Blue Moon Shakeology

There’s something about the sweetness of the fruit mixed with the chocolate shakeology and the consistency from the frozen fruit that makes this combo a huge winner in our house!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

*10oz water

*1 scoop chocolate shakeology

*1 cup frozen blueberries

*Lots of ice (about 12 cubes)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

*Blend in a blender until smooth and you reach the desired consistency!

For all my 21-day fixers and Insanity Max:30 participants:

This would equate to 1 RED  and  1 PURPLE for your meal plan! 

If you’re like me and looking for ways to add in some greens, you can also toss in a cup of fresh spinach and tack on 1 GREEN as well!!! 

Get your first month’s worth of daily, dense nutrition delivered right to your doorstep by clicking HERE.

Not quite sure if you’re ready for a full month – but still want to give it a try? Try the 4-flavor sampler pack!  The combinations are endless and sure to leave you satisfied!!!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Meal Plan

All I can say is thank goodness today is REST DAY!

I am officially 1 week in on Insanity Max:30 and now I can see why Shaun T referred to this program once as “plauteu buster” – its amazing! Don’t get me wrong, its intense and hard and challenging but you can feel while you’re working out how you are using so many different muscle groups. You don’t just squat or just lunge or just hold a plank…you’re combining these moves and maximizing your results!!! My little secret to keep pushing forward:

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I’d say the one muscle group I can feel working harder than before is my core – you use your core in so many of the moves and I am already starting to see changes in my body!!! SCORE!!!

So for those of you wondering a bit more about the program…week 1 went a little something like this:

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I was a little disappointed in myself on Monday for maxing out almost one minute sooner than when I first tried the Cardio Challenge when my package arrived but I think it was just the extra excitement I had pushing me along the week before. But at the same time – I know I can do better and that is most definitely on my goal list for this week!!!

Tabata Power was twice this week and I was solid on the first part, week on the pushups, great on the core work but struggled on the tricep dips. Needless to say it was easy to identify my weak spot and know where I need to focus and strive to improve!!!

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Sweat Intervals did just that – it made me SWEAT!

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I’ll admit – I was a bit nervous to try the Friday Fight Round 1. I had heard it was “hard” but then again – this program is far from easy!!! I had to give myself my own little pep talk that morning and focus on how its all mind over matter. I remember reading how your mind quits far before your body – so keep pushing even when you don’t think you can do anymore. I told myself – “when I think I’m done – I’m going to do three more” and that mentality worked! I was exhausted but I maxed out in the 11th minute of this workout – much longer than any of the others. Granted I was really struggling to push myself after I first maxed out and did almost all modified for the remaining time but it really helped me realize – its a game – its MIND OVER MATTER!

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Pulse is an optional Saturday (could be a rest) workout and although I when I finished FRIDAY FIGHT I was already set on a rest day Saturday, my body told me the stretch and low impact moves would help me recover. And let me say – it was 20 minutes well spent!!!! Plus I like to stick to my routine every day – not just during the week! I feel accomplished and energized to start my day. And despite getting up earlier than I “have” to – I am more productive and actually feel more energized!!!

And that brings us to today – Sunday – my first rest day of week 1. I am happy with how things went thankful to have the time to reflect and focus on week 2. These workouts are so great but I know you won’t get results without nailing the nutrition. Here’s my week 2 plan***:

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***Remember all you 21-day fixers out there – this meal plan would also work for those of you in the first bracket of that nutrition guide – bonus 🙂 

I kept a lot of things similar to week 1. I wanted to switch up some of the dinners and lunches, but my Shakeology for breakfast remains consistent. Shakeology is far and away my favorite meal of the day but any time I can get a green in first thing I am happy! So I’m sticking with the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” approach and leaving my breakfast the same!

I also continue my daily yogurt bowl for one snack and veggies and eggs for the other. The one thing I knew I would be repeating this week is zucchini pasta! Its become one of my favorite snacks, sides, meals – it does it all!

We have a busy weekend visiting friends one day and traveling to my home town for my Dad’s birthday but I will pack my healthy snacks and do my best to make good choices! Thankful for my 7-day Clean Eating accountability group for the Holidays group kicking off tomorrow…there’s power in numbers!!

And there you have it – week 1 is behind us and week 2 is ready to rock! Here’s to a fantastic week!!!!

If you are interested in Insanity Max:30 or any other Beachboy workout program and would like to get 1:1 coaching and support along with motivation and accountability, please fill out my challenge and accountability application below! I share tips and recipes and I will help you with the one thing I always found so difficult – MEAL PLANNING!  Remember – your health and fitness success is 80% nutrition. You can get all the results and support you need right in your own home – and you don’t have to do it alone! My 7-day clean eating group starts tomorrow and my next 60 day full support group kicks off January 5th! Its not too early to reserve that spot!!! 

Finding the time to value YOURSELF

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Do you value your own health and fitness?

 Ok, so maybe its easy to immediately, quickly, answer YES.  But if say “yes” – can you say your actions meet your words? Do you treat your body the way it should be treated? Do you fuel your body with healthy foods? Or do you choose convenience and cost over true health benefits? Do you make sure you get some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week? Or do you make excuses as to why you can’t find the time to get up and get moving?

Alright – so that was a lot of questions but I really want you to stop for a minute. If you think about your answers to those questions and you really do act as if you value your own health and fitness – then good for you!!! You are LIVING and LEADING a healthier more fulfilling life and chances are you generally feel pretty darn good about yourself! But if you aren’t really valuing yourself – how about you start now – start TODAY!!!

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I never understood my husband’s “all or nothing” attitude. He was either riding the healthy living train or not. I on the other hand had the “well I worked out which means I EARNED a bowl of ice cream” attitude. And truth is – you can’t burn off an unhealthy diet! Take it from me – I did the T25 workouts for almost 6 months but didn’t change a thing in with my nutrition. And yes, you guessed it, my results matched my efforts – I DIDN’T LOSE A POUND! And I was frustrated. I didn’t understand why other people were getting results and I was at a stand still. Turns out it wasn’t the program’s fault – but rather the choices I was making in the kitchen – or better yet – bakery! But…I switched gears and gave the 21-day fix a try and actually committed to following the meal plan AND doing the workouts AND joined a challenge group and low and behold – RESULTS!!! Turns out when you start looking at food as your body’s FUEL rather than a reward the rewards will come on their own. True results and a body that looks as good as it feels!!!

The 21-day fix changed me and my family. Not only from an appearance standpoint but the way I looked at food. I learned about clean eating, portion control and made small changes that made a big impact in our lives. My husband joined me on this journey and we embraced the change-TOGETHER! We started coming up with ways to take old favorites and turn them into healthy clean meals we could all enjoy! Not only did we both lose weight but we both FELT better, had more energy to play with our kids, and we were actually eating more food – but in the right portions – and at the right times! As we continued to embrace this change and clean eating, the more it simply became OUR LIFESTYLE.

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Shakeology Pudding – in a SOLO cup!

We are a clean eating family. We focus on healthy portion sizes, we eat 2.5-3 hours apart, there are very little to no processed foods, and we drink a heck of a lot of WATER. When we travel we not only have snacks for the kids but our own snacks – healthy snacks – and we don’t look for excuses. Is it always easy? No! But is it always worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

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The one thing that has played a HUGE rule in this lifestyle change has been SHAKEOLOGY.

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I’ll start by saying as I began this whole Beachbody workout routine I remember seeing posts from other people who just LOVED this shake and I couldn’t possibly think of how some powdered “meal replacement shake” could really be THAT GOOD and REALLY worth the it. Well you know what they say – don’t knock it until you try it!!! It took a few go arounds but once I decided to give it a try and committed to drinking it for one week straight to “see what the hype was about” my only thought after those 7 days was “Why did I wait so long!” This would have been a godsend in those very first early newborn baby stages!!!!

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This stuff was what I needed!!!! I was struggling to balance my newborn who thought sleep was the worst possible way to spend his time and a busy toddler who just wanted to go go GO. Sitting down to eat any meal was simply never going to happen – but I could shake up a shake or blend something creative in the blender and fuel up while tending to the needs of my kids without having to sacrifice my own nutrition! And now mom doesn’t have to be the last one to eat 🙂  I used to be the Queen of “granola bars” but if you are one to grab one and go – check out the label on some of the most popular “breakfast bars” – you can’t even pronounce half the ingredients!!! They’re essentially glorified candy bars! Needless to say, Shakeology quickly became my “duh” meal. Life just doesn’t make sense without it!!! With my busy schedule I need something that I can depend on every single day. Shakeology is a full meal replacement shake (NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE!) and it takes about 60 seconds to make and includes all the dense nutrition of several servings of salad all in about 150 calories per glass! The energy it gives me is insane and so important to help me get through each day!!!

 ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR???

Do you feel as though you are living the life I mentioned above? Or can you relate to at least one aspect? Are you stuck in a spot where you WANT to be healthier but you can’t seem to figure out how you can possibly fit one more thing in your day?

Here are a few tips for you to get started, stay on track, and/or reach your own goals:

  1.  Start today, NOW! Like RIGHT NOW!!!! Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or after Christmas or once the New Year begins…START NOW!  Why? Why not??!! Like I said in my Healthy Holiday Goals post a few days ago – you can start now or you can wait and see if you fall into that average “7-10 pound” weight gain most people experience during this season. Its your choice. But do me a favor – and consider: Can you imagine how you’ll FEEL if you decide to commit today??? Imagine how your clothes will fit…imagine how you’ll carry yourself…imagine how you’ll FEEL. Then let me know if you’re ready!

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  1.  Start small – make a list of what you need to change and start making little changes each week. I’m not saying you have to jump right and start working out 7/days a week eating only 100% clean foods, etc… But start making small changes. Become aware of the ingredients in the foods you’re putting into your body. Chances are if you can’t read the label or pronounce the word you probably shouldn’t be eating it! Give yourself a self evaluation on your exercise, nutrition and water in take – what needs the most attention? Make a new goal/positive change each week. For example, your first step may be to rid your house of all the “bad/unhealthy” foods, next you may need to start getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3x a week, then increase your water intake and/or decrease/eliminate soda or any other sugary drink you consume. And yes – this counts diet soda too! As you continue to make these changes, add in something new until you’ve transformed your LIFESTYLE.
  1.  If you can’t control the sweets – keep them out of the house. Ok – this is where I struggle the most. My daughter and I LOVE to bake.
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    My little man LOVES mommy’s shake!

    My son naps, we bake. Its just our “thing”. Its fun and we get a yummy treat out of it! But let’s be honest – no one needs dessert everyday! Besides – it certainly doesn’t do anything to benefit our kids! We’ve been able to shift gears and start doing art crafts during naps and when she REALLY wants to bake I try to take a healthy spin on it like my sweet potato brownies. And if we are going to splurge and make some chocolate chip cookies I will do it on a day when we can take them somewhere and share them so one cookie doesn’t turn into a lunch filled with cookies for her or me! Then they’re gone and we can all focus again!!!

  1.  If you struggle with finding the time in your day to make healthy meals then replace 1 meal a day with shakeology.  Why??? I’ll ask you this way – WHY NOT??? There is nothing else out there even comparable! I know I said it once but I’ll say it again – SHAKEOLOGY is NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE like a lot of people think. Shakeology is a full meal replacement with the right carb to protein ratio to fuel your body and keep you full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  It has the fast burning carbohydrates with the slower burning protein to keep you satisfied.  The one aspect that sets this meal replacement drink apart from anything else out there is that it is loaded with all natural ingredients, not processed ingredients, that are going to meet your daily requirements for vitamins and nutrients. Maegan Blinka, healthy snack, meal replacement shake,  healthy meal replacement on the go, Shakeology, Shakeology cheesecake, vanilla shakeology, Shakeology recipes, clean eating, clean snacks, breakfast on the go, meal replacement Most people notice an increase in energy levels as it provides the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs! Your cravings for sweets are also decreased which is typically caused by a vitamin deficiency and that you will no longer experience. I do want to make something clear – it is not a weight loss shake – although it is clinically proven to AID in weightloss. It’s a nutritious meal replacement shake that will help you lose weight naturally. I drink it Every. Single. Day. And with all the benefits I can see and feel, I’ll take this $4 meal over any other option out there! I’m not going to pretend like it’s not an investment-because it is. It is an investment in your health-and-you should invest in your health because when you feel better you are more confident, healthier and happier! Plus the convenience aspect of being able to grab – shake – and go – can’t be beat! There’s no drive-through for this busy mama!!! Food is your fuel for your body – FUEL your body RIGHT!
  1. JOIN A CHALLENGE GROUP! There’s Power in numbers my friends!!! There’s other options out there besides Beachbody – but no other company combines it all for you. The Fitness you get from the top of the line workout programs with some of the best trainers, the Nutrition from Shakeology combined with the nutrition guide that will come with your DVD workout program and the SUPPORT of a challenge group. Surround yourself with people with similar goals, similar likes and similar desires and you will see you pushing each other further and further along!  Join my next challenge group and I promise you – I will help YOU reach YOUR goals! Fill out the application below for a spot!!

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Shakeology Pudding

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Ok – HOLD THE PHONE!

Yes, I LOVE SHAKEOLOGY – that’s no secret! I am still amazed that someone found a way to pack the nutritional value of 6 salads into a glass. To include digestive enzymes, probiotics, protein, antioxidants and nearly every vitamin and mineral your body needs in a convenient meal replacement shake that – GET THIS – tastes AhMAZING! It’s like magic!

But this stuff isn’t just limited to a meal replacement shake – it makes some incredible desserts!!!! And one of my all time favorites is Shakeology Pudding:

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • ¾ cups plain Green Yogurt
  • ¼ – ½ scoop Chocolate (Vegan or Regular) Shakeology
  • 1-2 TBS PB2 or All natural Peanut Butter

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Combine the 3 ingredients into a bowl and stir until blended. If you want to get real crazy you can even toss in a few chocolate chips – but I think its good just the way it is!

This is a sure fire way to satisfy any sweet tooth craving!!! I usually opt for the lower calorie option and do 1 TBS of PB2 whereas my hubby opts for the 2 TBS of all natural PB – but it’s totally up to you! Either way it’s a delicious, high protein, 21-day fix approved (1 ¼ – 1 ½ reds plus a few of your tsps depending on how much PB or PB2 you use!!!)

You can get your own 30 day Shakeology supply HERE

Not sure what flavor you’d like – but still want to give Shakeology a try? Try this flavor sampler pack to figure what which is your favorite!

As a beachbody coach I run health and fitness challenge groups to help other people begin and/or continue their health and fitness journey and turn it into a LIFESTYLE! If you’re interested in more information about ways to enjoy clean eating and/or would like to be part of my upcoming challenge group,  fill out the form below! Together we can end the trend of obesity!

 

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Butternut Squash Soup

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I was making good use of naptime on Sunday and while the gluten free brownies were baking I started prepping for my first ever attempt on Butternut Squash Soup! I think its the idea of knowing how darn hard those things are to cut up but I bought the squash a week ago and had yet to cut them open. And this isn’t the first time I ran into “needing” to use them up! I got a recipe for some delicious soup from my brother in law and made a few tweaks to create a delicious, healthy, butternut squash soup!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 gloves of garlic
  • 1 butternut squash, cleaned, skinned, and sliced
  • 1/2 Granny Smith Apple, skin removed, chopped
  • 25-30 oz low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Pumpkin or sunflower seeds (optional) 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Sautee onion, carrots and garlic in olive oil, until soft.
  2. Add butternut squash and apples
  3. Add chicken/vegetable stock until just covered and bring to a boil. Then simmer until soft.
  4. Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You may have to do this in two batches.
  5. Pour back into pan and season as desired***
  6. Serve topped with pumpkin or sunflower seeds for a little added crunch!

***I’ll be honest – I didn’t add anything else!!! Some things to consider would be salt, pepper and ground nutmeg! You could also add heavy cream depending on the consistency you like – but I was trying to keep it low cal! Plus it was DELICIOUS just the way I made it so I saw no need in adding anything else! 

This batch made about 10 cups – enough for two dinners and a few lunches!!! You could also freeze some into individual containers for a quick easy weeknight meal! I think its safe to say it was also toddler approved!!!

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Day 4 and we finally finished it all up! I’ll be making this one again soon for sure – likely Thanksgiving Day!

 

Whether you’re new to clean eating or a seasoned pro – if you’re interested in more information fill out the form below to join one of my upcoming health and fitness accountability and support groups! Together we can end the trend of obesity!

 

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

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I usually spend my Sundays with my family using nap time to meal plan and grocery shop for the upcoming week however I found myself with a quite a bit of produce leftover from the week on the verge of going bad. I don’t use the word “hate” very often but I really truly HATE wasting food!!!

Top of my must use list: 2 baked sweet potatoes and quinoa!

Using the two sweet potatoes was a pretty easy decision! I had remembered seeing a brownie recipe a while back and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try!!! My hubs has recently gone gluten free so I wanted to make sure it was something the entire family could enjoy!

Sweet Potato Brownies (Gluten Free)

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP Cooked Quinoa*
  • 3 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

*I had leftover quinoa in my fridge. You could also use quinoa flour or coconut flour as a substitute

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Bake your sweet potatoes (or if you’re like me use leftover ones!), peel skin and let cool
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mash sweet potatoes and add: eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla
  4. Add dry ingredients: quinoa, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and mix well
  5. Stir in chocolate chips
  6. Pour into 8×8 glass baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

If you have a little helper like me that’s an extra bonus!

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My only advice – Try not to eat the entire pan! I had 1/4 of the pan gone within minutes and had to hide it from myself in the microwave!

 

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Grilled Butternut Squash-Clean eating style

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One of my favorite things of fall is all the winter squash! Squash is easily one of my favorite veggies. But…confession time – I usually cheat and buy the cubed butternut squash from the grocery store!!! Its just so dang hard to cut those things in half! But, I had been staring at this little guy on my counter for over a week so I figured it was time to brave it! I solicited some ideas from my facebook friends on some yummy recipes and although there were quite a few impressive sounding ideas…I couldn’t pass up the grilled option given we were sitting on a very unseasonably warm late October day!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Butternut Squash
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2-3 TBS Honey

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

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Steps for making grilled butternut squash

  1. Wash the butternut squash thoroughly
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes and add honey
  3. Slice the squash in half so you have two even bottoms to work with and peel off the outside
  4. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat
  5. Cut each half into slices and then steam in a microwave safe bowl with about 1-2″ of water for 4 minutes
  6. Grill approximately 5-6 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of your slices, brushing with honey & balsamic glaze
  7. Enjoy!

 

I also think this would be good with some brown sugar or cinnamon and a little olive oil! Get creative – try something new!

Tonight I served it with grilled chicken and steamed broccoli! YUM!!!!

 

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Rosemary Chicken and Colorful Quinoa

Dinner in 30 minutes or less!

Sounds promising right?!?! I don’t know about you – but in my world, all dinners would be prepared in under 30 minutes. Once I start heading towards the kitchen my kids start that “need for a snack” request train and the last thing I want to do is give in to snacks to keep them happy while I’m cooking! I use my crockpot A LOT especially in the colder months, but you can only have so many crockpot meals! So in turn, I also use my freezer A LOT!!!! And I do A LOT of prep work early in the week so I can quickly make a delicious dinner later on!

 I started doing Wildtree freezer parties with my friends and I LOVE them! Sure any type of “Moms Night Out” is fun but with these parties not only do you get a night out you come home with a stockpile of fresh and healthy meals for your family all ready to be frozen and pulled out for a quick convenient meal during the week!!! One thing I’ve learned is although these parties come with a pre-made menu and suggested sides – I make them my own so they fit my lifestyle! I’ve found greek yogurt is a great substitute for any sort of cream cheese, sour cream or cream of whatever soup you traditionally would use!!! The seasonings are all organic and non GMO which makes for a healthy mama!!! On to tonight’s 30 minute dinner…

Rosemary Chicken and Colorful Quinoa

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A few weeks ago I had prepared two freezer bags – you could do this the night before and put in the fridge or weeks before to freeze and use when ready. By all means you could even do this the day of…but personally I rarely have that much time all in one day! Like I said…this is a  30 minute meal!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

 

  • Chicken and Veggie Prepared Freezer Bags* – see below for instructions

  • 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa

  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach

  • Avocado (optional)

  • Crumbled Feta (optional)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

 

1. The night before: prep chicken and veggies or pull freezer bags out of freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge for approximately 24 hours. This is why meal planning is SOOO important…this was already done, no need to try to “quickly” thaw.

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add 1 tsp garlic grapeseed oil or olive oil.

3. Remove chicken from marinade, cook through in pan, turning once.

4. There are two options with the quinoa. 1) While chicken is cooking, prepare quinoa** according to package instructions – OR – 2) Take pre-cooked quinoa out of the fridge. I like to cook a big batch of quinoa at the start of the week and then use for multiple recipes later in the week. It makes for a great carb to include with lunch, a topping on a salad or even in a wrap!

5. When chicken has cooked through, remove from pan and add precut veggies. (Be sure to drain any liquid from the veggies if prepared as a freezer meal.) Season veggies with salt and pepper, if desired, and sauté until cooked. Add cooked quinoa to veggies. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When cooled slightly, add fresh spinach. Top with sliced chicken and garnish with avocado and/or feta crumbles, if desired.

 

And there you have it!  We had company and  this meal made enough for 4 adults and one (very hungry) toddler and we had enough for leftovers for one more dinner! Since I had prepped everything previously and the meal just needed cooked – I was able to have dinner on the table in just about 30 minutes exactly! It tasted fresh, was full of flavor and was something DIFFERENT from our normal weeknight meals! This was definitely one we’ll be repeating in the future!

Night 1:

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Night 2: (I preferred the salad – great way to fill up on those greens for the 21-day fixers!!!)

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The freezer bags:

* Bag 1 – Chicken

2 lb chicken breast (thin sliced, butterfly style)
1/2 cup Wildtree Rosemary Garlic Dressing

Bag 2 – Veggies

  • 2 zucchini/squash diced 
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon Wildtree Garlic Grapeseed Oil (could use Olive Oil and Fresh Garlic to taste)

** The recipe called for orzo but I chose to swap out quinoa for a healthier, higher protein option!

I used to struggle with meal planning and coming up with new and healthy ideas my entire family could enjoy! If you’re anything like me and you succeed when part of a group atmosphere join my upcoming Clean Eating Challenge group! We’ll share ideas, tips and motivation to come up with a plan that suits YOU and YOUR family! Just fill out the application for a spot!!!

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Finding that balance to get it all done

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BUSY MOM TIP: Find something that your kids enjoy and will keep them contained, so you can FOCUS. Whether its for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or gasp – a half hour! Happy, quiet kiddos results in a very produtive mama!!!

Ok so I know I’m busy, you’re busy, what mama out there isn’t “busy”?!?! The to-do list is never ending and we are always looking for a way to maximize our time and knock those items off our to-do list in the most effective way! One thing I’ve realized is it all comes down to balance. Balancing your priorities, your time, and where you need to be at each moment each day.

I had a fabulous weekend away cheering on my mom as she rocked out her first ever marathon in Baltimore but now its time to get back to the grind! The weekend away was fun, but there’s a giant pile of laundry to catch up on, things to get ready for the week ahead, grocery shopping that desperately needs taken care of and a workout that cannot be skipped…as with any fun family weekend this one as well resulted in a few extra calories ❤ All well worth it!!!

I admit, I did snooze…well I snoozed twice, but then I got up, downed my E&E and got my sweat one with a little P90! Starting my day with a workout is the best way to get up, wake up, and get on with my day!!!!

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Regardless of how early I get up, I almost never get done what I need to do. Ok well, let me rephrase that. I always get done what I NEED to do but rarely everything I WANT to do! We basically came home last night and just left everything as is. So as a means to catch up around the house this morning I wanted to have something fun for the kiddos to do after breakfast that would keep them enterntained and allow me to get a few things done! Soooo…after my workout I prepped a little painting craft for the kids.

My daughter never turns down painting and let’s be honest, her little bro just wants to do whatever his big sis is doing! While I’m not quite ready to turn him lose with a paint brush and blank canvas I remembered seeing this idea on Pinterest where you put the paint in a ziplock bag and tape it down. Seemed easy enough yet I had never tried it! So while the little ones continued sleeping I got the paint brushes and paper out for Aubrie and and poured the paint into the bag. I had to prep this one before they got up because if I hadn’t I would have had two little monkeys climbing on my legs as I tried to get everything together and by the time I finished one of them would have certainly lost interest!!!

With a busy morning of gymnastics and a trip to the grocery store I knew I was limited to my freezer stock for tonight’s dinner! I pulled out one of my favorite crockpot meals – Black Bean and Corn Chicken Salsa. This is so easy…freezer to crockpot to dinner table – easy peezy!

We went on with our usual morning routine and when I offered out the paint brushes both kids were beyond excited!!! Aubrie was perfectly content for a solid 45 minutes only needing more brushes, a birdhouse and more paper to keep her satisfied! I’m not going to say it lasted quite as long as I had hoped for Colt but I got a good 15 minutes and well…15 mintutes of both kiddos content and contained meant I was able to unload the diswasher, switch over the laundry and even grab a quick call with one of my coaches – Pinterest craft = success!

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I was even able to squeeze in a few more minutes of work while Colt worked hard to take every single item out of all the art table bins and Aubrie continued working on her masterpiece!

it may get messy

Things may have gotten a bit messy, but well, our house is usually messy! There are always toys on the floor, crumbs under the table and our toy bin is typically empty with the books spread across the floor. But secretly – I love it!!!! When Daddy walks in the door with the response” Wow, looks like you guys had fun today” you know it was a successful day! We had playtime, art time, story time, a successful trip to the grocery store (thank you Giant Eagle for inventing the Eagles Nest) and we all got done what NEEDed to get done! Finding that balance is an ongoing task but one I will continue to work towards perfection!

 

 

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Caramel PB Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeo

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I’ve set a little challenge for myself – no milk or banana in my daily shakeo for two weeks! And no more greek yogurt! Why??? Well I used to be good with sticking to 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 of a banana…but that 1/2 cup has been creeping its way up there…and the 1/4 of a banana has been more like a 1/2 and although I know these are both “healthy” foods…I feel best when I avoid all milk and I feel less bloated when I pass on the banana. Same goes with the yogurt…plus with blueberries out of season I’m struggling to find that perfect combo! With these little changes I decided to come up with a new shakeo recipe to fill the void:

Caramel PB Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeology

WHAT YOU NEED:

12 ounces of water

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

1 TBS Fat free/sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

1 TBS PB2

1 tsp caramel extract

Lots of ice!!!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Blend until you reach the consistency you like! I prefer to “crush ice” first followed by “blend” for about 30 seconds. Like most of my shakeos – I eat it with a spoon! Perfect post-workout breakfast!!! All this an clocking in at about 200 calories – I’ll take it!!!

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