Friday, February 27, 2015

Pear Spinach Quinoa Baby Food


Pear Spinach Quinoa Baby Food


Yum!


Ingredients:

5lbs of peeled, sliced, and cored Pears
1 cup uncooked Quinoa 
4 cups Spinach
6 cups water
1 tablespoon cinnamon



Directions:
In your slow cooker, turned on HIGH, put all your ingredients in, pouring the water over and cover. Cook for 5 hours. Puree your cooked baby food, when finished cooking, until smooth. Divide up and freeze the extras in ice cube trays for easy access. Once your cubes are frozen you can pop them out and store in a Ziploc. Heat two cubes for 1 minute in the microwave in a mug when needed. 


Freeze the extras to keep that hungry baby happy!


Charlotte was a fan! She gobble it up as fast as she could! 








Monday, February 23, 2015

Thrive vs. Shakeology















What is Thrive? Thrive is a quick fix. Thrive has several products, the most popular being a patch, that all contain two main ingredients: Caffeine and B 12.  Have you ever seen the Disney movie, Meet the Robinsons? There a scene in the begining of thee movie with a scientist that has created a caffeine patch, and has covered both arms with multiple patches and is spazzing out because she hasn't slept in day. This is how I picture all "Thrivers". The slowest way to absorb nutrients or carcinogens is through your skin.This is how the Thrive patch "transmits" the B12 and caffeine slowly through your dermal layers until it eventually reaches your nervous system. The combination of B 12 and caffeine gives you that "jult" and for some that "jult" stays all day and makes you feel jittery. Its the same feeling that diet pills and too much coffee gives you. Not a pleasant feeling for some folks. Again, this is a quick fix, to "jult" your system and should NOT be used long term. The amount of caffeine and B 12 pumping into your system daily is not needed. A healthy diet, free of caffeine is much healthier long term!
Thrive also offers other products, and "suggests" you take them as well.  Their shake is soy based, so stay far away from that. Soy is very harmful to your body and your hormones. ALL of their products contain caffeine. ALL of them! So when someone says "I have been off coffee since starting my Thrive Experience" All they have done is replace one caffeine for another. Its like switching from coffee to black tea... both are caffeinated...both will wake you up with a "jult" and both are not good for you. Caffeine is an addictive substance and has NO health benefits whats so ever! Also, Thrive will run you $100-$200 a month.... A MONTH!!! For caffeine and B 12 (primarily). Kick your caffeine habit, you can take a B 12 supplement if you want too, but take it sparingly or your body will become dependent on it making it ineffective. Working out and eating clean will give you those same wonderful effects that Thrive markets in a patch! It is not worth the cost, in my honest opinion.



What is Shakeology? Shakeology is a dense superfood packed full of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins in their true forms. Shakeology is a complete package with whey protein, quinoa, chia seeds, maca root, and more nutrients than you normally consume in a whole day! It is the healthiest meal of the day hands down! Shakeology's main ingredients consist of:
1.Whey based protein: helps develop muscle, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps promote overall health and wellness. Whey protein helps regulate your thyroid as well!
2. Pea Protein: an easily digestible protein, keeps you fuller longer, and promotes lean muscle development. 
3. Pea Fiber: A natural fiber to keep you fuller longer and is linked to maintaining blood sugars.
4. Maca Root: helps regulate hormones and stabilizes your mood and amps up your energy!
5. Chia: is a complete protein (cool!!), fiber-rich, and packed with antioxidants!
6. Flax: has omega-3s and protects against cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease!!
7. Yacon Root: Promotes a healthy gut and helps lower your cholesterol!

Shakeology can be used as a meal replacement or as a nutritious snack. Each shake contains 140-160 calories depending on the flavor and 16-17 grams of whey protein. The protein sustains you and helps refuel you after your workout. Shakeology is non-GMO, has no artificial flavors, and contains all natural and wholesome ingredients. Shakeology, paired with exercise and a clean diet, will give you energy, make you clear headed, and  help you lose weight. If you want to join my team check out my page here! Send me an email and we can chat! Happy to help! :)

Shakeology vs. Advocare

Shakeology vs. Advocare





As you can clearly see above the ingredients are completely different. I will compare the ingredients for you so that you can make an informed decision about which is better for your body and your health! Here is a comparison of the first seven ingredients in each shake so you can fully breakdown what you are consuming.

Shakeology: 

1. Whey based protein: helps develop muscle, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps promote overall health and wellness. Whey protein helps regulate your thyroid as well!
2. Pea Protein: an easily digestible protein, keeps you fuller longer, and promotes lean muscle development. 
3. Pea Fiber: A natural fiber to keep you fuller longer and is linked to maintaining blood sugars.
4. Maca Root: helps regulate hormones and stabilizes your mood and amps up your energy!
5. Chia: is a complete protein (cool!!), fiber-rich, and packed with antioxidants!
6. Flax: has omega-3s and protects against cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease!!
7. Yacon Root: Promotes a healthy gut and helps lower your cholesterol!


Advocare:

1. Protein Concentrate: A lab formed protein compound containing whey and  a chemical lactose concoction that dilutes the protein in the whey.
2. Crystalline Fructose: a processed sweetener chemically created from corn and is 20% sweeteer than regular granulated sugar. It is most similar to high fructose corn syrup and contains GMOs.
3. Vitamin Mineral Mix: contains a variety. of about 15 vitamins, that I wont list all (see above). Folic Acid is a chemical compound linked to cancer. Potassium chloride, for example, is what is used in lethal injections. Think about that for a minute.
4. Dutch Cocoa Maltodextrin: An artificially sweetened chocolate bi-product. It has a higher glycemic index than table sugar, double to be exact, and has diluted what was once cocoa into artificial and unnecessary. Think of it like a cocoa bean being turned into a candy bar... The candy bar is in the shake, not cocoa at it's true form.
5. Gum Arabic: It is a food stabilizer and yet another form of sugar.
6. Natural and Artificial Flavors: Thats all that was listed as the sixth ingredient. No disclosure as to what those flavors are...
7. Guar Gum: A thickening agent. Guar gum could potentially give you the "full" sensation, but it also is known to possibly give you some intentional discomfort and GI issues. 


The biggest differences between BeachBody's Shakeology and Advocare's Meal Replacement Shake are difference in ingredients, chemical breakdowns, and components. Remember that coco-bean analogy I mentioned? That is the best way to compare Shakeology to Advocare: Cocoa-Bean to a Candy Bar. One is full of nutrients and the other has been manipulated in a lab and factory. Shakeology is the clear winner. Shakeology has no artificial ingredients, is all whey and plant based and is the healthiest option overall.


The differences between Beachbody and Advocare don't just stop at their shakes. Beachbody as a company does not require large "buy in's" like Advocare does. You do not keep product on hand to sell. And your focus is not on selling, like it is with Advocare, your focus is motivating. Remember, Advocare pays Drew Brees and Danica Patrick to be Advocare pushers. Beachbody doesn't pay celebrities to use their product, because the product sells it's self. Combining Shakeology with a Beachbody workout program in a Challenge Pack is the best way to be successful with your own personal weightloss goals. Advocare can't offer that! Here is a link to Advocare's "buy in" needs: Advocare . Who has that  kind of cash to fork over for product that is not healthy for you??
BeachBody, on the otherhand, has a very simple and easy step to becoming a coach, here, for only the price of a challenge pack. No product on hand and no large "buy in" and you get to reap the benefits of what you purchased all for yourself all while motivating those you love to join you in your fit journey! If you would like to join me in my fit journey let me know! 




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Parmesan Garlic Oil Pasta



Parmesan Garlic Oil Pasta
Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 Box Spaghetti
3/4 cup Olive Oil
1 head of garlic, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan



Directions:

1. Boil your spaghetti until al dente! No overboiling in to oblivion! 
2. In your large saucepan heat your olive oil, add in your minced garlic, and bring to a low simmer. 
3. When your spaghetti has finished cooking add directly to the garlic/oil saucepan with a ladle full of the pasta water included. Stir together for about a minute.
4. Add your parmesan cheese to the pasta mixture and turn off the heat.
5. Serve immediately and enjoy with a healthy dose of yummy veggies for an almost healthy pasta dish! :)



My husband is currently eating like a BEAST for Body Beast and I am eating like a BIRD for 21 Day Fix so I am trying to come up with cleaner recipes that I can add things to his portion and subtract from my portion. I served him up HALF of this pasta... yes, half a box of pasta all to his self. I added meat balls to his. Ten meatballs to be exact. The kids picked at their spaghetti, but they ate far more of the oil sauce spaghetti than regular tomato sauce... Over all win win! 





Monday, February 16, 2015

21 Day Fix Week One Meal Plan


I just started my 21 Day Fix Journey!! I am a Vegetarian,. My plan is shifted slightly and had to turn some things like hummus into reds. If you aren't a vegetarian, than follow the plan to the T. If you are a vegetarian as well, then feel free to follow this meal plan! For your first week, start SLOW! Don't try and get fancy with your food. Repeat a lot! A LOT! Think of three foods that you can alternate and stick with that.  Meal planning, cooking in batches, and making sure you do your workouts is what will help you lose the most weight and inches! Success begins in your mind, develops in the kitchen, and forms with your workouts! If you are interested in starting the 21 Day Fix than check it out here!
I am a gym rat, I LOVE the gym, but the 21 Day Fix workouts are AWESOME! They kick my butt! I seriously love the flexibility of being able to workout at home and they are only 30 minutes! I love the workouts and the motivation that Autumn gives you to keep going. So fun! I just completed my first week of the 21 Day Fix and am down two pounds and two inches around m belly! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Power Salad


I recently started the 21 Day Fix, you can read more about that here, and one of the areas I was lacking in my diet was more green. I eat vegetables with every dinner, but your body needs more than that. I'm a busy mamma, as are  we all, so I decided to put together salads in containers to store in the fridge to be able to grab as I am heading out the door. This gives me NO EXCUSES! No excuse for not eating my salad that day! I bought the big bag of Kale and Spinach Mixed Greens at Costco, divided it up among the containers, adding Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds, from Whole Foods to make the salad more hearty. I added a crumbling of Feta and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to my salad when I am home, but left those out for my containers for fear of the Feta turning funky in a warm car (YUCK!) but if you have access to a fridge at work or something that you could go ahead and add it ahead of time. I have to admit, Kale has a bit of a funky taste... It takes some getting used too. I certainly will say it is not my favorite, but it is good for me. Adding the EVOO to the salad helps incorporate it all together without the added calories of a dressing! Enjoy your Power Salad on the go!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Oatmeal Banana Muffins


Oatmeal Banana Muffins
Yield: 2-3 dozen 

Ingredients: 

1 32oz container of Greek Plain Yogurt
4 cups rolled Oats
6 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
chocolate baking chips (60% or higher)
walnut halves



Directions: 

In your blender, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy. Line your muffin tins with paper liners and pour your batter in about 3/4 way full. Sprinkle a couple baking chips and walnut halves on top of your batter. Bake at 350 F for about 18 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! Freeze the extras for a guilt-less treat later! 


I recently started the 21 Day Fix and these will count as a red and yellow. If you are interested in joining me in my 21 Day Fix journey, be sure to check out my page here


Oatmeal Apple Baby Food



Oatmeal Apple Baby Food

Ingredients: 
1 cup cooked Oatmeal
1 cup apple sauce (homemade or jarred)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup water



                            
Directions:

1. In your blender, add all the ingredients, and blend on high until smooth.
2. Portion out into an ice cube tray to freeze for individual servings.
3. After 24 hrs you can pop the cubes out and store in a ziploc bag. Heat each cub in a mug for 30 seconds in the microwave when ready to eat. Enjoy!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Shakeology




Ingredients:

1/4 cup cooked oatmeal
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup Almond Milk
5 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Cook up a batch of oatmeal and store in a container in your fridge for easy use to add to your shakes.
2. In your blender add your oatmeal, Shakeology, and Almond Milk. Blend.
3. Add your ice and blend until smooth and creamy.
4. Enjoy your Oatmeal Shakeology for a filling breakfast! Pair with a fruit salad to balance out your on-the-go breakfast and take it with you in the car! Yummy!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Apple Quinoa Baby Food


Apple Quinoa Baby Food


Ingredients: 

6 large apples, peeled and cored
1 cup organic quinoa
4 cups water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 lemon zested and juiced


Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.  Turn on HIGH for 3-4 hours
2. Stir occasionally. Make sure that your ingredients cook evenly.
3. When finished cooking use your immersion blender to emulsify the ingredients.
4. Portion the smooth mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. After about 24 hours you can remove from the trays and put into ziploc freezer bags for easy freezer storage.
5. Serve up 1-2 cubes at a time depending on your baby's age and food needs. Each cube cooks for 30 seconds in the microwave. 
6. Enjoy! 




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chalkboard Mail and Key Organizer


I love my husband to bits, but two things that he scatters throughout our house are mail and keys. So, I designed this wood mail and key organizer with a chalkboard back told my husband what I wanted, sketched up a little design with some measurements, and gave them to him on his day off. I couldn't take the clutter anymore. It was driving me bonkers!


The wood, plywood backing, hooks, and chalkboard spray paint all and all costed $55. I already had some left over Ebony Stain from when I ripped off the carpet on my stairs and stained the treads, so I used that to stain the wood. 


Here is my handsome husband holding sweet baby Charlotte so I can do a quick spray on the plywood backing. 


The plywood backing was sprayed with three coats of Rustoleum Chalk Board spray paint. It dried quickly and was easy enough to assemble to the back of the wood with just a handful of screws.

I am so happy with the overall product, and am in fact selling them in my boutique now! I think that I am going to add some milk paint to the edges and sand it up a bit for the distressed look. When I do that I will add a new picture. LOVE my new mail and key organizer!! 


Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is Shakeology?



Main Ingredients in Shakeology:

1. Whey based protein: helps develop muscle, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps promote overall health and wellness. Whey protein helps regulate your thyroid as well!
2. Pea Protein: an easily digestible protein, keeps you fuller longer, and promotes lean muscle development. 
3. Pea Fiber: A natural fiber to keep you fuller longer and is linked to maintaining blood sugars.
4. Maca Root: helps regulate hormones and stabilizes your mood and amps up your energy!
5. Chia: is a complete protein (cool!!), fiber-rich, and packed with antioxidants!
6. Flax: has omega-3s and protects against cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease!!
7. Yacon Root: Promotes a healthy gut and helps lower your cholesterol!



What are you paying for?!

Shakeology contains all natural ingredients, no artificial flavorings, is whey, or brown rice based, filled with ingredients packed full of nutrition like chia seeds, pea protein, fiber, and flax. All that in one scoop of powder to make one shake a day. That is amazing to me and the fact that it tastes delicious makes it even better!
Shakeology has 160 calories a scoop (to be consumed once a day) and is considered a meal replacement. You can also blend it with other things like banana or peanut butter for added calories. The protein in each shake at 16g to 17g per shake is enough to healthily sustain you and your diet needs. Chocolate Shakeology has 6g of sugar in it per shake. The sugar is plant based and all natural. If you are a Beachbody Coach, Shakeology's cost is about $100 a month. That sticker shock is usually what stops people. But, if you were to try and buy all the ingredients in one bag of Shakeology it would cost about $500 and who has time in their day to eat all the food individually? I know I don't! The fact that there are no artificial ingredients, no GMOs, no artificial sweeteners, and is full of healthy ingredients to keep you full and happy is great in my book!!



It is an all natural, non GMO, no-soy, whey or vegan meal replacement protein shake. Here are the ingredient lists:


There are several other flavors, other than the two Chocolate forms I showed you above, and you are welcome to check them out here. They range from Greenberry to Strawberry but I am a Chocolate gal through and through!!


How To Get a Discount:

Coaches get a 25% off discount. If you want to become a coach, just for the discount, AWESOME!!!! Sign up here! I would love you on my team! You can also add yourself to my Facebook page and I will add you to my personally sponsored coach page for further mentoring! Shoot me a PM if you add yourself to my page and let me know how you found me!! :)

Coaches also earn a 25-30% commission off all sales they make. You can sign up to be a coach JUST for the discount and not sell anything, which is still awesome, but you can also earn money as a coach. You have to decide which coach you want to be, a Discount Coach or a BeachBody Coach! 



Why Make the Switch?

Personaly, I switched from Muscle Milk to Shakeology. Yes, the cost was a drastic difference from about $30 a month to $100 a month as a coach, but it was well worth it! I would rather pay more for a higher nutritional blend of ingredients and know that what I was putting into my body real ingredients and not an artificial composition of chemicals. I am so glad that I made the switch, and my ONLY regret is not switching sooner! Body by Vi, Herbalife, Muscle Milk, and Slim Fast have nothing on Shakeology!


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Maple Pecan French Toast


Maple Pecan French Toast
Yield: Serves 4-6





Ingredients for French Toast:

1 loaf of white bread (I got mine from Panera) 
5-6 large eggs
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup milk
pinch of salt



Directions for French Toast: 

1. In a wide bowl beat your eggs, milk, salt, sugar, and cinnamon for about a minute until incorporated.
2. Slice your bread about an inch thick per slice. You should be able to get about 8-10 slices per loaf.
3. Dip your bread into your egg mixture and make sure it is completely coated on both sides. The bread only needs to be in the mixture for about 10 seconds per slice.
4. Place your bread on a medium heated pan. You should be able to fit about 3-4 slices per pan. Cook each side until golden brown. About 1 minute on each side depending on thickness.


Ingredients for Maple Pecan Topping:

1 cup Pecan halves
1 1/2 cup Real Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Directions for Maple Pecan Topping:

1. In a saucepan toast your pecans for 1-2 minutes on medium.
2. Add your butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt to the pecans and let simmer for another 5-6 minutes.
3. Pour over your French Toast and enjoy warm!


I made up this recipe last weekend and it was so yummy!! I was given a loaf of Panera bread that I didn't know what to do with, so this was what I came up with. The kids devoured their French Toast and my husband, who previously had been the reigning French Toast champion in the house, tipped his hat to me! Mmmmm, those warm pecans on top of the sweet bread takes breakfast to a whole next level. Divine!