Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Snickers Bar - Made Healthy!

You will absolutely die when you make this recipe so get the ingredients and make this NOW!!

1st:  Blend 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup raw almonds, and 3 Tbsp of honey.  Form into 4 or 5 bars and place in freezer on wax paper or parchment paper.

2nd:  Puree 1/2 cup dates with a tablespoon of water at a time to make the caramel layer.  I kept having to scrape down the sides but it eventually works.  Chop up 1/4 cup almonds, or use a blender and mix it into the caramel (date) puree.  Spread this puree, which will be thick, onto the frozen nougats that were in the freezer.  Then place back in freezer.

3rd:  Mix together 3 tbsp coconut oil, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Add 2 tablespoons of powder sugar if you want it a bit sweeter (yes this is not clean eating but I have a major sweet tooth!)  Pour this chocolate sauce over the frozen bars and place back in freezer to harder.

DEVOUR!!!!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Southwestern Hummus & Pesto Hummus

Southwestern Hummus

1 can rinsed and drained black beans
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cilantro leaves
1 tsp cumin
pepper, salt, chili powder to taste

Blend and enjoy!




Pesto Hummus

1 can rinsed and drained chick peas
1/3 cup tahini
2 Tbsp chickpea basil pesto
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Monday, July 21, 2014

More about me and my fitness story

***Honesty Alert***
What was I like before beachbody?

This is a question I get asked quite a bit. I was a former college athlete who struggled with my weight and self confidence all throughout college. I loved competing and working hard but absolutely hated shopping for new clothes. I did not like how I looked in the mirror, didn't like how clothes felt on me besides my soccer clothes, and I didn't know how to fix it.

I joined weight watchers, lost some weight, worked my ass off in soccer and finished my 4 years. I had thunder thighs at the end of 4 years.

Afterwards I fell into the trap of putting on weight, dropping weight...always back and forth. I would workout for hours, but I was still never happy with my definition or the way I felt. I didn't know what to do.

Beachbody saved me. I was introduced to insanity from my beachbody coach and entered my first 30 day healthy eating group. The support from others, the health tips, motivation and meal planning...it was truly amazing to experience!! Beachbody helped me incorporate weight training, not just overdosing on cardio. It helped improve my confidence, my enjoyment in shopping came back, my love for cooking and cooking healthy was finally there. The workouts came with a schedule to follow, eating right and making unhealthy recipes the right way, drinking the shakeology...it all came together for me.

I was once an unhappy, unconfident person and then grew into a confident, outgoing person who is enthused to share my beachbody experience with others. There truly is nothing better than being healthy and getting fit.

Whenever you feel like there is nothing left, you just have to take a step in the right direction.


I am always here to help people. If they have a will...there is a way!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blondies!!

Try these blondies for a SWEET craving to be satisfied!!  Got this from Beachbody coach Melanie Mitro and OH WOW are they good!!

healthy desserts, blondies, chocolate, clean eating dessertsINGREDIENTS:
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Peanut butter or almond butter (all natural)
1/3 cup of maple syrup or agave or honey (your choice!)
 2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salf
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips plus 2 tbsp. (I used a vegan kind but you can choose)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray
2. Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or for me....I LOVE my ninja!  Then fold the 1/3 cup chocolate chips in.
3. Spread in pan, then sprinkle the 2 tbsp chips on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool on wire rack before cutting.

HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chocolate Pudding

Craving Chocolate??? Don't want to pack on the pounds???

THIS IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION!!  Satisfies any chocolate craving and couldn't be easier to make!  Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor/blender and refrigerate in 4 different serving dishes.  I put them in little tupperware containers to have them on the go.  ENJOY!

BLEND:
1 1/2 Scoops Chocolate Shakeology
1 avocado
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp h
oney
1 tsp vanilla

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Seriously this recipe is super easy and well worth it!  It will not add pounds to the waist line like real mac and cheese!  Give it a go and let me know what ya think!

INGREDIENTS:
1 head of cauliflower broken into florets
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup shredded gruyere cheese or whatever cheese you want
salt and pepper to taste
Panko-optional

DIRECTIONS:
1. Toss cauliflower with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and 1 tbsp olive oil.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or till crispy.
2. While that is cooking heat up the rest of the oil, combine with flour to make a paste.  Add milk and keep stirring.  Then add cheese and salt and pepper.
3. Take cauliflower out and put in a pyrex dish.  Pour sauce over top. Optional panko breadcrumbs on top. Bake for 10 more minutes.
4. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

3 Day Refresh Results!!

I was totally off track with eating healthy lately.  I had parties to attend, 4th of July, BBQ's, etc.  I left all of this get in the way of a healthy lifestyle that I love.  I was establishing bad habits and was disappointed for not feeling the best.  I was tired all the time, not sleeping well, clothes didn't fit the same....IT SUCKED!!

I also felt bloated and hated looking in the mirror. I was just not happy and overall knew I could do better!

So I got the 3 Day Refresh, a New program from Beachbody that you watch the video and see more about: CLICK HERE 

For the rest of July, It is only $140!!!...That is over $70 in savings as you get a bag of shakeology, and the 3 day refresh!!  Seriously this is even more the reason why I couldn't pass up this opportunity.


THE PROCESS:
You have 1 Shakeology a day, 2 Vanilla fresh shakes that come with the package, 1 Fiber sweep drink, and some fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats.  Honestly, it really isn't bad at all.  A lot of those Juice cleanses or fasts leave you starving and hating life....I LOVED THIS!!  I did not feel hungry and if I got any urges, I  just had some green tea.  I highly recommend this program.

THE RESULTS:
Healthy eating, 3 day refresh, motivation, workout results
So 3 Days later, I FEEL AMAZING!!! Bloating is gone, I am so happy looking in the mirror, I do not have cravings anymore and I am staying on track.  Not distracted by outside, unhealthy foods, do not want pastries which I was getting into a bad habit of, and most of all MY CLOTHES FEEL GOOD ON ME!  I FEEL SEXY, I FEEL FIT.  That is the biggest part :)  And hey, I am back on track and going to CONTINUE losing and toning my body and eating healthy!!


DOWN 4.4 Pounds in 3 days
LOST 6 inches TOTAL
         .5 inches off both arms
         1.5 inches off my chest
         2.5 inches off my hips
         1 inch off each leg
         .5 inches off my butt  (and yes I measure this because I am always doing squats to make this firmer for bikini season haha)

So there it is.  My recap of the 3 Day refresh!  If you want the Challenge pack this month, DO IT NOW!!!!!  CLICK HERE