Week 3 Roundup: Bikini Booty Challenge (progress pics inside)

What real changes can happen in 21 days of work outs and healthier eating? A butt that now passes The Pencil Test, for starters. I am so excited that after 3 weeks of The Master's Hammer & Chisel, portion controlled eating and Shakeology, my butt is starting to lift (and I'm losing inches from my body overall). The WHAT test?! I was first introduced to The Pencil Test from the at-home workout program, Brazil Butt Lift. It's a test to see how firm your behind is, and basically...if it sags to hold a pencil (or pen) just standing there. Check out my 3 week progress. All of those squats, lunges and jumps are paying off. My booty feels firmer and tighter for sure; it's nice to see that my body i

How to bounce back after a binge weekend

Eat and/or drink too much this Memorial Day Weekend? Don't fret. It doesn't have to take you too long to bounce back from a long-weekend of indulgences. 1. Forgive yourself. Put the past in the past, and don't dwell on what you ate, drank, and that workout that you didn't get in. Dwelling on your binge weekend will only make you more upset, which could lead to emotional bouts of overeating down the road. 2. Get hydrated AF. The last thing you want to do after an indulgent weekend is drink a ton of water, I get it. But it’s for your own good. Staying hydrated can aid in binge recovery by helping digestion and fighting gas-induced bloat. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of wate

15 Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

The unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day Weekend is usually food and booze filled. It’s easy to give in to tradition and indulge in calorie-heavy favorites like cheeseburgers, heavy pasta salads or sugary desserts. But there are plenty of ways to lighten up your menu without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re hosting your own BBQ or contributing to a potluck party, I've got a handful a of recipes that will slim down the festivities while still keeping your tummy and taste buds happy. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip A healthier version of my favorite guilty pleasure dip. Get the recipe. Healthier Seven Layer Dip A lighter version of the classic seven-layer dip, that is heavy on fresh veggie

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

While it may seem too good to be true, these Cookie Dough Energy Balls are actually good for you! Creamy Vanilla Shakeology is mixed with almond butter, raw honey, raw almonds, and chocolate chips in this easy, delicious no-bake recipe packed with protein. Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 13 servings, 1 ball each Portion Fix containers: 1 Yellow 1½ tsp. Not familiar with Portion Fix? Find out how Portion Fix can make losing weight simple. Ingredients: ½ cup all-natural almond butter ¼ cup raw honey ½ cup finely chopped raw almonds 2½ scoops Vanilla Shakeology 2 Tbsp. mini semi-sweet (o

Healthier Caesar Salad

Love Caesar salad but are watching your waistline? We’ve created a healthier Caesar salad that still includes Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons, lemon garlic dressing! We used grilled kale, but if you don’t want to spend the time grilling it, using raw kale works too. Just massage the dressing in to reduce the bitterness of the leafy green! Total Time: 23 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 8 min. Yield: Makes 4 servings Portion Fix servings: 1 Green 1 Yellow ½ Blue 2 tsp. Not familiar with Portion Fix? Find out how Portion Fix can make losing weight simple. Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, grated, divided use 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt) 2 Tbsp. + 2

New Shaun T workout coming this Summer

It's about to get REAL y'all — Shaun T is returning to Beachbody On Demand! If you’re a fan of Shaun T’s functional fitness programs like INSANITY or T25, then you’ve most likely been waiting for more of Shaun T’s legendary workouts. Well, the wait is over — SHAUN WEEK: Insane Focus is coming exclusively to Beachbody On Demand, starting June 12th! What you see is what you get: Shaun uncensored. If you want one week to challenge yourself and get back on track, this is it. Not a Beachbody On Demand member yet? Sign up here for the best value in fitness. SHAUN WEEK: Insane Focus is a seven-day, intensive, full-body boot camp developed by Shaun T to motivate you to dig deeper than you ever thoug

Week 2 Roundup: Bikini Booty Challenge

It's been another week, and another couple inches down since starting my Operation Bikini Booty Challenge with The Master's Hammer & Chisel. If you've been following my journey online, you've probably been seeing my gym selfies each day. I've gotten into a good routine of getting to the gym 6 days a week. I've had to share my Dallas apartment gym with some neighbors a couple times - but honestly, it made me work HARDER knowing that a "gym rat" was potentially watching me. My Week 2 workouts included: Chisel Cardio Max Hammer Strength Chisel Agility Hammer Power Chisel Balance Hammer Conditioning What I love about this plan is that there are SO MANY workouts (19 to be exact, to use over the 8

Get moving with YouV2

Show of hands — who loves awesome party songs from the ’80s and ’90s? Another show of hands — who loves to dance and groove instead of going to the gym? Or even thinking about the gym? Super Trainer Leandro Carvalho (Brazil Butt Lift, Brazil Butt Lift Carnivale) is back with a great new program called YOUv2. It’s all about upgrading to the new version of you. It’s super-easy and fun, and perfect for beginners. In fact, all you have to do is keep moving. And we know you can do it because Leandro knows how to really get you motivated to try. Leandro and the ladies of YOUv2 will get you up out of your seat with amazing songs you know and love, like “Believe,” originally recorded by Cher, “Love

Take the Clean Eating 101 Challenge

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 biggest short-term results when they eat smart," says Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic. For this reason, I created the CLEAN EATING 101 Challenge. Over the next 30 days, I am going to teach y

READ THIS before you do a 3-Day Refresh

So you've heard of the 3-Day Refresh. You've seen the before and after pictures online. But does the 3-Day Refresh work? Make sure to read this post before you decide to complete it yourself. I like to call this my "lose the vacation bloat" program. It's 3 days of fruits, veggies, superfoods and water. No starving yourself. No pills or wraps. Just detoxing from processed foods and getting back to basics. Get a clean break from bad nutrition habits; and feel immediately cleaner, lighter, and more healthy. My honest honest review: I've done this program 10+ times since it launched from Beachbody. And sometimes it's easy to complete, and sometimes it's hard as hell. If you are coming off a big

Week 1 Roundup: Bikini Booty Challenge

What can change in one week? Two inches lost, abs popping a bit more, back muscles starting to show. Not half bad. I'm headed into Week 2 of my Bikini Booty Challenge, which includes a full round of The Master's Hammer & Chisel and daily Shakeology. After 7 days of intense workouts, I'm feeling it. My arms, legs and core were sore most of last week. Luckily I had a tub of Beachbody's Performance Recover handy, so I started mixing that into my shake each morning. The drink helps with muscle recovery so you won't be as sore - and it definitely did the job. My first weekend (days 6 & 7) were pretty off on my nutrition. While I kept up with my Shakeology, I ate out for multiple meals (and carb l

Cucumber Agua Fresca Smoothie

This summer, cool off with this agua fresca-inspired smoothie! Agua frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) are a popular way to beat the heat in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The refreshing drinks are made by infusing water with fruit, herbs, or flowers, and then the drinks are blended with sugar. We’ve created a Shakeology version that uses coarsely chopped cucumber, fresh lime juice, and Vanilla Shakeology. Blend it all together and enjoy! Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Total Time: 10 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 1 smoothie Ingredients: 1½ cups water 1 cup ice 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology 1 cup coarsely chopped cucum

Mango Margarita Shakeology

Summer is almost here! And with this Mango Margarita Smoothie, you can whisk yourself away to the beach any time of the day. Chopped mango, lime juice, and Vanilla Shakeology blend together with other ingredients to create a healthy smoothie packed with good-for-you ingredients! Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Total Time: 10 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 1 smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 cup ice 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology ½ cup chopped mango 1 tsp. finely grated lime peel (lime zest) 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds Preparation: 1. Place almond milk, lime juice, ice, Shakeology, mango, li

Breakfast Banana Muffins

We’ve all waited in line for a simple cup of coffee and been tempted by a display case full of scrumptious looking chocolate, blueberry, and banana muffins, scones, and other pastries. How many of us have given in and asked for a muffin, because that seemed like the “healthiest” choice of the bunch, because otherwise we would have had to skip breakfast altogether, and because — let’s face it — muffins for breakfast are delicious? You can’t see this, but I am raising my hand. I’ll admit, this has been me on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, most muffins are little more than cupcakes without frosting. They’re often oversized and loaded with not-so-good-for-you ingredients like refined flo

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

This savory sheet pan sweet potato hash with eggs is fragrantly spiced with cumin, chili, and smoked paprika and topped with fresh cilantro. Filled with fresh veggies and beans, this breakfast dish is so filling, you’ll want to eat it for dinner! Total Time: 50 min. Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 30 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix containers: 2 Yellow 1 Red 1 tsp. Ingredients: Parchment paper 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup black beans, drained, rinsed 1 cup corn kernels 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil 1½ tsp. chili powder ¼ tsp. ground cumin ¼ tsp. ground smoked papr

Chili Spiced Chicken Salad

Classic chicken salad is delicious, but can be packed with fatty mayonnaise. Ditch the mayo for Greek Yogurt, and throw in some Chili Powder to kick lunch up a notch. From The Master's Hammer & Chisel nutrition guide, this tasty lunch is a new go-to for me. Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. MAKES 4 SERVINGS, about 1½ cups each 21 Day Fix containers: 1R 1O 1G Ingredients: 3 Tbsp. low-fat (1%) Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 tsp. ground chili powder 1 tsp. raw honey 3 cups chopped grilled chicken breast, boneless, skinless ½ medium red onion, finely chopped ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds 8 large Boston (or Bibb) lettuce leaves 2 cups fresh baby spinach Preparation: 1) Combine yogurt, lim

Grilled Peach Panzanella

Panzanella is an Italian salad made from day-old bread torn into bite-sized pieces that soak up the juices of tomatoes and dressing. This version gets luscious sweetness from grilled peaches. Total Time: 29 min. Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 9 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix portions: 1/2G 1Y 1/2 P 1.5 tsp Ingredients: 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided use 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional) 3 slices whole-grain bread 3 ripe medium peaches, cut in half, pits removed Nonstick cooking spray ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped Preparation: 1. Preheat grill to high. 2. Com

Grilled Salmon with Orange Marinade

If you’re looking for an easy meat to marinade, salmon is a great go-to option. It quickly absorbs all the spices and seasonings of a sauce to create a flavor-filled dish. This salmon recipe embraces the sweetness of citrus and zings your palate with just the right amount of chili and cayenne. Total Time: 1 hr. 21 min. Prep Time: 5 min. Cooking Time: 16 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix containers: 1.5R 0.5Y Ingredients: ¼ cup 100% orange juice 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp. raw honey 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. sea salt 1 pinch cayenne pepper 4 (6-oz.) raw salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick Preparation: 1. Combine orange juice, lemon juice, honey, chili pow

Grilled Chicken Dijon

Grill it or broil it, this lean chicken dijon recipe is a fantastic, healthy dinner you can make in 15 minutes or less. Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 10 min. Yield: 2 servings 21 Day Fix portions: 1.5R Ingredients: 2 (4-oz.) raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 6 fresh parsley sprigs (or thyme, marjoram, or rosemary), finely chopped 1 dash sea salt ½ tsp. ground black pepper 1 Tbsp. olive oil Preparation: 1. Preheat grill or broiler. 2. Combine garlic, mustard, parsley, salt, pepper, and oil in a small bowl; mix well. 3. Brush chicken breasts evenly with garlic mixture. 4. Grill or broil chicken for 5 minutes on

Grilled Watermelon Wedges

The next time you fire up the BBQ, throw some wedges of watermelon on the grill! Cooking it this way enhances its sweetness and adds a touch of smoky flavor. Total Time: 46 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 6 min. Yield: 4 servings, 1 to 2 slices each 21 Day Fix portions: 1P 1 tsp Ingredients: ¼ medium watermelon, rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges 1 tsp. sea salt 2 tsp. olive oil Preparation: 1. Place cookie or baking rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. 2. Preheat grill or broiler on high. 3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil. 4. Grill or broil for about 2 to 3 minutes on eac

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