Fit Chic Sangria

This will make your mother’s day one of the best!

I figured since Mother’s Day was approaching this Sunday, I would give you a fantastic recipe that is a personal favorite of my mother’s.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic Sangria

1 bottle of brut champagne or preseco

1/2 bottle of white zinfindel ( I use the Trader Joes 2 buck chuck)

1 20 oz bottle of sparkling grapefruit water

32 oz of Light Lemonade

4 oz of triple sec (optional)

a carton of strawberries or rasberries

Directions:

Place ice in a punch bowl or pitcher, pour champagne, white zinfindel, sparkling water, lemonade, and triple sec. Stir throughout, cut strawberries into fourths and throw into the top of the punch.

Serve

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

It’s a Blog It Forward Friday!

Check this guy out!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today  I am having a blog it forward day!

There are so many amazing blogs out there, that I thought I would share one of the best ones.

This blog is very inspirational and really helps coach you through your personal life journey!

Here is the website: www.cpmfitness.blogspot.com

What are some of your favorite blogs that you read?

Post in the comments below and Blog it Forward!

Fit Chic

Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad

Delicious!

This is a delicious recipe that is very kid friendly as well. It is great on salads, or served in romaine lettuce cups.

I put this in my 8 year sisters lunch a lot and she loves it!

Dried Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad

 Ingredients

2 cans of White Albacore Tuna in Water

1/3 cup Dried unsweetened Cranberries

1/3 cup chopped gala apples

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic

1 Tbsp dill

1/2 cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Romaine
Lettuce leaves (optional)

Directions

In a medium size mixing bowl, add your chopped apples and mix with lemon juice so
they don’t brown. Then add cranberries garlic, and dill.

Next, drain your tuna and put into a small bowl. Mash up with a fork so it is
easier to mix with apples and cranberries without mashing them. Then add to
your fruit mix. Finally, add the mayonnaise and mix gently with a spoon.

If you would like a wrap, place the tuna in a lettuce leave wrap and serve.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Junk Food Could Trigger Diabetes

I found this blog from NYC Endurance www.nycendurance.com and the article is taken from www.newsscientist .com.

It is a very informative article about junk food, what it does to your body, and how it could lead to possible diabetes in the future.

Check it out:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20369-junk-food-inflammation-may-trigger-diabetes.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=health

Think twice the next time a bowl of ice cream is calling your name!

Fit Chic

A Healthy Alternative to Chips

Kale Chips:

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife  carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and  dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Sir Charles Doing CrossFit???

While watching the TNT NBA halftime show, they were poking fun at Charles Barkley’s weight.

He made a comment about doing a CrossFit workout and he immediately got my full attention!

Not only was Crossfit a tremendous workout for your average joe, it was a phenomenal workout for former NBA elite athletes.

As I watched the video of Sir Charles doing the games workout from last week at CrossFit North Atlanta it reiterated how good CrossFit truly is!!!

It was such a great site watching these incredible CrossFit athletes working side by side with Charles and not only push themselves, but pushing Sir Charles as well!

It really proved to me how great this community is, and how your everyday Joe can be just as good if not better than a former NBA athlete.

You can watch Charles and the other amazing athletes at CrossFit North Atlanta doing the games WOD:

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

Fit Chic

Holiday Recipes

We all love the Easter Holiday, but we usually don’t love how we feel afterwards!

Here are a couple recipes that I found that will make your Easter meal be just as enjoyable and even tastier!

I found this recipe on www.everydaypaleo.com

                       

Warm Roasted Beet, Kale & Shrimp Salad

1 lb medium cooked shrimp, tails removed and deveined

8 small beets, peeled, sliced and cubed

10 garlic cloves sliced in half lengthwise

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 bunches of kale, tough stems removed and diced

½ tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

Handful of crumbled pecans

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450.

In a glass baking dish toss together the cut up beets, garlic cloves, and coconut oil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove the beets and garlic from the oven and pile the kale on top.

Put back in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring half way through the cooking time. The kale will start to shrink down after that first 5 minutes, making it easier to stir.

While the kale and beets finish cooking, add the shrimp to a medium sized mixing bowl.

When the kale and beets are done, pour over the shrimp, add the balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper if you like, stir,

top with crumbled pecans and eat!

Balsamic & Dijon Glazed Ham with Roasted Pearl Onions

2 pounds pearl onions
1/2 cup of honey
5 tablespoons good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup butter, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 cup water
1 (8- to 10-pound) ham shank, fully cooked, fat trimmed to 1/2-inch thickness*

Cook onions in large pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes; remove from heat
and drain. Trim root ends, leaving base intact. Peel; set aside. (Onions may be
made 1 day ahead. Covered and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large stainless steel roasting pan with aluminum foil.

In a small bowl, combine honey, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard to
make the balsamic glaze.

Place prepared onions in a 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Add 2/3 cup of the
prepared balsamic glaze, butter, salt, pepper, and water; toss to coat. Cover
with aluminum foil.

Making 1/2-inch-deep slits, score ham with diamond pattern. Place ham in
prepared roasting pan and bake 45 minutes. Place the baking dish with the onions
in the oven. Roast ham and onions 25 minutes. Uncover onions, and continue
roasting onions and ham an additional 50 minutes. Baste ham with some of
balsamic glaze. Continue to roast ham and onions until deep brown and glazed,
brushing ham with balsamic glaze every 10 minutes, about 30 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and transfer ham to large platter.

Transfer onion mixture to bowl. Serve ham, passing onion mixture separately.

Top with this Pineapple Salsa Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple

2 tablespoons finely chopped purple onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper, optional

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon honey

dash ground red pepper, cayenne or chipotle

2 teaspoons finely minced jalapeno pepper, optional

juice of 1 fresh lime, about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients; cover and refrigerate for an hour or more to blend flavors. Serve with grilled or broiled fish, chicken, or pork.Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

 

Have a great Holiday …..

Fit Chic

Yeah Burpees!!!!

A recent study that I came across in the NY Times, asked a dozen physiologists … what is the single best exercise for your body?

Low and Behold it was everyone’s favorite exercise…. The BURPEE!!

So rest assured when you do these wonderful exercise movements you are really doing a body good!

Here is the link to the article in the NY Times …. Check it out!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/whats-the-best-exercise/?ref=health

The next time you dread doing these wonderful exercises, remember your body is actually thanking you!

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If you don’t know what a burpee is, here is a demonstration from a guy who liked them so much he did 100 in a row!

YEAH BURPEES!

Fit Chic

BAKER’S Bunny Chocolate Cupcakes that are Gluten Free

I found this cute recipe on Kraft.com and tweaked it a little to make it gluten free …..

It is a perfect Easter recipe!

Ingredients

4 squaresBAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

6 Tbsp. butter or margarine

3/4 cup organic sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

1-1/4 cups almond flour, divided

1/2 tsp.baking soda

3/4 cup water

1-1/2 cups thawed lite COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Few drops food coloring

Coconut

jelly beans (optional)

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar and vanilla; beat with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Stir in 1/4 cup almond flour and baking soda. Add remaining flour alternately with water, beating well after each addition.

Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake 19 to 21 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 min.; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Tint COOL WHIP with food coloring; spread over cupcakes. Decorate as desired. Keep refrigerated.

Fit Chic

“Attack Your Goat”

First off I need to apologize, last Monday I posted a blog on “Why Beer is Bad”, and I didn’t include the links to where they came from so here they are: www.crossfitla.com and http://www.sweetcheekshq.com/. They are great blogs, you should definitely check them out!

“Attack Your Goat”

We have a saying in the Crossfit world called “Your Goat”.

A “Goat” is something that you despise and try to avoid at all costs, usually because we know it is what needs the most work, or it is a movement we flat-out can’t do.

Your goat can change as you progress, or sometimes it continues to linger no matter how badly you want it to go away!

I started to apply this rule to my everyday life as well. You all know what I am talking about….

The tasks in life that you avoid at all costs, or get pushed to the bottom of the “to do list” even though they should really be on top.

So why do we avoid out “goats” so much?

Is it fear, too much to handle, to uncomfortable, or just a plain pain in the you know what!

Well whatever the reasoning is we need to attack and conquer it!

Every time I complete a workout that included my goat…. I always felt so much more accomplished than when I completed a workout I know I was really good at. Of course the workouts I am good at our a great ego booster, but they don’t build the confidence or character that the “goat” workouts did!

This philosophy really began to carry over into my personal life as well. What I came to realize was the tasks that I continued to avoid, were the tasks that were really going to take me to where I wanted to go! They would build character, take me out of my comfort zone, push me, and allow me to grow and succeed in the positive direction I envisioned I could be!

I challenge you all to go out there and attack your “goat” with full force! Don’t hide from it, or act if it is not there. Put it at the top of your list, not the bottom. Challenge yourself to make your goat a habit that you look forward to and no longer despise!

What are some of your “Goats” that you want to work on?

Post them in the comments…..

Fit Chic