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 

A Mother’s Day Shout Out …

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -Washington Irving 

With Mother’s Day Sunday, I wanted to take a moment and thank all the amazing mother’s in my life! Thank you to all the empowering, loving, strong, phenomenal women whom I get to surround myself with each day. You all deserve a medal. You are super heroes above anything else. You hold it together through the roughest of waves and embrace the calm in every storm.

Most of all I want to Thank my mom ….

Thank You for making the impossible look possible, Thank you for making all of my dreams feel like reality. Thank you for all your sacrifice in order that I could have a better life! Thank you for always demonstrating Love and Grace to those around you! Thank you for being my mentor and my friend! Thank you for pushing me and never allowing me to settle for second best!

I am so grateful you put me on this earth, and I love you very much!!!

Thank you for being the best representation of what being a “Mother” really means! (I have some very big shoes to fill.)

Happy Mother’s Day !!!!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Mother’s Day Recipe #2

Continuing the theme this week .. Here is the 2nd recipe to show how much you “love” that special “Mother” in your life. By the taste if this recipe she will definitely feel the love too!

Ingredients: 

1 small onion, chopped finely

1/2 pound sausage (use turkey or vegan sausage too)

2 tsp minced garlic

1 ripe avocado (peeled and diced)

1-2 Tbs coconut oil

6 ounces of broccoli, steamed lightly

1/2 cup of spinach

1/2 cup of diced red pepper

8-10 eggs

*optional 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

splash of coconut creamer of unsweetened coconut or almond milk

sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Sauté onion, garlic, and sausage in a medium pan until sausage is cooked through
  3. Add red pepper, broccoli, and spinach and cook until done.
  4. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
  5. Whisk eggs and add creamer, salt and pepper.
  6. Add broccoli to sausage mixture to the eggs
  7. Pour eggs over the top of each muffin liner to about 3/4 of the way up.
  8. Bake about 20 – 23 minutes or until cooked completely through. If eggs are runny in the middle, cut into the middle and let cook for 2-5 more minutes.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

Top 5 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate your mother than with a homemade gift with love!

These gifts are perfect to keep her feeling healthy and happy this Mother’s Day!

Here are my top 3 gifts that keep giving … from KDLT Watch it Now and here is the step-by-step just in case …

#1 Nuts About You Jars – Take small mason jars and put chalk board stickers on the front and write any fun loving message to your mom .. For example I wrote ” I am nuts about you mom” … or “Happy Mother’s Day” … place your favorite nut mixtures in each jar. I used raw almonds, healthy trail mix, and dark chocolate covered almonds.

#2 Cupcake Bouquet – Here is the link to this amazing Guiltless Cupcake Recipe …. things you will need:

Vase or flower pot (mine was $1 at Target)

half Styrofoam ball

Toothpicks

green tissue paper

Directions: Place styrofoam ball in the vase so the ball is facing up. Place a toothpick through the cupcake and place in the vase with the frosting facing up. And continue this process till it looks like a bouquet. Next cut the green tissue paper into 3” – 4” squares. Carefully tuck the squares between the cupcakes, and push the tissue paper into the foam ball.

#3 Fitness Gift Bag or Basket – This is a great personalized gift as you can put whatever fitness apparel or accessories are relevant to mom … You can put protein powder, blender bottles, yoga towel, jump rope, water, hair accessories, socks etc … This is a gift that is perfect to show how much you care and keep health a priority too!

Here’s to making your Mother’s Day the healthiest and happiest one she’s had yet!

Fit Chic 

 

 

Mother’s Day Recipe Week … Fit Chic Raspberry French Toast

This week I will be featuring my favorite Mother’s Day recipes to make your mother swoon and feel so appreciated! This is one of my mother’s favorites!

Ingredients: 

coconut oil cooking spray OR butter

1 loaf of gluten-free bread (I use Paleo Almond Flour Bread)

1 1/2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup raw slivered almonds {optional}

zest of 1 lemon

8 large eggs

1 1/2 cups your choice: vanilla almond milk or coconut milk creamer (you can also use coconut or almond milk)

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Grade B maple syrup to taste

Directions: 

Coat a medium 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

Layer chunks of bread, almonds, berries and lemon zest in your baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and whisk until completely mixed.

Pour egg mixture over bread mixture.

French Toast Casserole can be assembled to this point, covered and placed in fridge overnight until you’re ready to bake it, or you may bake it now.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Bake casserole on middle oven rack uncovered for 20 minutes, then covered for 20-25 minutes, so the top doesn’t brown too much.

The casserole is fully cooked when a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve warm with as much maple syrup as your little hearts desire!

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

Stop Proving and Start Living Fit Ones …

I am in a bible study and the book that we are working on is called “Proven” by Jennie allen ….

It is a great study that digs deep into why we don’t need to “Prove” anything to anyone, and how living in “prove” mode is detrimental to your health and wellness.

This bible study has been very life altering for me. My whole life I have made my drive within about proving to others, my family, etc how hardworking I am. How in shape I am in .. It’s exhausting physically and mentally!

Stop living in “Prove” mode ..meaning “Proving” you have to be better than your co worker, out perform people at the gym, out dress those around etc …

It is like you are on a treadmill that will never stop! It is a constant struggle to try to out do, out perform, out work and its never going to fulfill you the way you ultimately want to be fulfilled!

Stop listening to people who don’t feel good about themselves and are trying to put their insecurities onto you …
Take the pressure off yourself and realize you don’t need to “Prove” yourself to anyone! If you look at some of the most successful people in the world they went against the flow and stood up for what they believed and didn’t care to “prove” to anyone they were confident on their mission and what they were here to do!
Stop basing your values on what other’s think don’t let your identity be who others want let it be what you want!
Fit Chic 

Fit Chic’s Guide to Drinking Responsibly

Which Bottle Are You Going to Pick?
Which Bottle Are You Going to Pick?

Today is Cinco De Mayo and just because you have made your health a priority does not mean your social life has to become extinct.

Here is some great advice on how to drink responsibly and not feel like you have completely sabotaged your goals in the process.

I personally have used these tips when going out, and I never feel hungover, too drunk, or unhealthy. So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!

# 1 Act like a Fine Wine: – red wine in particular. Because of antioxidants such as resveratrol, which can help prevent damage to blood vessels, lower “bad” cholesterol, and prevent blood clots, when consumed in moderation, red wine is often considered to be a healthy alcoholic option!

A tip I like to use it drink a glass of water before I order and after I finish my glass. Now I am drinking two to three glasses of water for every 1 glass of wine and keeping my body hydrated.

#2 Add Soda Water and Lime to Tequila – This has a low sugar content, very refreshing, and keeps you hydrated and satisfied! This is a Fit Chic Margarita that will leave you feeling festive not foggy.

# 3 Avoid Beers and Stick to Low Sugar Ciders – Beer is made from wheat, barley, and hops which inflames us, bloats us, and gives us a gut that isn’t healthy for us. Try Cider Beers which are fermented beer from apples and or pears.

Watch out for Cider Beers that are high sugar content and stick to the following brands below: Crispin Cider

Strongbow

ACE Cider

Colorado Cider

# 4 Stick to clear booze  and add a splash– like vodka (derived from potatoes), or bacardi (white rum),. I love the Bacardi O and soda water with fresh oranges. You can do lemon vodka and fresh lemons with water or soda water. You can also tell your bartender to make a vodka soda water and add a splash of cranberry. Now you are getting the cranberry taste without the loaded sugars and calories.

Also the key is to drink earlier in the day that way by 9,10 o’clock you will be ready for bed,  just when your body and mind are ready for bed too. The more sleep that you get, the better your body will feel!

So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!

Happy Cinco De Drinko!!!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Churro Donuts!!!

Happy Cinco De Mayo …

The tastiest Mexican treat is the one and only CHURRO!

Fair goers carni’s, and theme park lovers crave these delicious Mexican delights …

So why to turn the most popular mexican dessert into the most loved breakfast treat by all!

Ingredients:

Donut Holes:
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut creamer or almond creamer
Filling:
  • ⅓ cup of homemade Hazlenut Spread *(see directions below)

Directions … 

In a food processor combine 1 cup of raw hazelnuts, 1/4 cup of dark cacao chocolate, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and 1/8 tsp of salt.

Coating:
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • ⅓ cup palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

For Donuts and Coating: 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk all of the dry ingredients together. Next, add the oil, egg, vanilla and creamer. Whisk the batter until smooth and lump free.
  2. Place Hazlenut spread in donut batter and stir until completely mixed.
  3. I use my trusty Donut Maker spray it with non stick spray and fill each donut holder with a tablespoon of batter. If you do not have a donut maker you can make in the oven with a mini muffin tin. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Spoon the batter into each muffin hole, filling to to ¾ full. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a donut comes out clean
  5. In a small bowl melt butter, then combine with nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar.
  6. Dip the donuts lightly covering them and evenly coated.
  7. Brush each donut over with a light coating of melted butter; combine the sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl; toss each donut hole into the cinnamon sugar mix until evenly coated.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Fit Chic

It’s Cinco De Mayo Week Celebrate with These Fun Ideas ….

Looking to celebrate Cinco De Mayo but don’t want to wake up feeling like you Cinco De Drink’d too much ..

If you’re planning a big bash or you want healthier versions of your Cinco De Mayo Favorites …

Naked Fajitas – These are delicious and nutritious and keep you in the Cinco De Mayo Spirit!

Fit Chic Margarita’s 2 shots of white tequila a Juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon of juiced orange and a Splash of soda water (I like orange, lime or lemon).

Piñata – If you think about it, whacking a piñata takes some skill, strength, and endurance.Even more fun is to put healthy treats like mini lara bars, or small gum packets, with little toys or gadgets. So now you can have fun and get a sweat on.

Eat Avocados – Holy Moly is Guacamole Delicious and a perfect way to Celebrate and keep you feeling happy and healthy! Here are some great reasons to add some avocado in your life …They regulate blood pressure. They have the best “Fat” for you that helps reduce bad cholesterol and give your body the antioxidants it needs. They help absorb the nutrients of other foods.. They make any recipe taste great!

Fit Chic

 

It’s Taco Tuesday …

cauliflower enchilada

My husband and I LOVE Mexican food .. but it is very hard to find healthy delicious recipes that taste like true authentic Mexican .. So here is one to add to the books …  It has so much flavor and is very easy to make and the Perfect Cinco De Mayo recipe!

Ingredients:

4 cups shredded cauliflower (about 1 medium head)

1 lb grass-fed ground beef

1/2 red onion

1/2 green bell pepper

1/2 red pepper

1/2 orange pepper

1 jalapeño, minced

1 6 oz can of diced green chilies

3 eggs

1 can of red enchilada sauce

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp of creole seasoning

2 avocados diced and chopped

1 cup of salsa

1 6 oz can of diced olives

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Combine the enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic, in a bowl until smooth

Saute the ground beef & onion in a large pan until the meat is no longer pink.

Stir the  peppers, jalapeño, and enchilada sauce into the pan until combined.

Drizzle a 9 x 13″ baking dish with avocado oil, or a cooking fat of your choice, to avoid sticking.

Fill the bottom of your dish with the shredded cauliflower, then top with the meat and veggie mixture.

Crack the three eggs into the casserole, and stir them in until the eggs are no longer visible.

Once stirred, bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour- or until browned around the edges.

Let it cool for a few minutes, slice into squares, & serve!

Enjoy!

Fit Chic