Thursday, February 19, 2015

Superfood Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Shake

Anyone else craving Girl Scout cookies?!
Yeah me too! Give this recipe a try it tastes just like thin mints smile emoticon ‪#‎yourwelcome‬. You can also make this recipe using the regular chocolate Shakeology. Super foods disguised as cookies, thats a win!!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

AMAZING Paleo Fudge Brownies

It is that time of month...

Where I want to eat anything and everything in sight!

My sweet tooth is constantly calling and last night I finally gave in. 

I remembered stumbling upon a Paleo brownie recipe on Pinterest...it sounded too good to be true! I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand so I decided to give it a shot. The result....pure bliss. These brownies are BETTER than boxed brownies. Fluffy, rich, and a total sweet tooth cure!!



Paleo Fudge Brownies:
Recipe from the Sweet Tooth Life


INGREDIENTS-

⅓ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
3 eggs
¾ cup coconut sugar
½ cup almond meal
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted and spooned into measuring cup)
⅛ teaspoon baking soda (omit if using Dutch-processed cocoa powder)

INSTRUCTIONS-
1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. 
2. Lightly grease a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.
3. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together. I put mine in a microwave safe bowl and microwaved for 30 seconds and stirred.
4. Once the chocolate mixture is no longer hot to the touch, pour the chocolate mixture into the bottom of a food processor (or blender) and add all of the remaining ingredients, in the order listed.
Blend until smooth. This is done to make sure the brownies are not grainy after baking.
5. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and smooth into an even layer with a wet spatula.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Bring these to your next party or potluck, I promise nobody will know they are paleo ;). Enjoy!!

What did you think of this recipe? Were they better than boxed brownies? Comment below!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp!






2015 here...January has already passed us by.

And if your anything like me you are already dreaming about SUMMER!! 

When I started thinking about summer FAST approaching I realized it is time to get serious if I want to reach my goals. Superbowl is over (heartbreaking loss) and it is time to get back to business. 

Ok so you have goals right?! But how are you actually going to reach them. There are three KEY components to making your health and fitness goals reality. It comes down to simple recipe for success....You need a solid fitness plan, a well balanced easy to follow meal plan, and what I like to call the secret ingredient that pulls the entire "recipe" together and makes it magical...SUPPORT! 

Good news :). My 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp has YOU covered!!! I am so excited to share ALL the details with you. 

You are here because you want to take things to the next level! Whether you are just starting journey, getting back on track, struggling with eating clean, don't know what workouts to do or ready to take your results to a whole new level I have a custom program for YOU. If you have 5-10lbs to lose, give me 3 weeks of dedication and we will make that goal happen. Not only that we will make a lifestyle change. This 21 day bootcamp is not a quick fix! Although you will see results in a short period of time this is about so much more. No more dieting this is a lifestyle and I will help you make it habit. 

You will have either a beginner or extreme plan to follow. The beginner program will feature less intense workouts and allows for some treats on the meal plan (wine & chocolate). There is no shame starting at the beginning level and working your way up. I will go into more detail below so we can decide which plan would be best for YOU. 






So who is the EXTREME bikini bootcamp program for? 
1. People who want to feel confident for an upcoming event (vacation, wedding, photo shoot, etc).

2.  21 Day Fix graduates or people who have completed programs like P90X, Insanity Max30, T25, Turbofire, or other intense workouts etc.
3.  People who do not have a lot of weight to lose that are dedicated, committed to following the nutrition plan and have a no BS attitude.  There are no excuses, if you want the results its time to dig a little deeper and get them!
4.  People who don’t want to count calories or macros. It’s based on a SIMPLE and EASY to follow portion controlled container system that gives you a very specific list of foods and ways to prep and prepare your meals.
*Remember this is just the extreme option! Ask me for the beginner program if this sounds like too much for where you are at right now. Both programs will get killer results and picking the right one for YOU will set you up for success. *
Ok let's talk specifically about the meal plan. My motto is abs are made in the kitchen so getting this part RIGHT is key to your results. There is no such thing as outworking a bad diet. What I love about this plan is it is totally customizable to YOU and what foods you enjoy. So if you hate broccoli for example...one your missing out because broccoli is delish...two you never have to eat in during the 21 days if you wish not to! It is all about putting whole foods together to create balanced healthy meals.


Here is an example of an approved breakfast. Seriously...LOOK at all that food!! Filling and satisfying breakfast. I also made a video to show you how I make one of my favorite bikini bootcamp dinners :). The meal I show you is approved on the beginner plan. Check out the video by visiting my Youtube channel


So what do you get when you purchase the program? 
Well the absolute best way to get this program that will give you the most bang for your buck and save a TON of money is with what is called a challenge pack. It comes with the 21 day Fix Extreme complete program which contains 7 workouts, the portion controlled containers, the nutrition guide, program manual, countdown to competition plan and a bonus DVD called the “CHALLENGE” which you only get when you order through me as your coach!  You also get free shipping and save at least 25% ordering this way, plus it’s on major sale this month. It also gives you access to the private online bootcamp I mentioned earlier that will help support you and teach you how to handle those temptations and cravings. 
The BEST part is that you are not on this journey alone.  I am here with you the entire way and will reserve your spot in my upcoming private Bikini Bootcamp. My goal is to make sure you get the absolute best results possible! I will be there to provide accountability, tips, recipes, and we will cheer each other on the whole way and help each other stay focused when life gets in the way! Accountability has TOTALLY been the secret sauce to AMAZING results for me!
The bootcamp I mentioned will start March 2nd (with a week of preparation starting Feb 23rd)! I will help you set realistic goals, teach you how to follow the meal plan and plan your week so that you can get the best results possibly. We will help each other daily so we can all get AMAZING results. If you are ready to change, I WILL help you succeed!



Why am I doing this program???  

I am going to Cancun in 2 months! I earned a FREE trip for two last year with Team Beachbody and I want to tone, tighten and feel amazing in my bathing suit and summer clothes!  I love the feeling of being confident in my own skin!  My goal is to just be in the best shape I can personally be.  I'm doing this to shed the winter fluff and be ready for the sun when it final decides to arrive!  It takes more than 1 month to reach your ultimate goals with your health and fitness....So I know that if I start now I will be at the goal when summer gets here. 
If you are ready to join my bikini bootcamp let's chat and decide which plan is best for YOU. Fill out the application below and I will save you a spot in my upcoming bikini bootcamp...first come, first serve! 

Bikini Bootcamp Application CLICK HERE!



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Clean Eating Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

I am a recovering carb addict. Bread, pasta, crackers...you name it carbs were my jam. My carb addiction became a bit of a problem. It started affecting my health and PCOS symptoms. As I learned more about how food affected my hormone levels I realized something was going to have to change and  simple carbs were a big no no for my body.  So I played around with clean eating and found healthy ways to satisfy my addition to pasta, carbs, my comfort food. When I first discovered spaghetti squash my whole world was changed!! Carbs without the guilt?! HELLO, my hopes and prayers had finally been answered. It was love at first taste. I was scrolling Instagram last week and found this recipe...And I have to say this was one of the BEST spaghetti squash recipes I have made to date. A Italian classic with a healthy spin! 




Carb lovers...ENJOY guilt free. You're welcome ;)! 

Lasagna Style Spaghetti Squash 
By @Race4Fitness
Serving size: 1/4 of the squash = 2 green, 1 red, 1 blue! 

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
1 lb any choice of meat (ground turkey)
2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce 
2 tablespoons fresh basil
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (plus extra for topping)
Olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash spaghetti squash, cut off stem and slice squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and gunk. Brush with oil, season with salt and pepper, and place in baking dish with a little water in the bottom of the dish — as the squash cooks, you can add more water if it dries up. Roast for 45-60 minutes or until inside is soft and easily “fluffs” with a fork. While squash is roasting, brown meat in large skillet over medium heat. Drain meat and return back to the pan with the sauce, bring to a simmer. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, and fresh basil, set aside. When squash is tender, remove from oven and using a fork, fluff to get the inside of the squash to look like spaghetti noodles. To fill, start w/ scoop of the red sauce, followed by a layer of the cheese mixture, and repeat the layers until you’ve over filled your squash, ending with a layer of red sauce and then topping them with mozzarella. Turn the oven to broil and put them back in to brown up the cheesy top.

Let cool and then ENJOY!! Best part about this recipe? It is approved on my 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp meal plan!! If you would like more info on my bikini bootcamp sign up HERE

Are you a spaghetti squash fan?! Did you miss the carbs??

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

3 Ingredient Salsa Chicken!

Get ready for the world's easiest salsa chicken recipe. Like this recipe is ridiculously easy...dump, dump, wait and BOOM a delicious clean dinner is served. Crock pot cooking is my go to for busy days. Actually any day really!!

Salsa Chicken:
Make 3-4 servings

3 chicken breasts
1 jar of clean salsa (no added sugar, minimal ingredients)
1 can of beans, rinsed and drained
Seasoning to taste ( I used Flavor God Spicy seasoning)

1. Wash and trim your breats. Place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
2. Dump the salsa into your pot.
3. Dump the beans into you pot.
4. Mix er' all around!
5. Cook on high for 4 hrs or low for 8hrs.
6. Shred chicken with a fork and mix it all together. BAM, salsa chicken!

Serve on lettuce or tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. I like bell peppers and onions, avocado, and greek yogurt.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Superfood "Orange Julius" Smoothie Recipe!




Orange Julius lovers...rejoice! Superfood lovers....rejoice! I bring you the very best of both worlds. Just as delicious as the real thing without any of the guilt. 

Shakeology is my superfood formula that I drink daily to make sure I am fueling my body right. Even with a clean eating lifestyle Shakeology fills in the nutritional gaps. Often people ask me the "secret" to not only losing 50lbs but keeping it off long term. And really there is no secret...It comes down to a healthy lifestyle. For my body and PCOS symptoms Shakeology has been a key piece of that!

Superfood Orange Julius Recipe:

3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (the superfoods)
1/4 tsp orange extract (optional)
3-4 ice cubes

Blend & enjoy. 




Simple, easy, and SO deeelish :). Cheers!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Life is GOOD!

It’s been a long time since I have blogged...

So much has happened in that time period…I don’t think I was ready to open about it so that is why I haven’t written. In that period so much GOOD has come from the bad. 




I'm still not ready to talk about everything but I really wanted to write today to say how grateful I am…beyond grateful. 

Grateful for the people, the community, the relationships, the people I have met and been allowed to be part of your lives in some small way- every single one of you. Your stories, your struggles, your triumphs...They mean the world to me. 

It is what motivates me every single day. Because I know if something GOOD can come from the bad is make it all worth while. 

We are given battles so we can come out stronger people in the end. Find comfort in knowing what you are going through today is only temporary and tomorrow will be better. Look for the good and be grateful for the moment. 

This journey is long and never ending but I challenge you to live every day like it was your last. Lift others up instead of bringing them down, be the change you wish to see in the world. And most of all be grateful…because at the end of the day…Life is good

More to come soon!

XO


Lauren