Fit Chic Eggs Benedict ..

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A delicious fun twist on an Italian Egg Mcmuffin. This is delicious and has so much flavor it will leaving you wanting more for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients: 

4 whole Eggs

1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of Pesto

2 cloves of garlic

8 slices Tomato

4 slices Prosciutto or cooked bacon (omit if vegetarian)

1 bunch of spinach leaves

*optional parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

Poach the eggs, one at a time in simmering/boiling water. Just crack them into the boiling water and cook them. Remove them with a slotted spoon after about 3 minutes or when the whites are solid and yolk is still soft and uncooked. Set them on a plate and set aside.

Next in a medium skillet heat oil and pesto over medium heat. Next add spinach and garlic and cook until wilted.

Place a sliced tomato on a plate top with Spinach, next cooked bacon or proscuitto, and one poached egg. Top with parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

Fit Chic Fitness Trends for 2017

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2017 is here, and one of the most common buzz words …. “Fit” for the New Year …

“What is going to get me the most success and be most beneficial for my body overall”?

Here are my top picks for Fitness Trends in 2017:

#1 Mixed Format Classes: Think of a class like “Fit and Flow” Combining fitness movements intertwined with yoga vinyasa flow. This class gives you the best of both worlds. these mixed format classes will be huge in the coming year because they prevent overuse increase flexibility, and make it fun interesting and effective all in one!
#2 At Home Subscriptions:  Companies like Peloton BikesDaily Burn, YogaGlo to name a few are making it much more attainable for people without gym memberships to be just as effective at home!
#3 Stretching for Sport: We all know the importance of mobility and stretching, but most of us don’t do our do diligence to actually take the professional approach to doing it. Gyms are now opening all over the world specializing in stretching for a sport, for your sport, and for overall wellness. Gyms such as AwakenStretchlabCPMFITness Yoga. give you a chance to build strength thru flexibility, mobility, and restore and renew the body. 
# 4 One on One Specialized Training: Training for your specific needs, sport, or activity. Boutique or specialized gyms and personal training are places you will be seeing much more of this in 2017. If you are training for a triathlon, or biking event studios like flywheel or soul cycle are great. If you are wanting to work on an endurance event like a marathon, 5k, or 1/2 .. Endurance Try out a Crossfit Endurance Based Gym … Want to train for your ballerina within try out a Barre Class ..
Now you can enjoy your sport, get better at it, and stay fit all in one!
#5 Worksite Health Incentives: Now your companies are promoting health in the workplace and giving you incentives if you do! Companies are beginning to realize that a healthy employee is a happy, more productive employee—and that creating programs and services that promote positive behaviors like working out, quitting smoking, and losing weight ultimately controls rising health care costs.
Now you have the ins… of what’s in for 2017!
Fit Chic 

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken …

I love comfort foods with the cold wintery weather, but now that New Year’s Goals are in place I want foods that can give me comfort and a healthy body too!
Here is a great recipe that compliments both and can be served over a bed of lettuce as a salad for lunch tomorrow as well! It is simple and effective which is my favorite kind of recipe!
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Ingredients: 
Chicken:
4 free range organic chicken breasts
2 tablespoons almond flour
dash of pepper
 Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1½ cups full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon of coconut flour
⅓ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese(for non dairy omit or use mozzarella almond or vegan cheese)
2 tablespoons basil
1 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a shallow bowl place flour. Season the chicken and pepper; dredge in the flour mixture; shake off excess and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken in batches until golden on each side, cooked through with no pink. Place on a plate
  3. Next add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet; sauté the garlic for about a minute. Add the sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms; Cook until mushrooms are softened.
  4. Reduce heat to low-medium heat, add the coconut milk and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Season with thyme, cilantro, and basil.
  5. Add the coconut flour and continue to simmer while quickly stirring the mixture through until the sauce thickens (if it is not thickening add more coconut flour).
  6. Add in the parmesan cheese; allow sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts trough the sauce. Add the chicken back into the pan and let simmer for 15 20 minutes over low heat.
  7. Serve over Zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or miracle noodles.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

A New Year A New You …

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A family friend of my husband’s has been married for 50 + years. Each January 1st he and his wife sat down and planned out their goals for the upcoming year. They talked about what they learned from the previous year, what they liked, what they disliked, and how they were going to make this upcoming year the best one yet.

They said it was the greatest thing to look back on all the years of goal planning and really get to see their journey together.

So yesterday my husband and I went to a local coffee shop got out our pen and paper and started writing. We went through highlights from 2016, and points that we wanted to change from the previous year. We talked about lessons that we learned and what we ultimately had gotten out of 2016.

We then wrote down our goals for 2017. Some were very simple while others were a bit more complex, but they all had a direction and purpose of moving forward and really utilizing all the wonderful things that life has to offer and taking full advantage of all that you are capable of doing!

We then took a picture of each other and our goals, so that years from now we can say how young and good-looking we once were :]

So for the first blog of 2017, I encourage you Fit Ones to utilize this same exercise!

They say when you make your goals a daily visual you are more likely to make them a reality.

Now I want you to answer the following questions:

1. What were some highlights of the past year?

2. What were some things I would like to change from this past year?

3. In what ways did I grow this past year?

4. What are my goals for 2017?

5. How am I going to reach those goals (i.e. a plan of attack)?

Write them and then take a picture of your goals and you with your goals and post them somewhere that will be in your eyesight daily to remind you what it is you truly want for 2017 year, and the steps you are going to take to make it happen!

Fit Chic

Top 5 Must Haves For New Year’s Eve …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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