but once you get going it’s harder to stop. If you don’t know anything about the 21 day fix it’s a super simple workout program designed by Beachbody and features my girl crush Autumn Calabrese. If you don’t know who Autumn is seriously go google her right now she’s hot and has such a nice body. Total inspiration right there!! In the 21 day fix…
  • There’s no counting carbs, calories, or carbs
  • You get portion control containers that take the guesswork outta eating
  • You receive a booklet that gives you a simplified nutrition plan that caters to even picky people like me (I’m not much of a veggie eater at all)
  • And best of all the workouts are only 25-30 minutes long (perfect for us mommy’s who don’t have a ton of time before the kiddos wake up or before there done entertaining themselves)
Most important though I don’t have to go to a gym, I can work out in the comfort of my own home, no makeup, hair thrown in a ponytail (weave looking all crazy, lets get real here I have extensions), no bra (I’m in my pajamas people come on now), and in 30 minutes I’m done and in the shower getting ready for my day, I’ve never left the house, and I’m getting the body I deserve!


 

So that takes care of my workouts so now it’s on to nutrition! In case you don’t know, being fit is 80% nutrition, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics. So you can go to the gym all you want, but if your eating processed food for every meal your not gonna see a change at all, no matter how long you run on that treadmill it’s just not going to happen! So if you are going to find every excuse in the book to not workout then at least try and have a clean eating lifestyle. And with that being said I will share with you what a typical two days of eating looks like for me so you can see that “No I’m not on diet” and “Yes I probably eat more then you do”! Mind you I eat every 2-3 hours, I never let myself go more then 3 hours with out eating!

 

Day One

 

Breakfast 8am
 
2 scrambled eggs
1/2 English muffin with 1 tbsp peanut butter
 
Snack 10am
 
Shakeology drink
 (My favorite recipe is)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology powder
Couple ice cubes
Then I blend it in a blender until it has a milkshake consistency
 
Lunch 12pm
 
1 can of Tuna mixed with 1/2 avocado
10 baby carrots
 
 
Snack 3pm
 
Apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter
 
Dinner 6pm
8oz Steak grilled
Grilled veggies (5 brussel sprouts or 10 spears of asparagus)
 
½ cup quinoa or brown rice
 
 
Day Two
Breakfast
 
Breakfast sandwich
1 English muffin
2 scrambled eggs
1 slice cheese
4 pieces of turkey bacon
 
Snack
 
Shakeology
(If I feel like having a Jamba Juice I make Strawberry Shakeology)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1 scoop strawberry Shakeology
1/2 banana
Ice
Blend in blender until desired consistency
 
Lunch
 
Turkey Sandwich (2 slices wheat bread, 4 slices turkey meat, lettuce, ½ medium tomato)
1 mozzarella cheese stick
 
Snack
Vanilla Greek Yogurt with cut up strawberries and blueberries
 
Dinner
Chicken Burrito Bowl (it’s a healthy version of the one from Chipotle)

Ingredients:
  • 6oz of shredded chicken (I get a container of shredded chicken from deli section at Albertsons)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce 

     

  •  ¼ red onion diced (optional)
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained)

     

  •  ½ cup steamed brown rice
  • ¼ cup shredded nonfat mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ avocado (optional, I make mine into guacamole)
Directions:
 Heat chicken, microwave the black beans for 2 minutes.  In a large bowl combine chicken, black
beans, brown rice, lettuce, onion, bell pepper, avocado. Mix. Place in serving bowl & garnish
with cheese& salsa.

 
For those of you curious about Shakeology! Let me just tell you it’s AMAZEBALLS!! I love it, especially after my workouts, I feel like it reenergizes me and gives me the protein I need to help build up my muscles. It’s also full of vitamins, nutrients, and probiotics so I don’t need to take a multivitamin. Huge plus for me and others if you are forgetful when it comes to vitamin taking! I was also taking it when I was pregnant, so don’t feel that just because your pregnant you can’t have it, the only thing you need to do is add an extra Iron and Folic Acid supplement. There’s no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives only exotic superfoods so it’s totally healthy and goes great with my clean eating lifestyle! If you have more questions you can always check out the site Shakeology 
 

Recipe Ideas
If your like me then I’m sure your constantly trying to find new recipes and things to cook for your family. I get a lot of my ideas from
  • Pinterest (I like being able to save the pic on my phone and then that way I don’t have a bunch of paper lying around)
 
I also just subscribed to the magazines
  • Everyday with Rachael Ray
  • All Recipes
  • Fresh and Simple

You can get all 3 of these magazines in a bundle for only $12/year through EatingWell

Planning

You absolutely need to plan out your meals, if you don’t then your just going to reach for the 1st thing you see when your hungry and chances are it’s not going to be “healthy” or what you should be eating. “If you fail to PLAN then PLAN to fail”! Some things that help in planning are…

  • Print out a weekly meal planner! You can go to pinterest and just type in “weekly meal plan” and tons of different ones will pop up that you can download for free. Make sure to print multiple copies. Also you can go to etsy.com and buy a personalized one, they have tons of choices to choose from. Of if your crafty and good on the computer which I definitely am not then you can just make your own custom one
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  • Meal Prep and Plan! Pick a day where you are going to sit down and figure out your meals for the next 5 days (breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner). I know this seems really time consuming but it’ll save you time in the long run so your not running to the store multiple times during the week or struggling to figure out what to eat after work, because when your tired and it’s been a long day of work that’s when your going to find yourself driving through the fast food lane and you don’t want to do that! Plus once you start doing this for awhile, you start acquiring a list of healthy recipes that work for your family so it becomes easier when you can just pull recipes from previous weeks menus. On Sundays I choose to sit down and glance at my calendar. If I know I’m working two nights in a row then that day I’ll pick a crockpot recipe or if we have plans around dinner time I’ll be sure to pick a meal that’s super easy and simple to make. If you think about it this is also getting your life organized somewhat too! Double win!
  • Grocery shopping! Try and stick to local farmers markets, Sprouts, or even Trader Joes. These types of stores 1) are cheaper in price especially in produce and 2) Don’t sell food with a ton of preservatives and additives. We want to stay away from the processed food market, we want food items that are in their original state or at least as close to them as possible.
 
Alrighty everyone so now you know what I have been up to in my fitness journey and you can help keep me accountable when I feel like falling off the wagon. Because trust me it happens to me too, I’m not perfect I love me a good pizza and ice cream just like everybody else too! But I really want this healthy lifestyle to take over the majority of my life so I can be healthy and fit living a long life and grow old with my husband and children. I hope you’ll share this journey with me. Just yesterday I enrolled in a Nutrition and Sports Nutrition class, I can’t wait to learn a ton of new information that I will be able to share with you guys. If you have any advice for me, inspirational websites, recipe blogs, anything that could be of use to my fitness journey please don’t hesitate to share. I love learning and getting any helpful tips that can help me in this at times difficult process. If you have any questions at all or would like me to blog about something else please don’t hesitate to ask! Hope you all have a wonderful week!