THE BEST Stuffed Peppers Ever

My family LOVES stuffed peppers and the best thing is you can make them out of basically whatever you have on hand! BUT THESE, these are the go to Peppers in our house 😍 You will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

6 large Bell Peppers ( I prefer a mix of orange, red and green)

1 lb Ground beef (I use elk or venison)

1⁄2 cup onion, Chopped

1/2 can tomato paste

3 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup rice of your choice (I prefer brown or jasmine) **Busy mom tip: I cook my rice in the instant pot the day before

1 cup water (for cooking rice)

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup Mexican cheese blend, Shredded

Directions:

Cut off the tops of peppers; discard seeds and membranes, chop peppers in half length wise.

Cook the whole green peppers, uncovered in boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert to drain well.

*in a separate pot put water bring to boil add rice cook until rice is soft – unless using precooked rice like I do.

In a skillet cook ground beef, onion till meat is browned and onions are tender.

Add tomatoes, paste, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and rice.

if needed add more water.

add rice to beef mixture.

Stir in cheese. Stuff peppers with meat/rice mixture. Place in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. in the last 5 minutes add any remaining cheese to the top of the peppers.

And ENJOY! Because these are amazing!!!

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Taco Boat Throwdown

Tonight was one of those "okay how do we throw something together fast, without going grocery shopping?" Kinda nights 😳
So was born our zucchini taco boats 😍😍😍

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I used ground elk)
  • 1 whole onion -diced
  • 2 bell peppers OR 2 cups baby sweet peppers -diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 avocado (or guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • My sodium free taco seasoning
  • 1tbsp water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Saran Wrap
  • Olive oil

*optional
For the family 😉 1 box jiffy cornbread mix and it's ingredients

Directions:

  • Brown the meat in large skillet
  • Once almost completely browned add water and taco seasoning to taste
  • Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, do not cut completely through but almost
  • Spray small amount of non stick cooking
  • spray in the middle of the zucchini
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap and microwave 5 minutes, then let it stand 2 minutes
  • Do the same to the other zucchini
  • Add a small amount of oil to the pan with the meat moved to the side
  • Add onion and peppers leaving 1/2 cup raw for topping
  • Cooking onion and peppers and blend with taco meat and turn off heat
  • Mix corn and black beans in microwave safe bowl and cover and microwave on high 2 minutes
  • Open Saran wrapped zucchini and *optional : scoop out center (I prefer to leave the center in
  • Top with meat mixture, lettuce, peppers, salsa, cheese, bean and corn mixture and salsa

*Optional Corn Bread Base for non-zucchini lovers

  • Follow directions on jiffy box to mix pancakes
  • Heat griddle and make corn bread pancakes 🥞
  • Top exactly the same as the zucchini boats

These were a hit by all and so fast and simple and most importantly, you don't need your oven on a hot summer day!

And for those of you following the Fixate meal plan like me 😉 here are the counts 😘

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Summer Love Your Body

Summer Love Your Body Bootcamp is Open for Registration!

You Guys! Registration is NOW OPEN for my

Summer Love Your Body Online Bootcamp!

Lets learn to love ourselves where we are at while working towards our goals together!! This bootcamp will push us to hit our goals by the Fourth of July and more importantly to love ourselves more and more everyday while we work on being healthier and happier than ever!!!

You will get all your workouts (that you’ll do from home), 30 superfood meals, the built in support and motivation that comes from being in these groups, and the exact nutrition/meal plan you need to not only get results, but to learn how to KEEP those results forever. You’ll learn all my secrets on learning to love yourself right where you are while you work on building a healthier you and get to where you want to be! Because you are amazing just the way you are and it isn’t wrong to want more out of your life and your body You will learn to NEVER diet again and how you should NEVER be hungry!

So, if you are sick of wanting more and never sticking with it, or of teeter-tottering back and forth between dieting and bingeing, losing and gaining, feeling like you have no control over food or your body, feeling like you can’t remember the last time you appreciated your body for anything, dealing with anxiety, depression or lack of energy, or if you just want to lose some fat while still enjoying the things you love like wine 😉 and chocolate, send me an email ASAP or fill out the Take My Challenge form above! My groups fill up quick, and once those spots are full, its full. Can’t wait to work with you!

**only open to women who live in the US and Canada who and are not already a coach or working with one**

 

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These are real results, that you can really get and maintain while building confidence and staying full on food your whole family will love!!

 

Best Green Juice Recipe! 

  Fruits and veggies are so important for a balanced diet. They help maintain our gut health, fight disease, nourish our body and flush our systems! 

  This green juice recipe is perfect for Boosting Metabolism, Immune Health, a Digestive Aid and more! And when used properly with a healthy diet it will increase weight loss by eliminating toxins! 

  Whether you are an avid juicer or you are more like me and have never really loved juicing I guarantee you will LOVE this recipe!

  Now I recommend you juice at least once daily in combination with a healthy diet to see maximum effects of the juice. I am not an advocate of complete juice cleanses or liquid diets but rather daily nutrition in a balanced and properly portioned diet.

  If you do choose to juice for an entire day and use this juice as a cleanse it is a perfect mix to make 3 times daily, however do not maintain and entirely liquid diet for longer than 3 days or it can do potential harm to your body instead of good. 

Here is my favorite juice recipe!

Ingredients

  • Apples – 1.5 medium (3″ dia) 364g
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″) 301g
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb (1″ dia) 24g
  • Kale – 6 leaf (8-12″) 210g (2 big handfuls of chopped)
  • Lemon – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia) 42g

I recommend Granny Smith apples but you can use whatever you have on hand 🙂 Many people enjoy adding 4 celery stalks as well but I prefer to leave it out 🙂 

Please let me know what you think and if you have a favorite juice recipe I would love to hear it!

Healthy Breakfast On The Go!

Do you ever wake up late or take too long getting ready that you have to rush out the door?!? Me too.

Those are the mornings you are tempted to stop at Starbucks or a coffee shop or Micky D’s for a delish breakfast sandwich on the go OR grab one of those donuts floating around the office 🙈 And what’s the harm, it’s only one meal right?

WRONG!

Your first meal of the day sets your tone for the entire day and even the rest of your week! Not to mention all the science behind boosting your metabolism from the beginning of your day. If you allow yourself to give in to an unhealthy choice or temptation first thing, mentally you’ve already conceded your health for the day and put it on the back burner…you will be more likely to make “less than perfect” choices the rest of the day! 

THE GOOD NEWS: 

You can fix this issue, simply!

Here is my go to recipe for a quick breakfast scramble that can be prepped in advance AND made into breakfast burritos, bowls or eaten totally on its own!

Ingredients:

  • 18 eggs
  • 1 package sweet potato hashbrowns (frozen is fine) or chop up your own(works great with regular potatoes too as pictured)
  • 10 diced mushrooms
  • 3 diced green peppers, or any you prefer
  • 1  diced large onion
  • Veggies of your choice!
  • Turkey breakfast sausage
  • Turkey bacon
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • *optional whole wheat tortillas
  •   *shredded cheese

Directions:

  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet
  • Add bacon by dicing with scissors
  • Cook through 
  • Remove meats from pan and place on plate or bowl nearby
  • With grease left in pan, add 2 tbsps olive or coconut oil
  • Add sweet potatoes and cook 3 minutes on each side
  • Remove from pan and set aside
  • Crack all eggs into pan and scramble with whisk
  • Add all seasonings 
  • Add veggies
  • Cook on low until eggs are scrambled well
  • Add meat back in and stir well
  • Add sweet potatoes in and stir well
  • Remove from heat and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.*
  • Scoop 1 cup servings in microwave safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel and heat for 2 minutes to serve

* my favorite option is to make burritos 

  • Scoop by 1 cup servings into the center of whole wheat tortillas and top with a dash of shredded cheese
  • Roll tight
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap 
  • Place 3-4 burritos to a bag in freezer safe large ziplock bags and place in freezer(keeps 1 month) or fridge(keeps 1 week)
  • To cook  unwrap and wrap in paper towel 
  • From fridge microwave 1 minute
  • From freezer microwave 3 minutes

Enjoy! And rest easy knowing you started your day off right!

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Check Out these ‘Tricks & Treats’ To Keep You On Track!

  With Halloween just around the corner your house is probably stocked with mini chocolate bars and sweets galore, and if you aren’t yet, you will be! Whether you have kiddos who will bring home their loot for you to “taste test” or you plan on sitting by the door and doling out the goods to your own neighborhood kids, the temptation remains the same…SUGAR!
We all love it from time to time and the more we eat, the more we crave! So here are a few tried and true tricks to keep you out of the treats 😉

1.  Eat Before You Trick or Treat

Serve a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will be less tempted to eat candy along the way and so will you! After trick or treating, offer a cup of warm sugar free hot cocoa made with almond milk or low fat milk with just one treat to ensure that blood sugar is stable before bedtime, and hold yourself to the same treat 😉

2.  Trick-or-Treat and Exercise  Make your children walk from house to house instead of driving them, and walk along with them. Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.

3.  Keep the Best, Donate the Rest!

When children get back home from trick-or-treating,  have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
My family personally donates our leftovers and extra to Operation Gratitude, where it is shipped over seas to our troops and brightens the day of a hard working soldier who is missing the Halloween fun! My kids look forward to doing it every year and it starts off the season of giving! Ask your dentist about it or find local drop offs here!

4.  Procrastinate

Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that you do not like, if you still have leftovers donate them! If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.

5. Stock Up on Non-Candy Alternatives

Both for you and your kiddos, stock up on items you and they enjoy and offer those as alternatives to candy or in addition to eating 1 piece of candy vs. 2 or 3. Some great examples might be Trail Mix, Yogurt Covered raisins or pretzels, fruit for smoothies and frozen sugar free yogurt or popsicles. Non food items are great too like an extra 10-30 minutes of screen time, a special movie, a fun project, bubble bath, bubbles, nature walk etc.
When you’re tempted to grab a candy bar or your kiddos are begging you for them, reach for an alternate fun snack or activity and keep that craving at bay!

 

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Chia Seeds, Chia Gel and Why You Need It!

Chia Gel.jpgSomebody loves making Chia Gel (and using it!) it is so fun and seriously so good for you!

Do you use Chia seeds?

Here are some great reasons to!
Chia seeds are high in fiber, calcium, phosphorous, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants! Chia seeds score bonus points for being a complete protein. Also, chia seeds don’t require grinding to render the nutrients bioavailable and they are less prone torancidity thanither options on the market.


SO HOW DO YOU MAKE CHIA GEL?
Add 2 tbsps to 1 cup of water and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, shaking optional 😉 they will last about 2 weeks in your fridge and are great in water and many other ways!

WAYS TO USE CHIA GEL
Use as an egg-substitute in baking.
1 egg = 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water = about 1/4 cup gel
Add to smoothies. Yes, you can add the seeds directly into smoothies, without creating a gel. But, the little seeds tend to stick to the sides of the blender. Clean-up is easier when you add the seeds in gel form.
Make your own boutique juice beverages. You’ve seen them at the grocery store, now make them at home. Simply add some gel to your freshly juiced beverage to make it even healthier and more festive.

Share your favorite way to use Chia Seeds or Chia Gel?!?

Clean and Healthy Pie Crust

Tonight’s attempt at a clean and healthy crust was a total win and this recipe is one for the books! Perfect for savory or sweet pies and completely on point for a clean eating diet and 21 Day Fix approved! 

Ingredients

2 cups organic whole wheat or coconut flour

3/4 cup organic coconut oil

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt 

8 tbsp ice water

Directions

1. Add flour, salt and coconut oil to bowl and mix with dough hook 

2. Add ice water 1 tbsp at a time until dough starts to form a ball

3. Separate dough into two balls

4. place in refrigerator for 10-30 minutes and allow to cool

5. Remove from fridge and place on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle one half with flour and roll flat

6. Place in pie tin and repeat step 5 with the other half

7. Fill pie

8. Add top crust and pinch off edges and cut excess off sides

9. Place air slits in the top of the pie and bake according to pie directions or about 35 minutes at 375* 

10. Enjoy!!!