Fit Chic Pumpkin Pie in a Pinch …

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Happy Thanksgiving Fit Ones …

Need a pie in a pinch … Since it is officially Turkey day and you don’t have time to make a homemade pumpkin pie, or you are having a party for one or two this holiday this is the perfect recipe. I love this recipe because I am typically the only one in my household who needs to have a gluten free version of the most popular Thanksgiving Day Dessert.

Here is the recipe I hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Pie Filling

1/2 cup of pumpkin Puree

1/2 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of pumpkin spice

1 egg

2 TBSP of raw honey

Pumpkin Crust:

1 TBSP melted coconut oil

1/2 TBSP of shredded unsweetened coconut

2 TBSP of almond flour

1 tsp of palm sugar

Directions:

In a mug mix melted coconut oil, almond flour, sugar, and coconut and pat it down with your fingers to make it appear like crust.

Then in a separate bowl make the pumpkin filling. Pour pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, egg, honey, and vanilla and mix with a large spoon until blended well.

Pour pumpkin filling over the crust and microwave for 2 minutes. Put a toothpick in the center to make sure the pumpkin is cooked completely. If it is not throw it back in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

*Top with Whip Cream or pecans, and extra cinnamon

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic’s Top 5 Ways to Stay on Track This Turkey Day …

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It is the infamous day where we gather around the table with family and friends and partake in some delicious delicacies. We then watch football, go to movies, play games, etc… all while usually consuming more yummy treats … By the time you hit the pillow you feel like one big stuffed turkey!

Here are 5 simple tips to stay on track and not over indulge this Turkey day…..

1. Eat a Good Healthy Breakfast – Many of us do not eat as we want to “Save up for dinner”. This is a big mistake, as you will then gorge on the bad stuff and be much more tempted to eat more snacky foods while waiting for the turkey too.

2. Drink a lot of water – Healthy digestion also requires adequate amounts of water. In order for your body to carry out toxins, burn fat, and lubricate organs and joints, you must make hydration a priority. Not only will you cut cravings and get fuller more quickly, you’re replacing minerals lost during those pre-thanksgiving dinner activities.

3. Get the blood flowing and that heart rate up in the am – Working out will not only get those endorphins make you feel good, you will be more likely to keep going all day and less likely to turn into a couch potato. Also when you exercise your body craves the good things much more than the bad.

4. Bake a Healthy Dish – If you are cooking then you really have good quality control for what goes on your table. If you are going to a relatives or a friend bring a healthy side dish that you can eat with some delicious turkey and or ham.

5. 5. Dress Appropriately – This one might sound a little odd, but it’s very important. You have my full permission to pull out the cute, snug skinny jeans that don’t give much in the waist. Why? Because they will help keep you from overeating! Seriously! Tighter clothes don’t allow any room for expansion, which will automatically keep your mind on the plan that you set at the beginning of the day.

Now you have some helpful tips to keep you feeling accomplished and successful this holiday season!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is typically associated with big feasts (typically not the healthiest), friends, family, and tryptophan. Here are 3 wonderful classic Thanksgiving must haves that are the first to go at every holiday dinner I attend! Now you can rely on having a healthy and really happy Turkey Day!

Savory Butternut Squash Stuffing

Ingredients

2 butternut squash cut and diced into cubes (you can buy it pre-cut too)

4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/4 cup of apple vinegar

8 oz. pork sausage

2 large eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon of full fat coconut milk or coconut creamer

1/2 cup chicken broth

4 tablespoons dried unsweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

2-3 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup chopped pecans or sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. On a baking sheet, toss the squash with 1 tbsp oil.  Stick the baking sheet in the oven and roast squash until just tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the  onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and garlic. Cook, stiring occasionally, until onions are softened and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the sausage and cook through until thoroughly browned. Add the wine and cook until it evaporates, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl along with the squash and let everything cool for 10 minutes or so. Turn oven down to 375.
  4. Add the beaten eggs, coconut milk, squash, broth, pecans, cranberries, and sage to the mixture and combine well. Use olive oil to grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes more.

Green Bean Casserole: 

Ingredients: 

2 cans of green beans

1 can of gluten free cream of mushroom soup

1/4 cup of unsweetened cashew or unsweetened coconut creamer

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette

For Fried Onions: 

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 onion thinly sliced

1 egg

1 tablespoon of heavy cream or coconut creamer

2 tablespoons of coconut flour

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of creole seasoning

Directions:

In a 9×9 pan place green beans, soup, and milk stir until combined. Next add spices.

In a frying pan place coconut oil (when it is melted) add onions, garlic and creole and cook until onions are translucent.

Whisk an egg in a small bowl and add to the onion mix and top with creamer, and flour.

And cook for 5 minutes or until slightly browned.

Place on top of the green bean mixture.

Last drizzle the balsamic over the top.

Place in the oven at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes:

1 large head of cauliflower chopped

2 cloves of garlic

dash of pepper

2 tablespoons grass-fed butter

1 tablespoon of coconut creamer or coconut milk

2 oz of organic cream cheese

*top with parmesan cheese for added deliciousness

Directions:

Steam Cauliflower and then place in a blender or food processor.

Next add garlic, salt/pepper, butter, and creamer and continue to blend until (potato consistency appears).

Place in a large bowl and top with parmesan cheese place in the microwave for 1 minute to 90 seconds. and serve.

Fit Chic 

We Are What We Believe We Are…

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Do you ever become really hard on yourself after your workout is over?

“I should have gone harder, done more weight, got more reps etc” …..

Why is this?

Why can we not just be grateful for the fact that we should up, or that we accomplished something in the hour of class?

I was talking to a client recently and we were talking about how refreshing it was when we decided to take the focus off “beating others times, or beating ourselves up over situations that really don’t play a big role in the whole scheme of things” .

I recently heard a very memorable quote from the great John Maxwell saying “You have to be thankful for the place you are in, in order to get to the place you want to go”.

This is so true, and i myself need to focus on this daily. How is beating ourselves up going to be healthy for our fitness and our mental state?

Wouldn’t it be a much more enjoyable healthy way to live, if we could be proud of ourselves for all the wonderful tasks we are completing in life, instead of looking at the things we can’t!

Sometimes it takes an event or series of events to gain clarity on what really is important in life, but why do we have to have something serious happen why can’t we just gain a positive perspective now!

I will be training a client and they will finish and say “Well I only did this amount of weight, or I used a band, etc.. I always correct them and tell them to eliminate the word only and be proud of the work that they put in!

Here are some great ways to keep perspective in your daily habits and life in the gym …

1. I am a better person for walking through these doors today no matter what the outcome!

2. I am going to enjoy each moment, my coaches, and my friends while I am in here.

3. I am going to remove all negative thoughts and words from my vocabulary when I step into my gym doors.

4. I am going to encourage others and help cheer them on, taking the negative pressure off myself and using my power for the good.

5. If I don’t perform to my full capabilities I am not going to be less of a person, it is only more incentive to fight harder and become better each time!

What are some positive quotes you are going to tell yourself Fit Ones? What is a negative habit that you will change for the positive?

What comes out of our mouths and what we tell ourselves is a HUGE reflexion of where we are at! Start focusing on the fantastic individual that you are and see how much quicker the results will happen!

Post in the comments below….

Fit Chic

Friends Friday ..

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I found a great article in the Huffington Post about how friends can actually make your lifestyle healthier ….

The friends in my life are therapeutic, enlightening, and help you through the lows of lows and the highs of highs.

We currently don’t live by family and Chris (my husband) and i often say how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends in our life! Our friends are truly like family and without them I don’t know where I would be today…

So this weekend and into the next week of “Thanksgiving”, enjoy your friends and everything they have to offer to your life! From fun dinners and/or drinks, workouts, motivation, trying something new, and just “hanging out” together.

Phone a friend this Friday and add so much to your day!

Fit Chic 

 

Fit Chic Pumpkin Blondies …

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This recipe is so easy tastes delicious and will be a great treat over the Thanksgiving holiday!
Ingredients
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup smooth almond or nut butter (sun, peanut, cashew)
2 tsp of pumpkin spice
2 tablespoon of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 baking powder
1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil or grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar or stevia
Directions:
Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake pan or loaf pan and set aside.
In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter. (either 30-45 seconds in microwave or on the stove over low-medium heat)
In a large mixing bowl, add the banana, pumpkin, nut butter, spices, honey, baking powder, oil, and sweetener.
Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Enjoy!
Fit Chic 

It’s National Fast Food Day …

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Drive past the drive-thru this “National Fast Food Day” today! Instead, make these healthy recipes at home that taste just like your favorite fast food choices without all the negative side effects!

Here are my Fit Chic Top 5 fast foods recipe picks:

Avocado Burger One of the most loved fast food treat from In and Out to Burger King, Five Guys etc  are all famous for their delicious mouth watering burgers well now you can have the delicious taste and not wait in line to get it!
 Chicken FingersFrom Kids to Adults of all ages, chicken fingers are one of the most popular fast food items to order off the menu! Place like Chic Filet, Popeyes, etc .. make people smile well now you can smile even brighter with this delicious chicken finger recipe!
 Milk Shake –  Cake Batter .. America’s most loved fast food dessert .. Dairy Queen, Culvers, and Wendy’s have people savoring every bite .. No need to wait for dessert with this healthy and delicious shake that will make the whole family want to stay in for their treat!
 Egg McmuffinI love fun ways to create new recipes with america’s most loved foods. Here is a great variation of the ever so popular “Egg McMuffin”.
Fries – These baked French fries will become a favorite in your home, and they taste delicious on their own, paired with the bison burger or chicken tenders—or even dipped into that homemade
Fit Chic 

Adding Pumpkin to Your Taco Tuesdays …

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The Perfect Autumn Taco Tuesday Mix … Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup .. Has so much flavor and is the perfect flavor for the season !

Ingredients: 

1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup of diced green pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp of creole seasoning

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

2 15 oz cans pumpkin puree

1 cup of coconut creamer or full fat coconut milk

3 cups free range chicken broth

1/2 lb ground chorizo sausage

1/2 tsp of ground pepper

fresh cilantro to garnish, chopped

 Directions: 
In a crockpot set cooking temperature to high for 4 hours and low for 8 hours (depending on when you want to eat).
Place the oil and chorizo in the crockpot. Next place diced onion, green pepper, garlic and spices. Last add the chicken broth, creamer/milk, and pumpkin puree and stir mixing ingredients thoroughly.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
Top with pumpkin seeds or pepita seeds….
Enjoy!
Fit Chic

Be Who You Want on the Inside and Get What You Want on the Outside …

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I heard this term quite a few years ago (2005 to be exact) at a personal development seminar. I was hearing what they were saying, but I wasn’t ready listen to what they were saying until recently, then it Set IN!!!

The term, “Be the Be”, refers to what type of person you need to become (on the inside) to actually get to where you want to go (on the outside).

If your goal is to become the top sales person in your company, with that title in hand… How many calls are you making a day? How many appointments do you have each week? How many deals do you close each month? 

If your goal is to be in great shape (double body weight back squat, have a six pack, run a 5 minute mile); With those goals accomplished… What does your weekly workout schedule look like? What does a typical day look like of your eating?

If you begin to act like that future person you are trying to become then you will eventually become that person. Sounds simple right? More like easy in theory, hard in reality.

“Be the Be” digs deeper. More than mirroring the activity of your future successful self you have to work on the inside to produce the outside.

“Be the Be” focuses on what is going on in your head and your heart to get you were you want to go. If you want your goals to be permanent rather than temporary you need to work FROM THE INSIDE TO OUTSIDE .

Why??

Your brain makes your body move. The stronger your mentality is when life gets hard, or your get fearful, you will still do what it takes to move forward no matter the obstacle(s). You develop a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude and nothing can stop you!

When we focus on “Be the Be” we are concentrating on how that person thinks, feels and behaves. What it’s going to take for us to become that person is where the truth lies. We must understand and develop the level of energy, commitment, attitude and perseverance it is going to take for us get us to our goal(s). For example, if we were to just look at what Kobe Bryant did day in and day out, that can be a daunting task. Just by thinking about it, it can defeat us from the start. But when work on developing the drive that it is going to take, the determination we must have and the obstacles we must overcome in order to be this person. The activity will then become a by-product of this person we are developing into.

Start to find out how to develop a champions mindset and you will automatically begin to act in that manner.

Homework…

1. Find one of your role models and learn all you can about them, how did they grow up, what it took for them to become this person that they are, what were they successes, setbacks, lessons they learned, what drives them to be better, etc… 

-If it is a celebrity or pro athlete I’m sure they have a book written about them or you can find lots of information to study about them. 

-If it is someone you know personally, take them out to eat and pick their brain with the similar questions. 

Fit Chic 

Acts of Kindness

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In our current Whole Life Chalenge we are doing with the gym, each week we are assigned to do something in our lifestyle. For example, one week was organize 10 minutes a day, one week was to read for 10 minutes, no social media, and other tasks that really help in our everyday life.

This past week was “Acts of Kindness”. Meaning each day perform a simple act of kindness toward anyone in your world — acquaintance or stranger.The acts have no size requirement. Small acts are as important as grand gestures.The acts need not cost money and you must perform the act intentionally

This was one of the most rewarding weeks thus far! Yes, helping someone else is nice for them, but it was more of a breath of fresh air for me. It uncovered how many little things you can do in a day to make people feel important and loved.

As we go into the “Thanksgiving” season, it is nice to just take moment and give thanks to those special people we come in contact with each day. Look to do some sort of kind act each day and see the wonderful benefits it will have in your life!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic