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Monday, 22 January 2018

Sweet Potato Chicken Wraps



These simple lettuce wraps pack a punch of flavor with the Basil Drizzle and Sweet Potato Filling!  Not only are they tasty but they are a quick and healthy dinner.  We made them last week and they are back on the menu for this week too.  

I prep all the filling ingredients on Sunday so that these can be a super quick dinner any night of the week.  I added two chicken breasts and two sweet potatoes to a lined baking sheet to cook, let cool and prepare.  Then both the chopped chicken and the pealed mashed sweet potato get stored in the fridge until needed, so this dinner goes together in no time at all.  

The Basil Drizzle is simple but packs a surprising amount of flavor and adds a great dimension to this dish. 

I've been having fun sharing my daily meals over on Instagram and Facebook Stories not to mention Snapchat!  So if you are over there please check them out!  Lots of meal inspiration, and a more real look into my life day to day.... kids, dog, crazy cat, work, food, workouts you name it!  It's all happening on stories! 

Sweet Potato Chicken Wraps with Basil Drizzle

Ingredients

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar 
1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. raw honey
¼ cup fresh or dry basil leaves
½ tsp. + 1 dash Himalayan sea salt (divided use)
½ tsp. + 1 dash ground black pepper (divided use) 
8 large Lettuce wraps (collard green leaves, butter lettuce) 
2 cups mashed cooked sweet potato (approx. 2 small) 
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. melted ghee (organic grass-fed, if possible) 
3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless 
1 cup chopped bell peppers 
½ cup chopped tomato 

Directions


Basil Drizzle



Place oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, basil, 1 dash salt, and 1 dash pepper in blender; cover. 
Blend until smooth. Set aside. 


Lettuce Wraps


Remove Lettuce leaves from stalk or remove stem from each collard green leaf where it touches base of leaf. For Collard green leaves, pare down remaining stem with a vegetable peeler until it is flush with rest of leaf. Set aside. 

Combine sweet potatoes, ghee, remaining ½ tsp. salt and remaining ½ tsp. pepper in a large bowl if hot already.  If prepared ahead and potatoes are chilled, warm them on the stove top for 3-5 minutes; mix well. 

Add chicken, to the sweet potato mixture.  I did this in my frying pan as both my chicken and sweet potatoes were prepared ahead of time and were cold.  Heat both up and then combine.  



Lay out prepared lettuce leaves (dark green side down if using Collard Green leaves). Evenly top each leaf with (approx. 2⁄3 cup) sweet potato mixture.

Top Sweet potato mixture with bell peppers and tomato 5. 

Drizzle a little of the Basil dressing onto each leaf, or reserve it to dip in later. 

Roll up each leaf like a burrito. 

Prep Notes: 


I baked both my chicken and Sweet Potatoes on Sunday during my meal prep and then pulled it all out, warmed it up in the frying pan and prepared this dinner super quick!  

To prepare sweet potatoes in advance, pierce whole sweet potatoes multiple times with a fork and bake at 425ยบ F for 40 minutes, or until soft to the center. 

Bake chicken prior to preparing your meal, slice and store in the fridge until ready to use.  

Saturday, 13 January 2018

80 Day Obsession Meal Planner








Meal Planning and Prep is in FULL SWING at our place to prepare for Monday!!  There is nothing like starting a BRAND NEW program to get me motivated and excited!  Plus there is just something about a brand new meal plan to get us re-engaged and focused on nutrition!  The timed nutrition plan from 80 Day Obsession is what we will be following for the next 3 months and I couldn't be more excited to really dig into a longer program like this!  

I have built in layers of accountability for myself during this challenge to help me stick to it and really stay focused.  My own Accountability group is in full swing and every one of them are super excited and meal prepping this weekend along with me! But then I also have the Exclusive Coach Test group with the Trainer Autumn Calabrese that we will be hearing from daily!  She goes live in the group to tell us what we need to know, address any questions and gives us lots of tips and tricks too!  

That group inspired me to create these super simple meal planner sheets for my Accountability Group and of course myself because I NEED to keep things simple when prepping each week and I don't want to spend hours every week to figure things out.  

I posted my sheets into the Test group and had SO many people requesting a copy that I decided to build one for every Plan not just the ones we are doing to help everyone out!  

I gotta admit I'm kind of a nerd about worksheets and excel so this was a fun project for me... although I prob had better things to be doing with my time.... oh well!!  

I think in going through creating these sheets I really understand the nutrition plan so much better now too :)  


If you are following 80 Day Obsession and would like to grab a copy of any of the Meal planners here are the google docs links to each of the Plans:

 80 Day Obsession Meal Planner - Plan A


Hope they help and have fun!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies







I picked up some almond flour for another recipe I was making last week and felt inspired to make some cookies with it as well. We had a few sick kid days at home last week as Fraser had a bad cough, so I was able to get some time in the kitchen!!  I’m happy to report that the boys REALLY liked these Almond flour Cookies...And even asked for 2nds and 3rds!!!  They have been a nice yet mostly healthy treat to have in the cookie jar!   

I found that the ones that were slightly softer and almost under cooked had a slightly better texture once they cooled down.  The second batch that went into the oven stayed in a little longer and was a little more golden brown, but while they were still just as delish, I will say that the slightly under-cooked ones were just a little better days later!  

I posted this recipe to my facebook profile and several of my friends made a batch in no time flat!!  From the sounds of things the recipe got good reviews across the board!!  I know Almond flour isn't cheap so wasting it on a recipe that might work or could flop is an expensive experiment but you can be confident knowing that this recipe has been tried and tested!  Yay!!

P.S. if you are following the portion fix, one cookie counts as 1 Yellow container.  The Recipe makes 24 cookies :)

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

3 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 cup organic melted coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2 large egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 375
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix and set aside.
Add all wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
Add wet mixture to Almond mixture and mix to combine.
Add chocolate chips and mix until blended throughout.
Drop by rounded tablespoons into prepared baking sheets.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Calming Galaxy Bathbombs




With a calming blend of frankincense, lavender, chamomile & ylang ylang these fun looking bath bombs make a fun and thoughtful gift for anyone on your list!  We made these as teacher gifts this year! But I've started making bath bombs for both the kids and myself as well because we have all grown to love having a bath bomb in the tub with us, but man can they be pricey!  

I have really taken to making Muscle Relaxing Bath Bombs with Epsom Salts and essential oils like Eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint.  These really help after a tough workout. 



I found a recipe on pinterest that I've been tweaking to find the perfect consistency and order of ingredients so that they turn out just right.  I think I've finally got it figured out so I'm sharing it with you in case you want to try it out for yourself or have a last minute gift to give!  

A note on where I found ingredients since that was my biggest hurtle in getting started.... Citric Acid can be found at Bulk Barn or Amazon. It's far cheaper on amazon especially if you get the 2 pound bag which I suggest as you will use it up experimenting. Bulk barn has it in a small bottle or you can get a 1 pound bag but it's a bit more pricey.  Amazon seemed to take longer to ship Citric Acid then the usual 2 day Prime shipping time, so if you are in a rush to get started I'd suggest picking some up at the store. 




You can also create more variety and fun in your Bath Bombs by finding some Liquid Soap Colours on Amazon.  The grocery store only has a few options for food colours where as purchasing Liquid soap colourings online gives you far more options and it mixes in better too. 





Calming Galaxy Bath Bombs

Ingredients



1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup melted coconut oil
8-10 drops of essential oil(s) - I used a blend of frankincense, lavender, chamomile & ylang ylang for this one

Bathbomb molds or Silicone molds




Directions


  1. In a BIG bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients (citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch) and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine your oils. While stirring, gradually add these to the bowl of dry ingredients. If you pour too quickly, the liquid will create a reaction with the citric acid. If that happens quickly mix it in and cover the oils with the dry mixture.
  3. Use your hands to knead everything together inside of the bowl until your ingredients start to clump together. The result should feel almost like damp sand while building a sandcastle.
  4. Separate your mixture into smaller bowls depending on how many colours you will be using. For the Galaxy Bath Bombs I had 4 colours, Black, Peach, Purple and Aqua, but if you are using just one colour it is easier to mix the colour into the oil and add it in at the same time.
  5. Mix the colour into bath bomb mixture well. We found that using a fork worked best but you can use your hands too if you don't mind getting colouring on your hands.
  6. Scoop the prepared mixture into whichever mold you’re using, and pack it down tight. The back of a spoon works perfectly to press your mixture in place. Make sure to mound it up so that when you place the two halves of the bath bomb together it binds.
  7. For multi coloured Bath Bombs like the Galaxy ones you will want to alternate colours to get the desired effect. It's fun to play with the techniques here, so have fun with it!
  8. Let your bath bombs dry for at least 24 hours, and they’ll be ready to go!
  9. I packaged mine into small baggies with zip tops to keep them fresh until use.

Note: There are so many options for molds you can use, from muffin tins to the bath bomb molds. I found mine on Amazon and I love how easy they are and how perfectly they turn out. The ones I got came with 6 Molds which is nice because having only 2 or 3 wouldn't be enough when making a big batch. I like to let them sit in the mold for a little bit before taking them out so having several allows me to do that without needing them to make another bath bomb.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My Unicorn Project

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Unicorns are the master of "transformation” giving us the power to "believe" anything is possible . . . The Unicorn gives us the "eyes to see" those possibilities, and "the wisdom" to take advantage of them.

I am SO excited about my next big project because for 80 days we are going to be working on ourselves, for ourselves, together inside my private fit community.  But more than that we will be doing something we have NEVER DONE BEFORE.... our workouts are going to be LIVE.  With each workout being released the day we are to do it, we will all be following along together, checking in and doing the days live workout!  AND each workout is unique, that's right 80 DIFFERENT workouts!  I can't wait!!!  

And even better we are going to be following a specifically calibrated macro-nutrition plan that is TIMED so you will never have to guess WHEN to eat your carbs, protein etc.  You will know!!

••Introducing••

The Unicorn Project!


I am launching my BRAND NEW PROGRAM January 15!!! This is completely different from any of the programs we have seen and is guaranteed to...turn heads?!


So here's the deal:
It's an 80 DAY LONG no bs program, that will make you feel A-MAZ-ING. We will competition train using weights, no boring cardio.  And YOU CHOOSE -- either you do at the gym or from home <-- we will stream the trainer to where you are!

What you get:

  • 80 Days of Workouts -- you don't do the same one twice 
  • A specifically calibrated macro-nutrition plan that is TIMED! In other words, I tell you EXACTLY what macros to eat and WHEN for max results! No guessing.
  • Color Coded portion control containers...no counting calories or grams.
  • Equipment! Because you don't get the butt you want on a treadmill.
  • An app to help you track your food and your workouts, set daily reminders and watch your progress!
  • One on One Coaching from MOI 
  • My High-Vibe #BodTribeBabes Community that WILL NOT let you fail. 
  • A free t-shirt and prizes
  • And because this really does work, a money back guarantee ๐Ÿ˜‰ nothing to lose, just a booty and confidence to gain.
Spots will be LIMITED to 30 women so I can provide one on one support. This program is AMAZING for breaking those plateaus! To snag one of the spots fill out the form: Unicorn Project Application  or email me!

What you need to know:

Our 14 Day Unicorn Prep Group will begin on January 1st! We will get our Nutrition back on track and Prep our bodies for the longer workouts to come.
The 80 Day Unicorn Project will officially begin January 15th which we will begin together live as the workouts are released each day!!

Apply Below!!


Unicorn Project Application

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Sweet Potato Hamburger One Pot Dinner

Sweet Potato Cheeseburger Casserole




This grain free casserole fuses your favorite cheeseburger fixings with fresh veggies for a lighter, healthier meal. I add a sprinkle of cheese to the top and the whole family LOVES it!

We have made this dinner 3 times now and everyone really enjoys it. It gives you that hearty home cooked casserole feel yet it's healthy and full of veggies too! I like to add white cheddar to the top of it and allow it to melt before serving and if we have green onion and tomato to add to the top it's even better! You can easily take this cheeseburger casserole recipe up a notch and add your favorite burger toppings like bacon or avocado the options are endless!

The best part is that we always have enough left overs for lunch the next day and it heats up beautifully. I'll say it doesn't' look beautiful but it sure tastes great!

Sweet Potato Cheeseburger One Pot Dinner

Ingredients
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, spiralized
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ½ t garlic powder
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • ½ t chili powder
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Chopped tomatoes. grated white cheddar cheese and green onion to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  • Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion, carrot and celery. Cook for 3 minutes until onion is translucent and veggies are softened.
  • Increase heat to high and add ground beef.

  • Cook for 5 minutes, breaking meat up as it cooks, until beef has browned and is no longer pink. Add oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Stir in the chicken stock and the crushed tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer; add spiralized sweet potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes until sweet potatoes are slightly softened and sauce is reduced.

  • Remove from heat and top with grated cheese, chopped tomatoes and spring onions. Serve warm.

Recipe Modified from: Paleohacks

Monday, 4 December 2017

Energy & Mood Boosting Foods





It's 3:00 pm, you have been sitting in front of a computer screen ALL day and your energy is at an all time low. Unfortunately, your work day may be coming to an end but chances are you have a whole lot to do in the evening. Once you make it through the heavy traffic, you still have to cook dinner, take care of the pets, kids, household chores, maybe even race off to kids activities or other commitments. But the truth is most of us just want to crash on the couch instead. 

Fatigue especially in the winter months wreaks havoc on your precious immune system and also takes a toll on you physically and emotionally.  So it's super important that we fuel our bodies the right way and boost our mood and energy naturally instead of turning to caffeine and sugary snacks.  Not only will those just slow you down and leave you more tired in the long run, but they aren't doing your immunity any favors.  Here are a few Mood and Energy boosting foods that you can incorporate into your routine to give your body the natural boost it needs in the winter months. 

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Turmeric is an antioxidant-rich root that boosts dopamine and serotonin levels. A 2015 study found that curcumin, the primary antioxidant component in turmeric, not only boosted cognitive function but also improved mood in study participants. Curcumin is best absorbed when combined with black pepper.




Salmon is a great source of the energy-boosting goodness that has omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for energy production, brain activity and circulation. Fish is often referred to as “brain food” because it supplies essential fats that allow brain membranes to perform at peak level, which is key for the regulation of mood. Try out this Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon recipe to add more Salmon to the menu this week!

Halva

Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps control your stress response. If you like sesame, you don’t have to limit yourself to eating just the seeds, since they are used to make other tasty and nutritious products, including tahini and halvah (one of my fav sweet treats).


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Bananas are one of the world’s best foods for supplying your body with energy. Rich in potassium and B vitamins, they can provide your body with a more sustained release of energy. The supply of vitamins and carbohydrates in bananas make you feel full, help slow down digestion and keep blood sugar levels stable.Try making these Power Bananas for a quick and yummy snack!


Oatmeal Tucking into a bowl of oatmeal not only feels good this time of year but it’s also good for your immune system. This fibre rich food has something called “microbiota-accessible carbs” which help the Gut Microbiota! 75% of our bodies defense is in your gut so what we eat has a huge impact on our overall health and immunity! Try this Apple and Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal Recipe.

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Yogurt & other fermented foods are rich in probiotics to help promote a healthy gut. A 2013 study from UCLA found that women who had eaten probiotic-rich yogurt twice a day for 4 weeks showed a significant decrease in brain activity in the neural networks that help control emotional and sensory behavior. The study authors concluded that the connection between your brain and your gut goes both ways – and what you eat impacts your brain’s sensory processing and emotion. 

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Coconut The oils that are found in coconut provide a super nutritious source of energy as it primarily consists of medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy rather than store it as fat. That’s what we want! Coconut is an awesome food to prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout the day too. Try making these Healthy Cranberry Bliss Bars!
Hawaii 5-0 Rainbow Acai Bowl recipe

Acai, the purple berry found in Brazil and other southern climates, may be one of the best at fighting the oxidative stress that can come from a winter-impaired immune system. In a recent study, researchers demonstrated how acai beats such supplements as vitamins, coenzyme Q10 and lutein in maintaining a better quality of life and extending life span. Try any of these Acai Bowl recipes!


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