Super Bowl Sweet Potato Skins

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The SUPER BOWL is around the corner!

Usually that means snack time, and often times those snacks are unhealthy, zero nutrient snacks!! What if this year you brought something tasty AND healthy that gives your body nourishment?

Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, as well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they’re high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.

I love the combo of sweet potato and spicy salsa verde in this healthy version of an appetizer classic potato skins!!

Ingredients:
6 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup salsa verde (I love the Hernandez brand)
1/2 avocado, pitted and cut into small pieces
1 cup black bean chips, crushed

Directions:
1. Position an oven rack in the top of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F. Put the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until fork-tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely. (The potatoes can be baked, cooled and refrigerated a day ahead.) Split each in half lengthwise, and scoop out most of the flesh, leaving about a 1/4-inch border all around. (Save the scooped-out flesh for making mashed sweet potatoes later.)

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the potato skins skin-side up on the rack, and brush with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Bake until the skins are slightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut each in half crosswise.

3. Arrange the pieces skin-side down on the rack, and sprinkle each with mozzarella, Parmesan and scallions. Bake until the mozzarella melts, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the potato skins from the oven, and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Top each with some salsa verde and avocado. Sprinkle with crushed chips.

I LOVE sweet potatoes whether savory like this or sweet with cinnamon and a touch of almond butter.

Chicken Bahn Mi

After being introduced to this Vietnamese dish a few months ago, I decided to give it a try in my own kitchen.  This recipe did not disappoint!

Ingredients:

*1 pound chicken breast (I used rotisserie chicken for ease, but grilled might make it ever more of a home run)
*1/4 tsp Kosher salt
*1/8 tsp black pepper
*1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
*1 tbsp light brown sugar
*3 garlic cloves (I use the pre-minced)
*1 fresh jalapeno
*shredded carrots (save yourself and buy them pre-shredded)
*cucumbers sliced thinly
*cilantro to taste
*choices to serve it on – hoagie roll, brown rice, over romaine lettuce

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Chicken Fajita Salad Recipe

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Seriously, friends.  This Chicken Fajita Salad recipe might be one of my all-time favorites!  It’s pretty simple but it truly gives your taste buds a party.  You don’t have to put it over spinach like I did, though…you can put it in a wrap and add your own fillings, just like regular chicken fajitas.

Here’s what you need for 2 servings:

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5 Reasons Meal Planning is Worth It

Be honest, do you pay attention to what you’re eating?  I sure didn’t used to.  I would work hard in the gym but then follow it up with not so stellar eating.  I used to think, “I’m working out and I’m working hard, so now it’s OK if I have that (cookie, ice cream, humongous portion) – you name it!  And I wondered why I wasn’t getting any kind of results physically.  Working out as hard as I was not to see the scale budge or any new definition took a toll on me emotionally.  I started feeling like a failure, like I’d never be able to change my body.

But then I was introduced to the world of Beachbody.  The focus was still on exercise, but now a new component was entered into the equation – nutrition.  I was not excited.  I thought I’d have to eat like a bird or eat foods I really didn’t like to get results.  I had no idea what healthy eating looked like.  Bottom line, I was out of my comfort zone.

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31 Days of Super Foods Revealed

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Over the past few months, I have been becoming more and more interested in the ingredients in my food, especially those in my daily dose of dense nutrition – AKA Shakeology.  I’ve been drinking it for close to 2 years now, and while I have been able to talk about how it has so drastically changed the way I feel, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what was it in that made the difference.  Enter the 31 Days of “What’s in Shakeology?” that I created on my Facebook like page (you can find it HERE).  It certainly doesn’t cover them all, considering that there are 70 super foods, but it’s a start.  I thought it would be helpful to have them all in one spot and others agreed, so here you go… Continue reading

How is Shakeology different from a protein shake?

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I get this question ALL the time.  “I’m drinking a protein shake.  Can I just keep drinking that?  Is Shakeology THAT different?”

The answer is YES.  Leaps and bounds different.

But let me start and tell you that I was super skeptical about Shakeology because I was not a shake drinker at all.  I thought it was just like other shakes that claim to do certain things and not deliver. But then I tried it, and WOW, is it good!  It’s like drinking a sinful milkshake.  Every. Single. Day.  Honestly, the taste is what got me hooked at first.  But then I realized how it made me feel.  Shakeology absolutely delivers on its promises!

It is not just another meal replacement shake or protein shake, but it is a nutrient dense super food shake that helps in so many ways. It has all of the protein, carbs, and healthy fats you need, plus 70 super foods including: Continue reading

My 3-Day Refresh Results

One of the cool things about being a coach is that I get to be on my health and fitness journey along with others all the time.  So if we’re trying out a new fitness program – I’ve got my peeps to gripe with about sore muscles but also to celebrate victories with too.  If we’re trying out a new healthy eating plan – my group holds me accountable to stick to the menu.  This time I had the opportunity to lead a group doing the 3-Day Refresh.  I completed this program one time before, so I looked forward to sharing my thoughts with the group every night and hearing what they had to say.

If you’ve never heard of the 3-Day Refresh, the point is to help you break the cycle of unhealthy eating, give your body a jump start, and promote healthy weight loss.  This time around I decided to do it because I was coming back from ankle surgery that side-lined me for a bit, not allowing me to do much exercising, and then the holidays came right on top of that.  Needless to say, I started falling back into some old eating habits that were putting on some unwanted pounds and inches, and I was ready to kick them to the curb.  Take a look at my quick video, the plan for the 3 days, and then finally, MY results!!

Here’s the schedule for each of the 3 days:

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