A Delicious Corn Beef and Cabbage Recipe Perfect for St. Patty’s Day!

Ingredients:

3 lb.corned beef brisket

1 lb of baby carrots

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 clovesgarlic, minced

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup of honey

1/2 cup dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. Horseradish

1 head cabbage, cut into wedges

Directions:

Place meat in large saucepan; top with onions, garlic and bay leaves.  Add enough water to cover all ingredients; cover with lid.  Bring to boil; simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour.  Drain, reserving meat in pan.  Remove and discard bay leaves.

Add enough fresh water to saucepan to cover meat; cover with lid.  Bring to boil; add carrots and simmer on medium-low heat 2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender.

Heat oven to 350ºF.  Remove meat from pan, reserving liquid in pan; place meat in shallow baking pan.  Mix honey, mustard and horseradish; spoon half over meat.  Reserve remaining honey mixture for brushing onto cooked meat.

Bake 20 min., brushing frequently with remaining honey mixture.  Meanwhile, add cabbage to reserved liquid in saucepan; cook 8 to 10 min. or until tender.

 meat on platter; drizzle with pan drippings.

Serve with cabbage.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Leave Your Excuses At the Door …..

When my husband and I went to a CrossFit conference last fall, we heard a fellow CrossFitter by the name of Kyle Maynard speak.

Kyle Manard, is an inspiration in his own right, and also a CrossFitter.

Below is a video of him discussing functional training and how important and applicable it is for life.

If you’re curious about Kyle and want to know more about his story, google him – he has truly lived a remarkable life.

Watch this and you will really have NO EXCUSES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFke91pbfUo

Death by Sitting …..

We have become such a chair born society, most of us have desk jobs, that confine us to sitting for at least 7 hours a day. Then we come home from a long days work, and either sit at a computer desk, or on a couch!

Most of us sit more than we sleep! So what’s so bad about that?

Here is a great informative video from Mobility Specialist Kelly Starrett. He shows you stretches and great mobility exercises for those of us who are stuck sitting all day!

http://www.mobilitywod.com/2011/03/episode-187365-death-by-chair-how-much.html

These exercises are so easy, you can even do them at your desk!

Fit Chic

Gluten Free Triple Layer Sun Butter Brownies

Gooey Peanut Butter Brownies with Cacao Chips

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup of Agave Nector
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of sun butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1  1/2 cups of almond flour
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of sunbutter
1/2 cup of cacao dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of almond butter

Directions:

Grease an 8 inch square pan with butter. Line with parchment paper, leaving roughly 2 inches of overlap. Grease the paper in the bottom of the pan with a bit more butter.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, Agave Nector, honey, and sun butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gently beat in the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in the chocolate chips and remaining sun butter and almond butter.

Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes or so, and then cut and serve.

Instead of Giving Something Up Try Adding Something In ….

Looks like this guy is adding more sleep to his mix

With today being Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent….. Everyone is talking about what they are giving up for the next 7 weeks until Easter arrives.

Ever since  I was 8 years old I have given up something for Lent. Most years it was sugar, diet soda, processed foods, etc…. but last year I tried a new angle; instead of giving something up I was going to add something in.

I started with doing one act of kindness a day, and meditating for 15 minutes by myself sometime throughout the day (for those of you who know me 15 minutes to me is like 2 hours to most), but I figured it was a good start.

The first few days (like any new routine) were difficult, but then I began to look forward to doing something nice for someone else, like most charitable acts I think they make you feel better than the actual act itself.

I was starting the day off with a clear focus from the meditation, and didn’t feel so scatter brained either.

Before I knew it the 7 weeks were up, and I was actually sad to have Easter arrive. I kept with the two for a few weeks, but since there was no accountability I lost sight of the goal and it dissipated out of my life.

So this year I am really looking forward to adding something and making it stick! I am committing to a half hour of meditation and focus, and adding new daily goals to hit and stick with each day.

So fellow Fit Chics and Fit Studs what are you going to add in your life to make it better?

Answer in the comments below:

Fit Chic

A Healthier Alternative to Coconut Shrimp….

YUM!

This is absolutely amazing, and is the perfect recipe for any dinner or cocktail parties!

Coconut Shrimp

24 raw shrimp (41-50 count/pound) or 12 large prawns.
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 – 1 cup organic virgin coconut oil

Directions:
De-vein and peel shrimp, leave tails on. Combine coconut in a bowl with almond flour and salt. If the coconut flakes are fairly large, consider throwing them in the food processor for a minute for a smoother texture. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl. Dip shrimp in egg then the coconut mixture so each shrimp is well covered. Starting with 1/4 cup, heat the coconut oil in a pan. Drop a pinch of coconut into the pat – if it sizzles, oil is hot enough. Make sure oil is hot!

Fry the shrimp in batches until the outside is browned, about 3-5 minutes/side.  If the oil becomes dark and/or starts to smoke, clean out the pan and start with fresh oil.  Best when served immediately.

Fit Chic

Having Friends Keep You Accountable…

A Big Thanks to Amazing friends that helped keep me accountable day in and day out!

We all get very excited and motivated when we start a new workout regime, a new job, or recreational activity. We come in with the mindset to give 100 percent , with nothing getiing in your way.

Then as time wears on you begin to get into a routine, the newness begins to slip away, and you need to find motivation from other avenues.

So this is when you turn to your friends for help to keep you pushing ahead.

We had a former client contact us recently. She was stuck, and lacked the motivation and will to forge ahead. She needed resources, but didn’t have the foggiest idea on who to turn to.

My husband suggested she use her close friends at the gym. He knew that she was not the only one in this same predicament and they could all use each other for accountability.

He told her to start a 30 day challenge: push each other through workouts, set times to workout together, keep a food journal and share it with the group. They would call or email each other when good and bad things were pushing and prohibiting them from their goals.

Our client really liked the idea, and by the end of the day she had a group that needed and wanted this just as much as she did.

It was really starting to work, they had great communication, and now the pressure was no longer about finding a new motivation or pushing through the mental block. It was about keeping an obligation to a friend.

When they didn’t want to wake up early to work out , they knew 5 other people would be there waiting for them. When pizza sounded a lot more appealing than salad, their friends would not eat the pizza so they didn’t have to either. It’s the “if my friends can do it, I can do it” mind-set!

A week into the challenge other people saw what they were doing and took a huge interest in this as well, and by weeks end 5 went to 35.

When you are doubting yourself, or think that you can’t push through; rely on the friendships around you to get you over the hump. Lets face it, it’s a lot easier when you have your closest friends supporting you. Then you don’t feel like you are doing it all on your own!

You guys are doing a great job (you know who you are), keep up the hard work and it will continue to pay off!

Fit Chic

A Healthy but Tasty Quiche Recipe….

Ingredients – serves 8
Crust
– 1 Cup almond flour
– 1/4 Cup olive oil
– 1/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp sea salt

Filling:

16 eggs

1 onion diced

1 cup of  broccoli

1 cup of spinach

2 cloves of garlic

3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes

3 cups of mushrooms

2 Tbsp of Chives (chopped)

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Optional – 2 Tbsp of Goat Cheese

Directions
1.  Pre-heat oven to 375
2.  In a small bowl mix together the crust ingredients
3.  Spread the crust in a thin layer over the bottom of the baking dish  and bake in the oven for 10 minutes – until crust is brown and hardened.  Remove and set aside.
4.  While crust is baking, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and add the garlic and onions, once onions have browned  add mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and chives until cooked through.
6.   Set aside.
7.  In a bowl, whisk together eggs
8.  Pour the skillet mix into the bowl with the eggs and stir together.
9.  Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish.  If you’re using goat cheese, sprinkle it over the top of the eggs and it will blend in during baking.
10.  Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes – or until the eggs are cooked (stick a fork in and if it comes out fairly dry, it’s finished).

This recipe is delicious and perfect for a family brunch, or luncheon.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

When You Put Your Mind To It, You Can Accomplish Anything

Here is Roach 7 months Pregnant She Is and Was an Inspiration to All!

Ever heard the phrase: “When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”? I have found this to be very true for my personal life. Life can be challenging, staying consistent with CrossFit can be challenging, continuing to eat healthy and stay on track with the Paleo can be hard.

How do you stay motivated?

It’s all in our head.

-When it is 5:05am and you roll out of bed, it’s your brain that tells you get up and go workout vs. roll back over and get that extra 2 hours of sleep!
-When you are out to eat with friends, it’s your brain that tells you to order the salad vs. the double cheese burger!
-When you are stuck in a rut with your workout routine and tired of not getting results, it’s your brain that tells you to go for it and try something new (CrossFit Sioux Falls:-) and break your old habits that are NOT fulfilling you!

There are so many ways for a person to get and stay motivated. One way that has worked for me is to train your brain like you train your body. So many people in American say, “This is it, it’s Jan 1st, I’m going to get in shape this year” and by Jan 22nd they already quit 3 days ago. The intentions are always good, but you have to execute to make your goals a reality.

How do you train your brain?
-Daily affirmations/Quotes
-Personal growth/Motivation books
-Surrounding yourself with positive
-Listen to motivational CD’s

Breaking our old habits takes a while. So does losing 50 lbs. But to lose the weight it takes many many hours in the gym, it takes lots of healthy eating.

The same is with breaking old habits and creating new ones. The more you educate yourself, the more you fill your head with positive thoughts, the faster you create new habits and achieve your goals.

Here is a great quote:

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.“ -Mary Kay Ash

Make it happen!

Fit Chic