Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Starting Over, Again.

I feel like I've said that 100 times (probably more) "I'm starting over today, this will be the last time".
It's a serious struggle for me to stay on track with my health and fitness.  It's real, friends.  I KNOW that once I get back into the habit of workouts every day I'll feel SO much better.  I KNOW that if I cut sugar and processed crap out of my diet I'll feel AMAZING....so, why it is SO hard to make those changes???

I don't know.  But what I do know is that today is a new day, and TODAY I am starting over for the last time.

I'm starting 2015 off with The 21 Day Fix, along with a handful of my friends.  We are doing this together, we WILL succeed, we WILL finish the 21 days STRONG, and we WILL NOT quit.
I love having such an awesome support group to do this with, it really is KEY for me.  I can't do it alone, I am way too good at talking myself out of or into things...so, when I have a support network to lean on it makes a world of difference!

Let's do this ladies!!!  21 days to make new healthy habits!!!!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

CHUNKY APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS :: 101 REAL FOOD RECIPES


INGREDIENTS:

1.5 cups apple, diced small + 1/4 cup apple diced small reserved for topping
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Batter
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other milks may be substituted including coconut, soy, rice, cow), at room temperature
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup plus all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
pinches of sugar, optional for sprinkling
pinches cinnamon, optional for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS ::
Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a muffin pan very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan; set aside. 
  1. For the Apples - In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and toss to coat. The flour helps prevent apples from sinking during baking; set aside.
  2. Batter - In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
  3. Add the sugar, milk (room temp milk will prevent coconut oil from re-solidifying; if it does anyway, some small clumps are okay), oil, vanilla, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
  4. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don't overmix. Batter is quite thick and if yours is seemingly too thick, add a tiny additional splash milk to thin it.
  5. Fold in 1 1/2 cups apples and any loose flour in bottom of bowl.
  6. Divide batter equally among the cavities of the prepared pan. Each cavity will be about 3/4 full. Spraying a one-quarter cup measure with cooking spray so the batter slides right off is handy here.
  7. Using the reserved 1/4 cup diced apples, top each muffin with a couple pieces, divided equally.
  8. Optionally add a pinch of sugar and pinch of cinnamon to each muffin top.
  9. Bake for about 17 to 18 minutes, or until tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling but no batter. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  10. I chose to divide my batter into 3 mini loaf pans instead of a muffin tin.  I baked at 400F for 25-30 minutes and they were perfect!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Broccoli Cheddar Soup :: 101 Real Food Recipes

My body aches all over.
I'm fighting a cold...I can feel it.  ICK.  I'm pumping my body full of vitamins right now, and thinking most any kind of soup sounds delicious...
We had a cool and rainy day here a couple days ago and this soup hit the spot!  Warm, creamy and delicious!  We served it with leftover chicken quesadillas loaded with spinach and kale.

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP
From The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems and florets chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a 5-quart dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth and bring the soup to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
  3. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, bring to a simmer and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, fold in the cheese.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beast Turkey Chili :: 101 Real Food Recipes

The leaves are changing color, fast! The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler...Today is the first day of FALL!
This weather is beautiful, and I love being outside this time of year....poor kiddos have been sick all weekend though *sigh*.  I love that they are enjoying school so much, but I don't like that they will likely be bringing home more sickness. I do my best to keep them fueled with healthy foods and all of their vitamins each day though....
We had a relaxing weekend nonetheless...finished up a few little projects outside, found a decent sized wasp nest built in our chimney...you know...just every day stuff like that!  Dustin sprayed the nest down well, and we are still squashing them in the house....Most of them have died off already...but there are a few that are searching for their escape route through our living room, I think I've smooshed 8-10 so far today.  I'm just thankful that Dustin found it the way he did, and not while climbing up the ladder to clean the chimney!
We have a busy week ahead too....the kids have their regular 3 days of school, one of them being Grandparents day! So, Nanny and Bumpa will be joining them for an hour or so on Thursday so they can show them everything they've been learning, and give them a tour of their classroom..the kids are beyond excited for Thursday to come!  
The second half of the week, and next weekend will also be very busy with window installation!  We are replacing ALL of the windows in our house! It's going to make a huge difference, our windows leak quite a bit right now, so we are anxious to see how much nicer there will be this coming winter since it's forecasted to be so cold!
So, I don't know if you remembered....Today begins our new series, 101 Real Food Recipes!
Did you know that there are only 101 days left in 2014?  It's time to start now and finish the year out in a healthy and delicious way!
I started a new program called Body Beast a couple weeks ago, and I love it! Not only is the program great, but the nutrition guide has some delicious recipes in it as well, I've already made this 3 times...I think it's my new favorite chili recipe!

BEAST TURKEY CHILI
Makes 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
What you need:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey meat
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (15 oz.) can kidney or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce (no sugar-added variety)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
What to do:
– Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
– Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.
– Add cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper; stir and cook for 1 minute.
– Stir in kidney beans and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.
– Reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 min. or until thickened.
– Serve warm sprinkled with parsley.
Tip from the trainer:  Store in individual containers and freeze for future meals.
Substitutions:  You can substitute diced chicken or turkey breast for turkey. Add garbanzo beans and organic corn for additional texture and flavor.
Comment below if you'd like the nutritional information, I'd be happy to send it to you!
ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

COMMING SOON || 101 Days REAL FOOD

Super EXCITED!
On September 22, I will be starting a new series here on the blog!
We will be working through the process of eliminating processed foods and sugars in our diets!
101 days! This will take us through the remainder of 2014, and even include holiday recipes for the upcoming celebrations!  Just because we will be cleaning up our diets does NOT mean it will be boring! We can still have sweet treats and DELICIOUS foods!
Over the course of the 101 days I will be sharing recipes and tips with you, and teaching you step by step HOW to choose REAL FOODS, and RID your diet of processed YUCK!

Join me!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Coming August 18.2014 :: Be You Be His

Our first faith based, health & fitness support group will be starting on August 18th! This will be a test group (I'm looking for some brave guinea pigs  ... 10 to be exact!) so I can see how well it is received!  
Are you interested in learning more about craving God, not food...and would like to join me in a 6 week journey, where we will be digging into the Bible, NOT our snack cupboards, and finding lasting spiritual satisfaction?  This might be for you!

Comment below if you'd like more information about this opportunity.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Give it all to God


So, I'll start by saying that I recently did the Ultimate Reset (Beachbody cleanse).  It was a great 21 days, I felt awesome when I was done, and I lost quite a bit of weight...then I did a back slide.  I started stuffing my face with crap again, I quit exercising, and just starting feeling sorry for myself.  That lasted about 4 weeks.  Yeah, long time to feel like crap, and  I honestly don't know what all got into me...I was in a total funk.  I don't like FUNKS.  They are no good.   They are depressing, and I speak from experience here....being depressed is NOT FUN.  You start to question all kinds of things.

Anyway.  Thankfully, I have a huge support network, friends that I've met along my health/fitness journey, most of them fellow coaches that I work with everyday.  They were my motivation to get back on track, and they continued to be my cheerleaders even when I was ready to give up (on a lot of different things).  I feel blessed EVERY single day that I've met them, and am inspired by them daily.  They keep me going.  Having a support network is HUGE.  Doing things alone...well.....it's hard to stick with it and be successful.

So, I'm finally getting things back on track and feeling good about life again.  I have a plan and goals for my business (FINALLY <3 ) and I'm back on track with my fitness and health goals (Big deal as I have gained back quite a bit of the weight that I'd lost :-/)  It's honestly embarrassing to admit.  I try really hard to be so positive and encouraging, but truth is...I MESS UP.  OFTEN. I'm human...I get caught up in the day to day and stop taking care of myself, and I get in funks and feel sorry for myself.  It happens to all of us.  I had to step back and rethink what I was doing, and why I was making the decisions that I was. Why do I constantly put myself through this struggle, why do I have all these ups and downs, why am I not as successful as others, why is this so hard? WHY do I WANT this? and...what is "this".

Sometimes you have to dig DEEP to figure out the answer to this "why".

Well, that's what I've been struggling with.

My "why"?  I need this for ME.  I need/want to be the happiest, healthiest ME I can be.

I want to be a rockstar mom...that mom who does all sorts of fun stuff with her kids, the mom that never sits on the sidelines and "watches" but is ALWAYS running around and DOING the fun stuff.
I want to be an amazing wife, a wife that is confident and feels great about herself...knowing her man loves her no matter what, but also knowing that she is doing everything she can to be her best self for her guy and actually putting the effort into the relationship to continue to make it stronger each day.
I want to be that "special friend" to my people.  I want my friends to know how much I care about them, and for them to relate to me, and feel 100% comfortable opening up and sharing life with me, and I want to do the same with them.  I want those friendships that I have and treasure to GROW.

I can only do these things if I believe in myself.  It's time to stop worrying about what other people think, and to stop comparing myself to other people.  It's time to be me, and to be the very best me that i can be.
I'm taking action, putting God in control, and moving forward.  I will follow Him, and He will guide me the entire way.

Will you join me?