Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Um, WOW! YUM! I've been looking for some new PROTEIN packed recipes to try and I ran across this today on Pinterest. Yes please!!

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 16 minutes; Total time: 36 minutes.
Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: about 4-5 meatballs plus sauce)
Approx. 289 calories; 15g fat; 21g protein; 19g carbs. 

1 pound ground turkey breast
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped pine nuts, toasted
4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small bunch kale (tough stems discarded), chopped
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

  1. In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients (through pine nuts), 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and pepper. Form into 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat; brown meatballs in 2 batches (adding the remaining oil for second batch), turning after 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  3. Add kale and sauce to pan; bring to simmer. Place meatballs in skillet; simmer, uncovered, until cooked through and sauce is reduced (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan; serve with a slice of crusty bread, if desired.
Try it out and let me know what you think or change with the recipe!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Refresh Yourself: 3 Day Refresh Review

Hot off the heels of my trip to Vegas for Beachbody's Summit and a "Mommy & Daddy" only trip to Disneyland, I decided to try out the new 3 Day Refresh. I must admit, when I first saw this announced at Summit, I was like... "eh.... a cleanse." I'm definitely not a cleanse person and truthfully, really struggled through the 21 Day Ultimate Reset a couple years ago.

After all the over-indulging I did on vacation (mostly in Disneyland... think ice cream sundaes and corn dogs), and with a little encouragement from my husband, I decided to give it a shot. We arrived home on a Wednesday, so I started first thing Thursday morning. 

The Refresh comes with a new protein rich shake called Vanilla Fresh and another supplement called Fiber Sweep. It also incorporates Shakeology as one of your daily meals. Thank goodness Beachbody includes a guide that lays out ALL three days for you very specifically. I need something like that, and something that doesn't involve hours of meal prepping. Timing and everything is laid out and explained. 

I'll admit, I found the first day a bit difficult... I detoxed from caffeine, so there was a headache involved. I was a little nervous the Fiber Sweep would have me running to the bathroom. Thankfully, it didn't at all!!! I took advantage of the green tea option and really enjoyed the Vanilla Fresh blended with frozen raspberries from my garden. 

Days 2 & 3 actually flew by, and I quickly fell into a routine and felt SO much better!

The Refresh is Dairy, Grain, and Meat Free for the 3 days. You can definitely incorporate all of these back in after you finish. The only thing I personally didn't bring back into my diet was Dairy. 

Okay, so maybe you are wondering about my results? Well here they 3 days, I lost a whopping....

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I actually weigh less than I did before vacation! I'm still in shock by what the scale said. 2 lbs lower than before vacation. Awesome!

The best part for me was that the Refresh is only 3 days and so simple, and very little prepping and cooking. As a bonus, I wasn't hungry at all. No starvation and totally doable over 3 days. 

The 3 Day Refresh and a 30 day supply of Shakeology is ON SALE for $140. That's like getting the Refresh for $10! As a bonus, I'm offering the first 20 people who contact me and commit to this package, a $10 rebate!

I've got an ongoing 3 Day Refresh support group going. If you think you are ready to REFRESH yourself and commit, let me know in the comments below or email me at or contact me via facebook at

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PiYo: Get Strong. Get Flexible. Get Powerful!

I'm SO excited about the arrival of PiYo! I've been craving a workout that incorporates some Yoga and I've never been a HUGE fan of pilates, so a combination of both to build my flexibility and strength... YAY!

What is PiYo

PiYo is not a fusion of Pilates and Yoga... yes, it uses moves from both forms of fitness, but it's more of a functional movement workout. These workouts are low impact, but are definitely high intensity! This combination allows you to get a sweat going and burn major calories!

I've been doing PiYo for 2 weeks now and before I started, I knew I needed to incorporate more stretching. I have plantar fasciitis in my foot and it ALWAYS acts up when I haven't been stretching enough. PiYo gives me double duty... Stretching and a good calorie burn.

Not only are you working on your flexibility with PiYo, you are building a powerhouse core from the inside out. I had decent core strength prior to starting but with 2 c-sections, I didn't think it would be possible to completely build my core back up to what it was prior to babies. I was wrong! I can tell already after these first two weeks that I'm on my way to the best core I've ever had.

How do you get PiYo

During the month of July, you can get the PiYo program PLUS a 30 day supply of Shakeology for just $140 (normally $160). Thinks about it... essentially you are getting PiYo for $10!!! Shipping is free during July as well.

As an added bonus, everyone who orders in July and August will be added to my PiYo Challenge group where we give away prizes and support each other daily.

Are you in? Comment below, email me at or message me on Facebook at

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Your Magic Pill Has Arrived --> The 21 Day Fix!

A revolutionary program arrived this February… did you hear about it? I often wonder how Beachbody can continually out-do themselves with new programs time and time again. Well, here we are again… they’ve done it… the 21 Day Fix is HUGE!

The 21 Day Fix was released on February 3rd and broke too many records to name. And let me tell you why… it’s because the nutrition piece has NEVER been easier than with this program. It's a 21 day program that features 30 minute workouts and focuses heavily on nutrition. It's ALL about portion control and you will learn what foods to eat and the plan is super easy to follow. There is NO calorie counting, points, weighing, etc. The set comes with cool little containers that help you understand the correct portions.


Contact me at or message me on Facebook at for details on this program and a chance to get exclusive support from others doing the program.

What does the Nutrition Guide look like?

Taco Tuesday Dinner
This is the EASIEST nutrition plan you will ever see. Absolutely NO foods are off limits because it’s all about having things in MODERATION! You aren't going to be forced to eat foods you don’t like and within reason, you can eat anything. It also allows for Shakeology!

Included in the 21 Day Fix kit are portioned food containers that were created to hold the perfect portions. There is no calorie or points counting or weighing your foods. Everything is planned out using the containers and they are easy to carry with you. You can also pop them in the dishwasher and they are microwave safe.

You can’t fail with the ease of this nutrition program. If you commit fully to the program and take the time to plan ahead with your meals, you WILL see the results you are looking for.

What about cheat meals?

Yes, you can have cheat meals… but don’t overeat! The plan even helps you figure out how you can include pizza in your diet.

What are the workouts like?

The kit comes with 7 workouts (plus a bonus workout if you order through me) and they are all 30 minutes in length. Trainer Autumn Calabrese gets you up and working hard in each of the workouts. You will do cardio, upper and lower body with weights, a mix of cardio-weight training, yoga, and pilates. Also, each workout incorporates a little ab work into the mix. There is a modifier present in every workout too, demonstrating modifications for every move.

Who is the 21 Day Fix for?

Everyone! That is the beauty of this program… whether you are a beginner or advanced, it will work for you.
How much will the 21 Day Fix Cost?

The 21 Day Fix will retail at $58.85 for the base kit, and the Challenge Pack’s regular price is $160. Pretty SWEET deal! That’s like paying $20 for the 21 Day Fix when you buy Shakeology!

Can I become a Coach when I order the Fix?

Absolutely! It’s actually the best time to do it because when you order a challenge pack all your coach initiation fees are waived. Also, it’s a great opportunity to get your friends involved! They can order from you and it will help cover the costs of your OWN kit and you’ll get 25% off future orders you place. If you are interested, email me at so we can discuss training and support that is offered for our team.

Contact me today to reserve your copy of the 21 Day Fix and get that “Magic Pill” you have been searching for!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day #1 of P90X3... time to bring it AGAIN!

Holy moly... it felt so good to be getting back on track today. It was day 1 of P90X3, Total Synergistics. Thankful for the accountability I have of my challenge groups. They are driving me (along with my dang BEFORE photos... yikes) to stay on track with my eating and getting rid of this holiday weight. As part of my groups, we are also doing a "photo-of-the-day" activity... today is #MyWhy. What is YOUR WHY?

These little ladies are my why, along with my husband. I strive to be a leader, healthy, and fit for them. I want them to see what being healthy is and all about. You can enjoy life by doing things in moderation and getting off the couch and getting active.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Deals Are Here ... Beachbody Style!

Black Friday (er... Wednesday?!) is here Beachbody style! The deals are LIVE NOW! Discounts are deep, 40% to 65% off your favorite products. These deals won't last, so scoop them up before they go out of stock. 

Go to my site and click on JOIN to sign up for a FREE account if you don't have one already.

These deals are only available WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27 to MONDAY, DEC. 2 and ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Avoiding Diet Pitfalls

Are you sabotaging your diet and not even realizing it? Chances are YES… you are! Sometimes in our minds we are eating FANTASTI
C but not seeing the results we really want. If this is you, here are four things that could be sabotaging your weight loss:

1)      Grazing – Rather scheduling out your meals, you may find yourself grazing all day long. Grabbing things here and there, when it comes across your sight you end up grabbing a bite. How do you fix this? Make a conscious effort to plan ahead and start scheduling times to eat. Pack healthy, nutritious snacks and set an alarm on your cell phone or computer to remind you to take a break and eat. Having small, balanced meals throughout the day will avoid rabid hunger and you won’t be reaching into that candy dish all the time.

2)      Stress Eating – There is no doubt that many of us turn to food when the stress in our lives gets turned up. I’m a classic example… especially when it came to the stress of my last job. I would go to the store and load up on junk food, and when I look back it really didn’t make me feel better. BLAH is more like it!!! Rather than turning to those foods now, I like to get up and get moving… whether it be a workout or just go on a walk with my family or play in the backyard with my girls. Find an alternative to reaching for that food for comfort. Whatever you do, find OTHER ways to beat the stress!

3)      Unconscious Eating – This is sitting around eating and not even realizing that you are doing it. This is a sneaky one and a huge reason why I encourage people to journal their food using a site such as Many times when you think you’ve got your eating in order and perfect, you aren’t realizing you grabbed that piece of candy out of the candy basket. When you are forced to record your food somewhere, even if it’s on a piece of paper… that really brings into light what you are putting into your mouth.

4)      Double Portions – Do you own a food scale? If not go NOW and buy one! This is SUCH an important tool when it comes to losing weight. What we might see as “normal” portions in the USA are not actually “correct” portions. When you go out to a restaurant, the servings you receive are likely 2 to 3 servings. Having a food scale on hand to weigh out your food is a HUGE help, especially as you are learning what an actual serving really looks like. As you start to get a handle on these portion sizes, the less you’ll need your scale and my guess is you will also start seeing the weight come off.

I will admit, it’s VERY easy for me to enjoy too large of portions… especially of my favorite food. It’s always a struggle and I just have to remind myself to be aware of it and not forget it. So tell me, do you fall into any of these pitfalls?