Pesto Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

pesto stuffed chicken breast

I love pesto and artichokes so what is better than a pesto and artichoke stuffed Chicken Breast delight! This is great for dinner and over romaine lettuce for lunch the next day!

Ingredients:

Artichoke Lemon Stuffing

2 jars (6 Ounce Jars) Marinated Artichoke Hearts (diced)

½ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

½ cups Pine Nuts

2 cloves Garlic, Peeled

2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 cup of spinach

1/4 cup of diced sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons of pesto

¼ cups Packed Fresh Italian Parsley

FOR THE CHICKEN:

6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

¾ cups grass-fed Butter or melted coconut oil

2 cups Almond Flour

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Pre-Heat oven to 350

In a large bowl combine artichokes (dice them first), lemon, pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes, garlic, parsley, pine nuts, and spinach.

Cut a slit about 1/2 way through chicken breasts and stuff chicken with the artichoke mix till it is full.

Then place in a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

In a small bowl melt the butter and gentle pour over the stuffed chicken.

Place almond flour in a medium bowl and combine pepper and garlic and stir until mixed throughout.

Next top chicken with the almond flour.

Then last sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until almond flour is lightly browned and chicken has no pink in the middle. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

*If there is any left over pesto feel free to use more on top of the chicken breast once they are on a plate ready to be served.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

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A Fit Chic Post Valentine’s Day Read …

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Have no fear you Vday Chocolate lovers … Here are 5 great reasons to not feel guilty about those delicious chocolates staring at you today this post Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate has many wonderful benefits … That is if you eat the right kind!

Here is a link to some of the best quality chocolates to choose from …

#1 Chocolate is Rich in Antioxidants:  The antioxidants in chocolate enhance memory and cognition and reduce your risk of dementia.

# 2 Dark chocolate equates to Heart Health:  Studies show that dark chocolate  can actually lower your blood pressure and rise your HDL (the good kind of cholesterol).

#3 It Enhances Your Mood: There’s no denying that indulging in a chocolate treat every now and then tastes and feels great. Enjoying food is part of enjoying life, sometimes you will do yourself more of disservice by restricting too much. Just have a small piece of chocolate and move on. Now you feel happier and haven’t put a huge dent in your healthy lifestyle.

#4 Dark Cacao Chocolate is good for your skin: Well, it doesn’t matter. Not only does it not cause breakouts, it’s actually good for your skin! Flavonoids found in dark chocolate protect women’s skin from the sun’s UV rays.. Please don’t replace your sunscreen with Chocolate, just embrace that you are promoting skin health too.

#5 Chocolate actually may increase your life span: Jeanne Louise Calment lived to the age of 122—the oldest anyone has ever lived. She ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. Harvard researchers found that eating chocolate actually adds two years to your life expectancy.

Research the chocolates above and choose wisely if you want the above results …

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Valentine’s Day Sweets for Your Sweet …

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One of the most popular gifts to give to your loved ones are sweets to share in the love. Well now you can give them the love they deserve and feel good about it with these healthy delicious recipes. I have included three so you can choose the perfect one for them!
Here is a video from KDLT News to demonstrate how easy and delicious they really are!
Valentine’s Protein Bites 
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup of coconut creamer or nut milk
  • 2 oz semi sweet or dark cacao chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond or nut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • Rainbow or Valentines Sprinkles (optional)
Directions: 
In a large bowl combine large ingredients. Add your almond butter and honey and mix with a spoon. Then add vanilla and creamer/milk.
Mix with a large spoon until ingredients are mixed throughout.
Roll out into 1 inch balls and place on parchment or wax paper.
In a small bowl pour in sprinkles and take balls and roll them in the sprinkles and place in freezer safe tupperware.
When all the balls are sprinkled cover tupperware and place in the freezer or eat immediately!
Valentine’s Kiss Cookies: 
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup of palm sugar
1/2 cup of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup of peanut butter or nut butter
1/2 cup of grass-fed butter or coconut oil
1 egg
1 cup of gluten free flour
1/2 cup of almond flour
3/4 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of baking powder
dark chocolate hersey kisses
Directions: 
  • Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar, the protein powder, peanut butter, butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in flours, baking soda and baking powder until mixed through.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  • Immediately press 1 kiss chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack and allow to cool 10 minutes  before serving.
Chocolate Filled Raspberries 
Ingredients
1 pint fresh raspberries
¼ cup dark cacao chocolate chips
½ teaspoon coconut oil
Directions:
Place fresh raspberries onto a plate or platter.
Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan stirring frequently until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from stove. Pour into a ziploc freezer bag, cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag to fill each of the crevices of the raspberry with the melted chocolate. Place raspberries on the platter and place them in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and serve.
You can place remaining raspberries in a sealed container and store them in the freezer for a tasty treat!
Happy Valentine’s Day Fit Ones!!
Fit Chic 

A Fit Chic Love Story ..

Thank you For Always Loving, Supporting, and Encouraging in This Journey we Call Life!!
Thank you For Always Loving, Supporting, and Encouraging in This Journey we Call Life!!

Over the past fifteen years  my husband Chris and I have owned and/or worked at a gym,(it’s actually where we met and feel in love) we realized the importance of loving what you do. Not only the importance it had on us, but the importance it had on our clients as well.

When I was stuck at a job that I was not passionate about, I lacked the “love” because I wasn’t utilizing my talents, and my heart was just not in it.

When I found my true path at our gym  CPMFITness.  I began to see the true meaning of “loving” what you do, and making others around you love it too!

Chris and I are so devoted to CPM because it had changed our lives, and we wanted everyone else to feel the same “Love”.

The “Love” is spreading and it is so motivating to watch! Members are loving their results, loving their workouts, they are loving themselves and the CPM community!

Chris and I love each and every member, and in return they have found love for themselves and are able to share that love with new members and fellow members around them!

When workouts are hard, we would pour on the “love” and the members push through. When problems arise in their personal lives, we want our members to feel the  the “love” from CPM to help them get through it.

We realized that so many of us get beaten down from our jobs, day to day stress, and the negativity of those around us; So CPM and Fit Chic want to give you what we really needed; “LOVE”!

When you have a community that loves you for you, it is amazing how great you feel to be a part of it! I remember when we sold our 1st gym, the most touching words from all of our members were “you made us feel like we were the only ones in the gym, and you can really tell how much you “love” what you do!”

You only live life once, and when you love what you do you are able to affect the lives of many because of your passion for it!

So don’t be afraid to share the love, you will be amazed at the people you will touch and be touched by!

What is something you “love” fit ones?

Post in the comments below…

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Fun Friday …

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Tonight we will be hosting our annual “Wine Down Yoga”. I love this event (it is one of my favorites) because it combines my love for fitness with my love for socializing with the people that mean so much to me! #winwin

If you don’t have the luxury of coming to our gym, have no fear you can do this in your very own home and here’s how:

Invite some of your closest friends, relatives, or simply you and your loved one. Grab a yoga mat and go through this relaxing 30 minute practice .. Now that you are feeling rejuvenated and restored grab your favorite bottle of wine and have some good conversation, laughs, and share the love with a few of your favorite people.

If you are lucky enough to be able to come to our gym CPMFITness we will be hosting it this tonight Friday February 10th @ 6pm. Here is a video link to some more details on this popular event.

You won’t want to miss it!

Can’t wait to see you all there.

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Pecan Maple Nut Muffins….

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I am always trying to come up with good breakfast recipes that don’t’ get so boring or mundane.

I know many people’s number one complaint for eating breakfast is they don’t have time in the morning to make it. Well here is a perfect problem solver! On Sundays or a block of free time in your schedule make this recipe and then freeze the left over muffins and when you are in a time crunch you can grab a muffin throw it into the microwave for 45 seconds and you will have a delicious treat!

Ingredients

2 eggs, separated

2 tbsp. melted grass-fed butter

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tbsp. Grade B Maple Syrup

½ tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of pumpkin spice

1 tbsp. of coconut milk ( I used So Delicious Brand)

1 cup of almond flour

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder

1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut (*optional)

Dash of Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

TOPPING:

1/2 cup crushed Pecans

1 tbsp. of maple syrup

1 tbsp. of raw honey

1 tsp. of cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 deg.

Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.

Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.

In a separate bowl mix the egg yolks with the butter, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and salt.

Stir in flour, coconut, whey, and add to the egg yolk mixture. Then add the baking powder and stir until smooth.

Next add the egg whites and coconut milk and continue to stir until mixed throughout.

In a small bowl combine pecans, maple syrup, honey, and cinnamon and stir until pecans are completely drudged in maple, honey, and cinnamon.

Put muffin liners into the muffin tin and fill the muffins 3/4 full.

Then sprinkle the pecan mix onto the top of the muffins.

Place in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until pecans are slightly browned on top.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Top 5 Ideas For Cauliflower …

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There are so many wonderful, fun, recipes that you can create with Cauliflower!

Here are my top 5 that make my clients and my husband and even my dog happy!

#1 Cauliflower Rice – Rice is comforting, delicious, and a side dish. Here is my favorite “fried Rice” Recipe the whole family will enjoy!

#2 Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes – I would call this a staple in a typical American household. Now you can have America’s Comfort food and feel light on your feet!

#3 Cauliflower Mac and Cheese – A light and delicious version of another comfort food everyone loves. This mac and cheese is one that you can eat guilt-free, and it’s the perfect way to sneak in some veggies too!

#4 Cauliflower Pizza Crust – This is one of the most LOVED foods around the world and now you can eat as much as you like with no guilt or worry about taking away from your health and fitness goals!

#5 Cauliflower Bread –  Sandwiches are the perfect lunch treat and one of the items people really miss when removing bread and grains from their diet. Now you don’t have to, but can still be healthy in the process!

A Fit Chic Frittata

Here is a wonderful Egg Frittata that is filling and delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of red onion

1 cup of sliced mushrooms

2 cups of fresh spinach

6 eggs

1/2 cup of diced asparagus

1/2 cup of diced cooked sweet potato

dash of pepper

1/4 cup of sun-dried tomato

*optional for added taste 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, cover, and cook about 5 minutes, until tender but firm. Mix in spinach, asparagus, sun-dried tomato, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and pepper. Continue cooking 2-3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs.  Pour into the skillet over the vegetables. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until eggs are firm.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Tune Out the Noise and Focus on the Game

 

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Super Bowl Sunday LI took place last night, between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Both teams have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this final game.

With the weeks prior leading up to this event, there has been so much “noise” about the New England patriots;  especially Tom Brady. (I know we have all heard it and are so over it). The media, late night talk shows, newspapers, sports shows are all capitalizing on tension between the commissioner, coach, TB, deflate gate 2.0 etc .. Through all the “noise” there was little focus on what really mattered #thegame.

Media isn’t speaking about the one thing that had brought millions in front of the the t.v. this past sunday night … FOOTBALL!

Even if the media does want to focus on the drama, even then they do not choose to focus on the fact that Bill Belichick has been an successful coach of New England since 2000. He has taken the team to 7 super bowls winning 5 of those games, and has 246 wins the most by any New England coach in the franchise.

While Brady is not a stranger to success either. He and Joe Montana are the only quarterbacks to win multiple MVP awards (winning 4). In 2010 Brady was voted best player in the NFL, and has the most consecutive passes without interceptions and he was the first quarterback to throw for 50 or more touchdowns in a season and to put the icing on the cake he has won multiple Super Bowl titles including the most super bowl championships of any QB.

Years and years of success day in and day out and we are choosing to focus on one day in time that in the whole scheme of things really holds no clout or meaning to the whole picture. Brady and Belichick can choose to let the “noise” keep them from their goals, or they can have the goal tune out the noise.

There is “noise” all around us and it is our responsibility to tune it out and focus on our mission, our passion, and our purpose.

Fit Chic

It’s Time To Write Your Goals….

Looks Like Mr. Mello has done some serious goal-setting!
Looks Like Mr. Mello has done some serious goal-setting!

I stress the importance of goal-setting often. It is such a vital part of our success in everything we do. If we have no goals then we have no direction or motivation to step out of everyday routine and get uncomfortable!

When meeting with my clients I ask them to tell me exactly what they want and how they want to utilize me to get them there.

More than half of my clients don’t even know what it is they want. They will say things like “I want to be thin” and when I ask them to draw a picture of explain what “thin” looks like in their mind, they are stumped on what to say next.

We have a these thoughts that run through our head daily of what we want or think we are entitled too, but when it comes down to it we don’t even know where to begin to get there!

Here is a great article from an Intentional Leadership Speaker by the name of MIchael Hyatt. He lists the 5 reasons it is so important to write down your goals.

Writing your goals puts your vision on paper and helps you visualize a path to get you there. Goal setting sets you apart from all the people around you who “talk” about what they want, but never do anything or write anything to get them there!

Take 20 minutes and just write down some goals you would like to attain. Write them for the month, 3 months, 6 months, and the year and then each month reevaluate them and make necessary changes to get you to being the “Best You Can Be”!

3….2…..1… Write……

Fit Chic