//Healthy Kids Snack//

So Kyler went to a very fun and educational day camp at the ISU Extension in Sioux City  (highly recommend having your child check it out) this week and learned all about healthy choices.  Finding healthy snack options for the kids isn’t always an easy task but what he learned at the camp inspired him to come home and tell us all about it.  He brought home a few different recipes including a yogurt parfait and an “All Star Bites’ recipe that he wouldn’t stop talking about! After dinner he asked if we could please make them because he wanted to eat healthy snacks during the day.

IMG_0404.PNGLooking at the recipe, I realized we had all the ingredients (very simple recipe)!! So we gathered the below ingredients and within 10 minutes, had our bites made and in the freezer.

ALL STAR BITES:
1 C Rolled Oats (we used instant)
1/2 C Mini chocolate chips
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1/3 C Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla
--Add all ingredients in a bowl, stir until completely mixed.  Roll into balls.  Freeze for an hour. 
--Place 2 to a baggie
--Store in fridge
--ENJOY!!!

A fun activity to do with the kiddos and a quick and healthy snack for them… and YOU!!

♥ALynn

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//Groupon//BEST Deals!//

grouponIf you haven’t heard of Groupon or have and just haven’t tried it out… you are MISSING OUT on amazing deals!! Groupon has become my favorite site to look for deals on literally EVERYTHING!  I just purchased a variety box of keurig cups last week and was sent so many good flavors of coffee!! I’ve bought everything from iPhone chargers to coffee to Shutterfly deals!! I always buy photo books and calendars off Groupon from shutterflyShutterfly and literally get them for $5!!!!! That’s like a $30 savings!! You do always have to pay the $7 shipping still, but it’s still the best deal out there!!

One of the best things I purchase on a regular basis is their canvas print deals AND their holiday cards… Printerpix is one of the best I found for holiday cards and I really like the Simple Canvas Prints site as well.

There are hundreds of deals on travel getaways too that I want to try out.

I always check out the ‘Deals of the Day’ to see what is on SUPER sale— today my keurig cups are so I’m putting another order in for them!

Check out the site and use the ‘refer a friend code‘ for extra savings!

Some other favorites I’ve purchased…

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Have fun looking around the site and hopefully you find as good of deals as I have!!!

♥ALynn

//Food Prep Sunday//

IMG_6352Sundays are my favorite day for many reasons– church, no work, staying home with the kiddos and FOOD PREP for the week ahead!  I’ve learned in my years of Beachbody that prepping is KEY!! I always thought it would take me forever to do but it honestly takes an hour or less to put everything together.

I usually order my groceries to pick up or be delivered on Friday after school so I always try to be prepared as to what I need by Thursday.  My weeks are pretty consistent as far as what I eat, especially during the school week.  Once I get my groceries, I store them until Sunday and get them out, cut them up and portion them out!! So nice to have to just grab and go!

Some of my go to breakfasts: oatmeal, egg white muffins, hard boiled eggs, fruit, healthy french toast, Greek yogurt with Fiber One cereal, and homemade Quest bars. 

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Some favorite snacks would be: Shakeology bars, fruit, almonds, bananas, crockpot apples, hummus and rice cakes.

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Chocolate is by far my favorite!

As far as lunch it almost always consists of a chocolate shake and some kind of fruit. I make my shake with 1/2 water, 1/2 cashew milk, ice, scoop of Shakeology and 1/4 of a banana.  

Dinners can sometimes be tough because I’m also trying to cook for a 7 year old, 4 year old and 1 1/2 year old.  I try to make thing  all will eat but it doesn’t always happen!  Some of our go to’s are Mexican Crockpot Chicken (great for leftovers– tacos and salads), turkey meatballs, turkey meatloaf, shrimp and salmon.  Vegetables consist of sweet potatoes, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, mixed medley of cauliflower and broccoli and cauliflower rice.  Some pictures below of some of our favorites… I will post more recipes this week too! I don’t have tons of time like most moms so my recipes are quick and easy!!

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IMG_6744And LASTLY– my favorite… DESSERT!! I found my newest love and posted it the other day!! HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!! It’s easy and so much cheaper than Halo Top and the other healthy ice creams.

 

 

 

 

Try some of these out!! And remember, prep is key!!! 🙂

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♥ ALynn

//80 Day Obsession//

80 DOWORKOUT WEDNESDAY!!  I’ve been waiting to post about my newest workout until I got through the first 20 days– LOVE IT!!! If you haven’t heard of Beachbody’s 80 Day Obsession, I’m about to share some of my favorite things about it!! My daily morning workouts have always consisted of cardio and as of the last 2 years have also consisted of some type of Beachbody workout (21 DF Extreme, T25, Core De Force).  I was hesitant to enroll in the Beachbody on Demand and complete the 80 Day Obsession because I didn’t think I had time for 40-60 minute workouts after my runs.  After starting it though, I’m truly obsessed with it.

So what is it?!? — It’s an amazing 80 day program with a strong emphasis on glute and core training.  It’s obsessive focus on fitness and nutrition that is spread over a 13 week time period.  It is definitely demanding but that’s something I thrive on and love the challenge of it.  Each and every workout so far has been different which really works all different muscles within your body.  Autumn Calabrese never lets a muscle get comfortable!!  Yes, you will be sore, but it’s a good sore!!

containersIt does consists of timed nutrition as well and ‘on demand’ program gives you all the information on that.  I’ve been so used to Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix Extreme eating plan and using the colored containers, that it wasn’t much of an adjustment.  I don’t follow the exact timed nutrition only because I get up to workout before 5 in the morning and the program recommends eating before you workout.  There is no way I’m getting up any earlier to eat before the workout so I have modified it to my daily schedule (which is very easy to do).

So WHY did I choose this program?  — I chose it for a variety of reasons but the main one that stuck out to me is that it’s an intense comprehensive workout and nutrition program that I can continue doing at home.  I’m not one to go to the gym– I like using our treadmill, elliptical and free weights at home.  I also chose this program because a few women in my home town started an accountability group that talked so highly of it, I HAD to try it!

What equipment do I need? — 

  • Dumbbells (light, medium and heavy depending on your fitness level you are at)– I personally use 8’s, 10’s, 15’s and 20’s throughout all of them. (bought these off Amazon)
  • Portion control containers– I have a few sets of the BeachBody sets but can also use different sizes you may already have at home (rubbermaid, etc)
  • Strength Slides– These Elite brand are my favorite
  • Resistant Loops– These are my favorite from Amazon
  • Mat– I don’t use one but any yoga type mat works if you feel like you need
  • Beachbody on Demand (more info below)

You can buy it all on the Beachbody website or I ordered mine off Amazon for a cheaper price.

What is Beachbody on Demand? — It’s a platform that allows you to stream different Beachbody workouts (thousands of workouts!!!).  Within each Beachbody workout on Demand, it comes with nutrition guides, workout calendars and exclusives like Autumn Calabrese’s FIXATE book and cooking show!!

I honestly didn’t do BOD until about a month ago.  I always ordered the DVD’s and now I’m realizing how stupid that was!!  You can access it ANYWHERE!!! It’s amazing!

If you’re interested in joining BOD, click here.  Plus, $10 off in the month of February!!!

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So just a short intro into the program but more information to come and posts about it and the meals I make and eat and how I have found success with the program.  Check out some of the live links above to find out more about joining the program and getting the equipment at discount prices!!

Hope you check it out!!

♥ALynn

//Shakeology Ideas//Desserts//

Easy for on the go!
Easy for on the go!

Having desserts doesn’t HAVE to be bad for you!! I’ve found and tried a few amazing recipes using my chocolate, strawberry and vanilla Shakeology.  Some of recipes I use just for my shakes and others I use with breakfast or just a ‘dessert’ at night.  Check them out!

CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY OPTIONS

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VANILLA AND STRAWBERRY SHAKEOLOGY RECIPES

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DESSERT/BREAKFAST RECIPES (SOME OF MY NIGHTLY GO-TO’S!)

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♥ALynn

//Try It// Kombucha Drinks

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Some of my favorite flavors!

I have a new drink for ‘Try it Tuesday‘!! I’ve recently discovered Kombucha drinks and have liked every flavor I’ve tried— they are natural teas fermented to probiotic perfection with raw, fresh ingredients that provide nourishment for the mind, body and soul 🙂  I usually have one a day to mix up from my regular water intake.

I have found them at Target and Walmart but my recent purchase at Walmart (click here for info) was at a cheaper price and even in a 6 pack for even cheaper price.  If you order from Walmart online, you can go to this link to get a $10 off coupon too! (http://r.wmt.co/hTukz)

For more information, check out GTS’s home site here where they inform you more about the ingredients and nutrition behind their drinks and other products.

ENJOY and let me know if you do try them out and what your favorite flavors are!!

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Even have words of enlightenment!! 🙂

♥ALynn

//Sunday Sales//

Shoes addict for sure but now New Balance obsessed!! Comfy and can always find them on sale!! I posted my other new favorites earlier this week that I found on 6pm.com but these I found at Athleta… along with my new comfy pants that ARE ON SALE!!!!  I’m not one to take body shots of myself so I did take the picture from Athleta on the pants– seriously wear all weekend and are so versatile.  Link here to the shoes (the maroon are sold out but they still have black).   Link here to the pants– on CLEARANCE and fit true to size!

Just a good Sunday sale I wanted to share! 🙂

♥ALynn