SUMMER STRONG — Who’s Ready!?

It’s time to get SUMMER STRONG!  Together, we can — and WE WILL — do it!

Summer Strong (launching 7/10), is our upcoming accountability group that will look a bit different than what we have done in the past!
Here are some changes you will see:
Weekend Challenges:  Due to the nature of summer (BBQ’s, vacation, laid back schedules, etc.) we have found that a lot of our challengers are struggling with staying on track throughout the weekend.  Because of this, we have developed a simple weekend challenge that will encourage every one to stay healthy and active from Friday – Sunday.  Those who meet the criteria will be entered to win a prize EVERY WEEKEND!
Daily Butt/Gut Challenge:  We will also be doing a daily butt/gut calendar challenge as a group.  This will consist of a short exercise routine each day that builds as the group progresses.  Those who complete the daily challenge will also be eligible for a larger prize at the end!
Our group will run throughout the rest of the summer!!! I know I need the consistent motivation and support, so I’m guessing YOU do too!  Continuous support — all of us, together, for the rest of the summer!
Remember that the Beachbody On Demand challenge pack is only on sale for a limited time, so if you would like to get your hands on it, be sure to snag it here!
For those who saw my 3 Day Refresh Results and would like to get back on track after the inevitable 4th of July BBQ’s, here are some options for you!
3 Day Refresh/Shakeology/BOD Challenge Pack (NOTE:  Entrance to our accountability group is included with this purchase.)
3 Day Refresh/Shakeology Challenge Pack  (NOTE:  Entrance to our accountability group is included with this purchase.)
Please email me at savedandstrong@gmail.com to reserve your spot ASAP!
xoxo A

Fruit & Veggie Toddler Muffins!

As a fit mama, I am always playing with new healthy recipe ideas for my daughter!  Enter — HEALTHY TODDLER MUFFINS!

Is it just me or is it darn near impossible to find something that a toddler will CONSISTENTLY eat?!  They L O V E something for  24 hours…then…it suddenly becomes toxic and the second they see it, it’s flung across the room!  Feel me, mama?  DRIVES ME NUTS!!

So, when I found these muffins and my daughter loved them for more than 24 hours (and STILL loves them today! — thank you Jesus) I was hooked.  These will be made  E V E R Y week in our home.

These muffins can serve as a well-balanced breakfast OR a healthy snack!

The perfect balance of fruit//veggies//fats//and healthy carbohydrates that your kiddo needs to give them the fuel they need for the day — like they don’t have enough already…

Here’s what you will need:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 pure maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

1 large handful spinach

1 large handful blueberries

*to be added after blending!

Add your ingredients in the following order:

-flour

-oil

-eggs

-mashed bananas (pre-mash the bananas prior to adding them!)

-baking soda

-pure maple syrup

-cinnamon

-spinach (I used a large handful, but use as much or as little as you like!  I love the idea of sneaking veggies into the muffins so I added a good amount!)

Next, it’s time to blend!  I used an immersion blender (L O V E immersion blenders!!!) and blended the mixture until the spinach was completely broken up and all ingredients were well mixed.

Once the batter has been created, fold in your blueberries.  I added a large handful to the batter and saved some additional blueberries for the tops of the muffins as well.

Last, pour the batter into a muffin tin.  I was able to get 9 muffins out of the batter, more than enough to last us the week (if stored in fridge to ensure freshness!).  Remember, if you want to add additional blueberries to the top, now is the time!

Bake in the oven at 355 degrees for 13 minutes!  I had originally planned to bake them for 15 minutes but realized at 14 minutes that they were done — I think 13 minutes would leave them perfectly moist!

Notice there are only 7 on the plate — hehe…Addison and I each ate one before I could even plate it! Oops ;).

I hope you enjoy these healthy, tasty toddler muffins!  xo

Skinny Bruschetta Chicken

Say H E L L O to my new favorite chicken dinner — skinny bruschetta chicken!!

I got a ton of feedback on my Thai Peanut Chicken (still a fav!) so I had to share another dynamite chicken recipe!

My husband and I could eat chicken every single night of the week — no problem.  Since we love it so much, we are always looking for new, healthy recipes!

Enter — SKINNY BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN!

I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit to make it more waistline friendly.  It turned out DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to share the recipe!!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts (pounded thin)

4 tbsp fresh basil

2 tsp garlic

1/4 red onion

4 Roma tomatoes

3 tsp italian seasoning

2 tbsp olive oil (separated)

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

salt

Your first step is to make the bruschetta mixture in a small mixing bowl.

  1.  Take your fresh basil and chop it into small pieces.  Roughly measure out about 4 tbsp.
  2.  Dice all 4 Roma tomatoes into small chunks based on the size you desire.
  3.  Mince the 1/4 of a red onion.
  4.  Add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  5.  Include 1/4 cup parmesan cheese — freshly shaved is best!
  6.  Salt to taste.
  7.   Combine all ingredients.

Next, you want to sear your chicken.  

  1.  Coat a hot pan with the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  2.  Place all 4 chicken breasts onto the pan after pounding them thin.  Note:  I did NOT pound them thin which resulted in a much longer cooking time — lesson learned!!
  3.   Add 1.5 tsp of italian seasoning and 1 tsp minced garlic to the breasts and let sear for about 5 minutes — flip and repeat.
  4.   Check chicken temperature periodically with a meat thermometer.  You want the internal temperature to reach, but not exceed, 165 degrees.

I just loved how searing the chicken in such a small amount of oil still gave them that crispy, crunchy exterior — mmmmmm!

Last step — assemble!

Last but not least, take your seared chicken breasts and top them with equal parts bruschetta mixture and pair with your favorite carb and veggie!  We did a quinoa/brown rice mixture as well as sauteed snap peas — perfect!

 

E N J O Y!

3 Day Refresh! Tips//Hacks//RESULTS

Oh 3 Day Refresh, how I feared you!

It took me TWO YEARS to pull the trigger and try the 3 Day Refresh for the first time and I am here to tell you — I WISH I DID IT SO MUCH SOONER!

Below you are going to see a SUPER honest play by play of the 3 Day Refresh — both the good AND the bad….

Let’s start with the break down of what exactly the 3 Day Refresh is:

Morning:

Shakeology + Fruit Option

Tea

Fiber Sweep

Afternoon:

Vanilla Fresh Shake + Fruit Option + Veggie Option + Healthy Fat Option

Veggie Option + Healthy Fat Option

Tea

Evening:

Vanilla Fresh Shake + Dinner Option

Tea

 

Each day, you eat and drink the above — not too shabby, right?!?

 

Let’s start with the morning — SHAKEO!  I was SO GLAD that I could still have my morning Shakeology.  I did Chocolate Vegan with half a banana, cold water, and ice!  Delicious and pretty similar to my typical morning routine.

Next up was tea.  I never liked tea.  It makes me think of being sick, ya know.  I didn’t really enjoy it, but I had my tea mid morning!

And now for the dreaded Fiber Sweep.  I had heard HORROR stories about this thing.  I was given 3 KEY tips that made drinking this shake SO easy (….I actually enjoyed it…is that weird?)

TIP #1 — Drink it with ICE COLD water!!! I had to drink mine at work so I kept a shaker with water in the fridge until I was ready to add the powder.

TIP #2 — ALL THE LEMONSSSSS.  Add lemon juice to your ice cold water!!

TIP #3 — CHUG THAT ISH.  Drink it fast.  Not because it tastes bad, but because it will thicken if it sits over time.

Since you are only using 10 oz of water, it goes down fast and I can honestly tell you that by following those 3 tips, I actually enjoyed the lemony flavor!

Onto the Afternoon!

Vanilla Fresh shake!  As good as Shakeology — no.  Drinkable?  For sure.  TIP — add in some cinnamon or a pure extract like vanilla or almond (a little goes a LONG way — just a dash!!).

Okay — ready to have your mind B L O W N!!  This idea was all my hubby’s so I can’t take credit for it, but I HAVE to share because it was a game changer for me!  Instead of doing the Vanilla Fresh as a shake, you can make it into a PUDDING!!!

Here’s how:

Shake your powder into a bowl and slowly add cold water until it reaches the consistency you desire.  Add in some cinnamon and extract of your choice.  Pop in the fridge/freezer for 10 min to make it nice and cold — ENJOY!

This really made me feel like I was having a dessert so I was all about this idea!  Well done, Justin!

 

My lunch pretty much every day was half an apple//5 baby carrots//and 1.5 tsp of almond butter!  Side note — when I realized I could still have my almond butter I was JAZZED!!!!!

My afternoon snacks were often more carrots and almond butter — I’m boring…I know.  🙂  You like what you like…right?!

 

Time for dinner!

We tried 2 of the dinner options and really enjoyed both of them, especially the spinach salad — it was SO big and we were hungry!!  I loved adding the sunflower seeds to the salad — added that extra crunch and some saltiness — yum!

 

 

 

 

The other dinner option we made was the Coconut Steamed Veggies!  This is going to become a side dish in our household for sure.  Who knew a little coconut oil could drastically change the taste of your veggies?!

 

 

We finished off the night with another Vanilla Fresh pudding and a cup of tea!  It was kind of nice to snuggle on the couch and sip tea before bed 🙂  Truth — it was an adjustment going to bed feeling hungry.  I think that was the toughest part — not having a full belly before bed.  That being said,  waking up feeling so clean and having such a flat tummy — WORTH IT.

After 3 days it was time for what everyone looks forward to — the RESULTS!!!  So, here we have it — my results and Justin’s results after 3 days on the 3 Day Refresh!!

     

So was it worth it — YES!!

What was the best part? — Shakeology, almond butter, and REAL FOOD being part of the 3 day meal guide.

What was the hardest part? — Day 2 was the toughest day for me.  Day 1 I was excited and ready to tackle it…. Day 3 I knew it was my last day and I could finish strong…Day 2 was tough so if you experience the same, know that you CAN stick it out because you only have ONE MORE DAY!!

Interested in giving it a whirl!?  There are 3 options you can choose from!

Option #1 — 3 Day Refresh + Month of Shakeology + Portion Control Containers + Beachbody On Demand ALL Access  This option also grants you access to an accountability group run by yours truly and is full of other men and women who aren’t just in need of a quick fix, but instead are using the 3 Day Refresh as a kickstart to a healthier lifestyle.  This option is perfect for someone who is truly looking for a lasting change!

Option #2 — 3 Day Refresh + Month of Shakeology  This option also grants you access to the accountability group and equips you with a healthy meal swap every day — Shakeology!

Option #3 — 3 Day Refresh Complete Kit  This option is best for someone who is looking for a cleanse from a holiday weekend, or is preparing for an event (wedding, vacation, etc.)  It can also be paired with your current healthy lifestyle if you’re simply looking for something to get you back on track!

If you have more questions, please feel free to email me at savedandstrong@gmail.com — I would love to chat with you!

xoxoxo –  A