Breaking Down the Numbers: Does Shakeology Make Financial Sense?

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When I first started drinking Shakeology I fully intended to send it back. There was a money back guarantee and in my mind there was NO WAY Shakeology could be worth $130 for a month supply.

And then…I drank it.
Every day, for 30 days.

The cravings that used to RULE me were broken. My energy (which was non-existent) skyrocketed. My milk supply was way stronger than it had ever been, I was losing weight and I thought – “Oh crap…I have to find a way to keep drinking this stuff.”

So, I looked at ways to fit it into my budget – I shaved about $40 off our monthly eating out budget and then another $20 off our weekly grocery budget. BAM! I found $130 – It wasn’t that hard really…I stopped getting chips, cookies, fruit snacks, juice, ice cream and cereal.

Now OBVIOUSLY everyone is in a different place financially. So whether or not Shakeology will make sense financially for YOU is something that is incredibly unique to YOU, this is just MY story and me breaking down MY numbers to see if Shakeology financially makes sense.  Hopefully this blog post can give you some real life numbers and some ideas if this a product that you WANT in your life but are having trouble figuring out how it will actually work.

When we first decided to make it a monthly expense, we were living on one income. My husband is a teacher – so we were on a TIGHT budget, I had JUST  started coaching (and a BIG motivation for coaching WAS to help us afford Shakeology a little more comfortably – but that’s another story for another blog post!) but I wasn’t really making a ton of money at the beginning! So fitting Shakeology into our budget wasn’t something that was an EASY for us because we did not have hardly ANY extra income.

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But all of that was three YEARS ago and my new grocery habits have been so established at this point, I don’t even really think about it anymore. So I decided to take a week, REALLY look at the numbers and contrast every time I had my Shakeology against what I WOULD have had instead and see if it is not only “fitting” into my budget, but maybe….actually….SAVING me money, which would be RIDICULOUS because the nutritional density of Shakeology is outstanding.

(I am basing these costs on the FULL price of Shakeology which is $4.33 per shake, but of course I get a discount as a coach, so I actually saved EVEN more!)

So, here are the results:

Day 1: Saturday @ Legoland
Shakeology: $4.33
Salad: $10.50

Day 2: Sunday @ home cooked meal
Shakeology: $4.33
Beef roast with Potatoes: $4.10

Day 3: Monday @ home cooked meal
Shakeology: $4.33
Chicken and Rice and Broccoli: $3.83

Day 4: Tuesday @ home cooked meal
Shakeology: $4.33
Taco Tuesday: $3.00

Day 5: Wednesday @ Target
Shakeology: $4.33
Starbucks: $5.35

Day 6: Thursday @ home for a mid-afternoon snack
Shakeology: $4.33
Luna bar: $1.15

Day 7: Friday @ Breakfast with a friend
Shakeology: $4.33
Smoothie bowl: $11.50

Total savings: $9.12 for the week!!
If this number holds true for each week of the month that’s nearly $40 a month of SAVINGS.
Meaning, if I DIDN’T have this $130 bag of Shakeology, I would have spent $40 a month MORE.

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This is CRAZY. Even if I came out EVEN and Shakeology cost the exact same as whatever I substituted it with I would still be a WINNER because the nutritional density is SO MUCH higher – but the fact that it is SAVING me money, at the end of the day *mind blown*

I get to drink this incredible product and I’m actually going to end up in the BLACK, with money in my pocket from it?!? I mean….come on!

The next time someone tells me that Shakeology is expensive I am going to laugh in their face!! (not really, because I’m nice….but inside, yes – I will be laughing)

Especially when:
A smoothie from Daily Harvest is $7.00+
A smoothie from Smoothie King is $6.00+
A latte from Starbucks is $5.00+
A healthy salad from Chick Fil A is $7.00+
A cold pressed juice is $9.00+
A smoothie bowl is $10.00+
A healthy salad from the Whole Foods salad bar is $10.00+

And Shakeology has a higher nutritional density and profile than ALL OF THEM.

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I don’t have to buy prenatal vitamins (I’m still breastfeeding so I should be taking them), or probiotics, or digestive enzymes – and I didn’t even factor in THOSE savings in this equation. I didn’t factor in the savings that MANY of my clients have had because they no longer have to be on thyroid medications, diabetes meds, depression meds and more. (Disclaimer – Shakeology is not FDA approved to replace any of these medications, not that I give a rat’s ass what the FDA says because….well again, another topic for another post <insert Monsanto controlled government rant here> these are just results some of my clients have had from drinking Shakeology – their story – not something that I or Beachbody or anyone else claims will happen to everyone).

I’m not usually THIS strong about Shakeology, especially not here on my blog. But looking at my numbers from this week and I am flipping the heck out.

If you have no clue what Shakeology even is….watch this webinar I did on the SCIENCE behind Shakeology (warning, I am a total nerd face).

You can choose not to drink Shakeology for a NUMBER of reasons, and I respect that 100%….but if your reason has been that it’s too EXPENSIVE – take another look. Do the math. Get Shakeology, drink it for 30 days. Write down what you WOULD have eaten instead of the Shake, and see for yourself!

You can get your money back even if the bag is empty at the end of 30 days! (Disclaimer, if you go and try to get it from amazon or some other unauthorized source, Beachbody will not honor the money back guarantee, it is only valid for those who order through a certified Beachbody Coach … like me! <3 )

What do you have to lose? You’ll probably save money, feel amazing, maybe drop some weight, maybe stop eating the crap you know you shouldn’t eat but never have the will power to say no to…this is just MY story, and MY experience, but I encourage you to find your own!

(Disclaimer, yes I am a Beachbody coach and I sell Shakeology – but the numbers are the numbers – Shakeology saves me money. Period. Although, quite honestly, even if it didn’t, even if I came out even – even if *gasp* it COST me a little MORE!! I totally would.)

Coconut Cream and Cashew Crust Tart

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I’ve been having so much fun exploring raw foods and a vegan lifestyle. It’s not always been easy, especially when life is hectic and I don’t have a lot of time to prep foods. These past two weeks have been less than stellar in the nutrition department, so I decided to jump back into loving my body again and filling it with really good foods.

So, today, being day one of my back to raw and vegan diet AND also a holiday weekend I decided to try my hand at some coconut cream tarts.

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First the crust:

Cashew and Cocoa Crust

1 1/2 Cups of Raw Cashews
1 1/2 Tbs. Cacao Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
1 Tbs. Maple Syrup

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until it turns into a ball and sticks together.

Take 1 Tbs of the crust and put it into each muffin tin with liners and press down. Put the muffin tin into the freezer for 30 minutes until solid.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Put full fat can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, turn over the can and open it, pour out the coconut water and scoop out the cream into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix the cream on high until it forms stiff peaks. Add 1 tsp of stevia to the cream and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Once the whipped coconut cream is whipped, scoop about a tablespoon into each of the crusts and place one slice of a banana on top.

I know that bananas are higher carb fruits – honestly it was the only fruit I had, you can absolutely use another fruit that is lower carb.

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These tarts are so fresh and simple and delicious.
Let me know if you try them – I think the crust is my favorite part – I am looking forward to finding other delicious fillings for it.

Ok – Day one back on track in the books, feels good.

FitMom Tip #1 – Believe You Can (and ditch the excuses)

If you don’t know already, I love – LOVE learning, growing and sharing that knowledge with others. It’s kind of my obsession. So, I am thrilled to indroduce you to my latest project: FitMom Tips. They are quick, informative and the perfect little pep-talk for busy moms who need to be reminded to keep their health a priority.

I know that none of us has a lot of time, but sometimes even just the smallest reminder or tip can make a world of difference in our day – so here is FitMom Tip #1 and it’s all about belief. If you are constantly telling yourself you can’t, and rehearsing all the reasons why it won’t work for you – you are guaranteeing it won’t. If you have ANY desire whatsoever to get healthier, change bad habits and establish good ones – you’ve got to silence the excuses in your head (because there is ALWAYS a way) and BELIEVE.

Coconut Curry Chicken

Am I the only one who feels the need to shout from the rooftops and do a happy dance every time I find a simple, health, delicious recipe? I mean, there are few things better (maybe the perfect cappuccino and a good book).

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This recipe can either be done in a crock pot -or- traditional oven! I used chicken breasts this time (because that’s all I had) but I actually prefer thighs – just because they are a bit juicier!

You just need three ingredients for this recipe (BOOM!):
– Chicken (2lbs of thighs or breasts)
– Coconut Milk (1 can)
– Curry Powder (as little or as much as you like – I like a lot!! probably 2 Tbs.)
– Salt (I salt the meat before pouring the coconut milk over and also after I put the curry powder)

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This is also a recipe you can spice up and make your own if you like – by adding chili powder, lime juice or fresh basil – but if you are anything like me, just getting the chicken defrosted, opening a can of coconut milk with one hand while holding the baby in the other and sprinkling some curry powder on top is just about all you can handle and it will still be crazy delicious!

And that right there is pretty much it! Put all three ingredients in the dish and cook for 1 hr. at 350 degrees (I like to put aluminum foil over the dish, especially when doing chicken breasts – so it stays juicy). If you are doing crock pot – you can put it on high for 4hrs.

I usually shred or cube the meat and serve it over brown rice and do a quick oriental veg mix (or ditch the rice and double up on veggies). The coconut curry sauce is SO good I smoother it over everything else on the plate.

Enjoy!

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Meal Plan and Grocery List for Week 1 of the 21 Day Fix

IMG_7573I am so excited for this round of the 21 Day Fix. I am doing it in the last 21 days of my pregnancy and honestly this will be a REALLY challenging time for me – husband out of town, my son’s birthday, oh and I’m about to give birth – but I know when I am following this program I feel AMAZING, so instead of letting those things be an excuse for me to slack off, I am actually letting them be a MOTIVATION for me to dial in and make this happen, because if there is ANY time that I need extra energy, stress relief and strength – it’s in these last few weeks!

Here is my meal plan for the first week and when I went shopping at Aldi I came in around $83 for everything, so I am sharing that shopping list as well! If you are interested in this program but feel intimidated to try it, shoot me a message! I’d be happy to encourage you, share meal plans, hook you up with a discount on the IMG_7528program and include you in my private groups on facebook where I offer coaching and daily motivation.

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff! Here is my meal plan for the week! With my pregnancy
weight and not calculating for a “weight loss” (not my goal right now!) I am in the third bracket of the 21 Day Fix eating plan (which is a heck of a lot of food!!!)

Monday
Breakfast: 2 Eggs scrambled with spinach, watermelon, whole wheat toast
Snack 1: Peach & Gluten Free Crackers
Lunch: Tuna on Salad with Quinoa and Cheese
Snack 2: Celery with Peanut Butter
Snack 3: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana
Dinner: Chicken Breasts, green beans, sweet potatoes

Tuesday
Breakfast: Turkey Bacon, Green Juice (spinach or kale blended with 1 fruit), Oatmeal
Snack 1: Sweet Peppers with Hummus
Lunch: 2 Hard boiled eggs, Sandwich thin, Spinach
Snack 2: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana and Kale
Dinner: Turkey Meatballs, red sauce, whole wheat pasta, side salad
Snack 3: Homemade all-fruit popsicles (for those late night sweet cravings!)

Wednesday
Breakfast: 2 Eggs scrambled with spinach, watermelon, whole wheat toast
Snack 1: Peach & Gluten Free Crackers
Lunch: Tuna on Salad with Quinoa and Cheese
Snack 2: Celery with Peanut Butter
Snack 3: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana
Dinner: Thai Turkey, Peppers and Mushroom sauteè, Brown Rice

Thursday
Breakfast: Turkey Bacon, Green Juice (spinach or kale blended with 1 fruit), Oatmeal
Snack 1: Sweet Peppers with Hummus
Lunch: 2 Hard boiled eggs, Sandwich thin, Spinach
Snack 2: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana and Kale
Dinner: Taco Salad (ground turkey over a large green salad), Chips and Salsa

Friday
Breakfast: 2 Eggs scrambled with spinach, watermelon, whole wheat toast
Snack 1: Peach & Gluten Free Crackers
Lunch: Tuna on Salad with Quinoa and Cheese
Snack 2: Celery with Peanut Butter
Snack 3: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana
Dinner: DAY OFF! Kids get pizza and I just have my Shakeology for dinner on this night! (mama needs a break every so often!!)

Saturday
Breakfast: Turkey Bacon, Green Juice (spinach or kale blended with 1 fruit), Oatmeal
Snack 1: Sweet Peppers with Hummus
Lunch: 2 Hard boiled eggs, Sandwich thin, Spinach
Snack 2: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana and Kale
Dinner: Turkey Sausage with peppers and onions and sweet potatoes
Snack 3: Homemade all-fruit popsicles

Sunday
Breakfast: 2 Eggs scrambled with spinach, watermelon, whole wheat toast
Snack 1: Peach & Gluten Free Crackers
Lunch: Tuna on Salad with Quinoa and Cheese
Snack 2: Celery with Peanut Butter
Snack 3: Shakeology with 1/2 Banana
Dinner: Salad with Chicken Breasts and Brown Rice

IMG_7552As you can see, I simply rotate my breakfast, lunch and snacks every other day and my dinners are the only things that stay unique throughout the week. This is just my way of simplifying things!!

Now onto my grocery list!!

Dairy:
3 Dozen large eggs – $2.37 (they were $0.79 each!)
Butter – $2.99
3 32oz containers of yogurt (for the kid’s breakfast) – $0.75 (they were $0.25 each!)
Sharp Cheddar – $1.69
Organic Whole Milk – $2.95

Produce:
Mushrooms – $1.29
Peaches – $2.79
Baby Carrots – $0.99
Celery – $1.39
Yellow Onions – $1.69
Bananas – $1.76
9 Multi-colored Peppers – $4.47
Organic Grape Tomatoes – $1.29
Organic Kale – $3.48
Flat Leaf Spinach – $1.79
Watermelon: $2.99
2 containers Strawberries – $2.60
Red Grapes – $1.78
Blueberries – $1.29

Meat:
2lbs Ground Turkey – $3.78
Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.49
Turkey Sausage – $4.00
Turkey Bacon – $1.89

Grains:
Gluten Free crackers – $2.98
Brown Rice – $2.79
Granola (for kid’s breakfast) – $1.99
Old Fashioned Oats – $2.39
Wheat Bread – $1.79

Misc:
Frozen Pizzas (for the kids) – $8.00
Hummus – $1.99
Toilet Paper – $1.99
Coffee – $5.29

Total – $82.33

Obviously there were some amazing deals this week (Eggs, Yogurt, Fruit) but beyond that this is what I typically pay for groceries. I try to feed our family of five for under $100 a week! Hope this helps as you are planning your own healthy menu!

If you are interested in following my 21 Day Fix journey you will find every day documented on my facebook page!
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Spinach and Sunflower Seed Pasta

This was one of those “throw everything I have leftover in the pantry” dishes that turned out AMAZING! I had whole wheat pasta and chicken breasts but I wasn’t sure how to make them tasty and it ended up being way better than I could have hoped!
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For this recipe, you will need:
– Chicken Breasts
– Pasta
– Olive Oil
– Chopped spinach (frozen or fresh)
– Lemons
– Sunflower seeds
– Sun-dried tomatoes

Here’s what I did:

Slice the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and cook on the stovetop in a small amount of olive oil until done. Season with salt and pepper.

While the chicken is going, put a pot of water to boil and add salt to the water. Cook your pasta as directed.

When the chicken is done, use that same pan (with whatever oil and seasonings are left) toIMG_6225 cook frozen chopped spinach. (I used about 1/2 bag of frozen). Season with salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice. Once the spinach is cooked add sunflower seeds and sun-dried tomatoes. Add in a little more olive oil and the chicken. Mix together to combine everything and then add this spinach, sunflower, chicken mixture with your cooked pasta. I used 2 full lemons because I love the lemon flavor, but you can tweak the amount of all the ingredients (sun-dried tomatoes, sun flower seeds, etc.) to your own unique tastes.

You could also use pine nuts instead of sunflower seeds, or fresh tomatoes, it’s a very customizable recipe, but the lemon juice and having some sort of nutty element is what really made this meal so delicious.

EVERYONE went back for seconds!

My Secret to a Healthy Pregnancy

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As a workout from home addict, when I became pregnant I wasn’t quite sure how this was all going to work! Beachbody on Demand (which is basically like Netflix for workouts, and one of my favorite things of all time!) only had one maternity workout per trimester and I knew my variety-loving self would get bored of that in no time, but I just LOVED the convenience of accessing my workouts from my laptop, phone or ipad and getting them done in the morning before my kids were up, or at the park or in the living room while they watched a show or ate lunch – seriously, Beachbody on Demand took away ALL my excuses and just made it SO incredibly convenient to get workouts done every day.

So I decided to dive a little deeper into the Beachbody on Demand’s library and see if there were some programs that I could still do while pregnant and I was amazed at the variety I found and very pleased to have TONS of pregnancy friendly options! I have been mindful through this entire pregnancy to apply some modifications to these workouts, but most of them require very little! To read more of how I modify while pregnant I have a blog post on it here. 

I’ve been doing these other workouts 4-5 days a week for the first 30 weeks of my pregnancy and plan to continue for the last 10!

In addition to my at home workouts I was also a daily Shakeology drinker and wondered if that would be ok to continue – after taking it to my midwife I got a GLOWING review from here and am actually taking it instead of my pre-natal vitamin (NOTE: I do take a folic acid supplement because that is the only nutrient Shakeology is missing).

Some things I have noticed while drinking Shakeology and being pregnant:
1) It was a LIFE-SAVER in the first trimester. I was super nauseous and had trouble keeping a lot down and did not have an appetite. I did however still love drinking my shakes – my midwife said cold things like popsicles and smoothies are usually easier for nauseous, pregnant women to stomach, and boy was she right. Because I have three other small children at home, I HAD to keep up my energy even in those difficult early months and Shakeology helped me do that! It has protein, and super foods – it’s like eating 7 salads, so my body responded REALLY well to the shakes.

2) Shakeology also has adaptogens in it which regulate how the body handles stress and hormonal imbalance. HELLO!! This has been HUGE for me, and honestly when people ask me what the biggest difference between this pregnancy and my other three, I have said: “Emotional stability”. I was an emotional WRECK with my other pregnancies, and it was especially difficult when I was pregnant with my third because I had two toddlers to deal with and I was CONSTANTLY loosing my temper with them, crying, it was bad. I am INCREDIBLY thankful for Shakeology helping me stay stable because I don’t want to be Momzilla for 9 months towards my three beautiful babies.

3) Nutrient absorption. Because all of the nutrients and vitamins and probiotics and adaptogens are from WHOLE – FOODS my body is absorbing them so much better in Shakeology than it would from a pill.

4) Food cravings. I don’t know about other pregnant moms, but when I get pregnant, and the nausea subsides I get cravings like WHOA! and it’s not usually for the most nutritious things! (CHEESEBURGERS!) Because my midwife is AWESOME and wants to help me have another healthy, amazing, un-medicated birth, she is always talking to me about good nutrition – but Shakeology helps me PRACTICALLY by flooding my body with good nutrition and probiotics, all which help my sugar and carb cravings be manageable.
IMG_6189So, that’s what I’ve been doing this pregnancy – It’s been working WONDERFULLY for me! If you are a pregnant mom, I’ve created a FREE month-long pregnancy workout guide
containing all of my favorite workouts from the Beachbody on Demand library!

To get your copy fill out this form and I would LOVE to send it to you! Don’t have access to Beachbody on Demand yet? No worries! I can help you get either a free 30 day trial or a free 3 month subscription! (who loves ya?!)

Can’t wait to hear from you and share my pregnancy workout schedule with you!

If you are looking for one of my pregnancy meal plans I blogged a high-protien meal plan here. 
I’ve also shared some things I’m doing to prepare my body for it’s fourth natural birth here.
I’ve also got a quick pregnancy workout circuit on my YouTube channel that is based off of one of the Beachbody on Demand workouts I do if you are wanting to get your body moving now!!

If there’s ANY way I can support you in your healthy pregnancy journey or you have questions – I would truly LOVE to hear from you – I read and respond to EACH and every email <3 Message me!

Quick Meal Round-Up

IMG_5134I don’t know if you are anything like me, but lately I have been so caught up in homeschooling the kids, projects around the house and work that there are more days than not I am looking at the clock and thinking: “It’s already time to eat and I am starving, but cooking is going to take FOREVER!!!” (So sorry if you were hoping this was the blog of a fit, homeschool mom who always has meals perfectly planned out and a crock pot schedule that would make your grandma proud..not so much).

I have practically ZERO patience when I am hungry, but ordering out or going to a restaurant always seems to take much longer than it did in my head and the food is never super healthy (plus, it gets pricy) – so here are some of my EASIEST, quickest meals to literally THROW together, when you are starving and time has gotten away from  you.

IMG_0828Taco Salad – or my lazy version. I almost always have some ground turkey meat in my freezer, defrost that bad boy, cook it up with some cumin, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and throw over some greens and tomatoes. If I’m going to be fancy I’ll throw salsa, shredded cheese and maybe even open a can of black beans and add those too.

If you have some time on the weekend – not a bad idea to cook up some of this “taco turkey” and have it on hand for busy nights.IMG_0574

 

Mediterranean Chicken – wow, that name sounds a lot fancier than this dish actually is. For this meal I just chopped up some rotisserie chicken – or left over chicken breast and topped it with tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese. I like to season with fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper. Of course if you REALLY want to get fancy, some fresh mint would be divine, but it’s pretty delicious just as is.

Again – if you have time on the weekends, pick up a rotisserie chicken, or cook a bunch of chicken breasts ahead of time – honestly, protein is the hardest thing to cook quickly, so if you can do it ahead of time and have some pre-cooked options on hand it will save you big time!!

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Bun-less Burger – this may look fancy, but it was one of those, what do I have on hand that is quick and easy and will fill me up because I am HANGRY, meals. I just cooked up a hamburger, we had no buns, so I just topped it with some cheddar cheese and a tomato slice and put a side of lettuce (can’t really call it a true salad because it is literally JUST lettuce, but the crunch was nice and I drizzled it with some Italian dressing and I thought it was tasty!)

The sweet potato fries was just me using up our last sweet potato, I cut it into thin strips, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and roasted in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

Shakeology – This is not my clever way to do a little pitch on Shakeology, I HAD to add it to the list, because more often than not, when I am flat out exhausted, hungry and have no time, this is what I have for lunch or dinner (or breakfast). I get a lot of questions about Shakeology – you can read more here if you like. This recipe is one of my VERY favorites: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk + Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 banana + handful of ice. Fill the blender in THAT order, blend and add 1 tsp of peanut butter. SO. FREAKING.GOOD.

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Fresh Cabbage Salad – Cabbage is one of my all time favorite veggies. This salad comes together super fast, simply slice the cabbage into thin strips and drizzle with a dressing made from mixing: 2 Tbs. Rice Vinegar, 3 Tbs. Olive Oil, 2 Tbs. Honey, salt, pepper, ginger. (If you don’t have Rice Vinegar in your kitchen I am not even going to give you a substitute because it just WON’T be the same, buy some – now! It’s amazing!! You’ll find it with the oriental foods in your grocery store and once you have it you’ll use it ALL the time!) I add chopped almonds and cubed chicken (again, having that protein already cooked is a life-saver) and it’s a pretty incredible little meal. IMG_3215

 

Broccoli & Cheese Pasta – This is pretty much a leftover throw together. Whenever I make pasta I always have just a little leftover, not sure how or why but it’s true. On this lovely day I threw some cubed chicken and then heated up one of those vegetable steamer bags (are those not the greatest invention of all time?) of broccoli. I tossed a ton of broccoli on top of the pasta and chicken and a generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and had a super quick delicious meal.

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I suppose, if there is one reccuring theme in all my meals it’s: cook your protein ahead of time!! It really is probably the biggest obstacle to health eating. Veggies can be eaten raw, carbs are quick to cook but protein is it’s own little beast. I don’t have many fish dishes here, but fish is another great protein to have on hand because it does cook super fast, and also eggs – mmmmm I could do an entire post on eggs!

Hope these meals inspired you and that you continue to make your health a priority – no matter how crazy or busy life is – don’t get caught up in culinary perfection and let that keep you from doing what you need to to fuel your body right!!

 

 

Cafe Latte Shakeology Ten Different Ways

I’ve been drinking coffee since I was ten years old. My dad would drink it every morning – black – and I wanted to be just like him, so one morning I asked for a cup. I remember I didn’t like it much at first, but I felt so proud and grown up to have my own cup of coffee that I just pretended to like it and kept drinking it until one day I realized I actually did.

Fast forward to my first pregnancy and I stopped drinking it cold turkey (like the paranoid first time mom I was) and the withdraw was AWFUL! I started going down this rabbit hole of thought, asking myself what would happen if a catastrophe hit and there was no coffee and I couldn’t protect or take care of my child because I was addicted to coffee and I just decided I didn’t want to be addicted to it any more (Yes, sometimes I make decisions based on imaginary scenarios I’ve created in my mind). Since then I’ve had the occasional cup here and there, but now that I’m not a regular drinker it REALLY affects me when I do.

IMG_3772I love the jolt of energy and the taste and experience, but I don’t love the way my heart races, my breath smells and I start to sweat in a very non-attractive way.

I’ve often thought, if only I could still enjoy the taste and benefits of coffee without the side-effects and addiction.
The Beachbody gods must have heard me, because lo and behold, the newest Shakeology flavor is: Cafe Latte.

This flavor has no more caffeine than the regular Shakeology formulas, but has the rich flavor of coffee and the amazing health benefits found in the entire coffee fruit. To say I’m obsessed with this newest flavor would be an understatement. I only ordered one box of it and my husband and I have been neglecting our previous favorite chocolate flavor the whole month!!

I’ve compiled some of my favorite Cafe Latte flavors, but to be perfectly honest, I LOVE it with 10oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and Ice, just shaken in a shaker cup. However, on those days I like to be fancy, here are my top ten recipes.

– VANILLA LATTE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, ice
 
– THAI ICED COFFEE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, strong coffee, cold, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp almond extract, ice
 
– BANANA MOCHA: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 tbs. cocoa powder, ice
 
– PEANUTY BUTTER COFFEE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 Tbs. peanut butter, ice
 
– COCOA MOCHA: Cafe Latte Shakeology, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup coconut water, 2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut, ice
 
– SALTED CARAMEL: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, caramel extract, a pinch of pink himalayan salt, ice
 
– TIRAMISU LATTE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened almond milk, almond extract, rum extract, cinnamon, ice
 
– PEPPERMINT MOCHA: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened almond milk, peppermint extract, 2 Tbs. peanut butter, ice
 
– HONEY NUTTY LATTE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, unsweetened almond milk, cashew butter, honey, ice

– TROPICAL COFFEE: Cafe Latte Shakeology, coconut milk, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp cocoa powder, ice

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When You Aren’t Winning

It’s easy to move on. It’s easy to forget. When the success starts coming and the weight’s fallen off and the energy is back and the mood is lifted.

I had a conversation the other night that made me remember.

I remember when I wasn’t winning. When every event I had to find an outfit for was frustrating (usually ending in tears). When every night I was too tired and depressed to do anything to better my life so I sat in front of a screen. When I just wanted life to be easy but it felt so hard. When I didn’t like myself – not because of how I looked but because I was choosing daily to be someone I didn’t want to be. I was choosing the easy road to not workout, to not eat healthy, to not do fun creative things with my kids and just turn on the TV for them or numb my pain with sugar and carbs. I was BURNT OUT. I didn’t feel like I could do more, but I hated doing the bare minimum. I was in a fog. My goal was to survive the day without killing anyone (I’m not joking). I knew I was meant for greater things but I was too tired and frustrated with myself to try.

I’m not saying life isn’t still a struggle. I’m not saying that before I wasn’t winning now all I do is win. Yesterday was a pregnancy hormonal roller coaster (my poor husband)! But today is a new day. I KNOW what I’m capable of because I’ve fought my way out of those dark days, and when I see the darkness creeping in again, instead of throwing up my hands and resigning myself to surrender to it, I know I can fight it. I know I can wake up to a NEW day. I can make healthy choices, I can take the kids to the library, park, IKEA, Target, cut up some construction paper and get out some glue, I know I can hit play on a 30 minute workout and no matter how many interruptions I know it’s doing my body some good, I know that the fog that hovers over my mind and convinces me that it’s got to be complicated and it’s going to be too hard, is just a lie, and so I dive in and do my best anyway.

I am OVER living for perfection – working out 6 days a week – only eating organic everything – making my own yogurt and bone broth – I am embracing messy attempts at bettering myself, because perfection will never be me, but resignation to lazy- self-destructive patterns wasn’t getting me anywhere either. It’s not that I win all the time, it’s that I TRY all the time, and there’s some sort of magic in trying.

If you aren’t winning, if you don’t even have the strength or confidence to try, if you are in that fog, if you see my posts and roll your eyes because you just can’t…I KNOW that place. I haven’t forgotten. We all hit our rock bottom and we all realize our own strength at different times and in different ways, but let me assure you – there is a spark of the divine in you and that spark just needs to be fanned into a flame. It’s one gust of air away from burning brightly again.

I wish we could sit over coffee and I could blow on that spark, and show you how I see you, how those around you see you, how bright you shine – because I know with the sunglasses of self-doubt and the ear plugs of past failures on it’s hard to see things clearly.

So, this is my love letter to you – when you aren’t winning. Things aren’t as dark as they seem.

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