Friday, January 30, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme – A Sneak Peek at Beachbody’s New Workout




It's time to get seriously shredded! 
Celebrity trainer and national bikini competitor Autumn Calabrese has combined simple eating with extreme fitness to help people shred up and shed off those final pounds with 21 Day Fix EXTREME. 





What is 21 Day Fix EXTREME? 

  • A 21-day program that features simple portion control and clean eating.
  • Extreme 30-minute workouts. 
  • The portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of how much you should eat. 
  • The Eating Plan will tell you exactly what to eat and when—and how to eat cleaner than ever. 
  • This is how you get seriously shredded in 21 days. 




What's included in the Essential Kit? 
  • 7 color-coded portion-control containers. 
  • 25-oz Shakeology shaker cup. 
  • 6 high-intensity 30-minute workouts. 
  • Start Here trifold, featuring quickstart guide and workout calendar. 
  • 21 Day Fix EXTREME Eating Plan. 
  • Countdown to Competition: Autumn's own competition nutrition plan for getting stage-ready and ripped in 21 days. 
  • When purchased through me you will get a Bonus workout: Dirty 30 Extreme


What types of workouts are included?

  • PiYo Fix Extreme: An explosive lower-body workout that uses jumping and resistance to torch calories and sculpt muscles.
  • Upper Fix Extreme: By alternating opposing muscle groups, this no-rest upper-body workout will shred the chest, back, shoulders, and arms. 
  • Pilates Fix Extreme: Using a resistance band for every exercise, this intense mat workout works the entire body, placing 
    emphasis on the core.
  • Lower Fix Extreme: Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves will get stronger, leaner, and more defined with 30 minutes of challenging resistance work.
  • Cardio Fix Extreme: Combining weighted cardio moves with traditional metabolic training intervals keeps the heart rate soaring.
  • Dirty 30 Extreme *BONUS DVD WHEN ORDERD THROUGH ME*: Using only seven compound moves focusing on multiple body parts at a time, this workout will burn extra calories while defining muscles. Get down and dirty, and get it done.
  • Yoga Fix Extreme: A fast-paced flow yoga class, combining strength, balance, flexibility, and power. 
  • Power Strength Extreme: Based on functional movement patterns, these nine total-body exercises will change the way the body moves, increasing strength, endurance, and power.
  • ABC Extreme: A 30-minute workout that targets common problem areas by pushing abs, butt, and cardio to the extreme.  It'll get that competition body ready for the stage.
  • The Fix Challenge: Keep things interesting and burn off calories with this quick resistance workout.

Is the 21 Day Fix Extreme for you?
  • Do you get impatient and want to get serious results?
  • Do you hate making longtime commitments or have tried and failed at longer, more complicated diet plans?
  • Are serious about your nutrition and fitness?
  • Are you ready to take your workouts to a new level?
  • Do you have a short-term weight-loss deadline, or need a final push to achieve the hardbody they've always wanted? 
If you answered yes to some or any of these....  
This program could be for you!


When is the 21 Day Fix Extreme available?
The 21 Day Fix EXTREME will be available to purchase on February 2nd 2015. If you are interested I would love to have you in my February 9th challenge group!  Please fill out an application here.  As soon as I receive your application I will add you to my list of contacts to receive ordering information when it becomes available.









Monday, January 26, 2015

BAKED AVOCADO FRIES

Baked Avocado Fries


If you love avocados this recipe will NOT disappoint you!  
This was super easy and delicious. A fun alternative to fries.



Ingredients
  • 4 avocados, pits removed and cut into slices
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1¼ cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sauce
  • ⅓ cup mayo
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

    Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Add flour to a zip lock bag. Add avocado slices, seal, and shake to coat avocados in flour.
  3. Remove avocados from the bag and discard the bag with excess flour.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together eggs and water. In a separate bowl whisk together bread crumbs, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt.
  5. Dip flour-coated avocado slices into the egg wash. Next, toss them into the crumb mixture being sure to coat well.
  6. Place coated avocados in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crispy and browned.
  7. While avocado fries and baking, blend all sauce ingredients together.
  8. Serve avocado fries warm with dipping sauce. Enjoy!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

 SWEET POTATO BROWNIE BITES



ooooh my goodness!!! how cute are these brownie bites.  
Here is an easy way to enjoy your brownies without all the calories.  Recipe is from the chew - daphine oz! Click here for the video on how to make them:  
     
    ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/3 cup hot coffee
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ·2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place a large sweet potato in a microwave and cook on high for 5 to 7 minutes or until completely softened. Scoop out of the flesh and discard the skin. Set aside 1 cup of flesh.
  3. Place the mini chocolate chips in a bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the chocolate chips and stir to melt the chocolate. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the reserved sweet potato, butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine. Then add the chocolate coffee mixture to the sweet potato mixture and stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the sweet potato mixture and stir just to combine.
  6. Using a mini cupcake tin, fill the cups 3/4 of the way with brownie mixture. Place in the oven to bake for 8 minutes.

      Tips
       - Heat up leftover coffee or espresso.
       - Alternatively, roast the sweet potato until fork tender, for a sweeter, 
         more developed flavor.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Healthy Baking Substitutions


Love baking and sweet treats but don’t want to add inches to your waistline? 
Try these easy swaps to lighten your favorite baked goods.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Italian Chicken Bake

                                 Italian Chicken Bake





This delicious and easy to make dinner is sure to satisfy your family!  
Special thanks to the pinning mama for this recipe!

Ingredients
  • 3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4-6 Tablespoons Prepared Pesto
  • 1-2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Trim the chicken and lay them in a glass baking dish in a single layer.
  2. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of the pesto on top of each chicken breast.
  3. Cut the roma tomatoes into slices approx 1/2" thick and lay 2 slices on top of each chicken breast.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the chicken breasts.
  5. Bake at 400?F for 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is done and the juices run clear.
  6. Serve over a bed of rice or a plate of pasta. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Transformation Tuesday


 I am beyond speechless.  This girl has taken control of her health and fitness.  She hit a wall and was READY to CHANGE.  I am so glad we found each other and have become such great friends.  She has taken her journey one step further and has become a health and fitness coach as well!  I couldn't be more proud of you!!!  

This lovely lady lost a whooping 25lbs and 10" on the 21 Day Fix & Shakeology.  This is PROOF that portion control, clean eating and 30 minute workouts WILL get you RESULTS!  No more spending endless hours at the gym working out and eating a 1200 calorie diet.  

Let’s face it… we all want FAST results.  We wish that magic pill worked overnight.  Well IT DOES NOT!   We want things right now and losing weight doesn’t happen that way.  It takes hard work, dedication and a PLAN to do it.  If you are not already working with a health and fitness coach please contact me.  I would love to help you stay motivated and accountable!  I can help you pick out that PLAN for you!

Stop waiting for tomorrow.  Take some time today and ask yourself why wait?  Why not get onto a healthy clean eating and workout plan before Summer hits?  If you are ready to join a challenge group and take charge please fill out an application here.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cauliflower Breadsticks



Ohhh my goodness.  Does it seriously get any better?  For any of you who have had my cauliflower pizza you know this is going to be AMAZING!  If you loved the cauliflower pizza I recommend making a double or triple batch right off the bat!  I found this recipe on www.ifoodreal.com and cannot thank them enough for it!  Thanks guys!



Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, large (7" - 8" wide)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup + 3/4 cup (for topping) Mozzarella/Tex Mex cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning or any dried herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse cauliflower, remove outer leaves and separate into florets with a paring knife. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process until "rice" texture. Some coarse chunks are fine.
  2. Place in an oven proof baking dish (I used a pyrex dish) and bake for 20 mins. Remove cooked cauliflower from the oven and transfer to a bowl lined with a tea/linen towel (I used glass tea towel from a Dollar store, similar to this one). Let the cauliflower cool down a bit until it is safe to touch, about 15 minutes.
  3. Fold the towel holding by the ends and squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower "ball" as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out. I squeezed out 1 cup of liquid. Second photo, from right to left: before squeezing, after squeezing, liquid squeezed out.
  4. Increase oven T to 450 degrees F. Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl along with egg whites, 1/2 cup cheese, herb seasoning, black pepper, pinch of salt and mix to combine.
  5. Transfer cauliflower mixture onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten with your hands into a rectangle, approximately 9" x 7" size and 1/4" thick.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes, remove from the oven and top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes and then broil until cheese turns golden brown. Cut into 12 breadsticks and serve hot with warm marinara sauce, if desired. P.S. For a lighter version, do not top with cheese.

Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days. You can also freeze the breadsticks tightly wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 month. Thaw on a counter or in a microwave.

Nutritional Info (no cheese topping) Servings Per Recipe: 12  Amount Per Serving = 1 breadstick:         Calories: 33.3   Total Fat: 0.9 g    Cholesterol: 2.5 mg   Sodium: 48.4 mg   Total Carbs: 3.8 g                             Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g  Protein: 3.1 g

Nutritional Info (with cheese)  Servings Per Recipe: 12  Amount Per Serving = 1 breadstick:                      Calories: 53.0  Total Fat: 2.2 g   Cholesterol: 6.2 mg   Sodium: 107.6 mg   Total Carbs: 3.8 g                          Dietary Fiber: 1.7 gProtein: 4.9 g

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Accountability Time





I want you to know that I DID NOT make a new years resolution this year.  I have in the past and I have always failed at sticking to my plan.  I made a lifestyle change last year in the Summer of 2014. For those of you who do not know my entire story please read it here. In a nutshell I went from having horrible anxiety and on medication to lowering my cholesterol, working out and being off my medication!  I became a health and fitness coach and took on my own goals for changing my weight and health.  So far I have lost 20lbs and a ton of inches (lost count!)  I lowered my cholesterol (see how I did that here) and have more muscle tone in my body then I have every had in my life (hubby can vouch for that one - ha).  


I have some big goals and it is not because it's January.  I have a trip coming up in March and I want to look and feel confident in sleeveless dresses and a bathing suit.  I am working out to Insanity Max 30 and will be pushing harder then ever before.  I am tired of my jeans fitting tight and I DO NOT want to buy more clothing.  I am TIRED of wearing leggings and feeling that that "LEGGING" is my paint size.  I am READY for this.  I am READY to step it UP A NOTCH! 



So it is accountability time for me.  I have seen these types of accountability jars before and really decided I needed to do this.  I am very visual so even on days I may feel good I can still look at these two jars sitting above my kitchen sink and say I SEE PROGRESS and I STILL NEED TO PUSH HARD!  So along with my challenge groups this is what is keeping me accountable each and every day!




Supplies Needed to Make Accountability Jars:
2 small glass vases or jars 
Chalk board stickers (or any other type of sticker or sticker letters)
Chalk
Stones

I bought all these items at my local craft store!  Some I had already in my craft bin.  If your struggling for accountability make these crafty little guys.  They take just a few minutes!  If you do please share them with me! I would LOVE to see them.

Are you stuck at a weight loss plateau or need to get into a better and healthier routine? WANT TO JOIN ME IN MY ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM?  Please message me!  I will work with you one on one and will help you pick the perfect fitness and nutrition plan for you!

Contact me today!  I would LOVE to hear from you!