Bikini ready in May!

It is the beginning of a new month and you know what that means! New challenge pack promotions and a new online challenge group getting ready to start up! Let me help you get bikini ready in May for summer! Keep reading for May 2015 Challenge Pack Specials!

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INSANITY MAX:30™ and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $180 USD (normally $205 USD).
INSANITY MAX:30™ Kickstart and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $220 USD (normally $245 USD). – includes 3 day refresh

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Body Beast® and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $140 USD (normally $160 USD).

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PiYo® and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $140 USD (normally $160 USD).
PiYo® Kickstart and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $180 USD (normally $205 USD). – includes 3 day refresh

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Ultimate Reset® and Shakeology Challenge Pack: Only $275 USD (normally $305 USD

 

I’m so excited about all of these challenge packs! Remember when you order a challenge pack you save $30-$90 dollars! Other benefits of challenge packs include:

  1. The Beachbody Workout Fitness Program of your choice
  2. 30 Day supply of Shakeology Packs (our super nutrition food shake) shipped directly to your door.
  3. Free 30-Day Beachbody Club Trial Membership (you can cancel anytime) – this includes beachbody on demand!
  4. Free Shipping
  5. Free Coaching (from me! This is where the challenge groups come in!)

To apply for my next challenge group starting soon fill out the form below! Hurry space is limited and time is running out!

 

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Healthy Mexican Pizza

Yesterday I had a craving, one of those cravings from your childhood. When my sister and I were little our mom used to make us “oven cheese crisps”. Basically she buttered up a tortilla, baked it until crispy, added a bunch of cheese and baked it some more until bubbly. Delicious! But not a real grown up meal or real nutritious. So, I decided to “grow up” my craving, and Healthy Mexican Pizza was born!

Healthy Mexican Pizza

Yield: 1

Healthy Mexican Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 small tortilla
  • 1 oz shredded cheese
  • 3 oz cooked shredded chicken
  • veggies of choice
  • For serving
  • salsa
  • light sourcream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to "low" broil or 400F
  2. Place tortilla on baking sheet and bake, flipping occassionally, until golden and crisp
  3. Arrange chicken and veggies on tortilla and top with cheese
  4. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted

Notes

I heated my chicken first because I found that it doesn't get warm enough if I don't.

http://abbysilerfitness.com/healthy-mexican-pizza/

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy the new recipe!

Your friend,

Abby

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4 things to do at night to help you lose weight

Everyone has been there. Looking for ways to lose weight. I have 4 things to do at night to help you lose weight. Weight loss doesn’t happen over night, it is a long, slow process. But there are a few things that I do every night to keep me on track and help me reach my goals

 

 Pack Your Lunch

Not planning ahead is one of the biggest causes of weight gain. Instead of going hungry and grabbing whatever you can get your hands on by the time lunch rolls around, pack yourself your lunch. If you do it the night before, you avoid the morning rush stress or forgoing it altogether. Now since I go home over lunch I don’t pack it the night before completely. I do pack my husbands lunch at night though. I take lunches a step further in terms of ease. I have several recipes that I will rotate cooking on the weekends and portion out to freeze for lunches. I don’t do a huge meal prep day or anything like that. I just cook one of these meals and add it to the freezer. This way I don’t spend the whole weekend cooking and I am still able to keep my freezer stocked with pre-portioned healthy meals! I will be posting these recipes over the next few weeks.

Put Breakfast in a Bag

Same idea as packing your lunch the night before – why not pack your breakfast? If you are a breakfast eater it makes this so much more simple. However, if you have your Shakeology for breakfast, better not make it at night. It is so quick just make it in the morning. However if you use fruit in your Shakeology portion it out for the freezer in little baggies so it is a grab and blend kind of thing too!

 Prep Your Gym Bag/Lay out your workout clothes

Do your workout gear round up the night before and have it ready to go in the morning. Workouts are more likely to happen if you deliberately take the time to prep for them. Plus, if you make this a habit every night before a workout, you’re more likely to get in the habit of a regular exercise routine. I sleep in my workout clothes since I’m an early riser and workout first thing in the morning. It takes out a step at 5:00 in the morning so I have less to think about and can just get my butt downstairs for my workout!

Chop Chop

Prep your veggies for dinner the night before! You did such an awesome job eating right all day, so don’t ruin it by coming home at night starving and throwing together a quick and probably not-so-healthy meal. Also defrost any food on a plate in the fridge the night prior so you don’t have to wait on it!

 

That’s it! If you want more great tips and advice for healthy living and clean eating join one of my online challenge groups. Apply below!

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Clean Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce

A Clean Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Source: www.simplecleanliving.com

Course: Sauces

Cuisine: Mexican

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 10 Min

Total Time: 15 Min

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp *brown rice flour (gluten free) or wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz. tomato paste organic preferred
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Directions

  1. In saucepan add olive oil, flour and chili powder and stir to mix.
  2. Add the water, tomato paste and remaining seasonings and stir until tomato paste is fully blended.
  3. Heat through fully.

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Homemade applesauce and apple chips

A couple of weeks ago J and I spent some time making homemade applesauce and apple chips. We had added on to our bountiful basket 40 pounds of Braeburn apples (my favorite). They were HUGE, gorgeous and very, very tasty. We decided that the two of us obviously couldn’t eat 40 pounds of apples before they went bad so we decided to break out the dehydrator to make some apple “chips”. Out came the mandolin slicer to cut them into 3/8″ slices and then dried them at 135 degrees for about 10 hours. We then turned the dehydrator off and left them to cool overnight. They are so crispy and wonderfully delicious!Apple Chips

Next I decided to try out making some homemade applesauce and canning it. I followed the recipe from the Detoxinista. It is a slow cooker applesauce recipe with no added sugar! Prior to putting the apples into the slow cooker I added them to a solution of 4 cups water with 1 tsp citric acid to prevent browning and preserve the apples some. After cooking it in the slow cooker I added 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and used an immersion blender to coarsely chop the apples. Then with the slow cooker on warm I ladled the sauce into prepared canning jars and processed both pints and quarts for 20 minutes in a boiling water bath as per the ball canning website instructions for applesauce! This is by far the best applesauce I think I’ve ever had. However, I have only ever had store-bought up until this point! Besides being delicious it was also very easy to make and can while not being too time consuming!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! Copycat Shamrock Shake!

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Today I have a Copycat Shamrock Shake recipe for you. You know the shake that I’m talking about, the big green one from McDonalds that everyone can’t seem to get enough of!? Well I decided to make my own healthier version of it. I actually have to admit something, I’ve never had the real one from McDonalds….I know I know some will think that is crazy. But it just never seemed like something I had to have, unlike the fall favorite at starbucks, the Pumpkin Spice latte. A lot of the recipes out there that I found used Greenberry shakeology. First off, I don’t have any of the greenberry on hand and second I feel like it is a flavor that isn’t quite as popular as your vanilla is. Plus you can always sub just plain ol’ vanilla protein powder in for shakeology if in a pinch. Granted you won’t be getting near the amount of awesome dense nutrition as you would with Shakeology but it is still better than the junk shake you would get at McDonalds. Okay here is the recipe!

 

Copycake Shamrock shake

Copycake Shamrock shake

Healthy Copycat Protein Shamrock Shake
1 scoop vanilla shakeology (or protein powder)
1 cup milk of choice
1 cup ice
1/8 tsp mint extract
handful of spinach for the green color (can also use food coloring)
1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice (honey etc)

Blend and enjoy!

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Weekend Meal Prep

Over the last couple of days I did a HUGE weekend meal prep. I had started slacking off on having pre-portioned healthy meals ready to go. Usually I will do a huge cooking weekend to get stocked up and then every weekend I will prep one recipe to add to the ones that I have in the freezer so we don’t run out. This also helps with decreased amount of time in the kitchen each weekend prepping meals! Here is the breakdown of what I made this weekend with recipes linked! As a side note I decided to use ground chicken instead of beef or turkey to simplify and reduce cost of the meals! I grind my own chicken at home with my Kitchenaid stand mixer which is amazing! Okay here goes!

Chicken Pad Thai – forgot to take a picture of this!

BLT turkey/chicken meatballs from The Perfect Pantry meatball Cookbook

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Taco Meatballs (made with ground chicken)

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Chile Garlic shrimp with Brown Rice

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Healthy Chicken and Rice Enchilada Casserole

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Clean Meal Planning

Hello all of the beautiful people out there! Today is Friday which means it is meal planning day in my house! I only work a half day on Fridays so this is the day that works best for me to get organized and ready for the next week. With planning the next week on a Friday I am able to use the weekend to prep anything that I might need done ahead of time for the week as well as get my shopping in. It is also the day that I get my Bountiful Basket every other week and therefore I can plan my week around the produce I get from there! Remember that the key to success is to plan ahead! Failure to plan is Planning to fail!! Okay off my soap-box.  I base all of my (most since I follow the 80/20 rule) food off of this awesome little powerhouse of a book. tosca-reno-eat-clean-diet

If you are unfamiliar with the principles behind clean eating do some research. The basic jist is this…eat less processed food and more fresh food. Sounds like a good plan right? I try to eat 3 meals with 2 snacks each day. I am for 6 servings of fruits/veggies, 6 servings of protein, and 3-4 servings of complex carbs. I count some fruits and veggies as my complex carb like sweet potatoes and bananas. If you want more details I highly recommend Tosca’s book! I also love her “just the rules” book as well!

Here is what next week’s meals look like for me. I workout at 5:30 every morning so my pre-workout snack is the first meal and then I have my “big” breakfast after my workout. Keep in mind that it is ideal to eat every 2-3 hours to keep you metabolism up!

 2-17-15 meal plan

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Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower – Healthy!

Last night I tried out a new recipe on the husband, cheesy mashed cauliflower only healthy….I was skeptical I have to admit. The recipe that I followed actually called it Skinny Mashed Cauliflower and said it was a mashed potato substitute. Mine didn’t turn out quite like mashed potatoes but it was de-lish non the less. The recipe is from www.skinnymom.com and it was fabulous! I absolutely loved it and so did the husband. I’m not a huge cauliflower fan but this was amazing. Okay now that I’ve gone on and on and on about it here is the recipe!

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Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Source: www.skinnymom.com

Course: Side Dishes

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 35 Min

Total Time: 40 Min

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower trimmed
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 
  • 2 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut cauliflower heads to florets. Boil on medium-high heat with chicken broth and water until VERY soft (about 10-15 minutes), stir occasionally.
  3. Drain and return to pan. Mash well (to desired level of smoothness) and stir in remaining ingredients. (I kept mine a little more chunky and loved it)
  4. Put into a round 1½ quart baking dish (I used mini-casserole dishes for picture purposes), cover and bake for 20 minutes.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 87
Fat: 3
Sugar: 2
Carbohydrate: 9
Fiber: 3
Protein: 5

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We paired this with a side salad and some turkey meatloaf and it made for a great cold weather comfort food meal that was satisfying and healthy! I hope you enjoy it!

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New Year New You – Bountiful Basket

I am so excited! The husband and I went to pick up our first Bountiful Basket last night! I first learned about Bountiful Baskets a couple of years ago but at the time they weren’t available in my area. I randomly decided last week to start looking into food co-ops again and found out that they are now in our area. eek! I was super excited. What are bountiful baskets you ask?

From their website:

Each week different items will be in the Bountiful Basket! We base the basket contents on what is in season, high quality, good value, and local. We generally have 6 fruit items & 6 vegetable items. We focus on what would be well received in our homes, and the extensive surveys we’ve done with participants over the past 5 years to know what families eat.

Bountiful baskets is a volunteer based organization meaning you get more for your money since no one is paid to work.

So what are my thoughts on the basket? I’m glad you asked. First of all there is quite a bit of produce in the basket for this week. My main concern was that there would be a lot of produce in there that I wouldn’t like since I am a fairly picky eater. Thankfully that isn’t the case. I had a couple of items in there that I don’t usually use so  it  will force me out of my comfort zone a little  but not too much!  I know I know, I’m sort of a little kid.  I’m trying though!!

 

Okay so now for the good stuff. PICTURES!  I know I get a little excited about pictures but this is what I got in my basket this week.

 

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Here is all the food in the basket!

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Some lettuce and rhubarb (one of those outside my comfort zone)

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Strawberries and blueberries

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Yellow bell peppers and broccoli

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Spaghetti squash and red potatoes

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Finally 8 oranges (they are delicious oranges), 3 grapefruit, and 4 Fuji apples!

 

All in all I think we got a great deal! Lots of produce for not very much  money! That’s a win in my book.

 

 

To start the new year off right I am having a free healthy eating and fitness challenge group that lasts 21 days. If you are interested and want more details comment below!

 

~ Abby

 

 

 

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