Healthier Hot Cocoa

fit-momma-2-fiveThis morning it was only 63 degrees in our house! I think it is time to turn the furnace back on!

The kids LOVE having a warm cup of cocoa on those cold mornings, but I cringe at the ingredients in those little packets you can buy at the store. So I came up with a healthier version for them to enjoy!

Healthier Hot Cocoa

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Continue to whisk together until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the milk. Stir in the vanilla. Continue stirring until it is warm. Do not boil.

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22 Minute Hard Corps

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WHAT IS 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS™?

Legendary trainer Tony Horton has created a challenging but simple-to-follow workout program inspired by training techniques used by the military. Each workout in 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS is a quick—and intense—calorie-blasting drill designed to get you “boot camp fit” in just 8 weeks. You just show up, keep up, and get in shape!

ABOUT YOUR PT INSTRUCTOR, TONY HORTON

Throughout the past 15 years, Tony Horton has toured dozens of military bases all over the world, helping troops train to their maximum fitness potential. In 22 Minute Hard Corps, he’s made it his mission to bring military-style workouts to everyone. Now it’s your mission to give him every rep.

WHAT MAKES 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS EFFECTIVE AND UNIQUE?

You get eight short workouts, 6 days a week—so your mind never gets bored, and your body never adapts. The workouts feature a unique blend of cardio and resistance training that targets multiple major muscle groups in your body and can help you get shredded fast.

Tony puts getting “boot camp fit” within the reach of anyone willing to commit to 8 weeks of serious training and nutrition. And he gives you all the tools you need to power through the program—including a modifier version of every exercise, that you can follow until you’re up to speed with the rest of the platoon. So with 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS, you get a program that works your whole body with moves that are tough enough to challenge you, but are straightforward enough for you to do on Day One.

WHAT’S IN THE 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS BASE KIT?

DVD WORKOUTS

You’ll rotate through a series of total-body workouts designed to maximize strength gains and fat loss within the 22-minute workout window, with the goal of getting epic results in just 8 weeks.

FITNESS TOOLS
  • Quick Start Mission Guide – Here are the simple steps to make 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS fully operational. Take your PT Fit Test, so you can track your progress.
  • Basic Training Action Plan – With this 8-week calendar, Tony makes it easy to plan your workouts and track your success!
  • Rations for Results and Nutrition Field Guide – A basic but satisfying nutrition plan that lays out the three squares and two snacks you’ll need for the mission ahead. It makes meal prep easy so you can get back to the business of getting results.
BONUS GIFTS
  • Hell Week Challenge Card – Test your limits with a two-a-day Challenge Week after your 8 weeks are through, and push your results from great…to absolutely epic.
  • Cold Start Pre-Workout Drill – Fire this up before you get down to business to get your body ready for the challenge ahead.
DELUXE KIT

In addition to everything featured in the Base Kit, you get an 8-lb. medicine ball along with 4 advanced workouts designed around this piece of equipment. You’ll also receive an extra set of 7 color-coded containers for more convenient meal planning and cleanup

BEACHBODY® ON DEMAND

When you purchase 22 Minute Hard Corps and check out the Free 30 day trial of the Premium Team Beachbody Club membership, you’ll get unlimited access to Beachbody On Demand, where you can stream 22 Minute Hard Corps and hundreds of proven Beachbody workouts via any desktop, tablet, TV, or mobile device—wherever you have an internet connection. Just look for “Purchased Programs” on Beachbody On Demand to stream your 22 Minute Hard Corps workouts.

22 MINUTE HARD CORPS FAQ

Q. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS CHALLENGE PACK?

  • 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
  • Quick Start Mission Guide
  • 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
  • Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
  • Cold Start pre-workout drill
  • Hell Week Challenge Card
  • Free Bonus DVD! Battle Buddy Workout
  • 30-Day Supply Shakeology
  • Free 30-Day Premium Club Membership including access to live streaming via Beachbody On-Demand
  • Access to my Challenge Group launching on April 4th!
  • Me as your FREE Coach!

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***There is also the 22 Minute Hard Corps Performance Pack which contains everything listed above, but instead of Shakeology, you would get Beachbody Performance Energize and Recover.

Q. IS THERE A TEAM BEACHBODY EXCLUSIVE YOU ORDER 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS THROUGH ME?

Customers who purchase 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS through me will get a FREE bonus DVD—HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout (a $19.95 value)! The secret to mission-ready results…is teamwork! Pair up with a “Battle Buddy” to take on this calorie-scorching, partner-based workout challenge.

Q. ARE THESE REAL “BOOT CAMP” WORKOUTS?

The 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS workouts were inspired by Tony’s time spent training U.S. servicemen and women to their maximum fitness potential. They combine the no-nonsense simplicity of military PT (Physical Training), with Tony’s personal expertise in functional fitness and creating quick workouts that deliver great results in a short amount of time.

Q. WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

  • A pull-up bar or resistance band and door attachment
  • A Beachbody® PT Sandbag or dumbbells

Q. CAN I STREAM MY 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS WORKOUTS?

Yes! If you purchase 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS and become a Premium Team Beachbody Club member, you’ll get unlimited access to Beachbody On Demand, where you can stream 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS and hundreds of proven Beachbody workouts via any TV, desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device—wherever you have an internet connection. Just look for “Purchased Programs” in Beachbody On Demand to access 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS.

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22 Minute Hard Corps is NOW AVAILABLE!  Reserve YOUR spot in my Challenge Group beginning April 4th, NOW!

Challenge Pack with Shakeology | Challenge Pack with Beachbody Performance

 

Chopped Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce-21 Day Fix Approved

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If you are like me, you LOVE yummy Salads!  I think they are great to throw together and know that I am getting a healthy meal in for my family with lots of veggies & flavor!  Salads do not have to be the boring iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing.  Nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you like, but there isn’t much nutrition in it either.

Try to experiment with different  vegetables for you salad.  Add some fruit, nuts, cheese…mix it up!  I also like to make my own dressings.  Not only does it save money, but I know what is in it! Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a bottle of salad dressing?  I would rather spend and extra 5 minutes to make it myself and know what we are putting into our bodies!

This salad was definitely a HIT with my family!  I will be making it again!  It does make a HUGE bowl, so you may want to make 1/2 of the recipe. (We are a family of 7.) I will say I am loving the leftovers for my lunch the past 2 days.  The cabbage base is still crunchy like the first day!

Chopped Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce makes a huge bowl

(For the Salad)

1/2 green cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped

1/2 purple cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 bunch of green onions, chopped,

2 red peppers, diced

4 cups shredded carrots

2 lbs grilled sirloin steak (or grilled chicken breast)

peanuts (I add to each individual salad)

(For the Peanut Sauce)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

3 Tbsp. coconut aminos or soy sauce

juice from 1 lime

2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/2 cup water**

**If you refrigerate the sauce it will thicken a bit, you may want to add a tiny bit of water to thin before using.

Toss all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl and mix well.  Grill your steak or chicken breast, then slice.  For the sauce, toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  I like to keep salad, meat, sauce and peanuts all separate until I am ready to eat.  Put the salad on your plate or in a bowl, top with meat, peanuts and sauce.  Once I have my salad put together, I like to stir to make sure the sauce is on every piece!

21 Day Fix:  Salad: measure with your green container. Meat: measure with your red container. Peanuts: measure in orange container. Sauce: 2 tsps of sauce= 1 tsp on the fix (since it is half peanut butter, half water.)

Are you ready to learn more about the 21 day fix or to join my accountability group? Join Here! 

 

 

Together We CAN Make a Difference

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My husband and son TJ will be shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So they decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.
Now we need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
Thank You.

To make a donation click here!

Homemade Granola Bars

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If your family is like mine, they LOVE granola bars!  However, I am not a fan of the price or some of the ingredients in the ones you find at the store.  Since I make my own granola, I figured I would attempt to make the family some granola bars.  This was my first attempt and I would say it was pretty successful.  I think next time I won’t boil the honey as long, maybe they will turn out to be more of a “chewy” granola bar then.  These have some crunch to them.  They are perfect for the big kids, but the little ones have a struggle eating them.  For variety try adding different nuts, seeds, raisins, cranberries…let me know what you tried!

Homemade Granola Bars makes 25 bars

1 batch of Coconut Chia Seed Granola

1 cup raw honey

6 Tbsp water

1/2 cup natural peanut butter, optional (or other nut butter)

1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

Cook the Granola according the directions.  Once the granola is done, heat the honey and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  I used a candy thermometer to heat to 270 degrees.  (Next time I will try a lower temp. to see if I can create a “chewy” bar.) Once you reach 270 degrees turn off the heat and stir in peanut butter, if using.  Pour the honey mixture over the granola and stir.  It will seem a bit dry, but make sure it all gets covered well.  Line a 9X13 pan with parchment paper.  Pour the granola mixture into the pan.  Use the back of the spoon to press into the pan.  I sprinkled chocolate chips onto after I pressed them into the pan.  Use another piece of parchment paper on top of the bars to press the bars as compact as you can. (The parchment paper is to help since they are so hot.  And making sure they are compact will help them to stick together once they cool.) After they have cooled for about 45 minutes, lift the parchment paper out of the pan and cut the bars.  You want to cut them while they are still a little warm or else they will crumble when you try to cut them.  Once you have cut the bars, let them cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

21 day fix: 1 bar, 1 yellow treat swap

Are you ready to learn more about the 21 day fix or to join my accountability group? Join Here! 

Fabulous February Fitness Challenge Group

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I’M LOOKING FOR 20 LADIES that want to completely TRANSFORM and tone their bodies like never before. And you don’t even need to leave your house!! Sounds AMAZING…right?

Give me 30 minutes of your day and we’ll tone your body and follow a clean eating meal plan for 21 days. NO counting calories! NO counting points! NO starving yourself! I focus on getting my girls EATING CLEAN for maximum results!

You can be anywhere in the US to join my Challenge Group. All workouts are done in the comfort of your own home on your own time. You’ll have ME as your personal coach…walking you through every step of the program on a daily basis!

If you can commit to changing your life…and making this year your healthiest yet…I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
I’m looking for 20 Ladies who are SERIOUS about changing their life…who want to get stronger…healthier…and feeling better than ever! This program is NOT free…but includes:

-A complete 21 Day home workout kit with DVDs
-Custom clean eating meal plan designed for your challenge
-Portion control containers and shaker cup
-30 healthy meals! ~ A 30 day supply of Shakeology!
-Measuring tape to track all those inches lost
-ME as your personal coach
-Access to my private, lifetime support group
-A free 21 Day Fix T-shirt when you finish and send in your results!
-30 day trial to *Beachbody on Demand* – Stream $3000 worth of workout programs right from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc!

I’ve helped hundreds of women achieve amazing results and I’d love to help you too!!! Let’s start the New Year Fresh!!

Please comment with “Interested” if you would like to hear more details and I’ll connect with you. You may also send me a direct message that says “SAVE ME A SPOT!” …these groups fill fast and space is very limited!!

This is what you do:

1st – sign up for free with me as your coach: https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free?referringRepId=630590
(If I am already your coach you can skip this step)

2nd – You purchase the 21 Day Fix challenge pack (workout with shakeology) or the 21 day fix alone if you have shakeology
http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepId=630590

21 day fix alone – http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DayFix?referringRepId=630590

If you want to try the 21 Day Fix Extreme challenge pack you can get the challenge pack here:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21E160?referringRepId=630590

21 Day Fix Extreme alone – http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DFEXTREME?referringRepId=630590

***If you order either the 21 day fix challenge pack (workouts with Shakeology) or the 21 day fix extreme challenge pack (workouts with Shakeology) you will SAVE $70, but it must be ordered before the end of the month!