43 Days Left: Prepare Some Healthy Snacks

43 Days Left- Prepare Some Healthy SnacksDon’t get so hungry you get hungry. When the urge to snack strikes, be prepared with healthy snacks so you don’t go rogue and knock over a vending machine trying to score the last bag of peanut M&Ms. Keep fresh fruit on hand at all times and develop an arsenal of other go-to snacks like raw, unsalted nuts, homemade energy bars, and of course, Shakeology.

Here are some easy-to-prepare snacks that have less than 100 calories:

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30 Tasty Snacks That Are 100 Calories or Less

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated or boring! Here are 30 easy-to-prepare snacks, each under 100 calories, that will keep your tastebuds happy.
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Yummy Buttery French Toast Style Pancakes but Low Carb!

kid-approved-low-carb-pancakesIf you are one of the ones that has been looking in my meal tracker (myfitnesspal) and wondering what the recipe is for this phenomenal low-carb (but still yummy) pancake, you are in luck! I have to say, I have been on the search for a long time for a pancake that I can eat without feeling sick afterward and this one fits the bill!! It even passed the kid test; their pancakes were buttered up and gone before I could get mine in the frying pan, or even bother to ask if they wanted any bacon or eggs! Yup. Kid-approved low carb pancakes! I did it, done it!! (If you get that reference, we need to be friends.)

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Running Progress, Healthy Eating Books, Portion Control Program, Meal Planning Worksheet, & Jordan Davis

Valentine’s Day Weekend

This weekend was a lot of hustle and bustle for me, so apologies for not being on more. Friday ended with a sweet Valentine’s surprise of handmade chocolate covered strawberries and wine as well as some yummy Boston’s gluten-free pizza and Florentine salad. This weekend ramped up in intensity on Saturday morning with a little sciatica running progress, learning to eat cleaner and healthier for me, gaining a better understanding of portion control, designing meal planning worksheets, and receiving heart-breaking news. Whew!

The Journey

I met up with a group for a run here in Jacksonville on the beach. I think it was about 3 miles, but the real victory for me was that I was able to run for a full 20 minutes at a GOOD speed, without stopping, slowing down, stumbling or mis-stepping or feeling like I might lose my balance! PROGRESS!!

Book Love

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21 Day Fix | Upper Fix Video Preview

21 Day Fix | 21 Day Fix | Upper Fix

Are you excited about the 21 Day Fix for it’s portion control and meal planning, but nervous about the workouts? This is a sneak peak of just ONE of the 7 various workouts you will get with this 21 day program!

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21-Day Fix has been released!

21 Day Fix Health & Fitness Challenge Pack, Portion Control, Meal Planning, FIttness ProgramChallenge Groups start 2/17/14

I ALREADY have challenge groups set up for this AMAZING program!! The first group has a February 17th start date to allow enough time for the program to arrive. (and to enjoy one last all-out on Valentine’s Day with your honey before we get down and dirty with Autumn Calabrese.)

What is 21 Day Fix?

21 days to Health and Fitness!

The 21 Day Fix program takes the guesswork out of weight loss. It’s a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results. You will learn to eat healthy. Learn to eat … Continue reading

Leeks – Oven Roasted or Stove Top

Leeks are an amazing vegetable that, regretfully I don’t purchase enough. Growing up, my German from Russia grandmother would frequently eat things like livers and leeks. Occasionally I thought it was good, but I think it was just too potent in the summertime here in Florida. My Grandma’s recipe was very simple, and though I cannot be CERTAIN that this is it, it was very similar.

  • a handful of Leeks, cleaned and cut lengthwise int quarters
  • a tablespoon or 2 in the bottom of your baking dish
  • herbs de provence to taste (I like it heavy, so about 1 tablespoon!)
  • pepper to taste
  • about 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium) or water
  • salt to taste if using water, I omit if I use stock

leeksPreheat the oven to 400 degrees. While preheating, clean and cut your leeks. Place all the oil and seasonings into the baking dish and blend together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the leeks to the pan and … Continue reading

Red Chicken

This is a family favorite, even the kids eat it up.

  • 1-2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika (hit for an extra kick or mild for a sweet flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp allspice (or substitute 1/8 tsp of ground clove)
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cyanne pepper
  • generous palmful of dried peppers, sliced – add seeds & skins
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (black or white – I use white but cooks choice)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • juice of one lime (3 tablespoons)

Throw everything in a ziplock and marinate for at least 8 hours for best flavor. Grill outdoors, on skillet, or even throw it in the oven. Chicken is done when juices run clear. You can cook this one a little “black” if you like – it has a wonderful spicy flavor that pairs well in salads, in Alfredo pasta, and in cucumber wraps. I usually grill a few sweet red peppers after I take the chicken off to pair with it. Adds a sweet compliment that fits wonderfully!

Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked
  • 1 white onion, peeled, sliced, quartered or whole
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Roast first 4 ingredients over open flame or on a grill pan, then dice, chop or process together, adding last 4 ingredients. Enjoy!

Lemon-Herbed Chicken

 –Use it on pizza, pasta, in salads, or serve it straight from the grill.

  • Juice of one lemon (~3 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (~ 2-3 medium-large cloves)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ – ½  tsp pepper (use white for a new flair)
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tbsp ground sage
  • 1 lb chicken breasts

Marinate the chicken overnight. If I’m using this for a pizza or salad, I dice the raw chicken and marinate it that way. If it’s diced it has more surface area to marinate and then you can get away with only marinating it for 8 or so hours. You can grill this indoors or outdoors, or use a skillet.