Thursday Taste: Bell Pepper Nachos

Football season is upon is and do you know what that means . . . . beers and nachos and sweatpants OH MY!

I’m here to tell you that you can still have those yummy nachos but in a healthier way.  Yeah!

Bell Pepper Nachos

This recipe makes 2 servings and they are less than 300 calories per serving.  Now that’s a WIN.

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ medium onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning Blend (or packaged taco seasoning mix)
  • 
¼ cup water
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 
¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and veins removed, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup pico de gallo (or fresh tomato salsa)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Heat medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with spray.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Add taco seasoning blend and water. Mix well; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until water evaporates.
  6. Arrange peppers in an oven-proof baking dish; top with turkey mixture and cheese.
  7. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  8. Divide pepper mixture evenly between two serving plates. Top with jalapeños (if desired) and pico de gallo; serve immediately.

Perfectly Imperfect: Finding YOUR Balance Challenge Group

I am human. I am not perfect. I don’t eat salads 24/7/365. I don’t workout all day, everyday. I don’t judge you for your food choices. I will help you find YOUR balance in life. I will help YOU figure out what works for YOU. I will help you find your PERFECT BALACE to reach your goals. This challenge group isn’t about me, it’s about YOU and letting me help you.
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Since college, I had always struggled with my weight. It was one diet and crazy fad after another. And believe me, I tried them ALL! I was the chronic “Monday Dieter”, i.e – I was constantly telling myself I’ll start Monday. Maybe I would eat well and workout during the week but the second the weekend hit, I went crazy, think children’s birthday party. I was always telling myself it was okay because my diet would start Monday.

Well, wouldn’t you know, that perfect Monday never came and for years my weight was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. I never could get it right . . until NOW!

Over the last year, I have spent time figuring out what works. Being able to live my life but in a healthier way.

**I have learned how to travel and vacation without gaining weight ** I have learned how to eat out and not lose sight of my goals ** I have learned how to have balance ** I have learned that I don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get in shape

YOU CAN STILL LIVE YOUR LIFE AND GET FIT!

Let me teach you –
• Meal planning made easy
• Simple, easy portion controlled nutrition
• No counting calories, no counting points
• Healthy swaps
• 30 min / day workouts
• Workouts you can do from ANYWHERE with wifi
• How to eat out and travel without ruining any progress you have made
• CRUSH YOUR GOALS!

Would you believe that in ONLY 4 weeks you could make serious changes?!

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet!! I want to give you tools that will last a lifetime!!

>>WARNING<<
Side effect: you may get into the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE and feel AMAZING!!

30 days with me requires you to have 100% commitment & willingness to step out of your comfort zone and get down to business!

This group requires that I AM YOUR COACH & that you commit to a fitness program that we will decide on together, replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology and actively participate in the group online.

Are you ready to do this?!?!

Are you in??? Respond that you are going to the event, invite some friends & make sure to fill out the application below!!!

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I will be in contact with you in the next 24 hours with details.

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

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SO FRESH & SO CLEAN (EATING TIPS)

The goal is to limit your processed food intake and eat natural food as much as humanly possible.  It’s about eating more of the best, healthiest options in each of the food groups.  We understand clean eating is not easy but you can take steps to get your daily food intake to a better, healthier place.

  • Limiting Processed Foods

Processed food are high in sodium, sugar and fat.  A couple key things to note here:  Look for foods that have 5 or less ingredients on the package and if you can’t say the names of the ingredients then stay away.

  • Take Out Sugar

Most people have far too much sugar in their diet.  What you want to do is limit the foods with added sugars in them like sweets and soda.  You also want to look out for foods that have added sugar to them.

  • Limit Salt Intake

Going on from sugar is your salt intake.  Like sugar, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have not added salt to them.  You can also help lower your salt intake by limiting your processed food.  You could add herbs and spices in its place or no-salt items like Mrs. Dash.

  • Eat Your Veggies

Vegetables tend to be where many people lack in their diet.  It is super important to make sure you eat enough veggies daily as they are jam-packed with nutrients that your body needs – like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C.

Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and even stroke.  Potassium can be found in: Banana, sweet potato, beans, winter squash, prunes and yogurt.

  • Eat Fruits

Just like vegetables, fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that your body craves everyday, like potassium and Vitamin C.  When you can choose whole, fresh fruit over dried, canned or fruit juices.  If you need to chose fruits that are canned in their own juices with no sugar added.

  • No Alcohol

What?!  Yes, it’s true. Alcohol is in fact not “clean”.  It’s all sorts of fermented, sugary goodness.  So with that in mind, you would want to try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible.

  • Grocery Store Tips
    • Make a list before you go and stick to it!
    • Shop the perimeter and stick to the outer walls! That’s where they put all the fresh, natural, foods – fruits, veggies, meats
    • Avoid the aisles – if you don’t need anything in an aisle, just skip it!
    • In the frozen food section, avoid anything that says “one step”, “heat and serve” or “ready to go” meals in a box
    • When buying canned food, look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars!

 

Traveling #MomBod – Tips and Tricks for Fitness On the Go

There was a time when travelling – anywhere – meant I would fall off the wagon.  It didn’t matter if I was heading back home by car, flying to my sister’s for a weekend of shenanigans or heading somewhere tropical for a getaway with my husband.  It was always the same – unhealthy snacks or airport food and the idea that I would pack my workout gear “just in case”.  That “just in case” never happened as they always came back home just as clean as when they left.  What I have learned since beginning my #mombod journey is that I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to keep moving forward.

What does this mean?

  • I have figured out what foods (or snacks) to pack in my carry-on
  • I have planned ahead and packed a healthy meal option in case one doesn’t exist for my breakfast or lunch at my destination
  • I have figured out what workouts can be done on-the-go
  • I have learned to make a plan for myself ahead of my travels so I’m not winging-it while away
  • I have learned if I do miss a workout that it’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of my “diet” that I am creating a healthy lifestyle for myself and that perfection is not a requirement

 

What are my favorite / go-to flight snacks?

  • Banana / grapes / apple / orange – I’m not always great at getting my portion of fruits in on a normal day but these are great to travel with. I like to put them pre-packed in the fridge, ready to grab and go whenever your flight is.
  • Carrots with hummus – Snag yourself a couple of those pre-portioned hummus packs and some carrots. I also happen to enjoy sliced zucchini with hummus.
  • Pre-portioned nuts – almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts (all natural – i.e. – unsalted, not chocolate covered, etc.)
  • Single-serve string cheese

 

What are my go-to workouts?

  • With Beachbody On Demand, you can workout anywhere you can bring your iPhone – with or without Wi-Fi
  • Prior to leaving on my trip, I will make a game plan for what workouts I might like to do and I will make sure to download 5/6 of the workouts on the BOD app on my iPhone. This way if I have no access to Wi-Fi I am still covered.
  • I am currently doing Insanity Max: 30, which makes it easy for me to pre-plan as I will simply download the next 5/6 workouts on my calendar. With this fitness program, you don’t need weights or any other equipment it uses your bodyweight with cardio
  • Other go-to programs: 21 Day Fix Extreme – Pilates Fix Extreme uses a band which travels very easily; CIZE – who doesn’t love a good dance session, also without any fitness equipment.
  • With any of these programs, you need very little space, about your heights worth of floor space and you are good to go!

 

My other travel notes:

  • I like to have a look at potential meal / menu options. If we’re heading out to dinner at certain places, then I’ll have a look over the menu ahead of time and plan out what I will eat.  This way I don’t feel rushed when it comes time to order and end up picking something spur-of-the-moment that I’ll regret later.
  • I pack enough Shakeology single-serve packets for at least one a day, sometimes I plan for two, again just in case. I’ll typically have one for breakfast every day with some fruit so that I know that I am at the very least starting the day off with a serious dose of nutrition in my belly.  On vacation I will mix it with ice and water or with my recent travels to the UK, coffee!  No need for a blender or anything but my Shakeology cup.
  • In the last 10 months, I plan my days based on my son’s naps / nap schedule. His naps typically last an hour and a half – but you never know.  When we recently travelled to the UK, some days they were only 40 minutes, hence why I like to plan ahead.  This way I can make the most of my “free time”.  During nap #1 (aka his morning nap), I will use this time to get my 30-minute workout in and hopefully a shower.  This way I get my workout out of the way early, start my day with a boost of energy and can enjoy whatever comes our way!
  • If you want to stay on track I say have a plan. For me, I don’t plan to get up at a certain time in the morning as my son’s sleep can be unpredictable and for me getting enough sleep is important.  So, I plan my workouts around naps instead.  Whatever you do, make it a priority.
  • Do NOT get down on yourself if you miss a workout. That doesn’t constitute the end of your journey.  As long as you are moving forward that’s all that matters.

 

I’m not perfect and I won’t lie and tell you that I workout every single day and I eat healthy 100% of the time.  I enjoy a glass of wine just as much as the next gal.  I have simply learned that if I miss a workout or enjoy that glass of wine I am not derailing all of my efforts and remind myself this is a journey I am on.  I focus on eating healthy at least 80% of the time.  There will be bumps in the road.  It is how you move forward that matters.

I am always working to become better, stronger, healthier.  I am always working on being an amazing role model for my son.  I am always working on being a better wife to my husband.

Don’t be afraid of traveling.  Make a plan.  And remember that no matter what happens your journey to being healthier continues.

 

 

Sunning with Snacks

I don’t know about you, but the warm weather here in Boston has me thinking about heading to the beach, pool or even out for a picnic.  It’s always tricky to figure out what to pack to keep that healthy eating plan going.  I’ve put together a list of my go-to favorites that I think you will like.  Just don’t forget your cooler and ice pack!

SNACKS

Whole Fruits and Vegetables

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges

Frozen Grape Pops (1 Green)

  • Skewer whole grapes and place in the freezer overnight

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Hummus with Carrot and Celery Sticks (1 Green, 1 Blue)

Nuts (1 Blue)

  • Almonds (12)
  • Cashews (8)
  • Peanuts (14)
  • Walnuts (8 halves)

String Cheese (1 Blue)

Fruit Salad (Purple)

  • Raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries

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LUNCH

Whole Wheat Wraps (1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow)

  • Turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado (1/4)

 

Cucumber Mozzarella Salad (2 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Orange)

  • Cucumber, tomato, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

 

Chicken and pineapple Skewers (1 Red, 1 Orange, 1 Purple)

 

Pasta Salad (1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Orange)

  • Whole wheat pasta, cucumber, tomato, feta, balsamic vinaigrette

THURSDAY TASTE: CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY PUDDING

Sometimes the Summertime can be hard to stay on track.  With warmer weather comes a lot of sweet cold treats.  Well, here is a little something to help you get your daily nutrients, tastes delightful and won’t make you feel like you’ve taken a giant jump off the wagon.

CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY PUDDING

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Medium sized banana (frozen)
  • 1.5 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

  • Place Shakeology, banana and almond milk in the blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • If you find it too thick for your liking, simply add a small amount of Almond Milk to your mix and continue to blend
  • If you would like your pudding to be more like ice cream, simply place in the freezer for 1 hour or until firm
  • Serve and ENJOY!