As a mom, sometimes it’s tough to get our kids to fuel those little bodies because they are picky, and just don’t always like to eat! I have done trial and error with my kids and have found some easy healthy ways to get them to enjoy eating without putting tons of artificial sweeteners and chemicals in their bodies and its cost effective too!
So I want to share with you an example of a weeks worth of my kids lunches for school, but also can be used as healthy snacks!
Peanut butter rice cake with cucumber and hummus
Ham and cheese sandwich with apple and cinnamon (the cinnamon will keep your apples from turning colors) and almonds
Chicken, go-gurt, and fresh blueberries
banana and peanut butter sandwich, carrots, and light string cheese
Whole wheat and cheese quesadilla, apple sauce, wheat Scooby -do graham crackers
Low sodium ham wrapped on light string cheese, rice cakes, fresh mixed raspberries and blackberries
It’s also easy to pre make some of these and have them all ready to go! As I meal prep, I prep a lot of my kids food and place them in sandwich baggies! I cut up the veggies and wash the fruit, cook chicken, and make sandwich cut outs a couple days in advance!
When it comes to my kids, health is a priority! Showing them a healthy lifestyle early, will prevent obesity and health issues in the future! Just as we teach kids to brush their teeth, make their bed, and pick up toys, we can teach them how to eat healthy, but still allow them to enjoy food!
So you know the quote, “When life gives you lemons, you turn it into lemonade.” Well, I have a new quote that I am running with today!!! “When life gives you lemons, squeeze it, mix it with 6 ounces of distilled water and drink it twice a day.” -Jethro Kloss
This is about keeping up with your health and incorporating easy foods that can be used with many health benefits!! So lets talk LEMONS today since they are yellow and it’s so sunny today! 🙂
Lemons have so many health benefits and one thing I was surprised to hear is that it actually can:
Give you as much energy as coffee, so replacing your coffee in the morning will help you improve your energy in a healthier way!
It will also prevent you from aging (which coffee causes you to age).
Is full of potassium, which helps your heart health.
Act as a diuretic and help increase the rate of urination of the body.
Aids in digestion and helps flush our unwanted materials.
Clears skin. With the vitamin C in lemons, it will help decrease wrinkles and blemishes.
Once the lemons are freshly squeezed into the juicer, there you have it…. Lemon Ice-cubes!! Perfect to go in your water to give it some extra flavor!! Plus, the kids love it too!!
If you are looking to continue your fitness journey and want more healthy mom tips, easy family recipes and ideas to cook for the family, and daily motivation and support, please fill out my application below for a spot in my next 30 day online fitness challenge! Spaces are limited and will be a first come, first serve basis!
Hey guys!! So I have realize how inconsistent I have been with my blog, so I’m committing to getting back on track with sharing my journey and tips with you!! As a mom of young kids, military wife and family, and stay at home mom, I know many can relate that life gets crazy, but want to share that keeping that healthy lifestyle is so important and doable even when lives are crazy busy!!!
So I am starting to get more strict with my fitness and prepping for my 3rd figure competition! I am 14 weeks out and am further behind from my last shows, but since I have experience, I’m confident that I can really cut quicker than my first two shows since I know how my body responds.
So here is my meal plan for this week!! This first half of the week, I did incorporate peanut butter, but the second part, I am switching over to PB2. I need to see what changes I can make in 2 weeks to judge if I can have any cheat meals or not or how much of a cheat I can have!
For my workouts, I am using my home fitness programs with Beachbody, along with running and the gym!! I love to mix up my workouts…so getting a variety will help keep my metabolism going and prevent me from hitting a plateau.
Mornings I am doing fasting cardio for 20 minutes 3-4 days a week. Then in the late morning, early afternoon, I am doing other Body Beast, or the gym so I am isolating each muscle group when I am lifting. With Body beast, I am doing bulk phase of the workouts.
As time gets closer, I will be doing HIIT training 3 days a week and some type of fasting cardio 6 days a week, but not quite yet since I’m more focused on muscle mass and too much cardio too soon will mess up my game plan lol.
One of my favorite parts about this prep is I get to have my husband prepping with me!! Well, he’s not doing a show per say, but he has goals so were going to kick butt together and help each other through the cravings, hangriness, and pushing through hard workouts!! And yes, I said HANGRINESS… lol Brent saw it first hand last night… I should have eaten more but I missed a meal and didn’t pack anything so I was really really hungry post workout!!
Anyways… let this fun journey begin!! I am excited to share the good, bad, and ugly with ya and share my changes I make over the next 14 weeks!!!!
Spring is JUST around the corner and I know it has been so easy to hide our body in our clothes from the winter… I don’t know about you, but I am all in for feeling healthy and looking healthy in my sun dresses, tank top and shorts, and bikinis!!
I am so excited that as an online fitness coach, I have the ability to mentor people from all over the US and Canada on their fitness journey by running my private groups in a closed group to help give EVERYTHING needed to reach those BIG fitness goals!!
So many people try on their own and are not successful with their fitness journey for a few reasons…
They lack the nutrition- People cut out carbs, calories, and starve themselves for a quick fix… little do they know, that the weight loss (if it comes off) is only temporary and when you start eating again (because you cant live like that), you gain it back and sometimes more than you lost!
They lack the workout aspect- Nutrition is key, but people do not realize the impact of working out actually does!! You cannot just eat right and expect to get that nice tone body! Exercising increases your metabolism and will help improve your energy, your confidence, and how you feel inside and out!!
They lack support and accountability- So many do not have support… they are on this journey alone which is easy to lose motivation when you struggle.
Maybe these reasons you have failed in your past are relatable. I can say I have failed in my fitness journey so many times!! But I am also proof that you can move past your failures and let your failures be a learning experience to be successful!
WHAT IS THE SPRING INTO HEALTH BET???
As a Beachbody coach, I have been able to learn and experiment the best ways to get the weight off and keep the weight off…. to build muscle, to learn better eating habits, and live a healthy lifestyle all the way around! By doing this, I incorporate exercise, nutrition and portion control, with support groups and accountability.
Beachbody has done a wonderful job at helping us give ourselves and our clients the very best! So they have recently released an amazing opportunity that I dove into quickly and has been a HUGE help with my journey! Now I get to share with you!!
ALL-ACCESS ON DEMAND – You know all those Beachbody home fitness programs that are out?? P90X, Country Heat, Insanity, 21 Day Fix and Fix Extreme, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Hammer & Chisel…. the list goes on and on… over $6,000 worth of fitness programs actually! Well, you now have the ability to access EVERY program we have INCLUDING any new release that we have in the 12 months that you sign up!
With the All-access, you have the ability to stream your workouts from your phone, computer, and smart TV (and fire stick/Chrome-cast)… so for those who have kids and they want to watch TV, you can still get your workout done!! And for those who travel a lot… no need to take those disks everywhere or worry about access to a workout, because its right at your finger tips!!
With the All-Access on demand, you will also receive the portion control containers to help you with your nutrition! Starving ourselves is NO longer an option!! But measuring and portioning our food based for each food group is an option and will help you get the most results! Each container is color coded for each food group and you will get a guide for what your body needs to reach your individual goals.
Lastly, with theSpring into Health Bet Challenge, you have the opportunity to incorporate a superfood health shake that will change your life!! I have been using Shakeology into my regimen for the past 4.5 years when I first got serious with my fitness journey and I will say, it helped me overcome my ice cream obsession and became my healthy alternative…. Shakeology helped me with getting the nutrients I wasn’t getting from my every day foods.. I started while breastfeeding and I knew my baby was taking away the nutrients I had, so this was my way of replacing what I was losing! I feel like I have more energy, less bloating, and less cravings for bad food simply because I am fueling my body with the right food!
I am so excited to kick off my next private group that will give you EVERYTHING you need to reach those goals!! It’s time to feel good and confident inside and out!! If you are ready to commit and interested in a spot in my support/challenge group, please fill out the application below and I will contact you ASAP!
Ok moms and dads, I know it can get confusing, difficult, and annoying to think about having to meal prep for the week, having all this healthy food ready when we don’t have a lot of time on our hands!
I promise you, just like anything else in life, if you take the time to start meal prepping for the week to create that healthy lifestyle, it will become easy and painless and second nature just like taking a bath and brushing your teeth!
Just as healthy eating can be simplified, so can exercise!! So I want to show you that you do NOT have to live in the gym and workout for 2 hours a day to get the results you are looking for.
You can easily workout, in your own home, while kids are sleeping or playing, and get it done in 30 minutes or less!! And yes, the results can be seen in 30 days or less!! It all depends on the work you are willing to put in and the commitment you make to be consistent with healthy eating and exercise!
So I want to give you an example of what you can do to start feeling good on the inside and out!! It is important for some to look good on the outside (I mean come on, who doesn’t want to look good this summer in their bathing suits and cute rompers) but if you are not healthy on the inside, then it will show on the outside! So lets figure out how to make this a WIN WIN!!
I run online fitness challenge groups where we focus on nutrition and exercise, along with giving daily support and accountability which is a HUGE bonus that helps my challengers and participants become successful with their journey!
#1. Good nutrition made simplified– I meal prep every week and yes, I cook a lot of the same foods because it not only saves me money (which most of you I’m sure want to do as well), but time! So many of us make the excuse of time restraints and financial restraints! Well, Im taking those away and giving you the opportunity to make it work!!
I will easily take a 2 lb package of chicken breasts and throw it all in the crock pot, adding some spices and walk away for 4-6 hours!
I cook up a few servings of brown rice/quinoa to have as my healthy carbs.
I use some fresh veggies, and also frozen veggies to use for the second part of the week and eat the fresh first. I love using steam fresh! Easy and not a huge mess to clean up!
Of course I have my Shakeology that is my superfood shake that I drink once daily to give me one meal I do not have to worry about and am getting the best nutrition!
With my fitness groups, when I set you up with a fitness program, many of them come with portion control container to measure out your food. This is another way you will save money… your not buying junk food and your not overeating! Each color coded container will before a certain food group, so however big that container is, that is how much food you should eat of that food group. Of course, you will also take in account of your daily caloric need based on your age, weight, and activity level.
#2. Exercise- As I said before, you can workout 30 minutes or less a day in you own home and get amazing results!! I love this especially being a mom where I can wake up and get my workout done before I start work and not have to drag my kids out of bed!
My results above are from the program 21 Day Fix Extreme! I absolutely LOVED the program and the workouts! You can pick a program that incorporates weight lifting so you can tone and/or build muscle, or you can go without any equipment and focus on toning, weight loss, and improve your endurance!
#3. Support and accountability- Ok, this is a biggie!! Anyone can workout and eat healthy, but sometimes we fail because of the lack of support we have to keep going on our journey!! When family and friends are not on this lifestyle you are trying to, it gets hard and sometimes we become defeated because of those around us! Time to let that go and surround yourself around others with similar goals!! Thats where my group comes into play!! Did you know you become like the 5 people you surround yourself around the most?! Yup, totally true!!! So I want to help you make sure you are getting that support you need to reach those goals with flying colors!!
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?!
Well, simple… fill out the application below for a spot in my next fitness challenge/support group!! You will have an opportunity to get my FREE coaching and mentoring, daily support, lots of tips on nutrition and fitness, and I like to throw in some extra things as well, but thats a surprise you get when you get your spot!
All you need is the want to change and the determination to work hard and push until your goal is met!
Please fill out the application and I will respond within 24 hours! Spaces are limited and this is a first come first serve basis! Can’t wait to get you going on this journey with me!
2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Amino’s (find in the organic section at grocery store) or reduced-sodium soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade until smooth and allow to marinate chicken in this mixture for 1 hour minimum in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, bring chicken at room at room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425°F (200°C).
Transfer chicken and the sauce to a baking dish. Bake at 425°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile reduce the remaining marinade a little bit in a saucepan on the stove while chicken is cooking, then drizzle the sauce left in dish over cooked chicken and broil for 5 minutes.
Let cool before serving! Garnish with cilantro if desired, and serve immediately.
ENJOY this dish with my Healthy Chinese Cauliflower stir-fry rice! Recipe below!
Healthy Chinese Cauliflower Stir-fry Rice
1 head cauliflower chopped into small pieces
3 tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil
1/4 medium onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped fine
1 small bag steam fresh veggie mix (peas, carrots, beans) or you can use 4 oz of your favorite veggie to go in your stir-fry.
2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Amino’s
In large pan, add 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil and 2 eggs. mix eggs, breaking yoke and cook fully, continuously mixing and tossing. Set aside.
In same pan, add 1/2 tbsp Olive oil, add onion and garlic and cook on medium high until slightly brown and sautéed. Set aside with eggs.
Next, with same pan, add 1/2 tbsp EVOO (Olive Oil), add veggies and cook until cooked through lightly. Set aside with other cooked ingredients.
Lastly, in same pan, add 1.5 tbsp EVOO and add in cauliflower. Cook on medium for 5 minutes, stirring and mixing every 1-2 minutes. After 2 minutes, add in Bragg Liquid Amino’s.
Add in all other cooked ingredients and cook for 3 more minutes, mixing every minute.
Serve after cooling.
If you make this, I would love to hear how you like it!!! Comment below!!
If you are looking for daily support and motivation along your fitness journey, please fill out the application for a spot in my next fitness challenge group! This is held via online, so I am accepting participants from all over the US and Canada! Please only fill out if you are ready and committed to reaching your goals!
I am always up for new yummy recipes, especially for desserts when I get my little sweet tooth kick! This 5 ingredient recipe is pretty simple, yet satisfying!!! Make sure when your bananas go ripe (brown), your not just wasting them and throwing them away!! There are so many things you can do with them.. this is just one of them!!
1 cup natural peanut butter (heat for 30-45 seconds before adding to blender)
Who is ready to make 2017 the best year yet? The year to get in shape, stay in shape, and create a new healthy lifestyle for yourself!
I am so excited with what our company has come out with!! If you heard of Team Beachbody before, you will know we are about fitness, nutrition, and also having the support of a coach (like myself) to help you stay accountable and motivated to reach your ultimate goals and live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle! That is what differs us from any other company out there! We give you EVERYTHING you need to reach your goals and make it a lifestyle! But now, we are taking it to a new level!
Team Beachbody has TONS of home fitness programs that are created by successful and experienced trainers who are focused on working your entire body in the best way to give you the best results! Each program comes with a nutrition plan and will help you individually (based on your level of activity, age, weight, etc) to find what works best for you! There are Beachbody programs out there for EVERYONE, as your coach, I help you find a program based on your needs, level of fitness, limitations, and preference of workout!
Now these home fitness programs such as 21 Day Fix, Country Heat, Hammer and Chisel, P90X, and more, are into digital form that you can access and stream via phone, computer, or TV through our Beachbody On Demand membership! This takes away the hassle of DVD’s sitting around or getting scratched, along with saving time going to and from the gym, AND saving money on a gym membership!
So now let’s take it to the next level!
Beachbody decided that giving a package deal that includes the best of the best is the right way to go and get your results… they are making it so easy for us and taking away the excuses and hassle!
FITNESS + NUTRITION + SUPPORT = RESULTS and TRANSFORMATION!
Ok, so our NEW All-access Beachbody On DemandChallenge Pack will give you not only Beachbody On Demand (does exempt a few workouts for the regular on demand), but access to EVERY single Beachbody program we have (over $3,000 value) to choose from! This is for 12 months that you have this access!! An entire year membership!! Pretty amazing!!!
You will also get the nutrition piece… the portion control containers to portion out your food! Each container is color coded by food groups and will help you get the proper amount of each food group!
In addition to the portion control containers, Shakeology is a HUGE part of our success! This is one meal you know you are getting high quality dense nutrition and superfoods… nutrients that you do not get from your typical meals you eat every day!
A replacement for sweet cravings (even in the evenings)
A replacement for those who don’t get their veggies and fruits in every day
Vitamins and minerals (who do not take multivitamin or don’t want the hassle of taking extra pills every day)
A good satisfying post workout meal
Now, you got the fitness and the nutrition, and now the support and accountability!
How Much the All Access Beachbody On Demand Costs
If you are new to Beachbody On Demand, you have two options to take advantage of the All-Access Annual Pass. These offers will expire February 28th, 2017. Both offers have been extended for the immediate future.
1. The All-Access Annual Pass
$99.95 – This gets you unlimited streaming of all Beachbody workout programs that are available as of the date you make your purchase and gets you access to any new workout programs that might be added throughout the year (which is usually two, one mid-summer and one at the end of the year.)
2. The All Access Annual Pass & Shakeology Challenge Pack
$199.00 – Beachbody is also offering a special Beachbody Body On Demand All-Access Pass Challenge Pack promotion. This includes everything plus a 30-day supply of the best-selling Shakeology meal replacement shake that helps support weight loss, may help control cravings, and helps maintain healthy energy levels along with proper nutrition. You will also receive the Portion Fix eating guide and a set of the 21 Day Fix portion control containers. This saves you over $75 than if you purchased these items separately.
SPECIAL SPRING INTO FITNESS promotional pricing of $160.00.
What really helps people the most is what they usually lack in their fitness journey! The support and accountability! Many people fail and quit their journey due to no support system, no motivation to keep them going, and surrounding themselves around others that do NOT have similar goals! This is where I come into play!! You will have the opportunity to have DAILY coaching and mentoring from myself, and placed in a support group (secret group) for those who are committing with you in this journey!! People that have similar goals and struggles that need help getting through the day, getting through their workouts, through struggles with cravings and late night snacking! So I am here to give you a piece that you may be missing to find the success you have been looking for!!
Through these key parts to a healthy lifestyle, I have watched myself and many others find success in their goals!! It’s such a blessing to be able to take part in this opportunity and it does not matter how old you are, how busy you are, and how many kids you have!!! If you are ready to commit, you CAN make it happen!!
Your success will start with YOU taking the first step in filling out my application for our next fitness support group! This is where you get everything you need to reach your goals and find happiness and confidence within yourself! Spots will be limited, so please be sure you fill this out ONLY if you are READY to take the next step in your journey and you are ready to make the change and work for it!! 🙂
Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about wanting to get fit, lose weight, build muscle, tone up, find healthier ways to eat and stay on track…. but I see so many that are not taking action!
I want to take a moment to say I was in that same position at one time.. I would complain about how I look and feel, but did NOTHING about it! I knew nothing would change if I didn’t change. So one day it hit me. I decided I am in control of my life, my health, my results, and more importantly, my happiness! The way I feel shows through to my kids, and I REFUSE to be that mom always complaining about how she looks in front of her kids… thats only setting those kids up for having a complex about their weight/looks and feeling insecure themselves.
So lets take charge of taking care of our bodies, our health, and our fitness, and take the HEALTH BET CHALLENGE!!
WHAT IS THE BEACHBODY HEALTH BET?
Beachbody is the organization I work with as a fitness coach. I have been a personal fitness coach now for 4 years and in the past was a personal trainer at a gym. I have found so much joy working with people on a daily basis and not having to only stick with people in the town I live in.. I get to help others all over the US and Canada!
So… the Health Bet Challenge was initiated by our CEO of Beachbody who is obsessed with changing lives!! So obsessed that he and the other Corporate guys decided to not only offer men and women a chance to get in shape (using home fitness programs based on your own level of fitness and preference of workout) and healthy eating, but also now giving a chance for whoever takes on this challenge and commit to a specific regimen to earn CASH prizes from our pot that will start at $2 Million!! That’s right… 2 Million is the MINIMUM that we are promising and will go up to $3 Million. The amount of money you will win will depend on how many people sign up and be consistent on their fitness journey!
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE HEALTH BET CHALLENGE?
Each participant will be required to sign up with a Beachbody account and use a program of your choice (as your coach, I will help you find one that works best for you) and incorporate Shakeology, our superfood health drink, as 1 meal per day to give you the best nutrition!
Each participant will be required to join our Challenge Group Tracker App (free on your phone that I will help you set up as your coach). This will give you ability yo get daily support, motivation, fitness/nutrition tips, and a chance to WIN more PRIZES individually!
Each participant will be required to commit and log in at LEAST
3 workouts per week
5 Shakeology posts a week with a picture that you are drinking it
Each week runs Monday through Sunday at midnight
Each participant will be required by ME to keep track of their pictures and measurements (best way to track your progress along your journey) to help you stay motivated and accountable!
WHY USE THE CHALLENGE TRACKER APP?
What I love about this Tracker app is that you will get notifications to remind you to check in throughout the day. You have a chance to surround yourselves around other like-minded people who have similar goals… What does this mean? This means that you will have more positive people around you, more motivation, more accountability with your fitness journey!
When you go in the APP, it is very easy to access and navigate! You have a spot to post your Shakeology, your workout, and you will see “COACH” posts so you know when I am posting as your mentor with your journey!
WHY TAKE THIS LEAP WITH YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY?
Ok, here’s the deal…. we know anyone can go to the gym and do a workout. We know anyone can eat healthy… But, how often do we stick with it when we do it on our own? Not everyone has $300 per month to spend on a personal trainer for 30 minute workout sessions 3 days a week. Not everyone has time to drive back and forth to the gym to workout when we are already tight with a busy schedule (you mamas and dads know what I mean). Not everyone can leave their kids at any given moment to go to the gym… not everyone has daycare available and we don’t want to drag our kids everywhere… lets face it, it gets tough with a tight schedule, naps and sleeping babies!
I am so excited to give you the opportunity to start your fitness journey… if you have started before and have not reached your goals or are not seeing the results you were hoping for, to finally change things up and reach those goals! Time to make 2017 YOUR YEAR!!!
Please fill out the application below for an exclusive spot in my Beachbody Health Bet Challenge!