I am a HUGE fan of seasonings and condiments… I am not one to keep my food dry and not cook with anything, so I found a recipe that is PERFECT to add to your proteins to give it a great taste!!
This is from the 21 Day Fix recipe list!! So yes, for those who are using our famous home workout programs and following the healthy nutrition guide, this is APPROVED!!
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Happy Sunday and start to a brand new week!! We are into a new month (September), and I am so excited to start a month new and fresh with new goals and new opportunities!! No matter what happened last month in your fitness journey, realize that you have the ability to reach ANY goal you truly want!!!
I am 24 weeks pregnant, and still going strong in my fitness journey!
Despite some setbacks with nutrition (mama is on the struggle bus)… I did eat clean for a good bit of the week, but I also had a few too many cheat meals..
My hubby made some yummy breakfast with toast, dippy egg, and avocado which is simple but healthy, and then sometimes I dug into too many carbs and peanut butter!!
I am ready to get back on track and this meal plan is going to help me.. even if Labor Day is tomorrow!! I planned for my cheat meal to be at lunch since that is our family get together, then I will stay on track the rest of the week!! If I feel like cheating, I simply have a healthy alternative ready!!
For my workouts, I am doing the Shift Shop home fitness program with Chris Downing! Yes, my belly is getting in the way of some workouts, but I am still making it happen and being pretty successful at it! I love that this program incorporates cardio and weight training, so I am getting a little of both! My husband and I are on round 2, so the workouts are a little bit longer (35-45 min).
I also love to add my yoga in addition to my Shift Shop workouts… It is so good for the mind, body, and soul!! And I do love adding in some yoga poses with the hubs!! Poor guy is probably scared when I jump up and go for a landing!!! HAHA
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So here it is!! I have some vanilla Shakeology hanging around my pantry and since I am a huge Chocolate fan and use it pretty much every day, I felt it was time to change it up a little!!
This Pina Colada Shakeology was a hit tonight for our evening snack to help us from digging into unnecessary items in our fridge and pantry!
8-10 ice cubes
4 oz water
4 oz coconut milk
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30-45 seconds
Top off with a sprinkled unsweetened shredded coconut
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I love making oatmeal bake recipes because they are so easy and perfect for the family or even if you have some company!
So I actually made this for my husband’s army crew that came back from a training recently and it was a hit! My kids even loved it and I have to be honest, they get a little picky when it comes to oatmeal recipes because they love the oatmeal in a packet!
PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BAKE
1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 overripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup creamy peanut butter (melted in microwave for 30 sec)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk or Fair life milk
¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9” square baking pan and set aside.
In a small bowl mix together the quick cooking oats, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl mix mashed banana and peanut butter together until combined.
Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and egg. Mix until combined.
Add the milk and stir..
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9×9” baking pan.
Melt the extra peanut butter and drizzle on top. I use a knife to make swirls for extra decoration on top!
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Or until the top slightly springs back when touched and the edges are just barely brown!
Cool before digging in! ENJOY!!
This recipe is great to have re heated or even to eat cold!!
My hubby and I were making a meal plan for the week and were thinking of different recipes that we can have as a family! My hubs suggested I make “Dirty Red Beans and Rice”…. and I had NO idea what this was… so I did some research and it sounded pretty interesting! I found a recipe and then hubs decided to add something else.. Kielbasa!! So we went for it, and it turned out really really good!!!
Hope you guys can make this and enjoy it yourself!
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 white or purple onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup brown rice cooked according to package
1 package of turkey Kielbasa (chopped)
1 tbsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 (15oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook Kielbasa for approx. 5 min or untilslightly brown on each side. Set aside
Sauté the onion and red bell pepper for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they soften slightly.
Add the rice, cajun seasoning and garlic powder, stirring until the rice is slightly browned, about 2 minutes.
Pour in the tomato sauce and chicken broth and stir until combined. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Add beans, stir, then reduce heat to low. Cover the skillet and cook for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir to fluff the rice. Serve warm. Enjoy!
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!!
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