Saturday, March 30, 2013

Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups





Easter is Tomorrow and we all know there will be many temptations after the Easter Bunny fills our baskets.  BUT...there is a way to "indulge" and still stay on the healthy train.  

Who says you can't have Peanut Butter Cups if you are eating healthy?!?!

Well do I have the solution for you...Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups!!!!









Here are 2 variations of the Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups for you depending on your goals. The second one requires that you buy PB2 and will also be much lower in fat as well


Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups
shakeology peanut butter cups8 oz. water
2 scoops Shakeology 
2 Tablespoons peanut or almond butter
1-2 packets of stevia, or a few drops to taste  (Not really necessary unless you like it sweeter - personally I leave this part out)
Blend in blender. Spray mini muffin pan. Pour or spoon mixture in cups. Freeze until firm. Pop from pans and store in ziploc bag in freezer. This makes 18 mini cups

Alternate Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups
1 scoop/packet chocolate Shakeology
12 tablespoons chocolate PB2 (low fat, high protein powdered peanut butter)
4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
12 mini foil cupcake holders
In a microwavable dish, melt coconut oil. Stir the PB2 into the coconut oil and set aside. In another small dish, place Chocolate Shakeology and gradually add water to get the Shakeology into a thick, pudding-like consistency. Now, take the foil liners and put a tiny amount of the PB2/coconut oil mixture on the bottom of the foils. Next, add a layer of the Shakeology. Finally, top off with another layer of the PB2/coconut mixture. Pop in the freezer for at least 30 minutes and enjoy!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chicken Fingers and Fries

Finding clean recipes that my kids will love is not always the easiest thing to do. Dinnertime at our house can either be a success or a battle.  This recipe was won over by half the crew, the other half is still on the fence in particular about the fries.  Me personally, I could have eaten the whole batch of fries!!!!

Chicken Finger and Fries


Ingredients...
Ezekial or Whole Wheat Bread
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
garlic powder
onion powder
Italian seasoning 
4 Egg whites


Directions...
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Toast bread, break up into pieces and put in the food processor. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and any other spices you like.  Process until fine.
3.  Cut chicken breast into strips.  
4.  Beat 4 egg whites in shallow bowl.
5.  Dip chicken strips in egg and then in bread mixture.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.  


For the fries, please VISIT HERE and watch out they are addictive!!!!


We had this for dinner tonight and I think my family thought I fell off the healthy eating wagon...little did they know they were eating a CLEAN RECIPE that I found. I also paired the chicken fingers and fries with a side of green beans and carrots.  This was a very easy dinner to make and did not long to cook.  There is no excuse for not eating healthy!! 



Interested in more clean eating recipes, join my next 30 Day Shakeology and Clean Eating Group. Not only do you receive some incredible recipes, but you also learn how to eat healthier by eating clean.  I provide you and the other members of the group meal plans, tips, guidance, accountability, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME




Now is the time to learn how to
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

MMMMMmmmmm GOOD!!!!

Caution, this recipe will have you coming back for more!! 



Clean Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Ingredients...
- 6 cups cubed, whole wheat bread
- 8 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions...
1.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, almond milk, honey, extracts, and cinnamon. Whisk well.
2.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and fill with the bread.
3.  Pour liquid mixture over bread  and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to be sure all parts of the bread are moistened.
4. Mix in the blueberries
5. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until there is no longer any liquid between the bread.
6. Allow to cool a bit and serve.

Makes about 12 servings

I LOVED this DISH it was amazing!     The only problem I had was I wanted more, so be careful with your portion size and once you are finished - you are finished!! Even though this is a clean recipe you still have to be mindful of how much you are eating!!


Interested in more clean eating recipes, join my next 30 Day Shakeology and Clean Eating Group. Not only do you receive some incredible recipes, but you also learn how to eat healthier by eating clean.  I provide you and the other members of the group meal plans, tips, guidance, accountability, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME




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Monday, March 25, 2013

Clean Eggplant Parmesan

Okay, I sometimes get slightly obsessed when I find a new recipe I love and better yet when  my family loves it too I become even more obsessed.  

Eating Clean never tasted soooo good!  

Bring on my latest obsession...


Clean Eggplant Parmesan

Ingredients...
2 globe eggplants - large
3 large egg whites lightly beaten
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I make my own)
6 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves garlic
basil to taste
3/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese


Directions...
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Spray two baking sheets with olive oil spray
3. Place the egg whites in one shallow bowl and the bread crumbs, parmesan, oregano, garlic powder, and salt in another shallow bowl
4.  Slice ends off each eggplant and then slice each one into 3/4 inch thick rounds.  
5.  Dip the rounds in egg whites then crumb mixture, then place one by one on baking sheet.
6.  Bake for 25 minutes.  

While Eggplant is baking it is time to make the sauce!
7. Take the tomatoes, tomato pate, and garlic and pulse it to a chunky sauce in a blender or food processor then transfer to a small saucepan and simmer on stove.
8.  When eggplant is done, bring out the pans and raise the rack in the oven to about 8 inches from the broiler. Switch the oven to broil.  Spoon the tomato mixture evenly on top of each eggplant slice and then top with mozzarella. 

Option:  Take a spatula and place one eggplant round on top of another to form double stacks

9.  Put eggplant into broiler and let cheese melt ~ 3 minutes.
10. Take out and serve with your favorite clean side dishes - we chose whole wheat penne pasta and green beans.

Makes 12 servings or 6 servings if you do double stacks



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Now is the time to learn how to
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

What a Fantastic Sunday!!!!

Today was a day that I will always remember, our first ever Easter Egg hunt in our own backyard!! Ever since we moved into this house I have wanted to do an Easter Egg hunt. We have a killer backyard and in my opinion it is just perfect for this type of event!!  Thankfully we were blessed with awesome neighbors and so my neighbor and I teamed up and held an Easter Egg hunt today at my house for our family and friends.  Although we have more ideas to implement for next year, I have to say it was a blast!! We had close to 300 eggs and in no time they were all found.  We had food, music, fire pit, crafts and most important FUN!!  This for sure will be a tradition that we keep up annually.  Already looking for to next year!!




With that being said, it was also a day where I was a bit off my meal plan.  There were many temptations and YES I did give in.  For the most part I am usually strong when it comes to the sweet treats but today I cannot say I was. 

I am feeling like crap right now!! The only person to blame is ME!!  I am 100% responsible for what I eat.  I know better and although I gave in I am not going to dwell on what I should have or should have not done.  I need to remember only one thing - I work hard to have a healthy body and I want to eat clean to be a positive example and live a healthy and long life.  


Tomorrow starts a new week and the end of the week is Easter. What does that mean?  Even more temptations will be put in front of me!! If I don't get my act together now then when Sunday rolls around I will be even more likely to give in AGAIN.  So, what is my plan?  I am going to put my workout into high gear this week and revisit and old friend - Chalean Extreme.  This program helped me get through some very hard times last year and I feel like I need to add it back into my daily routine.  Two weeks ago I did start a new program - RevAbs and so I will combine the two.  Starting tomorrow my new routine will be a RevAbs/Chalean Extreme Hybrid.  

Here is what the schedule looks like:

ChaLEAN Extreme RevAbs Hybrid Workout Schedule

Week 1
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 2
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn it Off
Day 5 RevAbs Total Strength + Mercy Abs
Day 6 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 7 Rest
Week2
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Intervals
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 5 RevAbs Total Strength + ChaLEAN Extreme Ab Burner
Day 6 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 7 Rest
Week 3
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 2
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge
Day 5 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3
Day 6 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 7 Rest
Week4
Day 1 RevAbs Power Intervals 1
Day 2 RevAbs Rev It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off + Ab Burner
Day 5 RevAbs Power Intervals 1
Day 6 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 7 Rest
Week 5
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 2 + Merciless Abs
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 5 RevAbs Total Endurance + Merciless Abs
Day 6 Revabs Fat Burning Abs
Day 7 Rest

WEEK 6 : REST A WEEK– Light cardio, Recharge!, Yoga, Pilates, Etc.

Week 7
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 1+ Merciless Abs
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up!
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 2
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge!
Day 5 RevAbs Total Endurance + Merciless Abs
Day 6 Revabs Fat Burning Abs
Day 7 Rest
Week 8
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 3 + Merciless Abs
Day 2 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Intervals
Day 3 RevAbs Fire It Up!
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 1
Day 5 RevAbs Total Endurance + Merciless Abs
Day 6 Revabs Fat Burning Abs
Day 7 Rest
Week 9
Day 1 RevAbs Power Intervals 1
Day 2 RevAbs Rev It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 2
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge!
Day 5 RevAbs Power Intervals 1
Day 6 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 7 Rest
Week 10
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 3 + Mercy Abs
Day 2 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme PUSH Circuit 1 + Ab Burner
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn If Off
Day 5 RevAbs Total Strength + Mercy Abs
Day 6 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 7 Rest

WEEK 11: REST A WEEK– Light cardio, Recharge!, Yoga, Pilates, Etc.

Week 12
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 1 + Merciless Abs
Day 2 RevAbs Rev It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 2 + Ab Burner
Day 4 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 5 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge!
Day 6 RevAbs Total Endurance + Merciless Abs
Day 7 Rest
Week 13
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 3 + Mercy Abs
Day 2 Rev Abs Rev It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 1  + Ab Burner
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Burn It Off
Day 5 RevAbs Power Intervals 2
Day 6 RevAbs Fire It Up
Day 7 Rest
Week 14
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 2 + Merciless Abs
Day 2 Rev Abs Fire It Up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 3 + Ab Burner
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge!
Day 5 RevAbs Total Endurance + Merciless Abs
Day 6 Revabs Fat Burning Abs
Day 7 Rest
Week 15
Day 1 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 1 + Mercy Abs
Day 2 Rev Abs Fire it up
Day 3 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 2
Day 4 ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge!
Day 5 ChaLEAN Extreme LEAN Circuit 3 + Ab Burner
Day 6 Revabs Fat Burning Abs
Day 7 Rest
Looks great doesn't it - get the best of both programs!  
I like RevAbs for the way it is defining my Abs but I really feel like I need more strength training.  

I have also planned out my meals for the week and ready to make some serious progress this week.  


So that is my plan for the week, I need to get back to taking care of me. Then and only then can I be the best of version of me!!


I also have big plans for my business and ultimately our future.  I need a clear head to reach my goals.  I have found I think best when I start  my day with a workout.  Tomorrow I am aiming to wake at 5am and workout and by the end of the week, I will be waking up by 430am again.  I am taking the steps to get me to where I need and want to be!!!! 

No excuses!!!!



What are your plans for the week?  
Are you taking the next step to become a better version of you or are you going to wait and see what happens?  I have a group of women starting my Spring Slim down challenge tomorrow that decided enough is enough - it is their time to put themselves first and start making changes!  

Let me tell you, if I waited to see what would happen I doubt I would be in the position I am today - I am happier, healthier, the best shape I have ever been in, I was able to continue to stay at home with my kids, help others achieve their goals, make extra money as a beachbody coach, and be a POSITIVE example for my family!! 


That my friends is so much more than I was hoping for when I joined my first ever challenge group in February 2012. 



Now is the time to learn how to
Live a Fit, Happy, and Healthy life
and WE will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

~Alyson

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baked Parmesan Fennel

Ever heard of Fennel? I never did until I started eating clean!  Then when I went to look for Fennel at Produce Junction (a local vegetable and fruit market) I didn't even know what Fennel looked like.  Thankfully a very kind lady pointed me in the right direction.

and so here is what fennel looks like...







So now you know what Fennel looks like - have no clue what to do with Fennel? I didn't either until I found this recipe and oh this is such a yummy side dish it would pair well with almost any meal!! 


Baked Parmesan Fennel

sorry not the greatest picture



ingredients...
6 fennel bulbs, top stalks removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
fresh parsley for garnish (forgot this until after the picture)

directions...
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Remove the top stalks and greenage from the fennel bulbs, slice off the very bottoms and cut the bulbs in half lengthwise.
3. Remove the inner triangular core
4. If the bulbs are very large, cut the rest into smaller, bite-sized pieces
5. Place the bulbs in a plastic sealed bag with the rest of the ingredients and shake well to coat the fennel in the oil and spices.
6.  Pour the fennel out into a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the fennel is nice and soft
7. Allow to cool slightly and serve

last but not least - enjoy!!!!







Interested in more clean eating recipes, join my next 30 Day Shakeology and Clean Eating Group. Not only do you receive some incredible recipes, but you also learn how to eat healthier by eating clean.  I provide you and the other members of the group meal plans, tips, guidance, accountability, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME




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Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day


It is always a great day when you have an excuse to celebrate where you came from.  Now, I didn't come directly from Ireland but my ancestors did and I am very thankful for the life they have given us here in the U.S.A.  I am also thankful for the delicious food the Irish are  know for.  Today we did not recreate any Irish dishes because we had our fill last evening when we celebrated with family.  There were so many choices and everything was delicious!! and now to think about what will we eat for the rest of the week?

Well thankfully, I am the meal/menu planner.  As you know I create my own meal plan and my family will eat most of what I eat. I do however modify and/or change some of my meals throughout the day for my children.  Dinners we all eat what I make.  I like to try new recipes so those do not always go over so well but we do have everyone at least try!! 

So here is my meal plan for the week


The night is gone but we will always be Irish and that I am very thankful for...
  


Here's to Living a Fit, Happy, and Healthy life
and WE will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

~Alyson

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Roasted Root Medley

This recipe I have seen posted so many times by those people who have done the BeachBody 21 Day Ultimate Reset.  It always sounded yummy, however I have to be honest I was not 100% on eating beets!  Have I ever eaten beats?  I am not so sure all I can say is I have now EATEN BEETS!!!!  Later this year I too plan on taking part in the Ultimate Reset so I have been slowly trying some of the recipes from the program.   

Well after having this creation, I have to say it will be joining our recipe box.  I loved it!! 
My husband did too! My kids picked through it but still ate most of it.  



Roasted Root Medley





Ingredients...
1/4 medium-sized yam, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 carrot, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 yellow onion, peeled and cut into large wedges
1/2 large beet, washed and cut into chunks
2 teaspoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Himalayan salt to taste

Directions...
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together.
3. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender, turning once or twice to prevent burning.

Serves 1

Serve with your favorite meal as a side!  


The BeachBody Ultimate Reset is not only an incredible program to bring your body back to the basics but it is also a great source for some incredible recipes.  Want to learn more about the Ultimate Reset, check it out.  









Interested in more clean eating recipes, join my next 30 Day Shakeology and Clean Eating Group. Not only to you receive some incredible recipes, but you also learn how to eat healthier by eating clean.  I provide you and the other members of the group meal plans, tips, guidance, accountability, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME




Now is the time to learn how to
Live a Fit, Happy, and Healthy life
and WE will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Banana Sunshine Greenberry Shakeology

Another great Greenberry Shakeology Recipe...


Banana Sunshine Greenberry Shakeology



Ingredients...
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
1 banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water

Directions...
Mix all ingredients in blender, blend, serve, and ENJOY!!

Serves 1


Interested in more shakeology recipes or learning about clean eating? Join my next 30 day Shakeology and Clean Eating group.  Not only do you receive some incredible recipes, learn all about shakeology, but you also learn how to eat healthier by eating clean.  I provide you and the other members of the group meal plans, tips, guidance, accountability, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME






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Live a Fit, Happy, and Healthy life
and WE will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

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