The Season Of Squash (recipes)

Pumpkin Spice has taken over. I guess that means fall is here :)

Now I’m not here to tell you how sugar loaded those PSL lattes are. You already know that right? lady-in-forrest

I mean you haven’t missed that fact that a Grande, nonfat, no whip PSL has 49g of sugar.

And you know that compared to the fact that an adult female should strive for no more than 25g of added sugar a day that PSL is off the charts.

The fact is if you like ’em you’re gonna get ’em right?

Are they a good idea? I’ll hold my opinion to myself.

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Be Aware of Sneaky Liquid Calories (+recipes)

I call these calories sneaky because they don’t fill you up, you can gulp them down in just a few minutes and if you’re not careful they can quickly turn into an unwanted
increase in body fat.

From champagne to cocktails, hot cocoa to eggnog,  all of the classic winter/celebration drinks are filled with sugary fat-storage encouraging calories.

So first, here’s a trick that reduces these calories: Slow down your consumption by drinking a full glass of water in between each calorie-filled drink.

This technique allows you to enjoy the tasty drinks of the season while keeping you hydrated and reducing your liquid calories by 50%.

Next, lets go a step further and reduce the actual calories in a couple of those drinks.

I saw these great recipes on FB the other day for a healthy Hot Cocoa and a Skinny Eggnog.

Unfortunately I don’t have anything for a low-cal champagne :( [Read more…]

5 Detox Shakes (Recipes)

If you read my last email then you know that when I say “detox” I really mean filling your body with nature’s detoxifiers: water and green vegetables.21689-1_n-300x225

If you really want to start your eating off right then you’ll get a healthy shot of both water and vegetables in your first meal of the day (that does not have to be first thing in the morning).
Try these simple Green shakes that are water based and packed with dark green leafy vegetables.

I’ll be upfront and say that you may need to tweak the recipes a bit after you’ve made it the first time. But once you find your personal preference combo you’ll be adding these to your breakfast rotation on the regular.

Just be sure to avoid adding sugar or other processed items.
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Try These Delicious Loaded Baked Potatoes!

We’re are smack dab in the middle of our 5th Annual Skinny Jeans Transformation Challenge and the ladies are doing great!

One of the reasons is because the food they get to eat this year is actually REALLY good! The whole family is loving this so called “diet” food.

My stick-to-it strategy this year included making sure that the food on the weekends was “fun” yet still fat burning since there is only one splurge day a week.

Well this recipe for Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins was a HUGE hit so I had to share. [Read more…]

My Top 10 Smoothie Recipes (and a contest)

A couple of weeks ago I had a few clients in a row ask me for some good smoothie recipes so I compiled my top 10 and shared it with all my clients. There are some really tasty recipes in that little booklet like Chocolate covered cherries, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and even a Green smoothie that is delish. They are hearty and nutrient packed so these are actually meals in a glass.

I really enjoy smoothies for breakfast because I can cram greens, flax and chia seeds in there and start my morning off feeling great.

But today I was going into my website to pull down the recipe booklet and I thought of you all; my faithful readers and I decided to share it with you too.

 

So here it is: [Read more…]

Healthy Brunch Menu

Yesterday I hosted the first of what will soon be a BBC regular; a Nutrition Brunch & Learn.

It was a nice morning, I led a special 9am Booty Boot Camp workout and then we did a quick setup and all sat down to a simple yet delicious brunch while I threw out some facts and tips and answered questions about nutrition and fat loss. I already can’t wait for the next one! [Read more…]

Healthy Instant Oatmeal (video)

I think it’s safe to say that preparation is 80% of the battle when it comes to eating in a way that will help you reach your fat loss and fitness goals. Eating on the fly and grabbing things here and there just doesn’t work for most people for various reasons. The top 3 being:

1. Availability of healthy options that are in line with your plan

2. Once hunger sets in it’s hard to stick to your plan. The drive-through smells really good when you’re hungry!

3. Cost, eating out all the time gets really expensive!

So my mantra is to prepare, prepare, prepare!

You also need to prepare for being unprepared. [Read more…]

Try This One Thing For 30 days (get leaner)

In my line of work, the one thing I’ve gotten used to is people looking for that one little “secret” or “magic pill” to lose weight quicker……and while there isn’t a pill, there are definitely some tips and tricks that can speed the process along.

But there’s this one that is so simple and so effective but is often overlooked. In fact when I start to tell people how to do it they usually just start nodding their head like “yeah, yeah ok I got that, but what else?”

Sometimes I wanna grab their head, stop it from nodding and say : No, really pay attention, this is BIG and you’re just throwing it away!”

What is it? [Read more…]

Celebrate National Brownie Day! (Healthier version)

Bet you didn’t know that December 8th is National Brownie Day.

You all know I am a sweet junkie so this is one holiday that I’ll celebrate to the full! :)

But if you’re like me then you’ve got goals and need to stay on track. So, I dug up this healthier version of a brownie that has just over 100 calories in each! Now there are 10 servings so you definitely want to make sure that you don’t over-eat them. I suggest baking a batch and giving 1 to each of your workout buddies or taking them to work. Let your co-workers see that you can eat your favorite things only healthier. [Read more…]

A Candy Bar For Breakfast AND a Flat Belly

Ok, so not really a candy bar, you know I would never set you up for an insulin rollercoaster like that, but I have something else I think you’ll like. One of the breakfast smoothies off the new Flat Belly Boot Camp 2.0 menu has a shake called Almond Joyousness and it’s good for you peoples. How bout that? [Read more…]