Monday, April 17, 2017

Cauliflower Pizza

P-I-Z-Z-A....I want pizza! Everyone remember this Mary-Kate and Ashley song!? No?? Well its the theme song of my life!


I seriously could eat Pizza ALLLLL the time people! Like seriously all the time!! Unfortunately, they tell me its not 21 day fix approved and healthy for me! 

This is not my crust but exactly what mine looks like! I just didn't get a chance to take a picture of it! 


Luckily, Autumn from 21 day fix has formulated this delicious crust made from Cauliflower! It fits right into my green container AND I can have more than one piece and not feel bad about myself! I took Autumns recipe, that is awesome! You can find it here, and it made it more simple! 

So here ya go! 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust 
4-5 cups cauliflower rice or large cauliflower cut into florets 
Cheese Clothe (I use a kitchen towel) 
Dash of salt 
1 TBS Garlic Powder 
3-5 TBS of Italian Seasoning 
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese 
1 Egg (2 if mixture is dry) 

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 350 
2. Place cauliflower rice in a blender and blend until smooth as can get (mashed potatoe consistency) 
3. Take blended cauliflower and place on cloth or towel. Dab out or twist and squeeze out excess water from mixture. Place cauliflower in a mixing bowl
4. Mix in salt, garlic powder, seasoning, both cheeses and egg. Mix well
5. Grease pizza pan or cookie sheet (whatever you are using). Pour mixture onto greased sheet and press until 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It may cover more and less of your pan every time depending on how much cauliflower was used. 
5. Bake crust for 40 minutes until golden brown
6. Take out of oven and place with pizza sauce and any topping. Put back in and back until cheese is melted 
7. Cut and enjoy!! 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Choose Now

Happy Monday!! Getting back into the swing of things!! I feel like I have been so off ever since my trip to Florida!

Luckily some of that Florida sunshine made its way to Indiana and Kentucky this weekend!! I went on a last minute trip to visit C in KY this weekend! 2 months and 7 days to the big day!! I was feeling a little overwhelmed with wedding planning so we decided to take a weekend off and just hang out! 



Saturday we enjoyed the beautiful weather with a nice walk and motorcycle ride! Then we went to our FAVORITE restaurant in Louisville! Hammerheads! If you are ever in town, you HAVE to go! By no means is this a healthy meal! Fried mac and cheese balls (best I ever had), rack of lamb ribs, duck tacos, and fries fried in duck fat! 



The best is that I used to feel SO guilty after meals like this! I would beat myself up that I spent all this time working out during the week and would eat like a pig on the weekend! But I learned that cheat meals ARE necessary! You have to have them! And if you don't cheat the rest of the time, you feel guilt free! 

I stick to my meal plan M-F and allow myself 2 cheat meals a week! That's it! And you know what, its all I need! I truly earn those fries and mac and cheese balls! I eat them with no shame and then I woke up today for my 5 am workout and started off another week right! 



Nutrition is HARD, especially if you are a foodie like me! But I have learned some AWESOME tips and recipes, coupled with workouts, that has truly made my fitness journey successful! 

Right now I am offering a 2 week FREE trial of workouts and accountability groups coupled with meal plans and recipes! Seriously, no catch! I know some of you have wanted to pull the trigger and before you make the official investment, why not give it a try! Totally free and if you hate it, no worries, I will still love ya :) 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Choosing to be Positive

How many of you wake up with a DREAD of Monday? I know I do! I don't always LOVE Monday!

I try really hard to think of the best way to view Monday! I try to recite these phrases and ideas as the alarm goes off at 5 am, but sometimes its hard! 


It's a fresh start 

You can re-do the things you failed at last week

You can set goals for what you want to accomplish 

Its a new week to make a difference 

Although I usually hit snooze a few times, I do try really hard to view Monday is a positive thing! It just puts me in a better move! 

I get it, life is HARD! There are SO many things to do, things going on, stresses, people, etc but you ultimately get to CHOOSE how you are going to take on the week! Will you take it by the horns? Or will you let the horns poke you in the behind!? 

Some days I get poked! But believe me, I do my best to CHOOSE to take it by the horns! Choosing positivity is contagious! It rubs off on people! It brings a smile to someones face! Someone out there needs a smile, needs to here a lift me up, needs to see you choosing to be positive! 



So how will you view this Monday!?

Linking up with: Weekly Wrap Up, Bianna , Lauren  Trendy and Tidy

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vacation...A little R&R

Hi friends!! I am enjoying some Florida sunshine with my family this week! I will be back next Monday for a Monday health tip! Hope you all had a great weekend! Cheers!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

THIS! This is one of my FAVORITE recipes!!



How many of you love to snack on your children's chicken nuggets?? Or lets face, some of us don't have kids yet we still enjoy a good chicken nugget meal! 

This recipe was inspired by my LOVE for chicken nuggets! Super simple and really yummy! 


Ingredients:
2-3 Chicken Breast cut into pieces 
1 cup Almond Flour
Seasoning (I use Cajun but you can use Italian or whatever you would like!)
2 eggs 
1 cup honey
1/4 cup hot sauce 
1 TBS garlic powder

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 425
2. Spray cookie sheet with oil or use parchment paper 
3. In a bowl scramble eggs. Place almond flour and seasoning in a separate bowl. Take chicken pieces and dip into eggs, then roll into flour mix, and place on cookie sheet. ***Let extra egg drip off chicken before place into flour AND let chicken sit for 30 minutes after coated to let the coating soak into the chicken, this will prevent the coating from falling off later**** 
4. Bake chicken for 30 minutes or until center is done. 
5. While chicken is cooking, place honey, hot sauce, and garlic powder in sauce pan. Bring to a boil then take the sauce off of the heat
6. When chicken is done, take it out of the oven and place oven to BROIL. Place each piece of chicken into the sauce till coated and then back onto the pan.
7. Broil coated chicken for 5 minutes
8. Then Enjoy!! Pour any extra sauce on top if you wish ;)

Monday, March 20, 2017

They had to roll me on the plane!

If you follow me on Facebook (check the button to your right ;) ) You know that my fiancé and I LOVE to travel!!

I love experiencing new places, cultures, food, and exploring! C and I both feel SO blessed that we found someone who likes to do these things too! 

I am a foodie, I LOVE it! When I travel I love to try new foods! Sometimes I go a little overboard! I literally will try everything! I get on the plane to go to our destination, in shape and so proud of my progress and then I feel like they have to roll me to my seat when we leave! 



Traveling is SO awesome! Trying new things is great! But it can be SUPER unhealthy and make you feel like you are failing your health goals you set for yourself! 

I ALWAYS give myself cheat meals while traveling, I NEVER deprive myself at all! I just learned how to keep it balanced while still enjoying yourself, this way, you don't have to live in the "Ugh I am so bloated I might die" phase! Lets face it, we have all been there!

So here are my traveling tips! 




1. Give yourself a cheat meal....or two! 
Never go on vacation and deprive yourself unless you want to be grumpy pants!! Before I leave, I always PLAN out what meals I am splurging in! Usually its dinner :) That means for dinner I eat what I want guilt free! For example, we had a wedding this past weekend in West Point, NY! I stuck to my nutrition plan during the day, then splurged on all the apps, prime rib, wine, and wedding cake :) 

2. Stay on track the rest of the day
If you know what meals you are going to have your CHEAT meals, then stick with your nutrition plan the rest of the day! Enjoy yourself, enjoy the food, but don't over do it in every meal! I usually stay 100% to my meal plan at breakfast and lunch and then splurge at dinner! 

3. Water
When traveling its SO easy to get dehydrated! You just don't have your normal access to water! Make sure you stay hydrated! It will keep you energized for your tip, but also keep your metabolism going which is KEY when you are eating more calories than normal! It also can help you stay full so you don't over eat! 

4. Shaekology
I bring my shakes everywhere! They are packed full of nutrients, vitamins, pro and pre biotic, antioxidents, my daily dose of veggies, everything thing my body needs! Since I know I will be getting a little crazy with my food choices, I can eat in peace knowing I fueled my body with this shake and gave myself all the necessities it won't be getting from other meals :) I just bought this travel blender, $17, and bring it wherever I go! 



5. Workout 
Try to stick with a fitness plan to make you feel less bloated and guilty! I travel with my Beachbody on Demand and can stream any workout right from the hotel room! You can also use the hotel facilities, go on a hike, or even walking throughout your travels will keep you active and burning calories! 



6. Pack some healthy snacks
The airport is a death trap! Haha but seriously, they have SO many delicious looking snack choices, but almost all of them aren't so great for your body! They are also SUPER expensive! So bring your own pre-packed snacks! Trail mix, beef jerky, my favorite is RX Bars! This will save you money AND that gross "I ate too many gummy bears at the airport feeling!" Or maybe thats just me.... 



What is your GO to travel tip! Comment below!


Linking up with: Bianna, Weekly Wrap Up, CaryLee , Lauren, Trendy and Tidy , Tuesday Talks

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shakeology Ingredients: Quinoa Seed and Flax Seed

Hey Guys! Its another round of Shakeology Ingredients! If you have noticed, I HAVE really been all about this stuff lately!

Last week we talked about an ingredient called Konjac, yeah I had no clue what it was either. Check it out here :) 

This week are TWO ingredients that are a little easier to say!
Quinoa Seed
 Flax Seed 

In Shakeology, both of these seeds are used in the protein mixture for the Vegan Shakes!
Ingredient:
Quinoa Seed




Where does it come from?
Found in South America, it was eaten for years by the Inca's and other South American empires. It recently has picked up its popularity due to its great nutritional value.

How it works:
The antioxidents and low rating on the glycemic index allows for the grain to hold some the highest nutritional value out of all grains. This also increases the ability of metabolism to speed up!  

Health Benefits:
It is very high in fiber, making it one of the most highly fiberous grains! High in antioxidants, Gluten Free, great source of protein for a grain, helps stabilize blood sugar due to its rating of 53 on the glycemic index. 

Cost
$3-$12 per bag





ALSO, lets talk about flax seeds!!

Ingredient:
Flax Seed



Where does it come from?
Flax seeds have been around for thousands of years! They are said to be one of the first super foods due to their high fiber and antioxidant content while being lower in carbs! 

How it works:
Flax seeds are full of Omega 3 Acids. They also are full of fiber which help in digestion and can lead to weight loss! 

Health Benefits:
The greatest benefits are Omega 3 fatty acids which helps with heart health including high blood pressure. Also, lignans which helps with balancing estrogen levels and antioxidents! Last but not least, Fiber! Soluble fiber helps with a full feeling which these contain! 

Cost

$3.99+ for a bag

This ingredient, which can be very costly if purchasing on its own, can be found right in Shakeology! Which can individual packet cost under $5 plus has 69 other nutrients!!!