A Spaghetti Recipe with a Greek Twist ..

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This weekend I was watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and thought it would be fun to come up with a spaghetti recipe with a greek twist and here is what I got for you ….

Ingredients: 

1 cup of spinach

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of fresh basil

2 cloves of garlic, minced (or more, to taste)

½ tablespoon of oregano

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes,

½ cup red onion, chopped

½ a cup of Kalamatta olives, pitted and sliced

 Directions: 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook spaghetti squash .
For the Greek Sauce: 
 in a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil, vinegar over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Next add onion, olive, tomatoes, spinach and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Last add pepper, oregano, basil and let simmer for 10-15 minute stirring occasionally.
Fork out the spaghetti squash into a large bowl and pour greek sauce over it and toss.
Enjoy!
Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Top 5 Foods for Your Face …

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Are you constantly breaking out?

Have blotchy, oily skin?

One of the number one reasons we are getting acne is lack of hydration. If you feel you are drinking plenty of water it could be your diet that’s causing those unnecessary breakouts.

Here are the top 4 foods that could be triggering those blotchy spots:

#1 Ditch the Refined sugars- Sugar and Spice Doesn’t make everything nice when it comes to your face .. Sugars (especially refined sugars) block your pores and cause inflammation and hormonal overdrive which makes your skin cry for help! Trade the sugars for fibers which are great for your face!

#2 Trade the coffee for tea – Coffee stresses out your body. High doses of acidic caffeine activates your sympathetic nervous system — or stress hormones — according to nutritionist Paula Simpson. It triggers that fight-or-flight response, firing up your adrenal glands, thus pumping out excess stress hormones, called catecholamines. This is bad news for your skin, especially if you’re acne-prone.

#3 Eliminate the Dairy in your Diet – Bad News “Dairy Doesn’t do a Complexion Good” It actually can have the reverse effects. 

#4 Get Rid of Gluten – Wheat causes inflammation, and to get rid of acne, you want to reduce inflammation in your body. You could eat an bagel and unknowingly consume three big triggers: dairy, soy, and sugar Which will not lead to clearing those unwanted red spots …

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Creme Brûlée for Breakfast …

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This is a great recipe for a quick, delicious, and healthy treat to get your am off to a great start!!!

Ingredients: 

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond, coconut, or cashew milk

6 1 inch rounds of frozen banana

1 pitted date

1 tsp vanilla extract

10 cashews

1 tsp ground cinnamon

6-8 ice cubes

Directions: 

In a blender place ice cubes, milk, banana, date, vanilla, cashews, cinnamon, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

Blend on High blending until no chunks remain.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic’s Best Year Yet …

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Do you ever look at someone’s life and wonder “Why that can’t be you”?

Did you ever think of the fact that it could? …

First step would be to get clarity on what it is you even want out of life i.e clear the confusion? Successful people are typically successful because they have identified what 1-3 things they want to excel at. Next start to write goals on how you can get there by following those 1-3 things. For example If I want to be psynonemous with fitness in the world, that is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal and how am I ever going to get there?

Here’s How:

Define your 1-3 behaviors that will get you to your goals. What actions or steps do I have to take to daily to do this ….

  1. Tell 1 person everyday about CPMFITness
  2. Place a Video or picture, or quote each day on @ least one social media outlet
  3. Pre-Plan your day the night before .. and have Non-negotiables in your life to not allow yourself to get off track.

If I do those three simple things day in and day out .. I will get to that goal. it seems so simple Right? Well it is simple but not easy. The difficult part is getting out of my own way. For example not being afraid to tell people about how great CPM and Fit Chic are (which they are so why wouldn’t I tell people)..Being mindful of always promoting and my business’s consistently everyday day in and day out (rinse, wash, repeat mode).

Last, I will visualize and write exactly how I want my day to be and then not let anything distract me or take me off course (within reason) from getting that day!

If you choose to do this day in and day out .. when you are tired, frustrated, unmotivated etc … and make this a habit see the wonderful growth that will take place in your life!

Now put that pen to paper and getting working on what it is you want from life and this 2017!

Fit Chic

 

Look on The Bright Side Winter is Just For a Season…

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Recently I have heard a lot of my friends, members, and people around me talk about how sick of the weather they are. It has been a very cold winter for many states this season, but I haven’t been terribly plagued by it and I believe it is because I got mentally prepared.

My husband and I relocated from Los Angeles to South Dakota, and while it has been nothing but sunny days and heat waves in LA it has been below freezing and snow all around here; and I would not have it any other way.

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Yes, it was wonderful to have great weather all the time but there are a lot of other circumstances that come into play that people forget to take into account. While the weather is nice you always have to sit in LOTS of traffic and deal with LOTS of people all the time that also enjoy the weather. In South Dakota the weather is not always the best but you have a wonderful supportive community, sometimes it is just nice to have to stop and smell the roses. When you have a snow day and you literally can’t do anything it is a great way to recharge and allow your body to take a day!

Here is a great bunch of quotes to focus on when you get those Winter blues!

It is all in how you approach it! If you know it is literally just a season and embrace it, the weather just doesn’t feel as bad!

With each new day becomes one day closer to spring :]

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Cleansing Soup #2

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Here is recipe #2 of cleansing soup week trend. This one has so much flavor and puts a whole new twist on Thai …

This is delicious and another great one you can freeze for later use.

Ingredients: 

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (3-4 breasts) diced

1 tablespoon olive/coconut oil

1 cup uncooked wild rice or white rice rinsed and drained

1 cupbutternut squash, peeled and cubed (you can buy frozen)

1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed

Granny Smith apple, peeled and cubed

1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered

1 onion, diced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons  brown sugar

2 tablespoons of Gluten Free Thai Peanut Sauce 

1 tablespoon dry basil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 14 oz. cans cans quality coconut milk

5 cups low sodiuim chicken broth

1 tablespoon coconut flour

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter

2 tablespoons lime juice

*optional cashews and or sriracha

Directions: 

In a large crockpot place diced chicken in with chicken broth, lime juice, coconut milk, water, and oil. Next add all the veggies, apples, rice,  sugar, and spices. Last top with coconut flour and almond butter, Thai Sauce.

Heat on low and cook for 8 hours. If you need it faster put it on medium to high and cook 6-8 hours.

Top with cashews and or sriracha.

Enjoy !

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Top Mind Body Habits for 2017 …

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With these simple additions to your life, you will be sure to make this 2017 your best year yet!

#1 Meditation: Clearing your mind will open up a whole new world for “Calm”, stress-free behaviors. It also helps with sleep, overall health, emotional stability, and overall happiness in life! 

#2 Stretch for Longevity: Stretching and Stretch classes like yoga, pilates, flexibility and mobility, and movement classes all help increase your flexibility, improve your performance, decreases risk of injury, and increases the blood flow to your muscles. It also helps you to feel even better during your workouts with reduction in soreness, injury prevention, and stress in joints.

#3 Gratitude Journal: According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night. I personally have one and I have felt so much peace and have really broadened my perspective on all the wonderful things in the world I have to be thankful for. I have a routine I do every morning; everyday my alarm goes off, the first thing I do when I hop out of bed is quickly think of one thing I am thankful for. This simple tip has changed the way I view each day and made it a positive from the start!

#4 Living Healthy at Work: With stand up desks, walking meetings, healthy vending machines, nap areas, etc ,,,, You spend the majority of your day at your job healthy workers are among the happiest and most productive at their jobs. Numerous studies have shown that employees in better overall health exhibit high performance and efficiency levels, leading to a greater work performance.

Fit Chic 

Cleansing Turkey Vegetable Soup …

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Crockpots are my best friend …Cleansing soups are trending right now so I thought it would be fun to have the comfort food feeling with the healthy benefits of cleansing soup. This recipe is quick, easy, and the leftovers freeze easily!

Ingredients: 

1 lb of turkey cutlets

3 cups of sweet potato

1 cup of celery chopped

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary

1 onion chopped

1 bag of frozen broccoli

1 bag of frozen of cauliflower

5 cups of free range chicken stock

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 can of carrots (drained)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions:

In a large crock pot place diced turkey, sweet potato, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery. Now pour over chicken stock and olive oil. Last place garlic, rosemary, and basil leaves.

Heat in the crockpot on high for 4-6 hours. If you want it to sit all day, put it on low for 8 hours.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Healthy Alternatives To Your Morning Cup of Joe …

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As the New Year is officially here  … it is very common for people to want to change up their morning routine and ditch the coffee for some healthier alternatives.

So what can you have that will make you just as excited to jump out of bed, but will maybe be even more beneficial to your overall health and wellness.

“teas” provide a balanced and clean source of energy while offering something new to your daily beverage routine. Rotate a cup in and bring forth your inner warrior before your day begins.

In addition to steeping these leaves and enjoying them plain or with your sweetener of choice, here are a few recipes that can add some flavor and variety in your cup. In all recipes, you can swap the yerba mate for guayusa or vice versa:

#1 Lemon Water – Coffee drinks offer an instant jolt of energy, but you may find yourself feeling sluggish and/or jittery as the caffeine wears off. One of the best waker-upper is water with lemon zest and lemon juice. Now you feel hydrated and energized all in one!

#2 Tea – Most work places will have this available for you already. Teas come in a myriad of forms and blends and can be drunk hot or cold. There is a vast array of options with tea, but for the most caffeine go for black, green, or Oolong selection. Many teas are a well-known source of antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals.

#3 Green juice – Introduce more greens into your diet with a fresh veggie and fruit smoothie. Experiment with different combinations of your favorites, like spinach, kale, mango, blueberries, and bananas, then put your blender to work. A chilled smoothie in the morning is a quick way to wake up! “

#4 Kombucha – Kombucha is a wonderful probitotic and it tastes great when you combine it with black or green tea. Then you can get the tea benefits and the natural gut healer all in one! Here are some great benefits of Kombucha: treating memory loss, regulating bowel movements, healing the gut, and helping with high blood pressure,

#5 Coconut Water – Tea and coconut water are two of the healthier drinks on the market and they are huge buzz words this 2017. Coconut water is a clear, milky liquid that comes from green, young coconuts. Coconut water is naturally sweet, contains bioactive enzymes and is full of electrolytes, this is also a good replacement for sugary sports drinks.

So Keep that pep in your step without the side effects of coffee …

Fit Chic 

A Pay it Forward Friday …

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I love Kris Carr and all the useful health and wellness information that she has written over the years!

She has a tremendous website and I would highly suggest checking it out.

Here is a great blog post she shared that I thought you should get the opportunity to read as well …

“It’s the Top Ten Wellness Tips that Really Make a Difference in 2017”

I hope this is just the prescription you need to make this 2017 your best year yet!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic