Foodie Friday – Cleansing Squash Soup

This simple, cleansing squash soup recipe is an amazing recipe to rely on this holiday season for two reasons... First, it's the perfect light meal to eat before you go out to your holiday party. You’ll make better food choices and will have less room for the fattening foods when you’ve already filled up on this guilt-free soup. Secondly, this soup makes a wonderful day-after-the-big-party meal, when you want to keep things low-calorie, simple and cleansing. It freezes well, so make lots and save some for later. Servings: 6  Here’s what you need... Nonstick cooking spray 1 red onion, chopped 6 cups vegan vegetable broth 3 green zucchini, chopped 3 yellow zucchini, chopped dash of salt and pepper 12 oz frozen butternut squash, defrosted 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk juice from 1/2 a lemon dab of plain Greek yogurt Spray the bottom of your soup pot with nonstick spray, and sauté the onion until soft. Add the broth, zucchini, salt and pepper and cook … [Read more...]

Fitness Tip 46 – This Trick Reduces Liquid Calorie Count…

Fitness Tip #46 While you’re out enjoying the season with good cheer, be aware of the many liquid calories that you’ll encounter. These sneaky, liquid calories quickly turn into an unwanted increase in body fat. From champagne to cocktails, hot cocoa to eggnog, all of the classic holiday drinks are filled with sugary calories. So here’s the trick that reduces these calories: Slow down your consumption by drinking a full glass of water in between each calorie-filled drink. This technique allows you to enjoy the tasty drinks of the season while keeping you hydrated and reducing your liquid calories by 50%! If you find our tips helpful, please using the sharing tools below to get the word out!!! … [Read more...]

Just Say NO to Food Pushers

This time of year it seems that everyone turns into a food pusher. You know what I'm talking about... Here, taste these cookies. I got you this tower of chocolate for Christmas. Here's a dish that you have to try...I made it myself! Unfortunately, the holidays are a time when food pushing is not only accepted, but is expected. Rather than give in, and end up gaining 5-10 pounds of fat this holiday season, arm yourself with these 5 clever ways to stop food pushers in their tracks. Food Push #1: "Try this new treat I made, you'll love it!"       I'm Stuffed Response: "I wish that I had room right now, but I'm stuffed." Why being stuffed works: Your delightful food pusher cannot refute your statement about being full. If they persist, then let them know that having one more bite would push you over the brink of being uncomfortably full. Food Push #2: "I know this dish is your favorite! Hand me your plate." Stalling Response: "I really can't wait to try some in a … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Holiday Cauliflower Rice

This delicious recipe is the perfect side to accompany your holiday meal. It's grain free and lower in calories than traditional wild rice, while delivering big on flavor. Made with shredded cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, celery and chopped dates and walnuts, this faux rice is packed with nutrition and fiber. Servings: 8 Here's what you need... 1 onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces 1 cup Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters 4 stalks celery 1 cup organic, free range chicken broth Dash of salt and pepper 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted In a large skillet cook onions in the olive oil for about 10 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, shred the cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and celery in a food processor using the grating attachment. Add the shredded cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, celery, broth and a dash of salt and pepper to the skillet. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes. Pour the … [Read more...]

Fitness Tip 45 – Making Time For Exercise

Fitness Tip #45 Perspective is everything, and the following paragraph just may change your perspective on the idea that you don't have time to exercise... There's a famous, fitting quote that addresses our universal struggle to find time for exercise. Read it a couple of times to really let it sink in. "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." Pretty powerful, right? Put your excuses to rest, once and for all. Call or email me today and we will get you started on an exercise plan that's going to quickly transform your body and hopefully help limit any illness that may be brewing, particularly diabetes which hits close to home for me as my two year old son was diagnosed about a year ago. … [Read more...]

Stop Making Excuses…Start Seeing Results

Why aren't you at your goal weight today? It's not like you started your fitness journey yesterday...this has been a goal that you've been working towards for years. So why haven't you achieved it yet? Now listed really closely to all the reasons that are popping into your mind right now. Grab a pen and paper and jot them down. These reasons you're giving for failing to reach your goal are really very clever excuses. So clever that you convinced yourself that they were legit. That's right. You're not at your ideal weight at this moment because you've given in to excuses. I can understand your frustration because those excuses that you cling to tend to be very convincing. Now it's time to push your frustration aside and to really focus in on your goal. If you lose focus on your goal for even a second, excuses will take over – leaving you without progress and without the sweet satisfaction of accomplishment. Here are the 3 Steps to Destroy Excuses... Step One: … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Turkey Pumpkin Stew

Foodie Friday is here! This comforting autumn soup is filled with creamy pumpkin and savory turkey, while keeping it low-carb and high protein. Doesn't get better than this! If you're making this after your big holiday meal, feel free to use shredded, roasted turkey instead of raw, ground turkey. Simply chop the shredded, roasted turkey and add in the last 10 minutes of the cooking time. Enjoy! Servings: 12  Here's what you need... 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 fennel bulb, chopped 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 1 lb ground turkey 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes in sauce 1 (14oz) can pumpkin 4 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup parsley, chopped In a large soup pot, place the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until tender. Add the fennel, butternut squash and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes. In a … [Read more...]

Fitness Tip 44 – Clean Food: The Basics

Fitness Tip #44 What food should you consider clean? I'll give you a hint: not foods that come packaged and processed. The healthiest, cleanest foods are ones that are wholesome and nature intended. Whole fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, seeds, eggs, seafood and lean meats. Stick with this list of natural foods and you'll be eating very clean. Steer clear of any food that has been manufactured, processed and packaged. These are most definitely not clean and will lead to pounds gained. Get the word out to friends! Use the sharing tools below. … [Read more...]

How to Eat Clean – 4 Simple Ways

People are always asking how to eat clean. I'm sure by now you are probably aware that the term, eat clean, has nothing to do with washing your food and has everything to do with eating in a way that promotes fat loss. While it may sound simple enough, it's pretty challenging to stick with a clean eating plan. I suppose if it were easy then everyone would be lean and confident about their body. So what's the secret to long-term, clean eating success? Here it is... How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #1: Keep It Balanced So many fat loss strategies out there encourage eating only from one category of food: soup, grapefruit, salad, chicken breast...While these foods may promote fat loss and reduce overall calorie intake, this way of eating sets you up for a fall. No one sticks with highly restrictive, one-food-only diets for very long, and you're no exception. To make your clean eating plan last, keep your diet balanced with a range of healthy, real foods. How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #2: … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Spicy Chicken Chowder with Carrot Noodles

Love noodles in your soup? Here's a delicious way to enjoy noodles without the typical waist-expanding carbohydrates. Take a vegetable peeler and create long strips of carrots or zucchini, and use these in your homemade soup as noodles. It's fun, it's tasty, and it will get you one step closer to those amazing abs. Servings: 8 Here's what you need... 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil (Or use bacon fat for more flavor) 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs bone-in, skinless chicken thighs 1 butternut squash, seeded peeled and cubed (3-4 cups) 1 bunch red kale, chopped 1 (160z) jar green, roasted salsa 4 cups Chicken Broth 5 large carrots, made into flat noodles with a vegetable peeler 1 Tablespoon lime juice 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped In a large soup pot, place the coconut oil (or bacon fat) over medium high heat. Add the garlic and chicken thighs and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the butternut squash cubes and chopped kale. … [Read more...]