Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Match Balls (Energy bites)

MATCHA madness at my house! I really enjoy the rich flavor of Matcha and it brings about this BLISS! They are JAM packed with Antioxidants and ENERGY! These balls are great on the go- BAG THEM UP after as they are addicting and limit yourself to 1 bag a day- they freeze great too! This recipe is so versatile you can add in hemp seeds, flax meal, oatmeal if you want!

What you need:

1 cup raw cashews (soak in water for an hour or two and drain longer you soak softer they are)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (soak/drain)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup soaked pitted dates (drain)
4 TBSP of Matcha Powder (clean- Organic)
1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1/4 cup of unrefined coconut oil (melted, this will get hard when cold and help hold it together)
Squirt of maple syrup or honey (don't need alot as your dates are the sweetness)

Put everything in a food processor. Pulse and Blend well. Roll into balls and you can even roll around in the coconut flakes (I toasted them in these pictures) to give it a white (or brown) pretty coating!

Each batch I make tends to get better and better!

If you make them I would LOVE to see pictures #HappyMATCHAballs and tag me!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ball Jar Lunch Asian Slaw

Anything I can prep and put in a jar to eat for lunch during the week on the go is a SCORE for me! I used to skip meals but planning ahead and taking less then an hour on Sunday to prep breakfast and lunch for the whole week has helped me keep my metabolism up and reach my fitness goals! I found this recipe from " mind over munch" on You tube and adapted it to my liking for ball jars! Here is the video 

Makes 3 jars (I use wide mouth quart)

What you need:
For the dressing
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 TBSP Braggs Aminos (or soy sauce)
1 TBSP Coconut Sugar (or honey)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1TBSP Sesame Sesame Oil (or toasted Sesame Oil)
1 TSP ground ginger
1 clove diced garlic

12 oz bag of Rainbow Salad or Broccoli Slaw ( I like the chunks of Broccoli in the Rainbow Salad)
1 mango
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
Protein ( marinated fried Tofu, Grilled Chicken or prepared Quinoa )

I used Tofu it was in my frig, cheaper and less fat and calories but a good source of protein- TRY IT
To marinate and make Tofu...... I made a video in my private facebook group here
1) drain & SQUEEZE out the water from block of Tofu with a dish towel as much as you can.
2) crumble and fry the tofu in cast iron pan and drizzle olive oil, Mirin and Balsamic vinegar on it. fry it up nice and brown

What you do:

1) Mix the dressing first in a large bowl
2) peel and chop up the mango
3) add all the ingredients to the bowl with dressing, mix and add to jars! Done! Wahoo!!!

I found this recipe from " mind over munch" on You tube and adapted it to my liking for ball jars! Here is the video 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Gluten Free Protein Packed Pumpkin Breakfast Bars (or Balls)

I love making 1 breakfast on Sunday for the entire week! It makes my crazy mornings so much less crazy- more calm and relaxing. As a mom of 3- I actually get to eat now!

This easy recipe you can make into bars or balls and bag up 5-6 bags for the week. My kids get the bars I get the balls, its easier to say who's are who's and "Don't touch Mom's!"

IT MAKES: 15 balls (3 balls each day for 5 days) AND 6 large bars in 8X8 pan (5 bars 1 to eat the day of cooking)   or just one large 9X13 pan full
21 day fix container count
I count quinoa as a RED since I follow the vegetarian plan  1 yellow 1 red

otherwise 1 yellow

What you need:

1 can of Organic Canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling)
5 cups of Organic GF Rolled Oats
1 cup of uncooked quinoa made according to recipe
4 eggs
1/4 cup of Almond milk (or whatever milk you use)
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP of vanilla extract
Several generous shakes of cinnamon & pumpkin spice (sorry I don't measure!)
3/4 cup of coconut sugar (or whatever sugar you use)

Maple syrup
dry roasted pumpkin seeds

*Optional: DATES - instead of sugar I use dates to add a little sweetness to my bars and add a little more honey. I cut up about 6-7 dates real tiny and add the bits in! This week I added both!

What you do:

1-Preheat oven at 375.

2-Cook quinoa according to recipe ( I make and do not rinse 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups of water to boil, cover then turn on low medium for 15 mins till I see little tails and water is gone then I remove from heat,  remove the lid and stir and let sit for 5-10 mins)

3- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

4-Line pan/tray with wax paper ( or I cook my balls in silicone baking cups I got here on Amazon)

5- roll up half the mix into half dollar sized balls (15) line tray, add the rest of the mixture into your 8X8 pan lines with wax paper flaten and distribute in pan evenly

6-Bake balls and pan at 375 for 15 mins, check it and rotate balls then put in for another 6-9 minutes, balls come out first and then pan check with a toothpick. Stick the toothpick into the center and pull out if any of the bar comes out on the stick- put it back in for another 3-5 mins.

7- Remove from oven and tray drizzle maple syrup on the warm bars and sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top!

8- Bag them up for the week!

If you try them come back and post how they turned out and any tips or tricks you did to switch it up!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Raw Marinated Kale Salad

Summer Favorite! I eat this almost everyday it grows so abundantly in my garden. I use a ball jar and lid to make the marinade so its easy to shake and store remainder in frig. You can make this just before you plan to eat it or let the kale marinate overnight (I have ate it 2 day in too). I use all organic ingredients which I believe make a difference in the quality and taste!
marinated kale under halibut


1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
zest of a fresh lemon
juice from fresh lemon
2 cloves of grated fresh garlic (I use a fine cheese grater)
dash salt/pepper



Pull leaves off stems and wash. Use a salad shooter to dry the kale or lay out on counter. Once dry rip into smaller bite size pieces and put into large bowl with lid. pour some of the marinade on kale and use your clean hands to massage into the kale until each piece of kale is covered. Save remaining marinade. store Kale in frig till your ready to eat, you will notice it will wilt slightly the longer it sits so make a bunch!

My favorite toppings:
Feta Cheese
Goat Cheese
Flax meal (ground flax seeds)
chia seeds
any type of beans

Beachbody Health Bet

PRIZES and money motivate me to workout! How about you? Need a little motivation to work out? I BET this will get you pumped up and ready!
Have you ever hear of that DietBET thing where you PAY money to win money? Beachbody came up with something EVEN better! They are giving away over $1 million and you can automatically qualify to split a piece of the prize! All you have to do is participate in one of my support Challenge Group on my new fitness Tracker App and meet the in-app weekly tracking requirements each week during the Timeframe! September 5-October 2, 2016.
It’s that simple! If you track your progress during the qualifying weeks, you’ll get an equal share of the over $1 million cash prize.
Here’s exactly what you have to do to qualify:
1. JOIN: Click on this link and click GOING to the event or register by emailing me with "ALL IN" in the subject line. You must be an active participant in a Challenge Group on the My Challenge Tracker app by September 5, 2016. Download the My Challenge Tracker App here.
2. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: Use the app to log at least five Shakeology drinks with photos and three Beachbody workouts during all four qualification weeks.
3. QUALIFY: Log your Shakeology and workouts by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of each contest week:
Week 1: September 5–September 11
Week 2: September 12–September 18
Week 3: September 19–September 25
Week 4: September 26–October 2
4. CASH IN: Meet all the requirements and you’ll automatically win an equal share of the cash pot!
As an extra incentive, Beachbody will add $5 to the initial $1 million prize for every Challenge Pack sold on between July 27 and August 31, 2016, up to $3 Million total. Click here to view details and official contest rules. There’s never been a better time to get healthy and fit! Who else gets motivated by prizes and FREE CASH?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vegan Shepherds Pie

A hearty  Vegan Shepherd's Pie that's loaded with veggies, corn savory lentils, tempeh and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes & Italian Panko! So flavorful and satisfying you won't miss the meat!

Serves: 6-8
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • rinsed and drained 2 canned organic lentils
  • dash vegetable stock
  • 1 block of any kind of tempeh
  • 2 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans and corn
  • Nurtional Yeast (optional to sprinkle on top of veggies for extra flavor) 
  • Garlic powder (optional to sprinkle on top of veggies and tatoes for flavor)
  • 3 pounds yukon gold potatoes, thoroughly washed
  • 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter
  • dash of almond milk for mashed tatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian Panko crumbs for topping 

  1. Slice any large potatoes in half, place in a large pot and fill with water until they’re just covered. Bring to a low boil on medium high heat, then generously salt, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes or until they slide off a knife very easily.
  2. Once cooked, drain, add back to the pot to evaporate any remaining water, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Use a masher, pastry cutter or large fork to mash until smooth. Add add desired amount of vegan butter (2-4 Tbsp), and almond milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to 425 degrees F and lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish (or comparable sized dish, such as 9x13 pan
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized - about 5 minutes
  5. Crumble and add tempeh to brown
  6. Add a pinch each salt and pepper. Then add lentils.
  7.  add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then transfer to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and carefully top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt.
  9. Place on a baking sheet to catch overflow and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes, or until the tatoes and panko are lightly browned on top.
  10. Let cool briefly before serving. The longer it sits, the more it will thicken. Let cool completely before covering, and then store in the fridge for up to a few days. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

What is a Challenge Group? Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does a challenge group involve?
A Beachbody challenge group is a private Facebook accountability group where participants follow a strict, healthy nutrition and exercise plan based on Beachbody programs (such as 21 day fix, P90X, Insanity, etc). We learn how to meal plan and share recipes and meal ideas. I share informative and/or inspirational posts daily. Overall, we have a friendly competition while having FUN!. Most importantly, it's a great way to start or continue your fitness journey and work towards your goals.
As your coach, I am here with you every step of your fitness journey, and will go through the program with you!
So Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success    Free Coach support makes all the difference in completing these programs! 

How long does the challenge group last?
My groups last 28 days. The first week is a "prep and practice" week where we learn the basics. I encourage everyone to start easing into meal planning and daily exercise, while sharing a lot of informational posts to get you started. Then, during weeks 2-4 we start the friendly, 21 day competition portion of our challenge, where the daily requirements of exercise and following a strict meal plan begin.

What sort of results can I expect?
Everyone has different goals. Some may wish to just tone and feel better overall. Many participants want to lose weight. It's not uncommon for my challenge group participants to lose 10 pounds or more during the 28 days, while losing several inches. Let me know if you'd like to see some of my participants' before and after photos!

What if I want to lose more than just 10 pounds or have goals that will need more than 28 days?
The challenge group should give you the tools to succeed on your own after the group is complete. However, we can chat about getting you involved in another challenge group if you'd prefer. Many of my participants actually love their experience and results so much they continue the program. However, this is totally optional!
Sounds Great! What do I need to do to get started?
Let me know that you're definitely committed to the program.
To participate, you will need:
1) Beachbody fitness program of your choice
2) Shakeology in the flavor (or flavors) of your choice (a supply to get you through the month)

What is Shakeology?
Shakeology is a superfood meal replacement shake that is a vital part of the program. It contains adaptogens, antioxidants, amino acids, probiotics, and vitamins which help aid in immune support, improve digestion, curb cravings, and build lean muscles. It also has a good blend of macronutrients including protein. It is not a "weight loss" shake per se, but it has balanced nutrition and extra support beyond that of a protein shake, which definitely helps you obtain the fitness results you want! There are 6 different flavors to chose from: Chocolate, Strawberry, greenberry, vanilla, Vegan chocolate, and vegan strawberry.
How do I choose a fitness programs and what programs do I have to choose from?
First, keep your overall goals in mind: do you want to tone, lose a lot of weight, increase muscle mass? Also, you will need to take into consideration your fitness level and how much time you are willing to commit to daily exercise. Here is a comparison chart which looks at all of the Beachbody programs available:
One of the best overall starting program is 21 day fix

Ok, I picked a program and my Shakeology - how much does this all cost?
The BEST deal to get Shakeology with a Beachbody program is to purchase a "Challenge pack". This gives you a bundle deal where you will save money vs. purchasing Shakeology and the fitness program separately. The cost of challenge packs range from $140 - $200 plus, depending on which program you choose. Keep in mind thats getting 30 MEALS of Shakeology and an entire schedule of 30 min or less daily workouts. Plus, there is a money back guarantee!


Is there anything else that may help me improve my health or increase my results??
These are all OPTIONAL but I encourage you to consider trying at least 1 of them:
1) Shakeology boosts - Do you feel you need more energy, have issues with regularity (constipation), or have trouble getting your vegetables in? You may want to consider trying one of the new Shakeology boosts - focused energy, digestive health, or greens!
2) Beachbody performance line - These premium supplements are for those who really want to increase their performance. There is an energize formula to help give you added energy and endurance to complete your workouts, a hydrate formula to give you fuel for intense workouts, 2 different recovery formulas to help you build muscle and fight soreness, and a creatine blend to help you increase strength.
3) 3 Day Refresh - A nice add on to start or end your challenge. It's an intense, non-starvation cleanse where you eat fruits and vegetables with 3 shakes a day, with a daily fiber sweep drink also. It will help you lose a few pounds and inches fast. Also a good tool to get you back on track after you've made some poor diet choices (vacation, etc).

Whew! That was a LOT of information!! :)
One of the great things about Beachbody is there are a LOT of fitness products available to you and a LOT of different options! Since everyone has different goals and preferences there really is something available for everyone!
***So what is your next step??

Please let me know which options you would like - particularly with Shakeology, your fitness program, as well as other supplements or products. If you need help choosing which program you would like, or have ANY questions, I would be happy to help!! I started as a customer myself (I started with the 21 day fix) and understand you may have some hesitation or be skeptical about starting this program ( I know I was). But I can reassure you that it will be the BEST investment you've made for yourself, and your health!
I can then refer you directly to my personal website, or send you an invoice via email.

Can't wait to start working with you and assisting you on your fitness journey!
Take Care!