April 24, 2017

Buddha Bowl (aka Delicious!)

Here’s what I know about Buddha Bowls –
- They are delicious and super simple to make.
- You can make them out of any combo of ingredients – protein, vegetable, grain, and dressing.
- It’s called a Buddha Bowl because it’s an overstuffed bowl resembling the belly of Buddha.
So, there you have it.
The most important part of all is that I have a delicious recipe for one and sharing it with you now! Of course, you can modify this to use what ingredients you have on hand or prefer. These are super for meal prep and packing lunches.


SERVINGS: 4
INGREDIENTS
4 cups Butternut Squash, roasted
2.5 – 3 cups, Chicken Breast, cubed, grilled/baked/sautéed – your choice
1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos or GF Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
¼ cup lime juice
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
2 cups, Quinoa or Brown Rice


INSTRUCTIONS
1. Make dressing - Whisk together garlic, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), peanut butter, maple syrup (or honey), and lime juice until evenly combined. Whisk in sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until smooth.
2. Divide quinoa or rice between bowls. Top with butternut squash, and chicken.
3. Drizzle dressing on top.


Here is the recipe that inspired my version. It has more ingredients and is also delicious!

April 12, 2017

Healthy Easter Menu Inspiration

As a believer in Christ, there is nothing better than celebrating the truth and purpose of Easter! I grateful and in awe of how perfectly God coupled sacrifice and beauty together with the crucifixion, resurrection, and renewed beauty of Spring.

I love how our extended family comes together on holidays. Spending time together after Easter service is one of my favorites. We live closest to my husband's family, and they are doing fabulous at keeping these large family gatherings a priority. I am grateful for that!
If you are hosting a Easter luncheon or maybe assigned a type of dish to bring to big family potluck and trying to keep your nutrition plan on track, maybe you can find some inspiration from this menu made up of clean recipes.

"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad 
This chopped salad is a medley of flavors, full of colors and textures. Includes celery, carrots, red pepper, apple, cucumber, greens, cabbage, goat cheese, and almonds.

Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans
New potatoes are roasted alongside green beans, and finished with a tangy champagne vinegar and Gorgonzola dressing.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Chutney
This basic roasted pork tenderloin is easy-peasy and pairs well with your favorite fruit.
Vegan, Hot Cross Buns
My little guy has food allergies, so I always like to include vegan, gluten free recipe options for the other mamas working to keep meals as normal for their littles as possible. To go the next step and make these Gluten Free, substitute the all purpose flour for a gluten free baking flour blend.

Raspberry Pie
This gluten free, vegan, raw, dessert packs all the color and flavor your sweet tooth can handle.


Recipe credits:
Eating Well: "Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad, Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, Roasted Tenderloin
Delightful Adventures: Vegan Cross Buns
Pretty Pies: Raspberry Pie

April 11, 2017

Spring Coach Retreat Recap


Are you wondering what all my posts on social media were this past week talking about a Coach
Retreat with the #iamteambeachbody or #beapineapple hashtags.

Or are you already a Beachbody Coach want to host a retreat for your own team?

I’ve pulled together some thoughts from the Spring Coach Retreat I co-hosted this past weekend and thought how this post can benefit 1) the woman watching and curious about what I do as a Coach or 2) another Beachbody Coach looking for ideas to plan her own retreat.


So, a little bit about my team and me. I lead Team SoulFit which and am also a part of Team Take Heart. As coaches, we lead online fitness and nutrition groups that we call Challenge Groups. We support others with motivation and encouraging accountability. We workout, provide nutritional guidance, and many of us incorporate faith in our healthy lifestyles. God has placed some awesome friends in my life because of the coaching opportunity, and I love sharing about it with others!

Coming off a successful retreat at the beach last October, my friend Rachel and I decided to co-host a spring retreat to keep the momentum going for our teams. Coaches on our teams are located all over the place, so connecting in person a few times a year strengthens an already special bond. We have tons of fun and recharge. We love to pour into others, so recharging is important!

We laughed, we shared our personal stories that led us to coaching, shed some tears (the good kind!), shared ideas on how we support our challengers and lead our online challenge groups, get our workout on, and just hung out!

Here are the details of when and how we did all that!


Friday Night - Party like a Pineapple
This was travel day for most, so we kept it casual but with purpose. We enjoyed hors’douvres, gave lots of welcome hugs, and chatted for a while.

You’ve seen the quote “Be a pineapple, stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside” is so trendy right now. We took this trendy quote and put scripture to it! It became something so much bigger for our teams. (Retreat Tip: Go with a trendy theme because there will be so many cute ideas for décor, designs, and gifts. Find one that you can relate to and make it your own!).

Applying scripture reminds us of our bigger purpose as we seek to live out our faith and coaching missions!
(Stand Tall) The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them. – Proverbs 11:3

(Wear a Crown) You will be a glorious crown in the LORD's hand, and a royal diadem in the palm of your God. – Isaiah 62:3

(Be Sweat on the Inside) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6

Everyone received a darling pineapple necklace and cute notebook to jot down verses, creative ideas to share in our challenge groups, and thoughts to keep us focused on why we do what we do! Rachel did a fab job picking out these gifts! (Retreat Tip: Find inexpensive gifts on Etsy, Hobby Lobby, or other stores. The sooner you begin looking for these items, the more likely you are to find just the right gift without spending too much!)

Saturday – Workout, Training, and Girls Glam Night Out!
We woke up and knocked out that morning workout with Insanity Max 30 Sweat Intervals!

Next up, training. Something I absolutely love about coaching is there is so much personal development and growth opportunities. These are the topics we covered:
1) Confidence; 2) How to Genuinely Connect with and Help Others; 3) How to Share our Stories; 4) Tips for Posting on Social Media; 5) What is the Benefit of Rank Advancement
(Retreat Tip: Choose training topics that everyone can relate to and encourage growth!)


Saturday food during the day included Shakeology for breakfast and an amazingly delicious salad bar lunch.
(Retreat Tip: Don’t overcomplicate food and have healthy options that appeal to everyone, including vegetarians.)



After a jam packed day, we got glammed up for dinner at a cute bistro in a historic district near my home. Sometimes, it’s nice to trade those cute workout tanks and leggings for a little fancy hair and shoes!



Sunday Morning
We enjoyed coffee, huddled around the kitchen table, and talked about how excited we were to go back and share what all we had gained from the weekend!


If you’re thinking this sounds like your kind of women’s retreat or anything about what I do as a Coach interests you, let me know! There is an application below that you can reach out to me and share about yourself! I am accepting new Coaches on my team – Team SoulFit. I would love to get to know you and maybe hang out together at the next Coach Retreat!

We are also hosting a Coach Sneak Peak on Wednesday, April 26th, if you want to know more about what we do as Coaches! I will share how I became a Coach and how this opportunity can be such a blessing in so many ways!

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Conquering P90X3 and Program Review


I FINALLY finished Day 90 of the P90X3 fitness program, whoop whoop!

If you follow me, you have probably heard me talk about how P90X and P90X3 is one of the only things I knew about Beachbody for years and before joining a challenge group. P90X3 is also the workout that I started and stopped more times than any other. I never made it past 56 days or Block 2. Even when I did make it more than a few weeks, I never consistently showed up or followed the schedule – and definitely never followed a clean meal plan during those failed attempts.
So, that’s why P90X3 was my redemption program. It was important that I conquer this program and close that start/stop chapter. Guess what – I rocked it! Is that too boastful? Nah, because I worked hard and that is exciting, joyful – not boasting!

P90X3 Overview
P90X3 is a spinoff or condensed version of P90X with some familiar moves but not considered a graduate program. It has a slower tempo so totally opposite of 21 Day Fix - my workout jam. Each workout is 30 minutes including warm-up. This is so handy for a working mama. A positive to the slower pace is that my son who is 21 months can run around me, because most moves are controlled. I love it when he joins his daddy or me during a workout!
I don’t know that single workouts burn as many calories as ChaLEAN Extreme or 21 Day Fix, so I’m glad that I adjusted my meal plan to be more restricted while doing a majority of this program. (Check out details on how I adjusted here.)

Tony Horton is one of Beachbody’s Super Trainers that created and leads workouts. If you have ever done one of Tony’s workouts before, then you know he has his own quirky sayings and workout humor. My favorite is “Do your best and forget the rest.” After all, that’s what it’s all about for me and what I share with challengers that participate in my fitness accountability groups. We’re not here to focus on perfection. My goal is always progress and doing what we can. Doing our best will take us much farther than focusing on what we could do better!
P90X3 has a 90 calendar that tells you exactly what workout you will do on what day. The fact that I don’t have to decide which workout to do when and what equipment to use, is such a help. The calendar supports consistency and keeps me focused. All I have to do is show up to my bonus room, look at the calendar, and push play on my Beachbody on Demand account to stream the workouts. Ta-dah!
Consistency
This is where I struggled for so many years when it came to my fitness and nutrition. I would flat give up, cave to temptation, dinner out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, skip a few days of working out, and that would be the end. I used to tell myself things like those trainers and people doing the workouts are probably body builders and convince myself I would never see big results so I might as well just stop. Girl, don't fall into that trap any more! (I'm talking you and myself here!) The only way we will see results is to stay consistent. People like to say, "that's when the magic happens..." There is no magic. There is showing up more days than not, and putting in the work - that includes nutrition too. P90X3 is a testament to showing up consistently. Those 90 days take commitment and endurance. That's why it feels so good to finally complete this program!

Results
I intentionally didn’t weight or measure for this program. I know, I know!! People love a good weight loss or inches lost number, and I typically measure at the beginning and end of each program. The focus was different for me on this one. I had one goal - start and complete. The most important results are the ones that I can feel without weighing or measuring.
My upper and core strength increased, my arms and abs are more defined, and the best result of all is the feeling of accomplishing something that used to feel impossible!!

Join Me
Sister, join me in focusing on the big picture!! Yes, pounds and inches are clear indicators of results, but there is much more to this healthy journey of being fit from within. I want to feel good in my skin, honor this one body I have been given, have a clear mind, and strive for balance (btw - balance doesn't mean perfection...it means give and take!).

If you want to conquer consistency in your health and create lasting habits, I can help you! Complete this form for more information about my monthly fitness accountability groups or email me at soulfitmama@outlook.com.

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