Monday, April 29, 2013

Healthy Pancakes

Healthy Pancakes - Yes, that is really the name of the recipe!! My kids are pancake phanatics and when I started looking the labels of the "ready made" pancake mixes I was shocked at how much extra stuff is included in the Ingredients.  Do you look at Food labels?  I never did before but now I am always checking them out.  The fewer ingredients the better and I make sure I know what the ingredients are - If I can't pronounce something then most likely it is man-made and not good for us!!  

Anyway, I have this awesome recipe book called Thin Kitchen.  In it, I found a Healthy Pancake recipe.  I modified it a bit to fit my liking.  


Healthy Pancakes



Ingredients...
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup milk (skim, almond, soy - whichever you choose) 
Note: if you like your pancakes more flat then add up to 2 cups liquid total)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions...
1. In a medium bowl, mix eggs and milk
2. Stir in remaining ingredients
3. Heat a lightly oil griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat
4. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle. Brown on both sides, turning once.

Makes about 10 servings.

I was quite surprised at how thin these pancakes were, they were not like the regular huge fluffy white ones.  Tasted great and were super light.  Other options are adding in cinnamon or vanilla to the recipe.  

Use fresh fruit and a small amount of real maple syrup or honey or molasses as your toppings.  I also sometimes have mine with fresh fruit and plain greek yogurt - perfect pairing: complex carb and protein all in one sitting.  

Note:  A LOT of pancake syrups contain corn syrup and other processed sugars that you want to avoid. So check those labels and make sure you are buying the most natural kind of syrup for you and your family or forgo the syrup and use the natural sweetness of fruit.  


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

~Alyson

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Spinach Tomato Pesto Pizza

I have had this recipe for quite some time and I think tonight I finally followed it and guess what it turned out AWESOME!! See I am a pizza lover and I always have been. A problem I normally have with eating pizza is I can never stop. Regular pizza you then end up feeling all bloated and disgusting and that feeling I prefer not to have anymore.  Tonight I felt something different after I overindulged (working on the overindulging part) - normal!! This pizza was so light, tasty, and oh so good!!  I highly recommend it.

Spinach Tomato Pesto Pizza
minus the mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, forgot to take a picture once added


Ingredients...
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 cups spinach leaves, chopped
2 cups fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 (16 oz) package fresh whole wheat pizza dough - note: I did not use this I made my own Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1-2 medium tomatoes, diced or sliced

Directions...
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Put Garlic in food processor and mince.
3. Add spinach, basil, nuts, and parmesan. Puree.  Slowly add olive oil and scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add Salt to taste.


4. If using whole wheat pizza dough - on  a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into one large pizza or cut off a few pieces and roll out small individual pizzas.  Spread with about three fourths of the spinach basil pesto and top with mozzarella and tomato.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese has melted and crust is browned.

   If using Cauliflower pizza crust recipe - make crust first and bake. After taking out of oven spread with about three fourths of the spinach basil pesto and top with mozzarella and tomato.
5. Bake for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and crust is browned.



Makes 6 servings



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

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Many times I have seen this recipe and I always thought there is no way my family will eat this - they want the real thing - the real pizza with the bread crust.  Well let me tell you, pizza tastes so much better with this type of crust, it has a big YUM attached to it!!


Cauliflower Pizza Crust
here crust has a Spinach Basil Pesto sauce on it


Ingredients...
2 cups cooked, cauliflower
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (fresh is best)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
Pizza Sauce, shredded cheese and choice of your toppings

Instructions...
1. Take the cooked cauliflower and add to food processor.  Pulse until it looks like a grain. Do not over pulse or you will puree the cauliflower.  
2.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray pizza tray with non-stick cooking spray or use a pizza stone and then no spray is needed.
3. In a medium bowl combine egg and mozzarella, mix.  Add oregano, crushed garlic, and garlic salt. Mix.  Add in cauliflower. Mix


what mixture looked like when I added cauliflower before final mixing

4. Transfer mixture to pizza tray or pizza stone.  using your hands, pat out cauliflower dough to fit our tray/stone.  
Optional: brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning
5. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
6. Remove from oven
7. To the crust add sauce, toppings, and cheese. Place under broiler at high heat until the cheese melts (~ 3-4 minutes)
Note: Toppings need to be precooked since you are broiling only for a few minutes.  

I have to be honest, this turned out far better than I expected!! I do believe next time I need to cook the crust for bit longer to see if I can get it more firm.  The edges were great but the middle was a bit mushy.  Trust me, it was still delicious, not complaining at all.  I had to use a fork and knife and my kids don't like to do that when it comes to pizza.  hello you try explaining crust to a 4 and a 2 year old : )  

If you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  

Here's to healthy 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




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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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fruity Colada Strawberry Shakeology Shake


Want a yum, yum, yummy Shakeology Recipe? 




Fruity Colada


1 scoop strawberry shakeology
1 cup coconut water
½ teaspoon coconut extract

½ cup pineapple chunks
ice, if desired
Blend and Serve


Interested in more information about Shakeology, 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
Live a Fit, Happy, and Healthy life
and WE will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

~Alyson

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GOTTA GET IT Special Offer - Today ONLY!!!!

I am really beyond excited to share with you a very SPECIAL and EXCLUSIVE  offer that is good until tonight at 9PM ONLY!! Better run because I am only offering 3 of these special offers!!

I know it is hard for most to commit to spending money on yourself.   Money is always tight but this is also the time of year when most people feel the stress what their bodies will look like come warmer weather (which is right around the corner).  The worst thing that you can do for yourself is throw your hands up in the air and give in to the temptations all around you.  So to make the decision a little easier on your wallet and your mind I chose to run this special offer.


So what is a challenge pack?






Anyone who purchases a challenge pack as my customer and upgrades to a coach membership will earn a $25 Beachbody gift card that you can then use on your Shakeology or other beachbody products and programs. 

 
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a challenge pack is, let me explain!  A challenge pack is a a fitness program of your choice such as P90XInsanity, Turbofire, ect... and Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day) combined with a free 30 day trial of the club membership, plus free shipping, me as your beachbody coach and a discounted price!  It is the total package. When you purchase a challenge pack Beachbody also waives the $40 coach sign up, to allow you to become a coach for free!!!


 So if you are in need of a complete overhaul with your health and fitness then this is the way to go.  As with other weight loss or nutrition programs out there you usually get half of the equation.  So you get the fitness with a gym membership, but lack the nutrition or with weight watchers you get some form of nutrition but no fitness component.

With Beachbody you get the expertise of the trainers who have developed the fitness programs, the nutrition guide and the online tools to help you plan out your meals and snacks plus the accountability of the small group and me as your coach!!  I will check in with you daily to help you create and reach your own personal goals.



Why Should I upgrade to a coach?  What is the benefit?
  Even if you are someone who has zero interest in actively coaching other people as I do this is still a great deal.  As a Beachbody Coach you get 25% off of everything you purchase.  That means, Shakeology, each and every fitness program plus all of the nutritionals and supplements like Energy and Endurance, Results and Recovery, ect...  So if you are someone who drinks Shakeology every day or even twice a day it makes sense to purchase it at a discount rather than full price.  If you drink shakeology for 6 months you end up saving roughly around $176.00.  That is crazy!!!  That is even with the $15.95 per month business service fee!  Your shakeology is still cheaper!!!


So, what are you waiting for?!  Do you want to change your life?  Do you want to get in the best shape of your life and have a community of support to help you get there?  Then don't delay, sign up with a challenge pack by going to my site  clicking the coach tab and be a coach.  Then, it will have you fill out all the identifying information, choose your challenge pack and voila you can immediately be on your way to a new you!!!

Now, let's say that you are someone who wants to make being a Beachbody coach a supplemental or full time income.  Then, signing up with the challenge pack is the way to be proof that the products work yourself and gives you a great way to share with others the real benefits of the products and programs!!  As your coach, you will never be alone!  I will be there to mentor and support you every step of the way!!!  Within 24 hours I will set up an initial call to get you started and add you to my 30 Day New Coach Mentorship training beginning May 6th.  In this group I will give you my personal one on one mentoring until you feel confident on your own!!!

Don't wait, there are a limited quantity of gift cards!  First come first to receive the deal!!!!

If you are unsure of what challenge pack would best suit your needs.  Please CONTACT ME and together I can help you find a program that is going to help you get the results that you are hoping to achieve!!!!

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, April 23, 2013

April is almost OVER!!!! Where did it go??


Today I realized April is almost over and May soon will be here.  Anyone else feel like April just started?  Where did the month go? 

I remember ending March with Easter Sunday and now it is April 22nd and I have no idea what I did this month.  I had big plans to get our garden started, get the kids' garden started, and prepare our other flower beds for mulching and that was just the outside work.  I still have other lists for inside the house, kids, me, my business, and more. Most of what I wanted to accomplish this month has not happened yet but guess what, I still have 8 days to get it done!!








You too also have time yet to take advantage of what April has to offer you!!!!




What might that be you ask?? 
Well BeachBody for the month of April is offering some incredible promotions.  

1.  Insanity® – Challenge Pack Discount

This is Beachbody’s lowest price ever for the Insanity Challenge Pack.

New & Existing Customers and New Coaches are being offered a discount on the Insanity Challenge Pack. For the month of April, the Insanity Challenge Pack will be available for $180. That’s over $90 of savings!


What are challenge packs?  
Challenge Packs are the complete package, offering total support for achieving health and 
fitness goals. The formula? Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success. With the Insanity Challenge pack, you will receive the Insanity fitness program, one of four delicious Shakeology flavors, and a FREE 
30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where you will find all the support you'll need to complete The Challenge!

What's Insanity?  

Insanity is Shaun T’s biggest fitness program. This total-body conditioning program is designed to transform your body in just 60 days. The secret to Insanity is an advanced training technique called MAX Interval Training, which flips the standard approach of exercising, interval training, on its head. MAX 
Interval Training has participants working out rigorously for long bursts with brief cool downs in between, so you're working out harder and longer.  


Everyone’s talking about Insanity—the #1 fitness program in America.
Insanity burns up to 1,000 calories per hour with no weights or equipment!
then you add in Shakeology and you get that extra boost to help you “Dig Deeper” during workouts, simplifies your nutrition plan, reduces junk 
food cravings, and accelerates your fitness results! 












2. Slim in 6 - Challenge Pack Discount
the price will be reduced from $160.00 to $140.00 and again the challenge pack offer you the best bang for your buck as described above. The only difference is the program with this challenge pack you get Slim in 6 instead of Insanity.  





What is Slim in 6®?
Slim in 6® is an incredible program formulated to slim and tone your entire body in just 6 weeks. This is a great entry-level program for customers who are new to fitness and may be nervous or intimidated by some of our more intense programs. It is the perfect match for people who want to lose weight and get toned and slim in a short amount of time.



3. Ultimate Reset Special Offer
Spring clean your body and Save Up To $50 on Ultimate Reset Complete, Refill, and Dual Kits!
or save $85 by purchasing the Ultimate Reset Challenge Pack!



What is the Ultimate Reset?
The Beachbody Ultimate Reset® is a comprehensive, no-starvation, inner-body tune-up that offers much more than the typical cleanse and detox programs on the market. The Ultimate Reset not only helps you eliminate toxins and waste gently and naturally, but it also maximizes your cellular energy production, helping your body process food more efficiently and your systems run more smoothly.* You’ll replace the processed foods you’ve been eating with healthy foods. You’ll eat cleanly—possibly for the first time in your life—and take supplements designed to help your body remove from your cells and organs toxins that you’ve been taking in for decades.
The Beachbody Ultimate Reset is a complete, three-phase, 21-day mind and body program that provides everything you need to:*
• Reclaim your body’s natural balance
• Release the harmful materials you may be storing within you
• Restore your system to its maximum health

Participants have experienced the following benefits:*
  • Remove harmful toxins
  • Lose weight safely (improve BMI)
  • Increase energy
  • Boost mood and mental clarity
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Improve regularity

Note: this Ultimate Reset promotion can be taken away at any time - Beachbody extended this offer but we are not sure when it will expire.  So if you are interested do it, do it now!!



What will you do with your last few days of April????






Summer is not too far away and there’s no better time to get in the best shape of your life! 

Is your health and fitness important to you?  


Maybe Yesterday you said tomorrow, but instead why not make it today?
Whatever you do, DON'T make it Someday because Someday will not happen!!



Once you decide TODAY IS YOUR DAY, I want to extend an offer to you to join my next challenge group - May 6th is our official Day 1 start Date. Spots are limited and it is a first come, first serve type of enrollment.  


Let go of the excuses and do this for YOU!! Be a positive example for your family and get in the best shape of your life!! Best of all you don't have to do it alone - I will be there with you every step of the way!! 



 If you are interested in learning more about these types of groups - CONTACT ME

or Maybe you are interested in learning more about what I do as a Beachbody Coach or maybe you are looking for a way to fulfill your passion to help others achieve their goals while also achieving your own. Oh and you also get a 25% discount on all products sold by BeachBody!!!!  If so, CONTACT ME!! 




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

~Alyson

@alysonhorcher - Instagram
@alysonhorch - Twitter



Monday, April 22, 2013

Back at IT!! Cheers to a fabulous WEEK!!

Today is Monday and although most see Monday as an evil day because it is the start of their work week I am thrilled for today. I had a new Challenge group start their Day 1 today, tomorrow is Day 30 for another group, tomorrow is also Day 30 for my own personal journey, I have a huge goal that has a deadline for Wednesday and I WILL make it, and there is so much more happening in the second half of the week.  I love to be excited to work each day and yet I get to do it all while staying home with my children.  My husband and I always said before we even had kids that we wanted one of us to always be home with the kids.  He had his turn and now it is mine and let me tell you I think I am one lucky lady.  I am having the time of my life.  Yes, I have my days where I feel like I am going to rip my hair

out but I also have more days that I feel so overwhelmed with joy that we can be here day in and day out for our kids.  I am not saying those parents that choose to not stay home with their kids are wrong or are also not in the right - what I am saying is this is what my husband and I planned on doing for our children and I am thankful that we can.




Another side to being at home is that I am able to have a bit of Adult Freedom for a few hours here and there everyday.  How? I am a BeachBody Coach and so I get to help others achieve their own health and fitness goals.  I am not a fitness expert or a nutritionist but I am someone who has gone through my own journey, which I am still continuing,  AND I enjoy helping others.  I have learned so much this past year and I continue to learn (another bonus - I am like a sponge, always have been...love, love, love learning!!).




Every wondered why I became a BeachBody coach, well here is my reasoning...



So not only am I am Mom, BeachBody Coach, but I am also a home maker and wife so what does that mean?  I help take care of our home and our family.  One of my duties is I do all the grocery shopping, cooking, and the best way I can provide healthy meals for myself and my family is to create a meal plan each week for us.  Now most of the time the meal plan I post is very specific for ME but I do also create meal plans for my kids (and slowly working on my husband!).  We all eat the same snacks, and dinners.  Where we currently differ is on breakfasts and lunches.  

Here is my meal plan for the week:


My days are always interesting and I can honestly say there is never a dull moment.  I am always looking for new ways to do things better so if you have any tips, experiences to share please share away.  
I would love to hear from you!! 

Also if you are interested in learning more about what I do or how to meal plan for your family 


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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@alysonhorch - Twitter