• Southwest Spaghetti Squash

    I love finding new fun recipes that I don’t feel bad about eating. And this Southwest Spaghetti Squash is right up my alley!

    Last year I discovered my love for spaghetti squash and have made many recipes since, like Pesto chicken stuffed spaghetti squash, that was delicious! I have found that I love adding black beans to everything that I can and this is a favorite now for sure!

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    I used green chilies, corn, black beans…. Yum, I am getting hungry!

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    And I also added some salsa!

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    After baking my spaghetti squash I flipped them over and using a fork I loosened everything up a bit.

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    I took some of the squash out and mixed it in with my bowl, just to make sure it was all mixed together well and then add the filling all back into the squash bowl.

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    • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
    • olive oil
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • Diced Green Chilies, 1 small can
    • 1 C Salsa
    • 1/4 C red onion, chopped
    • 1 C frozen corn
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • salt & pepper
    • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese

    Start with cutting your squash in half and drizzle just a little olive oil on it. Place on a baking sheet cut side down. Bake on 375 for about 30 minutes, but depending on the size of your squash it might need to cook for an extra 10 or so minutes.

    Remove from oven and shred the inside a bit- I do this so the squash can be mixed in with the other ingredients.

    Put all other ingredients into the squash bowl and mix it up a bit. I put some half of the shredded cheese into the mixture and save half to put on the top.

    Bake for additional 15 minutes to get the cheese nice and bubbly.

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    Topped with cheese and baked and you’ll be in spaghetti squash heaven!

    What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?

  • Kale Chips

    Here we are, wrapping up January and I had made a goal of blogging 10 times each month and while that didn’t quite pan out I have hopes for the coming months!

    I have so many recipe posts to share that sometimes I feel like I know know where to start. But I guess I need to just start getting them out there! Right now I think I have about 50 or more recipes to share! My husband will come home and say, “Are we trying something new again tonight?”

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    I am always up for trying something new.  I like new foods and when I spot something on Pinterest or another site that looks fun I will most always book mark it to go back to later. So last Summer I kept seeing kale chips everywhere and wanted to give them a try. I had gotten a bag of kale chips as a freebie and I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe some would have stopped there but I figured they would taste better if I made them at home.

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    I found a recipe that I thought would be good and the only thing I needed was the kale. I grabbed some from the store and whipped up these Kale Chips in just a few minutes!

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    As they were cooking they smelled amazing. My house was full of flavor and I was looking forward to them finishing so we could give these Kale Chips a try!

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    • Olive Oil (I used about a tsp)
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1 tsp lime zest
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    1. Wash and pat dry the kale
    2. Remove larger stems
    3. Coat with olive oil
    4. Pour in lime juice, zest mix
    5. Sprinkle on chili powder and mix
    6. Lay out onto a cookie sheet
    7. Bake on 300° for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes

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    So the result? They were okay. I only say that because I felt like the taste was okay, but the smell was better.  You know how some foods have a weird after taste? I felt like these had a good after taste, but as I was eating them I wasn’t impressed. I know it is sort of weird, I don’t really know how else to describe them!

  • 21 Day Fix All Purpose Seasoning

    I love this seasoning because it can go on anything! It is a great 21 Day Fix all purpose seasoning and it is a FREEBIE! You can put it on whatever you are going to eat to give it some extra flavor. I typically put it on chicken!

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    I actually made this in a bit of a “bulk” and put it into an older empty season container so I have it anytime I need it.

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    4 tsp. onion powder
    2 tsp. garlic powder
    2 tsp. mustard powder
    1/4 tsp. dried thyme
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 tsp. sea salt

    Enjoy!

  • 10 Ways to Stay Motivated during your Fitness Journey

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #Before #CollectiveBias

    Weight is something I have struggled with most of my life, and after 3 kids, it surely hasn’t gotten any easier. I actually like working out. Maybe not the first few days, but once I get settled into a routine and keep it going it is just a part of my day that I enjoy. The single biggest deterrent for me is actually starting…. Right, doing that very first workout! It is hard! But you do it and it makes you feel good and after a short time you start seeing results and that gives you that excitement to keep it going!

    So then what’s the problem?

    10 Ways to Stay Motivated

    The problem is that there are temptations all around us. Temptation to skip workouts, temptation to eat cookies instead of carrots, drink soda instead of water.

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    One thing I am doing differently this time around is alli® weight loss aid.

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    So I picked up the box from Walgreens.

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    -Overweight adults (BMI > 25) who are 18 years or older.

    -Women who are NOT pregnant or nursing.

    -People who will be consuming a reduced-calorie and low fat diet.

    So today is day one of this new journey. I figured I’d spare you from seeing a “before” in a bikini. We’ve been there and I know you don’t want to see it again! But here is what I look like today, fully clothed.

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    I had my 14 year old take my pictures and he told me to “say cheeseburgers”. Little stinker!

    I know that staying motivated during your weight loss journey isn’t easy. So today I am trying to set you up with a couple of tips and tools to help you and me!

    Here are 10 Ways to Stay Motivated during your fitness journey:

    1. “Before and after” pictures, weight and measurements

    I understand that you may not want a “before” picture to look back on. But I am here to tell you that Yes, you do! When you get down the road, and maybe are struggling, looking back on that before photo, or your measurements and see how far you have come, could just be that breaking point to get you back on track.

    1. Find an accountability partner.

    Find someone that can help you stay on track. Don’t have someone? Find me on Instagram and follow me. Tell me you need an accountability partner and I will follow you back and be that partner for you! (follow me here)

    1. Keep track of your water intake (And don’t drink your calories)

    I know drinking water can sometimes be hard. Some people don’t like it, and most people don’t get enough! You should really be drinking half of your body weight in oz! Yeah, I know that is a lot! I love water but even I don’t get the amount I need every day. So to mix it up I will add cucumber and lemon. That is my favorite combo. But sometimes I add fruit, like oranges and strawberries just to make it different.

    One thing I do is fill up a gallon jug to keep me on track!

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    1. Meal prep and keep track of your food (cook at home)

    Meal prepping isn’t for everyone. But it is a key to my success and when I meal prep I do so much better with my food intake. I end up with containers full of fresh fruit and veggies that I can easily pack into a small container if I am going somewhere and it helps me avoid temptations, like running through a drive-thru!

    And doesn’t this all look delicious?

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    1. Work out every day

    I know, it is hard! You work, you have kids to take care of, you go to school, or maybe you do all of the above… But you can find easy workouts that you can do each day. Even if it means getting up 30 minutes earlier to get your workout in before you have to head out the door,  going for a walk during your lunch break, working out with your kids sitting right next to you. But find the time to get it in!

    1. Limit what you are eating late in the evening. (apples and pb, veggies, string cheese, greek yogurt)

    I am terrible at taking this piece of advice! Come late in the evening I get my kids in bed and my husband and I raid the fridge and pantry. We are pulling out ice cream, candy, chips, whatever we need to fulfil that craving. But that is partly where the meal planning comes in. Plan to have snacks for in the evening like Greek yogurt and add some fruit into it. Or eat a string cheese, or have apple slices with peanut butter.

    1. Don’t let the weekend ruin your progress

    Another hard one for me! We don’t typically eat out during the week. So if we’re going to do it it’s going to happen on the weekend. And I am not very good about eating from the “healthy” menu! But you don’t want to spend all week eating great and exercising and then ruining all your progress on the weekend. So limit your alcohol, skip the fried food, take a healthier option to your friends BBQ.

    1. Celebrate your “non scale victories”

    Not sure what a non scale victory is? It is when your clothes start to fit you better. When you realize you are having less cravings. Maybe you are sleeping better or push ups don’t feel quite so hard. Celebrate those milestones because it means that you are doing something right.

    1. Reward yourself. But not with food.

    I made a chart before summer to keep track of not only my weight loss, but the milestones I wanted to hit and the rewards I would give myself once I hit them. Have you ever heard that quote, “Don’t reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog!” And that is the truth. Reward yourself with something fun like a new pair of jeans, or getting a pedicure!

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    1. Remember you are doing this for YOU!

    YOU are the most important part of this journey. When you get discouraged remind yourself of why you are doing this. Is it so you can keep up with your kids? Is it so that you can rock any outfit you choose? Is it to be healthy? No matter the reason it always comes back to doing it for yourself.

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    Do you already do any of these things? What works to keep you motivated?

    *I am not a doctor and you should consult your physician before starting on any weight loss journey*

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  • Berry Parfait

    Happy Friday!!! This week has been crazy busy and my days are not slowing down in the least.
    Our weather has been pretty amazing lately with temps in the mid 60’s and the beautiful sun is shining bright. Which means for my family, lots of time outside! We have been hitting up the park, playing in the backyard and going for walks at least once per day!

    And while we have some rain in the forecast, we have some days in the 70’s too, so I’m looking forward to them and the even hotter days that Summer will bring! But for now, I am looking forward to having warm days to enjoy with my family during our Spring Break, and the fun plans we have in store for us next week!

    When the days are busy I want to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen working on meals and that is why I love this Berry Parfait!

    Yogurt Parfait

    I’ve never been a huge Greek Yogurt fan. I don’t even really love regular yogurt, and something about the texture and thickness is just sort of weird to me. But mixed with other things like berries and granola totally works and doesn’t bother me at all.

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    It is easy to layer with whatever kinds of fruit you like. This time I used just blueberries, but my favorite is a fruit blend with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. You can use fresh or frozen, just thaw them a bit first and you will be set! I also use plain Greek yogurt, but if you wanted to give it something more you could make it a flavored yogurt too!

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    • granola – 1 yellow
    • plain greek yogurt – 1 red
    • blueberries – 1 purple

    Layer starting with granola, then yogurt then berries.
    Repeat at least one time

    Enjoy your delicious yogurt berry parfait!

    I don’t just eat these for breakfast. Sometimes they are an afternoon snack, or sometimes they are my lunch. Sometimes even dessert. No limitations have to be set!

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    Have a great weekend my friends!