Clean Up Your Plate Challenge

Food is the most abused anti-anxiety drug in America. I don't know about you, but whenever I was stressed, sad, or happy -- I would to turn to food. And that is how I found myself 25 pounds overweight after college...and in a rut on how to lose it (in a healthy way). The grocery store is overwhelming...especially with all of the labels of "low fat," "no fat," "organic," "low carb," etc. Reading labels and calculating points or calories can be EXHAUSTING. At the end of the day it's what you EAT that is going to help you lose weight. “As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the

Ashley lost 11lbs and 18.5 inches in 21 days

I can't contain my excitement of how PROUD I am of my friend and fellow Coach, Ashley C. Will you LOOK at these results?! A bride to be (in less than a month), Ashley was overwhelmed with the stress of planning a wedding, working full-time as a Teacher and running her Coaching business. "One day, I looked in that mirror and saw that woman staring back at me. It was the most scared I've been in a long time," she says. Ashley and I had chatted about the Ultimate Reset multiple times, and I know that she was apprehensive to complete the program. It's a 21 Day detox that focuses solely on FOOD and "resetting" your insides. You receive a step-by-step meal plan, with a full shopping list, along wi

5 Protein-Packed Recipes to Try This Week

Fueling your body with protein is important...but can be hard to get creative past the standard "grilled chicken" or "steamed fish" dishes. Your body needs protein to build and repair your muscles, so if you’re exercising, it’s important to get enough of it! These high-protein recipes are easy to make and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. Sweet & Sour Pork Protein: 28 g Craving Chinese food? Toss those takeout menus aside and make this healthy Sweet and Sour Pork. All it takes is a little bit of prep, a quick marinade, and about 13 minutes of cooking. Get the recipe. Mediterranean Turkey Burgers Protein: 28G These turkey burgers topped with crisp veggies and a tangy yogurt sauce are

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Grilling season is almost here. Are you going to make the same boring burgers again this year? Now is a perfect time to step up your burger game and try something totally different. These turkey burgers topped with crisp veggies and a tangy yogurt sauce are an exciting upgrade from the average burger patty. Sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, garlic, and oregano give them Mediterranean flavor in every bite. They might become your new go-to recipe for summer. One of the secrets that make these turkey burger patties so good, is the spinach that’s mixed in with the meat. It’s dark green leaves add color and lots of phytonutrients, but it’s really there to help keep the meat moist and tender as it

Healthy Sweet and Sour Pork

Craving Chinese food? Toss those takeout menus aside and make this healthy Sweet and Sour Pork. All it takes is a little bit of prep, a quick marinade, and about 13 minutes of cooking — which means it’ll probably be on your table faster than you can get to the restaurant and back! The recipe also works for Sweet and Sour Chicken if you make it using boneless, skinless chicken breasts. To transform this beloved dish into a version lower in sugar, sodium, and calories (to compare, PF Chang’s Sweet and Sour Pork has 740 calories per entrée and includes 71 grams of sugar and 1540 mg of sodium). This version, a hearty two cups per serving, has 300 calories, 13 grams of sugar, and 322 mg of sodium

Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich

This Mediterranean-style tuna salad recipe from the Body Beast Eating Plan is a healthy, versatile, high-protein meal. Instead of mayonnaise, it is dressed with lemon juice and heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil, and dotted with colorful veggies. Make multiple servings of the tuna mixture in this recipe and use in sandwiches, salads and even tossed with cooked whole grain pasta. This is also a great recipe that can be enjoyed with raw vegetables if you are avoiding carbs. You can also make a sandwich using lettuce leaves instead of bread. (Nutritional information for this is listed below.) Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 1 serving 21 Day Fix containers: 2G

Turkey Avocado Wrap

This is not your average turkey avocado wrap. Crunchy cabbage slaw and creamy white beans mashed with avocado are the real stars, wrapped in a hearty lavash flatbread. Substitute a whole grain tortilla, whole-grain pita, or slice of bread for an open-faced sandwich if you can’t find lavash. Prep time: 15 mins Serves: 1 wrap 21 Day Fix Containers: 1 Green ½ Red 2½ Yellows 1 Blue ½ tsp. Ingredients ½ cup shredded red cabbage 2 Tbsp. shredded carrot 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro 1½ tsp. apple cider vinegar ½ tsp. extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional) ¼ medium avocado ½ cup white (cannellini) beans 1 whole wheat lavash wrap (or 8-inch whole wheat tortilla

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a staple on breakfast and brunch menus across America. The classic Benedict made with ham or Canadian bacon, and smothered with buttery hollandaise sauce is only the beginning. From there, you can get as creative as you’d like! This vegetarian eggs Benedict with sautéed asparagus and mushrooms, and a much healthier version of hollandaise sauce, is a delicious way to get your brunch on. If asparagus and mushrooms aren’t your cup of tea, modify the toppings to your heart’s content. Additional ingredient options and their Portion Fix equivalents are included below. Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 27 mins Total time: 42 mins Serves: 2 servings, 2 halves each Ingredients 1 tsp. oli

Looking Back: 6 Months as my own Boss

On August 15, 2016, I became a full-time network marketer. I decided to leave my safe job in Corporate America to become my own boss to take control of my schedule and my future. In tears, I told my boss (via phone) that I had decided to quit my "safe" job and venture out as a full-time business owner. I was anxious, excited and slightly terrified. And a little over 6 months later, I still am still all of those things. I am a full-time network marketer for Team Beachbody, but you can call me "Coach." Team Beachbody is multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunity, part of a growing tiered-business trend reminiscent of the Tupperware parties and Avon sales of yesteryear. The MLM strategy revolves a

30 Healthy Snacks - 21 Day Fix Approved

I'm a big fan of the 21 Day Fix, and the notion of eating 5x a day to keep your metabolism going (and let's be real, I love food so the more times I can eat a day, the better). The meal plan I follow allows for 2 snacks a day -- yesss! The more I can eat, the better. Here are 30 easy-to-prepare snacks, which are all 21 Day Fix approved. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD the PDF version. Don't have the 21 Day Fix yet? I'd love to chat and help Coach you through the program. I'll provide you with healthy recipes and weekly check ins! Shoot me an email for more information.

Portuguese Kale Soup

There are so many reasons to love this Portuguese-inspired kale and sausage soup. As with many soups, this recipe tastes even better on the second day. For that reason, we love this soup for meal prep. It makes enough for a whole week of lunches or dinners, and freezes well. Total Time: 48 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 38 min. Yield: 6 servings, about 1¼ cups each 21 Day Fix containers: 1G 1/2 Y 1R 1/2 B/O Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. olive oil 8 oz. turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 to 3 medium leeks, chopped, just white and light-green parts 1 bunch kale, stems removed and discarded, torn (about 4 cups) 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, drained, rinsed 1 (14.5-oz.) can d

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash and corn give naturally sweet flavor to this savory chicken soup. Using rotisserie chicken makes it an easy meal to prepare on a busy weeknight. Tip: Freeze leftover soup in individual portions using large muffin tins. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray, then ladle soup into cups and freeze. When frozen, remove portions to a plastic bag or storage container. One serving equals about 2 frozen pieces. Total Time: 38 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 23 min. Yield: 8 servings, about 1 cup each 21 Day Fix Containers: ½ Green ½ Red ½ Yellow Ingredients: 1 tsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth 2 Tbsp.

Chicken Cacciatore

This chicken cacciatore recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables. This “hunter style” dish is a classic in Italian cooking and after one bite, you’ll understand why. Our clean and lean version of the traditional recipe makes four very hearty servings that will keep you warm in winter. Freeze leftovers in individual portions for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight. Total Time: 31 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 21 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix Containers 2 Greens 1 Red ½ tsp Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 medium celery stalk, sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 medium red bell pepp

Baked Chicken with Carrots, Oranges, and Sweet Potatoes

Bored with the same old baked chicken breasts? This recipe adds a citrus zing that gives white meat tons of flavor, while keeping it succulent and tender. Chicken breasts are topped with orange slices, basted with orange juice, and baked with hearty, inexpensive staples like carrots, celery, and sweet potatoes, which also take on the bright citrus flavor. It’s a crowd pleaser, and kids will love it! Total Time: 1 hr. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 50 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix Containers 1 Green ½ Yellow ½ Purple 1 Red Ingredients: 4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, cut into 1-inch slices 2 medium celery stalks, cut into

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of a delicious dinner that’s been slowly cooking all day, especially when you don’t have to toil in the kitchen for hours to make it! Throw all the ingredients for these slow cooker turkey meatballs into a crock pot in the morning, set the timer, and indulge in a warm, hearty meal that night. These slow cooker turkey meatballs are a dinnertime favorite, and they’re perfect for meal prep. If you have a large crock pot, you might want to make a double batch so you have extra to store in the freezer. Make the Meatballs Making meatballs from scratch is fun, and kids love to help blend the meat and roll it into balls. Put the ground turkey, bre

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Have a fajita fiesta with maximum flavor and minimal effort. This chicken fajitas recipe uses a slow cooker to infuse tender chicken with the flavors of every ingredient, so each bite is bursting with bold taste. It’s so easy to make, just place all of the ingredients in a crock pot, and press a button! Hours later, you’ll have a delicious dish that is healthy and packed with an impressive 31 grams of protein per serving. These slow cooker chicken fajitas are great for a simple meal prep that cooks itself while you prepare the rest of your meals for the week. The recipe makes 4 servings, but can easily be doubled to make a larger, time-saving batch. When it’s finished cooking, let the chicke

Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa with Spring Vegetables

This slow cooker recipe for Chicken with Quinoa and Spring Vegetables is light but hearty. As the chicken gently cooks for hours it becomes extremely tender and juicy, but it’s the quinoa that’s the real surprise in this dish. You might wonder why anyone would bother making quinoa in a slow cooker when it’s so easy to make on the stove (I know I did). But then I cooked this dish and discovered how slow cooking the tiny pearls of quinoa with lots of broth brought out even more flavor. When the cooking time is complete, the quinoa and chicken mixture will be sticky, as most of the liquid will have cooked off. But when you stir in more chicken broth a little bit at a time, the mixture takes on

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

This simple slow-cooker beef chili recipe is everything I was hoping for. It keeps things simple, without bells and whistles or special ingredients, but in the slow cooker, the meat becomes fall-apart tender, and develops deep and satisfying flavor. After a couple minutes of chopping, and a few minutes of browning and sautéing, you can pop all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and forget about it for several hours. If your slow cooker has a browning setting, you can brown the meat and sauté the vegetables in the same pot, making clean up even easier. Definitely consider doubling this recipe if your slow cooker has a large enough capacity. Freeze unused portions for a future weeknight win

The Backstreet Boys residency in Vegas will make the 15 year old you swoon (spoilers inside)

OMG they're back againnnn (but really, they never left). If you know me, you know I LOVE the Backstreet Boys. Like, really love them. I've been a fan since I was 11 or so (20 years and counting...haha) and seen them in concerts too many times that I've lost count! The top selling boyband of all time, the Backstreet Boys have landed a residency in Las Vegas this year. For select dates in March, April and June they will be singing the hits in the AXIS in Planet Hollywood. The show features 20 songs (full set list at the end of this article) that will have fans singing along to their classics from a variety of albums. In my opinion, the BEST part of this show is the fact that you can pay to MEE

How to stay healthy while traveling

I work with a lot of traveling professionals, and it seems as though when a work trip comes up, self-control and a plan goes out the window. There is no doubt that being out of your own element makes it harder to stay on track with your health and fitness. There is a lot more temptation, and less control with you nutrition. Here are my top 5 tips on how to navigate through your busy travel schedule without giving up on your health and fitness goals. 1. Make a plan. It’s likely that there is an itinerary or schedule of some sort that you will be following while you are away. Once you have an idea of your work hours and responsibilities, come up with a plan for your workouts (certain number of

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