Fit Chic Memorial Day Recipes …

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Memorial Day is a time to remember the honorable people who gave their lives to serve this country. It is also a time to enjoy fabulous food with family and friends.

Memorial Day food is all about the grill, the snacks, and the Great Outdoors. Knowing this I included a list of bbq, sides, and treats to give you the perfect Memorial Day Celebration.

Drinks:

Bellini Ice Tea 

3 Tbsp honey

2 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced

1 cup raspberries

Fresh brewed tea

Ice

*optional lemon wedges or mint leaves

 
Directions: 
Fill a large pitcher half way full of ice. Next pour in tea and then place cut peaches and raspberries into the pitcher.
Last put honey and stir in with a large spoon until completely dissolved.
Pour into an 8 oz glass and serve
Garnish with a lemon wedge or mint leaf

 Side:

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

1 lb broccoli (steamed and diced)

3/4 c chopped raw cashews

1/2 craisins

1/4 cup Mayo (I like Just mayo)

1/4 cup of melted coconut oil

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar

2 cloves of garlic

1 Tablespoon of dijon mustard

Directions:

Add the broccoli to the bowl, along with the vinegar, cashews, craisins, dijon, and garlic

Toss everything to combine. Serve immediately, or wait until it’s cold. It’s good either way.

The Grill

Summer Kabobs

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts cubed

3 zucchini, 1/4 inch slices

3 summer squash, 1/4 inch slices

16 baby portabella mushrooms

3 tomatoes, sliced into 8 wedges

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette

12 chopsticks

1 clove garlic

Directions:

Cut veggies into rounds and place them on your chopstick with the two to three chicken cubes per skewer. Lay out on the foil and marinate with garlic, olive oil, and balsamic.

Grill for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are crisp.

Dessert: 

BANANA SPLIT BITES

Ingredients
12 1″ pieces pineapple
1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces
6 strawberries, cut in half
2.5oz dark chocolate cacao chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil (melted)
Chopped nuts or coconut
 
 Directions: 
  1. Cut fruit and assemble onto popsicle sticks.
  2. Place fruit in freezer until frozen solid.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
  5. Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
  6. If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Happy Memorial Day ..

Fit Chic 

Mushroom and Cauliflower Bake

I am always looking for some good sides partly I don’t eat much meat and so most of the time I am having to cook two meals at dinner. So here is a way I combined both and had a main course for me and a side dish for my husband!

Ingredients: 

1 cup diced onion

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons of olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

2 cups of sliced mushrooms

2 large eggs

1 can of diced artichokes

4 cups chopped cauliflower

1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 cup fresh spinach

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette

optional * 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop Cauliflower into pieces and steam before hand.
  3. In a medium sauce pan add olive oil, balsamic, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes until slightly browned and tender. Add mushrooms, artichokes, salt, and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in cauliflower and broth, cooking for 5 minutes. Add spinach and parmesan cheese, stirring until spinach has wilted.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Transfer to a 8×8 baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Must Have T’s and Tanks This Summer .. .

I love rockin different tanks and T’s especially as the weather gets warmer and the tanks and tshirts start to peak into the crowds ..

Here are my top five summer must haves ..

Which one is your favorite?

#1 My Most Fav Right Now – My Dear Friend has an apparel company called Beyond Your Bar.  The material is amazing and the styles are to die for! Here is my favorite piece from his collection.

#2 My Favorite Muscle Tee – I love fun sayings especially on your shirts .. So here is the perfect workout shirt representing exactly how I feel just before I walk into the gym!

#3 My Fav Inspirational Tank –  I am a big fan of Carrie Underwood’s Workout Brand CALIA . I am in love with

#4 My Favorite Going Out Tank (Lunge to Lunch) –  I am digging Under Armour’s Flow Tank. They come in three great classic colors (blue, grey, and black). Exaggerated open back detail is perfect for layering. Super-breathable power mesh with soft comfortable fabric.

#5 Retro Nike Tank –  I love retro crops especially when I am working out or running around town. This is especially cute with some joggers or running shorts.

Now you have the top tanks and tees to keep you in style all summer long!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts …

I made these for our staff meeting and they were such a hit .. I decided to put the recipe on my website …
Cinnamon Sugar Donut recipe 
Donuts 
5 Tbsp of grass-fed butter or coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup of palm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of coconut creamer (use vanilla or regular)
1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 cup of coconut flour
3/4 cup of gluten free flour
Icing: 
1/2 cup of butter melted
1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
2 tsp of cinnamon
Direction For Donut Maker 
Mix sugar, flour, baking soda, next add melted butter and milk and mix throuroughly. Then add vanilla and continue to stir (if dough is not consistent enough add more milk)
Place in donut make until they are cooked. Then dip in the icing mixture.
For Icing 
Melt the butter for the topping and combine the cinnamon and sugar. Dip each donut lightly in butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Enjoy!
Fit Chic 

Check Out My New Podcast With Mr. Fit Chic ….

Four years ago my husband and I had an idea to start a podcast and call it “Marriage Fit”. We wanted to talk to couples about being committed to your Fitness, Your Marriage, and your Finances. We want to reach out to people and talk about our personal struggles, our biggest success, and the odds and ends in between.

We discuss how we make our relationship in marriage and business work, and the reality and truth of what it takes! This is a dream of ours and we are so excited to share our story with you!

Please post comments and let us know what you want to hear us talk about …

Fit Chic 

15 Ways To Make Your Life Easier …

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. GIVE UP YOUR NEED TO ALWAYS BE RIGHT

There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. GIVE UP YOUR NEED FOR CONTROL

Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. GIVE UP ON BLAME

Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. GIVE UP YOUR SELF-DEFEATING SELF-TALK

Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. GIVE UP YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. GIVE UP COMPLAINING

Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. GIVE UP THE LUXURY OF CRITICISM

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people who are different from you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. GIVE UP YOUR NEED TO IMPRESS OTHERS

Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. GIVE UP YOUR RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. GIVE UP LABELS

Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. GIVE UP ON YOUR FEARS

Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. GIVE UP YOUR EXCUSES

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. GIVE UP THE PAST

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. GIVE UP ATTACHMENT

This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. GIVE UP LIVING YOUR LIFE TO OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS

Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

How are you going to live a Happier Life Fit Ones???

Post in the comments below.

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Lemon Ice Cream …..

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This is a wonderful treat that really satisfies the palette. It is a great treat for the spring and summer and has a nice texture as well.

This is a great snack for your kids after school or for a little treat after dinner. It is also very easy to whip up!

This is definitely one recipe that you will be able to use over and over again.

Paleo Lemon Ice Cream:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 can (full fat) coconut milk (I like to put mine in the fridge before I use it)

1/4 cup raw honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 to 1 cup (depending on how much lemon you like) of fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4-unsweetened coconut flakes

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

*optional to add fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or all of the above.

 Directions:
Combine cashews, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and lemon juice and whey protein powder in a food processor.
Process until smooth.
Pour in coconut and cinnamon and continue to process until it has a thick ice cream texture.
Place into a bowl and top with fresh fruit
Enjoy!
Fit Chic

Fit Chic Tips to Crave Not Cringe Your Workouts ..

Your alarm sounds, it’s early am (even the sun isn’t out), you hop out of bed throw on your workout clothes(if you don’t sleep in them) and get right to your workout. This is like you right? ..

Probably not, I would say majority of people have a good intention to workout but when it comes to the choice of staying cozy in bed or grabbing a kick butt workout you would choose your bed. Well now you won’t need to stay in bed any longer. Here are some healthy tips and tricks to put more pep in your step and make your look forward to your alarm instead of dread it!

Fun is First – Make your workout fun, not only physically, but also socially by inviting friends and having them keep you accountable too! Now you can catch up with your friends and keep your health a priority! Bottom line, if it’s not fun why do it?

Come Into Your Workout with Gratitude – Being thankful you are able to move, grateful you are enjoying the beautiful outside, Focus on the positive feelings you experience while you are working out which will help to boost your mood during and definitely after the workout.

Find a time that works best for you and Schedule it –  Find a time that works with your schedule and keep it consistent . The best way to create a habit is to create a routine where the brain learns to crave it at a particular time of day.

Focus On How Good You Will Feel When You Are Done – Get those endorphins flowing and the more they flow, the more you will crave workouts. This will also make you excited and optimistic about your workout and make it much more enjoyable all the way around!

Start with 15 minutes – It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of time, to get the job done. You can do a lot in 10 15 minutes (read more here .. ) . Once you get comfortable with that maybe add another 5 minutes or Monday, Wednesday, are 30 minutes and Tuesday Thursday are 15 or less.

Fit Chic 

 

Pesto Salmon Sweet Potato Salad

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I love salmon especially in the summer. I also love fresh sides to go with good barbecued meals. So I thought having a salmon pesto sweet potato salad would be the perfect recipe to compliment these two loves.

Ingredients:

1 lb of sweet potatoes

4 salmon filets cooked

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 lb of asparagus steamed

1/2 cup of red onion slices

1/2 cup of diced cherry tomato

1 cup of diced artichokes

3-4 tablespoons of pesto

pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of rosemary

Directions:

Bake the sweet potatoes at 400 for 45 minutes remove from oven and cute into cubes and toss into a large mixing bowl.

You can broil, bake, or bbq the salmon (just make sure it is cooked before mixing in with the sweet potatoes.

 

Toss in cooked salmon, onion, pesto, artichokes, steamed asparagus, rosemary, pepper, lemon, and cherry tomatoes.

Mix ingredients throughout until all is deluged in pesto.

You can refrigerate or serve warm.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

 

Life is Short Make the Most of It ..

A good family friend of ours passed away from cancer recently. He was 58 years old (too young to die) and left 4 children behind. I feel when someone passes away it makes you reflect on your own life. You start to reminisce about the memories shared and look ahead to what the future holds. You start to ask yourself the questions,

“How much life do we have left to live?”

“Are we doing what we want if we knew tomorrow was our last?”

These are always hard deep questions to ask one’s self, and sometimes the answers are just as complex! If I live a life like my family friend, I will have exactly 22 1/2 years of life left. That leaves 22.5 years to accomplish my goals, aspirations, bucket lists, and all that life has desired. When I began to look at life like this it put me in a whole point of view. Life can be put in perspective very quickly all of a sudden the TDL (to do list), pressing or stressful little tasks, things getting in the way of talking with family or long lost friends don’t seem so important!

Putting off “life” because you don’t have money, time, belief etc ..because you feel you have all the time in the world, until all of a sudden you don’t. My grandma has been living with us the last month, and it has been such a gift. I found I was working all the time and not enjoying any of the goodness life has each day! My grandma said embrace this life dear Annie as it goes by weather you live it or not! So my take away was if your not living life your really dying inside, so why not live each day to the fullest.

Now I am not saying sell your house and move to the a remote island (although if you were my husband this would be his dream), I am not saying sell your car and by a Ferrari. I am saying “LIVE”. Laugh with friends, get “datey” with your husband, cuddle with your kids instead of finishing work, eat ice cream on a hot day and enjoy every bite, etc … Life is short so live to the fullest Fit Ones!

I challenge you write down what an ideal day looks like for you. Write down if you knew you had 1 year to live what would you want to do and then start planning. When you put a date to something it tends to happen! Stop letting life pass you by, and start enjoying all that it has to offer!

Fit Chic