//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

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//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

#Healthy 7 Layer Dip

Ingredients Football season is here and Saturday’s are full of getting together with friends and family for food, drinks and football! I made this 7 layer dip last weekend and it was a hit at the party! Full of flavor, but not guilt! 😉 AND 21 Day Fix Approved!!

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium ripe avocados

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 package taco seasoning mix

2 cans fat free refried beans or black beans

1 bunch green onions, chopped (optional)

3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 cans (3 1/2 oz each) pitted ripe sliced olives (optional)

1/2 package (8 oz) low fat grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel, pit and mash avocados in a bowl with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, combine yogurt and taco season mix
  3. To assemble:
    1. Spread bean dip/refried beans on a large shallow serving platter
    2. Spread avocado mixture over bean dip
    3. Spread yogurt/taco mix over the avocado.
    4. Sprinkle with green onions, tomatoes and olives
    5. Cover with grated cheddar cheese
  4. Serve chilled with your choice of chips/crackers7 Layer Dip

Effective 3 Day Shakeology Cleanse

 An Effective 3 Day Shakeology Cleanse

Let’s face it, the grocery store, restaurants and the cafeteria are full of a lot of crap.  Day in and day out, we start to build up some of this nutritionally void food and carry it around inside of our bodies.  Gross!  If you are lacking energy, can’t seem to lose weight, or feeling a little lethargic, it’s time to CLEANSE!

Now, I am not talking about starving yourself for a week, or even a day, I am talking about an effective 3 day Shakeology cleanse to kick start your fitness quest!  Shakeology is a great product to use for cleansing out your system from junk food, as it contains over 70 SUPER nutritious ingredients that you simply cannot find elsewhere.  It is completely balanced for your sugar intake, clean carbs, protein as well as vitamins and minerals.

Many people like to start a 3 day cleanse before the beginning of a new workout program.  This is perfect timing, as you want to rid the toxins in your body FIRST as they bind to the fat cells inside you.  Once those toxins are gone, the fat cells are free to be blasted down by your exercise efforts, instead of stubbornly sticking in those problem areas, like the thighs and belly.

What makes this particular Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse different from others, is it does not restrict your calories down to dangerous levels, or put you on some intensive liquid only regime.  Without starvation and without hard to swallow concoctions, you will be able to jump start your weight loss efforts while pumping your body FULL of the nutrients it so desperately wants!  It takes into account your daily requirements, such as vitamins, minerals, calories, essential healthy fats, nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and sugars. This 3 Day Cleanse has been carefully prepared using countless hours of nutritional research, but of course you should always check with your doctor to ensure this is right for you.

Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse

How To Do:  Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse

The basics are as follows:

  • 3 Shakeology Shakes a day
  • 2 Cups of Green Tea a day
  • 3 Snacks a day
  • 1 Salad for dinner (only white grilled protein in salad with oil & vinegar based dressing)

NO:

Dairy, Refined Sugars, Wheat, Sugar heavy dressings, Breads, Canned Food, Processed Food, Fast Food, Starches

Yes:

Water, water water.  Stay extremely hydrated!

Lemon and limes, vinegars, mustard, cinnamon, hot sauce, cayanne, herbs, spices, garlic, green tea, black coffee

What to have everyday during your Shakeology Cleanse

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3 Shakeolgy Shakes a day

– Mix with water & ice

* Optional add in’s:  UNsweetened almond milk, mint extract, 1 tsp coconut oil

2 Cups of Green Tea a day

– plain green tea, no additions

3 Snacks a day (one fruit, one veggie, one nut)

– Fruit options:  Half a grapefruit, 1 small apple, 1 small pear, 1 small peach

– Veggie Options:  2 stalks Celery with 1 tbsp hummus,  1 sliced red pepper with 1 tbsp hummus (can sub 1 tbsp of avocado as well)

– Nut option: 8 raw almonds, 10 pistachios, 2 tbsp raw seeds, 1/2 cup edamame shelled

1 Salad for dinner

– Use: Romaine, mixed greens or arugula

– Protein: white grilled fish or chicken (3-4oz)

– Dressing: Oil & Vinegar based, nothing over 10g of fat and 5g of sugar

Tip: Space your snacks out throughout the day.  Listen to your body.  If you are not hungry, it is okay to skip a snack.  The 3 day cleanse is best used paired with a 12 hour fast each night.  Try not to eat between 8:00pm-8:00am for the 3 days.   Drink LOTS of water (add lemon if you want)

Example day:

8:00am:    Green Tea

9:00am:   Breakfast = Shakeology

10:30am:   Snack = Fruit option

12:00pm:   Lunch = Shakeology

1:00pm:   Green Tea

2:00pm:   Snack = Nut option

4:00pm:   Pre-Dinner = Shakeology

6:00pm:   Dinner = Salad

7:30pm:   Snack = Veggie option

Shopping List:

  • 1 Bag of Shakeology
  • 1 Box of Green Tea
  • 3 Fruits (Low glycemic)
  • 6 Vegetables (3 for snacks and 3 for inside your salads)
  • 3 Nuts or seeds
  • Lettuce
  • 3 servings of Chicken or Fish
  • Oil & Vinegar based dressing
  • Lemons
  • Hummus
  • Coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk

Juice-Cleanse

80,000 of the chemicals permitted in our food, cosmetics and household items have never been fully assessed for their toxic impact on humans.  That’s scary.

WHY SHOULD ONE CLEANSE?

Let’s face it, we made our polluted bed and now we have to lay in it.  We cannot expect to be sheltered from the array of toxins floating through the air, sitting atop our produce and baked into our cosmetics – no matter how strict our safety routine may be.  We actually absorb 60% of what goes on our skin, so take a quick inventory of what you may have touched today.

A cleanse is meant to do many things, but more simply put by definition, ‘To be made clean. To remove by cleaning’.  Cleansing is a technique that allows your body to release the toxins absorbed by your body and trapped inside your vital organs.  This process allows your body to more effectively heal itself, lose weight and be happy!

WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD CLEANSE?

There are many systems, shakes, mixtures, potions and strategies one may find when researching a proper, effective cleanse.  Here are your ‘Cliff’s Notes’ cleanse-style, so you can skip over all the ineffective nonsense out there:

  • Cleansing liquid should contain at least 20 active ingredients.
  • Antioxidants need to be present to slow down oxidative stress.
  • The cleanse must contain nutrients that are being put back into the body as the other active ingredients are cleaning out the toxins.
  • Enzymes are a must.  There needs to be a balance of healthy bacteria to assist the purge and break down nutrients for optimal absorption.
  • Make sure it contains ‘trace minerals’.  In our society, the food we eat does not even come close to providing us with enough essential trace minerals that are key for the detox process and ongoing defense.
  • The cleansing product must be 100% natural.  Why go through all these steps to just add artificial sweeteners, dyes or chemicals back into the body?
  • Water, water, water!

Being a Beachbody Coach, I quite frequently recommend this cleanse to my new clients who are looking to lose weight, get toned, have more energy or improve their over-all health.  EMAIL me or message me so I can show you how to start your own cleanse or fitness program!  kahansen@longlines.com 

Few of my favorite shake recipe ideas:

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Have you ever tried a cleanse?  If so, did you feel like it was beneficial, and would you ever want to do one again?

#Fitness #DailySchedule #Musthaves #Myfaves

There are a few things I NEED every morning to stay sane throughout the day 🙂  The first is my 4:48 AM wake up call to get my booty out of bed and start my workout (before the boys get up)!!! Before I head downstairs to start my workout though I have been addicted to my E & E (Energy and Endurance) drink!!

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It gives me that little extra energy to get through my 60-75 minute workouts–2 scoops into my 8 ounces of water along with my big 48 jug of water and down stairs I go!!

My daily workouts (during the summer when I have a little more time in the mornings) consist of a 30 minute 21-Day Fix Extreme workout, a 25 minute T-25 workout and 30-45 minute run or elliptical workout.  More intense in the summer, but the workouts are quick and effective!!

My newest shoe find for these cross trainer workouts are my New Balance CrossTrainers– they are so much better than my Nike Run’s that I was using prior! On sale at Nordstrom’s even!! AND Kip heard me rave about them so much that he asked me to get him a pair! I love the men’s black and gold color!!

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IMG_3986Set up the DVD’s (or you can even LIVE STREAM all workouts online), make sure I have my resistance band and 8 and 10 pound dumb bells, and before I know it, the workouts are over!! The best feeling is knowing that they are over by 6:30, the boys are still sleeping and I have had my ONLY ‘me time’ of the day– that’s all I need (other than my coffee) to start my day off right!!

Chocolate with Almond milk, coconut extract and a cup of coffee!
Chocolate with Almond milk, coconut extract and a cup of coffee!

Once the workouts are over and I’m showered and ready for the day, I make my first coffee and add it to my favorite Shakeology recipe— quick, filling and full of all the nutrients we need in a day!! And only 160 calories!!!

Check it all out and if you have questions, email me at kahansen@longlines.com!!!