It’s been feeling like Fall as of late (and I love it!) I had a serious craving for tortilla soup yesterday and I found this amazing recipe. Using fresh veggies from a local farm, this soup was so delicious! It’s vegan and gluten free, but you can easily add shredded chicken to it for a chicken tortilla soup. I added gluten free, GMO-free tortilla strips, instead of making my own. Such a great dish for a Summer transition into Fall.
This fruity refresher is set to make any hour happy. The perfect combo of sweet meets tart flavor is made with minimal calories. Serve virgin or add alcohol of choice.
Makes 1 large or 2 small glasses
Juice of 2 lemons
6 oz frozen strawberries
1/2 cup water
1 packet stevia
Blend all ingredients in Margaritaville or high speed blender. Serve immediately.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you to try this recipe! We are constantly grilling in the Summer, so this dish couldn’t be more perfect (or more simple!) Inspired by Fixate, it’s a healthier alternative to starches, and is heartier than my usual lunch swap, a lettuce wrap.
I used Amy’s Sonoma Burgers (vegan/gluten free), and my hubby and I made homemade Turkey Burgers from the Fixate Cookbook.
1 Large Eggplant, sliced thick
1 Small Tomato, sliced
1/4 Onion, sliced
1 Avocado, sliced
4 Burger Patties of choice
Seasonings: Rosemary, Parsley, Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper
Condiments: Vegan Mayo, Organic Ketchup & Organic Mustard
Mix olive oil with seasonings in a small bowl.
Brush eggplant and sliced onion with oil mixture, lightly.
Grill eggplant and onion until crispy.
Place burgers on the grill until cooked.
Layer on the toppings & condiments.
I served mine with my Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries. Yum!
Health & Fitness have always been a huge part of my adult life, but since I started coaching, it has become my life. These are tips I live by, and share with my challengers daily to stay on track and stay motivated.
1. Drink warm lemon water upon waking up every morning. This helps with firing up your metabolism and detoxing your system, losing fat and improving digestion.
2. Stick to a portion controlled meal plan. Once you learn how much food and the portion of it you should be eating daily, you can learn to fit in your favorite foods and meals without overindulging. (The programs I use have been a lifestyle change for me, you can find the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme here)
3. Make a weekly menu & stick to buying only what you need for it. This helps you stay on track, without snacking on bad foods, and also helps not to overspend at the grocery store.
4. Prep your food. Wash & cut up fresh fruits & veggies, and make them easily accessible for snacking or to grab & go. Make a big serving of homemade hummus or guac for the week, or brown rice or quinoa to add to your dinners.
5. Drink a protein packed, vitamin filled, superfood shake for breakfast daily. Vegan Chocolate Shakeology keeps me full, nixes any junk food cravings (it tastes just like dessert!) and gives me all of my vitamins, and nutrients for the day.
6. Complete one 30 minute workout per day, from toning, to pilates to yoga. I used to spend two hours at the gym doing cardio, and it never transformed my body like these 30 minute at home workouts have, with minimal cardio.
7. Stay hydrated throughout the day. This is crucial to weight loss and staying healthy. Shoot for drinking half your weight in ounces for the day.
8. Dry brushing before showering. This helps detoxify the body, improves circulation, tightens skin, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
9. If you get hungry after dinner, drink a cup of decaffeinated tea. Cinnamon, peppermint, rooibos, pick your fave.
10. Never underestimate the power of weights, to tone your body and transform it (not bulk you up.) I’ve had much quicker results with my body becoming smaller and more fit and toned, than with any type of cardio.
11. Throw away the scale. Setting a goal to lose “x” pounds, can be discouraging, because sometimes your body is reaching non-scale victories much quicker. You may be losing inches, or pants sizes and not realize it because you are too stuck on the number on the scale.
12. Take before pictures. This isn’t for sharing, but sometimes you rely on seeing little differences, and you don’t see the big picture until you compare yourself to a picture of when you started. A photo can show a lot more than the scale can.
13. With each food & fitness choice, ask yourself, “Will this choice bring me closer to my goal?” This has been life changing. Results don’t come immediately. Take everything step by step. By making decisions based on your goals, each choice will be one step closer to getting you there.
14. Check in to keep yourself accountable. I encourage my challengers to check in with their workout & meal plan for the day at the end of the day in our online challenge group to keep themselves accountable. If you know you have to share your food and fitness choices with others at the end of the day, it may help you make healthier choices.
If you’re interested in making a change for a healthier lifestyle, and want to learn more about the programs, shakeology or my fitness groups, feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my coach site.
I’ve been expanding our usual eats, with some creative swaps and cuisines lately, and putting a healthy spin on them. This recipe was delicious, and one of my hubby’s faves. It can be made vegan or non-vegan. I made both and just added the preferred meat to the individual dish. Mostly a one-pot meal with the addition of the meat on the side. It has the perfect amount of kick, without being too spicy. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, the healthy swaps fit right in.
I can’t express how much the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plans have been a game changer. They aren’t a “diet,” they’re a guide to living a healthy, portion-controlled lifestyle, with room for indulgences.
Autumn Calabrese came out with 101 recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads, dressings, side dishes, snacks, desserts and cocktails. They include Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes. Each recipe labels the amount of containers, so it makes your life even easier. I love that she included a ton of kid-friendly recipes also, perfect for busy moms!
Here’s a sneak peek of four Fixate recipes here!
Fixate is available today on the shop section of my coach website! If you don’t have containers, you can purchase it with containers also.
Recently I stumbled across the brand Kite Hill at Whole Foods. They sell every dairy-free, nut based version of cheese, from ricotta, to cream cheese, to artisanal cheeses. I created this yummy starch-free Italian dinner, as a light alternative to our usual Sunday dishes, inspired by this recipe.
Ricotta is considered a protein in the 21 Day Fix & Extreme meal plan, so this dish fits into the meal plan perfectly, packed with protein and flavor.
You would never believe this Summer treat is packed with Shakeology superfoods, antioxidants, protein and probiotics. It’s so simple to make and no-guilt! Enjoy!
Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream
1 Scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
1 frozen Banana, sliced into chunks
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter
Place almond milk, banana, shakeology, and almond butter in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Top with your favorite nuts or coconut shreds.
Adapted from this recipe.