HEALTH & FITNESS

DELICIOUS protein smoothie recipe featuring Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Advanced Protein

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To go along with my item of the week this week, I wanted to share with you a simple and DELICIOUS protein smoothie recipe featuring Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Advanced Protein.  It is such a simple recipe that is so incredibly yummy – you’ll feel like you’re cheating on your diet!  It’s packed full of nutrients and strength building ingredients to help you get into the best shape of your life.  You’re going to love this.

 

liz

Ingredients:

1 to 2 scoops of Gaspari Nutrition chocolate flavored Myofusion Advanced           Protein

1 1/2 cups of pure water or skim milk

1/4-1/2 cup of raspberries

1/4-1/2 frozen banana

Add ice for extra thickness

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with raspberries if you’re feeling fancy and ENJOY! It’s as simple as that.

 
 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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When I find a new recipe that’s both delicious AND healthy, I always have to share it with you guys. Over the weekend, I tried out a new dinner recipe and fell absolutely in LOVE. Quinoa has been my best friend for the past couple of months, so I found a recipe for quinoa stuffed peppers on recipebyphoto.com and needless to say, I have found my go-to meal! Follow the directions below to try this out at home; you’re going to thank me!

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
2 cups water
1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1 cup or so)
1 carrot, shredded
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1/2 onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup water chestnuts, diced
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp seasoning salt salt & pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
7 sweet peppers, any color
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Tex Mex blend cheese, shredded

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper, set aside. Cook quinoa in a pot with the 2 cups of water until done. Set aside. In a large saucepan, mix black beans, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, peas, corn, water chestnuts, and spices. Cook over medium heat until veggies are soft and mixture is heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in cooked quinoa and tomato sauce.

Cut tops off of peppers and place in prepared 9 X 13 pan. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of the Parmesan cheese into the bottom of each pepper.

Fill peppers with the quinoa mixture. Top with 1 Tbsp of the Tex Mex cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes until pepper is browned around the top and has softened. Serve hot and ENJOY!

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All About Detox

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I am all about detoxing and a good cleanse, so I thought I’d share with you my favorite cleanse and detox solutions from www.skinnyms.com that will help you to flush the fat away! If you’re looking for an easy way to get started on your healthy lifestyle, these detoxifying drinks and cleanses will help you look and feel great.

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink: The ginger in this drink is excellent for speeding up your metabolism while the lemon naturally detoxifies and helps to release the toxins in your body! Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients
• 1 12-ounce glass water, at room temperature
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1/2 inch knob of ginger root
Directions
Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester, add to the glass of water. This drink is a perfect way to start your day!

Super Detox Green Smoothie:
Ingredients
• Recommend organic apple, kale and celery be used for this recipe.
• 1 organic apple with peeling, cored (Wash away harmful toxins in the body)
• Juice of 1 lemon (This citrus fruit helps boosts the digestive tract)
• 1 cup kale (Chlorophyll kick starts the digestive tract by ridding the body of pesticides and environmental toxins)
• 1 stalk or rib of celery…depending where you live. (Thought to be a great blood cleanser)
• 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley or cilantro (Thought to help rid the body of mercury and other harmful minerals)
• 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds (Great source of Omega-3’s and ridding the body of harmful toxins)
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 1/4 cups chilled water
Directions
If using a juicer: Add all the ingredients and enjoy!
If using a blender: Add all the above ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice. This recipe makes one serving.

Cleanse and Detox Smoothie:
Ingredients
• Recommend organic apple, kale and celery be used for this recipe.
• 1 organic apple with peeling, cored (Wash away harmful toxins in the body)
• Juice of 1 lemon (This citrus fruit helps boosts the digestive tract)
• 1 cup kale (Chlorophyll kick starts the digestive tract by ridding the body of pesticides and environmental toxins)
• 1 stalk or rib of celery…depending where you live. (Thought to be a great blood cleanser)
• 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley or cilantro (Thought to help rid the body of mercury and other harmful minerals)
• 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds (Great source of Omega-3’s and ridding the body of harmful toxins)
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 1/4 cups chilled water
Directions
If using a juicer: Add all the ingredients and enjoy!
If using a blender: Add all the above ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice. This recipe makes one serving.

Vegetable Soup:
Ingredients:
• 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes (optional, 1 medium zucchini sliced into 1″ round pieces)
• 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
• 1 stalk celery, diced
• 1 small yellow onion, diced
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• Kosher or sea salt to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (optional, the beans are for added protein)
• 2 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium
• 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
• 4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
Directions
Add all ingredients, except spinach, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables are tender. Add spinach, stir and continue cooking just until wilted, approximately 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Superfood Salad: Combine 4 cups baby spinach, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 2 carrots (sliced), 12 raw almonds sliced, 2 dates (diced). Drizzle with 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. This recipe will help you look and feel your very best!
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Healthy Recipe Obsession

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Welcome back to my blog. This week, I wanted to share with you one of my newest healthy recipe obsessions – Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus! It’s such a simple dish and perfect for serving before a big meal. It’s the simplest recipe in the world but one of the most delicious appetizers I have ever tried. Find out how to make them below!

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces slice prosciutto, halved horizontally
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions:

  • Working one at a time, wrap halved prosciutto slice on each asparagus spear at an angle, covering the entire length of the spear. Repeat with remaining prosciutto and asparagus.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add asparagus and cook until prosciutto is crisp and asparagus is tender, about 2-3 minutes
  • Serve immediately
 
 

Healthy & Happy Life

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Like most people, I am in no means one hundred percent confident all of the time. It took me years and years to learn how to truly love my body and the skin that I’m in. I know it’s easier said than done, but learning to love your body and yourself is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy and happy life. Here are some of my tips to help you to love the body that you’re in!

  • You are not a number: It’s time for you to stop obsessing over the number you see on the scale and the number on clothing items that fit properly. The size shouldn’t be what matters – the way you feel in the clothes matters.
  • Be nice to yourself: You are your own worst critic. Try not putting yourself down as much and use kind words with yourself daily. Take a moment to look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are.
  • Move your body: Some people aren’t lucky enough to be able to run, dance and jump. Get moving and appreciate just how fortunate you are that your body is able to move.
  • Meditate: Meditation cleanses negative energy from the body and lets your body and your brain a chance to chill out together.
  • Get naked: The more you expose your body and the more you get used to seeing yourself naked, the more COMFORTABLE you will feel with your body. Work what you got!
 
 

Eating healthy is, of course, incredibly important for your body

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Eating healthy is, of course, incredibly important for your body, but it also can be very beneficial for your skin.  There are a couple of “super foods” that can help to completely solve all of your skin woes.  From soothing redness and eliminating acne to helping to boost collagen, here are my top five foods for beautiful skin.

1. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is FULL of flavonoids – an antioxidant that helps your skin protect itself from sunrays and UV damage.  Dark chocolate has also been shown to improve skin hydration and increase blood flow to the skin.

2. Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a complete protein.  They contain all of the essential amino acids and help build collagen from the inside out.

3. Oysters: Oysters are an amazing source of zinc which helps to create collagen, as well as vitamin A and selenium!

4. Ginger: Ginger is the ultimate skin soother.  This anti-inflammatory root helps to soothe irritation and redness – perfect for acne-prone skin or anyone with rosacea.

5. Caffeine: A study has showed that one serving of coffee held more antioxidants than a serving of mixed fruit – including oranges and bananas.  Caffeinated green and black teas can also prevent sun damage!

 
 

Something Sweet!

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I am the kind of girl that always needs dessert after a big dinner. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the healthiest habit and I have had to learn how to satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard on the calories. This week, I wanted to share with you a simple recipe for Yogurt Covered Strawberries that I know you are going to love. It takes absolutely no time at all but will help kick those cravings to the curb!

Ingredients:
1 container of vanilla yogurt (I recommend using Greek Yogurt because it has a thicker consistency)
Fresh ripe strawberries

Directions:
Slice strawberries in half. Spoon Greek yogurt onto a shallow dish and dip the strawberries in the yogurt. Place dipped strawberries in a plastic container lined with parchment paper and freeze. Enjoy!

 
 

Diet & Exercise

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Diet and exercise are equally as important when trying to lose weight, however, you will see results much faster if you’re eating clean and staying active at the same time. Eating clean is a lifestyle, so start by making changes you know you will be able to stick with. Here are my do’s and don’ts for getting started!

1) Eat 6 small meals a day: Increasing the frequency you eat causes your metabolism to be stimulated while at the same time preventing you from getting too hungry!

2) Eat breakfast every day: Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day, so eat up! Eating breakfast helps keep your body nourished and satisfied while providing you with a ton of energy

3) Adhere to proper portion sizes: Use your hands as a guide for portion sizes to ensure that you are getting the proper amount of food for your body!

4) Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal: By eating complex carbs with protein, you’ll slow down the carb-to-fat conversion process

5) Eat sufficient healthy fats every day: In order to lose weight while also keeping your body looking fit, you must eat some fat!
6) Stay Hydrated: It is essential to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Drinking water helps to rid your body of toxins and aids in healthy weight loss. See my most recent post for a great new water here.

Eating clean is a lifestyle, so get started today! Good luck! – Liz

 
 

End of Summer already?

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Labor Day has come and gone which means summer is (unofficially) pretty much over! But just because the cooler months mean covering up our bodies with tons of layers does NOT mean you can fall off the wagon with your diet, workout routine or healthy lifestyle. I’m going to share with you some of my tips to help you stay motivated through the fall!

1. Buy A New Pair Of Shoes: Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to go back to school so you could show off your new shoes? Think of your workouts the same way! A new pair of running shoes will help you start off the new season right.

2. Find A New Activity: I like to think of the changing seasons as an excuse to change up my life and my routine four times a year. Look for a new activity, indoors or outdoors, that interests you. Your body will thank you for trying new workouts because they challenge the muscles!

3. New Season, New Playlist: If you have the same workout playlist on your iPod that you’ve had for the last year, it’s time to switch it up. Download fresh music to give yourself new jams to listen to while working out! Music is my motivation during my workouts

I hope you enjoyed these tips and let me know in the comments what your favorite ways to stay motivated during the cooler months are! – Liz

 
 

Lettuce wraps to finish up the Summer

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I have become absolutely obsessed with Lettuce Wraps this summer and wanted to share with you my new favorite recipe! It’s simple, delicious AND kid approved! You’ve got to try this out.

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Ingredients:

1¼ lb. 96% lean ground beef (or any ground meat you prefer)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup onion, roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic, diced

1-inch piece of ginger, diced

¾ cup water chestnuts, roughly chopped

5 tbsp. hoisin sauce

1 tbsp. soy sauce

Bibb lettuce

Optional toppings:

Shredded carrots

Roughly chopped peanuts

Toasted sesame seeds

Chopped green onion

Instructions:

1. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large pan. Add in the ground beef and break it apart with a cooking spoon into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook till no longer pink. Set aside on a separate plate.

2. In the same pan, cook the onion, garlic, and ginger for 3-4 minutes. Add the meat and water chestnuts into the pan.

3. Stir in the hoisin sauce and soy sauce and cook everything together for a few minutes.

4. To serve, place the meat mixture in the lettuce cups and top with shredded carrots, peanuts, sesame seeds, green onion, and extra hoisin sauce.