Wondering what to make for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day …
Try out some of these fun ideas i shared with Kevin and Sarah from KDLT …
Check out the video below … The recipes are for breakfast, dinner, and dessert ….
Now you can have a healthy, happy, and loving Valentine’s Day!!!
It’s that time of year when chocolates and treats are everywhere we look, treat you and your loved ones with this delicious healthy treat!
Avocado Chocolate Truffles
6 oz. dark cacao chocolate
1 small avocado mashed
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and cinnamon over low heat in a small saucepan, and melt until completely smooth. Mash the avocado with a fork until completely smooth, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture and thicken. Place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
Once the dough has is set and firm, use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 2 inch balls. Place them on a lined pan.
Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in small bowl, and 1/4 cup of coconut into another small bowl Roll each ball into the cocoa till completely covered and then roll it in the coconut.
You can serve this at room temperature or cold.
If you are looking to get your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift they will really use and appreciate, give them something that will help them stick with their resolutions. Here are a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing!
#1 Massage – The benefits of massage after exercise are many, but few people actually get themselves one. This can be the ideal treat for your significant other. You will make your partner feel amazing and loved all at the same time. They will also be ready for their next workout!
#2 Workout Shoes – Athletic shoes are the one thing that people hold on to way to long. I think its hard to justify spending all the money on yourself, so this is the perfect opportunity to get something you really want, but find it hard to pull the trigger.
#3 Fitness Apparel – Buying good workout apparel is always a great gift. Especially when you live in it like me. Treat your special someone to a Lululemon gift card, or maybe take them to your local sporting goods store like Scheels or Sports Chalet and let them pick an outfit of choice. If you really want to go all, you can even pick matching outfits for each other.
#4 Get Away and Enjoy Each Other – My husband and I call these “Lover Trips. Just a quick up and back getaway trip with the one you love. To really keep it fun and exciting you can pack your partners bag have it ready to go and literally whisk them away!
# 5 Apple Watch – This is a fun gift that will be chic and help keep your loved one on track with their health and fitness goals.. You can track your daily activity. Control your music using only your voice. Pay for items just like that.
Now you have the tools to get your fit loved one a gift they will really enjoy!
Most of my clients use the excuse that they are in too big of rush to make eggs for breakfast, or to eat at all. I would like to say that it is poor planning, but regardless of the reason here is a recipe that not only takes less than 20 minutes to make, it is the perfect grab and go breakfast meal.
Eggs in Ham Cups
12 slices of ham (I use black forest ham from the deli section of your local grocery store)
2-3 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 avocado diced
1/2 cup of green onion chopped finely
2 teaspoons of unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
Take a moment to think this through…..
What thoughts are coming into your head?
When I was recently listening to a interview with Tony Robbins .. One of the things that really stayed with me is when he said “You are the only one Stopping You”!
My gut reaction was to argue and explain all the reasons it wasn’t me …
Until I stopped myself paused the video and started to internalize this phrase …
Instead of viewing this as a negative, I started to embrace this as a positive ..I was in control of me! I can’t necessarily change others, but I can get better each day! I can choose to let life get me down or get me up.
I can choose to get better each day or not ..
People have been in far worse positions and ended up some of the most successful people in the world because they just chose to get better and believe in themselves everyday!
Your adversity is your advantage! Choose to embrace that, and take the world and all its challenges head on.
I found this article from Lisbeth Darsh and thought it was such a powerful read ..
We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others, not feeling good enough, Not fit, too fit, not tall, too tall etc ..
Women are never satisfied and always harping on “how we can be better” or “why we are not good enough”.
Why don’t we choose to focus on all the value we are adding to this world, all the beauty we have to offer, and all the talents we are willing to give …
This article will directly coincide with finding answers for the roadblocks above.
Love the beautiful YOU that you are!
Don’t let this Super Bowl Sunday Get You off Track!
Here are some great recipes to indulge, enjoy, and still stay on track!
A Veggie Platter:
Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Peppers, Mushrooms, Squash, Tomatoes, zucchini etc…
Buffalo Chicken Wings in a Gluten Free Peanut Sauce
1 lb. chicken wings
2 T. almond butter
1/4 C. hot pepper sauce
1-2 T. wheat-free tamari or hoison sauce
2 t. olive oil
Bake wings at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
In saucepan, melt almond butter heating slowly.
Stir in hot pepper sauce, tamari, and olive oil. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more tamari and oil.
Brush wings with sauce.
Bake for 10 more minutes.
Turn over and baste with sauce.
Bake 10 more minutes.
Sweet Potato Chips
1 small mango, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Carefully peel mango and slice flesh from seed. Follow above instructions to peel tomato and coarsely chop. In a food processor, combine chopped red onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Pulse until coarsely ground. Add mango and tomato and pulse until desired texture is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust any other ingredients as necessary. Pour into serving dish and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
4 ripe avocados
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of red onion
cilantro to taste
a pinch of Tony’s Creole Seasoning
a splash of salsa
(for added spice put in jalapeno)
Mash avocados, then add chopped onion, cilantro and garlic. Mix throughout, and then add salsa, creole seasoning, and jalapeno.
4 lb pork roast
2 onions, sliced, divided
1 onion, chopped
5 or 6 whole cloves
2 cups water
16 oz bottle of gluten free BBQ sauce
salt and pepper
Place one sliced onion at the bottom of Crock Pot.
Stud pork roast with cloves and season with salt and pepper.
Place roast in slow cooker on top of the sliced onion. Cover with the second sliced onion and add enough water to fill Crock Pot two-thirds of the way.
Cover and cook on low 8 to 12 hours.
Remove roast. Remove and discard cloves, bone and fat as well as any water, onions and grease remaining in pot.
When pork roast is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your fingers to pull it apart until the entire roast is shredded.
Return the pulled pork to the crock pot. Mix in the chopped onion and BBQ sauce and cover. Heat on high for 1-3 hours or until the onions are soft.
Bacon Wrapped Dates:
Ingredients: (adjust for the amount of people you have, usually plan on 2-3 per person)
Whole Pitted Dates
Roasted Pecan Halves
Uncured Bacon (raw) sliced in 1/2 or 1/3 to fit around date
Preheat oven to 400
Place a pecan piece inside each date. Wrap date in a piece of bacon and secure with a tooth pick Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes (start checking them when it gets close). The bacon should be cooked and crisp-ish. Serve Hot!
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 large steak cut into chunks (or stew meat)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes and chilies
1 small can tomatillo salsa (in the Mexican food aisle)
large onion diced
1/8 cup almond flour (this is optional for thickening, omit if you have a nut allergy)
about 2 cups of beef broth
3 cloves garlic minced or about
2 tsp garlic 1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs ground cumin
3-4 tbs chili powder
Put about 2 tbs olive oil in a pan and get it screaming hot. Sear the chunks of steak in batches (don’t crowd or it won’t brown). It doesn’t have to be cooked at this point, just brown and pull it out. Add a little more oil if needed and add diced onion to kind of brown a bit. Add the beef stock and let it cook until it is reduced by half (this gives a really meaty base). Add in ground beef and almond flour. Stir until it browns a bit. Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, and steak chunks. Simmer on low heat for a couple of hours.
and last but not least….
Buffalo Sliders Wrapped in Romaine Lettuce Leaves:
2lbs of ground bison
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Butter (grassfed preferably)
1 sliced onion
1/2 cup of mushrooms (optional)
In a large skillet heat oil, garlic, onion, mushrooms, pepper, and butter till onions are grilled and browned.
In a separate bowl add the bison and pour skillet mixture into bison and mix throughout.
Then throw on the grill, or put them back on the skillet and fry them.
Save the Best for Last … Super Bowl Cocktails:
Why do we have to take the “fun” out of parties just because we are living healthier…
WE DON’T! Here are a list of Cocktails these taste delicious and aren’t loaded with extra calories and sugars.
4. Super Bowl Punch
Not too sweet yet not too tangy, delicious for any occasion
3 6 oz. of Lite lemonade
1 2 liter bottle lemon lime flavored water
1 750ml. bottle red wine
1 orange sliced
1 lemon sliced
1 oz of Hypnotiq
1 oz of Blueberry Vodka
Splash of Club Soda
Handful of Blueberries
Fill a tall glass with ice, sprinkling the blueberries throughout as you do. Add the Hypnotiq liqueur, blueberry vodka, and club soda. Garnish with mint.
1 oz of Cointreau
Prosecco or Champagne
Half an orange – sliced
Top with orange flavored soda water
Fill a wine glass with ice and slices of half an orange. Add soda water and cointreau. Fill remainder of glass with your choice of prosecco and champagne.
Wine is always a plus too especially not high in sugar like a Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.
Now Super Bowl will be extra enjoyable this year!
Are you feeling full, bloated, and uncomfortable?
Are you wondering why you are constantly having stomach pains or gas?
Here are some of the top Fit Chic Tips to ease your stomach pain and bloating naturally for good!
# 1 Hot Lemon Water: A Glass of lemon water a day keeps the doctor away .. Lemon is good for you in a number of ways, but one of the biggest benefits is it eases gas pain. The acidity in lemon stimulates the production of HCL (hydrochloric acid) which is what breaks down our food. More HCL = food breaking down more efficiently = less bloating and gas. The water flushes your system and keeps your digesting tract moving along smoothly. So instead of a warm glass of milk, try a warm glass of lemon water !
# 2 Ginger – Not only does ginger taste great in stirfrys, dressings, or just as chews it also helps with bloating prevention. Ginger is a metabolism booster and a thermogenic food, so it helps to heat the body from the inside out and will help with weight loss and bloating.
# 3 Peppermint: Peppermint is great for soothing churning stomachs and easing gas pains. Its essential oil contains menthol, which has an helps relax your stomach and ease digestion. It also soothes nerves, and therefore can soothe stomach aches that stem from stress and nervousness.
# 4 Enzymes: Such as NOW super enzymes helps break down your food and support healthy digestion. Formulated with Bromelain, Ox Bile, Pancreatin and Papain, Super Enzymes helps to optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein, and leave you feeling great after every meal.
# 5 Fennel Seeds: Fennel has been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy. The fennel seed contains several key essential oils that help with inflammation, kill bacteria and microbes, Which is the perfect solution to reduce any inflamed tummy!
Now you have the tools to be a lean mean fighting machine.
I love quick, easy, delicious recipes that the whole family will love. Pizza is everyone’s favorite so why not have the pizza taste without the pizza aftermath hangover!
1-2 lbs of grass-fed beef.
5 lbs bulk Italian sausage
1-15 ounce jar pizza sauce
1 6 oz can of diced black olives
3 cups fresh spinach
16 slices pepperoni
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of diced green pepper
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of bone broth
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon of thyme
2 teaspoons of basil
2 potatoes peeled and diced
In a crock pot, combine sausage and ground beef with potatoes, onions, mushrooms, green pepper, broth, spinach. olives, and tomatoes.
Next, add pizza sauce and spices, Then place pepperoni and sun-dried tomatoes on top.
Cook on medium for 4-6 hours. Let cool slightly and serve.
Refrigerate remaining and it tastes even better left over!
Resolutions are so often focused around weightless or physical results. But what if you used this 2016 to change your outlook and change your life.
What if this year we took a happiness and positivity challenge?
What is this you ask?
What if for the next 30 days you chose to look at the glass half full. Smile not frown, Love instead of hate, treat others the way you want to be treated instead of how you feel they “deserve” to be treated.”deserve” to be treated.
Here is a calendar to keep you on the track of feeling happy and positive this 2016 ..
I have been personally doing this in my own life and the results have been so amazing!
Here’s to making 2016 your Best Year Yet!