Top 5 Must Haves For New Year’s Eve …

bling in the new year

Accessories for any New Years Eve party are just as important , as your outfit. Accessories are the things that make the perfect outfit “pop”, and they will for sure help make you feel great this New Year’s Eve.

#1 Mints like altoids, lifesavers, certs etc … – You are expected to get a kiss when that clock hits midnight so you want to make sure you are prepared with good fresh breath. You can even get a cute case to match your outfit to

# 2 A Glass of Bubbly – You can’t ring in the New Year without some bubbles. Make sure to have a glass of sparkling cider, champagnes, or wine so you can toast to the New Year.

# 3 Sparkles – Nothing says New Year’s Eve better than sparkles. Bling makes everything better especially on your eyes, ears, and body!  I saw the more Bling on NYE the better!

# 4 Lip Gloss –  This is a must have in your stylish clutch to make your face glisten even more! Nothing says glamour more than sparkling lips while sipping on your champagne! The best part is you can fit it anywhere to have on hand at all times.

Now you have the items you will need this New Years Eve to make this your best one yet!

Fit Chic

 

 

Fit Chic Burgers in a Bowl …

burger

This is a healthy easy recipe that can be used for lunch and/or dinner. It not only tastes amazing right out of the oven, it tastes great for leftovers too!

Ingredients:

1 pound grass fed ground beef or ground turkey

dash of salt

dash of pepper

1 head of romaine lettuce

1/4 cup of salsa (whatever flavor you like)

1/2 cup of red onion diced

1 avocado sliced and chopped into small pieces

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp of creole seasoning

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of olive oil

Chipotle Ranch: 

Ingredients

1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

1/3 cup full fat coconut milk

3 tbsp finely minced chipotle pepper in adobo

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp of cilantro

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a jar or dressing maker and shake until well combined

Directions for Burgers:

Pre-Heat Oven to 350 to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine ground beef, onion, garlic, cumin, creole, avocado, and salt and pepper. Use your hands to combine ingredients.

Next top with olive oil and salsa and combine evenly through the meat. Form into patties and place on a lined foiled baking sheet.

Place in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes (depending on how you like your burger done).

Cut burger into pieces and top over a bowl of romaine lettuce leaves.

Last Top with Chipotle Ranch …

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

Top 5 Healthy Habits for the New Year …

are-you-ready-600x400

With the New Year approaching, Resolutions, Effective Workout Routines, and healthy eating habits are on the brain. With another year approaching information on “New Year’s Must Do’s” are on overload!

So what can you do Fit Ones to make this your best year yet?

Here are my top 5 tips to develop a healthy happy life in 2017!

  1. Drink More Water – You need to stay hydrated all day every day, not just when it’s hot outside or you’re sweating it out at the gym. “When it’s cold we forget that,” Baumrind says. “Focus on making sure you’re drinking enough water” by employing tricks like keeping a water bottle at your desk or using an app to track how much you’re drinking. If you drink lots of sugary drinks, try swapping them for unsweetened seltzer water (if the bubbles are what you crave) or fruit-infused water
  2. Workout in the am – It is very easy to let excuses, time, other tasks get in the way of your workouts and your overall success. We can have the best “intentions” to workout out, but life just seems to keep getting in the way. Your morning is the key to success; it can be a routine that sets your day off to great start and it can start your day off to not so great too. I have never been a morning person, but I have made my morning ritual such a habit that now the “know” of how good I will feel over weighs the un-want to get up. I wake up around the same time everyday. I might vary an hour or so depending on what time I go to bed. This keeps your body in a routine making it much easier to get up in the am. Set your workout clothes on your alarm .. Now you have to pick them up, making it much easier for you once they are in your hand to put them on!
  3. Create a routine thats effective and manageable – Here are some great tips and tricks from a previous blog I posted to making routine effective, manageable and fun all in one.
  4. Finding More Effective Ways to Manage Stress –  stress eating is a bad habit for so many people. By finding other ways to cope with stress, you’ll slowly stop turning to food for comfort. Whether it’s reading a good book, getting a manicure, cooking, going for a run, or whatever else helps you blow off some steam and regroup, find something that helps you unload your stress other than food.
  5. Pre Planning Everything – I plan my meals on saturday afternoon and then make at least two to three meals on Sunday so I know that until Wednesday or Thursday I won’t have to worry about food. I can’t begin to express the stress that is involved with what to make, how to make, and when to make food … This is a professional approach that will make you very successful in your nutrition and other aspects of planning in your life. I also look at my week ahead and pre-plan all my workouts and sign in to my classes, so I have committed and will not back out!

Make this upcoming year your best one yet!!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups light palm sugar

1 cup Almond  flour

1 scoop of whey protein powder

starch 1/4 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon  baking soda

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon  cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup pumpkin puree

3 large organic  free-range eggs, beaten

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For streusel topping:
1/3 cup organic sugar

3 tablespoons almond flour

3 tablespoons  organic coconut oil

2-3 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans (may omit)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup of honey

1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9-inch  deep cake pan or baking dish with a piece of parchment paper.
In a large  mixing bowl, whisk to combine the dry ingredients: sugar, almond flour, baking  powder, baking soda, whey protein powder, sea salt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg.
Add in  the pumpkin, beaten eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract. Beat to combine.

Scoop the batter into the prepared  cake pan and smooth it out to the edges. Use wet hands if you need to.

Make the streusel topping, combining the sugar, flour, coconut oil, honey, chopped walnuts or pecans (if using), and cinnamon. Mix  until sandy.
Spread the streusel topping on the cake. Lightly press down  to even it out.

Bake in the center of a preheated oven for 40 minutes,  then loosely tent a piece of foil over the top to prevent the streusel from  browning too much. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until the center of the  cake is firm and a wooden pick inserted into the center emerges clean.
Cool the coffee cake on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

8 Fit Steps to Greatness …

Always remember you are Braver than you believe Stronger than you seem Smarter than you think & twice as Beautiful as you'd ever Imagined

I was listening to a great sermon by Pastor Mark Brewer Sunday morning and he was speaking about the 8 rules that the Navy Seals live by to get through not only buds but through combat training and battle.

#1 Happiness makes you successful and it makes you have purpose and meaning in all that you do. You notice that people with a purpose tend to be more successful then people who are just living life day to day with no real direction.

#2 Don’t Focus on the Struggle Focus on the End Result: Make your purpose stronger than any road block. When you are definitive about what it is you want and the vision is clear it is a lot more difficult to get off track. It also allows us to hinder from temptations or complacency when we have a strong focus.

3. Make it a game – Have fun with it if you are doing a workout with 5 rounds just get through round 1 then go to round 2 etc… then before you know it yiou are on round 5 and done with the workout. Come in with a positive fun mindset. If you are dreading your workout and have a bad attitude the workout is going to be less more enjoyable then the first choice.

4. Be Confident but Realistic – The Navy Seals have a slogan “A Cocky Man is a Deadman”.  – Be humble but believe in yourself at the same time. I have a saying I use often in workouts and I repeat it over and over “I can, I will, I must”. It really helps me in times I start to lack confidence or question my ability.

5. Prepare Prepare Prepare – They say the Navy Seals spend 75% of their time working on their preparation and skill and 25% of the time they are actually deployed. When we are prepared we then feel more confident and comfortable to challenge ourselves and prove you can do things you didn’t believe possible because that is where the magic happens.

6. Give Help and Take Help – When you are helping others it is not only rewarding for you and makes you better, you are helping and inspiring in the process … It is easy to become a hermit when we are feeling stressed, down on ourselves, or depressed, but the best thing we can do is surround ourselves by the people who can help. Being around a positive encouraging environment will improve your mood and attitude as well.

7. Celebrate Small Wins – Don’t live a life of “I will be happy when” I lose 20 lbs, have more money, get in better shape etc… GET HAPPY NOW and you will enjoy the journey to your goals so much more and a piece of advice you are more likely to hit your goals as well!

8. Last But Certainly Not Least Smile – I say this in yoga a lot “Smiling Makes Everything Better”. Remember when you were a kid and you were in a bad mood and your siblings or parents would make you laugh; 5 minutes later you didn’t even know what you were mad about ….. When you smile you naturally feel better. At CPM rule #2 is “FUN is FIRST”! If you are not smiling and having a good time why do it?

Take these rules into consideration when choosing actions, thoughts, goal planning etc …. I am so fascinated by how powerful our minds our and how we can do some many wonderful things for us and others if we just use some simple tools to stay on track.

Fit Chic

Happy Birthday to My Little Fit Chic

ashy-and-annie

 

Today is a very special day in my life! It was 14 years ago that the most amazing, beautiful (inside and out), tenacious little girl came in to the world; my sister! Since she has been born the world got better. She is such an incredible person and I am so blessed to call her my sis! In 14 years she has demonstrated that hard-work, dedication to her craft, and a kind loving positive spirit will get you far in just her 14 years she has been on this earth.

I knew from the day you were born that our sister bond was so strong and would NEVER be broken! Even though we are both not as close as we would like, we always have each other’s back and are there for each other when ever we need!

Happy Birthday to my best friend and my sis!

I love you lots MUAH!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Tom and Jerry’s With Oyster Soup ..

oyster-stew-recipe-dsc_2499

tom-and-jerry

A famous Christmas Eve tradition is combining the rich delicious drink called a “Tom and Jerry” with a rich and delicious soup called “Oyster Stew”. Many people feel they won’t be able to indulge in the not so healthy treat but what if you can?

Here is a healthy version that tastes so good and no one will even know they eating “healthy”.

Here is the delicious drink called “Tom and Jerry’s” 

and the famous Holiday Treat

“Oyster Stew”

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 large onion, diced large
2 cloves of garlic
5 stalks of celery, diced large
¼ cup of grass-fed butter or ghee, cut into pieces
2 large white potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon of black pepper, cracked
1 tablespoon sage, parsley and rosemary
3 dozen oysters in their liquid (if they are in the shell, start the recipe at the *)
2 cups of half and half or coconut half and half (you can also use full fat coconut milk)
cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil over medium high heat, in a large soup pot. Toss in the celery, garlic and onions and sauté for 5-8 minutes, stirring the whole time. (If they need a bit more oil add a bit more coconut oil. As soon as the veggies are translucent and fragrant stir in the butter. After the butter has melted, add your oyster juice and water to equal 8 cups. Next toss in the diced potatoes, black pepper and herbs and wait till your pot just starts to simmer and turn down the heat to medium low.
  2. When the potatoes just start to get tender, add the coconut half and half. Bring the pot back to a simmer, stirring the whole time.
  3. Last put in the oysters and cook for 3-4 minutes until they just start to curl. (This is an important time to watch out as you can easily overcook and get tough chewy oysters.) Fish out an oyster and chop it into a few pieces and see if they are cooked to your liking.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Top 5 Fit Chic Gifts Under $25

holiday-gifts-2015

It is the season of gift giving and with gifts available everywhere we turn, what better way then to be steered in the right direction. Here are my Fit Chic Top 5 Health and Fitness Gifts under $25.

Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Vegetti Spiralizer Spiral Cutter for Healthy Vegetable Meals:

This is the perfect gift that will help your gift recipient create veggie noodles at home in just a few minutes.This Spiral is best for making Veggies, Zucchini, paderno and Carrots.

The Vegetable Spiral Slicer is the perfect tool to make healthy garnishes for dinners, parties, special event and just a good old-fashioned family dinner.

This is the perfect gift for the traveling friend or family member. It is small enough to fit in any bag and can really make a huge impact on all the tightness and pain that comes with traveling.

NatureBox Deluxe

The Perfect gift for clients, friends, and family. Everyone enjoys gift baskets, and these look good and are good for you! So now you can feel like you are a great friend for the gift and keeping them healthy in the process.

Anyone who’s committing to accomplishing their goals will benefit from this Believe Journal ($19) . It will help you to be held accountable and stay on track and motivated.

Instead of dousing a your food in harmful oils, lightly spray for an evenly coating of dressing. You can use different types of oils and it is great for baking, grilling, and frying. It also has a really fun bottle that is great for decoration too.

An easy method for brewing loose tea is a fantastic gift for all. The Tea For One set ($20), from Bodum, is an elegant double-wall glass mug with an easily removed strainer. The lid keeps the tea warm while brewing and doubles as a trivet. Include a tin of  your favorite tea and it is the perfect gift this holiday!

Now you have these great go to gifts. You might need to by two one for you and one for your giftee

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Pumpkin Gingerbread with Maple Frosting:

gingerbread with maple frosting

This is a great recipe for a wonderful thanksgiving breakfast or dessert! It is very easy and it tastes delicious!

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup Almond Butter

1 Tablespoon of grade B Maple Syrup

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Frosting:

1/3 cup grass-fed butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Garnish with Pecans 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all the cake ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine. Pour into an 8×8 oven-safe baking dish. Bake until completely cooked through, about 30 minutes.

3. Place the butter and coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish and heat until softened, but not melted. The length of time you need to nuke it will depend on the temperature in your house, so start with 30-second increments and repeat until you get the right consistency. Place the coconut butter and oil in a large mixing bowl, then add the honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Beat until fluffy with a standing or hand mixer. If you don’t have a mixer, go at it with a whisk… and good luck to you!

4. Allow the cake to cool completely. Completely. Dollop a spoonful of frosting onto each square and top with a nut.

5.  When all squares are frosted, cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The frosting will firm up in the fridge and the texture transforms into a confection. Serve the cake squares chilled or at room temperature.

Fit Chic Holiday Cocktails …

kdlt

The Holidays are here and with the Holidays comes Celebration and Parties ..

Festivities can be hard to avoid … so don’t!

You can still have fun and keep it healthy all in one.

I teamed up with KDLT to give you my favorite low calorie holiday drinks. They taste amazing and all have less than 150 calories!

http://www.kdlt.com/2016/12/15/recipe-holiday-drinks-fitchic/

The link above contains the recipes too!

Happy Holidays ..

Fit Chic