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Simple fitness habit you’re not doing

Simple fitness habit you’re not doing

Start the new year off with this easy yet effective fitness habit, something that I can almost guarantee you’re not doing. By making this small change to your daily routine you’ll quickly find those unwanted pounds coming off quickly and easily.

***Warning: This fitness habit is going to sound so easy that you may be inclined to simply dismiss it. My advice is to try it out before writing it off as too easy.***

The simple fitness habit that you’re not doing is to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily.

Now I know that sounds boring but take a moment to calculate your water intake over the past few days. Did you even get close to the minimum of 64 ounces? Really, for optimal fat loss, you want to be drinking closer to a gallon of water each day.

Why is water such a big deal? Here are 3 serious reasons why drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day will help you drop pounds and achieve a stunning transformation…

#1) Water Helps Fat Metabolism in the Liver

When it comes down to the technical process of losing fat, your liver is where the action is. The key to having a highly functional liver, one that quickly removes metabolic waste and built up toxins, is to be properly hydrated by drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day.

Your liver is a filter for your body. When you aren’t drinking enough water, your liver accumulates a buildup of waste product that slows the process of fat metabolism down.

#2) Water Helps Balance Hormones

Without getting too technical about the science of fat loss, it’s important that you understand that your hormones play an important role in your body’s ability to lose fat. When your body enters a state of dehydration, your organ and digestive functions are compromised, which in turn negatively impacts hormonal balance.

This stress, brought on by dehydration, impacts your adrenal glands, signaling the need for an increase in cortisol, which encourages your body to begin storing fat, rather than burning it.

#3) Water Reduces Calorie Intake

By drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily, your desire for high calorie, sugary drinks like soda and high fructose juices will diminish. This decrease in fattening calories really adds up!

In addition to weight loss, drinking water has an infinite number of benefits – including improved skin complexion, boosted immune system, cleansing toxins out of the body, etc.

While it’s important to drink plenty of water in general, be sure you’re increasing your amount before and after your workouts. The more you sweat, the more water you lose, and it’s important to replace that lost water to avoid dehydration.

Does this make sense? Remember: Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day.

I hope that you find this simple fitness habit to be helpful in your quest for a new and improved you in 2020! Remember that participating in a challenging and consistent exercise program is absolutely vital when it comes to getting into great shape.

I’m here to help you on your fitness journey. Call or email me today to get started!


Water ALSO Increases Energy

When you’re dehydrated, your body becomes sluggish, tired, and even irritable.

Which means productivity is out the window.

The next time you feel tempted to hit the vending machine for a “pick-me-up” sugar filled snack during the 3pm slump, try chugging a tall glass of water.

You’ll see your energy and mood get the boost it needs to power through the day. So drink up, my friend, drink up!


Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Here’s an EXCITING slow cooker chicken dinner recipe to spice up your life!

By wrapping our chicken breast with strips of turkey bacon, cooking over sweet potato and covering with BBQ-covered green apples we create a dish that is BURSTING with flavor, while staying healthy on fitness friendly.

Be sure to use a BBQ sauce that has no added sugars. I used Primal Kitchen’s Golden BBQ Sauce which has only 1 gram of sugar per 2 Tablespoons.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 4

2 sweet potatoes
3 Green Apples
⅓ cup natural BBQ sauce (avoid ones with added sugars)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)
4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
8 slices Turkey Bacon
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

1. Skin the sweet potatoes and slice into half-moons.

2. Lightly grease the bottom of a large slow cooker with coconut oil. Place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. Seed and dice the apples.

3. In a medium bowl combine the BBQ sauce, lemon juice and coconut sugar. Mix until fully incorporated and then stir in the apples.

4. Slice the turkey bacon strips in half, lengthwise to create 16 strips. Wrap each chicken breast with 4 strips and place in the slow cooker on top of the sweet potato.

5. Top the chicken with the BBQ-apple mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve with a side of Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 432 calories, 3g fat, 687mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 21g sugar and 41g protein.


Are you sure your dinner is healthy?

Are you sure your dinner is healthy?

This is your year to finally lose the weight and get fit…and it all starts with dinner.

You may be exercising hard, getting plenty of sleep and staying diligent in your hydration, but if you’re eating the wrong food for dinner then sadly you will never reach your goals.

Most dinners are too high in calories to allow you to steadily lose weight and progress towards your ideal body. This goes for restaurant dinners as well as homecooked meals.

However, the good news is that it is possible to enjoy wholesome, fitness dinners that support your fat loss results whether out-to-eat or cooking at home.

I want to make this as simple as possible for you so that you’ll actually use it to transform the way that you select your nightly meal. Rather than worrying about calories and measurements simply ask these 3 questions before you sit down to eat your next meal and visualize a clock…

Fat Burning Question #1: Is there Lean Protein?

Your meal should start with a lean source of high-quality protein that’s cooked in a healthy way. Choose protein that has been grilled, baked, broiled or steamed. Fish, chicken, turkey, egg, lean red meat and beans all make great choices.

Picture your plate as a clock and fill it from 12 o’clock to 4 o’clock with your choice of protein. This is roughly 1/3 of your plate.

Fat Burning Question #2: Is it mostly Fibrous Veggies/Greens?

Next comes fibrous veggies and greens. Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in a low-calorie package. Salads and seasonal vegetable make perfect choices for your fat burning meal. Just be sure to watch out for heavy dressings or fattening cooking methods that may add additional calories to the dish.

On your plate fill between 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock with these fibrous veggies and greens. This is roughly half of your plate.

Fat Burning Question #3: Is the Starch in Moderation?

Are you gaining weight or not able to lose weight? Chances are your meals are filled with too many starches, including potatoes, pasta, rice, grains and bread products. To make these starches more fattening, they are often cooked with added fats that increase the calorie count. For your starch stick with wholesome, complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, sprouted grains and legumes.

On your plate fill between 10 o’clock and 12 o’clock with these wholesome starches. This is the smallest portion on your plate for a reason, as these starchy carbs are calorie-dense and just a little goes a long way. Fight the urge to push the line by allowing yourself to eat more starches than you need.

I hope that these 3 simple questions make it easier for you to choose your next fat burning meal by cutting through some of the confusion. While there are certainly more specific, measured meal plans that lead to body transformation success, this guide is meant to keep you on track when you aren’t sure what you should be eating.

For the most effective results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine. That’s my specialty!

Call or email today and I’ll get you started on an exercise program that will transform your body once and for all.


Keep Calories in Check While Eating Out

The 3 Fat Burning Questions above are meant to keep the content of your meal on track…however eating out brings up additional challenges! Here are some tips to help you keep your calories in check while eating out…

  • Forget the Extras: Ask for the bread basket or chip basket to be removed from your table and stick to eating only what you ordered.
  • Don’t Drink Calories: Stick with water or unsweetened iced tea in order to avoid a few hundred extra calories.
  • Get Dressing On the Side: Ask for sauces and dressings on the side to cut down calories.
  • Order Healthier Sides: Just because the grilled fish comes with a side of potatoes doesn’t mean you have to get it that way. Ask for a side of steamed veggies instead.

Guilt-Free Pizza Crust

​​​​Who knew you could make a high protein pizza crust that tastes this good?!

We all love pizza, but we also want to be fit and healthy. Traditional pizza crust is loaded with processed ingredients and simple carbs that promote weight gain, BUT THIS PIZZA CRUST is different!

This pizza crust is made with CHICKEN, QUINOA and EGG!

It’s incredible that ingredients that are this full of protein and wholesome nutrition can come together to create a legit pizza crust! You’ve simply got to try this recipe if pizza and protein are two things that you love.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 4

For the Pizza Crust

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 eggs
½ cup uncooked quinoa (Soaked for 8 hours)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Optional Toppings

½ cup pesto
½ cup baked, sliced chicken breast
½ cup Fresh mozzarella in water, grated

Instructions

1. Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor until the chicken is fully ground and the ingredients are fully combined.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Place the chicken dough in the center of your pan and spread into your desired pizza crust shape. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheat oven. Increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees F.

4. Load up your crust with your favorite sauce and toppings. Place back in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until your cheese has melted and toppings are warmed. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 326 calories, 12g fat, 598mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 0g sugar and 39g protein.


Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, it is possible to make cookies that are wholesome, filled with low-glycemic sweetness, and in line with our fitness lifestyle. These Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great example of a recipe that takes healthy ingredients to create a sweet taste that’s guilt-free and just as enjoyable as traditional cookies.

What makes these cookies healthier than Mrs. Fields?

  • It’s gluten free: I used a combination of the cooked quinoa and blanched almond flour rather than traditional white grain flour.
  • It’s free of cane sugar and low glycemic: No refined cane sugar in these sweet morsels, just some unrefined coconut sugar. It’s also possible to sub out some of the coconut sugar for a bit of liquid stevia if you’d like to lower the sugar grams even more.
  • The chocolate is stevia-sweetened: To keep our sugars in check even more I’ve used Lily’s chocolate chips which are sweetened with stevia and contain zero cane sugar.
  • The serving size: Using 1 heaping teaspoon of dough will get you 48 petite cookies, which make portion control easy. You can enjoy a little cookie without taking in too many calories!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 48

¼ cup coconut oil, softened but not melted
⅓ cup palm shortening
1 cup coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 (9 oz) bag Lily’s chocolate chips (stevia sweetened)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl beat the coconut oil and the shortening on high for 30 seconds. Add the coconut sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in the almond flour and quinoa. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Drop the dough by teaspoons 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer the parchment paper onto a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One cookie equals: 108 calories, 7g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 79mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 2g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

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Fit people in exercise gear sitting on the floor of a gym laughing together after a workout

The Real Reason Why You Skipped Your Workout

t’s normal to exercise less this time of year.

Most will blame this on all of the holiday activities that they have to take care of.

The parties, the shopping, the baking, the wrapping…

While it’s true that there’s a lot to do, that’s not really why you aren’t working out. You’ve been just as busy in the past and you managed to keep your workouts consistent.

So what is it? Why did you skip your workout?

It’s because of stress.

The stress is real this time of year.

There are obligations and expectations coming at you from every angle, and somehow you are supposed to juggle it all with a smile on your face.

It’s a setup for mismanaged stress to wreak havoc on your healthy routine.

Mismanaged stress leads to overeating, overdrinking, headaches, weight gain, anxiety, fatigue and trouble sleeping. All of this overwhelm makes the idea of heading to the gym for a workout pretty unappealing, especially when the other option is to get another hour of sleep.

So the question for you, my friend, is how will you better manage your holiday stress?

Will you continue to allow stress to increase your calories and rob your workouts over the next couple of weeks? Will you be heavier and more exhausted as you ring in the new year?

Or will you combat stress in the most proactive, effective way?

By exercising.

A good workout gets your blood pumping and releases happy hormones.

A good workout makes you more likely to eat healthier.

A good workout makes your sleep deeper and more restful.

A good workout is the best way to feel a burst of natural energy.

I’m here to help you get the BEST workout possible! Call or email today and let’s get you on the schedule!


The Gift You DESERVE

This is the time of year that you focus in on getting something special for all the important people in your life. You put time and thought into finding that perfect gift that will make them feel loved.

But what about you?

With all that you do for others, it’s time to do something just for you.

How about the gift of a totally reshaped body in 2020? You and I both know that you deserve it.

It’s your time…embrace it.

Let me be the one to make it happen. Call or email now and we’ll get started.


Real Healthy Gingersnaps

​​​​In the spirit of the holidays, here is a wholesome cookie recipe that is packed with the flavors of the season.

These cookies are made with grain-free flours and coconut sugar to make it more fitness friendly so that you can stay on track while enjoying a treat.

Keep in mind that the dough really expands while baking, which is why you’ll need to space the cookies at least 3 inches apart on the baking sheet. Don’t flatten out the balls when you put them on the pan, either. Let them expand naturally in the baking process and enjoy the pretty cracks that come as a result.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 50 Cookies

2 cups Raw Pecans
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup blanched almond flour
½ cup arrowroot starch
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon black pepper
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup coconut cream
1 cup coconut palm sugar
⅓ cup molasses
1 egg

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Toast the pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Set aside to cool.

3. Pulse the pecans in a food processor until finely ground. Add the coconut flour, almond flour, arrowroot, baking soda, salt, ginger, cardamom, pepper, oil, cream, 3/4 cup of the sugar, molasses, and egg. Pulse until fully combined.

4. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap, and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes.

5. Place the remaining 1/4 cup coconut sugar in a bowl. Form the dough into 1-tablespoon-size balls and roll them in the sugar. Arrange the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet about 3 inches apart and do not press the dough down. Bake for 8–12 minutes, until golden.

Nutrition
Four Meatballs equals: One cookie equals: 84 calories, 5g fat, 88mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 6g sugar, and 1g protein.

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BBQ Chicken Avocado Boats

BBQ Chicken Avocado Boats

Don’t have more than 10 minutes to prepare dinner tonight? I’ve got you covered with this super quick, high protein, crowd-pleasing recipe! These BBQ Chicken Avocado Boats are a delicious combination of roasted chicken and crunchy bell peppers covered in BBQ sauce and served on top of creamy avocado.

To make this recipe as quick as possible, purchase pre-roasted chicken from the store, or use leftover cooked chicken from yesterday’s meal. Then all you need to do is chop the bell pepper, mix everything together, scoop on top of avocado and serve!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 2

1 cup roasted chicken, chopped
½ red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
½ green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 Tablespoon BBQ sauce
1 large avocado, pitted and halved lengthwise
1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
sprinkle of sweet paprika
sprinkle of sea salt
sprinkle of black pepper

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl combine the chicken, bell peppers and BBQ sauce. Mix until fully combined.

2. Divide the chicken mixture between the two avocado halves and sprinkle with cilantro, sweet paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 369 calories, 25g fat, 16g carbohydrate, 5g sugar, 155mg sodium, 8g fiber, and 23g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

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Is this blocking your fitness?

Is this blocking your fitness?

Getting fit and healthy can be a challenge for a number of complex reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus calories-out.

What you associate with “pain” and “pleasure” may be blocking your fitness success.

You’re avoiding the WRONG pain.

We are programmed to avoid pain and to seek out pleasure. Unfortunately, this can block your fitness success if you view healthy diet and exercise as pain to be avoided.

Do you cringe at the thought of exercise? Does the idea of eating healthy make you feel deprived? If so then you are associating exercise and diet with pain, and this is setting you up to fail over and over.

The simple way to fix this is to focus on the negative impact that your current weight has on your health, self-esteem and lifestyle. Remind yourself that the pain of being out of shape is much greater than the pain of losing weight.

Once you decide that the biggest pain to be avoided is the pain of being out of shape, your fitness and weight loss will click into place.

You’re seeking out the WRONG pleasure.

Most of us are experts at seeking out pleasure through the food we eat. This need for the pleasure of high calories foods kept our ancestors alive, but today all of the unnecessary calories end up as extra pounds around your waist and thighs.

The simple way to fix this is to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain without food. Find an activity or two that make you smile and indulge in those regularly.

The very best way to unlock your fitness success is to retrain your brain to crave the pleasure of exercise-induced endorphins!

I want to personally help you unblock your fitness results. Call or email today to get started on a program that will change your life and body forever…in the best way!


Stay Fit this Holiday Season

The holidays are notorious for causing weight gain, even in fitness-minded people. And while the odds are definitely stacked against your fitness this time of year, it is possible to enjoy this holiday season while staying fit, healthy and on track with your fat loss goals.

  • Fill up on a healthy meal before going to holiday parties so that you don’t overeat on unhealthy party food.
  • Stay consistent with your workouts, regardless of how busy you are this time of year. Make it a priority, put it on your calendar, and get it done!
  • Indulge in holiday treats with control. Just say no to mindless munching.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Dessert Bars

​​​​Here’s a dessert bar that you can feel good about indulging in.

  • It’s not loaded with sugar, and yet it tastes sweet.
  • It has a healthy serving of protein, and yet it’s creamy and decadent.
  • It has delicious chocolate and protein flavors, and yet contains zero refined sugar.

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Dessert Bars are the perfect dessert to make and share this holiday season. Make tons! These disappear very quickly…

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 25

½ cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
½ cup raw, unsalted pepitas
1 cup Pitted Dates
1 (16oz) jar of natural peanut butter
1 cup vanilla protein powder
1 (9oz) bag Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chip
1 teaspoon coconut oil​
1 tablespoon flake sea salt (optional topping)

Instructions

1. Line a 9×11 casserole pan with parchment paper.

2. Place the seeds in a food processor and pulse until fine. Remove and set aside.

3. Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until creamy.

4. Add the seed powder, peanut butter and protein powder to the food processor and blend until smooth and fully incorporated. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.

5. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut oil. Pour over the bars and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill. Sprinkle with some flaked sea salt. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Nutrition
Four Meatballs equals: One bar equals: 198 calories, 14g fat, 86mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 6g sugar and 10g protein.

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Tender Slow Cooker Chicken

Tender Slow Cooker Chicken

Here’s a wholesome, comforting meal to warm you up on a cold winter day. It’s filled with muscle-building protein and dotted with fiber-rich veggies to keep you on track with your fitness goals.

Putting dinner in the slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you’ll be eating a healthy dinner that night. This chicken breast comes out so tender that it literally falls apart—it’s delicious. Enjoy!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 6

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 lbs organic, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
12 dried figs, chopped
1 cup butternut squash, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 Tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

Instructions

1. In a large skillet place the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.

2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet, browning each side for about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer the contents of the skillet to your slow cooker and top with the remaining ingredients.

4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Nutrition
One serving equals 389 calories, 7g fat, 400mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 48g protein

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then book a free call with me by clicking HERE– I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

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Holiday Party Survival Guide

Holiday Party Survival Guide

The time is here for parties, family dinners, and goodies around the house. This is a recipe for disaster, and if you’re not careful it could reverse your fat loss results quicker than you can say Happy Holidays!

I’d like to make it easy for you to stay on track with your healthy eating, even while being tempted by all kinds of holiday foods during this festive time of year, so keep reading for 5 Holiday Party Survival Guide Tips…



Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #1: Don’t Eat Anything Fried


Fried food is loaded with fat and calories while offering zero nutritional value. It’s a lose-lose! Sure, fries and chips TASTE good, but healthier items also taste good. Just say no to the deep-fried items on the menu. You’ll be leaner, healthier and won’t have greasy fingers. 

Here’s a healthier alternative to frying foods… Use a broiler 
If you simply must have a French fry, then make them at home in your oven. Use sweet potatoes, as these are a more complex carbohydrate. Cut into matchsticks, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil along with a dash of salt, then place in your oven on broil. Mix every 5 minutes until the fries are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #2: Don’t Eat White Bread


White bread products have zero nutritional value and are quickly converted by your body into sugar. So, you really may as well eat a cupcake. Even breads that are technically wheat, but are as soft and smooth as white bread, should be avoided. Don’t be afraid to discard the bread from your sandwich or to push away that bread basket. Your waist will shrink and you’ll lose that bloated feeling that high carbohydrate meals give you. 

Here’s a healthier alternative to white bread… Enjoy Sprouted Grain Bread
If you must have bread, then stick with sprouted. Sprouted grain bread is a lot easier on your digestion and is packed full of nutrients. Sprouted grain breads are often kept in the freezer section since they don’t contain preservatives to prolong shelf life.

Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #3: Don’t Eat Creamy Dressings


You were so good to order a salad, but then you ruined it by drenching the salad in fattening creamy dressing. Just a few tablespoons of creamy dressing contain more than 20 grams of fat and hundreds of calories. The same goes for pasta dishes – avoid the ones with creamy, heavy sauces, as these are simply loaded with extra fat and calories. 

Here’s a healthier alternative to creamy dressings… Vinegar Dressing and Red Sauce
Dressing and sauce are meant to lend flavor to salad and noodles, not fat and calories. Vinegar-based dressings pack amazing flavor in with minimal fat and calories. You can even mix your own dressing at home. Take high-quality vinegar, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, your choice of dried herbs, and a bit of olive oil.

Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #4: Don’t Drink Sweet Beverages


‘Tis the season for sugary beverages like egg nog, sweet cocktails, and hot cocoa. Just like white bread, these sugary drinks have zero nutritional value – other than calories. The sheer number of sugar grams in one of these beverages is usually the same as dessert! So before you indulge in a sweet drink, consider changing your order to something less sweet, or count it as your dessert. 

Here’s a healthier alternative to sweet beverages… sweeten with liquid stevia
Carry a small bottle of water-based, liquid stevia and use a little squirt to sweeten your beverage of choice this holiday season without adding any grams of sugar. Ask for your beverage to be made without sugar, and then sweeten it yourself without any repercussions to your fitness results.


Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #5: Don’t Overindulge on Sugar


Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are the epitome of anti-fitness food. Nothing will destroy your progress, expand your waist and plummet your energy levels like sugar will. If you only take away one tip from this article, please let it be to not overindulge on sugar! The holidays are full of sugary treats, so you must make a conscious effort to keep your intake under control. 

Here’s a healthier alternative to sweet beverages… enjoy some fruit
Don’t turn to artificial sweeteners to get your sweet fix, instead turn to nature’s wholesome source of sugar: fruit. Eat organic fruit that is seasonal and locally grown. Stay away from dried fruit and fruit juices, as these are high in simple calories.

Eating right, along with challenging exercise, is the formula for a toned, lean body. Guarantee your results by teaming up with me.

Together we will come up with a fitness plan that is uniquely yours, one that fits your lifestyle and helps you achieve your goals.

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Here’s How to Avoid Overeating at the Party…
  • Don’t load up on appetizers and then sit down to a full meal. A plate of appetizers has the calories of a meal!
  • Look over all of your food options before beginning to eat. Choose a few of your favorites and then fill the rest of your plate with veggies and greens.
  • Be careful with liquid! Stick with only one calorie-filled drink and then switch to water.
  • Eat a sensible meal before you arrive at the party. This will cut down on party food calories.

Pass the Teriyaki Meatballs!

​​​​If you are a lover of teriyaki then these subtly sweet meatballs are right up your alley! These make a wonderful appetizer for your holiday party.

Feel free to use liquid stevia rather than the honey if you are looking for an extremely low sugar dish. However, for most of us, this small amount of healthful, raw honey is perfectly A-OK and beneficial.

Serve these tasty meatballs up as an appetizer or serve over arugula or spaghetti squash for a small, fitness-minded meal. Enjoy!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 5

1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
¼ cup scallions, minced, plus more for garnish
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon arrowroot starch
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions

1. Combine the garlic, ginger and scallions in a food processor. Pulse until well combined and finely minced.

2. Transfer the garlic mixture to a large bowl and add the ground beef and sea salt. Use your hands to mix until well combined. Form the mixture into 20 meatballs, about an inch in diameter.

3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil. Add the meatballs and cook, shaking often, until browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove the meatballs and set aside on a plate.

4. Add the coconut aminos, honey and vinegar to the skillet. In a small bowl whisk the arrowroot starch and water together until fully dissolved. Add to the skillet, mix and simmer until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and cover in the sauce. Serve immediately, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition
Four Meatballs equals 189 calories, 7g fat, 372mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, and 23g protein.

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Did You Forget?  …About Your Fitness Goals?

Did You Forget? …About Your Fitness Goals?

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean that your fitness goals no longer matter. In fact, if you lose sight of your fat loss goals entirely this month, you’ll have a seriously rude awakening come January 1st.

I have a better idea for you…let’s keep you focused on your fitness goals while still making room for some fun this holiday season. This means that you’ll need to learn how to indulge with control. While that may sound like an oxymoron, it IS possible to let loose and enjoy without throwing away the results that you’ve worked so hard for.

Here’s how to stay fit this holiday season:

Holiday Fitness Tip #1: It’s All About Moderation

Don’t try to deprive yourself of all the foods you love, this is unrealistic. Instead, be smart about what you choose to eat. Enjoy your very favorite flavors of the season, but in moderation. Trim calories where you can by only eating those rich foods that you really enjoy.

Also, be sure to limit the number of alcoholic beverages you drink. These drinks are typically filled with tons of sugary calories. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink like sparkling water.

Holiday Fitness Tip #2: Fiber is Your Friend

Here’s a simple tip that most people overlook when loading up their plates at holiday gatherings…fill up on fiber first. You see, if you are eating a plate that’s mostly fibrous vegetables and greens, leaving only a moderate amount of room for the dishes full of fats and carbs, then your net calorie intake for the meal will be dramatically lower than if you had eaten more of the carb and fat dishes.

While this tip is super effective during the holidays, it’s also a technique that you can carry with you throughout the rest of the year to stay lean while still indulging in what you love. The key is to eat less of the rich, fattening foods and more of the lower calorie, high fiber foods.

Holiday Fitness Tip #3: Exercise is a MUST

Many people let their workouts go to the wayside during the busy holiday weeks, however I am here to tell you how important it is that you keep your workouts a priority. I know it’s harder to get into the gym when it’s cold outside, and when you’re tired from getting ready for the holidays, but that act of lacing up your shoes, sweating, and getting the endorphins flowing makes a huge impact on your overall fitness.

Not only are you burning calories and stoking your metabolism, by exercising every single day you are keeping fitness at the forefront of your mind. It may sound like a small thing but getting into the gym forces you to remember your fitness goals and this small act will help you make better decisions throughout the rest of your day.

All of these small efforts add up, my friend, and you are able to do them all without sacrificing the fun or the flavors of the season. You can do this!

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Do This to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain…

The holidays are filled with opportunities to indulge in rich foods and to consume far more calories than normal. Add to that the travel, house guests and gatherings that cut into your workout routine, it’s no wonder that you’re left in a state of being overfed and under-exercised. It’s a recipe for weight gain! However, you do NOT have to sit by and accept the extra pounds. Do these simple tips to help swing the calorie balance back into your favor.

  • Don’t eat after 7pm.
  • Drink a healthy protein shake for breakfast.
  • Only enjoy ONE sugar treat per day, rather than dozens.
  • Exercise a minimum of 4 days each week.
  • Come workout with me, all through the holiday season!

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

​​​​When it comes to appetizers, our healthy diets can often fly out the window, which is why I really like these stuffed dates. While this is certainly a treat and not something to include in your daily diet, each date contains protein, fat and complex carbs. Additionally, these ingredients are wholesome and simple, not deep-fried, and not containing a laundry list of additives and fillers.

A word of advice: make a double batch! These disappear quickly…

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 24

12 bacon strips, uncured pork
24 Dates (get the kind with pits, these are softer)
½ cup Goat Cheese
24 walnut halves
24 toothpicks

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the bacon strips in half, width-wise.

2. Remove the seed from each date and stuff with a teaspoon of goat cheese and a walnut. Squish it together.

3. Wrap each stuffed date with a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the prepared baking sheet. (You can store in the fridge up to a day once wrapped. It’s nice to make the day before your party!)

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and crispy. Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 96 calories, 6g fat, 237mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 5g sugar and 5g protein.

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No Tortilla Chicken Soup

No Tortilla Chicken Soup

A bowl of this homemade soup is a wonderful meal to enjoy during the holidays. It’s low carb and filled with protein and veggies to power your day and curb your cravings. Best of all it’s made in the slow cooker, so preparation is quick and easy.

Most tortilla soup recipes contain ingredients that are high in carbs, like tortilla strips and rice. In this recipe I’ve removed these ingredients and filled in the gaps with high fiber cauliflower rice. What’s great is that you get all of the tortilla soup flavors that you love without the extra calories.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 8

2 organic, free range chicken breasts
1 (28oz) can diced, fire roasted tomatoes
1 (4oz) can green chiles, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 head cauliflower, shredded
32 oz organic, free range chicken broth
2 teaspoons ground cumin
dash of sea salt and pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 avocados
Tajin seasoning for garnish

Instructions

1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the cilantro, avocado and tajin, in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

2. Remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker. Shred with a fork and then return to the slow cooker.

3. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of cilantro, a few slices of avocado and a dash of tajin. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 153 calories, 6g fat, 321mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, and 10g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

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