One thing I love is the fact that my husband is pretty amazing at coming up with some fun, new, exciting ways of cooking food with me! He supports us as a family to eat healthy, and is doing a lot of the cooking!
Yesterday, he came up with the idea of making apple walnut turkey burgers! I never in a million years would have come up with that, so I must give him credit for this recipe!
Apple Walnut Turkey Burgers
1/2 small Onion minced
3 cloves garlic minced
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use sugar free C. Hughes)
1 tbsp evoo
1 tsp parsley
1/2 Apple finely chopped (I used red apple)
1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped
Pre-heat oven or grill to medium high heat.
Hand mix all ingredients together in medium size mixing bowl.
Make patties the size of your palm of your hand to create proper portion sizes.
Place on sprayed pan (with EVOO or pam) or directly on grill and cook for 8 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked.
Let cool before eating!
Serve with your favorite side salad!
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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!
Ok, so you may have seen the huge talk on the Unicorn Starbucks drink that people are going crazy over right? Well, I will def say a cheat meal is ok, but people are truly addicted to Starbucks and not always in a good way. The taste may be great for people, it may give them energy, but what about the nutrition? So many of these people will complain and talk about how they are unhealthy, out of shape, and unhappy, but yet, they continue to make choices to drink drinks such as this full of calories, carbs, sugar, and artificial sweeteners and flavors!
So as a fitness coach, my job is to help people find the healthy alternatives so you can still enjoy your food and drinks, but removing the crap that does not help you get closer to your goals, and add in dense nutrition and superfoods and will not leave you feeling guilty!!
So here it is!!!
1/2 scoop vanilla Shakeology
1/2 scoop strawberry Shakeology
1/2 cup fresh blackberries and raspberries
1 tsp natural Peanut Butter
1 squirt sugar free whipped cream
1 tsp sprinkles
With a blender cup, add 4 ice cubes and 4 oz water.
Add 1/2 scoop Vanilla Shakeology.
Add 1 tsp natural peanut butter.
Blend… and set aside in a cup.
Rinse cup and add another 4 ounces water and 4 ice cubes.
Add Strawberry Shakeology and 1/2 cup fresh berries.
In a separate cup, add both strawberry and vanilla to one cup, one at a time to separate the colors.
Top off with Whipped cream and sprinkles!
So lets compare really quick… because this makes a HUGEEEEE difference with the nutrition facts, but also the nutrients that your getting!
Starbucks Unicorn Treat:
12 grams fat
76 grams sugar
And then we have…
Unicorn Shakeology Treat: FYI… this is a full meal replacement!
10 grams fat
14 grams sugar
We can also mention here that Shakeology is full of pre and pro-biotics to help support digestive health and regularity, antioxidants to help fight free radicals and support immune health, superfoods and phytonutrients to support health and vitality, and a great protein blend to help build lean muscle and reduce cravings!
I don’t think Starbucks can beat that one!!
So, when you are feeling like you want to dive into something not-so-healthy, think of how you can make it healthy so you stay on track with your goals and health!
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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)
I’ve been using Shakeology for over 4 years now since the start of my fitness journey. I will say, I have found my flavor and consistency that I love, so I keep with that pretty much every day.
But I need to switch things up! Try something new and keep things fresh!!
Today I used my Vanilla Shakeology (1 scoop), added 1/2 cup frozen mango (from Aldi) and 1/2 cup fresh strawberries with 6 oz water. I blended in my ninja with 4 ice cubes and whipped that bad boy up!
Always keep in mind, you can workout a lot, but you can’t workout a bad diet! Nutrition is 80% of your results! Clean eating MUST be a part of your lifestyle in order to get the BEST results!
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It’s Thanksgiving week and we all know it can be a struggle to stay on track with our health, fitness, nutrition, and even mindset!
As I grew in my relationship with the Lord, I find it not “easy” per say to stay on track, but easier because I don’t rely on myself for strength, but the help of Jesus Christ! Instead of letting temptations get the best of me, I decided to not look for satisfaction in food, because thats not where its at! Don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes, I fall off, but not as much as I use to!!
So this week, like I do every other week, I planned what my week would look like and set myself up for success!! Unfortunately, this plan didn’t go perfectly as planned since Tuesday, I had a minor procedure and was down for the count, but its right on with everything else and I plan on keeping it that way!!
I want to show you my game plan.. nutrition and fitness wise!
So here is my nutrition plan for this week: I will allow myself to enjoy Thanksgiving, but you will notice I am getting right back on track as soon as its over!!
With my exercise, I am following the Hammer and Chisel home fitness program, which I will be done with my 30 day results next week so I’m excited about that! Other than my Hammer and Chisel, I love doing my workouts (especially yoga poses) with my boys!! We have so much fun and I love teaching them to be healthy at the same time!! Thats what it’s about right?? Teaching them young so they can learn to live a healthy long life!!
So here you go!! Weston and I did a Hammer and Chisel workout together!! He seriously loves being a tough cookie!
You can say we have a lot of fun with what we do!! We eat healthy together, we exercise, and make fitness so much fun!!
I use to use my kids as an excuse… They are too wild and don’t sleep so I can’t get in a workout.. but instead of using them as my excuse, THEY ARE MY REASON!! They are my reason to push.. to keep going.. and to show them mommy is strong and I gotta practice what I preach when I say there is NO such thing as quitting and giving up… or saying “I can’t”!!
So if you are a busy momma, looking for accountability and motivation to work towards your fitness goals, I would love to help you!!
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As a kid, I didn’t grow up eating the healthiest. I was raised more in a low-income household, and canned and processed foods were eaten the majority of the time.
Since growing up, I learned a lot about nutrition, the healthy lifestyle, and now is my career! So one of my biggest goals in life is teaching my boys proper nutrition, how to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle and learn to make healthy choices so they can be active as they have kids and grandkids one day!!
So as I look at society today, I see lots of unhealthy snacking… late night snacking… quick stops to fast food because.. well.. “It’s quick and easy.”
I here to give you guys some of my top HEALTHY, QUICK, and EASY snacks that I will eat myself, but my kids love as well!! And yes, they are quicker than stopping at fast food!!
10 HEALTHY & EASY KIDS SNACK IDEAS
Frozen yogurt bites: Literally, you open up your kids favorite yogurt (I prefer Greek), and using a spoon, spoon just a little bit of yogurt out and place on plate with wax paper. Add as many drops of yogurt as you want to make for the kids and freeze for at least 30 min! Take out of freezer when ready to serve!
Fresh veggies and hummus: I love slicing up some cucumbers and my kids also love tomatoes, and they dip them in hummus and eat away! No cooking or prepping required!
Frozen Grapes: Guys, it doesn’t get much easier than this… Wash your grapes off, place on tray/plate with wax paper, and freeze for 30 min or until ready to serve!! You may want to let sit for a couple minutes if they have been in the freezer awhile!!
Cheese cubes and grapes: Nothing wrong with a little cheese and grapes together to make an easy treat! I go for the 1% cheese rather than 2% or whole so there is less fat. Throw some crackers in there too for the kiddos to enjoy! They do have whole grain at the local grocery stores or even gluten free in the organic section!
Ants on a log: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!! Add just a thin layer of peanut butter to your sliced apple and top it off with a few raisins!!
Hard boiled eggs: I cook my eggs ahead of time and have them ready for the week! They can snack on them and add salsa on it too if they like extra flavor!
Peanut butter banana sandwiches: Slice that banana into thin layers horizontally, add a thin slice of peanut butter on one side of a banana slice, and place another slice of banana like a sandwich so the peanut butter is in the middle!! Eat like a mini sandwich!! My kids LOVE this one!!
Kale Chips: This is so simple, yet so good! Sometimes we like a little crunch right?! Instead of going for the bag of potato chips, make the healthy alternative… KALE CHIPS! Click image for recipe!!
Rice cakes with your favorite topping: Ok, when I say favorite topping, I mean favorite HEALTHY topping!! My kids love putting a little layer of natural peanut butter, cool whip, then some soy free, nut free dairy free chocolate chips and even some unsweetened coconut!!
Boom Chicka Pop popcorn: Ok what kids do not like popcorn?! As a treat, instead of going for the buttery popcorn to cook up, we eat the Boom Chicka Pop found in the grocery store!! The sweet and salty kettle popcorn is our favorite!!
So there you have it!! Eating healthy does NOT have to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. It just takes a little planning and thinking ahead!!
If you are a new mommy, or a parent just starting your own fitness journey, start teaching your kids now!! Be that role model that they can one day duplicate from you!!!
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