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?


Thursday, July 24, 2014

RECIPE :: Chocolate Egg White Oatmeal

SO VERY excited about my recent discovery!!!
Seriously, why have I not heard of this before??? Am I living under a rock?  There are all kinds of variations of Egg White Oatmeal out there, did you know that??!?!? I did NOT. BUT...I do now, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be testing them ALL out, because this one....was DELICIOUS!!!!

My meal plan right now allows me to have a bowl of oatmeal and 4 egg whites for breakfast each morning.  I love eggs, but 4 egg whites every morning....boring!!! boiled, "fried", scrambled....it just gets old, fast.  This is a crazy awesome way to get in that extra protein without actually feeling like you're "eating" egg whites! TRUST ME on this one....you NEED to try it....it's SO good!
SO GOOD!
You can thank me later!

Step 1:  Add 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 cup regular- Not Quick Cooking- oats to a bowl or mug (however much you want to eat!)
Step 2: Add enough water to cover the oats plus another centimeter of water on top of them
Step 3: Microwave 1 minute (this may vary depending on your microwave but basically you just want to soften the oats a bit and get rid of some water but still have a goopy bowl of oats)
Step 4: Add 1 packet of Stevia and whatever other flavorings you like- I added 1 heaping tbs cocoa powder, a sprinkle of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and a little maple syrup- ANYTHING GOES!  Stir it up in the oats- it should be a gooey, liquidy, consistency
Step 5: Add 1/2-3/4 cup liquid egg whites
Step 6: Stir to incorporate the gooey oats with the liquid egg whites- the mixture should be super thin and watery.
Step 7: Microwave 2 minutes or until the mixture is less gooey.  If you microwave longer, it turns into a cake-like consistency and you can dump it onto a plate and eat it like a cake! 
Step 7: Once out of the microwave- stir it a lot.  The egg whites will have solidified most of the way but once you stir it up, they break down into the same consistency as the oatmeal and I SWEAR you can’t tell it’s not just an entire bowl of oatmeal- I PROMISE!!!
Step 8:  Add anything else you want!  PB, Fruit, Almond butter, Almond milk, more fruit, chocolate chips , chia seeds, basically anything goes.

Try it and let me know how it goes!
Some tips***
  • Make sure to microwave the oats first before you add the egg whites- if you don’t, you just get a solid block of egg whites with crunchy oats scattered throughout and it’s gross
  • It’s easier to mix in stevia, cocoa powder, and whatever other flavoring BEFORE you add in the liquid egg whites.  If you do the cocoa powder- the oats will look and taste like brownie batter before you add in the egg whites.
  • You can add as much or as little egg whites as you like- it doesn’t alter the flavor AT ALL. 
  • Liquid egg whites have been pasteurized so you don’t have to worry about cooking them fully.  You could just drink them if you wanted to but thats gross.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Unplugged

This has been weighing on me for some time. I am spending way too much time not being fully present with the beautiful world that is unfolding right in front of me. By being plugged in, I'm missing out on what really matters. Hence why I haven't been around much the last few weeks (I know some of you have asked  )Most of us are guilty. Look around next time you're waiting in line at a coffee shop or at your child's sporting event. The majority of those around have their head buried in their phone. Not only are we missing out on a valuable opportunity to get to know the people around us, we're missing out on being present with our own thoughts and our own families. We're missing out on all the stuff that's most important.

I challenge you to unplug a little, starting today. Pick your own length of time. Perhaps this will merely be a starting point and gradually we can shave more and more time off being on our phones and being with our loved ones. Spread the word! Urge others to unplug and let's see the change in ourselves and our families.


More on these thoughts coming soon...

Real Life || Transformation Spotlight : Amanda

  

What is your name?  Amanda

How many inches/pounds have you lost? And in what length of time? 4lbs and just shy of 8 inches in 4 weeks

What program(s) helped you lose the weight? 21 Day Fix & Shakeology

How did your eating habits change? Cleaning eating and replacing a meal with shakeology!

Did you have support from family & friends? I had support from my new friends I just made through this challenge group, outside not really!

What was one major weakness that you overcame? Getting out of bed to exercise...made it part of my routine and now it's easier!

What was the main thing that kept you motivated & kept you going? I want to be happy and comfortable in my body! Have a trip planned in October and I want to be able to wear anything and not look pregnant!

What changes do you love most about your new body/life? I love how good I feel! I have more energy and am starting to see big changes!

What was your reward for your weight loss? New clothes of course!! I love love to shop :)

Did you find the challenge group helpful? Yes very!!! I loved that we all had similar goals and were there to help and encourage others! I also liked that it was people outside of what I already know! Sometimes our closet family and friends aren't very supportive of what your doing.

What is next for you? Next onto piyo :) I'm not stopping here!!


~Amanda, I am SO proud of you and am inspired by your dedication and commitment over the past four weeks! You look amazing!!! Keep it up, girl!





Sunday, July 6, 2014

Life Changes

I wasn't disappointed even a little bit in the events that Beachbody hosted for us at Coach Summit last month.  The parties were a blast, and they really made us feel special!  I've never really been the "dress up" type...but for the 4 days I was in Vegas, I was in a dress each night, and it was SO MUCH FUN!  These pictures were from the Sequins and Studs party on Friday night.  We earned a ticket to this party with achievements in our business, and it was an honor to be there with these ladies!

I just feel so blessed to have been around so many awesome people, and so much inspiration the entire week!  I came home with my head spinning and ideas bursting from my brain...so much so I just felt stuck when I got home.  I didn't know where to start!  I've been praying a lot about the direction I want to go with my business, and my life.  A lot of things will be changing.
My focus has been wrong, I started to feel like, even though I love helping people, I was starting to want more for "me". And, that's not at all the direction I want to go.  I loving being a coach, and I love everything I do...but, I'm not doing it for ME, I'm doing it to help YOU.  That's what is important to me...helping others change their lives, like I've done with mine.  Facebook started to consume a lot of my time, and my kids started getting pushed to the side (I hate admitting that, but it true).  So, I've honestly slowed WAY down since Summit.  I was expecting the total opposite, so that's partly why I think I feel stuck.

There were COUNTLESS moments while I was there that I felt like I could just burst in to tears...It was just SO emotional!  It's really hard to explain!  Being surrounded by so many like-minded people, and hearing their stories, and seeing where they came from and where they are now...it's SO amazing!  Both with their health and fitness transformations and their business growth.  I LOVE hearing those kinds of stories, and we were flooded with them while at Summit!

So, anyway....my business is changing, and hopefully growing in the direction that I feel God is leading me right now.  It's been on my heart for a long time to start some faith-based accountability groups, and that is where my focus will be.  My goals are changing (big time!) and that is on the top of my list right now...figuring out what those goals are, and my plan for achieving them.  I really believe, that even if this takes me back a few steps in my business, that this is what I need to do.  Could you please pray for me, for focus.  Focus on Him, His guidance, and putting God first in all of my decisions.  This is hard for me, and something I've struggled with for  long time.  I guess I feel like I can't possibly be the ONLY one out here that struggles with her health and fitness, AND her commitment and relationship with God.  It's so easy to get caught up in worldly things... SO EASY.  For me, it's time to STOP, refocus, and re-commit....and I'd LOVE To have you guys join me in this new journey!

I am not ready to start my new series of groups just yet...but it won't be long! If you are interested in being on my wait list, please comment here, or email me.  I'd love to talk to you more about it.  hhalleck@gmail.com

In the meantime, could you please continue to pray for me.
Thank you!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

RECIPE :: Clean Eating Caramel Corn

Happy 4th of July!
We spent the majority of our day at home, doing our chores.  We split and stacked quite a bit of wood, and worked on getting more of our bathroom remodel finished, laundry, blah blah blah....normal daily stuff.
The kids took a crazy awesome nap! 3 hours!  That's unheard of these days...and it was perfect! They slept until about 6:30, we had supper and THEN....we went to the fairgrounds for festivities and fireworks!
The kiddos got to ride a pony, which is probably what they are most excited about!
After we got to the fairgrounds they announced that the fireworks were not going to start until 11pm, versus the 10pm time they had announced on their website.  Seriously?  Not keeping these kids up until midnight!  
So, we packed up after our pony ride and headed back to Farot Park in Lima, where they were also doing fireworks.  We got a perfect spot on  hill just outside of town, set up our chairs and blankets and snacked on our homemade Caramel Corn! (recipe below!)
We've had a great weekend, and still have a couple trips planned to the park to play and ride our bikes.  It's fun to have weekends with "no plans" and "nothing to do" so you can just fly by the seat of your pants!  We've managed to get a lot of great family time in, and that is most important!
Clean Eating Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
8-10 cups popped popcorn
Directions:  In a small pot, warm the honey on high heat. Bring it to a boil.Let it boil up in the pot about 1 inch and then quickly remove from heat.Stir in nut butter with a whisk and whisk until smooth. Should be “pourable”.Pour over the popcorn and mix with a spoon.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Clean Eating || Healthy Substitutions List

Whether you’re on a clean eating plan, trying to lose weight or simply want to make healthy substitutions, here is a list of  alternatives you might like to try:

Clean Eating + Healthy Substitutions

White Sugar – Honey, maple syrup, Stevia, date sugar, maple sugar flakes, applesauce, vanilla
Brown Sugar - Honey, maple syrup, Stevia, date sugar, maple sugar flakes, applesauce, vanilla
White Flour – Wheat flour, oat flour, chickpea flour, rice flour, quinoa flour
Sour Cream – Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Butter - Olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil, mashed avocado 
Oil (for baking) - Applesauce, Greek yogurt
White rice – Brown rice, quinoa
Egg (for baking) – 1 Tbsp. chia seeds + 3 Tbsp. water
White Potatoes – Sweet potatoes
Mashed Potatoes - Mashed cauliflower 
Table Salt – Sea salt
Ground Beef – Ground turkey
Heavy Cream - Nonfat plain Greek yogurt or evaporated milk
Chocolate Chips – Carob chips
Pasta – Zucchini ribbons
Thickeners/Starches – Arrowroot
Salad Dressings – Olive oil and vinegar
Breadcrumbs – Rolled oats

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PiYo || New Workout Review

PiYo Review ::

Day 1 : For me this was a very important day.  I've heard a lot of mixed reviews throughout facebook from other Beachbody coaches and customers.  But, the title of the workout pretty much says it all...it's all about The Fundamentals.  So, like I said, for me it was really important...I'm not a Yogi, and I don't have a ton of experience with Pilates, just what I learned in the 21 Day Fix, and I only did one round of that.  So, for me, learning WHAT i was suppose to do and HOW to do it correctly was a big deal.  I LOVED day 1.  It was about 40 minutes.  No sweat, just "learning". and, i did this workout last night.
Day 2: (this morning)  FULL OUT SWEAT for me.  Now, granted I had just finished a 30 minute Kettle Bell workout that left me drenched, and I immediately followed that with PiYo Day 2 || Define : Lower Body (25 minutes).  LOVED it.  I have a love hate relationship with new workouts though, as I'm sure a lot of people do!  I love learning new things, and having a change up in my workout, but I feel SO AWKWARD and CLUMSY during it for the first week or so (at least, lol) PiYo was no different, if you could have seen me doing this, you would laugh, I was having a hard time with my balance, but that is one reason WHY i'm doing this!
Looking forward though to the rest of the workouts too!  Define:Upper Body, Sweat, Core, Buns, Strength Intervals, Drench and Sculpt!

To preface all of this.....

I have been TOTALLY slacking in my workouts...in all honestly, even though it's embarrassing for me to admit it, I haven't done a workout for about 2 weeks straight (and my body has suffered because of that).  As a really good friend of mine constantly reminds me, the struggle is real.  Even if you LOVE the way you feel after a workout, it can still be a struggle to keep up, and keep it your routine.  At least for me it is.  I struggle daily with both my workouts and my diet.  I hit snooze twice this morning before I picked my head up off my pillow.  And, it's going to take me a few days before I WANT to get up and workout regularly again.  But, I WILL do it!

So, back to PiYo!
Loved it! and I would SO LOVE to have you join me for the next couple months in doing this workout!
I'm actually starting an accountability group specifically for my friends that want to do it with me, and that includes ANYONE reading this (*unless of course you're already working with your own coach!).
AND...you can get it FREE this week!  Woot woot! :)
I'm super excited to share this opportunity with you!  So, message me, leave a comment, email me @ hhalleck@gmail.com , whatever is easiest for you, and I'll share the details on how you can register and get PiYo FREE! (easy peasy, I promise!) and I hope you'll join me!   We are going to start on July 14th!

Monday, June 30, 2014

RECIPE :: Wild Rice Summer Salad

We had such a relaxing weekend...and it's still so beautiful outside today that we've kinda kept the weekend routine going!  Lazy morning, playing out side, chasing butterflies and robins (yes, we really do that!), picnic for lunch, LOTS of sand (from the sandbox) covering our legs and toes, and a decent amount of time kicked back in the lawn chair.  I really do love days like this.  Most of my chores were done before the kids woke up this morning, so we were able to just hang out and do whatever we wanted to do!

Recipe for you today, Lydia was helping me in the kitchen this morning before we went outside, and we whipped up this summer salad to have for our lunches this week.  Easy (once the wild rice is cooked) a little nutty, chewing and so refreshing for summer!  I love every one of Tosca Reno's recipes that I've tried, and this one didn't fail either!

Wild Rice Summer Salad - Tosca Reno, The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook
6, one cup servings || 15 mintues assembly, 55 min cook time (rice)

Ingredients::
1 cup wild rice or wild rice blend
4 TBs rice vinegar
1 TBs toasted sesame oil
1 clove garlic, passed through a garlic press (i used two small, fresh from the farmers market!)
1 cup cooked boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breast, cubed (we cooked extra chicken on the grill last night!)
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped (also fresh from the farm market!)
1/3 cup cooked edamame
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels, cooked
1/2 tsp tarragon, minced (left this out, for some reason I don't have any! gotta put it on my list!)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt (I use Himalayan salt for everything!)
1/2 tsp pepper

Preparation::
1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.  Wild rice takes about an hour to cook, so it's a great idea to make it up a head of time so you have it throughout the week.  I made a double batch or rice so we can enjoy it with other meals too. If it is going to take an hour (so worth it) then i'm going to make the most of it!
2. In a small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sesame oil and garlic to make the dressing. Whisk.
3. In medium decorative serving bowl, combine cooked rice with remaining ingredients. Toss until veggies, salt, pepper and herbs are well blended.  Pour dressing over salad, mix again and serve.

Nutritional value per serving (6 one cup servings) || Calories : 202 | Calories from Fat: 39 | Protein: 8g | Carbs: 32g | Dietary Fiber: 2g | Sugars: 5g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 467mg


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shout Out || The Hubby

Quick shout out to my hubby....

Among the many things I love about him, one thing I am blessed with is his support.  I've tried a dozen dfferent business opportunites in the past....from being an online scrapbook company consultant, and starting a business designing scrapbooks for others, and a simple handmade card business, to designing upcycled skirts with Deb and Pretty Stinkin' Green,, and then branching off on my own as another business owner, ATTIC 32, (you'd think I liked crafty stuff or something, lol) and I'm pretty sure there are others I've forgotten about over the past 9 years we've been together....but, you know what?

He's never complained, and he's never said "that's silly, it won't work, you're wasting your time" NEVER.

And, now that I've pushed every one of those things out of my vision for our future, and I've honed in on my own health and fitness, and spending more time with the kiddos, he is once again 100% supportive. One thing that we both like about my business now is that it involves the whole family.  I'm not stuck down in the basement for hours in front of a cutting table and sewing machine....or buried in paper and stickers and photos stressing about the design of a scrapbook page...NOW....I am just living my every day life.  That's what I LOVE about this new passion in my life.  I don't have to invest in anything other than my own health.  Sure, I bought a couple programs to workout to (I was going to do that anyway, and the whole family uses them, even the kids sometimes!) and yes, I have Shakeology® delivered to my door each month (but we ALL use that as well, Dustin has even lost 30 pounds over the past 6 months with that being the ONLY change in his daily routine.  The kids drink it everyday and honestly i think that plays a big part in their over all health, they are never sick!) but other than that, the only investment is my time, and I look forward to checking in with people everyday. I've met some amazing new friends, and I'm meeting new people each day, and have the opportunity to share with them my story.

I am so blessed.

I just got home from a huge Beachbody event in Las Vegas, and while I was there I started really thinking about "us" (my family) and where I see us in 5 years and what I want our life to be like.  I was honestly expecting to come home on fire with ideas for my business and just go crazy and grow....but, instead I feel like my heart is telling me to slow down.  Even though I am fortunate to spend every day with my kids, my focus has been shifted over the last few months, and they aren't getting my attention like they should be.  They deserve more.  My goals were changing and I was starting to want more...more "stars" after my name (rank advancement), more money, more "friends" on facebook, more "likes" on posts, more comments, more recognition, more people on my team.  I was letting Beachbody, and all the comes with it consume me...INSTEAD of putting my heart and soul where it is needed the most.

Relationships.

My relationship with God, Dustin, Davis & Lydia.  My relationships with my friends and team and those in my accountability groups.
Beachbody is still a very big part of my life, and I am still VERY excited to share with others, and give them the best possible experience with the products with my support and accountability groups.  But, you can expect to hear a lot more about these relationships in my life than anything else <3 Because, that my friends is what is most important.


Welcome New Coach || Kristin Lamm

I would like you to meet my friend, Kristin Lamm
I have been blessed to meet so many amazing women since I started my business in coaching. Kristin is one of those women.  We share a passion for helping other people, we have seen results with the programs Beachbody offers, and we want to share that with our friends. We are not "sales people" we simply want to share with you what has worked for us. My life has changed since becoming a coach, and I am so excited to see what Kristin does with this opportunity, and all of the lives she will touch with her passionate heart  Welcome to Team Be. Kirstin. Feeling pretty blessed to have you in my life! Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Fit. Be Strong. Be a Mother, Wife, Friend and Coach. BE YOU 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

They GROW so FAST!




I can't believe that this picture was already over three years ago!  Look at them, the were SO tiny at only a week old.  This was a rough time in my life...I honestly don't remember a lot of these early days.  Between lack of sleep, and battling with PPD...most of these memories escape me. 
So, the few pictures I have are a blessing.
I remember praying over and over again that they would grow up (I know, not what most mothers pray for, we usually want them to stay little forever, right?) Not me...I wanted them to grow up, quickly.  I had a hard time dealing with the never ending crying (both had acid reflux) and constant "busy work".
I feel guilty about feeling that way now....I know I don't need to, but I look back and sometimes wish I could do it over again.  I'd love to be their mom all over again, but in the state of mine I'm in right now!  If only it were that easy.
Davis and Lydia mean the world to me.  I love their individual personalities, sense of humor, silliness, and loving hearts.  Today I sit back and watch them play in the water puddles on top of their sandbox cover, splashing, giggling and playing together perfectly and I am feeling SO blessed that I AM thier MOM <3  Best responsibility EVER.

Monday, May 5, 2014

MONDAY MENUS :: 2

I'm excited about the menu this week!  I hope you've been looking forward to it!! Here is a sneak peek...pretty delicious, right?!?

Enjoy!

MONDAY MENU :: 2

Friday, May 2, 2014

Ultimate Reset :: Day 17

FOUR MORE DAYS TO GO!!!!!!

RECIPE :: Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:
- 1 C of Coconut Water (or any liquid, almond milk is yummy!)
- 1/3 C of Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup Strawberries (or any fruit, blueberries or mangos are great!)
- 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
Directions
 - Throw in blender all ingredients. Blend on low.
- Pour mix in mason jar, or air tight container.
- Refridgerate for 20+ minutes, open, stir enjoy!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Menus

Monday Menus!
I'm so excited to start something new!
I've been collecting healthy recipes for quite a while, and we have our favorites around here!  I'm excited to start sharing them with you, and thought what better way than to make them into meal plans!
Each Monday I'll be sharing a collection of recipes for you to use during the week!

Here is week one :: Monday Menus 
Enjoy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ultimate Reset :: Day 5

I honestly feel like these updates are probably VERY boring for you!
My apologies!
My days have been going really well, I'm not craving anything, and not experiences any crazy symptoms like some do.  I had chills on days one and three but since then I've felt normal :)  Yesterday I had some smoked chicken and didn't realize until afterwards that it had rub on it that most likely contained sugar and other non healthy ingredients. AND...I had a small bowl of yogurt with fruit after super, and that is not in the plan.  I really don't think I screwed things up too bad doing both of those things...BUT, it did make this journey less than perfect...I'm okay with it!

I am really hoping to have some awesome results with this reset, and I want to follow it as closely as possible to achieve those results.

So, here is my Day 5 recap!
Here's to day 6!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ultimate Reset :: Day 3

Good Morning!
Day FOUR! I'm loving the Reset so far!!!

Here is my Day 3 Recap ::
The recipes in the book are delicious!!!!!
Look at what I've been eating the last couple days....
 Black Beans and Brown Rice and a Sweet Potato....side of cucumber tomato onion salad.

Awesome Breakfast!!! 2 Eggs, one slice of toast and one cup of steamed spinach ! YUM!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ultimate Reset :: Day 2

Day 1 Recap ::
Yesterday was  great day!  I felt awesome all day, and didn't have a problem with any of the meals set out for me, or the supplements.  The only side effect I had that I was expecting was chills...I was freezing for about 4-5 hours in the afternoon (which happens, but i didn't think I would experience that...don't know why I thought I'd be different, lol)  But, I was satisfied, not hungry at all....the day was great :)
My apologies for the notification bings in the video, lol

Day 2 Recap ::
Today was a great day too :)  I took the kids to the park and we had a picnic lunch...everything was prepared ahead of time and I didn't have any temptations!
Really I didn't have any issues today with the reset!  I'm enjoying everything so far!  Day 3-5 are typically the hardest...so, hoping tomorrow and the rest of the weekend go okay!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ultimate Reset :: Day 1

Good Morning!
I'm embarking on a new journey starting today!  I'm joining Carl (Beachbody CEO) and his wife Isabelle and doing the Ultimate Reset (21 days)

Honestly....I'm SO SO Excited to get started with this.  I've been wanting to to the reset for about 6 months, and finally it's the right time for me, and I'm ready!

I'll be brutally honest here, I've been naughty the last couple weeks...workouts have been inconsistent, nutrition has only been so-so...and I feel like crap because of it.  I'm more than ready to get back on track and start feeling the best that I can!


I took my measurements and weighed in this morning, got my before pictures, and I'm ready to go!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

RECIPE :: Baked Pumpkin Muesli Muffins


Baked Pumpkin Muesli Muffins
Makes 12

Ingredients
  • 3 cups Muesli
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (honey works too)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will work)
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (NOT Shakeology) (optional, but recommended!)
If you don't have Muesli on hand, you could use the following ingredients instead to replace the 3 cups of Muesli.
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free as needed
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts and seeds (pecans, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds)
  • 1/3 cup raisins or any dried fruit
*If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, use 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, stir together muesli, baking powder, seasonings and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin, 1 egg (or 2 egg whites), maple syrup, vanilla extract, & milk. Add pumpkin mixture to the oats and stir to incorporate.
  3. Allow the mixture to set and thicken for about 3-5 minutes before spooning into your muffin pan.
  4. Fill muffin pan almost completely full with oatmeal mixture. The muffins will not rise.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes and until the center of each oatmeal muffin is set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. If you don't allow these to cool before taking them out of the muffin pan, they will fall apart. I used a knife around the sides to make removal easier. After cooling, they will set well. Store in a covered container in the fridge for about a week.